Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says Anthony Davis won’t be traded

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, smiles as he walks past New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry didn’t mince his words Friday in declaring that star Anthony Davis won’t be traded, and he didn’t appreciate Lakers superstar LeBron James’s comments on the matter.“We’re not trading him,” Gentry told reporters at a morning shootaround before the Pelicans were due to take on the Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting In response to James’s comments, Davis told ESPN he appreciated the compliment but was focused on building up the Pelicans.“It’s cool to hear any high-caliber player say they want to play with me,” said the 25-year-old big man, who is under contract with New Orleans for two more seasons. “But my job is to turn this team around. If we’re 15–17, that means I’m not doing my job.”James isn’t the only NBA player to speak publicly about Davis’s talents.NBA.com reported that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo lightheartedly urged Davis to “come to the Bucks” after Milwaukee’s Wednesday night victory over the Pelicans.ESPN reported Friday that several unnamed general managers had “expressed outrage” over what they believe is the NBA’s unwillingness to enforce rules against tampering.ADVERTISEMENT And Gentry said James’s recent comments — saying it would be “amazing” to play alongside Davis — as tampering, defined by the NBA as attempting to entice a player under contract to negotiate with another team regarding his services.“It’s tampering,” Gentry said. “Why is it not tampering if players are saying it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I thought if you talk about a player under contract, it was tampering. But that’s just me. I’ve only been in the league 31 years, what do I know?”Gentry’s ire may have ratcheted up the tension before the Friday night clash, but it wasn’t clear if either James or Davis would be playing, with both listed by their teams as ailing.center_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES ‘Old fire’ fuels Petron Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

Wimbledon: Marin Cilic, Simona Halep sail into fourth round

first_imgLofty Croatian Marin Cilic made short work of Slovak qualifier Lukas Lacko on Saturday, finishing their rain delayed third round match 6-3,6-3,6-4 with nine aces in the final set.The 2014 US Open champion had already wrapped up two sets when rain set in on Friday and he was clearly in no mood to mess about on a blustery Court 12.The 6-foot-6 (1.98-metre) ninth seed pummelled Lacko from both sides of the court, winning 98 percent of points on his first serve.He clinched with his 19th ace, wrapping up the match in and hour and 49 minutes.The 27-year-old will next meet either fifth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan or up-and-coming Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.HALEP EASES PAST BERTENSSimona Halep strung together three successive victories at the All England Club for only the second time in her career as she eased into fourth round with a 6-4,6-3 win over Dutch dangerwoman Kiki Bertens.Bertens had all the credentials to create an upset following her run to the semi-finals of last month’s French Open, which included a first-round victory over Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber.When the Bertens broke the world number five in the first game of a match – which had originally been scheduled on Court Two on Friday but instead took place under a closed Centre Court roof a day later – the alarm bells must have started ringing for Halep as she stood at the baseline with her head hanging.However, the Romanian quickly snapped back into focus to break back in the next game and twice more to bag the set with a crosscourt service return winner.advertisementThe 24-year-old jumped into a 3-0 lead in the second set and booked a last-16 date with either Alize Cornet or American ninth seed Madison Keys when Bertens whipped a forehand wide on match point.NISHIKORI SETS UP CILIC CLASHKei Nishikori has reached the fourth round at Wimbledon and equaled his best performance at the All England Club.Nishikori beat Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 7-5, 6-3, 7-5 in less than two hours. He made only 14 unforced errors.That set up Nishikori against Cilic, who beat the Japanese star in the 2014 US Open final.Since then, Nishikori has won both of his matches with the Croat, both last year on outdoor hard courts. Their fourth-round match will be their first on grass.last_img read more

So. Africa Hides FIBA Officials

first_imgCAPE TOWN — South African soccer officials are being deliberately shielded from scrutiny over FIFA-related bribery allegations surrounding the country’s successful 2010 World Cup bid, an opposition politician said.The Democratic Alliance opposition party also said Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula failed to attend a Parliamentary committee meeting on June 23 when he was supposed to answer questions on the allegations.Following Mbalula’s no-show, the DA said there were deliberate attempts by the ruling African National Congress to “delay accountability on this issue” and protect some of South Africa’s most senior soccer officials.“Is this really a responsible way to deal with the single biggest reputational crisis facing sport in our country?” the DA said in a statement.South Africa’s government has denied bribing FIFA officials to vote for the country to be awarded the 2010 World Cup.The United States Department of Justice said in indictment papers alleging widespread and long-running corruption in world soccer body FIFA that South Africa gave $10 million to corrupt FIFA executives in 2008 as payback for them backing it in the 2004 vote.South Africa said it was a legitimate payment to former FIFA executive committee member Jack Warner for the sport’s development in his country.Warner is one of 14 soccer and marketing executives under arrest and facing extradition to the U.S. on charges of bribery, racketeering and money laundering. Another former member of FIFA’s ruling panel, American Chuck Blazer, admitted receiving bribes in the 2010 World Cup host contest.In the days after the allegations against South Africa emerged, officials connected to the bid were ordered by the government to refrain from speaking publicly about the allegations.But the DA wants those former bid officials to appear before parliament to answer the allegations. The DA specifically wants Danny Jordaan, the current South African Football Association president and former 2010 bid leader, and Molefi Oliphant, who was head of SAFA at the time of the World Cup bid, to go to Parliament.However, no soccer officials have appeared yet, and ruling party officials are “deliberately shielding Danny Jordaan and others from accounting for this matter,” DA Member of Parliament Solly Malatsi told The Associated Press on June 24.Malatsi also said Sports Minister Mbalula had agreed to appear before parliament’s sports committee on June 23 but failed to do so, citing “other commitments,” according to Malatsi. Mbalula’s spokesman didn’t respond to requests for comment.(GERALD IMRAY, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The Spun’s 2019 College Football Preseason Top 25

first_imgtrevor lawrence throws a pass during alabama-clemsonnSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The best news we can bring you right now is this: the 2019 college football season begins in exactly two months.Before you know it, our Saturdays will be dominated by tailgates, rivalries and plenty of drama on the field. We can’t wait.Today, we’re marking an important point in the offseason. We’re unveiling our preseason Top 25.Remember, there are always training camp injuries, position battles or late transfers that could affect a team’s standing. Right now, we feel good about what we have laid out. Without further ado, here is The Spun’s 2019 College Football Preseason Top 25:Get Started: No. 25-16 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4last_img read more

England takes World Cup 2019 home. Twitter blasts ICC rules with kickass memes

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 14:55 IST Twitter has the best memes for ICC World Cup final 2019Last night’s final ICC World Cup match between England and New Zealand is why cricket has such a huge fan following across the world. It was for the first time in the history of sports that the world saw something like this.The match that took place on July 14, 2019, at the Lords’s stadium in England, first saw New Zealand batting as they gave England a target of 241 runs. England was able to reach the exact same score, resulting in a tie.To break the tie, the match went into a super over to decide the champions of ICC World Cup 2019. However, both the teams managed to make 15 runs each, again. Finally, England was crowned the champions because they scored more boundaries during the match. The win was England’s maiden World Cup victory.Though the International Cricket Council was able to come to a conclusion and decide the champions because of the tie-breaking rule, such an end to such a nerve-wracking match did not go down well with the fans of the game.Twitter went into a frenzy and let the memes flow after the results were declared. That is not it, Twitter even made memes as to how the other teams are reacting to this hair-raising match.Have a look at these hilarious memes.Agar Boundary ka count bhi same aata to 10th/12th k marks se decide hota world Cup winner.#ICCRules #CWC19Final #ENGvsNZPraveen Sharma (@un_root) July 15, 2019None tried to discredit England but ICC is to blame for imposing such type of rules in 50 over match . What about Newzeland hitting more sixes than England ?? #ICCRules #CWC19Final pic.twitter.com/mdcZWDxYggadvertisementSk Jahid Fazal (@Jahid27) July 15, 2019Real winner nz #iccrules #CWC19Final #Fakevictoryengland pic.twitter.com/HgccW9weBb_ (@iyyappareddy) July 15, 2019Instead of changing @msdhoni gloves , the stupid @ICC should have changed their super over rules !!!!Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) July 15, 2019This is how England won ICC World CupMan as #NewZealandWoman as #England #shameonicc #WorldCup2019Final#ICCRules #CWC19Final #Benstrokes pic.twitter.com/GSUMHtAI5SKaruna tyagi (@i_am_karuna) July 15, 2019Gully cricket rules are much better than this shit #ICCRulesIt’s time to say @ICC pic.twitter.com/2GuOyr9NlzUnskilled Engineer (@maheshkhiste79) July 15, 2019World cup in ENGLANDRULES as per ENGLANDWINNER ENGLANDOKENGLAND PLAY OVER SEALET SEE YOU PLAY LIKE YOU DID IN THE WORLD CUP. pic.twitter.com/TuAHvnAvIiJ.R.Smith (@JRSmith23201631) July 15, 2019Let’s see the Final… #ENGvNZ #CWC19Final pic.twitter.com/4XDjtJoSLJPakistan Cricket (@PakistanCric10) July 14, 2019Guptill’s contribution for New Zeland in World Cup#ENGvsNZ #CWC19Final pic.twitter.com/GGqNHE23sxIxhtiyaque (@Ixhtiyaque) July 14, 2019Umpires when any bowler appeals against ENG for LBW.#NZvENG #ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/RT1xCSVoWHPichu. (@chawanni_) July 14, 2019#ENGvsNZ pic.twitter.com/GW8ZT6JMpiInGenious (@Bees_Kut) July 14, 2019#ENGvNZ #CWC19India and Dhoni Fans after Woakes took Guptill’s wicket pic.twitter.com/bMe03ON91QChandler Bing (@SarcasmChamp) July 14, 2019Wicket to England bowlers #CWC19Final #ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/ah3vmnnREasatiscasm (@memeristic_af) July 14, 2019Eng fans to Ben stokes pic.twitter.com/D7NXT8QbTsvincy (@kvineet20) July 14, 2019How we see #lockieferguson how England see him @MitchJohnson_25 #CWC19Final pic.twitter.com/WmXWs0p3avMohammed Saeed (@msaeed046) July 14, 2019Ben Stokes, a person born in New Zealand performing against New Zealand.Kane Williamson right now :#EngVsNZ pic.twitter.com/96ZH3oT28iSagar (@sagarcasm) July 14, 2019#ENGvsNZEngland team to ben stokes: pic.twitter.com/T2sN1U4jWdran neja (@_karantaneja) July 14, 2019Indians Cricket Fans today:#ENGvsNZ pic.twitter.com/TDC5ds5tdgJabba (@iamrajz) July 14, 2019Indians watching World Cup Finals #ENGvsNZ: pic.twitter.com/PD4QCX3Lh5(@aliaatard) July 14, 2019Indian cricket fan who had bought World Cup final ticket in advance. #cwc19final #ENGvsNZ pic.twitter.com/Vs4SVoFZ7zSagar (@sagarcasm) July 14, 2019But this is not all. Last night was a big one for Wimbeldon fans. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer played out yet another epic final at the Wimbledon with the world number one emerging as the winner of the 2019 championship.As Novak Djokovic emerged the winner after a nail-biting match, Wimbeldon’s official Twitter account wrote to ICC, asking how things were at their end. ICC had a kickass response to the question.Things are a bit hectic here right now, we’ll get back to you #CWC19 | #Wimbledon | #CWC1FINALICC (@ICC) July 14, 2019July 14, 2019, will make it to the history of sport as one of the best days ever. But as someone on Twitter pointed out, it was not that good a day for heart patients. We agree.advertisementALSO READ | Guptill got to know how Dhoni felt: Fans react to New Zealand’s Super Over heartbreak in World Cup finalALSO WATCH | The best ICC World Cup 2019 TikTok viral videoGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNishtha Grover Tags :Follow ICC World Cup 2019Follow England vs New ZealandFollow memes England takes World Cup 2019 home. Twitter blasts ICC rules with kickass memesAfter last night’s nerve-wracking match between England and New Zealand, Twitter went into a meme fest to bash ICC and its rules.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

ECSA Advises Caution on CO2 Monitoring Regime

first_img“As ECSA we would have preferred the inclusion of cargo-related data to have simply been postponed until an agreement was reached at IMO. We do however acknowledge that the negotiators took some of our concerns into account and have strengthened provisions on international alignment. We will carefully assess these changes as soon as the full text of the agreement becomes available. We believe it is essential that industry is closely involved in any further steps, for instance on defining the metrics of cargo data,” added Mr Verhoeven.“Most importantly, we call upon the European Commission to actively engage in a confidence-building exercise with non-European Member States at IMO, to ensure that the common objective of establishing an international MRV instrument will be achieved” he concluded.The trialogue agreement on the EU MRV Regulation still needs formal endorsement from the European Parliament and Council of Ministers. According to ECSA, this process will not entail further changes to the specifics of the agreement and is expected to be finalised by January next year.Press Release zoom The European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) voiced their concerns in relation to data reliability and confidentiality of the future European MRV system.Namely, EU co-legislators reached an informal agreement last week on the Commission proposal for a Regulation on the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions of maritime transport.The agreement paves the way for a European MRV system that will become operational as of 2018, applying to ships above 5000 GT arriving and departing from EU ports, regardless of their flag and ownership.The Regulation is meant to be a stepping stone towards a global MRV instrument, which is currently being discussed at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).Apart from data on CO2 emissions and distance sailed, the negotiators agreed that the Regulation will also require ships to report cargo-related information.“Whilst the inclusion of cargo-related information allows the measurement of energy efficiency of vessels, there are concerns regarding data reliability and confidentiality as well as reporting responsibilities and obligations”, said ECSA Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven, adding that “this explains why IMO approaches the issue with great care.”last_img read more

Take necessary steps to make amenities more purposeful SDMC Mayor to officers

first_imgNew Delhi: SDMC Mayor Sunita Kangra on Tuesday took round of Issapur ward. She visited 14 villages to interact with the local residents and listen their grievances. She instructed the officers present on the site to take necessary steps to make the amenities being provided by the SDMC more pointed and purposeful.The Mayor further stated that she has been keeping a close eye over the action being taken on her instructions so that the amenities could be made more advanced. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe Mayor also reviewed the status of sanitation in the villages and asked the officers and employees of the DEMS to bring an improvement in sanitation services. She stressed upon the need of providing more focus on sanitation activities during rainy season to avoid breeding of mosquitoes. She also underlined the need of completing de-silting work of all drains before the onset of monsoon. The Mayor made it clear that un-confirmed data on de-silting will not be accepted and the officers responsible for this will have to give explanation. The incomplete de-silting not only brings difficulties to the people but also become responsible for health problems. The Mayor stated that she will conduct surprise check to assess the status of de-silting of drains. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe Mayor expressed her deep concern over ongoing illegal constructions and stated that any activity to encourage illegal construction will not be tolerated. “There is a need to ensure planned development in rural areas so that the SDMC could face no obstacles in providing amenities in rural areas,” she said. She inspected the ongoing development of parks in the village. She stated that the villagers also deserve to enjoy beautiful, lush green and developed parks on the lines of such parks in the urban areas.last_img read more

BC NDP MP Peter Julian drops bid to replace Mulcair at federal

first_imgOTTAWA – British Columbia MP Peter Julian pulled the plug Thursday on his bid to lead the federal New Democrats, saying he’d failed to raise the kind of money necessary to stay in the marathon race to succeed Tom Mulcair.Julian — the first to throw his hat in the ring — acknowledged a long line of politicians who have forked over their own funds through the years to keep campaigns afloat, only to suffer personal consequences.“I’ve seen the graveyard of politicians who have invested a lot of their personal money because they thought they could change the dynamic financially, and many of those people … are still paying off huge debts,” he told a news conference in Ottawa.“You evaluate and you say, ‘Well, if we move forward, that could mean a lot of personal debt.’”Julian said he is not ready to impose a financial burden on his family, and that dropping out — while difficult — is easier than going into the red.“I accept the verdict of the membership,” he said with a wry smile. “That’s why I’m making the decision I’m making today.”Julian, a veteran MP who represents the British Columbia riding of New Westminster—Burnaby, was one of five candidates so far to join the leadership race, which isn’t scheduled to reach a crescendo until October.Other contenders include MPs Niki Ashton, Charlie Angus and Guy Caron, as well as Ontario legislator Jagmeet Singh.Angus and Caron used social media Thursday to thank Julian for his contributions to the race, while Singh and Ashton both issued statements saying they are saddened to see him go.Julian said he’s pleased his policy positions had an influence on the course of the campaign, particularly on the issue of pipelines.“We were the only ones raising opposition to pipelines like Kinder Morgan and Energy East, and all the other candidates have come in our direction,” he said.“We’ve had an impact and I think we can be proud of the work that was accomplished.”Earlier Thursday, Ashton announced a tax plan designed to tackle inequality that includes a pledge to raise income taxes on the wealthiest Canadians and a promise to expand disability and seniors’ benefits.The next NDP leadership debate is scheduled to take place on Tuesday in Saskatoon, followed by events in Victoria and Montreal in August and one in Vancouver in September.Online voting in the leadership race will begin on Sept. 18, with results to be announced in October after each round of balloting.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Legault and his Coalition make history as supporters bask in victory

first_imgQUEBEC CITY, Que. – Addressing Quebec for the first time as premier-designate Monday night, Francois Legault touched on a theme he returned to repeatedly during the 39-day election campaign.On the hustings he promised to make Quebec stronger and richer and to rekindle a sense of pride, and he had just been given a mandate to follow through.“We will build a stronger Quebec — a prouder Quebec!” he shouted, his voice almost cracking.Monday’s election was third time lucky for the Coalition leader as the party won 74 of the province’s 125 ridings.Seven years after creating his party and following two election attempts that fell short, Legault will become the first premier since 1966 to win a general election leading a party other than the Liberals or Parti Quebecois.Legault has positioned his party as a federalist, economically minded alternative to the Liberals, and a nationalist replacement for the Parti Quebecois.He says his government will be focused on protecting Quebec’s culture and negotiating more powers from Ottawa.But he also says his party will be federalist and “never, ever,” hold a referendum on sovereignty.During his speech, he addressed a few lines in English to the province’s anglophones.“Fellow English-speaking citizens, during this campaign you’ve been exposed to a heated debate,” he said. “The election is over now. Let’s start working together for the benefit of all Quebecers.”Legault, 61, the multimillionaire co-founder of Air Transat, chose to celebrate in the provincial capital, the centre of his political base, where his promise of lower taxes and a “business” approach to politics first gained traction.The crowd was modest for the size of the convention centre — about 300 people — but they were loud.Lorraine Simard, 65, said she has been involved in the party “since the beginning, beginning, beginning!”“Young people don’t want to separate from Canada — the wave is moving in another direction, and it’s time for something else,” she said, as images of winning Coalition candidates flashed on the jumbo screens in front of her.“I used to be a sovereigntist, but now that I see the young people, we need new ideas, new people.”Samuel Massicotte, 22, said he’s been volunteering for the Coalition for the past year and a half.He’s always been nationalist, and Legault represented “a leader I wanted to follow in a party that inspired me,” he said.“Nationalism means advocating for Quebec’s interest without wanting independence. It’s the best of both worlds.”Victorious Coalition candidates were on the floor of Quebec City’s convention centre barely 30 minutes after polls closed, smiling and confidently telling reporters they were ready to assume power.“I am not surprised, actually,” said Genevieve Guilbault, who was re-elected in her Quebec City riding. Her 2017 byelection victory — when she grabbed a Liberal seat with more than 50 per cent of the vote — was a harbinger of what was to come province-wide Monday.“Mr. Legault called for a vote of confidence and tonight we are having that,” she said. “We are seeing that Quebecers believe in us — they wanted change, and they saw us as the only possible avenue for that.”A few steps away from Guilbault was 73-year-old Emilien Caron, holding a noisemaker and celebrating with a glass of beer.“Let’s see what they can do!” he said enthusiastically of the Coalition, adding that his main concern this election was health care.“We gave a chance to (the Liberals) and look what they did — the health-care system is the same.”Legault used to be staunchly pro-independence as a key member of former PQ governments. But he quit the party and formed his own in 2011, vowing to extricate Quebec from the federalist-sovereigntist divide.The campaign was tough on Legault, who began the political race atop the polls only to see his lead decrease steadily after a series of gaffes on the issue of immigration.He had difficulty defending his policy of forcing newcomers to pass a French test or face expulsion from the province. Legault wavered and evaded questions regarding how immigrants would be removed.Despite the missteps on immigration, Legault’s party benefited from an important factor. Successive Liberal governments have been in power — except for a 2012-14 PQ minority government — since 2003. Polls consistently indicated a majority of Quebecers wanted change.In one particularly touching part of his victory speech, Legault told the crowd how “I’ve told you this before: the first quality of a premier is to love Quebecers. I will never forget that. Never!”last_img read more

King Mohammed VI to Chair Ministerial Council on Mandatory Military Service

Rabat – King Mohammed VI is expected to chair a ministerial council on Wednesday in Marrakech.The meeting will see the adoption of several laws, including amending the law related on obligatory military service.The last ministerial council chaired by King Mohammed VI occured on October 10, 2018, when the 2019 Finance Bill was presented. The King questioned Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun on the measures under consideration so that certain public institutions and companies could honor their commitments and discharge their accumulated debts, particularly those in financial difficulties.

HRCSL rules in favour of Trinco teachers prevented from wearing Abaya

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has ruled in favour of a group of teachers who had been prevented from wearing the Abaya at school.In March 2018, four Assistant teachers of Sri Shanmuga Hindu Ladies College, Trincomalee lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) that the Principal and the School Board of Management prohibited them from wearing the Abaya at school. HRCSL in its recommendations states that national schools are bound by the Constitution and cannot violate the absolute right to religious freedom under Article 10. The school justified the prohibition on the basis that historically the school, which was founded by a Hindu, has followed Hindu traditions, and wearing the Abaya was not in line with the customs of the school. The denial of the right of the complainants to wear their traditional dress as well as the arbitrary nature of the transfers to other schools were done on the basis the religion of the complainants. Hence, the rights to which the complainants are entitled as per Article 12 (1) and 12 (2) of the Constitution have been violated, HRCSL said.The Commission further states that although the manifestation of religion, under Article 14 (1) (e), can be restricted in order to recognize and respect the rights and freedoms of others, ensuring another person’s religious freedom does not require barring the wearing of the Abaya at school. The Commission reiterates the need for respect for diversity and pluralism in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country such as Sri Lanka, and calls upon the Ministry of Education and the Zonal Education Director to conduct awareness raising programmes on diversity and pluralism for school principals, teachers, students and parents.The Commission also noted with deep concern that the use of social media, such as Facebook, to share information related to the case in the public domain without any regard for the confidentiality of the proceedings and without the permission of the parties concerned or the Commission is a breach of ethical responsibilities.In this case, such acts only served to incite religious and ethnic hatred and intolerance within the community and led to the harassment and intimidation of the complainants and respondents. Since such acts can even lead to inter community violence, the Commission calls upon all citizens to be mindful of the misuse of social media as weapons in campaigns to incite religious and ethnic hatred and violence and use social media responsibly as a tool to promote inter-ethnic and inter-religious understanding and harmony. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Refugees facing a less friendly environment UN high commissioner warns

Ruud Lubbers opened the annual meeting of UNHCR’s 66-member governing body in Geneva with a call for nations to share, rather than shift, the burden of accepting asylum seekers.He said the fear of criminal and terrorist networks, confusion about whether people are refugees or economic migrants, and the politicization of immigration policy have combined to erode the strength of asylum laws in many nations.”The environment we are working in now must be described frankly as less friendly to refugees,” he said.Yet the numbers of refugees and asylum-seekers continue to fall. The total number of people who fall under UNHCR’s concern has dropped by nearly 22 per cent from 21.8 million in January 2001 to 17.1 million at the start of this year. The number of people seeking asylum in industrialized States has also slumped, last year reaching its lowest level since 1997.Mr. Lubbers said the concerted efforts of the agency and many nations meant “we are finding solutions for more and more people,” citing as one example the organized return to Afghanistan of more than 3.5 million refugees since 2002.Turning to UNHCR’s current operations around the world, Mr. Lubbers said “the large-scale killing and clearing of villages” has now ended in the Darfur region of Sudan. But he lamented that “it took the international community half a year to really wake up” to the crisis in Darfur.Also addressing the meeting, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James Morris said that agency faces a growing shortfall for its refugee-related operations. WFP is now $220 million below the $865 million it needs to feed almost 11 million people.Mr. Morris said donations to WFP’s work in Liberia have begun to dry up “ever since the television cameras left the war-ravaged streets of Monrovia,” and food aid for about 750,000 people is therefore due to run out in December. read more

Gildan CEO Chamandy selling one million shares will remain large shareholder

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 17, 2014 1:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – The founder and CEO of Gildan Activewear will enjoy another large windfall after deciding to sell 14 per cent of his stake in the company over then next 11 months, his third such divestiture in recent years.The Montreal-based company said Monday that a U.S. financial institution will sell up to one million shares held by Glenn Chamandy beginning March 10 as part of a pre-arranged share disposition plan.Once completed, Chamandy will remain one of Gildan’s largest investors, with more than six million shares or about five per cent of the company’s equity.“Mr. Chamandy is simply rebalancing his investments….he’s committed to the company, he continues to believe in our future growth prospects and he’s committed to leading us to a successful execution of the next phase in our growth strategy,” Sophie Argiriou, vice-president, investor communications, said in an interview.Gildan’s (TSX:GIL) (NYSE:GIL) shares closed Friday at US$52.40 on the New York Stock Exchange, putting the current value of the shares at around US$52 million.Argiriou said the shares being sold were part of the original shares Chamandy owned when the maker of T-shirts, socks, underwear and the like went public in 1998.“Since the company went public, the shares have gone up 60 times (in value) so definitely there is a profit in there,” she said.The selling prices will be disclosed in insider reports filed with regulators.Under U.S. and Canadian securities laws, company insiders can sell shares over a predetermined period of time and subject to predetermined volume and price parameters.The plan can only be established when the insider is not in possession of material non-public information.The share plan was disclosed nearly two weeks after the company reported that its first-quarter profits grew 18.1 per cent to a record US$41.7 million.Gildan said it expects strong profit growth into the 2015 fiscal year despite higher cotton costs and a continuing soft retail market. The company said it still expects adjusted earnings will increase by up to 15 per cent and sales will surpass US$2.3 billion this year after reporting a strong start to the fiscal year.Once a plan is established, Chamandy will have no discretion over sales under the plan.In August 2012, Gildan announced that Chamandy planned to sell up to 2.75 million shares, or 28 per cent of his holdings at the time. In 2007, he sold 3.6 million shares at an average price of $37 for diversification and estate planning purposes.Gildan is a leading supplier of apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, socks and underwear. It sells products under the Gildan, Gold Toe and Anvil brands, and has licensing arrangements with Armour, Mossy Oak and New Balance brands. Its manufacturing facilities in Central America, the Caribbean and Bangladesh employ more than 34,000 workers.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter Gildan CEO Chamandy selling one million shares, will remain large shareholder read more

VCAT slams Greek Australian solicitor

first_imgThe Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has found Greek Australian solicitor Ellias Rallis guilty of wrongfully obtaining and keeping a settlement amount from a client and practising without a licence, according to a Herald Sun report last week. The case was brought against Mr Rallis by the Legal Services Commissioner who in a statement to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) said: “The paramount reason for the regulation of lawyers is protection of the public. The VCAT has made its decision in relation to the series of matters raised in this case. This decision should reassure the public that this type of behaviour is not acceptable.” The series of matters refer to a case from 2002 when, according to the VCAT judgement, Mr Rallis had asked from a client a check for $6750 which he deposited in his account. The Herald Sun wrote that “While Mr Rallis admitted misappropriation of part of that money, he claimed he was entitled to $2161.50 for services his firm had performed.” This claim, however, was not accepted by VCAT which found that at the time Mr Rallis could not receive trust money since he didn’t have the mandatory practicing certificate.When asked by NKEE to comment on the case, Mr Rallis said: “I’ve been concerned that the matter has taken so long to resolve. We’re talking about matters that arose in 2002. I accept what has happened and it certainly does not reflect what I’m doing today and hope to do in the future.”Mr Rallis is a solicitor for Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV), a position from which he was suspended on full pay according to the Herald Sun report, something which he denied when speaking to NKEE. “I’m not suspended and I’m continuing my role here at the CAV,” Mr Rallis said. It should be noted that solicitors who work in government positions are not required to have a practicing certificate.As a result of the VCAT decision he will be banned from applying for a licence to practice until the end of 2010 and it won’t be until after July 1 of 2014 when he can apply for authorisation to manage trust money. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le Forum mondial de leau ouvrira le 12 mars à Marseille

first_imgLe Forum mondial de l’eau ouvrira le 12 mars à MarseilleL’objectif du rendez-vous triennal qui se tiendra du 12 au 17 mars au Forum mondial de l’eau à Marseille est de trouver des réponses au problème de l’eau dans le monde. La question posée : comment mieux partager les ressources en eau potable auxquelles 800 millions de personnes n’ont toujours pas accès ?Les débats du Forum mondial de l’eau tourneront autour d’une dizaine de priorités d’actions sur la gestion, les usages équilibrés de l’eau, l’amélioration de la qualité des ressources avec le souci constant d’une bonne gouvernance. Ce 6ème forum, qui se tiendra du 12 au 17 mars à Marseille, a ainsi pour but de “drainer une large affluence internationale, afin de servir de caisse de résonance pour promouvoir la cause de l’eau dans les agendas des décideurs”, explique à l’AFP Guy Fradin, vice-président du Forum.Le Conseil mondial de l’eau, l’institution organisatrice, composée de 400 membres, publics et privés, attend environ 20.000 participants de 140 pays. Il devrait s’agir d’institutions, d’entreprises, d’associations, mais aussi, pour l’inauguration, lundi, une dizaine de chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement ainsi qu’une soixantaine de ministres. Le Forum pousse les gouvernements à parler d’eau entre eux, “car c’est un sujet très peu évoqué dans les réunions des instances de l’Onu”, indique à l’AFP Gérard Payen, conseiller pour l’Eau du Secrétaire général de l’Onu (UNSGAB). Pourtant, il s’agit d’un point crucial car, selon les derniers chiffres de l’OMS et de l’UNICEF, 2,6 milliards de Terriens ne disposent pas encore de toilettes.Si les précédents forums se focalisaient sur les problèmes, à l’image du forum de 2009 à Istanbul qui n’avait pas réussi à inclure dans sa déclaration finale la notion de droit à l’accès à l’eau potable et à l’assainissement, celui-ci promet des solutions concrètes pour remédier à ce constat. Pourtant, reste un sujet de désaccord constant : la question du partage de l’eau, alors que 15% des pays dépendent à 50% d’une eau venue de l’extérieur. “Ce point sera soutenu fortement par la France, mais c’est un sujet difficile pour beaucoup d’Etats”, poursuit M. Fradin. “On verra ce qu’on peut en sortir, il faut faire progresser les mécanismes de gestion collective”.Un contre-forum pour dénoncer la marchandisation de l’eau À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une centaine d’ONG réuniront en parallèle un Forum alternatif avec 2.000 représentants de la société civile venus d’Espagne, d’Allemagne, des Etats-Unis, d’Amérique du sud et d’Afrique. Ce contre-forum démarrera vendredi avec le colloque Eau, Planète et Peuples, de l’association France Libertés. Il ouvrira réellement mercredi 14 mars (et pendant trois jours) avec au programme des débats, des ateliers et une manifestation le 17. En effet, les ONG organisatrices accusent le Conseil de l’eau d’être le porte-voix des entreprises multinationales et de la Banque mondiale. Celles-ci réclament ainsi une gestion publique, écologique et citoyenne de l’eau et une distribution équitable. “Le forum alternatif dénonce une marchandisation de l’eau. Mais personne ne défend cela”, objecte M. Fradin. “Nous ouvrons un lieu de débat où rien n’est tabou, ouvert à tout le monde”, assure-t-il, précisant que sur les 30,5 millions de budget du Forum, 1 million d’euros a été consacré à financer la participation d’ONG.Le 7 mars 2012 à 15:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

HP Compaq L2206tm quand une dalle tactile mesure plus de 20 pouces

first_imgHP Compaq L2206tm : quand une dalle tactile mesure plus de 20 pouces ! La firme américaine a lancé de nouveaux moniteurs pour PC de bureau, dont un qui fonctionne avec la technologie tactile.Faire fonctionner son PC comme une tablette tactile ou un smartphone, c’est ce que le futur nous promet. HP a donc choisi d’essayer d’adapter la technologie tactile pour les écrans d’unités centrales fixes afin de relever ce défi. Fruit des recherches de la marque américaine, l’écran HP Compaq L2206tm, un moniteur Full HD de 21,5 pouces embarquant un dispositif tactile multipoint optique. Ses trois capteurs lui permettent ainsi une détection de plusieurs points de contacts en toute circonstance, explique Clubic. Commercialisé au mois de juin pour 280 dollars (environ 216 euros), il sera parfaitement adapté au prochain Windows 8 et son environnement Metro.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Par ailleurs, HP a également lancé le premier écran 16:10, au lieu du traditionnel 16:9. Le HP Compaq L2405x affiche donc une définition de 1920 x 1200 pixels sur une dalle TN de 24 pouces mais malheureusement pas d’entrée HDMI. Il est d’ores et déjà disponible pour 270 dollars aux États-Unis.Le 10 mai 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Food essentials for lustrous skin

first_imgDig into sprouts, kiwi, yogurt and other nutritious food items for a radiant skin, says an expert.Here are some of the beauty essentials suggested by capital-based dermatologist Navin Taneja:* Protein repairs damaged tissue. Eatables like eggs, yogurt and beans offer a good dose of protein.* Eat foods high in antioxidants that help protect your skin from damage. Cherries, blueberries and other deeply coloured berries are best source of antioxidant. They help you in fighting off blemishes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* Essential fatty acids help to retain the elasticity of the skin and are good fats which must be included in the diet. Walnut is the type of nut that contains significant amount of omega-3 fatty acid. Other great sources of fatty acids are spinach, cauliflower and broccoli.* Vitamins help to keep the skin hydrated and make it glow. Food such as papaya, strawberries, kiwi, orange, guava, sprouts and green leafy vegetables are rich in vitamins and help to enhance the radiance of the skin.* Essential minerals like zinc and sulphur are a must in one’s diet to prevent acne and skin related issues. Minerals are also responsible for rebuilding keratin and collagen that are important ingredients for glowing skin and shiny hair. Pumpkin, mushroom and sunflower seed are high in minerals.last_img read more

After nearly 74 years the remains of an 82nd AB paratrooper are

first_imgWillard “Bud” Jenkins was assumed to be dead, his body lost — killed during one of the most famous battles of World War II. Jenkins, originally from Pennsylvania, was declared missing in action on September 20, 1944, the same day as the Waal River Crossing during Operation Market Garden. It was an Allied effort planned and led by the British that did not succeed. It was considered the largest airborne attack up to that point in World War II.Thank you for your service.A paratrooper with Company C, 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Jenkins attempted to cross the river near Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in a fleet of boats, all the while facing intense enemy fire.U.S. Army paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division parachute from a C-130 Hercules aircraft during Operation Toy Drop, 2007, at Pope Air Force Base.Jenkins was shot in the chest and fell overboard, according to media accounts. His body was not recovered at the time because enemy forces controlled the area downstream where his body appeared to have ended up.His remains were finally identified and his family notified in the U.S.; the military has not disclosed how the identification was made so many years after, or if this is a case of misidentifying that has been corrected.The paratrooper’s remains have been sent to America. A funeral is being planned.Fort Bragg.“Recently, the soldiers on Fort Bragg praised the return of Jenkins’ remains,” reported the Fayetteville Observer on July 15th.“The entire 82nd Airborne Division celebrates the identification and return of one of the World War II paratroopers who liberated Europe,” said Lt. Col. Joseph Buccino, a division spokesman. “Bringing Willard Jenkins home and properly honoring him is important to us.”The Waal River Crossing was depicted in the film A Bridge Too Far. There were 26 boats that launched from the shore, and only 13 returned. Of that number, eight were able to make trips back and forth across the deadly river.WWII veteran buried with military honors 17 years after his deathLast year, another American lost in Europe in World War II was finally identified — the circumstances of his death in Germany in 1945 and the body’s preservation were rather bizarre.He died in a crash into a tree, and for more than 70 years that tree protected the body of the World War II fighter pilot.The remains of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. William Gray of Kirkland, originally from Washington State, were returned to his family in 2017 with full military honors.“The 21-year-old Gray was on a dive-bombing mission on April 16, 1945, when his single-seat P-47D aircraft clipped a tree and crashed in Lindau,” according to The New York Post.P-47 Thunderbolt“The bones they found were embedded in the tree,” Gray’s niece Jan Bradshaw told the media.Her brother Doug Louvier added, “It grew over his remains and really protected and marked the spot.”As for Jenkins, he had been buried as an “unknown” at an American cemetery in Margraten, the Netherlands, according to the Charlotte Observer.He was listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery along with other missing soldiers from the war, officials said. A rosette will now be placed next to his name to indicate that he has been accounted for.Waves of paratroopers land in the Netherlands during Operation Market Garden in September 1944.Operation Market Garden was daring — it was the brainchild of the British General Bernard Montgomery.According to DailyHistory, “the Germans had anticipated that there would be an offensive launched with the objective of seizing Arnhem, Wesel and Nijmegen. A senior intelligence officer argued that the British and the American would use airborne troops. However, he did not predict where the assault would be. Nevertheless, German intelligence was able to provide the High Command with the information they needed to prepare for any planned Allied attack.”Bernard Law Montgomery.A British intelligence officer attempted to inform General Montgomery that the Germans were preparing for the assault, but he was not believed. Later, that officer reportedly had a nervous breakdown.Read another story from us: Hunger Plan: Herbert Backe, the Nazi behind one of the greatest engineered famines everIn Operation Market Garden, the Allies suffered about 15,000 casualties including PoWs. The weather and other factors were widely blamed.Montgomery later insisted that the operation was 90 percent successful.Bernhard, Prince of the Netherlands, said, “My country can never again afford the luxury of another Montgomery success.”Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more

Belgian immigration secretary criticized for antiLGBTI comments

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The headline reads ‘Nu ook sexy lingerie voor mannen’, which translates to ‘Now sexy lingerie for men’.‘Is the world turning or is it just me?’The original post, later deleted. | Photo: franckentheo/Facebook via vrt.beThe secretary, part of the Flemish nationalist party N-VA, commented the article in his post.‘Men who wear makeup, who pluck eyebrows, wear lingerie, wear a bag, become pregnant…,’ he wrote.‘Is the world turning or is it just me?’‘Long live the men who don’t need all this kind of crap to feel good. But to all those who do need this or who like this, don’t feel insulted or attacked, it’s nothing personal. Be free.’He also clarified he is not against LGBTI rights.‘And no I’m not against gay rights, I have been fighting for them for years. This has nothing to do with LGBTI, but everything with the disproportionate attention for a marginal phenomenon. 98% of the men don’t need this news.’He signed off with a rainbow flag emoji.Francken deleted the postAfter several attempts at editing the post, Francken has now deleted it.According to news website vrt.be, the secretary received the backing from N-VA ‘s leader Bart De Wever. No actions taken against homophobic doctor in Malaysia Theo Francken, Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum, Migration and Administrative Simplification, has posted some homophobic and transphobic comments on his Facebook page.In a post appeared on 26 August, Francken shared an article in Dutch. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Human Rights Campaign leader Mary Beth Maxwell resigns after using n-wordcenter_img Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . De Wever said that ‘this is not the party’s view on the matter, but it’s his opinion and everyone is free to express his or her opinion.’He also added he sees no reason for Francken to apologize.However, the president of the Flemish greens, Meyrem Almaci, has asked Prime Minister Charles Michel to reprimand Francken. She argued that his posts can trigger anti-LGBTI violence.This Belgian LGBTI rights group demands a formal apologyCavaria, the Belgian organization defending the interests of LGBTIs, has also asked Francken to apologize. But that didn’t happen.GSN has reached out to both Cavaria and Theo Francken for further comments.You might also like:Kelly Clarkson’s classy response to a homophobic fan is everything GAYSTARNEWS- Lesbian refugee couple threatened and spat at in this Belgian asylum centerIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsBurmese actor comes out as gay, shares cheeky kiss with boyfriendRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/belgian-immigration-secretary-homophobic-comments-lingerie-men/last_img read more