ICC hearing: Shashank Manohar marks end of Dispute Resolution Forum with ‘strong’ deposition

first_imgShashank Manohar, the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman, made a strong deposition as India’s witness and it marked the end of the three-day Dispute Resolution Forum hearing into Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) compensation claims.It is learnt that the three-member committee has kept its orders reserved as there have only been oral submissions from both parties.”Now there will be written submissions and after that the panel will write the order,” a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.PCB has claimed INR 447 crore compensation following allegations that the BCCI didn’t honour a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that required India to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.”We are very happy how the cross examinations went. Today Manohar’s deposition was very strong. He deposed as India’s witness not as ICC chairman. Even all the other witnesses also put up a strong case,” the official said.Former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid was Tuesday cross-examined, during which he justified India’s refusal to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan.Khurshid, who was the external affairs minister during the UPA-II government which finished its term in 2014, was presented by the BCCI as one of its prime defence witnesses on the second day of the hearing that began Monday.Manohar, himself a lawyer, was the BCCI president when erstwhile PCB chairman Shahryar Khan had visited India to meet him in order to convince the BCCI for a bilateral series at neutral venues.”Manohar is very well versed how the e-mail signed by Sanjay Patel is not binding. He is well aware about contractual obligations in bipartite agreements,” the official said.advertisementIndia and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in 2012-13 when the 1992 world champions toured India for three ODIs and as two Twenty20 Internationals.The two arch-rivals play only in multi-nation tournaments organised by ICC and most recently played two matches at the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Sydney and Brisbane to host inaugural edition ATP Cup men’s team event

first_imgThe inaugural edition of the $15 million ATP Cup men’s team event will be hosted in Sydney, Brisbane and one other city in the lead-up to the Australian Open next January, Tennis Australia announced on Monday.Sydney, which will host the knockout rounds and final, announced a A$50.5 million ($36 million) upgrade of the Olympic Tennis Centre venue on Friday, which includes putting a roof on the main showcourt.Perth, which has hosted the mixed team Hopman Cup for the last 30 years, and Adelaide are the other cities likely to be in the running to host the group stage of the event along with Brisbane.The 24-team tournament is seen as a threat to the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) revamped 18-nation Davis Cup competition starting in Madrid in November.The new ATP event also has major implications for the other men’s and mixed events in Australia and further afield that have traditionally been used by players to prepare for the year’s first grand slam at Melbourne Park.Brisbane will host ATP Cup matches along with the existing WTA event for women but there is likely to be no men’s draw at the Brisbane International from next year.Sydney also currently hosts men and women’s draws at the Sydney International — a tournament with a history dating back to 1885 — in the week before the Australian Open.No details were given about how the hosting of the Jan. 3-12 ATP Cup would affect the men’s event but Tennis Australia said there could potentially be a new women’s tournament in Australia.advertisementThe most contentious potential casualty of the restructuring is the Hopman Cup, which was won by Swiss pairing Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic at the weekend.Popular with the players, and organised by the ITF rather than the tours, the event has been played out in front of healthy crowds in Perth since 1989 but is unlikely to survive without any top male players.Tennis Australia is contracted to host the tournament until 2022 and are on record as having said they “planned to honour” that agreement with the local government in Western Australia.Federer said after his victory last weekend that he hoped Perth would continue to host top class tennis.”If it’s the Hopman Cup, that’s great. If it’s not, then it’s a pity,” he said.”We had an unbelievable event here for so many years. These events … get the players closer together – men and women.”We share a lot of tournaments together, but it’s not the same as when you play together or share the same court. Let’s hope it continues in some way shape or form.”Craig Tiley, who is chief executive of Tennis Australia as well as co-organiser of the ATP Cup, said the time was right to expand the sport’s offering to Australian tennis fans.”We want more players rewarded, more opportunities for them, more opportunities for fans to get to see them … more global exposure for the sport.”A major step toward achieving that vision is to deliver world-class tennis to cities across Australia, which is what the ATP Cup will do.”It is the next piece in a vision that will ultimately grow tennis and provide inspiration for future generations,” Tiley added.Also Watch:last_img read more

The Best Virtual Destinations to ‘Visit’ this Memorial Day

first_img The best podcasts of 2019 The best virtual reality apps for 2019 The best iPhone apps available right now (October 2019) Editors’ Recommendations The best free FPS games you can play right now Memorial Day is quickly approaching, which means an obscene amount of people will be leaving their homes to go on vacation. Though it may seem like a good idea to go on a road trip or stay in a luxurious Airbnb, the fact is traveling is expensive, plus there is no guarantee that you’ll have a good time. You might miss your flight, lose your passport, forget to pack underwear — really, anything could go wrong. But, what if you could see the world without changing out of your sweats?Virtual reality lets you explore places you’ve never even dreamed of right from your bedroom. No costs or long lines, just a pure, uninterrupted experience. The world is your virtual oyster, but where do you even start? Well, we’ve put together some of the most exotic and otherworldly locales to visit in VR. Pop some popcorn, put on your favorite VR headset — or one of ours — and start exploring.Cut the lines at Disneyland ParkSkip the long lines, screaming children, and overpriced Mickey ears for a quiet evening exploring Disneyland in the comfort of your own home. Google Earth VR navigates you pass the hordes of people, allowing you to get the full experience of the Magic Kingdom in less time than it would take to wait in line for tickets.Oculus Steam Take a dive into the Caribbean SeaCaptain Salty / DronestagramDon’t waste your time getting “swimsuit ready” when you can just take a dip in the virtual ocean. Ascape VR can instantly transport you to the Cayman Islands, where you can dive with sharks or wade in the water amid stunning beach views.Google AppleHike to Machu PicchuMachu Picchu receives more than a million visitors annually — and now you can explore the mystical ruins too, with Jaunt VR. You don’t have to camp or hike and, more importantly, you won’t be spit on by an alpaca when you’re ascending the Salkantay trail.Google Apple SteamForage the final frontierNix the space suits and the freeze-dried strawberries for a virtual tour of the International Space Station (ISS). With Google Earth VR, you can see our planet from within the Cupola Observational Module, a six-window observatory that towers above the stratosphere and houses the robotic workstation that controls the space station’s remote manipulator arm. Google Street View also lets you further explore the ISS, including the Columbus Research Laboratory. It’s mostly filled with white wires and computers, sure, but you’re in space, so it’s somehow cooler.SteamRide a gondola through VeniceThere is no better way to see Venice then riding through on a gondola, or for our sake, a virtual gondola. Explor VR lets you float along the Canal Grande and pass under the oldest bridge in Venice, the Rialto. With a city that is slowly sinking, seeing its historical monuments and bright colored buildings, even from afar, is well worth it.AppleSwim with elephants in South AfricaAlberto Ghizzi Panizza/Getty ImagesWhile your friends are getting sunburned in Cancún, you will be virtually swimming with elephants. With Discovery VR, you can get up close and personal with one of the smartest species of the animal kingdom. Not only will this app land you front-row seats to exotic animal behavior, but the company has recently partnered with Racing Extinction, allowing you to get a closer look at various endangered species and those on the brink of extinction.Discovery Binge scares: The 13 best-reviewed horror series you can stream for Halloweenlast_img read more

Annual Garden Party at Government House June 19

first_imgThe public is invited to attend the annual lieutenant-governor’s Garden Party on Wednesday, June 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant and Mrs. Joan Grant will host the garden party on the grounds of Government House. Guests are invited to enjoy refreshments on the back lawn, weather permitting. “The lieutenant-governor’s Garden Party has been an annual tradition in Halifax for over 100 years,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “We invite all Nova Scotians and visitors to join us for a fun and enjoyable afternoon, everyone is welcome.” Those planning to attend the party should enter Government House through the main entrance on 1451 Barrington St. Parking is not available at Government House, but is available on surrounding streets and lots. In case of inclement weather, only out-of-town guests will be accommodated indoors.last_img read more

Indias balancing act

first_imgWith India, the largest democracy of the world, rapidly rising to its potential as a global player during the Modi regime, its natural placement in the international arena is attracting the limelight after a long period of survival without shine. The hallmark of this is an implicit acknowledgement by the world powers that India stood for sanity in global affairs. Three things have helped in establishing this image for India–all to be credited to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. First, he sent down a clear message that India had shed the ideological baggage of the Cold War era and would bilaterally strike a friendship with everyone based on mutual economic benefit and shared security perspectives. Secondly, he showed an uncanny understanding of ‘knowledge economy’ in projecting India as one of the largest markets of the world that was available to others for equitable offers. And, finally, he convincingly presented to the world an India committed to ‘nation first’ but otherwise completely pledged in working for global peace and development. Also Read – A special kind of bondIt is his personal integrity, belief in India’s higher values as a nation with a world view and an intrinsic boldness about dealing with an external threat to national security that together made it possible for him to develop upfront a remarkable personal equation with world leaders like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Shinzo Abe, and Emmanuel Macron. It cannot go unnoticed that at every international gathering in his time, India has emerged stronger as an advocate of cooperation for the common good. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe G20 Summit in Japan saw India successfully handling the US-Japan combine on one hand and the Russian and Chinese leadership on the other. With the US and Japan, Modi regime has struck a remarkably high level of convergence of thought in economic and security affairs. It is on the global threat of terrorism that the Indo-US relationship, rooted in a total identity of outlook, has enabled India to push Pakistan to near isolation in the world community–as a breeding ground of Islamic militants. President Donald Trump, with his visceral aversion to violence of Islamic extremists, has called out Pakistan for providing a safe haven to terrorists and unlike his predecessors, not drawn a line between Islamic radicals who attacked the US-led West and the militant outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen that targeted India alone at the behest of the Pak army-ISI combine. With the US emerging as the biggest supplier of defence equipment to India and the Modi-Trump consonance on promotion of trade between the two countries helping to create an atmosphere of accommodation, there is every likelihood of issues like S-400 missile deal with Russia and tariff imbalance being resolved in time, and even the conundrum of American sanctions on Iran softening up to India’s advantage. The US spokesperson specifically mentioned that 5G rollout had figured in the bilateral meeting between Modi and Trump–this is a major business opportunity that India offers at present. As regards Japan, Modi’s personal rapport with Abe is strong and technology-based industrial cooperation between India and Japan is gathering momentum. India’s stand on sharing of Indian data with Japan is going to be incumbent on the evolution of India’s policy on the subject–taking into account the fact of ‘data being the new oil’, as Mukesh Ambani put it at a conference last year, and weighing in the mutuality of economic and security interests of both sides. India’s collaboration with the US and Japan for preserving our long-sighted interests in the Indo-Pacific region against any aggressive pursuits of China is a new fulcrum of Indo-Japan strategic partnership. India has appropriately emphasised the need for ‘a rules-based order’ in the Indo-Pacific region. A new nomenclature–Indo-Pacific–given by the US to the maritime segment earlier called the ‘Asia Pacific’ had certainly strengthened India’s position in this part of the world. It is not surprising that the first group meeting held on sidelines of the G20 Summit at Osaka was between the US President and the Prime Ministers of Japan and India. It demonstrated the resurgence of this triangular relationship which focused on both the Indo-Pacific region and the global economy. In a smart diplomatic move, Modi emphasised on the acronym JAI for the group to give it a special identity. He talked of the importance of connectivity, infrastructure and peace, reiterated his own governance motto of ‘sabka saath, sabka vishwas’ and showered fulsome praise on Trump and Abe for carrying the mission of the new troika forward. The meeting gave a message loud and clear that nothing would come in the way of the three countries completely working together for development and global security. What is even more significant for India is the astute handling of our relations with China and Russia by PM Modi both at the policy and personal levels in his time. BRICS and SCO have been brilliantly utilised by Modi for giving a distinct flavour to the relationship of India with Russia and China as something that could stand on its own outside of the powerful bonding this country has with the US and Japan at present. Mutuality of gains of economic cooperation is being broached with China regardless of the obvious concerns India has over the CPEC and the military alliance that China and Pakistan have had for some time now. On the threat of terrorism that the world now shares with India, China had to bend its wings in the context of Maulana Masood Azhar being named a global terrorist by UNSC and this combined with the recall of Doklam might have made Xi Jinping do some course correction and not take India for granted at a time when his ‘trade war’ with the US might obstruct China’s vision of becoming the second Super Power through the economic route. India’s relations with Russia, of course, serve both economic and security interests–a good advantage is that there is Russian support for our stand in Afghanistan. It is also significant that Donald Trump does not carry the legacy of Cold War hostility in dealing with Putin. Both in BRICS and RIM–forums that bring India to the proximity of China and Russia–Prime Minister Modi boldly spoke against ‘unilateralism’ and ‘protectionism’ being injected in the international system and thus endorsed the call of ‘multilateralism’ raised by President Xi to record China’s disapproval of the sanctions unilaterally invoked by the US in the context of Iran or trade with other countries. India under Modi has thus built a sound framework of policy in dealing with all other major powers of the world and managed to earn a position of recognition and respect in the area of decision making at the global level on matters affecting the world economy and international peace. At G20, Modi warned the world once again that terrorism was the biggest global security challenge. On the threat of faith-based terror instigated by Pakistan, India does not have the comfort of distance that the US and other major powers had and this must be fully realised by the policymakers here. Kashmir is the keystone of our security policy for the near future–Pakistan is converting it into a Muslim issue and seeking to invoke Jihad to lay claim on the Valley. Home Minister Amit Shah has struck a note of reality in showing the pro-Pak separatists their place, pulling up the Jammu and Kashmir administration for its failures and reiterating the importance of the relentless pursuit of terrorists. Prime Minister Modi has set the world stage right for India and there is little doubt that the new Home Minister would take charge of the Internal Security scene–getting the states to have their share of responsibility in neutralising the enemy agents on our own soil and not mixing domestic politics with national security issues. (The author is a former Director of Intelligence Bureau. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Canadian banks to benefit from rising US interest rates

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian banks are expected to benefit from rising U-S interest rates and fewer bad loans in the oil patch as they start reporting their latest quarterly results this week.But analysts say worries about the housing market remain a key concern.Meny Grauman, an analyst with Cormark Securities, says that even if results are good, people may dismiss them as being quote — “backward-looking” because of fears about the Canadian mortgage market.Ratings agency Moody’s downgraded the credit ratings for Canada’s big banks earlier this month, in part due to concerns that high house prices have left lenders vulnerable to potential losses.Since Home Capital had to secure an emergency 2-billion line of credit after savers started pulling out their deposits in recent weeks, some observers are worried about broader implications.But a C-I-B-C analyst says concerns that Home Capital is the so-called canary-in-the-coal-mine are overblown.The Bank of Montreal will kick off the earnings parade on Wednesday, followed by Royal Bank, T-D Bank and C-I-B-C on Thursday.last_img read more

Yazidi boy gets short meeting with Trudeau after showing up at town

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Yazidi boy who was held captive for three years by Iraqi militants got his wish to meet with Justin Trudeau, simply by showing up to the prime minister’s town hall meeting in Winnipeg.Thirteen-year-old Emad Mishko Tamo made a video appeal to Trudeau that was posted to social media by the Yazidi Association of Manitoba last month.But a spokesman for the group says they never heard back from Trudeau, and decided to try to see him at the forum at the University of Manitoba on Wednesday.Hadji Hesso says when Emad arrived at the venue with his uncle, political staffers approached him and brought him to a dressing room, where he met Trudeau for about five minutes.Emad was reunited with his family in Winnipeg last year after a relative saw his picture, taken in a refugee camp, on social media.Hesso says they’d hoped for a much longer meeting with Trudeau, so Emad could talk more about the plight of other Yazidi children and bringing more refugees to Canada.“It was not the meeting that we were looking for,” said Hesso, who is a spokesman for the family. “But hopefully this is just the beginning.”“We requested a further meeting, another meeting, to discuss more details — if possible in Ottawa — but nothing has been confirmed yet.”Emad was separated from his family after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant displaced thousands of members of the Kurdish-minority Yazidis in 2014. He was freed last summer in the city of Mosul.In the Yazidi Association’s video, Emad held up a sign thanking Canada for helping him, followed by another sign stating that he wanted to share his story and be a voice for other Yazidi children still in captivity.“There’s a thousand other kids like me who are still held captive,” one of Emad’s signs stated. “Hon. Justin Trudeau, will you meet me?”Hesso said he got to the Max Bell Centre at the University of Manitoba early, and was waiting for Emad to arrive with his uncle and another representative with the Yazidi association. The plan wasn’t complicated — just try to find the prime minister.But Hesso said he got a text telling him Emad was already with the prime minister.During the short meeting, Hesso said Emad gave Trudeau a list of some of the issues he hoped the government could address.“Emad was excited,” Hesso said, but noted more time was needed.“We were hoping for something better, longer, more detailed.”The day before the town hall, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel posted a Facebook video where she criticized Trudeau for failing to meet with Emad, noting the prime minister did meet with freed hostage Joshua Boyle.Boyle and his family were rescued in Pakistan in October after five years of captivity in Afghanistan. Less than two weeks after their meeting with Trudeau, Ottawa police laid 15 criminal charges against Boyle, including eight counts of assault and two counts of sexual assault.“The plight of the Yazidi people is something we should be prioritizing here in Canada and I can think of no better emissary than a young boy who has survived this and has the courage to speak for his people,” Rempel said in the video.The House of Commons unanimously passed a motion in 2016 calling the persecution of Yazidis a genocide, and committing to provide asylum to Yazidi women and girls.An email last month from a spokesman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen stated that as of Dec. 31, 2017, the government issued just over 1,200 visas to government-supported survivors of ISIL.More than 1,000 had arrived in Canada and 81 per cent of them were Yazidi, the email stated.However, the email stated that the government would not be receiving any new applications under the initiative.—By Rob Drinkwater in Edmonton.last_img read more

Residents in Trudeaus Montreal riding unfazed by blackface scandal

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — Residents in Justin Trudeau’s home riding expressed support for the Liberal leader on Thursday as he dealt with the fallout of old photos showing him in skin-darkening makeup.In Montreal’s multi-ethnic Papineau riding, people interviewed from different cultural communities said they don’t think Trudeau meant to offend.Sani Piameng, the owner of an African butcher shop and grocery store, says Trudeau has often visited his store and even watched soccer games with him and his customers.He says Trudeau is not a racist, and that’s more important than photos taken nearly 20 years ago.Zahid Nassar, an immigrant from Pakistan, says he’s not bothered by the images because many people do regrettable things when they’re young.Members of Quebec’s political class have condemned the photos, which show Trudeau wearing blackface and brownface on at least three occasions, ranging from a high school talent show to an Arabian Nights-themed party in 2001 when he was 29.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019.last_img read more

Elton John Presents 12th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit

first_imgOn Tuesday, October 15, 2013, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will present its 12th annual An Enduring Vision benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.The Foundation welcomes back award-winning CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who will host the event for a seventh consecutive year.Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish will present EJAF’s very first Founder’s Award to Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Secretary Clinton’s ground-breaking speech in Geneva declaring that “gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights” and the bold plan for an AIDS-free generation she presented at the International AIDS Conference epitomize EJAF’s concept of “an enduring vision of a world without AIDS.”They will also present EJAF’s Enduring Vision Awards to Sandra Lee, Ronald O. Perelman, and Howard Rose. Multiple Emmy Award-winning television host and magazine editor-in-chief Sandra Lee is a long-time supporter of EJAF and other HIV/AIDS and LGBT civil rights organizations, as well as serving as the national spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry campaign and a founding board member of UNICEF’s Los Angeles chapter. Devoted EJAF supporter Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, is a major philanthropist who has made numerous multi-million dollar gifts to health, education, civic, and arts organizations across the country. Founding EJAF Board member Howard Rose has generously assisted the Foundation in all areas of its work since its inception, from the initial and continued development of a variety of fund-raising events to building individual and corporate relationships.Sir Elton John and David Furnish serve as the honorary chairs for An Enduring Vision, joined by their Co-Chairs Bill and Tani Austin, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Johnny and Edwina Barbis, Jennifer Bayer Michaels, Joseph W. Blount, John Demsey, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Frank Giustra, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness, Diana Jenkins, Donna Karan, Robert K. Kraft, Leonard A. Lauder, Peter Luukko, Jay Marciano, Tamara Mellon, OBE, Leslie Moonves, James L. Nederlander, Martha Nelson, Melissa Ormond, Michael Rapino, Lily Safra, Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant, Alexandra Stanton and Sam Natapoff, Edward Walson, and Roger Woolsey.Presenting Sponsors for the event are American Airlines, Frank Giustra, Robert K. Kraft, and Wells Fargo.Co-Sponsors are Joseph W. Blount, The John R. Eckel Jr. Foundation, The Lauder Foundation, Live Nation, Ronald O. Perelman, and the Starkey Hearing Foundation.Gold Sponsors are The Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation, Caesars Palace, Edmond J. Safra Foundation, M•A•C Viva Glam, Million Air, and Service Electric Company/Sunrider Productions.For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or andreas.schwarz@ejaf.org.last_img read more

Fuel shortages continue to hamper basic functions in Gaza – UN aid

Some 30 out of 87 ambulances run by the Health Ministry and the Red Crescent in Gaza cannot operate because of the lack of fuel, UNRWA said, while all 140 water wells in the area have now run out of fuel.The fuel shortages have been a persistent problem because of Israel’s tight restrictions on the passage of goods into or out of Gaza since the middle of last year, and senior UN officials have called on Israel to ease those restrictions to allow the passage of goods needed for basic functions.The situation is particularly difficult in the wake of the upsurge of violence over the past week that has led to the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza, as well as the deaths of at least two Israeli soldiers and an Israeli civilian.UNRWA reported that four of its schools in Gaza City and Rafah sustained damage as a result of Israeli operations in the area in recent days.Meanwhile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Australia’s Maxwell Gaylard as his Deputy UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO).In this capacity, Mr. Gaylard will also serve as the UN Coordinator for humanitarian and development activities in the occupied Palestinian territory.Mr. Gaylard, who has been acting as Deputy Special Coordinator since last November, has previously served as Director of the UN Mine Action Service and as a senior UN humanitarian and coordination official in Somalia, Sudan and northern Iraq. 4 March 2008The Gaza Strip continues to be plagued by fuel shortages, leaving many ambulances unable to function and ensuring most residents have only an intermittent water supply, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported today. read more

UN envoy hopes to see renewed commitment to LebaneseIsraeli peace

Michael Williams added that the UN stood behind Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri’s efforts to form a new government in consultation with all the political parties in Lebanon. “We hope that this process will be completed soon in order to allow the new government to address the many socio-economic and political challenges facing the country,” he told reporters yesterday following a meeting in Beirut with Mr. Hariri. Mr. Williams, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, said the Lebanese authorities and different Lebanese political parties and groups have repeatedly assured him of their commitment to resolution 1701, which was adopted three years ago this week. The resolution called for renewed respect for the Blue Line separating the Lebanese forces and Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling, among other elements. In an opinion piece published today in the Beirut daily An-Nahar, Mr. Williams noted that resolution 1701 not only ended 33 days of warfare between Israel and Lebanon, but ushered in the longest period of stability along their shared border in a quarter of a century. He cited areas of progress, including the ongoing process of demarcating the Blue Line and last year’s exchange of prisoners and remains between Hizbollah and Israel. “But the overall objectives of resolution 1701 – a permanent ceasefire and lasting solution – are yet to be achieved,” he wrote. “The situation in the south and along the Blue Line remains, though largely calm and stable, fragile.” Among other things, Israeli overflights continue and there has been limited progress towards resolving the issue of the Sheb’a Farms area, he said. In addition, a number of recent incidents, including the explosion in an arms cache in Khirbet Silim last month and subsequent reactions, were “a stark reminder” of how quickly and dangerously the situation in the south and along the Blue Line can deteriorate. “For the sake of the affected populations, we must not tire in our effort to fully implement resolution 1701 and work towards the achievement of a comprehensive peace in the region,” stated Mr. Williams. 14 August 2009The top United Nations envoy for Lebanon said he hopes that the country’s new Government, when formed, will renew its commitment to, and fully carry out, the Security Council resolution which helped to end the 2006 war between Hizbollah and Israel. read more

Sri Lanka takes stake in Google balloon Internet venture

Fernando said there would be no other capital investment by Sri Lanka, but 10 percent of the joint venture would be offered to existing telephone service providers in the island.The minister said most of the Internet service providers on the island were in favour of what is known as Google’s “Project Loon” that will extend their coverage and offer cheaper rates for data services. Sri Lanka’s government announced Monday it would take a 25 percent stake in a joint venture with Google designed to deliver a high-speed Internet service powered by balloons and that tests would begin this month, phys.org reported.Telecommunications Minister Harin Fernando said Google has taken delivery in Sri Lanka of the giant helium-filled balloons and other equipment needed to carry out tests across the island. “The government of Sri Lanka will have a 25 percent stake in the (joint-venture) company in return for the spectrum that will be allocated for the project,” the minister added in Colombo. “Our objective is to extend coverage so that the entire island will be covered,” Fernando said. “With competition, tariffs will also come down.”Service providers will be able to access higher speeds and improve the quality of their existing service once the balloon project is up and running.The balloons, once in the stratosphere, will be twice as high as commercial airliners and barely visible to the naked eye. The balloons will have a lifespan of about 180 days, but can be recycled, said Fernando who visited Google’s testing facility at Silicon Valley. “The tests will start later this month at Ratmalana (a suburb of the capital Colombo) and could last up to a year,” Fernando told reporters. Sri Lanka became the first country in South Asia to introduce mobile phones in 1989 and the first to roll out a 3G network in 2004. It was also the first in the region to unveil a 4G network two years ago. (Colombo Gazette) Official figures show there are 3.3 million mobile Internet connections and 630,000 fixed line Internet subscribers among Sri Lanka’s more than 20 million population. read more

ICRC assures full cooperation to Armys humanitarian work

Making his maiden visit to the Commander’s office at the Army Headquarters after he assumed duties in Sri Lanka, Petridis extended greetings and assured his full cooperation to the humanitarian role of the Army. Petridis was updated on the ongoing reconciliation and community oriented projects being carried out by members of the Security Forces in the North and East. The Commander in turn explained to the ICRC Head what the Army at present has been doing at different levels to uplift the living standards of low-income groups, improve their health standards as well as the Army role in community projects, assistance provided for agriculture, etc, largely in the peninsula.He also assured the support of the Army for future ICRC projects. (Colombo Gazette) The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has assures its full cooperation to the humanitarian work of the Army, the Army media unit said.The new Head of the ICRC delegation in Sri Lanka, Loukas Petridis, who assumed duties recently paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake. read more

New Brunswicks cannabis retailer lays off workers as operational needs become clear

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s cannabis retailer is laying off staff, saying it has a better understanding of “operational needs” three months after the historic legalization of recreational marijuana.Cannabis NB said most of the about 60 layoffs involved people with seasonal contracts, but some are part-time or full-time employees.Spokeswoman Marie-Andree Bolduc said Thursday that despite supply challenges, operations have normalized at the 20 stores and they now understand the needs of each outlet.“This decision is representative of normal new retail industry operations and long-term fiscal responsibility,” she said in an email. Legal pot costs almost 50 per cent more than pot bought on the black market: StatCan Canadian pot shortage could last up to three years, industry executives say Former black market dealers, established cannabis retailers gearing up for Ontario lottery She said it’s difficult to speculate whether the supply problems that have plagued cannabis retailers across the country were a factor.“Supply issues may have contributed, however based on current traffic and interaction time with customers we are confident that even as supply continues to stabilize and we expand our portfolio, that our current team has the capacity to deliver the expected customer experience and education and manage store operations,” she said.Under the former Liberal government, New Brunswick had seen legalized cannabis as green gold — a chance to rake in profits and create production and retail jobs, with a community college program developed for cannabis technicians.Bolduc said some of the laid-off staff may be rehired in the future.“In preparing for the launch of the new legal cannabis industry, Cannabis NB wanted to ensure that a well-trained, qualified team was built that was large enough to set up the retail locations, fill the work schedules and deliver the right customer experience and education based on demand,” she said.“The teams and roles were structured to allow flexibility in the delivery of the customer experience needed and manage expectations that staffing of stores may change after launch.”Bolduc says they’ll be releasing quarterly sales figures at the end of January.Meanwhile, neighbouring Nova Scotia is not looking at any layoffs as a result of supply shortages, said provincial Finance Minister Karen Casey.The province has only 12 shops run by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, which gets its supply from licensed producers based in Nova Scotia, P.E.I., New Brunswick, Ontario and Alberta.Casey said a second Nova Scotia producer has recently gotten approval from Health Canada, which has helped with the supply crunch, while a third is waiting for approval.“We were anticipating a greater demand over the Christmas season that we did receive, so it helped to balance that (shortages) out,” said Casey.She said unlike New Brunswick, her province did not lock employees into contracts beginning with the original roll out date of July 1. Casey said Nova Scotia stores are also staffed by some permanent part-time workers.“So we are not subjected to the situation that they (New Brunswick) are, where they have employees and no work and have to lay them off,” she said.Casey said the fact Nova Scotia operates with fewer stores has been a factor in retaining jobs.“I think that approach has allowed us to better manage supply demand and not have to look at layoffs.” read more

UN envoy denounces latest attack on Lebanese security forces

The attack, which occurred close to a Lebanese army checkpoint at the Tayyouneh roundabout, comes on the heels of last Friday’s suicide bombing at an Internal Security Forces checkpoint in Dahr El-Baidar.“The Special Coordinator underlined the need for continued unity in Lebanon in the face of the terrorist threat,” said a statement issued by Derek Plumbly’s office.“He paid tribute to all that the security forces are doing to sustain security and stability in the country, and again underlined the United Nations’ solidarity with the Government and people of Lebanon as they stand up to this threat.”Also today, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, continued his visit to Lebanon, meeting with Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Beirut, as well as the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), General Jean Kahwaji.During the meetings, issues related to the implementation of UN resolution 1701 – which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbollah – were discussed, with particular focus on the situation in area of operations of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the cooperation between the peacekeeping mission and the LAF in southern Lebanon.“I was very encouraged by my discussions with the leaders today. They strongly reaffirmed their commitment to the full implementation of resolution 1701 and were highly appreciative of UNIFIL’s role in keeping the calm along the Blue Line in these turbulent times,” said Mr. Ladsous.“The prevailing calm in southern Lebanon has a stabilising effect beyond the immediate area and I assured the leaders that we, UNIFIL and the UN Headquarters, will spare no efforts in keeping it this way. Lebanon has stood up commendably to the immense challenges posed by the regional developments, and we must stand together with Lebanon in supporting this endeavour.”Mr. Ladsous also visited UNIFIL’s headquarters in Naqoura, in southern Lebanon, where he was briefed by the Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Paolo Serra and other staff on the mission’s operations. read more

Ohio State track and field teams get season underway with Buckeye Classic

Then-redshirt-sophomore Cory Kunze jumps over a hurdle during the Jesse Owens Track Classic April 14, 2012, at Jesse Owens Memorial Field.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State track and field teams got their seasons off to a fast start in their first meets of the year.The teams opened their indoor seasons at the Buckeye Classic in the French Field House Friday, playing host to Wright State, Marshall, Dayton, Kentucky State, Ohio and Ashland, in addition to unattached runners.The men’s team had an OSU runner place first in four of seven individual running events. There were three first place finishers in field events.Senior sprinter and hurdler Demoye Bogle won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.65 seconds to break his own school record. This winning time was also a French Field House record and was one of the top finishing times in Division I hurdles this season. Redshirt-freshman Donovan Robertson came second behind Bogle with his personal best time of 7.74 seconds but with the second best in school history.Junior sprinter and hurdler Timothy Faust also had a personal best time of 6.77 seconds at the Buckeye Classic in the 60-meter run.The season opener generated about 1,000 fans.In five of seven individual races, the OSU women’s squad had runners finish first and second. Senior sprinter Chesna Sykes finished first in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.Along with many first place finishers, there were also three personal bests for women’s track recorded on the day. Sophomore sprinter and hurdler Alexis Franklin came in second in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal best 8.35 seconds.Junior sprinter and jumper Abie Ehimwenman received her personal best mark of 6.01 meters in the long jump, putting her in first place. Senior thrower Emily Taylor grabbed another personal best and third place with an 18.71 meter toss in the weight throw.OSU’s young runners showed off their talents in the 3,000-meter run, with sophomore distance runner Minori Minagwa claiming first with a time of 10 minutes 20 seconds and freshman distance runner Jill Kanney taking second, just two seconds behind Minagwa.Next weekend, the women’s team is set to hit the road to travel to Lexington, Ky., for the Kentucky Invite and the men’s team is set to be in State College, Pa., for the Penn State Invite. read more

Djordjic and Mahe to SG Flensburg

The reigning EHF Champions League winner SG Flensburg will have two new players in the upcoming season – French playmaker – left wing Kentin Mahe and Serbian left back Petar Djordjic according to German handball sources. Two HSV Handball members will change T-shirts but both staying in North Germany whereare  the best handball teams.Mahe came to HSV from VfL Gummersbach, while Djordjic, who recovered from the serious knee injury, played for SG Flensburg with the same coach – Ljubomir Vranjes. Kentin MahePetar DjordjićSG Flensburg ← Previous Story ThSV Eisenach sign Tomas Urban Next Story → Meshkov Brest sign Sasha Tioumentsev

Proposed bill aims to increase awareness of cyber attacks

first_imgSecurity in our connected world is an ever-increasing concern. High-profile hacks have been in the news frequently over the past couple of years, with major corporations like Google falling victim and America’s smart grid coming under attack. And while a small number of savvy Americans understand what’s going on, people are generally completely in the dark (pardon the pun) about the current state of cybersecurity.Transparency is needed, believe Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jon Kyl. Back in November of 2010, Whitehouse had called on the federal government to take a close look at how information dealing with cyber attacks is handled. “Americans are sadly uninformed about the extent of risk,” he stated, continuing “and the extent of the capacity that is being used against us.”AdChoices广告Historically, information regarding cyber attacks has been classified by the government and kept hush-hush by private corporations — due to fears of being publicly shamed. That attitude is simply not helping, say Whitehouse and Kyl, and may actually be exacerbating the situation. The proposed Cyber Security Public Awareness Act of 2011 would task various agencies — including Homeland Security, the SEC, and DoD — with reporting attacks on infrastructure, federal networks, and also businesses and consumers to Congress. Similar legislation with a global focus was introduced last year, the International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act.Whitehouse believes that if Americans had a better understanding of the risks that they’d do a better job of keeping their computers up to date. That, in turn, would lead to fewer vulnerable systems in the U.S. which could be breached in future attacks.While staying up to date is certainly important, Mr. Whitehouse surely knows that most high-profile hacks begin with a successful spear phishing campaign. My hope would be that increased disclosure and awareness would lead businesses and government agencies to better educate users about avoiding such craftily-engineered attacks. Anti-malware software and fully updated systems are a great starting point, but it’s just as critical — if not more so — that the person in the chair knows how to avoid falling victim to a phisher’s snare.Read more at Infosec Islandlast_img read more

Dixie Carter congratulates Rockstar Spud Lesnar and Cena advertised for Chicago event

first_img February 2, 2018 at 1:52 am Now Playing Up Next 3 COMMENTS Colby WhatsApp John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced John Cena Not In Royal Rumble Due To Injury With Ric Flair’s influence and his relationship with the Wirtz family, WWE should run the United Center every Chicago show. Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles January 31, 2018 at 11:34 pm Videos Articles Pinterest Does Spud wrestle or is he just an on-air personality? I never saw him in TNA, but I know the name. Now Playing Up Next Dixie Carter congratulates Rockstar SpudFormer TNA President Dixie Carter congratulated former TNA/Impact Wrestling star Rockstar Spud on his WWE debut last night during 205 Live.As reported on last night, Spud was introduced as the new General Manager of 205 Live by Daniel Bryan under the new name Drake Maverick.You can check out Carter’s tweet below.https://twitter.com/TNADixie/status/958703802470854656Lesnar and Cena advertised for Chicago eventWWE.com is currently advertising WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and John Cena for the upcoming WWE live event on March 3 in Chicago, Illinois.As reported earlier, this will be the first time since the mid-1990s that WWE will be running the United Center in the Chicago market. The Allstate Arena was not available.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need HimVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Comments are closed. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) Google+ Mat Thompson Twitter Jimmy Fallon WWE 205 Live Results – 9/3/19 (Drew Gulak aligns with Tony Nese, Lince Dorado competes) Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever John Cena Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar He did a ton of talking in TNA but he does wrestle and actually won their British boot camp wrestling competition to secure his TNA spot. February 1, 2018 at 7:33 am Facebook Jonathan Hood Now Playing Up Nextlast_img

Statement In Rebuttal Of Fabricated Evidence

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYHaving more facts to testify than most Gambians regarding the injustices perpetrated against the people;   having languished in Mile Two Prisons at the Maximum Security Wing in both the First and Second Republic, in those very cells which petrified those men in uniform but not one like me who dared to continue to speak truth to power, over and over again, risking being taken to the same dungeon, I still chose not to appear before the Commission because I have no pain in my heart to heal. Duty compelled me to do everything I had done to combat injustice.I do forgive Ex Captain Momar Cham even though I have no choice but to prove his guilt of outrageous fabrication of evidence.Being a symbol of national reconciliation I would not want to undermine the spirit of the Commission by discrediting the testimony of Ex Captain Cham in the press alone without subjecting myself to inquiry before the Commission .That would not be credible.I would want the witness to be recalled to tell the truth. If there is any provision for confrontation between us for the truth to be known I hereby declare my readiness for the exercise.No soldier has ever met me in my home. A group of soldiers came to the PDOIS office where I was buried for days monitoring and receiving intelligence report on the situation. The share number of senior Military officers who came with weapons should have frightened any light-hearted human being.  They met me composed and contemplative of their mission.My interaction with a soldier whom I did not know was brief since I wanted them to leave the premises with speed. A Ministerial post was offered and I told the person that they will get my reply. They visited Sam Sarr who lived next door to the PDOIS office and stayed a bit longer than expected. I advanced towards Sam’s house to find out what was going on and met him bidding them goodbye. Sam told me that they were trying to convince him after rejecting the offer outright.The clear evidence we had that the coup makers were working to form a Government compelled me to put a dent to their plan by writing a letter  to reject the offer and  also state the principles of its rejection based on the sovereignty of the Republic and the sovereignty of the people. This was done so that the letter would circulate in order to prepare the base for resistance should they go against our recommendations to open up discussion with the political parties and other National stakeholders.The next day, a Sunday the letter was given to Sam Sarr to deliver at the state house. They would not allow him to see the coup leaders and he left the letter with them and called Captain Kanteh to inform him of the letter. This letter was an open one which was published by the Foroyaa newspaper for general information.Not only were the coup makers aware of our outright rejection of their offer, the whole nation was also  informed  of the grounds of rejection by publishing the letter for all to read.When Ex Captain Cham and Ex Captain Samsideen Sarr were arrested, our publications showed that we came to the defence of their human rights.His testimony is evidenced by a total disregard for truth, good faith and the National Interest at this most crucial stage of our history.I am a hundred percent sure that if I am confronted with Captain Momat Cham he dares not say that he saw me at the State House not to talk about being late for a ministerial appointment.A truth and reconciliation commission deserves something better from an officer in Gambia Armed Forces. It is dishonourable to fabricate evidence and it is more dishonourable to do so against an honourable person.My head will remain unbowed and I will forever be absolved by history. Deception is no longer possible. I am ready to resign as Secretary General of PDOIS and retire from seeking political office should any evidence emerge from his testimony under confrontation which remotely resembles the truth not to mention the whole truth.   The truth will prevail and,  to get to the bottom of it, I now challenge the Commission to recall  Captain Momat Cham and invite me to face him so that through exposing his fabrication of evidence  the Commission will know the truth and nothing but the truth.If the Commission fails to do this, I will not forgive the Commission!!!!!!!!HALIFA SALLAHlast_img read more