Parents lash out at Bangalore school following sexual assault of minor

first_imgParents protest in Bangalore Hundreds of outraged parents Thursday stormed into a private school here, protesting against the alleged sexual assault on a six-year-old student by two teachers during school hours.”We have detained the accused for interrogation after a complaint was filed against them Wednesday on the incident, which is reported to have occurred July 2,” deputy commissioner of police (east) Satish Kumar told IANS here.Though the victim told her parents and teachers July 9 that she was physically abused by the sports teacher and physical instructor in the school premises, the Vibgyor High School authorities failed to act against the accused and tried to hush up the incident.”The incident came to light Tuesday after the parents brought it to our notice. We registered the case under section 376 of the Indian Penal Code on their complaint…,” Kumar said.Seeking stringent action against the accused, protesting parents sought security for their children studying in the school where the tuition fee alone is Rs.1.5 lakh a year.”We have told the school management to file a separate complaint with the police against the accused so that the case could be investigated properly and the guilty punished,” said Nandish Reddy, the parent of a student.Incidentally, Reddy is a former BJP lawmaker from the K.R. Puram assembly segment in the city’s eastern suburb.Earlier, the agitated parents and guardians of the wards stormed into the school premises after pulling down the gate and smashing the window glass panes of the building after they were denied entry to meet the school management.advertisement”We are not shielding the accused. We are cooperating with police in the case,” school chairman Rustom Kerawalla told reporters.”We have also handed over the CCTV footage of the class room to the investigation officer. If they are found guilty, they should be hanged.”According to the parents, the accused committed the crime when the child was alone in the class room.”We have also learnt that the two instructors are not employees of the school but are working on contract. They have been hired without any background check or profiling of their conduct,” said another parent.The school remained shut Thursday in view of the protest by parents and guardians.last_img read more

Former Indian hockey player Sandeep Michael dies

first_imgFormer Indian hockey player Sandeep Michael, who captained the Indian junior team to an Asia Cup gold in 2003, died on Friday after battling an unspecified neurological problem in Bengaluru.The former forward was 33.”Sandeep passed away this afternoon in a private hospital. He was battling a brain problem and was admitted on November 18. He slipped into a coma and could not be revived,” Karnataka State Hockey Association Secretary K Krishna Murthy told PTI in Bengaluru.Michael’s funeral will be held on Saturday at the Singapura church cemetery, Murthy said.The high point of Michael’s India career was the 2003 junior Asia Cup in which he was adjudged the most promising player. He scored in crunch games against teams like Pakistan and Korea.”He had a knack of scoring goals from any position and angle. This skill endeared him to the coaches and he was also loved by fans,” Murthy said.His father John Michael was a state-level volleyball player and his mother Alamelu was a track-and-field athlete and also was a state-level kho-kho player, he added.Michael’s younger brother, Vineet, too played hockey and represented Karnataka in the Sub-Junior Nationals in 2002.Michael found fame at the senior level in a tournament in Australia in 2003.”In this tournament he scored two goals after he came in as a substitute for Dhanraj Pillay. Pillay was rested by coach Rajinder Singh to give Sandeep international exposure,” he said.”I still remember Pillay praising Sandeep for the exquisite goal by saying it was a beauty of a goal that was well executed,” he recalled.advertisementIn 2001, he made his debut for the country as a junior in the Under-18 Asia Cup at Ipoh in Malaysia under Jugraj Singh.He was also part of the Indian development teams that won gold and bronze medals respectively in the Akbar-el-Yom Cup competition in 2002 and 2003, Murthy added.(With inputs from PTI)Also watch –last_img read more

IPL 2019: R Ashwin hopeful of finding momentum despite KXIP lose crunch match to DC

first_imgKings XI Punjab have been struggling to stitch successive wins but captain R Ashwin remains hopeful that the team can gain a bit of momentum as Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 heads towards the business end.Kings XI retained the fourth spot on the eight-team IPL 2019 points table despite their five-wicket defeat to Delhi Capitals on Saturday at the Feroz Shah Kotla. R Ashwin’s men have 10 points from as many matches with five wins so far in the season. DC vs KXIP – Report | Match Highlights Kings XI Punjab posted 163 for 7 on the board against Delhi Capitals, thanks to Chris Gayle 37-ball 69, which included six boundaries and five sixes. However, the visitors were not able to defend the total as Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer hit half-centuries to give Delhi a crucial win. The Capitals retained their third spot and now have six wins from 10 matches so far.Ashwin pointed out that dew played its part in the result on Saturday and rued the lack of support to Gayle during their innings at the Feroz Shah Kotla, which offered better support to batsmen on Saturday, unlike the previous two matches where the home team were undone by the sluggish nature of the pitch.Gayle kept losing partners at the other end as the likes of KL Rahul (12), Mayank Agarwal (2) and David Miller (7) failed to make any reasonable contribution to the score. Mandeep Singh struck a quickfire 30 and youngster Harpreet Brar 16 to help Kings XI Punjab go past the 160-run mark.”I thought it was just below par because of the dew. It was quite hard to grip the ball for the spinners. We lost too many wickets in the middle despite Gayle playing a brilliant knock,” Ashwin said after Delhi’s win over Punjab.advertisement”Credit to Shreyas. He held his nerve and batted through,” he added.Stressing Kings XI Punjab can still remain in contention for the playoffs if they stitch a few wins together from hereon, Ashwin added: “We have played quite well in the 10 games, won a few and lost a few close games. This tournament is all about stringing wins together and we need to catch the momentum now.”Kings XI Punjab will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad on the road before returning to Mohali for their final two matches of the league stage on May 3 and May 5.R Ashwin also spoke about the impact of Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s absence in the team. The young leg-spinner injured himself while fielding during their previous IPL 2019 match on April 16.”Someone like Mujeeb is a very important player for us. It happened last year as well, he got a soft tissue injury. It was quite disappointing from that angle. But having said we have enough talent to back him up but unfortunately we didn’t have enough runs on the board today,” Ashwin added.Also Read | R Ashwin thought about Mankading Shikhar Dhawan. Then this happenedAlso Read | Catch of the tournament: Ingram’s stunning effort to dismiss Gayle leaves fans in aweAlso Read | Wish I was as confident as Riyan Parag at 17: Steve SmithAlso See:last_img read more

10 months agoMan City fullback Mendy: The similarities of Guardiola and Bielsa

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City fullback Mendy: The similarities of Guardiola and Bielsaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City fullback Benjamin Mendy has discussed comparisons between manager Pep Guardiola and Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa.Mendy played for Bielsa at Olympique Marseille.He said, “With Pep it’s going well, we have a good relationship. It’s great when there is a good relationship with the coach. Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola have a respect for football. “The most crazy? Bielsa wears his nickname, El Loco. In Marseille he made us do incredible things. His staff, his way of working … But he was good with advice. He advised me to know how to play in several positions, and today it serves me.” last_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board condemns terrorist attack in Christchurch

first_img Press Trust of India KarachiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 21:51 IST Pakistan Cricket Board condemned the Christchurch shooting in the “strongest possible way”. (Reuters Photo)The Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday condemned the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch that left at least 49 people dead.The attack also led to the cancellation of the Bangladesh team’s tour of New Zealand.The PCB expressed its grief and shock over the incident with the Peshawar and Islamabad franchise teams wearing black armbands during their match in the Pakistan Super League here.In a statement, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said: “On behalf of the Pakistan cricket fraternity, I would like to condemn in the strongest possible way the cowardly, uncivilised and inhuman terrorist attacks on the innocent worshippers in Christchurch mosques.”The third Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand, which was to begin in Christchurch on Saturday, was called off after the terror attacks.”Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy who will feel and understand their pain and loss better than us. In these difficult times, we also stand firmly with our colleagues in New Zealand Cricket and offer our deepest condolences,” Mani added.The Bangladesh cricket team escaped unhurt despite being in close vicinity of the shooting attack.Also Read | Please save us: Tamim Iqbal in phone call to journalist as Christchurch horror unfoldedAlso Read | We could see it from the bus: Bangladesh team manager on Christchurch mosque shootingsAlso Read | A bloody carnage: Bangladesh team’s Indian support staff recalls Christchurch horrorFor 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 Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow Christchurch shootingFollow New Zealand shooting Pakistan Cricket Board condemns terrorist attack in ChristchurchPakistan Cricket Board gave a statement in which they condemned the “cowardly, uncivilised and inhuman terrorist attacks on the innocent worshippers in Christchurch mosques”.advertisementlast_img read more

Sri Lanka vs Australia, Live Streaming: When, Where, How to Watch World Cup 2019 Match on Live TV and Online Coverage

first_imgSri Lanka vs Australia, Live Streaming: When, Where, How to Watch World Cup 2019 Match on Live TV and Online CoverageSri Lanka (SL) vs Australia (AUS), World Cup Live Streaming: After registering a nervy win against Pakistan, Australia will look to come out with a commanding performance when they meet Sri Lanka in their fifth World Cup encounter at the Kennington Oval on Saturday.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk LondonJune 15, 2019UPDATED: June 15, 2019 12:04 IST Australia will face Sri Lanka on June 15 (Photo: Reuters)With 6 points in four games, defending champions Australia are sitting pretty in the top section of the points table and, therefore, would aim to gain two points to get to the top of the chart.One of the things that has been witnessed in Australia’s campaign so far is that none of the games have been easy for them. Barring their first game against Afghanistan, the mighty Aussies have had to grind and struggle to registers wins against West Indies and Pakistan.On the other hand, Sri Lanka, have 4 points from 4 games, which includes two washouts.In their two completed games, Dimuth Karunaratne’s men have not looked a very challenging side. Their batting has been in tatters, providing little chance to the bowlers to get them back into the game.What TV channel and live stream is the World Cup 2019 match Sri Lanka vs Australia on?Match number 20 of World Cup 2019 between Sri Lanka vs Australia can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the World Cup 2019 match between Sri Lanka vs Australia be played?The World Cup 2019 match Sri Lanka vs Australia will be played at The Oval in Kennington from 3 PM IST on Saturday, June 15.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match Sri Lanka vs Australia live?The match between Sri Lanka vs Australia will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match Sri Lanka vs Australia?You can follow our coverage for Sri Lanka vs Australia here – are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match Sri Lanka vs Australia?Squads:Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva.Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.Also Read | England vs West Indies Live Streaming: When, Where, How to Watch World Cup 2019 Match on Live TV and Online CoverageAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Injured Shikhar Dhawan hits the gym as India await his comebackAlso SeeFor 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 Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Sri Lanka vs AustraliaFollow ICC World Cup 2019last_img read more

Norddeutsche Reederei Opts for Greener Ship Recycling

first_imgHamburg-based shipping firm Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt has appointed the classification society DNV GL to carry out Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) certifications for its managed fleet of more than 50 vessels. The 3,700 TEU containership Northern Dexterity, the first vessel to undergo sampling and testing, is scheduled to receive the IHM certificate in February 2017.The sampling and analyses on board Northern Dexterity is being carried out by hazmat specialists from the two independent laboratories exag GmbH Marine Consulting and QSU GmbH, under the supervision of DNV GL.Expected to be completed by early 2018, the certification project will provide independent verification of the vessels’ IHM, as required by the European Ship Recycling Regulation.The IHM is one of the cornerstones of the European Ship Recycling Regulation, according to which every EU-flagged newbuild has to carry an inventory of all hazardous materials contained in its structure or equipment with a statement of compliance by December 31, 2018. The IHM is also an important feature of the Hong Kong Convention, which is expected to enter into force in 2020.“The IHM is an important step on the way to ensuring environmentally responsible ship recycling and therefore also important to us at Norddeutsche Reederei,” Dennys Wulf, Quality Management Director at Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt, said.The European Ship Recycling Regulation, in force since December 30, 2013, addresses the environmental and health issues associated with ship recycling while avoiding unnecessary economic burdens.last_img read more

CBI carries out searches at 22 locations in West Bengal in chit

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI is carrying out searches at 22 locations in West Bengal which are the premises of directors and promoters of New Land Agro Industries, one of the accused companies in a ponzi scam case, officials said Monday. The company was booked in May 2017 on the orders of the Supreme Court, they said. The apex court had directed the agency to probe all the companies allegedly involved in the ponzi scam being probed by a Special Investigation Team of West Bengal, the officials said. It was alleged in the complaint that over 250 agents, who had deposited approximately Rs 1 crore each, were cheated by the promoters and directors of the agency by promising them lucrative return. But the maturity amounts were not paid to the gullible investors, it was alleged.last_img read more

Quebec legislature returns ahead of fall election with voters hungry for change

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s legislature reopened on Tuesday for its last session before the fall’s provincial election and, on the same day, a new poll indicated almost 70 per cent of francophone voters want to see a change in government.With seven months to go before the election campaign, time is running out for the Liberals to convince Quebecers they are better off with a party that’s been in power since 2003, except for a brief Parti Quebecois minority government.“Quebecers are saying it’s time to move on to other things,” said Sebastien Dallaire, vice-president of Ipsos, during an interview.His firm’s latest numbers place the right-leaning Coalition Avenir Quebec at 34 per cent, with the Liberals at 30 per cent and the PQ with 23 per cent.The numbers confirm a several-months-long tendency from various polling firms: the anti-Liberal vote is crystallizing around the Coalition.While overall results indicate the Liberals are not far behind, they are third place among francophone voters, who decide elections.Polling aggregator blog,, projects the Coalition winning 64 seats out of 125, with the Liberals in second place with 41 seats.“Everyone would like to be where we are right now,” Coalition leader Francois Legault told reporters with regard to the Ipsos numbers, which indicate his party has 40 per cent support among francophones and in majority-government territory.“What’s important is not to take anything for granted and to work hard.”Legault said he’ll spend the next seven months before the election campaign trying to get further tax cuts into the Liberals’ spring budget.“What’s important is to put more money into the wallets of Quebec families,” he said.The PQ has taken the opposite route, and is positioning itself as the party that will fight for a strong state at the service of citizens.Their new advertising campaign shows a figure flexing its muscles with a message asking voters whether they want the Quebec state on a diet or at the gym.“They are sending a message that is more progressive,” said Dallaire. “They are convinced Quebecers’ values are there.”Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says his government’s seven remaining months will be focused on the economy, entrepreneurship, innovation and transport, as well as on announcing measures to help families.Finance Minister Carlos Leitao’s final budget of the Liberals’ current mandate will likely be tabled in the spring, and he has already stated it will include tax cuts for small- and medium-sized businesses.Several high-profile cabinet ministers are considering retiring from politics, including House Leader Jean-Marc Fournier and National Assembly Speaker Jacques Chagnon, and Quebecers can expect candidate announcements from all parties as the election date nears.It remains to be seen how the Liberals will be able to overcome the perception among voters that a change in direction is needed.Sixty-eight per cent of francophones want a new government, and while 53 of total respondents said the economy is doing better today than three years ago, 70 per cent said the health-care sector was doing worse.Ipsos polled 1,297 Quebecers — 797 online and 500 by telephone — between Feb. 2 and Feb. 4. Due to the combination of methods, there is no overall margin of error.last_img read more

Robin Roberts To Host WebMD Health Hero Awards

first_imgWebMD Health Corp., the leading source of health information, will host the first ever WebMD Health Hero Awards, recognizing individuals who are changing the healthcare landscape by meeting a health challenge and giving back to others.Robin Roberts will host the event, and presenters include Rocco DiSpirito, Susie Essman, Jordin Sparks, Beth Stern, Dr. Brent Ridge. There will also be a musical performance by Gavin DeGraw.The evening will honor Carson Daly, Michael J. Fox, Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, Dr. Frank Papay, Zarin Idnat Rahman and Martha Stewart.WHEN: Thursday, November 6thWHERE: The Times Center 242 West 41st StreetMD Health Corp. is the leading provider of health information services, serving consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers, and health plans through their public and private online portals, mobile platforms and health-focused publications. The WebMD Health Network includes WebMD Health, Medscape, MedicineNet, emedicineHealth, RxList,, Medscape Education and other owned WebMD sites.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

Indigenous school division proposed for Winnipeg

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group of parents and educators in Winnipeg want to improve dismal graduation rates and a loss of language and culture.Nearly two-hundred of them met Tuesday night to discuss forming an Indigenous school division in the city.APTN’s Dennis Ward has more.last_img

Jose Mourinho Bans Chelsea Doctor from Matches

Rabat – Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro will not attend the game against Man City after she was told by manager Jose Mourinho that she will no longer be sitting on the bench on matchdays and trainings.The Chelsea manager criticized Carneiro after she rushed in to the field to treat Eden Hazard during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League over the weekend.As a result, the Belgian player was forced off the pitch and left Chelsea down to only nine men for a short time after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was already shown a red card. The Gibraltar-born Carneiro will continue in her role as first-team doctor, but she will no longer attend games and trainings.A furious Mourinho told Sky Sports after the game that he was “not happy” with his medical staff.“Even if you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game.“You have to know you have one player less and when you go to the pitch to assist a player, you have to make sure your player has a serious injury.“I was sure he hadn’t a serious problem. He had a knock, he was very tired. But my medical department left me with eight outfield players in a counter-attack after a set piece and we were worried we didn’t have enough players left.”Born to a Spanish father and an English mother, Carneiro joined Chelsea in 2009 as a reserve-team doctor before being promoted by Andre Villas-Boas to take the first-team role in 2011.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

‘Insulting and Undiplomatic’: Tunisians Respond to Benkirane’s Comments

Rabat – Tunisian media have hit back at Abdelilah Benkirane’s “insulting comments,” telling the former Moroccan prime minister to “shut up” and mind his own business.Yesterday, a number of Tunisian radio stations ran programs that reacted to Benkirane’s recent comments about Tunisia, responding to what they called “an insult to the country’s pride and image.”Benkirane made his remarks on Sunday, January 13, while speaking to members of Morocco’s ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD). “Tunisia is an undisciplined country, even if its democracy is better [than Morocco’s],” Benkirane told fellow PJD members at his Rabat home. “When I visit the country, I find general strikes, dirt, and disorder. I have the feeling that some parties want to go back to dictatorship…. Tunisia is socially unstable,” Benkirane said. The former PJD boss, apparently comparing the Moroccan and Tunisian political experience, added: “Morocco is probably the best Arab country.”Read Also: Tunisia’s Essebsi Invites King Mohammed VI to Arab SummitThe Tunisian media’s response came on Tuesday, after waiting for two days for an official response from the government.Wondering what could have motivated the PJD official’s jibe at a neighboring country, Nessma TV called his remarks “a violation of all international and diplomatic norms.”Mosaique Radio followed suit, although uninterested in the reasons. The comments were sufficient proof that Benkirane has no “regard for Tunisia.” The radio noted on its website that Benkirane “did not mince his words about Tunisia. His remarks breach all diplomatic rules and are insulting to our country’s image.”However, in addition to rebuking Benkirane, the Tunisian radio wondered why government officials have said nothing so far. “The remarks were made days ago, and there has so far been no reaction from the Tunisian authorities.”Tunisia is widely considered one of the MENA region’s best democracies. “Democracy Index 2018,” a recent report by Britain’s the Economist on the state of democracy in the world, ranked Tunisia first in the Arab world in terms of democratic experience. Morocco, said to be oscillating between “authoritarianism” and “flawed democracy,” came second in the Arab world. read more

Public right to information essential to good governance Ban stresses

Mr. Ban told a panel discussion being held at United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark the annual World Press Freedom Day that “there is a global trend towards new laws which recognize the universal right to publicly held information.“But these new laws do not always translate into action. Requests for official information are often refused, or delayed, for years. At times, poor information management is to blame. But all too often, this happens because of a culture of secrecy and a lack of accountability.”The Secretary-General called for efforts “to change attitudes and to raise awareness” on the importance of a free flow of information.“People have a right to information that affects their lives,” he stressed. “States have a duty to provide this information. Such transparency is essential to good government.”Today’s panel discussion – held in advance of World Press Freedom Day, which will be observed on Monday – considered freedom of information and the public’s right to know and was focused on South-East AsiaThe Secretary-General said countries in the region had a broad spectrum of press freedom standards. Some have high standards while others are plagued by serious problems that ranged from impunity for violations to State repression.The global picture, he noted, is bleak. Mr. Ban cited last year’s records by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) indicating that 77 journalists were murdered around the world.“These were not high-profile war correspondents, killed in the heat of battle,” said Mr. Ban. “Most of them worked for small, local publications in peacetime. They were killed for attempting to expose wrongdoing or corruption,” he said.He condemned the killings and demanded that the culprits be brought to justice.“Impunity gives the green light to criminals and murderers, and empowers those who have something to hide. Over the long term, it has a corrosive and corrupting effect on society as a whole,” the Secretary-General said.He said that around the world, there are governments and other powerful forces which seek ways to obstruct the freedom of press.“They impose high taxes on newsprint, making newspapers so expensive that people can’t afford to buy them. Independent radio and TV stations are forced off the air if they criticize government policies. The censors are active in cyberspace too, preventing people from accessing websites for political reasons, and arresting citizen journalists,” Mr. Ban said. 29 April 2010Everyone has a right to information affecting their lives but too often government secrecy and a lack of accountability ensure that the public are deprived of vital facts, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he called for a wholesale change in attitudes towards press freedom. read more

Lanka firm against outside intervention

The delegation from Sri Lanka was speaking during the debate on the human rights situation in Belarus. The delegation said that Sri Lanka feels that action contemplated with regards to Belarus must have the country’s consent. The Sri Lankan delegation also said that the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism is the appropriate forum to address the human rights situation of all countries in a constructive and equal spirit of engagement. Sri Lanka informed the UN Human Rights Council that it is firmly against outside intervention in any country to address human rights concerns without the consent of that country.The Sri Lankan Mission in Geneva told the council during its ongoing 20th session today that any action on a specific country should be based on the principles of cooperation and genuine dialogue. Sri Lanka urged the Council not to permit debates and resolutions on country specific situations by virtue of selective processes that run counter to its founding principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity.Sri Lanka also says it is against the current trend of unnecessary duplication or multiplication of country specific mandates which leads to their continuation and politicization of the council. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Malaysian police arrest 7 over Lankans death

Malaysian Police have arrested seven men for investigation into the death of a Sri Lanka man who was allegedly assaulted while attempting to break into an apartment at Kota Kemuning.Shah Alam district police chief ACP Shafien Mamat said the incident occurred about 3 am when occupants of the apartment saw the suspect attempting to prise open the door and gave chase when he attempted to flee, the New Straits Times reported. “Several individuals at the apartment also went after the man and assaulted him after catching him,” he told a media conference at his office. He said the man died on the way to a hospital. Shafien said the suspects, age between 20 and 30, were detained for investigation under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder. read more

Guarantee the health of every child to achieve sustainable development – Annan

In a message marking World Health Day, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the international community to guarantee the health of every child as the starting point to achieve sustainable development.“Healthy children are crucial to sustainable development,” Mr. Annan said. “That is why this year’s World Health Day carries the theme ‘Shape the Future of Life: Healthy Environment for Children’.”He stressed that a child’s world was centred around the home, the school and the local community, places where children should be able to play, thrive and develop, and be protected from disease.“But in reality, these are often places where children – particularly children in poverty – face multiple threats to their health,” he said, noting the common risks of unsafe drinking water, air pollution, poor housing, lack of hygiene and sanitation, as well as inadequate waste disposal.“The only sustainable response is to make sure that children can live, learn and play in safe environments,” he declared. “This will not only save many lives; it will have positive consequences for economic development. It will prevent many children from being taken out of school due to chronic disease, and thus, help society as a whole build the skill-base it needs for economic growth.”That meant recognizing that “children are our future – and that a future of sustainable development begins with safeguarding the health of every child,” he concluded. “On this World Health Day, let us rededicate ourselves to that mission.”For his part, the President of the General Assembly, Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic, noted that 5 million children between birth and 14 years of age die annually, mainly in the developing world, from avoidable environmental hazards. “These are appalling statistics, because most of these deaths are regarded as preventable,” he said. “The dire situation facing children in unhealthy environments is intimately linked with issues such as poverty, lack of adequate nutrition, education and poor sanitary conditions.”Underlining the priority these issues have within the UN Millennium Development Goals, Mr. Kavan declared: “It is obvious that affording children at least the minimum in environmental standards is necessary to empower them for their future. As such, I believe it is imperative that we continue to push for measures at all levels of society that alleviate these worsening conditions.” read more

Collective action now the only way to meet global challenges Guterres reaffirms

UNFig 2: UN 2019 Annual Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization. Fig. 1Fig. 2 With the UN’s help last year, $15 billion was mobilized for humanitarian assistance for 133 million people in need, and more than 40 political and peacekeeping missions and offices worked to promote peace and prevent conflict.In addition, the Organization revamped the entire UN development system so that $33 billion in development aid, across 165 countries, could be better delivered. The past year saw the UN chief launch a new agenda for disarmament, and at least 600 million people were reached through a campaign celebrating the 70th anniversary of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights.Yet, rising inequality, extreme weather events, loss of biodiversity, increasing violence against women and girls, and pervasive poverty, continue to make humanitarian assistance essential, the Secretary-General said.As the Organization nears its 75th anniversary next year, Mr. Guterres said “across these diverse circumstances” he has seen, “a common thread: a deep conviction by people all over the world, that the United Nations must live up to its ideals.”Mr. Guterres says the past year has only reinforced his conviction that “there is no other way to address global challenges but to act collectively.”“Commitment to this vision is needed now more than ever,” he urged. More than 100 UN colleagues contributed to the report, which is available in all six official languages. UNFig 1: UN 2019 Annual Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization. The 120-page report documents the Organization’s progress over the past year, when it comes to sustainable development, peace and security; Africa’s development, human rights, humanitarian assistance, international law, disarmament, and crime prevention, together with the fight against terrorism.“Global challenges require global solutions,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in the Report’s introduction.“It is not enough to proclaim the virtue of multilateralism; we must prove its added value,” he stressed, highlighting that the world’s grave challenges require attention no single Member State or organization can solve alone, above all, the risks posed by runaway climate change.The 2019 Report on the Work of the Organization aims to set a new standard for transparency and accountability at the UN, giving readers a new perspective on the state of the world and how the UN is meeting its aims, through concrete results.The Secretary-General says the past year illustrates both what the UN system “can accomplish when we work together, and what we need to do to generate further progress.”Select long-term UN objectives 1995-2018 read more

Mooy scores 2 as Huddersfield jumps to 14th from last

WOLVERHAMPTON, England — Aaron Mooy scored twice as Huddersfield climbed off the bottom of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win against Wolverhampton on Sunday.The Australia midfielder found the net in each half as the Terriers were deserved winners at Molineux, where the hosts looked off the pace on their return from the international break.Mooy’s double was the first time Huddersfield had scored twice in a league game this season and its second win of the campaign lifted David Wagner’s team up to 14th in the table. Wolverhampton is now without a win in five league games, losing four.The game started at a frantic pace, with Wolves doing much of the attacking. But it was Huddersfield which took the lead after six minutes.Matt Doherty failed to track his man, allowing Erik Durm to get in behind the Wolves defence on the left. His low cross went perfectly into the path of Mooy, whose measured side-foot finish flew into the bottom corner of the net, giving goalkeeper Rui Patricio no chance.For all Woverhampton’s dominance in possession, it created nothing in the first half and Huddersfield had chances to extend its lead before the break, with Steve Mounie having three chances in quick succession to get his first goal of the season.Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo made two changes at halftime and only a superb goal-line clearance from Philip Billing denied the hosts an equalizing goal as Raul Jimenez’s far-post header from Adama Traore’s cross was somehow kept out.Mooy doubled his tally in the 74th minute with a superb curling free kick, bending the ball around the outside of the defensive wall and beating Patricio down by the post.___More AP English soccer: and Associated Press read more

Masiello will miss AtalantaFiorentina clash

first_imgAccording to coach Gian Piero Gasperini, the defender will be out for at least one week and will miss today’s Lega Serie A matchDefender Andrea Masiello has been with Atalanta since 2011.The 32-year-old footballer started his professional career with Lucchese, but after some years with Juventus, Avellino, Siena, Genoa, and Bari, he ended up in Atalanta.Since he joined his recent club, he has appeared in 127 matches, scoring eight goals in the process.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.But he will miss today’s match between his team and Fiorentina, after being ruled out by a muscular lesion in the adductor.“Masiello and Arkadiusz Reca are out, while Josip Ilicic is still struggling. We are having to adopt a different training regime with him,” explained coach Gian Piero Gasperini according to Football Italia.“Fiorentina are in great shape and scored a lot of goals so far this season, so their results speak for themselves. We’re coming off two good performances against Milan and Torino, which allow us to look at Florence as an important and significant test.”“We tend to play with our usual solid identity away from home and intend to maintain that in every stadium,” he concluded.last_img read more

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