How Canada’s Sikh Community Is Embracing All Things Ice Hockey

first_imgHis father was a rabid fan of Wayne Gretzky, who shone as part of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Edmonton Oilers dynasty in the early 1980s.“Growing up in Vancouver, it wasn’t until I got into kindergarten that I learned there was a local team, the Vancouver Canucks, because my dad was such a Gretzky nut,” Pandher said.The sport of hockey has been deeply embedded within Canadian culture for well over a century, and now a new enclave of citizens are adding a new flavour.Read it at SCMP Related Itemslast_img read more

Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014: Games begin today, Sachin to play special role

first_imgVijender Kumar and Mandeep Jangra during a training session in Glasgow.The unprecedented success achieved in the last edition would be hard to replicate this time but a 215-member Indian contingent would nonetheless seek a top-five finish at the 20th Commonwealth Games which begin in Glasgow on Wednesday.India finished second behind Australia with a record 101 medal haul in New Delhi.The Games will have superstar sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica and middle and long distance king Mo Farah of England as highlights of the sporting extravaganza.India will be hit hard by the scrapping of archery and tennis and the reduction in the number of medal events in shooting and wrestling.India’s medal tally is expected to reduce drastically from the 101 (38 gold, 27 silver, 36 bronze) in 2010 and anything above 60 can be considered an achievement.India and Canada, who have sent a 265-member team to Glasgow, are expected to fight for third place behind Australia and England.India has returned with nearly 30 medallists from the last Games with the likes of Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang, Vijender Singh, Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Krishna Poonia, Ashish Kumar and Achanta Sharath Kamal set to prove their mettle once again.Shooting is still expected to contribute a major chunk of medals for India despite 18 events being dropped since the last edition. Wrestling could get win at least 10 medals.The men’s and women’s hockey teams are also expected to finish on the podium.India is also set to lose out in athletics, which yielded 12 medals, including two gold, in Delhi. With lack of preparation ahead of the Games and most athletes struggling for form, not much is expected. The country may expect four or five medals with Krishna Poonia and Vikas Gowda (discus throw) and Arpinder Singh (triple jump) among contenders. The women’s 4x400m relay quartet has an outside chance for a medal.advertisementIn badminton, despite the absence of Saina Nehwal, India is expected to do well with PV Sindhu top seeded shuttler in women’s singles.The Games will officially be opened by Queen Elizabeth II at Celtic Park. Sachin at openingSachin Tendulkar is all set to play a special part in Wednesday’s opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games.Tendulkar will make his presence felt during the ceremony as the Global Goodwill Ambassador of the UNICEF, which has partnered with the GlasgowCWG organisers and the Commonwealth Games Federation in a first-of-its-kind initiative to spread awareness about the childrens’ problems.Organisers are however tightlipped about the details of Tendulkar’s role during the ceremony.”There will be something special from Tendulkar, wait and watch tomorrow, Lord David Puttnam,” UNICEF UK Ambassador, said after a programme on the partnership. Indian coaches now allowed at ringsideIndian boxers at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games will now be assisted by their coaches at ringside during their bouts.Kishen Narsi, India’s representative at the International Boxing Association (AIBA), informed that the world body has reversed its earlier decision byallowing Indian coaches to assist pugilists.”The Indian boxers are relieved and excited that Indian coaches will be allowed to second our boxers and be at ringside as per the information communicated by AIBA secretary,” read the mail.AIBA had earlier banned India coaches from ringside without giving any specific reason, but it was learnt that it resulted from confusion after the Indian federation’s exclusion from AIBA’s member list.But the world body seems to have realised that though the Indian federation is not a full member, it has provisional membership and has the right to take coaches to a tournament.The AIBA had already allowed Indian boxers to wear the national jersey, use the Tri-colour and play the national anthem in case one of them wins a gold medal during the CWG. Till then, the boxers were fighting under the AIBA banner ever since the Indian federation was suspended in December 2012. But AIBA had stated that coaches can’t be at ringside, a decision they reversed on Tuesday.The relaxation is only for the CWG as the AIBA has recently directed Boxing India, the provisional group to run the sport, to conduct an election byAugust 15 otherwise the boxers and coaches will face a ban from all AIBA-sanctioned tournaments.Eight men and three women Indian boxers are participating in Glasgow. The boxing competition starts on Friday but the pugilists have reached well inadvance to acclimatise. The men’s team has two practice sessions a day. Women boxers are excited since the discipline is making its debut at the CWG. However, their participation is limited to only – 51kg, 60kg and 75kg. At 2010 CWG, Indian boxers won three gold and four bronze medals.advertisementlast_img read more

Apple to launch a 5G iPhone with Qualcomm and Samsung modems next year

first_imgIt has long been speculated that Apple would launch its first 5G enabled iPhone in 2020 – a year later than the first wave of 5G phones is hitting the market. However, those that timeline was slightly delayed when Intel missed its initial developmental guideline for its 5G smartphone modem. Reports later indicated that Apple could unveil its first 5G-enabled phone in 2021. But it seems that Apple’s 5G dreams are back on track thanks to its settlement with Qualcomm.TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will release its first 5G-enabled iPhone in 2020 with Qualcomm and Samsung modems on board. In a note obtained by CNBC, Kuo said that the 5G iPhone would spur a wave of sales and upgrades with a number of users opting for higher-end models. And since Apple doesn’t release its iPhones before September, iPhone lovers will have to wait till September 2020 to know what the Cupertino, California based company has in store for them.”We expect Apple will likely adopt 5G baseband chips made by Qualcomm (focus on mmWave markets) and Samsung (focus on Sub-6GHz markets) for lowering supply risk, reducing costs and having better bargaining power,” Kuo wrote in his note.Apple said that it shipped a total of 217 million units of iPhones in the financial year 2018. Kuo, who is known for making predictions about Apple products, expects that number to reach about 200 million units in the financial year 2020.”We are positive on the high-end iPhone models’ replacement demand in [second half of 2020] thanks to the 5G iPhone. We expect the total iPhone shipment will respectively reach 188-192 million and 195-200 million units in 2019 and 2020,” he added in his note as obtained by the publication.advertisementAs far as Apple 2019 lineup is concerned, the iPhones this year’s lineup would include support for the LTE networks. In addition to this, Apple is also expected to upgrade the front cameras in its 2019 iPhone lineup. Kuo believes that Apple would ship the iPhone 11 with a 12MP front camera instead of a 7MP camera and that this feature would be not only be available in the high-end model but also in the low-end models of the phone. Kuo also said that the Apple iPhone 11 would include a triple rear camera setup with a 12MP superwide angle lens.At this point, we don’t know much about the 2019 iPhones or its 5G iPhone past the rumours and what Kuo has predicted so far. But Kuo has a pretty good track record at predicting Apple products so it is safe to assume that the 5G iPhones are coming next year.ALSO READ: | Apple, Qualcomm working to bring future iPhones with in-display fingerprint sensorALSO READ: | Apple’s 5G iPhone could be delayed until 2021ALSO READ: | Apple won’t release a 5G iPhone until 2020last_img read more

What a team: Serena Williams, Andy Murray to play Wimbledon mixed doubles

first_imgThis is quite a pair: Serena Williams is teaming up with Andy Murray for mixed doubles at Wimbledon.Murray’s agent, Matt Gentry, said Tuesday night that the two Grand Slam champions and former No. 1-ranked players will be partners at the All England Club.The deadline for signing up for mixed doubles at the tournament is Wednesday morning.When Williams appeared at her post-match news conference after a first-round victory in singles Tuesday which happened before the announcement that she’d play with Murray she was greeted by plenty of questions about the possibility.”His work ethic is just honestly off the charts. That’s something I’ve always respected about him. His fitness, everything. To do what he’s done in an era where there’s so many other great male tennis players, so much competition, to rise above it, not many people have done it. He’s actually one of the few,” Williams said. “There’s so many things to be admired. Above all, he really stands out, he really speaks up about women’s issues, no matter what. You can tell he has a really strong woman in his life. I think, above all, that is just fantastic.”They are sure to draw plenty of attention, much more than mixed doubles normally attracts, and fill the stands whenever and wherever their first-round match is played.Williams, of course, is one of the most successful and famous athletes in history, someone who has transcended her sport as a global icon while winning 23 major singles championships, along with another 14 in women’s doubles with her older sister, Venus. There are even a couple of mixed doubles titles on her resume, with Max Mirnyi at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, all the way back in 1998.advertisementMurray, meanwhile, is one of Britain’s biggest sports stars, forever known as the person who ended the locals’ 77-year wait for a homegrown men’s singles champion at the All England Club.In addition to that 2013 triumph, he won Wimbledon again in 2016, plus the U.S. Open in 2012, along with being the only tennis player to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals in singles.He is limited to playing doubles at the moment as he returns from an operation for a hip replacement. Murray announced at the Australian Open in January that he thought he would need to retire this season because of pain in an already surgically repaired hip.But following a second procedure shortly thereafter, he decided to make a comeback. Murray won the doubles title at the first tournament of his return, last month at Queen’s Club with Feliciano Lopez.Murray is entered in men’s doubles at Wimbledon with Pierre-Hugues Herbert.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer survives 1st set wobble to sail into 2nd roundAlso Read | Wimbledon 2019: Dominic Thiem knocked out after shock 1st-round defeat to Sam QuerreyAlso Seelast_img read more

Fact Check: Viral post of Trump slapping Mexico City Governor is misleading

first_img Chayan Kundu New DelhiJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 20:30 IST US President Donald TrumpDid US President Donald Trump ever slap the Governor of Mexico City? A video of Trump slapping a man in a grey suit, claimed to be the Governor of Mexico City, has gone viral.The message attached with the video reads: “An incident that no television channel showed. Governor of Mexico city and USA President Donald Trump.”India Today Fact Check found that this is a 12-year-old video of Trump, and the man is not the Governor of Mexico City but World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) boss Vince McMahon.We found that this post was in circulation on Facebook since March 2018. However, it has resurfaced on social media after Facebook user Niranjan Shah recently posted the video along with the claim.The video went viral both on WhatsApp and Facebook recently. ‘WWE clips’ can be seen written hazily on the top right hand corner of the 59-second-long video clip. So, we searched for the video related to this news with the combination of keywords – “Donald Trump slap WWE”.We found several YouTube videos captioned Donald Trump slaps Vince McMahon. International Fact Checker Snopes reported about this in 2018.Vince McMahon is the chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment. The WWE is an Americanmedia and entertainment company which hosts wrestling and sports entertainment events.It might be surprising for many in this part of the subcontinent that President Trump was quite a popular figure in the American wrestling circuit.This viral video clip is part of a promotional event by WWE called – Battle of the Billionaires – which took place on March 28, 2007 in New York. The longer version of the event can be seen in the 12-minute-long YouTube video uploaded by ‘Dance Heart’ in August 2015. At 9.46 minute on this clip, Trump can be seen slapping WWE boss McMahon.advertisementLater, the wrestling show took place with a lot of fanfare where Trump publicly fought with McMahon. As part of the deal, the boss of the losing team had to shave off his head. Here, Trump shaved off McMahon’s hair with an electric trimmer. American website Inside Edition carried this story.Also read| Fact Check: No, Pakistan is not visible from Mehrangarh Fort in JodhpurAlso read| Fact Check: No, these rail coaches are not manufactured under Make In India INDIA TODAY FACT CHECK ClaimUS President Donald Trump slapped the Governor of Mexico City.ConclusionTrump actually slapped WWE boss Vince McMahon, and not the Governor of Mexico City, during a promotional event held by the professional wrestling firm in 2007.JHOOTH BOLE KAUVA KAATEThe number of crows determines the intensity of the lie.1 Crow: Half True2 Crows: Mostly lies3 Crows: Absolutely false If you have a story that looks suspicious, please share with us at or send us a message on the WhatsApp number 73 7000 7000Get 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 byIram Ara Ibrahim Fact Check: Viral post of Trump slapping Mexico City Governor is misleading A video of Trump slapping a man in a grey suit, claimed to be the Governor of Mexico City, has gone viral.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

The UEV-440 Trailer is like a Swiss Army Knife You Can Sleep In

first_img How to Identify, Treat, and Survive a Spider Bite Editors’ Recommendations Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat 8 Great and Useful Housewarming Gifts Ideas The Best Diaper Bags for Stylish Dads I don’t care who you are – we’ve all had those daydreams of selling all our belongings, buying an old RV or teardrop trailer, and roadtripping across the country in a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, Kerouac-style adventure. It’s definitely a tempting prospect, but before you hit up craigslist in search of a busted-ass Winnebago you can tow behind your Jeep, we highly recommend you check out this uber-badass trailer from Conqueror Australia.We’ve seen some pretty amazing mobile living spaces before –including this one designed by an ex-NASA employee, and even a roof-mounted tent that folds out from the top of your car– but this one definitely takes the cake. Not only is it designed to handle practically any terrain you drag it through, it’s also has more features and functionality than most freestanding houses.When it’s all folded up and compacted, the UEV-440 looks basically like any other trailer (save for some distinctly paramilitary exterior styling) but on the inside, it’s anything but. Like something of a tow-behind Swiss Army Knife, it folds out from its compact size to become an absolutely massive living space. Check out the video to see what we mean:On the right side of this beast, there’s and entire kitchen and pantry — complete with a fold out food prep table, collapsible kitchen sink, dish storage space, fridge, freezer, and more storage shelves than you’ll know what to do with.On the left, you’ll find even more storage, as well as a fold out panel that provides the interior with additional space. Fold-out panels like this can be found all over the trailer, as the entire thing is packed with expandable waterproof canvas sections that make it more roomy. Like a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, this badboy can transform into a giant canvas tent.We’ll let you dig into the remaining list of awesome features on your own, but in summary, this thing is an exercise in compactness and efficiency. Hell, even the spare tire grate doubles as three-legged grill you can put over the fire. And that’s just one of the models Conqueror Australia has to offer — check out the rest of the lineup here. 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

Khalil Tawil Posted on Craigslists for Home Cooked Meals

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Today we meet Khalil Tawil, Co-Founder and CEO, Umi Kitchen.I’m a graduate of West Point, former U.S. Army infantry officer, veteran of three deployments to Afghanistan, and JD candidate at Yale Law.The idea for Umi Kitchen was inspired by my mother (“Umi” is the Arabic word for “my mother”). She immigrated from Lebanon to Montana in 1976. To make ends meet in those early days, she used to cook Lebanese food with my grandmother and sell it at a local farmer’s market.When I was in the Army, she would vacuum seal and send me her cooking wherever I was stationed. While at Yale, I was craving a home cooked meals but I was too busy to actually cook, so I posted on Craigslist offering to pay someone to make me a home cooked meal and within 24 hours I had 17 responses. This made me realize there was a need in the market for connecting home cooks with hungry consumers.Hallie (a friend from Yale) and I teamed up and created a community of home cooks who create small batches of their signature meals. Our first Umi cook in New Haven was my mother! She flew out from Arizona and cooked 80 meals in four days out of my studio apartment. We delivered them to New Haven students and families, and the rest is history. After successfully serving over 500 meals to the New Haven community with dozens of New Haven Umi cooks, we decided to bring the idea to New York!We’re currently live in Brooklyn and Manhattan and excited to be unleashing the hidden home cooking talent within NYC’s diverse communities.As for my personal style:Jeans: Nudie Thin FinnShirts: Uniqlo OxfordsPants: Massimo Dutti ChinosSuits: The Lazio from Suit SupplyShoes: Vans Authentic Sneakers and Billy Reid LoafersAccessories: Kletterworks backpack , Hamilton Titanium Field Watch.Outerwear: Barbour Classic JacketFavorite cologne: Chanel Platinum EgoisteFavorite app: Umi KitchenFavorite piece of technology: iPhoneNext style/gear purchase: New MacBook Pro Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S.last_img read more

Parents to Receive Critical Support

first_img Parents are to benefit from critical support to improve child-rearing under the Partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools project.The project, which aims to reduce violence among students and youth, is being undertaken by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information through US$3 million in grant funding over two years from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The National Education Trust (NET) is the coordinating agency for the initiative.Parenting Coordinator for the project, Latoya Stewart-Singh, said that a media campaign geared towards educating parents in good child-rearing practices will commence shortly.“We want to establish six community-based parent hubs and reactivate 25 school-based parent places. We want to identify and train at least 30 parent mentors per parish. We also want to audit 50 school-based parent places and assist in the reactivation of those places, with specific focus on training parents in good parenting practices as well as entrepreneurial skills,” she noted.She was speaking at a regional parenting stakeholders meeting for Region IV held on Friday (February 16) at the Holiday Inn hotel in Montego Bay.A parent place or hub is a resource centre where parents can access relevant information on parenting and other family-related issues geared towards improving parenting skills and family life.Managing Director of the NET, Marcia Phillips Dawkins, informed that the community of Mount Salem in St. James will be the first beneficiary of a parent place.She indicated that NET is working to set up homework centres in some institutions as well as at youth information centres (YICs) in a number of townships across the island. Another key component of the project, she said, involves working with uniformed groups, to engage young people.The Partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools project is targeted at young people aged 10 to 29 years. A total of 981 primary schools and 50 communities across the island will benefit.Among the specific objectives are to reduce violence, antisocial behaviour and critical incidents among youth, engage parents and communities in the behaviour change process, increase student involvement in co-curricular activities in order for them to develop better social and life skills, and promote positive values and attitudes at both school and community levels.The project will also involve construction and repair of perimeter fencing, provision of security monitoring equipment, and increasing the number of security personnel in schools. Parenting Coordinator for the project, Latoya Stewart-Singh, said that a media campaign geared towards educating parents in good child-rearing practices will commence shortly. Parents are to benefit from critical support to improve child-rearing under the Partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools project. The project, which aims to reduce violence among students and youth, is being undertaken by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information through US$3 million in grant funding over two years from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Story Highlightslast_img read more

Matthew McConaughey Wants You To Test Drive A 2016 Lincoln MKX For

first_imgThe ongoing collaboration between The Lincoln Motor Company and actor Matthew McConaughey enters a new phase as the luxury automaker will donate to the Academy Award winner’s just keep livin Foundation.Matthew McConaughey, Shannon Mabrey Rotenberg, executive director, j.k. livin Foundation, and Dave Rivers, Lincoln marketing communications managerThis year, for the first time, Lincoln dealers will have the option to choose McConaughey’s just keep livin Foundation as the first national charity to be part of this program. For every test drive taken in the new 2016 Lincoln MKX midsize crossover, on sale later this year, $20 will go toward the just keep livin Foundation.“The tremendous work Matthew does through his just keep livin Foundation is one of the reasons why he is such a great fit with Lincoln,” said David Rivers, Lincoln U.S. Marketing Communications Manager. “Matthew is authentic, warm and genuine, and of course a great storyteller. We’re pleased to add our support by making a national charity part of our Driven to Give program for the first time.”Test drives that support charities are a cornerstone of Lincoln’s philanthropic efforts. Through its Driven to Give program, Lincoln has donated more than $4 million to schools and charitable organizations nationwide since 2011.“A key reason why I chose to collaborate with Lincoln is because it is a brand that works hard to make a difference,” said McConaughey. “On behalf of the just keep livin Foundation, we genuinely appreciate this added support from Lincoln, and look forward to reaching and assisting even more young people going forward.”The just keep livin Foundation, started by McConaughey and his wife Camila in 2008, is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future.It works with schools to reach the maximum number of teenagers with the greatest needs, partnering with other non-profit organizations in each local community to implement after-school fitness and wellness programs in inner-city high schools.“We all are stewards of tomorrow’s world, and that starts with providing impactful guidance and meaningful support to today’s young people,” said Shannon Mabrey Rotenberg, Executive Director, just keep livin Foundation. “This new collaboration between Matthew and Lincoln will assist the just keep livin Foundation as it continues to help shape a better future.”The programs encourage students to make positive life choices to improve their physical and mental health through exercise, teamwork, gratitude, nutrition and community service.A 501c3 non-profit organization, the just keep livin Foundation serves over 2,000 students through 24 programs in California, Texas, Louisiana and Washington, D.C.Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

Pepsi North America Cup Amps Up Star Power with K Trevor Wilson

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Mike Ure and Aidan Johnson-Bujold of Buck Twenty will treat the crowd to a rousing live concert. The singer/songwriter duo from Harrow, Ontario, are best known for their single, “Here’s To The Nights,” which received prolific play on Canadian Country Radio. The 2017 CMAO Rising Star Award Nominees take pride in the musical presentation of their live show and most definitely aren’t afraid to bring a surplus of feel good energy to the stage.Guests can enjoy refreshments in the event’s Beer Garden or the exclusive Corona Deck viewing area, as well as samplings of Pepsi Pure Leaf and Colio on site. Contesting, carnival games and driver autograph signings will round out the evening, providing fun for the whole family.This year’s Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers will be the 35th edition of Canada’s richest harness race. It will also be the 12th edition held at the newly renamed Woodbine Mohawk Park.Now the permanent home of Canada’s finest standardbreds and year-round harness racing, the picturesque racetrack in the heart of Campbellville has recently undergone a series of renovations and upgrades. Woodbine Entertainment’s commitment to World Class Horse Racing and providing customers with first-class experiences will be front and centre when the track unveils its new improvements.Post time for the Pepsi North America Cup race card is 6:30 pm. Doors open at 5 pm with the action concluding around 11:30 pm. The event day box office will be open from 4 pm until 10:30 pm and is located at the main entrance.Website: THE MILTON DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATIONTransforming Giving. Transforming Care. It may surprise you to know that government funding does not support equipment purchases. That means 100% of essential medical equipment required for Milton District Hospital must be funded through donations from our community. The Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF) is proud to work with the community of Milton to support Milton District Hospital. MDHF raises funds to help purchase essential medical equipment and technology, and improve the facilities through annual fundraising initiatives, community events and a combination of various other programs. Together, we are transforming healthcare in Milton now, and for generations to come. Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO, April 2, 2018 – The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup returns bigger than ever this year to the newly renovated Woodbine Mohawk Park. The signature race of the 2018 standardbred season will take place Saturday, June 16, with K. Trevor Wilson and Dylan Playfair from Letterkenny and live music from country duo Buck Twenty.center_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advance tickets are now available at General admission tickets are $10 for guests aged 18+ and guests under 17 receive free admission. Tickets purchased on site at Woodbine Mohawk Park on opening weekend (April 12) will receive 25% off. The Milton District Hospital Foundation will be the official charity partner for this year’s Pepsi North America Cup, with a percentage of all ticket sales going towards the Foundation.Hosts K. Trevor Wilson and Dylan Playfair from acclaimed Comedy Network series, Letterkenny, will guide guests through the thrilling evening of live racing and are sure to provide some comic relief along the way. Their popular show won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy Series and has amassed fans across the country.last_img read more

Spence surprises everyone at Ottawa hotel

first_imgAPTN National NewsChief Theresa Spence spent the night in hospital as a precaution after 44 days without eating solid food.By mid-afternoon Thursday, she surprised everyone by appearing at an Ottawa hotel where a ceremony in her honour was already underway.This brought a huge media horde, with Spence’s supporters struggled to control.Spence took the opportunity to issue a call for unity and to send a message to her fellow chiefs.last_img

Notification for phase 4 of LS polls to be held on April 29 issued

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday issued notification for phase four of Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 29 in which 71 seats across nine states will go to polls. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal will head for voting in all the seven phases of the general elections. The election will pit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance against mostly different opposition groupings in various states, including of Congress, the Left and regional forces which are continuing to work out a grand alliance to minimise a division of votes against the saffron party. The BJP has worked out a seat-sharing formula with some new allies and several old partners. However, opposition parties are yet to do so in several states.last_img read more

Fire erupts at Texas chemical plant; possible injuries

CROSBY, Texas — A fire has erupted at a Houston-area chemical plant, spewing a plume of thick, black smoke into the air, and authorities say two workers may have been hurt.Harris county Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says in a tweet that deputies were shutting down a roadway near Tuesday’s fire at a KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, a northeast Houston suburb.Thick plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the plant.The fire comes about two weeks after a March 17 blaze at a petrochemical storage facility in Deer Park, located about 20 miles (32 kilometres) south of Crosby.According to its website, KMCO is a chemical company that offers coolant and brake fluid products and chemicals for the oilfield industry.The Crosby and Sheldon school districts have asked students and staff to shelter in place at all their campuses.The Associated Press read more

World free of nuclear weapons advances security for all Ban tells Hiroshima

27 July 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for further progress on the global disarmament agenda, stressing that getting rid of nuclear weapons is the best way to ensure security for all. “Let us be clear: the only guarantee of safety, and the only sure protection against the use of such weapons, is their elimination,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the Hiroshima Conference for the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons by 2020.“Nuclear disarmament is often dismissed as a dream, when the real fantasies are the claims that nuclear weapons guarantee security or increase a country’s status and prestige,” he noted.“The more often countries make such claims, the more likely it will be that others will adopt the same approach. The result will be insecurity for all.”The three-day conference is organized by Mayors for Peace – which unites more than 4,000 mayors and other city officials with the common goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world – and includes representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), cities and national governments, as well as concerned citizens.Mr. Ban noted that the timeline in the 2020 Vision Campaign initiated by the Mayors for Peace to achieve the elimination of nuclear weapons is especially important. He also voiced deep admiration for the survivors of the atomic bomb attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, who are known as hibakusha, and their determination to tell the world about their experience of the horrors of nuclear weapons. The Secretary-General urged all leaders, especially those of nuclear-weapon States, to visit both cities – which were reduced to rubble in the August 1945 attacks that also claimed hundreds of thousands of lives – to see first-hand the impact of nuclear weapons. Next month Mr. Ban will participate in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, becoming the first UN Secretary-General to do so. “I myself will go there in 10 days’ time for this year’s peace memorial ceremony, at which I will appeal for urgent steps to advance the disarmament agenda,” he told the gathering. He recalled his own five-point plan, which was first put forward in October 2008 and offers a practical approach to eliminating nuclear weapons. It begins with a call for the parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to pursue negotiations on nuclear disarmament, either through a new convention or through a series of mutually reinforcing instruments backed by a credible system of verification. The plan also urges the Security Council to consider other ways to strengthen security in the disarmament process; measures to strengthen rule of law, accountability and transparency; and progress in eliminating other weapons of mass destruction and limiting missiles, space weapons and conventional arms – all of which are needed for a nuclear-weapon-free world. read more

Couple arrested with Rs 5 million worth heroin

The customs department arrested a couple at the Bandaranaike International Airport today with 5 kilos of heroin.A 45 year old male and a 60 year old woman, both residents of Colombo, were arrested by the staff of the customs narcotic control unit. They had in their possession five packets of heroin weighing approximately 5 kilos valued at Rs. 5 millionThe heroin had been concealed inside packets containing spices. The couple had arrived from Chennai. Investigations are being carried out by the Superintendent of Customs D.M.G.Nimalthilake and Assistant Superintendent of Customs Gayan Senaratna. (Colombo Gazette) read more

President urges the media to write the truth

When the Government ensures the freedom of the press the duty of a journalist is to write the truth without giving any space to achieve narrow objectives of some extremist elements, the President further said. The President also thanked the journalists and media institutions for acting prudently when some extremist elements trying to diminish the victory of the government at the UNHRC. President Sirisena recalled that as a Minister he also faced unpleasant , unethical experiences where he worked with political leaders who gave telephone calls to editors asking them to write against their own Ministers in the Cabinet.The President said that he noted last week one English newspapers had published an article which contained fabricated facts on his recent visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly. He further said that even though criticism and dialogue is important for good governance, it is necessary to ensure professional standards of the media and its ethics is maintained. President Maithripala Sirisena says when the new Government is working with the media ending the era of disappearances, white vans abductions and interference of any kind, the responsibility of the media is not to isolate the Government politically .He made these observations participating at the 60th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Press Association held at the BMICH today. The President emphasized that the new Government is fully committed to ensure media freedom and freedom of this country. He further said that the new Government had ended the era of telephoning editors to put headlines in some newspapers. read more

High prevalence of child marriages in some communities in Sri Lanka

The prevalence of child marriage is decreasing globally with several countries seeing significant reductions in recent years, says UNICEF. Overall, the proportion of women who were married as children decreased by 15 per cent in the last decade, from 1 in 4 to approximately 1 in 5.South Asia has witnessed the largest decline in child marriage worldwide in the last 10 years, as a girl’s risk of marrying before her 18th birthday has dropped by more than a third, from nearly 50 per cent to 30 per cent, in large part due to progress in India. Increasing rates of girls’ education, proactive government investments in adolescent girls, and strong public messaging around the illegality of child marriage and the harm it causes are among the reasons for the shift. “When a girl is forced to marry as a child, she faces immediate and lifelong consequences. Her odds of finishing school decrease while her odds of being abused by her husband and suffering complications during pregnancy increase. There are also huge societal consequences, and higher risk of intergenerational cycles of poverty,” said Anju Malhotra, UNICEF’s Principal Gender Advisor. “Given the life-altering impact child marriage has on a young girl’s life, any reduction is welcome news, but we’ve got a long way to go.”According to new data from UNICEF, the total number of girls married in childhood is now estimated at 12 million a year. The new figures point to an accumulated global reduction of 25 million fewer marriages than would have been anticipated under global levels 10 years ago. However, to end the practice by 2030 – the target set out in the Sustainable Development Goals – progress must be significantly accelerated. Without further acceleration, more than 150 million additional girls will marry before their 18th birthday by 2030. UNICEF urged the Government of Sri Lanka to take all necessary steps to eliminate the practice of marriage under the age of 18 years in the country, as clearly recommended by the Committee on the UNCRC. Further, UNICEF will continue to encourage the prioritization of girls’ education, especially in communities with high rates of child marriage, as a means of tackling the cultural and traditional norms surrounding this issue. In Sri Lanka, the prevalence of child marriage remains low when compared to other South Asian nations. However the recommendations issued by the Committee on the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in February 2018 highlight a high prevalence of child marriages in some communities within the country. Whilst there remains a gap in data regarding the absolute number of child marriages, it was estimated that in 2014 between 16,000 and 24,000 boys and girls under 18 were either formally married or co-habiting. Worldwide, an estimated 650 million women alive today were married as children. While South Asia has led the way on reducing child marriage over the last decade, the global burden of child marriage is shifting to sub-Saharan Africa, where rates of progress need to be scaled up dramatically to offset population growth. Of the most recently married child brides, close to 1 in 3 are now in sub-Saharan Africa, compared to 1 in 5 a decade ago.New data also point to the possibility of progress on the African continent. In Ethiopia – once among the top five countries for child marriage in sub-Saharan Africa – the prevalence has dropped by a third in the last 10 years.“Each and every child marriage prevented gives another girl the chance to fulfill her potential,” said Malhotra. “But given the world has pledged to end child marriage by 2030, we’re going to have to collectively redouble efforts to prevent millions of girls from having their childhoods stolen through this devastating practice.” read more

Asian Development Bank UN agency join forces against poverty

In a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Hawaii between UNDP’s Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, Hafiz Pasha, and ADB Vice President Myoung-Ho Shin, the two organizations pledged to work together more closely to ensure their development assistance was making a positive difference for poor people in the region. Signed during the opening day of ADB’s annual Board of Governors meeting in Honolulu, the Memorandum stipulates joint activities between UNDP and ADB in the area of poverty measurements and assessments. The aim is to support developing countries in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national poverty reduction strategies, action plans or agendas, UNDP said in a statement issued today.”World leaders at the United Nations Millennium Summit last September pledged to eliminate extreme poverty by 2015,” said Mr. Pasha. “This agreement between ADB and UNDP is one step toward reaching this target for the countries in Asia and the Pacific.” For his part, Mr. Shin said the challenge of poverty reduction was “enormous and diverse,” and required maximum synergy in development assistance.Other areas of cooperation specified in the Memorandum include governance, private sector development, information and communications technology, environment, gender and development, and indigenous peoples. read more