March in Patiala on January 6 to demand arrest of gang-rape accused

first_imgAccusing Punjab police of a sluggish approach towards arresting the accused in the alleged gang-rape case of a 13-year-old Dalit girl, the National Scheduled Castes Alliance, an NGO, has decided to organise a march in Patiala on January 6. Meanwhile, a special investigating team has been set up to investigate the case.NSCA president Paramjit Kainth said the incident took place in SAS Nagar district on July 3, 2016, but the three accused in the case are yet to be arrested. The police say they are “absconding” as of now.‘Political pressure’ “This march is to raise our voice against the injustice meted out to the 13-year-old gang-rape victim and her family because of political pressure on the police to shield the culprits,” claimed Mr. Kainth, adding, “In a sensitive issue such as this, the government is maintaining a silence. We are coordinating our efforts for justice to prevail in this case.”On Thursday, the Inspector General of Police (Patiala Zone) constituted a special investigation team under Kanwaldeep Kaur, Superintendent of Police (Headquarters), Patiala. The three-member all-woman team has been asked to investigate the case thoroughly and present its report as soon as possible.No arrest“The girl belongs to the Scheduled Caste community and hence no organisation or government official has been taking the issue seriously,” alleged Mr. Kainth. He said the NSCA had met the IGP (Patiala Zone) in December to impress upon him the fact that the police had not charged the accused under Section 376 D of the IPC (gang rape) and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. “Later these sections were added, but the accused are yet to be arrested,” he said.last_img read more

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James wins 3rd All-Star Game MVP

first_imgLOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: LeBron James #23 of Team LeBron celebrates as Stephen Curry #30 of Team Stephen looks on after the end of the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to capture his third career NBA All-Star Game MVP as Team LeBron stormed from behind to beat Team Stephen, 148-145.James, who was also MVP in 2006 and 2008, made 12 of 17 field goal attempts in 31 minutes of playing time at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Cousins was unable to play due to an Achilles tendon injury and was replaced by Paul George.With 14 all-star starts, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar James is now just one behind Kobe Bryant for the most starts overall.The four-time league MVP also becomes the fifth player to appear in 14 all-star games, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (18), Bryant (15), Tim Duncan (15) and Kevin Garnett (14).“Championships is what I play for,” James said Sunday. “If you are able to have accolades along the journey then that is cool and this is one of them.“That’s what this league is all about and hopefully at the end of the road I have the Cavs there to be in the finals representing the East.” READ: Team LeBron tops Team Stephen in All-Star Game thriller“I need to continue to show myself because every time I step on the floor I have to lead my guys or prove to myself that I am still able to play at a high level. I feel great,” said James, who is the All-Star Game’s all-time leading scorer with 343 points in 14 appearances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames’s three MVPs ties him with Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and Shaquille O’Neal. Kobe Bryant and Bob Pettit each won the award four times.James acted as the player-captain this year under a new selection format designed to eliminate the all-star game blowouts of the past few years. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Marinerong Pilipino crushes AMA for 3rd straight win NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It paid off mightily as Sunday’s contest was highlighted by high-flying slam dunks, clutch defensive stops down the stretch and even a video review that went against James but their offensive juggernaut from claiming victory.“It definitely worked out,” James said. “It worked out for not only the players, but the league and the fans, everybody.”Under the new format, the top vote getters in each conference (James and Stephen Curry) were named captains and they got to pick their teams from the list of available players. The first four picks had to come from the list of starters.James revealed on Sunday who his top four draft picks were.“I took Kevin (Durant) first, then I took Anthony Davis and I followed with Kyrie (Irving) and DeMarcus (Cousins),” he said.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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UN arbitration on South China Sea tainted: China

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Mar 8 (PTI) Terming the UNs arbitration on a raging territorial dispute in the South China Sea as “tainted”, China today asserted that will not honour the outcome of the tribunal in the strategically vital area.”The Philippines stubbornness is clearly the result of the behind scenes instigation and political manoeuvring,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at his annual press conference, in a veiled attack on the US for its backing to the Philippines and the maritime neighbours of China in the South China Sea (SCS) dispute.China refuses to recognise the case lodged by the Philippines with the tribunal and says all disputes should be resolved through bilateral talks.”This so called arbitration has become tainted and gone astray and China is not going to honour it,” Wang said.Asked whether China is worried about the likelihood of the Philippines winning its petition on its claims on the SCS islands at the UN Conference of the Law of Sea (UNCLOS), Wang said it is too early to judge the outcome of the case.”I respectyour right to ask the question. Perhaps you are judging the outcome of the UNCLOS arbitration case and it is too early to tell,” he said.China has already made a declaration at the UNCLOS back in 2006 excluding itself from the arbitration under the article 290 of the tribunal, Wang said adding that over 30 other countries made similar declarations excluding themselves.”So in legal terms these declaration are part of UNCLOS and must be respected by other parties,” he said.advertisement”So by not accepting arbitration case China is acting entirely legal. Where as the Philippines stand is unlawful and unfaithful and unreasonable,” he said.Wang again reaffirmed Chinas claims on the whole of the SCS stating that “China is the fist one to discover, name develop the SCS islands”.”Our ancestors lived and worked here for ages. We know the place and love it more than anyone else,” he said.Chinas stand on the SCS is strongly contested by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan which had counter claims on the islands and reefs, which believed to have rich oil and mineral deposits.The US in a bid to assert the freedom of the navigation in the region has sent its naval ships and aircraft to counter Chinese claims.Wang defended China building defence facilities in the SCS, saying that they belonged to it.”China exercises the right of self defence entitled by the international law,” he said, rejecting allegations that China militarised the region.Wang said China will uphold the freedom of navigation of the SCS over which a host of countries, including India and US have expressed concerns. PTI KJV NSAlast_img read more

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Social worker Sr Mary Jane passes away

first_imgPanaji, Apr 20 (PTI) Sister Mary Jane, who has been working in the field of prisoner reform in Goa, passed away today.She was 75.Sr Jane breathed her last at her residence in Navelim village, near Margao city, Fr Maverick Fernandes, Director, Caritas Goa, told PTI.Sr Jane was coordinator of prison ministry of Caritas, a wing of Goa Church, and has been working with prisoners in erstwhile Aguada jail, Colvale Correction Home and Sada Sub Jail over twenty years, he said.”Mother Jane was truly a great mother to all. Very humble, simple, compassionate, kind and extremely loving,” Fr Dominic Savio Fernandes of Don Bosco Society said in a condolence message.Born in Kenya in 1941, Sr Jane had settled at Saligao in Goa since she was six year old.The Catholic nun was awarded Rajya Mahila Sanman Award by Goas Directorate of Women and Child Development in the year 2014.She was training the prisoners on skills like arts and crafts, candle making, baking, clay work, painting, music, computers, sports besides enrolling them in National Open Schools for studies. PTI CORR ARSlast_img read more

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Right-back Antonio Valencia signs new contract with Manchester United F.C.

first_imgManchester United on Friday announced that right-back Antonio Valencia has signed a contract which will keep him with the English football giants until June 2019, with the option to extend for a further year.”Manchester United has been my life since 2009 and I am absolutely delighted to have signed a new contract. Wednesday evening provided the one trophy (Europa League) this club had never won and it was a true honour for me to captain the team for the final,” the Colombian said in a statement posted on the club’s website.”I would like to thank the manager (Jose Mourinho) for the confidence he has given me this season and I am sure that we will be challenging on all fronts next season. I would also like to say a big thank you to my family, my team-mates and, of course, the fans, for their amazing support,” the 31-year-old added.Valencia, 31, has won two English Premier League (EPL) titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, the UEFA Europa League and three Community Shields.last_img read more

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Kim Kardashian goes braless on date night with Kanye West

first_imgKim Kardashian, who has always made headlines with her bold fashion choices, caught attention, once again, when she stepped out without wearing a bra.Kim Kardashian was clicked donning a sheer spandex leotard, without a bra, when she went out on a date with husband Kanye West.Kim paired the sheer attire with a silver metallic skirt with a slit, and completed the look with a pair of ankle strap pumps and shades. Picture courtesy: Instagram/kardashianjenneritalyKanye, on the other hand, sported a simple grey T-shirt and a pair of quirky paint-covered trousers. He finished his look with a pair of combat boots of his own design. Picture courtesy: Instagram/kardashianjenneritalyAlso Read: Kim Kardashian in an Anita Dongre lehenga is all you need to see todayAlso Watch: Kim Kardashian’s tryst with plastic surgerieslast_img read more

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I don’t want to be Kapil Dev, says Hardik Pandya

first_imgIndia all-rounder Hardik Pandya silenced all of his critics in style on Sunday as he picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in the third Test against England to put his team in a commanding position at Trent Bridge.India rode on Pandya’s brilliant pace bowling as they took 10 wickets in the second session to bowl England out for 161 to take a first innings lead of 168 runs.India then ended the second day’s play at 124 for 2 in 31 overs with a lead of 292 runs against England.Hardik Pandya records maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricketAfter the day’s play Pandya hit back at his critics for constantly comparing him with the legendary Kapil Dev.”Comparisons are fine. But the problem with this (comparison) is that all of a sudden when something goes wrong and they are like he is not that. I have never wanted to be Kapil Dev. Let me be Hardik Pandya. I am good at being Hardik Pandya, and I have reached here till now played 40 ODIs and 10 Tests being Hardik Pandya, not Kapil Dev.Don’t worry about me: Hardik Pandya hits back at critics after 5 for 28″They have created their era, let me be Hardik Pandya. Let’s stop comparing me with anyone. I will be happy if you don’t,” Pandya said after his potential game-changing performance.wickets!!!You keep getting better day by day and I keep running out of words to praise you day by day. Well done, Bhai!!! @hardikpandya7 pic.twitter.com/fLErK1pCm3Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) August 19, 2018Pandya ran through the England line-up and took just 29 deliveries to pick up the wickets of captain Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid and Stuart Broad.advertisementHe became the second fastest Indian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in Test cricket behind Harbhajan Singh, who set the record in just 27 balls against West Indies in 2006.Well done Bhai: Krunal doffs his hat to Hardik Pandya after maiden five-wicket haulPandya also became the joint fourth fastest to have scored a hundred and take a five-wicket haul.Pandya, like Salim Durani and none other than Kapil Dev, to take just 10 matches to achieve the feat.”I don’t play for them (critics). They are getting paid for saying things which I don’t even want to know or care. I play for my country. I am doing the right thing. My team is happy with me, nothing else matters,” he said, aiming his guns at the recent criticism that has come after defeats in Birmingham and Lord’s.Trent Bridge Test: India in command after Pandya takes 5 wickets in 29 ballsPandya also said that nothing has changed from the previous matches, whilst also commended the efforts of Ishant Sharma who took 2-32 and revealed that he shares a great chemistry with the seasoned pacer.”We were bowling the same length that we were bowling in the other games as well. It’s just that we were getting enough swing and obviously the situation was such if they played a bad shot it would be India on the up again. So we had the cushion of having runs under the belt,” he said.”If you see the other two games I have done the same thing (bring variations in wrist and grip position). It’s just that today I got the wickets, that’s it. I feel that with my bowling style it is important to it because they will get used to it if I come and bowl with the same length.”I don’t swing both ways that much, and my outswing is my main ball so that’s why I keep on using. It makes difficult for them to get it exactly where I am bowling,” Pandya said(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Report: Brighton 0 Crystal Palace 0

first_imgBrighton and Hove Albion 0 Crystal Palace 0: Hodgson’s men keep first clean sheet Stephen Creek 05:42 11/29/17 androstownsend-cropped Getty Images The first top-flight meeting between Brighton and Crystal Palace for 36 years ended goalless at the Amex Stadium. Crystal Palace kept their first clean sheet of the Premier League season as they held Brighton and Hove Albion to a 0-0 draw to earn their first away point of the campaign.The two sides renewed their top-flight rivalry after 36 years in the Eagles’ first visit to the Amex Stadium since their infamous victory in the Championship play-off semi-final of 2013, and the tension around the ground was reflected by two teams who defended in numbers.The return of Christian Benteke to Roy Hodgson’s starting line-up, alongside Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, ensured that Brighton could not relax and all three forwards had chances to score Palace’s first away goal in the league since April. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Former Palace striker Glenn Murray was given precious little to work with at the other end until six minutes from time, when he had a header cleared off the line, and Chris Hughton’s side drew a blank for the first time in six league games at home.The result marked another step along the road to recovery for Palace, after making the worst start to a season in Premier League history, and they have now taken five points from their last three league games.No goals, but:First point away from home.First clean sheet.[0-0] #BHACRY pic.twitter.com/byrrwMe98n— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) November 28, 2017Matt Ryan made a brilliant double save to deny Benteke and then Zaha after 14 minutes as the visitors exploited gaps in front of the Brighton defence, and the goalkeeper had to be alert to cut out Townsend’s in-swinging cross four minutes later.Having stemmed the flow of Palace attacks, Brighton won a corner and Lewis Dunk outjumped James Tomkins to test Wayne Hennessey with a header after 21 minutes, but the goalkeeper was equal to it.Jose Izquierdo lost his marker on the edge of the box and stung Hennessey’s palms with a dipping drive just before the half-hour mark and Palace were let off by Dale Stephens, who skewed the rebound well wide with the goalkeeper still on the ground.Palace struggled to cope with Izquierdo’s pace and he surged forward after 37 minutes before switching the play to Anthony Knockaert, who teed up Pascal Gross but the German’s low drive was saved by the Hennessey diving to his left.Brighton heaped pressure on Hennessey’s goal early in the second half and Dunk pulled off a near-post back-heel that flashed narrowly wide after a corner in the 56th minute.At the other end, as visiting supporters set off fireworks in the stand, Ruben Loftus-Cheek carved space for himself in the penalty area but his shot was headed clear by the diving Shane Duffy.Zaha whipped a bouncing cross tantalisingly along the edge of the six-yard box, just beyond the reach of Benteke, before Brighton attacked and Duffy looped a header over the crossbar.As Palace began to tire, Stephens tried his luck from 20 yards but his low shot flashed just wide with Hennessey at full stretch, but Loftus-Cheek still had the legs to spark a 79th-minute break that saw Townsend square the ball to Zaha, who sent his shot high and wide of the target.With six minutes left, a Brighton corner found the head of Murray at the far post and the striker powered the ball towards goal, only to see Townsend clear the ball off the line and ensure Palace held on for a share of the points.last_img read more

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ICTSI Orders Big at Kalmar

first_imgzoom Kalmar has received two separate orders for cargo handling equipment from the Philippine-based terminal operator International Container Services Inc. (ICTSI) for its terminals in Manila and Subic Bay.Kalmar will deliver in total 42 Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors, five Kalmar reachstackers and two Kalmar rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).ICTSI also ordered 16 Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors and two Kalmar RTGs for Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation (SBITC).Two of the Kalmar Gloria reachstackers (Kalmar DRG450-60S5M) and three Kalmar empty container handlers (Kalmar DCT80) will be supplied to MICT by the end April 2015.All Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors will be delivered to Manila and SBITC’s new container terminal in Zambales during the third quarter. The delivery of Kalmar E-One2 RTGs is scheduled for completion by end-November 2015.The expansion of terminal operations currently underway at MICT and SBITC has required an increase in the existing fleets. MICT currently accounts for the majority of container traffic moving through Manila. SBITC is the major gateway for Central and Northern Luzon.Mohamed Ghandar, ICTSI Director Asia Region and General Manager of MICT, said:“MICT is ICTSI’s flagship operation and since 1988 we have increased the terminal’s annual capacity five-fold. We are expanding the cargo handling fleet to make it the largest and most modern terminal operation in the Philippines.”last_img read more

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UP Bar Council chiefs killer dies in Gurugram hospital

first_imgGurugram: The lawyer who shot himself after killing Uttar Pradesh Bar Council President Darvesh Singh Yadav in Agra court died in a Gurugram hospital on Saturday. Manish Sharma was shifted to Medanta hospital. He was in coma and was kept on a ventilator. He was declared dead on Saturday afternoon. Sharma had shot his colleague Darvesh Singh Yadav on June 12 after the latter was elected as the Bar council President. Sharma fired three bullet at Yadav, killing her on the spot. Immediately after, Sharma shot himself in the head.last_img

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African Union UN name joint envoy to spearhead peacekeeping force in Darfur

Rodolphe Adada, 61, has been appointed Joint AU-UN Special Representative for Darfur, according to a statement issued by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and AU Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konaré. Mr. Adada will have overall authority over the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur, oversee the implementation of its mandate and be responsible for its management and functioning. The new mission, which is expected to deploy about 17,000 troops and 3,000 police officers, will be the final phase in a three-step process in which the UN is supporting and enhancing the existing but under-resourced AU peacekeeping mission to Darfur, known as AMIS. Most of the troops in the hybrid force will be African. As part of the first phase, known as the “light support package,” the UN handed over medical support items ranging from a fully equipped ambulance to pharmaceutical products such as drugs and vaccines to AMIS. Today’s announcement about Mr. Adada referred to the conclusions reached by the UN, the AU and the Sudanese Government at a high-level meeting in Addis Ababa in mid-November last year and endorsed subsequently by the AU and Khartoum. The UN and AU have stepped up their peacemaking efforts over the past year amid mounting international concern at the situation inside Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million others forced to flee their homes since 2003. Mr. Ban has described Darfur as the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and the conflict between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias – notorious for their attacks on civilians – and rebel groups has threatened to spill into neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). The individual Special Envoys of the UN and the AU for Darfur, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, respectively, are scheduled to arrive in Khartoum today for a two-day visit, their third to the country as part of their joint efforts to revitalize the political process. Before the visit to Khartoum, the two envoys travelled to Cairo for talks with the Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Amr Moussa. 8 May 2007The United Nations and the African Union (AU) announced today that the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo will be their new joint envoy for Darfur and will also head up the proposed hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping mission to the war-torn Sudanese region. read more

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Not enough has been done Flaherty slams European leaders lack of action

Der Spiegel names Europe’s 10 most dangerous politicians OTTAWA — The leaders of the world’s most important economies left the G20 summit in Mexico this June professing a newfound confidence that Europe would finally take bold action to get its economic house in order.Two months later, the 17-member eurozone’s economy remains anemic, with no end in sight to the continent’s debt crisis.Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is among those lamenting Europe’s lack of action to contain its financial woes.“Not enough has been done,” Flaherty said Wednesday. “They need to do much more.”Some necessary steps have been taken, particularly by the European Central Bank, he said. But the finance minister stressed the need for more action.[np-related]“We have been clear for several years that not only should the European countries take overwhelming, concerted action to take control of the situation,” Flaherty said, “but also that the European countries themselves have more than adequate resources to do so.”Charting a course for the economy will be on the finance minister’s to-do list when he meets business leaders, academics and other experts over the next two days during his annual summer retreat in Wakefield, Que.Flaherty’s comments about Europe’s lack of action come as Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Ottawa.Up for discussion between the two leaders will be the free-trade deal between Canada and the European Union that Harper’s Conservative government hopes to ink before the end of the year.At some point, talk will undoubtedly turn to Europe’s debt crisis.The Conservatives have been adamant that Canada will not contribute to a global bailout package through the International Monetary Fund.It really is up to them to deal with this issue. This is a European issue. It is the euro, is the currencyFlaherty reiterated that position Wednesday, but he also showed frustration with the Europeans for not taking what he said are clear steps to remedy their economic woes.“My European colleagues and I speak, and I know them all well,” he said.“It really is up to them to deal with this issue. This is a European issue. It is the euro, is the currency. The European Central Bank is the European Central Bank. And just as I would not expect them to try to indicate to me how we should deal with the Bank of Canada, or how we should deal with our own issues here in Canada, similarly it’s up to them to deal with those issues.”The solution and the road forward is very clear, he added.“They need to re-capitalize banks and they need to deal with the sovereign debt situation. We’ve known this for several years now, which makes it rather frustrating at the end of the day, quite frankly.”The Canadian Press read more

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UN feeds droughtstricken Somalis threatened by famine

“We have managed to reach nearly 77,000 people affected by the most severe drought in the region for more than 20 years,” said WFP Somalia country director Robert Hauser. “We targeted those least able to cope – malnourished children, the destitute, the disabled and the aged.”In this first round of emergency food distributions WFP has delivered 732 tons of mixed food commodities, enough to last a month, to 39 villages in Somaliland – 15 of them through the Puntland port of Bossaso. The Sool and Sanaag districts were the worst affected.Humanitarian access to the region has been guaranteed following extensive discussions of security issues between WFP and the administrations of Somaliland and Puntland. These negotiations have also opened up access for other humanitarian agencies.Ironically, WFP’s operation was hampered by unusual rains that fell on Somalia at the beginning of December, when food delivery trucks were periodically stuck in mud.”Thirty-two of the 39 villages we assisted were hit by the rain, but it was too late to relieve the food situation,” Mr. Hauser said. “The downpour brought temporary relief to the water shortages, but 80 per cent of the livestock the people here depend on have already died.”WFP requires 14,912 tons of food, worth about $ 11.5 million, for the drought emergency and other projects in Somalia until the end of 2004. read more

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UN strongly condemns Afghan civilian deaths caused by improvised explosive devices

Six women, two girls, two boys, and two male drivers were killed in the incident in Giro district, according to a press statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).The Mission noted that IEDs used by anti-government elements is the leading cause of civilian deaths and injuries this year. It has documented 312 civilian deaths and 695 civilians injured by these weapons between 1 January and 22 May. Of these, 104 civilians were killed and 118 injured by pressure-plate IEDs, a 39 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2013. “Rising civilian casualties in 2014 from IEDs, particularly indiscriminate pressure-plate IEDs, is extremely disturbing,” said Nicholas Haysom, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan. “I reiterate UNAMA’s call to all anti-government elements to cease using these terrible weapons which have devastating consequences for civilians.” The Mission stressed that the use of indiscriminate victim-activated IEDs – which function like massive anti-personnel landmines – may amount to a war crime and is a serious violation of international humanitarian law which binds all parties – including anti-government elements – to the armed conflict in Afghanistan. read more

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Ohio State baseball falls to Iowa via walkoff blast in Big Ten

Strong pitching may have highlighted the first-round Big Ten tournament matchup between Ohio State and Iowa, but it was a pair of big blasts that decided the contest.Iowa senior infielder Nick Day hit a two-out, two-run homer off Ohio State senior closer Trace Dempsey to deliver a 3-2 victory for the second-seeded Hawkeyes at Target Field in Minneapolis.Dempsey retired the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth in short order but walked pinch hitter Eric Schenck-Joblinske to put the winning run at the plate in Day.Day’s heroics came shortly after OSU senior outfielder Pat Porter hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning to put OSU up 2-1.OSU sophomore right-hander Travis Lakins and Iowa junior right-hander Tyler Peyton battled deep into the game, with Iowa scoring early and OSU answering late.The Hawkeyes got on the board in the second inning, when a walk and single to start the inning set up a sacrifice bunt and RBI groundout.Lakins would settle in from there, not allowing a run the rest of the way, but OSU was unable to break through against Peyton — until the top of the seventh.OSU chased Peyton after tying the game with a double and single to lead off the inning putting runners on the corners. Freshman outfielder Tre’ Gantt then tied the game with a sacrifice fly.OSU continued to threaten in the inning with two runners on against Iowa reliever Nick Hibbing, but the senior retired sophomore infielder L Grant Davis and sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery to get out of the jam and keep the game tied.After Lakins got out of the bottom of the frame after allowing a leadoff hit, Porter blasted a one-out pitch from Hibbing over the right-field wall at Target Field in the following inning.Porter had three hits in four at-bats on the afternoon. Junior first baseman Zach Ratcliff also had multiple hits for the Buckeyes.Lakins, after giving up 19 runs in his previous three starts, was much better Wednesday, throwing eight innings of one-run ball. He allowed six hits and struck out six.OSU has now lost nine of 10 conference games. It was the first meeting between OSU and Iowa this season.Prior to the game, Michigan defeated Indiana 4-1 to advance to the winner’s bracket. As a result, the Buckeyes will face the Hoosiers, who swept them last weekend, in the loser’s bracket, with the loser being knocked out of the tournament.OSU’s contest against Indiana is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Target Field. Senior left-hander Ryan Riga is set to get the start for the Buckeyes. read more

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Beatrice and Eugenie discuss life in public eye Its tough being a

It is hard to be a working princess – especially in the age of Instagram. That is the message from Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, in a rare interview providing a glimpse into their “real” lives. The Queen’s granddaughters said the time felt right to “share our world” in a candid chat about life as young royals. “It’s hard to navigate situations like these because there is no precedent, there is no protocol,” said Princess Beatrice. They spoke to Vogue magazine and posed for an accompanying fashion shoot at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, residence of their father, the Duke of York.  “We are the first: we are young women trying to build careers and have personal lives, and we’re also princesses,… Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Man who beat wife with rolling pin jailed for 18 months

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKitty man accused of beating wife with pipe granted bailJune 11, 2018In “Court”Dataram gets 4 years for ammo possession, wife freedJanuary 19, 2017In “Court”24 months jail for intruder who fell asleep during robberyJuly 9, 2018In “Court” A man who claimed that he beat his wife with a rolling pin after he found out about an alleged affair was jailed for 18 months when he appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts earlier today (Monday).Forty-three-year-old, Collin Millington admitted to committing the offence on May 5 2018.It is alleged that he unlawfully wounded his wife at their Austin Street, Campbellville Georgetown home.According to Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, the defendant is in the habit of beating his wife when angered. On the day of the beating, the man got wind of an affair that his wife was allegedly having and as such he picked up a rolling pin from the kitchen and dealt the woman several lashes to her body.The matter was reported to the Police and Millington was arrested and charged. He reportedly told Police that he should have beat the woman more severely.As such he was jailed by Latchman. read more

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Muslim spokesperson apologises for saying its acceptable for girls to undergo FGM

first_imgMuslim spokesperson apologises for saying it’s acceptable for girls to undergo FGM “I condemn FGM in the strongest terms.” By Hayley Halpin 109 Comments Feb 15th 2018, 5:30 PM Share449 Tweet Email Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3854030 DR ALI SELIM, a leading figure in the Irish Muslim community, has apologised for his comments last week in which he claimed female genital mutilation is acceptable in some cases.Last week, Selim told Prime Time that if a parent wants their daughter to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), then they should seek the advice of their doctors as it can be necessary for medical reasons.“We see female circumcision in the same way we see male circumcision. It might be needed for one person and not another, and it has to be done by a doctor and practised in a safe environment,” Selim said last Thursday.Since then, Selim’s comments have come under sharp criticism from various quarters, with healthcare professionals, family organisations, and activists campaigning against the FGM culture refuting his claims.Last night, Selim spoke on TV3′s Pat Kenny Show to clarify his comments.“I condemn FGM in the strongest terms. I admit that I caused confusion based on my misunderstanding of the term [circumcision] and I do apologise for this,” Selim said.“I’m not a medical doctor. I’m not a native speaker of English either. My English is really good but definitely sometimes it lets me down,” he said.He told Kenny that he was out of his comfort zone and “misunderstood the terms as medical experts would use them”. Dr Ali Selim FGM has no religious foundation. It is a cultural practice practiced by Muslims and non-Muslims in the past and until today’s time. I definitely support the ban of that.The Irish College of General Practitioners and other medical organisations have clarified that there is no medical reason for FGM and it should never be done. The World Health Organisation has also condemned the “medicalisation” of FGM.BacklashSelim is an Arabic lecturer at Trinity College Dublin. Since his remarks last week, there has been a significant amount of backlash from the student population and the university said it would provide students with an alternative lecturer than Selim if they wished.Reacting to this, Selim said: “I think Trinity College is run by very wise people and I think they will take the right decisions in the best interests of our students and anything in the best interests of our students I support.”Selim also confirmed that he would not be resigning as spokesperson for the Islamic Cultural Centre.Earlier this week, the Islamic Centre of Ireland (ICI) issued a fatwa to unequivocally condemn female genital mutilation.The fatwa – which is a ruling on a given topic based on interpretation of the sources of Islamic law – was signed by the head imam of the ICI Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri.He said that FGM in all its forms is “religiously impermissible and sinful”.Selim address the issuing of the fatwa on the talk show last night.Speaking to Kenny, he said: “My understanding of fatwa is an Islamic rule issued by an Islamic scholar and Muslim scholars if they issue a fatwa we have to ask questions about that. Are they qualified to issue a fatwa and their qualification means they have to be qualified, ie. have a degree in Islam.”When asked if he would issue a fatwa against FGM as Dr Al-Qadri has done, Selim said:“I see it as an un-Islamic practice and I condemn it.”On the public reaction to his comments, Selim said: “I do not release the Irish media to contributing to a large extent of this misunderstanding… Thousands of articles [sic] have been written so far but I was only contacted by three journalists, three people only spoke to me and asked for clarification.”Read: Muslim spokesman criticised for saying it’s acceptable for girls to undergo FGMMore: ‘Harmful and sinful’: Islamic Centre of Ireland issues fatwa against female genital mutilation Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19,690 Views Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 5:30 PM Dr Ali Selim Image: TV3 player Image: TV3 playerlast_img read more

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2 killed 1 injured in Portland stabbing person in custody

first_imgPORTLAND — Two people died Friday and another was hurt in a stabbing on a Portland light-rail train after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, one of whom was wearing a hijab, police said.Officers arrested a man Friday afternoon who ran from the train, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Police were still working Friday night to identify the man and the people who were attacked.Before the stabbing the assailant on the train was ranting on many topics, using “hate speech or biased language,” and then turned his focus on the women, police Sgt. Pete Simpson said. “In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him and appeared to try to intervene with his behavior and some of the people that he was yelling at,” Simpson told The Oregonian. “They were attacked viciously.”One person was dead at the scene and another died at a hospital, Simpson said. The third person was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.last_img read more

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KARYANNA NOT IN JAIL RELEASED WITH GPS MONITORING

KARYANNA NOT IN JAIL RELEASED WITH GPS MONITORING

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Nov 2014 – Karyanna Cox is not in police custody; the young woman, who allegedly attacked someone with a dangerous weapon according to the St Lucie County Sheriff’s office was since November 13th; last week Thursday released on her own reconnaissance or ROR(ed) with the conditions being that she would have to be monitored by GPS and must have no contact with the so called victim in the matter. Many were not happy about reporting of the story on the arrest of Karyanna Cox, a graphic design student at Indian River State College and some are expressing as much as the shocking case came to light late yesterday. Nonetheless, Magnetic Media has been in touch with the Port St Lucie County Courthouse where it is confirmed that 19 year old Karyanna was held for one night after being arrested on November 12th for a felony. We also learned that because the court has not yet filed the information including what precisely Karyanna will be charged with, there is no new court date as yet. While some are furious, others are calling for increased prayers for the country’s youth and its people as a barrage of unfortunate stories about TCI women living abroad have surfaced in the past four months. Two involved women likely coping with Postpartum Depression; one taking her own life after allegedly hurting her three-month old son, while the other is charged with the murder of her six-year old daughter; now Karyanna, a promising graduate of Clement Howell High who is an American citizen and who yesterday marked her 19th birthday is soon to be arraigned. Cox is the daughter of GSS Deputy Secretary Russell Cox; her mother, Kay Cox, is a teacher at Ianthe Pratt Primary. Related Items:clement howell high school, ianthe pratt, indian river state college, karyann cox, kay cox, russel cox, st. lucie county Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships National Heritage Month ends Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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