The vehicle of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth president Waheed Parra came under fire from unknown gunmen in central Kashmir’s Budgam on Sunday evening. He escaped unhurt in the attack.“I had gone to condole the death of my personnel security officer’s mother at Handjan village in Budgam on Monday evening. As we moved out of the village, unknown men opened fire at my bullet vehicle from an orchard, which we mistook as stones initially. One we realised we are fired upon, we sped away from the area to save our lives,” Mr. Parra told The Hindu.The police have registered a case.Security beefed up A red alert has been sounded across the Kashmir valley ahead of the Independence Day. The main venue for the I-Day function haD been sealed for the commoners.Sharp shooters atop several buildings near the Srinagar venue haD been deployed to ward off any attempt by the militants to barge into the venue.According to a police advisory, militants may tried to disrupt the Independence Day celebrations in the Valley.Scuffle at Lal ChowkMeanwhile, a scuffle broke out at Srinagar’s commercial hub Lal Chowk when a group of people tried to unfurl the tri-colour.An official said three non-locals attempted to hoist the tricolour near the Clock Tower. However, many people nearby tried to thrash them.A police official said a case had been registered against the miscreants who tried to disrupt the political activity in the area.
Sachin Tendulkar feels India should look to exploit the massive support they are certain to receive at the Eden Gardens in Saturday’s crunch ICC World Twenty20 game against arch-rivals Pakistan. (Full World T20 Coverage )The subcontinental giants will meet at Kolkata’s iconic stadium after the match had to be shifted from Dharamsala because of Pakistan’s security fears.Tendulkar said Kolkata has always been special as the crowd rallies behind the team. After a shock defeat against Pakistan, that is something the Indian players could do with.”India should take advantage of the Eden crowd,” Tendulkar told Sports Today in an exclusive interview. “Kolkata has always been special because they have always been behind the team. But once you get absorbed in the match, you forget about the crowd.” (Afridi stars in Pakistan’s 55-run win vs Bangladesh )Tendulkar also reckoned that India’s all-win record against Pakistan in World Cups could work for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men in the lead-up to the high-profile match. Pakistan have never won against India in six World Cup matches (1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015). They have also come out second best in three World T20 encounters (two in 2007 and once in 2014). “India will be thinking “we can go beat Pakistan again.” Pakistan will be thinking “not again,” This mindset will go in our favour before the game starts. Once the game starts, the thinking changes,” Tendulkar said.”We have been able to win all the World Cup games. It will be a big occasion,” he said.However, Tendulkar remind India to not take things for granted and stressed on the importance of following the due processes. In other words, Tendulkar wanted India to guard against complacency despite their sensational record in World Cups.advertisement”You can’t take things for granted. It is important to stay on your toes and follow the process, then the results will follow. India know how to approach the big games. They have some terrific players, who don’t take things for granted.,” Tendulkar said.The Master Blaster said India vs Pakistan games were all about absorbing pressure and executing the plans under pressure to perfection. He said India are blessed with a skipper, who had these attributes.”Dhoni’s strength has always been to absorb pressure. He is alert. He takes decisions and his awareness is very good.”Tendulkar said he could not comment on Shahid Afridi the captain but said he was the kind of player who was always in the opposition’s face. “Afridi a terrific fighter. He is very aggressive and that has worked for him. I haven’t played against Afridi when he was captain of Pakistan so it won’t be fair to comment on his captaincy.”But I like what I have seen of him as a player. He is always in your face and wants to win.”Tendulkar also had a word of praise for Mohammad Amir and said he has been bowling brilliantly upon his return to international cricket following a five-year ban. The former India captain said the first over would be critical against him and said that once the runs started coming in Kolkata, it was difficult to contain the batsmen.
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Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Philippine volleyball national team at the Super Cup. PSL PHOTOMANILA, Philippines– The Philippine team played the kind of game expected of it, shutting the lights off PSL Sparkle, 25-12, 25-18, 25-18, Thursday night to remain unbeaten in the Philippine Superliga Super Cup at FilOil Flying V Center.The national team, sharpening its weapons for the coming Southeast Asian Games, was never threatened in the match against PSL Sparkle — one of two team selections tapped for the week-long tournament.ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? ‘The problem is I’m Italian’: Balotelli spurs racism debate Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think our biggest improvement was communications because of the time we spent together training outside the country,” said Molina in Filipino.Laure said: “We are jelling very well now in every situation especially in our floor defense.”But Molina said they still have a lot to work on with such a little time.“Hopefully against University of Tsukuba we can work on them and sustain our level of play,” Molina added.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ But the toughest test will be on Friday when the Nationals face fellow unbeaten University of Tsukuba, the Japanese inter-collegiate champion.Top hitter Kalei Mau didn’t suit up for the Nationals as she was suffering from whiplash. But she is expected to see action against the youthful Japanese squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDespite the presence of national pool setter Alohi Robins-Hardy in the PSL Sparkle side, the Philippine team was able to control the PSL Sparkle’s offense while unleashing its own weapons.Ces Molina exploded with 17 points, while rookie Eya Laure helped up with 12 markers for the Nationals. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES
AB de Villiers was clearly a dejected man after South Africa were knocked out of the ICC Champions Trophy by India on Sunday. Fighting for a place in the semi-finals, India defeated South Africa by eight wickets at the Oval to confirm their spot in the final four.Put into bat first Indian bowlers bowled tight lines and bundled out South Africa for a paltry 191 in 44.3 overs. In reply, India rode on 128-run stand between Shikhar Dhawan (78) and Virat Kohli (76 not out) for the second wicket to sail into the semi-finals.”Not an ideal way to finish. Very disappointing. credit to them in those first 15-20 overs in the field. They had great intensity, they didn’t miss the mark very often,” De Villiers said at the post match presentation ceremony.South Africa were off to a slow start scoring only 35 runs in the first 10 overs but they had solid partnerships before a flurry of run-outs hurt them big time.”They had great intensity, they didn’t miss the mark very often. They put pressure on us, going at 3 and half or 4 an over. That’s not the way we usually bat. We got something going until those run-outs that cost us dearly today. We never got going. We were hoping to play a better game of cricket today,” he added.The South Africa skipper also praised the India bowlers for bowling superbly. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up two wickets each while Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya got one apiece.advertisement”They bowled pretty well. They didn’t miss the mark a lot. We were completely outplayed today. We had a lot of soft dismissals,” he said.India, in all likelihood, play Bangladesh in the second semi-final on June 15 in Birmingham.
Rohit Sharma is well and truly the ‘Hitman’. Three One-Day International double centuries is no mean feat and having achieved that, the nickname truly resonates with the India vice-captain for limited-overs.Rohit became the only batsman to score three ODI double hundreds with his 208 not out in Mohali against Sri Lanka and then became the only Indian to score two T20 Internationals centuries with 118 against the islanders in Indore on December 22. In fact, the hundred on Friday was the joint-fastest in T20 Internationals.With Rohit racking up the runs, ‘Hitman’ rang even louder in all corners of the country.WATCH VIDEORohit, in an exclusive interview with India Today’s Boria Majumdar, expressed his fondness for the name and shared the man behind its origination and its popularity.”I like it. It is unusual. It happened in 2013 when I was playing against Australia in Bangalore.”Ravi bhai (Shastri) was commenting and there is a guy called PD in the crew, he said after the game that ‘you played like a Hitman’. Because my name is Ro-‘Hit’. Ravi was standing there, heard it and said it during commentary. I think it caught up like that,” Rohit said.Rohit hit his first double hundred in 2013 against Australia — a mammoth 209 off 158 deliveries.That was another match at home and Rohit was involved in another big partnership with Shikhar Dhawan. And then disaster struck when a mix-up between Rohit and Virat Kohli saw the latter depart for a duck. However, Rohit tore into the Australian attack and smashed 12 fours and 16 sixes to finish with 209 off 158 balls. India piled up 383/6 and Australia fell short by 57 runs.advertisementEver since that first double century, Rohit’s acceleration post the first hundred has only got better.Rohit was the stand-in captain for India in the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka with regular captain Virat Kohli taking a break ahead of the all-important South Africa series.India are set to leave for South Africa on December 27 for a three Tests, six ODIs and three T20s. The first Test will take place in Cape Town, starting January 5.India have never won a series in South Africa and this Indian unit has the chance to create history.There has been a lot of talk about how the next 18 months, which India will spend overseas, will define this team and Kohli’s captaincy adding that all the success this unit has had, has been at home.Rohit agreed that the South Africa series is extremely crucial and that been on the mind of the entire team but added that home success also does not come easy.”I understand that we played at home but you have to beat the opposition in any case. You have to play good cricket, better cricket than the opposition to beat them. We have to execute the same thing that we do here, but in a different way. You have to play the shots and bowl in the right areas to get the wickets. The basics remain the same.”The mental adjustment, playing on fast and bouncy pitches (in South Africa is to be worked upon). South Africa will be a big challenge, they are a tough side to beat in their own conditions. They haven’t played in some time though and even some of their key players are missing, so it can be easier,” Rohit assessed.India are going to South Africa with a pace-bowling unit of six bowlers. Crucial to success in South Africa, India put a lot of focus and effort into developing the pace unit.Rohit praised the current set of bowlers calling them “the best and mentally very smart.””The set of bowlers we have now is the best, they have become mentally very smart now. They bowl with their mind now and it is very pleasing to see from the slips. They talk to Virat to see how he wants to get the batsman out.”Rohit also addressed the matter of time frame, the Indian team has to prepare for South Africa series and said for now, they will try and manage in the seven days they have got.”We have seven days to go by it and whatever is in our hand we have to try and make the best use of it. Ideally, a team would want more days to prepare when you are going and playing in overseas conditions. Seven days, we will try and manage whatever we can and try to win the series.”Rohit believes that they have the capabilities and spark to be the best of all time but said they need to be smart and address the issues of adaptive to situations as soon as possible.advertisement”I believe the team can be the best of all time. Conditions in South Africa will be completely different from that in England. We have to change our game a little bit. So we need to smart and address the situation as soon as possible,” Rohit concluded.
France coach Didier Deschamps has called on his striker Antoine Griezmann to improve his performance after he produced a poor performance in the 2-1 victory over Australia in their World Cup opener on Saturday.Griezmann, who announced he was staying at Atletico Madrid before the Group C game, failed to make an impact at the Kazan Arena, although he did score Les Bleus’ opening goal with a second-half penalty.He started alongside Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe with the experienced Olivier Giroud left on the bench.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEGiroud came on 20 minutes from time and set up Paul Pogba for the 81st-minute winner as he made his height and strength count.”He is very important physically,” said full back Lucas Hernandez. “When he is not there, you can feel his absence.”Deschamps opted for Dembele’s speed, hoping he and Mbappe would form a fluid attacking line-up, but the most disappointing was Griezmann.”Him being replaced was a one-time decision.” Deschamps told reporters on Sunday. “He is our lead forward and he will remain our lead forward. Perhaps he was not as good as usual. He must do more and he is well aware of that.”But that does not call into question the fact that he will start on Thursday against Peru.”World Cup 2018: We can’t play without Paul Pogba, says France managerLes Bleus will also need Pogba to support the forwards and the midfielder knows his performances will always be heavily scrutinised.”Yes, I have less right than others to make mistakes,” said Pogba, who on Saturday became the first French player since Michel Platini in 1986 to score in consecutive World Cups.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)
Australia is enjoying a five-match winning streak at the World Cup and pace spearhead Mitchell Starc feels the loss to India in their third tie was the turning point in the reigning champions’ impressive run into the semifinals.Australia, who are the only team to have qualified for the semifinals, have won seven of their eight games. They crushed trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand by 86 runs on Saturday to consolidate their position at the top of the points table.”Since the India game, we’ve taken wickets through the middle fairly regularly, and whether it’s attacking more or I think the biggest part was the execution,” Starc said after the victory against New Zealand.Australia’s only loss in the World Cup has come at the hands of India, who defeated the five-time champions by 36 runs and Starc believes that loss marked the improvement in their game.”We were all probably a little bit off in that Indian game. I think the turning point was probably that Indian game where we had a good chat as a bowling group and a batting group and we’ve just continued to improve as a whole group of players from that game.”Talking about the win against New Zealand, the 29-year-old left-arm pacer said the best is yet to come for Australia.”We’ve always spoken about peaking towards the back end of the tournament, and we’re still searching for that perfect performance,” Starc said.”We’re not quite there yet. We’re showing glimpses of what we are capable of with the ball and with the bat and in the field, but we have still got room to improve, and that’s exciting for this group.advertisement”We’ve got to play our best game in the semi now and hopefully better than in the final, and that’s what tournament play is all about,” he added.Starc’s 5 for 26 against New Zealand was a record-breaking third career World Cup five-wicket haul. Just five players are now ahead of his haul of 46 World Cup wickets, with none coming close to the mesmeric 12.97 average he boasts with the ball.But the 2015 Player of the Tournament said it wins, more than personal records, that motivates him having lifted the trophy four years ago.”Records don’t mean much if we don’t win the World Cup. I’m just stoked to be playing a part in this group and continue to contribute,” he said.Starc credited captain Aaron Finch for providing the team with the calmness even when things aren’t going in their favor.”A big part of our victories is our calmness and I think that’s probably led by Finchie (Aaron Finch). He’s been fantastic as a captain. I think there’s a real sense of calmness around the whole group, not just from the bowlers but from Finchie to all the fielders.”Even when things are not quite happening for us, it’s still very calm. We still know what we want to do. It goes back to the execution. It’s that clearness as a whole group out on the field is what’s probably instilling that confidence in the bowler to execute what they want to do,” Starc said.Also Read | Australia were too good for us: Trent Boult after New Zealand lossAlso Read | India vs England, World Cup head-to-head: Another Birmingham test for England in 2019Also See
Share on WhatsApp David Squires on … more of the World Cup highlights and lowlights so far Fifa Pinterest Read more The Observer Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup 2018 Facebook Read more Man of the weekCristiano Ronaldo – setting a European goals record; eyeing a new pay deal to offset his €18.8m tax fraud fine; making this boy’s day; having Madeira Airport ”quietly remove and replace” 2017’s “wonky” bronze bust; and debuting a new CR7 goatee: “It brought me luck. It stays.”• Runner-up: Also keeping busy – Neymar, trying to slip a dive past VAR before telling referee Bjorn Kuipers: “Don’t touch me, don’t touch me”; and upbraiding his personal stylist Nariko and his personal colourist Wagner Tenorio for their work so far. Brazil’s Meia Hora: “His appearance is that of a cockatoo.”Couple of the weekBack together at last: former Russia 2018 bid leader Vitaly Mutko and Sepp Blatter, dining out in Moscow on the anniversary of Fifa clearing Mutko’s bid of corruption. The 430-page Fifa ethics report said Russia had cooperated fully with the inquiry, though had been able to make “only a limited number of documents available for review … This was explained by the fact that the computers used at the time had been leased, then destroyed in the interim.”• Sepp’s summer highlights so far: an audience at the Kremlin (“Putin invited me to his apartment. It’s not the first time I’m there”) and fans asking for selfies. “How I was received, with cameras and all the rest … it made me feel as if this is my World Cup.” Twitter Pinterest Share on Twitter paola (@paola__janet)I’m 100% convinced my grandma was the reason Mexico won pic.twitter.com/9jBRF5wFPEJune 17, 2018 Twitter Share on Messenger features Football politics Facebook Most defiantThe 0.4% of Iceland’s TV viewers who didn’t watch their opener against Argentina, sticking with the output on the nation’s other main channels instead: America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Biggest Loser, and a Great British Bake Off re-run.Theme of the weekFans booking hotels in the wrong city. This year’s best effort so far: four Spain fans calling emergency services after arriving in Rostov Veliky, 800 miles away from Rostov-on-Don. Reports say emergency 112 operators spoke to their taxi driver, and “helped resolve the issue”.And blessing of the weekTwitter user @paola__janet, sharing a video of her grandmother blessing each of Mexico’s players as they appeared on her TV screen during the pre-Germany game anthem. 1.16m likes and counting. Share via Email Dinner date: Vitaly Mutko and Sepp Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Setback of the weekCarles Puyol, travelling to Iran to be star pundit for IRTV 3, but denied entry to the studio “due to his looks”. Media said his long hair breached rules on styles that help “spread foreign culture”; host Adel Ferdosipour: “You may be aware Carles Puyol was scheduled to be with us. However, he is in his hotel right now. I did everything I could but it didn’t happen. I apologise.”Strongest sequelFrom ITV’s Sam Matterface, building on his Mel from Mel and Sue success: “He’s a big keeper. He’s 6ft 6. He’s the same height as Kobe Bryant and just a tiny bit taller than the former Stars In Your Eyes host Matthew Kelly.”Best rallying cryCroatia’s Nikola Kalinic, 14 June, calling for the side to unite, “focus on the three points” and play as a team against Nigeria: “If we show our true level, no doubt we’ll progress.” 18 June: Sent home for refusing to go on as a sub.Good week forRúrik Gíslason, Iceland midfielder and part-time model, putting on 309,722 new social media followers, up 962%, “due to being good looking”. It took his total past 341,900, more than Iceland’s population. World Cup Struggle of the week@Lord_Sugar: handling the fallout from his “beach-sellers” tweet before taking PR advice – “It’s meant to be funny for god sake”, “I cant see what I have to apologise for; you are OTT; its a bloody joke”, “It’s been interpreted wrong, it’s funny” – and after: “I deleted the tweet, and I’m very sorry.”• Also feeling regret:a) Burger King Russia, sorry for a campaign offering free Whoppers to anyone who gets pregnant via a World Cup star (“it turned out to be too insulting”); b) John Terry, sorry for the misunderstanding after writing during Vicky Sparks’s World Cup commentary debut: “Having to watch this game with no volume”; and c) Diego Maradona, sorry for smoking during Argentina’s game against South Korea in breach of ground regulations, but not sorry for “pulling his eyes wide” at South Korea fans. “I just saw an Asian boy wearing an Argentina shirt. I, from afar, tried to tell them how nice it seemed that even the Asians cheer for us. And that’s all, guys, come on.”Clips of the weekAmong the most retweeted: Milad Mohammadi’s aborted somersault throw-in; Gerard Pique rescuing a bird; Argentina’s TyCSports pundits holding an on-air minute’s silence for the death of their team; Senegal’s dance practise; Aliou Cisse’s first pump; Roy Keane giving ITV the edgy surliness they paid for; and Portugal’s Pepe, reacting to being patted on the shoulder against Morocco by doing what Pepe does. Jamie (@jmemc10)How do I explain to my 5 year old son that this was a grown man’s idea at the 94th minute to keep his country in the World Cup pic.twitter.com/uAUfW55KREJune 20, 2018 Share on Facebook Topics Wager of the weekRussia team doctor Eduard Bezuglov – unhappy with doping “insinuations” in the English media after stats showed Russia’s players covering more distance in their first two games than any other squad. “Russia’s players have given more than 300 [clean] samples this year. I’m ready to wager a bottle of low-fat milk that the English haven’t given that many.”Decree of the weekChechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov: denying he used Egypt’s summer stay in Grozny to launder his image – “We don’t use this kind of thing for politics” – then granting Mo Salah honorary citizenship at a farewell gala banquet. “Yes, that’s right! Tonight I signed a decree conferring this high award on this great footballer. Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic!” Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Putin, Pearce and Kung Fu Pazdan: World Cup 2018 diary, week one Rúrik Gíslason: up 962% Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Reuse this content
Fez – A new video circulating on social media shows Hamid Chabt, the current mayor of Fez and head of the Istiqlal party, a major opposition party, being decorated by a delegation of the World Federation of Moroccan Jewry. The video, which was posted by Alraiy website, comes after a number pictures of Hamid Chabat being decorated by a Jewish delegation was posted on Facebook on Saturday.The pictures were widely shared on social media and elicited the condemnation of the overwhelming majority of Moroccans, who are opposed to any form of normalization with Israel and any entity that represent it. Following the publication of the pictures, Chabat in an interview with the Moroccan website Alyoum 24 (the news was taken down), denied that pictures were real and claimed they were fabricated by the followers of the Party of Justice and Development, which is heading the coalition government.But the video shows that Chabat was indeed decorated by the Jewish delegation and was given a prize. Hamid looked very happy to be receiving the delegation.The video comes in stark contrast with Chabat’s public condemnation of any normalization with Israel and the entities that may be regarded a Zionist.
Rabat – A Moroccan national has been arrested in the Spanish city of Badalona on Saturday.The Moroccan national is accused of disturbing militant Islamist propaganda across social networks, according to a statement from the Spanish interior Ministry.The accused is also seen as a supporter of the so-called Islamic State militants and that he had called for jihad on Facebook and Twitter. “The detainee had undergone an important process of indoctrination and radicalization, by which he displayed a high level of commitment and willingness to cooperate with Daesh (arabic acronym of the Islamic State),” said the statement.“On one side, the call for Muslims to go to Syria and Iraq and form part of the self-proclaimed caliphate and, on the other, for those that cannot travel, autonomous terrorist acts in their respective countries of origin or residence,” it added.As of June 23, Spanish authorities had arrested 45 people this year in relation to international terrorism, according to the Interior ministry’s website.
Kodituwakku was found to have violated Article 42(2) of the Judicature Act. A restraining order was issued by the Supreme Court today preventing Attorney-at-Law Nagananda Kodituwakku from practising as a lawyer for three years.A case had earlier been filed against Kodituwakku over a statement he had made in 2015 before then Court of Appeal President Vijith Malalgoda. Kodituwakku was accused of making a statement which caused inconvenience to Justice Vijith Malalgoda during the case in 2015. Under the Act every person admitted and enrolled as an attorney-at-law who shall be guilty of any deceit, malpractice, crime or offence may be suspended from practice or removed from office by any three Judges of the Supreme Court sitting together.Accordingly, the three Judges of the Supreme Court today issued an order preventing Attorney-at-Law Nagananda Kodituwakku from practising as a lawyer for three years. (Colombo Gazette)
The College became operational on 1 January as the latest member of the UN family of organizations following approval of its new statute by the UN General Assembly last July.The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Louise Fréchette, who chaired the inaugural meeting of the College’s new Board of Governors on 21 November, described the College as “a common UN system instrument for learning and an important tool for nurturing innovation and generating a common UN system management culture.””We now have an important opportunity to put the Staff College on a more secure footing so that it can realize its full potential,” Ms. Fréchette said.Under its new status, the College, which is headed by John Machin of the United Kingdom, will continue to be located in Turin on the campus of the International Training Centre of the ILO. The campus also houses the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).
“We want equal pay now,” yelled Academy Award-winning American actress Patricia Arquette and two-time Olympic gold medalist and soccer superstar Abby Wambach, leading a call in the UN General Assembly Hall yesterday evening at the launch of the Equal Pay Platform of Champions. The launch of the Platform – which is part of a broader UN International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Women Global Equal Pay Coalition – coincided with the opening day of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, known as the largest inter-governmental forum on women’s rights and gender equality. The theme this year is on women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. “The gender pay gap reflects the unjustifiably diminished position of many women in society and helps to keep them there,” said UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Pointing to the big names participating in the Platform – which in addition to Ms. Arquette and Ms. Wambach include leaders from the trade unions, civil society, government, private sector, film makers – Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said she hopes their advocacy will make women’s “flagrant inequality a think of the past.” The goal of the Platform is to call for increased support by proactively reaching out to decision and policy makers, according to a press release from the event. Speaking at the launch, Ms. Arquette said that “women sometimes become invisible if they’re not seen beyond the value of the men they are with.”VIDEO: “When men advocate for women, change comes ten times faster” says Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette to UN News According to global figures, women make only 77 cents for every dollar that men earn for the same position. Over time, the income inequality results in more women retiring into poverty. “The quest for women’s economic empowerment will be lost or won in the world of work,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. He noted the importance of whether and how women enter the work place and in what types of jobs. One of the main reasons for the gender gap is that women tend to be concentrated in different jobs than men – for example in teaching or health care – which tend to be underpaid. There are also differences for men and women who are in the same line of work. Also speaking at the event, Ms. Wambach said that she was “angry because I have to worry about paying my bills, even though I won more World Cups than Cristiano,” referring to the Portuguese soccer player. Ahead of the launch, UN Women kicked off its #StopTheRobbery campaign to mobilize ordinary people and raise awareness about the gender pay gap.Audio: Award-winning American actress, Patricia Arquette, and soccer superstar, Amy Wambach, have joined the UN and a diverse group of gender equality advocates to launch an ‘Equal Pay Platform of Champions.
The artist also said that trustees should be doing more to lobby the government for funding, so museums and galleries do not have to close to the public in order to raise money.A National Portrait Gallery press spokesperson said in a statement: “The gallery is a charity and has to self-generate over 70% of the funds needed. A key income stream is hiring out gallery spaces. Every effort is made to ensure that this activity does not impact on public access, but sometimes due to the nature and complexity of an event some closure is necessary.” Alexandra Shulman, former editor of British Vogue and former trustee of the National Portrait Gallery said it was “very sad” for the estimated 5,000 people who would have otherwise gone to the gallery today.However, she said that it is necessary for it to close in order to raise funds, and that it is important for institutions to support London Fashion Week, which is an important British business event. He explained: “We used to spend 7p in every £100 on the arts and now that’s down to about 3p. That’s just wrong.” 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. Ms Shulman explained: “As I understand it, Erdem has hired the NPG for his fashion show, as we all know public institutions are having their funding cut and to run a fantastic gallery like the National Portrait Gallery is, you need to raise funds. The National Portrait Gallery is closed to the public today for a London Fashion Week show, in a closure which is uncommon for an institution which relies on public funding.Independent British designer Erdem Moralioglu, a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle, has hired out the gallery to showcase his work — but a leading artist has described the closure of the public gallery as a “dangerous precedent.”The National Portrait Gallery has also only announced the closure in small print on its website — which some have argued could lead to disappointed potential gallery goers.Patrick Brill, who creates art under the pseudonym Bob And Roberta Smith, is displayed in the Tate and is a lecture at London Metropolitan University, argued the government should increase funding for the arts so galleries would not have to close to the public.He argued on BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme that the situation is “Orwellian…you have to close to stay open”. “I believe that at the moment the Cezanne show, which was a paid-for show, is off, and they’re between shows so they need to find other ways of getting some revenue.” She said she guesses the show will raise a “reasonable” amount of money but warned: “I’m not saying that Erdem as an independent British designers is going to have millions — it’s not like Ralph Lauren taking it over.”Mr Smith described the decision as a “cry for help”, adding: “This is actually a pretty awful precedent, I agree with Alexandra, I don’t think it’s been done on a whim, nobody in these museums wants to close to the public, that’s why these institutions are here, to be open to the public — we own these paintings and the people’s jobs in these museums is to open the doors and get the public in to look at them.” The closure is in the small print on the website and is not advertised on the home page
The repercussions of climate change on modern migration movements were the main focus of talks last Wednesday between Prime Minister George Papandreou and visiting United Nations Secretary, General Ban Ki Moon, who is carrying out the first visit by a UN Secretary General to Greece. “Greece attaches great importance to the United Nations, of which it is a founding member, while there is a tradition of long-term and multilateral cooperation and dedication to the principles of international law,” said Prime Minister Papandreou, stressing the UN’s decisive mission for global peace and cooperation. Their meeting covered issues of Greek interest, such as the Cyprus problem and the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), and matters such as the UN peacekeeping forces and the Millennium targets. Papandreou said that climate change would probably emerge as the foremost problem of the planet and that dialogue on this issue would reach a peak in Copenhagen in December. The Greek Prime Minister announced that he would be attending the climate change summit himself and expressed hope that “we can reach a binding agreement.” Papandreou, emphasised the Greek Government’s dedication to this goal in his talks with the UN Secretary General, in addition the initiatives recently undertaken by the EU and his attempt to redirect the Greek economy toward green development. “The Secretary General will find us to be supportive of his efforts,” he stressed. Concerning modern migration movements and Greece’s chairmanship of the 3rd Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), Papandreou said that he had emphasised in talks with Ban Ki Moon the need for development in both the countries of origin and the countries that received immigrants so that, when migrants returned to their countries they would transfer know-how, experience and capital to these. Papandreou underscored the need to protect workers and the poorer sections of society from the impact of the global economic crisis. He also noted that the Greek economy had benefited from the presence of migrants while referring to concerns about conditions of hospitality in Greece. “I hope that Greece, as a destination country, will continue to defend and promote the rights of migrants,” Ban Ki Moon added, urging Greece to respect the processes for asylum applications. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also pointed out the need to maintain the momentum in the Cyprus problem, adding that he appreciates the commitment of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to help the Cypriots reach an agreement. Speaking at a joint press conference with Papandreou after a meeting in Athens, Mr Ban said the UN has significantly contributed to the process for the reunification of the island. Papandreou said he briefed Ban on the latest initiatives he has taken to generate momentum in the Cyprus problem and other issues, and assured the UN chief that close cooperation would continue. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus have been engaged in UN-led direct negotiations since September 2008, with an aim to reunite the island. On Cyprus and the on-going name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, (FYROM), Mr Papandreou said, “I informed the UN Secretary General on my latest initiatives to create a momentum on both the Cyprus issue and the name issue with FYROM,” expressing satisfaction that his views and the UN Secretary General’s largely coincided and promising close cooperation. Ban Ki Moon welcomed the Greek Prime Minister’s promise of assistance for the Cypriots to arrive at an agreement for a solution to the Cyprus problem, saying that the international community had “high hopes” for the negotiations now underway and that these must continue, adding that UN special envoy, the former Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer would continue to work with the leaders of the two communities. Regarding the name dispute with FYROM, the UN Secretary General said that special mediator Matthew Nimetz was ready to repeat talks whenever the two sides were ready, welcoming Greece’s readiness to begin talks and Athens’ assurance that it would fully support the role of the UN special envoy on this issue. The UN Secretary General praised Greece’s contribution to the “concepts of democracy, human rights and a state of law,” and the Greek prime minister’s role at the EU. The UN Secretary General addressed the Greek Parliament on behalf of the UN last Thursday. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Suivi médical des Français : le gouvernement lance un site internet pour le faciliter France – Lors du salon Hôpital Expo qui se tient jusqu’à aujourd’hui à Paris, la ministre de la Santé Roselyne Bachelot a annoncé qu’elle souhaitait mettre en place un site internet destiné à faciliter l’accès des patients et des professionnels de santé aux informations sanitaires.Il s’agira d’un “service public de conseil et d’orientation médicale par Internet et par téléphone” a expliqué la ministre de la Santé. Sur le site internet, des informations médicales précises et claires seront à disposition des Français, ainsi que des conseils personnalisés. Les patients pourront également gérer leur dossier médical en ligne ou encore prendre rendez-vous avec les médecins.Un lien sera également établi avec les réseaux sociaux afin de permettre aux utilisateurs de partager leurs expériences médicales en ligne.Le 21 mai 2010 à 12:35 • Emmanuel Perrin
Free aura bientôt ses boutiques physiquesLors d’une conférence de presse organisée par le groupe Iliad, Xavier Niel, fondateur de Free, a annoncé l’ouverture prochaine de ses premières boutiques physiques. Ces magasins devraient bientôt voir le jour en région parisienne.Lors de la conférence de presse dédiée aux résultats financiers du groupe Iliad pour 2010, Xavier Niel s’est exprimé sur l’ouverture prochaine de boutiques physiques Free. L’initiative pour le moment au stade d’essai ne concerne que les villes situées entre 50 et 200 kilomètres de Paris. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Les boutiques Free entreront désormais en concurrence avec celles des groupes Orange, SFR et Bouygues pour recruter sur le terrain de nouveaux abonnés. Free prévoit également de lancer d’ici 2012 des forfaits pour mobiles disponibles en boutique.Les résultats obtenus par ces boutiques seront déterminants quant à l’expansion du réseau plus largement sur le territoire français. Jusqu’à présent, les clients bénéficiant ou souhaitant bénéficier des offres Free ne pouvaient accéder aux produits uniquement par Internet ou par téléphone. Le 15 mars 2011 à 17:30 • Emmanuel Perrin
Recommended for you Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Related Items:donhue gardiner, doug pharnell, Pdm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Mar 2016 – Electors’ Court has started and in North and Middle Caicos on Monday, the Member of Parliament was present but unable to have the 38 names he wanted off the elector’s list removed. According to PDM Chairman, Doug Parnell it was an embarrassing scene for the MP and Border Control Minister, Hon Don Hue Gardiner who basically was unfamiliar with the law when he raised his objections. The law says you must be registered in the District to bring an objection. Doug Parnell, PDM National Chairman: “The Hon Donhue Gardiner was not entitled to bring those objections, so we prevailed on that point and we also feel we were given a fair hearing on other persons we claimed or objected to in the district. We are satisfied that the Supervisor of Elections and the team that was with him gave us a fair hearing.”About 40 people turned out to hear the proceedings of the Electors’ Court, Parnell added, “I want to say that I am very pleased at the turn out of persons who were interested in their democracy and the upcoming General Elections, we had a strong force and showing of our supporters in this district; we were very, very grateful to them for coming out; persons like Prince Selver, persons like Curalena Phillips and persons like Paul Higgs.” For various reasons, including that some of the electors were said to be resident outside of the country and outside of the constituency, Gardiner tried to have them removed for the voter’s list but when the PDM reminded the Elections Supervisor that one has to be resident in the constituency for their recommendation to stand, Gardiner’s challenges fell flat. Parnell told Magnetic Media yesterday that PDM challenges were for about 20 people, and were done within the confines of the law; they walked away from that elections court session satisfied, he said. So far Grand Turk North, Grand Turk South & Salt Cay and North and Middle have had their hearings. Next stop we understand is South Caicos.
“We are confident that we will have the data we need to make this a strong business long-term,” according to a spokeswoman from Conde Nast.The other Conde Nast titles that will soon have iPad subscription models include Vanity Fair, Glamour, Golf Digest, Allure, Wired, Self and GQ.The New Yorker and these other titles will have the ability to optimize data collection. Apple has a standard prompt for subscription offerings that allows consumers to opt-in to share their information. This new subscription model will have a second prompt that comes during the purchasepath that asks a reader to share their e-mail address and establish a log-in in order to access additional content.The additional content includes, in the case of The New Yorker, the Web based edition available at NewYorker.com and archives of the magazine dating back until 1925. The second prompt is a second opportunity to encourage a reader to share their contact information.Additionally, the publication could gain more consumer data if print subscribers take advantage of the iPad versions; Conde Nast owns the relationship when a print subscriber activates the digital editions. There are about 1 million print subscribers to the magazine, all of whom have access if they so choose.The bundled subscriptions (Web site, iPad and print access) will allow for data collection optimization when users buy directly from NewYorker.com because Conde Nast will have direct access to a consumer’s information. “The fact that we’re offering the print digital bundles on our sites for the same price as the digital only edition through iTunes is certainly attractive and compelling for us,” the spokeswoman says.When asked about the 30/70 percent revenue split and whether or not it is applied in this case, Murphy declined to discuss the revenue details of the agreement. According to a news release The New Yorker’s weekly iPad editions are available through in-app purchase at the App Store, on iTunes and include password access to the Web-based edition for $5.99 per month for four issues or $59.99 per year. The Print and digital bundled subscriptions available at NewYorker.com are $6.99 per month for four issues and $69.99 ayear.The other seven titles will be $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year through in-app purchase at the App Store. Magazine giant Conde Nast has reached an agreement with Apple, Inc. on digital subscriptions of The New Yorker and seven other titles that will debut in the next few weeks.Subscriptions for the publications will be available through iTunes and in the App Store. Those who subscribe to the print publication are granted immediate access to the digital editions throughout the life of their current print subscriptions, while new print subscribers will get both paper and digital access.”The iPad has created an incredible new way for readers to experience our award-winning magazines. Over time, we’ll see subscriptions leading to greater and greater scale, helping to drive overall industry growth,” says Conde Nast president Robert A. Sauerberg, Jr. in a statement.Apple and many publishers have been at odds about the consumer data available to publications and the 30 percent fee the technology company charges, as reported by AD’s sister publication, FOLIO:Magazine. Over the past week, however, Time Inc., Hearst and now Conde Nast have all reached agreements with Apple.