‘Reimagine Marxism for our times’

first_imgMarxism needs to be rethought, reconstructed and reimagined to suit modern times, said professor Peter Beilharz from Curtin University, Australia, while delivering the E.M.S. Namboodiripad Memorial lecture here on Wednesday. The lecture was the concluding event of a five-day international conference on Karl Marx.“Capital production assigns everything an exchange value, whether it is a commodity or love, sex, landscape or beauty, but it is the sociability of the individual, rather than possessive individuality, which enables her to have a peaceful coexistence with her surroundings,” he said.Answering a question from the audience, Prof. Beilharz said, “Marxian utopia is not different from utopia that everyone seeks to achieve… The tendency to turn Marx against Marxism, something which gained currency after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, is unnecessary and should be avoided.”AI effectDelivering the Paul Lafargue Memorial Lecture at the conference organised by the Asian Development Research Institute, Kevin M. Sanders, vice-president, People Programme International and Palmer Institute, U.S., said: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself and this is exactly what the capital production is doing through the decades for maximisation of profit by means ethical and unethical, legal and illegal.” Barbara Harriss-White, emeritus professor, Oxford University, in her special address on ‘Petty production and India’s development’, said: “Petty commodity production is a theoretical problem for those who attempt to theorise capitalistic development.”last_img read more

PH coach confident of chances against Cambodia in men’s U-22 football

first_imgPhoto by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR — Nine points to the semifinals.That’s the immediate goal of the Philippine men’s under-22 football team here as it embarks against Cambodia Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games at Selayang Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Metta World Peace not closing door on playing in PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Despite that, Maro said the Philippines will have a very strong chance of winning in the 8:30 p.m. match.“They beat us 1-0 with the Philippines having a depleted team and Cambodia playing in their home turf,” said Maro.Now, according to Maro, the PH strikers are “healthy, very strong and very excited to play.”However, Games officials didn’t allow the Philippines to train in the evening for “lack of lighted stadium.”“I don’t understand that because they have so many football stadium with flood lights,” said Maro. “But we will still practice in the morning and the afternoon.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The country needs to score nine points — a win is worth three points — to make the semifinals.“I think it’s doable because if there’s one team to dominate it would be (defending champion) Thailand, the rest will split points,” said Maro.The country’s best performance in the SEAG was bronze in the 1977 SEA Games. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Head coach Marlon Maro said the Philippines have a more potent lineup — compared to winless squad in Singapore SEAG — composed of several club players like Kou Ichi Belgira.But they are up against a motivated Cambodia side whose prime minister reportedly promised them $1,000 each for every won game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPosted on the aseanfootball.org, Prime minister Hun Sen was also said to have dangled $10,000 each if they win the gold, $7,500 for silver and $4,000 for bronze.Cambodia’s sponsor Angkor Beer Company reportedly promised $5,000 for a semifinal finish and $8,000 for a gold medal feat. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

Pakistan mobile networks intrude Rajasthan

first_imgThere’s a new, invisible intruder from Pakistan into Rajasthan. The security on the nation’s western frontiers is facing a constant threat from across the border as mobile phone networks of several Pakistani companies operate unabated deep inside at least four Indian districts in contravention of the international norms.The signals of several telecom service providers in Pakistan have been detected in Barmer, Jaisalmer, Ganganagar and Bikaner districts by the BSF, BSNL and administration officials. Though the Union government and the Trai have been informed of this, it has apparently failed to stir them into action.The presence of Pakistan’s mobile networks was first detected over two years ago in Barmer, when some people were held there with Pakistani SIM cards. An expert team from the vigilance and telecom monitoring cell last year confirmed the apprehension. Though there is every possibility of the networks being used by the intruders or miscreants against India, no action has been initiated to block the signals.Sources said in some areas, the Pakistani telecom signals are available up to 100 km from the International Border. As per the international norms, the mobile networks should not be available beyond 500 metres on either side of a border. The usage of SIM cards of the Pakistan-based companies has become quite common, forcing Barmer district collector Gaurav Goyal to recently ban these cards in the border areas. This step was taken only after the intelligence agencies took up the issue with the district administration. Goyal said the presence of Pakistani phone network on the Indian territory was a serious matter.advertisementA senior BSNL officer in Barmer said, “We are just a service provider. Either Pakistan should be asked to block these signals or our authorities should install powerful jammers in the border areas.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Ex-Spain Coach Luis Enrique’s Nine-year-old Daughter Dies of Cancer

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Madrid: Former Spain coach Luis Enrique announced the death of his nine-year-old daughter from bone cancer on Thursday.”Our daughter Xana passed away this afternoon at nine years old, after fighting for five intense months against osteosarcoma,” Luis Enrique tweeted. “We will miss you enormously but we will remember you every day of our lives,” he added.Luis Enrique resigned as national coach in June “due to the reasons which had prevented me from fulfilling my duties as normal since last March” he said at the time.His personal issue was never made public, until now.Assistant Robert Moreno has been in charge for Spain’s last three matches and will now lead the team through Euro 2020 qualifying and the final tournament, in what is his first job as a professional coach.In his poignant Twitter post, Luis Enrique thanked all the messages of support “received during these months”.Prominent figures in football were quick to send Enrique their condolences, with his former Spain captain Sergio Ramos posting on Twitter: “All our support and love for you and your family. There are no words, but you always have us by your side.”The president of the Spanish football federation Luis Rubiales sent a message to his former coach: “Always by your side, next to (Enrique’s wife) Elena and your whole family.”La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid also posted their condolences on social media, while the reaction to the sad news crossed into other sports.”I just learned the terrible news of Xana’s death. I am very sad and can’t even imagine the pain of the family,” wrote tennis player Rafael Nadal, who is currently at the US Open in New York.”A huge hug to Luis Enrique and the whole family from a distance. A lot of strength and encouragement in these hard times.” cancerFC Barcelonafootballluis enrique First Published: August 30, 2019, 9:41 AM ISTlast_img read more

Reviving the past

first_imgRestoration is a tricky business. It is the art of keeping the essence of the old alive, while infusing it with current design ideologies and trends. Not just to bring it back to life, but to make it stand out. Experts say that this year will be all about the,Restoration is a tricky business. It is the art of keeping the essence of the old alive, while infusing it with current design ideologies and trends. Not just to bring it back to life, but to make it stand out. Experts say that this year will be all about the royal revival, a way to let unfettered imagination give wings to the past. So, forts, palaces and havelis will get a much-needed revamp.Ayush Kasliwal, 42, founder, Ayush Kasliwal Design Studio, Jaipur; www.akfdstudio.com The Narendra Bhawan makeover: The last ruler of the Bikaner royal family, Narendra Singh ji, did not leave many memories in the public domain. We had to build the space based on few images and anecdotes we had. Trying to create an 80-room property that felt more like the home of a grand uncle than a hotel, was a challenge.Future forward: The next step is the use of traditional and sustainable building techniques for contemporary application.Tariff on requestAtul Kapoor, 55, co-owner of Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur; www.alilahotels.com Trend spotting: Currently most restored forts and havelis in Rajasthan sport new furniture using old designs that are made to look quaint, like extensively painted walls and ceilings. Now, depending on the location and heritage, elements of modernity are being incorporated into the design.A bedroom with old world doors and windows at Alila Fort, Bishangarh Restoring Alila Fort: We used mules to transport material up when there was no road. There are 22 different layouts of the guest rooms, each of them designed and redesigned at least five times by Suneet Bagai (co-owner), me, architects Sandeep and Ritu Khandelwal and finally by the CEO of Alila Hotels & Resorts, Frederic Simon.advertisementTariff on Requestlast_img read more

Luis Enrique sees Spain’s optimism washed away in the Seville rain

first_imgEngland It was from England’s perspective, at least. For Spain there was a lack of tension, alertness and defensive attention that was repeated twice more – and beyond. Asensio tried to connect with an overhead kick and missed the ball and his defenders were suffering a similar fate. For the second goal Harry Kane was alone against Ramos and Nacho, beating both to deliver a pass behind Jonny. The third, neatly made by Ross Barkley and Kane, began with Busquets giving it away. Every time England ran, Spain looked vulnerable. Marcos Alonso and Jonny struggled with Rashford and Sterling; Barkley ran through; Spain seemed disconnected. At one point there were even ironic chants of olé from England’s fans.Spain needed half-time and they needed changes. Dani Ceballos was introduced and then so was Paco Alcácer. Top scorer in the Bundesliga despite not having started a game, scorer of two against Wales, he came on – and scored with his first touch. There was half an hour left and, with Alcácer averaging a goal every 24min 30sec, that did not seem far-fetched. Spain should have had a penalty when Pickford pulled back Rodrigo, Luis Enrique raging on the touchline. There was edge now, competitiveness, momentum, aggressiveness, and pride, all those qualities absent before, the ones the new manager represents. Read more There were shots too. Alcácer had two more, one that rebounded off Thiago from close range, another that went over. Álvaro Morata tried, too. Asensio accelerated, England tired and there was noise around this stadium, once reserved for Spain’s big nights. “España!” they chanted, the pitch inclined Pickford’s way. They lacked clarity but there was character. “The manager asked us to be ourselves,” Dani Ceballos said and this was more like Spain now.It was also late, though; when Alonso hit the bar there was only a minute left and, when Ramos scored seconds after, there was no time for any more. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Messenger This might yet be written off as an accident, and Spain’s second half will ease some of those worries, but for half an hour or so the optimism was washed away in the rain. Three games, three wins and 12 goals ran Spain’s record since the summer, Luis Enrique admitting that things had gone better than he could have dared imagine. Now, things were going worse than he imagined too and it would get worse before it got better. Raheem Sterling had scored the first, smashing into the top of the net; Marcus Rashford had just made it 2-0; and then, 10 minutes later, Sterling got a third. “The first half was awful,” Luis Enrique admitted. “The normal thing would have been for me to kill them at half-time.”Spain’s players wore lost looks. It was not supposed to be this way. They had gone 28 games without losing – they departed Russia unbeaten – and had not lost a competitive game at home for 15 years. It may be too much to ask this team to emulate the one who won it all between 2008 and 2012 but it is not too much to expect them to compete. For much of the first half they did not. “We gifted the first half; the positive thing is that we reacted in the second,” Sergio Ramos said. “It’s important people believe in us again.” Share via Email The inquiry began way before the game had finished. The stadium clock had not yet reached half an hour when to the right of it, high in the Benito Villamarín, England’s drenched fans began to chant: “Are you Scotland in disguise?!” They were not, of course, but nor, it seemed, were the team down below Spain. Luis Enrique has been swift to quieten comparisons to that Spain – the team who won three tournaments in a row, European, world and European champions – but nor, at that point, were they this Spain, the team who had recovered so well since Russia. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Facebook Share on WhatsApp When Gary Lineker scored four goals to help England win 4-2 in Spain Twitter Nacho looks rueful as Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring England’s third goal. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images Pinterest Spain 2-3 England: player ratings from the Nations League tie Spain Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn But when England scored, Spain seemed to disintegrate. The goal was brilliant, England drawing Spain in and then racing beyond them. “Press high” is one of the commands on which Luis Enrique insists, an essential element of their identity, and Spain did that, although it was odd to see Sergio Busquets as the vanguard, so close to Pickford. The goalkeeper’s pass sliced right through Spain, space opening up – and what followed was superb. Sportblog Nations League Raheem Sterling’s double inspires England to stunning victory in Spain Topics Read more Spain scored twice, Ramos getting the second but it was the game’s very last touch. And so Spain were defeated at home for the first time since Greece came in July 2003, Stelios Giannakopoulos scoring. Marco Asensio was seven that day. Giannakopoulos was about to join Bolton; aged 44, he is a fireman now. It is even longer since England came and won or even scored: Sterling’s predecessor was Gary Lineker.Before kick-off, while the players lined up, Jordan Pickford faced some last-minute shots and he did not have long to wait for his first real save, the ball shooting up off his shoulder after five minutes. At that point this seemed likely to go Spain’s way, Asensio playing a pass behind Iago Aspas, Jonny Otto bombing up the right, and Thiago bending just wide. There were three wonderful touches from Thiago Alcântara. features Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Trends of the Game DVD’s Available

first_imgThe 2008 Trends of the Game DVD is now available for purchase from the TFA Online Shop http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=396 The 2008 Trends series again sees current Australian Coaches giving information about current trends in skills and tactics in the game, with this year’s theme being Back to Basics. Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman’s investigates switching and how and when to perform a switch. Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad discusses the technique of defensive body position. Mixed Open Coach Bernie Morrison teaches the art of creating space, while Referee’s Director Lou Tompkins speaks about the two-by-two-by-two refereeing technique that is now being adopted across the country. Whether you are a player, referee, coach or spectator, do not miss the chance to obtain an insight into the coaching techniques of the current Australian Coaches.last_img read more

Head Coach Reveals What Caused The Benches-Clearing Skirmish

first_imgderek mason holds back his players at vanderbiltNASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 13: Head coach Derek Mason of the Vanderbilt Commodores tries to corral his team back to the sideline during a scrum against the Florida Gators during the first half at Vanderbilt Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)Benches cleared and head coaches got into a screaming match during the Florida-Vanderbilt game in Nashville, Tenn. on Saturday.Tempers were flaring all afternoon between the Gators and the Commodores and things reached a tipping point, leading to a benches-clearing skirmish that featured Dan Mullen and Derek Mason yelling at each other.Following a targeting call on the Gators, Florida’s Dan Mullen and Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason exchanged words. pic.twitter.com/ZhTimyBWdj— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) October 13, 2018Both head coaches addressed what happened after the game.From the Orlando Sentinel:“We’re not going to get into that publicly at all,” Mullen said. “Derek’s a great, really close friend of mine. And I think, on our sideline we’ve got to make sure we’re cleaner in that situation and he probably thinks the same thing.”Mason said his involvement in the ordeal got heated when words were directed his way from the Florida bench.“Their player from the sideline said something, and he directed it at me,” Mason said. “I say something back, and Dan gets mad.”Florida improved to 6-1 with the win, while Vanderbilt dropped to 3-4.last_img read more

Vijender Singh is scared of me: British boxer Amir Khan

first_imgVijender Singh is scared of me: British boxer Amir KhanAmir Khan, a celebrated boxer, bragged saying Vijender Singh is “scared” of me. Khan, the British boxer, has expressed a desire to wrangle with Olympic bronze medalist Vijender a number of times but the same has not been materialized yet.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 17:00 IST Amir Khan. ( India Today Aspire)HIGHLIGHTSAmir Khan is set to take on India’s Neeraj Goyat in a Super Boxing League exhibition bout in JeddahKhan keen to fight an Indian, the two-time World Champion has switched categories to clash with GoyatAmir said he will not take Goyat lightly as his reputation would be at stakeVijender Singh is “scared” of me, bragged celebrated boxer Amir Khan, who is set to take on India’s Neeraj Goyat in a Super Boxing League exhibition bout in Jeddah on July 12.Khan, the British boxer of Pakistan origin, has expressed desire to lock horns with Olympic bronze medallist Vijender a number of times but the bout has not materialised as yet.Keen to fight an Indian, the 32-year-old two-time World Champion has agreed to switch category to clash with Goyat.”I have always expressed my desire and tried to fight against Vijender but I think he is scared of me,” Amir said during the announcement of his bout, named ‘The Shinning Jewel’ against Goyat at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.”It was time an Indian boxer fight against a world champion and I am glad that Goyat has accepted the offer. What Vijender couldn’t do, Goyat will be doing,” Khan, who will move to welterweight category from his preferred super welterweight division.At the age of 17, Amir, who hails from Matore village of Kathua tehsil in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi, became the youngest British boxer to win an Olympic medal — a silver in 2004 Athens Games before turning professional.Bill Dosanjh, the creator of the Super Boxing League, feels that Vijender has to raise his game by leaps and bounds to fight against a boxer like Amir.”Vijender has to step up. He has to step up his game. Till now he has not fought any world champion boxer in his professional career,” Dosanjh said.advertisementGoyat, who is the WBC Asia welterweight title-holder, has a record of 11 wins including two knockouts, two losses and two draws till date.Amir said he will not take Goyat lightly as his reputation would be at stake.”I will start training for the bout in the UK. I need to be 100 per cent ready for the fight. I have everything to lose and Goyat has everything to win,” he said.Goyat, a former Mixed Martial Arts fighter, thanked Amir for accepting his offer to fight in his weight category.”I always wanted to fight Amir but my condition was that he has to fight in my welterweight category. He is a true fighter as he accepted my offer,” Goyat said.Talking about his training before facing Aamir, Goyat said, “For me the best training centre is Army Sports Institute in Pune. Before my last fight I trained there and now also I will train there before taking on Amir.Also Read | Munich World Cup: Manu Bhaker secures Olympic quota in shootingAlso Read | India sweep mixed team titles to conclude best ever ISSF WC performanceAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Super Boxing LeagueFollow Vijender SinghFollow Amir KhanFollow Neeraj Goyat Nextlast_img read more

Chidambaram to be in CBI custody till September 2

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Finance minister P Chidambaram will be subjected to three more days of custodial interrogation by the CBI in the INX Media scam as a Delhi court remanded him in the agency’s custody till September 2. The Assistant Solicitor General K N Natraj, appearing for the CBI, sought five days of CBI remand on grounds of voluminous material and Chidambaram’s slow response time. Chidambaram was represented by senior advocate Dayan Krishnan, with whom Chidambaram had disagreed during the hearing, about what their position was. Chidambaram, 73, has already been subjected to custodial interrogation by the CBI for eight days since his arrest on August 21.last_img

CDC raises enough money for a new van

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Child Development Centre has officially met its fundraising goals for this year, allowing the Centre to purchase a new wheelchair-accessible van.The CDC’s executive director Tana Millner said that the organization raised the required $77,000 for the new 10-passenger van, which comes fully equipped with a mechanical lift for wheelchair-bound passengers. Millner said that the Centre’s old van was not wheelchair-accessible, causing headaches for the Centre’s staff. “Not having a wheelchair-accessible van with the population that we serve was very difficult sometimes,” said Millner. “It was a good thing that we were able to do it with the help of the community.”Millner said that the van has already been ordered, and the Centre expects to take delivery of the new van in 10 to 12 weeks.last_img read more

Seven held in AIIMS attack

first_imgDelhi Police nabbed seven persons who were found involved in attacking a family outside AIIMS Trauma Centre on Sunday. The law enforcement agency has also identified a few more people involved in the case. Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest) Devender Arya said that as soon case came to light they took action and after the proper investigation in the case arrests were made in this regard. Police said that apart from arrests, three-four people have been identified allegedly involved in the incident. “The case is being probed,” said the officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The investigating agency said that on Sunday at about 3 PM a PCR call was received regarding quarrel at Trauma Center. The complainant reported that guards at the gate had injured her husband and assaulted her sister also. In all four members were examined and MLC prepared. On Sunday itself in this regard, a case under appropriate sections was registered at Safdarjung Enclave and five persons were nabbed . The police official said that they took proper action in the case.last_img read more

Canadas housing market stronger than forecast

TORONTO — The Canadian Real Estate Association said Friday that the national home price and sales activity this year will be higher than previously forecast, following a strong spring.It now forecasts 475,800 homes will be sold in 2012, up 3.8% from 2011, compared with earlier expectations of a gain of 0.3%.The average home price is forecast to rise by 2.2% to $370,700 in 2012 compared with an earlier expectation that it would fall 1.1%.“National activity over spring months was stronger than anticipated,” CREA president Wayne Moen said in a statement.“This shows clearly how the continuation of low interest rates is keeping homeownership affordable and within reach.”[np-related]CREA had previously forecast 2012 and 2013 sales volume would be on par with the 10-year average, but it now expects them to be slightly above that.CREA expects 470,200 sales in 2013, down 1.1% from this year, compared with the earlier forecast of 457,200.The increased outlook for the year came as CREA reported homes sales last month fell 3.1% compared with April, but remained up from a year ago.The group said sales volume rose 9% from May 2011, while the Canadian average price slipped marginally to $375,605, down 0.3%.Continued overall strength in the housing market, largely due to the staying power of low interest rates, has led some economists to warn the market is overvalued.That could make homeowners vulnerable to a downturn, especially those who have used low interest rates to borrow more than they could otherwise afford.The Bank of Canada and federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty have cautioned Canadians repeatedly to moderate borrowing on real estate, declaring household debt to be the domestic economy’s number one enemy.The bank noted certain segments of the housing market that have a persistent oversupply — such as condos in Toronto — face a higher risk of a price correction.A report released this week by TD Bank projected Vancouver and Toronto home prices will probably experience a downturn of about 15% in two to three years, but not the dramatic drop that hit the United States a few years ago. read more

Moodys changes outlook on Sri Lankas rating to negative from stable

The other reason was the possibility that the effectiveness of the fiscal reforms envisaged by the Government may be lower than we currently expect, which could further weaken fiscal and economic performance. It said that with the effective implementation of some of the fiscal policy measures and other structural reforms planned under the IMF programme, the Government would be able to tap a significant potential revenue base.Moody’s Investors Service said that on 16 June 2016, a rating committee was called to discuss the rating of the Sri Lanka, Government of. Moody’s Investors Service has today affirmed the Government of Sri Lanka’s foreign currency issuer and senior unsecured sovereign ratings at B1 and changed the outlook to negative from stable.Moody’s Investors Service said one reason for the downgrading was the expectation of a further weakening in some of Sri Lanka’s fiscal metrics in an environment of subdued GDP growth which could lead to renewed balance of payments pressure. At the same time, Moody’s said Sri Lanka’s B1 rating is supported by the economy’s robust growth potential and higher income levels than similarly-rated sovereigns. The main points raised during the discussion were that the issuer’s economic fundamentals, including its economic strength, have not materially changed, the issuer’s institutional strength/framework, have materially decreased, the issuer’s fiscal or financial strength, including its debt profile, has not materially changed and the issuer’s susceptibility to event risks has not materially changed. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan welcomes BelizeGuatemala treaty agreement

A statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman at UN Headquarters in New York expressed the Secretary-General’s “firm belief” that bringing this matter to closure is a key step in creating conditions for stability and sustainable development, and encouraged the people of both countries to endorse the settlement agreement.Calling the development “historic,” the spokesman noted that under the agreement’s terms, referenda are to be held in coming weeks in both countries, leading to a treaty concluding a controversy which has delayed regional integration.In addition to their shared history on the Central American isthmus, Belize and Guatemala are both multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual societies striving to provide their citizens with just and equitable living conditions. “This groundbreaking accord sets an example for the region, and offers hope that other such disputes can also be resolved promptly and peaceably,” the statement said. The Secretary-General also congratulated both Governments for their leadership and vision and commended their designated Facilitators and the Organization of American States, under whose auspices the process was conducted. read more

UNESCO chief denounces the murder of Mexican journalist

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), denounced the murder and called on the authorities to “conduct a thorough investigation” into the incident. Mr. Saldaña Morales was the host of a news programme at La Ke Buena 100.9 FM radio station in the town of Tierra Blanca in Veracruz State. He also worked for a number of other media outlets, notably El Mundo de Córdoba, El Sol de Córdoba, La Crónica de Tierra Blanca and Radio Max.Ms. Bokova underscored, “crimes against journalists affect the whole of society and limit our ability as citizens to make informed choices. For this reason, it is essential that such crimes do not go unpunished.”On 4 May, police found Mr. Saldaña Morales in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO member States at the organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage. read more

European Court of Human Rights to rule on Irish child sex abuse

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN COURT of Human Rights (ECtHR) will deliver a Grand Chamber judgement in a case taken against Ireland by a citizen over child sexual abuse next week.The ruling in Louise O’Keeffe versus Ireland will be revealed in a public hearing at 10am (Irish time) on Tuesday, 28 January in the Human Rights Building in Strasbourg.The Cork woman, now aged 49, is seeking damages from the State for abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of a primary school principal.She was indecently assaulted by Leo Hickey at Dunderrow National School in Kinsale for a number of months in 1973 when she was just nine years old. During a criminal investigation into a separate complaint about the principal, O’Keeffe was contacted by authorities and made a statement about the offences in 1997.It is understood that she had suppressed the sexual abuse until then, not linking her psychological difficulties with the events of her past.Hickey was charged with 386 criminal offences involving 21 former pupils of the national school. He pleaded guilty and was jailed for three years.Having heard evidence from other victims during the criminal trial, the victim realised the connection between her psychological problems and the abuse.In October 1998 she applied to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal for compensation and was awarded €53,962.The same year, she brought a civil action against her abuser, as well as the Minister for Education and the State. She sought damages for personal injuries claiming Ireland had failed to put in place appropriate measures and procedures to prevent and stop Hickey’s systematic abuse; and that it was vicariously liable as his employer.The High Court ordered Hickey to pay out €305,104, a sum he said he cannot afford. It was arranged that he would pay €400 a month to the victim and, to date, she has received about €30,000 from him.In 2004, the claims of direct negligence against the State were dismissed and, two years later, the High Court found that the State was not vicariously liable for the assaults.The claim was also dismissed by the Supreme Court in 2008.It found that “the Irish primary school system had to be understood in the specific context of early 19th Century history and that, while the State funded the system, the management role of the church was such that the State could not be held vicariously liable for the acts of the teacher in question”.Dunderrow National School was managed by a priest on behalf of the Bishop of Cork and Ross.The priest was made aware of allegations against Hickey in 1971. Further complaints were made in 1973, the year O’Keeffe was targeted.A parents’ meeting was called, after which, the principal took sick leave and resigned. A number of parents had also removed their children from the school. The Department of Education was told about the resignation in January 1974 but not about the complaints.Gardaí were not informed about the incidents or complaints.Hickey took up a job in another national school where he taught until his retirement in 1995.Following the failure of her case in the Supreme Court, O’Keeffe took it to Europe, stating that the Irish State failed to structure the primary education system so as to protect her. It also failed to investigate or provide an appropriate judicial response to her ill-treatment.According to her complaint, she also says she has “suffered discrimination given the refusal to compensate victims of abuse in National Schools while accepting to do so as regards abuse victims from reformatory or industrial schools”.The right for O’Keeffe to bring her case before the ECHR in Strasbourg, France was challenged by the State which argued that she had not exhausted all legal remedies in the country as she had not sued the Bishop of Cork and Ross which was responsible for running the school.But the ECHR declared her case admissable in June of last year saying that it was not necessary for her to also sue the bishop having already taken legal action against the State.The Grand Chamber heard her case on 6 March last year.European Court of Human Rights to hear Cork woman’s abuse caselast_img read more

Talks about airport workers pensions moving to more intensive phase

first_imgAN EXPERT PANEL set up to examine how a resolution can be reached in the pensions dispute at various airports, has said discussions are now moving to a more intensive phase.Last week the High Court granted an injunction to Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) to halt the planned closure of airports across the country on the Friday of the St Patrick’s Day weekend.Unions had planned a strike for Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports over the row about a €700 million hole in the employee pension fund.The panel said today that a series of initial meetings has been held with DAA, Aer Lingus and the trade unions involved. “These discussions are now moving to a more intensive phase,” it said in a statement.It also said arrangement are being finalised for meetings with other relevant stakeholders.The panel said that arising from its terms of reference, it is continuing on the preparation of a preliminary report to two government departments and the unions by the end of this month.Read: High Court halts airport strikes by granting injunction to DAA>Read: Mandate union withdraws from strike action at DAA>Read: DAA and Ryanair launch court action to stop strike at Irish airports>last_img read more

Fox News Says China Owns Bahamas Minister Responds

Fox News Says China Owns Bahamas Minister Responds

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 9, 2017 – Nassau – A controversial video clip has surfaced of a FOX NEWS Analysis interview, expressing US perspective on The Bahamas’s relationship with China, economic standing and even forecast on election results.When speaking to the cutting back on economic investments in the US, the representatives from FOX NEWS said “Take the Bahamas, for example. The US, after the great recession, essentially pulled out all governmental and private investments there. The Chinese swooped in and now own the country because they invested so heavily in infrastructure”.They continued “There’s an election there on Wednesday which could actually swing to the opposition, which is not suppose to happen, solely because of China.”Following the circulation of the video, Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, released a statement where he asserted that the claims made by the Fox News commentator are “false, malicious and just plain silly.”The statement reads “There is a bit of disinformation going around via a video with a commentator from Fox News making several assertions which are false, malicious and just plain silly.The assertions are that the United States has pulled out investments in The Bahamas and that the Chinese own The Bahamas and its government.The Fox New commentator is obviously suffering from a very serious problem of ignorance.First, the United States as a government does invest in private sector projects in countries. US Investors, private citizens and corporations, continue to be by far the largest foreign investors in The Bahamas.Secondly, the Chinese Government has no hold on The Bahamas or the Government of The Bahamas. That is nonsense and patent rubbish.The Chinese government is perfectly able to speak for itself but there is no evidence that China has any hegemonic designs on The Bahamas.The China Export Import Bank has financed commercial projects in The Bahamas and at present all loans are beings serviced on normal commercial terms.The Bahamas itself is not involved in any way shape or form in any geo-political contest between larger countries.Any attempt to drag us into such contests is also false and maliciousWe need work for our people. We need investment for our development. Like the United States, we are an open country and welcome investments from any lawful source.The timing of the statement from Fox News is designed to influence the general election. Patriotic Bahamians of goodwill all see through this tissue of lies. The FNM should separate themselves from it, or be tarred with being supporters of anti Bahamian and anti patriotic actions.”#magneticmedianews#foxnewssayschinaownsbahamas Related Items:#foxnewssayschinaownsbahamas, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Emmis Sells Texas Monthly for 25 Million

Emmis Sells Texas Monthly for 25 Million

first_img The Austin headquarters of Texas Monthly, as well as its Dallas location, will stay where they are. The Houston office, however, will move into Genesis Park offices. “Texas Monthly has been a member of the Emmis family for 18 years, so today is bittersweet,” Jeff Smulyan, chairman and CEO of Emmis, said in a press release. “This transaction allows us not only to de-lever our balance sheet, but puts Texas Monthly in the capable hands of one of Texas’ great families, the Hobbys.” Texas Monthly is the first magazine sold since Emmis revealed plans to offload its magazine properties in August. The publicly traded company is looking to privatize and reduce its debt by focusing on radio assets. Emmis Communications has sold Texas Monthly for $25 million to private equity firm Genesis Park. The deal, which includes the magazine, its archives, and a custom publishing business, is expected to close in November. This is the sole publishing asset under Genesis Park, though the Hobbys are well-known in the industry. Paul Hobby’s grandfather William P. Hobby served as governor of Texas, as well as publisher of the Houston Post, which the family sold in 1983 before the paper folded in 1995. Paul’s father, Bill Hobby, was Lt. governor of Texas, as well as president of the newspaper. “I love Texas, I love the magazine,” Hobby tells Folio:. “I understand the power of the written word. There’s some great stories to tell in Texas, so when it was for sale, we were the right buyer.” It will retain Indianapolis Monthly, but Atlanta, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and Orange Coast magazines are still for sale.  Paul Hobby, founder of Genesis Park, will take on the role of CEO. No publisher has been announced, and all other staff will be retained initially, Hobby tells Folio:. Moving into the future, Hobby says he plans to strengthen Texas Monthly’s digital presence, and expand into events and video. last_img read more