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Mauritius Becomes India’s Top Foreign Direct Investor in 2017-18Mauritius Becomes India’s Top Foreign Direct Investor in 2017-18

first_imgThe tiny island of Mauritius became the top source of investment into India, with $13.4 billion or 36 percent of the total in 2017-18, according to reports.According to Reserve Bank of India’s annual report, Mauritius was followed by Singapore with $9.3 billion. The Netherlands and the U.S. were third and fourth with $2.7 billion and $2 billion respectively.Further, the RBI said that India has witnessed a steady growth in FDI from 2013 onwards. Mauritius was a top investor in India in 2014-15 and 2016-2017 where the total investment from the African island was $5,878 million and $13,383 million respectively.A Financial Times report says that Mauritius is also one of Africa’s most advanced economy. According to the report, the reason behind Mauritius becoming one of Africa’s top economy is its foreign investment policies. FDI has been the key instrument in driving the economy to the top which is “labor-oriented, particularly in textiles and tourism,” James Zhan, UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) director for investment and enterprise was quoted as saying by the British newspaper.Apart from India, France, South Africa, and the U.S. were major investors in Mauritius turning the country’s property, IT, and tourism sectors into the key industries for a steady and booming growth.Mauritius has transformed into a “financial hub, high-grade tourism, and services economy,” FT quoted Zhan as saying.While FDI has become a key source, a practice known as round-tripping — where the capital is routed through a low tax jurisdiction before it can return into the economy of origin as FDI — has remained an issue.According to John Christensen, director of UK-based think-tank Tax Justice Network, round-tripping has created a genuine problem to distinguish the original FDI and the round-tripping capital.“It has become extremely difficult to distinguish between round-tripped capital and genuine FDI globally,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.For years Mauritius has been the biggest source of direct investment into India, according to RBI data. While the fact is India is the world’s sixth largest economy, Mauritius is 124th in U.S. dollar terms.The imbalance clearly indicates, “It was round-tripping and going elsewhere using Mauritius as a springboard,” Zhan said implying that the investment was not always directed toward Mauritius.To solve this problem, India and Mauritius revisited their double-taxation treaty in 2016 and the changes are being noted in the current year and next, the FT report stated.Port Louis Stock Exchange Chief executive Sunil Benimadhu said, “We don’t want to be used as a base for [people] to bypass their taxation duties to their home countries.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Mary Kom ready to battle for first Asiad gold medalMary Kom ready to battle for first Asiad gold medal

first_imgFive-time world boxing champion MC Mary Kom may have seen the best in the business in several sporting meets in India and abroad. Yet the Manipuri likes to tread a cautious path when it comes to predicting her chances at the Asian Games. “You cannot dismiss anybody as mean or the strongest,” declared the Manipuri, as women’s boxing makes its debut here.Perhaps it’s Mary Kom’s modesty that has stood her in good stead. But the mother of two does not want to take any chances as she will be fighting in a new weight category (51kg) for the first time. Mary Kom feels she will have a tough time this time around.With prayers on her lips, she said she was wary of the Chinese, Thai and Japanese boxers. “The Chinese are really good and I have run into them in the World Championships before at Taejon City. They have been specially preparing for the Games. They will give a good fight,” she said.As for her preparations, Mary Kom feels confident. She, however, feels that having to up her weight from 46 to 51, she was struggling a bit. “It’s okay now, but when you constantly chance your weight category, things can go awry. More than concern for winning a medal for India, I am worried about how people back home will feel if I fail. They have been pinning a lot of hopes on me and for them at least I want to win a gold medal here,” she said.advertisementKeeping that in mind, the 27- year-old is sparring with teammates at the gymnasium since her arrival a couple of days ago. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award winner is conscious of the fact that she will have to fight exceedingly well to win a medal.”This is a very big opportunity for me. A gold medal here will keep my motivation level high for the London Olympics,” said the boxer.Asked if she managed to visit the church at the Athletes Village, Mary Kom smiled to say that she didn’t have to do that to pray to the god. “God is in my heart so I don’t have to visit the church,” she said.Now contrast this with another champion boxer Suranjoy Singh who was standing away from Mary Kom. Even as the entire media attention was on her, the CWG gold medallist was waiting patiently for Mary Kom to return so that they could go for practice together.When a scribe introduced the boxer to another of his ilk as a star boxer to watch out for at the Games, the Manipuri brushed aside the remark by saying: “No sir, I have not yet become a star. You will have to wait for two more years, until the London Olympics,” he said.The message from the diminutive pugilist was loud and clear.last_img read more

Lava launches Pixel V2 with 13MP camera at Rs 10,750Lava launches Pixel V2 with 13MP camera at Rs 10,750

first_imgLava has launched another smartphone in its Pixel line-up with Pixel V2, which has followed last year’s Pixel V1. The device ispriced at Rs 10,750 which is lower than the price at which the first generationphone was offered.On the spec sheet the Lava Pixel V2 comes with a mid-rangeoffering. The device sports a 5-inch HD IPS display with screen resolution of1280 x 720p which is protected by Asahi Dragontrail Glass on the top. Thedevice is powered by a 64 bit quad core MediaTek chipset that will be supportedby 2GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The user will have an option ofexpanding storage by using the MicroSD card slot. On the camera front, the Pixel V2 houses a 13MegaPixel rearcamera with 5 layers Largan lens with blue Glass filter and f/2.0 aperture withdual LED flash. The primary camera is paired with an 8MegaPixel front camerawith LED flash. In terms of connectivity, the device is capable of 4G cat 4networks. The device will operate on Android Lollipop 5.1. A 2,500mAh batterywill provide power to the device.Navin Chawla, Product Head, Senior Vice President at Lavasaid, “With smartphones becoming an indispensable part of lives, thecamera becomes so much more important. The youth today wants capture specialmoments of their life and share them instantly with their social circle. Toenable them to capture special moments perfectly, we are delighted to announcethe second variant in the Pixel series with the best in class camera hardwareand software features.”advertisementlast_img read more

Cardiff City to Appeal Against FIFA Ruling Over Emiliano Sala Transfer Payment to NantesCardiff City to Appeal Against FIFA Ruling Over Emiliano Sala Transfer Payment to Nantes

first_img cardiff city fcEmiliano SalaFC NantesFIFA First Published: October 2, 2019, 3:57 PM IST London: Cardiff said on Wednesday they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against FIFA’s decision to make them pay Nantes the first instalment of the transfer fee for Emiliano Sala.The world governing body this week ordered Cardiff to pay French club Nantes an initial six million euros ($6.5 million) in their dispute over the payment of the transfer fee for Sala. The amount corresponds to the first instalment of the 17 million-euro fee Cardiff had agreed to pay Nantes before the Argentine, 28, died in a plane crash in January while travelling to join his new club.The Championship club, who argue that Sala’s revised contract was not signed and that his playing registration was not complete, said they were “extremely disappointed” by the FIFA Players’ Status Committee’s decision.”It would appear the committee has reached its conclusion on a narrow aspect of the overall dispute, without considering the full documentation presented by Cardiff City to FIFA,” the statement said.”Nevertheless there remains clear evidence that the transfer agreement was never completed in accordance with multiple contractual requirements which were requested by Nantes, thereby rendering it null and void.”We shall be appealing to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) in order to seek a decision which considers all of the relevant contractual information and provides clarity on the full legal situation between our two clubs.”In a statement on Monday, FIFA said it had “never lost sight of the specific and unique circumstances of this tragic situation during its deliberations on the dispute at stake.”Nantes said they were pleased with FIFA’s decision.”Cardiff must honour their commitments and the rule of the laws of sport,” the club’s lawyers wrote in a text message sent to AFP.Nantes had previously appealed in February over Cardiff’s failure to pay the 17 million euros they said was owed because Sala had already signed for the Welsh side.The light aircraft Sala was travelling on came down in the English Channel during a night-time flight.His body was recovered, but that of the pilot, David Ibbotson, has never been found.A report by Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch in August said that Sala and the pilot were likely exposed to “potentially fatal” levels of carbon monoxide on the plane.In the aftermath of the tragedy, Cardiff were relegated from the Premier League after just one season back in the top flight. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Australian Open: World No.1 Simona Halep ready to face Serena WilliamsAustralian Open: World No.1 Simona Halep ready to face Serena Williams

first_imgSimona Halep might be the current number one in women’s tennis but the Romanian believes the best player in the world will be awaiting her when she takes on Serena Williams in the fourth round of the Australian Open.The 37-year-old American took a year off after the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia in September 2017, before returning to action last season when she reached the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.Serena was eight weeks pregnant when she won the last of her 23 Grand Slam titles at Melbourne Park and, though she has played selective tournaments since motherhood, the American is still the player to beat in the women’s draw at Grand Slams.French Open champion Halep has topped the rankings since October, 2017.”In my opinion, to be number one in the world and to be the best player in the world, it’s a little bit different,” Halep told reporters on Saturday after a 6-2 6-3 third round win against the older Williams sister, Venus.”In this moment, I’m number one in the world, so I will take that. I feel like I have been there many months, many weeks.”But for sure she’s the best player in the world because she won so many Grand Slams. She’s been a lot on number one. I cannot compare my results to her. But in this moment, I’m confident that I’m in this position, and I’m positive about it.”Let’s see that once more, @Simona_Halep.The World No. 1 keeps her dream to become an #AOChampion, alive. #AusOpen #AOFiredUp (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019HUGE CHALLENGEThe losses in the finals in London and New York left Serena, who is seeded 16th at Melbourne Park, still seeking a 24th Grand Slam singles title to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record.She has lost only nine games this week in her first three rounds.”I only beat her once in my life, so I cannot say much about this match,” Halep said, referring to her nine overall meetings with Serena.”Just that it’s going to be a huge challenge for me. It’s always great to play against Serena because every time I have to learn something from the match.””It’s going to be a bigger challenge, but I’m ready to face it.” – @Simona_Halep on playing another Williams sister, #Serena next.#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019Halep admitted that she used to be intimidated by Serena when she was younger but said the “great champion” will be just another opponent in the last 16 clash.”I’m used to this pressure. I’m used to facing her,” Halep said. “I’m in a good position. I feel confident. I played very well today. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be the same against her.”Definitely it’s the toughest draw I’ve ever had… it’s a huge challenge. Every time I face the (Williams) sisters is a big challenge for me. I just want to try to play my best tennis because I have nothing to lose against them.”last_img read more

Chess: Magnus Carlsen hoping to reach new heights at Sinquefield CupChess: Magnus Carlsen hoping to reach new heights at Sinquefield Cup

first_imgAfter eight consecutive tournament victories and a run of 79 classical games without defeat Magnus Carlsen has his sights on 2900, the record round number of rating points with echoes of Mount Everest’s height of around 29,000ft. Norway’s world champion plays next at the $325,000 Sinquefield Cup at Saint Louis from 17-29 August, with his current rating, now 2882, equal to his previous official peak set in 2014.Carlsen is in fantastic form, yet his chances of 2900 at Saint Louis look slim. His 8/11 total at Zagreb clocked up a performance rating of 2949 but raised his overall rating by only 10 points from 2872 to 2882, with 18 to go. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Read more Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Lewis chessmen piece bought for £5 in 1964 could sell for £1m Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Leonard Barden on chess Magnus Carlsen Yet questions remained. Why did Black avoid 10…a6, the choice of most Grünfeld specialists in that position? The answer could be that Carlsen in his prep spotted a 2016 game where the Frenchman did well with the pawn exchange and so repeated it.Then some commentators failed to mention that Carlsen’s 22 Bb5? could have spoilt the win where the Norwegian super-computer Sesse gives 22 Rc7! with a +2 assessment and reckons that after 22 Bb5? g5! Black may hold.3627 1 Nf6+?? exf6 2 gxf6 – but it was White who resigned after 2…Qxf2+! when if 3 Kxf2 Ng4+ and Nxh6 or 3 Kh1 Qxf6. Read more Share on Twitter Timothy Whitworth obituary Share on LinkedIn Topics Both Saint Louis and Zagreb are part of the Grand Tour which also includes several speed events and has its semi-finals and final at the London Classic in December. Saint Louis will be a straight rerun of Zagreb with the same 12 elite grandmasters, the only difference being that colours will be reversed from Croatia so that Carlsen will benefit from an extra White.A possible scenario if the 28-year-old from Oslo keeps up his momentum is that he reaches around 2890 at Saint Louis and then has four classical games in London followed by the 13-round Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands to complete his climb.Carlsen’s six winning classical tournaments in a row, including tied first at Saint Louis 2018, beat Bobby Fischer’s five in succession in 1968-70, and Carlsen’s opposition was much stronger. Garry Kasparov, however, won 10 classical elite tournaments in a row from 1999 to 2002 – five at Linares, Spain, three at Wijk aan Zee, two at Sarajevo, and one at Astana.After Zagreb Carlsen’s rivals were full of praise for his new and positive approach, especially in the openings. Levon Aronian commented: “He started going into the main lines, which he was usually not doing in previous years. I think he trained pretty well for his match with Fabiano [Caruana]. Now he does something which is unusual for him, he plays very critical opening lines from the start. He plays central chess, something he wasn’t doing. And it works well for him.” One fan went further, describing Carlsen as “a combination of Karpov, Ficher and Kasparov updated by AlphaZero.”For Carlsen himself it was beyond his best expectations. He noted that he “had never scored anything like plus five against such a field before” and later added: “For me it’s huge. It’s the first time basically that I’ve played an event like this – 12 players, all absolute elite. It’s been a dream, especially the second half has gone so well.”Carlsen’s final round win at Zagreb, where he demolished the previously reliable Grünfeld Defence of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave by elegant use of the bishop pair, was one of his most impressively smooth and pleasing creations in Croatia. news Chesslast_img read more

Arrest confirmed for ‘racist offence’ at Tottenham-Chelsea tieArrest confirmed for ‘racist offence’ at Tottenham-Chelsea tie

first_imgPolice have confirmed a man has been arrested for a racially aggravated public order offence at Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final between Tottenham and Chelsea.In a post on Twitter, the football unit of the Metropolitan Police, whose officers were on duty for the first leg at Wembley, wrote: “Police have arrested a 17-year-old male for a racially aggravated public order offence at tonight’s @SpursOfficial v @ChelseaFC.”The male is currently being dealt with at a North London police station.” Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? An earlier post from the force had read: “We are working with London football clubs to ensure hate crime, including racism and anti-Semitic language, is tackled robustly.”Any instances of such behaviour will be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.”The incident is the latest instance of alleged racist behaviour to shake the top tiers of European football in recent weeks.Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling was subjected to abuse from the stands during his side’s defeat at the hands of Chelsea at the beginning of December, with the man responsible later identified and banned from Stamford Bridge.Police have arrested a 17 year old male for a racially aggravated public order offence at tonight’s @SpursOfficial v @ChelseaFC The male is currently being dealt with at a North London police station.— MPS Football Unit (@MPSFootballUnit) January 8, 2019In Italy, meanwhile, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly suffered monkey noises and other offensive remarks at San Siro as his side went down to Inter.The club was subsequently punished with two games to be played behind closed doors, a sanction that they declined to appeal.last_img read more

Report: Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0Report: Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

first_imgArsenal returned to winning ways and reignited their bid for a top-four place in the Premier League with an excellent 2-0 triumph over Chelsea.Alexandre Lacazette crafted a wonderful 14th-minute opener as Maurizio Sarri’s side, not for the first time this season, wilted under the pressure of a London derby.Club captain Laurent Koscielny’s attempt to head Sokratis Papastathopoulos’s volleyed pass six minutes before half-time spun off his shoulder and beat Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It was the former France defender’s first goal since rupturing an Achilles tendon last season and Chelsea were unable to respond.Sokratis powered wide unmarked from an eighth-minute corner before centre-back partner Koscielny forced a point-blank save from Kepa, who was grasping at air when Lacazette turned sharply and clipped past him at his near post.Sead Kolasinac played Pedro haphazardly onside to almost loft an 18th-minute equaliser for Chelsea, although the left-back made himself more useful in attack with a delicate cross that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang nearly converted with a wonderful overhead kick.Koscielny’s fortuitous conversion off his shoulder was not so picturesque but it was nevertheless rapturously received at Emirates Stadium.Slack set-piece marking at the other end saw Marcos Alonso head against the post, pursuing a lifeline Chelsea scarcely deserved.Chelsea enjoyed sustained possession in the Arsenal half early in the second period but created little, with Koscielny in particular defending impeccably.Aaron Ramsey tried to prod the goal his endeavours deserved in the 64th minute after Kolasinac raided into the Chelsea box.Blues substitute Ross Barkley had a rasping strike blocked before Arsenal made an enforced change due to Hector Bellerin collapsing with a seemingly serious knee injury – a rare blot on an outing far removed from last weekend’s loss at West Ham.T O G E T H E R #ARSCHE— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 19, 2019What does it mean? Arsenal rejuvenate Champions League hopesUnai Emery’s side kicked off in sixth position, having fallen behind a revitalised Manchester United. Defeat would have left them nine points shy of Chelsea in fourth, meaning their lightning start to the match was fuelled by the pressure of having no margin for error. Maurizio Sarri is now the coach who will face further questions over his own prospective revolution at Stamford Bridge, with this defeat sharing far too many commonalities with the limp surrender to Tottenham at Wembley in November.Juve-bound Ramsey will be a huge missMesut Ozil looked on from the bench and was barely missed. When things click in this manner, it is easy to imagine Emery’s Arsenal operating without the gifted German playmaker. However, if Ramsey’s heavily touted switch to Juventus goes through the Wales midfielder will leave a considerable hole. A bundle of high-intensity, high-quality energy as the Gunners laid siege to their rivals during the first half, Ramsey rendered Chelsea’s deep-lying playmaker Jorginho entirely ineffective and laid the foundations for a superb victory.Number nines 2 False nine 0Lacazette’s two touches to engineer room for a precision finish were an immaculate example of centre-forward play. Talents such as his and Aubameyang’s are ones Sarri is unable to call upon, explaining his pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain. However, Eden Hazard’s truculent efforts to fill the gap in Chelsea’s attack speak ill of a player with ambitions to be considered among the best in the game. He was entirely ineffective once again, operating in a position that Lionel Messi redefined on his way to become the premier player in world football. No one is asking Hazard to hit Messi’s levels, but he should view chances at the centre of Chelsea’s forward line as an opportunity, not an inconvenience.Key Opta facts8 – Arsenal have won more points in seven games against ‘big six’ opponents this season than they did in the whole of 2017-18 (6). Mettle. #ARSCHE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 19, 2019- Arsenal have won consecutive home games against Chelsea in all competitions for the first time since February 2004.- Chelsea have only won one of their last seven away London derbies in the Premier League (D2 L4), winning 1-0 at Crystal Palace in December.- Arsenal are unbeaten in 13 Premier League London derby matches at home (W10 D3), winning the last six in a row.- Chelsea’s first shot on target didn’t come until the 82nd minute, from Marcos Alonso.- 63 per cent of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette’s Premier League goals this season have come in London derbies (5/8).- Only Arsenal team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (6) has scored more Premier League London derby goals this season than Alexandre Lacazette.- Laurent Koscielny became the first Arsenal defender to score 20 Premier League goals. The Frenchman has scored in each of his nine campaigns in the competition – only Dennis Bergkamp (11), Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott (10 each) have scored in more for the Gunners.What’s next?Sarri gets another chance to tackle a high-profile London derby in Thursday’s EFL Cup final second leg, where Spurs take a 1-0 advantage to Stamford Bridge. Arsenal host Manchester United in the FA Cup a day later. read morelast_img read more


first_imgLast week we learned that a fan named Michael Vincent Bramley (M.V.B.) pitched a PG-13 concept to Ryan Reynolds about Deadpool 2 on Twitter a year ago. The pitch is exactly the route they are taking with the film. For a little refresher, here’s the pitch:@VancityReynolds If Marvel forces you to make a PG-13 Deadpool, just copy the framing device from The Princess Bride and have Deadpool censoring it for Fred Savage as a bedtime story. A kidnapped adult Fred Savage. There, I fixed it.— M.V.B. (@MVBramley) December 7, 2017Reynolds has since reached out to Bramley in private, and it looks like he’s willing to believe that the whole thing was just an insane coincidence. According to a recent tweet from Bramley, Reynolds was “just as confused” as he was about the whole thing..@VancityReynolds and I had a brief talk and I believe he was as confused as I was. It seems like this may all just have been a big, insane coincidence and I’m happy to leave it at that. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie in December! #deadpool #onceuponadeadpool— M.V.B. (@MVBramley) November 22, 2018I’ve gotta say, I love this guy’s attitude toward the whole thing. He’s being very cool and level-headed about it, which is a rare thing these days. A lot of people, especially on Twitter, are looking for an excuse to lash out and be a bunch of assholes, but Bramley’s got class.However, if you read the replies to the tweet above, a lot of people believe there is more going on behind the scenes than meets the eye. A lot of people think this is just too big to be chalked up to a coincidence.I just hope that Reynolds at least offered him tickets to the premiere, and he’s just not publicizing it, which seems like the proper thing to do in this situation.What do you think? Could this really be just a crazy coincidence?By Joey Paur | Geek Tyrant Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Facebook This very sweet 2007 comedy stars Tom Cavanagh as a closeted gay retired hockey player who, along with his sports lawyer partner (Ben Shenkman), unexpectedly become legal guardians to Scot (Noah Bernett), a proudly femme young boy who teaches his adoptive parents a few things about loving themselves. Directed by Laurie Lynd, the film notably gained press attention when it came out because the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs both fully approved the use of their logos in the film, making Breakfast With Scot the first LGBTQ-themed film to be endorsed by a professional sports league. Watch it here. Queeries is a weekly column by CBC Arts producer Peter Knegt that queries LGBTQ art, culture and/or identity through a personal lens. It won the 2019 Digital Publishing Award for best digital column in Canada.While I am certainly one to vouch for LGBTQ-related viewing all year round, Pride Month seems just as good a time as any to alert you to some of the great queer content streaming on-demand — for free! — on CBC Gem, including a few brand new titles being added this month. A mix of movies and TV, narratives and documentaries, feature-length and short form, here are 10 options that stood out in particular (though there are also many more where that came from, and they’ll still be there after June 30th), in alphabetical order:BREAKFAST WITH SCOTT Clockwise from top left: The Gospel According To Andre, Guidance, Schitt’s Creek, My Prairie Home, I Killed My Mother and Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes. (Courtesy) Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Ontario launching public awareness campaign on cannabis legalizationOntario launching public awareness campaign on cannabis legalization

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario is launching a public awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of using recreational cannabis and promote social responsibility ahead of the legalization of marijuana next week.Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said the ads will emphasize the province’s rules around the sale and consumption of pot, as well as measures to protect children and the community.“Our message will remain clear,” Mulroney said Tuesday during a speech at Toronto’s Empire Club. “We will plainly tell Ontarians how our children, communities and roads will be protected, and how we will work to combat criminals.”Mulroney said the advertisements will run next week in traditional media as well as on digital and social channels to reach a younger audience.“It should go without saying that these ads do not promote cannabis use or the cannabis market,” she said. “(The ads) will focus on social responsibility, including the serious health and addiction risks of short- and long-term cannabis use.”Last month the Progressive Conservatives announced they were moving to a private retail sale model, shifting away from the previous Liberal government’s plan to sell pot in publicly owned shops. Under the Liberal plan the province would have had 200 pot stores by 2020.The Tories estimate their plan will see between 500 to 1,000 shops licensed a short time after legalization with no cap placed on licences.Mulroney said the Liberal plan would have failed because there would not have been enough stores open after legalization.“If I could be frank, we concluded that such a system was incapable of seriously competing with the illegal market and in turn would leave our communities more vulnerable and susceptible to the underground market,” she said.The provincial government has said it would sell recreational cannabis online when it is legalized on Oct. 17, with private retail stores set to be in place by April next year.The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will regulate the marketplace, and will have the power to grant — and potentially revoke — licences as well as enforce provincial rules on cannabis sales. On Tuesday, Mulroney emphasized the agency will focus on enforcement and emphasized the presence of the agency’s embedded provincial police unit during her remarks.“Nobody in Ontario has the right to a cannabis retail licence,” she said. “The AGCO’s due-diligence process will be strictly applied and thoroughly enforced, and the role of the public commentary in this process is real.”The Opposition New Democrats said the government’s ad campaign was coming far too late.“The government has known about the Oct. 17 date for quite a while,” said NDP legislator Peter Tabuns. “I think what we’re going to have now is a very rushed process.”last_img read more

Karannagoda makes statement to CID on missing youthKarannagoda makes statement to CID on missing youth

Former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda appeared before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today to make a statement over the disappearance of some youth in 2008 – 2009.Karannagoda was questioned over a group of Tamil and Muslim youth who went missing during that period. Last year the CID questioned former navy spokesman D K P Dassanayake over allegations that some officers in the Navy were involved in the disappearance of several youth. (Colombo Gazette)

Annan responds to Eritrean allegations about UN missionAnnan responds to Eritrean allegations about UN mission

“The Secretary-General is dismayed at the recent public attacks made by the Eritrean authorities against the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) and its staff, as well as the restrictions imposed on its operations,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York.UNMEE had investigated each allegation made against its staff, had taken action and had shared the outcomes, where appropriate, with the Government of Eritrea, Mr. Annan’s spokesman said.”However, the tone and scope of the recent unfortunate statements made by the Eritrean authorities can seriously impact on the effectiveness of the Mission in the performance of its mandated tasks, and could also endanger the security of its personnel,” Mr. Eckhard said.The Eritrean Commission for Coordination with the Peacekeeping Mission alleged earlier this month that an UNMEE helicopter transported a “fugitive wanted for security reasons” from Senafe, Eritrea, in the Temporary Security Zone, to Adigrat in Ethiopia. UNMEE said it was investigating the charge.Because UNMEE had taken no action to “clean up its activities” it had become a danger to the peace and stability of the people and Government of Eritrea, the Commission said.The Secretary-General hoped that both parties, and in particular the Government of Eritrea, would allow UNMEE the indispensable freedom of movement and the necessary cooperation to carry out the mandate given it by the Algiers Agreements of December 2000 and the relevant Security Council resolutions, Mr. Eckhard said. read more

Malnutrition mounts in eastern and southern Africa as El Niño takes holdMalnutrition mounts in eastern and southern Africa as El Niño takes hold

The situation is being aggravated by rising food prices, which are forcing families to implement drastic coping mechanisms such as skipping meals and selling off assets, resulting in almost 1 million children being in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition in the region, said Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala, UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, in a press release today. “The El Niño weather phenomenon will wane, but the cost to children – many who were already living hand-to-mouth – will be felt for years to come,” she emphasized. “Governments are responding with available resources, but this is an unprecedented situation. Children’s survival is dependent on action taken today,” she added. According to UNICEF, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and most provinces in South Africa have declared a state of disaster in the face of growing resource shortages. In Ethiopia, the number of people in need of food assistance is expected to increase from more than 10 million to 18 million by the end of the year. Releasing its latest briefing on the impact of El Niño on children in the region, UNICEF noted that, in Ethiopia, two seasons of failed rains mean that nearly 6 million children currently require food assistance, with school absenteeism increasing as children are forced to walk greater distances in search of water. In Somalia, more than two thirds of those in urgent need of assistance are displaced populations, while in Kenya, El Niño-related heavy rains and floods are aggravating cholera outbreaks. Meanwhile, in Lesotho, one quarter of the population is affected. This aggravates grave circumstances for a country in which 34 per cent of children are orphans, 57 per cent of people live below the poverty line, and almost one in four adults live with HIV/AIDS. In Zimbabwe, an estimated 2.8 million people are facing food and nutrition insecurity. The drought situation has resulted in reduced water yields from the few functioning boreholes exacerbating the risk to water-borne diseases, especially diarrhoea and cholera. The agency also noted that Malawi is facing the worst food crisis in nine years, with 2.8 million people (more than 15 per cent of the population) at risk of hunger. Cases of severe acute malnutrition have increased by 100 per cent from December 2015 to January 2016. In Angola, an estimated 1.4 million people are affected by extreme weather conditions and 800,000 people are facing food insecurity, mainly in the semi-arid southern provinces. The UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has estimated that it will take affected communities approximately two years to recover from El Niño-exacerbated drought, if agricultural conditions improve in the latter half of this year. UNICEF also stressed that its humanitarian appeals are less than 15 per cent funded across El Niño-impacted countries in southern Africa. read more

Mens hockey Wisconsin solved Ohio States defense this week leading to BuckeyesMens hockey Wisconsin solved Ohio States defense this week leading to Buckeyes

Ohio State senior forward Nick Schilkey takes a shot on net against Wisconsin in a Big Ten tournament semifinal in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on March 17. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiDETROIT — Less than a week ago, the Ohio State men’s hockey team was heading into a crucial away series at Wisconsin. Two losses meant the Buckeyes would probably have to win the Big Ten tournament to make the NCAA tournament. A split would keep the Buckeyes where they were — just outside the top 16 teams that make the tournament. But a series sweep meant OSU would be in excellent position for an at-large bid into the tournament.OSU outscored the Badgers 8-2 in that series, pulling off two huge road victories. On Friday at Joe Louis Arena in the Big Ten tournament semifinal, Wisconsin replicated OSU’s urgency from the week prior, which resulted in a physical 2-1 victory over the Buckeyes.“Last week, we were a little bit on our heels for the first time all year, as far as waiting to see how the game was going to be played.” Wisconsin coach Tony Granato said. “We played solid defensively and try to wear them down with forechecking and a lot of offensive zone shifts. The other plan was to stay out of the penalty box.”One could tell Wisconsin was playing with its season on the line on Friday, exemplified in its defense. The Wisconsin forwards pressured OSU to make long passes from its defensive zone and had active sticks along the boards against a team that has struggled all season to clear pucks from its own zone.“We tried to stretch it out too many times. We didn’t try to exploit their (defense) in their zone as much as we could’ve,” Schilkey said. “Just couldn’t get enough going offensively.”At Wisconsin, OSU’s transition-style offense systematically works better because the Badgers play on an Olympic-style rink, which is bigger than the NHL-regulated size the two teams played on at Joe Louis Arena. Speedster forwards such as senior Nick Schilkey and sophomore Mason Jobst, the conference’s scoring co-champion, didn’t have as much room to operate on the offensive end.“They like to throw guys up the ice and get into foot races,” said Wisconsin sophomore forward Luke Kunin. “I thought our forwards did a good job of keeping them back and staying in the middle, and our D did a good job of keeping them on the outside.”Jobst had four points last weekend against Wisconsin. On Friday, he had three shots and one assist on a powerplay. But except for one shot in the third period, Jobst wasn’t a major threat to Wisconsin freshman goaltender Jack Berry who was spectacular in net for the Badgers.“We tried to play defense last week” Granato said. “This week, we played defense by playing good offense. When it was in our end, we blocked those shots when we needed to, but we got it out quick.”The Buckeyes have relied on its offense for the entire season, and why shouldn’t they? Their powerplay ranks first in the nation, scoring on an absurd 32 percent of its chances, and the offense as a whole is ranked third in the nation with nearly four goals a game. Schilkey, Jobst and senior forward David Gust are the three leading goal scorers on a team that has seven players with double-digit goals.The penalty kill, which was fourth worst in the country before the game, has been OSU’s Achilles’ heel. But Friday, they were 3 for 3 — without counting senior defenseman Josh Healey’s five-minute major and game misconduct in the final minutes.One would think with the penalty kill taking care of business, OSU’s offense would find a way to get over the hump. But not on Friday. Not against a team that is fighting for an NCAA tournament bid.“Really throughout the whole game I thought when they pushed, we pushed harder,” Kunin said.The Badgers were sitting at No. 18 in the PairWise rankings. Now, they are just on the outside at No. 17, while the Buckeyes remain at No. 13.Now, it’s not like Wisconsin hadn’t had success against OSU this season. The Badgers swept OSU in January — one in Columbus and one at Madison Square Garden in New York. OSU coach Steve Rohlik said that Wisconsin attitude he saw in late January was present on Friday when it mattered most.“It was a playoff-type hockey game,” he said. “The score is going to be down and there’s going to be a chance either way. That’s how the game went tonight and that’s what I expected.” read more

Shatter Ireland would consider sending more soldiers to Syrian borderShatter Ireland would consider sending more soldiers to Syrian border

first_imgOf course there’s been some incidents within the vicinity of the border involving some of the different groupings who are engaged in the conflict.He added that he had “already had some discussions” in Lebanon about the situation in Golan and that he will receive a briefing from the UN perspective while in Israel.Importance of tensions in Syria not spilling over into neighbouring LebanonNoting the importance of tensions in Syria not spilling over into neighbouring Lebanon or the wider Middle East, the minister said: “There are a wide range of issues of concern arising out of this conflict … and this is part of the reason I am here from an Irish government perspective – to make an assessment of where things are and get up-to-date briefings from all the different sides.”Shatter has previously signed off on Irish participation in a UN mission to Syria since the conflict started. Six Irish peacekeepers joined the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) last summer.Commencing in April, UNSMIS was charged with monitoring the cessation of violence by both the rebels and the regime in the Middle Eastern state. Its initial 90-day mandate was extended for a further 30 days, but the mission was finally terminated on 19 August when fighting became too intense for the force to proceed with its sanctioned role.Irish troops to MaliMore recently, the minister committed to sending Irish troops to Mali, where French-led forces entered in January to restore centralised control of the African state after rebels seized its north last April.Eight Irish soldiers are set to join the EU Training Mission in Mali (EUTM-Mali), which will be responsible for offering military training and advice to the Malian Armed Forces.Ireland presently has approximately 400 peacekeepers deployed with a joint Irish-Finnish UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) battalion in south Lebanon. Shatter presented UN medals to members of the battalion while in Lebanon on Sunday.Niamh Fleming-Farrell is a Beirut-based journalist.Bombs, Skype and no tea: What Christmas is like for the Irish troops in Lebanon> A UNITED NATIONS request for a larger international military presence on the Syria-Israel border is something the Irish government would give “serious consideration,” Defence and Justice Minister Alan Shatter has said.Speaking in Beirut on Sunday at the outset of a week-long official tour to Lebanon and Israel, Shatter commented that current UN observer mission in the Golan Heights “may have to be beefed up, if that border becomes a focus of tension”.He added: “If the United Nations sought further deployments on the Israel-Syrian border in the Golan Heights area, obviously that’s something to which we would give serious consideration.”The United National Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) has been mandated to maintain a ceasefire between Israel and Syria in Golan since 1974.According to the Irish Defence Forces website, Ireland presently has a small number of troops deployed in Golan through its 14-soldier commitment to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) which supports UNDOF in the area.The zone has become increasingly unpredictableFor much of the past four decades a relative calm has prevailed in the Golan Heights, but two years into the uprising in Syria and with violent civil conflict raging, the zone has become increasingly unpredictable.Last week 21 Filipino peacekeepers were abducted in the area by rebels from the little-known Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade fighting Syria president Bashar Assad and held for four days. They were freed Saturday. The precise reason for their capture remains unclear.Meanwhile, Israel has recently increased military presence on its side of the UNDOF patrolled area, and Jerusalem has reportedly considered building a buffer zone within Syria in an effort to address the underlying perceived threat from Syrian unrest within Israel.Asked if in light of security concerns there was any reconsideration of Ireland’s deployment in the Golan Heights, Shatter said: “No – we’re playing a role in that mission.”However, the minister did acknowledge the changing circumstances in the area:last_img read more

Russia requests that Crimean officials release captured Ukraine navy chiefRussia requests that Crimean officials release captured Ukraine navy chief

first_imgUKRAINE HAS ANNOUNCED plans to drop out of a key post-Soviet alliance and slap entry visas on Russians, while also preparing for a possible Crimean withdrawal following the Kremlin’s absorption of the peninsula.Meanwhile, Russia has requested that commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s navy be be released, having earlier been detained by Crimean officials.Kiev’s first firm response to Russia’s claim to the strategic Black Sea peninsula came as a deadline expired on an ultimatum set by the acting president for Crimea’s separatist leaders to release the captured head of the Ukrainian navy or face “an adequate response”“Gravest threat”The spiralling crisis prompted the White House to warn Russia it was “creating a dangerous situation” and the NATO commander to call the Kremlin’s seizure of Crimea “the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War”.“Our major concern right now is whether he (President Vladimir Putin) will go beyond Crimea, whether Russia will intervene in the eastern parts. . .” of Ukraine, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said during an event in Washington.Denouncing the moves in the Crimean peninsula as “military aggression,” Rasmussen said Russia’s actions were part of a long-running pattern across the region to block nations from forging ties with the West.“Wake-up call”“This is a wake-up call,” he said, “For the Euro-Atlantic community. For NATO. And for all those committed to a Europe whole, free and at peace.”US officials have said they are reviewing a request from Kiev for military support, including arms, ammunition and non-lethal equipment.So far Washington has only agreed to provide military rations to Ukraine.Pro-Russian forces had earlier seized two Crimean navy bases and detained Ukraine’s naval chief as Moscow tightened its grip on the flashpoint peninsula despite Western warnings that its “annexation” would not go unpunished.Black SeaDozens of Ukrainian soldiers filed out of Ukraine’s main navy headquarters in the historic Black Sea port city of Sevastopol after it was stormed by hundreds of pro-Kremlin protesters and masked Russian troops.The local prosecutor’s office said Ukraine’s navy commander Sergiy Gayduk — appointed after his predecessor switched allegiance in favour of Crimea’s pro-Kremlin authorities at the start of the month — had been detained on suspicion of “ordering Ukrainian military units… to open fire on peaceful civilians”.Crimean self-defense forces member walks in the Ukrainian navy headquarters in Sevastopol, Crimea. (Andrew Lubimov/AP/Press Association Images)Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said he had “asked the leaders of the Crimean Republic to release the commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s naval forces… and not to prevent his departure for Ukraine,” according to a statement.Gayduk’s capture delivered a huge blow to efforts by the new team of untested pro-Western leaders in Kiev to impose some authority in their crisis-hit country in the face of an increasingly assertive Kremlin.- © AFP, 2014Read: Vladimir Putin has begun the process of taking Crimea into the Russian Federation > “Putin’s Mein Kampf”: How the world reacted >last_img read more