Who do you think Deepika Padukone wants to do a biopic on?

first_imgIn a career spanning over a decade, Deepika Padukone has played versatile roles on screen. The actor, who has made a mark for herself in Bollywood, is all set to make her debut in Hollywood with Vin Diesel’s XXX: The Return of Xander Cage.  With a handful of films in her kitty, the 30-year-old actor is unstoppable and wants to try her hand at a biopic too.The daughter of celebrated badminton player Prakash Padukone, Deepika says she would love to essay the role of badminton ace Saina Nehwal on the silver screen.”I would love to play Saina on screen. In fact, we have played together, and obviously she was way better … She also said that I was ‘good’ at it. We had a fun time… Of course, anything for the love of sports… especially if it is badminton,” Deepika told IANS at an event in Delhi.The Tamasha actor spoke about her inclination towards bringing the life of the sportsperson alive on the sliver screen.Saina, who was also present at the event, shared her wish to see Deepika bringing her life in front of the camera in the forthcoming biopic, through a live video chat.When asked about her preference, Saina said, “Of course, Deepika Padukone. She used to play badminton. Her father was a badminton player. I think she would do good justice to the role. I wish she could do the role.”Filmmaker Amol Gupte is making a film on the Indian badminton champion.last_img read more

Love in Rio: Chinese divers get engaged on medal stage

first_imgChina’s He Zi received the shock of her life when team-mate and boyfriend Qin Kai rushed up with a diamond ring during the medal ceremony of the women’s 3 meter springboard event, marking the second marriage proposal of the Olympics.Qin, who won a bronze medal in his own synchronized diving event last week, climbed up to the stage after He received her silver medal, getting down on one knee while holding a red box with the ring and a glass-encased rose.”I didn’t know he would propose today and I didn’t expect myself to marry myself out so early,” said He, who tearfully accepted the proposal with a big hug.”I saw him during the afternoon and he seemed to be memorizing something, so I asked him ‘what are you doing?’ and he said he was singing,” she told reporters.”I’ve forgotten most of what he’s said (during the proposal), but it’s largely what you can expect like promises, but what touched me the most is that he said he was willing to be bullied by me for life,” she said.The 25-year-old has been dating the 30-year-old Qin for the past six years, she added.Shi Tingmao, speaking to reporters after her gold medal win in the same event, said she had knew about the proposal before the event, which Qin watched from the sidelines with the Chinese team.”I’m really happy for them, because these years, be it career or relationships-wise, they have had to face a lot of pressure,” she said.advertisementThe engagement is the second of the Games, after Brazilian women’s rugby player Isadora Cerullo accepted a marriage proposal from her girlfriend at the medals ceremony for the first Olympic rugby sevens competition last week.last_img read more

Chelsea’s loss to Crystal Palace makes title race ‘more interesting’: Antonio Conte

first_imgChelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that his side’s defeat against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday has made the title race “more interesting”.Chelsea, who are currently leading the Premier League points table, suffered only their second home defeat of the season as Palace boosted their survival hopes with a 2-1 win.The Blues, who had won their past 10 league games at Stamford Bridge and had not lost there in any competition since 16 September, saw that run ended by a battling Eagles side.Cesc Fabregas scored the opener for Chelsea in the fifth minute of the game. However, quick-fire goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke ensured Palace won the game 2-1.”For sure, for people watching this league, it’s a good result,” Guardian quoted the Chelsea manager as saying. “It makes it more interesting. But I always said that the league only finishes when it is mathematically sure you have won. Otherwise you must play every game to try to win because, I repeat, in England easy games do not exist. In every game here, anything can happen because the league is so strong.”Conte maintained that they were beaten by a team with “strong players, very good players”.”But we have to think about the next game. If we had won we would have been happy, but now we must focus on Manchester City. We all know the strength of their team. So we must recover and rest, and remember that in England there are no easy games,” he said.advertisement”You could see that today against Crystal Palace. Every game will be very tough from now until the end. Also, if the team is Manchester City or a side fighting in the relegation zone,” he added.Meanwhile, Palace boss Sam Allardyce, who has never been relegated from the Premier League as a manager, said, “It’s an absolutely outstanding victory for us, particularly in the position we’re in.””Nobody expected it,” he insisted.Tottenham have closed the gap to seven points with Chelsea after a 2-0 win at Burnley, while Manchester City will also be able to haul themselves back into contention, if they win at Arsenal on Sunday.last_img read more

DAKOTA CITY DEDICATES NEW FIRE HALL

first_imgDAKOTA CITY CELEBRATED THE DEDICATION OF THEIR NEW FIRE HALL SUNDAY AFTERNOON.FIRE CHIEF CLINT RASMUSSEN SAYS THE NEW FACILITY PUTS ALL OF THE DEPARTMENT’S EQUIPMENT IN ONE LOCATION AND SHOULD IMPROVE RESPONSE TIMES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FIREHALL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….THESE DAYS. ;17THE 2.2-MILLION DOLLAR FIRE HALL WAS FINANCED BY A HALF CENT SALES TAX APPROVED A FEW YEARS AGO BY VOTERS.THE PROJECT HAS SPECIAL MEANING FOR MAYOR JERRY YAECEVICH, WHO IS IS ALSO DAKOTA CITY’S FORMER FIRE CHIEF:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FIREHALL2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..MANY MORE COMING. ;15RASMUSSEN SAYS AROUND $50-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN GRANTS HELPED PAY FOR SOME NEW EQUIPMENT FOR THE STATION ALSO:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FIREHALL3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..FROM THE COMMUNITY. :22THE NEW FIRE STATION IS ONE OF FOUR IMPROVEMENTS TAKING PLACE IN DAKOTA COUNTY.SOUTH SIOUX CITY AND EMERSON HAVE BEEN WORKING ON NEW BUILDING PROJECTS AND HOMER IS EXPANDING THEIR FIRE HALL.last_img read more

Customs to go after Tax Cheats

first_imgCommissioner of Customs, Major Richard Reese says the Department is clamping down on “leaking revenues” and will be going after persons who try to beat the system. He said that additional measures are being looked at to deal with persons, who breach the Customs Act. “You have persons, who evade duties and have excess goods. You have persons, who undervalue their cargo,” Major Reese lamented. “A lot of persons commit breaches and we have taken a position where we even warn persons when we become aware of their operations, some heed the warning and some still get caught. We recognise that if everybody does their part, we will have less need to impose additional revenues and once we can reduce the leakage in revenue, we can actually have a more equitable system,” he stated. He was addressing a Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC)-organised forum held yesterday (June 11), at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, to address the new adjustment to Customs Administration Fees (CAF), which is applied to imports at the nation’s ports. The fee structure, which replaced the Customs User Fee, was among measures introduced by the administration on April 1 this year, to increase revenue flows.  It is intended to raise $1.2 billion. Initially, there were some glitches in Custom’s information system, which resulted in delays at the ports, but these have since been ironed out. In addition, after discussion with a number of sectors, there were reduced rates on raw materials for manufacturers, and an adjustment in fees, which took effect on June 1. Importers are seeking further modifications to the CAF, which is applied based on the weight and type of product being imported. Major Reese said that the Customs Department is undertaking a review of the rates, noting that “soon as that review is done, we can look at adjustments.” “It (adjustment) has to be done when we have full consultations, just as we are doing here…we are committed to reviewing all of the fees that we have implemented, especially in the areas that have been brought to us,” he stated. Past President of the JCC, Howard Hamilton informed that representatives from his organisation, the Jamaica Employers Federation (JEF), Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA), are to meet representatives from the Ministry of Finance, “to highlight some of the problems and hopefully we will be able to make some adjustments”. “Let us remember that the agreements with the IMF (International Monetary Fund), limits any discretionary action but based on the analysis that we are putting forward, we hope they can make some adjustments, which will not interfere with the revenue streams expected but satisfy some of the anomalies with respect to small importers…and the larger importers,” he said. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

5 nuclear agency staff died in Russia missile test explosion

first_imgMoscow: Russia said Saturday an explosion at an Arctic missile testing site killed five nuclear agency staff and involved radioactive isotopes after a nearby city reported a spike in radiation levels. In a statement, Russia’s nuclear agency Rosatom said the accident on Thursday at a secret military facility also left three staff with burns and other injuries. The military had not previously described the accident as involving nuclear fuel and said radiation levels were normal afterwards. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut officials in the nearby city of Severodvinsk reported that radiation levels were briefly raised after the accident. The accident occurred in the far northern Arkhangelsk region during testing of a liquid propellant jet engine. An explosion sparked a fire, killing two, the defence ministry said in a brief statement. Rosatom said its staff were providing engineering and technical support for the “isotope power source” of the engine being tested. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe authorities have released few details of the accident at the Nyonoksa test site on the White Sea, used for testing missiles deployed in nuclear submarines and ships since the Soviet era. The defence ministry said six defence ministry employees and a developer were injured while two “specialists” died of their wounds. It was not immediately clear whether the death toll reported by Rosatom included the fatalities announced earlier by the defence ministry. Russian state news agencies quoted a defence ministry source as saying both defence ministry and Rosatom employees were killed. The authorities in Severodvinsk, 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the test site, said on their website on Thursday that automatic radiation detection sensors in the city “recorded a brief rise in radiation levels” around noon that day. The post was later taken down and the defence ministry said that radiation levels were normal after the accident. An official responsible for civil defence, Valentin Magomedov, told TASS state news agency on Thursday that radiation levels rose to 2.0 microsieverts per hour for half an hour from 11:50 am (0850 GMT), before falling sharply. He said this exceeded the permitted limit of 0.6 microsieverts, TASS reported. Greenpeace Russia published a letter from officials at a Moscow nuclear research centre giving the same figure, but saying higher radiation levels lasted for an hour. The officials said this did not present any significant risk to public health. Russian online media published unattributed video that journalists said showed a line of ambulances speeding through Moscow to take the injured to a centre that specialises in the treatment of radiation victims. Rosatom said that the injured were being treated at a “specialised medical centre”. An expert from Moscow’s Institute for Nuclear Research, Boris Zhuikov, told RBK independent news site that isotope power sources are mainly used in spacecraft and are not usually dangerous for people working with them. “If they are damaged, people who are nearby could be hurt. Isotope sources use various types of fuel: plutonium, promethium or cerium,” Zhuikov said. The radioactivity levels involved are “absolutely not comparable with those during serious accidents at reactors,” he added. The news of the accident prompted residents of Severodvinsk to rush to pharmacies on Thursday to stock up on iodine, which can be taken to stop the thyroid gland absorbing radiation. “People started to panic. Within a matter of an hour all the iodine and iodine-containing drugs were sold out,” pharmacist Yelena Varinskaya said. The Soviet Union saw the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986, when the authorities sought to cover up the seriousness of the disaster.last_img read more

A friend indeed

first_imgRegular interaction with neighbours helps to keep relations harmonious. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s visit to Bangladesh and Nepal last week completed the round of visits to South Asian neighbours for the NDA government in its new term. The minister’s visit came immediately after PM Modi’s successful visit to Bhutan. Modi had earlier visited the Maldives and Sri Lanka to attend the inaugural of Maldives President Ibrahim Solih. India is keeping up its regular interaction with neighbours even as China has increased its influence in the region. China has tried to woo the South Asian countries with large infrastructure projects under its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the past few years. Jaishankar’s low-key visit had an added significance following the abrogation of Article 370 and scrapping of special status to Kashmir. It provided the opportunity for the Indian government to convey its position to its friends and neighbours. Also Read – A special kind of bondWhile Bangladesh had supported the Indian government action, Nepal made no official comment and its initial response was that it was watching the situation. Later, Nepali Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said that Nepal favoured dialogue and peaceful resolution of India-Pakistan disputes including the Kashmir issue. The Indian leadership was capable of resolving any issue peacefully, he added. Bangladesh held that it was an internal issue of India. Bangladesh Foreign Minister, Dr AK Abdul Momen said that Bangladesh has always advocated, as a matter of principle, that maintaining regional peace, stability and development should be a priority for all countries. Also Read – Insider threat managementIndia-Bangladesh relations have bloomed in the past five years but there are some niggling issues that need to be resolved. The issue of the Teesta River waters has been hanging fire for some time. Jaishankar reiterated Modi’s assurance that the issue would be resolved during his tenure. The Rohingya issue is exercising the Bangladesh government which had made plans to repatriate about 300 Rohingya families to their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine province. However, on the date of departure, all families cleared by the Myanmar government refused to board the buses provided for their return by the Bangladeshi government. When the Rohingya influx into Bangladesh took place in 2017, India’s response had faltered, seeming to back the Myanmar position as against acknowledging the problems faced by Bangladesh. India later made amends by providing generous quantities of relief material and provisions for the refugee camps. It also constructed prefabricated housing for the return of Rohingya families to Myanmar. However, Dhaka would like New Delhi to persuade Myanmar to hasten the repatriation process. The issue of “illegal Bangladeshi immigrants” in Assam has also caused concern in Bangladesh but Dhaka has been careful in not mentioning it in public. India has maintained that the detection of illegal immigrants was an internal matter. But the question of what will happen with those declared as illegal immigrants in Assam has not been revealed as yet, and the issue continues to cause concern in Bangladesh, despite the Indian government’s assurances. Some of these issues will be taken up during Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s planned visit to Delhi in October. Jaishankar’s Nepal visit was to participate in the fifth meeting of the India-Nepal Joint Commission with his Nepali counterpart, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali; he called on Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Nepal’s President Bidya Devi. He also met former prime ministers Sher Bahadur Deuba of the Nepali Congress and Nepal Bhattarai whose Unified Communist Party later merged with the Maoist party to form the ruling Nepal Communist Party. Jaishankar had last visited Kathmandu in September 2015 when he was Foreign Secretary; his visit had taken place just before the new Nepali Constitution was adopted by the Legislative Assembly. An agitation was brewing in the Terai region as demands of the Madhesi parties were ignored. The Madhesi agitation led to the blockade of goods and cargo from the Indian border to Kathmandu causing severe shortages of essential items. Nepalis blamed India for instigating the blockade which caused immense hardship to the people of Nepal. India-Nepal bilateral relations are currently coming out of the trough into which they had fallen after the controversial blockade; they had got aggravated with the election of the Maoist party headed by KP Sharma Oli. The Joint Commission meeting made some slow progress. The two sides agreed to an early conclusion of the review of treaties and agreements related to the trade, transit and rail services,” according to Nepali foreign ministry statement. They also agreed to upgrade infrastructure and logistic facilities for trade and transit at all major border crossing points. High-level visits vitalise bilateral relations, but India needs to impart greater energy in implementing promises made to the neighbours and addressing issues of concern. (Shubha Singh is a foreign policy and strategic affairs commentator. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

US to Approve 1 Million Grant to NGO in Western Sahara

Rabat – The U.S. State Department is expected to approve a USD 1 million grant for a program promoting “civil society and local governance” in the Western Sahara in southern Morocco, according to Al-Monitor.The agency will award the grant to one or more non-governmental organizations under the auspices of the Near Eastern Affairs bureau’s Middle East Partnership Initiative. The new project will serve to strengthen bonds between the region’s inhabitants and their local government.“The State Department is in the process of concluding negotiations on a civil society and local governance program in the Western Sahara,” a State Department official was quoted by Al-Monitor as saying. A report from the foreign aid appropriations committee of the U.S. Congress says the funds will also “support democratic reforms” in the Sahara.Florida Representative Mario Diaz-Balart told Al-Monitor in an emailed statement that Congress and the State Department are currently in consultations in order to ensure the program is executed within the compliance of the law.“Morocco is an important ally in the region, and has worked hand in hand with the United States on a number of programs, reforms, and economic agreements,” the representative said. “I am confident that this program will be another positive and successful partnership between our two nations.”Washington’s move comes amid an unprecedented tension between Morocco and United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, following the UN chief’s statements in which he described Morocco’s presence in the Western Sahara as “occupation.”The remarks caused un uproar in Moroccco and led the Moroccan government to expel the civilian component of the United Nations Mission in the Western Sahara, known as MINURSO.In the midst of uncertainty over the US position with regards to the personal dispute between Morocco and Ban Ki-moon, the US Mission to the United Nations stated on its Twitter account last March that it still believes the Moroccan autonomy plan coud provide the basis for a mutually acceptable solution to the territorial dispute.The statement was followed by a phone between King Mohammed VI and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry. During the conversation, the US official stressed that his country’s position on the conflict remains unchanged.Many believe the US move to provide the grant legitimizes the North African kingdom’s de facto soevreignty over the territory.Analysts say a referendum on self-determination as called for by the Algeria-backed Polisario has no chances to be conducted, because of the irreconicliable positions of Morocco and the Polisarion on voter eligibility.Faced with the impossibility to hold a refrendum, the Security Council started progressively changing its approach to the conflict. Beginning in 2007, the UN executive body called on the parties to work towards achieving an agreed upon and mutually acceptable political solution.In April 2007, Morocco proposed an autonomy plan that would allow the Sahrawis to practice self-governance on regional issues. The same month, the Polisario presented a counter-proposal that gvae preeminence to the referendum with the option of independence.When the Security Council adopted Resolution 1754 of April it took note of the Polisario’s proposa l while it welcomes Morocco’s autonomy plan as “serious, credible and reailstic option.”France, the United States, along with many of Morocco’s Arab and European allies, have backed the kingdom’s autonomy plaon several occasions and described it as a viable way to end the territorial dispute.The official position of President Barack Obama’s administration has been to support a “peaceful, sustainable and mutually agreed solution to the conflict.” read more

Difficult Arrogant Intolerant How Moroccans See Spain

By Lery HicianoRabat – A recent survey by a Spanish think tank finds that Moroccans viewed Spain the most negatively among eleven national groups questioned, seeing their northern neighbor as “difficult, arrogant, and intolerant.”Real Instituto Elcano, a Spanish international studies think tank, surveyed participants aged 18-70 from the following nations: Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.The study had a total of ten parts. The first asked participants to rate various aspects Spain, such as tourist friendliness, strength of the economy, and safety, from 1-10. The second tasked participants with choosing which words they most associated with the country. Third, the survey asked participants to choose between two words to describe the country, such as modern versus traditional. Other parts focused on the Spanish economy, opinion of the king, quality of life, participation in the European Union, Catalonian secession, and other valuations. Nearly a third of Moroccans found the Spanish to be “difficult, arrogant, and intolerant,” while a quarter believed that Spain “did not inspire confidence.” Furthermore, when asked to rate Spain from 1-10, Moroccans gave Spain the lowest rating, averaging a 5.8.Moroccans of ages 18-34 and 35-54 rated Spain at a 5.9 and 5.7, respectively. Older Moroccans, aged 55-70, on averaged rated Spain a 6.9, demonstrating a dramatic shift between how generations perceive the country. When asked whether they believed Spain was a country that participated in missions to maintain peace, Moroccans gave Spain a mere 5.4, the lowest rating the country received for this metric.The average Spanish rating was a 7.1, on par with the United States.Moroccans tested very differently than their American, European, or Asian counterparts, as they were more likely to associate Spain with a shared history, culture, and religious background, while participants from more distant countries cited more stereotypical features like the sun, bullfighting, and flamenco dancing.Moroccans were not the only group to have somewhat negative views towards Spain. Sixty-three percent of residents of France and Germany stated that they perceived Spain to be a “poor country”, while over 30 percent of Chileans rated it as “corrupt.” Furthermore, over 50 percent of Japanese participants considered the Spanish to be “lazy.”The study demonstrates that relations between the citizens of the two countries, despite improving in recent years, remains tenuous. read more

Construction downturn continues

first_imgActivity in the Australian construction sector has now contracted for 19 consecutive months according to an industry survey released last week. The monthly Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Performance of Construction Index (PCI) rose 1.4 points in December to 41. A figure below 50 shows that the industry is contracting, while a figure above indicates expansion. The commercial, apartment and engineering construction sectors saw improved scores in the latest report, but housing construction continued to shrink with a reading of 32.9, down from 38.6 in November. The Federal Reserve Bank’s decision to cut interest rates twice at the end of 2011 has done little to support the industry, says Michael Argyrou, Managing Director of The Hickory Group. “Reserve Bank rate cuts aren’t really flowing through to the investors, and that’s because the banks aren’t necessarily dropping the interest rates that they’re charging. “Property developers are paying more for their development funding not less. That cost of money has gone up significantly, well over 10 per cent now, and that makes developments less likely to get up.” Argyrou points out that with Australian banks dependent on overseas credit for investment capital, “the cost of money is going up not down.” “Banks are also not feeling confident to finance property developers, because they’re taking the view that the market is either oversupplied or in decline, so they’re making it much more difficult for developers to borrow money,” says Argyrou, whose company has constructed more than $1 billion worth of projects. “We’re finding tendering opportunities are drying up really quickly, so we’re working harder to sign projects up. We’re taking a view that there’s going to be a lot less work around shortly.” Despite apartment building recording its slowest decline in five months with a lift of 9.9 points to 33.3 in the latest PCI report, Argyrou predicts that 2012 is likely to see a further deterioration in activity. “In the apartment market, the last deals for some time will be done in the next six months. For the final six months of 2012, I think there will be few, if any deals to be done.” Housing Industry Association Chief Economist, Harley Dale said this week, that continuing contraction in the construction sector showed that there was “a clear need not only for further interest rate relief but also for government action in terms of both shorter-term stimulatory measures and a re-invigorated plan for policy reform”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greece completes buyback looks to next loan tranche

first_imgGreece completed its bond buyback program on Tuesday, accepting tenders for 31.8 billion euros’ worth of government paper and clearing the way for the disbursement of the country’s next, long-awaited bailout tranche. The extended deadline for bondholders to take part expired at 2 p.m. Greek time, by when the target had been met, largely due to an added contribution from local banks. However, several unresolved issues remain. Greece is borrowing 10 billion euros to execute the buyback, with the aim of reducing its public debt by 21.1 billion euros. The average offer to buy back the bonds 33.8 percent of the principal amount, which means that Greece needs to spend 11.2 billion euros in total. It is not clear where the extra 1.2 billion euros will come from. Greece’s lenders had estimated that the country’s debt would be reduced by 11 percent but in fact the difference will be less than 10, so eurozone finance ministers discussed during a teleconference on Tuesday night how to reduce it from 126.6 percent of GDP to 124 percent, which the International Monetary Fund had set as a benchmark in order to continue participating in the Greek program. The issue will be discussed further at Thursday’s Eurogroup meeting in Brussels. There was no official statement as Athens is expected to make an official announcement about the scheme on Wednesday morning, but a European official told Bloomberg that eurozone finance ministers concluded there were no insurmountable obstacles to the next loan installment, which is worth 34.4 billion euros. Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras is also due to present Greece’s new tax code at the Eurogroup. The government had been due to submit the legislation to Parliament ahead of the talks but Kathimerini understands that the IMF has raised objections to some aspects. The three sticking points are the tax brackets for salaried employees and pensioners, when farmers will have to keep proper accounts and how income from capital will be taxed. Stournaras is expected to discuss the issues with his eurozone counterparts on Thursday. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Baleine le Japon poursuivi par lAustralie pour sa campagne annuelle de chasse

first_imgBaleine : le Japon poursuivi par l’Australie pour sa campagne annuelle de chasseAssigné devant la Cour Internationale de Justice (CIJ) onusienne à La Haye par l’Australie, le Japon compte bien défendre son programme de chasse à la baleine au cours du procès qui démarre mercredi.L’Australie a assigné le Japon devant la Cour Internationale de Justice (la plus haute instance judiciaire de l’ONU) en 2010 en l’accusant de violer ses obligations internationales en harponnant chaque année des centaines de baleines dans le sanctuaire baleinier de l’océan Austral. Deux ans après, le procès est sur le point de s’ouvrir à La Haye aux Pays-Bas. La délégation australienne aura ainsi la parole de mercredi à vendredi, puis les Japonais répondront du 2 au 4 juillet. Un second tour de plaidoiries aura lieu du 9 au 16 juillet et le verdict ne sera pas rendu avant des mois. Mais le Japon a déjà annoncé qu’il comptait défendre “vigoureusement” sa cause. “Le Japon va s’engager à fond dans ce dossier pour que sa position soit comprise”, a insisté mardi Fumio Kishida, le chef de la diplomatie nippone. Une chasse pas si scientifique Depuis 1986, la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) interdit toute pêche commerciale des baleines. Toutefois, le Japon lance chaque année une nouvelle campagne de chasse en vertu d’une tolérance de la CBI qui autorise la pêche à but scientifique. Reste loin de ne servir qu’à des recherches, la chair des cétacés finit très souvent sur les marchés nippons, comme l’ont dénoncé plusieurs ONG. “Le nombre de baleines tuées, capturées et traitées dans le cadre de ce programme dépasse de loin tout ce qui avait été entrepris sur la base de permis scientifiques depuis la création de la CBI” en 1946, indique l’Australie dans sa plainte reprise par l’AFP. Aussi, “l’Australie prie la cour d’ordonner au Japon de mettre fin au programme Jarpa II” (la fameuse dérogation scientifique) qui vise les petits rorquals, les rorquals communs et les baleines à bosse, ces deux dernières espèces étant considérées comme en danger.De son côté, le Japon soutient que “ce programme de recherche sur les cétacés poursuit un but scientifique et est parfaitement légal au regard de l’article 8 de la convention internationale de régulation de la pêche à la baleine. Le Japon établira ce fait de façon très claire durant les audiences”, a souligné Fumio Kishida. D’ailleurs, le Japon n’envisage aucunement d’arrêter cette chasse “qui fait partie de (sa) culture”comme le répétait en février le ministre de l’Agriculture et des Pêches japonais, Yoshimasa Hayashi.Une activité cruelle et dépassée À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour Patrick Ramage, Directeur du programme Baleines du Fonds international pour la protection des animaux (IFAW) : “L’opinion publique a d’ores et déjà rendu son verdict : la chasse à la baleine commerciale, qu’elle soit assumée ou pratiquée sous couvert d’objectifs scientifiques, est une activité cruelle, dépassée et tout à fait inutile. Les contribuables japonais n’ont d’autre choix que de subventionner cette industrie, à la peine aussi bien sur l’eau que sur le marché, qui n’a plus sa place au XXIe siècle”. Aussi, “nous sommes ravis que ce problème fasse l’objet d’un examen approfondi à la Cour internationale de justice”, a t-il indiqué dans un communiqué. Et “s’il nous tarde de connaître le verdict que prononcera dans les prochains mois la Cour internationale de justice, nous enjoignons dès aujourd’hui le Japon de mettre un terme à la chasse à la baleine dans l’Antarctique afin de ne pas entacher davantage sa réputation aux yeux de la communauté internationale”.Le 26 juin 2013 à 20:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vancouver schools helping families living in poverty

first_imgVANCOUVER (AP) — Every morning before class starts, Shanna Baird welcomes the same sandy-haired student into her cramped but tidy office at Hazel Dell Elementary.Their day begins with a quick brush of the boy’s teeth before Baird combs his rumpled hair. Many days, she offers him a wash cloth and body wash that he uses at the sink to clean himself. His father was recently incarcerated, and the boy often goes without a shower as his mom struggles to balance her utility bills and an ongoing drug dependencyAbout two in three students at Hazel Dell live in poverty, bringing challenges that Baird attempts to triage so they can focus on learning.One new fourth-grader rarely sleeps at home. His mother routinely invites strangers to their house, scaring the boy throughout the night.When that student enters Baird’s office, he immediately grabs a stuffed panther — the school mascot — before sprawling on the carpet with it and falling quickly asleep.“My desk is in here,” Baird said, “but this is their room. This is their space for whatever they need, whatever I can give them.”last_img read more

Underfire Spalletti confident of Inters backing

first_imgLuciano Spalletti believes Inter Milan are still behind him despite the club’s poor run of form which continued after a 1-0 defeat to Bologna.Federico Santander scored the decisive header for the struggling Bologna at San Siro, meaning the Nerazzurri have picked up one point from three Serie A games in 2019.“A few things irritated me, but for the rest, we’ll wait until the usual post-match analysis tomorrow morning,” the Coach told Football Italia.“We looked intimidated and create problems for ourselves, even when there is no need. When there is insecurity, you make a mistake and the other team scores straight away.“If you don’t have a strong character to match the history of the club and the stadium, you can’t react. Perhaps in that sense, we have struggled the most.“I thought that we had built the foundations at least, but instead we make really basic mistakes.”FT #InterBologna 0-1The Rossoblu secure a narrow win at the Meazza. pic.twitter.com/Bj6wRTx3rb— Inter (@Inter_en) February 3, 2019Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.Spalletti was asked if the squad was still playing him 100 per cent. And he said“I believe so. It’s all about the details and an incident that can go your way or not. After that, keep the right balance on the field, without trying to win the match by yourself or force the ball through.“You can tell the team is behind me, but we lack something in the fight. The others fight harder than we do.”With the club reportedly linked to former Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, Spalletti revealed he was unfazed by the fans reaction.“This would probably help someone who was in the balance. It changes nothing for me, nor the type of work I have to do.“It is nothing new, being jeered by the fans, as I’ve experienced it a few times in my career. When you pay the price of the ticket, you have the right to demand something different, especially if the team is called Inter.”last_img read more

Pancake Breakfast draws crowd to Clark County Sheriffs Office

first_imgA steady crowd of law enforcement and community members visited the Clark County Sheriff’s Office this morning for the agency’s annual pancake breakfast.The agency hosted the breakfast, which offers a meal for a suggested donation of $5 and a silent auction. The proceeds of the breakfast benefit Santa’s Posse, which collects and distributes toys and food to less fortunate families in Clark County.During this year’s event, Sheriff Garry Lucas handed over his pancake-making duties to Sheriff-elect Chuck Atkins in a ceremonial “passing of the spatula.”last_img read more

Magazines Take a Huge Hit at the Newsstand

first_imgThe latest figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations were released this morning, and, as expected, a number of high profile consumer magazines took a big hit in overall circulation while others saw a precipitous drop at the newsstand.Among the top 25 magazines in terms of total paid and verified circulation, only AARP (with a membership-based paid circulation of 23.4 million for its bimonthly magazine) showed an increase of more than two percent over the second half of 2006. Time (-17.57%) Playboy (-10.04%) and Reader’s Digest (-7.64%) all showed significant drops in overall circulation.In terms of single copy sales, seven of the top 10 showed decreases in sales in the last six months of 2007 versus the previous year, with Glamour (down 13.24%) taking the biggest hit. American Media Inc.’s National Enquirer (-15.25%) and Good Housekeeping (-20.71%) also saw significant declines among the top 25 magazines sold at the newsstand. Even Every Day with Rachael Ray, one of the industry’s most heralded launches in recent memory, struggled to match its 2006 newsstand success, with its single copy sales dipping 6.37 percent. (The magazine, however, more than made up for it in total subscriptions, climbing 133.7 percent—one of the largest increases in the industry.) While the celebrity titles didn’t suffer a precipitous decline in single copy sales, their former dominance has been tainted with continuing weak performances–even if they are still in the top 25. It wasn’t so long ago when newsstand trackers were commenting that the celebrity category was almost single-handedly propping up newsstand sales as a whole. People (-8.49%), Star (-4.10%), In Style (-8.59%), and Life & Style Weekly (-9.67%) are all down, while In Touch Weekly (.06%), Us Weekly (2.74%) and OK! (7.13%) showed nominal increases. Still, these seven celebrity titles account for about 32 percent of overall single copy sales in the top 25.In the consumer business category, most titles were either flat or down in terms of overall paid circulation, with a few notable exceptions. Fast Company’s single copy sales jumped nearly 38 percent, though its overall paid circulation remained flat; BusinessWeek’s single copy sales increased 9.3 percent in the second half of 2007, while its overall circulation inched up 1.3 percent. (Interestingly, Business 2.0—which folded in September—did not have a terrible year, as its average paid circulation decreased just 3.8 percent; it tanked, however, at the newsstand.)Predictably, the major newsweeklies—arguably the category most affected by the seismic cultural shift to the Web—did little to dispel that notion. Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report were flat; Time saw a dramatic drop of 19.4 percent in single copy sales. Meanwhile, the Economist (up 12.8% overall, 10.1% in single copy sales) and The Week (8.1%) posted circulation gains. Check FOLIOmag.com throughout the day for updates and Fas-Fax analysis.THE TOP 25 BY TOTAL PAID & VERIFIED CIRCULATION NATIONAL ENQUIRER688,783 812,686 -15.25% TIME3,351,872 4,066,545 -17.57% MAXIM2,548,610 2,501,175 1.90% O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE2,405,177 2,382,917 0.93% PREVENTION3,383,408 3,346,530 1.10% O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE836,770 866,884 -3.47% NEWSWEEK3,109,228 3,118,432 -0.30% SPORTS ILLUSTRATED3,213,025 3,204,699 0.26% NAME6/30/07-12/31/076/30/06-12/31/06%CHNG FAMILY CIRCLE4,011,530 3,953,651 1.46% SEVENTEEN420,544 406,223 3.53% TASTE OF HOME3,163,669 N/AN/A READER’S DIGEST9,322,833 10,094,281 -7.64% AMERICAN LEGION MAGAZINE2,542,176 2,519,021 0.92% BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS7,687,533 7,638,912 0.64% TV GUIDE3,288,740 3,281,316 0.23% AARP BULLETIN23,815,128 22,840,177 4.27% IN STYLE700,112 765,937 -8.59% COSMOPOLITAN2,902,797 2,947,220 -1.51% AAA GOING PLACES2,557,486 2,540,873 0.65% LIFE & STYLE WEEKLY672,463 744,453 -9.67% MEN’S HEALTH540,150 519,358 4.00% WOMAN’S DAY3,930,566 4,027,113 -2.40% WOMAN’S WORLD1,317,389 1,407,355 -6.39% US WEEKLY1,005,086 978,285 2.74% J-14425,520 416,559 2.15% WOMAN’S DAY646,500 685,250 -5.65%center_img FIGURE580,082 499,636 16.10% COSMOPOLITAN1,896,641 1,945,296 -2.50% PEOPLE1,428,760 1,561,386 -8.49% AAA WESTWAYS3,775,228 3,735,510 1.06% PEOPLE3,618,718 3,750,548 -3.51% FIRST1,206,222 1,262,581 -4.46% NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC5,042,672 5,071,134 -0.56% GOOD HOUSEKEEPING598,706 755,088 -20.71% PLAYBOY2,700,262 3,001,723 -10.04% PEOPLE STYLEWATCH548,600 N/AN/A NAME6/30/07-12/31/076/30/06-12/31/06%CHNG VIA MAGAZINE2,829,413 2,826,638 0.10% STAR MAGAZINE712,980 743,439 -4.10% LADIES’ HOME JOURNAL3,911,188 4,169,444 -6.19% SOUTHERN LIVING2,802,716 2,824,105 -0.76% FAMILY CIRCLE976,821 867,008 12.67% GOOD HOUSEKEEPING4,632,531 4,741,353 -2.30% ALL YOU475,102 395,432 20.15% OK! WEEKLY550,100 513,473 7.13% GLAMOUR747,014 861,006 -13.24% THE TOP 25 BY SINGLE-COPY SALES LINDY’S FOOTBALL ANNUALS600,052 474,481 26.46% IN TOUCH WEEKLY1,228,056 1,227,350 0.06% MAXIM433,567 450,575 -3.77% EVERY DAY W/ RACHAEL RAY441,000 471,020 -6.37% AARP THE MAGAZINE24,444,293 23,434,111 4.31% Source: ABClast_img read more

Ershad believes no party can go power ignoring him

first_imgJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Thursday said his party has now become a big factor in national politics as no party will be able to go to power without its cooperation.”Once there had been efforts to eliminate Jatiya Party, but it ultimately turned into abortive one,” he said while distributing relief materials among flood victims at Charpakhimari union in Sadar upazila.Now, Ershad claimed, “Jatiya Party is not what it was in the past. It’s now a big factor in politics. Neither there’ll be any election without us no one will be able to go to power without us.”Ershad, special emissary of the prime minister, said they are making the JaPa stronger as now there is a bright prospect for it to return to power with people’s votes.”The BNP had tortured us badly, but they’re now in a delicate condition. They’re getting punished by Allah for repressing us,” observed the former military dictator.The JaPa chief alleged that the flood victims are now in untold miseries as they are not getting adequate relief materials. “The government should take more sincere and effective steps to ensure enough relief and supports for the victims.”Party secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader and district unit Jatiya party general secretary Shafiqul Islam Thanda also spoke at the programme.Later, each of the 500 flood victims was provided with 5 kg rice, one kg salt and half kg pulse.last_img read more

Bagerhat road crash kills 1

first_imgA man was killed and four others were injured in a road accident at Attraki on Dhaka-Mawa Highway in Fakirhat upazila of Bagerhat on Sunday morning, reports news agency UNB.The deceased was identified as Bellal Hossian, 45, son of Nowsher Ali, a resident of Holishpur village in Shalikha upazila of Magura.The accident took place when a pickup van collided head-on with a Khulna-bound private car due to poor visibility caused by dense fog around 7am, leaving five pickup van passengers injured, said Azizul Haque, officer-in-charge of Katakhali Highway Police.The injured were taken to Fakirhat Health Complex and Khulna Medical College Hospital where doctors at the health complex declared Bellal dead.last_img read more

Nearly 894000 Texans Apply For FEMA Harvey Aid By Deadline

first_imgDavid J. Phillip/APHurricane Harvey dropped record rainfall on Houston neighborhoods like this one, near Addicks Reservoir.Nearly 894,000 people in Texas met this week’s deadline to register for federal disaster assistance to help them recover from Hurricane Harvey, with more than $1.4 billion in funding approved so far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday.But officials and nonprofit groups say more funding will be needed to help the state rebuild and reach those who live in the shadows and might not have easy access to resources to assist in their recovery.“There are thousands of people living in homes within our city that need to be quickly remediated, repaired or rebuilt. So we need more resources,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said earlier this week.After several extensions, FEMA had set Thursday as the deadline for Texans affected by Harvey to register for federal help. By registering, residents will be eligible for a variety of assistance, including temporary housing and repair or replacement of damaged homes. Only residents in the 41 Texas counties included in the federal disaster declaration were eligible to apply.Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Aug. 25 about 180 miles (290 kilometers) southwest of Houston. It damaged or destroyed around 200,000 homes and flooded much of Houston and smaller coastal communities with record amounts of rain and high winds.By Thursday’s deadline, 893,798 Texans had registered, with 356,553 applications having so far been approved. FEMA said it has also provided $2.6 billion in disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to 30,000 businesses and residents and more than $497 million to help the state and local governments with repairing infrastructure, removing debris and paying costs associated with first responders.The passing of the deadline should not indicate that FEMA’s work in Texas is done, said agency spokesman Bob Howard. Many residents remain displaced, with nearly 40,000 people still living in hotels paid for by FEMA.“We’re going to be here as long as the need is here. We’re here to support the state and the local communities,” Howard said.In comparison to the two other big storms that hit this hurricane season, more than 2.6 million people in Florida registered for federal disaster assistance after Hurricane Irma with $940 million in assistance so far being approved, while more than 1 million people have registered in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria with more than $276 million approved.Not everyone who needs help after Harvey applied with FEMA, as many people, including low income individuals and immigrants, might not have known to apply, said Elena Marks, president and CEO of Episcopal Health Foundation, a Houston-based nonprofit.“There are a lot of people who are just in the shadows for one reason or another,” Marks said.The foundation is hoping to help agencies reach these individuals with an analysis it did last month of assistance applications submitted to FEMA that identifies the zip codes in the 41 counties in the federal disaster declaration that submitted the most applications.The analysis found the zip codes with the most applications were spread out across Southeast Texas and included areas of Port Arthur, Houston and its suburb of Dickinson and Rockport, near where Harvey made landfall.“There’s a lot of pressure on the groups that have raised money to get the money out the door because people really are struggling,” she said. “The tension exists with knowing where that money is best spent and how do you know that if you don’t have data.”___Follow Juan A. Lozano on Twitter at www.twitter.com/juanlozano70 Sharelast_img read more