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‘Padmavati’ film set vandalised again

first_imgThe set of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film “Padmavati” was vandalised by unidentified persons in Kolhapur district in the wee hours of Wednesday. They also torched the costumes and the animal feed kept there, said the police.The shooting of the Deepika Padukone-starrer film was underway at Mhasai Pathar, a rocky plateau in the western Maharashtra district, when a group of around 15-20 people came to the set between 1 AM and 2 AM on Wednesday, they said.They allegedly set on fire the costumes of the film and also torched the fodder kept for the horses, Senior Police Inspector, Panhala Police Station, Dhanya Kumar Godse said. The film’s crew members caught hold of two of the vandals. However, they were attacked by the other members in the group and managed to run away, Senior Police Inspector Godse said. The vandals also allegedly tried to set ablaze the vehicles of the crew members parked near the set. The reason behind the incident was not yet known, the police said. Godse said no formal complaint has been lodged so far in connection with the incident. The film’s producers were not available for comments. It is second such incident for the film. In January this year, some members of a Rajput community group, Karni Sena, had assaulted Bhansali in Jaipur for allegedly presenting “distorted facts” in “Padmavati“. Deepika plays the role of Rani Padmavati in the film, which also stars Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji and Shahid Kapoor as Raja Ratan Singh.last_img read more


December 3, 2019 0

BJP names Bihar, Rajasthan unit presidents

first_imgThe BJP on Saturday appointed Lok Sabha MP Sanjay Jaiswal as its Bihar unit president and Amber MLA Satish Poonia as the chief of the Rajasthan unit.In a statement issued in New Delhi, the party said its president Amit Shah had approved the appointments and also that of Ajay Kumar as the general secretary (organisation) for Uttarakhand.Dr .Jaiswal, 53, is a three-time party MP from the West Champaran Lok Sabha constituency. A doctor by profession, he replaced Nityanand Rai who, earlier, was appointed as Minister of State for Home Affairs in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s the Cabinet.Dr. Jaiswal is also the chief whip of the party in the Lok Sabha. He had first won the Lok Sabha seat in 2009 and then in 2014. He defeated Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) candidate Brijesh Kumar Kushwaha by 2.93 lakh votes in the 2019 poll.Dr. Jaiswal’s father Dr Madan Prasad Jaiswal had also been a three-time party MP from the constituency which, earlier, was known as Bettiah LS seat, in 1996, 1998 and 1999.Dr. Jaiswal had done his MBBS from the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) while MD (general medicine) from the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). He expressed his thanks to Mr. Shah for reposing faith in him.“This is an election year and party has entrusted great trust and faith in me…I’ll try my best to come up to the expectations of the top leadership,” he told the media in West Champaran.The appointment of Mr. Poonia, MLA from Jaipur district’s Amber constituency, came two-and-a-half months after the death of State chief Madan Lal Saini on June 24. Hailing from Churu’s Rajgarh town, Mr. Poonia, 55, is considered close to the RSS.An influential Jat leader, Mr. Poonia is known for his organisational skills and served as the State general secretary four times between 2004 and 2014. His appointment was made at a crucial time — just before the local body elections.Mr. Poonia was at present the party State spokesperson and was also looking after its membership drive. The strategy to appoint the Jat leader threw a major challenge before the ruling Congress ahead of the municipal polls, as the latter is under pressure to give a senior position in the party structure to the community.Mr. Poonia told reporters at the party headquarters in Jaipur that his working style would remain the same in his new capacity and the party workers were happy on the selection of a person “from among themselves”. “We will work for progress of all sections of society and strengthen the BJP at the booth level.”He alleged that the Congress had betrayed the farmers and the youth and neglected the law and order, which had led to a sharp increase in crimes. He said the BJP, while playing an effective role as the Opposition, would give a tough fight to the Congress in the local body polls and by-elections in two Assembly seats this year.last_img read more


December 1, 2019 0

PH men’s poomsae team bags back-to-back SEAG golds

first_imgLATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Vietnam ruled the event with 8.43, while Thailand was second with 8.37.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Former world champion Rani Ortega hugged the three jins, whom she had mentored after the scores were flashed on the screen of the KLCC Hall 1.It was a big relief for the Philippine taekwondo team here as Malaysian competitors were getting scores deemed too high for their performances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We didn’t play like we are the defending champion. We still worked on it like this was our first time,” said Dustin.Dustin and Raphael won the same event in 2013 with a different teammate, and the 2015 edition with Reyes in tow. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img Cavs ‘re-evaluating’ Irving-Thomas swap following post-trade physical—report MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I said to myself I will avenge my defeat,” said a teary-eyed Reyes after it was clear that they won the gold. Malaysia was second and Indonesia was third (8.04).Reyes, earlier, vied for gold but ended up with bronze in the men’s individual event which the Malaysian took.The trio won bronze in the World Championships in 2014 before bagging the 2015 SEA Games gold in Singapore.“We are very happy because we worked very hard for it,” said Dustin who along with the team also won bronze in the 2016 World Championships in Peru and this year’s Korea Open.The women’s team of Jocel Lyn Ninobla, Rinna Babanto and Juvenille Faye Crisostomo in poomsae won bronze in the event with a score of 8.27.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Philippine poomsae team of (L to R) Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Enrico Mella performs its routine in the finals of men’s poomsae team event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competition Saturday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. The Filipinos took home the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines scored a gold medal in taekwondo men’s team poomsae via defending champion Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. Saturday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Saturday.Completing a routine with grace and snap, the Philippines accumulated 8.40 points to overcome title favorite Malaysia (8.34).ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more


November 28, 2019 0

World Photography Day: Capturing moments, one click at a time

first_img(Eds: Recasting overnight story)By Manish SainNew Delhi, Aug 19 (PTI) Gone are the days when the words, “Ready! Smile!” were the cue for a group of people, standing as if already frozen in a frame, to smile widely before the sound of a click and a blinding flash of light filled the room.That era of formal photography where professionals were hired to take posed, say cheese kind of photographs to record events such as weddings and other mega family celebrations is mostly in the past now.On World Photography Day today, lens persons take stock of a different kind of photography that has come to the fore, the kind that catches a groom stealing shy glances with his bride, or a doting father sharing a quiet moment with his daughter.It is also the kind that captures the first moment of a child in the world, a mother looking at her new-born with tear-filled eyes and a wide smile, or a surreal, metaphorical representation of issues. Or, on a more prosaic note, photos of too-beautiful-to-be-eaten food dishes.While long-known genres of photography like architectural, wildlife, fashion and sports have braved the test of time, newer ones like wedding, childbirth and food photography are also claiming a market for themselves.In an era where everybody with a smartphone fancies themselves as photographers, there are many who have given up jobs to specialise in niche photography, pursuing their passion and making a career out of it too.Aditi Verma, for instance, left her job in a production house to take up wedding photography.advertisement”When I started out, candid wedding photography was not such a trend, but now the competition is fierce with almost everyone with a DSLR claiming to be a photographer,” said Verma, who runs her own firm Photosynthesis in Mumbai.Verma, 35, finds it important to capture moments that make an impact.”I try to capture the essence of the moment, so when the married couple or the family looks back at the photos they can relive the moments they couldnt enjoy during the hustle bustle of the wedding,” she said.Delhi-based Urshita Saini focuses on another aspect of life – the birth of a child.Its all about the essence of the moment when she is inside the operation theatre with a pregnant couple, says the 26-year-old Delhi-based childbirth photographer,.”It is an amazing experience to be part of such an intimate moment of a family and be able to share those moments which are probably the happiest in their lives.”I try to capture everything in the duration of 30 minutes or so, which include husband-wife moments before the birth, when the baby is coming out? the first time the parents and the family see the baby,” said Saini, who has had 53 shoots since March this year.Saini, who has a law degree, picked a camera to shoot weddings but her heart was somewhere else. She figured out the “else” after coming across childbirth photographer Angela Gallos work online.”Wedding photography is of course more profitable, but I have no regrets. The happiness involved in this work is far more rewarding,” she said.Riding high on a similar passion, Niharika Shukla dumped her job as a writer with a leading media house and started clicking photos of food.”I was writing about food, but it was more of business writing, not something I wanted to do. Then I took up a course and started work as a freelance photographer.”It did take some time before people started knowing me. But the journey has been worth everything,” said Shukla who divides her time between Jaipur and Delhi.On a different note, Victoria Krundysheva, Russian by birth and Indian by heart, has found a career clicking photos as a way of expressing herself and as a statement.With a portfolio including Conceptual and Fine Art Photography, Krundyshevas photos, often dark and surreal, sometimes melancholic, strike a chord.”My work is both intensely personal and loudly public. I take major social constructs and issues, internalising them to reflect my deepest engagement in each.”Metaphorical representation of subjects allows me to show the overlooked connections between present and past, dreaming and awakening, logic and intuition where I draw the mystical, but evident parallels between emotional reality and physical world,” said the photographer, who has made her home in Mumbai.Krundysheva has found a clientele in big brands and agencies.”I have observed a positive shift in marketing strategies of big brands, choosing creative concept to build their social strategies around, so in last one year I got to work with quite a few big brands and their agencies,” she said. PTI MAH MIN MINadvertisementlast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul will not play Sydney ODI after Koffee with Karan controversy

first_imgHardik Pandya and KL Rahul will miss the three-match one-day series against Australia for their sexist comments on Koffee with Karan.It is understood that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has communicated to the Indian team management not to consider Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for selection.The Committee of Administrators (CoA) had earlier recommended the BCCI to set up an inquiry committee which will look into this controversy.Diana Edulji, who is a member of the Supreme Court appointed CoA, has also suggested that the players should be called back immediately from the tour of Australia, where India is scheduled to play a three-match ODI series, starting Saturday.The BCCI had sought legal opinion on the sanctions that can be imposed on the two players for their misogynist remarks on Karan Johar’s talk show.In emails exchanged between CoA, BCCI adn the legal team, it appears a show cause notice will be sent to the players with point-by-point breaches. Besides, an inquiry committee will be set up with a time-bound frame of 15 days.In what could come as a big blow to Pandya and Rahul, the two players could be provisionally suspended. On Thursday, CoA had recommended a two-match ban for the duo following their sexist comments on Koffee with Karan.The punishment will be decided in line with BCCI Constitution and Player Contracts. The team management will be appraised of the decision.Following the legal opinion, Diana has suggested a immediate suspension, which has been endorsed by BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary.advertisement”It is imperative that players be put under suspension till further course of action is decided for this misconduct as was done in case of (BCCI) CEO (Rahul Johri) when he was sent on leave on sexual harassment matter,” read Edulji’s response to the legal opinion which is in possession of PTI.”Based on legal opinion and the final procedure is laid down to address this issue, will recommend that communication is sent to concerned players and team immediately,” Edulji wrote in response to recommendations from the Board’s legal firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.The legal firm made it clear that the cringe-worthy comments made by Pandya do not fall under the Code of Conduct ambit.The copy of the legal opinion, in possession of PTI, states: “We feel that present matter doesn’t fall under the ambit of Code of Conduct and procedure of Code of Conduct can’t be invoked in present circumstances.”The firm said the behaviour in question was neither a criticism of any match or against a player or support staff or match official.”In any case the procedure set by the BCCI constitution will have primacy over procedure set out under Code of Conduct,” it said.India captain Virat Kohli also reacted to the controversy on Friday and slammed Pandya and Rahul for their sexist and misogynistic comments.”We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don’t align with those views, those were individual opinions. We are still waiting for a decision to be made,” Kohli said at a press conference ahead of the first ODI against Australia in Sydney.Rahul meanwhile, was spotted practicing with the Indian cricketers ahead of the first ODI against Australia on Friday.Rahul was seen along with MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja and Khaleel Ahmed as the Team India members toiled hard at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Even though Rahul was seen at the ground, whether he and Pandya are named in the final squad for the first ODI or not remains a mystery as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mulling a two-match ban on the duo on the suggestion of COA chief Vinod Rai.On the show, Pandya had boasted about his dates and hookups with multiple women and also narrated how he informed his parents about losing his virginity.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Mein karke aaya hai aaj (I had sex today)’.” Pandya had said on the show.”At a party, my parents asked me acha tera wala [your women] kaun sa hai, so I said yeh, yeh, yeh [pointing out to some women] and they were like ‘waah proud of u beta’,” he added.Also Read | Sydney ODI: Kohli not worried about Hardik situation, banks on Jadeja for all-rounder’s roleAlso Read | Will Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul be banned? India yet to finalise combination for Sydney ODIAlso Read | Hardik Pandya’s father defends under-fire cricketer: Comments were made in light-hearted mannerAlso Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul controversy won’t affect Indian dressing room: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | India vs Australia: Ravindra Jadeja in for Hardik Pandya? India’s predicted XI for Sydney ODIadvertisementlast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Boone Pickens Flight Cancelled, Won’t Make Bedlam

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Many OSU fans made long treks across the state and across the country to watch a top-10 Bedlam matchup in Stillwater. But one fan unfortunately won’t have a chance to watch in person thanks to ice grounded his flight. Mr. Boone Pickens himself.Mike Holder just told me some #okstate fans flying to tonight’s #Bedlam game can’t make it cuz of ice — including @boonepickens himself.— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) November 28, 2015last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Major Bowl Game Is Getting A Big Scheduling Change

first_imgMarines holding up the American flag.SAN DIEGO, CA- DECEMBER 27: Members of the United States Marine Corps hold a giant flag while the National Anthem is sung before the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the USC Trojans take the field during the National University Holiday Bowl on December 27, 2014 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)The Holiday Bowl, one of the longest-running bowl games, will be undergoing a scheduling change this year. For the first time ever, the game will be played New Year’s Eve.Usually, the Holiday Bowl is played between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Last year’s game was played on Dec. 28, and the contest has been held on Dec. 30 on 16 occasions in its 40-year history.In the early years of the Holiday Bowl, the game was occasionally played before Christmas, but hasn’t been played before Dec. 27 since the mid-1980s.This year’s edition will be played at SDCCU Stadium on Dec. 31. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on FS1.“We’re fired up,” said Mark Neville, the Holiday Bowl’s executive director. “For the first time in our history, we’ll be kicking off the new year with the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. We’re looking at it as we’ve got your plans set for New Year’s Eve. You can check that box off. SDCCU Stadium is the place to be on New Year’s Eve.”[ … ]“It will end before midnight on the East Coast, probably around 10:30,” Neville said. “People are going to be awake, so they’re going to be watching it. Then they can turn over and watch the ball drop (in New York).”In addition to the Holiday Bowl, the Military, San Francisco, Sun, Liberty and Gator Bowls will all be played on Dec. 31.The Holiday Bowl pairs a team from the Big Ten against an opponent from the Pac-12. Michigan State topped Washington State in last year’s meeting.[ San Diego Union-Tribune ]last_img read more


October 26, 2019 0

Haiti senior UN relief official surveys stormravaged communities

Successive hurricanes and tropical storms struck the Caribbean island nation – the poorest in the Western Hemisphere – in late August and early September, destroying large portions of its agriculture and infrastructure, and almost entirely wiping out the harvest for the current season. This only compounded the suffering of those who were already impacted by the rise in food prices. “Hunger is no stranger to Haitians who have been struck by more than their fair share of crises,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. “Now is the time for concerted global action to get food to the hungry, and to support President [René] Préval’s goal of longer-term solutions to help the country, and its people, feed themselves.” Ms. Sheeran flew directly to the town of Gonaïves on her arrival in the country today, to speak with people who have been devastated by the storms, and witness first-hand WFP’s emergency and recovery response. On Saturday, she will meet the Haitian Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis and other government officials in the capital, Port-au-Prince, as well as international donors, partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN representatives, to discuss the best way forward. Accompanying the WFP chief on her visit is David Novak, head of restaurant company Yum! Brands, which yesterday committed $80 million to help the agency provide over 200 million meals to hungry schoolchildren in poor countries, including Haiti.WFP has delivered more than 2,200 metric tons of food since the start of its emergency operation – enough to feed almost 500,000 people. More than 300,000 of them are in Gonaïves, the city worst hit by flooding. It has appealed for $54 million to support its work in Haiti, but has so far received only $1 million. 26 September 2008The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began a two-day visit to assess the devastation across hurricane-ravaged Haiti, which was grappling with chronic food security even before the recent series of storms. read more


October 12, 2019 0

Venezuelan microcredit aid extended to refugees asylumseekers – UN

17 April 2009The Venezuelan Government has expanded micro-finance assistance to Colombian refugees and asylum-seekers in border areas, the United Nations refugee agency said today. The first stage of the project – providing $250,000 in micro-credits to dozens of projects involving production, trade and services – helped over 100 families, mostly headed by women, refugees and Venezuelans living in areas bordering Colombia.The Banco del Pueblo Soberano, one of the Government’s largest micro-finance institutions, will double their aid this year to other communities and border states after registering a high level of return and a low bad debt rate of below 3 per cent.“This plan promotes self-employment in host communities and is a big step in the effort to protect and integrate some 12,000 asylum-seekers who are waiting for status recognition,” Ron Redmond, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. In Venezuela, it can take as long as three years for asylum-seekers to be recognized as refugees and receive the paperwork necessary allow them to work.The micro-credit scheme is part of UNHCR’s “borders of solidarity” strategy in countries where integrations is the best solution, the agency said. Roughly 200,000 Colombians have fled conflict to Venezuela in the past ten years, and most of those in need of protection do not have the identity cards needed to access funding, the labour market or business opportunities. read more


October 12, 2019 0

TSX higher as US markets closed for holiday

The Toronto stock market started the session higher Thursday on broad gains across most major sectors as tension over Egypt’s political strife subsides.The S&P/TSX composite index moved up 44.30 points to 12,189.98 shortly after open.The Canadian dollar rose 0.11 of a cent to 95.26 cents US.U.S. markets are closed for the Independence Day holiday, which will put most attention on developments overseas.In Egypt, the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, has been removed from office by the armed forces.Meanwhile, in Portugal, the governing coalition continues to look shaky, a situation that earlier this week raised the spectre of Europe’s debt crisis returning to a boil.Investors around the world were also keeping a close watch on the price of oil, which eased slightly but remains above US$100 a barrel for the first time since May 2012. The August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down 17 cents to US$101.07 a barrel.Egypt is not an oil producer but its control of the Suez canal — one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, which links the Mediterranean with the Red Sea — gives it a crucial role in maintaining global energy supplies.Meanwhile, August gold bullion dropped $4.30 to US$1,247.60 an ounce on the Nymex.On the TSX, energy stocks fell 0.4 per cent with Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) dropping four cents to $17.89.The gold sector was half a per cent higher as Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) gained 19 cents to $15.70.Overseas, Britain’s FTSE 100 index was up 2.9 per cent to 6,412. Germany’s DAX rose 2.1 per cent to 7,995, and France’s CAC 40 was up 2.8 per cent to 3,807.Earlier in Asia, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was the strongest gainer, rising 1.6 per cent to 20,468.67. China’s Shanghai Composite rose 0.6 per cent to 2,006.10.Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 bucked the trend, slipping 0.3 per cent to 14,018.93, despite remarks from Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda that the country’s economy is headed for recovery. The yen strengthened. read more


October 8, 2019 0

Annan attends Popes funeral lauding him as uniter of diverse peoples

“He was a man of faith, of action, capable of uniting the most diverse people,” Mr. Annan told reporters at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport as he left to return to Geneva, where he is to chair a twice-yearly meeting of his Chief Executives Board comprising the heads of the UN system of organizations. At UN Headquarters in New York the world body’s flag flew at half mast in tribute to the late Pope. On Monday, Mr. Annan will address the opening in Oslo, Norway, of a donor conference for Sudan, organized by the Norwegian Government to support rehabilitation in the south of Africa’s largest country. A peace agreement in January ended two decades of war there between Government and rebel forces. The region suffers from extreme lack of infrastructure and basic services due to the conflict and major investment is needed to rehabilitate communities, especially as some 500,000 refugees and 4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are expected to eventually return to their homes. read more


October 6, 2019 0

UN official welcomes ASEAN commitment to human rights but concerned over declaration

“The international human rights mechanisms will continue to hold ASEAN member states to their international obligations and encourage ASEAN to strengthen further its regional human rights framework,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, added in a news release.Meeting in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, the regional body’s leaders on Sunday adopted the so-called ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD), which affects some 600 million people within the borders of the regional body’s ten member countries. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the ASEAN leaders, in a statement on the AHRD’s adoption, stated that they were committed “to ensure that the implementation of the AHRD be in accordance with our commitment to the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action, and other international human rights instruments to which ASEAN Member States are parties…” Earlier this month, the High Commissioner drew attention to elements of the AHRD that fall below international standards and called for ASEAN leaders to review their efforts on the Declaration, expressing concern over the lack of inclusive and meaningful consultation with civil society in the region during its preparation. “Other regions have shown how regional human rights systems can evolve and improve over time, and I am confident this will be the same for ASEAN,” Ms. Pillay said. “Looking ahead, it is essential that ASEAN ensures that any language inconsistent with international human rights standards does not become a part of any binding regional human rights convention.”In addition to the High Commissioner, the largest body of independent experts in the UN human rights system also flagged their concerns about the then-draft AHRD last week. While noting that the adoption of a “credible” AHRD would represent a significant step by ASEAN to develop a regional human rights system, the experts expressed reservations with the draft, noting that it was “imperative” that the document “maintains international standards” if it is to complement the work of the UN human rights system. read more


October 2, 2019 0

Ohio State mens basketball set for top15 showdown with Louisville

OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) dribbles the ball up the floor during a game against James Madison on Nov. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 73-56.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / For The LanternAfter securing five double-digit victories at home to begin the season, the No. 14 Ohio State men’s basketball team is set to hit the road to take on a top-five opponent.OSU (5-0) will look to pass a major test against No. 5 Louisville (5-0) in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday.For the four freshmen in OSU’s rotation, including guard D’Angelo Russell, the game will mark the first on the road in their collegiate careers.“I’m definitely looking forward to the atmosphere,” Russell said.However, senior guard Shannon Scott said he has been stressing to the younger players to not think too much of Tuesday’s challenge.“It’s another game, really. At the end of the day, somebody’s going to have a win and somebody’s going to have a loss,” Scott said. “It’s not really a special game where we have to feel like if we lose this game we can’t play no more basketball for the rest of our lives.”Despite being an away game for OSU, the game will be played at home for Russell.Russell is a Louisville native, though he played his final three years of high school basketball at Montverde Academy outside Orlando, Fla.The freshman said he has had the game circled on his calendar all year, and is looking forward to playing in his hometown.“It’s definitely a dream come true, to either play with them or play against them,” Russell said.Russell, the leading scorer for the Buckeyes this season, said Louisville offered him a scholarship, but he preferred the “vibe” he felt when he visited OSU.OSU coach Thad Matta said Russell’s hometown school did not present a large obstacle in landing the 2014 McDonald’s All-American.“I don’t honestly remember Louisville being hot and heavy after him,” he said.Russell said he has played with several players on the Cardinals’ roster, including his former Louisville Magic AAU teammate and freshman guard Quentin Snider.Louisville comes into the game ranked fifth in the country in rebounding margin at +13.6 per game, while OSU ranks 64th.Scott said avoiding that trend would be a key for the Buckeyes.“We know Louisville’s one of the best, if not the best, rebounding team in the country, so we know we’re going to have to find a way to keep them off the boards,” he said.Matta agreed with his point guard’s assessment that a major key to the game will be the battle on the glass.“I think that they do a tremendous job of getting on the glass and not only getting put-backs but keeping the ball alive, knocking them out, those types of things. And they’re big. They have a very unique team in terms of how they play,” Matta said.Louisville has four players averaging more than 11 points per game, led by forward Montrezl Harrell.Matta had high praise for the junior, who is leading the team in points and rebounds per game.“He’s special,” Matta said. “He plays at a high level, a high motor, very energetic. He’s got a lot of different ways that he scores.”The coach had additional levels of praise for Louisville coach Rick Pitino, a two-time national champion.“I view coach Pitino as one of the all-time greats in this profession,” Matta said.However, despite the respect he has for the opponent, Matta said that the unselfishness coming from his starting backcourt of Scott and Russell has given him confidence that OSU can come out of Kentucky with a victory.“I love the fact that both D’Angelo and Shannon have had great command of our offense, and in a game like tomorrow night, they’re going to have to be able to do it,” he said. “They’re going to have to make quick reads and good decisions, and I feel pretty comfortable with their ability to do that.”Russell leads the Buckeyes in scoring with 18 points per game and has added 5.4 assists per contest, while Scott leads the nation in assists with 10.4 per game.Louisville and OSU each rank in the top-10 for longest active NCAA Tournament appearance streaks, at eight and six years, respectively. The Cardinals cut down the nets in 2013 after defeating Michigan in the championship game.Regardless of the result Tuesday night, Matta said that both playing on the road for the first time and facing an opponent as strong as Louisville will give him insight into his team moving forward.“Tomorrow night, at the conclusion of the game, we’ll know a little bit more about our team and we’ll be a better team coming out of it,” he said.Tip is set for 9:30 p.m. read more


October 2, 2019 0

WWEcom gives injury update on Daniel Bryan

first_img Videos Articles Twitter Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Facebook Google+ Earlier today, WWE.com in the preview for the WWE Intercontinental Title match at this Sunday’s Extreme Rules PPV between champion Daniel Bryan against Bad News Barrett, posted the following injury update on Bryan:“Bryan is undergoing diagnostic testing to see if he can defend his title at Extreme Rules.”On last night’s RAW during the rundown of the card for Extreme Rules, commentary noted that Bryan’s match is “tentatively scheduled” to still take place. Bryan was pulled from the remainder of WWE’s UK tour last week as a precautionary measure, but it is still unknown whether or not Bryan has sustained an injury that will keep him out of action for this Sunday’s PPV. WWE.com: Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan vs. Bad News BarrettRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Roman Reigns is in Remission Pinterest Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Daniel Bryan Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes away Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more


September 19, 2019 0

Fifth codefendant appears in court in Hockinson homicide

first_imgRaymond C. Brandon Prosecutors have filed murder charges against the resident of a Hockinson home where the body of a man, who was beat and shot, was found in a shed.Traci Lynn Mendez, 41, appeared Wednesday morning in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first- and second-degree murder. She is one of five co-defendants accused in the slaying of 34-year-old Raymond C. Brandon.Brandon’s body was found April 27, nearly a week after he was killed, in a shed at Mendez’s residence, 15308 N.E. 172nd Ave., southeast of Hockinson High School.Investigators believe Mendez conspired with two couples — Neil Allen Alway, 39, and Ashley Lorraine Barry, 31, and John Michael West, 43, and Ashley L. Wideman, 23, all transients — to lure Brandon and his girlfriend, Allison Fields, to the residence to settle a debt.The group reportedly wanted to confront Brandon, who was in a dispute with a mutual friend, over a silver Subaru Forester he was driving. Mendez told detectives that they are all friends with a woman known to them as “Mom,” and that they planned to get the vehicle for her and give Brandon some “lumps,” according to an affidavit of probable cause.last_img read more


September 19, 2019 0

Sea Life Center receives grant

first_imgThe Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward has received a grant to work with national zoos and aquariums to create a network of animal care professionals to respond in the event of an oil spill or other disaster.Listen Now The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded the Center more than $455,000 over a three-year period. The center will work with the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine to develop and deliver training courses, and to create an aid framework to locate and deploy animal care experts, in case of a disaster.Chip Arnold is the center’s operations director.“This grant will enable us to develop not only a very wildlife focused training for the folks in zoos and aquariums across the country, but will also allow us to develop a database which will reflect those that we train,” Arnold said. “Their skills, their availability and also their currency of training, so that we know who we can call on in the event of a disaster.”Arnold has long worked in team training efforts for the Sea Life Center. The center’s training programs have attracted the notice of outside animal care organizations, while they have grown to incorporate diverse aspects of a disaster training. One important aspect is hazardous material handling, which is necessary for any oil spill response team.“We teach a hazardous waste operations and emergency response class, and we also, because now everyone operates in those disaster scenarios under the I.C.S. or incident command system, we also train our people in the incident command system, so they know basically what the structure of the organization is,” Arnold said.The Sea Life Center works with federally protected marine mammals, which are the primary species of concern during oil spills. Arnold says the enter has a formal role in oil spill response in Alaska, and has contracts with response organizations for animal rescue of protected seals and sea otters in Alaska.last_img read more


September 9, 2019 0

Texas Is Using A Record Amount Of Electricity Could Demand Outpace Supply

first_imgTom Pennington/Via The Texas TribuneThe recent closure of Martin Lake and other coal-fired power plants is one reason the state’s grid operator is concerned that demand for power could outpace supply this summer — or at least come very close to it.With a heat wave sweeping the state, Texans’ demand for power broke records two days in a row this week, prompting the state’s electric grid operator — which predicted the scenario months ago — to offer assurances that the electric sector “is doing what they can to keep the power on for consumers.”The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said in a statement Friday that it “has issued an advisory to power companies in advance of the extreme heat anticipated over the weekend and into next week.” That came as the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning or heat advisory for almost the entire state. Friday’s high temperature was expected to reach 107 degrees in Dallas, 104 degrees in Austin and 100 degrees in Houston.“Our grid operators and electricity providers are working around the clock to ensure consumers stay cool and safe,” ERCOT’s statement said.So how concerned should Texans be that the power — i.e. air conditioning — will go out at a time of year when they need it most?Not very, said University of Texas at Austin energy guru Michael Webber, deputy director of the university’s Energy Institute, although he said it’s still concerning enough that customers should do their part to decrease their electricity usage.In Texas, residential customers account for almost half of peak demand.Until Wednesday, the highest demand had ever gotten was 71,110 megawatts in August 2016 — 48.6 percent of which was residential usage. That was topped on Wednesday and again on Thursday when it reached an all-time-high of 73,259 megawatts between 4 and 5 p.m., according to ERCOT, which delivers power to some 24 million Texans.“We fully expect to keep hitting new demand records as summer 2018 continues,” ERCOT said in a statement on Wednesday. It predicted as much in March, when it warned that delayed power supply projects and the closure of three major coal-fired power plants would contribute to “tight operating reserves” and sky-high power prices at times.Webber said the public is generally bad at heeding the calls from grid operators and utilities to turn up the temperature on their thermostats, flick off unnecessary lights in the middle of the day and wait until the evening to run dishwashers and clothes dryers.If everyone in the state took those measures, Webber said, it would make a big difference — especially with continued population and economic growth. That has driven demand, although Webber said it hasn’t increased nearly as much as anticipated thanks to energy efficiency initiatives.Still, Webber said ERCOT has been planning for this scenario for months and that Texas — the only state with its own power grid — is still far away from a total blackout, which he couldn’t recall ever happening here. And while scary sounding, rolling blackouts are implemented strategically by grid operators and usually aren’t that big of a deal.The last time rolling blackouts occurred was in 2011 — one of the state’s hottest years on record — during a hard freeze in February when a variety of unexpected factors, including equipment failures at new coal-fired power plants, coalesced to push peak demand dangerously close to total generation.“It’s like a comedy of errors sometimes with these things,” Webber said.Grid operators and utilities take a variety of increasingly stringent steps to manage high demand, he said.First, they carry out a public information campaign calling on customers to decrease usage. Some utilities that have the capability may employ a “mild intervention” and shutter people’s air conditioners for 15 minutes or so in the middle of the day. If things still don’t improve, ERCOT will call on major industrial customers like steel mills and even refineries and chemical plants to shutter energy-gobbling units, which they agree to do in exchange for lower electricity prices.Then come the rolling blackouts, which Webber said likely will be more of a minor nuisance — like not being able to open your garage — although he said there is always a concern about how a lack of air conditioning can affect the elderly and other vulnerable populations.At this point, “we’re at that step one information campaign,” Webber said, “so there’s not a reason for alarm and crisis.”In its statement Friday, ERCOT noted that it “has not issued any appeals for conservation, but we will notify the media and stakeholders if system conditions change.”Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. 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September 2, 2019 0

Till Dec 21 Metro Rly to operate 16 fewer trains on week

first_imgKolkata: Metro Railway will be operating 16 trains lesser than usual on weekdays from Monday till December 21, due to the non-interlocking work at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Metro Station. According to a communiqué of the Metro authorities, “On account of non-interlocking work at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Metro Station, it has been decided to run 284 trains instead of 300 on weekdays, with effect from November 19 till December 21.” The task will be carried out in connection with remodelling work at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Metro Station yard. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been stated that the Noapara Metro Station bound last train from Kavi Subhash Metro Station will start two minutes ahead of the regular timing, that is at 8.48 pm instead of 8.50 pm. The last train from Noapara Metro Station to Kavi Subhash Metro Station will start at 9.48 pm instead of 9.49 pm. The last train from Kavi Subhash Metro Station to Dum Dum Metro Station and from Dum Dum Metro Station to Kavi Subhash Metro Station will start at 9.54 pm instead of 9.55 pm. However, the service on Saturdays and Sundays will remain unchanged. With the information provided by the Metro authorities, the regular commuters of Metro will be able to plan their journey accordingly.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Affordable art for young collectors

first_imgSquare One Mall at Citywalk held an exciting panorama of works by Gallerie Nyva curated by a young and brilliant Meher Kalra.Nvya has the history of selling impeccable art through the years and specializes in the masters. But this time Meher Kalra decided she wanted to do a show that was meant for small pockets, young beginners and it seemed to be a great success with the buzz of new names and emerging creations of sensibilities.”The thought behind a show within reach is to inspire youngsters to start collecting art. Keeping the price range lower so youngsters start appreciating art and not hesitate from visiting an art show thinking art is unaffordable for them,” adds Meher. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAmong works on the walls as well as a few quaint sculptures, the best of the lot was Sachindranath Jha’s in these festivities disciples. About his works Jha says, ” I use colours to create, flowers, as well as kumkum, and chandan and many other things. But in all of these flowers I feel it has its own mesmerizing glow. Lal, pila, narangi, saffed and other colour flowers are used in puja which represents the beauty of our culture. These florals have led to the innovation of chirping birds on the head.My works are all created after my pooja at Varanasi. Beside the banks of Varanasi, in front of the temples an aroma of serenity flows. I feel the head is the perfect image of purity and development. Flowers bring optimism and joviality. Combination of colours has been used to show the relation between bhoot and vartaman kaal. I created a series of Hanumans with flowers on their heads to echo the aarti and the archana done in the temples.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTapasya Gupta’s Musical palette was a guitar that had been created in mixed media-quaint and cute as a kitsch-like concoction. Omswami’s Ganesha is another brilliant creation with a riot of colours. Niraja Bhuwal’s Kamadhenu with Calf was a mesmerizing work done in the mantle of decorative embellishments and perfect contours with expression.Among the larger works, Sanjay Soni’s Smiling Monks was the epitome of Buddhist imagery replete with lotuses and a set of energetic smiling monks who speak of both bhakti and the idea of service to the soul and society. According to Meher, this exercise of emerging names and smaller prices was the genesis of a long time promise by Nvya to provide a platform for young artists. “Around 10 artists were new to the gallery. A lot of times the young artists don’t get established galleries to showcase their works. In ‘WithinReach’ we tried to use new and many mediums, such as fiber on a corrugated sheet, a real guitar, wood works, painted leather chairs and tables, woodcuts, mirror works, watercolors and acrylic on canvas.”The show runs all the way till July.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

My right to reply

first_imgEditor’s note: In Costa Rica, any party who feels they have been the subject of incorrect or false information in a news publication has a legal right of reply. The following is a right of reply to the Op-Ed piece, “Araya’s downward spiral continues with latest ‘travel-gate,’” by political columnist Gary Lehring, published on April 3.I do not usually respond to articles or comments that are based on incorrect assumptions or inaccurate data. Freedom of speech allows individuals to speak their mind even though their analysis might be erroneously supported. After all, as the saying goes “anything and everything can be said on paper.”However, this time I will make an exception. I am motivated by the fact that the author of the comment is Gary Lehring, a professor of government at Smith College, in Massachusetts, a U.S. state that welcomed me as a student at Harvard University. Quite likely, we are both followers of the Red Sox and the Celtics, so my answer is motivated more by academic – not political – reasons.The professor wonders why, as Mr. Johnny Araya’s campaign manager, I did not fulfill my duty as a law-abiding citizen to prohibit Mr. Araya’s trip on a private plane to Panama. He implies that I breached the scope of Article 128 of the Costa Rican Electoral Code.Allow me to clarify the following, professor Lehring: As determined by Article 127 of the same code, Article 128 only applies to “registered candidates.” Partido Liberación Nacional’s Electoral Tribunal officially registered Mr. Araya’s candidacy in March 13th of 2013. That means that at the time of the Panama trip, the use of this private plane cannot be considered a campaign donation under Costa Rican law. No electoral norm was violated.Additionally, in regards to my participation in this trip, professor Lehring should learn that as a businessman I have been doing business with the owner of the plane for over 23 years. We have been colleagues in the banana business, as well as personal friends. Thus, from an ethical point of view, there was no impediment for me to ride in his plane. I have not occupied a single public office in 20 years and my livelihood comes from my business activities.I am open to explaining to professor Lehring how private contributions are regulated in our legal system. We can even visit the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (Costa Rican TSE) together, where they can give him a detailed explanation of how the system works. I am even open to going out for coffee with the professor to teach him about Costa Rican politics.And to conclude, a final comment: The regime of criminal liability for what is said in the press (e.g. slander) is quite different in our judicial system compared to the U.S. system. My recommendation to Mr. Lehring is that he should learn more about the Costa Rican law system to avoid getting into any legal problems during his time in our country. This way he can enjoy the rest of his sabbatical in Costa Rica and have a happy and safe trip back to Massachusetts. Facebook Comments Related posts:Ex-President Abel Pacheco to back opposition candidate Solís Johnny Araya is down and out, but not his party, says analyst Presidential nominee Antonio Álvarez Desanti to step down as legislator San José Mayor Johnny Araya returns to his former partylast_img read more


August 19, 2019 0