Mumbai: National award-winning actor Kalki Koechlin, who has observed a behavioural change among men after the prominence of #MeToo movement in India, says workshops ahead of performing any intimate scene is important. “Intimacy workshops were important because like every dance and action sequences are previously choreographed and each actor knows every movement of the performance, an intimate scene is also choreographed. It is not improvised on the spot,” she added. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotThe #MeToo movement has changed the film industry Kalki said. “Of course, there is a change. I would say, consciousness has been created.” Citing an example, she said: “Right after the #MeToo movement took off, I was doing a play where my director was a male, and he sent two pages write-up on how we all should behave at the rehearsal space.” She had an “intimacy rehearsal” where she interacted with her co-actors and asked for permission on “how we will touch each other in an intimate scene. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversaryKalki has earlier addressed drug addiction and drug mafia in Candyflip, a film and ‘Smoke’, a web series. Talking about her experience, she said: “It happened to one of the friends of our director of the film. That fellow took a lot of drugs and then his mind just flipped, it lost control. It was quite a moving story and it shows the sea of confusion…” How does she look at the situation of youngsters’ addiction? “I do not think only youngsters are suffering from addiction, I have seen middle-aged people also going through the addiction of alcohol and other things. The concept of addiction is when an individual gets into a loop of a habit that he/she cannot come out of,” she said. “Empathy and re-telling the story from our perspective might just change people’s mindset towards those (drug addict) who are suffering. “They are no different from an individual who is addicted to work… it is only wise to humanise the person who is suffering instead of humiliating. That is the way we change our society,” said Kalki.
“Don’t count the days; make the days count.” Said by Muhammad Ali, Heavyweight Boxer, Greatest World Champion. The quotation has highly motivated Amjad Khan, International Boxing Promoter and Founder of Amjad Khan Boxing Foundation. The international sport Boxing is becoming the 2nd most popular game in India now which is the world’s richest Game. Before Super Boxing League Season I, there wasn’t any platform in India that has given an International stage to Indian Pro Boxers to showcase their skills to the world. Being associated as Talent Partners in Super Boxing League, Amjad Khan has given platform to a many talented players to prove themselves in professional boxing. UK based, World Boxing Champion and Olympic Medallist Amir Khan inspired Amjad Khan to lead boxers in India and help them in building career in professional boxing. Amjad Khan Boxing Foundation is coming up with it’s 5th AKBF Pro-Fight Event to be held at Marwah Studio on 30th March 2019 in Patronship of Mr. Sandeep Marwah (Founder, Noida Film City). The AKBF Pro-Fight Event will be supported by Indian Boxing Council which affiliates professional boxing events in India for the record fight. GUEST OF HONOURSAHIL PEERZADAOne of the biggest Entrepreneur of India. Very humble person and ground to the earth. He is very close to Amjad Khan and supporting his 5th AKBF PRO-FIGHT at Marwah studios, Noida film City on 30th March,2018. AKBTC COACHESChandan Singh Naseem Ahmed The AKBF Pro Fight Event will feature total 8 bouts including 6 Men bouts and 2 female bouts. The competition between the players will be in 6 different weight categories with bouts of 3 rounds of three minutes each. This competition amongst Pro-Boxers is an opportunity to participate and showcase their skills to the world.
Rabat – Security services in Asilah, a city in northern Morocco seized nearly two tons of cannabis resin on Tuesday, September 17.Security services in collaboration with members of the Gendarmerie seized 68 large bundles of cannabis resin with a total weight of two tons, a statement from the General Directorate of National Security said.Police opened an investigation to identify all possible suspects involved in the drug trafficking network. The investigation seeks to also determine the possible ramifications at the national and international levels.Read Also: Moroccan Customs Incinerate Almost 2 Tons of Cannabis Resin in LaayouneThe operation is part of Morocco’s strategy to fight drug trafficking and criminal networks.In Morocco’s southern province of Laayoune, Moroccan security services also seized two tons of cannabis on Tuesday, September 17.Moroccan customs said in a report in May that they seized 19.2 tons of cannabis resin in 2018, 14.7 tons less than the number of cannabis resin seized in 2017 (33.7 tons). The customs seizures are in addition to the large quantities of cannabis that other Moroccan security services seize across Morocco.Police and customs services at the Ceuta crossing point have seized 10 kilograms of cannabis resins last weekend.A customs source told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) on Monday, September 16, that the security services seized the cannabis which was concealed inside a car. A Moroccan man living in Spain was driving the car.Last year, Morocco’s Spokesperson of the government Mustapha El Khalfi said that the country’s primary focus is to tighten security and surveillance against drug trafficking.He said that in the first nine months of 2018, security services seized 700 kilograms of hard drugs, 51 tons of cannabis resin, 90 tons of cannabis, and 600,000 psychotropic pills.He also emphasized Morocco’s strategy to put in place programs to fight drug addiction.Rehabilitation centers in Morocco increased from five centers in 2015 to 12 centers in 2018. Morocco seeks to have 20 centers dedicated to rehabilitation within two years.
Amidst mounting pressure from ally DMK and other parties, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said India was “inclined to” vote in favour of a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN which meets “our objectives” with regard to the future of ethnic Tamils.Responding to strong concerns of political parties, Singh told the Lok Sabha that India was yet to receive the final text of the draft resolution moved at the UN Human Rights Council. For lasting peace, India has asked Sri Lankan government to stand by its commitment, to broaden the dialogue with political parties, including with the Tamil National Alliance to achieve forward looking and meaningful devolution of power, Singh said.The Prime Minister said he hoped that the Sri Lankan government would realise the criticality of this issue. “We will remain engaged with them on this issue,” he said. (Times Now.TV) His statement, which was received by thumping of desks including by DMK members, assumes significance as the key ally has said it would discuss the issue including the option of withdrawing from the UPA over it at the party’s internal meeting tomorrow. The Prime Minister said that Tamils in Sri Lanka have been accorded the highest priority by his government and it is in touch with the Sri Lankan government in this regard.The Indian government has emphasised that there should be a “genuine process” of reconciliation to address the grievances of the ethnic Tamils and implement the recommendations of a report of a high-level committee placed before Parliament, he said. “We are inclined to vote in favour of the resolution if the resolution will cover our objectives namely the achievement of a future for the Tamil community in Sri Lanka that is based on equality, dignity, justice and self respect,” he said while replying to the debate on Motion of Thanks to the President for her address to the joint sitting of the Parliament.
“We received a letter from the Israeli Minister of Defence over the weekend requesting access to an unedited version of the UN videotape,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. “We are studying this letter as well as the reaction of the Lebanese authorities which we also received over the weekend,” he added. “Our decision was to offer an edited version of the videotape and I have no reason to think that will change.”Mr. Eckhard noted that the Israeli Defence Ministry wants “something that we are not willing to provide.” He stressed that the UN’s offer of an edited version of the tape remains on the table.A top UN official said last week that the videotape filmed by UN peacekeepers had neither been shot on the day of the abduction nor at the location where the kidnapping had taken place on 7 October 2000. Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, told a news conference on Friday that the videotape had been filmed the day after the abduction on the road where the two vehicles allegedly used in the abduction were found.
The United Nations Human Rights Council today voted to open an international inquiry into alleged war crimes committed by both the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the final stages of a decades-long conflict that ended in 2009.Adopted by a vote of 23 in favour to 12 against with 12 abstentions, the Geneva-based Council requested the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to undertake a “comprehensive investigation” into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties, and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations “with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability.”The Sri Lankan Government declared victory over the rebel LTTE in May 2009, after a conflict that had raged on and off for nearly three decades and killed thousands of people. The final months of the conflict had generated concerns about alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.By its action today, the Council reiterated its call on the Government to implement the constructive recommendations made in the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. It also called on the Government to release publicly the results of its investigations into alleged violations by security forces, including the attack on unarmed protesters in Weliweriya in August 2013, and the report of 2013, by the court of inquiry of the Sri Lanka Army.In her address to the Council yesterday, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stressed the need to ensure justice and accountability, including through the establishment of an independent and credible investigation, saying: “This is essential to advance the right to truth for all in Sri Lanka and create further opportunities for justice, accountability and redress.” She noted that in recent years, the Government has established various mechanisms with the task to investigate past violations. “But none have had the independence to be effective or inspire confidence among victims and witnesses,” she stated. At the same time, new evidence continues to emerge, and witnesses are willing to come forward to testify before international mechanisms in which they have confidence and which can guarantee their protection, the High Commissioner added.“This shows that an international inquiry is not only warranted, but also possible, and can play a positive role in eliciting new information and establishing the truth where domestic inquiry mechanisms have failed.”The Council has in the past called on the Sri Lankan Government to take credible steps to ensure accountability for alleged serious violations committed during the final months of the conflict.
Horrific details are emerging in court as Bruce McArthur is being sentenced for his brutal murders of eight men between 2010 and 2017.The case brings up tough questions about McArthur’s sick, twisted mind and a criminal justice system that many say failed to act quickly enough.McArthur fits into the broad category of serial killers called “hedonistic,” says Brock University psychopathy and forensics expert Angela Book. Hedonistic killers tend to have violent sexual fantasies that they play out through their grisly murders, reflecting an element of sadism.These types of crimes are also more likely to be committed by psychopaths, who lack remorse and empathy, and are willing to exploit others for their own needs, says Book, Professor of Psychology.“Research from our lab suggests that psychopathic individuals share traits with predators in the animal world, including the ability to judge vulnerability in the people around them,” she says. “Psychopathic serial killers see their own fantasies as more important than the lives of their victims.”She notes that the 67-year-old landscaper is atypical of sexual serial killers, who tend to start their violent crimes in their 20s.“Interestingly, some are speculating that he may have started in the 1970s when 14 men were brutally murdered in Toronto,” says Book.Voula Marinos, Brock University’s crime and sentencing expert, says that bias could have played a role in the relatively long time the criminal justice system took to arrest and charge McArthur.She notes the presence of a “considerable historical tension between the LGBTQ community and the police in Toronto” and that, while McArthur took great pains to hide his crimes, “his activities did not go unnoticed.”“Calls of bias against gay men resulting from this case will hopefully lead to significant changes in policing and missing persons protocols,” says Marinos, Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies.Within the court itself, the extensive victim impact statements and use of consecutive sentences are meant to strongly condemn and denounce McArthur’s crimes, she says.“Consecutive sentences in this case are as much, if not more, for the public’s confidence in the justice system as they are for the offender,” says Marinos. “The public and victims’ families could benefit from the very public nature of the sentencing process and the lengths by which the judge has gone to ensure restorative justice is achieved, to the extent possible, for victims’ families and the LGBTQ community.”
SAN DIEGO — Isaiah Pineiro scored 26 points to lead San Diego over Jackson State 76-58 on Saturday night.Pineiro, who entered averaging 21.2 points and 8.6 rebounds, was 8 of 12 from the field, made 10 free throws and grabbed nine rebounds. Isaiah Wright added 20 points and Olin Carter III had 12 for San Diego (5-1), which is 4-0 at home.Lemmie Howard scored 14 points to lead Jackson State (1-5), which missed 12 of 15 from long range, committed 14 turnovers and was 3-of-10 shooting from the field in the last eight minutes.San Diego led 55-52 with 8:12 remaining before closing on a 21-6 surge. Wright scored six points and Pineiro had five during a 13-0 run that stretched the Toreros’ lead to 68-52 with four minutes left.It was the first meeting between the schools.The Associated Press
Senior defensive lineman Steve Miller (88) makes a tackle during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorComing into the season, Steve Miller knew his role would be bigger — at least for two games.Ohio State’s senior defensive lineman wasn’t expected to start this season, but the man ahead of him was set to serve the final two games of a three-game suspension. Junior defensive lineman Noah Spence failed a drug test before OSU’s January Orange Bowl matchup with Clemson, and earned a three-game suspension, leaving him out for the first two games of the year.Miller opened the season with three assisted tackles in the Buckeyes’ win against Navy on Aug. 30, then followed up with one solo tackle in a loss to Virginia Tech the next week.After two starts and little production, the Canton, Ohio, native’s spot in the lineup was expected to disappear. Spence’s suspension had been served, and the 2013 first team All-Big Ten selection was set to pick up where he had left off as a sophomore.But then reports broke that Spence had reportedly failed a second drug test, and Miller’s time in the limelight was extended.“I just looked at it that I had to step up, and I had to be ready for my brothers and I didn’t want to let my brothers down,” Miller said of his reaction to Spence’s continued absence. “So I just, I knew I had to play a big part this season helping my brothers out.”The news of Spence’s new ineligibility came less than 24 hours before he was set to make his return to the field against Kent State on Sept. 13. Instead, Miller started again and recorded just one solo tackle for the second consecutive game.That game was followed by a bye week, then a face-off with Cincinnati, and Miller underwhelmed yet again with two solo tackles.Through three starts, the Canton McKinley High School product had yet to produce a tackle for loss or make a significant impact along the defensive front.But while he didn’t record a sack or tackle for loss, Miller had a breakout performance against Maryland on Oct. 4. Coach Urban Meyer even went so far as to say he hadn’t played better since first donning a scarlet and gray uniform.“Had his best day as a Buckeye, sure did,” Meyer said of Miller’s performance against Maryland.He made multiple big hits that disrupted the Terrapins’ offense, showing some of the ability that made him a highly-rated recruit coming out of high school.In total, Miller has started all five games for the 4-1 Buckeyes and recorded nine total tackles.But overall this season, Meyer said No. 88 hasn’t quite been at his best.“He has played OK this year, I won’t say great,” Meyer said. “And then he played his best game, no question, against Maryland.”Meyer went on to say that Miller has to step up, something he didn’t have to do as a backup in the past. He added there’s more to Miller than what fans see on the field.“I really like Steve,” Meyer said. “And everybody likes him academically, because he is a grinder, he is a worker, he is a good kid.”But regardless of academic praise or breakout performances, Miller said he still has room to improve.“It felt like I was playing well (against Maryland), but I still got stuff to work on,” he said. “I still gotta work on my getoff, and I still gotta work on my pass rush, playing the pass more better.”As Miller looks to improve going forward in his final season playing for the Buckeyes, he hasn’t forgotten the man whose mistakes have lead to his chance to be a starter.“Noah’s like a brother to me. I talk to him all the time, see how he’s doing,” Miller said of Spence. “He’s trying to get better, We (are) trying to help him the best we can.”OSU is scheduled to return to the field a week from Saturday to take on Rutgers at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
A spokesman for Ms Kaplinsky told the Mail: “Natasha and her family were involved in an accident in Corfu.”They came home early to receive treatment and are making a good recovery at home.”Ms Kaplinsky and her husband have a five-bedroom holiday home on the Greek Island, also called the Plumbago.The broadcaster, who was the first winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2004, became Britain’s highest-paid newsreader in 2007 when Channel 5 recruited her from the BBC with a £1 million-a-year deal. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The eight-year-old daughter of television newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky suffered severe burns after their boat went up in flames during a family holiday on Corfu.Angelica, Ms Kaplinsky’s youngest child, was flown from Greece back to the UK for medical treatment following the accident, which saw a fire in the engine room spread to the rest of the boat.The 45-year-old newsreader, Angelica and another relative are understood to have been rescued by a fisherman who then helped put out the fire.The little girl is now said to be making a good recovery.Investigators are now examining the cause of the fire, which may have begun when a petrol leak ignited off the Greek island.A Corfu Port Authority spokesman saidr: “The vessel suffered a mechanical failure which caused a fire in the engine room, which was immediately extinguished by the people on the boat.“At first the girl was rushed to hospital in Corfu Town with burns to her face and hands.“Her mother and grandfather were treated at a private clinic. It was then decided to fly them home.”Ms Kaplinsky’s husband, Justin Bower, 45, and son Arlo, nine, as well as two other relatives, were also aboard the Plumbago Go.
bieleckiKielcepolish cuppolskapolski kupszmal Three days after the win in Silkeborg, Vive Targi Kielce had a Polish Cup match to play. In quarter-final Kielce met MKS Piotrkowianin Piotrków Trybunalski. Both teams have already met once this season in Polish League, and Kielce won 46:31 then. Defending champion arrived in Piotrków without 3 players: Sławomir Szmal who has a cold and injured Tomasz Rosiński and Piotr Grabarczyk, but it was no obstacle in winning the game. From the very beginning Kielce team was gaining more and more advantage, despite quite a few misses and quite hostile audience. Home team scored their 10. goal not until 41. minute. Guests dominated on the court during entire match and eventually they won 37:15. Top scorer for Kielce was Karol Bielecki (7).The return match is going to take place next week, 12th December, in Kielce.TEXT: Martyna Usnarska ← Previous Story Norwegian shocked with Bosković unsportsmanlike act (VIDEO) Next Story → Hungary (Round 13): Easy victory for SC Pick Szeged with 50 goals scored
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Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioGovernor’s Mansion On List For EPA InterventionAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauThroughout his administration, Gov. Sean Parnell has accused the Environmental Protection Agency of “overreaching” on Alaska affairs. Now, it looks like the EPA may have reached into Parnell’s own home. The Governor’s Mansion appears on a list of construction projects requiring EPA intervention for lead violations.Former Crime Lab Employee Charged With 6 Felonies The Associated PressA former employee of the State Crime Lab in Anchorage has been charged with six felonies, including drug misconduct and tampering with evidence.The Department of Law in says 53-year-old Stephen Palmer was arrested today.He’s charged with scheme to defraud, drug misconduct and four counts of evidence tampering. He’s also charged with four misdemeanor counts of official misconduct.Alaska State Troopers launched an investigation seven months ago after detecting irregularities in lab reference standards, the controlled samples of illegal drugs kept at the state crime lab.Prosecutors say investigators also determined drug evidence was missing in cases worked by Palmer.Prosecutors say they don’t believe the irregularities discovered in reference standards affected the validity of testing performed by other analysts.Mayors Seek Assurances On Gas Line Project The Associated PressBorough mayors are asking to be part of the discussions on terms related to a mega-liquefied natural gas project that will affect local communities.An agreement signed by the state and companies pursuing the project says subject to consultation between the state and local governments, payments in lieu of property taxes would be paid by the companies.The mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Mike Navarre, told the Senate Finance Committee that consultation is not a strong word.The mayors are seeking greater assurances for the level of input they will have as the process moves forward.The committee is weighing a bill that would make the state an equity partner and allow for the project to move into a phase of preliminary engineering and design.King Resting At Ruby, Competitors Close InEmily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksJeff King is resting at the Yukon river checkpoint of Ruby. The four time Iditarod champion is technically in the lead at this point, but Martin Buser, Aliy Zirkle and Robert Sorlie are closing in, and they’ve already completed their 24 hour layovers. Once teams leave Ruby, they’ll have a chance to take advantage of any remaining speed they have on the flat river miles ahead.Five Nations Tentatively Agree To Arctic Fishing BanLauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaThe United States and four other Arctic nations have tentatively agreed to prevent commercial fishing in the high Arctic.The Canadian Press reports that Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Russia signed on to the ban after three days of meetings in Greenland last week. The measure was originally pitched by the United States, and it didn’t have support from Norway or Russia until now.The details of the ban are still being worked out. But the basics are clear: The countries have to do more scientific research on Arctic fish stocks. In the meantime, they will not engage in commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean outside their 200-mile exclusive economic zones.In the United States, that area begins at the northern edge of Alaska. Fishing has already been banned within the American Arctic since 2009.Because this new moratorium applies to international waters in the Arctic Ocean, there’s no guarantee that other countries will choose to honor it.The next step is to get more nations on board beyond these five Arctic states. In a statement, the Arctic group said they plan to spend the rest of the year lobbying for broader support.Dipnets May Be Allowed On KuskokwimBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelKuskowkim fisherman are expected to face serious restrictions on subsistence salmon fishing this summer in efforts to bring more king salmon to the spawning grounds. With fishing closed possibly all of June, the working group is asking that dipnets be used selectively to harvest non-Chinook salmon.Delta Western’s Pro-Union Fuelers Strike Again Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaFor the past month, a group of fuel supply workers in Unalaska have been trying to unionize. And they’ve also accused their employer, Delta Western, of mistreating them for it. The workers took to the picket line on Tuesday to protest.State Bans Importation, Sale Of Certain Elodea PlantsEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe state has taken steps to ban the importation and sale of some aquatic plants that are commonly found in aquariums. Elodea is a plant used in fishbowls that has become a big problem in Alaska, and is considered an invasive species. Last year, the state began working to eradicate the plant from areas in Fairbanks and in Anchorage.Kikkan Randall Secures World Cup Sprint TitleDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksKikkan Randall has a lock on her 3rd straight World Cup sprint title. Randall did not make the finals in a classic technique sprint in Drammen Norway Wednesday, but her seventh place finish there mathematically clinches the season title. Just one sprint race remains. Retaining the title as the world’s top woman sprinter is some consolation for Randall who struggled at last month’s Sochi Olympics, where she’s d hoped to medal.Cyclist Obliterates Iditarod Trail Invitational RecordAnna Rose MacArthur, KNOM – NomeMost speed records are broken by seconds or minutes. Wednesday, a Fairbanks cyclist demolished the Iditarod Trail Invitational record by almost a full week.Dogs Fare Better Than Mushers Over Rough Trail Emily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksIn the sled dog version of the Iditarod, teams remain large. Most mushers are still running with 14 or more dogs. Mushers are surprised at how many dogs fared through the rough trail early on:
BGMEA BhabanThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) to give an undertaking saying that it will not file any more time petition over relocating its office from the city’s Hatirjheel area.The SC will consider their time petition this time once it gets the undertaking in this regard, reports UNB.A four-member SC bench, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, took the decision.Lawyer Kamrul Haque Siddiqui and Imtiaz Moinul Islam stood for the BGMEA while attorney general Mahbubey Alam for the state.Earlier on Sunday, the Supreme Court set Tuesday to deliver its order on the time petition filed by the BGMEA.On 5 March last, BGMEA authorities filed a one-year time petition with the Appellate Division as its seven months’ time given in September in 2017 by the SC for relocating its office building expired in March.On the day, the BGMEA lost its last legal battle to keep its structure intact on the scenic waterbody as the Appellate Division rejected its plea seeking review of its judgment that upheld an earlier High Court verdict, ordering demolition of the structure.In 2011, the High Court ordered demolition of the 16-storey building as it was constructed in defiance of relevant laws, calling it a ‘cancer’ in the lake.The BGMEA later filed a leave-to-appeal petition with the Appellate Division against the High Court judgment, but the apex court on 2 June 2016, dismissed the plea as well as asked the RMG producers to demolish its headquarters at once and at its own cost.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, arrives at a court house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 4 July. Photo: APFormer Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was charged in court Wednesday with criminal breach of trust and corruption, two months after a multibillion dollar graft scandal at a state investment fund led to his shock election defeat.Najib, wearing a suit and a red tie, appeared calm and smiled as he was escorted into the court complex packed with reporters.He was arrested Tuesday by anti-graft officials over a suspicious transfer of 42 million ringgit ($10.4 million) into his bank accounts from SRC International, a former unit of the 1MDB state investment fund that US investigators say was looted of billions by associates of Najib.In a lower court, he was charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of corruption. Each charge has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Whipping is also a penalty but Najib would be exempt because of his age.The case against him will be transferred to the High Court where Najib is expected to make his plea Wednesday.Najib, 64, denies any wrongdoing and has accused the new government of seeking “political vengeance.”In a recorded video posted on social media hours after his arrest, Najib apologized to Malaysians but remained defiant.“As a normal human being, I am not perfect but believe me, that the accusations against me and my family are not all true,” he said.New Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad reopened investigations into 1MDB that were stifled under Najib’s rule.Najib set up 1MDB when he took power in 2009 but the fund amassed billions in debts and is being investigated in the US and several other countries.Najib and his wife were questioned last month over the SRC case by the anti-graft agency and have both been barred from leaving the country. Police have also seized jewelry and valuables valued at more than 1.1 billion ringgit ($272 million) from properties linked to Najib.USinvestigators say $4.5 billion was stolen and laundered from 1MDB by Najib’s associates, including some $700 million that landed in Najib’s bank account.Bridget Welsh, a Southeast Asia expert at John Cabot University in Rome, said Najib’s arrest was the “inevitable outcome” after he lost power.“It shows the resolve of the new government to address previous abuses of power. It has been done judiciously so far and speaks to a needed reckoning for Malaysia and a key step toward a cleaner governance,” she said in an email.Malaysia’s new attorney general, Tommy Thomas, will head the prosecution in the case.
00:00 /01:17 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Bruce Gordon via FlickrOil and gas development seen in the West Texas Permian Basin.Researchers say there’s a lot left to learn about the impacts of oil and gas drilling.A review of shale drilling science from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas found benefits – and consequences – from the industry’s growth across Texas.Brian Stump, with Southern Methodist University, says one of the impacts scientists still need to learn more about is the link between earthquakes and wastewater disposal.“You need to have well-located earthquakes so that you can associate them with the faults, you need information on pressures and volumes of fluids,” he says, adding that earthquakes are important to study more because, after all, they can impact people.Melinda Taylor, with the University of Texas, says there’s also more to learn when it comes to land use.“We don’t have a real good sense of how oil and gas development is affecting the land resources, by that I mean wildlife and plant resources, at the site level,” she says.Taylor says industry expansion into new parts of Far West Texas is an opportunity for baseline land studies that haven’t been done before.The environment, roads, economies and communities are of course all tied together. So, this new survey says a way to start answering all the open questions is to focus research on the connections between impacts from oil and gas production. Share Listen
Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneThe United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. on June 7, 2017.The short answer is that it depends on what is classified as “essential.” And thousands of Texas workers would take a direct hit.Any “nonessential” federal employee in Texas would be furloughed — a non-duty, non-pay status. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas has nearly 200,000 federal employees, fourth in the nation behind California, Virginia and Maryland.“The Texas Workforce Commission is monitoring the events in Washington D.C. regarding a possible federal government shutdown, and should this occur, we will do everything we can with available resources to ensure that we maintain services to the job seekers and employers of Texas,” said TWC spokeswoman Lisa Givens. But not every state service would be in jeopardy. Despite a shutdown, Texas courts would continue to operate. However, any litigation that involved lawyers representing the government wouldn’t be allowed to move forward unless ordered to do so by a judge.“All of the military bases in Texas will continue to operate, the courts will continue to operate … and the mail will continue to come in and go out,” Brady said. “Other than that, pretty much everything else gets shut down.”The most recent government shutdown lasted for two weeks in October 2013. It cost the nation roughly $24 billion, according to Standard & Poor’s.The bottom line: A shutdown is poised to take place unless Congress passes a new spending bill and President Donald Trump signs it into law by Jan. 19. If Congress can’t reach an agreement, Texas offices of federal agencies will close. Those who will feel the biggest immediate effect of a shutdown are furloughed federal employees in Texas. Anything related to national security and public safety — such as the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice — is considered “essential.” A lot of other things — like museums, parks and many federal offices — are not.A shutdown will happen unless Congress passes a new spending bill and President Donald Trump signs it into law by Jan. 19. Opposition from some members of both parties could make that difficult. Republicans control both chambers of Congress, but some GOP members have expressed skepticism of proposed deals. Meanwhile, some Democrats are threatening to attempt to block the spending bill if it doesn’t include legislation that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.If a deal doesn’t get made, federal agencies’ Texas offices will feel an effect, according to Hugh Brady, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin.“The Internal Revenue Service will stop processing tax returns and answering phone calls from taxpayers who have questions, which means if you’re trying to buy a house or anything that relies on them verifying your income for any purposes — that’ll be delayed,” Brady said.“Social Security retirees will continue to get their checks, but no one will be able to apply for retirement until the shutdown is over.”The National Park Service will also close all of its parks and historic sites, including the 16 sites it manages in Texas. NASA, which has the Johnson Space Center in Houston, will essentially shut down. The Department of Homeland Security will likely have to temporarily halt its E-Verify program, a move which will prevent business owners from checking the immigration status of prospective employees. Share
Vikas Bahl’s coming-of-age drama Queen triumphed at the 60th Filmfare Awards, winning in key categories including best film, best director and best actress for its lead star Kangana Ranaut. The film bagged six honours in total – best editing to Abhijit Kokate and Anurag Kashyap, best cinematography (Bobby Singh and Siddharth Diwan) and and best background score for Amit Trivedi. Kangana, who saw off competition from Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit, Priyanka Chopra, Rani Mukerji and Sonam Kapoor in the best actress category, was not present to accept her award.Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespearean tale Haider closely followed Queen with five wins which includes a black lady for Shahid Kapoor in the best actor category and best supporting honours for Tabu and Kay Kay Menon. Haider triumphed in the technical categories as well, with Dolly Ahluwalia winning best costume designer and Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray topping the best production design list.The lifetime achievement award was given to veteran actress Kamini Kaushal for her outstanding contribution to Indian cinema. Young star Alia Bhatt bagged the best actress (Critics) trophy for Highway and Sanjay Mishra won the best actor (Critics) for his outstanding performance in Ankhon Dekhi, which also earned director-writer Rajat Kapoor the best story gong.Kriti Sanon won best debut female award for Heropanti, while Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan won the best debut male award for Khoobsurat. Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi won for PK in the best screenplay and best dialogue categories, which were the only wins for the Aamir Khan-starrer film.In the music categories, Ankit Tiwari won best male playback singer for Galiyaan from Ek Villain and Kanika Kapoor was named best female playback singer for Baby Doll from Ragini MMS 2. Trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy won best music director for their work in 2 States. Best choreography honour was handed out to Ahmed Khan for the song Jumme Ki Raat from Salman Khan’s Kick.The evening saw performances from Salman Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and was attended by B-Town celebrities like Rekha, Kajol, Manisha Koirala, Neha Dhupia, Subhash Ghai, Vidya Balan among others.The ceremony held at Yash Raj Studios was hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to consider the contribution of business houses to the chief minister’s relief funds (CMRF) as money spent on corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. The letter, a copy of which is with PTI, pointed out “one major infirmity in the present CSR framework as provided in the Companies Act 2013”, concerning the interest of the states. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights While contributions to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was mentioned as an eligible activity under the CSR in the 2013 Act, the same made to the CMRF was not considered as an activity “eligible for contribution under the CSR”, she wrote in the letter. “It will indeed be praiseworthy if contribution to CMRF in the states is also made an eligible activity under CSR. The little contribution would be very helpful to all the states to extend the much-desired assistance and relief to people in need,” the letter read. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Stating that the CMRF is always under financial constraints because of limited donations from the companies, Banerjee has written that if the proposal is accepted by the Centre, the “contributions” will also enable the donors to claim tax breaks. “You may be aware that West Bengal, like other states of the country, has an established CMRF, similar to the PMNRF. We have been using the fund to provide medical, education and other kinds of relief to the most needy and distressed people in their times of grave financial crisis. However due to paucity of funds, “we are not being able to fulfill all the requests made for support,” her letter read. The current regime of the CSR in the country was introduced with the notification of Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013 and the CSR Policy Rules, 2014. It mandates that from April 1, 2014 every company, private limited or public limited, which either has a net worth of Rs 500 crore or a turnover of Rs 1,000 crore or net profit of Rs 5 crore, has to spend at least 2 percent of its average net profit for the immediately preceding three financial years on corporate social responsibility activities.
Cancer Vaccines Market “Surge in prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and increase in administration of prophylactic cancer vaccines drive the global cancer vaccines market. In addition, rise in investments and government funding in the development of cancer vaccines supplement the growth. The preventive (prophylactic) vaccine segment accounted for more than half of the total revenue in 2017 and will maintain its dominance by 2023.”According to the report published by Allied Market Research, the Global Cancer Vaccines Market contributed $4.81 billion in 2017 and is estimated to garner $12.81 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 17.7% from 2017 to 2023. The report offers a detailed analysis of the key segments, top investment pockets, changing dynamics, market size & estimations, and competitive scenario.Increasing administration of prophylactic cancer vaccines coupled with launch and approval of new cancer vaccines drive the global cancer vaccines market. However, high cost for development of cancer vaccines due to frequent need for upgradation in manufacturing technology and longer timelines required for manufacturing a vaccine restrict the market growth. On the contrary, increasing transition from prophylactic to therapeutic cancer vaccines and high growth prospects in the emerging markets would present opportunities in the cancer vaccines market.Download Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/1453Preventive (prophylactic) vaccine segment to maintain its dominance by 2023The preventive (prophylactic) vaccine segment accounted for more than half of the total revenue in 2017 and will maintain its dominance by 2023. However, the therapeutic vaccine segment is expected to register the highest CAGR of 20.2% from 2017 to 2023.North America to maintain lead position by 2023The market across the North America region accounted for two-fifths of the market in terms of revenue in 2017. However, the market across the Asia-Pacific region is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 19.6% during the forecast period. The report also explores the other regions including Europe and LAMEA.Recombinant segment to lead throughout the forecast periodThe recombinant segment accounted for nearly one-third of the total revenue in 2017 and will maintain its dominance by 2023. However, the dendritic cells segment is projected to register the highest CAGR of 18.6% from 2017 to 2023.Cervical cancer segment to maintain its dominance by 2023The cervical cancer segment accounted for more than three-fifths of the market in terms of revenue in 2017. However, other indications segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 18.8% during the forecast period.Adults segment to maintain its dominance by 2023The adults segment accounted for more than three-fifths of the market in terms of revenue in 2017. However, the pediatrics segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 19.3% during the forecast period. Leading market playersThe key market players explored in the research include Merck & Co., Inc., CSL Limited, AstraZeneca Plc. (Medimmune, LLC.), Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd., GlaxoSmithKline Plc., Astellas Pharma Inc., Pfizer Inc., Sanofi Pasteur, Sanpower Group, and Aduro BioTech Inc.Check discounts available on this report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/1453About usAllied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small & medium enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one stop solution from the beginning of data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients to understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company amplies client’s insight on the factors, such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligent support to aid the clients to turn into prominent business firm.