Ahead of the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat on January 25, leaders of the Rajput outfit Karni Sena, met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday and demanded a ban on the film in the state.“I met the UP chief minister today and demanded a ban on the film Padmaavat,” Karni Sena patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi told reporters after his 20-minute meeting with the CM here. People will impose “janta curfew” in cinema halls in Uttar Pradesh if the movie is screened, he said.Mr. Kalvi, who listed nearly 40 different objections with regard to the movie, demanded that films on the lives of Maharana Pratap, Shivaji and other eminent personalities be made.“We urge the Prime Minister to ban the film and we are hopeful that he will meet our request. We ask the public as to whether it is on the side of Padmavati or Alauddin Khilji,” he asked. “The Supreme Court does not say that only Bhansali enjoys the right to freedom of expression. We also have the right to protest. We are committed to ensuring that the movie is not screened in the country. With janta curfew, every cinema hall owner will not screen the film, and every member of the public will refuse to watch the film,” he said.Asked to comment on the outcome of the meeting with Adityanath, he said, “Yogi Adityanath is bound by the Supreme Court directive (restraining states from banning the screening of the movie), but in-principle and emotionally, he is with us.” “We are not bothered about their personal rapport, but, we will certainly not allow this (intimate scenes) to happen between Alauddin and Padmavati,” the Karni Sena leader added referring to a comment made by the film’s actor Ranveer Singh on July 28, 2016, where the actor said that he would accept any role which has two “intimate scenes” with Deepika Padukone.
Audi’s new A6 has some seriously impressive technology. The seventh generation A6 seems to have borrowed heavily from its advanced cousins from the same stable and has turned itself into a baby A8 L, which was launched a few months ago.The front looks powerful with the typically large single frame Audi grille and tapered headlamps. On the sides, the A6 has sharp edges of its trademark tornado line bordering large and solid surfaces. The vehicle, in my opinion, looks more contemporary and elegant than its eldest sibling. On the outside, the car is actually slightly shorter than its predecessor and only slightly wider. At the same time, however, it has more in-cabin space. The designers have achieved by reducing the overhangs and increasing the wheelbase. In this crash-safety driven world of automotive design where cars keep getting heavier, the A6 has reversed the trend. It is much lighter than its predecessor, largely due to wider use of aluminium in its body. The engines too are lighter yet more efficient and powerful. The A6 is available with two V6 petrol engines and two diesel engines. The 2.8 FSI engine develops a maximum of 204 bhp and, on the FWD version, is mated to a multitronic (CVT) transmission. The 3-litre supercharged TFSI engine produces 300 bhp and comes with quattro and an S-tronic (DSG) transmission. The most efficient engine on the A6 is the 2-litre TDI. This 4-cylinder unit makes 177 bhp with a fuel efficiency of over 20 kmpl. The 3-litre TDI engine comes in two states of tune with the more powerful one developing 245 bhp and 500 Nm of max torque.All variants of the A6 come with drive select, by which one can choose the modes for engine, throttle, gearbox and steering response. It also includes an additional efficiency setting. All variants of the A6 have Start-Stop as standard feature.The A6 shares a number of features with the A8: a second-generation multimedia interface with Google maps for navigation; redesigned seats that come with advanced massage options, and a WiFi hotspot. Among the new features, the A6 has an adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and Audi’s pre-sense safety system, which aims at minimising the effects of a collision through active intervention.I drove both the diesel and petrol 3-litre engine cars and their performance is electrifying. Even better is the smooth ride and the sound dampening of the cabin. While the ride has been made better, the handling remains the same. In the dynamic mode, the A6 turns into a lithe sports performer. When I drove the car both in Sicily and Rome, I did not use the air conditioner. But Audi engineers tell me that one of the most improved systems on the car is air-conditioning. It is more powerful and is almost noise free-this is something that is likely to work in its favour when it hits the Indian roads soon.Engine: 2967 cc diesel/ 2995 cc petrol Max power: 245 bhp/ 300 bhpMax torque: 500 Nm/ 440 NmGearbox: 7-speed autoWheelbase (mm): 2912LxWxH (mm): 4915 x 1874 x 1455Top speed: 250 kmph 0-100 kmph: 6.1s/ 5.5sPrice: Rs. 55 Lakh (est)Rating: ****Tech marvelOne of the most innovative features of the A6 is its use of LEDs, especially in headlights. Different combinations of programmes and LED clusters produce four distinct light patches, depending on existing light conditions. The car chooses the most effective pattern automatically.A big push forward has been made on driver assistance systems. The car has ultrasonic sensors at the front, sides and the rear, front and rear cameras, an infrared camera up front, and rear and front radar sensors. These work together in varying combinations to power the stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, active lane assist, side assist, pre-sense collision warning and prevention system, an adaptive light system, a parking and park assist system, speed limit display and adaptive protection systems.The MMI navigation plus system integrates Google and Audi maps to provide a realistic picture through an Nvidia graphics card. The full infotainment system on the A6 features two processors, two card readers, a DVD drive, a 60 GB hard disk drive, speech control and a Bluetooth interface.The adaptive headlights can change their shape at the exact moment that the road curves or changes from a country road into a dual carriage way. Another feature is the WLAN hotspot, which is created through the Bluetooth car phone. It allows up to eight devices to be connected to the internet.Harley-Davidson fat boyIt is hard not to pretend you’re Arnie in Terminator when you’re riding a Fat Boy. Few bikes command such a presence on the road as this Harley. Everything about it is solid, chunky and loud. Comfort is the keyword with this bike and you won’t be able to stop smiling when the key is turned to ignition and the engine fired up. The low seating, only 654 mm from the ground, makes your stance comfortable. The bike’s pullback handlebars, or in Harley language Bare Knuckle risers, and floorboards are comfortable for riders of any height. No distance is too much on this bike. The Fat Boy sports a wide 200 mm rear tyre with a new chopped fender. The front wheel diameter has been increased from 16 to 17 inches with a 140 mm tyre wrapped around it. Interestingly, the beefy rear tyre doesn’t adversely affect steering as it remains fairly balanced. The solid disc cast aluminium rims, a Fat Boy trademark, are now perforated with a series of bullet holes that redefine the signature look. The V-twin heart, a 1584-cc, air-cooled unit, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, is outstanding at mid-range torque. The engine comes to life quickly thanks to Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The throttle response is excellent with no flat spots or backfire sounds, and the fuel injection is silky smooth even at idle. The familiar Harley trademark ‘potato, potato, potato’ rumble is till there, a feature that the engineers seem to have retained out of some sense of loyalty. The Fat Boy is classic Harley from ground up. Don’t go by its name; it is quite easy to manoeuvre. There is one bonus to riding a Fat Boy–innumerable photo-ops with Harley fans. It has such a distinctive sound that it could very well be humming Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA”! Price: Rs. 21.29 lakh-Arup Dasadvertisementadvertisement
Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki waves to fans after the team’s NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 105-94. This was Nowitzki’s last NBA game before retiring after 21 seasons with the Mavericks. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — Dirk Nowitzki said goodbye to the NBA the same way he came into the league, smoothly draining a jumper over a defender to punctuate a passionate performance.It was only fitting that Nowitzki’s final shot came against the San Antonio Spurs, a team he terrorized in the regular season and postseason. This time, however, the tears it stirred were tears of joy.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “It was fantastic again tonight,” Nowitzki said. “Felt almost like a home game, honestly.”The Spurs couldn’t afford any sentimentality with playoff positioning at stake, and they didn’t show any. San Antonio raced to a double-figure lead and led by as many as 22 points.The Spurs finished seventh in the Western Conference as a result of Oklahoma City’s 127-116 victory over Milwaukee. They will face second-seeded Denver in the opening round of the playoffs.The regular-season finale turned out to be a win for everyone. San Antonio won, Nowitzki led the Mavericks in scoring and Popovich, the Spurs and San Antonio’s fans got to say goodbye to the future Hall of Famer.“He was having a lot of fun tonight, I was really happy for him,” Popovich said.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LaMarcus Aldridge had 34 points and 16 rebounds and the Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-94 Wednesday night in Nowitzki’s final game.“Everybody, players, fans, coaches and staff got to witness history watching him play his last game,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “He played a fine game, which was great. It’s not surprising.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNowitzki finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the finale of his storied 21-season career — all with the Mavericks. Nowitzki announced he was retiring Tuesday night following Dallas’ final home game of the season.Wednesday’s sell-out crowd cheered wildly each time Nowitzki entered the game or touched the ball and let out a collective groan when he missed a shot. He was serenaded with chants of “MVP!” throughout the game by the crowd filled with patrons wearing his No. 41 jersey. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew It was appropriate that Nowitzki’s final game came against the Spurs, who he has had many memorable battles against. Perhaps the most memorable was the 2006 Western Conference finals against San Antonio. After the Spurs battled back from a 3-1 series deficit and a 20-point lead in Game 7, Manu Ginobili fouled Nowitzki on a layup with 21.6 seconds remaining. Nowitzki made the free throw to forge a tie and the Mavs went on to win in overtime on the way to the franchise’s first NBA Finals appearance.“If it’s not at home, this kind of works perfect,” Nowitzki said of San Antonio. “This team was always sort of the big brother. They were beating us and then we kind of found a way to get through them in ’06. To me, probably still one of the best playoff series I’ve been a part of and probably some of the best basketball in that series that I’ve ever played in my life.”Nowitzki was able to turn back the clock, shooting 8 for 21 in 32 minutes, including going 2 for 6 on 3-pointers. His final shot was a 20-footer over Spurs rookie Drew Eubanks with 49.7 seconds remaining.Dallas coach Rick Carlisle subbed Nowitzki following the shot, leading to an ovation of cheers and chants of “Dirk” and “MVP.”“It’s cool playing against Dirk tonight,” Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan said. “Seeing him out there and playing against one of the greatest of all time for the last time, it was cool. Hopefully, I got a good photo op.”Derozan finished with 19 points and Derrick White added 14 for the Spurs, who finished with a 49-34 record.Justin Jackson and Courtney Lee added 14 points each for Dallas, which was without Rookie of the Year candidate Luka Doncic.TIP-INSMavericks: Nowitzki averaged 15.3 minutes and started 20 games this season, the lowest numbers of his career. He started 24 games as a rookie while playing 20.4 minutes. … Nowitzki has played 38 games in San Antonio, tied for the third-highest total of any player. Utah legends Karl Malone and John Stockton each played 46 games in San Antonio. Denver’s Alex English played 39, and Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon played 38. … Doncic missed three of Dallas’ final four games due to a thigh injury. He missed back-to-back games against Memphis with a bruised right thigh, played 32 minutes against Phoenix, and missed the team’s finale with a bruised left thigh.Spurs: Bryn Forbes finished with 10 points in 26 minutes. . San Antonio only had four players in double figures. MOST READ THANK YOU, DIRKThe Spurs played a 1 ½-minute tribute video in honor of Nowitzki, highlighting his 21 seasons in the NBA.Nowitzki looked up to watch the video on the big screen at the AT&T Center, but had to turn away as he began to cry.“The first 20, 30 seconds, I was kind of holding it (in),” Nowitzki said. “I was like, ‘That’s sweet,’ and then it just kind of all came out. I’m not sure why. Not only did they show highlights from my career, but they showed highlights from me beating up on the Spurs, which was even more incredible.”UP NEXTMavericks: The offseason.Spurs: First round of the Western Conference playoffs against Denver.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PBA D-League: Petron-Letran halts Ironcon-UST’s unbeaten run LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid
ATHENS (AP) — Yaya Toure is back with Olympiakos after a 12-year absence.The 35-year-old midfielder received a warm reception from Olympiakos fans at their Karaskaikis Stadium on Sunday. Perhaps inspired by Toure’s presence, Olympiakos thrashed Giannena 5-0 in the Greek league.Toure last played for Olympiakos in the 2005-06 season. He has been a free agent since leaving Premier League champions Manchester City in the summerHis return has excited Olympiakos fans with the team having just had its worst season in 23 years — third place after winning 20 league titles in 22 seasons.Olympiakos competes in this season’s Europa League after beating Burnley 4-2 on aggregate in the playoff round.Toure said he had “offers from lots of clubs” before choosing Olympiakos.“I cannot wait to help the club win the trophies the great fans of Olympiakos deserve,” Toure wrote on his website.Although no financial details were given, Greek sports website Sport24 said Toure will be paid 2.5 million euros ($2.9 million) for one season, plus 2 million euros as a signing bonus.—By DEMETRIS NELLAS , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
zoom Russian shipbuilder Vyborg Shipyard PJSC, a corporate member of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, has delivered the newly-built icebreaker Murmansk, project 21900 М.The icebreaker was built by Vyborg Shipyard PJSC in collaboration with Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, by order of Federal Agency of Maritime and River Transport of Russian Federation.Under the terms of contract signed in 2012, Vyborg Shipyard PJSC was hired to design and construct a series of linear diesel-electric icebreakers, project 21900 М. The lead cebreaker Vladivostok was delivered to the customer in October, 2015.“Icebreakers of the 21900 М project will ensure winter navigation in the Baltic Sea, to a certain extent in the Arctic, pursue tasks set forth by FSUE Rosmorport and the Government of the Russian Federation. I wish fair wind and full sails to icebreaker Murmansk as well as accident-free navigation to its crew,” said Alexander Solovyev, Vyborg Shipyard PJSC General Director.“As a classification society, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) contributes actively to the implementation of the programme for the icebreaker fleet construction in Russia. The ships of the project 21900 М present a new generation of diesel-electric icebreakers. They are of high performance and consider the operating experience of icebreakers as per the previous projects while providing icebreaker assistance in winter navigation period in the Gulf of Finland,” comments Konstantin Palnikov, Director General of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.The ship is designed to break ice up to 1.5 m thick. The vessel is intended for independent ice escorting of heavy-tonnage vessels; towage, fire fighting on floating and other facilities; salvage and assistance to distressed vessels; transportation of effective cargoes.The third icebreaker in the series – Novorossiysk – will be delivered to the customer at the turn of 2016.
New Delhi: Claiming that Delhi is facing an acute water shortage, former Union minister Vijay Goel Thursday challenged Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to an open debate on the issue. Goel, who staged an overnight dharna at the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) office, slammed the board for “failing” to supply water to the people in the national capital. Refuting charges of DJB vice chairman and AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya, who had alleged that BJP protesters vandalised the board headquarters on Tuesday night, he said, “The reality is half of Delhi is facing an acute water crisis and the Kejriwal government is sleeping. Mohaniya is lying while the truth is that DJB officials failed to come up with any reply on our complaint.” Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark Goel, Delhi BJP vice president and DJB member Jai Prakash, party MLA OP Sharma and several other BJP workers held a protest at the board office on Tuesday night. “We were given a written assurance by the DJB CEO and a member of the board that the issues raised by us will be examined in detail and action will be taken accordingly. Mohaniya is lying because the DJB has failed in its duty to supply water, especially in unauthorised colonies,” he said at a press conference here. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items He also showed a video of the protest at the DJB office and presented samples of dirty water allegedly supplied by the board. The BJP leader claimed that the people were falling sick as they were forced to consume such impure water. However, AAP leaders, including Raghav Chadha and Mohaniya, had slammed the Delhi BJP of creating a drama over the issue in view of the assembly polls due early next year. They said that 85 per cent of the city was receiving water while around 600 unauthorised colonies were provided piped water under the AAP government. Meanwhile, Goel said that he will continue his protest against the “water shortage” in Delhi. BJP MLA O P Sharma has asked Kejriwal to call a special session of the Delhi Assembly to find ways to address the water “crisis” in the city.
Casablanca – King Mohammed VI received on Friday at the Royal palace of Casablanca visiting US secretary of state, John Kerry, says a release of the Royal office.Kerry is currently on an official visit to Morocco, mainly to co-chair the 2nd session of the “US-Morocco strategic dialog” which is an important component of the exceptional strategic partnership binding the two countries, the release adds.Kerry’s visit also follows suit to the Royal visit to Washington and to the intensive and diversified actions agreed upon during this trip between HM the King and President Obama. During the audience, HM the King reiterated his deep attachment to the strategic partnership, fruit of a longstanding and multidimensional alliance with the USA. This partnership is based on confidence, solidarity, sharing values, interdependence and the defense of shared interests. It has adapted, evolved and been renewed to meet the two countries’ expectations and the mutations of the regional and international context.The Royal visit to Washington, on November 22, 2013, opened new perspectives for the prosperity of this strategic partnership, by considerably enriching its agenda and setting a more ambitious course.The joint release, adopted during this visit, has helped further intensify consultation on strategic issues, define new cooperation tracks, adapt the existing special instruments and develop other diversified mechanisms, while at the same time, consolidating gains and foundations of a historic alliance between Morocco and the USA.The Sovereign recalled that the present regional and international context is confirming the pertinence and the depth of this partnership, which, henceforth, needs to expand and contribute mainly to lasting security and stability, shared economic prosperity and human development in the African continent.On his part, the US secretary of state reiterated President Obama’s attachment to deepening the singular strategic partnership with Morocco.Kerry also reiterated the US will to endeavor with Morocco for the consolidation of peace and stability regionally and internationally.Regarding the African continent, the US secretary of state, who appreciated the Sovereign’s strong and constant engagement for the causes of the African continent’s stability and development, reiterated to the Sovereign invitation to participate in the USA-Africa summit scheduled for next August.Kerry further praised HM The King’s constructive role and active contribution, in his capacity as chairman of Al Quds Committee, in efforts to reach a fair, final and comprehensive settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, on the basis of the formula of two states living side by side in peace and security, in accordance with the United Nations resolutions.The King, chairman of Al Quds Committee, handed to the US Secretary of state a register of all Israeli abuses in the holy city of Al Quds Asharif, seeking to alter its religious calling and its authentic architecture.The meeting took place in the presence of Dwight L. Bush, US ambassador in Morocco, Prem Kumar, director for the Middle East, North Africa and national security, Jonhathan Finer, deputy-chief of state, Fouad Ali El Himma, advisor of HM the King and Salaheddine Mezouar, minister of foreign affairs and cooperation.
Marrakech – The Moroccan Presidency of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) will engage in an open and transparent dialogue with the support of various partners to address climate change, Morocco’s minister of Foreign Affairs and president of the COP22 Salaheddine Mezouar said.If the Paris Climate Conference led to a binding agreement, the COP22 will lay the foundation for a new global stage that would involve the signatories in a concerted action, he added at the opening ceremony of the conference, which kicked off Monday in Marrakech.In order to achieve this goal, the Moroccan Presidency proposes the setting-up of a platform to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement and take urgent measures to protect the environment, he pointed out. Mezouar, who hailed action taken by the French Presidency of COP21, which led to the Paris Agreement, said that Morocco has met all the necessary conditions to ensure the success of this conference.The COP22 is held in a promising situation marked by hope and legitimate expectations, he noted, adding that the convening of this event on African soil shows the involvement of the whole continent in global efforts to protect the environment.Mezouar also called for concrete actions in order to implement the Paris Agreement.The twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22), the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) and the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) kicked off Monday morning in Marrakech.These meetings, held in Marrakech until November 18, will focus on action items in order to achieve the priorities of The Paris Agreement, especially those related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages.The Conference will also be an opportunity to debate and discuss several issues relating in particular to agriculture, food security, energy, industry, transport and water. The event is taking place in Bab Ighli village, which extends over an area of nearly 300,000 m2.Around 20,000 delegates from 196 countries are gathering at the COP 22 climate change conference
The PDN has been issued in accordance with Section 18 of CAA Act and is in response to previous applications to do so by the domestic LPG supplier firms Litro Gas Lanka and LAUGFS Gas PLC to allow them to revise their LPG prices in the market. The price of a 12.5 kg domestic LP gas cylinder has been increased by Rs.110.As a result, the price of a 12.5 kg cylinder has been increased by Litro Gas and Laugfs Gas. Accordingly, price increase of Rs 110.00 has been approved for a 12.5 Kg LPG Cylinder, price increase of Rs 44.00 is allowed for a 5Kg LPG Cylinder, and a price increase of Rs 20.00 is allowed for a 2.3 Kg LPG Cylinder. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has sent a Price Determination Notification (PDN) to the domestic Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) suppliers Litro Gas Lanka and LAUGFS Gas PLC, allowing them to revise their domestic LPG prices.
“We are aware that significant effort has been put in by committee members towards formulating recommendations for reform of MMDA amidst challenging debates and divergent views from among the Muslim community. Muslim women continue to be regarded as second-class citizens, who are unequal to men in matters of marriage and family. The longstanding call for reform by Muslim women in Sri Lanka has been to ensure justice and dignity – starting with our homes and families. The State response to this call has been with the excuse to await the report of the Committee,” MPLRAG said in a statement.It was also noted that while being deeply appreciative of the work of the committee thus far, which we hear has reached a conclusion – as informed by government delegates in the recent review before the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Geneva last week, there has been no official communication about an exact date of submission, or any indication of the timeline of reforms that will take place thereafter.“We understand that the submission of the report by the Committee is just the start of the process for reforms, as each individual recommendation for amendments to the MMDA will need to be considered in light of constitutional guarantees of equality and non-discrimination, as well as other human rights standards and Sri Lanka’s international treaty obligations. But the submission of the report we believe, will be a significant step towards the expediting progress on equality and justice for Muslim women,” MPLRAG said. For the past many decades, Muslim women and men have been advocating for reform of the Act. There have been multiple Government appointed and independent committees set up since 1990’s to no avail.In 2009 a 17-member Committee was appointed by the then Minister of Justice to review the discriminatory provisions and recommend amendments to the MMDA. The Committee, 9 years later, has not yet submitted a report. “The Act contains many discriminatory and unequal provisions that particularly affect Muslim women and girls in Sri Lanka. This includes: the lack of minimum age of marriage; unequal provisions and procedures for women at the time of registering marriages as well as during divorce; polygamy without conditions; barring of women from positions of Quazi judges, marriage registrars and other key positions in the Quazi court, among other provisions,” the Muslims Personal Law Reforms Action Group (MPLRAG)said. MPLRAG urged the Minister of Justice, Thalatha Athukorale to provide the Muslim community with an urgent update of the status of the report and its exact date of submission. The Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) has been in force since 1956 and governs marriage and family matters for Sri Lankan Muslims. A protest was staged near the Justice Ministry highlighting Muslim women’s call for justice and equality in Sri Lanka.The silent protest focused on the failure to implement amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA). They also called on the Minister to brief the Muslim community on the process and timeline as to when the MMDA amendment bill will be prepared and tabled in Parliament and ensure that any and all amendments considered to the MMDA are in keeping with equality and non-discrimination between Muslim men and women and formulated with full engagement and participation of women’s groups. (Colombo Gazette)Picture by Lalith Perera
In a press statement released today, Alan Doss, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Liberia, said during Wednesday’s meeting he also thanked the officials for their continued support to Liberia and the UN.The establishment of a democratically elected Government in Liberia culminates the peace process envisaged in the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 18 August 2003. During this period, the UN mission in Liberia (UNMIL) supported national efforts to achieve the transition to democracy by providing a secure environment, something Mr. Doss said would continue.“Security and good governance are prerequisites for foreign investment and trade. UNMIL stands ready to support the new administration and create a secure environment that will help attract foreign investment to Liberia,” he said.“While UNMIL will work on consolidating the peace, the United Nations agencies in Liberia will focus on moving the country towards the path of sustainable development,” Mr. Doss added.According to the statement, the main issues that were discussed included the restructuring of the Liberia National Police and the Armed Forces of Liberia, as well as resettlement and reintegration of war-affected communities, including ex-combatants.The agenda also touched on public sector reform, the provision of basic services, infrastructure development, road rehabilitation and reform of the judicial system.In his message at Monday’s inauguration of Ms. Sirleaf, who was inaugurated on Monday as the first woman elected to lead an African nation, the Secretary-General acknowledged that her administration faces a number of pressing challenges in a country still reeling from the effects of war but he called on the international community to help her overcome these hurdles.
by Brian McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Dec 3, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberal plan to hike taxes on top one per cent may lead to revenue hole: study TORONTO – The Liberal government’s plan to switch some of the tax burden from middle-income earners to the top one per cent will likely lead to multibillion-dollar annual revenue shortfalls for Ottawa and the provinces, according to the C.D. Howe Institute.The Toronto-based think-tank argues that efforts by high-income earners to avoid increased taxes will probably be greater than anticipated, while the reduction in the middle-income bracket will likely cost more than expected.“The result of the federal tax changes could be national tax receipts falling short of commitments for both levels of government by more than $4 billion, meaning higher taxes elsewhere, unplanned spending cuts, or larger increases in government debt,” the C.D. Howe Institute says in a study released Thursday.The report, written by director of research Alexandre Laurin, bases its conclusions on studies authored in a number of countries, particularly the United States and Britain, which estimated the behavioural response of top-income individuals to increases in their margin tax ratesAmong other things, the C.D. Howe study says some high-income taxpayers may decide to reduce work effort by choosing leisure over more labour, while others may plan their affairs in a way to minimize their tax burden.“Tax planning can involve, for example, postponing an important taxable transaction, modifying income sources and forms of compensation and moving to, or avoiding moving from, a lower-tax jurisdiction.”The Liberal tax plan would see the federal rate on taxable income greater than $200,000 rise to 33 from 29 per cent. The rate on taxable income between $45,000 to $90,000 would drop to 20.5 per cent from 22 per cent.However, the study notes that Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia now have combined federal-provincial top tax rates rounding to 50 per cent, while New Brunswick’s rounds to 55 per cent.“These recent provincial hikes unavoidably leave less room for the federal government to increase its own top tax rate,” the report said.Instead of raising income taxes on high-income earners, the federal government could explore other progressive, but less economically damaging, ways of raising revenues, it said.“One option already envisaged by the new government would be to eliminate tax preferences targeted to high-income earners. Another would be to eliminate or to reform the small business tax deduction to better target younger firms rather than all firms that are small, including incorporated professionals,” it said.
The university said minor restrictions were still in place while the mail room would remain closed. All other buildings reopened late yesterday afternoon.A spokesman added: “We apologise to all staff and students who have suffered disruption and thank everyone for their patience and understanding as police dealt with this incident.”Counter-terror police south of the border are still working to identify a motive or suspect over the explosive packages sent to offices at Heathrow Airport, City Airport and Waterloo Station, which were posted with Irish stamps and had Dublin as the return address. 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. Counter-terrorism police are investigating a suspicious package sent to Glasgow University after it was linked with improvised explosive devices sent to three major London transport hubs.Police Scotland and the Metropolitan Police are now working together on the inquiry after a controlled explosion was carried out in Scotland’s biggest city on Wednesday.The package was detected the day after devices posted with Irish stamps were received in London, prompting an investigation by counter-terrorism police into a possible Irish dissident plot.Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said: “There are similarities in the package, its markings and the type of device that was recovered in Glasgow to those in London.“Therefore, we are now treating it as being linked to the three packages being investigated by the Met in London and both investigations are being run in tandem.”Our enquiries into the Glasgow package are at an early stage but there is no ongoing risk to the public.” A suspicious package was found in the mail roomCredit:SWNS A controlled explosion was carried out after university buildings were evacuatedCredit:PA Mr Johnson said the package in Glasgow was identified by “alert staff at the university mail room who had received protective security information” advising them to report suspicious packages.He added: “The same advice has already been sent to a range of businesses, including transport hubs and mail sorting companies, and will now also be sent to those in the education sector.” Police confirmed a “device” was found in the package on the main campus, but said it was not opened and no-one was hurt in the incident, which caused major disruption to the university and on roads in the west end of Glasgow.Staff and students were asked to evacuate several buildings shortly before 11am, with classes cancelled for the rest of the day. Nearby roads were closed for several hours during the incident.One student tweeted during the incident: “Just been evacuated from the med school due to a suspicious package getting told to move to byres road, loads of police, fire engines and all cordoned off now!”Scary stuff, guy just came shouting we needed to evacuate as suspicious package found then the police were shouting at us to move away from the building!”
Meat Industry Ireland says 3,000 workers have been laid off because of ‘illegal blockades’ The beef dispute is showing no signs of conclusion. Some 80% of overall processing capacity has now closed, and further closures and layoffs are likely in coming days.It is not just the direct employees that will be affected by the ongoing crisis, as hundreds of indirect jobs will be impacted as ancillary businesses including hauliers will be heavily impacted by these closures.Meat Industry Ireland had said yesterday that layoffs were possible and announced it was pulling out of talks due to the ongoing protests. The group said that the blockades at factory gates “intensified” as initial talks began.SIPTU had earlier today warned that jobs were being put at risk but blamed Meat Industry Ireland for not meeting with the union. “This is a situation which is impacting on hundreds of our members who are now facing the loss of their jobs due to a dispute over which they have no control,” said Siptu organiser Teresa Hannick.Talks involving all the parties directly involved in this dispute is the only way in which a solution will be found. Our members are calling on all sides in this dispute to begin serious negotiations to find a swift and just conclusion to this situation.InjunctionIn the High Court today, C&D Pet Foods argued that the blockade of its Edgeworthstown facility could result in more than 500 workers in the locality being laid off in the coming days. The company said that protesters have been physically obstructing the plant’s entrance since the weekend. C&D is owned by the ABP Food Group, which is one of Ireland’s largest beef processors.It claims that despite the fact it plays no part in determining prices paid for beef, as it mainly uses pork and chicken in its products, it has been “tactically targeted by protesters purely on the basis that it is part of the ABP group.”At the High Court this afternoon, Mr Justice Garrett Simons granted C&D Foods a temporary injunction preventing protesters from trespassing, unlawfully blockading the plant, and from intimidating individuals going to and from the plant.The action is against two named defendants, Fine Gael councillor Paraic Brady of The Meadows, Drumlish, Co Longford, and Colm Leonard of Aughanoran Dring Co Longford.Seeking the order Brian O’Moore SC for C&D said his client does not wish to halt any peaceful or lawful protest outside the plant but said that since Saturday evening the defendants and others have gone beyond a legitimate peaceful protest.Since the blockade commented, trucks trying to make deliveries from the plant have been prevented from freely entering or leaving the plant, counsel said.Counsel said that protesters have maintained the blockade by walking in continuous circles around trucks trying to leave or enter the plant and have trespassed on C&D’s premises.Deliveries have had to be cancelled, counsel said, adding that the firm’s staff have been subjected to threatening and abusive language from the protesters.Mr O’Moore said councillor Brady told senior staff members of C&D that no product would be allowed in or out of the site until the dispute over beef prices was resolved.The protests centre on the prices farmers are receiving for their cattle with prices down considerably from this time last year.- With reporting by Aodhan O Faolain and Ray Managh Share21 Tweet Email Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Three hundred workers at the Dawn Meats plant in Grannagh have been temporarily laid off due to the ongoing dispute. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Tue 6:56 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 65 Comments Updated Tue 7:22 PM MEAT INDUSTRY IRELAND (MII) has said that 3,000 employees at meat processing plants around the country have been “temporarily laid off” as a result of the ongoing beef dispute.The dispute has seen unofficial pickets by farmers at processing facilities around the country and MII has said this evening that staff working in the factories are being intimidated.“Meat Industry Ireland said today that 3,000 employees of its members have been temporarily laid off due to the continuing illegal blockades of factories and intimidation of staff and suppliers by protestors,” a spokesperson for the group said this evening. Tuesday 10 Sep 2019, 7:22 PM Three hundred workers at the Dawn Meats plant in Grannagh have been temporarily laid off due to the ongoing dispute. https://jrnl.ie/4803858 20,019 Views By Rónán Duffy
Elon Musk has been invited to make his pornography debut (as far as we know), in exchange for cash and cannabis.Marijuana-infused adult entertainment site XBlaze reportedly offered Musk a “non-sex” role in a smut film, according to British tabloid The Sun.Musk made headlines recently for smoking a joint during a live podcast recording with comedian Joe Rogan.Between doing a Neil deGrasse Tyson impression and quizzing the Tesla and SpaceX chief on the future of automobiles, Rogan handed the entrepreneur a blunt filled with tobacco and marijuana.“I mean, it’s legal, right?” Musk asks before inspecting the object, taking a drag, and passing it along to the next person.Yes, it’s legal in California, where the podcast was recorded. But Musk’s single hit is the controversy heard round the nation.Following the live broadcast, Tesla shares fell more than 6 percent, and the company’s accounting lead resigned after a month on the job.The incident could also have serious implications for SpaceX, which holds Air Force contracts and has access to classified information about government satellites. As others have pointed out, Musk likely has security clearance—a privilege that prohibits the use of cannabis.The U.S. Air Force is not, contrary to some reports, currently investigating Musk. But that doesn’t mean he’s off the hook just yet.Instead of pot-shaming the businessman, though, XBlaze CEO Jeff Dillon praised him for being “a fearless man with an adventurous spirit.”One that Dillon hopes will score his website a special cameo.Elon Musk “almost never” smokes pot—unless he’s on a live podcast recording (via Joe Rogan Experience/YouTube)“I believe that we could make an incredible film together that combines your endless energy, exploratory nature and can-do attitude,” he wrote in a letter to Musk, dated Sept. 7. “Having weed and porn stars on the set would be a plus, too!”Maybe for Dillon. But ask Musk admitted to Rogan, he’s “not a regular smoker.” In fact, he “almost never” partakes in the drug.“I know a lot of people like weed. And that’s fine,” Musk said. “But I don’t find that it’s very good for productivity. Not for me.”No worries: Dillon still wants to pay the impresario in cold, hard cash—$150,000 of it. (As well as “a lifetime of indelible memories from your day with us during the shoot.”)There is no word on whether Musk plans to take him up on the offer.Elon Musk is no stranger to headlines: Since launching an IRL flamethrower, he’s come under scrutiny for calling nanotechnology “BS” and delivering a useless minisub to the children stuck in a cave in Thailand. Read more about his escapades here. SpaceX’s Starhopper Test Launch in Texas ScrubbedElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
NEAR PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WSVN) – An unexpected light show was caught on camera near Panama City.A Ring doorbell camera recorded a beautiful blue streak across the sky, Sunday.The National Weather Service said the streak was a meteor or meteorite.If it landed, the NWS said it might have done so somewhere just south of Tallahassee.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Liquor Baron Vijay MallyaJack Taylor/Getty ImagesIn another setback for fugitive Indian businessman Vijay Mallya, the United Kingdom High Court has rejected his appeal against his extradition. Mallya, who is facing charges of defaulting on bank loans to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore, fraud and money-laundering, had moved the High Court after the Westminster Magistrates Court, on December 10, 2018, gave the go-ahead for his extradition.Westminster Magistrates’ Court Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot had then sent Mallya’s case to Home Secretary Sajid Javed, who had also cleared the extradition.Mallya, 63, left India on March 2, 2016, after defaulting on loans amounting to Rs 9,000 crore he had taken for his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines but he has repeatedly denied fleeing the country, saying he is ready to pay back the money he owed to the Indian banks.India had in late 2017 filed extradition proceedings against Mallya which he contested. He is currently out on bail in London.A consortium of 13 banks, led by the State Bank of India (SBI), has been preparing to initiate loan recovery proceedings against him.The proceedings are on before a special court in Mumbai under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act.The Enforcement Directorate had also moved the Special Prevention of Money-Laundering Act Court last year to declare Mallya a “fugitive economic offender” and confiscate all his properties, estimated at more than Rs 12,000 crore, making it the first such case of its kind under the new law.
Why do some old buildings look so scary and intimidating? That’s a question which springs to mind for anyone walking past a Victorian stately home. Whether built during the reign of Queen Victoria herself (1837 – 1901) or taking inspiration from the style of the time, the passerby is confronted with the likes of Gothic gargoyles and eerie elemental symbols.Queen Victoria in 1890Are these elaborate sculptures a way of showing off, or do they have a deeper significance? The answer is both. For example, architectural experts have been taking a look at different areas of San Francisco as a sample and drawing some fascinating conclusions.This city is far from the foggy streets of Victorian England, yet much of the period’s design found its way into the buildings of areas such as Pacific Heights.Painted Ladies houses at sunrise in San Francisco, with the city skyline in the background. Colorful clouds.Writing in 2017, Architectural Digest noted that this approach endured into the 20th century. In addition to buildings erected during Victoria’s life, “many were constructed after the catastrophic 1906 earthquake and fire, which destroyed nearly 500 city blocks. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the spirit of the 19th century aesthetic prevailed.”Examining these faded white facades can bring to life ancient legends, or represent the owner’s guiding principles. Overall it creates a powerful effect that can’t help but catch people’s attention…MythologyImages relating to Greek mythology can be found at locations such as the George W. Gibbs House, designed by Willis Polk. The Victorians ushered in aspects of the modern world but still saw value in these symbols.Built in 1895, the Gibbs place was described in the 1983 book On the Edge of the World: Four Architects in San Francisco at the Turn of the Century by Richard Longstreth as “among the city’s earliest houses constructed entirely of stone and that almost no dwelling of comparable size matched the restraint of its exterior.”The Medusa’s head central to a mosaic floor in a tepidarium of the Roman era. Museum of Sousse, Tunisia Photo by Ad Meskens CC BY-SA 3.0Longstreth noted that “In a metropolis of wood, the Gibbs house became an instant symbol of grandeur and permanency.”One of its striking permanent features are the Medusa and Gorgon faces which look down on visitors from the Roman villa-style entrance. Medusa was decapitated by Perseus and her head — with its eyes and their ability to turn onlookers into stone — used as a weapon.Architectural historian Caitlin Harvey, in a 2016 article for website 7×7, commented that “Medusa or Gorgon heads were often placed on doors or gates to repel evil or enemies. It is also a strong classical reference to great ancient Greek architecture, as Medusa appeared on a number of iconic temples.”The ElementsC. A. Belden House, 2004-2010 Gough St, San Francisco, California, USA. Sanfranman59 CC BY-SA 3.0Also of interest is the C.A. Belden House, designed by Walter J. Mathews and built in 1889. For starters there’s the striking sculpture of a large Green Man face displayed prominently, reflecting a historical interest in nature.But aside from that an elemental symbol reveals a sense of optimism — a sunburst can be seen by the upper window. Harvey refers to it as “a popular motif in the late 1800s. People who lived during that time considered it a golden age… But some historians think they represent the British Empire and the notion that the sun never set on the British Empire.”Queen Anne HouseThe house is a classic example of the Queen Anne style, which is a part of the Victorian era yet at the same time in a category of its own. The 18th century aesthetic (Queen Anne ruled between 1702 – 1714) had been revived a century later.NoeHill.com wrote that it was “the flamboyant culmination of the building styles today grouped as Victorian, particularly in San Francisco where any residence built between the Gold Rush of 1849 and the 1906 Earthquake and Fire is commonly called Victorian.”Related Video: 13 Victorian Vulgarities everyone should knowAnimalsThese Victorian rowhouses are in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California Photo by Urban CC BY-SA 3.07×7.com mentioned that “larger and more costly homes had more custom details, while most middle-class homes ordered ornamentation from a catalog or pattern book.”One popular and recurring theme was wildlife and the animal kingdom. On a domestic level, the iron sculpture of a dog is singled out. Even by today’s standards, they can be recognized as “symbols of loyalty”.A view of three elaborate victorian houses taken from Alamo Square in San Francisco.A more surprising sight could be a dolphin. Not the first creature thought of in relation to the Victorian period, but still an important one. They “symbolize swiftness, charity, diligence, and love — but she (Harvey) thinks it is popular in SF because of our coastal location”.From beasts to birds. A swallow represented “hope, rebirth, and return (swallows are migratory birds that return to their cliff-side nests year after year).” And owls symbolize ““Wisdom, intelligence, protection, and vigilance.”Purple house in San Francisco.The emphasis was naturally on capturing the spirit of Victorian times. At the same time the architecture focused the old world through the prism of what was believed to be a new and exciting era.Read another story from us: Art Deco House with Original Vintage Furnishings For Sale – Take a TourThose old and stony structures may look imposing. But by taking a closer look at how previous generations of individuals and families presented themselves through their houses, it doesn’t take long to reveal the human factor involved in their design.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Less cancelled flights and lost bags for U.S. airlines Source: The Associated Press Thursday, February 16, 2017 Tags: Alaska Airlines, America, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Virgin Group NEW YORK CITY — The government says U.S. airlines cancelled fewer flights in 2016 than any year on record while also posting record-low numbers for lost bags and passengers getting bumped off oversold flights.And it says airlines had one of their best years for on-time arrivals, although it wasn’t a record and December was worse than the same month a year earlier.The Transportation Department reported Tuesday that the 12 leading U.S. airlines cancelled 1.17 per cent of flights last year, the lowest rate among comparable figures going back to 1995. The previous best was 1.24 per cent in 2002, when travel decreased after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.So you might think it’s all upgrades and free snacks in the air. Travelers know better.Airlines have added extra fees for many things that used to be included in the ticket price. Changing a ticket? That will cost you up to $200, depending on the airline, and even more for international flights.More news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsAverage legroom has been shrinking for years. To squeeze in more seats, the cushions are getting thinner. Air travel is less egalitarian – the biggest airlines boast about fancy new seats and other amenities for passengers in the premium cabins, but they are also introducing “basic economy” fares that in some cases don’t let coach passengers use the overhead bins.Still, air travel is first about getting quickly from one place to another. And the airlines seem to be doing a better job of that.The Transportation Department says 81.4 per cent of domestic flights arrived on-time, which the government defines as within 15 minutes of the scheduled time. That was the fourth-best year since 1995. But December’s on-time rate of 75.6 per cent was down from 77.8 per cent in the previous December.Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines had the best on-time rates for the full year. December’s leaders were Hawaiian, Delta and American Airlines. Spirit Airlines ranked last for 2016, but rival budget carrier Frontier Airlines was last in December.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongThe bad news was that there were more long delays in any year since 2013. There were 84 domestic flights last year that sat on the ground for more than three hours, and 36 international flights that waited at least four hours _ long enough on all those flights that the government could fine the airlines.The airlines reported that one bag was lost, stolen or delayed for every 370 passengers, the best rate since the Transportation Department started tracking the figure in 1987. Virgin America had the lowest rate of mishandled bags in 2016, while ExpressJet mishandled bags most often. Share
The Government of Macao will be implementing a new development strategy to promote ‘Cultural Macao’ to strengthen the city’s heritage. It will increase practical training for appropriate professions whilst increasing the protection of the city’s heritage.The government also aspires to increase the number of professional and international branding conventions by nurturing the fast-growing MICE industry through a flagship strategy – ‘Elevating Macao into a City of Events’.For Cultural Macao, a list of Macao’s intangible cultural heritage will be compiled, establishing a heritage monitoring mechanism, and commencing the formulation of the plan for protection and management of the historic centre of Macao by-law.Culture popularisation projects and art education projects will be implemented to encourage original creativity, enhanced cultural connections and the showcasing of the uniqueness of Macao’s diversified culture, enriching, in parallel, the cultural life of local residents.