Alleging that women are exploited in Maoist ranks, a pregnant woman Maoist cadre, Rina Mallik (25) alias Laxmi, surrendered in Rayagada district of Odisha on International Women’s Day on Wednesday.For her, motherhood proved stronger than the lure of the gun. She made serious allegations of physical and mental torture of women cadres in Maoist camps, which, according to her, was a major reason behind her surrender.She surrendered before Rayagada Superintendent of Police K. Siva Subramani at the Rayagada district police headquarter.Speaking to The Hindu, Mr Subramani said Rina was now five months pregnant and she took the decision to leave the outlawed Maoist outfit when Naxalite leaders demanded that she abort the child.Rina is married to a Maoist cadre, Bhimlal Emla alias Bikash. According to her, in 2011 she had been compelled by the Maoist organisation to abort her pregnancy.Her husband is still with the organisation. According to the SP, she would be provided medical care and rehabilitated as per the rehabilitation policy of the State government.According to Rina, women cadres face extreme gender discrimination in Maoist camps. Women cadres are mostly mishandled by their commanders both physically and mentally, she alleged.She said women are never given any importance in the organisation and were mostly used for sentry duties, cooking and cultural activities under the Jana Natya Mandali. They are not allowed to give their opinion and are not provided proper amount of food, cloth and other basic amenities. She said the State’s Maoists were considered inferior to those from AP and Chhattisgarh.
Researchers have tracked a green turtle migrating nearly 4000 kilometers from its home. That’s a record breaker for the species, but it’s bad news for some marine protected areas (MPAs). Such zones are off-limits to fishing, yet they may not be keeping these turtles—and other highly migratory animals—safe, according to a new study.The work focused on an MPA in the Indian Ocean’s Chagos Archipelago. The 640,000-square-kilometer MPA contains numerous threatened and endangered species, including sharks and turtles. It was created in 2010 to protect the enormous biodiversity of the archipelago. To figure out how well the Chagos MPA safeguards its inhabitants, an international team of researchers attached GPS tracking devices to eight green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and monitored their movements as they made the trek to their foraging grounds.“After we tagged the turtles, we had an informal bet about what they’d do,” says Graeme Hays, an ecologist at Deakin University, Warrnambool, in Australia and a co-author on the study. “None of us predicted they would travel as far as mainland Africa—nearly 4000 kilometers away!”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Out of eight turtles, only one foraged within the bounds of the Chagos MPA. The rest paddled much farther, reaching the Maldives and even the Seychelles, thousands of kilometers away. The turtle with the farthest migration traveled 3979 kilometers to Somalia in 68 days, the researchers report online this month in Conservation Biology.“It’s amazing. We’ve been tracking and studying turtles for over 20 years, but we still can be completely surprised by these tracking studies,” Hays says. “It just shows how little we really know about sea turtle movement.”Although MPAs can work well at protecting habitats like coral reefs and nonmigratory wildlife such as the coconut crab, the authors say that more effort needs to be made to protect migratory species such as the green turtle and the hawksbill turtle from poachers, marine debris, and fishing gear entanglement. The study found that turtles spend most of their time outside these protected areas, and suggests supplementing large protected areas with smaller MPAs. These smaller MPAs would target the main destinations of migratory species, offering protection that goes beyond nesting and hatching grounds.Despite global commitments to increase the number of protected areas, less than 3% of the world’s oceans are now protected within an MPA. In many cases, MPA planning isn’t based on environmental science, Hays says. Often, the boundaries for a large MPA are simply the territorial limits around a nation’s oceanic islands, as is the case with the Chagos Archipelago.The study shows that even the largest MPAs cannot work in isolation, says Janice Blumenthal, a research officer for the Cayman Islands Department of Environment in George Town who works with sea turtle ecology. “We need international cooperation in ocean conservation.”Hays’s team is now advising the Seychelles government about future MPAs to ensure a healthy future for the developing island nation’s natural resources. “A lot of tourists go to Seychelles to see the marine wildlife, so there’s definitely a will to protect the turtles there,” he says. At the same time, Hays notes certain areas will likely remain open for fishing and other marine activities. “The key goal is to try and keep everyone as happy as possible.” Especially the turtles.
Ben Mbala said that he didn’t mean any harm on Matt Nieto when the two collided late in the first half of Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals.“It’s part of basketball,” Mbala said after La Salle fell to Ateneo, 70-76, on Saturday. “I had the ball, I spun and it was late on the rotation the double and that’s why he got hit.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Dwight Howard fined $35,000 for obscene gesture in Cleveland QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Nieto was left bloodied as he sustained a cut above his right eye after taking an inadvertent elbow from Mbala.READ: Matt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben MbalaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout “I didn’t intend to hit him or hurt him,” the two-time UAAP MVP said.The Ateneo gallery, which included the Nieto family patriarch, was outraged over the incident. “I don’t know why his dad is cursing at me and threatening me. I wasn’t trying to listen to what he was saying, but from where I saw him, he was threatening me and pointing at me telling me I’m dead,” he said. “I’ll just say he was probably going through the emotion of the game and he saw his son on the floor bloodied. But it is part of the game.”“He’s been in the sport for quite some time and we all know things like that happen all the time and I did not intend to hurt his son. That’s not something you should be doing during a finals game, especially when you’re a father of two players on the court,” he said. But rather than dwell on it, Mbala and the rest of the Green Archers have “Obviously, if we lose the next game then it’s over. We are not gonna go out here just to have a regular and mediocre game,” said Mbala, who is also eyeing to rebound from his season-low eight point-performance in Game 1.“We just have to go out there and win the game because without it, we are gonna be out. Everything we’ve been doing throughout the season will just be gone to waste.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments “It seems like every time we play one another it comes down to a fourth-quarter game,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.TIP-INSWizards: Washington missed tip-ins to close each of the first two quarters. … Markieff Morris, who will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a neck issue, was on the court pregame getting in some very light non-contact work alongside Wizards assistant coach Kristi Toliver. … John Wall, who has made Miami an offseason base in recent years, was on the Wizards’ bench. He’ll have season-ending surgery on his left heel in the coming days.Heat: Dion Waiters, who made his season debut Wednesday in Cleveland, did not play. Waiters got minutes Wednesday in part because Wade was unavailable because of a 24-hour virus. … Miami finished with 62 points in the paint. … The Heat lost games when they were 3-3, 5-5, 16-16 and 17-17.ALL-STAR WADE?Wade is second among Eastern Conference guards in fan balloting for next month’s All-Star Game, which surprised him. “I just appreciate and am humbled by people taking the time out to want to see my old self in the All-Star Game,” Wade said. He’s gotten massive amounts of fan support everywhere the Heat have played in this, his 16th and final season, and is already a 12-time All-Star.PORTER WORKINGPorter played in his second game since coming back from a strained muscle in his leg, working his way up to 21 minutes. He was 7 for 14 from the field, but missed all five of his tries from 3-point range. “Otto’s feeling much better,” Brooks said. “We just want to keep his minutes at a manageable spot for the next game or two and go from there.”UP NEXTWizards: Visit Oklahoma City on Sunday. Washington has lost all nine of its previous trips to Oklahoma City. Trevor Ariza scored 21, Otto Porter Jr. had 14 and Jeff Green and Thomas Bryant each added 10 for Washington.Washington cut the Miami lead to three on a driving layup by Beal with 1:27 remaining. Wade made one free throw on the next Miami possession, moments before Beal connected on a pullup 3 to get Washington within 110-109.Miami then had the game’s final five points.“If we have the same effort and intensity every night, we love our chances,” Beal said.Miami led 95-86 going into the fourth, the seventh time in the last nine games between the clubs that someone held a single-digit lead going into the final 12 minutes. The Heat led by 11 early, but eventually the Wizards settled in and the first three quarters featured 10 ties and 10 lead changes.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Heat: Visit Atlanta on Sunday. Miami has averaged 115.5 points against the Hawks this season, but is 0-2 in the season series. Olympiakos deals Rick Pitino, Panathinaikos first loss in Euroleague PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) looks for an opening past Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi, left, and forward Sam Dekker during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — For the first time since October, the Miami Heat walked off the court with a winning record.Hassan Whiteside scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, Josh Richardson added 18 points and the Heat scrambled in the final minutes to hold off the Washington Wizards 115-109 on Friday night and move to 19-18, getting over the .500 mark for the first time since Oct. 27.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue “It’s definitely a good mental note,” Richardson said. “A reason to be positive and excited going forward. We just have to keep rolling now.”James Johnson scored 17 points and Dwyane Wade had 14 for Miami, which has won 12 of its last 17 games. Justise Winslow had 13 points and 10 assists for Miami, which lost its last four chances to get over .500.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“I saw some growth in our team tonight,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Bradley Beal led all scorers with 33 points for Washington, which had the NBA’s longest current road losing streak extended to eight games. Beal also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
BALTIMORE — California Chrome has run away from the competition in five consecutive victories, winning by an average of over five lengths.The Kentucky Derby winner has had it his way ever since Victor Espinoza climbed aboard back in December when the streak began.Whether they do again in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness at Pimlico on May 17 depends on a good trip, the tactics used by the chestnut colt’s nine rivals and a little luck. California Chrome is the even-money favorite against nine rivals.“When you run a 3-5 shot, you’ve got a lot more pressure on you knowing you’re going to be the favorite, but I think we can handle it,” trainer Art Sherman said.California Chrome galloped two miles in the rain on May 16. A small blister in the colt’s throat that caused him to cough a day earlier was blown out of proportion, according to Alan Sherman, Art’s son and assistant trainer.“California Chrome is fine. His throat is fine. He had a little tickle,” he said. “He is not scratching from the Preakness.”The colt had a similar blister before his Derby win. He was being treated with a glycerin throat wash.If the chestnut colt with four white feet can repeat his Derby success in the $1.5 million Preakness, he’ll set himself up for a Triple Crown try in three weeks in the Belmont Stakes.It’s been 36 years since Affirmed swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont to become horse racing’s 11th Triple Crown winner. “The Triple Crown means so much, but I’m old school,” Art Sherman said. “Let’s just go one race at a time.”California Chrome extended his winning streak to five with a thrilling victory in the Derby two weeks ago, when Espinoza kept him no worse than third in the 19-horse fray before accelerating in the stretch to win by 1 ¾ lengths.In the Preakness, California Chrome will break from the No. 3 post, a spot that has seen 11 winners but none since Prairie Bayou in 1993.“If he runs his race, and he’s come back good from the Kentucky Derby, he should be tough in there,” Espinoza said.Social Inclusion is the 5-1 second choice and is one of seven horses coming in fresh, having skipped the Kentucky Derby. Only two Derby horses — Ride On Curlin (seventh) and General a Rod (11th) — have returned to challenge California Chrome in the Preakness.“You need a good trip, a good setup and to have everything go your way,” said Mike Maker, who trains General a Rod. “Obviously, California Chrome is head and shoulders above everybody so far. He’s proved it, and every race, he’s continued to do so.”Other rival trainers aren’t conceding the race to California Chrome, either.Billy Gowan oversees Ride On Curlin, who has started just as many races in his young career (10) as the Derby winner. He’ll have a new jockey in Joel Rosario, who replaces Calvin Borel.“I’ve got a whole lot of respect for California Chrome,” Gowan said, “but I’d like to try him one time at the top of the stretch and see how we are.”That’s the point in the race where Espinoza has turned California Chrome loose during their winning streak. In the Preakness, the speed horses will break from the gate on the outside of California Chrome.Rivals like Social Inclusion and Ride On Curlin could try to box in the Derby winner in an attempt to put pressure on him early.“But he’s not chicken-hearted, by no means,” Sherman said. “My biggest concern is the first 70 yards leaving the gate. I don’t want him to get impeded behind horses with no place to go. All you can do is hope for a good trip.”Sherman calls California Chrome a “push-button horse,” meaning Espinoza can pretty much position the colt anywhere he wants in the race.“He doesn’t have to go to the lead, but if you ask him to run, he’ll give you a burst,” the trainer said. “The way he wins races, blows them away, blows my mind.” Still, six of the past eight Derby winners did not win the Preakness.There’s a posse of contenders that would love to extend that history.One of them is Social Inclusion, who will be making just the fourth start of his career and first since finishing third in the Wood Memorial more than a month ago. He’s trained by 85-year-old Manny Azpurua, who would become the oldest winning trainer in the 139-year history of the Preakness.Another is Ria Antonia, the first filly to run against the boys since Rachel Alexandra won in 2009. She is on a streak of her own, having lost six straight races. Borel, who rode Rachel, is aboard.And there’s Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who will try to win his sixth Preakness with Bayern, a colt disqualified for bumping in his last start in the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs. Rosie Napravnik will be aboard, trying to be the first female jockey to win the race at the track where she rode her first winner in 2005.Linda Rice is trying to become the first female trainer to saddle a Preakness winner with Kid Cruz, named for New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. He’s the only colt with a win over the Pimlico track.The other challengers are Dynamic Impact, the Illinois Derby winner; Pablo Del Monte, third in the Blue Grass; and Ring Weekend, a gelding who was second in the Calder Derby last month.After heavy rain overnight May 15 and into May 16, the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high around 70 degrees, ensuring Pimlico’s dirt track will be fast.(BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Sergio Ramos scored the 100th goal of his career as Real Madrid battled to a 3-0 home win over Leganes in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie.Madrid, beaten 2-0 at home by Real Sociedad in LaLiga on Sunday, were again unconvincing for large periods of Wednesday’s match at the Santiago Bernabeu but pulled through after the break.Captain Ramos gave them the lead shortly before half-time with a penalty, taking his tally for club and country to three figures after Alvaro Odriozola was fouled by Gerard Gumbau. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? With Leganes tiring in the second period, Lucas Vazquez capitalised on a defensive mistake before Vinicius Junior cushioned in a low volley to put Madrid in a strong position ahead of the second leg.Madrid had the first good chance in the 15th minute but Karim Benzema could not get enough power on a header from Odriozola’s cross to trouble Ivan Cuellar, the striker then rifling over when found by Vazquez.Martin Braithwaite headed a corner straight at Keylor Navas, deputising for injured Thibaut Courtois, and the striker failed to hit the target with another good chance soon after.Braithwaite was proving a handful and the Dane, making his debut after joining on loan from Middlesbrough, forced a fine save from Navas after beating Benzema to Nabil El Zhar’s cross.But Madrid took the lead from the spot in the 44th minute, Ramos converting a penalty awarded when Gumbau clumsily felled Odriozola as the full-back ran into the box.Vazquez doubled the hosts’ lead in the 68th minute. Benzema’s pressing won the ball back deep in Leganes’ territory after Unai Bustinza’s poor pass, with Vinicius unselfishly squaring for Vazquez to tuck the ball home.Vinicius completed the scoring with 13 minutes remaining, beautifully finishing an Odriozola cross to net for his second consecutive appearance in the Copa del Rey.FT: @realmadrid 3-0 @CDLeganes@SergioRamos (p) 44′, @Lucasvazquez91 69′, @vini11Oficial 77′.#Emirates | #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/yAfyo4DBtj— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) January 9, 2019 Madrid flirt with another shockLast season, Leganes dumped Madrid out of the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 win at the Bernabeu, reaching the semi-finals for the first time in their history. Madrid can count themselves fortunate their two goals in the second half have effectively ended the tie early as they did not impress.Vinicius a talent to watchA goal and an assist was a fine return for Vinicius, who will play a key role in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era at Madrid. The 18-year-old was his side’s brightest performer, earning a high five from Santiago Solari when he was substituted immediately after his goal, Brahim Diaz coming on for his debut following his move from Manchester City.Benzema’s struggle for form continuesWith Isco and Luka Modric benched, Madrid’s supply line to Benzema was lacking. The former France forward, who looks low on confidence, could and perhaps should have scored a pair of early goals, but he did at least help to create his side’s second.What’s next?Leganes host Huesca in LaLiga on Saturday, with Madrid heading to Real Betis a day later. The sides then resume the tie in a week. read more
William Henry, a brand known for exclusive and award-winning men’s jewelry and pocket knives, has teamed up with Zac Brown Band to create a collection of three hand-sculpted guitar pick pendants to benefit Zac Brown’s charity Camp Southern Ground.Zac Brown and the new Guitar Pick PendantThe pendants each hold up to three guitar picks and come with one Zac Brown Band official tortoise shell celluloid pick and one black William Henry pick. The face features detailed imagery inspired by the Jekyll and Hyde album art. The collection was launched in conjunction with the release of Jekyll and Hyde.This collaboration grows out of a true friendship between William Henry Founder & Chief Designer Matt Conable and Zac Brown who bonded over their shared love of music and pocket knives. The two frequently collaborate and have previously released a collection of guitar-inspired pocket knives.The collection features three versions of the intricately sculpted pendant rendered in bronze on a double layered deerskin cord ($199), silver on an antiqued sterling silver chain ($299), and a limited edition sterling silver with gold inlay on a sterling and onyx accented chain ($1499). Each one features a mechanism for secure pick storage and easy release. The pendants are sold on WilliamHenry.com.Twenty percent of proceeds will go to Camp Southern Ground, whose mission is to operate a camp to allow children to overcome academic, social and emotional difficulties, so they may reach their full potential and to provide the tools necessary to achieve excellence in all facets of their lives.“Zac and I share a passion for craftsmanship and music so it’s easy for us to find ways to work together,” says Matt Conable, Founder & Chief Designer of William Henry. “These pendants celebrate Zac Brown Band’s musical achievement with a quality and workmanship that is unique to William Henry.”For more information about William Henry, visit williamhenry.com.
BANGKOK — Shares were sharply lower in Asia on Monday after Wall Street ended last week with a broad retreat.Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index tumbled 3.2 per cent to 20,930.27, while the Shanghai Composite index declined 1.1 per cent to 3,072.06. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong lost 1.8 per cent to 28,583.60 and South Korea’s Kospi declined 1.7 per cent to 2,149.39. The S&P ASX 200 gave up 1.2 per cent to 6,120.60.Thailand’s SET dropped 0.9 per cent after a general election whose preliminary results suggested a strong result for the junta-backed proxy party, raising the likelihood the incumbent prime minister, Prayut Chan-ocha, may prevail with backing from a coalition.Growth concerns were revived by weak factory data from Europe. Investors are awaiting China-U.S. trade talks that are due to resume Thursday in Beijing.The Associated Press
At the core of the challenge is the changing nature of warfare: increasingly, civilians – including humanitarian workers – often are not just random, incidental victims of conflict, but targets of it, Jan Egeland told reporters after he briefed the Security Council on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. Indeed, with the numbers of killings, rapes and kidnappings on the rise, it’s “far more dangerous today to be a civilian than a soldier,” he said.Adopting a presidential statement at the end of the meeting, the Council, expressing its “grave concern” about the limited progress on the ground to ensure the effective civilian protection, invited the Secretary-General to recommend in his next report ways to better address persisting and emerging challenges in the evolving peacekeeping environment.”Upon receipt of the report, the Council expresses its intention to take further action to strengthen and enhance the protection of civilians in armed conflict, including, if necessary, a possible resolution in this regard,” the statement said.During his briefing, Mr Egeland said that brutal and indiscriminate tactics of terror continue to be deliberately employed in the world’s most protracted protection crises. He listed a raft of alarming trends, from the unchallenged use of sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the re-recruitment of child soldiers in Liberia, to the massive forced displacement in Colombia and the rise of sectarian violence in Iraq.”Imagine the quality of life for those that are caught in these cycles of violence living in constant terror,” Mr. Egeland said. “This has an enduring impact on individuals and tears the very fabric of society. Such endemic violence cannot continue. We have a responsibility to find better solutions to these intractable situations.” To better protect civilians, address displacement and the needs of children, and end sexual violence, he said the world must fight impunity by supporting the International Criminal Court and strengthening national judicial systems; include the protection of civilians in all peacekeeping mandates; strengthen engagement with regional and intergovernmental organizations; and improve humanitarian funding.Mr. Egeland told reporters that the situation of civilians caught in the crossfire in conflicts around the world was “bleak.” He also highlighted the increasing dangers faced by humanitarian workers, saying that 12 colleagues had been lost in Afghanistan since his last briefing to the Council in December, and at least five had been killed in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region. Scores more have been kidnapped or detained. “This has to stop,” he said.
by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 4, 2015 6:19 am MDT Last Updated Sep 4, 2015 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Imaginea Energy Corp. has a lot of what one would expect to see in the office of a junior oil and gas company: geological maps of Alberta on the walls and filing cabinets brimming with folders of well data.But it also has floor cushions for weekly company-wide meditation sessions, a box of Lego in a meeting room, three skateboards leaning against a cubicle and an electric guitar suspended above the desk across the way.There’s a cozy “spirit room” if any of Imaginea’s 29 office staff need a quiet place to think. Meeting rooms are named for the four elements: fire, water, earth and air.By CEO Suzanne West’s desk — she’s not the type to seclude herself in a corner office — there’s a crystal fountain with a glowing, spinning orb. The speed of the sphere’s rotations indicates the mood of the office, she explains — fast, and people are feeling good; slow and there’s some bad energy that needs sorting out.Most CEOs would greet a reporter with a handshake before sitting down for an interview, but not West. She’s a hugger.“Most people are surprised by the unusualness of it,” West, 50, says of the 26th floor office that feels more Silicon Valley than Alberta oilpatch. “Everyone usually sort of says ‘wow this is an unusual sort of oil and gas company,’ which I actually take as a compliment. We really love that.”Imaginea, founded in 2013, produces about 2,300 barrels a day of conventional medium crude from a field east of Brooks, Alta. Last year, it lined up US$300 million in private equity financing from Lime Rock Partners. It has more than half of those funds left as “acquisition firepower” to grow the company.West sees there being an initial public offering for Imaginea one day. But for now, small, nimble and privately held is the way to go.The company’s mantra is centred around the “three Ps”: people, profits and planet. It’s not a matter of “or,” West says, but “and.” She dismisses the dichotomy that so often defines the debate over energy: either you’re a “crazy tree hugger” or a “greedy capitalist.”For an executive in the oil business, West uses a minimal amount of the stuff herself. She bikes to work. And when she does drive, it’s in a Tesla charged by solar power from panels installed at her home.Imaginea has regular “creativity meetings” — or “c-meetings” — where employees bounce ideas off each other.One recent Monday meeting coincided with U.S. crude dropping to a fresh six-year low of around US$38 a barrel. That kind of pricing puts Imaginea’s oil wells into negative cash flow territory.But there are no “pity parties” at Imaginea. It’s a time to “up our creativity,” not to despair.“For us, it’s just an opportunity to get better at doing business. And then, hey, if it goes back up, it’s just gravy.”The inspiration to make an oil company a force for good came during a weeklong leaders retreat at British billionaire Richard Branson’s private Caribbean island in February 2013.In practice, that means powering oil batteries with solar panels, for instance, or reinjecting natural gas that comes as a byproduct of oil development rather than burning it off, which West calls “atrocious” for the environment.West says Imaginea is nimble enough to be an “early adaptor” for new technologies. Recently, she’s looked at anything from ultra-efficient boilers to newfangled reclamation methods.“I’ve got some serious crazy moon shots in my head,” she said.“I’ve determined that I need to live until I’m about 140 to execute all the ideas that are actually in my head.”Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter Suzanne West, CEO of Imaginea Energy, smiles during an interview at the company’s head office in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh Energy startup Imaginea more Silicon Valley than Calgary oilpatch
“Life-saving assistance to displaced people, isolated villages and Rakhine communities have been seriously disrupted,” the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated in a news release. “The provision of water, health services, food, and protection are of particular concern.”The UN is working with the Myanmar authorities to ensure that conditions are put in place to allow humanitarian groups to resume the operations that were taking place prior to the attacks in the state capital, Sittwe, which led to the relocation of more than 170 staff and severe damage to more than a dozen premises. “What happened in Sittwe last week was not just an attack on international organizations, but an attack on the entire humanitarian response in Rakhine state,” said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Myanmar Renata Dessallien. “We have had constructive discussions with the Myanmar authorities, who have assured us that their international obligations to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian staff will be met,” she stated. “Our main priority now is to work with the Government to put the necessary conditions in place to allow more than 1,000 humanitarian staff to get back to work to assist vulnerable people from all communities.”According to OCHA, the immediate effects of the disruption of humanitarian services is already being felt in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and isolated villages in Rakhine state, which has witnessed waves of violence between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims.It is currently the peak of the dry season and water availability could reach critical levels within a week in some IDP camps, particularly in Pauktaw, the Office noted. In addition, nearly 15,000 children in IDP camps no longer have access to psycho-social support, while life-saving therapeutic treatment for more than 300 children with severe acute malnutrition in Sittwe has been suspended. A total of 1,300 metric tonnes of food will need to be distributed in Rakhine within the next two weeks, which will be a challenge in the absence of the NGOs as implementing partners.“International NGOs are extremely concerned about the impact of the recent violence against the humanitarian community, especially international NGOs in Rakhine, and the severe reduction of activities which support thousands of displaced and vulnerable people,” said Kelland Stevenson, Country Director for Save the Children. “Without the immediate and full restoration of an enabling and secure environment to re-establish essential life-saving assistance, the humanitarian situation will rapidly deteriorate, putting children and their families at even greater risk.”OCHA noted that the violence on 26 and 27 March, during which UN and NGO offices, living quarters, and warehouses were seriously damaged or looted, was the culmination of months of increasing intimidation and harassment of humanitarian staff and local suppliers by a vocal minority of the Rakhine community.In a telephone call with Myanmar’s President, Thein Sein, on Sunday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the Government to ensure the safety and security of all humanitarian workers and their property in the wake of the attacks, and stressed that impunity cannot be tolerated in the context of the country’s reform process.
A statement from the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly noted that he was elected “by acclamation.” He will take over from Antonio Guterres of Portugal.Immediately after the election, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the Assembly’s action, and expressed his utmost gratitude to Mr. Guterres “for his tireless efforts and dedication in protecting refugees, displaced persons and stateless people and for bringing the plight of the most vulnerable, and their pursuit of a dignified existence, into the centre of the United Nations agenda.”Last week, following consultations with regional groups of Member States, Mr. Ban informed the Assembly, in a statement, of his intention to appoint Mr. Grandi to this position, leading the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Mr. Grandi was Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) from 2010 to 2014, and it’s Deputy Commissioner-General from 2005 until 2010. He served as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative with the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and has a long-standing career with UNHCR, notably as Chief of Mission in Afghanistan and Chief of Staff in the High Commissioner’s Executive Office. His vast UNHCR field experience includes various positions in Sudan, Syria, Turkey and Iraq, having also led emergency operations in Kenya, Benin, Ghana, Liberia, the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Yemen.
GE has made a surprise entry into the mobile mining equipment OEM world with announced acquisitions of two important underground mining equipment manufacturers which it says is “in support of the global expansion of its mining business.” GE has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of Australia-based Industrea Ltd, the provider of safety and productivity-enhancing mining equipment and services. The company also signed a binding Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire Fairchild International, the independently owned and operated underground coal mining equipment manufacturer located in Glen Lyn, Virginia.The Industrea transaction is valued at approximately A$700 million, but terms of the Fairchild agreement were not disclosed. The company stated: “The combination of the two entities expands GE’s product offering to address approximately 35% of the underground mining value chain. Industrea Ltd and Fairchild International together are well positioned in dynamic growth regions for mining, including Australia, China (Industrea), and the United States (Fairchild). GE will enable these regionally focused enterprises to reach a global customer base with enhanced products based on GE’s clean propulsion systems, energy storage offering, and world-class system integration capabilities. Both Industrea Ltd. and Fairchild International will benefit from GE’s lean manufacturing and effective global supply chain management.” Both companies will become part of GE Transportation’s global mining business which already works with mines to provide innovative solutions in critical areas such as power, water, and productivity.With more than 700 employees, seven Australian locations, and a significant presence in China, Industrea is said to be well positioned for growth across its four divisions: Mining Equipment (flame- and explosion-proof underground mining vehicles and equipment), Mining Technology (drill guidance systems and collision avoidance systems), Gas Management (specialised underground in-seam drilling and gas drainage services) and Mining Services (integrated contract mining services). With the proposed acquisition of Industrea, GE makes a strategic investment in expanding its manufacturing footprint to Australia and contributing to a strong industrial manufacturing base in the country. In addition, GE expands its product portfolio to underground mining and increases its presence in key mining regions Australia and China. Industrea is to “benefit from GE’s global footprint and customer relationships, and mining technologies.” The transaction will be subject to shareholder approval. Industrea shareholders will vote on the offer in the second half of 2012. The transaction is also subject to customary conditions including relevant regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close later in 2012.In the other deal, GE Transportation signed a LOI to acquire Virginia-based, independently owned and operated Fairchild International. The company employs approximately 150 people and manufactures a wide range of underground coal mining equipment, including diesel and battery-powered scoops, continuous miners, haulage systems, shield haulers, and maintenance vehicles. With this acquisition, GE again aims to expand its product offering to underground mining but also grow Fairchild’s customer base beyond its core US market to serve mining customers worldwide. Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO of GE Transportation said: “With the acquisition of Fairchild International we will combine nearly fifty years of leading industry knowledge and expertise in designing, building and servicing underground mining equipment with GE’s global reach, technology leadership in clean propulsion and energy storage systems, and world-class system integration capabilities. We will bring the next generation of top performing underground mining equipment to mining customers around the globe.”
Thirty-one per cent of Greeks are at risk of living in poverty and social exclusion, according to statistics published last week and based on data from 2011. The Regional Yearbook published by Eurostat showed that the poverty risk in Greece is well above the European Union average of 24.3 per cent. The country has since suffered another two years of recession. However, Greece was in better shape than its Balkan neighbours Bulgaria and Romania, which came in at 49.1 and 40.3 per cent respectively. The lowest rate was scored in Holland at 15.7 per cent, data showed. According to Eurostat, being at risk of poverty and social exclusion means having a disposable income that is below the threshold of 60 per cent of the national average disposable income, being severely materially deprived or living in a household with underemployed members. Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl has revealed he is experiencing his worst period as a player at the club.David Wagner’s men suffered a fifth-consecutive defeat on Saturday following their 3-1 home loss to fellow strugglers Southampton at the John Smith Stadium.The Terriers are currently seated in 19th position on the Premier League table ahead of a Boxing Day trip to Manchester United, and have won only two games in the league so far.Lossl signed for Huddersfield from Mainz on loan in the summer of 2017 after they secured promotion to England’s top tier division, before making the loan deal a permanent move in June.Cowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.He said, according to BT Sport:“It’s definitely the worst point we’ve had in the 18 months that I’ve been here. But I think we have to show what character we’re made of. We have to stand together as a team and as a club as well.”“These guys in the stands are loyal as always and we really do need them. We need them to believe as much as us. We saw in moments in the second half what difference it really makes when all of us stand together.”“I do really think that we can turn this around, because we have performed very well this season, and we have the quality in the team. If we want to turn it around, we need to stay positive. I don’t want to go down.”
Gasoline prices dipped below $2 a gallon earlier this month at lower-priced gas stations in Clark County and were as low as $1.88 a gallon as of Friday, according to the website washingtongasprices.com.NEW YORK — At some point this will end, perhaps even soon. The price of gasoline will not fall to zero. But for the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon. Just three months ago, experts were shocked when it fell under $3.“It’s crazy,” says Michael Noel, an economics professor at Texas Tech University who studies oil and gasoline prices. “But for consumers, it’s very, very good.”Consumers and the economies of the U.S. and most of the rest of the world are basking in the lowest prices for crude oil and gasoline in six years. U.S. crude oil traded Friday just below $46 a barrel and the average price for a gallon of gas was $2.04.While there are some losers, such as oil companies, the oil-producing states and the oil-exporting countries that benefited from $100 a barrel for four straight years, most economists agree that the good outweighs the bad.
Sylhet City Corporation LogoPolice in a drive arrested a close aide of Ariful Haque, opposition BNP nominated mayoral candidate in Sylhet civic polls, from Hawapara area in the Sylhet city on Monday night.Assistant Sub-inspector Anwara of Kotwali Police Station, said police arrested Abdullah Guljar from his residence around 3:00am in a case filed over a clash, according to UNB news agency.Guljar was produced before the court on Tuesday, she added.Wholesale detention of opposition BNP leaders and activists and raids in their houses by the police are increasing as the day of balloting in the Sylhet civic polls is nearing.The police arrested at least seven leaders since Sunday and conducted raids in houses of more than 50 leaders in the past one week, alleged leaders of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).Sylhet city polls are scheduled to be held on 30 July along with elections to two other city corporations – Rajshahi and Barishal.
A woman in traditional costume Hanbok takes photographs of North Korean territory from the Unification Observatory, just south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, 20 August 2018. Photo: ReutersDozens of elderly and frail South Koreans met their Northern relatives Monday for the first time since the peninsula and their families were divided by war nearly seven decades ago.The three-day reunion is the first for three years and follows a diplomatic thaw on the peninsula. The meetings began at Mount Kumgang, a scenic resort in North Korea, Seoul government officials said.Millions of people were swept apart by the 1950-53 Korean War, which separated brothers and sisters, parents and children and husbands and wives.Hostilities ceased with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas technically still at war and the peninsula split by the impenetrable Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), with all direct civilian exchanges — even mundane family news — banned.The 89 ageing South Koreans, dressed in their best suits in the scorching sun, hobbled one by one to 14 coaches in the South Korean port of Sokcho — wheelchairs alongside the vehicles — some excited and others in a state of disbelief. Then the convoy set off, escorted by police and medical personnel, and later crossed the DMZ into the North.Among the group was Lee Keum-seom, now a tiny and frail 92, who was to see her son for the first time since she and her infant daughter were separated from him and her husband as they fled.At the time the boy was aged just four. He is now 71.”I never imagined this day would come,” Lee said in Sokcho. “I didn’t even know if he was alive or not.”- ‘Last time’ -With time taking its toll, such parent-child reunions have become rare.Since 2000 the two nations have held 20 rounds of reunions but most of the more than 130,000 Southerners who signed up for a reunion since the events began have since died.More than half the survivors are over 80, with this year’s oldest participant Baik Sung-kyu aged 101.Baik, who was to meet his daughter-in-law and granddaughter, said he had packed clothes, underwear, 30 pairs of shoes, toothbrushes and toothpaste as gifts.”I also brought 20 stainless spoons,” he added. “I bought everything because it’s my last time.”Some of those selected for this year’s reunions dropped out after learning that their parents or siblings had died and that they could only meet more distant relatives whom they had never seen before.But Jang Hae-won, 89, who fled their hometown in Hwanghae province along with his older brother, said he would meet his nephew and niece to offer them a glimpse of their father’s life.”They don’t know what their father looks like so I will tell them what he looked like and when he died,” Jang said. “But that’s it, because the more we talk, it will only be more sad.”- Watching eyes -The reunions are resuming after a three-year hiatus as the North accelerated its pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles and relations worsened.But after a rapid diplomatic thaw the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in agreed to restart them at their first summit in April in the DMZ. The two Koreas have since discussed cooperation in various fields at meetings between officials.But while Kim and US president Donald Trump held a landmark summit in Singapore in June, Pyongyang has yet to make clear what concessions it is willing to make on its nuclear arsenal, while Washington is looking to maintain sanctions pressure on it.Families at previous reunions have often found it a bitter-sweet experience, with some complaining about the short time they were allowed together and others lamenting the ideological gaps between them after decades apart.Over the next three days, the participants will spend only about 11 hours together, mostly under the watchful eyes of North Korean agents. They will have only three hours in private before they are separated once again on Wednesday, in all likelihood for the final time.Lim Eung-bok, who is meeting his brother and his family, said: “I have so many things I want to say but there are a lot of restrictions.”
Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:33 X – / 8Juan Carlos Fuentes often blares music from the tiny speakers on his iPhone when he paints, listening to everything from Vivaldi to salsa. In his studio at his home in Katy, there’s a wooden boat oar on his easel. On the front, he’s painting the portrait of a Cuban woman. Fuentes says it symbolizes the dangers the refugees face when crossing the ocean by raft.“When the Cuban people immigrate to the United States, they sacrifice life looking for freedom,” he says. Fuentes, who is Cuban, has been in Houston since 2008. He’s one of the artists featured in an art show hosted by Houston’s YMCA. “We know that a lot of refugees who come here worked as artists in their home countries,” says YMCA spokesperson Heather Saucier. “We wanted to help them get back to doing that.” Saucier says one of the biggest obstacles for immigrant and refugee artists is the language barrier.Mohammed Baro, 56, fled from Syria to Iraq when he was 8 and became a successful artist as an adult before immigrating to Houston six years ago. Much of his work involves political statements about Middle Eastern conflicts.Through a translator, he explains his situation. “As an artist who came to a new country, he still is trying to figure out how to make his living and how to focus on his art,” he says.Baro and Fuentes are two of six immigrants taking part in Triumph of the Human Spirit: Works from Houston’s Refugee and Immigrant Artists is Friday night from 6-9 at St. John’s School, 2401 Claremont Lane, Houston.