Protests in Kupwara after civilian is killed in crossfire

first_imgA civilian died in an Army ambush, laid for militants, in Kupwara district of north Kashmir on Sunday, triggering violent protests and widespread condemnation. The government ordered a magisterial inquiry.Asif Iqbal Bhat, a driver from Thindpura in Kupwara, died of bullet injuries after the Army fired at a vehicle in the early hours. The Army spokesman said the ambush party observed the suspicious movement of three persons in Thindpura. “The individuals were challenged and they did not respond. Thereafter, terrorists opened fire. In the crossfire, Bhat was killed. An investigation is in progress,” he said. ‘No provocation’ However, the victim’s brother alleged that the Army opened fire without any provocation when Bhat left home to pick a passenger, who had booked his cab. “My brother was shot in the head. The Army opened indiscriminate fire on our home when I and my father tried to reach the spot,” he said. ‘Mistaken identity’The police, who filed a First Information Report (FIR), called it “an incident of mistaken identity.” “An inquiry committee has been constituted. Nobody is above the law. We will investigate the circumstances leading to the firing,” said Shamsher Hussain, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kupwara.Protests and clashesAfter violent protests and clashes in the district all through the day, the government ordered a probe, headed by Deputy Commissioner (Kupwara) Khalid Jahangir. The inquiry will be completed in 21 days. “If anyone is found guilty, action will be taken,” Mr. Jahangir said. Security forces used tear-gas shells to contain the situation in the area, where Internet services remained suspended.All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF chief Yasin Malik called it a “cold-blooded murder.” “With unbridled powers and impunity, the trigger-happy forces continue to kill in such a cold-blooded and merciless manner. Not a single soldier or policeman involved has ever been booked,” the Mirwaiz said.Mr. Malik said the “shameless statements of the government and the ruling party is to cover up this gruesome act.” “Pro-India rulers, led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, justify these killings of Kashmiris by putting the blame on the oppressed,” he said.“An uninvestigated claim of a young life lost in ‘cross-firing’ shouldn’t be used to brush the incident under the carpet,” National Conference working president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said. A Congress spokesman asked the security forces “to ensure the safety of the innocent while dealing with militants.” “The incident must be investigated and justice ensured. The government should provide full compensation to the bereaved family,” he said.CPI(M) MLA from Kulgam M.Y. Tarigami said such incidents could have been avoided had the security forces exercised maximum restraint. “Such killing is bound to inflame the situation. Unfortunately, no distinction is being made between the civilians and the militants,” he said.Independent MLA Engineer Rashid staged a protest.last_img read more

Violence, protest disrupt Id, Sawan festivities in 2 U.P. cities

first_imgDespite the Uttar Pradesh police taking stringent measures to ensure peace on Id-ul-Zuha that fell on the last Monday of the Sawan month of Hindu calendar, two incidents of violence and protest were reported from Budaun and Agra in western Uttar Pradesh.In Budaun, stones were hurled at a kanwariya procession when it was crossing the Islamnagar area on Monday morning. Many kanwariyas were injured in the incident and admitted to a nearby hospital.Police sources said the kanwariyas were playing religious music on loudspeakers when the Muslim residents were preparing to offer the Id namaz. They objected to the music and it led to commotion and stone pelting. The kanwariyas fled the area but returned to protest and blocked the Bisuali Road.Tight security Senior officials of Budaun and Sambhal rushed to the spot and controlled the situation. “Extra police force has been deployed in the area to prevent any backlash,” said Superintendent of Police (rural) Surendra Singh. “An FIR has been lodged by the kanwariyas of nearby Siddhpur village against unknown people for rioting and hurting religious sentiments. We are investigating the charges and counter-charges levelled by both sides. No arrest has been made so far,” Mr. Singh said.In Agra, members of the Bajrang Dal protested against Muslims offering the Id namaz on road in the Khandauli area. A group of 70 Bajrang Dal members from Aligarh was returning from Ayodhya. They were stopped by the police in Khandauli as the residents were offering the namaz on the road. The members of the right-wing group protested and threatened to recite Hanuman Chalisa on the road. Zonal coordinator of Bajrang Dal Ram Kumar Arya said namaz was not allowed to be offered on road meant for public transport.Senior police officers rushed to the spot and ensured that the bus was allowed to pass through.last_img read more

Serena Williams wins 3rd US Open in row, 18th Slam

first_imgSerena Williams, of the United States, hugs the championship trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. Photo: APA couple of months before Serena Williams capped her dominant run to a third consecutive U.S. Open championship and 18th major singles title Sunday night, she sat down with coach Patrick Mouratoglou to decipher why the season had been such a struggle by her standards.At the time, Williams was coming off a third-round loss at Wimbledon, which followed a second-round loss at the French Open, which followed a fourth-round loss at the Australian Open – and, when Grand Slam success defines a legacy, that simply wouldn’t do. The quest to match Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova at 18 was weighing on her.”It was definitely on my shoulders,” Williams could acknowledge after that burden was gone. “It was definitely like, ‘Oh, get there. Get there. Get there.'”She knew, of course, there was one more big event left in 2014, and a finite amount of time to turn things around before heading to Flushing Meadows. In some ways starting from scratch, Williams regrouped and stopped her mini-slump, never dropping more than three games in any set, including a 6-3, 6-3 victory over close friend Caroline Wozniacki in Sunday’s final.”When Serena is on her game,” said the 10th-seeded Wozniacki, who admitted she was nervous in her second Grand Slam title match, “there’s not much we can do.”advertisementWilliams matched Evert’s total of six U.S. Opens and became the first woman to win three in a row since Evert’s four-title run from 1975-78.Add in Williams’ five titles apiece at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, plus two at the French Open, and only three players have more Slams: Margaret Court with 24, Steffi Graf with 22, and Helen Wills Moody with 19.Ranked and seeded No. 1, Williams let Wozniacki keep things competitive for about five games but wound up compiling a hard-to-believe 29-4 edge in winners. Until a cross-court backhand in the final game, the only winners registered by Wozniacki came on aces.When it was over, Williams dropped to her back behind the baseline, covering her hands with her face. Her first major trophy also came in New York, in 1999, when she was 17.This time, Williams earned $4 million, a record in tennis – $3 million for the title, plus a $1 million bonus for having had the best results during the North American summer hard-court circuit.A few weeks shy of her 33rd birthday, making the American the oldest major champion since Navratilova was 33 at Wimbledon in 1990, Williams powered this way and that in her black-and-pink hightops. Wozniacki is the one training for the New York City Marathon, but she was tuckered out by the end.Wozniacki may as well have been an extra in this Williams highlight reel. Points were directed by Williams, via serves that reached 120 mph (194 kph), forceful returns that backed Wozniacki into a corner when not producing outright winners, unreachable groundstrokes or the occasional volley.”From a different planet,” said Wozniacki’s father, Piotr, who also coaches her. “Come on, there’s no chance.”Yes, this was all about Williams. At times, it felt as if Wozniacki were there because, well, someone needed to be on the opposite side of the net.They’ve been pals for years, and they hung out together in Miami – heading to the beach, watching an NBA playoff game – after both lost early at the French Open in May. Wozniacki says Williams helped her get over the end of her engagement to golf star Rory McIlroy. Williams said she planned to invite Wozniacki along for Sunday night’s championship celebration.”We’re both going to do anything possible to win the match,” said Wozniacki, a 24-year-old from Denmark who reached No. 1 in the rankings in 2010, a year after losing to Kim Clijsters in the U.S. Open final. “After the match, we’re friends again.”Mouratoglou noted the obvious: It didn’t matter one bit to Williams who she was facing.”Yeah, they’re friends,” the coach said, “but on the other side, believe me, Serena has zero friends.”The last time she was at a major, Williams followed her early Wimbledon singles exit with an odd episode in doubles, appearing disoriented and quitting after three games because of what she called a “bug.””After Wimbledon, I was just so disappointed,” Williams said. “I also realized I just needed to relax a little more. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I don’t have to put pressure on myself.”advertisementWhen she met with Mouratoglou after Wimbledon to discuss how to proceed, he recalled Sunday, “She coached me. She told me, ‘Look, you are a guy who likes challenges. I am so low. You should be motivated by that.'”Since that chat in Paris, Williams has won 19 of 20 matches and three titles.Only one number mattered to her Sunday night, though: 18.last_img read more

Got Talent…is a live show, not a TV show: Shah Rukh Khan

first_imgWhen the news that Shah Rukh Khan will host Got Talent World Stage LIVE came out, many felt that he is returning to the small screen. But the Bollywood Badshah clarifies the misconception saying “it is a live show” and he will host it the way he hosts a Filmfare Award function.Got Talent World Stage Live, said to be first of its kind global on ground extension of the Got Talent franchise, is premiering in India. Schedule for Dec 6, the event, which will take place at Mumbai’s Andheri Sports Complex, will see performances by 10 Indian and international talents. It will be telecast on Colors.Shah Rukh Khan will host Got Talent World Stage Live”They are doing a live show and I really like it…You get a stage where you can showcase people of different talents. I am hosting it for a couple of hours,” Shah Rukh told IANS before leaving for his SLAM! The tour.”So it’s a live show, and it’s not a television show as people are assuming that I am back on television. It’s just like I host a Filmfare show,” he added.The superstar, who became popular with his TV show Fauji, enjoyed bigger success in the movie industry and his fame rose to such heights that he has been decorated with epithets like superstar, Bollywood Badshah”or King Khan.After his impressive movie career, he returned to his roots to host the third season of game show Kaun Banega Crorrepati. The 48-year-old also hosted Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain? and Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout.advertisementTalking about the talent shows, SRK said he “likes” them.”I like Britain’s Got Talent, I like India’s Got Talent. I see people and some of them are amazing… So I find interesting,” said Shah Rukh, whose Happy New Year trailer launch saw the performance by Fictitious Dance Group, which had participated in India’s Got Talent.”So, I guess they have World’s Got Talent and they will go to different countries every year and take the world’s top 10 talents from Britain, Australia India and showcase. I think, it is interesting to happen in India, so I said yes…” he said.Got Talent World Stage LIVE, executed by Cineyug, is an on-ground extension of Colors’ marquee talent show, India’s Got Talent. The format was created and is owned by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced by FremantleMedia India.last_img read more


first_imgMundra used a sports analogy to drive the point forMundra used a sports analogy to drive the point for changes in the infrastructure sector, saying many of the players of the past are “retired hurt” and there is a need for new talent to emerge.The infrastructure segment has been one of the biggest pain points, contributing to a bulk of the NPAs for banks.While speaking on the GDP growth to credit growth ratio, Mundra acknowledged there are a few complications like non-capturing of trade credit data, double counting in case of NBFC and HFC credit and a shift to the gross value added (GVA) growth from the traditional GDP.He also said banks need to put in place an efficient way of demand projections for the credit supply. PTI HV AA ARS ANU RDSlast_img read more

I don’t care about records: Hardik Pandya after 34-ball 91 vs KKR

first_imgMumbai Indians were reeling at 58 for 4 in chase of a mammoth 233-run target against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Andre Russell had demolished the MI bowling attack smashing a 40-ball 80 in a must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Not a lot of cricketers have been able to overshadow Russell’s masterclass in IPL 2019 but in-form India all-rounder Hardik Pandya managed to do it with ease.Pandya gave Mumbai Indians dugout and their fans a glimmer of hope in their 233-run chase with some extraordinary ball-striking skills. Pandya smashed the fastest fifty of IPL 2019 (17 balls) and made 91 from just 34 balls before getting out in the 18th over in a bid to bring the asking rate down.Pandya was hitting sixes at will. To be precise, he had hit a six every four balls on Sunday and gave KKR a huge scare before perishing while trying to add another six to his tally.Panya was just 9 runs short of his maiden T20 century but the Mumbai Indians’ all-rounder said he didn’t play for records and has never cared about personal milestones.”I don’t care about records. I’m someone who will never play for records. For me, I don’t care about the numbers, I don’t care about my stats. It’s just that in short, the team should win. That’s the only focus I always have. It’s good to be honest but I will never play for records. I had no idea… In the end, for me, what matters is that the team should win. Today [Sunday] was not our day and I don’t count these records,” Hardik Pandya told Mumbai Indians.advertisement| #KungFuPandya is striking the ball cleanly and we’re all loving it #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #KKRvMI @hardikpandya7 Indians (@mipaltan) April 29, 2019Hardik added: “I knew I had to keep scoring runs and keep hitting sixes. To be honest, I didn’t have much of a plan. It was simple. Everyone knew what I had to do – just go and enjoy my game, keep hitting and make sure I don’t get out.”Hardik Pandya has been in fine form in IPL 2019. The India all-rounder missed out on most part of the limited-overs tours to Australia and New Zealand earlier this year due to an off-field controversy.On his comeback, Hardik has batted at a different level altogether. His IPL 2019 numbers 355 runs at close to a strike rate of 200 from 12 matches tell us a lot about his improved consistency.Want to continue good form at 2019 World Cup: HardikStressing he wants to carry forward the batting form to the 2019 World Cup, Hardik said he is keen on completing an IPL-World Cup double this year.”My confidence will obviously grow high. I really want to win this IPL. After that, I have the World Cup – which is my dream. I want to get the World Cup and I want to make sure I keep doing this, what I’m doing right now. Hopefully, we get the IPL trophy and the World Cup,” Hardik said.Also Read | Delhi Capitals star Rishabh Pant surpasses Kumar Sangakkara to set new IPL recordAlso Read | I try to make sure no back-biting in KKR camp, says Dinesh KarthikAlso See:last_img read more

The Liverpool super-fan who’s attended every UCL final

first_imgLiverpool Meet the Liverpool fan who’s been to every one of the club’s European Cup finals Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent 16:00 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Stephen 'Mono' Monaghan in Istanbul Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Stephen ‘Mono’ Monaghan has followed the Reds around Europe since the 1960s – here, he shares his fondest memories If a Liverpool fan ever tells you he or she “goes everywhere” to watch the Reds, there’s an easy way to check if they’re telling the truth.Ask them if they know ‘Mono’. Or better still, ask ‘Mono’ if he knows them. If he does, you’ve found yourself a genuine travelling Kopite.‘Mono’ is Stephen Monaghan, a 59-year-old Liverpudlian from Halewood. Known affectionately as ‘The King of the Kop’ he’s been following the Reds since the late 60s. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! 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He’s the King of the Kop, a prominent member of the Spirit of Shankly supporters’ union, the man whose ‘Leather Bottle’ banner can be seen everywhere the Reds go. He’s the kind of fan every club needs.Here, he talks us through his memories, from Paris down to Turkey, and everything in between…Stephen Monaghan's Liverpool European Cup final ticket stubsStephen Monaghan's Liverpool European Cup final ticket stubsRome 1977“They say your first love is always the best,” Mono says, smiling at the thought. “For me, that’s spot on. Rome will always be special to me. I love the place.”Mono had started going to Liverpool through his dad, John, in the late 1960s. John was a football man, the co-founder of Halewood Junior Football Club (which still runs to this day) and a friend and father figure to all. His nickname locally, Mono tells us, was “Shankly”.  By the time 1977 came, young Stephen was well on his way to becoming a veteran. He’d progressed from the Boys’ Pen to The Kop, obtaining his first season ticket for the 1973-74 season. He had a taste for it; there was no turning back.“It just became my life,” he says. “It sounds strange, but it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. Football always came first. Other people would save money for nights out or for the pictures, whatever. I’d be saying: ‘I can’t come out tonight mate, I’m going to Ipswich on Saturday!’”For Mono, like many Liverpool fans, Rome was where it all began in terms of European trips. “We took 30,000 over there,” he laughs. “Nobody expected that. People were selling cars, selling washing machines, selling tellies, just so they could go.“Our trip started the previous Friday, getting the coach from Halewood to London for the FA Cup final. Manchester United beat us, and we were devastated. But we were at Victoria station the following morning and we were off to Rome on the Transalpino, £52 return!”Liverpool fan Stephen Monaghan in Rome, 1977Some Liverpool fans made that trip on the old ‘Football Special’ train from Lime Street, spending the best part of two days in squalid conditions. “Ours was luxury travel by comparison,” Mono laughs, though he remembers arriving in Rome and being confronted with a fountain outside the station. “We were straight in. Those fountains were full of Scousers that week!”The game itself went to plan, a 3-1 win over a fabulous Borussia Monchengladbach side sealing a first European Cup for Bob Paisley’s side.“The best,” Mono says. “I love Rome and I always will, because of that night.”Wembley 1978A year later, Liverpool were back in the final, facing Bruges at Wembley.“It meant the world to us,” Mono says. “To be the best team in Europe, it was everything. We were a great team, and we wanted to prove it.“I hitch-hiked to that final with a mate of mine, Terry. One of our other pals emigrated to Canada two weeks before it, what a bad decision that was!”Kenny Dalglish’s iconic goal settled the game. “He was my hero,” Mono admits. “When I was 50 a few years ago, one of my friends got me a signed picture and message from Kenny as a gift.“He wrote on it ‘To Mono, King of the Kop? There’s only one King!’ But I like to think I got there first!“He nearly got me killed on his debut for Liverpool, Kenny. It was at Middlesbrough, Ayresome Park, he scored after about seven minutes. We were in with the home fans because the Liverpool end was pretty crowded. We jumped up and I just remember getting booted! They chased us all over the place after that.“Kenny, to me, is the greatest player ever to pull on the red shirt. My dad’s hero was Billy Liddell, and Steven Gerrard in the modern generation came close, but Kenny was the one for me. He’s the real King.”Paris 1981After seeing their European supremacy briefly threatened by Brian Clough’s emerging Nottingham Forest, it was back to business for Liverpool in 1981, with Real Madrid beaten at the Parc des Princes in Paris.“That was the only final I never took a camera to!” Mono remembers. “I used to take pictures everywhere I went but, for whatever reason, I didn’t that time.“I just remember the song everyone was singing: ‘On the dole, in Paree, drinking wine!’ That was how it was in Liverpool at the time; the place was suffering, the Thatcher government was doing what it did and money was tight in the city.”The Toxteth riots came a few weeks after that final, and loads of people I knew were leaving Liverpool to go looking for work. I remember you’d go down to London for a game, and on the train back it’d be full of Scousers returning home with all their work gear, they’d be going back down there on the Monday morning.“That final, though, was great. Real Madrid were THE European team, as far as we were concerned. Whenever we were in Europe, we wanted to get drawn against them. It was exciting, something new, the biggest challenge. They were a great side, and we beat them. It wasn’t a great game, but it was a great night!”Liverpool v Roma, 1984Rome 1984Three years later, Liverpool – players and fans – walked into the lion’s den.Rome ’84 is notorious among Kopites for what happened after the game, with travelling Reds subjected to brutal, indiscriminate attacks from home supporters.Mono, though, has rather fonder memories of the trip.“It was one of the best I ever had!” he says. “We were meant to stay in a place called Ostia, which was where the rich and famous went. We ended up in a place called Ladispoli, which was a one-horse town, a hotel out of an Alfred Hitchcock film and one bar called ‘The International’!“Anyway, on the first night some of the lads went for a wander and ended up being chased by Italians on scooters with chains and all kinds. This was five days before the final!“Later that day, hundreds turned up ready to fight. It was scary. But I’ll never forget it, we were inside the one bar, ‘The International’, and this fella appears from nowhere, a police officer with a gun. He asked to speak to us, asked us if we wanted any trouble, we said no and he said: ‘You will get no more trouble now, I promise!’“Angelo, his name was. And after that, the hooligans were as nice as pie. They drank with us, they sang with us. Me and my mate Philly ended up speaking to their leader, and being invited to his house for a meal. We took flowers for his mum, she cooked us steak, spaghetti Bolognese, the works. It was mad, mate!”So was the football, in fairness. Graeme Souness delivered a masterclass, Bruce Grobbelaar’s spaghetti legs bamboozled Roma’s penalty takers and Alan Kennedy delivered the killer blow, just as he had in Paris. Liverpool were four-time European Champions.“The atmosphere for that game was something else,” Mono says. “We were in awe of it, to be honest. But what happened afterwards was chaos, it was frightening.“Everyone was getting attacked, women, children, the elderly. I remember seeing a mate of ours from Halewood, the day after the game. He was walking round with a ripped t-shirt and he didn’t know what day it was. He’d been attacked the night before, taken to hospital and checked himself out. He had no passport, no money, no plane ticket. We had to bunk him onto a flight back to England, honestly!”Me being the smallest, I had to hide under the seat so we could get him on. We all took it in turns to go to the toilet so there would be a seat. You’d get 10 years for that now, probably!”Mono's proud flag 'The Old Lady'Istanbul 2005The events of Heysel, of course, would cast a shadow over Liverpool, club and city, and bring an end to their era of European dominance. They would be banned from continental competition for six years, and it would be 20 before they were back in a European Cup final.“Sad, incomprehensible,” says Mono, understandably keen not to dwell on that fateful, tragic night in Brussels.By the time Liverpool got the chance to lift the trophy for a fifth time, the competition had been rebranded as the Champions League, Mono had a son, Joe, who was raised in the way of the family; he was a Red, and a passionate one.The 2004-05 season was a poignant one. John, Mono’s father, passed away the day before Liverpool played Olympiakos in the December. “When Steven Gerrard scored, I burst out crying,” he remembers. “And Joe did too. I remember someone near us saying: ‘Look at that, that’s passion!’ but it wasn’t, it was for my dad.”Liverpool, under Rafa Benitez, continued to defy the odds. Leverkusen fell, then Juventus, then Chelsea. AC Milan, Europe’s best, were next.“I still get emotional, even now,” Mono says. “I cried again in Istanbul when we did it. I remembered all those games, all those memories. He’d have loved it, but he’d have loved the thought of me and Joe being there together, witnessing that.“My next door neighbour left at half-time, I still give him stick about it now! It’s a life lesson as far as I’m concerned. Believe and support. I sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ at half-time out of defiance; it’s down in folklore now that it made a difference. I’d love to think it did.”Stephen Monaghan and son JoeKiev 2018?And what of this weekend, then?Liverpool’s last Champions League final ended in defeat, in Athens in 2007, but now, 11 years on, they’re ready to go for number six.It’s already been some journey. They’ve been to Hoffenheim, to Seville and to Porto. Moscow brought a memorable run-in with Jose Mourinho, in which the unsuspecting Manchester United boss posed for a photograph wearing a Spirit of Shankly sticker. Grinning next to him, of course, was Mono.“We’d been out on a cruise round Moscow, so we’d had a few bevies!” he laughs.“We were staying at the Radisson, and the Manchester United team was there too. Mourinho was in the lobby so we just went for it. It was done and dusted in two seconds, I stuck the sticker on him, we took the picture and we were away.“I saw him again the next morning when I was having breakfast. I just winked at him ‘Alright, Jose, mate?’ He didn’t say a word!”Mono meets Jose MourinhoThe knockout stages brought more incredible moments; Porto saw the birth of the ‘Allez, Allez, Allez!’ chant which will soundtrack Liverpool’s weekend in Kiev, while trips to Manchester City and Roma will live long in the memory.And now, finally, to Ukraine. Mono will be there, so will his son. The man he bought his first season ticket with, John Nicolson, will be sat next to him as he always is. They’re ready.“I’ve already got my clothes ironed and ready, I can’t wait,” smiles the King of the Kop.“It gives me a shiver down the spine, just thinking about the flags and the noise and the songs. I’ve been going for years, but I still get that feeling. I always will.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

10 months ago​Marco Silva demands Everton response

first_img​Marco Silva demands Everton responseby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarco Silva wants his side to show their quality in their next game on New Year’s Day.The Toffees ended 2018 with a disappointing loss to Brighton, which put them 10th in the league.Their manager now wants them to bounce back against Leicester City at home.”It is important to be strong again and ready for the next match in three days,” Silva told the club’s website.”We don’t have time to prepare in the normal way but that is the schedule and we have to put in our players’ minds how important the next game is.”We have to change our recent form at home and give a different answer.”It will be a tough match but we have to give 100 per cent to win it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Operator Stellar Cosmo Not Heading for Repairs

first_imgzoom Polaris Shipping’s Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) Stellar Cosmo has not broken down and is not heading for repairs to Cape Town, as disclosed to World Maritime News.Holman Fenwick Willan Singapore LLP, speaking on the authority of the ship’s operator, said that the reports indicating that the ship was heading for repairs after developing a crack in the hull were not true and that the ship was in fact heading to Singapore for refueling.“Stellar Cosmo diverted from her voyage to China to the last reported site of the Stellar Daisy to take part in search and rescue operations. She has departed early from the scene and is heading to Singapore for bunkers before continuing her contractual voyage to China. The reason for her departure is to allow her sufficient bunkers to reach China and not for reasons of repairs as has been reported,” the firm said reacting to media reports.The 1992-built ship was also converted from a crude carrier to an ore carrier, a process that has been put under spotlight over the past few days as the ship’s owner faces criticism following the sinking of Stellar Daisy.The VLOC went missing on March 31 and is believed to have sunk some 1,700 miles east of the Port of Montevideo, Uruguay. Stellar Daisy was carrying eight South Korean and sixteen Filipino sailors. Two of the sailors were rescued on April 2, while the search for the remaining missing 22 crew members continues.Just a few days after the incident, Polaris Shipping confirmed that another of the firm’s vessels reported a crack on the outer hull of a tank- the 1993-built bulk carrier Stellar Unicorn.The ship was sent for repairs and will continue its voyage to China once it gets necessary approvals.As a result of the said incidents, the company said that it had launched inspection of all its operated vessels.As informed, the inspection will be conducted in addition to the regular maintenance and inspection, and would continue until all vessels are inspected and cleared for service.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

How do you teach girls its OK to kick ass

first_imgYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at The world is constantly telling young girls to stay quiet. Be pretty, but please… don’t speak your mind. It’s this message that turns girls from confident and unapologetic kids, too timid and self-doubting teenagers. Gemma Sheehan, a former MMA fighter, sees this first hand every day. She teaches girls not only how to physically defend themselves, but also how to build confidence and be assertive in life. She shares the problematic differences she sees between girls and boys, and how she helps girls build the kind of mental strength that she believes is missing from the women’s empowerment movement.HOST: Claire Brassard / GUEST: Gemma Sheehan, Former MMA fighter, founder of Girls Who Fight Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Kesha Writes On Why We Must Do More To Ban Poaching

first_imgKesha has written a meaningful column for on why we must do more to ban poaching.“It’s time to end this perverted excuse for entertainment,” she wrote. “I was heartbroken along with so many Americans who are mourning the terrible killing of the lion Cecil by a man from Minnesota. As an animal lover, I have traveled to Africa to walk amongst and view these stunning creatures in their natural habitat — taking care not to disturb them while also enjoying their presence.“It angers me that U.S. law currently does not protect African lions, and these “trophies” can flow across the U.S. border in unlimited quantities from anywhere.“Populations of African lions in the wild have dwindled by almost 50% in only the last three decades. Even as lion populations plummet, hunters continue to kill them, and lion trophy imports to the United States are on the rise. This has to stop. Please join HSUS and HSI in urging U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to add the African lion to the endangered species list. Trophy hunting should be banned.”Read Kesha’s full column here.last_img read more

Air Canadaled group seeks to buy Aeroplan business in 225billion offer to

first_imgAir Canada and three financial firms made an unsolicited $2.25-billion offer to buy the Aeroplan loyalty business from Aimia Inc. to allow customers to transfer their points to its own platform in 2020, the Montreal-based airline told its clients.“We heard from many customers who were excited about our plans, and would prefer to transfer their Aeroplan Miles to the new Air Canada loyalty program,” Air Canada said in an email to customers on Wednesday. “This is what this proposed deal allows us to do.”Shares of Aimia Inc. soared after the Air Canada-led consortium — including Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Visa Canada — proposed to buy Aeroplan in a deal valued at $2.25 billion, including points liabilities they would assume.The group said the offer would expire Aug. 2 but such deadlines are often amended.The consortium said the proposed transaction would provide continuity for Aeroplan members as well as customers of the four companies — which all have long-standing relationships with Aimia — behind the bid.“If completed, the proposed transaction would result in a positive outcome for Aimia shareholders and Aeroplan members, allowing for a smooth transition of Aeroplan members’ points to Air Canada’s new loyalty program launching in 2020, safeguarding their points and providing convenience and value for millions of Canadians,” the group said in a statement on Wednesday.It wasn’t immediately clear whether Aimia’s board would recommend the offer, which the consortium said was worth the equivalent of $3.64 per share.Aimia stock rose as much 44 per cent to $3.60 in late morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the consortium’s announcement. Shares had slipped to $3.50 by 2 p.m.Aimia confirmed Wednesday that it received the consortium’s conditional proposal, noting that it followed prior private engagement and discussions between the parties.The loyalty company’s board of directors formed a special committee of independent directors “some time ago in connection with such engagement and discussions and had engaged legal and financial advisors,” Aimia said in a statement.“The special committee will consider this proposal in consultation with its legal and financial advisors to assess whether the proposal is in the best interests of shareholders and the company as a whole and will make appropriate recommendations to the board,” Aimia said.Under the proposal, a corporation to be formed by the consortium would acquire Aimia’s loyalty business, including roughly $2 billion worth of Aeroplan points obligations as of March 31, 2018, for $250 million in cash. The total purchase price, in turn, is valued at approximately $2.25 billion.The future of Aeroplan, which has more than five million members, has been in doubt since Air Canada announced in May 2017 that it planned to launch its own loyalty rewards plan in 2020. Aimia’s 30-year-partnership with Air Canada is due to expire in July 2020.Over the past 14 months, Aimia’s stock had fallen to $2.50 as of the close on Tuesday, down from $8.84 prior to Air Canada’s departure announcement.Shares got a boost earlier this month, however, when Aimia announced plans to get into the airline business itself by offering charter flights to its most popular destinations. It said on July 19 that it was in discussions with potential airline partners to operate narrowbody aircraft ideally suited for flights to sun destinations in the Caribbean.The consortium’s proposed acquisition of Aimia on Wednesday surprised analysts, given Air Canada’s plans for its own platform.“Air Canada’s offer may be difficult to accept for Aimia’s management given that Air Canada had abruptly decided not to renew its contract with Aeroplan last year causing havoc in Aimia’s share price,” said Martin Landry, an analyst with GMP Securities.Given the magnitude of the transaction, it will likely require a vote from Aimia shareholders, he said in a note to clients.“We believe they will be tempted to accept Air Canada’s offer despite the sour taste it may leave with some shareholders,” Landry said.For Air Canada, the transaction “potentially removes the customer relations headache of orphaned Aeroplan members and potential negative goodwill,” Canaccord Genuity analyst Doug Taylor said in a note to clients.The “smooth transition” for Aeroplan members to the new program would also ensure significant initial uptake for Air Canada’s own program when it begins in mid-2020, Taylor adds.“While it is tough to handicap the financial impact of the values being discussed, having the much larger and well-funded financial services partners coming along with the deal certainly helps spread the assumed liability around,” Taylor said. “Additionally, Air Canada will likely have more control on how the liability is serviced vs. the prior agreement with Aimia.”Developing a loyalty program as sophisticated as Aeroplan is a challenge, and the consortium’s move to buy it instead is not surprising, said Louis Hebert, a professor at the department of management at HEC Montreal.“It seems that Air Canada came to the conclusion that it was simpler to buy it and enjoy a program that works well and has a good reputation,” he said.Air Canada created Aeroplan as in-house loyalty program but it was spun off as an independent business as part of a court-supervised restructuring of Canada’s largest airline. At the time, CIBC was Aeroplan’s main bank partner.Since 2014, TD has been Aeroplan’s main Visa card partner although CIBC continues to offer Aeroplan cards rewards points that can be redeemed for Air Canada flights and other merchandise.Visa Canada did not respond to a request for comment. TD and CIBC declined to comment.For the banks, the primary motivation behind this bid is “defensive in nature,” said Gabriel Dechaine, an analyst with National Bank.“Credit cards are one of the highest return businesses the banks have, and the Aeroplan portfolio is a high quality one,” he said in a note. “We estimate it generates combined profitability well in excess of $400 million for the two banks.”The banks likely wanted to avoid “annoying their customers” with another transition to a different loyalty program, which “could have made them vulnerable to being picked off by competitors,” he added.Companies in this story: (TSX:AIM, TSX:AC, TSX:CM, TSX:TD)— With a file from Julien Arsenaultlast_img read more

Russia Shows Commitment to resolving conflicts in Africa

Moscow, Russia – In its end-of-year official report, the Russian Foreign Ministry indicated that Russia, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has made a substantial contribution to resolving conflicts and crises in Mali, Somalia, Sudan and the Central African Republic and many other African countries.Russia also provided targeted humanitarian relief aid to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cameroon. The report, however, did not state the total amount that was spent on humanitarian aid to Africa in 2015.With regards to health, Russia’s contribution to the international effort to fight the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa (mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) was estimated at around $60 million, according to an international department head of Russia’s health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor. Russia continues participating in the joint effort to create a vaccine against the Ebola virus, which is expected to be ready for mass use in early 2016, the director of the Health Ministry’s department Marina Shevyreva said. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the deadly Ebola virus has killed some 11,300 people in West Africa.Last February, to ease the situation of refugees who have been streaming from neighbouring states into Cameroon, the Russian government delivered provided food aid for refugees amounting to US$ 2.5 million (1.3 billion CFA francs).According to statistics issued by the Cameroon government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, around 300,000 refugees from Nigeria and the Central African Republic have sought refuge in Cameroon.The Republic of Burundi on May 13 last year saw a coup attempt and as a result threw the country into chaos. Burundi descended into violence after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he was running for a third term. The decision to run for a third term in office was seen by opponents as a contradiction to the constitution. Coup leader General Niyombare is currently on the run. The failure of their coup bid and re-election of Nkurunziza have not stopped the unrest in the country.Over the past years, Russia has played pivotal roles in helping resolve many multi-faceted conflicts on the continent. For instance last September, there was a three-way consultation, the first time within this format, with the participation of Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and South Sudanese Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Benjamin Barnaba, to utilize the “Moscow platform” to continue the dialogue on the issues that remain in the relations between the two states.The joint meeting made some important decisions by the Sudanese and South Sudanese foreign ministers, above all, regarding the need to implement – to the maximum degree and as soon as possible – all the provisions of the document on the inter-Sudanese settlement that were signed over the past two or three years.Russia welcomed the efforts to stabilize the situation in the Republic of South Sudan, where a conflict has been ongoing since 2013, as well as the signing of a peace agreement between the South Sudanese government and the opposition last August.Russia supported them to continue advocating for a political, diplomatic settlement of all outstanding issues, among other things, by following a corresponding approach at the UN Security Council.Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, meeting separately with the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministers from Rwanda, Congo and Madagascar last year, stressed Russia’s preparedness to boost humanitarian aid to natural and man-made disasters regions as well as continue helping to find lasting solutions to conflicts in Africa.“We agree that various conflicts in Africa require heightened attention of the world community and the UN, primarily in order to support the approaches of Africans who know better than others how to approach complicated issues on their continent,” Lavrov told Rwandan Louise Mushikiwabo during a joint media conference held last October in Moscow.They further shared opinions on the events in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the African Great Lakes Region as a whole, the Horn of Africa, the Central African Republic and South Sudan.As always, Russia has agreed on the need to contribute to the subregional organizations on the continent and to continue consolidating the peacemaking potential of the African Union (AU). In addition, Russia regularly provides funds for the annual training of about 80 peacemakers from African countries.“We will help strengthen the peacekeeping potential of African countries in the form of training peacekeepers from African countries and helping them equip their peacekeeping contingents,” Lavrov said in January last year after talks with Burundi Foreign Minister Laurent Kavakure.In all discussions and consultations held throughout 2015, both African and Russian sides have had in-depth exchange of opinions on key issues on the African agenda with a particular focus on easing crisis situations in Africa.Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed at a previous ceremony when receiving credentials from ambassadors of several foreign countries, including diplomats of several African states, that Russia has planned to give all necessary humanitarian assistance to conflict-stricken African countries. read more

McDonalds hiring 165 in Calgary

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by audreywhelan Posted Apr 6, 2016 7:11 am MDT Wednesday is National Hiring Day at McDonald’s and the fast food giant hopes to find 750 new employees in Alberta, including 165 in Calgary.Job seekers will be able to learn about the company, apply for a position, and possibly be interviewed on the spot.Spokesperson Jason Hunt says everyone is welcome.“McDonald’s offers a wide variety of positions for all people whether they are making sandwiches in our kitchen or sweeping floors in our dining room. We have our guest experience leaders who take care of our guests in the dining room, saying hello and goodbye, opening doors,” he said.McDonald’s is also hiring people for management positions. (Stock photo: McDonald’s hiring 165 in Calgary read more

ExxonMobil confirms 8th oil discovery offshore Guyana at the Longtail1 well

…company to add another exploration vessel offshore Guyana Exxon’s Stena Carron drillshipExxonMobil in a statement on Wednesday said it made its eighth oil discovery offshore Guyana at the Longtail-1 well, creating the potential for additional resource development in the southeast area of the Stabroek Block.According to the US based oil giant, the Stena Carron drillship commenced drilling on May 25, 2018 and the Longtail-1 well was safely drilled to 18,057 feet (5,504 meters) depth in 6,365 feet (1,940 meters) of water, where they subsequently encountered approximately 256 feet (78 meters) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir.“The Longtail discovery is in close proximity to the Turbot discovery southeast of the Liza field,” said Steve Greenlee, president of the ExxonMobil Exploration Company.He explained that the “Longtail drilling results are under evaluation. However, the combined estimated recoverable resources of Turbot and Longtail will exceed 500 million barrels of oil equivalent, and will contribute to the evaluation of development options in this eastern portion of the block.”ExxonMobil said it is currently making plans to add a second exploration vessel offshore Guyana in addition to the Stena Carron drillship, bringing its total number of drillships on the Stabroek Block to three.“The new vessel will operate in parallel to the Stena Carron to explore the block’s numerous high-value prospects.”According to the oil giant, the Noble Bob Douglas is completing initial stages of development drilling for Liza Phase 1, for which they announced a funding decision in 2017.Moreover, in explaining the timeline of its production output the company posited that “Phase 1 will consist of 17 wells connected to a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel designed to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day. First oil is expected in early 2020. Phase 2 concepts are similar to Phase 1 and involve a second FPSO with production capacity of 220,000 barrels per day. A third development, Payara, is planned to follow Liza Phase 2.”According to ExxonMobil, “Guyanese businesses, contractors and employees continue to play an important role in ExxonMobil’s operations in the country. ExxonMobil and project partners spent $24 million with more than 300 local suppliers in 2017 and opened the Centre for Local Business Development in the capital city of Georgetown to promote the establishment and growth of small- and medium-sized local businesses.“ExxonMobil’s priorities in Guyana are focused on enabling local workforce and supplier development and collaborating with government to support the growth and success of its economy, both in the energy and non-energy sectors.”The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometers). Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block.Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 per cent interest. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedExxonMobil announces fifth oil discovery offshore GuyanaOctober 5, 2017In “Business”ExxonMobil makes 10th oil discovery offshore GuyanaDecember 3, 2018In “Business”BREAKING: ExxonMobil announces 13th discovery offshore GuyanaApril 18, 2019In “Business” read more

Legal action will be taken if Teachers face salary cuts for

GTU President, Mark LyteGovernment could face a High Court injunction should it proceed with deductions to the salaries of teachers.This position was indicated by GTU President Mark Lyte who told this media group on Wednesday that the Union gave “certain instructions” on the way forward.“We got certain advice and we’re going to work with that,” Lyte noted, responding in the affirmative when asked if court action was on the cards.His meeting with the lawyer comes against the backdrop of concerns raised earlier this week by teachers when they expressed fear of victimisation and salary reduction should they support their union’s industrial action.The Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) is mobilising teachers ahead of the countrywide strike slated for August 27.Commenting on President David Granger’s attributed statements that his Government does not want a confrontation with the Union, Lyte observed that on the contrary, GTU has always attempted to solve the situation amicably throughout the rule of the current Administration.“The Union has never been confrontational. The fact that we sat with them for almost three years to come to an agreement is an indication that the Union doesn’t advocate for confrontation. We are trying to negotiate peacefully,” Lyte posited.Over the last two days, GTU held engagements with a meeting in Linden on Tuesday and another in Bartica on Wednesday.Speaking on Wednesday’s meeting, the Union President highlighted that 80 out 150 teachers turned out in support of the Union’s strike action in spite of the day being a holiday.“They are overwhelmingly supportive of the strike action,” he noted.The GTU has rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching pay-off of $200 million for 2018/19.Lyte said the Union similarly rejected the $700 million cap that was placed on salary increases which was for 2018 only.Government also wants the clothing allowance to remain at $8000, a figure which Lyte said was given in 2011. He said too that for Whitley Council Leave, teachers still have to wait four years before getting their one month off even though the GTU appealed for three years.The union is seeking increases of 40 per cent for its 7000 members. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeachers Union walks out on Gov’t officials over impasse on salary increasesOctober 26, 2017In “latest news”Teachers’ salary increases: President subverting process- Opposition LeaderOctober 4, 2018In “latest news”Teachers express support for strike action as Union hosts engagementAugust 20, 2018Similar post read more

Comedian Louis CK confronts piracy head on with digital experiment

first_imgIt’s pretty safe to say that the one group of people that seem to be both overlooked and at the same time the vulnerable in the “war on piracy” are comedians. These entertainers need to create original content in order to stay relevant, and that content is a product of weeks of research and creative writing. When a comic takes the stage, what you are watching is the combined effort weeks of research, memorization, and delivery. If that person is lucky the work on that particular set will be usable for few months of live tours, and then possibly a DVD release.I follow more than a few comics across the various social networks, and every once in a while I see a burst of frustration when someone records their work on the first night of a new set and immediately uploads it to YouTube. Not only does it expose the performance to the rest of the world, but it does so in the quality of the average cell phone being held at a night club. When the one hour comedy set finally does get released to DVD, the production company releases it for $20 due to the expenses, like those that go in to securing the content to minimize further piracy. The end result of those security efforts can be seen on most piracy websites only hours after a DVD has been released, and now the comedy set is free to anyone who knows how to get it.It’s a tough scenario to be put in, and there’s not any real solution so long as you plan to continue releasing content in teh traditional means. If you really want to combat piracy, make the content just as easy to get, and don’t include any of the digital rights management nonsense. At least, that’s what the pirates say is necessary to keep most people from doing the deed. It’s a fairly significant gamble, but comedian Louis C.K. stepped up to call the bluff.In an extended note earlier this week Louis C.K. described his intent to release a comedy set that he had only just recorded, that had never been released on DVD. For $5, you would be able to stream the show two times, and download it three times. The show was made available in HD or SD (based on user preference), and the file was completely free of any digital rights management (DRM). The show would either sell or it would be quickly uploaded to every piracy site in the world and nobody would pay for it.This was a fairly significant gamble for Louis C.K., but one that sent a clear message calling out those who continue to justify piracy by saying that it is easier to get online in the format of their choosing. The second part of this gamble is testing exactly how much profit can be made from online sales versus DVD sales. This set, Live at the Beacon Theater, isn’t available in stores. The only place you can buy this comedy set is from his website, and there is no option to purchase a DVD.It did not take long for Louis C.K. to see results.  In a new statement he released only four days later, C.K. explains that the video he sold cost him about $170,000 to make. The cost of making this video was largely offset by the tickets sold at the two sets he did at the Beacon, but for all intents and purposes he paid for the video to be produces out of his pocket. He further explains that the content in this show was exclusive, he had never used any of it in previous sets, or on his TV series.He continued to explain that he spent an additional $32,000 on having the website built to handle the load of customers downloading the movie or streaming it. Every effort was made to make the buying and watching experience as simple as possible. Not counting his time editing the video and testing the site, this gamble was already costing him over $200,000. Within 12 hours of the site going live on December 10th, over 50,000 copies had been sold, allowing him to break even on the costs so far. Under 72 hours later, the site had seen over 130,000 purchases.He noticed that this was still less than he would have made from a deal with a distribution company but this method helps the fans by giving them a more usable, more available file. Louis C.K. clearly feels that this was already a success, and more sales are coming in every minute. One thought from his statement that stuck with me was “You never have to join anything, and you never have to hear from us again.”The experiment was successful, but it remains to be seen whether or not this will have any actual impact on the industry. Even if more comedians take the same route as Louis C.K., there’s no real incentive for this to be implemented anywhere else. As he said, if he had left all of this to a production company he’d have made more money, spent less time, and wouldn’t have had to think about it twice. The content would have been pirated, and the circle would have continued.This was a significant proof of concept, in my opinion, that the process of releasing content without all of the mess in between can work, but it’s not likely to change how things work anytime soon.last_img read more

Kurukh Kamtapuri Rajbanshi Kurmali to soon find official use

first_imgKolkata: The day when Kurukh, Kamtapuri, Rajbanshi and Kurmali will be used for official purposes in the state, is not too far with the Governor giving his consent for the same. It was on February 8 that the West Bengal Official Language (Amendment) Bill was passed in the state Assembly, to declare use of Kurukh language for official purposes in the state.Again on February 28, the West Bengal Official Language (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 was also passed, to declare Kamtapuri, Rajbanshi and Kurmali languages as “official languages in the districts, sub-divisions, blocks or municipalities…where the Kamtapuri, Rajbanshi and Kurmali speaking population exceeds 10 percent as a whole or part of the district like sub-division or block”. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be recalled that the step of introducing Kamtapuri, Rajbanshi and Kurmali languages as official ones, was taken following recommendations of the expert committee headed by Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri.After Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi gave the consent, the state Law department had issued a notice in this connection last month. Following the notice of the Law department, the Information and Cultural Affairs department will be issuing another notification as per the set norms and from the day the notification is issued, the languages will be used as official ones. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThough the date of the notification is yet to be finalised, according to officials it would not take too long for the same.It may be mentioned that Kurukh is spoken by the Oraon tribal community. There are around 17 lakh people, who speak the language in places including Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, South Dinajpur and North 24-Parganas. There are around 36.82 lakh Kurukh speaking people in the country.Kurukh, Kamtapuri, Rajbanshi and Kurmali will be used as official languages, besides Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Nepali, Santhali, Oriya and Punjabi.This comes at the time when the Mamata Banerjee government has taken up different steps for the revival of endangered tribal languages. Moreover, the government has also ensured overall development of the tribal communities in the state.It may be mentioned that hundreds of people will be benefitted, with the four languages being used for official purposes.last_img read more

More calls for reform of the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute

first_imgUpdate, Nov. 21: A previous version of this story included statements from the conservation group MarViva, issued under the context of a National Fishing Symposium on Nov.12. That information was based on a press release issued by the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry. However, MarViva has clarified that those comments are not related to the results of FECOP’s investigation or their proposal.Leaders of the Costa Rican Fisheries Federation (FECOP) on Wednesday presented an action plan to reform the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (INCOPESCA), saying the regulatory agency had “lost its way and requires substantial changes.”The plan, which includes eight reform proposals, is based on research by FECOP that surveyed members of the fishing sector in several communities of the Pacific provinces of Puntarenas and Guanacaste from February-April, confirmed FECOP Legal Department Director Antonio Chávez Villalobos.The results of the investigation available at FECOP’s website show that most of the fishing sector believes INCOPESCA does not represent their interests.“The proposals mostly seek to improve and strengthen INCOPESCA,” Chávez said, adding that the group hopes officials from the Environmental Tribunal and the Environment Ministry will consider implementing the plan.Among the proposals are a change of the composition of INCOPESCA’s board of directors, which currently is dominated by representatives from the commercial fishing and export sector (75 percent of the board’s members are from this sector). It also calls for more governmental participation in the agency to prevent one sector from making all the decisions.“INCOPESCA’s decisions should be tailored to the interests of the country and not favor just one sector,” Chávez said.Last year the administration of President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) proposed a bill for eliminating INCOPESCA’s board of directors and leaving administration to the agency’s managers. The proposal received support from various environmental groups, but it lacked enough support for approval in the Legislative Assembly.FECOP’s plan seeks greater technical and scientific input in INCOPESCA’s decision-making process, more strategic planning, and a streamlining of the agency’s management.Another proposal seeks to change the management of the tuna fishing industry, including an elimination of free fishing licenses, charging by the ton and maintaining fishing license rates up-to-date.The plan also proposes measures to improve coordination with the Public Security Ministry and the Coast Guard to enforce laws and provide security. Facebook Comments Related posts:Small-scale fishermen team up to better protect coastal, marine resources Stop giving away free tuna fishing licenses, says NGO Solís signs tuna fishing decree, but will it help Costa Rica’s oceans? New study: Costa Rica is giving away its fishing wealthlast_img read more

7 injured in Limón bar shootout involving at least one AK47 assault

first_imgA shootout in front of a bar in the city of Limón in the early hours of Monday morning left seven Costa Rican men injured, including a 19-year old, according to a statement from the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). Police suggested that the firefight was likely drug related.At approximately 3:50 a.m., two vehicles approached the bar El Caracol in downtown Limón, on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Servers told the group that the bar was closing, and when they walked back to their vehicles, a third vehicle approached. The vehicle stopped and at least three passengers got out and opened fire. Passengers from the other cars fired back, leaving seven injured. OIJ agents found several types of bullet casings at the scene, including some from an AK-47 assault rifle and a 9 mm handgun.A 19-year-old man surnamed Porras was shot in the right foot; a 39-year-old man surnamed Hernández was hit on several parts of his body; and another man surnamed Morales, 26, was shot in the chest. Four more were also injured in the shootout. They were identified with the last names of Reyes, 25, Dobrosky, 31, Michel, 27, and González, 32.Police are investigating the incident. Facebook Comments Related posts:Top Limón judge arrested on suspicion of collaborating with drug traffickers Police nab flat-screen TV shoplifter Motorcycle duo shoots U.S. businessman in Escazú suburb of San José, Costa Rica Boozy bandit tries to steal $50,000 ambulance in Costa Ricalast_img read more