Nashik court acquits prime accused in multi-crore fake stamp paper scam

first_imgA special court in Nashik acquitted seven persons including deceased counterfeiter and prime accused, Abdul Ladsab Telgi alias Kareem Lala, in the multi-crore stamp paper scam on Monday.Charges against Telgi, alleged to be the kingpin behind the scam that ranged across several States and cities, abated following his death in Bengaluru in October last year.Citing “lack of concrete proof”, Additional Sessions Judge P.R. Deshmukh acquitted all accused in the case that was first registered in Nashik in 2000. As many as 49 witnesses had been examined in the case.While Mumbai was Telgi’s ‘nerve centre’ for printing fake stamp papers, Nashik, being the location of the India Security Press (ISP), was where the scam originated.As per the case, Telgi had connived with officials of the ISP to create counterfeits of several types of legal documents including stamp papers, revenue stamps, and judicial court fee stamps, among others. The ISP was identified as the source of perforating machines that was used to print the fake stamp papers.He had been named in 47 cases lodged in several cities across the country in connection with the scam.The labyrinthine case has dragged on for more than 15 years. The names of a number of politicos, including Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal and rebel Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Dhule Anil Gote had cropped up in the case, along with those of several high-ranking policemen.In 2003, Gote, who was then with the Samajwadi Janata Party and an MLA, was arrested, becoming the first politico in the stamp paper racket to be arrested. A number of high-ranking police officers from Mumbai too were arrested. The arrest of two of Telgi’s couriers from Bengaluru’s Cottonpet in August 2000 had first led to the unravelling of the scam and its magnitude. A native of Karnataka’s Belagavi district, Telgi, who was under the police radar since the 1990s, was first arrested in 2001 from Ajmer by a team of the Bengaluru police. The Central Bureau of Investigation had taken over the case from the Maharashtra police in 2004 and had filed a charge sheet against 66 persons including Telgi in July 2005. Telgi was finally convicted in 2007 after he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 29 years in prison.last_img read more

Official Emblem Unveiled For FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020

first_imgThe official emblem for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 was unveiled at a star-studded launch event at the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai on Saturday.The design combines exciting and colourful elements from both the natural world and Indian culture. The bright blue waves of the base reach up along the form of the trophy toward the paisley flourish crowning the design. The droplet frames a ball made from a marigold flower, a celebratory symbol of growth and development befitting a youth competition. The color and style of the marigold are drawn from Bandhani textiles, an Indian tie-dye technique dating back thousands of years. The stem of the marigold is accented with vibrant symbols of unity and celebration derived from traditional Warli paintings, but in the bright hues found in Bandhani patterns.Together, the components are filled with the tournament’s youthful energy and emphasise the potential for the upcoming event.The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 will take place from 2 November until 21 November. 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. 2020 FIFA U-17 World CupemblemFIFA U-17 Women’s World CupFIFA Women’s World Cup First Published: November 2, 2019, 11:15 PM ISTlast_img read more

Copa America: Venezuela stun Uruguay 1-0 to enter quarters

first_imgSalomon Rondon scored on a rebound after a shot from midfield struck the crossbar and Venezuela beat Uruguay 1-0 on Thursday night to advance to the Copa America Centenario quarterfinals.The West Bromwich striker scored in the 36th minute, after a shot from midfield by Alejandro Guerra was barely deflected by Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and hit the crossbar.”Today we showed the Rocky we have inside,” Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel said. “That fighter who never gives up, who may go down, but gets up again.”Venezuela won its first two games and leads Group C with six points. Uruguay has two losses and will be eliminated from the tournament if Mexico wins or ties Jamaica in the late match in Pasadena, California.It was Venezuela’s first win over Copa America against Uruguay, a team that has won the tournament a record 15 times.”The players always believed in themselves,” Dudamel said. “We asked them, you think we have the players to do it? And all of them said ‘yes’, without any hesitation.”Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani missed several scoring chances, including a one-on-one against goalkeeper Jose Contreras in the 90th minute.Luis Suarez missed his second consecutive game for Uruguay with a hamstring injury. The Barcelona striker was injured in the Copa del Rey final.”We didn’t play like a team that needs to get a good result,” said Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez.He added Suarez is not ready to play, and will probably miss Uruguay’s last group stage match on Monday against Jamaica. The two-time world champions might be eliminated by then.advertisement”We want Suarez when he’s ready,” Tabarez said.last_img read more

Glum Arsene Wenger counts cost of Arsenal’s latest defeat

first_imgArsenal’s despondent manager Arsene Wenger was left to assess the consequences of a “damaging” and “worrying defeat” after a toothless 3-0 reverse at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace on Monday left their top-four aspirations in jeopardy.After a run of five defeats in eight Premier League games, Arsenal have fallen from second to sixth — seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City who have played a game more.In late January, Wenger’s side were the nearest challengers to leaders Chelsea but they now find themselves level on points with seventh-placed Everton, who have played two matches more.During Arsenal’s plummet out of title contention only West Ham United and the bottom two, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, have collected fewer points.”It’s damaging, of course” Wenger, who has led Arsenal to 20 successive top-four finishes, told Sky Sports. “It’s very worrying and disappointing the way we lost the game.”On that front, that is the most difficult for us. It has consequences on our chances to be in the top four.”Every defeat is a big worry. I’ve managed over 1,100 games for Arsenal and we’re not used to that. It’s a big worry.”Unfortunately, it is like that and we have to respond very quickly and not accept it. I’m disappointed and determined to put things right.”DIFFICULT DEFEATThe manner of the defeat at a buoyant Selhurst Park was of particular concern for a side who were outmuscled and outplayed in a performance that reflected a dire few months for the Gunners.Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic scored for Palace, who were dominated the match and could have scored more goals. Arsenal, meanwhile, did not have a single shot on target in the second half.advertisementAmid widespread concern about the team’s recent performances under Wenger from disgruntled supporters, the Frenchman has had to deal with almost incessant questioning about his future.”I face it in every press conference at the moment but tonight I’m not in the mood to speak about it,” he told the BBC.”Tonight the worry is not me, it’s the fact we lost a big game and that’s a big worry. We are in a difficult position.”What counts is how we perform on the pitch, the players and myself and I feel everyone is focussed in the club to do it.”Arsenal now face lowly Middlesbrough in the league next Monday before an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.last_img read more

Moustakas’ Keep-On-Walking HR in 10th Locks up ALCS Game 1

first_imgBALTIMORE — The Kansas City Royals scored three runs from two homers in the 10th inning to win 8-6 at Baltimore on Friday in the opening game of the American League Championship Series.Alex Gordon led off the tenth with a homer off Darren O’Day to cap his eventful game in which he also doubled in three runs, was picked off at first base, made a great catch in left field and got hit in the neck with a pitch.His homer put Kansas City up 6-5 and Mike Moustakas added a two-run shot off Brian Matusz to pad the lead.The Orioles tried to rally in the bottom of the tenth, with pinch-hitter Delmon Young driving in a run with two outs and putting a second man on base, but Royals closer Greg Holland retired Nick Markakis on a grounder to end it.Four of Kansas City’s five wins in this postseason have come in extra innings.“These games, we’ve played so many of them that we’re kind of used to them a little bit,” manager Ned Yost said. “And we still have a lot of confidence.”Game 2 is Saturday in Baltimore, when rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura will make his second postseason start for the Royals against either Wei-Yin Chen or Bud Norris.Gordon was at the center of much of the action all game, so there was a sense of expectation when he came to the plate in the tenth, and he duly dispatched a high pitch into the stands beyond right field.“Gordy just has a lot of confidence in his abilities,” Yost said. “He’s a guy that can hit by a pitch and do exactly what he did, drive it out of the ballpark tonight, after getting hit in the neck. So it was a huge hit for us at that point.”As the ball soared over the wall, Orioles reliever O’Day flung his cap to the ground in frustration.“I made a mistake and he got it,” O’Day said. “You go up there and roll the dice. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”It was Baltimore’s first loss of the postseason after sweeping Detroit in the division series.This best-of-seven series was billed as Kansas City’s speed against Baltimore’s power, but the Royals didn’t steal a base and hit all of the game’s three home runs.“We know we’re capable of hitting home runs,” Gordon said. “We didn’t do it during the regular season. But it doesn’t really matter. This is the postseason and we’re starting to swing the bats better now. It’s good to see.”Kansas City established an early lead with a four-run third inning.Alcides Escobar hit a rare homer off Chris Tillman into the left-field seats, and the Royals then loaded the bases with two singles and a walk to set up Gordon, whose broken-bat fly landed about four feet inside the right-field foul line and pushed the lead out to 4-0.Baltimore got an RBI single from Adam Jones in the bottom half to make it 4-1, but a diving catch by Gordon prevented further damage.A sacrifice fly by Butler in the fifth made it 5-1, but in the bottom of the frame the Orioles scored three-times to make it a one-run game. Nelson Cruz hit an RBI double before Ryan Flaherty delivered a two-out, two-run single.Kansas City starter James Shields made it out of the inning, but did not return after giving up four runs and 10 hits.The rain that was expected for much of the day finally made an appearance in the sixth, shortly before Baltimore tied the game against the usually reliable Kansas City bullpen. The tying run scored off Kelvin Herrera on a low popup by Alejandro De Aza that dropped behind the mound.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah remain on top of ICC ODI rankings

first_imgVirat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah maintained their No.1 positions respectively in the latest ICC ODI rankings which was released on Tuesday.Kohli remained in pole position with 899 points while limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma remained second in the list.Rohit’s opening partner Shikhar Dhawan is the third Indian in the top-10 list at eighth position improving from his ninth place in the previous list. Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is ranked 20th in the latest.Read – Rishabh Pant emerges as rightful successor to MS DhoniRoss Taylor rose to a career-best No.3 in the list for ODI batsmen. Taylor had a fine time in Abu Dhabi, scoring 80 in the first ODI win, and then 86* in the defeat in the second game as the series ended 1-1 following the abandonment in Dubai in the third game.More changes within the top 10 of batsmen following the completion of the series between Australia and South Africa and Pakistan and New Zealand included Faf du Plessis moving up three spots to No.7 and both Kane Williamson and Quinton de Kock dropping two spots, but still staying in the top 10 – Williamson at No.9 and de Kock at No.10.Also read – Virat Kohli lost control with fan: Viswanathan Anand on leave India controversySimilarly in the bowlers’ list, there are three Indians with Bumrah on top with 841 points while Kuldeep Yadav maintained his third place in the list. Kuldeep’s wrist spin twin Yuzvendra Chahal leaped three places to be fifth on the list.advertisementKagiso Rabada is now in the top five, at No.4, after picking up seven wickets in the series in Australia.Imran Tahir has dropped out of the top 10, but moving up are Shadab Khan (up 16 spots to No.24), Lockie Ferguson (up 31 spots to No.42) and Lungi Ngidi (up 19 spots to No.43).Also read – India’s pace battery begins preparations for Australia tourComing into the reckoning after picking up five wickets in two ODIs in Australia was also Dwaine Pretorius, who jumped 20 places to No.55, joint with Afghanistan’s Dawlat Zadran, while Shaheen Shah Afridi, the 18-year-old who picked up nine wickets in the series against New Zealand, gained a remarkable 66 spots to get to No.118, just outside the top 100.Rashid Khan of Afghanistan with 353 points is the top-ranked ODI all-rounder in world cricket currently.Among all-rounders, Mohammad Hafeez, who made big gains in the Twenty20 International charts too, swapped positions with New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner, getting to No.4.In the overall team rankings, India with 121 points, remained second behind England (126 points).(With inputs from PTI)WATCHlast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi K20 quick review: The price is alright, folks

first_imgThe Redmi K20 is here. The smartphone was launched in China in May and since then, Indian consumers, particularly those who keep an eye on everything that Xiaomi is launching, wanted the company to bring the Redmi K20 to the country. Xiaomi ended the wait two days ago. On July 17, the company launched the Redmi K20 alongside the K20 Pro. The prices of the two phones… well, let’s talk about the price of the K20 in a while considering it’s such a touchy topic right now. But as part of what I learnt about the K20 while putting together in this quick review, I feel its price of Rs 21,999 is alright.First thing first. The Redmi K20 Pro Glacier Blue colour variant looks beautiful and different. That is the variant we have over here at the India Today Tech for the K20 review. There are two more colour variants available: Flame Red and Carbon Fiber. My personal favourite is the Carbon Fiber Black version of the phone, which I made clear in the review of the K20 Pro, but these things are subjective. The Glacier Blue variant too looks dashing.If you like phones with unique and flashy design that also feels premium in hands you’re absolutely going to love the Redmi K20’s Glacier blue version. My own choice is for phones that are more subtle and sophisticated and hence I like the Carbon Black Fiber of the K20. Similar to the Redmi K20 Pro the Redmi K20 also comes with Aura Prism design. Both the Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro look like twins and there’s absolutely no difference between the two phones as far as the design is concerned. The Redmi K20 comes with slim bezels, a pop-up camera with LED lights — camera module could have been slightly faster — aura prism design, and everything else that we get in the Redmi K20 Pro. I also like how the power button is red in colour instead of blue like the volume keys. This adds to the overall aesthetics of the smartphone and makes it eye-catching.advertisementYou can read the India Today Tech review of the Redmi K20 Pro here to know more details about the Redmi K20 series design.One of the best bits about the Redmi K20 is its build and its “premium-ness”. The phone feels slick thanks to the Gorilla Glass 5 on the back and front and the nicely curved design. Similar to the Redmi K20 Pro, the Redmi K20 also has solid build quality and feels extremely compact. I like the size of the phone. What I said for the Redmi K20 Pro, I will repeat for the K20: The Redmi K20 has the perfect size and doesn’t feel huge in the hands. Another good bit is the Redmi K20 doesn’t feel very heavy either despite sporting a massive 4000mAh battery inside it. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, single speaker grill and USB type C port.Despite its lower price compared to that of the Redmi K20 Pro, Xiaomi uses an AMOLED display for the Redmi K20. The screen size is the same. To be specific, the Redmi K20 comes with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display that offers a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The phone’s screen supports HDR, which is great. In the limited time I have spent with the Redmi K20 I believe the screen of the phone gets pretty bright in all kinds of scenarios, be it outdoors or indoors. The phone comes with auto-brightness option and it also lets you adjust the colour temperature of the screen. I also like the fact that the Redmi K20 sports as slim bezels as the Redmi K20 Pro offers and that’s clearly because of the pop-up camera that sits of the top left of the phone. There’s another surprise beneath the display — 7th generation in-display fingerprint sensor that I feel is quite fast at unlocking the phone. While using the phone I mostly relied on the in-display sensor to unlock it and skipped the AI face unlock as it is slow and not very reliable.The 20MP pop-up camera sensor clicks fairly decent selfies, but I feel the pictures could have turned out to be slightly better. I had the same complaint from the Redmi K20 Pro as well. The selfies often miss out on details and also I also feel colours lack contrast. The back camera performance, in comparison, is better. The Redmi K20 comes with the IMX582 primary camera sensor compared to the IMX586 in the K20 Pro. Both are 48-megapixel sensors but the IMX586 supports faster FPS in 4K video recording. Everything else is more or less same between these two sensors, so for all practical purposes cameras in the K20 Pro and the K20 are similar.advertisement Just like the K20 Pro, the K20 also sports two additional rear cameras. This means it has 13MP super wide-angle lens and 8MP telephoto lens apart from the main camera. Overall I believe the camera performance of the Redmi K20 is pretty decent for the price it comes for. In daylight the pictures clicked with the Redmi K20 show good amount of details but they also look little over-saturated. The low-light camera performance could have been better, I believe. But then the phone comes with Night Mode that improves the quality of pictures clicked in less light. I will talk about the camera of the Redmi K20 in the full review of the smartphone very soon. Stay tuned.One of the key highlights of the Redmi K20 is the hardware running the smartphone. Notably, the Redmi K20 is the first smartphone in India to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor. After spending two days with the Redmi K20 I can say that the phone offers pretty smooth performance overall. Until now I haven’t experienced any lags. The phone feels pretty smooth while switching between apps and also during opening and closing the apps. Browsing through social media apps like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook is also very smooth. Additionally, the Redmi K20 also offers pretty long battery life and the credit for the complete goes to the 4000mAh battery on board. The Redmi K20 supports 18W fast charging support. There is no 27W charging support in this one, unlike the Redmi K20 Pro. Yet again, similar to the Redmi K20 Pro the Redmi K20 also comes with Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top. There’s also Poco launcher that comes pre-installed with the phone and it makes a lot of difference in the overall user experience. The Poco Launcher brings app drawer, dark mode, battery saver, among other things. The phone also has fewer ads when compared to other Redmi phones but they are there, at least for now.Overall I feel for Rs 21,999 the Redmi K20 is pretty good a package. I will have more to say about the Xiaomi Redmi K20 in the full review of the smartphone in the days to come. Stay tuned to India Today Tech.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro review: A complete smartphone under Rs 30,000last_img read more

Petra Kvitova: ‘I’ll never forget the attack but I’m trying to love my new hand’

first_imgShare on Messenger Lleyton Hewitt planning to make playing return at Australian Open Tennis Petra Kvitova Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Petra Kvitova faces the media only days after the knife attack. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters Facebook Facebook Twitter Read more Twitter Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Kvitova made an emotional return to action in the French Open in May, where she progressed to the second round, confounding the expectations of her surgeon – who had sleepless nights over her recovery – and those who had written off her career. “I did hear the rumours that I would never ever play again but I thought: ‘I will show them,’ she recalls, offering a reminder of the steely determination instilled in her by her father, Jiri.“I was like: ‘Why are they saying this?’ It was very painful for me, it felt like they didn’t believe me. Of course, at that time, I probably didn’t know how bad it was because nobody told me – and I am happy for that now.“My doctor [Radek Kebrle] told me that many other experts thought that I would never ever play. He didn’t want to tell me – and that was a good decision for my mental state of mind. After a brief and cheerful exchange in Czech with Vanek, whom she hired only a few weeks before the attack, she pulls up a chair by the window overlooking the tired and rusty clay courts below. There is an air of confidence about her as she matter-of-factly discusses the next steps in her recovery before revealing the full physical and mental trauma of an attack that left her terrified to hold a racket again after career-saving surgery and a gruelling rehabilitation.“It will probably take more than a year to get full movement back, I’m not sure,” Kvitova says. “For tennis and for life, it’s good. I’ve done everything that I could but there is still some space to improve it. I hope that with more time I will be even stronger. I am happy that [throughout the recovery] I was always looking forward to the better tomorrows.”The tennis club is some 260km west of Kvitova’s former apartment in Prostejov in the Czech Republic – where the vicious encounter with a knife-wielding intruder posing as a utility worker on 20 December last year took place.Kvitova has spent a lot of time since then thinking about all of the simple things that she perhaps took for granted. As she begins to unravel the events of the past 12 months, it quickly becomes apparent that she has developed a newfound appreciation for life.The physical scars that lace her playing hand are healing; the invisible scars have taken somewhat longer. Kvitova pauses briefly, as if to replay the moments when she worked tirelessly on a five-month rehabilitation programme, before suggesting: “If I wasn’t playing tennis I don’t think I could be as positive as I am now – but it’s not pleasant to see those flashbacks. It is a time that I try to forget but I know I will never really forget what happened. This experience has shown me how hard I can work if I need to and just how much of a fighter I am on and off the court.”center_img Wimbledon Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. I did hear the rumours that I would never ever play again but I thought: ‘I will show them’ Share on Twitter The grisly details of the terrifying knife attack that turned Petra Kvitova’s life upside down almost exactly a year ago are barely comprehensible. Watching her on the practice courts at the Sparta Praha Tennis Club, it is almost impossible to detect the effects from injuries so severe some experts believed the two-times Wimbledon champion would never resume her career; she still suffers from nerve damage to her playing hand and cannot entirely clench her fist or feel two of her fingers.Kvitova puts down her racket to take a break from back-to-back practice sessions on the indoor courts and makes her way upstairs to a small meeting room with her coach, Jiri Vanek, a kit bag slung over her athletic 6ft frame. “Playing on the grass at Wimbledon and getting a good result in the US Open was very important for me mentally, and for my confidence,” Kvitova adds. “This year has been a rollercoaster. The beginning wasn’t very nice, so I’m really glad that it’s over. Now I can look at everything positively again.”Even the announcement in November from the Czech police that confirmed the investigation into the attack had been shelved because of a lack of evidence, despite receiving a number of clues from the public, has not fazed her.Detective Jan Lisicky told reporters they would “immediately start criminal proceedings” should they identify the culprit. Kvitova has shifted her focus from expecting a prosecution to regaining a position in the top 10.“It was a pretty tough year and I had a lot of emotions during my comeback. But it has been a year [since the attack] already and I can see that I can play tennis – and I can play it well, and for me this is the best outcome I could have hoped for.”As Kvitova gathers her belongings and prepares to resume pre-season training before her opening tournament in Brisbane in January, she adds: “I have started to live with my new hand. I’ve started to try to like it, to love it and that’s how I am going to take it. It’s my hand and I am just happy that I have all of my fingers.”• Sign up to our weekly email, The Recap, here, showcasing a selection of our sport features from the past seven days. Petra Kvitova with the surgeon who helped to save her career, Radek Kebrle. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Pinterest Topics Share on Pinterest “The week after surgery I asked my doctor: ‘Do you think I could play in Wimbledon this year?’ He didn’t answer for a while and then he said: ‘We are going to work on it and blah, blah, blah.’ I understood then that it wasn’t going to be easy.”Although the draining physiotherapy sessions are no longer part of Kvitova’s daily routine, she still vividly remembers being gripped by fear when she attempted to hold a racket for the first time only 12 weeks after four hours of emergency surgery.Any hopes of a comeback took a hit when Kvitova realised she could not feel or grip the racket in a way that she wanted. That familiar sensation of holding a racket firmly in her hand, as she had done since she was four years old, had disappeared almost overnight.“I had a lot of conversations with my coach [about making adjustments to my racket]. I told him that I didn’t want to change anything because if I was to change some small details I thought it would change everything. I told him: ‘I’m going to try like this, please give me time and we will see how it works out.’“That’s how he wanted it to be as well. I am glad that we didn’t make any adjustments to my racket. Everything is the same as before … and it’s all good,” Kvitova says – and smiles with a sense of accomplishment.Having returned to competition, she secured a fairytale comeback in only her second tournament back when she won a 20th career title at Birmingham’s Aegon Classic with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Australia’s Ashleigh Barty. Kvitova lost in the second round at Wimbledon before playing through the hard court season in north America, where she reached the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows. interviews Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Wimbledon Final 2019: Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in epic final to clinch 5th Wimbledon title

first_imgWimbledon Final 2019: Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in epic final to clinch 5th Wimbledon titleNovak Djokovic vs Roger Federer, 2019 Wimbledon final match report: In a final that lasted just short of 5 hours, Novak Djokovic outclassed Roger Federer in a match sure to be recalled for ages to come.advertisement Next Rohan Sen LondonJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 08:21 IST Djokovic beat Federer in an epic final which lasted for almost 5 hours (AP)Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer played out yet another epic final at The Championships with the world number one emerging as the winner of Wimbledon 2019 on Sunday.The jam-packed crowd at Centre-Court was left gasping for breath in every game as Djokovic outclassed Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 in a match which lasted for over four hours to clinch his fifth Wimbledon title and his 17th Grand Slam title in the open era.Federer was bidding for his record-extending ninth title but was denied by the Serbian tennis ace in the five-set thriller.In the first set, Federer was leading 5-3 in the tiebreaker after winning four straight points but missed forehands on each of the next three points. He then sent a backhand wide to hand world No. 1 Djokovic the first set. Federer had the only break point of the set at 2-1 but sent a forehand wide.The 37-year-old bounced back after breaking Djokovic twice in the second set. He was leading 4-0 and broke Djokovic again at love in the final game, with the Serbian double-faulting on set point. Djokovic hit just two winners in the second set, compared to 14 in the first.The third set was more evenly contested. Federer was yet to face a break point in the match and had a set point with Djokovic serving at 5-4 in the third, but sent a backhand return wide. In the tiebreaker, Djokovic jumped out to a 5-1 lead and clinched the set when Federer netted a forehand.advertisementBut Federer once again broke Djokovic twice in the fourth set to take a 5-2 lead but was broken for the first time in the match when serving for the set. However, he held at love on his second opportunity to clinch the set 6-4 and take the game into the fifth set.Also Read | It was the best match I’ve ever played: Simona Halep after maiden Wimbledon winAlso Read | It was the best match I’ve ever played: Simona Halep after maiden Wimbledon winFor 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 Wimbledon 2019Follow Roger FedererFollow Novak Djokoviclast_img read more

ZIM Eyes 50 Pct Cut in Average CO2 Emissions by 2025

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Israel-based liner company Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has released its first annual sustainability report, devoting special attention to steps aimed at minimizing the company’s carbon footprint.ZIM provided a detailed account of the company’s ongoing sustainability activities and achievements.The report covers ongoing efforts relating to corporate governance and business ethics, including anti-trust and anti-bribery, as well as corporate social responsibility.Additionally, the company detailed its steps aimed at minimizing the carbon footprint through reduced emissions, both at sea and ashore.Speaking about its targets for reduction of emissions, ZIM said that it aims to improve the fleet’s average environmental CO2 and SOx emissions per TEU container unit (gCO2/TEU-km) every year by 2%, reduce emissions by at least an additional 18% between 2019 and 2025, and achieve a 50% reduction in its fleet’s Average CO2 Emission Factor by 2025.ZIM said that its fleet complies with all mandatory standards and abides by all relevant treaties for the prevention of marine pollution, including IMO resolutions, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code, flag administration, ballast water management, the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) regarding oil spills, and other standards regarding sewage, garbage and air pollution, as well as all national, regional and local regulations.“ZIM has made it a top priority to strengthen its enduring commitment to the highest standards of sustainability and business ethics across all aspects of operation,” Eli Glickman, ZIM President & CEO, said.“Over recent years we have implemented new modes of operation, work procedures, training and guidelines to enhance sustainability and to uphold our Code of Ethics,” Glickman concluded.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until late August, while it is replaced. A detour is available from Shinimicas Road to east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for 7.2 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge Sperry Bridge in Petite Rivière will be closed for repairs until Friday, June 24. Detour on Route 331 from junction at Italy Cross Road to junction at Petite Rivière. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on sections of the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from north of Stewiacke for four kilometres to Exit 11. Work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. until Sunday, July 31. Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: George Street A section of George Street, near the Highway 125 overpass, will be reduced to one lane at various times to build a new overpass. Work will take place until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, Exit 12 to 13, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Thursday, June 30. Drivers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Old Sackville Road A portion of Old Sackville Road will be closed to complete the new connection to Margeson Drive until Friday, June 17. Drivers can detour via the west end of Old Sackville Road to access Westwind Ridge. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. including some weekend work. When completed, the east end of Old Sackville Road will no longer connect to Sackville Drive. Local Area Office: 902-835-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 kilometres per hour and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Ferry Road Ferry Road, from the Three Brooks Road to Highway 106, about a half kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge on the Cabot Trail, two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 22 west to Exit 20, about six kilometres will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and micro-surfacing until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 The Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 118, from about four kilometres south of the junction with Highway 102 to the junction of Highway 107, will have single-lane closures until Thursday, June 30. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 326 Route 326 from south of East Earltown, north for about 6.5 kilometres toward Denmark, will be reduced to one lane for repaving, brush cutting, guardrail repair and other upgrades from until Sunday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site but delays are possible. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sackville Drive Traffic on Sackville Drive will be reduced to one lane between Wilson Lake Drive and Lucasville Road until Thursday, June 30, to complete the new Margeson Drive Interchange and Connector to Highway 101. Traffic control people will be on site. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Some weekend work will also be required. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Station Road – Londonderry Station Road, Londonderry, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 DIGBY COUNTY: Dick Theriault Road The bridge on Dick Theriault Road, about two kilometres southeast of the old DAR crossing, is closed for repairs. There is no detour. Transportation officials will be on site 24 hours a day until the bridge is repaired. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Bridge The northbound lane of MacLeod Bridge, on the Cabot Trail in Cape North, will be closed for repairs until further notice. A traffic control person will be on site until traffic signals are installed. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30- HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101, Exit 5 Highway 101, eastbound lanes from Exit 5 east to the beginning of the Portland Cement Concrete Section near Ellershouse, and the westbound lane will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, July 31. Signs are in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Exit 11 and Exit 12 Highway 101, from one kilometre east of Exit 11 (Greenwich) to Exit 12 (New Minas), will be reduced to one lane for patching, crack sealing and surfacing until Sunday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 125 Traffic on the westbound lanes of Highway 125 near Sydney River will be reduced to one lane between Exit 4 and Exit 5A for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and delays are possible. Drivers should use extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clarence Road Clarence Road, from Fitch Road intersection west for three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement, milling, patching, and shouldering until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from the Pictou-Colchester county line, east for about 9.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Motorists are advised that there will be a speed zone reduction from 110 km/h to 80km/h when travelling through the two kilometre work zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 from about 1.2 kilometres west of French River Bridge east 6.1 kilometres to Broadway Bridge will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and micro-surfacing until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 289 – Springside Route 289 from Junction 336 (Springside) east for six kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316 from 4.7 kilometres west of Trunk 16 to about one kilometre west of the White Head Road will have alternating lane closures for upgrading, cold planing an re-paving until Monday, Oct. 31. Pilot vehicle and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245, from Smith Road to Brown’s Mill Road, about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Friday, Sept. 30. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 QUEENS COUNTY: Trunk 8, Lane Reduction Sections of Trunk 8, from the Department of Natural Resources rifle range for 6.7 kilometres, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, June 30. Work is taking place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-541-5603 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, Exit 12 through 13 will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Thursday, June 30. Please expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Two temporary intersections are now in use on Highway 104, Trans-Canada Highway, near Sutherlands River. One is located about 70 metres west of the Exit 27A intersection. To access Trunk 4, use this temporary intersection. The other intersection is on School Road in front of East Pictou Middle School. To access School Road, including F. H. MacDonald Elementary School and East Pictou Middle School, use this temporary intersection. They will be used until summer. Local Area Office: 902-755-7184 KINGS COUNTY: Hortonville Bridge Hortonville Bridge, about one kilometre east of Exit 10 on Highway 101, will be reduced to one lane for bridge construction until Thursday, June 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 HANTS COUNTY: Walton Bridge Road Walton Bridge Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving June 2, until Thursday, June 30. Traffic will be stop and go. Signs and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103, Lane Reduction Sections of Highway 103, for eight kilometres from Exit 19 at Trunk 8 to Five Rivers, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, June 30. Work is taking place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-541-5603 CONTINUING WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Trunk 6 (Sunrise Trail) Walker’s Bridge between Protection Road and Battist Road on Trunk 6 (Sunrise Trail) will be closed for repairs until Friday, June 24. Advisory signs and detour marked in field, heavy barricade at bridge site. Detour via River John Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-925-2247 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Shannon Bridge on Trunk 10 Shannon Bridge on Trunk 10 will be reduced to one lane for structure upgrades until Friday, June 17. Traffic lights will be in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 PICTOU COUNTY: Three Brooks Road Three Brooks Road, from Pictou town line to Highway 106, almost nine kilometres, is reduced to one lane for road work until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Public should expect delays. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Trunk 8 from Virginia Road intersection south for three kilometres will be reduced to one lane for road work until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, from almost four kilometres west of Fox Island Road, east to the Canso town line, will have alternating lane closures for gravelling and repaving until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 HANTS COUNTY: Greenhill Road Greenhill Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, June 30. Traffic will be stop and go. Signs and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 DIGBY COUNTY: D’entremont Road D’entremont Road, from the Comeau Branch Road to the Deveau and Maillet Road, is closed for repairs to the Ben Comeau Bridge at Meteghan River. The closure should last for about two weeks. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Office- 902-769-2192 HANTS COUNTY: St. Croix River Bridge St. Croix River Bridge on Highway 14 in Sweets Corner will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Monday, June 20. Local Area Office: 902-757-2929last_img read more

Highland Region Receives Recreation Funding

first_imgThe province is awarding $283,000 to help improve and upgrade recreation facilities in the Highland region. Eleven grants were announced today, June 27, under the Recreation Facility Development Program. MLA Clarrie MacKinnon made the announcement on behalf of Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Investing in our recreation facilities is just one way that we can help Nova Scotians lead healthier, more active lives,” said Mr. MacKinnon. “We are providing $2.47-million for more than 70 projects across the province that will help families have fun, while getting fit.” Under the Recreation Facility Development Program, the grants will be used to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation. The grants were announced at the YMCA at Big Cove Camp in Pictou County. This facility received $15,000 to winterize the interior of their Fourseasons Building. “Summer camp is a place where magic happens; a place where children come home from stronger in mind, body and spirit, and often are inspired to new heights in their own endeavours,” said Michael LeDuc, director of Big Cove Camp. “This funding will allow us to continue to provide this experience to youth in our region.” The program helps community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.last_img read more

Southgate squad to prepare for potential racist abuse in Bulgaria

first_imgLondon: England manager Gareth Southgate is to meet with his squad ahead of their Euro 2020 match in Bulgaria next month and discuss what measures they might take if they are subjected to racist abuse. One Bulgarian fan was arrested for “discriminatory abuse” directed at Raheem Sterling during the 4-0 win over Bulgaria last Saturday at Wembley, although he was subsequently released without charge. A previous England team have already experienced racist abuse in Bulgaria in 2011 — Southgate’s team also were showered with abuse in a Euro qualifier in Montenegro last year. Bulgaria’s Stadion Vasil Levski will be partially closed for the matches with England on October 14 and Czech Republic in November because of the racist behaviour of fans in June. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhA total of 5,000 seats of the 46,000 capacity stadium will be closed off for the England visit and 3,000 for the Czech Republic match — and a banner with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it will be displayed over the seats. “It is a concern, we’re not confident that we’ll go there and nothing will happen,” Southgate said, adding that the meeting to address the issue was “already planned.” “We’ve already planned what our schedule looks like and we’re going to discuss it with the players before we go, because we’re aware that there is history there and we want to make sure that we’re all prepared for what might happen and how we want to respond.” UEFA ordered the partial closure of Bulgaria’s national stadium following racist behaviour by their fans in Euro 2020 qualifying games against Czech Republic and Kosovo in June. Last month, Bulgarian club sides PFC Levski Sofia and PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv were punished by UEFA for racism during Europa League games.last_img read more

Canadian Forces Cadet remains in school after defiling the Quran

first_imgAn officer cadet facing expulsion from the Canadian Forces for desecrating a Quran is being allowed to continue his studies at the Royal Military College in Saint-Jean, Que., while another student is still fighting to remain in uniform.The two officer cadets are among three first-year students who faced dismissal after defiling the Muslim holy book with bacon and what sources have said was semen during a cottage party over the Easter weekend.The third has already left the college and military.Chief of military personnel Lt.-Gen. Charles Lamarre said officials took a second look after ordering all three students expelled and determined there wasn’t enough evidence to uphold the decision to expel the first student.The student still appealing his release isn’t currently at the college but Lamarre said military officials are reviewing the case and will make a decision on whether or not to expel him soon.Desecrating a Quran is considered blasphemous by Muslims and has sparked violent protests in recent years and the incident coincided with efforts by senior commanders to make the Forces more diverse and inclusive.last_img read more

What to expect from Parliament Hill this fall

first_imgOTTAWA (660 NEWS) – Federal politicians are back in the House of Commons today for the fall sitting of Parliament, with just over a year before the next election.Maclean’s is marking the moment with an exclusive hour-long interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau taking place at 7p.m. (ET), 5 p.m. (MT)This fall sitting will be the unofficial start to the election campaign as parties try to test messaging, stake out positions and take their opponents down a notch or two.“I don’t think the issue mix will be very different from what it was in the spring, but the volume will be turned up,” said Maclean’s senior writer Paul Wells. “Essentially the campaign is on now.”He added it could get feisty as the government and opposition clash over the ongoing NAFTA negotiations, the potential troubles with marijuana legalization, the saga around the Trans Mountain pipeline and the rise in border crossers.RELATED ARTICLES:Trans Mountain a frustrating, anger-inducing process for Alberta: premierPrime minister promised new timeline on TMX pipeline in weeks: NotleyOntario outlines arguments in lawsuit against federal carbon tax planWhile marijuana legalization could be a success story for the government, Wells thinks it will turn out to be more of an administrative headache.“Implementation problems, supply problems, things like that, will take months [to sort out] at least. I don’t think they’ll be saying, ‘Well, at least you can smoke pot now.”RELATED ARTICLES:Privacy issue with online pot sales after legalization needs watching: expertsPrime Minister cautions Canadians to be wary about toking before travelWells says the opposition will likely pounce on energy and the environment.“On carbon tax, the question is, is life affordable in general under the Liberals? On pipelines, they’re going to get hammered from both sides. The NDP will say, ‘Well, you’re still the pipeline party,’ and the Conservatives will say, ‘But you couldn’t get pipelines built.’”Wells says he hopes to press the Prime Minister on all this when they sit down for their one hour interview, noting it won’t be filled with fluff.“I’m not only going to talk to him about his socks–there’s some serious business to take care of.”You can watch the live stream of the interview here.last_img read more

Death toll in Mexican pipeline fire rises to 109

MEXICO CITY — The death toll in a massive fire at an illegally tapped pipeline in Mexico has risen to 109 after ten more injured people died at hospitals.Mexico’s Health Secretary said Friday that 10 victims who were severely burned died between Wednesday and early Friday.Jorge Alcocer said hospitals continue to treat about 40 injured victims.The victims were gathering gasoline from an illegal pipeline tap in the central state of Hidalgo a week ago Friday when the gas ignited, littering an alfalfa field with charred bodies.About half of those who initially survived have since died of their injuries.A total of 14,894 illegal taps were found throughout Mexico in 2018The Associated Press

Georgina Rodriguez Attends Ronaldos Award in Moroccan Caftan

Rabat – Wearing a Moroccan caftan and makeup by a Moroccan makeup artist, Georgina Rodriguez attended the 2019 Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai with her fiance, Cristiano Ronaldo, who received the Best Player of the Year award at the ceremony.Rodriguez wore a stunning gold-embroidered white caftan designed by renowned Moroccan designer Sophia Benyahia and wore famed Moroccan makeup artist Rasha Radi’s makeup.Radi said in a statement that Rodriguez had contacted her to do her makeup and described the 24-year-old model as a “kind, humble woman.” When Radi suggested Rodriguez wear a Moroccan caftan, the young model gladly embraced the idea.Radi shared pictures and videos of herself putting makeup on Rodriguez, who also wore a white headscarf. The award ceremony for the Portuguese footballer and Juventus’ forward Cristiano Ronaldo took place on Thursday in Dubai. The footballer also won the “Fans’ Award” at the ceremony.Other celebrities who have worn caftans include Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Meryl Streep, who donned an ivory-gold caftan made of Indian silk in her film “The Post” in March 2018.Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, Hillary Clinton, Saudi Princess Ameera al-Taweel, and more have also posed in Moroccan caftans.The caftan was originally worn by Ottoman sultans, but due to the Ottoman Empire’s strong global influence in the last few centuries, various cultures have adopted it throughout the world, such as North and West Africa.The caftan reached Morocco after its spread through Andalusia, which first adopted it in the 9th century.Read Also: Morocco’s Princess Lalla Hasna Stuns with Crimson Caftan in TokyoMorocco later refashioned and added its unique touch to the caftan, creating what is now known as “the Moroccan caftan.” Today, caftans are embraced in the world of fashion. read more

US acknowledges complications in Sri Lanka war crimes investigation

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in an annual report last month Sri Lanka must rein in its military forces, prosecute war crimes and win the confidence of the Tamil minority.He also said witnesses must be protected under an effective transitional justice mechanism that should include international judges.Rajapaksa, while president, rejected international intervention in addressing rights abuses and denied visas for top U.N. officials who wanted to assess conditions in the South Asian country after the war ended in May 2009. Implementing a UN resolution calling for the investigation of alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka during a war with separatist rebels is complicated and needs more consultations to build confidence, a senior U.S. official said, according to the Reuters news agency.The United States along with other Western countries have long demanded an international investigation into the killing of thousands of ethnic minority Tamils in the final weeks of the war, in 2009, under then Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The U.N. resolution also calls for an inquiry into missing people and progress in reconciliation. “These are complicated issues and there needs to be a process of consultation with all in order to ensure these things are done in a way that earns confidence of the people,” Malinowski told a group of reporters in Colombo late on Thursday.He said the U.N. resolution respected Sri Lanka’s sovereignty.“Under the resolution, the government of Sri Lanka will determine the structure and the composition of the court,” he said, noting that Sri Lanka had made a commitment to include some international participation in the investigation. But President Maithripala Sirisena, who came to power last year, is facing resistance to an investigation from political rivals led by his predecessor, Rajapaksa.U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski said international participation in a special court had been emphasized because of “an erosion in the confidence” in Sri Lanka’s courts over the years. Sri Lanka has promised to implement the U.N. resolution adopted in October that calls for a special court with foreign judges to investigate. Both the military and Tamil rebels “most likely” committed war crimes including mass killings of civilians, during the 26-year war, the United Nations said in a landmark report last year. read more

From sex workers to truckers UN food agency adds AIDS protection to

Aware that its own transport workers might be contributing to the spread of HIV, WFP and TNT, the global mail, express and logistics company, have set up the first of its Wellness Centres at the Mwanza border crossing to give truckers, and the communities they pass through, access to life-saving information on how to avoid contracting HIV and passing it on to others.”Long nights, young men far from home, and an abundance of poor young women makes this a perfect location for HIV to spread – and an ideal place to intervene to stop it,” WFP Country Director Dom Scalpelli said.”That is why Mwanza was the first place WFP and its partners chose to install the ‘Muyende Bwino Pit Stop’, the first Wellness Centre in Malawi,” he added. In response to the dramatic food crisis currently gripping Malawi, trucks contracted by WFP are among the dozens of heavy vehicles that queue up every night at Mwanza, Malawi’s busiest border crossing, handling 70 per cent of all road freight into the southern African country. Since January, some 600 WFP trucks have crossed the border on their way to and from Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The Swedish International Development Agency and the Malawian Ministry of Health are also participating in the project. Treatment for minor ailments and sexually transmitted diseases is available, as well as referrals to voluntary counselling, testing and treatment for HIV. The centres are open when their clients need them most.WFP is mounting a relief operation in Malawi to reach more than 4 million people no longer able to feed themselves due to drought and the government’s dwindling ability to cope as farmers, workers and civil servants continue to succumb to the deadly AIDS pandemic. “AIDS has cut a huge swathe through Malawian society. In a country where poverty is endemic and drought a regular feature of rural life, the effects of the pandemic have been truly catastrophic,” Mr. Scalpelli said. WFP is a major transport provider to poor countries, including 21 of the 25 countries worst-affected by AIDS. With more than 5,000 trucks carrying food to hungry people in more than 80 countries, plus countless workers in ports, warehouses, railways and airports, its contractors and staff work along the corridors where HIV rates are among the highest in the world. And since they travel to some of the most remote places in the world, they can contribute to the spread of the disease. HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness activities are provided to all of WFP’s staff worldwide, and offered to transport workers in places like Ethiopia and Myanmar. read more

Pakistan with snows coming UN on standby for large influx of quake

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) plans to have 43 mobile teams on the ground by the end of this week, providing technical advice and aid to the army and the Pakistani authorities in 30 organized camps and scores of spontaneous camps, eventually expanding the number of teams to 65. “UNHCR’s main priority is assisting local authorities with the ‘winterization’ of planned and spontaneous camps,” agency spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva today. “It is crucial that every tent has a minimum of two plastic sheets, four mattresses, a stove and fuel and that each person has three blankets. We are also tapping the knowledge of Afghan refugees on how to winterize tents through the safe use of stoves,” she said, referring to the millions of Afghans who sought refuge in Pakistan over the past 25 years.The 8 October quake killed some 80,000 people, injured as many others and left up to 3 million homeless.The Pakistan government estimates that 100,000-200,000 more people could come down in the North West Frontier Province and 30,000 in Pakistan-administered Kashmir with this week’s snows.UNHCR is continuing to fly in relief items. In the coming weeks, together with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), it plans to transport 30,000 stoves by commercially chartered planes from Turkey and Jordan, and some by road from Iran.“We are buying some 250,000 blankets in India and China to add to the 600,000 blankets we have already sent to Pakistan,” Ms. Pagonis said. “We are also planning to dispatch over 100,000 plastic sheets from our recently replenished emergency stockpile in Copenhagen and are sending an additional 15 vehicles for our teams on the ground.“Needs however, continue to remain high on the ground, particularly with the possibility of population movements from higher elevations. So far we have received $24.52 million in funding but we need over $30 million to get through the winter period.” read more