Considering the threats coming from China and also, considering the killings of jawans on Pakistani border, India needs, a full time Defence Minister, said Congress Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik in a letter e-mailed by him to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Mr. Naik’s strongly-worded letter, which was released here on Saturday, further said to the Prime Minister, “And your focus in celebrating GST tax regime and fool the people just as the government did during demonetization, will not help the nation.”“Chinese threat is looming on Indo – China border, Indians have been denied permission to visit Kailash Mansarovar and, dangerous construction activities are going on Indo-China border. Chinese are reminding us of 1962 war in order to focus on the alleged failure of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s policies, just as BJP leaders are doing in India,” Mr. Naik’s letter said and added, “Unfortunately, BJP leaders in India and Chinese, appear to be on same page”.Absence of a full time Defence Minister, with one bureaucrat, Mr. Ajit Doval, running the Defence Ministry, has further encouraged the Chinese to believe that India cannot do anything beyond empty rhetoric, Mr Naik says.Mr. Naik, in his letter also blamed former Defence Minister and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for his public statements over Defence and appealed to the Prime Minister to refrain his former Defence Minister from playing into the hands of the enemy by making statements in Goa such as, “Defence Ministry was in shambles before I took over”. “Situation , on both China and Pakistan borders, is going to worsen further if we do not have a full-fledged Defence Minister as, in case of any further encroachments on China border or increase in killings of our army jawans at the hands of Pakistanis, the present Defence Minister will have an easy excuse that he was extremely busy managing GST tax regime, but, nation will, undoubtedly suffer,” Mr Naik warned.
The Supreme Court’s decision to postpone hearing in the Ayodhya title suit case on Monday resulted in the Sangh Parivar and its affiliates demanding that the Union government bring in an ordinance for the construction of a Ram Mandir on the disputed site. Right-wing groups indicated that they would intensify their movement for the temple, triggering speculation if the issue would dominate discourse in the build-up to the Lok Sabha election.The Opposition parties, while reposing faith in the court, targeted the BJP for “attempting to politicise the issue”.Vishwa Hindu Parishad working president Alok Kumar said the adjournment fortified its stand that the solution to the “Ram Janmabhoomi issue is not eternally waiting for the hearings of the appeals pending now for several years”.The VHP will intensify its campaign for the enactment of a law in the winter session of Parliament, Mr. Kumar said.Arun Kumar, RSS prachar pramukh, said that if the SC could not immediately decide the case, the Centre should bring a law to “remove the obstacles and hand over the Ram janambhoomi to Shri Ramjanambhoomi Nyas.” “We have supported all the decisions of Pujay Sant and Dharam Sansad regarding the movement for construction of the temple and will do so in future,” said Mr. Arun Kumar.Union Minister Giriraj Singh said, “The patience of Hindus is coming to an end. I do not know what will happen if they lose patience.”AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi dared the Modi government to bring in an ordinance, even as he lashed out at the BJP-RSS for politicising the issue and speaking in different voices.“Why don’t they bring it? Let them do it.Every time they are threatening that they will bring an ordinance.You are in power, I challenge you to do it,” said Mr. Owaisi.The Hyderabad MP also poked fun at Mr. Giriraj Singh’s remark, saying the Modi government should appoint him attorney-general. “The nation cannot be run on the whims and and desires of an individual or religion. It is run by the Indian constitution,” he said. Congress leader P. Chidambaram accused the BJP of raking up the issue before every election to try and ‘polarise views’ on the Ram Mandir. “This is a familiar story. The Congress party’s position is that the matter is in the SC, everyone should wait until the SV decides questions before the SC. I don’t think we should jump the gun,” said Mr. Chidambaram.Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav also walked the middle-path and said that his party and the people had full faith in the SC. “People honour the decision of the SC. And those don’t follow the SC, they don’t believe in democracy,” said Mr. Yadav.Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said a lot of people wanted an early hearing. He also said the BJP also did not link the Ram Mandir issue to politics.UP deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya said the SC decision did not send a good message.Zafaryab Jilani, member of the AIMPLB, said the SC decision was an “eye-opener” to those who think they can influence the court decision.
Mumbai, Aug 25 (PTI) A nation-wide inter-schools table tennis team event is to be conducted on August 29, the birthday of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand which is celebrated as the national sports day, across 27 states. Depending on the number of entries, the event would be carried on for two more days to identify the particular states schools champions, it was announced today by former national champion Kamlesh Mehta, director of 11Even Sports which is organising the event under auspices of the respective state bodies and the Table Tennis Federation of India. The winning inter-school champion of each state would progress to the national inter-state finals, set to be organised between December 9-11 at a venue to be finalised by the middle of next month. “In all probability Indore would play host to the event,” said Mehta who explained that while the north eastern states of Nagaland, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura will not be represented in this unique venture, Kerala and Meghalaya would conduct it at a later date. “The idea is to do it every year. We will be supplying balls, T-shirts etcetera,” said three-time Olympian Mehta at the Khar Gymkhana, venue for the event in Maharashtra. “Our aim is to provide school children the opportunity to play table tennis at a competitive level. We also want to spread awareness of the game among school children and provide a platform for young champions,” said the eight-time national mens singles champion. “11Even Sports and TTFI are working towards encouraging and supporting all state associations and to make table tennis the most played sport in schools,” the 56-year-old former national coach said. Events would be held for senior boys and girls and junior boys and girls but restricted to those students currently in the VIII, IX and X standards, according to Mehta. All the teams who qualify for the inter-state schools nationals would be provided with accommodation, food and local travel for the entire duration of stage 2 of the event. PTI SSR GK SSC SSC SDMadvertisement
Sharing a case study at Apollo, Vohra says, “Social mediaSharing a case study at Apollo, Vohra says, “Social media is also triggering relationship breakdown in many cases. A 17- year-old girl came to us after she was harassed by her ex- boyfriend over Facebook. So much so that the girls family had to file a police complaint against the boy, who has become obsessed with her.”He says besides triggering anxiety, depression and self- destructing tendencies, social media platforms have also led to people suffering from “body dysmorphic disorder”.”So we had a 21-year-old girl who was brought to us, who insisted that her nose was imperfect and tried rhinoplasty despite the fact it was alright. Constant bombardment of images on social media, peer pressure and selfie-culture has engendered this narcissistic behaviour that borders on psychological disorders,” Vohra says.Ganga Ram Hospitals Kumar says she gets “cases where young people especially adolescents come to me complaining they have suicidal tendencies and ask what they should do. After going through their history, one realises that many of them had some sort of harassment or bullying on social media.”A 24-year-old Delhi-based professional, who did not wish to be identified, says, “There is this culture of unwanted tagging with nasty posts on Facebook and trolling on Twitter that the social media culture has spawned. I myself have been its victim, so I know.”Though I think social media is a tool to network and be in touch with people who are far off, but excessive use of it is affecting people in a bad way.”advertisementVohra says “social media also has become a platform for catharsis for the youth.”It is an open and free forum, and many of them see this virtual place where they can let out their pent-up emotions or rent anger. Many also post suicide notes on Facebook before claiming their lives, so, it has both pros and cons. And one has to use it judiciously.”Sagar at AIIMS says, the only way forward is to educate the youth when they are in school. “Just like we do it for cigarettes and alcohol use, I think there should be an education and counselling programme in schools for social media too. Since, we are living in a digital era, we cannot say we should divorce ourselves from social media, but we can learn to adapt it the right way.”The World Mental Health Day theme by the UN this year is –Dignity in Mental Health — Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All.”Social media has taken over real socialisation. Playgrounds are shrinking and children are more into internet gaming then outdoor sports which is a cause of concern… Majority of mental health patients dont seek treatment, just about 10-15 per cent do. That is mostly because of the stigma attached to it,” Sagar says. PTI KND ZMN RCJ
Saina Nehwal stayed in hunt for a fourth title at Syed Modi International World Tour Super 300 while Sameer Verma also stayed in course for title defence in Lucknow on Friday.Sameer, along with title defence, is also looking to qualify for the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou in December.Apart from Saina and Sameer, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa entered the mixed doubles semi-finals. The two also partnered Chirag Shetty and N Sikki Reddy in men’s doubles and women’s doubles, respectively, to enter the last four.Sameer, who won the Swiss Open and Hyderabad Open this year, eked out a 21-18, 16-21, 21-11 win over China’s Zhou Zeqi and will square off against Indonesian Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo in the men’s singles semi-final. Sameer Verma has won two titles on the BWF World Tour so far this season. (@BAI_Media Photo)Saina, who claimed a second gold at Commonwealth Games and an Asian Games bronze this season, beat former national champion Rituparna Das 21-19, 21-14 to set up a meeting with Indonesia’s Ruselli Hartawan.In men’s doubles, Satwik and Chirag defeated Chinese combination of Ou Xuanyi and Ren Xiangyu 15-21, 21-19, 21-17 to set up a semi-final clash with London Olympics silver medallists Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark.Also read – Chirag Shetty credits doubles coach Tan Kim Her for change in mindsetThe Indian duo has lost four times to the celebrated Danish pair in close matches.Satwik also paired up with Ashwini to outclass Indonesia’s Ronald and Annisa Saufika 20-22, 21-17, 21-11 in the mixed doubles quarter-finals. The duo will face Chinese pair Ou Xuanyi and Feng Xueying next.advertisement Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa will be playing two matches each on Saturday. (Reuters Photo)Ashwini also combined with her women’s doubles partner Sikki to prevail 19-21, 21-8, 21-18 over Indonesia’s Tania Oktaviani Kusumah and Vania Arianti Sukoco. The duo will square off against Russian pair of Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova.However, there was disappointment in store in men’s singles as former two-time champion Parupalli Kashyap and 2017 Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth bowed out after suffering contrasting defeats.Kashyap went down 16-21, 19-21 to eighth seeded Thai Sitthikom Thammasin, while Praneeth’s fight ended with a 10-21, 21-19, 14-21 loss to sixth seed Lu Guangzu of China in another quarter-final. Parupalli Kashyap lost in three games in the quarter-final at Syed Modi International. (@parupallikashyap Photo)Young Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka also showed the stomach to fight as she went down 9-21, 21-19, 12-21 to former Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China in a thrilling contest.Among other Indians, Kuhoo Garg and Ningshi Block Hazarika lost 6-21, 14-21 to fifth seeded Russian pair of Ekaterina and Alina, while B Sumeeth Reddy and Pooja Dandu suffered a narrow 18-21, 21-16, 19-21 loss to fourth seeded Indonesian pair of Rinov Rivaldy and Pitha Haningtyas Mentari.(With PTI inputs)Also watch –
The term “backpack” has its origin in U.S. dating back to 1910, but you might remember using one in college, high school or before. But today, backpacks are a go to staple for so many men. Whether you’re headed to the work, gym, a day out and about, on the open road or weekend away, a backpack comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, materials and functions. Which bag fits your needs and personality?J. Press York StreetTrimmed with leather and antiqued brass buckles closures, this durable and stylish bag is made of washed cotton canvas. It features a very useful interior pocket with the same antiqued brass buckle closure. Pops of color, from bags to ball caps, Finally, Spring is here!Herschel Supply Co.First generation scouting bags were the design inspiration for the Survey backpack. The modern interpretation of this “rucksack” remains true to its heritage roots, yet still embracing today’s functional needs. With two padded straps, this bag can fit far more than one would imagine. It is fully lined with their signature coated cotton-poly fabric, and an inside sleeve pocket and magnetic closures.CoachThe Thompson Leather Sling Pack is inspired by the well traveled street in SoHo. Minimalist and modern, this one-shoulder sling style is created to be lightweight, sporty and compact. It is the perfect size for your wallet, mobile device, and/or iPad Mini. This might be ‘the’ bag for the guy on the go !Graf & LantzThe combination of east and west and ancient and modern are the basis and influences for their collection. When asked about their new backpack, designer Holger Graef answered:“In regards to inspiration and design concept, it’s rather simple, light and bright. Naturally we wanted to do a backpack in felt. When we looked at the market we noted that although there are some out there in felt, for the most part they are in dark earth tones and consequently they have a kind heavy look. We decided that the novelty of our design should rest on the materials and in the colors so we kept the design and silhouette very basic and very familiar. In other words, we wanted people to think they knew what they we looking at regarding the shape then let the difference of the colors, texture and lightness surprise them.”BoblbeeAn excellent backpack that stands up to the highest demands for back protectors and gives all the benefits of a versatile backpack. The aerodynamic dome gives extra water protection, and helps airflow,and was specifically developed with motorcycle riders in mind. Oru’s Origami-Inspired Inlet Kayak Will Be the World’s Most Portable Watercraft Editors’ Recommendations 8 Sling Bags That Are More Than Just Man Bags 12 Best Travel Backpacks to Take With You on the Road 9 Best Backpacking Tents for Your Next Adventure, from Budget to Ultralight Backpacking Checklist: 10 Essentials to Bring on Every Adventure
Reacting to the news, Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed sadness and condolences to the Government and people of Japan. The Government of Jamaica has expressed regret at the death of hundreds of persons due to widespread floods and landslides in Japan. “The Government and people of Jamaica extend sincere condolences to the Government and people of Japan following widespread floods and landslides which have led to the tragic loss of so many lives, the dislocation of thousands of persons and severe damage to property.” Story Highlights The Government of Jamaica has expressed regret at the death of hundreds of persons due to widespread floods and landslides in Japan.Reacting to the news, Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed sadness and condolences to the Government and people of Japan.In a note to the Government of Japan, the Prime Minister said:“The Government and people of Jamaica extend sincere condolences to the Government and people of Japan following widespread floods and landslides which have led to the tragic loss of so many lives, the dislocation of thousands of persons and severe damage to property.”The Prime Minister reiterated the need for greater collaboration in combatting climate change and its effects.“Extreme weather events and catastrophic natural hazards of this nature remind us of the need to strengthen our collaborative efforts to combat climate change and its impact. We are confident that the people of Japan will respond with resilience and a sense of community,” said Prime Minister Holness.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness wished the nation a speedy a recovery.“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time, as you engage in the various activities related to assisting the injured and to restoring normalcy. Please accept, Excellency, our best wishes in your on-going efforts at recovery and restoration,” expressed Prime Minister Holness.
zoom The demand situation in the container shipping market is developing a tad slower than what the market had anticipated as the volumes have failed to pick up markedly, BIMCO said in its latest market report.According to BIMCO, global volume growth in Q1 was just 1.8%, nevertheless, things are moving in the right direction and volume growth across the board is seen reflecting the overall positive macroeconomic development.Spot freight rates have hit a six-year low, for this time of the year on the major as well as minor trading lanes out of Shanghai specifically and China; with Shanghai-Korea being the only exception.“The very slow growing demand side combined with a growing supply side has made it extremely difficult for carriers to strike a balance in order to avoid a freight rate meltdown,” BIMCO said.On the US East Coast a peak seen a couple of months ago when the US West Coast imports were jammed, has disappeared now.On the main lane from Shanghai to Europe, a new all-time low freight rate was recorded on the first Friday of June, where a TEU could be sent halfway around the world for just USD 284.On the other hand, there has been increase in charter rates for smaller to medium sized container ships.The 6-12 months’ charter rates currently seen are almost double that of last year’s, BIMCO’s data shows.The fleet of small and medium sized ships has declined considerably since 2009, shrinking by 6% on average since 2½ years ago, and the trend is set to continue due to continuous demolition and scarce contracting.“The demand growth finally seems to have erased the overcapacity for these feeder segments as the supply seems to provide the best explanation behind this radical increase in charter rates,” the report adds.602,000 TEU of newbuilt capacity have been added to the supply side of the container shipping market since January 1st. As demolition activity have only removed 72,000 TEU of containership capacity, the fleet is now 2.9% bigger as compared to the start of the year, according to BIMCO.30 ships with a capacity of 18,000 TEU or more, 12 in the 10,000-11,000 TEU range and 13 in the range of 1,400-4,000 TEU were ordered.“The fleet growth is so biased towards larger ships that the question remains: will there eventually be a gap in the market? Recently, we have only seen a positive effect from this. Perhaps, there is room for these size of ships in the market place after the fleet size has been adjusted downwards due to demolition and no new ships, of that size, being ordered,” BIMCO further said.The overall fleet growth remains on target for the full year at 6.6%.Included to this number BIMCO expects slippage in deliveries to increase for the rest of the year. This is because the market is well supplied with tonnage similar to that being ordered, and the demand side is not performing very well. However, the extent of postponements are possible to achieve for shipowners limited by contractual obligations when they enter into discussions with shipyards.In terms of outlook, until now the rise in charter rates for the small to medium sized container ships have not caused a flurry on newbuilding contracts.Just six ships in the size between 1,000 and 3,000 TEU have been ordered in 2015, against 72 ships of this size ordered in 2014.“If the rates remain high, more orders could easily surface. The stronger US dollar against the euro is expected to grow west – bound volume on the transatlantic trades,” BIMCO adds.The Council believes that the market needs growth in the high volume trades in order to get the market evolution going and create an effective deployment of ultra large containerships as it might cause the idleness that has disappeared from small and medium sized ships to switch to the bigger league.“From that, we learn that the fundamental balance of the smaller sizes has progressed over the past five years and finally brought around improved charter rates. Now it can be argued that it is time for idle larger ships as the overcapacity is clear and present amongst them. Moreover, while idling some of those units we may see the fundamental balance amongst the larger units improve by a scale that higher spot freight rates would be developed too,” BIMCO concluded.Images: WSC
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
PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews were on the scene after, officials said, a car caught fire in Pembroke Pines, Friday night.A 7News viewer sent in video of the burning vehicle at the corner of Northwest Second Street and 108th Avenue.Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene and put out the flames.No one was inside the vehicle.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.