UK, Indian Agencies Join Hands to Curb International Medicines Crime

first_imgBritish health regulator and Indian intelligence agency have come together to prevent unlicensed medicines from entering the UK market.In a statement released Oct. 10, the British High Commission in India called this collaboration an example of coordinated efforts to tackle global medicines crime. It said that co-operation based on rapid mutual intelligence-sharing will assist in combating illegal cross-border trade in medicines.Following a meeting in Delhi earlier this month, Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare Products and Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will send intelligence to India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), enabling them to target regions suspected of sending unlicensed medicines into the UK, according to the statement.Both the UK and India have a longstanding relationship when it comes to collaborating around the issue of medicines. In 2015 both countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), further increasing collaboration in the area of medicines and medical devices and improving public safety.Alastair Jeffrey, MHRA’s Head of Enforcement said, “Our active collaboration with Indian Government agencies sends a strong message to criminals; when we work with our global partners we are able to disrupt criminal activity through the identification, arrest and prosecution of offenders wherever they are.”“We are working tirelessly to identify all those involved in bringing unlicensed medicines into the UK. Our collaborative efforts with key partners like India will help protect the health of UK citizens,” he added.Vivek Chaturvedi, DRI’s Additional Director General said, “Indian Customs is committed to detecting and preventing illegal cross border trade in medicines and psychotropic substances. DRI being the apex intelligence and investigative agency has successfully booked a number of cases, carried out seizures and arrested offenders in recent past.”Terming MHRA as an important partner in reducing illegal medicines trade, he said that DRI has been working closely with international law enforcement agencies and regulators.“Such collaboration is mutually beneficial to both countries in protecting the health of their citizens and in prosecuting the criminals involved in such offences,” he said.MHRA regulates all medicines and medical devices sold or manufactured in the UK and ensures that they are safe to use. Related Itemslast_img read more

Mercedes reveals C Class Coupe

first_imgThe 2017 C Class Coupe has just been revealed by Mercedes and like the C Class Sedan, the car has borrowed heavily from the top of the line S Class. The new resemblance with the S Class makes the C Class a whole lot more interesting.Under the hood, the C Class sports the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine which creates 241 HP and 370 Nm of torque. Mercedes mentions a lot of extras with the car such as an Airmatic suspension, a vast suite of safety systems, and a 360-degree camera.The car is based on the  MRA modular platform for rear-wheel-drive autos, the 2017 C Class Coupe will be lighter than the outgoing model which will spell improvement terms of acceleration, braking, handling and economy.The new C Class Coupe is also bigger than its predecessor, precisely 3.7 inch in length and 1.6 inch in width.last_img read more

The Rs 888 smartphone is real, clarifies Docoss

first_imgJaipur-based Docoss has taken to social media to claim the genuineness of its debut phone Docoss X1. Priced at Rs 888, the Docoss X1 is claimed to be a fully-functional Android-based smartphone that is now available for pre-order from the company’s website. In case you didn’t notice, this is a phone that costs just Rs 888 to own, hence the controversy.Makers of the Docoss X1 have taken to Twitter and YouTube to prove that the phone is real and no scam, probably like the Freedom 251 was. The company has asked people not to panic, and shared what it claims are ‘real’ images of the Docoss X1.Don’t panic real phone real images pic.twitter.com/Ntb7dW4paT Docoss (@DocossSocial) April 28, 2016Meanwhile, it has also uploaded a hands-on video of the phone on YouTube to support the claim.As mentioned earlier, the phone is now available for pre-order with deliveries said to begin from May 2. Pre-booking is via SMS-only. Cash on delivery option is also available.In terms of specifications, the Docoss X1comes with a 4-inch display, a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A7 processor with 1GB and 4GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card.The dualSIM phone runs Android KitKat and supports 3G connectivity. It sports a 2-megapxiel camera on the rear and a VGA front-facing camera. The phone is backed by a 1,300mAh battery.last_img read more

Romelu Lukaku on target as Manchester United F.C. top Manchester City F.C. in Houston derby

first_imgStrikers Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford delivered a devastating one-two punch just before half time to carry Manchester United to a 2-0 victory over Manchester City in a derby held 5,000 miles from home on Thursday.Lukaku struck first in Houston in the 37th minute with his second goal for his new club after moving to Old Trafford from Everton last week in a deal reported in the British media to be worth nearly $100 million.The Belgian found the net with a sensational finish on the half-volley from a narrow angle which exposed the positioning of goalkeeper Ederson, who recently joined City from Benfica for around $45 million.Two minutes later, Rashford took Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s pass all alone to the right of the City penalty area and placed the ball beyond Ederson to ensure the red half of Manchester prevailed in the first derby played outside England.The strike duo gave the United faithful hopes of a more explosive attack in the upcoming season by creating numerous chances against City, who were playing their first match of the pre-season in the International Champions Cup opener.Lukaku missed two more tantalising opportunities early in the second half, misdirecting a header off a corner from Rashford and then rattling the frame of the goal with a rocket off his left foot.”I couldn’t be happier with what he’s doing, and I could not be happier we managed to sign him before the pre-season,” United manager Jose Mourinho said of Lukaku on MUTV.”(He’s a) team player, who holds the ball, who waits for support, who allows the team to leave pressure zones. People look to goals and chances, I have a different perspective.”advertisementThe entertaining contest drew a crowd of more than 67,000 to NRG Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Houston Texans.United, who have already played two games in the U.S. against Major League Soccer clubs LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, will play another four pre-season contests against Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valerenga and Sampdoria.City have games against Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United following the derby clash.”It was our first game, a good training (run) against another team,” said City manager Pep Guardiola.($1 = 0.7710 pounds)last_img read more

Royal Enfield showcases Continental GT 650 Twin and Interceptor INT 650

first_imgBy Abhishek Sonkar Milan (Italy), Nov 7 (PTI) Niche bike maker Royal Enfield showcased its mid-sized Continental GT 650 Twin and Interceptor INT 650 motorcycles at the ongoing EICMA 2018 motorcycle show here.”Following… September’s California launch of its all new Continental GT 650 Twin and Interceptor INT 650 Twin mid-sized motorcycles, the company is delighted to display the first full production versions to general public at this year’s EICMA,” Royal Enfield said in a statement issued here.Starting January, the company said, the products will be made available for test rides at European dealerships in a phased manner, making it the first retail launch for the twin motorcycles.However, the booking starts from mid-November.Commenting on the retail launch of Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 in Europe, Siddharth Lal, CEO, Royal Enfield said, “The twin motorcycles… mark the beginning of a new chapter at Royal Enfield. These are our first truly global line of products and will play a very strategic role in ushering the next chapter of Royal Enfield owners across the world.”According to the company, Continental GT 650 will appeal especially to sporting riders with its optional single seat, sculpted fuel tank, rearset footrests and race-style clip on handle bars.The Interceptor INT 650 sports a teardrop tank with traditional knee recesses, quilted dual seat and other features.Both the bikes have 650 cc engine producing 47 horsepower.In September, Royal Enfield had announced the global launch of its two new motorcycle models. The two models, equipped with twin cylinders, will start retailing in major markets, including India, the US, UK and Europe by early next year, the company had said.advertisement”These are the first bikes from Royal Enfield to be designed and developed for global markets; and it is really the starting point for Royal Enfield to become a global brand,” Lal had told PTI over phone.These models will be produced at the company’s Oragadum plant in Chennai.”We will start shipping the models to major markets by the end of this year, when the bikes will be at stores for display and test rides. We are looking at retail sales by early next year,” Lal added. PTI ABI KKS ABMABMlast_img read more

Government Surplus Auction

first_imgAuction fans are invited to hunt for bargains at the first Nova Scotia government surplus auction of 2006. A wide variety of items including cellphones, vehicles, woodworking equipment, automotive shop tools, welding gear, and even a Mason and Risch upright piano will be auctioned on Saturday, Jan. 28. The auction will be held at the Department of Transportation and Public Works’ warehouse at 10 Acadia St. in Dartmouth at 10 a.m. The items can be viewed between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The auction will be conducted by A&A Auctioneering. Payment must be made by cash or auctioneer-approved cheque. Credit cards or debit cards will not be accepted. A link to a partial list, with photos, is posted on the front page of the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Public Works’ website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/ . Money earned in this auction is used to pay down the provincial debt.last_img read more

PREMIERS OFFICECOMMUNITIESCULTURE AND HERITAGENew Art Bank Purchases on Exhibition

first_imgNova Scotians can now view the Nova Scotia Art Bank’s 2015 purchases. Premier Stephen McNeil and Arts Nova Scotia unveiled the collection Sunday, Oct. 11, at ARTsPLACE Gallery, in Annapolis Royal. The exhibition will be on view until Nov. 22. Thirty-one new works from visual arts and fine craft, created by 20 artists, were introduced. “For 40 years, Nova Scotia has been acquiring and displaying works by its contemporary visual artists,” said Premier McNeil. “The art bank ensures that this part of our province’s culture is celebrated and enhanced for future generations.” The artists, with hometowns, are: Alan Bateman, Canning Anke Fox, Musquodoboit Harbour, Halifax Regional Municipality Arianne Pollet-Brannen, Halifax Bobby Nock, Sydney Brad Hall, Annapolis Royal Cecil Day, Yarmouth Deborah MacDonald, East Quoddy, Halifax Regional Municipality F. Scott McLeod, Lunenburg Jack Bishop, Halifax Kyle Jackson, Halifax Matthew Collins, Milton, Queens Co. Melanie Colosimo, Halifax Paul Hannon, Halifax Steven Peters, Halifax Susan Malmstrom and Brandt Eisner, Halifax Susan Tooke, Halifax Suzanne Gauthier, Halifax Tony Myers, Dartmouth Wayne Boucher, Annapolis Royal “Arts Nova Scotia is committed to supporting the important work of Nova Scotian artists,” said Mary Elizabeth Luka, chair, Arts Nova Scotia. “We are happy to be here today to celebrate their significant achievement and recognize their contributions to the community.” The Nova Scotia Art Bank has supported local artists for 40 years. Since 1975, works have been added annually, based on recommendations from a jury of artists. The collection has more than 1,800 pieces of art showcased in prominent areas and public spaces of government offices throughout the province. Applications for the 2015-16 Art Bank Purchase Program will be accepted until Jan. 15. More information about the application process, artists and the latest additions to the art bank is available at http://www.artsns.ca/grants-awards/nova-scotia-art-bank .last_img read more

Rising violence in Iraq could overwhelm health services UN agency warns

“WHO will continue to support Iraq and help the countries in the region strengthen their existing health services to meet people’s needs,” said Dr. Hussein Gezairy, who heads the agency’s Eastern Mediterranean Region. The government estimates that almost 70 per cent of critically injured patients with violence-related wounds die while in the Emergency and Intensive Care Units due to a shortage of competent staff and a lack of drugs and equipment, WHO said in a news release published in conjunction with a conference in Geneva being organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to address the needs of the nearly 4 million uprooted Iraqis. In Iraq, 80 per cent of people lack effective sanitation, 70 per cent lack access to regular clean water, and only 60 per cent have access to the public food distribution system, according to WHO, which has 77 country officers in Iraq, backed by the agency’s international technical teams. Diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections, worsened by increased levels of malnutrition, account for about two thirds of deaths among children under five, while the chronic child malnutrition rate is estimated at 21 per cent, according to the findings of a survey conducted last year by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). At the Geneva conference today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged the UN’s continued efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Iraqis, while stressing that a long-term solution is necessary. “Only a secure, politically stable and economically prosperous Iraq can reverse the tide of displacement. And only through assistance from the international community in this difficult period can Iraq fulfil its enormous human and economic potential,” he said via video message. 17 April 2007Escalating violence and widespread insecurity, combined with a worsening shortage of health workers, is putting severe pressure on the health of the Iraqi population, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, voicing concern that services within and outside the country will not be able to cope with the millions of people who have been forced to leave their homes. read more

Hambantota Port reports increase in vessels docking

The varied services offered by the highly experienced port staff include a warm layup for drillship ‘Aban Abraham’ in port for a period of 6 months, a hot layup for Oil Tanker ‘Champion Express’, a ship to ship transfer operation for mv. ‘Orchid’, loading and unloading operations for RORO vessels ‘GlovisSiris’ and ‘Glovis Champion’ as well as a familiarization & operational requirement for Sri Lankan naval vessel ‘Saurala.’ Traffic to the Hambantota International Port increased significantly during the last year, with 300 vessels calling with different service requirements.Whilst their volume of RORO vessels handled had increased by 136%, the multi services provided by the port has pushedits activities, which were previously centered around RORO and passenger ship operations, to bulk, break-bulk, ship supply services, repairs and layups. Apart from the regular car transshipment vessels, there is a vessel requiring Ship to Ship transfer (STS) operations and a ship belonging to the Sri Lanka navy amongst the six vessels currently berthed in the Harbour. The Hambantota International Port (HIP) saw an increase in vessels docking at the port on the first week of the new year, the Port said.One of the region’s top multipurpose ports, HIP is currently handling a number of different activities, from ship to ship transfers (STS) to ship repairs and warm layups. The port’s marketing and commercial teams have had a busy 2018, working on a worldwide campaign to position the Hambantota Port with the focus of attracting the necessary components to make it a truly multi-purpose harbour.Today, their efforts have borne fruit with so many different ships with varied service requirements calling at the port, the Port said.HIPG expects to see a manifold increase in vessel traffic in the new year, which would greatly increase the turnover of the port and in turn provide economic benefits to the Hambantota region. read more

Top UN East Timorese officials discuss plans for transition to independence

The four-hour session with Mr. Gusmão and Chief Minister Mari Alkatiri, which was held at the invitation of UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello, focused on the final weeks of UN administration before East Timor celebrates its independence on 20 May. Key upcoming events include a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on 26 April, which will be attended by the two East Timorese leaders and a conference of major foreign donors to be held in Dili from 14 to 15 May.The three officials also talked about the setting up of the Office of the President as well as preparations for the official Independence Celebrations, including the participation of ex-FALANTIL freedom fighters.“On all issues there was consensus and complete agreement,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said after the meeting.Meanwhile, the Legislative Assembly today set up a special committee to consider high-priority legislation targeted for passage before East Timor gains independence.The multi-partisan committee is expected to consider first a bill that would create an independent Public Broadcasting Service to succeed UN-run public radio and television after 20 May.The broadcasting bill was among several pieces of legislation approved by East Timor’s Council of Ministers and forwarded to the Assembly yesterday by Mr. Vieira de Mello.Mr. Gusmão is scheduled to visit the Assembly tomorrow morning and meet with Assembly Speaker Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres. read more

Companies participating in UN Global Compact double to more than 1000

The number of companies worldwide participating in the United Nations Global Compact, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s initiative to advance good corporate citizenship and responsible globalization, doubled to more than 1,000 over the past year, according to its latest annual report released today.Working with international labour and civil society the companies seek to advance principles in the areas of human rights, labour standards and concern for the environment.”The idea of a Global Compact, first articulated in a speech by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in January 1999, is today very much alive”, Georg Kell, Executive Head of the Global Compact, said at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York launching the report.”From its inception, the Global Compact has operated on the premise that finding solutions to make markets more sustainable and inclusive can only be achieved if societal actors learn how to work effectively together,” he added.The report notes that apart from the increase in participating companies, the Compact was launched in 14 more countries, bringing the total to 53. At the same time, global labour increased its involvement, and by year-end more than 20 civil society organizations were engaged at the global level, with many more at the local.It also states that a number of major policy dialogues were convened – involving hundreds of participants from business, labour and civil society on topics including Business and Sustainable Development, HIV/AIDS, Supply Chain Management, and Partnerships.An initiative to grow sustainable business in the world’s least developed countries was launched and tangible action was taken in Ethiopia, with activities planned for Madagascar, Angola, Bangladesh and Cambodia, it adds.”While these are promising developments, the Global Compact remains an ambitious experiment in the possibilities of multi-stakeholder cooperation,” Mr. Kell said. “The Global Compact must strive to ensure that its principles are translated into practices and actions that ultimately make a difference in the lives of the poor.” read more

Opinion Experienced not oneanddone players best way to win in college basketball

Kansas freshman guard Andrew Wiggins (22) drives to the basket during a game against Oklahoma State Jan. 18 at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won, 80-78.Courtesy of MCTA popular trend in men’s college basketball today is star freshmen, and along with them comes the hope their potential can bring a team to an elite playing level.Ever since NBA commissioner David Stern enforced “Article X” in 2005, stating that any player entering the NBA draft must be, “At least 19 years of age during the calendar year in which the Draft is held, and with respect to a player who is not an international player, at least one NBA Season has elapsed since the player’s graduation from high school,” the way of the game has changed.With many “one and dones” becoming stars in the NBA, such as Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Chris Bosh, Anthony Davis and Derrick Rose, many schools have started to look at freshmen as the key to winning, leaving behind the long-standing idea that experience is the most important key to winning a title.However, especially recently, the top high school recruits have not brought success to their college team of choice. In fact, dating back to the year the rule became enforced, not one Rivals No. 1 overall high school recruit has won a national championship for his college team. The closest a player has come to reaching this status was former Ohio State center Greg Oden, who led the Buckeyes to the championship against Florida in 2007, only to lose to a team that returned all five starters from the year before.Kentucky coach John Calipari has become the unofficial poster boy for recruiting “one and done” players. Since 2009, Calipari and Kentucky have recruited nine Rivals top-five high school prospects for their respective year, more than any other school. This method worked like a charm in 2011, as the team won a national title with three top-five recruits, but the following year, the Wildcats failed to reach the NCAA tournament with the No. 2 overall recruit.While Kentucky has been taking this new idea head on, OSU and its coach, Thad Matta, have refrained from taking such an approach. The Buckeyes’ current starting five consists of two seniors and three juniors and at one point the team was ranked as high as No. 3 in the country.However, things have taken a turn as of late and the Buckeyes have lost four games in a row and could soon drop out of the top 25, leading many to question Matta and his decision to not target the top incoming freshmen year in and year out and instead to build off of experience.OSU’s situation might deter others from this approach, but three of the AP’s top five teams (Michigan State, Villanova and Wichita State) all have programs built around experienced upperclassmen.Another telling stat is that of the previous seven top overall incoming freshmen, just two, Kentucky’s John Wall and Kansas’ Josh Selby, have made it to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament. Duke’s Austin Rivers, UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad and OSU’s BJ Mullens lost in the first round of the tournament, while Kansas State’s Michael Beasley led Kansas State to the round of 32 teams.This year has been no different. In fact, the top freshmen have been in the spotlight even more so than previous years. Top recruit Andrew Wiggins, guard for Kansas, has led the Jayhawks to a 14-4 overall record. Though he has shown glimpses of his elite potential, the most hyped high school basketball recruit since LeBron James has not been a crucial part of Kansas’ success. In fact, it could be argued that Wiggins’ classmate, center Joel Embiid, has played better, and Rivals had him listed at 25.I’m not trying to say recruiting “one and dones” is a bad method to win in college basketball, because obviously, teams accrue wins using the method. However, I believe experience is still the best way to win it all. Freshmen are a great way to instantly add life to a team like OSU, who seem to lack energy on the court, but if the ultimate goal is to win a championship, which it should be for every team, experience is the way to go.Matta and the Buckeyes do have a highly-touted recruiting class for next year with two Rivals top 25 recruits in guard D’Angelo Russell and forward Keita Bates-Diop, but the Buckeyes are also expected to return a majority of its current players. The new energy brought by next year’s freshmen combined with the experience of the returning players should easily spell success for OSU next year, or at least the idea behind it should. read more

Wrestling No 2 Ohio State rolls through Purdue 357

Ohio State’s Bo Jordan wrestles Kaleb Young in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (12-0, 7-0 Big Ten) beat up on Purdue (6-6, 0-5 Big Ten), defeating the Boilermakers 35-7 Sunday afternoon at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio.Ohio State’s Bo and Micah Jordan competed in their high school gym for the first time since they graduated. No. 5 Micah beat redshirt sophomore Cole Wysocki 21-9 at 157 pounds, and No. 3 Bo won 9-4 against No. 10 redshirt sophomore Dylan Lydy of Purdue at 174 pounds.Two other matchups between ranked wrestlers occurred, with Ohio State No. 11 junior Joey McKenna edging out No. 18 sophomore Nate Limmex 6-0 at 141 pounds. Ohio State No. 4 senior Nathan Tomasello beat No. 15 senior Luke Welche 18-5 at 125.Ohio State redshirt junior Cody Burcher upset No. 19 Jacob Morrissey with a pin just 34 seconds into the match. Burcher was wrestling in replace of No. 13 junior Te’Shan Campbell, who has struggled recently and lost his fourth consecutive match against Michigan State Friday.No. 2 junior Myles Martin won 20-4 with a technical fall against Purdue junior Jonathan Morales, securing the victory in the 184-pound division. No. 1 sophomore Kollin Moore won 18-3 against Purdue sophomore Christian Brunner.Ohio State No. 6 sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes competed against redshirt sophomore Austin Nash at 149 pounds, and came away with a 24-6 win. Redshirt junior Ben Thornton beat Ohio State freshman Brakan Mead 10-2 at 133 pounds. Mead wrestled in place of No. 2 sophomore Luke Pletcher.Ohio State redshirt freshman Kevin Snyder lost to No. 15 freshman Shawn Streck 5-2 at heavyweight. Snyder was wrestling in replacement of his brother Kyle Snyder, who won the Yarygin Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Sunday morning. Ohio State’s next meet starts at 8 p.m. Saturday in University Park, Pennsylvania, against No. 2 Penn State. The matchup will be streamed on Big Ten Network. read more

Viral video of furious cyclist taking revenge on catcalling van driver was

first_imgThe cyclist rips off the wing mirror Credit:Facebook / Viral Thread  Another wrote: “Absolutely disgusting cretins and whilst I can not support the heat of the moment mirror damage I can understand why.”Jungle Creations says its production team “create and curate the best content on the internet to entertain and engage our audience”.Its production team also produces “original viral video concepts”, guaranteeing “clients a minimum of 1 million views on each of these films”.Jungle Creations has been contacted for comment.  It was posted on the Viral Thread Facebook page, which is run by viral video media company Jungle Creations.The post asks viewers: “Who is in the wrong here? Cyclist girl gets revenge on catcalling van drivers.”Jungle Creations co-founder Paul Bieboer said his company did not produce the video, telling the newspaper: “It’s a source we’ve never used before.”The clip shows the cyclist hitting out at the van driver, who responds: “Woah, woah don’t be like that!”She responds: “Go away!”“Woah! That’s not very lady-like is it, ay? Oi, what charm school did you go to ay?” the van driver responds. He adds: “You wanna tell your mum and dad to get their f—–g money back.“Shut up you old dog … You on your period?”After the cyclist takes revenge, the man who filmed the footage tells them: “That’s exactly what you deserve, you scum!” catcalling video  The footage, filmed in Tottenham Court Road, central London, was captured on a moped rider’s helmet cam and racked up over 10 million views on Facebook in less than 24 hours.However, eyewitness Scott Deane told The Sun it was staged, he said: “They practiced the scene two of three times with the motorbike riding behind them.“You could see there was already damage to the wing mirror, it was loose … I couldn’t believed it when I saw the video online.”center_img A viral video of a female cyclist ‘taking revenge’ on a catcalling van driver was staged, an eyewitness has claimed.It shows a van driver verbally abusing the woman before she later gets revenge by ripping the motorist’s wing mirror off. 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. The video has attracted thousands of comments on Facebook.Nicole Skinner wrote: “There shouldn’t even be a question of who is in the wrong here. Anyone with a right mind can see that woman was harassed and had every right to get angry and defend herself.”last_img read more

Overseasbased Guyanese robbed at gunpoint by family members

The Police are on the hunt for three East Coast Demerara residents, who carried out a brazen robbery on an overseas-based Guyanese, mere hours after arriving in the country on Tuesday evening.Two of the wanted men are nephews of the victim, while the third in a known bandit in the area. The robbery was committed on Ganesh Looknauth of Lancaster Housing Scheme at Unity, East Coast Demerara.According to a Guyana Times report, as the man drove his motor vehicle into the garage, he was confronted by the three men; one of whom was armed with a handgun. They reportedly held him at gunpoint and relieved him of the suitcases he was carrying. The trio then demanded cash and jewellery among other valuables. The man was relieved of a large quantity of cash he had in his possession.This publication understands the money was proceeds from a property he sold recently. Looknauth was also relieved of close to US$3500, a wedding band, a quantity of clothing and several pairs of footwear. The clothing and footwear were reportedly emptied from the suitcases.After committing the robbery, the men made good their escape after which the victim raised an alarm. The neighbours ran to the scene and after realising that the man was robbed, they immediately contacted the Police.Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArmed bandits rob Chinese-run supermarket at Industry – fled scene on CG motorcyclesNovember 11, 2016In “Crime”Manager, US-based Guyanese robbed of $7.4MFebruary 16, 2018In “Crime”Suspects in robbery of overseas-based Guyanese in custodyMarch 9, 2017In “Crime” read more

Caricom SG issues condolences on passing of Sir Derek Walcott

The following statement was issued by CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, on the passing of renowned Caribbean poet and playwright, Saint Lucian born Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott: On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I wish to express profound sympathy on the passing of internationally acclaimed Caribbean poet and playwright, Saint Lucian born Nobel Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott, OCC.Sir Derek WalcottSir Derek, a prolific and accomplished writer who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, has left a void in the tapestry of Caribbean literature and theatre, after more than seven decades of producing inspiring literary works in essays, poetry and plays. The boy prodigy, who published his first poetry collection at age 14, evolved into a global literary legend.Sir Derek was among the first recipients of the community’s highest award, the Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC) in 1992.  He was also highly decorated with national and international honours, most notably Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1972; and Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Lucia (KCSL) in 2016.To the Caribbean Community, Walcott was a true cultural icon, a gift from Saint Lucia to the region and the world. He embraced the entire Caribbean as his own. His lyrical poetry and penetrative plays resounded with the rhythm and spirit of the Caribbean civilization.A quintessential Caribbean writer, Walcott is perhaps most celebrated for his epic poem, Omeros (1990), which received widespread global acclaim from publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times Book Review, which chose Omeros as one of the “Best Books of 1990.” His play, Dream on Monkey Mountain (1970), was produced on NBC-TV and performed off-Broadway in 1970 and 1971, respectively, and also won the prestigious Obie Award for “Best Foreign Play” in 1971. He also left an enduring legacy in theatre by founding the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in 1959 and the Boston Playwright’s Theatre in 1981.In addition to the Nobel Prize, Walcott also won many literary awards over the course of his sterling career, including a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award (1981); the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry (1988); the WH Smith Literary Award for Omeros (1990); the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Lifetime Achievement (2004); the T.S Eliot Prize (2011) for his book of poetry White Egrets; and the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry Recognition Award in 2015, among several others.The Caribbean Community wishes to express sincere condolences to the family of Sir Derek Walcott, the government and people of Saint Lucia, and the artistic community of the Caribbean on the tremendous loss of a gifted and inspiring Caribbean writer. We salute this distinguished son of our region, whose presence in our midst will be greatly missed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSir Derek Walcott is deadMarch 17, 2017In “Regional”Late Nobel Laureate Walcott to be honoured at Caribbean Writers CongressMarch 28, 2017In “latest news”High praise for Derek Walcott at funeral serviceMarch 27, 2017In “latest news” read more

Hunger strikes and pepper spray 2013 in protests

first_img(Image: @StevieCMJ)Garda station closuresThis year, 100 garda stations were closed as the force adjusted to budget cuts. Of the 100 stations that were earmarked for closure, 98 of them were only open on a part-time basis and 88 of them were served by only one garda. In county Dublin, 1,500 people gathered at Stepaside Garda Station in February to protest its imminent closure. (Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)FlagsWhat began with a late-night vote at a local council meeting in Belfast about the number of days the Union flag would fly over the city hall, spiralled into months of protests and riots. Dozens of people, including police officers, were injured and more than 200 people were arrested. (Image: Niall Carson/PA)Nationalising bank debtIn February, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions coordinated ‘Not Our Debt’ marches in six counties to protest against the nationalisation of bank debts.  There was a large turnout with numbers for Dublin reaching 25,000. (Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)A few days later the demonstration against increased prescription charges and changes to income limits on medical cards for over 70s drew thousands of people to Dublin. (Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)Nursing graduate schemeThe HSE’s plan to hire one hundred graduate nurses and pay them 80 per cent of the usual salary caused an uproar among nursing staff at the start of this year. Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association and the Psychiatric Nurses Association protested outside HSE headquarters and urged graduates to boycott the new scheme. (Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)After the bill was passed in the Dáil, the pro-choice protest became more of a celebration: (Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)Property TaxMore than 5,000 people protested against the Local Property Tax in April, while EU finance ministers attended a meeting in Dublin Castle. IT’S BEEN ANOTHER year of contentious issues with some like the abortion debate, the Budget and austerity measures dominating the agenda. For some campaigns, thousands of people took to the streets to protest, hoping their voices would be heard.Here are some of the most notable protests of 2013:AbortionThe debate around the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill dominated the first part of this year with both pro-choice and pro-life groups taking to the streets.Pro-choice campaigners in Dublin in January this year (Image: Niall Carson/PA).Thousands of people took part in the pro-life ‘Vigil for Life’ in Dublin in June this year. (Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)(Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)Another pro-life rally in Dublin in July (Image: Sasko Lazarov).And a counter demonstration by pro-choice campaigners on the same day (Image: Niall Carson/PA).Thousands of pro-choice campaigners marched in September for a global day of action. (Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)The pro-life campaigners even protested outside the minister’s house during the second round of public hearings on the proposed legislation:And both sides had a good turnout at the Dáil on the day of the vote on the new legislation: (Image: Julien Behal/PA)FarmersThe Irish Farmers’ Association staged a protest outside Dublin Castle in March against proposed EU reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy. (Image: Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)/Facebook)Meath man Tony Rochford also went on a hunger strike for more than 20 days in protest against the tax: (Images: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)Student grant cutsDemanding that third-level  maintenance grants be protected, thousands of students joined marches and rallies in October in Dublin, Cork and Sligo.(Video: IT Sligo Students’ Union/YouTube)Budget cutsThe Budget was announced in October this year with a number of controversial measures sparking protests by pensioners, young people and mothers.On the day, there were scuffles between gardaí and protesters and a few people were even pepper sprayed: (Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)And again in May. This time they brought their tractors: (Image: PA)No one was pepper sprayed this time.Did you take part in any of these protests? Tell us all about it in the comments below.Read: Thousands join pensioners’ protest against Budget cuts>last_img read more

Update on Sasha Banks returning, Kurt Angle on Monday, Natalya talks about Beth Phoenix

first_img Now Playing Up Next Facebook WhatsApp According to Mike Johnson of PWI, Sasha Banks is said to be returning to next week’s WWE live events. Sasha has been out of action with an undisclosed injury.Kurt Angle returningKurt Angle will be returning to RAW next week in Philadelphia, PA. In the storyline, Kurt was “sent on vacation” by Stephanie McMahon a few weeks back. Kurt Angle won Baron Corbin’s World Cup qualification Global Battle Royal last Monday on RAW as The Conquistador.Natalya’s latest columnNatalya Neidhart’s latest Calgary Sun column is online. “Natalya Neidhart: A lifelong connection with best friend Beth Phoenix”. She talks about her best friend, their respective matches, Evolution PPV and more. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipNatalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women SuperstarsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:06/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%0:00Remaining Time -1:06 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Superstar Natalya Comments On Jim Neidhart’s Death Wrestleview.com Staff Why Total Divas Didnt Change Their Name After WWE Rebranded Now Playing Up Next Natalya Neidhart Now Playing Up Next Google+ Natalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women Superstars Now Playing Up Next U.S.-European Relations Saw Dramatic Changes, MEP Schaake Says Twitter Videos Articles Pinterest U.S.-European Relations Saw Dramatic Changes, MEP Schaake Says Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Xavi Hernandez believes Messi can play until 40

first_imgFor the Spanish footballer, his former Barcelona teammate is capable of continue playing up to 40 years of ageSpanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez played with La Liga giants Barcelona from 1998 to 2015.And he was lucky enough to play alongside Argentinean star Lionel Messi.The former Blaugrana teammate believes Messi is capable of playing up to 40 years of age.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Sometimes I think that he can play until he is 38, 39 or 40. He needs very little to be able to do that,” he told Catalunya Radio as quoted by Spanish newspaper Marca.“What do you lose as you get older? Your pace? Well, he won’t lose his mental speed. Messi is incomparable.”“I think that he would be able to play wherever he wants on the park,” he added.“He already drifts into the center of the field and is effective there, as he is at defending too because he is very strong mentally.”last_img read more

Callejon was that Napoli is strong

first_imgThe Italian Lega Serie A club will face Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League tomorrow, and the Partenopei need a winThe UEFA Champions League is back. And tomorrow night, Italian Lega Serie A club Napoli will face French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.For Partenopei footballer Jose Callejon his team is strong and he knows a win would be a big step to the next round.“I think we’ve been strong every year,” Callejon told Football Italia.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I couldn’t tell you if it’s the strongest team, there have been a lot of strong players in the last few years.”“We’ve been playing together for a long time, we know each other more and more and over the years we’ve become more mature,” he added.“We’ve played important games and over the years we’ve all become stronger.”“We’re aware of being more mature, then the Coach is giving us more confidence. We can do great things and we hope to do well tomorrow,” he concluded.last_img read more