Mevani demands probe into bandh violence in Rajasthan

first_imgDalit leader and Independent MLA from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani on Monday demanded a high-level probe into the violence witnessed during and after the bandh on April 2 in Rajasthan called by Dalit groups in protest against the dilution of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Mr. Mevani visited Alwar and Sikar districts to meet the victims of violence.Mr. Mevani addressed a “Jan Samvad” (public dialogue) programme at Mazdoor Kisan Bhavan – the CPI(M) State headquarters – along with a battery of social activists. He accused the police of registering false cases against Dalits after the April 2 bandh and alleged that the BJP government was suppressing the Dalit community.The activist-turned-politician said he would visit all districts of Rajasthan, even though the State government was trying to stop him from conducting rallies. “I will meet at least one lakh Dalits and ask them to take a vow not to support BJP in the coming Assembly elections,” he said.Fact-finding teamAt the invitation of Dalit Adivasi Daman Pratirodh Manch, Mr. Mewani went with a fact-finding team to Khairthal in Alwar district and Neem Ka Thana in Sikar district on Sunday. He also met the family of Pawan Kumar, who was killed in police firing during the bandh, at Jhaldi village near Alwar. The local authorities had imposed prohibitory orders at these place ahead of Mr. Mevani’s visit.Among others, social activist and Magsaysay Award winner Aruna Roy also addressed the Jan Samvad programme. Mr. Mevani will go to Ladnu in Nagaur district on Tuesday.last_img read more

NLEX-SCTEX goes winless in Merlion Cup

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Jason Perkins carried the fight for NLEX-SCTEX with 32 points and 15 rebounds, while Byron Villarias shot 6-of-11 from threes to pour 26 markers in the campaign-ending defeat.NLEX-SCTEX, which is made up of the core of the Cignal HD Hawkeyes which won the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, went 0-3 in the group stages.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 shutoutIt first got routed by Korean club team Jeonji KCC Egis, 79-99, on Wednesday, before succumbing to defending champion Shanghai Sharks, 65-79, on Thursday.Despite NLEX-SCTEX’s winless outing, the 6-foot-3 Perkins impressed in the tournament, averaging 24.67 points and 13.67 rebounds to gain steam entering the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNLEX-SCTEX will come home empty handed as it lost all of its three games in the 2017 Merlion Cup at OCBC Arena in Singapore.The Road Warriors fell to Indonesian crew Satria Muda Pertamina, 104-90, on Friday to end their campaign in the seven-team invitational tournament with another defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:17Saying she is a commuter, MMDA’s Pialago dismisses Anakbayan’s commute dare01:37Protesters 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 E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next EAC coach blasts refs after Arellano loss, upset over late tech on Onwubere MOST READlast_img read more

LA mayor ponders 2028 Games in exchange for youth funding

first_imgIn this file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center, speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Los Angeles leaders this week are trying to sell their plan to host the Olympic Games to visiting members of the International Olympic Committee. APLOS ANGELES — The mayor of Los Angeles is talking to Olympic leaders about having his city wait until 2028 to host the Summer Games in exchange for funding for youth sports programs.At a news conference this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he and Olympic leaders have discussed “what it would take for us to consider one of us going first and the other going second” — a reference to the contest between Paris and Los Angeles for the 2024 Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast UEFA will ‘fight’ for Europe’s right to host 2030 World Cup Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach wants to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games, and while each city has repeatedly stressed its bid is only for 2024, Garcetti is now acknowledging discussions with the IOC about 2028.“My dream is not so much just to bring the Olympics here, but is to bring youth sports for free to every zip code,” Garcetti said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe IOC meets next week to discuss the possibility of awarding both Olympics later this year. Bach wants to avoid another bidding debacle the likes of which he’s seen this year, with Hamburg, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; and Rome all dropping out. Los Angeles, meanwhile, was the U.S. Olympic Committee’s second choice, after Boston initially got the nod but then saw that bid flounder because of lack of public support.Officials from the LA 2024 bid did not have comment on the Garcetti news conference. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

No use of UDRS during India-West Indies series

first_imgThe controversial Umpire Decision Review System will not be in place in the forthcoming series between India and the West Indies after the BCCI has convinced its Caribbean counterparts against the use of technology during the entire tour.The implementation of UDRS in a bilateral series is the prerogative of the home board but the powerful BCCI, who has opposed the system from the onset, has forced the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to do away with it in the series, which starts with a T20 International here on Saturday.A WICB spokesperson confirmed that UDRS will not be used in the one-off Twenty20 match, five ODIs or for that matter in the three upcoming Test matches.Incidentally, UDRS was used when Pakistan toured the Caribbean recently.India has been a staunch critic of UDRS ever since Sachin Tendulkar went public with his disapproval of the system in Sri Lanka a couple of years ago. .Just before the World Cup, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni too gave his thumbs down to the system.”I don’t support the UDRS as you have two gentlemen standing as umpires on the field, who are professionals. They also have the support of the third umpire. Referral system, I personally believe is not a cent per cent thing. I am not going to buy a life jacket that doesn’t come with a warranty,” he had said.The last straw for India, perhaps, was the World Cup league match against England in Ahmedabad.In the 25th over of the England innings, Dhoni sought the help of UDRS when on-field umpire turned down a lbw appeal against Ian Bell off Yuvraj Singh.advertisementThe technology clearly showed that Bell was out as the ball was going to hit the middle stump, yet, strangely, the third umpire ruled in favour of the batsman because the distance between the wicket and point of impact was more than 2.5 metres.last_img read more

Pjaca likely to leave Juventus next summer

first_imgMarko Pjaca is set to remain at Fiorentina before a likely departure from Juventus next summer, Goal understands.Pjaca joined Fiorentina on a season-long loan in August with Juve receiving €2 million (£1.8m/$2.3m) as a result.Fiorentina have the option to make the move permanent for €20m (£18m/$23m) next summer but a deal remains in doubt with Pjaca failing to impress in Florence so far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pjaca has disappointed the Viola faithful, recording just one goal and one assist in 11 appearances to date, but the Croatia ace is unlikely to cut short his loan from Juve.Fiorentina will decide whether to keep Pjaca at the end of the season but it would take a big upturn in form in the second half of the campaign for them to do so.The player’s future at Juve also remains unclear and it appears likely that he will leave the Bianconeri, regardless of whether Fiorentina decide to sign him permanently.Juve are spoilt for choice in the final third with Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala, Federico Bernardeschi, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa among their many options.Pjaca moved to the Serie A giants from Dinamo Zagreb for €23m (£21m/$26m) after impressing for Croatia at the Euro 2016.The 23-year-old helped Juve secure a league and cup double in 2016-17, making 20 appearances and scoring one goal, before moving to Schalke on loan in the following season.He scored twice in nine appearances to help Schalke finish second in the Bundesliga and qualify for the Champions League in 2017-18.Pjaca’s loan stint at Fiorentina has not caught fire as of yet but the forward could turn things around – starting against parent club Juve on Saturday.Fiorentina are currently 10th in Serie A and 19 points behind league leaders and rivals Juve ahead of the match at Stadio Artemio Franchi.Juve’s trip to Fiorentina kicks off a tough run of games for Massimiliano Allegri’s men as they go in search of a treble this season.They face Inter at home after Fiorentina before trips to Young Boys in the Champions League and Turin rivals Torino in Serie A.And then Allegri’s men tackle Roma, Atalanta and Sampdoria as they finish off the festive period and round off 2018.last_img read more

Anthony Crolla ‘fine’ after brutal knockout by Vasyl Lomachenko

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Pinterest The former world champion from Manchester survived a standing eight-count in the third but the fight was over a round later.“Anthony’s fine. Obviously it was a heavy knockout – a temple shot he didn’t see,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “After he was counted out he got up and was fine. But he’s devastated. He said: ‘I’m just so gutted for the team because of the work they did.’ I’m like: ‘Don’t worry about the team. You just fought the pound-for-pound number one.’“Everybody said to him – [the promoter] Bob Arum, every fighter at ringside: ‘There’s no disgrace in that, mate.’ You’re mandatory challenger, what else are you going to do? You get a shot at Lomachenko, you’ve got to take it. But he was just too good.“The third round was a weird one because he was sitting on the ropes. I thought it was a poor stoppage because, although he wasn’t particularly in the fight, it was a poor stoppage.“Unfortunately in the fourth round Crolla knew he had to do something and go for it. When you do that against Lomachenko, you leave yourself wide open with gaps. Lomachenko was too good for Anthony. Topics news Share on WhatsApp Anthony Crolla Anthony Crolla emerged from a conclusive fourth-round stoppage by Vasyl Lomachenko with his health and pride intact, according to his promoter, Eddie Hearn.Crolla’s challenge for the WBA and WBO lightweight titles held by Lomachenko ended in brutally one-sided fashion in the early hours of Saturday morning at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Claressa Shields takes center stage on women’s boxing’s biggest night … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Support The Guardian Boxing “This shot came against the head. You can’t not take this opportunity. Losing to Lomachenko is never a disgrace. He can have zero regrets because he prepared the best he could. It’s just about levels. Who is going to beat Lomachenko?”Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic champion, justified his overwhelming favourite status with a clinical 13th win of his professional career.“I want Mikey Garcia. I want to unify titles. That’s my goal. I want historic fights,” Lomachenko said. Reuse this content Read more Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Twitterlast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea striker Morata agents in AC Milan talks

first_imgChelsea striker Morata agents in AC Milan talksby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Alvaro Morata is in talks about a return to Italy in January.Morata is being increasingly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.The struggling Chelsea striker reportedly contacted Barcelona to enquire about a move last week.And Calciomercato says his entourage are now also spoken to AC Milan to see if they would be willing to take him away from the Premier League. Any deal would be a loan given Milan’s financial fair play plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Ceremonial Opening of Parliament February 14

first_imgThe Ceremonial Opening of the new session of Parliament will take place on Thursday, February 14, at a joint sitting of the Senate and the House of Representatives.The opening, which marks the beginning of the legislative year (2019/2020), will feature the traditional delivery of the Throne Speech by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, at 11:00 a.m.During the Throne Speech, the Governor-General will outline the priority programmes and policies to be pursued by the Government during the new fiscal year.After the ceremony, the House of Representatives will reconvene at 2:00 p.m. for the tabling of the 2019/2020 Estimates of Expenditure by the Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clake.The Estimates will provide details of the amount the Government intends to spend on Recurrent (housekeeping) business and capital (development) projects.The Standing Finance Committee of the House will consider the Estimates from March 4 to 5.On Thursday, March 7, the Minister of Finance and the Public Service will open the Budget Debate, and on Tuesday, March 12, the Opposition Spokesperson on Finance will make his contribution to the Debate.Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, will make his contribution to the Debate on Thursday, March 14.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, will speak in the Budget Debate on Tuesday, March 19, and the Finance Minister will close the Debate on Wednesday, March 20.On Friday, March 22, the Senate is expected to debate the Budget.last_img read more

Golar LNG Posts Loss, Takes Delivery of Golar Tundra

first_imgzoom Liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping company Golar LNG Limited reported today a 3Q operating loss of USD 24.2 million as compared to USD 43.4 million in 2Q.In line with the company’s expectations, 3Q reported an improvement in vessel utilisation, albeit from a very low level in 2Q.Although headline charter rates remained relatively constant across the quarters, the increase in utilisation from 33% in 2Q to 43% in 3Q together with improved round trip economics resulted in an increase in time charter revenues from USD 16.9 million in 2Q to USD 24.3 million in 3Q. With the exception of the Golar Penguin, all of the carriers recorded utilisation at or above prior quarter levels.According to Golar, Middle East demand has been the main driver of LNG carrier spot fixtures.  Fixing activity in the Middle East and Atlantic regions has been higher than in the Pacific.Both Egypt and Jordan have recently concluded tenders to buy 56 and 19 cargoes respectively through to the end of 2016. Activity levels in 4Q have continued to improve, particularly for European reloads heading into the new terminals in the Middle East, and in the Atlantic in general.On November 25, Golar took delivery of its 7th FSRU, the newbuild Golar Tundra. Golar Tundra will shortly proceed to Keppel where the vessel will undergo some minor modifications required to make the FSRU compatible with receiving facilities currently being constructed in the port of Tema, Ghana.Golar received an underwritten financing commitment for the Golar Tundra and following its delivery a total of USD 205 million was drawn down.  Golar Tundra is to commence operations in 2Q 2016 inside the port of Tema under a five-year FSRU contract.“The company is progressing with the financing for FLNG number 2. Several banks have given indications and the company expects to have a committed facility in place before the end of Q1,” Golar added.The cash balance at the end of 3Q was USD 222.8 million. Financing of the Golar Tundra and repayment by Golar Partners of the USD 100 million Eskimo vendor loan have added USD 150 million to liquidity since September 30.The company has decided and agreed to delay the effective dates for the Gandria and Gimi conversion projects until employment contracts for these assets are further advanced.In addition, Golar said that it has agreed to the repossession of Salju LNG tanker from P.T. Equinox based on a vessel valuation of USD 125 million which is in line with current market valuations.“This will be satisfied by extinguishing a loan to the vessel owning company and therefore no cash will actually be paid.  As the vessel valuation is lower than the USD 138.6 million loan and working capital advances receivable by Golar from P.T. Equinox and the equity injected by P.T. Equinox has been exhausted, a non-cash impairment of USD 15 million (net of associated repossession costs) has been recognised,” the company explained.With respect to market, the company said that the LNG carrier spot market is now showing the first real signs of recovery on the back of new production capacity starting up and the very welcome acceptance by the market of the Cool Pool, adding that the market for FSRU’s has clearly entered into a new phase.“Whereas, previously, potential new FSRU projects were frustrated by the inability to secure LNG supply, we now find holders of uncontracted LNG supply motivated to accelerate FSRU projects in an effort to reduce their exposure.  Based upon current customer inquiries the Company is very confident that the available uncontracted FSRU capacity will be absorbed shortly,” the company anticipates.The company said that it was considering the release of some of the equity currently tied up in shipping activities and using this to grow the company’s FLNG activities.“This can include leveraging unencumbered assets, re-leveraging existing debt facilities as well as being open to strategic transactions within the shipping segment,” Golar said.“The company expects operating earnings to improve in the coming quarters, driven by an improved shipping market and Golar Tundra commencing operations in 2Q 2016. The Board also expects positive outcomes from the ongoing contract discussions in the FLNG business within the next six months and see significant opportunities to build a solid long term contract backlog and cashflow from this business,” the company concluded.last_img read more

Pacific Basin Closes USD 40 Mn Loan Facility

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pacific Basin Hong Kong-based dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping has closed a USD 40 million seven-year term loan facility with ship finance institute Danish Ship Finance A/S.As explained, the facility is an extension of the company’s existing term loan with Danish Ship Finance A/S and is secured by the same 19 vessels currently secured under the original financing.Pacific Basin said that borrowings under the new facility will carry an interest cost of Libor plus 1.5%, extend the company’s overall amortization profile and enhance its financial flexibility.“We are very pleased with the terms of this additional new tranche to our existing term loan facility which further consolidates our funding flexibility with access to long-term committed funding for the next seven years at an attractive cost which contributes to our competitive vessel P&L breakeven levels,” Peter Schulz, CFO of Pacific Basin, commented.Pacific Basin currently operates around 210 dry bulk ships of which 111 are owned and the rest are chartered.last_img read more

Leadership candidate hopes Calgary Pride revisits rejection of new Alberta party

first_imgCALGARY – A leadership candidate for Alberta’s new conservative party says he hopes organizers of the Calgary Pride parade will reconsider and allow the party to participate.Brian Jean, who was Opposition leader in the legislature, said Monday he is disappointed with a decision by organizers on the weekend to reject the United Conservative Party’s request to join the parade. They said the party doesn’t have a clear policy stance on issues such as sexual diversity.Jean said he had asked to march in the parade and has always championed diversity and tolerance.“I have many family members who are gay and I know the community. Frankly I’m just disappointed,” Jean said after outlining his education platform as part of the leadership race.“Possibly they’ll have a change of heart and hopefully they will. This is all about uniting people and putting aside differences and divisiveness.”Jean’s campaign organizers said that while plans are not firm, he is aiming to attend as a spectator.Organizers have invited party members to take a workshop on topics such as sexual health and gender diversity. Calgary Pride president Jason Kingsley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The party says interim leader Nathan Cooper will attend the parade as a spectator and all members of caucus have been invited to join him.“While we are disappointed to not be participating in this year’s parade, we respect the organizing committee’s decision and look forward to showing our support for Calgary’s LGBTQ community as spectators,” said caucus spokeswoman Samantha Johnston in an email.“Plans to attend a course offered by the Calgary Sexual Health Centre are in motion and final scheduling is being confirmed.”Jason Kenney, former federal cabinet minister and leadership candidate for the new party, does not plan to attend.“Mr. Kenney is always happy to attend events to which he is invited,” said campaign spokeswoman Annie Dormuth in a statement. “We have not received an invitation to this event.“On Sept. 3rd, (Kenney) is committed to attending and speaking at several large multicultural community events to which he has been invited.”Fellow leadership candidate Doug Schweitzer said he will come watch the parade with his family and other supporters.“It’s important that all Albertans know that their leaders are there and that they’re supportive of different communities across Alberta,” said Schweitzer, who has made social progressive issues a key plank in his platform.“Obviously we have a lot of work to do to build trust with the LGBTQ community.”Jeff Callaway, who is also running to lead the party, said he had originally planned to march in the parade, but will probably go as a spectator.“Treating people fairly and respectfully is just part of the foundation of our party, as it should be for any political party,” said Callaway.The UCP was created last month after members of the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties voted overwhelmingly to join forces. A new leader is to be picked in October. That’s to be followed by a founding convention.Both the PCs and Wildrose had strained relationships with the LGBTQ community.The Wildrose party lost the 2012 general election in part due to its refusal in the campaign’s final days to sanction a candidate who once warned gays to repent or face eternity in hell’s “lake of fire.”The PCs faced a backlash in government over their handling of gay-straight alliances before passing legislation acceptable to all sides in early 2015.By law, students in any school can now form gay-straight alliances if they wish. The alliances are peer support networks designed to help young people better understand each other and to help LGBTQ students feel welcome.Kenney has been criticized for urging that parents, in some circumstances, be told if their children attend a gay-straight alliance. Critics say that could out kids before they are ready and put them at risk of family estrangement or worse.— By Dean Bennett in Edmontonlast_img read more

Tensions soar between Kosovo and Serbia over trade tax

first_imgBELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia’s president has criticized the European Union and the West for allegedly failing to prevent Kosovo from triggering a trade war as tensions soar between the wartime foes.Aleksandar Vucic’s claims on Thursday came a day after Kosovo’s government slapped a 100-per cent import tax on all goods imported from Serbia and Bosnia.Vucic says the West has always blamed “both sides” for tensions in Kosovo, “while in fact they support only one, and that is not Serbia.”After a bloody war in 1999, Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, something that Serbia and its ally Russia do not recognize while the U.S. and most Western countries do.The EU has told the two sides they must normalize relations as a precondition to entering the bloc.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Deputy SecretaryGeneral reviews UN work in Afghanistan

“We have very much the future peace and prosperity of Afghanistan at heart and I want to make sure that all UN people are doing their very best to help and support the people of Afghanistan,” she said on her arrival.Ms. Fréchette was briefed on the latest developments in the country by the UN team as well as the Commander of the International Security Force in Afghanistan (ISAF), Hakim Zorlu. In addition, she held talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. According to a UN spokesman, the two discussed the country’s reconstruction needs and security concerns, as well as the Iraqi situation.In a subsequent meeting the Deputy Secretary-General and the Afghan Minister of Women’s Affairs, Habibeh Sarabi, discussed recent advances made in women’s health and education. Ms. Fréchette also visited de-mining projects and a children’s centre in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, on Sunday a UN spokesman in Kabul announced the formation of a “Return Commission” to help refugees and internally displaced people go back to Afghanistan’s northern provinces. The announcement came in response to insecure conditions in those areas, where “violent acts, including extortion, stealing of crops and forcible recruitment, often affect the population as a whole rather than Pashtuns alone,” said Manoel de Almeida e Silva.Filippo Grandi, a representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), hailed the Commission’s establishment, pointing out that all three main factions are represented on that body. “It is important because everybody has agreed to participate,” he said, while cautioning against unrealistic expectations. “Solutions will be long to achieve and we have to be extremely patient.” read more

Track and field Buckeyes bring momentum back to Columbus for Jesse Owens

Ohio State freshman Andre Jeff crosses the finish line in 4×400-meter relay to seal the 2018 men’s track and field Big Ten championship in Geneva, Ohio on Feb. 24. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern reporterOhio State will switch roles from guest to host at the Jesse Owens Classic this weekend in Columbus. The meet made is up of Division I, Division II and Division III programs, along with some professional athletes. It also is Ohio State’s only outdoor home meet.“I think it’s going to be a really fun meet, it’s my last time competing in front of the home crowd,” senior Chantel Ray said. “I’m just going to go out and have fun,”Ohio State is coming off its toughest meet of the season, the Tennessee Relays. The Buckeyes did make a lasting impression, especially with their younger talent. A pair of freshmen stood out in last week’s highly competitive meet: Eric Harrison Jr. and Andre Jeff.Harrison, who has the fastest 100-meter time on the team at 10.28 seconds and is currently qualified for the NCAA Regional meet, finished second in the 200-meter dash and was on the 4×100-meter relay team that placed second.Jeff, who has the fastest 400-meter time on the team and also is currently qualified for the NCAA Regional meet, placed second in the 400-meter dash and was on the winning sprint-medley team. “The future looks bright,” coach Joel Brown said. Men’s previewSaturday, in particular, looks bright for both Harrison and Jeff because they held their weight in last week’s meet that included  track-and-field stars Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman. This week’s meet does not have nearly have the same strength of competition. In the 100-meter dash this weekend, Harrison will have his fastest competition coming from other Buckeyes. Ohio State’s 4×100-meter relay members are all in the first heat, the fastest heat.  This week’s 4×100-meter relay team contains senior Duan Asemota, junior Nick Gray, senior Zack Bazile and Harrison. This specific lineup has set the fifth-fastest time in the country. “It will be a pretty stout team,” Brown said. Gray is set to run in the 4×100-meter relay, 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. However, that may change depending on his health. In the 110-meter hurdles, junior Dauan Seward is set to go up against an All-American, Youngstown State’s Chad Zallow. Seward also is set to compete in triple-jump, and he will enter with the best performance in the field by 0.6 meters.Women’s previewRay last week had the toughest completion out of all of the athletes. She ran against Kendra Harrison, the world-record holder in the 100-meter hurdles. This week, she will be the favorite. She will be going up against Wright State’s Cassandra Lloyd, who has a faster personal record, but hasn’t competed since June. No matter who has been on the starting blocks next to her, Ray has the mindset to stay in her lane. “I don’t worry about my time or anybody else’s time. I just run my race,” Ray said. Ray also is set to compete in the 4×100-meter relay, a challenge Brown wants Ray to face. “You have to sprint. You can’t just do hurdles,” Brown said. Throughout the season they have worked on her technical efficiency in the hurdles along with her sprint speed. This week she has been focused on minor improvements on her form in getting over the hurdles and her speed between hurdles.“Usually I back off and people start pulling away from me,” Ray said. Ohio State’s shot put will be going up against a very familiar face in junior Sade Olatoye, a Buckeye who will throw unattached. Olatoye was the Big Ten Indoor Champion for Ohio State in shot put this past indoor season. Other notesThe seniors won’t be honored at the meet, but were honored at a private banquet Thursday night.This season Ohio State has traveled more than 5,000 miles for meets. This home meet gives Ohio State a rest from travel, and it allows the Buckeyes to stay in Columbus the weekend before finals. read more

Personal data a multimillioneuro business

first_imgThe cases of leaked personal data that have been reported over the past few months are just the tip of the iceberg, according to experts who say that the sale of private information such as the tax records of unwary citizens has become a multimillion-euro business and is taking place right under the noses of the Greek authorities. The crisis, they add, has also led to lax security regarding public service and ministry databases, meaning that the phenomenon is most likely to see an additional rise.From the Lagarde list and the off-the-books accounts of high-ranking civil servants, to the catalogs of the Athens Bar Association and the database of a vehicle inspection center (KTEO), there is no end to the gold mine of personal information that is available to the skilled hacker or audacious briber.Entire companies, as well as individual “entrepreneurs” can put together information gleaned about an individual’s personal habits, finances and social activities to create a profile that can be used for product or service promotion, as well as more nefarious goals.The demand for personal data is so great that companies are opening up all over the country dealing exclusively in their collection and “management.”“In short, they buy and sell CDs of information,” a source in the business, who declined to be named, told Kathimerini.These companies claim that the information they collect is on public record, such as from the Athens Doctors’ Association or the telephone book. However, according to the regulations of the Authority for the Protection of Personal Data, even when information is a matter of public record, the person to which the information belongs must give his or her consent before it is disseminated.According to Vassilis Sotiropoulos, a lawyer who specializes in personal data protection, the collection of such information is allowed without the consent of the subject only when the subject is a public figure and is for the purpose of journalism or for conducting a criminal investigation.“Even then you would need the authority’s approval,” said Sotiropoulos, adding that “under no circumstances would permission be given to a data collection company. Overall, Greek legislation is very strict about such matters.”Special permission from the authority is also necessary for the collection and use of sensitive personal information, such as medical records, said Sotiropoulos, while an Athens court last month ruled in favor of a man who had filed a suit against his bank because it shared his personal data with a debt collection company without first getting his approval.The crisis has given new momentum to the business of selling data, with tax records leading in popularity, according to experts, who say that indebted households and individuals are increasingly being targeted by collectors and other potential creditors using confidential data to gauge their approach.The crisis, experts add, has also created a massive gap in security.“The public sector is in a dramatic state in terms of security systems,” the CEO of security firm Obrela, Giorgos Patsis, told Kathimerini.“As though the problems of overlapping responsibilities for security between ministries and poorly trained employees were not enough, the crisis has pushed security down to the bottom of the list of public services’ priorities,” Patsis said. “For example, there hasn’t been a single competition for companies to provide a data security system for at least two years in the state sector.”Patsis says that almost anyone with the right know-how can infiltrate the databases and records of public services and download as much information as they want.“And it’s not just the problem of hackers either,” said Patsis. “In fact, public records are most at risk from human error. All someone has to do is leave a door open and crooks can get their hands on valuable records.”Cost of information from 200-1,000 euros per itemOfficers working for the police’s electronics crimes squad say that the biggest case of private data theft they have cracked was earlier this month in Dafni, eastern Athens, when they arrested a man who was in possession of over 100 million records pertaining to individuals and companies.The 59-year-old suspect has pending convictions over tax evasion, while authorities are also seeking his 31-year-old son, who was the president of the company for which the data collection was taking place, as well as a 35-year-old computer technician who worked for them.Another suspected accomplice was also arrested in Exarchia on January 16.The records found by officers in the Dafni offices of the company, which had a staff of 38, are believed to have come from the ministries of Finance, Transport and Interior, while the number of records is estimated at 110-120 million. Among the information siphoned from the Finance Ministry’s General Secretariat of Information Systems are the names of people who owe money to the state and property owners, as well as millions of property registration and income declaration codes. From the ministries of Interior and Transport, the company was able to get detailed information pertaining to registered car owners as well as registered voters.The data were stored in three separate servers and could be cross-referenced, while any of the employees could type in the name of an individual in the system and have access to all of the information gathered on him or her.According to police sources, the company sold the information directly to individuals and mainly to commercial companies. Unconfirmed reports say that the company had a list of 30,000 clients, while an inspection of its ledgers revealed that its annual turnover was as high as 4 million euros. Clients varied greatly and apparently included pawnshops and debt collection agencies, while sources say that each item of information was being sold for between 200 and 1,000 euros, while clients could also pay a monthly fee of 500 euros to have regular access to personal data.The records found on the company’s servers were leaked in the “traditional” way, according to electronics crimes officers, meaning in collusion with employees at the various ministries involved rather than from hacked databases. The way that the data was stored and filed was also similar to an online marketing company that was closed down in November when an associate was found to have over 9 million confidential records in his possession. The technical similarities between the two businesses have led authorities to suspect that they are linked.However, Kathimerini understands that the judicial system has not made progress on the November case nor been able to locate any public sector employees who may be responsible for trading in personal information.Gangs peddling records from ministriesHigh-ranking Finance Ministry sources say that they are aware there is a gang peddling the personal details of taxpayers to companies and individuals that sell private records, adding that it has operated in the past within the General Secretariat for Information Systems. They also say that there are similar gangs at work in the ministries of Interior and Transport.The sources also say that this has been going on for years, as evidenced by cases where personal data found to have been illegally obtained dates back several years. As far as the General Secretariat for Information Systems is concerned, the issue was apparently dealt with in 2009, when it made sure that no employee could access files without entering a username and password into their computers before having access to the system. The secretariat also deactivated all entry codes used prior to 2009 and issued all employees with new ones so that it can track their activity.However, experts have expressed concern that some of the information leaked in the past may have come from the real estate register, which comprises highly sensitive information often bought by lawyers who want to have a clear picture of the assets that exist on each side of a lawsuit without having to comb through registry offices all over the country.Despite significant steps taken over the past couple of years to curb leaks of tax information, two such cases were uncovered by police officers in the last three months.Sources say that more steps will be taken to safeguard the confidentiality of taxpayers’ information, among which will be stiffer penalties for people found to be peddling in public records or using this information illegally. The Finance Ministry is apparently in the process of researching different security software that will protect its records.Leaks from the Finance MinistryThree separate cases of confidential data being leaked from the Ministry of Finance have recently come to light.The first was on July 27, when an employee of the State’s General Accounting Office was arrested on charges of leaking a document with information that Alternate Finance Minister Christos Staikouras was to use during his negotiations with the country’s creditors. The non-paper had been penned by a ministry official and sent by e-mail to Staikouras, to the suspect and two more ministry employees. The document that was leaked on the Internet was a printout of the one sent by Staikouras and because the suspect printed it from his e-mail account it contained his username. He later claimed that the printed document had been purloined from his desk by another employee and leaked. Judicial authorities have completed investigation into the main suspect and are now deciding whether to summon the employee he alleged to have leaked the document to respond to charges.The second case was on October 28, when documents from the General State Accounting Office appeared on the Internet and were, according to one version of the story, posted there by the Anonymous hackers group, who had claimed responsibility for the leak on Facebook and Twitter. The documents dated to the June-October 2012 period and came from the General Accounting Office, as well as from other services such as the Public Debt Management Agency. Officers of the electronic crimes squad, however, suspect an employee as being behind the leak.The last case came to light on November 20, following the arrest of a 35-year-old associate of an online marketing company who was found to be in possession of a record containing 9 million entries pertaining to Greek citizens. According to the police, the information came from the Finance Ministry’s Taxis and Elenxis databases. The 35-year-old was remanded in custody pending sentencing. He also named as his accomplice a 45-year-old associate who owned a company that sold personal data and who was subsequently arrested as well. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Levée de voile sur le nouveau Samsung allinone serie 7

first_imgLevée de voile sur le nouveau Samsung all-in-one serie 7Très peu d’informations circulaient sur le nouveau concept PC de Samsung. On ne pouvait que constater son design, sa finesse mais non ses caractéristiques techniques. Désormais, ce secret n’en est plus un.Samsung vient donc de présenter son PC ultra design et tactile, le All-in-One Serie 7 700A3B, avec 16mm d’épaisseur et sa dalle 23 pouces LED Full HD inclinable à 90°. Le constructeur coréen assure des performances optimales pour les besoins de la famille (gestion photos, visionnage vidéo…). Les capacités de la machine confirment largement ces dires : un processeur Intel Core i5-2390T 2.7 GHz, 6Go de mémoire vive, 1To pour le stockage, un lecteur/graveur DVD avec un chargement par slot-in et un processeur graphique Intel HD Graphics. À lire aussiArchos 35 Carbon, 50 et 53 Platinum : prix et caractéristiques des premiers smartphones du constructeur français Ce petit bijou technologique est également équipé d’un port HDMI, d’une connexion Wi-Fi et Bluetooth 3.0 ainsi qu’un clavier et une souris sans fil.Possédant un style classe et une finesse irréprochable, le PC All-in-One Serie 7 de Samsung pourrait bien tenir ses promesses. Une grosse interrogation subsiste pourtant : pourquoi n’y a-t-il pas de lecteur Blu-ray ? Avec de telles capacités HD, cela aurait-été logique. Passé ce regret, il faudra ensuite débourser 999 euros pour se procurer cette nouveauté à Noël (sortie française en décembre 2011).Le 26 octobre 2011 à 20:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Forlan Nice guy Suarez no longer bites

first_imgDiego Forlan believes that his former Uruguay strike partner Luis Suarez has spoken to the right professionals and put the biting habits behind himThe strike duo led Uruguay to the Copa America title in 2011, but were unable to match the feat at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.For Suarez, in particular, the tournament proved to be a defining moment in his career after he was handed a four-month ban from football by FIFA for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s final group game.“You could see in that dressing room when he did that, you could see his face,” Forlan told CNN Sport.“You didn’t need to go there and talk to him because he knew he made a mistake.“There was nothing we could do it that moment. It’s better, when you know him, to give him space to talk with his family and to talk with people he needs to talk to, whether that’s me, another player or a coach.”samuel umtiti, barcelonaBarca’s Umtiti out for weeks with broken bone George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.Last week, Samuel Umtiti withdrew from…Suarez was also involved in another two biting incidents and racially abused Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in 2011.“I know him, he’s a really nice guy. Sometimes he used to react in a bad way,” said Forlan.“He spoke to the right professionals so he could change it and now he’s at a great club.”He added: “Of course he made mistakes and he accepted it. I know what type of guy he is and I know he wanted to change it. I am really happy for him because he did it.”Suarez revealed that a therapist helped him cure an “impulse” to bite people after the 2014 World Cup.last_img read more

Meghan Markle makes shocking confession Duchess of Sussex stepping out of bounds

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle is not your typical Duchess, she has made that abundantly clear. Members of the Royal Family don’t have a regular nine-to-five job. Most serve in the military, but the military is far from a regular job.However, Meghan Markle wants to break that mold, the Duchess o Sussex may want to have a career that does not revolve around her Royal duties. Reportedly, Meghan Markle has confessed she was the one pushing to become the first guest-editor of a September issue of British Vogue.Now, Royals have graced the cover of Vogue before, like Meghan’s sister-in-law Kate. But Meghan wants to take things a step further by becoming a guest editor for the magazine. This certainly seems like a start, a guest editor stint could very well lead o a more permanent position.Reportedly, Meghan Markle revealed in her guest-editor’s letter she was the person who had come up with the idea of guest editing the British fashion magazine and directly asked the editor-in-chief to “take a chance” on her. That was quite the move on Meghan’s part. Since it is an unspoken law of sorts that members of the Royal Family don’t hold regular jobs. And guest editor sure is a regular job. Apparently, the Duchess of Sussex opened up on her first meeting with British Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, which was supposed to be focused on Smart Works, one of the four patronages Meghan took upon herself on January.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesHowever, their conversation quickly evolved into a wider discussion on their “shared interests”, as explained by Meghan.She wrote in the guest-editor’s letter: “It was in early January, over a steaming cup of mint tea, we teased through how one can shine light in a world filled with seemingly daily darkness…..Lofty? Of course. Worth it? Without question. “Meghan then continued saying she put her name forward as the first guest-editor of a September issue of British Vogue.Meghan retired from acting, but this guest editor job may be her way of exerting her independence and allowing a semblance of control in her life. It would be quite a get for Vogue to have a Royal on their editorial team.last_img read more