Cong. worker murdered in Ghatkopar, party cries foul

first_imgMumbai: A 45-year-old Congress worker was allegedly murdered at Asalfa in Ghatkopar on Monday morning. While the Congress has called it a political murder and an attack on democracy, the Saki Naka police believe the victim was killed in a road rage incident. Manoj Dubey used to stay with his family in Shivaji Nagar of Asalfa. Dubey, the police said, was found in a severely injured condition near Asalfa Metro station around 1.30 a.m., and was rushed to Rajawadi Hospital, where he died during treatment. After Dubey was identified based on some documents on his person, the police contacted his family.“Dubey’s family told us that he had got into an argument on Facebook after he put up a status saying the next government would be formed by the Congress, which attracted the ire of some local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers. On Sunday evening, Dubey and a BJP functionary came to the police station and Dubey registered a non-cognisable complaint against the people threatening him. To the best of our knowledge, the matter ended there,” an officer at Saki Naka police station said. Inquiries established that Dubey left his residence after midnight on Sunday to meet someone, and got involved in an accident. “We have found eyewitnesses who saw Dubey drive on the wrong side of the road and hit another car, after which an argument ensued between Dubey and the car owner. Dubey’s murder seems to have occurred during this argument, although we are verifying whether the people threatening him could be behind it,” the officer said. Meanwhile, calling it a murder of democracy, Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan said the BJP has brought in a new tactic of eliminating political rivals by murdering them. “This is not only the murder of a Congress worker but that of democracy. Our nation follows the tradition of discussion over differing views. Goons of the BJP murdered Dubey over his Facebook post,” Mr. Chavan said. Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam slammed the BJP and demanded action against its party workers involved in the crime. Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said the murder of the Congress activist merely over a Facebook post is absolutely shameful. “Is this State run by the law or goons?” he asked. BJP denies allegationReacting to the allegation, Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar said the government is doing its duty and an FIR has been filed against the accused. “None of them are BJP office-bearers. Above all, the police are investigating. Merely an allegation by the Congress does not prove anything. The law will take its own course,” Mr. Shelar said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone X) N.D. Reddy said, “An FIR of murder against unknown persons under the IPC has been registered, and several suspects are being questioned.”last_img read more

‘Premier closer’ Castro comes through for Gilas

first_imgLATEST STORIES Reyes said the risk of missing Castro in the last game against Australia paid off with this superb showing in the clutch.“We rested him the last game to make sure he was ready for tonight because he’s our premier closer,” the mentor said. “And he came through tonight.” The veteran national team playmaker sanm the game-clinching floater with 10.6 seconds to spare, securing the Philippines’ third win in four games.“That’s why we have Jayson,” said coach Chot Reyes. “That’s why we made sure Jayson is in this lineup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCastro missed the Australia game last Thursday due to an ankle sprain, but made sure everyone remembered why he was named the best point guard in Asia twice.He saved his best for last and came alive in the second half, where he scored all of his eight points and none bigger than the game-sealing baskets in the waning seconds. Castro returns, rescues Gilas Pilipinas in close win over Japan AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn the end, Gilas Pilipinas knew where to go when it mattered the most.Jayson Castro once again saved the day for Gilas Pilipinas in a 89-84 victory over Japan Sunday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View commentslast_img read more

Dravid falls prey to debatable umpiring on the current England tour

first_imgRahul Dravid continues to be at the receiving end of controvesial decisions by the  umpires on the current England tour as he was ruled out caught behind on Saturday, despite ‘Hot Spot’ not detecting an edge off his bat. For the third time in this tour that Dravid has fallen to a debatable decision as he was given out twice in the preceding Test series in controversial fashion. However, snicko-meter, which is not part of the UDRS, later suggested that there was a contact between the ball and the bat. Saturday’s decision yet again brought technological shortcomings to the fore under the UDRS system. England paceman Stuart Broad appealed for a catch behind the wicket off his own bowling in the fourth ball of the 18th over but umpire Billy Doctrove ruled not out.Broad opted for a review straight away.Third umpire Marais Erasmus from South Africa took help of ‘Hot Spot’ but even after several replays, the edge could not be established, though a sound was definitely detected.However, much to the astonishment of the fans and the batsman, Erasmus ruled Dravid out. In the third Test, Dravid was ruled caught behind off James Anderson in India’s second innings when his bat actually had hit the shoelace and he hadn’t edged the ball. Then in the fourth Test, he was given out caught behind in India’s second innings. Dravid was ruled not out by the umpire but given out for 13 after referral by England though the snicko-meter apparently showed that there was no contact between the ball and the bat before it landed into home side wicketkeeper Matt Prior’s gloves. Debates and discussions have already started on the decision. Cricketer Aakash Chopra tweeted, “The most reliable tool for DRS is proving the least trustworthy. But I’m more baffled by the quality of umpiring.” “How can d third umpire overturn the on-field umpire’s decision without conclusive evidence to suggest d opposite,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more

Premier League: West Ham and Everton in dour goalless draw

first_imgWest Ham and Everton played out a 0-0 draw in a desperately poor Premier League encounter at the London Stadium on Saturday.It took 28 minutes for the first effort on goal and recalled Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg saved comfortably from Havard Nordtveit’s shot from outside the box.Visiting manager Ronald Koeman made a double change at the break, introducing Gareth Barry and Ademola Lookman, and the tempo improved in the second period.Lookman forced two opportunities in quick succession and put both wide, while Stekelenburg saved from Manuel Lanzini but there were few nervous moments for either side.The point takes Everton above Arsenal into sixth place but the north London club has three games in hand.West Ham edged closer to safety, sitting seven points clear of the relegation zone in 13th place.last_img read more

From refugee camps to Socceroos debut together: The journey of 2 childhood friends

first_imgThomas Deng and Awer Mabil are two friends, who have been through thick and thin together. From their early years in Kenya, to a shared childhood in suburban Adelaide after their families fled Sudan followed by playing in the A-League, the pair has been going strong from the very onset.And on Monday, they started another chapter of their lives together and perhaps the most cherished one so far.The pair of South Sudanese refugees made their Socceroos debut against Kuwait in their thumping 4-0 win over the West Asian country. New Australia coach Graham Arnold handed the ‘next-generation’ of Australian players their debut and they didn’t disappoint. In fact, Mabil put the icing on the cake by scoring the match’s last goal from a move that was started by Deng and fittingly enough, his friend was the first one to run towards him and embrace him.It was a hot and humid night but their joy knew no bounds as they celebrated the incredible moment together amidst smile and warm embraces.”It’s a dream come true,” Deng said.Nine years ago, this was a distant dream but on Monday they were living it and they still couldn’t believe the ‘surreal’ feeling.”We went to the same school. We played at the same club that I played at, called Playford. We go way back. To come through and get our debut on the same day, it’s surreal. It’s amazing,” Deng said.An emotional @mmills05 presented @awermabil17 and @thomasdeng24 with a @Socceroos jersey to mark their debut. #ANewDawnRises #GoSocceroos Socceroos (@Socceroos) October 15, 2018Mabil, who graduated from Adelaide United to Denmark’s FC Midtjylland three years ago, was all praise for his friend and said that Deng’s presence calmed him, who went on to add that the dream debut will be a story to be told to their grandkids.”When I saw him there, there’s no nerves because he’s behind me. It made it easier with Thomas there. It was a big dream for us to make our debut and especially on the same day. It’s something I will never forget. We will tell our grandkids one day,” said an elated Mabil.Their rise to the top is a story for ages and nothing short of inspirational. Mabil hails from a refugee camp in Kakuma in Kenya while Deng spent his earliest years in Nairobi and coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, both Deng, 21 amd Mabil, 23, found themselves in South Australia after their families sought refuge in Adelaide from a conflict-hit Sudan.However, they will have to part ways now as Deng has to return to Melbourne immediately to play in Saturday night’s Melbourne derby but not before making some calls back home and sharing his moment of joy with his mother.”I’ll probably call my mum first and foremost and thank her for all the years that she’s been taking me to training,” Deng said. “It’s finally paid off I guess. I’m very happy,” said Deng before signing off.last_img read more

Misbah-ul-Haq baffled by Pakistani players’ reluctance towards fitness and training

first_img Press Trust of India KarachiOctober 15, 2019UPDATED: October 15, 2019 12:10 IST Misbah-ul-Haq is disappointed by the performance of Pakistani players. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTS Misbah-ul-Haq is extremely disappointed with the attitude of some Pakistani playersPakistan suffered a whitewash against Sri Lanka in the three-game T20I series at homeisbah remains very disappointed at the way the top-ranked side capitulated to Sri LankaHead coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq is extremely disappointed with the attitude of some Pakistani players, who shy away from proper training, lack discipline and don’t adhere to professional standards.Pakistan recently suffered a whitewash against Sri Lanka in the three-game T20I series at home and Misbah remains very disappointed at the way the top-ranked side capitulated to Sri Lanka in front of home crowds.”What has disturbed Misbah the most in his first assignment as head coach and the chief selector is the reluctance of some players to follow directions of the management and do proper training to keep high fitness standards,” one source said.”He is unhappy that some players are just too relaxed and take training lightly and are not working on improving their cricket discipline. He has also not been encouraged by the attitude of captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed whom he feels shies away from taking responsibility when the chips are down.”Another source told PTI that Misbah was surprised by the behaviour of three senior players — Wahab Riaz, Imad Wasim, and Haris Sohail.”Several times he felt they were making excuses to shy away from training and proper nets. He got the feeling they had some sort of excuse ready to go easy on their training,” the source said.”Batsman, Haris Sohail has developed a painful habit of making excuses for having some niggling problem or pain when asked to push himself in training.”Another problem which confronts Misbah is that most of the players don’t appear to have the cricket discipline to follow and execute plans on the field which are discussed in the dressing room.”advertisementThe source said at one stage Misbah even felt that the decision of former head coach Mickey Arthur to keep left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz out of the team was understandable.The long-serving former Pakistan captain is also not pleased that some players are also not displaying the required professional standards.”Two players bluntly informed their team’s head coaches that they would reach for the National T20 Championship matches in Faisalabad on the morning of the games. When Misbah came to know about this he told the head coaches they should be more firm with the players and ensure they joined their provincial team a day before the matches,” one source said.Misbah is also surprised that Arthur and the ex-support staff didn’t pay enough attention to developing proper batsmen in all formats and didn’t look beyond Babar Azam.”It is not a very happy situation now and one can expect Misbah to take some hard decisions as chief selector while selecting the T20 and Test squads for the coming tour of Australia,” he said.Zahid Mahmood, a leg-spinner who in the past has been ignored by the selectors and coaches, is now under the consideration of Misbah who is not satisfied with the form of current team leggies, Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan.Similarly, Misbah is also on the lookout for some new pace bowlers and youngster Naseem Shah is under his scanner for the Australian tour.The source said it will also be interesting to see whether Misbah supports Sarfaraz Ahmed to continue as a Test captain when the board meets to decide on the captains for the Australian tour.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Misbah-Ul-HaqFollow Pakistan cricket team Misbah-ul-Haq baffled by Pakistani players’ reluctance towards fitness and trainingPakistan’s head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq is also not pleased that some players are also not displaying the required professional standards.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Pick Up Litter to Celebrate Earth Day

first_imgPicking up litter and making an effort to waste less are greatways for Nova Scotians to celebrate Earth Day today, April 22,and to keep the province clean every day. “I encourage Nova Scotians to make it Earth Day every day,” saidEnvironment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash. “It’s easy toorganize a community litter cleanup, especially with help fromthe Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up program that is run all yearlong by the Clean Nova Scotia Foundation.” Mr. Morash presented a trophy made of trash to high schoolstudents at the Shambhala School today. The classes registeredwith Clean Nova Scotia and picked up litter in their schoolcommunity. The class that collected the most litter won thetrophy. Elementary students at the school aimed to have “litter-lesslunches” this week by using reusable containers when possible.They weighed packaging waste produced from their lunches eachday. Mr. Morash presented a plant to the class with the leastwaste. “The students and staff at this school recognize the importanceof keeping communities litter free,” said Mr. Morash. “Theyprovide an excellent example for all Nova Scotians to reduce ourwasteful daily activities for the benefit of our citizens, ourvisitors and our wildlife.” Nova Scotians can register with Clean Nova Scotia to organize aGreat Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up event. Each group will receive afree cleanup kit including garbage bags, blue bags, aninformation booklet, posters and a data card to record what hasbeen collected. To register, see the Clean Nova Scotia website at www.clean.ns.caor call 424-4252.last_img read more

Second Session of the SixtyThird General Assembly to Open Sept 6

first_imgThe second session of the 63rd general assembly will open at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, with the lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia reading the speech from the throne. The first session will be prorogued at 11 a.m. It is necessary to prorogue the existing session to open a new session of the general assembly. -30-last_img

Babcocks last phone call connected with cell tower near Millards homecourt

first_imgTORONTO – When the final outgoing call came from the cellphone of a Toronto woman who vanished five years ago, her accused killers’ phones pinged off cell towers nearby, court heard Thursday.The prosecution in the first-degree murder trial of Dellen Millard and Mark Smich in the presumed death of Laura Babcock methodically walked two witnesses through a trove of cellphone tower location data for all three phones during the summer of 2012.The records show Babcock’s phone arriving at a cell tower near Kipling subway station in the early evening of July 3, 2012. Around the same time, Millard’s phone connected with the same cell tower.The pair of phones moved to a tower near Millard’s home on Toronto’s western edge where Smich’s phone connected with a nearby tower, according to data from a police analyst.Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Smich, 30 of Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty in the presumed death of Babcock, whose body has not been found.The Crown contends Babcock was killed at Millard’s home because she was the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend.Court has heard that Millard was sleeping with several women at the time of Babcock’s disappearance and didn’t care much about the animosity between Babcock and his girlfriend.The final outgoing call from Babcock’s phone came at 7:03 p.m. on July 3, 2012, according to testimony from Danielle Fortier, who works with Rogers Communications.There have been no outgoing texts sent from her phone since, she said.Her final call was “consistent with someone calling voicemail and putting in a password,” Fortier said. She noted the numbers 2-2-2 were pressed on that call, which lasted 60 seconds.That call connected with a cell tower in Toronto’s west end, 450 metres from Millard’s home.The jury then watched the movements of three phones — Millard’s, Smich’s and Babcock’s — in animations created by Nicole Rebelo, an intelligence analyst with Toronto police.She compiled cellphone data provided by various phone companies, including Rogers, where Babcock had a phone registered in her mother’s name.“I took the electronic version of all three phones, sorted it by day and time and imported that into software and created a series of mapping motions,” Rebelo told court.Shortly after midnight on July 4, 2012, the phones began to move. They started at a tower near Millard’s home before all three moved westbound.The data showed Millard’s phone moving westbound, eventually pinging off towers near his farm near Waterloo, Ont., and his business, an aviation company, nearby. Then his phone headed back to Toronto.Smich’s phone moved westbound, eventually pinging off towers near his home in Oakville, Ont.Babcock’s phone moved west, but stopped in the middle of Mississauga, Ont.The Crown alleges the pair killed Babcock on July 3 or 4 at Millard’s home and burned her body in a large incinerator that was later found on Millard’s farm.last_img read more

UNICEF airlifts emergency supplies to Haiti

The UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) $400,000 operation transported a 30-ton, 145-cubic-metre cargo load of emergency and basic medical, surgical and obstetric supplies to cover the needs of 30,000 of the most vulnerable women and children for three months, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.Humanitarian workers have had little access to critical areas where children and women are in dire need of assistance, according to UNICEF, which warned that Haiti’s extremely impoverished health and education systems are being weakened by violence and insecurity.Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) has a ship with 1,200 tons of food waiting offshore until security improves, Mr. Eckhard said. It lost 85 tons of food to looters in the northern town of Cap Haitien just over a week ago.The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said it began distributing fuel to 10 hospitals yesterday to help restore some services. Essential medicines and vaccines are being distributed on a limited basis only.In another development, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is planning to send an international human rights adviser to Port-au-Prince for a preliminary period of 6 months. Among other tasks, that individual will design the possible future UN human rights programme for the country. read more

PepsiCo CEO suggests people will still be able to get Diet Pepsi

by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2015 11:23 am MDT Last Updated Jul 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Oct. 10, 2011 file photo, shows a can of Diet Pepsi, center, and other Pepsi varieties, posed for a photo in Philadelphia. The artificial sweetener in Diet Pepsi is about to change from aspartame to sucralose, but fans of the old formula may still be able to get it. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) PepsiCo CEO suggests people will still be able to get Diet Pepsi sweetened with aspartame NEW YORK, N.Y. – The artificial sweetener in Diet Pepsi is about to change, but fans of the old formula may still be able to get it.PepsiCo said earlier this year it would replace the aspartame in Diet Pepsi with sucralose, another artificial sweetener many know as Splenda, in response to customer feedback. That change is set to take place in the U.S. starting this summer.But during a call to discuss its earnings Thursday, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said “for those consumers who still love Diet Pepsi with aspartame, we’ll figure out how to make it available online.”A representative for PepsiCo declined to elaborate on Nooyi’s comment.Whether there’s lingering demand for Diet Pepsi with aspartame remains to be seen. Seth Kaufman, vice-president of Pepsi, has said that the reformulated drink might have a “slightly different mouthfeel,” but that people will still be able to recognize the drink to be Diet Pepsi.According to the industry tracker Beverage Digest, Diet Pepsi was the seventh most popular soda brand in the U.S. last year. Diet Coke was the third most popular soda, following regular Coke and regular Pepsi.Both Diet Pepsi and Diet Coke have seen declining sales volume, however, with executives blaming concerns people have about aspartame. Coca-Cola Co., based in Atlanta, has said it has no plans to take out the aspartame in Diet Coke.John Sicher, publisher of the industry tracker Beverage Digest, said making Diet Pepsi with aspartame online would be a smart move for PepsiCo.“They can tell consumers, if you want the old one, we have it for you,” he said. read more

Burundi UN chief urges calm amid countrys political crisis

“We are following from here with great concern developments on the ground in Burundi,” UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at the start of the regular daily briefing at the world body’s New York Headquarters, adding that the Secretary-General urgently calls on all parties to exercise calm and restraint. “He reminds all Burundian leaders of the need to preserve peace and stability in a country that has suffered so grievously from previous bouts of violence,” said Mr. Dujarric, emphasizing that the UN is evaluating developments amid a “very fluid” situation. The Spokesperson said that Headquarters is in contact with UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Said Djinnit who is currently in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania for the Summit of the East African Community.A Flash Update released today by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that a coup d’état had reportedly taken place in the Burundian capital after President Pierre Nkurunziza left for the Summit, which was intended to try to resolve the crisis, although OCHA’s update added that the situation is “rapidly evolving and confused,” with many reports emerging that are difficult to confirm.Tensions have been simmering in Burundi for weeks ahead of planned elections. Popular protest erupted after the country’s ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy – Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party nominated on 26 April Mr. Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate for a third term.The Flash Update said there were no significant new humanitarian developments since yesterday and noted official figures reported yesterday of 20 deaths and 200 wounded. It added that refugee numbers had risen above 70,000.According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) figures, 25,455 people had crossed into Rwanda as of 11 May, with 8,750 in Democratic Republic of the Congo as of 12 May, and 37,474 as of 13 May in Tanzania, comprising 15,452 new arrivals in Nyarangusu Camp. A further 20,000 were reported to be waiting in Kagunga village, and 2,022 on the way to Nyarangusu Camp. Several hundred people were reported to be in hard-to-reach areas with limited support. Some people were reported by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to have returned to southern Burundi after initially fleeing to Tanzania, citing worsening humanitarian conditions, particularly around Kagunga village. read more

Treaties against human trafficking key to fighting scourge supporting victims – UN

With these challenges in mind, Mr. Brandolino said that for him, two core messages stand out in the Summit’s outcome, the New York Declaration: first, a desire to protect and save lives in peril, born from a profound solidarity for the millions of persons around the world who are forced to flee their homes; and second, moving beyond moral compassion, to a call for action. In the Declaration, States reiterate in the strongest language their commitment to fight human trafficking and migrant smuggling.He went on to reconfirm the centrality of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, known as the TIP Protocol, saying: “This treaty provides us with the first and only internationally agreed upon definition for trafficking in persons, and steers our common efforts with a clear framework for action – a framework which UNODC has been successfully delivering upon for the last 15 years, often with the generous support of partners like the EU and the United States.” The New York Declaration actually reaffirms the importance of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, and the two Protocols – the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and the Smuggling of Migrants Protocol. Specifically the TIP is one of the most successful treaties in modern international law, enjoying one of the speediest ratification trajectories ever, and soon approaching universality, he said, noting that as of today, there are 170 ratifications, or nearly 90 per cent of all Member States, including most recently, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and the Maldives.Mr. Brandolino noted that UNODC is also facilitating direct support to victims of trafficking in persons through the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, and that around 2,000 victims a year are being provided critical assistance, such as safe shelter, legal support and advice on victims’ rights, appropriate treatment for physical and mental abuse, vocational training, establishing small businesses, schooling for children, and basic health services, among others. “The Trust Fund has so far allocated nearly $3 million and stands ready to continue this work should more donations be made,” he added.Wrapping up his presentation, he said “commitment yields results,” and “the Trafficking in Persons Protocol is the cornerstone of our response and should continue to be so. More than 15 years on, this hard-won instrument appeals to nearly all States while containing progressive, forward-looking provisions which promote the protection of victims. A young woman from a fishing community in West Bengal in eastern India. She comes from a village that is known for high levels of trafficking of women and girls to other major cities. Photo: UN Women/Anindit Roy-Chowdhury John Brandolino, Director of the Division for Treaty Affairs at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), spotlighted the importance of international treaties and agreements in tackling human trafficking in his address to a Headquarters event co-hosted with the European Union (EU) following up last week’s first-ever UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. “The forthcoming biennial 2016 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, which will be released in November, confirms that human trafficking flows generally follow the overall migratory flows, he said, adding that the majority of trafficking victims detected globally by Member States (around 60 per cent) are foreigners in the country of detection, most of them migrants.Likewise, information collected for the Global Report has shown an increasing detection of victims from conflict-affected countries such as Syria, Iraq and Somalia in countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.The continuing vulnerability of women and children as victims of trafficking in persons will also be revealed in the Global Report, comprising 79 per cent of the total victims detected. The EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator’s Progress Report from June of this year came to the same conclusion, highlighting the particular vulnerability of migrant children, he added.Further, EU data confirms that child trafficking is exacerbated by the ongoing migration crisis, during which the number of children arriving in the EU has risen exponentially. A significant amount of these children are travelling unaccompanied, making them preferred targets for traffickers. read more

Urban Meyer wants to reward Ohio State students with Appreciation Day

OSU coach Urban Meyer sits in his office at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center during an interview with The Lantern March 24.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorIf you’re an Ohio State student, Urban Meyer wants to see what you’ve got.Much like last spring when the Buckeyes and Meyer welcomed students to an open practice and one student got a chance to kick a field goal, OSU’s football coach is looking to do something similar this year. This time, though, it’s about speed.A student will go up against two of the fastest players on the team — sophomore running back Dontre Wilson and senior wide receiver Devin Smith.“We’ve always tried to get the students involved and have ownership,” Meyer said in an interview with The Lantern Monday. “I did this one other time (at Florida), where I wanted to see a couple students race our players in front of 80,000 people in a spring game. So we added a fastest student contest.”Students who are interested in competing are to report to the Biggs Lobby at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Wednesday at 5 p.m., Meyer said. There they can learn more about the event and take part in the first rounds of testing.A series of semifinal races are then scheduled to take place at OSU’s Student Appreciation Day April 5, which is slated to begin at 11 a.m. That winner then will get a chance to show their talent on an even bigger stage — Ohio Stadium — at halftime of the Spring Game April 12.If that student is able to beat out Smith and Wilson in a race, there might just be a future for them with the Buckeyes.“I hope not. I hope they can’t,” Meyer said of the chance a student has at beating his players. “If they can, I’m going to recruit them and get them on our team.”The semifinals of the race are not the only event scheduled for Student Appreciation Day: flag football is set for the same day.In the interview, Meyer emphasized the importance of students to the team and the university in general.“Take away the students and I don’t have a job … our president doesn’t have a job,” Meyer said. “All our focus (is) around boosters and whomever, and I get that. But I’m never gonna … I want students on our side.”Meyer mentioned that when he was the head coach at Bowling Green, he and players “went to every fraternity, every sorority, every student union group, student organization and taught them the fight song.”Meyer said he wants the student body fully invested in the football program.“What makes the energy in that stadium is our football team and our students,” Meyer said. “All due respect to the other 80,000 or whatever it is, it’s the students that create the buzz in the stadium. And we want to reward them.” read more

Sandvik launches new pilot bits for more efficient raise boring

first_imgSandvik says that the introduction of RR880 represents a new range of pilot bits for raise boring, given a new design to increase bit life and productivity, and reduce cost per metre. Most raise boring applications begin with the drilling of a pilot hole. The general length of a pilot hole varies from 30-1,000 m, with standard drill pipes of 1.5 m length.The time and cost involved in pulling the pipes out from a deep pilot hole is significant and the service life of pilot bits is therefore crucial when it comes to keeping down cost and time for any raise boring project. One of the main reasons for changing bits in the hole is gage wear. Consequently, in order to extend the service life of the pilot bits, a lot of the development work Sandvik has made on the new bit design has focused on improving gage protection. The new Sandvik RR880 premium pilot bits provide both durability and hole straightness and up to 35% longer bit life than its predecessor, substantially reducing the time and cost for changing tools.“With the new Sandvik RR880 pilot bits, you can drill longer between bit changes. Fewer bit changes meansshorter project times and increased profit at the end of the day”, says Göran Strand, Product Line Manager,Sandvik Mining. As a leading supplier to the mining industry, Sandvik says its full offering of rock tools “delivers the best combination for all for raise boring and blind boring up/down, and for both vertical and horizontal drilling.” The system features a wide range of reaming heads in a number of sizes and types, suitable for any raise boring or reaming applications. “Highly trained, expert engineers from Sandvik are equipped to provide the right parts and service for safe operation, low operating costs and long service life.”last_img read more

Column Whats the point of our national anthem today

first_imgTONY MULQUEEN, a councillor with Clare County Council, recently asked RTÉ to broadcast the national anthem “each night before midnight in the spirit of Irish pride and nationhood.”However, replying for the corporation, Peter Feeney has said that to do so would be “cumbersome” and “counter-productive” in respect of Cllr Mulqueen’s aims.National anthems are the product of emerging nations in search of cultural validation. Along with the flag, the currency, and a range of other invented ‘traditions’, the national anthem is one of the means whereby an imaginary unit (‘Great Britain’, for example) is compelled into existence.Given the fragmented, often illusory nature of modern nationhood, it’s no wonder that such pieces of music are frequently contentious.National anthems are intended to be what the theorists call ‘metonymic’, in so far as they stand in for the country with which they are associated.Some national anthems are amongst the most famous and most metonymic pieces of music in existence: who can hear La Marseillaise or God Save the Queen (or King) or The Star-Spangled Banner without conjuring the nations with which these songs are associated?On the other hand, you may be less familiar with Jana Gana Mana (India), Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu (Kenya) or El Gran Carlemany (Andorra).And then there’s Amhrán na bhFiann – A Soldier’s Song (or is it The Soldier’s Song or The Soldiers’ Song?). Someone looking for a crash course in modern Irish history could do worse than trace the troubled status of that piece of music from the time of its composition in 1907 down to the present day.As Kevin Myers wrote in 2010: “A debate about the utility and the suitability of Amhrán na bhFiann is as seasonal as spring: it’s what we do, whenever the rugby season isn’t going so well.”PredicamentThe exchange between Cllr Mulqueen and Mr Feeney may be regarded as the latest exchange in that debate. Such an exchange can, moreover, be troped in all sorts of ways: country versus city, tradition versus modernity, duty versus pragmatism. One suspects, given the ongoing assault upon traditional notions of nationhood, that Mr Mulqueen is likely to remain disappointed.Anyone who doubts the continuing power of the national anthem as a sign of Irish identity should recall that magical evening back in August when Katie Taylor stood in front of ExCel Arena in London to receive her gold medal.And yet, if you look at the footage of the ceremony you’ll notice that the Golden Girl is not exactly bursting forth in song. It’s not quite as embarrassing as that famous scene when John Redwood, the newly-appointed Secretary of State for Wales, tried to blag his way through the Welsh national anthem (Hen Wlad fy Nhadau) – exposing, in a way that commentary or newsprint never could, the poverty of Tory claims to hegemony (find it on YouTube: it’s hilarious).Nevertheless, many of us will be familiar with Taylor’s predicament on the night. My own engagement with Amhrán na bhFiann has always been anxious, both in terms of the sentiments expressed by the words, as well as the language in which they’re expressed. By the age of fourteen I knew every lyric to every Beatles song, but from whatever combination of laziness, impatience and alienation, I could never get past ‘Sinne Fianna Fáil’.From a musical perspective, there seems to be an implicit tension between national anthem lyrics (which tend on the whole to extol the virtues of the imagined nation) and the music itself, which frequently bears an uncertain relation to the musical traditions of the nation it is supposed to represent.Jimi Hendrix alerted the world to the power of ‘mishearing’ the national anthem when he performed that blistering version of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at Woodstock in 1969. Would a jazz version of that same piece make people (including Americans) feel differently about the USA? How about a flamenco version of La Marcha Real, or a reggae version of Jamaica, Land We Love?And what would an ‘Irish’ national anthem sound like? What are the distinguishing characteristics of ‘Irish’ music in the international soundscape?Perhaps, following the stereotypical logic of a movie like Titanic, we should have two national anthems: one, slow and yearning (low whistles, atmospheric ‘Celtic’ harmonies) to be played on occasions of gallant defeat; and another, wild and raucous – the full diddley-eye treatment – to be performed when we actually manage to win something.Gerry Smyth is a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University.last_img read more

Column Getting financial advice is a good idea but check the small

first_imgPension Regular Premium€1000 per month€1,200.0010% Initial, 3% Renewal Mortgage Protection / Life Assurance€50 Per Month€1,080.00180% of Year 1 Premium * Override is additional loyalty or bonus commission earned for placing more business with a firm. Who Pays?So, who pays for the advice if you are not paying? Who pays for these high commissions?The client always pays.It may not seem obvious right from the start, but the commissions are earned back over a number of years by higher annual management fees. In the UK, where most commissions have now been banned, Investment Management Fees are significantly lower. Typical investment and pension management fees in Ireland are around 1 per cent-1.25 per cent and can be as high as 2 per cent.This doesn’t even take account of other costs within investments, that don’t have to be declared, but that is a discussion for another day. When commissions are removed from the equation, these charges can be at least 50 per cent lower and over the life of a pension fund that can make a huge difference. For a 30-year-old, putting €500 per month into a pension, reducing management fees from 1 per cent to 0.5 per cent can increase his pension pot at age 65 by over €60,000.Life assurance policies pay out similar generous commissions to brokers, although the immediate impact is even less obvious. Often the first two years of premium go to pay broker commissions. Life Cover is generally 10 per cent-15 per cent lower for ‘nil commission’ contracts, but again that will generate a big saving over a typical 20 years mortgage protection policy.How much to Pay?I fully understand that everyone has to be paid for their work, and you can’t expect a financial advisor to work for nothing. However, in my experience since starting in the industry, advisors are paid far too much for very simple and straightforward advice. The amount an advisor earns should be directly linked to their skill and the quality of advice given. This can only be determined by the client and should never be determined by the product providers.Selling a simple mortgage protection product really should be very difficult and it’s not a complex product. Investment advice can be extremely complex, but in so many cases recently, I have seen brokers walk away with five-figure commissions for one hour of work selling a ‘Capital Guaranteed’ bond to a client.Where to go?Next time you are getting financial advice, ask your advisor if they offer a ‘fee based’ service, and how that would compare to commissions. Check their Terms of Business to insure they have a large number of agencies and that they have clearly set out their fees. Then negotiate what you feel is a fair amount of compensation for the work completed. A register of ‘fee based’ advisors is difficult to find as there are not very many of them out there. The Financial Planning Standards Board has a register of Certified Financial Planner™ Professionals, which is the highest qualification for financial advisors in Ireland, but doesn’t guarantee a fee bases. The Society of Financial Planners is another good source of information on ‘fee based’ advisors.Here are the top five questions you should be asking:Five key questions to ask a financial advisor before engaging with them: How do you get paid? Do you offer a transparent fee based service with no commissions?What are your qualifications? Do you have any post graduate qualifications, CFP™ or other qualification other than the basic QFA?What software, research and advice tools do you use to find me the best solution? (Otherwise advisors tend to just use the latest marketing material provided by their favourite life assurance or investment company)How many different companies do you deal with, and why? (Many advisors have a preference for one or two companies in order to earn override (bonus) commissions, even though they claim independence.Can you offer broad advice or are you a specialist? Are they a mortgage broker who offers other advice, or are they fully trained in all aspects of personal financial planning?David Quinn is the Managing Director of Established in 1988, Investwise is the trading name of Fitzpatrick Morris Financial Services Limited. With years of experience in the financial industry, they offer independent services and advice on a range of financial matters.‘The banks are not lending’ belief is stopping SMEs applying for loans>Column: Here’s how to protect your bank deposits in this unsettled economy> Product TypeAmountCommission EarnedNotecenter_img I CAME INTO the ‘Financial Advice’ industry relatively late, in my 30s. After completing my university degree I worked for a couple of investment banks in the IFSC. This gave me a great insight into how the investment management industry worked and where all the fees went. In 2006 I decided it would be more satisfying to work with real people, not institutions, and actually try to use all the knowledge I had gained to actually help make a small difference.To say I was shocked by the Financial Advice model would be an understatement. To get comfortable with all the complex products and charging structures I started with a life assurance company and did a six week ‘induction’ course. This had very little to do with good advice, and more to do with sales craft and how to lead clients towards buying products. The intentions were good overall, as they tried to help clients secure their financial future, but the incentives to abuse clients were huge given the high commissions available for financial products.There are a very large number of financial advisors in Ireland, most of whom are solid, reliable and well-intentioned individuals. They have the client’s best interests at heart. But there is a big problem: high commissions mean there is always a conflict of interest when dealing with clients and many are far too well paid for their efforts.Commission feesThe best financial advisors I have come across have enough confidence in their abilities to charge a fee, rather than earning commissions. They feel they can add value to their clients and give enough high quality advice to be able to charge their clients directly. However, these fees are only a drop in the ocean compared to the potential commissions on offer when selling life assurance and pensions.As an example, I came across a client recently who had been given advice by a long term broker friend of his, where the broker potentially trousered €75,000 in commissions without the client knowing. Now that is an extreme example, but it is worth noting that the average commission, including override, available on a €50,000 lump sum investment is €2,250. Just consider that figure and how much work a professional service provider such as an accountant or your local dentist would have to do to justify that fee.To give some further examples, here is a table of typical commissions earned: Investment Lump Sum€100,000€3,750.003% + .75% Override Pension Single Premium€10,000€625.005% + 1.25% Override*last_img read more

How to tether for free from your Android device no root required

first_imgCarriers like to charge for tethering, as it’s another pricey feature they can add to wireless bills. Customers don’t like being charged for tethering, as they’re paying a second time for the data they’ve already paid for. In these kinds of business/customer conflicts, the balance of power is usually decided by the amount of competition. As there are only four major carriers in the US, it’s now established that tethering costs consumers money. Fortunately for customers there are developers like Koush who are looking to shake things up. He has released a new app that tethers for free without requiring root.The app is called Clockworkmod Tether, and it’s now in alpha. It tethers to a Windows, OS X, or Linux machine via USB. Not only does it bypass the requirement of paying extra for tethering, but it also goes undetected by the carriers.If this sounds familiar, it’s because it does essentially the same thing as PDANet. It too will tether via USB without carrier detection, but there’s a big difference: PDANet costs $16 (for the full version), and Clockworkmod Tether is free. But as Koush’s new app is only in alpha and it will stop working on January 7 (he will release updates before then), there’s nothing stopping him from charging for it later.In the meantime you can try Clockworkmod Tether by following these steps:1. Download the Clockworkmod Tether desktop app from one of the following links: Windows, Mac, Linux2. You’ll need to have ADB drivers for your Android device installed on your computer (that usually means installing the Android SDK).3. Connect your device to your PC via USB4. Open the app and press start. It should start tethering your device’s connection to your desktop.If you run into device detection errors, then you’ll want to double check that you have the ADB drivers installed. If your device is detected but the app isn’t properly working, try restarting it.via Koushik Dutta, Droid-Lifelast_img read more

Kidney disease goodwill

first_imgYou may not expect kidney disease to happen to you but statistics show that people can lose up to 90 percent of their kidney function before experiencing any symptoms and within a few days can find they are on dialysis. This is what happened to Harry Efthimiadis, 49, from Clarinda when he was diagnosed 10 years ago. Yet to his fortune, Leon Carver, a teammate from his previous cricket club, Knox Chiefs offered him a kidney out of the blue. Efthimiadis said that he was surprised because, “we never really kept in touch because to be honest, I was a bit of a bastard.. so I said don’t be stupid.”After five years of offering and the development of a strong friendship, Efthimiadis finally accepted his best friend’s offer and underwent a transplant last November. Mr Efthimiadis now works at the Monash Medical Centre as an orderly so that he can care for patients of dialysis and the two continue to remain the best of friends.National Kidney Week began yesterday and Kidney Health Australia launched a national advertising campaign to create awareness that one in three Australians is at increased risk of Chronic Kidney Disease. Diabetes, a family history of kidney disease, being over the age of 50, smokers and especially those with obesity and high blood pressure are at higher risk of the disease, which is why the association suggests regular blood pressure checks and losing excess weight through healthy eating if obese. Kidney Health Australia will also be conducting free blood pressure checks across Australia as part of its Measure Up campaign, see for locations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

2016 Melbourne Art Fair cancelled

first_imgThe 2016 Melbourne Art Fair has been cancelled, with doubt cast over the future of the 28-year-old biennial art event.In a statement released this morning Anna Pappas, chair of the not-for-profit Melbourne Art Foundation, announced the decision to abort this year’s fair, slated for August, due to the withdrawal of a number of high-profile galleries this week.“The aim of the Foundation is to always showcase the best Australian contemporary art and support living artists and their galleries,” Pappas explained. “With a new and expanded vision planned for the 2016 Fair, we needed the full support of our constituents in order to generate national interest, support satellite events and attract international collectors.“Whilst this situation is deeply disappointing, the Board understands the economic imperatives of commercial galleries, and the many shifts in the global contemporary art market. A decision as to the future of the Fair beyond 2016 will be made in due course after further careful assessment by the Board.”The cancellation follows the Melbourne Art Foundation’s severance of its contract with the Tim Etchells–led Art Fairs Australia, the organisation appointed to manage the fair, just 18 months into its 20-year term, in August 2015.Source: Australia Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more