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Rajasthan imposes 10% ‘cow protection surcharge’ on stamp duty on non-judicial instruments

first_imgCow vigilantes ‘anti-social’: Modi breaks his silence Those making rent agreements, mortgage papers and lease agreements in Rajasthan will now have to pay a surcharge of 10% on stamp duty for cow protection.The finance department has imposed the surcharge on all such non-judicial instruments, order for which was released on March 31 last.Man transporting cows beaten to death in Rajasthan“In exercise of the powers conferred of the Rajasthan Stamp Act, 1998 and in supersession of this department’s notification, state government hereby orders surcharge at the rate of 10 per cent on stamp duty payable on all instruments for the purposes of conservation and propagation of cow and its progeny,” states the order.In her budget speech, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had proposed the surcharge for development of basic infrastructure facilities and protection and propagation of cows.However, judicial stamps, revenue ticket and insurance ticket have been excluded from the order.Also Readlast_img read more

BSF Jawan killed in Pak. sniper fire

first_imgA Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was killed on the International Border (IB) in Jammu on Wednesday in a fresh violation of ceasefire agreement by Pakistan, triggering a major exchange of fire.A BSF official said the jawan was killed in a sniper fire from across the border in Jammu’s Samba district around 4:30.p.m. “The jawan was posted at the Chak Dolma post when he came under fire,” he said.The BSF spokesperson identified the deceased jawan as head constable R. P. Hazra, a resident of Rampara Murshidabad, West Bengal. He was born on this day in 1967.The incident sparked a major skirmish between the troops of India and Pakistan. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Bombay High Court refuses to grant relief to Zakir Naik

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday refused to grant relief to Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is facing charges of inciting communal disharmony and engaging in unlawful activities, observing that he did not show any interest to help the probe agencies.A Division Bench was hearing a petition filed by Naik seeking a direction to the National Investigation Agency and the Enforcement Directorate to submit reports on the probe carried out against him.last_img

India Rejects Rollout Of Google’s Street View Service

first_imgIndia said on Tuesday it rejected a proposal from Google to roll out its Street View service, which shows panoramic images of roads and other sites.Junior home minister Hansraj Ahir did not give a reason for the decision – though Indian media reported in October that the defense ministry had raised security concerns. Read it at OAN Related Itemslast_img

Wesley Matthews makes big 1st impression in Pacers win over Hornets

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Initially, Matthews looked understandably out of sync. But as Matthews played on, he emerged as the difference-maker McMillan expected.While the stat line wasn’t spectacular — eight points, five rebounds and three assists — his impact was huge. The long shot he made with 3:57 to play extended Indiana’s lead to 92-82. And his second 3, with 2:15 left, gave Indiana a game-sealing 97-85 cushion.“He’ll take his shots, you see him, he struggled with his shot a little at the beginning but then he hits (two 3-pointers) toward the end that closes it out,” Darren Collison said after finishing with 13 points and eight assists. “That’s what he brings to the table.”Three other Indiana players reached double figures, including Myles Turner, who had 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Thaddeus Young added 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists.Charlotte was led by Kemba Walker, who scored 26 of his 34 points in the second half when the Hornets attempted to rally from a 16-point halftime deficit.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations THEY SAID ITHornets: “They’re one of the best defensive teams, if not the best, in the league,” Borrego said.Pacers: “I’m happy to see them, happy to see them playing well now. I don’t expect anything less than that,” Oladipo said on a conference call Monday morning.UP NEXTHornets: Hope to extend a 13-game winning streak over the Magic when they visit Orlando on Thursday.Pacers: Will chase a fifth consecutive home win against Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Just two days after clearing waivers, the veteran guard scored eight points, had five rebounds and three assists and beat the shot-clock buzzer with the biggest basket of the game — a 28-footer to help put away the Charlotte Hornets 99-90. The Pacers have won six straight — all without two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo.“We thought he (Matthews) was great,” coach Nate McMillan said. “Part of the agreement was that he would start when he came and we were OK with that because we thought bringing that type of talent to this roster and having a guy like that going down the stretch and in the playoffs with that type of experience, we were going to need it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt has been a whirlwind week for the veteran guard, who was traded Thursday from Dallas to New York and was subsequently released. After clearing waivers Saturday, the Pacers announced Sunday they had signed Matthews.By Monday night, he wasn’t just wearing the blue-and-gold; he was starting. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Walker scored half of the Hornets’ points during a 10-3 spurt to open the third quarter, made three consecutive free throws to get Charlotte within 64-57 and then made 3 with 1:02 left in the quarter to cut the deficit to 72-71.But Turner and Collison closed out the third with back-to-back baskets, Indiana scored the first eight points of the fourth and Matthews closed it out with his two big shots.“Everybody’s got to do their job,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “Tonight we didn’t have all of our guys on board.”TIP-INSHornets: Walker has scored at least 30 points in five consecutive games. He also had nine rebounds. … Jeremy Lamb had 21 points and Cody Zeller added 18 points and nine rebounds while returning to his home state. … Tony Parker sat out with a sprained back. … The Hornets were 7 of 40 on 3s, 25 of 33 on free throws and shot a season-low 32.2 percent. … Charlotte lost the season series 2-1 and only has one series win since 2007-08.Pacers: The Pacers have won at least six straight three times this season, their highest single-season total since 2003-04. … McMillan moved within three wins of tying Isiah Thomas for No. 6 on the Pacers’ NBA franchise career victory list (131). … Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points. … The Pacers were outrebounded 21-5 on the offensive end but were only outscored 16-8 in second-chance points.FAST STARTIndiana never trailed after taking a 12-11 lead in the first quarter. But the fast starts have become a staple since losing their first four games without Oladipo.They charged out to a 32-19 lead after one, their fifth straight game with at least 30 points in the first quarter, and extended the margin to 39-19 early in the second.“It’s encouraging when you get out to good starts like this, but it’s really (all) defense,” Turner said. “I think we held them to 38 points in that first half.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Indiana Pacers’ Wesley Matthews, center, goes for a loose ball against Charlotte Hornets’ Nicolas Batum, left, and Jeremy Lamb, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 99-90. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers signed Wesley Matthews to make a difference.They didn’t necessarily expect it show up in his debut.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes NBA says key call was missed late in Heat-Warriors gamelast_img read more

Why is Virat Kohli such a formidable chaser of targets?

first_imgTeam India registered yet another comfortable victory while chasing when they hammered New Zealand by six wickets in the first ODI at Dharamsala on Sunday. Superstar batsman Virat Kohli was at the forefront of the run chase yet again as he guided his team home with a flawless and unbeaten 85. The hosts won with almost 16 overs to spare and took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. (Run-machine Virat Kohli is the best in ODI format, by far)It’s almost as if Kohli has a switch in his brain which he turns on as soon as he sees a target in sight. Even when India had to chase down a relatively easy target of 191, Kohli managed to score almost half the runs himself. Whatever be the format, he just loves to hunt down targets. (India beat New Zealand by 6 wickets in first ODI)A look at his statistics after the Dharamsala ODI just goes to show what a legend Kohli is turning out to be for India. His closest rivals – South Africa captain AB de Villiers and England’s Joe Root, have a lot of catching up to do specially in the ODI format.Batsmen in successful chases in ODIs:(since Oct 2014) Player Inns Runs Highest Average SR 100s 50s Virat Kohli 9 482 139* 96.40 98.36 1 2 Joe Root 11 559 106* 69.87 92.09 2 3 AB de Villiers 5 274 101* 137.00 109.16 1 1Batsmen in successful chases in T20Is:(since Oct 2014) Player Inns Runs Highest Average SR 100s 50s Virat Kohli 6 333 82* 166.50 133.20 0 4 Joe Root 7 201 71 33.50 159.52 0 2 AB de Villiers 2 110 83 110.00 166.66 0 1 The 27-year-old already has crossed the fifty-run mark 32 times while chasing in day-night ODIs, which is the second-highest number for any cricketer. Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar holds the record with 34 fifty-plus scores from 107 innings. (Also Read: Kohli, Dhoni, Rahane proudly wear their mothers’ name on jerseys)advertisementKohli has amassed 3801 runs at an average of 69.10 in 70 innings. In day matches, Kohli averages 40.70 while chasing, crossing fifty six times in 22 innings. Kohli’s unbeaten 85 last night was also his 38th fifty-plus score in the 92 innings in which he has chased in total. (New Zealand team lacks determination, grit and fight: Sourav Ganbuly to India Today)Virat Kohli in successful chases:(Reuters Photo) Format Inns Runs Hs Avg SR 100s 50s ODIs 58 3360 183 86.15 96.57 13 15 T20Is 15 737 82* 122.83 131.13 0 8 IPL 36 1118 108* 50.82 135.68 1 5Kohli has the third highest batting average among batsmen who have scored a minimum of 1000 runs in successful chases in ODIs. Player Innings Average MS Dhoni 61 102.08 Michael Bevan 45 86.25 Virat Kohli 58 86.15 AB de Villiers 53 81.48Format-wise Kohli is head and shoulders above everybody else when it comes to batsmen who have scored more than 500 runs in successful run chases in T20 internationals.Leader in each format:  Format Leader Inns Runs Hs Avg SR 100s 50s ODIs MS Dhoni 61 2348 183* 102.08 90.44 2 15 T20Is Virat Kohli 15 737  82* 122.83 131.13 0  8 IPL David Warner 21 1039 109* 74.21 160.09 1 10Considering Kohli’s age and the form that he is in, it would be safe to say they he will first break and then set a number of unthinkable records by the time he retires from international cricket.last_img read more

Russia on Brink of Last 16 at World Cup, Beats Egypt 3-1

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Two wins, eight goals and almost certainly a place in the knockout stage for first time since the Soviet era.Russia is enjoying quite the party at its own World Cup — and not even the highly anticipated return of Mohamed Salah could slow it down on Tuesday.Confounding grim pre-tournament predictions, the host nation earned a second straight emphatic victory to start the group stage by beating Egypt 3-1. Having already routed Saudi Arabia 5-0, Russia is likely to be celebrating a spot in the round of 16 by Wednesday evening and few could have seen that happening so soon.“It’s a group of solidarity and cohesion,” said Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov, who whipped up the crowd by waving his arms in delight on the field after the final whistle. “You mention difficulties, problems. We don’t like these words. We don’t have this in our vocabulary. We had some issues and we dealt with it.”Like a string of pre-tournament injuries that ravaged the defense. Like a run of seven winless games heading into the tournament. The Russians started the World Cup as the lowest-ranked team at the tournament at No. 70, but they aren’t playing like it.Three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half did the damage against Egypt, with Ahmed Fathi poking the ball into his own net — the fifth own-goal of the tournament — to put Russia ahead in the 47th minute. Denis Cheryshev, with his third goal of the World Cup, and striker Artyom Dzyuba then scored in quick succession before Salah won and converted a consolation penalty in his first game back after 3 1/2 weeks out with a shoulder injury.Russia’s Mario Fernandes, left, challenges for the ball Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, right, during the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Salah needed to produce the type of performance he delivered nearly every week for Liverpool this season, when he scored 44 goals in 51 games, but it was clear from the start that he was staying out of anything too physical on his return from damaged ligaments in his left shoulder sustained in the Champions League final.Aside from his goal, Salah was quiet in his first ever match at a World Cup, much to the dismay of the Egypt fans in the stadium who roared every time their star player’s face flashed up on the big screen and when his name was announced before kickoff. Not to mention the 90 million Egyptians back home.“I was told by the medical staff that he was fit, feeling good,” Egypt coach Hector Cuper said. “He couldn’t prepare with us in the training camp, he had to train alone. Maybe that meant his total physical ability was reduced.”Egypt’s first World Cup in 28 years could be over in barely five days, while Russia’s place in the round of 16 will be assured if Uruguay wins or draws against the Saudis on Wednesday.Those two scenarios would also eliminate Egypt.GROUP DYNAMICSThe match between Russia and Uruguay in Samara on Monday is likely to determine which teams finish in first and second place in Group A, with Spain and Portugal likely lying in wait in the round of 16.As for Egypt, a first win at a World Cup at the seventh attempt is the aim when it plays Saudi Arabia in Volgograd on the same day.Russia’s Denis Cheryshev celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal against Egypt during the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)KEY TO SUCCESSRussia neutralized Salah in the tense but low quality first half, with Yuri Zhirkov dealing well with the Premier League’s player of the year particularly when he got in front to him to clear a dangerous cross early in the first half.The Russians then took advantage of Egypt’s defensive mistakes to cruise into a three-goal lead out of nothing. Fathi’s attempted clearance for the first goal was sloppy, as was Ali Gabr’s attempt at closing down Dzyuba for the third goal.Cheryshev, who entered the World Cup as a fringe player, is proving lethal in front of goal and is surprisingly tied as leading scorer with Cristiano Ronaldo.SERIOUS STATSThe five own-goals at this year’s tournament is only one off the record for a whole World Cup, set in 1998.___This story has been corrected to show that Russia started the tournament as the lowest-ranked team at No. 70, not the second lowest-ranked at No. 67.—By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterRussia’s Ilya Kutepov celebrates after the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

More Amendments for Evidence Act

first_imgStory Highlights The Act is being amended to allow for other agreed evidence to be introduced without having to call the actual witness. The Government is to bring another set of amendments to the Evidence Act, which will, among other things, allow uncontested expert reports within the court system.This was disclosed by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, during an interview with JIS News.He also noted that the Act is being amended to allow for other agreed evidence, where the Prosecution and the Defence are not contesting it, to be introduced without having to call the actual witness.“This is very important, for example, where you are dealing with evidence of a scientific nature, like autopsy reports and ballistic reports…where those issues are not in dispute in a case,” Senator Golding said.“We are going to amend the Evidence Act to allow those reports of certificates to be admitted by agreement, so we won’t have to call the actual expert,” the Minister explained.The amendments will also facilitate easy admission of computer-generated evidence. “Our provisions in the Evidence Act are antiquated and require quite a convoluted series of steps in terms of proof of the working of the machine, before any computer-generated evidence can be admitted,” Senator Golding said.He added that given the prevalence of computers, the Government wants to modernise the provisions and make them more user friendly. The Government wants to modernise the provisions and make them more user friendly. The amendments will also facilitate easy admission of computer-generated evidence. last_img read more

GMS NGO Shipbreaking Platform Embroiled in Legal Quarrel

first_imgzoom The dispute between cash buyer GMS and NGO Shipbreaking Platform seems to have reached a tipping point as both sides resort to legal counseling following the NGO’s claims that the company enabled beaching of ships on several occasions.The latest example saw GMS being linked to Seatrade’s four reefers being sold for demolition to yards in countries with poor working conditions and substandard environmental practices.The company vehemently opposed the accusation which was later withdrawn as incorrect with NGO Shipbreaking stating that GMS was not the end-buyer of Seatrade’s vessels.However, the Platform claims that GMS was confirmed as cash buyer in several other cases involving illegal hazardous waste exports that are being/have been investigated by authorities and the police in several countries.In the latest turn of events, GMS sent a letter to the Platform saying it would sue the NGO unless the Platform removes all mention of GMS from their website, the Platform said.“We have no intention to remove truthful information from our website and will not apologize for reporting on the business of trafficking ships for dirty and dangerous breaking. It is our organization’s mission to provide authorities, journalists, and industry stakeholders with information on the deplorable realities of current shipbreaking practices which encourage the circumvention of existing labor and environmental protection laws,” Ingvild Jenssen, Founder and Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, said.Furthermore, the Platform dubbed the move “harassment by GMS” which came on the back of an earlier threat to sue the Platform made by PHP, a Bangladeshi shipbreaking yard.In a letter released by the NGO addressing GMS-DMCC Dubai’s legal representative, GMS requested removal of all defamatory articles and their recirculation, among other things.last_img read more

Emaciated moose euthanized as concern grows for NB animals displaced by floods

first_imgFREDERICTON – Two emaciated moose left stranded by floodwaters have been euthanized, in what animal welfare workers say is likely just the most visible symbol of a wider problem for New Brunswick wildlife pushed away from their food sources.Wildlife officials say they had no choice but to euthanize the moose — the sickly animals were too weak to move from the Trans-Canada Highway after they sought out higher ground until they became stranded on a closed highway bridge near Jemseg.One also had an injured leg.Animal welfare workers say it may just be the beginning of the story for animals pushed out of their natural dwellings by record floodwaters this month in New Brunswick.“It can certainly displace them and it may have an effect on the beginning of baby season, especially for the ground dwelling mammals and some of the birds,” said Pam Novak, wildlife care director for the Atlantic Wildlife Institute near Sackville, N.B.“I think the residual effects too would be the health of any wildlife, like waterfowl, that use the water surfaces because they are becoming contaminated.”Unprecedented water levels have begun a steady retreat in parts of flood-stricken New Brunswick, but provincial officials have issued repeated warnings that residents should treat the floodwaters with caution because of possible contamination.Raw sewage has fouled the Saint John River water that is likely also mixed with rotting animal carcasses, fuel and other debris. Health officials say the water could contain harmful bacteria, like salmonella or E. coli.Novak said that could create longer term issues for wildlife.“Waterfowl could show up with higher levels of botulism or E. coli,” she said. “My main concern would be seeing the residual effects from the toxicity levels in the water, so we will wait and see.”She said many animals may also have trouble accessing food that is under water. The decline of prey species, like small rodents killed when their dens became flooded, could limit the amount of food for predators, Novak said.“If there weren’t good rodent populations, then you might start seeing starvation more in the predator species, like birds of prey and other mammal species,” she said.“For some crows and ravens, their young have already hatched and there’s going to be effects there where they’re not able to forage and find food for their own young so we may see those kinds of starvation cases in the next couple of months.”She said pregnant deer and moose will soon be giving birth and a lack of adequate nutrition could affect their health, adding that “it will be interesting to see what the birth rates are going to be this year.”Dwayne Sabine, a biologist with Energy and Resource Development, said the moose shot on Tuesday were two of about eight that were spotted on an exit ramp near a bridge as they searched for dry ground.He said that because the water was so high in the low-lying Sheffield-Maugerville area, there was virtually nowhere for the animals to go for several kilometres. Other moose had also been seen seeking shelter near people’s homes in the area.Sabine said crews had shepherded others off roadways, but the two on the highway were too weak or unable to walk far enough.“Moose are only one of many, many species that have been affected by the rising waters,” he said. “No doubt there’s mortality involved … but those impacts are limited to just those local populations.”Domesticated animals have also been affected by the floodwaters.Tracy Marcotullio, manager of the Oromocto SPCA, said they have been busy rescuing and housing animals that were either left to fend for themselves when their owners couldn’t get home or evacuated but without a place to go.She went out in a boat in the White’s Cove area to retrieve a cat from a home that was completely surrounded by water after the owner couldn’t get home.“The cat was really happy to see us!” she said.The small shelter has taken in about five dogs and about 15 cats since flooding began almost two weeks ago.“I suspect there will be some unhappy endings once the water recedes,” she said. “There will definitely be wildlife that has not made it and domestic animals that couldn’t be found. I dread what will probably come afterwards.”– By Alison Auld in Halifaxlast_img read more

Ramadan in France, Rest of Europe to Begin Monday

Rabat – Like Saudi Arabia, the holy month of Ramadan will begin on Monday, May 6 in France and most European countries.The Union of Mosques of France (UMF) released a statement in which it expressed its best wishes to the muslims of France.The UMF also called on Muslims to “live in the spirit of this month of spirituality, filled with solidarity and generosity, by providing support to all those who work against poverty in the world.” The UMF also urged the Muslim community in France to “seize the opportunity of this blessed month to raise prayers for (…) peace and harmony between peoples and nations.”Read Also: To Fast and Be Furious: Moroccan Fighting Culture During RamadanRamadan will also begin on Monday in Belgium. Morocco’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs announced on Friday that Morocco is sending out 422 Moroccan imams, morchidates (female religious guides), preachers and reciters “to provide religious guidance to Moroccans living abroad.”The ministry said it would ensure that activities within mosques are in harmony with European law. Of the 422 candidates for the mission, 163 will go to France, the country with the largest Moroccan community in Europe. The number of Taraweeh (nighttime prayer) imams totals 361, 29 female preachers, and 32 male preachers, according to the minister.On other continents, the first day Ramadan will also fall on May 6. Saudi Arabia and Qatar will also begin fasting tomorrow. Ramadan will begin on Monday in Australia as well.Morocco will announce whether Ramadan will be on Monday or Tuesday on the evening of Sunday, May 5.. Astronomer and researcher Abdelaziz Kharbouch Al Ifrani told Morocco World News that the first day of Ramadan  is “most likely” on Tuesday, May 7. read more

Ban Kimoon to visit strifetorn Kenya

31 January 2008Warning that violence in Kenya could spiral out of control, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced plans to visit the country, where more than 800 people have already lost their lives in intensifying ethnic clashes triggered by the aftermath of recent elections. Speaking to reporters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Mr. Ban called on the Kenyan people to “stop the killings and end the violence now, before it is too late.”More than a quarter of a million people have been forced to flee their homes due to the violence, which began late last year after Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga in December elections.Mr. Ban said he will travel to Nairobi tomorrow to give his full support to the Panel of Eminent African Persons, led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, which is trying to resolve the current crisis. While in Nairobi, Mr. Ban intends to meet with Mr. Odinga, civil society leaders and UN staff.“If political leaders fail to act responsibly in the interests of all Kenyan people, the situation could escalate beyond control,” warned the Secretary-General, stressing that the UN is ready to provide all necessary assistance.“Kenya can remain stable and prosperous, a model to all Africa,” he added. “We must all do our utmost to ensure that it does so.”Addressing the opening session the African Union summit earlier today in Addis Ababa, Mr. Ban drew attention to the alarming developments in Kenya, calling on the gathered African leaders to urge the leaders and people of Kenya to calm the violence and resolve their differences through dialogue and respect for the democratic process.In a meeting with President Kibaki on the sidelines of the summit, Mr. Ban encouraged the Kenyan leader to move toward a quick resolution of the crisis, according to a UN spokesperson. The two men discussed the humanitarian situation in the country and the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs), as well as the Secretary-General’s trip to Nairobi.Mr. Ban also spoke by phone with Mr. Annan, discussing the serious impact of the violence on Kenya’s economy.In a related development, Kenyan women have called for an immediate end to inter-ethnic killings, impunity and gross violations of human rights, especially the increasing cases of sexual crimes and gang rapes, in a communiqué handed over to Mr. Annan’s team.The women appealed for an urgent response to the special needs of women and children who constitute the majority of IDPs, according to a news release from the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).They also called for constitutional reforms and measures to restore the rule of law and order, and appealed to all Kenyans to respect and embrace different democratic opinions. Consultations have been held over the past couple of weeks on getting women effectively engaged in national efforts to resolve the crisis. read more

UN human rights panel deplores executions in Uzbekistan

“The Committee deplored the recent execution of six individuals whose cases are currently pending before the Committee,” it said in a statement on its meeting in Geneva. “It reminded the State party of its position that it amounts to a grave breach of the Optional Protocol to execute an individual whose case is pending before the Committee, in particular where a request for interim protection under rule 86 of the Committee’s Rules of Procedure has been issued.”The Committee, an 18-member panel of independent experts, reiterated its request for interim protection under rule 86 in all other cases currently pending under the Optional Protocol and that Uzbekistan not execute the person before the Committee has concluded its consideration.In a letter earlier this month, Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan had urged the Government to make all necessary efforts to ensure strict observance of its international human rights obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its Optional Protocol and to cooperate fully with the Special Procedures.The Committee listed the six executed as Muzaffar Mirzaev, Shukrat Andasbaev, Ulugbek Eshov, Ilkhon Babadzhanov, Maksud Ismailov and Azamat Uteev. read more

Online alcohol sales in Ontario rose over the holidays LCBO

TORONTO – More Ontario drinkers turned to the Internet to buy wine, beer and spirits over the holidays.The Liquor Control Board of Ontario says its online alcohol sales totalled nearly $2 million between Nov. 6 and Dec. 31, up from $1.7 million over the previous three months.The LCBO says the average number of daily purchases rose to 147 from 80 in those same time periods — an increase of about 84 per cent — and the average amount spent to $227 from $207.The government-owned agency launched its online store in late July, allowing people to people buy from nearly 5,000 products and have them delivered to their home or a local liquor store.Spokeswoman Christine Bujold says the types of alcohol that people purchased online shifted over the holidays, with beer sales dropping and a boost in red wine and spirits.Bujold says other drinks typically associated with the holiday season, such as Baileys Irish Cream, also grew more popular.The agency had anticipated a spike in online sales over the holiday season, she said, adding that ordering from the website is “an opportunity for people to save time.”“People are buying beverage alcohol for their own Christmas celebrations or holiday celebrations, they’re purchasing for gift-giving,” she said.Bujold said the LCBO website will continue to evolve and grow.“We have plans to expand the number of products that are available in the coming months,” she said.In July, the LCBO said its online portal already listed more products than are carried in any of its stores. The agency said at the time that could eventually list up to 16,000 products for sale.There is a $50 minimum for any purchases through and purchases can be delivered to a neighbourhood LCBO store for free, or to a customer’s home through Canada Post for a $12 fee plus tax.Postal workers have to ask for identification or return the liquor to the postal depot for customer pickup. Online alcohol sales in Ontario rose over the holidays: LCBO by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 11, 2017 10:27 am MDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Libya cannot wait for solution UN envoy says as talks pause for

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has proposed resuming the political dialogue next Thursday, 19 March, in Morocco, with the time between to allow for more consultations and further work on the draft documents that were presented in the earlier discussions.“This is a dialogue, whose purpose is to reach a solution and to reach a solution because Libya cannot wait anymore,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNSMIL, Bernardino Leon, told a news conference after the meetings ended. “The Mission hopes that the parties will come back next Thursday ready to address the final stage of the talks.”In Morocco, participants renewed their commitment to the dialogue as the sole mechanism for the resolution of political differences and noted the need to work quickly to reach agreement to draw Libya out of its crisis and bring peace and stability. “The crisis in Libya is deepening in all aspects, in political security, economic and financial aspects,” Mr. Leon said. “We have conveyed to the parties a sense of urgency. Libya has no time.”He said the Mission looked forward to active engagement from all participants during the upcoming sessions and urged them to seize the momentum generated by the dialogue held from 5 to 7 March, build on the progress made and not waste the opportunity the talks provide to bring peace to their country.“For this final phase of the talks, this decisive phase of the talks, the House of Representatives has decided to reinforce their team,” he said. “We believe from now until Thursday is time enough to get strong support, to prepare well their position on every document they have and to be ready to address something as complex, difficult and challenging as national unity government.”UNSMIL and the participants in the dialogue also emphasised the importance of other tracks in support of the main dialogue track. “Progress made on those tracks serves to boost the overall efforts towards a political solution,” the Mission said in a news release. “These tracks include meetings of representatives of political parties and political activists, representatives of municipalities as well as armed groups and tribal and societal personalities.” read more

Poll Should colleges be at risk of losing funding if sexual consent

first_img Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor commissioned the report. By Sean Murray Poll: Should colleges be at risk of losing funding if sexual consent classes aren’t provided? That is a recommendation contained in a new government-commissioned report. 24,128 Views Yes (2377) Image: Leah Farrell/ Mar 19th 2019, 8:59 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 110 Comments Share149 Tweet Email A NEW GOVERNMENT-commissioned report has recommended that all third-level colleges should be obliged to provide classes on sexual consent for students or risk losing State funding, the Irish Times reported today.That’s one of the recommendations in the report that was commissioned by Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Overall, it outlines steps that should be mandatory for third-level institutions to help create “safer and more respectful campuses”.Under agreements that would be made, the Higher Education Authority would be able to withhold or deduct funding if a college underperforms in its duties.So, today we’re asking you: Should colleges be at risk of losing funding if sexual consent classes aren’t provided? Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 8:59 AM No (6431) Poll Results: Not sure (501) YesNoNot sureVote Short URL Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor commissioned the report. Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ielast_img read more

Warning over visa delay

first_imgMaria Vamvakinou MP has told Neos Kosmos that the Greek government’s reluctance to sign-off the Work and Holiday Visa agreement with Australia could be due to a perception in Athens that a Coalition government might amend the terms of the deal currently negotiated. The agreement on the table will limit the number of Work and Holiday Visas (Subclass 462) on offer to Greece to 500 annually. Capping the number of such visas offered by Australia differs between countries, depending on the partner country’s economic circumstances and labour market formulas. Ms Vamvakinou believes some members of the Greek Australian community seeking a higher limit have suggested to the Greek government – by lobbying Greek diplomats in Australia – that if the Coalition were to win the next election, the threshold could be increased. But she says given the extended rounds of negotiation that have stalled the agreement over many years, any further distractions to Greece signing the agreement could have serious implications. On a recent visit to Athens Ms Vamvakinou took up the matter in person with Greece’s Deputy Minister for Greeks Abroad, Mr Kostas Tsiaras. At a meeting convened at the Australian Embassy in Ambelokipi in late April, the federal member for Calwell spoke with Mr Tsiaras in the presence of Australia’s Deputy Head of Mission in Athens Mr Michael Opie. Ms Vamvakinou told Neos Kosmos that at the meeting she had been keen to raise the matter of the visa deal. “I asked the Deputy Minister when he thought the Greek Government would be in a position to sign off and he indicated to me that a decision was imminent. “I also asked if the Greek government had any problems with the terms of the visa and he was emphatic in his response; ‘none at all’.” On pressing Tsiaras further, Vamvakinou says the deputy minister indicated Athens could be in a position to sign the agreement before September 2013. “I reaffirmed to him that the view expressed by some in the Greek Australian community – that Australia should press for a lifting of the cap of 500 and hold-off for a better deal – was misleading, and that any Australian Government is highly unlikely to make exceptions, particularly at the first stage of implementing the scheme,” said Ms Vamvakinou. The Deputy Minister reaffirmed that the Greek government had no outstanding issues with the arrangements that have been negotiated to date. Last week, Australia’s Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor told Neos Kosmos that the ball was firmly in Greece’s court to end the protracted delay on the agreement. Australia remains a focus for young Greek nationals seeking better opportunities, many of who use tourist visas to visit. Overall, unemployment in Greece has risen to an all-time high of 27 per cent according to the latest data, while joblessness in the 15-to-24 age group jumped to over 64 per cent in February. While the intentions of those seeking a higher cap on the Work and Holiday Visa are benign – an effort to increase the number of visas available to Greek applicants – Vamvakinou says that not only is such an adjustment extremely unlikely in the short term, but any further delay to the agreement could be counterproductive. The MP says any continued delay of the agreement may be an incentive for young Greek nationals to overstay when visiting Australia on tourist visas. The effect of greater numbers of ‘overstayers’ could result in Greece being placed by Australia’s Immigration department in a higher-risk category, resulting in tourist visas being more difficult to obtain. Ms Vamvakinou’s message is to strike while the iron’s hot. “People in Greece are writing to me all the time asking about the status of the working holiday visa agreement,” she says. “Let’s go with it as it is, and look at the possibilities for expanding it later.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more