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Milk blockade Day 2: tanks vandalised

first_imgThe protest over higher milk procurement prices for farmers, launched by MP Raju Shetti’s Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) entered its second day on Tuesday, affecting Pune city.A few milk tankers entered Mumbai from western Maharashtra under heavy police escort, but Pune city felt the pinch 48 hours after the blockade was launched Sunday midnight. Overall, fresh milk procurement figures across western Maharashtra saw a precarious dip, with Pune region managing barely 15% of its average daily procurement of nearly 70 lakh litres. At several points, SSS workers were seen blocking tankers and vans entering Pune. “We achieved our distribution target (4 lakh litres) today in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad owing to the police shield but our collection rate has fallen by 40%. While the picture for the next 24 hours is unclear, the intensification of the agitation is bound to cause distribution problems,” said Shrikrishna Chitale, partner, Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale.Despite police protection, dairy owners fear that the city could soon face a full-blown crisis unless the impasse between the SSS and the State government was resolved soon.The protest received overwhelming support across Kolhapur and Sangli districts – the epicenter of the SSS agitation.Sources at the Chitale Dairy in Bhilwadi in Sangli said that the agitation had nearly brought milk procurement operations in the district to a standstill, while Gokul Dairy officials suspended procurement operations in Kolhapur.Meanwhile, Activists damaged seven tankers in Udgaon, a group of farmers bathed themselves in milk in Shirdhon village in Kolhapur and milk flowed on streets in the Marathwada region. In Pali in Beed district, a tanker with a capacity of 20,000 litres was emptied, while in Pasodi village buckets were emptied.An ‘Amul’ milk tanker was turned back in Palghar district by SSS activists, led by Mr. Shetti himself who camped along the Maharashtra-Gujarat border during the day.“We have allowed no tanker along Ahmedabad highway to enter Mumbai. The SSS has always been friendly with Amul but we will oppose them tooth and nail if they try to meddle with the agitation,” Mr. Shetti said.Mr. Shetti also dismissed Dairy Development Minister Mahadev Jankar’s calls for negotiation, saying no formal invitation had been sent by the government.Dismissing Dairy Development Minister Mahadev Jankar’s calls for negotiation, Mr. Shetti said that he had not received any formal invitation from the government on the issue.On the incidents of tanker vandalism and wastage of milk on part of his activists, Mr. Shetti said: “I am not for violence. But these incidents are taking place because in spite of excess production, the State government is procuring milk from neighbouring states. This agitation is the legitimate anger of milk farmers across Maharashtra, not merely that of the SSS.”Mr. Shetti denied that the agitation was a ploy to stay politically relevant before the 2019 Parliamentary and Assembly elections. “I have no political ambition behind launching this agitation…There is no question of me returning to the NDA fold. I have severed ties with BJP precisely because of its apathy towards farmers…,” he said.last_img read more

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Express Runs Out of Steam

first_imgShoaib AkhtarImran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar’s 17-year-old cousin, takes a break after a tiring match at the Railway cricket ground close to the home of the town’s most famous cricketer. Khan and other boys play cricket only when Pakistan plays a match in the World Cup. That is their way of expressing solidarity with Shahid Afridi and the men in green. And whenever 36-year-old Akhtar, nicknamed Rawalpindi Express, takes a wicket, someone screams to convey the news from an adjacent building. An instant roar goes up on the ground.Khan rushes home to switch from live cricket to watch a match he loves: Akhtar’s fearsome spell of five for 21 against Australia in Colombo in 2002. “The world will miss one of its best fastestbowlers,” says Khan, in shock over Akhtar’s decision to retire from first-class cricket.Akhtar announced his decision on March 17 at an emotional gathering in Colombo where he delivered an impromptu farewell speech. He was instantly hugged by his teammates. The news spread fast, prompting many to react. Among them was Australian skipper Ricky Ponting who called him the fastest he has faced in international cricket. “I had some great duels over the years. He was express pace, a very very good bowler,” Ponting told a press conference in Colombo. Former Pakistan captain, Rashid Latif, agrees: “He was among the most glamourous cricketers of all time. The only worry for me was his pace.” Pakistani cricketer, Aamer Sohail, simply says it would be “difficult for Pakistan to find a replacement.”advertisementThe Railway cricket ground is Akhtar’s breeding ground. He played cricket here as a schoolboy and impressed many with his incredible swinging yorkers at high speed. He routinely practised here even after becoming a superstar. “We are honoured to play at this ground,” says Akram, 16, whose house is a yard away from Akhtar’s home. He is not interested in any debate on whether Akhtar is actually the world’s fastest bowler. “He is, for me.” He reminds everyone that the cricketer still holds the world record of bowling at 100 miles per hour.Akhtar has taken 178 test and 241 odi wickets, his average in both forms is the fourth-best for any Pakistani bowler who has taken more than 150 wickets. But his Test strike rate of 45.7 is second only to Waqar Younis’s 43.4. In this town, he has the unflinching loyalty of both the young and the old. Eleven-year-old Hamza, an aspiring fast bowler, is sure of Pakistan winning the World Cup only because they have Akhtar on their side.A pall of gloom hangs over his home where uncle Mohammad Bashir, a retired Army officer, smells a conspiracy against his nephew. “He is not even married. He could have easily served Pakistan for anotherfive years. I do not think he can make such a stupid decision unless, of course, he was forced to do it,” Bashir told India Today.Standing nearby is Mohammad Tahir, who coached Akhtar for five years when he started playing cricket at the national level. He also believes that some hidden forces are coercing Akhtar to retire from international cricket. “See his fitness levels, he is fit. So please do not push him out of the side,” says Tahir who blames the “mafia” in the Pakistan Cricket Board for destroying Akhtar’s life.Raja Mohammad Ali and Raja Majid Hussein, who have played club cricket with Akhtar for years, were surprised to hear about Akhtar’s retirement from international cricket. “Akhtar wished to serve Pakistan cricket for three more years even after the World Cup. We talked a week before he left for Dhaka. What made him change his mind,” wonders Hussein.Peer Mohi-ud-Deen, imam of a mosque situated in the neighbourhood, joins the discussion. He also wants Akhtar to change his decision. “We want to see you in hot pursuit of wickets,” says the imam, a die-hard Akhtar fan. Thirty-six is no age to retire. “The Indian team is struggling with fitness. They have not sacked the whole team,” argues Mohi-ud-Deen. Now that’s a thought.last_img read more

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PH badminton team set for final tune up ahead of SEA Games

first_imgPH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? View comments After loss, Donaire borrows Ali trophy from Inoue to fulfill promise to his sons MOST READ Not only will the tournament allow the nationals to test their mettle, the competition will also serve as a test event for the SEA Games with the badminton games taking place at Muntinlupa Sports Complex.Philippine Badminton Association secretary-general Christopher Quimpo said the nationals will first hold training camps in Australia and Malaysia before flying back to the Philippines for the Opene from Nov. 17 to 22.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We really want to get that elusive gold in the SEA Games and as a matter of fact they [the tea] are leaving for Malaysia this Sunday,” said Quimpo.Headlining the Open are national team players Ros Pedrosa, Lanz Zafra, Arthur Salvado, and Solomon Padiz for men’s singles; the men’s doubles teams of Peter Magnaye and Alvin Morada, and Joper Escueta and Paul Pantig. LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’center_img Rice industry paralysis MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine national badminton team will get its final tune-up games heading into the 2019 Southeast Asian Gamers as it participates in the Smart National Open Badminton Tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sarah Barredo, Nicole Albo, Bianca Carlos, and Mika De Guzman spearhead the women’s singles while the pairings of Thea Pomar and Isay Leonardo, and Geva De Vera and Chanelle Lunod headline the women’s doubles.National team head coach Bogs Amahit said getting to test out the venue weeks before the SEA Games will give them an advantage for the biennial meet which starts on the last day of November.“This is a big help for the players in getting themselves familiarized with the venue before the SEA Games starts,” said Amahit in Filipino. “We’ll use our homecourt advantage for this one.”Quimpo added that they’re not just hoping for a gold medal in the SEA Games but also taking a shot at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.“For most of the year, you’ve probably been hearing maybe less than zero about Philippine badminton and it’s because we are deadest in winning gold medal in the SEA Games,” said Quimpo. “Maybe we can make it to the Olympics. We want our national athletes to excel not just here but also in the international scene.”ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Autorickshaw driver killed as speeding car rams autos

first_imgChennai, Sep 19 (PTI) An autorickshaw driver was killed when a speeding Porsche sports car rammed into a couple of autorickshaws at a posh locality here today.Arumugam was killed on the spot while some others sustained injuries, police said.The car rammed into a couple of autos parked on Cathedral Road even as some of the drivers were sleeping in them.The incident occurred early this morning and one person has been detained in connection with the incident, police said.He was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol and a probe was on, they added.In July, a woman driver of a luxury car was arrested for allegedly fatally knocking down a carpenter on the busy Rajiv Gandhi Salai. PTI SA APR SMN KKlast_img read more

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Indian-origin mans tennis website gets easyGroups backing

first_imgBy Aditi KhannaLondon, Aug 8 (PTI) A new website created by an Indian- origin entrepreneur to help tennis players connect with each other in the UK has received the backing of easyGroups founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou.Ganesh Raos concept for easyTennis won 10,000 pounds in the companys competition to create new “easy” brands recently.The website helps keen sportspeople find someone with whom to play tennis, matching players on the basis of skill level, location and availability.The finished product was launched in London last week and has already attracted 3,500 people to sign up to the site, which has been likened to popular dating site Tinder.”Tennis is a great sport but its no fun if youve got nobody to play with,” said Rao.”Frustrated that I couldnt find anyone I tried joining a tennis club but unless you knew people there I actually had the same problem ? just an expensive one,” he said.Rao, who is also the founder of a laser eye and cosmetic comparison site RightClinic.com, wanted to make the sport of tennis more accessible with his latest venture.easyTennis costs members 2.99 pounds per match-up, with the first match up being offered for free.”easyTennis is a great way to meet new friends and improve your game. Its also a great fit with our easy brand values ? taking on the posh, expensive clubs and making tennis more accessible and affordable. Definitely for the many ? not the few,” said Stelios.From October, easyTennis will also enable members to book and pay for club and council courts online.advertisementIn the longer run, Rao also has plans to take the concept UK-wide and introduce an easyTennis app and organise leagues, tournaments and social events. PTI AK AMSlast_img read more

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Scrapping of Champions Trophy hockey is a shame, say former players

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S ChoudhuryBhubaneswar, Dec 4 (PTI) The International Hockey Federation’s decision to scrap the four-decade old Champions Trophy has not gone down well with the purists of the game.The Champions Trophy, which started as an annual affair in 1978 but turned into a biennial event from 2014, was one of the most prestigious events on the hockey calendar, next only to World Cup and the Olympics.But the FIH, in its bid to market the sport and make it a constant feature on television, has decided to scrap the Champions Trophy and Hockey World League from next year. These two tournaments will be replaced by Hockey Pro League and Hockey Series, an Olympic qualifying event.However, some big names of the game feel the decision to remove Champions Trophy might just might backfire.”I thought it (Champions Trophy) was a good tournament. I liked the idea. May be every second year makes sense I am not sure why they make these decisions. I am not privy to them. Some of the decisions regarding the rules of the game I don’t necessarily agree with,” Charlesworth told PTI.The Hockey Pro League will be played on a home-and-away basis and will run into four months of the year but Charlesworth is not sure about the financial viability of the tournament.”I’m not sure how it (Pro League) will work. In Australia we have matches planned and it would be interesting to see what the following is. I am not sure its financial model will work. What will you do if you are an Australian team? You can’t go back and forth to Europe all the time,” he said.advertisement”I would have like to see an Indian Ocean league. You have an European league, you have international tournaments and I would like to see an Indian Ocean league which will counter balance the European league.”Teams from India, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, also get Japan in if you want to. It makes more sense,” he added.The final edition of the Champions Trophy was held this year in The Breda, Netherlands for men and Changzhou, China for women. While Australia won the men’s competition defeating India, Netherlands claimed the women’s crown.Australia are the most successful team in the history of the men’s Champions Trophy with 15 titles.And understandably, Australia coach Colin Batch doesn’t subscribe to FIH’s thoughts, terming the move to scrap Champions Trophy a “shame”.”I think it’s a shame that the Champions Trophy has gone. There are a lot of tournaments in world hockey these days and we can’t play them all. But may be, one day it will comeback,” he said.”Champions Trophy has evolved over the years. I was involved as a player in the second edition and one stage there was only league matches and whoever finishes on the top was the winner of the tournament. But then later we added a final which was a nice step. It places a lot of importance on each game.”New Zealand coach Shane McLoed too is not sure about the success of Pro League.”I am a bit of a traditionalist. I do like the Champions Trophy. I think it is the best of the best and every game is so important. I would love it to be on the calendar. The thing at the moment is that there is so much hockey. It is something we have to address,” he said.”Pro League we have to see what it brings to us. May be it will be fantastic, may be it will not turn out what we are thinking of. I think there is always room for two types of things the Champions Trophy and Pro League of some format.”England coach Danny Kerry too feels the same but said at present there is no room for Champions Trophy in a packed international calendar.”The Champions Trophy was one of the special tournaments but I understand with the Pro League with Olympic qualifications tournaments it is difficult to get a slot. I would like to see Champions Trophy comeback but I don’t see where it will fit.”I also understand the television broadcasters want to see something going on regularly throughout the year. Pro League will maintain the interest in the sport. It’s a difficult situation,” Kerry signed off. PTI SSC BSBSlast_img read more

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Pulwama terror attack: Pakistan Super League telecast suspended in India

first_imgThe official broadcasters of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in India, DSport, have suspended their telecast of the T20 league in the wake of Pulwama terror attack. At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel lost their lives on Thursday after a car loaded with explosives rammed into a truck carrying the soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.Condolence messages have been pouring in for the family of the deceased CRPF soldiers ever since the news of the attack broke out.Several have condemned the attack, for which the responsibility has been claimed by Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).The fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League got underway on Thursday (February 14), on the day the terrorists attacked the security forces.According to media reports, DSport were expected to stop the telecast in India from the second day of the league but due to some technical problems they were not able to do so. However, DSport blacked out their broadcast from the fifth game which was played from 9:30 PM IST on Saturday.”We’ve suspended the broadcast,” a channel official was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror.Over 50 countries have condemned the dastardly attack, which has sent the entire nation in a state of shock and grief.On Saturday, Cricket Club of India in Mumbai removed the portrait of Imran Khan, former Pakistan captain and now the Prime Minister of the country, after the attack.Imran Khan’s portrait found a place in the prestigious club’s ‘All rounder’ restaurant as well as a Pakistan team photograph involving him on one of the walls of the club. Both have now been removed.advertisement”We know which country is behind the terror attack. It was decided that the sentiments of the people of the country were to be upheld and therefore the move to remove his portrait,” a senior committee member told India Today.Also Read | Minerva forfeit I-League tie vs Real Kashmir in Srinagar due to unrest after Pulwama attackAlso Read | Pulwama terror attack: Vidarbha to donate Irani Cup prize money to families of CRPF martyrsAlso Read | Sehwag offers to take care of education of CRPF martyrs’ childrenAlso Read | Shocked after Pulwama terror attack: Virat Kohli grieves over martyred soldierslast_img read more

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Worn Identity: 10 Terrific (Slightly) Distressed Jeans

first_img The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Although most denim purists are loath to wear any pair that is not constructed from raw selvedge denim that will age naturally with everyday wear and tear, there’s no denying that this process takes time, patience and quite a bit of washing and abuse to achieve that desired “lived-in” look on your favorite pair of jeans. But those of you who don’t have months and years to invest in breaking in a pair of jeans, designers and brands have you covered this fall. Distressed jeans and destroyed denim are definitely a thing these days and although the extreme versions of this look are probably best left to Kayne and his crew, subtler less over-the-top pre-distressed styles can lend a dose of casual, vintage-inspired flair to an outfit and allow you to rock this look without coming across as a trendy twit.Here are ten pre-aged options for the time-crunched that are available now in a wide variety of prices. Consider donning one of them until that rare pair of Japanese raw denim you adore manages to age gracefully and organically – two or three years from now.Slim Straight Jeans in Destroyed Medium Wash by Abercrombie & Fitch, $39Skinny Jeans in Destroyed Light Wash by Abercrombie & Fitch, $39Holden Hybrid Slim in Nomad by Citizens of Humanity, $228Rowan Relaxed Slim in Stockport by Citizens of Humanity, $258Snap in Light Stone Destroyed by Dr. Denim, $80501 CT Stretch Jeans in Hillman by Levi’s, $79.50Jake Slim Leg in Used Extreme Vintage by Mavi, $89.99Federal Crescent Deconstructed Jean by Paige, $209Kinkade Jeans – Jah by Volcom, $75Raw Edge Jeans by Zara, $79.90 Editors’ Recommendations 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic last_img read more

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Increased Consumer Protection for Nova Scotians

first_imgGovernment is making changes to its Direct Sellers’ Regulations to better protect Nova Scotians and cut red tape for businesses. Direct sellers are businesses who operate without a retail space, such as door-to-door sales or home parties. “While direct sellers play an important role in our economy, we want to ensure that Nova Scotians, especially seniors, are better protected from unfair business practices and other acts of consumer fraud,” said Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey. These changes will protect Nova Scotians by limiting continuing-service contracts to three years and allowing consumers to cancel them at any time, increasing fines for non-compliance and making public the names of non-compliant direct sellers. Direct sellers, with the exception of those who sell hearing aids, will no longer require a salespersons’ permit. These changes will reduce administrative burdens and save the direct selling industry more than $60,000 a year. “By modernizing these regulations we are balancing consumer protection for Nova Scotians and the reduction of red tape for businesses,” said Mr. Furey. The Direct Sellers’ Regulation Act was amended in 2014. These legislative changes will come into effect in the new year.last_img read more

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Justice and accountability critical components for lasting peace in Libya – ICC

Two soldiers from forces operating under Libya’s Tripoli-based government walking through the deserted streets of Bin Jawad, near the important oil port of Sidra. Photo: Tom Westcott/IRIN In addition, Ms. Bensouda said her office remained concerned about ongoing civilian deaths, with reported executions by Da’esh accounting for the majority of those, although civilian deaths continue to also result from the Libya Dawn-Libya National Army conflict. Abductions, detentions and ill treatment in detention centres continued to be reported on all sides of the conflict, she said. The Mediterranean-Libya migratory route to Europe remained a popular option among refugees and migrants who were particularly vulnerable to violence, sexual violence and ill treatment in Libya, the prosecutor also said. Detention of thousands of migrants continued to be a source of financing for many militant groups in Libya, she added. “We, as the international community, must take a closer look at who profits from criminal activity in Libya, and take coordinated steps to prevent further violations,” said Ms. Bensouda. “This must be a priority for all who are affected by the criminal trafficking of human beings.”For its part, she said her office continued to carefully evaluate how to best utilize its limited resources to maximize its impact on the present situation in Libya. While the office was continuing its investigations into officials linked to the former reign of Muammar Mohammad Abu Minyar Gaddafi, it was also focused on ongoing crimes in Libya. Her office was also optimistic that, in the coming months, it would be able to resume its functions in Libya, and accelerate efforts to bring to justice those responsible for Rome Statute crimes, in coordination with key partners in and outside of Libya. “I must reiterate that until my team is able to carry out investigations in Libya, and until the issue of resources is resolved, the Office will simply be unable to advance the investigations as rapidly as desired,” the prosecutor stressed. In conclusion, Ms. Bensouda urged the Council and the international community to stay committed to Libya and “help it emerge triumphant in the face of adversity.” “Libya and the Libyan people deserve peace and stability on which to secure and build their future; they deserve the rule of law and by the law rather than lawlessness and the current climate of perpetual insecurity and influx,” she said. “Nations are not built overnight, but to last and to withstand the challenges of the 21st century they must be built on strong foundations. Justice will always serve as a central pillar,” she concluded. Turning to the situation in Libya, Ms. Bensouda said it requires collaboration and coordination between all relevant actors at the national, regional and international levels, as well as the support of the Council. “Success in Libya therefore depends on the collective determination and will of all relevant actors to meaningfully contribute to the course of bringing perpetrators to justice and by so doing, help deter the commission of future crimes,” she said. The threat of Da’esh or other groups proclaiming allegiance to Al-Qaida remained real and the consequences were too costly to be ignored, the prosecutor said. Such consequences included instability and the dire humanitarian situation in Libya, which in turn result in mass migration and the spread of terrorism in the country and the region. In that vein, the prosecutor reiterated calls to all national and international law enforcement agencies working on Libya to contact her office and join in its efforts to strengthen the network of law enforcement agencies that “aim to contribute to bringing an end to civilian suffering and destruction in Libya.” “I remain convinced that increased cooperation between and amongst relevant actors as well as coordinated investigative activities are key for tackling national, transnational and international crimes that continue to plague Libya and for ensuring that those responsible for committing these crimes have no safe haven anywhere,” she said. In that regard, Ms. Bensouda said she was particularly pleased with the interest and efforts thus far by national law enforcement agencies to coordinate with my office, with each other and with Libyan authorities. The prosecutor also urged the Government of National Accord to prioritize the transfer of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to its own custody and facilitate his surrender to the ICC. It was also important for the Government of National Accord to consult with the Pre-Trial Chamber on issues relating to the surrender of Mr. Gaddafi, and to seek assistance from the international community on how best to facilitate his surrender to the Court without further delay, she said.Emphasizing that Libya had submitted to the ICC that Mr. Gaddafi continues to be in custody in Zintan and is presently “unavailable” to the Libyan State, the prosecutor noted that her office had recently filed a request with the Pre-Trial Chamber for an order directing the Registry to transmit the request for arrest and surrender Mr. Gaddafi directly to Mr. al-‘Ajami al-‘Atiri, the commander of the battalion that is detaining Mr. Gaddafi in Zintan. Regarding Abdullah Al-Senussi, Ms. Bensouda said her office had received a copy of the written judgment of the Libyan court in relation to his case, and had conducted a preliminary review of the judgment. “At this time, the office is not in possession of facts which would satisfy it that new facts have arisen which negate the basis on which Pre-Trial Chamber I found Mr. Al-Senussi’s case inadmissible,” she said, adding that the office would continue to review its assessment if and when new relevant facts become available. A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya. UN Photo/Manuel Elias “This will demonstrate, in concrete terms, that justice and accountability constitute key Government priorities underpinning efforts to ensure peace and stability in Libya, and that the victims will have the opportunity to seek redress through the Libyan courts,” said ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, as she presented her latest report on the situation in the country to the Council. Ms. Bensouda said that the past six months had witnessed significant developments in Libya’s “slow and difficult” process towards the establishment of a unity Government, and that her office hoped that the signing in December 2015 of the UN-brokered agreement “marks the beginning of the end of the long period of turmoil and conflict in Libya.” For its part, her office stood ready to work collaboratively with the Government of National Accord in its efforts to build a secure, peaceful and prosperous Libya for all Libyan people, she said. Over the same period, her office’s investigation into the Libya situation had progressed, albeit at a slower pace than it would have liked due to lack of sufficient resources and the prevailing precarious security situation in the country, the prosecutor said. Despite such challenges, her office’s investigations were continuing to yield positive results, in large part due to the cooperation of the Libyan Prosecutor-General’s office. Her office was continuing to carefully analyse and assess the evidence in its possession to determine whether the requisite legal standards were met to request additional arrest warrants, the prosecutor said. read more

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Female scientists grow their presence in the grape and wine industry

As International Women’s Day (March 8) pushes for greater gender equality across the sciences, there’s at least one facet of the STEM sector where women are beginning to outnumber men.They may be underrepresented in some science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) disciplines, but women have been steadily increasing their numbers in the fields of winemaking and grape growing.Over the last three years, 58.1 per cent of graduates from Brock University’s Oenology and Viticulture (OEVI) program have been female, with 62.5 per cent earning a Bachelor of Science in Oenology and Viticulture and 53.3 per cent graduating with a certificate in Grape and Wine Technology.To put that into context, a 2011 Stats Can report on gender differences in Canadian universities showed women accounted for just 39 per cent of STEM graduates aged 25 to 34. For non-STEM programs, women accounted for 66 per cent of university graduates. Globally, the United Nations says only 22 per cent of those working in the sciences are women.At Brock, the pattern of women graduating from the OEVI program is likely to continue in the future as just over 60 per cent of current students in the program are women.Brock alumna Emma Garner (BSc, ’04), currently one of four winemakers at Thirty Bench winery in Beamsville, is one example of a female graduate who has found career success in the industry since completing the program.Garner, who was last year’s Ontario Winemaker of the Year, said the industry has historically had a greater focus on men.“However, in recent years there has been a swing towards showcasing women. And there are so many fantastic female producers — winemakers, owners, promoters — working in all aspects of the industry and making substantial contributions.”This shift has also been noticed by Debbie Inglis, the Director of Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).Within CCIOVI itself, seven of nine full-time staff members are female, as are many of the flagship research institute’s researchers and research assistants. And all of the graduate students currently working with Inglis this year are also female.She said maintaining diversity is key to remaining competitive in such a demanding and innovative industry.“As more women continue with careers in science, they act as mentors and role models for the next generation, stimulating even more interest in these career options for young women peering into the future,” said Inglis. “It is very rewarding to see the valued contribution that women are making in the grape and wine industry, from winemakers to vineyard operations to research positions.”Garner agrees.“Every time I encounter another woman who is trying to work in this industry — which is so intense — as well as balance a healthy lifestyle, care for a family and herself, I am inspired.” read more

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EU reveals plans to buy oil from rebelheld parts of Syria

first_imgTHE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT has lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations after the European Union approved plans to allow its members to import oil from parts of Syria which are under the command of rebels.The EU has decided to allow members important oil and petrol products from rebel-held territory despite a trade embargo against the Syrian government itself.Syria’s foreign ministry has written to the UN calling the decision illegal and an “act of aggression.”“In an unprecedented decision that contradicts international law and the UN Charter… the European Union has decided to allow member states to import petrol… under the pretext of supporting the opposition,” state news agency SANA reported, citing the letters.“It is an illegal decision and an act of aggression.”Syrian rebels fighting President President Bashar al-Assad’s troops received a boost yesterday when the European Union eased its oil embargo to let them exploit the resources they control.But the decision raised a furious response in Damascus.The European Union will be trading “with the so-called opposition Coalition, which represents no one in Syria,” the letters to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council said.The decision is an act of “complicity in the theft of resources that belong to the Syrian people, represented by the current, legitimate government,” they added.“The European Union is following its political and economic campaign that targets the national economy and the daily bread of Syrian citizens,” the ministry added, referring to EU sanctions on the Assad regime.EU ministers’ decision to ease the 2011 oil embargo will enable companies on a case-by-case basis not only to import Syrian crude but also to export oil production technology and investment cash to areas in the hands of the opposition.Under the deal, European firms seeking to import Syrian crude or invest in the energy sector would ask for authorisation from their government, which in turn would confer with Syria’s opposition National Coalition to secure its agreement.At the start of the revolt that broke out in March 2011, Syria’s oil production was slashed by almost two thirds, falling to 130,000 barrels a day in March – just 0.1 per cent of the world’s total production, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest estimates.The European Union is nonetheless concerned that most oilfields in Deir Ezzor in the east and Hasake in the northeast are controlled by Al-Nusra Front, whose leadership has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

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Ubisoft releases Watch Dogs Exposed E3 trailer

first_imgThe last time we got to see any new footage from Ubisoft’s upcoming game Watch Dogs was about a month ago when were presented with  6 minutes of uninterrupted gameplay. As you’d expect with E3 kicking off today, Ubisoft is keen that Watch Dogs doesn’t get lost in the crowd so has released yet another video.This time out the focus isn’t on gameplay, though. The 3-minute cut scene offers a glimpse at the kind of infiltration you’ll be expected to do in the game. Yes, there’s hacking involved, breaking into buildings, and using both weapons and hand-to-hand combat. But it’s clearly not always about killing everyone in the room. In this case it’s all about exposing an individual while at the same time attracting the attention of the authorities to ensure whoever gets exposed is also caught.Of all the next-gen games we’ve seen so far (and that number is sure to increase significantly this week during E3), Watch Dogs continues to hold my interest. It’s either going to a memorable thinking man’s third-person action game, or a mediocre experience that doesn’t quite get all its pieces lined up even thought it tries really hard.Obviously I’m hoping Ubisoft has nailed it and this forms the perfect excuse to buy a PS4. Of course, that decision also depends on whether Sony decides to take the same route as Microsoft and demands I connect my shiny new console to the Internet at least once every 24 hours.last_img read more

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A Silent Voice debuts new trailer

first_imgA Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) is one of the most highly anticipated films coming to Japan this autumn. The story of a high school boy who seeks to make amends for having bullied a deaf girl in the past, this emotional film explores themes of isolation and redemption. A new trailer was debuted for the film this week, with the opening date slated for September 17th in Japan.In A Silent Voice, a deaf girl named Shoko transfers into Shoya’s class in elementary school, and soon becomes the target of Shoya’s bullying due to her impairment. Shoko is unable to make friends due to the bullying, and eventually transfers away from the school.Shoya soon learns the error of his ways, as he himself becomes the victim of bullying after Shoko leaves. He spends his high school life in isolation and comes to understand the pain that he pushed onto Shoko when they were younger.He gains a chance to redeem himself when he meets Shoko again and goes to great lengths to become her friend, even learning sign language. The sign language in this film looks beautifully and carefully animated. The film will also be released with subtitles in theaters in Japan for the hearing impaired.The film’s voice acting cast is impressive, with Shoya played by Miyu Irino (Ritsu from Mob Psycho 100, Todomatsu from Osomatsu-san), and Shoko by Saori Hayami (Kotori Iida from Sweetness and Lightning, Shirayuki from Snow White with the Red Hair). In the trailer, Shoko’s voice is not done in a cutesy way but portrayed as a deaf person might speak it by Hayami.The film is an adaption of the original manga, created by Yoshitoko Oima and first published as a one shot in 2011. The manga received a regular release in 2013 with a total of 7 volumes planned. You can read the manga on Crunchyroll. The emotional trailer for this film brought tears to our eyes in two and a half minutes. We can’t wait for the full movie to be released.last_img read more

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Alita Battle Angel Taps Performance Capture Tech to Elevate Effects

first_imgStay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Alita: Battle Angel is a thrilling mix of powerful cyborgs, post-apocalyptic cities, and gory fights. The sci-fi movie’s action sequences are courtesy of an advanced innovation: performance capture technology.The futuristic flick, which hits theaters on Feb. 14, follows Alita (Rosa Salazar), an abandoned cyborg who becomes a fierce warrior to fight corrupt forces. This plot would be hard to accomplish with basic animation, however, performance capture technology enabled the movie’s team to generate lifelike special effects, PCMag reported.“This is the tech we’ve been developing. In an earlier test shoot, for [a movie that never got made, based on the novel] Brother Termite, when aliens were arriving, we had an actor perform with an umbrella rig around his head—12 cameras—everywhere,” Jon Landau, the producer of the film, told PCMag. “We saw a future where we would use that facial performance capture to drive performance rather than animating it.”To make this digital vision possible, Alita: Battle Angel’s team partnered with Weta Digital, a visual effects company based in New Zealand. Unlike other animation systems, this performance capture technology doesn’t interfere with actors’ performances.Rosa Salazar as Alita in ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ (Photo Credit: PCMag)“The giant system [we have today], when it loses a data point, it’s still able to solve for the skeleton and what the muscles do,” Landau added. “[In our partnership with] Weta Digital … we’re now [able] to create Salazar’s performance from the inside, driving the performance from a muscle base—not putting a mask on the actor through animation—to make sure we are living up to the performance that Salazar is giving us.”According to Weta Digital, performance capture technology notes details of an actor’s face performance, analyzes how their muscles move, and then maps these motions onto a virtual character. (For example, see Salazar above with dots on her face during the filming process.) What makes this technology cool is that it provides animated figures with human-like reactions, so directors can keep a good shooting flow without stopping to map every facial movement.“I’m pretty technically proficient and I usually do my own visual effects supervisor role, but now I get to geek out with [Weta Digital],” Robert Rodriguez, Alita: Battle Angel’s director, told PCMag. “We can take it to another level having them and their knowledge.”More on Geek.com:Tesla’s New Vehicle Modes Protect Pets, CarsThese Wireless Earbuds Use AI to Help Improve Your WorkoutsApple Plans to Unveil New Video Service in Marchlast_img read more

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Suspicious package sent to Rep Wasserman Schultzs Aventura office deemed safe

first_img#AventuraPolice **FINAL UPDATE** The suspicious package has been checked by @MiamiDadePD and @MiamiDadeFire And determined to be SAFE! The package we received has no nexus to any of the other national incidents that occurred today. Roadway will be cleared soon. @cityofaventura— Aventura Police (@aventurapolice) October 24, 2018This suspicious package was discovered after a suspicious package was also sent to Wasserman Schultz’s Sunrise office.These developments come as a string of packages and explosive devices have been sent to politicians across the country. AVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – Police have deemed a suspicious package sent to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Aventura district office to be safe.Officers responded to the center at 19200 W Country Club Drive, Wednesday afternoon.Just before 4:40 p.m., police tweeted out that Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue checked the package and determined it was safe. In their tweet, police said the package delivered to Wasserman Schultz’s Aventura office “has no nexus to any of the other national incidents that occurred today.”Police blocked of Country Club Drive while they investigated, but it has since reopened to traffic.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Katy Perry Announces Carly Rae Jepsen As Tour Opener

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 18, 2015 – 10:10 am Carly Rae Jepsen: How The ’80s Really Inspired Emotion Facebook Katy Perry Announces Carly Rae Jepsen As Tour Opener Find out who else is slated to join the GRAMMY nominee’s Witness: The Tour Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 17, 2017 – 1:26 pm GRAMMY.comWith performances scheduled from September through February 2018, Katy Perry’s Witness: The Tour is rounding out what is sure to be an incredible show with great opening acts. Twitter News Who’s Opening For Katy Perry’s Witness Tour? katy-perry-announces-carly-rae-jepsen-tour-opener Email Starting in January, Carly Rae Jepsen will join Perry to round out the tour’s North American leg. Noah Cyrus, Miley Cyrus’ sister, will be the tour’s first opener, displaying her own brand of unique emotional impact. Megan James and Corin Roddick are Purity Ring, coming onboard for November shows through year’s end with their captivating electronic beats, currently on display in the tracks they produced on Perry’s Witness album.Jepsen’s “Cut To The Feeling” — rated the best song of 2017 so far by Spin — revisits the pop urgency that led her to two GRAMMY nominations for 2012’s “Call Me Maybe.”So before Perry assumes her judging duties on “American Idol” this fall, she’s already made three good picks where it counts for her personally, setting up her audiences for a pop knockout.Is Scooter Braun Launching A Competitor To “American Idol”?last_img read more

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This Game of Thrones character was originally meant to go to The

first_imgGame of ThronesGame of Thrones Official YoutubeGame of Thrones season 8 showed few brutal deaths but as per the show’s writer, Daenerys Targaryen’s most trusted ally, Ser Jorah Mormont, was meant to survive until the very end.Game of Thrones’ writer Dave Hill recently revealed to Entertainment Weekly that for a long time they wanted Ser Jorah to stay alive and move to The Wall in the end. However, as the story progressed, they eventually decided to kill the character protecting the woman he loved the most.In the beginning, they (writers) considered that it would be Jon Snow, Tormund, and Ser Jorah Mormont who would go beyond The Wall in the climax scene of Game of Thrones but for a character like Jorah, it was not logical for him to betray Daenerys Targaryen in the last moment.”There’s no way to do that blithely. And Jorah should have the noble death he craves defending the woman he loves,” Hill added.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night” featured the longest battle in television history. On one hand, we had Dothraki and Unsullied fighting for Daenerys Targaryen, on the other hand, we had all the Northerners and Wildings fighting for Jon Snow. Pictured: Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis and Iain Glen as Jorah MormontHBOWhen Daenerys was on the ground and was surrounded by several dead Dothraki’s who have now become White Walkers, it was Ser Jorah who came for her rescue. But during this epic battle, Daenerys lost Ser Jorah Mormont.In the end, it was Arya Stark who killed the Night King and subsequently destroyed all the White Walkers.The 57-year-old Iain Glen, who portrayed Ser Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones also revealed during his conversation with Entertainment Weekly that there was a sweetness in the death of his character. Glen noted that Jorah did not get to see his queen turning all mad in the King’s Landing and burning all the innocent people.”It’s a blessing for him that he never found out what happened to her,” Glen said. “And from a pragmatic story point of view, his death served a greater purpose. Where could we have taken Jorah from there? F**k if I know,” Glen added.last_img read more

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MenstrualHygieneDay How safe is your pad anyway

first_imgOne of the major advantages that the disposable sanitary pads enjoy is that the brands are price conscious in the competitive market that it operates in.MediCliqueThe cultural taboo and stigma attached to the menstrual cycle have created barriers for women to get access to information pertaining to safe reproductive practices. Conversations that revolve around the accessibility of disposable sanitary pads are often deadlocked by activists who advocate for sustainable alternatives to menstrual hygiene products.As we celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day, let’s try delving into this discourse and find out how safe and sustainable are our menstrual hygiene products.It is interesting to note that while India adopts the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) model as a part of the United Nation’s Agenda 2030, the term ‘sustainable’ has become a mainstream movement. Sustainable alternatives of menstrual products like reusable sanitary napkins made of cloth and menstrual cups are gaining momentum as steps to avoid the issue of landfills getting choked with non-biodegradable wastes and toxic discharges causing irreversible damage to the environment.In the current digital age, sanitary pads are advertised in the commercial market in such a manner that the targeted consumers are referred to as the ‘modern women’. The white “ultra-thin” plastic sheets are convenient, smart, secure, feather light and become instruments of empowerment. Sanitary pads contain polymers, bleach, artificial perfume, viscose, and gels for extra absorbencyAmazon IndiaOne of the major advantages that the disposable sanitary pads enjoy is that the brands are price conscious in the competitive market that it operates in. Sustainable alternatives like menstrual cups and tampons are expensive and remain inaccessible to a large number of people.What is often ignored is the fact that disposable sanitary pads contain polymers, bleach, artificial perfume, viscose, and gels for extra absorbency. Consumers, on the other hand, are not aware of the ingredient list on the packages as they are not disclosed due to its classification as a “medical product”.Official agencies also play a crucial role in the lack of quality check mechanisms. The Indian Standard of Specifications for Sanitary Napkin was last updated in 1980 by the Indian Standards Institute.However, the latest additions of ‘moisture lock technology’ and other consumer-centric tools have remained unexamined.Recent studies have pointed out that the ignorance surrounding the agents that are used inside sanitary napkins may result in hormonal imbalance and cause cervical cancer. The lack of knowledge about the negative impacts of these toxins is a clear indicator of the state of women’s reproductive and health rights.As menstrual hygiene awareness is becoming more widespread all over the country with Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrations, sustainable alternatives remain an unpopular option due to its inability to compete in the price conscious market. To get people to talk about sustainability, policy-making mechanisms need to include factors like disposability and accessibility so that women are able to make an informed decision based on safe reproductive health practices.last_img read more

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