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Whistling In The Dark

first_img“Hello, my name’s Shazia Mirza – at least that’s what it says on my pilot’s license!” The young Muslim woman who says these words is dressed in a hijab and in this post 9/11 world, where every Muslim is viewed a terrorist, she manages to elicit laughter from the audience, rather than horrified stares. Shazia MirzaShazia, you see, is a stand up comic and like a handful of South Asian comics, she has managed to turn her angst ridden experiences of growing up South Asian in the West into a rich lode of material for comedy. Yes, at times there’s almost a black humor to the hilarious one-liners, but they resonate with the large audiences, largely young, largely South Asian. After all, she’s talking about their lives.Like them, she’s The Other.Indeed, being a comic of South Asian descent is a lot like whistling in the dark – when you confront your fears and whistle in spite of your fears, the fears seem to evaporate. South Asian comics have found laughter is the best way to speak to the racism, gender or sexual discrimination and culture clashes they face.And the funny people are a diverse bunch of desis: Shazia Mirza is a London based Pakistani; Vijai Nathan is of South Indian origin and brought up in the United States; Vidur Kapur is a recent immigrant from India; and Dan Nainan is of Japanese and Indian parentage. Says Ashu Rai of Sholay Events, which organized Lafforama where the four comics recently performed in New York: “The issues they brought up aren’t talked about in the mainstream media and comedy world – growing up in a bi-cultural environment, sexuality both South Asian and in the Diaspora, the anti-Muslim/anti-immigrant backlash. They put a humorous spin on it in a way that allows South Asians and others to connect and feel that it speaks to their own experiences.”   Vidur, known as the Notorious Indian Bad Boy, was born in Calcutta and grew up in Delhi. He found a flight out of India was the easiest way to deal with the question of his sexual orientation: “Let’s put aside homosexuality, addressing sexuality in India was impossible when I was growing up in the 70s!” he says. “Apart from not having a gay community in India, I had never even heard the word gay; I had, however, been chased around school by boys yelling ‘Homo oy Homo oy Homo.’”Growing up, he had such a hard time in school that he even contemplated suicide as a teen. A scholarship took him to an international high school in Wales, and then, as he says, he “set out to fulfill my parents’ dreams” by getting a bachelor’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Vidur Kapoor“I started coming out in graduate school and then worked as a highly paid executive in corporate America for many years, living a double life of a successful corporate executive during the day and a gay boy on evenings and weekends.”  On stage, he likes to tell about the time he was mistaken for a terrorist: “I was horrified! I said ME a Terrorist!! Helloooo! Well, firstly terrorists don’t say helloooo, but what am I going to do, beg the Al Qaeda to let one Hindu in so I become their fashion police? ‘Lose the white turban Osama!! Labor Day is over!’”For Indians, generally the H-word is a very hush, hush word, but much to Vidur’s surprise, desi audiences have really responded to his edgy, brash humor: “I find that even desi audiences of older generations are really appreciative. I think the characters I portray and the honesty and vulnerability of my material give them something they can relate to and also challenges them to think about our culture and values.”He adds, “A lot of my comedy is derived from really painful and emotional experiences, which I have had time to deal with, and find the humor in. These are my experiences and I have the liberty to poke fun and make light of them. I think many comedians develop their sense of humor as a survival mechanism to deal with pain and difficulty.”Interestingly enough, all four comics are the offspring of typical Asian parents who emphasize education above all else, pressuring them toward prestigious careers. Shazia, growing up in the United Kingdom, faced the triple whammy of being Asian, Muslim and female. Her parents are from Pakistan and she grew up in multicultural Birmingham, with friends from different backgrounds. She says: “It was tough. I had three brothers who had more freedom than I did. My parents wanted me to be a doctor. I always knew I wanted to be on the stage, but I thought it would never be possible.”She went to Manchester University to study biochemistry and then got her postgraduate degree at the University of London before becoming a teacher. The outspoken Shazia found the stage to be the perfect place to vent her emotions on everything from religion to terrorism to sex. Vijai NathanHow difficult was it being a Muslim woman doing comedy in a post 9/11 world? She says, “There were many tough times. People were scared to laugh at a Muslim woman, people were scared to give me gigs, and I had to do the material that all the white guys were doing, which was not what I wanted to do. But I was determined that nothing was going to stop me. I had faced harsher barriers in my life.”Shazia has won several awards at comedy festivals in the U.K., performed at the London Palladium and was listed by the Observer among the 50 funniest people in Britain last year. CBS is making a 60-minute documentary about her and she has performed standup in many European countries.Fellow Muslims, however, have not always found the humor in her performances – to put it mildly. She wrote in an article, “I am maybe the first Muslim woman in comedy and maybe that’s why there is so much controversy, the first person to do anything is going to attract a fuss, had there been a hundred Muslim women in comedy before me there wouldn’t be all this fuss, but I don’t mind taking a bit of criticism if it means that I am going to make a change in society and be a voice for Muslim women.”Growing up in America in the ’70s and ’80s was also hard for Vijai, whose parents migrated from Chennai in the 70’s. Although her father worked for the World Bank in Washington, she remembers her family was often verbally attacked for being Indian.“My parents discouraged me from speaking out, for fear that a verbal attack would turn into a physical attack,” recalls Vijai. ” So I never spoke up. I would think of thousands of things to say, but I just kept them inside. It wasn’t until I started ‘stand-up’ that I started ‘standing up’ for myself.”With a father with the World Bank and a mother who teaches Tamil at the State Department, the pressure was on to get a sterling education. Vijai got an honors degree from McGill University in Toronto and a job at The Baltimore Sun, but her yearning to be on stage won out. Dan NainanThe main fodder for her comedy act were dating, sex -or the lack of it – and the culture clashes with parents who were still living in India of the 50’s. She says, “The whole ABCD concept does have basis in fact. It’s tough to be an Indian kid born in America. We aren’t considered Indian by people in India, and we’re not thought of as American by the rest of the U.S. mainstream.”When she started in 1997, she was the only brown girl performing and took her show wherever she could get a gig, be it obscure rural communities or small bars. Now, of course, everything Indian is hot. Says Vijai: “A few years ago Latin culture was in vogue, and now it’s the South Asian Explosion, although you have to be careful how you say that; the FBI may get the wrong idea!”With intermarriages occurring ever more frequently, it was only a matter of time before we got the first Indian-Japanese comic. “I’m half Indian and half Japanese! My family photo album looks like a Benetton ad!” So says Dan Nainan, quite possibly the only half Indian, half Japanese comedian around. He has performed at comedy clubs and concerts across the United States and in Australia. He has opened for several noted comedians, including Robert Schimmel and will be doing so for Margaret Cho in April.Dan’s parents met in 1957 at the University of Indiana, where his father, who is from Kerala, was studying for his PhD in nuclear physics, and his mother, from Japan, was studying early child development.   An A student, Dan was always cracking jokes, when he wasn’t parked in front of a computer. Even while in college, he was already in the IT business, helping IBM launch the IBM PC. Since then he has worked with Intel, done computer consulting, become a touring musician, written songs and played five instruments.In his career with Intel, he often had to speak on stage before thousands of people, so he decided to take a comedy class to get rid of stage fright. And a new comic was born. Dan can do just about any voice, including Bill Clinton and George Bush. At a show for Intel, he even did Andy Grove, the Chairman of Intel. He’s set to do a show for 4,000 people in San Francisco next. “Comedy is all about doing a lot of shows and the longer you do it, the better you get at it,” he says. “If you perform three times a night you get there three times faster than somebody who performs once a night. New York, of course, is almost like a laboratory for comedy. It’ s ideally designed. You don’t have to drive all over town like you have to in Los Angeles. In New York you can do two three shows a night with a Metro card!”   Like all the other comics, Dan went through the harrowing ritual of building up audiences, doing “open mike” and “bringer shows,” where you have to bring in at least five paying guests to the club in order to perform. Now he gets invited to perform and people love his Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonations!Things are certainly looking up for these comics, as their stories become something that Immigrant Nation America can identify with. Also, the huge South Asian population ensures large audiences hungry for a funny twist on the issues that affect them. Vidur is creating a one-person show “The Very Vidur Show,” which will debut next year, and also taking his act to festivals and colleges throughout the country.He has performed at several comedy clubs, including Gotham, and has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.Vijai has toured to Chicago, Florida and Arkansas with her one-woman show, “Good Girls Don’t, But Indian Girls Do,” which is now headed to California, Maryland and Oklahoma.She has already performed in South Africa and her show was recently taped for a BBC special.She’s working on a film version of “Good Girls” and is writing her next show, ‘Superstitious.’ “As I am gay and we gays have very expensive taste, I still have a day job! Comedy is paying substantially now, but not enough to make the big bucks like I made in corporate America and to buy Gucci and Versace.”For years Vijai had various day jobs and spent nights doing comedy: “I worked at a café making lattes and answered phones at an office in NYC. (Yes- my parents were thrilled that my degree was put to such good use!) It took six years, but I’m finally at the point where I’m financially stable. “Ask Shazia if her performances pay the rent and she says, “This is my living and yes, it pays the rent. Only an Asian would ask that question!”With the South Asian community increasing in the West and with the West itself infatuated with the East, there seems to be no way to go, but up. Question Shazia about her future plans and she says, “I am going to conquer the world!” Uh-oh! Hope George Bush didn’t hear that!Comic StuffWhat if 9/11 happened on 7/11? Indians everywhere would be screwed!”– Dan NainanMy uncle says, “If my daughter marries someone who isn’t from Kerala I will commit suicide.” They live in a small town in Texas. Who’s he waiting for – Amarillo Slim Chakrapatty? – Dan Nainan“My grandmother said, ‘I’ll find you a nice Indian girl. What’s the harm? If you don’t like her I’ll set her on fire.’”– Vidur KapurI’m really looking forward to my wedding day – I can’t wait to meet my husband! – Shazia MirzaMy oldest sister is a Born Again Christian. My mother was very upset when she converted. She said, “Why does she have to be Born Again Christian? We are Hindu- we are born again, and again and again.”– Vijai Nathan   Related Itemslast_img read more

H1-B: Hot No More

first_imgThree weeks into the new season, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has received applications for just two thirds of its available H-1B slots. In a sign of how the tech sector is reeling under the economic meltdown, the agency reported on April 20 that it received just 44,000 applications for the 65,000 allocated visas. In recent years, the full quota has been exhausted on the first day itself and at the height of the dotcom boom, Congress had tripled the H-1 visas to 195,000.  Related Itemslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Will the Real Messi Stand Up?

first_imgAlexander Netherton: The writer is a freelance football journalist who has contributed for ESPN, Huffington Post and Bleacher Report, among othersLionel Messi is an enigma. Not because of what he says and does on the pitch, but because we don’t know what he says and does off it. England striker,Alexander Netherton: The writer is a freelance football journalist who has contributed for ESPN, Huffington Post and Bleacher Report, among othersLionel Messi is an enigma. Not because of what he says and does on the pitch, but because we don’t know what he says and does off it. England striker Wayne Rooney has given interviews describing the thought process of scoring a goal. Swedish powerhouse Zlatan Ibrahimovic tells us he is his own biggest fan. Portugal’s talisman Cristiano Ronaldo proves something similar. We are rarely in doubt over these players-they embrace the attention. The Argentine Messi plays as if he invented the game, with a talent that appears genetic, but he seems content to leave it at that: The best player since Diego Maradona.Maradona was Argentina’s last World Cup superstar, winning it in Mexico 1986. He is feted as a hero of the country, a product of its poorest communities. He is loved; Messi is not. Similar to Maradona in many ways-in his supernatural ability and balance-Messi is removed from Argentina, sentimentally and physically. If, however, he wins the World Cup this summer, that would surely change.Argentina themselves face a relatively simple start to the tournament, with a fortunate draw in their qualifying group. Pitted against Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Nigeria in Group F, the squad has an abundance of attacking talent, with Sergio Aguero, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Angel di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain. However, it has a weak defence. Argentina can test the abilities of any of the defences at the World Cup, but Messi and his attacking teammates may not be able to do enough to prevent defeat. Sergio Romero, the goalkeeper, loaned to Monaco last season, rarely played for them, and defender Martin Demichelis is a figure of fun because of his propensity to look like a figure of fun. With the exception of Ezequiel Garay, the defence is lacking. They are still favourites to top their group, but it would be a surprise if their defence copes against the best sides.advertisementDespite this, after years of underperforming, and of a lack of talent in key positions, this might be the best chance of success that Argentina have had in some years-all of which puts immense pressure on Messi. Having moved to Barcelona aged 13-the club offered to pay for essential Human Growth Hormone treatment as he stopped growing as a child-Messi still has the accent of his hometown, Rosario. He retains an interest in Argentine cuisine, and has not culturally assimilated in Spain. He made his name in Spain, with La Liga and Champions League success, but is not thought of as Catalan or Spanish. Similarly, in Argentina, he is regarded as something of an ‘other’. Lionel MessiHis footballing identity is clear, and this may be why he stands apart from his national teammates. Schooled at La Masia, the famous training ground at Barcelona where players are indoctrinated with the side’s approach of short passes and technical excellence, he is entirely a Barcelona player. It was here that the man who oversaw Messi’s greatest period of success, Pep Guardiola, established himself as one of the most impressive modern coaches. When he took over the first team, he won both the Champions League and La Liga in his first season. Plenty more followed. His blueprint was to use a core of players schooled at La Masia who followed the idea of tiki taka-retaining the ball with relentless short passes, one of the most mentally exhausting approaches to use, and physically exhausting to face. They were Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Pedro Rodreguez and Sergio Busquets, besides Messi.All excellent players, but indisputably the greatest was Messi. He scored goals of all kinds, goals of rare beauty that, with his consistently excellent form, he made common. Spain took these Barca players and used their modus operandi of constant possession to win the World Cup and consecutive European Championships.Not Quite Argentine Enough?In Argentina it is different. Argentina play their own way: More direct and less sophisticated. It’s a style that other players might be more accustomed to, but Messi is less effective when he is not with those who play the game at its peak. At Barcelona, as he broke into the first team, he was brought under the wing of the Brazilian aesthetes who recognised just how special he was. At Argentina, there has been no concerted effort to bring him into the fold, nor is there any indication that he seems to want to be part of the family. There is really only one example of emotion for the national team, when he was sent off on his debut and burst into tears-but that could simply be personal disappointment rather than patriotism.advertisementMessi (left) takes a free kick for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid during their 2014 Champions League quarter-final first leg match at camp nouIt is also different because of the 365 goals he has scored for Barcelona, a majority of them having been imbued with a meaning, coming in seasons that ended in success. For Argentina, he has scored 37 in 83 games, but all of them are simply goals that didn’t win a trophy. Some might point out that he won the Olympics in 2008, but it is not seen with any affection by players or fans. Simply put, until he wins something for Argentina, he will not mean anything to Argentina. In his hometown even, there is little evidence they are proud to have produced him, perhaps because there is a feeling that with his experience at Barcelona, he is not really theirs anymore.Argentina treats other players with the reverence Messi is not afforded. The nation focuses on players who play a position that is a national tradition: The enganche or hook. Through this position, the enganche is the playmaker who starts the attacks, and if he performs as he should, appears languid, sophisticated and elegant. He will not need a burst of pace, and he will not score countless goals. The most recent players of this kind are Juan Roman Riquelme, who left Barcelona before Messi established himself and was a relative failure there, and Juan Sebastian Veron, who retired this season with Estudiantes, finally and for the second time, at the club where he had started his career.These two players were divisive figures in a way that Messi is not. Everybody knows that Messi is the best player Argentina has, and its best since Maradona. Yet, there is nobody to passionately take up the cause of Messi because there is nobody who could rationally take up the case against him. He has been consistently the best player in Europe in recent years, and therefore the best in the world. Riquelme and Veron, however, are anachronistic characters on the field. They played the game at a tempo slow enough to be outmoded, so there is a romance to using the position, even as the rest of the world tried to leave them behind, only to be brought to its knees by occasionally devastating passes and beauty. The fleeting nature of their genius is somehow more romantic than Messi’s ability to be brilliant in almost every match. They are inherently Argentine in the way they play, Messi is inherently Messi.Messi is the product of modern football teamed with a genius that allows him at once to define it and at the same time rise above it. He is a recipient of modern medical science. While his use of Human Growth Hormone is unusual, it is part of a newly technological treatment of injuries and development of fitness that has created superhuman footballers. Players now can feature in up to 70 games a season, at full throttle. They can recover from serious knee injuries in six months that as recently as the 1990s would have ended careers. They run at incredible speeds, staying upright while being buffeted by other players. Messi, famous for his balance and indeed a rare reticence to fall under such challenges, is the best example of this strength, except perhaps for his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo’s presence and brashness highlights what Messi is not. It is through the Portuguese player that we often try to understand Messi, noting the differences.advertisementOther ‘Best Players In The World’Ronaldo, the other Best Player In The World Today, is vain. He strips to the waist upon scoring a goal in the Champions League final to make sure the cameras get his best feature. There were endless rumours that he was desperate to overhaul Messi as the best. Ronaldo doesn’t want to be the best he can be, as much as he wants to be better than everyone else. Because of his own quiet approach in comparison, Messi often appeared humble and modest. Recent contract negotiations that made him the best paid player in the world, and also charges of tax evasion, hint that this could be merely a superficial assumption.Messi with Barcelona team mates Xavi (Centre) and Iniesta (left)Another player comparison also contrasts with Messi, and shows why he is not adored at home yet. His new Barcelona teammate, Neymar, is just 22, and has a close relationship with Brazil. He stayed in Brazil for his formative years, so the national hype started at a young age. Success in the domestic league drew interest from across the country on a weekly basis, and the lower quality of play in Brazil made Neymar’s talents look even better by contrast. Neymar’s embrace of a jaunty image of extravagant haircuts and commercial prominence raised his profile in Brazil unmatched by Messi’s in Argentina. Messi is not known for his nightlife, but Neymar is seen having fun. In some ways, Argentina can’t fall in love with Messi because he gives them nothing to fall in love with.After a disappointing season, the World Cup is Messi’s last chance before he gets back on the treadmill for Barcelona. This year, he scored 41 goals, his lowest haul since 2008-9. A World Cup would take away this pain, but it would mean more than that. A World Cup win would mean that he would have an identity in his home country. It would mean finally moving on from the period of Barcelona dominance defined by Guardiola, who left in 2012. It would possibly even remove any doubt in the discussion between who really is best, Ronaldo or Messi. But as to what it would actually mean to him, rather than to all of us who speculate, it’s almost impossible to say.The writer is a freelance football journalist who has contributed for ESPN, Huffington Post and Bleacher Report, among others. To read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

Subido’s cold blooded 3 over Akhuetie not just luck: ‘I always practice it’

first_imgSpanish striker David Villa set to retire from Japan club View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Rice industry paralysis LATEST STORIES “It’s not just mental preparation, I always practice it on the court,” said Subido. “They tell me every time I practice, I have to simulate and do different scenarios.”Now in the biggest stage of the tournament, Subido is confident that they have what it takes to overcome the pressure that comes with facing an undefeated team in Ateneo.In fact, they have shown just that after overcoming three knockout matches after winding up in the last place in the stepladder, needing to beat Far Easter U then the Fighting Maroons twice just to get to the finals.UST humiliated the Fighting Maroons, 89-69, in the first game of their duel.“There’s pressure but we’ve experienced so much,” said Subido, who was with UST when it tallied with a 1-13 record in Season 80. “I’ve experienced the lowest of the low when we were always losing but the community was always there to support us.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ File – UST gunner Renzo Subido. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Every game, Renzo Subido always believed that University of Santo Tomas will be coming out with a win.Then in the final 30 seconds of one of the biggest games in UAAP Season 82 Wednesday night, Subido made sure that came true.ADVERTISEMENT With 6-foot-7 Bright Akhuetie in front of him, Subido pulled up from nearly 25 feet away and drilled the game’s final basket with 23.6 seconds left, lifting the Growling Tigers to a 68-65 win over University of the Philippines and into the UAAP Finals.“Of course I always expect that we’re going to win, we’re always preparing to win,” said Subido in Filipino. “We also got the breaks in our favor just as coach Aldin [Ayo] said. Bright didn’t get near me so I took the shot.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceSubido, who is in his final year with UST, will lead UST to its first title series since 2015, when the sharpshooting forward was just a rookie coming off a high school career with De La Salle-Zobel.Tallying 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting from deep, Subido said that his cold-blooded three over Akhuetie wasn’t made on a whim but a product of constant sessions with Ayo and assistant coach McJour Luib. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuelast_img read more

ISL: Delhi Dynamos fail to win again as Jamshedpur FC return home with a point

first_imgDelhi Dynamos’ wait for their first win in this edition of Hero Indian Super League continued after their clash against Jamshedpur FC finished 2-2 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday.The hosts struck through two second-half goals from Lallianzuala Chhangte (55′) and Adria Carmona (58′) while Sergio Cidoncha (39th) and Tiri (77′) got on the scoresheet for the visitors who climbed above NorthEast United FC at the top of the table on goal difference.Delhi remain rooted to the eighth position with four points from seven games.The teams started in cagey fashion with neither of them able being to assert their dominance over the ball. It were the visitors who carved the first real chance of the match with Tiri’s header from a Cidoncha corner flying straight into the hands of Delhi custodian Francisco Dorronsoro.An entertaining match which had its fair share of twists and turns, saw @DelhiDynamos coming back from a goal down to strike two before @JamshedpurFC equalised to share points.More videos: #LetsFootball #HeroISL #FanBannaPadega #DELJAM Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 4, 2018Another Cidoncha set-piece threatened Delhi’s goal again. The Spaniard’s floated free-kick found Tiri unmarked at the edge of the box with the defender redirecting the ball towards the danger area. However, the hosts’ defence was alert enough this time to clear the danger.The game failed to really liven up as the first period progressed with chances coming at a premium for both teams.advertisementThe visitors, however, broke the deadlock in the 39th minute following a quick breakaway from a Delhi set piece.Rene Mihelic’s free-kick at the other end was cleared towards Gaurav Mukhi who surged forward towards an outnumbered Delhi defence before laying the ball for Cidoncha who applied the finishing touch.Desperate for an equaliser, Delhi coach Josep Gombau made all three changes at the interval with Andrija Kaluderovic and Adria Carmona coming on. And the hosts were level within 10 minutes into the second half after a dreadful error from Robin Gurung.The Jamshedpur defender’s poor back pass was duly intercepted by a surging Chhangte who made no mistake after skipping past Subrata Paul.Just minutes later, the hosts were in front with Chhangte providing the assist for the goal this time. The Delhi winger’s cross found its way to an unmarked Carmona at the far post and the substitute gleefully converted to make it 2-1..@Tiri1991 was sensational in defence for @JamshedpurFC and went on to score the all-important equaliser for his team. He is the Hero of the Match.#HeroISL #LetsFootball #DELJAM #FanBannaPadega Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 4, 2018The hosts were unable to hold on to their lead for too long though with Jamshedpur equalising through a corner kick. Carlos Calvo’s corner kick was inadvertently flicked on by Marcos Tebar towards the path of Tiri at the far post who guided the ball into an empty net.The teams pressed for a late winner with substitutes Tim Cahill and Kaluderovic coming close with headers at both ends. However, there would be no more goals with the hosts left wondering what might have been once again.last_img read more

Deepak and Rahul Chahar: Brothers separated by fate, united by one dream

first_img Indo-Asian News Service KolkataApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 17:16 IST Cousins Deepak and Rahul have been impressive so far in the IPL 2019 (Courtesy Twitter: @chahardeepak9)HIGHLIGHTSComing a long way since playing gully cricket together in Agra, the pair are now vitals cogs in their respective teams’ wheelsIn 2017, Deepak and Rahul were reunited at Rising Pune SupergiantRahul’s strengths lie in his effective leg-breaks and excellent control over it while Deepak is a superb Powerplay bowlerThey might be playing for different teams, but Deepak and Rahul Chahar have one aim in common, use the platform in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to impress the national selectors and represent the country on the international stage.Cousins Deepak and Rahul have been impressive so far in the ongoing tournament, the former spearheading Chennai Super Kings’ pace bowling attack and the latter spinning a web around batsmen with his leg breaks for Mumbai Indians.Chahar is the fourth highest wicket-taker in the competition with 15 scalps to his name from 12 matches. Nineteen-year old Rahul, meanwhile, has played eight games for Mumbai Indians, taking nine wickets at an economy rate of 6.43.Both Chahar brothers play for Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy and also shared the dressing room at the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant.Coming a long way since playing gully cricket together in Agra, the pair are now vitals cogs in their respective teams’ wheels.Deepak has played for India in one ODI and a T20I, but is yet to cement his place. Teenager Rahul is yet to get a break but with wrist spinners now ruling the roost, his performances won’t go unnoticed if he keeps delivering with the ball.Their fathers are brothers and their mothers are sisters. Deepak’s father, Lokendra Singh, used to work in the Indian Air Force and it was during his Jaipur posting that Deepak started playing professional cricket.Rahul also aspired to become a pacer like his elder cousin, but it was Deepak’s father who identified Rahul’s ability to turn the ball sharply in the nets and encouraged him to become a legs-spinner.advertisementBoth the brothers burst onto the scene at an early age, Deepak bagging 8 for 10 on Ranji Trophy debut to bundle Hyderabad out for 21 – the lowest total in Indian domestic cricket – at just 18 years of age; and Rahul claiming three five-wicket hauls in four Vijay Merchant Trophy Under-16 three-day games in 2013-14.But Deepak’s rise was marred by injuries and sickness which threatened to stymie his progress until recently when he rediscovered himself.In 2017, Deepak and Rahul were reunited at Rising Pune but while Deepak again struggled with injuries, Rahul was starved of game time. But as is the case in the IPL, unheralded players get to rub shoulders with the best in the business. Rahul spent valuable time with Imran Tahir in the nets.Rahul was subsequently not picked for India’s 2018 U-19 World Cup campaign but his performances in the 20-over Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy caught the attention of Mumbai who scooped Rahul up for Rs 1.9 crore.Meanwhile, Deepak, who was the top wicket-taker in the same tournament, was picked up by Chennai for Rs 80 lakh.Rahul, though, did not get a game initially but impressed a bit in his first outing against Deepak’s Chennai, conceding 11 runs in two overs without getting a wicket. There was no looking back from there on as he became Rohit Sharma’s go to bowler, much like Deepak is for MS Dhoni at Chennai.Rahul’s strengths lie in his effective leg-breaks and excellent control over it while Deepak is a superb Powerplay bowler as well as a death overs specialist.The Indian team at the moment has a very strong bowling arsenal with world-class pacers and spinners in their kitty. But the Chahar brothers, going by their IPL performances, are keen to give head coach Ravi Shastri and the team management a problem of plenty in times to come.Also Read | CSK pacer Deepak Chahar creates IPL record with 20 dot balls vs KKRAlso Read | Watch: MS Dhoni loses cool after Deepak Chahar bowls back-to-back no-ballsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Deepak ChaharFollow Rahul ChaharFollow IPL 2019 Deepak and Rahul Chahar: Brothers separated by fate, united by one dreamIPL 2019: Cousins Deepak and Rahul have been impressive so far in the tournament, the former spearheading Chennai Super Kings’ attack and the latter spinning a web around batsmen for Mumbai Indians.advertisementlast_img read more

Important Role of Restorative Justice Highlighted

first_imgStory Highlights Coordinator of the Restorative Justice Unit in the Ministry of Justice, Dr. Kahilah Whyte, says restorative justice continues to play a pivotal role in circumventing conflicts in the Jamaica society. She was speaking at a Restorative Justice Youth Empowerment session, held at the Hilltop Juvenile Correctional Facility in Bamboo, St. Ann, on Tuesday, February 5. Coordinator of the Restorative Justice Unit in the Ministry of Justice, Dr. Kahilah Whyte, says restorative justice continues to play a pivotal role in circumventing conflicts in the Jamaica society.“It [restorative justice] continues to be important in the effort to circumvent what we commonly refer to as jungle justice here in Jamaica. Restorative justice really gives males, women and young people the opportunity to be heard. It allows for the victims to tell their truth [and] for the offender to hear how the crime they have committed has impacted not only the victim but the community at large,” Dr. Whyte said.She was speaking at a Restorative Justice Youth Empowerment session, held at the Hilltop Juvenile Correctional Facility in Bamboo, St. Ann, on Tuesday, February 5.Coordinator of the Restorative Justice Unit in the Ministry of Justice, Dr. Kahilah Whyte, speaking at a Restorative Justice Youth Empowerment Session, at the Hilltop Juvenile Correctional Facility in Bamboo, St. Ann, on Tuesday, February 5.center_img “It [restorative justice] continues to be important in the effort to circumvent what we commonly refer to as jungle justice here in Jamaica. Restorative justice really gives males, women and young people the opportunity to be heard. It allows for the victims to tell their truth [and] for the offender to hear how the crime they have committed has impacted not only the victim but the community at large,” Dr. Whyte said. Dr. Whyte informed that more persons are turning to restorative justice, with 810 conferences held at its 14 centres across the island in 2018. Of the 810 conferences conducted, 691 led to an agreement to resolve the conflict.“Currently, we have an 85 per cent agreement rate, which means that when victims and offenders get together, more often than not they will come up with an agreement. The agreement highlights tenets that they would like to have followed, whether it is restitution, the issue of an apology, doing some community service or giving back after a crime has been committed,” she noted.The session was held as part of activities to mark Restorative Justice Week, which is being observed from Sunday, February 3 to Friday, February 8, under the theme ‘A Restorative Approach to School to Prison Pipeline in Jamaica’.The 30-plus males at the Juvenile facility were educated on the value of restorative justice and how the process can be used to resolve conflicts.last_img read more

Government Engages Team from PAHO/Who for National Health Insurance Scheme

first_img Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Government has engaged a team from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to assist in the development of a national health insurance scheme.Dr. Tufton made the disclosure at the opening of the Partners Interventional Centre of Jamaica (PICJ) Limited on February 8 at Medical Associates Hospital in St. Andrew.“Last year, we brought in a team from PAHO/WHO to help us to look at healthcare financing. We have consultants that, in another two to three months, will present a proposal, which we anticipate will move the country towards a national health insurance scheme,” the Minister said.Dr. Tufton said the completed document will be examined and a determination made as to its implementation.Pointing out that very few Jamaicans have health insurance, the Minister explained that with the increasing health risks, it is essential that all citizens have access to quality services.“Only about 20 per cent (of persons) are insured. Of that 20, about 10 per cent are government employees and eight per cent are in the private sector,” he informed.The Minister said the national health insurance scheme aims to provide coverage for all, and that it is in line with Government’s policy to ensure that all Jamaicans, particularly the vulnerable, have the most basic health insurance coverage.He further noted that a national health insurance scheme will ensure that the health sector has an effective model in place that enables persons to make contributions over time. This, he said, will ensure that the system has sufficient resources to respond to the health needs of citizens.“We don’t want to charge people when they reach the point of access; rather, long before you require the doctor, we are saying that persons can make a contribution… in anticipation that, one day, you will need this service. That is why we are working on a national health insurance scheme,” the Minister said.Dr. Tufton encouraged Jamaicans to make provision for their healthcare before their health becomes critical.“Your health is your responsibility, not just in exercise and consumption habits but to put a little (money) away for a rainy day,” he said.The National Health Fund (NHF) is overseeing the development of the national health insurance scheme. The Minister said the national health insurance scheme aims to provide coverage for all, and that it is in line with Government’s policy to ensure that all Jamaicans, particularly the vulnerable, have the most basic health insurance coverage. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Government has engaged a team from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to assist in the development of a national health insurance scheme. “Last year, we brought in a team from PAHO/WHO to help us to look at healthcare financing. We have consultants that, in another two to three months, will present a proposal, which we anticipate will move the country towards a national health insurance scheme,” the Minister said.last_img read more

Newly Certified Dieticians Encouraged to Become Jamaica Moves Ambassadors

first_imgStory Highlights “Your vocation, your willingness to engage and to develop your capacity, makes you the chief advocates of health and wellness from that dietary position. You are going to create that balance that is going to be necessary for Jamaica Moves, and any such similar programme, to achieve its full potential,” he said. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has called on newly certified dieticians, to become ambassadors for the Jamaica Moves campaign.center_img Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has called on newly certified dieticians, to become ambassadors for the Jamaica Moves campaign.“Your vocation, your willingness to engage and to develop your capacity, makes you the chief advocates of health and wellness from that dietary position. You are going to create that balance that is going to be necessary for Jamaica Moves, and any such similar programme, to achieve its full potential,” he said.He was speaking at the graduation ceremony for 50 persons trained under the Supervised Practice Programme (SPP) of the Jamaica Association of Professionals in Nutrition and Dietetics, held on Tuesday (October 9) at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.The graduates, most of whom work in health departments in the public sector, were the first cohort to be trained under the programme, which is endorsed by the Ministry.Over the 30-month course, the participants had to attend classes, do rotations, write assignments and do a panel examination with the Final Competence Assessment Team (FCAT).“Because you are the first batch, it makes you that much more special. I am assigning you and prescribing to you, the ambassadors for this cause of health and wellness,” Dr. Tufton said.“We have to convert and get more people involved, and the extent to which you have reach (in) the different institutions, different communities… the extent to which you can provide guidance, is the extent to which your role becomes so much more important in promoting the balance that is required to get our country back on track,” he added.Registered Dietician at the Hanover Health Department, Carol Raynor, who was among the graduates, told JIS News that “it is a dream come true for me to be a registered dietician today.”“After such a long and arduous course, it is really an accomplishment,” she added.Corporal Terrel Pencle of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), who was the only male graduate, said he is elated to be part of the inaugural group, which received certification.“Participating in the programme, it was an excellent opportunity for me. I now get the privilege and the honour to impact the lives of Jamaicans in another way. It’s a great opportunity to be a registered dietician and play a critical role in the overall objectives of the Jamaica Moves campaign,” he added.Jamaica Moves encourages persons to eat healthy and exercise in order to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular conditions, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes.last_img read more

Attorney General Seeks Options for Parsonss Case

first_imgJustice Minister Ross Landry said today, April 9, he has asked senior government officials to present options, as soon as possible, to review the Rehtaeh Parsons case. “This situation is tragic, I am deeply saddened – as I think are all Nova Scotians – by the death of this young woman,” said Mr. Landry. “As a parent, I can’t imagine the pain this family is going through at this time. My thoughts are with them.” Mr. Landry said he hopes to meet with Leah Parsons, Rehtaeh’s mother, to discuss her experience with the justice system. “I know that law enforcement and the public prosecution service do their best, every day, to administer and enforce the law,” said Mr. Landry. “It’s important that Nova Scotians have faith in the justice system and I am committed to exploring the mechanisms that exist to review the actions of all relevant authorities to ensure the system is always working to the best of its ability, in pursuit of justice.” Mr. Landry said he has been reviewing details of the case and consulting with officials throughout the day, and expects options within the next few days.last_img read more

There will be no forgiveness Mother of murder victim tells hearing

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax man who killed an off-duty police officer said Monday he hoped her family could give him forgiveness someday, but the victim’s mother made it clear he would not get it.“As we struggle to deal with our loss, we know one thing: There will be no forgiveness. None,” Susan Campbell, mother of Const. Catherine Campbell, said in a victim impact statement read Monday at Christopher Garnier’s parole eligibility hearing.In the statement, Campbell said the day her daughter died, a part of her died as well.With Catherine’s father, Dwight Campbell, at her side, she told Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Joshua Arnold she has not seen genuine remorse from Garnier or his family.“How do you put into words how our lives were forever changed by the death of our child? You cannot even imagine unless you’ve been there yourself. The disbelief, the heartache, the emptiness, sorrow, nightmares, tears, and the sense of loss consuming,” said Susan Campbell, her voice unwavering as she read the statement.Susan Campbell said rather than showing remorse for what happened, Garnier has attacked her daughter’s name and reputation. He had told the jury that the Truro, N.S., police constable died accidentally during rough sex she initiated.“Catherine was the victim, and every day that we walked into this courtroom, she was victimized over and over again,” said Susan Campbell.“We were constantly reminded of the accused’s rights, but what have we seen of the victim’s rights? It is our family that has been given the life sentence with no chance of parole.”Garnier, 30, was convicted in December of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body in the September 2015 death of the 36-year-old Campbell.The murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence. Monday’s hearing was held to determine how long Garnier will have to serve before he can apply for parole.At the end of the hearing, Garnier stood and unfolded a piece of paper from his pocket. He apologized to Campbell’s family and friends, saying he knows there’s nothing he can do to ease their pain.“I never intended for this to happen, but my actions contributed to Catherine’s death, and I accept responsibility for that,” said Garnier in a soft voice, occasionally looking over towards where the Campbell family was seated in the gallery.“I have a hard time understanding why I did what I did afterwards, and still can’t remember most of those actions. I’m disgusted by them … I’m sorry every day for the pain I’ve caused you to go through, and I hope that you can one day forgive me.”During his trial, Garnier repeatedly told the jury he did not remember using a large green compost bin to dispose of the body near the bridge, where it stayed undetected for nearly five days.The Crown argued at the hearing that Garnier should serve 16 years before he’s able to apply for parole, while the defence argued Garnier should become eligible for parole after serving 10 years.Arnold reserved his decision until 2 p.m. Tuesday.Crown lawyer Christine Driscoll argued Garnier’s extensive actions to conceal the crime and his ability to return to his normal life afterwards makes his prospect for rehabilitation “difficult.”“He acted in a way… that was manipulative and calculating,” said Driscoll. “Mr. Garnier knew what he was doing as he disposed of the evidence. He disposed of numerous pieces of evidence, some of which was never found, and separated it into different places and concealed his crime quite well.”Driscoll said the court should also consider the “sheer randomness” of the killing. She noted Garnier and Campbell met for the first time at a downtown Halifax bar, and hours later she was dead.Meanwhile, defence lawyer Joel Pink urged Arnold to consider Garnier’s adherence to bail conditions, his expression of remorse and more than 30 letters of support in deciding how long Garnier will have to serve before he can apply for parole.Pink noted there is a common thread amongst the letters of support: that Garnier is a “kind, caring person with a genuine desire to help others.”He noted Garnier does not have a criminal record, and his character does not support the necessity of giving him more than the minimum period of parole ineligibility.Parole eligibility for second-degree murder must be set between 10 and 25 years.Pink also noted that Garnier suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and because of that, he should serve his sentence at a medium-security prison. He said he does not believe Garnier can get the treatment he needs in a maximum security prison.In submissions filed with the court in April, Pink had argued that Garnier’s PTSD — brought on by the murder itself — should be considered a mitigating factor in his sentencing on the charge of interfering with human remains, relying on a report by Dr. Stephen Hucker.But that argument was apparently abandoned as the defence told Arnold at the outset of Monday’s hearing that the defence was withdrawing Hucker’s report from its submissions.Two reports from other doctors were filed by the defence as part of the hearing, but were not discussed in court.Arnold heard several emotional victim impact statements Monday.Campbell’s aunt Amanda Wong said she was very close with her niece and often sought her advice.“I feel the loss every day… There is a hole in my heart,” said Wong.Campbell’s sister, Amy Garneau, said her young daughter often lives in fear that the “bad man who hurt her aunt Catherine might get her.”“It breaks my heart that these thoughts are crossing the mind of my now five-year-old daughter,” said Garneau, saying her children lost the “perfect role model.”“The silver lining to all of this is that we’re able to see how many lives Catherine has touched… That love is what kept us going through it all.”Follow (at)Aly Thomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Bezos tells of Enquirer threats to publish revealing pics

LOS ANGELES — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he was the target of “extortion and blackmail” by the publisher of the National Enquirer. He says the Enquirer chief threatened to publish revealing personal photos of Bezos unless he stopped investigating how the tabloid obtained his private exchanges with his mistress.Bezos, who is also owner of The Washington Post, detailed his interactions with American Media Inc., in an extraordinary blog post Thursday on The billionaire said the Enquirer wanted him to make a public statement that the tabloid’s coverage was not politically motivated.Bezos’ accusations add another twist to a high-profile clash between the world’s richest man and the leader of America’s best-known tabloid.Michael Balsamo And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press read more

UN brings religious ethnic communities to the discussion table in northern Iraq

29 May 2010Security concerns and human rights topped a United Nations-backed discussion among the religious and ethnic communities of the northern Iraqi governorate of Ninewa. Participants at the meeting which took place on 27 May included representatives of the Christian, Shabak, Turkoman and Yazidi communities, as well of the Ninewa administration, the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi Government. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) chaired the talks – the first-ever meeting of the Committee on Ethnic and Religious Communities in Ninewa – in the city of Tilkaef. Also among the topics discussed during the gathering where the representation of Ninewa’s various communities in Iraq’s security forces. The UNAMI meeting marked an important first step for further dialogue and action, said Jerzy Skuratowicz, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative. “While each of the components has its unique and distinct ethnic, cultural and religious heritage that must be preserved, it is also apparent that they all share many common concerns, which need to be addressed.” read more

Text messaging helps thousands of Iraqi refugees in Syria receive UN food

At the same time the UN World Food Programme (WFP) appealed to the world community to make the 65 per cent shortfall in the $32 million needed for the 130,000 Iraqi refugees it helps in Syria.Under the voucher project, which has proved effective in feeding refugees in cities where food is available on the market but out of their economic reach, beneficiaries receive a text message providing a code enabling them to cash in all or part of the virtual voucher at selected Government shops.“WFP’s Electronic Voucher System is an innovative and revolutionary way to deliver food assistance to Iraqi refugees in Syria,” WFP country Director Muhannad Hadi said. “After successful implementation inside Damascus, we are expanding its implementation in other governorates. We have already reached 100 per cent of the refugees living in Homs, Lattakia, and Tartous and by the end of October we are planning to expand in Edlib, Hama and Daraa.” Started last October with 1,000 refugee families in Damascus, it has now been extended to more than 9,600 families, or about 32,500 Iraqis, who can exchange the voucher, worth $30 per person per two-month cycle, for more than 15 different commodities such as rice, lentils, chickpeas, oil, canned fish and sugar, as well as cheese and eggs, fresh produce that cannot usually be included in conventional aid baskets. After each transaction, another text message will be sent informing them of their remaining balance will. “This system provides families with the freedom to select food of their own choice, at any selected shop and at any time they wish,” Mr. Hadi said.There are more than 1 million Iraqi refugees in Syria, according to Government figures, with some 130,000 regularly receiving WFP food and non-food aid from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 23 September 2010Tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees in Syria will now be able to receive United Nations food aid by exchanging coupons sent to their mobile telephones as the first such electronic food voucher system in the world moves beyond its pilot phase to embrace those living outside Damascus, the capital. read more

UN Under SecretaryGeneral for Political Affairs to visit Sri Lanka

He said the visit was planned before the island nation declared the state of emergency and is part of ongoing UN engagement with Sri Lanka. UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman is to visit Sri Lanka this week, the UN office in Colombo said.The UN said that Feltman will be in Sri Lanka from 9 to 11 March. He will meet with a wide range of Sri Lankan leaders — including the President, the Prime Minister and other senior officials — political parties and civil society groups. The visit is part of ongoing UN engagement with Sri Lanka, Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for UN Secretary-General said. This will be the Under-Secretary-General’s third visit to Sri Lanka. He visited the island nation in February 2017 and in 2015 to take stock of progress in the country and engage national stakeholders on the peacebuilding process. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Adopting key reform measure General Assembly ends main part of annual session

“Without doubt, one of the most important issues of this autumn session was the discussion on the strengthening of the UN system,” said Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic. He added that the resolution on reform would go far towards bolstering the impact of the UN’s work, especially in economic and social fields.”The adoption of the resolution has been a significant achievement – it represents an important stepping stone for the future work and deliberations in the continuous process of reforming the Organization,” he said.Among numerous measures set out in the six-page text, the Assembly welcomed Mr. Annan’s intention to conduct a systematic evaluation of the impact, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the UN Department of Public Information. It also endorsed his decision to entrust key responsibilities to the Special Adviser on Africa, including coordinating guidance on the continent and supporting the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).In addition, the Assembly concurred with the Secretary-General’s intention to establish a panel of eminent persons, “reflecting a diversity of views,” to review the relationship between the UN and civil society.In his closing remarks to the session, President Kavan underscored the importance of the Assembly’s work in following up on the anti-poverty targets set in 2000 at the UN Millennium Summit. “Despite uneven progress achieved in the implementation, I am hopeful that we will be able to jointly address the gaps in the implementation and progress further to attain the goals,” he said. Ambassador Kavan also pledged continued work in the coming months to build on the achievements of the current session, which began on 10 September and covered 168 separate agenda items. read more

Federal court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt antiwhaling

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Paul Elias, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2014 4:06 pm MDT File – This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows anti-whaling activist Paul Watson, center, founder of the Oregon-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, as he listens during a contempt of court hearing in federal court in Seattle. Radical environmentalists have been found in contempt of court for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 ordered a lower court to determine how much Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society owe Japanese whalers. (AP Photo/Karen Ducey, Pool, file) Federal court finds protesters in contempt for ignoring order to halt anti-whaling campaign SAN FRANCISCO – Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a commissioner to determine how much Paul Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society he founded owe Japanese whalers for lawyer fees, damage to their ships and for violating the court order to stop their dangerous protests.The Japanese whalers are demanding $2 million in addition to their attorney fees and damage and cost to their ships for warding off the protests.The environmentalists’ exploits have been documented on the long-running Animal Planet reality TV series “Whale Wars.”Sea Shepherd said in a statement it is disappointed with the ruling and considering its legal options.“We are considering our legal options at this time, including the possibility of an appeal,” it said.In 2012, the court ordered Sea Shepherd to stay at least 500 feet from Japanese whalers and to halt dangerous activities like attempting to ram the whalers and throwing smoke bombs and bottles of acid at their ships. The crews of Sea Shepherd ships also drag metal-reinforced ropes in the water to damage propellers and rudders, launch flares with hooks, and point high-powered lasers at the whalers to annoy crew members.The Japanese whalers filed a lawsuit in Seattle in 2011 seeking a court order halting the Sea Shepherd’s campaign.The 9th Circuit in December 2012 ordered the Sea Shepherd’s to stop harassing the Japanese fleet and for the group’s four ships to stay at least 500 feet from the whalers.Watson then transferred all of Sea Shepherd’s U.S. assets to foreign entities controlled by the group. Sea Shepherd has organizations in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.Watson also stepped down from the board of directors of Sea Shepherd organizations in the U.S. and Australia. Sea Shepherd Australia took over management of “operation zero tolerance,” the group’s annual harassment campaign of the whalers in the Southern Ocean.Watson also resigned as captain of the Sea Shepherd’s flagship the “Steve Irwin,” but remained aboard as an “observer.”In February 2013, the 9th Circuit appointed a commissioner to investigate whether Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd should be held in contempt. The commissioner concluded on Jan. 31 that the Sea Shepherd wasn’t in violation of the court order because the harassment campaign was being managed outside the United States. The same month, the group’s “Steve Irwin” vessel with Watson aboard collided with a Japanese whaler.On Friday, a three-judge panel rejected the commissioner’s findings. The 9th Circuit ruled that the transfer of assets and control of the Sea Shepherd to Australia and other countries didn’t change its 2012 order to the group to cease its dangerous activities.Contrary to the commissioner’s conclusions, the 9th Circuit said Watson and the Sea Shepherd’s U.S. affiliate could be found liable for aiding and abetting the organization’s foreign offices to violate the court’s injunction.“Sea Shepherd U.S. is liable because it intentionally furnished cash payments, and a vessel and equipment worth millions of dollars, to individuals and entities it knew would likely violate the injunction,” Judge Milan Smith wrote for the unanimous panel. The court ordered the case sent back to the commissioner to determine how much the whalers are owed. read more

Phone service will be temporarily out on March 23 and 27

Telephone service to and from campus will be disrupted on Thursday March 23 between 6 and 7 am while technicians conduct testing on new equipment.Incoming and outgoing service through the main (905) 688-5550 number will be down for up to 15 minutes during this one-hour window. Once the testing has been completed successfully, the phones will again be down on Monday March 27 between 7 and 8 am, when the new circuits will be integrated into the University’s system.

Snowpack favorable for spring summer water supply

first_imgclick to enlarge The Lower Columbia Basin’s snowpack is in good shape, and that means good news for the region’s spring and summer water supply.The region has a snowpack 123 percent of normal for this time of year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Resource Conservation Service National Water and Climate Center. That puts the local snowpack right along the state average of about 127 percent.“The reason (for) that is because it just isn’t melting yet and we keep adding to the pack,” said Scott Pattee, a water supply specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. “But the normal peak is April 7, I believe it was. We’re getting well past that, and we’re just starting to peak now — maybe starting to roll off the other side.”The reason the snowpack is in such good shape is largely thanks to the “miracle March” we experienced last month, Pattee said.Until then, La Niña kept the jet stream bent north this winter, which kept the majority of the winter storms focused on Northern Washington and Southern Canada or offshore. That’s clearly explained when looking at Washington’s regions with the greatest snowpacks: the Upper Columbia and Spokane, which have 157 percent and 140 percent of normal snowpack, respectively.When La Niña, a cooling of water in the equatorial Pacific that affects global weather patterns, let up, that’s when the snow came to the rest of the state.last_img read more

Briggs becomes chairman at ABI

first_imgAndy Briggs has been appointed the next chairman of the Association of British Insurers (ABI). He will take up the role in October.Briggs, who is chief executive officer at Aviva UK Life and chairman at Aviva Global Life, succeeds Paul Evans, group chief executive at Axa UK.Briggs has been deputy ABI chairman since November 2015 and is chairman of the ABI Audit Committee.last_img