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SHRC asks J&K govt. to give ₹10 lakh as compensation to ‘human shield’

first_imgJammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) chairman Juctice Bilal Nazki on Monday directed the State government to provide ₹10 lakh as compensation to the civilian used as a ‘human shield’ by the Army earlier this year.Also Read Took the step to save local people, says Major Gogoi on Kashmir ‘human shield’ incident  “The State government should provide ₹10 lakh compensation to the victim, Farooq Ahmad Dar,” the SHRC observed.The SHRC, however, refused to direct the Army in the case, saying: “it does not have jurisdiction over the Army.”Mr. Dar was tied to the bonnet of an Army vehicle and taken around through several villages on April 9 in Budgam during the bypoll to the parliamentary seat of Srinagar.The incident elicited sharp reactions from the civil society but the Army backed the Major involved in the case.last_img read more


Lobbying on in Odisha’s Biju Janata Dal for bypolls to three Rajya Sabha Seats

first_imgWith the Election Commission announcing July 5 as the date for conducting bypolls to three Rajya Sabha Seats in Odisha, hectic lobbying was under way in the ruling Biju Janata Dal, headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, sources in the Party said. Among the leaders vying for a Rajya Sabha ticket were: Former Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Patsani, former Berhampur MLA Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik, former bureaucrat Amar Patnaik and former Balasore MP Rabinda Jena, who lost the just-concluded polls. Senior BJD leader Prafulla Ghadai, who was expelled in 2014 and re-inducted in the run-up to the polls, was also one of the hopefuls, the sources said. Mr. Patsani, the former parliamentarian from Bhubaneswar, said, “I was assured a Rajya Sabha Berth after being denied a ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections. I have full faith in the Chief Minister. He will make me a candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls.” Echoing similar sentiments, former legislator Chyau Patnaik also said he has been promised a Rajya Sabha Berth by the BJD president. The Seats fell vacant after the sitting BJD MPs resigned from their membership in the wake of their election to the Lok Sabha and the State Assembly. “Altogether, four Upper House Seats in the State have fallen vacant, following the resignation of MPs Achyuta Samanta, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, P.K. Deb and Anubhav Mohanty, but the EC issued notices for three,” an official at the Assembly secretariat said. There will be no election in fourth Seat, vacated by Mr. Mohanty, as its tenure was about to end in a year, he added. While Mr. Samanta and Mr.Mohanty have been elected to Lok Sabha from Kandhamal and Kendrapara parliamentary seats respectively, Mr. Patnaik and Mr. Deb won the Assembly polls from Khandapada and Aul constituencies. All three vacant Seats are likely to be retained by the BJD, keeping in view the number of Seats the regional party has bagged in the recently held Assembly elections. The Naveen Patnaik-led Party has 111 MLAs in the 147-member House, while the BJP has 23 legislators, the Congress nine and the CPI(M) and an Independent one each. Two Assembly Seats – Patkura and Bijepur – remained vacant where polling will be held later. As one candidate in the Rajya Sabha bypoll would require the support of 38 MLAs to win, the BJD has adequate strength to secure all three Seats, the Party sources added.last_img read more


Premier League 2019 Chelsea vs Newcastle United Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast, Timings in India, Team News

first_imgChelsea will be back in action when they take on Newcastle United in the upcoming Premier League encounter on Saturday (October 19) at the Stamford Bridge in London. The Premier League 2019 Chelsea vs Newcastle United game is scheduled to start at 7:30 PM. Newcastle are in 16th place in the Premier League with just eight points from eight games but have momentum on their side after their win over Manchester United. Meanwhile, Chelsea are fifth in the standings after eight games.Chelsea come ino the game without their midfielder N’Golo Kante, who has suffered a groin injury on international duty. Criticizing France coach Didier Deschamps on Kante’s injury, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said, “We didn’t get him back until after the second game and he’s not fit for Saturday. After the first game when he pulled out, he then had a fitness test the day before the second game, it was clear that he couldn’t play. He then sat on the bench on the evening of the game, so that’s not communication.” Joining the injury list is centre back Andreas Christensen, who injured his hamstring and won’t be available for next two weeks.Premier League 2019 Chelsea line-up vs Newcastle United: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Tomori, Zouma, Alonso; Barkley, Jorginho, Mount; Willian, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi.Premier League 2019 Newcastle United line-up vs Chelsea:Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Clark, Willems; Almiron, S.Longstaff, M.Longstaff, Saint-Maximin; JoelintonWhere to watch Premier League 2019 Chelsea vs Newcastle United match live in India (TV channels)?Chelsea will host Newcastle United at 07:30 PM on Saturday The EPL 2019 Chelsea vs Newcastle United match will be played at the Stamford Bridge, London. The Premier League Chelsea vs Newcastle United game live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD1 channels in India.How and where to watch online PL 2019 Chelsea vs Newcastle United match live streaming?Chelsea vs Newcastle United live stream will be available on Hotstar app and website in India for premium users. chelseaNewcastle UnitedPLPL 2019 First Published: October 19, 2019, 12:49 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more



first_imgAfter receiving the award, Ashwin said he always strove After receiving the award, Ashwin said he always strove to improve every day and would even like to bowl a full quota of maiden overs in a T20 game in the future. “The IPL gave me the opportunity to showcase my skills. I picked up off spin at 17 which was quite late, I feel, but it was first class cricket that enabled me to keep getting better,” he said.”I strive to keep better and one day I want to bowl four maiden overs in a T20 game,” he added.He also said he wants to perform well as a batsman whenever given a chance. “I would like to take it with both hands whenever given the chance,” said the off-spinner.Sharma said the number of Tests that India were to play in the coming season would help them concentrate on this traditional format.”A lot of Test cricket is coming up and preparation for one format of the game will help us,” said the classy stroke-player, who hit three centuries in ODIs in the period for which the awards were given.”The year 2015-16 has been a good year for us. As you saw we won a Test series in Sri Lanka after a long gap and we won the Test series at home against South Africa.”We did well in the World T20 Championship although we lost to the West Indies (in the semis). They deserved to be champions as they played well throughout the tournament,” Sharma said.advertisementRahane was given the special award for becoming the fifth Indian to score a century in each inning of a Test match. He did it in the Delhi Test match against South Africa. PTI SSR NRB NP PDS PDSlast_img read more


TVS Racing supports Alisha Abdullah Racing Academy for Women

first_imgChennai, Jun 3 (PTI) TVS Racing today announced collaboration with the Alisha Abdullah Racing Academy for Women, a training school for women racers, and will support the academy with the racing bikes and technical expertise. The academy has shortlisted 18 women riders who will race exclusively for TVS Racing Team in the first year. The first batch of 18 students at the academy has been selected from 80 entries after clearing rigorous tests. These riders are now being trained to improve physical fitness and hone their racing skills. “We are proud to be associated with TVS Racing as it is India?s most professional two-wheeler racing team with the best motorbikes and trainers. This association will help the academy develop the best talent among women racers as they get exclusive access to best in class machines, racers and technology,”Alisha Abdullah, founder of the academy said. Arvind Pangaonkar, Head – TVS Racing Team said, “TVS Racing is strongly committed to promote two-wheeler racing in India and generate interest and improve support for the sport in India. We make continuous efforts to take the sport to as many sections of the society as possible and create the ultimate machine and promote the riders for these machines.” PTI AT ATlast_img read more


‘Injured’ Zaheer Khan to miss tie against Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgDelhi Daredevils skipper Zaheer Khan is all set to miss Tuesday’s Indian Premier League ( IPL) clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad due to a hamstring injury.The 38-year-old sustained the hamstring strain during Delhi’s seven-wicket defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on Friday.In his absence, Karun Nair will lead the team against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in the national capital.”He will be monitored as we go along. Karun Nair will continue to be the stand in captain for tomorrow’s game,” said a Delhi Daredevils statement.Zaheer has notched up a total of seven wickets from seven matches.Delhi Daredevils are currently standing on the bottom of the table, having registered only two wins from eight matches they played so far.last_img read more


Time is right for women’s IPL, says Mithali Raj post World Cup heartbreak

first_imgFollowing India’s heart-wrenching defeat against England in the ICC Women’s World Cup final, skipper Mithali Raj has asserted that now is the right time to “create the base” for a female equivalent of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as it would help the players gain some valuable experience and improve their own game.Chasing 229 for victory on Sunday, the Women in Blue looked all set to clinch their maiden Women’s World Cup title at Lord’s, the home of cricket.However, the Mithali Raj-led side lost their last seven wickets for just 28 runs to be bowled out for 219 with eight balls to spare and eventually lose the match by nine runs.Anya Shrubsole did the damage as she picked up six wickets for 46 runs to turn the match in England’s favour.Shrubsole took her last five wickets while conceding only 11 runs over 19 deliveries to swing the match decisively.Raj, however, put down India’s 9-run loss to nervousness and lack of experience in finishing close games.”Everybody was very nervous and I think that resulted in our defeat,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Raj as saying after the match. “The girls are sad because they have given it their all. Its natural and it will take time. These girls have set the platform. They have opened a lot of channels for women’s cricket. They should be proud.”Raj, the all-time leading run-scorer in women’s one-day internationals, said as a captain she was very proud.”As a captain I am very proud. I have seen the changes the girls have made. I’ve seen the transition. The team still looks very confident they will be a team that other teams will be looking out for. That’s what I’m proud of,” she said.advertisement”We started off well. We had a few matches in which we were defeated and we came back stronger. Unlike 2005, this went to the end. The girls gave their best,” she added.The 36-year-old said that the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), in which Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur have played, has helped the two immensely and called for more such leagues to provide exposure and experience to other women cricketers as well.”The WBBL has given exposure to the two girls who have played [Smriti Mandhana and Kaur]. If more girls participate in such leagues, it will give them experience and help them to improve their own game,” she said.”If you ask me they should have IPL because now is the right time to create that base. Women’s cricket is everywhere and they have put up a much better standard than the last World Cup,” she added.last_img read more


Thilan Samaraweera appointed new batting coach of Sri Lanka

first_imgSri Lanka cricket (SLC) on Sunday appointed former batsman Thilan Samaraweera as new batting coach to lead the team to the 2019 World Cup.The move was confirmed by SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala and is expected to be rubber-stamped on Monday, when announced coach Samaraweera arrives Sri Lanka, reports ESPNcricinfo.Samaraweera will face his first test on the Lions’ upcoming tour to India where they will play three Tests, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals against the Men in Blue.Coaching would not be new for the 41-year-old as he has been a batting consultant for national outfits of Bangladesh and Australia for a brief period.Samaraweera started his career as an off-spinner.He managed a handful of ODI games in 1998, but did not play Test cricket until August 2001. Having worked on his batting considerably he got due reward by scoring century on debut against a strong Indian side helping Sri Lanka to win the series 2-1.He also shares a record-breaking partnership of 437 with Mahela Jayawardene.The right-handed batsman has played in 81 Tests, scoring 5,462 runs and amassed 862 runs in 53 ODIs.Samaraweera retired from all forms of the game in 2013.last_img read more


Coughlin Rips His “Pathetic” Giants

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Tom Coughlin has had enough with the New York Giants’ offense, and he didn’t pull any punches.“Pathetic” was the word Coughlin used after the Giants (5-9) were limited to 181 total yards by the NFL’s top-ranked defense in a 23-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks (12-2) Sunday.Eli Manning threw a career-high five interceptions in pushing his pick total to 25 — tying his career high —and New York didn’t cross into Seattle territory until midway the fourth quarter.What made the loss so bitter for the 67-year-old Coughlin was that he wanted his team to bounce back after being eliminated from playoff contention last weekend for the fourth time in five years.His defense and special teams were outstanding. The offense struggled in guaranteeing the Giants’ first losing season since 2004, Coughlin’s first season.“Offensively, there is no way to sugarcoat it, it was a pathetic offensive performance,” Coughlin said. “We didn’t block anybody. We didn’t make any plays. We didn’t create any opportunity for ourselves. I told the players that prepared that I appreciated what they did. I told those that are obvious that they had not, and I felt sorry for them because they are missing the whole thing.”Coughlin apologized to his players after the game in taking the blame, but they interrupted him and told him it was their fault.Manning and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride will take the heat, but they had plenty of help from the line and the receivers.The play that summed up the day for New York was a fourth-quarter interception by Earl Thomas. Manning threw a fade to Hakeem Nicks and he was out jumped by Richard Sherman and Thomas caught the tipped ball.It was a chance for an offensive player to go up and make a play and he failed. That’s been the case the past two weeks as New York has scored 14 points.“It’s not fun when you get down like that and you get beat and you can’t get anything going on offense, and you have interceptions and bad plays,” said Manning, who finished 18 of 31 for 156 yards and 31.9 quarterback rating. “That’s not enjoyable and tough to deal with.”Making the day even worse, the Giants lost top receiver Victor Cruz to a concussion in the fourth quarter. Cruz is 2 yards short of his third straight 1,000-yard season.Seattle dominated this one.Sherman and Byron Maxwell had two interceptions apiece, Marshawn Lynch scored on a twisting, triple-effort 2-yard run, and Steven Hauschka kicked three field goals.Russell Wilson toyed with New York’s defense, running for 50 yards and throwing for 206 and a touchdown before sitting out the last few minutes.The Seahawks are closing in on the NFC West title and their best overall record; they went 13-3 in 2005 before losing to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.This season’s Super Bowl will be played at MetLife Stadium and unless they collapse in their final two games at home, where they are undefeated, the Seahawks will be the NFC favorite to reach the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold weather city.It was Seattle’s first shutout since a 58-0 romp over Arizona on Dec. 9 last year. The Giants lost 38-0 to Carolina in Week 3.“It’s great to have a win and a shutout,” Thomas said. “It’s our best game all year. Now, we’ll keep this tunnel-vision that we have, keep this chip on our shoulder, keep this feeling like we lost.”Hauschka, who is clutch from long distance (14 for 15 from beyond 40 yards), made 49- and 44-yarders, plus a 24-yard field goal.Sherman’s first pick led to Lynch’s brilliant short run for a 10-0 lead. Lynch seemed to be going down several times, but went into full Beast Mode to power into the end zone.Hauschka’s 44-yarder made it 13-0 at halftime, then Sherman got his sixth interception of the season.Maxwell’s second pick led to Wilson’s 12-yard TD pass to Doug Baldwin, the 17th touchdown New York has yielded off a turnover.Lynch actually was most effective as a receiver with six catches for 73 yards. He rushed for 47.(Tom Canavan, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


What Dabo Swinney Has Said About His Players Playing Intramural Basketball

first_img “Hey, it is what it is, you know. These guys need to be kids, too,” Swinney said. “They’re just having fun and enjoying being college people and doing what college kids do.”Swinney added that intramural basketball is a huge deal right now for the football team with veteran players recruiting newcomers to join them.There are several different teams, but one in particular with Justyn Ross, Tee Higgins, Diondre Overton and others stands out.“These recruits, nobody really cares what they can do on the football field. What they really care about, what they’re really excited about, is who they’re going to put on their intramural basketball team,” Swinney said. “It’s a lot of fun to see that group. … But it’s a big deal around here. It’s a big deal.”The Trevor Lawrence situation isn’t the only basketball-related issue for Dabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers in recent days either.Four-star signee Bryton Constantin is set to have an MRI on his knee after an injury suffered during a high school basketball game. There is a concern that he may have a torn ACL.We’ll see if Swinney changes his tune at all given these recent incidents. So far, he has been quiet on all accounts.[The State] Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Earlier this week, video surfaced of Clemson superstar quarterback Trevor Lawrence shoving an opponent during an intramural basketball game. The video sparked a few debates over Lawrence’s conduct, and whether such a high-caliber football prospect should be playing in intramural hoops at all.So far, Dabo Swinney hasn’t issued a statement about his quarterback’s conduct. It seems pretty unlikely that there will be any discipline, though I’m sure its been addressed in private.He has, however, recently discussed how he feels about his Tigers playing intramural hoops in general. While some coaches probably wouldn’t be thrilled with his guys playing, Swinney is publicly supportive of it.He argues that it helps the team bond, especially as new players enter the fold. From The State:last_img read more


Navig8 Taps into OTC Market

first_imgzoom STX Jinhae shipyard, South KoreaNavig8 has turned to Norway’s over-the-counter (OTC) market to bankroll a new order of four chemical tanker newbuildings at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding.The company managed to raise USD 110 million to support the order, but would not comment on the equity raise source, stating that it is a ”private placement”.However, rumour has it that Navig8 Chemical Tankers made the first deal on Oslo’s OTC exchange.The new equity will partly fund the four 49,000-dwt, IMO type II chemical tankers to be built at STX, as well as its existing orderbook for eight 25,000-dwt units at Japan’s Kitanihon Shipbuilding Co and Fukuoka Shipbuilding Co, and 18 vessels of 37,000 dwt at Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD),  according to Navig8 Chief Executive Nicolas Busch.The latest order stipulates four USD 40m firm vessels to be built by STX, with four additional options.According to Navig8 the deliveries are scheduled for 2016.Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc, a joint venture between private equity fund Oaktree Capital Management and Navig8 Group, has 30 ECO chemical newbuilds under construction in Korea and Japan. World Maritime News Staff; August 12, 2014last_img read more


Star Bulk Puts a Price on Its Common Shares

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk shipping company Star Bulk Carriers has priced its underwritten public offering of over 11.9 million of its common shares at a price of USD 4.30 per share, in an effort to raise up to USD 51.5 million of fresh funds.The company expects the offering to close on September 20, 2016, subject to customary conditions.The net proceeds from the offering would be used for general corporate purposes, Star Bulk said.Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., Caspian Capital LP and the Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk, the company’s three significant shareholders, are expected to purchase some 7.7 million of the common shares in the offering.Star Bulk said that, on an as-adjusted basis, giving effect to this offering, Oaktree, Caspian and the Pappas Affiliates, will beneficially own 51.8%, 6.6% and 5.8%, respectively, of its outstanding common shares.Citigroup, Clarksons Platou Securities, Deutsche Bank Securities and DNB Markets are acting as book-running managers for the offering.The pricing was made as Star Bulk entered into a restructuring agreement with all 15 of its lenders under which some USD 223.9 million in debt principal repayments would be postponed until June 30, 2018.The agreement is expected to help the company“successfully weather current market conditions even if they were to last well into 2019,” and positions Star Bulk Carriers to take advantage of a subsequent market upturn, Pappas earlier said.last_img read more


Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain – The crisis over Catalonia’s quest for independence escalated Thursday, as Spain’s central government prepared the unprecedented step of stripping the wealthy region of some of its self-governing powers after its leader refused to abandon secession.In his latest display of brinkmanship, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont sent a letter to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy just minutes before a deadline set by Madrid for him to backtrack on his calls to secede.Puigdemont didn’t back down, however, and threatened to go ahead with a unilateral proclamation of independence if the government refuses to negotiate.“If the State Government persists in blocking dialogue and the repression continues, the Parliament of Catalonia will proceed, if deemed appropriate, to vote on the formal declaration of independence,” Puigdemont’s letter said in an English translation provided by the Catalan regional government.Spain’s government responded by calling a special Cabinet session for Saturday when it will set in motion Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution. That article allows for central authorities to take over all or some of the powers of any of the country’s 17 autonomous regions.Regarded as the “nuclear option,” such a punitive measure takes the standoff to another level. It probably will trigger outrage in Catalonia and could backfire by fostering sympathy for the independence movement, which polls suggest is supported only by about half of Catalans.With a mood of defiance hardening in the Catalan capital of Barcelona and the Madrid-based government adamant that the constitution doesn’t allow for the breakup of Spain, there seems to be no end in sight for one of Europe’s long-simmering disputes.The standoff has intensified since Oct. 1, when Catalan authorities held an independence referendum that Spain’s constitutional Court declared illegal. The national government sent thousands of police to enforce a court order disallowing the balloting, bringing violent clashes that further soured relations.The dispute is increasingly encroaching on the European Union’s political agenda. Catalonia wasn’t officially to be discussed at an EU summit starting Thursday in Brussels, but leaders offered their views. French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated his recent support for Rajoy, saying that the summit would be “marked by a message of unity around member states amid the crises they could face, unity around Spain.”European Council President Donald Tusk ruled out any EU role in the dispute, telling reporters on the sidelines of the summit that “there is no room, no space for any kind of mediation, or international initiatives or action.”While polls indicate that Catalonia’s 7.5 million residents are roughly divided over independence, an overwhelming majority wants to settle the issue in a binding legal referendum. Many Catalans have long stressed the region’s differences from the rest of Spain. The latest surge for independence began in 2010, when the constitutional Court struck down key parts of a groundbreaking charter that would have granted greater autonomy for Catalonia and recognized it as a nation within Spain.Article 155 has never been used in the four decades since democracy was restored after the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco. The article leaves it up to the national government to decide what specific measures to take. Officials say Madrid will almost certainly seize control of Catalonia’s regional police to ensure law and order is maintained, along with tightening its grip on the region’s finances.Other measures being mulled are removing Puigdemont’s presidential powers, rescinding regional control over education and schools, calling fresh elections that would dissolve the regional parliament, and taking control of public media that are seen as mouthpieces for Catalonia’s pro-independence ruling coalition.Puigdemont claims the referendum gave him a mandate to declare independence. His government says more than 40 per cent of 5.5 million eligible voters cast ballots, with most favouring independence.So far, however, Puigdemont has only called for negotiations with Spain and international mediators.Andrew Dowling, an expert in Catalan history at Cardiff University in Wales, said any declaration of independence in the Catalan parliament would be merely symbolic without border and institutional controls.Such a unilateral declaration “will see (a) fracture between hard-liners and the pragmatic people in Catalonia, who are already seeing economic fallout,” Dowling said.Spain’s Association of Commercial Registers said Thursday that 971 companies, including Catalan banks, multinationals and midsized businesses, have moved their registered addresses out of the troubled region because of concerns about its future.___Giles reported from Madrid. Associated Press writers Frank Griffiths in London, Lorne Cook in Brussels and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.last_img read more


Qatar Appoints New Ambassador Extraordinary to Morocco

Rabat – The Qatari state-owned news agency QNA has announced that the emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has appointed Fahd Ibrahim Al Hamad Al Mana as the new ambassador extraordinary to Morocco.Al Mana had served as the head of the Qatari mission in Argentina since 2013. He also worked at the Qatari embassy in Rabat in 1989-1992.Al Mana holds a master’s degree from the National School of Public Administration in Morocco. سمو أمير البلاد المفدى يصدر القرار الأميري رقم / 21 / لسنة 2019 بتعيين السيد فهد إبراهيم الحمد المانع، سفيراً فوق العادة مفوضاً لدى المملكة المغربية.#قنا— وكالة الأنباء القطرية (@QatarNewsAgency) April 29, 2019Al Mana served in the Ministry of Public Health from 1983 to 1987, and at the  Department of International Organizations and Conferences from 1987 to 1988. He also Served in the Qatari Directorate of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1997.The appointment followed a meeting between Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani  and Qatari Attorney General Ali Bin Fetais Al Marri, during which both officials discussed how to forge more solid bilateral cooperation last week.Previously, Abdulla Fallah Abdulla Al Dossari, appointed in 2013, served as the Qatari ambassador in Morocco.Qatar and Morocco maintain strong diplomatic ties because the Gulf country holds special respect for the North African country, which maintained relations during Qatar’s Gulf crisis with the Saudi coalition.Qatar highly appreciated Morocco’s neutrality in the Gulf crisis when the Saudi coalition enforced a hard blockade on it in 2017. read more


Colombo District Secretariat was set on fire

The more than 100 year old Colombo District Secretariat building located at Dam Street was extensively damaged due to the fire late last month. The government analyst   report has revealed that the fire at the Colombo District Secretariat building (Kachcheri) last month was not from an accident.According to the police media unit, the report says the building may have been set on fire.


Calgary sex shops expect sales bump after film release of 50 Shades

Calgary sex shops expect sales bump after film release of 50 Shades of Grey by News Staff Posted Feb 14, 2015 4:18 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Move over chocolates and flowers; whips, handcuffs and gags were pegged as the hot selling Valentines items in Calgary this year.Susan Naylen, co-owner of A Little More Interesting, in Calgary, said the sales bums is thanks to the theatre release of the film adaptation of ’50 Shades of Grey’ “Oh for sure, the film does change what people are asking for, sometimes they’ll come in and drop, like, $500 worth of heavy gear and we take a step back and go ‘no, we don’t need to start it there.’ We pull them back to something simpler, something they can do successfully. Our store is focused on education so we want you to have a great sex life,” Naylen said.She tells 660News that couples have always talked about BDSM, but this film gives them the chance to openly talk about it and get advice.A Little More Interesting always sees a spike in Valentine’s sales, but with the release of the 50 Shades of Grey book, sales jumped by 300 per cent. read more


WATCH 14yearold Guan gives classy interview after controversial onestroke penalty

first_img 10 things in tech you need to know today See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change TIANLANG GUAN SAID he took so long to hit his second shot on the 17th hole because the wind switched directions and he had to change clubs.Guan was given a one-stroke penalty — the first penalty for slow play in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since 1995 — and he nearly missed the cut because of it.But he was incredibly humble in his post-match interview with ESPN. He said he respected the decision and that it won’t take away from his overall experience.Here’s the Q&A (conducted when it was still unknown whether he had made the cut), and the video below:ESPN: What happened on 17?Guan: I played a pretty good round today I think. On 17 I just got my second bad time because today’s weather is not that good, the wind switches a lot, so I just had to change my club. So it was over 50 seconds.ESPN: What did you know about the rule before you played today?Guan: I know the rules pretty good. But I think my routine is pretty good too. Just the wind switching, so the weather wasn’t that good today. …ESPN: Do you think you deserved a stroke penalty?Guan: I respect the decision. This is what they can do.ESPN: If you were to miss the cut by a single shot, how might it shape your Masters experience?Guan: It’s still a wonderful experience for me. I enjoy this week so far and I think I did a pretty good job.Considering English is this guy’s second language, it’s a pretty remarkable and smart interview.Here’s the video:YouTube credit: ESPNTiger Woods could be disqualified from Masters>Jason Day leads Masters as Woods falters>last_img read more


Childline is at breaking point as donations continue to plummet

first_imgCHILDLINE HAS HIT ‘breaking point’ as charitable donations continue to decline, prompting fears for its future.The 24-hour support service for children, run by the Irish Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC), receives up to 1,800 calls and messages everyday.Already, as many as 1 in 3 calls go unanswered.Recent controversies in the charitable sector has resulted in a significant decline in the amount of funding the ISPCC has received from the public and also the corporate sector.Volunteers even claim to have been verbally abused while fundraising.“I have seen first-hand the difference in how some people treat me when I am trying to raise money,” Monica, a volunteer with the ISPCC, said.“I have been shouted at, argued with and most often ignored.”The charity is now struggling under the weight of this, and has sparked fears that some services may need to be curtailed.“Be in no doubt that the ISPCC is at breaking point and cannot continue to provide vital nationwide 24-hour support if the current trend continues,” Ashley Balbirnie, Chief Executive of the ISPCC said. “This will leave a huge vacuum for vulnerable children in Ireland… They will quite simply have nowhere to turn and these children who are brave enough to call Childline should not be casualties of a controversy they played no part in.”Surveys of charities have shown that donations have fallen dramatic in recent weeks in the wake of controversies at the Central Remedical Clinic and Rehab Group.ISPCC: Four-year sentence for mother reminder that child abuse occurs nationwide >last_img read more


Garda used internal Pulse computer system to snoop on new girlfriend

first_img 38,952 Views A GARDA WHO went snooping for personal details on a new girlfriend on the Garda Pulse computer system received one of 75 sanctions imposed on gardai by the Garda authorities last year.In the case, the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) investigated the woman’s claims that her ex-partner had accessed her personal details through Pulse.According to the Gsoc Annual Report for 2016 and in the case, the woman told Gsoc that the garda had told her he had looked her up on the system when they had first started dating. An examination of the Pulse system showed that the garda had accessed the woman’s details.Gsoc carried on a non-criminal investigation into the claim and the garda involved was interviewed and admitted accessing his former partner’s details and that it was not in an official capacity.According to Gsoc, the garda concerned was found to be in breach of discipline and sanctioned.In another case, two gardaí were sanctioned by their superiors for the manner in which they investigated allegations that a teenager had been sexually assaulted by an adult neighbour.In the case, the teen’s parents complained to Gsoc that the Garda investigation was unnecessarily delayed, resulting in loss of evidence, and that vital witnesses were not interviewed.A Garda superintendent investigated the parents’ complaints and was supervised by a Gsoc officer.The superintendent’s recommendations were endorsed by Gsoc and two of the six gardaí investigated were found to be in breach of the Garda (Discipline) Regulations 2007 and were sanctioned.Of the 75 sanctions imposed on gardai, the total included:22 fines30 instances of ‘advice’ issued11 cautions issued9 warnings3 reprimands.The report confirms that Gsoc referred a further 13 cases to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to decide if a prosecution should take place or not.In total last year, Gsoc finalised 1,706 complaints involving 3,839 allegations. However, in respect of 1,850 allegations, the cases were discontinued where further investigation was not necessary or reasonably practicable.In respect of a further 524 allegations, no breach of discipline was identified while the allegations were withdrawn in relation to a further 154 allegations while no misbehaviour in the criminal investigation by Gsoc of 33 allegations was identified.In 2016, Gsoc received 1,758 complaints containing 3,768 allegations – a 12% decrease on the numbers of complaints received in 2015.The types of allegations were similar to previous years, with about one-third related to abuse of authority and one-third to neglect of duty.In the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR), the West and South Central Divisions had the highest numbers of allegations, while outside the DMR, Galway and Cork City were the Garda Divisions with the highest numbers of allegations.The report states: “It is important to note that it follows that there is likely to be a higher number of complaints from larger, or busier, Divisions.”At the start of 2016, Gsoc had four Protected Disclosure (PD) cases on hand and over the course of the year received an additional seven PDs.The report states: “We expect this trend to continue into 2017. To this end, the Ombudsman Commission engaged with the Minister for Justice during the year about the need to commit additional resources to this important function, in order to deliver on it more effectively.” Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share425 Tweet Email1 Jun 8th 2017, 6:10 AM 75 Comments By Gordon Deegan Image: Shutterstock/Ahmet 3A Garda used internal Pulse computer system to snoop on new girlfriend The abuse of the Garda information system was one case outlined in the Gsoc review of 2016 complaints. Image: Shutterstock/Ahmet 3A Thursday 8 Jun 2017, 6:10 AMlast_img read more


Snowtown bank and house for sale

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The house that has the infamous Snowtown bank attached, is going up for sale on eBay.It’s being touted as a good family home, even though police discovered eight mutilated bodies in barrels inside the vault of the bank in 1999. Nigel Christie, sales director of Hale Real Estate in SA, said he would mention it’s past in line with eBay police on murder memorabilia but that buyers should contact him for more information. Mr Christie says the house is the ideal family home in a quiet rural town in South Australia. “It would be ideal as an investment, because you could rent out the business premises plus the home,” he said.Mr Christie said the house will be on Ebay for a 30-day auction. He said he had been told the property would also make an ideal bed and breakfast business, with a “come and stay here if you dare” theme. The property will also be advertised locally, with open inspection times yet to be confirmed.James Vlassakis along with his mother and half-brother, was involved in helping with the Snowtown murders and would later become the Crown’s star witness in the trials. last_img read more