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BHU Chief Proctor resigns, taking “moral responsibility” for lathi charge on students

first_imgChief Proctor of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) O.N. Singh resigned late on Tuesday, taking “moral responsibility” for the lathi charge on students demanding justice for a colleague who was molested on the campus.The incidents on the campus over the last few days has raised questions on the safety of women students in one of Asia’s largest residential campuses. Several students (many of them girls), journalists and policemen were injured as the police lathi-charged the protestors, some of whom also allegedly indulged in arson, on Saturday night.Mr. Singh’s resignation was accepted by Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi, a varsity spokesperson said.Steps for better security on the campusMeanwhile, even as the Varanasi Divisional Commissioner held the BHU administration guilty of not being sensitive during the incident and failing to take timely action, the varsity announced a number of steps for better security on the campus.Also Read We want lights on campus, not locks, say BHU students  The BHU is spread over a sprawling 1,360 acres.Vehicular movement around hostels will now be restricted and better lighting will be provided at night. CCTV cameras will be installed at sensitive places within the campus and a mechanism for checking of vehicles will also be implemented.Women guards will soon be deployed in girls’ hostels while a committee will be formed at the hostel level to provide suggestions to the administration on the safety demands and other necessary issues faced by those staying in the hostels. A dedicated helpline number will also be started, the BHU said.Molestation unfortunate, says VC Terming the molestation of a fine arts student, which led to the protests, “unfortunate and extremely painful,” Mr. Tripathi said the culprits in the case were being identified and strict action would be taken against them.”She is like my daughter as well as that of the university,” Mr. Tripathi said.last_img read more

Move over, Ronaldo, Mandzukic is Juve’s main man

first_imgMario Mandzukic’s future at Juventus was uncertain, even before Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Turin during the summer.Last April, the Bianconeri board told the veteran striker that they would not stand in his way if he wanted to leave. By April, two lucrative offers had already arrived from China. More were expected to follow, from the Premier League and La Liga.However, after his heroic performances leading the line for Croatia during the World Cup, Juve were delighted that Mandzukic decided to stay put.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! After all, with Gonzalo Higuain having been sent to AC Milan, he would provide quality cover for Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa – the all-star front three on which the Bianconeri would base their bid for Champions League glory.Mandzukic had other ideas, though. While everyone else was swept away by the wave of enthusiasm that greeted Ronaldo’s arrival in Serie A, the 32-year-old was getting himself back in prime physical condition after his exploits in Russia.At one point during pre-season, he and Leonardo Bonucci were approached by a camera crew from JTV, Mandzukic stopped them in their tracks. “No videos, just work,” he grunted in characteristically caustic fashion, before breaking into a mischievous grin.It was classic Mandzukic. Just like his performances so far this season. In Juve’s opener against Chievo, he came off the bench with Juve trailing and, in conjunction with Federico Bernardeschi, turned the game around. Mandzukic Cristiano Ronaldo Parma Juventus Serie AHe was rewarded with a start against Lazio the following weekend and opened his account for the season, volleying home emphatically after the ball had rebounded up into the air off Ronaldo’s heel. There was a large slice of fortune about his goal against Parma on Saturday night, too, with Mandzukic converting after the ball again falling nicely for him after an aerial challenge.However, there was nothing remotely lucky about the ingenious back-heel that put Blaise Matuidi in to score the game’s winning goal midway through the second half. The Frenchman’s strike was well-deserved. He had provided incessant industry in gruelling encounter for Juve, one in which they had again flattered to deceive.The same could be said of Ronaldo. While he had performed well in his first two Serie A outings, here, at the Ennio Tardini, he was a peripheral and frustrated figure. Nothing he tried quite came off. However, as Ciro Ferrara mused during the week, Juve’s shape is more of a concern than whether Ronaldo will eventually start scoring in Italy. Indeed, the two are undeniably linked, with coach Massimiliano Allegri still trying to work out how to get the best out of Ronaldo, but also Paulo Dybala and Costa, both of whom started on the bench.Juve have made a perfect start to the season but this is a side with many flaws. As we head into the international break the only sure thing is that when we come out of it, Mandzukic will be the first forward on the team sheet.Ronaldo may be Juve’s superstar but, for now, Mandzukic remains their most effective leading manlast_img read more

Hockey India name 48-member probables list for women’s national camp

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 30 (PTI) Hockey India Sunday named a 48-member core probables’ list for the national camp of the Indian women’s team to begin at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru campus tomorrow. The members will report to chief coach Sjoerd Marijne. The list includes recent Arjuna Awardee Savita, Rajani Etimarpu, Swati, Chanchal, Sonal Minj and Jaspreet Kaur as goalkeepers. Defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Sushila Chanu Phukhrambam, Gurjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz, Suman Devi Thoudam, Deepika, Neelu Dadiya, Mahima Choudhary, Kanika Raj, Manmeet Kaur, SP Kruthika and Nisha have been called up for the national camp. Among midfielders, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo, Neha Goyal, Udita, Manpreet Kaur, Jyoti, Maitri Ramwala, Anuja Singh, Anajali HR, Shyama Tidgam, Sonika, Puja Yadav and Karishma Yadav feature in the chart. The core probables list that includes members from the recent 18th Asian Games silver medal-winning team, also features top performers from this year’s Hockey India National Championships. Among forwards, skipper Rani, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Vandana Katariya, Anupa Barla, Priyanka Wankhede, Preeti Dubey, Reena Khokhar, Siddhi Singh, Leelavathy Mallamada Jaya, Soundarya Yendela and Birajani Ekka have been asked to report for the camp. The Indian women’s team have ended the season on a high note after an inspiring performance at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where they finished fourth, a runners-up finish at the Asian Champions Trophy in Korea, made it to the top eight at the Women’s World Cup in London and won a silver medal the recently-concluded Asian Games in Jakarta.advertisement These memorable feats also helped the Indian women’s team surge ahead in the FIH World Ranking to a career best rank eight position. While the team will approach the next season with an eye on the qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the national camp will be more about finding the depth in the group and the right mix of players for the upcoming international calendar. “We will be watching each of these players closely during this camp and see how the competition is within the group. We will be seeing how the players, especially the new comers can cope with the expectations of a national camp. The seniors too will have to work hard to earn their place in the core group,” chief coach Marijne said. PTI SSC SSCSSClast_img read more

Pochettino hails Spurs’ tough transfer talk

first_imgTransfers Pochettino welcomes Tottenham’s tough transfer talk amid Kane and Rose rumours Iain Strachan 20:38 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mauricio Pochettino Harry Kane - cropped Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur v Everton Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Manchester United Harry Kane Spurs chairman Daniel Levy insists the club do not need to sell, a stance that has encouraged the man in charge of delivering results on the field Mauricio Pochettino has endorsed Daniel Levy’s claim that no Tottenham player will leave against the club’s wishes ahead of the 2018-19 season.Spurs chairman Levy this week stated he is “100 per cent confident” the north London side will retain their prized assets, both this month and during the off-season transfer window.Tottenham’s star centre-forward Harry Kane is expected to be the subject of interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs as he enjoys another prolific campaign, while Dele Alli is another to have been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United have been credited with holding an interest in Danny Rose. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pochettino, though, is encouraged by the staunch stance of Levy, who is known for his uncompromising approach to recruitment and negotiations.”Of course, the chairman is the man who manages everything and in the end takes all the decisions,” Pochettino said ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League match against Everton on Saturday.”Always for the fans it’s important to hear him. Every word that he said yesterday we need to respect because he’s our boss. If he was talking in this way it’s because he’s confident to deliver it for the club.”Of course, all the clubs and the managers want to keep their best players and we are in the same way, to keep the best and try to make the team stronger each season. That is [what] all the managers, players and the chairman in this case want for your club.”Dele Alli Mauricio Pochettino TottenhamWhile Spurs are braced to ward off potential approaches for their top talent, it remains to be seen if they will move to reinforce in the weeks ahead, with Pochettino offering little indication that signings are imminent. “I think you know how the business is today,” he said.”I think Tottenham is a club that in three and a half years I’ve seen a minimum of 100 names linked and in the end we sign a few.”Until today, now, nobody is close to arriving in this transfer window. Maybe in the last five minutes since we came in here, who knows,” he added, prompting laughter among the journalists.”But when we stepped into this room nothing.”We’re working. We’re awake to the market. If something is available on terms we can take, of course we’ll do it. But if not, it’s difficult.”last_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan midfielder Bakayoko: Chelsea must decide my future

first_imgAC Milan midfielder Bakayoko: Chelsea must decide my futureby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko doesn’t expect a decision about his future at Chelsea until June.Bakayoko has shone over last month for Milan after a difficult start to the season.After victory over SPAL, the midfielder said: “I do not think anything special has changed. I continued to train and work hard and when you do so things change. I’m happy because I’m playing well with the team. “The future? I’m happy here but it’s not my decision, it’s the club and Chelsea. At the end of the season we will talk to understand what to do.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Pakistan asks UNHRC to launch international investigation into situation in Kashmir

first_imgGeneva: Pakistan on Tuesday demanded an international investigation by the UN Human Rights Council into the situation in Kashmir and urged the world rights body not to remain “indifferent” after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Addressing the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) here, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, leading the Pakistani delegation, said the top UN rights body should not be embarrassed on the world stage by its inaction over the issue. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He said the UNHRC must not remain indifferent to the situation in Kashmir after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. “Today, I have knocked on the doors of the Human Rights Council, the repository of the world’s conscience on human rights, to seek justice and respect for the people of Kashmir,” he said. Qureshi asked the Council to urge India to immediately stop the use of pellet guns, lift the curfew, reverse the clampdown and communications blackout, restore fundamental freedoms and liberties, release political prisoners and fulfil obligations under the UN Security Council Resolutions and various human rights instruments, as required by international law. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He asked the Council to constitute a commission of inquiry into the situation in Kashmir, as recommended by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. “We must not allow this august body to be embarrassed on the world stage. As a founding member of this Council, Pakistan feels morally and ethically bound to prevent this from occurring,” he said, adding that in order to do so the body should not remain indifferent to the situation that was unfolding. “We must act decisively and with conviction,” Dawn newspaper quoted Qureshi as saying. India last month abrogated the provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. India’s move evoked strong reactions from Pakistan with its Prime Minister Imran Khan making provocative anti-India rhetoric, which India dubbed as “irresponsible statements”. Qureshi said that the Kashmiri people were denied the “basic and inalienable human rights”. Qureshi said the basic amenities and means of communication were not accessible to the people of Kashmir. He claimed that shops and hospitals in the region were running out of supplies and the political leadership of Kashmir had been placed under house arrest or imprisoned. He said that with its actions India was breaching multiple international human rights instruments that it was a party to. He reiterated that India’s unilateral decision to revoke Article 370 on August 5 was illegal under international law. His statement came a day after UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet expressed “deep concern” over the impact of restrictions in Kashmir, and asked India to ease the current lockdowns to ensure people’s access to basic services.last_img read more

7000 new microbial species discovered in three oceans

first_imgBeijing: Researchers said Monday they have discovered more than 7,000 new microbial species from the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, enhancing our understanding of biodiversity in the world seas. The scientists at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) discovered the microbial species, including Acidobacteria — a natural medicinal phylum containing the CRISPR gene editing system found at sea for the first time. Over a span of eight years, the team developed biofilms with the water samples on different materials, eventually discovering the new biofilm-forming species and 10 new bacterial phyla. The finding, published in the journal Nature Communications, contradicts the existing belief that the world has only 35,000 marine microbial species and 80 bacterial phyla. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingIt enhances our knowledge in microbial biodiversity of the oceans, bringing hope for the development of new drugs, researchers said. Acidobacteria — one of the new marine phyla identified in this research only exist in terrestrial soils, and has been used for developing novel antibiotics and anti-tumour drugs due to its high level of biosynthetic gene clusters. This marine phylum not only shares functions of its terrestrial counterpart, but is also the first ocean species found to contain the CRISPR gene-editing system, researchers said.last_img read more

Ethnicdiversity is Frances strength feel its football officials

first_imgLille (France): People occupying high offices in French football are firm believer of ‘Black, Blanc, Beur’, a phrase often used to celebrate the ethnically-diverse national team’s 1998 World Cup triumph and the one last summer. Black is black, Blanc means white and Beur Arabic, implying that the players stay united on the field, irrespective of their origins and religions. People in high places believe that the French society is as accepting as its national team, ignoring the right-wing voices’ sporadic outbursts against the country’s immigration policies. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhFootball took them from the streets of Paris’ banlieues (suburbs) to the stadiums of Russia and when the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba flew back with the glittering World Cup trophy in their hands, it was hailed as the triumph of France’s immigrants. “Immigration is not an issue, immigration is a chance, and we have big players from Africa. It is a chance for France to develop football. Mbappe is French. France is known for its acceptance, accepting people from all over, including Africa. It’s France’s strength,” said Didier Quillot, CEO of Ligue de Football Professional (LFP), which runs the country’s major leagues. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWhile its national team is looked at as a symbol of its multiculturalism, the country is often divided over the issue of refugees. France’s last major triumph was attributed to the efforts of a diverse, multicultural group of players. In the 23-member World Cup squad, 17 were immigrants or the children of immigrants. It comprised players of African and Arab descent, reviving memories of the 1998 World Cup triumph. Headlines such as ‘Triumph of Africa’ and ‘The last African team’, after the team’s win in Russia, left Paris Saint-Germain’s communications director, Jean-Martial Ribes, surprised. “The French people don’t think that they are African or Arabic. For us they are all French. France is known for its diversity, something like the USA. We were a little bit surprised to see the comments in some of the media. “Perhaps that’s what makes France a better place. People from every origin are welcome here and accepted. Our focus was on the triumph,” Ribes said.Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who is presently a brand ambassador of Coupe de la Ligue, said there is no place for racism and exclusion in football “I feel people are focusing on France but this (immigration) is a general problem in all society right now. People speak about discrimination and all but this has no place in football. Football is a place where we try to include everyone. Football has the power to unite more than anything else,” Drogba said. The former Ivory Coast striker added, “When you look very closely at the teams, the players, the stars you will not see discrimination. Most of the time it’s the people coming to the game from outside who bring that. People from outside, politicians do that. But inside it’s different.” Though the players of African or Arab origin in France have often been questioned over their allegiance to the flag.last_img read more

Brother of Australian sportsperson may have framed Sri Lankan student

The Sri Lankan student was freed on bail last month after the sole piece of evidence against him fell apart. The plan, detailed in a notebook found inside Nizamdee’s desk at the University of NSW, was to allegedly target iconic Sydney land marks and high-profile Australians including former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. According to experts the notebook was not written in Nizamdeen’s handwriting.On Friday NSW police said despite dropping all charges they were refusing to close the case because the question over who did write it remains. “It’s a terrible experience, as a young man who has done everything right in life, he has gone through supermax jail in unforgivable circumstances,” Kheir said.The student who has claimed his innocence since he was first arrested in August, uploaded a video on social media shortly after he was released from prison last month.“Thank you very much to the Sri Lankan public and officers for standing by me and believing that I’m innocent, which I am,” Nizamdeen said. The student’s lawyer Moustafa Kheir told reporters outside court on Friday that the entire ordeal was “unforgivable” and his client would be suing the state over the bungle Now, police are investigating whether the 25-year-old was framed and believe the brother of a high-profile Australian sportsperson may have been involved.Ten News has chosen not to reveal the identity of the sportsperson at this time.“We believed we had enough evidence at that time to effect an arrest in relation to this matter… right through the investigation we have acted in good faith,” said Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney earlier on Friday. The brother of a prominent Australian sportsperson may have been involved in setting up a 25-year-old Sri Lankan student over an alleged Sydney terror plot, Ten News reported.Charges against Mohamed Kamer Nilar Nizamdeen were formally dropped by NSW police on Friday after the 25-year-old spent 40 days in a supermax jail accused of concocting an ISIS-inspired terror plot. read more

UN rights committee voices dismay and utmost concern over Uzbek execution

In its latest expression of “dismay and utmost concern” over executions in Uzbekistan, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has called on the Government to provide “a prompt explanation” of what it called another “grave breach” of a rights protocol.The case concerns Akhrorkhuzh Tolipkhuzhaev, sentenced to death by the Military Court of Uzbekistan in February 2004 and executed in March this year despite the Committee’s request for interim protection while it considered the issue.“The Committee had noted that in several cases, Uzbekistan had executed prisoners under sentence of death, although their cases were pending before the Committee under the Optional Protocol to the Covenant, and requests for interim measures of protection were in place,” it said in a press release, referring to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.“The Human Rights Committee has consistently affirmed that non-respect by a State party of requests for interim measures of protection constitute a grave breach of the State party’s obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Covenant,” it added.Less than two years ago the Committee cited the execution of six people whose cases were pending before it. Last September, the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on torture, Theo van Boven, deplored the reported execution of people allegedly tortured into confessing and the Government’s disregard of UN pleas for a stay. He called on the Central Asian country to set a moratorium on the death penalty and urgently consider abolishing it. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State falls 30 to No 5 Minnesota

Ohio State’s women’s volleyball starting lineup stands together prior to the game against No. 5 Minnesota on Oct. 18. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-9, 4-5 Big Ten) suffered a 3-0 loss to No. 5 Minnesota (18-2, 7-2 Big Ten) Wednesday night at St. John Arena.Although each team had nine blocks, 16 errors and 124 attacks, it was Minnesota who came out on top, buoyed by a .274 hitting percentage and 50 kills.“We’re not there.” head coach Geoff Carlston said. “I don’t like moral victories, but I thought we did a lot of good things tonight to build on.”Junior setter Taylor Hughes, who led her team with 24 assists, knew the Gophers would pose a strong threat especially because of Minnesota junior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson, arguably the Big Ten’s top setter.“We were expecting a very fast offense by them … that’s kind of hard to keep up with,” Hughes said. “We put up a good fight.”The first set started off slow for the Buckeyes as the Gophers went on a 4-0 run to open the match. The Gophers built a 17-4 lead when Ohio State called a timeout. Soon thereafter the Buckeyes went on a 7-2 run, but Minnesota’s defense remained strong with four blocks and 17 digs, earning them the set, 25-15.Senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer’s second kill tied the second set at 4-4, the first of eight ties as well as two lead changes. The Buckeyes were able to play a close set against the Gophers with 15 kills, three blocks, and 29 digs. Senior outside hitter Ashley Wenz contributed six kills on a .455 clip for the Buckeyes, but Minnesota’s freshman middle blocker Regan Pittman helped her team with five kills and a .625 hitting percentage, leading the Gophers to win the second set 25-20.Minnesota picked up the lead in the third set and maintained it as the Buckeyes closely trailed. Although the Buckeyes tried to catch up, the Gophers’ 20 kills and .405 hitting percentage won them the set 25-18.Carlston credited Minnesota and recognized the Gophers’ hard plays. Although he believes the Buckeyes played well, Carlston still sees room for improvement.“I think we really stressed them out defensively with mixing up our shots, that was important for us,” Carlston said. “But I think we need to play better defense.”Hughes agreed with Carlston that the Buckeyes need to focus more on their defensive strategy and remaining consistent.“A lot of games are won and lost in the serve-and-pass game and [Minnesota] served really aggressively,” Hughes said. “Upping our serve for Sunday can help us a lot. Getting most teams out of system will give us the upper hand.”Carlston thought his team came back well in the second and third sets, but in the end the Gophers had a fire that the Buckeyes were lacking.The Buckeyes will face Michigan for the second time this season at 1 p.m. on Sunday at St. John. read more

Womens champion Baroness Brady drawn into Sir Philip Green MeToo scandal

Baroness Brady, the Government’s small business adviser and BBC star, has been drawn into the growing furore surrounding Sir Philip Green and allegations against him of sexual harassment and racial abuse. The Conservative peer, an outspoken defender of women’s rights in the workplace, is the chairman of Taveta, the holding company of Sir Philip’s Arcadia retail empire. She was brought in to clean up corporate governance at the firm in the wake of the BHS pension scandal, and well-placed sources have claimed she has known for several months about a series of substantial payments made to employees making sexual and racial harassment claims. Baroness Brady, the Government and the BBC have refused… read more

Cancellation of severe thunderstorm warning for Melbourne

first_imgAccording to the latest update issued from the Victoria Regional Office of the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, severe thunderstorms are no longer affecting the Melbourne Area.The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.Wind gusts of 98 km/h were recorded at Airey’s Inlet and 94 km/h at Mt Gellibrand with this line of storms.The State Emergency Service advises that people should: * Keep clear of fallen power lines. * Keep clear of creeks and storm drains. * Don’t walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water. A more general severe thunderstorm warning remains current for the Central, Mallee, South West, Wimmera and parts of the Northern Country and North Central districts.Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 217. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mariners lose to Astros on Springers HR in 13th

first_imgHOUSTON — George Springer wasn’t quite sure if his towering fly ball was going to have enough distance. Three feet shorter or to the right, and it might be an game-ending fly out. Instead, Springer’s shot narrowly crossed the yellow line for a game-winning three-run homer in the 13th inning, capping a five-RBI game and lifting the Houston Astros to a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.“I knew I had hit it OK. I was just glad it went over the line,” Springer said. Springer’s shot off Chase De Jong (0-1), who started the inning to make his major-league debut, landed in the farthest seat of the first row of the left-field Crawford Boxes.Evan Gattis drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on Norichika Aoki’s single with two outs, setting the stage for Springer’s big hit.last_img read more

DDME actions defended by Deputy Premier

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Oct 2015 – It would have been unlawful for the Department Disaster Management and Emergencies to issue a watch or warning independent of international agencies as Hurricane Joaquin approached; this from the Acting Premier, Akierra MIsick. During a PTV8 interview, it was said there was no scientific information to call for it and, that action from DDME would have been a breach of protocol. The Turks and Caicos was never placed under watch or warning until later on Thursday; by then many areas were out of electricity, flooded and being battered by storm surges and winds. The community continues to say they wish they had more warning to prepare for the category four hurricane. On the weekend, the Premier said information dispatch could have been better and that he believes new systems in country will add to notices emanating from outside agencies. TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened Related Items:akierra missick, DDME, hurricane joaquin, warning Recommended for you TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfoliolast_img read more

New Attorney General weighs in against ExxonMobils tactics fighting climate change investigations

first_imgSince last November, ExxonMobil has been the target of a growing number of state attorneys general investigating whether the company lied about its research about climate change.Listen nowJahna Lindemuth, the new Attorney General of Alaska. (Photo by Graelyn Brashear, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Alaska’s new attorney general has jumped into that fight and some lawmakers are saying it’s a flip-flop from the state’s original decision not to investigate the company and that the state shouldn’t waste money getting tangled up in a lawsuit.While Alaska’s attorney general isn’t yet willing to weigh-in on whether ExxonMobil lied about its climate change research, she is ready to battle the company over its tactics in fighting the investigation.Some states have subpoenaed financial and research records from the company. Exxon has fought back in court by suing to block those subpoenas.Former Attorney General Craig Richards signed a memo in June cautioning attorneys general nationwide against aligning themselves with environmentalists and investigating the company.But Jahna Lindemuth, who took the top lawyer’s job earlier this month signed onto a friend of the court brief  arguing against Exxon’s move to block one such investigation.Exxon is asking a federal court in Texas to block a Massachusetts state subpoena and Lindemuth said this is an issue of federal overreach.“The issue in that case is whether a large corporation and it could be Exxon, it could be any large corporation can go to a jurisdiction outside of the state where those investigations are happening and try to quash the investigation from a federal court in a different state,” she said.Lindemuth said states should have the right to protect consumers and investigate fraud cases in state courts, rather than battling them out in federal courts.But two House Republicans are criticizing her for what they say is a reversal of course for the state.House Speaker Mike Chenault and Judiciary Committee Chair Gabrielle LeDoux say the state shouldn’t have a role in the lawsuit.LeDoux, a former attorney, says she has not read the brief Lindemuth’s signed. But, she says she doesn’t think the state should get involved.“I just don’t think that in our time of limited resources that we should be spending money going to war with our major industry,” LeDoux said.The attorney general’s office says just because Lindemuth signed the brief, doesn’t mean state will be compelled to appear in court as the lawsuit plays out in other states.No one from Exxon returned a phone call seeking comment.last_img read more

Awareness rally held on World Population Day

first_imgBalajinagar: Local Corporator Pannala Kavya Reddy on Thursday inaugurated a programme in Bojai Kalyana Mandapam here to mark the World Population Day celebrations organised by the Medchal district medical and health department. She lit the traditional lamp and launched a rally by the Nursing College students.Among those present were Medchal DMHO Narayana Rao, Additional DMHO Dr Anand, Health department officials Dr Raghunath Swamy, Ramkumar, Dr Sandhya Rani, local Health Officer Dr Chandar, department staff, ASHA workers.last_img read more

Nation pays last tribute to Priyabhashini

first_imgPeople from all walks of life pay their last respects to noted sculptor and freedom fighter Ferdousi Priyabhashini at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka on Thursday. Photo: Syful Islam/Prothom AloPeople from all walks of life paid their last respects to noted sculptor and freedom fighter Ferdousi Priyabhashini at the Central Shaheed Minar on Thursday.Priyabhasini was given a guard of honour at the central Shaheed Minar premises when her body was taken there around 11:00am. Her body was kept there for one and a half hours so that people can pay their tributes to the eminent sculptor.Artistes, political leaders and activists of different socio-cultural organisations converged on the area to say goodbye to Priyabhashini, reports UNB.Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader placed a wreath on her coffin.“She had sacrificed a lot as a freedom fighter, she is a bright example for the new generation. Her sculptures added new dimensions to art,” Quader said while talking to reporters after placing the wreath.Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu said, “She was an example of courage for the women who are struggling in the society in different sectors. She used to raise her voice about women’s rights.”Her daughters- Fuleshwari Prionandini, Rotneshwari Priyadarshini and two sons- Karu Titas and Kazi Shaker Turjo were present at the Shaheed Minar.Fuleshwari Prionandini said her mother had struggled throughout her life. “It is our pride that our mother’s last address will be beside Jahanara Imam.”Her namaz-e-janaza was held at Dhaka University’s central mosque after Zohr prayers. She will be buried at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard beside the grave of martyr Jahanara Imam.Ferdousi Priyabhashini, who had been suffering from multiple health complications, breathed her last at Labaid Hospital in the city on Tuesday.last_img read more

Pakistan election sees rise of antiblasphemy party

first_imgIn this picture taken on 30 July 2018, head of Pakistan`s Sunni Muslim Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, gestures as he speaks to media in Lahore. Islamic fundamentalist parties fielded more than 1,500 candidates in Pakistan`s provincial and national elections last week that were won by cricket hero turned politician Imran Khan.A relatively new anti-blasphemy party whose leader has reportedly vowed to nuke the Netherlands should he ever come to power did surprisingly well in Pakistan’s elections last week, which were tainted by the rise of extremist groups.Islamic fundamentalist parties fielded more than 1,500 candidates in Pakistan’s provincial and national elections that were won by cricket hero turned politician Imran Khan.Extremists were a major talking point going into the contest with politicians, including Khan, accused of pandering to their vote base by trumpeting hardline issues such as blasphemy.Here AFP looks at how the main extremist parties fared during Wednesday’s polls.- Anti-blasphemy party -The performance of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), led by radical preacher Khadim Hussain Rizvi, will worry mainstream politicians and human rights activists the most.The group, founded in 2015, entered the national consciousness last year when it blockaded the capital Islamabad for several weeks calling for stricter enforcement of Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws.It wants the automatic death penalty for anyone deemed to have insulted Islam or the Prophet Muhammad.Rizvi reportedly told journalists recently that if he took power in the nuclear-armed country he would “wipe Holland off the face of the earth”, over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published there.Fortunately for the Netherlands, TLP failed to win any of the 272 seats up for grabs in Pakistan’s National Assembly.It did, however, capture two seats in the provincial assembly of Sindh.TLP polled over 2.23 million votes in the national assembly elections, its first general election, and more than 2.38 million provincial votes, election commission website data shows.”Their overall number of votes is very surprising. It’s a really spectacularly rapid rise,” political commentator Fasi Zaka told AFP.TLP’s strong showing is of particular concern to Pakistan’s Ahmadi community, which has long been targeted by extremists. They consider themselves Muslims but their beliefs are seen as blasphemous in most mainstream Islamic schools of thought.- Group linked to Mumbai attacks -Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek was backed by Hafiz Saeed, the man accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. Saeed has been designated a terrorist by the United Nations and has a $10-million bounty on his head.Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek was formed after Pakistan banned the Milli Muslim League — the political party of hardline militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is headed by Saeed — from the election.None of the party’s candidates won seats but they did register more than 435,000 national and regional votes.Zaka said he had expected work done in Punjab by LeT’s long-established charitable arm — Jamaat-ud-Dawa — to have translated into more votes.”They have been in the business of service delivery where the state has not fulfilled its remit … I think they have underperformed,” he said.- Sunni hardliners -Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) is a radical Sunni group that frequently spouts hatred against Pakistan’s Shiite minority community, considering them heretics.”If we get power in the evening and if a single Shia is alive by the morning in Pakistan then change my name,” leader Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi told an election rally.ASWJ is considered to be the political face of sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which has been behind numerous bloody attacks on Shiite Muslims in Pakistan.Its candidates ran as independents and were known to have won at least one seat, in the Punjab assembly.Zaka, the analyst, said that while votes for extremist parties did not translate into many seats in a first-past-the-post system, their sizable vote banks will give them clout in an increasingly competitive political landscape.”The interesting thing about this election is not what it says about Pakistan now but what kind of space it creates for a Pakistan five years down the line,” he told AFP.last_img