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Proposed legislation in US Congress puts Indian call centre jobs in danger

first_imgA legislation has been introduced in the Congress that would require call centre employees overseas to disclose their location and give customers a right to ask to transfer their call to a service agent in the US.Introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown from Ohio, the legislation also proposes to create a public list of companies that would outsource call centre jobs and give preference in federal contracts to companies that haven’t shipped these jobs overseas.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more

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SPORT-ASIA-IND-BOARD 2 LAST

first_imgBangladesh: Bangladesh: Sarkar c Dhoni b Bumrah 11 Mithun b Nehra 1 Rahman c Dhoni b Pandya44 Kayes c Yuvraj b Ashwin14 Shakib run out 3 Mushfiqur not out 16 Mahmudullah c Sharma b Nehra7 Mortaza c Jadeja b Nehra 0 Taskin not out 15 Extras: (LB-4, W-6) 10 Total: (for 7 wickets in 20 overs) 121 Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-15, 3-50, 4-73, 5-82, 6-100, 7-100 Bowling: Nehra 4-0-23-3, Bumrah 4-0-23-1, Pandya 4-0-23-1, Ashwin 4-0-23-1, Jadeja 4-0-25-0. PTI AH AHlast_img

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Yasir Shah becomes joint second fastest to 100 wickets

first_imgLegspinner Yasir Shah became the joint second-fastest to reach the milestone of 100 wickets on day four of the first day-night Test match between Pakistan and West Indies in Dubai on Sunday.Shah, dismissed West Indies’ Miguel Cummins to reach to 100 wickets in his 17th Test match, the fastest by any Pakistan bowler. England’s George Lohmann is the fastest to 100 wickets in 16 matches and the record still stands, which the medium-pacer achieved in 1896.Australia’s Charlie Turner and Clarrie Grimmett and England’s Sydney Barnes each got to the milestone in their 17th Test.Shah, bettered Saeed Ajmal who held the Pakistani record of fastest to 100 Tests wickets in 19 matches.Before Shah, the record of being fastest to 100 wickets from Asia was held by India’s Ravichandran Ashwin, who had reached the feat in 18 Tests.last_img read more

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Azlan Shah Cup: India beat New Zealand 4-0 to finish third

first_imgIndia thrashed New Zealand 4-0 to finish third in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament on Saturday.Defender Rupinder Pal  Singh (17th, 27th minutes) slammed home two penalty corners in the second quarter before S.V. Sunil (48th) and Talwinder Singh (60th) scored field goals in the last period to add gloss to India’s win.India had finished runners-up in last year’s edition when they had lost 0-4 to Australia in the final.India made a dominating start, creating plenty of opportunities in the first quarter putting New Zealand on the backfoot.Only a minute into the game, India earned their first penalty corner when Sunil found Kane Russell’s foot in the penalty circle. Harmanpreet Singh’s flick hit New Zealand’s first rusher giving India another opportunity at a penalty corner. The Kiwi defence, however, denied India an early lead.Another chance was lost when an impulsive Mandeep Singh on the counter-attack raced into the striking circle and took a shot on goal but was thwarted by an alert Richard Joyce in the New Zealand goal.With three minutes to go for the first hooter, Manpreet Singh set-up a perfect shot on goal with Mandeep perfectly poised to take the attempt but unfortunately the youngster couldn’t get a deflection.In the second quarter, Akashdeep Singh was quick to win India their third penalty corner with some good dribbling skills in the circle.Rupinder ensured this chance didn’t go begging with a well-timed flick sending it low on the right to beat Joyce and hand the lead to India.advertisementIndia kept the Malaysian spectators entertained with a thrilling charge made by Mandeep Singh who raced into the striking circle only to assist Akashdeep with a square pass. Though they couldn’t convert a field goal, the attempt helped India win their fourth penalty corner.Joyce made a good attempt to save Rupinder’s flick but the umpire awarded India another penalty corner due to dangerous play. This time Rupinder used a similar tactic of sending the ball low on the right that worked like magic, beating Joyce yet again.This was Rupinder’s third goal in the tournament.New Zealand made desperate attempts at coming back into the game in the third quarter. But India continued to impress with their attack, trying to find space for a third goal.The defenders too put up a spirited performance to ensure India held on to the lead.India scored their third goal when Mandeep tackled two New Zealand defenders at the baseline to set up Sunil with a brilliant square pass. Sunil was impressive as he beat defender Cory Bennett to score a sensational goal.A video referral was upheld in favour of New Zealand when Affan Yousuf assisted skipper Manpreet who took a successful shot on goal in the dying minutes. But since it came off the back of the stick, the goal was denied.But Manpreet was involved in winning India their fourth goal when he made a baseline pass to Talwinder who was spot on with his attempt.last_img read more

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JNU student alleges beating by CISF personnel at Metro station

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 29 (PTI) A JNU student has alleged he was beaten up at the Rajiv Chowk metro station here by a few CISF personnel and told he would be “sent to Pakistan”, prompting the paramilitary force to order a probe even as it rejected the charges.In a Facebook post, Aman Sinha, 22, who is pursuing a Masters degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, said the incident occurred on Thursday evening and alleged the involvement of CISF personnel posted at the security check point of the busy station.Sinha, who was sporting a beard, claimed that the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel got enraged when he “defied” their instructions to take off his earphones, which is a laid down protocol that passengers are expected to follow.It was followed by a heated argument, he said.”Then another CISF person came and said you are spoiling the name of the nation, Pakistan bhejenge tum mussalay ko aaj.(You Muslim, we will banish you to Pakistan today). They dragged me to the security office through the very long passage where there was no CCTV and no public.”They started abusing my mother and sister, thrashing and beating me very badly, saying that public k samne humara naam kharab kar diya. I tried to record it which they later made me delete and threw away my phone,” he alleged.When contacted, the CISF said the student was only asked to write an apology letter for his behaviour with the security personnel, and was neither “manhandled” nor “thrashed.”advertisement”He started yelling and arguing with constables Shoeb and PC Bisht who were on duty after he was asked to remove the earphones, which is a normal security drill in the Delhi Metro.He was unwilling and used abusive language after which he was taken to the metro control room,” a senior CISF officer said.He added that Sinha was taken to the control room of the station where he tendered an apology in writing.As per CCTV records, the officer said, the entire episode lasted about 30 minutes and the student was then allowed to go.A senior CISF official later said an inquiry has been ordered into the entire episode. PTI CPB NES SBR GSN KIS NSDlast_img read more

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Saba Karim is BCCI’s new General Manager of Cricket Operations

first_imgFormer India wicket-keeper Saba Karim was, on Saturday, appointed as the General Manager, Cricket Operations by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).On Saturday, BCCI CEO took to Twitter to announce Saba Karim’s appointment and said that he looked forward to working with him.”Saba Karim will assume office from January 1, 2018 and will report to Johri and assist him in meeting Board’s vision and strategy,” BCCI said in a statement.”Some of Karim’s responsibilities will include giving strategic direction to the cricket department, implementing the operational plans, budgeting, determining and monitoring the compliance of match playing regulations, standards of venues, administration of Domestic Program,” the statement added.@BCCI announces Saba Karim as the new GM Cricket Operations – Welcome Onboard, look forward to working with you.- Rahul Johri (@RJohri) December 23, 2017Saba Karim is a former wicket-keeper batsman for India and has played a total of one Test match and 34 ODIs along with 124 List ‘A’ matches.In a career spanning 18 years, Karim played 120 first class games first for Bihar and then Bengal, where he amassed 7000 runs, including 33 half centuries and 22 hundreds.Karim suffered a right eye injury during an Asia Cup match in Bangladesh, following which he underwent a surgery and his career ended prematurely.Karim has also served a term as the national selector from the East Zone in 2012.Currently, India are playing a three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, which they have won after beating the islanders in the first two games.India won the first T20I in Cuttack by 93 runs and beat Sri Lanka in the second T20I at Indore by 88 runs.advertisementIndia will play their last match (T20I) of 2017 on Sunday in Mumbai after which they are scheduled to leave for South Africa for a full-fledged series of three Tests, six ODIs and three T20s, starting January 5, 2018.last_img read more

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LeBron’s 35 Help Cavs Beat Celtics 87-79, Reach NBA Finals

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not sit out.He would not say goodbye to Cleveland again — not yet, anyway.And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals.The four-time league MVP scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday night, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 win over the Celtics and eliminating Boston from the Eastern Conference finals in the decisive seventh game.“He’s had a lot of gaudy games,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. “But I just think Game 7, in Boston, all the circumstances that surround Boston, the history … to come here in a hostile environment: (it’s) right there.”In the first close game, the lowest-scoring and the first victory for a road team in the series, James played all 48 minutes, scoring 12 of his points in the fourth quarter for his sixth straight Game 7 win. Lue used his timeouts to get his star an extra few minutes of rest when he could, and James didn’t warm up at halftime to conserve his energy.“It was asked of me tonight to play the whole game,” he said. “And I just tried to figure out how I can get through it.”James played all 82 regular-season games for the first time in his career and is already at 100 for the year with at least four more to come. He tired late in Game 5, when the Celtics won their 10th straight at home this postseason.Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James gestures during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the plan was to wear James out.Nice try.“Our goal going into the series was to make him exert as much energy as humanly possible and try to be as good as we can on everybody else,” Stevens said. “For the most part, I thought we were pretty good at that … but he still scored 35. It’s a joke.”For James, a potential free agent, the victory postponed a decision about his future until next month.Now, the only question is who the Cavaliers will play for a chance at their second title in three years: The Rockets host Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against Golden State on Monday night, and the winner will host the opener of the NBA Finals on Thursday.The Cavaliers are expected to be underdogs against either.“We have an opportunity to play for a championship,” James said. “It doesn’t matter what the story line is going to be, it doesn’t matter if we’re picked to win or not. I’m the wrong guy to ask. I just like to compete.”Jayson Tatum scored 24 points, Al Horford had 17 and Marcus Morris added 14 points with 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who were looking to return to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.Tatum had a dunk over James with 6:41 left — staring down the Cavaliers star and bumping him with his chest — then followed it with a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics a 72-71 lead. But that would be Boston’s last basket for more than five minutes while Cleveland went on a 15-2 run to put the game away.James embraced Horford and Tatum after the buzzer, then the Cavaliers donned celebratory hats and T-shirts before shuffling off the court to receive the Eastern Conference championship trophy.It’s not the one they want.James has been in the finals every year since 2011 — four with Miami, and now four straight with Cleveland.This might be his weakest supporting cast.Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue hoists the trophy after beating the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)He had to do it without Kevin Love — Cleveland’s only other all-star — who sustained a concussion in Game 6 and was replaced in the lineup by Jeff Green. Making his first start since the first-round opener against Indiana, Green scored 19 points and added eight rebounds — the star of James’ starless supporting cast.“We said we want to do this for Kevin,” Lue said. “Kevin wanted to play, to be in a Game 7 situation like this in the Eastern Conference Finals, being an All-Star, being our second-best player, and he just wasn’t able to go. The guys picked him up, so now he has another chance when we get to the finals to be ready.”The Celtics have had more time to get used to their injuries: Gordon Hayward has been out since the first game of the season, and Kyrie Irving has been sidelined since March. With the rookie Tatum and second-year Jaylen Brown, Boston established itself as the team of the future in the East.“It was pretty incredible run by an incredible group of guys, and an absolute pleasure and privilege to be around them every day,” Stevens said. “We obviously have a good thing going.”But the present still belongs to James.And, for now, that means Cleveland, too.ADMIRING HIS WORKThe Celtics led by as many as 12 points in the first half, and they had a 51-47 lead midway through the third quarter when James hit a long 3-pointer and then Green made a 3 of his own. James hit Tristan Thompson for an alley-oop to give Cleveland a 55-51 lead, but then James threw the ball away and sent Terry Rozier off on a fast break.Boston Celtics players stand near the bench near the end of the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)James tracked the Celtics guard from the far sideline, timing his attack. When Rozier went up for the lay-in, James blocked it off the backboard and right to Green. James did not run back down the court, resting up while Green drew a foul at the other end and made one free throw to give the Cavaliers their biggest lead of the game.TIP-INSCavaliers: Shot just 2 of 17 from 3-point range in the first half, making three of their first 22 shots from long range before James and Green connected on back-to-back attempts midway through the third quarter.Celtics: Tatum is the first rookie to have 10 or more playoff games with at least 20 points since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970. Tatum’s 351 points this postseason was one short of Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 352. … Paul Pierce, whose number was retired by the Celtics this season, cheered the team on from courtside. … Rapper 21 Savage was also at the game. … Boston was 7 for 39 from 3-point range, with Rozier missing all 10 of his attempts.—By JIMMY GOLEN , AP Sports WriterCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James embraces Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum after the Cavaliers beat the Celtics 87-79 in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) and forward Jayson Tatum (0) react in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, left, reacts in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Quebec paint manufacturers seize on Sicos exit to grab market share

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec paint manufacturers are seizing on the American-owned Sico paint company’s move to Ontario from Quebec by launching marketing campaigns and tapping into renewed sensitivity around local ownership after a string of closures and layoffs.Sico, an 81-year-old company bought by American giant PPG Industries Inc. in 2013, said last week it plans to close its plant in Quebec City and distribution centre in the Montreal area next September, eliminating 125 jobs.Quebec Premier Francois Legault and Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume have both invoked the idea of a Sico boycott.Denalt Paints, whose 60 employees make products under various brand names in Montreal, is buying ad slots on five radio stations around the province on top of a web and billboard campaign. Sales director Nicholas Le Marchand says pride in regional wares and “a perfect storm” of foreign purchases and local shutdowns is fostering more demand for Quebec products.Patrick Rodrigue, director of operations at the Laval-based Micca Paint Inc., says he is revving up for a multi-platform ad push to capitalize on the “opportunity.” Nearby, MF Paints — which just hired a chemist laid off from Sico — aims to more than double its Quebec market share to 20 per cent after being “swamped” with calls by hardware and building materials stores.Lowe’s Companies Inc. announced this month it will close 31 stores and other locations in Canada, including nine Rona outlets in Quebec, two years after acquiring the Montreal-area-based retailer. Three days later on Nov. 8, Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. announced it will lay off 5,000 workers company-wide, including 2,500 in Quebec, and sell off two units.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Dealer of explosive material arrested

first_imgKolkata: Officers of Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police have arrested another person in connection with the explosive seized from the Tala bridge area on Friday.According to sources, on Saturday night, STF sleuths raided a house at Barasat in North 24-Parganas and arrested one Rabiul Islam. During interrogation sleuths came up with a person’s name, who is a well-known explosive dealer, from East Midnapore district. Later, police also came to know that Islam has a business of firecrackers which was intended to hide his actual business of explosive materials. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSources informed that the materials such as potassium nitrate to manufacture explosives were being supplied from Odisha to Islam. Later using these materials Islam used to manufacture explosives which were being circulated later during the night. To hide his illegal business Islam used to run his firecracker business. After getting the information, STF sleuths informed the East Midnapore police about it. East Midnapore police are trying t nab the person who used to supply raw materials for explosive from Odisha. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police recovered 1000 kg of explosive from a matador that was intercepted at the northern slope of Tala Bridge on BT Road under Chitpore police station area on Friday night. The driver and the helper of the vehicle were arrested who were coming from Balasore in Odisha and was headed towards North 24-Parganas. The raid was carried out around 12.20 am. The arrested duo has been identified as Indrajit Bhui of Melak village and Padmolochon Dey of village Mathani under Basta police station in Balasore, Odisha.last_img read more

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Bulk waste generators must segregate waste on site in Gurugram Deputy Commissioner

first_imgGurugram: Deputy commissioner Amit Khatri held a meeting wherein strict instructions were given to ensure compliance with the Solid Waste Management Rules (2016) in Gurugram district.The directive was given to officials of the district urban local bodies (ULB) department, Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG). An MCG official present at all three meetings said that the tone of these meeting was urgent as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had, last Tuesday, come down heavily on district authorities for unscientific management of waste at the Bandhwari landfill. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesKhatri instructed officials to ensure that all of the city’s bulk waste generators segregate waste on site and have their own composting units. He also instructed that this model should be replicated on an industrial scale for large manufacturing units as well as at a panchayat level throughout Gurugram district. MCG Commissioner Yashpal Yadav said that the MCG has already identified 1,800 bulk waste generators within its jurisdiction, including industries, RWAs, restaurants, hospitals and industrial units. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarOf these, 100 are slotted to be fitted with compost units by June-end. “About 42 of these sites in Sohna and another 27 in Pataudi should be sufficiently equipped to handle their own waste by next week. On the whole, we are aiming to reduce the amount of garbage sent to Bandhwari by 50 per cent by the end of 2019,” said Yashpal Yadav, the MCG Commissioner. At the meeting, MCG officials revealed that 1,936 shopkeepers selling goods in polythene had been invoiced over the past year, raising just over Rs16 lakh in fines. Confiscated and recycled plastic materials have also been collected for the purpose of building plastic-infused roads in the city, which should commence sometime late next month. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has taken strict cognisance of the waste segregation system in Gururgam. The strict observation by the green court comes at a time when the recycling facilities in Bandhwari landfill site is yet to kick-off fully. Speaking on the issue Yashapal Yadav the MCG Commissioner said that they are in the process of implementing concrete plans with timelines so that the strategies can be implemented fully. At present, more than 1,000 tonnes of garbage from Gurugram and Faridabad is discarded daily at the area that is nestled in the green belt of Aravallis. Based on the proposal, the plant will treat more than 100 kiloliters of leachate daily.last_img read more

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Tennessee Volkswagen plant to finish unionization vote

NASHVILLE — Workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are finishing a vote over whether to unionize.The vote of about 1,700 hourly workers began Wednesday and concludes Friday. A win would offer the United Auto Workers its first fully organized, foreign-owned auto assembly plant in the traditionally anti-union South.Gov. Bill Lee, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn and other top Republicans are urging a “no” vote, saying a union could cause economic harm.In 2014, then-U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and then-Gov. Bill Haslam helped convince Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga to vote against UAW representation. A smaller group voted for unionization in 2015, but Volkswagen refused to negotiate.UAW officials question why Chattanooga should differ from Volkswagen’s other major, union-represented plants worldwide, or Spring Hill’s General Motors plant with 3,000 UAW-represented workers.The Associated Press read more

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Human rights enshrined in UN Declaration apply universally says Ban Kimoon

10 December 2007The freedoms upheld in the historic United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights must be enjoyed by everyone, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the occasion of Human Rights Day. The freedoms upheld in the historic United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights must be enjoyed by everyone, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on the occasion of Human Rights Day.The Day also kicked off a year-long UN system-wide campaign, with the theme “Dignity and Justice for All of Us,” to raise awareness of the Declaration, which turns 60 on 10 December 2008.“The Declaration remains as relevant today as it did on the day it was adopted,” Mr. Ban said. “But the fundamental freedoms enshrined in it are still not a reality for everyone. Too often, Governments lack the political will to implement international norms they have willingly accepted.”He said that this year leading up to the 60th anniversary of the landmark document provides an opportunity to reinvigorate efforts to ensure that the Declaration’s freedoms apply to all.“It is a chance to ensure that these rights are a living reality – that they are known, understood and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere,” the Secretary-General noted. “It is often those who most need their human rights protected, who also need to be informed that the Declaration exists – and that it exists for them.”UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, in a separate message, paid tribute to those who have given their lives in the pursuit of transforming the ideals of the Declaration – inherent human dignity, justice, non-discrimination, equality, fairness and universality – into reality.“Today is also the day to reflect upon our individual and collective failures to stand up against violence, racism, xenophobia, torture, repression of unpopular views and injustices of all sorts,” she observed.Efforts to make sure that every person can rely on just laws for his or her protection must be stepped up in the year leading up to the Declaration’s 60th anniversary, the High Commissioner said.“In today’s growing divisions between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the vulnerable, the technologically advanced and the illiterate, the aggressors and the victims, the relevance of the Declaration and the universality of enshrined rights need to be loudly reaffirmed,” she declared.The President of the General Assembly also sounded the alarm about those who are denied the Declaration’s rights, stating that “it is incumbent upon us to champion their cause.” Srgjan Kerim urged that measures to promote rights should “live up to the spirit embodied by those who had the courage and conviction to leave us with this great legacy.”Underscoring the rights of girls and women, who continue to be subjected to discrimination and violence, the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) stressed that “every human being should be able to live and make decisions free of coercion, discrimination and violence.”Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid pointed out that although it has been long-recognized that all couples and individuals have a right to decide whether and when to have children, some 200 million women worldwide have no access to modern contraception.She also noted that while the right to health has similarly long been recognized, a woman dies every minute during pregnancy and childbirth because of lack of maternal health services.The UN’s independent rights experts marked the Day with a call for the elimination of the twin scourges of discrimination and exclusion.“Discrimination continues to distort the economic, social and political contours of societies,” the UN special procedures mandate holders – ranging from rapporteurs and experts to working groups – said in a joint statement. “Individuals and communities face discrimination and exclusion on the basis of their race, ethnicity, religion, language, sex or sexual orientation amongst many other grounds.”The group emphasized that if left unchecked, the consequences of discrimination and exclusion “can begin to create fault lines within society between those who have full rights, justice and dignity respected, and those who do not.”Events commemorating the Day are taking place throughout the world. At UN Headquarters today, panel discussions on human rights will be held, while a special celebration was held at the world body’s Geneva office, where the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council are based.An essay competition for teenagers is being held on the occasion of the Day in Parwan province, north of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. Meanwhile, in Paktia province, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) celebrated the Day at an event attended by victims of the country’s three decades of conflict, Government authorities, tribal officials and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has organized a series of activities across the country, including workshops, campaigns and panel discussions in Darfur, as well as marches to promote human rights messages in southern Sudan. Several events will also be taking place in the lead up to the 60th anniversary of the Declaration. In Rome, illustrations inspired by Human Rights Day by 17 artists from around the world will be exhibited as part of an initiative called “Cartooning for Human Rights.” The artwork will travel around the world next year.Next September, a conference to celebrate the Declaration will be held in Paris, while a series of five human rights capacity-building trainings will take place in the Asia-Pacific region next year as part of the Diplomacy Training Programme, a non-governmental organization (NGO) founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate José Ramos-Horta. read more

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Toxic gas kills 2 in Attidiya

Two people were killed and one person was hospitalized after inhaling, what was believed to be, toxic gas in a gully in Attidiya, Dehiwala last night.According to the police, the men had removed a pipeline and attempted to clean the gully near a hotel in Dehiwala. A third person then went down to rescue the other two and felt faintish but was lifted up immediately. Initially one man who went down the gully to clean it lost consciousness and he was followed by another man who also fell unconscious. The police said that eventually all three people were admitted to hospital but two of them were found dead.The Mount Lavinia police are conducting investigations. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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After an attack on aid workers in Burundi Annan urges respect for

“The Secretary-General urgently calls on all parties in Burundi to respect the neutrality of humanitarian workers, and to ensure their safety and security,” spokesman Manuel de Almeida e Silva told the press in New York.The ambush occurred yesterday near Bubanza, on a vehicle of the British non-governmental organization Children’s Aid Direct (CAD). In the attack, the driver was killed and three others were briefly held hostage before being released following action by government forces.The atrocity occurred just five weeks after six other aid workers were kidnapped and held hostage for five days in Makamba province, the spokesman said. read more

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Oil near US89 as Draghi comments on eurozone outshine rising US crude

Oil prices rose Thursday after the president of the European Central Bank vowed to save the eurozone.Comments by ECB president Mario Draghi helped reverse the direction of oil prices, which had been falling earlier in the session on a surprising rise in U.S. crude inventories and a slowdown in South Korea’s economy.Draghi told a conference of investors in London on Thursday that he will do “whatever is necessary to save the eurozone and protect the euro from collapse, including fighting unreasonably high borrowing costs,” according to a report from Sucden Financial in London.Draghi’s remarks “boosted market sentiment and increased risk appetite,” Sucden Financial said.The benchmark crude for September delivery was up $1.08 at $90.05 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added 47 cents to settle at $88.97 in New York on Wednesday.A rise in U.S. crude supplies pointed to weak demand as the recovery in the world’s No. 1 economy stumbles. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that the nation’s crude supply grew by 2.7 million barrels last week. Analysts were expecting supplies to fall by 250,000 barrels, according to a survey by Platts, the energy-information arm of McGraw Hill.U.S. crude supplies have grown this year to the highest levels since 1990. Gasoline supplies rose more than expected. The EIA said that gasoline supplies increased by 4.1 million barrels last week. Analysts were expecting supplies to grow by only 750,000 barrels.South Korea’s second quarter growth figures provided more evidence of the toll that Europe’s prolonged debt crisis is taking on Asia. The region’s fourth-largest economy said economic growth slowed to a two-year low as weakness in Europe crimped demand from South Korea’s biggest market China.———(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) by News Staff Posted Jul 26, 2012 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil near US$89 as Draghi comments on eurozone outshine rising US crude stocks read more

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Mississippi becomes 3rd US state to sue BP for oil spill filing

by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2013 12:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mississippi becomes 3rd US state to sue BP for oil spill, filing suits just before deadline JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi has become the third state to sue BP PLC over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.Attorney General Jim Hood announced Friday that Mississippi had filed suits in federal and state court. The move comes one day before the three-year statute of limitations expires for claims related to the April 20, 2010 explosion and subsequent spill.Hood says he wanted to settle, but says BP refused to negotiate. He also says the oil company refused to waive the statute of limitations.A spokeswoman for BP didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Louisiana and Alabama sued BP earlier and are participating in a federal trial in New Orleans to determine the liability of BP and its contractors. Mississippi hadn’t been participating because it hadn’t sued. read more

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The Latest Fox News addresses OReilly departure

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Latest on Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly (all times local):8:30 p.m.Fox News addressed the departure of Bill O’Reilly Wednesday night, as the show that used to bear his name debuted as simply “The Factor.”Dana Perino, who has been filling in for O’Reilly since he announced an extended break earlier this month, announced that he was no longer with the network.Perino said at the top of the show that, “We know you, his loyal viewers, will have a lot of feelings about it.”Both Fox and O’Reilly confirmed O’Reilly’s departure from the network earlier Wednesday.His ouster came after reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations. O’Reilly has maintained his innocence.___6:10 p.m.The National Geographic channel says it has made no decision about its development of Bill O’Reilly’s book “Killing Patton” following O’Reilly’s exit from Fox News.In a statement Wednesday, the channel confirmed that the TV adaptation is in early development for 2019. The channel said it was focusing on presenting its 2018 programming to advertisers and wasn’t making decisions beyond that for now.The National Geographic channel has aired a series of adaptations of O’Reilly books, including “Killing Reagan” and “Killing Kennedy.” The channel’s majority owner is Fox News Channel parent company 21st Century Fox.___5:15 p.m.In the wake of his firing Wednesday, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly maintained that sexual harassment claims against him were not true, calling his dismissal over the allegations “tremendously disheartening.”The network’s most popular personality was fired after a New York Time report earlier this month that said five women had been paid $13 million in settlements after they alleged sexual harassment and mistreatment.O’Reilly, who was with the network for 20 years, said he was proud of his time at Fox. He thanked his viewers and noted the success Fox had achieved.___2:55 p.m.Fox News Channel says “Tucker Carlson Tonight” will begin airing an hour earlier to fill the time slot vacated by Bill O’Reilly, who lost his job Wednesday after allegations that he sexually harassed women.Starting Monday, Carlson’s show will be followed at 9 p.m. EDT by “The Five,” relocating from its afternoon slot.“The Five” will be replaced at 5 p.m. EDT by a one-hour program hosted by Eric Bolling, to debut May 1. Next week, “Special Report with Bret Baier” will fill the 5-to-7-p.m. timeslot.At 7 p.m. EDT, Martha MacCullum remains in place.The departed O’Reilly’s “The Factor” will continue through this week with Dana Perino hosting Wednesday and Thursday night, and Greg Gutfield on Friday.Rounding out the Fox prime-time lineup, “Hannity” remains at 10 p.m. EDT.___2:43 p.m.Bill O’Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations.21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that “after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.He had been scheduled to return from a vacation next Monday. O’Reilly was photographed in Rome shaking Pope Francis’ hand on Wednesday.It marks a stunning end to a near perfect marriage between a pugnacious personality and network. For two decades O’Reilly has ruled the “no spin zone” with cable news’ most popular show, and his ratings had never been higher.___1:23 p.m.Embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly had a brief handshake with Pope Francis on Wednesday as sexual harassment allegations dog him at home.O’Reilly is on a vacation that on Wednesday took him to Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square. His trip came as Fox News Channel’s parent company 21st Century Fox is investigating sexual harassment allegations against him. Dozens of his show’s advertisers have fled following a report that five women were paid $13 million in settlements after they alleged harassment or mistreatment. O’Reilly has denied wrongdoing.On Wednesday, he was seated in the VIP section, where a photographer from the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano snapped a photo of Francis reaching out to shake his hand.Francis always swings by the VIP seats at the end of his audience for a quick round of handshakes.__1:15 p.m.There was no immediate response from Bill O’Reilly’s bosses Wednesday to escalating reports that the Fox News Channel personality will lose his job following accusations he had harassed women.New York magazine reported Wednesday, based on unnamed sources, that Rupert Murdoch and sons James and Lachlan, who run Fox parent 21st Century Fox, had decided that O’Reilly was out and executives were planning the exit. On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal, a newspaper owned by the Murdochs, wrote that the company was preparing to cut ties with O’Reilly.The New York Times reported April 1 that five women had been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about unpleasant encounters with O’Reilly, who has denied any wrongdoing.Meanwhile, on vacation in Rome Wednesday, O’Reilly shook Pope Francis’ hand.___This story has been corrected to show that the downfall of O’Reilly began with an April 1, not April 2 report in The New York Times. by The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2017 11:33 am MDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2017 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Fox News addresses O’Reilly departure read more

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Woolridges tripledouble leads North Texas past Indiana St

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Jorden Duffy scored a season-high 23 points, Ryan Woolridge had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and North Texas beat Indiana State 80-69 on Wednesday night.The Mean Green’s first triple-double since 1993 was the 12th in Division I this season. Tarkus Ferguson of Illinois-Chicago also recorded a triple-double on Wednesday in a win against Illinois State. Woolridge had seven rebounds, six assists and four rebounds in the first half and he secured it midway through the second.Roosevelt Smart made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for North Texas (9-1). Michael Miller had 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists. The Mean Green were 13 of 32 from distance.Jordan Barnes’s 3-pointer with 2:06 remaining pulled Indiana State within 72-67, but the Sycamores didn’t score again until North Texas had built a double-digit lead.Barnes had 26 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals for Indiana State (5-2). Tyreke Key added 21 points.The Associated Press read more

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Ohio State mens lacrosse excited for 2014 season

Then-sophomore attackman Reegan Comeault (8) fights for a loose ball during a game against Marquette Feb. 23 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 18-8.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorComing off a season in which the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team won the ECAC conference tournament championship and its first NCAA tournament game in five years, plenty of excitement surrounds the program regarding just how far the Buckeyes can go in 2014.“We definitely have great potential,” senior goalie and captain Greg Dutton said. “We lost some key guys last year, but we’ve got some new guys in the mix, guys who are ready to step up. We are really excited for this season.”However, when OSU takes the field this spring, it will do so without the program’s all-time leading goal scorer in attackman Logan Schuss, who graduated last spring. The Minnesota Swarm selected Schuss with first overall pick in the 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft in September.OSU coach Nick Myers, who is entering his sixth season with the team, said he believes it is going to take a team effort to replace Schuss.“Offensively, we pride ourselves on sharing the ball,” Myers said. “We are going to need some guys to step into some different roles, but I don’t think it’s going to be one person that replaces Logan.”One returning player is junior midfielder Jesse King, who was second on the team in points last season after tallying 32 goals and 23 assists. King was also one of 51 players named to Team Canada’s training squad in October.“It’s a huge confidence builder for him to get a chance to play with some of the best in the world,” Myers said about King’s experience. “He knows he is going to have a lot more attention from opponents and defenses, but I think he is up for that challenge.”Offensively, OSU returns four players who scored more than 20 points — King, sophomore attackman Carter Brown, junior midfielder Turner Evans and junior midfielder David Planning — to a team that went 13-4 last season, including 7-2 in conference play.OSU is ranked No. 7 in the “Inside Lacrosse” preseason poll, the first time the Buckeyes have been in the preseason top 10. The Buckeyes are also set to feature two Preseason First Team All-Americans for the first time in program history in King and senior defenseman Joe Meurer, who was selected with the 10th overall pick by the Florida Launch in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft Friday.Still, despite the talent OSU returns to the squad, Meurer said his team is not the best they can be quite yet.“We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Meurer said. “As January progresses, we will definitely continue to build the blocks that we need to be the team that we want to be.”The Buckeyes are set to open the season Feb. 9 when they travel to Baltimore to take on No. 14 Johns Hopkins. read more

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Surrey earthquake causes residents to call police claiming a plane had crashed

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. Apparently there was an earthquake in Surrey last night? pic.twitter.com/3Bm4GeNpN4— Luke (@lukehboy) February 27, 2019 A 3.0 magnitude earthquake in Surrey caused somebody to think a plane had crashed, police have said.The tremor was felt in Newdigate, Surrey, less than 10 miles from Gatwick Airport, at 3.42am, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).Surrey Police received a number of calls from concerned residents, including one person reporting that a plane had crashed, and another thinking their house had been broken into.A further call asked if there had been an earthquake, and a fourth reported a loud bang.Wednesday morning’s tremor was the fourth recorded quake in the area in the last fortnight, with the ground having moved on February 19, and twice on Valentine’s Day.The latest movement was the strongest, however, after the BGS recorded a 2.0 magnitude tremor on February 19, and 2.4 and 0.2 quakes on February 14.Stephen Hicks, seismologist at Imperial College London, said: “All these earthquakes are occurring in exactly the same location at a shallow depth of 2km beneath the surface.” Cry for Crawley. #earthquake #surrey pic.twitter.com/m0qLGLykkv— Grumpy (@Grumpyxxxx) February 27, 2019 Residents in the area were woken by Wednesday morning’s incident.James King, councillor for South Park and Woodhatch, tweeted at 3.43am: “Was that an earthquake in Reigate just now?”Some joked about the impact of the quake by sharing images of household items fallen on their side. Assessing the damage from last night’s earthquake. #Earthquake #crawley #Horley #gatwick #Reigate pic.twitter.com/ucWUTZhpMs— Jonneh (@jonneh) February 27, 2019 Crazy scenes here in Southend-on-Sea following the #earthquake. pic.twitter.com/Pr4HICSHi9— Rob Imossi (@robertimossi) February 27, 2019 Surrey earthquake causes residents to call police claiming a plane had crashedCredit:BGS Surrey earthquake causes residents to call police claiming a plane had crashed Twitter user @jonneh shared an image of a fallen broom, adding: “Assessing the damage from last night’s earthquake.”A handful of social media users expressed concern that the series of quakes were the result of nearby oil and gas exploration.However, Mr Hicks said while scientists were “keeping an open mind”, there was “still no available evidence which points towards the triggering by man-made activities”.”It is most likely that these earthquakes are natural – due to small tectonic stresses occurring on old geological faults caused by stresses from our nearest plate boundaries in the Mid-Atlantic and Mediterranean,” he said.Gatwick Airport in West Sussex confirmed they had felt the tremors overnight but operations had not been affected.A spokesman said: “The team overnight felt the effect in the airport (and) … the terminals.”Locals downplay the Surrey earthquake read more