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Rihanna to launch a fashion label

first_imgSinger Rihanna will reportedly launch her fashion label under name $CHOOL KILLS.The singer will move into the world of fashion designing with an accessories line before moving into apparel.The Rude boy hitmaker’s company Roraj Trade LLC registered and trademarked the brand name in New York last month under the categories — Leather products and clothing products, reports femalefirst.co.uk.”$CHOOL KILLS will be an accessories range covering everything from tote bags to purses and, later on, fashion. She still loves the music and it’s what launched her, but this is her focus right now,” said a source.The 27-year-old doesn’t plan to keep her music career on back-burner.”Rihanna has already had a successful clothing line with River Island and is not limiting herself to just music and touring for the rest of her life. She will continue to release singles and albums, but she’s had plans in place to expand in other areas, like fashion, for a good few years now,” the source added.Rihanna, who was pictured wearing a T-shirt sporting the slogan ‘School Kills’ last month, is hoping her accessories line will be the perfect start to a global “empire”.”Rihanna has plans to create a fashion empire. She sees herself as a completely unique brand and the last year has been all about setting herself up for this,” Grazia magazine quoted the source as saying.last_img read more

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Vazquez: Real Madrid are angry

first_imgLucas Vazquez says Real Madrid are angry after failing to beat Villarreal on Thursday but insists their season can end with success.Madrid looked to be heading for three points in their first La Liga match of 2019, with Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema putting them ahead at Estadio de la Ceramica after Santi Cazorla’s fourth-minute opener.However, Cazorla struck again with eight minutes of normal time remaining to ensure the game finished 2-2, meaning Santiago Solari’s side could only close to within seven points of league leaders Barcelona. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Vazquez admits they are unhappy with the result but remains confident in their trophy chances, especially since they won the Club World Cup under two weeks ago.”We head home angry because it was a game we wanted to win and we let it slip with a lapse in concentration,” he said, as quoted by Madrid’s official website. “The game was going how we wanted it to at 2-1, and they levelled with 82 minutes gone. We didn’t have time to react and we go away with a bitter taste in our mouths, having dropped two points.”We struggled to play through their press in the second half and so we were sat deeper, and they got a chance and scored their goal.”Given this team’s recent history, we deserve to retain people’s faith in us. We’re going to give it our all like we do every year and come the end, I’m sure we’ll achieve great things. We’ve got another game on Sunday [against Real Sociedad] to do the best we can.”last_img read more

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Virat Kohli overtakes Suresh Raina to become highest run scorer in Indian Premier League

first_imgVirat Kohli overtook Suresh Raina to become the highest run scorer in the history of the Indian Premier League.Kohli has played with Royal Challengers Bangalore since the inception of the league back in 2008. He was appointed captain in 2013 and has been the mainstay of a star-studded batting line-up.Kohli needed 32 to get past Raina’s 4558 runs before the start of RCB’s chase of 214 vs Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.Raina, up until now, has 4558 runs from 163 matches at an average of 33.76. Kohli went past the Chennai Super Kings star in his 153rd match at a better average (over 37). While Raina has one hundred and 31 half-centuries under his belt, Kohli has four hundreds and 31 fifties.In 10 editions before this, Kohli crossed the 500-run mark in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016.Also read – Go RCB Go! Anushka Sharma cheers for Virat Kohli and his boys from vanity vanThe RCB skipper opened the innings along with Quinton de Kock and started aggressively in pursuit of the stiff target.On Sunday, against Rajasthan Royals, Kohli roared back to form with a 26-ball half-century, his fastest in T20 cricket. That was Kohli’s 31st half-century in the Indian Premier League.Kohli, who had been rested from the Nidahas Trophy after the tour of South Africa, where had scored 871 runs across formats, looked scratchy against Kolkata Knight Riders during his innings of 31. Against Kings XI Punjab, Kohli had looked in better touch in the course of a 21 but his innings was cut short by Mujeeb ur Rahman.advertisementKohli had been in sensational form in 2016, smashing 973 including four hundreds and seven half-centuries from 16 matches. Next year, nursing a shoulder injury, Kohli did not play the first four matches. He returned to score 308 runs from 10 matches but it was not enough to revive a poor season for the Royal Challengers.It was different leading up to the IPL this time. Kohli was in sensational form in South Africa – he was the highest run-scorer in the Test series and then smashed a few records in the ODIs. In six matches, he hammered 558 runs and four centuries to lead India to a historic series triumph. He played two T20Is in the three-match series next but opted out as India sent a relatively inexperienced team to Sri Lanka for the Nidahas Trophy.last_img read more

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Halifax Harbour Festival EEEZ Card

first_imgOrganizers of September’s Halifax Harbour Festival are making it easy for people to save money while attending as many festival events as possible. A new EEE-Z Card, which allows discounted admission on festival events, was launched Thursday, Aug. 24, by Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. The Halifax Harbour Festival EEE-Z CARD is a portable, wallet-sized card that offers more than $225 in discounts and savings, plus an opportunity to win more than $100 in hair care products. Halifax Harbour Festival EEE-Z CARD sells for $10, and is available at Alderney Landing, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, HMCS Sackville, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Military Family Resource Centre – CFB Windsor Park and CFB Shearwater, Pier 21, Thumpers Salon and Garrison Brewing Company. The 2nd Annual Halifax Harbour Festival, presented by The Daily News and produced by the Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd., takes place Sept. 15-17 on the Bedford, Dartmouth, Eastern Passage and Halifax waterfronts. It celebrates the important role of the harbour in the social, cultural, and economic fabric of our communities. For more information see the festival website at www.halifaxharbourfestival.ca .last_img read more

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Coxheath Office Without Power Phone Today

first_imgThe Department of Natural Resources office in Coxheath, Cape Breton, is unable to receive e-mails today, June 10, and phone reception will be limited due to renovations. Power is expected to be off until late afternoon. If people have difficulty reaching the Coxheath office by phone they can call the office in Baddeck at 902-295-2554. To report wildfires, poaching, or emergency wildlife situations at any time, call the Department of Natural Resources toll free, at 1-800-565-2224. -30-last_img

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Former MP Sukhdev Singh Libra passes away

first_imgFatehgarh Sahib (Pb): Former MP Sukhdev Singh Libra passed away on Friday morning after a prolonged illness, family members said.He was 87.Presently, he was living at village Libra near Khanna in Ludhiana district.Libra was close to late former SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra.He was the member of the 14th and 15th Lok Sabhas. He was also a Punjab MLA in 1985. He was a member of Rajya Sabha from 1998-2004. Libra had represented Fatehgarh Sahib and Ropar parliamentary constituencies. Earlier, he had contested elections on Congress ticket but later, he rejoined the Shiromani Akali Dal.He had also served as a member of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).last_img

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Trudeau praises governments work but chiefs and youth at AFN assembly challenge

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau told AFN delegates Tuesday that the Liberals have accomplished a lot in three years, but still have a lot of work to do.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau praised his government’s work on Indigenous issues Tuesday in Ottawa.Speaking to a delegation of First Nations chiefs at the annual Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly, he cited recent announcements to co-develop child welfare legislation with Indigenous groups and to overhaul Canada’s historical land claims process.He also touted government’s progress on lifting drinking water advisories in First Nations communities and its work toward legislation permitting the use of Indigenous languages in Parliament as markers of the Liberals’ progress after three years in power.The prime minister also acknowledged his government has much left to do.“We know we have more work to do for Indigenous children, residential school survivors, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls,” he said, adding “better housing, child welfare systems, clean water and education alone—as big as they are—don’t add up to reconciliation on their own.”The prime minister’s speech came hours after First Nation leaders and youth held a rally on Parliament Hill to demand the Liberals put an end to its current efforts to develop new sweeping policy and legislation on Indigenous rights.Hanna Sewell of Batchewana First Nation said the government “took four months to consult with 633 First Nations, which is impossible.”Sewell said the Liberals’ approach to developing the framework, which involved unilaterally developing 10 principles to follow during its engagement with Indigenous groups, is flawed.“In order for us to move forward and create our own governance and get back to where we were, we need to lead that process. It cannot be Canada telling us what to do once again.Hanna Sewell of Batchewana First Nation said the Liberals could not have had adequate consultations with hundreds of First Nations in just four months. Justin Brake/ATPN.Delaware Nation youth Kamryn White-Eye gave a speech at the rally in which she referred to the framework as “Canada’s decolonization initiative.”She said youth have been left out of a dialogue that ultimately could change their future.“The principles stress the superiority of Canada’s constitutional framework while limiting self-determination for our people. Principle four suggests that Indigenous peoples are foundational to Canada’s constitutional framework and motions toward pushing First Nation rights under the Canadian constitution.”White-Eye’s comment touches on a larger issue that has repeatedly to come to the fore at recent AFN gatherings — Indigenous title.During a question and answer session following the prime minister’s speech some at the assembly challenged Trudeau’s avowed commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.They argued the feds’ refusal to get the free, prior and informed consent of First Nations on the Trans Mountain pipeline represented a stark contrast to the Liberals’ promises.Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson said dealing with elected Indian Act chiefs and councils alone didn’t amount to the consent of the proper title-holders in her territory of Secwepemcul’ecw.“You can’t count a few [impact and benefit agreements] that you’ve done with some of the communities as consent, because it’s the proper title-holders of those nations that hold the title.”She suggested some bands who signed agreements with Kinder Morgan might have been “under duress” when agreeing to a pipeline that many believe poses significant environmental and health risks.“We have to get to a proper process of consent, prime minister,” she said.Trudeau told Wilson she was “minimizing or ascribing reasons for people who take positions that disagree with you.“I think there are lots of reasons and I think we should respect people’s choices to support or not support people’s choices just because they disagree with you,” he said.Coldwater Indian Band Chief Lee Spahan of the Nlaka’pamux Nation also told Trudeau his community still hasn’t been consulted on Trans Mountain, which would run through their aquifer if built.The government’s new consultation process is in its early phases, following August’s federal court ruling that the government had previously not properly consulted with First Nations before the pipeline was approved.Spahan said the situation amounted to “Canada’s unremedied breach of fiduciary duty and the ongoing trespass of the pipeline on my reserve,” adding “the consultation process is flawed.”While some First Nation leaders raised the issue of title at the assembly Tuesday, hereditary chiefs and clan members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in B.C. are already exercising it.With the support of their chiefs the Unist’ot’en have reoccupied part of their territory for the past eight years, in part to say no to multiple proposed pipeline projects that would run through their lands.Last week Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd.—the TransCanada subsidiary building an LNG pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory with the approval of local Indian Act chiefs and councils—applied for an injunction that prohibits the Unist’ot’en from continuing that occupation of their lands.Bruce McIvor, a Metis lawyer based in Vancouver, told APTN News in a recent interview that the situation raised one of the “huge outstanding issues” when in Aboriginal law: “Who gets to speak for the Indigenous people?“We have hundreds of Indian Act bands across the country and a lot of the time those bands may not align with the traditional governance [systems],” McIvor said.AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said in a statement to APTN Monday that on the issue of the Unist’ot’en and Aboriginal title he “strongly support[s] the rights of First Nations, which includes their right to self-determination and decision-making on their lands and traditional territories.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says “free, prior and informed consent has to be our path going forward.” Justin Brake/APTN.“Governments need to respect the duty to consult and accommodate, and we maintain the standard of free, prior and informed consent has to be our path going forward,” he said.There was no mention Tuesday of the looming situation in Wet’suwet’en, if the RCMP decide to physically remove the Unist’ot’en from their lands and make way for the pipeline.But the issue of Aboriginal title underpinned many of the comments and concerns by First Nation delegates at the conference and youth on the Hill Tuesday.“As Indigenous people we are born embedded into the land. The land is sacred to our people and is the location of our spiritual reality,” White-Eye told the 300 or so people gathered at Parliament Hill, on unceded Algonquin territory.“The western people believe the land and resources should be available for development and extraction for the benefit of the human. We all struggle with the consequences of their actions,” she continued.“We need the government to know and understand that we will not give up our lands at any cost.”jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

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Fiat Chrysler first quarter profits drop by nearly half

MILAN — Carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has reported a 47% drop in profits for the first quarter of 2019 due to production shifts.The company said Friday that its profit of 508 million euros ($566.5 million) was down from 951 million euros in the same quarter a year earlier, while net revenue sank 5 per cent to 24.5 billion euros.Fiat Chrysler maintained its guidance for full year earnings, saying it still expects adjusted earnings before interest and taxes above 6.7 billion euros.The carmaker said it shipped 1.037 million vehicles in the first quarter, down 14 per cent from a year earlier, due to the decision not to produce the old Jeep Wrangler alongside the new model, only partially offset by increased sales of the Ram.North America accounted for virtually all profits.The Associated Press read more

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Pengrowth arranges 300million sale of production assets lowers output target

CALGARY — Pengrowth Energy Corp. (TSX:PGF) says it has a new agreement to sell producing assets in the Olds-Garrington area of central Alberta for $300 million cash.The Calgary-based oil and natural gas company says due to the sale, it now expects to produce an average of between 41,500 and 43,500 oil-equivalent barrels per day in 2017, down from the previous estimate of between 43,500 and 45,500 barrels per day.Pengrowth says a previously announced deal to sell an asset package in the Swan Hills area of northern Alberta has been terminated due to the buyer’s inability to arrange financing.The company plans on resuming efforts to find another buyer for the Swan Hills assets as it tries to reduce its debt load from proceeds of its non-core assets.It did not identify the buyers in either of the transactions. read more

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Weekly Summary Corporate dividends name changes new listings

NEW YORK — Changes announced in corporate dividends Aug. 12-Aug. 16.INCREASED DIVIDENDSBadger Meter .17 from .15Cae Inc g .11 from .11Eagle Point Income .1547Group 1 Automotive .28 from .26Haverty Furniture .20 from .18Haverty Furniture .19 from .17Medical Properties Tr .26 from .25Nordson Corp .38 from .39SunTrust Banks .56 from .50TriCo Bancshares .22 from .19Virtus Invest Prtnr .67 from .55SPECIAL DIVIDENDSItau Unibanco Holding ADR .20969Petroleo Brasileiro ADR .10Petroleo Brasileiro ADR A .10Western Alliance Bancorp .25REDUCED DIVIDENDSEntercom Communications .02 from .09INITIAL DIVIDENDSVictory Capital Holdings g .05g- Canadian fundsOTHER CORPORATE NEWS AND LISTINGS:STOCK SPLITS THIS WEEKGenetic Technologies Ltd 1 for 4 reverse splitInternet Gold Golden Line Ltd 1 for 100 reverse splitTrans World Entertainment 1 for 20 reverse splitNEW STOCK LISTINGSNYSEAllstate Corp pfd HHighland Income Fd 5.375pc pfd ANASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSCrossFirst Bancshares Inc (IPO)STOCKS REMOVED FROM TRADINGNYSEAnadarko Petroleum CorpAerohive Networks IncEnei Americas SA rightsNASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSTheStreet IncCORPORATE NAME CHANGESBlack Ridge Acquisition Corp toAllied Esports Entertainment Inc (and warrants)Aquinox Pharmaceuticals Inc toNeoleukin TherapeuticsThe Associated Press read more

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Brazen theft near Courtland

A thief waltzed into a home on Colonel Talbot Road near Courtland last week and made off with a senior’s purse.The victim told police a strange man knocked on her door around noon Thursday and struck up a conversation on health issues and other topics.As the conversation proceeded, the man began to wander through the house and checked out every room. He then left and walked away in an unknown direction.“The elderly homeowner realized this was, in fact, a strange occurrence,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“However, (she) did not contact police until they received a call from a female on Saturday indicating they found a purse belonging to the homeowner. It was determined that the male removed the purse from the home and then stole $200. He then discarded the purse on the side of the roadway.”The suspect is a man between 50 and 60 years of age. He is short in stature and has a distinctive high-pitched voice. He was wearing a baseball cap, blue jeans and a jacket.Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Information can also be shared with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. read more

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INTERVIEW Robert Serry on the Endless Quest for Middle East peace reflections

A motorized unit of “Palmach” on patrol duty in a settlement in the Negev in 1948. In November 1947, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed a plan for the partition of Palestine, providing for the creation of an Arab State and a Jewish State, with Jerusalem to be placed under international status. The plan was not accepted by the Palestinian Arabs and Arab States. On 14 May 1948, the United Kingdom relinquished its mandate over Palestine and the State of Israel was proclaimed. On the following day, the Palestinian Arabs, assisted by Arab States, opened hostilities against Israel. UN Photo/LMThe hostilities that accompanied the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 led to the flight of Arabs to leave their homes in what is now Israel to live in exile. On 29 May 1948, the Security Council, in resolution 50 (1948), called for a cessation of hostilities in Palestine and decided that the truce should be supervised by the UN Mediator, with the assistance of a group of military observers. The first group of military observers, which has become known as the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), arrived in the region in June 1948. UN PhotoCount Folke Bernadotte, United Nations Mediator for Palestine, and his staff, briefing UN military observers prior to their deployment in the Holy Land in 1948. Bernadotte, the first United Nations envoy to die in the cause of peace, was assassinated on 17 September 1948 in Jerusalem. Left to right are: General Frank Stoner, Chief of Communications for the Mediator; Count Bernadotte; Colonel Nils Brunssen, Sweden, Chief Military Observer in Jerusalem, and Dr. Ralph Bunche, Personal Representative of the UN Secretary-General. UN PhotoAfter the withdrawal of the Anglo-French forces from the Sinai peninsula, UN Emergency Force (UNEF) concentrated its efforts on maintaining the ceasefire between the Egyptian and Israeli forces and on arranging for Israeli withdrawal from Egyptian territory. In 1957, in the Sinai Peninsula between 21 January and 3 February 1957, through the good offices of the UNEF, the repatriation of Egyptian war prisoners, captured by Israel, have been returned to their country.Abba S. Eban, Foreign Minister of Israel, addressing the Council in June 1967 on the evening the Security Council unanimously called upon the Governments concerned in the present hostilities in the Middle East, “as a first step to take forthwith all measures for an immediate ceasefire and for a cessation of all military activities an the area.” The draft resolution, was put forward by the President of the Council, Hans R. Tabor of Denmark>Ambassador James Russell Wiggins (left), of the United States, is seen conferring with Mr. Ralph J. Bunche, at the time UN Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs prior to a UN Security Council meeting. Bunche received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his late 1940s mediation in Israel. UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata>Israeli forces handed over to the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) territory as part of the fourth phase of the implementation of the disengagement agreement, thus ending Israel’s occupation of a bridgehead on the west bank of the Suez Canal. The handing over took place in the Deversoir area when Col. S. Gat of the Israeli Forces turned over the area to Col. T. Kuosa, representative of the UNEF Commander at UNEF forward headquarters. Pictured are the last units of the Israeli Forces moving east across the Suez Canal on the causeway they constructed. UN Photo/Yutaka NagataThe Security Council deplored Israel’s continuing deportation of Palestinian civilians. On 30 August 1989 it called on Israel to ensure their safe and immediate return. The Council also reaffirmed that the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilians in time of War was applicable to the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem, and to the other occupied Arab territories. The Council took this action by adopting resolution 641 (1989) by a vote of 14 in favour to none against, with 1 abstention (United States). UN Photo/Milton GrantFormer Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lays a wreath at the grave site of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on 16 August 2013. His office released a statement that included “he (Yitzhak Rabin) died after courageously seizing on the need and the opportunity to embark on serious peace negotiations with the Palestinians, recognizing that, as he said, ‘you don’t make peace with friends; you can only make peace with your enemies,’” the statement continued, further noting that Mr. Rabin was vilified by many for that move, “and then murdered by an opponent of the peace process just when it was at a moment of historic breakthrough.” Rabin was assassinated in 1995. UN Photo/Rick BajornasIn March 2005 Secretary-General Kofi Annan meets with Ariel Sharon, at the time Prime Minister of Israel. They discussed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, including Israel’s disengagement and plans to close 24 settlements. Later that year Annan urged Palestinian factions to stop displaying their arms and called on both parties to take care not to harm civilians. In a statement released by his spokesman, the Secretary-General warned that the flare-up “risks stymieing efforts to seize the momentum generated by Israel’s withdrawal of settlements from Gaza and the northern West Bank.” UN Photo/Milton GrantA Palestinian man salvages items from the rubble of his home destroyed by Israeli strikes on a building in northern Gaza Strip in August 2014. UN Photo/Milton GrantAfter welcoming the adoption of a Security Council resolution which states that the establishment of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, have “no legal validity,” constitute a “flagrant violation” under international law and are a “major obstacle” to a two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace the Secretary-General took the opportunity to encourage Israeli and Palestinian leaders to work with the international community to create a conducive environment for a return to meaningful negotiations,” according to his spokesperson. UN Photo/Milton Grant In his new book, Robert Serry offers an insider’s perspective on conflict management and peace efforts during the three most recent peace initiatives and three wars in Gaza. He shares his reflections on walking the tight rope of diplomacy between Israel and Palestine, his analysis of what has gone wrong and why a “one-state reality” may be around the corner.Mr. Serry was the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process from 2007 to 2015. Speaking to UN News about his book, Mr. Serry, who was also the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, admits that he has been struggling with questions about what his message should be given the length of time he spent with the UN.  “Parties should learn the lessons from what has happened during the past 20 years of field negotiations. If you simply repeat the experiment again, by putting the parties together at one table, and expecting a different result, well, according to Einstein, that is a definition of madness,” he said.What then is the answer for achieving peace? His new book is The Endless Quest for Israeli-Palestinian Peace: A Reflection from No Man’s Land. He discussed it at a recent meet-the-author event at the UN Bookshop in New York.We have seen three peace initiatives. The first one started at Annapolis, and the last one was the one of Secretary John Kerry, and I am afraid, not coincidentally, all peace initiatives were followed by wars in Gaza.The interview has been edited for clarity.UN News: What inspired you to write this book?Robert Serry: I think it was my long stay – I didn’t expect to stay for seven years – and also what I have been experiencing during these long seven years in Jerusalem, working on behalf of Ban Ki-moon, then Secretary-General, in the efforts of the international community to bring peace to Israel and to Palestinians. While I was doing the job, I started to reflect on what was happening, because I feel that I have been there in what could have become a very decisive period in the history of this conflict. After all, we have seen three peace initiatives. The first one started at Annapolis (Maryland, USA, in 2007), and the last one was the one of Secretary [of State] John Kerry. I am afraid, not coincidentally, all peace initiatives were followed by wars in Gaza. The UN was in the midst of it, particularly in Gaza, where we have a major humanitarian responsibility to the people of Gaza, including the majority being refugees in Gaza. So the idea of writing a book grew while I was doing my work. I started to take some notes, and then I got this opportunity after I finally completed my assignment in 2015. I was offered the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Academic Chair’s position in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seaton Hall University, not far from New York. There’s a unique cooperation, by the way, between the UN and this university, because it allows a former envoy like me, to take a step back and reflect on what you have done, what you have experienced. That actually gave me the opportunity and inspiration to do what I have always done in mind during my work there, which is write a book. Writing is a little bit in my blood, I believe, because I have been writing another book about my stay for the Dutch government as the first Dutch Ambassador in Ukraine. UN News: The subtitle – A Reflection From No Man’s Land – how fitting is that, in your view?Robert Serry: You always look for a title that will intrigue people. Why in no man’s land? It becomes clear in the preface of the book; I was working as the UN envoy in no man’s land. In Jerusalem, you have the government house, which was the previous residence of the last British governor. Before the British left, and after the first Arab-Israeli war, that was designated in the first conflict between Israel and the Arab countries as the no man’s land, and the UN bought it at that time already for the first ever UN peacekeeping operation, which is UNTSO (UN Truce Supervision Organization), and of course now after many years of unresolved conflict. But nowadays, the Special Coordinator, as the representative of the Secretary-General, the highest UN official, also resides in that building. It sits on top of a hill, and historically in a holy city. So I felt myself in a no man’s land, between Israel and Palestinians. That is also why I put that in the subtitle of the book. Of course, there is also something else here. So much more land is still not allocated. If we think about the border of Israelis, and what the boarder of the future Palestine are going to be. It’s an illusion to that unfortunate situation. < Previous Next > UN News: How different is the most recent peace initiative from the previous two?Robert Serry: I don’t think we can talk about the new initiative yet. The last one was Secretary Kerry’s Initiative, and I have been writing a chapter about it in the book. There are, of course, ongoing efforts, particularly with French participation at this point, to renew negotiations. I have been trying to take a step back, rather than thinking about a new process and rushing back to negotiations. Somewhere in my book, I am also saying that parties should learn the lessons from what has happened during the past 20 years of field negotiations. If you simply repeat the experiment again, by putting the parties together at one table, and expecting a different result, well, according to Einstein, that is a definition of madness. I feel like, for that reason also, it is important for the international community to look at its own involvement in the conflict, and why is it so that Security Council Resolution 242 (1967) next year will be fifty years old. The Security Council has never been able to update that important resolution.In my book, one of my main conclusions is that we need end-game parameters for the parties and for more effective future negotiations. It’s only one of the conclusions of my book; there are a lot of conclusions to be drawn as well. But from the point of view of the international community, I think that is what has been lacking, and I hope that in the nearest future, there may be something like that. I don’t believe so much in just starting negotiations, under the present circumstances, and then expecting a different result. UN News: The way things have been unfolding, what in your view has gone wrong? Why is the peace process not moving forward?These are things I have just been proposing because of my great concern that the classical two-state solution, based on total separation, is now dead.Robert Serry: Well, you cannot say that one thing has gone wrong. There are a number of factors that I discuss in my book, and in the conclusion, I come to seven main lessons learned. But in terms of the things that have gone wrong and which have deepened the so-called one-state reality that I talk about, that parties were going towards the dangers of a one-state reality… in terms of why is this happening, it’s very clear that on the Israeli side if they continue to build settlements – settlements, then, in a state, in a prospective other country – that will not work. That is an obstacle as the international community has been saying time and again. That’s a very clear reason why this one-state reality will only deepen if that continues.But I should also add on the Palestinian side, that an aggravating factor, which also can deepen the one-state reality is their continued division. I’ve been very much involved in the UN also in trying to help the Palestinians in trying to achieve reconciliation based on the paramount principle of non-violence, a government that actually has authority over both the West Bank and Gaza and make sure that that paramount condition on their side is respected – non-violence as a basic condition for trying again negotiations. I just mentioned some of the reasons. There are other reasons discussed in the book.  UN News: That’s the question one would ask. Maybe a two state solution makes sense, but the reality speaks to something different? I should also add that on the Palestinian side, an aggravating factor – which can also deepen the one-state reality – is their continued division.Robert Serry: Present day realities are clearly heading in a different direction. But I’ve been also thinking about what that direction in the end can bring us. I think it is an unsustainable direction. It is bound to lead to renewed conflict. I repeat myself now: we are doing both Israelis and Palestinians a disservice by starting to discard that option altogether.UN News: Some people think the Kerry initiative was the closest this came to being a success. Wasn’t it?Robert Serry: My chapter in the book is called “The Kerry Initiative: a last rolling of the dice?” So it was a crucial attempt where he also tried to define for the parties the so-called end- game parameters. Today I regret that Kerry wasn’t actually able to bring it to an end. Because that is what the parties need: to at least preserve the prospects for a two-state outcome in the future. I am personally not very optimistic about any negotiations in the future, given the state of affairs among Palestinians and among Israelis. [I am not optimistic] that it will lead to a different result. “We need end-game parameters for the parties,” says former UN envoy Robert Serry. UN News: Based on those factors, would you say that a two-state solution is still feasible given what is happening?Robert Serry: In the book, I also have a chapter called: “If not two-states, what else?” Why am I actually having a chapter like that? I must tell you that I have also been struggling with what my main message should be in the present dire circumstances. Is it still possible to have a two-state solution, or are the many pundits now, growing number of pundits also in literature, declaring the two-state solution an illusion, declaring it dead. What should my position be now, having been involved in such a long time with the United Nations? In the end, I came to the conclusion not to declare the two-state solution dead. Because, dear friends, where then is the other solution? Where is the other horse to jump on? Is that the one-state solution? Is that really possible? A binational, democratic state comprised of Palestinians and Israelis? I think you probably need decades to get there in terms of the amount of distrust that exists now and which is need for such binational solutions. That’s why I think you do the people – both the Israelis and the Palestinians – an even bigger disservice by declaring the two-state solution now dead. But they have to realize it is 5 to midnight, or even too late. I’m also talking about a more inclusive state solution – maybe in the Palestinian state, there remains an Israeli minority. These are things I have just been proposing because of my great concern that the classical two-state solution based on total separation is now dead.UN News: I was going to ask about your suggestion that a one-state reality rather than a two-state solution is around the corner.Robert Serry: Well, it is around the corner, and it’s there. I have been among the first warning the parties that this is what is happening right now. Since I left my office in Jerusalem, it has only deepened. But we have to think about the consequences of what we are saying. Does it mean that we then have to give up a two-state solution, also as an international community?Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second from right) meets with Tzipi Livni (left), Minister of Justice of Israel, in Jerusalem. On Mr. Ban’s left is Robert Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

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Wrestling Ohio State reflects at missed chance at national title while looking

Ohio State redshirt senior Nathan Tomasello grapples with Iowa’s Spencer Lee on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Quickens Loans Arena in Cleveland at the NCAA wrestling championships. Tomasello was pinned by Lee in the third period of the 125-pound semifinals. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Senior Lantern ReporterCLEVELAND — Ohio State came into this season believing it was better than last year, and that this time, it would beat Penn State at the NCAA national championships. It didn’t happen for them.Though the Buckeyes had a shot at victory, several key losses from high performers dropped Ohio State below the Nittany Lions in the team standings for a second consecutive second-place finish. The end of the season now presents an opportunity to digest the team’s season as a whole.Losing by seven points at the 2018 NCAA wrestling championship to Penn State, the Buckeyes finds themselves in the same position it did at the end of last year: Big Ten champions and NCAA runner-ups.Considering the lofty expectations the team entered the campaign with and the major losses the team will have to deal with, this is a disappointing end to the Buckeyes’ year despite how good Penn State is and how well Ohio State did compared to every other school at the tournament.“We can look at a lot of matches that happened this weekend. The Ke-Shawn Hayes quarterfinal was huge,” head coach Tom Ryan said. “If Ke-Shawn Hayes gets that reversal … We can look back at points everywhere. The bottom line is it wasn’t enough.”The Buckeyes went 14-1 during dual-meet season, with their only loss coming at Penn State on Feb. 3. Ohio State would have won that meet if top ranked Kollin Moore hadn’t fallen to Anthony Cassar 6-3.In the dual meet between the top two schools in the country, one unlikely result changed the complexion of what the narrative would have been about this Ohio State wrestling team. “We have to assess the things we did well as a staff, and didn’t do well as a staff. Kollin Moore wasn’t ready,” Ryan said.The hype was built up after Ohio State dominated the Big Ten championships March 4-5, where it won for the second straight year. The Buckeyes had seven wrestlers in the Big Ten finals, with four taking home Big Ten titles.A third Kyle Snyder national championship served as one of the lone redeeming takeaways from the national tournament for the Buckeyes, given he was the lone national champion for the Buckeyes this season. Afterwards, he felt for Myles Martin.“When the match stops like that and you feel like you had some momentum going, that really stinks,” Snyder said. “And I love Myles. So I know he’s probably sad, but he’s a really tough kid and a really good kid.”Ohio State set a school record with eight All-Americans in 2018, two more than the previous record set last season. But struggles similar to both of No. 1 seed Kollin Moore’s losses to Kent State’s unranked Kyle Conel contributed to the runner-up finish.Even smaller decisions, such as Micah Jordan’s loss in the fifth-place bout at 157 pounds, slowly chipped away points for Ohio State. Since the strength of the team is its depth throughout all 10 weight classes, it is hard to overcome four national championships posted by the only other competitive team in the team score when the depth doesn’t shine bright.For Snyder, the 2018 national championship win will be his last in scarlet and gray. The Buckeyes next season will have to find a way to replace him in their lineup. Snyder, on the other hand, will continue alone as an individual wrestler competing internationally as a professional.In humble Snyder fashion, spending all the hours with his teammates is what Snyder will remember the most.“We have a banquet every year at Ohio State and the seniors all get up there and speak, and I’ve wrote down some of my speech,” Snyder said. “And everytime I look back on my time at Ohio State it has nothing to do with what I’ve accomplished. It’s more so just the individual moments with my teammates and being in the practice room.”The team is saying goodbye to two other legendary seniors: Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan. Ryan knows where his program is going to be in the future because of the foundation built by the guys that are leaving, or have already gone.“We have five guys here in the top six that are returning,” Ryan said. “So, there’s a strong nucleus of guys back.”The Ohio State wrestling team had an incredibly successful season by the standards of most programs. But for one that went into the season knowing it had what it took to win a national championship, it didn’t achieve its main goal when the pressure was on the line. read more

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Great Ormond Street Hospital worker sparks anger after saying she hopes Brexiteers

first_imgA spokesman for the hospital (pictured) emphasised that Ms Gorb’s comments were “not a Great Ormond Street Hospital stance”Credit:John Stillwell I want people who are leaving to one day unfortunately have a child who needs that treatment but it is not thereNicola Gorb A Great Ormond Street Hospital worker has said she hopes Brexiteers’ children fall ill so they can experience how leaving the European Union will hurt the NHS. Nicola Gorb, a 47-year-old language and speech therapist, faces calls to be sacked after her comments were aired on an episode of BBC One’s Question Time on Thursday night.  Ms Gorb apologised for the comments on Friday, telling The Huffington Post she was “deeply sorry” if what she said had been “misconstrued or misinterpreted”.”It is not what I meant to say, I care deeply about the care of children and that is what I wanted to get across,” she said. She added later: “I didn’t mean to say it and I would never wish this on children or their parents.” The Daily Telegraph has contacted Ms Gorb for comment.  A spokesman for the hospital emphasised that Ms Gorb's comments were "not a Great Ormond Street Hospital stance" 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. Hope a P45 is on its way to #nicolagorb. What sort of person makes a statement like that to make a point?— Fromthekitchentable (@ShinyHappyVicky) November 4, 2016 A spokesman for the hospital emphasised that Ms Gorb’s comments were “not a Great Ormond Street Hospital stance”.“We want to reassure all families that we will do our very best to find and offer new cures and treatments to all children that need them – whatever political circumstances the country find itself in,” she added. “We cannot comment on questions around personal conduct of individual members of staff.” The mother-of-one, who admitted she was “very much a Remainer” during the programme, said she believes Brexit will have a detrimental effect on medical research and funding.She went on to say: “I want people who are leaving to one day unfortunately have a child who needs that treatment but it is not there because collaboration has not been there.”She allegedly wrote on social media afterwards that she had had a “good rant”. Some Twitter users criticised the NHS worker. One wrote: “What a stupid way to make a point”. Another added: “Hope a P45 is on its way to #nicolagorb. What sort of person makes a statement like that to make a point?”last_img read more

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Sandvik Rammer hydraulic hammers set for cloudbased monitoring revamp

first_imgSandvik’s Rammer division, having celebrated a 40-year anniversary this year, has updated and upgraded its Excellence Line of hydraulic hammers.In addition to a new and improved focus on safety, one of the major features of the Rammer Excellence Line is a purpose-developed RD3 remote monitoring device – the first of its kind on hammers, according to Sandvik.“RD3 uses the MyFleet Telematics service to track and monitor fleet equipment usage without needing to go to the site to collect the data – ideal for dealers, rental companies and operators. This cloud-based system enables the hammers to be viewed and monitored via Google maps,” Sandvik says.The main benefits of the system are it enables fleet owners/managers to know exactly where their equipment is, and how it is being used, Sandvik says. “This supports better business decision-making – providing improved security and optimised fleet location, whilst enabling enhanced application knowledge and operator education (all accomplished via GPS data) – and contributing to the overall profitability of the business.”As well as RD3, Rammer has looked to lower tool bushing rotating and replacement in the field with the latest updates. This has been supported by the use of two tool retaining pins that increase the lifetime of the tool, retaining pins and tool bushings.An IBP on/off selector is fitted to the valve body, enabling easy field adjustments (2577E and up). Separate greasing channels from the valve body to the upper and lower tool bushing further increases the lifetime of the tool and tool bushings, the company says.Sandvik concludes: “Rammer’s Excellence Line continues the company’s 40-year tradition of delivering innovative hammers designed to improve profitability, safety and performance. With its new, customer-focused features, the line perfectly represents Rammer’s continued focus on helping businesses to enhance their performance.”last_img read more

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Turkish ship in Aegean fuels concern about region

first_imgDefence Minister Nikos Dendias appeared to play down the presence of a Turkish Navy corvette in Greek waters, referring to “predictable” tactics by Ankara, but the latest in a series of transgressions fueled concern in the ranks of the government, with Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos condemning the “blatant violation of international law” by Turkey off the coast of Cyprus.The Turkish corvette, TCG Buyukada, entered Greek waters between Evia and Andros at 12 pm on Tuesday (AEST) and continued southward between Kea and Kythnos, and passed Serifos and Milos before being spotted close to Santorini.Addressing a press conference, Dendias noted that the development, though not welcome, was not a shock as Turkish authorities are accustomed to taking such actions when a new defence minister is appointed in Greece. He said a Greek frigate was monitoring the Turkish vessel. “No one is entitled to sail around the Aegean without us knowing where exactly they are and what exactly they are doing,” he said.Later in the day, Venizelos slammed Turkey for maintaining a seismic survey vessel off the southern coast of Cyprus, in the latter’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Referring to Turkey’s “recent provocations in Cyprus’s EEZ,” Venizelos accused Ankara of “creating a crisis in an already unstable region.” He was speaking in the Greek Parliament, which was hosting a meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Special Group for the Mediterranean and the Middle East and the Sub-Committee on Partnerships. During the session, a member of Turkey’s ruling AK party, Osman Askin Bak, defended Turkey’s right to conduct searches in Cyprus’s EEZ, but also claimed that there was “no border issue between Turkey and Greece” and that “the whole of the continental shelf is accessible.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Legends of Tomorrow Adds a Muslim Superhero Arrowverse Villains and more

first_imgWhile DC is only now getting its cinematic universe off the ground, they’ve had one of the best-connected universes on TV for years. The Arrowverse now includes Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. This year, The CW will add Black Lightning to its roster of DC superhero shows, but it won’t be connected to the other four (for now). By far, the series that takes the most advantage of its connected universe is Legends of Tomorrow. It makes sense, given that the show started by teaming up a misfit group of minor heroes and villains from the Arrow and The Flash. Now, they can bring in pretty much any DC hero or villain they want. This year, a new hero is joining the team, and the showrunners aren’t hiding the political motivations behind her addition.This week, during the Television Critics Association Press Tour, executive producer Marc Guggenheim discussed the team’s newest hero: a hacker from the future named Zari Adrianna. Played by Tala Ashe, Zari will be the Arrowverse’s first Muslim superhero. Guggenheim says the character’s religion was in part a reaction to the current political climate, Variety reports.“You might have heard there was this election. Not to get political, but something that we all gravitated toward in the writer’s room was making this character Muslim,” Guggenheim said. He also shared a personal story about his sister-in-law who told him about the difficulty of being a Muslim in America right now. “Having a character who’s a computer hacker and is from the future but also happens to be Muslim, it’s a nice, important aspect of her character,” he said.Ashe also spoke about the importance of representation in popular culture. “Representation is a really powerful thing. When I was growing up watching television, I didn’t see anyone who looked like me,” she said. When I think of the kid version of myself, I think it broadens your perspective. What I think is so lovely about this show is that the Legends are this tapestry that represents America today.”Guggenheim also said that it was important for the writers to add another woman to the team, regardless of her religion. You can definitely see his point there. Last season, there were only two women on the Waverider, Canary, and Vixen. Though Canary became the captain, it was still an overwhelmingly dude-heavy show. It’ll be cool to see what they end up doing with the new character. Having someone with a different perspective on history should allow them to tell more interesting time travel stories. If nothing else, a futuristic hacker character certainly lends itself to the kind of pulpy, dumb fun we expect from Legends of Tomorrow.Gorilla Grodd in The Flash. (Via CW)Of course, a new team member isn’t the only thing being added to the show this season. We’re also getting another team of villains. Having the Legends fight a trio hilariously called “The Legion of Doom” was one of the elements that made the second season a clear improvement on the first. Instead of a lackluster villain from one episode each of Arrow and The Flash, the second season pitted them against a team of big bads from past seasons of both shows. It worked out so well that they’re doing it again this year, Bleeding Cool reports.Guggenheim said to expect a spookier, more supernatural cabal of supervillains this year. Though they’ll be led by a face familiar to the show. “Damian Darhk is going to be the leader of this group in the way Thawne was sort of the boss last year for the Legion of Doom,” he said. Yes, Damien Darhk died at the end of Arrow season four, but these are shows based on comics. Nobody has to stay dead for long.Oh, and while Wentworth Miller’s Captain Cold has already been confirmed to return for season three, Guggenheim revealed that another beloved villain is making the jump from The Flash to Legends of Tomorrow. Our favorite hyper-intelligent psychic primate, Gorilla Grodd will return to our screens this season. Guggenheim promises he’ll be more powerful than ever.“It will be a version of him that we have not met yet on any of the shows. It will be the most evolved and powerful form of Grodd. We’re actually breaking the episode now,” Guggenheim said. Whatever causes him to enter the world of Legends of Tomorrow, it sounds like a slightly more complicated Grodd story than we’ve seen from The Flash in the past. One of the Legends, Guggenheim said, will be on Grodd’s side of the fight. No matter what the story ends up being, I’m just grateful to have more Grodd to look forward to.Photo: Screenshot via CWAnd we can’t talk about the new season of Arrowverse shows without mentioning the crossover. Last year’s “Invasion” four-night event was a gigantic hit for The CW. This year, they’re hoping to do it again. This year, instead of four shows spread across four nights, they’re only going to be spread across two, SlashFilm reports. Supergirl will kick off the crossover on Monday, November 27 at 8 p.m. For that week only, Arrow will move from its normal Thursday night to Monday at 9 p.m. for part two. The crossover will then continue on Tuesday with The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow at their regular times.Details about the plot are still being kept secret. All CW Mark Pedowitz would say was “romance is in the air.” If you’ve been keeping up with Supergirl, you’ll know that she developed a romantic relationship with Mon-El from the planet Daxam last season. You’ll also know that it didn’t turn out very well, ending with her exiling him from Earth via a lead bomb. Given that the crossover starts with Supergirl, I’m guessing the plot has something to do with Kara trying to get over Mon-El, and some evil entity taking advantage of that. Hey, since Supergirl takes place on a different Earth than the other Arrowverse shows, maybe we’ll even get some cross-multiverse romance going on. For now, that’s all speculation. We’ll see what the plot turns out to be on November 27.Finally, it’s not all good news for DC shows on The CW. Wonder Woman may have been DC’s first unqualified big screen hit, but its success means we’re missing out on a planned prequel. At the TCA event, the CW confirmed that the planned Amazon prequel series (which would have followed Diana’s childhood and/or adolescence) is no more. Now that Wonder Woman is DC’s most popular property, they aren’t taking any chances with the character. The information comes from a tweet from Buzzfeed’s Jarett Wieselman. No plans to redevelop #Amazon — The CW’s once planned #WonderWoman prequel — now that the films are so successful #TCA17 pic.twitter.com/8TSWcfIWyv— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) August 2, 2017While it’d be interesting to see what The CW would have done with a younger version of the character, it’s understandable that Warner Bros. wouldn’t want any other studio using her. Gal Gadot’s portrayal has come to mean a lot to superhero fans everywhere, and they don’t want to dilute that. Besides, with iZombie still going strong and Black Lightning premiering next year, The CW probably has enough DC heroes as it is.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Wakf activists to file writ plea in High Court over inaction

first_imgKarwan: The Wakf activists who have been protesting against the on-going ‘illegal constructions’ at Toli Masjid decided to file a writ petition against the encroachers. Meanwhile, the Archaeology Department, which had already asked the local SHO to file an FIR against the encroachers at the historic mosque about five days ago, is pondering over ways to initiate action against the official for not following the directions. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us According to sources, the State Archeology Department had officially asked the local SHO on June 21 to register an FIR against the land grabbers within the compound of the Quli Qutub Shah period mosque on the Karwan Road. But, instead of filing an FIR against the culprits, the local police station booked cases against the protesting activists. On Monday, when the official from the department questioned the negligence on the part of the official, he failed to oblige and the higher officials of the department took up the matter with the senior police officials. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Meanwhile, the protesting activists who knocked on the doors of State Archaeology Department have now decided to file a writ petition against the inaction of the cop in question. “The president of the mosque committee, whose term was over in the previous year, is minting money by selling away the land and undermining the court orders. While on the other hand, false cases are being lodged against those who are protesting over the developments,” said Osman Bin Mohammed Al-Hajri, the Congress leader and president of Deccan Wakf Properties Protection Society. Advertise With Us Dharna at Haj House While holding a protest near Haj House, former opposition leader in Council and Congress senior leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir alleged that the TRS Government has failed to protect Wakf properties in Telangana State. After submitting a memorandum to TS Wakf Board Chairman Mohammed Saleem, Shabbir Ali said the chairman had given an assurance that since the term of present managing committee ended in December 2018, Toli Masjid and its 27 acres of property would be taken under the direct management of Wakf Board. The chairman also assured to demolish all illegal structures and restore the encroached land. Shabbir Ali was accompanied by former MP and CPI leaders Aziz Pasha, Md Ghouse, Osman Al-Hajri and others.last_img read more

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Hyderabad Cricket Association Annual General Body Meeting held

first_imgUppal: Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) was held in Uppal Stadium on Sunday. A total of 211 club members attended the meeting. Justice MN Rao was elected ombudsman and VS Sampath was elected Returning Officer. G Vivek Venkata Swamy was elected HCA representative. HCA election is likely to be held in September. CK Naidu Sports Club Committee extended support to former cricketer Ambati Rayudu. They said he retired as he was disappointed for not being taken into the World Cup team.last_img

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Sexual harassment at workplace Bengaluru firm terminates employee for filing complaint

first_img(Representational Image)Creative CommonsIn a shocking incident, a 24-year-old woman working as a housekeeper at a firm in Bengaluru was dismissed after she complained about sexual harassment. She had been working with a pharmaceutical company at Palace Road under a contract basis for the past eight months.She alleged that she was being sexually harassed by her supervisor Sudarshan under the pretence of overseeing the work.Unable to bear the harassment, she reported the supervisor’s misbehaviour with the company’s in-charge on March 20. She was assured that adequate action will be taken against Sudarshan. But the whole plot changed a few days after her complaint as she was terminated from her job with no specific reason.After she was fired from the firm, she took the matter to the police and filed a complaint against Sudharshan seeking legal action. In her complaint, the victim said that she had first reported the harassment with the company’s in-charge, Praveen, who had assured her of strict action against Sudarshan but asked her not to discuss the incident with anyone.She has filed an FIR withHigh Grounds police station. According to reports, Sudarshan has been booked for sexual harassment.last_img read more

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