SIT formed to speed up M.P. rape probe

first_imgThe DNA samples of the two people arrested on charges of abducting and raping a minor girl in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur city were sent for examination and a special investigation team (SIT) had been formed to speed up the probe, the police said on Sunday.The SIT will be headed by City Superintendent of Police Rakesh Mohan Shukla and will include a legal adviser. Mr. Shukla said 70% of the investigation had been completed and a blood-stained knife, the victim’s school bag, among other things, were recovered.Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Singh said the DNA samples of the accused, identified as Irfan, 20, and Asif, 24, were sent for examination on Saturday.Being counselledHe said the police were waiting for the victim to recover in order to record her statement while her mother’s statement had already been recorded. Doctors said her condition was improving and she was being counselled by psychiatrists to recover from the trauma. The father of the girl on Sunday demanded capital punishment for the accused, saying he does not want compensation from the government.last_img read more

NZ confirms participation in CWG

first_imgAfter days of indecision, the New Zealand Olympic Committee on Friday confirmed participation in the Delhi Commonwealth Games after seeing positive steps being taken by the organisers to improve the situation.New Zealand Olympic Committee board gave its nod for the planned departures from September 28 after being briefed by NZOC President Mike Stanley and Secretary General Barry Maister, who were in Delhi to take stock of the situation.Staneley said the situation was grim but it has started changing following intervention by the state and the central governments. New Zealand’s CWG chef de mission Dave Currie, who had slammed the conditions at the Games Village and said the event could even be called off, is now “more optimistic” that things will be better. “Our responsibility is to ensure there is a safe, secure environment for the athletes to arrive in, but we want the Games to go ahead as do the athletes who have trained for a long time,” Currie said.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup kicks off: Amitabh Bachchan, SRK ecstatic

first_imgFrom megastar Amitabh Bachchan to superstar Shah Rukh Khan – the Hindi film fraternity is glued to their TV sets to catch the excitement of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.After the grand opening ceremony Thursday at Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Group A game between Brazil and Croatia began.Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull in the FIFA 2014 official songCelebs took to Twitter to share their excitement about the matches. Here’s what they have to say:Shah Rukh: “And on the most exciting note. I am completely over the moon with FIFA starting. TV glue ready!!!”Mini Mathur: “Chilled room, Pot of Green tea, Pyjamas, Brazilian team scarf, Tata sky in the rain.”Nikhil Advani: “All set to watch the beautiful game. #FifaWorldCup #Brazil.”Ronnie Screwvala: “It is testament to the sport of football that despite such massive clouds on integrity – we are all excited for the World Cup. No other sport can unite the world at a global level than Football. So much untapped potential for social good.”Amitabh Bachchan: “FIFA pre nuptials on now on Sony Six .. what a fantastic run up.. glued, hued and spewed.. tonight is late night delight!! FIFA opening! Been glued to TV since long and shall see the first game too.. ! Me with Brazil ball !!”Bipasha Basu: “Watching #WorldsCup with #CocaCola. Where are you?”Kunal Kohli: “@SrBachchan so true sir. Totally hooked to the super moments they’re showing now.”Salman Khan: “#WorldsCup dekhne ka kya plan hai?”Chitrangda Singh a@IChitrangda 2h Heyyy! Fiffffa! Cheeerss to the madness :))advertisementJohn Abraham: “aTime to grab your favorite jersey, football biggest party starts tonight. #Worldcup is here! #CafeRio only on @SonySIX”Ayushmann Khurrana: “It’s game day, it doesn’t get bigger than this #WorldsCup.”last_img read more

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first_imgHeat wave claims 35 lives in Telangana, govt issues alertHyderabad, Apr 13 (PTI) Heat wave sweeping parts of Telangana has so far claimed 35 lives, prompting the state government to issue an alert in all districts to take precautionary measures to minimise its impact.The maximum temperature is likely to hover above 40 degrees Celsius in the next 24 hours in many parts of the state, an official said today.”We have issued heat wave alerts to all district collectors and officials concerned. People are advised not to venture out during afternoon when the temperature is at peak,” Principal Secretary (Revenue) B R Meena told PTI.”We have also asked the rural water department to be ready with sufficient water storage facilities. The toll so far reported is 35,” he said.In a release issued over a week ago, the state government had said as many as 66 lives were lost to heat wave in the state. However, Meena denied the figure.A directive has been issued to all departments concerned saying construction labourers and other related workers are not engaged in work during the peak heat hours, he said.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that heatwave conditions are likely to prevail at isolated places in the state tomorrow.The maximum temperature in the state yesterday was recorded at Nalgonda and Ramagundam at 44 degrees Celsius. PTI GDK GK TIR SK TIRlast_img read more

Nation-wide inter-schools TT on Dhyan Chands birthday

first_imgMumbai, Aug 25 (PTI) A nation-wide inter-schools table tennis team event is to be conducted on August 29, the birthday of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand which is celebrated as the national sports day, across 27 states. Depending on the number of entries, the event would be carried on for two more days to identify the particular states schools champions, it was announced today by former national champion Kamlesh Mehta, director of 11Even Sports which is organising the event under auspices of the respective state bodies and the Table Tennis Federation of India. The winning inter-school champion of each state would progress to the national inter-state finals, set to be organised between December 9-11 at a venue to be finalised by the middle of next month. “In all probability Indore would play host to the event,” said Mehta who explained that while the north eastern states of Nagaland, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura will not be represented in this unique venture, Kerala and Meghalaya would conduct it at a later date. “The idea is to do it every year. We will be supplying balls, T-shirts etcetera,” said three-time Olympian Mehta at the Khar Gymkhana, venue for the event in Maharashtra. “Our aim is to provide school children the opportunity to play table tennis at a competitive level. We also want to spread awareness of the game among school children and provide a platform for young champions,” said the eight-time national mens singles champion. “11Even Sports and TTFI are working towards encouraging and supporting all state associations and to make table tennis the most played sport in schools,” the 56-year-old former national coach said. Events would be held for senior boys and girls and junior boys and girls but restricted to those students currently in the VIII, IX and X standards, according to Mehta. All the teams who qualify for the inter-state schools nationals would be provided with accommodation, food and local travel for the entire duration of stage 2 of the event. PTI SSR GK SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

FIFA U17 WC team profile: Colombia

first_imgColombia U17 FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: All you need to know about Colombia U-17 Manasi Pathak with inputs from Juan Moncada Last updated 2 years ago 07:30 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Colombia U-17 squad (1) FCF Selección Colombia Colombia U17 U17 World Cup Counting down towards the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, Goal provides you with a guide to the Colombian side – key players, tactics and more India is all set to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, scheduled to kick off on 6th October. 24 countries from six confederations will be competing for one of the biggest honours in youth football, with the matches being hosted in six cities across the country. FIFA U17 World Cup: All you need to know about the venues In this segment, we take a look at Colombia’s U-17 team and guide you through their journey to the world cup, highlighting their strengths, tactics and key players.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. INTRODUCTIONColombia flagCountry:  ColombiaConfederation: CONMEBOL (South America)Nicknames:  Los Cafeteros, The Coffee growersKnown for:  Ball possession, quick touches, aerial prowess of defenseCoach:  Orlando RestrepoPAST RECORDS AND LAURELSColombia Argentina Fans Preview Qualifier World Cup 2018 17112015India 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be Colombia’s sixth appearance at the blockbuster event. It will be their first since Nigeria 2009, where they managed a third place finish. Apart from the World Cup, Los Cafeteros were crowned winners of 1993 Under-17 South American championship.The Colombians possess a decent record at the South American games having grabbed the gold medal in the years 1994, 2010 and 2014. Such is their performance at the Bolivarian games as well where they clinched gold in 1997, 2005 and 2013.ROAD TO U-17 WORLD CUPColombia U-17 squad (2)Orlando Restrepo’s yellow army booked a berth in the FIFA U-17 World Cup following their third-place finish in the South American Under-17 Football Championship this year. In the 17th edition of the tournament, Colombia defeated Ecuador and Uruguay, drew against Chile and fell prey to Bolivia, which led them to second place in Group A behind Chile and they eventually progressed to the hexagonal final phase.Later, the team grabbed victory over Ecuador (2-1) followed by a draw with Venezuela and losses to Chile (1-0) and Brazil (3-0). With World Cup qualification at stake, they fought back with a 2-1 win over Paraguay to seal their berth.PREPARATIONS AHEAD OF THE MEGA-EVENTColombia U-17 squad (1)Following the Jose Pekerman (coach of Colombia’s senior NT) strategy, the coaches of the junior team have chosen to prepare the players in a row of ‘Microcycles’. The youngsters will also be engaging in some friendly matches with the local sides. In the month of August, Colombia took part in the four-nation tournament (Torneo de 4 Naciones Tournament) in Mexico City which saw them defeat World Cup hosts India 3-0. The two sides have been drawn in Group A of the upcoming U-17 FIFA World Cup. Los Cafeteros were the first team to arrive in India, as early as on 20 September.TEAM COACH AND HIS IDEOLOGYOrlando Restrepo of Colombia U-17Orlando Restrepo is in-charge of the U-17 side of Colombia. It must be noted that although Restrepo never played at professional level himself, he continues to deliver his expertise to the team. A life-long follower of the 90-minute game, Restrepo is also a sports technology practitioner and physical education instructor. The 60-year-old possesses coaching experience at club level in his homeland, Bolivia and Costa Rica. He also enjoyed a successful spell with Atletico Nacional’s U-17 side between 2013 and 2015. Orlando has been in charge of the Colombian national U-17 team since August 2016.Restrepo’s Colombian outfit is usually seen keeping possession of the ball for most of the game and is also known for their quick touches. In addition to this, the defensive forces form a formidable part of the squad, thanks to their height and remarkable aerial strength. The side usually likes to attack from the flanks with their wingers dominating the wide spaces, while hogging ball possession. KEY PLAYERSJaminton CampazJaminton Campaz has already made four first-team league appearances for club side Deportes Tolima and will be expected to carry the heavy burden of leading the Colombian attack this tournament. He starred with three goals for Colombia in the 2017 South American U17 Championship in Chile and his coach will be hoping he continues his goalscoring touch in India as well.  FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: Nicolás Gómez (Deportivo Cali), Kevin Leonardo Mier (Atlético Nacional), Daniel Melo (Liga del Atlántico).Defenders: Andrés Felipe Balanta (Deportivo Cali), Robert Andrés Mejía (Universitario de Popayán), Christian Andrade (Millonarios), Thomas Gutiérrez (Liga de Antioquia), Juan Sebastián Peñaloza (Liga de Antioquia).Midfielders: Gustavo Adolfo Carvajal (América), Luis Miguel López (Santa Fe), Yair Meneses (Envigado), Andrés Felipe Perea (Atlético Nacional), Brayan Arley Gómez (Atlético Nacional), Guillermo Tegue (Liga de Antioquia), Etilso Martínez (Liga de Antioquia), Fabián Steven Ángel (Barranquilla FC).Strikers: Déiber Caicedo (Deportivo Cali), Deyman Andrés Cortés (Atlético Huila), Jaminton Campáz (Deportes Tolima), David Barrero (Liga de Antioquia), Juan David Vidal (Barranquilla FC).last_img read more

Garbage Holding Area Opens in Cambridge, St. James

first_img “I am appealing to the citizens of Cambridge and its environs to use this facility and use it wisely. I am also appealing to the business community, those persons who operate small, medium and large businesses in Cambridge, you also have a responsibility to keep your township clean,” Mayor Davis said. Western Parks and Markets (WPM) Waste Management Limited officially opened the Cambridge garbage holding area, in St. James, on Friday (January 25).Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, in his address, charged residents and businesses in the community to take care of the facility.“I am appealing to the citizens of Cambridge and its environs to use this facility and use it wisely. I am also appealing to the business community, those persons who operate small, medium and large businesses in Cambridge, you also have a responsibility to keep your township clean,” Mayor Davis said.Regional Operations Manager of Western Parks and Markets (WPM) Waste Management Limited, Garnet Edmonson, addresses stakeholders at the opening of the Cambridge garbage holding area, in St. James, on Friday (January 25). Story Highlights Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, in his address, charged residents and businesses in the community to take care of the facility. center_img Western Parks and Markets (WPM) Waste Management Limited officially opened the Cambridge garbage holding area, in St. James, on Friday (January 25). He also implored the residents to properly dispose of garbage to maintain proper hygiene in their homes and the community at large.For his part, Regional Operations Manager of WPM, Garnet Edmonson, emphasised that the organisation is serious about waste collection in the area, as such a programme has been put in place for frequent collection of garbage from the holding area.“We have four skips to hold your solid waste. We have a programme in place to collect the garbage from these skips three times per week. After a month of emptying these skips, we will analyse to see if we need to add additional skips to hold the garbage that is produced in Cambridge. We will still have our trucks traversing the community to take out the household waste,” Mr. Edmonson said.As part of the day’s activities, the WPM staff removed bulky waste items from the Cambridge community, which could potentially become mosquito-breeding sites.Representatives from the Western Regional Health Authority also gave presentations on how to prevent and destroy mosquito-breeding sites in and around the home.last_img read more

PM says Sport and Creative Industries can Drive Economy

first_imgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says connections between Sport, the Creative and Cultural Industries must be established as these sectors have the potential to be important drivers of economic development. “There are some who may not make the connection between the creative and cultural industries and sport and many still think of those industries merely as the performing and audio visual arts. However, the creative and cultural industries concept is actually a policy development framework and another element of this Government’s emphasis on planned development,” the Prime Minister said. Addressing stakeholders of the national sport associations and federations at a specially-convened meeting to discuss strategic priorities for sport in Jamaica for 2013/14 and the Draft White Paper National Sport Policy, Mrs. Simpson Miller said while the creative and cultural industries are important, they have not been able to bring Jamaica to the heights which sport has achieved. “I am sure this would lift Jamaica’s profile even higher than we are now. I think that we can go further,” the Prime Minister said. Mrs. Simpson Miller emphasized the need to look at the cultural output that assists in the promotion of music, drama, dance, art, and special events management and pull them together under the banner of sports and the cultural and creative industries. “Our sporting heritage has been phenomenal and our cultural output has arrested the attention of the world independent of each other” the Prime Minister added. The Prime Minister, who is also the Minister of Sport, commended Minister with portfolio responsibility, Natalie Neita Headley for the Draft White Paper National Sport Policy noting that the National Sport Policy addresses many of the issues which will determine the success of the national initiative.last_img read more

2013/2014: Sectoral Debate: Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Hon. Arnaldo Brown

first_imgI am pleased to once again address this Honourable House. Last year, as I gave my maiden presentation, I committed to do my best for the government and people of Jamaica, recognizing that I stand here, privileged to serve my constituents, as a result of the trust placed in me by the good people of East Central, St Catherine.It is also recognized, that I am privileged to serve my country, as a result of the confidence reposed in me by the Most Honourable Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, on the occasion of her appointing me as Minister of State in the capacity in which I make this contribution.[Watch the presentation LIVE]The Honourable Member from North West Saint Catherine often says, “an attitude of gratitude is a beatitude” and today Mr. Speaker, I record my gratitude to my Cabinet Minister and Queen’s Counsel of silken quality from that other place, Senator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson QC, for his steady leadership of the Ministry and for allowing me the latitude as Minister of State to discharge the functions assigned to me.I must commend the support given to me by the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT). Their diligence and professionalism is admirable and a credit to the country and its national interests.None of this would be possible without my Maker and my King to whom my all I bring. Nor would it be possible without the support of my family, my support staff, my three (3) Councillors and the army of workers and warriors of the national movement founded September 13, 1938, of which I am proud to be a member.Constituency StewardshipSports: Vehicle for DevelopmentI wish to begin my contribution, to the Sectoral Debate by addressing my stewardship of the constituency of East Central Saint Catherine under the period of review.It is quite fitting and appropriate that recognition be given to the Naggo Head Primary School (whose Principal is here in the Gallery) on its stellar performance at the recently concluded Primary School Athletics Championship.This is their fifth consecutive hold on the title. Pretty soon, East Central Saint Catherine will have its own Usain Bolt or Veronica Campbell-Brown dominating global track and field. I take this opportunity to publicly commend the teachers, coaches, administrative staff, student athletes and parents on this historic feat.Consistent with my manifesto commitment to support sports as a vehicle for development, as Member of Parliament, I pledge to support the Naggo Head Sports programme for the upcoming academic year. I also commend the European Union for their assistance in this respect.[Download 2013/2014: Sectoral Debate: Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Hon. Arnaldo Brown]I am pleased to advise that the process of upgrading sporting facilities in the Constituency has commenced in earnest. With the assistance of the Honourable Member from Central Westmoreland, our sports facilities have been upgraded through the Sugar Dependence Area Initiative, which comes under the purview of the Sugar Transformation Programme.The Lime Tree Grove Sports Complex now has a hard court for netball and basketball. The football field has been rehabilitated and a chain link fence has been installed.Additionally, a contract has been awarded for the construction of changing rooms, bleachers stands and a clubhouse. This represents a capital spend of $21,000,000.00 in the Constituency, providing employment and a positive outlet for young people when completed.We have received an expression of interest from the Government and people of New Zealand to upgrade the Hamilton Gardens Field in Gregory Park into a Cricket Oval, valued atUS$25,000.00. They did two (2) similar projects in the parish of Manchester. I wish to thank them for their interest in East Central St. Catherine.Consistent with my manifesto commitment to support sports as a vehicle for development, as Member of Parliament, I pledge to support the Naggo Head Sports programme for the upcoming academic year. I also commend the European Union for their assistance in this respect…READ MORE[Download 2013/2014: Sectoral Debate: Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Hon. Arnaldo Brown]last_img read more

NSWMA to Get 12 New Trucks

first_imgThe National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is expected to acquire 12 garbage trucks in the new fiscal year.A sum of $300 million has been set aside in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure for the undertaking.The Estimates were recently tabled in the House of Representatives by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw.The new vehicles will strengthen the existing fleet in order to improve garbage collection.The acquisition is being financed from the Consolidated Fund and falls under the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.The NWSMA provides solid waste management services across the island in order to safeguard public health while helping to create an environment that is healthy and aesthetically pleasing.last_img

SCI Improves Quarterly Profit Sevenfold

first_imgzoom India’s state-owned shipping company Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI) has reported a quarterly profit of INR 101.49 Crores (USD 16.4 million) for the quarter ended March 31, as against INR 13.24 Crores reported during the same quarter a year earlier. The losses due to unprecedented downturn in the dry bulk markets have been partially offset by the rally in the tanker market since early 2015, says SCI.This is the fifth consecutive quarter of reporting profits for the Mumbai-based company. After having reported losses for last three financial years, SCI has turned around and reported a net profit of INR 200.93 Crores for the fiscal year ended March 31, compared a net loss of INR 274.66 Crores in the previous year.While the net income from operations has almost remained flat, the appreciable decrease in various expenses, impact of judicious cancellation of new ship building orders and sale of old vessels have contributed to the positive results, SCI says. The overall financial health of the company has improved with enhanced net-worth and reduced borrowings.SCI has a fleet of 69 vessels of 5.89 million dwt with an average age of under 9 years.last_img read more

Liner Shipping among More Consolidated Sectors

first_imgzoom Although the container shipping sector saw a huge amount of consolidation in 2016 driven by the persistent pressure in the industry, the sector is still not that consolidated, according to Clarksons Research.On the basis of start 2017, this fairly fragmented shipping industry counted 88,892 ships in the world fleet, which were spread across 24,267 owners. That works out at less than 4 vessels per owner, although 145 owners with more than 50 ships accounted for almost 12,000 of the vessels. “The liner shipping business however is one of the more consolidated parts of shipping, as well as being home to some of the industry’s larger corporates,” Clarksons Research said.At the start of the year, the 5,154 containerships in the fleet were owned by 622 owner groups, about 8 ships per owner, but were operated by 326 carriers, about 16 ships per operator. Each of the top 8 operators deployed more than 100 ships.But despite the less fragmented nature of the sector, recent market conditions have led to another round of consolidation in the box business.The three largest operators at the start of 2017 were European Maersk Line, with 647 vessels deployed, followed by MSC with 453, and CMA-CGM with 454 ships. Of the remaining carriers in the top 20 all but three were based in Asia or the Middle East.However, out of the 20 largest carriers back in late 2014, four are now gone. CSAV was acquired by Hapag-Lloyd, NOL/APL by CMA-CGM and the two major Chinese lines merged. And of course in late summer 2016, the financial collapse of Hanjin Shipping marked the sector’s biggest casualty in 30 years.Against this backdrop, the latest wave of box sector consolidation is actually part of a long-term trend, Clarksons informed. The coming year is set to see Hapag-Lloyd complete its merger with UASC, and Maersk Line’s planned acquisition of Hamburg-Sud is also awaiting necessary approvals. The second half of last year also saw the three major Japanese operators declare their intention to merge containership operations in a joint venture due to be established this year and start operations in 2018.The ‘scenario’ based on these changes would see the top 10’s share at 79%, nearly twice as much as 20 years ago.last_img read more

StatCan warns of impact on release of trade data from US government

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Statistics Canada is warning the partial shutdown of the U.S. government could have an impact on the agency’s ability to release a complete picture of trade between North America’s largest trading partners.Each country has been using the other’s import data to produce its export statistics since 1990.U.S. imports from Canada reported to U.S. Customs and Border Protection are compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau and sent to Statistics Canada to be used as statistics for Canada’s exports to the United States.Data for November won’t be affected by the shutdown which started Dec. 22. However, future months could be affected because data for Canada’s exports to the United States ended with the December numbers.The U.S. is Canada’s most important trading partner, with about 75 per cent of Canada’s total merchandise exports destined for the U.S., while Canada is the top export destination for U.S. goods, accounting for about 18 per cent of total U.S. merchandise exports.The statistics agencies of each country normally publish trade statistics simultaneously on predetermined dates.“The sharing of import data, which is generally preferred because of the greater scrutiny import shipments are subject to by customs agencies, helps to ensure accurate and coherent bilateral trade statistics, while reducing the administrative burden on exporting companies,” Statistics Canada said in a statement Thursday.last_img read more

UN rights chief urges Syria to end assault on its own people

9 June 2011The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the ongoing violent crackdown by Syrian authorities against peaceful protestors and called on the Government to respond to her repeated requests to allow a fact-finding mission to visit the country. “We are receiving an increasing number of alarming reports pointing to the Syrian Government’s continuing efforts to ruthlessly crush civilian protests,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a news release. “It is utterly deplorable for any government to attempt to bludgeon its population into submission, using tanks, artillery and snipers,” she added. “I urge the Government to halt this assault on its own people’s most fundamental human rights.”She noted that non-governmental organizations and others are now reporting that the number of men, women and children killed since the protests began in March has exceeded 1,100, with up to 10,000 or more detained. Saying that “bare statistics do not reveal the full extent of individual crimes and suffering,” Ms. Pillay referred to the case of Hamza al-Khatib, the 13-year-old boy, who was allegedly abducted and tortured to death by local security forces. “The unimaginably cruel murder and mutilation of this child seems to be emblematic of the moral and legal bankruptcy of the apparent policy of crushing dissent by all available means,” she stated. Ms. Pillay also voiced particular concern about reports of civilians fleeing the north-western town of Jisr al-Shughour in the wake of recent threatening statements by Government officials.In a special session held in April, the UN Human Rights Council authorized a fact-finding mission to Syria to investigate alleged violations of international human rights law. Ms. Pillay urged the authorities to cooperate and to grant her team access to the country. “So far we have not received any official reply from Syria – either positive or negative,” said Ms. Pillay, whose team is scheduled to issue a preliminary report on the situation in Syria to the Geneva-based Council on 15 June.The High Commissioner also reminded neighbouring countries that no one from Syria should be returned against their will in view of the current human rights situation, and urged States to keep their borders open for refugees fleeing Syria. Ms. Pillay’s comments come as the UN Security Council considers a draft resolution condemning the violence in Syria that was tabled yesterday but has not yet been acted on. Meanwhile, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today strongly appealed for calm and restraint after a number of Palestinian refugees in Syria lost their lives and had been injured in recent events, including in Yarmouk, which is home to a third of the Palestinian refugee community in Syria. “UNRWA calls on all concerned to preserve the sanctity of human life as required by international law, to protect the safety and dignity of all, and to ensure that any further loss of civilian lives is avoided,” the Agency stated in a news release.The protests in Syria are part of a broader uprising this year across North Africa and the Middle East that has already toppled the long-standing regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and led to ongoing conflict in Libya. read more

Lululemon names new chief financial officer as search continues for CEO

VANCOUVER — Lululemon Athletica Inc. has appointed Patrick Guido as chief financial officer as its search continues for a new chief executive.The Vancouver-based clothing company says Guido, who most recently worked as treasurer and vice-president of corporate development at VF Corp., will report to chief operating officer Stuart Haselden.Lululemon has been without a CEO since early February when Laurent Potdevin suddenly stepped down from the post after the company said he “fell short” of its standards of conduct.Yoga apparel maker Lululemon’s fourth-quarter sales, profits surgeLululemon’s surprise split with CEO said to involve employee relationshipExecutive chairman Glenn Murphy told a March conference call with financial analysts that the company had met with several possible candidates, but would be taking its time in its search for a replacement.Potdevin reached a separation agreement with the company that will see him receive $3.35 million in cash, plus a further $1.65 million paid in monthly instalments over 18 months, while agreeing not to sue the company and co-operate with it in the future.The company also lost its executive vice-president and creative director at the end of last year when Lee Holman resigned. read more

Brock Media Clips for Monday Aug 14

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Why popular tourist towns are becoming Silicon Valley copycats: Business incubator BioLinc within Brock’s Goodman School of Business was highlighted by CNBC in recent coverage about popular tourism communities nurturing start-up companies.Why students are choosing to go to college in Canada instead of the United States: Brock University Director of International Services Leigh-Ellen Keating received additional coverage on MSN.com after being quoted in a story last week about increased interest in Canada for post-secondary students from abroad.Brock’s Dirty Badger Trail Race expands for 2017: Growth of the Dirty Badger Trail Race and the anticipation for its arrival on campus was featured in an article on the Erie Media website.Terry Fox Run moves to Brock: Brock University President Dr. Gervan Fearon is quoted in the St. Catharines Standard about welcoming the Terry Fox Run to campus. The story was featured in all Postmedia Niagara dailies and weeklies. A separate story about Brock hosting the popular September event was also featured on the website of local radio station EZ Rock 105.7.Did we miss something? If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca read more

Dont Be Fooled By Baseballs SmallBudget Success Stories

The Houston Astros currently sit on top of the American League West with a 2.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels, a team paying Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver, and the rest of the squad a combined $146.4 million. The Astros, meanwhile, will spend less than half that figure on players in 2015. Their total payroll comes in just north of $69 million, 29th out of 30 MLB teams and a remarkable $158 million less than the Los Angeles Dodgers are spending to field a team this year.The success of the Astros and the (comparatively) minuscule payrolls of other plucky small-budget teams is often cited by people trying to advance an egalitarian narrative: that the amount a team spends does not matter. In recent years, Time called the Royals the future of baseball. The New York Times went with Smaller Markets and Smarter Thinking. Baseball America wrote an article asserting, “if you look at competitive balance as the opportunity for teams to make the playoffs and legitimate runs at titles, baseball is truly in a golden era.” Sports Illustrated argued that the average payrolls of playoff teams show that money isn’t the factor it used to be and the Providence Journal offered, “money can’t buy success.” Andrew McCutchen, 2013 National League MVP, is the poster boy for what small-budget teams can accomplish, saying, “Payroll doesn’t mean everything. If that was the case, the Yankees would win every year.”That’s all heart-warming, but evidence suggests that the relationship between money and winning is as strong now as it’s been any time in the free-agency era. Check out the figure below, which shows the relationship between spending and win percentage during each of the three 10-year spans since 1985.1Salary and win percentage were standardized within each season to account for the league’s financial growth and changes in league competitiveness. Data collected from baseball-reference.com. Each team season is one dot in the figure, and the red line reflects a smoothed curve fit through the points. The smoothed curves represent the general relationship between spending and performance for each team season in each decade; aggregating all the decade’s data points shows a pattern: More money generally means more wins.The line gets steeper going from left to right, implying that in recent seasons, jumps in salary have been associated with larger gains in win percentage. Altogether, none of the 20 teams with the highest relative salaries since 1985 have finished below .500. GRAPHIC: Using data from the last 30 years, we created win-pay curves for every team in Major League Baseball. Click here to see how well your favorite team spent its money.J.C. Bradbury, an economics professor at Kennesaw State University, found that winning more increases revenue exponentially. “Going from 85 wins to 90 is worth more than 80 wins to 85,” he says. As a result, while it might cost more per win for a team that wins 90 games than 85, it makes financial sense because the revenue reward will be higher as well. This leads to a self-perpetuating cycle. Additionally, fans of teams that win frequently expect them to continue winning, and management pays more to do so. For a team like the New York Yankees, paying 10 percent more than anyone else for a second baseman who is only 5 percent better than his closest peer is worth the money (and they can afford it).But though the current narrative revolves around small-budget success stories as an argument against the importance of salaries, baseball has always had small-budget overachievers. “Just because you don’t spend money doesn’t mean you can’t win,” Bradbury says. As long as there has been baseball, there have been teams with low payrolls that have exceeded expectations in the win column.Perhaps one reason for the renewed focus on the success of small-budget teams is the importance of playoff success versus the regular season. Postseasons in American sports offer a smaller sample size than, say, soccer’s English Premier League, where the winner is determined by 38 games. In baseball, the better team (the one with the higher payroll) is less likely to prevail over the course of a short playoff series than they would be over an entire season. That, combined with the expansion of the playoffs, means it’s easier for a small-budget team to reach the World Series, as the Kansas City Royals did in 2014, losing to the San Francisco Giants in Game 7. Winning a playoff series can come down to a few factors — a couple of good pitchers and luck — that are less important during the regular season. “The formula seems to be: limp through regular season, get into playoffs, then win,” said Rodney Fort, professor of sport management in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan.Fort, however, also thinks that the case for the relationship between payroll and wins is overstated. “When have we ever been satisfied that a simple relationship between one variable and another variable tells the whole story of the determination of winning?” he says. “What you really need to do is stop and think about what are all the other things: nothing about coaches, nothing about front office/GM acumen.” In Fort’s view, equating payroll and wins leaves out too many other variables.He has a point, as the relationship between salary and winning can be drastically different among different franchises. Some teams don’t get results when they spend more — the New York Mets frowny face is almost too perfect given their fortunes.For a few small-budget teams such as the Cleveland Indians and the Royals, though, there’s a strong relationship between spending and winning.As you can see in the chart of every team’s win-pay curves, spending usually helps, but incompetent spending gets a team nowhere. It’s a waste.Click here to see every team’s win-pay curves. read more

Letter Until Parker is removed Communities Ministry will be deemed

Dear Editor,The Guyana Empowered Peoples Action Network (GEPAN) is concerned that Carl Parker is still allowed to fully assume office as Regional Executive Officer (REO) for Region 9.Pursuant to the multiple allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him by female workers in the region, and after two (2) long years of outcry, petitions and denunciations by the people of the Rupununi and GEPAN, Parker was finally charged on February 8, 2017, and brought before Judge Judy Latchman. Released on bail set at GY $200 000, he is scheduled to return to Court on February 16, 2017.Minister Bulkan promised to have Parker “immediately” removed from his functions following the charges of sexual assault laid against him. Minister of State Joseph Harmon, later confirmed the removal of Parker during the legal process by the Communities Ministry, during a press conference held two days ago.However, confirmation has reached our organisation that Parker currently still operates in his full capacity as REO for Region 9. Reports also indicate that Parker is encouraging the politicisation of his judicial process by gathering on-the-ground supporters to verbally harass the victim and her entourage in public.GEPAN believes that enough time has been granted for Parker to hand over the documents, keys and other assets in his possession before removing himself from the seat of REO. It is also our firm belief that allowing him to continue his mandate under the pretext that a new REO has not yet been appointed, is utterly irresponsible of the Communities Ministry.Further, permitting a senior political appointee and regional official currently being judged for sexual assault, to operate with such impunity, is demonstrative of the blatant disregard by authorities for the Law, and is equally disrespectful towards the victim who works in the same professional environment as Parker.Parker’s presence at the work place intensifies the malaise felt by the victim and workers, and can result in further emotional and psychological trauma. If this is not remedied immediately, any further trauma suffered by the victim may rightfully be imparted to the responsibility of the Communities Ministry.We urge Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan to put an abrupt end to this anomaly and let the Law take its course in bringing justice to the victim. Until he is removed from the office of REO, the Communities Ministry will continue to be deemed complicit in the tyranny and suffering inflicted upon the victim (s) and the Rupununi people by Carl Parker.Yours truly,The Guyana Empowered Peoples Action Network (GEPAN) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEmbattled Parker was still on the job long after Bulkan said he was interdicted from dutyJune 2, 2017In “latest news”Region 9 REO granted bail for sexual assault chargeFebruary 9, 2017In “Court”Residents lobby for Region 9 REO to be firedApril 16, 2016In “latest news” read more

Morning Press Election results protestors at Camas High School Luyster murder trial

first_imgWhat will will the weather throw at us this weekend? Find out with our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed readers’ attention this week.Historic night in Vancouver race for mayorThe city of Vancouver has done what the nation failed to do in 2016: elect its first female head of government. Anne McEnerny-Ogle has a considerable lead with 74.7 percent of the initial vote.“I’m just a little shocked by the numbers, those are fantastic numbers,” McEnerny-Ogle said amid a sea of emotional supporters. She was emotional herself and needed to take a breath before continuing to express her excitement and gratitude.“I have kept my focus for these 11 months,” she said. “I didn’t want to take anything for granted.”McEnerny-Ogle will be first woman to lead city; Campbell has big lead in city council raceMore election news: Orange prevails in port race; Campbell wins Vancouver council raceElection updates: www.columbian.com/news/politics/electionProtesters target Camas High production of ‘The Laramie Project’ group of protesters waved religious signs and yelled into a megaphone outside Camas High School on Tuesday afternoon in opposition to the theater department’s production of “The Laramie Project.”The 2000 play written by Moisés Kaufman covers the aftermath of the fatal beating of Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student who was targeted because he was gay, and the murder trial that followed. The show pieces together more than 200 interviews with residents of Laramie, Wyo., and others close to the murder.last_img read more