Bandh in Jammu to condemn Amarnath terror attack

first_imgSeveral political organisations, including the VHP, JKNPP, NC and Congress called for a bandh in the city on Tuesday, in the wake of a terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir’s Anantnag district.“We have called for Jammu bandh tomorrow (Tuesday) against the death of seven Amarnath pilgrims in a terror attack at Anantnag,” VHP spokesman Rajesh Kumar said on Monday.A similar call was made by the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP), the National Conference (NC) and the Congress. Congress spokesman Ravinder Sharma condemned the attack and said the party supported the bandh.Terrorists killed seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, and injured 32 others as they struck at a bus in Kashmir’s Anantnag district, in the worst attack on the annual pilgrimage since the year 2000.The bus bearing the registration number GJ09Z 9976 was attacked at around 8.20 PM near Khanabal when it was on its way to Jammu, police said.last_img read more

RIKEN to Check 20,000 Papers for Doctored Images and Plagiarism

first_img TOKYO—Shock waves emanating from allegations of image manipulation and plagiarism in two Nature papers published in January continue to ripple through RIKEN, the Japanese institute at the center of the ongoing controversy. Last week, local media reported (in Japanese) that questions have arisen about images in research papers published by three more members of a RIKEN committee charged with investigating the Nature papers. The news came a week after RIKEN announced it would investigate allegations of image manipulation in papers published by Shunsuke Ishii, who resigned as chair of the investigating committee on 25 April.Now, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper is reporting that RIKEN President Ryoji Noyori has asked all laboratory and research group leaders to check all of their previous publications for doctored images and plagiarism. The newspaper quotes an unnamed RIKEN official as saying the directive covers at least 20,000 publications. There was no indication of a deadline for completing the reviews.The still-unfolding controversy stems from instances of image manipulation and plagiarism in an article and a letter published online on 29 January in Nature by Haruko Obokata of RIKEN’s Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, together with colleagues at RIKEN and other institutions in Japan and at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The researchers reported finding a new, simple way of creating stem cells, called stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency, which so far no other groups have been able to reproduce. The investigating committee, while still headed by Ishii, found numerous problems with the papers and concluded that two instances constituted research misconduct. Obokata is appealing the finding, claiming the problems resulted from innocent mistakes. RIKEN officials could not be reached for comment today because of a national holiday in Japan.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) RIKEN last_img read more

Ranbir and I are very good friends, says Arjun Rampal

first_imgActor Arjun Rampal has quashed reports claiming a tiff between him and his co-star Ranbir Kapoor during the shoot of “Roy”. He said they are good friends and there is no animosity between them.On being asked about the tiff, Arjun said: “Ranbir and I are very good friends. There has never been any sort of problem between us.””I hope that there will be no problem between us in future as well,” added Arjun who played Ranbir’s elder brother in successful political drama “Raajneeti”.Arjun Rampal, Ranbir KapoorThe 41-year-old was present at the poster launch of his movie “Daddy” here.Reportedly, Arjun, who has shot for some of his portions in “Roy”, had to wait for the next schedule because Ranbir was unavailable for the shoot, hence, the delay.Besides, it was also being said that initially Ranbir was to do just a cameo in “Roy”, but later the length of his role was increased.The current schedule of director Vicky Singh’s “Roy” is being shot in Malaysia.last_img read more

UST coach gets the better of La Salle ‘living legend’ when it mattered most

first_imgAnd though it may appear that De Jesus has Reyes’ number, Reyes has gotten the better of the duel recently with two straight wins in just a span of five days.Not to mention, Reyes’ recent pair of victories came at the most opportune time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Golden Tigresses stunned La Salle in the playoff for No.2 on Wednesday then, followed it up with a heart-stopping five-setter in the Final Four, 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 23-25, 15-10, to advance to their first finals trip in eight years.Reyes, who played in the UAAP during the early 2000s, said it was an unreal experience for him when De Jesus wished him luck for his first finals appearance as a head coach. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated De Jesus have been calling the shots for the Lady Spikers since 1998 way before Reyes got into the collegiate volleyball program of UST.“Coach Ramil is a living legend in Philippine volleyball,” said Reyes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s an amazing feeling when coach Ramil wished me luck earlier, it was surreal,” said Reyes in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “It’s just now that everything’s sinking in, I even wanted to embrace him.”“I’ve learned so much from coach Ramil when we faced each other and it’s a big thing for me that the champion coach is the one wishing me luck for the finals.”De Jesus, who went 1-1 with Reyes in the elimination round this season, said he saw a different version of the Golden Tigresses from the one the Lady Spikers faced during the preliminaries.“The way UST played today was vastly different during the eliminations,” said De Jesus. “Almost everyone from that team matured, especially the rookies, because they’re not just hitting the ball for the sake of hitting it but they were actually technical with their approach.”As for Reyes, receiving praise from De Jesus was enough motivation for him moving forward.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ UST coach Kung Fu Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas head coach Kung Fu Reyes is on the losing end of his head-to-head matchup with De La Salle’s Ramil De Jesus, winning just twice in their eight encounters so farReyes owns a dismal 2-6 record in the elimination round against the 11-time UAAP champion coach.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte La Salle’s long UAAP finals streak ends: ‘You can’t be at the top all the time’ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

76ers snap 3-game skid, beat Hornets

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “We’re trying to get Joel in increasingly better and better and better shape,” Brown said. “I thought Zeller made him run a lot in the first half.”Korkmaz keyed a Sixers’ run in the third quarter in their return home from the 1-3 trip. Korkmaz hit a 3 with just 0.4 seconds left to beat Portland for Philadelphia’s lone win on the trip. Against the Hornets, he hit a pair of 3s and a floater in the third that helped push the lead to double digits and sent the Sixers on their way to a needed victory.“The team trusts me, the coaching staff, they trust me a lot,” Korkmaz said. “I think I’m in good shape right now. I just feel good.”The 22-year-old Korkmaz, a first-round pick in the 2016 draft, had an uneven first two seasons in Philadelphia and played in only 62 total games. The Sixers even declined to pick up the third-year option on his contract before last season. But Korkmaz gives the Sixers a long-range threat they need and he signed a two-year deal in the offseason with the potential of more playing time ahead.″(Coach) just told me this was all on the table,” Korkmaz said. “Just fight for your spot. If you make good, I will give it to you. I just came into training camp with that mindset.”Korkmaz had the play of the game on his behind-the-back pass to Raul Neto for a 3-pointer in the first half. Neto got the start because Simmons missed his second straight game because of a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. Simmons will be re-evaluated Monday.Zeller had 24 points for a Hornets team that had lost at home to New Orleans on Saturday. The Hornets hit three 3s in the final two minutes, making the rout look much more competitive than they were for most of the second half.TIP-INSHornets: Nicolas Batum sat out (middle finger). … The Hornets have trailed by double digits in every game.76ers: Shake Milton was out (knee). … The 76ers have won 11 of 16 against the Hornets. … The 76ers outscored the Hornets by 12 in the third. … Actor Jason Segel rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell. … Al Horford scored 15 points. Rice industry paralysis ONE GOOD QUARTERThe Hornets outscored the 76ers 34-20 in the second quarter to take the lead at halftime.“We didn’t come out with that same aggressiveness to start the third quarter,” coach James Borrego said. “They really jumped on us, they made shots. We didn’t carry that momentum from the first half into the second half.”PROTECT THE BALLThe 76ers had 20 turnovers.“We have to find a discipline and a better way to control that,” Brown said.HE SAID IT“If I say what I think, I won’t be able to afford a new sofa.” — Brown, on the NBA Two Minute Report that determined Embiid did not make a decisive foul in the final seconds of the Denver loss.UP NEXTHornets: Host Memphis on Wednesday. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The 76ers were delighted to give an effort worth watching.Joel Embiid returned from a bumpy road trip in which his maturity and fitness were questioned to score 18 points and grab nine rebounds, and Furkan Korkmaz scored 17 points to help Philadelphia snap a three-game losing streak with a 114-106 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceEmbiid played in Philly for the first time since his Oct. 30 fight with Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns earned the All-Star center a two-game suspension. Embiid missed the first two games of a four-game road trip (including a win at Portland) and huffed and puffed his way through a lethargic defensive effort in a loss in the finale at Denver.Coach Brett Brown blamed Embiid’s ineffectiveness on the layoff and the altitude in Colorado. 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Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid dives into the seats for a loose ball during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons watched the 76ers’ game in street clothes, bothered by a shoulder injury but feeling downright sunny about their chances after a rough road trip.“I feel great,” Simmons said. “Woke up on a beautiful Sunday, excited to see my team play.”ADVERTISEMENT “It’s clear the time off for Joel didn’t help,” Brown said. “Joel didn’t have one of the Joel games that we need.”He seemed up for the challenge at home.Embiid hustled from the opening tip and scored 15 points in the first half in a mismatched matchup against Bismack Biyombo and Cody Zeller. He blocked a Devonte Graham shot that led to a James Ennis III slam on the other end, and pump-faked his way into a basket and a foul whistled on Biyombo. Embiid, though, couldn’t do much when the Hornets ripped a 12-2 run late in the half to take a 58-53 lead into the break.He only played 26 minutes (shot 6 of 10 overall) and got a breather down the stretch once the 76ers blew this one open in the fourth.Embiid passed the fitness test — but declined to talk to the media.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Discipline, dedication, determination is the message, says badminton aspirant

first_imgA country known for its love for cricket is gradually extending its love for other sports too. Was it India versus Pakistan final match? Was India playing the world cup final? No, it’s the nation speaking in one tune, PV SINDHU. (Rio Olympics: Full Coverage) Indian badminton player PV Sindhu scripted history after clinching silver medal in the women’s singles final at the Rio Olympics. A billion prayers were with the golden girl and she made her country proud. A suave Sindhu struck silver and glory for India, uniting the nation for several hours. The mood of the nation was that of jubilation with huge screens showcasing the match and people cheering loudly for Sindhu. Before the finale, every corner of the national capital seemed well versed with the game and everyone chanted prayers, awaiting with baited breath for Sindhu to give India its 2nd medal.The excitement, the nervousness, the anxiety and the pride was felt in every corner of the national capital. After cricket it is for the first time we have seen another sport capturing the imagination of every Indian. Havans were held at different temples, children sported Sindhu’s picture on their T-shirts. School students guided by their teachers came to temples to offer prayers. The entire nation rallied behind Sindhu and waited for her historic feat. (BAI announces cash reward for Sindhu, Gopichand)”This is a special prayer for the country, we are sure our prayers will be answered with a medal,” said Pandit Yashpal. Young players who aspire to smash all the records like PV sindhu also joined in the prayers. They all look up to the Sindhu’s fight against the odds and only their inspiration to create history at the world stage. ‘Because of Sindhu, I want to pursue Badminton as a profession and want to make my nation proud like her’, said one of the Badminton aspirants. The match is over but her battle for more glory is not over yet. As Sindhu dons the silver medal with pride, India’s young Badminton players are now emboldened to follow their dreams despite manifold obstacles. Sindhu inspired many and after decades, India united in one chorus and hailed PV Sindhu. “Discipline, dedication and determination is the message she gave through her journey in Rio Olympics,” said a young badminton aspirant in Delhi.advertisementlast_img read more

61-year-old WWE legend Big Van Vader collapses during show in Japan

first_imgWWE legend Vader, also known as Big Van Vader in WCW, reportedly collapsed at a show commemorating the 45th anniversary of Japanese icon Tatsumi Fujinami’s in-ring debut.The 61-year-old has recently opened up about his serious health issues where he has been diagnosed with congestive heart disease but despite the warning of the doctors, Vader has continued to occasionally step in the wrestling ring.According to the first-hand account of Reddit user, with the handle ‘kamatacci’, “(Keiji) Muto and Akira (Maeda) were giving him water and trying to keep him cool. He eventually rolled out and walked to the back with minimal help, but he did somewhat stumble there too. Once in the match after he and Riki were exchanging blows, he very much legit fell to one knee.”Reportedly, Vader has two more matches remaining in his ongoing Japanese tour but it’s yet to be confirmed if he will be participating in them.last_img read more

A Major Conference Is Going To Ban Teams From Playing In Bowl Games Unless They Win 6+ Games

first_imgThe UCLA Bruins huddle before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 23: The UCLA Bruins huddle before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rose Bowl on November 23, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)A casual college football fan might think you need to win at least 6 games to make a bowl game, but that’s not the case. Sometimes, there aren’t enough six-plus win teams to fill all of the slots, so a couple of 5-7 teams can make it in.This will no longer be a viable option for teams out of the Pac-12, though. A rule has been passed requiring its teams to win at least six games in order to make a bowl game.The Associated Press’ Ralph D. Russo first reported the news.NEWS: Pac-12 passes rule requiring its teams to have 6 wins to play in a bowl, banning its teams from possible postseason bids at 5-7.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) June 4, 2018From the AP:The Pac-12 will require its teams to win at least six regular-season games to play in a bowl game, eliminating the opportunity for a 5-7 squad to earn a postseason spot when there are not enough six-win teams nationally to fill the bowls.Pac-12 presidents passed the rule proposed by a subcommittee of athletic directors.The Pac-12 has never had a 5-7 team play in a bowl game. There have been five 5-7 teams that have played in bowl games over the last three years.last_img read more

HSH Nordbank Offloads Billions Worth of Bad Shipping Loans

first_imgzoom Germany’s HSH Nordbank, one of the world’s biggest providers of shipping finance, transferred a portfolio of non-performing loans from ship financing with a volume of EUR 5 billion (USD 5.5 billion) to hsh portfolio-management AöR of majority owners Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein effective June 30, as planned.In return, HSH Nordbank will receive the transfer price of EUR 2.4 billion set by the EU, and will offset losses of EUR 2.6 billion resulting from the transaction against the guarantee.“We are improving our risk profile and balance-sheet structure significantly, we are strengthening our capital ratios and are thus taking another important step on the path to the upcoming change in ownership. We are now spinning off around 50 percent of our non-performing shipping loans,” Stefan Ermisch, CEO of HSH Nordbank AG, said.With this move, HSH Nordbank is reducing its troubled assets, in line with the recently completed EU state aid proceedings.Furthermore, with the winding-down of this pure shipping loan portfolio (256 ships) it will be less dependent on the US dollar.HSH Nordbank is planning to sell further non-performing loans with a volume of EUR 3.2 billion dating from the period before 2009, this time from the shipping, real estate, aviation finance and renewable energies segments, on the market by mid-2017 with hedging from the guarantee.last_img read more

PCB cricket panel head Mohsin Khan quits to be replaced by Wasim

first_imgKarachi: Former Test cricketer Mohsin Hasan Khan has stepped down from his position as chairman of PCB Cricket Committee which will carry out a review of Pakistan’s performances in the last three years, including the World Cup. The Pakistan Cricket Board Thursday said Mohsin Khan had requested board chairman Ehsan Mani to release him from the post and now the committee will be headed by Wasim Khan, who is Managing Director of the board. After largely remaining dormant for many months since its formation last October, the PCB Wednesday said that the Cricket Committee would be carrying out a review of Pakistan’s performances in last three years and also the support personnel of the team. On Thursday, a meeting of PCB’s Board of Governors ratified amendments in the constitution which have delegated more powers to the MD. “It is always difficult to let go of someone of Mohsin’s stature and caliber, but we respect his decision. I am thankful to Mohsin for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Mani said. Mohsin made it clear his services are always available for Pakistan cricket at a suitable position in view of my past record. Mohsin’s stepping down as head of the Cricket Committee is a clear indication that the board plans to give him a major responsibility after the World Cup.last_img read more

Statistics Canada reports GDP up 01 in August boosted by oil and

first_imgOTTAWA – The energy and financial sectors helped boost Canadian economic growth in August despite weakness in manufacturing due to auto assembly plant shutdowns.Statistics Canada said Wednesday real gross domestic product edged up 0.1 per cent in August, the seventh consecutive month to see an increase.Economists had expected no change for the month, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Growth in oil and gas extraction and the finance and insurance sector helped to more than offset declines in 12 of the 20 industrial sectors tracked.Overall, Statistics Canada says services-producing industries edged up 0.1 per cent, while goods-producing industries were essentially unchanged.CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld called the August figures “a mixed bag” with the strength in the oil and gas sector offset by weakness in manufacturing.“Canada’s economy had neither tricks nor treats for market observers on this Halloween release, with August’s GDP growth not scary enough to create fears of a slump, but not strong enough for the Bank of Canada to spook investors with a December rate hike,” Shenfeld wrote in a note to clients.Helping drive the growth was the mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction sector which rose 0.9 per cent.The increase was boosted by a 1.9 per cent gain by the oil and gas extraction subsector including a 3.2 per cent increase in non-conventional oil as crude bitumen and total crude production in Alberta reached record levels.Also climbing higher was the finance and insurance sector which rose 1.0 per cent in August, the largest monthly gain since May 2017.On the flip side, the manufacturing sector contracted 0.6 per cent in August due in part to shutdowns at some auto assembly plans in the month.The construction sector also pulled back by 0.4 per cent in the month, while transportation and warehousing slipped down 0.5 per cent.The GDP report followed the Bank of Canada’s decision last week to raise its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.75 per cent and signalled rates are headed higher.Central bank governor Stephen Poloz has said the current rate is still too stimulative for the improved economy and warned it will rise to what the bank considers its neutral range of between 2.5 and 3.5 per cent.last_img read more


first_imgWhitford shared a picture of the newlywed on his Twitter account Wednesday, writing, “In a shocking, totally unearned plot twist, Commander Lawrence married Mrs. McKenzie today in Santa Barbara. The shark may have been jumped, but the couple is thrilled.”In the picture, the groom wore a blue suit jacket. The bride held a bouquet and tied the knot in a blue print day dress. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment NEW YORK  — With a nod to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Amy Landecker announced on Instagram that she is “of Bradley,” elopement style.Landecker said Thursday she wed her fellow “Handmaid” co-star Bradley Whitford with their children and dogs, Izzy and Otis, as witnesses. They were married by political activist Ady Barkan at the courthouse in Santa Barbara.In a shocking, totally unearned plot twist, Commander Lawrence married Mrs. McKenzie today in Santa Barbara. The shark may have been jumped, but the couple is thrilled.— Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) July 18, 2019 Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Bradley Whitford and Amy Landecker (Twitter/Instagram) Twitterlast_img read more

UN Headquarters refurbishment aims to meet green standards – official

16 May 2007The senior United Nations management official today said a planned $1.9 billion refurbishment of the Organization’s dilapidated Headquarters complex will aim to meet or even exceed environmental standards. Reviewing the timetable for the overhaul, known as the “capital master plan,” Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, the Under-Secretary-General for Management, said parts of the Secretariat’s iconic building would be vacated and renovated while other parts would remain in use.Movement of staff would begin in 2008, with construction on a lawn on the UN’s premises to begin the same year so that the General Assembly could meet in the new space during the renovation.“We are taking this opportunity of the capital master plan to move ahead with the ‘greening of the UN,’” she said. “This is a very important opportunity for all of us and we’re going to take it to make sure the UN can become a model, if we can, on the environmental front.”She acknowledged that this is a tall order. “It is not going to be easy because this is an old building that we are renovating. If we start from scratch it would be easier,” she said. To guide its work, the UN was following the standards set by LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a group that provides certification to buildings in the United States when they accomplish certain measures. The UN was trying to achieve the group’s ‘silver rating,’” said Ms. Bárcena.“We are trying to go further if we can,” she added. Ms. Bárcena said top priority would be given to eliminating safety and health risks. “This is an old building, so as soon as you start renovating there might be the risk of certain substances that can appear in the construction, like asbestos,” she said, emphasizing that these factors would be fully taken into account.She said a recent fire inspection by the local New York City authorities revealed numerous flaws. “Others call them violations but we call them directives,” she said of the Fire Department’s findings. “They found 850 directives, of which we are taking care of them one by one,” she said, adding that a detailed plan of action has also been put into place to address each concern.“When the capital master plan is finished in 2014 we will not only meet the existing fire safety regulations in New York; we hope that we will exceed them,” she said.The main UN Headquarters buildings were constructed in 1949 and 1950 and have not been significantly improved or maintained since then. They are extremely energy inefficient, costing the UN more than $30 million a year in energy costs alone. The capital master plan is expected to save costs in the long run while saving energy.Ms. Bárcena also briefed correspondents on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s proposals on UN peacekeeping, which are now under consideration by the budget watchdog, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ).Under the plan, the new Department of Peace Operations would consolidate all factors dealing with strategy, planning and deployment while the new Department of Field Support would take on the responsibility of what Mr. Ban has called the current “impossibly overstretched” management.Ms. Bárcena said the proposals as they relate to the regular UN budget are “cost neutral,” with increases being sought from the “support account,” a mechanism funded through the individual budgets of peacekeeping missions. The aim would be to reduce the current headquarters-to-field staff ratio from 1 for every 149 to 1 for every 106. An increase of $65 million is being sought.“Yes, it includes an increase in posts and yes, it includes an increase in money, but this increase in numbers and resources in a certain way was going to be there even if the restructuring was not proposed,” she said, explaining that the changes were long overdue.Of the 495 new posts being sought, not all were to be in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, she said, noting that some 80 would go to the Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), the UN’s investigative arm.Ms. Bárcena also reviewed progress in improving the UN’s internal justice system with steps being taken to start strengthening the Ombudsman and mediation capacity while bolstering formal judicial structures.On a more personal note, Ms. Bárcena said she would make her own financial disclosure form public. This follows the example of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro. Others would be made public on a voluntary basis. read more

UK MP says no meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka

A British Parliamentarian says there is no meaningful progress on reconciliation in Sri Lanka.Joan Ryan, Member of Parliament for Enfield North and Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils said that said that unless the culture of impunity on the island is tackled, and there is a genuine reckoning with the country’s past, Sri Lanka will be unable to lay the foundations of a sustainable peace. Joan Ryan said this in a New Year wish for the Tamils in the UK. “As you reflect upon the past twelve months and look forward to the year ahead, I know many of you will be thinking about family, friends and loved ones in Sri Lanka. I share your concern that the Sri Lankan Government has made no meaningful progress on justice and reconciliation. Unless the culture of impunity on the island is tackled, and there is a genuine reckoning with the country’s past, Sri Lanka will be unable to lay the foundations of a sustainable peace,” she said. The MP said that she will continue to support all efforts to ensure an enduring peace in Sri Lanka and the recognition of the Tamil people’s fundamental rights and freedoms. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Football Ohio State lands commitment from 2019 fourstar running back Sampson James

Ohio State added to its future depth at running back Monday, with 2019 four-star prospect Sampson James tweeting he was committing to the Buckeyes.110% C O M M I T T E D @OSUCoachMeyer @CoachTonyAlford @SWiltfong247— Sampson (@Sjames_2) March 19, 2018James is listed as the 142nd-best overall prospect in the 2019 class, while also ranking eighth at running back and second from Indiana, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.The 6-foot-1, 211-pound running back is the third recruit to commit to Ohio State, joining four-star offensive tackle Doug Nester and three-star offensive tackle Ryan Jacoby. Though still very early in the recruiting process for the 2019 class, Ohio State is now listed as having the 21st-best national and sixth-best Big Ten class.James will join what will be an impressive class of running backs returning to Ohio State in 2019. The Buckeyes landed three four-star running backs in 2018: Jaelen Gill, Brian Snead and Master Teague. The three are listed as the No. 30, 80 and 228 top overall prospects in the class, respectively. read more

Unofficial strikes contributing to Southern Rail chaos HR boss claims as passengers

first_imgGot to stop saying that: “London’s about an hour away from Brighton”- it’s not. Ever. @SouthernRailUK make sure of that. @GOVUK— greg mchugh (@gregjmchugh) November 30, 2016 National Rail has warned passengers there will be “severe disruption” with no services on most routes. The problems are expected to last “every day… until further notice”.A spokesman for Southern welcomed the decision by the RMT to cancel a three-day strike that was due to take place immediately before Christmas but added that he believed the new dates, from December 19, were still planned to cause “maximum disruption”.  Her average daily commute had, in recent months, risen to more than four hours a day, when it should be around two hours, she said. “Like many parents trying to commute between London and Brighton, a half-hour delay can be the difference between getting to see your children and reading them a bedtime story,” she said. “The service has been diabolical and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.” Rush hour? No it’s the 22:50 (left Vic at 23:05) @SouthernRailUK to Brighton with 4 carriages. This service is a disgrace around the clock— Peter Kyle MP (@peterkyle) November 30, 2016 Southern rail staff have been embroiled in a bitter dispute with the company for months over changes to the role of conductors on trains.  The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union is concerned about potential job losses as well as safety. In a separate row, the general secretary of Aslef, a separate union, has also argued that driver-only operated doors are “inherently unsafe”. Southern has insisted no jobs are at risk and says its plans are safe. Yesterday, Abigail Nairne, the HR manager for Southern, said that the company believes it is experiencing “unofficial” industrial action with staff members increasingly calling in sick. Strike action is expected to severely disrupt services from 6 Dec.Plans are being drawn up, keep checking for latest— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) November 30, 2016 “By announcing new dates in the same week, they will still be disrupting passengers’ travel plans at this busy time,” he said, as he urged for all industrial action to be called off.RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our guards on Southern are in daily contact with passengers and the support for our fight to defend safety remains phenomenal.”He added: “It is from that daily feedback from passengers that the union has taken the decision to alter the dates for action over Christmas. That’s the difference between us and Southern. We listen, they don’t.” Unofficial rail strikes are causing chaos across the south of the country, a Southern boss has claimed as passengers were warned to expect severe disruption every day  “until further notice”.Hundreds of thousands of passengers are facing daily delays and cancellations, with problems set to get worse next week when combined rail and Tube strike action is expected to bring services to a standstill. Her comments came after Aslef ordered members not to take up any “non-contractual” work, such as overtime, which the company relies on to carry out a full service.Commuters will face major delays from Tuesday, with combined strike action by hundreds of drivers at Southern and Transport for London (TfL). Drivers will stage further strikes on December 13, 14 and 16 as well as January 9 to January 14. Conductors from the service will strike on December 19 and 20, and from New Year’s Eve to January 2. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A half-hour delay can be the difference between getting to see your children and reading them a bedtime storyEleanor Harris The problem has got so bad that the head of Britain’s latest tourist innovation – the i360 in Brighton – announced on Tuesday that she had decided to quit her job as poor rail service meant she no longer sees her children.Eleanor Harris, the chief executive of the observation tower, said her commute from Clapham Junction, in south London, to the seaside town – just 60 miles away – had been made “increasingly difficult”. “We do believe we are experiencing unofficial industrial action,” she said. “Our sickness rate has more than doubled. I know it is the season for illness but even for our normal sick levels we are experience a lot more and it’s definitely unofficial action.”She insisted Southern was not going to reduce services but said the company could not plan for the increased sickness. “I hope it will change,” she added. “Whilst there is the action, it is going to be a struggle… Things will get better.” On Wednesday, 13 trains were cancelled due to driver sickness. last_img read more

London slavery case couple were leaders of a Maoist collective

first_imgA COUPLE WHO allegedly held three women as “slaves” in a London house for 30 years were prominent Maoist activists in the 1970s, according to UK media reports.The couple, named by British newspapers as Indian-born Aravindan Balakrishnan and his Tanzanian wife Chanda, were arrested on after their three alleged captives were freed in a police operation.One of the victims, aged 30, is believed to have spent her entire life in servitude.A Marxist history website said Balakrishnan, 73, was a high-ranking member of the Communist Party of England (Marxist-Leninist) but had been suspended in 1974 because of the “conspiratorial and splittist activities” of his “clique”.The website also said Balakrishnan, dubbed “Comrade Bala”, had been arrested in 1978 along with his wife during an attempt by police to shut down a Maoist centre in south London’s Brixton area.Police have confirmed the couple were arrested in the 1970s, but have not said why.Detectives have refused to confirm the identities of the couple, who have been bailed until January pending further investigations.The three “slaves” — a 57-year-old Irish woman, a Malaysian aged 69 and the 30-year-old Briton — were freed on 25 October after one of them secretly contacted a charity.Police said the women, who are believed to have been living in a flat in Brixton, were brainwashed and had reported being beating, but did not appear to have been sexually abused.They were occasionally allowed out of the house and detectives are working to understand the “invisible handcuffs” that were used to control them.‘Shared ideology’Police revealed on Saturday that the two older victims had met their male captor through a “shared political ideology” and initially lived with him as part of a collective.Meanwhile media reported that the youngest of the victims, had bombarded a male neighbour with love letters but warned him not to confront her “mad and evil” captors.“I’m like a fly trapped in a spider’s web,” she reportedly told 26-year-old Marius Feneck in one of around 500 letters sent to him over eight years.“These monsters here are mad and evil and racist — they’ve locked all doors and windows and keep keys on themselves at all times,” she is said to have written.Police said today they were investigating 13 addresses linked to the couple, who came to Britain in the 1960s and are suspected of immigration offences as well as involvement in forced labour.Detectives carried out house-to-house inquiries at the weekend in Brixton, one of London’s poorer, more ethnically-diverse districts that was the scene of notorious anti-government riots in the 1980s.The exact address where the women were held has not been identified, but the police operation centred on a modern, low-rise block of flats in Brixton’s Peckford Place.Specially-trained officers are now working with the women to try to understand what happened to them. All 37 officers in Scotland Yard’s Human Trafficking Unit are working on the investigation.Home Secretary Theresa May said yesterday that tackling modern slavery in Britain was a “personal priority” and that other victims were “hidden in plain sight”.- © AFP, 2013Read: Suspect in London slavery case is older than first thoughtlast_img read more