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first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was fined Rs 52.24 crore by the country’s antitrust watchdog on Wednesday for misusing its dominant position and anti-competitive practices in awarding broadcast rights for the Indian Premier League.The Competition Commission of India (CCI) accused BCCI in its order of anti-competitive conduct in assuring broadcasters that it would not sanction any other domestic T20 league.”We will legally understand it (the CCI order), examine it and if need be, we will appeal against it in the court,” IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla told television news agency ANI.The BCCI’s guarantee to not “organise, sanction, recognise, or support another professional domestic Indian T20 competition that is competitive to IPL, for a sustained period of 10 years” was against competition guidelines, the regulator said.”CCI held that the impugned restriction had no nexus to the legitimate interest of cricket in the country,” it said in a statement.”Rather, the restriction was pursued to enhance the commercial interest of the bidders of IPL broadcasting rights and the consideration in turn received by BCCI.”The CCI directed the board not to place blanket restrictions on and clarify the rules applicable for the organisation of the professional domestic cricket league or events by both BCCI members and non-members.The regulator called on the BCCI to file a report to the Commission on their compliance within 60 days of their receipt of the CCI order, the statement said.In 2013, the CCI passed an order imposing the same financial penalty on the BCCI, but it was set aside after the cricket board appealed against the sanctions at the Competition Appellate Tribunal.advertisementThe CCI then conducted a detailed investigation by its director general and concluded that the BCCI’s actions were anti-competitive.The franchise-based IPL competition began in 2008 with eight teams and owners including India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani and Bollywood actors.In September Star India, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, bid 163.48 billion rupees ($2.54 billion) for the television and digital rights of the IPL for a five-year period from 2018 to 2022.last_img read more

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first_imgIndia will aim to pull up their socks in both batting and bowling departments when they face a resurgent West Indies in the fourth One Day International (ODI) at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.West Indies got a much needed boost when they defeated India by 43 runs in the third ODI to register their first win of the tour.Chasing a healthy 284, India looked on course with skipper Virat Kohli belting an excellent 107 off 119 balls, his third consecutive century of the series, and opener Shikhar Dhawan scoring 35 before a middle order collapse, coupled with some disciplined bowling, bundled the hosts out for 240 in 47.4 overs.Can Virat Kohli equal Kumar Sangakkara’s record of 4 successive ODI hundreds?Apart from Kohli, the rest of the Indian batting has not been in the top form in the series. The usually bankable wicketkeeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has also been a flop, scoring just 27 runs in two matches.Also Read – A rarity: A Virat Kohli ODI hundred in an Indian defeatGuwahatiVisakhapatnamPune @imVkohli with three ODI centuries in a row, the first India batsman to achieve the feat!! pic.twitter.com/X5Zwma8QMeBCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2018The bowling has also leaked runs. The hosts have conceded above 300 runs in two of the three games.Also Read – Kohli gutted after India lose 3rd ODI vs West Indies: Just a bad day in the officeWith the ODI World Cup coming up early next year, the poor performance at home against an inexperienced team like West Indies must be giving sleepless nights to the Indian team management and selectors.advertisementAlso Read – Watch: Rohit Sharma spends Sunday afternoon playing gully cricket in MumbaiThe visitors on the other hand will be high on confidence. Having missed what would have been a well deserved victory in the tied second match, the boys from the Caribbean were clearly the better side in the third match.Also Read – Another Sachin Tendulkar record set to be broken. This time by Rohit SharmaIt’s all over here in Pune. #TeamIndia all out for 240Windies win by 43 runs.The series now stands at 1-1 with two games to go #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/drnpfUqfHxBCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2018The visitors will once again bank on the likes of the in-form duo of Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer who have been in excellent form.India vs West Indies Live Streaming, 4th ODI Match: When And Where To WatchHope has scored 250 runs in three matches which includes one half century and one century along with a clinical 32.The other batsmen Kieron Powell, Chanderpaul Hemraj and Rovman Powell have done well in the supporting role.The West Indians will also be hoping for veteran Marlon Samuels to pull up his socks and strengthen the fragile middle order.Skipper Jason Holder has had a decent series so far, contributing with both the bat and ball, but the tourists will mainly be concerned with the performance of their frontline pacers in Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas, who have been milked at will by the Indian top order.The West Indian spin pair of Devendra Bishoo and Ashley Nurse have a lot to work on in the middle overs if they fancy any chances of taking the lead in the series.With the encounter on Monday, international cricket returns to the CCI, which last hosted a Test in 2009 and an ODI back in 2006.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, M.S. Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey.West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wicketkeeper), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Oshane Thomas.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgBent says Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi must go to Eurosby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England striker Darren Bent says Callum Hudson-Odoi must be included in Gareth Southgate’s Euro2020 squad.The 18-year-old scored twice for England U21s in the 5-1 win over Austria this week.And Bent wants to see the talented Chelsea winger called up to the senior team.He told TalkSPORT: “He wasn’t getting enough game time in the Premier League, even though he was outstanding in the Europa [League] last season.”If he’s fully fit, he’s got to be on that plane to the [European] Championships next summer because he’s got a large amount of time now to get back to full fitness.”He’s one of these rare players in this country we’ve got who can go past people at speed.”For me, once he’s back fully fit, that is going to be a big, big boost to Chelsea Football Club and England as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: What I love about Barkleyby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard is delighted with the form of Ross Barkley.Barkley was a late substitute in England’s defeat in the Czech Republic but he returned to the starting 11 in style in Bulgaria when he scored two goals having set up the opener.”Ross played well,” praises Lampard. “I am loving his arrival into the box, that is what you always want when you are playing with midfielders with attacking qualities, for them to be in the six-yard box, not just to be in and around the area, and it is good for his confidence.”He knows that it is competitive here for a place in midfield. I am delighted to see players going away internationally and doing well, particularly if they have not been playing as much as they would like to here. It gives me a good problem and I am pleased for him.” last_img read more

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first_img Press Trust of India NingboApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 26, 2019 21:21 IST Mirabai Chanu lifted a personal best effort of 113kg to bag the bronze medal (Reuters Photo)India’s Pradeep Singh won a bronze medal in clean and jerk in the 102kg category competition at the Asian Weightlifting Championships on Friday.Pradeep lifted 201kg in clean and jerk to get a bronze but his 150kg effort in snatch was the least among seven competitors in Group A. He had a total lift of 351kg which put him at sixth position.Former world champion Mirabai Chanu (49kg) had also picked up a bronze in clean and jerk with a personal best effort of 113kg though she finished fourth in total lift(199kg).Jhili Dalabehera, a junior World Championship bronze medallist, had clinched a silver medal in the women’s 45kg category, which, however, is not a Olympic weight category.Medals area awarded separately for snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift in continental and World Championships. But, just one medal — for total lift — is awarded in the Olympics.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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Mirabai ChanuFollow Pradeep SinghFollow Asian Weightlifting Championships Asian Weightlifting Championships: Mirabai Chanu, Pradeep Singh bag bronzePradeep lifted 201kg in clean and jerk to get a bronze while Mirabai Chanu (49kg) had also picked up a bronze in clean and jerk.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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first_imgWorld Championships: Rahul Aware bags bronze as India finish with best-ever medal haulWorld Wrestling Championships: India finished with their best-ever medal haul at the World Championships with 5 medals in Nur-Sultan that includes– 1 silver and 4 bronze medals.advertisement India Today Web Desk Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan)September 22, 2019UPDATED: September 22, 2019 19:21 IST Rahul Aware won 61kg bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships. (@Media_SAI)HIGHLIGHTSRahul Aware won bronze in 61kg category after defeating Tyler Lee Graff 11-4Earlier, Deepak Punia pulled out of his title bout to settle for a silverSushil Kumar remains to be the only Indian wrestler to have won gold medal at WorldsIndia’s Rahul Aware bagged a bronze medal after crushing his opponent Tyler Lee Graff 11-4 in the 61kg category bout at the World Wrestling Championships on Sunday to take India’s tally to five medals.Aware was down by 2 points but the Indian put on a valliant fight to take a 4-2 lead at the break time and thereafter never allowed his American opponent to stage a comeback. In the second round, Aware extended his lead to 10-2. Lee Graff garbbed two points in the dying seconds but it was too late till then.Aware’s was the last Indian in contention at the tournament and his bronze helped India finish with their best-ever medal haul at the World Championships with 5 medals in Nur-Sultan that includes– 1 silver and 4 bronze medals.India’s previous best show was in 2013, when the country had three in their kitty courtesy Amir Dahiya (silver), Bajrang Punia (bronze) and Sandeep Tulsi Yadav (bronze in Greco-Roman)Aware was fighting for the bronze medal after he lost his semi-final bout 6-10 to Georgia’s Beko Lomtadze in a close-contested bout on Saturday. He had defeated former Asian champion Rassul Kaliyev of Kazakhstan 10-7 in the quarterfinals to progress to the last-four. In a thrilling bout, the Indian scored four quick points with a throw in the last minute of the match to win it 10-7 and enter the semi-finals.Earlier in the day, Deepak Punia pulled out of the World Championship title clash in 86kg against Iranian great Hazsan Yazdani due to an ankle injury sustained during the semifinal bout.advertisementDeepak was the fourth Indian wrestler to secure his berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia and Ravi Kumar were the other wrestlers to qualify for the 2020 Olympicsin their respective weight categories. Punia, meanwhile also became only the fifth Indian to reach the final at the senior World Championships.After Deepak’s loss, two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar remains the only Indian to have won a World Championships title (2010).Also Read | World Championships: Injured Deepak Punia settles for silver after pulling out of 86kg finalAlso Read | World Championships: Deepak Punia 4th Indian wrestler to bag 2020 Olympics quotaAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Rahul AwareFollow World Wrestling ChampionshipsFollow Deepak PuniaFollow Bajrang Punia Nextlast_img read more

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first_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reaffirmed Jamaica’s commitment to combatting corruption. Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reaffirmed Jamaica’s commitment to combatting corruption.Speaking at the eighth Summit of the Americas underway in Lima Peru, Mr. Holness said Jamaica will also continue to partner with international stakeholders to battle corruption.“Jamaica remains committed to cooperating with international bodies and other Member States to combat corruption in the forms of bribery, international graft, and organized crime. Organized crime affects us all and Jamaica is currently engaged at the domestic and international levels to find meaningful solutions to these issues,” said Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister also called on leaders of the hemisphere to do more to engage young people as they are most at risk and vulnerable to criminal activity.“Considering that the majority of those engaged in organized crime are typically young people, it is imperative that leaders not only consider the role of law enforcement and justice systems but also social and educational programmes which target unattached youth and promote opportunity, inclusion and empowerment. We have a responsibility, to ensure that we create a social environment that is conducive to the adherence to the rule of law, inclusion, fairness and prosperity,” added Prime Minister Holness.He said the deliberations in Peru by hemispheric leaders, have set a firm and positive foundation for further sustained economic growth and sustainable development in our Hemisphere.He encouraged leaders to continue to work collectively and collaboratively towards attaining constructive and practical solutions to the challenge of corruption.In the meantime, Jamaica adopted the Lima Commitment on Democratic Governance against Corruption which reaffirmed a commitment to anti-corruption treaties such as the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption.The Commitment also reaffirmed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and support for its implementation. “Jamaica remains committed to cooperating with international bodies and other Member States to combat corruption in the forms of bribery, international graft, and organized crime. Organized crime affects us all and Jamaica is currently engaged at the domestic and international levels to find meaningful solutions to these issues,” said Prime Minister Holness. The Prime Minister also called on leaders of the hemisphere to do more to engage young people as they are most at risk and vulnerable to criminal activity.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi traffic police are now focussing on videography of the challans issued to the violators as it will be helpful during any dispute.The city police are using more than 600 body-worn cameras which will capture the process of challaning violators. After the newly amended MV act came to force in the city, as many as 557 court challans were issued on Sunday for dangerous driving. More than 40 challans were issued for drunken driving whereas 207 for challans-red light jumping, 195 challans issued for not wearing seat belts and 336 challans for riding without wearing helmet on the first day. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, they have also told their staffs to make sure that while issuing the challans, they should video graphed the whole process. In case of any dispute between traffic policeman and commuter, the recorded video will clarify things. Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic) Narender Singh Bundela said that they noticed more than 3,000 different traffic violations on Sunday. “After GNCT will issue a notification then traffic officers can compound offence on the spot,” said Joint CP traffic. The senior officer, while talking about the reason behind the drop in challan figures on Sunday, stated that the procedural time increases in the seizure of documents. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to police, to curb corruption they have given body-worn cameras to traffic staff. “They have been instructed to use the camera while issuing challan,” police said. The Delhi Police had recently launched “Red Light Violation Detection and Speed Violation Detection System”. The new system has sophisticated 3-D radars and over 100 high-resolution cameras to track the presence of vehicles and violation of traffic rules. The cameras capture multiple offences–Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD); Speed Violation Detection (SVD), Stop Line Violation, Wrong-Side Violation along with the registration number of the violating vehicle.last_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL – The family of a late Canadian man accused of masterminding the world’s leading “darknet” internet marketplace said Friday they’re having a hard time believing he was a hardened criminal.Alexandre Cazes, 25, from Trois-Rivieres, Que. is accused of creating AlphaBay, an online marketplace that authorities say traded in illegal drugs, firearms and counterfeit goods.Arrested by police in Thailand in early July, officials have said Cazes hanged himself while in their custody on July 12, just before a scheduled court hearing.Authorities said they have sought the forfeiture of Cazes’ properties in Thailand, bank accounts and four vehicles, including a Lamborghini and a Porsche and said he amassed a fortune of $23 million with the creation of AlphaBay in 2014.But Cazes’ family is disputing the U.S. authorities portrayal of the Quebecer as a criminal mastermind.“If what the FBI says is totally true, well, that’s not the Alexandre Cazes we know,” his stepmother Kathy Gauthier told The Canadian Press in a Facebook private message.“(If it’s true) we’ll still love him and forgive him,” she said.In a series of messages published on social media, Gauthier described Cazes as an “introverted and peaceful” young man who amassed a fortune by investing in digital currencies.She questioned whether authorities were exaggerating his alleged role because they needed someone to blame.“Now that Alex is dead it’s hard to have information so why not put all the counts on Alex’s back,” she wrote Friday.On Thursday, U.S. Justice Department officials gave details of the global police operation that brought down Cazes.According to the indictment, he accidentally broadcast his personal Hotmail address in welcome messages sent to new users. And when he was tracked down and arrested in Thailand, Cazes was logged into the AlphaBay website as its administrator, allowing investigators access to passwords and other information.The site went offline July 5 after Cazes’s arrest in Thailand.In an interview last week with local radio station 106.9 FM, Cazes’ father said the 25-year-old had no previous history with the law.“He never had a criminal record,” Martin Cazes told the station. “He never smoked a cigarette, never took drugs.”He described his son as a “computer genius” who built websites and computer programs through EBX Technologies, a company he founded in 2009.Philippe Gravel, investigator with Integrated Technological Crime Unit of the RCMP, said the force became involved in the case in January, when the FBI and DEA asked it to help locate Cazes in Quebec.“We started a parallel investigation at that time, in order to build a profile on him in the province of Quebec,” Gravel said. “We don’t exclude there being other arrests in this case.”Gravel said Cazes’ arrest will make those who buy weapons and drugs on the internet think twice.“Our first goal was to shut down the site,” he said. “Our second was to hurt the credibility of the site and the confidence of people using this type of service, knowing at any time these sites can be seized or even operated by police.”By the time authorities closed in on July 5, Cazes had amassed a $23 million fortune as the site’s creator and administrator, court documents show.An acquaintance who knew Cazes when he was a student in Trois-Rivieres remembers him as someone who was friendly, helpful and hard-working but ambitious.“He really wanted to have his own business, that was his dream,” said the friend, who did not wish to give her name.Nevethertheless, she said she wasn’t entirely surprised by the allegations against him.“He was always looking for good business opportunities, I wonder if maybe he took the easy road,” she said.Cazes’ neighbours in Thailand painted a picture of a young man who displayed flashes of ostentation but otherwise seemed unassuming.“He was with his girlfriend,” said a neighbour, Hassanupong Pootrakulchote told The Associated Press. “Around New Year’s or Christmas I saw some of his friends come over and they would have a little party. There were Thai people, some of them were his girlfriend’s relatives … Other than that it’s mostly quiet, nothing flashy or anything.”Nothing except those expensive cars, which were completely out of place in the neighbourhood where homes cost less than $120,000.“Why does he have a Lamborghini? Why does he have a Porsche or Mini Cooper?” said Hassanupong, who said he thought Cazes was in the hotel business.In Washington on Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the operation to shut down AlphaBay was the largest darknet marketplace takedown in history.Darknet vendors are “pouring fuel on the fire of the national drug epidemic,” he said, specifically citing cases of two U.S. teenagers killed this year, one a 13-year-old Utah boy, by overdoses of synthetic opioids purchased on AlphaBay.— With files from The Associated Press and Giuseppe Valiante in Montreal.last_img read more

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Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa appeared before the Commission to investigate allegations of bribery or corruption today to make a statement.

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After the concurrence of the Republic of Korea was obtained, Chinese authorities, in an arrangement with UNHCR, agreed on humanitarian grounds to the departure of the group on Friday, the UN agency said in Geneva. Accompanied by a UNHCR staff member, the asylum seekers arrived in Seoul on Saturday.UNHCR has declared that this group deserves asylum and that it would be unthinkable to return them to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”We are pleased at the resolution of this case,” said Francois Fouinat, UNHCR’s Director for the Asia-Pacific region. “We hope this incident will lead to an enhanced dialogue with the Chinese authorities that will enable us to address properly the plight of thousands of North Koreans in China, especially those who qualify under the refugee Convention signed by China.” read more

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The cessation of tests and other nuclear explosions, by constraining development and qualitative improvement of nuclear weapons and ending development of advanced new types of nuclear weapons, constitutes an effective measure of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, the 2003 Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of CTBT said in a declaration at the end of a three day meeting in Vienna.The conference stressed the particular importance of prompt signature and ratification by those whose ratification was needed for its entry into force, but who had not yet ratified the treaty, the declaration stated.To date, 168 states have signed the treaty and 104 have ratified it, but it will enter into force only when all 44 States deemed to have nuclear potential ratify it. Of these, 12 have still to do so – China, Colombia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, United States and Viet Nam.In a message to the conference on the opening day UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan singled out the DPRK by name in his appeal for the 12 hold-out states to ratify the treaty. The DPRK withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) at the beginning of the year and has since been reported to have said it would develop nuclear weapons and might carry out tests. Noting that international developments had occurred since the 2001 entry into force Conference which made the Treaty’s entry into force as urgent today as when it was negotiated, the Conference reaffirmed that the CTBT had an essential role to play in strengthening global peace and security, the declaration said.The prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction was one of the most important challenges facing the world, it added. read more

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“I join the government and the people of Somalia in condemning these senseless acts of terror,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, said in the statement from the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS).“My thoughts are with families and friends of those killed and injured,” Mr. Mahiga added.Initial reports indicate that many innocent civilians were killed including women and at least one child, according to UNPOS. Many more were injured in the blasts, which occurred in multiple locations, including at the Regional Court House. Media sources reported that the assault on the court house consisted of a car bomb explosion and armed attackers who stormed the compound. Witnesses said people rushed to exit the building, some by climbing down ladders leaning against the court house walls. The Al-Shabaab, an Islamist armed group reportedly linked to Al-Qaida, has claimed responsibility.Mr. Mahiga was “shocked and outraged” by today’s attacks, UNPOS said, stressed that Somalia is making remarkable progress toward stabilization and these great strides “will not be overshadowed by the desperate acts of these cowardly terrorists.” “The international community will continue to support the Federal government in their efforts to ensure a safe and secure Somalia for all its citizens,” Mr. Mahiga stressed.Somalia marked a historic political watershed last August when it swore-in the first formal parliament and ended a so-called “transition” phase which had begun with the 2004 launch of a UN-backed interim government. The previous functioning government ended in 1991 with the overthrow of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.The Secretary-General established UNPOS on 15 April 1995, to help advance the cause of peace and reconciliation through contacts with Somali leaders, civic organisations and the states and organisations concerned. read more

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“It is important that we examine why we continue to fail to prevent mass atrocities, despite lessons learned, despite knowledge of causes and drivers and despite our assurances of ‘never again,’” he said. “Genocide can only happen when we ignore the warning signs – and are unwilling to take action.”The event, held at UN Headquarters in New York and organized by the Permanent Mission of Poland to the UN and chaired by Boguslaw Winid, preceded the annual International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust. The permanent representatives to the UN of the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Rwanda, Israel and Germany were among those who spoke, with the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Genocide, Adama Dieng, Philippe Bolopion of Human Rights Watch and Robert Kostro, who is Director of the Museum of Polish History.Mr. Eliasson said the event offered a chance to consider what must be done differently to protect people and build societies ‘where tolerance trumps hatred,’ and stressed that excuses for turning a blind eye were disappearing, with pervasive instant communication and deepening international connections, as well as the knowledge that genocide results from creeping processes unfolding over time and of conditions that allow them to thrive.“Our challenge is to stop these processes and their enabling conditions at an early stage,” Mr. Eliasson said, adding that armed conflicts often create environments right for mass atrocities but stressing that genocide also resulted from divisions fostered in peace time. The idea that the international community must stand ready to protect populations from genocide and other atrocity crimes was reinforced by adoption of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ principle at the 2005 World Summit and more needed to be done to operationalize that commitment.“We need political will, and political courage, to move forward,” he said, pointing out that the UN was engaged in a process of bolstering its capacity to act early through the Secretary-General’s Human Rights Up Front initiative, which promoted better coordination and decision-making.The Director of the Memorial and State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Piotr Cywinski, delivered the keynote address to the meeting, noting that it was probably one of the last anniversaries that would give the chance to host survivors. Mr. Cywinski said it was an important moment to look to the future and form a vision for the memory of the Holocaust.Auschwitz today served as ‘testimony, symbol, and a place for education,’ he said, describing the camp’s history and significance, and the Museum’s efforts to reach out to a younger generation. Mr. Cywinski said protection of the site’s authenticity for younger, less connected audiences was an essential part of his duties and he was working hard to fuse the words of remaining survivors with the physical site where the killing took place.The representative of Rwanda described the overlap between the events of 70 years ago and of 20 years ago in his own country, asking, in the context of the ‘never again’ pledge made after the Holocaust, why another genocide was allowed to happen.The year 2015 marked 70 years since the Holocaust, he said but was also 70 years since the creation of institutions that were designed to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. The question was whether those institutions were strong enough to prevent atrocities in the future and he underlined the importance of political will and implementation of decisions and principles like the Responsibility to Protect. read more

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first_imgPresident Higgins speaks out for women ‘living in fear in their homes’ of brutality and violence He also expressed his grief at the tragedies of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home bodies and the deaths in Clondalkin fire today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article President of Ireland 75 Comments Share424 Tweet Email2 PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS spoke today to volunteers and campaigners who work to improve the lives of women in Ireland. In his speech, he touched on several of the recent horror stories involving the exploitation and mistreatment of women here – and the lessons we must learn as a country.A Chairde Gael,Tá fíorchaoin fáilte romhaibh ar fad chuig Áras an Uachtaráin. Tá áthas orm féin agus ar Saidhbhín go bhfuil sibh inár gcomhluadar. Caithfidh mé a rá, chomh maith, go dtugann sé an-sásamh dúinn Lá Idirnáisiúnta na mBan a chéiliúradh inniú, libhse, atá chomh sáite sin in eagraisí éagsúla chun cúnamh praiticiúil agus tacaíocht thábhachtach a thabhairt do mhná atá i ngéarghá leis.[You are all very welcome to Áras an Uachtaráin. Sabina and I are very pleased to be celebrating International Women’s Day with all of you, activists, tireless campaigners, volunteers and staff of organisations that play such a vital role in empowering the women of this country to live dignified and meaningful lives – lives free from terror and abuse; lives enabled to develop and flourish to their fullest potential.]As we meet for International Women’s Day 2017 there are dark shadows that hang over our meeting, shadows that require us all to summon up yet again a light that might dispel the darkness to which so many women and their children were condemned, and the questions left unanswered as we moved on.All of society loses when gender inequality is not only allowed to occur but is allowed to reproduce itself. This happens when a silence prevails where it should have been broken.The recent horrifying revelations of a mass grave of babies in Tuam, discovered as a result of the relentless work of local historian, Catherine Corless, is another necessary step in blowing open the locked doors of a hidden Ireland and we are challenged to consider how the reprehensible attitudes that were held towards so called “unmarried women” and so-called “illegitimate babies” came to be held.Questions that cannot be ignoredMay I commend the work of Catherine Corless and others who have continued to ask the questions that are important if we are to face the truth of what prevailed and ensure the rightful question put by women who had direct experience of institutions, and the society they reflected, and their relatives too have questions that cannot be ignored.So many questions remain and I hope the commission of inquiry will serve to put the truth on the record in a way that respects the memory of these children, their families, and their mothers in particular, I also want to welcome the Government’s decision to set-up a commission of investigation to examine the alleged abuse of an intellectually disabled young woman, known as ‘Grace’, at a foster home in the South East.I do want to express my sympathy to all of those affected by the tragedy in Clondalkin. The women involved would have been represented here today. All of our hearts must go out to these women and children.Throughout our public lives Sabina and I have always been acutely aware that the struggle for equality would remain fundamentally frustrated as long as there continued to be in Ireland thousands of women who live in fear of violence in the closed space of their homes, whose bodily, emotional and spiritual integrity is shattered by the brutality of a close relative or a partner.Domestic violence is an outright negation of the dignity and the rights of women. Our collective journey towards the full enjoyment of women’s rights will never be complete if those abuses of the gravest sort are tolerated, if silence is allowed to prevail around them.This is why I am so delighted to have this opportunity to pay tribute, on this special day in the international calendar, to so many organisations and groups across Ireland who are committed to speaking up against domestic violence and to supporting women in breaking free from the cycle of anguish.We must acknowledge that men can also be victims of similar crimes, perpetrated by women or by other men, and their suffering and need for support is no less. However, it is clear that the perpetrators are predominantly men and the victims predominantly women. It is fitting, therefore, to acknowledge this issue on International Women’s Day and it is appropriate to celebrate your efforts and the contribution that you make to the lives of so many.Children whose lives are scarred by violenceAll of the organisations you represent are indeed a vital source of support for those women and their children whose lives are scarred by violence, so often suffered at the hands of somebody to whom they are intimately related. The daily work conducted by your staff and volunteers, the practical and emotional support you provide to women in distress, are vital. Every phone call picked up on your helpline, every face-to-face conversation with a distraught woman, every day spent in the safe haven of a refuge, contributes to breaking the spiral of abuse, to cracking the cage of isolation and hopelessness in which the victims of domestic violence so often live.May I, then, thank each and every one of you who are here this afternoon for your profoundly humane dedication to supporting women in their efforts to reconstruct happy, decent lives for themselves and their children – lives that are lived free from fear. Your work is of huge social worth; it is work that contributes to uprooting forms of abuse that stand in the way of the Ireland we so dearly wish to achieve, not just for this, but for future generations – for the women, and also for the men of today and for their daughters and sons and for their grandchildren.Dear friends, the steady increase in the number of women helped by your various organisations provides for a double-sided lesson. On the one hand, it indicates that violence inside the home is progressively getting the levels of public recognition it deserves, that women are more willing to come forward and seek support. Yet on the other hand, the number of incidents recorded each year in Ireland, counted by the thousands, also attests to the alarming persistence of domestic violence in our country.In a 2014 study entitled “Violence against women: an EU-wide survey”, the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) reported that 14% of women in Ireland have experienced physical violence by a partner since the age of 15, and that more than a third of them have experienced psychological violence.I in 7 women here have experienced severe abuse from a partnerSexual violence by a partner or former partner, as well as stalking, including cyber stalking, are further matters for concern. An earlier research conducted by the National Crime Council and the ESRI had arrived at similar conclusions, finding that 1 in 7 women in our country have, at some time in their lives, experienced severe abuse of a physical, sexual or emotional nature at the hands of a partner or husband.This is not, of course, a uniquely Irish phenomenon: the EU Campaign Against Domestic Violence has shown that 25% of all violent crimes reported in the EU involve a man assaulting his wife or partner. Such figures are all the more alarming as domestic violence is an especially pernicious form of violence, and one that has a higher rate of reoccurrence than any other type of crime.Moreover, as you know very well, the poison of domestic violence is one that extends beyond the aggressor and his direct victim; it seeps into every aspect of family life, into the hearts and minds of children who witness it, who grow up in the shadow of fear, and often develop a skewed perspective on human relations.Victimising another generationUnfortunately, physical, emotional and even sexual aggression is often a learned behaviour that can contaminate the relationships of those who witnessed such abuse in their own childhoods and victimise another generation of women and children.Our responsibility – as a society, and individually, as concerned citizens – is to use all the means at our disposal, not just to curb, but to end this cycle of destructive violence. In that regard, the advocacy activities and awareness-raising campaigns carried out by some of your organisations are very important. They play a central role in galvanising transformative change, not just through their contribution to the reinforcement of our legislative and criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence, but also through a range of initiatives aimed at fostering a change of consciousness among the wider Irish population, including – and most crucially – among our male population.Men are becoming vocal about their intolerance of aggressionIndeed, the cause of women’s rights and equality is a political project in which men should have as great an interest and as onerous a duty as women. An important step in uprooting the misplaced feelings of superiority that so often underpin male violence towards women is, I believe, the nurturing of an atmosphere that will enable men to feel comfortable and empowered to identify themselves as champions of women’s rights. Men must be engaged, and many are becoming so, to be vocal about their intolerance of such physical, psychological and sexual aggression against women.This is a step I consciously took when I accepted, in February 2015, the invitation of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka, Executive Director of the “UN Women” agency, to take part in the HeforShe campaign. In taking up this role along with several other Heads of State and Government, I committed to using the influence of my office to convey a simple but essential message: that men must stand up and show leadership if women’s rights are to be fully achieved.In March of last year, I had the pleasure of organising a special event here in the Áras, in partnership with Safe Ireland’s “MAN UP” campaign – a campaign which engaged men and boys to stand up and play their part in ending gender-based violence and, more broadly, to fostering positive change within their communities.It is also encouraging to see the success of similar initiatives, such as the White Ribbon Campaign, which has been such a successful global male-led movement to end men’s violence against women. This has been notably supported by Tom Meagher, the husband of Jill Meagher who was so shockingly murdered in Melbourne in 2012.Such a deep-seated change of consciousness is all the more necessary as we are witnessing, across the world, an upsurge of intolerable forms of violence against women and girls, including trafficking and sexual exploitation. We know, for example, that one of the most alarming dimensions in the plight of those hundreds of thousands of refugees who currently find themselves trapped at the gates of Europe is the extreme vulnerability of women – and children – to exploitation and violence.I have stated before, but it is worth repeating that today, gender-based violence is a universal outrage rooted in many factors including poverty, conflict, and the vulnerable position of women in accessing credit and land ownership. While some achievements have been made, violence and coercion are increasing at global levels, in particular in zones of conflict, displacement and transit. The eradication of gender-based violence remains a great ethical and global challenge of our age.Yazidi women being used as sex slavesAt this moment, rape continues to be persistently used as a weapon of war; and I recently received the visit of a young Yazidi woman, Nadia Murad Basee Taha, who described the harrowing sufferings of so many women and girls from that small and ancient people who are being used as sex slaves by those who derive from their distorted reading of the sacred texts a licence to treat women as inferior beings.As all of you here know very well, however, the discourses and attitudes suggesting female inferiority and fuelling prejudice towards women are far from being the preserve of any singular culture or religion. Indeed, today we are witnessing a worrying surge of unapologetic sexism and the undermining of women’s rights in one of the world’s most advanced democracies.This reminds us that no society is ever immune to such harmful regressions of rights painstakingly won. We must never let down our guard, and confront, not just violence, but prejudice and disrespect wherever it arises. It is important in such a context that our own Government has in 2015 signed the Council of Europe convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, and it will hopefully move towards full ratification soon.The crucial missionIn striving to eliminate gender-based violence we are very fortunate indeed to be able to rely on the dedication, professionalism, and utter determinations of so many groups who defend the rights of women across Ireland. May I say once again, then, how pleased I am to be able to convey to you my deepest appreciation and most heartily felt thanks for the crucial mission you so diligently carry out, day after day.Thanks to your solidarity, understanding and support, women who are vulnerable to domestic and other forms of violence find it easier to articulate their ordeal, to reflect on it, and to eventually emancipate themselves from its destructive influence on their lives. You encourage them to face, but also transform, their suffering, thereby paving the way for a future where hope and meaning can be restored.Is lá é seo chun céiliúradh a dhéanamh. Céiliúradh de bhur n-iarrachtaí, bhur ndíograis agus bhur gcur chuige chun cothrom na féinne a bhaint amach do mhná atá i mbaol agus do ghach bean eile maraon. Céiliúradh chomh maith den fís atá againn sochaí a bhaint amach ina bhfuil gach éinne in ann marachtáil le dínit, gan bhagairt agus le fíor-mheas againn uile ar a chéile.[Today is a day of celebration, celebration of what is possible, and celebration of a new relationship between men and women, forged by those, like yourselves, who are contributing your transformative energy, your sense of justice and your power of care to our society.]When I look around this room, it is heartening to see so many people committed to combating distress and despair. I wish you every success with your important work, and continued courage in your future endeavours.Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir.After six years, I want to give a voice to my murdered daughter> Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 3:14 PM http://jrnl.ie/3276792 Mar 8th 2017, 3:14 PM Short URL Michael D. Higgins 115 Views By Michael D. Higginslast_img read more

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first_imgLes nids d’orangs-outans : de véritables prouesses d’ingénierieUne étude menée sur les nids d’orangs-outans, par des chercheurs de l’Université de Manchester, révèle des structures d’une grande complexité digne de nos compétences en matière d’ingénierie. Dormir oui, mais pas n’importe où ni n’importe comment… Et quand il s’agit de se blottir dans un nid douillet perché en haut d’un arbre, l’orang-outan, lui, fait les choses en grand ! Une étude menée par des chercheurs de l’Université de Manchester, au Royaume-Uni révèle une véritable complexité de la structure de ces abris, équivalente à celle d’une cabane construite par un être humain.Roland Ennos, directeur de la recherche, explique à LiveScience : “Les orangs-outans savent comment le bois va se briser, cela leur confère une idée bien précise sur la manière de façonner leurs nids”. Ces constructions, d’1,2 à 1,5 mètre de long pour environ un mètre de large sont construites au niveau du couvert forestier de 10 et 20 mètres du sol. Moins de 10 minutes sont nécessaires à un de ces grands singes pour construire son abri. Celui-ci, à usage unique, lui permet de se protéger du froid, des insectes et des prédateurs.Les chercheurs de l’Université de Manchester ont étudié en particulier la structure des nids fraichement construits par des orangs-outans sauvages en Indonésie, dans les forêts de Sumatra. Forme, taille et composition ont ainsi été analysées méthodiquement afin de mettre en évidence la constante structurale à l’ensemble des constructions. Les résultats, parus le 16 avril dans la revue Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) révèlent que les nids des orangs-outans comportent un échafaudage rigide, composé de branches épaisses, sur lequel est posé un matelas élastique, construit à partir de branches fines et souples. Ces deux structures sont réalisées à l’aide d’un tissage remarquablement élaboré.Une nouvelle preuve de l’intelligence des orangs-outans À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Les orangs-outans plient et entrelacent les branches pour former leur nid. Cette technique est très similaire à celle du tressage d’un panier qui permet d’obtenir une belle structure robuste et rigide”, précise Roland Ennos. Les abris ainsi façonnés sont assez résistants pour supporter le poids de leurs propriétaires, allant jusqu’à 80 kilogrammes.Cette nouvelle étude, constitue un élément de plus mettant en évidence l’intelligence des orangs-outans et leur façon unique de percevoir le monde. Au delà du simple élément de leur environnement, la branche est assimilée par ces primates comme un matériau nécessaire à la construction de leurs nids. “On parle généralement de l’homme comme utilisateur et maître de l’outil, mais le nid de l’orang-outan est vraiment un outil complexe pour dormir”, conclut Roland Ennos. Découvrez en images les nids des orangs-outans des forêts de Sumatra sur MaxisciencesLe 19 avril 2012 à 15:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgA program at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site that introduces children to archaeology will return this summer.The Kids Dig! series features hands-on, interactive Saturday activities for children 8 to 12. They use trowels to excavate a mock archaeological site, screen dirt, and measure and map their finds.Children also learn about the importance of protecting archaeological sites for future generations.“This is one of our most popular programs,” Theresa Langford, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site curator, said in a news release. “Kids Digs provide a fun opportunity for young people to meet and learn from real archaeologists, and summer is always a great time of year to get outside and dig in the dirt!”Space in each program is limited to 20 kids. Reservations can be made at the fort on the day of the program, but advance reservations are recommended; call 360-816-6250. The Kids Dig! program is free with admission.Kids Digs will be held on June 30, July 7 and July 28. There will be 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. sessions each day.last_img read more

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first_imgWest Ham United has announced a new groundbreaking agreement with Basset & Gold for new shirt sleeve and eSports partnership.This deal makes Basset & Gold the club’s sleeve sponsor as the partnership will see Basset & Gold’s logo featured on the left sleeve of all West Ham United’s men’s first team, Academy and PL2 shirts, as well as becoming West Ham United’s eSports partner.Also, on the other hand, West Ham United have become the first British team to announce eSports player in 2016 and currently they are the pioneer, while London Stadium hosted the first ever eSports tournament involving professional clubs in the same year.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…Reacting to the deal, Karren Brady, West Ham United Vice-Chairman, said via according to the club’s official website:“I am delighted to announce our partnership with Basset & Gold and I am extremely excited about working together going forward. What really appealed to us was their commitment to working and engaging with our fans in east London and the local community.“Our fans are at the heart of everything we do and we wanted to partner with someone who understands that and mirrors that commitment in their own work. Both partners are determined to achieve success next season and we cannot wait to launch our partnership through some incredible activations for our fans.”last_img read more

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first_imgFor Massimo Moratti, if he was still in charge of the Nerazzurri, he would have tried to sign Lionel Messi after Juventus signed Cristiano RonaldoWhen Juventus signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in the summer, there was no response from any of the Italian Lega Serie A teams.After all, a buying fee of 100 million Euros it nos easy to equalize.But for former Internazionale Milan chairman Massimo Moratti, he would have tried all he could to get Lionel Messi to sign for the Nerazzurri.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“How would I respond to the signing of Ronaldo? I think that Inter would have given an idea that there was something to be done, also because Ronaldo had just taken Juve,” he told Calcio Mercato.“At least one attempt for Messi would have been done.”“It would have been the total economic ruin of Inter but you never know,” he added.last_img read more

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