Pune woman, held in Valley, freed

first_imgA Pune-based woman, held in the run up to the Republic Day functions in Kashmir valley amid intelligence agencies’ inputs regarding presence of a female suicide bomber, has been released by the police, as it failed to establish any links with militancy.Police sources said the police investigation failed to establish anything against her and decided to set her free on Saturday. She was allowed to board a plane along with her mother, who along with her brother arrived in Srinagar last week. The woman remained in Srinagar’s Rambagh police station and went through “repeated questioning”.A police spokesman told The Hindu that Sadiya Anwar Shaikh, a resident of Maharastra’s Pune, had arrived in Srinagar on January 16 on a Vistara flight.A police official said she boarded a train from Bijbehara to Awantipora on January 25, immediately after the security agencies flashed inputs about a Pune-based girl “planning to detonate explosives inside or outside a Republic Day venue in J&K”.Police sources said the woman approached the Awantipora police station “on her own as she saw her name in the reports published by the local newspapers”.During her stay in the Valley, she tried to get in touch with a boy from Lal Bazaar in Srinagar. “The two had become friends on the Facebook and had developed a relationship. However, we could not establish if they got married or not,” a police officer said.Ms. Shaikh, with a religious bent of mind, also approached a nursing college in Anantnag’s Bijbehara for admission in a nursing course. She has already done a course in pharmacy in Pune.Earlier, the Pune police had also denied any pending case against the woman.last_img read more

Indian women hockey team top group with third straight win

first_img× The Indian women’s hockey team recorded its third successive win in the Asia Cup, beating Malaysia 2–0 in the final pool game here today.India go into the quarterfinals as table toppers with nine points. The late goals by Vandana Katariya (54th minute) and Gurjit Kaur (55) saw the team through against Malaysia.In the previous match, India scored a 4–1 win over higher-ranked China.The first quarter saw both teams play cautiously. With Malaysia playing defensive hockey, India waited patiently without making any unforced errors.Having ended the first quarter in a stalemate, Malaysia put India on the back foot when they won the first penalty corner (PC) of the match in the initial minutes of the second quarter. However, an alert Rajani Etimarpu made a brilliant save.The next few minutes saw both teams trade PCs. While India earned one PC, Malaysia were awarded two but nothing came off it.Both teams played out evenly in the third quarter too.Another PC won by Malaysia was not capitalised by them, ending the third quarter too in a stalemate.India held their nerve to turn the match around in the fourth quarter. First it was forward Katariya who scored a sensational field goal in the 54th minute.The following minute saw drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur convert a PC, taking India’s lead to 2–0 that put pressure on the Malaysians.Malaysia made desperate attempts in the dying minutes of the match but the Indian defence held sway to emerge victorious. sport Published on hockey October 31, 2017center_img COMMENTS COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARElast_img read more

Neville not surprised Martial turned down Man Utd contract

first_imgGary Neville says he is “torn” on Anthony Martial amid reports the winger has turned down a new contract at the club.Martial remains a talking point as his contract winds down, with many debating the winger’s value to the team.At just 22 years old, Martial’s potential continues to shine through on some occasions, although his inability to provide consistently strong performance remains an issue. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Martial’s contract is set to expire this summer, although Manchester United has a one-year option that the club can renew.The winger has appeared 146 times for the club since moving from Monaco in 2015, but Neville isn’t surprised to see him turn down a new deal as his contract winds down.”I think it’s probably the general answer of everybody that gets offered a new contract nowadays, that they turn a new one down,” Neville wrote in his column on Sky Sports.”He probably wants the same level of money some of the other players in the squad are on, he is probably looking at his options externally.”From that point of view, at this moment in time, it doesn’t surprise me at all that he’s turned it down.”Neville further admitted that he remains undecided on how he hopes to see the club approach what could be the young Frenchman’s final days in Manchester.”He’s got unbelievable talent, the ability to become one of the best in the world, he just needs confidence, belief and to play in a team that’s successful and all of a sudden we’ll see the real Martial,” “On the other hand I’d look at it thinking his body language isn’t great, his movement off the ball isn’t great, he does not make enough moves between the right back and centre back.Anthony Martial Luke Shaw Manchester United“He doesn’t drive at people often enough in the final third and commit them, doesn’t actually have great quality when the ball is at his feet and he works his way in from the left.”I am so torn, I think that’s where fans are as well, he is a bit of a conundrum in the sense you don’t want to lose him and think of what he might become.”On the other hand he may need to leave to become what he might become. Diego Forlan had to play in Spain to become one of the best strikers in La Liga, there are players who have to leave sometimes to achieve what they want.”Then there are sometimes players who achieve what they want, Cristiano Ronaldo it just hit him after three seasons and he became incredible.”So I am really torn, it feels like I am sitting on the fence, but it is the reality I am at, I cannot make my mind up on him and I am not sure if that’s good or bad three years in.”last_img read more

Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul controversy won’t affect Indian dressing room: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar has said the India cricket team will not be affected and distracted by ongoing controversy surrounding Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s infamous comments during a popular television show, Koffee With Karan.Speaking to India Today, Gavaskar pointed out that both Pandya and Rahul haven’t been vital cogs of Virat Kohli’s Team India, who are currently in Australia for the last leg of their Australian tour – a three-match ODI series, starting January 12 in Sydney.Gavaskar’s comments come after Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul are in danger of facing punishments, including a possible two-match ban, for their remarks on the television show which was aired earlier this week.”I don’t think the dressing room would be affected, this team is beyond it. The two guys you are talking were not part of Test squad, one [Pandya] just joined for the last two Test matches but did not play. Rahul had very little role to play as a batsman so I don’t think it will matter. If it would have been somebody involved in a big way, then it might have affected the dressing room,” Gavaskar said.Gavaskar also insisted it’s up to the officials to deal with the issue and pointed out that the controversy surrounding Rahul and Hardik is vastly different from the ball-tampering issue that led to bans slapped on former Australia captain and vice-captain, Steve Smith and David Warner.”If you ask me about language or anything on the field, I can speak. Off-the-field, it is for the authorities to deal with the individual’s behaviour,” Gavaskar added.advertisement”Don’t forget what Warner, Smith, and Bancroft were punished for happened on the field. What you are talking about happened in a show off the field. Officials will have to apply their mind to see what to do with it.”Rahul, Pandya susceptible to honey trap approaches: BCCI officialThe Board of Control for Cricket in India had issued a show-cause notice to both Rahul and Pandya. Despite the latter issuing a public apology for his remarks, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators is not satisfied with it.In fact, CoA chief Vinod Rai recommended a two-match ban while revealing that Diana Edulji, a member of the committee, has sought legal opinion and the opinion of the BCCI top brass.Meanwhile, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary has expressed fresh concerns, saying that both Rahul and Pandya could be susceptible to approaches from bookies, who carry out match-fixing via honey traps.Pandya and Rahul had become the first two cricketers to appear on the popular show, which is known for opening up celebrities on their personal lives, hosted by popular Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar.While both the cricketers boasted about hooking up with multiple women, Pandya’s comments were borderline sexist and racist.From revealing that his parents ask him “acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai (who is your interest here?) to conceding he likes observing the way women move, Hardik has received severe backlash for his comments.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aaya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya had boasted.Rahul then went on to reveal how they both decide on who gets to date a girl when Karan Johar asked them what happens when both of them like a particular person? “Up to the woman,” Rahul replied.But Pandya interrupted and said, “Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao. It is on talent.”Also Read | BCCI raises honey trap concerns after Hardik, Rahul boast of night outs on TV showAlso Read | Hardik Pandya apologises for misogynistic comments on Koffee with Karan: Got carried awayAlso Read | BCCI considers barring players from non-cricket shows after Hardik Pandya controversyAlso See:last_img read more

FIFA U-17 WC: List of appointed match officials

first_imgFIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: List of appointed match officials Goal Last updated 2 years ago 07:30 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Referees Getty The FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 21 trios of match officials, representing all six confederations for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, India. This October will be a special month for India, with the FIFA U-17 World Cup will kick-starting on the 6th. In order to ensure top notch officiating at the blockbuster event, FIFA has chosen the best set of match officials from all around the world. The FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 21 trios of match officials, representing all six confederations. In addition to this, the governing body has also selected seven support referees, but with a twist: for the first-ever time, FIFA has selected female referees for a men’s tournament.The results and improvements seen in the joint preparations have shown that the 90-minute game is no longer just for the masculine gender as time has come for elite female referees to officiate in men’s competitions together with their male counterparts.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 “We think it’s time for elite female referees to be involved in a FIFA men’s competition. They worked together with male match officials last year and now we want to see them working together in a competition,” said FIFA Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca.The referees have undergone a host of activities together in several seminars including theoretical sessions in the classroom and practical sessions on the field of play. The match officials have also discussed and practised various game situations to achieve consistency and uniformity. The list of appointed match officials is as follows: Confederation Referees Member Association Assistant Referees Member Association AFC BIN JAHARI Muhammad  SIN LEE Tzu Liang  KOH Min Kiat  SIN  SIN  AFC SATO Ryuji  JPN SAGARA Toru YAMAUCHI Hiroshi  JPN  JPN  AFC SHUKRALLA Nawaf Abdulla  BHR  TULEFAT Yaser Khalil  SALEH Ebrahim Mubarak  BHR   BHR CAF ABID CHAREF Mehdi ALG  ETCHIALI Abdelhak HMILA Anouar  ALG  TUN CAF NAMPIANDRAZA Hamada  MAD MARENGULA Arsenio MAHAMADOU Yahaya  MOZ NIG CAF TESSEMA WEYESA Bamlak  ETH  SAFARI Olivier  SSONKO Mark  COD UGA CONCACAF MARRUFO Jair USA ANDERSON Frank  ROCKWELL Corey USA   USA CONCACAF MONTERO Ricardo CRC  MORA Juan Carlos FERNÁNDEZ Carlos CRC CRC CONCACAF PITTI John PAN  VICTORIA Gabriel RAMIREZ Christian PAN  HON CONMEBOL ARGOTE Jose VEN MURILLO Luis LOPEZ Carlos VEN VEN CONMEBOL CACERES Enrique  PAR CARDOZO Eduardo  ZORRILLA Juan PAR   PAR CONMEBOL RICCI Sandro  BRA DE CARVALHO Emerson  VAN GASSE Marcelo BRA BRA CONMEBOL VARGAS Gery BOL MONTAÑO Juan Pablo ANTELO Jose Alberto BOL   BOL OFC ZITOUNI Abdelkader TAH  MOEAKI Folio MUTUKERA Bernard  TGA SOL  UEFA HATEGAN Ovidiu  ROU  SOVRE Octavian GHEORGHE Sebastian  ROU ROU UEFA MADDEN Robert SCO  McGEACHIE David  MATHER Alastair SCO SCO UEFA SIDIROPOULOS Anastasios  GRE KOSTARAS Polichronis DIMITRIADIS Lazaros GRE   GRE UEFA SOARES DIAS Artur POR BARBOSA TAVARES Rui  SANTOS SOARES Paulo Alexandre  POR   POR UEFA TAYLOR Anthony ENG BESWICK Gary  NUNN Adam ENG ENG UEFA TURPIN Clément FRA DANOS Nicolas GRINGORE Cyril  FRA FRA UEFA VINCIC Slavko SVN KLANCNIK Tomaz  KOVACIC Andraz SVN SVN  List of support referees-  Referees                Member Associations RI Hyang Ok  PRK  LENGWE Gladys ZAM CHENARD Carol Anne  CAN  UMPIÉRREZ Claudia URU  KEIGHLEY Anna-Marie  NZL  MONZUL Kateryna UKR  STAUBLI Esther  SUI  The FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 will take place in Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Navi Mumbai and New Delhi between 6 and 28 October 2017. The final will be played at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Kolkata on 28 October.last_img read more

10 days agoMan Utd ponder Jan bid for Ajax ace Donny van de Beek

first_imgMan Utd ponder Jan bid for Ajax ace Donny van de Beekby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are looking at signing Donny van de Beek in January.The Ajax star was close to joining Real Madrid this past summer.Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur have also shown an interest in the 22-year-old, who was part of Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-final last season.Reports in Italy claim United want to bolster their options in midfield by bringing in the Dutchman.United, on nine points, have made their worst start to a league campaign in 30 years. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 days agoWatford reject Fluminense request for Joao Pedro

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford reject Fluminense request for Joao Pedroby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford have rejected a request from Fluminense for Joao Pedro to remain with them until mid-2020.The player has been the subject of booing from home supporters in recent weeks, after an eight game spell without a win and a public appearance at a music festival two days before a game, reports the Watford Observer. Despite his falling out with supporters, reports in Brazil claim the team have asked Watford if they can hold onto the teenager until a later date, but the Hornets are not interested in allowing him to stay in South America after his originally-agreed arrival date of January 2020. The 18-year-old has scored ten goals for Fluminense so far this season, but drew criticism for appearing at Rock In Rio festival last month. last_img read more

Maryland vs. Michigan Preview, Prediction, TV Channel, Game Time, Announcers

first_imgFans attend the game between Eastern Michigan University Eagles and the University of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 17: Fans attend the game between Eastern Michigan University Eagles and the University of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated Eastern Michigan 31-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)This Saturday, the Maryland Terrapins will meet the No. 15 Michigan Wolverines in an appealing Big Ten showdown. The Wolverines enter tomorrow’s game with a 4-1 record, while the Terrapins have a 3-1 record.Preview: Maryland’s last performance was downright dominant, as the Terrapins defeated Minnesota by 29 points. The one loss on the season was against Temple.For Michigan, the season started off in disappointing fashion, losing to Notre Dame on the road. Since that rivalry game, the Wolverines have won their last four games in convincing fashion. Although Shea Patterson hasn’t had a breakout performance yet, Jim Harbaugh’s offense is creating an identity.Why Michigan must avoid a slow start against Maryland tomorrow ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ https://t.co/2DIVvfMS5h pic.twitter.com/aNxGSWtUKo— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 5, 2018Date: Saturday, October 6Game Time: 12:00 PM ETChannel: ABCLocation: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MichiganAnnouncers: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Todd McShayPrediction: Maryland allows just 22.8 points per contest, but facing Michigan on the road is quite the challenge. With the crowd rocking and the Wolverines giving Karan Higdon a plethora of touches, it’s hard to envision the Terrapins pulling off the upset.Overall, Michigan provides balance on both sides of the ball, which should lead the Wolverines to victory. The Wolverines win by 13.last_img read more

Thank you new guy: Andre Russell thanks KXIP debutant after reprieve in KKR’s win

first_img India Today Web Desk KolkataMarch 28, 2019UPDATED: March 28, 2019 00:38 IST IPL 2019, KKR vs KXIP: Andre Russell bagged the Man of the Match award after coming up with an all-round effort on Wednesday (@IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndre Russell was handed an extra life when he was batting on 3 on WednesdayRussell made good use of the opportunity by playing a match-winning cameoKings XI captain R Ashwin said he would take the blame for the costly error on the fieldKolkata Knight Riders star-all rounder Andre Russell said he is thankful to Kings XI Punjab debutant (CV Varun or Hardus Viljoen) for making a costly error that handed the big-hitter an extra life at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday. REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSRussell was cleaned up by a Mohammed Shami yorker when he was batting on 3 in the 17th over of Kolkata Knight Riders’ first innings. However, the umpire called a no-ball after noticing that Kings XI had only three fielders outside the 30-yard circle (there needs to be at least four).Kings XI captain R Ashwin was fuming after Russell was gifted a reprieve while the Eden Gardens crowd were roaring in delight. Rusell made perfect use of the opportunity as he smashed five sixes and three boundaries after the missed opportunity. The West Indies big-hitter finished with 47 from 17 balls and helped KKR to a massive total of 218 for 4.Russell’s cameo proved to be the difference between the two teams at the end as Kings XI Punjab managed only 190 runs, thereby losing the encounter by 28 runs.”Thanks to that guy who was outside the ring. It’s the new guy, forgot his name. Thank you. When I got bowled, I thought I’d missed out but I saw the guys in the dugout signalling no-ball and I was like, please God, let it be a no-ball,” Russell said.Russell has been in fine form in IPL 2019. The KKR all-rounder had smashed 49 runs from just 19 balls in KKR’s win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday. Russell has now two Man of the Match awards in as many matches.advertisementTalking about his impressive start to the season, Russell said he is planning to expand his garage to accommodate the awards he is expecting to receive in IPL 2019.”Keep getting cars and these awards. I’ll have to make a bigger garage. End of the day, well done to the guys,” Russell said.Russell shone with the bowl as well as he picked up two wickets, including the big wickets of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul.”Gayle’s like a brother to me. A legend and to get him out early in the first six is big. The plan was to restrict him as best as possible. KL Rahul too. We have our plans and we executed them,” Russell added.Shedding light on the missed opportunity, Kings XI skipper R Ashwin said he is ready to take the blame for the goof-up on the field. Ashwin had a horrible night at the Eden Gardens as he conceded 47 runs from his four-over spell and made a couple of poor captaincy calls.”I should’ve had a look at it. At that stage, with the slog on, you hope the fielders are switched on but obviously he was a debutant,” Ashwin said.Having won two successive matches to start their IPL 2019 season on a high, Kolkata Knight Riders will travel to Delhi to take on the Delhi Capitals on Saturday.Also Read | When R Ashwin Mankaded Sri Lankan batsman in 2012, Sehwag and Sachin withdrew appealAlso Read | AB de Villiers wants RCB batsmen to step up in home game vs MIAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Andre RussellFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow IPL 2019Follow R AshwinFollow Kings XI Punjab view more view less Thank you new guy: Andre Russell thanks KXIP debutant after reprieve in KKR’s winIPL 2019: Andre Russell was handed a reprieve when he was batting on 3 during Kolkata Knight Riders innings against Kings XI Punjab. Russell went on to make 48 runs off 17 balls. advertisement No data available!center_img graphs commentary scorecardlast_img read more

PCB waiting for details from SLC on security threat on Lankan players: source

first_imgPCB waiting for details from SLC on security threat on Lankan players: sourceSri Lanka Cricket board had sought assistance from the Sri Lankan government to conduct a reassessment of the security situation in Pakistan ahead of the team’s scheduled limited-overs tour to the country later in September.advertisement Next Press Trust of India KarachiSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 23:46 IST Sri Lanka Cricket seek security reassessment in Pakistan after fresh threats. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan’s cricket authorities remained on tenterhooks awaiting word from Cricket Sri Lanka Sri Lankan cricket authorities had not shared any information with the PCBPCB had confirmed it would be hosting the Sri Lankan team for the series from September 25Pakistan’s cricket authorities remained on tenterhooks on Thursday awaiting word from Cricket Sri Lanka on the upcoming ODI and T20 Internationals series.Sources close to the Board told PTI that till Thursday the Sri Lankan cricket authorities had not shared any information with the PCB on their Prime Minister’s Office having received reliable information of a possible terrorist threat on the national team of the island country while touring Pakistan.”The PCB is waiting for some response on the tour and unless intelligence is shared what can the PCB say how reliable it is. Yes there have been background contacts but nothing definite has come out of it yet,” one source said.The PCB had confirmed it would be hosting the Sri Lankan team for the series from September 25 even after SLC announced that 10 of its main players, including ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne and T20 skipper Lasith Malinga, have pulled out due to security concerns.But hours after announcing the ODI and T20 squads for the Pakistan tour, the Sri Lankan board came out with a statement, saying it was reassessing the security situation in Pakistan ahead of the team’s scheduled departure.The reassessment was based on a warning the SLC received from the Prime Minister’s Office, sent via the Ministry of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports.Sri Lanka are due to play three ODIs in Karachi, followed by as many T20Is in Lahore between September 27 and October 9 and it will be the first time after 2009 that Pakistan would be hosting a top tier team for such a long period.advertisementAnother source aware of developments in the PCB said the high-ups were concerned and a bit surprised at the Sri Lankans not having shared any information as yet on the possible threat.Pakistan is banking on the tour by Sri Lanka to also convince foreign players to come and play the entire Pakistan Super League’s 5th edition in Pakistan.Also Read | Pakistan women’s tour of India could be cancelled: PCB officialAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow Cricket Sri Lankalast_img read more

Keep A Child Alive Black Ball REDUX Raises 29 Million

first_imgKeep A Child Alive CEO Peter Twyman has announced that the Black Ball REDUX, held last week at “Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater,” raised over $2.9 million – funds that will go to providing lifesaving HIV treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.The event honored the incomparable Oprah Winfrey and Grammy Award-winning Beninoise singer-songwriter and activist Angelique Kidjo for their philanthropic contributions in Africa and worldwide and was emceed by Whoopi Goldberg.With performances by Alicia Keys, Angelique Kidjo, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Hudson and Brittany Howard of the band Alabama Shakes, the event evoked the dynamism of Modern Africa, paying tribute to the empowerment of women and the promise of an AIDS-free Africa.“The phrase ‘the show must go on’ was proven last night at the Black Ball REDUX,” said Alicia Keys. “I’m thrilled by the outpouring of support for Keep a Child Alive despite the recent tragedies in my hometown of New York from Hurricane Sandy. We must never forget to take care of others, near or far, and I’m grateful the show went on, allowing us to continue supporting life-saving programs in Africa and India.”Following the cancellation of the annual Black Ball due to Hurricane Sandy, the Black Ball Redux captured the essence, vitality and spirit of the legendary benefit event, uniting celebrity with philanthropy to raise awareness and urgently needed funds for children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India. The Black Ball has generated over $18 million since 2004.Among the evening’s generous donations was that of Stewart Rahr who contributed $1 million to Keep a Child Alive. Mr. Rahr, listed as #298 on the Forbes 400 according to Forbes Magazine, sold his pharmaceutical distribution company for over $1 billion and put aside $100 million to establish the Rahr Foundation. Rahr gives generously to many charities including those focused on medical issues, education and healthcare and now Keep a Child Alive.“I’m so grateful to my husband for introducing Stewie to Keep a Child Alive. He’s become an amazing supporter of the organization and his unwavering dedication in our fight to help children and families affected by HIV is incredible,” said Alicia Keys.Along with performances, guests at the Black Ball Redux enjoyed a live auction, an elegant cocktail reception featuring hors d’oeuvres designed by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Red Rooster Harlem and New York Times Best-Selling Author of Yes, Chef, and spirits generously donated by Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, a premier Upper East Side fixture for over 75 years.Founded in 2003, KCA provides lifesaving HIV treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. Proceeds from the event will help KCA fund clinical and orphan projects in India, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa. To date, KCA has served over 300,000 people.
The Black Ball REDUX was a once-in-a-lifetime fundraising event that took place at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater on December 6th, 2012.Inspired by Keep a Child Alive’s iconic Black Ball gala, the Black Ball Redux joined celebrity with philanthropy to raise awareness and urgently needed funds to help children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India. In years past, Alicia Keys has shared the Black Ball stage with Jay-Z, Bono, Annie Lennox, David Bowie, Chris Martin, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Sade, Lenny Kravitz, Angelique Kidjo, Norah Jones, will.i.am, Janelle Monae, Femi Kuti, Damian Marley, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, and John Mayer amongst others. The Black Ball has raised nearly $18 million since 2004.The Black Ball Redux, like the Black Ball, honored humanitarians who have used their power, fame, and courage to make a difference in the world. Previously, Keep a Child Alive has had the pleasure of honoring President Bill Clinton for his immeasurable achievements through the William J. Clinton Foundation and The Clinton Global Initiative; Sir Richard Branson who has cultivated sustainable change worldwide with Virgin Unite; Simon Fuller for spearheading the Idol Gives Back phenomenon on American Idol; Bono, rock star and campaigner for Africa, Co-founder of ONE; George Harrison for his musical, spiritual and philanthropic contributions to our world; and Stephen Lewis of The Stephen Lewis Foundation, Co-Founder of AIDS Free World and author of Race Against Time.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

HM Honors Lili Reinhart With the Second Annual Variety and HM Conscious

first_imgOn Tuesday, August 28th, Variety in partnership with H&M honored Lili Reinhart for her active voice on the important topics of mental health and body positivity.Lili Reinhart With the Second Annual Variety and H&M Conscious AwardHer approach to raising these issues in the public eye has made her a natural choice for the second annual Variety and H&M Conscious Award at the 4th annual Power of Young Hollywood event. This event celebrates an esteemed group of young actors, musicians, digital influencers and more, whom are profiled in Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood issue.Lili Reinhart, the 21-year-old American actress and budding fashion icon is the second recipient of the Variety and H&M Conscious award. Lili, best known for her role as Betty Cooper on the CW’s Riverdale, has been an outspoken voice and advocate for mental health issues and body positivity. Shedding light on her own personal struggles she has been able to deliver crucial messages to the public about the importance of asking for help and eliminating stigma. She has also been a strong BoPo Activist again using her own experiences to personalize the topic of body positivity and that everyone should have the ability to feel confident and happy in their skin.At H&M everyone should be able to dress their personality no matter what that is. This business ideal lives in tandem with H&M’s vision to be at the forefront of social and environmental sustainability and creating a more sustainable fashion industry that is good for people, communities and the planet. Working with their long term commitments to be 100% fair and equal, 100% circular and 100% leading the change, H&M believes in strengthening communities and raising awareness on important social issues and rewarding like minded partners like Lili Reinhart for her exceptional voice and strength. It is her fearless approach in addressing issues, head on, that has set a strong example for women and men, to feel comfortable and confident in who they are as individuals.For the occasion Lili was dressed by H&M in a gown made from more sustainable materials from their upcoming Conscious Exclusive collection.For more information on H&M’s sustainability work, click here.last_img read more

Constitutional challenge may help NDN CAR ride again

first_imgkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte Bruce Spence of Winnipeg was forced to hand in his vanity plate after someone complained. (Submitted photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsBruce Spence is not going to give up his NDN CAR vanity licence plate without a fight.Spence has agreed to be part of a legal challenge by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).The JCCF was in a Winnipeg courtroom this week defending another Winnipeg man whose Star Trek-inspired ASIMIL8 plate was revoked by Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI).The provincial Crown corporation said it received complaints from members of the public who found both licence plates “offensive” and ordered them off the road.But Spence, a producer at APTN News, disagrees.“I don’t know how NDN CAR could possibly be offensive,” he said, noting he applied for the wording seven years ago to honour his Cree heritage and a song of the same name by musician Keith Secola.“I know CAR isn’t an offensive word so it must be NDN. And that’s a contraction for Indian, which is a legal term. Besides, this car is driven by an Indian.”Spence said he received nothing but “thumb’s up” from other motorists and requests from pedestrians to pose next to the plate. He said the demand to turn in his plates in February shocked him.Spence said JCCF, a Calgary-based legal advocacy organization specializing in Canadian constitutional law, is representing him at no charge.“I was going to try and do this on my own anyway,” Spence said Wednesday, “and they approached me after seeing the APTN story.”Winnipeg’s Nick  Troller launched a legal challenge after his plate was revoked.JCCF founder John Carpay said he couldn’t let Spence’s battle slide.“Ultimately, all these cases boil down to this: in a free country we do not have the legal right to not be offended,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday.“One person’s right to express him/herself has to outweigh another person’s claimed right to be offended.”Spence doesn’t know who complained about his plate and was irked he couldn’t respond.“I was hoping for an appearance before some sort of board,” he said, adding that’s something he hopes the judge in his case agrees with and orders MPI to introduce.“Some sort of show-cause hearing” for losing a plate that was initially approved.MPI has said licence plates are its property and it gets to decide what’s written on them and when to revoke them. It has not revealed who complained about Spence’s plate.Carpay is a former Alberta provincial director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and a former candidate of the federal Reform Party and provincial Wildrose Party. He said his group is not-for-profit and relies on private donations.“We’re making an argument that this violates the (Canadian) Charter (of Rights and Freedoms) Section 2(b) freedom of expression,” he said. “Our mission is to defend constitutional freedoms of Canadians from violation by government…or governmental authority.”Carpay, a lawyer, said freedoms are lost by “small encroachments.”“Say, with these licence plate cases. If we don’t win them we move closer to a society where people have a legal right not to feel offended which means that there’s less freedom of expression.”The judge in the ASIMIL8 case reserved his decision. Spence does not have a court date yet.last_img read more

UN hitting the target towards deployment of hybrid peace force in Darfur

7 August 2007The United Nations is on target to deploy a mainly African hybrid peace force in the war-wracked Sudanese region of Darfur on schedule, but needs more offers from countries on critical capacities such as aviation and ground transport, a senior UN peacekeeping official said today. Jane Holl Lute, acting head of the new Department of Field Support, told reporters that “we are hitting the target of a predominantly African force,” outlined in last week’s Security Council resolution authorizing the creation of the hybrid operation, to be known as UNAMID.The hybrid operation with the African Union, the first of its kind, will become the largest peacekeeping force in the world, with almost 26,000 troops and police officers and nearly 5,000 civilian staff when it reaches full deployment. It will have an initial mandate of 12 months and will incorporate of the existing AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS).Ms. Holl Lute said the UN has already received enough offers from Member States to meet the required numbers of troops and police officers, but “we still are missing some pledges for key enabling capacities in the area of movement, for example, and in the area of aviation.”Troops or police officers have already been pledged by Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda. Those offers, however, are not final.Ms. Holl Lute said UNAMID’s headquarters will be established in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, with a series of sector headquarters and other deployment locations spread across the three states of Darfur, an arid and impoverished region nearly as large as France.She warned that the mission faces daunting logistical challenges because of Darfur’s climate, terrain and remoteness. There are few water sources and little transport infrastructure, and the nearest port through which supplies can be sent is 2,200 kilometres away.Despite its aridity, Darfur can face intense floods during the annual rainy season, which can run from April to October, while sand storms are also a regular threat.Water will have to be rationed carefully by the mission, Ms. Holl Lute said, adding that the UN was working with experts to see whether an apparent underground “mega-lake” in North Darfur exists and can be utilized.In response to a reporter’s question, Ms. Holl Lute said early estimates indicate UNAMID will cost more than $2 billion a year to operate, on top of the initial start-up cost.She stressed that the UN was working towards meeting the benchmarks set out in last week’s Security Council resolution, especially that by October UNAMID is scheduled to have its management, command and control structures in place. As of the end of the year, the new mission should be ready to take over operations from AMIS. Since fighting erupted between rebel groups, Government forces and allied Janjaweed militias in 2003, UN officials have repeatedly described Darfur as one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises and the scene of widespread human rights abuses. More than 200,000 people have been killed and the conflict has spilled into neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). read more

Canadian Mayor draws flak for Sri Lanka sistercity move

Last October, Jeffrey signed an agreement to initiate the process to formalize economic, social or cultural relations with the Portuguese city of Ribeira Grande.Martin Medeiros, the councillor who spurred on that process, said the Vavuniya agreement would follow along the same lines as the arrangement with Ribeira Grande.However, some councillors said they were caught off guard by the mayor’s announcement, and wonder how the initiative escalated to talk of sister-city status without a formal report detailing potential benefits.“I am concerned that it appears that council direction is being ignored,” said Coun. Grant Gibson.Sandhu said staff is working on a report for council to consider.“It is our hope, after all due diligence has been completed, that we are able to explore economic development opportunities between our communities.” (Colombo Gazette) The mayor’s camp was quick to put water onto the flames Tuesday, stating that such an agreement is still in its infancy and that council would ultimately make the final decision. At the December 7 Economic Development Committee meeting, councillors debated a request that would link Brampton and Vavuniya via a ‘friendship relationship agreement’. “I don’t believe the mayor has the authority to bypass council and she would be foolish doing so,” said Regional Coun. John Sprovieri, reacting to a recent announcement from the mayor stating her intention to formalize relations with Vavuniya, a community of about 70,000 inhabitants in northern Sri Lanka. Although several councillors expressed some skepticism about the benefits of such an agreement, committee members agreed to wait on a staff report before making a decision.However, in a move that has irked many of her colleagues on council, Jeffrey issued a media release in late December announcing she would meet with Sri Lankan dignitaries in Brampton this month to formalize a sister city agreement with Vavuniya. “We acknowledge there may have been some confusion — there are many steps prior to any agreement being signed,” said Jaskaran Singh Sandhu, the mayor’s new press secretary.This, despite a December 20 media release that clearly describes Jeffrey’s plans to sign an agreement that “would strengthen existing economic and cultural ties while encouraging commerce and the exchange of goods and services between Brampton, the Greater Toronto Area and Vavuniya.”Brampton has formal relationships with several cities and international organizations around the globe, including the Chinese city of Xuzhou, Plano Tex., Miami Beach Fla., and Brampton, Cumbria, England. The Mayor of Brampton in Canada, has drawn flak for a proposal to enter a ‘sister city’ agreement with a Sri Lankan municipality without council approval.Linda Jeffrey’s foray into foreign affairs has managed to sour relations at home after councillors voiced concerns that the mayor is moving ahead with the plans, the Brampton Guardian reported. On January 11, members of Brampton’s Tamil community held a reception at Brampton city hall that also hosted C.V. Wigneswaran, chief minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province.Brampton’s Tamil community numbers approximately 20,000 people.The mayor, who has been largely at odds with her council colleagues, is on vacation and did not attend the ceremony. However, local politicians were disturbed that the mayor opted to act without council’s blessing. read more

Viet Nam UN sends assessment teams to regions struck by typhoon

According to local authorities, 30 people were killed and 269 others injured when the typhoon made landfall on Sunday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. More than 6,250 houses were totally destroyed, over 785 boats were sunk or damaged, and total loss is estimated at some $625 million.Although no international assistance has yet been requested, the UN agencies sent the assessment missions to Hue, Da Nang and Quang Nam so that an action plan can be drawn up in consultation with the Government. OCHA remains in close contact with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) office in Hanoi.

Tuam babies Next steps in finding the truth behind their deaths

first_img Image: RollingNews.ie Up to coroner to decide on whether to engage gardai #tuam @thejournal_ie— Aoife Barry (@sweetoblivion26) March 3, 2017 Possibility of an inquestCoroners – who are either qualified doctors or lawyers – look into the circumstances of a sudden, unexplained, violent or unnatural death. Their investigation helps determine if the death was through natural or unnatural causes.The coroner will also determine whether an inquest is due into any of the deaths at the Tuam mother and baby home.If a death may be due to unnatural causes, than an inquest must be held by law.The gardaí liaise with the coroner in the case of an inquest being called. If an inquest into any of the deaths in the mother and baby home takes place, it will be held in public.Inquests can be held with or without a jury. But while a coroner or jury can make a “general recommendation designed to prevent similar deaths”, the Justice Department notes:they do not decide whose fault it was or whether there was a criminal offence.At today’s press conference, Minister Katherine Zappone said that the coroner’s results would determine the direction of the investigation into the remains. She said that the commission will determine if other sites need to be excavated, including another part of the Tuam site.In a statement, she outlined the next steps that will be taken in this case:The Commission will continue its work under its terms of reference, including such matters as post-mortem practices and procedures, reporting and burial arrangements for residents of Mother and Baby HomesThe Coroner for North Galway will take the steps he deems necessary under his independent statutory functionsGalway County Council will engage with the commission in relation to the immediate next steps on the siteGalway County Council will engage with local residents and other interested parties on what should happen next in relation to the remainsThere will be an information line for factual information, and a service for those who feel personally affected by the news.When contacted, the Commission of Investigation said it would not be adding anything more to Minister Zappone’s statement today.In 2014, the Minister for Justice ordered a report from An Garda Siochána to establish how much information it holds about the revelations.Fitzgerald said at the time that decisions about any criminal investigation will be up to the gardaí.TheJournal.ie has contacted the Justice Department to see when, or if, that report was furnished to the department.Read: Remains of young children and babies found in sewage chambers at Tuam mother and baby home> Tuam babies: Next steps in finding the truth behind their deaths A significant amount of human remains were found in sewage chambers at a site first located by researcher Catherine Corless. 16,270 Views Image: RollingNews.ie 71 Comments Friday 3 Mar 2017, 1:47 PM Short URLcenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3268601 Mar 3rd 2017, 1:47 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Aoife Barry Share170 Tweet Email THE BODIES OF a “significant” number of babies and children were discovered in sewage chambers on the grounds of a mother and baby home in Tuam, it was confirmed today.The findings vindicated the work of researcher Catherine Corless, whose discoveries about a mass grave at the site of the home, run by the Bons Secours Sisters, were made public in 2014. She uncovered the death records for 796 children – ranging from infants to children up to the age of nine – from the home.But what she couldn’t find were records of their burial in any graveyards. Corless’s research, coupled with stories of local boys finding bones in a septic tank on the site, led her to believe the bodies were all buried in that one area.The death rate of babies at the home was significantly higher than that at other homes around the country – double the rate, in fact. Figures from the National Archives showed that 31.6% of babies under the age of one at Tuam died over the course of one year.In other homes, that rate was 17%.Causes of death included bronchitis, convulsions, and congenital syphilis. Source: Report of the Inter-Departmental Group on Mother and Baby Homes via Department of Children and Youth AffairsNow that the presence of human remains on the site has been confirmed, what happens next?That all hinges on two things: What the coroner determines, and what the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation decides to do next (which will in large part be determined by what the coroner says).How the remains were discoveredA test excavation was undertaken by the Commission of Investigation on the Tuam site in 2015. Further excavations took place at the end of 2016 and January/February 2017.These discovered two large structures, one of which appears to be a large sewage containment system or septic tank filled with rubble and debris, and the other a long structure divided into 20 chambers. Again, this is thought to be related to sewage containment.“Significant quantities” of human remains were found in these chambers.The results of remains that were tested showed they belonged to children aged 2-3 years and of approximately 35 foetal weeks.The Commission of Investigation said that it is “shocked” by the discovery.In a statement, it outlined its next steps:It is continuing its investigation into who was responsible for the disposal of human remains in this wayIt has also asked the relevant State authorities to take responsibility for the appropriate treatment of the remainsIt has notified the coroner Source: ❄️Aoife Barry/Twitterlast_img read more

Greek PM Budget a contract to reconquer our credibility

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou underlined his government’s determination to social and economic reform as he wrapped up the five-day debate which saw Parliament pass the 2010 budget. He also pledged transparency in all the government’s actions, stressing the need to restore the trust of ordinary citizens in the Greek state and the country’s credibility in the eyes of its European partners.The budget was passed 160 for and 139 against.The main features of the 2010 budget include the following:On the revenue side it includes:A total increase of 4.5 billion euros in government revenueAbout 1.2 billion euros of this would come from cracking down on tax evasion and settling taxpayers’ overdue debtsAn increase in tobacco, alcohol and real estate taxesA one-off corporate taxReintroduction of a progressive tax on large property holdings, inheritances and bequestsAbolition of tax exemptions and a current, flat-rate tax regime for certain professional groupsIntroduction of capital gains tax and effective taxation of offshore companiesOn the spending side it includes:Government spending cuts of 2.3 billion euros1.4 billion euros of savings by not repeating one-off 2009 payments to settle state hospital debts457 million euros of savings would come from defence spending cutsA 26 percent decrease in Ministries’ operating costs, in areas such as travel expenses and power billsA freeze on public sector wages above 2,000 euros a month. However, civil servants making less than that amount would receive pay rises above inflationSpeaking after the vote, Prime Minister George Papandreou said the budget was “a contract to reconquer our credibility”“We shall prove our capacity and determination to change this country, to ourselves and to any foreigner who puts in doubt our will,” he continued.“Those who seek to downgrade our great institutional reforms regarding the state should ask themselves why our efforts failed in the past,” Papandreou said in his address to MPs.“We should, all together, prepare a strict timeframe regarding necessary reforms,” Papandreou said.He went on to cite transparency, a fairer tax system leading to a more equitable redistribution of wealth and reliability as the key principles that would govern the government’s budgets in the future.Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras opposed the budget and accused the government of not coming to the House in order to pass “a budget of emergency but of gaining time until you understand where you are.”According to the ND leader, the effort for stabilising the Greek economy should include measures such as enlarging the tax base instead of suffocating the market with new taxes and the adoption of objective consumption criteria.Regarding state expenditures, Samaras said that the state should contain the public sector’s extravagance something that could save around 5 billion Euros.He also said that he waas opposed to any increase in fuel prices.Samaras also called on the government to “take drastic measures, something you do not do. The markets are punishing you, they are continuously downgrading Greece.” George Papaconstantinou, the finance minister, has set next year’s budget deficit target at 8.7 per cent of GDP, banking on a mix of spending cuts and revenue-enhancement measures to do the job.Mr Papaconstantinou said last night: “Fiscal year 2009 is closing and the 2010 fiscal year will be the first in a four-year effort for fiscal stability and growth.”Additional budget measures will also be included in an triennial Stability and Growth Plan which will be announced in January.These include:A 10 percent cut in additional, supplemental public sector wagesA hiring freeze for permanent public sector jobs in 2010, excluding health and education, and the hiring of one new civil servant for every five retiring from 2011 onwardsA one-third reduction of all short-term employment contracts in the public sector in 2010A 10 percent reduction in social security expenditures in 2010A 50 percent cut in board members’ pay at public enterprises in 2010; managers’ pay in state-run firms would be capped and cut by at least 10 percent; no bonuses would be paid to managers of state-controlled banks, and bonuses for private bank managers would be taxed at 90 percentlast_img read more

Mutuelle santé 70 des Français semblent satisfaits malgré laugmentation des tarifs

first_imgMutuelle santé : 70% des Français semblent satisfaits malgré l’augmentation des tarifsFrance – L’Institut français d’opinion public (Ifop) est à l’origine de l’enquête “Les Français et leur mutuelle santé”. Il ressort de celle-ci que les habitants de l’Hexagone subissent les augmentations sans trop changer leurs habitudes.En 2010, les assurés subiront en moyenne une hausse de 5% de leurs cotisations mensuelles. L’Ifop a voulu connaître leur opinion : une enquête a ainsi été réalisée du 2 au 4 février dernier sur 1.000 personnes âgées de 18 ans au minimum.Il en ressort que 89% des interrogés ne comptent pas changer de mutuelle malgré cette augmentation, non pas par fidélité mais parce qu’ils “n’ont pas le choix”. Seul 1% d’entre eux pense la résilier par peur de ne pas pouvoir la payer mais 6% pensent abandonner certaines garanties de leur assurance (hospitalisation, dentaire…), notamment les personnes aux revenus modestes (9%) ainsi que les moins de 35 ans (8%). Les jeunes n’hésitent pas à souscrire à une mutuelle bon marché afin de faire des économies, 11% des moins de 35 ans le font et ce chiffre atteint 16% chez les 18-24 ans.À lire aussiAssurance maladie : une réforme pour économiser 2,2 milliards d’eurosDans l’ensemble, les Français sont satisfaits de leur mutuelle et de son efficacité, à défaut de l’être de son prix. 94% des sondés sont assurés, parmi lesquels 17% se déclarent “très satisfaits” et 70% “plutôt satisfaits”. Les personnes bénéficiant d’une mutuelle d’entreprise étaient plus nombreuses à être “très satisfaites” que celles couvertes par une mutuelle individuelle (23% contre 13%).Face à cette augmentation des tarifs, les Français sont de plus en plus nombreux à se fier aux comparateurs de prix, en service sur le net. Actuellement, 6% des sondés en font un usage régulier et 42% pensent que c’est un concept intéressant. Le 24 février 2010 à 10:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more