first_imgA sweltering Tuesday afternoon at the bustling Chowk Bazar here seems to reflect the political mood of this small town, which was in the news two years back over claims that Hindus had begun to migrate out of fear of the town’s large Muslim population. It’s now in focus with the coming Lok Sabha bypoll, where the strategy of beating the BJP through Opposition unity will be put to test yet again on May 28. A united Opposition had tasted success in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls. The story, however, is the same: deep faultlines of communal polarisation are palpable in this town having mixed Hindu and Muslim populations. Muslims seem inclined towards the RLD while Hindu shopkeepers back the BJP vehemently. As this correspondent introduces himself to a hookah seller and asks his name, the shopkeeper, well in his late middle age, conceals his name but reveals his identity, saying ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in reply. ‘Crime has come down’All praise for the Yogi Adityanath government over its handling of law and order, he says: “In this very bazar, people were murdered in broad daylight during the Akhilesh Yadav regime. After Yogi came to power, crime has dramatically dipped.” He says Hindus are happy with the BJP and will vote for it. He refuses to buy the logic that Jats – a dominant Hindu caste in the region – are likely to vote for the Rashtriya Lok Dal of Ajit Singh, whose candidate Tabassum Begum has the support of all Opposition parties. His claim, however, is not borne out when one visits Jat villages in the constituency. The BJP has fielded Mriganka Singh, daughter of late BJP leader Hukum Singh, a Gujjar, and hopes to work the Hindu sentiment — combined with the loyalty of Gujjars, a powerful caste here, for the late BJP MP — to its advantage. At a general store in Chowk Bazar, shop owner Jagdish Prasad claims there was a time when Hindus were wanting to leave the town, reinforcing a controversial claim made by BJP leaders in the region. The problem has “stopped” after the BJP came to power, he says.However, a Gujjar Muslim lawyer who politely refuses to reveal his name says the reports were a BJP conspiracy and there was no Hindu exodus ever. In this constituency, where Muslim votes are often a gamechanger, the anti-BJP alliance has fielded Ms. Tabassum, who was earlier with the SP and BSP, in the hope of combining Muslim and Jat votes. Add Dalits to the mix and the combination can be very difficult to beat. However, her brother-in-law and her late husband Munawar Hasan’s younger brother Kanwar Hasan is also contesting from here, something that is being seen as an attempt to divide Muslim votes. “Be that as it may, he won’t be able to cut into Muslim votes beyond a point, as they will vote against the BJP,” says Sundar Singh, a Gujjar from a nearby village backing the saffron party to the hilt.last_img read more

first_imgEven after hospitalisation, Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel continues with his indefinite fast but has started having water and fruit juices on Saturday. After he was rushed to the government hospital on Friday evening, Hardik was shifted to a private hospital at midnight. He continues to be in the private hospital. On Saturday, several top leaders including former Union Ministers Sharad Yadav and A Raja visited Mr Patel and expressed support to his agitation seeking quota for Patidars and farm loan waiver. Mr Yadav also offered a glass of water to Hardik, who accepted it. Earlier on Thursday, Hardik had stopped taking water and liquid after his deadline to the state government to initiate talks on his issues elapsed without any concrete step by the state government. It may be noted that Mr Patel is on indefinite fast since August 25 and since then he has become a centre of anti-BJP forces as most of top leaders who are political opponents of BJP have visited him and expressed their support to his main issues. PAAS issues ultimatumOn September 5, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) issued an ultimatum to the Gujarat government to clarify its stand on the demands for quota and farm loan waiver for which its leader Hardik Patel has been on a fast for 12 days.“If the government does not clarify its stand in the next 24 hours, then Hardik will once again give up water,” said Manoj Panara, convener of PAAS, which spearheads the agitation in Gujarat.PAAS representatives accused the State government of misleading the people and slammed the government’s efforts to scuttle the agitation.PAAS leaders also targeted the Patidar community’s religious organisations and their trustees, calling them BJP’s agents. “It is for the organisations and their leaders to decide whether to be with the community or with the BJP government,” Mr. Panara said.To meet MPsFrom Thursday, PAAS members and volunteers will approach legislators and parliamentarians from the State to ascertain their stand on the issues the PAAS led by 25-year-old Hardik Patel is fighting for.Meanwhile, the State Cabinet meeting scheduled for Thursday is likely to discuss Mr. Patel’s demands and his indefinite fast, which is drawing support from leaders across parties.Leaders meet HardikOn Wednesday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray expressed his support for Hardik Patel. He requested him to continue his fight but end the fast as his health was deteriorating.A delegation of Congress leaders, consisting of AICC in charge of Gujarat Rajeev Satav, State party president Amit Chavda and leader of the Opposition Paresh Dhanani, met Mr. Patel to offer support.last_img read more

first_imgTopics news Read more “If you want to expect the same from us as from Liverpool, the Manchester clubs and Chelsea, give me different tools to work with. If not and I see people working in the same way in the future, and I’m going to be this guy, I am the most stupid person to work. We need to create a realistic plan to develop in the next year, five years, and to match people’s expectations because, if not, our destiny is to crash.” Pochettino will call for another push from his battle-weary squad, which has been hit by injury and suspension, yet he once again chose to put the spotlight on what he feels needs to happen after the Champions League final against Liverpool on 1 June.Pochettino has surprised many people by establishing Spurs as regular Champions League qualifiers while working with restricted budgets owing to the new stadium project and, even more so, by leading the club to their first European Cup final. But now they have touched the elite level he is determined to agree a plan to keep them there.Pochettino continued to be vague on the specifics of what he would like to see, saying today – as he has done previously – that the club needed to operate differently. But he did apply the pressure when asked whether he was preparing the ground for something, namely to take a sabbatical and leave, if the discussions with Levy did not go to his liking. The idea of the sabbatical has been floated in the Spanish media.“I am open to everything,” Pochettino replied. “What I am not open to is starting a new chapter with no plan, with no clear idea, with not being transparent and being able to tell our fans what is our objective, to stop talking about perception, talk about reality – because if not, it is going to be difficult.“We know very well that we need to operate in a different way and that doesn’t mean to spend more or less money. It’s to be transparent and say: ‘This is what we want for the next year, or the next five or 10 years.’ It would be very naive to think we can continue to operate as we have done and that it will get us to the Champions League final and the top four every season when we’re competing against projects like Liverpool or the Manchester clubs. Share via Email Danny Rose promises to go out with a bang in final against Liverpool Reuse this content Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino has said he would consider leaving Tottenham in the summer, possibly by taking a sabbatical, if he does not believe in the chairman Daniel Levy’s plan for the next phase of the club’s development.The manager and his team have basked in the euphoria since their stunning Champions League semi-final win over Ajax on Wednesday and they have virtually assured themselves of a fourth consecutive top-four finish before the final game of the Premier League season at home to Everton on Sunday. Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Tottenham superheroes achieved near miracle at Ajax, says Pochettino Share on LinkedIn Mauricio Pochettino Share on Messengerlast_img read more

first_imgJose Mourinho has highlighted the investment made in Manchester City and Liverpool’s squads in a thinly veiled dig at Manchester United’s transfer policy during his time in charge.Although United splashed out £89 million ($115m) on Paul Pogba and £75m ($97m) on Romelu Lukaku during his time in charge, Mourinho was left increasingly frustrated by what he perceived to be a lack of backing in the market by the Old Trafford board.United have won seven games out of seven since Mourinho’s sacking, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer presiding over a perfect record during his spell as interim replacement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But Mourinho used an appearance as a television pundit on beIN SPORTS on Saturday to highlight the spending lavished on Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s squads.”In the first season, Guardiola was not champion and it was really difficult, people were expecting a winning Manchester City,” he said. “They were coming already from a winning period, they were champions with [Roberto] Mancini and [Manuel] Pellegrini. “Some of the players were champions twice – [Sergio] Aguero, [Vincent] Kompany, lots of them. And in the second season, Pep made great decisions but great decisions that were supported.”He didn’t want [Pablo] Zabaleta and [Bacary] Sagna, two right-backs, he didn’t want [Aleksandar] Kolarov, he didn’t want [Gael] Clichy. In the same summer, he sold four full-backs, he got four full-backs.”He got [Kyle] Walker, Danilo, [Benjamin] Mendy and I don’t remember, [Oleksandr] Zinchenko or [Fabian] Delph or something. He was supported. You see Liverpool [playing on Saturday], and I was thinking how many of these players were at Liverpool before Jurgen arrived? “No Alisson. No [Virgil] van Dijk. No [Andy] Robertson. No [Mohamed] Salah. No [Roberto] Firmino. No [Sadio] Mane. No Fabinho. No [Georginio] Wijnaldum – I don’t think he played today [against Crystal Palace] – no Wijnaldum. No [Naby] Keita – this is work in depth.”The other day I was speaking about the leadership in relation to the structure of the club. It’s not just the leadership, it’s everything, it’s even the football ideas.”So if you are a manager and if you have in your hands the ability to choose the players who follow your football identity, or follow the idea that you think is the best to win a certain competition, that’s one thing. Another thing is if you are not able to do that.”Jose Mourinho Man United Young BoysMourinho drew a comparison with the way he was backed financially on his arrival to the Premier League with Chelsea, where he won the title in each of his first two years in charge at Stamford Bridge.”We go there as underdogs,” Mourinho added. “But Chelsea was burning with the incredible desire of Mr [Roman] Abramovich after buying the club and after having some good things, finishing second or third, reaching the Champions League semi-finals with Mr [Claudio] Ranieri.”Chelsea was burning with a big desire to win it [the title]. And like I like to say about Liverpool this season, they go direct to the [transfer] target. Liverpool need a goalkeeper – Alisson, bang. Liverpool went exactly where they need to go.”We were fantastic in the market. Mr Abramovich was in big love with football and the club. Peter Kenyon [chief executive] was an amazing CEO to work with, amazing, I came with clear ideas and we followed everything.”When I said, to play with John Terry I wanted Ricardo Carvalho, many people [said] ‘who is Ricardo Carvalho?’. Ricardo Carvalho – we follow, we went direct to the target.”We need a striker, lots of strikers were in Europe – come to Chelsea, don’t come to Chelsea – [Didier] Drogba from Marseille, African, nobody knows Drogba. We went direct to the target. Before, Peter Kenyon, structure working really well – Petr Cech, Arjen Robben, Claude Makelele. We did a fantastic team.”In two years we just killed the Premier League in such an easy way. I remember Sir Alex [Ferguson] saying that we put the level so high, so high, that he felt if he wanted to win the Premier League again they [United] had to go higher and higher and higher. So we created a big noise in the Premier League and it was a fantastic period.”last_img read more

first_img Next India vs West Indies: Jasprit Bumrah 3rd Indian to take hat-trick in Test cricketJasprit Bumrah became the first Indian cricketer to pick up a hat-trick in Test cricket since Irfan Pathan in 2006.advertisement Rohan Sen JamaicaSeptember 1, 2019UPDATED: September 1, 2019 06:19 IST Jasprit Bumrah has been in sublime form in Test Cricket. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah became the third Indian cricketer to get a hat-trick in Test cricketBumrah got the wickets of Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase off successive deliveriesBurmah is also the 44th player to achieve the feat in the longest format of the gameFast bowler Jasprit Bumrah created history on Sunday as he became the third Indian cricketer to get a hat-trick in Test cricket during the ongoing second Test against West Indies at Sabina Park.Bumrah got the wickets of Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase off successive deliveries to achieve the feat.Bumrah started the damage by getting Bravo caught-behind to KL Rahul at second slip for 4. He then trapped Shamarh Brooks plumb in front for a golden duck with an inswinging delivery. Roston Chase got a similar ball next up and was wrapped on the pads but the umpire gave it not out at first.Test hat-tricks with third victim given not-out, but decision reversed on DRS:Rangana Herath (SL v Aus, Galle, 2016)Moeen Ali (Eng v SA, The Oval, 2017)Jasprit Bumrah (Ind v WI, Kingston, 2019)#WIvIND #INDvWI— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 31, 2019Virat Kohli then decided to take the review as he was convinced that the ball had hit Chase’s pad first before making contact with the bat. The review turned out to be a masterstroke as replays confirmed Kohli’s judgement and showed three reds. The on-field umpire’s decision had to be overturned as a result.Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was the first Indian to pick up a Test hat-trick (vs Australia in Kolkata in 2001) after which left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan repeated the feat when he took three wickets off consecutive balls against Pakistan in Karachi in 2006. Pathan incidentally, was the first bowler in history to grab a hat-trick in the first over of Test cricket.advertisementJASPRIT BUMRAH HAS JUST TAKEN A HATTRICK!! #WIvIND LIVE (@ICC) August 31, 2019Bumrah has now joined the elite list of Indian bowlers. Burmah is also the 44th player to achieve the feat in the longest format of the game. England spinner Moeen Ali was the last bowler who had bagged a hat-trick against South Africa at The Oval in 2017.Bumrah’s hat-trick reduced the West Indies to 13 for 4 inside 9 overs in their first innings. They currently trail India by 403 runs in the second Test. India were bowled out for 416 in the final session on Day 2 with Hanuma Vihari top-scoring with 111 runs while Ishant Sharma contributed with 57.Bumrah’s performance in this Test series so far has been nothing short of phenomenal. He had picked up a five-wicket haul in the final innings of the first Test to blow away the hosts on Day 4 and lead India to a 318-run victory in Antigua.That bowling performance saw him become the first Asian bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul in South Africa, England, Australia and West Indies. He also climbed nine places to No.7 with a career-high 774 points in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers as a result.All of Bumrah’s 59 wickets so far have come outside India as he is yet to play a Test match on home soil.Also Read | India vs West Indies: Ishant Sharma hits maiden fifty in 92nd TestAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Hanuma Vihari hits maiden Test century at Sabina ParkAlso See: For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Jasprit Bumrahlast_img read more

first_imgPress Release, May 15, 2014; Image: Wikimedia zoom The Port of Virginia in April was in positive territory across-the-board in all of the monthly cargo measures it tracks including double-digit TEU growth that made April the third best month in the port’s history.Norfolk International Terminals, Port of Virginia’s largest terminalJohn F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority said he was “cautiously optimistic” by the report.“We are moving forward on many of our initiatives and thus far (in May) we are seeing progress on the rail operation at NIT (Norfolk International Terminals) as we have more than half of our new yard hustlers working and supporting that operation. In addition, we are seeing the benefits of having a portion of PMT (Portsmouth Marine Terminal) operational with the Pasha/Chrysler vehicle exports. We were positive in every category of our monthly report, including an operating profit of $468,000.”The port posted an operating profit in March and April following seven consecutive months of losses. Reinhart said the port’s focus on operational efficiency and productivity will continue and that there are many steps ahead that need to be taken to move the port into a long-term, positive financial position.“Our service performance is improving, but we have not attained the level required to satisfy our customers and be competitive. Through the work of the Motor Carrier Task Force, we are beginning to see some improvements in turn-times for motor carriers, but we have to become consistent in this area of operation. We have a lot of room for improvement and we are keeping the focus across the port on service and reliability.In April, cargo volume at the port grew 12.3 percent, an increase of 22,021 TEUs when compared with the same month last year. The month’s growth was led by exports, which increased by 12.4 percent (11,930 TEUs) when compared with last April. There was also growth in breakbulk tonnage, 41.7 percent; rail containers, 13.1 percent; barge containers, 21.8 percent; and vehicle units, 327.3 percent.The port’s calendar year-to-date TEU volumes remain the highest in its history, with 746,019 TEUs having been moved. Fiscal year-to-date TEU volumes through April are also at record levels with 1,915,276 TEUs having been handled thus far in fiscal 2014.“Overall, we are encouraged by the direction and what we are seeing,” Reinhart said. “There is a lot of hard work ahead of us and our team is gaining traction and momentum.”Calendar year TEU totals, 2014 vs. 2013:April 2014 = 201,390April 2013 = 179,370March 2014 = 197,834March 2013 = 179,518February 2014 = 179,524February 2013 = 169,390January 2014 = 167,272January 2013 = 158,766last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – An activist investor wants Hudson’s Bay Co. to “seriously consider” a bid it values at $4.49 billion for the Canadian retailer’s German department store chain and other real estate assets — at a value about 40 per cent higher than its original purchase price.The unsolicited offer from European retail competitor Signa Holding for the Galeria Kaufhof chain and other properties is above HBC’s 2015 $3.2 billion purchase price and stated net asset value, Land & Buildings Investment Management said in a letter sent to shareholders Wednesday.“Selling properties at or above the company’s stated (net asset value) is likely the optimal and lowest cost option for raising capital — and further underscores the real estate value of the company,” the letter reads.Hudson’s Bay, which has not expressed interest in selling its German business, confirmed the unsolicited offer on Wednesday after trading of its shares (TSX:HBC) was temporarily suspended on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The company’s stock had been up about seven per cent on Wednesday prior to the halt and advanced $1.02, or 9.05 per cent, to $12.29 at the closing of markets.“As we’ve previously stated, our European business is an important element of the Company’s strategy,” the company said in a statement.“HBC remains focused on executing its strategy and plans for the upcoming holiday season.”In the letter, Land & Buildings also said it’s written to the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Ontario Securities Commission with concerns over the company issuing a convertible preferred security without the approval of minority shareholders.The move amounts to an agreement to sell a controlling interest in the company, the letter said, and the shareholders can vote as common shareholders once the transaction closes.They “are contractually bound to vote in favour of the Board’s director nominees for an undisclosed period of time,” the letter reads.The investor has pressured management for months and argues that HBC’s stock price is undervalued. Land & Buildings has previously threatened to seek the removal of company directors unless it unlocked the substantial value in its real estate holdings.After that threat, the retailer sold its storied Lord & Taylor property in the heart of New York City in October. As part of the $1.6 billion Lord & Taylor deal, Hudson’s Bay has said it would also lease out office space in its other locations, including floors of its downtown Toronto and Vancouver locations.Earlier this week, however, it said it may sell its Vancouver property.Former CEO Gerald Storch also announced last month that he was leaving the company to return to his consulting firm in November — less than two months after he helped bring the Canadian retail chain to an international market.Richard Baker, whom Storch succeeded in the top role and who has resumed the CEO’s duties on an interim basis, has been specifically targeted by Land & Buildings.The U.S. investment firm has said Storch’s departure would not solve the problem of HBC’s stock price, adding that Baker is the bigger problem as far as it is concerned.Hudson’s Bay has been struggling in a shifting retail landscape in which consumers are increasingly turning to online shopping. This summer, the company announced it was cutting 2,000 jobs.The company said it will not comment further about speculation surrounding its German business assets unless required by law.It acquired Galeria Kaufhof in 2015 as part of a $3.2-billion deal that included Belgian retailer Galeria Inno and other real estate assets. The takeover included more than 103 Galeria Kaufhof stores, 16 Sportarena stores and 16 Galeria Inno stores.-Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – “What happens here, stays here.”The official slogan of Las Vegas is back by popular demand three months after it was paused following the mass shooting that rattled the city.The destination’s tourism agency revived the 15-year-old slogan this week in a new ad running online and on several TV networks nationwide, marking a return to normalcy in the city where the backbone industry was directly affected by the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.The ad shows some of the city’s iconic casinos as part of a time-travel story line.Cathy Tull, senior vice-president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said the public agency tests its advertising regularly with focus groups and others. It did so after the shooting and results showed the slogan still resonated with people.“We went back out and we weren’t sure where visitors would be with the mindset around ‘What happens here, stays here,’” she said. “What we heard from our research was that people wanted their Vegas back.”The ad shows a scientist getting in a time-travelling machine and arriving at the Las Vegas Strip in 2018 in front of the Bellagio casino-hotel fountains. He is shown dining, partying at a nightclub and taking part in a pool party at Caesars Palace casino-hotel before going back in time still holding a cocktail.Networks airing the ad include Travel Channel, Food Network and USA.On Oct. 1, a high-stakes gambler killed 58 people and injured hundreds more after he shattered the windows of his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino and unleashed gunfire on a country music festival below before killing himself.The agency immediately put the “What happens here” motto on hold and went to work creating a new pitch.A spot featured a cityscape and the voice of Las Vegas native and retired tennis star Andre Agassi. “What is strength?” Agassi asked, playing off the #VegasStrong slogan that exploded on Twitter. “Strength is valet parkers who become medics, mothers who become emergency responders.”A TV ad that followed and aired on several networks, including ESPN, Fox Sports and Bravo, featured real-life social media messages posted after the shooting.The destination saw monthly declines in visitation from June through November. December figures are expected to be released at the end of the month.Larry Kamer, a marketing and public relations consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area, said that while “Vegas Strong” became a rallying cry after the shooting, it would be a mistake for the city to wrap its identity around it any longer than it feels it is necessary.He added that if “What happens here” continues to evoke sly smiles and tested better than any other alternatives, it’s a safe bet.“The campaign works because it’s playful, it’s kind of a wink, an inside joke, and it draws on the old Sin City element of Las Vegas,” he said. “If it can still elicit that feeling and the shooting didn’t fundamentally change that, I would argue it still works.”___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at read more

Speaking with the journalists who will attend the second annual Forum of Women Journalists of Africa “Pan Africaines,” Bourita said Thursday that the continent’s media must offer a “lucid” and “authentic” image that reflects the reality of Africa, particularly on migration. Bourita further called on media to “control” Africa’s image. In recent months, Morocco’s government has been under pressure to control Europe-bound migration, especially with the flow of migrants to the Morocco-Spain borders.The official took advantage of the event to talk about the role and influence of the media in combating stereotypes. The minister said that only 13 percent of migrants to Europe are of African descent, and 88 percent of African migration remains within the continent.Bourita also recalled that the UN Global Compact on Migration will be adopted in December in Marrakech.The compact will establish a debate on migration based on an objective perception free of messages of xenophobia and “exclusion” which must be combated by facts, Bourita said.Bourita also emphasized the importance of a migration policy specific to each country, considering that migration as a transnational phenomenon that cannot be the responsibility of a single country. Subsequently, the minister called for a “shared responsibility” between African countries.Bourita highlighted the efforts made by Morocco on African migration, including the Agenda for Migration and Development, which was launched by King Mohammed VI and adopted by the governments of the African Union (AU). The agenda aimed to coordinate between migration policies of sub-regions of the continent to develop a continental vision on migration.He also recalled that Morocco developed its migration policy in 2013. He said that the initiative is a humanist and solidarity policy, regularizing 50,000 migrants who now have access to basic services. Bourita deemed it “a responsible policy that does not allow criminal networks to use the national territory as a departure point for illegal actions.”With more than 200 media professionals from the continent, the Forum of Women Journalists of Africa “Pan-African Women” will give the floor to women journalists to make proposals on migration. read more

28 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged maximum restraint by all sides after a recent incident in which a rocket was fired from southern Lebanon into northern Israel, prompting Israelis forces to return fire. The rocket was fired at around 6:50 p.m. on Monday from Houla in southern Lebanon and struck the vicinity of the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona, according to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has launched an investigation into the incident in cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) returned fire with artillery rounds towards the direction of where the rocket was launched. There were no reports of casualties on either side.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban condemned the firing, and urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint.“All parties must fully adhere to Security Council resolution 1701 (2006) and respect the cessation of hostilities agreement,” the statement said, referring to the resolution which helped to end the conflict between Israel and Hizbollah three years ago.Resolution 1701 calls for respect for the so-called Blue Line that separates Israeli and Lebanese sides, the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling, among other measures.UNIFIL said that it has deployed additional troops and a reaction force in the area, in coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces.UN and Lebanese forces are also in the process of investigating a number of similar incidents that have occurred in recent weeks. read more

In a statement by Jean-David Levitte of France, which holds the security body’s rotating presidency this month, the Council hailed in particular the orderly and peaceful conduct of the elections and the very high voter turnout. It also called on all parties to fully respect and implement the election results.The Council furthermore recognized the important role of the East Timorese leadership, the cooperation extended by the Government of Indonesia during the election period, and the work of the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) in facilitating “a smooth and representative election process.” Looking ahead, the Council called upon the parties to cooperate for the successful completion of the final steps towards independence and reiterated the importance of a substantial international presence in East Timor after independence.The Council issued its statement after hearing a briefing by Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, who said that in the next few days, UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello should announce a new Cabinet which is expected to be composed entirely of East Timorese. Mr. Guéhenno noted that the forthcoming report of the Secretary-General on East Timor would present the planning for the Mission that will follow UNTAET.In another development, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) today presented its final, certified election results to Mr. Vieira de Mello at a ceremony in Dili. IEC Chairperson Bong-Scuk Sohn praised the East Timorese for the dignity and determination with which they cast their ballots in such massive numbers on 30 August, when an estimated 91 per cent of the population had turned out to vote. “They sent a signal to their community leaders, and indeed to the whole world, that for them, a successful electoral process was more important than any particular outcome,” the Chairperson said. “It is an attitude which typically distinguishes mature democracies from those still in a process of development.”Mr. Vieira de Mello said the people of East Timor “have proven the sceptics wrong” and that they have shown that their country’s democracy, after only one election, “has indeed taken root.” read more

Commemoration at UN Headquarters of World Humanitarian Day 2015 . Credit: United NationsIn a recent interview with the UN News Centre, Mr. O’Brien, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, echoed that sentiment, stressing that that, as part of the global team, the UN seeks to deliver humanitarian assistance to meet the fundamental basic needs of saving lives and of making sure the recipients can live without vulnerability. “The impact of this should give the affected people dignity, opportunities to grow resilience to avoid a repeat cycle of fear and security for families, communities and lives,” he explained, adding: “At the end of the day, every life saved is an achievement in itself. That takes a huge number of people working together and the political will and determination of the world.” Also on 19 August, at the at the Palais des Nations in Geneva – home of the UN Office and often cited as the humanitarian capital of the world because of the number of the number of humanitarian organizations based in the Swiss city – a commemoration to acknowledge humanitarian workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty will be among the events held on the seventh World Day. Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is mourning and cherishing colleagues in South Sudan who disappeared without a trace and “pay tribute to the many in WFP and across the humanitarian community selflessly striving day in, day out, to meet the pressing needs of the vulnerable, hungry poor in hotspots around the world.” “With 80 per cent of humanitarian work now in countries and regions affected by conflict, the task of giving life-saving assistance is increasingly, for too many colleagues, life-threatening,” WFP said. The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a campaign called #ThanksHealthHero to pay tribute to the contributions and sacrifices of health workers worldwide in particular those who respond to humanitarian crises. “Each one of us can make a difference,” Mr. Ban said. “In a world that is ever more digitally connected, each of us has the power and responsibility to inspire our fellow human beings to act to help others and create a more humane world.” With hundreds of millions of Facebook and Twitter feeds set to be devoted to stories from survivors of humanitarian crises as part of a massive digital storytelling campaign launched by the United Nations and its partners, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon kicked off World Humanitarian Day with a reminder that “each one of us can make a difference” and “ help create a more humane world.”“On this World Humanitarian Day, I urge everyone to show solidarity as global citizens by signing up to the #ShareHumanity campaign,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a special event at UN Headquarters in New York on the eve of World Humanitarian Day 2015, marked annually on 19 August. “Help us to share moving stories of hope and resilience from around the world. Help us to inspire new heights of humanitarian awareness and action,” addedMr. Ban. The campaign, launched last week, leverages the collective power of individuals to inspire a greater sense of global citizenship using the power of social media. Users are asked to turn their social media feeds into storytelling platforms to spread awareness of humanitarian crises in countries like Syria and Afghanistan. At the event, humanitarian leaders, media and celebrities joined together to generate a critical mass of support for #ShareHumanity campaign, Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson, Malian-French singer-songwriter Inna Modja, and Colombian music superstar, Juanes, inspired the audience with their performances. “Tonight is also a celebration of the values and principles that drive our actions: the humanitarian instinct to support people in need,” said the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien. The UN Secretary-General also paid tribute to the 120 humanitarian aid workers who lost their lives in 2014 in the service of helping others. World Humanitarian Day also marks the day in 2003 when 22 UN workers were killed in a bombing of the UN offices in Baghdad. A wreath-laying was set to be held in New York. “Each year, on World Humanitarian Day, we honour the selfless dedication and sacrifice of those who devote themselves – often at great personal risk – to assisting the world’s most vulnerable people,” he said. Some of the humanitarian workers, media innovators and celebrity musicians who took part at the major event at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak ‹ › According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), today, more than 100 million people in countries across the world need urgent life-saving humanitarian aid, with nearly 60 million people now forcibly displaced. This is a crisis of forced migration on a scale not seen in the post-World War era, in which a displaced person will remain, on average, displaced for 17 years. These growing humanitarian needs and finding better ways to respond to them are the impetus behind the Secretary-General’s World Humanitarian Summit, to be held in Turkey in 2016 – his ambitious global call to action to reduce human loss and suffering from humanitarian crises. At the event, he kicked off the official countdown to the Summit by revealing a massive virtual clock at the event and pressing a symbolic button. The global gathering of world leaders from government, business and communities will be held in Istanbul in May – just 278 days away. In a message released ahead of the World Day, Mr. Ban drew attention to all those affected by natural disasters, conflict, hunger and disease, whose needs are far outstripping the capacity to help them, underscoring that: “The families and communities struggling to survive in today’s emergencies do so with resilience and dignity. They need and deserve our renewed commitment to do all we can to provide them with the means for a better future.” read more

first_imgKeyboardist Nick Rhodes added: “We signed a publishing agreement as unsuspecting teenagers, over three decades ago, when just starting out and when we knew no better.”Now we are told that language in that agreement allows our long-time publishers, SonyATV, to override our statutory rights under US law.”We are shocked that English contract law is being used to overturn artists’ rights in another territory. If left untested, this judgment sets a very bad precedent for all songwriters of our era and so we are deciding how properly to proceed.”Under UK law publishers can exploit the copyright until 70 years after the artist’s death.The band is seeking to challenge the ruling and could now take the case to the Court of Appeal.The ruling is being seen as a test case as it could affect many other UK songwriters who may want to end long-standing contracts which allow a music publishing company to exploit their work.Mr Justice Arnold, sitting in London, said the arguments on English contract law and how it affected the agreements was “finely balanced” but in the end “not without hesitation, I have come to the conclusion that the (Gloucester Place) interpretation of the agreements is the correct one”.In a previous hearing, Ian Mill QC, appearing for Gloucester Place, had told the court: “My clients entered into contracts and agreed to pay these artistes sums of money by way of royalties in return for which the artistes promised to give them rights to exploit, subject to the payment of those sums, for the full term of copyright.”Mr Mill argued that, by seeking to exercise their reversion rights, the group members were breaching their contracts under English law because they had agreed “that they will not seek to obtain a reversion”.Under the ruling the band will have to withdraw its application in the US to have its copyright reverted.A spokesperson for Sony/ATV said:“We are gratified by the court’s decision to interpret this matter in the way we believe is consistent with the intention of the contracts when they were entered into. “EMI has nothing but the highest respect and admiration for Duran Duran and their great songs. This has not been about seeking to challenge the US laws on copyright terminations but simply a contractual issue in the jurisdiction of the UK courts to clarify the parties’ rights on various songs.”British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors CEO, Vick Bain added: “We are very disappointed to hear of the outcome of this ruling.  Justice Arnold has stated his decision was “not without hesitation” so we hope this ruling is challenged and that Duran Duran will consider an appeal.   “The law in the US is very clear; songwriters have an opportunity to claim back their copyrights after 35 years and a number of British songwriters with US deals have been able to do so successfully over the past few years.  They have then been able to re-negotiate fairer terms for their catalogues than were offered to them in the late 1970s and early 80s at the start of their careers.  It seems clear to us that US laws should cover all copyrights in that territory no matter the nationality of the writers.”    Pop group Duran Duran is seeking to challenge a “shock” high court ruling over the copyright of some of their hit songs to help stop other UK artists missing out on millions.The musicians had sought to reclaim the copyright to some of their hits, including Rio and A View To A Kill, by using US copyright law which reverts the rights of ownership back to artists after 35 years.But a judge at the high court has ruled that contracts made under English law can prevent them from doing so and ruled in favour of their publishers Gloucester Place Music, owned by US business Sony/ATV.It means that whilst artists Billy Joel and Blondie have been handed their copyrights back in the US, UK groups might be stopped from doing so by the contracts they originally signed.Now singer Simon Le Bon and his fellow group members are seeking to challenge the decision in bid to help other UK artists.Following the ruling, he said: “SonyATV’s conduct has left a bitter taste with us for sure, and I know that other artists in similar positions will be as outraged and saddened as we are. We are hopeful this judgment will not be allowed to stand.”We issued termination notices for our copyrights in the US believing it simply a formality. After all, it’s the law in America.”SonyATV has earned a tremendous amount of money from us over the years. [This] feels like the ugly and old-fashioned face of imperialist, corporate greed. I thought the acceptability of this type of treatment of artists was long gone – but it seems I was wrong.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgNo-one could accuse the Duke of Marlborough of being afraid of a challenge. A ten-year project will see archivists trawling through records to itemise what needs to be found, before contacting galleries, auction houses and private collectors to piece together where they are today. The Duke has embarked on an astonishingly ambitious project, to track down and retrieve the hundreds of paintings, sculptures and books sold from Blenheim Palace by his ancestors over the years. It is the ultimate treasure hunt, piecing together hundreds of years of history, millions of pounds and some of the finest art works sold off by one of Britain’s most famous families. While it may prove impossible to buy them…last_img

first_imgIAMGOLD Corp has signed a definitive greement with Merrex Gold Inc to acquire, in an all-share transaction, all of the issued and outstanding shares of Merrex not already owned by IAMGOLD. Merrex is a junior mineral exploration company of which IAMGOLD currently owns 23% of Merrex’s issued and outstanding common shares.  IAMGOLD expects to issue 6.9 million shares, amounting to less than 1.5% of its issued and outstanding shares, in connection with the Transaction. The Transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017. This is just one of dozens of projects covered in International Mining Project News (published fortnightly) – ask for more information on a subscription.Steve Letwin, IAMGOLD’s President & CEO: “This agreement consolidates the ownership of a key asset in IAMGOLD’s exploration pipeline. The IAMGOLD exploration team, led by Craig MacDougall, working in concert with Merrex on the Diakha-Siribaya project in Mali has done an outstanding job over recent years to define indicated resources of 2.1 Mt grading 1.90 g/t Au and inferred resources of 19.8 Mt grading 1.71 g/t Au. Mali is a prolific mining friendly jurisdiction and is where IAMGOLD began nearly 25 years ago at the Sadiola project which, along with its neighbouring Yatela mine, has already produced over 7.5 Moz of gold.”Merrex’s primary assets are its gold properties in West Mali, principally its 50% interest in the Siribaya gold project, its 100% held Karita exploration authorization in Guinea and its 100% held zinc-lead property in Nova Scotia (the Jubilee project). Merrex holds permits totalling some 700 km2 within an approximately 4,100 km2 area of interest in the southern portion of the West Mali Gold Belt.IAMGOLD is a mid-tier mining company with four operating gold mines on three continents. A solid base of strategic assets in North and South America and West Africa is complemented by development and exploration projects and continued assessment of accretive acquisition opportunities. IAMGOLD is in a strong financial position with extensive management and operational expertise.last_img read more

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — The family of a South Florida teen is demanding answers after, they said, the bus from a senior year celebration inadvertently left her at a rest stop on the Florida Turnpike.According to the student’s mother, her daughter ended up stranded and scared at the Fort Drum Service Plaza in Okeechobee, Monday, at around 4 a.m. The student’s family said she was on her way back to Blanche Ely Senior High School in Pompano Beach after having attended Grad Bash at Universal Studios Orlando.The student’s mother said her daughter used the restroom at the plaza. When she came out, the bus was gone.Local residents who spoke to 7News said they empathized with the teen’s family. “I’d be very upset if my child was left behind,” said Joan Campbell.Patrick Johnson said the school should be held accountable for the mishap. “They should definitely be more responsible,” he said. “I mean, I don’t think there’s any excuse for that, really.””I worry about the child, what she was going through,” said Sandra Wilkie.The student’s mother said the teen had her cellphone on her and was able to call her. During the call, however, the phone went dead. Fortunately, the teen’s mother said, students inside a bus from a school in Palm Beach County saw the girl alone and gave her a ride back to South Florida. That bus took the teen to Boca Raton, where she was reunited with her mother.”They should have a checklist of all the names of the kids,” said concerned resident Alec Johnson, “and they should check that list and make sure all the kids are on board.”A Broward County Public Schools spokesperson released a statement that read, “The school is aware of the incident and is grateful the student was safely reunited with her parent. School leadership is in the process of reviewing all protocols and procedures to prevent a similar situation from occurring in the future and continues to communicate with the family of the student involved regarding this matter.””I would be incredibly upset. I would call the superintendent,” said area resident Jim Lack, “and I would want to meet with him, and I would want to know why.”The teen’s mother said her daughter goes to an alternative school in Boca Raton and was participating in Grad Night as a guest. She is now considering legal action.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThe Subaru Outback has always been a left-of-center contender in the midsize crossover-SUV space. It’s more of a tall wagon than an upright sport-utility vehicle, with plenty of ground clearance and lots of space inside. We like the Outback because it thinks slightly outside the box. And the brand-new 2020 Outback that debuts at the New York Auto Show this week offers updates that broaden the model’s appeal without straying from that charming formula.For starters, the 2020 Outback now rides on Subaru’s global platform, which underpins the Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza and redesigned 2020 Legacy, the latter of which largely forms the basis for this redesigned wagon. The new Outback isn’t much larger than its predecessor, but Subaru says the structure is significantly stiffer than before. Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V New York Auto Show 2019 Subaru Subaru Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup 46 Photos May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know 2020 Subaru Outback first drive: Tech and trail mix Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint Crossovers Wagons Share your voice • 2020 Subaru Outback is as ruggedly handsome as ever 2019 Subaru Ascent review On the powertrain front, the big news is the return of a turbocharged engine option. In its higher XT trims, the Outback uses the 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four engine from the Ascent and Legacy, tuned to produce 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a continuously variable transmission, Subaru estimates fuel economy numbers of 23 miles per gallon city and 30 mpg highway with this engine, plus the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds.Non-XT models will use Subaru’s 2.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-four engine, with 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. This engine is slightly more efficient, with Subaru estimating fuel economy of 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. As with the turbo engine, the 2.5-liter H4 is paired with a continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive.Subaru says the 2020 Outback has a number of improved suspension components that ought to make it more enjoyable to drive. Should you want to venture off the beaten path, the Outback offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance — the same as before — and all models get the company’s X-Mode function with hill-descent control.Enlarge ImageThe highlight of the interior is a new, 11.6-inch touchscreen.  Steven Pham/Roadshow Inside, the new Outback gets a massive tech upgrade, by way of the 11.6-inch, portrait-oriented infotainment display, which is standard on all but the base trim level. This new touchscreen runs an updated version of the automaker’s Starlink infotainment system, with optional TomTom-based navigation and a new app called Chimani (which kind of sounds like a granola-based snack), which gives detailed information about all 417 national parks in the US — how appropriately Subaru.Whether you get the big touchscreen or opt for the base model, every 2020 Outback comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth audio and over-the-air updates. All Outbacks also come with Subaru’s EyeSight safety tech, which includes adaptive cruise control and lane-centering tech. LED headlights, reverse automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, a head-up display and a front-view camera are all available as options, or bundled into higher trim levels.Otherwise, the Outback’s interior isn’t radically larger than before, though Subaru says it’s a lot quieter, with better overall materials. The Outback has 75.7 cubic feet of space behind the front seats — about the same as other midsize crossovers — and can be had with a hands-free power liftgate. Instead of kicking your foot under the bumper like on many cars with this tech, the Outback’s system activates when you wave a hand (or arm, if you’re carrying grocery bags) in front of the Subaru logo on the hatch.2020 Subaru OutbackEnlarge ImageThe Outback offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Steven Pham/Roadshow For the extra rugged among us, Subaru offers the Onyx Edition Outback, which starts with the second-from-base Premium trim, and adds water-repellant seat material, unique 18-inch wheels and the turbocharged 2.4-liter engine. The Onyx Edition also gets a hands-free power liftgate, front-view camera and a dual-mode X-Mode drive setting.The Onyx Edition XT is one of several 2020 Outback models, including Base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Limited XT and Touring XT. Pricing for all of these models will be announced when the Outback arrives in Subaru dealers this fall.Originally published April 17, 8:30 a.m. PT. Tags See All reading • 2020 Subaru Outback brings new tech and turbo power to New York 2 Comments 2020 Subaru Legacy first drive: It’s what’s inside that counts More From Roadshow New York Auto Show 2019last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender, on Tuesday announced processing fee waiver on car loans during the upcoming festival season in a bid to boost car sales. The bank is also offering the lowest interest rate starting 8.70 per cent on car loans, with no escalation in interest. “The SBI has waived processing fees on car loans during the festival season. The bank is offering the lowest interest rate starting 8.70 per cent to customers opting for a car loan, with no escalation in interest. For customers applying for a car loan online through digital platforms like YONO/ the bank’s website, it is providing 25 bps concession on interest rate. Salaried customers can also avail loan upto 90 per cent of the car’s on-road price,” the lender said in a statement. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us To bring more smiles, the SBI has also announced personal loan upto Rs 20 lakh at the lowest interest rate starting from 10.75 per cent with the longest re-payment tenure of 6 years, reducing the EMI burden on customers. Additionally, salary account customers can avail pre-approved digital loans upto Rs 5 lakh through YONO (the SBI’s integrated digital banking app) in four clicks, said the statement. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us The bank is also offering education loan upto Rs 50 lakh and upto Rs 1.50 crore for studies in India and abroad respectively at an interest rate starting 8.25 per cent. Customers will be offered the longest re-payment tenure of 15 years which will effectively reduce their EMI burden. Recently, the SBI reduced MCLR (marginal cost of funds based lending rate) by 15 bps due to which overall home loan interest rate is down by 35 bps since April 2019. Currently, the bank offers the cheapest home loan with an interest rate of 8.05 per cent as repo rate linked home loan and this rate will be applicable to all existing and new loan from September 1.last_img read more

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaStating that the root of Rohingya problem lies in Myanmar, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged the international community, including Switzerland, to keep up pressure on Myanmar for an early peaceful solution to the crisis.The prime minister came up with the call in a joint statement after a meeting with visiting president of Swiss Confederation Alain Berset at her office.“We had a productive meeting today. We’ve discussed the Rohingya crisis during bilateral talks. I shared that as the root of the problem lies in Myanmar, the solution has to be found in Myanmar,” she said.“I put emphasis on full and immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission Report, as that will be critically important for the sustainable return of the Rohingya people, in safety and dignity, to their homes in Myanmar,” the Prime Minister said .At the meeting, she said, they discussed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which provides a unique opportunity to build new global partnerships.Sheikh Hasina said today both the countries agreed to conclude a framework MoU on collaboration on matters related to the implementation of Agenda 2030 in near future.A joint declaration identifying the key areas for broader cooperation between the two countries was issued today, she said adding, “We may now ask our respective authorities to develop a roadmap for the implementation of our joint undertakings in a time-bound manner for the shared prosperity of our two people.”She thanked Alain Berset for making his historic first-ever official visit to Bangladesh and termed it a milestone in 45 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.Hasina recalled her visit to Switzerland in December 2000 at the invitation of the then President of the Swiss Confederation.She said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had great admiration about Switzerland for its democratic values, high economic achievement, unique foreign policy of peace, friendship and firm neutrality. “Bangabandhu, my father, looked at Switzerland as a model and wanted to develop Bangladesh as the ‘Switzerland of the East’.”Switzerland was among the first few West European countries to recognize Bangladesh as an independent state on 13 March 1972. Ever since Switzerland became an important development partner and a time tested friend, she said.Hasina appreciated the role played by Switzerland regarding the Rohingya crisis at different United Nations forums and beyond.“I’m very happy to learn that high-powered business delegations from both countries exchanged views in the first-ever high-level Bangladesh-Swiss Business and Investment Forum held today.”She hoped that Swiss companies will explore business opportunities in Bangladesh, and invited them to participate in sectors like oil and gas exploration, power and energy including renewable energy, critical infrastructure development, ICT, banking and insurance, and pharmaceuticals.last_img read more