Salman named goodwill ambassador of Indias Olympic contingent

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 23 (PTI) Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was today named goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro — an unprecedented appointment in the run-up to the quadrennial extravaganza. The announcement was made in the presence of Olympic medallists and Rio star athletes such as boxer M C Mary Kom , hockey captain Sardar Singh, and shooter Apurvi Chandela, among others. The association between Salman Khan and the Indian Olympic Association was facilitated by IOAs official marketing agency IOS Sports & Entertainment. Speaking on this new association with IOA Salman said, “I am honoured that Indian Olympic Association has chosen me as the goodwill ambassador for the Indian contingent for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. “It is a matter of great national pride that our athletes are performing better and better at the Olympic Games and I think we should all join hands in giving them every support and cheer for them so that Rio 2016 becomes our best Olympic tally.” Commenting on the announcement IOA President N Ramachandran said, “His association will not only attract sports lovers but also help motivate the players to do well in the Olympics. We are sure our association with Salman Khan will go a long way.” The athletes too welcomed the move with Mary Kom saying, “This is a big moment for all of us that Mr. Salman Khan has joined us as our family member during Rio Olympics. My preparations for Rio Olympic qualification are going on and I will be competing in the World Championship soon.” PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Copa America: Brazil play out goalless draw against Ecuador

first_imgKey absences cost Brazil several important players and its performance reflected it in a 0-0 tie with Ecuador on Saturday night in the Copa America opener for both teams at the Rose Bowl.ECUADOR CAME THE CLOSEST TO TAKE THE LEADEcuador came the closest to scoring in front of the crowd of 53,158, but an apparent goal was waved off as the ball was ruled to have gone out of bounds before the shot.With the result, Peru finished the day atop Group B after a 1-0 victory over Haiti 1-0 in Seattle earlier Saturday.ABSENCE OF NEYMAR, KAKA FELTBrazil was without several name players, including Barcelona standout Neymar, Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa and Orlando City’s Kaka, a former FIFA Player of the Year. Neymar skipped the tournament because he didn’t have permission from Barcelona to play in both Copa America as well as the Olympics in Rio in August. Neymar, though, took in the match from a luxury suite at the Rose Bowl.Ecuador appeared to score in the 66th minute when Miler Bolanos chased down a ball near the goal line and slipped a ball to the front of the goal. Brazil’s Alisson dove, but mishandled the ball, which bounced off his hands and into the goal. However, referee Julio Bascunan ruled that the ball crossed the goal line before Bolanos’ shot and awarded Brazil a goal kick.Brazil nearly scored in the 84th minute but second-half substitute Lucas’ header sailed wide of the goal.The draw maintained Brazil’s dominance over Ecuador in Copa America. Brazil is 12-0-2 against Ecuador in the tournament.advertisementEcuador came out on the attack and held the ball for most of the first five minutes and threatened the Brazilian goal in the fifth minute, when Enner Valencia sent a shot wide.Brazil won more of the possession after that early spell. Ecuador goalkeeper Esteban Dreer turned away Brazil’s first dangerous opportunity, stopping Phillipe Coutinho’s shot from six yards out.Determined and finding space, Brazil continued to pressure Ecuador but could not get the ball into any positions of danger. Jonas’ header in the 15th minute and Coutinho’s shot from 25 yards out two minutes later may have put some fear into Ecuador, but each went wide.Casemiro picked up a yellow card in the 18th minute for elbowing Enner Valencia while both leaped to try and win a header.After standing its ground, Ecuador won more of the ball in the final 15 minutes of the first half and put Brazil on its heels. Forced to defend hastily, Brazil reacted with a pair of cautions in a three-minute span. First, Elias took down Jefferson Montero after Ecuador countered following Brazil’s corner kick. Valencia was unable to capitalize on the ensuing free kick, placing his shot directly at goalkeeper Alilsson.Brazil earned another caution when Gil tripped Valencia after the Ecuadorian fouled him.Fouls dominated the early moments of the second half. Ecuador’s Arturo Mina picked up Ecuador’s first yellow card of the match two minutes after the intermission after fouling Coutinho.Ecuador picked up two more yellow cards in the second half, with Valencia and Jaime Ayovi earning cautions for reckless fouls.Brazil’s Dani Alves donned the captain’s armband, replacing club teammate Neymar with the captaincy. Even without Neymar or Douglas Costa, Brazil’s lineup was still formidable. Seven of the starters play in Europe, with the likes of Coutinho (Liverpool), Willian (Chelsea) and Casemiro (Real Madrid) on the field.last_img read more

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Drake crashed his cousins high school prom

first_imgLondon, May 16 (PTI) Rapper Drake has travelled all the way to Memphis to escort his cousin, Jalaah Moore, and her date to a prom night.The “Hotline Bling” singer bought the teen and her date custom outfits and even ordered white Rolls Royce for them, reported TMZ.The pair sported matching gold ensembles, while Drake opted for an all-black suit that included a turtleneck as he chaperoned the students to Fairley High Schools prom.The 30-year-old record producer also took to social media to mark the special family occasion by posting a snapshot of the high school couple sitting in a booth.”Prom 2017 #FairleyHighSchool #901 #YoungLove,” he captioned the picture. PTI SSN SSNlast_img read more

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Koreas to hold talks this month on joint Olympic bid

first_imgSeoul, Oct 15 (AFP) North and South Korea will discuss the details for their planned joint bid for the 2032 Olympics later this month to follow up on an ambitious agreement reached between their leaders in September.The radical concept, which would require an unprecedented level of cooperation and mutual trust on the long-divided Korean peninsula, was included in a joint statement issued after a September summit between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang.”The South and North agreed to…discuss the issue of South-North joint hosting of the 2032 Summer Olympics around the end of the month at the joint liaison office,” read a joint statement issued after a high-level meeting Monday.No further details were given.Pyongyang boycotted the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics after it demanded co-hosting rights and negotiations fell apart over how to share the events, but its decision to participate in this year’s Pyeongchang Winter Games triggered a dramatic diplomatic turnaround on the peninsula.It came after tensions mounted the previous year, with the North carrying out multiple missile launches and its most powerful nuclear test to date, and Kim trading personal insults and threats of war with US President Donald Trump.The February Games saw athletes from the two Koreas march together at the opening ceremony behind a unification flag showing an undivided peninsula, and the first unified Olympic team, in women’s ice hockey.Kim sent his sister Kim Yo Jong to Pyeongchang as his personal envoy, and the two leaders have since met three times as part of an ongoing diplomatic rapprochement.advertisementThe two Koreas have continued their sports diplomacy, forming joint teams for the ITTF world table tennis championships and several events at the Asian Games in Indonesia as well as holding friendly basketball matches.North Korea’s participation in hosting the Summer Games, which include thousands of athletes from around the world and an even larger number of spectators, would be a watershed event requiring a degree of openness and financial muscle now lacking in the isolated and impoverished country.It would also force an extraordinary level of cooperation between two Cold War foes that have no formal avenues for regular contact and are still technically at war. (AFP) SCYSCYSCYlast_img read more

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New Karnataka Congress ministers struggle with problems of dissent and portfolio

first_imgPortfolios of newly inducted ministers of the H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition cabinet is likely to be announced Thursday, party leaders said, as they grappled with problems of dissent and portfolio allocation.The leaders also sought to downplay the dissidence within the party, even as efforts were on to quell the disgruntlement that had emerged after the recent rejig.Congress general secretary in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal held a series of meetings on portfolio allocation, which has become another concern as the new ministers lobbied for plum departments.Several senior ministers were not willing to shed key portfolios they have, adding to the worry, party sources said.Speaking to reporters after meeting the congress legislature party leader Siddaramaiah, pradesh congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao and deputy chief minister G Parameshwara among others, Venugopal said the portfolio list is being sent to Congress President Rahul Gandhi, for his approval.”On portfolio allocation of new ministers, I have discussed with the leaders and took their view. It will now begoing for the approval of the Congress President, who will clear it very soon,” he said.Terming the meeting as “fruitful”, Rao said Venugopal was likely to meet Gandhi Wednesday evening or night in Delhi, and he will finalise the portfolio allocation.He said reports about ministers holding two or three portfolios not willing to give up some key departments for others, were “unnecessary speculation.”According to reports, the meeting between top party leaders Wednesday was not cordial, as Parameshwara expressed displeasure over being asked to give up some key portfolios that he has, by Siddaramaiah.advertisementHe currently has departments of Home, Bengaluru city related affairs, Youth Affairs and Sports.Denying such reports, Rao said “Everything has been discussed in a very good manner, I too saw reports about some clash.. they are all baseless.Some sections of media have also said that portfolios have been decided and they are outwith a list.From our side all proposals are there, ultimate decision will be taken by Congress President Rahul Gandhi in consultation with Venugopal and us. I think by tomorrow youwill have the announcement,” he added.The leaders also sought to downplay Ramesh Jarkiholi’s threat to quit as party MLA, sulking over being dropped as minister, and open expression of displeasure by another senior legislator Ramalinga Reddy on not being considered during Ministry expansion.”You don’t worry about anything, our house is very much intact, everybody will be in Congress itself and nothing will happen,” Venugopal said in response to a question.Calling Ramesh Jarkiholi a “good leader”, he expressed confidence that he will remain in the Congress.Reddy is also a “loyal” Congress leader, the party general secretary said, adding that “definitely, we will honour him and nothing will happen.”In an effort to quell the dissidence, Siddaramaiah had on Tuesday met Reddy and tried to pacify him, but did not meetwith success with Ramesh Jarkiholi who is incommunicado.According to Congress sources, Venugopal, who met a delegation of Reddy’s supporters including Bengaluru Mayor and corporators, convinced them to wait till Lok Sabha polls.However, he has given the task of convincing Ramesh Jarkiholi to his brother and newly inducted Minister Satish Jarkiholi.”I will meet him (Ramesh) today or tomorrow..I will find him and meet him,” Satish Jarkiholi told reporters.As Ramesh Jarkiholi is likely to make public his decision to quit as Congress MLA Thursday, Rao, describing him “hundred per cent Congress man”, said he has got “Congress blood in him, so I don’t see him going to a communal party like BJP.”Ramesh Jarkiholi, accused of hobnobbing with the BJP, along with R Shankar, an Independent lawmaker who showed reluctance to be an associate member of the Congress, were dropped during the rejig.In the much-awaited exercise, the six-month old Congress-JD(S) coalition ministry headed by Kumaraswamy was expanded Saturday with the induction of eight members from the national party.Also read: Deliberation over cabinet formation in three states is Rahul’s message against anti-party activitiesALSO WATCH| Rift in Karnataka Congress over cabinet expansion?last_img read more

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ICC rankings: India retain top spot in Tests, England No. 1 in ODIs

first_imgIndia and England have retained their top positions in the team rankings for Tests and ODIs, respectively, after the annual update in which series results from 2015-16 are removed, and outcomes from 2016-17 and 2017-18 are weighted at 50 per cent.India’s lead over New Zealand in the ICC Test Team Rankings has narrowed from eight to two points and England remain at the top of the ICC ODI Team Rankings with their gap over India reduced to just two points in an expanded table.In the Test rankings, India were on 116 points and New Zealand on 108 before the update. But India’s 3-0 win over South Africa and 2-1 win in Sri Lanka being purged as part of the 2015-16 season sees them losing three points while New Zealand’s two 2-0 defeats to Australia being removed sees them gain three points.In the only change of positions on the table, England have overtaken Australia to fourth position and are on 105 points. Australia are on 98 points after dropping six points as they had won four of the five series in 2015-16, no more part of the calculations. In another significant movement, the gap between seventh-placed Pakistan and eighth-placed West Indies has trimmed from 11 to two points.In the ODI rankings, England have retained the No. 1 ranking but to go into the World Cup as the top-ranked side, they will need to beat Ireland in an upcoming one-off ODI and then beat Pakistan 3-2 or better in a home series, or lose to Ireland but then beat Pakistan 4-1 or better.advertisementSouth Africa have overtaken New Zealand at the third spot while another change in positions sees the West Indies moving ahead of Sri Lanka to seventh place. No team has dropped out of the top 10, thus ensuring that the World Cup will see the 10 top-ranked sides in action.Three of the four teams awarded ODI status at the end of the World Cricket League Division 2 will join the rankings once they have played the requisite eight qualifying matches. However, PNG join the rankings immediately having played several ODIs prior to April 2018. The Netherlands, who already had ODI status, will need to play two more ODIs to achieve a ranking.The annual update for the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings will be made on May 3.last_img read more

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Ambati Rayudu comes out of retirement, says he has enough cricket left in him

first_img Next Ambati Rayudu comes out of retirement, says he has enough cricket left in himAmbati Rayudu announced retirement from international cricket midway during ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after he was not picked in the 15-man India squad for the quadrennial tournament. advertisement Indo-Asian News Service HyderabadAugust 30, 2019UPDATED: August 30, 2019 11:47 IST Ambati Rayudu recently expressed his desire to resume playing white-ball cricket for India (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRayudu has said he will continue playing limited-overs cricketRaydu wrote to Hyderabad Cricket Association, informing them about his decisionRayudu said he is available from September 10 to join the Hyderabad teamBarely 2 months after drawing curtains to his cricketing career, Ambati Rayudu has made a giant U-turn. The 33-year-old has written to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), saying his decision to retire was an emotional one and that he is available for selection.In an email sent to HCA’s CoA on Thursday, Rayudu wrote, “I would like to bring to your notice that I would like to come out of retirement and play cricket in all formats.””I want to take this opportunity to thank Chennai Super Kings, VVS Laxman and Noel David, who have been very supportive during the tough time and are instrumental in making me realise that I have enough cricket left in me.”I am looking forward to a wonderful season ahead with a very talented Hyderabad team and help the team realise its full potential. I will be available from September 10 to join the Hyderabad team,” he added.The HCA’s CoA subsequently sent out a mail saying, “This is to inform you that Rayudu has withdrawn his announcement of retirement and has made himself available for the shorter format of the game for HCA for 2019-20.”During the course of the World Cup in England, Rayudu had announced his retirement after he wasn’t chosen as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan despite being named one of five stand-bys for the quadrennial event.Initially, the 33-year-old was not included in the 15-man India squad for the World Cup because of not having a “three-dimensional” game and Vijay Shankar was preferred over him. After the snub, Rayudu had tweeted sarcastically “Just ordered a new set of 3D glasses to watch the World Cup,” aimed at chief selector MSK Prasad.advertisementLast year, the middle-order batter had announced his retirement from first-class cricket in order to focus on his limited-overs career.Also Read | Every game in World Test Championship is important: Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | MS Dhoni was unavailable for selection, confirms MSK PrasadAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ambati RayuduFollow World Cup 2019Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow HyderabadFollow VVS Laxmanlast_img read more

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NCR hold Data Analytics workshop

first_imgNew Delhi: The Northern Central Railways on Tuesday held a Data Analytics workshop chaired by General Manager Rajiv Chaudhary and attended by all PHODs of NCR and other senior officials from the headquarters.Chaudhary addressed the workshop and highlighted the importance of using data analytical tools in decision-making in all field of work. He suggested that Railways is a large source of data and MNIT students can associate data analytics projects with the Railways which will be extremely beneficial to the Railways and a great learning experience for students. IIT and MNIT-educated engineers Anil Kumar Singh and Mayank Pandey spoke at the workshop and presented in detail, about different types of data, analysis tools available, and latest developments in the field of data analytics. The workshop was centred around Big Data, which is high in volume. Speakers also talked about quick methods of gathering data and processing information to get cost-effective solutions. Approximately, 175 zera bytes of data will be available globally by 2025 and unless there is a correct analysis of this information, decisions guided by such data cannot be precise.last_img read more

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Mark Wahlberg To Be Honored At Courage Awards

first_imgThe 10th annual Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner presented by First Data Corporation and the Joe Plumeri Foundation, with the generous support of USAA, is being held on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.This fundraising gala will bring together injured service members, their caregivers and families, and the most influential WWP supporters.The awards will honor Mark Wahlberg with the James Gandolfini Award. This award honors James Gandolfini’s invaluable work by recognizing outstanding character in service to warriors and their families. Mr. Wahlberg was overwhelmingly nominated for this award as that same outstanding character was recognized in him.Mr. Wahlberg’s support of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began through his participation in direct-response TV commercials. The television spots have raised a tremendous amount of awareness not only for WWP, but for the challenges our injured service members face as they transition back into civilian life. Additionally, with his tireless work promoting veterans’ issues in concert with the launch of his film “Lone Survivor,” he became a determined and impassioned voice in the discussion.Through his personal and professional work, Mr. Wahlberg is truly living the WWP mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.The Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner presented by First Data Corporation and the Joe Plumeri Foundation, with the generous support of USAA, will help WWP provide our nation’s injured service members with much-needed support through 20, free life-saving programs and services. WWP does not charge membership or participation fees to injured service members, their family members, and caregivers to participate in any of the programs. WWP programs focus on engagement, mind, body, and economic empowerment, vital areas that have a wide range in scope, including: physical health and wellness, family support retreats, career placement, education assistance, help with the benefits process, and long-term support and independence programs for the most seriously injured veterans. Through this event, WWP is able to honor and empower Wounded Warriors to not only survive with their injuries but to thrive and achieve personal and professional success.Find out more here.last_img read more

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Cabinet OKs elimination of minimum finance test for public auto insurer Eby

first_imgVICTORIA – The minister responsible for British Columbia’s financially challenged public auto insurer says the government has suspended regulations that had forced the Crown agency to meet minimum financial tests.David Eby said Wednesday that the provincial cabinet approved the suspension of financial capital test rules to allow the Insurance Corporation of B.C. to appear before the provincial utilities commission and start its plan to restore financial stability.Last week’s B.C. budget forecast a loss of $1.3 billion at the Crown corporation this year.Eby had earlier described the financial situation at the corporation as a “dumpster fire” that resulted from previous inaction to address rising claims costs by the former Liberal government.The former government also took money from the insurer’s accounts to fund other government programs, he said.Last month, Eby outlined a series of changes at the corporation to try to restore it back to financial health, including limiting awards for pain and suffering to $5,500.Before the rules were changed this week, the corporation was supposed to have enough money in the bank to cover 100 per cent of all its claims, but that amount currently sits at 54 per cent, Eby said.“So, we had to change the rule in order to appear in front of the utilities commission to lay out the changes we’re doing with ICBC to get back on track financially.”He said now that the technical changes have been approved, the agency can apply to the B.C. Utilities Commission for approval of rate increases between six and eight per cent that were granted last year on an interim basis.Eby said the government will introduce legislation in the coming weeks to bring in the changes it believes will improve the Crown corporation’s finances.“It has been due to escalating claims and the failure of the previous government to put the changes in place to get legal costs and auto body costs under control,” he said.last_img read more

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Ghosn wins bail in Japan but banned from seeing wife

first_imgTokyo: Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn emerged from his Tokyo detention centre in the late hours of Thursday after accepting bail of $4.5 million under strict conditions including restrictions on seeing his wife. The 65-year-old tycoon faces four charges of financial misconduct ranging from concealing part of his salary from shareholders to syphoning off Nissan funds for his personal use. His case has captivated Japan and the business community with its multiple twists and turns, as well as shone a spotlight on the Japanese justice system which critics say is overly harsh.last_img read more

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WatchPenalty for cancelling Saudi arms contract in the billions Trudeau says

OTTAWA — The price for registering Canada’s outrage over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi went up exponentially Thursday, as Justin Trudeau revealed the penalty for cancelling a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia would be “in the billions of dollars.”The prime minister blamed Stephen Harper’s previous Conservative government — which signed the contract to sell light armoured vehicles to the desert kingdom — for making it so costly to cancel and for making it impossible for him to publicly reveal the exact figure.But he was accused by the NDP of inventing numbers to justify not cancelling the contract.Earlier this week, Trudeau signalled his reluctance to cancel the deal, saying he didn’t want “to leave Canadians holding a billion-dollar bill because we are trying to move forward on doing the right thing.”Some Canadian companies remain silent on whether they’ll attend Saudi Arabia’s investment conferenceJustin Trudeau signals Canada could freeze Saudi arms export contractIn the shadow of a killing, Saudi Arabia’s investment summit loses its swagger as scrutiny mountsDuring a news conference Thursday with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Trudeau was pressed to say if that was a precise figure. He said the “extremely difficult contract” signed by the Harper government included a requirement for “total confidentiality” which prevents him from disclosing details.But he added: “Suffice it to say possible penalties would be in the billions of dollars but that is something we are looking at right now.”Trudeau also said that the government is “actively reviewing existing export permits” for arms to Saudi Arabia.While that review is underway, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said no new export permits will be approved.Canada temporarily suspended approvals of new export permits to the Gulf kingdom in 2017, while the government investigated allegations that Saudi Arabia had used Canadian-made armoured vehicles against its minority Shia Muslim population. The suspension was lifted a few months later after the investigation found no conclusive evidence of the allegation.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blamed Stephen Harper’s previous Conservative government for making it so costly to cancel the Saudi arms deal. While suspending export permits falls short of outright cancellation of the contract, Trudeau said Thursday it would provide a lever for Canada to increase pressure on Saudi Arabia to come clean on what happened to Khashoggi.“One of the things that we are working on as an international community is ways to put leverage and put pressure on Saudi Arabia to give better answers as to what actually happened to Jamal Khashoggi and to understand that protection of a free press is fundamental to protecting human rights and upholding the stability and prosperity of countries around the world,” he said.Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Saudi Arabia initially insisted he’d left the consulate, then said he’d been killed in a fist fight inside the consulate and, on Thursday, finally admitted his murder had been premeditated.Turkish officials say a 15-man Saudi hit squad — including at least one member of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage — tortured, murdered and dismembered Khashoggi, whose remains have yet to be found.Rutte said the Netherlands has had “a very restrictive arms sales regime” with Saudi Arabia for years and he pleaded at last week’s European Council meeting for other European countries to do the same.Lawmakers at the European Union passed a non-binding resolution Thursday calling on member countries to impose an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia. The resolution also called on member countries to halt exports of “surveillance systems and other dual-use items that may be used in Saudi Arabia for the purposes of repression.”In the House of Commons, New Democrats urged the Trudeau government to follow suit.“Everyone knows the kingdom is one of the worst human rights offender in the world. This alone should be enough (to cancel arms contracts),” said NDP foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere.“What are the Liberals waiting for?”Transport Minister Marc Garneau, standing in for the prime minister, said the government strongly expects that “Canadian exports are used in a way that’s consistent with Canada’s foreign policy objectives and that fully respects human rights.”“We have frozen our export permits before when we’ve had concerns about their potential misuse and we will not hesitate to do so again.”Meanwhile, the London, Ont.-based company that won the contract to supply Saudi Arabia with light armoured vehicles announced Thursday that it is laying off more three dozen employees.In a written statement, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada said it reviewed its current business environment and work forecast and “concluded that a workforce reduction of 37 salaried positions was necessary.”The company insisted the layoffs are “part of a normal cycle of work” and have “no connection to recent events that the government of Canada is addressing.”—— with files from The Associated Press and Kelly Malone in Winnipeg. 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UN agency marks new milestone in repatriation of Angolan refugees

“Now that the war is over, and – most importantly – that elections are expected in 2006, repatriation is another symbol of the conclusion of the war and of a new era of peace,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) deputy representative in Angola, Annette Nyekan, said.The first convoy carrying 211 returning refugees arrived in Angola yesterday along the newly de-mined road connecting Kimvula in the DRC’s Bas Congo province to Sakandica in Angola’s Uige province.The new corridor is a typical example of the difficulties that have confronted refugees and UNHCR during the repatriation to Angola, which was devastated by 27 years of civil war until a peace agreement was signed between the Government and rebels in 2002.More than 333,000 refugees have returned to Angola since then, nearly 200,000 of them with assistance from UNHCR.Everywhere, bridges have had to be rebuilt and roads cleared of mines. After each rainy season, routes have to be checked again because the mines shift in the muddy soil.The three-year repatriation programme to Angola has involved returns from all of the neighbouring countries, and even beyond. But the largest numbers have come from the DRC and Zambia.UNHCR said it will focus in 2006 on supporting the re-integration of the returnees into their home areas, which are concentrated in the most isolated and heavily damaged parts of Angola. read more

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UN condemns murder of French photojournalist in Central African Republic

“I condemn the killing of Camille Lepage, whose only desire was to show, through her work, the fate of marginalised populations,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), calling on the country’s authorities to do everything possible to shed light on the circumstances of her death and bring the authors to justice.UNESCO says that Ms. Lepage, 26, was a freelance photographer who published her work in numerous media, including Libération, Le Parisien, Le Monde, Time, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. In 2012, she moved to South Sudan and had been working in CAR since September 2013. According to a communique from the French Government, her body was found yesterday by French peacekeeping troops, known as Sangaris, during a car search in the western part of the country. Also voicing strong condemnation of the killing was the UN Security Council, which stressed that those responsible shall be held accountable.In a press statement issued in New York, the Council recalled that, in accordance with international humanitarian law, journalists, media professionals and associated personnel engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict are generally considered as civilians and shall be respected and protected as such. “The members of the Security Council deplored the ongoing violence and killing in the Central African Republic that has resulted in so many lives lost and so much displacement,” said the statement, adding that the 15-member body reiterated its full support for the African Union International Support Mission in the country (MISCA) and the French and European Union forces who support it, and called on all parties to cooperate fully with the Mission. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed in the violence that has swept CAR following a 2012 coup led by the mainly Muslim rebel coalition, Séléka. The fighting has taken on a deeply sectarian tenor as anti-balaka militia, comprised mostly of Christians, have begun waging a brutal campaign of reprisal attacks. Charges of massive human rights abuses have been levelled against both groups, and the crisis has now left some 2.2 million in need of humanitarian aid. read more

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McNabbs Jersey is Retired Reid Returns Fans Brawl at

Philadelphia Eagles’ fans greeted former team head coach Andy Reid with a standing ovation on his return to the Lincoln Financial Field not as an Eagle but on the opposing team, the Kansas City Chiefs.It was a festive game between the Eagles and the Chiefs. The Eagles retired Donovan McNabb’s No.5 jersey during half time show. Reid returned to the stadium for the first time since he was fired from the ball club, and the Chiefs sacked Eagles quarterback Michael Vick six times, bulldozing their way to a third consecutive win.But while the Chiefs were busy beating up on the Eagles on the field, fans began fighting in the stands.A huge brawl broke out in the bleachers just inches from the press box during Thursday’s game. New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch was able to capture the incident with his cell phone camera. Details of the fight are scarce, but according to one reporter, three rows of fans were eventually thrown out of the stadium. read more

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Bucs Mike Williams Stabbed Allegedly By Brother

Mike Williams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, was stabbed in the thigh Sunday and the suspect is none other than his younger brother, Eric Baylor, 23, according to police.Williams  was treated for a relatively minor laceration at St. Joseph’s Hospital and released, according to The Tampa Times. The paper reported that the sheriff’s office issued an arrest warrant Sunday night for Baylor on a charge of aggravated battery/domestic violence after deputies were called to Williams’ home in the Avila community north of Tampa.“We are aware of the situation that occurred at the residence of Mike Williams and are working with him and the authorities to get additional information,” the Bucs said in a statement released Sunday. “While we have limited knowledge at this time, our primary concern is for the safety and well being of all involved. We will refrain from further comment until we can get a better understanding of the situation.”Sunday’s incident is the latest off-the-field issue for Williams, who signed a six-year, $40.25 million deal with Tampa Bay last July. Williams faces misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespassing, and has also paid more than $43,000 in damages for destructive house parties.“There’s a pattern here and it’s disturbing. No one is bigger than this football team,” new Bucs coach Lovie Smith said in February. “He has to understand that.”Williams, 26, caught 22 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in six games last season, his fourth with the Bucs. read more

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SEHA Vardar easily deals with Nexe

← Previous Story Podravka and Leipzig to Women’s EHF CL! Next Story → Besiktas JK wins Turkish Super Cup! handballNexe NašicerakometrukometSEHAVardar HC Vardar players scored another victory in the SEHA South Stream Regional league, as a warm-up for what’s coming, when the Macedonian vice-champions are having a EHF Champions League visit in their first game, away at Celje. The team of Raul Gonzalez won easily with 32:21, the team being led by the GK Strahinja Milic, who with 19 saves was unsolvable enigma for the visitors from Nasice. read more

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VIDEO Olafur Stefansson moment of Nordic mythology

Olafur Stefansson Handball-Planet.com fans, for sure, didn’t forget Olafur Stefansson. Iconic Icelandic right back ended professional career in 2015 at KIF Kolding. He won four EHF Champions League titles with SC Magdeburg and BM Ciudad Real, while 45-years old lefthander wrote the best chapter of Icelandic sports history by winning Olympic silver and EHF EURO 2010 bronze medal.In order to help his older compatriots, Olafur joined project of City of Rejkjavik who connected athletes with pensioners.Take a look Olafur’s version of famous Nordic myth about Odin and Freyja. Legend…Olafur Stefansson share his experience: Life is like a handball game” ← Previous Story MATHE’S SOLDIERS: Chambery win in Nantes to overtake TOP of French League! Next Story → 18 Polish girls for Women’s EHF EURO 2018 read more

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Please Stop Making Power Rangers Look So Gross

first_imgStay on target Bill Hader is voicing the character and I hope he just uses his Stefon voice.The new Alpha 5 is by far the grossest redesign so far, but the “updated” incarnations of the Rangers and their Zord vehicles are similarly visually repellent. Instead of the clean lines and iconic shapes of the originals, everything is a throbbing, metal, musclebound mess. I know the Power Rangers wear skintight suits but now they look like robots who had their skin ripped off of them.Meanwhile, instead of looking like dinosaurs, the Zords barely look like anything at all.Chills run down my spine thinking about how disgusting they’re going to make the already frightening Bryan Cranston when they turn his big bald head into famous floating tube alien Zordon.Ironically, aside from some dirt smeared on her arms, Elizabeth Banks as antagonist Rita Repulsa is probably the nicest-looking thing to come from the movie so far. And I don’t mean that in a gross way.It’s unfortunate but understandable why the Power Rangers have to look so gross now. The Transformers movies have been making billions of dollars for almost a decade featuring gross versions of beloved children’s robots. But it’s really sad when Joseph Kahn’s fan-film poking fun of how dumb a gritty Power Rangers reboot would be is still more pleasant to look at than the real dumb thing. It’s hard to enough to admit the stuff I love is trash. Stop making that trash even uglier.Power Rangers disappoints in theaters March 24, 2017. Here’s hoping it’s a nonstop orgy hosted by Alpha 5. ‘Legend of the White Dragon’ Reunites Original Power RangersThe Original ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Should Have Stayed Small center_img There’s a new trailer for the big-budget Power Rangers movie, and it looks super gross!Take a look for yourself. Bryan Cranston plays a talking wall. There are jokes about peeing in cups for drug tests!Listen. Power Rangers is trash. It always was. I have a massive amount of nostalgia for the franchise, and it was legitimately cool how that enterprising producer Haim Saban was able to stitch together a new American show from old Japanese Super Sentai footage. But the show itself is trash. To feel justified calling out utter garbage from the 1980s like He-Man I have to be willing to acknowledge 1990s garbage like Power Rangers.That said, Power Rangers, while trash, never looked gross. Sure there were some ugly monsters but they were supposed to be ugly. All of the heroes wore silly but stylish and colorful spandex while riding around in sleek giant robot animals. “Don’t look gross” seems like a pretty obvious aesthetic goal. Unfortunately, the upcoming big-budget Power Rangers reboot movie didn’t get the memo.Recently the redesigned Alpha 5 was revealed, and just look at what Geek’s own K. Thor Jensen had to say about the thoroughly gross, veiny, potbellied take on the previously cute little android.This guy likes to fuck https://t.co/oGrHJhLO10— K. Thor Jensen (@kthorjensen) November 30, 2016last_img read more

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Bill seeks to rein in state employees wages until oil prices rise

first_imgState workers wouldn’t see pay hikes based on experience until oil prices rise sharply, under a bill introduced Monday in the House.Download AudioHouse Bill 379 says that the Legislature plans to approve contracts with public employee unions that suspend step increases until after oil prices average $90 per barrel for a year.Legislative leaders have been looking for ways to reduce the state budget as they weigh cuts to Permanent Fund dividends and oil and gas tax credits.It was the only bill introduced Monday, the first day after the scheduled end of the legislative session.last_img read more

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