Militant from Al-Qaeda affiliate killed in Pulwama

first_imgSecurity forces on Wednesday killed a top commander of Al-Qaeda affiliate Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) in an encounter in Pulwama’s Tral.A police spokesman said a group of AGH militants was encircled at Branpatri, a forest area in Tral, in a pre-dawn search operation. “One militant was killed in the exchange of fire. The body was also recovered later,” the spokesman said.According to the police, the slain militant, Shabir Ahmad Malik from Tral’s Nagbal, was affiliated with the AGH, which was led by Zakir Musa. Officials said Malik was among the top commanders of the group and had also released an audio after Musa’s killing in May this year.“Malik was initially affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT). He was wanted for his complicity in several crimes, including attacks on security establishments. He was part of groups responsible for planning and executing attacks in the area,” said the police spokesman.His name also figured in an FIR in Jammu’s Trikuta Nagar pertaining to the “planning and preparation for carrying out attacks in Jammu”, the police added.last_img read more

Dhoni all praise for Badri, bowlers

first_imgChennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for Subramaniam Badrinath for his superb unbeaten 52 which set up his side’s victory over Central Districts in Champions League Twenty20 match here tonight.”We lost early wickets and that put us under pressure.But Badrinath and Anirudha batted really well. These are the conditions where technique does matter. If those who have good technique perform up the order it is easier for those who have lesser technique to slog later,” Dhoni said.”Badri has a good technique and so good to see him perform,” said Dhoni after CSK’s 57-run win over Central Districts.Dhoni also have words of praise for the bowlers. “All the bowlers bowled well. Balaji bowled well to pick up three wickets. The two spinners were superb as conditions here were not that well assisting them,” he said.”Muttiah Muralitharan is a great bowler and it is great to have him in the team. He just varied his deliveries and the same was in case of R Ashwin also,” he added.He said CSK will have to win two more matches out of remaining three to make sure they qualify for the semifinals.”Well of course it is really good to start such a tournament with a big win. It is important to get momentum when you start off with a win. We want to win all the remaining three matches but at least we have to win two,” he added.Central Districts captain Jamie How rued his side’s batting failure.advertisement”To restrict Chennai to 150, I thought the boys bowled really well. The bowling and fielding were the positives, but we didn’t really turn up with the bat. We will be looking to bounce back against Victoria,” How said.Man of the Match Badrinath, whose counterattacking 52 from 42 balls was mainly responsible for taking CSK to 151 for four after being 48 for three at halfway mark, was happy that he could come out good in difficult condition.”I am really happy with the innings. To be able to see the team through to the end. It wasn’t easy to start off with, but once I got in I made sure I made it count. Totally different conditions to what we get in India, so really happy that I could do well here.last_img read more

Korea Open: Parupalli Kashyap Bows Out With Semi-final Loss to Kento Momota

first_imgParupalli Kashyap lost to world No 1 and two-time world champion Kento Momota of Japan in Incheon on Saturday.The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist fought hard but lost 13-21, 15-21 in a 40-minute semi-final clash. In head-to-head matches, Kashyap has never beaten Momota, losing twice before, 21-12, 17-21, 19-21 in the semi-final of the 2015 Indonesia Open and 11-21, 12-21 at the 2013 China Open quarter-final. And that does not change after this match.The 33-year-old from Hyderabad, who had reached the finals at Canada Open this year, showed the intent to hang in the rallies as the duo played a lot of tosses and lifts.However, Kashyap had no answers to Momota’s precision as the Japanese opened up a 9-5 lead early on. A deceptive return and a body smash gave the Indian a couple of points before the Japanese entered the break with a four-point advantage after a long rally.Kashyap didn’t take enough initiative and often hit wide and long to end the energy-sapping rallies. It acted in Momota’s favour as he continued to accumulate points, reaching 18-10.The Japanese committed an uncharacteristic unforced error and soon Kashyap added two more points but unforced errors, including a wide shot, gave Momota a comfortable 20-13 lead and he sealed it when Kashyap went wide again.In the second game, the rallies became faster as Momota produced angled returns to put Kashyap out of position and then unleashed his precise strokes.The left-handed Momota soon worked up a lead of 7-2 with Kashyap missing the line far too many times.Kashyap slowly started putting pressure on Momota and gathered five straight points but the Japanese managed to held on to a 11-7 lead at the breather.The Indian unleashed a couple of smashes on Momota’s forehand to slowly narrow the lead to 11-12. A superb net stroke brought Kashyap to level par but he then hit the nets and send one long as the Japanese again surged ahead.Momota soon made it 19-13 and grabbed six match points with a cross court smash. Kashyap saved one before the Japanese unleashed another accurate return to seal his place in the summit clash.Kashyap, in the quarter-final, had defeated former world No 2 Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen 24-22 21-8 in 37 minutes to make it to his second semi-final of the season.In the second round, Kasyap had beaten Daren Liew of Malaysia 21-17 11-21 21-12 in 56 minutes. He had registered a comfortable 21-16, 21-16 win over Lu Chia Hung of Chinese Taipei in the first round of the tournament.Kashyap was the lone Indian left in the fray in the BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament after PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth all made early-round exits.(With PTI inputs) badmintonIndiaindian badmintonkento momota First Published: September 28, 2019, 3:38 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: Angelo Mathews to lead Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara named selector

first_imgAll-rounder Angelo Mathews on Tuesday replaced Lasith Malinga as captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team for the ICC World Twenty20 in India but the injury-ravaged pacer managed to retain his place in the side.The team was picked by the new selection committee — headed by the former skipper Aravinda de Silva which also includes Kumar Sangakkara. Malinga was asked by the management to resign as captain after a spate of injuries which relegated him to a non-playing captain.The pacer eventually stepped down on Monday owing to slow recovery from a knee injury, which forced him to miss most of the recent Asia Cup.Ironically, it was Malinga who was captain when Sri Lanka won the last World T20 held in Bangladesh in 2014.Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal returned to the side along with the left-handed batsman, Lahiru Thirmanna. Both were not part of the recent Asia Cup when Sri Lanka were beaten by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.Their only win coming against associate team the UAE.Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (Captain), Dinesh Chandimal (Vice Captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanna, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardena, Chamara Kapugedara, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekera, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake and Lasith Malinga.last_img read more

Garbine Muguruza beats Venus Williams to reach Italian Open semis

first_imgGarbine Muguruza flashed some impressive form ahead of her French Open title defence with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win over Venus Williams on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Italian Open in Rome.The Spanish third seed, who reached the Rome semi-finals last year before going on to win her sole career grand slam, will next face eighth seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, who earlier upset Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 7-6(9).Muguruza used a solid forehand to power through the first set during which she hit just eight unforced errors but gave up 20 in the second as Williams forced a decider.The Spaniard fell behind in the third set before responding immediately with a break. She clinched the match when seven-times grand slam champion Williams sent a forehand wide.With the win, world number seven Muguruza will return to the top five in the rankings and be guaranteed a top-four seeding at Roland Garros for the year’s second grand slam.In other action, Romanian sixth seed Simona Halep swept into the semi-finals of the Italian Open in Rome by beating Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-4 on Friday.She will now play Dutch 15th seed Kiki Bertens, who saw off Australian qualifier Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-3, in Saturday’s semi-final on the red Foro Italico clay.”Today was a good match, but I can say that I could finish earlier in the second set,” said Halep, who raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set and broke Kontaveit in the opening game of the second before winning.advertisement”But she turned it a little bit around … she came back for a few games, and she played really, really well.”last_img read more

Mohammed Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan seeks contempt of court action against Amroha police officials

first_imgCricketer Mohammed Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan on Tuesday moved the Allahabad High Court seeking contempt of court proceedings against five Amroha police officials for arresting her in the middle of night in breach of the Supreme Court directions on women’s arrest.On the cricketer’s estranged wife’s plea, Justice MC Tripathi sought Additional Chief Standing Counsel Sanjay Singh’s stand on the issue and fixed July 18 to hear the case.In her plea to the court, the petitioner alleged she had come to Amroha on April 28 along with her daughter and maid and was taking rest in her house.She said soon after arrival, SHO Devendra Kumar and some other officials of Didauli police station of Amroha district reached her residence at the behest of her brother-in-law and her husband Shami and made some enquiries with her and returned back.They, however, came back in the middle of the night and began beating her door, she said in her petition, adding as soon as she opened it, they entered the room and began abusing her in filthy language and whisked her away to the police station along with her daughter and maid.She further alleged there was no woman police personnel in the team which had come to arrest them in the middle of the night.After their midnight arrests, they were medically examined and kept in the police station for the entire night without being allowed to speak to her family members or the lawyers.In official records, they were, however, shown to be arrested at 9.05 am on April 29, said Hasin Jahan in her petition.advertisementEvidently, she was arrested along with her daughter and maid in the violation of the Supreme Court order in D K Basu case, she added, while seeking initiation of contempt of court proceeding against five police officials of Didauli police station.The five police officials she named in her petition included SHO Devender Kumar and sub-inspectors K P Singh, Muneer Jan Zaidi, Amrish Kumar and Sanjeev Waliyan, against whom the cricketer’s wife sought the contempt to court proceeding.Also Read | Mohammed Shami’s estranged wife arrested after high dramaAlso Read | Feel vindicated: Hasin Jahan after Kolkata Police chargesheets Mohammed Shamilast_img read more

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: No change on Sturridge future Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:23 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Liverpool Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up No change on Sturridge futureLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not aware of any developments on a possible exit for Daniel Sturridge and says the striker could be in the squad to face West Brom on Saturday.The England international, who has made only five starts in the Premier League this season, has been linked with loan moves to Inter, Sevilla and West Ham this month.However, with just days remaining of the transfer window, Klopp says Sturridge is no nearer leaving the club and could be involved in the FA Cup fourth-round clash at Anfield. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Read the full story on Goal right here! Luan rubbishes Liverpool linkLuan GremioGremio star Luan has denied that Liverpool have made an offer for his services.Rumours this week have suggested that the Reds have entered into talks with the Brazilian club, as they prepare to trigger his £15.75 million release clause.However, the 24-year-old, who has also been heavily linked with Barcelona, has now rubbished such reports.Read the full story on Goal right here! Why Mahrez was at ArsenalRiyad Mahrez ArsenalRiyad Mahrez’s recent visit to Arsenal has sparked talk of an imminent transfer, but Leicester boss Claude Puel claims the winger was on a scouting mission.The Algeria international is generating plenty of speculation once again with the latest recruitment window open.Potential moves to Liverpool and Arsenal have been mooted for the 26-year-old , with his presence at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday fuelling rumours that he could be heading to north London.Read the full story on Goal right here! Liverpool & Spurs bids for Pastore rejectedJavier Pastore PSG Nantes Ligue 1 18112017Liverpool and Tottenham have seen approaches for Javier Pastore rebuffed by the Paris Saint-Germain player, reports  Gianluca Di Marzio .The Argentine will only consider offers from Italy, where he spent several years prior to joining PSG at Palermo. Inter have registered their interest, but PSG will only consider a permanent move.West Ham consider Sturridge loanDaniel SturridgeWest Ham United are considering a short-term move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, reports the Sun . Sturridge is not in Jurgen Klopp’s plans this season and is expected to leave Anfield in January. And while Italian pair Inter and Roma have been linked to the forward, West Ham are also interested in a loan signing as cover for the injured Andy Carroll.Coutinho makes Barcelona debutPhilippe Coutinho Andres Iniesta Barcelona Espanyol Copa del Rey Philippe Coutinho made his debut for Barcelona on Thursday, coming on in the 68th minute of Blaugrana’s Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg clash with Espanyol to replace Andres Iniesta. It was a sharp cameo for the Brazilian, that will leave the fans wanting more. Check out the full story right here! Liverpool lower Sturridge priceHD Daniel SturridgeLiverpool have lowered their asking price for striker Daniel Sturridge, who is being chased by Inter, reports sportitalia (via insidefutbol ).The report claims that Liverpool now want just €1 million for a loan fee, with a €20m option to buy.Liverpool set to sign Falkirk defenderJurgen Klopp Liverpool EvertonLiverpool are set to sign Falkirk defender Tony Gallacher, report the Scottish Sun .The 18-year-old has spent the week on trial at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp has sanctioned a bid worth £200,000, which Falkirk have accepted.Gallacher has won caps at three Scottish youth levels – Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18.Reds to miss out on Inter starletZinho Vanheusden InterLiverpool are set to miss out on Inter youngster Zinho Vanheusden, with the club set to loan the centre-back to Standard Liege, according to Sky Italia (via Inside Futbol ).The Serie A side are not ready to let the 18-year-old leave for good, preferring to loan him out and let him develop.last_img read more

Peer Educators, Myths, and World AIDS Day

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Sara Al-Lamki, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Sara Al-Lamki, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.1 in 4 sex workers in Bali are suffering from HIV. And those are the ones that have already been tested, not the host of others that have not. That is quite a large percentage, but these women have been tested, and many are being treated. The real problem lies in the housewives and the newborns, whose diagnosed number is on the rise. These are the real victims as they are out of reach from the various innovative programs going on that target sex workers and ‘at risk’ groups. These women have contracted it from their partners without knowing, and only realize there’s anything wrong when they show late symptoms. This, of course, is a huge problem. YRS (my host organization) does counseling and testing of all STI’s and specifically educates all their clients on HIV prevention and testing. And though they treat and counsel hundreds of women, there are still the many that don’t come in to the clinic routinely. Enter the Peer Educator (PE).From the very beginning, the YRS centre was an educational one, and though all the staff partakes in outreach on a daily basis, there are still hundreds (even thousands!) of other women in and around the market that they cannot reach. For this purpose Dr. Sari recruited and trained 10 PEs to do further outreach work and become information posts at various areas of the market. These women were completely reproductively unaware prior to their post, but had a keen interest in health and the female form and were not coy or shy and so were able to spread the message. They consist of women from various market jobs, from vendor to laborer to guide, day and night.On this World AIDS Day, the PEs were given a focus group discussion by Dr. Ari from the Burnet Institute, to examine their level of knowledge not only of HIV/AIDS, but sexual health in general. It’s not easy to talk about these things with women in Indonesia, so to witness these women partaking animatedly in this discussion, offering their thoughts and understandings of sex and reproductive health, and laughing was refreshing and I couldn’t help but smile, and be proud of such a moment. The mammoth task of improving global maternal health seems a little smaller when I witness moments such as this one. One must also keep in mind the leaps and bounds these women have come—from not knowing to becoming PEs. And the confidence they gain by the everyday education, whatever their education level, pushes them to learn more and not be ashamed to say ‘I don’t know’ but refer to those that do.It’s worth remembering also the myths prevalent in these communities. Where the belief that fellatio by a transsexual man will remove any STI, and STIs only befall men with many partners, and that condoms cannot prevent HIV. It is not easy to get people willing to talk so freely and encourage safe sexual practice, especially when most women believe asking their husbands to use a condom is akin to pushing them into the arms (or legs) of sex workers! It is not an easy environment to promote certain practices, and harder still to get women from within the community to promote it.As part of increasing awareness, we folded over 800 red ribbons and split them up between the PEs. I followed one around the market to observe the way she did her work. She worked fast, weaving through the complicated lanes and calling out people by name, distributing brochures on HIV and Pap smears, and of course sticking the red ribbon on their chest. Speaking to a few of them after, I could see the pride in them as they talk about being PEs and teaching their friends about the various STIs. Not only is their existence promoting safe sexual practices and awareness, but it is also empowering these women that are often otherwise marginalized.Share this:last_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Man Utd due Mourinho windfall if Real Madrid return made

first_imgREVEALED: Man Utd due Mourinho windfall if Real Madrid return madeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will be due a tidy windfall should Jose Mourinho return to Real Madrid.The Sun says Real will be hit by a £10m bill from United if they make Jose Mourinho manager for a second time.Mourinho and his agent Jorge Mendes have negotiated the Portuguese boss’ £15m severance payment after he was sacked by the Old Trafford club before Christmas.As part of Mourinho’s departure deal from Chelsea in December 2015, compensation was due to the Stamford Bridge club if he joined another club within 12 months.If Mourinho joined a Premier League rival, the payment was to be £15m, with the fee set at £10m if the Portuguese joined a club in another league.And it is understood United chief Ed Woodward drafted a similar clause in Mourinho contracts and release agreement to ensure United would not catch a financial cold if the sacked boss walks into another job. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Commonwealth Judges Assist with Training

first_imgChief Justice, Hon. Bryan Sykes, says that Commonwealth judges are helping in the development of the Caribbean Courts, through facilitating the training of regional judiciaries.Speaking at the launch of the Judicial Conduct and Ethics ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop, held recently at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters, the Chief Justice said the training not only focused on judicial ethics, but other areas of the justice system.He noted that over the years, judges have been attending training in Halifax, Canada, to further their competence and skills in judicial education.“All of this is consistent with the idea that judges should be thoroughly equipped with the competence to conceptualise, plan and deliver training programmes for other judges to improve the judicial service to the people of the region,” Mr. Sykes said.He added that the measurable outcome of the training would be higher levels of adjudication within the justice system, “not just in terms of the content, whether it is written or oral, but high quality in terms of the manner the adjudication is done”.The workshop is part of Jamaica’s Judicial Education Institute’s five-year development programme. It was sponsored by the Global Judicial Integrity Network arm of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).last_img read more

25 dead in HP Punjab eight missing in Ukhand

first_imgShimla/Dehradun: Heavy rains lashed northern parts, leaving at least 25 people dead in Himachal Pradesh & Punjab and eight missing after cloudburst in Uttarakhand, while a flood alert was sounded in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab as the Yamuna and other rivers were in spate.Given heavy discharge being released in the rivers in Haryana, the state’s Revenue and Disaster Management Department has requested to direct the concerned Army officials to be on stand by. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn southern India, the death toll in flood-ravaged Kerala climbed to 116 with the retrieval of more bodies. Extremely heavy rains were observed at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. In Uttarakhand, at least eight people were missing and several others injured in heavy rains at various places, State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) said. Cloudbursts in Mori block of Uttarkashi district wreaked havoc in several villages, damaging several houses in Arakot, Makuri and Tikochi villages. A woman was also washed away in Dehradun district when her car fell into a seasonal river, they said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayHeavy rains remained unabated in Himachal Pradesh, leaving at least 22 people, including two Nepalese, dead and nine others injured in rain-related incidents in the state. Nine people died in Shimla, five in Solan, two each in Kullu, Sirmaur, Solan and Chamba and one each in Una and Lahaul-Spiti districts. Landslides hit a spot near the RTO office here, leaving three people dead. One person sustained injuries in the incident. Due to heavy rains, district officials in the state have ordered the closure of all educational institutions in Shimla and Kullu on Monday. Heavy rains remained unabated in Haryana and Punjab on Sunday causing floods in some parts, while authorities sounded a high alert in the two states. Following heavy rains in Aol village of Punjab, three members of a family were killed when the roof of their house collapsed. Eleven people, including four women, have been rescued after they got stuck when the overflowing water of Beas river flooded their village in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district. In Rajasthan, water has started receding and there was no flood-like situation anywhere in the state. An official said forty-nine people have died in rain-related incidents in the state since June 15 and 500 people have been evacuated from the rain-affected areas.last_img read more

Car in Bhagwats convoy hits motorcycle kills boy

first_imgJaipur: A boy was killed and a man injured after their two-wheeler was hit by a car in the cavalcade ofRSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Alwar district of Rajasthan on Wednesday, police said. Bhagwat was returning from a programme in Tijara area when the incident happened and there were eight to ten cars in the cavalcade, police said. “One of the cars in the cavalcade hit a motorcycle leaving a boy dead and a man injured,” said Ramswaroop Bairwa, sub-inspector of Mandawar police station. The cavalcade went towards Behror after the incident, he said. The car involved in the accident is yet to be seized, police said, adding that a case is being registered.last_img read more

Just For Laughs sold to Howie Mandel and US company ICM Partners

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal’s Just For Laughs answered doubts about its future Wednesday with the company’s sale to an investor group led by Canadian-born comedian Howie Mandel.The new owners, which include U.S. talent agency ICM Partners, said the company will continue normal operations, with the same leadership in place.Mandel says he has always been a big fan of the annual Montreal comedy festival and performed many times over the last decade.“Nothing feels like coming home more than being part of the Just For Laughs,” he said from Los Angeles.Just For Laughs was rocked last fall after several women came forward with allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment against its founder and majority stakeholder, Gilbert Rozon.Rozon, who stepped down as president in October, said he would sell his shares in the Just For Laughs company in response to the allegations, which he has denied and have not been proven in court.Financial terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not divulged.Mandel said he’s always felt frustrated that the event isn’t even bigger or get the “props it deserves.”“What Woodstock was to rock and roll, this is bigger to comedy and television in every language.”Mandel said he hopes he can be a strong voice promoting it to comedians around the world.“I just want to be loud and entertaining and get the message out that if you want to be anything of any value in comedy you have to come to Montreal,” he added.Comedy observers said they were worried when ICM’s name surfaced as a potential buyer a few weeks ago.Mark Breslin, co-founder of the Yuk Yuk’s comedy clubs, said Mandel’s involvement mitigates those worries.But Karl Moore, a management professor at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, said it’s unfortunate that another successful Quebec company has resorted to foreign ownership.“We’ve lost some big companies in Montreal to the U.S. and elsewhere and it’s a bit disappointing from the viewpoint that Montreal and Canada can’t maintain those kinds of companies,” he said, pointing to Alcan, Cirque du Soleil and Bombardier’s C Series program.In addition to the comedy festival in Montreal started in 1983, Just For Laughs produces international comedy tours, television specials and annual festivals around the world including in Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney, Australia.It has production and distribution businesses in more than 135 countries and its programming is seen on more than 100 airlines.Festival chairman Pierre-Marc Johnson said the strategic alliance with Mandel and ICM ensures it has the resources to thrive and removes uncertainties about its future.He also welcomed the commitment to maintain two festivals in Canada’s two official languages.The new owners also said they are in talks with prominent unnamed local Quebec players to join the investment group.Mandel said he hopes French-language comedians who have distanced themselves from the festival will return since he admires their work and says it’s vital to have a French component.Media giant Quebecor Inc. said last week that it would not exercise its right of first refusal in the sale of Just for Laughs.It had claimed the company could not be sold without its consent and filed a request for an injunction in Quebec Superior Court, demanding its 2012 partnership deal with the comedy festival be respected.On Monday, its cable subsidiary Videotron announced it is becoming a partner of a new Montreal comedy festival that will be launched this summer over the two weeks preceding Just For Laughs.— With files from Julien ArsenaultFollow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B)last_img read more

Haiti major gang leader arrested in capitals slums

8 May 2007A long-hunted Haitian gang leader accused of assassinations, kidnappings and extortion was arrested today in a joint operation by Haitian National Police and United Nations peacekeepers in Cité Soleil, the notorious slum area in the capital, Port-au-Prince. The arrest of Torchon Jean Eoldy, alias Blade Nasson, who terrorized the neighbourhoods of Ti-Haïti and Linteau, is a part of “the joint efforts of the blue helmets and the PNH to return a lasting peace to Cité Soleil,” according to the UN Mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH.“It will, in particular, allow the population of Linteau and Ti-Haiti to get back little by little to normal life,” the mission noted in a press release.In addition to being the leader of violent criminal activity in his own right, Mr. Eoldy was also known as the right-hand man of another recently arrested gang leader, Bélony Emalyse, who has been accused of attacking MINUSTAH troops in Cité Soleil.In recent months, MINUSTAH has stepped up efforts to crack down on criminal gangs in violence-ridden Haiti; since the start of the year, more than 400 gang members have been arrested. read more

At UN debate Singapore calls for gradual evolution of key global institutions

28 September 2007A gradual evolution in global governance is necessary to make the world’s leading institutions, including the United Nations Security Council, mirror today’s “multi-polar reality,” Singapore’s Foreign Minister has told the General Assembly. A gradual evolution in global governance is necessary to make the world’s leading institutions, including the United Nations Security Council, mirror today’s “multi-polar reality,” Singapore’s Foreign Minister has told the General Assembly.Addressing the annual high-level debate, George Yeo said it was time for the key institutions to reflect the world of the current era and not that prevailing at the end of World War II, when so many were established.“The reform of the UN, including the UN Security Council, should take into account the weight of India, Japan, Germany and Brazil, and the growing importance of regional organizations,” Mr. Yeo said.“Selection for heads of the IMF [International Monetary Fund] and the World Bank should be widened. Membership of the G8 should be enlarged to include countries like China and India.”At the same time, Mr. Yeo stressed that it was important to still work with these institutions as they are, as not as States might wish them to be.“Unless there is another global conflagration, the improvement of global governance can only be achieved through gradual evolution, not revolution.”Brunei’s Foreign Minister, Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, said civil society, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), also deserved a much greater say in world affairs.“This means giving ordinary people a place in the consensus,” he said, adding he was encouraged by the statements so far of General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim regarding the need for multilateral solutions to the world’s most intractable problems.“We certainly agree with the need for the United Nations to strengthen its central position in the multilateral system.” read more

Primary school offer day 2018 Parents faking marriage breakdowns to get children

first_imgThe warning comes as over half a million families in England learn which primary school their child will attend in September, on what is known as “national offer day”.   As competition to secure places at the most sought after schools has intensified, parents are increasingly resorting to fraudulent means to boost their chances, according to The Good Schools Guide’s state school specialist Elizabeth Coatman. Local councils have become more vigilant in recent years, Ms Coatman said, with investigation departments trained to look out for anything suspicious…center_img Parents are now faking marriage breakdowns to get their children into a top school amid a rise in admission fraud, an expert has warned.  last_img read more

Microsoft cofounder refiles patent lawsuit against Apple and Google says iTunes and

first_imgEarlier this month, a judge dismissed a massive infringement case filed against a list of companies including Google and Apple by Microsoft co-founder turned patent troll Paul Allen because Allen hadn’t bothered to actually list the actual products infringing upon his patents.It wasn’t much of a victory, though, because the judge gave Allen time to resubmit his lawsuit with the infringing products listed… and now he has done so, claiming that Apple, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, eBay, Netflix, OfficeMax and Staples are all infringing upon patent tech that he owns.So which products fall afoul of his patents according to Allen? In Apple’s case, that’s the item-comparison functionality in iTunes, the Apple TV, the App Store and even the Dashboard. Google’s even more of a patent-infringing monster, according to Allen: he suggests that Google search, Gmail, Google Finance, Google Videos, Google Maps, Orkut, Google Books and Adsense are all infringing products.What a joke. A bunch of patents filed by a short lived company bought out by Allen and now used to extort some of the most innovative companies in tech. I hope their legal teams put this bozo down hard.Read more at Wall Street Journallast_img read more

Sarri My problem is to improve my players to solve the

first_imgChelsea’s coach Maurizio Sarri insists that his major plight right now is to improve his players and restore the winning style of The Blues.Chelsea has suffered defeats and struggled to remain in the PL. With Sarri’s style of play, there are doubts whether or not his style will help Chelsea improve. However, the former Napoli boss says he needs time to transform the team.“I don’t know. It’s not my problem. My problem is to improve my players, to solve the situation, to solve problems, to try to gain a lot of points. Then there is the club that will decide what is better for them,” Sarri said as quoted by ESPNSacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“We need to work, we need to improve, we need to understand very well the style of playing,” he added.“We need to change the mentality, not because the old mentality was bad. But it’s not suitable with the new way of playing.”“Then, after all this, maybe you do need one player. But the market is really very important when you understand that you need only one player in one position for changing the team. But you cannot think that you can buy 11 new players without problems. If you do, the problems will be the same.”last_img read more