Breaking: Sourav Ganguly set to be elected as the new BCCI President

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementAfter Brijesh Patel looked to have nabbed the post for the next BCCI President, a dramatic turn of events has seen the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly be elected as the rightful candidate.The new panel will see Union Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah take up the secretary post while Arun Dhumal will be the new treasurer. Dhumal is the younger brother of former BCCI president Anurag Thakur.“Yes, Brijesh was running for the President’s post with N Srinivasan actively lobbying for him. However, there was stiff resistance against him. We are happy Sourav is the new President,” a senior official from North East affiliated unit, told PTI.Brijesh was the favorite to land the post and was also backed by former BCCI President N Srinivasan. However Ganguly was finally accepted as the unanimous candidate.The new tenure will also bring an end to the 33 month term of Committee of Administrators (CoA), which was formed following the Lodha Committee reforms.last_img read more

Rio Olympics day 4: Events India will participate in today

first_imgIndia has set high hopes with Rio Olympics. This is the first time that the country has sent almost 100 participants for the international sports event. The country is looking at improving its medal tally this year.Today, on the fourth day of Rio Olympics 2016 will see India participating in various events.Here’s a look at the Indian athletes who are participating at the Rio Olympics today:1. RowingMen’s single scullsQuarterfinals: 5:30 pmImage courtesy:sportskeeda.comDattu Baban Bhokanal: The 25-year-old army man had ranked 15th overall, during the qualifying round of rowing. He is the only Indian rower to represent the country at the international sports event.2. ShootingWomen’s 25m pistolQualification: 5:30 pmHeena Sidhu: The former world number one ensured her Olympic quota in January during the women’s 10-metre air pistol at the last Asia Olympic Qualifiers for shooting.3. ArcheryMen’s individual: 8:06 pmImage courtesy:lfm.chAtanu Das: He has been in the international archery arena since 2008 and holds the 67th rank in the world. He finished 5th in his maiden Olympics qualification round.4. Field HockeyMen’s tournament group B: 7:30 pmImage             India Vs Argentina             Although team India lost their last match against defending champion Germany, they still have a chance to make it to the quarterfinals if they win the remaining matches.              Today they will be pitted against Argentina.5. BoxingMen’s middle 75 kg: 2:45 amImage courtesy:sportskeeda.comVikas Krishan Yadav: The 24-year-old is currently ranked sixth in his weight category. He got early success in his boxing career when he clinched gold at the 2010 Asian Youth Boxing Championships. He will have to prove his mettle against Charles Conwell from United States.advertisementInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Manchester City midfielder Gundogan undergoes knee surgery

first_imgManchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has undergone right knee surgery for the cruciate ligament injury he sustained in the 2-0 win over Watford in the English Premier League (EPL) football championship on December 15.The German international took to social media on Friday to confirm the operation had gone well. He said: “Hi guys! I’m doing well and today’s surgery went fine. Now it’s another road to recovery. #ComebackStronger mode.”Hi guys! I’m doing well and today’s surgery went fine. Now it’s another road to recovery ???#ComebackStronger – mode: ??? Ilkay Gndogan (@IlkayGuendogan) December 23, 2016The 26-year-old is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the season. (Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan suffers cruciate injury)Gundogan became the first signing of the summer for City, moving from Borussia Dortmund. But he had to wait until mid-September before making his debut after recovering from a previous injury sustained on the same knee in Germany.His current club City said in its website: “Everyone at Manchester City wishes Ilkay the best in his recovery and we hope to see him back in action as soon as possible.”last_img read more

MS Dhoni walks down memory lane to relive school days

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni, India’s most successful captain, shared his memories as a schoolboy with a few hundred children at the Sehwag International School on Friday.Dhoni stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in January and rewound the clock to play a couple of stunning innings against England in the limited-overs leg. In Cuttack, Dhoni slammed 134, his first hundred since 2013 before scoring his maiden T20I fifty in Bangalore. (Also read: A decade after T20I debut, MS Dhoni slams maiden fifty)Dhoni, who continues to remain a crowd favourite, more than a decade after his debut, visited good friend and former teammate’s Virender Sehwag’s International School to speak about his own experiences at school.”School is one place where you can study and enjoy sports. Teachers are also considerate. My time at school was the best period of my life. There wasn’t much pressure in life. (Also read: Virat Kohli should send MS Dhoni higher up the order in Bangalore: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”I understand there is a pressure in the modern academic structure. People are more career-oriented. But you can have a lot of fun at school,” Dhoni said.The 35-year-old wicketkeeper batsman said his school would always hold a special place in his heart.”It was a place where I started playing cricket and I was very sincere about my studies. School is one place where you make friends.”Dhoni revealed he was never about worried about results as he was more tuned in to the actual process. That also remained his philosophy in his decade-long tenure as India captain.advertisementHe revealed an incident from his earlier days and words of wisdom from his father which would stay with him forever. Dhoni had a match to play around a Class XII exam and he asked permission to go play from his father. Dhoni senior agreed readily which left Mahi bewildered.”My father told me ‘if you studied the entire year, then one day wouldn’t have mattered. Even if you did not study the entire year, even then one day wouldn’t have mattered.'”last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Dealing with Croatia’s midfield biggest test for Southgate

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southagate has sailed through to the World Cup 2018 semi-finals without too much cropping and changing but Croatia’s dynamic midfielders might force him to put his thinking cap on.Southgate has stuck to his guns and has had a more attacking approach to the games so far. He has only used Jordan Henderson as his orthodox central midfielder while the likes of Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and others have played in front of him in a more attacking role.But, the World Cup semi-final against Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday poses him a tricky dilemma that he hasn’t come across so far in Russia.Croatia have arguably the strongest central midfield pairing of the tournament in Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric, while England have been playing with just one orthodox central defensive midfielder, Jordan Henderson.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic have starred for Croatia in this year’s World Cup (Reuters Photo)Southgate’s system is built to probe for weaknesses via a trio of attacking players operating behind and around striker Harry Kane, with all three expected to contribute to the defensive work when the team does not have possession.That means Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling — none of whom are noted for the defensive side of their game — must put in the hard graft of closing down space and harrying their opponents.So far it has worked pretty well. Taking on both massive responsibility and a huge workload, Henderson has been excellent and the attacking trio have helped him enough to ensure he has not been swamped.advertisementBut with Rakitic and Modric operating centrally and Andrej Kramaric inclined to drop off behind lone striker Mario Mandzukic, the danger of Croatia dominating the central areas is a very real one for England.The obvious option for Southgate would be to strengthen that area by bringing in Eric Dier to help Henderson and shore up the middle of the park.That would mean sacrificing one of the attacking midfield trio, however, which risks upsetting the balance of the formation and reducing England’s effectiveness with the ball.The impression so far is that Southgate trusts his system and his players, and does not want to let the opposition dictate his approach.But after two knockout games in which they were favourites against Colombia and Sweden, England now face a high-quality, highly tactical opponent and Southgate must decide if his trusted formation is really suited for such a task.WHO TO DROP?Another matter of concern for England will be the wide areas, where Kieran Trippier has been outstanding in his attacking wing back role on the right and Ashley Young has done an effective job on the left.Croatia have attacking quality out wide in Ivan Perisic on the left and Ante Rebic on the opposite flank, both of whom will give England’s full backs plenty of defensive work to do.Both Perisic and Rebic can cut inside to support Mandzukic from inside left and inside right roles, meaning even more strain on Henderson if he is left unaccompanied.If Southgate were to bring in Dier, it will be a very difficult decision to decide which of his attacking trio he should sacrifice.Jesse Lingard has been excellent and is surely a certain starter, leaving the issue as a straight choice between Dele Alli, who scored in the 2-0 win over Sweden but is carrying a knock and was otherwise quiet, and Raheem Sterling. Raheem Sterling has failed to take his chances in this year’s World Cup (AP Photo)Sterling caused Sweden plenty of problems, stretching them with his movement on Saturday, but missed a glorious chance and the fact he has not scored for England since October 2015 is a major concern for the most advanced of the trio.Southgate is loyal to his players and would be reluctant to leave out the Manchester City forward. Nor will he be keen to disrupt a formation which has carried his team to the last four.But Croatia are, unlike Colombia and Sweden, a team that can dominate possession for long stretches as they seek to exploit defensive gaps.Plenty then for both Southgate and his opposite number Zlatko Dalic to ponder ahead of their meeting in Moscow.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

DSME to Build One More LNG Carrier for Maran Gas

first_imgSo far this year, DSME secured a combined USD 1.3 billion worth of orders. The builder’s 2019 orderbook includes four LNG carriers, all of which were contracted by Maran Gas Maritime.DSME further said that it is in discussions for additional LNG carrier orders with the company, adding that it expects more such contracts to be signed in the future.Greece-based Maran Gas Maritime contracted the previous three LNG carriers at the shipyard in February.World Maritime News Staff zoomImage Courtesy: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering John Angelicoussis’ Maran Gas Maritime has booked another LNG carrier at the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.The shipbuilding contract, which is the first gas carrier order under DSME’s new CEO Lee Sung-Keun, was signed by the parties on April 9.The deal would see the shipbuilder construct the 174,000 cbm carrier at its Geoje Okpo Shipyard and deliver the unit to its owners by the first quarter of 2022.last_img read more

Bid to get DDay beaches added to list of UN World Heritage

first_imgOTTAWA — The beaches of Normandy, where the Allies stormed ashore to begin the eventual liberation of Europe from Nazi rule, are widely regarded by veterans and historians alike as venerated, sacred ground.And yet those beaches — including the one code-named Juno, where thousands of Canadians landed under a fearsome tirade of German fire on June 6, 1944 — have not been designated as culturally or historically significant by the United Nations.It’s not for a lack of trying: France applied to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2014 to have the beaches designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, much like several other locations linked to the Second World War.But that bid remains in limbo, dashing hopes the application might have been heard in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Juno landings, in which 359 Canadians were killed and 574 were wounded.Serge Durflinger is one of those who firmly believes the D-Day invasion beaches are “incontestably important” to the world and meet the very high standards for the UN designation.The University of Ottawa history professor was part of a team of international experts that included archeologists, geologists and all manner of other specialists who were brought together by the French government to help with the D-Day application.“The Normandy campaign and the D-Day invasion involved people from dozens of countries, all engaged in a united purpose, all brought to this small coastal region in France for the beginning of what would become the end of Nazi Germany,” Durflinger said.“And they’re all combining efforts on a global scale in this titanic effort, which was also one of the single greatest, momentous military operations ever mounted that we know about. And that it has scientific achievement, and its remnants are very real.”Getting the beaches added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites conveys a number of benefits, including honouring those who fought and died there and giving D-Day what Durflinger describes as “an international seal of approval.”“The notion of what happened here would not be limited to the Anglo-Saxon countries of Britain and the United States and Canada, basically,” he said, arguing the event was a pinnacle moment in the history of Europe and the world.“Something very, very important happened there, and not just for the countries that landed, but for the greater good of the world, with the beginning of the creation of an international system that lasted half a century.”The designation would also solidify what are already strong protections against development, as well as bring in more tourists, said Mike Bechthold, executive director of the Juno Beach Centre, which commemorates Canada’s role in the Second World War.“It would be huge to designate the landing beaches as a UNESCO World Heritage site,” Bechthold said. “Estimates are anywhere from a 10- to 25-per-cent bump in visitor attendance because of the designation. So it’s not inconsiderable.”However, it remains unclear just when the French application — which proposes including artificial harbours built by the allies to facilitate supplies from England, as well as shipwrecks off the coast and German bunkers — will be reviewed.Instead, the UNESCO committee responsible for reviewing such applications decided last year to take a step back and figure out how to deal with what it calls “sites associated with memories of recent conflicts.” A meeting on the matter is scheduled for next year.Durflinger said the decision follows a rash of applications from different countries in commemorating battlefields and other hallowed military ground, which typically faces an uphill battle in becoming a World Heritage site.Several sites linked to the Second World War have already been granted the status, notably the Genbaku Dome in Hiroshima, Japan, where the first atomic bomb exploded, and the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.“There were precedents,” Durflinger said. “If you look at the many, many, many designated sites, there’s quite a lot of grey area and there’s precedents for all sorts of things.”The French government did not respond to requests for comment, while a UNESCO official referred questions to the committee’s decision last year. The Canadian government did not respond to questions about whether it supported the bid.For now, the only certainty is that the designation will not come in time for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which many Canadians — including some of those who landed at Juno — will mark next month.“It would have been terrific if that could have happened for the 75th,” Durflinger said. “It’s a pity.”Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jeff Bridges Narrates The Story Of Hungry

first_imgOne in five children in the U.S. struggles with hunger. To illustrate the problem of childhood hunger beyond the staggering statistics, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign today premiered “The Story of Hungry,” a short, animated film depicting the destructive forces of hunger.Told through the eyes of a young girl, the film demonstrates the fear and pain hunger causes— and how something as simple as rethinking how school meals are served can change a child’s day, week and even his or her future.“There are 16 million kids in America who struggle with hunger, and that’s 16 million too many,” said No Kid Hungry spokesperson and Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges, who lends his voice to narration at the end of the film. “The No Kid Hungry campaign is working to end childhood hunger in America by making sure kids get the healthy food they need every day, so they can grow, learn, lead and create. By showing what it really feels like to be a child who can’t count on regular meals, we’re hoping to inspire others to join us in changing the story of childhood hunger in America.”“The Story of Hungry” follows the impact having access to regular meals like school breakfast can have on kids struggling with hunger. According to a report from the No Kid Hungry campaign, students who eat breakfast score nearly 18 percent higher on tests and attend 1.5 more days of school each year, on average. However, of the more than 21 million low-income kids in the U.S. who rely on a free or reduced-price school lunch, only half are also getting a school breakfast. A variety of barriers affect participation in the School Breakfast Program, including transportation issues and the stigma associated with eating away from classmates.By rethinking how breakfast is served – in the classroom or after the bell, for example – the No Kid Hungry campaign is working to ensure more kids start their day off right. Since Summer 2011, the No Kid Hungry campaign has helped schools serve 28 million more school breakfasts to kids in need.“I believe in an America where no child sees or fears hunger,” said Rachael Ray, bestselling author, daytime show host and founder of the Yum-o! organization, which has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to support No Kid Hungry’s work surrounding school breakfast. “Along with my Yum-o! organization, I’m deeply committed to making sure kids have a healthy start in life, and connecting them to school breakfast is one of the most important ways that we can do that. Together, we’re going to change the story for kids facing hunger.”Viewers can be part of the solution. Watch and share “The Story of Hungry” today, at and start the conversation about how you can help end childhood hunger in your own community.“Our organization was founded on the principle that everyone has a strength to share in the fight against hunger and poverty,” said Share Our Strength founder and CEO Billy Shore. “From a mom watching at home with her kids, to a global talent agency like CAA, television personality Rachael Ray and an Academy-Award-winning actor like Jeff Bridges, we need everyone’s help to make No Kid Hungry a reality in America.”“The Story of Hungry” was conceptualized by the CAA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Creative Artists Agency, and was brought to life through the talents of Hornet Studios director Julia Potts, with contributions from music producer Justin Stanley, featuring the voices of Bess Frierson and No Kid Hungry national spokesperson and Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges.last_img read more

VIP Experiences Available At Summer Classic Celebrity Basketball Game

first_imgIfOnly, an experiential marketplace that helps raise money for not-for-profit organizations, announced today that they have partnered with Roc Nation and their chosen charities, PitCCh In Foundation and RC22 Foundation, to offer an extraordinary VIP experiences at the Roc Nation Summer Classic Celebrity Basketball game.Roc Nation Summer Classic VIP Experiences are sold on IfOnly.comRobinson Cano and CC Sabathia will host the Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game at Barclays Center on Thursday, August 21. Sabathia and Cano will serve as captains to two celebrity basketball teams headlined by additional honorary captains, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.IfOnly is offering Two Amazing Experiences at the game: • Be a Judge in the Slam Dunk Contest: You now have the unique opportunity to decide the fate of the dunk artists of Roc Nation’s Summer Classic Basketball Game as you judge the halftime slam dunk contest with legendary, hall of famer Nate “Tiny” Archibald. This package includes two premium tickets to the Roc Nation Summer Classic basketball game. Then, at halftime, your friends will watch in awe as you go courtside to judge the slam dunk contest. You can enter here.• Ultimate Roc Nation Summer Classic Kids Package: Surprise your child with the chance to be a ball boy while you enjoy premier seating on the lower level. Your kid will watch the game on the court under the basket and also get a photo with one of the star celebrity players. Watch as you give your budding NBA player an experience they will remember for years. Click here to find out more.last_img read more

Apocalyptic skies over Yellowknife

first_imgAPTN National NewsYellowknife was plunged into darkness Wednesday night.When a super thunder storm and smoke from forest first combined, it durned the sky an eerie hue.As APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports, the storm has been dubbed by some residents as “apocalyptic.”last_img

Fort St John sees increase in real estate prices as of May

first_imgBolin says the rise in the local economy, with more natural resource projects on the way, is a contributing factor to the recent jump in real estate prices, adding that it is a big win for Northeastern B.C.“It’s a big win for us, and as Canada LNG goes forward and pipelines are happening, it’s a big win for Fort St. John and a big win for Northeastern B.C.”According to Bolin, the average sale price for a single family dwelling in Fort St. John, as of the end of May, is $373,655, adding that May ended up being an extremely strong month, more so than the average of the entire year.Bolin expects that the need for housing and the need for people moving to Fort St. John will continue to rise within the coming months and year ahead. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Real Estate market has recently seen an increase in housing sale prices.According to RE/MAX Action Realty Owner, Trevor Bolin, the Northern B.C. Real Estate Board reports that Fort St. John saw the average house price increase by $20,000 as of the end of May in comparison to 2018 Year-to-Date sale prices.“We got our stats for ending of May and the average prices are up to $20,000 which is, in the Fort St. John market, a pretty big story.”last_img read more

Many urinal trips in night hints at high BP

first_imgIf you need to visit urinal frequently in the night, get your blood pressure checked as researchers say it may be a sign of hypertension. “Our study indicates if you need to urinate in the night – called nocturia – you may have elevated blood pressure and/or excess fluid in your body. If you continue to have nocturia, ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and salt intake,” said study author Satoshi Konno of Tohoku Rosai Hospital in Sendai, Japan. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe study examined the link between nocturia and hypertension in the general Japanese population. The researchers enrolled 3,749 people who had an annual health check in 2017. Blood pressure was measured and information on nocturia was obtained through questionnaire. Nocturia (one or more nocturia events per night) was significantly associated with hypertension, showed the findings presented at the 83rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Circulation Society (JCS 2019). The risk of hypertension rose significantly as the number of nocturia events per night increased. “We found that getting up in the night to urinate was linked to a 40 per cent greater chance of having hypertension. And more visits to the toilet, the greater the risk of hypertension,” Konno said.last_img read more

Depression over Indian Ocean intensifies likely to become cyclone

first_imgChennai: A depression over the Indian Ocean and southeast Bay of Bengal has intensified and moved further northwestwards, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Saturday. It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and further into a severe cyclonic storm, the IMD said and warned fishermen against venturing into the sea on Sunday. “The depression over east Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal moved further northwestwards, intensified into a deep depression and lay centered about 870 km east-southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 1210 km southeast of Chennai and 1500 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh,” it said. Also Read – Normal life remains disrupted for 64th day in Kashmir Valley”It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and further into a severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours,” the IMD said. Further, the system is very likely to move northwestwards off Sri Lanka coast during the next 72 hours and reach near north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts on April 30. On Sunday, gale wind speed reaching 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph and very rough to high seas are very likely over southwest Bay of Bengal adjoining east Equatorial Indian Ocean along and off Sri Lanka coast, the weather office said.last_img read more

Anganwadis NGOs and children groups help DCPCR keep tabs on child marriages

first_imgNew Delhi: With the help of Anganwadi’s, Non-Governmental Organizations and children groups, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) are keeping a tab on the child marriages in the city.According to the child rights body, they have asked these three groups to remain alert every time especially in the months of May, June and July. “During these months, summer holiday begins and we are probing a fact whether families took their children to their native’s place for conducting child marriage,” DCPCR official said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe DCPCR official Rita Singh said that currently in four districts of city, awareness programme against child marriage is going on. The focus is given on the clusters. “We have told Anganwadi’s, Non-Governmental Organizations and children groups to inform the commission if they found anything suspicious,” said Singh. She further said that they have told Anganwadi’s to keep a regular tab on the children who are registered with them. “Some NGOs have small children groups who inform them about any suspicious activities related to kids. The NGOs can further inform commission for the solution,” added DCPCR official. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaAccording to the child rights body, they have conducted 40-day awareness programmes in different clusters this year. “With the help of street plays, paintings, we have conducted awareness,” said Singh. The official further stated that more focus was given in the months of January, February and March when parents are here in the city with their children. “They were told about the menace of child marriage,” added official. The DCPCR is currently probing a case of child marriage involving a minor boy. With the help of an NGO, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) made a report (titled India Child Marriage and teenage pregnancy) has revealed that the child marriage has long term negative consequences for both boys and girls. The adverse effect of early marriage on girls is grave. This includes early pregnancy, educational setbacks, lower employment prospects, exposure to violence and abuse-leading to negative physical and psychological outcomes.last_img read more

Independent UN rights expert warns Israeli orders may breach Geneva Convention

19 April 2010Two orders by the Israeli military relating to movement in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) may breach the fourth Geneva Convention and violate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), an independent United Nations human rights expert said today. Two orders by the Israeli military relating to movement in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) may breach the fourth Geneva Convention and violate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), an independent United Nations human rights expert said today. “The orders appear to enable Israel to detain, prosecute, imprison and/or deport any and all persons present in the West Bank,” said Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory. Mr. Falk said his concern was based on Israel’s new definition of the term ‘infiltrator.’ The term is defined as “a person who entered the Area unlawfully following the effective date, or a person who is present in the Area and does not lawfully hold a permit.” “Even if this open-ended definition is not used to imprison or deport vast numbers of people, it causes unacceptable distress,” the UN independent expert said in a statement, noting that “it is not at all clear what permit, if any, will satisfy this order.” Mr. Falk said that “a wide range of violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law could be linked to actions carried out by the Government of Israel under these orders, with particular gravity in the event that young persons become victims of their application.” He added: “Illustrative of the potential for cruel abuse is a provision of the order requiring the person deported to pay the costs of his or her deportation, and suffer confiscations of property if unable to pay.” Mr. Falk warned that deportations under the two new orders could take place without judicial review, and that detained persons can be imprisoned for seven years, unless they are able to prove that their entry was lawful, in which case they would be imprisoned for three years. The special rapporteur recalled that Israel is party to the fourth Geneva Convention, which outlines its obligations as the Occupying Power in the West Bank. Article 49 of the Convention states that “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.” Mr. Falk also noted that, despite the fact that Israel is party to the ICCPR, “the orders establish a system that allows Israel to deport people without having their right to judicial review properly fulfilled, or possibly not reviewed at all.” He stressed that “the orders do not even ensure that detainees will be informed in their own language that a deportation order has been issued against them.” The independent expert, who is mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor the situation of human rights and international humanitarian law in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, also expressed his serious concern on “whether a military committee, as the one established by one of the orders, is the kind of mechanism appropriate to satisfy requirements of judicial review, in the case that detained persons are not deported before having their situation reviewed.” Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that in the West Bank, rioting and other incidents over the past month resulted in four Palestinians killed and 349 injured. Forty-four injuries were reported among Israeli forces.The Gaza Strip also saw a significant increase in the number of casualties, with four deaths and 39 injuries, as well as damage to civilian homes and agricultural property. Most of the violence resulted from a series of air strikes launched by the Israeli Air Force, OCHA said in its monthly report on the humanitarian conditions in the oPt.Poor living conditions in Gaza were exacerbated by a deterioration in the supply of electricity which resulted from a continuing decline in the import of fuel for the Gaza power plant following a funding crisis that began in December 2009, according to OCHA.In a related development, the office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process reports that crossings into Gaza will be closed today and tomorrow. read more

Central African Republic UN supports reestablishment of core public services

As part of its efforts to safeguard core Government services in the country’s war-torn capital, Bangui, UNDP announced yesterday that it has transferred around $4.6 million from the UN Peacebuilding Fund to the Bank of Central African States, which will cover 3,417 police and gendarmerie salaries through August. The remaining outstanding payroll will be covered by the World Bank. Police officers have been patrolling the streets of the capital with the African-led peacekeeping force known as MISCA and the French Sangaris force, however, they often do not receive any monetary compensation.“If police aren’t on a proper payroll, the chances they will help to maintain law and order are very slim. In the present situation, which is extremely volatile, making sure they get a salary payment is a good start,” noted Aurélien Agbénonci, Resident Representative of the UNDP in CAR.The sectarian violence in CAR, compounded by a complete breakdown in security, State authority and the rule of law, has resulted in thousands of deaths, forced hundreds of thousands to flee and created a burgeoning humanitarian crisis.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed on more than one occasion the importance of immediate global action to strengthen and stabilize the security situation in the country, in order to lay down the basis for the restoration of the justice sector and eventual reconciliation.The payroll coverage was welcomedlast month by the Prime Minister, who said he believes that it was “dictated by the need to respect the basic rules of good governance”. read more

Five questions with WPSC keynote Debby Irving

Debby Irving is a racial justice educator and writer. She will be presenting a keynote address and workshop aimed at youth at the upcoming White Privilege Symposium at Brock University Sept. 30-Oct.1. The following is a Q&A with Irving.Q: Why is a conversation about white privilege important?A: Conversation is the way human beings think together. When any topic becomes taboo, our ability to think about it collectively is obstructed. White privilege in particular, and racism in general, are topics that most white people have little experience discussing. Without discussion, topic-specific language skills aren’t acquired, making the whole endeavour clumsy and frightening. It’s a vicious, self-perpetuating cycle. Consequently, most white people remain uneducated about what white privilege actually means and why it matters. Most people associate the term privilege with wealth. In fact, privilege refers to access to rights, resources and other societal benefits. One way to think about privilege is as the opposite of discrimination. Discrimination couldn’t exist without privilege, and vise versa. White privilege refers specifically to racial privilege, the access to rights, resources and other benefits a person in the privileged racial group gets simply for being a member of that group.Q: When did you first start to understand white privilege and the role it has played in your life?A: I grew up thinking the US playing field was level; that hard work alone helped you attain the American Dream. Language about this idea was drilled into my head: land of opportunity, land of the free. It wasn’t until age 48 when a graduate school course forced me to study US policy around who could and couldn’t get a land grant, become a citizen, receive police and legal protection, live in which neighborhood, receive social security, or attain GI Bill benefits. As I came to understand the degree to which my white family had had preferential access to rights, resources, and other benefits, I realized that being white had provided a tailwind. Sure my family worked hard and were good, honest people, and, that tailwind sure helped them climb the social mobility ladder, as they accessed preferential housing, education, food, transportation, medical care and government handouts.Q: How does your experience as a self-identified white woman inform your understanding of white privilege?A: The graduate school course demarcated my identity as a white woman. Before the course I thought of white as normal, the race against which all others were measured. I thought of myself as a good person, eager to help “the needy.” The course helped me see that those I’d been taught to see as less-than a) had been put in that position by a racial caste system b) had been under resourced so that my racial group could be over resourced, and c) didn’t want my patronizing help. Once I saw myself in a system with people, the idea of a we/them lost its power and my justice passions focused on our shared system of inequity. I understand that as long as racial oppression exists, racial privilege exists. Though I can’t do anything to give my privilege away, I can leverage my privilege to create more equitable cultures and organizations.Q: In what ways can society start moving towards greater equality for all people?A: The first step is understanding that historical and present-day equities exist. Skipping this step sets white people up to perceive people of color as demanding, overly sensitive, ungrateful and angry. The second step is to create equity, which is different than equality. Equality is when everyone gets the same thing; equity is when people get what they need. Affirmative action and reparations are examples of programs designed to create equity, yet if one doesn’t understand the inequities these programs seek to address, they’re often perceived as handouts to people who don’t deserve them, thereby reaffirming old patterns of resentment, mistrust, and fear on all sides. Racial justice education, opportunities for cross-racial relationships, and truth and reconciliation circles are three examples of that critical first step required to break down the barriers of avoidance and ignorance that perpetuate injustice.Q: Why should white privilege matter to white people?A: I’ll speak for myself on this one. It matters to me that what benefits me does not require that others be damaged to make that possible. I also believe that no organization, community, or country can thrive when entire populations are dehumanized and marginalized. People who are stuck in survival mode can’t possibly thrive and contribute in ways that benefit all. There is a material and psychological cost that unjust systems create as divisions and tensions spawn illness, hostility, and even crime. Wouldn’t we all be better off with a society of thriving people fully invested and equipped to be innovative, creative, and productive while also being generous and community-minded? To me, justice for all is a prerequisite for any individual or community interested in attaining a joyful, connected and abundant life. read more

Buffalo claims MAC East title runs over Bowling Green 4414

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Tyree Jackson threw a touchdown pass and Buffalo ran in four scores to beat Bowling Green 44-14 on Friday to claim its second straight Mid-American Conference East Division championship.The Bulls (10-2, 7-1) will face Northern Illinois in the conference title game on Nov. 30 at Detroit’s Ford Field.Buffalo rebounded from a 52-17 rout at Ohio on Nov. 14 to earn its tenth win, the most since joining the FBS era in 1999. Jackson’s 37-yard scoring throw to George Rushing was his 25th TD pass of the season, tying Drew Willy (2008) for second most touchdown passes in a season at Buffalo.Jaret Patterson and Kevin Marks had two touchdown runs apiece for the Bulls, who extended their program-best for most rushing touchdowns in a season to 32.Patterson broke loose for a 40-yard score and an 11-yarder in the first half. He finished with 88 yards on 11 carries, and is 44 yards shy of Aaron Leeper’s (2002) freshman record of 917 in a season. Marks bullied in both scores from short yardage, and had 63 yards rushing on 21 carries.Buffalo rushed for 332 yards on 62 carries. Emmanuel Reed led with 109 yards on 15 carries.Jarret Doege threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Scott Miller in the first quarter for Bowling Green (3-9, 2-6). Doege was 8-of-17 passing for 84 yards with one interception.The Associated Press read more

Wrestling Ohio States end game A national championship in Cleveland

OSU then-redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello competes in a match against Arizona State on Nov. 13.Credit: Courtesy of OSUWith a roster full of talent like Tom Ryan’s, the Ohio State wrestling head coach is often asked what keeps his team motivated. His answer this fall: the NCAA national championships taking place in Cleveland at the Quicken Loans Arena during the upcoming season. March 15-17 will see Buckeye fans descend on the city of Cleveland to observe Ohio State wrestling as it makes yet another run at a team national championship along with what could be multiple individual crowns. Senior heavyweight Kyle Snyder remembers the feeling of winning the national championship in 2015 and believes that winning another — this time in the Buckeye state — would make it even sweeter. “This couldn’t be a better storyline,” Snyder said. “We win it as a team when I was a freshman and now as a senior, as a leader of this team, to be able to compete on home turf basically in Cleveland with tens of thousands of Buckeyes there watching us. It really couldn’t be a better ending to my career if we all go out there and wrestle as hard as we can and win a team title.”Ryan, citing ESPN statistics, pointed out that more fans from Columbus watched the NCAA championships last season than in any other city in the country. Those fans might get to see the team in person come March. As far as members of his team, many of them wrestled in front of large crowds at the Schottenstein Center during their high school state championships, and they want that feeling again, Ryan said. “These guys are fired up that it’s in Cleveland,” Ryan said. “We’ve had a huge response in number of tickets that people want to get into the arena and it’s in the [Quicken Loans Arena], which should be pretty cool. It’s definitely something that we’re excited about.” In particular, the event has special meaning for two of Ryan’s wrestlers: redshirt seniors Nathan Tomasello (125 pounds) and Bo Jordan (174 pounds). The two are decorated veterans looking to lead their team to a national championship, and were both born and raised in Ohio. “For Nate and Bo in particular, as seniors, to have the national championship in your home state, I can’t think of anything as a student athlete growing up in Ohio that could be greater than that,” Ryan said. Jordan expressed his desire to go toe-to-toe with formidable opponents at nationals in Cleveland in his quest to claim not only a team national championship, but also his first individual national championship in his backyard. “It’s really cool,” Jordan said. “I don’t know if the national title has ever been here before or if it has been, it’s been a while, as long as I can remember. We’re real excited about that, bringing it here to Ohio and being able to have the fans here. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Nobody on the wrestling roster grew up closer to Cleveland than Tomasello, a product of Parma and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Parma, Ohio, about 10 miles south of Cleveland. “It’s very important,” Tomasello said. “I consider Cleveland to be more my home. I’m really pumped that nationals are going be there at the [Quicken Loans Arena] and just having a lot of support. That’s where I grew up, that’s where everyone has helped me get to where I am now.”Tomasello said the prospect of competing at the NCAAs in Cleveland reminds him of when he wrestled at the Walsh Ironman tournament in high school within walking distance from his school and near where he grew up. Competing in his city is something the redshirt senior thrives on. “There was so much support in that tournament, I just fed off of that energy in that environment,” Tomasello said. “That energy is something that I can see in Cleveland with all the Ohio State Buckeye fans there and just people that have supported me my whole wrestling career. That’s what it makes me think of.” read more

There was no other AFC candidate eligible – Amna Ally explains

FIL:E: Barbara Patricia Pilgrim taking the oath as a government MPGovernment’s Chief Whip and Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally, has defended Government’s decision to select Barbara Patricia Pilgrim to replace former AFC member Charrandas Persaud as a Member of Parliament following the shock vote of Persaud who sided with the Opposition and voted in favour of the no confidence motion which saw the toppling of the APNU/AFC administration on December 21.“There was no other AFC candidate eligible. So, we replaced the person. This is a Coalition, we use the candidates, we no longer look at individual parties. She was extracted from the Coalition,” Minister Ally was quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.Minister Amna AllyShe further explained that former MP Charrandass Persaud was extracted from the constituency list in Region 6, which accounts for 25 per cent of the electorate in the National Assembly.“Barbara Pilgrim was one of the candidates submitted in the 2015 elections to represent the constituency in Region 6. We found that she was the most appropriate candidate for us to extract and, so we extracted her because she was a candidate from the list.”MP Pilgrim, an A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) member, took her oath of office on January 3, 2019, at the 112th sitting of the National Assembly of the 11th Parliament.During an interview, she disclosed that her deep interest is in the affairs of communities. She made it clear that people will be the hallmark of her representation in the National Assembly.“I feel very humbled to serve the people of this region. Because of my political involvement, so many people would call on me to do many things for them and now that I am in this position, I think I will be able to serve them better,” she was quoted by DPI as saying.There are still many things, she noted, that can be done to improve the lives of residents in the region. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBarbara Patricia Pilgrim replaces Charrandas Persaud in National AssemblyJanuary 3, 2019In “latest news”Charrandas citizenship controversy… New MP also has dual citizenship – sourcesJanuary 6, 2019In “latest news”No-confidence vote certified, will not be reviewed– Clerk of HouseDecember 28, 2018In “latest news” read more