Five labourers were killed in a fire that broke out early on Thursday in a saree godown at Uruli Devachi, about 20 km from the Pune city, the authorities said.The incident occurred a little after 4 a. m., said fire brigade officials. They ascribed the cause of the blaze to a short circuit.Four of the deceased hailed from Rajasthan, while one was from Maharashtra’s Latur district, said the police.All of them were in their 20s. They have been identified as Rakesh Riyad (22), Rakesh Meghwal, Dharmaram Vadiyasar and Suraj Sharma, all aged 25 and belonging to Rajasthan, and Dheeraj Chandak (aged 23) from Latur.“The labourers died due to asphyxiation within minutes of the blaze. They were sleeping inside the 6,000 sq. ft. godown, which was locked from outside by the owners to preclude any theft. When we retrieved their bodies, some of them had been burnt,” said a police official.Fire brigade officials said five fire tenders were sent to the spot to combat the conflagration.“We received a call at the control room at 4.15 a. m., following which five fire tenders were immediately rushed to the spot. In addition, eight to ten water tankers too were sent,” said a fire brigade official. The intensity of the blaze was such that it could be brought under control only after more than four hours of firefighting. The rescue team had to break into the godown through the rear windows, he said.December 2016 blaze In a similar incident in late December 2016, six sleeping labourers were charred to death at the ‘Bakes n Cakes’ bakery in Pune’s upmarket Kondhwa area.In that case too, the bakery was locked from outside, as a result of which the employees could not rush out when the fire broke out.
Two migrant workers from India who say they faced harsh living conditions and were drastically underpaid as sculptors at a Hindu religious charity organization in Toronto are seeking thousands of dollars in unpaid wages from the Carnforth Road-based temple.In a complaint to Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, a copy of which has been obtained by CBC News, Sekar Kurusamy and Suthakar Masilamani allege the Sridurka Hindu Temple owes them $66,121.74 in unpaid wages, unpaid public holiday pay, unpaid vacation pay and termination pay from Sridurka Hindu Temple.Read it at CBC Related Items
WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “There’s still a positive take because when you think about it, we committed 41 turnovers and we still didn’t get blown out,” said Sablan in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum following the Tigers’ 88-81 defeat.“We could’ve even won if we managed to limit our errors. We were up in assists, rebounds, it’s just that we committed so many turnovers.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUST did outrebound Adamson, 47-32, and had three more assists, 19-16, but off the Tigers’ miscues, 16 of which came off steals.Sablan, though, rued his team’s lack of chemistry with half of his team’s 16-man roster are new players. View comments LATEST STORIES “Honestly, the team’s chemistry isn’t that solid,” said Sablan. “We still haven’t translated the things we’ve done in practice into our games.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City UST head coach Boy Sablan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas head coach Boy Sablan remained positive despite the Growling Tigers sloppy performance in a loss to the Adamson Falcons Saturday.UST turned the ball over 41 times, the most since Far Eastern University committed 44 turnovers back in 2003, but Sablan still saw a silver lining.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight NU tops FEU to remain undefeated in PVL
bayleyBecky LynchCarmellaCharlotte Flair First Published: September 25, 2019, 7:04 PM IST SmackDown aired for the final time Tuesday night on USA Network ahead of its transition to FOX next Friday night. The evening saw some stellar in-ring action from the top four women of both wrestling brands with Sasha Banks and Bayley defeating Carmella and Charlotte Flair via submission, while Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan forged an unlikely alliance against Erick Rowan and Luke Harper.The evening saw Sasha Banks and SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley defeat Carmella and Charlotte Flair via submission when Banks made Carmella tap to the Banks Statement. However, much of what matters took place post match when R-Truth helped Carmella escape as the women’s locker room went after her for the title, leaving Flair alone in the ring with Bayley and Banks. The duo attacked Flair until Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch ran out to make the save and later in the show it was announced that Lynch and Flair would team up to face Bayley and Banks in a tag match when SmackDown debuted on FOX next week. Tuesday Night SmackDown went off air with Banks attacking Lynch while she was cutting a backstage promo leaving a statement of things that are yet to come from the rivalry of the two wrestlers.The evening also saw Erick Rowan def. Daniel Bryan via pinfall after an Iron Claw Slam. The match saw some solid in-ring action with Luke Harper’s presence tipping the scales in Rowan’s favor. After the match, Rowan and Harper looked like they would continue their beating of Daniel Bryan when Roman Reigns ran out to save the day. After chasing the heels off, the former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan asked if the crowd would like to see him team with reigns, to which they received a resounding, “Yes!”Here’s what else happened on Tuesday Night SmackDown:Chad Gable defeated Mike Kanellis via submission with the ankle lock.Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Ali via pinfall after a Kinshasa with some help from Sami Zayn.New Day defeated The B Team via pinfall with the Midnight Hour on Bo Dallas.The Kabuki Warriors defeated Fire & Desire via pinfall when Kairi Sane hit the elbow drop on Mandy Rose.The evening also saw WWE Champion Kofi Kingston give an interview where he discussed his title defense against Brock Lesnar next week on the SmackDown on FOX premiere.Furthermore, Shane McMahon threatened Kevin Owens over his lawsuit, saying he’d keep the former universal champ in court unless he decided to drop the suit and come back to WWE with a clean slate. Owens declined, instead challenging McMahon for one final match wherein he would leave WWE and drop the lawsuit if he loses. However, it was added that McMahon would be gone if he was the one who lost the match. Owens turned it into a ladder match with the legal documents hanging in a briefcase above the ring. 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.
Defending champions India were knocked out early in the second edition of the ICC World T20, which was held in England two years later. After comfortable victories over Bangladesh and Ireland, MS Dhoni’s men crashed to defeats against West Indies, England and South Africa to bow out. But Pakistan looked determined to overcome their heart-breaking defeat in the final against India in Johannesburg. Led by Shahid Afridi, Pakistan recovered from their opening defeat against England to win all their games – Afridi’s all-round performance helped Pakistan decimate Sri Lanka in the final at Lord’s.The tournament marked the start of Pakistan’s domination in the shortest format of the game, even as their players missed out on the glitz and money of the Indian Premier League.
New Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) iPhone SE, the US technology major Apples latest bet to grab a bigger share of the booming Indian smartphone market will start selling in the country from April 8 for Rs 39,000, a price higher than that of existing models.Beetel Teletech and Redington have said they will begin the distribution of iPhone SE, Apples lowest priced smartphone, from April 8.Apple Inc had yesterday unveiled a new, smaller iPhone SE at a relatively low price tag of USD 399 as it looks to boost sales in high-growth markets like China and India.The phone has a four-inch screen, comes in four stainless- steel finishes and incorporates a faster A9 processor. It sports a fingerprint scanner, 12-megapixel iSight camera, featuring Live Photos and faster wireless as well as Apple Pay, and at USD 399 it costs nearly 40 per cent less than the iPhone 6Ss USD 649 opening price.However, the starting price at Rs 39,000 in India is higher than some existing models, which are available on the countrys online marketplaces, like iPhone 5s at Rs 25,000 and iPhone 6 at around Rs 32,000.Supply chain solution provider Redington in a statement said it “will offer iPhone SE beginning April 8, in 3,000 retail outlets across the country”.Beetel Teletech said that it will offer “iPhone SE, the most powerful phone with a four-inch display, beginning Friday, April 8, 2016 at over 3500 retail locations across India.”iPhone SE will be available in space grey, silver, gold and rose gold metallic finishes in 16GB and 64GB models starting at Rs 39,000 from Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers, Apple said in a statement.advertisementPre-orders for the handset opens March 29, it said.”iPhone SE is packed with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, advanced 64-bit A9 chip with M9 motion co-processor, longer battery life, 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash, Live Photos, 4K video, faster LTE and Wi-Fi,” Apples Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Philip Schiller said.”iPhone SE is an exciting new idea ? we started with a beloved, iconic design and reinvented it from the inside out. The result is the most beautiful and powerful phone with a four-inch display in the world,” Schiller said.Apple Inc has unveiled a new, smaller iPhone SE at a relatively low price tag of USD 399 as it looks to boost sales in high-growth markets like China and India.The 64-bit A9 chip, introduced in iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, offers iPhone SE customers two times faster CPU and three times faster GPU performance compared to iPhone 5s, all with gains in energy efficiency for improved battery life, the statement said.iPhone SE users can browse, download and stream content even faster with wi-fi up to three times and LTE up to 50 per cent faster than iPhone 5s. PTI PRS VIJ VS ANZ ABI ABK
Mumbai, Jul 17 (PTI) New Zealand, a country known for its volcanoes, lakes, glaciers and adventure sports, is looking to continue with double digit growth in tourist arrivals from India in the current fiscal.”We hosted 47,664 visitors from India in 2015-16 (June-May fiscal)and this financial year also we are expecting to continue with the double digit growth.”To aid this, we have begun 100 per cent brand campaign, including working with our global partners for presence in social media, partnerships with key trade partners among others,” Tourism New Zealand Regional Manager – South and South East Asia – Steven Dixon told PTI here.He said India is important for New Zealand and ranks among the top 10 source markets globally.”New Zealand is becoming a popular destination as we are seeing double digit growth from all our source markets, including from India. Our top source markets are Australia, China, United States, United Kingdom and Germany,” Dixon added.According to him, New Zealand has been positioned as an aspirational destination mainly for a target audience between 25-54 years independent professionals living in cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad among others.”We are mainly looking to attract independent professionals mainly based in the big cities in India falling between 25-54 years. However, we are also trying to reach out to a similar audience in tier II and III cities through social media campaigns,” he added.New Zealand, which is mainly popular as an adventure destination, is also promoting self-drive, its food, Maori culture and glaciers.advertisement”Indians are by default attracted to adventure, so that is not going to change. But besides adventure, we also have so much more to offer. We have best scenic routes that can be covered by self-driving, glaciers, our cuisines and culture,” Dixon added. PTI SM NRB BSA PTP
Bayern Munich won a record-extending seventh consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday after beating Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 to finish two points ahead of rivals Borussia Dortmund.The Bavarians, who can secure a domestic double if they beat RB Leipzig in the German Cup final on May 25, have now won the German league title a record 29 times.”It was no easy season by any means. What the team managed to achieve after a lot of criticism is significant. That is why I would like to thank them all,” Bayern coach Niko Kovac told Sky.With two points separating Bayern and Dortmund going into the final matchday, the Bavarians were in no mood for any mishaps.In a dominant first half, they went ahead with Kingsley Coman after four minutes and missed a bagful of chances to score again.Frankfurt briefly levelled when Sebastien Haller stabbed in on the rebound in the 50th but their hopes of a top-four finish lasted only minutes with David Alaba and Renato Sanches netting for the hosts in the 53rd and 58th.Never give up #MEIS7ER #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/4693pCLQ3H#MEIS7ER (@FCBayernEN) May 18, 2019Veteran wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, both leaving the club, then came on as substitutes and scored Bayern’s fourth and fifth goals for a perfect farewell.Frenchman Ribery, departing after 12 years, became the first player ever to win nine Bundesliga titles.Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski was crowned the league’s top scorer for the fourth time with 22 goals.Dortmund finished two points behind in second place on 76 after beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0. RB Leipzig, third, and fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen will join them in next season’s Champions League.advertisementGladbach, VfL Wolfsburg and Frankfurt will compete in the Europa League.Also Read | Igor Stimac should be demanding: Sunil Chhetri
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Lawyer admits Ronaldo joined Juventus due to favourable financial environmentby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer admits Spain’s tax laws contributed to his decision to leave Real Madrid for Juventus.Ronaldo left Real over a year ago for the Turin giants.And legal rep José Antonio Choclan told AS: “In the thinking of a player when making his decision, he does not think only of the sporting aspect, the element of taxation also counts. “The Italian tax system is very attractive. I guess that’s not the only reason a player decides to go. In Spain, it is difficult to assume such a flexible system, but they are trying to change it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is hopeful last season’s treble winners can add another centre back before the new season starts while also admitting that he hopes to see Leroy Sane remain with the club.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager addressed speculation surrounding the future of the German winger, who has been linked with Bayern Munich for a majority of the summer.Former Germany star Lothar Matthaus says that he believes Sane can be the new face of Bayern Munich, while Guardiola has already stated that he thinks Sane’s career would best be served by staying at City and is hoping to keep hold of the winger if possible. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “We want him to stay. Hopefully he can stay this season and another one and another one, that’s why we offered him a new contract,” Guardiola said.”I want him. He has special qualities, we play wingers and we need specific wingers. But it is his decision, it’s the same as what happened with [Jadon] Sancho. We want him, we are giving everything, but in the end, if he doesn’t want, what can you do? Nothing.”City have made two signings this off-season with Spanish midfielder Rodri joining for a club-record £63 million and full-back Angelino returning to the club from PSV Eindhoven.Last season’s Premier League champions are set to face Wolves on Saturday in China for the Premier League Asia Trophy.Manchester City took down West Ham United by a 4-1 scoreline to book their place in the finale of the pre-season tournament while Wolves cruised past Newcastle 4-0 in their semi-final. The Citizens are in the market for a new defender after club captain Vincent Kompany departed the Etihad following 11 seasons at the club.Kompany, who had been with City since 2008, has returned to his boyhood club Anderlecht as the Belgian side’s new player-manager.City has been linked with Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, as has Manchester United, and while Guardiola refused to discuss the England international specifically, he acknowledges that they are looking at transfer targets.”We will see,” Guardiola said when asked if City needed to replace Kompany. “But yeah, we are looking for some names.”At the same time, we have three centre-backs who can play there and we have two young players in the second team who can help us.”We shall see if the market is possible and if the club believes we can spend that money. But if they don’t, we shan’t spend it.”
to launch Canada’s international bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Halifax to introduce Halifax to as many Commonwealth Games Federation and Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) delegates as possible, and to learn as much as possible through the Melbourne 2006 Observers’ Program. Delegates at the 2006 Melbourne Games met with dozens of Commonwealth Games Association representatives, Commonwealth Games Federation officials, officials from numerous national and international sport organizations from throughout the Commonwealth, as well as team officials and athletes — all with the same purpose in mind: to introduce them to Halifax and to outline the positive aspects of Halifax’s bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. “Halifax 2014’s presence at the 2006 Commonwealth Games went a long way towards putting us on the map – before then, many people in the international sports community knew very little about Halifax,” said Mr. Logan. “Everyone knows where Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver are because those cities have hosted successful Commonwealth and Olympic games.” Halifax 2014 made formal presentations to both the Commonwealth Games Federation executive board and to the general assembly of the Commonwealth Games Association. The association delegates are the voting delegates from the 71 nations and territories that comprise the Commonwealth. Halifax delegates who participated in the Melbourne 2006 Observers’ Program attended sessions on a wide variety of topics, covering every aspect of planning and delivering international multi-sport games – from the technicalities of the sport facilities, to media services, transportation, ceremonies, broadcasting, educational programs, catering, and even waste management. The Halifax delegates gathered useful information that will help Halifax 2014 put forward the best bid possible in 2007. At the time of the trip, Halifax 2014 was in its formative stages. Without a complete international bid budget and comprehensive strategic plan, the bid team committed to treating this trip as a distinct event. Future investments by Halifax 2014 will be reported as part of its strategic plan and international bid budget. The Commonwealth Games are an international sport and cultural event held every four years in which athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories compete. In December 2005, Halifax won the right to be Canada’s candidate city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In competition with Glasgow, Scotland, and Abuja, Nigeria, the Halifax 2014 bid committee is now focused on developing and winning the international bid, which will be awarded by the Commonwealth Games Federation on Nov. 9, 2007 in Sri Lanka. The Halifax 2014 Bid Committee’s trip to Melbourne, Australia during the 2006 Commonwealth Games (March 15 – 26) came in well under budget. “In March, we made a commitment to release the final figures around Halifax 2014’s delegation to the Melbourne Games, and I’m pleased these costs came in $47,372 under budget — at $454,228,” said CEO Scott Logan. “The Halifax 2014 team is committed to being fiscally responsible and we’ve demonstrated again that we are doing just that while meeting our objectives.” The budget for the Melbourne Games trip covered four major categories: travel and accommodations at $164,816; promotion, presentations, entertainment and hospitality at $242,161; office and equipment rentals and operations at $21,836; and the observers’ program at $25,415. This marks the second time Halifax 2014 has come in under budget. The domestic bid phase was budgeted at $750,000, but came in at $733,000. The three primary objectives during the Melbourne Games were:
Experts suggest in the time of an emergency using a cell phone would be more productive for than a traditional phone, as cell phones provide your location information.E-Comm 911 provided the following information on their website about VoIP calls.Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)If you are using a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service, there are a few things you should know:VoIP calls to 9-1-1 do not go directly to 9-1-1 centres. If you dial 9-1-1 from a VoIP phone, your call will go to a third-party call centre and an operator will re-direct your call to the appropriate 9-1-1 centre.VoIP phones do not provide location information. It is crucial that your location information is up to date with your VoIP service provider as the operator may assume that you are at the last registered address if you are not able to speak during a 9-1-1 call.To read more from Ecomm CLICK HERE To read more about VoIP CLICK HERE Saluk said she could hear the original 911 operator while they searched for the correct fire dispatch. “Trying to find the right department/person for me to talk to I could hear them, the people he (911 operator) was connecting too, and it was “Hi, I am Operator ‘whatever’, There is a fire in Fort St. John, I am looking for the dispatch” then the reply would be “You have reached the wrong place try this number” again, you have reached the wrong place, so this number. (Saluk implies this is the course several times as 911 Operator tries to connect) “They were shuffling around like nobody had any idea who I was actually supposed to be talking to.”“It was absolutely heartbreaking because if you are in an emergency and you call 911 you might not get the help you need in the time you need it,” said SalukAfter some investigation with E-Comm, the company hired by the Peace River Regional District to answer 911 calls, it turned out the call was never routed to E-Comm in Vancouver. Since Saluk called from her office and her office used a VoIP phone system, the call was sent to a third party service provider.E-Comm explained because VoIP is digital, the exact location of the call is unknown and isn’t routed to the proper dispatch. The other problem that arises with emergency calls being placed on a VoIP line is that the call is directed to a third party that transfers the call which is where Saluk’s phone delay took place.VoIP is an acronym for Voice Over Internet Protocol, which is a phone service that uses the internet, rather than a traditional provider like Telus.It is important to know if you are using a VoIP phone service as this can affect an Emergency call. Unless you have been told, it is hard to tell by picking up the receiver of the phone if the connection is through the internet or a landline. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – January 8th, Veronica Saluk called 911 for help and ended up waiting for close to 9 minutes to be transferred to the correct 911 dispatch centre all because her office used a VoIP phone system.As the City Centre Trailer Park was engulfed in smoke, Veronica Saluk made a call to 911 from her office phone after her co-worker directed her that a building across the parking lot was on fire.Saluk looked out the window and immediately called 911 “He (the operator) tells me to stay on the line, and he would put me through to the right dispatch.” Saluk said she was then on hold for nine minutes. “You could actually see flames by the time I got through to a FSJ dispatch person; it was already in flames.”
New Delhi: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das has said the gross fiscal deficit has adhered to budgetary targets, and that the current account deficit is expected to be around 2.5 per cent of the GDP in 2018-19. Das said this earlier this week while speaking at the “Governor Talks” event organised on the sidelines of the World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings in Washington DC. The Governor’s statement is the first official confirmation at a senior level of the government achieving the fiscal deficit target of 3.4 per cent in the previous fiscal 2018-19. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Controller General of Accounts (CGA) normally releases the fiscal deficit figures of the previous fiscal by May 15. Das also said the country’s current account deficit (CAD) in 2018-19 is expected to come in at around 2.5 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP). According to the government, India’s balance of payment situation eased mainly on account of falling global oil prices. RBI, while deciding its rate of interest, also takes into account these macro data indicators of the Finance Ministry. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostEarlier this month, the RBI cut the repo, or its short-term lending rate for commercial banks, by 25 basis points to 6 per cent, and lowered the current fiscal’s GDP growth forecast to 7.2 per cent. “The rate cut is in consonance of achieving the medium term objective of maintaining inflation at the 4 per cent level while supporting growth,” the statement, announcing the RBI’s first bi-monthly monetary policy review of the fiscal, said.
Rabat – Several Moroccan passengers were stranded in transit at Qatar’s international airport, Hamad, due to the closure of airspace and the suspension of flights between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.The Moroccan Embassy in Doha said that airport authorities organized two private flights to Muscat and Kuwait, in coordination with Qatar Airways, to carry the Moroccan passengers, who were on their way to Al Madinah Al Munawara and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) to perform Umrah.The embassy added that airport authorities provided some of the stranded passengers with available rooms, while others were reportedly well-served during their stopover at the airport halls. On Monday, six Arab countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties with Qatar following the hacking of Qatar News Agency’s website last May and the publication of statements attributed to the Emir of Qatar.In the statements, which FBI confirmed were the result of a hacking operation conducted by Russian hackers, the Emir of Qatar purportedly criticized US foreign policy in the region and highlighted the role that Iran plays to ensure stability in the region.Qatar’s government issues a statement 45 minutes after the publication of the statements and stressed they were fake and country’s ruler had never made them.
More than 2,700 entries from 40 European countries – prepared by both creative professionals and ordinary members of the public – have been submitted in the contest, and three winners will be selected, either by a seven-member jury of experts or by votes from Internet users.One of the three prizes being awarded in the “VOTE to Say No – UNiTE to End Violence against Women” competition will go to the campaign which receives the most public votes, and Internet users have until 31 July to vote.The competition is an initiative of the UN Regional Informational Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC) in Brussels, other UN Information Centres (UNICs) across Europe and the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) and is designed to boost the global effort to end violence against women.“Joining in the efforts to stop violence is everybody’s responsibility. Governments, private enterprises, civil society groups, communities and individual citizens can all make essential contributions. Men and boys must be active in encouraging respect for women and zero tolerance for violence,” said Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women.According to the UN, up to 70 per cent of women have experienced violence at some point in their lives. The extent of the problem prompted Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to launch the global campaign “UNiTE to End Violence against Women” in 2008.“We live in a world of violence. Violence against women is all the more intolerable because of the contradiction between love and brutality, the rejection of equality,” said Jacques Séguéla, Vice President of advertising company Havas and one of the jury members. “There will never be enough of us to mobilize against this scourge that neither time nor modernity has managed to defeat,” he added.Afsané Bassir-Pour, the Director of UNRIC, praised the enthusiasm with which Europeans joined the competition on the WeCanEndPoverty campaign last year.“Because the subject of this year’s competition is, alas, a real tangible issue for every nation, we can expect the same enthusiasm and creativity to put the spotlight on it,” she said. 19 July 2011Public voting is under way in a United Nations contest aimed at finding the best advertising campaign to promote awareness in Europe about the battle to defeat gender-based violence, which affects more than two out of every three women worldwide.
“Since the beginning of the year, my team has recorded at least 345 new cases of torture and ill-treatment. These shocking figures are a clear indicator of the widespread and growing use of torture and ill-treatment by Government security forces,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, in a press release.His Office (OHCHR) estimates that some 595 people have been ill-treated or tortured since April 2015, a figure which is likely to be an under-estimate. “Torture and ill-treatment mainly take place at the time of arrest, upon arrival or during detention, especially in facilities run by the Service national de renseignements (SNR), the police and, to a lesser extent, the army. Perpetrators of torture and ill-treatment have so far enjoyed total impunity,” Mr. Zeid said.“Many detainees visited by our team in the past few weeks had fresh wounds on their bodies. Some were unable to walk without assistance after being beaten with belts, iron rods or sharp objects, or burned. I am profoundly disturbed by these terrible accounts and I urge the Burundian Government, in the strongest terms possible, to put an immediate end to these unacceptable and illegal practices,” he added.Most of the tortured and ill-treated detainees say they were denied medical treatment. Some said intelligence services hid them in the toilets for days so their torture wounds could heal before they were returned to cells holding other prisoners. Signs of torture in SNR facilities and police stations During a visit by a UN human rights team to SNR facilities in Bujumbura last week, 30 of the 67 people held there displayed physical signs of torture. Many irregularities were identified during the visit, including the fact that 25 of the detainees had been kept in custody beyond the prescribed maximum time limit. In addition, while all detainees had been arrested for what were reportedly minor offences, the accusations entered against many of them in the SNR registry were for much more serious criminal offences, including undermining State security, illegal possession of arms and espionage.OHCHR also indicated that several cases of ill-treatment and torture have also been reported at police stations, especially in those located in the two Bujumbura neighbourhoods of Citiboke and Musaga, and at the Mutakura military camp.The High Commissioner noted that the use of torture and ill-treatment was also widespread in the countryside, noting a case of two men who said they were arrested by SNR agents in Nkamba province at the end of March. They said they were seriously beaten and repeatedly dropped in Lake Tanganyika with their hands tied on several occasions in order to force them to confess to crimes.“I recognize the efforts made by the Government in releasing at least 45 demonstrators following the Secretary-General’s visit. However, in addition to the reports of torture and ill-treatment in official detention facilities, I am deeply concerned about information emerging about the existence of secret detention facilities across the country,” the High Commissioner said. Executions of detainees witnessed According to OHCHR, a man who was arrested at the end of March by unidentified armed individuals stated that he was taken blindfolded to an unfinished building in an unknown location, where nine other people were also being held. The victim reported witnessing the execution of two fellow detainees before he managed to escape. Reports have also been received of another illegal detention facility, allegedly set up by the police with the support of the Imbonerakure militia, in the city of Ngozi, in the northern part of the country.The High Commissioner said he had also received “persistent reports of arrest, detention, torture, ill-treatment, enforced disappearances and assassination of certain members of the police and military by other government forces.” Members and officers of the former Burundian Armed Forces – known as ex-FAB and which was predominantly Tutsi – appear to have been particularly targeted, including some retired soldiers.Many soldiers interviewed by the UN Human Rights Office while in detention said that the torture or ill-treatment they endured was aimed at forcing them to confess their support for rebel groups or to provide names of other people suspected of supporting them. Some soldiers detained at the SNR facilities claimed to have witnessed the killing of a number of their colleagues. On 10 April, the body of an ex-FAB soldier, who had been arrested the previous day by the police, was found in Gesenyi, near Citiboke. At least five soldiers have also been reported missing following their arrest by police or military forces over the last few weeks.Attacks by unidentified armed men Mr. Zeid also deplored the increase in attacks by unidentified armed men, reportedly linked to rebel groups. At least 30 attacks in Bujumbura and in several provinces took place in March, killing one civilian and four soldiers. Around five civilians were also reportedly killed during a rebel attack near the Tanzanian border on 11 April.He also condemned the targeting of members of the ruling party, the CNDD-FDD, including the assassination of a local official and member of the party who was shot at his home by unidentified armed men on 13 April in the town of Kajaga, in Bujumbura Mairie province.
Lorne Adams, one of Brock’s best known and longest-serving educators, is stepping down from his position as director of Athletics so that he can return to teaching full time.Having been director since 2001, Adams will leave the office July 1 and return to his teaching position in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. Assistant athletics director and long-time Brock coach Chris Critelli will become acting director of Athletics while a national search is conducted for Adams’ successor.Lorne AdamsAdams said that while he will miss the fellowship and rewards that come with being Athletics director, he looks forward to being in front of students as a full-time teacher.“I have enjoyed my 10 years with the department,” he said, “and am very proud of what we have accomplished. But I am also excited about returning to teaching and look forward to the challenges which that brings.”Adams has made a huge contribution to Brock as Athletics director, having overseen 50 championships in various sports, including 38 provincial and 12 national titles, said Steven Pillar, Vice-President of Finance and Administration.“I have really enjoyed working with Lorne as our director,” Pillar said. “Lorne’s passion for sport, coupled with his commitment to education, has encouraged students to exceed their goals in the game and in the classroom, and helped redefine the term ‘student-athlete’.“While we’re sad to see Lorne leave the Athletics department,” he said, “he does so with a long list of accomplishments and has positioned the department well to continue in his absence.”Adams has served as faculty member, administrator, coach and Athletics director in his 35 years at Brock. Some of his more memorable moments in athletics came when Brock won the men’s soccer national title in 2002, the men’s national basketball crown in 2007-08, and a remarkable eight straight years of men’s wrestling championships.He has also made his mark as an academic, winning several significant awards including the prestigious 3M Canada Teaching Fellowship Award in 2004. Adams also received the Alumni Association Teaching Award (1993), the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations award for Outstanding Contribution to University Teaching (1994), and the Faculty Award for Excellence in teaching (1993).
A NEW BOOK from E L James will be a how-to guide on one of life’s most enduring passions: writing.Vintage Books announced yesterday that James has collaborated with the publisher on “Fifty Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess (A Journal).”It combines professional advice from the million-selling author and lined pages for readers to set down their own ideas, or “inner goddess.”Vintage says the journal will have a soft leather cover, “bonded.” Vintage is a paperback imprint of Random House Inc.James’ erotic trilogy was acquired by Vintage last year and has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide. The “Inner Goddess” journal will be published on 1 May.Read: Couple divorce in row over Fifty Shades of GreyColumn: Fifty Shades has changed lives – but not like the best chick lit
Joker and The Terminator Cross Over Into ‘Mortal Kombat 11’‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Erron Black. Who Are They?In a violent world of four-armed monsters and evil bug ladies, Erron Black is a relatively straightforward cowboy. He just kills you with old-timey guns, not cybernetic arms or magic powers. It’s kind of refreshing. While he’s from Earthrealm, most of his mercenary work is done in the service of Outworld. He also has history with Kano and the Black Dragons.Kombat KhronologyIt’s weird that it took so long for Mortal Kombat to add a cowboy to the cast, but Erron Black didn’t debut until 2015’s Mortal Kombat X. He made a strong impression on players though because not every new character from that game returned for Mortal Kombat 11. Maybe it’s just because cowboy video game are so in right now.Koolest KustomizationsDespite their obsession with being “humble” cowboys are low-key fabulous fashion icons. And you can outfit Erron Black with all sorts of different hats and ponchos. I go for an all-black look I like to call the “Billy Ray Cyrus.” As for moves, this gunslinger is going to want to stay at a distance, throwing dynamite and poison or just shooting a gun. I like to enhance those core projectile attacks, as well as add some extended boot kick combos, rather than get too fancy with extra new moves.How Gross Is The Fatality?The actual history of cowboys is brutal enough to inspire all sorts of Mortal Kombat fatalities, before they got sanded down in Hollywood Western movies. But none of them probably did what Erron Black does, shooting your knees and mushing your melting face into some acid with this boot. When the carnage gets this intense, it makes you want to take your horse down to the old road and ride until you can’t no more.Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.View as: One Page Slides1/271. Read Our Full Mortal Kombat 11 ReviewRead Johnny Cage’s Guide2. Read Sub-Zero’s Guide3. Read Erron Black’s Guide4. Read Scorpion’s Guide5. Read Liu Kang’s Guide6. Read Raiden Guide7. Read Kitana’s Guide8. Read Kung Lao’s Guide9. Read Cetrion’s Guide10. Read Jade’s Guide11. Read Kotal Kahn’s Guide12. Read Skarlet’s Guide13. Read Noob Saibot’s Guide14. Read Geras’ Guide15. Read Baraka’s Guide16. Read Jax’s Guide17. Read Jacqui Briggs’ Guide18. Read Frost’s Guide19. Read D’Vorah’s Guide20. Read Kabal’s Guide21. Read Kano’s Guide22. Read Cassie Cage’s Guide23. Read Shao Kahn’s Guide24. Read Kollector’s Guide25. Read Sonya Blade’s Guide26. Read Shang Tsung’s Guide27. Read Nightwolf’s Guide Stay on target