Protester killed in Kashmir firing

first_imgA youth was killed and another injured after security forces allegedly fired on protesters during clashes in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday.The forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in over a dozen villages in Pulwama in the morning, following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.At the time of the operation, a group of youth started pelting stones on the forces in some places. Two persons were injured in firing by the forces during clashes in Gusoo village, the official said.The two were taken to a hospital, from where, one of them, Fayaz Ahmad Wani, was referred to the SMHS Hospital here. Wani was, however, declared dead at the hospital, he said.Clashes between the protesters and security forces were going on when last reports came in. The search operation is in progress, he added.Separatists in Kashmir on Monday called for a boycott of the panchayat and urban local body polls scheduled to be held from next month.A statement in this regard was issued after a meeting of the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising separatists Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik at Mr. Geelani’s residence in Hyderpora. It alleged that the Centre wants to thrust panchayat and municipal elections upon the people of Kashmir and that “New Delhi has never believed in empowering the people of J&K or the institutions here.” Elections have “only been a means to further strengthen New Delhi’s hold on J&K”, the statement alleged.Despite similar calls for boycott by separatists, Jammu and Kashmir registered its highest voter turn-out in the last 25 years during the 2014 Assembly election, with an estimated 65% of electorate casting their votes. The last panchayat election in the State were held in April-May 2011, with a record voter turnout of 80%. The panchayat elections were scheduled to be held in 2016 but were put off due to unrest in the Valley.last_img read more

Raymundo’s addition to coaching staff ‘big boost’ for Letran

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Paul believes blockbuster trade will benefit both Rockets, Clippers Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Napa himself confirmed the move and the mentor said the addition of the former ace Knight would serve as a huge boost for the squad in this year’s campaign.“Kerby is a huge part for us, especially with his experience in the PBA. He can teach the players on how to handle some situations and that’s the aspect which he can really help us,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsNapa noted that Raymundo’s resume alone is enough testament on what the newest assistant coach can bring to the table.“He’s Kerby Raymundo. When you talk about Letran, you cannot talk about Kerby Raymundo, so he’s really a big boost for us that he’s here,” said the soft-spoken bench tactician. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES View comments Kerby Raymundo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKerby Raymundo is back home.The 1999 NCAA Most Valuable Player has made his way to the sidelines, joining Jeff Napa’s coaching staff to serve his alma mater Letran for NCAA Season 93.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:09‘Very evasive cop’ ordered detained in Bilibid02:04‘Very evasive cop’ ordered detained in Pasay City jail by Senate02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

Beermen spend time with fans as they celebrate latest PBA All-Filipino title

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too The likes of Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, Louie Vigil, and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser played with the supporters in a game of paper dance. Cabagnot and his partner was the last pair standing with the lucky fan taking home a 40-inch LED TV.She got a hug and a TV.— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) May 17, 2019The players also thanked the fans in attendance with some even arriving at the venue as early as 10 am.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES The winner in this paper dance will win a 40-inch LED TV.— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) May 17, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Naomi Osaka withdraws from Rome quarters with right hand injury Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue San Miguel earned its fifth straight Philippine Cup after a grueling seven-game series with the Beermen taking a hard-fought 72-71 Game 7 win.The Beermen are expected to have their own celebration, usually held at the SMC compound in Pasig.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel got to celebrate its fifth straight PBA Philippine Cup with its faithful supporters after the league held a fans’ day Friday at Robinson’s Magnolia.Everyone on the Beermen roster was present except for Finals MVP June Mar Fajardo, who went back in Cebu.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

West Indies wins ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2016: Highlights

first_imgWest Indies won the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup Finals by defeating India by five wickets in Mirpur, Bangladesh on February 14, 2016. In the final match, West Indies team achieved the target of 146 runs set by India in 49.3 overs, with Sarfaraz Khan’s 89-ball 51 being the noteworthy contribution.Earlier in the first inning, Indian team was bowled out for 145 in 45.1 overs. Here are few highlights of the match and the series:The heroes for West Indies were Man of the Match Keacy Carty (52 not out off 125 ball) and Keemo Paul (40 not out off 68 balls) both of whom kept their cool in the high-pressure game to take the side homeMehidy Hasan Miraz (Bangladesh) was the Player of the tournamentShamar Springer was the West Indies’ most successful batsman of the tournament with 282 runs prior to this matchIt was only the second defeat for India in the last 22 matches.Summarised scores:West Indies beat India by five wicketsIndia 145 all out, 45.1 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 51, Alzarri Joseph 3-39, Chemar Holder 1-20, Ryan John 3-38, Keemo Paul 2-17)West Indies 146-5, 49.3 overs (Keacy Carty 52 not out, Keemo Paul 40 not out; Mayank Dagar 3-25).Final positions:1.  West Indies2.  India3.  Bangladesh4.  Sri Lanka5.  Pakistan6.  England7.  Namibia8.  Nepal9.  Afghanistan10. Zimbabwe11. South Africa12. New Zealand13. Ireland14. Scotland15. Canada16. FijiAbout ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016:The 11th edition of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup and the second to be held in Bangladesh after the 2004 event, the 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup was held from January 22 to February 14, 2016.The World Cup was contested by the national under-19 teams of sixteen International Cricket Council (ICC) members, and all matches played held under-19 One Day International (ODI) status. The Indian side was captained by Ishan Kishan. Top five cricket teams in the Under-19 cricket world cup: West Indies, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It was fifth time India was playing in the Under-19 World Cup final. West Indies was appearing for the second time in the final match.advertisementInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.last_img read more

Two cops of Punjab police win medals at WPFG games in USA

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 16 (PTI) Two cops of Punjab police have won six medals in the ongoing World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) at Los Angeles, USA. Olympian and ace shooter Avneet Sidhu clinched one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in different rifle shooting competitions, said a release issued by Punjab government. Sidhu is posted as Deputy Superintendent of Police in Punjab. Assistant Inspector General in Punjab police, Ashish Kapoor won gold medals by trouncing his opponents in both singles and doubles titles, release said. Ashish has been All India Police champion in tennis singles events for the last 15 years. The WPEG games started from August 7 and would continue till August 17. These games are held after every two years in which officers or officials from police and fire departments from all over the world compete in the different events. Over 12,000 participants from across the world participated in the sports and fire fighting events during this year. Sidhu had won one gold and one silver medal in 18th Commonwealth Games 2006 held at Melbourne (Australia) and bronze medal in 15th Asian Games-2006 at Doha (Qatar). Kapoor made the country proud by winning medals for the consecutive fifth time since 2009 in these games. In 2009 at Vancouver, he had won bronze medal in tennis singles. In New York games-2011 he got silver whereas in Belfast, Ireland (2013) and Fairfax USA (2015) he clinched Gold medals, the release added. PTI CHS ATK ATKlast_img read more

Report: SGX Working on Formal Offer for Baltic Exchange

first_imgzoom The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is preparing a formal offer to purchase London’s Baltic Exchange, after the parties entered exclusive talks on the acquisition in May, Reuters cited sources close to the matter.The sources added that both parties reached key milestones related to the acquisition.Following discussion with a number of interested bidders, which included CME Group (CME.O), ICE (ICE.N) and Platts, the Baltic Exchange and SGX signed the exclusivity agreement.London’s exchange earlier said that SGX’s proposal was “attractive” and that it “has the potential to enhance significantly the position of the Baltic, serving the needs of Baltic members, shareholders and other stakeholders.”The exclusive talks were extended until August 31.At the end of July, the Baltic Exchange sent an agreement, which documents and reinforces existing processes established by the exchange and the panellists, to each of its 48 shipbroking panellists for signature.The proposed agreement, sent in relation with the potential acquisition by SGX, formalises the relationship between the Baltic Exchange and its panellists which has been developed over more than 30 years.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Health Canada issues advisory about potentially faulty EpiPens

first_imgOTTAWA – Health Canada is warning that some EpiPens may not slide out of their tubes easily, possibly delaying emergency treatment.The agency says it was advised by Pfizer Canada about the issue, which it says affects some EpiPen and EpiPen Jr auto-injector devices.Health Canada warns that the problem could delay or prevent emergency treatment, possibly leading to patient disability or even death.Pfizer Canada says the issue is with the device label, and not with the device itself or the drug it delivers.EpiPens are used to deliver a dose of adrenaline to patients who are at risk of life-threatening allergic reactions.Health Canada says the products are not being recalled by Pfizer, as the risk can be easily mitigated by simply checking the devices to make sure they slide easily out of their carrier tube.According Pfizer, there have been no reports of EpiPen malfunctions in Canada.last_img read more

Freeland Carr meet with future Mexican cabinet ministers in Ottawa

first_imgOTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is hosting a pair of Mexican dignitaries who will hold key cabinet portfolios once their country’s incoming government take power.Freeland and International Trade Minister Jim Carr will sit down for bilateral meetings in Ottawa today with Mexico’s future foreign affairs minister Marcelo Ebrard and economy minister Graciela Marquez. The meetings come just a few weeks after Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed to an updated North American free trade pact.The agreement narrowly beat a deadline imposed by the U.S. Congress to get the deal fast-tracked and voted on by Dec. 1, ahead of Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s incoming government.The visiting Mexican officials, Ebrard and Marquez, will take on their ministerial roles once Lopez Obrador’s government takes office.Canada and Mexico are still dealing with stinging steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration _ and both countries have responded by slapping the U.S. with retaliatory duties of their own.last_img read more

Prince Harry Visits Charities And Community Organisations In Leeds

first_imgOver two days, Prince Harry has met a number of local organisations, companies and charities who work in various ways to support the surrounding Leeds community.Prince Harry visits LeedsCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukThe visit began at the ‘Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds’ event – a charity fair and panel discussion addressing the mental wellbeing of the city’s young people.The event, hosted by the Leeds Community Foundation, brings together a range of mental health projects to celebrate the important work they are delivering across the city.At the event Prince Harry was able to meet local charities, and learn more about their work with young people and mental health.At the beginning of the panel discussion, HRH gave a speech about the importance of mental health.“We all have mental health – just as we all have physical health,” said Prince Harry. “It is so important that we look after our mental wellbeing in the same way that we look after our physical health, but too often people choose to ignore it. On average, it takes someone who is struggling with their mental health about ten years to admit they have a problem.“What this means is that, something which may start as a minor issue will spiral downwards over time to become a serious and persistent problem, perhaps even requiring professional help.“William, Catherine and I started the Heads Together campaign because we saw through our work that the stigma around mental health – was preventing people from seeking help.“Those who had been working in this space for many years told us we could really help by shining a light on the power of conversations and thus help break down the stigma.“This year there has been a lot spoken about mental health, not just by the Heads Together campaign but by many other organisations and initiatives focused on mental health. The many voices that we’ve heard from across the country have helped to normalise the discussion about mental health, taking it away from a presumption of mental illness to a broad ranging and, most significantly, positive conversation.“Since the London Marathon two months ago, I have spoken to many people who now feel able to reach out to family, friends and colleagues and discuss what they have been feeling. But what has struck me most is the number of people I’ve met, who have direct experience of mental health challenges, either themselves or those close to them. So many of these stories could have been very different if awareness was better and help had been sought sooner.“I cannot tell you how pleased William, Catherine and I am that the dial seems to have shifted and that there is now greater understanding, compassion and kindness for anyone who opens up about their struggles.“But let’s not kid ourselves that the job is done – there is much much more that we can do at every level to make conversations about mental health as common place as those about physical health. For example, we need to better equip our young people with the tools they need to cope with this increasingly complex and fast moving world we live in.“I read recently that young people check their phones at least 150 times per day – I’m sure we could all be more effective and efficient if we took a moment to process our thoughts rather than rushing from one thing to the next. I won’t dwell on this point as I’m sure the panel will have more to say around our mental fitness.“I have been so impressed by the commitment of this City and the Leeds Community Foundation in focusing on mental health. You have been leading the way in bringing funding and expertise together in support of local community solutions.“I have just met some of the organisations you have supported; they are working across such a broad range of groups from young people coping with the stresses of life and school, women facing domestic abuse, the LGBT community and those caring for loved ones; each group requiring a unique kind of support.“It is this kind of dedicated support which not only helps people to tackle their personal challenges but enables them to go on and flourish. If we invest in supporting our young people now, they will be better placed to succeed in all areas of their lives from work to family and in their communities.”On day two of the Leeds visit Prince Harry undertook two visits in support of the charity WellChild, of which he is Patron. The charity works with children suffering from illnesses or life-altering conditions.His Royal Highness visited the home of five year old Oliver to help WellChild makeover his garden through ‘Helping Hands’ project. The garden transformation will allow Oliver to access his garden safely, which enables him to develop his physical skills and encourage independence. The transformation of Oliver’s garden marks the 300th Helping Hands project.At Leeds Children’s Hospital Prince Harry was introduced to WellChild nurse Helen Tooby. Helen provides specialist care and support to help families get their children home from hospital quicker.Prince Harry was able to meet a group of children, and their families, who have benefited from WellChild and Helen in their journey from hospital to home.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

Goa CM Sawant proves BJPled govts majority in Assembly

first_imgPanaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Wednesday proved the majority of his BJP-led government in the Assembly, comfortably winning a floor test in the House. Twenty MLAs voted for the motion of confidence in the two-day old government, while 15 opposed it. The special session of the House was convened by Governor Mridula Sinha to conduct the floor test, after Sawant was sworn in as the CM during wee hours of Tuesday. Besides 11 members from BJP, three each from Goa Forward Party, MGP and Independents supported Sawant during the head count conducted in the House. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Assembly session was presided over by Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo. All the 14 MLAs of Congress and one from NCP stood up against the motion. After winning the trust vote, Sawant appealed all the members to join hands with him to ensure that developmental work reaches every nook and corner of the state. The change in leadership in the coastal state was necessitated due to the death of then CM Manohar Parrikar on Sunday.last_img read more

RAM Cancels CasablancaCarthage Flights Due to Major Strike in Tunisia

Rabat – Royal Air Maroc (RAM) announced Thursday that it canceled four scheduled flights connecting Casablanca to Tunis–Carthage International Airport due to traffic disruption at the airport amid a general strike in Tunisia.The canceled flights are AT573, AT572, AT571, and AT570, said RAM in a statement. It added that it has taken extensive measures to alleviate the damage for inconvenienced customers.Read Also: Royal Air Maroc Receives First Boeing 737 MaxThe company invites affected customers to contact the following numbers“089000 0800” and “+212522489797” or to visit its website at Air, rail, and road traffic halted in Tunisia today in line with a national strike organized by the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) after the government refused proposals to increase the salaries of 670,000 public servants. read more

Three customs officers transferred over cocaine found in Ratmalana

Three customs officers have been transferred from their respective departments over the cocaine found in Ratmalana recently.Customs sources said that the three officers had been responsible for the clearance of the container with the cocaine from the container yard. The cocaine was found after the container was cleared by customs and it reached Ratmalana.The cocaine is estimated to be worth Rs. 3.2 billion. (Colombo Gazette)

People of South Sudan living in tinderbox after year of conflict warns

“The people of South Sudan are living in a tinderbox, with emotions high, an abundant flow of weapons and with both sides recruiting fighters, often forcefully and including children,” Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement issued to draw global attention to the increasingly desperate living conditions for the country’s people after a year of conflict. The High Commissioner also warned that inflammatory rhetoric is the rise and there has been sporadic fighting in which civilians have been killed and displaced and their property looted. With talks between the Government and opposition set to resume this week, Mr. Zeid urged “both sides to use the talks to restore calm and avert another human catastrophe in the country.” Currently, the high level of mistrust between communities, based on perceived support for either the Government or the opposition, means that violence is easily triggered. Reports of gross abuses of international human rights law are “all too common”, he added. “The hopelessness in the camps of internally displaced people is palpable,” Mr. Zeid said. “These are women, men and children who spend their days in terrible conditions – at the height of the rainy season, they sometimes had to wade through waist-deep mud. Children have not gone to school for a year now, and may not be able to for a long time. Healthcare is basic at best. They have no freedom of movement, and live in dread, with violence always just around the corner.” According to UN figures, there are 1.4 million displaced people within the country, and another half a million taking refuge in neighbouring countries. More than 97,000 people remain in compounds of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in very difficult conditions. “Even after the conflict ends, it will take months – if not years – for these families to be able to bring a semblance of normalcy to their lives. Their homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. They have missed the planting season. They have witnessed and experienced violence. The conflict has already taken a very heavy toll on civilians – it is time for both sides to acknowledge this needless suffering, and to make a serious, concerted effort to bring it to an end, without further delay or prevarication.” The High Commissioner called on political leaders to make clear, unequivocal public statements that the targeting of civilians is not permitted and will not be tolerated. “Impunity emboldens the perpetrators of abuses – and has most likely accentuated the brazen nature of the human rights violations that have occurred during this conflict,” he said. “It is crucial that justice and accountability are visibly made a top priority.”Mr. Zeid’s deep concern was echoed yesterday in a statement issued by the spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, which said: “The killing must stop now. The very premise of the country’s independence struggle – a new beginning that was supposed to be founded on tolerance, good governance, accountability and unity – is disappearing before our eyes.”He called on the leadership of both factions to agree to “an inclusive, power sharing arrangement” and begin a transitional phase of governance that would address “the root causes of the conflict and ensure accountability for the crimes committed over the past year.”“They must end the culture of impunity if reconciliation and a sustainable peace are to be achieved,” the statement added.“I call on the international community to put its collective weight behind the peace process led by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and I commend the African Union Peace and Security Council for creating a Heads of State ad-hoc committee for this purpose. The United Nations will remain fully engaged in support of the peace process, the protection of civilians and the provision of humanitarian assistance.”Also today, the Security Council in a statement released by the 15-member body’s President expressed its “profound disappointment” that the aspirations of the South Sudanese people have not been met, and that instead their leaders’ actions have led to yet more fighting and division. The Council underscored its strong condemnation of the serious human rights violations and abuses that have caused the death of tens of thousands of civilians, the displacement of nearly 2 million people in just 12 months. It renewed its deep appreciation for the courageous actions taken by UNMISS to protect tens of thousands of civilians under threat of physical violence. The Council expressed its grave concern that given the continued disregard of the January 23, 2014 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and the May 9, 2014 Agreement to Resolve the Crisis in South Sudan, and the absence of the establishment and implementation of a credible peace agreement, the risks of famine, state failure and regionalization of the conflict persist. In this regard, the Security Council urgently demanded that President Salva Kiir, former Vice-President Riek Machar and all parties refrain from further violence, implement the Agreement to Resolve the Crisis in South Sudan signed on May 9, 2014 by South Sudan and the SPLM/A (in Opposition), engage fully and inclusively in ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa, uphold their commitment to establish a Transitional Government of National Unity, and allow and facilitate. It also underscored the importance of fighting impunity and ensuring accountability for serious violations and abuses of human rights. read more

Yemen UN report urges probe into rights violations amid entirely manmade catastrophe

“An international investigation would go a long way in putting on notice the parties to the conflict that the international community is watching and determined to hold to account perpetrators of violations and abuses,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in a news release on the report.“I appeal to all the parties to the conflict, those supporting them and those with influence over them to have mercy on the people of Yemen, and to take immediate measures to ensure humanitarian relief for civilians and justice for the victims of violations,” he added.According to the report, which records violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law since September 2014, such acts continue unabated in Yemen, with civilians suffering deeply the consequences of an “entirely man-made catastrophe.”Between March 2015, when the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) began reporting on civilian casualties, and 30 August, at least 5,144 civilians have been documented as killed and more than 8,749 injured.Children accounted for 1,184 of those who were killed and 1,592 of those injured. Coalition airstrikes continued to be the leading cause of child casualties as well as overall civilian casualties. Some 3,233 of the civilians killed were reportedly killed by Coalition forces.The report states that the past year witnessed airstrikes against funeral gatherings and small civilian boats, in addition to markets, hospitals, schools, residential areas, and other public and private infrastructure.The Popular Committees affiliated with the Houthis and the army units loyal to former President Abdullah Saleh (the Houthi/Saleh forces) were responsible for some 67 per cent of the 1,702 cases of recruitment of children for use in hostilities. The report stresses that “the minimal efforts towards accountability in the past year are wholly insufficient to respond to the gravity of violations and abuses continuing every day in Yemen,” adding that the National Commission established to investigate human rights violations in Yemen is not perceived to be impartial.The report also found that the governorates most affected by the conflict were Aden, Al-Hudaydah, Sana’a and Taizz. The humanitarian crisis – with nearly 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian aid and 7.3 million on the brink of famine – is a direct result of the behaviour of parties to the conflict, including indiscriminate attacks, attacks against civilians and protected objects, sieges, blockades and restrictions on movement, the report states. “In many cases, information obtained…suggested that civilians may have been directly targeted, or that operations were conducted heedless of their impact on civilians without regard to the principles of distinction, proportionality and precautions in attack. In some cases, information suggested that no actions were taken to mitigate the impact of operations on civilians,” the report states. read more

Lasagne disaster inspires the best headline ever

first_imgBRACE YOURSELVES. HERE it is. The best headline ever, courtesy of the Gaffney Ledger, a local paper in the US state of South Carolina. Source: JimRomenesko.comWhat? What could this possibly mean? Where is this “lasagna”? Why is it everywhere?Attempts to find out on the Gaffney Ledger website were met with a paywall, but the good folks at Deadspin have pulled some choice quotes from the story.Here’s how the lasagne got everywhere: A truck got stuck while attempting to cross some train tracks. As the two drivers were trying to get it free, they saw a train approaching.Both drivers managed to flee the truck and run to safety, but the trailer was not so lucky.The train… sliced through the trailer, carrying a portion of it with it as it continued down the tracks. Cartons and boxes of frozen food spilled all over the tracks. “There was an inch of lasagne ground into the pavement,” Turner said. “[The firefighters] came down with the truck to hose off the road but the water was beading up. They eventually used big buckets of detergent and brooms to scrub the roadway.”No one was injured, but the lasagne smeared all over the road did cause some problems for rush-hour commuters. Delightful.But at least one good thing did come from this disaster – that beast of a headline. Kudos, Gaffney Ledger. Kudos.Cat who saved child from dog ‘throws’ first pitch at baseball game> Newspaper misprint is hard on Sligo election candidate>last_img read more

US television presenter apologises after comparing black colleague to a gorilla

first_imgUS television presenter apologises after comparing black colleague to a gorilla “I said something yesterday that was inconsiderate, it was inappropriate, and I hurt people,” anchor Alex Housden said. A US TELEVISION anchor has apologised on-air after comparing her black colleague to a gorilla, NBC News reported.Alex Housden of KOCO 5 News in Oklahoma City made the remark last Thursday during a segment on an ape whose handler was running the local zoo’s Instagram for the day.When a video of a baby gorilla appeared on screen, Housden, who is white, turned to her black co-anchor Jason Hackett, and said that the ape “kind of looks like you,” NBC reported.The following day, a tearful Housden apologised to Hackett, saying: “I said something yesterday that was inconsiderate, it was inappropriate, and I hurt people.” Hackett accepted her apology, but acknowledged that the words “cut deep for me”.“I want this to be a teachable moment and that lesson here is that words, words matter,” he said. “There’s no doubt about that.”The incident comes amid heightened racial tensions in the US following a series of remarks by Republican President Donald Trump directed at elected representatives from the Democratic opposition that have been criticised as racist.The president in July said four Democratic lawmakers of color should “go back” to where they came from, then later called Baltimore, a majority-black city, a “dangerous and filthy place”.- © AFP 2019 Source: Keith Boykin/Twitter By AFP Share6 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/IxMaster 62,218 Views White TV anchor Alex Housden apologizes on air for saying her black KOCO TV co-anchor, Jason Hackett, looks like a gorilla at the Oklahoma City— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 27, 2019 Image: Shutterstock/IxMaster Aug 28th 2019, 8:31 AM Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 8:31 AM Short URL I want you all to know from the bottom of my heart, I apologise for what I said. I know it was wrong and I am so sorry. 57 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek day schools hike up fees

first_imgGreek day schools are increasing their tuition fees for the upcoming academic year of 2010. These increases are considered substantial but as school officials explain they are needed because of increased operating costs for the schools. Alphington Grammar is increasing fees by an average of 6 percent which aligns with the average fee increase at private schools of about 5 percent, compared with 8 percent in 2009.From prep up until Year 6 the tuition is $7,500 from Year 7 – Year 11 $8,970 and $10,112 for Year 12. “The increase is mainly due to increases in the cost of educational staff salaries so we can remain at the forefront in retaining and attracting quality staff comparable to the best in Victoria,” the School Development Manager of Alphington Grammar Judy Fetter pointed out to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE).The same reason is cited by the Bursar of Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College, Arthur Kakavas. The increase in tuition fees for the school of Sts Anargiri ranges from 7.5 to 8.5 percent and 6 percent for the Early Learning Centre. “The reason for this increase is due to increased operating expenses in general, but in particular, the need to address the issue of increased teacher salaries as a result of the State Government’s substantial increase in 2008 and 2009,” Mr Kakavas highlighted. “The Federal and State governments have not as yet provided additional funding to Independent Schools such as ours and therefore, the difference between the two sectors must be funded by increasing tuition fees,” he further clarified. Mr Kakavas noted, however, that the school provides discounts for families with more than one child as well as financial hardship allowances for those families that need it.NKEE did contact the third Greek day school St John’s Greek Orthodox College but they had not provided fee information at the time of writing this report. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Coutinhos return to Anfield

first_imgLiverpool have officially announced Anfield will be hosting the pre-World Cup warm-up between Brazil and Croatia on June 3. This will be the first time Coutinho is going to play at Anfield since he left for Barca.The Brazilian was acquired by the Catalans during the January transfer window for the massive fee of 146 million pounds. Despite his departure, Jurgen Klopp and co. did not lose any momentum – they are now to be facing Roma in the semi-final stage in the Champions League and are currently third in the Premier League.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“We are especially looking forward to enjoying the atmosphere at Anfield, where Croatia has never played before – it’s a historic venue and I am convinced that our players will enjoy this match, along with our fans and all spectators,” said Davor Suker, president of the Croatian Football Federation.“A match between two great sides such as Brazil and Croatia is surely worthy of such an iconic stadium,” he went on to add.last_img read more

Car crash causes power outage

first_imgAbout 1,900 electricity customers lost electricity around 8:40 Sunday night after a motorist crashed his vehicle at 192nd Avenue and Brady Road. Most customers had power restored quickly, said Erica Erland with Clark Public Utilities.The driver, a man in his late 20s, did not seem to be hurt badly, said Capt. Dave James with the Vancouver Fire Department.“He sheared off a 5-inch diameter tree and three transformer boxes,” James said.Vancouver police and fire were at the scene.James said 192nd was blocked for about an hour.Erland said customers are asked to call 360-992-8000 if they lose electricity.The man’s name was not available.last_img read more