Pandya brothers’ banter after Mumbai Indians reach IPL 2017 final

first_imgWinning is an addiction and the Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal – have made it a habit to contribute in every Mumbai Indians’ win, especially this season.As two-time champions Mumbai Indians breezed past Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 on Friday to storm into the final of the Indian Premier League 2017, the Pandyas once again proved their worth with another stellar all-round performance.While Hardik was electric on the field and bowled a terrific over as Mumbai restricted the KKR to a paltry 107, Krunal top-scored with an unbeaten 45 off 30 balls to carry Mumbai to 111/4 with more than five overs to spare.Mumbai Indians, who won the title in 2013 and 2015, will now meet Rising Pune Supergiant in the final in Hyderabad on Sunday.Sunday night will be a special occasion for the Pandya household. Last year, Krunal and Hardik had become the first pair of brothers to represent the same team in the IPL. On Sunday, they are set to become the first pair of brothers to represent the same team in an IPL final.At the end of the match at M Chinnaswamy, the Pandyas, who have become a household name thanks to their exceptional show in the IPL, were involved in some brotherly banter.”Generally, I have the most number of not outs here. I got nine or something. So, how does it feels when you finish the game and remain not out?,” Hardik asked Krunal in an interview for iplt20.com.And pat came Krunal’s reply: “Just for your kind information, I have also finished three to four games. So you are not the only one (who can finish games).”advertisementKrunal also praised the bowlers who were instrumental in Mumbai’s win.Leg-spinner Karn Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah destroyed KKR by sharing seven wickets between them to power Mumbai’s 6-wicket win. Karn grabbed 4/16 off his deceptive leg-spin bowling while Bumrah took 3/7 as Knight Riders were bowled out for 107 in 18.5 overs.”All the credit goes to the bowlers. They bowled really well to restrict KKR to 107 runs which was amazing and then when I went to bat, we needed run-a-ball but the wicket was on the tougher side. So I just made sure that I just keep the score ticking and play till the end,” Krunal said.”The way we started, the way we executed our plans, it was simply amazing. You also bowled an amazing over. It was a good team effort. All the bowlers bowled really well. Karn, Bumrah, everyone chipped in. In batting also, it was just to be there and play out the whole overs and we chased it,” he added.Both Hardik and Krunal also shared their excitement and joy after reaching the IPL 2017 final.Hardik said Mumbai deserved to be in the final. “The brand of cricket we have played, we deserved to be in the final.”Meanwhile, Krunal just hoped to execute the plans for one last time.”Great feeling to be in the final. For us, you know that it was our dream to play at good level and it is such an honour for us to play for Mumbai Indians. We just want to execute our plans in the final,” he said.last_img read more

Goals and thoughts from Liga MX’s final weekend

first_imgLiga MX Monterrey seals top spot, Club America lacking: Five Things from Liga MX’s final weekend Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 02:39 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Monterrey Julio Cesar Aguilar Liga MX Monterrey Puebla v Lobos BUAP Atlas v Pachuca Querétaro v Pumas Cruz Azul v Veracruz Monterrey v Tigres UANL León v Guadalajara Necaxa v Morelia Toluca v Tijuana Santos Laguna v América Lobos BUAP León Guadalajara Cruz Azul Puebla Pachuca Veracruz Tijuana Morelia Necaxa Querétaro Atlas Pumas Tigres UANL Toluca América Santos Laguna Rayados ended their slump to secure the superlider spot, while America finished third but failed to impress. Goal reviews Jornada 17 Everything is ready for the “big party” as many in Mexico call the Liguilla. We know the invitees, with Cruz Azul and Atlas booking their place on the final weekend, and we also know who is best dressed as it were. Monterrey took bragging rights and the top seed out of its 2-0 win over Tigres in the Clasico Regio.It’s shaping up to be another fascinating postseason, but first let’s look at five things from the final weekend of the Apertura regular season:Monterrey bounces back to earn No. 1 seedLucas Zelarayan Tigres Jonathan Gonzalez MonterreyAfter two defeats heading into the Clasico Regio, you could forgive Monterrey fans for being a bit antsy about how La Pandilla would perform against Tigres. Instead of struggling, though, it was a return to form for Antonio Mohamed’s men, who delivered a classic Monterrey performance in a 2-0 victory over their crosstown rival.  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 As expected, Tigres controlled nearly two-thirds of possession but it was Rayados who created the best scoring chances – and converted.#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Avilés Hurtado@Rayados 2-0 @TigresOficial #J17AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/jNtmUsmgZM— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 19, 2017″We were first the whole season. Really, this game had a bit of excitement because of the the topic of who would get first place, but we’ve been in this spot the whole season and today we defended it on the field,” Mohamed said after the match. “I think for a large part of the game we were the much better team on the field.”Monterrey has been the best team in the league this season and closes out the regular season with the most goals scored and the fewest allowed. You don’t need to have a long memory, though, to remember back to last spring when Rayados had dominated the regular season but fell short of the title with a loss to Pachuca in the final.This year, the stakes would be even higher if seeding holds as it would mean two more Clasicos with No. 2 seed Tigres. That may produce bad flashbacks from this year’s playoffs when Tigres dominated the first leg and handed Monterrey a rare home defeat to move on easily, but this Rayados team is much better built. That matchup may be the neutral’s preferred final both because of the stories it would produce and the contrast of football we’ve seen from the teams this season and on Saturday.Cruz Azul does its job to snap skidCruz AzulLast week, we talked about how everything was setting up for a classic Cruz Azul collapse. The team hadn’t become the butt of memes and jokes for nothing, and with its playoff fate hanging in the balance, there was every chance La Maquina would blow it.Instead, they got the job done by topping Veracruz 1-0 at home, moving into the playoffs after Atlas’ draw against Pachuca and Morelia’s 2-1 victory over Necaxa. It snaps a long drought for the ‘grande’, which missed the Liguilla in six consecutive tournaments.#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Felipe Mora@Cruz_Azul_FC 1-0 @ClubTiburones #J17AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/yAEsRcMc7A— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 19, 2017Now the challenge for manager Paco Jemez is to get his team out of the quarterfinals for the first time since the 2013 Clausura. The football the team has played this season rarely has impressed, but Jemez’s side has been able to grind out results. Against an America that enters the Liguilla looking vulnerable (see point four), could Cruz Azul pull off a shock in the Clasico Joven?”We’re really happy. The guys deserve a game like today and deserve the win. To qualify after six tournaments without doing it is the product of hard work. I’m really proud and satisfied,” Jemez said. “We don’t want to get into the Liguilla and, as they say in Spain, ‘cagarla,'” he continued, using a term meaning to ‘screw up’ or ‘crap the bed’. “We must go out and die bravely.”Concerning close for LeonJose Juan Vazquez Chivas Mauro Boselli LeonA few weeks ago, Leon was the hottest team in the league. After topping Tigres 1-0, the team had won six consecutive matches since the arrival of new coach Gustavo Diaz and was a lock for the Liguilla. La Fiera were able to make the playoffs as the seven seed, but the last two weeks are cause for concern for fans in Guanajuato.Leon’s 2-0 loss to Chivas this weekend follows a lackluster 2-1 loss to Tijuana. Neither of those teams are in the playoffs nor are they the quality of team Diaz’s squad will face when they meet Tigres in the quarterfinals. #NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Isaac Brizuela@clubleonfc 0-2 @Chivas #J17AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/KPQC3kc3Mc— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 19, 2017Diaz doesn’t seem to be stressing about his team’s form. “We know today wasn’t a good game, but the first goal has been accomplished. What’s important now is the Liguilla, and we should be happy with that,” he said after the loss to Chivas.”We’re calm. We have talented players who know how to play in Liguillas. The first goal was to qualify. After that, the team that is coming is going to come.”But the team coming is Tigres. Diaz was able to get a victory over Tuca Ferretti’s side during the regular season. To knock off the second seed, Leon’s midfield will have to take control of the series like it did in that game in October and not perform like the contests against Tijuana and Chivas – both of which were controlled by Leon’s opponent.America lack something despite securing No. 3 seedGuido Rodriguez Club America Osvaldo Martinez Santos LagunaAmerica found the goal it needed against Santos Laguna, with Guido Rodriguez’s rocket solidifying a 1-0 victory Sunday over Santoa Laguna. The three points allowed Las Aguilas to jump into the third spot, giving them a more manageable playoff matchup and home-field advantage in at least the quarterfinals.#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽LAAAAAZO de Guido Rodríguez@ClubSantos 0-1 @ClubAmerica #J17AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/ahB4V6nC53— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 20, 2017While there’s celebration of the result and also of the fact that America is facing what’s seen as an inferior Cruz Azul team, those celebrations could be short-lived. It’s been an up-and-down season for America and it was closed out in the down position. The attack that was finding the back of the net without issue for most of the year suddenly is sputtering. You have to go back eight games in all competitions to find the last time Miguel Herrera’s men scored multiple goals in a match.It’s a high bar at America. It always is, but Herrera’s return and strong form during the middle of the campaign set off a wave of hope in the capital that still remains even with the team slipping. The coach knows the situation well and has done nothing to dampen expectations.”We’re still missing something. We know that we’re lacking but what I like is that we’re demanding,” Herrera said after the Santos match. “I’ve never heard a coach say that you fail if you’re not a champion. Here, it’s not like that. With me the team has to get used to the idea that if you don’t get to the final and you don’t win it, it’s a failure. We demand more of ourselves, what the team deserves to be: a great team with high demands.”There’s a wide gap between understanding the expectations and fulfilling them. America must improve up top and at the back if Herrera’s goals will be met in his first tournament back in ‘the nest.’Battle of quiet threats setCarlos Esquivel Toluca Gilbran Lajud TijuanaEvery tournament the Liguilla produces some excellent quarterfinal matchup that ends up taking attention away from a very good series with dangerous teams. This year, that series is the No. 4 vs. No. 5 matchup that pits Morelia against Toluca.Morelia has relied on its defense for most of the campaign but even without suspended Diego Valdes was able to put two past Necaxa’s usually staunch unit Saturday in a 2-1 victory to clinch home-field advantage in this series. Monarcas would’ve been as high as third had it not been for America’s late goal – marked improvement for a team that last season needed a dramatic late goal not only to clinch postseason play but to stay in the first division at all.Monarcas manager Roberto Hernandez has been somewhat harsh on his side this season, which outperformed nearly everyone’s expectations but his own, but he did heap credit on his players after the weekend.”You’re not anything without the players, and that’s why I never get tired of thanking them and admiring what they do,” he said. “We’ve got to keep working to achieve all the dreams we have.” #NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Raul Ruidíaz@ClubNecaxa 0-2 @FuerzaMonarca #J17AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/j9Zsjb6WvX— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 19, 2017The path goes through a tough Toluca side that flexed its attacking might in a 3-1 victory over Tijuana to close out the season. It’s been a while since manager Hernan Cristante’s team was able to impose itself on an opponent like Tijuana, and while the Argentine coach was pleased at Sunday’s display he also knows the challenge against Monarcas will be much larger.”The group, the players, the team has done really well. They’ve closed out the regular season in a great way,” the Argentine said. “We’re calm. Now a tournament is coming that is played with more intensity. They’re distinct matches and you have to face them maybe in a more intense way, maybe smarter.”Whichever team is able to outwit the other and move into the semifinals will be a title contender, even if they’re not likely to get as much hype as some of the other sides involved.Goal of the Week#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de José Madueña@atlasfc 1-0 @Tuzos #J17AP2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/Dq47XWyUmI— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) November 18, 2017We don’t have enough headers as Goal of the Week, nor do we have enough that recognize a good run. Atlas midfielder Jesus Maduena both runs and heads beautifully in this week’s goal, spotting a channel right down the center and looping his header over “Conejo” Perez to help Atlas into the playoffs.last_img read more

‘I’m happy to play in a parking lot in Queens’: Maria Sharapova fires back

first_imgUS sports Support The Guardian Maria Sharapova The Observer Read more Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp news Maria Sharapova has responded to Caroline Wozniacki over her criticism of the US Open’s scheduling. Wozniacki, who has been one of Sharapova’s most outspoken critics since her return from a 15-month doping ban, said it did not set a good example to give the Russian prime-time billing for every match. US Open tenniscenter_img Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Caroline Wozniacki criticises scheduling of Maria Sharapova at US Open Tennis Share on Facebook Sharapova played her third contest in a row on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday night and defeated the American teenager Sofia Kenin 7-5, 6-2 to reach the fourth round.Asked about the comments from Wozniacki, who was beaten in round two by Ekaterina Makarova, Sharapova said: “I don’t make the schedule.“I’m a pretty big competitor. If you put me out in the parking lot of Queens in New York City, I’m happy to play there. That’s not what matters to me,” she added. “All that matters to me is I’m in the fourth round. I’m not sure where she is.”After three-set struggles against Simona Halep and Timea Babos, Friday’s match was slightly more comfortable for Sharapova, although she endured a 66-minute first set against her 18-year-old opponent.Both players, who trod the same path from Russia to Florida, entered the tournament through wild cards. Kenin had never won a grand slam match before this event and, unless she turns professional immediately, will have to forfeit her $144,000 (£110,000) in prize money.Kenin was outmatched physically but fought doggedly to stay with Sharapova and a slew of unforced errors from the Russian saw her pegged back from 4-1 to 4-4.As she had against Babos, Sharapova struggled to produce the free-swinging tennis that stunned Halep, but she played two fine points to clinch the opening set.There was a blip in the second set when Sharapova double-faulted to go from 3-0 to 3-2 but she then reeled off another three games to book her spot in the last 16.The five-time grand slam champion next plays Anastasija Sevastova, the 16th seed, and she knows she will need to improve if she is to go much further. She said: “There were just too many errors in the beginning of that match. Coming into this match playing two three-setters, I’m just happy I got it done in two. Give my body a little bit of a break, I guess.“I just felt like I wasn’t hitting the ball that well in the beginning, but I got better as the match went on.” Share on Messenger US Open Tennis 2017 Since you’re here… Caroline Wozniacki Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Navios Holdings to Sell USD 300 Mn of Senior Notes

first_imgzoom Greek shipping firm Navios Maritime Holdings is looking to raise up to USD 300 million through a private offering of senior secured notes due 2022.The company, together with Navios Maritime Finance II (US) Inc., its finance subsidiary, intends to offer and sell the notes in the United States “only to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers.”The notes will be secured by a first priority lien on the capital stock owned by certain of the subsidiary guarantors of Navios Holdings in each of Navios Maritime Partners, L.P., Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, Navios South American Logistics Inc. and Navios Maritime Containers Inc.Additionally, the company informed that the notes would be guaranteed by all of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, except for certain subsidiaries designated as unrestricted subsidiaries, including Navios South American Logistics Inc.Net proceeds from the offering would be used to complete a cash tender offer for any and all of its outstanding 8⅛% Senior Notes due 2019 and to redeem any and all such notes that are not purchased in the tender offer after all conditions to the tender offer are satisfied or waived, including the payment of related fees and expenses and any redemption premium, with any remaining proceeds to be used for general corporate purposes.In a separate announcement Navios Maritime Holdings said that its net loss for the three-month period ended September 30 widened to USD 28.3 million, compared with a net loss of USD 27.5 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier.The average time charter equivalent rate (TCE) rate for the three month period ended September 30, 2017 was USD 9,481 per day, 5.2% per day higher than the rate achieved in the same period in 2016, mainly due to the improved freight market.The company’s revenue for the quarter increased to USD 120.5 million from USD 113 million seen in the corresponding quarter of 2016. Revenue from dry bulk vessel operations was USD 61 million as compared to USD 49.7 million for the same period in 2016. The increase in dry bulk revenue was mainly driven by the increase in TCE per day and an increase in available days of long-term charter-in fleet.last_img read more

School Board Audit Committees Now Mandatory

first_imgNova Scotia’s school boards are now required by law to establishaudit committees. The requirement was introduced in the 2002Financial Measures Act to strengthen accountability fortaxpayers’ money that is spent on student education. The changein regulation was passed today, Nov. 21, to make it law. The new regulation means that all boards will have a committee tofocus specifically on the board’s audit responsibilities. Thecommittee members will have full access to all school boardrecords including reports, documents, books and accounts. Theywill also have the opportunity to speak directly with third partyreviewers like the board’s auditors to ensure they are well-informed and can effectively monitor the board’s internalcontrols. The new regulation also recognizes that board members might notalways have expertise in financial management. It gives the boardthe option of including one member on the committee who is not aboard member to supplement that financial expertise. “These new audit committees will provide another check to ensurethat money that’s meant for the classroom is spent in theclassroom,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “School boardmembers will be in a better position to take immediate action atthe earliest sign of financial trouble.” Some school boards have already started to create auditcommittees in anticipation of the new regulation. They will nowhave the terms of reference needed to ensure consistencyprovincewide. “We have had a positive experience in the Strait with the newaudit committee,” said Ken Meech, CEO, Strait Regional SchoolBoard. “It’s a good and welcome addition to our school board.” Staff from the Department of Education consulted chief financialofficers from all the school boards on the new audit committeeregulation.last_img read more

Chinese media accuses HK metro of aiding protesters

first_imgBeijing: China’s state-run media have launched a co-ordinated attack on the company that runs Hong Kong’s train network for its perceived support of pro-democracy protesters, echoing a campaign against Cathay Pacific. As hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in the financial hub approach their third month of rallying around democratic reforms, Beijing has upped its rhetoric against the movement — and any organisation appearing to support it. On Thursday, Chinese state-backed outlets accused Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) company of abetting protesters by offering them a free and “exclusive” train to escape police, after a sit-in to mark a mob attack by suspected triad gang members one month earlier. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”MTR operates exclusive train for violent protesters in Hong Kong, and free of charge,” tweeted Chinese official news agency Xinhua in English. Instead of cooperating with the police, the Hong Kong railway system helped protesters “escape”, wrote the nationalist Global Times in a Chinese-language op-ed. The MTR “is telling Hong Kong society that radical demonstrators who have committed violent acts not only can avoid arrest by police but are ultimately able to enjoy free, special treatment,” the paper added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBut the MTR Corporation — which the Hong Kong government remains a majority stakeholder in — said in a Thursday statement that the trains were meant to help stranded passengers. To ensure the safety of travellers and staff, the MTR company said it had arranged for trains with passengers on board to avoid stopping at stations where there were “police actions to disperse the crowds.” Empty trains, however, were also dispatched to pick up individuals who “might wish to leave stations as soon as possible,” read the statement, which also condemned the vandalism of metro stops by some demonstrators. The city’s MTR Corporation is the latest company to feel the heat from Beijing’s hardening rhetoric over more than two months of anti-government protests that have plunged Hong Kong into crisis. Last week, Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific announced the shock resignation of its CEO after the carrier was excoriated by Beijing because some staff supported pro-democracy protests. During a general strike earlier this month, some of Cathay’s 27,000-strong workforce joined in, including the union representing the airline’s flight attendants. China reacted swiftly, with the country’s aviation regulator demanding the airline prevent such staff from working on flights to the mainland or those routed through Chinese airspace. State media also wrote a series of condemnations of Cathay, accusing it of not doing enough to rein in its workers. “The four sins of Cathay Pacific Airlines,” read one headline by the People’s Daily, the main mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Friday nights 55 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $55 million jackpot in last night’s Lotto Max draw.There were also four Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each up grabs, and one was claimed by a ticket holder in British Columbia.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Dec. 15 will now grow to approximately $60 million, and players will also have a shot at 15 Maxmillions prizes.last_img

401 Richmond arts haven facing huge tax hike

first_img“But the message here is, ‘No, sorry — we don’t care.’ That really speaks to the issue: What do we want the downtown core to become?” Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter 401 Richmond, a long-standing downtown haven for dozens of non-profit arts and culture organizations, is grappling with a property tax increase in January likely to cripple the many tenants it has long sheltered from skyrocketing market rents.In a matter of weeks, tenants will see their property tax bill, which they pay to the city separately from their rent to building owner Urbanspace, jump by about 85 per cent. By the end of the current assessment period in 2020, taxes will have nearly tripled from today, threatening the heritage building’s status as a vital cultural hub.“There are those who would look at a company like Urbanspace, which believes in the creative community and has actively supported it for 23 years, and think maybe they deserve some kind of break,” says David Plant, executive director of Trinity Square Video, one of many non-profit artist-run centres in 401 Richmond, a former factory at the corner of Richmond St. and Spadina Ave. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

APTN political panel hashes out the issues

first_imgAPTN National NewsFirst Nation policing services across the country are expecting cuts as early as April 1.If these budgets are reduced, what would be the impact on First Nation communities?This is just one of the issues facing our political panel this week.Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau, NDP MP Jean Crowder and Liberal MP Todd Russell debated the issues.last_img

UN agencies urge action to prevent rising death toll at sea

The United Nations refugee agency and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are joining forces to call for more action to prevent deaths among boatpeople making dangerous voyages across the Mediterranean Sea, the Gulf of Aden and other stretches of water. “There’s a very mixed flow of people – refugees and asylum seekers fleeing violence and persecution, as well as migrants seeking a better life – risking their lives on unseaworthy vessels often operated by ruthless smuggling rings who care nothing for human life,” said Erika Feller, top protection official with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The call from the two agencies follows a meeting they held recently in London on the latest trends in irregular maritime migration, the risk to lives and search and rescue obligations. Ms. Feller, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, was in Yemen recently, where refugees told her about the horrific voyages they had made crossing the Gulf of Aden from strife-ridden Somalia. UNHCR has reported cases of people crossing from Somalia being brutally beaten and thrown overboard to the sharks, coupled with other abuses. Since the start of this year, more than 5,600 people have landed on the Yemeni coast and at least 200 have died while many remain missing. With Europe now in summer, people are travelling in small craft – from or through Africa – across the Mediterranean or stretches of the Atlantic and running into trouble, requiring search and rescue operations to be launched, according to UNHCR. Dozens have died and more are missing. “Finding people clinging to fishing pens, having been dumped in the water by unknown boats at midnight is not a one-off occurrence nor, unfortunately, is the refusal by coast states to allow their disembarkation after rescue,” Ms. Feller said. Shipmasters often face difficulties when arriving in the nearest port and trying to disembark people they have rescued at sea, whether they are refugees, asylum seekers or undocumented migrants. The UN refugee agency and the IMO said they intend to work more closely together and will hold a high level inter-agency meeting to forge closer co-operation with all agencies involved to find ways to help alleviate this humanitarian problem. IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. 4 July 2007The United Nations refugee agency and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are joining forces to call for more action to prevent deaths among boatpeople making dangerous voyages across the Mediterranean Sea, the Gulf of Aden and other stretches of water. read more

Sears Canada and Concord Pacific sign 140million salelease deal for three of

TORONTO — Sears Canada Inc. has signed a deal with Concord Pacific Group of Companies to sell and lease back three of its properties for $140 million.The locations include stores and adjacent property at the Metropolis at Metrotown mall in Burnaby, B.C., the Cottonwood Mall in Chilliwack, B.C. and the North Hill Shopping Centre in Calgary.Sears said it will continue to operate the stores under long-term leases and added there would be no impact on customers or employees at the stores.The deal is scheduled to close on June 8.Sears Canada has been struggling in recent years and cut thousands of employees as part of a widespread cost-cutting. read more

UN rights office shocked by inhumane treatment of children in Australian detention

“Some children were held in isolation for extended periods, sometimes for several weeks, in hot and dark cells with no access to fresh air or running water. In one incident, six children were tear-gassed by prison guards,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN Higher Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in the regular bi-weekly news briefing in Geneva. “The treatment these children have been subjected to could amount to a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment, to which Australia is a party,” he added. The videos, from 2014, show another child hooded and strapped to a chair for several hours. Others are shown being repeatedly assaulted and stripped naked. According to the children’s testimony, the abuses took place over several years. Most of the children who were held at the detention facility are deeply traumatized, the spokesperson said. Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child stipulates that “every child deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in a manner which takes into account the needs of persons of his or her age.” Mr. Colville noted that the announcement by the Government of Australia of an investigation into youth detention in the Northern Territory is an “important step.” In that regard, he encouraged the Government to extend the scope of the investigation beyond the Northern Territory to establish that such treatment is not occurring in any other place of detention in the country. “We call on the authorities to identify those who committed abuses against the children and to hold them responsible for such acts. The children who were abused at Don Dale should receive psychosocial rehabilitation to overcome the trauma they have suffered,” the spokesperson said, stressing that compensation should also be provided. He also called on Australia to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. “This important instrument focuses on the prevention of torture. Under the Protocol, Australia would establish a National Preventive Mechanism which conducts regular visits to all places of detention in the country,” Mr. Colville said. “Events at Don Dale clearly show the immediate need to establish such a system of regular visits to ensure that what happened at Don Dale never happens again in Australia,” he added. read more

Petroleum consultants to guide oil industry development

The Ministry of Natural Resources has taken on a team of petroleum consultants to guide the development of Guyana’s emerging oil and gas industry, GINA said.Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Advisor to the President on Petroleum Dr. Jan Mangal and Minister of Natural Resources Raphael TrotmanAccording to GINA, at a post-Cabinet press briefing today, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said that the team will support and guide the government in the review and implementation of the field development plan for the Liza discovery by ExxonMobil.“The team of consultants will function as a project management unit within the Ministry of Natural Resources,” Minister Harmon said. Last week, the government appointed an advisor to the president on petroleum.The advisor, Dr Jan Mangal, is of Guyanese descent and has a wealth of experience in the marine and oil and gas industries, Minister Harmon noted. Dr Mangal holds a Doctorate in offshore and geotechnical engineering from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Edinburgh.“Dr Mangal, in addition to assisting with the development of Guyana’s hydrocarbon regulatory framework, will advise the government in matters relating to ExxonMobil and its partners in Guyana as they pursue development of the Liza discovery,” Minister Harmon said.The oil that was discovered in the Liza field, in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana, is said to be equivalent   to between 0.8 to 1.4 billion barrels of oil. The field development plan is a blueprint for maximising the recovery of the petroleum resources whilst ensuring sustainable development and responsible management.The Ministry of Natural Resources has enlisted the assistance of several international agencies and countries to help in the development of the oil and gas industry. Exxon Mobil is expected to begin production of oil by 2020. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinisters Harmon, Trotman host team exploring IDB’s role in oil sectorJune 28, 2017In “Business”President has use for Dr Mangal’s expertise says HarmonFebruary 8, 2018In “latest news”New Ministry, Minister for petroleum industry- GovtSeptember 1, 2018In “Business” read more

Rusal to develop complex in Libya

first_imgRUSAL, the world’s largest aluminium and alumina producer, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Libyan State Economic and Social Development Fund (ESDF) to create a joint venture to develop an energy and metals complex in Libya.s The agreement sets out a plan to develop an aluminium smelter with a capacity of 600,000 t/y and a 1,500 MW natural gas power station. The parties have agreed to create a joint venture with UC RUSAL holding a 60% shareholding and the Libyan partner a 40% interest. The natural gas for the complex will be supplied by the National Oil Co of Libya (NOC) under a contract intended to be at least 30 years-long.The MOU includes a prefeasibility study of the technical, economic and financial parameters of the proposed complex. If the results of the study are positive, the parties plan to sign a final agreement to establish the joint venture in 2009 and start the construction of the gas power station and the aluminium smelter in 2010.s The prefeasibility study will help to determine the technology to be used for the project – RA-300 or RA-400 reduction cells (both developed by UC RUSAL’s Engineering and Technology Centre).Alexander Bulygin, UC RUSAL’s CEO: “This Memorandum of Understanding marks another significant move forward in implementing the company’s strategy of strengthening our position in the global market and enhancing UC RUSAL’s competitiveness through establishing energy and metals complexes in strategically important regions.s This will be the first aluminium smelter in Libya and will make a significant contribution to implementing the country’s large-scale programme of economic development.s This project will help create a solid foundation for the country’s planned infrastructure projects and its exports will help to actively integrate Libya in the global economy.”Hamed Houderi, General Director of the Libyan State Economic and Social Development Fund: “We are pleased to sign this MOU with an industry leader such as UC RUSAL, and believe that this project has the potential to diversify the overall Libyan economy and develop a new domestic industry with great potential for further downstream development”.The aluminium produced by the complex in Libya will serve both the domestic demand as well as European clients.last_img read more

Key witness in former Bahamas Senator extortion trial feels used and pressured

first_img Witness cracking under pressure, former Bahamas Senator legal team working up to ‘no trial’ Related Items:#BarbaraHannatotestifies, #FrankSmithtrial, #magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 30, 2017 – Nassau – The key witness in the extortion trial of Frank Smith said that she wants to be anywhere but in the courtroom testifying to the alleged crimes of the former PLP Senator.   Smith is charged with 15 crimes linked to Barbara Hanna, who won a cleaning contract with the Public Hospitals Authority.Hanna testified that the Police came to her about the case and that eventually she did cooperate with the investigation.   Barbara Hanna testified on day one of the trial that Frank Smith asked her for $5,000 once she had won the $43,350 annual contract and that she thought it was a one-time payment to the public official, but not so, she discovered.   Month after month, from April 2016 to April 2017 she made the payment, allegedly, to Smith despite reportedly being unable to afford to do so.Under cross examination, it was exposed that Barbara Hanna had secured a loan from Frank Smith in February 2016 – two months before securing the cleaning deal with the PHA.   Barbara Hanna told Frank Smith’s attorney that she feels used, she did not say who is using her but said that she is not interested in being embroiled in a court matter and shared that she felt pressured to give the testimony.   The trial continued today.#MagneticMediaNews#FrankSmithtrial#BarbaraHannatotestifies Day one former Bahamas Senator extortion trial, no stenographerlast_img read more

B Tech grad held for hacking Facebook accounts

first_imgLB Nagar: The Rachakonda Commissionerate cybercrime sleuths on Saturday arrested a cyber hacker Mohammed Muneer Ahmed (22) B Tech (Mechanical Engineering) graduate at Moulali for hacking the Facebook accounts and also sending threatening messages to the complainant through Facebook messenger. They seized one laptop and one smart phone from the possession of the accused. According to Cybercrime sleuths, based on the complaint registered a case, under sections 506 IPC and Section 66 and 66 (C&D) of IT Act and took up investigation. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The accused Muneer Ahmed, while doing his B Tech course, participated in a workshop on ethical hacking and learnt about the techniques involved in hacking of accounts. Later, he created a Facebook account in the name of ‘Melin Sophia’ and introduced himself as a female to the complainant and later asked the complainant to click on a phishing link which he created. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Once the link was clicked by the complainant, the accused received the user name and password of the Facebook account of the complainant and changed it. Later, he started threatening the complainant after procuring his bank details. Police traced the accused at Moulali and produced him before the court. The cybercrime sleuths advise people not to click on links sent to their mobile phones and social media accounts from strangers who may trick them into giving out all their credentials.last_img read more

5 missing in boat capsize

first_imgFive people went missing as a boat capsized in the Shitalakkhya river after it was hit by a cargo vessel in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj district on Friday night.The missing are Latif, Sharif, Tushar, Nasim and Babu, all from Jatrbari in Dhaka.A team of divers from Fire Service and Civil Defence were searching for the missing people till filing of the report.A group of 14 people hired the boat from Demra for a pleasure trip, said Rupganj police station officer-in-charge Aminur Rahman, who was present on the spot.“The boat sank in the river after a sand-laden bulkhead hit it from behind,” he added.“Nine passengers managed to swim ashore. Five are still missing,” said the policeman.last_img read more

US court allows review of FBIseized documents rejecting Trump plea

first_imgUS president Donald Trump. ReutersA New York court has rejected a motion to prevent prosecutors from reviewing a series of documents seized by the FBI from the offices of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney.The documents were seized on April 9 from Michael Cohen’s office and from his New York hotel room, as part of a series of investigations examining some of his actions, Efe news reported.At first, the documents had been linked to the payment of $130,000 by Cohen to pornstar Stormy Daniels-Stephanie Clifford-in exchange for her keeping silent about the affair she allegedly had with Trump in 2006.But Cohen’s attorneys went to court to try and prevent prosecutors from examining the documents, something that was temporarily rejected by Judge Kimba Wood at a hearing on Monday.Judge Wood, however, left the door open to naming a special mediator and to reviewing the possibility that the documents could harm the attorney-client privilege.Among the materials seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are assorted documents on a number of legal matters and the harddrives from computers in Cohen’s office.During the hearing, the identity of a third person-Fox News political commentator Sean Hannity-was also revealed. It is not known what type of work Cohen did for him.Hannity is considered to be one of Trump’s closest advisers outside the administration.Cohen has been under investigation for months for possibly committing election finance infractions and bank fraud.last_img read more

Calling all Otakus in the Capital

first_imgNot sure what Otaku means? Ask an anime lover. Otaku is another name for an anime fan. The Anime Convention, the biggest and India’s only pop culture celebration, is all set to roll in its fourth year. Cinedarbaar’s flagship event, Anime Convention, for the first time will bring together, some of the best from Animation, Gaming, Comics, Graphic Novel and Mangas industries at one place. The convention this year boasts of its guests from Japan, Korea, USA, Switzerland and India to gather and provide as much knowledge, entertainment and experience to its visitors.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With Korea as its country partner, the event in association with Korean Cultural Center, Delhi, will see Korean animation movies like S Robot Taekwon V by Kim Cheong-Gi, The King of Pigs by Yeon Sang-Ho and more. Karoke Lounge with KPOP music and dance, Korean Food, Korean Fashion Show (Hanbok), sessions on Korean Design and other activities promoting the rich Korean culture will fill up the three day event. The event will also  have  the world leaders in gaming, aminators and anime film directors taking part in the festival. Head over.last_img read more