Zaheer Khan gets Marylebone Cricket Club Life Membership

first_imgMarylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has elected former India pacer Zaheer Khan as an Honorary Life Member of the club. (Latest Cricket stories)Zaheer Khan is the second former India international to be elected in recent weeks following Virender Sehwag, who became an Honorary Life Member in August.Khan played 92 Test matches for his country during a successful career, taking 311 wickets at 32.94 runs apiece.The 37-year-old was also a mainstay in India’s One Day International side, making his debut in 2000, Khan took 282 wickets in 200 ODIs at an average of 29.34.He played three Tests at Lord’s, and narrowly missed out on a place on the Lord’s Honours Board when he took 4/79 in the drawn Test match between England and India in 2007.He also played three ODIs at the Home of Cricket, including the famous NatWest Series Final in 2002, in which he took 3/62.Having retired from international and first-class cricket in 2015, Khan remains highly sought after in the Indian Premier League, after successful spells with Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.’FANTASTIC SERVANT’John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket, said: “Zaheer Khan was a fantastic servant to cricket in India and an integral part of their very successful side for many years.”For this reason the Club is very pleased to award him with Honorary Life Membership.”He was always great to watch when he played at Lord’s and we look forward to having him back here as an MCC Member.”Honorary Life Membership is awarded by the MCC Committee to individuals in recognition of the service they have given to the cricket and projects surrounding the game, often over a very long period.advertisementlast_img read more

Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal reach French Open quarter-finals

first_imgKidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal advanced to the quarter-finals with hard-fought victories in the French Open BWF World Tour Super 750 in Paris on Thursday.Saina came from behind to beat Nozomi Okuhara 10-21, 21-14, 21-17. Okuhara dominated Saina in the first game but Saina turned it around in the next two games to seal the victory. The Indian had beaten Okuhara last week as well in a similar fashion.Saina will face world No.1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying on Friday.Earlier, Srikanth showed great determination to outwit Korea’s world No. 25 Lee Dong Keun 12-21 21-16 21-18 in a second-round clash that lasted an hour and 13 minutes. The Indian had lost twice to the 27-year-old Korean in the past two meetings.Badminton Rankings: PV Sindhu regains 2nd spot, Saina Nehwal rises to 9thSaina, who had reached the finals at Denmark Open last week, continued her good run by outwitting former world champion in another exciting contest. The Indian had beaten Okuhara last week as well.However, both Srikanth and Saina will have a tough task at hand as they face world champion Kento Momota of Japan and Tai Tzu of Chinese Taipei in the next round.World No. 6 Srikanth will have to bring all his experience to the fore as Momota has outclassed the Indian four times this season. Momota enjoys a 9-3 lead over Srikanth in the head-to-head count.Saina too has been no match for Tzu Ying, who defeated her in the final of the Denmark Open last week at Odense. Tai Tzu has an overwhelming 13-5 record against Saina, who has lost the last 11 times she faced her.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more


first_imgThe South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating a trooper-involved shooting that took place Sunday night that resulted in a suspect being shot and the officer being injured.Attorney General Marty Jackley says the incident started before 10pm when Vermillion Police responded to a call at a residence in that city.A short vehicle pursuit resulted with Vermillion Police discontinuing the pursuit when speeds increased in a residential neighborhood.A South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop and the situation escalated resulting in the Trooper firing at the subject.The suspect, 21-year-old Kuong Gatluak of Vermillion, was transported to a local hospital.His condition has not been released.A statement from the Highway Patrol says the trooper was treated and released from a local hospital.The trooper’s name and the nature of the injury have not been released.Authorities have not provided details on how the situation escalated resulting in the shooting.Updated 3:53pm 9/17/18last_img read more

IPL 2019: Angry MS Dhoni storms on to the field after another no-ball controversy

first_imgadvertisement No data available! scorecard graphs IPL 2019: Angry MS Dhoni storms on to the field after another no-ball controversyIPL 2019: MS Dhoni charged on to the field and argued with the umpires after another no-ball controversy during Chennai Super Kings’ thrilling victory over Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Thursday.center_img view more view less commentary Rajarshi Gupta JaipurApril 12, 2019UPDATED: April 12, 2019 00:21 IST MS Dhoni walked onto the field during the last over of the match (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni was left fuming after another no-ball controversy in the 2019 IPLDhoni charged on to the field after the umpire signaled a no-ball by mistakeChennai Super Kings defeated Rajasthan Royals after the controversyMS Dhoni was furious and he stormed on the field of play after another no-ball controversy during Chennai Super Kings’ thrilling last-ball win over Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on Thursday.Chennai Super Kings needed 18 off the last over and Ben Stokes was hit for a six by Ravindra Jadeja off the first ball of the 20th over. The next one was a no-ball and MS Dhoni managed two runs off the free-hit before being yorked out by Stokes.Umpire Ulhas Gandhe signaled a no-ball on the fourth delivery of the over and it looked like Stokes had bowled too high. However, Bruce Oxenford standing at square leg said it was not a no-ball. Confusion ensued and Ravindra Jadeja, who was at the non-striker’s end got into an immediate argument with the umpires.MS Dhoni, who had struggled for the last two overs possibly due to cramps., came charging on to the field and argued with the umpires and animatedly pointed at Ulhas Gandhe, who looked visibly shaken.But Oxenford was firm in his decision: it was not a no-ball.Ben Stokes tried to calm Dhoni down but the CSK captain looked far from pleased. Normally cool and composed, not often has MS Dhoni lost his cool like that on the field.Earlier in the IPL, Virat Kohli was left fuming after the umpire failed to spot a no-ball from Lasith Malinga in the final over. Royal Challengers Bangalore lost to Mumbai Indians and are yet to win a game in the 2019 Indian Premier League.advertisementAt the end of the game Dhoni appeared calmer after CSK won a thriller in Jaipur.”They were able to build up pressure right till the end. Once you win games like these, you are able to take a lot. But it’s important to work on the negatives that have not gone well, while enjoying the win. Otherwise it can come back to hurt us later in the tournament.”It’s important to see if we made an error in execution of plans (while bowling) or the opposition batsmen batted really well. We have got very good support over here (Sawai Mansingh stadium), thanks to them. Not to forget, one of my biggest innings came here so special attachment with this place. Good things is we have won the game here so it gives us the liberty to test a few bowlers (in next game against KKR),” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.Also Read | IPL 2019: Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni smash Rajasthan Royals as CSK edge closer to playoffsAlso Read | MS Dhoni first ever captain to win 100 matches in IPL historyFor 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 IPL 2019Follow no-ball controversyFollow UmpireFollow Ben StokesFollow MS DhoniFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow Ulhas GandheFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow RR vs CSKlast_img read more

US Open: Djokovic, Federer in same half of draw; Serena vs Sharapova in blockbuster 1st round

first_img Next US Open: Djokovic, Federer in same half of draw; Serena vs Sharapova in blockbuster 1st roundUS Open 2019 draw: Top seed Novak Djokovic and third seed Roger Federer are likely to meet in the semi-final after having been draw in the same half. Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams will meet as early as the first round at Flushing Meadows. advertisement Reuters New YorkAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 00:20 IST Roger Federer has been seeded 3rd at US Open 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic and Roger Federer drawn in the same half2nd seed Rafael Nadal takes on John Millman in 1st roundFormer champions Serena, Sharapova to meet in 1st roundWimbledon finalists Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are on a semi-final collision course at the US Open after they were placed in the same half of the draw on Thursday.Top seed Djokovic, who saved two match points in the All England Club final to deny Federer a record ninth title at the grasscourt championships, will start his campaign against 76th-ranked Roberto Carballes Baena before facing a potential second-round showdown against American Sam Querrey.Third seed Federer, who won the last of his five Flushing Meadows trophies in 2008, will open against a qualifier as he chases a 21st Grand Slam title.Second seed Rafael Nadal, who was beaten by Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals, will play Australian John Millman in the first round of the hardcourt major which starts on Monday. Millman reached the U.S. Open quarter-finals last year after knocking out Federer in the last 16.The Spaniard, three-times a champion in New York, could run into 2014 champion Marin Cilic in the fourth round.Blockbuster 1st-round clash at US OpenSerena Williams and Maria Sharapova will have their first ever clash at Flushing Meadows at the U.S. Open next week after being drawn against each other in the first round.It will be the 22nd career match-up between the two long-time rivals, who somehow have avoided each other at the U.S. Open throughout their long careers.Twelve months after losing the final to Naomi Osaka, Williams will have to hit the ground running in her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title.advertisementBut the 37-year-old American will take confidence from her dominant 19-2 head-to-head record against five-times Grand Slam winner Sharapova, who is unseeded.Williams has won the US Open six times, while Sharapova’s lone title was in 2006.Sharapova beat Williams twice in 2004, but has not prevailed since, not counting a walkover in the 2018 French Open, where the American pulled out with an injury.If Williams, the eighth seed, beats Sharapova and subsequent opponents, she could meet top seed Osaka again in the final, as the pair are on opposite sides of the draw.Last year’s final ended in acrimony between Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos, after he gave her three code violations in the second set.Williams has not played since retiring with a back injury in the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Aug. 11.Sharapova, ranked 87th in the world, has also battled injuries this year and was beaten by Ash Barty in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters last week.Also Read | ITF pushes India’s Davis Cup tie against Pakistan to NovemberAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow US Open 2019Follow TennisFollow Maria SharapovaFollow Serena WilliamsFollow Roger FedererFollow Rafael NadalFollow Novak Djokoviclast_img read more

Burstner Harmony 3 Is One of the Sexiest Camper Concepts We’ve Ever Seen

first_imgStepping farther inside, passengers are surrounded by faux marble and stone walls, chic, undercabinet lighting, and panoramic windows. The spacious living area features a luxuriously upholstered couch and something we’ve never seen in any travel trailer: a coffee table. When it’s time to tuck in for the night, a queen-sized bed drops from the ceiling via a clever pulley system. Once in place, the mattress appears to float neatly above the living room floor. It’s not only beautiful but also a clever use of such a compact space.By combining the living and sleeping spaces in such a way, Burstner has also allowed for a more spacious bathroom. While it’s often the first space on which most manufacturers compromise, the Harmony 3’s WC features mood lighting, a wide sink, and a full-sized wet bath with a rainfall shower. For now, the Burstner Harmony 3 is only a concept, and the likelihood that it’ll ever see a dealership showroom is questionable. The camper’s best features, like the “floating” drop-down bed and hanging pendant lamps, would require some seriously clever engineering to realize in a production model. That being said, the manufacturer has long proven to be at the cutting edge of luxury RVs, evident in its existing Harmony Line. So, if any company has the chops to do it, Burstner can. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Editors’ Recommendations It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags center_img BurstnerSome campers prefer to rough it in the most legitimate way possible: in a pared-down teardrop trailer or even a rooftop car tent, for example. However, more and more of us define “roughing it” a bit more loosely. If you fall into the latter camp — if you can’t leave your portable espresso maker, wet bar, and USB ports at home or wouldn’t camp in anything short of the finest Airstream — the Burstner Harmony 3 is the camper for you.This newly debuted concept from upscale German manufacturer Burstner is unlike any RV we’ve seen. The minimalist exterior with a wide front window hints and subtly curved lines hints at the Harmony 3’s true nature, but it’s only upon stepping inside that you realize this is unlike any other travel trailer you’ve ever camped in. The design feels perfectly plucked from a Manhattan studio apartment. Just inside the entryway, glass pendant lamps, a window box herb garden, and a legit wine fridge immediately set the model apart. The adjacent kitchen even boasts an induction cooktop and a cafe-style espresso maker. Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Otherlast_img read more

Gebe Oldendorff Wraps Up Northern Sea Route Transit

first_imgMV Gebe Oldendorff, a bulk carrier owned by Germany-based dry bulk carrier owner and operator Oldendorff Carriers, has successfully completed its Northern Sea Route (NSR) passage.  The voyage started on September 18 when the Panamax ship headed with holds full of cargo from Murmansk across the Barents Sea, the shipowner said on social media.Making its way north east above Russia, the ship passed Bennet Island and entered the East Siberian Sea on September 26.After 12 days sailing from the starting point in Murmansk to passing the exit point in the Bering Strait, the 97,000 cbm bulker safely wrapped up its NSR transit and was on its way to China as of September 30.“This successful voyage … provided valuable information on the benefits and efficiency of using these routes in future,” Oldendorff Carriers said.As explained, the company has saved 1,977 tons in CO2 emissions compared to sailing via the Suez Canal route. This equals to the average annual CO2 emissions of 439 cars.Due to its numerous advantages, the NSR is expected to experience traffic growth in the coming period. About 80 million tons of goods is planned to be shipped annually via this sea route by 2024, Rosatom director said at the first working meeting of the NSR Public Council held in Vladivostok last month.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Province to Contribute to Courthouse Improvements

first_imgThe people of Inverness County will see significant improvements to the Port Hood courthouse, thanks to an investment by the provincial government and the Municipality of the County of Inverness. Over the next two years, the province and the municipality will cost-share $240,000 in improvements, which will include repair work and redesign of the courthouse. “This courthouse is both a centre of law for the people of Inverness County and a significant part of the history of this area,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage on behalf of Justice Minister Michael Baker. “It is important that we continue to respect the important function of this building and that we not allow it to fall into disrepair.” “The municipality is extremely pleased to contribute to this project,” said Duart MacAulay, warden of the Municipality of County of Inverness. “Today’s announcement signifies an investment in the future of Inverness County.” Improvements to the courthouse will include redesign of the courtroom, repairs to the roof and renovations to ensure that the courthouse remains accessible and safe for employees and clients.last_img read more

Some Provincial Government Offices Delay Opening Today March 23

first_imgDue to weather and road conditions, provincial government offices in Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou and Antigonish counties, as well as all of Cape Breton Island, will delay opening until noon today, March 23. The situation will be re-evaluated at 11 a.m. and a further update will be provided. -30-last_img

Time Springs Forward Sunday March 11

first_imgNova Scotians will enjoy a little more sunlight when the clocks move forward into daylight time this weekend. People are reminded to set their clocks ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, or on Saturday evening before they go to bed. Most cellphones do this automatically, but other devices such as microwave ovens, car clocks, watches and automatic timer lights should be checked. This is also a good time to take on some other important routine tasks like cleaning dryer vents to prevent fires and changing batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke detectors should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years.last_img

Calgary the 3rd highest homicide rate in the country

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary’s homicide rate was the third highest of any major Canadian city in 2017 behind only Edmonton and Winnipeg.That’s in a new Statistics Canada report that credits the spike in the number of deaths to guns and gang violence.The City has a rate of 2.07 victims for every 100,000 people, that’s well above the national average of 1.8 victims.Last year’s national homicide rate was the highest level since 2009.You can read the full report here.last_img

Ahmed Mansours Offensive Remarks Are an Insult to Morocco Mezouar

Rabat – Morocco’s Salaheddine Mezouar, Secretary General of the National Gathering of Independents Party has allegedly slammed Ahmed Mansour over his offensive remarks directed at Moroccan journalists, saying that his comments were “grubby” and proves how  “arrogant” he is.The Secretary General of the National Gathering of Independents Party, Salaheddine Mezouar, released a statement on Tuesday in which he condemned the views of Ahmed Mansour, a journalist in the Qatar-based network Al Jazeera, on the Moroccan media and its journalists.Last week, Ahmed Mansour attacked Moroccan politicians and journalists with offensive remarks.  He labeled some Moroccan journalists as being “pimps, bastards, corrupt and insects”. The insults came as a response to a story published by the daily newspaper Asabah and other Moroccan websites about his alleged marriage to a Moroccan woman who is affiliated with the current Islamist Party of Justice and Development in Morocco. Salaheddine Mezouar said that Ahmed Almansour’s attack on Moroccan journalists and politicians were “grubby” and reflected his “arrogance and recklessness.”Mezouar went on to add that even if the Moroccan media had reported false news, the press had appropriate mechanisms in place that would have allowed for corrections. Ahmed Mansour could have filed a lawsuit against the newspaper rather than insulting the Moroccan journalists and politicians.In Mezouar’s statement, he mentioned that he considered the insults to Moroccan citizens who play a significant role in shaping the Moroccan public opinion, to be disrespectful to Morocco and its sanity.On Sunday, the National Union of the Moroccan Press, (Le Syndicat National de la Presse Marocaine SNPM), denounced the statements given by Ahmed Mansour about the Moroccan press as being “offensive, defamatory and obscene”.In an apology to the Moroccan journalists, politicians and citizens he had offended, Ahmed Mansourgave a statement on his facebok page yesterday acknowledging his mistake in reacting aggressively to what some news outlets published on his personal life. He expressed his hope that Moroccan journalists would accept his sincere apology. “I have the courage to apologize for any unintentional mistake and insult I may have said and hope that my apologies will be accepted with courage”.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Trump Asks for Congressional Investigation into Wiretapping Allegations

Toronto – Responding to the uproar that his Saturday allegations against former President Barack Obama have generated, President Donald Trump has officially asked Congress to investigate his accusations, according to CNN.The announcement of the request was made through press secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday. “Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling,” Spicer said. “President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committee exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch powers were abused in 2016.”Spicer offered no details regarding the source of these highly-charged allegations nor did he hint at any possible evidence to back up Trump’s claims would be forthcoming. “Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted,” he stated. According to the same source, while there has been a complete absence of any credible reports to back up the accusations, there has been no shortage of individuals stepping forward to call the allegations “nonsense” and “fake.” Perhaps most credible of all, is perhaps former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. He said Sunday that he could confirm with absolute certainty that Trump was not wiretapped by intelligence agencies.During an appearance on NBC’s Sunday program Meet the Press, Clapper said categorically, “For the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no wiretap activity mounted against the President-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.”Never known to be a fan of Trump, Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, also appeared on the NBC show and said “If he falsely spread this kind of misinformation, that is so wrong. It’s beneath the dignity of the presidency. It is something that really hurts people’s view of government. On the other hand, if it’s true, it’s even worse for the President. Because that means that a federal judge, independently elected, has found probable cause that the president, or people on his staff, have probably cause to have broken the law to have interacted with a foreign agent. Now that’s serious stuff.”Schumer was referring to the fact that Congress is already investigating whether Trump or his staff were communicating with Russian officials during and after the election.Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Susan Collins said publicly that she’s “seen no evidence” to back up Trump’s allegations against Obama. While appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation Collins used the opportunity to call on the White House to turn over any evidence to the committee. “What we need to deal with is evidence, not statements.” read more

Michael Jackson estate New film violates channel standards

LOS ANGELES — The Michael Jackson estate has sent a letter to the U.K.’s Channel 4 warning that a documentary on two men who accuse the singer of molesting them as boys violates the network’s programming guidelines.The letter written by estate attorney Howard Weitzman and released Monday to The Associated Press states that “Leaving Neverland,” set to air in early March, makes no attempt at getting a response to the accusers from Jackson’s estate, family, friends or others who have defended his reputation as required by the channel’s standards for factual programming and basic journalistic ethics.The letter cites a section of the publicly available guidelines that state if a show makes “significant allegations” then “those concerned should be given an appropriate and timely opportunity to respond.”“I think we can all agree that the false allegations being made in your ‘documentary’ are ‘significant allegations,’” the letter states, adding “it is hard to imagine more significant accusations that can possibly be made against anyone.”Yet no one was ever asked to respond, the letter states.“This includes persons mentioned by name in your ‘documentary’ as having ‘replaced’ Robson and Safechuck as Jackson’s supposed victims of abuse. Those named persons eloquently and publicly deny ever being abused,” the letter states.Channel 4 representatives did not immediately reply to an after-hours request for comment.The film’s director Dan Reed has addressed the criticism from the estate previously, saying in a statement that he intentionally focused on just Robson and Safechuck.“Anyone who sees the film will know it is solely about hearing the stories of two specific individuals and their families in their own words, and that is a focus we are very proud of,” Reed said.The three-page document from the estate echoes a longer letter it sent to HBO on Friday calling the allegations from Wade Robson and James Safechuck “disgraceful” and urging investigation of the men’s backgrounds. A copy of the HBO letter was included with the Channel 4 letter, and applies just as much to the U.K. station, the letter states.The two channels co-produced the documentary account of how the two men’s lives intersected with Jackson’s when they were kids at the height of his fame, and how the trauma of what they say happened in their youth started to emerge in their adult life.It premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival, where Robson and Safechuck got a standing ovation afterward.Both had previously told authorities Jackson did not molest them, with Robson testifying as much in Jackson’s 2005 trial, in which he was acquitted of molesting another boy. Jackson died in 2009.Both men later filed lawsuits that were dismissed and are currently on appeal.The AP does not typically name victims of sexual abuse, but attorneys for Robson and Safechuck have said they have agreed to be named publicly.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter at: .Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press read more

UN expert urges aligning development with aspirations of indigenous people

Indigenous people are entitled to their own institutions and self-governing structures to enable them to manage their own affairs and ensure that the development process is aligned with their own cultural patterns, values and customs, a United Nations independent expert says in a report.“In the light of the extreme disadvantages that indigenous peoples have typically faced across a range of social and economic indicators, there are particular concerns… that must be taken into account with regard to development initiatives that affect them,” James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation on the freedom of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, says in a report to the General Assembly.He explains that policies and initiatives aimed at the development of the economy or infrastructure, and are purported to benefit citizens as a whole, can have negative effects on indigenous peoples.“These include, inter alia, development programmes involving the extraction of natural resources and mega-projects such as the construction of dams and transportation facilities on indigenous peoples’ territories.“Such development programmes and projects, despite their specific effects on indigenous peoples and their territories, are often undertaken without adequate consultation with them or without their free, prior and informed consent,” Mr. Anaya says.He also noted that development projects targeted specifically at reducing the disadvantages experienced by indigenous people and improving their social and economic well-being often fail to properly incorporate their specific needs to advance their self-determination and their rights to maintain their distinct cultural identities, languages and connections with their traditional lands.“Within both of these areas of concern, there is a need for governments to decidedly fold into development programmes the goal of increasing indigenous self-determination,” Mr. Anaya writes in his report.He calls for enhancing indigenous peoples’ education and skills to empower them to engage and participate in the various elements of development programmes and projects that affect them.The independent expert says that the participation of indigenous peoples in the broader public life of the State is often inadequate and not proportional to their numbers, recommending special measures to ensure that they participate on equal footing in public and political life.“It is evident that throughout the world, indigenous peoples are not adequately consulted, nor is their consent obtained, when decisions affecting their rights or interests are made,” the Rapporteur writes.On indigenous people’s participation in decision-making at the international level, Mr. Anaya points out that continued efforts need to be made to ensure their active involvement in the development of all international standards and programmes that concern them.“Potential reforms within international institutions and platforms of decision-making that affect indigenous peoples’ lives should be closely examined, and measures should be taken or strengthened to provide financial and other support to enable indigenous peoples to participate effectively at the international level,” Mr. Anaya writes.He exhorts indigenous peoples to continue to strengthen their capacities to control and manage their own affairs and to participate effectively in all decisions affecting them, in a spirit of cooperation and partnership with government authorities at all levels.Mr. Anaya welcomes the adoption by the General Assembly of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as recent statements of support or movement towards support, by the few States that originally voted against the adoption.“Today, the Declaration serves more as a reminder of how far there is to go in bringing justice and dignity to the lives of indigenous peoples than a reflection of what has actually been achieved on the ground,” he says.Mr. Anaya’s is the first of many reports to be presented by independent UN experts to the 192-member Assembly over the coming weeks. 18 October 2010Indigenous people are entitled to their own institutions and self-governing structures to enable them to manage their own affairs and ensure that the development process is aligned with their own cultural patterns, values and customs, a United Nations independent expert says in a report. read more

President studying war crimes report on Lanka

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera left for Geneva on Friday night and he will make a statement at the Council on the opening day tomorrow.  (Colombo Gazette) The report contains recommendations made by OHCHR to the Government to deal with the alleged war crimes said to have taken place during the final stages of the war. President Maithripala Sisrisena has received the war crimes report compiled by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) based on the investigations conducted on the war by a team appointed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, sources at the President’s office said.The report was handed over to the Government on Friday through the Foreign Ministry and then to the President. The report will be made public and will also be formally released to the UN Human Rights Council on September 30 by Al Hussein during its 30th session which begins tomorrow. read more

Pakistan attaches highest importance to relations with Sri Lanka

The Special Assistant also briefed the Sri Lankan High Commissioner regarding the achievements of the Pakistan Government in the field of counter-terrorism, economy and good governance.Ambassador Lokuketagodage thanked the Special Assistant for the warm welcome accorded to him in Pakistan and expressed his resolve to continue working closely with the Government of Pakistan to retain the positive trajectory of relations between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette) The SAPM welcomed Ambassador Lokuketagodage to Pakistan and said the recent leadership-level interactions between the two sides had further strengthened relations between the two sides. He said it also helped identify new areas of bilateral cooperation. Pakistan says it attaches the highest importance to its relations with Sri Lanka.The Special Assistant to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs (SAPM) Syed Tariq Fatemi said this while he was talking to the newly arrived High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Major Gen (Retd) Jayanath Lokuketagodage. The High Commissioner paid a courtesy call on Fatemi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan. read more

Cyprus talks slow progress and good will

first_imgCyprus’ rival leaders resumed reunification talks on Thursday after a month-long summer recess, each submitting compromise proposals aimed at nudging the slow-moving process forward.United Nations envoy, Alexander Downer, said President Dimitris Christofias, a Greek Cypriot, and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat exchanged proposals to bridge differences on power-sharing under a future federation.The leaders “discussed bridging proposals… in relation to the election of the president and vice-president of the… united republic,” Downer said after the talks.President Dimitris Christofias believes that the second round of UN-led negotiations has begun in a good spirit, saying that discussion on procedural matters will continue at next week’s meeting. The President expressed the hope that events like the ones at Limnitis checkpoint, on the northwest, which led to the postponement of his meeting with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, will not be repeated. Speaking to reporters after the end of his meeting with Talat, signalling the start of the second round of the UN-sponsored direct talks, Christofias said next week, when the leaders will hold their next meeting, they will discuss further the procedure, stressing however that “the procedure will not change.” A pilgrimage from the village of Pyrgos in Paphos district to the church of Saint Mamas in the Turkish occupied area of Morphou, via the Limnitis checkpoint, was called off last week, due to long delays caused by the Turkish Cypriot side. This led to the postponement of the September 3 meeting between the leaders of the two communities. “We have said that the Limnitis incident should be set aside and we should look forward in the hope that from now on, we won’t witness similar events”, the President remarked. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Nickelodeon Is Sending Slime to Space

first_img Nickelodeon’s green slime is a perfect gag on Earth. But what happens when the iconic goo goes to space?SpaceX’s next commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station will carry 17 private-sector research projects—including green slime.America’s first television network for children, Nickelodeon plans to send its semi-viscous substance to the orbiting lab for a series of science demonstrations that will “educate students on the basic principles of fluid flow in microgravity.”A mix of vanilla pudding, apple sauce, green food coloring, and oatmeal, slime has been synonymous with Nickelodeon since its introduction on You Can’t Do That On Television—a 1980s comedy sketch show that featured regular drenchings.It was also a recurring crowd pleaser on programs like Double Dare, Wild and Crazy Kids, Figure It Out, and Weinerville, with cameos in Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Fanboy & Chum Chum.It’s a pretty unique addition to this month’s resupply bundle, sponsored by the U.S. National Laboratory.“This launch showcases both the potential of the ISS National Lab to reach a wide range of private-sector users and the increased appeal of conducting research in the unique environment of low Earth orbit,” Christine Kretz, ISS National Lab vice president of business development and strategy, said in a statement.Kretz cited several examples of the diverse private-sector research launching to the ISS on this mission:AstraZeneca payload studying monoclonal antibodies for a therapeutic to treat cancer and immune diseasesAdidas experiment examining the dynamic spinning behavior of a soccer ball in microgravity, which could help resolve information gaps in aerodynamic testingGoodyear Tire and Rubber Company materials payload to evaluate the creation of novel silica forms and structures in microgravity—results of which could inform future efforts to improve tire performance through the development of new manufacturing techniquesAlso launching on SpaceX CRS-18 is the BioFabrication Facility, which will enhance bioprinting capabilities available on the space station.In total, the ISS National Lab is sponsoring a record 25 separate payloads on this resupply mission, scheduled to leave from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station no earlier than July 21.More on Astronauts Send Fourth of July Message From SpaceNASA to Open International Space Station to Tourists From 2020ISS Astronauts Had the Ultimate Pizza Party Before a SpacewalkThe Best Slime in Geek Culture Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet Stay on targetlast_img read more

Tesla Model 3 launches in China with high price tag

first_img Tesla More From Roadshow 50 Photos The Tesla Model 3 has officially launched in China, but they’re a smidge expensive for now.While Tesla has been taking orders since January, the first vehicles are finally making their way to owners. The first two versions made available were Tesla’s most expensive: The all-wheel-drive Model 3 Performance costs 560,000 yuan (about $83,000), while the long-range AWD version costs 499,000 yuan (about $74,000).That’s just a bit pricier than the US, where the Performance costs $62,000 and the long-range AWD variant costs $51,000. However, Tesla is now also taking orders in China for a long-range variant with rear-wheel drive, coming in a bit cheaper at 433,000 yuan (about $64,000). That version is no longer offered in the US. All three variants on Tesla’s Chinese Model 3 website estimate a delivery in March.Building cars in the US and shipping them to China is expensive, not even accounting for vehicle tariffs that have risen as the trade war between the two nations continues. Prices should come down once Tesla launches its factory in Shanghai, though. The company has already found a plot of land for it, and it will be responsible for the Model 3, in addition to the Model Y SUV that will share its platform. Tesla’s production estimates for its Shanghai factory have wavered between 250,000 and 500,000 cars per year.It’s unclear if Tesla plans to introduce the cheaper midrange battery pack in China. In the US, it costs $44,000 and offers about 50 fewer miles than the long-range battery (264 miles vs. 310). It replaced the RWD long-range variant as the cheapest Model 3 on offer — until that fabled $35,000 short-range version finally decides to show up. Tesla said that version is estimated to arrive in the first half of 2019, but it’s already pushed that goalpost back in the past. Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comment Share your voice Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim 1 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Electric Cars Car Industry Teslalast_img read more