Britain, India And The Koh-i-Noor

first_imgThe history of the Koh-i-Noor diamond is steeped in mystery and conflict. It is currently stored in the Tower of London, as part of the British Crown Jewels, set the crown of Queen Elizabeth (the crown of the late Queen Mother), though many Indians have long called for it to be returned the country it was taken from during the era of the British Empire.Now it has once again moved to centre stage after the British Indian MP Keith Vaz called for the diamond to be sent back to India after the visit of India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, to the UK in November.In a statement Vaz said: “Pursuing monetary reparations is complex, time-consuming and potentially fruitless, but there is no excuse for not returning precious items such as the Koh-i-Noor diamond, a campaign I have backed for many years … What a wonderful moment it would be, if and when prime minister Narendra Modi finishes his visit, which is much overdue, he returns to India with the promise of the diamond’s return.”The Koh-i-noor in its current setting.Vaz’s comments came in response to a recent Oxford Union speech by Indian National Congress MP Dr Shashi Tharoor, arguing that Britain owes reparations to her former colonies. The speech has been viewed more than 2.7 million times and Modi has given it his support, saying: “Tharoor’s speech reflected the feelings of patriotic Indians”.This fresh debate over Britain’s possession of the Koh-i-Noor, which means Mountain of Light, demonstrates that symbolic value can be so much more important than monetary value. It is a diamond with a past, which is both murky and dramatic. Its true meaning for India is complex and ambivalent — and yet in the competitive ranking of great diamonds it is well down the scale.Conquest and empireImperial wars throughout history have been about loot. Loot was used to help finance campaigns and compensate the fighters of victorious armies or flatter monarchs of dominant states. Britain’s wars of empire in the 18th and 19th centuries were no different.British military and public museums, private collections and country houses are littered with loot that were once the prizes won by the soldiers lucky enough to survive. India was inevitably a major source after a succession of wars and the suppression of the 1857 “Mutiny” or revolt produced shiploads. Contemporary descriptions of destruction and looting after the sieges of Delhi and Lucknow make horrendous reading for modern eyes.The centuries-old history of the Koh-i-Noor perfectly reflects this. Its origins are mysterious, enhancing its allure. Originally thought to have been 793 carats uncut, it was possibly mined at the Kollur Mine, in what is now Andhra Pradesh. It may have been in the possession of the early medieval Kakatiya dynasty. Or it may have been owned by the Sultan of Malwa, further west. Either way, the invading Delhi Sultanate got hold of it in the early 14th century. From the Sultanate, it passed to the Mughal emperors, although the timing is disputed. But the Mountain of Light was certainly in the possession of the emperor, Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal.The Koh-i-noor in its original settingAt this stage, the diamond was exceptionally large, but uncut, so it was more mountain than light. Emperor Aurangzeb had it cut down, rather crudely, to 186 carats by a visiting Venetian jeweller, but it remained highly coveted. In 1739 it was seized by the Persian invader Nadir Shah and taken to Persia. Next it was taken by the Durrani dynasty ending up in Afghanistan, ultimately passing to Ranjit Singh, ruler of the Sikhs.So the diamond had already been looted several times before it fell into the hands of the British in 1849 after the Sikh Wars. Allegedly, it was presented to Queen Victoria by the Maharajaha Dulip Singh after he moved to Britain, but it may well be imagined that he was “persuaded” to do the “appropriate” thing. In 1852 it was cut down again by Garrards of London, reducing it to 109 carats. The diamond became part of the Queen Consort’s Crown in the 20th century.The Mountain of Light symbolizes the multiple religions of India, as it is seen to have Hindu origins, yet it was in the hands of Muslims, then Sikhs, for more then 500 years. It surely also reflects both the warring elites of pre-colonial India and the repeated looting of its treasures.Other Indian treasuresHistory aside, the Mountain of Light is far outranked both in size and magnificence by the Great Star of Africa (Cullinan I) — at 530 carats and a good deal more brilliant — and even more so by the astonishing Golden Jubilee diamond, also sourced in South Africa and running to 545 carats after cutting, which is now owned by the Thai royal family. The Koh-i-Noor may be famous, but it is surprisingly inferior in both size and brilliance.The fabulous crown of the Emperor Bahadur Shah II, the last Mughal, which is also in the British royal collection, is far more desirable. It is of gold with turquoises, rubies, diamonds, pearls and emeralds. It was nabbed after the siege of Delhi by Major Robert Tytler. To this list we can add the magnificent tiger finials of the throne of Tipu Sultan, gold and encrusted with diamonds and rubies, to be found in several British collections.Even in the headiest days of restitution demands, it is highly unlikely that the Koh-i-Noor will be prised out of its crown any time soon. But that may not stop it becoming a much-discussed part of the Indian prime minister’s visit to the UK.John MacKenzie is Emeritus Professor of History, Lancaster University. This article is reprinted from The Conversation.The Koh-i-noor in its current setting. Related Itemslast_img read more

UAE Investments in India on the Rise, Says Indian Envoy

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates (UAE) has the largest community of Non-Resident Indians (NRI) in the world, Indian Ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri said. “On the occasion of India’s 69th Republic Day, I want to say that what a privilege to be India’s representative with such a dynamic and diverse Indian community of 3.3 million,” Suri said, citing figures from the 2017 International Migration Report of the International Organization of Migrants (IOM), Gulf News reported.Suri added that millions of Indians are getting benefited from the partnership between the two countries. “We have seen an upsurge in the UAE investments in India,” he said, adding that prominent NRI-owned companies such as Lulu International, NMC Healthcare, and Aster have already announced huge projects with high investments in India.Talking about the DP World’s recent announcement about the $3 billion joint-investment fund with India’s National Infrastructure and Investment Fund (NIIF), which will invest in ports, inland waterways, river terminals, freight corridors, cold storage and warehousing, Suri said the projects, once they become functional, will have a “transformational” impact. “These are very crucial for India as transport and logistics costs are very high in the country. Inland waterways are the most cost effective and much cheaper than highways,” he said.The focus of the Indian government for the last one year has been to ensure that UAE’s investments in India are allotted to commercially viable projects and channels as these investments are not a grant or a loan, he added.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit the UAE in February. He will be the keynote speaker at the sixth World Government Summit, which will commence on Feb. 11 in Dubai. He is also scheduled to visit Abu Dhabi.According to The International Migration Report 2107, India, with a 16.6 million-strong diaspora community, is now the country with the largest number of people living outside the country’s borders, followed by Mexico (13 million), the Russian Federation (10.6 million) and China (10 million). “In 2017, 16.6 million persons from India were living in another country compared to 13.0 million for Mexico,” said the report.It added that migrants from India now reside in several destination countries, including the United Arab Emirates (3 million), and the United States of America and Saudi Arabia, which have 2 million Indians each. Related ItemsDubaiGulfUAElast_img read more

Is Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Being Ignored During India Visit?

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing India visit is being seen as getting largely snubbed by New Delhi, according to media reports. Trudeau, who is in India for the first time with his family after becoming Canada’s prime minister, was not accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his home state of Gujarat, where he reached on Feb.19. Trudeau reached India with his wife and three children on Feb. 17, and visited the Taj Mahal at Agra.Modi had earlier visited Gujarat with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese leader Xi Jinping, and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, which is why the current situation has led to speculation that Trudeau is being ignored by the Indian government.In Gujarat, Trudeau will visit Sabarmati and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, where he will lead a discussion on “Education and Investment Opportunities.”The BBC reported on Trudeau’s visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra, saying, “Despite plenty of photo opportunities, including at the Taj Mahal, Mr Trudeau and his family’s tour has been largely ignored by senior members of the Indian government so far.”To welcome Trudeau, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare Gajendra S Shekhawat was present at the airport at New Delhi. In Agra, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was not present and neither was any minister.“Yes, this is a major snub. The fact that a junior minister was sent to receive Mr Trudeau and his family is most definitely a snub,” columnist and economist Vivek Dehejia told the BBC.Toronto Sun columnist Candice Malcolm too tweeted her views on Trudeau’s India visit and the Indian response to it:The world is noticing a strong #Modi standing up for India & snubbing Trudeau.Trudeau must denounce Khalistani extremists while in India & apologize to Chief Minister @capt_amarinder. And Jagmeet Singh should denounce Khalistani radicals.We must stand against terrorism. pic.twitter.com/SjUZ59oxgR— Candice Malcolm (@CandiceMalcolm) February 18, 2018Trudeau will be meeting Modi on Feb. 23 for bilateral talks.Strategic partnership underpinned by shared values of democracy and pluralism! Namaste to the Right Honorable @JustinTrudeau, Prime Minister of Canada as he arrives on the State visit to India from 17-24 February, 2018. pic.twitter.com/hcPSLDm0kx— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) February 17, 2018The anti-India pro-Khalistan movement, which is perceived to be simmering in Canada, could be one of the reasons for the seemingly cold response from India.Trudeau’s cabinet members have also been accused of being pro-Khalistan, a separatist movement that seeks a separate country for Sikhs. However, senior cabinet members, including Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi clarified recently that they are not Khalistan supporters.Sajjan said that Sohi and he “neither sympathize with nor espouse the Sikh nationalist movement, which is bent on creating a separate country called Khalistan in India’s Punjab region,” according to the Times of India.Meanwhile, former Indian high commissioner to Canada, Vishnu Prakash, said that no protocol was breached in welcoming Trudeau and it can’t be expected of the prime minister to be available to welcome every foreign dignitary.“It’s not like the prime minister is not going to meet him at all. There is a ceremonial welcome that will be held for him on 23 February and he will meet him there,” he added, according to BBC.Another source, quoted by NDTV, said that Modi was not present when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Hyderabad last week. However, Modi, who is social media-savvy, has still not tweeted about Trudeau’s visit.The Canadian PM and his team, meanwhile, have been posting updates from his trip on the social media, that show him and his family having a good time in India:.@WildlifeSOS is doing important work rescuing captive Asian elephants across India, and giving them a new chance at life. Thanks for the very warm welcome at your sanctuary today. pic.twitter.com/Ghy2zCV5ss— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 18, 2018Thanks to High Commissioner @nadirypatel for hosting a wonderful dinner, and for the warm welcome to #India. Looking forward to the week ahead. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/5MbVox7uQ6— Navdeep Bains (@NavdeepSBains) February 18, 2018I was about Xav’s age when I first visited the Taj Mahal almost 35 years ago… and it’s amazing to be back with him & the family on Day 1 of our trip to India. pic.twitter.com/EN6VnkYBU2— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 18, 2018  Related ItemsCanadaJustin TrudeauSikhismlast_img read more

India Liberates True Innovation

first_imgIn a landmark ruling that is being celebrated by public health advocates around the world, the Indian Supreme Court rejected patent protection claims by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis for its cancer drug Glivec, concluding that the compound “did not satisfy the test of novelty or inventiveness,” which is required under Indian patent law.The core issue in the Glivec case is a dubious legal and business tactic called “evergreening,” which is frequently deployed by pharmaceutical companies to extend the life of their profitable expiring patents by making minor modifications to a compound by tweaking its dosage or formula, for example, to ward off generic competitors. The Court found that Glivec’s active ingredient, imatinib mesylate, was already known, rejecting Novartis’s contention that the drug was novel because it was more easily absorbed in the body. It concluded that Glivec failed “in both the tests of invention and patentability.”Leena Menghaney, access campaign manager for Doctors Without Borders, hailed the ruling, “The Supreme Court’s decision prevents companies from abusing the patent system to get unwarranted patents on existing medicines.”The Supreme Court’s decision is a shot in the arm for India’s burgeoning generic drugs industry that has become a vital lifeline to developing countries, supplying one-fifth of the world’s generic drugs.Until recently, India did not allow patents on drug compounds. In 2005, the country was coerced into expanding patent protection under U.S. and international drug industry pressure and World Trade Organization rules. Intellectual property rules have long been built around the interests of Western corporations, who for decades now have been engaged in large-scale biopiracy, pillaging traditional herbs and medicines, which don’t enjoy patent protection. After the 2005 revisions to India’s patent law, profitable international drug companies have been seeking to slow and even shut down Indian generic drug manufacturers through concerted legal challenges to protect their oversized profits. In 2012, Novartis alone reported profits of almost $10 billion.In recent years, Indian courts and its patent regime have begun pushing back against pharmaceutical multinationals. Last year, India’s Patent Office ruled against patent protection for Bayer’s cancer drug Nexavar and revoked Roche’s patent on the hepatitis-C drug Pegasys and Pfizer’s patent on the cancer drug Sutent.Predictably, pharmaceutical industries and their mouthpieces have launched a relentless public relations campaign, warning of stifling of innovation and threatening to pull out of India because of its weak intellectual protection laws. In a statement Novartis warned that the Supreme Court’s judgment “discourages innovative drug discovery essential to advancing medical science for patients.” Ranjit Shahani, managing director of Novartis India, added, “This ruling is a setback for patients that will hinder medical progress for diseases without effective treatment options.”Novartis’s concerns for global health are touching, really?For all of global pharma’s bluster, the fact is that the Indian Supreme Court is not rejecting the idea of patenting drugs. What it is repudiating is the attempt by pharmaceutical giants to use legal loopholes to extend the life of patents that have already expired. As Pratibha Singh, a lawyer representing Indian generic drug manufacturers, said after the decision, “Patents will be given only for genuine inventions, and repetitive patents will not be given for minor tweaks to an existing drug.”Rather than stifle invention, the Indian Supreme Court’s ruling should actually accelerate it, forcing drug companies to focus on genuine innovations rather than merely tweaking existing compounds to advance their commercial interests and stifling generic competitors, the real engine for innovation.These valuable policy implications of the Indian Supreme Court’s decision are already beginning to reverberate around the world, as the European Union, Australia, Canada and other countries begin to weigh laws to crack down on “evergreening” abuses by drug companies. Related Itemslast_img read more

Amritpal Singh Becomes First Indian in Australian Basketball League

first_imgOne of the “Big Three” of Indian basketball, the team captain Amritpal Singh, has been signed by Australia’s Sydney Kings for the new National Basketball League (NBL) season. He is the first representative from India to sign for a club in the division after he caught King’s attention during their rookie camp in June.“We welcome Amritpal to our organisation,” said Sydney Kings managing director Jeff Van Groningen on their official website. “We take our responsibility as a member of the global basketball community very seriously and endorse the NBL’s focus on ‘bridge-building’ with those that share an interest and passion for our great game both in India and within the Indian community here in Australia.”He added: “We are excited at what Amritpal can contribute to the Kings as a strong, rebounding big man and we look forward to contributing to his rising career. He is young in the game but secured this opportunity through hard work and professionalism.”Amripal Singh’s Journey So FarThe 26-year-old basketball player hails from a family of farmers in Fattuwal, Punjab. After playing kabaddi for most of his youth, the 6 foot 11 inches tall player handled his first basketball when he was 18. He joined the Ludhiana Basketball Academy in 2010, and captained the Indian team last year.Singh’s appearances include the one for UBA’s Pune Peshwas and then playing alongside another of the Big Three, Amjyot from Tokyo Excellence in Japan. In April, he impressed the scouts in NBL Draft Combine in Melbourne with his defensive presence and footwork.A report on NBL’s official website said of Draft Combine: “The captain of the Indian national team, Amritpal Singh, with a large frame and giant wing-span, was one of the standout performers at NBL Combine in Melbourne, capturing the attention of a number of coaches in attendance.”He was invited along with other senior basketball players Amjyot Singh Gill, Yadwinder Singh, and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi for the NBL Draft combine.What Clinched it for Singh Amritpal Singh was key to the Kings’ win against Lithuania in the Atlas Challenge tournament in China, with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Sydney Kings head coach Andrew Gaze said of the Indian captain on the Kings official website: “Amritpal was a very strong contributor to the Kings’ offseason program, particularly during our invitational tour to China.”He added: “His rebounding was a major factor that allowed us to win the Suzhou event, and he also picked up our overall playing philosophies and schemes quite quickly.”The Sydney Kings are up against the Adelaide 36ers on October 7. Bhriguvanshi, the former captain of India, has signed a one-year training deal with Adelaide 36ers. Started in 1979, the NBL is an 8-team league, with seven teams from Australia and one from New Zealand, which is played between October and March. Related ItemsAmritpal SinghAmritpal Singh Adelaide 36ersAmritpal Singh NBLAmritpal Singh Sydney KingsAtlas Challenge tournament IndiaAustralia basketball IndiansLittle IndiaNational Basketball League IndianVishesh Bhriguvanshilast_img read more

UAE Announces New Insurance System, Visa Rules for Foreign Workers

first_imgThe UAE has introduced a new insurance scheme for workers’ guarantees in private sector as well as legislative package of visa facilitations, the Khaleej Times reported. The previous mandatory deposit of Dh3,000 per worker has now been replaced with an insurance that would cost Dh60 annually per worker.The scheme, introduced by the Cabinet chaired by UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on June 14 , aims to secure workers’ rights and entitlements in the private sector and reduce the burden on employers. This would enable businesses to recover approximately Dh14 billion, which represents the value of current guarantees paid by employers, which will be subsequently used as investment in the development of their business.#UAE Cabinet approves new reforms to enhance #UAE’s economy competitiveness. pic.twitter.com/JDomHZuR4M— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) June 13, 2018The insurance policy will cover the workers’ entitlements in terms of end of service benefits, vacation allowance, overtime allowance, unpaid wages, worker’s return ticket and cases of work injury. In cases of work injury, the insurance coverage is Dh20,000 per worker.“These will go a long way in easing the financial burden on Indian workers, professionals and entrepreneurs,” Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian ambassador to the UAE, said regarding the decisions taken by the UAE Cabinet, Gulf  News reported. “They also demonstrate the pragmatic and progressive approach of the UAE’s leadership and their commitment towards strengthening the country’s competitive edge. That is why the UAE remains a preferred destination for Indian investors and workers alike.”Also adopted were a number of visa facilitations for visitors, residents, families and people overstaying their visa to cater to a wider segment of the society. In the new legislative package approved by the Cabinet, the current residency system will grant a two-year extension of the residency period for the dependents of their parents after finishing their university studies. It also decided to grant people overstaying their visa a chance to leave the country voluntarily without a “no entry” passport stamp.To reduce the financial burden on individuals who wish to adjust or renew their visa, the Cabinet said that these individuals can now do so for a certain fee without having to leave and re-enter the country.As per the new package, the transit passengers don’t have to pay entry fee for first 48 hours and the transit visa can be extended to 96 hours with a fee of Dh50. The Cabinet has also introduced a new 6-month visa for job applicants who have overstayed their visa, but want to continue working in the country.The Cabinet also decided to adopt a resolution on empowering “People of Determination” by granting them access to the job market. The resolution will give them the required support for equal employment opportunities in various sectors. Related ItemsEmploymentUAElast_img read more

Hotshots’ Pingris returns but still ‘at 60 percent’

first_imgView comments Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ LOOK: LA Tenorio meets lookalike on Christmas Day Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on PLAY LIST 01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:15MMDA: 90% of Mabuhay Lanes, 60% inner roads cleared01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Marc Pingris indeed got his Christmas wish as he fought through a bad back and played in Magnolia’s Christmas Day tussle against Ginebra on Monday.“I was also surprised that I played,” Pingris admitted. “But I really thank coach that I was able to play. At least, he still believes in me even though I’m still not in a good condition.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqcenter_img And he’s just keeping a positive view for the Hotshots as they take the extended break as a chance to recover and recuperate from their respective injuries, with a better showing in 2018 all in mind and putting this defeat to the Gin Kings behind.“Every time we lose, we learn a lot. And we’re still positive that we can make it to the semis. But before we do that, we need to work on our mistakes. We need to blend well with each other, and I believe that we can still improve,” he said.Fortunately for Magnolia, it goes on a 16-day break before facing Kia on January 10.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pingris made his season debut at the cavernous Philippine Arena, seeing action for 25 minutes and chimed in six points, five rebounds, two assists, and a block for the Hotshots.Unfortunately for Pingris, his Christmas wish didn’t come in full as his efforts weren’t enough as Magnolia fell to Ginebra, 78-89.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderStill, Pingris feels better as the days go by, noting that he’s slowly gaining grounds in terms of his recovery.“I’m at 60 percent now,” Pingris said as he continues to work his way back to tip-top shape. “I need to regain my timing and my breathing. I rested for 10 days and I still hasn’t recovered from that. Coach has been handling me with caution in our practices.” LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Test events to help prep asiad athletes

first_imgRoach says Gesta ‘looking good’ ahead of world title bout MOST READ The 18th Asian Games in Indonesia will provide a glimpse of what it feels like playing in the biggest sports meet of the continent.Erick Thohir, president of the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc), recently announced they would hold test events for nine sports next month to simulate the fierce competition at the Asian quadrennial meet to be held in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Test events in archery, athletics, basketball, boxing, football, weightlifting, volleyball indoor, taekwondo and pencak silat are scheduled Feb. 10 to 18 with 1,991 athletes and 487 officials from 45 countries expected to participate.Thohir, who also sits as president of the Indonesian Olympic Committee, said they were looking at 9,500 athletes, 20,000 volunteers, 3,500 media personnel, 2,500 VIPs and 5,500 technical officials to attend the Games set Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“Indonesia is a part of globalization and sports is for unity,” Thohir told the Inquirer. “Our country is multicultural so respect for culture is very important and we want to show this image as part of globalization.”A total of 462 gold medals will be offered from 40 sports and 67 disciplines, 28 of them Olympic sports contested in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games. Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqcenter_img LATEST STORIES View comments “The number of sports and events are already final but we will allow changes on the type of events to be played,” said Thohir, adding that accreditation for all participants, including members of the media, will begin within the month.Athletics will offer the most number of golds in 48 events while swimming will dangle 41 gold medals. Palembang will host 11 sports while the rest will be played in Jakarta.Filipinos brought home one gold, three silver and 11 bronze medals from the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.Thohir said a torch relay would be held six weeks before the Games. The relay would go through 10,000 kilometers covering six major cities in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Shola Alvarez, JRU upset San Sebastian

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShola Alvarez went off for Jose Rizal University, steering her side to a five-set victory over perennial contender San Sebastian, 27-25, 25-23, 22-25, 16-25, 15-12, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The 20-year-old open spiker exploded for 28 points, 24 of which off kills to go with four blocks as the Lady Bombers earned their first win of the season and finally got one over the Lady Stags.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:53NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Sebastian Stags01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venuescenter_img LATEST STORIES It was a shocking defeat for San Sebastian, which swept the elimination phase for the past two seasons. Their efforts over the last two years, however, ended in heartbreaks, losing to St. Benilde and Arellano in the Finals.Nikka Marielle Dalisay paced the Lady Stags (1-1) with 17 points, while Daurene Santos and Joyce Sta. Rita both had 16.In the first match, Letran earned its first victory with a straight sets win over Mapua, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19.Marie Simborio unfurled 16 points to lead Letran, which evened its record at 1-1.Patria Jela Pena topped Mapua (0-2) with 19.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle opens 3-peat bid vs UST on Feb. 3 Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “This is my last season and I hope I could get to play in the Final Four,” said Alvarez, who suited up for Pocari Sweat in the Premier Volleyball League and is eyeing to anchor JRU to the Final Four in her final year.Coach Mia Tioseco relished this historic victory as the Lady Bombers now have their eye on continuing their rise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“I’ve heard that we’ve never won against San Sebastian even before I became coach here five years ago. And we’re happy we made history,” she said.Alessandra Anne Javier added 15 markers for JRU. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone pays tribute to dogged Leicester City

first_imgAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone paid tribute to Leicester City’s dogged persistence as the Spaniards saw off the English champions 2-1 on aggregate to reach the Champions League semi-finals for a third time in four seasons.Last season’s runners-up looked set for a calm night when Saul Niguez’s pin-point header put them two goals ahead on aggregate before halftime to cool the atmosphere in the King Power Stadium.Yet a double change from Craig Shakespeare at the start of the second half transformed the game, leading Jamie Vardy to level for the English champions and forcing Atletico to defend with their backs against the wall and see out the 1-1 draw which took them through.”I feel emotion, pride and hope after such a tough game against a team which gave us so much pleasure to compete against, a team that did not throw in the towel and kept us at arms’ length,” said Simeone.”After a game like that it’s easy to forget we are in the semi-finals. It was the night of pure football we had envisaged, with a marvellous atmosphere against a team that fought until the end. It was a passionate game with chances for both sides, and these are the games that people love to see.”The Argentine coach has transformed Atletico from sleeping giants to one of Europe’s most feared teams in his five years in charge and he said he had fulfilled his initial aim when he took the reins of an ailing club in 2012.advertisement”When I came here five years ago my only hope was to make Atletico a competitive team again and bother every team that we faced, and I think we are competing,” said Simeone, who had to rejig his defence after losing Juanfran and Filipe Luis to injury in the second half.”Shakespeare’s changes were fantastic and after their goal they attacked us much more. It took a while to reset the defence but when we did it we managed to cope better with the danger they created,” he added.”The team did what we needed to do to go through. As a coach it is difficult for me to keep praising the efforts of our team because they are magnificent.”last_img read more

India most essential partner of Japan: Japanese envoy

first_imgNew Delhi, December 13 (PTI) India is an obvious, essential, and the most reliable partner for Japan to work with and the country places it at the center of its Indo- Pacific strategy, Japanese envoy to India Kenji Hiramastsu said today.Referring to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abes visit to India in September, and his meeting with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, Hiramatsu said the strategic dialogue between the two leaders on regional and global issues was becoming increasingly deep and substantial.”India is an obvious, essential, and the most reliable partner for Japan to work with, in coping with the challenges that the world faces today. Japan places India at the center of its Indo-Pacific strategy,” the ambassador said.Hiramatsu was addressing a gathering today on the occasion of the National Day reception at the Embassy of Japan. The National Day of Japan is observed to celebrate the birthday of Akihito, the Emperor of Japan, who will turn 84 on December 23.Referring to the Japanese direct investment into India, he underlined that Japanese FDI has almost doubled from USD 2.6 billion in 2014 to USD 4.7 billion in 2016. This, he said, clearly illustrated the huge upsurge in Japanese companies interest in entering the lucrative Indian market and expanding their operations.Hiramatsu also added that the two countries were discovering new avenues of collaboration, for instance, in retail, services sectors, and start-ups. In the field of people-to-people exchanges, Japan will continue to work towards accelerating it through tourism, youth exchanges, sports and Japanese language education. PTI PR AARadvertisementlast_img read more

WWE RAW: Stephanie McMahon announces first ever Women’s Royal Rumble Match

first_imgThe women’s revolution is in full swing in the WWE, with Stephanie McMahon’s announcement of the first women’s Royal Rumble marking the latest milestone.”The first ever women’s Royal Rumble match will mark a significant moment in the evolution of WWE,” said Stephanie McMahon on the latest episode of RAW.”WWE’s female performers are role models, inspiring and empowering women and girls to be confident and strong. They deserve their own match at Royal Rumble,” she said.At WrestleMania 32, WWE unveiled a new Women’s Championship title belt and re-branded the Divas Division to become the Women’s Division. Since then, WWE has placed a greater emphasis on its female superstars including recruitment of female talent from around the world, as well as the recent signings of the first female recruits from the Middle East and India.This year, WWE created the first ever women’s tournament, Mae Young Classic, which included 32 of the top female competitors from 16 countries, underscoring the breadth and international diversity of women in sports entertainment. In addition, earlier this month, WWE Superstars Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss took part in the first-ever women’s match in the Middle East. This year also marked the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank ladders match too, which Carmella won.Raw General Manager Kurt Angle also made the announcement that Brock Lesnar would be defending his WWE Universal title against both Braun Strowman and Kane in a Triple Threat Match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.Drew Gulak, member of The Zo Train, lost his number one contender’s match, to WWE Crusierweight Champion Enzo Amore’s title, against Cedric Alexander.advertisementThree years after Finn Balor had made his very first NXT appearance as Hideo Itami’s partner against The Ascension, the Japanese Superstar repaid the favour. He came to aid of Balor in the latter’s match against The Miztourage.After Seth Rollins defeated Jason Jordan in the opening match of RAW, Kurt Angle’s son, Jason Jordan, was forced to team up with Rollins and Dean Ambrose (of the Shield) against The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) and Samoa Joe. ‘The Lunatic Fringe’ seemed to have injured himself in the brawl, as the trio of Cesaro, Sheamus and  Samoa Joe escaped with the victory.Asuka’s undefeated streak continued with another easy win over Alicia Fox, as ‘The Empress of Tomorrow’ looked in no mood to step off the pedal. Raw’s tag team division received a boost as The Revival made a surprise return and made quick work of the team of Heath Slater and Rhyno.The wild ramblings of “Woken” Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt continued. With Wyatt comparing his feud with Matt to a game of chess, and calling him a “more than a deranged jester with a funny laugh”. Hardy returned the favour in a hilarious promo where he indulged in a game of chess with a fish in a bowl. He said that their “Great War” would only lead to Wyatt being “Deleted”.last_img read more

Work of Parenting Support Commission Key in addressing Crime – Senator Reid

first_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government, through the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), is committed to providing parents with the necessary training and support to raise their children, as a first line of defence against crime.“It is no longer the Ministry of National Security (only) that is really going to arrest the crime problem in Jamaica. It is the (Education) Ministry, through the NPSC, because we have to change behaviour so that we have positive behaviour,” he said.Senator Reid, who was speaking at the media launch of National Parent Month 2017 on Wednesday (November 1) at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, said that responsible and effective parenting can help in avoiding future delinquency.“We have a situation where homes are broken and a lot of children fall between the cracks. There is a good chance that these (children) will grow up to be criminals and repeat offenders,” he argued.The NPSC has collaborated with public- and private-sector entities on various programmes to engage and train parents in effective parenting techniques.Among them are the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education’s Parenting Education Project; the National Integrity Action’s ‘Take the Time’ marketing campaign; and the Ministry of Education’s Safe Schools project.“National Parenting Month enables us to give more targeted focus on the various ways in which we can help each other to create a better society,” the Minister said.Annually observed in November, the month seeks to recognise and celebrate the important role of parents/guardians in society.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NPSC, Kaysia Kerr, said the month of activities, under the theme ‘Be the Influence’, is a call to action for parents to strive to give the best care and guidance possible to their children.“We believe that, this year, our efforts bring with it a different energy. Whereas we see the month of November as a time to celebrate parents, we must respond in a very deliberate and targeted way to the urgencies in society that are all too clear. The NPSC must bring into focus matters related to parenting that need urgent attention and sustained efforts to improve,” she said.The month of activities will include a church service on November 5 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay; Parent Villages at Hope Gardens in Kingston on November 11, and November 25 in Jarrett Park, Montego Bay; and parent mentor’s community fora dubbed ‘From Street Talk to Real Talk’ in Breastworks, Portland, on November 14, and at Hermitage in St. Andrew on November 30. The month of activities will include a church service on November 5 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay; Parent Villages at Hope Gardens in Kingston on November 11, and November 25 in Jarrett Park, Montego Bay; and parent mentor’s community fora dubbed ‘From Street Talk to Real Talk’ in Breastworks, Portland, on November 14, and at Hermitage in St. Andrew on November 30. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government, through the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), is committed to providing parents with the necessary training and support to raise their children, as a first line of defence against crime. Senator Reid, who was speaking at the media launch of National Parent Month 2017 on Wednesday (November 1) at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, said that responsible and effective parenting can help in avoiding future delinquency.last_img read more

Thrustmaster Secures Propulsion Deal at OTC

first_imgzoom Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion equipment based out of Houston, closed out this year’s OTC by signing a contract with the Dutch Barge Company Thursday to supply a complete thruster package.Thrustmaster is staged to supply a complete thruster package to outfit a multi-purpose offshore supply vessel that will be classed by Buereau Veritas for dynamic positioning class two operations.The vessel will utilize two 1,500 hp thrustmaster azimuth thrusters model TH1500N, two 1,000 hp Thrustmaster Retractable Azimuth Thrusters Model TH1000RN, and one 1000 hp thrustmaster carbon steel tunnel thruster model 66TT1000-CS.“We have a great opportunity to continue with our 30 year track record by providing quality commercial thrusters to the offshore and marine industry that is backed up with a global network of support and service – we couldn’t think of a better venue to finalize the deal with Dutch Barge Company than at the Offshore Technology Conference,” said Thrustmaster’s Marketing Manager Johnray Strickland.Thrustmaster, May 09, 2014last_img read more

UN officials stress Security Councils role in protecting civilians during armed conflict

10 May 2011The recent unrest in North Africa and the Middle East and the post-electoral crisis in Cote d’Ivoire highlight the need to protect civilians during armed conflicts, top United Nations officials said today as they stressed the key role of the Security Council on the issue. “The events of the last few months have provided a compelling reminder of the fundamental and enduring importance of the Council’s protection of civilians agenda,” the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, told Council members.“Moreover, they have underscored the need to ensure that the commitments therein… translate into concerted Council action in response to violations of the law, as we have seen in Côte d’Ivoire and Libya, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Somalia.”Ms. Amos made her remarks during an open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. Other UN officials addressing the meeting were the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy, and the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, who spoke on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.On 17 March, the Council adopted a resolution authorizing Member States to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians in Libya, and since then several countries have carried out air strikes as part of their efforts to implement the resolution.Also earlier this year, the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) undertook all necessary measures, as directed by unanimous Security Council resolutions, to protect its assets and fulfil its mandate, particularly with regards to protection of civilians during the West African country’s recent political upheaval.These actions came in the wake of a presidential statement adopted last November, when the Council renewed its call on parties to conflict to take steps to protect civilians affected by hostilities, demanding they put an end to practices such as sexual violence, forced recruitment and other violations of international humanitarian law. In her remarks to the meeting, Ms. Amos focused on the need to ensure more effective protection for civilians. She cited violence in Bahrain, Yemen and Syria, as well as the situations in Côte d’Ivoire and Libya.“The deliberate targeting of civilians or other flagrant disregard for well-being in violation of international humanitarian law during hostilities results in hundreds killed, injured, maimed and traumatized every week,” Ms. Amos said. “This initial failure to respect the law is almost always the precursor to further violence, suffering and trauma inflicted upon civilians, including massive displacement within and across borders.”Ms. Amos also highlighted the plight of civilians in other conflicts who continue to be killed or injured as parties fail to comply with their obligations in the conduct of hostilities. Listing cases such as Somalia, the DRC, Sudan, Colombia, Gaza and southern Israel, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, Ms. Amos said the Security Council has a responsibility to promote compliance. “First, by using all available opportunities to condemn violations and to remind parties of, and demand compliance with, their obligations,” Ms. Amos said. “Second, by applying targeted sanctions against the leadership of parties that routinely violate their obligations to respect civilians. “And third, by promoting accountability, including by mandating commissions of inquiry to examine situations where concerns exist regarding serious violations, with a view to identifying the perpetrators and ensuring their prosecution at the national level, or referring the situation to the International Criminal Court.” In his remarks to the Council, Mr. Le Roy said that UN peacekeeping operations have been working closely with those countries which provide troops to serve as peacekeepers to improve the blue helmets’ understanding and implementation of protection of civilian mandates. This includes through measures such as providing guidance to missions on developing comprehensive protection strategies and training scenarios. However, noting that the protection of civilians in UN peacekeeping operations is often carried out in extremely challenging environments, and in many cases with tremendous political complexities, Mr. Le Roy said such efforts must be complemented by the Council’s sustained political support.“Ultimately, protection of civilians is assured by stable political outcomes, and the Security Council’s role in ensuring that parties stay on the path to peace is always critical,” Mr. Le Roy said. “The Council’s unflagging support in these situations is a sine qua non if we are to take forward our mandated tasks and improve the lives of civilians whom we are deployed to support.”In her statement to the Council’s meeting, delivered by Mr. Šimonovic, Ms. Pillay said recent events illustrated that the denial of human rights – including civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights – is a root cause of discord, unrest, violence and ultimately armed conflict. “Protecting human rights prevents conflicts, and accountability for violations of human rights breaks the cycle of violence,” she said. “In recent years, almost every integrated peace mission has included a human rights component, appropriately reflecting our shared conviction that the maintenance of peace and security depends upon respect for human rights – this positive development must continue.”Ms. Pillay also commended the Council for its “swift and decisive” actions to promote the protection of civilians and noted her office’s readiness to assist the Council with information on the human rights situation in places where the Council establishes or renews the mandate of a peace mission. read more

A late rise leaves US stocks mostly higher BofA error sinks its

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 28, 2014 2:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A late rise leaves US stocks mostly higher; BofA error sinks its stock, other banks fall NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are ending a choppy day mostly higher as investors balanced enthusiasm over a possible merger in the health care industry with bad news from Bank of America.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 87 points, or 0.5 per cent, to close at 16,448 Monday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose six points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,869. The Nasdaq composite edged down a point to 4,074. The index erased most of a 61-point loss.Pfizer rose 4 per cent after renewing its push to buy rival drugmaker AstraZeneca.Bank of America slid 6 per cent after a financial error forced the bank to suspend plans to increase its dividend and buy back more of its stock.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.70 per cent. Specialist Wingszi Chiang, left, and trader Fred DeMarco work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, April 28, 2014. Stocks are mostly higher in early trading as traders hope for another blockbuster merger in the health-care industry. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) read more

Quinn scrambling to find fixes to stop Falcons 4game skid

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — A four-game losing streak has taken the Atlanta Falcons out of the playoff picture, leaving coach Dan Quinn with what he described as the biggest challenge of his four seasons with the team.Falcons owner Arthur Blank reaffirmed his support for Quinn following Sunday’s 26-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.The Falcons (4-8) already have matched the most losses in any of Quinn’s first three seasons as they prepare to visit Green Bay on Sunday. Jobs could be on the line for players and assistant coaches in the final four games, but Quinn said that’s nothing new.“What I can say the focus right now is how hard we can grind to get our football over this last quarter exactly right,” Quinn said, referring to the final four games. “Then, post-season we will look at everything together from personnel, players, coaches, everything just like we do all the time. That starts with me first.”Offensive co-ordinator Steve Sarkasian is under pressure to find fixes for an offence that has failed to reach 20 points in the four straight losses. Defensive co-ordinator Marquand Manuel’s unit ranks near the bottom against the run and pass.Quinn’s 2015 team finished 8-8, one year before Atlanta made a surprising run to the Super Bowl and then returned to the playoff last season.Quinn said he has challenged his team to improve its turnover ratio and stagnant running game. He also said he’s looking for better effort from players.“What I’d like to see is strong, relentless effort, both on and off the field,” he said. “What do I mean when I say off the field? That’s staying even tighter, connected, preparation, mindset heading into the game. All of those things I’d like to see tick up.”Blank was at the Falcons’ practice facility and in the locker room on Monday. On Sunday, after attending Quinn’s postgame news conference, Blank said “I haven’t lost any faith” in the coach and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.Quinn said he appreciates Blank’s support “during this time of year, especially.”“I know there are 32 teams … and I’m aware not everyone has that type of support,” Quinn said Monday. “So I appreciate having a boss like that. I know what he stands for and I love having that connection. It’s very important.”Quinn’s 2015 team suffered a six-game losing streak before winning two of its last three to finish .500 and establish momentum for the Super Bowl run in 2016.This year’s team has lost seven players, including some prominent leaders, to the injured reserve. The list includes running back Devonta Freeman, starting offensive guards Andy Levitre and Brandon Fusco and starting safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen. Linebacker Deion Jones returned Sunday and led the team with 15 tackles and a sack after missing 10 games with a foot injury.Quinn has not used injuries as an excuse for the losing streak. The four straight losses, and especially the sudden decline in scoring , are signs the drain on the team’s talent pool finally is too much to overcome.Matt Ryan’s 131 yards passing on Sunday set a career low for a full game.Ryan said the team’s effort was good but lack of execution was the problem.“We need to play well,” Ryan said. “At the end of the day, I think that’s the most important thing is to play well, and we haven’t done that.”Quinn said the missing players “have had a significant impact” in the Falcons’ “style and attitude.”“We’re always bummed when we don’t have those players here,” he said. “That is part of it, we recognize, in the game. Some years you have more than others. This happens to be one of the years we have more.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLCharles Odum, The Associated Press read more

Update CPG officer dies from poison exwife discharged

The 52-year-old Community Policing Group Officer who ingested poison after chopping his ex-wife and her lover last night, passed away hours ago at the New Amsterdam Hospital. Narine Parmaloo Inews had previously reported that the CPG officer, Narine Parmaloo of Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne was imbibing with this ex-wife, Nesha Parmaloo and her lover, identified only as “Mahendra, last evening.However, an argument ensued between the CPG Officer and his ex-wife’s lover, Mahendra. Parmaloo reportedly grabbed a cutlass from inside of the home and dealt multiple chops to his ex-wife and her lover, while threatening to chop anyone who tried to protect the duo.The house where the incident occurred (Javed Khan Image )The Parmaloos’ son told Inews that his father would usually visit his mother and they would often consume alcohol without there being a problem. He was unable to say what may have triggered his father’s sudden rage.This online publication understands that the Parmaloo’s separated late last year, and the CPG Officer had reportedly threatened on numerous occasions to kill his ex-wife, especially after she moved in with her lover, Mahendra.Reports suggests that Narine Parmaloo, on Wednesday last, attempted to take his own life, and was hospitalized. He was only just discharged from the hospital on Saturday.Meanwhile, Parmaloo’s ex-wife was discharged from the hospital today, while her lover is said to be clinging to his life. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPG officer goes berserk, hacks ex-wife, her lover then ingests poisonous substanceFebruary 6, 2017In “Crime”Berbice CPG rank, son arrested for stabbing estate workerSeptember 3, 2017In “Crime”Parika man succumbs to poison after chopping ex-partner, mother-in-lawAugust 6, 2016In “latest news” read more