FIRs against former Manipur CM

first_imgImphal Police on Friday registered FIRs (First Information Reports) against the former Congress Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh (from 2002 to March 2017), three former Manipur Chief Secretaries D.S. Poonia, O. Nabakishore and P.C. Lawmkawna, and two officials Yambem Ningthem and S. Rojit, in connection with the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) probe into the alleged misuse of ₹179 crore pertaining to the Manipur Development Society (MDS) for providing water sports infrastructure at the Loktak lake.It was alleged that “officials and staff of the MDS had not observed prescribed procedures, establishment’s norms and extant rules” including “measurement books, detailed project reports and utilisation certification.”Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson K.Ranjit said the Congress, ““welcomes the investigation process”, adding, ���It will help find the out the truth. However, it is too early to say who is guilty and who is not.”Exposing the alleged corruption in the MDS was one of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) election promises. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said, “The cabinet approved the proposal to lodge the FIRs.” The government on Friday also suspended two police officers in connection with the controversial purchase of belts for police and paramilitary personnel. The officers are Superintendent of Police (SP) of the Senapati district P. Goulin and Additional Superintendent of Police of the Imphal East district M. Kumarjit . Retired IPS officer S. Manglemjao’s pension was suspended. The belts were purchased during their tenure. During a press conference, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh tore the belt with his hands. This was to show that the substandard belt was made mostly with paper. (Inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Former Maharashtra Official Accused of Amassing Illegal Assets Arrested in UAE

first_imgA former deputy collector of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) was arrested by the police in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a case of money laundering. Nitish Thakur, who was wanted for his links with a money laundering and a disproportionate assets case in India, was arrested in the UAE on Jan.21, Union Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla informed the parliament on Feb.7.The dismissed officer’s arrest came following an Interpol notice that was issued against him in October last year, PTI reported. He was on the run for last three years, after cases were registered against him by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).While informing the Rajya Sabha about Thakur’s arrest, Shukla said that the notice was issued on the request of the ED. The process of extradition of the former official has begun and the Enforcement Directorate has been asked to submit all documents linked to the case to the Ministry of External Affairs.Thakur has been accused of accruing more than Rs 200 crore when he served as the deputy collector of MHADA. He was booked under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after two FIRs were filed in 2011 and 2012 by the ED.The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested him in 2012, accusing him of amassing assets worth over Rs 118.3 crore. He had allegedly acquired 26 properties in Mumbai and other parts of the Maharashtra. While the ACB was investigating the case, it found that Thakur had got Rs 17 crore from Dubai, following which a case was registered by the ED, alleging that Thakur attempted to launder some of his funds made through corrupt means by making transactions abroad.After he obtained a bail in 2012, Thakur tried to flee India in April 2013 but was intercepted and held at the Mumbai international airport. He was, however, not handed over to an investigation agency, and his passport was not seized either. The Anti-Corruption Bureau got a proclamation notice against him, calling him an absconder, in June 2013, and a lookout notice was issued in March 2014. In 2015, it surfaced that Thakur was in Dubai and had reportedly taken a 3-year temporary residentship of UAE, the Times of India reported.  The ED started the process of  issuing a Red Corner notice against him in 2016.  Thakur allegedly illegally amassed Rs 250 crore that was given by M/s Shapoorji Pallonji Co. Ltd to a company called PRS Enterprises, owned by him.“M/s Shapoorji Pallonji Company Limited had filed a civil suit no. 2576 of 2011 before the High Court of Bombay and obtained a decree in its favor on Oct.19, 2011 for transferring the properties acquired out of the funds given by it,” Shukla said, adding that Rs 119.43 crore worth of assets were “attached” in the case until now. Related ItemsInterpolMaharashtraUAElast_img read more

Umpire Harper accuses Dhoni of intimidating him

first_imgUmpire Daryl Harper, who was involved in a controversy in the recent first Test match between India and the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, on Thursday, accused India captain MS Dhoni of trying to intimidate him during the match.Retired Umpire Daryl HarperHarper said Dhoni should have been penalized for his comments on poor umpiring, adding that he was forced to break his silence following the International Cricket Council’s ( ICC) inaction.According to the now-retired umpire, Dhoni approached him after Praveen Kumar was warned for running on the pitch, and said “we’ve had problems with you before, Daryl,” which the umpire interpreted as an attempt to intimidate.”I decided what he meant was that I was one umpired not influenced by any personalities or teams or boards. He hadn’t been able to intimidate me, I think that was part of it,” Harper said.Harper also said that Dhoni should have been punished for his comments at the post-match conference, where the India skipper had said: “If the correct decisions were made, the game would have finished much earlier and I would have been in the hotel by now.””That was my opinion (that he should have been censured), those were inappropriate comments. I think that’s definitely inappropriate,” Harper said.Harper also hit back at his critics and the ICC for not supporting him. He said he withdrew with from the third Test in Dominica because he didn’t want all the focus to shift to him from the players and the contest.advertisement”It would have been all about my performance in my 96th Test. I’m not sure if any more scrutiny was actually possible,” he said. “I loved my role but I didn’t want to see the focus switch to me when it should centre on the players and the contest.”The ICC had reacted to Dhoni’s criticism of Harper by saying: “The reality of the situation is that Daryl’s statistics show his correct decision percentage in Tests involving India is 96 per cent, which is considerably higher than the international average for top-level umpires.” Harper said it would have been better if the ICC management had shown the same support before he stepped down from the third Test.”If this type of support had been forthcoming before the horse had bolted, I would have stayed and officiated in my 96th Test match,” he said. “If it happened on my watch, I’d take action. If it happens after my watch, after the game is over, I expected the ICC, the controlling body, to do some controlling.”The Australian, however, admits to making two mistakes against India in the Test, as per the ICC Incident Log, compiled by the ICC match referee Jeff Crowe and regional umpire’s performance manager Barry Dudleston.last_img read more

Neymar Leads Brazil into World Cup Quarterfinals

first_imgSAMARA, Russia (AP) — Flaunting his flair and his finishing touch wasn’t enough. Neymar put his theatrics on show, too.What became clear in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Mexico on Monday is that the wild side of the striker’s character is going nowhere at this year’s World Cup. And neither is Brazil.“I don’t much care for criticism,” Neymar said, “not even for praise.”With a goal and an assist, Neymar propelled Brazil into the quarterfinals of a tournament it has won five times. He also extended his platform to show the world he is as good — or better — than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Although Neymar has scored only two goals in four games in Russia, he did enter the World Cup after spending three months recovering from a broken right foot. And it was the right foot that helped to break through Mexico’s stern resistance in Samara.After releasing Willian with a back-heel, Neymar raced into the penalty area and slid to tap his teammate’s return cross into the net.Mexico players react at the end of the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. Brazil won 2-0. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)While his scoring is so often the focus, Neymar also creates goals for his teammates. A toe-poked attempt to beat Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in the 88th minute was diverted into the path of Roberto Firmino, who scored with a tap-in just like Neymar did. The world’s most expensive player has 11 goals and nine assists in his last 19 games for Brazil.But before setting up the second goal it looked like Neymar’s game — or even his World Cup — could be over with 20 minutes to go. It turned out to be pure histrionics. Writhing in agony after his right ankle was stepped on by Miguel Layun, Neymar managed to get back on his feet. But not before trying to step on Layun.Both escaped punishment, but the judgment elsewhere was less forgiving, with Neymar asked after the match if he was a diva trying to draw fouls.“I think it’s more an attempt to undermine me than anything else,” Neymar responded.The five-time World Cup champions will next face Belgium in the quarterfinals on Friday in Kazan. Brazil has reached that stage at every World Cup since 1994.Mexico has now lost in the round of 16 at every tournament over the same period of time, extending its wait for the “quinto partido” — or fifth game — for at least another four years. The last time Mexico reached the quarterfinals was when the country hosted the tournament in 1986.This year’s World Cup had started so promisingly for Mexico. The team opened with a win over Germany, setting the defending champions on the path to an early exit. They caused problems for Brazil, too, initially.But they couldn’t find a way to stop Neymar.“He’s very agile. He’s very fast,” Brazil coach Tite said. “Is it wrong to feign, to provoke the players in the last third? It’s not a sin.”Neymar’s dispute with Layun unfolded as the Mexico substitute tried to recover the ball. In a delayed reaction, Neymar made the most of Layun stepping on his ankle, rolling around with his hand covering his eyes.Brazil’s Neymar, right, prepares to kick the ball and score during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)The rapid recovery seemed miraculous.“We wasted a lot of time because of one single player,” Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said, without naming Neymar. “I think this is a real shame for football, especially for kids who are watching because this has to be a sport of virility, of determination, a man’s sport, like other games, and not a charade.”During the win over Costa Rica in the group stage, Neymar tried to win a penalty by flopping to the ground in the area. A video review reversed the decision to award a penalty kick and Neymar’s frustrations a few minutes later led to a yellow card.Tite also played a big role in the victory over Mexico, deciding to replace Philippe Coutinho with Firmino. Fresh among tiring legs, Firmino was able to evade the defense to get in the right place to score the second goal.Neymar, though, still led the celebrations, charging toward the corner flag. Tite came to join him.With Germany, Argentina and Spain among the contenders already eliminated, Brazil’s hopes of a sixth World Cup title have received an extra lift.QUOTABLE“Being able to play at such a level against a team like Brazil really shows that Mexico is a good team,” Osorio said. “We were maybe not very efficient and we didn’t have that extra quality that they had coming to our goal.”NEXT FOR BRAZILAfter a return to its training base in Sochi, Brazil heads back north to Kazan for Friday’s quarterfinal match.—By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterBrazil’s Roberto Firmino, left, celebrates with Brazil’s Neymar, right, after scoring his side’s second goal during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)Brazil’s Neymar gestures on the ground during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Brazil’s Neymar celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pakistan to host T20 Asia cup 2020 in neutral venue

first_imgThe next edition of the Asia Cup could also be UAE-bound with Pakistan given the hosting rights of the tournament in 2020, as organising it in its own country will cast serious doubts on India’s participation owing to diplomatic tensions.The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in its meeting in Singapore on Tuesday awarded the continental meet, to be held in T20 format, to Pakistan, which will most likely organise it in the neutral venues of the United Arab Emirates, its cricket team’s ‘home’ since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus.The tournament will be held in September ahead of the World T20 in Australia.Diplomatic tensions with neighbours Pakistan forced India to host the last Asia Cup in the UAE.”Pakistan told the delegates at the ACC meeting held in Singapore that they would host the Asia Cup at home but a final decision on the venue would be taken after consultation with other members of the ACC and keeping in mind the prevailing security and political situation around that time in Pakistan,” a PCB source said.He said if conditions were not conducive to have the Asia Cup in Pakistan, the PCB would host it at a neutral venue.”Last year the Board of Control for Cricket in India hosted the Asia Cup in UAE because of the political tensions between Pakistan and India,” the source added.When contacted, a senior BCCI official told PTI: “The decision to play in pakistan will be completely be the government’s call. The Board will follow whatever decision the centre takes. We believe that just like we hosted the tournament last year in the UAE, Pakistan should also ideally organise it at a neutral venue.”advertisementAt the ACC meeting, the PCB representatives also insisted that Sri Lanka send its team to Pakistan to play the two ICC Test Championship matches in Lahore and Karachi in September this year.It was also decided that the sport would return to the next Asian Games in T20 format and the ACC would provide technical support to the Olympic Council of Asia.Also Read | World Cup 2019 Opening Ceremony Live Streaming: When and where to watchAlso Watch:last_img read more

10 months agoBurnley boss Dyche pleased with Hendrick deal

first_imgBurnley boss Dyche pleased with Hendrick dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJeff Hendrick has signed a new deal with Burnley.Hendrick’s existing contract was due to expire at the end of the current season.But Burnley have activated an option for an additional year’s stay for the former Derby County midfielder.He started 29 Premier League games last season to help Sean Dyche’s side finish seventh in the Premier League to qualify for Europe.”He’s done well for us,” said Dyche. “We have asked a lot of him. We have used him in a number of different positions that sometimes aren’t natural to him and over time he has delivered good performances for us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool teenager Hoever will become ‘top, top player’ – Milner

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool teenager Hoever will become ‘top, top player’ – Milnerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Milner believes Liverpool teammate Ki-Jana Hoever will become a ‘top,top player’ in the future.The 16-year-old made his senior debut in Monday night’s loss to Wolves in the FA CupAsked about Hoever, Milner said: “I think it’s good for the young boys to come in and get that experience. It’s not good to taste defeat but you normally learn more in a defeat than you do in a win.”I think you’ve got to look at those boys today and say how well they’ve done. Ki coming on after a minute and playing like he did [was] absolutely outstanding.”He’s going to be a top, top player you can see that straight away [with] his temperament [and] he’s comfortable on the ball.” last_img read more

Astral Introduces Line of Badass, Eco-Friendly Outdoor Shoes Made of Hemp

first_img The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Astral has taken their “Nature First” policy a step further by releasing a new hemp line, including two new styles of versatile shoes. The Hemp Donner and Hemp Tinker are made from 77 percent industrial hemp (which requires 70 percent less water to grow than cotton canvas) with recycled polyester making up the remaining 23 percent. Cannabis sativa, the hemp they use, might surprise you: it’s durable, allows your foot to breathe, is naturally antimicrobial, resists rot, is washable, and looks very un-hemp like. This is one seriously stylish vegan, eco-friendly, outdoor shoe. Plus, the new hemp shoes still have Astral’s signature G Rubber Agro, on-marking soles with crazy strong grips made to transition seamlessly from the river to the trail to the office.Humans have been using hemp for centuries and, not too long ago, it was a major American crop. It’s a remarkable fiber — the Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper and Henry Ford built a prototype out of biocomposite materials, like hemp. Supposedly it can be made into over 25,000 different products.Hell, it could even replace — or at least drastically reduce — the need for fossil fuels.  As far as the environmental benefits go, hemp is naturally pest-resistant and can grow almost anywhere; it also crops very close together, meaning weeds don’t stand a chance. It requires less water to grow than trees, grows faster than forests, and can stand in for cotton and wood in a variety of goods. Hemp’s natural coloring also nixes the need to use chlorine bleach and it has innate UV-ray protection.So, what happened? Why isn’t hemp everywhere? Because someone started confusing hemp and marijuana, two distinct and separate breeds of cannabis sativa, and lawmakers were too afraid of people thinking they were okay with hemp. Sure, you can smoke some hemp, but you’ll get a headache and zero high. A few states have made headway in redefining marijuana to exclude hemp so it can be farmed, but there’s a ways to go. For now, Astral has you covered in this trusty, eco-friendly fiber: they’ve got  hemp shoes, hemp/cotton blend tees and tanks, and even a hemp-cover for the AstroPad dog bed, which is made from scraps of industrial foam. When you’re living it up in the great outdoors with your conscientiously-made Astral gear, don’t forget to snap a picture and post it with the hashtag #NatureFirst. The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep center_img All of Astral’s gear is designed to get you out into the wild (and, in the case of the life jackets, help you survive it). The Asheville, North Carolina-based outdoor equipment company is also determined to protect the environment. Together with their #NatureFirst campaign, Astral has released an exciting new eco-friendly product line made of hemp.Philip Curry started Astral in 2002 after selling his first business to Patagonia. His goal was to provide nature enthusiasts (and their dogs) with the best gear possible that is also gentle on the very outdoors it’s used in. That means incorporating non-toxic, recycled materials and reducing waste, which lower the overall carbon footprints. The hugely popular, award-winning life jackets have no PVC (a toxic foam) and this decision has helped reshape how life jackets are made across the board. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall last_img read more

New Brunswick premier still hopes to convince Quebec of Energy East benefits

first_imgFREDERICTON — The premier of New Brunswick says he believes he can convince Quebec’s skeptical premier of the benefits of reviving the Energy East pipeline project.Higgs, along with a number of premiers and federal politicians, are pressing for a restart of the $16 billion Energy East pipeline project to get oil from Alberta to refineries in Eastern Canada and to an export terminal in Saint John, N.B.The pipeline would have to pass through Quebec, but Premier Francois Legault has signalled he’s not interested.Higgs says he’s hoping to convince Legault that Energy East would benefit all provinces including Quebec when the two men are face-to-face this week at a first ministers’ meeting in Montreal.Alberta is cutting production and buying rail cars in an effort to address slumping prices for its oil.Higgs says he’s worried the level of transfer payments to provinces like his could be at risk if Alberta’s oil revenues aren’t addressed, and he believes a pipeline to move western crude to Eastern Canada and foreign markets could be the solution.TransCanada, the original proponent of the pipeline, has stated it has no plans to revisit the project.Higgs suggests that a holding company be formed to start the application process to the National Energy Board, and that TransCanada or another company could become interested then.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Prince Harry And Michelle Obama Discuss Charity

first_imgPrince Harry was very pleased to host The First Lady of the United States Mrs Michelle Obama for tea at Kensington Palace this morning.Prince Harry And Michelle ObamaCredit/Copyright: discussed their shared interest in support for veterans and their families. His Royal Highness was also interested to hear from the First Lady about the Let Girls Learn initiative to further adolescent girls’ education around the world, which is the focus of her visit to the United Kingdom.Source:www.princehenryofwales.orglast_img

Highlander Star Donates Microsoft Surface Tablets To Los Angeles Unified School District

first_imgAdrian Paul and The PEACE Fund are pleased to announce the donation of 90 Microsoft Surface Tablets to the Los Angeles Unified School District.A selection of 33 elementary, middle, and high school classrooms are participating in a class project contest where 9 of those classrooms will be awarded 10 tablets each. The chosen classrooms will submit a class project, such as, a short video, picture collage, anything the children and their teachers choose to do – letting their imagination guide them to what will work for each individual class. The topic for the project will be “How Will the Surface Tablets Help Improve our Class” – their project will demonstrate the positive aspects of having access to these tablets on a daily basis.The “New Year, New Opportunities” contest will take place January 11th, 2016 through January 29th, 2016. The public voting for the winners will be open online February 1st – Midnight February 3rd, 2016.This is a wonderful opportunity to get the community involved with the school district and our charity, coming together for a greater good. This is not a “hand-out” from The PEACE Fund, but rather a “hand-up” for the children. It is their sincere hope that we, as a community, will support the children across all grade levels by participation in the public, online voting during the first week of February to determine the classrooms that will be awarded the Microsoft Surface Tablets.Find out more about The PEACE Fund here.last_img read more

Anne Hathaway To Host LA Art Show Opening Night Premiere Party

first_imgThe LA Art Show & the Los Angeles Fine Art Show are pleased to welcome Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman as the 2016 Hosts of the Opening Night Premiere Party benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.The event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in the heart of downtown. A VIP Patron Reception will begin at 7 p.m., with the public opening beginning at 8 p.m.“We are thankful to Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman for their continued support of our lifesaving work and for hosting this special event,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “St. Jude has made great progress in the fight against pediatric cancer, but it’s a fight that wages on. This annual fundraiser helps St. Jude continue to advance its mission of finding cures and for children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to support from events like the LA Art Show & The Los Angeles Fine Art Show, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.“We are thrilled to have St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital return as our benefiting organization,” enthused Kim Martindale, general manager and producer of the LA Art Show. “St. Jude is the leading researcher in pediatric cancer. They freely share their research protocol worldwide, and as a result, more lifesaving treatments are available for children.”The Opening Night Premiere Party will feature exclusive performance art pieces, special installations and a live musical performance.More than 7,000 guests attended the 20th Anniversary LA Art Show in 2015, which was hosted by 5-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo. The evening welcomed several distinguished guests including Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Melanie Griffith, Nixx Sixx, Seth Green, Olivia Holt, Yara Shahidi, Dania Ramirez, Josh Bowman, James Franco, Joanna Cassidy, AFI’s Davey Havok, U.A.E. Consul General Alsabusi, Eli Broad, Councilman Tom LaBonge, and Lubov Azria, among others.In recent years, the LA Art Show has become the most internationally diverse art platform in the Western world, bringing in the largest groupings of Korean, Chinese and Japanese galleries outside of Asia. Beginning in 2010, the Show has actively developed its international gallery offerings to provide collectors with a unique opportunity, to spot international trends and zeitgeist through art, a medium that has the ability to transcend language.The Los Angeles Fine Art Show, a new art fair dedicated to historic & contemporary traditional works will launch in conjunction with the LA Art Show on Jan. 27-31. With a focus on historic and traditional contemporary works, the Los Angeles Fine Art Show provides a dedicated experience for collectors of traditional works, from paintings, to sculpture and works on paper.The LA Art Show and the Los Angeles Fine Art Show take place from Jan. 27-31 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall 1201 South Figueroa Street, 90015. The shows open on Wednesday, Jan. 27 with a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Benefit tickets are: $250 for Patron Level; $200 for Vanguard Level and $125 for Friend Level. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, visit General admission to the LA Art Show is $20. Media inquiries please contact Agnes Gomes-Koizumi at or call 323-937-5488.last_img read more

Will Alberta bitumen decide who wins in an eastern Quebec riding

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Avignon-La Mitis-Matapedia riding is shaping up to be a close four way race.A few thousand votes could swing in any directions.Which is why Mi’gmaq voters in the riding could play an important role come election night.And the issue they’re following?The potential of Alberta bitumen being shipped into their area.APTN’s Tom Fennario reports.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

Algerian Politician MBS World Tour Seeks to Hide his Role in

Rabat – Earlier this week, Riyadh announced that Mohammed bin Salman is planning to visit “strategic partners” to further reinforce diplomatic ties in different fields.In his party meeting held on Saturday, Makri said that the Saudi Crown Prince is responsible for “ the death of children and civilians of Yemen, the imprisonment of many preachers, jurists and men of culture in the Kingdom and, most recently, the assassination” of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Quoted by Algerian news outlet TSA, Makri said that bin Salman’s visit to Algeria is neither in “favor” of the country’s image “nor to its reputation.” He added that MBS is “attempting to reassure Algeria about the drop in oil prices,” recalling that Saudi Arabia responded to the request of US President Donald Trump to lower oil prices.Read Also: MBS Snubs Morocco as Saudi Arabia Seeks to Emerge from Post-Khashoggi BacklashOil Prices have fallen this week from $68 per barrel to about $52.50 per barrel. Trump was extremely pleased, expressing his satisfaction in a tweet.Algeria is among oil producing countries affected by the drop in oil prices. The North African country relies heavily on oil to maintain its foreign currency reserves.Makri is not the only politician who criticized MBSs visit. Tunisian activists and politicians also called for protests to prevent bin Salman from visiting Tunisia.Al Jazeera reported that hundreds of people are expected to protest in front of the presidential palace in Carthage to express their condemnation over the MBS’s visit. read more

Despite progress Afghan women still subject to intimidation violence UN

But despite the challenges, the status of women and girls has advanced steadily and continues to give every sign of being irreversible, the report, entitled “The Situation of Women and Children in Afghanistan,” adds. It notes that since the country’s emergence from 24 years of conflict, women have gone from total denial of rights to participation in key institutions of reconstruction. One major change has been their re-emergence in urban areas with relatively better access to employment, healthcare and education.But women’s progress is determined by the complexities of Afghan society, the report notes, including patriarchal values and deeply ingrained traditions, and a lack of security across the country that impedes their advancement.”Despite positive developments regarding women’s rights, intimidation and violence by regional and local commanders against women continue unabated,” the report says. “In many rural areas, especially in the more conservative tribal belt, the situation of women has not changed to any great extent since the removal of the Taliban. The prevalence of conservative attitudes limits the full, equal and effective participation of women in civil, cultural, economic, political and social life throughout the country at all levels of society.”The report highlights the work of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in advancing women’s rights, but called for more efforts to repeal legislative measures that discriminate against women and girls in education, access to healthcare, employment and political participation.Noting women’s lack of access to skilled healthcare services, as well as food, water and shelter, the report says the UN system, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Health, has taken steps to tackle the high rates of maternal mortality, including access to skilled prenatal care, skilled birth attendants, education programmes on basic health issues, community information activities and emergency obstetric care.Overall high illiteracy levels of women and girls continue to be one of the key obstacles to their full participation in society, the report says, but it notes that 30 per cent of the three million children who have returned to school since March 2002 were girls. read more

Marking International Day of Families UN urges efforts to combat HIVAIDS

“Clearly, we must do all we can to help the family remain resilient, as it is often the only safety net, playing a critical role in determining how well individuals and communities cope with AIDS and its consequences,” he said on the occasion of the Day, commemorated on 15 May.He recalled that in 2001, the General Assembly called on governments to develop and strengthen strategies, policies and programmes that recognize the family’s role in HIV/AIDS prevention, as well as the care and support of those who become infected.“That means finding ways to keep parents alive. It means addressing gender disparities and the vulnerabilities of young girls in particular,” Mr. Annan said.“It means integrating family-focused programmes with broader community-based interventions aimed at reducing vulnerability to HIV/AIDS, improving prevention and care, and alleviating the epidemic’s devastating social and economic impact. And it means stamping out the stigma that may prevent disclosure of HIV status even within a family,” he added. The UN has been marking the International Day of Families since 1994, when the General Assembly mandated the observance raise awareness of related issues. read more

Loonie higher Bank of Canada leaves key interest rate unchanged at one

Loonie higher, Bank of Canada leaves key interest rate unchanged at one per cent TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Wednesday as the Bank of Canada left its key interest rate unchanged at one per cent.The loonie was ahead 0.34 of a cent to 95.31 cents US as the American currency weakened during the morning and traders looked ahead to the European Central Bank meeting Thursday and U.S. jobs data Friday.The Bank of Canada key rate has been at the one per cent level since September 2010, reflecting a tepid global economic recovery from the 2008 crash.The language in the announcement did nothing to dispel sentiment that the central bank likely won’t move on rates until well into 2014 at the earliest. It observed that the “dynamic” of the global economy has moderated.Earlier, data showed Canada’s trade deficit with the rest of the world worsened more than expected in July. Statistics Canada reported that the deficit widened from $460 million in June to $931 million in July. Economists had expected the deficit to come in at $400 million.Statistics Canada said that merchandise imports grew 0.6 per cent in July while exports declined 0.6 per cent.It said that “lower exports of aircraft as well as unwrought precious metals and precious metal alloys were the main contributors to the decline.”Traders also took in some positive data on the health of the U.S. economy during August.The Federal Reserve said in its latest regional survey that the that the economy expanded at a modest to moderate pace in August.The Fed said in its so-called Beige Book that manufacturing expanded modestly, lending activity weakened somewhat while hiring held steady or increased modestly.Traders are anxious to see if the Fed decides later this month to start scaling back its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases.Commodity prices headed lower with October crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $1.31 to US$107.23 a barrel.December copper fell six cents to US$3.25 a pound, giving back a big chunk of Tuesday’s seven-cent gain, following strong manufacturing data from China and the U.S.Gold prices also moved lower as the December contract lost $22 to US$1,390 an ounce. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 4, 2013 8:56 am MDT read more

Les dauphins militaires nont pas réellement déserté en Ukraine

first_imgLes dauphins militaires n’ont pas réellement déserté en Ukraine Mardi, l’agence RIA Novosti a révélé que trois dauphins, actuellement entrainés par l’armée ukrainienne à des fins militaires, s’étaient échappés de leur camp d’entrainement situé dans la mer Noire. Une annonce qui vient tout juste d’être démentie mais qui met en lumière le programme actuellement mené en Ukraine.Les animaux étaient peut-être entrainés pour tuer, ils n’ont visiblement pas su résister à la possibilité de rencontrer le grand amour. C’est du moins ce qu’avait affirmé un spécialiste du domaine interrogé par RIA Novosti : celui-ci avait expliqué que trois dauphins “militaires” avaient déserté leur camp d’entrainement pour succomber à l’appel de la reproduction. C’est du moins ce qu’auraient supposé les équipes de la base de Sevastopol située au bord de la mer Noire, après avoir constaté la disparition des trois mammifères après un exercice. Mais tout ceci n’était semble t-il pas vrai, si l’on en croit l’article publié sur un site russe. L’affaire est cependant délicate puisque le ministère de la Défense ukrainien a toujours refusé de reconnaitre officiellement l’utilisation des dauphins par les militaires. Tout ceci, bien que des photos de médias ukrainiens montrent régulièrement des animaux équipés de matériel militaire. C’est dans les années 1970 que les Soviétiques ont commencé à entrainer des dauphins à un emploi militaire. Le but : les rendre capables de détecter des mines sous la mer, d’attaquer d’éventuels plongeurs voire de porter des explosifs.  Un programme d’entrainement relancé l’an dernier Pendant plusieurs années, des militaires et spécialistes soviétiques ont ainsi recruté des animaux et les ont soumis à des exercices dans la base de Sevastopol. Toutefois, lorsque l’URSS a éclaté, le programme a été interrompu et le centre légué à la Navy ukrainienne. Les dauphins n’étaient alors plus vraiment utilisés, exceptés à “but social”, du moins jusqu’à l’année dernière, où les Ukrainiens ont semble t-il relancé le programme d’entrainement. A l’époque, une source militaire appartenant au port naval avait expliqué à RIA Novosti que les “dauphins-tueurs” seraient entrainés à attaquer l’ennemi en utilisant des couteaux et d’autres armes fixés sur leur tête. Des opérations que les spécimens entrainés durant l’année arrivaient déjà à faire. Mais même entrainées, il semblerait que les recrues n’oublient (heureusement) jamais vraiment leur instinct animal. Et bien que la fuite des trois dauphins s’est avérée fausse, ce genre d’incident se serait apparemment déjà produit par le passé.”Commander des dauphins était assez commun dans les années 1980. Mais si un dauphin mâle voyait une femelle durant la saison de reproduction, alors il se mettait immédiatement en route pour la rejoindre”, a expliqué Yury Plyachenko, un ancien officier soviétique spécialiste dans la lutte contre le sabotage. Puis “il revenait une semaine après ou plus”.Des dauphins qui ne peuvent servir à tuer ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?A l’heure actuelle, on ignore si, outre l’Ukraine et les Etats-Unis, d’autres pays mènent des programmes semblables ou si des dauphins sont actuellement déjà utilisés pour des opérations. Mais du côté de la Navy américaine, les membres du projet sont affirmatifs : contrairement à ce qui a été suggéré par la source ukrainienne de RIA Novosti, pour eux, les dauphins ne peuvent pas servir à tuer. “La Navy n’entraine pas actuellement, et n’a jamais entrainé, ces mammifères marins à blesser ou tuer des humains d’aucune manière, ou à porter des armes destinées à détruire des navires”, explique t-elle sur le site du Marine Mammal Program.Une telle initiative serait même dangereuse car “les dauphins ne peuvent discerner de différence entre les vaisseaux ennemis et amis, ou entre des nageurs et plongeurs ennemis ou amis”, précise t-elle encore. Aujourd’hui, les dauphins ne serviraient donc qu’à des missions de déminage, de protection et de récupération d’objet, tout comme les otaries que la Navy utilisent également. (article publié le 13 mars et mis à jour à 17H)Le 13 mars 2013 à 16:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hulk Hogan Appreciation Night set for 227 at return to MSG

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Videos Articles Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Advertising for WWE’s return to Madison Square Garden on 2/27 is now being featured as Hulk Hogan Appreciation Night in Hogan’s first appearance at the arena in over a decade.The card advertised as of now includes John Cena & Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt & Rusev, Randy Orton & Daniel Bryan vs. Kane & Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro. Other names being advertised for appearances includes Chris Jericho, Bad News Barrett, Goldust, Stardust, New Day, Paige, The Bella Twins and more.Source: TheGarden.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi ArabiaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Daniel Bryan A.J. Styles Twitter Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Evercenter_img 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Now Playing Up Next Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Roman Reigns Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hulk Hogan to make WWE return at Crown Jewel WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page to crown first AEW Champion tonight on All Outlast_img read more

Victim may have helped ID bombing suspects

first_imgMinutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.Just before 3 p.m. Monday, Bauman was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.Two and a half minutes later, the bag exploded, tearing Jeff’s legs apart. A picture of him in a wheelchair, bloodied and ashen, was broadcast around the world as he was rushed to Boston Medical Center. He lost both legs below the knee.“He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,’ ” Chris Bauman said Thursday in an interview.Those words may have helped crack the mystery of who perpetrated one of the highest-profile acts of terror in the United States since the 2001 assault on New York City and the Washington area, one that killed three people and wounded scores.The Boston area was on lockdown Friday morning after law enforcement officials killed one suspect in the bombing and were hunting another, following a night of violent clashes between the two men and authorities that killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus policy officer.last_img read more