Nuclear Warmth

first_imgPerhaps it took India going nuclear, but Americans seem to be warming up to India. The “Global Thermometer” index by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, measuring the warmth U.S. voters have toward various foreign countries in November, found the rankings of China and India improved most since its previous survey in August.India ranks fifth among all the countries measured, behind only England, Canada, Israel and Germany.1 England   78.9 (78.3) 2 Canada   73.4 (71.7) 3 Israel   68.2 (65.9) 4 Germany   58.1 5 India   56.6 (53.4) 6 Mexico   51.4 (51.4) 7 United Nations   50.4 (49.2) 8 Russia   46.2 (45.5) 9 France   44.6 (43.2) 10 China   44.2 (39) 11 Saudi Arabia   40.4 (38.2) 12 Venezuela   30.9 (35.9) 13 Iraq   25.9 (27.7) 14 Syria   24.3 (21.7) 15 Palestinian Government   23.8 (22.8) 16 Cuba   24.1 (24) 17 Iran   15.5 (13.9) 18 North Korea   13.5 (15)Source: Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Related Itemslast_img read more

Ganesh Chaturthi: Made-in-India Idols in High Demand Abroad

first_imgFor decades now, thousands of idols of the elephant-headed god have been seen across India on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. The extent of celebration of the festival has been increasing every year, not just in India, but abroad as well. With the expanding Indian population outside the country, the business of Ganesha idols has boomed as well.Idols are shipped from most small towns of India to some of the largest cities in the world, thousands of miles away. Orders from foreign countries mean huge business for idol makers and sellers, since NRI buyers are willing to spend as much as 10 times of the selling price of a statue in India.Orders from Overseas“A customer based in California last month ordered a 5-ft idol,” Vikas Singh, a leading idol maker in Dhoolpet, Hyderabad, told the Times of India. The idol was priced at Rs 30,000, but since the cargo charges amounted to about Rs 2.5 lakh, the customer ended up paying nearly Rs 3 lakh for the idol, Singh added.This year, he has received four orders from Telugus settled abroad — two each from US and Australia, he told the publication.Another idol-maker Baboo Singh, son of the renowned artisan Sundar Kalakar, recalled how last year he got a contract for a Ganesh idol measuring 11 feet in height from Australia. It was shipped from Chennai.Eco-friendly GaneshasThe changes in the raw material being used and the visual appeal are some factors that are drawing the NRI devotees to place orders for the festival in India. In the recent times, eco-friendly Ganesha idols are finding a place in the international market. A Pune-based enterprise, eCoexist, has been shipping Ganesha idols made of papier-mache to different countries since 2013.“For years, we received requests from devotees abroad who celebrate the festival and would like to have our eco-friendly idols sent to them,” Lolita Gupta, who leads the Ganesh campaign for eCoexist, told TOI. “But our clay idols are heavy and fragile and we were not sure they would survive the journey.”Business in IndiaGanesh Chaturthi has always brought good business for idol-makers in India. They are involved in the preparation throughout the year.The festival is estimated to generate about Rs 20,000 crore business across the country with 20 per cent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR), particularly in Maharashtra and Telangana, according to a report released by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) in 2105. The paper, ‘Analysing economic boom around Ganeshotsav in India,’ said about 2,000 registered and unregistered Ganpati pandals are set up during the festival in Ahmedabad, while those in Pune are estimated to be over 5,000. In Mumbai, 15,000 small and large pandals and idols are installed, many of which are decorated with real gold and diamond ornaments.“These pandals draw contributions, donations in various forms like cash including foreign currency, jewellery, sponsorships, paid requests to perform puja by people not only from across India but also overseas,” according to the Assocham report.For instance, in Hamrapur and the town of Pen in Raigad district of Maharashtra, around 2,500 people work all year in making the idols. They create rubber moulds, fill them with Plaster of Paris, paint and embellish them, and then send them to buyers and vendors.Hyderabad alone is estimated to generate about Rs 5,000 crore business during the nine-day festival and provides employment to over 20,000 families throughout the year, with the total number of people earning from jobs in unorganised sector such as transportation and associated manufacturing is three times  more.Effect of GST The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) by the present government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have affected the idol-making business too. With GST, the cost of raw material such as PoP, which is one of the main substance used, has gone up.“We are forced to increase the prices of Ganesh idols in the new tax regime. Otherwise, we may incur losses,” an artisan told The New Indian Express. Another idol-maker, Bolanath, said the income they get from these idols under the new tax regime is insufficient for them to make a living.Despite all the hurdles, the fervour of the Ganesha festival seems to remain intact, with people looking forward to the grand processions across India. Related ItemsGanesh ChaturthiGanesh Chaturthi NRIsGanesh idols eCoexistGanesh Utsav businessGanesha festival abroadGanesha idols shipped abroadLittle IndiaNRI Ganesha idolslast_img read more

On WhatsApp, Fake News is Fast – And Can be Fatal

first_imgAmericans associate misinformation with Facebook and the ways it shaped debate around the 2016 presidential election. But in other countries, falsities are just as likely to spread on private messaging services – sometimes with deadly consequences.At least two dozen people have been killed in mob lynchings in India since the start of the year, their deaths fueled by rumors that spread on WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service.In Brazil, messages on WhatsApp falsely claimed a government-mandated yellow-fever vaccine was dangerous, leading people to avoid it. And as Mexico was heading into its presidential election this month, experts there called WhatsApp the ugly underbelly of the country’s news environment, a place where politically misleading stories, memes and messages can spread unchecked.On WhatsApp, with 1.5 billion users, information can go viral in minutes as individuals forward messages along to their friends or groups, without any way to determine its origin.Messaging platforms have hosted disinformation campaigns in at least 10 countries this year, according to a report by the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford University. WhatsApp was the main platform for disinformation in seven of those nations, including Brazil, India, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Mexico. Other messaging apps that have hosted disinformation include Telegram in Iran, WeChat in China and Line in Thailand.“In the U.S., the disinformation debate is about the Facebook news feed, but globally, it’s all about closed messaging apps,” said Claire Wardle, executive director of First Draft, a nonprofit news literacy and fact-checking organization affiliated with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.The closed nature of messaging services complicates the already difficult task of fighting rumors and stamping out lies. Unlike the largely open forums of Facebook and Twitter, WhatsApp hosts private chats among groups of friends. It is encrypted, or mathematically scrambled, so that no one – not even the service’s employees – can read the content of messages that were not intended for them.“In many countries, messaging services are the main platform to get online,” said Samantha Bradshaw, co-author of the report from the Computational Propaganda Project. “The closed platforms can be more dangerous because the information is spreading in these intimate groups of friends and family – people we tend to trust.”A group of friends picnicking in southern India this month stopped their car to offer some local children chocolate. It proved to be a deadly mistake – rumors quickly spread on WhatsApp that they were child kidnappers.A virulent mob gathered in response to the messages. In the end, one of the picnickers, a software engineer named Mohammed Azam Ahmed, 32, lay dead.“They kept pleading, but nobody listened to them,” said the victim’s brother, Mohammed Akram. “My brother was killed by fake news.”Now WhatsApp, under pressure from political leaders and spurred by new leadership, is taking steps to root out misinformation. Executives held urgent meetings with political leaders in India last week, and the service is building new technology to promote news literacy. On Thursday, the company announced a major change, limiting the ability to forward messages – a feature that has been blamed for enabling disinformation to go viral.WhatsApp’s new boss – Chris Daniels, a veteran executive from WhatsApp’s parent company, Facebook – has vowed to prioritize safety. Daniels is playing catch-up with Facebook, which since the 2016 U.S. election has poured immense resources into combating viral fake news and other malicious content promoted by profiteers, ideologues and Russian operatives – an effort with mixed results. The fix at WhatsApp is even harder because the chat app was designed to be a black hole.The app’s encryption makes it impossible for WhatsApp’s security staff to read messages unless a user specifically reports them as problematic. And because WhatsApp lets people sign up just with a phone number – unlike Facebook, WhatApp does not require users to have an email address or reveal their real name – engineers have limited visibility into users’ friends or into what they’ve posted in the past, cutting them off from key clues to malicious behavior. WhatsApp says the average group size is six, but it allows groups of up to 256.Conversations on these platforms are less visible to outsiders, journalists and fact-checkers who often debunk misinformation. In Colombia, Mexico and Brazil, news and fact-checking organizations have recently set up WhatsApp hotlines where people can forward along questionable content to be debunked. The organizations then return the correct story to the person who sent it and hope that person shares it with their groups.For months leading up to the Mexican election, an edited video with accompanying text began circulating on WhatsApp. The grainy footage showed a man being burned alive in the state of Tabasco, while a crowd shouted “Morena” – the political movement of the front-runner, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who won the election – in the background, implying that the man was being tortured for his political beliefs. Accompanying text blamed Obrador supporters, using a derogatory term for leftists. Many people forwarded it to the Mexican fact-checking hotline, asking whether it was real.Journalists and fact-checkers who reviewed the video said that the man was attacked because he was stealing a motorcycle, not for his political beliefs, and that the full unedited version showed the crowd shouting the names of different political candidates. The fact-checking group published an article with the facts as they understood them – citing local news reports – and sent it back to all the people who forwarded the original falsehood, asking them to spread it in their own groups. They said they recognized the limitations of the strategy.In Brazil, a nationwide strike by truck drivers in May was organized on WhatsApp, said Daniel Bramatti, head of Abraji, Brazil’s association of investigative journalism, and an organizer of a WhatsApp hotline to vet news that may be fake. False stories have spread about political candidates and about the dangers of many vaccines, he said – the yellow-fever story reached so many people that the federal government issued an official warning debunking it. Since the hotline was created, 17,000 messages have been forwarded to the group, Bramatti said.WhatsApp is giving software tools to Brazilian news organizations that will allow them to send a link to a fact-checked story to large numbers of users at once – allowing them to debunk fake news en masse – ahead of the country’s presidential election in October.Brazil, which has about 160 million WhatsApp users, has shut down WhatsApp three times, most recently in 2016, over a fight between the site and the government, which wanted data about malicious actors and criminals.But the dark side of misinformation on messaging services is most apparent in India, where more than 225 million people in India use it, according to the Indian government, a total quickly gaining on the estimated 240 million who use Facebook.There, the combination of an inexperienced and digitally illiterate user base, coupled with WhatsApp’s encryption, has proved to be toxic, leading to fear, misunderstanding and, in some cases, violence.Beyond the July 13 incident that claimed the life of Ahmed, two dozen others have died in recent weeks from lynch mobs sparked by rumors that spread on WhatsApp of child-kidnapping rings or organ-harvesting gangs, authorities say.The violence has prompted an angry warning from the Indian government. Last week the government called on WhatsApp to do more to address accountability and “traceability” in the app to stem the tide of fake news – or face legal action.Many police departments and municipalities have created their own grass-roots response to the crisis, including public education campaigns with street theater, or “town criers” going from village to village with loudspeakers on tops of fans, warning citizens not to believe fake news.But some Internet experts say that the Indian government has been slow to respond to the growing problem, in part because their political parties are hardcore users of the platform and often use it to send out false or misleading information themselves.In a recent regional election in India that was seen as a prelude to the country’s 2019 national election, WhatsApp researchers found that one political party – which they did not name – used the platform inappropriately, with party loyalists setting up thousands of WhatsApp groups and in some cases successfully spamming users with near-constant political messages.The misuse of WhatsApp mirrors the way in which other tech tools have been weaponized in recent years, in particular around misinformation. The company’s roots are about getting as little information about users as possible, and WhatsApp’s founders, Brian Acton and Jan Koum, were libertarians who believed deeply in privacy.After Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014, its largest acquisition ever, the messaging company operated separately from its parent and was divorced from Facebook’s efforts to combat misinformation, such as hiring thousands of moderators and building artificial-intelligence software to spot malicious posts. Researchers said that independence allowed problems to fester, undermining Facebook’s corporate mission to promote democracy around the world.“Our focus has always been on helping people stay safe and maintaining private communication on WhatsApp,” said WhatsApp spokesman Carl Woog. “We recognize the severe consequences that can come from viral misinformation, and we’re working with others to address this challenge.”Acton and Koum fought frequently with Facebook over user privacy, access to data and how to make WhatsApp turn a profit, according to two people familiar with the debates. Acton left late last year. Koum announced his resignation this year after a Washington Post report revealed he planned to leave over broad clashes with Facebook.“They were fierce when it came to data privacy, and they were fiercely independent,” said Kevin Lee, who was a global manager for spam operations at Facebook through 2016.WhatsApp does not see itself as a social-media service, because content is not posted publicly and algorithms do not spread information virally. But even without algorithms, WhatsApp’s ability to forward messages has turned it into a hybrid. Its leadership was previously opposed to any efforts to intervene in users’ ability to send messages.The shutdown in Brazil and growing commercial spam problems led to a crisis within WhatsApp, and Facebook began to clamp down, according to the two people familiar with the matter. Facebook sent engineers and pushed WhatsApp to hire policy experts for the first time, doubling the company’s size and moving WhatsApp’s headquarters to Menlo Park, California, where Facebook is based.Last week the company started training Indian nonprofit organizations on how to spot fake news and “to think before you share,” Woog said. WhatsApp also ran full-page newspaper ads in India that included 10 tips on how to recognize false information, including “check information that seems unbelievable” and “use other sources.”The company is hiring engineers to specifically focus on disinformation in elections, and it is building in new technology that will indicate whether a message has been forwarded, an indicator that the person who sent the message did not actually write the story or produce the content in question.On his first week as CEO in May, Daniels, who declined to be interviewed, assembled WhatsApp’s 300 employees for a town hall. The commitment to privacy would not change, he told them, but from now on the focus of the service would also include safety – preventing misinformation and the harm it can cause, according to an executive who attended the meeting.Gowen reported from New Delhi. Farheen Fatima in India contributed to this report.@ The Washington Post. Related ItemsSocial mediaWhatsApplast_img read more

Retrieving Body Of Missionary Killed On Remote Indian Island Is A Struggle

first_imgWhen Indian police officers in a small boat pulled within sight of the remote island, they saw a group of islanders huddled on the beach. Carrying bows, arrows and spears, they appeared to be guarding something.Police officials said it could have been the body of John Allen Chau. The 26-year-old American missionary was killed last week as he tried to spread Christianity to North Sentinel, a forbidden island in the Andaman Sea.The crew peered at the islanders through binoculars, making sure to stay several hundred yards off shore, out of bow-and-arrow range.“The Sentinelese were watchful,” Dependra Pathak, the area’s police chief, said Saturday. “They were patrolling the beach, at the same spot John was killed, with weapons.”“Had we approached,” he said, “they would have attacked.”So instead of retrieving Chau’s body or determining where it is, the police officers, after sketching out the crime scene, motored away.“This case is the strangest and toughest in my life,” Pathak said. “We are trying to enter into another civilization’s world.”North Sentinel Island is home to one of the last undiluted hunter-and-gatherer societies, a rugged, Manhattan-sized island where a few dozen people live trapped in time and in total isolation.Efforts to retrieve Chau’s body are proving difficult, and some anthropologists say it will be impossible. The search symbolizes the larger quandary India confronts in trying to enforce a society’s rules in a place that has been intentionally set away from the rest of that society.Indian law says North Sentinel’s culture is so precious and unique that its people should be left totally alone and no outsiders are allowed there. It also says that murderers should be punished. That is the bind police are facing.The fishermen and one other man who police say helped Chau reach the island have been arrested and charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder and with violating rules protecting aboriginal tribes. Another case has been filed against “unknown persons,” the islanders, for killing Chau.The investigation is heading into uncharted territory. Will any of the islanders actually face prosecution? And if arrested, would they die in captivity from disease, their immune systems no match for modern microbes?c.2018 New York Times News Service  Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian-origin Man Barred for Unauthorised Trading in Singapore

first_imgAn Indian-origin man, Prem Hirubalan, was barred from trading for seven years by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on August 17. The MAS has issued two prohibition orders against Hirubalan for unauthorised share trading and misappropriating over USD 59,000 from a customer.Prohibited from TradingHirubalan has been prohibited from performing any regulated activity, and taking part in the management, acting as a director or becoming a substantial shareholder of any capital market services firm under the Securities and Futures Act (SFA), according to a press release by MAS.The two prohibition orders will be effective from August 17.Convicted of ChargesAs a trader with OCBC Securities Private Limited (OSPL) from May 2010 to May 2011, Hirubalan conducted unauthorised share trades in the trading accounts of three customers. Hirubalan was convicted of charges under 201 (b) of the SFA and  section 406 of the Penal Code for these offences in June last year. He was sentenced to 10 months in jail in August 2016.While he was employed with OCBC Securities, Hirubalan conducted unauthorised share trades in the trading accounts of three customers.He was initially sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment, but the prosecution appealed, Straits Times reported, adding that last year, Judge of Appeal Tay Yong Kwang increased the sentence to 10 months, and said that Hirubalan “committed the offences with only his interests in mind”.“While the amount in commissions was not huge, his actions were in complete disregard of the position of fidelity in relation to the securities company and to his clients. It was ultimately for his benefit. The second crime was committed to try to cover up the first,” Kwang added.The publication quoted OCBC Bank’s head of group corporate communications Koh Ching Ching as saying: “Upon discovering the fraudulent transactions, OCBC Securities made a police report in April 2011, and subsequently terminated (Mr Hirubalan’s) employment.”Lee Boon Ngiap, assistant managing director (Capital Markets), MAS, stressed upon the organisation’s expectation from all finance professionals to act honestly and with integrity. “To protect consumers from fraudulent and dishonest behaviour by representatives, MAS will not hesitate to bar any individuals who do not meet fit and proper criteria from the financial industry,” he said. Related ItemsIndian-origin SingaporeIndian-origin Singapore crimeIndian-origin trading fraudLittle IndiaNRI Indian fraudPrem Hirubalan SingaporePrem Hirubalan trading fraudlast_img read more

U.S Authorities Charge Two Indian-Origin Men With Securities, Wire Fraud

first_imgU.S federal authorities have charged two Indian-origin men with securities and wire fraud for allegedly fraudulently increasing the value of private funds that they advised by hundreds of millions of dollars, PTI reported.New York-based Anilesh Ahuja, who served as the founder, CEO and chief investment officer of Premium Point Investments LP, that looked into hedge funds focused on structured credits products, was arrested on May 9, according to Audrey Strauss, the U.S. attorney for Southern District of New York. Ahuja is accused of “participation in securities fraud and wire fraud which related to mismarking of certain securities held in hedge funds that the firm looked into, thereby fraudulently inflating the net asset value of those funds as reported to investors and potential investors from 2014 to 2016.”Strauss also announced the unsealing of charges against Ashish Dole, a former chief risk officer and trader at the firm, and Frank Dinucci, a former salesman at a broker-dealer.Dole, 34, from White Plains in New York had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud, and one count of securities fraud in November last year. Dinucci, who also pleaded guilty, is cooperating with the government.Charges were also filed against Amin Majidi, a former partner and portfolio manager at the firm, and Jeremy Shor,  who acted as a trader. The alleged mismarking of all these funds that the firm managed exceeded $200 million.If convicted, Ahuja, 49, Majidi, 52, and Shor, 46, could get up to 25 years behind the bars and a maximum fine of $5 million each. “Investors rely on a hedge fund’s performance numbers when deciding whom to trust with their capital. To compete with other peer funds, Ahuja, founder of an investment firm, allegedly manipulated the firm’s performance numbers, using fraudulently inflated values for the firm’s securities holdings and lying to investors about how the firm would mark its positions,” Strauss was quoted as saying by the news agency.Ahuja and his co-defendants allegedly made the fund look more attractive for potential investors as well as current investors by persuading them against withdrawing their investments by fudging the books.The Securities and Exchange Commission has also filed civil charges against Ahuja, Majidi, and Shor, which said that from 2014 to 2016, the three, along with Dole and Dinucci, were part of a scheme to defraud the firm’s investors and potential investors by fraudulent mismarking the value of certain securities held in various funds each month, inflating the new value of those funds. As per the documents filed by the Commission, the net asset value was overstated by more than $200 million across the funds managed by the firm. Related ItemsNew YorkSecurities and Exchange Commissionlast_img read more

Yeng Guiao: Gilas Pilipinas ‘overwhelming underdog’ in Group D

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View comments Yeng Guiao coaches Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.basketballIt may not exactly be the “Group of Death,” but Gilas Pilipinas still fell into a very tough group that had coach Yeng Guiao describing his boys as “the overwhelming underdogs.”Team Philippines fell into Group D together with Angola, Italy and 2014 World Cup runner-up Serbia after glitzy proceedings held Saturday night in Shenzhen, China.ADVERTISEMENT READ: 2019 Fiba World Cup: Philippines joins Serbia, Italy, Angola in Group D“We are the overwhelming underdogs against any of those teams,” Guiao said over the phone. “But we won’t go there just to participate. We will give a good account of ourselves.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTeam USA, which is trying to become the first side to win the World Cup three straight times, is in Group E and is listed as the favorite to triumph.Top Asian team Australia is in Group F together with Canada, Senegal and Lithuania. The World Cup starts Aug. 31 and will be played in eight cities in China until Sept. 15. Google Philippines names new country director MOST READ 2019 Fiba World Cup: Philippines joins Serbia, Italy, Angola in Group D SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Asian block of nations behind Anil Khanna for ITF presidency

first_imgAll India Tennis Association president Anil Khanna has the support from the Asian block of nations as he contests the International Tennis Federation election for the post of president in Santiago, Chile, on Friday.There are three other candidates in fray: David Haggerty (USA), Juan Margets Lobato (Spain) and Rene Stammbach (Switzerland).Francesco Ricci Bitti is stepping down after a 16-year term and there is a buzz in tennis circles that an Asian candidate has a realistic chance. Khanna has been a board member of the ITF and also done a lot for integrating the Asian tennis fraternity. He has often talked of how the men’s professional tour (ATP) events are heavily concentrated in Europe and Asia has taken a backseat.For a country which does not have a single player in the top 100 in singles ranking (men or women), it may appear strange that an Indian candidate is in fray for the ITF top job. However, Khanna has brought to India two Challengers, 15 Futures events and 14 women’s events carrying a total prize money of $4,95,000.He has also ensured there are an adequate number of events for juniors under the ITF banner.When Khanna spoke to the media last week he said: “I wouldn’t be contesting the election if I did not have a chance of winning.”There is no doubting American candidate David Haggerty is popular, but with two candidates from Europe contesting, votes will be split. Then again, outgoing president Ricci Bitti is also from Europe – Italy.advertisementIn all, 145 nations have voting rights at the annual general meeting where a lot of lobbying takes place. The president and 13 other members to be elected alongside will be in office for a four-year period from 2015 to 2019. There are 37 Asian countries with voting rights.There will be a first-round elimination for the president’s post and the remaining two will be involved in a straight shootout. It is no secret that the ITF, with its headquarters in London, has been dominated by the European countries. For an Asian to be considered as a candidate with a chance as good as the other three should not be a matter of surprise.After all, when late Jagmohan Dalmiya stormed world cricket’s bastion (ICC) and became president, it was seen as the start of a revolution. N. Srinivasan followed suit and it has opened up a window of opportunities for Indian sports administrators.For the record, his brother N. Ramachandran heads the world squash body.last_img read more

League Cup: Man United storm into semis, Arsenal ousted by Southampton

first_imgAnthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice each to help Manchester United ease into the League Cup semi-finals with a 4-1 home victory over West Ham United on Wednesday as Arsenal suffered a 2-0 home defeat by Southampton.Martial netted twice in the second half to take the tie at Old Trafford away from West Ham, who had levelled through Ashley Fletcher following Ibrahimovic’s opener after two minutes. The Swede added the fourth deep into stoppage-time.Southampton clinched their first appearance in the last four of the competition since 1987 with powerful first-half efforts from Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand against a weakened Arsenal, who made 10 changes to their side.United were then drawn to face Hull City in the semi-finals and Southampton will play Liverpool.United and West Ham met at the same venue in the Premier League on Sunday when United boss Jose Mourinho let his frustrations boil over and earned a second touchline ban of the season for booting a water bottle.The Portuguese was banned from the dugout on Wednesday, but would have been delighted with the way United carved open their opponents after just two minutes with a fluent break.West Ham opened the scoring on Sunday equally early, but they were caught cold as Wayne Rooney, one goal short of Bobby Charlton’s all-time club scoring record, fed Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose backheel picked out Ibrahimovic to dink the ball into the net.The Swede should have doubled the lead when he waltzed through the heart of the West Ham defence before twice being denied by keeper Adrian.advertisementThat could have proved a costly miss because for all United’s first-half dominance, they were pegged back 10 minutes before the break by one of their former players.Having come through the youth ranks at United, Fletcher was allowed to join West Ham in the close season and punished his former employers by scoring from close range after David de Gea had spilled a shot from Dimitri Payet.Payet, however, was the villain two minutes after halftime as his poor clearance was pounced on and fed to Mkhitaryan, who claimed his second assist by laying the ball off for Martial to blast past Adrian.With 30 minutes remaining, Martial grabbed his second, tapping home Antonio Valencia’s cross before Ibrahimovic added the fourth from close range.”Goals plus performance means the real happiness,” Mourinho, who would not divulge where he watched the match, told Sky Sports.”The performance is something we are used to, we are playing very well at home. Today was more of the same.”The League Cup has not been kind to Arsenal in recent years with the club having now progressed from just one of their previous six quarter-finals, which was perhaps the reason why manager Arsene Wenger chose to make wholesale changes to his side to face Southampton.The Saints began the brighter and were ahead after just 12 minutes when Dutchman Clasie fired powerfully into the net for his first goal for the club.The lead was doubled eight minutes before the break when Carl Jenkinson was outmuscled deep in his own half, allowing Sofiane Boufal to break and tee up Bertrand to drill a low finish into the bottom corner.last_img read more

Mets Tejada Hit in Head

first_imgSEATTLE — New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Seattle Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker in the fifth inning and had to leave the game.Tejada was hit just above the brim of the helmet Wednesday by Walker’s 94 mph fastball with two outs and the Mets leading 1-0. Tejada fell to the ground and lay face down next to home plate until a Mets trainer came out and kneeled down next to the player.The 24-year-old Tejada was able to get to his feet and walk off the field on his own.Eric Campbell pinch ran and took over at shortstop in the bottom half, a position he’s only played for one inning at the major league level.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Henrique, Terry Lead Ducks to 8-2 Rout of Canadiens

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens rested star goalie Carey Price against powerful San Jose this week, allowing him to go for the franchise wins record against struggling Anaheim instead.Judging from the snowman they put on the scoreboard, the Ducks took it personally.Adam Henrique scored twice, rookie Troy Terry had a goal and two assists, and the Ducks interrupted Price’s pursuit of Jacques Plante’s mark with an 8-2 thrashing of the Canadiens on Friday night.Corey Perry and Devin Shore had a goal and an assist apiece during the Ducks’ highest-scoring performance of their miserable season. Doing it against a rested Price made the moment even more satisfying for the Ducks, who believe they’re far better than the team that just emerged from two terrible months on the brink of elimination from the playoff race.“They saved him for tonight, so we kind of took that as a challenge,” Henrique said. “You never want to be the team that somebody thinks they can come into your building and win.”Montreal Canadiens’ Victor Mete, right, moves the puck as Anaheim Ducks’ Troy Terry defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, March 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Daniel Sprong and Rickard Rakell also scored and John Gibson made 35 saves for the Ducks, who have won three of four for only the second time since mid-December. Rookie Max Jones even scored his first NHL goal with 10.4 seconds to play.“We’ve put ourselves in quite a spot, but all we can focus on is the present,” said Cam Fowler, who became the Ducks’ career scoring leader among defensemen with an assist.Okay, we see you @AdamHenrique. ?— NHL (@NHL) March 9, 2019Shea Weber had a power-play goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who have lost five of eight. Paul Byron also scored and Price stopped 21 shots as Montreal completed a three-game California road swing with two losses while giving up a whopping 14 goals.After getting a rare night off Thursday against the Sharks, Price was in position to become the winningest goalie in the Canadiens’ storied history after tying Plante’s record with his 314th win Tuesday in Los Angeles. Instead, Price gave up eight goals in a game for the first time this season behind his befuddled defense.At least now the 31-year-old former NHL MVP will get the chance to reach the mark in front of his Montreal fans on Tuesday against the Red Wings.“I think it’s going to sting for a little bit here,” Weber said. “We are fortunate we have some time to digest it and get a little work in before Tuesday, because that was obviously not good enough.”Anaheim Ducks’ Troy Terry, center, is congratulated by Cam Fowler, left, and Adam Henrique after he scored a goal against Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, March 8, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)This blowout loss stalled the Canadiens’ playoff push. Montreal and Carolina are in the two Eastern Conference wild-card spots with 79 points apiece — but the Hurricanes and ninth-place Columbus Blue Jackets, who have 77 points, both have two games in hand on the Habs.“I think tonight was one of those nights where we dug ourselves a hole, and again, we didn’t seem to be on our game,” Montreal coach Claude Julien said. “A lot of things didn’t pan out tonight for us because of our play. … The biggest thing right now is that the last couple of weeks we have been on the road. I think it’s cumulative of all that stuff and it kind of caught up with us there.”Weber trimmed Anaheim’s lead to 3-2 in the second period with the Canadiens’ first power-play goal in seven games since Feb. 23, but Terry and Perry scored later in the second.Fowler passed Scott Niedermayer with his 265th career point when Terry redirected his shot for a goal. Fowler has spent his entire nine-season NHL career in Anaheim, cracking the roster as an 18-year-old in 2010 and immediately becoming a dependable part of the Ducks’ core.In his 17th NHL game, Jones got his first goal in the waning seconds.“The amount of chances I had was ridiculous,” Jones said. “It was unbelievable. To finally get that was a sigh of relief.”NOTES: Anaheim scored at least eight goals for the fifth time in franchise history. … Ducks C Ryan Kesler was a late scratch with a hip injury. He missed much of last season while recovering from hip surgery, and has scored just eight points while playing in 60 games this season, including the 1,000th of his NHL career Tuesday at Arizona. The 34-year-old Selke Trophy winner has three seasons and $20,625,000 left on his contract. … Montreal forward Tomas Tatar sat out with the flu, and D Brett Kulak was scratched for the first time in 33 games since Dec. 20. Jesperi Kotkaniemi was back in the lineup, and D Mike Reilly returned from a five-game absence. … Sprong was born in the Netherlands, but his family moved to the Montreal area when he was 7 years old to further his hockey development.UP NEXTCanadiens: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.Ducks: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night.By:Greg Beachem, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Atletico Madrid loan Vrsaljko to Inter Milan, sign Arias from PSV

first_imgAtletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko on Tuesday joined Italian club Inter Milan on a loan deal. Inter also have the option to turn the transfer into a permanent deal at the end of the season.The 26-year-old Croatian international appeared in 54 matches for Atletico over two seasons with the La Liga club.Media outlets reports that Atletico will receive 7 million euros ($8 million) up front and a total of 25 million euros ($29 million) if Inter decides to exercise the purchase option next spring.Vrsaljko was part of the Croatia squad that finished second in the 2018 World Cup, losing the final to France..@Vrsaljko will join @inter_en on loan.úpaAtletiético de Madrid (@atletienglish) July 31, 2018To replace Vrsaljko, the Atletico picked up Colombian defender Santiago Arias from PSV Eindhoven.Arias, also 26, signed a five-year contract with Atletico.Were delighted to announce an agreement with @psveindhoven over the transfer of @santiagoarias13. Welcome, Santiago!úpaAtletiético de Madrid (@atletienglish) July 31, 2018The Colombian, who scored nine goals in 136 matches with PSV, was voted player of the year in the Dutch first division last season.Arias started all four of Colombia’s matches in the 2018 World Cup.Atletico has been active in the summer transfer window, bringing onboard Rodrigo Hernandez, Antonio Adan, Thomas Lemar, Nehuen Perez, Gelson Martins and Arias.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Education Ministry Increasing Uniformed Groups in Schools

first_img The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, under its Safety and Security Programme, is on a mission to increase the number of uniformed groups in schools. In addition, students who are members of these groups do better socially and academically than those who are not affiliated with such organisations. The move is part of measures to improve discipline among students. Research shows that the presence of clubs and uniformed groups on the school grounds helps to promote positive values and attitudes. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, under its Safety and Security Programme, is on a mission to increase the number of uniformed groups in schools.The move is part of measures to improve discipline among students. Research shows that the presence of clubs and uniformed groups on the school grounds helps to promote positive values and attitudes.In addition, students who are members of these groups do better socially and academically than those who are not affiliated with such organisations.“We are anticipating that for students who are involved with groups, it will help with their behaviour, help with self-discipline and group discipline and certainly help with the reduction of violence and critical incidents within our schools,” says Director of the Safety and Security Unit in the Ministry, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Coleridge Minto.The Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF), one of the oldest uniformed groups in the island, is among the entities that the Ministry has engaged in its drive.ASP Minto tells JIS News that the objective is to increase student involvement in the cadet corps from 3, 000 to 10,000 in the next three to five years.“The schools have been very supportive of this expansion effort and 120 persons, including principals and teachers, have expressed interest in becoming cadet officers. Fifty commenced the basic officers and adult rank course in July 2018,” he informs.Commandant of the JCCF, Colonel Errol V. Johnson, tells JIS News that the organisation now has a presence in over 50 per cent of high schools across Jamaica; however, in the next two years, the force will be in all high schools.The JCCF is open to male and female students attending school at the secondary level, who can enlist as cadet recruits.During the training process, which can last up to four months, recruits are exposed to the rules and regulations of the corps, basic drills, and learning to march and salute.Recruits are also exposed to weapons training, field craft, map reading, some social graces, community involvement, disaster management, first aid, music and environmental consciousness.Adults are trained by the JCCF to become cadet officers, and Colonel Johnson is appealing for more persons with suitable leadership qualities to volunteer to serve.Currently, professionals such as pilots, engineers, nurses, doctors, teachers, and lawyers serve as officers in the cadet corps.Other uniformed groups being engaged by the Ministry include the Scouts Association, St. John Ambulance and the Caribbean Merchant Marine Cadet Corps.Currently, there are Scouts groups in 80 public schools, mainly at the primary level, while St. John Ambulance will roll out its youth brigade this year.At the primary level, the students will be called Humming Bird; the St. John Cadet at the secondary level; and the St. John Link at the tertiary level. Students will be taught first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), among other things. Meanwhile, the Caribbean Merchant Marine Cadet Corps, which is operated through the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), was established just over two years ago and, to date, there are active cadet units in 30 schools with approximately 900 cadets.ASP Minto pointed out that other groups, such as the Boys’ and Girls’ brigades, Girl Guides, National Interschool Brigade Movement, and the Dynamic Cadet Corps, will also be incorporated into the Ministry’s Safety and Security programme.He informs that the Ministry will support these groups through funding, endorsements as well as assisting with their expansion programmes.He says that the Ministry is ensuring that all the groups it endorses are approved to operate in schools.“As with any external body, uniformed groups are required to submit the necessary documentation to the Permanent Secretary when attempting to integrate their club into a school,” he points out. Story Highlightslast_img read more

ILO: Algeria Ratifies Maritime Labour Convention

first_imgzoom Algeria recently became the 79th Member State to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) with the International Labour Organization (ILO).The government of Algeria deposited the instrument of ratification of the MLC, 2006 in late July, marking another step towards worldwide ratification.The MLC, 2006 consolidates and revises the majority of the maritime labour instruments previously adopted by the ILO.The convention, which is considered the “fourth pillar” of the international regulatory regime, together with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Conventions SOLAS, STCW and MARPOL, represents a turning point, since both seafarers and shipowners can benefit from the standards that it sets, ILO said.In 2015, the Algerian merchant fleet counted 138 ships totalling 747,500 gross tonnage and the country estimated global supply of seafarers amounted to 1,137.last_img read more

Two men in custody after alleged carjacking in northwest Calgary

first_imgCALGARY – Police say two men are in police custody after an alleged carjacking in Calgary.Investigators with the Calgary Police say that at about 5 a.m. on Saturday, two men approached the driver of a pickup truck that was stopped at an intersection and produced a handgun.They say the men demanded the driver get out, and the suspects got into the vehicle.Police say the suspects fled in the truck, driving erratically throughout the northwest of the city, at times veering into oncoming traffic.When officers tried to stop the vehicle, the pickup truck rammed into the police cars before continuing on.Police say the vehicle was stopped a few hundred metres away, and the men were taken into custody.Investigators say charges are pending against the men, who have not been publicly identified.last_img read more

Stars Roll Up To UNICEF UK Halloween Ball

first_imgUNICEF UK Ambassadors Jemima Goldsmith and Michael Sheen led the terror-ific turn out alongside guests Rita Ora, Poppy Delevingne and Hugh Grant at Unicef UK’s annual Halloween Ball on Thursday, raising vital funds to help protect Syria’s children in danger.Michael Sheen at UNICEF Halloween BallCredit/Copyright: UNICEF UKThe event raised an incredible £1.6 million, made possible by the UK Government matching all public donations pound for pound on the night.Rita Ora at UNICEF Halloween BallCredit/Copyright: UNICEF UKHigh-profile personalities from the worlds of entertainment, fashion and business arrived at London’s iconic venue, One Mayfair, for the freaky circus themed party that included live circus acts and spooky immersive theatre.Hugh Grant at UNICEF Halloween BallCredit/Copyright: UNICEF UKSinger Jessie Ware kicked off the entertainment with a breath-taking performance followed by an electrifying show by artist, Rita Ora. Producer and DJ Mark Ronson kept the party going with a DJ set until the small hours as guests danced the night away.Long-standing Unicef UK Ambassador Jemima Goldsmith said, “We’ve all been shocked by the recent heart-breaking images of children’s bodies washed up on beaches and children suffocating in trucks as families desperately try to seek safety in Europe. But it’s not enough to be shocked, we must take action. Unicef is one of the few organisations working inside Syria as well as delivering life-saving humanitarian aid for refugee children across the region. Their work remains desperately underfunded. At the Halloween Ball tonight we’re thrilled to help raise vital funds to support Unicef’s work for Syrian children whose lives have been devastated by the conflict.”The money raised at the Halloween Ball will help Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, provide clean water, vaccinations, school supplies, warm winter clothes, psychosocial care and child protection for Syrian children whose lives have been turned upside down by the conflict.Until the end of January 2016, the UK Government will match pound for pound all donations made to Unicef’s work for the children of Syria.International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: “The Syria conflict is robbing a generation of its childhood. There are nearly six million children inside Syria in desperate need of help and children make up half of the four million refugees forced to flee their homes. Many have known nothing but war.“Unicef is working to reach these children in danger and to ensure they get the clean water, medical care, protection and warm clothes they need as another winter closes in. For the third year in a row we are matching pound for pound all donations to Unicef’s Syria winter appeal, to ensure that this public support goes twice as far.”Unicef UK Executive Director, David Bull said: “Right now there are there are now nearly 14 million children in Syria and the surrounding countries affected by the conflict. Every day they face danger of exploitation, violence and abuse and as winter looms, many are sleeping in the open air and are at risk from pneumonia and hypothermia. The need to protect these children has never been greater. We are thankful for the overwhelming support and generosity that our guests have shown at the Halloween Ball and to the UK Government for matching pound for pound all donations made on the night and until the end of January 2016. We rely entirely on voluntary donations so the money raised is vital to enable Unicef teams to continue working round the clock to protect Syrian children in danger.”You can help keep Syria’s children safe. Please visit to donate.last_img read more

AU Peace and Security Council Holds Meeting in Morocco

Rabat – The Peace and Security Council of African Union (AU) will gather in the Moroccan seaside town of Skhirat on Monday, June 24, as announced last week by Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.According to the ministry’s statement, the three-day gathering will review the peace-building actions in Africa and the Council’s working plan to tackle the challenges of crisis management and conflict alleviation in the region.This will be the first meeting of the AU on Moroccan soil since last year when Morocco organized a seminar on “improving the working methods by the AU Peace and Security Council.” The seminar took place on May 9, 2018, in Rabat andprioritized the need to reform the council by improving its credibility and efficiency in the face of the threats Africa is currently facing concerning its peace and stability.The gathering in Skhirat will be attended by the Council’s 15-member-states committee of Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Djibouti, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo, Zimbabwe, and Morocco.Read also: Egypt Hosts Polisario Delegation at African Union Meeting in Cairo read more