‘Will not let transgender Bill pass in present form’

first_imgRajya Sabha members, including Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’Brien and Congress’ Rajeev Gowda, on Friday assured the transgender community that they will not let the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill pass in the Upper House in its present form and ensure that it is sent to the select committee for modifications.Calling the Bill a dangerous piece of legislation that ignores the issues raised by them, members of the transgender community on Friday staged a protest against it at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.Mr. Gowda said a “massive injustice” is being perpetuated through the Bill. “We saw that without much discussion, the Bill was passed in Lok Sabha. The Bill, which claims to protect the rights of the transgender community, is actually doing the exact opposite,” he said. “When it comes to Rajya Sabha, there is a whole group of us gathered across party lines who will send it to select committee. That will give us a chance to sit with it, to work on improving it and to counter all the negativity infused by the government into the Bill,” he said. DMK Rajya Sabha member Tiruchi Siva said the Bill is “absurd”. “The government does not even have an idea as to what is a transgender. Going through a medical test to prove that you are a transgender is an insult rather than a right given through the Bill,” he said. Derek O’Brien promised that the Bill will not get passed in Rajya Sabha. “My message is that don’t worry, TMC is the third-largest party in Rajya Sabha and 47 MPs from the party promise that the Bill will not be passed in Rajya Sabha,” Mr. O’Brien said. CPI(M) MP Elamaram Kareem also promised the party would not let it pass in its current form.last_img read more

Curfew imposed in Rajasthan’s Malpura

first_imgCurfew was imposed in Rajasthan’s Malpura town of Tonk district on Wednesday after some miscreants pelted stones at a Dussehra procession last night, triggering communal tension in the area. SP Tonk Adarsh Siddhu said the curfew was imposed in view of the tension and Internet mobile services were also stopped to prevent rumour mongering. “We have arrested one person and detained a few others. Efforts to identify the other accused are being made,” he said. BJP dharnaUpset over the incident, BJP MLA Kanhaiya Lal and other leaders staged a dharna in front of the Malpura police station demanding arrest of the accused and removal of the Malpura SDM. “The dharna was called off when officials assured us of proper action. Ravana’s effigy could not be burnt last night and personnel of the municipality burnt the effigy amid tight security at 4 a.m. on Wednesday and the curfew was imposed,” the BJP MLA said. Mr. Lal alleged that there was no adequate security arrangement when the Dussehra procession was being taken out. “Such incidents have occurred in the area in the past also but this time, the district administration and police were not alert,” he claimed. SHO Malpura police station Dalpat Singh said some of the accused are minors.last_img read more

Willian never considered Man Utd or Barcelona moves

first_imgWillian claims “everything is perfect” for him at Chelsea, with summer talk of moves to Manchester United or Barcelona having been shrugged off.Having enjoyed the most productive season of his career to date in 2017-18, the Brazil international found himself as a man in demand.He delivered a personal best 13 goals across all competitions last season, while taking in 55 appearances. 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! A reunion with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford was mooted, with the Portuguese known to be an admirer of the qualities Willian brings to any given fold.La Liga giants Barcelona were also reported to be mulling over an approach as they sought to bring greater attacking spark into their ranks.In the end, no offers were tabled and the 30-year-old forward remained at Stamford Bridge, much to his delight.Willian told The Premier League Show on a window of uncertainty: “I love to live here, my family love to live in London, I love to play for Chelsea, everything is amazing. I have been here for five years and I hope to stay more. “Everything is perfect. My family don’t want to leave.”Maurizio Sarri ChelseaWillian is currently contracted to Chelsea until 2020, with it likely that extension talks will be sought at some stage with a player set to hit free agency in the same summer as Eden Hazard.While the Belgian is keeping everybody guessing when it comes to his future plans, Willian’s comments would suggest that he is ready to commit.He is enjoying forming part of another ambitious project under Maurizio Sarri, with the new man in charge at Stamford Bridge having helped to raise expectations with an exciting brand of football which stands in stark contrast to that favoured by his predecessor Antonio Conte.“He is very important, not only for me but for all the team. Now we play football,” Willian said of ‘Sarriball’.“He wants us to have fun inside the pitch. We play proper football and every single player is happy to play for him.”Chelsea, who suffered a Community Shield setback against Manchester City back in August, are yet to suffer a competitive defeat this season.That consistency has them sat among the Premier League frontrunners, while positive progress has also been made in Carabao Cup and Europa League competition.last_img read more

Delhi storm into Ranji Trophy final, Mohammed Shami 6-wicket haul in vain

first_imgHundreds from Gautam Gambhir and Kunal Chandela helped Delhi to a resounding innings win over Bengal and secure a berth in the final of the Ranji Trophy.Bengal, bowled out for 286 in their first innings, fought back after the strong opening stand between Gambhir and Chandela thanks to a six-wicket haul by Mohammed Shami.However, pacers Navdeep Saini (4/35) and Kulwant Khejroliya (4/40) wrecked havoc in Bengal’s second innings, sharing eight wickets between them to bundle the opposition out for a paltry 86.After conceding a crucial 112-run lead in the first innings, Bengal were off to a forgettable start losing their top five wickets for mere 44 runs on the board.Vice captain Sudip Chatterjee (21), skipper Manoj Tiwary (14) and stumper Shreevats Goswami (17) managed to get the starts but failed to convert when the team needed the most even as Bengal lost their remaining five wickets within a span of 42 runs.Delhi managed to get the early breakthrough with the wicket of opener Abhishek Raman (0), thanks to pacer Vikas Tokas trapping him plumb in front.Abhimanyu Easwaran (13) and Sudip then started rebuilding the innings with a brief 27-run second wicket stand — the highest for Bengal in their second essay before Khejroliya struck with the wicket of the opener.Thereafter, it was one way traffic for the Delhi boys, as wickets began to tumble at regular intervals.Earlier, India’s red ball specialist Mohammed Shami snared six wickets to apply the brakes on Delhi, who resumed at their overnight score of 271/3 and went on to add 127 runs to their total.advertisementFor Delhi, Himmat Singh contributed with a valuable 60 on Tuesday after twin centuries from openers Gautam Gambhir (127) and Kunal Chandela (113) set the tone for a grand first innings total.Brief Scores: Bengal 286 & 86 (Sudip Chatterjee 21; Navdeep Saini 4/35, Kulwant Khejroliya 4/40) lose to Delhi 398 (Gautam Gambhir 127, Kunal Chandela 113; Mohammed Shami 6/122) by an innings and 26 runs.Meanwhile in Kolkata, Vidharbha finished the third day 79 runs ahead vs Karnataka. Bowled out for a first innings score of 185, Vidharbha kept the opposition to 301 despite a stirling hundred from Karun Nair.Rajneesh Gurbani took a five-wicket haul while Umesh Yadav pocketed four as Karnataka were bowled out for 301.Vidharbha put up a far better show with the bat as Ganesh Satish remained unbeaten on 71 to ensure a decent platform for his side.last_img read more

Paralympic Games open to theme: ‘Heart knows no limits’

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Paralympic Games opened Wednesday with 4,350 athletes demonstrating first-hand their creed: “The heart knows no limits; everybody has a heart.”Wheelchair daredevil Aaron Wheelz showed the spirit in the opening act.As a countdown from 10 reached its end, Wheelz raced down a giant ramp and somersaulted in the air through a giant 0 on the stadium floor. That finished the countdown and shattered more stereotypes about what athletes with disabilities can do.The president of the International Paralympic Committee, Philip Craven, made a similar point with his speech. Craven, who lost the use of his legs in a rock-climbing fall at the age of 16, reminded Brazilians they have their own problems to overcome.Craven suggested Brazilians follow the lead of Paralympians.“In a country which has faced major challenges of late, Paralympians will switch your focus from perceived limitations — to a world full of possibility and endless opportunity,” Craven said. “They will surprise you, inspire and excite you, but most of all they will change you.”Brazil is mired in its worst recession in generations. The country just removed its elected president, and these games needed a government bailout of almost $80 million to make it to the starting line.Craven also used the theme of “inclusion,” topical in a country often separated by the rich and poor, and black and white; a country with few provisions for wheelchairs or anyone with an impairment.“Show the world that there is no them, there is only us,” Craven told the capacity crowd at the opener. “A world where people of all abilities, races, nationalities and sexualities can come together as one. We are all part of one world.”The symbolic cauldron was lit by Brazilian swimmer and wheelchair user Clodoaldo Silva as rain fell. The six-time gold medalist faced a flight of stairs and looked perplexed about what to do next. The staircase then opened, exposing a ramp leading to the cauldron. Problem solved.Silva received the torch after a number of athletes carried it in the stadium. Among them was former Brazilian Paralympic medalist Marcia Malsar, who wobbled and fell over backward as she carried the torch across floor with aid of a cane. Malsar got back up, with some assistance, and finished her roughly 30-meter section of the relay in an effort warmly acknowledged by the crowd.The show featured a tribute to the wheel, to Brazil’s swirling samba rhythms, and to the beach — a ritual gathering spot in Rio. And there was the cast applauding an imaginary sunset, another ritual in this beach town.The show also saluted Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias, the country’s most decorated Paralympian with 10 gold medals — and surely more to come in Rio.Organizers say tickets sales have been booming. Only 200,000 were sold a few weeks ago, but they’ve now sold 1.6 million. The goal is 2.4 million. This is partly a result of the reasonable prices for many tickets, only 10 Brazilian reals ($3).A notable absentee was International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.The IOC chief said he had to miss the ceremony to attend a state mourning ceremony in Germany for Walter Scheel, the former West Germany president.Craven told reporters it’s the first time since Salt Lake City in 2002 that an IOC president had missed a Paralympic opening.Patrick Hickey, a high-ranking IOC member from Ireland, was among 10 people charged by Brazilian prosecutors on Tuesday with ticket scalping, conspiracy and ambush marketing related to last month’s Olympics.Police investigators said they wanted to speak with Bach about email exchanges he had with Hickey related to ticket allocations for Ireland. Police had planned to “summon” Bach if he came for the opening ceremony, though there is no evidence he knew about the ticket scam.Also missing were 267 Russian athletes who were banned because of alleged state-sponsored doping. Officials say 159 nations were entered on Wednesday, and in addition a refugee team.Rio 2016 organizing committee chairman Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Craven and — loudest of all Brazil President Michel Temer — were jeered. Nuzman and Craven when they thanked the Brazil government.Temer opened the games officially and, as he was in the Olympics when he was only the acting president, was jeered by fans chanting “Fora Temer” — Out Temer.Temer took over as president after Dilma Rousseff was removed from office on impeachment charges a week ago by the federal senate.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Sweden thrash Mexico 3-0 as both teams qualify

first_imgSweden thrashed Mexico 3-0 on Wednesday in their Group F match to progress to the round of 16 of 2018 FIFA World Cup. With Germany losing to South Korea in the other group match, Mexico also advanced to the next round.Sweden finished top of Group F on goal difference, with both teams on six points ahead of Germany and South Korea on three apiece, after the champions went down 2-0 in a shock result in Kazan.After pressing hard for most of the first half and wasting numerous chances, Sweden finally found the net when left-back Ludwig Augustinsson charged up the field in the 50th minute and angled home a left-footed volley.Twelve minutes later, captain Andreas Granqvist kept his concentration in the face of deafening boos and whistles from the Mexican fans to blast a penalty into the top left corner after Hector Moreno had brought down Marcus Berg.Swede dreams are made of this. #MEXSWE pic.twitter.com/DP7S1ZlspdFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018Mexico’s misery was complete when the ball trickled in off the leg of Edson Alvarez for a tame own goal on 74 minutes.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe Mexicans were a shadow of the team that had beaten Germany and South Korea and had pundits speaking of them as potential world champions.Needing only a draw to be sure of advancing, they somehow managed to reach the break on level terms after surviving a Swedish aerial bombardment and a VAR review.The game was packed with incident from the opening whistle, with Mexican midfielder Jesus Gallardo booked within seconds of the start for misjudging an aerial challenge on Ola Toivonen.advertisementMATCH HIGHLIGHTSThe Swedes were guilty of wasteful finishing in the opening 45 minutes, with Emil Forsberg in particular blazing several shots over the bar.Berg posed repeated problems for the Mexican defence, first flicking wide with his back to goal, and later firing a well-struck shot that was acrobatically turned over the bar by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. On the stroke of half-time, he fired into the side-netting after a swift Swedish break from defence.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEMexico had an anxious moment when Javier Hernandez appeared to use his arm to control the ball in his penalty area, but after a VAR review the referee awarded a corner.But the Mexicans also threatened several times to score. Carlos Vela shot just wide after a pass from Hirving Lozano, saw another effort go over the bar and hit a third into the arms of Robin Olsen.Confirmation #SWE and #MEX progress to Round of 16.How many of you predicted this table at start of the #WorldCup? pic.twitter.com/lfAmgW4pZ0FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018Mexico pressed hard after falling behind, with Javier Hernandez heading over from a corner and later firing a cross that flew perilously across the face of the Swedish goal.Hector Herrera had a long range shot fumbled, then saved by Robin Olsen, and Lozano struck a low shot into the keeper’s arms in the final frenetic minutes.Mexico’s desperation proved unnecessary, however, as South Korea gave them a helping hand to the last 16 with a stunning 2-0 win over the holders Germany.But without an improvement on this performance they risk falling once again at the stage where they have been knocked out in the last six World Cups.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Indian team competitive in any part of world and on any surface: Sachin Tendulkar

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataFebruary 3, 2019UPDATED: February 3, 2019 17:53 IST India beat New Zealand 4-1 for their second ODI series victory in New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia beat New Zealand by 35 runs in the 5th ODI to win the series 4-1India have won 5 out of 6 bilateral ODI series since Champions Trophy in 2017″I will not hesitate in saying that we are the favourites [to win the World Cup],” Tendulkar saidBrief Scores: India (252 all out) beat New Zealand (217 all out) by 35 runs in Wellington. James Neesham 44; Yuzvendra Chahal (3/41) (FULL SCORECARD)Sachin Tendulkar has no hesitation in terming India as favourites going into the World Cup but what makes him happier is the team’s ability to be competitive “in any part of the world and on any surface”. The Indian ODI team under Virat Kohli has won three bilateral away series against South Africa (5-1), Australia (2-1) and New Zealand (4-1) with only defeat coming against England.In fact, India have been in ruthless form in 50-overs cricket winning 5 out of 6 overseas bilateral ODI series since the Champions Trophy in 2017. India also won the Asia Cup in UAE last year.”I have gone on record saying that we have a perfect balance in the team where we will be competitive in any part of the world or on any surface,” Tendulkar told PTI in an interview on Sunday.”As far as our chances are concerned, I will not hesitate in saying that we are the favourites,” said Tendulkar, the brand ambassador of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Full Marathon.England, the World Cup hosts, had a torrid time against West Indies in Tests but the ODI outfit will be a different proposition on their home turf.”It’s all about getting the early momentum. My judgement on the toughest contenders would be England, while New Zealand would be the dark horse,” he opined.New Zealand may have been outplayed in the just concluded ODI series but can prove to be a handful in the mega event.advertisement”I know New Zealand have struggled in this series but it’s a good unit, one needs to be on their toes,” he said.The suspended duo of Steve Smith and David Warner will be back in international fold on March 29 and Australia will be as dangerous as any other team.”I think Australia at full strength will be a formidable side. With Smith and David Warner back in the team and their other bowlers coming back into the ODI squad, it will be a competitive side,” said Tendulkar.But a few bad overs could spell doom for them as it happened during the recent series.”But in one-day matches it’s such that when you have a couple of bad overs, 50 per cent of the match gets slipped away.”In Kolkata for marathon flag off, Tendulkar spoke about the young athletes who have done well for the nation in recent times.He hailed the recent success of women athletes like Hima Das, Dutee Chand and Swapna Barman at the Asian Games and said sport has proved to be an excellent tool for women empowerment.He referred to India’s Rio Olympics 2016 performance where India had won only two medals, both of them by women — wrestler Sakshi Malik (bronze) and PV Sindhu (silver) in badminton.”It’s been fantastic through sports. Now for a number of years we have seen women have brought glory to our nation. I see parents being more flexible in their thought process now. It’s not just about becoming a doctor, a lawyer or engineer. There are a multiple things you can do today,” the cricket icon said.”That’s how it should be. It’s great for India. I always believed that the platforms provided for both men and women should be equal. This starts from grassroots level. It should start right from the bottom and from thereon there should be equal opportunities for both,” he said.Tendulkar went on to fondly remember his childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar who passed away at the age of 87 last month.”I hate using this ‘was’ word that comes to him. Losing Achrekar Sir will always be a permanent void.”It was wonderful time with him, that is how I would want to remember him. Wherever I’m in my life right now it’s because of him and my family members. He was like family,” he signed off.Also Read | Hardik Pandya a natural talent and a match-winner: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Virat Kohli on India’s 4-1 series win vs New Zealand: Shows our characterAlso Read | Kane Williamson gracious in defeat: India a world-class side, deserve series winAlso Read | Don’t think setting targets has ever been an issue, says RayuduFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow Virat KohliFollow Rohit Sharma Indian team competitive in any part of world and on any surface: Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar was mighty impressed by India’s overall performance in New Zealand after they won the five-match ODI series 4-1 on Sunday. India have been in ruthless form in 50-overs cricket winning 5 out of 6 overseas bilateral ODI series since the Champions Trophy in 2017.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2019: I don’t play, players responsible for DC turnaround, says Sourav Ganguly

first_img India Today Web Desk KolkataApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 20:56 IST IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals are well-placed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012 ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi Capitals are at the 2nd spot on the points table with 7 wins in 11 matchesDelhi Capitals have not reached the playoffs of IPL since the 2012 editionSourav Ganguly credited the players’ effort for Delhi Capitals’ success in IPL 2019Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has refused to take credit for Delh Capitals’ turnaround in the ongoing season of Indian Premier League (IPL).The appointment of Sourav Ganguly as the advisor of Delhi Capitals ahead of IPL 2019 created a lot of buzz and at the same time helped raise quite a lot of eyebrows. Because of his role as the president of Cricket Association of Bengal, certain conflict of interest issues were raised.However, all the buzz was around Ganguly teaming up with one of his erstwhile arch-rivals, Ricky Ponting. As it turned out, the presence of two of the most astute minds in world cricket has certainly helped the young Delhi Capitals unit in IPL 2019.Quite a few players, including captain Shreyas Iyer, young Prithvi Shaw, and seasoned opener Shikhar Dhawan, have talked up the role of Ganguly and Ponting in helping the team perform the way they have in the ongoing season.Delhi Capitals, who had briefly the table-toppers, are now in the second spot of the eight-team IPL 2019 points table. With 14 points from 11 matches, Delhi Capitals are well set to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012.Speaking at a promotional event in Kolkata, Ganguly, advisor of the Delhi Capitals said: “I don’t play and it is not possible for me to do it alone. It is always the players who are responsible.”Ganguly has been a regular member of the Delhi Capitals’ dugout in the ongoing season. The former captain, known for his aggression, has been quite expressive during his stints at the dugout.advertisementHeaping praise on Ganguly’s passion for the job, Ponting said the Delhi Capitals advisor has been wearning his heart on his sleeves.”He is being terrific. He is very passionate. I am not sure how closely you guys are watching what’s happening in the dugout,” Ponting said.”I can quite often get a little bit carried away with what’s happening in the middle but he is a bit more out there than me, wearing his heart on his sleeves.”It’s good to have someone with his knowledge in Indian conditions. Certainly, his knowledge about the local talent helps. He loves spending one-on-one time with the players and I guess you can’t argue so far. Things are going pretty good so far for us.”Meanwhile, Ganguly backed his former IPL franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders to buck poor form. Under Dinesh Karthik’s captaincy, KKR have lost five on the trot and are in danger of not making the playoffs after a strong start.”KKR is a fantastic side, its just four-five games. This can happen,” Ganguly added.Also Read | India made the wrong choice by leaving Rishabh Pant out of World Cup squad: Ricky PontingAlso Read | CSK reclaim top spot but MS Dhoni is not revealing any trade secretsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL 2019Follow Ricky PontingFollow Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2019: I don’t play, players responsible for DC turnaround, says Sourav GangulyDelhi Capitals, who last made the IPL playoffs in 2012, are looking good to reach the last-four stage of the ongoing season. Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting’s presence in the dugout has certainly helped the Shreyas Iyer-led franchiseadvertisementlast_img read more

Vote rigging scandal: FIFA denies foul play in World Player award

first_img Next Vote rigging scandal: FIFA denies foul play in World Player awardNicaragua captain Juan Barrera called for an investigation into the integrity of the vote after he insisted that he did not vote for Messi.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service ZurichSeptember 27, 2019UPDATED: September 28, 2019 00:20 IST FIFA issues denial in Messi winning World Player award (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNicaragua captain Juan Barrera called for an investigation into the integrity of the voteFIFA looked into Barrera’s allegations and released a statementMessi won the award earlier in the week ahead of Liverpool’s Virgil van DijkGlobal governing body of football FIFA has denied claims that their World Player of the Year vote was rigged to make sure Lionel Messi won the award.Nicaragua captain Juan Barrera called for an investigation into the integrity of the vote after he insisted that he did not vote for Messi, according to a report in www.metro.co.uk.FIFA looked into Barrera’s allegations and released a statement to ESPN, which read: “We have checked the voting documents submitted by the Nicaraguan FA and all documents are signed and confirmed with the official stamp of the Nicaraguan FA.”Having compared with the vote sheets submitted by the federation and the ones we have published on FIFA.com, we confirm that we have the right votes signed by the player. We are asking the Nicaraguan Football Federations to inquire on this matter.”Messi won the award earlier in the week ahead of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk who helped the Reds win the Champions League. Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo was also in contention.Also Read | Zlatan Ibrahimovic nominates Paul Pogba, Novak Djokovic to perform Matrix ChallengeAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow FIFAFollow Lionel Messilast_img read more

TGIF Shopping: Handcrafted Day Packs by Winter Session

first_imgIntroducing Winter Session’s two-toned waxed cotton canvas day packs. If you’re looking to transition your gear for the winter weather’s up and downs, these are a sure-fire way to protect your stuff. Winter Session’s team in Denver handcrafts these bags with 100-percent recycled cotton. The waxed cotton exterior protects them from any dirt or water. And the inside has a laptop sleeve for electronics. These bags transition from office, to gym, to a weekend trip flawlessly. We love the simple two-tone design.  Winter Session’s team of three friends originally hails from Chicago  where they started the company in their living room. Can you feel the love? We sure can and it doesn’t break the bank. The two-toned canvas will only run you $285. Not bad for handmade. In 2013, they relocated to the mile-high city. The team also handcrafts other bags and leather accessories.If you’re in Denver you can find their workshop and storefront in the Five Points neighborhood or check them out online. A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter Editors’ Recommendations Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits The Best Black Jeans to Have You Stepping Out in Style The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and Morelast_img read more

Busan Port Stays in Black

first_imgzoom South Korea’s Busan Port Authority (BPA) ended 2014 with a KRW 107.7 billion net income (USD 97 million), marking eleven consecutive years of positive operating results, ever since its establishment in 2004.Total revenue increased by 24.6% to KRW 348.6bn (USD 314m), with KRW 240.9bn (USD 217m) in operating expenses.BPA said that it has lowered rental fees to operators because it is going through management difficulties triggered by the transfer of container shipping from Busan North Port to Busan New Port.As of last year, the total assets of BPA were valued at KRW 5.4 trillion (USD 4.86bn), a 4.31% year-on-year increase compared to KRW 5.2trn (USD 4.68bn).last_img

In no rush on TPP Trudeau says as feds dismiss reports of

first_imgHO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – Canada won’t be pressured into prematurely signing a deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday as his Liberal government flatly denied media reports of a “deal in principle” on the Pacific Rim trade pact.The 11 remaining TPP economies, including Canada, have been trying to salvage the deal after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out earlier this year.But Trudeau’s remarks, along with signals from government insiders, suggest the Liberals — who are currently preoccupied with rescuing NAFTA — hope to avoid making any hurried commitments on the treaty during this week’s APEC meetings in Danang.“We’re not going to sign a deal just because we feel pressured into a signing a deal — we’re going to make sure that it’s right for Canada and it’s right for the world,” Trudeau said during an armchair discussion in front of 1,200 students at Ton Duc Thang University in Ho Chi Minh City.“We’re in no rush to do that, so we’re going to take our time and look carefully at the negotiations.”Trudeau is scheduled to meet Friday in Danang with his counterparts from the other TPP countries, where they will also take part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit.A media report surfaced Thursday citing the Japanese economy minister as saying that the pact’s remaining countries had agreed in principle on a way to proceed with the TPP — a report that was quickly quashed by International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.“Despite reports, there is no agreement in principle on TPP,” Champagne tweeted.Trudeau, who insisted he’s a strong supporter of free trade as long as it benefits everyone, also gave a lengthy explanation on why the updated TPP should contain more robust protections for culture through exemptions.“Culture is more than just an economic good,” he said. “When you look at culture as just another economic box to be ticked off or filled, you’re not understanding how important it is in shaping the identity of a community and of a country.”Behind the scenes, Canada doesn’t want to charge ahead and sign the deal Friday just because the leaders have all gathered in one spot, said a senior government official who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.One reason why Canada wants more time is because of the still-unknown outcome of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the official said.Ottawa has been seeking changes to the TPP, or even an exemption or side letter, so that it would avoid inadvertently harming Canada, regardless of the outcome from the NAFTA talks, said the official.As an example, the official noted Canada’s unique situation among TPP economies of having a deeply integrated auto-supply chain with another country. Auto parts can cross the U.S.-Canada border a half-dozen times before they are installed into a vehicle and, therefore, more changes might be needed to the TPP’s rules-of-origin thresholds.Canada has also been trying put its mark on TPP, which was negotiated by the former Conservative government, by pushing its partners to include “progressive” chapters on the environment, gender equality and labour rights.The official said the countries should take more time to get the whole deal right — and to raise the bar.Trump, the official added, only pulled out of the Pacific Rim deal about 10 months ago, while the first discussion by the remaining countries’ officials on how to reshape a post-U.S.. TPP only happened five months ago.Australia, Japan and Singapore had already ratified the TPP and, after Trump withdrew, the official said they were urging the others to just do it, but Canada has insisted the U.S. departure has deeper ramifications than just minus one.The official acknowledged a couple of people around the table might say Canada is being obstructionist, but that it’s probably due to their own domestic pressure to sign the deal.Eric Miller, a Washington trade consultant, said Canada address these concerns by agreeing to sign on to a mechanism to review the TPP.“The countries are going to be deal-minded, but (a review) is going to be more than a legal scrub,” said Miller, president of the Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, which has advised different clients on trade issues, including Industry Canada.“There’s going to have to be some new pieces put on the table, but it’s going to be less than the full-on renegotiation, where you essentially throw everything out and start again.”last_img read more

UN envoy condemns attack from Lebanese territory that killed Israeli soldier

Mr. Roed-Larsen, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said in a statement issued in New York that the attack “constitutes a clear violation of the Blue Line and Security Council resolutions and could escalate tension between Israel and its northern neighbours.”He called on all sides to use diplomacy and take no action that “could increase the already high level of tension in the region.”In the meantime, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has asked Mr. Roed-Larsen to be active in his contacts with all parties, including regional governments, “at this difficult and dangerous juncture,” a UN spokesman said. “The Secretary-General is increasingly concerned at the risk of escalation.”In Jerusalem, the Special Coordinator was to meet with the Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Yoav Birar.Meanwhile, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), responsible for confirming the Israeli withdrawal from its northern neighbour, is investigating the incident and it has increased its patrols along the Blue Line. read more

UNbacked AsiaPacific meeting told high growth environmentally unsustainable

“We cannot continue with a ‘grow first, clean up later’ policy,” the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Kim Hak-Su told the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific. “We need a new paradigm, a balance of economic growth and ‘green growth.'”He told delegates from 53 countries attending the six-day meeting that while the region’s recent spectacular economic growth has contributed to the reduction of poverty and social progress in many places, “it has also placed increasingly high pressure on the region’s environmental resources beyond its carrying capacity.”Industrial production in the region increased by almost 40 per cent as compared with a global increase of 23 per cent from 1995 to 2002. Increasing economic growth itself is placing enormous pressure on environmental carrying-capacity. In order to grow without jeopardizing environmental sustainability, not only pollution control but improvement of eco-efficiency of production and consumption are necessary.Mr. Kim congratulated governments for efforts to boost environmental performance, which have resulted in improvements in urban air quality in some cities, slowed rates of forest loss, increased forest planting rates and considerably reduced the use of ozone-depleting substances.”On the other hand we still observe with concern declines in fishery resources, degradation of marine and coastal resources, loss of biodiversity and forests, land degradation and natural disasters,” he said. “Deterioration of these natural resources have continued to affect human health and livelihoods, and increased the vulnerability of many economies.”The Conference, organized by ESCAP under the theme this year of “Achieving environmentally sustainable economic growth in Asia and the Pacific,” is held once in every five years. Thirty-one Ministers in charge of the environment will take part in the Ministerial Segment set for 28 to 29 March. read more

East Rennell region in Solomon Islands placed on UN list of world

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee determined that “logging is threatening the outstanding universal value of East Rennell,” and asked the national authorities to provide an impact assessment study of this activity, which is taking place outside the site’s core area, UNESCO said in a news release.East Rennell is the largest raised coral atoll in the world and its dense forest has a canopy averaging 20 metres in height. The forests, which cover most of the land area of the 37,000-hectare site, are an essential component of the atoll, which is considered to be a natural laboratory for scientific study.Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1998, the site makes up the southern third of Rennell Island, the southernmost island in the Solomon Island group in the western Pacific.The List of World Heritage in Danger is designed to inform the international community of threats to the outstanding universal values for which a property has been inscribed, and to encourage corrective action.In other news, the Committee yesterday removed the Iranian World Heritage site of Bam and its cultural landscape from the list of sites in danger citing improvements in the management and conservation of the site.Bam was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2004, shortly after it was struck by a major earthquake. Damage caused by the quake warranted the site’s simultaneous inscription on the List of Heritage in Danger. The Committee, which is currently holding its 37th session in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, noted that remains of the desert citadel had been sufficiently stabilized and its management was sound enough for the site to be declared safe. read more

Myanmar UN expert urges Government to do more to protect rights of

A United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Myanmar to do more to protect children in the country, citing cases of detention and alleged incidents of child labour and marriage. “I stand ready to assist in any way I can to achieve a Myanmar where the rights and fundamental freedoms of all are respected and fully realized,” said the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, in her remarks to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. She reminded the Government that this obligation extended to all children within its jurisdiction, including all those from the Rohingya minority living in Rakhine state. She expressed concern that at least 13 children were being held by police in Rakhine, stressing that detention should be strictly “a last resort.” She also called for an immediate Government investigation into the death in custody of one of the 13, to fully probe the circumstances including why the death was not reported for four months. Ms. Lee also expressed concern about the situation of Rohingya children who have fled Myanmar, especially the reported recent rise in the number of child brides among women and girls now living in neighbouring countries. She also expressed shock at the recent case of a girl working as a domestic servant and who had been abused by her employers. On a more positive note, Ms. Lee congratulated Myanmar on becoming a mid-ranked country in the human development index. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Human Rights Council to 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

Aussie Lego Acropolis off to Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Lego Acropolis that has attracted more than 100,000 visitors at Nicholson Museum in Sydney will now be seen by millions of people on the other side of the world in its new home, the Acropolis Museum. The Nicholson Museum has graciously donated the Lego piece to the Acropolis museum, after they themselves asked if they could borrow the work to attract younger visitors.“After a sleepless night, finding difficult to believe how honourable the Greek request was, I got back to the museum and said no, they couldn’t borrow it. We’d give it to them for free!” Nicholson Museum senior curator Michael Turner said. The mammoth Lego Acropolis took creator Ryan McNaught 300 hours to build and used more than 120,000 LEGO bricks.The piece has recreated what the Acropolis looked liked in its prime, with the Parthenon standing completed next to the Temple of Nike, all accessible from a Lego Propylaea.Throughout the maze of buildings and temples, you’ll find little Lego Oedipus, Lego Lord Elgin and Lego Theseus in the labyrinth facing a LEGO Minotaur.Some new additions will give someone with a good eye a bit of a chuckle, with a Lego Elton John performing in the Theatre of Dionysus.Mr McNaught is the only Lego-certified professional in the southern hemisphere and built the Nicholson Museum’s extremely popular Lego Colosseum that attracted 90,000 visitors in 2012. Curator Michael Turner says he wants to show an example with his gift. “Maybe the British Museum refuses to give back the Elgin Marbles but we will offer an entire Acropolis as a gift to the Acropolis Museum.”The Nicholson Museum will replace the space in January with a new model, this time a Lego Pompeii.Source: Greekreporter Australialast_img read more

Sifton homeowner suspect in drug sales

first_imgThe owner of a Sifton-area home raided Thursday by the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force and her boarder are the primary suspects in an investigation into alleged drug trafficking out of the house.A search warrant affidavit filed in Clark County District Court indicates that investigators suspect homeowner Leslie E. Dyson, 45, who lives at the residence, and her boarder, Katelynn M. Misener, 24, may have been involved in selling heroin and methamphetamine out the house at 7120 N.E. 131st Ave.Charges have not yet been filed against either women in connection with the raid, said Mike Cooke, who heads the regional drug task force. Misener, who has a criminal history of misdemeanor thefts, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of methamphetamine possession in connection with a different case. Dyson, who has no criminal history, was not arrested during the raid.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office had received several complaints from neighbors regarding suspected drug activity at the house and finding drug paraphernalia in their yards from the house’s visitors, according to the affidavit by sheriff’s Detective Brian Kessel.Kessel conducted surveillance on the house several times in September, according to the affidavit.“During my surveillance, I noted significant short-term traffic at the residence,” Kessel wrote. “Based on my training, knowledge and experience, this is consistent with a residence that is involved in distributing controlled substances.”last_img read more

Macaus tax revenue up 19 in 1H19

first_imgThe number accounted for the majority of the government’s total revenue in 1H19 of MOP$63.86 billion (US$7.93 billion), highlighting the importance of the gaming industry to the local economy.Government expenditure also increased slightly to MOP$35.53 billion but it still managed a significant surplus for the period of MOP$30.53 billion. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts The amount of tax revenue collected by Macau’s government from the six concessionaires climbed 1.9% year-on-year in the six months to 30 June 2019, according to figures released by the Financial Services Bureau this week.Concession revenue totaled MOP$58.40 billion (US$7.25 billion) for the period, comprising MOP$58.19 billion in gaming revenue and MOP$209.7 million in concession revenue from public utility services. Load More Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launchlast_img read more