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LeBron, Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star Game teams

first_imgView comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next James and Curry received the most votes from fans in their conferences Thursday night and will draft from a pool of the rest of the NBA’s best for the Feb. 18 game in Los Angeles.“Captain huh? Really Appreciate all the votes from the fans, media and players!” Curry wrote on Twitter .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames will pick first as the player who received the most fan votes. He will make his 14th All-Star Game start, one behind Kobe Bryant for the most in league history.“Congrats Captain ,” Kevin Love wrote to his Cleveland teammate James on Instagram. CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 25: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers pause on the court during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on December 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Team LeBron against Team Stephen is the NBA’s new All-Star matchup.LeBron James and Stephen Curry will go head-to-head again, this time as captains who pick teams for the revamped NBA All-Star Game.ADVERTISEMENT He could start his team with Kevin Durant, who teamed with Curry to beat James and the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Or maybe he could go with Kyrie Irving, a former All-Star Game MVP who asked to be traded away from Cleveland last summer and has led Boston to the best record in the East.Perhaps it will be Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, whom James came from behind to edge with 2.6 million votes. The Greek Freak had a little more than 2.5 million.The format was changed from the traditional East vs. West matchup for the first time after lackluster games the last two seasons, when players made little attempt to defend and the West nearly scored 200 points in both of its victories.Both James and Curry will make their first four picks from the pool of starters, but they don’t have to stick to conference affiliation in choosing their rosters.The other starters from the Eastern Conference will be Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, the only first-time All-Star among the starters.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Joint Olympic flag deal angers conservatives in South Korea Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa New Orleans also has two starters in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Houston guard James Harden, the NBA’s scoring leader, rounds out the starters, who were selected by a combination of fan, media and player voting. Fan balloting accounted for 50 percent of the formula, with the media panel and player vote each making up 25 percent.The seven reserves in each conference, voted upon by the head coaches in each conference, will be announced Tuesday, and the rosters selected by James and Curry will be unveiled next Thursday.The league does not plan to televise the draft. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READlast_img read more

Delhi University’s first cut-off hits ‘insane’ 100%

first_imgThe cut- off marks for admission to Delhi University’s prestigious colleges have always been high. But this year, they have touched the height of absurdity.Consider this. Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) has pegged its first cut-off for its hugely popular B.Com (Honours) course at a staggering 100%, for students who haven’t studied any of the commerce subjects – Mathematics, Accounts, Economics and Business Studies – in Class XII! Incredibly, SRCC Principal P. C. Jain does not see anything absurd in insisting that students from the non- commerce stream in Class XII score perfect marks in all their subjects.”We get the best students from across the country and getting 100% in the aggregate of your best performance in four subjects is no longer impossible in Board examinations,” said Jain on Tuesday.Jain clearly hasn’t been tracking the results in various states. In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, the topper Akash Yadav secured 92.3%. In Karnataka, of the over five lakh students who appeared for the 12th standard exam, fewer than one hundred scored in excess of 95%. In West Bengal, the topper in this year’s West Bengal Secondary Certificate examination scored 95%.The tale is similar across the country, with even various state-level toppers failing to score the minimum entry marks for admission to a top Delhi University college. This has virtually slammed the door in the face of applicants from other states.But SRCC is not the only one with stratospheric cut-offs. Colleges such as Ramjas, Hindu and, surprisingly, even Keshav Mahavidyalya are not too far behind. For B.Com (H), Hindu College expects applicants to have scored between 95.5% and 99%. At Keshav Mahavidyalya, the cut-off ranges from 94 to 99%.advertisementMost colleges have substantially increased the cut-offs to try and stem the rising tide of applicants. Among science subjects, the increase in the first cut-off marks, as against last year, is as much as 10% in North Campus colleges.Lokesh Bhandari, a student of Ahlcon Public School in Mayur Vihar, was happy with his aggregate of 91.25% – till the cut- offs were announced. “I am interested in economics and mathematics, but I think I’ll have to wait till the third or the fourth list to see if I can get through any of the North Campus colleges,” he said.The absurdity of the increase registered in the qualifying marks of the first list has also been acknowledged by the university at the time of announcement, albeit tacitly.The university press release sent to all newspapers states: “Colleges have exercised abundant caution in declaring the first cut- off list. Aspirants for admission are advised not to get discouraged. Most colleges are expected to announce four more lists with lower cut- offs.” The “abundant caution” exercised is due to the new admission process adopted by the university. DU, from this year, has discontinued the use of pre-admission or application forms.As per university rule, once the cut-off is declared, colleges have to compulsorily admit all students who come to them with marks equal to or above the cut-off within three days of announcing the cut-offs. So, if the qualifying mark is kept too low, the institution could end up admitting more students than the sanctioned capacity.In absence of any application data, colleges have played safe by pitching higher cut-off marks for the general category.The degree of precaution taken is so extreme that colleges do not mind if they don’t admit even a single student in the first list. How else could one explain Kirori Mal College pitching its first cut-off for B. Com (H) at 97%,higher than even SRCC, which is the most sought after college for commerce?”We are in no hurry to admit students. Instead of being the first ones to close admission in the first list, we have decided to proceed very carefully this time,” said VK Srivastav, principal, Hindu College.Even that may not help students from other states. Malini Bhagat, principal of Kolkata’s Mahadevi Birla school, said the total number of students scoring above 90% in subjects in the state higher secondary exam has gone down significantly this time. “It naturally becomes difficult for students coming from the state boards to qualify,” Bhagat said.Apart from blaming the new admission procedure, college principals have also pleaded helplessness in the light of the unprecedented number of students who have scored above 90% in the CBSE exam this year.The category of students scoring above 95% across the country in the CBSE exam witnessed an unprecedented spike as its number jumped from 1,202 in 2010 to 2,097 this year. In the Delhi region alone, this number trebled from 288 last year to 818 students this time.advertisementAccording to Krishna Kumar, former head of NCERT, the marks inflation has been going on for quite some time. “The National Curriculum Framework made by the NCERT in 2005 had suggested various reforms to contain this trend of inflating results. Board results are no longer indicators of a student’s real potential,” said Kumar.”The real problem is the gap between demand and supply. There is a need to create more quality institutions of higher learning,” said Ashok Ganguly, former head of CBSE.Admission guideIf you are eligible in the first cut-off list for a college of your choice, then take admission and do not wait for the second list.If you don’t, you lose your right to admission the next time.If you want to change your college after the second list, then go to the previous college to cancel your admission only after you have an admission slip from the second college or a verbal assurance of admission from them.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Wushu athlete Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh gets a standing ovation from the local crowd…

first_imgAdvertisementIt has happened for the very first time in history that an athlete from Jammu Kashmir, a moot state of the Nation produces a medal-winning player at the Asian Games.The 22-year-old Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh confirms a Bronze medal for India after a very emotional scene, where the athlete suffered from a serious knee concussion. He got a standing ovation from the local crowd and as an act of sportsmanship, the Iranian opponent carried him off the field.This is not the first time that Surya has made the country proud, he already won a gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games in the same category, bronze at the 2015 World Wushu Championships in Jakarta and bronze at the 2017 World Wushu Championships in Kazan in the men’s Sanda 60 kg category. It is imminent that this promising athlete will achieve greater heights in the future.Also Read :Rahi Sarnobat creates history becoming the first Women shooter to win Gold at Asian Games for India Advertisementlast_img read more

Euro 2016: Belgium knock out Sweden in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s last game

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has played his last game for Sweden, a 1-0 loss to Belgium on Wednesday at the European Championship.The Swedes were eliminated from the competition while Belgium advanced to the round of 16, where they will play Hungary on Sunday in Toulose.Radja Nainggolan scored the winning goal for the Belgians, who finished second in Group E behind Italy. The Italians won the group despite losing to Ireland 1-0. The Irish also advanced as one of the best third-place teams.Nainggalon scored the lone goal with powerful shot in the 84th minute from outside the penalty area, beating Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson.In his 116th and last game for Sweden, Ibrahimovic forced a save from Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the 76th minute with a free kick and saw other shots go wide, including a volley in the 86th. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )Ibrahimovic, one of the biggest stars at Euro 2016, did put the ball in the net shortly after the hour, but the whistle had already blown for a foul by Marcus Berg.The tall Swede said Tuesday that he was retiring from international soccer after the tournament.Needing a win to advance, Sweden also came close with an early shot from Berg, but failed to create enough quality opportunities. Shortly before the winning goal, a header from Andreas Granqvist was cleared off the line by Kevin de Bruyne.Belgium, which needed to avoid losing, came closest to scoring another when Romelu Lukaku burst in behind the Swedish defense, but his low shot was stopped by Isaksson.advertisementAnother effort from Lukaku was ruled out for offside.last_img read more

China attacks Japanese judge who appointed SCS tribunal

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Jul 13 (PTI) China today launched a blistering attack on the jurists of a UN-backed international tribunal that struck down its claims over the strategic South China Sea, saying a Japanese judge who appointed the arbitrators “manipulated” the judgement against Beijing.Except for a German judge who was appointed at the instance of the Philippines – the petitioner in the dispute – the rest of the four were appointed by Japanese jurist and diplomat Shunji Yanai, Chinas Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told a nationally televised media conference here.Claiming that the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has no international status and its judgement can not be enforceable, he specially targeted Yanai saying he is a former Japanese diplomat and assisted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Yanai manipulated the tribunal against China by appointing four judges from different European countries. These judges were not paid by the UN and who has paid them, Liu asked.The judges – all European and one African – living in Europe has no knowledge of Asian history and culture, he said.China claims almost all of the South China Sea, including reefs and islands also claimed by others, through which USD 5 trillion in trade passes annually.It had refused to take part in the tribunal proceedings, with officials saying the tribunal had “no jurisdiction”. Following yesterdays verdict against its claim over the SCS, China immediately said it would defy the decision, which it described as “null and void” with “no binding force.”advertisementEarlier this month, in an article in the ruling Communist Party of Chinas mouthpiece magazine Qiushi, the Chinese assistant foreign minister had cast doubt on the make-up of the tribunal, saying none of the five judges had knowledge of the history and international order of ancient East Asia, according to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.Liu has said in the article that one of the judges Yanai appointed included a person who had ruled against a party holding a position similar to China in a previous case.”Leaving aside the obvious violation of procedural justice, we can hardly make a better explanation of Judge Yanais motivation and purpose other than that he did it on purpose,” Liu has said.The tribunal was composed of Judge Thomas A Mensah of Ghana, Judge Jean-Pierre Cot of France, Judge Stanislaw Pawlak of Poland, Professor Alfred H A Soons of The Netherlands, and Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum of Germany.Japanese jurist Yanai has previously defended defended himself in an interview to the Japanese Times saying he had to pick up the judges as president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).”I just happen to be a Japanese, but the annex to the convention provides that in case the arbitrators are not appointed by the parties or by agreement by the parties then the president of ITLOS must do it,” Yanai said.”As the president of ITLOS, I didnt act as a Japanese representative. I dont represent the Japanese at all in the tribunal. That is quite obvious.”China could have chosen a Chinese arbitrator but instead decided to ignore the tribunal, Yanai said. (More) PTI KJV ABHlast_img read more

Yogeshwar Dutt wants Besik Kudukhov’s family to keep London Silver medal

first_imgIn a gracious gesture, Yogeshwar Dutt has refused to take possession of the Silver medal, which would be officially due to him soon.The Indian wrestler had tweeted on Tuesday to confirm that the Bronze he won at the 60 kg freestyle event at the London Olympics would be upgraded to Silver after its original recipient Besik Kudukhov of Russia, tested positive for a dope test.Kudukhov’s samples, stored from the 2012 Games, were retested and he was found to have tested positive for banned substances. That triggered a small celebration in the Dutt household but Yogeshwar had mixed feelings. (Good for Yogeshwar Dutt, but it’s not the first time Olympic medals have changed colours)In fact, Yogeshwar told India Today, that he felt strange with the upgrade because Kudukhov was a friend. The latter died in a car crash aged 27.”I am feeling very strange because Besit was a good friend of mine. I had trained in Russia for two months before the London Olympics. I knew him well,” Yogeshwar said on Tuesday.On Wednesday, Yogeshwar tweeted to say that he would let the Kudukhov family keep the Silver medal their son had won four years ago.Besik Kudukhov ? ?? ??? ?? ?? dope test ?? fail ? ? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ? ?? ?? ? ? ?? Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) August 31, 2016?? ? ?? ? ? ? ??? ?? ? ?? ??? ?? ? ? ??? ?? ?? ? ? ?? ?? ? Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) August 31, 2016Yogeshwar will soon join ranks with Sushil Kumar, shooter Vijay Kumar and shuttler PV Sindhu as Indians with Olympic Silver medals.last_img read more

Watch how Kohli’s Team India is travelling and training in England

first_imgAfter conquering Ireland with a 2-0 win in the two-match T20I seeries, Indian have arrived in England for the long summer tour.India will begin the England tour with a three-match T20I series, it will followed by three ODIs and five Test matches.On Sunday, Team India travelled to the Old Trafford Cricket Club, the venue for the first T20I, to begin their first practice session.All-rounder Hardik Pandya focussed on bowling variety of slower deliveries while senior opener Shikhar Dhawan tackled short-pitched throwdowns during the training session.With Jasprit Bumrah being ruled out of the T20 series after sustaining a thumb injury in the first T20 International against Ireland, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have to shoulder additional responsibility at the death overs.The Indian team management will therefore expect Hardik to be a bit more economical and hence try out more variations against the likes of Jason Roy, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow.At the nets today, Hardik spent a considerable time bowling to Rohit Sharma. He was seen mixing slow off-cutters with usual length deliveries. The all-rounder from time to time sought feedback of the Indian vice-captain.Specialist pacers Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul were honing their skills of blockhole deliveries.In a separate net, Dhawan after a customary net session devoted extra time to counter short-pitched deliveries.advertisementHe took throwdowns with a heavy plastic ball in order to counter the extra bounce. He then perfected the trademark pull shots against tennis ball throwdowns.Despite Washington Sundar’s ankle injury while playing football, the Indian team continued with their warm-up game.By some measure, Kohli’s preparation was the most intense.The skipper didn’t score too many runs in India’s 2-0 series win against Ireland but no one is reading too much into the matter.Kohli negotiated throwdowns by assistant coach Sanjay Bangar as the deliveries were pitched at different lengths channelled on and outside the off-stump.He pulled the short deliveries with aplomb, and played square shots too, but his most positive responses came when he drove forward to play the good length deliveries.Thereafter, against spinners, he played the late cut and interestingly enough, brought out the reverse sweep just like Dhawan had done during his session.In the last bit, he worked with Kaul and dug out some quick yorkers that the paceman bowled, visibly impressed by his efforts.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Mouni Roy pulls off incredible yoga asana in workout video. Watch

first_imgMouni Roy shared a glimpse from her yoga session as she did a perfect asana during her class on Wednesday. We are floored, honestly, because it isn’t easy to pull off the stretch. In a video shared on Instagram, Mouni stands on her head while balancing against a mirror on the wall. It’s called Pincha Mayurasana as Mouni wrote in Hindi as her caption.Dressed in a black sports bra and tights, Mouni did the asana with effortless ease while her teacher Rahul Patel directed her. Work in progress is what Mouni used as one of the hashtags and if that is the case, we wonder what the final result will be.Watch Mouni nailing the aasana:The fact that Mouni was incredibly good during her yoga class is something that the internet has agreed with as well. Within an hour of being shared online, Mouni’s video has been viewed over 87,000 times.”Awesome”, “wow,” “super” and “great” are some of the comments that we spotted on the thread. Some even found Mouni “sexy” in the clip. We agree. Most of Mouni’s Insta fam, in fact, posted heart and fire emoticons.Mouni Roy started off as a television actress and made her debut with Ekta Kapoor’s show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi in 2006. She subsequently appeared in the television series Devon Ke Dev…Mahadev and Naagin apart from participating in several reality shows.advertisementIn 2018, Mouni Roy made her debut in Bollywood with Gold opposite Akshay Kumar. Last seen in Romeo Akbar Walter, Mouni’s upcoming films include Made in China and Brahmastra.ALSO READ: Mouni Roy is smouldering hot in backless bodysuit and pants for new photoshoot. See picsALSO WATCH | Mouni Roy, Ankita Lokhande and Aamna Sharif steal the show at award nightlast_img read more

Alabama Star’s Agent Reveals What She Told Him At NFL Combine

first_imgQuinnen Williams of the Alabama Crimson TideATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Quinnen Williams #92 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after sacking Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs (not pictured) in the first half during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Former Alabama football star Quinnen Williams had quite the performance during his 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine this morning.Williams, the potential No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, dazzled the NFL world with his 40-yard dash performance today.The former Alabama star ran a sub-4.9 in the 40-yard dash, including a 1.67 10-yard split.It was impressive.#Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, at 303 pounds, just clocked a 4.84 40 and a blazing 1.67 10 yard split.. am told he also was extremely impressive in his interviews with coaches in Indy.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) March 3, 2019Williams could have called it quits after his first 40-yard dash time, but he decided to give it another go.His agent, Nicole Lynn, revealed she told him not to run the second 40 because of how good his first one was.“Full transparency: I told Quinnen not to run the second 40 because how great his first time was. He didn’t listen. Decided to bet on himself and BEAT his first time. My type of guy!” she tweeted.Full transparency: I told Quinnen not to run the second 40 because how great his first time was. He didn’t listen. Decided to bet on himself and BEAT his first time. My type of guy!— Nicole Lynn (@AgentNicoleLynn) March 3, 2019Williams certainly improved his draft stock today.The NFL Scouting Combine is being televised on the NFL Network.last_img read more

AAP rules out forming any alliance with JJP for Haryana Assembly polls

first_imgGurugram: The Aam Aadmi Party has ruled out an alliance with the JJP for the upcoming Assembly elections in Haryana, a party leader said Wednesday. AAP senior leader Gopal Rai said the State unit has been asked to prepare a report on the political scenario in Haryana. “After the Lok Sabha elections, we analysed the political situation and we have decided to contest the upcoming elections without forming any alliance in the state,” he told reporters. The Assembly elections in Haryana are due in October 2019. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe Aam Aadmi Party and the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) fought the elections together on all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana. The AAP fought on four seats while the JJP on six. However, there was a clean sweep by the BJP on all the constituencies. The JJP was launched last year by former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala’s grandson Dushyant Chautala, following a power struggle in the state’s main opposition Indian National Lok Dal. Even though AAP has not mentioned its plans for contesting the elections in the state, it has a huge presence in urban constituencies like Gurugram. Proximity to the national capital has resulted in the party also has a sizeable presence in Gurugram. Some of the strong leaders from the city that are affiliated to AAP include RS Rathee who is an MCG councillor and Nisha Singh. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSome of the issues that are being raised by the party towards the development of the city include ensuring better sanitation and cleanliness, replenishing the groundwater table and improving the erratic power supply. Recently, the party workers hit the city streets protesting against the state government after the sanitation workers were on strike. The party has also raised their concerns about the deteriorating law and order in the city. Starting from India against corruption days to Lok Sabha elections the party has been on the constant drive to increase its members in the city.last_img read more

EC rejects govts request to publicise summer camps in Delhi govt schools

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Election Commission Tuesday turned down the AAP government’s request to release advertisements about summer camps in government schools prompting Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to write a letter to the poll body to reconsider its decision.The EC has pointed out that it has no objection to running summer camps which is part of AAP government’s Mission Buniyad Programme, subject to the condition that the appeal to send their wards to the camp has to be made to the parents through schools and not through print, TV or radio advertisements. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education Minister, questioned the “basis” on which the request has been rejected. “I feel extremely disappointed that the ECI chose to look at this issue from a very narrow political lens, completely ignoring the interest of lakhs of children largely from marginalised section of society. The success of the camp is contingent upon support of parents which is ensured through regular reach out to them by government using print media, TV and radio,” Sisodia said in a letter to the ECI. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe said by exercising your power to stop a simple message to the poor parents asking them to send their children to school during summer vacation, do you really think you are aiding in conducting free and fair elections? “The elections will be over in the next one month but the loss to lakhs of children cannot be compensated if you allow your unjustified decision to stay on,” he added. During a press conference, Sisodia said,”Did the EC even think for a while as to what mode to be adopted by the school to ask the poor parents to come to school in the first place?” The summer camps in Delhi government’s school, an initiative of the AAP dispensation will be organised from May 16 to June 9 for classes 3 to 8.last_img read more

UN to Probe Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in CAR in Which

Rabat – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) announced on Friday that it would probe allegations of mishandling investigations into sexual misconduct in which peacekeepers, from several nationalities, including Moroccans, are accused of involvement.Vladimir Monteiro, MINUSCA spokesperson, told AFP that these allegations are going to be examined.On Wednesday, Code Blue Campaign, an NGO based in the United States, said in a report that a confidential source had given it 14 internal case files regarding allegations of sexual offences against civilians in the African country, committed by UN peacekeepers. Moroccan soldiers are accused of sexual misconduct along with others representing eight nationalities, namely: Pakistan, Zambia, Republic of Congo, Burundi, Egypt, Cameroon, Gabon and Niger.Previous investigations were accused by Code Blue Campaign of not probing in depth the complaints that were made against the UN troops, and that investigators were “overwhelming” biased against alleged victims.The NGO said that in eight of cases “alleged victims were not questioned to provide evidence; potentially corroborating witnesses were not sought out for interviews”.The NGO pointed to a case where a Moroccan solider is accused of sexual assault. His alleged victim said he assaulted her in Obo, eastern CAR. The woman said she was questioned for 13 days by nine men from the UN and local authorities before concluding “her allegation was false and intended to discredit MINUSCA and gain compensation”.In March 2016 a UN report indicated four Moroccan peacekeepers are accused of sexual misconduct, three in CAR and the fourth one in the Democratic Republic of Congo. read more

Portugal and Slovenia call for greater representation on Security Council

24 September 2008The leaders of Portugal and Slovenia today called for the membership of the Security Council to be expanded, saying broader representation is needed to ensure effective multilateralism in dealing with the biggest global challenges. The leaders of Portugal and Slovenia today called for the membership of the Security Council to be expanded, saying broader representation is needed to ensure effective multilateralism in dealing with the biggest global challenges.Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva told the General Assembly on the second day of its annual high-level debate that with the United Nations providing the best forum for tackling such challenges, its organs such as the Security Council must have greater diversity and transparency.“In a globalized and interdependent world only strong multilateral organizations can promote the fundamental values of peace, democracy, human rights and sustainable development,” he said.Mr. Cavaco Silva laid out three essential premises – giving the UN the necessary means to fulfil its mission, assuring greater representation within the 15-member Security Council and other UN organs, and guaranteeing full compliance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Is it reasonable to continue with a Security Council without reforming its methods of work, in which countries like Brazil and India do not have a permanent seat?” he asked.He also said Africa should continue to receive priority attention. “Peace, sustainable development, access to education and health [and] the integration of African economies in international markets are essential goals on the road to building a more just, peaceful and equitable social order,” he declared.Turning to terrorism, he said implementation of a global strategy was vital for fighting this “common enemy,” but respect for human rights and fundamental liberties were essential in this battle.“Another ‘common enemy,’ slower but equally destructive, is hunger and extreme poverty,” he added. “Here, too, there have been many words and some action, but much more is needed.”Slovenia’s President proposed that the Security Council be expanded to include as many as 25 members, saying a transformation of the world’s major structures for maintaining peace and security was long overdue.Danilo Türk told the General Assembly that incremental improvement of the Council’s methods was far from sufficient.He called for six additional permanent members from all regions of the world to join China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.“There should be an additional category of non-permanent members with a more frequent rotation, six in any particular composition of the Security Council, elected in accordance with a formula to be determined by the General Assembly and alternating every second two-year term,” Mr. Türk said.He added that the remaining eight non-permanent members would be elected in line with the principle of equitable geographic distribution, thus ensuring the new, expanded Council would not have more than 25 members.Mr. Türk said a spirit of major change should infect the wider international system, given that “we live in a turbulent world at a turbulent time,” especially considering the recent turmoil in the global financial markets.“We live at a time requiring transformation… The UN should look to policies with a transformational potential and capable of producing transformational effects in a not too distant future.” read more

On World AIDS Day UN officials say end to epidemic is within

As the world heads into the fourth decade of AIDS, it is finally in a position to end the epidemic, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, leading a chorus of United Nations officials in calling for the political will, investments and determination to reach this goal.“Momentum is on our side. Let us use it to end AIDS – once and for all,” Mr. Ban said in his message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December each year.“The progress we have made so far is proof that we can realize our vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths,” he added.The number of new HIV infections has fallen by more than 20 per cent since 1997, Mr. Ban noted. New infections are continuing to decline in most parts of the world. In addition, treatment has averted 2.5 million AIDS-related deaths since 1985, saving 700,000 lives last year alone.“But, to end AIDS, we need to deliver even greater results,” stressed the Secretary-General. “We must build on the political commitments, investments, energy, activism and determination that have brought us to this turning point.”Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), noted it has been a year of achievements, of collective action, of resilience and of courage. Despite the economic downturn that has stretched the AIDS response to its limits, millions of lives have been saved, as HIV treatment and prevention efforts continue to show results, he said. Annie Lennox and Michel Sidibé call upon you to bring an end to AIDS“Never before in the history of AIDS have we reached a moment where we are able to stand up and say with conviction the end of AIDS is in sight,” he stated in his message.“The road before us is clear and we can accelerate ahead with smart investments, capitalizing on scientific advancements and evidence and respecting human rights,” Mr. Sidibé said, calling on countries, donors and others to reach the global investment target of $22-24 billion for the AIDS response. “Only together can we secure the future and provide greater and long-term dividends.”In a related development, Mr. Sidibé welcomed China’s decision to fill its HIV resource gap by increasing domestic investments. The new commitment from China comes at a crucial moment, according to UNAIDS, as resources for AIDS are declining and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is facing a major setback in resource mobilization.The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero,” which reflects both optimism and the need to do much more, the President of the General Assembly said in his message, noting that the challenges ahead are “sobering.”While more than 6.5 million people now receive life-saving treatment, 7.6 million still have no access to it, said Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser. In 2010 alone, 1.8 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses, and there were 2.7 million new HIV infections.“We cannot allow hard-won gains to unravel,” said Mr. Al-Nasser. “I call on all stakeholders to uphold their commitments, and to work together to sustain and accelerate the progress.”A number of other senior UN officials issued messages, adding their voices to the call for sustained action to finally rid the world of the epidemic. They include the Executive Director of the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov; the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova; and the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Juan Somavia.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) marked the Day by emphasizing the importance of providing food and nutrition support to people living with HIV and their families.“Poor nutritional status and HIV can reinforce each other in a vicious circle,” said Martin Bloem, WFP’s chief of nutrition and HIV/AIDS policy. “WFP works with communities and health centres around the world to ensure that people affected by HIV and AIDS receive comprehensive support that nourishes and strengthens their bodies.”In 2010, WFP supported 2.5 million people in 44 countries through its HIV and tuberculosis programmes, providing food and nutrition support to some 1.3 million people living with HIV as part of their antiretroviral treatment (ART) or TB treatment and another 1.2 million people affected by these diseases. It aims to reach about the same number of people this year.Yesterday, the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UNAIDS released their report on the global HIV/AIDS response, highlighting the fact that there is a very real possibility of getting ahead of the epidemic.This can only be achieved, however, by both sustaining and accelerating the current momentum over the next decade and beyond, the agencies stressed.Meanwhile, a UN Development Programme (UNDP) study released today says that households in Asia that include people living with HIV exhaust their savings and liquidate assets at a disproportionately high rate, often plunging into “irreversible poverty.”Catastrophic health care costs, stigma, unemployment, and bad credit also mean these households – which start out with fewer assets – consume less food of lower quality and keep fewer children in school, said the report, which calls for urgent mitigation measures, including HIV-sensitive social protection to help tens of thousands of households in the region. 1 December 2011As the world heads into the fourth decade of AIDS, it is finally in a position to end the epidemic, Ban Ki-moon said today, leading a chorus of UN officials in calling for the political will, investments and determination to reach this goal. read more

Policewomen and social workers help children in aftermath of Indonesia quake UN

The first of three dozen policewomen and social workers, supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), have arrived on the Indonesian island of Java to monitor child rights and trafficking issues and provide psychosocial support for children in the aftermath of last month’s devastating earthquake that killed more than 6,000 people.Speaking to reporters in New York today, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the move was part of ongoing humanitarian efforts to assist the victims of the 27 May earthquake, which measured 5.9 on the Richter Scale and seriously affected the provinces of Yogyakarta and Central Java, displacing at least 200,000 people.Relief operations continue to provide emergency shelter, medical assistance, clean water and sanitation, and food to survivors, and, to date, over 90 per cent of them have received treatment for their injuries from the Indonesian medical authorities and international partners, the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a news release.Partners in the Emergency Shelter group have distributed over 17,000 tents since last weekend, but attention is now focusing on providing families with the materials and tools they need to repair and build temporary shelters. Some 45,000 tarpaulins have been brought in, and wheelbarrows and spades will arrive in the next few days. Around 400 tonnes of dried noodles, hi-energy biscuits and rice have been distributed to almost 200,000 people in the earthquake-affected area, and a further 860 tons of food will be delivered by UN agencies and partners, led by the World Food Programme, in the next three days, targeting 100,000 people in the most difficult areas. Food supplies from WFP have so far reached 173,000 people and a joint needs assessment is now being carried out to help determine where needs are greatest. Fifteen children’s centres are now up and running, with the help of the Government and various UN and other organizations, OCHA said, adding that policewomen trained to monitor child rights and provide psychosocial support have been deployed to two of these centres, and more are being trained.It is now anticipated that the worst of the emergency phase will be over in the next seven days, after which there is likely to be a period of sustained relief. During the remainder of the three-month emergency phase declared by the Government, the international community will work on early and medium-term recovery, OCHA said. read more

Macron hunts for French rural votes Le Pen cheers new ally

by Angela Charlton, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2017 7:11 am MDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Macron hunts for French rural votes, Le Pen cheers new ally New campaign ally Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, left, and far-right candidate for the 2017 French presidential election Marine Le Pen attend a media conference in Paris, France, Saturday, April 29, 2017. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen says her new campaign ally, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, would be her prime minister if she is elected. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) USSEAU, France – French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron hunted Saturday for votes in rural France where his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, is making inroads among country folk who feel left behind.Back in Paris, Le Pen announced that if she wins the presidency in the May 7 runoff she would name former rival Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, her new campaign ally, as her prime minister. The move aims to secure the nearly 1.7 million votes that the anti-European Union conservative got when he was eliminated from the presidential race in the first round of balloting.Since many Dupont-Aignan voters had already been expected to switch to Le Pen for her runoff against the centrist Macron, the alliance is unlikely to prove a massive electoral boost for her.Symbolically, however, it punctured a hole in hopes — expressed by mainstream politicians on both the left and the right — that French voters would unite against Le Pen’s extremism in the runoff. That did happen in 2002, when her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, made it to the presidential runoff but lost overwhelmingly to Jacques Chirac.At a news conference with Dupont-Aignan, Marine Le Pen celebrated his backing as the creation of “a great patriotic and republican alliance” and said they will campaign “hand-in-hand.”“It’s a historic day, because we are putting France’s interests before personal or partisan ones,” Dupont-Aignan said.Macron said their far-right and right-wing alliance made the campaign battle lines even clearer.“There is a reactionary, nationalist, anti-European right-wing that has structured itself and which, today, is an important political force,” he said. “Facing it is a progressive bloc that I represent, and which defends France.”Macron is not saying yet who he would name to lead his government if he is elected. In a radio interview Saturday, he merely said he has “people in mind.”Venturing into rural France to combat Le Pen’s arguments that he represents just the big-city elite, the former economy minister plugged his proposals to reverse the economic and social decline in farming areas. Macron promised to modernize phone and internet connections in rural areas and vigorously defended the EU as an essential market for French farmers.On an impromptu tour of the farmers’ market in the central town of Poitiers, Macron listened to a grain farmer complain about low-price competition from other EU countries and a vegetable farmer lament about the difficulty of getting loans to upgrade farm equipment.As the smell of goat cheeses wafted across the stalls, Macron rebuffed Le Pen’s criticisms of the EU with a vigorous defence of European free trade, saying her plans to leave the bloc and its agricultural aid program would spell the end of French farming.“Rural areas need an open, conquering France,” Macron said. “Our agriculture needs Europe and openness.”Macron promised that no more schools would close in rural areas if he is elected and said his government would intervene directly if mobile operators fail within 18 months to install high-speed fiber optic and phone networks “everywhere.”Le Pen has made the plight of French farmers a theme of her campaign, citing farm closures, rural poverty and farmers’ suicides.The tidy village of Usseau, where Macron visited farmer Patrick Moron on Saturday, gave 120 of its votes, one third of the total, to Le Pen in round one, almost double the 66 votes it gave to Macron.“We have wines, we have cheeses, we had the advantage for a long time,” said Moron, a Macron supporter. “But we are no longer moving forward.”Neighbouring farmer Dominique Marchand, who rotates harvests of colza, corn, wheat and sunflowers, lamented the growing scarcity of rural schools and medical facilities.“Sometimes we have to go 30 kilometres (20 miles) to find a doctor, or drive 45 minutes to the nearest emergency room,” he said. “It’s getting worse and worse.”Speaking after attending an EU summit on Saturday, outgoing French President Francois Hollande warned voters that abstaining on May 7 could help Le Pen score high enough to encourage her to run again if she isn’t elected this time. He said voters on both the left and the right should have no qualms about voting for the centrist Macron.“It shouldn’t even be a subject of discussion,” Hollande said. “A ballot for Macron, you think of it as the ballot that keeps out the extreme right.”Abstaining from voting in the runoff, Hollande added, would just encourage Le Pen in the future. The far-right candidate came in third in the presidential race in 2012, and will end up no less than second in 2017.“The lower she is, the less strong her ambitions can be for tomorrow,” Hollande said.Dupont-Aignan got 4.7 per cent of the first-round vote on April 23 — compared to Macron’s 24 per cent and 21 per cent for Le Pen — with a platform that described the EU as “inefficient, intrusive, anti-democratic and authoritarian.” The right-winger called for the EU to be replaced by “a community of European states” with greater national powers for its members.Le Pen’s far-right National Front rejoiced over the alliance with Dupont-Aignan. Florian Philippot, a National Front vice-president, told BFM television this was “a turning point in this campaign.”Still, the alliance caused splits within Dupont-Aignan’s own party. It prompted the departure of vice-president Dominique Jamet, who told BFM that the Le Pen-Dupont-Aignan alliance is “a couple that doesn’t please me.”___John Leicester in Paris contributed. read more

Body heat scanners used on the LA Metro are deployed in London

Scanners used on the Los Angeles Metro to detect deadly weapons are being trialled in London in a bid to tackle the knife crime epidemic.The space age technology works by revealing objects that block body heat and can detect concealed weapons including knives, guns and even explosive devices from a distance of 30 feet.It is hoped the equipment will allow police officers to identify suspects carrying knives in busy areas without the need for body searches.A trial of the technology – which was developed  began on Monday at Stratford station in east London, the scene of a number of violent incidents in the past.The initial five day pilot, which is being run by the British Transport Police (BTP), comes in the wake of a number of fatal stabbings across the capital in recent weeks.Minister for Crime, Policing and Fire, Kit Malthouse, said: “We are pulling out all the stops in a battle against knife crime in London and across the country. “20,000 more police officers will help but new technology can make an enormous impact on public safety, as this equipment shows.“No one should feel they can walk the streets with a knife and expect to get away with it.” Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith from the British Transport Police, said: “Fortunately, knife crime on the rail network is very low, however we recognise the important role our Force plays in identifying those intent on carrying lethal weapons to commit atrocious crimes.  “In support of the Home Office and other police forces, we are keen to explore how technology can assist us in tackling violent crime head on. We are pleased to partner with them in trialing the Thruvision technology at Stratford station.”  Transport Security Minister, Baroness Vere, said: “Improving safety at stations is paramount to ensuring that everyone can use our railways with confidence, and technology should be at the forefront of that mission. This innovative trial is part of this Government’s wider crackdown on knife crime.”The technology enables police officers to see the size, shape and location of any concealed item. It does not show any intimate body parts and it is impossible to tell an individual’s gender, age or ethnicity from the imagery it produces. 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

UKIP leader forced to deny own statement that he lost a close

first_img UKIP LEADER PAUL Nuttall has said he did not lose any close friends in the Hillsborough disaster despite a releasing a statement claiming he had.The embattled leader has come under fire since it emerged that a statement on UKIP’s website was completely inaccurate.Yesterday, Nuttall was challenged by English radio station Radio City News where he initially tried to deny the claim.The presenter, who was also at the game where 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives in 1989, read Nuttall his own statement over the air, with the political leader adding: ”I haven’t lost a close, personal friend. I’ve lost someone who I know.”In a statement about attempts to block the publication of files to do with the Hillsborough inquiry, he wrote: “Without them being made public we will never get to the bottom of that appalling tragedy when 96 Liverpool fans including close personal friends of mine who lost their lives.” Dortmund and Liverpool line up as supporters remember the victims of the Hillsborough disaster last year. Source: Jon Super/PAHowever, he did defend himself and said he was there that day.“I have witnesses. I have people who will stand up in court. And it’s cruel, it’s nasty. And it’s making out my family are lying, which is not fair or right,” he added.A press officer for Nuttall has since offered her resignation over the controversy. Lynda Roughey has said he was “entirely responsible” for the inaccurate statement.She said in a statement: “Paul is a man of great integrity and would not say something he knew to be untrue. It’s me who has made this mistake, and one I feel absolutely terrible about.“I am frankly mortified at the distress this issue has caused Paul and may have caused to anyone involved with the Hillsborough tragedy.”Read: Enda Kenny takes a number of different positions on Zappone conversationRead: 5 serious questions for the government that Dáil ‘clarifications’ did not clarify By Garreth MacNamee Feb 15th 2017, 7:42 AM Share2 Tweet Email Short URL 18 Comments Image: PA Wire/PA Images 11,789 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Images UKIP leader forced to deny own statement that he lost a close friend at Hillsborough disaster A press officer for Nuttall has since offered her resignation over the controversy. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 7:42 AMlast_img read more

Behind The Atlantics Brand Reinvention

first_imgAccording to Smith, The Atlantic’s brand had suffered from a lack of definition. His team decided to take the same approach that consumer goods manufacturers do. “People tend to talk about editorial and not the brand,” said Smith, who added that the media industry tends to lack brand managers, instead relying on top editors for brand management. “Editors-in-chief are not equipped to do brand management,” he said.An examination of the points where the magazine was at the top of its game lead to the “Brave Thinking” tagline that defined the brand’s “essence.” That tagline, said Smith, became the company’s north star. “If you have this organizing idea, it simplifies so much. It creates an organizational sense of discipline that’s very powerful.”Digital FirstSmith also pushed for a digital-first strategy. He stressed that print is not dead, but taking this approach allowed the company to unlock its grip on traditional revenue sources. Importantly, the Web site’s overhaul was set up as an insurgency on the print brand. “If our mission was to kill the magazine, what would we do?” said Smith, who added that a digital competitor was going to do that anyway, so they did it themselves.For the year 2010, Smith is projecting that digital will account for 39 percent of the brand’s revenue.Atlantic Media also set up a marketing services division, which follows along with efforts by Meredith and, more recently Hearst, which bought digital marketing firm iCrossing. “The question for us on this side is how do you differentiate yourself from the ad networks?” said Smith. “It’s the idea of being a marketing services company where you do something very deep and interactive with the audience.”Smith has also built up the company’s live event platform, and noted this is an area where consumer publishers often fall flat. “Consumer publishers don’t view events as a profit center,” he said. Accordingly, live event revenues have doubled over the last two years.Talent, said Smith, is “the key differential to success,” and he spends about 55 percent of his time on talent-related issues. “Nothing is more important to business success than your standards for talent.”Throughout the brand overhaul, said Smith, $2 million in costs were removed from the operation. “The products are better and we have a smaller staff and more recognition,” he said. The Atlantic, a 153-year-old magazine, suffered from a protracted decline in revenues and rising costs starting in the 1960s. A dramatic multi-platform overhaul of the brand starting in 2007 has put it back on track to profitability. In his keynote address today at the FOLIO: Show, Atlantic Media president Justin Smith said The Atlantic is projected to have a profitable fourth quarter and a “multi-million dollar” profit in 2011.The goal, said Smith of the new management team that owner David Bradley organized in 2007, was to “take a brand that lost millions and turn it into something of lasting stability and value.”The comeback was structured around creating a solid brand identity; a digital-first strategy; building a marketing services operation; expanding live events; and maintaining a relentless focus on hiring top talent.last_img read more