10 December 2009The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has helped to organize a round table to reaffirm Iraq’s diverse cultural heritage, as the country seeks to rebuild after years of conflict and economic hardship. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has helped to organize a round table to reaffirm Iraq’s diverse cultural heritage, as the country seeks to rebuild after years of conflict and economic hardship.The event, held in Basra in southern Iraq, aimed to identify ways to translate the country’s rich cultural diversity to promote development, dialogue, peace and social cohesion.Held on 7 December, it was moderated by Mufid Jazaeri, a parliamentary member who chairs the Parliamentary Commission for Culture and Media.At the gathering, UNESCO underscored the link between a healthy acceptance of the country’s diverse ethnic, cultural and religious background and the democratic process.The agency believes that cultures are not independent, not monolithic, and its 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity proclaims that cultural diversity “widens the range of options open to everyone.”Mohamed Djelid, UNESCO Representative to Iraq, told participants that “celebrating this diversity, which is a reflection of the ethnic diversity in Iraqi society, is a source of strength.”The day-long round table wrapped up with those taking part signing the Basra Declaration, comprising recommendations aimed at advocating cultural diversity in Iraq. read more

KITIMAT, B.C. — Councillors in Kitimat, B.C., have voted to officially oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project — but they aren’t rejecting further plans to move Alberta oil through the region.A lengthy debate ended Tuesday with councillors voting 4 to 1 in favour of the motion to reject support for Enbridge’s $6-billion pipeline proposal.The vote followed an unofficial plebiscite in the northwestern B.C. municipality that suggested roughly 60 per cent of citizens oppose the pipeline.While refusing support for Enbridge, several councillors say newspaper mogul David Black’s proposed refinery north of Kitimat is a viable alternative to the plan to pipe Alberta bitumen across B.C. and load it onto tankers for shipment overseas.Coun. Mario Feldhoff says Black’s proposal cuts the risk of a catastrophic spill in the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel while offering the potential of as many as 3,000 direct, ongoing refinery jobs.Black believes his $26-billion refinery would remove the need to transport diluted bitumen by tanker, but warned Kitimat council last November that some Enbridge partners aren’t on board.Canadian Press read more

“Unfortunately, the water level is still rising and there is no way to divert the water. The Adyar river is still overflowing. We are working round the clock,” Deepak Shastri, the Chennai Airport Director told NDTV on Tuesday night.“Only if rain recedes, can we resume work. Runway is not flooded, but there is water. We don’t consider operations at the moment safe. The under carriage (of aircraft) are almost touching water level, hence they cannot operate the flights. This kind of situation is likely to continue,” he said.Airlines made early morning announcements on Wednesday to inform people that flights continue to be cancelled. (Colombo Gazette) The airline said it will resume flights as soon as the Airport resumes operations and the Airline may operate a few extra flights to facilitate the stranded passengers in Chennai. NDTV reported that flights to and out of Chennai have been cancelled for the day and the airport is shut with water on the runway as the city battles heavy rain of the kind not seen in almost a 100 years. No flights have taken off from or landed in Chennai since 8:30 pm on Tuesday. Several flights operating between Colombo and Chennai have been cancelled owing to floods at the Chennai airport.SriLankan Airlines said it has suspended four Chennai bound flights, UL121, UL127, UL123 and UL125 of December 3, in view of the closure of the Chennai International Airport following heavy flooding due to torrential weather conditions in South India. About 4,000 people are stranded at the Chennai airport.It rained incessantly since Monday into early Wednesday morning and the Met office says heavy rain is expected to continue over the next four days. read more

The former Defence Secretary said he was asked about gold placed in the structure.Some members of the joint opposition were also present at the FCID when Rajapaksa was being questioned. (Colombo Gazette) Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was questioned today by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) on construction work carried out by the former Government in Anuradhapura.Rajapaksa was questioned by the FCID on his involvement with the Sanda Hiru Seya construction in Anuradhapura. read more

“I urge States to place Roma rights at the heart of all strategies and policies related to human and minority rights, social inclusion and development, with explicit targets for Roma communities,” Rita Izsák, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, said yesterday presenting her latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.The deeply embedded social and structural discrimination Roma face worldwide, including anti-Gypsyism, Ms. Izsák stressed, is an overarching factor for the marginalization of Roma.Among other issues, the report highlights the marginalization Roma communities face, underscores the lack of attention to Roma outside Europe, notes the ongoing invisibility of many of these communities such as underrepresentation in decision-making bodies, and condemns media stereotypes against Roma.While the Special Rapporteur noted some positive developments in her report, these however tended to be short-term, issue-specific projects that fail to addresses Roma communities disadvantage at many levels. “Creating conditions for the effective participation of Roma in all aspects of the life of the State … should be considered by States as an integral aspect of good governance and a key priority in efforts to ensure equality and non-discrimination,” Ms. Izsák said. Also suggested in her report are steps to combat discrimination and to guarantee the full enjoyment of the human rights of Roma. “The media should promote non-stereotypical portrayals of Roma, including through providing greater visibility to Roma self-representation, history and culture,” said the Special Rapporteur, emphasizing the potential that traditional and new media have to promote intercultural dialogue between Roma and non-Roma communities.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Reject those who ‘spread fear and hatred’Mr. Guterres declared that the Day was an opportunity to reaffirm support for the victims of violence based on religion and belief, adding that “we demonstrate that support by doing all in our power to prevent such attacks and demanding that those responsible are held accountable”. Pointing out that all major world religions espouse tolerance and peaceful coexistence, the UN chief urged resistance to, and rejection of, those who “falsely and maliciously invoke religion to build misconceptions, fuel division and spread fear and hatred”, noting that there is richness and strength in diversity, which is never a threat.The Secretary-General drew attention to two new initiatives set up to overcome the threat of violence based on religion and belief: a UN strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech, and a Plan of Action to safeguard religious sites. UN plan to improve safety for worshippersThe latter initiative is being overseen by Miguel Angel Moratinos, who delivered a draft plan to the UN chief at the end of July, following consultations with governments, religious leaders, faith-based organizations and other relevant stakeholders.Speaking at a July conference on counter-terrorism in Kenya, Mr. Moratinos, who is the UN High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), said that the aim of the Plan is to provide “concrete and action-oriented recommendations that can help ensure that religious sites are safe and that worshipers can observe their rituals in peace.”In a message released on the Day, Mr. Guterres said that the best way to overcome the threat of violence based on religion and belief is by “uniting our voices for good, countering messages of hate with messages of peace, embracing diversity and protecting human rights”. The Day was created in response to an increasing number of attacks against individuals and groups, targeted simply because of their religion or belief, around the world. Examples, said the Secretary-General, include “Jews have been murdered in synagogues, their gravestones defaced with swastikas; Muslims gunned down in mosques, their religious sites vandalized; Christians killed at prayer, their churches torched.”We have seen a rise in attacks against people targeted because of their religion or belief.The world must step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, the persecution of Christians and other religious groups.We all have a responsibility to look out for each other.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) August 22, 2019 read more

Wisconsin senior running back Montee Ball, the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year for 2011, suffered head injuries during an attack by five men near the Badger campus early Thursday morning, according to police.According to the incident report, Ball did not appear to know his attackers. The incident is listed only as a battery and is being investigated as an unprovoked assault.Witnesses told police the men knocked Ball to the ground and began kicking him. Ball, a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, was taken to a hospital and released later Wednesday morning.A team spokesman said Ball spent two hours in the hospital before he was released. Ball’s father said his son’s phone was stolen in the attack. It is not known if he can practice Monday when camp opens. Wisconsin opens the season Sept. 1 at home against Northern Iowa.“My concern right now is for Montee’s health and well-being,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said in a prepared statement. “Montee has been released from the hospital and is under the care and supervision of our sports medicine staff. We will continue to evaluate him as we approach the start of fall camp this weekend. I do expect Montee to make a full recovery.”Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said in a prepared statement: “Montee has been released from the hospital and is under the care and supervision of our sports medicine staff. We will continue to evaluate him as we approach the start of fall camp this weekend. I do expect Montee to make a full recovery.”In a post to his Twitter account Wednesday, Ballwrote: “I appreciate the support and thank you for the concerns. I will be okay! See you guys in September! #WiscONsin.”Ball earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors last season after rushing for 1,923 yards and an NCAA-record 33 touchdowns on 307 carries. He also had six receiving touchdowns and his 39 overall TDs tied Barry Sanders’ NCAA record. His 2,229 all-purpose yards were second in Wisconsin history to Ron Dayne’s 2,242 yards in 1996. read more

first_imgA FRENCH CLIMBER scaling a glacier off Mont Blanc got more than satisfaction for his efforts when he stumbled across a treasure trove of emeralds, rubies and sapphires that had been buried for decades.The jewels, estimated to be worth up to €246,000, lay hidden in a metal box that was on board an Indian plane that crashed in the desolate landscape some 50 years ago.The climber turned the haul in to local police.“This was an honest young man who very quickly realised that they belonged to someone who died on the glacier,” local gendarmerie chief Sylvain Merly told AFP.“He could have kept them but he preferred to give them to the police,” Merly said, adding that the climber stumbled upon the box earlier this month and that some of the sachets containing the precious stones bore the stamp ‘Made in India.’French authorities are contacting their Indian counterparts to trace the owner or heirs of the jewels.Under French law, the jewellery could be handed over to the mountaineer if these are not identified, Merly said.Two Air India planes crashed into Mont Blanc in 1950 and in 1966. Climbers routinely find debris, baggage and human remains.In September last year, India took possession of a bag of diplomatic mail from the Kangchenjunga, a Boeing 707 flying from Mumbai which crashed on the southwest face of Mont Blanc on January 24, 1966.The crash killed 117 people including the pioneer of India’s nuclear programme Homi Jehangir Bhabha.- © AFP, 2013Gold bars worth €1.6 million vanish from Air France plane > Illegal treasure-hunters targeted by metal detector guidelines > €27 million in silver recovered from WWII shipwreck off Galway’s coast >last_img read more

first_imgLes moutons, des animaux d’une grande diversité génétiqueAprès des millénaires de domestication et de sélection, le mouton a conservé une très grande diversité génétique. L’animal présente un potentiel de reproduction et d’amélioration qui, d’après une récente étude, pourrait largement contribuer à la satisfaction des besoins d’une population qui ne cesse de croître.Des chercheurs ont mené une étude à partir du séquençage du génome du mouton, l’un des animaux domestiques les plus anciens et les plus prolifiques. Ils ont ainsi pu déterminer l’impact génétique de l’homme sur l’animal au cours des onze derniers millénaires, lors desquels il a été façonné pour une meilleure adaptation aux différents environnements, répondre aux besoins de production de viande, de laine et de lait, mais aussi pour supprimer certaines de ses caractéristiques, comme ses cornes.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au cours de leurs travaux, publiés par la revue américaine PLoS, les chercheurs ont identifié une trentaine de régions du génome du mouton semblant avoir été très rapidement modifiées par la sélection de certains gènes liés à la couleur de sa toison, sa taille, ou encore sa reproduction. Grâce à l’étude de 50.000 molécules d’ADN, des liens génétiques ont pu être retracés entre quelque 2.819 moutons issus de 74 races venues des quatre coins du monde. Des travaux qui ont permis de découvrir la vaste diversité génétique qu’a su conserver le mouton, contrairement à certains bovins ou aux chiens.”Notre carte génétique détaillée nous indique que les races de moutons ont été formées de façon plus fluide qui les rend différentes des autres espèces d’animaux domestiques”, explique James Kijas, un généticien moléculaire de l’Agence scientifique nationale australienne ayant participé à cette étude. “Des accouplements fréquents et un flot puissant de gènes entre des moutons de différentes lignées ont permis aux races d’ovidés les plus modernes de maintenir de hauts niveaux de diversité génétique et ce à la différence des autres bétails ou des races de chiens” souligne-t-il cité par l’AFP. Pour les chercheurs, cette diversité “signifie que les éleveurs de moutons peuvent continuer à s’attendre à obtenir d’importantes améliorations des traits de production de ces animaux qui pourraient contribuer à nourrir la population croissante du globe en quête de plus en plus de protéines animales”.Le 11 février 2012 à 17:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands WWE NXTNovember 6, 2014Full Sail UniversityCommentators: Rich Brennan, Alex Riley, Jason AlbertRecap by: Jason Namako of Wrestleview.comWe see video highlighting the past times Sami Zayn has not won the big one, then a look at the beginnings of Zayn’s Road to Redemption.We see the usual intro, then go to the opening match.NXT Takeover Return Match: “Prince Pretty” Tyler Breeze vs. Sami ZaynBreeze with a quick roll-up for a nearfall. Breeze motions to Zayn that he was “this close” to beating him. Chain wrestling, then Breeze with a backslide for a 1 count and again motions to Zayn that he almost had him. Breeze with a side headlock into an O’Connor Roll for a nearfall, then yet again motions to Zayn that he almost had him. More chain wrestling, then Zayn springs over Breeze from the bottom rope and hits an armdrag. Inverted atomic drop by Zayn, then he sends Breeze into the turnbuckles. Zayn with a slam, Breeze rolls out onto the apron. Zayn grabs Breeze, but Breeze hot-shots Zayn across the top rope.Kneedrop by Breeze for a 1 count. Breeze sends Zayn off the turnbuckles, then stomps away at him in the corner. Breeze has words with the ref, then hits a series of stomps to the ribs of Zayn. Breeze gets a 1 count. Chinlock applied by Breeze, crowd wills on Zayn. Zayn gets to his feet, but Breeze with a knee to the ribs. Zayn sidesteps a backdrop attempt, but Breeze slips out of a slam and hits Zayn with a running bulldog into the middle turnbuckle. Breeze gets another 1 count as we go to commercial.CommercialBack from commercial as Breeze with a suplex on Zayn for a nearfall. Chinlock re-applied by Breeze, crowd again wills on Zayn. Zayn gets free by taking Breeze down, but Breeze comes back with a back elbow. Running kneedrop by Breeze for a 1 count. Breeze with a right hand, but Zayn responds with one of his own. More right hands by Zayn, but Breeze with a savate kick to the ribs. Running flying back elbow by Breeze in the corner on Zayn for a nearfall. Chinlock re-applied, crowd again wills on Zayn. Zayn gets to his feet, but Breeze with another knee to the ribs.Zayn comes back with 2 clotheslines, then counters a flapjack attempt by Breeze with a dropkick. Zayn goes for the Blue Thunder Bomb, but Breeze blocks it with elbows. Hangman’s Neckbreaker by Breeze for a nearfall. Zayn rolls out onto the apron, then hits Breeze with a shoulder to the ribs. Zayn heads up top, but Breeze stops him with a forearm. Breeze goes up top with Zayn, but Zayn knocks him off with right hands. Zayn goes for a crossbody, but Breeze nails him in mid-air with a dropkick for a nearfall. Breeze is starting to get frustrated. Breeze yells at Zayn to give up, but Zayn catches a right hand with a Flatliner. Zayn goes for the Koji Clutch, but Breeze slips out. Breeze goes for the Supermodel Kick, but Zayn blocks it. Zayn goes again for the Blue Thunder Bomb, but Breeze slips out. Series of standing switches, then Breeze nails Zayn with the Supermodel Kick, but Zayn kicks out! Breeze can’t believe it! Breeze catches a kick by Zayn, but Zayn nails with the Exploder into the turnbuckles!OLE KICK!! 1-2-3!Winner: Sami Zayn by pinfall (OLE Kick)Zayn celebrates his win afterward, motioning that he is coming for the NXT Title.CommercialBack from commercial, we go backstage as Renee Young interviews NXT Champion Adrian Neville. Neville says that he was impressed with Sami Zayn’s win tonight and in my mind, I consider him the #1 Contender right now, which makes me happy. Sami is a friend of mine, a great competitor and I’ll give him a title shot anytime, anyplace. I have absolutely no qualms about it because I’ve said it before and I think everybody knows by now, unfortunately Sami Zayn, well, he can’t win the big one.Dash Wilder vs. Tyson KiddChain wrestling early. Side headlock and a shoulder tackle by Wilder. Wilder with a side headlock, but Kidd backs him into the corner and nails Wilder with a shoulder to the ribs. Kidd then unloads with right hands and stomps to Wilder in the corner. Kidd chokes Wilder with his boot, then guillotines him throat-first into the bottom rope. Snapmare and a Victim Kick by Kidd for a nearfall. Chinlock applied by Kidd. Kidd with a knee to the ribs and a forearm, followed by a back elbow. Kidd chokes Wilder with his shin. Crossface shot by Kidd, then re-applies the chinlock, crowd wills on Wilder. Kidd with another knee to the ribs, then takes Wilder back down. Kidd with another knee to the ribs, but runs into a back elbow by Wilder. Wilder with 2 running knockdowns, then catches Kidd off a leapfrog with a powerslam for a nearfall. Kidd rolls out onto the apron, then nails Wilder with an enziguri. Spinning Fisherman by Kidd.Sharpshooter applied by Kidd, Wilder taps.Winner: Tyson Kidd by submission (Sharpshooter)Kidd celebrates his win afterward.Backstage, Marcus Louis constantly says to himself that they did this to me and they won’t stop making fun of me.CommercialBack from commercial, we go backstage as Renee Young interviews Sami Zayn. Zayn says he feels like the count of Monte Cristo after his match tonight. This Road to Redemption is real, its not just a tagline. I feel like I’m avenging myself and righting the wrongs and those wrongs are people I’ve lost matches to like Tyson Kidd, Titus O’Neil and now, Tyler Breeze. These are people that stood in my way and now, I’m taking them out, one after the other. So I feel like this road is at its end and next week, its time to end it all, I want a shot at the NXT Title and Adrian Neville.“The Boss” Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch vs. “Its” Bayley & NXT Women’s Champion “The Dirtiest Diva in the Game” CharlotteBayley & Lynch start. Bayley unloads with back clubs on Lynch. Bayley drives Lynch into the corner, but Lynch with a series of back clubs. Sasha in, but Bayley hits her with a slam. Running leaping kneedrop by Bayley for a nearfall. Charlotte in, Sasha begs off and runs over to tag in Lynch, but Charlotte brings Lynch in the hardway. Charlotte with a hair-mare to Lynch, then sends Lynch off the turnbuckles. Series of chops by Charlotte in the corner. Snapmare into a cravate by Charlotte as we go to commercial.CommercialBack from commercial as Charlotte continues to have the cravate applied on Lynch, along with a series of knee strikes. Charlotte throws Lynch into her corner, forcing her to tag in Sasha. Lynch doesn’t do so, so Charlotte stomps away at Lynch. Charlotte gains a nearfall. Charlotte throws Lynch into Sasha, knocking Sasha off the apron. Charlotte gives chase to Sasha, then Charlotte with forearms to Lynch. Charlotte takes a swing at Sasha, but she ducks, then drives Charlotte down by the hair. Lynch gains a nearfall. Sasha in, now that Charlotte is down. Sasha unloads with right hands from the mount on Charlotte. Lynch in, but Charlotte drives Lynch into the corner and hits a series of shoulders to the ribs. Another hair-mare by Charlotte, followed by a kneedrop. Bayley in, hits a chop to Lynch. Snapmare, followed by a slap to the back, a basement uppercut to the back of Lynch’s head and a basement hestitation clothesline for a nearfall. Lynch with a knee to the ribs and a back club to Bayley. Sasha in, unloads with back clubs to Bayley, then hits a series of right hands from the mount on Charlotte. Sasha taunts Charlotte, then hits Bayley with a kick. Sasha gains a nearfall. Sasha then mocks Charlotte by doing Charlotte’s own Figure Four Headlock and Scissor Stomp on Bayley. Sasha gains another nearfall. Charlotte wills on her partner as Sasha sends Bayley into the turnbuckles. Lynch in, gut kick to Bayley. Lynch with more back clubs to Bayley, then sends her off the turnbuckles. Sasha in, chokes Bayley with her boot in the corner. Sasha taunts Charlotte again, then hits a slam on Bayley for a nearfall. Bayley blocks a suplex by Sasha and hits one of her own. Lynch in, but Bayley sends her to the outside. Sasha with a clothesline to Bayley, then Lynch grabs Charlotte’s leg on the outside, allowing Sasha to knock Charlotte off the apron with a clothesline.Bayley with an O’Connor Roll to Sasha, but Sasha reverses it and hooks the tights of Bayley for the win.Winners: “The Boss” Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch by pinfall (O’Connor Roll)Sasha & Lynch celebrate their win afterwards.Backstage, Renee Young interviews NXT GM William Regal in his office. Regal says he cannot always worry about what the talent wants, I have to worry about what’s best for business. But, in consecutive weeks, Sami Zayn has defeated Tyson Kidd, Titus O’Neil and Tyler Breeze and perhaps, Zayn is indeed the #1 Contender. Next week on NXT, Sami Zayn vs. Adrian Neville for the NXT Title.CommercialBack from commercial, the music of the Ascension hits and they make their to the ring. Viktor has a mic and says that we tried to be patient with Hideo Itami, but clearly, you just don’t understand, you just don’t get the message. Konnor says that Itami wants to make threats, why don’t you come out here, so we can finish what we started.The music of Hideo Itami hits and he makes his way onto the rampway. Itami looks behind him, then the Titantron shows the name of the former Prince Devitt, now known as Finn Balor. New music hits and Balor makes his way onto the rampway with Itami. Itami & Balor charge the ring and go after the Ascension. Itami & Balor unload with forearms, chops, stomps and chest kicks to the Ascension in opposite corners. Itami & Balor with 2 stereo running hestiation dropkicks to the Ascension in the corner. Konnor goes outside, but Balor leaps off the apron and wipes out Konnor with a double stomp! Pele Kick by Balor to Viktor, followed by Itami hitting a running flying knee. Balor heads up top while Itami taunts Konnor, who is picking himself back up to his feet. 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first_img“Every printed page has been digitally scanned at 1,200-dpi resolution, allowing users to leaf through electronic pages, search, zoom, scroll and print with a sharpness that captures the clarity and quality of the original publications,” National Geographic Global Media vice president Bernice Chu told FOLIO:. National Geographic partnered with software developer Effective UI to produce the enhanced version of the archive. The final product took more than a year and a “substantial investment” to produce, Chu said.For more than a decade, National Geographic argued in court that it shouldn’t have to pay freelancers additional royalty fees associated with the commercial sale of the first edition of “The Complete National Geographic,” which was released in 1997.The DVD-ROM box set will be available at major retailers, and at completenatgeo.com, starting November 1 for $69.95. The hard drive version has been priced at $199.95. After winning a lengthy legal battle over intellectual property rights, National Geographic has re-released “The Complete National Geographic,” a digital archive of the magazine on DVD-ROM and hard drive.A pair of federal appellate courts ruled in favor of National Geographic in June 2008, officially allowing magazine and newspaper publishers to transfer their published archives to digital format and sell them without infringing on the rights of freelance writers and photographers.The enhanced six-disc box set includes digital copies of every issue of the magazine published from October 1888 to December 2008, and features navigation allowing users to search articles, photos, illustrations and advertisements by keyword, date, byline and/or topic. In addition, the magazine has digitized “hundreds” of the magazine’s signature maps.last_img read more

first_imgA view of Vidhana Soudha after the entry gates were closed following political development in Karnataka on July 10, 2019.IANSThe newly sworn-in ministers in the Karnataka’s cabinet, headed by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, were finally allocated portfolios on Monday, August 26. CM Yediyurappa forwarded the list of portfolios to the state Governor Vajubhai Vala. In the first round, 12 ministers have been allocated various departments, including plum portfolios like Public Works Department (PWD), Energy and Revenue. The second round of cabinet expansion will be held on August 28.Cabinet ministers and their portfolios:Dr Ashwath Narayan CN – Home Minister of Karnataka and Bengaluru Development Minister.CC Patil – Mines and Geology Shashikala Jolle – Women and Child WelfareJC Madhuswamy – Law and Parliamentary Affairs B Sriramulu – Health GovindKarjol – Public Works Department (PWD) BasavarajBommai – Energy Laxman Savadi – Cooperation R Ashoka – Revenue V Somanna – Housing Jagadish Shettar – Large Scale Industries KS Eshwarappa – Social Welfare With speculations rife that Yediyurappa has been forced to induct three deputy chief ministers in his cabinet, it is reported that Ashwath Narayan, Govind M Karajol and Laxman Savadi are likely to get the post. Nalin Kateel will take charge as the state BJP chief on Tuesday, August 27.Meanwhile, senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and KC Venugopal will hold a meeting with party leaders and discuss who will become the next chief of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) as well as the Opposition leader.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Pakistani primer minister Nawaz Sharif (C/back) sits in a vehicle alongside his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif (R) following his release from Adiala prison in Rawalpindi on 19 September, 2018. Photo: AFP.Pakistani authorities released former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter from jail on Wednesday after a court suspended prison sentences they got in July over the purchase of upscale apartments in London.Supporters showered Sharif’s car with rose petals after he was freed from the jail in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, television footage showed. “The prisoners have been set free,” Ishaq Cheema, an official at Adyala jail, told Reuters.Earlier in the day Islamabad High Court suspended the 10-year jail term of the three-time premier, who was once the favourite of Pakistan’s powerful generals but has since fallen out and clashed with the military.The ruling comes almost two months after Sharif’s party lost a general election to the party of new prime minister Imran Khan. Sharif’s party and others allege the July 25 polls were rigged to favour Khan, who is seen to be close to the army.The court also freed Sharif’s daughter and political heir Maryam, who was jailed for seven years on corruption charges relating to the family’s acquisition of the London flats.Pakistani supporters of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif eat sweets as they celebrate a court verdict in Lahore on 19 September, 2018. A Pakistani court on September 19 ordered the release of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending their prison sentences pending an appeal hearing. Photo: AFP”The prosecution has failed to show the properties belong to Nawaz Sharif,” Justice Athar Minallah told the court.The convictions are still under appeal with the same court, but the judge said they should be freed immediately while the case continues.”Justice has been served, and I congratulate Nawaz Sharif’s supporters,” former foreign minister Khawaja Asif, a staunch Sharif ally, said outside the courtroom, where supporters chanted pro-Sharif slogans.OFFSHORE ALLEGATIONSharif was ousted and disqualified from holding office by the Supreme Court in July 2017 and jailed earlier this year in absentia. He was arrested on July 13 upon returning from London.The case against Sharif stemmed from 2016 Panama Papers revelations that showed his family owned the London apartments through offshore companies. Maryam was convicted for concealing ownership of the properties. They both deny wrongdoing.Sharif’s release comes a week after the death aged 68 of Kulsoom, his wife of 47 years, who had been battling cancer in a London hospital. The former First Lady’s funeral in Pakistan, for which the family were briefly paroled, gripped the nation.Sharif has repeatedly called the cases against him politically motivated, suggesting collusion between the military and courts to destabilise his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party and throw him out of power.Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), the ruling party led by former cricketer Khan, said the judiciary was independent and the cases would continue.”The Sharif family still has not proven where the billions of rupees came from for their property,” said Fawad Chaudhry, the government’s information minister, according to PTI’s official Twitter account.In opposition, Khan was a vocal supporter of the legal cases that removed Sharif from office.Sharif, a political survivor, was previously jailed after the 1999 coup by military ruler Pervez Musharraf. Sharif later went into exile after striking a deal with the military and returned in 2007 to contest an election after Musharraf stepped down in the face of mass protests.Khan is making his first official overseas trip to Saudi Arabia, the country that gave Sharif shelter after the 1999 coup, where he is reportedly seeking financial help to stave off the likelihood of another IMF bailout.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: Ten children were rescued from New Jalpaiguri Railway station from being allegedly trafficked to Rajasthan. Four persons arrested in connection with this racket were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Jalpaiguri on Friday and have remanded to judicial custody.”We had received information from Shashastra Seema Bal and accordingly launched a joint operation with the help of Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force at the NJP Railway station. The Brahmaputra Express was thoroughly searched. The joint operation resulted in the rescue of 10 boys,” stated Ashim Rai, regional Manager, Tiny Hands, India (working in the anti-Human Trafficking arena) The incident had occurred on Thursday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The boys were from Jalpaiguri and neighbouring Assam. They were being trafficked to Jaipur and Rajasthan to work in a Saree factory as embroiders,” added Rai.Chanchal Das and his wife Deepa Das of Malda along with Dipak Das and his wife Chandana Das from Jalpaiguri were arrested in connection with this incident. They have been booked under Section 370 (exploitation) of the Indian Penal Code along with Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act.Four of the rescued boys aged 18 years and above were handed over to their respective families and the remaining 6 were sent to a Home in Jalpaiguri.Tiny Hands India has been operating in Siliguri, Panitanki on the Indo-Nepal border, Jaigaon on the Indo-Bhutan border andAlipurduar since 2016.They have intercepted 585 vulnerable persons or victims since inception.last_img read more

first_imgLisa from Harvey World Travel Noosa this year was named the 13th winner of the Avis Scholarship of Excellence, after submitting an application for the second time round.Avis’ winner was named at a gala dinner hosted at Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel after she and five other finalists had progressed past the first two rounds of selection and arrived in Sydney a day earlier for a panel interview.This year’s other finalists Jillian Murray from Southside Business and Leisure Travel, Woree; Angelina Stimson from Globetrotter Corporate Travel, Nedlands; Kylie Afzal Corporate from Travel Management, Brisbane; Leanne Downie from Spencer Travel, Surry Hills; and Carine Ernest from Corporate Travel Management, Sydney, didn’t go home empty handed either enjoying a night or two at the Four Seasons Hotel as well as weekend car hire and a $50 American Express voucher.“We’ve had 13 years of scholarship judging and each year gets tougher.  It’s a cliché, but to all the finalists, you’ve already proven yourself to be a winner – you guys are the best of the best,” said Russell Butler, Avis Travel Industry Manager.“It’s quite unusual for something like this to have this sort of longevity,” adds George Proos, Avis Australia Vice President & CEO.  “But due to the passion shown by Russell and the rest of the Travel Agents Advisory Board I have the confidence to allow it to continue in our planning every year.”Lisa will now embark of a year of new challenges including a trip to New York to Avis headquarters in order to meet the executive team, as well as undertake a week on the road with a Business Development Manager. Flying Qantas in Business Class, Lisa will also be able to take a friend or loved one with her.Other development components of the scholarship include business coaching products from Polonious Resources, Four International Cruise Council Australasia cruise training modules, and an honorary position on the Avis Travel Agents Advisory Board.“I’m looking forward to promoting the Avis Scholarship, because I just think it’s the best thing in the travel industry for reminding us what we’re there to do every day,” she said in accepting her award.Avis has pledged that the scholarship will be back again in 2010 for its 14th year, albeit with a few tweaks.L-R: Russell Butler (Avis), Lisa Upton (HWT Noosa), Angelina Stimson (Globetrotter Corporate Travel, WA), Jillian Murray (Southside Business and Leisure Travel, QLD), Carine Ernest (CTM Sydney, NSW), Kylie Afzal (CTM Brisbane, QLD), and George Proos (Avis)George Proos Avis Australia Vice President & CEO (left) and Russell Butler Avis Travel Industry Manager (right), with 2009 winner Lisa Upton and 2008 Winner Kim Hatherly2009 winner Lisa Upton receiving her award from George Proos Avis Australia Vice President & CEOL-R: George Proos Avis Australia Vice President & Managing Director, David Fellows Polonious Resources Founder, Brett Jardine ICCA General Manager, Geoff Appleton Polonious Resources Founder, Stephen Limbrick Qantas Executive Manager Australia Sales, Jayson Westbury AFTA CEO, and Russel Butler Avis Travel Industry Manager.Peter from Avis, Lyndall Corporate Travel Management, and Lizzie from Corporate Travel ManagementJo from Avis, James from Harvey World Travel, inaugural winner Robin from Excel Travel Melbourne, and 2009 winner Lisa from Harvey World TravelMichelle from Concorde Agency Network, Renee from Jetset Travel World, and Fiona from Stella Travel ServicesHugh from AOT Holidays, Shelley from CTM, Jillian from Southside Business and Leisure Travel QLD, and Andrew from Magellan Travel GroupLeanne from Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Geoff from Polonious Resources, Mike Former AFTA CEO (behind), and Kylie from Corporate Travel Management BrisbaneKim Southside World Travel, David from Carlson Wagonlit, David from Polonious Resources, and Warwick from Jetset Travelworld GroupGeorge from Avis, Steve from Qantas, Jayson from AFTA, and Brett from ICCA ::Second time lucky for QLD agent in Avis Scholarship:: Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

first_imgThe Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) announced an initiative to reduce overall water intensity by 5% within the next two years across all its hotels. EarthCheck will conduct a monthly audit to monitor IHCL’s sustainability practices and progress.The company has also launched a Water SMART contest wherein all hotels will participate to initiate a water intensity reduction project for three months and the model of the winning hotel/hotels will be scaled across all hotels as a best practice.Dr PV Murthy, Executive Vice President and Global Head – Human Resources, IHCL said, “Our sustainability goals have evolved with the changing world that we live in. At IHCL, it is our constant endeavour to grow responsibly and contribute to preserving the environment in a meaningful way. This year’s goal is in line with our commitment to working towards optimizing water and energy consumption.”IHCL’s Sustainability Report, based onGRI (Global Reporting Initiative) Standards highlights the impact the company has made towards environmental stewardship:       IHCL has been successful in eliminating two million plastic straws from its ecosystem within a year       IHCL has scaled up the renewable energy quotient from 7% to 23% over the last three years·        Three of IHCL’s award-winning hotels – Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans; Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives and Taj Samudra, Colombo have eliminated PET bottles entirely. All three hotels have their own in-house bottling units.last_img read more

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Director Peter Jackson is upfront about what audiences should not expect from his unconventional World War I documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old.” This is a film made by a non-historian for an audience of non-historians, he says. There are no dates, names or locations. Neither are there any talking heads or historians or politics. It’s just images and the voices of those who were there, telling their own stories.And the result is riveting — an immersive, haunting and often transcendent experience that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. That’s because Jackson has done something revolutionary by restoring, colorizing and adding 3D depth to hundred-year-old footage from the archives of the Imperial War Museum, depicting everything from basic training to the trenches.Although there are many smiles as the men as young as 15 and 16 look upon the camera that’s filming them, it does not spare you the harrowing stuff. You watch as soldiers strip off their shoes and socks to reveal gangrene. You see dead bodies piled on top of one another, a hand sticking out of the mud, bare-bottomed soldiers trying to relieve themselves in a makeshift, and quite public, toilet. The mechanics of a cannon are downright hypnotic. The 3D effects make you feel as though you’ve been transported to another world, and this isn’t even taking into account the voices.The narration comes from hundreds of hours of BBC and IWM interviews from the middle of the century (Jackson wanted the veterans telling their stories in their 60s, where possible). You never learn who is talking, and the voices change quite frequently, but somehow, with all this somewhat random collection of anecdotes and footage, Jackson and his team give what is perhaps the most honest collective account of the Great War that’s ever been committed to film.They talk about joining up, and lying about their ages in order to do so, the rigours of basic training, the logistical difficulties of having one uniform for the entire war, the pain of the army-issued boots, many of which didn’t actually even fit the soldiers. They also talk about the unique camaraderie in the trenches as somewhat fleeting, which struck me as something I hadn’t heard before in all the band of brothers narratives out there, and what it was like when the person next to you was suddenly killed, and the weariness and apathy both they and the Germans seemed to feel as the war stretched on and everyone just wanted to go home.And the big gut-punch is yet to come when they begin to describe what it was like to re-enter civilian life after the war: No one cared. And no one wanted to talk about the war. These veterans were now a nuisance and a burden.“They Shall Not Grow Old” won’t prepare you for that history test or ready you to talk about the Gallipoli or Verdun. And yet, while it might not be a conventional history lesson, it is a necessary and utterly urgent one, and it’s very much worth taking the trek to the theatre for its special engagement on Jan. 21 to take advantage of the astonishing technology on display.“They Shall Not Grow Old,” a Warner Bros. release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “disturbing war images.” Running time: 99 minutes. Four stars out of four.___MPAA Definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Review: ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ is an immersive marvel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2019 9:35 am PDT read more