Poipynhun Majaw first RTI activist to be murdered in Meghalaya

first_imgExcommunication from the village or society was the preferred form of punishment for those who used the Right to Information in Meghalaya. Until youth leader Poipynhun Majaw was murder on Tuesday.The police in the State’s East Jaintia Hills district said unknown assailants killed Mr. Majaw by hitting him with a heavy iron object, possibly a wrench, found lying beside his body in Khliehriat, a coal mining hub. They are following a clue – a 125 cc motorcycle found abandoned nearby – to get to his killers.Rights activists in the State said that at least 20 people have been banished from their villages for using the RTI to expose corruption in local governance and utilisation of beneficiary schemes in less than a decade.“Many of those excommunicated are women who dared to go against corrupt local body heads and moved the RTI to find out rations allotted for them were being diverted or ghost workers were awarded MGNREGS (rural job guarantee scheme) work,” Agnes Kharshiing of the Civil Society Women’s Organisation said.On Wednesday, as the police began hunting for the bike owner, some villagers in the adjoining West Jaintia Hills told the authorities they were being hounded by local leaders after getting a reply to their RTI query on the status of MGNREGS in Sankhat, their village.“The RTI reply revealed that area leaders withdrew more money than what the MGNREGS assignment for 11 job card holders of our village could have entailed. We are under tremendous pressure to either take up the matter or leave,” a member of one of 32 households denied work said from Sankhat.Ostracised for using RTI In 2014, the dorbar (governing body) of Umsumbah village in the West Khasi Hills district deprived 11 people of their basic right of seeking information through RTI. The dorbar ‘blacklisted’ them and it needed the intervention of the Block Development Officer to come to a compromise. But the reprieve was temporary, as the ‘dorbar’ allegedly punished the villagers till December last year, cancelling their job cards, denying them access to fair price shops and residential certificates for their children.In 2011, three women – Fatima Mynsong, Acqueline Songthiang and Matilda Suting – were excommunicated by the ‘dorbar’ of Jongsha village, about 30 km from Shillong, after they exercised the RTI to know about utilisation of government funds for the village.The trio, however, fought back and managed to get the village headman, who ordered their exile, removed from his post.In February 2011, a student leader named Bobby Basaiawmoit was asked by the ‘dorbar’ of Mairangbah village to either pay a fine of ₹5,000 for exercising RTI or be banished.“Mr. Majaw’s was the first case of murder of an RTI activist in Meghalaya, where violence was not associated with activism unlike other States such as Assam,” Ms. Kharshiing said.Rights activists believe that Mr. Majaw was killed because of using RTI to expose the unholy nexus between the Jaintia Hills tribal council and cement companies who have been extracting limestone with scant respect for the fragile ecology of the State.“We are yet to find the motive behind Mr. Majaw’s murder, but we hope to get some answers once we find the owner of the bike. The suspected murder weapon has been sent for forensic tests while the autopsy report is expected within a week,” Nazarius Lamare, Superintendent of Police of East Jaintia Hills district, said.last_img read more

Beermen escape Fuel Masters for share of third place

first_imgLATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Rain or Shine dumps Alaska in Hontiveros, dela Cruz farewell MOST READ With the game tied at 100, Terrence Watson took charge and muscled his way inside for four straight points to give San Miguel a 104-100 lead with 1:46 left in the game.Arwind Santos then, stole the ball from Brandon Brown at the 27-second mark and this led to June Mar Fajardo’s two free throws that gave the Beermen a 106-100 bubble.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I realized it’s really hard to win a game especially when you go up against a team that has everything to gain nothing to lose,” said Beermen head coach Leo Austria. “Phoenix’ pride is still there and they really want to win.”San Miguel enjoyed a bevy of double-double performances from three individuals with Terrence Watson leading the way with 26 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo put up 24 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, and six blocks while point guard Alex Cabagnot had 24 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.Brown had a game-high 30 points with 17 boards to lead the Fuel Masters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—San Miguel held off a tough endgame from Phoenix to escape with a 109-107 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Beermen improved to 7-3 and created a logjam at third place with TNT and NLEX while the Fuel Masters, who failed to qualify for the quarterfinals, slipped to their ninth straight loss and a 2-9 card.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View commentslast_img read more

Karl-Anthony Towns help Wolves recover in 120-103 win over Magic

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, left, drives against Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic, of Montenegro, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Through 17 minutes, the Minnesota Timberwolves watched the Orlando Magic shoot 76.4 percent and open a 19-point lead. Returning home after a trip was looking like another letdown for Minnesota.Then the Timberwolves started playing team defense.ADVERTISEMENT Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 23 points and 10 assists in his return to the Minnesota lineup in the Timberwolves’ 120-103 comeback victory Friday night.Taj Gibson added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota. The Timberwolves recovered from a 19-point deficit midway through the second quarter with a 44-12 run through the 5:51 of the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “Once we started playing defense,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I thought the last five minutes of the second quarter we got going. We got some stops. I thought (Anthony Tolliver) gave us a big lift. He hit a couple big 3s and that gave us the energy, gave us a lift, and the defense, I thought, in the second half was very good.”Nikola Vucevic had 22 points for Orlando, but just eight after the first quarter. The Magic, who had won three of four, hit 26 of their first 34 shots (76.4 percent) before fading. Terrence Ross scored 13 points off the bench for Orlando, but he missed his final four 3-pointers after starting 3 of 5 from beyond the arc during the Magic’s hot start. Evan Fournier added 21 points.“This game was ours to take, to be honest,” Fournier said. “It was really ours. When you’re up 20 on the road, you should be winning those games.”Minnesota found a way to slow Orlando in the second and continued the momentum into the second half. The Magic missed 12 of their final 14 shots of the first half and were 7 of 23 in the third quarter.Teague and Towns took over offensively in the second half. Teague had nine points and four assists in the third, and Towns had 21 points in the second half after first-half foul trouble.“It was just lazy, undisciplined and soft,” Orlando forward Aaron Gordon said. “We didn’t have it tonight on the defensive end. It’s not OK at this point in the season.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Victor Oladipo hits late 3, Pacers beat Bulls in OT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Wolves came back from a halftime deficit for the sixth time in 22 games this season. Friday matched their best comeback of the season and five of their six wins when trailing at the half have come at home.“We came in here, at halftime, we said, ‘hey, we’ve got to change the game,’” Towns said. “We did that. In essence, we came in here and mostly slapped each other and said, ‘Wake up.’”TIP-INSMagic: F Jonathon Simmons returned after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle. Simmons scored six points in 21 minutes off the bench. … Orlando set a season high with the 68 first-half points. The franchise record is 78, set on Nov. 3, 2010, against Minnesota.Timberwolves: F Robert Covington missed his second straight game with a right knee bone bruise and is sidelined indefinitely. G Derrick missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained right ankle. … Towns had his 25th double-double in 39 games this season. … Without Covington, Tolliver played for the second straight game and matched his season high with 11 points. … Minnesota is 13-6 at home this season and 5-15 on the road.TEAGUE COMEBACKTeague wasn’t rusty in his return after missing nine games due to left ankle inflammation. Teague was 8 of 10 from the field and hit all three of his 3-pointers, including a quick shot from 28 feet to beat the 24-second clock on one third-quarter possession.It was Teague’s fourth game of the season with at least 20 points.“Teague lived in the paint,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “He set the tone early in the game right away, and we were never able to stop his penetration, pick-and-roll or anything else. I thought he was the biggest key in the game.”UP NEXT Magic: Their six-game trip continues Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers.Timberwolves: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Is Spanish clubs’ golden era in Europe coming to an end?

first_imgSpanish teams have ruled with an iron fist in Europe for the last few years but a disappointing round of results in the Champions League has left the media wondering if this dominant era might be grinding to a halt.Spain has provided the winner of the Champions League each year since 2014 and six of the eight finalists in that time, while four of the last five winners of the Europa League have also been from La Liga.Of the four Spanish sides competing in Europe’s elite competition, only Sevilla managed to pick up a win this week. Atletico Madrid’s draw with Azeri minnows Qarabag has left them facing an almost certain exit from the tournament, which they came so close to winning in 2014 and 2016.Double Champions League holders Real Madrid suffered their first group stage defeat in five years after being humbled 3-1 by Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, while Liga leaders Barcelona were unable on Tuesday to beat an Olympiakos side that are floundering domestically.Barcelona are still unbeaten and are on track to win their Champions League group while Madrid only need a point to qualify for the last-16 although are likely to finish second to Tottenham, meaning they will be unseeded in the next round.Sevilla’s fate is in their own hands after a vital victory over Spartak Moscow, which came two weeks after a shock 5-1 thrashing in the Russian capital which had left coach Eduardo Berizzo with little move to manoeuvre.”It’s not got serious yet, but all of a sudden Spanish teams no longer rule in Europe”, said an editorial in newspaper AS.advertisement”The situation is not a cause for concern at the moment but it is strange to see Spanish teams having this blip after dominating so much in Europe,” Miguel Angel Roman, a commentator for broadcaster BeIn Sports, told Reuters.”I think this is a one-off and we don’t yet have the symptoms to declare this a general problem with Spanish football.”Last season Real Madrid became the first team to successfully defend the competition since it was changed to the Champions League in 1992, swatting Juventus aside to win the final 4-1, but were outplayed by Tottenham days after losing to La Liga debutants Girona.FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM”Real Madrid are paying for their preparations at the start of the season,” explained Roman.”They focused on the Super Cup games against Barcelona and Manchester United which they won very convincingly but that has caught up with them.”With Atletico we are seeing symptoms of burnout after years under Diego Simeone. They also have a fundamental problem as they couldn’t strengthen their squad due to their transfer ban.”While Spanish sides might be underperforming in the Champions League, English sides are experiencing a renaissance after years of underwhelming displays.Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham all top their respective groups after earning wins this week, with the latter two sealing their spot in the last-16, while Chelsea are also in a strong position to qualify despite losing 3-0 to AS Roma on Tuesday.”Several factors have all combined to put English teams at the level they should have been years ago,” added Roman.”We are talking about five teams with extraordinary finiancial potential and an ability to sign the best players around and these teams all have great, innovative coaches.”But in spite of the delicate situation this week for Spanish sides, I would still count Barca and Madrid as favourites to win the tournament come the end of the season.”last_img read more

Salt Lake City GOYA Boys Basketball Teams Win Championships

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY, UT – The Salt Lake City GOYA Boys Basketball Teams won the Championship at the recent Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver Basketball Tournament in Dallas, TX and the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Tournament. The Junior Boys Teams won the Championship in Dallas.Additionally, the GOYA Basketball Teams play in a local CYO in Utah since the area does not have enough Greek Orthodox churches to form a basketball league. The Senior Boys and Intermediate Boys won the CYO Championships.All of the participants from all the Championship games posed for a photo with V. Rev. Archimandrite George Nikas, and Rev. Mario Giannopoulos at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Salt Lake City. Fr. Nikas is the Dean of the Cathedral and Prophet Elias Church and Fr. Giannopoulos is the parish priest.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Comply with ‘No Needle Policy’ at Asian Games: IOA tells contingent, NSFs

first_imgEds: rephrasing intro New Delhi, Aug 1 (PTI) The Asian Games-bound Indian athletes should adhere to the ‘No Needle Policy’ during the mega-event in Indonesia, the IOA instructed today, pinning the responsibility on the national federations to ensure that the country is not embarrassed. In a letter to all the National Sports Federations (NSFs), officials have been told to ensure that medicines prescribed for specific purposes or illnesses do not contain prohibited substances and all the syringes to be used are declared to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). The missive comes in the wake of the embarrassment that the cointry’s contingent faced during the Commonwealth Games earlier this year. Two Indian track and field athletes — race walker K T Irfan and triple jumper V Rakesh Babu — were ordered to return home after they failed to explain the presence of needles in their bedroom at the Games Village. “Medicines should be carried/kept in sealed transparent cover. A copy of the prescription by licensed doctor including details of the medical condition, quantity of medicine, etc should always be maintained,” the IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said in the letter. “If any official is required to take insulin or any other intravenous medicines as prescribed during stay at Games Village, they are required to store the medicine and needles in the IOA Office/Polyclinic in the Village,” he added. The IOA’s letter is in compliance with the OCA’s Medical and Anti-Doping guidelines and ‘No Needle Policy’ applicable to the Asian Games.advertisement Under the OCA’s “No Needle Policy”, no athlete can use injectable materials for medical treatment that is not necessary. Also, athletes who use medicines for valid purposes will have to fill an ‘Injection Declaration Form’ and furnish it to the chairman of the OCA-Medical Committee & Anti-Doping Commission the next day before noon. Violation of these strict rules will invite disciplinary action, additional testing and possible sanctions as determined by the OCA Executive Board. “…whenever an athlete receives an injection — whether it is administered by a third party or by the athlete — during the period of the Games, the ‘Injection Declaration Form’ should be duly filled out and forwarded to the chairman of OCA-Medical Committee & Anti-Doping Commission no later than next day following such injection at the noon time,” an OCA letter to all member countries said. All the member countries have been told to take “all appropriate steps so that all injectable materials are stored in a central secured location, access to which is restricted to authorized medical personnel of the NOC delegations.” “In the event of any conflict between such rules and the present Policy, during the period of the Games, the OCA Executive Board shall resolve the matter.” The sending back of athletes was not the only embarrassment for India at the CWG. Before that, the contingent escaped unscathed when a needle was found outside a boxer’s room. At that time, the CGF had merely reprimanded India for not disposing the syringe as prescribed, clearing the country of any declaration norm violations. PTI PDS PM PM PMlast_img read more

Momota advances to championship match at badminton’s World Tour Finals

first_imgGuangzhou (China), Dec 15 (IANS) Japanese men’s singles world No. 1 Kento Momota vanquished a fourth straight opponent here on Saturday to reach the championship match at badminton’s World Tour Finals, the sport’s elite year-end event.After three consecutive straight-game victories in round-robin play, Momota scored a relatively routine 21-14, 21-12 victory in the semi-finals over South Korean world No. 6 Son Wan-ho.Son was forced to try shots with little margin for error and that led to costly mistakes, including a smash wide of the sideline on match point, reports Efe news.Next up for Momota in the championship match will be Chinese world No. 2 Shi Yuqi, who saved a match point in the second game before rallying to defeat India’s Sameer Verma 12-21, 22-20, 21-17 in Saturday’s other semi-final.Sunday’s contest will be a rematch of this year’s BWF World Championships final, which Momota won 21-11, 21-13.–IANSkk/sedlast_img read more

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli hits 39th ODI hundred, 6th against Australia

first_imgBrief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Full ScorecardVirat Kohli scored his 39th ODI hundred and became the 11th highest run-getter in the format during the second ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. He played brilliantly for his 104 off 112 balls before falling to Jhye Richardson. Kohli is already second in the list of most century makers in one-day internationals and on a day when India needed their captain to step up in a steep run chase, he produced another master-class.This is Virat Kohli’s sixth ODI hundred against Australia. Only Sachin Tendulkar (9) and Rohit Sharma (7) have scored more ODI centuries against the Aussies. West Indies great Desmond Haynes also scored 6 hundreds against Australia. Besides, this was Kohli’s fifth hundred in Australia.This was Kohli’s first ODI hundred against Australia since January 20, 2016 in Canberra. Over the next three years, Kohli played seven ODIs against the Aussies before the Adelaide game but managed a best of 92 at the Eden Gardens on September 21, 2017.Kohli has now scored 24 ODI hundreds while chasing.Overall he has overtaken Kumar Sangakkara to become third in the list for most international hundreds. Sachin Tendulkar leads with 100 international hundreds from 782 innings. Ricky Ponting has 71 hundreds from 668 innings while Kohli has scored 64 hundreds from 401 innings.Sangakkara had scored 63 international hundreds from 666 innings.Virat Kohli has been in sensational form since the tour of Australia back in 2016. That year, he scored 3 ODI hundreds from 10 matches before hammering 6 ODI hundreds in 2017. In 2018, Kohli was the highst run-scorer in one-day internationals and smashed 6 hundreds.advertisementKohli had an average Test series by his standards but his classy hundred on a dodgy pitch in Perth earned him rave reviews.Chasing 299 in Adelaide on Tuesday, India lost Shikhar Dhawan after a quick start but Kohli and Rohit Sharma shared a crucial partnership for the second wicket. After Rohit was dismissed for 43, Kohli stiched up another key partnership with Ambati Rayudu before the latter was out for 24.MS Dhoni, who has struggled with the bat in recent years, walked in at No.5. He was slow to get off the mark but Virat Kohli upped the ante after bringing up his fifty off 66 balls.Virat Kohli was in sensational form in the six-match ODI series in South Africa in 2018, smashing 558 runs including three hundreds. He did not a hundred in the three-match series in England but Kohli was back in his elemnts against the West Indies he scored three successive hundreds.On Saturday, Kohli was dismissed for 3 and India collapsed to 4 for 3 inside four overs – eventually, they lost the first ODI to Australia in Sydney by 34 runs. However, on Tuesday, Kohli was determined to lead from the front.In the Test series, Kohli was overshadowed by Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabj Pant and then Rohit Sharma got off to a great start with his 22nd ODI hundred at the Sydney Cricket Ground. By Tuesday, a Virat Kohli hundred was due and the King did not disappoint his legion of fans.Also Read | Mohammed Siraj most expensive Indian bowler on ODI debutAlso Read | Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan 4th opening pair to go past 4000 runsAlso Read | Dhoni quick as a wink, Jadeja on fire in Adelaide heatlast_img read more

England are favourites for 2019 World Cup but India won’t be far behind: Jason Gillespie

first_imgFormer Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie feels the current Indian bowling attack led by Jasprit Bumrah makes the team one of the favourites for the upcoming ICC World Cup, alongside hosts England.”I think the Indian attack is well balanced. Bumrah has been rested for obvious reason but their attack is still quite good,” Gillespie told PTI in an interview.”Everyone offers different things, and you add Bumrah to it, so they are well placed to mount a challenge for the World Cup. I think England are the obvious favourites, but India won’t be far behind,” he insisted.Gillespie singled out Bumrah for special praise and said the young right-arm pacer’s unorthodox action makes him a different bowler from others.”I enjoy watching Bumrah bowl. He just ambles in but when he gets to the crease, he almost has a slingshot action. He bowls at good pace, hurries the batsmen up, and he can also change his pace a lot. He is a very fine bowler,” the 43-year-old former pacer said.”His action does stand out. It is a braced front leg, delayed bowling arm action. It gets you to the crease quickly, and delivers that sling shot. It is what generates his pace.”But you need to be strong to be able to do that. Bumrah is robust and fit to bowl long spells in Test cricket. He keeps his pace up throughout a Test and this is what makes him an exciting bowler,” Gillespie said.India and Australia are tied at 1-1 in the ongoing three-match ODI series with the decider scheduled to be played at Melbourne on Friday.advertisementThe Australian team, which is currently going through a rebuilding phase, are eyeing its first ODI series win since January 2017 and Gillespie said it is the best for opportunity for youngsters to stake a claim in the World Cup-bound team.”Obviously they are missing a couple key personnel from both batting and bowling perspectives. But the team will look very different in the World Cup. So it is a wonderful opportunity for these players and selectors to look at different options in pressure situations,” said the Adelaide Strikers’ coach.”It is a great opportunity for young players to show what they can do and enjoy the moment of representing their country. It gives selectors more information when they get together to pick the World Cup squad,” Gillespie added.Also Read | MS Dhoni not getting younger, leave the man alone: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | MS Dhoni did not complete a single and forgot to raise his bat after reaching his fiftyAlso Read | Watch: Glenn Maxwell imitates MS Dhoni’s helicopter shot, Kevin Pietersen’s switch-hitAlso Read | I love Virat Kohli, he is the best in the world: Darren LehmannAlso Read | Why MS Dhoni lost his cool with Khaleel Ahmed in Adelaidelast_img read more

VVIP chopper scam: ED moves HC challenging bail to alleged defence dealer

first_imgEnforcement Directorate approached the Delhi High Court on Wednesday challenging the bail granted to Sushen Mohan Gupta, an alleged defence agent arrested in a money laundering case related to AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.The plea is likely to be heard on Thursday by Justice Sunil Gaur.The ED has challenged the June 1 order of a trial court which granted bail to Gupta, arrested by the agency on March 26 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.The trial court had granted him relief on a personal bond of Rs 5 lakh and two sureties of the like amount.It had put various conditions on the accused, including that he would not tamper with the evidence and not to leave the country without the court’s prior permission.ED had opposed the bail plea saying that the probe was at an initial stage and the accused may flee from justice, hampering the investigation, if granted the relief.Gupta’s counsel had submitted that the accused had always cooperated with the investigation and will be available as and when required by the probe agency as he has deep roots in India.The agency on May 22 had filed a supplementary charge sheet against Gupta.According to the ED, Gupta’s role in the case came to light on the basis of disclosures made by Rajeev Saxena, who turned approver after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the agency.ALSO READ | Robert Vadra seeks more time in Delhi HC to reply to ED’s plea against anticipatory bailALSO READ | Robert Vadra praises Rahul Gandhi for being a youth iconALSO WATCH | Image of the day: TMC MP Prasun Banerjee plays football outside Parliament to promote sportadvertisementlast_img read more

OW Bunker Investors Sue Morgan Stanley and Carnegie

first_imgzoom A consortium of 24 Danish institutional investors is launching legal action against the issuing banks Morgan Stanley and Carnegie in the action for prospectus liability for OW Bunker that went bankrupt in 2014.Specifically, the investors claim that they suffered a loss of DKK 767 million (USD 123 million) following their investment in shares in OW Bunker on the basis of the prospectus which was deemed “insufficient in material aspects.”“The consortium has decided to extend the group of defendants to include the issuing banks Morgan Stanley and Carnegie. This decision is based on new information in extensive exhibits from the bankruptcy estate, which we were given access to only this spring. We believe that the banks knew about OW Bunker’s speculative activities and that the banks contributed to misleading investors. Against this background, we believe that they may be liable to pay damages,” Tomas Krüger Andersen, Head of Legal, Investments, ATP said.The company filed for bankruptcy only six months after its IPO.In December 2014, a number of Danish institutional investors, including ATP, PensionDanmark and Danske Invest, among numerous others, launched an investigation into OW Bunker’s bankruptcy with the purpose of determining whether there was a basis for claiming legal liability.“The investigation focused on errors and deficiencies in the prospectus prepared in connection with the IPO of OW Bunker, liability in connection with the offer and sale of shares in OW Bunker as well as management liability in connection with the operation of OW Bunker,” ATP noted.Based on the conclusions of the investigation, in early April 2016, the Danish institutional investors brought legal proceedings with a view to obtaining compensation and determining responsibility. The action is pending before the Danish Eastern High Court.The latest legal dispute is just part of the legal saga OW Bunker got entangled in since going under.In July 2017, a former director of a Singapore subsidiary of the bankrupt fuel supplier was charged by Danish prosecution office for a breach of trust worth over DKK 800 million (USD 122 million).The prosecution office initiated an extensive investigation into the circumstance surrounding the demise of the OW Bunker Group in November 2014.The investigation found that there were grounds for initiating criminal proceedings against the former director of a Singaporean subsidiary of OW Bunker Group, along with the management representatives from the Danish parent company OW Bunker A/S.To remind, the company’s financial demise was prompted by an alleged fraud committed by senior employees in its Singapore-based subsidiary Dynamic Oil Trading (DOT).last_img read more

Report Maersk Eyes LandBased Acquisitions

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Maersk World’s largest shipping company Maersk is reportedly targeting acquisitions on land to bolster its logistics operations as part of the group’s transformation from a conglomerate to an integrated global container logistics company.“The future will be very much about scaling the land side of the equation . . . We for sure have to do some acquisitions in the logistics space, primarily to gain capability and scale,” Søren Skou, Maersk’s Chief Executive Officer, is quoted by the Financial Times as saying.As reported, potential acquisition candidates are likely to include trucks, warehouses and other important segments of the supply chain management, but the company would refrain from making multi-billion deals and go after bolt-on acquisitions.The key reason behind taking a disciplined investment approach is in line with Maersk’s desire to reduce its debt at a time when operating costs, led by high bunker prices, exert high pressure on the company’s earnings.The remaking of Maersk Group is expected to last between three to five years. For the transformation to be completed, Maersk is yet to finalize the separation of its energy business, as structural solutions are still being sought for Maersk Supply Service.Namely, in November 2018, Vincent Clerc, Maersk’s Executive Vice President, said the group would not finalize the sale of its Maersk Supply Service business, which was expected to be completed by the end of the year.As part of its energy business separation drive, earlier this year Maersk announced its spin off of Maersk Drilling as a standalone company on Nasdaq Copenhagen in 2019.Furthermore, Maersk is in the middle of its integration process of the German liner company Hamburg Süd, which was acquired in November 2017.Danish shipping major said that since the integration is progressing faster than planned the company expects synergies from the merger to reach at least USD 500 million by 2019.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Archives Launches Extensive Second World War Exhibit

first_imgOn the 70th anniversary of Canada’s entry into the Second World War, Nova Scotians can explore Halifax in wartime through a new online feature presented by the Nova Scotia Archives. East Coast Port: Halifax in Wartime, 1939-1945 is a collection of seven virtual exhibits containing more than 5,800 historical photos, film clips, and print material documenting the lives of ordinary Nova Scotians living with war on their doorstep. “During the Second World War, residents of Halifax lived with the constant threat of danger,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “East Coast Port captures the lives of Haligonians before, during, and at the end of the war, so that we may not forget the sacrifices made at home and overseas.” Between 1939 and 1945, no other community in Canada was more involved in, or more marked by, the events of war than Halifax. The city was the principal staging point in Canada for the war in Europe. For security reasons, it was not named in radio and newspaper coverage, but was instead identified only as “an East Coast port”. “We are pleased to present the story of Halifax during those six long years,” said provincial archivist Brian Speirs. “The visual material featured in East Coast Port gives anyone with Internet access an opportunity to explore the look-and-feel of Halifax during wartime.” The seven virtual exhibits showcase different aspects of the wartime city through archival material. Topics include what Halifax looked like on the eve of war, wartime censorship and convoy movements, women and families responding to the war, and entertaining the troops. A separate section of online film clips includes footage of a German U-Boat being captured off Shelburne and coverage of the VE-Day Riots in Halifax. Additional information on East Coast Port: Halifax in Wartime, 1939-1945 is available at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/eastcoastport/. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.last_img read more

TriCounty Womens Centre to Offer Expanded Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Service

first_imgTri-County Women’s Centre will soon offer expanded sexual assault nurse examiner service to residents of southwestern Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley, and the South Shore. The group has signed a three-year contract with Nova Scotia Health Authority to provide expanded service in these areas, following a request for proposals issued in mid-April. Under the sexual assault nurse examiner program, the first of two specially trained nurses will respond within 1.5 hours, around the clock. This happens most often at the request of emergency departments but sometimes at community clinics. The nurses can perform a physical examination, ensure forensic evidence is protected in case the victim decides to make a criminal complaint, and provide crisis intervention and emotional support. Bernadette MacDonald, executive director of the Tri-County Women’s Centre, said a program co-ordinator will also reach out to those who have been sexually assaulted days and weeks afterward, to support them if they choose to report the assault to police, and offer counselling or other community supports as needed. “We all know about the low numbers of sexual assaults that are reported. This is a very good model to help victims of sexual assault come forward. It’s responsive to their needs,” said Ms. MacDonald. Over the coming months, the group will hire nurses to respond on call across the region. They will train the nurses, develop agreements with service locations and community support groups, and set up protocols and training with emergency department staff. Expanded service is expected to begin in January. The province will invest $700,000 per year to expand service in this area, as well as Cape Breton. “Expanding the sexual assault nurse examiner service in southwestern Nova Scotia, the South Shore and the Annapolis Valley means that more people will have access to expert care at a time when they are most vulnerable,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. Sexual assault nurse examiners are specially trained to provide crisis intervention, medical care and emotional support to those who have been sexually assaulted. This support is available to anyone who has been sexually assaulted, of all gender identities and sexual orientations. “This expansion of service is a positive enhancement to the services we are able to offer to those who experience sexual assault,” said Lindsay Peach, vice-president of Integrated Health Services Community Support and Management, Nova Scotia Health Authority. “We are pleased to be able to work with these community partners in establishing expanded access to the sexual assault nurse examiner service.” There are two groups offering provincially funded sexual assault nurse examiner service in the province — the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, which provides service in the Halifax area, and the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association, which covers New Glasgow to Port Hawkesbury. The expansion of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program is part of Breaking the Silence: A Coordinated Response to Sexual Violence in Nova Scotia, the first provincewide sexual violence strategy launched in June 2015.last_img read more

Réponse du gouvernement au rapport du Conseil pour lamélioration des conditions en

first_img Le rapport du Conseil pour l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe peut être consulté en ligne au www.ednet.ns.ca/fr/classroomcouncil. 3,7 millions de dollars pour l’ajout de 30 nouveaux sites de prématernelle où des programmes d’apprentissage précoce seront offerts aux enfants de quatre ans dans les écoles, pour en faire un total de 38 à l’échelle de la province 1,8 million de dollars pour offrir des services communautaires et des services de santé mentale à un plus grand nombre d’enfants et de jeunes, élevant l’investissement total dans le programme ÉcolesPlus a 8,2 millions de dollars 1,4 million de dollars pour l’embauche d’un plus grand nombre de psychologues scolaires et d’orthophonistes 1,1 million de dollars pour l’expansion du programme scolaire de petit déjeuner offert par Nourish Nova Scotia pour servir 5,5 millions de petits déjeuners sains et nutritifs à l’échelle de la province cette année un million de dollars pour doubler l’investissement dans les initiatives de programmation et de compétences informatiques pour les élèves de la maternelle à la 12e année 1,1 million de dollars pour poursuivre l’expansion du programme d’intervention préventive en lecture et en écriture à 73 écoles supplémentaires Le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance a reçu le rapport du Conseil pour l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe, aujourd’hui 28 avril, et procédera immédiatement à la mise en œuvre des recommandations. Le conseil a affecté 9,3 millions de dollars de son budget pour l’embauche d’au moins 139 nouveaux enseignants afin de mettre en œuvre ses recommandations. Les recommandations incluent le plafonnement de la taille des classes à 28 (avec la flexibilité d’inclure jusqu’à 30 élèves) pour le premier cycle du secondaire et les écoles intermédiaires à l’échelle de la province, et à 30 (avec la flexibilité d’inclure jusqu’à 32 élèves) pour le deuxième cycle du secondaire, l’embauche de 40 enseignants-ressources supplémentaires pour un projet pilote au premier cycle du secondaire et à l’école intermédiaire en vue d’aider les enseignants responsables des mathématiques et de la littératie à gérer les classes qui incluent un nombre élevé d’élèves ayant des besoins spéciaux, ainsi que la création d’un projet pilote accordant des subventions de 50 000 $ aux écoles prioritaires ayant les classes les plus complexes. Le gouvernement fournira un montant correspondant d’un million de dollars au projet pilote des subventions aux écoles prioritaires. Les écoles prioritaires sont celles dont les résultats aux évaluations provinciales en mathématiques et en littératie indiquent qu’elles ont besoin d’un appui supplémentaire. « Le plafonnement de la taille des classes, en plus des mesures prises par le conseil pour aborder la question des classes complexes, aura un impact positif dans nos salles de classe, déclare Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Les conseils scolaires entameront immédiatement l’embauche des enseignants nécessaires pour la mise en place de ces ressources d’ici au mois de septembre. » Au total, le conseil a formulé 40 recommandations à l’intention du ministère et des conseils scolaires, et à sa propre intention. En plus du plafonnement et des classes complexes, les recommandations touchent l’appréciation du rendement et l’évaluation, l’assiduité, la collecte de données et la production de rapports, les journées de bulletin, ainsi que la technologie et les processus de travail. « Je remercie les membres du conseil pour leur travail extraordinaire. Je sais qu’ils ont consacré beaucoup de temps à se pencher sur ces enjeux complexes, affirme Mme Casey. Avec ce rapport initial, ils ont établi un programme ambitieux, et mon ministère collaborera avec eux pour atteindre notre objectif commun d’améliorer les conditions en classe pour les enseignants et les élèves. » Les éléments annoncés au budget hier qui auront un impact positif sur les salles de classe incluent : last_img read more

Hong Kong police arrest five after new night of clashes

first_imgHong Kong: Five people were arrested during overnight clashes in Hong Kong between riot officers and anti-government protesters, police said Monday, as the political violence rocking the international hub shows no sign of abating. The city has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history following a month of huge marches as well as separate violent confrontations with police involving a minority of hardcore protesters. The rallies were sparked by a now-suspended law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but have since morphed into a wider movement calling for democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Sunday night saw fresh political violence break out in the district of Mongkok as police baton-charged small groups of masked, largely young protesters who were walking along roads and refused to disperse following another massive, peaceful rally earlier in the day. In a statement issued early Monday morning, police said the group were taking part in an “unlawful assembly” and had been warned that officers would take action. “Some protesters resisted and police arrested five persons for assaulting a police officer and obstructing a police officer in the execution of duties,” the statement said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang Activists hit out at the police tactics, saying the protesters in Mongkok had remained peaceful as they made their way home and that violence was started by a shield wall of riot officers that had blocked the crowd’s path. “HKers joined rally peacefully… against extradition bill result in being beaten and assaulted by HK Police,” democracy activist Joshua Wong wrote in a tweet accompanying pictures of at least two protesters with bleeding head wounds. “Just another example of excessive force used by the police,” he added in another tweet. Public anger has soared against the city’s pro-Beijing leaders and its police force after officers used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters outside parliament last month. Since then the chaos has only escalated. Last Monday, anger peaked as hundreds of youth-led demonstrators successfully stormed and trashed the city’s parliament. Those unprecedented scenes — and renewed huge marches — have failed to persuade the government, whose sole concession so far has been to suspend the loathed extradition bill. Protesters are demanding the bill be scrapped entirely, an independent inquiry into police use of tear gas and rubber bullets, amnesty for those arrested, and for the city’s unelected leader Carrie Lam to step down. They have also demanded authorities stop characterising protesters as “rioters”, a definition that carries much steeper jail terms. Beijing has thrown its full support behind the embattled Lam, calling on Hong Kong police to pursue anyone involved in the parliament storming and other clashes. Despite repeated requests, police have not released a breakdown of how many people have been detained in the last month of protests. A tally kept by AFP shows at least 72 people have been arrested but it is not clear how many have been charged.last_img read more

Man dies after falling from truck taking part BC Canada Day parade

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A man is dead after falling from the back of a pickup truck that had driven in a Canada Day parade in Abbotsford, B.C.Police say the man had been riding in the back of a Dodge Ram pickup truck, which had recently left the Canada Day parade procession on Sunday afternoon.They say he fell from the truck and was struck by the trailer it was pulling, sustaining serious injuries.Police did not give the man’s age or say where he was from, but said he was taken to hospital and did not recover.The driver of the pickup truck remained on scene and is co-operating with police, who are conducting an investigation.Abbotsford police offered their condolences to the family and friends of the man who was killed.last_img read more

Montréal rallies around shelter to try and keep its doors open

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsPeople in Montréal are rallying behind a day shelter that serves many of the city’s Indigenous homeless.The shelter Open Door must find a new home, or close.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

Floods in western Kenya prompt UN to provide emergency relief

11 November 2008The United Nations humanitarian wing has dispatched an emergency team to western Kenya, where floods following heavy rainfall have forced more than 7,000 families out of their homes and submerged entire villages. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that its staff are working with Government officials and non-governmental organization (NGO) aid partners to assess the needs of the displaced families.The emergency team is working with its aid partners in the towns of Eldoret and Kisumu to assess the available relief stocks and is also supporting national and district authorities to set up an aid pipeline to ensure the relief response is coordinated.The flooding is worst in Budalangi district of Western province, near the border with Uganda, where the Nzoia River burst its banks yesterday after heavy rains upstream, breaching dykes and submerging villages. Budalangi is prone to flooding each year and over 28,000 families were affected by floods in 2007. read more

Brazilian beach volleyball star named UNESCO Champion of Sport

31 August 2009The Olympic gold medallist and Brazilian beach volleyball star, Jacqueline Silva, will partner the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in its efforts to promote education for all, including the disadvantaged and vulnerable. The Olympic gold medallist and Brazilian beach volleyball star, Jacqueline Silva, will partner the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in its efforts to promote education for all, including the disadvantaged and vulnerable.UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, will appoint Ms. Silva, who won gold in the 1996 Atlanta Games, as one of the Paris-based Organization’s Champions for Sport in a ceremony tomorrow at its Headquarters.Ms. Silva joined the Brazilian national volleyball team at the age of 14 and by 1994 was recognized as the best in the world by the Association of Volleyball Professionals. Two years later she became the first Brazilian woman – alongside her compatriot Sandra Pires – to win an Olympic medal.In 1999 she founded the Jackie Silva Institute, which now has 49 centres across Rio de Janeiro aimed at developing new talent and offering opportunities to some 6,000 vulnerable and underprivileged young people. As well as training in sports, the centres provide workshops and lectures on HIV and AIDS prevention, teenage pregnancy and drug consumption. UNESCO’s efforts to promote inclusive education are based on the universal right to quality education that combines learning and personal development, with a special focus on vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. Ms. Silva shares UNESCO’s belief that the values of sport are factors for peace and development, the agency said in a news release, adding that the athlete will plan an active part in educational projects, especially in Portuguese-speaking countries.She joins the ranks of other distinguished UNESCO Champions for Sport, which include German Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, three-time World Cup winner and Brazilian football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento (also known as Pelé), Ukrainian Olympic champion pole-vaulter Serhiy Bubka and Belgian Olympic women’s tennis and Grand Slam champion Justine Henin. read more