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Tejpal to get a copy of the WhatsApp messages between him and survivor

first_imgA trial court hearing the Tarun Tejpal rape case in Mapusa in North Goa, on Wednesday, directed the prosecution to facilitate a sequential record of WhatsApp messages exchanged between former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal and the rape survivor in the case, to the former. A cloned copy of the messages, which will be provided to Tejpal via the Goa State Forensic department, are part of the evidence submitted by the prosecution to the Court. Tejpal has been accused of sexually assaulting and raping his junior female colleague in the elevator of a North Goa coastal resort during an event of the Tehelka magazine in November, 2013. The next date of hearing has been scheduled for July 16 by Mapusa Additional District and Sessions Judge Vijaya Pol. An in-camera trial is presently being held in the case before this judge.last_img read more

J&K on alert after IAF strikes, NIA raids separatists’ houses

first_imgThe J&K government appealed for calm on Tuesday as many departments in the State were put on a general alert in the wake of the Indian Air Force’s pre-dawn cross-border strikes at a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Balakot in Pakistan.Separately, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at the residences of seven separatist leaders in Srinagar.The NIA’s searches, which commenced early on Tuesday morning, were simultaneously conducted at the homes of Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, JKLF chief Yasin Malik, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Shah, Masarat Aalam Butt, Syed Naseem Geelani (son of Syed Ali Shah Geelani) and Zaffar Akbar Bhat.“The NIA teams recovered incriminating documents, including property papers, financial transactions receipts and bank account details,” the NIA said in a statement. “Electronic devices including laptops, e-tablets, mobile phones, pen drives, communication systems and DVRs were also seized during the searches,” it added.The NIA said letterheads of different terrorist organisations as well as documents relating to recommendations for visas for admission in Pakistani educational institutions were also found. “A high-tech Internet communication set-up was also recovered from the residence of Mirwaiz Umar,” it added.In a statement, the umbrella Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising the Mirwaiz, Mr. Malik and Mr. Geelani, termed the NIA searches as “an act of vengeance”.“The clampdown and threats to tinker with Article 35A were aimed to break the nerves of people,” the JRL said in the statement. “Kashmir will observe a complete shutdown on February 27-28 against it. Our lives, families, existence, resistance and everything is in danger,” they added.Meanwhile, an eerie calm prevailed in the Kashmir Valley as people stocked up on essentials in the wake of the Indian strikes. Offices and markets, however, remained open and traffic plied normally.Ceasefire violationsThe Army on Tuesday said Pakistan’s Army had violated the ceasefire agreement on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pir Panjal valley’s Rajouri and Poonch districts and in Jammu’s Akhnoor.The ceasefire violations by Pakistan had been reported along the LoC in Akhnoor, Nowshera and Krishna Ghati sectors, a Jammu-based Army spokesman said in a statement.“Around 5:30 p.m., Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation by heavy shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along the LoC,” the Army said. “Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively.”The LoC stretches for 700 km in J&K.Earlier in the day, the director of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura, the valley’s main hospital, cancelled leave and the second half of the scheduled winter vacation holidays for all its staff.With the government issuing a general alert across J&K, the State’s chief secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam urged people to remain calm and not to believe rumours.“It is necessary that people remain stress free and go about their normal activities. In case there is anything to be communicated regarding people’s safety and security, the government will do so directly through media,” he said.Cross-LoC trade continuesThe escalation between India and Pakistan on Tuesday did not impact the cross-LoC trade.“The exchange of goods was not affected. Thirty-five trucks crossed from this side and an equal number from that into Kashmir,” said Hilal Turki, president, Cross-LoC Traders Union.last_img read more

Cousins’ triple-double powers Pelicans past Cavs

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Pelicans: Host the Orlando Magic on Monday night. MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins came to the bench for the final time as the crowd rose to its feet. He exchanged high fives with Pelicans teammates and fans on the baseline, then motioned to the crowd with his raised right hand to keep the adulation coming.If Cousins, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday keep playing the way they did against LeBron James’ Cavaliers, there will be plenty more scenes like that.ADVERTISEMENT Cousins had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Pelicans pulled away for a convincing 123-101 victory over Cleveland on Saturday night.“I enjoy winning. Don’t you?” Cousins said when asked about his interplay with the jubilant crowd. “If we play like this on a nightly basis, we’ve got a very good chance of being the team that we want to be.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDavis added 30 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks to help New Orleans win for the third time in four games. New Orleans’ All-Star frontcourt tandem had help from the backcourt, too, with Holiday scoring 29 points and E’Twaun Moore 24 as the Pelicans shot better than 53 percent.“We’re locked in as a unit. We feel like we can battle with the best of them. We’re starting to understand what it takes to win games,” said Cousins, who’s played in only 22 games with Davis since the trade that brought Cousins from Sacramento after last season’s All-Star Game. Wade, meanwhile, recalled Miami’s middling start when he and James first became teammates there in the 2010-11 season.“It just takes time to get that continuity,” Wade said. “At some point, we’ll get tired of being a .500 ball club.”EARLY PUSHMoore, who is starting while New Orleans awaits the recovery of Rajon Rando from a preseason core muscle injury, helped the Pelicans build an early double-digit lead. He hit his first five shots — three of them from 3-point range — and the last of those made it 40-27 early in the second quarter.WADE’S NEW WORLDWade came off the bench for a second straight game, but didn’t seem to mind.“I like the role that coach has me in,” Wade said. “Put the ball in my hands, allow me to make plays, allow me to score and attack and be myself.”He looked fine after missing one game with a left knee bruise. He drove past Holiday for one, soaring two-handed dunk and also set up a graceful floater with a behind-the-back move.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host the New York Knicks on Sunday night. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We’re still learning how to play with one another, but the ball movement’s been good lately. Defensively, we’ve been good.”Cousins mostly scored on powerful inside moves, once dribbling through three converging defenders. He also tossed in the sporadic 3. Davis provided his usual mix of decisive spot-up jumpers and crowd-pleasing dunks, either on the break or crashing the boards for put-backs. Holiday complemented penetrating dribble drives with four 3s.“We’re going to be a special team,” Davis said. “We don’t feel it. We know it.”Kevin Love had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs, who were without Derrick Rose and trailed most of the game. James had 18 points and Dwyane Wade 15 for Cleveland, which has lost three of four.After trailing by 13 at halftime, Cleveland briefly appeared to be taking control with a 21-7 run during which Love hit three 3s, grabbed four rebounds and added an assist.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Bellinger, Dodgers top Astros to tie World Series 2-2 “We were playing with a lot of confidence. Guys were shooting their shots, not thinking twice about it,” Love said of the Cavs’ third-quarter surge to a brief 73-72 lead. “When we play like that, we’re tough. We just haven’t put together a good 48-minute span.”Cousins’ three-point play on a driving layup and Holiday’s 3 were bookends of a 12-2 run that put New Orleans back up by nine, and the Pelicans never trailed again.Love briefly left the game after falling to the floor, clutching his left knee under the basket. He returned in the fourth quarter, but the Pelicans put the game away with a 13-3 run, capped by Holiday’s fourth 3-pointer, which made it 108-89.“They’re a tough team to defend,” Love said.TIP-INSCavaliers: Although Rose previously sounded optimistic that his left ankle sprain would be healed enough to play in New Orleans, coach Tyronn Lue said before the game that Rose was still in pain. “I don’t know about a setback, but he still had soreness this morning when he tried to warm up,” Lue said. … Lue added that he inserted the 6-foot-5 Iman Shumpert in the starting lineup against New Orleans because he felt that was the best option for defending the 6-4 Holiday.Pelicans: Newly acquired F Josh Smith made his debut late in the first quarter for his first NBA action since the 2015-16 season. He made his only shot and grabbed two rebounds in a little less than seven minutes. … The Pelicans finished 13 of 31 (41.9 percent) from 3-point range.NO PANICJames, Love and Wade all said Cavs are unhappy with their recent play, but aren’t about to overreact after six games.“We know we have to get a lot better. We’re frustrated,” Love said. “But in no way are we going to panic.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Saina raring for CWG gold

first_imgSania Nehwal is focussed on her main goal right now – winning the gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG). Not surprisingly, she is leaving no stone unturned to realise her dreams.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Saina said she gave a miss to the recent China Masters and Japan Super Series championships in back- to- back weeks to concentrate on training for the CWG.”I decided to skip both the China Masters and the Japan Open in an attempt to focus on the CWG. I realised that I had a punishing schedule leading up to the World Championships. So, I decided to concentrate on training and cut down my playing schedule,” Saina said.When it was pointed out that she had never won a major title in India and whether that would be a factor weighing on her mind, she said playing at home increased the expectations of her fans.”I do not think there is any extra pressure on me while playing in India. The only factor is that the crowds have a lot of expectations from me every time I step on to the court. But then, one cannot help it. It is only fair for them to expect a good show from me,” Saina said.Saina, who is currently ranked third in the world, felt that the CWG would have a formidable field.”Make no mistake, it is going to be a tough field. There are players like Yip Yin Pui (World No. 12) and Malaysian Mee Choo Wong (World No. 15) in the fray. I will have to be at my best. There is no doubt about that,” she admitted.advertisementAs regards her ambition of becoming world No. 1, the Hyderabadi said she had not set any specific deadline for achieving that.”Right now my focus is on winning as many major titles that I can. As regards the No. 1 ranking, I am ready to wait. There is no hurry,” she said.On his part, chief national coach Pullela Gopi Chand denied that Saina would be under extra pressure while playing at home. “I do not think pressure is a factor that is going to affect her performance. She is focussed more than ever before on coming up with a sterling show at the CWG,” he said.Gopi Chand also felt that the fact that Saina has already played at the Siri Fort Sports Complex – the venue for the badminton events in the CWG – would work to her advantage.”She has played the Asian Badminton Championships at the same venue in April and that will also be an advantage. She will be familiar with the lighting and the drift inside the stadium,” he said.Gopi Chand also felt that the Indian players had to come up with the goods when it came to the men’s single competition, with world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei also in the fray.”Lee Chong Wei’s presence makes the men’s field very competitive. Our players will have to lift their game substantially in order to perform well. They have been training very hard and I see no reason why they should not win a medal,” he said.last_img read more

Olympiacos Routs AEK, 4-0

first_imgATHENS — Three days before traveling to Dinamo Zagreb for a Champions League game, Olympiacos had no trouble beating visiting third-place AEK 4-0 in the Greek soccer league Oct. 17 despite resting some of its starters.Costas Fortounis entered the game in the 76th minute and scored twice for Olympiakos, which had several chances for an ever bigger scoreline.Alberto Botia headed in Alejandro Dominguez’s corner kick in the 28th and Brown Ideye made it 2-0 in the 70th, before Fortounis scored in the 78th and added a penalty kick in stoppage time.Olympiacos is now six points ahead of Panathinaikos, which hosts Iraklis Oct. 18, and eight ahead of both AEK and Panionios, which beat Kalloni 2-0.Also, Platanias beat Panthrakikos 4-0.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

How speed rubber training prepared Dutee for Asian Games

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Aug 30 (PTI) Disadvantaged by her short height, Dutee Chand makes up for it with her quick strides, says her coach N Ramesh, who also credited a gruelling speed rubber training regimen for her two silver medals at the Asian Games here. The 5’3” sprinter from Odisha picked up second position in 100m and 200m events, her 100m silver being India’s first in 20 years. The triumph on the track healed some of the psychological wounds she suffered while fighting for identity in the hyperandrogenism case at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). “Her start is natural, she has got very good frequency (of steps), so we worked hard on the first 30-40 metres. This season, I asked Dutee to practice with the speed rubber to enhance speed,” Ramesh told PTI. The regimen involves wearing a band just above the knees to increase resistance while performing training drills and workouts. The drill is believed to enhance muscle power and agility which in turn helps the sprinter accelerate. “If you do it regularly, it helps you run with same intensity in the competition, Ramesh said. “It’s not easy to maintain balance when you run with rubber tied to your body.It is very technical training. First you perform drills, then easy running and then high speed,” he explained. The 22-year old from Bhubaneshwar started practicing with the rubber after the Guwahati Nationals in June this year. “Before she started using rubber, she would cover 40 metres in 4.95 seconds and after using it it came to 4.80s. In sprints like 100m, it is crucial time,” said Ramesh.advertisement The coach also stressed on the need to not overdo it. “Hamstring conditioning is very important before you use it. The warm up is very crucial. The athlete should also be intelligent enough to endure and manage the pressure. Ramesh is proud of her ward who, he said, has immense fighting spirit as she fought alone and never thought of giving up. “When India’s 100m history sheets will be looked at, it will show that before her medal, there was just one silver and two bronze in 17 editions since 1951. This medal has come after 20 years. Full credit to Dutee, she fought on the track and in her life too,” the coach said. Dutee has a national record of 11.29s and the coach is now targeting a sub-11 time in the run up to the Tokyo Games. “She is only 22, maturity will come. That’s our aim, before Tokyo, we want sub-11. With that time she will make finals, at least.” Talking about the period between 2014 and 2018 when she was banned from running, Ramesh said, it was challenging for both of them. “My role was crucial. If kids fail exams, the parents try to motivate them. Payoshni Mitra (Dutee’s lawyer) supported her and took the case to CAS. That phase was challenging. I have seen failures and success of many athletes. There is a saying that a champion either wins or learns but never loses. She is that champion,” he said. PTI AT PM PMlast_img read more

Canada adds jobs for 10th straight month

first_imgThe labour market posted a 10th straight month of net job gains in September to match the economy’s longest monthly streak since the financial crisis almost a decade ago, Statistics Canada said Friday.The national unemployment rate stayed at a nine-year low of 6.2 per cent after Canada added 10,000 net new jobs, including a surge of 112,000 full-time positions. The rise in full-time work more than offset a drop of 102,000 part-time jobs.Wage growth also perked up in the latest survey, a long-awaited development after it remained surprisingly low earlier in the year despite the steady tightening of the country’s job market.Experts underlined a lot of positives in a jobs report that arrived amid recent signs suggesting the economy is already starting to cool down, as widely expected, following red-hot start to the year.“The underlying story is the economy is still churning out jobs at a pretty solid pace, the unemployment rate is slowly but surely grinding down and, yes, the majority of the job gains actually are in full-time positions,” BMO chief economist Doug Porter said in an interview.“So, I would categorize this as a robust report. The headline number isn’t that impressive, but the details were quite impressive.”On average hourly wages, Porter said last month’s 2.2 per cent year-over-year growth “isn’t going to knock anybody’s socks off,” but he noted the number does mark a comeback from some mysteriously soft numbers earlier in the year.Scotiabank’s Derek Holt said wage growth has seen some considerable gains in recent months and was only 0.5 per cent as recently as April.“There is serious consideration to be given to the argument that the Bank of Canada is behind wage and price pressures that may be starting to spiral upward,” Holt wrote Friday in a research note to clients.He said the squeeze could lead the inflation-targeting central bank towards another interest-rate hike as early as October.Overall, Holt called the quality of the job growth “solid.”CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld had a different take on the report.He said Canada’s job marketwas “ho-hum” last month and in line with other signals of a moderation in economic growth.In a note to clients, Shenfeld suggested that weighs against the probability of a third interest rate hike this year from the Bank of Canada.The jobs report Friday showed an increase in factory work as the goods-producing sector added 10,500 jobs, compared to a loss of 500 positions in the services industry.The survey detected a gain of 10,800 paid employee jobs, while the number of people who described themselves as self-employed, including unpaid workers in family businesses, fell by 800.Employee positions in the public-sector saw a gain of 26,200, while the number of private-sector employee jobs fell by 15,500.Statistics Canada said Ontario gained 34,700 jobs in September for its fourth monthly increase in five months and, compared to a year earlier, the province’s employment was 2.4 per cent higher. Manitoba shed 5,500 positions for its first notable decline since April 2016, the report said.Overall, the national numbers show that Canada’s year-over-year employment expanded 1.8 per cent with the addition of 319,700 net new jobs, of which more than 90 per cent were full-time positions.The run of 10-consecutive months of job creation marked the country’s longest streak of total employment gains since February 2008.Related stories:Morneau expects economic positivity to continue despite weak trade numbersGrowth has been strong, but productivity still low, Bank of Canada deputy saysCanada’s economy pauses in July, no growth from June: StatsCanlast_img read more

Major North American indices mostly positive after Trump Kim summit

first_imgMajor North American indices mostly moved up as the U.S. President and North Korean leader ended their historic summit.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 25.69 points to 16,288.98.South of the border, markets were mixed but mostly flat.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average declined 1.58 points to 25,320.73. The S&P 500 index rose 4.85 points to 2,786.85 and the Nasdaq composite index moved up 43.87 points to 7,703.79.That movement came as Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un wrapped their meeting. The duo committed to work “toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” and to “build a lasting and stable peace regime” there. Many of the details were left vague.“I think the initial agreement is probably market positive, but the proof will ultimately be in the pudding,” said Patrick Bernes, a portfolio manager for CIBC Asset Management.The market is now focusing on a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve that starts Wednesday. Investors expect the Fed to raise interest rates, but will also be watching for how many interest rates hikes are still expected in 2018, he said.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.90 cents US, down 0.06 of a US cent.The July crude contract gained 26 cents to US$66.36 per barrel and the July natural gas contract shed a penny to about US$2.94 per mmBTU.The August gold contract fell US$3.80 to US$1,299.40 an ounce and the July copper contract retreated about a penny to roughly US$3.25 a pound.— With files from the Associated PressFollow @AleksSagan on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated the Canadian dollar averaged 76.82 cents US.last_img read more

Security Council calls on all Liberians to take part in upcoming poll

The second round of the presidential elections are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, pitting the incumbent, Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, against challenger Winston Tubman, who came second in the first round of the vote on 11 October.According to media reports, Mr. Tubman has refused to participate in the run-off, alleging that it will not be fair.The 15-member Council, in a statement issued to the press, said it is “deeply concerned” over statements urging a boycott of the election, as well as over threats received by staff of the national electoral body. “The members of the Security Council call on all Liberian stakeholders to exercise maximum restraint and work together to maintain confidence in the electoral process,” said the statement, while also urging all parties to use existing appropriate national mechanisms to resolve any complaints about the elections. Council members also expressed their full support for the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in promoting dialogue in Liberia, and concurred with its recent statement urging all Liberian stakeholders “not to miss this historic opportunity of consolidating democracy and peace in the country.” Support was also expressed for the efforts of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in assisting the Liberian authorities, in accordance with its mandate. The UN has maintained a peacekeeping force in Liberia since 2003 to bolster a ceasefire agreement ending a decade of war that killed nearly 150,000 people, mostly civilians. 6 November 2011Voicing concern over statements urging a boycott of Liberia’s presidential run-off, the Security Council on Sunday called on all actors to work together to ensure a successful completion of the electoral process. read more

Laurentian Bank CEO says problematic mortgages largely involve misflagged loans

MONTREAL — Laurentian Bank’s chief executive says the problems discovered with some of its mortgage portfolios sold to unidentified purchasers largely involved loans which were “misflagged” and it has not found any evidence of wilful wrongdoing.Chief executive Francois Desjardins told the Business News Network on Wednesday said the “misflagged” loans were not the type that the purchaser wanted and due to a problem with the bank’s process.He added that for a “small percentage” of the portfolio, the issues involved a failure to obtain or properly store documentation such as proof of income needed to adjudicate the loan.Laurentian discloses flawed mortgages in Home Capital echoLaurentian Bank raises dividend after Q4 profit doubles from a year agoAnd “to a lesser extent,” he said Laurentian found “client misrepresentation” which involved embellishing their assets or revenue.Desjardins said it is the bank’s job to confirm that the information is correct, but because no wilful wrongdoing such as internal fraud was found, no employees will be dismissed.“Of course, through performance management, some people are going to own this. Including me,” he told BNN. “You know, the buck stops with me, and this happened under my watch… Going forward, we’ve already put in place some quality control measures to improve all that.”Desjardins’ comments came a day after the Montreal-based bank revealed the issues in its annual report and said it planned to repurchase as much as $304 million of problematic mortgages.Laurentian shares fell on the news, which came hours after it reported a dividend hike and better than expected fiscal fourth-quarter profits of $58.6 million, up from $18.4 million a year ago.The bank noted in its annual report Tuesday that “no employees were implicated in any misrepresentations and the documentation issues appear to have been unintentional.”Once audits are complete and purchasers are consulted, Laurentian will buy back at least $89 million of affected mortgages discovered through an audit of $655 million in B2B Bank mortgages that were sold to one unnamed third party, it said.Laurentian added that as of Nov. 1, it has enhanced its quality control functions and underwriting procedures, “including introducing new internal monitoring processes and reorganizing employees who deal with mortgage intake and processing.”The news comes after alternative mortgage lender Home Capital Group Inc. earlier this year faced accusations of misleading disclosure to investors about the impact of severing ties with some affiliated brokers accused of fraud, allegations which have since been settled.Desjardins told BNN Wednesday that it did not come forward with its discovery sooner because the $304 million in problematic loans it may buy back represents less than half a per cent of the total mortgage book of the bank, and is not material to investors.All the mortgages to be repurchased are “performing in line” with the bank’s overall mortgage portfolio, he added.CIBC World Markets analyst Robert Sedran said one of its concerns about Laurentian’s pace of transformation recently “has been the associated operational risk that comes with this much change this quickly.”He added that it is unclear that the transformation plan and “errors and misstatements” in the bank’s mortgage book are in any way linked, but the “operational risk on display is troublesome nonetheless.”“At this time, we have no reason to believe there is a credit problem that will stem from these issues, but we take little comfort in that statement considering the importance of these risks,” Sedran told clients in a research note Tuesday. read more

Security Council extends mandates of UN peacekeeping operations in Darfur Golan and

The Malian Government has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical extremists. The country has also been wracked by a series of humanitarian crises. Hear more about the peace efforts in Mali from the head of MINUSMA, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who sat down with the UN News Centre for a conversation about MINUSMA’s work. UNDOF’s work extended by six-monthsIn other action today, the Council unanimously adopted resolution 2294 (2016), under which it decided to renew the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan for a period of six months, until 31 December 2016. By the terms of that text, the Council strongly condemned the continued fighting in the area of separation, and called on all parties to the Syrian domestic conflict to cease military operations in the UNDOF area of operations and to respect international humanitarian law. Underlining that there should be no military activity of the armed opposition groups in the area of separation, the Council urged Member States to convey strongly to the Syrian armed opposition groups in UNDOF’s area of operations to halt all activities that endanger UN peacekeepers on the ground, and to accord the UN personnel on the ground the freedom to carry out their mandate safely and securely. UNDOF was established by the Security Council to monitor the ceasefire between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war. Since then, the Observer Force has remained in the area to maintain the ceasefire and to supervise the implementation of the disengagement agreement. One year extension of UNAMID’s mandateIn addition, the Council today decided to extend the mandate of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), for one year, until 30 June 2017. Unanimously adopting resolution 2296 (2016), the Council further decided that UNAMID will consist of up to 15,845 military personnel, 1,583 police personnel and 13 formed police units of up to 140 personnel each. This authorized troop and police ceiling remains unchanged from when the Council extended UNAMID’s mandate a year ago. By the text of the resolution, the Council underlined that UNAMID must continue to give priority in decisions regarding the use of available capacity and resources to the protection of civilians across Darfur, including women and children; and ensuring safe, timely and unhindered humanitarian access, as well as the safety and security of humanitarian personnel and activities. Demanding that all parties to the conflict in Darfur immediately cease all acts of violence, the Council also expressed deep concern over the proliferation of arms, in particular small arms and light weapons and the use of such arms against civilians, as well as over the deteriorating humanitarian situation. As of mid-June, 2.6 million people remain displaced across Darfur and 1.6 million civilians continue to reside in some 60 camps for internally displaced persons across the region, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Currently, there are 16 peacekeeping operations led by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), which have more than 118,000 military, police and civilian personnel. In a unanimous vote, the 15-member Council adopted resolution 2295 (2016), under which it decided to extend the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for one year, until 30 June 2017. Determining that the situation in Mali continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security, the Council also decided to increase the force levels of MINUSMA up to a ceiling of 13,289 military personnel and 1,920 police personnel, and requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take the necessary steps to expedite force and asset generation, as well as deployment. In the Council’s previous mandate extension for MINUSMA – on 29 June 2015 – it authorized a troop ceiling of 11,240 military personnel.Through today’s resolution, the Council decided that the strategic priority of MINUSMA is to support the implementation by the Government, the Plateforme and Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad armed groups, as well as by other relevant Malian stakeholders, of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, particularly its provisions related to the gradual restoration and extension of State authority. At the same time, the Council requested MINUSMA to move to a more “proactive and robust posture” to carry out its mandate. Under the terms of the resolution, the Council also decided that MINUSMA should perform tasks related to, among others, supporting the implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation; good offices and reconciliation; protection of civilians and stabilization, including against asymmetric threats; protection, safety and security of UN personnel; promotion and protection of human rights; and humanitarian assistance. The Council further expressed concern about the volatile security situation in Mali, especially the recent expansion of terrorist and other criminal activities into central and southern Mali, as well as the intensification of intercommunal violence in the centre of Mali. It also noted that the slow progress in the implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation, particularly its defence and security provisions, as well as the delayed restructuring of the security sector, have hampered efforts to restore security in the north of Mali. Further to the resolution, the Council called on Malian authorities, with the assistance of MINUSMA, to address the issue of the proliferation and illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons. The Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali was signed in June 2015 by the Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad, following its signature in May 2015 by the Government and a third party, the Plateforme coalition of armed groups. United Nations peacekeepers in Menaka, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino read more

Womens gymnastics No 19 Ohio State snags win in final rotation against

Ohio State junior Taylor Harrison preforms on balance beam in St. John Arena on Feb. 18 with her teammates watching from the side. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterAfter closely trailing the Mountaineers before entering the final rotation, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team sealed a victory with strong performances on floor against West Virginia on Saturday.The Buckeyes posted a 49.200 on floor to tally a final score of 196.075-195.800 over West Virginia. “Our last three kids on floor are dynamite, and so I knew they were going to have to go a 9.800 or better to win the meet,” OSU coach Carey Fagan said. “You could tell — once that momentum started building deeper in our lineup — it was going to be really hard for West Virginia to stay with us.”In the first rotation on vault, junior Alexis Mattern scored a team-high 9.900 to take first overall in the event. Mattern also posted her second 9.900 of the night on floor.“This is actually the first time I’ve ever done that in my career,” Mattern said. “I may not have had the highest overall scores I’ve ever had, but consistency wise, it was one of my more consistent nights, so I’m happy with it.” In the second rotation on the uneven bars, Mattern also scored a career-high of 9.875 to take first in the event while sophomore Kaitlyn Hofland posted a 9.850 to finish in second. Senior Tenille Funches also earned a season-high of 9.825 on uneven bars.Olivia Aepli had two false starts before completing her routine on bars for the team-low of 8.750.“Olivia normally goes 9.900 on bars, and that’s the type of performance we need,” Fagan said. “Not everybody on the team has 9.900 potential, but the ones that do have that 9.900 potential, they have to come through. So little things like that can be frustrating.” At the midpoint of the meet, OSU led the Mountaineers by a meager .025.On balance beam, junior Stefanie Merkle started the lineup for OSU, posting a 9.775 to tie for third in the event with freshman Amanda Huang. Junior Taylor Harrison took first in the event with a strong score for the team of 9.875 and to tie her season-high.“Normally, going in, being last on beam — even when somebody falls or the scores are low — I try not to let that mess with my head,” Harrison said. “I just know that when I get up there, I do what I do every single day in the gym. So today, going into that routine, I felt very confident.”Heading into the final rotation, the Buckeyes trailed West Virginia 146.875-146.775.The final three performers for the floor event propelled the OSU team to set them up for the win. Those included Harrison who posted a career-high of 9.875 to take third in the event behind Mattern’s 9.900, while Merkle scored a close 9.850 behind Harrison. “I think the highlight for me was probably the last three floor routines because they knew and they could feel that the meet was on the line,” Fagan said. “And so, for them to come out and really hit really solid routines, I think it will build their confidence, and it builds the team’s confidence too.”Mattern placed first in the all-around with a 39.375. read more

Bundesliga Round 17 Flensburg with an easy win in Lubbecke Neuhausens win

gummersbachkurtagicneuhausenpfahlschillervranjes ← Previous Story German Cup 1/4: Flensburg against Rhein-Neckar Lowen, HSV Hamburg takes on Hannover-Burgdorf Next Story → Krumbholz to remain France (W) coach In the first two opening matches of the 17th round of the Bundesliga which is to be completed tomorrow saw Flensburg-Handewitt continue their winning streak as they took an easy win in Lubbecke. With 17:12 half time lead, the Ljubomir Vranjes side had no trouble to keep the lead and finish the game in their favor. Thanks to Thomas Mogensen‘s 8 goals, Flensburg in the end won 33:24. Jens Schongarth was the top scorer on the hosts side with 6 goals.In the second game, Neuhausen were behind for most of the game. At points trailing by even 4 goals, the team managed to fight back and in the end in the final 10 minutes made the decisive advantage of about 2-3 goals which they maintained to the final whistle. A 29:26 victory now puts them away from the relegation places, while at the same time now Gummersbach is there, and Emir Kurtagic will have to try harder in the following two rounds in order to avoid the team finishing so low at the winter break. Captain Adrian Pfahl led Gummersbach with 8 goals, while Marcel Schiller had an amazing game for Neuhausen, scoring 9 goals. read more

Pro12 Six things to watch out for in tonights Leinster v Munster

first_imgMunster’s new styleThe red shirts have been attempting a more expansive game for some time now. But when the chips are down they have reverted to sort. An attacking ethos needs to be instilled at every level and you can see Rob Penney has done just that.The game may have been dead and gone last week when the southern province quick tapped a penalty on their five-metre line and made 50 yards through Keith Earls, but they have been doing that kind of thing regularly this season. At home to the Dragons, the only response could muster was gleeful laughter to see them off-loading on their own try-line when most would have been happy to take their chances with a scrum.However, Leinster have been playing with flare for quite a while now and have only ever shown rare glimpses of it in games against Munster. These encounters are most often dogged affairs and Penney’s side will have to fight tooth and nail for the right to get the ball wide.MidfieldTonight will be Munster’s second consecutive outing with the pairing of Casey Laulala and Keith Earls in the engine room. They showed promise behind a beaten pack last week, but the task will be made all the more difficult when marked by Brian O’Driscoll and Fergus McFadden.Penney clearly sees this partnership as a central tenet to his flowing game-plan, yet we can’t help but feel that Earls – though proven as a fantastic midfielder – at this stage of his province’s transition could be more useful for his province at this stage at fullback with James Downey called in to provide a more two-dimensional, but effective, route forward.Are two fly-halves better than one?Munster have experimented with Ian Keatley at fullback this season, and Ian Madigan played there for Leinster in the narrow win over Treviso last month. This week, however, Rob Penney has chosen Denis Hurley to act as a conventional fullback. RIGHT. ALL THAT has come before is finished with.Thrashings doled out by Connacht and the Ospreys last week bear no relevance when you have a derby of this magnitude on your plate.Munster have not recorded a win in Dublin since a comprehensive 18-0 win at the RDS in September 2008 when Felipe Contepomi had one of his familiar wayward days against the red shirt.So as they bid to buck that trend in front of almost 50,000 people at the Aviva Stadium, here are some key aspects of the game we’re looking forward to. The hosts will have the benefit of Madigan’s attacking threat and it will be intriguing to see if and how often he steps in at first receiver with Jonathan Sexton sent to wreak havoc further on in the chain.The negative, of course, is in defence. It’s hardly unheard of for Ronan O’Gara to drop a high ball on top of an in experienced fullback. Rob Kearney is the best high-fielding ’15′ in world rugby and his absence would be a clear route forward for the old Munster. Madigan will need a lot of help from Isa Nacewa and Andrew Conway.©INPHO/Cathal NoonanThe front row duelWith Cian Healy straining a bicep midweek and Penney preferring Dave Kilcoyne at loose-head, neither side will have the benefit of their first-choice scrummagers.Mike Ross and BJ Botha are both in situ, so neither set-piece is likely to go backwards, but we expect Leinster to hold the edge from the start thanks to Heinke van der Merwe. After that…Impact off the benchLeinster’s injury woe means their list of replacements is very lightweight. Except, of course, for the heavy guys.The European Champions front-row reserves are still relatively well-stocked and Joe Schmidt can call upon Sean Cronin and Jack McGrath as relief as well as second row Tom Denton. Behind them though, Schmidt will have to be trustful in youth when the need comes for Jordi Murphy, John Cooney, Noel Reid and Fionn Carr.Munster have some inexperience in reserve too, but in Wian du Preez, Damien Varley, Ian Keatley and James Downey; they should finish strong.Munster’s back rowIt’s could be a long night for Dave O’Callaghan, Sean Dougall (pictured) and Peter O’Mahony. It still sounds strange to say it, given their history of talent in this area, but the back row is the one department where Munster hold a clear disadvantage in this game.Opposing them will be three front-line internationals, two of whom you would fancy to be picked for Ireland if a team was announced for next week. Simply put: Kevin McLaughlin, Shane Jennings and Jamie Heaslip are heavier, stronger and more athletic men.Throw in the groundhog talents of O’Driscoll to the mix and, on paper, the home side will have four flankers who outstrip their opposite numbers by a long shot.But rugby’s not played on paper, kid.Open thread: how do you think tonight’s game between Leinster and Munster will go?Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to this weekend’s inter-provincial rugby actionlast_img read more

Katie admits bad habits need work as she edges closer to world

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18,540 Views Mar 26th 2017, 10:15 AM Image: Lawrence Lustig/INPHO By Ciarán Gallagher Katie admits ‘bad habits’ need work as she edges closer to world title territory The Bray woman picked up another convincing win last night but she felt it was far from perfect. Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 10:15 AM Koleva, a 28-year-old, whose record now reads 9-8-1, proved to be a stubborn if limited opponent and the ex-MMA fighter stood up to a number of spiteful shots from Taylor even after hitting the canvas from a right hook.“Obviously I would have loved to get the stoppage, but speaking to Ross and Brian [Peters, manager] afterwards, I was delighted to get the eight rounds,” said Taylor. “It was a great experience for me and it will do me a world of good later on this year.“She [Koleva] was obviously a durable girl and it was a good step up for me as well. Obviously when you are in there you are always looking for the stoppage, but you can’t really buy that experience,” added the five-time world amateur champion.The decision to box over eight rounds was a clear indication of Team Taylor’s intention to build towards the 12-round championship distance as promoter Eddie Hearn has stated that a September world title shot in Dublin is their main aim for 2017.“The eight rounds will do me the world of good. If I’m looking for world titles later this year I’m going to be in a few tough battles,” said the Bray woman, who clearly paced herself at times in between picking off the tough Koleva.That was a promising sign as she adapts to the paid game, although her failure to find a finishing shot may once again raise questions about her power. Source: Lawrence Lustig/INPHO“Obviously when I felt I had her in trouble I jumped in a bit,” she continued. “This is all an experience and I’m learning every time. I probably still have a few bad habits from the amateur game as well that I have to work on. I have to obviously plant my feet a bit more and look for that big power shot rather than go for six or five punch combinations.“But it is a big learning curve and I feel like I am learning in every fight,” added Taylor, who prepared at trainer Enamait’s Connecticut base following her stoppage win over Italian Monica Gentili just three weeks ago in London.“I definitely felt in great shape going into the fight, I was getting great sparring over in the States,” added the 30-year-old.“I was doing eight three-minute rounds with 30-second breaks sometimes during those spars as well, so I’m always well prepared going into these fights,” said Taylor, who joked that she nearly gassed in an effort to overwhelm her 28-year-old opponent.“I think I nearly punched myself out at one stage when I was trying to stop her,” she laughed.Dominant Katie Taylor earns fourth straight win as proJorge Linares outclasses Anthony Crolla to retain titlecenter_img Short URL 12 Comments Ciarán Gallagher reports from ManchesterKATIE TAYLOR CLAIMS she is enjoying her busy fight calendar, with the former Olympic champion comparing her hectic schedule to that of a throwback fighter following her fourth pro win in a little over four months.The Bray native dominated her lightweight (135lbs) bout against former world-title challenger Milena Koleva at Manchester Arena last night, claiming a comprehensive 80-72 verdict after an eight-round fight.That was the first time Taylor has boxed over that distance, with her three previous paid contests being scheduled six-rounders, although all but one of those — December’s points victory over Brazilian Viviane Obenauf — finished early.The win came just three weeks after the 30-year-old’s stoppage victory over Italian Monica Gentili in London, while Taylor is back in action at Wembley on the 29 April undercard of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence against Wladimir Klitschko, before a likely US fight date in summer.“It’s great that I’m staying busy, I love the fact that I’m staying busy. I feel like one of the old-time boxers, boxing nearly every week,” said Taylor, whose trainer Ross Enamait gave a positive review of the dominant win over Koleva after the Irishwoman put her opponent down in the seventh round with a right hook following a flurry of punches.“She got eight rounds in and a legitimate knockdown. She hurt her [Koleva] pretty good, so it was a solid win,” said the Vernon-based trainer, whose words of encouragement helped to ease Taylor’s disappointment over failing to record her third stoppage win in four outings.Boxing on the undercard of Jorge Linares’ successful world lightweight title defence against Anthony Crolla, Taylor dominated all eight two-minute rounds. Image: Lawrence Lustig/INPHO Share24 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

The inevitable happened iPhone 7 gets a headphone jack case

first_imgApple likes to talk about how magical, amazing, and “the best ever” its latest gadgets are, but with the iPhone 7 it’s turning out to be one of the most frustrating, infuriating, control-grabbing version of the smartphone the company has created. And that’s down to one simple reason. No, not courage. The removal of the headphone jack.You can continue to use your existing headphones if you don’t mind an adapter hanging out of your phone. Or you could upgrade to some Lightning headphones if you have the cash and can find some you like. Or you could embrace Apple’s Earpods if they were actually available and didn’t cost a small fortune.But fear not iPhone 7 and 7 Plus owners! The inevitable has happened. A case has been created that adds a headphone jack back into the equation. Not only that, but it also extends battery life while offering scratch and shock protection.It’s called the Fuze Case and it has appeared on Indiegogo attempting to generate $60,000 of funding. Super early birds can grab a Fuze Case for $49, with the price increasing to $59 and then $69 once those early slots have all been filled.Here’s the less than great Indiegogo video:The Fuze Case works by simply integrating the 3.5mm audio jack to Lightning adapter into the bottom on the casing. It makes the iPhone 7 longer and fatter, but removes the need for a separate adapter completely. As for the extended battery, the iPhone 7 version of the case includes a 2,400mAh battery, where as the 7 Plus squeezes in a 3,600mAh battery.If you’re tempted, the cases are expected to ship in December by which point you may have already lost your headphone adapter or given in and purchased some Lightning headphones or EarPods.last_img read more

Kenyan officials try to dispel fears of new ID labeled mark of

first_img German military to appoint Jewish chaplains and open forces to Muslim imams, too News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — In Kenyan churches, the Antichrist is a frequent sermon subject, one that often serves to feed controversial end-time conspiracy theories.Those fears of the apocalyptic figure, a seven-headed beast that rises from the sea in the New Testament Book of Revelation, are colliding with a new government effort to assign Kenyans a personal identification number. Clerics are alleging the new ID number will brand their flocks with 666, the biblical mark of the beast.“This is actually the journey towards the mark of the beast, but I think outside forces are driving the process,” said Daniel Mungai, a lay preacher with the Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Africa churches in Nairobi.“We are in the end times,” Benjamin Mutungi, a Pentecostal church pastor, told Religion News Service. “They will keep upgrading this number until it becomes micro-chip that will be implanted on people’s hands or forehead. We do not need to worry for now, but when they start fixing it on the people’s foreheads that’s the time to rise up.”Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Milan on Sept. 8, 2015. Photo by Stuart Price/Make It Kenya/Creative CommonsPresident Uhuru Kenyatta registered disbelief as he launched the identification known as “Huduma (Service) Number” in Masii, a small town east of Nairobi, on April 2.“I was shocked to hear that some of pastors are saying that this the devil’s number,” said Kenyatta. “Goodness! How does the devil come in, in a process of identification?” Kenyatta explained that the government needed the numbers to make it easier for citizens to receive services.Kenyatta warned church leaders against misusing their privileged positions to mislead their congregations.Eighty percent of Kenyans are Christian, and bishops, priests and pastors exercise immense influence on national issues, including education, politics and health.Some government officials have responded to the charges about the mark of the beast with theological arguments of their own. “Those talking about the mark of the beast are ahead of time because you need to die first, then resurrect to get the number,” said Karanja Kibicho, the principal secretary in the State Department, Interior Ministry.Some Christian leaders are similarly dismissing the fears. “The evangelical churches are supporting the number,” said Nyabuto Marube, an evangelical pastor with the Church of Christ in Nairobi’s Kayole area. “I think to view it as the mark of the beast is to read too much in the Bible. It’s also too radical.”Kenya, in red, located in eastern Africa. Map courtesy of Creative CommonsBut leaflets linked to Pentecostal groups opposing the ID number have been spotted in Mombasa and elsewhere in the country, urging residents not to sign up for the program and quoting apparent proofs from Revelation. “So that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark of the beast,” one flyer read, citing Revelation’s Chapter 13.Another, written in Swahili, warned: “It doesn’t matter if you are a Muslim, a Christian, a Hindu or a pagan. Understand that when you acquire the Huduma number, you and your creator have parted ways, meaning you will not receive the forgiveness of sin for ever. If you doubt this, ask Jesus (Pray), and the faithful one will provide an answer.”Other church leaders offered a criticism that the government’s introduction of the new IDs sowed confusion from the start and said officials should have better educated people on its usefulness.“Kenyans have several identifications and many view this as unnecessary,” said retired Anglican Bishop Julius Kalu of Mombasa.On the streets, ordinary citizens have more mundane theories: The number will be used, for instance, to catch cheating spouses. Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! TagsAfrica evangelical Christians faith and politics government identification homepage featured Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta,You may also like Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Fredrick Nzwili By: Fredrick Nzwili News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Catholicism Fredrick Nzwili,Load Comments,In Catholic-owned rooming house in Boston, older tenants face displacement By: Fredrick Nzwili By: Fredrick Nzwili Share This!last_img read more

Pastors Son Killed in Annapolis

first_imgThe son of a pastor who is an advocate against gun violence was gunned down the night of July 28 in Annapolis. It is the seventh homicide in Annapolis this year, an increase for a city that normally sees two to three murders per year.Charles Edward Carroll Jr. (Courtesy photo)Charles Edward Carroll Jr., 25, of Baltimore, was found in his vehicle with gunshot wounds after his car crashed into the side of a townhouse in the Bywater Mutual Homes neighborhood, according to police. Carroll was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. Carroll’s body was sent back to Baltimore’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy was performed.Police were still seeking suspects as of Aug. 5 and the incident remains under investigation, according to Miguez.The Rev. Charles Carroll, the victim’s father, is the pastor of New Creation Deliverance Church in Annapolis. He organized a gun drive in June as a way of lowering the rate of violence. The gun drive brought in two guns, a set of .25-calibre firearms turned in by a citizen who said they belonged to her husband.“People don’t care until (a shooting) is in our backyard. Until it happens to you or your neighbor, it doesn’t feel real,” the reverend told the Capital Gazette in June. “We are trying to start something in this area here.”Carroll had a hard time speaking on his son’s death. He said his son faced challenges in his life, according to the Baltimore Sun.“He made mistakes in his life and paid the cost for them,” he said.Carroll Jr. was convicted of possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute in 2012, and was sentenced to serve five years in prison, according to Maryland court records. In 2008, he was convicted of armed robbery and received a four year suspended prison term.Still, his father said, his son “was a nice person.”“Nobody deserves to die,” the minister added.Carroll was raised in the Brooklyn area of Annapolis, just across the Anne Arundel County line.According to his mother, Beverly Reed, her son was just a “loving and caring person” and was in the process of turning his life around. Carroll recently received his high school diploma at Anne Arundel Community College and hoped to open his own business one day.“He was very excited,” Reed told the Sun.Anyone with information about Carroll’s homicide is asked to contact Det. Charles Bealefeld at 410-260-3439. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-877-7LOCKUP.last_img read more

Celebrating cultural renaissance

first_imgA premium show of art featuring a cultural renaissance of our times is being organized by the Lexicon Art Gallery at the Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Known for their penchant for displaying an astute selectivity in their choice of artists, this event, titled ‘Manthan’, features the works of legends such as Satish Gujral, Jogen Chowdhury, Jangarh Singh Shyam, Thota Vaikuntam, Seema Kohli, Vinita Dasgupta, Vishal Joshi, Ashish Tyagi, Gurudas Shenoy, Laxman Aelay, Paramesh Paul, Rabin Mondal, Ramesh Gorjala, Ratan Saha, Sujata Achrekar, Sunil Das, among others. The event will be held from May 25 – 28 Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn display are early works from Sunil Das’ sixties period, when he created his iconic ‘bulls’ series. Also, there is an ample variety of sculptures including a six-foot sculpture by Ashish Tyagi. The attractive sketches of Gouri Vemula are a discreet merger of life and its philosophy, while a fiber cast painted cow sculpture by Seema Kohli, attracts visitors by its colorful composition. Mingling contemporary and tribal on the platform are works by the legendary Gond master, late Jangarh Singh Shyam. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe period of the paintings selected for the exhibition has been consciously restricted to the sixties genre so that viewers are given a chance to review the art in terms of its historicity. While the works are not directly related to events and trends of the era under view, their combined effort at artistry exudes a growing originality and individual expressiveness evident through the works.Besides providing a glimpse of the era under the display, the exhibition has also handpicked some outstanding creations of the time, that are worth a special mention.last_img read more

Keep LGBTI practices behind closed doors says Malaysias deputy PM

first_imgSince the shock victory of Pakatan Harapan in the May general election, Anwar has been widely tipped to be the next prime minister once the incumbent premier, Mahathir Mohammed, leaves office.Hot-button issueLGBTI rights have become a hot-button issue in Malaysia in recent weeks.The debate was brought into the spotlight after the minister for religious affairs, Mujahid Yusof Rawa, removed portraits of two LGBTI activists holding the Malaysian national flag from an art exhibition in the George Town Festival in Penang.Since then there have been numerous high-profile verbal sparring matches between religious leaders and LGBTI rights activists in the Southeast Asian country. In response, government ministers have been given confusing or vague statements, which have left neither side appeased.Homosexuality remains a socially and politically divisive issue in Malaysia. A 2013 Pew Research survey found that 86% of Malaysians believed that homosexuality should not be socially accepted, with only 9% believing it should.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Rights group calls on Malaysia to halt caning of two women for same-sex relationsMalaysian rights activist rebukes Deputy PM over LGBTI ‘haram’ commentsPolice raid Malaysia’s oldest gay club for the first time in its 30 year historyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Malaysia’s deputy prime minister has said that the country’s LGBTI community should be tolerated – as long their ‘practices’ are kept behind closed doors. Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail | Photo: YouTube/The Star Onlinecenter_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also advised the LGBTI people against ‘glamourizing’ their private lives.‘LGBTs have the right to practice whatever [it is] they do in private,’ Wan Azizah told the Malay Mail.Laws against homosexualityWan Azizah also spoke about the laws prohibiting homosexuality in Malaysia, and invoked Islam as the ‘official religion’ of the country.‘Islam is the official religion [of Malaysia], whereby you have certain practices and it is there in black and white. As a Muslim, I have my preferences as to their rights it is the same [rights] as the people who do not believe in Islam.’‘Homosexuality, there are laws [against it],’ she said.Wan Azizah was referencing Section 377A, a statute from the British colonial-era which criminalizes homosexuality in Malaysia.Her husband, former opposition politician Anwar Ibrahim, has been charged and sentenced twice for sodomy under Section 377A. He has always protested his innocence and claims that his sentencing was politically motivated under the previous government.last_img read more