Supreme Court to hear pleas against conduct of CLAT

first_imgThe Supreme Court agreed to hear on Thursday pleas against the conduct of the Common Law Admission Test 2018 (CLAT) and asked petitioners to place on record orders passed by six High Courts in the case.A Vacation Bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha asked the lawyers appearing for the petitioners to serve the copy of their petitions to respondents, including the Centre.The petitioners told the Bench that the High Courts of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Bombay, Punjab and Haryana and Rajasthan, both the Jaipur and Jodhpur Benches, were hearing separate pleas challenging the CLAT 2018 examination and notices have been issued in some of these matters.CLAT is held for admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in law at national law schools.The examination was organised by CLAT working committee and implementation committee and the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) and the 2018 results are expected to be declared on May 31.“Have any reply, status report or orders been passed by any of these High Courts? You find it out if you can. Just give us a compilation of orders, if any, passed by these High Courts,” the Bench said.The petitioners have sought quashing of the CLAT 2018 examination besides a re-test alleging that several inconsistencies had cropped up during the test held on May 13.last_img read more

Border collie named Verb wins Westminster agility contest

first_imgBig firm products top worst plastic litter list — report PLAY LIST 01:45Big firm products top worst plastic litter list — report06:56Magalong drops Albayalde’s name in ‘ninja cops’ probe00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Verb tore through an obstacle course, guided by handler Perry DeWitt of Wyncote, Pennsylvania.A dog called Plop got a special award for top mixed-breed. Plop is handled by Lisa Topol of New York City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 330 contestants were as small as a Chihuahua and as big as a 98-pound Bernese mountain dog.The dogs navigate jumps, ramps, tunnels and other objects on a route packed with tricky turns. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Border collie named Stella competes in the masters agility preliminary rounds during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)NEW YORK — The Verb is: “win.”A border collie named Verb won the Westminster Kennel Club’s agility contest Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Clippers rally from 28 down, beat Celtics So far, Border collies and Australian shepherds have won the annual contest since it began in 2014. Participants say the sport builds a special bond between dogs and owners.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Rohit Sharma retains spot in India Test squad, New Zealand scared of Ravichandran Ashwin and more

first_imgStuart Binny, Shardul Thakur dropped from India’s Test squad vs New ZealandThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a 15-member squad for the three-Test series against New Zealand.Eoin Morgan slammed after pulling out of Bangladesh tourTwo former England captains, Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain, have come down heavily on Eoin Morgan for opting out of the tour despite complete assurance from the ECB.New Zealand wary of Ravichandran Ashwin threat, says coach Mike HessonKeeping in mind the turning tracks in India and the hosts’ strong spin attack, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said his team will have batsmen who can score against spin.Never expected to win US Open, says Stan WawrinkaStan Wawrinka has now beaten Novak Djokovic on the way to each of his own Grand Slam titles, including in the 2014 Australian Open quarterfinals and 2015 French Open final.Novak Djokovic says nerves betrayed him during US Open final lossNovak Djokovic acknowledged that he became too passive at pivotal segments of the match against Stan Wawrinka, who collected his maiden US Open title at Flushing Meadows.last_img read more

Happy Birthday Sourav Ganguly: Virender Sehwag attributes his success to Dada

first_imgSourav Ganguly, former Indian captain and current member of the Cricket Advisory Committee, turns 45.After making a memorable Test debut after scoring a century at Lord’s in 1996, Ganguly has never looked back.His most memorable and iconic moment came in the final of the Natwest series at Lord’s, when he celebrated by opening his shirt and waving it in the air after India won the match.  Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, who all made their debuts under the ‘Prince of Calcutta’, led the birthday wishes for their former captain on Twitter.   Whatever success I could achieve in Test Cricket,I truly attribute it to the wonderful support you gave me @SGanguly99 . #HappyBirthdayDada Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 8, 2017  #HappyBirthdayDada! It was always a pleasure to play with you, @SGanguly99! Have a good one! sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 8, 2017  Wishing dearest @SGanguly99 many happy returns of the day lots of love dadi. yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 8, 2017#HappyBirthdayDada! You’ve always been an inspiration and a true hero. Have a great one, @SGanguly99 ?????? God bless you ??? #Topman ???- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 8, 2017A very #HappyBirthdayDada ?????? Wishing you many healthy, happy and joyful years ahead. @SGanguly99 ?????? Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) July 8, 2017 Happy Birthday to the Dada of Indian Cricket. The man who changed Indian Cricket for the good forever #HappyBirthdayDada Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) July 7, 2017   Many many happy returns of the day dada! Hope you continue to show direction to #bengal cricket as always! @SGanguly99 #HappyBirthdayDada Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) July 7, 2017 #HappyBirthdayDada ,the man who brought about a great transition in Indian cricket. Forever a legend @SGanguly99 ! May you have a grt life. Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 8, 2017 Happy birthday to the man who has given us innumerable moments to cherish. Happy birthday, @SGanguly99!- cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) July 8, 2017 Happy Birthday, @SGanguly99. Here’s wishing you a great year ahead #HappyBirthdayDada BCCI (@BCCI) July 8, 2017 Happy Birthday to one of India’s finest cricketers, Sourav Ganguly! ????What is your favourite memory from his career? ICC (@ICC) July 8, 2017last_img read more

Deepa appeals for Khel Ratna, gets Haryana CM backing

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) Ignored for this years Khel Ratna award, Rio Paralympics silver-medallist Deepa Malik and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar have requested the Sports Ministry to reconsider her case but the government is unlikely to accept their “appeal”. The award selection panel has recommended javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, the gold medal winner at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, and former hockey captain Sardar Singh for Khel Ratna. In a letter, dated August 16, Khattar wrote, “I am of the considered opinion that prestigious Khel Ratna award should be conferred on Deepa Malik. I therefore request to you to kindly consider her name for Khel Ratna.” Malik, the first Indian woman athlete to win a medal at the Paralympics, wrote an e-mail to the Sports Minister Vijay Goel on August 7, making a similar appeal and also sought an appointment with him. “I felt that there has been an oversight. Wheres the deficiency. Do I need to win one more medal in 2020 Games at the age of 50 to be given this award,” Malik told PTI and dismissed suggestions that she was “lobbying” for the award. “There is a precedence that Khel Ratna can be given to multiple people in an Olympic year. My medal came 15 days after the Khel Ratna was given on August 29, 2016 to the other winners. Its a clear case of oversight. “And I am not lobbying for it. Lobbying is when you try to influence people before the committee sits and decide. When I found my name is not there, then I wrote to the ministry, its an appeal. I have got the backing of my state CM. Haryana is a sports conscience state. He (CM) also felt that I have been overlooked,” Malik said. One of the selection committee members said it was not possible to include all medal winners of the Rio Paralympics. “Look, Mariyappan Thangavelu had also won gold in Rio but still not chosen for Khel Ratna, he was given Arjuna. For Jhajharia, it was his second Paralympics gold, we could not ignore him,” a member of the committee said on condition of anonymity. The Sports Ministry is yet to approve the list of awardees but is unlikely to make any change. “We want to stick to what the panel has recommended. We will make public the names of the award winners very soon,” said a Sports ministry official. When the next edition of Paralympics is held, Deepa Maliks shot put event will not be a part of the roster in the F53 category. Discus throw will be the main discipline. “So, do I need to learn discus throw to win another medal and be considered again? I had a spinal injury due to which I cant rotate my lower body to throw a discus. Thats why I have always practiced Javelin throw and shot put. I dont have the torso balance and the muscles required to throw discus are not connected with my brain anymore,” she explained her predicament. “Can a Vijender Singh or a Sushil Kumar now compete in swimming or gymnastics? I come from a disciplined military family. I have not broken ethics, its my democratic right to express my views and write to the countrys sports minister,” Mailk, winner of 18 international medals, said. PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli is the energy of this Indian team and the clear leader: Brad Hogg

first_imgVirat Kohli might have come under sharp criticism from various quarters for his on-field aggressive behaviour but former Australia spinner Brad Hogg Saturday defended the India captain, saying the visiting team derives energy from him.”Virat Kohli is the energy of this Indian team. He is their clear leader and they feed off him. You just see him on the field – his athleticism is different and he expects that from the Indian team,” Hogg told PTI.”And what he expects from the team, he does as well, so it is not as if he is telling the team what to do without leading from the front. He is actually leading from the front and asking his teammates to follow him,” he added.Talking about Kohli’s batting, Hogg said: “As a batsman too, Kohli is on a different level to anyone else. Perhaps only Usman Khawaja came close, that too in the second innings where he batted with a lot of composure,” said 47-year-old Hogg who played seven Tests between 1996 to 2008.”But even then, they don’t have someone on the same level as Kohli. He is a different batsman to everybody else – he finds boundaries and rotates strike, and turns momentum of the game at will,” he added.Hogg said India would need to find balance going into the third Test to put Australia under pressure. He said both the teams might look to play a pace-bowling all-round at the MCG.The four-match Test series is now levelled at 1-1, with India winning in Adelaide and Australia drawing level in Perth.advertisementHogg said he hopes to see a close contest in the remaining two Tests.”I only really want a close series. We have had two close Test matches, and that’s what we want. We want Australia tested on their home soil and they have been tested a couple of times previously by Indian teams coming here,” said the left-arm spinner.”It will be interesting to see how India will balance their team going into the MCG Test. Both teams might look to play the extra bowler by picking the all-rounder and added to their bowling depth.”Hogg heaped praise on Indian pacers and said it would be a huge opportunity for the visitors against a ‘relatively weak’ Australian side.”India have to be proud with the way their pacers have bowled in both Tests. They have been aggressive and won the first Test, and it was very important because it gave them energy and belief,” he said.”This is a huge opportunity for India because of the relative weakness of the Australian team. So that adds pressure and it plays on back of their minds. Perth tested this bowling attack’s character and they showed true fight, but didn’t score enough runs.”India also faced flak for not playing a spinner at the Perth pitch where Nathan Lyon scalped eight wickets, despite the wicket favouring the pacers.Hogg backed the decision saying in absence of injured Ravichandran Ashwin, India simply couldn’t play Ravindra Jadeja or Kuldeep Yadav for a lack of aid from the pace-friendly pitch.”See, Ashwin wasn’t fit and yes, they did have Jadeja and Kuldeep. I would have loved to see Kuldeep bowl on that track, but even Nathan Lyon didn’t get too much turn,” he said.”As for Jadeja, he would have been spinning into a long left-handed Australian line-up so India probably had that point at the back of their mind. I suspect India might have made the right decision but it came down to the first hour on day one,” he opined.Hogg said the Australian openers have made all the difference in the series so far for the home team, surely as compared to their Indian counterparts.”It was an enthralling Test match and India can be proud of how they fought. But the difference was in the opening partnerships. The way Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch added 112 runs, they made India chase the game from the first hour on day one,” he said.”Indian pacers couldn’t figure out line or length for the first two sessions and that’s where this game got away from them.”It happens sometimes in Perth, when opposition teams arrive here. They can get carried away seeing the green grass or bounce, and are not able to adjust lengths. It gave Australia impetus and India never recovered from there,” Hogg said.Also Read | I have no problem with Virat Kohli’s aggression in Australia: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Virat Kohli loves confrontation, but it should not affect his team: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | India vs Australia: Justin Langer sees the funny side of Kohli-Paine banteradvertisementlast_img read more

South Africa vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019 AajTak11 Prediction and Probable Playing 11

first_imgIn Match 5 of World Cup 2019, South Africa will take on Bangladesh at The Oval, London, on Sunday.South Africa have already lost to England in their opening encounter and another defeat against Bangladesh, ranked 7th in the world could dent their confidence. South Africa’s batting unit has been under-performing but they have a good bowling unit to bundle out their opposition early.Bangladesh have a good experienced core but injuries have been a worry for them.They were given an injury scare on Friday when Tamim Iqbal had to leave the nets after being struck by the ball on the left wrist. Additionally, they are monitoring the fitness of captain Mashrafe Mortaza who has a hamstring issue and ace pacer Mustafizur Rahman who has been struggling with his calf. Mahmadullah also had a shoulder injury, while all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan suffered a back spasm recently.Recent form:South Africa were outplayed in all three facets of the game in the first match against England to get brutually thrashed by 104 runs. But they have a different opposition team this time, that is termed weaker than them on paper. batting has been a worry for South Africa with their overdepedence on some players.Bangladesh have been in good form lately, winning nine out of their last twelve games.They have won the recent tri-series in Ireland by remaining unbeaten in the tournament. They had also reached the final of last year’s Asia Cup where they lost to India. They made it to the quater-finals in the last edition of the torunament and will look to better their run this year.advertisementMatch Prediction:Having played at the tacky, slow pitch at the Oval on Thursday might help South Africa against Bangaldesh. Hashim Amla is expected not to play in the game but with the likes of Quinton de Kock and Faf Du Plessis, South Africa is capable of producing big scores.South Africa is expected to beat Bangaldesh on Sunday and the stats also favour them. In 20 head to head matches against each other in ODIs, South Africa trumped Bangladesh 17 times.Pitch prediction:South Africa have played on this pitch against England in their first match where they failed to chase 311 runs, hence, they have a fair idea how the ball will move on Sunday.With a tinge of green, the pitch looks to favour the fast bowlers. There are predictions of ovecast conditions in London.Probable Playing XisBangladesh:Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain/Mohammad SaifuddinSouth Africa:Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir(With IANS inputs)Also Read | Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan reveal the funniest sledges by Indian playersAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Full guest list, session names and timingAlso Seelast_img read more

Baker Mayfield Dominated His Interview With Colin Cowherd Today

first_imgBaker Mayfield and Colin Cowherd debate on FS1.FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd has been critical of quarterback Baker Mayfield for years now – and heading into this past April’s draft, he even went as far as to declare the former Oklahoma signal-caller “undraftable.” Thursday, Mayfield joined Cowherd on his radio show and quickly showed that he wouldn’t be pushed around.Mayfield, before he event sat down, made quite a statement. The former Heisman Trophy winner was wearing an “Undraftable” shirt mocking Cowherd. Mayfield, as we all know, went No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns – meaning he was quite far from being undraftable.At one point, Cowherd showed Mayfield a clip from the Ohio State game, where Mayfield ran off towards the stands in celebration following a touchdown. Cowherd tried to imply that Mayfield was acting selfishly. Mayfield wasn’t having any of it.Mayfield: “I feel like you’re going for the fact that I’m not a team guy. I’m selfish. Is that what you’re shooting at right here?”Here’s video:Baker Mayfield roasted Cowherd for trying to make him seem like a “bad teammate” after a TD ?— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) June 21, 2018The entire interview spanned two segments and Mayfield has been getting praised for his performance. FOX will likely release it later on Thursday.Baker Mayfield asking Colin Cowherd if he’s played football past high school might be the most important moment in modern history.— Joe Buettner (@ByJoeBuettner) June 21, 2018It remains to be seen whether Mayfield will be a successful pro. Some have compared him to Johnny Manziel – particularly because of some of his off-the-field antics. Others think he’ll be just fine. Regardless, he has quite a task in front of him – turning around an 0-16 franchise.last_img read more

New Fiscal Year Begins With Throne Speech

first_img His address outlined the priority programmes and policies to be pursued by the Government in the new fiscal year, which begins on April 1. It was delivered under the theme ‘Continuing on the Path to Prosperity’. The 2018/19 session of Parliament got under way today (February 15) with the traditional pomp and pageantry. The 2018/19 session of Parliament got under way today (February 15) with the traditional pomp and pageantry.It was highlighted by the delivery of the Throne Speech by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen.His address outlined the priority programmes and policies to be pursued by the Government in the new fiscal year, which begins on April 1. It was delivered under the theme ‘Continuing on the Path to Prosperity’.On his arrival, the Governor-General inspected the Guard of Honour mounted by members of the Jamaica Defence Force, after which he entered the chambers of the House, accompanied by the Acting Commissioner of Police, Clifford Blake, and Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade.In attendance were invited guests, including permanent secretaries from the various ministries, and members of the diplomatic corps.Members of the Senate were the first to take their seats inside Gordon House, followed by the President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson.The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Pearnel Charles Sr., then entered the chambers, followed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips; and members of Parliament.Some of the priority areas outlined for the 2018/19 legislative year include the strengthening of laws to improve crime-fighting efforts; tabling of the National Identification and Registration Authority Regulations; justice reform; and increased participation in initiatives, such as the Work to Learn, Earn, Give and Save (LEGS) programme and the Youth Employment in the Digital and Animation Industries (YEDAI)/Housing, Opportunity, Production, Employment (HOPE) Project.Other focus areas include public sector transformation and modernisation; continuation of the Jamaica Moves Campaign; creation of more housing solutions through the National Housing Trust; and the tabling of the Sexual Harassment Bill, which seeks to protect all women and men from unwanted sexual advances.The Government will also implement a full legislative agenda for the new parliamentary year.To this end, the Police Service Act, which will replace the Constabulary Force Act to provide for the modernisation and transformation of the Jamaica Constabulary Force into a contemporary, intelligence-led police service that ensures citizen security, with stronger systems of administration, management and internal discipline, is to be tabled.Other legislation to be tabled and passed in both Houses of Parliament include The Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act (POCA), the Tourism Workers Pension Bill and Regulations, National Solid Waste Management (Disposal of Solid Waste) Regulations, and the Data Protection Act.Later in the afternoon, the Lower House had its first official sitting for the new fiscal year, where the proposed Budget for 2018/19 was tabled by the Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw. Story Highlights In attendance were invited guests, including permanent secretaries from the various ministries, and members of the diplomatic corps.last_img read more

PCO Clerk fears somebodys going to be shot during coming election campaign

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s top public servant says he is worried someone will be assassinated during the coming federal election campaign given the disturbing tenor of recent public discussion.Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick is telling the House of Commons justice committee today he is deeply concerned about Canada’s politics and where things are headed.Wernick has been asked by the committee to address the SNC-Lavalin controversy dogging the Liberal government, but he is also voicing grave worries about the overall state of public political dialogue.He says he is concerned about the rising tide of incitements to violence, with people using terms like treason and traitor in open discussions.Wernick says those are words that lead to assassination, and he is worried somebody is going to be shot in Canada during the coming federal election campaign.He also expresses dismay about what he calls the trolling from the vomitorium of social media entering the open media arena.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Scheer urges PM to follow through on libel threat over SNC testify

first_imgOTTAWA — Andrew Scheer is challenging Justin Trudeau to follow through on a threat to sue him over his assertion that the prime minister politically interfered with the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavlin.The Conservative leader revealed Sunday that he received a letter on March 31 from Trudeau’s lawyer, Julian Porter, threatening a libel suit.“If Mr. Trudeau believes he has a case against me, I urge him to follow through on his threat immediately,” Scheer said in a statement.“Canadians want this scandal to be investigated in a legal setting where Liberals do not control the proceedings.”Scheer said he looks forward to Trudeau testifying under oath in open court.He called the threatened lawsuit “an intimidation tactic” aimed at silencing the Conservatives, who have been demanding a thorough, independent investigation of the affair. It’s the same kind of tactic Trudeau has employed to silence former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, said Scheer.“This is what Justin Trudeau does when you stand up to him. He threatens you.”Like Wilson-Raybould, Scheer added: “We will not back down. We will continue to do our jobs, hold him to account and get to the bottom of this.”Wilson-Raybould maintains she was inappropriately pressured last fall by the Prime Minister’s Office to stop criminal proceedings against SNC-Lavalin on bribery charges related to contracts in Libya. She believes she was moved to Veterans Affairs in a mid-January cabinet shuffle as punishment for refusing to do so. She resigned from cabinet a month later.While she has called the pressure improper, Wilson-Raybould has said she doesn’t believe anything illegal occurred.Last week, Trudeau expelled both Wilson-Raybould and fellow former cabinet minister Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus. Philpott had resigned from cabinet in early March, citing a loss of confidence in the government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin case.At issue in the threatened libel suit is a statement Scheer issued on March 29, in which he said documentation provided by Wilson-Raybould to the House of Commons justice committee — including a surreptitiously recorded phone conversation with the clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick —  is “concrete evidence that proves Justin Trudeau led a campaign to politically interfere with SNC-Lavalin’s criminal prosecution.”Porter called the statement “highly defamatory.”“The prime minister supports wide-ranging and vigorous political debate on matters of public policy,” he said in his letter to Scheer. “However, your statement, in its entirety, is beyond the pale of fair debate and is libellous of my client personally and in the way of his occupation as prime minister.”Porter said it’s “entirely false” to say Trudeau interfered in the SNC prosecution, which has not been halted, or that he personally directed Wilson-Raybould to “break the law” and “fired” her when she refused. It’s also entirely false to suggest Trudeau was aware of Wilson-Raybould’s concern that he was politically interfering in the SNC case but lied to Canadians about it, Porter said.Scheer’s statement that the affair amounts to “corruption on top of corruption on top of corruption” was meant to suggest that Trudeau “had engaged in dishonest and corrupt conduct that would contravene the Criminal Code,” a crime deserving of up to 14 years in prison, Porter said. That too was “entirely false.”In response, Scheer’s lawyer, Peter Downard, wrote back Sunday that Scheer “will not be intimidated” and is simply performing his “constitutional duty” to hold the government to account.If Trudeau is serious about suing, Downard said he must immediately take steps to preserve all relevant documents and to notify all members of his government, past and present, who’ve been involved in the SNC-Lavalin matter that they can expect to be called to testify.If Trudeau does not proceed with the threatened lawsuit, Downard said Scheer will conclude that Trudeau “has properly acknowledged that Mr. Scheer’s statements were appropriate and grounded in evidence before the Canadian people.”Joan Bryden , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New UN rights chief stresses need to tackle discrimination prevent genocide

“Genocide is the ultimate form of discrimination,” Navanethem Pillay told delegates at the opening of the ninth session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. “We must all do everything in our power to prevent it.”Ms. Pillay spent eight years as a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and five on the International Criminal Court in The Hague before taking up her post as the UN’s top human rights official on 1 September.Drawing on her experience dealing with war crimes and crimes against humanity, the High Commissioner called for a stronger focus on preventing genocide, as well as the “cycles of violence, the mobilization of fear and the political exploitation of difference – ethnic, racial and religious difference” that lead to it.She noted that 2008 contains a number of important human rights milestones – including the 60th anniversaries of the Genocide Convention on 9 December, and of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December.At the same time, she pointed out that both the Universal Declaration and the Genocide Convention “grew out of the Holocaust, but we have yet to learn the lesson of the Holocaust, as genocide continues.”Ms. Pillay, who herself experienced discrimination while living in apartheid South Africa, added that development, security, peace and justice are all undermined “when discrimination and inequality – both in blatant and subtle ways – are allowed to fester and to poison harmonious coexistence.”She urged States not to let “diverging points of view” deter them from taking part in next year’s review of the 2001 global conference against racism, known as the “Durban Review Conference,” the process leading to which has been heavily criticized.“I do not believe that ‘all or nothing’ is the right approach to affirm one’s principles or to win an argument,” she said. “The process will certainly benefit from active participation by all States… Should differences be allowed to become pretexts for inaction, the hopes and aspirations of the many victims of intolerance would be dashed perhaps irreparably.”She said that former South African President Nelson Mandela had taught her that “far from being appeasement, coming to terms with other people’s experiences and points of view may serve the interest of justice better than strategies that leave no room for negotiation.”In her speech, Ms. Pillay also emphasized that gender discrimination remains a major concern. “Such discrimination makes the Universal Declaration’s promise an empty pledge for millions of women and girls,” she said. “No effort should be spared to persuade countries to repeal laws and practices that continue to reduce women and girls to second-class citizens despite international standards and despite the specific commitments that have been made to throw out these laws and customs.”She pledged to carry out her role as High Commissioner in an impartial fashion, without favouring one set of rights over another. “The credibility of human rights work depends on its commitment to truth,” she said, “with no tolerance for double standards or selective application.”Over the course of the next three weeks, the Council is expected to consider human rights situations that require its attention, including follow-up to its special sessions on Darfur, Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, and the global food crisis. The Council’s President, Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, told delegates how important it is to conduct the body’s work in a spirit of candor, transparency and mutual respect for the viewpoints of others.“We cannot afford to do otherwise, given the importance and sensitivity we all attach to human rights issues…While we must continue to insist that all human rights issues be given an open and fair hearing, we must also recognize that our work in the Council is primarily to promote and protect human rights for all people; to improve the human rights situation of victims, and not merely to condemn and to name and shame,” he stated. 8 September 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today stressed the need to address discrimination and inequality, and to do more to prevent genocide, in her first major speech since taking up her new post. read more

Caring for the planet starts with the ground we walk on UN

Soil is a major carbon storage system, essential for sustainable agriculture and climate change mitigation, the United Nations agriculture agency said Tuesday, launching on World Soil Day a comprehensive global map showing the amount of carbon stocks contained in soil. “Soil is the foundation of agriculture , it is where food begins,” said Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). “Maintaining the soil’s important functions and ecosystem services to support food production and increase resilience to a changing climate calls for sustainable soil management practices,” she added. Soil organic matter, with carbon as its main component, is crucial to soil health and fertility, water infiltration and retention as well as food production. The world’s soils act as the largest terrestrial carbon sink, reducing greenhouse gases. Intensifying its role could significantly offset the rapid rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In an historic decision on agriculture, the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (COP23 ) recognized the need for improved soil carbon, soil health and soil fertility.The Global Soil Organic Carbon Map, the most comprehensive to date, illustrates the amount of organic carbon stock in the first 30 cm of soil – revealing natural areas with high carbon storage that require conservation along with regions where further sequestration would be possible. This information can prove a powerful tool to guide decision-making on practices aimed to preserve and increase the current soil carbon stocks – helping win the fight against climate change. The map shows that globally the first 30 cm of soil contains around 680 billion tons of carbon – almost double the amount present in our atmosphere. The degradation of one third of the world’s soils has already prompted an enormous release of carbon into the atmosphere. Restoring these soils can remove up to 63 billion tons of carbon, significantly reducing the effects of climate change. FAO’s Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils supported the map’s development, including by putting together the national carbon maps of more than 100 countries, making a concrete contribution towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15, Life on Earth. The next step is for countries to monitor their national soil information systems for organic carbon levels to make evidence-based decisions on how to manage and monitor their soils. read more

Climate change A moral ethical and economic imperative to slow global warming

Calling on Member States to take “urgent action to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels”, the leaders of more than 30 UN agencies and entities, issued a formal, joint appeal for governments everywhere to “step up ambition and take concrete action” ahead of the landmark Climate Action Summit, which has been convened by UN chief António Guterres this September.The appeal noted that to keep rising temperatures down, countries had to strive to “fulfil their obligations on human rights, including the right to health, the right to food security, the right to development, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women, intergenerational equity, and decent work and a just transition for all, as stated in the Paris Agreement.”We call upon Member States to come to New York in September with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020 – UN leadership appeal As set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming, limiting global warming to 1.5°C “is necessary to prevent irreversible changes. Achieving this goal will require changes on an unprecedented scale at all levels, but it is still possible if we act now”, said the UN system-wide appeal.“With great urgency we call upon Member States to come to New York in September with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020 and in support to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.”The communique issued after consultations during a meeting of the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination, called on countries to ensure that appropriate “adaptation measures” are taken to protect people, jobs and ecosystems, “particularly people in those regions most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change including those at risk through forced displacement and migration.”Climate change is a race we can win, but we must step up ambition now. Today, the @UN is committing to concrete steps and calling on countries for ambitious commitments ahead of our #ClimateAction Summit in September.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) May 9, 2019 $100 billion per year by 2020, for climate actionOn the crucial issue of paying for the ambitious measures which need to be taken, the appeal described climate finance as “critical to deliver action on the necessary scale to address climate change…developed countries must deliver on the goal of mobilizing governments and the private sector to achieve the goal of $100 billion per year by 2020, to support climate action in developing countries and further enhance their efforts on scaling-up financial resources.”And in the race to innovate, the appeal calls for greater ambition, noting that “the Fourth Industrial Revolution offers tremendous potential for a paradigm shift to low-emission, climate-resilient development pathways.”The UN system is supporting “the enhancement of capacity of Member States to develop and utilize relevant data and technological innovations, to find solutions for climate and sustainable development challenges and disaster risk reduction and management, including the use of new and emerging technologies, including information and communication technologies, data and tools.And the UN is going to practice what it is preaching from the Secretariat and beyond. “We will present our system-wide efforts towards reaching climate neutrality in our internal operations by 2020 and enhancing environmental and social sustainability in all UN activities”, says the joint appeal. read more

Brock hosting stem cell donor clinic

From left: Mary Lynn Pride from OneMatch; Bryan Booth; Kristie Newton, secretary of the Community Health Sciences Students’ Council; Evangelia Tsiani.Everyone knows about giving blood, but fewer people are aware of the need for stem cell donors. And an upcoming event at Brock hopes to help change that.The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences is hosting a student-led OneMatch Swabbing Event at Brock on Monday, Oct. 31. With a quick bucchal swab, potential donors can be entered in a database. The public is encouraged to attend.Stem cell and marrow are used to treat patients with a variety of ailments, including specific forms of cancer such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The demand is great, said Mary Lynn Pride, patient transplant liaison specialist with OneMatch.“Currently, there are 959 Canadian patients awaiting stem cell matches,” Pride said during a recent visit to Brock. “What you do here on Oct. 31 is going to greatly impact those patients.”The event is part of the “Get Swabbed!” university challenge, which is happening on 20 university campuses from Oct. 24 to Nov. 9. There has been heightened awareness of stem cell and marrow donation at Brock since Evangelia Tsiani, an associate professor of Community Health Sciences, promoted the cause earlier this year. Tsiani helped hold an event in St. Catharines to find a match for one of her best friends, Toronto pharmacist Cathy Anagnostopoulos.Seeing photos of the Anagnostopoulos family impacted Bryan Booth, Community Health Sciences student and an event organizer.“I thought, ‘What’s the difference between that family and my family?’” he said. “It could be anyone’s friend or loved one.”There is a particular need for donors of different ethnicities, Pride said. There are 42 black patients awaiting stem cell transplants, for example. But black donors account for only about 1 per cent of entries in the registry. There is also a need for more Jewish, Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Latin American and Aboriginal donors.More volunteers are needed to help staff the event, Booth said. He also hopes to see the Brock community out in droves.The swabbing event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Pond Inlet.To volunteer, contact the Community Health Sciences Student Council at chscstudentcouncil2011@gmail.comCanadian Blood Services is also holding a blood donor clinic on Nov. 4. read more

Former Buckeye Mike Vrabel reported to be returning to Ohio State as

Ohio State appears to have found a new linebackers coach in former Buckeye and Super Bowl champion Mike Vrabel. Multiple media outlets have reported Vrabel’s hiring by OSU. According to the university’s online directory, Vrabel’s working title is “Assistant Coach-Football.” In an email to The Lantern, Jerry Emig, assistant athletics communication director, said the athletic department was working Sunday on details regarding a press conference. Emig added that OSU has not “announced an (assistant) coach hire yet.” Emig also said the athletic department would release details on an upcoming press conference shortly, though he did not address what the purpose of the press conference would be. Vrabel, a former defensive end at OSU from 1993–96, was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year during both the 1995 and 1996 seasons. During his college playing days, Vrabel was also a defensive line mate with new OSU head coach Luke Fickell — Vrabel was a defensive end while Fickell played nose guard. Vrabel was drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and spent his first four years as a professional there. Vrabel was later traded to the New England Patriots where he became a force on both sides of the ball. In short-yardage situations, Patriots coach Bill Belichick used Vrabel as a tight end. In his eight years with the Patriots, Vrabel, who typically played linebacker, had 10 receptions, all for touchdowns. During his time in at New England, Vrabel won three Super Bowl and also appeared in the 2007 Pro Bowl. Vrabel was then traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, where he is still under contract. Media outlets have reported that multiple sources close to Vrabel expect the former Buckeye to retire from the NFL and accept the coaching position at OSU. The Kansas City Chiefs did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on Vrabel’s status with the organization. Vrabel would be coming to OSU after a recent run-in with law enforcement. On April 5, Vrabel was arrested for theft at an Indiana casino and was released later that day after posting bond. Vrabel called the arrest an “unfortunate misunderstanding.” More recently, Vrabel has been a vocal member of the NFL Players Association and is one of 10 players involved in the antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. Vrabel could not be reached for comment. read more

Football Chase Young finds himself against Penn State

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) and sophomore defensive end Chase Young (2) shake hands following the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorChase Young wants the play to go to him. He prays for it. With Penn State facing a 4th-and-5 at the Ohio State 43-yard line down one point with 82 seconds left in the game, the sophomore defensive end was lined up, ready to jump off the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped. As Nittany Lions redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley stepped off, changing the play call, Young touched his chest and pointed to the sky, something he said he does often, though it’s not caught on film. “I think everything is in God’s plan,” Young said. “I prayed and said ‘God, if this play’s coming to me, help me make it.’ I sent one up and it came to me and I made it.”As McSorley snapped the ball, Young moved around Ohio State redshirt junior defensive lineman Jashon Cornell, who held off the right tackle, immediately plugging the hole Penn State junior running back Miles Sanders attempted to run through for the first down, securing the victory for the Buckeyes. This tackle capped off a career day for Young, who recorded three tackles for loss, including two sacks, two quarterback hits and two pass breakups in Ohio State’s 27-26 win over Penn State. Young was recognized as Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week, given to the defensive end with the best performance in college football that week. Young was the second Ohio State defensive lineman to receive the award this year, with junior defensive end Nick Bosa receiving the award after his performance in the season opener against Oregon State. After Bosa suffered an injury during the TCU game, and with no clear timetable for return, Ohio State’s defensive line has had to lean on Young to become a dominant pass-rusher — something he has embraced against both Tulane and Penn State. “Coach [Urban] Meyer, he tries to tell us not to wait, so I think every chance I got to get on the field, I tried to put my best out there,” Young said. “I guess the Penn State game, I just had a real good game. I thank God I had a real good game. It was a national stage, ABC, and I just thank God that the Penn State game was that I had a good one.”Even with all the success, Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson said he still sees a young player when he looks at the sophomore defensive end. With the high expectations Young had going into his career at Ohio State, a five-star recruit out of Hyattsville, Maryland, Johnson said there is still a lot more for him to learn. Things like using his hands at the line of scrimmage, something Young said Johnson called out as he watched tape from the Penn State win. However, he is looking to correct the mistakes made against Penn State for the Indiana game on Saturday. Young, according to Johnson, strives for greatness. “He’s a great learner, he wants to learn everything,” Johnson said. “He picks Nick’s brain every day on how to rush the passer, things he can learn. And I think that’s what you want out of a player who’s a highly competitive guy and wants to be a great player.” Without Bosa, Young played more snaps than he ever had in a collegiate game against Penn State. And Johnson said as he continues to play, offensive lines will have to begin to notice. But with other weapons on the defensive line, like redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones, Johnson said it will be hard for opposing lines to treat Young like they might Bosa. That’s the kind of attention Young wants from opponents, the attention the injured All-American has. “He wants the role,” Johnson said. “I think Chase, he’s a competitor, so he wants to do well.”So far this season, Young has shown potential. He leads the team with four sacks and is tied for the team lead with six tackles for loss. However, Young still thinks he has a ways to go to meet the expectation he has for himself. “Not close at all,” Young said. “I made a few mistakes and I got to get the corrected. Obviously, you never want to play a perfect game, but you want to play, you want to try and play a perfect game. That’s what I am trying to do.” For sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, the defensive line sets the bar for the rest of the defense in terms of what each unit strives to be. “Once everyone hits [the level of the] defensive line group, we are just all going to elevate together,” Okudah said.Even with Bosa out, that mentality for the rest of the defense has not changed. Instead, the rest of the defense strives to be like Young. read more

3M introduces versatile air purifying respirator

first_img3M has released its most advanced, versatile, powered air respiratory solution yet. The new 3M™ Versaflo™ powered air purifying respirator TR-600 represents an evolution of technology. Designed to endure heavy use and long wear, the respirator can help enhance comfort, endurance and ease of use. The lightweight respirator is engineered to increase comfort – even for long shifts. The ergonomic design fits close to the body, allowing for greater movement in tight work spaces. It offers multiple airflow rate options for user comfort, and belts designed to be wide and contoured with flexible air channels to minimise heat buildup.The TR-600 has two powerful lithium-ion battery options, reducing downtime by performing up to eight hours. Audible, visual and vibratory alarms reflect filter and battery status to keep workers informed and to help avoid low-airflow situations and automatic low-power shutdowns.“The user-friendly design features intuitive, interactive touch points, and provides tool-free maintenance,” said Chris Sneden, Marketing Manager, 3M Personal Safety Division. “It also meets IP67 standards with cleaning and storage plugs to enable full submersion, for easy cleanup and decontamination.”3M’s TR-600 respirator can be used in a wide variety of applications,  leveraging an extensive range of NIOSH-approved filters and cartridges. It also is compatible with a variety of headgear, offering integrated protection for eye, head, face, skin and respiratory protection.last_img read more

Smartphone explosion and 10 other predictions your business should know

first_imgThe landline is dead. Shing says he has a landline number but it connects to a florist in London as a joke because he doesn’t believe in communicating by phone call.‘Likes’ on Facebook and other social networks are a “rubbish” concept. Only 18 per cent of people who ‘like’ a brand have any intention of buying one of their products.There will be a backlash in social media as it starts to get too diluted and, dare we say it, stalker-like – eg, allowing you to pick your seat on an airplane beside someone you spot on LinkedIn who you want to connect with.The backlash will take the form of defriending, unfollowing, culling our social networks.Allowing people to interact isn’t just letting them comment – sharing videos, audio and pictures are also tools of empowerment.“Attention is the new currency”: the web has become “overwhelming” so curation of niche interests will be important.Authenticity and active engagement: that’s what users want now.Generic advertising is out – it has to be tailored to users’ interests.Location is vital for mobile services to tailor towards where you are, when you’re there, what you’re doing there.It will be all about video calls on our phone by 2015.And his lessons for companies trying to harness social networks? Harness pre-existing communities, constantly innovate even if it means failing sometimes (“fail-forward”, apparently).Read: Coder Dojo founder, aged 20, honoured at Web Summit> THE MAN WHO AOL trusts to predict future trends in online and social media has told the Dublin Web Summit that he believes smartphones and mobiles are where people will spend most of their internet-surfing time in the near future.David Shing, who kicked off the conference on the main stage at the RDS this morning, said that there were 1 billion smartphones in the globe. The smartphone, he said, should no longer be referred to as a second or third screen (behind, say, your laptop or desktop PC) but was for many, their “first screen”.As a result, online companies had to begin creating mobile-compatible apps which properly addressed their users’ needs.The shock-haired Australian gave a sharp and snappy presentation – these are some of his predictions:last_img read more

Google Maps Pourquoi Éric Schmidt dévoile lemplacement des goulags de Corée du

first_imgGoogle Maps : Pourquoi Éric Schmidt dévoile l’emplacement des goulags de Corée du NordDes sites de recherches nucléaires et des goulags, les derniers ajouts de Google Maps ne risquent pas de passer inaperçus, d’autant plus qu’ils sont situés dans un État très secret : la Corée du nord. Comment ces informations sont arrivés là ? Comment expliquer que Google ait retiré le brouillard au-dessus de la Corée du Nord ? La récente visite du patron de Google, Éric Schmidt, chez Kim Jong-Un, chef d’état de Corée du Nord, semble porter des fruits assez originaux, comme l’apparition d’installation de recherches nucléaires ou de goulags sur les cartes de Google Maps.Sur la carte, il suffit de taper “Bukchang Gulag” ou “Hoeryong Gulag” pour s’apercevoir que l’affaire n’a rien d’une mauvaise plaisanterie, et qu’il s’engage peut être un vrai face à face entre Google et le chef d’état.Une situation compliquée qui a débuté au début du mois de janvier, par une visite d’Éric Schmidt et de Bill Richardson (ex-diplomate américain et ex-gouverneur du Nouveau-Mexique).Une visite “humanitaire privée” Un mois après le lancement d’un missile à longue portée par Pyongyang, la venue d’Éric Schmidt reste très mystérieuse sur ses intentions, mais elle avait été alors justifiée par un but “humanitaire privée”. Le patron de Google était alors accompagné de l’ex-diplomate Bill Richardson mais, selon certaines indiscrétions parues dans la presse américaine, cette entrevue ne se serait pas très bien passée. Alors cette divulgation d’informations serait-elle un bras de fer initié par l’un des plus grands acteurs d’Internet au chef d’état du pays le plus fermé du Globe? Peut-être pas.De la “diplomatie privée” via le Web ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Alors que la Corée du Nord était, jusqu’alors, une zone trouble sur la carte du Monde de Google, elle apparaît aujourd’hui comme une partie géographique délimitée, au nord de la péninsule de Corée, bordée par la Chine, la Russie et la Corée du Sud, et située entre la mer du Japon et la mer Jaune. Il s’agit donc ici d’une reconnaissance des frontières de l’État par Google, dont la diffusion est mondiale. Un véritable ticket d’entrée donnée à la Corée du Nord pour sa place dans le grand orchestre mondial, mais un ticket accompagné d’une note : l’emplacement de certains lieux qui, à ce niveau “d’écoute mondiale”, mériterait de ne plus apparaître. Un petit tacle dont le seul but serait de changer les choses, de façon positive. Mais cette “diplomatie privée” entre un chef d’état et un patron d’entreprise va-t-elle être suivie de fait par Kim Jong-Un ? Une chose reste sûre, cette reconnaissance mondiale ne laissera pas indifférent le jeune chef d’état, arrivé au pouvoir il y a un an et adepte des nouvelles technologies. Pour rappel, Amnesty International a comptabilisé 200.000 nord-coréens enfermés dans les goulags du régime.Le 29 janvier 2013 à 15:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more