Panaji: The Goa Union of Journalists(GUJ) on Tuesday expressed shock at a new set of “Guidelines for accreditation of media organisation and their representatives” issued by the Goa Legislature Secretariat which proposes to govern passes to mediapersons covering the Assembly proceedings. “The guidelines strike at the very root of the freedom of speech and the right to be informed — both of which are at the core of our fundamental rights as citizens — and more than being an enabler are designed to block access for a majority of media houses and their representatives for covering the Assembly,” said a GUJ press release issued by its president Kishore Gaonkar. It demanded that the guidelines be withdrawn immediately or modified to ensure that no bona fide news organisation and journalist was denied entry to cover Assembly sessions.Naik Gaonkar, president of the GUJ, which represents nearly 200 working journalists, told The Hindu that the body would write to speaker Pramod Sawant asking him to withdraw the guidelines. “Goa is a small state, where very few newspapers have a circulation of more than 15,000 and there is no question of news portals getting 10,000 page views. Going by the guidelines, there will not be more than four journalists who will qualify to cover the assembly session,” he said adding that this was a regressive step in every way and gives the impression that those involved in decision-making are not interested in allowing journalists to cover Assembly proceedings. Interestingly, the guidelines have come a month after a journalist representing a mobile news message service was banned from the Assembly premises after his digital news service gave details related to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s health. A senior legislative secretariat official said the set of norms were based on the guidelines followed by Parliament for accreditation of journalists.GUJ also demanded that a fresh set of guidelines be brought in consultation with the GUJ and the Press Accreditation Committee of the Goa Legislature Secretariat.
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View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot to Naomi Osaka of Japan during the first round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo. / AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKAFormer world No. 1 Angelique Kerber thrashed Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 at the Pan Pacific Open women’s tennis tournament on Monday to avenge a humiliating loss at the US Open.Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic suffered an epic Tokyo meltdown, meanwhile, as she was pulverised by China’s Wang Qiang, who inflicted the dreaded “double bagel” on the eighth seed to win 6-0, 6-0 and reach the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kerber, seeded seventh, crashed to a shock 6-3, 6-1 first-round defeat by Osaka in New York last month as defending champion. But a repeat never seemed likely on Monday as the German quickly took control.READ: Kerber goes from champ to 1st-round loser at rainy US OpenFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKerber, who has slipped back to 14th in the world since winning last year’s Australian and US Open titles, ripped forehands past her teenage opponent seemingly at will in the first set.Osaka’s game unravelled completely in the second, giving Kerber a welcome opportunity to work her way back to form after a poor run of results and to seal victory in an hour and 23 minutes. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Wayne Rooney hit by two-year ban after drink-drive guilty plea LATEST STORIES “It gives me confidence that I was able to turn it around,” said Nara. “Hopefully I can take that spirit into the next match.”Two-time champion Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded sixth, pulled out of the tournament with a virus, according to organisers.Wimbledon champion and new women’s world number one Garbine Muguruza heads a strong field in Tokyo featuring several top 10 players including Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki and Johanna Konta. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Latest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show PLAY LIST 00:54Latest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients “I was trying to come out, focus on every single point and make it better than last time,” said Kerber.“Naomi is a tough opponent and a great talent. For sure she will have great success in the future.”The 19-year-old Osaka, born of a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, went on to reach the third round of the US Open after stunning Kerber.But the world number 44 almost appeared to be tanking at times at the venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, such was her lack of gusto. She committed 38 unforced errors — including a wild forehand on match point — in a performance she will want to forget in a hurry.Elsewhere, Japanese wildcard Kurumi Nara beat Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.ADVERTISEMENT
Ranked near the bottom among rugby sevens playing nations, the Indian team are rank outsiders at a top class field in the Commonwealth Games but the home squad is gearing up to prove that they can compete at the highest level.Indian rugby team is keen to do well against its stronger opponents.Grouped with Wales, South Africa and Tonga, the Indian ruggers have little chance to go beyond the preliminary league round but nonetheless are looking to give their more fancied rivals a run for their money in front of the home crowd.The Indian team is high on confidence after their recent title triumphs in Istanbul (Istanbul 7s) and England (Bee’s International 7s)–against some of the best club sides in Europe, Middle East and Asia–and a tour to New Zealand in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games.Skipper Nasser Hussain sought to see the positive side and said they would not be overawed by their fancied opponents.He is rather upbeat that his side has got the chance to measure their strength against the best in the world.”The top 10 Rugby teams of the world are from Commonwealth countries. So the field is really going to be strong. But we are ready for the challenges and looking for some great rugby action in front of the home crowd,” Hussain said.”Commonwealth Games will bring the best out of all of us. Teams like New Zealand, South Africa, England and others have superior understanding of the game and that shows in their rankings. We all know as a team that there is still a long way to go for us. But we are looking forward to test ourselves against the best in the world. Who knows we can have an upset or two,” said Hussain.advertisement”Recent title triumphs in Istanbul and England have boosted our confidence.”Wales and South Africa are formidable sides and it would be quite a herculean task to beat them. But we expect to beat Tonga,” said Hussain.
Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Knicks used the same starting lineup (Smith Jr., Dotson, Knox, Thomas, and Vonleh) for the third straight game. New York hadn’t utilized the same starting five in three consecutive games since January 7-11. Only Knox and Vonleh were members of that quintet. The other starters during that stretch were Luke Kornet, Mudiay and the since-departed Tim Hardaway Jr.HITTIN’ THE ROADAfter playing four straight games at home, the Knicks go west for a three-game road trip which will take them to California (LA Clippers, Sacramento Kings) and Arizona (Phoenix Suns). After a quick stop back at Madison Square Garden for a rematch with the Kings, New York travels to the Midwest and Southwest for games against the Timberwolves, Pacers and Spurs.UP NEXT:Cavaliers: Hosts Detroit on Saturday.Knicks: Visits the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UEFA bans Sergio Ramos for additional Champions League game LATEST STORIES The Knicks led by as many as 14 early in the fourth quarter and were ahead 113-104 following Kevin Knox’s jumper with 3:51 left.But Sexton’s three-point play and layup brought Cleveland within 113-109.After Knox followed with two free throws, the Cavs scored the next 12 points.“We always felt we were in the game,” Love said. “I told Collin he really won us the game. I thought Cedi played exceptional and JC (Clarkson) came up and hit a big shot for us. We just executed down the stretch.”New York led by nine points in the second quarter. But, a 20-10 run culminated by Ante Zizic’s short hook with 3:07 left in the first half gave the Cavs their first lead, 51-50.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton (2) looks to pass the ball away from New York Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in New York. The Cavaliers won 125-118. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Leading by nine points with just under four minutes remaining, it appeared that the Knicks would have company at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.But, the Cavaliers wanted no part of that. They used a late 12-0 run to overcome their deficit and post a 125-118 victory on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Love led the Cavs with 26 points. Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton each had 22 and Cedi Osman added 21 as Cleveland (15-47) avoided landing in the basement alongside the Knicks (13-49).“When we’re sharing the ball, it’s fun to be out there,” Sexton said. “We were down in the fourth quarter and we all came together and said ‘We have to win this.’ We got the ‘W’ and that’s really the most important thing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCleveland has now won three of its last four games, while the Knicks had their modest two-game winning streak snapped.Allonzo Trier led New York with 22 points. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Mitchell Robinson’s alley-oop dunk gave the Knicks a 59-57 halftime lead. Dennis Smith Jr., who finished with 16 points, increased New York’s lead to 97-85 on a four-point play with 3 seconds left in the third and Damyean Dotson increased the advantage to 14 by opening the final quarter with a bucket.“Any win we get feels good. I don’t care who it is against,” said Cavs coach Larry Drew. “With the struggles that we have had this year and what we had to deal with from an injury standpoint, being down players, any win is a good win.”Noah Vonleh finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks. Henry Ellenson scored 13 points, Robinson had 12 and Emmanuel Mudiay and Lance Thomas each scored 10.“We totally let our foot off the gas. We got casual,” Knicks coach David Fizdale. “We got up 10 and decided that we weren’t going to get back on defense. We got a little full of ourselves thinking that we had the game. They made us pay for it.”TIP-INS:Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson, who leads the Cavaliers with 11.1 rpg, has missed 17 straight games with a sore left foot. . Sexton is the only Cavalier to play in all 62 games this season.Knicks: New York has lost 10 straight games to the Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. They last defeated Cleveland there in a 117-86 blowout on January 30, 2014. … DeAndre Jordan (sprained left ankle) missed his third consecutive game and Frank Ntilikina (groin injury) has now missed 14 straight.DOMINATIONThe Cavaliers have beaten the Knicks in all three meetings this season. They have swept the season series for the third time in four years and have won 15 of the last 18 meetings between the teams.SEEKING CONSISTENCY Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end
New Delhi, Sep 12 (PTI) Mired in one controversy after another, the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) today hit a new low after three top officials gave three separate probables list with one naming Gautam Gambhir as captain while another faction naming Madan Lal as mentor. The ugly fight today erupted between DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan and Joint secretary (Sports) Anil Jain as both sent separate probables list to mediapersons. There was another man Ashok Sharma, better known as Mama, a Director of DDCA, also sent a third list. In Chauhans list, there is no mention of any captain but he had appointed Madan Lal as mentor-advisor as he would also select the coach of the team. In Jains list, he had named Gambhir the captain and the cirrcular issued by him gives the former opener power to add anybody in the list and report to him at the Kotla on Monday morning. The third person Mamas list contains the name of a player who was caught in a IPL fixing sting operation by a private channel a couple of years back. While 30-35 names are more or less same in both lists with common names like Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma, it was difficult to understand as both Chauhan and Jain claimed that their lists are “valid”. “The executive body selects the team. I am a vice-president of a Section 8 company. I am well within my right to select probables and I did it after consulting selector Vinay Lamba. I wont allow the hooliganism tactics of the Sports Committee to take over DDCA. I have not appointed Gambhir the captain and he would only do well to not report to Jain,” a fuming Chauhan told PTI today. “Also I dont think anyone can question Madan Lals credibility as mentor. I wont allow 22-23 people jumbo support staff like earlier years. I know how the siphoning of funds happen and thats the reason why DDCA president Sneh Bansal is not calling an executive committee meeting,” Chauhan added. When the other protagonist in this sordid DDCA drama Jain was contacted, he spoke exactly the opposite. “Who is Chetan Chauhan to select probables? He is just a vice-president while I am the joint secretary in charge of sports. It is my prerogative to select the team and the captain. I have appointed Gautam the captain and it is the final decision. I will appoint the selectors in a couple of days time. We had to select probables as less than a month is left for the first Ranji match to be played,” said Jain. In both teams, there are names of players who are sons of DDCA members and their credibility as performers is not known. Players like Saurabh Passi and Subodh Bhati have found their names in different lists, indicating the rot in the system. PTI KHS AH KHSadvertisement
New Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI) The organisers of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon today conceded that severe air pollution at the National Capital was a concern but stuck to their guns of going ahead with the prestigious event on November 19.The head of the organisers, Vivek Singh said they were hoping for the air quality to improve in the next few days.”We accept there is an environmental issue and it a challenge for us. The air quality is not good at all and we are concerned about it. But we have to live with it and we are here to continue the race,” Singh, the joint managing director of Procam International, said.”ADHM is the most prestigious half marathon in the world. This is also the most attended single sports related event with 35,000 participants and cancelling this race will be a huge loss not only for sports but for the society, for this city,” he told reporters at a countdown to the race event. He said the issue of poor air quality was there last year also and the current situation will improve in the remaining 10 days. He added most of the participants would not be running long distance now (as training) and they would be in wind-down period. “There was a situation like this last year. The air quality improved towards the race day last year also. Olympic marathon champion (Eliud Kipchoge) ran and won the race last year. He also made a statement (that he wanted to run in a polluted city that that there was no need to worry). “Instead of cancelling, the stakeholders should ensure that the race continues come what may. It is basically a green event, which encourages active participation of the citizenry and accountability of the government. It is a platform to bring environmental awareness to the society. It also raises a huge amount of money for charity. It is the collective effort of several stakeholders,” he said.advertisementSingh said that none of the elite athletes from abroad have not complained or ask anything about the poor air quality till now and they all have confirmed their participation.He said three factors should dispel the doubts from certain quarters about the environmental issues and the possible harmful effect on the runners. “Thousands of cars and trucks will not be allowed to ply at a certain distance from the course of the race 12 hours before the start. Then, salt mixed with effluent treated water will wash the course to absorb the particulate matters. Third, from whatever we are hearing from the experts we are expecting a better weather in the next few days.” Singh, however, said his organisation would mull over changing the date of the race next year onwards. “Yes, this issue was identified last year. We will sit after this years race and see what will be the best window available, earlier or later than this current window.”Meanwhile, 35,000 runners will take part in the race, out of which 13,000 will be in the elite and amateur category. The USD 2,75,000 event will have four race categories — Half Marathon (elite and amateur), Great Delhi Run, 10K Run, Senior Citizens and Champions with Disability. This years race will witness a supreme battle between the best of Indian and international elite athletes. The mens elite race will see world marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui (2:08:27). Yigrem Delemash, the runner-up of last edition of ADHM, will challenge him for the title. The defending womens champion Worknesh Degefa (67:42) will also be in action along with the womens 10,000m world champion and Rio Olympics winner Almaz Ayana. The Indian challenge, on the other hand, will be led by mens defending champion G Lakshmanan who will be challenged by 2015 edition winner Nitender Singh Rawat.Olympian and Asian Athletics Championship 3000m steeplechase gold medallist Sudha Singh will be headlining the elite Indian womens line up. This years race will have eight Olympians, four of whom will be Indians. Four-time Olympic medallist swimmer Anthony Ervin will be the event ambassador while British sprint legend Linford Christie, who is being brought by Puma, will also be present on the race day. PTI PDS KHS KHS
Kolhapur, Nov 27 (PTI) Sethu Football Club (Madurai) brushed aside CM?s XI J&K State Sports Council 2-0 here today for its second straight win in the AIFF-Indian Women?s League Qualifying Group A tournament. Teenager Manisha and M Nandhini scored for Sethu FC, which is the only team from Tamil Nadu participating in the premier competition being organised by the All India Football Federation. The Group topper will qualify for the main draw. Sethu FC had opened their campaign in the five-team all-play-all Group with a 16-0 rout of Baroda Football Academy last week. R Sumithra scored in the opening minute but the goal was declared off-side. Manisha pumped in the opening goal in the 29th minute, scoring off a neat pass by Puja Karmakar from the right wing. Sethu FC breached the rival defence for their second goal in the 79th minute, set up beautifully by Velanie Fernandes and Laura Estibeiro from the mid-field with the finishing touches provided by Nandhini, who came on as substitute for Sumithra. The margin would have been bigger today had the side not wasted several scoring opportunities, especially in the first half. Captain Rutuja Gunwant was elated about the win. “We have been working hard for the past three months,” she said. Sethu FC will next meet Indira Gandhi AS&E (Pondicherry) on December 1. PTI SS RC
In an unusually blunt public warning, a vice president of the International Olympic Committee called lagging preparations for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro “the worst I have experienced.”John Coates, who has made six trips to Brazil as part of the IOC’s coordination commission for Rio, said the Brazilians are behind “in many, many ways” and are in worse shape than Greek organizers were in preparing for the 2004 Olympics.Despite the critical delays, the Australian said there is no backup plan and the games will take place in Rio.Coates noted the IOC had taken the unprecedented step of embedding experts in the host city to help the local organizing committee deliver the games.“The IOC has formed a special task force to try and speed up preparations, but the situation is critical on the ground,” Coates told an Olympic forum in Australia. “The IOC has adopted a more hands-on role. It is unprecedented for the IOC, but there is no plan B. We are going to Rio.”Brazil has also come under fire from football’s world governing body, FIFA, for long delays in construction of stadiums and other infrastructure and the overdue delivery of venues for the World Cup, which kicks off in June. Two years out from the 2016 Olympics, the situation on the construction front is just as bleak.“We have become very concerned. They are not ready in many, many ways,” Coates said.Work hasn’t begun at Deodoro, a complex for eight Olympics sports venues, and the course that will host golf’s return to the Olympic program after more than a century doesn’t have grass yet. Polluted waters are a big worry for sailing and other sports.The IOC released a statement trying to defuse the tension following Coates’ comments.It said it was working “with our partners” in Rio, including establishing joint task forces, a local construction manager and a high-level decision-making body involving the IOC, the government and all key partners of the project.The IOC said there would be more regular visits to Rio by Executive Director Gilbert Felli, the senior troubleshooter sent to the city last week as part of a series of actions to tackle the delays.“Mr. Felli has received a very positive response on the ground in the past few days, and a number of recent developments show that things are moving in the right direction,” the IOC said.Coates said dealing with three levels of government in Brazil made it harder for local organizers than it was for the heavily criticized organizers of the Athens Games, which were also plagued by construction delays and earned a “yellow light” warning from then-IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch.“I think this is a worse situation than Athens,” Coates said. “In Athens, we were dealing with one government and some city responsibilities. Here, there’s three.Rio organizers responded by releasing a statement saying they know what needs to be done and are focused on delivering the games. They said there have been “unequivocal signs of progress” in preparations.“It is time for us to focus on the work to be done and on engaging with society,” the Rio committee said. “The support of the International Olympic Committee is also crucial. We have a historic mission: to organize the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil and in South America. We are going to achieve this. In 2016, Rio will host excellent games that will be delivered absolutely within the agreed timelines and budgets.”(JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Steven Sessegnon delighted with new Fulham contractby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteven Sessegnon has signed a new deal with Fulham.The 18-year-old has agreed a deal which keeps him at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2022, with a Club option to extend by a further 12 months.Having come through the Academy since joining as an Under-9 alongside twin brother Ryan, Steven penned his first professional contract with Fulham last summer.“It feels very good,” Sessegnon told fulhamfc.com. “It’s something I’ve been working towards for the last few months and it feels amazing to get it done and over the line.“You could say the first [pro deal] was very special but this one has shown all the hard work I’ve done personally, not just with this Club but with international success as well. It is rewarding helping contribute to the progression of Fulham.“This can only motivate me to keep working harder. I will carry on doing as I am and keep on heading towards the next one.“Hopefully I can make my league debut very soon, but over time I need to keep working hard and knuckling down and see what happens.“You can’t rush this sort of thing. I’m going to take my chance, whenever it might come.“The Millwall game in the Carabao Cup was a great feeling for me. That was something I’m not used to, but one that will push me on, and spur me on in the future to achieve great things.”
Les jeunes ont démontré qu’ils comprennent bien que les enfants ont le droit d’être protégés et qu’ils peuvent aider les autres, en participant à un concours d’affiches dans le cadre de la Journée nationale de l’enfant. Les élèves de la maternelle à la 7e année ont créé des affiches illustrant leur interprétation du thème de la Journée nationale des enfants cette année, « Par et pour les enfants ». Le Bureau de l’ombudsman a parrainé le concours et a reçu 824 soumissions. Un élève de chaque niveau scolaire a été choisi comme gagnant. « La réaction au concours a été incroyable. Chaque personne a pris le temps de bien penser à ses œuvres, a dit Dwight Bishop, ombudsman de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Il est évident que ces jeunes comprennent bien que tous les enfants ont le droit d’être protégés contre tout préjudice et qu’ils peuvent aider d’autres enfants. Je félicite tout le monde pour leurs efforts considérables. » La Convention des Nations Unies relative aux droits de l’enfant a été adoptée par l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU le 20 novembre 1989. Elle explique les droits fondamentaux auxquels ont droit les enfants de moins de 18 ans. Le Canada a ratifié la Convention en 1991 et célèbre la Journée nationale de l’enfant depuis 1993. Un comité de juges, formé de représentants du Bureau de l’ombudsman et des étudiants du programme de soins aux enfants et aux jeunes du campus de Truro du NSCC, a choisi les gagnants selon le mérite artistique, la créativité et l’interprétation et la communication du thème. En plus des gagnants dans chaque niveau scolaire, un prix a été décerné pour la meilleure participation d’une classe. Pour obtenir plus d’information et voir les affiches gagnantes, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/ombu (en anglais seulement).
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – RCMP received a report on July 27, 2019, at approximately 4:40 of a robbery at the convenience store, located at 9607 100th Ave.Two masked thieves were reported to have used weapons to intimidate the store clerk, then fled the area after obtaining a large number of cigarette packages.The police are looking for any witnesses who may have seen the suspects flee the area or who may know who they are. The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in locating the suspects, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.
Rabat – Moroccan biologist, author, and prominent Islamic feminist Asma Lamrabet has broken her silence to speak about the reasons of her resignation from the Mohammadia League of Scholars “Rabita Mohammadia of Oulemas.”In a press statement shared with Morocco World News, Lamrabet reaffirmed that her resignation is due to her position on inheritance.The author of “Believer and Feminist,” said “I did not want to express myself, from abroad, where I was participating in an academic seminar, on the reasons that led to my resignation” to avoid “any malicious instrumentalization that would disguise my patriotism, my values, and my deep convictions.” Lamrabet has long been focusing more on women’s issues and gender equality in Islam.Defending her stance and opinion regarding equality in inheritance, Lamrabet wrote: “to those who would like to burden me, I would say that my action, as a volunteer in the Rabita, for almost ten years had no other ambition than to serve my country and to promote this third way, that of a peaceful Islam, contextualized and in tune with universal humanist values compatible with our cultural values.”She added that she has always advocated a progressive reading, reformist and depoliticized to “operate a new approach to the question of women in Islam.”Lamrabet concluded her statement by addressing a message, where she expressed her gratitude to people who show support and solidarity with her, calling people to support the “legitimate rights of women for a Morocco of justice and equality, more than ever.”Lamrabet announced her resignation from her position as director in the Mohammadia League of Scholars on March 18, due to disagreements over equality of inheritance.Born in 1961, Lamrabet is the founder of a working group for women’s issues and intercultural dialogue, and a major contributor to “Third Way” feminism, a movement that questions religious patriarchy and fights sexism in Islam.
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canadian cannabis branding company Origin House has entered into an agreement to be acquired by U.S. company Cresco Labs Inc. for approximately $1.1 billion.As part of the all-stock deal, Origin House common shareholders will receive 0.8428 subordinate voting shares of Cresco, a cannabis cultivator, processor and retailer headquartered in Chicago, for each share of the Ottawa-based pot firm.The two companies say in a joint release that the deal amounts to approximately $1.1 billion on a fully-diluted basis, or $12.68 per Origin House share based on Cresco’s closing price on March 29.Origin House, previously known as CannaRoyalty, has a portfolio of more than 50 brands in its portfolio including Chong’s Choice and Cheech’s Favourite Stash by cannabis comic Tommy Chong.Origin House’s brands and 130 branded products are distributed to more than 500 dispensaries across California, where recreational cannabis is legal and a key market for U.S. operators.The companies say the resulting combined entity will be one of the largest, vertically integrated multi-state operators south of the border.
28 July 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he was “gratified” that his nomination of South African judge Navanethem Pillay as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had today been endorsed by the General Assembly. Mr. Ban reiterated his commitment to ensuring that human rights remain high on the agenda of the Organization, in a statement released by his spokesperson. He said that he expected that the new the new High Commissioner would preserve the independence of her Office, and maintain effective working relations with the General Assembly, the Human Rights Council and the human rights community in general.Ms. Pillay will succeed Louise Arbour of Canada, who completed her five-year term on 30 June.Since 2003, Ms. Pillay has served as a judge on the International Criminal Court (ICC), based in The Hague in the Netherlands. Prior to that, she served – as both Judge and President – on the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which she joined in 1995.The Secretary-General said that he was determined to give Ms. Pillay his full support, including with increased financial and human resources, as approved by the General Assembly.
9 October 2009Delivering some 430 billion letters and 6 billion parcels worldwide each year, the vast network of post offices – employing nearly 6 million people – must urgently rethink the way it does business to reduce its carbon footprint and change its patterns of energy consumption, the head of the United Nations postal agency said today. “Operating over 600,000 postal establishments and as many vehicles makes it is a significant producer of greenhouse gas,” said Universal Postal Union (UPU) Director General Edouard Dayan in a message for World Post Day, celebrated annually on 9 October, the day the UPU was founded in 1874.“The world postal sector cannot stand aside and do nothing,” stressed Mr. Dayan. “Like other organizations, we must look seriously at ways of becoming climate neutral.” The UPU has launched an initiative to measure the industry’s carbon footprint to be presented at the high-level UN climate change conference at the end of the year in Copenhagen aimed at finalizing a deal on global greenhouse gas emissions to take effect when the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. After presenting its findings, UPU hopes to propose industry-wide measures for reducing the postal service’s carbon footprint. “On World Post Day 2009, I call on all members of the postal family to think more carefully about the environmental impact of our activities,” said Mr. Dayan. “In this time of financial and economic crisis, sound management of environmental issues can be a significant driving force for growth.”Mr. Dayan said that in taking up the challenge of “green” growth, businesses can modify their logistics chain processes, improve their efficiency, plan long-term energy-saving measures, develop new products and services that are less harmful to the environment – and therefore more attractive to customers – and project a responsible image.“We urge you to go further by firmly committing to the UN’s ‘Let’s Seal the Deal’ campaign,” he said, referring to the online scheme attempting to harness the support of individuals, businesses, community groups and other organizations for the signing of a new international treaty in Copenhagen. “The UPU will not fail to make the voice of the postal sector heard at this conference; make your voice heard too by signing the online petition – and take every opportunity to urge your staff and customers to do the same.”At a ceremony at UPU Headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, marking both World Post Day and the centenary of the agency’s landmark monument – depicted on its emblem – commemorative stamps were unveiled portraying the sculpture and its creator, René de Saint-Marceaux.
Canada’s Milos Raonic fell to Andy Murray in three straight sets but those numbers don’t tell the full story. Raonic’s serve was only broken once, in the first set which he lost 6 to 4. The next two sets went to tie-breakers which Murray won 7-6 and 7-6. Raonic is the first Canadian to reach the men’s final in a grand slam tournament and proved to the world that his game is much stronger than his powerful serve which reached 140 miles an hour. After the match Raonic admitted the loss “stings” but he vowed to return to Wimbledon’s centre court.
“The Secretary-General was saddened to learn of the death of Joseph Rotblat, the scientist, veteran disarmament campaigner and Nobel Peace Laureate,” Mr. Annan said through his Spokesman.“In a long life, Mr. Rotblat went from working on the nuclear bomb to founding the Pugwash conference, and continued for the rest of his days to champion the principle of scientists taking responsibility for their inventions. He leaves a legacy of inspiration and courage to his many friends and colleagues around the world,” he said.Mr. Rotblat, born in Poland in 1908, was living in Britain when he won the Nobel Peace Prize. He was one of 11 scientists who founded the Pugwash Conferences, based on a 1955 manifesto put out by British philosopher Bertrand Russell and American scientist Albert Einstein, and he became the institution’s major figure.
UNRWA distributing humanitarian aid at Yarmouk camp, Damascus, Syria, (February 2014). Photo: UNRWA In Homs, Syria, smoke drifts into the sky from buildings and houses hit by shelling (June 2012). Photo: UNSMIS UN vehicles lead the evacuation from the Old City of Homs, Syria, during a three-day “humanitarian pause” in early February 2014. Photo: Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC)/B. AlHafez A building severely damaged by an airstrike in Aleppo City, Syria (April 2013). Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell Syrian children shelter in the doorway of a house, amid gunfire and shelling, in a city affected by the conflict. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0218/Alessio Romenzi Spotlighting the worsening of the already horrifying war in Syria, “which continues to bleed beyond its borders,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today delivered a strong rebuke to the world’s indifference to the bloodshed and rejected the notion that a military solution is the only way to end it, offering instead a “principled and integrated” approach that would end the violence, jumpstart political talks and sow the seeds for a better future for the Syrian people.“We must act. All the values for which we stand, and all the reasons for which the United Nation exist are at stake, here and now, across the devastated landscape that is Syria today,” declared Mr. Ban in an impassioned address to the Asia Society, urging the international community not to abandon the people of Syria and the region to “never-ending waves of cruelty and crisis.”Expressing disappointment at the “cold calculation that seems to be taking hold” – that little can be done except to arm the parties and watch the conflict rage, the UN chief painted a grim picture of what such indifference and cynicism has wrought since the conflict broke out in 2011, noting that the death toll may now be well over 150,000 – the UN had stopped releasing figures because it became “impossible to count all the bodies” – half the country’s population has been displaced and the makeshift prisons continue to swell with detainees.“It did not have to be this way,” said the UN chief, recalling that three years ago, when thousands of Syrian civilians began peaceful protests – calling not for regime change, but reform – they had been carrying banners, not weapons. But the Government’s response had been “merciless” as snipers and tanks fired indiscriminately into the crowds. Appeals to President Bashar Al Assad fell on deaf ears. Eventually, Mr. Ban continued, the protestors took up arms. “Syrians turned against each other. Regional powers became involved. Radical groups gained a foothold. Syria today is increasingly a failed State.” And while the UN has tried hard to address the conflict’s deep roots and devastating impact, its work helping to save lives and reduce suffering, “our fundamental objective ¬– an end to the conflict – remains unmet,” he said, underscoring that divisions within Syria, the region and the international community, and continued arms flows, continue to fuel the conflict. “These bleak prospects have darkened further with the flare-up of violence and sectarian tensions in Iraq. Suddenly, the cohesion and integrity of two major countries, not just one, is in question,” said the Secretary-General, stressing that against such a backdrop the time is “long past” for the international community, in particular the Security Council, to uphold its responsibilities. In that spirit, the UN chief set out a six-point strategy, which, he said, could “chart a principled and integrated way forward to international action,” with the immediate priority of ending the violence. Noting the authorities’ indiscriminate use of barrel bombs, mortar attacks by opposition forces and terrorist tactics by extremists, he said, “Governments that hope to regain legitimacy do not massacre their own people.” The Secretary-General went on to say that it is essential to stem the flow of arms pouring into the country. “It is irresponsible for foreign powers and groups to give continued military support to parties in Syria that are committing atrocities and flagrantly violating fundamental principles of human rights and international law.” A man flees with all of his belongings from Salah Eddin neighbourhood in Aleppo, Syria (April 2013). Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell ‹ ›He also urged the Security Council to impose an arms embargo. If divisions in the Council continue to prevent such a step, he urged countries to do so individually. Syria’s neighbours should enforce a firm prohibition on the use of their land borders and airspace for arms flows and smuggling into Syria.“I recognize that an embargo would risk freezing an imbalance in place, given the extent of the Government’s weaponry. But the Syrian war cannot be won militarily. The sides will have to sit across from each other again at the negotiating table. The only question is how many more people must die before they get there.”Calling next for scaled up efforts to ease the humanitarian suffering and protect human rights and dignity, the Secretary-General said barely a third of the funding needed to address the deepening crisis had been provided. Additional Member States must step forward. He also called on the Syrian Government end siege warfare on civilian areas and for both the Government and the armed opposition to immediately release individuals that have been detained arbitrarily. “We desperately needs new efforts to start a serious political process for a new Syria, said Mr. Ban, moving on to his third point. The 2012 Geneva Communique had set out a clear roadmap for a democratic transition and remains the basis for any peaceful settlement. “However, the warring parties systematically blocked the tireless efforts of two of the world’s leading diplomats, Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi. Diplomacy seems to have stopped in its tracks,” said the Secretary-General, adding that the Syrian presidential election earlier this month was a further blow to the political process.“The election did not meet even minimal standards for credible voting, and has created a fact that runs counter to the Geneva agreement,” he said, explaining that he will soon name a new Special Envoy. That person will have a mandate to pursue a political solution – but will not be able to wave a magic wand. “Much painstaking effort and cooperation will be needed,” he said. No one is winning; no one can win. Even if one side were to prevail in the short term, the devastating toll will have sown the seeds of future conflict.Mr. Ban went on to set out his fourth and fifth points – completing the destruction of chemical weapons and ensuring accountability for serious crimes, saying: “I ask those Member States standing in the way of [referral of the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC)] to consider the message this sends about their commitment to accountability,” noting the recent failure of the Security Council to adopt a resolution on the matter. With his final point, he called on the international community to address the regional dimensions of the conflict, including the extremist threat. While Syria’s neighbours were showing “remarkable resilience and generosity” in hosting the massive influx of refugees, he said that the already heightened economic, social and political strains in recipient countries could intensify. “The conflict has created fertile ground for radical armed groups from within and outside Syria, including Hizbollah and those affiliated with or inspired by Al Qaida and other extremist groups. Foreign fighters are in action on both sides,” he said, which has increased the level of the violence and exacerbated sectarian divisions.Further, the Syrian Government has demonized the opposition as terrorists, but many of the armed opposition groups want to be a part of a political solution, said Mr. Ban, emphasizing: “Whatever the differences on the country’s political future, the world must come together to eliminate funding and other support for organizations designated as terrorist groups by the Security Council, including Jatÿhatal-Ntisra and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.”He noted that the Syrian conflict has now spread visibly and devastatingly to Iraq, with flows of arms and fighters across a porous border. “Here, too, while responding to a very real danger, one must also guard against a narrative that fails to see the legitimate grievances of all the country’s people, and pursues a sectarian agenda,” he said.Explaining that the Sunni extremists of [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] ISIS are trying to show that the Government in Baghdad, Iran and the United States are working together to support atrocities against Sunnis in order to inflame their supports, the Secretary-General stressed that it is essential that the Government of Iraq and its supporters do everything possible to avoid falling into this trap.“The ISIS is a threat to all communities in Iraq; all should now work together. Moderate Sunnis should make it clear that they are against terrorism. Kurds should not be seen as disengaging or benefitting from the ongoing chaos. And Shias should agree that the army is a national institution. Sectarian warfare is a disaster for all,” he declared.Concluding his statement, the Secretary-General said, those six elements “can point the way forward – provided there is strong backing by the warring parties and all those with influence over them.”He said that for the moment, the greatest obstacle to ending the Syria war is the notion that it can be won militarily. “I reject the current narrative that the Government of Syria is ‘winning.’ Conquering territory through aerial bombardments into densely populated civilian neighbourhoods is not a victory. Starving besieged communities into surrender is not a victory,” he said.“No one is winning; no one can win. Even if one side were to prevail in the short term, the devastating toll will have sown the seeds of future conflict,” said the Secretary-General. “To the Syrian people, I say: the United Nations will not give up in trying to help you restore peace in your country. To the Member States of the United Nations, my appeal is this: you must put your differences aside, uphold your responsibilities and work with the United Nations to end to this tragedy.”