Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday asked crop insurance companies to clear farmers’ claims within 15 days.He was addressing protesters who marched to the office of a crop insurance company in Bandra-Kurla Complex over non- payment of farmers’ claims. Mr. Thackeray demanded that farmers’ loan waiver applications and crop damage claims pending with insurers be cleared within a fortnight.“We eat food grown by these farmers. The rally is to support their cause and find a solution to it,” he said. The Sena is an ally of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra and at the Centre. A Sena delegation met officials of Bharti Axa General Insurance company and submitted a memorandum of demands. “I am committed to every voter of this State. Big fraudsters have left the country and run away, but our farmers are left to die. We want no more fake promises. All banks should paste the list of farmers whose loans were waived within 15 days on their offices. Don’t force us to be aggressive,” he said.Hitting out at the opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, he said, “Some criticised this rally as a farce. They are the one who are useless as they did not resolve farmers’ issues.” Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Vijay Wadettiwar last Saturday termed the Sena’s announcement of holding a protest march against crop insurance companies as “nautanki” (farce) ahead of the State Assembly polls, due later this year. On Wednesday, Mr. Vadettiwar said, “The Sena should show the courage to protest in front of the Chief Minister’s residence. How can the Sena protest when they are part of the government?” he asked.The opposition parties criticised the Sena for pulling up this ‘stunt’. “The people of the State and farmers know that the Sena pulls up stunts before the elections. It has done nothing but perform such stunts ever since it joined the government,” said former chief minister Ashok Chavan, reminding Mr. Thackeray that he had promised to farmers he would ensure every one of them would get loan waiver benefits.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New York: Carlos Ramos will not officiate any US Open matches involving Serena or Venus Williams in the wake of last year’s “bittersweet” women’s final controversy involving Serena and Naomi Osaka.Osaka defeated Williams 6-2, 6-4, in the 2018 final after the Japanese star was awarded a penalty game by Ramos, handing Osaka a 5-3 lead on her way to victory. Osaka was booed during the awards ceremony, consoled by a tearful Williams, and told the crowd, “I’m sorry it had to end like this,” later calling the moment “bittersweet.”US Tennis Association president Stacey Allaster had announced that Ramos would not umpire any Williams family matches.”This is our collective decision,” she said. “We want to focus on the competition.”During the second set of last year’s final, Ramos issued a code violation warning against Serena for coaching, seeing her receive hand signals from coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who was seated in the stands.Ramos later awarded Osaka a point after calling a code violation on Williams for racquet abuse, prompting complaints from Serena over the earlier warning, saying, “You will never do another one of my matches.”At the next changeover after Osaka broke for a 4-3 lead, Williams called Ramos a “liar” and a “thief” for the lost point. Ramos took those insults as a third code violation and thus handed Osaka a game for a 5-3 lead, Williams arguing to tournament officials to no avail.US Open tournament referee Soren Friemel noted the event has made selective choices regarding umpires before Ramos.”It’s not the first time that we made decisions where it’s good for the tournament, good for the players, good for the umpires as well, to not be on those matches,” Friemel said.”In the end, our goal is to assign the best chair umpire for the right match. So in taking all those factors into consideration, the decision was made that he would not do any of the Williams sisters’ matches.”Ramos, however, has not been banished from other high-profile matches at the US Open.”Carlos has worked all the other Grand Slams,” Friemel said. “He has done Davis Cup, Fed Cup, he’s going to the Davis Cup finals. He’s considered still for all high-profile matches.”Asked how she would feel about Ramos being an umpire in one of her matches, Osaka said: “I never really say that I don’t like an umpire, so I never change that. I’ll never be specific if I don’t want someone to umpire my match. I just go with whoever is doing it.”‘IT WAS HER MOMENT’Osaka, who also won this year’s Australian Open, and Williams had not met on the court since the US Open final until two weeks ago in Toronto, when Williams won 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals.Asked then if she felt she would have won the US Open final had she played so well last year against Osaka, Williams said she felt like that had been her rival’s time for glory.”I think she was supposed to win that and she deserved to win New York,” Williams said. “It was her moment.”As to her feelings toward Williams, Osaka told CBS she gets nervous being around the 23-time Grand Slam champion.”I have this huge respect for her. It’s someone I’ve looked up to my entire life so I still feel a bit shocked whenever she reaches out,” Osaka said.”I don’t say hi to her or anything because… I get so nervous. She always seems like she’s doing something important, so I don’t want to interrupt.” Carlos RamosNaomi Osakaserena williamstennis First Published: August 24, 2019, 11:13 PM IST
Leicester City recorded the biggest ever English top-flight away win by beating 10-man Southampton 9-0 at a rain-sodden St Mary’s to move up to second place in the Premier League on Friday.The biggest margin of victory on the road previously was eight goals, a joint-record held by three clubs. It was also the first time a team had scored nine away goals in the Premier League and equalled Manchester United’s record 9-0 Premier League win achieved at home to Ipswich Town in 1995.The 2016 champions Leicester moved to 20 points from 10 games, their best start to a Premier League campaign, that leaves them five points behind leaders Liverpool and a point ahead of Manchester City, who both have a game in hand.Hat-tricks from Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy plus goals by Youri Tielemans, Ben Chilwell and James Maddison inflicted Southampton’s biggest home defeat in their 133-year history.Southampton’s heaviest Premier League defeat had been a 7-1 reverse to Liverpool 20 years ago, another unwanted record for their under pressure manager Ralph Hasenhuettl.It was the biggest English top-flight win on the road since Wolverhampton Wanderers trounced Cardiff City 9-1 in the old First Division in 1955. Sunderland thrashed Newcastle United 9-1 away in 1908 while West Bromwich Albion beat Wolves 8-0 in 1893.DOUBLE HAT-TRICK HEROESLeicester also became only the second side in Premier League history to have two players score a hat-trick in the same match.Perez and Vardy replicated the achievements of Jermaine Pennant and Robert Pires, who each hit trebles in Arsenal’s 6-1 victory over Southampton in May 2003.BACK-TO-BACK FOR PEREZPerez also became the first player to score a hat-trick in back-to-back Premier League appearances against the same opponent since Liverpool’s Luis Suarez managed the feat against Norwich City in September 2012. The Spaniard had put three past Southampton for Newcastle last season.LIKE FATHER, LIKE SONOnly one other goalkeeper than Kasper Schmeichel has kept a clean sheet in the Premier League while watching his team score nine, and that was his father, Peter Schmeichel.In the opposite goal to Schmeichel on Friday Angus Gunn also followed in his father’s footsteps, albeit in an undesirable fashion. The Southampton goalkeeper ensured he and his father Bryan became the first father and son to both concede seven or more goals in a Premier League match. His father’s day to forget came on 3 October 1992 in a 7-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.(With inputs from Reuters and Premier League) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ayoze PerezBen ChilwellBrendan RodgerHat-trick First Published: October 26, 2019, 8:16 AM IST
By Poonam Mehra Haridwar, Nov 23 (PTI) She retired a dissatisfied boxer despite being a two-time World Championships silver-medallist and an Asian champion but N Usha is determined to live her shattered Olympic dream, albeit as a coach. Usha, an accomplished member of the celebrated batch that was led by none other than five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom, was quite literally forced out of the sport due to a spate of injuries that plagued her just months before womens boxing was included in the 2012 Olympics. “I did coaching diploma course from National Institute of Sports (NIS) after leaving the sport due to injury, it was back in 2012, when I was struggling with a knee injury, which required ACL reconstruction along with a cervical problem. Had I not been plagued by these injuries, I would have continued competing,” Usha, who is here as the lone woman coach of the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), told PTI in an interview. “Once you take up a sport with full passion, it is never easy to completely cut off. It is not that I planned coaching so early in my life, it just happened because I wanted to stay connected to boxing. “I was not being able to give good performances as a player due to my injuries, I was not able to recover properly. That phase was difficult because I was quite depressed about losing my career, about not being able to reach the targets that I set for myself. Once I gathered myself, I decided that I never wanted to give up on boxing and thats how I made up my mind to pursue coaching,” she recalled. Through that difficult time of dealing with injuries, Usha said she was never short of support either emotional or financial but she continues with the disappointment of being forced to leave at the peak of her game. “Every athlete dreams of being an Olympic medallist, I could have also given it a shot but for injuries. When womens boxing was made an Olympic sport, I was left with very little time for recovery and rehabilitation. It was such a phase during which I was recovering from one injury and picking up another,” said the 32-year-old. “I cannot complain about not getting enough support, Olympic Gold Quest took complete care and helped me in getting my injuries treated. But the rehabilitation part took me away from boxing training and that affected my strength. I did go back to the camp after recovering but then my neck problem, cervical issues, became too much to deal with. “Back-to-back injuries affected me psychologically as well. Nobody wants to leave and I was a proven performer but once the time is gone, its gone, there is nothing that one can do about it,” she said. MORE PTI PM ATK ATKadvertisement
zoomImage Courtesy: Dorian LPG Gas carrier owner and operator Dorian LPG has witnessed an increase in revenues in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, driven by an improvement in time charter equivalent (TCE) rates.The company said that its revenues for the quarter ended September 30 reached USD 40.8 million, rising by 17.5 percent from USD 34.7 million reported in the same period a year earlier. The increase is primarily attributable to a rise in average TCE rates and fleet utilization.Namely, TCE rate for the company’s fleet increased to USD 20,973 for the quarter from USD 18,015 earned in the same period in 2017.Dorian LPG also managed to shrink its net loss to USD 8.2 million, compared to a net loss of USD 11.9 million reported a year earlier.“Demand for VLGCs increased during our fiscal second quarter driven by increasing export volumes and end-user demand. This improvement is reflected in higher fleet utilization during the quarter and improvement in achieved TCE rates,” John C. Hadjipateras, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said.“While additional VLGCs scheduled for delivery in 2019 negatively impacts supply, we believe the market has become more balanced… We believe that we are well positioned to deliver strong cash flows throughout the market cycle as a result of our low leverage, no near-term debt maturities and a best-in-class fleet.”
New Delhi: India will be easing mandatory local sourcing norms for FDI in single brand retail trading in the next few weeks, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said. “India has opened up opportunities for single brand retail and is easing some detrimental clauses of the policy in next few weeks which will help single brand retail come in a bigger way to the country,” an official statement said quoting the minister.He was addressing CEOs of multi-national companies in the UK-India Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) meeting held on Monday in London. The government in Budget proposed that local sourcing norms will be eased for FDI (foreign direct investment) in single brand retail sector. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepCurrently 100 per cent FDI is permitted in the sector with certain conditions, including 30 per cent mandatory local sourcing preferably from MSMEs. The minister also requested companies around the world to respect Indian sensitivities on restrictions of foreign investment in multi-brand retail. “Particularly, e-commerce companies coming to India will have to ensure that they stay within the letter and spirit of the law when it comes to multi-brand retail and India’s policies around that,” he said. He also said that manufacturing in India, in a cost-competitive environment, could be the key for British companies to expand their footprints to other parts of the world. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”Designed in the UK-Made in India can be the new focus area for this partnership. Similarly, in the services sector, India can provide huge technical expertise to British companies,” the minister said. Further he said if the spirit of research and innovation in British industry and academia is bound together with the strength of the skilled Indian work force, the two countries may become the preferred supplier for the rest of the world. Both countries have agreed to set up three new bilateral working groups to tackle barriers in specific sectors including food and drink, healthcare and data services. India-UK trade and economic relations are reviewed annually by JETCO at the level of Commerce and Industry Minister. Till date, 12 meetings have taken place and the last was held in January 2018 in London. Goyal assured that India’s foreign direct investment (FDI) norms in the multi-brand retail sector are a very well thought out policy which are unlikely to change any time soon. Speaking on the sidelines of an India Day event organised by the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT), the minister said the 49 per cent FDI threshold in multi-brand retail must be respected in letter and spirit by all foreign brands. Britain’s prime ministerial frontrunner Boris Johnson had recently expressed his disappointment at UK retailers like Sainsbury’s and Waitrose not being able to set up base in India and had said he would like to see India opening up to more of our great brands . “On multi-brand retail we are very clear as of now it’s a 49 per cent restriction for foreign investment,” Goyal said, when Johnson’s recent intervention was put to him. “It’s a very well thought out policy, recognising that the strength of Indian small retailers to serve the people of India across the length and breadth of the country is very deeply rooted in the culture of the villages of India. So, for the present, we would not like to change that,” he said. “I think companies which want to come into India will have to look at restricting the foreign ownership to 49 per cent if they are looking multi-brand retail. And we would like them to ensure that in letter and in spirit,” Goyal said. The minister, however, highlighted the significant concessions and liberalisation planned for the single-brand retail sector so that more international companies can set up stores in India and expand their business. “They can also meet their requirements of 30 per cent domestic sourcing through their export requirements and integrate their global chains so that it’s a win-win both for India and the single brand retailer coming into the country, he said. With reference to the key outcomes of JETCO, the minister said that he has observed an enthusiastic approach within the UK government to make the best out of the opportunity that will come out of Brexit. “While we recognise that till Brexit happens, the UK is constrained to be able to finalise things or to move forward with any bilateral arrangement with any country,” he said. If we can continue this comprehensive dialogue, where the larger gamut of issues are on the table now for the next 12-15 months, we will be well poised before Brexit to be able to make some significant announcements soon after Brexit and to be able to expand this relationship and take it to significantly larger levels. Goyal, who is also minister of railways, addressed the India Day event organised to showcase bilateral investment prospects to highlight the potential India and the UK have to offer an “unbeatable cost competitive” partnership. Asked about some of the missed opportunities in the bilateral ties recently flagged by a UK parliamentary panel, the minister said that he believes that Brexit would result in addressing some of those gaps.
Six stories in the news for Friday, Aug. 11———B.C. JOINS LEGAL FIGHT AGAINST TRANS MOUNTAINBritish Columbia says it will join the legal fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, while warning the company it can’t begin work on public land until it gets final approval from the province. The NDP government has hired former judge Thomas Berger to provide legal advice as it seeks intervener status in court challenges against Ottawa’s approval of the $7.4-billion project.———JUDGE TO IMPOSE SENTENCE IN B.C. CHILD BRIDE CASEA B.C. judge will sentence a man and woman today who were convicted of taking a 13-year-old girl over the U.S. border over a decade ago to marry the now-imprisoned leader of a polygamous sect. Former husband and wife Brandon Blackmore and Gail Blackmore were found guilty in February of the charge of taking a child under the age of 16 out of Canada for sexual purposes.———B.C CONSIDERING A BACKCOUNTRY ACCESS BAN DUE TO WILDFIRESOfficials will decide today whether a widespread ban to accessing the backcountry in the B.C. Interior is necessary to help mitigate wildfires. Warm, dry conditions persist throughout the province and thunderstorms in the forecast could bring more lightning that has already been causing new fires to ignite. The B.C. Wildfire Service says human-caused fires must be avoided in the coming weeks so crews can stay focused on the naturally occurring ones.———MONTREAL POLICE APPROVE NEW CONTRACTMontreal police officers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new contract that draws a long-running dispute over pension reforms to a close. The city’s police union says more than 95 per cent of the officers who voted approved the new six-year agreement. The dispute had seen police officers wearing camouflage pants and ball caps between July 2014 and this June to protest the lack of a contract and imposed changes to their pension plans.———CANADIAN TEEN STUNS TOP-SEED AT ROGERS CUPCanadian teenager Denis Shapovalov is the talk of the tennis world after a stirring upset victory last night at the Rogers Cup. Unseeded Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., defeated Spanish veteran and top-seed Rafael Nadal in the third round of the tournament in Montreal. After the match, Shapovalov said he always dreamed of facing a player like Nadal, and that beating him is a “dream come true.”———SHANIA TWAIN TO PERFORM AT GREY CUPCountry music superstar Shania Twain will be the halftime performer at this year’s Grey Cup. The five-time Grammy Award winner from Timmins, Ont., has more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping $34.5 million, making her the top-selling female country artist of all time. This year’s Grey Cup will be held in Ottawa on Nov. 26.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The federal transport and fisheries ministers will announce temporary measures to address whale deaths in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.— Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will announce a plan to strengthen the Canadian aerospace and defence sectors.— Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard will attend the funeral of former cabinet minister Jacques Daoust.
Lucifer showrunners Idly Modrovich and Joe Henderson said in the release that the relocation will benefit the show.“Los Angeles is a key character in Lucifer with the storylines revolving around iconic locations in Hollywood and Southern California, so we are thrilled that the California incentive now makes it competitive to base the show in the LA area,” they said.A total of 15 television projects were selected to be part of the California Television and Tax Credit Program.The projects are estimated to generate more than $620 million in direct in-state spending, including more than $235 million in wages to more than 4,400 crew and cast members.The shift in production will cost the B.C. city approximately 400 crew jobs.Vancouver is the third largest film production centre in North America. There are currently 46 TV programs and movies shooting in British Columbia. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Two television shows filmed in Vancouver will be leaving the city for Los Angeles, after qualifying for California’s expanded film tax credit program.Legion and Lucifer are among 11 other TV shows that are moving their filming to California. The OA and The Affair will be relocating to LA from New York.“The tax credit program is working as intended to reaffirm California’s status as the preferred choice for film and TV production,” said Amy Lemisch of the California Film Commission in a release. Twitter
Tinejdad, Morocco- Amany El Khayat, the Egyptian TV presenter who insulted Morocco in her Daily TV show, will go to court following a complaint filed by the Moroccan Embassy in Cairo and Association of Moroccan Community in Egypt. These actions were a result of Amany El-Khayat?lashing out at King Mohammed VI and the ruling Islamists party claiming that the Moroccan economy is based on “prostitution.” Her comments can be seen in a video posted on YouTube, July 16.According to the Egyptian Arabic website Dostor, the Attorney General of the Republic of Egypt, Hisham Barakat, issued a communiqué announcing the court proceeding. The French based website Yabiladies said that Article 181 of the Egyptian law condemns anyone who would attack and / or insult a king or president of a foreign country.Following a storm of controversy over the offensive remarks made by Amany El-Khayat in her Daily TV show, the Moroccan ambassador to Egypt and the Association of MRE in Egypt filed a complaint against the TV presenter on charges of libel and defamation of the king and the people of Morocco, through her TV show on “Online TV.”Despite the apology of Amany El-Khayat to the King and people of Morocco, her unprofessional blunder has cost her the position of presenter in the “ONTV” daily show.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The highest U.N. court has rejected a request by the United Arab Emirates for interim measures to be imposed on Qatar in a racial discrimination dispute.The case centres on the boycott of Qatar by Bahrain, Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which were angry at Qatar’s support for Islamists.Qatar filed a case last year against UAE alleging that the boycott breaches an anti-discrimination convention. Judges issued an interim order that Qatari families separated by the UAE boycott must be allowed to reunite and Qatari students should be allowed to complete their education in the UAE.On Friday, judges at the International Court of Justice rejected a UAE application to compel Qatar to unblock a website that enables family reunifications and to prevent state-run media from aggravating the dispute.The Associated Press
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted the latest meeting of the so-called Quartet which brings together the UN, European Union (EU), Russia and the United States in a now seven-year-old effort to resolve the so-far intractable issue.“The Quartet reiterates that the only viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an agreement that ends the occupation that began in 1967; resolves all permanent status issues as previously defined by the parties; and fulfils the aspirations of both parties for independent homelands through two States for two peoples, Israel and an independent, contiguous and viable State of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security,” it said in a communiqué.Mr. Ban was joined at the high-level meeting in New York by EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana and External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Special Middle East Peace Envoy George Mitchell.Also attending were Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, representing the EU Presidency, and Quartet Representative Tony Blair.“The Quartet shares the sense of urgency expressed by [US] President [Barack] Obama and fully supports the steps ahead as outlined in his statement to the UN General Assembly on September 22,” the communiqué said.“The Quartet urges the Government of Israel to freeze all settlement activity, including natural growth; and to refrain from provocative actions in East Jerusalem and calls on the Palestinian Authority to continue to make every effort to improve law and order, to fight violent extremism, and to end incitement,” the communiqué said, echoing Mr. Obama’s words. The four partners welcomed plans by the Palestinian Authority to complete the building of state institutions within 24 months as a demonstration of its serious commitment to an independent State that provides opportunity, justice, and security for the Palestinian people and is a responsible neighbour to all States in the region. They also noted significantly improved economic growth in the West Bank and welcomed initial ministerial contact between the Palestinian Authority and Israel on economic issues, as well as further steps by Israel to promote change on the ground, urging it to re-double those efforts, in particular concerning free movement of people and goods.The Quartet called for a durable solution to the Gaza crisis that addresses Israel’s legitimate security concerns, including an end to weapons smuggling into Gaza; promotes the re-unification of Gaza, which was seized by Hamas two years ago, with the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority; and facilitates the opening of crossings to allow the unimpeded flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods, and persons.Ahead of today’s meeting, Mr. Ban yesterday conferred separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, calling for a full settlement freeze with the former, and congratulating the latter on recent steps towards political renewal and economic revitalization. 24 September 2009The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the search for Middle East peace today urged Israel and the Palestinians to resume their negotiations as a matter of urgency in pursuit of a two-State solution to their conflict.
The online campaign (click here) calls on the President to take decisive action by publicly condemning the hate campaign of Buddhist extremists and hate groups.It also urges to the government to continue to proclaim publicly that the minorities are equal citizens and equitable stakeholders in the country. The online petition also calls on the police to take necessary action to stop incidents of harassment against minorities and their businesses. “Declare it a criminal offence for hate groups to utilize police forces. Publicly declare it a criminal offence for hate groups to conduct state-unauthorized raids into houses, take action against perpetrators of such raids. Empower the police to respond to instances where such forces try to take the law in to their own hands. Ensure that the authorities take action against the media when they contribute to the propagation of this hate sentiment. Diffuse the tension around the halal issue by either empowering the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) to continue to offer the certification, or by mandating a government institution to engage in the process (given that the certification is most necessary to maintain our export markets),” the petition said.The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) had said on Sunday that Sri Lanka is not a multiracial or multi-religious country but a Sinhala Budhist country.Speaking at the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Panadura, the venerable Medagoda Abayathissa thero urged the Sinhalese to protect the nation and not let other races or religions to take over.The monk also urged Sinhalese families to have at least 5-6 children so that the Sinhalese Buddhist population grows in order to protect the Sinhala race and Buddhism in Sri Lanka.Meanwhile Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, the venerable Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara thera said that Sri Lanka should be ready to rally against Christian and Muslim extremist groups operating in the country. (Colombo Gazette)Related story: http://colombogazette.com/2013/03/24/bbs-insists-lanka-not-multiracial/ An online campaign has been launched seeking the intervention of of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to protect the liberties of Sri Lanka’s minorities and to defend their interests against hate speech and hate acts such as those committed by the Bodu Bala Sena, Sinhala Ravaya and other such hate groups.
An official of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will join with representatives of the East Timorese government tomorrow to raise public awareness on the protection of children’s rights.Members of the press and civil society have been invited to the briefing by Mehr Kahn, Director of UNICEF’s South-East Asia Division, and government officials, at which they will discuss protections found in East Timor’s Constitution, as well as the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international human rights treaties. Senior officials have indicated that East Timor may soon accede to those conventions and treaties, possibly around September, when it becomes a member of the United Nations.Ms. Kahn arrived in East Timor on Tuesday for a four-day visit to review UNICEF programmes, meet with leaders of government and civil society, and inaugurate a number of UNICEF projects – including a community school and a breastfeeding counselling room at the Dili National Hospital.Addressing the issue of child rights, the head of the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) today observed that children are among the most vulnerable in East Timorese society. Kamalesh Sharma stressed that accession to international human rights treaties was significant, as it implied a permanent commitment by the government to its people.
Klaus Toepfer, who led the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) over an eight-year period that saw environmental sustainability become central to international development goals, bid farewell to the agency today during ceremonies in Nairobi. Mr. Toepfer’s tenure was noted for the increased importance given to environmental considerations by the international community, UNEP said. The importance of environment for development became central to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed to at the 2000 World Summit to reduce extreme poverty and other global ills by 2015. When that focus was reaffirmed at the 2005 World Summit, Mr. Toepfer noted the environment “is not a luxury good, only affordable when all other problems have been solved. It is the oxygen that breathes life into all our aspirations for a healthier, fairer and more stable world.” Among the milestones of Mr. Toepfer’s time at UNEP are a number of important environmental agreements, including the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which addresses issue of genetically modified organisms, and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. He was also closely involved in behind-the-scenes negotiations in support of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, which entered into force in February 2005 after Russia’s ratification papers were handed to the UN Secretary-General at UNEP headquarters in November 2004. In addition, Mr. Toepfer’s term saw the establishment of the annual Global Ministerial Environment Forum, which is tasked by the UN General Assembly to review important and emerging environmental issues, as well as an expanded role for UNEP at the national level with the adoption of the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity Building in 2005. Mr. Toepfer’s successor as UNEP Executive Director is Achim Steiner, currently Director-General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). He will start his term of office as UNEP’s fifth Executive Director on 15 June 2006. In the intervening period, UNEP’s Deputy Executive Director, Shafqat Kakakhel, will serve as acting Executive Director.
“So far our ongoing efforts have not led to an agreement on Security Council reform. However, we should not lose hope in our ability to make progress on this important matter,” Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa told the Assembly at the opening of the discussion in which some 64 countries were scheduled to take part.“After many years of inconclusive debate on this important matter, I believe the time has come for us to make a realistic assessment of the whole issue,” she said. “In doing so we should be prepared to look at this matter with a fresh and open mind so that we can make substantial progress.”Seeking “concrete proposals and views on how to move ahead on this important reform agenda item,” she pledged her readiness to work with all concerned to “establish the most appropriate process” to foster progress.The General Assembly has been debating the issue of Security Council reform since 1979. A working group started formulating proposals on the issue in 1994.The number of non-permanent members on the Security Council was increased from six to ten by an amendment of the UN Charter which came into force in 1965. The five permanent members are China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Oil rises as traders look toward OPEC meeting and possible Iran-Saudi showdown by Sandy Shore, The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2012 4:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The price of benchmark U.S. oil rose Tuesday ahead of a key OPEC meeting that could become a showdown between Saudi Arabia and Iran over how much oil the organization is producing.West Texas Intermediate crude rose 62 cents to finish at US$83.32 a barrel Tuesday in New York.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, fell 86 cents to US$97.14 a barrel. Brent’s price has fallen about 23 per cent since reaching a 2012 high of US$126.22 in March.Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s biggest producer, has raised output to almost 10 million barrels a day in an effort to push Brent down toward US$100 a barrel, a level the Saudis believe the global economy can tolerate. Iran wants a higher price because its oil exports have been curtailed by western sanctions imposed because of a dispute over its nuclear program.An OPEC report published Tuesday showed that its production was just short of 33 million barrels a day in April. That’s almost three million barrels more than the organization’s overall quota and the highest in four years. Iran will likely argue that production needs to be cut when the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meets Thursday in Vienna.Other OPEC members could support Iran’s call for lower production. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said last week that OPEC members should maintain what he called a “fair level” of oil prices, which he said was around US$100 a barrel.Tradition Energy analyst Addison Armstrong said that Iran’s economy already is reeling from the sanctions and that the Saudis “can use the falling oil prices as a way to keep Iran in check, which is one of their overriding political goals.”The U.S. and other world leaders believe Iran may be working on a nuclear bomb, an allegation that Iran denies. The economic sanctions in place make it tougher for Iran to sell its oil by blocking financial transactions with major Iranian banks.At least 18 countries have cut back on Iranian oil imports in wake of the sanctions. And Iran is also facing a European Union oil embargo starting July 1.U.S. officials said Iran’s oil exports have declined from about 2.5 million barrels a day last year to between 1.2 and 1.8 million barrels a day, greatly reducing a key source of revenue for Tehran. Iran is participating in talks about its nuclear program but so far hasn’t made any concessions.Oil trader Stephen Schork said the Iranians “really are in a precarious state.”“They’ve overplayed their oil card and not realizing, or not thinking, the West would call their bluff and the West has called their bluff. Now, they’re just trying to save face,” he said.Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill, said that Iraq has moved ahead of Iran to become OPEC’s No. 2 exporter.The OPEC meeting comes against the backdrop of weaker economic growth in both the U.S. and China, the world’s biggest consumers of oil, and a debt crisis in Europe. This weekend’s election in Greece could determine if that financially troubled country will leave the euro currency union.Separately, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicted that the price of West Texas Intermediate crude will average about US$95 a barrel throughout 2012 and remain relatively flat in 2013, citing slower economic growth forecasts.In other trading, heating oil fell 1.42 cents to end at US$2.6215 a U.S. gallon (3.78 litres), gasoline dropped 0.64 of a cent to US$2.6502 a gallon and natural gas rose 1.4 cents to US$2.232 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE)
High Liner to downsize New Bedford fish plant, rely more on 3 other locations by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 17, 2016 11:11 am MDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LUNENBURG, N.S. – High Liner Foods Inc. (TSX:HLF) is ceasing some of its operations at an underused seafood plant in New Bedford, Mass., in a move that affects about 200 jobs.The plant’s value-added fish operation, which will end operations by September, has 35 salaried employees and 167 hourly workers. The scallop portion of that operation, which will continue to operate, has an additional 25 employees.The Nova Scotia-based company says its Lunenberg plant, and two other plants in the United States, have sufficient capacity to make up for the lost output at New Bedford, about 100 kilometres south of Boston.“In 2015, we made good progress . . . and sufficiently increased capacity at our Lunenburg, Portsmouth and Newport News facilities such that they are able, collectively, to absorb the production of our New Bedford facility and still provide sufficient capacity to meet our growth objectives going forward,” said Keith Decker, High Liner’s CEO and president.The company, which reports in U.S. currency, estimates the move will reduce annualized operating costs by about US$7 million. It expects to recognize $5 million of one-time costs, including the impact on employees and inventories.High Liner also announced Wednesday that sales for its 2015-16 financial year totalled $1 billion, about $50 million less than the prior year. For the fourth quarter ended Jan. 2, sales were down about $22 million at US $224.9 million.Net income for the year was $29.6 million, including $7 million or 23 cents per share in the fourth quarter. Adjusted net income for the year was $35.6 million, including $8.1 million or 26 cents per share in the fourth quarter.
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LOS ANGELES — Former NBA player and coach Derek Fisher has been hired to coach the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.The Sparks announced the move Wednesday, five says after longtime WNBA coach Brian Agler resigned.Fisher helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five NBA titles during his 18-season playing career and served as president of the players’ union. He coached the New York Knicks from 2014-2016.“I’m excited to be the new head coach of the LA Sparks,” Fisher said in a team statement. “There is no finer organization in the WNBA and I can’t wait to work with our ownership group, front office, talented players and staff to cement a culture of sustained excellence, which is what LA basketball fans demand — and deserve.”The 44-year-old Fisher is the 12th coach in Sparks history.“Derek is a great basketball mind who brings a ton of high-level experience to our team,” two-time MLP Candace Parker said. “I look forward to working with someone with championship pedigree and who has a track record of strong leadership. Derek has been a strong supporter of women’s basketball for quite some time, so it’s nice to officially welcome him.”The Associated Press
AN AIRLIFT OF over 100 tonnes of aid from Ireland is due to arrive in the Philippines today, as the international response to the tragedy and destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan gains momentum.The shipment, valued at €510,000, contains 599 tents, 700 tarpaulins, 10,000 blankets and 880 ropes.The supplies are in addition to the emergency funding of €1 million announced by Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore on Sunday.“On hearing of the scale of the disaster, I immediately authorised an airlift of emergency shelter items to the Philippines from Ireland’s pre-positioned stocks in the UN Humanitarian Depot in Dubai,” Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs Joe Costello said.“These essential supplies will be distributed by Plan Ireland, to alleviate the immediate needs of men, women and children affected by one of the most powerful storms ever recorded.”The shipment left Dubai at around 6am this morning (Irish time) and is due to arrive in the Philippines at 6pm.International effortThe UN estimates more than 11.3 million people have been affected with 673,000 made homeless, since Haiyan smashed into the nation’s central islands on Friday.Overwhelmed and under-resourced rescue workers have been unable to provide food, water, medicines, shelter and other relief supplies to many survivors, however, and desperation has been building across the disaster zones.Many countries have pledged help as part of an international relief effort. The United States and Britain are sending warships carrying thousands of sailors to the Philippines, and US amphibious craft were also being deployed.All are expected to arrive over the next few days.This article includes reporting from AFPRelated: Eight killed as mob storms Philippine rice storeRead: Filipino ambassador warned about typhoon devastation – last yearIn Pictures: Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan attempt to leave Tacloban