A timeline of Salman Khan’s blackbuck/chinkara poaching cases

first_imgJanuary 2015: Supreme Court sets aside Rajasthan High Court’s stay on the sentence. November 2013: Rajasthan High Court suspends the five-year sentence given in April 2006. July 2016: Rajasthan High Court acquits Salman Khan in the two chinakara poaching cases. February 2006: He is convicted under the Wildlife Act and given a one-year jail term, for killing two chinkaras at Bhavad village in September 1998. This is overturned after an appeal. June 2006: A local Jodhpur court frams charges against the actors in the third case. The charges were framed against Salman Khan under Section 51 (hunting) of the Wildlife Protection Act and against actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and local resident Dushyant Singh under Section 52 (abetment) of the Act. January 2017: Jodhpur court acquits Khan in the Arms Case, where he was accused of possessing and weapons with an expired licence during the hunt for the endangered chinkaras and blackbuckscenter_img April 2006: A Jodhpur sessions court gives him a five-year-sentence, in the second chinkara case, where he was accused of hunting a blackbuck in Ghoda farms. He spends three days in jail after which he is granted bail. September-October 1998: Salman Khan, along with his co-stars from Hum Saath Saath Hain, are accused of killing blackbucks/chinkaras during the shooting for the film Top Developments April 2018: Jodhpur court convicts Khan in the blackbuck poaching case, acquits the other actors involved April 7, 2018: Salman Khan granted bail in blackbuck poaching case; he was sentenced to five years in jail.last_img read more

RS poll: 2 TRS candidates set to win uncontested

first_imgHyderabad, Jun 1 (PTI) Nomination papers of the two TRS candidates for the biennial election to Rajya Sabha from Telangana have been found to be valid.Senior TRS leaders D Srinivas and V Lakshmikanta Rao yesterday filed their nominations.The nominations of both of them have been found to be valid after scrutiny, a release from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer said.TRS has the numbers to win both the seats and as there are no other candidates, Srinivas and Lakshmikanta Rao are set to be declared elected uncontested. PTI SJR KRK SMNlast_img

India must put football in top priority: FIFA President

first_imgKolkata, Oct 27 (PTI) FIFA president Gianni Infantino today said India boasting one sixth of worlds population should put football on top of its priority.”A big country like India is a continent on its own with one sixth of the world population,” Infantino said in his address at a felicitation ceremony by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Eco Park today.”Its also a sporting country and needs to put football on the top of its priority, India need to be an example in the region in terms of footballing skills in the future,” he added.Infantino was presented with a Durga idol by Mamata Banerjee and was seen in an ethnic black kurta with electric blue brocade jawahar coat designed by Agnimitra Paul.Surprisingly, the whole FIFA delegation opted for a vegetarian meal and the menu spread was quite an exotic one starting with Aloo Khusnuma, Dal Bukhara and Subj Biryani.There was also Paneer Chandi Qaliya (cottage cheese simmered in cashew nut and youghurt gravy, garnished with silver leaf), Subz Nizami (water chestnut, carrot and green peas cooked in yoghurt gravy flavoured with saffron).Further in the main course was Nadru Kofta Korma (lotus stem dumplings simmered in almond), Lehshuni Palak (spinach tempered with garlic, cumin and whole red chili), Mirch Baigan Ka Salan (large whole green chillies and brinjal simmered in a velvet smooth gravy of youghurt, tamarind, coconut and peanuts).In desserts it was a variety of Sandesh (Bengali sweets), Meetha Zaika, Seviyan Muzzafar and not to forget the popular Misti Doi. PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Sefolosha Says NY Cops Broke Leg

first_imgATLANTA — Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha said he is in “great pain” and blamed New York City police for causing a “significant injury” that knocked him out for the season.The backup forward sustained a fractured right lower leg and ligament damage while being arrested with teammate Pero Antic outside a Manhattan nightclub while the Hawks were in the city to face the Brooklyn Nets last week.Sefolosha won’t return until next season, costing the top-seeded Hawks a strong perimeter defender heading into the playoffs.“On advice of counsel, I hope you can appreciate that I cannot discuss the facts of the case. Those questions will be answered by my attorney in a court of law,” Sefolosha said after practice, reading from a statement in his first public comments since the incident.“I will simply say that I am in great pain, have experienced a significant injury, and that the injury was caused by the police.”He also said this “has been a difficult time for me and I truly appreciate the support I have received from everyone. I am extremely disappointed that I will not be able to join my teammates on the court during the playoffs and apologize to them for any distraction this incident has caused. I will be cheering for them every step of the way and will be diligent in my rehabilitation.”Antic and Sefolosha were at the scene April 8y when Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed outside the nightclub. The Hawks players were charged with obstructing authorities and disorderly conduct, though Antic said they weren’t even with Copeland when the stabbing occurred.“We don’t have nothing to do with what happened with that,” Antic said last week. “We weren’t together. We didn’t even see the guy and whatever happened, happened way before.”Copeland, his girlfriend and another woman were stabbed. Copeland underwent surgery and a 22-year-old suspect was taken into custody.Sefolosha declined to answer most questions from reporters after his statement. When asked about a video that surfaced online allegedly showing the police striking him in the leg with a baton, he said, ” I don’t want to go into details on anything but I think the video speaks for itself.”Sefolosha said he will undergo surgery in the next few days and had a better timetable on his return for next season.“I am disappointed that I will miss the playoffs. I hate this feeling that I’m letting my teammates down,” he said. “At the same time, I can’t speak too much on it. I just hate the bad look it gives on the team.”Antic, a backup center, said he and Sefolosha were not trying to shield police or onlookers from Copeland.“I would say that it’s a pure example of being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Antic said. “I mean, people know Thabo for so many years in the league. He’s probably one of the greatest guys.”The NBA players union said it was investigating the arrests. An attorney for the players, Alex Spiro, said they did nothing wrong and that he expects the charges to be dropped.Both were released without bail. Sefolosha was limping noticeably during his court appearance.“The players union is concerned about the circumstances of Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic’s arrest,” National Basketball Players Association spokeswoman Tara Greco said.The Hawks (60-21) have set a franchise record for wins and have the top seed in the conference playoffs for only the second time since moving to Atlanta in 1968. The loss of Sefolosha came with the Hawks already dealing with the loss of All-Star forward Paul Millsap with a sprained right shoulder.Millsap practiced April 14 and may be able to play in the regular-season finale April 15 at Chicago. The Hawks will host Game 1 of the playoffs either April 18 or 19.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiacos holds off Darussafaka, punches playoff ticket

first_imgOlympiacos Piraeus secured its playoff berth by holding off visiting Darussafak Dogus Istanbul 81-73 at Peace and Friendship Stadium on Friday night. Olympiacos improved to 18-7 to remain in third place in the standings, while Darussafaka dropped to 12-13 and stays in ninth place. The Reds dominated for 25 minutes, making 18 of their first 22 two-point shots and held a 60-39 advantage. But the visitors rallied behind Bradley Wanamaker and with help of Will Clyburn and James Anderson. Darussafaka cut the lead to 4 points midway through the fourth quarter, but Vassilis Spanoulis took over, scored a pair of key baskets and grabbed or saved some loose balls down the stretch to secure the victory for Olympiacos. Khem Birch collected 13 points and 8 rebounds and 2 blocks for the Reds, Matt Lojeski scored 12 points, Erick Green had 11 and Spanoulis returned from injury with 8 points and 8 assists in 23 minutes. Wanamaker shined with 23 points and 6 assists for Darussafaka, Clyburn added 20 points and 7 rebounds and Anderson scored 12 points in defeat.After the teams traded blows early on, Green’s run of 9 points and a pair of baskets from Lojeski, including a buzzer-beating jumper at the end of first quarter, gave Olympiacos a 25-18 lead. The hosts kept pulling away, as Lojeski’s triple capped a 15-2 run and opened a 34-20 lead. Clyburn stopped the bleeding and Wanamaker, Anderson and Adrien Moerman made basket for the visitors, but Spanoulis orchestrated the Olympiacos offense, finding Birch inside and Dominic Waters outside. Patric Young, also returning from injury, scored a couple times inside, and Vangelis Mantzaris hit one from the outside to help Olympiacos go into halftime up 48-33. Spanuolis hit a three-pointer early in the third, then three consecutive dunks, one by Birch and a fastbreak slam by Kostas Papanikolaou helped open a 60-39 margin. However, Wanamaker had a three-point play, Moerman knocked down a three-pointer and Clyburn’s fastbreak slam cut it to 66-56. The Reds entered the final quarter by 11 points, but Darussafaka’s small lineup with Moerman, Clyburn and Anderson kept troubling Olympiacos. Anderson’s baskets cut the deficit to 71-67 with 5:55 to go in the game. Darussafaka was still within 75-71 a couple minutes later, but Lojeski scored a lucky put-back, before Spanoulis drove to bank it on from close range and make it 79-71, a lead the hosts kept safe until the final buzzer.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Zlatan given hero’s welcome in LA

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimović Ibrahimovic given hero’s welcome as he arrives in LA Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 15:26 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zlatan Ibrahimovic Getty Images Zlatan Ibrahimović LA Galaxy MLS The former Manchester United striker signed for the MLS side earlier in March and could make his debut against Los Angeles FC on Saturday Zlatan Ibrahimovic was given a superstar’s welcome as the LA Galaxy signing landed in Los Angeles on Thursday.Ibrahimovic, 36, signed with the MLS outfit earlier in March after 20 months at Manchester United.The veteran striker was greeted on arrival by a frenzied crowd as fans and the media gathered in anticipation. 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 Ibrahimovic could make his debut for the Galaxy in their blockbuster clash against Los Angeles FC on Saturday.The Galaxy have made a mixed start to the season, with one win, one draw and a loss in their opening three games.Ibrahimovic’s signing is sure to provide a boost, however, with the former Sweden international having enjoyed a decorated career across Europe.He has won the Eredivisie, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 during his career, while he helped United win the Europa League and EFL Cup last season.Welcome to Los Angeles, @Ibra_official . pic.twitter.com/IXK1TDp2PK — LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) March 30, 2018 Welcome to #zLAtan . pic.twitter.com/l8imoYUyyo — LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) March 30, 2018 He fell out of favour at Old Trafford in the 2017-18 campaign, however, with the 36-year-old struggling to fully recover from the ACL injury he picked up in the Europa League win over Anderlecht.The signing of Romelu Lukaku and, later, Alexis Sanchez did little to help Ibrahimovic as he attempted to force his way back into the first-team set-up, with his final appearance for United coming in a 2-2 draw with Burnley in December.last_img read more

TGIF Shopping: Distil Union

first_img The Best Minimalist Wallets for Men Prove that Less Truly is More The Best Valet Trays for Keeping Your Stuff Together Editors’ Recommendations Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling With the New Year upon us, we are plagued with empty promises to go to the gym and change our habits. But why not start small? For example lose that bulky wallet and simplify what’s in your pocket. Distil Union’s Wally line does just this by carrying all your cash in half the wallet. Wally is available as a super-slim wallet (Wally Bifold) or as a wallet compatible with an iPhone (Wally Case).Founded in 2011 by Lindsay Windham and Nate Justiss, Distil Union has been creating solutions to everyday issues (Their Snooze iPhone dock is genius). One founder worked at Philips Electronics, the other at Digital Lifestyle Outfitters, and both have spent many hours fidgeting with products. Because of this their product line is a great mix of functionality and great materials, and each one has a story behind it.Justiss said they weren’t completely happy with the solutions out there for minimalist wallets and set out to craft something that revisited the architecture of the wallet.“We rethought that form by throwing out assumptions and came up a solution we love because these wallets are thinner and even more useful. By starting from scratch we were able to take away material and add functionality,” Justiss said.  “We use Argentinian full-grain leather that is tanned to be especially strong and supple. This allows your wallet to conform easily to your particular card and bill assortment.”As for the Wally:Wally Case – For those of you looking to really simplify with an all-in-one approach, the Wally Case combines your iPhone with a minimal leather pocket. The case secures up to 4 cards and cash on the back of your iPhone. And the only downside to this is if you lose it you lose everything. But we’ll hope that doesn’t happen. These will run you about $50 in multiple case/leather color combinations for iPhone 5/5S and iPhone 6.Wally Bifold – The Bifold cuts your carry size up to half and it fits about 12 cards and cash inside. Pull-tabs and slick pockets on each side give you access to your cards without opening to reveal any cheese. Inside the Bifold interior money clips holds your cash. They are available in black and brown for $59.99.Distil Union also carries some other creative iPhone/wallet combos, so be sure to keep up with these designers. They are going places. The Best Keychain Accessories are Tiny Tools that Can Save the Day The Best Wallets for Men, from Leather Billfolds to Minimalist Card Holders last_img read more

Tim Allen And Richard Karn Team Up For Celebrity Charity Golf

first_imgThe shotgun tournament concluded with a dinner and awards ceremony, where prizes and medals were presented to the top teams and players. The first place net award went to the Corday Team, including celebrity players Alfonso Ribeiro and Greg Ellis. The second place net award went to the Omnicom Team, including celebrity player Carmine Giovinazzo, and in third place was the Fairway & Greene Team, which included celebrity player Joe Pesci. Other winners included celebrity players Tom Welling, Anthony Anderson, Michael Pena and Greg Itzin, for special categories such as the putting contest, closest to the pin, and longest drive.For the fourth consecutive year, Integrated Wealth Management was the presenting sponsor of the SAG Foundation L.A. Golf Classic. Additional major sponsors include John W. Carson Foundation, United Airlines, Fairway & Greene along with team sponsors AFTRA Foundation/Frank Nelson Fund, Amazon/Ron Perlman, Anthem Blue Cross, Boxing Cat Films, Bush Gottlieb, CBS, Jet Edge, Ken Corday/Corday Productions, Marc Cherry, Omnicom Media Group, One America, SAG-AFTRA, Townsend Raimundo Besler & Usher Consulting Firm, Turner Broadcast (TNT/TBS) and Warner Brothers (Driving Range sponsor). Other on course sponsors included True Links Wear Golf Shoes and a Putting Contest sponsored by Cleveland Golf, among others.The SAG Foundation L.A. Golf Classic, a major annual fundraiser for the SAG Foundation’s medical and financial assistance programs, is an opportunity for actors to give back to their fellow actors in need of a leg up. All proceeds from the SAG Foundation L.A. Golf Classic directly support these critical programs. Over the past five years, the SAG Foundation has raised more than $1.5 million through its charity golf tournaments.The SAG Foundation’s 2nd Annual New York Golf Classic will take place on September 29, 2014 at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, NY and will be presented by Integrated Wealth Managment. For more information on the New York Golf Classic, click here. The Screen Actors Guild Foundation hosted the 5th Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic benefiting its Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance programs for SAG-AFTRA performers and their families on Monday, June 9, at an exclusive Golf Club in Burbank.Tim Allen (Last Man Standing) hosted the at the Screen Actor’s Guild Foundation’s 5th Annual “Actors Fore Actors” Los Angeles Golf ClassicCredit/Copyright: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for SAG FoundationThe charity tournament, co-hosted by SAG Foundation supporter and star of Last Man Standing Tim Allen and his co-star Richard Karn, rallied a variety of celebrities, sponsors and executives to raise vital funds to help performers facing life-threatening illness and severe economic hardship.Joe Pesci signing memorabilia for the social media prizesCredit/Copyright: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for SAG Foundation“The SAG Foundation’s L.A. Golf Classic is one of the premiere charity golf tournaments in the country. We all had a great time today, but more importantly, we raised awareness and critical funds for the SAG Foundation’s Assistance Programs and that’s what it’s really all about. It’s about actors helping actors,” said Tim Allen, host of the Los Angeles Golf Classic.Dave Anabelle, Donald Faison, Kim Coates, Brett Harrison and model Gabriel Aubry pose on the greensCredit/Copyright: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for SAG FoundationAllen was joined by nearly 60 celebrity players and SAG Foundation supporters, including Anthony Anderson, Dave Annable, Gabriel Aubry, Scott Bakula, Kim Coates, Greg Ellis, Donald Faison, Brendan Fehr, Jay Ferguson, Peter Gallagher, Andy Garcia, Carmine Giovinazzo, Mark-Paul Gosselar, Vinnie Jones, David Leisure, Kate Linder, Breckin Meyer, Joe Mantegna, Mark Moses, Kevin Nealon, Jeff Nordling, Timothy Omundson, Michael O’Neill, Sam Page, Michael Peña, Joe Pesci, Geoff Pierson, Kevin Rahm, Alfonso Ribeiro, Chris Rich, Michael Weatherly, Nick Searcy, Kevin Sorbo and Tom Welling, among other competitive celebrity golfers.“We like to think of ourselves as a family, and sometimes when you hit hard times it’s best to go home to your family,” commented Pamela Reed, Vice President SAG Foundation. “And the Screen Actors Guild Foundation likes to think of itself as home,” she added.Googy Gress, actor and recipient of the SAG Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund proudly stated, “I am here to represent my gratitude and absolute thanks that the SAG Foundation was there to help me and my family. It was an extraordinary thing that they were able to do, something for which I will forever be grateful. I am truly honored that they gave me a chance to pay them back by being here and telling my story.”This year’s festivities included a social media fan engagement campaign which encouraged celebrities to have their fans follow @SAGFoundation and post, like, tweet and retweet on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for chances to win autographed film and TV memorabilia. Participating celebrity golfers autographed the prizes, which included an NCIS Season 1 DVD (Michael Weatherly), Franklin & Bash Season 1 DVD (Breckin Meyer, Mark-Paul Gosselaar), Mad Men Season 1 DVD (Kevin Rahm, Jay Ferguson, Sam Page, Mark Moses), My Cousin Vinny DVD (Joe Pesci) and a tool belt signed by host Tim Allen, along with other fun collectibles. last_img read more

Rico Challenges Moroccos Kickboxing Star Badr Hari Again

Rabat – Dutch Glory Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven has challenged the Moroccan golden kickboxing superstar, Badr Hari.In a Dutch television program, the Dutch kickboxer said that he is “ready” for another confrontation with the Moroccan star.“I am waiting when I will be informed of the date and the location where the combat will take place,” he said. Verhoeven defeated Hari in 2017 due to a shoulder injury Hari suffered in the second round. Despite the defeat, Hari promised that he would be back in 2018 when he would be fully ready to face off with Rico again.Moroccan television channel Arryadia published a poster of the two stars captioned, “A revenge rematch between Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven next March. The rematch will be broadcasted live on Arryadia.”Hari has tangled with Verhoeven, calling himself “the best, the number one, the absolute best.” The star has shared several photos of himself on his social networks doing intensive workouts.In August, Hari wrote a post on Instagram, saying “I don’t like retrospectives because there is still much work (KOs) to be done but it seems to be a (funny) list day…. Unreachable Bad Boy. There will be no loophole for my opponents,” citing some of the most challenging games he had won.Receiving the message loud and clear, it did not take long for Verhoeven to respond to his opponent. “Unreachable bad boy that’s exact what you are when they call you for the big fight……get to training and let see how long you last this time.”On the same post, Hari tagged his Dutch rival in a comment and wrote: “Dear Rico, don’t try to feed a false rumor: there was NEVER any discussion regarding a fight in September. How can you imagine that you would have been the 1st fighter on the poster in such a case ?”In his comment, the Moroccan kickboxer wrote, “Don’t forget who’s the boss.” Now, Badr Hari has another challenger as renowned Moroccan kickboxer Jamal Ben Saddik also wants a fight with Hari.After defeating Dutch kickboxer Angelo Marshall, Ben Saddik challenged Hari, who was in the audience.“Come here; you are always a bad boy,” said Ben Saddik after winning his fight.Hari did not hesitate to enter the ring and has accepted the challenge. “You are not my first choice, but if you want it it is ok for me, I am ready.” read more

Nimal hits out at France following deadly attacks

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member and Government Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva today hit out at France following a deadly terrorist attack which claimed the lives of some 153 people.Speaking at a public event in Ella, the Minister said that France, Britain, the US and Sweden put pressure on Sri Lanka when the former Sri Lankan Government was engaged in a war against the LTTE. “Countries like France, the US and UK could not defeat terrorism. These countries must place flowers and worship Sri Lanka. They must learn lessons from us,” he said.He said that even the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has now got an opportunity to learn about terrorism once again and take a different stand on the issue.The Minister said that the time has come for the UNHRC to understand that the Sri Lankan military took efforts to defeat a brutal terrorist outfit. During the final stages of the war several western countries accused Sri Lanka of committing human rights abuses and urged the Government to suspend the operations launched against the LTTE.Nimal Siripala de Silva said that terrorism is spreading around the world but Sri Lanka was able to defeat terrorism. Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the conflict in the Middle East has resulted in a mass exodus of refugees who are flowing into Europe becoming a headache to Europe. (Colombo Gazette) “They came to teach us about good governance and democracy. They claimed that since there is no reconciliation in Sri Lanka and since we are not addressing the issues of minorities there is terrorism in Sri Lanka. Now I ask if the attacks took place in France killing over 150 people since there was no reconciliation? Terrorism is not like that. It goes way beyond that,” he said. He said that the very countries who attempted to give advice to Sri Lanka are now compelled to have a rethink about what they said. He also accused Europe of arming terrorist groups in the Middle East to overthrow legitimate Governments. read more

UN Advisors accused of sensationalising Sri Lanka issue

He said the joint statement had been issued at a time the Government is taking stringent measures to maintain law and order and quell unrest in the interest of safety of all and that it skews the situation on the ground and interprets post-April 21 events through a narrow prism of stereotypical labels, while disregarding the deeper and more nuanced issues at play. Dr Rohan Perera said that as has been perpetrated by ruthless terrorist groups inspired by ISIL/ Da’esh with global reach in many parts of the world, the horrendous Easter Sunday attacks were intended to create division among us and destroy the very fabric of our multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society, and deal an intentional blow to our economy.“All peace-loving citizens of Sri Lanka are still trying to come to terms with the shock and aftermath. While we mourn the loss of innocent lives, the support and solidarity from our friends in the international community, including the UN Secretary-General, have been overwhelming. We were reminded that we are fighting a common adversary in terrorism, and its associated manifestations of radicalization and violent extremism, which had taken many innocent lives from across many parts of the world in recent times,” he said.In this context, Dr Rohan Perera said that it is quite insensitive and ill-conceived that the two UN Advisors did not consider it important to share their concerns with the Sri Lankan Government first, before going public with the statement. Sri Lanka has accused two UN Advisors of sensationalising the Sri Lanka issue.Responding to a joint statement issued by the United Nations Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng and the United Nations Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect Karen Smith on 13 May 2019, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Ambassador Dr Rohan Perera stated that their prejudiced statement only serves to sensationalize issues. “This would have also been in keeping with the key objectives of your respective mandates, i.e. to provide early warning and advocacy. We are particularly disappointed that your statement comes at a time when Sri Lanka has been following a well-acknowledged open and constructive engagement with the UN System and its human rights mechanism, including with the special procedures and mandate holders for the past several years. Eight such Special Procedures have visited Sri Lanka in the last four years which ranked among a handful of countries with regard to accommodating such engagement. In this context and spirit, we would have welcomed any constructive criticism or observation from your offices as well. Your prejudiced action only serves to sensationalize issues at a time the government is taking stringent measures to maintain law and order and quell unrest in the interest of safety of all,” he said. “While noting your concerns, we were taken aback by your oversimplified narrative of events that are nuanced and complex in nature,” Dr Rohan Perera said.He noted that for the past decade, the people of Sri Lanka had been enjoying their hard-won peace and freedoms, and had embarked on the arduous path of reconciliation and national healing after nearly three decades of struggling against separatist terrorism. “I am constrained to state that your statement demonstrates a limited understanding of events and is an expression of preconceived opinions. By stating that “the special advisors noted a recent spate of attacks against Muslim and Christian communities in Sri Lanka, a majority Buddhist country”, and continuing that “the recent violence in Sri Lanka has highlighted a growing influence of nationalists and extremist views of identity in the Asia Region, putting religious minorities at risk”, your statement generalizes events and mischaracterizes facts, which is irresponsible as it is dangerous, and does not conform with the independent nature and credibility of your offices.“Indeed, even the conflation of the Easter Sunday attacks that killed over 250 of our loved ones, mostly from Sri Lanka’s Catholic community, as well as 45 foreign visitors to Sri Lanka, and the swiftly quelled communal violence during the weekend of 11 May, is unexpected from your august offices. It was made manifestly clear that the world recognized that the Easter Sunday attacks were carried out by Islamic fundamentalists, having been influenced and inspired by ISIS, and were not a result of any local conditions. These attacks, mainly against Christians at prayer, form part of global trends of radicalization and extremism.”“The almost two and half million Muslims who comprise about 10% of the 22 million population of Sri Lanka have lived in harmony amongst the Buddhist majority (over 70%) and other groups for over several centuries. Even amidst the gravest provocations during the 30 years separatist terrorist armed conflict in Sri Lanka, where sacred Buddhist and Islamic religious places were attacked and devotees butchered, religion has not been a cause for violence. Hence, the above statement skews the situation on the ground and interprets post-April 21 events through a narrow prism of stereotypical labels, while disregarding the deeper and more nuanced issues at play.” Ambassador Dr Rohan Perera said that the Government of Sri Lanka has carefully reviewed the joint statement of 13 May 2019, issued as a note to correspondents, where two UN Advisors have expressed alarm on the ‘growing acts of violence on the basis of religion’ in Sri Lanka. “It is pertinent to place on record that a number of precautionary measures were put in place by the government  immediately following the attacks, such as, providing additional security protection to all places of worship, limiting access to social media to halt the spread of false information for brief periods of sensitivity, and banning full face covering that hinders identification. It is regrettable that, in spite of these measures, a handful of isolated incidents broke out in some parts of the country causing the tragic death of one person. Within a few hours, the Government took swift action to thwart any escalation of violence and perpetrators were promptly arrested and subject to due process.”“Sri Lanka is indeed a ‘pluralistic society’, and freedom of religion or belief, freedom of movement within the country and choice of residence has been guaranteed by the Constitution. Considerable work has been undertaken by the Government also with the support of the UN system to preserve inter-faith and inter-religious harmony and inclusivity, to which you too have alluded. This was amply demonstrated when there were calls made not only by political leadership but also by the Archbishop of Colombo and other Buddhist, Hindu and Islam clergy, for peace and non-violence among communities.”“Wittingly or unwittingly, one should be careful not to contribute to diminishing the enormity of the acts of terror that shook Sri Lanka, to a domestic scuffle between religious bigots, or taint it as a result of “local discriminatory practices that perpetuate religious intolerance and violence”, which is furthest from the ground reality. Given that this is clearly an offspring or part of global terror network, better understanding and solidarity of all partners are of essence to eradicate this menace. Ill-timed statements from responsible authorities will only serve to strengthen the hands of parties with vested interests and extremist elements determined to veer Sri Lanka from the path of peace and development. The need of the hour is for measured advice and support of experts of your good offices to help clarify matters in order for Sri Lanka and all her people to face new challenges arising from violent extremism,” the Ambassador said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Man 23 arrested for human trafficking in Niagara Falls

An under cover operation by Niagara police has led to the arrest of a Brampton man, accused of selling the sexual services of a 20-year-old woman from a local hotel.Andre Davis, 23, has been charged with human trafficking, failing to comply with recognizance, and breach of probation. Police were tipped off by a member of the public about suspicious activity at the hotel.David is already facing additional human trafficking charges that involve the same victim.Police say they expect more charges to be laid against Davis as they continue their investigation.

UN human rights office disappointed by Bahrains decision to uphold conviction of

“We regret that Bahrain’s highest court on Monday upheld the convictions of 13 activists for their role in pro-democracy demonstrations, after two years of trials and despite the conclusions of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and the appeals by the international community concerning the judicial procedure and allegations of torture,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Cécile Pouilly, told reporters in Geneva. “These persons are political and human rights activists and we are concerned they may have been wrongly convicted for legitimate activities. We are also concerned by the extreme harshness of some of the sentences, including imprisonment for life,” she added. In early 2012, the Gulf country experienced clashes between security forces and demonstrators, a year after widespread civil protests first emerged there. The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry was established by the King of Bahrain in June 2011 to investigate incidents that occurred during the country’s unrest. At the news briefing, the OHCHR spokesperson also condemned the arbitrary detention of the Vice President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Said Yousif Al-Muhafdhah, who was arrested on 17 December 2012 while monitoring a protest in the capital, Manama. Mr. Al-Muhafdhah was also sending messages on the online platform Twitter about attacks on protesters and posted a picture of a demonstrator wounded during the protest. According to the UN agency, the case is expected to be reviewed by the public prosecution office on Wednesday. “We call on the Bahraini authorities to release him immediately,” Ms. Pouilly said. read more

UN rights experts urge Mexico to focus more on the fight against

“Eight years after our first visit to Mexico, the different definitions of the offence of torture continue to generate actual or potential loopholes for impunity,” said Felipe Villavicencio, the head of the Subcommittee delegation, adding that fighting impunity is one of the most effective preventive measures to end torture and ill-treatment.According to official statistics, there are more than 4,700 open investigations for acts related to torture at the federal level. However, the number of sentences for perpetrators remains disproportionately low.During its mission, from 12 to 21 December, the Subcommittee visited 32 where deprivation of liberty had been reported, including to Baja California, Mexico City, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Guerrero, Morelos, Nuevo León, and Veracruz. The delegation also held several individual and collective confidential interviews with individuals who had been deprived of their liberty.We hope that our second visit will contribute to the advances in the fight against torture and ill-treatment in Mexico and lead to a greater respect of the rights of persons deprived of their libertyUN Subcommittee on the Prevention of TortureThe human rights body also met with authorities, civil society representatives, and Mexico’s National Commission for Human Rights to collect information on torture and mistreatment during detention, transfer, and placement of persons who have been deprived of their liberty. Such findings were shared confidentially with the Mexican authorities.The Subcommittee also underlined that Mexico’s independent monitoring body, known as a National Preventive Mechanism, should be provided with the same unrestricted access the Submittee received when it conducts its visits.“Mexico is a firm defender of human rights at the international level and it was one of the pioneer States in the adoption of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture,” said Mr. Villavicencio. “The commitment of Mexico to the prevention of torture was demonstrated during our visit by the excellent cooperation provided by the authorities and the unrestricted and immediate access to the places that we wished to visit in an unannounced manner.”“We hope that our second visit will contribute to the advances in the fight against torture and ill-treatment in Mexico and lead to a greater respect of the rights of persons deprived of their liberty,” he added.Following this visit, the Subcommittee will submit a confidential report to Mexico, containing its observations and recommendations on the prevention of torture and ill-treatment of persons deprived of their liberty. The expert rights body encouraged the authorities to make the report public, as they had done following its previous visit in 2008.The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, established pursuant to the provisions of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT), has a preventive mandate focused on an innovative, sustained and proactive approach to the prevention of torture and ill treatment.The Subcommittee is composed of 25 independent and impartial experts, who are not UN staff, coming from different backgrounds and from various regions of the world, elected by States Parties to the OPCAT for a four-year mandate and can be re-elected once. read more

Massive integrated lead producer The Doe Run Co reaches landmark environmental agreement

first_imgDoe Run has agreed to spend up to $7.5 million on several environmental improvement projects. In addition, the agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outlines several major programs that will take place over the next three to five years, improving sites the company owns or operates, including its smelters, mines and mills in Missouri. “We all share common goals for vibrant communities, high-paying local jobs and improved environmental performance,” said Bruce Neil, President and CEO of The Doe Run Co. “The agreement enables the company to address historical and more recent environmental issues, while still providing jobs for our employees, strategic metal to our customers and the $1 billion economic benefit we provide to the region.”As a part of the agreement, Doe Run will also pay a $3.5 million penalty to the US Government and $3.5 million to the State of Missouri school funds for Iron County (50%), Reynolds County (30%), Jefferson County (15%) and Washington County (5%).The company will also discontinue operating its Herculaneum smelter by the end of 2013, rather than in 2016 as required by state regulation for sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions. Work at that site will continue as part of a cleanup and repurposing of the facility.“For more than a year, we’ve been working with the community of Herculaneum toward repurposing portions of our site in Herculaneum,” Neil stated. “We’ve spent nearly $400,000 toward two port feasibility studies, donated land on which a new bridge is being built to access the area, and we believe the location could be an ideal site for a Jefferson County port. A port could provide an estimated 2,000 jobs to the region.”Highlights of additional agreements include:Maintaining production limits of 130,000 t/y of finished metal production at its Herculaneum smelterLimiting SO2 emissions at the Herculaneum smelter consistent with the 130,000 t production limitSetting aside sufficient funds (financial assurance) for future remediation work at Herculaneum operations and at the end of mining operations at Doe Run’s mine and mill facilitiesEnclosing all lead concentrate storage and handling facilities at the company’s four mill facilities to reduce airborne particulateConducting yard sampling in Herculaneum on an annual basis, over the next four years, in yards up to 1.5 miles from the smelter and remediation where necessaryPreparing underground and surface water management plans and complying with new limitsConducting environmental mitigation projects of up to $7.5 million, including remediation within an 8.5-mile stretch of the Bee Fork Creek near Fletcher Mill, and additional projects primarily aimed at schools and public entities in Jefferson, Dent, Iron, Washington, Scott and/or Reynolds countiesModifying the existing transportation Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) to include training, auditing, additional sampling and a study of concentrate handling and transportation practices.“This is a comprehensive program that charts a clear path for the company,” Neil stated. “We’re optimistic about our future for many reasons. In March, we announced a breakthrough new technology that will allow us to produce finished lead metal with a 99% reduction of all air emissions. We are also having success with newer technology we’re using for exploration. These new developments, along with the plan to address past issues, demonstrate our commitment to being a viable and responsible business.”Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Missouri. Doe Run and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona.last_img read more

The winner of the 2016 Nat Geo photography competition

first_imgWe do not know whether the bear died from starving or aging, but more likely if we see the good teeth status, it was from starving.“They say nowadays that such remains are found very often, as global warming and the ice situation influence the polar bear population.” Source: Vadim Balakin/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearJacob Kapetein of Gerland, Netherlands, placed first in the Landscape category for a photo of a small beech tree in a river called ‘Struggle of life’. SELECTED FROM THOUSANDS of entries, an underwater photo of sardine predation off the Wild Coast of South Africa was selected as the winning image for the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. Source: G. Lecoeur/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearThe photo, titled ‘Sardine Run’ was captured by Greg Lecoeur of Nice, France. Lecoeur took the photo in June 2015 after waiting two weeks to witness the natural predation on sardines captured in the photo.The photo captures ‘sardine migration’, an annual hunt where millions of sardines are preyed upon by marine predators such as dolphins, marine birds, sharks, whales, penguins, sailfishes and sea lions.“The hunt begins with common dolphins that have developed special hunting techniques to create and drive bait balls to the surface,” Lecouer said. “In recent years, probably due to overfishing and climate change, the annual sardine run has become more and more unpredictable.”Hence the two week wait.Honourable mentionsOther winners of individual categories and the photographers’ comments on how they captured the image are equally impressive.Varun Aditya, of Tamil Nadu, India, placed first in the Animal Portraits category for a photo of a snake called ‘Dragging You Deep into the Woods’.“I shot this at Amboli, Maharashtra, India, on July 24, 2016, during a morning stroll into the blissful rain forest. Ceaseless drizzles dampened the woods for 10 hours a day; the serene gloom kept me guessing if it was night or day.The heavy fog, chilling breeze, and perennial silence could calm roaring spirits.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article And there I saw this beauty. I wondered if I needed more reasons to capture the habitat, for I was blessed to see this at the place I was at. I immediately switched from the macro to the wide-angle lens and composed this frame. 19,102 Views Short URL Dec 9th 2016, 5:26 PM https://jrnl.ie/3130826 The winner of the 2016 Nat Geo photography competition The photographer had to wait two weeks to capture this sight. To restore original natural dynamics in streams many measures are necessary. In the ‘Leuvenumse beek’ a nature organisation tried to increase heterogeneity of the river bottom and water retention by putting dead wood in the stream system.“In autumn when rainfall is high, pieces of forest get flooded. Once I saw this little beech in the water, trying to survive under these harsh conditions. I returned sometimes to this place to take pictures.“One evening all the conditions were satisfactory.” Source: Jacob Kaptein/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearAs simple as that guys.Read: The 8 animals with the best comic timing in the world this yearRead: Nat Geo photo competition gives us a glimpse of a strange, alluring world Source: Varun Aditya/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearVadim Balakin, of Sverdlovsk, Russia, placed first in the Environmental Issues category for ‘Life and Death’ – a photo of polar bear remains in Norway.“These polar bear remains have been discovered at one of the islands of northern Svalbard, Norway. 4 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Friday 9 Dec 2016, 5:26 PM Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Massimiliano Allegri Juventus earned their victory

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri believes Juventus defeating Parma 2-1 was “a deserved victory, but we have a lot more work to do.”“The lads did very well. Parma is a difficult place to play and we’d only won one of our last five visits,” the Coach told DAZN via Football Italia.“Parma are fighting to secure safety, are very organised and dangerous on the counter, but they ran out of steam towards the end. It’s a deserved victory, but we have a lot more work to do.“We should’ve been more patient and not so hasty, as it played into Parma’s hands in the first half.”Reacting about Cristiano Ronaldo who has not yet broken his Serie A duck as he missed a good opportunity at the Stadio Tardini, Allegri said:Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“There are different difficulties a striker has to deal with in Serie A, but he had a good game overall. I am happy with what he’s doing and the break for international duty will help all of us to be sharper.“Mandzukic has always been generous, but even I didn’t expect him to be in such good shape after the World Cup. Paulo Dybala is slowly finding his form too and did well when he came on.“I need everyone going forward, such as Medhi Benatia, Andrea Barzagli and Daniele Rugani, so the more fresh legs and sharp minds we’ve got, the better.”last_img read more

MPA Launches Playful New Ad Campaign

first_imgIn 2005, the MPA formed the Magazine Marketing Coalition, in part, to promote the relevancy of magazines in an increasingly digital world. With its members taking huge hits in newsstand and advertising sales in 2008, the Magazine Publishers of America today announced a new ad campaign—dubbed “Under the Influence of Magazines”—to tout the “strong” role magazines play in influencing consumers’ purchasing intent and behavior online.The campaign, created by the agency Toy New York, is scheduled to launch on September 8 with three tongue-in-cheek print ads and seven online ads in advertising trade press and in complimentary copies of MPA member magazines. The ads point to a mini-site, magfacts.org, which claims that magazines are the number one medium in driving search among 18- to 44-year-olds, influencing automotive purchase (66 percent more influential than television) and packaged goods intent.In a twist, the ads will include a spate of product placement—Adidas, Häagen-Dazs and Mini Cooper, winners of the recent Kelly Awards competition for magazine advertising. (The MPA says the companies are not paying for inclusion in the campaign.)The MPA has tried the humor route before to promote the power of magazines, with questionable success. In 2006, the association created a fictional superhero, “Captain Read,” in a $50,000 campaign that was criticized by some of its members as a waste of dues.last_img read more

Beyond Good Evil 2 rumored to be funded as a Nintendo exclusive

first_imgAlright, kids, strap yourselves in for another rumor. This one is about the long-in-development-hell Beyond Good & Evil 2, which was announced ages ago in 2008. If this leak turns out to be true, then we may see Ubisoft’s upcoming action-adventure game come to life exclusively on Nintendo’s NX.This leak comes to us via Destructoid who received the rumor from Dual Pixels writer, Alexander Maier. Alexander obtained this information from a person named Geno who in the past has successfully leaked information on Microsoft’s IllumiRoom Project and the new Pokémon forums. Geno provided Maier with a reportedly lengthy document which he then gave to Destructoid so they could verify it.The document reveals that the working title of the game is Beyond Good & Evil 2: The Prejudices of Philosophers. The most interesting nugget of information here is that, much like Bayonetta 2, Nintendo has helped fund the development of the title to bring it to life. Nintendo funded the game in order to secure it as an exclusive on the company’s upcoming system, the codenamed Nintendo NX.Destructoid reached out to a second source who independently corroborated some of the bulletpoints of Geno’s document. While this doesn’t make the rumor 100% true, it does give it some weight.Nintendo’s biggest failing this generation has been with its lack of third party support for the Wii U console. Snatching up Beyond Good & Evil 2 can be seen as a move to get some non-Nintendo games on the NX. However, it’s also true that third party games typically do poorly on the Wii U so it’s possible that Beyond Good & Evil 2, and any other third party games, may suffer the same fate on the NX.As always, take this rumor with a grain of salt until we get official word from Nintendo or Ubisoft.last_img read more

Costa Rican court employees to hold vigil march to promote separation of

first_imgNo related posts. A group of employees from Costa Rica’s judicial system will hold a vigil Wednesday evening “to raise their voices for the democracy” and for the independence of the judicial branch.Organizers of the event, which will be held at the Plaza de la Justicia in central San José, in front of the Supreme Court, said the vigil aims to express dissatisfaction with decisions made ​​by lawmakers who voted last week to reject Justice Fernando Cruz’s re-election to the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV.Activities start at 5 p.m. Several Costa Rican bands will be performing throughout the night. The artist lineup includes Bernal Villegas, Pato Barraza, Esteban Monge, Dionisio Cabal, Vico Porras, Goico, Manuel Monestel, Nils, Luis Angel Castro, Walter Benavides, Francisco Murillo and Johnny Schroeder.Participants are asked to bring a candle as a symbol of support.Judicial branch employees also will hold a march on Thursday called “The March of Silence,” starting at 10 a.m. at the Plaza de la Justicia. Demonstrators will then head towards the Legislative Assembly, located one block north.On Nov. 15, lawmakers voted to reject Cruz’s re-election to the Sala IV. That move sparked a political firestorm, with critics saying legislators were attempting to disrupt the country’s balance of power between the legislative and judicial branches.A final decision will be made by Sala IV after lawmakers on Tuesday appealed a decision by Legislative Assembly President Víctor Emilio Granados to reinstate Cruz to another eight-year term.National Liberation Party’s top lawmaker Fabio Molina said later at a press conference that Cruz’s election “is now a closed chapter for the Legislative Assembly.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more