Hong Kong selects To The Fore as Oscar contender

first_imgLos Angeles, Sep 22 (PTI) Hong Kong has selected sports action drama “To The Fore” as its contender for the foreign-language Academy Awards race. The film, directed Dante Lam, popular for helming crime thrillers, stars Eddie Choi, Shawn Dou and Wang Luo Dan, reported Variety. “To The Fore” was chosen by the selection committee of the Hong Kong Film Producers Association, which said it had also shortlisted Ringo Lams “Wild City”, Mabel Cheungs “Three Cities” and Lau Ho-leungs “Two Thumbs Up”. No Hong Kong film, however, has ever won in the foreign-language category. Won Kar-wais 2013 Hong Kong-Chinese martial arts drama “The Grandmaster” made it to the January shortlist, but was not subsequently nominated. Lam has previously directed action “Beast Stalker” sports drama “Unbeatable” and psychological thriller “That Demon Within”. PTI JUR AJRlast_img read more

BJP got donation of Rs 200 cr from beef exporter, alleges Azam

first_imgUnnao (UP), Dec 18 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan has alleged that the BJP has taken a “donation of Rs 200 crore” from a “beef exporter”, a charge denied by the party.”BJP plays politics on beef. Ironically, it has taken a donation of Rs 200 crore from a big beef exporter. The party should tell how much money was taken in black,” he said, while talking to reporters here last night.Hitting back at Khan, BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak today claimed he was making “baseless accusations” on his party.”He should first give account of money spent in (Mulayam Singh) Yadavs birthday celebration in Rampur. Khan has himself said that the money came from Dawood,” he further claimed.Pathak was referring to Khans remarks in Rampur last month when he was asked about the funding of the birthday celebrations there.”Why does it matter where the money for celebrations is coming from? Some have come from Taliban, some from Abu Salem, some from Dawood(Ibrahim), some from terrorist…,” he had said in an apparent sarcastic response.”BJP is the only party, which runs on principles and ideals and such allegations are signs of frustration of the SP leader,” he claimed.On the issue of cow slaughter, Khan said that “whether its cow or some other animal, there should be no slaughter”.Referring to the controversial Ram Temple issue, Khan said that BJP was only “doing politics” on the issue and asked the party to tell as to how much “donations” it had taken in its name.advertisement”The Ram Temple issue is being raked for political gains. There is a temple. The people have however understood this propaganda now,” he said.On the issue of cleaning Ganga river, Khan said that Centre should tell in what time will it be cleaned.”One year have passed and now four years are left. They should tell the time-frame for cleaning Ganga,”, he added. PTI CORR ABN KND RT KNDlast_img read more

Ishant Sharma, Eoin Morgan in top base price bracket in IPL 2017 auction

first_imgIndia pacer Ishant Sharma, England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan and former Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson are among seven players who have listed themselves at the highest base price of INR 2 crore (approx USD 298,000) for the Indian Premier League season 10 player auction.England allrounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins are the rest of the players in this bracket.The IPL auction is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru on February 20.The INR 1.5 crore bracket has England’s Johnny Bairstow, New Zealander Trent Boult, Australia’s Nathan Lyon and Brad Haddin, South African Kyle Abott and Jason Holder of the West Indies. (Yuzvendra Chahal a product of Indian Premier League: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)A total of 799 players are part of the initial roster which would be reduced once the franchises submit their preferences before the deadline this weekend. There are 160 capped players from eight countries – leaving out Bangladesh and Pakistan – and 639 from India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies.This will be the final year of IPL before the teams overhaul their squads for the 2018 season.The existing player contracts will expire after this season of the league and most players are expected to go under the hammer at a mega auction ahead of the 2018 season.last_img read more

ICC Under-19 World Cup: India’s approach won’t change vs Pakistan, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgRahul Dravid knows a thing or two about the pressure of playing Pakistan.The former India captain, in an illustrious career, spanning nearly two decades, scored 3135 runs against Pakistan in 58 ODIs and 15 Tests. Now, as coach of India’s Under-19 team, Dravid is passing on that experience to his young wards, who will face Pakistan in the semi-final of the World Cup in New Zealand on Tuesday.Prithvi Shaw, the Indian Under-19 captain will have a great mentor in Dravid ahead of the team’s high-profile semi-final clash against Pakistan.In six World Cup matches, India have never lost to Pakistan and Dravid has been part of two of those victories. On both occasions, Dravid played crucial roles – he scored 61 in the 1999 World Cup match at Manchester and four years later in Centurion, hit a patient, unbeaten 44 as India chased down a 274-run target (thanks to Sachin Tendulkar’s mind-numbing 98).The battle between the two most exciting quick bowlers at the tournament could well decide who reaches the #U19CWC Final.We take a closer look at Shaheen Afridi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti.https://t.co/kPeIurMve1 pic.twitter.com/8KCcKwlbe6— ICC (@ICC) January 29, 2018Years later, Dravid finds himself in a more complex role. As a player, he had the chance to control the game on the field. As coach, Dravid can strategise, plan, motivate and then just hope his boys execute the plans to perfection.The 45-year-old has asked his players to do what he did so well: prepare and plan well. Dravid has also helped calm some nerves in the dressing-room. The coach is excited that his team can understand what it is like to play Pakistan in a high-pressure match.advertisement”Our preparation and our planning doesn’t change at all,” Dravid told ICC’s official website. “We don’t approach this game any differently from how we would any other game, we still approach it to play good cricket, try and execute our skills and hopefully the result will fall our way.”But from an experience perspective, I’m excited about it, the fact that, irrespective of the results, we get our Under 19 boys to understand what it’s like to play an India-Pakistan game. At this level, all it is about is about experiences.The senior men’s teams of India and Pakistan had played each other in the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup and faced off four years later in Australia. More recently, India defeated Pakistan in their ICC Champions Trophy opener but lost the title clash in England.In a sense, this will be the second India-Pakistan Cricket World Cup semi-final in seven years and the game would be closely followed.Dravid said he realised there would be a “different buzz” abour the match but insisted the experience of playing Pakistan would do his boys a world of good.”We talk about this level and Under 19 cricket being about learning and experiences and experiencing different things, whether it’s conditions, whether it’s playing in an ICC tournament,” Dravid told icc-cricket.com. “It’s great that we’ve been able to, in a way, set up to have an India-Pakistan game as well. There is a different buzz about it in the sense that we know that the game is followed probably a little bit more closely than some of the other games we have.”For the last couple of years, we haven’t played Pakistan at this level, so it’s really nice for our boys to have that experience of actually playing against Pakistan,” Dravid said.Over the years, several Youth ODI stars have gone on to represent their countries at the senior level. Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja are just a few examples of young colts who have made a mark for themselves at the highest level.There is a lot of around Shaw and a few of his teammates, who attracted high bids at the IPL Auction this weekend. Now, their focus would have to shift on the biggest game of their lives – a World Cup semi-final against arch-rivals Pakistan.last_img read more

OSU’s Offense Is a Chameleon Which Means The Defense Needs To Change With It

first_imgWe have seen five weeks of OSU football, and it feels like we have seen five different teams on the offensive side of the ball. It’s such a change from the “you know what you’re getting” days of Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken. Holgorsen ran like seven plays on offense. They all almost always worked. There were variations, but it was quite simple.Mike Yurcich is more NFL-like in his play-calling. Especially in his game-planning. He was essentially shouting this from the rooftop before the Texas game.“They’re very well coached,” said Yurcich of Texas. “They have six returning starters so they have experience and some talent. They can rush the passer very well and they’re doing pretty well in the sack category. They have a lot of different fronts, a lot of different coverages, different blitz packages as well and they do a lot of things to disguise their looks. It’s a challenge going against Texas and everything that they do, so you have to be able to prepare your guys and make sure your package is complete against every situation and every look you’re going to get.“They are very good at defending the inside run. They’re stout up front and their structures and fronts take away a lot of inside runs, whether they are gap schemes or zones. They do a great job from the interior standpoint and where they’ve been hurt is the outside run, but when you get them stretched, it’s time to attack them on the inside. You can’t be exclusive or have one-dimensional-type runs.”You can’t be exclusive or have one-dimensional runs. Can you imagine Monken or Holgorsen saying something like this? Holgorsen probably snail mailed his playbook to opposing defensive coordinators just to get himself inside their heads and then ran all the plays he sent to them anyway. That’s how straightforward those teams were. They had a bunch of RPOs (™ Thomas Fleming), but they didn’t experience wild swings in offensive philosophy like it seems this one has.To be clear, I don’t think one way is necessarily better than the other — they are just very different. Yurcich continued about this after the Texas game.“Quite a few [plays were changed at the line of scrimmage],” said Yurcich. “I don’t know the exact number. The ability to get ourselves in the best situation possible, based on what their look was, was advantageous to us in that particular ballgame.”The Baylor game just a week earlier was much different. OSU looked like a Big 10 team.“We felt like the last two years we got in a track meet with them, and we couldn’t run with them,” said Mike Gundy. “And so we wanted to be able to establish some running game, use a little bit of clock with playing on the road.”“We had so many long drives, man, gave our defense a chance to recover and game plan over on the sidelines and I think Coach Yurcich called an incredible game,” added Mason Rudolph. “A lot of successful runs, a lot of play action, a lot of different stuff. We’ve just got to finish when it counts and we’ll get better, though.”Great! OSU looked strong on offense both weeks. Here’s the only problem with OSU changing its offensive plan drastically week in and week out: Philosophically, when your offense is changing from game to game, it puts pressure on your defense to change with it. But it doesn’t seem like OSU’s defense is changing.Take the Baylor game for example. OSU was taking chances against Baylor to get picks and fumbles like it always does. It tried to stop the run at the expense of what seems to be an average secondary (and I’m being kind!) Glenn Spencer talks about that here. It got housed because Baylor is good on offense (and because OSU might not be good on defense).The problem I had with this is that all you needed is, like, a stop or maybe two. You didn’t need picks like you usually do to flip a game. You should have been playing to get stops and not INTs against Baylor. OSU’s offense was manhandling that entire game, and its defense wasn’t situated properly from a philosophical standpoint. It was the same type defense it played against Pitt. But against Pitt, it got several more chances on defense to make something happen. It’s OK in a game like the Pitt game to take some chances on defense.@Pokelahoma if you play slower I wouldn’t be so aggressive. To me an attacking defense makes sense with tempo because the bang or bust…— Blake Huddleston (@CoachHuddleston) September 25, 2016 When your offense scores quickly like it was against Pitt and takes deep shots over and over again, you can completely flip a game based on one or two turnovers with your defense. Long TD. Pick. Another long TD. Bing-bang-boom. You’re up three scores. But when you’re controlling clock on offense (which OSU knew it was going to try and do against Baylor), all you want are stops because you know you can destroy a team’s will by munching up a 85-yard drive over nine minutes.So I guess my thought in all of this is that the the offensive game-plan actually seems fine (fine enough to be top 40 in the country). I’m OK with it changing based on the type of defense another team plays. I just want the type of defense OSU plays to actually change with it.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

OSU Safety Recruit to Start at QB for Denton Guyer

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! One of the more versatile prospects in Oklahoma State’s 2017 recruiting class is going to get a chance to showcase his talent at yet another position on the gridiron this weekend. Thabo Mwaniki, who is committed to play safety for OSU, is Denton Guyer’s leading receiver this season; however, due to an injury to Guyer’s starting quarterback, Mwaniki is sliding into the starting gig this weekend, according to Adam Boedeker of the Denton Record Chronicle.Guyer is 5-2 on the season, coming off a disappointing loss to the No. 1 team in Texas in the powerhouse Allen Eagles. Lead by head coach John Walsh and Mwaniki, Guyer faces a tough Wylie football team, and with their starting QB out, Mwaniki will be heavily relied on, especially as a runner where he has shown freaky athleticism and shiftiness.Fortunately for John Walsh, he’s had a pretty good track record in producing dual-threat quarterbacks at Guyer.last_img read more

Graphic Designer Makes Concept Uniform For Notre Dame’s ‘Shamrock Series’

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot running with a flag on the football field.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Last week, Notre Dame unveiled its ‘Shamrock Series’ uniforms for this year’s game against Navy – and suffice to say, most fans weren’t impressed. One graphic designer came up with a different take on the event, and we imagine Fighting Irish supporters will like it a bit better.Next Gen Uniforms released a concept uniform that focuses on green and gold. It includes Notre Dame’s interlocking logo on the helmet and stripes on the shoulders. It’s a clean look. Notre Dame fans – what do you think?last_img

Roger Federer’s return to French Open creates frenzy among fans

first_img Next Roger Federer’s return to French Open creates frenzy among fansWorld No. 3 Roger Federer will be making his first appearance at Roland Garros after four years of exile from the tournament concerning his prolonging career.advertisement Reuters New DelhiMay 23, 2019UPDATED: May 23, 2019 18:18 IST Roger Federer’s return to French Open creates anticipation among fans (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer will be returning to French Open after a 4-year exileRoger Federer last won the French Open ten years agoFederer withdrew from Italian Open quarters last week due to a minor injuryAll Roger Federer had to do was strike a few silky forehands in his first practice session at Roland Garros for four years to create something of a social media frenzy this week.Ever since the 37-year-old announced he was ending his self-imposed French Open exile, anticipation has been growing and video footage of his gentle warmup on Tuesday sent his legions of fans into a frenzy.It is 10 years since Federer claimed his one and only title on the Parisian dirt completing his career slam with victory over Swede Robin Soderling.First time back since 2015…Welcome back to Roland-Garros @rogerfederer!#RG19 pic.twitter.com/LuOuuXBqKXRoland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 21, 2019He opted to skip the French Open for the past three years a decision based on prolonging his career but a decade after lifting La Coupe des Mousquetaires he returns not just for old time’s sake, but because the Swiss must truly believe he has a chance of a 21st Grand Slam title.Federer showed enough in a quarter-final run in Madrid his first claycourt tournament for three years that he had not forgotten how to slide with the best of them.He also won a couple of rounds in Rome last week before withdrawing ahead of his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas citing a minor injury concern.Federer will step into a new look Roland Garros this year and admits it has been hard to be away.Asked why he returned in an interview with French TV channel Stade 2, he explained: What made me decide to come back to Roland-Garros? In the end, it’s envy, he said.advertisementI like slipping, cushioning, riding at odds, playing with angles and to see the fans I have not seen here.GLITTERING RECORDFederer’s last match at Roland Garros was a quarter-final loss to fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in 2015.Since then he has added two Australian Opens and one more Wimbledon title to his glittering record and he clearly still hungers after the game’s biggest prizes.But with his 38th birthday looming and a host of dangerous claycourters assembling in Paris, it would surely top any of his previous feats if he reclaimed the title.You can’t say never because it’s Roger, twice French Open runner-up Alex Corretja, told Reuters.In my opinion he’s not one of the favourites because there’s a lot of guys who can hurt his game on the clay.Federer will hope for warm conditions to speed up the courts and perhaps allow him to use the serve-and-volley tactics he employed liberally in Madrid this month when he reached the quarter-finals in his first clay event for three years.I always thought that serve and volleying on a hot day on clay almost has more reward than on a grass court sometimes because the ball jumps out of the strike zone, he said.The conditions, and the luck of the draw, will play a big factor in Federer’s prospects over the next two weeks but whatever happens this year’s French Open story will be all the more memorable for his return.I don’t think he has in his mind winning the French Open, he will just go there day by day and whatever he does it will be a bonus, Corretja said.Whether it’s two, three, four or five matches, it will help him arrive at Wimbledon with more rhythm.Also Read | Injury-hit Naomi Osaka heads to French Open after rocky clay seasonAlso Read | Andy Murray admits he might not play singles at WimbledonAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow French OpenFollow traininglast_img read more

Hanging Out in Hamlet’s Hometown: A Guide to Copenhagen

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 1. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art 2. Hay 3. Hotel SP34 4. Geist 5. Höst How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention center_img STAYHotel SP34Conveniently located in Copenhagen’s Latin Quarter, this new boutique hotel is walking distance to many of the city’s sites. Hotel SP34 features 118 rooms and two restaurants. Also, who doesn’t want to come back to a well-designed hotel after walking around and enjoying Copenhagen all day?Sankt Peders Stræde 34Copenhagen+45 33 13 30 00EATGeistDanish cuisine having a moment, and if you can’t decide where to eat, we suggest Geist, where you’ll find dishes like potato mash with brown stone crab and salted butter. For dessert, try the salted wasabi cream toffee, which sounds strange, but is absolutely amazing.Kongens Nytorv8Copenhagen+45 33 13 37 13HöstIf you want to have another taste of New Nordic cuisine, head to Höst, which has a delicious set menu that features things like Norwegian lobster and chicken foot with lobster cream, cabbage, juniper and hazelnuts.Nørre Farimagsgade 41Copenhagen+45 89 93 84 09SHOPHayDenmark is known for its design, so pay a visit to Hay, which has everything from sleek Scandinavian furniture to plenty of little trinkets and things for you to bring back to your friends and family.Østergade 61Copenhagen+45 99 42 44 00SEELouisiana Museum of Modern ArtThis contemporary art museum may be a 45-minute train ride from Copenhagen, but trust us, it’s worth it. Not only is it in a breathtaking seaside setting, it has one of the best collections of contemporary art that includes pieces by Pablo Picasso, Lucien Freud and Alexander Calder.Gl Strandvej 13Humlebæk+45 49 19 07 19 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? last_img read more

Triyards Wins Order for Two Oil Barges

first_imgzoom Singapore-listed Triyards Holdings Limited has secured contracts to build two oil barges worth NTD 716 million (USD 21.82m) from a new client, CPC Corporation (CPC), a Taiwan state-owned oil and gas company responsible for supplying energy to its domestic market. The new contracts stipulate the construction of a pair of oil barges intended for coastal service and the supply of bunker fuel to vessels in Taiwan’s harbour and coastal areas.The barges should be delivered to CPC in the second quarter of 2018 fiscal year.“This attests to our continued efforts to diversify our orderbook beyond the traditional O&G sector. Not only have we broadened our product range but we have also added another blue-chip name to our growing pool of clients,” Chan Eng Yew, Triyards’ Chief Executive Officer, said. “With our flexibility in engineering and fabrication solutions, Triyards is well positioned to address opportunities beyond the O&G sector.”last_img read more

PSA International to Raise USD 500 Mln from Bonds

first_imgzoom Singapore-based port operator PSA International is expecting to collect USD 500 million through an issue of ten-year notes due in 2026, according to a stock exchange filing.The bonds will be issued under a USD 3.5 billion medium term note programme established in August 2009, with an interest of 2.5 percent per annum.PSA International said that DBS Bank Ltd. and Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch have been appointed as joint lead managers and bookrunners for the notes, adding that the notes are expected to be issued on April 12, 2016 and mature on April 12, 2026.PSA said that the net proceeds collected from the issue would be injected into financing the company’s capital and operating expenditures and for general corporate purposes.The note issue comes on the back of PSA’s 2015 financial report released last month in which the company said it recorded a slight drop of 2 percent in its container volumes as it handled a total of 64.1 million TEUs during the year.PSA’s revenue declined by 6.7%, while profit from operations dropped by 9.3% due to lower volumes and higher depreciation.The operator reported its overall net profit for 2015 at USD 934.3 million, 9.5% lower than in 2014.last_img read more

All are safe after WestJet flight returns to Calgary over fire in

first_imgCALGARY – The Transportation Safety Board sent investigators to Calgary International Airport on Thursday after a WestJet passenger plane was forced to return after taking off.The board said there was a fire in the cargo compartment of the Boeing 737.WestJet said in a statement that shortly after takeoff the crew on Flight 113 from Calgary to Vancouver was alerted by a fire indication light.The statement said all passengers and crew were safe and were unloaded after landing.WestJet apologized for the delay and inconvenience, but said safety is its first priority.The plane has been removed from service for further inspection.last_img

Freshii withdraws 2019 outlook after widely missing thirdquarter results

first_imgTORONTO – Freshii Inc. has withdrawn its fiscal 2019 outlook after widely missing analyst third-quarter forecasts.The company says it is rescinding next year’s guidance due to challenges the Toronto-based restaurant chain is experiencing in achieving its forecasted store growth, sales, expenses and earnings.The company, which reports in U.S. dollars, says its net loss attributable to shareholders was $459,000 or one cent per share during the period ended Sept. 30. That’s compared with a $514,000 or two cents per share loss a year earlier.Sales for restaurants open at least a year, a key retail metric, decreased 0.8 per cent compared with a same-store sales growth of 5.1 per cent in the third quarter of 2017.Total revenues increased 27 per cent to $5.6 million, from $4.4 million a year earlier as it added 10 net new locations.Freshii was expected to earn four cents per share on $6.07 million in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Believing Freshii’s share price doesn’t fully reflect its value, the company plans to buy back up to 10 per cent of its 25.6 million shares over the next year.The company had expected up to $285 million in sales from as many as 760 stores within the next year or so, up from its current count of 431 franchised and company-owned locations.Companies in this story: (TSX:FRII)last_img read more

UN committee adopts draft treaty against nuclear terrorism

After seven years of negotiations, a United Nations committee today adopted a draft international treaty to fight nuclear terrorism, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan calling on all states to sign on to pre-empt what he called “one of the most urgent threats of our time” that with one attack could change the world forever.The draft adopted by consensus defines acts of nuclear terrorism and strengthens the international legal framework to combat it, requiring those who threaten or commit such crimes to be extradited or prosecuted and encouraging exchange of information and cooperation among states and a broad range of mutual assistance obligations.”The Nuclear Terrorism Convention will help prevent terrorists from gaining access to the most lethal weapons known to man,” Mr. Annan told the Ad Hoc Committee established by the General Assembly in 1996 to draw up an international convention for the suppression of terrorist bombings and entrusted in 1998 with drafting an international convention for the suppression of acts of nuclear terrorism.The draft aims to deal with both crisis situations by assisting states in solving situations created by terrorist groups possessing nuclear material, and post-crisis situations by rendering the nuclear material safe in accordance with safeguards provided by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Committee chairman Rohan Perera of Sri Lanka told a news conference.The text will now go to the full General Assembly within the next two weeks or so for adoption and will open for signature on 14 September at the high-level plenary meeting scheduled for the Assembly’s 60th session.”Nuclear terrorism is one of the most urgent threats of our time,” Mr. Annan said. “Even one such attack could inflict mass casualties and change our world forever. The prospect should compel all of us to do our part to strengthen our common defences.”He also called on the Committee to finalize work on the convention on terrorist bombings. “I remain confident that you will be able to complete that work before the end of the 60th session of the General Assembly,” he said. read more

UN labour agency targets forced servitude in Latin America

With 1.3 million victims of forced work in Latin America, representing more than 10 per cent of the global total, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) aims to drastically reduce such hash servitude over the next 10 years, according to a report it released today. “We can achieve this goal if there is a strong will to resolve the problem,” ILO forced labour expert Roger Plant said at the start of the agency’s Regional Meeting for the Americas taking place from 2 to 5 May in Brasilia, Brazil, where the issue will top the agenda.“Governments and the social partners in countries with forced labour have to become aware of the situation of those workers and take legal action, particularly against impunity of those who perpetuate forced labour,” he said.The ILO report identifies a need for special programmes for the rural economy, national awareness-raising campaigns and stronger labour inspection systems. Countries like Bolivia, Guatemala, Paraguay and Peru with a strong indigenous population should be priority targets, the report says.Although forced labour is endemic in Brazil, Mr. Plant said that the country has taken the lead in fighting the scourge.Just last month, ILO said, police and Government officials freed 318 rural workers held in slave-like conditions in north-eastern Brazil, the poorest region of the country, and an another eight-day search, discovered 121 workers held without pay at three ranches in Maranhao state. As a result, the ranch owners were required to pay each worker two monthly minimum salaries, or 700 reals (around $330), plus a fine of 100,000 reals ($46,420) or the equivalent in computers or cameras to the State. The audiovisual equipment is used by local authorities to check on ranches.The Brazilian Ministry of Labour says that some 18,000 workers have been freed from slave-like living conditions since 1995, with many enrolled in government aid programs and returned to their native states. read more

UN envoy deeply concerned by growing tensions in Gaza stemming from pay

“I am deeply concerned by the growing tensions in Gaza,” said Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.“While the Palestinian Government needs to ensure its fiscal sustainability under increasingly difficult economic conditions, it is important that reforms or decisions to reduce expenditures are fairly distributed and made with consideration to the harsh conditions under which people in Gaza live,” Mr. Mladenov noted. He urged the responsible parties to work together to find a solution and called on all factions “to allow the Palestinian Government to assume its responsibility in Gaza.”Calling Gaza “an integral part of the future Palestinian state,” Mr. Mladenov said that no efforts should be spared to bring about “real national reconciliation” that ends the divide.“Leaders have a responsibility to avoid escalation and bridge the growing divide between Gaza and the West Bank that further fragments the Palestinian people,” he added.His comments come as tens of thousands of people reportedly took to the streets in Gaza today, following 30 per cent cuts to civil servants’ salaries. read more

Pujara backs Ashwin to succeed in Australian conditions

ADELAIDE, Australia — India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says star spinner Ravi Ashwin has made changes he believes will help him finally enjoy success in Australia in the four-test series starting in Adelaide on Thursday.Speaking at a news conference Monday as India’s players surprised observers by taking a rest day three days out from the start of the first test, Pujara said Ashwin had been working hard to conquer his record of under-performance in Australian conditions.Ashwin has taken 21 wickets at an average of 54.71 in six previous tests in Australia, a return at odds with his overall test record of 336 wickets at 25.44.“If you see his recent bowling, I think he has made a lot of changes,” Pujara said. “I can’t describe what it is, not in front of the media. But he has made some adjustments which has helped him.“He has played enough cricket in England which is obviously different conditions, not much help for the spinner. So I think when he’s playing in Australia, he knows what he has to do.“He has also played a series in 2015 (here) so he’s very confident now. And whatever adjustments he had to make, he has already done it.”Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma were the only India players to work out in the Adelaide Oval nets on Monday as the tourists enjoyed an unexpected rest day. Team management decided to allow the players a day off after they spent more than 150 overs in the field in a warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI which ended on Saturday.“We got what we wanted in the practice game and the trainer and the physio has been monitoring the workload,” Pujara said. “We thought that it was best to take a break today and train for the next two days and be fresh for the test match.Ashwin took 2-122 against the Cricket Australia XI but Pujara cautioned against reading too much into his or India’s performance.“Conceding 500 runs in a warm-up game doesn’t mean anything … we are not very much worried about it,” he said. “Our bowlers know what they have to do … they know what line and lengths to bowl in Australia.“We utilized all three days (in Sydney) properly. We also had some net practice while the game was going on so I don’t think it was a concern at all. We got enough practice and we did what we wanted.”India has yet to win a test series in Australia in 11 attempts and Pujara said breaking that drought was a large motivation.“Being the No. 1 test team, we always look to win each and every series and this is no different,” he said. “We definitely want to win the series, but one test match at a time.“In India we have been doing really well but whenever we travel overseas there is always an extra motivation to do well. And we have been playing good cricket outside of India now and this is a very good opportunity for the team to perform well.”The Associated Press read more

Being a domestic violence victim is nothing to be ashamed of

first_img Image: Shutterstock/StockPhotosArt By Jennifer Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3115158 17,371 Views ‘Being a domestic violence victim is nothing to be ashamed of’ Many domestic violence victims go through it alone: A woman domesticly abused by her husband gives her perspective File photo Short URL File photo Image: Shutterstock/StockPhotosArt After the episode in Courtown, the abuse continued to escalate and reached the point where Bernie had been granted the safety order against her husband, put him out of their apartment and was ready to move out on her own, having found safe accommodation with the help of the gardaí.Suicide attemptBernie says when she finally got away she was like “a little mouse”, but she has gotten back on her feet now, thanks in no small part to her new partner. It has not been easy though.“When we first met, everything came to a head,” she says.I walked out of work one day and I took an overdose. [Her partner] came home from work and found me. Only for him I’d be dead. To come back as a survivor of suicide and to see what you have nearly left behind, that people do really care about you…Her partner knows what she has been through, but he finds it difficult to discuss it. Bernie says it is important for him to know what happened, so that he can understand why she still gets “very down sometimes”.‘Being a victim is nothing to be ashamed of’Right now she says she is “very happy” and is, “quite determined to keep on speaking out about abuse to make other people realise it’s nothing to be ashamed of and it’s nothing to hide behind.”Women’s Aid says that many men and women who are trapped in abusive relationships go through the experience alone, but Bernie says there is help out there for anyone who needs it.If your own family don’t support you when you leave a marriage or a relationship, there are other people out there who will support you.  Women’s Aid and the Rape Crisis Centre helped me so much.If you think you may have witnessed or experienced domestic violence or abusive behaviour, you can access advice and support services for both women and men at whatwouldyoudo.ie.The Women’s Aid 24-hour National Freephone Helpline is 1800 341 900.Amen provides a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse. It is open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm and can be reached on 046 9023718.It is important that bystanders and witnesses to domestic violence do not intervene in any potentially violent situation unless it is safe and legal for them to do so. Witnesses should be aware of the potential harmful effect that intervention may subsequently have on the victim. The victim is best placed to assess the danger to themselves. Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 8:00 PM This is the fifth article in our Bearing Witness series exploring how abusive relationships can appear – from the outside, and from the inside. Some readers may find this article upsetting.THE FIRST time Bernie’s ex-husband was physically violent towards her, he hit her across her back with a stale French baguette as she was preparing dinner.She says while it might not sound like much, the “shock of it was awful”.They had been married for just a few weeks, having known each other for two years prior to their wedding. It was Bernie’s second marriage.She says she chose to ignore what she knows now were “massive red flags” in their relationship. He would constantly check her phone and followed her to work to make sure that she was there. She says that while she was “very much a loner” when they first met, by the time the marriage ended she had no friends at all.‘If anyone was around he was nice as pie’Bernie says to an outsider it may have looked as if everything was fine, because her husband was, “careful not to hit me where anyone would notice”.If anyone was around he was nice as pie. If we were in his brother’s house it was all lovey dovey. Looking at photos now, it all looks wonderful but thinking back there was always an undercurrent of ‘what’s he going to do’.The first time Bernie was abused in public was on her birthday during a day-trip to Courtown in Co.Wexford. She says she had gone for a walk and could not find her husband in the crowds when she came back, but he attacked her on the street in the thronged seaside town, accusing her of trying to leave him there on purpose.“I was very embarrassed,” she recalls. “I’d never experienced abuse outside the home and in public, not walking down the street. It was humiliating.”Bernie tried to hide her humiliation by saying ‘hello’ to some of the passers-by. Some replied, but most turned a blind-eye to what was happening. She says while she understands that some people would have been frightened to approach them, she does not think she would have acted in the same way.I’d ask the person if they were okay. You don’t leave someone to their own devices like that. I can understand the people with children scurrying by. Dec 3rd 2016, 8:00 PM 31 Comments Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Senior Netflix executive fired for using the Nword

first_img Image: Marco Ugarte/AP/Press Association Images Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 8:36 AM By AFP Jonathan Friedland Image: Marco Ugarte/AP/Press Association Images Share44 Tweet Email 59 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4087573 Short URLcenter_img Senior Netflix executive fired for using the N-word The head of communications announced his departure after being reprimanded for a second time for using the racial slur. Jonathan Friedland Jun 23rd 2018, 8:36 AM NETFLIX HAS FIRED its chief spokesman Jonathan Friedland, after he used the N-word twice in the space of a few days during meetings with staff.The head of communications announced his departure after being reprimanded for a second time for using the racial slur.“I’m leaving Netflix after seven years. Leaders have to be beyond reproach in the example we set and unfortunately I fell short of that standard when I was insensitive in speaking to my team about words that offend in comedy,” he tweeted.“I feel awful about the distress this lapse caused to people at a company I love and where I want everyone to feel included and appreciated.”Former journalist Friedland — not to be confused with Jonathan Freedland, a prominent columnist at the London-based Guardian newspaper — had previously served in communications roles for Disney.Before working in communications he spent 10 years at the Wall Street Journal.Memo Netflix wasn’t immediately available for comment but Variety magazine reproduced in full what it said was a memo from CEO Reed Hastings sent to all staff yesterday.“Jonathan contributed greatly in many areas, but his descriptive use of the N-word on at least two occasions at work showed unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity, and is not in line with our values as a company,” he said.Hastings said the first incident occurred “several months ago” in a meeting about sensitive words and again a few days later to two black human resources employees as he was discussing the original transgression.Friedland apologised immediately when objections were raised on the first occasion, but the fact that he did it again “confirmed a deep lack of understanding, and convinced me to let Jonathan go”, Reed said.The CEO continued with a lengthy history of the N-word’s use and an admission that he should have done more to use the first incident as “a learning moment for everyone at Netflix about how painful and ugly that word is, and that it should not be used”.“Many of us have worked closely with Jonathan for a long time, and have mixed emotions,” he concluded.“Unfortunately, his lack of judgment in this area was too big for him to remain.”- © AFP 2018  15,443 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Varoufakis answers SYRIZAs call

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Yanis Varoufakis, perhaps the most recognisable global commentator on the Greek crisis, shared his thoughts – and fears – this week on becoming a SYRIZA candidate in the Greek election.Varoufakis – of dual Greek and Australian citizenship and Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Athens – has analysed the reasons for Greece’s economic turmoil since the crisis began; a situation which he lays squarely at the door of the troika’s “cynical” bailout terms and a failure of the Greek government to contest enforced austerity measures.If SYRIZA wins at the polls next Sunday there’s little doubt that Varoufakis will play a role in attempting to implement SYRIZA’s radical economic agenda – which includes debt renegotiation and cancelling the austerity measures which underpin Greece’s 240 billion euro bailout.Speaking to Russia Today this week, Varoufakis admitted that his arrival in the political arena (he will run in Athens’ B’ Athinon electorate – a sprawling, largely working-class constituency) was the result of an offer he simply couldn’t refuse.“Alexis Tsipras invited me, if there is a SYRIZA government, to participate in an attempt to implement the policies I have been advocating,” said the former University of Sydney lecturer.“For five years now I’ve been putting forward alternative proposals to the ones that have been implemented.“It was morally and politically impossible to turn down such an offer, even though I dread it.”On announcing his candidature, Varoufakis said his greatest fear was that he would turn into a politician.“As an antidote to that virus, I intend to write my resignation letter and keep it in my inside pocket, ready to submit it the moment I sense signs of losing the commitment to speak truth to power.”Confidante of Varoufakis, Melbourne University professor Nikos Papastergiadis, told Neos Kosmos that his friend’s reticence to engage in Greek politics was a good sign.“I don’t doubt he’s doing this reluctantly, but that’s the best kind of politician. The one who does it with zealousness and enthusiasm, you suspect their motivations may be anything but pure.”“He’s squeaky clean and he represents this intellectual, more moral, enlightened approach towards politics.”While Varoufakis was a former advisor to PASOK, Papastergiadis says running for Greece’s once dominant social-democratic party would never have been an option.“Yanis was close to Papandreou, but he would have never considered running for PASOK. With SYRIZA it’s a different historical moment.”Speaking to Neos Kosmos this week, Helena Smith, The Guardian’s correspondent in Athens, said that Varoufakis had every chance of electoral success.“B’ Athinon is considered very tough to win a seat in, but I am told by the best of sources that his superstar status in popularising the economy for ordinary Greeks will ensure that he does get elected.”Varoufakis’ consistent line in recent months has been to say that while the Greek state has managed to eliminate the country’s primary deficit – “at huge expense and social cost to the population”, Greece’s insolvency will remain until European-wide reforms and the EU’s “fiscal water-boarding” are challenged.“The EU and the IMF, in their wisdom, decided to unload a very large loan upon very weak Greek shoulders on condition of austerity that shrinks income. So extend and pretend,” said the potential SYRIZA finance minister.“And as we all know with the ‘extend and pretend’ strategy, you don’t overcome bankruptcy, you deepen it, and project it into the future.“We now have the possibility of redemption on the 25th of January with a new government.”last_img read more