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14-day judicial custody for poet-activist Varavara Rao

first_imgA special court on Monday sent poet-activist P. Varavara Rao to 14-day judicial custody for alleged links with Maoists and for his role in the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ and subsequent Bhima-Koregaon clashes.Mr. Rao was produced at the Pune sessions court after his police custody ended on Monday.The court further granted the Pune city police a 90-day extension for filing the charge sheet against Mr. Rao and activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, and Vernon Gonsalves, who were arrested on August 28 as part of the second countrywide crackdown on ‘urban naxalism’ by Pune police probing the Bhima-Koregaon clashes of January 1 this year.They, along with civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha, were arrested as part of a larger conspiracy of attempting to overthrow the government, waging war against the country and creating social unrest.Mr. Navlakha, who has got relief from Delhi High Court, has since moved the Bombay High Court to quash the FIR lodged by the Pune police against him. The Bombay HC has offered him protection from arrest till it hears his case on December 14.Last week, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Shivaji Pawar, investigating officer in the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ case, had said the city police had moved the application seeking an extension for filing the supplementary charge sheet under Section 43D of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in order to preclude the possibility of the arrested activists’ seeking default bail.“We moved the application on grounds that the accused could calculate the first 90 days of their arrest (from August 28) and seek default bail,” Mr. Pawar said.However, Rahul Deshmukh, defence counsel for Mr. Gonsalves, argued that the police’s move was utterly contradictory and implied they were completely unsure about their case.“The prosecution and the police had argued while seeking the activists’ remand that their house arrest terms could not be considered as ‘police custody’. Now, the police, in seeking an extension to file the charge sheet is implying that the house arrest was part of the custody,” said Mr. Deshmukh.On September 2, the Pune court had again granted the police a 90-day extension for filing charge sheets against the five activists arrested during the June 6 crackdown including publisher Sudhir Dhawale, prominent human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling, tribal activist Mahesh Raut, Nagpur University English Professor Shoma Sen and activist Rona Wilson.A 5,160-page charge sheet against them was finally filed by the police on November 15.They, along with Ms. Bharadwaj, Mr. Ferreira and Mr. Gonsalves are presently incarcerated in Yerwada Jail.last_img read more

US bill targets Indian IT companies

first_imgThe concerns remain high as this bill could be significantly detrimental to our industry, because it targets visa dependent companies. Actually it only deals with a particular set of companies that account for a minority of the visas and therefore, will have no substantive benefit for the people who are sought to be protected – American jobseekers. In the US, unemployment rate among technically skilled workers is less than 2%. So it is very clear there is a shortage. If its goal was to protect American jobseekers then it should have been written in such a way that it would be applicable to all, not just Indian companies.The argument that the bill will benefit technology companies is also not valid, because the distinction that’s made is not between technology companies and service companies. It is between visa dependent and visa non-dependent, which effectively makes it against Indian IT industry. The conditions are onerous and impractical. It imposes a huge compliance requirement which is difficult to fulfil in the ordinary course of business. Even the US Chamber of Commerce has voiced its concerns against such conditions as they set dangerous precedents.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more

Olympics 2018: N Korea delegation arrives in South

first_imgNorth Korea prepares grand military parade on Olympics eve A North Korean delegation led by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister Kim Yo Jong (Centre) and president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly Kim Yong Nam leave the Incheon International Airport in South Korea to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.   –  Reuters × diplomacy 2018 Winter Olympics The sister of the North Korean leader today became the first member of her family to visit South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War as part of a high-level delegation attending the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.Arriving on her brother Kim Jong Un’s white private jet for a three-day visit, Kim Yo Jong and the country’s 90-year-old nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam are scheduled to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in tomorrow in a luncheon at Seoul’s presidential palace.Dressed in a black coat, carrying a black shoulder bag and hit with a barrage of camera flashes, Kim Yo Jong smiled as a group of South Korean officials, including Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, greeted her and the rest of the delegates at a meeting room at Incheon International Airport.The North Koreans, also including Choe Hwi, chairman of the country’s National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North’s agency that deals with inter- Korean affairs then moved down a floor on an escalator to board a high-speed train to Pyeongchang.StandoffMoon has been trying to use the games as an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with North Korea after a period of diplomatic stalemate and eventually pull it into talks over resolving the international standoff over its nuclear program.The last time a South Korean president invited North Korean officials to the presidential Blue House was in November 2007, when late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun, the political mentor of Moon, hosted then-North Korean premier Kim Yong Il for a luncheon following a meeting between the countries’ senior officials.Skeptics say North Korea, which is unlikely to give up its nukes under any deal, is just using the Olympics to poke holes at the US-led international sanctions against the country and buy more time to further advance its strategic weaponry.North’s message to SouthThe North Korean delegation’s arrival came a day after Kim Jong Un presided over a massive military parade in Pyongyang that was highlighted by the country’s developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles, which in three flight tests last year showed potential ability to reach deep into the US mainland when perfected.South Korean media have been speculating about whether Kim will send a personal message to Moon through his sister and, if so, whether it would include a proposal for a summit between the two leaders. Kim Yo Jong, believed to be around 30, is the first member of North Korea’s ruling family to visit the South since the Korean War.As first vice director of the Central Committee of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, Kim has been an increasingly prominent figure in North Korea’s leadership and is considered one of the few people who has earned her brother’s absolute trust.Analysts say the North’s decision to send her to the Olympics shows an ambition to break out from diplomatic isolation and pressure by improving relations with the South, which it could use as a bridge for approaching the United States.By sending a youthful, photogenic person who will undoubtedly attract international attention during the games, North Korea may also be trying to craft a fresher public image and defang any US effort to use the Olympics to highlight the North’s brutal human rights record. South Korea has yet to announce a confirmed schedule for the North Korean delegates aside of their participation in the opening ceremony and tomorrow’s luncheon with Moon. SHARE Olympics 2018: S Korea athletes to get joint training at Northern ski resort RELATED Olympics 2018: North, South Korea hockey players team up COMMENT Kim Jong Un’s sister, the first member of her family to visit South Korea since the Korean War. leads the delegation North Korea Olympics 2018: N Korea cheer squad, sports officials arrive in South SHARE SHARE EMAIL Olympics 2018: N Korea calls off joint cultural performance with South COMMENTS Published on A North Korean delegation led by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister Kim Yo Jong (Centre) and president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly Kim Yong Nam leave the Incheon International Airport in South Korea to attend the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.   –  Reuters February 09, 2018 South Korealast_img read more

Eyes on the line

first_imgBy Amit Kumar Das Odense, Oct 21 (PTI) More than half of his life Martin Etheridge has spent watching the lines.Sometimes he was responsible for indicating where a shuttle landed on a badminton court, at other times it was about following shots at full speed and deciding whether each was in or out of the tennis court.In a career spanning more than three decades, Etheridge has officiated in tennis, badminton and football, also has some experience in athletics and ice hockey.”I started when I was 16 and for 38 years, I have been a football referee, it was at semi professional level. I was linesman in an international friendly between England and France. Now Im involved in the development role. In badminton and tennis I did at a higher level,” Etheridge, who is here as a lines judge at the Denmark Super Series Premier, told PTI.”I have been officiating in tennis for 25 years and now seven years I have been a lines judge in badminton. I couldnt give time to athletics. I was just a starter in athletics. I did for two years around 20 years ago. I also did ice hockey for three years.”Etheridge was the line judge at the Glasgow World Championship final between Viktor Axelsen and Lin Dan in August. He has also been officiating in All England for six years as a line judge. While in tennis, Martin has officiated at over 24 Wimbledon Championships as a line judge and umpire, which includes a mens semifinal match involving Roger Federer. He has umpired over 130 Davis and Fed Cups around the globe, including in countries like Uganda, Mexico, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Syria and Tobago.advertisementHe had also travelled to India during the 2010 Commonwealth Games to officiate in a tennis match as a line judge. He has officiated in no less than 105 countries from Armenia to Zambia for national team competitions.”I have also umpired Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe in senior tournaments in 2008. I have also been on court with Vijay Amritraj. I have been to Buckingham Palace in 2000, they had a world charity tournament where there was Borg, McEnroe, Anna Kournikova,” he said.53-year-old Etheridge also tried to get his name at the Guinness Book of world record and though he faced rejection it didnt demotivate him.”At the moment there is no record for the number of countries officiated. So in May this year I put in a bid to create a new record so that I can submit my evidence. But they said no, they said it didnt meet their criteria. My record was going to be number of different countries officiated in any sports,” he said.Etheridge also enjoys officiating in wheelchair tennis and involving players with visual impairment and learning disabilities. He loves going to countries like Estonia and Finland were there are no line judges association to train the locals. “I wish I could have started earlier, I could have by now officiated at higher level. BWF also have age limit. I would want to go to Olympics or Paralympics. It wouldnt be in football for sure but may be tennis or badminton,” Etheridge, who will leave for Switzerland for wheelchair tennis next week, said. PTI ATK CM CMlast_img read more

Ratchanok Intanon beats Carolina Marin to win Malaysia Masters

first_imgThailand’s Ratchanok Intanon defeated Spanish badminton star Carolina Marin 21-9, 22-20 in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, clinching the Malaysia Masters final in just 42 minutes.Heading into the final, Marin had won three of her last four matches against Intanon, reports Efe news.The Thai, seeded No. 6 in the tournament, dominated the match from the start, jumping to a quick 6-1 lead and never letting Marin back into the set.Marin played better in the second set, grabbing a 10-7 lead before Intanon managed to tie it at 12-12.The players went back and forth, with Marin making a huge push and going up 19-18.Intanon, however, was not to be denied and she managed to edge Marin and take the title.Intanon had a spectacular run in Malaysia, upsetting top-ranked Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan and defeating 18-year-old home crowd favorite Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia 21-16, 21-16 in Saturday’s second semi-final.last_img read more

Pardew confirmed as new West Brom manager

first_imgPremier League Pardew confirmed as new West Brom manager Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 18:50 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alan Pardew Getty Premier League West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Transfers Following the sacking of Tony Pulis, the Baggies have announced the appointment of the 56-year-old former Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has been appointed as West Brom’s new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal.The Baggies dismissed Tony Pulis earlier this month after taking just 10 points from their opening 12 games of the Premier League season, with Gary Megson stepping in for last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham and Tuesday’s 2-2 stalemate with Newcastle United.West Brom 6/4 to beat Palace 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 Pardew quickly emerged as the favourite to take over at The Hawthorns and stated on Sunday that the job was an “attractive” one.And West Brom have now confirmed the appointment, with Pardew signing a deal until 2020.John Carver, who worked with Pardew during his time at Newcastle, will join his backroom team, while Megson has left the club.Introducing our new Head Coach, Alan Pardew…Full story https://t.co/oMksgIoD5D #WBA pic.twitter.com/JzrV6YbsOC — West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) November 29, 2017 “I’m thrilled with the opportunity Albion have provided and looking forward to getting to work with what I consider to be a talented group of players,” Pardew told West Brom’s official website.”The immediate challenge will be to get the results we need to pull ourselves up the table. But I’m aware that, while I’m joining one of the great, traditional clubs of English football, it is one determined to go forward in the Premier League.”It’s an exciting opportunity to play a part in that ambition.”West Brom chairman John Williams added: “Alan brings the experience of more than 300 Premier League games and the kind of dynamic leadership from which our club can benefit.”We were impressed with what he had to say and what he has to offer and we are looking forward to an exciting new era under his charge.”Pardew has been out of work since being dismissed as Crystal Palace boss last December, but played with and managed West Brom technical director Nick Hammond at Reading.The 56-year-old has also had spells as manager of Southampton and West Ham as well as Newcastle. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

New Option for Highway 118 Interchange

first_img Option A separates the interchange from nearby Shubie Park with a concrete retaining wall. Option B integrates the interchange into the park and provides pedestrian and bicycle access from the new development. The Shubenacadie Canal Commission requested a compromise, so engineers at the Transportation and Public Works Department prepared a third option, which still allows access into Shubie Park, but does not encroach on the park. With the newest option, the interchange ramp will be within the existing Highway 118 right of way. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–New Option for Highway 118Interchange The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Public Works hasreleased a third design option for the new interchange offHighway 118 in Dartmouth. The province is building the interchange at the current entranceto the Whebby quarry to allow vehicle access to a new commercialdevelopment. Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is interested inextending Wright Avenue in Burnside Industrial Park to the newinterchange to meet growing traffic demands in the area. Bothlevels of government agreed in 2003 to share the constructioncosts of a new interchange. Two interchange options were presented for public comment on Dec.center_img Option A involves only provincial land; Option B requires 1.8hectares of land owned by HRM and currently zoned as holding, butdesignated for future park land; Option C requires 1.1 hectaresof HRM land. “All three options are acceptable to us,” Transportation andPublic Works Minister Ron Russell said today, Jan. 10, “but atthis stage of the process, we prefer Option C. We sought andreceived public feedback on the design options and we were happyto develop another option for review.” All three interchange options will be available for publicviewing and additional comment at a public information session onWednesday, Jan. 12. Mr. Russell said that while Option C is the provincialgovernment’s choice, HRM is a partner in this project with aseparate recommendation and approval process. He also said thepublic should have an opportunity to review this latest optionand offer comments. “Our responsibility is to build a safe structure for motorists ata reasonable cost to taxpayers and any one of the three designswill accomplish our objective,” the minister said. HRM staff will present three interchange options to council laterthis month. The commitment to build the interchange goes back to 1975, whenthe province agreed to provide future access for development inexchange for the right to build Highway 118 through undevelopedprivate property. In 2001, the Burnside Industrial Park Major Routes Traffic AccessStudy recommended that Wright Avenue be extended to the plannedHighway 118 interchange to deal with increased traffic demands.In 1997, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board approved theCity of Dartmouth’s expropriation of land to complement ShubiePark. The hearings confirmed that an interchange off Highway 118would be necessary. Further information on the interchange options is available onthe Transportation and Public Works website atwww.gov.ns.ca/tran/highwayops/hwy118.asp .last_img read more

Fleetwood Mac Named MusiCares Person Of The Year 2018

first_imgTwo-time GRAMMY winners Fleetwood Mac will be honored at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute on Jan. 26, 2018.The quintet — comprising Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks — is the first band to receive the prestigious award.Fleetwood Mac will be honored as the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of their significant creative accomplishments and their longtime support of a number of charitable causes, including MusiCares, the premier safety net of critical resources for the music industry.Proceeds from the 28th annual benefit gala — to be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City during GRAMMY Week two nights prior to the 60th GRAMMY Awards — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.“Our 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute is a celebration of firsts — the first time our annual signature gala will be held in New York City in 15 years, and the first time in the benefit’s history that we will honor a band,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “This excitement is only matched by the genuine thrill and privilege of paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a legendary and influential group of artists whose music has provided the soundtrack for music lovers around the world.”Fleetwood Mac earned two GRAMMYs for their Album Of The Year-winning LP, Rumours, for 1977. The band also has two recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including Fleetwood Mac (1975) and Rumours (1977).“It’s a tremendous honor to be the first band to receive the MusiCares Person of the Year award,” said Mick Fleetwood on behalf of Fleetwood Mac. “Independently and together, we all set off on a journey to spend our lives as artists, songwriters and musicians. None of us did it alone and there were plenty of helping hands along the way, so we applaud and celebrate MusiCares’ guiding principles of giving musicians a helping hand and a place to turn in times of need. We are very appreciative of this recognition.”last_img read more

ONTARIO PROVINCIAL BUDGET MAINTAINS GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT TO THE FILM AND TELEVISION TAX

first_img Facebook Toronto, ON (April 15, 2019) – FilmOntario is pleased to note the renewed commitment to providing stability and support for the film and television industry in Ontario in the 2019 Provincial Budget. This commitment to stability sends a clear message to our partners here at home and around the world that the province of Ontario is a great place to be in the film and TV business.“Independent film and TV production spending grew by 23% to $1.6 billion from 2014 to 2017, creating over 32,000 jobs and contributing $2.3 billion to the province’s GDP,” said FilmOntario co-chair and New Real Films President Jennifer Jonas. “With this re-statement of the government’s commitment to the industry, we can expect to grow by 5% annually over the next three years, bringing an additional 7,000 jobs to Ontario.”The Budget documents also noted the important investments in studio infrastructure at Pinewood Toronto and Cinespace Film Studios, as well as in new spaces such as Markham Movieland’s First Studio City and CBS Television Studios’ new Mississauga location, that will build on Ontario’s ability to support increased production in the province. Such investments are already attracting business, such as Netflix’s recent announcement of a production hub in Toronto, also noted in the Budget. Advertisement “The commitment shown by the government has meant that our production partners are looking at Ontario as a great place to do business,” noted John Weber, FilmOntario Treasurer and President & CEO of Take 5 Productions. “The expansion of our physical infrastructure, combined with our competitive and stable incentives, great locations, and professional on- and off-screen talent, are a great draw for producers from all over the world.”“We look forward to working with the newly announced Ministers’ Film and Television Advisory Panel on ways to continue to grow the industry, and to find ways to support both our domestic producers and our partners from around the world who choose to come here,” added FilmOntario co-chair and ACTRA Toronto Executive Director Sue Milling. “The strength of Ontario’s production ecosystem is its balance between domestic and service work, and the 2019 Budget will allow us to continue our efforts on behalf of all our members to maintain and strengthen our unique industry make-up.”Some industry facts:• $1.6 billion in independent film and television direct spending in Ontario in 2017, leading to a $2.3 billion contribution to provincial GDP• Domestic feature film spending was up by 16% in 2017 to $80.6 million• Foreign TV series spending was up by 27% in 2017 to $653 million.About FilmOntarioFounded in 2003, FilmOntario is a privately-funded industry consortium representing organizations from across the province’s screen-based sector. Our membership includes Ontario-based production companies, unions, studio owner/operators, equipment suppliers, production service providers, and other industry organizations in the province’s screen-based industry. Our emphasis is on marketing Ontario as a screen-based content creation and production jurisdiction, and on working with all levels of government to ensure that their policies and programs continue to support Ontario’s competitiveness in the global market. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Altagas signs agreement with Kelt Exploration

first_imgIn a release, Altagas said that the additional natural gas liquids will increase utilization in AltaGas’ existing liquids pipelines, positioning the company for an expansion of the North Pine fractionator to 20,000 barrels per day – which already has regulatory approval, and to provide additional propane supply to the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal.The Commercial Arrangements provide Kelt with firm processing of 75 million cubic feet per day of raw gas under an initial 10-year take-or-pay arrangement and includes raw gas gathering, liquids handling, field fractionation and propane marketing arrangements including export through Ridley Island.The expected commercial operations date of the Townsend Deep Cut Facility is expected in the fourth quarter of 2019. The infrastructure investment for expansion and increasing the capture area of the Townsend site is estimated to be $180 million.“We have significant investment opportunities ahead of us, with Gas being the primary growth driver followed by U.S. Utilities over the next few years,” said David Cornhill, Chairman and Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas. “Our presence in the two most prolific gas plays; the Montney and Marcellus/Utica—positions us to participate in energy export projects on both coasts of North America. Additionally, the recent NEB approval of the TransCanada North Montney expansion will enable producers to move ahead with their growth plans. AltaGas with its strategic infrastructure in Northeast British Columbia is well positioned to be a part of that growth.”Under the terms of the Commercial Arrangements, Altagas said Kelt has the option during the first three years of the initial take-or-pay term to commit to additional firm processing at Townsend Deep Cut, up to a total of 198 million cubic feet per day for a term of its choice, with an additional minimum take-or-pay commitment of ten years.AltaGas will construct 198 million cubic feet per day of deep cut natural gas processing capacity at the Townsend Complex. This will consist of the proposed and permitted 99 million cubic feet per day of deep cut capacity and the proposed and permitted modification of an existing 99 million cubic feet per day shallow cut capacity to enhanced NGL recovery. CALGARY, A.B. – AltaGas Ltd. announced today that it has entered into definitive agreements with Kelt Exploration Ltd. to provide an energy infrastructure solution for the liquids-rich Inga Montney development located in northeast British Columbia.Altagas says that the Commercial Arrangements underpin the expansion of its Townsend Complex, including the addition of a 198 million cubic feet per day of processing capacity at the Townsend Deep Cut Facility.Kelt announced in early July that it had signed a letter of intent with Altagas to process 75 million cubic feet per day of raw gas under a 10-year arrangement at AltaGas’ proposed Townsend Deep Cut Gas Plant.last_img read more

Food crisis not yet over warns top UN rights official

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the Geneva-based Human Rights Council that it must target its work towards helping the most marginalized segments of society.Last year, the number of the world’s hungry surged from 854 million to 967 million due to the steep climb in prices of staple foods. In spite of dropping prices, they remain higher than they were in 2002, leaving the poor still unable to purchase food, she noted.Further, lower food costs are actually discouraging agricultural investment, Ms. Pillay said, impeding efforts to step up food production, especially the capacity of small-hold farmers to sustain their livelihoods.The Commissioner told the 47-member Council that steps to alleviate hunger and promote the right to food have yet to be translated into concrete action to help those most impacted by the crisis.She voiced particular concern for the situation of the rural and urban poor, landless or small-scale farmers and households headed by women.Ms. Pillay maintained that any successful strategy to defeat hunger should involve stronger institutions with better accountability, sustainable investments in agricultural production and research, and targeted support to small-scale farmers and the poor.Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the need to scale up efforts to combat hunger and realize the right to food, given that the number of hungry people around the world is surging amid the current global financial crisis and the effects of climate change.“Food is not just a commodity, and agriculture is not just a business. Both are central to survival. Realizing every person’s right to food is a moral and humanitarian imperative,” Mr. Ban told students of the UN International School at a conference on the global food crisis. 9 March 2009Despite falling food prices worldwide, the global food crisis has not ended, the top United Nations human rights official cautioned today, emphasizing the need to view the issue through the very basic right to adequate food. read more

Record number of donors support UN population agency this year

The top six donors were the Netherlands, Japan, Norway, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden. The United States was not among the countries backing the Fund this year. UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said level of support had surpassed the agency’s expectations. “This is strong evidence that countries, from every region of the world, have confidence in the Fund.” Regular resources for UNFPA in 2003 were approximately $294 million. The number of donors more than doubled since 1999 when the agency received funding from just 69 States. New donors in 2003 included Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Hungary, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Somalia, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste and Uzbekistan. “UNFPA works hard to make pregnancy and childbirth safer for women in developing countries, to prevent HIV infections and to help couples plan their families and avoid unintended pregnancies,” said Ms. Obaid. “We can now meet more of the demands for reproductive health care in the 150 countries where we work.” According to the agency, about 350 million couples still lack access to a range of safe, effective and affordable contraceptive methods, while only half of all births in developing countries take place with a trained attendant. read more

Former NBA Star Rasheed Wallace Pens Fiery Letter Voicing

Former Detroit Pistons star Rasheed Wallace. Photo by Paul Sancya/Associated Press.In the past year, the public health disaster that became known as the Flint Water Crisis has all but disappeared from the daily news cycle. Major media outlets rarely mention it.But former Detroit Pistons star Rasheed Wallace is making sure America doesn’t forget about the people of Flint, reminding the nation that the crippling health crisis is ongoing — and far from being over.In a sharply worded letter published in the Players’ Tribune, Wallace expressed frustration at the conditions in Flint, noting how the city’s residents have been forced to rely on bottled or boiled water to drink and bathe over the last two years.The former basketball star began his letter by emphasizing the importance of having clean water for simple, everyday tasks like brushing your teeth, washing your hands or rinsing off that apple you took for lunch. Unfortunately, these “luxuries” are no longer afforded to the people of Flint.“When you woke up this morning, what’s the first thing you did?” Wallace wrote. “Took a piss and flushed the toilet? Brushed your teeth? Took a shower? Whatever you did, I’m guessing you used water.”“That’s all normal, part of our everyday lives,” he continued. “Unless you live in Flint, Michigan.”Wallace, who’s been visiting the impaired city over the last year, said he first learned of the water crisis when it was on every news station, in every headline. That’s when he decided it was time to help. On his first visit to the city, however, the retired basketball player said Flint reminded him of a “third-world country in the United States.”“I’m not a water expert or anything like that, but I don’t need to be to know when something is f–cked up,” he wrote. “I just saw the horrible news, about how the government had put people at risk for the sake of saving money, and I knew I needed to help.”“So I went,” Wallace continued. “I flew to Detroit with some friends and family members, rented a moving truck, loaded it up with as much bottled water as it could hold and drove to Flint.”Former Tar Heel All-America & Piston Rasheed Wallace is driving a truck filled w/cases of water from NC to Flint, Michigan tonight #GoHeels— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) February 4, 2016Wallace said he went door-to-door delivering water in the city’s low-income communities. He noted that many of Flint’s residents were already living in poverty, and now they were being forced to suffer the brunt of this public health crisis.“… People missing clumps of hair, rashes on adults and children alike — all because of poisoned water,” the basketballer said of the affected residents he met. “Imagine that: The poorest people paying the heaviest price.”While in Flint, Wallace said he met up with another former NBA player (and Flint native), Mo Peterson. Peterson had also decided to take action to help the people of Flint. The two former athletes met up for lunch downtown, but Wallace said he noticed a sign at the restaurant that infuriated him: “OUR WATER IS SAFE,” it read.“Hold up, I thought. How is it that downtown water is cool, but three blocks over, the water is making children sick?,” he wrote. “I couldn’t believe it.”Wallace went on to express disgust at the fact that the government tried to cover up a crisis that sickened thousands of residents, including young children. Wallace said he would continue returning to Flint and encouraging others — even his former teammates — to join him. Letting the people of Flint know there are still people are out there who care about them is of the utmost importance to the retired basketball star.“They supported me when I was playing with the Pistons,” Wallace wrote. “There were a lot of people from Flint who maybe couldn’t really afford a ticket to a game, but they bought one anyway, or came down for the parade when we won the title.”“Handing out water is the very least I can do,” he added. “I didn’t partner with any organization or agency. I just went on my own because that was the right thing to do. Every time I go, I’m amazed by the people, but I’m sickened by the lack of help.”Wallace asserted that although the crisis is no longer in the headlines, the problem is still ongoing and nothing has been done to fix the water. He called the crisis a “long-term fix,” but bashed the government for taking nearly two years to approve funding to remedy the issue. He also pointed out that the city is still billing residents for their water — essentially forcing them to pay for water that is “still unsafe and contaminated.”“That’s right. They still want those people to pay their m—–f—— water bills,” Wallace concluded.“You can read this and ignore it,” he wrote. “You can say I don’t know what I’m talking about. But I’ve been to Flint. I’ve seen what’s happening. The cameras are gone, but the people are still there, and they still need our help.” read more

The Average Cost Of World Series Tickets Has Gone Up

A Kansas firefighter rescued some World Series tickets from a burning house. A man was robbed at gunpoint outside Missouri’s Kauffman Stadium for his tickets. The Feds seized more than a hundred ersatz tickets, along with some “counterfeit panties” (don’t ask me). A Kansas City Royals fan was ready to sell his Mustang to get tickets for his family.Then again, Wade Davis’s wife tipped her waiter with a World Series ticket.How much are these things worth, anyway? This year, an average of $930 apiece.The New York Times reports that Game 1 of the World Series drew only 12.2 million television viewers — the worst Game 1 ratings on record. But though the television audience for 2014’s Series isn’t much interested, the fans trying to get into the stadiums certainly are. Ticket prices are up this year.Playoff tickets are a hot commodity in sports and, unsurprisingly, World Series tickets are baseball’s most expensive. Even still, the jump from the earlier playoff rounds is remarkable. This year, they’ve been nearly five times as expensive as any other playoff round.Using transactional data provided to me by SeatGeek — which gathers price data on a number of popular online ticket resellers — here are this year’s average ticket prices for all the playoff games, by round:(Note that chart this includes ticket transactions for unplayed, and potentially unnecessary, World Series games. Prices may have fluctuated. ) The average price for this year’s two wild card games was $169. For league division series games, it was a bit less: $129. For league championship series, it was $200.With the San Francisco Giants seeking to establish a sort of quasi-dynasty, and the Royals looking for their first championship since 1985, the fan bases seem eager. And though the fans’ demand to see their home teams has boosted in-person prices, the Royals’ small television market may be to blame for the low television ratings.Not only have prices jumped sharply going into the Royals-Giants matchup, but this year’s Series has also outpaced recent fall classics. The past few years’ World Series averages were $766, $634, $618 and $797. Not a single game of the 2014 Series averages a ticket price below $800.Here’s the spread of prices for recent World Series games:If the current price for Game 7 holds (and, of course, if that game is necessary), about $40 million will have been spent on the tickets to fill Kauffman Stadium. They’re averaging $1,078 a pop.The cheapest — if it can be called that — average ticket since 2010 was $488 for 2011’s Game 2, when the Texas Rangers visited St. Louis. Game 6 of that series seems, in retrospect, like the deal of the century, at an average of just $500.The outlying game in 2013 was Boston’s clinching Game 6 over the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway — the first time the Red Sox had won the Series at home in 95 years. It’d have set you back an average of $1,175 to see that one — reportedly the most expensive baseball ticket in history.The going price for Saturday’s Game 4? A relatively affordable $987. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State returns home for daunting matchup against No 1

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) drives to the paint in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State (12-4, 3-0 Big Ten) has squared off against three currently ranked opponents this season. It lost all three games — all by double-digits. To end its losing streak against the top teams in the nation, it will have to pull one of the biggest upsets in the season when it hosts No. 1 Michigan State Sunday at the Schottenstein Center.The game starts at 4:30 p.m. on CBS. Here’s what to expect.Projected startersMichigan State:G — Joshua Langford — Sophomore, 6-foot-5, 210 lbs., 13.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.7 apgG — Cassius Winston — Sophomore, 6-foot, 185 lbs., 12.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 7.3 apg, G/F — Miles Bridges — Sophomore, 6-foot-7, 225 lbs., 16.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.1 apgF — Jaren Jackson Jr. — Freshman, 6-foot-11, 242 lbs., 10.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Nick Ward — Sophomore, 6-foot-8, 245 lbs., 15.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.1 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.3 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 8.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.4 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.8 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.4 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.8 apgScouting Michigan StateThe Spartans are arguably the most complete team on both sides of the ball Ohio State will face all season. They rank in the top 15 for both points scored and points allowed this season and lead the nation with a plus-26.6 scoring margin. What makes Michigan State such a challenging offense to defend is its ability to score from all ranges. This season it has spread out its point distribution quite a bit with 51.5 percent of its offense coming from inside the arc, 31.3 percent outside and 17.2 percent from the free-throw line, according to Ken Pomeroy.And regardless of where the Spartans are on the court, it is more than capable of making the shots. It ranks in the top 10 in both 3-point and 2-point shooting this season with 42.4 percent from the 3 and 59.5 percent for two. It has a 61 percent effective field goal percentage, according to Pomeroy.That versatility of the Spartans is equally effective on defense. Their 39.4 effective field goal percentage allowed ranks No. 1 in the nation, according to Pomeroy. Opposing offenses have found more success from beyond 3-point range, shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and just 32.8 percent inside (lowest in the nation). Michigan State also blocks the most shot, averaging 8.4 blocks per game. What to expectNearly any opponent Michigan State faces looks outmatched, and that remains true for the Buckeyes. Ohio State was never all that close with No. 12 UNC on Dec. 23, losing 86-72, and was blown out by No. 19 Gonzaga, 86-59, on Nov. 23.Ohio State is not a team that relies on 3-point shooting for offense and has its most success when it drives to the basket. Only 26.7 percent of its points this season have come from the 3 while 54.4 percent have come within the perimeter, according to Pomeroy. That does not bode well against a team like Michigan State that is one of the better interior defenders in the nation. The Buckeyes do have a statistical edge when it comes to both forcing and limiting turnovers. The Spartans have turned the ball over 19.5 percent of the time and forced turnovers only 17.6 percent of the time, 212th and 250th in the nation by Pomeroy, respectively.Particularly as of late, the Buckeyes have done a much better job limiting their own turnovers. They currently sit at No. 140 in the nation at 18.5 percent while forcing the 114th-most turnovers in the country at 20.2 percent. Ohio State has a few promising matchups against Michigan State statistically, but overall this will be a challenge for the Buckeyes. If head coach Chris Holtmann is going to get his first signature win with the Scarlet and Gray, a lot will have to go right for his team.Prediction:Michigan State wins 80-65 read more

Additional salmonella cases tied to eatery

first_imgThe salmonella outbreak count keeps climbing.The number of people sickened after eating at On the Border in east Vancouver is now up to 13 confirmed and 33 probable cases. Most of the ill are adults, though some children have also gotten sick, said Don Strick, Clark County Public Health spokesman.Three people have been hospitalized, at least two with dehydration, after being diagnosed with salmonella. Two of those hospitalized have since returned home, Strick said.Health officials are still trying to determine the source of bacteria. They’re unsure whether the bacteria was spread by a contaminated surface or food product, or whether a food handler passed the illness to customers.All but one case involves customers who visited the restaurant between Sept. 20 and Oct. 8. One restaurant employee has also gotten ill, Strick said.All employees have been asked to submit samples for salmonella testing. The restaurant will not reopen until those results are back from the lab, which can take several days. Health officials closed the restaurant Tuesday.The restaurant’s corporate office asked local health officials to help coordinate an advanced food safety class for all of the Vancouver employees in response to the outbreak. Washington State University Extension will administer the course at the restaurant, likely sometime in the next month, Strick said.last_img read more

Grass fire burns 5 to 10 acres in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews responded to a grass fire in Southwest Miami-Dade, Saturday night.The fire burned five to 10 acres across a field, located near Southwest 136th Street and 188th Avenue.No buildings were damaged as a result of the fire.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Fort Lauderdale commissioners unanimously approve demolition of disused soccer stadium

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners unanimously approved to demolish a disused soccer stadium to make way for a new one.David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF ownership group won a vote of approval for a new stadium, Tuesday.Related: Fort Lauderdale commissioners vote to begin negotiations with Inter Miami CF over disused stadiumBeckham’s club won a bidding war for the abandoned Lockhart Stadium, at 1350 NW 55th St., on March 19.The club’s current plan is to play at the stadium for two years while a stadium in Miami is built.After that, the club plans to place its youth academy and farm team in Fort Lauderdale.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more