Shifts in the Pyramid

first_imgPower abhors permanency, even though it instills in those who wield it a sense of infallibility. The pyramid of power, built on money and mind, is constantly under attack, and invaders are multiplying at the gate. In India, one of the most friendly places for wealth creators today, the preservation of the order is all the more difficult because competition is intense and ambition infectious.The INDIA TODAY list of Power Elite 2011 shows this change in the highest echelon: icons have not been blasted but cracked. It underlines the simple truth that keeping power is much more challenging than acquiring it. In a country where the leitmotif of the political narrative is corruption, the powerful few are under constant surveillance-and too much sunlight of public scrutiny has fallen on the mystique of those who reigned supreme for so long. That is why the top 10 on the list tells the story of not only the elasticity of power but its mercilessness as well. And in India, as in any other open society with an open market, the power of the individual is getting more pronounced than the power of the state. When the two meet, the result can be disastrous; it can turn out to be a conspiracy against the powerless.In 2011, it has brought out the rot in the Establishment. When money turned darker, the mind shone elsewhere beyond the boardrooms, best explained by the continued dominance of soft power, particularly entertainment and sports. It is a reflection of 21st century India, where the possibilities of power are matched by its perversions. The list is ruled by those who strike a fine balance between the craft of making money and the art of influencing the life of others-for better or worse. The pyramid of power is a work in progress. Favouring the smartest, it keeps soaring.advertisementThis is an excerpt from India Today issue dated April 11, 2011. To read more subscribe to print copy.last_img read more

Punjab Warriors thrash Kalinga Lancers 6-1 to clinch maiden HIL title

first_imgHaving lost the final in the last two seasons, the Jaypee Punjab Warriors finally struck gold to become third-time lucky and clinched the Hockey India League (HIL) title in the fourth edition of the six-team tournament at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium on Sunday.The Chandigarh-based outfit beat Kalinga Lancers 6-1 in the summit clash where Armaan Qureshi, Matt Gohdes and Satbir Singh scored a field goal each for the Warriors. Skipper Moritz Fuerste scored the Lancers’ lone goal of the match, coming in a penalty corner. The unique feature of the tournament was that each field goal counted for two.The Warriors were on the gas right at the start as their forward Armaan Qureshi gave the Punjab team exactly what they needed by scoring a goal as early as in the fourth minute. Qureshi got past two defenders and at the right moment reverse flicked the ball past Lancers’ goalkeeper Andrew Charter, becoming the Warriors’ top goal-scorer of the tournament with four.The Warriors were clearly the dominant team in the first half of the match, keeping possession and regularly playing in the Lancers’ half of the pitch. Australian Charter was a busy man in the evening as he had to make multiple saves to keep his team in with a chance.Lancers’ skipper and two-time Olympic champion Fuerste of Germany showed his class in the 24th minute when he managed to put the ball past Warriors goalie Clemons Tristan to make it 1-2 for the Lancers, who qualified for the knockouts for the first time in the HIL.advertisementAfter the mid-way break, the Warriors came out even more aggressively, continuously pressing the Lancers’ defence deeper into the scoring arc. The efforts finally bore fruit in the 39th minute when forward S.V. Sunil worked out a brilliant ball and passed it to Australia’s Gohdes, who had no difficulty in converting it into a goal.The score went up to 4-1 in favour of the Warriors thanks to some brilliant work from Sunil and a nice finishing touch from 2014 World Cup-winner Gohdes.The Warriors did not have to wait long enough as three minutes later Satbir built a fantastic ball, moving past the Lancers’ defenders with quick pace to finally score the last of the match to make it 6-1 in the 42nd minute.By now the game was beyond the reach of the Bhubaneswar-based team, who seemingly appeared jaded in the last quarter of the match. Just moments later, the hooter blew loudly in the stadium to give the Warriors their first trophy in the four-year history of the tournament.Earlier in the day, 2014 edition winners Delhi Waveriders defeated last year’s champions Ranchi Rays 2-0 in the third place match. Mandeep Singh’s lone field goal was enough for the Delhi-based team to seal third position in the tournament. The Waveriders had lost the semi-final 1-3 to Jaypee Punjab Warriors here on Saturday.Waveriders’ defender and penalty corner expert Rupinder Pal Singh was named the player of the tournament.last_img read more

Milan striker Higuain fit to face parent club Juventus

first_imgAC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain has been included in the Rossoneri squad to face parent club Juventus on Sunday.Higuain missed Thursday’s Europa League draw against Real Betis with a back injury, but is in Milan’s 25-man group to face the Serie A leaders.The striker initially suffered the injury in last weekend’s win at Udinese, a game in which Higuain was withdrawn in the first half.  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! The Argentina international is on loan at Milan from Juventus, who allowed him to leave following the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.Higuain has hit five goals in nine Serie A appearances and will be out to impress against his employers at San Siro on Sunday.Pipita is back in the squad list for the home clash against @juventusfc I convocati per la supersfida di #SerieATIM a San Siro: torna @G_Higuain #MilanJuve — AC Milan (@acmilan) November 10, 2018 Emre Can remains out for Juventus as the Germany midfielder recovers from surgery on a thyroid nodule.Massimiliano Allegri’s side will be hoping to bounce back from a 2-1 home loss to Manchester United in the Champions League, their first competitive defeat in any competition since April.Milan sit fourth in the Serie A table, 10 points behind front-running Juventus after 11 rounds of fixtures.last_img read more

Nine ex-military convicted for 1973 murder of Chile folk singer Jara

first_img\R Santiago, Jul 4 (AFP) A Chilean judge has convicted nine retired soldiers in the 1973 murder of one of Chile’s most beloved folk singers, Victor Jara, the judiciary said.Jara, 40, was arrested the day after the September 11, 1973, CIA-backed coup that overthrew Salvador Allende and installed Augusto Pinochet as dictator.Jara’s body was found days later, riddled with 44 bullets. He had been held, along with around 5,000 other political prisoners, in a sports stadium where he was interrogated, tortured and then killed.Among other horrors, the singer-guitarist’s fingers were crushed, broken by rifle butts and boots.”Judge Miguel Vazquez Plaza convicted nine retired members of the army for their responsibility in the homicide of singer Victor Jara and the ex-director of prisons Littre Quiroga Carvajal, in September 1973 in Santiago,” a statement from the judiciary said yesterday.Eight of the accused — who held ranks from lieutenant to colonel and brigadier — were sentenced to 15 years and one day in prison for their roles as “perpetrators” of both murders.They all received another three years for kidnapping the two victims.A ninth officer received five years and a day for being an accessory to the murders, and 61 days for his role as an accessory to the kidnappings.The pacifist singer, whose lyrics spoke of love and social protest, became an icon of Latin American popular music with songs like “The Right to Live in Peace,” “The Cigarette” and “I remember Amanda.” Jara was married to British dancer Joan Turner, with whom he had two daughters.advertisementHe was also a member of Chile’s Communist Party and a fervent supporter of the Popular Unity coalition that backed Marxist president Allende, who came to power by popular vote in 1970.The singer’s fellow detainee, Littre Quiroga, 33, was national prisons director and a Communist Party militant.His body was found with signs of torture along with that of Jara and three other political prisoners, in a vacant lot near Santiago’s Metropolitan Cemetery.In Chile, Jara became an icon for hundreds of artists who suffered human rights violations under Pinochet.Abroad, the singer inspired musicians from U2 to Bob Dylan. At a 2013 concert in Santiago, Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to Jara.In June 2016, a federal jury in the United States found another former Chilean soldier, Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nunez, liable in a civil case for Jara’s murder and awarded USD28 million to his family.One witness, an army conscript, told the court via videotaped deposition that he heard Barrientos, then a 24-year-old lieutenant at the stadium, tell someone he had fatally shot Jara.Chile has unsuccessfully sought the extradition of Barrientos, who obtained US citizenship.Pinochet ruled Chile until 1990 and died in 2006 without ever being convicted for the crimes committed by his regime.In 2009, Chilean judicial authorities ordered the exhumation of Jara’s remains. He was buried in an official ceremony attended by then-president Michelle Bachelet.The stadium where Jara was held and suffered today bears his name. (AFP) IJTIJTlast_img read more

Wales appoint Ryan Giggs as manager

first_imgTransfers Wales appoint Ryan Giggs as manager Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 21:09 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) RyanGiggs - Cropped Getty Images Transfers Wales The Dragons have announced the Manchester United legend will succeed Chris Coleman at the helm of the national team Ryan Giggs has been appointed as the new Wales manager, the Football Association of Wales has confirmed on social media.The former Manchester United winger made 64 appearances for the country between 1991 and 2007, but never managed to reach a major international tournament.Giggs succeeds Chris Coleman, who resigned in November and subsequently took over at Sunderland, having guided Wales to the last four of Euro 2016 – their first major finals appearance since 1958. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Coleman’s last competitive game ended in a 1-0 home defeat to the Republic of Ireland, which saw Wales fail to secure a play-off place in qualifying for the World Cup in Russia later this year.Having taken interim charge of United at the end of 2013-14 following David Moyes’ sacking, Giggs remained at Old Trafford as assistant to Louis van Gaal but departed when Jose Mourinho arrived ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.He has previously been linked with a number of managerial vacancies, including Swansea City, but on Monday the FAW confirmed him as their choice ahead of reported fellow interviewees Osian Roberts, Craig Bellamy and Mark Bowen.#CroesoGiggsy#TogetherStronger— Wales (@Cymru) January 15, 2018last_img read more

Why Chelsea didn’t fight Manchester clubs for Alexis

first_imgTransfers Why Chelsea chose not to fight the Manchester clubs for Alexis Sanchez Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 21:17 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alexis Sanchez Antonio Conte Arsenal Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Arsenal A. Sánchez Antonio Conte Premier League Manchester United Manchester City The Chile international has sparked a bidding war for his services, but the reigning Premier League champions refuse to spend big money on the forward With Alexis Sanchez hell-bent on leaving Arsenal during the January transfer window and Chelsea in desperate need of attacking reinforcements, one would expect the Blues to be all over the Chile international.Instead, they are nowhere to be seen – regardless of rumours to the contrary – as Manchester United are the strong favourites to sign the former Barcelona man, having leapfrogged Manchester City in the race for his signature.Antonio Conte previously tried to sign Alexis while at Juventus and has not hidden his admiration for the forward, but Chelsea have opted against pursuing the Arsenal ace due to the costs involved, with the 29-year-old’s wage demands well above what they are willing to spend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Alexis is believed to be demanding a whopping £350-400k a week, with Chelsea’s current highest earner in Eden Hazard on ‘just’ £200k – even if he is set for a raise.The Stamford Bridge outfit also recognise that they would have to part with a significant bonus for agent Fernando Felicevich and a hefty transfer fee for a player who is out of contract in six months.Chelsea might have outdone their rivals on the pitch in 2016-17 as they cruised to Premier League glory, but they are lagging behind the Manchester clubs in the transfer market.They made a £15.3 million profit for the year ending June 30, 2017, but that was largely down to a number of outgoing transfers. More significant, however, is the fact that their £361.3m turnover for last year was not even close to the £581m posted by United or City’s £473.4m.Alexis Sanchez ArsenalManchester City owner Sheikh Mansour is estimated to be four times as wealthy as Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich and Soccerex ranked City as the most financially powerful club in the world .Meanwhile, Manchester United’s business model sees them blow their rivals away in the commercial market, allowing them to spend big on the transfer market. They might not have an owner capable of huge cash injections, but they have more than doubled their commercial income since 2013 from £123m to an incredible £276m.Their commercial revenue means that even though Man Utd spend more on salaries than Chelsea, the amount of money they use on wages represents a mere 45 per cent of their total budget, compared to Chelsea’s 65 per cent.Chelsea are unable to compete for high-profile names unless they operate using a one-in, one-out approach. Alvaro Morata was brought in because Diego Costa was being sold, Tiemoue Bakayoko joined as Nemanja Matic left for United.Man City, meanwhile, spent big on players such as Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Ederson and Bernardo Silva without worrying too much about making money on outgoing transfers – with Kelechi Iheanacho their only sale over £20m.Elsewhere in Europe, Paris Saint-Germain lured Neymar away from Barcelona for €222m, while also committing to bringing in Kylian Mbappe for a reported €180m after his one-year loan spell.Neymar Amiens PSG Coupe de la Ligue 10012018Chelsea are not the only club struggling to keep up with City and PSG as La Liga president Javier Tebas controversially accused the clubs of “financial doping”, while Bayern Munich have also conceded they cannot compete with such financial prowess. But whereas Bayern, United, Barcelona and Real Madrid have the advantage of legacy, with Financial Fair Play benefitting these traditional giants and their business models that are mature compared to the new challengers, Chelsea are in a different situation. They aim to increase commercial revenue and build a new 60,000 seater stadium, but they may have to be patient to reap the rewards. Therefore, Chelsea’s transfer policy is mainly seeing them sign players in their mid-to early 20s as re-sale value becomes increasingly important, a strategy also employed by Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco among others. Summer arrivals Morata, Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger as well as winter signing Ross Barkley all fit that bill. Sanchez not so much.Ross Barkley ChelseaNot only would he disrupt the club’s wage budget with key figures such as Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois already due for renewal talks, but he also does not fit their philosophy age-wise.Chelsea currently have a policy whereby they do not offer players over the age of 30 contracts that last longer than a year – Yossi Benayoun in 2010 was the last thirty-something to earn a longer deal. Alexis turns 30 this year and the Blues are not prepared to pay such high wages for an ageing player.United and City can still be challenged in the market by Chelsea, but they will have to pick their battles and focus on the players that fit their new philosophy.Sanchez is not the first player Chelsea will miss out on with this strategy and he will not be the last. That’s the new reality the club’s fans will have to get used to until their new stadium is ready.last_img read more

JCF Members Hailed for Role in Tackling Human Trafficking

first_imgStory Highlights Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, has hailed the dedicated work of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in tackling human trafficking in Jamaica.Mrs. Palmer, who is also Chair of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), said members of the JCF Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit have displayed a willingness to go above and beyond “in service to our fellowmen”, as the country tackles the heinous crime.“I applaud their work. I am so taken with the level of devotion that they display all the time,” she said.Mrs. Palmer was addressing a ceremony to hand over a bus to the Unit at the Ministry’s offices at 61 Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew on June 1. Donation of the 16-seater Toyota bus, valued at approximately $6 million, is intended to aid the Unit in transporting victims of trafficking to shelters.She noted that the Task Force is, in the meantime, working to set up an additional shelter for victims.“I am very happy to make this contribution to the Anti-TIP Unit, but so sad that it has come to this, that persons enslave each other for their own gain,” Mrs. Palmer said.The NATFATIP Chair, meanwhile, noted that Cabinet has given approval for a Bill to amend the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Suppression and Punishment) Act, to have a judge alone try human-trafficking offences.“Jury trial for this case is difficult because you have to appreciate what the victim has gone through. To sit and face the monsters who had them enslaved; it’s not easy,” she said.The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimated that in 2015, some 5,800 persons were trafficked in Jamaica. “I applaud their work. I am so taken with the level of devotion that they display all the time,” she said. The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimated that in 2015, some 5,800 persons were trafficked in Jamaica. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, has hailed the dedicated work of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in tackling human trafficking in Jamaica.last_img read more

Enhanced Protection for Nova Scotian Consumers

first_imgThe summer months are a popular time for direct sellers to conduct business with Nova Scotians. Direct sellers are businesses who operate without a retail space, such as door-to-door sales, home parties and telephone solicitations. Most are ethical in their business practices, however, some engage in practices that could be misleading and negatively affect consumers. To ensure Nova Scotians are better protected from unethical direct sellers, police can now issue summary offence tickets to direct sellers who are in violation of the Direct Sellers’ Regulation Act. Individuals caught selling without a permit face a minimum fine of $985, up to $2,422 for a third offence. Fines for corporations start at $2,400, rising to more than $11,000 for a third offence. “We want to ensure Nova Scotians who buy items from direct sellers are being treated fairly and that they are protected,” said Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Direct sellers who mislead or scam consumers in any way, sell without a permit, or fail to comply with the act can now be ticketed by police.” Direct seller companies require a permit to operate in the province and salespeople must identify themselves to consumers using the name listed on their identification card. Anyone who feels they have been treated unfairly by a direct seller should report the incident to the police. “The Better Business Bureau is proud to work hand-in-hand with Service Nova Scotia, helping people across the province by giving them the information they need to be smarter consumers, and responding to concerns when things go badly,” said Peter Moorhouse, president and CEO of BBB Atlantic. To check if a direct seller has a permit to operate in the province, visit or call 902-424-5200 or toll-free at 1-800-670-4357. For more information on direct sellers, visit read more

KMC plans to set up residential school for boys

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation is planning to set up a residential school for boys which will be the first of its kind in the city. This school will come up at Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Sarani in Bhowanipore area in south Kolkata.The school will have facility to lodge students for a duration of 12 hours from 6.30 am to 6.30 in the evening. There will be facilities for their bath, breakfast lunch as well as tiffin in the evening, before they return home. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga”There are a number of students in schools run by us whose parents leave for work early in the morning and return in the evening. After they leave these kids skip school and roam here and there. The parents will drop these kids in the school and we will take care of them through out the day. They will receive education as well as food and other facilities ,” said a senior official of the Education department of the civic body. The KMC will recruit non teaching staffs to take care of the kids after their school hours. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThere are two schools located at Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Sarani in Bhowanipore among which one school is entirely for boys. “KMC’s plan is to upgrade the boys school to residential facilities having a capacity to lodge 100 students,” the official added. A similar school with residential facilities for girls is being set up at Kashiswari Chatterjee Lane in ward 1 of the civic body. Work for the school has already started. KMC maintains a total of 257 primary schools in the city and the student strength is over 25,000. Most of the students studying in KMC schools hail from poor financial background. It may be mentioned that the infrastructure of KMC schools have witnessed a sea change, since it was taken over by the Trinamool Congress board in 2010. The Education department has introduced Hindi medium, Urdu Medium and English medium schools catering to the demand of the people in different localities in the city.last_img read more

Officials from UN war crimes tribunals urge help in arresting fugitives

18 June 2007Senior officials from United Nations war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia today called for efforts to capture a number of infamous fugitives known to be hiding from justice in different countries. Senior officials from United Nations war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia today called for efforts to capture a number of infamous fugitives known to be hiding from justice in different countries.While observing “general progress” in Serbia’s level of support, Carla Del Ponte, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), told a meeting of the Security Council that she would continue to demand Belgrade’s full cooperation, including full access to documents and the arrest and transfer of fugitives, particularly Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic – suspected architects of mass crimes during the Balkans wars – who she said she believes “are currently in Serbia or within Serbia’s reach.”“The continuing impunity enjoyed by Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic gravely undermines all efforts to bring justice to the victims,” Ms. Del Ponte told the Council, adding that it also seriously affects the credibility of the Tribunal.ICTY President Fausto Pocar said the imperative for States to cooperate in the apprehension of the accused has reached a “critical stage.”He noted that General Zdravko Tolimir, a top aide to General Mladic during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, was apprehended by Bosnian authorities, while Vlastimir Dordevic, a senior Serbian police officer accused of participating in the campaign against Kosovo Albanians in 1999, was arrested in Montenegro just yesterday.Reaffirming the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s (ICTR) “firm and unwavering” commitment to completing its work on time, Prosecutor Hassan B. Jallow stressed the need to bring remaining indictees to trial, particularly well-known fugitive Felicien Kabuga.Asserting that the suspect is in Kenya, Justice Jallow called on the Security Council and Member States to “bring their influence to bear on the Government of Kenya for it to live up to its international legal obligations” by arresting Mr. Kabuga and handing him over to face justice at the Tribunal, located in the Tanzanian city of Arusha. In his first address to the Council as the new President of the Rwanda Tribunal, Dennis Byron emphasized that the purpose of the court’s establishment – to contribute to peace and international justice – will be “seriously impaired” if the remaining indictees are not brought to justice. “If these fugitives are not arrested and transferred in time for their trials to be completed by the end of 2008, a solution must be discussed that will allow the Tribunal or another mechanism to proceed with such cases beyond the end of 2008,” he stated.The calls for help in bringing suspects to justice were made as the Council discussed the completion strategies of the courts, with the ICTR expected to wrap up its work by 2009 and the ICTY the following year. Officials from both tribunals said referrals to national courts were critical to meeting the deadline.Mr. Pocar said the impact of referrals on his court’s overall workload has been “substantial,” noting that ten accused have been transferred for trial to the domestic courts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, two to Croatia, and one to Serbia. To ensure that international norms of due process are observed in those cases, he said it is imperative that domestic jurisdictions in the region receive strong support to strengthen their judicial capacity, including adequate detention facilities. By prosecuting war crimes cases at the domestic level, Judge Pocar said “it is these courts that will carry on the legacy of the International Tribunal long after it has completed its mission.” read more

Half of Tim Hortons franchisees in Canada join unsanctioned group

Less than a year after it was created, a group looking to raise Tim Hortons franchisees’ concerns over the chain’s management has recruited half of all of Tim Hortons Canadian franchisees into its ranks.The Great White North Franchisee Association president David Hughes said in a letter sent to all franchisees that half of the chain’s franchisees have shown they support the significant issues the group publicizes.The association incorporated in March to raise franchisee concerns, including the use of advertising funds and cost-cutting measures that it says impact quality.Hughes said the GWNFA has decided to defer fee payments over a six-month period to give struggling store owners the chance to join, noting that many do so anonymously.The president encouraged franchisees to join the growing group, and said the association hopes to hold elections for a new board of directors in January 2018.The GWNFA and parent company Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR) have been at odds since its formation, and have initiated legal actions against each other.The GWNFA filed a $500-million lawsuit in June alleging RBI improperly used money from a national advertising fund. The allegations have not been proven in court and RBI has said it vehemently disagrees with and denies the allegations.In September, RBI subsidiary TDL Group Corp. served default notices to the association’s board members, including Hughes. The company accused them of providing confidential information to Tim Hortons former CEO Don Schroeder, who then allegedly gave it to a Canadian newspaper. Schroeder and the GWNFA have denied these claims.The association then filed a lawsuit alleging RBI, its subsidiary and several executives continually subvert their right to associate. None of the claims have been proven in court and Tim Hortons has called the lawsuit unfounded.Hughes told franchisees in the letter that the association’s efforts have helped bring about significant changes.“But we still have many issues still to tackle in order to bring profitability and sustainability to each of you.” read more

No civil war in Sri Lanka

Jayasekera recall;ed that the security forces carried out a humanitarian operation and ended 30 years of bloody terrorism which nearly destroyed my country. “Let me remind you that it was the LTTE terrorists who wiped out the Sri Lankan Tamil leadership including our foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, the mayor of Jaffna, Sarojini Yogeswaran, and MP Neelan Thiruchelvam, to name a few,” he added. “There was no brutal prosecution. There is no persecution of Tamils in Sri Lanka. They are our people and Sri Lankans,” he said. Bandula Jayasekara, Consul-general of Sri Lanka in Sydney, insists there was no civil war in Sri Lanka but only a terrorist problem.“Sri Lanka did not have a civil war. We suffered in the hands of a brutal terrorist organisation, LTTE, which tried to separate the island for nearly 30 years. They mastered and perfected the art of suicide bombings,” he told The Australian newspaper. read more

Thousands protest in London as Trump blimp flies

A giant balloon of U.S. President Donald Trump as a baby has taken to the skies in London during Trump’s UK visit.The orange baby Trump wearing a diaper and is holding a cellphone in his hand for tweeting.The blimp was approved by London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the name of free speech.Tens of thousands of people are marching in London in protests against Trump, accusing him of torture, misogyny and racism.Meanwhile in a news conference Friday, Trump said the U.S. supports the British people’s decision to “realize full self-government” as it negotiates an exit from the European Union.He called it a “very complicated negotiation.”In 2016, a slim majority of Britons voted to break from the EU.Trump criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of Brexit negotiations in an interview with a British tabloid published on Thursday.Despite the interview, Trump says his relationship with May is “very, very strong.” read more

UN signs agreement to help Sudan with landmine removal

Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding, the UN will seek to help both parties to jointly develop a national mine action strategy that meets the immediate needs of the emergency humanitarian situation and plans ahead to a post-conflict Sudan. Such strategy will eventually lead to a mutually agreed National Mine Action Plan.The agreement was signed yesterday in Geneva during the Fourth Meeting of States Parties to the Antipersonnel Mine Ban Convention. It focuses on the request of both parties to the UN to implement an emergency mine action project in Sudan with the overall objective of reducing mine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) casualties among the civilian population and the humanitarian aid community.Mine Action offices are being established in Khartoum and Rumbek.

Fund to support retired US Steel Canada workers to be running by

TORONTO – The Ontario government says a transition fund to cover health costs for retired employees of US Steel Canada should be up and running by Jan. 1.The $3 million fund was announced in October as U.S. Steel separated from its Canadian operations.A government statement issued Thursday said up to $2.5 million will be devoted to prescription drug costs while the remaining money will be used for urgent dental and other health services.Details on implementing the fund is subject to court approval; a hearing is scheduled for Dec. 23.U.S. Steel Canada employed about 2,000 people at the Hamilton Works in Hamilton and Lake Erie Works in Nanticoke, Ont.It has been operating under court protection since last year while attempting to reach a compromise with its creditors. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2015 7:18 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 17, 2015 at 8:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fund to support retired US Steel Canada workers to be running by Jan. 1 read more

Buckeye seniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr earn 100th career win

Junior center Amir Williams led the Buckeyes with a career-high 18 points while Craft and Smith Jr. added 16 and 10 respectively.Matta said having Williams produce at a high level regularly has been a plus for the Buckeyes this season.“He was lacking a little energy on the defensive end to start the game and I thought he really elevated after that and guys did a nice job of finding him, getting him the ball … we’ve got to put him in position to be successful and I think we did that where we got him the ball tonight,” Matta said.Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle provided a spark off the bench, scoring a career-high 17 points and going 5-8 from 3-point land.No Buckeye starter had less than nine points on the night.As a team the Buckeyes shot 69.2 percent from the field and 60.9 percent from beyond the arc. Nine different Buckeyes scored and five were in double figures.Smith Jr. said a big part of the high scoring numbers was the team feeding off each other as the game went on.“I think when guys see other guys make shots it boosts everyone’s confidence,” Smith Jr. said. “It makes everybody think ‘why can’t I be the guy to make the next shot,’ and that stuff catches on fire and guys start swinging the ball and getting wide open shots and coach has been on us to make your open shots.”Next up the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Maryland (5-2, 0-0) at the Schottenstein Center as part of the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge Wednesday at 7 p.m. Junior center Amir Williams (23) dunks the ball. OSU won against North Florida, 99-64, Nov. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor One hundred wins. Nineteen losses.That is the record of senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. as members of the Ohio State men’s basketball team. The seniors clinched their 100th career victory Friday night with a 99-64 win against North Florida (4-4, 0-0).“I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder, today is their 100th win at Ohio State,” coach Thad Matta said after the game. “They’re the second fastest in college basketball to get there, Kansas got there in 116 and they got there in 119 … it’s amazing and I’ve never been prouder of two guys.”No. 7 OSU (6-0, 0-0) used a balanced scoring attack and a hot shooting night to secure their sixth victory of the season.The Buckeye starting five hit their first 13 shots, with team shooting 19-27 overall in the first half, and scored 19 straight points after falling behind 6-5 to build a comfortable lead.“We just really wanted to come out and make the most of this opportunity. We wanted to find a way to put 40 minutes together, something that we hadn’t really done this year … we just came in and wanted to get out to a fast start,” Craft said.After struggling over his last three games, only managing two made baskets in 20 attempts, junior forward LaQuinton Ross turned things around against North Florida.Ross hit his first four shots of the game and finished the day with 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting, including a career-high four 3-pointers.Craft said that Ross’ improvement was partially because of his effort in the practices leading up to the game.“LaQuinton’s a competitor, he’s the first one to tell himself he hasn’t been playing great and we didn’t have to really get on him. He took that on himself to come out in practice and do whatever he needed to do, just really try to find that role and he did that,” Craft said after the game. “He came into practice and had a couple great ones, and usually when we have guys practice well it carries over really well to the game and we saw that today.”OSU led 48-29 at halftime, and used a 14-2 run at the start of the second half to put the game away for good.North Florida struggled against the Buckeye defense, shooting 20 of 52 for 38.5 percent and turning the ball over 18 times. read more

Inmarsat Skywave critical telemetry helps Ivanhoe track assets at KamoaKakula

first_imgIvanhoe Mines’ flagship Kamoa-Kakula project is situated 25 km west of the provincial capital Kolwezi, in the Lualaba Province of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It has been independently ranked as the world’s largest undeveloped, high-grade copper discovery, with the Kamoa copper deposit discovered in the 2008, followed by the high-grade Kakula deposit in 2015. During this exploratory phase there has been significant movement of people and supplies across the sites and the regional base in Kolwezi.The state of the DRC’s roads posed a significant risk to their contractors, geologists and administrative staff as they travelled between sites during the exploration process. Potholes as big as three metres in size, lack of maintenance and the remote location of many of the roads were just some of the factors that meant a journey that would normally take a few hours, could take several days. Dust clouds obscuring the driver’s vision meant that there was a greater likelihood of accidents occurring, and damage was often done to vehicles by gravel kicked up by other vehicles. The unpaved roads were also very susceptible to flooding and thick mud during the rainy season, which could cause further issues for drivers, who often needed towing assistance.Access to the site is through unmade roads to the villages of Kasekelesa and Musokantanda, which meant that ensuring the safety of their inhabitants, who were suddenly confronted with more traffic became a priority. The fleet managers also had no idea where their 30 off-road vehicles, trucks and ambulances were at any given time, leading to concerns around security. To compound matters, terrestrial connectivity outside of urban areas was patchy and unable to properly support any type of fleet management application in the region.With the need to understand where vehicles are and how quickly they are moving and to ensure safety and security, Ivanhoe Mines turned to Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite solutions. Inmarsat utilised the Skywave IDP-780, powered by its highly reliable L-band connectivity service, to enable a mission critical telemetry solution for tracking assets. The solution allows the control centre to visualise the vehicles and includes a number of geofences set up to enforce policies introduced by Ivanhoe Mines to improve driver and public safety and security. Reports are automated at night so that managers can cross-check inventories to see that assets are where they should be.Matthieu Bos, Vice-President, Corporate Development at Ivanhoe Mines, explained some of the measures introduced by the company: “We wanted to reduce the speed at which our drivers travel on the roads, to reduce the damage done to vehicles if they hit potholes or other obstructions, and to reduce the risk of accidents. Inmarsat’s solution enables us to track the speed of every vehicle every minute, and if this speed exceeds 80 km per hour or over 30 km in certain zones the office and driver are alerted and the vehicle is prompted to slow down. We can also monitor location with pinpoint accuracy, so that if a vehicle hasn’t moved in some time, we can contact the driver to establish whether they’ve had an accident or a breakdown.”Inmarsat’s satellite connectivity has been critical to the success of Ivanhoe’s Kamoa-Kakula driver safety project. The fleet management solution required consistent connectivity across the entire field of operations, large areas of which are not covered by cellular networks. Inmarsat therefore provided a dual satellite-cellular tracking device and fleet management solution, which utilises GSM connectivity where available and then switches seamlessly to Inmarsat’s satellite connectivity when required. This provides a consistent and reliable communications network between control centre and vehicles, delivering real-time updates to Ivanhoe Mines on vehicle status and location, enabling the company to act to secure the safety and security of their staff and assets if necessary.Bos explains the benefits the company has seen since the deployment of Inmarsat’s solution: “Our top priority is making sure our staff and the public are safe. The Inmarsat solution enables us to track vehicles across the region and as a result we have seen a notable decrease in incidents. The speed at which we can also resolve any issues our drivers have out on the roads, has also improved immensely. We now have complete confidence that we will be instantly aware of any issue with a driver or vehicle and can respond immediately to provide assistance. Additionally, we have improved relations with people from our local communities by reducing disruption as our vehicles pass through their villages.”“Inmarsat’s solution has been instrumental in moving people, equipment and supplies to where we need them to be. Overall, the solution is helping to improve our bottom line, and has been integral to the successful development of this world-leading mine project.”last_img read more

Lunchtime Fix 8 things you need to know

first_img Due to cabin crew strike @AerLingus parks up Airbus A320s @DublinAirport #Aviation— Trevor Buckley (@IrishAero) May 30, 2014 WHAT’S THE STORY?1. There was a sharp message from IDA Ireland to Bausch and Lomb’s at-risk workers today – take the pay cut or face a ‘stark reality’. Source: Rock Hard Place via Shutterstock2. Some horrific news emerged from India today after two young sisters were found hanged in Katra village. The teenagers had been gang raped and murdered.3. Aer Lingus staff have gone ahead with their strike today – and most of the airline’s flights have been cancelled. 5. The HSE has confirmed that people who lost their discretionary medical cards before yesterday’s announcement will not get them back. 6. We may be looking at some good news (!) in the energy sector. Price experts have welcomed the July date set for the deregulation of the gas market. They say that allowing Bord Gáis to set their own prices will mean better competition.So, we might be able to get rid of this? Source: Hot Water Bottle via Shutterstock7. Know a baby that was born last year? Is its name Jack or Emily? There’s a chance it is as they were, by far, the most popular names of 2013. Very different from the Johns and Marys born 50 years before. Image created by DataConversion Direct Ltd. Source: Dataconversion Direct Ltd.8. And finally, 2FM have chosen its Miss Personality. We’ll leave the commentary on this to here. Source: @SB_Comms via TwitterCatch up on the rest of today’s stories> 4. Alex White has confirmed what we’ve all known for ages – he wants to be the next leader of the Labour party. It’s on.  Source: Trevor Buckley™/Twitterlast_img read more

Gardaí probe at least four different potential motives after machete murder of

first_img By Garreth MacNamee Jun 12th 2018, 10:51 AM Mikolaj with his wife Elzbieta. Gardaí probe at least four different potential motives after machete murder of man in Cork Mikolaj “Nick” Wilk (35) was killed in his home in Ballincollig, Cork. 29 Comments GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE brutal murder of Mikolaj “Nick” Wilk (35) at his home in Ballincollig, Cork, are probing a number of different theories as to why he was killed including that he was involved in a personal feud with someone he knew.Wilk was attacked by four men armed with machetes for a period of up to 10 minutes. He was subjected to the assault in front of his wife and two children. He later died in hospital.His wife Elzbieta suffered serious slash wounds to her arms and hands. Her two children were physically unharmed but are said to be in a deeply distressed state.Wilk was known as a friendly, hard-working man who had his own gardening business in Cork. There was no immediate motive for the attack.However, gardaí will now access his social media profiles as well as his phone records to check if there could have been a personal reason for the attack.Gardaí will also investigate if Wilk’s death could be in any way linked to his work.Detectives believe the nature of the murder – a sustained attack with machetes for up to 10 minutes – indicates that the reason behind the killing was personal. Gardaí also recovered a gun from a car which was burnt out close to the murder scene.The fact the men had access to a firearm and decided not to use it is more evidence for gardaí, albeit circumstantial, that there was a personal motive for the case.Aga Deryng, who is a friend of Elzbieta, said she is raising money for the bereaved family.Writing on a GoFundMe page, Deryng said: “A caring husband, loving father and very close friend to a lot of us, was brutally attacked and killed. Everyone is still in shock and heartbroken over this tragic incident. We are gathering money to help his poor wife that also [has] been injured and two children that he has orphaned. Even a small donation would help them to recover after this tragedy.”The scene at The Bridge House, Maglin, Ballincollig is still currently preserved. Gardaí are continuing to carry out house-to-house enquiries.Speaking at Gurranabraher Garda Station today, Superintendent Colm O’Sullivan said: “We are continuing to appeal to anyone with information or to anyone who may have witnessed this incident, [including] any drivers who may have dash cam footage and travelled in the Maglin, Ballincollig, Ballinora and Waterfall areas between 2am and 5am on 10 June 2018.“If anyone noticed any suspicious or unusual activities in these areas in the days leading up to the incident, contact Gurranabraher Garda Station on 021- 4946200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.” Share413 Tweet Email center_img Image: Facebook Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 10:51 AM Mikolaj with his wife Elzbieta. Image: Facebook Short URL 78,152 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Multiculturalism under the microscope

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “On the one hand people say they love multiculturalism, but if you ask how we got to become a multicultural society, this is where you need to explain how it works.Maria VamvakinouA new report says that despite Australia’s embracing of multiculturalism, discrimination against ethnic minorities is on the increase, and a majority of Australians do not support public funds being used to assist ethnic minorities to maintain their traditions. While the Scanlon Foundation’s 2013 Mapping Social Cohesion Survey strikes an upbeat tone on perceptions of the term ‘multiculturalism’ in Australia, the report published this week admits that since the benchmark of 2007, its findings “arguably reflect a deteriorating rather than improving situation”, with “a marked increase in the reported experience of discrimination, especially amongst Australians of non-English speaking background”. A hardening of attitudes towards asylum seekers was also evidenced by the research, which has been conducted annually for the past six years. While the findings indicate strong levels of support for the concept of multiculturalism – 84 per cent of respondents agreed that ‘multiculturalism has been good for Australia’ – and a similar proportion agreed that multiculturalism benefited the nation’s economic development – more than half of those asked did not agree that ethnic communities should receive public funds to maintain customs and traditions. The reticence of a majority of Australians to acknowledge the importance of funding multicultural programs suggests a disconnect with broader views on the benefits of multiculturalism. The survey’s authors described multiculturalism as “an ambiguous term that individuals interpret in different ways” but was “a strong and supported ‘brand’ [and] one that resonates with the Australian people”. The report’s findings were largely welcomed – with caveats – by politicians and multicultural lobby groups. Victoria’s Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras described the results as reinforcing the concept of Australian multiculturalism “as a success story”, whilst noting that research in Victoria – which showed over 80 per cent agreed that multiculturalism benefits Australia’s economic development – was higher than the national figure. “Victoria’s approach to multiculturalism sets a benchmark for other states to follow,” Mr Kotsiras said, whilst conceding that the survey flagged “some less positive developments”. “This demonstrates that while Victoria and Australia are, on the whole, harmonious, we must remain vigilant and resolved in our efforts to combat racism and discrimination wherever it occurs.” Victorian Labor MP John Pandazopoulos said the report highlighted the need for the federal government to reconsider the downgrading of multicultural affairs as a key ministerial portfolio. “The report’s outcomes highlight why the Abbott government’s recent decision to shut down the portfolio is completely wrong,” said the Member of Dandenong, who added that the Victorian experience – of bipartisan support for diversity and multicultural programs – was key to changing negative trends as highlighted by the survey. “The federal government should emulate this, rather than use approaches that have proven wrong overseas and only divide society. “It’s a crying shame that the principle of the Australian ‘fair go’ in the eyes of many has diminished over the last 10 years,” he said. Maria Vamvakinou MP – who chaired a cross-party federal inquiry into multiculturalism during the last Labor government – echoed the state MP’s sentiments. Ms Vamvakinou told Neos Kosmos that the survey’s findings provided further evidence that Tony Abbott’s decision to downgrade the multicultural portfolio was a mistake and “counter productive”. “People don’t understand that the reason why we have a cohesive society today is that governments funded programs and policy. Cohesion didn’t happen accidentally,” she said. “That’s where the disconnect is. On the one hand people say they love multiculturalism, but if you ask how we got to become a multicultural society, this is where you need to explain how it works. We can’t take it for granted everybody knows. They don’t.” Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria Chairperson Joe Caputo described the survey’s results as “mostly promising” but was “saddened” to see an increase in discrimination of people from non-English backgrounds and a progressively negative view of asylum seekers. “The fact that survey respondents consider asylum seekers the third most important problem facing Australia today goes to show how much the issue has been portrayed negatively by politicians and the media,” he said. The Scanlon Foundation’s 2013 Mapping Social Cohesion Survey can be viewed at: read more