India’s Shoddy Inquiry Lets Tycoon Off The Hook In UK

first_imgIt turns out that Indian investigative agencies have much more to be embarrassed about than the wrangling in CBI: In April this year, while the Verma-Asthana feud was warming up in New Delhi, a London Court threw out India’s case to extradite disgraced tycoon Palaniappan Rajarathinam.Read it at Mumbai Mirror Related Itemslast_img

Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Wants to Sack Indian, Jewish Lawyers

first_imgDylann Roof, the White supremacist who killed nine people at the Charleston church in June 2015, does not seem to be on a path to tame his racist mindset. Roof informed officials at the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals that he wants to fire both his lawyers because one is Jewish and the other is Indian.Roof requested new lawyers to be appointed for his Federal appeal case, saying that the current ones are his ‘political and biological’ enemies whom he cannot trust.Dylan Roof’s Request“My two currently appointed attorneys, Alexandra Yates and Sapna Mirchandani, are Jewish and Indian respectively. It is also a barrier to effective communication. The lawyer appointed to represent me at my federal trial was David Isaac Bruck, who is also Jewish,” Roof wrote in a hand-written request to the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.“His ethnicity was a constant source of conflict even with my constant efforts to look past it. Because of my political views, which are arguably religious, it will be impossible for me to trust two attorneys that are my political and biological enemies,” he added.The Charleston Church shootingIn a mass shooting episode, Roof killed nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States, on the evening of June 17, 2015, during a prayer session. Police nabbed Dylan the next day, and earlier this year, the self-confessed white nationalist was sentenced to death.During the trial, Roof confessed that he carried out the cold-blooded killings to trigger a racial war in the United States.In the petition filed to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 18, Roof also expressed his concerns over his federal trial lawyer, David Isaac Bruck, a man of Jewish origin.During Roof’s trial, Brooks tried to present evidence of mental illness and possible chances of autism in the attempt to get a life sentence for his client. This irked Roof and compelled him to represent himself during the hearing.At one point of time, Roof informed Brook that he hates him, and will kill the lawyer if he gets out of jail, the Post and Courier reported.Sapna Mirchandani and Alexandra Yates were appointed Roof’s attornies following his sentence in January 2017. Related ItemsCharleston church shootingCharleston Sapna MirchandaniDylann Roof deathDylann Roof Indian lawyerLittle IndiaNRI lawyerSapna Mirchandani lawyerlast_img read more

Issues remain even after Sapporo marathon decided in Japan

first_imgView comments What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rice industry paralysis 2. Compensation for the costs already incurred by Tokyo to take measures against the heat;3. Elaborating on the matter to Tokyo residents.In response, John Coates, chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the 2020 Tokyo Games, said that the IOC has been listening to Tokyo’s requests, citing the metropolitan government changing venues one after another for reasons such as cutting construction costs.Coates then apparently urged the Tokyo side to accept the IOC’s Sapporo proposal as a decision.Negotiations continued until just before Friday’s top-level meeting, and the talks were concluded with an agreement on four conditions, including one that states no additional costs will be borne by the metropolitan government.The conditions also included a plan for the metropolitan government and the IOC to jointly hold a marathon event after the Olympics, out of consideration for the host city and its people.A senior metropolitan government official said, “We managed to wrest every concession we could from the powerful IOC.”Who will bear costs?Nevertheless, it has not yet been decided who will shoulder the costs of hosting the events in Sapporo and the costs Tokyo has already spent on the marathon and race walk courses.After holding talks with Koike on Oct. 25, Coates told reporters that there is a reserve fund to be used for any contingency. 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Coates pointed out that it would possibly cost a huge amount to renovate Sapporo Dome and the streets around the Dome, adding that it would be realistic to have the park as both the start and the goal because it is used for the Hokkaido Marathon, which is approved by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The Japan News/Asia News NetworkTOKYO — Now that the International Olympic Committee’s plan to relocate the 2020 Tokyo Olympics marathon and race walk events to Sapporo has been finalized, a mountain of issues has emerged, such as how to set the courses and cover the costs.With less than nine months to go before the Games open, preparations must be made urgently.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue The metropolitan government was informed of the plan only the day before the IOC announced it. However, Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, told Seiko Hashimoto, minister for the Games, and others before telling Tokyo government officials.Koike, left out of the loop, was furious and waged a do-or-die battle of resistance.Appearing on a number of TV programs, Koike appealed to the public over holding the events in Tokyo, saying, “Many Tokyo residents are not convinced [of the IOC’s proposal].”At an IOC coordination committee meeting that began Wednesday, the metropolitan government demanded the IOC respond to seven conditions set by Tokyo, including the following:1. Refusal to bear any additional costs, which are expected to total as much as ¥30 billion;ADVERTISEMENT The fund, estimated to be between ¥100 billion and ¥300 billion, is for the organizing committee to prepare for emergencies, such as natural disasters. However, who will pay into the fund remains unclear.Another problem is the condition decided on at Friday’s meeting, which states the metropolitan government will not be responsible for expenses related to items for marathon and race walk events that cannot be repurposed.The metropolitan government expects to be compensated for the several billion yen it has paid for heat-insulating pavements that curb rising temperatures on road surfaces. However, details are yet to be concluded.Impact of winterThe organizing committee and others are in a rush to determine the marathon courses in Sapporo in order to get an idea of the costs for the events.According to sources, an official of the organizing committee visited Sapporo in late October and held talks with staff related to track-and-field. Now, a course starting from and finishing in Odori Park is most likely because it will cost a lot of money to renovate Sapporo Dome, the venue initially proposed by the IOC as the starting and finishing point.However, Odori Park is a venue for an annual open-air beer festival, which attracted about 1.16 million visitors this summer. Thus, if the festival is canceled due to the Olympic events, it would hit the local economy hard.In Sapporo, in an average year, there tends to be snow on the ground from late November to April. A source close to the Tokyo Games said, “The course needs to be determined soon, but there are many challenges and it is not easy.”Coates: Odori Park ‘agreed’On Saturday, Coates told The Yomiuri Shimbun that it has already been informally agreed to have the start and finish lines of the Games’ marathons and race walks in Odori Park instead of Sapporo Dome, which the IOC originally proposed. The IOC’s plan, proposed out of the blue only half a month ago, was finally set on Friday at a meeting of top officials from the IOC and the Tokyo metropolitan government.Battle over concessionsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“This is a losing battle,” a senior metropolitan government official said bitterly, immediately after the IOC announced its proposal to hold the events in Sapporo on Oct. 16.The host city contract that the metropolitan government concluded with the IOC and others stipulated that the IOC has the final say on Olympic matters. The official’s comment reflected this. LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’last_img read more

Nine lifestyle changes may cut dementia risk: study

first_imgLondon, Jul 20 (PTI) One third of dementia cases may be prevented if people make nine lifestyle changes that improve brain health such as continuing education in early life, reducing hearing loss in mid-life, and reducing smoking in later life, a study has found.Researchers, including those from University College London (UCL) in the UK, studied the impact of nine health and lifestyle factors at various stages in life.The changes included staying in education until over the age of 15-years-old, reducing high blood pressure, obesity and hearing loss in mid-life and reducing smoking, depression, physical inactivity, social isolation and diabetes in later life.The team noted that removing these factors could prevent one in three cases of dementia (35 per cent).They found that of the 35 per cent of all dementia cases that could potentially be prevented, the three most common risk factors that could be targeted were increasing education in early life, reducing hearing loss in mid-life and stopping smoking in later life.”Not completing secondary education in early life may raise dementia risk by reducing cognitive reserve ? a resilience to cognitive decline caused by the brain strengthening its networks and therefore continuing functioning in later life despite damage,” researchers said.Preserving hearing in mid-life may help people to experience a cognitively rich environment and build cognitive reserve, which may be lost if hearing is impaired, they said.To help reduce dementia risk, researchers suggest public health interventions including building cognitive reserves by increasing the number of children who complete secondary education.advertisementEngaging in mentally stimulating activities such as a combination of engaging in a hobby, going to the cinema, restaurants or sporting events, reading, doing volunteer work, playing games and having a busy social life should also be encouraged, researchers said.In addition, protecting hearing and treating hearing loss in mid-life may be an important way to prevent dementia, but it is not yet clear if hearing aids counteract the cognitive damage caused by this, they said.”Acting now will vastly improve life for people with dementia and their families, and in doing so, will transform the future of society,? says Gill Livingston, Professor at UCL.”Although dementia is diagnosed in later life, the brain changes usually begin to develop years before, with risk factors for developing the disease occurring throughout life, not just in old age,” Livngston added.The study was published in the journal The Lancet. PTI APA MRJlast_img read more

ISSF Shooting World Cup: Saurabh Chaudhary smashes world record to put India on top

first_imgRahi Sarnobat Monday booked an Olympic quota place for India with a gold in women’s 25m pistol event but it was teenager Saurabh Chaudhary who stole the limelight by setting a new world record en route to a yellow metal at the season’s third ISSF World Cup in Munich.Saurabh bagged his second World Cup gold of the year in men’s 10m Air Pistol event, shattering both the senior and junior world records in the process.India now top the Munich World Cup medals tally with three gold. China are second with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals.Asian Games champion Rahi clinched her career’s second World Cup gold, which helped India win its sixth quota place in shooting for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.In the women’s final, another Indian in the fray, Manu Bhaker had a better start than Rahi, having five out of five hits in the first of 10 series of five shots each.Rahi started with three hits. After the sixth series, Manu, Rahi and Olena Kostevych of Ukraine were jointly tied at the top with a score of 21.Manu had an unfortunate double weapon malfunction in the seventh series and that was followed by shock elimination in the fifth place.Rahi, however, kept getting stronger, scoring perfect 5s in the 8th and 9th series to finish with 37 points.Olena bagged silver with 36 and Bulgarian Antoaneta Boneva won the second available quota place by winning the bronze with a score of 26.Both Rahi and Manu had shot solid rapid-fire rounds in the two-day qualifying round.advertisementRahi shot 292 to follow-up on her Sunday’s precision round score of 294 for a total of 586, which saw her qualify for the six-woman final in fourth place.Manu did even better, shooting a round of 296 for a total of 585, placing her fifth in the 105-strong field.Chinki Yadav shot 571 to end 56th.Earlier, Saurabh had set the ball rolling for India as he not only won the yellow metal but also shattered both senior and junior world records with a score of 246.3. Incidentally, he held both the existing records.Saurabh’s previous senior world record shot at Delhi was 245 and the junior world record was at 245.5.Silver medallist Russian Artem Chernousov, a world championship silver medallist last year, though had lesser scores in the 9s in the 24-shot final than the Indian.Saurabh beat him by close to three points in the eventual standings. He finished with a superb 246.3 to Artem’s 243.8.Former Olympic champion Pang Wei of China shot 220.7 to win the bronze.Shahzar Rizvi, the second Indian in the final, finished fifth with a score of 177.6.In the men’s 10m Air Pistol qualifiers, Saurabh shot 586 to be placed second among the final eight to qualify from the 162-strong field.Teammate Rizvi also finished strong, his final 10-shot round yielding a perfect 100 for a total of 583, which placed him in fifth position. The third Indian in the fray, Abhishek Verma shot 577 to end in 32nd in the final standings.In the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event, China’s Zhao Zhonghao won gold while India’s Chain Singh was placed 41st with a qualifying round score of 1171 while Parul Kumar shot 1167 to finish in 52nd spot.Also Read | ISSF Shooting World Cup: Apurvi Chandela bags 10m air rifle gold in MunichAlso Read | His golden pastimelast_img read more

All you need to know about Brazil

first_imgBrazil v Croatia Everything you need to know about Brazil ahead of World Cup 2018 Rupert Fryer Last updated 1 year ago 13:00 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Brasil - Argentina Eliminatorias Sudamericanas 10112016 Pedro Vilela/Getty Images Brazil v Croatia Austria v Brazil Croatia Brazil Austria Friendlies What the Selecao’s current first team, who will make the squad in Russia, how did they qualify and what is their record in the tournament? Excluding hosts Russia, five-time world champions Brazil were the first team to qualify for World Cup 2018.The most decorated national team in football history, the Selecao are the only team to have competed in every edition since the tournaments formation in 1928.GOALREAD MORE: GOALPROFILE: Brazil boss Tite | Brazil’s World Cup qualificationThis year, they will be looking to put breathing space between themselves and Italy and Germany, who each have four world titles. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Below, Brasil Global Tour look back at the evolution of this Brazil side under coach Tite and tell you everything you need to know about the favourites for Russia 2018.HOW DID BRAZIL QUALIFY FOR WORLD CUP 2018?Gabriel Jesus Brazil Ecuador 01092016After a stumbling start under previous coach Dunga, Brazil romped to qualification following the appointment of Tite in June 2016. The former Corinthians boss kicked off a new era with a 3-0 defeat of Ecuador in Quito, thanks to two goals from Gabriel Jesus on what was a dream debut for both coach and player.The Selecao cemented their place well in advance of Russia 2018, securing qualification in March 2017 with four qualifiers to spare as Tite led them to eight consecutive victories.WHO IS BRAZIL’S STAR PLAYER?Neymar BrazilThe most-expensive player in the game’s history, Neymar remains Brazil’s star player. However, Tite has successfully reduced the team’s reliance on the PSG man. ‘Neymardependencia’ became a buzz word for the Selecao from the 2013 Confederations Cup onwards, but this Brazil team have successfully integrated others into their attacking play. Centre-forward Gabriel Jesus is the top scorer under Tite with 9 goals, and midfielder Paulinho has matched Neymar’s total of 7 under the current coach. Philippe Coutinho has at last become a regular in the side and he has 5.Regardless, Neymar will be vital to the Selecao’s chances of capturing their sixth world title. He will arrive in Russia during what should be his peak years and his long injury lay-off following foot surgery last month should also ensure he is well rested come June.WHO IS THE BRAZIL COACH?Tite Brazil 23032018A long and successful domestic career saw Tite twice go close to landing the Brazil job before finally getting the gig in June 2016. After a relatively modest playing career, he made his way in coaching in in Southern Brazil before, first tasting the big time when he led Gremio to a Brazilian Cup in 2001. He claimed the Copa Sudamericana with Internacional seven years later – between two brief stints in the Middle East – before earning international prestige with Corinthians.He took the Timao to the Brazilian league title in 2011 before cementing the club’s first ever Copa Libertadores title the following year, which he promptly followed up by seeing off Chelsea to win the Club World Cup.Tite had always been a defensive-minded and conservative coach, with his Corinthians teams famously tasting Libertadores success with something akin to a 4-6-0 formation. But, after leaving the Timao in 2013, he took a year-long sabbatical to travel the world in order to further his understanding of the game and expand his tactical ideas. He returned to Corinthians in 2015 and immediately led them to another Brazilian league title, this time with a considerably more attacking approach as he asked his side to press high and remain compact. Far and away the leading candidate for the role following Dunga’s dismissal after Copa America 2016, he was handed the Brazil job at the third time of asking.WHO IS IN BRAZIL’S WORLD CUP SQUAD?Brazil celebrateTite has had a remarkably settled side during his two-years in the role. In fact, of the starting XI selected for his debut on the bench, until March only one player had lost his place in the team – Willian was replaced by Coutinho. Renato Augusto may now drop out of the first XI, with his place currently being contested by Willian and Fernandinho, while Thiago Silva could also have taken Marquinhos’ place at the heart of the defence. The only other change will take place at right-back after Dani Alves was forced out of the World Cup with a knee injury. Fagner of Corinthians and Danilo of Manchester City will now compete for that role.The squad as a whole has been very settled. Earlier this year, Tite went as far as officially confirming 16 of the 23 players he will take the World Cup: The then starting XI of Alisson, Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo, Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto, Coutinho, Neymar and Gabriel Jesus, and five substitutes, Ederson, Thiago Silva, Fernandinho, Willian and Roberto Firmino. March saw Douglas Costa and Shakhtar midfielder Fred secture their places in the squad and there would be no great surprises when Tite named his final 23 on March 14.All 23 players who made the cut had called up had previously made Tite squads. Juventus’ Alex Sandro would miss out to Filipe Luis for the role of reserve left-back, while Corinthians goalkeeper Cassio pipped Neto to be named third-choice goalkeeper. Gremio’s Pedro Geromel has won the race for the final reserve slot in central defence, but his team-mates Luan and Arthur missed out.Your #Brasil squad for World Cup 2018— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) May 14, 2018WHAT IS BRAZIL’S STARTING LINE-UP?Brazil XI 14052018The team shown above has long been Tite’s starting XI, however, March’s friendlies saw Renato Augusto left out of both matches amid increasing speculation that he will be replaced long-term by Willian and/or Fernandinho. For matches against supposed weaker opposition who will set out to stifle with a low block, Tite could move Coutinho into central midfield and restore Willian to the right-side of his 4-1-4-1, as we saw against Russia in Moscow. Against tougher teams who will press and seek to dominate possession, such as the recent match against Germany in Berlin, Fernandinho could be drafted in to add some solidity to the midfield and Willian would drop to the bench. Thiago Silva, meanwhile, surprisingly played both matches against Russia and Germany in March and is now a real contender to replace Marquinhos in the centre of defence.The loss of Dani Alves is likely to see Corinthians full-back Fagner introduced at right-back, though Danilo will hope to prove he should start instead.WHO AND WHEN DO BRAZIL PLAY?Brazil team England 14112018 Group E Brazil Switzerland Costa Rica Serbia The Selecao open their campaign against Switzerland in Rostov before meeting Costa Rica and Serbia. Date Fixture Venue Kick-off time (local/UK) June 17 Brazil v Switzerland Rostov-on-Don 21:00/19:00 June 22 Brazil v Costa Rica Saint Petersburg 15:00/13:00 June 27 Serbia v Brazil Moscow – Spartak Stdm 21:00/19:00 HOW WILL BRAZIL PREPARE FOR THE WORLD CUP?Brazil boss Tite will announce his World Cup squad on May 14 with the players slated to arrive at the Granja Comary training complex in Teresopolis on May 21.The Selecao will then face their final two warm-up matches as the Brasil Global Tour returns in June. They face Croatia at Anfield in Liverpool, England on June 3, before facing Austria in Vienna on June 10.WHERE WILL BRAZIL STAY IN RUSSIA? WHAT IS BRAZIL’S WORLD CUP RECORD?Cafu Brazil World Cup 2002 Year Host Brazil’s finish Round of exit 1930 Uruguay 6 First round 1934 Italy 14 First round 1938 France 3 Semi-final 1950 Brazil 2 Final 1954 Switzerland 5 Quarter-final 1958 Sweden 1 Champions 1962 Chile 1 Champions 1966 England 11 First round 1970 Mexico 1 Champions 1974 West Germany 4 Semi-final 1978 Argentina 3 Semi-final 1982 Spain 5 Quarter-final 1986 Mexico 5 Quarter-final 1990 Italy 9 Round of 16 1994 USA 1 Champions 1998 France 2 Final 2002 Japan/South Korea 1 Champions 2006 Germany 5 Quarter-final 2010 South Africa 5 Quarter-final 2014 Brazil 4 Semi-final 2018 Russia ??? 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Keita revelling in role as Salah’s ‘little brother’

first_imgNaby Keita claims to have become Mohamed Salah’s “little brother” at Liverpool, with a fellow African helping the midfielder to settle in England.A Guinea international arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2018 after waiting 12 months for a big-money deal to go through, with the Reds having invested considerable faith in him.Keita endured a slow start to his time on Merseyside, with the demands of the Premier League taking some adjusting to. 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? The 24-year-old was, however, to improve as his debut season wore on, with confidence and belief returning to his game.An unfortunate injury prevented him from playing any part in a Champions League final triumph over Tottenham, but Keita has shown what he is capable of.He believes there is more to come from him, with Egyptian frontman Salah having helped to unlock his potential.Keita told Liverpool’s official website of Salah’s influence: “Very well, he always gives me some advice on the pitch in Liverpool.“He’s a nice guy who works hard. When he works at the gym, he always asks me to join him.“He looks after me like I’m his little brother.”Naby Keita LiverpoolKeita has expressed a desire to follow in Salah’s footsteps at Liverpool.Jurgen Klopp has helped to turn the 27-year-old into a global superstar, while Senegal international Sadio Mane has also flourished under the guidance of a German coach.The hope is that Keita will be the next to star at Anfield, with a hard-working option for the Reds having told Goal: “Klopp knows how to treat players and help them, he always talks with everyone on and off the pitch and helps them to improve. He can make you give all that you have and more on the pitch.“People can see how he improved Salah and Mane and I hope he can do the same with me next season.”Keita is currently away with his country at the Africa Cup of Nations.He is back to full fitness and hoping to help Guinea progress on Egyptian soil alongside the likes of Salah and Mane. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

4 Best Four-Person Tents for Camping with Your Friends

first_img How to Sleep Outdoors: Bring the Best Gear for a Good Night’s Sleep The Best Car Camping Gear for Any Season Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities You know what’s better than camping? Camping with friends.And instead of bringing four individual tents, why not just invest in one big enough for everyone to sleep in — without being cramped for space? We’ve done the hard work for you and put together a list of the four best four-person tents that are great for camping, backpacking, and car camping. Start making those campsite reservations now.Camping: Mountain Hardwear Shifter 4, $299This tent earns our nod for flexibility because of its ability to change based on the weather conditions. If the skies turn dark and grey, simply turn the fly for more shelter coverage. At just over 8 lbs, it’s light enough for a backpacking trip, but also practical for car camping. Fifty-five square feet of livable space hits that nice sweet spot between just enough and too much.Backpacking: Kelty Gunnison 4, $280Three seasons of purposeful camping come with 58 square feet of floor area in this setup. The Gunnison has plenty of head and shoulder space, with an open vestibule design for good movement inside the tent. It also cuts down on extra gear with an awning that can be held up by separate trekking poles. For short-term trips, you won’t find a much better all-around shelter solution.Car Camping: Eureka Suite Dream 4, $350For a weekend at a music festival or drive-in campsite, the Suite Dream 4 creates 76.4 square feet of usable space — big enough for two queen-size air mattresses— inside a durable, well-built shelter. Since it clocks in over 12 lbs, we wouldn’t take it backpacking, but to throw in the back of the hatch on the way out the door? Absolutely. (Pro tip: Check out Gonzo Grill from Eureka! for an elevated cooking experience at the campground.)Camping on Top of a Car: Tepui Kukenam XL Ruggedized Sky, $2,250Of course we had to include one extravagant option. Tepui Tents are solid shelters attached by a frame to the roof of your truck. The tent pops up and out for a 72-inch by 96-inch sleeping footprint when set up. While Tepuis are always built to last, this edition is made with an even hardier rip-stop fabric, a heavier density mattress, and a bevy of other additions to earn its “Ruggedized” name. The Kukenam is your high-flying home in the wilderness with plenty of available add-ons to make it feel that much closer to your regular home. Tent Buying Guide: How to Find the Best Tent for Your Trip Hang Tight with the Best Camping and Backpacking Hammockslast_img read more

Recycle waste in my backyard

first_imgI am inside a dark and dingy “factory” looking at plastic waste being recycled. This was after I went to see how plastic waste—from our homes—was being separated and traded by the poor in our city. “Where does this plastic go?” I had asked in Tikri, located on the outskirts of Delhi. “To Bawana and Narela (industrial areas also in Delhi),” I was told. So, here I was standing inside one of the many factories that buy this waste and recycle it. Recycling is a big word, but what does it actually mean? Also Read – A special kind of bondIt goes broadly like this. This waste has to be segregated carefully as each industry can only “process” one type of plastic. It is first cleaned in vats, then boiled, heated and made to run through coils until it becomes like wire. This plastic wire is shredded into granules of plastic that is used again to make new products. The people doing this work are poor and the working conditions are pathetic. But they do it for their livelihoods—a trade, which is made of making resources of our waste. Let’s not undermine their effort. If this waste was not so-called processed, it would have been burnt in the open or in poorly constructed landfills. Bawana is why we are not “yet” totally wasted. It is our saviour. Also Read – Insider threat managementBut the economics of this trade work only when the health and environment of the poor are devalued. It was in 1991 when the then chief economist of the World Bank, Larry Summers, had advocated that toxic waste and polluting factories should be moved to least developed countries. Summers, who then went on to become the president of Harvard University, was pilloried for this idea by all—but he has the last laugh on all of us. This is the business order of the globalised world. It moves polluting factories and mountains of waste into the lands and hands of the poor, all in the name of commerce and livelihoods. When China finally stopped the import of plastic waste in 2018, new markets had to be found. Many countries, including Malaysia and Indonesia, became the willing dump yards, till they decided enough was enough. But plastic waste is finding new ports where costs of recycling would be cheaper and would benefit local business and provide employment. All good. This is the modern world’s notion of a circular economy. Summers’ version has come true. It is another matter that these receiving countries are already drowning in their own waste. The fact is that if the rich could pay the real costs of recycling, they would not ship it to poorer countries (I mean rich of the first world and rich of our world). The business is about cutting costs. And it is growing. At the May 2019 meeting of the Basel Convention—an international agreement that binds countries to be responsible in their trade of hazardous substances—plastic waste was included for the first time. But not without a fight. The amendment by Norway to regulate certain plastic trade was contested strongly by the United States; and finally, after much dilution, it was agreed to distinguish between contaminated plastic waste and the so-called clean plastic waste, that is destined for recycling in an “environmentally sound manner”. So, some control has been brought in, but trade will continue and it will supposedly work for all. The Summers Doctrine again! The question is whether this is the way ahead? Waste can be a resource. There is no doubt about this. It is also clear that we must recycle and re-use as many times and as much as possible. The Basel Convention may try to stop the illegal trade in hazardous substances, but it allows waste to be traded, recycled and processed in a “green” and sustainable way. Given the economics of recycling, that would only mean that this will be done where costs are cheap and health and environment are discounted. It is not just plastic and it is not just the interests of the rich. While the European Union took a strong stand on plastic waste, it also sought permission to export electronic waste. Then we have second-hand clothes or second-hand cars, swamping African nations, all in the name of global charity as the poor can now afford better clothes. This is leading to new forms of local trade interests, which they want to trade in trash. It is their business. It is time we re-thought this commodity business of waste. It is time we re-work the “not in my backyard” to “in my backyard”. Every city must handle its own waste, including its processing. It is only then that it will become more responsible for its production and recycling. We need to close the circle of this circular economy to make it work. Not Summers-style. But really sustainable-style. (The author is Director General of Centre for Science and Environment and the Editor of Down To Earth magazine. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

High prices cut nonBasmati rice exports 37

first_imgNew Delhi: Rising domestic rice prices have affected exports this year with shipment of the non-Basmati variety falling about 37 per cent or 10 lakh tonnes, over the previous year. Though Basmati rice exports have also declined 1.5 per cent, but experts don’t suggest price as reason behind it. Arvind Kumar Gupta, Director of the Basmati Export Development Institution that comes under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), told IANS, “Prices of non-Basmati rice are high in the country, which has affected its demand overseas. Exports have declined in the first four months of this financial year (FY20) against the corresponding period of FY19”. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal According to APEDA data, 17,06,891 tonnes of non-Basmati rice were exported in April-July of FY20 against 26,94,827 tonnes in the same period of FY19. The non-Basmati rice exports have declined around 9.88 lakh tonnes or 36.66 per cent. In value terms, it has declined by 36.30 per cent to Rs 48.16 crore over the smape period of FY19. Similarly, Basmati rice exports have declined by 1.42 lakh tonnes to 14.35 lakh tonnes between April and July against the year-ago period. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Vijay Setia, Chairman, All India Rice Exporters Association, said due to the high prices of non-Basmati rice its demand had soften in the foreign market. “The paddy is sold on the minimum support price (MSP) decided by the government, which pushes rates compared with other competitive countries”. Rise in local production in the importing countries is also the reason behind the falling demand. For instance, demand in Bangladesh has come down because of domestic production, said Setia. India is world’s top rice exporter, followed by Thailand and Vietnam. Pakistan also exports rice. “Countries, like Bangladesh, have to pay less shipping charges when they import rice from India. Therefore, high-prices don’t cost them much. But in the far away African countries, the situation is different. They purchase it from where they find it cheaper,” Gupta told IANS. There is a price difference of around $30 per tonne of non-Basmati rice between India and other nations. It meant that the domestic price was $30 per tonne higher, said Gupta.last_img read more

The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, May 26———CANADA PUSHING FREE TRADE AND CLIMATE CHANGE AT G7: Canada will fight for the Paris agreement on climate change at the G7 summit in Sicily, even though President Donald Trump could back the U.S. out of the agreement. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says climate change is hugely important and Canada will fight for action to address the problem. She also says Canada is a trading nation and will always stand up for that.———CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES MAKE FINAL PITCH FOR VOTES: The 13 Conservative leadership hopefuls make their final appeal to party members before this weekend’s voting deadline. Most party members have already likely voted by mail-in ballots, though some people can still cast ballots in person Saturday at the Toronto convention site and at polling stations across the country.———NOVA SCOTIA ELECTION IN HOME STRETCH: It’s the final weekend of campaigning in the Nova Scotia election. The governing Liberals are sharpening up their attacks on the Conservatives, accusing them of not providing a fully costed campaign platform. The Conservatives meantime dismiss the accusation as a fabrication. Some polls suggest the possibility of a minority government, but all three major party leaders speculated little on the possibility.———ALBERTA WOMAN HELD AGAINST HER WILL CRASHES THROUGH WINDOW TO ESCAPE: Police in South Carolina say an Alberta woman who was being held against her will in a trailer crashed through a plate-glass window to escape. The woman had been enticed to the United States with the promise of modelling work. Police allege she was held captive and sexually assaulted after the man who persuaded her to come to the U.S. threatened her safety and the safety of her family in Canada. They said the ordeal lasted five days.———ONTARIO COMMUNITY LAUDED FOR PROTECTING TURTLES: An Ontario community is being held up as a good example of finding a way to prevent endangered reptiles from being killed. A causeway connecting Long Point on Lake Erie to mainland Ontario was ranked as the world’s fourth deadliest site for turtle road mortality in 2003. But the community has built roadway fencing and culverts to reduce the numbers of turtles and snakes dying on the causeway.———NEWFOUNDLAND TOWN TRIES TO GET RID OF WHALE REMAINS: Municipal officials in Outer Cove are trying to come up with a plan to get rid of the remains of a humpback whale that washed ashore this week. Officials in the town just north of St. John’s had hoped the remains would be washed out with the tide, but the carcass is beached. Mayor John Kennedy says disposing of the whale requires approval from different government agencies, but the smell is becoming a problem.———WOMAN WHO CARED FOR BABY MOOSE HEARTBROKEN ANIMAL WAS PUT DOWN: A Newfoundland woman who bottle-fed a baby moose after it got lost in the woods without its mother is heartbroken the local SPCA put the animal down. Brandi Calder said Friday she watched over the animal and contacted the SPCA, but once the agency picked up the moose, Calder said it was put down because a local nature park couldn’t take the calf.———GRANDE PLANS RETURN CONCERT IN MANCHESTER: American singer Ariana Grande says she will return to Manchester for a benefit concert to raise money for attack victims and their families. A suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded scores of others minutes after Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena ended on Monday night. Grande says details are still being finalized.———28 DEAD IN ATTACK IN EGYPT: The Vatican says Pope Francis is “saddened” by the “barbaric” attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt. In a condolence message sent on Friday to the Egyptian president, Francis said he’ll continue his “intercession for peace and reconciliation” throughout Egypt. Masked militants fired on a bus filled with Coptic Christians south of Cairo, killing at least 28 and wounding 22, the Egyptian Ministry said.———TREASURE HUNTERS SUSPECTED OF DIGGING HOLES IN B.C. CEMETERY: Some digging has been detected in the cemetery of a ghost town in southern British Columbia and a member of the local historical society believes it’s the work of misguided treasure hunters. Bob Sterne has tended the cemetery in the former gold rush town of Granite Creek for more than a decade and says it’s disturbing. He says he checked the area after the Victoria Day long weekend and was surprised to find 16 new but familiar shallow holes where the ground had been dug up and replaced.———last_img read more

Maradona to Visit Morocco to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Green March

Rabat – Argentina’s football legend Diego Maradona is set to arrive in Morocco next November 4 to participate in the festivities of the 40th Anniversary of Morocco’s Green March.The superstar will participate in a gala football match on November 6 in the city of Laâyoune, according to Le360 news website.The Moroccan Sahara capital will be the stage for the ‘legends game’ in which several other international football stars, including Maradona, will play for the Green March Cup. The same source noted that the match organized by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) will be an event for charity.Among the players who will reportedly visit Laâyoune and participate in the gala game are: Ghanaian Abidé Pelé, Liberia’s George Weah, Egyptian players Mohamed Aboutrika and Hossam Hassan, and Saudi Arabia’s Sami Al Jabir.Negotiations to secure the participation of these football legends at the Green March festivities are reported to have been challenging and expensive, although no figures have been revealed, the same report said.Morocco’s King Mohammed VI will visit the Saharan provinces as well, under strict security measures, to commemorate the November 6, 1975 march.The King is expected to announce unprecedented decisions about the Sahara and discuss subjects such as the “implementation of advanced regionalization” among other major projects in the region.Besides the monarch’s visit and the gala match, the celebrations will include a film about the Green March.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

More aid pledged for freezing earthquake victims in Kyrgyzstan UN reports

“The response to the Government’s appeal has been outstanding,” the head of the Dubai regional bureau for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Abdul Haq Amiri, said. “Everybody has played their part, and as a result the most pressing needs to protect the affected population against the harsh winter conditions have been met.” The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) today pledged over 400 winterized tents, and they are expected to be dispatched from the United Arab Emirates on Friday, OCHA reported. The Governments of Sweden, Norway, Austria, Slovakia and Bulgaria have already provided 275 winterized tents, which are currently being distributed, after the Ministry of Emergency Situations appealed for more than 670 such tents. Reports from the field indicate that there are outstanding needs for food and non-food items, including 3,500 winter jackets and trousers, 2.25 tonnes of rice and 3,000 litres of oil. A UN mission is on the ground to carry out assessment and monitoring. On 1 January, three separate earthquakes occurred in an isolated area some 30 kilometres from the southern city of Osh, causing severe damage to housing and infrastructure. According to Kyrgyz officials, over 960 families were displaced and the deteriorating weather conditions are making their situation even more precarious. 9 January 2008The international community is stepping up its efforts to rush winterized tents to Kyrgyzstan for nearly 5,500 people displaced in New Year’s Day earthquakes and now living in summer tents under temperatures ranging from -15 to -20 degrees Celsius, the United Nations reported today. read more

President to take legal action on officials over Easter Sunday attacks

He said that a third report is expected to be handed over to him next week. He also said that he will not resign over the attacks and will ensure terrorism is defeated.The President said that when terrorists attacked the US on 9/11 and when other countries were also attacked there were never calls for the President to step down. He said that despite having sophisticated technology even the US could not prevent terrorist attacks on their soil.Sirisena said that Sri Lanka is today a divided country and steps must be taken to unite the communities. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena today said that he will take legal action on officials who failed to carry out their duties resulting in the Easter Sunday attacks.Speaking in Ampara, the President said that a committee appointed by him to investigate incidents related to the bombings has already submitted two interim reports to him. The President said that based on the reports he will take legal action on officials accused of failing to prevent the attacks. read more

SHARE report finds there is poor corporate reporting on Indigenous issues

by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2017 10:01 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A group that advises activist shareholders hopes a new report will do for Indigenous issues what has already been done for environmental causes — put them on the boardroom table.“The purpose is to start to delve into the issue of the business role in reconciliation and where investors fit in that,” said Delaney Greig, author of the report for SHARE Canada.SHARE is a non-profit research agency that advises institutional investors on the social responsibility performance of potential investments. It serves 30 such Canadian investors with more than $14 billion in assets under management, including churches, universities and foundations.Information on environmental performance is becoming routine disclosure for more businesses all the time, said Greig. She looked into how many companies take the same approach to reporting on Aboriginal issues such as leadership, employment, contracting, training, rights and community investment.The answer is, not many.“Most of the rating agencies and data sources investors can get don’t even include indicators on Indigenous issues,” said Greig.She sent out questionnaires to 173 companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in eight different sectors. She found that while many companies tout upbeat stories — whether it be a successful Indigenous employee or a smooth-running partnership with an Aboriginal community — few report those interactions with anything like the rigour ethical investors need.The most common form of reporting was highlighting a company’s investment in an Aboriginal community, but even then less than one-third of companies systematically made such statements.Spending money in those communities can be problematic without more context, the report says.“Although these contributions and initiatives can be beneficial, they are often short-term, ad hoc and self-interested.”About one-fifth of companies had systematic means of reporting on Aboriginal employment or contracting with Aboriginal businesses.Five per cent reported on Indigenous presence in senior or management roles. Out of all companies surveyed, only one financial company, one energy company and three mining companies committed to Aboriginal communities’ right to free, prior and informed consent to new projects.Greig acknowledged corporate reporting on Aboriginal issues doesn’t create the same liability issues as environmental reports do.“There are a number of risks, from legal to operational delays. But at the same time, it’s not just the risks but the opportunities that building stronger relationships and having reliable partners (can create).”She also acknowledged that some of the issues her report discusses, such as consent, are still open questions in the Canadian legal system.The Supreme Court has repeatedly grappled with issues of consultation and consent. Recent examples came Wednesday with high court decisions on an Inuit challenge of seismic testing off Baffin Island and changes to a pipeline opposed by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in southwestern Ontario.Greig noted that the 2015 report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded business has a role to play.“Industry and business play an extremely significant role in how the economic, social, and cultural aspects of reconciliation are addressed, including the extent to which opportunities and benefits are truly shared with Indigenous peoples,” the report said.Greig said she hopes her findings will be the first step toward creating a transparent, measurable benchmark to assess a company’s treatment of Indigenous people.“Inevitably, we’ll get there. But it’s a rocky road.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 SHARE report finds there is poor corporate reporting on Indigenous issues read more

UN refugee agency scaling up support as horrific violence in DR Congo

Babar Baloch spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters at the regular news briefing in Geneva that the agency is working with partner organizations in western Uganda to support the influx, many who are exhausted, hunger and deeply traumatized by “horrific inter-ethnic violence and sexual abuse” they have reportedly endured. Since the year began, an overwhelming 77.5 per cent of more than 57,000 refugees displaced by the violence in eastern DRC are women and children, according to the ageny. “These numbers are on a larger scale still than in 2017, when some 44,000 fled over the course of the entire year,” he continued. “UNHCR fears thousands more could arrive in Uganda if the security situation inside the DRC does not immediately improve.”Mr. Baloch said that the majority continue to cross into Uganda via Lake Albert in rickety and unsafe boats from Ituri (province), “a journey that has already cost the lives of several refugees.”“The situation has been even more dangerous in recent days because of bad weather,” he noted.Although the lack of access means it is difficult to offer a detailed picture of the situation, UNHCR has received chilling accounts of violence – rape, murder and separation from family members.“These are linked to the deteriorating security situation, internal conflicts and inter-communal tensions,” the spokesperson maintained, saying that armed men are reported to be attacking villages, looting and burning houses, indiscriminately killing civilians and kidnapping young men and boys.A growing number of reports indicate that the violence is taking on ethnic dimensions as tribal groups engage in retaliatory attacks.Dozens of refugees have recounted to UNHCR staff in Uganda, stories of the sexual violence and assaults they have endured – the vast majority of whom are women and girls, as well as some men and boys.“These alarming reports have led the UN refugee agency and partners to strengthen the systems in place to identify and support survivors of sexual and gender based violence,” stressed Mr. Baloch.UNHCR has deployed significant additional staff and resources to identify victims and strengthen support, including medical screening at Lake Albert landing sites, sexual and gender-based violence screening at the reception centres and making gender segregation spaces available.“Working with partners, we have deployed additional staff specifically trained in psychosocial care to increase support to [sexual and gender based violence] refugee survivors and have conducted further outreach with community leaders and networks to ensure refugees are aware of what services are available to them,” he stated.“We are also working with our humanitarian partners to save lives after a Cholera outbreak killed at least 32 refugees,” Mr. Baloch said, informing that the number of reported cases have significantly dropped from 668 to 160 since the February outbreak.  He pointed out that the nearly $180 million refugee response funding appeal for Uganda remains poorly funded, “severely restricting capacities of humanitarian organizations to deliver vital aid and assistance.”Within that appeal, only three per cent of UNHCR’s $118.3 million requirement is funded. read more

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Matchup

Boston College (7-5, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Boise State (10-3, Mountain West), Dec. 26, 1:30 p.m. ET.LOCATION: Dallas.TOP PLAYERSBoston College: RB A.J. Dillon, 1,108 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns.Boise State: QB Brett Rypien, 3,705 yards passing, 30 TDs; RB Alexander Mattison, 1,415 yards rushing, 17 TDs.NOTABLEBoston College: Hasn’t played a bowl game in Texas since Heisman winner Doug Flutie led the Eagles to a 45-28 win over Houston in the 1985 Cotton Bowl.Boise State: Rypien is the active FBS career passing yardage leader with 13,581. His uncle is Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien.LAST TIMEBoston College 27, Boise State 21, MPC Computers Bowl (Dec. 28, 2005).BOWL HISTORYBoston College: First appearance in SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, 27th bowl appearance in school history.Boise State: First appearance in SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, 19th bowl appearance in school history.___More AP college football: and Associated Press read more

Thousands of offenders supervised by phone calls after release from prison

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In some CRCs, staff numbers have been pared down in repeated redundancy exercises, with those remaining carrying exceptional caseloads Recently released violent criminals are being supervised by telephone because of tight budgets, the Inspectorate of Probation has warned. Thousands of people are having their contact with the probation services limited to a single meeting followed by “remote supervision” by private providers, its annual report said. In some areas up to 200 ex-offenders are being managed by each member of junior staff with very little experience, who speak to them for less than half an hour by telephone every six weeks. The cases managed by telephone are those assessed to be the lowest-risk, but in some cases they have included offenders with a history of violence who go on to commit more serious crimes.  In one case, a man with almost 30 previous convictions including one for domestic abuse was supervised by telephone only. He assaulted his former partner after becoming homeless and moving back in with her. In another a man with a conviction for supplying Class A drugs was charged with wounding after being managed with six-weekly telephone calls. center_img The damning report about the probation service found that private “community rehabilitation companies” (CRCs) who managed low and medium-risk offenders are failing to meet Government targets and could be putting the public at risk. In 2014 the probation system was reformed to transfer responsibility for low and medium-risk offenders to 21 private CRCs, while the national probation service retained responsibility for the highest-risk people. Dame Glenys Stacey, the chief inspector of probation, said face-to-face work was “vital” and added that she had concerns about how staff knew they were speaking to the correct person on the telephone. “We should all be concerned given the rehabilitation opportunities missed and the risks to the public if individuals are not supervised well,” she said. “In some CRCs, staff numbers have been pared down in repeated redundancy exercises, with those remaining carrying exceptional caseloads. “In most, probation officers have been replaced by more junior professional staff.”The most junior staff could have less than a year’s experience having only just left college, the inspectors said. Dame Glenys said that workload pressures and remote monitoring “are undermining a central tenet of effective probation work – a consistent, professional, trusting relationship between the individual and their probation worker.”Speaking at the launch of the report Helen Rinaldi, an assistant chief inspector who also worked on the report, said: “We would advocate that good-quality probation delivery absolutely relies on that central element of the relationship – you can’t really influence someone’s behaviour unless you’ve got a relationship with them, and we would just question whether that’s as readily achievable if it’s purely done on the phone.” The report also found that the Government underestimated the number of higher-risk offenders that would be managed by the companies, with around two thirds of their cases classed as medium rather than low risk. It had initially believed that the vast majority of their cases would be low-risk ones. The companies have also invested funds in new computer systems which do not work properly with the Ministry of Justice’s older IT, the report added. Richard Garside, director of charity the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies said: “So dysfunctional have the government’s probation changes become that active sabotage would look much the same.”Secretary of State David Lidington said: “We have already changed CRCs contracts to better reflect their costs and are continuing to review them. We are clear that CRCs must deliver a higher standard of probation services.”A Ministry of Justice spokesperson added: “In some cases, lower risk offenders can be supervised by telephone after a thorough, face-to-face risk assessment, and their continued suitability for this type of monitoring will be kept under review.”last_img read more

The ceremony and the symbolism of Prince Harrys marriage to Meghan Markle

Royal biographer Hugo Vickers reveals the key details of Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle, and the symbolism associated with a Royal wedding. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.