No fresh violence was reported since Wednesday night in Kasganj, which now looks like an impregnable fortress due to the heavy deployment of security personnel.The police headquarters in Lucknow said combing operations had been intensified to nab Naseem and Waseem, brothers of Saleem, the prime accused in the killing of Chandan Gupta.Saleem and his brothers are accused of killing the 22-year-old college student, the police said. According to an FIR and statements by some of the witnesses, Saleem had opened fire from the roof or balcony of his house. At least three shops, two buses and a car were torched after Gupta died.After communal clashes broke out on January 26 during a Tiranga Yatra, authorities deployed around 400 jawans of the RAF and the PAC, and rushed eight ASPs, 14 COs and 25 SHOs to bring the situation under control, Superintendent of Police Piyush Srivastava said.Political hueThe issue acquired a political hue as leaders of various parties sought to score a point and the U.P. government came under fire.In Shahjahanpur, three people were injured on Wednesday after volunteers clashed among themselves during a ‘Tiranga’ rally taken out by some Hindu organisations, the police said. Two persons were arrested following the incident.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, while speaking during the 20th foundation day of the party, warned the Centre against tinkering with Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. ”Any attempt of tinkering with Article 35A (which deals with State subject laws) is akin to setting explosives on fire. Not only the hand that will light it will get damaged but the whole body,” said the former chief minister to hundreds of the party workers assembled in Srinagar on the occasion. She said her party “will fight till death against any move to tinker with the State’s special status”. “Any such attempt will have disastrous consequences that nobody would be able to control.” Also Read What is Article 35A? Ms. Mufti said she was ready to go to jail while protecting the same. “Many of my party workers were harassed. New Delhi knew the PDP will be the only party that stands like a wall (to protect special status),” she said. Ms. Mufti criticised National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah for his remarks that the court order on Article 35A will be acceptable to them.”No tampering with the special status is acceptable to us,” she said.
Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The Lady Warriors opened their quarterfinal bid with a scrambling 21-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-14, 15-10, victory over the Air Force Jet Spikers.Pocari and Creamline clash on Tuesday with the winner virtually clinching the third seed in the semifinals. Perlas and Air Force collide for the right to stay alive in the race for a Top Four place.BaliPure and the Power Smashers already qualified for the semifinals after topping the double round elimination.ITC woesMeanwhile, the league and Pocari Sweat Sunday called on the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc., to act on its request for the ITC (International Transfer Certificate) of its import replacement as the Lady Warriors fight for one of the last two semifinal berths.Pocari team manager Eric Ty said Krystal Rivers is set to take over Edina Selimovic, who is out for the rest of the season with a hamstring tear. But Rivers cannot play without an ITC.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Nursing a minor ankle injury, Valdez delivered back-to-back kills to break the 13-all count in the decider and ultimately rescued the Cool Smashers, who gave the Perlas Spikers a lifeline with errors late in the deciding frame.Valdez finished with 21 hits, while Thai reinforcement Kuttika Kaewpin scattered 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingCreamline’s other import, Laura Schaudt, had four block points and finished with eight points.Perlas took a 2-1 lead behind Rupia Inck and Katherine Bersola’s steady play, but the challenge fizzled out as soon as Valdez took over in the deciding set. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arcilla, Patrimonio seek open repeat BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Our new import is here but to the person withholding access to our team’s FIVB account, please act with decency and register our import,” said Pocari team manager Eric Ty.The same ITC problems forced the league to play all Filipino majority of the elimination round.“I am really dismayed with LVPI and how it has been handling the ITC problems,” said Ricky Palou, president of the organizing Sports Vision. “The Premier Volleyball League has been encountering these problems the last three years. It just shows the weakness of the LVPI leadership.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Hurting and all, Alyssa Valdez still found a way to bail out Creamline on Saturday night at the start of the quarterfinals of Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The former Ateneo star stood at the forefront of the Cool Smashers’ strong finish as Creamline outlasted Perlas, 25-16, 9-25, 17-25, 25-13, 15-13 for a share of the lead with Pocari Sweat in the single-round quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT
Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron says that Britain would seek solutions from the United States on gang violence and authorities would get strong powers to stop street mayhem from erupting again.Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron said that Britain would look to the US for solutions to gang violence and authorities would get strong powers to stop street mayhem from erupting again.Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron said on Thursday that Britain would look to the United States for solutions to gang violence after nights of riots and looting, and promised authorities would get strong powers to stop street mayhem from erupting again.Cameron told lawmakers he was “acting decisively to restore order on our streets,” as police raided houses to round up suspects from four nights of unrest in London and other English cities.Steve Kavanagh, the deputy assistant commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police, admitted the force initially did not deploy enough officers to control the outbreak of violence, saying “it is clear we did not have enough numbers on duty to deal.”Cameron also acknowledged that police had been overwhelmed by mobile groups of looters in the first nights of the rioting and said authorities were considering new powers, including allowing police to order thugs to remove masks or hoods, evicting troublemakers from subsidized housing and temporarily disabling cell phone instant messaging services.He said the 16,000 police deployed on London’s streets to deter rioters and reassure residents would remain through the weekend.advertisement”We will not let a violent few beat us,” Cameron said.While Britain’s streets were clear of looters for a second night in a row, the toll of the riots continued to climb. A 68-year-old man who was attacked during rioting in west London as he tried to put out a fire died late Thursday, police said in a statement.Richard Mannington Bowes had been in a coma since Monday. Police said a murder investigation has now been opened into his death.Lawmakers were summoned back from their summer vacations for an emergency session of Parliament on the riots as government and police worked to regain control, both on the streets and in the court of public opinion.During a session lasting almost three hours in which he faced 160 questions from lawmakers, Cameron promised tough measures to stop further violence and said “nothing should be off the table.” He said that included water cannon and plastic bullets – though senior police have said they don’t feel the need to use those at the moment. He also said officials would look at “whether there are tasks that the army could undertake that would free up more police for the front line.”Cameron said he would seek American advice on fighting the street gangs he blamed for helping spark Britain’s riots.He told lawmakers that he would look to cities like Boston for inspiration, and mentioned former Los Angeles, New York and Boston Police Chief William Bratton as a person who could help offer advice.Bratton said in a statement he’d be “pleased and honored” to provide services and counsel in any capacity, adding that he loves London and has worked with British police for nearly 20 years.Cameron told lawmakers he wanted to look at cities that had fought gangs “by engaging the police, the voluntary sector and local government.””I also believe we should be looking beyond our shores to learn the lessons from others who have faced similar problems,” Cameron said.He said the government, police and intelligence services were looking at whether there should be limits on the use of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook or services like BlackBerry Messenger to spread disorder.BlackBerry’s simple and largely cost free messaging service was used by rioters to coordinate their activities, Cameron’s office said.Britain’s Home Office said it planned to hold talks with police chiefs, Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry manufacturer Research In Motion Ltd.Facebook looks forward to meeting with the home secretary, the company said in a statement, adding that it has taken steps in recent days to ensure that any credible threats of violence are removed from the social networking site.Government officials said they were discussing with spy agencies and communications companies whether messaging services could be disabled in specific areas, or at specific times.Authorities are considering “whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality,” Cameron said.Cameron said that, in the future, police would be able to order people to remove masks, hoods or other face coverings when they suspect them of concealing their identity to carry out a crime. Currently, police must seek approval from a senior officer.advertisementCommunities Secretary Eric Pickles confirmed that powers that allow authorities to evict convicted criminals from government-subsidized housing will be strengthened. Authorities have the power to eject someone from social housing if they commit a crime, but only if the offense is in their own neighborhood.Pickles said he hoped the power would be more widely used, and that it would apply to crime committed anywhere.A program that can ban gang members from meeting together, loitering in certain places, or displaying gang insignia will also be extended, he said.Some lawmakers urged Cameron to take even tougher measures. Conservative Party lawmaker Peter Tapsell said he recalled law enforcement officers in Washington, D.C. in 1971 rounding up anti-Vietnam war demonstrators and imprisoning them in a sports stadium. Tapsell asked Cameron if London’s Wembley Stadium, the country’s showpiece soccer arena, could be used. Cameron insisted the stadium would be used only for “great sporting events.”Parliamentary authorities confirmed Thursday that a petition calling for those convicted of offenses during the riots to lose welfare payments could be debated by lawmakers. Earlier this month, Britain began an initiative under which online petitions with at least 100,000 signatures will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.Authorities said the petition crossed the threshold on Thursday – the first to do so – and would now be studied by a committee that decides on Parliament’s business.Britain’s riots began Saturday when an initially peaceful protest over a police shooting in north London turned violent. That clash triggered wider lawlessness that police struggled to halt.Across London, and then in cities throughout England, rioters set stores on fire and looted shops for sneakers, bicycles, electronics and leather goods. For the first couple of nights there were too few police on the streets to challenge them.That changed Tuesday, when 16,000 officers were deployed on London’s streets – almost three times the number of the night before.Police swooped on houses across London on Thursday, detaining suspects and retrieving stolen goods. The number of people arrested since Saturday rose to 1,009, with 464 suspects charged.Birmingham remained in focus as tensions remained high after three men were killed in a hit-and-run incident as they took to the streets to defend shops from looting. Police on Thursday arrested three more men on suspicion of murder – a 16-year-old, a 17-year-old and a 26-year old. A 32-year-old man arrested a day earlier was released on bail.Scenes of ransacked stores, torched cars and blackened buildings have frightened and outraged Britons just a year before their country is to host next summer’s Olympic Games, bringing demands for a tougher response from law enforcement and calls for the government to scrap plans to cut police budgets.Cameron’s Conservative-led government is slashing 80 billion pounds ($130 billion) from public spending by 2015 to reduce the country’s swollen budget deficit – measures that include curbing police budgets. A report last month said the cuts will mean 16,000 fewer police officers by 2015.advertisementNormality was being restored in London Thursday, although soccer authorities announced that Tottenham Hotspur’s season-opening match against Everton on Saturday was being postponed.Nine other Premier League matches due to be played this weekend across the country are due to go ahead.As authorities attempted to dispense swift justice to rioters, there were chaotic scenes at courthouses, several of which sat through the night to process scores of alleged looters and vandals, including an 11-year-old boy.The defendants, mostly young but otherwise diverse, included a teenage ballerina, a university English student from a prosperous commuter town and Natasha Reid, a 24-year-old university graduate who admitted stealing a TV from a looted electronics store in north London. Her lawyer said she had turned herself in because she could not sleep because of guilt.Also due to appear in court were several people charged with using Twitter and Facebook to incite violence.-With inputs from AP
Mumbai, Apr 1 (PTI) JSW Sports have signed young Delhi high jumper Tejaswin Shankar, who recently won silver at the South Asian Games, under the companys flagship Sports Excellence Programme. The 17-year-old and 6-feet tall has become the SEPs 37th and the seventh track and field athlete to be supported under the programme, said a media release today. Tejaswin is considered one of Indias most talented high-jumpers. A budding fast bowler, he only took to the high jump a couple of years ago to increase strength. His exploits at the South Asian Games, the 2015 World Youth Championships and the 2015 Asian Youth Championships have led to experts touting him as someone to really watch out for. At the 2016 SAF Games, Tejaswins leap of 2.17m was equal to what eventual gold medallist, Sri Lankan Olympian WP Manjula Kumara, logged, but a foul that the youngster committed on his first jump saw him miss out on the gold. Mustafa Ghouse, CEO JSW Sports, said that SEP would do all it can to ensure that Tejaswin maximises his potential. “Within limited means, Tejaswin has come up with impressive results and has shown immense potential. We at JSW are very happy to work with an athlete like Tejaswin who has the requisite intelligence and also the physical attributes to develop into a world-class high-jumper,” he said. Tejaswin said he was very happy to have signed up with the JSW-SEP and was looking forward to working with the highly-qualified staff attached to the programme. “It is a big step for me to sign up with a program that is so well-rounded. I do not have to take care of peripheral factors and can concentrate on my training, conditioning and on the quest to get better. I am happy to be part of a program which counts so many of Indias elite athletes as its part,” he said. PTI SSR ARS AT AT RYSadvertisement
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane expects Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema to start against Manchester City in the semifinals of the Champions League on Tuesday.Zidane says the strikers appear to have recovered from their injuries and likely will “be fine to play” in the first leg in Manchester.He said a final assessment would be made after the team’s practice session later Monday.Ronaldo was nursing a right leg thigh injury, while Benzema had a knee ailment. Ronaldo missed Real Madrid’s match against Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish league on Saturday because of his injury.The strikers have scored 74 goals between them this season.
India’s Mariyappan Thangavelu created history on Friday night by winning a gold medal in the men’s high jump T-42 event at the Rio Paralympics.His compatriot Varun Singh Bhati clinched the bronze medal the same event. While Thangavelu made a leap of 1.89 metres, Bhati jumped his personal best of 1.86 metres to finish third.India’s other medal prospect Sharad Kumar finished at number six. US’s Sam Grewe bagged the silver medal.The event witnessed a fierce contest with six of the 12 athletes clearing the 1.74m mark in their first eight attempts. But Mariyappan became a part of the leading group after his 10th attempt when he cleared the 1.77m mark along with Lukasz Mamczarz of Poland, China’s Zhiqiang Zhing and Kumar.He then went into the lead along with Bhati as both managed to clear the 1.83m mark. Kumar however, could not improve his performance and eventually crashed out of medal contention.Grewe pushed Mariyappan and Bhati to the joint second position by clearing 1.86m to grab the top spot. But both Indians made a strong comeback by equalling the height to share the pole position.Mariyappan eventually made sure of the gold with an effort of 1.89m in his final attempt while Grewe and Bhati’s finished with best efforts of 1.86m.
Steve Smith has got an insatiable appetite for runs like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, says Steve Waugh
Legendary Australia batsman Steve Waugh on Friday said current skipper Steve Smith’s hunger for runs is similar to Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and Kangaroo great Ricky Ponting.Waugh felt that Smith, who stroked an unbeaten 141 to steer the Kangaroos to a 10-wicket win in the Ashes opener in Brisbane, will rewrite the record books.”He’s almost going to rewrite the history books the way he is playing, 21 centuries in 57 Tests — and he didn’t do so well in his first 10 or so,” Waugh told reporters here.”He’s got an insatiable appetite for runs, a bit like (Sachin) Tendulkar and Ponting.Waugh, who sits third on Australia’s list of all-time Test run-scorers with 10,927 runs, termed Smith as “incredible”, adding to the chorus of former Australia skippers — including Ponting, Allan Border, Greg and Ian Chappell praising the youngster.”The great players just want to keep scoring runs, they love batting and that’s what he does well.”He concentrates well, overcomes plans well and just when you think you’ve got him in a weak moment he’ll find a way out of it,” the legendary batsman added.Already 1-0 up in the five-match Ashes rubber, Australia are all set to take on England in the historic day-night second Test at the Adelaide Oval from Saturday.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — For her second goal of the night against Australia, U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe channeled Lionel Messi.Rapinoe dribbled the ball before her long, low shot breezed past diving Matildas goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri.“I was doing my best Messi impression,” Rapinoe laughed, before adding: “A much slower version.”Rapinoe’s two goals gave the United States a 3-1 victory over Australia on June 8 in the Americans’ opener at a Women’s World Cup that began with both FIFA and the U.S. team facing controversy.Christen Press also scored for the second-ranked U.S., which is seeking its third World Cup title and first since 1999. And embattled goalkeeper Hope Solo saved four shots on goal, including a pair in the first 15 minutes by the hard-charging Matildas.Lisa De Vanna had tied the score midway through the first half for No. 10 Australia, which kept the United States at bay for the opening hour.“A little bit choppy. I think you could tell we were a little bit nervous,” Rapinoe said. “But we settled in a bit and we were able to get some goals. Three points, that’s most important, especially in this group that’s shaping up a little weird.”The field has expanded from 16 teams to 24 this year, and the Americans’ next match in difficult Group D will be June 12 against fifth-ranked Sweden and former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage.They finish group play on June 16 against Nigeria, which played to a physical and somewhat surprising 3-3 tie with Sweden in the opener of the June 8 doubleheader.U.S. star forward Alex Morgan, sidelined by a bone bruise in her left knee, entered in the 79th minute in her first game action since April 11 with her Portland club.“I felt really good. I had no pain whatsoever,” Morgan said. “Obviously, I was running down balls a lot and trying to keep possession, making sure we kept the 3-1 lead. I felt good, and I’m looking forward to getting more time, hopefully next time.”Rapinoe scored in the 12th minute for the Americans, Press put the U.S. ahead for good in the 61st, and Rapinoe added her 31st international goal in the 78th, the first two-goal game at the World Cup for the U.S. since Abby Wambach against Norway in 2007.The Americans, who won the title in 1991 and ’99, improved to 5-0-2 in World Cup openers and 23-0-2 in all matches against Australia. The game was televised in prime time back home, where large numbers of fans tuned in last year for the men’s World Cup in Brazil.“Couldn’t be prouder to have the women of Team #USA representing us in stars, stripes, and shin guards. Good luck,” Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted.In the absence of the 25-year-old Morgan, 35-year-old Wambach and Canada-born Sydney Leroux started up top against the No. 10 Matildas, whose best World Cup finish was sixth in 2007.While the American women have won three straight Olympic gold medals, the third World Cup title has eluded them. They lost the 2011 final to Japan on penalty kicks.The World Cup is being played as FIFA deals with a scandal which U.S. prosecutors allege involves more than $150 million in bribes. FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who is not at the tournament, announced last week that he plans to resign.Solo started a day after an ESPN report revealed new details about her arrest last June in Washington state on domestic violence charges.“That was a long time ago. I’ll be honest, we’ve moved on,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. “She’s been a fantastic player and teammate. None of that has even resonated with us, and I’m sure many of the players aren’t aware of it.”Asked whether it was it difficult to maintain concentration, Solo responded: “I’m perfectly focused.”She was tested in the fifth minute, when she tipped Emily Van Egmond’s shot off the crossbar and over. She made another save on Michelle Heyman in the 13th.“Hope came up absolutely huge for us,” Rapinoe said. “At least three saves that no one else in the world could make.”Rapinoe’s kick from the top of the penalty area deflected off an Australia’s Laura Alleway past goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri.But De Vanna tied it when she slotted the ball inside the near post for her 36th goal in 100th international appearance appearsPress scored off a cross from Leroux. When Press was subbed off seven minutes later, she was given an ovation from the crowd of 31,148, which overwhelmingly sided with the Americans. It was her first career World Cup goal.Ellis said Rapinoe’s player of the match honor was well deserved. “Megan thrives in big games, big moments,” Ellis said. “Yeah, she’s got ice running through her veins.”(ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
They arrived in the offseason at a combined cost of $140 million, with the intention of bringing a new dimension to Liverpool’s midfield.Fabinho would be the pure, out-and-out holding midfielder the team had been missing for a few years. Naby Keita would be the energetic, goal-scoring, box-to-box runner in the mold of Steven Gerrard.It has taken eight months — and some initial skepticism — but they are finally proving their worth to a team that could yet end the season as the Premier League champions, not to mention Champions League winners.The goals from Liverpool’s three-pronged strikeforce of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino speak for themselves. The defense, marshalled by the dominant Virgil van Dijk, is deservedly getting plaudits for the being the meanest in the league.But Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp at last might have his ideal midfield to complete the team.Much to his initial frustration, Fabinho was eased slowly into English soccer by Klopp following a move from Monaco for 50 million euros ($58 million). The Brazil international has underlined his versatility by filling in at center back — and even right back — but is now a mainstay as the team’s midfield anchorman, his long legs and reading of the game regularly breaking up opposition attacks.Keita has taken even longer to feel at home since joining from Leipzig for a reported 70 million euros (then $85 million). Some turns and flicks aside, the Guinea midfielder has produced largely forgettable performances in his first season for Liverpool as he struggled to get attuned to the pressing game required in Klopp’s team.But he has started Liverpool’s last three games and scored in two of them — his first goals for the club. Even though he didn’t score in the 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday that kept Liverpool in first place by two points, Keita regularly popped up in or around the box to give Chelsea’s defenders another player to think about apart from Mane, Salah and Firmino.“It is not easy to move from Germany to change club, especially as the league is not the same,” said Mane, who briefly played with Keita at Red Bull Salzburg in 2014. “It is part of the things you have to deal with and he is working hard every single day.“The real Naby is coming still.”Tellingly, the blossoming of Fabinho and Keita has given Jordan Henderson some license and freedom to get forward, and the captain is in arguably his best form this season. Henderson changed the game when coming on as a substitute in the 3-1 win over Southampton on April 5 and set up Mane’s opening goal against Chelsea with a delicate cross after bursting into the box.Henderson recently revealed he went to Klopp’s office to speak to the manager about playing further forward, having spent most of the season as the holding midfielder in front of the defense. Fabinho’s emergence has enabled Klopp to make that switch and Henderson looks, for the moment anyway, to have ousted Georginio Wijnaldum from the lineup.It is a tough call on Wijnaldum, who has been one of the best players not just for Liverpool but in the Premier League.But these are the ebbs and flows of a long season and the Fabinho-Keita-Henderson triumvirate looks to be Liverpool’s new-look midfield. Expect them to be first choice for the final games of the season as the team chases titles at home and in Europe.By: Steve Douglas, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party’s commitment and action plan on climate change has brought one former British Columbia politician out of retirement and back into the arena.At his nomination event Tuesday for the riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, Terry Lake, a former B.C. health minister, described to the prime minister the war zone-like conditions the area faces every summer with the wildfires.With B.C. expected to be a key battleground in October’s federal election, Lake is considered a high-profile candidate for the Liberals in the province.Lake says climate change is a “ballot question” because it affects the mental and physical health of people, and thus the economy.He didn’t seek re-election for the B.C. Liberals in the last provincial election after serving three terms in the legislature.Trudeau told the crowd of supporters that the Liberal government has given Canadians confidence to face the future by investing in education, skills training, families and the future.The Canadian Press
On Thursday evening, May 2, 2013, Covenant House California (“CHC”) will host their Annual Awards Dinner: A Magical Night of Hope at Skirball Culture Center in Los Angeles.This year’s honorees include award-winning musician, composer and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock. The event features a silent and live auction, A-list entertainment including celebrity presenters and hosts as well as dinner and dancing. CHC will also be honoring Executive Director George R. Lozano, who is retiring after 22 years of service.The event will feature a special performance by Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. Celebrity talent includes Gabriel Mann (Revenge); and Vinessa Shaw (3:10 to Yuma); Mekhi Phifer (ER); Cesar Millan (Dog Whisperer); Khandi Alexander (CSI: Miami); Dayanarra Torres (former Miss Puerto Rico); Quddus (Duets); Kaitlyn Black (Hart of Dixie); Brandi Burkhardt (Hart of Dixie); Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side); Ashlynn Yennie (Human Centipede) and more.WHERE: Skirball Cultural Center 2701 North Sepulveda BoulevardLos Angeles, CA 90049WHEN: Thursday, May 2, 6pm
OTTAWA – The Liberal government wants to see gender equality in Canadian sports — from the local arena to the Olympics — by 2035, a vision articulated in a federal budget aimed at increasing opportunities for women and girls.The long-term target comes with $30 million over three years to get the ball rolling towards that goal, including for data and research to figure out why fewer women and girls take part in sports or other physical activity than do men and boys.“Once we better understand why women and girls choose not to participate in sport, or move into the senior ranks of coaching or management of sport, we can then work to remove those barriers,” Jocelyn Sweet, a spokeswoman for the Department of Finance, wrote in an email Wednesday.The budget said the money would also support innovative practices to tackle the problem, as well as efforts by national sports organizations to promote a higher rate of participation of women and girls, both on the ice and behind the bench.Statistics Canada estimated in 2010 that about one-third of Canadian men regularly participated in sport, compared with just one-sixth of Canadian women.In a report released last fall, the House of Commons heritage committee recommended setting specific targets for getting more women and girls involved in sport.Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity, called the funding a historic step that she suggested could finally provide the momentum necessary to change the numbers in a meaningful way.“The gap is just so stubborn,” said Sandmeyer-Graves, who warned against the conventional belief that it’s just the way things are.“I don’t think that we should be satisfied with the fact that girls and women participate and need less than men and are reaping the benefits of sport less than boys and men.”The details remain to be seen, but sports organizations are hoping it means help for their ongoing efforts to achieve a greater balance.Gord Grace, CEO of Ontario University Athletics, said he would welcome any support for recruiting and retaining more female athletes at a crucial age.“We know that a lot of females drop out of sports once they get out of high school or above the age of 17,” Grace said.There are about 10,000 student athletes that compete in the system, and less than half are female, he added — a statistic that is partly skewed by the fact that one of the biggest sports is football, which has no teams for women.Sandra Murray-MacDonell, CEO of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, said her organization offers teams for men and women in all its sports, but is still fighting systemic barriers to getting female athletes into top coaching positions.The association has a female apprenticeship coaching program that is designed to get graduating college athletes into the coaching profession, she said — but while about 66 per cent do become coaches, they remain in assistant coaching positions or become head coaches at lower-level clubs, she added.Part of the problem, said Murray-MacDonell, is that the hiring practices at colleges ask for head coach experience, setting up a catch-22 that forces those women to build up their resumes elsewhere.“We’ll have to look at some of those barriers,” she said.Those barriers to girls can crop up right at the community level, added Sandmeyer-Graves.“In a lot of instances, it’s really hard for girls’ teams to get spaces to play, because the boys’ teams are really grandfathered in,” she said, meaning girls have to pay higher prices to get space and time at private recreational facilities.“That can almost be like a tax on being a girl in the system.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
24 June 2008Prime ministers and foreign ministers from 10 countries have signed on to the “Say NO to Violence against Women Campaign” – a move welcomed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which is organizing the drive. Prime ministers and foreign ministers from 10 countries have signed on to the “Say NO to Violence against Women Campaign” – a move welcomed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which is organizing the drive. UNIFEM’s Executive Director Inés Alberdi said in a statement that the development “strengthens political will to combat violence against women everywhere, and the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for multi-year action on this issue.” Prime ministers and foreign ministers from Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Greece, Lebanon, the Palestinian National Authority, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Germany, as well as the French Ambassador to the UK, the European Commissioner for External Relations and the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) all gave their support to the initiative at a ceremony held in Vienna yesterday. Hosting the event, Austria’s Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik said: “Women have a right to live a life free of violence. It is not only one of the worst human rights violations, but also a risk for sustainable and equitable development.” UNICEF says that violence against women is probably the most pervasive human rights violation, affecting as many as one in three women and girls. The UN agency has set up a trust fund which has awarded more than $19 million in grants to 263 projects in 115 countries. Among other issues, the funded projects have worked to stop human trafficking, put an end to honour killings and provide services for survivors. A particular focus lies on supporting the implementation of laws and policies on violence against women. UNIFEM seeks to gather 1 million names through the “Say NO to Violence against Women campaign” website. To date more than 225,000 individuals have signed on. The campaign will run until 25 November, when the signatures will be handed over to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The top CG official wrote to Padma in response to her letter to the Defence Ministry over the issue of locating the aircraft.“The letter indicates that the Coast Guard authorities are also looking at the possibility of the crew being stranded in Sri Lankan waters. Indian High Commission in Colombo has been apprised on the issue,” she added.Sounding apprehensive, she said since a month would pass in the next two days, “what will happen now? there might not be signals any more, the earlier ones were themselves weak.” Suresh Subash was one of the three crew members who went missing after going on board a Dornier plane for a routine maritime surveillance sortie in coastal Tamil Nadu on June 8. Indian Coast Guard authorities are in touch with Sri Lanka as part of their search efforts to locate a Dornier plane which went missing nearly a month ago, the mother of a missing crew member said on Tuesday.“Coast Guard chief Vice Admiral H C S Bisht has informed me that Sri Lankan authorities have been requested to alert India if they sight the aircraft or its crew,” Padma Shankari, mother of Deputy Commandant Suresh Subash told PTI. Since then, multiple agencies, including the Coast Guard, Navy and Coastal Security Group of state police have done extensive search operations in Tamil Nadu, including the Karaikkal-Cuddalore coastline. Eight days after the plane went missing, his wife Deepa Lakshmi tweeted to the PM’s office saying, “@PMOIndia 8 days since my husband Subash Suresh, pilot of CG791 is missing. Request your attention #FindSubash”. Expressing deep distress over the pace of search which she was told was “still on,” she said, “had this happened on foreign soil, the response would have been much speedier.”“The Defence and Coast Guard authorities could have done much better and much earlier and they should have got international support in their efforts,” she said. “I am proud of my son, he chose to serve the nation, but I want to see his face. I want to know what happened, uncertainty is very, very painful, this is the pain of amother,” she said. She said it was distressing that there was no response to either her tweets to Prime Minister Narendra Modi or her letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.She had written to the Chief Minister’s cell on June 13, a few days after the disappearance of the aircraft, seeking the state’s help in locating the aircraft.Thirty-year-old Suresh Subash joined Coast Guard in 2010. He was a B Tech graduate from Regional Engineering College in Jalandhar.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Gravity” won’t be held down.The Warner Bros. astronaut adventure directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney landed in the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, according to studio estimates Sunday.“Gravity” earned $44.3 million, raising its domestic total to $123.4 million.“They say what goes up must come down, but that’s not really true with ‘Gravity,’” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker Rentrak. “To have opened as big as it did last week and only drop 21 per cent, that’s really an amazing hold. It’s a direct testament to the word of mouth on the movie.”“Gravity” also fared well overseas, making $28 million in 38 territories such as Russia, Australia, Germany and Spain.Sony’s “Captain Phillips” launched in second place with a respectable $26 million. The high seas drama directed by Paul Greengrass stars Tom Hanks as a cargo ship captain who is held captive by Somali pirates.“We think the success of ‘Gravity’ will also bode well for ‘Captain Phillips,’” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony Pictures. “This is the extraordinary kind of film that we think audiences will flock to over the next several months moving forward.”The animated Sony movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” gobbled up third place in its third weekend with $14.2 million, bringing its domestic haul to $78 million.The weekend’s only other new release, “Machete Kills,” opened in fourth place with $3.8 million. The gun-toting sequel from director Robert Rodriguez and starring Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez is the follow-up to “Machete,” which earned $11.4 million when it opened in 2010.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Rentrak. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Gravity,” $44.3 million ($28 million international).2. “Captain Phillips,” $26 million.3. “Cloudy with a Chance Of Meatballs 2,” $14.2 million ($9.1 million international).4. “Machete Kills,” $3.8 million ($575,000 international).5. “Runner Runner,” $3.7 million ($5.3 million international).6. “Prisoners,” $3.7 million ($7.4 million international).7. “Insidious: Chapter 2,” $2.6 million ($7.1 million international).8. “Rush,” $2.4 million ($6 million international).9. “Don Jon,” $2.3 million.10. “Baggage Claim,” $2 million.___Estimated weekend ticket sales Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:1. “Gravity,” $28 million.2. “Stalingrad,” $15.5 million.3. “Despicable Me 2,” $10.1 million.4. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” $9.1 million.5. “Now You See Me,” $8.2 million.6. “Prisoners,” $7.4 million.7. “Insidious: Chapter 2,” $7.1 million.8. “Planes,” $6.2 million.9. “Rush,” $6 million.9. “Hwayi: A Monster Boy,” $6 million.9. “Young Detective Dee: Rise Sea Dragon,” $6 million.10. “Turbo,” $5.4 million.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang .___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Gravity’ eclipses ‘Captain Phillips’ at weekend box office by Derrik J. Lang, The Associated Press Posted Oct 13, 2013 11:04 am MDT
Russia downplays fears of further takeover of Ukraine territory; stocks jump, TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed sharply higher Tuesday amid lessening anxiety over the Crimea crisis after Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country doesn’t want to annex more of Ukraine.He made the comment as he signed a bill to annex Crimea, two days after the territory’s residents, many of whom are Russian speaking, voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine.The S&P/TSX composite index jumped 137.08 points to 14,368.97.The Canadian dollar shed early gains to fall 0.68 of a cent to 89.79 cents US after Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said the economy may miss expectations in the first few months of this year. He added that slower than normal growth may be the new norm for Canada and the world, meaning ultra-low rates could be around longer than thought.The loonie had earlier advanced on data showing that Canadian manufacturing sales rose 1.5 per cent to $50.4 billion in January, the largest gain since February 2013.Western governments, including Canada, have imposed travel bans and asset freezes on people from Russia, Crimea and Ukraine, who are seen as key players in organizing what’s considered an unlawful vote.U.S. indexes advanced with traders also feeling relief that sanctions levied against Russia for its role in the referendum have been targeted specifically against individuals as opposed to wider measures that might disrupt Russian economic activity.The Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 88.97 points to 16,336.19, the Nasdaq moved 53.36 points higher to 4,333.31 and the S&P 500 index rose 13.42 points to 1,872.25.Markets had lost ground at the end of last week ahead of the Crimea vote but those losses are almost made up. Generally, there has been little negative reaction on markets to the crisis after it quickly became apparent that the West wouldn’t respond militarily to the Russian incursion into Crimea.“They’re not even batting an eye,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates.“It’s the economy that counts and the U.S. is doing OK. The Crimea doesn’t have any structural importance to the market.”Traders also looked to Tuesday’s start of a two-day interest rate meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.Data out Monday showing U.S. factory production in February rose at its fastest rate in six months reinforced expectations the Fed will go ahead with a third planned reduction of its stimulus, cutting monthly bond purchases by US$10 billion to $55 billion.Consumer staples led TSX advancers with shares in Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) up $1.79 to $86.70.The convenience store owner reported that it had 96 cents per share of diluted earnings, while adjusted diluted net earnings came in at 92 cents. Analysts had forecast 93 cents per share of adjusted earnings and 88 cents per share of net income.Couche-Tard also announced that founder Alain Bouchard is handing off the role of president and chief executive officer to Brian Hannasch, who has been the chief operating officer.Most sectors were higher, with the energy sector up 1.4 per cent as the April crude contract in New York rose $1.62 to US$99.70 a barrel.The metals and mining sector was ahead 1.7 per cent with May copper unchanged at US$2.95 a pound.The TSX gold sector was the only decliner, down about 0.44 per cent as a willingness to take on further risk sent bullion in New York down $13.90 to US$1,359 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 18, 2014 7:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Remittances – the money sent by migrants to their home countries – could generate $30 billion annually for investment in rural areas if initiatives were scaled up, according to the United Nations agency that works to improve the lives of the world’s rural poor. Remittances “can empower rural people to blaze a trail out of poverty and exclusion,” said Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today at an event at its headquarters in Rome. “The value of remittances is staggering, but the rural poor need greater impact.” Mr. Nwanze said, underscoring: “We need more strategic ways to invest the $200 billion sent home to the rural areas every year.” More than 215 million people across the globe live outside of the countries they call home. Most remittance families operate outside of the world’s financial system, dependent on costly cash transfers that often require significant travel for rural recipients. Despite the global prevalence of electronic money transfers, most migrant workers are excluded from convenient, modern banking and are forced to initiate more than one billion separate remittance transactions worldwide each year. Reducing transaction costs is a key priority as well as affirming the significant role that diaspora play in rural development, particularly agriculture, the IFAD chief added. Organized jointly by IFAD and the World Bank, the event has more than 350 participants including representatives from the Group of Eight (G8) largest world economies, as well as central bankers and microfinance institutions, money transfer operators and postal networks. Today’s event is the first since the Fourth Global Forum on Remittances 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand, last month.
“The shortfall affects our winter preparedness programmes, although we have already invested $154 million on winter aid for Syrian and Iraqi refugees and internally displaced, and means that UNHCR is having to make some very tough choices over who to prioritize,” the agency’s spokesperson, Melissa Fleming, told the press today at a briefing in Geneva. Ms. Fleming explained that because of a current $58.4 million shortfall, UNHCR is focusing on a specific set of criteria to determine which refugees would immediately benefit from the agency’s resources. Factors such as the elevation of refugee settlements, the presence of children or households headed by women, family health concerns, new arrivals, available family resources, and shelter conditions would all be taken into consideration.“For those we’re unable to prioritize,” Ms. Fleming continued, “the conditions could nonetheless be very tough.”Over the past several months, Iraq has been convulsed by increasing instability amid an ongoing offensive by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its affiliates, unleashing wave after wave of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees.Since January 2014, an estimated 1.9 million people have been displaced across Iraq as they fled the violence and persecution of ISIL’s recent offensives. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), close to 50 per cent of the displaced have found refuge in the high altitude areas of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, where winter temperatures can plummet to well-below zero. Hundreds of thousands have found temporary shelter in unfinished buildings, informal settlements, or overwhelmed public structures, as well as in the open air.In Syria, meanwhile, the ongoing civil war continues to displace civilians, fuelling an increase in the need for winter aid, with priority areas for distribution of thermal blankets and winter clothing being the besieged city of Aleppo and northern parts of the country as they are the coldest.Nevertheless, Ms. Fleming said, the needs in Iraq remain “massive” and most pressing amid floods of internally displaced persons and refugees who continue to pour into the country from Kobane, Syria. “Funding has not kept up apace with the new displacement,” cautioned the spokesperson, who added that with current resources, UNHCR would only be able to reach 240,000 displaced Iraqis instead of the planned 600,000. “UNHCR is deeply concerned about its ability to meet urgent winter needs,” she added.
← Previous Story Ivano Balic’s come back to Croatia – HSG Wetzlar: Speculation! Next Story → Tunisia win 43rd Yellow Cup Austrian national team has continued preparations for the upcoming World Handball Championship 2015 in Qatar. Icelander on Austrian bench, Patrekur Johannesson, still searching for the best roster to travel to Doha on January 14. Before that trip, Austrians will have to tests theirselves against Switzerland in Tullin and Krems (6 and 8 January), and than to move to Paris, where the last friendly match will take place against France on 12 January.However, it is expected that Johannesson reduce his squad list from 23 names on which he counts now, to optimal before the team left the country on 10 January.The tournament in Doha will be the fifth World Championship on which Austria will play. Without some major success, the realistic goal of this Austrian generation is a battle for TOP 16 place in a pretty equal group with Croatia, Tunisia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran.The biggest star is Viktor Szlilagyi from the German Bergischer HC. Experienced playmaker is a vital part of the squad and his healthy status is something what are Austrians worried about. His availability could determine the Austrian ambitions in Qatar.Austrian roster 13 days before Qatar 2015:BAUER, Thomas (TBV Lemgo)HERMANN, Alexander (SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN)HERMANN, Maximilian (Bergischer HC)ZIURA, Vytautas (HC Fivers WAT Margareten)SCHMID, Dominik (SG BBM Bietigheim)BOZOVIC, Janko (HC Meshkov Brest)WÖSS, Richard (TuS-N-Lübbecke)MAYER, Lucas (Bregenz Handball)MARINOVIC, Nikola (Frisch Auf! Göppingen)SZILAGYI, Viktor (Bergischer HC)POSCH, Fabian (SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN)SCHLINGER, Roland (Alpla HC Hard)WAGESREITER, Markus (SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN)KOLAR, Markus (HC Fivers WAT Margareten)WEBER, Thomas (Alpla HC Hard)ASCHERBAUER, Dominik (HC LINZ AG)KLOPCIC, Marian (Bregenz Handball)WEBER, Robert (SC Magdeburg)BAMMER, Dominik (Bregenz Handball)BILYK, Nikola (HC Fivers WAT Margareten)BOKESCH, Markus (HC LINZ AG)SANTOS, Raul (VfL Gummersbach)KIRVELIAVICIUS (SG BBM Bietigheim) Patrekur Jóhannesson