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Multi-discipline sports initiative of Ril Foundation launched

first_imgMumbai, Aug 27 (PTI) A multi-discipline pan-India sports initiative under the banner of Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) was launched here today by Reliance Foundation chairperson Neeta Ambani.RFYS said it is poised to professionalise school and college sports competitions with a unified approach towards creating an ecosystem to encourage, support and define a career path in sports for the youth.In the first year, 2,200 teams in four categories – Junior Boys, Senior Boys, Senior Girls and Senior Boys – will be competing in the football games to be played in eight cities – Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Kochi, Goa, Chennai ,Pune and Delhi.The competition will have pre-qualifying rounds followed by the main draws in each of the above cities. City winners in each category would qualify to play for the national honours, a Reliance Foundation statement said.Over the next three months, the megapolis and its suburbs will see over 500 institutes fielding over 600 teams playing football at various grounds.RFYS will produce video footage of the competitions, making the scouting process for raw talent a much easier task across the country.It has also set up an six member advisory board comprising sports personalities including Nita Ambani, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, tennis player Leander Paes, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, professor Dipak Jain and actor Ranbir Kapoor.At the onset of the launch today, Wilson College and H R College played a football match at the Bandra Kurla complex.Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor also cheered for the two teams. In the game, H R College emerged victorious as they thrashed their opponents 2-0.advertisementFoundation chairperson Neeta Ambani is a member of the International Olympic Committee. PTI NRB ARS AH AHlast_img read more

Kremlin vows to defend Russian athletes after lost Sochi medals over doping

first_imgRussia will take steps to defend the interests of its athletes who were disqualified and stripped of their medals from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics for doping, the Kremlin said on Monday.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) this month annulled the results of 14 Russian athletes who competed in Sochi because of doping violations.They were stripped of their medals and banned for life from participating in future Olympics.The decisions followed an IOC investigation into allegations of state-backed doping among Russian competitors and sample tampering by laboratory and security officials at Sochi.”The main thing is to persistently and energetically take all possible measures to protect our legitimate interests and the legitimate interests of our athletes together with international sports organisations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters at a conference call.”One can hardly steal a victory that has already been won, especially a victory that will forever stay with our hero athletes,” he said.Russia was first in the medal table at the end of the Games but the IOC decisions bring down their number of gold medals to nine, behind Canada and Norway.The bans have so far targeted athletes in four disciplines: cross-country skiing, skeleton, bobsleigh and speed skating.Those banned and stripped of their medals include double gold medallist Alexander Zubkov, who also serves as president of Russia’s bobsleigh federation, and cross country skier Alexander Legkov, who won gold in the 50km freestyle and a silver medal in the 4x10km relay event.Peskov did not spell out what measures Russia could take. But the federations governing these sports in Russia have said they will seek to contest the IOC’s decisions at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).advertisementDespite calls to cooperate with international bodies to help rid Russia of doping, the Russian authorities have never acknowledged any state role in the scandal.The IOC is re-testing all Russian athletes’ samples from the 2014 Games following revelations by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow’s discredited anti-doping laboratory, of a scheme to cover up home competitors’ positive samples.The Sochi scandal is part of a broader doping affair that has led to the suspension of Russia’s anti-doping agency RUSADA, its athletics federation and Paralympic Committee.The IOC has said it would decide during its executive board meeting next month on the participation of Russian competitors at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February.last_img read more

‘Liverpool should sell Coutinho to reinforce’

first_imgTransfers ‘Liverpool should sell Coutinho for £130m and buy a new defence’ – Saunders offers transfer advice Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:32 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) HD Phil Coutinho Transfers Liverpool Primera División Premier League Philippe Coutinho The former Reds striker believes Jurgen Klopp needs to bring in as many as five new players next summer, and a big-money sale would aid that process Liverpool should sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £130 million next summer and reinvest the funds on a new defence, says Dean Saunders.The Reds spent much of the most recent transfer window fending off advances from Camp Nou as their Brazilian playmaker became a top target for the Liga giants.Reds beat Burnley, Firmino FGS – 9/2 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Several offers were knocked back, with Liverpool making it clear that they would not be sanctioning a sale in 2017.They have already shown that they can cope without Coutinho at the start of the current campaign, but their defensive frailties remain and Saunders believes a big-money departure could actually help the club in the long run – with as many as five fresh faces required at Anfield.The ex-Reds striker told talkSPORT: “If Liverpool want to win trophies, if they want to get to that next level, they need to improve their defence.“One way around that would be to sell Coutinho next summer for £130 million and buy three new defenders and a defensive midfield player…and maybe a goalkeeper as well.“Liverpool’s front three are already brilliant, so I’d take the money for Coutinho and that’s one way you can get the back-four better.“I wonder if the manager is sitting there this morning thinking, ‘is my back-four good enough to go where I want to go with this team?’”Would Loris Karius get in Manchester United’s team? Would Joe Gomez? Would Alberto Moreno? Would Joel Matip or Dejan Lovren or Ragnar Klaven?“Go through the seven best teams in Europe, none of those players are getting in those teams, so as a manager you sit there and think, ‘are they good enough, and if not what can I do about it?’ He could change the way they play to protect them a little bit more, or change the personnel.“They are not far away, Liverpool. But again, great teams can win games 1-0, and at the moment Liverpool can’t do that against the top teams.”Liverpool’s latest struggles at the back saw them held to a 2-2 draw at home by Sevilla in the Champions League, with a number of former players having been quick to question Jurgen Klopp’s side.Dietmar Hamman has suggested that the Reds are “top heavy” and “unbalanced”, while Manchester United legend Roy Keane says the European elite will be “laughing at Liverpool” if they make the latter stages of continental competition. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Smalling hits back at England snub

first_imgChris Smalling Smalling hits back at England snub: ‘I play for one of the biggest clubs in the world’ Chris Burton 04:20 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chris Smalling Getty Images Manchester United England Premier League World Cup The Manchester United defender has been overlooked by Gareth Southgate of late, but he is happy with his form and fighting for a World Cup spot Chris Smalling is surprised to have been frozen out by England, but has reminded Gareth Southgate that he does play for “one of the biggest clubs in the world.”The Manchester United defender was left out of the latest Three Lions squad as his national team coach suggested that he was eager to work with ball-playing centre-halves.Smalling has not taken that snub to heart and remains determined to fight for a place at next summer’s World Cup finals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He has also been quick to point out that he has little to complain about as he remains on the books of a global giant and has already shown down the years that he is a more than capable operator in his chosen position.Smalling told reporters ahead of United’s latest Champions League outing against Basel: “Was I surprised [to be left out]? Yes, I was. But you don’t play for one of the biggest clubs in the world for as long as I have, and probably won the most trophies, bar the Champions League, without being a top defender, who can play and defend.Chris Smalling Manchester United England snub reaction“I think, this year, we’ve got one of the best defensive records and I’m very proud to be a part of that. While I’m playing under Jose, and I’m playing regularly, I’m happy with that.”I play under one of the biggest, most successful managers in Jose [Mourinho], and he’s only going to pick the best players. So, while I’m playing regularly and he’s happy, and my season carries on like this, and we have a successful season and our team concedes very few goals – it maybe gives him [Southgate] no choice in the summer, but to pick me.”For now, Smalling’s focus is locked on domestic and European matters with United.Mourinho’s men are set to face Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday coming off the back of a morale-boosting 4-1 victory over Newcastle which saw Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic welcomed back into the fold.”I think it would strike fear into myself if I was playing against them, and it strikes fear into most teams,” Smalling added on the attacking options now available to the Red Devils.”Obviously we’ve got Paul back, who’s a very attacking midfielder, and along with Ibra and all those other names it just gives us so many options and no matter what game it is, no matter what competition it is, we’ve got a front three or four who can cause the opposition problems. So if we keep it tight at the back, more often than not, we’re going to win the game.”last_img read more

Team Sky set for takeover by Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe

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Thank you. news Share on Twitter Brailsford has 12 riders under contract for next season, including Thomas, Froome and Bernal, although all three were rumoured to have been made offers by rival teams if a new sponsor had not be found.“You’d hope that we’d find something,” said Thomas, the 2018 Tour winner, during Brailsford’s negotiations. “We are in the best position to; we are one of the best sports teams around, not just in cycling.”Sky unexpectedly announced the ending of their sponsorship last autumn and many believed it would be impossible to find a suitably wealthy backer to enable the team to continue. Recent and extensive negative coverage of Brailsford and of the team, in the aftermath of stinging criticism from Ukad and the DCMS after the infamous “Jiffy Bag” investigation, was followed by the ongoing farce of the Dr Richard Freeman medical tribunal into testosterone use, which was adjourned a fortnight ago.Those factors, allied to a tight timescale and an increasingly fraught sponsorship market within cycling, all appeared to be working against Brailsford. Read more Ratcliffe, said to be worth £21bn, grew up on a council estate in Greater Manchester and is now a resident of Monaco, where Team Sky’s leading riders and its head coach, Tim Kerrison, are based. He is also a keen cyclist and competitive triathlete.Sir Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France when riding for Sky, said the news was a “bonus for everyone at Team Sky”.“I’m aware of this guy but I’ve never met him,” Wiggins told Eurosport. “He’s got a house in Mallorca and he’s really into cycling, rides his bike, so I would imagine this is someone who loves cycling.“It’s an ideal situation for Dave Brailsford because he can continue running out this team with all his plans and philosophies and he’s answerable, you’d imagine, to one man who it’s his money and it’ll certainly help that team.”“Dave will want to retain control,” Wiggins added. “It’s Dave’s way in terms of the way he manages the team, the way he’s set the team up and I think he would have been reluctant to have another multinational company that came in and wanted it for the advertisement but would want the control.”Ratcliffe had previously considered a buy-out of Chelsea and last year invested £110m in Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team, a relationship that raised eyebrows given Ineos’s status as one of the world’s largest producers of plastics. The company’s move into professional cycling is equally likely to ruffle feathers, both due to its wealth and within a sport that is becoming increasingly aware of its environmental impact.Brailsford, however, appears to have shed the eco-evangelism of Team Sky’s 2018 Ocean Rescue campaign, which included a whale logo on the riders’ jerseys during the Tour de France, accompanied by the hashtag #passonplastic. The Recap: our editor’s pick of the Guardian’s best sport content in the past week. Reuse this content “Brailsford’s selling a guaranteed win at the Tour de France,” the Education First team manager, Jonathan Vaughters, told the Guardian in December. “To ensure that, he needs another massive budget. In my view it’s either a direct replacement for Sky’s sponsorship or the team goes away.”But, as Vaughters also noted, Brailsford’s energy and determination should not be underestimated. “He has an impressive ability to reach into the toilet and pull out chocolate,” the American said. Since you’re here… Team Sky is poised to announce a takeover by Britain’s richest man in a deal that will maintain the six- times Tour de France winners’ position as the wealthiest team in world cycling.Sources close to Team Sky have told the Guardian that an announcement is imminent and Team Ineos, sponsored by the controversial petrochemical company, owned by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is expected to be unveiled within the next 48 hours.It is understood that four strong offers were considered by Team Sky’s team principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, but that none was able to match the resources offered by Ratcliffe and Ineos.With an increased budget, expected to be close to £40m, Brailsford is almost certain now to hold on to his leading riders, the reigning Tour champion, Geraint Thomas, the multiple Grand Tour champion Chris Froome and the fast-rising Egan Bernal, who won France’s second-most prestigious stage race, Paris-Nice, on Saturday.Confirmation of the deal with Ineos cannot come soon enough for Brailsford and his staff as they look to avoid further uncertainty in the build-up to this year’s Grand Tours – Italy, France and Spain – which they are targeting. 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FIFA confirms Chelsea appeal against transfer ban

first_imgFIFA confirms Chelsea appeal against transfer banThe London side, banned from the next two transfer windows and also fined 600,000 Swiss francs ($600,000), had already said they would appeal against the decision taken by FIFA’s disciplinary committee last month.advertisement Reuters LondonMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 19:37 IST Chelsea have been banned from registering new players for the next two transfer windows (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFIFA has confirmed Chelsea have appealed against a transfer banChelsea have been banned from the next two transfer windows and also fined 600,000 Swiss francsChelsea were found to have committed several infringements relating to registration requirements for playersFIFA confirmed on Tuesday that English Premier League club Chelsea have appealed against a transfer ban imposed after they were found guilty of breaching rules on overseas players under the age of 18.The London side, banned from the next two transfer windows and also fined 600,000 Swiss francs ($600,000), had already said they would appeal against the decision taken by FIFA’s disciplinary committee last month.FIFA said in a statement that it could not give a schedule for the process, nor say whether the ban would be lifted pending the appeal hearing.”Any decision on the sanction remaining in place during the appeal process is to be taken by the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee,” it said.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow ChelseaFollow FIFA Nextlast_img read more

Gov’t to Intensify Energy Savings and Conservation

first_img The Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, will be intensifying energy savings and conservation measures under the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP). The Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, will be intensifying energy savings and conservation measures under the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP).Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, made the disclosure as he delivered the Throne Speech to open the 2018/19 parliamentary period in Gordon House on February 15.EMEP is being implemented by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).The three main objectives are to reduce electricity consumption and carbon dioxide emission in public-sector entities, including hospitals and educational institutions; decrease travel times and fuel consumption through improved traffic control management; and increase capacity in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology.The Governor-General also reported that the Ministry will be looking to enact critical legislation in fiscal year 2018/2019.These are the Data Protection Act; Information and Communications Technology Act (Telecommunications Act Repeal); Information and Communications Authority Act; Electricity (Electric Power Wheeling) Regulations; Electricity (Net Billing) Regulations; Electricity (Electrical Work, Registration and Licensing) Regulations Resolution; and the Petroleum (Quality Control) Act. Story Highlights The three main objectives are to reduce electricity consumption and carbon dioxide emission in public-sector entities, including hospitals and educational institutions; decrease travel times and fuel consumption through improved traffic control management; and increase capacity in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology. EMEP is being implemented by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).last_img read more

BC Court of Appeal to hear provinces oiltransport reference case Monday

first_imgVANCOUVER — British Columbia’s Court of Appeal will consider a key question regarding provincial powers in the political battle over the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project during a five-day hearing that starts Monday.The B.C. government’s reference case asks the court if the province has jurisdiction to regulate the transport of oil through its territory and restrict bitumen shipments from Alberta.Specifically, it asks if proposed amendments to British Columbia’s Environmental Management Act are valid and if they give the province the authority to control the shipment of heavy oils based on the impact spills could have on the environment, human health or communities.The province is also asking the court whether the amendments are overridden by federal law.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have said only Ottawa, not the provinces, has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines.Alberta and Saskatchewan have both filed documents as interested parties supporting the federal government in the case.When B.C. filed the reference case last year, Alberta announced it would ban B.C. wines and accused Horgan of trying to break the rules of Confederation in newspaper ads.Last  summer, the Federal Appeal Court overturned approval of the project to triple oil shipments from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., ruling that the National Energy Board had not properly considered its impact on marine life nor had Ottawa meaningfully consulted with Indigenous groups.Last month, the board found that the pipeline is still in the public interest despite the risk that an increase in tanker traffic could adversely affect southern resident killer whales, hurt related Indigenous culture and increase greenhouse gas emissions. It added 16 new recommendations for federal government action in addition to the 156 conditions in its initial approval in 2016.The federal government purchased the pipeline last year.Trudeau has said the expansion is in the best interests of all Canadians and his government has committed $1.5 billion to an ocean protection plan that includes millions for research on B.C. killer whales.Horgan said last year the aim of the case is to protect the province’s coastline and economy from the harms of an oil spill.“We believe it is our right to take appropriate measures to protect our environment, economy and our coast from the drastic consequence of a diluted bitumen spill,” Horgan said in a statement when the reference case was announced last April.“And we are prepared to confirm that right in the courts.”Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

4 First Nations in Manitoba Get Flooding Compensation Offer

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople from four First Nations communities in Manitoba have been offered compensation for being displaced because of flooding this spring.The province is offering a total of 25 million dollars. But some are wondering how this will help.APTN’S Tiar Wilson now with more.last_img

Nunavut journalist becomes only person banned from all five Nunavut prisons

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsNunavut’s Baffin Correctional Centre (BCC) is infamous.The Auditor General of Canada said the facility puts the safety of staff and inmates at risk.Most people want to get out of BCC, not in.But one man who advocates for prisoners got kicked out of jail – and he’s taking Nunavut justice to court to get back

First Nations file lawsuit over Husky oil spill into North Saskatchewan River

first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Two First Nations in Saskatchewan have filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against an energy company responsible for an oil spill that fouled the drinking water supply of thousands of people two years ago.The James Smith Cree Nation and the Cumberland House Cree Nation are seeking reparations from Husky Energy for the spill in July 2016 that polluted the North Saskatchewan River.They cite damage caused by the spill and allege Husky hasn’t been willing to work with them to make things right.The James Smith Cree Nation alleges in a prepared statement of facts that Husky was advised to take remediation steps after about 40 per cent of roughly 250,000 litres of oil mixture leaked into the river.The statement obtained by Prince Albert radio station CKBI claims Husky “failed or refused to perform remediation steps to mitigate, limit or remove the adverse impact” of the spill.None of the allegations by either First Nation has been proven in court.The spill forced the cities of Prince Albert, North Battleford and Melfort to shut off their water intakes for almost two months. Wildlife was also harmed.James Smith’s statement of facts alleges Husky repeatedly failed to provide the community with updates regarding the cleanup, didn’t provide updated technical data such as studies or reports or any other information related to the oil spill.The statement of facts also alleges Calgary-based Husky failed to inform the community as to when the company would be on reserve land to obtain samples, perform remediation or undertake other activities related to the spill response.The band is asking for damages to make up for its members’ lost ability to hunt, fish, trap, gather and otherwise enjoy the river.It also seeks an order requiring Husky to cover the costs of remediating the water, riverbanks and vegetation.The band, based about 60 kilometres east of Prince Albert, wants out-of-pocket expenses accrued during the oil spill cleanup period covered as well.It is asking for punitive damages, legal costs and interest on any compensation.The Cumberland House Cree Nation, located about 300 kilometres east of Prince Albert, has also filed legal paperwork against Husky Energy.Many of the allegations in its statement of facts mirror those submitted by the James Smith band.The Cumberland House Cree are also seeking a judge’s order requiring Husky Energy to “immediately and fully, and at their own expense, remove or remediate oil in the water, soil, vegetation, and debris on the reserve lands.”Husky has said that more than 90 per cent of the oil was recovered.The company concluded that the spill which originated near Maidstone, Sask., was caused when ground underneath a submerged section of pipe shifted.(CKBI, The Canadian Press)(Companies in the story: TSX:HSE)last_img read more

Security Council to send mission to Great Lakes region in bid to

The mission will be led by Ambassador Jean-David Levitte of France, Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway, the current Council President, said in a statement to the press. He added that the 15 members would prepare the terms of reference for the mission in the coming days.The announcement came after a closed-door briefing to the Council by UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno on his recent visit to the DRC and regional capitals.According to a UN spokesperson, Mr. Guéhenno also discussed recent fighting in the southeastern part of the country, where there have been reports of an attack on DRC Army positions in the vicinity of Moliro, which the UN Organization Mission (MONUC) has not been able to verify independently.Mr. Guéhenno also told the Council that the UN should work to maintain the momentum on the ground by completing the deployment of some 2,000 UN personnel to Kindu, working with the parties to resume traffic on the DRC’s rivers and repatriating the 1,900 Hutu militia currently located in Kamina.In today’s press statement, Council members voiced “deep concern” about the reports of attacks on Moliro, demanding a halt to all fighting and calling on all parties to settle their differences through negotiations.The members of the Council also called on the parties of the inter-Congolese dialogue to pursue their work in a spirit of consensus and encouraged the facilitators to pursue their efforts.The statement also welcomed the deployment of MONUC to Kisangani and Kindu, in the eastern part of the country, and called on all parties to facilitate the process, especially by granting the Mission access to airports and port structures.The Council repeated its call for the demilitarization of Kisangani, in keeping with resolution 1304, and called for the full reopening of the river, including to commercial traffic, Ambassador Kolby said, adding that the members noted with concern the interruption of UN humanitarian assistance due to lack of funding. read more

UN envoy calls on Spanish and Portuguesespeaking countries to support Haiti

The head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Juan Gabriel Valdés, on Friday asked foreign ministers attending the Summit to urgently fund projects that can produce quick results, so that the Haitian people can observe tangible improvements and gain trust in the UN.Mr. Valdes also emphasized the pioneering nature of the joint participation of troops from several Ibero-American countries, such as Guatemala, Peru, Chili, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Brazil and Spain, in MINUSTAH’s work. This Summit brings together 19 nations from the Americas plus Spain and Portugal. read more

Rape sexual violence continue in Sudans Darfur region UN reports

Armed elements in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, including law enforcement officers and the military, continue to perpetrate rape and sexual violence, with the authorities seemingly unable or unwilling to hold them accountable, according to a new United Nations report released today.“Many women do not report incidents out of fear of reprisals and are discouraged from reporting, given the lack of redress for sexual violence,” says the report, an assessment of how the Government of Sudan has lived up to commitments undertaken a year ago in a joint communiqué with Secretary-General Kofi Annan to investigate and punish sexual violence in Darfur.“Some police stations refuse to register and investigate complaints of sexual violence. When cases are registered, police officials often do not vigorously investigate the claims,” it adds, noting that the authorities intimidate victims and witnesses into withdrawing charges. The report, “Access to Justice for Victims of Sexual Violence,” prepared at the initiative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), looks at patterns of rape in Darfur, which has been racked by a conflict between the government, allied militias and rebels that has killed at least 180,000 people and driven 2 million more from their homes in the past two and a half years.“Basically we see extremely, extremely poor results in the investigation and successful prosecution of perpetrators of very serious sexual violence,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour told a news briefing in New York.“Rape, gang rapes continue to be very prevalent by all accounts and the deficit in the government ranges from first, an extremely unreceptive attitude toward even recognizing the magnitude of the problem, and it seems to me that is the first thing that needs to be addressed,” she added.The report lists specific cases and details different obstacles to justice as well as instances of arrest, intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders and medical providers.It says the Government is starting to take some steps, including the formation of a State Committee on Gender Based Violence for South Darfur and the provision of technical assistance to improve the investigative capacity of law enforcement agencies. But major obstacles continue to prevent most victims from seeking accountability.It notes that the authorities generally deny the allegations of rape and sexual violence and intimidate not only victims and witnesses into withdrawing charges but also local and international humanitarian organizations.In order to bring sexual violence to an end, the Government of Sudan needs to fully acknowledge the scope of the problem and take concrete action to end the climate of impunity in Darfur, the report states.“Only timely and credible investigations and prosecutions of sexual violence willmake it clear to the perpetrators of sexual violence, who include members of the law enforcement, security forces and pro-government militia, that sexual violence will no longer be tolerated,” it says.But to date most perpetrators of rape and sexual violence have not been brought to justice, adding that it remains to be seen whether a recently established Special Criminal Court for the Events in Darfur will effectively address these crimes. read more

Dorel Industries buying Chinese firm that makes goods for infants and children

MONTREAL – Dorel Industries will become one of the largest makers of strollers, high chairs and other products for children and infants in China with a deal Monday to buy Hong Kong-based Lerado Group for US$120 million.Chief financial officer Jeffrey Schwartz said the acquisition will give Dorel more flexibility and allow it to “control its own destiny.”Though the acquisition is not expected to add to earnings in the first year of operations as Dorel integrates the new facilities, Schwartz said it was a strategic move.“I think it’s going to change Dorel. It gives us a whole new element that we never had before and that’s manufacturing,” he said in an interview.Instead of relying exclusively on third-party suppliers, Montreal-based Dorel (TSX:DII.B) will be able to make its own products to sell in China and export around the world.The acquisition, which will see Lerado’s management and employees join Dorel, includes four facilities – three manufacturing plants in China and a research and development facility in Taiwan.The plants will become Dorel’s Asian juvenile production hub while also making products for other companies as a contract manufacturer.By producing lower-priced products in-house, Dorel will be better able to compete for this business, Schwartz said.“There was a part of the market that we were losing because we couldn’t compete directly with a factory. There wasn’t enough value-added on lower-end products to justify why we would make a mark up on top of the factory’s mark up.”Meanwhile, higher-end strollers currently made in Europe, for example, will also be able to be produced in China for the Chinese market.China is currently a “negligible” part of Dorel’s juvenile sales, but new car seat laws and the growing middle class make it a “very interesting market” longer term, Schwartz said.Dorel plans to continue making car seats at its facilities in the United States and Europe, but most of the other products have long been made in China.The company said it will benefit from Lerado’s new facilities and technology, including a recently constructed car seat crash test laboratory similar to those owned by Dorel in the U.S. and Europe.The deal, which as been in the works for nearly a year, is expected to close later this year.Analyst Leon Aghazarian of National Bank Financial said the acquisition is part of the evolution of the supply chain and competitive environment in the global juvenile market.“While Dorel intends to keep using existing suppliers to a certain degree, the Lerado acquisition provides more supply chain control in a changing environment where some manufacturers are now acquiring brands and competing with Dorel,” he wrote in a report.Lerado is one of the main juvenile products manufacturers in China along with Goodbaby and Wonderland, the maker of Graco products. Goodbaby has been one of Dorel’s main suppliers but stands to become one of its biggest competitors with its purchase of Evenflo and Europe’s Cybex brand.Analyst Mark Petrie of CIBC World Markets said the deal is driven by the desire to control supply and will take time to provide a financial return.“Given Dorel’s inexperience, and the need to improve current operations, we expect it will take some time for the benefits of the transaction to appear in the numbers,” he wrote.Dorel manufactures a number of children’s products under the Safety 1st, Quinny, Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Bebe Confort brands. It also sells bikes and cycling gear under the Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, IronHorse and Sugoi brands.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 16, 2014 11:28 am MDT Dorel Industries buying Chinese firm that makes goods for infants and children AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

NDP firing CEO of auto industry watchdog promises change

Related Stories Man facing 164 charges related to vehicle consignment fraud by News Staff Posted Dec 6, 2016 2:29 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 6, 2016 at 2:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Service Alberta Minster Stephanie McLean and AMVIC Board Chair Paul Williams (Service Alberta) The Alberta Government is firing the CEO of the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council, the watchdog in charge of monitoring the auto industry and protecting consumers, following ongoing problems in the organization.Following a four-month review, the NDP is accepting 22 recommendations made by reviewer George Cuff to overhaul AMVIC, after complaints including lack of enforcement, siding with industry over customers and failing to properly oversee transactions.Service Alberta Minister Stephanie McLean said the focus is restoring public confidence.“Albertans need to know that when a purchasing a car or truck or any other vehicle for the matter, that they’re well-represented and AMVIC is the body to do that,” she said.In the spotlight of AMVIC’s troubles is the $5 million class-action lawsuit against now-defunct Treadz Auto Group, a Calgary company accused of bilking dozens of customers.The lawsuit claims AMVIC failed to provide its proper oversight, as some complainants have been waiting for five years to be compensated.While she didn’t provide any specific examples, McLean said it’s clear AMVIC’s structure had to change and remove its CEO John Bachinski.“It’s better to position someone else who has the ability to take on a newly defined role and one that will have a fresh take on things and furthermore, that the board and employees have a fresh relationship with,” she said.McLean cited there were questionable appointments to AMVIC made during the last government, high levels of staff turnover and administrative decisions that benefited industry and not customers.AMVIC Board Chair Paul Williams said the report will help.“AMVIC actually needs to turn the corner on certain issues and some of the perceptions about our organization amongst consumers, industry and even media,” Williams said.AMVIC has a compensation fund that reimburses customers who have been wronged, but McLean said last year, only $2,000 was paid out of the $4 million in the fund.As for the Treadz case, McLean said once the court case is settled, those who deserve money will get it.“Absolutely if you have a valid claim, you should receive compensation under the fund,” she said.Williams added there are consumers that don’t even know about the fund, with McLean saying in the future it will improve.“We are committed to ensuring that it functions better and that it pays out when there have been issues that would warrant a payout,” she said. “It’s clear that the past structure is not one that functioned in that way.”“Treadz Auto is a complicated case,” McLean said. “The changes that have been recommended by Cuff are thorough, they’re detailed and we are committed to ensuring that they are going to be implemented in the most effective way possible for our consumers.” NDP firing CEO of auto industry watchdog; promises change Alberta|Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council|Calgary|George Cuff|John Bachinski|paul williams|Stephanie McLean|Treadz Auto|YYC read more

UN agencies fly in urgent aid for Syrian refugees in north Iraq

The flight, chartered by the World Food Programme (WFP), includes 340 family tents, 42 metric tonnes of high energy biscuits and 15 metric tonnes of special nutrition bars contributed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The supplies will be distributed by WFP and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“The continuing exodus of people fleeing Syria into Iraq over the last month has been unprecedented,” said UNHCR Representative in Iraq Claire Bourgeois. “With the support of the government of the Kurdistan Region, UNHCR, WFP and our partners are in a race against time to meet the needs of the tens of thousands of new arrivals.”Over the past two weeks, more than 44,000 Syrian refugees have crossed into the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Most of them are women and children sheltered in camps or collective facilities while others reside with family and friends.A second flight is due to arrive in Erbil today from Adana, Turkey, carrying 93 metric tonnes of food, enough to feed 11,500 people for three weeks. In addition to the flights, WFP is mobilizing more than 37,000 rations from around the region to feed up to 185,000 people for one month. Some 25 trucks carrying 500 metric tonnes of food supplies arrived Monday from Turkey to meet the urgent food need of refugees.In a news release, UNHCR and WFP said most of the newly arrived Syrians have been transferred to Kawergosk camp, close to Erbil, which is now home to an estimated 15,000 refugees. “In the last 12 days, aid workers have turned the desolate Kawergosk site from an empty plain into a burgeoning refugee camp that now must be prepared for northern Iraq’s rough winters,” the agencies said.UNHCR has so far sent over 120 trucks of aid to camps and various centres hosting new arrivals, with more relief being dispatched from the agency’s stockpiles in Jordan. Meanwhile, WFP has distributed more than 1,500 family food rations, enough to feed 7,500 people for one month, in Kawergosk camp over the last few days. The ration includes rice, sugar, salt, wheat flour, lentils, and vegetable oil.“We are grateful for the generosity of the local authorities of the Kurdistan Regional Government who provided the Syrian refugees with hot meals in the initial days, when they arrived in northern Iraq,” said Ute Meir, WFP’s acting Country Director in Iraq. “WFP has now mobilized enough food to meet most of the urgent food needs of Syrian refugees in camps and transit centres in northern Iraq.”UNHCR is also assisting some 3,000 people temporarily encamped at the Baharka warehouse, also in Erbil, as well as about 2,600 Syrians living in schools and other buildings in Qushtapa. Temporary sites are being set up to accommodate those living in mosques, schools and libraries, the agency said.Almost 200,000 Syrian refugees have fled into Iraq since the onset of the conflict in Syria on March 2011, with some 30 per cent residing in camps and 70 per cent living in Iraqi communities. read more

The charts that show how the UK is in the midst of

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week comes at a time of great change in the world of mental health – with more people coming forward and openly discussing the once-shunned illnesses that affect so many of us.  And as more of us are impacted by mental health, awareness around its issues has also risen recently. This has been assisted by high-profile interventions, such as those made by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge…. Millions of us are impacted by mental illness each year, with official data revealing that almost 1.8 million work sickness notes handed out by GPs between September 2016 and September 2018 were for mental health, accounting for a third of all sickness notes with a recorded illness. read more

Revenue seizes over 600 litres of alcohol at Dublin Port

first_imgRevenue seizes over 600 litres of alcohol at Dublin Port They made the seizure a couple of days before St Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off. Share Tweet Email1 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 1:40 PM 18 Comments Mar 16th 2017, 1:40 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Revenue 8,472 Views Image: Revenue Short URL REVENUE HAS UNCOVERED more than 600 litres of undeclared alcohol at Dublin Port this week.Revenue officers searched a truck as it arrived into Dublin from Holyhead as part of an intelligence-led operation.Officers seized 200 litres of beer and 408 litres of wine, which has a retail value of over €6,700, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €3,300.A man in his 40s was questioned and investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.The seizure is part of Revenue’s on-going operations targeting the illegal importation, supply and sale of alcohol in the shadow economy.The majority of people pay the right amount of tax and duty.If you know someone is evading tax or involved in smuggling, contact Revenue’s Confidential Freephone 1800 295 295.Read: Second man (18) charged with murder of David ‘Daithi’ DouglasRead: Parents of injured baby to be interviewed by gardaí in Louthlast_img read more

HolmesDennis joins Bristol

first_imgTareiq Holmes-Dennis has signed for Bristol Rovers, according to Huddersfield official website.Holmes-Dennis has completed a permanent transfer from Huddersfield Town to Sky Bet League 1 side Bristol Rovers. The terms and details of the transfer have not been disclosed by Huddersfield. Tareiq signed for Huddersfield from Charleroi Athletic back in the summer of 2016.After making his debut in the club’s 2-1 victory Rotherham in September that year he went on to make a further 14 appearances for David Wagner’s side. Tareiq picked up just one assist during his time at Town, setting up Harry Bunn with a lovely cross during Huddersfield 4-0 victory over Port Vale in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.Robbie Fowler interested in managing Bristol Rovers Obinna Echi – December 15, 2018 Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has revealed his interest in becoming the manager at League One club Bristol Rovers.This week, Darrell Clarke left Bristol…The 22-year-old also featured in Huddersfield Town’s playoff promotion run back in 2017, coming on a substitute during the semi-final second leg against Sheffield Wednesday.The left back’s 2017-18 campaign was marred with injuries during a loan spell at Portsmouth. He picked up an injury 19minutes into his Pompey debut.Tareiq’s contract with Huddersfield was meant to run until the summer of 2019 but the club have decided to let him go this summer.last_img read more

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