‘Staying strong is the only way forward’

first_imgShoes are a girl’s best friend they say, but for 23-year-old Gurveen Kaur-who has been suffering from a rare autoimmune disease since the age of 12- shoes are her only creative outlet. Hailing from Panchkula, her brand Inara Shoes has found a place on websites such as Koovs and Ajio,Shoes are a girl’s best friend they say, but for 23-year-old Gurveen Kaur-who has been suffering from a rare autoimmune disease since the age of 12- shoes are her only creative outlet. Hailing from Panchkula, her brand Inara Shoes has found a place on websites such as Koovs and Ajio and has sold over 10,000 pairs in the last two years. She has had no formal design training; all her knowledge comes from working in her father’s shoe export factory. She says, “Inara is part of me, my vision drives it.” She talks to us about making it big in the face of adversity.Tell us about your journey?I started experimenting with art and sketching when I was in second year of college pursuing Mass communication from Chitkara University. I learnt how to make shoes while handling the sports section in my father’s factory and ventured out to start my label. I do everything from designing to branding and I have a manufacturing team which makes the shoes. My first collection was sold out within a month of being launched.What were the struggles you faced while establishing Inara?I have had an autoimmune disease since I was 12 years old. My immune system cannot differentiate between good and bad cells and ends up attacking my body. So there are days when I cannot work because my health doesn’t permit it. This is why I choose to work from home at times. I keep pushing myself because my work demands a lot of travelling. However, when I am unable to, my family steps in. My family and friends have been very supportive of me and instrumental in promoting my business.advertisementTell us about your design inspiration?When I started working in my father’s factory, I realised that when it comes to shoes, quality is of utmost importance. My pieces are influenced by European fashion; I mostly design closed shoes such as brogues, oxfords, derbies and flatforms (her signature footwear). Open shoes dominate the Indian market but I feel that for the Indian climate, closed shoes are a better alternative. Synthetic shoes do not allow the feet to breathe, hence I work mostly with leather as it suits our weather.Future plans for your company?I am taking online master classes from shoe designers and makers all over the world to enhance my shoe designing knowledge and learn different shoe styles. I am also looking to scale up my bootstrap initiative and plan to open my own online store.last_img read more

Jury Deliberations Resume at FIFA Bribery Trial

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Jurors have resumed deliberations at the U.S. trial of three former South American soccer officials charged with taking millions of dollars in bribes.Deliberations entered their fifth day on Thursday in the case against Manuel Burga, of Peru; Juan Napout, of Paraguay; and Jose Maria Marin, of Brazil. All three have pleaded not guilty to taking the bribes from marketing firms vying for lucrative commercial rights to major soccer tournaments.The three are among the more than 40 soccer officials, businessmen and entities charged in a scandal that’s shaken FIFA, soccer’s governing body.The defense has claimed that government built its case on untrustworthy cooperators who have pleaded guilty and are angling for lighter sentences.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

IPL 2019 Playoffs Line-up: MI vs CSK in Qualifier 1, DC vs SRH in Eliminator

first_imgAfter 56 matches and 44 days, 4 teams have booked playoff berths in the 2019 Indian Premier League. Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will go through to the next stage and battle it out for the title.Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have won the IPL three times while Delhi Capitals have never reached the final. Sunrisers Hyderabad had won the IPL in 2016 and reached the final in 2018.CSK, DC and MI were the most consistent teams in the group stage and it was no surprise when they sealed the first 3 spots. It all came down to the last game between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders to decide which of KKR or SRH would make it past the league stage.After high drama and some riveting cricket, here is how the 2019 IPL playoff line-up looks like:Qualifier 1: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians in Chennai on May 7Eliminator: Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in Vizag on May 8Mumbai Indians (18 points): MI had won the IPL for the third time in 2017 but they failed miserably in 2018. Nothing clicked for Mumbai Indians last year and they finished the season with a heartbreak when they failed to qualify for the playoffs. But MI were determined to change their fortunes in 2019 and Hardik Pandya’s form helped them immensely. He has had his best stint with the bat in the Indian Premier League so far. Rohit Sharma has had a below-average season but Quinton de Kock stepped up with plenty of runs this summer. Kieron Pollard has not been at his best either but his 31-ball 81 against KXIP gave MI the belief to do it all over again. Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga did what they do best – rattle batsmen with their pace and guile while young Rahul Chahar proved to be a revelation. They finished on top of the points table after crushing KKR by 9 wickets in the final league game of the season at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.advertisementChennai Super Kings (18 points): The defending champions were the first team to seal a berth in the playoffs. Consistent throughout the tournament, CSK were always in contention to qualify for the playoffs. Shane Watson, who scored 2 hundreds in 2018, was not in great form but the others stepped up. MS Dhoni had another great season with the bat while Suresh Raina upped the ante later in the season. Faf du Plessis also returned to form with a stylish 96 against Kings XI Punjab. The bowlers, like always, have once again done a commendable job for CSK. Harbhajan Singh has bowled exceptionally well in the powerplay while Imran Tahir finished the league stages with 21 wickets from 14 matches. CSK have made it to the playoffs in every season of the IPL they have played in.Delhi Capitals (18 points): Delhi had last reached the playoffs 7 years back. They went through a nightmarish season in 2018. Gautam Gambhir stepped down as captain after a horror start to the campaign as Shreyas Iyer took over. Even as Rishabh Pant continued his red-hot form and both Iyer and Prithvi Shaw played some blazing knocks, it was not enough to salvage their campaign. 2019 was different. With Ricky Ponting as coach and Sourav Ganguly as advisor, Delhi Capitals roped in Shikhar Dhawan to partner young Prithvi Shaw at the top. Dhawan picked momentum as the season progressed and there were some barnstorming knocks from Pant and some matured knocks from Iyer. Kagiso Rabada, who has now returned home, picked 25 wickets from 12 matches while Chris Morris and Ishant Sharma chipped in with crucial strikes to help the team through to the playoffs.Sunrisers Hyderabad (12 points): SRH, champions in 2016 and runners-up in 2018, became the first team ever to reach the playoffs with only 12 points. Sunrisers Hyderabad were served well by David Warner, who currently holds the Orange Cap with 692 runs and Jonny Bairstow. But both men had to report to their national teams for World Cup preparation. In their absence, the batting has been a bit of a concern for SRH but Kane Williamson’s spectacular innings was not enough in a defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last league game. They were tied on 12 points with KXIP and KKR but had the advantage of a better net run rate. KKR had to beat Mumbai Indians to go through to the playoffs but one of their worst batting performances of the season saw them crash to a 9-wicket loss. KKR’s pain was SRH’s gain as they moved to the playoffs to take on Delhi Capitals in the Eliminator in Vizag on May 8.advertisementlast_img read more

Infighting in Faridabad Congress

first_imgGurugram: An infighting in Faridabad Congress erupted as Avtar Singh Bhadana and Lalit Nagar vented out their difference in the public. The Congress had first fielded Nagar as its candidate from Faridabad but just a day before the nomination he was replaced with Avataar Bhadana.Surprised with his sudden exit, Nagar has expressed his disappointment openly and has said that he was replaced because of the conspiracy of the people within his party. He has however not given indications of leaving the party. Avtar Singh Bhadana, the person who has replaced him is more scathing in the attack and has even accused Nagar discreetly of irregular activities. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanUnderstanding the controversy involved in the entire issue, most of the Congress leaders did not give their views on the issue. “I don’t want to comment on the issue. All I can say is that the party is united in its cause to defeat BJP and we will leave no stone unturned in winning the Faridabad Lok Sabha seat back for the Congress party,” said a senior Congress leader The fight for Faridabad becomes interesting with a four-corner fight. The BJP has repeated its winning candidate Kishan Pal Gujjar. Besides BJP and Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party has also fielded Naveen Jaihind who is one of the tallest leaders of AAP from Haryana.last_img read more

UNbacked gathering tackles gender equality in Africa

25 August 2008A joint United Nations and African Union (AU) gathering to address gender equality and the advancement of women on the continent kicked off today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A joint United Nations and African Union (AU) gathering to address gender equality and the advancement of women on the continent kicked off today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Dozens of experts from gender ministries, representatives of regional groups and UN agencies, and journalists are attending the two-day expert segment of the Conference of Ministers of Gender and Women’s Affairs which began today, while more than 25 government ministers are expected to take part in the Ministerial portion to take place on 28-29 August.The event is a collaboration between the Women, Gender and Development Directorate of the AU Commission and the African Centre for Gender and Social Development of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).Participants’ discussions will focus on the adoption of the AU Gender Policy, a coherent strategy to promote gender equality and the advancement of women.“The pressing nature of the development challenges facing Africa including gender inequality made necessary for our continental institutions and other development partners to collaborate in order to harness resources, ensure coherence and avoid duplication,” Thokozile Ruzvidzo of UNECA said in her address to experts today. read more

Commentary Scott Torgersons death tweet about Desmond Howard no joke

When I was a kid, I hated the Pittsburgh Steelers. I still do to a certain extent. They always seem to beat the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns, sometimes in the most heartbreaking ways imaginable. I remember when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came very close to losing his own life in June of 2006 when he was involved in an ugly motorcycle accident. Luckily, Roethlisberger survived the crash, but I was not about to send my condolences to the quarterback of the Steelers. I was mad that he didn’t die that day. I thought with Roethlisberger out of the picture, maybe the Bengals and the Browns could finally break through and win a championship. I realize now that comments such as those are insensitive. Wishing death upon someone is cold and heartless. I could use the “excuse” that I was young and didn’t know any better, but, nevertheless, I accept the fact that I used a very poor choice of words. Apparently, I’m not the only one who wishes death to well-known athletes. Last weekend, Scott Torgerson, host of the popular sports talk radio show “Common Man and the Torg” here in Columbus, made a similar comment.  Torgerson, who professes his Buckeye fandom on a daily basis, along with his extreme distaste for everything involving the Michigan Wolverines, tweeted this about former Heisman trophy winner and current ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch Gameday again.” Now, I know that Ohioans, fans of the Scarlet and Gray, are bred to hate that School up North. Lord knows that image of Howard striking the Heisman pose against the Buckeyes makes any Ohio State fan cringe.  However, there is a fine line between being passionate and letting that passion overtake you. That is what happened to Torgerson. He deleted the tweet and apologized for his comment, tweeting, “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke. I think if you listen to the show you know that. My apologies to those who took it seriously. Total Joke.” My question to Torgerson is this: How is wishing someone would die a joke? I recently went to the funeral of the brother of one of my best friends from high school. Believe me, death is no laughing matter. Since this infamous tweet, Torgerson has been suspended from the airwaves indefinitely.  The lesson to take from this is do not let your fandom cloud your overall judgment as a human being.  There is more to life than spending every waking moment hating someone just because they beat your favorite team. I learned this lesson when I was young. Unfortunately, there are some people in this world like Torgerson who didn’t get the message until it was too late. Think before you say it. Think before you tweet it. Think before it is too late to fix. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio States interior strength paying dividends for team success early

Forward Jae’Sean Tate attempts a lay-up in the Buckeyes’ 80-55 win over Northeastern on Sunday. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentOhio State’s lineup has held a size advantage over every opponent played through its first three games.But against Northeastern, the Buckeyes found themselves in an unfamiliar position. They were the shorter team. Position-by-position, there was not a single Buckeye-starter taller than the Huskie-starters, and only at one position was the size equal.It didn’t seem to matter, though. For its fourth-straight game, Ohio State dominated the interior, out-rebounding Northeastern 38-29 and vastly out-producing the Huskies in the paint, holding an advantage of 48-26 in points in the paint. Northeastern head coach Bill Coen said while his team held the advantage in height over the Buckeyes, it was the girth and tenacity of the Buckeyes that proved the difference-maker.“They got some wide-bodies and they can carve out space in and around the basket and it’s hard to move them out once they gain position,” Coen said after the game. “You look at a guy like Charles Barkley, he’s not 7-foot, but he could rebound because he’s got a low center of gravity and he can wedge in there and create space for himself. They’ve got some tough body types, the matchup too. I think really good physical strength and they were able to hold their position and game position.”The weight advantage did not extend to every player the Buckeyes had, however. Center Micah Potter and guards Musa Jallow and C.J. Jackson did not hold a size advantage over their counterparts.However, Ohio State’s top-rebounders, forwards Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, both came in with significant weight advantages over their opposite numbers. As a result, both players proved to be explosive threats for the Buckeyes in the post. The two were the game’s leading scorers with 24 and 19 points, respectively. The domination in the paint began right out of the gate from Tate, who bullied his way through defenders in the game’s opening minutes. He opened the game up with a layup after he saw no one open to pass to and followed that up shortly after with a short-range jumper. About five minutes into the game, Tate had 11 points — all coming from plays in the post.Bates-Diop also put together a dominating performance inside. Of his 19 points, eight came from a pair of layups, a short-range jumper and a dunk with one free-throw coming off an and-1 on a layup and two other free-throws coming from fouls inside the paint.Tate said strong play inside has become a mantra for he and Bates-Diop this season, but also said his teammates interior play has assisted the two forwards.“Me and Keita were very effective [inside],” Tate said. “Some people call a matchup problem and just out teammates, the point guard, C.J. [Jackson] being aware of the mismatch in the situations, he’s doing a great job of that.”Ohio State has been no stranger to dominating inside this season. Before this game, Ohio State held a 138-66 advantage in paint points and had out-rebounded opponents 135-85. Of Ohio State’s 259 points total, 53.3 percent of them came from inside.Part of the reason Ohio State has been so productive in the paint has been its ability to recover offensive rebounds. The Buckeyes are tied for 38th in the country with an average of 15 offensive rebounds per game.Head coach Chris Holtmann said his team last year at Butler was a strong defensive rebounding team, but it was one of the worst at collecting rebounds off the offensive glass. The now-Ohio State head coach said he thinks this team has a chance to be an all-around great team at gather rebounds.“We have a chance to be a pretty good rebounding team,” Holtmann said. “We better be good defensive rebounding. We were a good defensive rebounding at Butler as well, but I think we have the potential to be good on both ends if we pursue the ball like we need to. Because we have some guys that have a natural nose for the ball.”With several other big men like forwards Kaleb Wesson and Kyle Young at 6-foot-9, 270 pounds and 6-foot-8, 205 pounds, respectively, Ohio State has plenty of size to continue to beat up on most teams throughout the season and dominate in the paint and on the glass.The Buckeyes might not be able to do that in their next matchup, however. They are going to be traveling to Portland, Oregon, to take on Gonzaga, a team Holtmann said was big last season and has continued to dominate its opponents with size this season.Going up against one of the first teams that will truly have Ohio State beat in size in both height and girth, Ohio State could be faced with its first real challenge this season.“Well I think we’re going to learn a lot about kind of our tenacity when it comes to pursuing the ball in those situations,” Holtmann said. “They’re always kind of one of the biggest teams both in size and in physicality in the country. Last year they were massive. This year, they’re big as well and they’re really organized and they’re older. They don’t beat themselves.“I think as much as anything, it’s going to test us in a lot of ways, but it’s going to test our pursuit of the ball and our tenacity and how tough-minded we are.” read more

Prince of Wales told paedophile bishop actions against him were monstrous wrongs

The brothers lived on the estate between 1997 and 2011. In a third letter, sent in 1997, the prince said he thought the Balls’ new house was “rather nice”, before referring to a “frightful, terrifying man”, who was “on the loose again and doing his worst”. He said a vicar he had visited had told him that “this ghastly man was up to his dastardly tricks again”. In his statement the Prince of Wales said he could not remember who he was referring to, but said he had been aware that Ball “felt that individuals including critics in the media were doing all in their power to disadvantage him unfairly”. He said that at the time he wrote the letter he had believed that Ball had been “falsely accused of a single offence – the nature of which was unknown to me – by an individual whom the relevant judicial authorities had themselves not believed”.  I pray the Duchy will be able to find something suitable for you both in due course, but it may take a little time to locate it! I long to see you both settled somewhere that suits you and gives you peace and tranquility – and not too far from here so you can come over more easilyLetter from the Prince of Wales to Peter Ball, 02/06/96 “I pray the Duchy will be able to find something suitable for you both in due course”, he said, adding: “I long to see you both settled somewhere that suits you and gives you peace and tranquility – and not too far from here so you can come over more easily.” The bishop had been reported to the police in 1992 by Neil Todd, an 18-year-old who had attended Ball’s scheme for young men considering a monastic life. Mr Todd alleged that Ball had kissed and caressed him while naked on two separate occasions. Ball received a caution for gross indecency the following March, a measure which should involve an admission of guilt, though on Thursday the inquiry heard that there was no record that this had ever been formally done.  I wish I could do more. I feel so desperately strongly about the monstrous wrongs that have been done to you and the way you have been treated.The Prince of Wales in a letter to Peter Ball, 16/02/95 In his witness statement the Prince said he was “not aware until recently that a caution in fact carries an acceptance of guilt”. He added that he “occasionally sent the brothers small gifts of money as I do for many people in need and Peter Ball’s interest in becoming a tenant of a Duchy of Cornwall property then arose”.The Prince said he had “mentioned the situation of the Ball brothers to the Duchy”, which arranged a house for them to rent.  Ball was convicted in 2015 of misconduct in public office after admitting abusing 18 young men. “I ceased contact with Mr Ball once the judicial process had concluded and he was found guilty of serious offences against young people. “My heart goes out to the victims of abuse and I applaud their courage as they rebuild their lives and so often offer invaluable support to others who have suffered,” the Prince said.  The Prince of Wales described action taken against a paedophile bishop as “monstrous wrongs”, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has heard. Extracts from letters published by the inquiry also show that the prince put disgraced bishop Peter Ball and his brother Michael in touch with staff on the Duchy of Cornwall estate, who arranged a house for them after Ball lost his job as Bishop of Gloucester.Ball, now 86, had resigned the role in 1993 after receiving a caution for abusing a young man.The Prince’s statement, read out at the inquiry on Friday, expresses “deep personal regret” and adds that he was “misled” by Ball. Extracts from the letters also show that in 1995, two years after Ball had been cautioned, the Prince wrote to him to say he felt “desperately strongly about the monstrous wrongs that have been done to you”. He went on to criticise then-Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, for being “frightened of the press” and failing to restore Ball’s permission to hold services in the Church of England, describing the public perception as “based entirely on lies, invention, speculation and invention.”In another letter sent the following year he said he was “glad” that a member of staff from the Duchy had been in touch “as I requested”.  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. read more

Facebook is working on accounts for kids

first_imgAs Facebook gets ever closer to counting one billion people as part of its social network, Zuckerberg is already thinking about where the next billion will come from. One area he hasn’t tapped into yet is children, but that could be about to change.Apparently, a team at Facebook is already working on a new type of account aimed specifically at children under the age of 13. Although that is sure to get alarm bells ringing in some quarters, Facebook doesn’t seem to be taking the issue of a child’s safety and privacy online lightly, and will include a number of new features to help put parents at ease.Children accounts on Facebook will ultimately be governed by a parent through their own standard Facebook account. What apps can be used and who can become a friend with a child is the responsibility of the adult, and they can limit the account as they see fit. All communication through the account will also be open for parents to review.Such an account is seen as a way of solving the existing issue of children lying about their age to set up a standard Facebook account. However, if a child’s account requires a parent to act as an online guardian, it may still be desirable for kids to lie about their age instead and get an unrestricted account.The introduction of accounts for children is a risky one, and one that could seriously backfire for the social network. As the games industry has suffered with links to violent behavior, bullying, and obesity in children, Facebook could find itself linked to cases where children have been harmed after contact with undesirables through the network. That, of course, can be managed with tough rules and placing responsibility with parents, but it will always remain a risk.It’s most likely a risk Facebook believe is worth taking though, if you consider the new revenue streams children could bring. Advertising to children is big business, and companies such as Walt Disney will be lining up to put adverts next to any and all pages kids visit on the social network.Read more at WSJlast_img read more

Explainer What would Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth actually look like

first_img As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: By Rónán Duffy https://jrnl.ie/4562003 Saturday 30 Mar 2019, 9:01 PM Flag bearers during the Commonwealth Service at Westminster. Mar 30th 2019, 9:02 PM Explainer: What would Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth actually look like? The idea has been bandied about as a possibility in the context of a united Ireland. WITH BREXIT THROWING all kinds of seemingly outlandish political equations into the mainstream, one Irish example that previously could not be countenanced is now being openly discussed.That is the question of Ireland joining The Commonwealth, most likely in the context of a united Ireland. With reunification now seen as a potential future outcome that politicians are being forced to consider, the issue of integrating northern unionists into a united Ireland is one that would be paramount.One method that’s been suggested to aid this transition would be Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth. Speaking to the Fine Gael National Conference last weekend, DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson said he hoped Ireland would join the Commonwealth. Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald told TheJournal.ie last year that rejoining the Commonwealth was something that could be discussed as part of discussions on a united Ireland. McDonald said on Tuesday that it was not something she was personally in favour of while Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it was “not something that’s on the agenda”. But in the situation where a united Ireland was a real possibility and joining the Commonwealth was indeed ‘on the agenda’, what would this look like?Firstly, what’s perhaps most relevant to Irish people is that rejoining the Commonwealth would not automatically mean that Queen Elizabeth II (or any future monarch) would become head of state. The Commonwealth is currently made up of 53 counties, 31 of which are themselves republics, and only 16 of the countries have the British Queen as head of state. Joining the Commonwealth alone would not change Ireland’s constitutional status and the country would likely retain its president as head of state.(Presuming that this was agreed in a hypothetical united Ireland scenario).South Africa, for example, is one Commonwealth member with a directly elected president.But while Britain’s queen is not automatically the head of state of its members, she currently holds the position of Head of the Commonwealth.It essentially puts her as head of the association, which itself also has a secretariat and a Secretary-General.   Her position is not hereditary but it was agreed at a meeting of Commonwealth leaders last year that Prince Charles would succeed his mother in this position.  In practice, The Commonwealth also does not have economic or trade remit, despite what some Brexiteers may say, and therefore would it not conflict with Ireland’s EU membership.Two members of the Eurozone (Cyprus and Malta) are also members of the Commonwealth and therefore this would not pose a problem for Ireland. A number of other countries have also left and rejoined later, something which would suggest that this wouldn’t be an issue either. Instead, Ireland would have to make an expression of interest in joining and this would be assessed by the Secretary-General and then the member countries at its next meeting.  But to be frank, once the apartheid issue left the stage, the Commonwealth has really struggled to find a clear identity. It claims to be useful in a huge variety of different ways, be it saving the rainforest to stopping global warming, but its actual contribution has been very difficult to identify.Murphy goes on to say this lack of a direction has meant that the Commonwealth has in some ways reverted to a focus on the British royal family because it has found it difficult to get attention otherwise.Something which, he says, may make Irish acceptance of rejoining more difficult. The dining hall in Windsor Castle as Queen Elizabeth II hosts President Michael D Higgins. Source: Fennell Photography“It’s also, paradoxically in a way, been taken over by the link with the royal family over the last 30 years or so,” Murphy says.Prince Charles was last year confirmed as the next head of the Commonwealth, Prince Harry became Commonwealth youth ambassador, there’s been a thing called the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust set up quite recently, which Harry is president of and Meghan is vice president now.“In terms of popular perception nowadays, and the Commonwealth secretariat knows this, the only way you’re only going to get media attention for the Commonwealth is if it’s a story linked to the Queen or Prince Charles or Meghan or Harry.”Furthermore, Murphy adds that Brexit has also added to the perception of the Commonwealth being a kind of old imperial club. “Certainly the way that it has been used in the Brexit debate by the right-wing in Britain has the certain kind of nostalgic whiff of going back to old Commonwealth friends, ie the Empire. It’s not helpful for the Commonwealth’s attempts to define itself as a post-imperial international organisation.”“You’ve got to distinguish in a way between the kind of constitutional reality and perception,” he adds. Share53 Tweet Email2 Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state in just 16 of 53 Commonwealth nations. Source: Steve ParsonsChanged utterlyThe position of the British monarch in the Commonwealth has changed greatly and is very different to when Ireland left in 1949.When the country declared itself a republic it essentially ceased to be a member of the Commonwealth because it broke the connection with the British monarchy. India also did the same the following year, but the Commonwealth had adopted a new charter by this time.The new charter dropped the word ‘British’ from the Commonwealth’s name and the allegiance to the crown was removed. This form of words allowed India to remain a member as a republic and this is considered to be the beginning of what’s referred to as the ‘modern Commonwealth’.It meant that countries which were not British dominions could join the organisation and that is the basis by which countries can now join. According to the criteria for membership laid out in 1997, countries that meet the principles of membership can join even if they were never part of the British Empire.Instead what is required is that they have have had a constitutional association with an existing Commonwealth member. For example, Rwanda and Mozambique are both members having had no British colonial links.In the years following the birth of the ‘modern Commonwealth’, the organisation’s primary role was about fostering democracy amongst its members and promoting standards of good governance.  Its opposition to apartheid led to South Africa leaving in 1961 but during this period it also struggled to find a relevance. Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, says this has been an ongoing problem for the organisation. “The Commonwealth has never had a very clear purpose, it’s assumed certain purposes at particular times. In the 60s, 70s and 80s it was very much focused on anti-racism and battling apartheid in South Africa, and really completing the process of decolonisation.” Image: PA Wire/PA Images Flag bearers during the Commonwealth Service at Westminster. 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Les inondations en Chine font 57 morts et 12 million de déplacés

first_imgLes inondations en Chine font 57 morts et 1,2 million de déplacésSuite à la chute de pluies torrentielles dans plusieurs provinces de Chine, près de 60 personnes ont trouvé la mort, des dizaines sont portées disparues et plus d’un million de personnes ont été évacuées, selon le dernier bilan établi mardi par les autorités locales. Les pluies torrentielles de saison ont encore frappé en Chine et y ont a nouveau causé des dégâts considérables. Mardi, les autorités chinoises ont en effet annoncé que “des pluies ininterrompues ont provoqué de graves inondations dans le Sichuan (sud-ouest), le Shaanxi (nord) et le Henan (centre)”, détruisant de nombreuses maisons et provoquant des glissements de terrain. Lundi, la station hydrologique du district de Lintong dans le Shaanxi a ainsi rapporté la plus importante inondation depuis 1981, alors que l’afflux d’eau a atteint 5.410 mètres cubes par seconde, d’après Wang Tongchun chef du Bureau de contrôle des inondations de la ville de Weinan cité par Radio Chine internationale.Selon le dernier bilan établi par le ministère des Affaires civiles, “57 personnes ont été tuées et 29 portées disparues”. Par ailleurs, les autorités font état d’un total de 12,3 millions d’habitants affectés par les inondations dont 1,2 million ont été évacués de leur domicile. A ce jour, ce ne sont pas moins de 120.000 maisons qui se sont effondrées, nécessitant la mobilisation de près de 20.000 personnes pour les opérations de secours. Celles-ci ont été dépêchées sur place pour venir en aide et distribuer des tentes, des couvertures et des vêtements aux sinistrés.  Pour l’heure, les pertes économiques (bâtiments, infrastructures, récoltes) sont estimées à 17,27 milliards de yuans soit 1,98 milliard d’euros, a poursuivi le ministère. Vers un record du niveau de la rivière JialingÀ lire aussiLes inondations en Australie, une nouvelle menace pour la Grande Barrière de corailSi la Chine connait tous les ans en cette saison, une montée traditionnelle des eaux, celle-ci s’avère particulièrement importante cette année. En effet, le niveau des cours d’eau, notamment de certains affluents du Yangtsé, le plus long fleuve de Chine, continue de monter dangereusement en de nombreux endroits et ce, bien qu’un répit dans les pluies ait été enregistré. Dans le Sichuan, le niveau de la rivière Jialing a ainsi déjà dépassé de sept mètres le seuil d’alerte et devrait atteindre un record depuis qu’il a commencé à être enregistré en 1847, a précisé l’agence officielle Chine nouvelle. Les précipitations torrentielles d’été se révèlent chaque année meurtrières. En 2010, les pluies avaient causé la mort ou la disparition de plus de 4.300 personnes. L’an dernier en août, un glissement de terrain dans la province du Gansu (nord-ouest) avait tué 1.500 personnes, rappelle l’AFP.Le 20 septembre 2011 à 12:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Money to Burn Poll Should You Buy Joe Pescis Album

first_imgStay on target Money to Burn: Should You Buy Mac Tonight Merch?Money to Burn Poll: Should You Buy a Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller? Who doesn’t love Joe Pesci? From Raging Bull to Goodfellas to Lethal Weapon, Pesci is one of our greatest living character actors. He’s a key part of the strong Italian-American influence on some of our most important films. But even though Pesci is great of screen, not everybody gets to be a triple threat.In 1968, before really appearing in any movies, Pesci released his debut album Little Joe Sure Can Sing!, a collection of pop song covers. It wasn’t a hit and Pesci then went on to have an illustrious film career. However, 30 years later in 1998 Pesci released his second album for some reason.Theoretically a follow-up to his beloved role in 1992’s My Cousin Vinny, Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just For You has Pesci performing in character. In the song “Wiseguy” he combines Mafia gangster sensibilities with gangsta rap. The chorus is the phrase “It’s the bitches that’ll get yas.” This is a real thing. The following year Pesci semi-retired from acting to pursue a musical career. But while he hasn’t appeared in many movies since, he also hasn’t put out any other albums that we’ve been able to find.You can download Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just For You digitally on services like iTunes, but something so weird is surely worth owning physically forever. Should you buy Joe Pesci’s album if you have Money to Burn? Let us know! Should You Buy Joe Pesci’s Album?Yes (Money!)No (Burn!)VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comShould You Buy Joe Pesci’s Album?Money to Burn is Geek.com’s ongoing series of polls. We put up a geeky auction or sales listing, talk about it, and leave it up to you whether or not the physical item is worth buying (Money) or is just cheap trash (Burn). And of course you should leave a comment explaining your rationale. Then be sure to keep coming back to Geek.com to vote in the latest poll. Dispose of that income, you dorks!last_img read more

Quader says govt cant meet transport workers demands now

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said there is no possibility to bring any change to the Road Transport Act right now.Referring to the eight-point demand of the transport workers, Quader said, “We can’t change the Road Transport Act now. If there is any logical demand, then we’ll consider it after discussion and they have to wait until the next parliament session.”The minister came up with remarks while talking to reporters at the Shetu Bhaban.Earlier, transport workers went on a 48-hour work abstention from 6:00am on Sunday to press home their eight-point demand.Talking about the seven-point demand of Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front, Quader said, “There is no chance to meet the seven-point demand made by Kamal and BNP now because if we want to meet the seven-point demand, we’ll have to change the constitution.”last_img read more

Noakhali road crash kills 5

first_imgAt least five people were killed and another injured as a bus collided head-on with an auto-rickshaw in Noakhali’s Dorbeshpur on Begumganj-Maijdi Road on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased were Khadiza Begum, 40, wife of Badal Mia of Muzahidpur village in Begumganj upazila, her daughter Kamrunnahar Poli, 20, and Sohiduzzaman Sakib, 19, son of Omar Faruq of Darbespur village, Md Ibrahim Razu, 40, son of Omar Faruk of Wasiqpur village and auto-rickshaw driver Masud, 25.Witnesses said a Sonapur-bound bus of ‘Shugandha Paribahan’ collided head on with an auto-rickshaw around 2:00pm leaving six people injured.The injured were rushed to Noakhali General Hospital where the physicians declared three of them dead while another succumbed to his injuries later in the day, said Firoz Molla, officer-in-charge of Begumganj police station.The injured were referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) as their conditions deteriorated, said Mohiuddin Md Abdul Azim, a resident medical officer of the hospital.Meanwhile, auto-rickshaw driver Masud succumbed to his injuries near Kanchpur area while he was being taken to DMCH.Police seized the bus, but its driver managed to flee the scene immediately after the incident, he added.last_img read more

Gov Greg Abbott Signs Several School Safety Bills In Wake Of Shooting

first_img Share Callie Richmond for The Texas TribuneFrom left: State Sens. Jane Nelson, Larry Taylor and state Rep. Greg Bonnen look on as Gov. Greg Abbott talks about bills he’s signed to improve school safety and provide greater mental health resources to students, in Austin on June 6, 2019.Capping off a yearslong effort to prevent another school shooting like the Santa Fe High tragedy, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a series of bills into law Thursday that would, among other things, strengthen mental health initiatives available to children and allot money to school districts that can go toward “hardening” their campuses.A sweeping school safety measure, Senate Bill 11, instructs school districts to implement multihazard emergency operation plans, requires certain training for school resource officers, ensures school district employees — including substitute teachers — are trained to respond to emergencies, and establishes threat assessment teams to help identify potentially dangerous students and determine the best ways to intervene before they become violent.The bill is, in part, a product of Abbott convening lawmakers soon after last May’s shooting at Santa Fe High, which left 10 dead and another 13 wounded. Before signing the measure Thursday at the Texas Capitol, Abbott said that SB 11’s passage was made possible through the efforts of House and Senate lawmakers and fruitful discussions that came out of a series of roundtable discussions he hosted shortly after the shooting.The legislation addresses “not only the tragedy that took place at Santa Fe,” Abbott said at Thursday, “but will do more than Texas has ever done to make schools safer places for our students, for our educators, for our parents and families.”Republican state Sen. Larry Taylor and state Rep. Greg Bonnen — who both represent the Santa Fe school district — said they were pleased with lawmakers’ headway this session as it relates to school safety and mental health initiatives.“It is unfortunate that the events such as what happened at Santa Fe occurred, but we are taking action to do everything that we can reasonably do,” Bonnen said.The law, which Bonnen and Taylor authored, also resurrects this session’s largest mental health bill, and creates a Texas Mental Health Consortium aimed at bringing together psychiatric professionals from Texas medical schools and other health care providers to connect children to mental health services.Aside from SB 11, Abbott signed a separate mental health bill Thursday by state Rep. Four Price, R-Amarillo, that increases mental health training for educators and other school professionals and improves students’ access to mental and behavioral health services.“We are taking a very significant step forward,” Price said of his legislation. “We’re reducing the stigma that is associated with mental illness, and we’re equipping our counselors, administrators and educators throughout the state of Texas to identify children in crisis — again, all with parental consent.”While both the mental health and omnibus school safety measures garnered bipartisan support in the House and Senate, their success came as a number of other school safety bills drew heavy criticism from Democrats and gun control advocates. The third bill Abbott signed into law Thursday abolishes the cap on how many trained school teachers and support staff — known as school marshals — can carry guns on public school campuses.The signing of that bill disrupted the harmony between Texas Republicans and gun control proponents who, otherwise pleased with the bill signings, lamented that the marshal bill passed and another “red flag” law measure — which would have allowed courts to order the seizure of guns from people who are deemed an imminent threat — never gained traction at the Capitol.“I think ultimately that’s going to be something we need,” said Ed Scruggs, vice chair for Texas Gun Sense. “In most cases there are signs. There are threats that are made or social media posts — something is occurring that’s tipping people off that we could have a problem here.”Asked by reporters Thursday whether he supports “red flag” laws, Abbott said that “right now” such a measure wasn’t necessary in Texas — though he asked lawmakersto consider the idea shortly after the shooting. “We think the best approach is what we passed in the combination of these bills,” the governor said.Still, Scruggs gave a thumbs-up to lawmakers for their progress on school safety bills and said that “overall, things were positive.”Gun control groups like Scruggs’ weren’t the only ones to laud Texas’ leadership for their work this session to help prevent — or at least mitigate — another mass shooting. Survivors, too, said lawmakers surpassed their expectations as it related to making progress on school safety legislation this year.“We were really pleased with SB 11. The pieces that were personal to me are in there,” said Flo Rice, a former Santa Fe High substitute teacher who was shot in both legs last May. “I’m really pleased. I feel like they worked very hard, they listened to us and the community and made strides to really protect our children.”This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

St Lukes Church Celebration of Alexander Crummell

first_imgAlexander CrummellSt. Luke’s Episcopal Church is holding two events to honor its Founder Alexander Crummell through a symposium titled, “Alexander Crummell and African American Activism in Antebellum” Sept. 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the church located at 1514 15th St N.W. Panelists include: Rev. Dr. J. Carlton Hayden, Howard University; Dr. Maurice Jackson, Georgetown University; Dr. Michael Fauntroy, Howard University; and Dr. Phillip Magness, George Mason University. The church will also hold Alexander Crummell Day Service Sept. 14 with Dr. Wilson Jeremiah Moses, professor of History at Penn State University and author of Alexander Crummell: A Study of Civilization and Discontent, as the keynote speaker. An Evening of Jazz featuring Anita King will also be held at the church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.  For more information, call 202-667-4394.last_img read more

MAME emulator found tucked away in Gridlee iOS app

first_imgLast month, a fully-functional MAME emulator was released for, and then quickly pulled from, Apple’s App Store. The app, MAME4iOS, was put on death watch as soon as it launched, but thanks to some eagle-eyed gamers, there is actually still a workaround to get MAME4iOS working on your iDevice, and Apple doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it.Access is granted via the app Gridlee, which is an arcade game from 1982 that was actually never released. It only lives on today because of emulation tools like MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator).Thus, when you launch the Gridlee app, you’re actually launching a copy of the banned MAME4iOS app, but with a ROM of Gridlee automatically loading on top of it. And just as you might expect, users have already figured out how to extract the emulation tool from the app.It is believed that Gridlee, which was released to the App Store shortly after MAME4iOS, is essentially just being used as a ploy to skirt around the Apple censors. And it appears to be working, since it’s been more than two weeks and the app is still available.There is nothing technically illegal about owning, selling, or sharing an emulator. Of course, it’s also not illegal to own a file-sharing software client. But that’s just a technicality because it’s what they can do that causes the legal problems.This puts Apple in a tricky spot, as an emulator by itself is just baiting illegal activity, but an app that seemingly functions as a legitimate and legal arcade game is a different story. It will be interesting to see what Apple ends up doing. For now, though, you might want to grab the Gridlee app just in case.last_img read more

Israel calls Iran the greatest nuclear threat

first_img Top Stories Iran also continues to enrich uranium, which can make both reactor fuel and the core of nuclear missiles, instead of accepting foreign offers of such fuel. That comes despite international sanctions against Iran and threats of attack from the Jewish state, which says it will not tolerate the existence of an Iran armed with nuclear weapons. Tehran has warned in turn that any Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities will be met with a crushing response.In Tehran, Iran’s IAEA envoy, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, told reporters that his country will “not suspend enrichment activities, even for a second.”The initiative to censure the Jewish state in a vote at the IAEA meeting comes from the 17 Arab members of the nuclear agency. But it is expected to be supported by Iran as well as most if not all the other Muslim countries, as well as others critical of Israel’s stance on Palestine, meaning it has a good chance of passing.The Arab and Israeli documents were submitted to a preparatory commission for the meeting. Arguing the Arab position, Jordanian Ambassador Makram Queisi says Israel is exposing the Middle East “to nuclear risks and threatening peace” by refusing to throw open its nuclear facilities to international purview. Associated PressVIENNA (AP) – Muslim nations and Israel are heading for a confrontation at a 154-nation nuclear meeting next month over an Arab initiative to criticize Israel’s secretive atomic program.Documents submitted for that gathering show that Arab nations are seeking Israel’s censure _ a move the Jewish state says is a sideshow that deflects attention from the real danger to Mideast peace _ Iran. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Beyond his warning on Iran, Ehud Azoulay, Israel’s chief IAEA delegate, questions whether Arab nations have the moral right to point fingers. He says some have “a long, unflattering history of violating their international obligations and other norms of the international community” _ an apparent poke at Syria, itself suspected of hiding a nuclear program and the target of international condemnation for atrocities attributed to government troops fighting insurgents.Some 20,000 people have died since an uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s rule began in March 2011, according to human rights groups.At last year’s meeting, Arab states repeated their demands of Israel but did not push for a resolution targeting the Jewish state by name. The conference did pass a resolution calling on all Middle East states to adopt the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.___Associated Press writer Nasser Karimi contributed from Tehran, Iran___On line: http://www.iaea.org/About/Policy/GC/GC56/Documents/ Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix In asking September’s International Atomic Energy Agency meeting to reprimand Israel, Jordan says Israel is guilty of thwarting “all initiatives to free the region of the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction, and in particular of nuclear weapons.”Israel, in turn, warns that the Arab initiative is “serving Iran’s attempt to divert the attention of the international community … (from) its quest for nuclear weapons.”Israel is widely assumed to be the only Mideast country with such arms. But it refuses to either confirm or deny its status, sticking to an official policy of ambiguity that, combined with the stalemate over Palestinian demands, feeds tensions in the region.Israel’s Arab neighbors have repeatedly demanded that it declare itself, join the Nonproliferation Treaty and open its nuclear activities to full inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency _ conditions Israel says it can consider only after peace rules in the Middle East. But Arab nations insist that peace can come only if Israel takes the steps it demands, leading to a standoff that has stretched over decades.Already high tensions over the issue have grown in recent years as Iran forges ahead with nuclear activities that Israel says are meant to allow it to make atomic arms, a suspicion shared by the United States and other Western nations. Iran denies any interest in such weapons but refuses to cooperate with an IAEA probe of Iran’s alleged secret work on nuclear weapons.last_img read more