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Parrikar interested in contesting from PanajiParrikar interested in contesting from Panaji

first_imgThe BJP today said it was holding “discussions” with two of its legislators in Goa as the party wants a vacant seat for the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who needs to get elected to the state Legislative Assembly.“Discussions are going on with Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral and also (Panaji MLA) Siddharth Kuncolienkar (to see if either of them is ready to resign). Parrikar has shown interest in contesting from Panaji which is his traditional bastion,” said Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar.Mr. Parrikar returned to the coastal state as the CM though he hadn’t contested Assembly elections in February. He was elected from Panaji constituency in 2012, but resigned after he was made the Union Defence Minister.Mr. Kuncolienkar replaced him in subsequent by-poll, and retained the seat in this year’s elections, defeating United Goans’ Atanasio Monserratte with a thin margin of 1,500 votes.last_img read more

Phelps Loses Again at NationalsPhelps Loses Again at Nationals

first_imgIRVINE, California — Tom Shields upset three-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps by one hundredth of a second to win the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. national championships on Aug. 8.Shields touched in 51.29 seconds, tying for the second-fastest time in the world this year. Phelps was second in 51.30, losing for the second time in as many events this week; his biggest meet since making a comeback in April.“I’m somebody who can’t stand to lose,” Phelps said. “I don’t care if it’s by a hundredth or by five seconds. This will definitely motivate me.”Four of the seven quickest times in the world were recorded in the morning preliminaries, led by Phelps’ 51.17. But he couldn’t keep it together in the final against Shields, who also won the 200 butterfly earlier in the meet.Phelps is still likely to earn a spot on the U.S. team for the Pan Pacific Championships this month, but he could have guaranteed himself a trip to Australia with a win in the event that he calls “my baby.” He finished next-to-last in the 100 freestyle on Aug. 6.The 18-time Olympic gold medalist has two events remaining this weekend.Tim Phillips was third in 51.54. Ryan Lochte finished fifth in 52.21.Phelps was seventh after one lap and was closing hard on Shields in the closing stages, but his decision to glide to the wall rather than take another stroke cost him.“It just cut all of my momentum,” he said. Bob Bowman, Phelps’ coach, said, “It was pretty terrible.”Phelps didn’t feel like his usual self walking on deck, while Shields confidently looked at the stands and then at his California teammates, who cheered him on during introductions.“Normally I’m very relaxed and very ready,” Phelps said. “Like Bob said, it’s probably just because I’m not used to being in this kind of shape or this kind of feeling going into a meet.”Bowman suggested Phelps was nervous, which may strike some as odd because he’s the most decorated Olympian, with 22 medals.“It’s not fitness, but it’s the knowledge that he’s getting up here against these guys who are on fire,” the coach said. “He knows what he’s done to get here and it ain’t what he used to do to get here.”Phelps knows it, too. “If I want to go 50-point then I need more — I need more training, I need more endurance, I need to feel more comfort with my stroke,” he said. “There are just a lot of things that need to happen. I understand that.”(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mavs Rout Woeful Knicks, 107-87Mavs Rout Woeful Knicks, 107-87

first_imgNEW YORK — Tyson Chandler started training two weeks after last season, searching for a better result next time when he stepped on the floor at Madison Square Garden. He got it. This time, he was on the right end of a Knicks loss.Chandler had three dunks during Dallas’ sizzling start to his return to New York, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points to help the Mavericks beat the Knicks 107-87 on Dec. 16.Chandler thought he would be back with the Knicks this season and started working out earlier than usual so he could help them rebound from the sour taste of their 37-45 finish. Instead, new President Phil Jackson dealt Chandler to Dallas in his first big move, and left even the respected center wondering if he was the target after the Hall of Famer said the move was in part to address some of the team’s chemistry problems.“I wouldn’t say there was any vindication, my whole thing is just I want to have a successful year,” Chandler said. “I feel like I’ve got a great opportunity with this team and I want to help lead this team to something special.”Chandler played a key role in the NBA’s highest-scoring team putting together a nearly unstoppable start that gave it the lead for good. Monta Ellis added 14 points, and Chandler Parsons had 13 after missing a game with a sore lower back.Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points for the Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14 but was 5 for 17 in another poor shooting effort.“They were ready to play from the start. We weren’t,” Anthony said. “We kind of got backed up on our heels and then we decided to come out and play and pick it up after that.”Shortly after hearing mostly cheers during introductions, Chandler dunked a lob pass for the game’s opening basket. He threw down another alley-oop that gave Dallas 10 baskets in its first 11 shots.Knicks coach Derek Fisher yanked all five starters at once soon after but the Mavs kept rolling, opening a 34-15 lead while sinking 13 of their first 16 attempts.“I thought the start was not the right way to start a professional basketball game,” Fisher said. “Those guys that were in there to start the game, that was a disappointment to their teammates.”The Knicks then answered with a 17-2 run that carried over into the second quarter and cut it to 36-32. But the Mavericks regained a double-digit lead by halftime and gradually expanded their advantage during the second half.Chandler came to New York a few months after the Mavs’ 2011 NBA championship, and won a Defensive Player of the Year award while helping the Knicks to a division title and two playoff appearances.But he had a disappointing season along with the team in 2013-14 and was dealt back to Dallas on the eve of the draft along with Raymond Felton for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert and Shane Larkin.Calderon and Dalembert have struggled for the lowly Knicks (5-22), while Chandler came in shooting 68.2 percent from the field. He went 4 of 5 for eight points with 14 rebounds. “Biggest thing that he wanted to do is just win and I’m glad that we could beat them twice for him,” Parsons said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Steve Bruce struggles to develop Rafa Benítez blueprint at NewcastleSteve Bruce struggles to develop Rafa Benítez blueprint at Newcastle

first_imgShare on Pinterest features While Pérez joined Leicester for £30m, Rondón was reunited with Benítez at China’s Dalian Yifang after Newcastle balked at paying £16m to turn a 30-year-old’s loan into a permanent deal. Diamé, 32, headed to Qatar’s al-Ahli when his contract was not extended. “Mo Diamé’s an excellent player,” says Bruce. “I’d have tried to keep him but it was all done and dusted by the time I arrived.”He is left with tantalising yet unfulfilled potential. “Joelinton’s still learning the trade a little bit,” he says. “At Hoffenheim he played on the left, rather than through the middle, a lot and got used to that role. I don’t think that, as a team, we’ve created enough chances for him but I can’t – or won’t – change our style radically, it’s got be gradual, it can’t happen overnight.”Benítez previously declined the chance to sign Joelinton but did push for January’s £20m acquisition of Miguel Almirón from Atlanta in the MLS. The gifted if enigmatic Paraguayan is still to score his first Newcastle goal. “The biggest problem, is what’s his best position?’” says Bruce. “He’s a really good footballer. He’s not a centre‑forward or a natural No 10, he’s an old-fashioned inside‑forward and we have to get the best out of him.”His predecessor would argue that Almirón looked an infinitely better fit alongside the experienced Rondón but Bruce broadly endorses Newcastle’s reluctance to invest heavily in players aged over 25 due to a lack of resale value. “I agree with the policy because it’s everybody’s policy,” he says. “There’s not many Premier League teams who would want to spend big money on a 30-year-old.”The trouble is, without Rondón, Bruce’s blanket seems even shorter than Benítez’s. Topics Steve Bruce vows to change Newcastle style in apparent swipe at Rafael Benítez At present Bruce’s every tactical tweak – and so far they have amounted to experimenting with 3-5-2, modifying Benítez’s 3-4-3 and attempting to press higher up the pitch – appears freighted with risk. Already he has learned that attempting to build everything around Jonjo Shelvey’s languid playmaking skills does not work.The task is further complicated by last season’s top scorers, Salomón Rondón and Ayoze Pérez, having left a club also missing the similarly departed Mo Diamé’s influential midfield heft. Granted, the £40m Brazilian striker Joelinton has arrived but the 23-year-old is struggling to adapt to a new Premier League habitat, as is the £16.5m former Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin, 22. Meanwhile, Andy Carroll – who reportedly commands a basic £20,000-a-week wage supplemented by £35,000 per substitute appearance and £70,000 per start – has an ankle problem and may not begin a game until the new year. Newcastle United During his days as Newcastle’s manager, Rafa Benítez often discussed the problems of sleeping beneath a “short blanket”, frequently lamenting the impossibility of keeping both his neck and feet warm. It did not take a genius to deduce that Steve Bruce’s predecessor was not really talking about deficient bedding but deploying a diplomatic metaphor to emphasise his struggles to make the most of insufficient resources at St James’ Park.Benítez’s way of making Newcastle appear more than the sum of their parts was to implement a possession-light, counterattacking approach big on shape and structure which left his team hard to beat. Bruce is attempting to make that framework a little more flexible and, by upping the possession and particularly the pass-completion statistics, provide increased scope for creativity and improvisation. “It’s the only way we’ll improve,” he maintains as he prepares for Sunday’s tricky trip to Leicester. “We can’t keep surrendering the ball; we’ve got to cross it more, we’ve got to create more chances.” Read more Few fans would disagree yet such philosophical transitions often prove uncomfortable and sometimes downright dangerous. At times this season Bruce’s XI’s have looked as unconvincing as the latest Peter Kenyon-led attempted takeover at St James’ Park. Although Benítez’s successor is convinced that, unless his players become more comfortable and fluent on the ball, they will continually be involved in relegation skirmishes, altering the squad’s deeply ingrained counterattacking mindset is much easier said than done.With Bruce having won only one Premier League game since taking charge – albeit at Tottenham – and average home attendances down by almost 10,000, he could probably have done without reporters overhearing a comment from Isaac Hayden last Saturday. It was 30 minutes into the goalless draw against Brighton when the midfielder approached the technical area and told his manager: “This isn’t working.” The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on Twitter Reuse this content The Observer Read more Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Steve Bruce Share on WhatsApp Newcastle turn blind eye to Peter Beardsley’s inadequate coachinglast_img read more

Messi reveals WhatsApp group with Neymar and SuarezMessi reveals WhatsApp group with Neymar and Suarez

first_imgBarcelona star Lionel Messi labelled Neymar a “phenomenon” and revealed he is in a WhatsApp group with the Paris Saint-Germain star and team-mate Luis Suarez.The trio formed one of the world’s best attacks for three seasons at Barca before Neymar moved to the Ligue 1 giants in 2017.Messi, Neymar and Suarez won two La Liga titles, a Champions League and three Copa del Rey crowns together at Barcelona. 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? Neymar has been linked with a return to Camp Nou and Messi revealed he was still in contact with the Brazil forward.”I have a group on WhatsApp where we are – Suarez, Neymar and me,” he told Fox Sports Argentina on Friday.”Neymar is a phenomenon and yes, we continue to talk. The name of the group has something to do with South America … ‘The Three Sudacas’ or something like that.”Messi is preparing to potentially face Uruguayan Suarez and Brazilian Neymar with Argentina during the Copa America.But the Barcelona star is still unhappy about the way his club’s Champions League campaign ended with a semi-final loss to Liverpool, who claimed a 4-0 second-leg win at Anfield.”It was a disgrace what happened at Liverpool. We made silly mistakes,” Messi said.Messi, however, refused to blame under-fire Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde for his side’s defeat. “Until this game we had a spectacular season and in the Liverpool game the manager had no fault.”He wasn’t the guilty one. Liverpool overcame us in attitude. We made stupid mistakes.”The 31-year-old also suggested that his side were mentally scarred by Roma’s similar three-goal comeback against them in last year’s Champions League, and were unable to prevent the same thing happening again at Anfield. “I never imagined that we could repeat the story after losing against Rome the year before. We couldn’t allow ourselves to lose a game this way once again.”They (Liverpool) were physically stronger than us and, when they scored, we remembered Rome.”last_img read more

ESPN Names College Football’s No. 1 Game Of The SeasonESPN Names College Football’s No. 1 Game Of The Season

first_imgA photo of the fans in Texas A&M's football stadium.COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans cheer during a game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on September 29, 2012 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)With the 2018 college football regular season having wrapped up, it’s time to look back.What was your favorite game of the year?ESPN has decided to rank the top 15 games of the 2018 regular season. The No. 1 game is fairly obvious.From ESPN.com:1. Texas A&M 74, LSU 72 in 7 OT, Week 13To paraphrase Stefon from “Saturday Night Live,” this game had everything: 146 points, seven overtimes, a premature Gatorade bath and that thing where a coach’s nephew reportedly gets into a fight with a guy who has a pacemaker.But the best part of the season’s most epic game was that, quite organically, it managed to capture the attention of the entire country. As the rest of the day’s big games wrapped, A&M and LSU were still tussling, and by the third overtime, anyone watching college football was glued to this one. It went from a complete afterthought on Rivalry Weekend to the most talked about drama of the season.And even the endings wouldn’t quite end.It’s tough to argue with that. The Texas A&M-LSU classic was one of the most-memorable games in recent college football history.You can view the full list here.last_img read more

Stena Line to Place Fourth Ferry on GdyniaKarlskrona RouteStena Line to Place Fourth Ferry on GdyniaKarlskrona Route

first_imgzoom Swedish ferry operator Stena Line revealed plans to add a fourth vessel to the route between Gdynia, Poland, and Karlskrona, Sweden, starting from August 28.As disclosed by the company, the decision is based on a continuously strong growth within the freight business. In 2016, the number of freight units on the route increased significantly and in the first five months of 2017, the growth continued.“Our route between Poland and Sweden is strategically important to us and an integral part of the infrastructure linking the Central part of Europe with Scandinavia. Over these last few years, we have experienced extremely positive volume development and we believe this will continue,” Marek Kiersnowski, Trade Director who is responsible for Stena Line’s operation between Poland and Sweden, explained.The vessel that will be introduced on the route is M/V Gute – a time-chartered ship from Gotland Rederi. The 7,616 gross ton roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) ship will complement Stena Vision, Stena Spirit and Stena Baltica with the major focus on Stena Line’s freight operation.The introduction of the 1979-built Gute, which has a freight capacity of 865 lane meters, will add eight trips a week to the route, according to Stena Line.“Securing additional space for freight customers during the peak travel season, when most of the ferry routes are very busy, a decision has been taken to increase the frequency with four additional trips from the end of June to the end of August. After these changes, the weekly frequency on the route will increase from 36 trips in spring to 40 trips in summer season and 44 trips after the introduction of M/V Gute,” Stena Line further said.last_img read more

Will discharge my duty impartially Om BirlaWill discharge my duty impartially Om Birla

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP MP Om Birla on Wednesday thanked political parties for unanimously electing him the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha and pledged to discharge his duties without bias. “This Chair is impartial and it is meant to be impartial,” Birla said in a brief speech after he was escorted to the Chair by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said his duty was to run the House impartially and in accordance with rules and regulations irrespective of which party various members were aligned with. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “We have several challenges ahead of us and also expectations of the people and we have to live up to their expectations,” he said. Birla said that since the government had got a mandate from the people, it should live up to their expectations and faith. The Speaker urged the members to raise issues related to the people and said he expected the government to give satisfactory answers. Birla thanked pro tem Speaker Virendra Kumar for conducting the House smoothly for two days.last_img read more

Let private firms shoulder risk in choosing ports to expand in NovaLet private firms shoulder risk in choosing ports to expand in Nova

first_imgHALIFAX – A new study cautions governments against putting public cash into new port infrastructure in Nova Scotia, and suggests private investors should choose who wins the battle for East Coast container traffic.The document, paid for by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the province’s Transportation Department, examines the prospects of the Port of Halifax and proposed container port facilities in the Strait of Canso and in Sydney.It says private-sector stakeholders should determine which projects go forward.“A large investment in infrastructure, such as the construction of a new terminal, is risky and should be driven by private sector stakeholders that understand the business and are prepared to take on most of the risk,” says the document, dated March 23 of this year.Former prime minister Jean Chretien — who has been an adviser to Sydney Harbour Investment Partners — told reporters on March 20 that he hoped the Nova Scotia government would support the Novaporte proposal in Sydney, though he didn’t provide specifics on what assistance is needed.There’s been no commitment from either the province or the federal government on the various proposals.The former Liberal leader did not respond to emails seeking comment on the report.The report by CPCS consultants continues to highlight challenges, raised in a previous report published in 2016, faced by the Novaporte development at the Port of Sydney, including the lack of railway access and the possibility of ice in the harbour.“Halifax is a better geographical location,” it says at the beginning of a chapter comparing the merits of the existing port and the two proposed container terminals.In its conclusion section, the report says governments can best support the growth in container traffic by, “supporting incremental improvements to existing facilities (Halifax) so that a Nova Scotia port call continues to be a viable option for shipping lines.”Regarding new proposals, it concludes government should support “more major projects only when the lion’s share of risk is taken by the private sector.”However, the 48-page document obtained by The Canadian Press also notes both the Sydney site and the Melford proposal in the Canso Strait could handle large vessels for which Halifax may not have the capacity.“One of the significant advantages of the proposed … projects of Melford and Novaporte is that they could be designed for the ultra-large ships,” says the report.The report describes a rising flow of container traffic coming through the Suez canal towards North America’s eastern seaboard, and the past two years have seen improvements in the volume of cargo.“Increased use of the Suez for South East Asian and Indian cargoes to and from North America will offer a real opportunity for Nova Scotia as its ports are first-in, last-out on this routing,” it says.It says the new proposals in Melford and Sydney have some “significant advantages,” such as reduced handling costs due to using new technologies, while Halifax’s costs are simply “in line with industry standards.”Jean-Paul Rodrigue, a professor of geography at New York’s Hofstra University in Long Island, said in an interview that after reviewing the report he sees a message of caution to governments.Rodrigue, who consults on transportation issues, said “the only way this is going to work out is if there’s some private money to put some stakes in this game.”He also said he remains “a little bit skeptical” about the viability of a second Nova Scotia container port, due to the lack of a large local market in Atlantic Canada.The veteran observer of the marine industry said it may be likelier that Quebec City will develop a container port first, to accompany the plans to expand port facilities in Montreal.“It’s not just a Nova Scotia issue, it’s an eastern Canada issue. You have to consider it in the context of the entire Canadian eastern seaboard,” he said.Still, Rodrigue said it remains difficult to tell which of the various East Coast Canadian port options will prove viable, until a private company says it’s willing to take on a project.“The federal government is waiting to see what the private sector is saying, and at this point the private sector is very uncommitted,” he said.– Follow @mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

Middleorder woes for Sunrisers ahead of Kings XI Punjab clashMiddleorder woes for Sunrisers ahead of Kings XI Punjab clash

first_imgMohali: A top-heavy Sunrisers Hyderabad are seeking to sort their middle-order woes against Kings XI Punjab as the two teams eye a return to winning ways in the Indian Premier League here Monday. Both Sunrsiers and Kings XI have garnered six points after three wins from five games but the Hyderabad outfit is placed second in the eight-team standings on account of a better run rate. Kings XI, meanwhile, are lying fifth in the points table. But, having suffered defeats in their previous games, both Sunrisers and Kings XI would be desperate to get back to winning ways. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWhile Sunrisers lost by 40 runs against Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad on Saturday while chasing a below-par 136, Kings XI were beaten by 22 runs by Chennai Super Kings. Sunrisers have been threatening in their first three games when David Warner and Jonny Bairstow stitched century-plus stands but once the duo got out cheaply, the Hyderabad team’s middle-order looked in complete disarray. Sunrsiers’ middle-order has hardly been tested and when the opportunity came against Mumbai Indians, the likes of Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda and Yusuf Pathan fell flat. Chasing a modest 137 against Mumbai for a win, debutant Alzarri Joseph wreaked havoc to bundle out Sunrisers for 96. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterOn the bowling front, the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma and Siddharth Kaul have been descent so far while the Afghan spin duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have been more than impressive in the middle overs. Kings XI, on the other hand, lost the plot despite half-centuries from K L Rahul (55) and Sarfaraz Khan (67) while chasing 161 as they were restricted to 138 for five by CSK. Kings XI batsmen were choked for runs by the CSK spinners and with Rashid and Nabi in Sunrsiers’ rank, it is going to be another difficult outing for the home team batsmen. Kings XI would be hoping for Chris Gayle to be back among runs at the top, while the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller need to take more responsibility in the middle overs. While pacer Mohammed Shami had had an erratic tournament, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin has been leading Kings XI from the front in the company of Sam Curran, Murugan Ashwin and Andrew Tye. Teams (from): Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (capt), Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agrawal, Karun Nair, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and David Miller, Sam Curran, Varun Chakaravarthy, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Mandeep Singh, Simran Singh. Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (capt), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem. Match starts at 8 pm.last_img read more

HRW says Jagaths appointment blow to justiceHRW says Jagaths appointment blow to justice

In light of the Sri Lankan government’s resistance to accountability, the UN Human Rights Council in March 2014 adopted a resolution calling on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to open an independent international investigation into allegations of abuses by both sides. The Rajapaksa government refused to cooperate with the investigation.The present government of President Maithripala Sirisena, elected in January 2015, has stated publicly that it intends to reverse Rajapaksa’s policies and deliver justice and accountability for war crimes. While positive steps have been taken to end the Rajapaksa government’s repressive governance style, the new administration has yet to make meaningful moves toward addressing wartime abuses.The government should put into place an effective accountability mechanism with a significant international component, Human Rights Watch said. Previous government accountability mechanisms have been impaired by harassment, threats, and violence against witnesses and commissioners. The best way to address this problem would be to create a combined international and domestic court similar to the successful hybrid courts in Sierra Leone and Bosnia-Herzegovina. “Sri Lanka’s new government has promised genuine accountability for wartime abuses, but naming the general of an abusive unit the army chief of staff is a slap in the face for victims,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Members of the UN Human Rights Council expecting genuine accountability in Sri Lanka need to closely scrutinize the government’s actions.” The 57th Division took part in the last battles of the war, including the extremely bloody and abusive fighting on a small stretch of beach in Mullaitivu district. Human Rights Watch documented the indiscriminate shelling of civilians and hospitals by government forces in the region where the 57th Division was deployed.The previous government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa denied any laws-of-war violations by the military and placed all blame for civilian losses on the LTTE. He rewarded top commanders for their role in the war. Gen. Dias served as the deputy head of Sri Lanka’s mission to Germany from 2009 to 2011. In 2013, Gen. Dias was denied entry visas to Australia and the United States for his possible involvement in war crimes. Sri Lanka’s promotion of a senior officer whose division was implicated in serious human rights abuses casts doubt on government pledges to credibly investigate alleged war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today.Maj. Gen. Jagath Dias, who led the Army’s 57th Division during the last two years of the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was appointed army chief of staff, one of the armed forces’ highest post. Although effective May 7, 2015, the appointment was only made public on May 15. The last months of Sri Lanka’s 26-year-long civil war, which ended on May 19, 2009, with the defeat of the LTTE, were marked by widespread violations of the laws of war by both sides. An independent report commissioned by the United Nations secretary-general found that up to 40,000 civilians, mostly ethnic Tamils, died during the war’s final months. “The government’s appointment of General Dias is further proof that Sri Lanka needs an independent justice process with a strong international component that can undertake impartial investigations and prosecutions,” Adams said. “Six years since the end of the brutal conflict, the victims of the war still await justice.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ontario PC candidate apologizes for FB posts praising LTTEOntario PC candidate apologizes for FB posts praising LTTE

Another post commemorated the Black Tigers, the Tamil Tigers suicide squad.“The Black Tigers are the protective armours of our ethnic community,” it read, quoting the rebel boss. “They are the eliminator of obstacles of our war path. They are burning humans that destroy the armed power of the enemy through their inner will power.” Thanigasalam is running in the Scarborough-Rouge River riding. His website says he studied at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa and works for “one of Canada’s leading banks.”The Tamil Tigers fought a lengthy insurgency for an independent homeland for Sri Lanka’s persecuted ethnic Tamil minority. Their use of political assassinations, suicide bombings and attacks on civilians led Canada and other nations to brand them as a terrorist group.During the armed conflict, the Tamil Tigers used Canada as a key support base. Front organizations in Toronto fundraised, produced pro-Tigers propaganda and lobbied for the rebel cause. According to captured posts shared by a community member, in 2011 Thanigasalam posted photos of Prabhakaran wearing a camouflage uniform. “Happy 57th Birthday to our National Leader,” it read. An Ontario PC candidate has apologized for Facebook posts supporting the LTTE which is on Canada’s list of outlawed terrorist organizations, Global News reported.“In the past I shared material related to the Tamil Tigers. I apologize and I no longer hold those views,” Vijay Thanigasalam wrote on Twitter late Tuesday. PC Party spokeswoman Melissa Lantsman said Thanigasalam had taken down the posts and the party’s provincial nominations committee was confident he did not support those views.“The candidate removed any such material before he stood as a candidate, more than one year ago. The party obviously does not share this view and that material is unacceptable,” she said.“Mr. Thanigasalam does not support those views.” But the apology was quickly condemned on his Facebook page, where he was called a “sellout.” “You don’t seem to be for our people anymore,” another post read. The main Tiger front group, the World Tamil Movement of Ontario, was raided by the RCMP and ultimately shut down by the federal government after evidence showed it was an arm of the rebel leadership in Sri Lanka.The conflict ended in 2009 with the defeat of the rebels by government forces who killed thousands of civilians. But some continue to support the Tigers and the quest for a separate Tamil nation on the small island off India’s southern coast. (Colombo Gazette) The apology came after Global News asked the PC Party to comment on Facebook posts about the late Tamil Tigers’ rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. read more

UN concerned for civilians as ongoing violence displaces thousands in eastern DRUN concerned for civilians as ongoing violence displaces thousands in eastern DR

“We remain concerned about the situation of civilians in the area of conflict,” the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.“Access to the area is not possible for humanitarian agencies, and conditions of those who do not make it across to Uganda are unclear. It takes refugees from the Kamango area around 12 hours to walk to the Ugandan border.”Tens of thousands of refugees first began pouring into western Uganda after fighting erupted between Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan rebel group, and DRC national troops (FARDC) in Kamango on 11 July. The Bubukwanga transit centre, which is some 25 kilometres inland from the border, is now home to over 15,000 refugees, 60 per cent of whom are under the age of 18. “Our site planner has now assessed that this is its maximum capacity, even though the previous estimates had indicated that it could house 25,000,” Mr. Edwards said.“Many refugees brought their animals with them from DRC and are sleeping in their tents with their ducks and goats, increasing the risk of disease in the transit centre. The emergency response will be shifting its focus on decongesting the transit centre as of this week,” he added.The Ugandan Office of the Prime Minister has pledged to begin electronic registration using biometrics by the end of the week so they can quickly begin moving refugees – if they wish – to the Kyangwali refugee settlement for longer term protection and assistance. There they will be given plots of land to farm, as well as basic household items, Mr. Edwards said.UNHCR staff at Bubukwanga have also been checking for cases of sexual and gender-based violence among vulnerable people arriving in the camp. Mr. Edwards said they have found no evidence so far, but added that the agency and its partners are still considering sending experts on the issue, as well as on child protection to the camp. Meanwhile, the agency reported that fighting between Government forces and the armed group known as M23 has continued in the North Kivu capital, Goma, with no signs of ending.When the latest round of fighting erupted last week, some 660 civilians fled to neighbouring Rwanda and about 4,200 people sought shelter at schools and churches in Goma. There has been no sign of further mass displacement, UNHCR said. read more

UNESCO study informs policymakers on benefits of adult learning and educationUNESCO study informs policymakers on benefits of adult learning and education

“Policy-makers will find high quality evidence to support policies, strategies and budgets. Stakeholders will find compelling arguments for how adult learning and education promotes sustainable development, healthier societies, better jobs and more active citizenship,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),  Irina Bokova, notes in the report’s foreword. According to a news release from the UN agency, the third Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III) was produced by UNESCO’s  Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and launched today, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day.  It takes stock of countries’ progress in implementing commitments to adult learning and education (ALE) made at the 2009 International Conference on Adult Education. The report, drawing on 139 countries’ response to the GRALE III survey, shows that most States have made progress in ALE policy development, governance, financing, quality and reach since 2009. Furthermore, 124 countries consider that ALE has had a strong impact on health and well-being, active citizenship, social cohesion, diversity and tolerance. GRALE III also makes a case for the major contribution that ALE could bring to meeting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “Countries increasingly see ALE as an integral part of lifelong learning policies and part of a holistic, inter-sectoral sustainable development agenda to offer multiple benefits and have a lasting impact,” UIL Director Arne Carlsen said in a news release. “However, better data is required on participation in non-formal ALE and its results.” Midwifery training class in Faizabad Provincial Hospital. Photo: UNFPA/William Ryan According to the report, 75 per cent of the countries register a substantial improvement in their adult learning and education legislation thanks to greater awareness of the potential of ALE since 2009. Sixty per cent of countries, moreover, report overall increases in ALE participation rates over the same period. Poor literacy is a considerable obstacle for progress in ALE as 758 million adults, including 115 million young people aged 15 to 24, around the world can still not read and write a simple sentence. Sixty-five per cent of the countries surveyed identify lack of literacy as the main factor preventing adult learning and education from having a greater positive impact on health and well-being.According to the report, 66 per cent of countries said literacy programmes help develop democratic values, peaceful coexistence and solidarity. The gender gap is another challenge that needs to be overcome, the report says. Social and community development is heavily dependent on women’s participation, but they don’t have equal access to literacy education or ALE, and still account for 63 per cent of all adults with low literacy skills. It is however, encouraging to note that in 44 per cent of countries surveyed, women participated more in ALE than men.With examples from different parts of the world, GRALE III shows that ALE can help empower poor and disadvantaged populations and improve their social connections, networks and communication skills but that often these are the very groups that are excluded from adult education, the report says. read more

Downton Abbey film set to steal The Crowns crown with new royalDownton Abbey film set to steal The Crowns crown with new royal

Photographs from the set of the Downton Abbey film show Hugh Bonneville in character as Lord Grantham, appearing to be dressed in his uniform as the Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire. Hugh Bonneville, playing Lord Grantham, with new characters Such a royal visitor is likely to be popular with fans of the period drama,… That something, it appears, could be coming in the form of a little Royal sparkle, as the Crawley family reunite for a new film under the monarch’s coat of arms. When the cast of Downton Abbey disappeared from television screens at the end of their final series, they promised it would take something exceptional to lure them back. To his left is a new addition to the cast played by Geraldine James, bearing a striking resemblance to Queen Mary. Credit: WENN.com Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Hugh Bonneville, playing Lord Grantham, with new characters read more

Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingstons wedding who are the royal coupleLady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingstons wedding who are the royal couple

The Duke… At Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel Lady Gabriella Windsor, the daughter of the Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, married her long-term boyfriend, Thomas Kingston, almost a year to the day since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot in the same venue. The setting was familiar, the traditions the same, and for some of the guests it may have been a case of déjà vu, yet in comparison to its predecessors, the third Royal wedding in the space of a year was a markedly lower key affair today. The newly wed couple were all smiles as they left the church and kissed on the steps of the 15th century chapel in front of guests which included the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Harry.

RK Borac Banja Luka accept resignation of Boris DvoršekRK Borac Banja Luka accept resignation of Boris Dvoršek

Boris DvorsekRK Borac Banja Luka Bosnia and Herzegovina champions RK Borac Banja Luka now looking for a new coach, the third in current season! Croatian coach Boris Dvoršek, former PPD Zagreb coach, offered resignation after poor run of results in SEHA GAZPROM league which concluded with home defeat over Serbian best team RK Vojvodina 21:30.A week after, Management of the team decided to accept that and try with another name, third name, as they already sacked Bojan Radjenovic after few months of season 2015/2016.RK Borac Banja Luka finished on 8th place SEHA GAZPROM League season (10 teams in total) with failure to qualify for the EHF Cup Group Stage. ← Previous Story Lugi stop Kristianstad winning run Next Story → Eduarda Amorim to stay in Gyor?

7500 pounds of marijuana found hidden with jalapeno peppers at Otay Mesa7500 pounds of marijuana found hidden with jalapeno peppers at Otay Mesa

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 18, 2019 AP, Posted: August 18, 2019 AP SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say they seized $2.3 million worth of marijuana mixed in with a shipment of jalapeño peppers at a Southern California port.A Customs and Border Protection K-9 unit alerted officers to a shipment of peppers Thursday at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego.A CBP news release says officers discovered more than 7,500 lbs (3401 kilograms) of marijuana in the peppers’ pallets.Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan congratulated the officers on Twitter and noted it was the second large seizure of marijuana there within days.Authorities seized more than 10,600 lbs (4808 kilograms) of marijuana in a shipment of plastic auto parts at the port Tuesday. 7,500 pounds of marijuana found hidden with jalapeno peppers at Otay Mesa cargo facilitylast_img read more

Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With Jimmy The Jesters OnWilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With Jimmy The Jesters On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The 2019 Wilmington Concerts on the Common series continues this Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from 6:30pm to 8pm, with Jimmy & The Jesters.Jimmy “Mr. Rock & Roll” Merrick and The Jesters specialize in the oldies and classic country tunes the way you remember them. Come out and see why this group is a fan favorite.Admission is free of charge. Bring your chairs/blankets and relax to the sweet sounds of summer. The Wilmington Band Parents Association will be selling concessions.A rain date of Thursday, July 18, 2019 is scheduled, but Wednesday night’s forecast looks good.Additional concerts will take place on July 24 (BackTrack) and July 31 (60’s Invasion).These popular concerts are organized by the Wilmington Recreation Department.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch ‘Jimmy & The Jesters’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Begins With ‘Ball In The House’ This Wednesday, July 10In “Community”Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With ‘BackTrack’ On July 24In “Community”last_img read more

Join BookoftheMonth Club for 5Join BookoftheMonth Club for 5

first_img Comment 1 Tags Book of the Month Books? Yeah, they’re still a thing. In fact, in these days of screen overload, there’s a growing nostalgia for the look, feel and experience of proper print books.Ah, but what to read? That’s where Book of the Month comes in. The recently relaunched subscription service gives you a choice of one new book per month from a small, hand-picked selection. For a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get their first book for $5 with promo code CNET19.See it at Book of the MonthAfter the first month, each book will cost you $14.99 shipped — far below the cover price and in some cases below Amazon as well. One of this month’s choices, for example, the buzzy Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel, is currently $16.98 at Amazon.You can skip a month if there’s nothing of interest, and you can also cancel anytime you want (though you do have to call the service to do that).Call me old-fashioned, but I love the idea of an actual book arriving at my door every month. It’s a reminder to slow down, put the phone away and enjoy one of life’s greatest treasures: reading.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.center_img Share your voice Culture The Cheapskatelast_img read more