No big fat weddings here

first_imgFrom the number of dishes to the size of the guest list, weddings in Jammu and Kashmir will now have to be conducted as per government rules.Lavish weddings have been under the scanner, leading to new regulations being announced on Tuesday. The move, however, drew flak from civil society.The government has asked people to “cook only seven non-vegetarian and seven vegetarian dishes in marriages with two stalls of sweets or fruits.” Kashmir has more than 12 dishes in Wazwan (traditional cuisine), and Jammu is known for an array of vegetarian dishes.The bride’s family may invite a maximum of 500 guests, while the guest list for the groom’s family should stop at 400.For functions like the ring ceremony of son, daughter and other small events, the number of guests can top 100, according to the government order, to be implemented by Deputy Commissioners.“Big gatherings often block roads due to wrong parking and create [traffic] jams,” the order says.Using lessMinister for Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali said, “The order was issued after the department received complaints and representations, both from civil as well as social organisations regarding injudicious use of essential commodities and exuberant expenditures made in public and private functions.”The government has also directed that leftover, uncooked or surplus food should be provided to the needy.“There shall be a complete ban on use of big generator set, high pitch sound amplifiers, loudspeakers, decks, profuse lighting, and bursting of crackers in social as well as government functions,” Mr. Ali explained.No dry fruit boxesThe government has also banned the popular practice of sending dry fruit boxes to guests along with the wedding invitations.last_img read more

Virat Kohli lauds Mithali Raj’s historic feat: ‘Great moment for Indian cricket’

first_imgVirat Kohli lauded India women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj after she created history by breaching the 6000-run mark in one-day internationals.The 34-year-old Mithali became the first to reach the landmark in women’s ODIs, surpassing England’s Charlotte Edwards, who held the record with 5992 runs up until July 12.A great moment for Indian Cricket, @M_Raj03 becomes the highest run scorer in Women’s ODI Cricket History today. Champion Stuff! ??????- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 12 July 2017Congratulations, @M_Raj03! Becoming the highest run scorer in Women’s ODIs is a huge achievement. Also, superb knock today!- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 12, 2017 – Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 12, 2017Congratulations @M_Raj03 on the remarkable feat of becoming the all-time highest run-scorer in women’s ODIs. More power to you! #Girlpower ???- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 12, 2017Congratulations Indian run-machine @M_Raj03!Highest run getter in women’s ODIs.A true champion! #WomensWorldCup2017 #WWC17 Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) July 12, 2017NEW WORLD RECORD!Congratulations to #MithaliRaj on breaking Charlotte Edwards’ record for most runs in Women’s ODIs #WWC17 ICC (@ICC) July 12, 2017Mithali, who had recently become the first batswoman to score seven consecutive ODI fifties, first scored 34 to overtake Edwards and then stormed past the 6000-run mark with a huge six.The skipper’s gutsy 69 was instrumental in India’s 226/7 in a crucial Women’s World Cup match against Australia. The Indian total, was however, powered by Punam Raut’s second hundred.Mithali, in the course of the World Cup, has grown in stature and her reading habit before walking in to bat is now common knowledge.advertisementThe Hyderabad girl now has 6028 runs from 183 matches at a staggering average of 51.52. She has scored five hundreds in a career that started in 1999 and has 49 fifties to her name, which is the most by a single player in women’s ODIs.last_img read more

Artist Bharat Thakur’s works delve into the soul

first_imgHe has been the yoga guru of some of the best known Bollywood celebrities, including Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor-Khan. Bharat Thakur is also married to the famous actress Bhumika Chawla.Having come under the tutelage of his master, Yogi Sukhdev Brahmachari, at the age of four, Thakur believes in using his knowledge of yoga and other spiritual traditions, not just to discover one’s true self but to live life to the fullest.Moreover, Thakur has a doctorate in sports medicine and yoga, and set up Artistic Yoga, an evolved form of yoga almost two decades ago. But his interests move beyond yoga and health sciences, as the Himalayan guru is a brilliant cook and eco-gardener too. Now he has been bringing another of his interests – his paintings – to various cities around the world, including Dubai and London. And on Monday he will be showing some of his best works at the India Habitat Centre. However, he says it’s not an art form he’s taken up recently.”I lived in the mountains till I was seventeen studying Yoga and Tantra. In the hills we were exposed to the extreme elements – the wilderness, bitter cold, snow. It was later, when I was doing my masters, and subsequently PhD, at the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education in Gwalior, that I got seriously interested in painting,” Thakur told Mail Today. “I used to work with water colours and charcoal then.”But for him the spread of yoga took precedence, even though he kept sketching and painting a little when he could take time out from his travels. He also loves to visit museums and lived and learnt with the street painters in Europe. So it was “only a matter of time when I would get back to it”. He says the reason why he paints is “clichéd but true” for him.advertisement “Do we ever ask why a flower blooms or a bird sings?” he countered. “A real artist would never be able to answer that question. I couldn’t keep art away even from my style of yoga – Artistic Yoga. So I guess an artist is just born to paint.” Even though his paintings consist mainly of abstract art and portraits, Thakur cites only legends as his influencers.”I am a lover of life. I like to explore and learn. I need to keep innovating myself. I believe an artist can delve into his own rich experience to create content that is rich too. I take influences from every aspect of my life, from the babas in the mountains to Bollywood celebrities – they are all part of my life. My insights into these souls, therefore, have to come into my work,” said Thakur. “At the same time I research a lot. So I just had to study the entire art movement. As influencers, I would put Paul Cezanne first, then Michealangelo. I admire the flair of Picasso and the colours of Monet. Then, there is Kandinsky, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, S. H. Raza, Raja Ravi Verma. But Paul Cezanne is my inspiration.”Abstract is his passion, he said, which keeps him evolving and offering more, because “it’s a language that I believe contains the codes of form, perception, illusion and reality”.Thakur said art and meditation have always been the air and water of life, as they have the same goal – to witness. As a result, some of his best-selling art pieces are portraits of sadhus, which will part of the Prayag – The Inner Journey exhibition next week.”The human being is one and the ancients have said ‘as is the universe, so is each unit’. The artist and the meditator live the same life, of observation. If you ask me how they are different, I may find it difficult to answer. Observation is the food for the artist while for the meditator it is his method. And having lived among them, I thought I could bring authenticity in the portrayal of the sadhus,” he explained.Thakur also takes inspiration from his beautiful wife and he tries to bring out “the inner life of an actor, her preparations to excel in her craft, yet keeping the essence”.But he refuses to talk about his attraction to his other muse, the legendary Frieda Kahlo.”They say the muse is shy as the work is still in progress. The fact that she was untrained but evolved a unique and powerful language to translate all the drama of her life into paint, into art, and the pain she went through is unimaginable to most human beings.”advertisementAlso read | Bartolome Esteban Murillo on Google doodle today. Who is he?Also read | 10 quotes by William Blake, the poet, painter and print-makerlast_img read more

Sony WH-CH700N review: Great sound and battery life, average noise cancelling

first_imgThe Sony WH-1000XM3 (Review) are the best wireless headphones you can buy right now. But at Rs 29,990, the 1000XM3 aren’t well within reach for a lot of audiophiles out there. It would have been great if Sony could somehow bring the same design, comfort and quality as the 1000XM3 to a pair of headphones that’s more affordable. Well, Sony seems to have heard our prayers, which is why the company introduced the WH-CH700N noise cancelling headphones in India.Priced at Rs 12,990, the WH-CH700N aims to bring a 1000XM3-like experience to a price point that’s friendly on your wallet. The WH-CH700N brings a similar design language along with Active Noise Cancellation and excellent sound quality as the 1000XM3. Sony claims that it hasn’t made a lot of compromises with the WH-CH700N, and after trying these headphones for close to two weeks, I more or less agree with Sony here.Design and comfortThe WH-CH700N come close to mimicking the design language and ergonomics of the 1000XM3. It comes with a good amount of padding around the ear cups and headband, and the ear cups can tilt a good degree thanks to a hinge-like design. The lack of metal on the CH700N makes it look less premium, but that’s no different than the 1000XM3s. Even the Rs 30,000 headphones lacked that premium feel apart from the use of some copper accents here and there. The CH700N gets some metallic glitter finish on the back of the ear cups, but the overall look is fairly simple in black and will not turn any heads while you sport it in public.advertisementUnlike the 1000XM3, which offered touch-based gesture controls, the CH700N is more traditional. All the buttons worth using are on the bottom of either cups. The bottom of the right earcup offers volume controls and a toggle to control playback. On the bottom of the left ear cup, you have the power button, which requires you to long press to turn it on or off, a NC button that can be mapped to either turn on/ turn off noise cancelling or for Google Assistant, and a 3.5mm port to connect the headset to a device using a cable. There is a also microUSB port as well, rather than a Type-C port, which is kind of bummer in 2019. Lastly, the NFC sensor on the left earcup will let you connect to your Android device on a single tap. The headband can extend to a good length and there is metal inside, which helps make the extension and retraction feel firm. Thanks to a good amount of pleather around the ear pads and headband, the CH700N is comfortable to wear without becoming a strain. The ear cup is big enough to enclose your ears completely, making sure the sound feels immersive. However, the lack of any breathable room will warm up your ears after a while.The Sony WH-CH700N headphones are quite comfortable for purposes of traveling or for wearing them in the office. The lightweight design make them easy to keep on for a stretch, and the soft cushioning feels good against the ears, even while wearing glasses. That being said, Sony has not provided any carrying case for the headset, and the headphones don’t fold up as much as the 1000XM3, so traveling with the CH700N may not be the easiest.Sound quality and Noise cancellationThe CH700N houses 40mm dynamic drivers in each ear cup, which allows the headset to deliver a pretty balanced audio quality. The headphones offer a nimble bass that doesn’t overpower the mid-range. The bass hits that sweet spot between soft and punchy, which is how I like my headphones. But this also means the CH700N aren’t for bassheads looking for that extra bit of punch. The mids and high-end also compliment each other, and there is good separation among instruments and a decent soundstage on offer. I checked out songs from various genres and found the CH700N to suit mostly anything you throw at it. I started off with India 91 (Gully Boy) and Ta Dhom by Viveik Rajagopalan as these songs blend Hip-Hop with traditional Carnatic instruments, making for an excellent combination of sounds. These songs managed to keep the bass sounds prominent without sounding boomy and ruining the mids. The vocals are clear and the sound feels rich and immersive.I moved on to some Alternative tunes like Black Candle by Iron and Wine and Skyscrapers by OK Go. These songs offered a combination of gentle yet catchy bassline sounds along with some electric guitar and soft vocals, all of which work in tandem with each other and sound balanced. I also went back to Simulation Theory by Muse (a personal favorite), which is a techno-rock album that involves a number of instruments at play including drums, electric and bass guitars and synthesizers. It was here that I felt the soundstage could have been wider, but I’m satisfied with the stereo sound the headset offers at this price.advertisementNext up, I listened to Slow Burn and Oh, What a World by Country singer Kacey Musgraves where I found the acoustic guitaring to sound crystal clear, complimenting Kacey’s aching vocals. The high-end sound signature in this song is bright and lively, and there were times when Kacey’s voice felt sharp and sibilant, but it never got too much to handle. The good thing is you have the option to tweak the equaliser in the Sony Headphones app to make certain songs sound just the way you like it. Speaking of the Sony Headphones app, you can download it on iOS or Android. I found the iOS app to be pretty annoying as it kept asking me to connect to the headphones even while it was connected and I was listening to songs. The app itself is pretty basic, offering features like Equaliser, Noise Cancelling, and the ability to map the NC button on the headset to Noise Cancelling or Google Assistant. Sadly, there is no support for Siri at the moment.The Sony CH700N supports a number of codecs such as AAC, aptX and aptX HD, which is nice to see. I tested the headphones with the iPhone XR and the OnePlus 6T and pairiing worked seamlessly. I did not encounter any drops in connectivity or delay between audio and video while watching shows. The CH700N’s stereo sound is also excellent for playing PUBG. With the cable connected, the headphones can work even on zero battery. I checked out the same songs mentioned above over wired connectivity and found found the volume levels on the lower side.The WH-CH700N offers Active Noise Cancellation and it does a decent job at blocking out external sound while listening to music. However, the headphones don’t do a good job with isolation if you use them as ear muffs for sleeping during flights or in noisy environments. Even in an office space, you’ll be able to hear yourself typing on the keyboard or general chitter chatter that goes on around you. The WH-CH700N will not offer the same level of noise cancelling performance that the high-end WH-1000XM3 deliver, but I wouldn’t be too hard on them considering the pricing.BatteryThe Sony WH-CH700N does one better than the XM3s by offering up to 35 hours of battery life on a single charge. That’s what Sony claims, at least, and the headset comes very close to delivering on that promise. I typically use headphones for about 4-5 hours in a day, mostly while commuting and sometimes during work hours. With the WH-CH700N, I managed over a week of usage on a single charge and with sound level around 50 to 60 per cent. The battery life may vary depending on how loud you prefer them on default.advertisement It’s a good thing that the WH-CH700N comes with a long battery life, because charging the headphones is a whole different, rather annoying experience. The headset takes about 5-6 hours to charge up from zero to full over the microUSB port, which will require a lot of patience from your part. In my opinion, the only good time to charge the headset is overnight.Should you buy the Sony WH-CH700N?Sony has done a commendable job at creating the WH-CH700N as close to the more expensive WH-1000XM3 as possible without compromising on a lot of features simply to keep the price down. The WH-CH700N offers great comfort and an attractive sound quality that make it worth buying at Rs 12,990. What makes it a no-brainer is the added bonus that you also get a long-lasting battery life, so you won’t need to reach for the charger frequently.The sound delivered is balanced with just the right amount of bass so that it never overpowers the mids and vocals. These headphones work well with mostly all genres, but I enjoyed them the most while listening to Hip-Hop and Country. The only feature about the headset that will disappoint you is the noise cancelling, which is pretty average and doesn’t quite meet up to the 1000XM3. If you’re looking for good isolating headphones, then the CH700N isn’t the one for you. For everything else, the WH-CH700N is the only wireless pair of over-ear headphones worth buying in this price segment.Sony WH-CH700N review8/10ProsGreat sound qualitySuperb battery lifeComfortable, low-key designConsAverage noise cancellingSlow charginglast_img read more

Spurs want to kill Man City – Poch

first_imgTottenham Hotspur ‘We’re going to kill Man City!’ – Pochettino’s Spurs ready to fight league leaders Iain Strachan 21:09 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Mauricio Pochettino - cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City The Premier League pace-setters are on a record-breaking run, but Spurs are planning to throw everything at them – and will celebrate a win with glee! Mauricio Pochettino has no problem with players loudly celebrating victories as his Tottenham team attempt to “kill” Manchester City.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho protested hotly at the noise coming from the away dressing room when Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders defeated their neighbours and rivals 2-1 at Old Trafford last weekend.The objections of the Portuguese are believed to have prompted an angry confrontation between the two teams, which the Football Association is investigating. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s match away to City on Saturday, Pochettino acknowledged the right of a winning side to enjoy their triumph. “I am never going to complain if another team celebrate because sometimes it’s good, when you lose, and you hear all that happens in another changing room, it’s good to feel the pain,” he said.”With respect of course, because it’s always about respect but sometimes it’s good to listen. If we run more, and we play better and we care more… come on, maybe we need to translate that feeling to the opposite changing room.”When we won our games, like [it] was in Huddersfield, or like [it] was in Wembley against Stoke, the players put [on] music and it’s so loud… it’s normal, if you lose the game, you are not going to put [on] music. But… [when] they are winning, winning, winning, it’s normal they put music [on] in the changing room.”Coming— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 15, 2017Pochettino also readily agreed with suggestions that City have a distinct air of confidence about them this season, but that will not prevent the Argentine and his players from trying to halt the league leaders’ record winning run. “I agree with you in terms of the aura,” he said. “For us, we felt the same last season at White Hart Lane – that something special happened around the team. I think it was a player a week or two ago that said, ‘Wow, I remember last season, we always start 1-0 up at White Hart Lane because something special was happening’. “And for the opponent, it was tough to play against us. But now, of course, City are doing fantastic. But… we’re going there to fight, to kill them and try to win.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Brickell and Baggio nominated for NSW Sports Awards

first_imgTwo Touch Football representatives have been named as finalists in the New South Wales Sports Federation 2013 Sports Awards. David Baggio is a finalist for the Official of the Year, while Gary Brickell will receive a Distinguished Long Service award for his services to the sport of Touch Football over the past 30 years. 2013 has been a great year for both Baggio and Brickell, with Baggio officiating at the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series in New Zealand in February and named as the inaugural Rick Borg medallist, the Leading Referee at the 2013 National Touch League. He was also named as the Ian Matthew Medal winner for Referee of the Year at the 2013 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Referees Awards night in May. Brickell was recognised at the NSWTA Referees Awards night, being awarded for 30 years of service. Brickell was also recognised at the 2013 NSWTA Blues Dinner last weekend, being named the Southern Suns Administrator of the Year for his work with the Wollongong Touch Association.The New South Wales Sports Federation 2013 Sports Awards program provides an opportunity to celebrate outstanding achievements and contributions to sport in New South Wales in 2013. The Awards program consists of 13 categories, including athletes, teams, coaches, officials, organisations, events, media and Distinguished Long Service.The 2013 Sports Awards Dinner will be held at Allphones Arena on Thursday, 28 November 2013. For more information of the 2013 NSW Sports Awards Dinner, please visit Related LinksNSW Sports Awardslast_img read more

4H Members Go For Green

first_imgForty-five 4-H members are participating in an Atlantic Canada conference that will challenge them to be leaders on a local and global level. The Go For the Green! conference, for people aged 14 to 21, will be held March 26-28 in Debert. “The goal of this conference is to introduce 4-H members to issues, both here and abroad, that are impacting their lives now and in the future,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. “Young people have the power to bring about change and the 4-H program provides them with the life skills they need to become effective community leaders.” The two-and-a-half-day conference provides an opportunity for 4-H members to network, develop personal, team and leadership skills, and expand horizons about climate change, international development, agriculture and community involvement. “We are excited to host this conference in Nova Scotia and offer 4-H members the opportunity to discuss topics that are of concern to them,” said Ruth Grant, senior 4-H program co-ordinator, Department of Agriculture. “4-H encourages the care and responsibility of our resources and builds positive life skills in young people.” Engineers Without Borders will discuss Water For the World, Carl Duirvenvoorden will lead a discussion on the Inconvenient Truth, Gord McNeilly will present Power To Believe and Tyler Hayden will deliver Living Life Large, a presentation on a balanced lifestyle. The conference is funded by the Atlantic 4-H Committee, Agri-Futures Nova Scotia, Agrium and the Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island provincial 4-H councils.last_img read more

Three stories in the news for today Nov 13

first_imgThree stories in the news for Monday, Nov. 13———JUSTIN TRUDEAU IN MANILA TO PURSUE DEEPER TRADE, SECURITY TIES IN ASIA-PACIFICJustin Trudeau is continuing his visit to the Philippines where he’s trying to raise Canada’s profile in the Asia-Pacific region, especially on security and trade issues. The PMO says Trudeau is the first Canadian prime minister to be invited to participate in the annual East Asia Summit. The bloc of 10 Southeast Asian countries is already Canada’s sixth-largest trading partner, and Trudeau is eager to build on that relationship.———ALBERTA FIRST NATIONS SEEKING HERITAGE RECOGNITIONIf a group of First Nations get their wish, Calgary will be renamed Wichispa Oyade — Stoney Nakoda terms that roughly translate to mean elbow town. The Stoney Nakoda have applied to have several well-known places in southern Alberta changed to reflect traditional names given by their people. Their application to the Alberta government also includes Canmore, the Bow River, Mount Allan and dozens of other sites they consider to be part of their territory.———TRANSGENDER JOB FAIR TRIES TO SPARK CHANGEA Toronto transgender woman is holding a job fair geared toward transgender and gender-nonconforming people to try to spark systemic change in the Canadian workforce. Biko Beauttah says transgender people often struggle to find work in conventional jobs and turn to things like drug dealing and the sex trade. Her Trans Workforce organization is setting up next week’s job fair in Toronto, and expects about 15 employers to participate.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Ottawa trial continues for Basil Borutski, charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of three women in the Ottawa Valley in 2015— Toronto trial continues for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, accused of killing Laura Babcock.— Red Deer, Alta. trial continues for Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank, charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Klaus’s parents and his sisterlast_img read more

Akwesasne hosts major lacrosse tournament

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Akwesasne Mohawk nation is gearing up to host the 2011 President’s Cup Championship.The national senior lacrosse tournament is expected to draw thousands of spectators for the season-end finale.Seven teams from across Canada will compete for the cup. The tournament begins next Monday and wraps up on Sunday, Sept. 4.The location of the tournament changes each year and was last held in Akwesasne territory back in 1996.last_img

JDS min says his party workers might have voted for BJP remark

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka minister G T Deve Gowda on Wednesday said that his party JD(S)’ workers in Mysuru and elsewhere might have voted for the BJP, underlining the unease between ruling coalition partners. The Congress and the JDS had fought the Lok Sabha elections together, but the seat sharing understanding was marred by differences between members of the two parties which had been bitter rivals before they joined hands to form government. “There were some differences between the two parties. Take Udbur for example. People fought like there any panchayat election. “Those who were in Congress voted for Congress and those in JD(S) voted for the BJP. Similar things happened elsewhere too,” Gowda told reporters in Mysuru. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghGowda added that if the two parties could have combined their strength, there was no scope for the BJP to win even five seats out of 28 in Karnataka. He also pointed out that coalition should have been formalised much earlier for better coordination and results. The statement triggered a strong reaction from the Congress, with its state president Dinesh Gundu Rao saying it was not good for the coalition government. Expressing shock, Rao said, “I am not able to figure out how he (Gowda) had worked during the election because he has given contradictory statements. Such statements are not good for the coalition government.” “Such things would happen because those given responsibility did not work sincerely. There seems to be lack of sincerity,” the Congress leader said. He also junked Gowda’s statement about delay in formalising the alliance. “We formed the coalition much earlier. There was no delay in forming the coalition…” Mpostlast_img read more

Assembly President names two diplomats to guide Security Council reform talks

Heraldo Muñoz of Chile and Christian Wenaweser of Liechtenstein will be expected to report back to Sheikha Haya on the outcome of their consultations by the end of next month, the President said in a letter sent to UN Member States yesterday.Sheikha Haya has asked Mr. Muñoz and Mr. Wenaweser to use last month’s report of the five facilitators on Council reform she appointed in January as the basis for their consultations.That report found that even though there is overwhelming support for Council reform, the world’s countries remain so divided on the details – from the question of expansion to the use of the veto to the categories of membership – that a transitional stage of reform may be necessary to break the deadlock.The report stated that a “significant number of Member States tend to agree that their ideal solution may not be possible at this stage, and believe that it may be more reasonable to consider the best possible solution for now.” It called on nations to “explore new and emerging ideas concerning a transitional approach” to Council reform, in which there would be an intermediate arrangement ending with a mandatory review at a pre-determined date to decide if that arrangement should continue. Member States would not have to give up their original position pending the mandatory review, according to the report, which proposed four possibilities for an intermediate category of Council seats.Mr. Muñoz is one of five facilitators who presented that report, with the others being the permanent representatives of Tunisia (Ali Hachani), Cyprus (Andreas D. Mavroyiannis), Croatia (Mirjana Mladineo) and the Netherlands (Frank Majoor).Sheikha Haya said in her letter that those facilitators would continue to advise her on the issue. 23 May 2007General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa has appointed the ambassadors of Chile and Liechtenstein to conduct consultations with United Nations Member States on how to move forward on reform of the 15-member Security Council. read more

Member States elect 15 countries to serve on UN Human Rights Council

Zambia, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Gabon were chosen in that order to fill the four vacant African seats on the 47-member panel, according to a formula that allots seats among regions.The three seats up for grabs in the Latin America and the Caribbean region – successful candidates in each category must obtain an absolute majority of valid votes cast by the 192 General Assembly members – went to Chile, Brazil and Argentina.In the Eastern European category, Slovakia and Ukraine won the two available seats, while Serbia was unsuccessful.Six countries contested the four positions distributed to Asian States, with Japan, Bahrain, the Republic of Korea and Pakistan winning the most votes to join the panel, and Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste missing out.The closest contest occurred in the race for the two vacant seats in the Western European and Other States category. France scored 123 votes and the United Kingdom picked up 120, edging out Spain, which garnered 119 votes.General Assembly spokesperson Janos Tisovszky told reporters that there were 190 valid votes and two invalid votes in the Western European and Other States category. Ten of the valid votes cast were abstentions.Some of the successful candidates today had been due to retire on 19 June, when their current term on the HRC expires – they were Gabon, Ghana, Japan, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, Ukraine, Brazil, France and the United Kingdom.Under Council rules, members serve for three-year periods and cannot run for immediate re-election after two consecutive terms. Overall, the 47 members include 13 from Africa, 13 from Asia, six from Eastern Europe, eight from Latin America and the Caribbean, and seven from Western Europe and Other States. 21 May 2008Fifteen countries from around the world have been elected to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for three-year terms starting next month after one round of balloting today among Member States at UN Headquarters in New York. read more

Burundi UN agency helps another group of refugees to return home from

A group of 500 Burundians has returned home from Tanzania with the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which is running weekly convoys for some 50,000 refugees who have signed up to be repatriated.On Thursday, a third convoy facilitated by UNHCR took home some 520 Burundians from camps in western Tanzania, as more refugees signed up for the voluntary return. More than 50,000 people living in camps along Tanzania’s western border with Burundi have registered for the partially assisted return programme, which has so far aided nearly 1,500 refugees since it began on 28 March.Meanwhile, some of the spontaneous returnees said that they made their own arrangements because they wished to return home immediately and did not want to wait for their turn on the convoys, according to a spokesman for the agency.Many of those who have registered to return wish to go to southern Burundi provinces such as Ruyigi and Makamba, spokesman Ron Redmond said, “but UNHCR is not aiding returns to these areas because of continuing security concerns.”Last week, Burundi, Tanzania and UNHCR agreed that for the time being, returns would be facilitated only to Muyinga province in the north. read more

Boarding school bursar blames cleaners crime spree for fall in pupil numbers

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Elizabeth Bruce stole £5,500 from pupils at a private boarding school Elizabeth Bruce stole £5,500 from pupils at a private boarding schoolCredit: Portsmouth News/Solent News & Photo Agency Simon Merriam, the school bursar, said in a statement read in court: “This set of incidents has had a huge impact on the boarding community at St John’s.”It led to boarders not trusting each other.”He added: “We’re 25 boarders down as things stand and whilst this is not all directly-related to the thefts we know they have contributed.”Our reputation overseas has very much been damaged.”The school’s website states it currently has around 125 boarders.When police searched Bruce’s home they found a Pandora bracelet and a purse belonging to young pupils. One girl was a victim of Bruce’s actions four times and another girl, 14, was left upset and struggled to trust those she boarded with after a purse her family gave her as a Christmas present was stolen by Bruce.In a statement she said: “(Bruce) going through my personal belongings and taking them made me feel angry and upset.”Overseas boarders pay £26,295-a-year at St John’s. Around 600 pupils study between Reception and Year 13.Robert Reid, prosecuting, said: “During a period of time between July 2014 and March 2016 the school was experiencing a problem in relation to thefts of property with a result that the police on February 7 set up a covert camera to try and establish who was responsible.”They left a purse containing £60, covered by a covert camera, and they saw this defendant come across the purse and go into it wearing gloves and she was arrested on suspicion of theft.”Bruce, who worked for 20 years at the school which was established in 1908, was handed an eight-month prison sentence suspended for 15 months at Portsmouth Crown Court.Recorder John Williams ordered her to pay £842 compensation and complete 30 days of rehabilitation along with 120 hours of unpaid work.Sentencing, the judge said: “The series of offences would have no doubt continued.”James Caldwell, mitigating for Bruce, said she was willing to do unpaid work. Bruce said “thank you” as she was sentenced.center_img A private boarding school bursar has blamed a string of thefts by a cleaner for damaging its reputation abroad and contributing to a fall in admissions.Elizabeth Bruce stole cash, Chinese currency, purses, clothes shop vouchers and a Pandora bracelet from pupils in a string of thefts at the £26,295-a-year St John’s College, in Southsea, Hants.The 18-month stealing spree that totalled £5,500 was finally ended after police caught Bruce rifling through a planted purse on a covert camera.Bruce, 52, of Southsea, Hants, admitted 15 thefts and confessed to another 19 that were taken into consideration in court. The entrance to St John's College, in Southsea The entrance to St John’s College, in SouthseaCredit:Julian Pottage/Alamy Stock Photolast_img read more

RK PPD Zagreb director Ante Ancic Dual function main reason for Vujovics

← Previous Story Veselin Vujovic is no longer PPD Zagreb coach! Next Story → Bertus Servaas about Janc: We want him, but it won’t be easy Ante AncicRK PPD Zagreb RK PPD Zagreb and Veselin Vujovic are no more a part of the same story! Two sided parted by mutual agreement on Monday after 0-4 start in the VELUX EHF Champions League. However, club’s director Ante Ancic was said to annunce news about Vujovic’s departure:Unfortunately, our budget don’t support qualities of coach level of Veselin Vujovic, so we agreed that he can take Slovenian national team in order to reach his real financial potential on the market. That allowed us to keep him on longer period and him to earn properly. However, that was ok for some period of time, before Rio. Absence of our coach for three months due Olympic Games is the main reason for our bad results at VELUX EHF Champions League. Now, we knew that Vujovic would find the way from the crisis, but what will happen in December, when he went out for month and a half with Slovenia for France 2017? Who will prepare the team for the second part of the season. That’s why our decision is like this. We need coach 24 hours dedicated to the club next eight months. I believe that Vujovic will stay friend of our club and that there will be chance to come back on bench in the future – said Ancic and added:People underestimate strenght of Meshkov Brest, which budget is without border. Atman and Kristopans earnings are equal of wages of whole Zagreb squad – concluded PPD Zagreb director.Mandatory Credit ©SEHA/ Uroš Hočevar. read more

Demand for tickets to blasphemous Bible play breaks website

first_imgA PLAY THAT was banned from being performed after it was slammed as being “disrespectful to Christians” and “blasphemous” is to go ahead this week.Councillors in Newtownabbey last week pulled a performance of The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged) from the council-run Theatre at the Mill, with one councillor saying that there was a “need to protect Christian values”.Compared to the likes of Monty Python, the show has toured the world, even playing at the Jerusalem Festival without objection.Following the banning, Austin Tichenor of the Reduced Shakespeare Company addressed the matter in a podcast, stating that people who had “never seen it or read it” had decided to ban the production.CensorshipIn a conversation with the producer, Davey Naylor, Tichenor said that the cast and producers were “hardly the victims here” but that it was the people of Newtownabbey that were having their “freedom of speech and freedom of religion” curtailed.Naylor said he felt sorry for people of Newtownabbey who couldn’t see it and “make their own mind up” adding that it all came down to censorship.However, less than 24 hours after the podcast was posted, the artistic council of the theatre reversed its ban and the Newtownabbey Borough Council voted to uphold the artistic leadership of the theatre and allow the banned play to go ahead.Ban liftedThe production company tweeted:(Twitter/@reduced)However, The Irish News reports today that there were angry scenes at last nights Newtownabbey Borough Council meeting, with several DUP councillors denouncing the decision to put the play back on.Following the U-turn, the production company said there has been such a rush to buy tickets that the theatre’s online booking system has crashed.(Twitter/@reduced)The play will be staged at the Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey tomorrow and Thursday night. Related:‘Thou shalt not laugh’: Bible play banned in Northern Ireland>last_img read more

NESPo The 3Dprinted portable NES

first_imgWe’ve seen our share of do-it-yourself portable game systems in our time, such as this handheld Nintendo 64, or an NES built into an NES game cartridge. This time around, the portable NES isn’t built into the vehicle through which you play it, but is instead impressive another way: it’s 3D-printed.Dubbed the NESPo for obvious reasons, modder Dave Nunez decided to create the portable NES using a Nintendo-on-a-chip (NOAC), which is an NES hardware clone, because he didn’t want to destroy an original console. He purchased an NOAC for $15 — the Retro-BIT RES — and chopped it up to access the vital guttyworks. A $20 4.3-inch TFT reverse camera screen was used, as well as a NiMH rechargeable battery in place of a lithium polymer battery since those require a specialized discharge circuit. The battery bestows the overall system with around three hours of life.The unique aspect of the NESPo, though, is that the case and buttons are 3D-printed. Nunez designed the parts in OpenSCAD, then printed them out with polylactic acid (PLA) using the Makerbot Replicator 2. The entire printing process took 14-and-a-half hours. After that, Nunez affixed all of the NOAC parts into the casing.Then he designed and printed the buttons, attached them and the case’s front and back face plates, and hoped nothing broke when he smooshed the whole thing together. The end result is a nice, do-it-yourself portable NES that houses the game cartridge inside the unit. It may not be ergonomically sound, but it looks nice and is playable.Check out Nunez’s blog for intricate details of the entire process.last_img read more

CNN parts company with Democrat analyst over debate question leaks to Clinton

first_img Short URL 83 Comments 20,636 Views Donna Brazile Image: J. Scott Applewhite By AFP Nov 1st 2016, 7:24 AM CNN parts company with Democrat analyst over debate question leaks to Clinton Hacked emails released by WikiLeaks showed that she shared questions with Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 7:24 AMcenter_img Donna Brazile Image: J. Scott Applewhite CNN SAYS IT has parted ways with Democratic strategist Donna Brazile after hacked emails released by WikiLeaks showed that she shared questions with Hillary Clinton’s campaign ahead of events sponsored by the network.Brazile, who has long worked as an analyst for the news channel, had been on leave since agreeing in July to serve as acting chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. But the network announced she had resigned.WikiLeaks yesterday revealed she sent an email to top Clinton aides on the eve of a primary debate with Bernie Sanders hosted by CNN in the Michigan city of Flint, which is facing a crisis over elevated lead levels in its water.“One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash,” Brazile told Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and communications director Jennifer Palmieri in the email.“Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl (people) of Flint,” Brazile said.During the debate the next day, Clinton was indeed addressed by a women who said her family had skin problems, although the woman’s question was markedly different.QuestionIn a message dated 12 March, one day ahead of a CNN town hall, Brazile told Palmieri that “from time to time I get the questions in advance,” promising to send more in the future.In the same message, she seemed to suggest Clinton would be asked a question about the death penalty.CNN said it was “completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor.”It also said that it “never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate.”On Twitter, Brazile said she was honoured “to be a Democratic Strategist and commentator on the network”.For weeks, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has accused his rival of having had an unfair advantage over Sanders, including advanced knowledge of debate questions.Until now, those accusations had been largely unsubstantiated.Brazile’s messages were made public by WikiLeaks following a hack of Podesta’s emails. The Democratic Party has yet to confirm or deny their authenticity.© – AFP, 2016Read: “I don’t see any possible future” – 15,000 people left homeless by Italy’s most powerful earthquake in 36 yearsRead: Thousands attend funeral of fishmonger whose gruesome death in a rubbish truck provoked outrage Share20 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Koscielny gives Bellerin some good advice

first_imgThe Spanish right-back was injured in the match against Chelsea in the English Premier League and will be out of the season for Arsenal.Hector Bellerin ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the match between his club Arsenal and Chelsea in the English Premier League weekend fixture.The Spanish right-back will be out for the season for the Gunners, and teammate Laurent Koscielny has given him some advice.“As I said to him yesterday, put football on the side and enjoy a bit of your life with your family and friends,” Koscielny was quoted by Sky Sports.“He is starting a new chapter of his career. It will be long but he is a strong boy and I know he has the people around him to help him and be back as soon as possible and stronger than before.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He knows all the team are here to help him because we know he will have some difficult moments during his rehab, like Rob [Holding] and Danny [Welbeck], but they know all the team are here and behind them to help them come back with us and help us to have results together,” he added.“It was very hard during some moments because I missed the World Cup.”“But you learn a lot about life, you are more positive about football because you know it’s just a small part of your life, and you have some good things off the pitch.”Bellerin joined Arsenal in 2001 as part of the youth system after many years in the Barcelona young squads.He debuted professionally in 2013 with the Gunners and was loaned to Watford for a year in the 2013-2014 season.last_img read more