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Fouaad Mirza Wins Olympic Qualifying Event in Poland

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2020 tokyo olympicsequestrianfouaad mirzahorse riding First Published: October 14, 2019, 11:39 PM IST Strzegom: Arjuna Award winner and Asian Games silver medallist Fouaad Mirza secured Gold in the CCI3*S, in Strzegom, Poland astride his new horse Dajara. Fouaad is currently the highest-ranked individual in Group G for the Asia Pacific Zone with 34 points on one horse Fernhill Facetime, 30 points on the second horse Touchingwood and at present qualifying his third horse, Dajara.The 8-year-old Dajara, procured by the Embassy International Riding School, is a promising German Holsteiner warm blood and has an excellent track record of wins, such as Bundeschampionat, a German National Championship. Fouaad started the week with a solid Dressage score of 26.8 which placed him second with a very close score to the talented German rider Antonia Baumgart, who was one penalty better at 25.8. This was followed by the Showjumping event where Fouaad maintained the 2nd position with a clear round. He finished the deciding Cross-Country round in only 4 seconds over time, leading him to the Gold in the Strezgom CCI3*S in Poland.”I am very excited about our new horse Dajara, which has immense potential for success at the Olympics. Through the event CCI3*S, we were able to level up the horse rider combination to 4* and building up my points to qualify for the Olympics,” Fouaad said.The Embassy Group alumnus has completed Renswoulde NED CCI 4*S placed 11, Jardy FRA CCI4*S, Strzegom POL CCI4*S placed 15, Sopot POL CCI4*S placed 7 and Waregam NED CCI4*S placed 7 so far for Olympic Qualifying Events. He is looking forward to the next competitive events in Montelibertti ITY CCI3*S (Italy) and Le Pouget FRA CCI4*S (France). last_img read more

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Little Messi and family leave Afghanistan amid threats, flee to Pakistan

first_imgThe family of a five-year-old Afghan boy who received autographed shirts from his football hero Lionel Messi was forced to leave Afghanistan amidconstant telephone threats, the boy’s father said on Tuesday.Mohammad Arif Ahmadi – whose son grabbed headlines when he was photographed wearing a homemade Argentina shirt with No. 10 on the back – said they have moved to neighboring Pakistan and settled in the city of Quetta, hoping for a better life there.”Life became a misery for us,” said Ahmadi, speaking to The Associated Press over the telephone from Quetta. He added that the family didn’t want to leave Afghanistan, but the threats were just getting more and more serious.Ahmadi said he feared that his son, Murtaza Ahmadi, would be kidnapped after becoming an Internet sensation after pictures of him wearing a Messi shirt made out of a striped plastic bag went viral.The family first travelled to the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, but couldn’t stay there long because of the high cost of living. They later moved to Quetta.”I sold all my belongings and brought my family out of Afghanistan to save my son’s life as well as the lives of the rest of the family,” the father said.Earlier this year, the Afghan football federation had promised to arrange a meeting between Messi, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, and Murtaza. There were reports that either Messi would come to Afghanistan to visit the boy or that some other arrangement would be made, such as sending the boy to Spain, where Messi plays with Barcelona, or arranging a meeting in a third country.advertisementBut none of the options worked out, Ahmadi said.”Still, Murtaza hopes that one day he would be able to meet his hero, Messi,” the father added.last_img read more

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BCCI vs Lodha Committee: Supreme Court’s final hearing today

first_imgThe Supreme Court will reconvene again and in all probability pass a verdict today on the BCCI vs Lodha committee battle. The Indian cricket board has been obdurate in its stance by not willing to implement Lodha Committeee recommendations in its entirety. (BCCI to wait till December 5 for SC verdict on Lodha Committee report)However, in its last hearing in October 21, the apex court restrained from passing an order and allowed the BCCI and state cricket associations more time to implement the recommendations in total. However, BCCI despite many meetings with the associations and SGMs have resisted to accept certain Lodha recommendations. (10 times Supreme Court showed BCCI who is boss)On November 18, the Lodha panel submitted its third status report, asking the Supreme Court to remove office bearers of both BCCI and the states with immediate effect, who don’t meet the eligibility criteria of the recommendations. Moreover, the panel also suggested that GK Pillai, the former home secretary be appointed as an observer of the BCCI. (Disqualify BCCI office-bearers, Lodha panel tells Supreme Court)BCCI, in its latest meeting on December 2, there was again no change with board deciding not to implement the Lodha recommendations in total and rather wait for the court’s final observation on Monday.During the Monday hearing, another important issue will come up regarding BCCI president Anurag Thakur’s alleged request to the ICC for a letter – if appointment of a comptroller and auditor general official on the proposed Apex Council amounted to government interference. The court had asked Thakur for an individual affidavit and on October 17, the board president submitted denying the charge.advertisementThe Supreme Court during its October 21 order had directed the Lodha panel to contact ICC chairman Shashank Monohar and  asking him to submit an affidavit on that matter. On Monday, the court will also reveal the contents of the affidavit filed by Manohar.All eyes would be on the Supreme Court bench, who would decide the fate of BCCI and its top office bearers.last_img read more

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Independence Day Special: 70 years, 70 iconic institutions

first_imgToday, Indians celebrate 70 years of independence from the British rule. The celebrations have been kick-started in the national capital by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who addressed the nation after unfurling the tricolour around 7 30 AM, with thousands of soldiers and officers of India’s armed forces in attendance.On this day, let’s take a look at 70 iconic institutions that helped make India what it is today. Click for detailed stories of the journey and evolution of each of the following institutions listed below (in no particular order).  1) Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport 2) Film and Television Institute of India 3) Indira Gandhi National Open University 4) Zee TV 5) Titan 6) Tata Institute of Social Sciences 7) Tata Institute of Fundamental Research 8) Tata Consultancy Services 9) Tata steel10) Steel Authority of India 11) Reliance Polyester12) Punjab Agricultural University 13) Power Grid Corporation of India 14) Council of Scientific and Industrial Research15) ONGC 16) State Bank of India17) The Oberoi18) NTPC19) National School of Drama20) National Institute of Fashion Technology 21) National Institute of Design 22) National Defence Academy 23) National Highways Authority of India 24) Mumbai-Pune Expressway 25) Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India 26) Maruti 27) Mahindra and Mahindra 28) Larsen and Tourbo 29) Konkan Railway 30) Khadi31) Kendriya Vidyalaya 31) The Taj Group 32) Jawaharlal Nehru University 33) Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya 34) India Tourism Development Corporation 35) India Tobacco Company36) Indian Space Research Organisation 37) Indian Railway Catering and Ticket Corporation 38) Infosys 39) Indigo 40) Indian Oil 41) India Post 42) Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 43) Indian Institute of Science 44) Indian Institute of Management45) Hindustan Unilever 46) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited 47) Hindalco Industries 48) Hero cycles 49) HDFC 50) Grasim Industries 51) Godrej 52) GMR Group 53) Fabindia 54) Election Commission of India advertisement56) Delhi Metro Rail Corporation 57) Cochin shipyard Ltd 58) Centre for Development of Telematics 59) Bombay Stock Exchange 60) Bharat Heavy Electricals 61) Bhakhra-Nangal Dam 62) Bharti Airtel 63) BCCI64) Bhabha Atomic Research Centre 65) Balaji Telefilms 66) Apollo Hospitals 67) Amul 68) All India Institute of Medical Sciences 69) Agni Missile Department 70) Aadhaar  || ALSO READ || || Doklam: Ceremonial Independence Day meeting between India, China armies unlikely |||| Recap of 70 years of independent India |||| Bihar’s Purnea continues Independence Day tradition of hoisting tricolour at midnight |||| India’s most decorated sporting heroes in the modern era ||last_img read more

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Leicester’s Thai boss killed in helicopter crash

first_imgLeicester (United Kingdom), Oct 29 (AFP) Leicester City’s Thai billionaire boss was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed and burst into flames in the Premier League side’s football stadium car park moments after taking off from the pitch, the club said on Sunday. A stream of fans already fearing the worst had laid out flowers, football scarves and Buddhist prayers outside the grounds after Saturday’s accident in tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha — the man they credit for an against-all-odds Premiership victory in 2016. “The world has lost a great man,” the club said in a statement. “Leicester City was a family under his leadership. It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy,” it said. A book of condolence will be opened at the stadium from Tuesday and the team postponed its fixture against Southampton. “Everyone at the Club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this difficult time,” the statement said. Police named the four other victims as Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, two members of Vichai’s staff, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz. Vichai, 60, the owner of Thailand’s King Power duty free empire, was a regular at matches who used to fly to and from home games. He and the four other victims, who have not been named, boarded the blue craft, which took off from the middle of the pitch once the stadium had emptied after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.Eyewitnesses said the helicopter appeared to develop a mechanical problem in its rear propeller shortly after takeoff.advertisement Images showed orange balls of flame engulfing the wreckage in the car park at King Power Stadium — the scene of unbridled jubilation after Leicester’s Premier League victory two years ago. Prayers and tributes poured in from across Britain from the footballing world and beyond for the jovial man many credit with bringing glory to the central English city with the miracle-making club. “He’s put Leicester on the map,” supporter Cathy Dann, 55, told AFP. “He’s made us big,” she said, as aviation experts picked through small pieces of wreckage scattered on the stadium’s edge. Among the tributes was an image of Ganesh — a Hindu god also seen in Thai Buddhist temples. A minute’s silence was observed before the whistle of Sunday’s Premier League matches.”It is a family business and they have instilled this sense of family not just throughout the club but into the city as well,” Andrew Hulley, the team’s chaplain for the past seven years, told AFP. England legend Gary Lineker, a former Leicester player who was hosting the BBC’s Match of the Day when the accident happened, tweeted: “That was the most difficult @BBCMOTD I’ve ever hosted… A terrible tragedy. Heartbreaking.” And ordinary fans in central Bangkok said Vichai helped develop Thailand’s football as well, bringing the Southeast Asian country greater recognition in the sports world. “He is an important person who has raised the bar of Thai football further,” Apichart Jitratkavee, a Leicester fan in the Thai capital, told AFP. Vichai bought Leicester City in 2010 and moved to chairman the following February, pouring millions into the team and becoming a beloved figure in the club and the city — a feat not always achieved by the Premier League’s foreign owners. It was under Vichai’s ownership that Leicester crafted one of the biggest fairytales in English football history by winning the 2015/16 Premier League, having started the season as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title. Vichai’s investments in the club helped return them to England’s Premier League from the second-tier Championship in 2014. They initially seemed outclassed by richer and more established rival from London, Liverpool and Manchester, languishing at the very bottom of the table for most of the 2014/15 season. The Foxes, as the team are nicknamed, then engineered what fans now fondly refer to as the “Great Escape”, winning seven of their last nine matches. They ended up finishing 14th, securing another season in Europe’s richest league in 2015/16.But not even their most devout fans could have imagined what happened next. Vardy, signed from non-league Fleetwood Town, scored in 11 consecutive matches, propelling the men in blue to a title without parallel in Premier League history. The success also qualified them for the first time for the lucrative Champions League, the pinnacle of European football played by the continent’s most successful sides, including Barcelona and Real Madrid.There, Leicester City defied the odds yet again, winning their group before eventually losing their quarter-final 2-1 over two legs to Atletico Madrid. (AFP) SMJSMJadvertisementlast_img read more

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Athletics Federation of India boss stresses on no needle policy again

first_imgThe spectre of doping refuses to stop haunting Indian athletics.After the news of five athletes flunking dopes tests at WADA-accredited labs abroad made news three days ago comes the news a national level athlete has been ‘caught’ with a syringe in her bag at the NIS Patiala.Chhavi Sharawat, who had made news by dragging the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to the Supreme Court over her exclusion from the Asian Games squad, is the latest to be hauled for syringe infringement.Adille Sumariwala, president, AFI reiterated on Thursday his federation has a zero-tolerance policy towards needles. After the fiasco at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April, where two athletes were ‘caught’ with syringes, there was a huge embarrassment for the Indian contingent.Given Australia’s strict rules against doping, that the Indians were let off lightly was definitely good luck. At that time, the Indian Olympic Association had given an impression there would be an enquiry. The issue was eventually swept under the carpet.Sumariwala stressed the AFI is very strict while dealing with drug cheats.”There is no way athletes can be in possession of syringes/needles/vials. In case an athlete has been prescribed any injection by his or her doctor for medical reasons, it has to be handed over to the doctor in the camp. The injection can be only given if the athlete needs it under medical advice,” the AFI president told Mail Today.He further added: “We were the first to spell out the no-needle policy. An athlete cannot have the injection in his or her bag, room, or hand luggage at any point in time. It’s thanks to the vigilance athletes are being caught,” he said with reference to Chhavi.advertisement”The anti-doping authorities, government, and the AFI is fighting this menace. We are the ones who order surprise checks/raids on athletes in camps, training. The element of surprise will continue,” he stressed.The fight against doping at home needs to become more stringent. With the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) in the Capital now also under the scanner, these are tense moments for Indian sport.last_img read more

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Chennai city sign two Kyrgyzstan internationals

first_imgI-League I-LEAGUE 2017: Chennai City FC strengthens squad by signing two Kyrgyzstan internationals Shivayan Roy Last updated 2 years ago 00:00 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Chennai city Kyrgyzstan I-League Chennai City The Chennai-based side has bolstered both their attack and defense by completing the signing of the two Kyrgyzstan Internationals… Chennai City FC has secured the signing of Veniamin Shumeiko and Ildar Amirov for the 2017-18 I-League season. The two players who hail from Kyrgyzstan have a total of 42 International caps in between them. The team believes that together their experience will help in Chennai putting up a better show in the I-League this season. The 29-year-old Ildar has experience of playing in India before with East Bengal back in 2016-17 but things didn’t go out as planned for the Kyrgyzstan forward as he ended up making only 2 appearances for the Red and Golds that season before being subsequently released by the club.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina ”Last season, I did not have enough time to get acquainted with Indian football. I did not even have a chance to play against Chennai City FC.””I now have a chance to get to know the state and the club better. As for my former employers, East Bengal, I am looking forward to playing against them this season” said Ildar. Ildar said he would not hesitate to jump at any good opportunities to play abroad to cement his place in the national squad. “Our National Team Coach, Aleksandr Krestinin has emphasized that overseas based players will receive higher priority in terms of getting call-ups. For now, I am focused on adding value to the team so that we can achieve the best possible results. I will like to score as many goals as possible in order to help the club challenge for honours.” As for the towering centre back Shumeiko, it is his first overseas football venture. The no-nonsense defender, who is well adept with both feet, is a good distributor of the ball from the back and might just be what Chennai City FC need to sort out their defensive woes. “I am really happy to play football in such a wonderful country like India.  I have watched the I-League games which featured our Kyrgyzstan players and I am very impressed with how much the Indian people love their football. They turn up in droves at the stadiums to support their local team. This is the type of atmosphere which I want to play and thrive in.” said Shumeiko. Veniamin also mentioned that former Churchill Brothers FC Kyrgyzstan midfielder, Talgat Bektur had given him valuable advice on India football.“Bektur told me good things about football in India. He also told me that despite being a new entrant in the I-League, Chennai City FC is a well organized and strong team. I have held back opportunities to play abroad because I am only interested to play in a stronger league. India happens to tick all the right columns in this aspect and I am looking forward to my first overseas footballing adventure.” he concluded.last_img read more

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Liverpool complete £1.3m Van den Berg signing

first_imgLiverpool have confirmed their first signing of the summer, with teenage defender Sepp van den Berg joining from PEC Zwolle.The 17-year-old centre-back arrives at Anfield for an initial fee of £1.3m (€1.5m/$1.7m) after the Reds saw off competition from Bayern Munich, Ajax and PSV to land the highly-rated Dutch under-19 international.Liverpool have also agreed £3.1m (€3.5m/$4m) worth of add-ons, which will be activated should Van den Berg establish himself as a first-team regular at the club. 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? Sources have told Goal that those add-ons relate to Premier League and Champions League appearances, and that the maximum cost of the deal to Liverpool, which would require the player to make close to 350 starts, is £4.4m (€4.9m/$5.6m).The deal will be formally completed on July 1.“It’s just an amazing feeling,” Van den Berg told the official Liverpool website. “It is, for me, the biggest club in the world and it’s a dream come true. I am really excited.“I’ve seen what kind of players from the Academy grew into the first team here. It is unbelievable, especially when this kind of big club does that.“Of course, the trainer [Jürgen Klopp] is a great guy and one of the reasons they are successful – and also one of the reasons I came here.“I think this is the best place for me to grow and hopefully play a lot of games here.””I’ve seen what kind of players from the Academy grew into the first team here. It is unbelievable, especially when this kind of big club does that.” ✊ pic.twitter.com/Uep7fwEtTM— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 27, 2019Van den Berg, who has made 22 senior appearances for Zwolle in the Eredivisie since his debut in March 2018, is expected to start life in Liverpool’s academy, with a view to moving him into the first-team ‘development group’ should he impress.The Reds enjoyed significant success with another young Dutchman, Ki-Jana Hoever, after signing him from Ajax last season. Hoever progressed swiftly from under-18s football to the under-23s, and in January became the third-youngest debutant in the club’s history when featuring against Wolves in the FA Cup third round. Liverpool sources have told Goal that Van den Berg, meanwhile, is viewed similarly to Joe Gomez when he signed for the Reds from Charlton in 2015. Gomez established himself quickly in Brendan Rodgers’ side, but there is an acceptance that Van den Berg is joining a more developed team and that patience will be required.Liverpool’s academy setup will welcome the arrival of a specialist centre-back, having seen a host of defenders leave the club over the summer. The likes of Juanma, Connor Randall, Conor Masterson and Corey Whelan were all released, while teenage Finn Patrik Raitanen has joined Fortuna Sittard on a four-year deal.Van den Berg, who stands at 6′ 3″, will hope to play some part in the first-team’s packed pre-season schedule, with the eight-day tour of the USA next month perhaps to offer an immediate chance to bed in to his new club.Subscribe to Neil’s weekly newsletter than brings you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Canadas best in comedy compete for a spot in SiriusXMs Top Comic

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Beginning at 10 am ET today through 11:59 pm ET on August 17, Canadians can view the audition videos of the 18 semi-finalists and vote daily for the funniest comics at siriusxm.ca/topcomic. The six comics who receive the greatest number of public votes – and laughs – will advance to the Finale, along with two additional comics selected by an esteemed panel of industry judges to compete live on stage for the coveted title of SiriusXM’s Top Comic, a grand prize of $25,000and more.Canadians can vote daily starting today through August 17 at siriusxm.ca/topcomic LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The 2018 SiriusXM Top Comic semi-finalists are:Kyle Brownrigg (Hometown—Ottawa, ON)Sophie Buddle (Hometown—Ottawa, ON)Cara Connors (Hometown—Toronto, ON)Mark DeBonis (Hometown— Scarborough, ON)Dave Harris (Hometown—New Westminster, BC)Gilson Lubin (Hometown—Toronto, ON)Brittany Lyseng (Hometown—Calgary, AB)Roman Mancini (Hometown—Ottawa, ON)Chanty Marostica (Hometown—Winnipeg, MB)Ashley Moffatt (Hometown—Hamilton, ON)Myles Morrison (Hometown—Saskatoon, SK)Efthimios Nasiopoulos (Hometown—Toronto, ON)Tim Nutt (Hometown—Vancouver, BC)Alex Pavone (Hometown—Woodbridge, ON)Keith Pedro (Hometown—Toronto, ON)Nick Reynoldson (Hometown—Scarborough, ON)Shirley Whalen (Hometown—Fort McMurray, AB)Ryan Williams (Hometown—Kamloops, BC)Finalists will be announced later this summer.“It’s no secret that Canada is home to some of the world’s funniest people, which made it a real challenge to pick just 18 from our recent auditions,” said Ben Miner, Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM’s Canada Laughs. “We’re excited to continue to shine a light on our incredible homegrown comedic talent, and let the country have a hand in choosing our finalists from this hilarious group.”SiriusXM recently selected 60 of the nation’s best comics to take part in public auditions held over six nights in Torontoand Calgary. The comics each had six minutes to impress the crowd and a panel of industry judges, who chose three comics from each night to continue on in the competition as semi-finalists.For the first time in the competition’s history, the two runners-up will each receive cash prizes of $2,500. In addition to $25,000, the grand prize winner will receive international exposure with a guaranteed spot to perform at JFL Sydney(Australia), as well as at JFL42 (Toronto), JFL NorthWest (Vancouver), and at Just For Laughs Montreal on a JFL TV taping airing on a Bell property in their 2019/20 broadcast season. Tickets for the Finale are on sale now at jfl42.com/act/siriusxm-top-comic.Top Comic is part of SiriusXM Canada’s ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to Canadian talent. Last year, Gavin Mattsof New Westminster, BC took home the title and grand prize, with Sterling Scott of Edmonton, AB and Graham Chittenden of Brantford, ON placing as runners-up. Previous winners include Chris Robinson, Faisal Butt, Pete Zedlacher, Eric Andrews, Matt O’Brien and Brian Stollery.Canada Laughs (ch. 168) features uncensored Canadian comedy 24/7 including stand-up, sketch and more, putting the spotlight on the rich pool of extraordinary talent from Canada. Canada Laughs is available to all Sirius and XM subscribers in Canada and across the U.S. and joins SiriusXM’s hilarious comedy lineup, including Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio, Comedy Central Radio, SiriusXM Comedy Greats, Raw Dog Comedy, Jeff and Larry’s Comedy Roundup, Laugh USA and more.About SiriusXM CanadaSiriusXM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies nine years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.About JFL42Established in 2012 and now in its seventh year, JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy Festival in Toronto created by Group Just For Laughs. Developed with a mandate to celebrate the most hilarious, innovative, riveting and relevant comedy experiences in the world with Toronto audiences, JFL42’s unique interactive pass-based ticketing and reservation system makes it the first comedy festival of its kind. In addition to JFL42, Just For Laughs has produced the world’s most prestigious comedy festival in Montreal for the past 35 years and in recent years has launched festivals in Sydney, Vancouver, and London, England. Advertisementcenter_img TORONTO, July 27, 2018 – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, today revealed the 18 semi-finalists for the 9th annual SiriusXM Top Comic competition, a nationwide search for Canada’s best in comedy. Canadians will hold the fate of the semi-finalists in their hands by choosing which comics will move on in the competition, where they’ll battle it out joke-for-joke live on stage at the SiriusXM Top Comic Finale. The Finale, featuring headlining comedian Nikki Glaser, takes place September 27, 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre as part of JFL42 in association with SiriusXM Canada in Toronto. Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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The Latest WikiLeaks Assange apologizes for bailjumping

LONDON — The Latest on the sentencing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (all times local):11:35 a.m.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has apologized unreservedly for skipping bail seven years ago and holing up in the Ecuadorian embassy.In a letter read by attorney Mark Summers, Assange says he found himself “struggling with terrifying circumstances” and did what he thought best.Assange sought asylum in the South American country’s London embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations.The secret spiller faces up to a year in prison when he is sentenced at London’s Southwark Crown Court. Summers told a courtroom packed with journalists and WikiLeaks supporters on Wednesday that Assange sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy because “he was living with overwhelming fear of being rendered to the U.S.”___9 a.m.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is set to be sentenced for jumping British bail seven years ago and holing up in the Ecuadorian embassy.Assange faces a maximum sentence of a year in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday at London’s Southwark Crown Court. A judge at an earlier hearing said the 47-year-old hacker’s offence “merits the maximum sentence.”The Australian secret-spiller sought asylum in the South American country’s London embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations. He faces a separate legal fight against a U.S. extradition request. American authorities have charged him with conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer system.Assange was arrested last month after Ecuador revoked his political asylum.The Associated Press read more

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UN restarts stalled repatriation of Sudanese refugees from western Ethiopia

26 February 2008The United Nations refugee agency has resumed its repatriation of Sudanese from a camp in western Ethiopia after the operation had been halted for nearly two months because of bureaucratic problems. A convoy of vehicles carrying 605 people left Ethiopia’s Bonga camp for Sudan’s Blue Nile state at the weekend, expecting to reach their destination by today, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported. Almost two thirds of the group were aged under 18.UNHCR hopes this convoy – the first of its kind since 29 December – will lead to the resumption of regular repatriations from Bonga to neighbouring Sudan, where the long-running north-south civil war ended in early 2005.Cosmas Chanda, UNHCR’s deputy representative in Ethiopia, said that the agency plans to close Bonga – currently home to about 5,000 refugees – and another nearby camp, Dimma, which houses over 2,600.The plan is to conduct weekly convoys from Bonga and also start convoys of returns from Dimma and the other two camps in the area, Sherkole and Fugnido.Returnees receive a repatriation package of blankets, jerry cans, sleeping mats, a water filter and a sanitary kit for females. When they pass the Ethiopian-Sudanese border crossing at Kurmuk, they will also receive plastic sheets, mosquito nets, buckets, kitchen utensils and soap.In addition, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) distribute three months of food, seeds and agricultural tools to the returnees once they reach their destination in Sudan. read more

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Newlyelected officials must work constructively for Iraqis Ban says

23 February 2009Calling recent polls in Iraq “an important turning point” for the strife-torn country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges the newly-elected provincial officials to work together to improve the lives of Iraqis, in a report released today. Calling recent polls in Iraq “an important turning point” for the strife-torn country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges the newly-elected provincial officials to work together to improve the lives of Iraqis, in a report released today.“I was delighted that millions of Iraqi people exercised their right to vote in an environment largely free of violence,” Mr. Ban says in a report to the Security Council that outlines developments since 6 November 2008 and activities of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), and which follows his 6 February visit to the country.“The onus is now on those who will take their seats in the governorate councils to engage in constructive political dialogue so that the benefits of the improved security situation can be turned into actions designed to deliver tangible benefits and essential services to the people of Iraq,” he adds.There was a 51 per cent turnout rate for the 31 January polls which took place in 6,471 polling centres across the country, and in which some 14,467 candidates vied for posts in 14 of 19 provincial, or governorate, councils.During his visit to Baghdad, Mr. Ban writes, everyone he encountered strongly praised the role of UNAMI in providing logistic, strategic, and organizational support for what he called “well prepared elections.” In the coming months, he says, political attention is likely to shift towards disputed internal boundaries and the status of the city of Kirkuk, and he expects UNAMI to play a key role in helping the parties reach consensus on those as-yet unresolved issues. The UN is also committed to supporting the Government to meet social and economic challenges as Iraqis increasingly look to both national and provincial institutions to provide the rewards of recovery, including jobs, clean water and streets, reliable electricity, better schools and adequate health care.For those reasons, the Secretary-General welcomes the expansion of the UN presence since 2007, adding offices in Basrah, Kirkuk, Najaf, Ramada and Mosul, and he calls on Member States to continue supporting its efforts. The Government decided to allocate $25 million towards the construction of a UNAMI integrated headquarters in Baghdad, he says, noting that a number of Iraqi leaders requested the mission and UN organizations to continue to increase their activities throughout the country.However, Mr. Ban stresses that the November rocket attack which killed two staff members and injured 15 underscores the continuing threats to the Organization, asserting that: “It is for this reason that staff security must remain a priority.”The fact that threats of violence during most key political events were not realized can be interpreted as a sign that militia and insurgent leaders are losing influence, or that their capability and resources are being depleted, he says.The discovery of new, large weapons caches demonstrates, however, that they intend to maintain some degree of military capability that could be unleashed in some point in time, the report adds.In addition, Mr. Ban warns the new security agreement between the Governments of Iraq and the United States is being put in place and the gradual reduction of the multinational forces could begin to have an impact on the logistical and security resources available to support UN operations over the next six months.For that reason, meetings were held with the Minister of Defence and US military officials to discuss UNAMI security in the Green Zone and the possibility of security provided by Iraqi defence forces. read more

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UN opens refugee camp in Ethiopia as violence continues in troubled Sudanese

7 October 2011The United Nations refugee agency has opened a new camp in western Ethiopia as hostilities in Sudan’s Blue Nile state continue to drive thousands to flee the country. The United Nations refugee agency has opened a new camp in western Ethiopia as hostilities in Sudan’s Blue Nile state continue to drive thousands to flee the country.Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters today at a press briefing in Geneva that 533 refugees had already been moved to the new camp, located in the town of Tongo, from the border areas of Kurmuk, Bamza and Almahal.Over the past month more than 27,500 people have fled Blue Nile to Ethiopia and South Sudan, amid fighting between the Sudanese army and rebels with the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N). Mr. Edwards noted that while refugees had previously been mostly women and children, more men were arriving at the camps, bringing belongings such as livestock with them to help make a living in Ethiopia.“At the beginning of the influx, the new arrivals were mainly women, children and the elderly – generally in good health. Men were staying behind to look after properties. Recently, however, UNHCR staff at the border points have seen larger numbers of men arriving, and more injuries. “We had recent cases involving a young man who had sustained bullet wounds, and a woman injured by shrapnel. Another man had lost his legs in a bomb explosion. All three were taken to the UNHCR health centre in Sherkole camp for treatment,” he said.The new camp has a capacity for 3,000 people and has the possibility of being expanded if necessary. The other main camp in the area, at Sherkole, reached its full capacity on Tuesday, already holding 8,702 people.UNHCR is currently working with Ethiopia and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to speed up the moving of refugees to safer locations. Mr. Edwards said that UNHCR is planning to move around 400 refugees daily from the border to Tongo, where the agency and its partners are providing water and sanitation, food, shelter and immunization for children. read more

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UN experts urge India to restore internet and social media services in

In a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression and Michel Forst, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders stressed that the scope of the restrictions also undermined “the Government’s stated aim of preventing dissemination of information that could lead to violence.”“The internet and telecommunications bans have the character of collective punishment [and] fail to meet the standards required under international human rights law to limit freedom of expression,” said Mr. Kaye in the news release.“Denying such access disrupts the free exchange of ideas and the ability of individuals to connect with one another and associate peacefully on matters of shared concern,” added Mr. Forst.The ban was imposed on 17 April following widespread student demonstrations.According to information from the media and individuals in Kashmir, the Government blocked access to 22 websites and applications, including the messaging service WhatsApp, and social media Facebook and Twitter, noted the news release.Denying such access disrupts the free exchange of ideas and the ability of individuals to connect with one another and associate peacefully on matters of shared concern     – Special Rapporetur Michel Forst3G and 4G internet data services for mobile phones and other devices have also been suspended.The news release also noted that since 2012, there have been an estimated 31 reported cases of social media and internet bans in the Indian state and such developments seemed to be a worrying pattern aimed at curbing protests and social unrest in the region.“We call on the Indian authorities to guarantee freedom of expression in Jammu and Kashmir and to seek a solution for the social and political conflicts of the region through an open, transparent and democratic dialogue,” the experts said.Further in the release, the human rights experts also recalled the concerns raised by the UN Human Rights Council – the central inter-governmental body within the UN system responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe – over online disruptions and the call upon UN Member States to avoid such shutdowns.Special Rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Millions of young lives at risk says UN labour chief calling for

“Many suffer lifelong physical and psychological consequences. Their very lives can be at risk”, said International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder in his message for the Day, calling for urgent global action to end common dangers associated with child labour.About 73 million children are involved in doing hazardous work – almost half of the 152 million children aged 5 to 17 across the world, who are still forced into child labour.“These children are toiling in mines and fields, factories and homes, exposed to pesticides and other toxic substances, carrying heavy loads or working long hours”, he said.The World Day, which was first marked under the auspices of the ILO in 2002, draws attention to the global extent of child labour and the efforts needed to eliminate it.The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by world leaders in 2015, include a renewed global commitment to ending child labour.Although the overall number of children in hazardous work has decreased in recent years, progress has been limited to older children.Between 2012 and 2016, according to ILO, the number of children aged 5 to 11, doing dangerous work in contravention international treaties, increased.“This is unacceptable”, Mr. Ryder said.Agriculture accounts for most of child labour Nearly three out of every four children made to work, are in the agriculture sector, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).After years of steady decline, child labour on farms and in the fields, has started to rise again, driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters.This worrisome trend, not only threatens the wellbeing of millions of children, but also undermines efforts to end global hunger and poverty, FAO warned.“Children who work long hours are likely to continue to swell the ranks of the hungry and poor”, said FAO Deputy Director-General Daniel Gustafson. “As their families depend on their work, this deprives the children of the opportunity to go to school, which in turn prevents them from getting decent jobs and income in the future”.ILO’s conventions on child labour, namely the Minimum Age Convention of 1973 and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention of 1999, require governments to establish a national list of hazardous work, prohibited for children.These treaties have been ratified by 171 and 181 ILO member States respectively, reflecting a near global commitment to end child labour in all its forms. read more

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Environmental Audit Committee report on Air Quality

The Environmental Audit Committee has published its report on Air Quality. The report calls on government to:Prioritise action across central Government by putting improving air quality in the Defra Business Plan, and set up a Cabinet Office lead Ministerial Group to oversee delivery of a new cross government air quality strategy;Engage with local authority leaders clearly to set out the risks of failing to act to improve air quality, and join up thinking across local authority departments so they all contribute to solving this problem;Establish a national framework of low emissions zones to help local authorities reduce pollution from traffic;Ensure that thinking on air quality is central to public health reforms that will transfer public health functions to local authorities;Launch a public awareness campaign to drive air quality up the political agenda and inform people about the positive action they could take to reduce emissions and their exposure to these.DOWNLOAD REPORTClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Happening Now Scenes from 52nd Independence Flag Raising Ceremony

H.E. David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger arrive at Durban Park for the 52nd Independence Flag Raising Ceremony at Durban Park. Theme- Celebrating our People and our Patrimony..(DPI photos) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related

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DKB BUNDESLIGA Lions storm in Flensburg

5.Hamburg161015468:42421 13.Lemgo15528410:45112 14.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten143011381:4276 15.TVB Stuttgart161411413:4836 4.MT Melsungen161123462:40724 6.Fuchse Berlin15834434:39519 1.Rhein-Neckar161501458:35230 7.HSG Wetzlar15915398:39019 12.Hannover-Burgdorf15546402:42114 9.SC Magdeburg15726418:42016 18.N-Lübbecke150213387:4572 8.Goppingen15807391:36716 10.Gummersbach15726408:41216 2.Flensburg-H.161213477:39725 16.Bergischer152112373:4315 FlensburgRhein Neckar Lowen Rhein Neckar Lowen made an important step towards DKB Bundesliga title with a away win in Flensburg – 32:25 (18:10). Amazing night by Uwe Gensheimer and his team-mates led “Lions” to spectacular success against Ljubo Vranjes team.SG Flensburg-Handewitt – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 25:32 (10:18)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (bis 19.), Møller (9/1 saves) – Karlsson, Eggert (3/3), Glandorf (6), Mogensen, Svan (3), Wanne, Toft Hansen (2), Lauge (8), Mahé (3), RadivojevicRhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren (10/1 saves), Ristovski () – Schmid (5/1), Gensheimer (9/4), Baena (2), Groetzki (3), Guardiola, Ekdahl du Rietz (5), Kneer, Mensah Larsen (1), Petersson (4), Pekeler (3)STANDINGS: 17.Eisenach152112398:4925 3.Kiel151203450:38524 ← Previous Story Nenad Kljajić is new-old Saudi Arabia head-coach! Next Story → VIDEO: Rune “the Rod of God” sends message to Raul! 11.Leipzig15627398:41514 read more

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Dylan Farrow describes alleged sexual abuse by Woody Allen

first_imgDYLAN FARROW, WHO was adopted by Woody Allen and Mia Farrow as a child, has renewed allegations that the film director sexually abused her when she was 7 years old.In an open letter published in The New York Times today, the 28-year-old wrote publicly about what happened for the first time since the allegation surfaced in 1993.Allen was questioned but never prosecuted over the case and has denied any wrongdoing.In the letter, Dylan Farrow writes that Allen had brought her into the attic in their house, told her to play with her brother’s electric train set, and then sexually assaulted her.“For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn’t like,” she wrote.She says that the director would take her away from her mother and siblings to be alone with him and would place his head in her naked lap.Farrow says that what happened in the attic was a tipping point.“These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal. I thought this was how fathers doted on their daughters.“But what he did to me in the attic felt different. I couldn’t keep the secret anymore”.Farrow is strongly critical of the film industry for protecting and celebrating Allen in the face of the allegations, describing the director as a “living testament” to the way society fails survivors of sexual assault.“What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?” the letter says.There has been renewed focus on Allen after he was given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes last month. Ronan Farrow, who is the son of Allen and Mia Farrow, was publicly critical of the celebration of Allen’s career.(@RonanFarrow/Twitter) Allen and Mia Farrow split up in 1992, soon after revelations that he had begun a relationship with her 22-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, who he has since married.The letter comes ahead of the Academy Awards, where Allen’s film Blue Jasmine has been nominated for three awards.The New York Times reports that Allen declined to comment.Read: Public inquiry into historical child abuse in NI begins today > Column: Have we become numb to the figures on clerical child abuse? >last_img read more

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