Singer Aditya Narayan caught in a controversy

first_imgSinger Aditya Narayan allegedly got into an argument with IndiGo ground staff and abused them at the Raipur airport on Sunday morning, after he was asked to cough up ₹13,000 for excess baggage, the airline said in a statement. At the time of check-in, Mr. Narayan was asked to pay for extra baggage weighing 40 kg, which led to a heated argument between him and the IndiGo ground staff, the statement read.“(If) you are going to offload me, I will see you in Mumbai…phir dekh lenge (then we will see),” the singer can be heard threatening a duty manager, in a video being played by TV channels.The airline said, Mr. Narayan also used “unparliamentary” language while arguing with a female staff. However, he was later issued a boarding pass after he apologised to the ground staff. The airline did not say whether he paid the excess baggage fee or not.Narayan did not reply, despite repeated attempts to contact him.last_img read more

Federer edges Youzhny in 5 sets at US Open; Nadal needs 4

first_imgView comments It is the first time the 36-year-old Federer has played five-setters in both the first and second rounds at a major tournament.“I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance. I still believe I’m going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I’m not playing all that bad,” Federer said. “It’s just that I’m going a bit up and down in waves throughout the match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGiven that Federer entered the day with a 16-0 career record against Youzhny and a 16-0 mark in the U.S. Open’s second round, one might have thought that their match would be a mismatch.Think again. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Promoters: Pacquiao-Horn rematch won’t happen this year Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games A couple of seeded men departed, too: No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 15 Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up.The No. 3-seeded Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open championships from 2004-08 and also was the runner-up twice, including two years ago. But he missed last year’s tournament while taking off the second half of the season to let his back and surgically repaired left knee fully heal.That back, an off-and-on issue for years, flared up again while Federer was losing in the final of the Montreal Masters in August. He didn’t get to fully work on returns or serves, in particular, as the U.S. Open approached. That lack of training and the resulting lack of timing — rather than pain from his back — is what Federer said caused him problems Tuesday night in the first round against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe and again against Youzhny, a former top-10 player who reached the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Open semifinals but is now ranked 101st.“I’m pretty confident that I’m only going to get better from here. That’s a good thing,” Federer said. “Because I’ve played a lot, I definitely found some rhythm now.”He did falter repeatedly Thursday, though.Federer let a lead slip away in the second set and got broken while serving for it at 5-4.“He helped me to come back,” Youzhny said.Federer stumbled again while serving for the fourth set at 5-3, but responded to a break there by breaking right back.Still, Federer’s unforced errors continued to mount in the fifth set — 11 in the first four games alone, including a badly shanked forehand on his first break point at 2-1, a netted backhand on his second, and a long forehand to let Youzhny hold there. Eventually, Federer nosed ahead, aided by the considerable dip in the 35-year-old Youzhny’s level of play.While Federer played his first-round match Tuesday under the roof in Ashe, Youzhny’s opener was postponed until Wednesday because of rain, and he blamed that for his fatigue. His legs started cramping late in the third set Thursday and then reached other parts of his body, even his fingers, by the end. That made it hard to move forward or to jump normally while serving. “He’s also a real man who plays tennis,” Youzhny noted. “He’s not a god.”Well, OK, that’s true. But remember: Federer did not drop a single set en route to his record eighth Wimbledon championship in July. And that he is 37-3 with five titles, including two at majors to raise his record total to 19.Second on that list, with 15, is No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal, who trailed by a set and a break before figuring things out and beating 121st-ranked Taro Daniel of Japan 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in Ashe at night. That followed 20th-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe’s 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory over Ons Jabeur of Tunisia under the lights.What already was a wide-open women’s bracket became more so when 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset by 116th-ranked Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The No. 8-seeded Kuznetsova’s exit means five of the top eight women are already gone.Two other seeded women lost to Americans in the afternoon: Shelby Rogers edged No. 25 Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) in a tournament-record 3 hours, 33 minutes, and Jennifer Brady eliminated No. 23 Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-1.ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning a point against Taro Daniel, of Japan, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK — A bad back prevented Roger Federer from getting ready for the U.S. Open the way he prefers to prepare for a Grand Slam tournament. And it’s showed so far.Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five sets again before coming back to edge a cramping Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC At 1-all in the deciding set, Youzhny collapsed to the court, grabbing at his right leg after whiffing on an attempted swat at Federer’s lob. Youzhny stayed down for a few moments, then grimaced and limped around for the rest of that game.Afterward, Youzhny chuckled at the mention of having lost all 17 matches against Federer, even leaning back in his chair and joking about how he would have completed the upset if Grand Slam rules were different: “I beat him in three sets now — but we played five sets. But come on, if we played three sets, I already beat him!”Federer, naturally, preferred to look at matters from a different perspective.“I find my way,” he said. “I don’t panic.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Carlo Biado wins PH’s 2nd gold in pool

first_imgCarlo Biado of the Philippines competes against Duong Quoc Hoang of Vietnam in the finals of men’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Biado prevailed, 9-5, to clinch the gold medal.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLThe Philippines pocketed another gold medal in pool after Carlo Biado ruled the men’s 9-ball event in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.This is the Philippines’ second gold medal in billiards after Chezka Centeno triumphed over Rubilen Amit in women’s 9-ball. ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biado beat Vietnamese Duong Quoc Hoang, 9-5,in the championship round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Thrilling win for Centeno: ‘I thought I lost the gold’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Varsha Bhosle suicide: Police to question Asha and Lata

first_imgEven as the last rites of Varsha Bhosle, daughter of playback singer Asha Bhosle, were performed Tuesday, police remained clueless about the reasons behind her suicide.Police officers investigating the case said they would record statements of Asha, who might be able to reveal the reason behind her 56-year-old daughter’s suicide.A police official said they had recorded statements of Asha’s sister Usha Mangeshkar, maid Dipali Mane and driver Vijay.”Close family members have not been questioned yet since they are still in a state of shock,” the police official said.The officer said police would soon record the statements of Asha, her elder sister and legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and Varsha’s former husband Hemant Kenkre.Police officials, however, said the Belgian pistol, with which Varsha allegedly killed herself, was registered in the name of Anand, Asha’s youngest son and it was kept safely in the house.Varsha was Monday found dead with two bullet injuries in her head.She was the second of the three children of Asha and Ganpatrao Bhosle and stayed mostly with her mother in the posh Prabhu Kunj building in Mumbai.Police suspect that she committed suicide Sunday night, but also said that the neighbours did not hear any gunshot.Varsha’s viscera sample has been sent for test.Police sources said the woman’s post-mortem report confirmed she died of haemorrhagic shock due to bullet injuries.Three loaded cartridges were found in the pistol.Varsha, who used to work as a freelance journalist, was divorced from sports journalist Hemant Kenkre.She wrote columns for web portal, The Sunday Observer and the Gentleman magazine, among other freelancing projects.She had also sung songs for some Hindi and Marathi films and performed in some concerts with her mother.She was depressed for many years and had tried to commit suicide in 2008 and 2010 by consuming sleeping pills. advertisementlast_img read more

Hot Petron sweeps first round; F2 bounces back

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments That’s bad news from the rest of the field.Stephanie Niemer scored 23 points, while a flu-stricken Kath Bell added 19 for Petron, which finished the job in just 66 minutes.Niemer, who is hunting her first PSL crown, unloaded 18 kills, one block and four aces.“It’s really proud of our imports, they’re very dedicated and very professional,” said Delos Santos.Erica Wilson provided 13 points for the HD Spikers, who fell to 4-3.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Blaze Spikers will start their second round campaign when they battle struggling Foton on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.Meanwhile, Lindsay Stalzer led the Cargo Movers with 19 points as they moved up to 6-1, while PLDT fell to 3-4. —MARC ANTHONY REYESSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The two parted ways last Thursday after sharing the tournament lead for quite some time—Petron pinned a first loss on F2 Logistics—but except for their slightly different records, they’re back to doing the same old stuff.Whipping their PSL foes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt was a clean sweep of the their first seven matches for the Blaze Spikers, who appear to be peerless at this point of the conference.“I think we did a good job, but it doesn’t end here,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos. “It’s a good thing if we can maintain our winning streak. But we still have to step up if we want to remain undefeated in this very tough tournament.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img Make it a ‘5-peat’ for CEU MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPetron fittingly closed out the first round by dominating Cignal, 25-15, 25-19, 25-14, Saturday night in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Muntinlupa Sports Center.F2 Logistics bounced back from a loss after crushing PLDT, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 in the other game.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Simone Biles Wins 16th World Gymnastics Title, Fifth All-around Gold

first_imgStuttgart: US gymnastics superstar Simone Biles won her 16th world championship gold medal and fifth all-around title in Stuttgart on Thursday.Biles, 22, earned the 22nd world medal of her career, leaving her just one short of the all-time record, having already won team gold with the USA on Tuesday. Chinese youngster Tang Xijing, 16, took silver, 2.1 points behind Biles, while Angelina Melnikova of Russia claimed bronze.Biles extended her own record as the most decorated woman in world championships history to leave her just short of male gymnast Vitaly Scherbo’s record of 23 world medals.Biles led from the start, nailing her first discipline with a superb vault which scored 15.223 points.She followed that up with a solid display on the uneven bars, where she posted the third-highest score, to consolidate her lead.Biles dominated the beam and sealed gold with the highest score of 14.400 in the floor exercise when she had only needed 12.300 for the title.She will attempt to bolster her medal tally and break Scherbo’s record in this weekend’s four apparatus finals. GoldgymnasticsSimone BilesWorld Gymnastics First Published: October 10, 2019, 10:32 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Sathyaraj expresses wholehearted regret for comments

first_imgChennai, Apr 21 (PTI) “Baahubali” actor Sathyaraj today expressed “wholehearted regret” over his Cauvery dispute remarks, while appealing for the smooth release of the second part of the SS Rajamouli-directed film in Karnataka next week.The actor, who plays the role of Kattappa in the movie, clarified that he was not against Kannada people.This statement comes following the demands of an apology from Sathyaraj by pro-Kannada outfits, who had threatened to stall the release of the film in the state.In a video released to the media, Sathyaraj read out a statement, saying he had made the remarks nine years ago at a protest held by the Tamil film industry against the “attack” on Tamils in Karnataka over the Cauvery dispute. “I had spoken something nine years ago at the meeting which has been viewed on Youtube. And since they feel hurt over some of the words spoken by me, I express my wholehearted regret to them (Kannada people) for those words,” he said.Sathyaraj said he did not want the hardwork of the films team go to waste and appealed for allowing its release in Karnataka.”I am a small actor in a mega film called Baahubali. I dont want the efforts of many people to go to waste. Not just that, I have the added responsibility of ensuring exhibitors in Karnataka, who have bought (screening rights of) Baahubali 2, are not affected,” he said in what he termed as an “explanation” to Tamil people and activists.An atheist, known for his pro-Tamil views, Sathyaraj insisted that he will continue to voice support for matters concerning Tamils including the Cauvery dispute and the Eelam issue in Sri Lanka.advertisementThe actor, sporting a black T-shirt synonymous with the the states Progressive movement led by rationalist leader, late E V Ramasamy Periyar, said he was not against Kannada people.In a message to producers and filmmakers, he said those who fear “problems” in the future by casting him in their films may not do so and avoid “facing losses.””Because I take more pride in living and dying as a Tamil without any superstition than living and dying as an actor,” he added.He also extended his thanks to director Rajamouli, the films producers, various professional bodies of Tamil cinema including an artistes association and his well-wishers “for tolerating the difficulties caused by me.”Kannada Okoota, an umbrella organisation of Kannada bodies, has announced Bengaluru Bandh on April 28, the date of release of the film, to protest his remarks.”The remarks made by Sathyaraj against Kannadigas during the Cauvery row (a few years ago) had crossed limits of decency. We will not allow the film to be released under any circumstances,” Vatal Nagaraj, who heads Kannada Okoota, had said. PTI SA BN BK JCHlast_img read more

What a ridiculous decision: Shane Warne slams ICC for overrate ban on Jason Holder

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 13:33 IST West Indies captain Jason Holder will miss the third and final Test vs England due to ICC’s ban. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJason Holder has received a ban for West Indies’s overrate offence in the second TestShane Warne asked Holder to appeal against the banWest Indies have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series vs EnglandAustralian great Shane Warne ridiculed the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to ban West Indies captain Jason Holder for the third Test against England over his team’s slow over rate in the second Test in Antigua. West Indies thrashed England by 10 wickets in Antigua and captain Holder led his side from the front to the historic victory in a match that finished inside three days.Despite the managing not even going to the last two days of the Test, ICC levied the one-Test suspension on Holder on the basis of overrate on a single day. According to the rules, a team is supposed to bowl particular number of overs at a certain rate on each day of a Test match and Holder’s West Indies did not do the same.However, Warne was unhappy with ICC’s decision and urged Holder to appeal against this ban before the third Test in St Lucia. He also questioned ICC’s common sense in the ban.”The test didn’t go 3 days – can you please appeal this @JaseHolder98 ! What a ridiculous decision – where’s the common sense here ? Ps Congrats on a wonderful series win too. International cricket needs a strong Windies team & hopefully this is just the start @BrianLara,” Warne tweeted.The test didn’t go 3 days – can you please appeal this @JaseHolder98 ! What a ridiculous decision – where’s the common sense here ? Ps Congrats on a wonderful series win too. International cricket needs a strong Windies team & hopefully this is just the start @BrianLara Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 3, 2019Holder replied to Warne comment with a “thank you” to which Warne responded once again congratulating the West Indies captain for the quality of cricket they put on display.”Pleasure ! The fans at the ground saw some awesome cricket from you & your team. No one at the ground would have felt short changed whatsoever. What a ridiculous decision & I hope this will be over turned !” Warne said.Pleasure ! The fans at the ground saw some awesome cricket from you & your team. No one at the ground would have felt short changed whatsoever. What a ridiculous decision & I hope this will be over turned ! Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 3, 2019Former England captain Michael Vaughan also tweeted his views on this issue, asking the ICC to put run penalties instead of banning captains for such incidents in the sport.246 over Test Match .. that amounts to 2.6 days of Cricket .. A team hammers the opposition & plays great Test cricket yet the Captain gets a ban for Slow over rate .. @Jaseholder98 can find himself very very unlucky on this occasion .. !! The game really doesn’t help itself …Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 3, 2019Hitting teams & captains with Run penalties after every innings is more powerful than a ban or suspension .. That’s how I would deal with slow over rate .. It would affect the series and games they are being slow in much more .. #OnOnMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 3, 2019West Indies hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series against England after thumping victories in the first two Tests but Holder, the world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder, will miss the last game starting on Saturday.Holder, 27, was named man-of-the-match after the first Test in Barbados for his innings of 202 not out and two wickets as West Indies had crushed England by a 381-run win.Also Read | Alzarri Joseph plays Test vs England hours after mother’s demise, gets standing ovationAlso Read | Alastair Cook blasts England’s preparations after West Indies Test defeatAlso Read | Trevor Bayliss wants England batsmen to show ‘guts’ against West IndiesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Jason HolderFollow West Indies vs EnglandFollow ICCFollow Shane Warne What a ridiculous decision: Shane Warne slams ICC for overrate ban on Jason HolderWest Indies captain Jason Holder was suspended by ICC for the third and final Test against England and Shane Warne questioned cricket’s world body whether the common sense is being applied.advertisementlast_img read more

Time Springs Forward Sunday March 9

first_imgNova Scotians will be able to enjoy more sunlight in the evenings when daylight savings time begins on Sunday, March 9. People are reminded to set their clocks and watches ahead one hour at 2 a.m., or Saturday evening before they go to bed. Watches and clocks are not the only items that need adjustment – ovens, microwaves, car clocks, electronic devices, and automatic timer lights need to be turned ahead. It is also a good time to clean dryer vents to prevent fires, and change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke detectors should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years.last_img read more

BC firefighters repeatedly impeded by recreational boaters on Okanagan Lake

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. – Though nearby wildfires are still wreaking havoc on the area, boaters on British Columbia’s Okanagan Lake continue to enjoy the best of a B.C. summer — and that’s causing problems for firefighters working in the area.Glen Burgess of the BC Wildfire Service said the boaters are impeding the response of firefighters’ support aircraft, which use the lake as a bucketing tool and water source.Burgess said the wildfire had spread down to the shoreline but was not keeping boaters away from well-known recreational hot spots, and the RCMP was eventually called in to help keep the public away.“Boaters are still trying to use them despite the fire being literally right there, and it began to interfere with our bucketing operations,” Burgess said during a briefing Saturday.Fire Information Officer Noelle Kekula said in an interview Sunday that boaters were getting too close to the helicopters and skimmers, amphibious tanker planes that can hold more than 3,000 litres of water or fire-retardant chemicals, and need room to take off once they fill up.“Think of (the lake) like an airstrip: the skimmers need to come in and land, and then they need enough room to take off again,” she said, adding that both the helicopters and skimmers become significantly more heavy when full of water.The helicopters lower a 950-litre bucket into the water to fill up, said Kekula, and can drop the water more precisely than the “shotgun” approach the skimmers take when emptying above a blaze.Kekula said she’s especially frustrated by the repeated warnings to boaters whose actions are putting firefighters and their communities in danger and creating “incredible safety issues.”She said she did not know the motivation behind the boaters getting dangerously close to the aircraft, but said she would not be surprised if they were thrill-seekers trying to ride the large wakes created by the skimmers.“It’s the million-dollar question as to why people are interfering with our operations,” said Kekula.Kekula hopes the warnings to the public, along with RCMP involvement, will help boaters manage themselves properly.The wildfire in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park has grown to nearly 14 square kilometres and is classified as out of control by the BC Wildfire Service.— By Spencer Harwood in Vancouver (Follow him on Twitter @SpenceHarwood)last_img read more

Morocco Says Shale Oil Exploitation Will Start in Five Years

Marrakech- The National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mining (ONHYM) clarified in a statement issued on 3rd September that shale oil production from San Leon’s Timahdit permit, which is 240 km south East of Rabat, will only start in 5 years.Whilst initial testing results by San Leon Energy were encouraging they need to be complemented by further research, including environmental feasibility and technical studies.The production, which would be limited to 10,000 barrels a day would not take place before 5 years, the statement said. ONHYM has been careful to manage to manage expectations in the current drilling run for oil and gas this year.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

UN backs first international meeting on organic seeds

The three-day First World Conference on Organic Seed is jointly organized by FAO and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements. Around 300 participants from private companies, non-governmental and farmers’ organizations, scientific institutions and government agencies are expected to attend. Although certified organic agriculture represents less than two per cent of agricultural land worldwide, but the sector is constantly growing, according to FAO. Last year, global organic food retail sales grew by 8 per cent in Europe and 12 per cent in the US. Over 100 developing countries are exporting certified organic products. Higher consumer demand, an increasing interest by supermarkets and government programmes stimulating organic production are the driving forces behind the growth of the organic sector, FAO said. But the agency warned that organic producers are facing problems because conventional varieties and seeds often perform poorly under the conditions of organic agriculture, resulting in low yields. The seed industry offers only a very limited range of seed varieties suitable for organic production.New requirements by the European Union to use organically produced seed in organic production are difficult for poor countries to meet. The conference aims to provide a discussion forum for knowledge and information exchange between farmers, individuals operating throughout the organic supply chain, scientists, the seed industry and policy makers. read more

Pledging funds UN envoy to Liberia welcomes reconciliation commission

Helping launch a reconciliation commission to heal the societal wounds of Liberia’s brutal 14-year civil war, the United Nations envoy to the West African country said that the UN Development Programme (UNDP) would donate $500,000 to aid its operations.Alan Doss, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, also praised Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who came to office in January, for the commitment she has shown to setting up the long-delayed Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).“The priority you have given to the inauguration of the TRC is yet another proof of your resolve to push ahead vigorously with your good governance agenda,” Mr. Doss said at the opening ceremony in the capital Monrovia, at which the nine members of the Commission took their oaths of office.Presiding over that ceremony, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said that the inauguration was an “unprecedented testament to the courage we have summoned as a nation and people to reckon with our shameful and despicable past.”“This commission is our hope – to define the past on our behalf in terms that are seen and believed to be fair and balanced, and bring forth a unifying narrative on which our nation’s rebuilding and renewal processes can be more securely anchored,” she said.According to the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the President told the Commissioners that they were to “document all abuses, validate and establish the narratives of both victims and victimizers; while paying particular attention to women, children, the elderly and other vulnerable members of society; and to provide at the end of their mandate, clear and workable recommendations on how Liberia can collectively make restitution for the past – and move on in unity to face the future.”The ceremony was attended by members of Liberia’s three-branches of government as well as by representatives of the diplomatic corps and international organizations. read more

UN experts urge Ukraine to stop systematic persecution of Roma minority

“We unequivocally condemn these heinous acts of intimidation and violence against members of the Roma minority in Ukraine,” the three UN experts said in a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“We are also seriously concerned at the growing hatred and racially-motivated violence against this community – and in particular against its most vulnerable members; women and children,” they added.The independent experts are all Special Rapporteurs, appointed by the Human Rights Council in Geneva: Leilani Farha, on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living; Fernand de Varennes, on minority issues; and E. Tendayi Achiume, on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.The wave of attacks began in April 2018, and targeted women and children in different regions of the country, including the capital Kyiv, as well as in Kharkiv, Ternopil and Lviv.Roma settlements were set on fire and residents intimidated, assaulted, and forced to leave their homes. The UN experts state that the perpetrators were members of extreme right-wing groups, such as the so-called “Sich-C14” and the “National Brigades”.“These attacks demonstrate a disturbing pattern of systematic persecution of Roma in Ukraine, compounded by rising hate speech and stigmatization, which appears to be nurtured by the current political and economic situation in the country,” the UN experts warned. They deplored the apparent absence of effective measures by the Ukrainian authorities to protect members of the Roma minority.Special Rapporteurs examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Noah Spence suspended for 3 games for violation of Big Ten Conference

Sophomore defensive end Noah Spence (8) attempts to sack the Penn State quarterback during a game Oct. 26, 2013 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14. Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorOhio State sophomore defensive end Noah Spence has been suspended for three games for violating a Big Ten Conference rule, according to a Wednesday OSU press release.Spence’s suspension will start with the Discover Orange Bowl, where the No. 7 Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) are set to take on No. 12 Clemson (10-2, 7-1) Friday at 8:30 p.m. He will also not be able to play against Navy Aug. 30 or Virginia Tech Sept. 6.The release said that Spence’s parents did not agree with the penalty imposed to their son or the rule violation itself, but were assisted by the athletic department in appealing their son’s suspension with the Big Ten.Spence will be able to practice with the team this spring, but cannot play until Sept. 13 against Kent State, according to the release.The release also states that the OSU athletic department will have no further comment on the issue.Spence led the Buckeyes in sacks with eight in the 2013 season and was named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and an OSU Scholar-Athlete.Spence did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment Wednesday morning. read more

Baltimore Ravens Sign Veteran Dallas Clark

The Baltimore Ravens signed veteran tight end Dallas Clark to a deal Sunday, the team announced.“[General Manager] Ozzie [Newsome] has an agreement in principle with Dallas Clark as of today,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. “So he’ll be in tomorrow to get a physical. Obviously, all of that is going to have to pan out for us to finalize it, but Dallas Clark is on his way to Baltimore right now.”Clark is a 10-year veteran who played nine years for the Indianapolis Colt. While there, he played under Ravens current Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell. Clark was one of quarterback Peyton Manning’s favorite targets in Caldwell’s offense.This signing will bring stability to a tight end position after the team has lost their two starters in that position in Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson to injury.In addition to Clark, the Baltimore Ravens has also signed veteran Brandon Stokely. Harbaugh says even with the two players’ long-time status, they will still have to fight for roster spots.“They’re both really accomplished players. We’re excited to have them,” Harbaugh said. “By no means though is anything guaranteed, and they understand that. They want an opportunity to compete for a job. They’ll be in competition for a job with our guys that are here, and we’ll see how that plays out. That’s how we like it.” read more

Duchess of Cambridge says kindness and respect are as important as academic

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge has said she wants to teach her children the importance of respect, honesty and kindness.Kate said making Prince George, the future King, and his sister Princess Charlotte aware of the value of these qualities was just as important as academic or sporting success.The Duchess’s comments came as she celebrated pupils with the “K factor”, or kindness factor, during a visit to Mitchell Brook Primary in north-west London with her husband the Duke for the launch of Children’s Mental Health Week.The annual event – which this year has the theme Spread A Little Kindness – is an initiative founded by the mental health charity Place2Be, which has Kate as royal patron, and runs counselling sessions at Mitchell Brook in Neasden. The engagement is part of a series of events the Duke and Duchess are undertaking – many with Prince Harry – to promote the royal trio’s Heads Together mental health campaign.Heads Together is a umbrella organisation – with Place2Be a member – that aims to change the national conversation around psychological issues to a positive one.The couple watched the assembly from a kindness bench. Normally sited in the school playground, it is used by children who feel lonely or need a chat and other pupils know to come forward and support them.On Sunday they were in very different surroundings with William, Kate and Harry taking to a track at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to support runners taking part in the London Marathon for Heads Together.During the assembly a Kindness Cup was awarded to Nadia Dhicis, aged 10, who was recognised as the most supportive pupil in the school. William and Kate later chatted to six children in the school’s library, with two Place2Be counsellors, and listened to their experiences.Jarrel Mulimbi and Kofi Appiah, two 10-year-old friends, told the royal couple how they bonded four years ago after Kofi told his friend a made-up story to see if he could keep the secret, and he could.The Duchess told Jarrel: “It’s so fantastic you’ve found that friendship here… so you can come in and know you’ve got a buddy you can trust and share your feelings with.”The royal couple were asked about the London Marathon – which is supporting their Heads Together campaign – and after Kate described how they wanted to get everyone talking about mental health issues William joked “although I think as they’re running it could be quite difficult”.Nicola Harmer, the school’s deputy head teacher, said: “The children were amazing on the stage, they were very very confident, even in the library when we were talking to the Duke and Duchess, the children could really confidently express how they were able to spread kindness themselves and look after their own well-being.”What’s clear, while this is an amazing one-off event for us, it’s really at the core of what we do here at Mitchell Brook.”Jarrel said about the royal couple after they had left: “They were brilliant, they weren’t spoilt – they were good people because they actually think about other people and how they affect the world.”They’re very important because they’re royalty, they have a lot of power but they use that power to help others.” The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Mitchell Brook Primary School, north LondonCredit:Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror/PA Wire The Duke and Duchess (left) of Cambridge attend the Place2Be Big Assembly with Heads Together for Children's Mental Health Week at the Mitchell Brook Primary School, north London The Duke and Duchess (left) of Cambridge attend the Place2Be Big Assembly with Heads Together for Children’s Mental Health Week at the Mitchell Brook Primary School, north LondonCredit: Ian Vogler/Daily Mirrorcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Kate, who wore an outfit by Luisa Spagnoli, said: “My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty, and I realise how central values like these have been to me throughout my life.”That is why William and I want to teach our little children George and Charlotte just how important these things are as they grow up.”In my view it is just as important as excelling at maths or sport.”Speaking during a special school assembly where those with the K factor were recognised, the Duchess added: “People often ask me why I am so interested in the mental health of children and young people.”The answer is quite simple – it is because I think that every child should have the best possible start in life.”When I was growing up I was very lucky. My family was the most important thing to me.”They provided me with somewhere safe to grow and learn, and I know I was fortunate not to have been confronted by serious adversity at a young age.” The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Mitchell Brook Primary School, north London Show more last_img read more

Credit Union chief says there is no evidence 100 movements are in

first_imgCredit unions are well capitalised, with total capital of €1.86 billion in ROI credit unions.“Overall ROI credit unions have over €600 million in surplus capital above the levels required by the Central Bank. These capital buffers are in addition to the provisions credit unions have set aside for bad and doubtful debts.”Read: Newbridge Credit Union taken over by Permanent TSBRead: Gilmore: Newbridge Credit Union is a one-off case THE HEAD OF the Irish League of Credit Unions says that there is “no evidence” that 100 credit unions are in serious difficulty.Reports today said that one quarter of the movement’s 393 individual establishments were in trouble and had been placed on a Central Bank watchlist.Although the Central Bank says that it cannot comment on it, sources insist that the list covers a range of regulatory concerns that the Central Bank has, not just loan repayments.In light of the decision to put Newbridge Credit Union into Permanent TSB, the spotlight is very much on credit unions, but ILCU chief executive Kieron Brennan says that he has seen no evidence to suggest the movement is in trouble.“It is the view of the ILCU that that there are not 100 credit union in “serious trouble”.“Our figures tell us otherwise. There is no specific detail in the newspaper articles which substantiate the claim.“The ILCU member credit unions have withstood a sharply deteriorating economic situation over the last five years. While, like other financial institutions, they were exposed to the fall in economic activity, credit unions are now operating from a firmer financial base.last_img read more

5000 fine over tree removal

first_imgA property developer has been convicted and fined $5000 for illegally cutting down a dozen trees on the site of his planned $20 million Toorak mansion according to a report in The Age. Harry Stamoulis, 44, who bought the half-hectare St Georges Road property for a record $24 million in 2010, was also ordered to pay $8000 costs. Stamoulis had pleaded guilty to the removal of 12 trees characterised as “significant” without a permit. Prosecutor Mathew Sherwell told Melbourne Magistrates Court earlier this month an officer with the City of Stonnington investigated a complaint in December 2010 about the removal of trees. Mr Sherwell said Stamoulis denied knowing the trees were deemed significant, and was unaware he needed a permit. Defence barrister Robert Barry said the council had told Stamoulis there were no trees on the property listed as significant. Mr Barry said a council arborist had identified the 12 trees but this had not been listed on the registry. He told magistrate Ann Collins that Stamoulis was embarrassed and took the matter seriously. When the case resumed , Nick Papas, SC, for Stamoulis – a prominent member of Melbourne’s Greek community and a board member of Melbourne Victory soccer club – emphasised his client’s lack of prior convictions and that the arborist had not told his client that significant trees had been identified. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Grammy noms 9 for Beyonce 8 each for Drake Rihanna Kanye

first_imgNEW YORK — The Grammy Awards are sipping all of Beyonce’s lemonade.The pop star leads the 2017 Grammys with nine nominations, including bids for album of the year with “Lemonade,” and song and record of the year with “Formation.” The singer, who already has 20 Grammys and is the most nominated woman in Grammy history with 62 nods over the course of her career, is also the first artist to earn nominations in the pop, rock, R&B and rap categories in the same year.Behind Beyonce are Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, who scored eight nominations each.Like Beyonce, Adele is also nominated for album, record and song of the year. For album of the year, “Lemonade” and “25” — which has sold 10 million copies in a year — will compete against Drake’s multi-hit “Views,” Justin Bieber’s redemption album “Purpose” and surprise nominee “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” the third album from respected and rebellious country singer Sturgill Simpson.Beyonce’s “Formation” and Adele’s “Hello” are up against Rihanna and Drake’s “Work,” twenty one pilots’ “Stressed Out” and Lukas Graham’s “7 Years” for record of the year. “7 Years” is also up for song of the year — a songwriter’s award — battling Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” co-written with Ed Sheeran, Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill In Ibiza,” as well as Beyonce and Adele’s songs.Beyonce’s nine nominations include best rock performance (“Don’t Hurt Yourself” with Jack White), pop solo performance (“Hold Up”), rap/sung performance (“Freedom” with Kendrick Lamar) and urban contemporary album (“Lemonade”).“Artists are feeling emboldened and courageous and just wanting to step out of the predictable boundaries of what they have done. Of course, (Beyonce) is the poster child for that,” Recording Academy CEO and President Neil Portnow said in an interview with The Associated Press.last_img read more