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The Salahi Way

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first_imgThere are many theories on how the Salahis “Salahied” their way into the White House state dinner for Indian prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Security lapses, staff goof-ups, lack of “adult” supervision and a general mood of getting caught into the naughtie-ness of a couple, which could get to the most powerful seat on the planet, not to terrorize, but for simple, pure party fun. Everyone is tied up in knots trying to figure out what happened, how it happened and could it happen again.It may, if we are allowed to find out!Perhaps the most challenging and intriguing aspect of the break-in had to do with the dress, the complexion and the mannerisms of Michaele Salahi. She was the perky one of the Virginia duo, accompanying a rather spaid, tux-wearing other-half, Tareq Salahi. The most striking peculiarity evident was her appearance. Sure, one can admire her brazenness, but the dress takes the cake, or the burfi, if you prefer. President Barack Obama greets party crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi during a receiving line in the Blue Room of the White House before the State Dinner with Prime MinisterManmohan Singh of India, Nov. 24, 2009. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd plays on this crucial aspect of the story in her piece “Who’s Sari Now?” which targeted White House social secretary Desiree Rogers, and provides the most explicit hint of how the comedy of errors worked through fashion. Most of us have seen the tirelessly repeated pictures of the modern day “Bonnie and Clyde” walking into the glare of cameras at the White House banquet. You cannot but notice the bright red whatever that Micheale Salahi was wearing that night. It is a startling Indian outfit. It seems borrowed or bought in a hurry as it does not quite fit the slim figure that Michaele maintains for her reality show try-outs.The bright red dress, one could well call it blood-red, is bound to pop in the dull and monotonous environment of Washington D.C. Red has long been the preferred color of power-housewives who want to glow in the corridors of power. It fits her body as clothes that are not made for you fit. Cholis are so particular in Indian clothing that women have them tailored or, if they get one ready-made, they have them altered to fit snugly around the body. There is enough midriff on Michaele’s waist to expose the right amount of skin, allowing more of her originality to shine through. Michaele’s skin-color screams out foreign-ness in a costume she has just picked up.To top it all, she carries herself clumsily, floating in the air like she is strutting on a college campus, waving her arms around, grinning with a sense of accomplishment at the secret that only she and her husband then knew. Tareq Salahi provided the stark contrast with his mainstream costume, and had the look of wanting to blend in even as his wife engaged the light meters on the cameras.Everything about Michaele that night was screaming for attention. Some of it had to be on her face, which proclaimed some sort of victory, underscoring the confidence of an intruder who had succeeded at her game. Ofcourse, all these interpretations come after-the-fact, as we re-read the pictures once their con has been exposed.But there is much to see through her attire, clumsy body-language and glaring claim of being “authentically” Indian or at least a friend of India and Indians. She went through the trouble to look Indian, a classy move considering it was a state dinner for the Indian Prime Minister. Anyone even slightly empathetic to the ethos of the evening had to be sensitive to India and she surely did her share. If this event had hosted the King of Saudi Arabia, Michaele would have surely donned appropriately Saudi garbs, culture and customs.It is clear that her efforts paid off with the dinner crowd, even the security guards who gleefully posed for pictures with her, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, who obliged her with a warm and friendly embrace. The weasels and slobs of Washington, D.C., seem to take her act for what it was – a genuine declaration of allegiance to a culture that has to be easy to adapt and mimic. Let the fools be fools; we want to be in our own acts. Tareq Salahi and Michaele Salahi arriving for the State Dinner in honor of India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.One wonders whether Michaele would have succeeded by wearing conventional Western clothing that night. She would have made her buddy Tareq more nervous and nosy security guards just might have pursued their bona fides more closely.One way to interpret Michaele’s strategy that night is to see her dress as the first move to learn about India. It is like walking into an Indian restaurant for a buffet lunch. Many Americans claim to know a little bit of India this way. The first step always matters, especially if it is the beginning of a long, purposeful journey. For all this hoopla about the gate-crashing couple, we see little appreciation of the couple’s talents in their selections of clothes, gestures, and postures to establish connections with India.It is insulting that such grand, magnanimous gestures of authenticity and cross-cultural understanding should be allowed to fade into obscurity in the age of Obama when the mantra of global relations is dialog, conversation and exchange. We are caught between rewarding them for their wonderful efforts and prosecuting them for their brazen breach of security in the age of terror. Wall Street Journal’s Mark Helprin and Politico’s Michael Falcone have coined a “new functional verb, to salahi-to audaciously gatecrash a ‘secure’ event.” As we catalog the decade of the noughties, ring that up as a new contribution to our vocabulary. Only, be sure the definition of the term “to salahi” is “to look authentic to gatecrash.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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‘No Odisha policeman found guilty of rights violation, corruption’

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first_imgAt a time when the Odisha Police is getting ready to be rated by complainants and victims of crimes, none of its 976 police inspectors facing human rights violation and corruption allegations has been found guilty in the last five years.In response to an RTI application, the State police headquarters acknowledged that 976 such allegations had been received against inspectors and reserve inspectors between 2014 and 2019.Human rights activist Biswapriya Kanungo had submitted RTI applications seeking information on such allegations and action taken on them.“We have been sending all allegations to the district Senior Superintendent of Police as well as Deputy Commissioner for submission of inquiry and action taken reports. As many as 574 inquiry reports have been received at the HQ,” said the PHQ Public Information Officer.No response “No allegation or complaint against police inspectors has been substantiated or established. No administrative or penal action has been taken against any inspector,” informed the PIO.In case of the remaining 402 cases, the PIO did not say anything. Similarly, 102 allegations were received against Assistant Commissioner of Police and Deputy Superintendent of Police during the same period. But, the PHQ again kept mum.In case of allegations of corruption against serving IPS officers in Odisha, the Vigilance Department refused to divulge anything.“The State government specifies that nothing contained in the Act shall apply to General Administration (Vigilance), Department and its organisation,” said Vigilance Department PIO.“The piece of information is disturbing. It indicates as if all allegations against police officers were false. We believe that allegations were thrown to dustbins and no proper inquiry was held. The much-talked-about transparency and accountability has lost its meaning,” said Mr. Kanungo.last_img read more

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Senators Stave Off Islanders, 2-1

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first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Ottawa Senators have been on the type of roll that just might propel them into the playoffs.Matt Puempel and Kyle Turris scored second-period goals, and backup Andrew Hammond made 34 saves as the Senators beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on March 13.Ottawa improved to 9-1-1 in its last 11 games to remain within striking distance of Boston for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Senators trail the Bruins by five points with both teams having 15 games remaining.“We need to keep stringing wins together to give ourselves a chance,” said Hammond, who improved to 9-0-1. “The biggest thing for us is we stuck to our system, and I think we frustrated them a little bit.”The Islanders lost their third straight at home, including Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to the New York Rangers, and a 5-3 setback against Carolina on Feb. 28. They are 23-11 at Nassau Coliseum this season. New York will host Montreal on Saturday to complete a back-to-back.“It’s a couple of tight games, these last two,” Islanders captain John Tavares said. “We have to find a way to get more opportunities. We have to play through it. We’re not far off.”Tyler Kennedy cut the Islanders’ deficit to 2-1 with 8:01 to go. Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots.After a nondescript first period in which the Senators had a 9-6 shots advantage, Puempel scored his second goal of the season with a slap shot from the right circle at 6:32. Mika Zibanejad and Patrick Wiercioch assisted.Turris made it 2-0 with 1:07 left in the second when he deflected in Erik Karlsson’s shot for his 17th goal.The Senators also beat the Canadiens 5-2 in Montreal on Thursday night.“It was just a great road game,” Turris said. “They were pushing pucks. We were collapsing in front of Hammond and forechecking pretty good. For a back-to-back, we did everything you could ask for.”Kennedy tipped in a drive by Lubomir Visnovsky for his sixth goal of the season and second with the Islanders since he was acquired from San Jose on March 2.But Hammond then stopped Travis Hamonic and Anders Lee in close in the waning minutes. He has been stellar for the Senators in place of the injured Robin Lehner after playing most of the past two seasons with Binghamton of the AHL.“It’s all about playing a system and a way that gives us the best chance, and that’s what we did against a great team,” Senators coach Dave Cameron said. “You can’t win in this league without goaltending. Hammy was real good.”Hammond made 22 saves in the second period, including a mask stop on Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk, which led to a brief delay while repairs were made to his headgear.The Islanders couldn’t solve Hammond on three power plays in the second, even getting several derisive cheers from the home crowd.An undrafted free agent who signed with Ottawa in March 2013, Hammond has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his 10 starts for the Senators (32-24-11) this season.The Islanders (43-23-4) won both previous meetings with the Senators in December. They trail the Rangers by one point in the Metropolitan Division but the Rangers have four games in hand.“We have to stay the course and grind it out,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Our structure has to be there and we have to execute and play with pace. But if you can’t score, you can’t win.”Kyle Okposo played his second straight game for the Islanders after missing 22 games because of a detached retina in his left eye. He had three shots on goal in 21:20 of ice time.The Senators are 21-13-6 since Cameron took over for Paul McLean as coach on Dec. 8.(ALLAN KREDA)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Salaam Cricket 2019: R Ashwin predicts India vs England World Cup 2019 final

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first_imgR Ashwin has predicted an India vs England World Cup 2019 final at Lord’s on July 14. India and England are being considered two of the hottest favourites in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019, R Ashwin said India would be overwhelming favourites against Pakistan on June 16 at Old Trafford. Like Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, who spoke at Salaam Cricket earlier in the day, said Pakistan will find it nearly impossible to defeat India in their World Cup clash two weeks from now.Ashwin echoed Harbhajan Singh’s views and said India are far more superior than Pakistan.”History says India always win against Pakistan. Looking at the balance and their batting prowess and the way India have been bowling in recent times, I can’t think much beyond India winning the game. Even Pakistan can punch a hole in India’s batting, then that is the only chance they have.”India are favourites – Rohit and Virat are the two best batsmen in the world. Our balance – the emergence of Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav and Bumrah – the smaller role of Jadhav has been incredible over the last two years,” Ashwin said and added he predicted an India vs England final.However, former Pakistan captain Younis Khan said it was not easy to pick any favourites in a tournament like the World Cup.”Everyone has an equal chance to win the World Cup. Yes, India are looking very balanced but Australia and New Zealand are dangerous teams. I want an India vs Pakistan final,” he said.advertisementYounis Khan said it was difficult to ever predict an India vs Pakistan match but he hoped for an exciting match.”You can never predict India vs Pakistan matches. It should be a good match. Adelaide 2015 was one-sided for India. Even the CT final was one-sided for Pakistan. I hope it is a close match,” he said.ALSO READ | Sourav Ganguly changed India into a ruthless ODI team, says Nasser HussainALSO READ | India will be under pressure, Pakistan have nothing to lose in World Cup: Harbhajan SinghALSO WATCH | Salaam Cricket 2019: Gavaskar clarifies 1983 US tour plan, Warne picks his favourites, and morelast_img read more

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10 months agoLeicester ponder contract offer to Bohemians forward Ali Reghba

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first_img Van Persie a fan of Arsenal whiz Martinelli Promoted5 decades agoNext Tech Hong Kong: New WiFi Booster Stops Expensive Internet Promoted5 decades ago8fit Skip the Gym, Do This 10-Minute Workout Instead Leicester ponder contract offer to Bohemians forward Ali Reghbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBohemians forward Ali Reghba is interesting Leicester City.The Irish Independent says Leicester are mulling over a contract offer for Reghba after he came under the spotlight for the Foxes last night.The Ireland U19 cap is in demand after a successful season where he made his Premier Division debut for Bohs and also helped the Gypsies win the U19 league title.Championship sides Middlesbrough and Brentford have had Reghba on trial but Leicester are very keen on the forward and he was involved in an U23 game away to Brighton last night, starting the game on the bench.As the 18-year-old is out of contract with Bohs, the Phibsboro club will only be entitled to compensation if he does move abroad, with former club Shelbourne also due compensation. De Visser: I told Chelsea – do not lose Hudson-Odoi Promoted5 decades ago8fit How to Burn 300+ Calories in 10 minutes? Try this workout Promoted5 decades agoBabbel Teach yourself Spanish using the ’15 min a day’ rule Have your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores a fan of Howe’s Bournemouth Promoted5 decades agoU.S Green Card – Free Check Can you get a US Green Card? Check now Promoted5 decades agoNext Tech How to Stop Dog Barking in Seconds? Redknapp slams Pochettino Spurs exit claims RECOMMENDED FOR YOU TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the love Wilder: Time for Sheffield Utd, West Ham fans to move on Recommended by WATCH: Pepe wins three points for Arsenal with stunning free-kick doublelast_img read more

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Ohio State Target Lejond Cavazos Announces Commitment

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first_imgOhio State footballs.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Footballs for the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Ohio State already had one of the best recruiting classes in the country for 2020, but it appears it just got even better. After going back and forth with his commitment, four-star safety Lejond Cavazos has decided he’ll take his talents to Columbus.Back in June, Cavazos gave his commitment to the Buckeyes. However, he then announced that he would decommit from the program in December.Following his decision to decommit from Ohio State, Cavazos went on to visit the Florida Gators and the Miami Hurricanes. He also spent time with the Georgia Bulldogs during that period.Regardless of all the uncertainty surrounding his recruitment process, it turns out that Cavazos will stick to his original choice of playing for Ohio State.Cavazos revealed where he’ll play college football on Twitter, once again siding with the Buckeyes.Check out his announcement in this video:Finish what I started,COMMITTED. pic.twitter.com/N9lXLzEigm— Lej (@lejondaryy) April 12, 2019Cavazos is the No. 22 safety in his class, per 247Sports. He also had scholarship offers from top programs like Alabama, LSU and Auburn.Ryan Day has Ohio State in excellent position for the next few seasons, as the program has eight commits for 2020. The top recruit out of that bunch is five-star offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr.last_img read more

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Mirchi or Kela: How well do you know your cricket?

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first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

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More Support for Nova Scotians to Quit Smoking

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first_imgHEALTH PROMOTION -More Support for Nova Scotians to Quit Smoking In addition to the workplace program and expanded website, thepublic awareness campaign also includes a number of otherinitiatives — television ads, print ads, and a high schoolprogram — that will help ensure the tobacco reduction messagereaches communities across the province. “It’s the combination of messages delivered through various formsthat will give Nova Scotians the information they need to decideto quit smoking,” said Ms. Hoddinott. Nova Scotia’s Tobacco Control Strategy, introduced in October2001, is a seven-part plan that focuses on legislation andpolicy, tobacco pricing and taxation, treatment and cessation,monitoring and evaluation, community initiatives, school-basedprograms and public awareness. Nova Scotians will now have two more resources to help them makethe decision to quit smoking. Today, March 15, the Office ofHealth Promotion launched a Sick of Smoke workplace program andunveiled an updated anti-smoking website, www.sickofsmoke.com .The workplace program and website are two components of thecomprehensive Tobacco Control Strategy. “We are committed to our strategy to help Nova Scotians livehealthier, smoke-free lives,” said Health Promotion MinisterRodney MacDonald. “This workplace program and the new website aretwo additional pieces of the overall strategy that will helpraise awareness of the help that is available to quit smoking sowe can continue the downward trend of smoking in this province.” The workplace program will help employers throughout Nova Scotiamake their workplace a smoke-free environment and improve localbusiness. Smoking costs the Nova Scotian economy $396 millionannually in productivity losses due to premature death andabsenteeism. Unscheduled smoke breaks costs Nova Scotia employers$208 million a year in lost wages. If Nova Scotians reduced theirunscheduled smoke breaks by half, they would contribute $6.2million worth of productive hours per year to the economy. The program outlines how small steps by employers can result inhuge benefits. It suggests presenting facts about smoking andoffering resources and programs to support employees who wouldlike to stop smoking. Local tobacco control co-ordinators willpromote the workplace program and supports its implementationwithin their communities. Valerie Payne is president of the Metropolitan Halifax Chamber ofCommerce. She said that the Sick of Smoke Workplace Program is asimple, effective document that can help chamber members and allbusinesses begin down the road towards healthy employees and ahealthy bottom line. “The chamber is pleased to see the province taking such apositive step in the fight against smoking in Nova Scotianworkplaces,” said Ms. Payne. “For the last three years thechamber has worked to raise awareness about the benefits – bothfrom a health and monetary perspective – that wellness in theworkplace will bring to our members.” While the workplace program targets Nova Scotia businesses, anupdated anti-smoking website also reaches out to the province’syouth. In addition to information on the tobacco industry and thehazards of smoking, sickofsmoke.com now includes an onlinenewsletter, a bulletin board that allows people to share thoughtsand opinions on smoking, e-cards to send to others and the newanti-smoking television ads now airing across the province. “The Internet is a great medium for reaching our target audience – young adults,” said Nancy Hoddinott, tobacco strategy manager.”The information on sickofsmoke.com is helping Nova Scotia’syouth make informed decisions about smoking by presenting themwith hard facts.”last_img read more

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More than one in four human trafficking victims in Canada is under

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first_imgOTTAWA – A new Statistics Canada report suggests the majority of human trafficking victims in Canada are women and girls younger than 25, while most of the people charged with the crimes are men between 18 and 34.The report on police-reported human trafficking says there were 340 reported incidents of human trafficking in 2016, up from 50 in 2009, the first year these statistics started being kept.It describes a rate of one incident of human trafficking for nearly every 100,000 people, the highest incidence rate ever in Canada. The report also suggests the true rate is likely far higher, given the high level of victim vulnerability and the fact such crimes often go unreported.Between 2009 and 2016, 865 victims of human trafficking became known to police, 95 per cent of them female and 72 per cent under the age of 25.The report says children under the age of 18 accounted for more than a quarter of the victims, while one-third were trafficked over international borders.Two-thirds of the accused in the police-reported cases were male, and 80 per cent were between the ages of 18 and 34, the report says.Alberta Conservative MP Arnold Viersen, one of the co-chairs of a new all-party parliamentary group to end human trafficking, said the report confirms the global trends showing human trafficking is getting worse, and that the victims are most often female.“In Canada we are seeing as the awareness grows we definitely see more reporting of it but that doesn’t mean it’s not also following the global trend and increasing,” Viersen said.A parliamentary committee recently concluded a study of human trafficking — a problem the federal government is determined to address, said Scott Bardsley, spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.“This terrible crime exploits human vulnerability created by poverty, racism, conflict and lack of social support networks,” Bardsley said.Viersen said a national action plan is urgently needed. Canada launched a national action plan in 2012, but it expired in 2016. The government spent two years evaluating that plan, reported on that evaluation late last year and is in the process of developing a new one, Bardsley said.In this year’s federal budget, Ottawa announced about $2.9 million a year to establish a national human trafficking hotline to report cases to police, connect victims with help and collect data on the problem.Another $86 million was set aside for Canada’s strategy against gender-based violence, Bardsley said.The U.S. State Department’s annual report on human trafficking around the world was published June 29, and praised Canada’s ongoing efforts to combat the problem. It did, however, lament the lack of a national strategy, and the fact the number of convictions in Canada has been steadily declining for three years, even as the number of reported incidents went up.That report says in 2016, 107 people were charged with human trafficking in 68 cases and 10 convictions. In 2017, 78 people were charged in 47 cases, with five convictions.The cases of nearly 300 accused remain before the courts, the U.S. report.last_img read more

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Marrakech: Monkey Attacks Tourist in Jamaa El Fna Square

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Rabat – A South Korean tourist was attacked by a monkey in Jamaa El Fna square on Monday, June 1 9in the tourism spot’s second recent major incident .Al Massae reported on Thursday that the tourist suffered injuries to her hand and had to be taken to a private clinic to receive treatment, including injections to prevent potential diseases.An investigation has since been opened to determine the circumstances of the incident. A 46-year old snake charmer based in Jmaa el Fna died recently after a snake bit him and transmitted poisonous venom. A rumor has since circulated that the local authorities plan to ban snake charmers in the square.

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Lebanon UNICEF pledges continued aid one year after conflict

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One year after conflict erupted in southern Lebanon, ongoing political instability and security threats continue to hamper the progress of children there, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, pledging ongoing efforts to address their plight. “We can see visible signs of recovery from the 2006 conflict, such as the rebuilding of water reservoirs and children completing their school year,” said Roberto Laurenti, UNICEF Representative in Lebanon, where Israel and Hizbollah fought a war for 34 days.He pointed out that the suffering of children is not always evident but must be addressed. “Emotional recovery takes much longer than rebuilding a bridge, and in a country in chronic crisis, this will be a long-term, ongoing process.” UNICEF noted in a news release that the past several months have seen bombing incidents throughout the country and conflict and resulting displacement in Palestinian refugee camps in the north, provoking a renewed sense of insecurity and anxiety for Lebanon’s children. The agency pledged today to continue helping the children of Lebanon, including through continued efforts to improve water quality in villages, enhance the quality of education, strengthen the primary health care system and foster peace and tolerance by providing opportunities for children and youth to interact with peers from different religious, political and social backgrounds. “Children throughout Lebanon now live their lives under the constant shadow of political instability, and all of us – from humanitarian organizations to families, from the private sector to government decision-makers – need to keep children’s wellbeing in the forefront of our minds. Together we are responsible for their road to the future,” said Mr. Laurenti. The 2006 war, which began on 12 July, killed more than 1,100 people in Lebanon and forced 900,000 to flee their homes in the south of the country, according to the Government of Lebanon. UNICEF was among the agencies rushing aid to thousands of children affected, providing safe drinking water, emergency health and hygiene kits, and essential pediatric medicines, measles and polio vaccinations.The agency also helped to assist families returning to their homes after the hostilities ceased, bolstering water supply systems to benefit more than 300,000 people, vaccinating more than 300,000 children against polio providing learning materials to 400,000 students, and training more than 600 people to help children recover from distress. 12 July 2007One year after conflict erupted in southern Lebanon, ongoing political instability and security threats continue to hamper the progress of children there, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, pledging ongoing efforts to address their plight. read more

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Government insists will continue to defend Sri Lankas sovereignty

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He said the Government will also affirm the honor of the institutions of the army, navy and the air force, and project their professionalism including in UN peacekeeping missions, and increase their opportunities for collaboration with the best militaries in the world, by investigating allegations and prosecuting any abuse that may have taken place in accordance with the due process of the law. Samaraweera said that nothing more and nothing less is what the Government is committed to do for all the people of Sri Lanka. “We will, in this journey, work with the international community. They will be our partners as they have always been. They will also be our witness as well as supporters of this solemn undertaking, and they will tell our story so that others too in this world can learn from Sri Lanka’s example of reconciliation,” he said.The Finance Minister said that the journey toward reconciliation will continue. The Government will continue to defend Sri Lanka’s sovereignty by reaffirming the commitments to seek durable reconciliation and promote and protect human rights of all, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said today.He said the Government will ensure justice through the national system, in free and fraternal cooperation with experts of other nations going through similar transitions, based on Sri Lanka’s requirements. He said the people of Sri Lanka are tired of pessimists and compulsive liars and fear mongers.The Minister says the people know that their future lies not in fear but in truth and that the economic prosperity of the nation depends on achieving sustainable peace, non-recurrence of conflict, strengthening the rule of law and democracy, and protecting and upholding the rights and dignity of all, and in working towards Sri Lanka’s goals together and in partnership with all the countries of the world and international organisations in which Sri Lanka is a member. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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UNICEF urges Tamil Tigers to stop recruiting child soldiers in Sri Lanka

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In a report on children affected in 2003 by Sri Lanka’s civil war, UNICEF noted that the LTTE recruited 709 children during the year – nearly half between August and October.The report stated that over the same period the LTTE released 202 children either directly to their families, or to the transit centre that was opened by UNICEF in Kilinochchi in Sri Lanka’s northeast in October.But UNICEF added it was aware, from reports submitted by families, that the LTTE still had 1,301 children serving with them.In August, the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE agreed to a UNICEF action plan to monitor, report and tackle violations of child rights in the country’s northeast. The Kilinochchi transit centre was set up as part of the plan.UNICEF’s report estimates that 50,000 children in the northeast are not attending school and about 140,000 have been displaced from their homes. The agency has called for an influx of teachers, health staff and social welfare workers to help local children.The Sri Lankan Government is engaged in a peace process with the LTTE after two decades of civil war. The LTTE are concentrated mostly in the north and east and are seeking greater autonomy. read more

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Airdrops in Syria continue as UN mediator meets with Iranian official in

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“I came to Tehran to meet Deputy [Foreign] Minister Amir-Abdollahian because this is part of the preparation for the Geneva resumption of its talks, which are expected to take place already on the 13th,” UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura told reporters.“What we discussed was how the future intra-Syrian talks – because they are among Syrians – can be effective,” he explained. “We agreed that what is very important is that cessation of hostilities continues, that humanitarian aid reaches every Syrian, in particular of course those besieged areas, but every Syrian, and three that a political process leading to a political transition is now crucially urgent.”Meanwhile, in Geneva, UN humanitarian agencies briefed the press on relief activities. World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson, Bettina Luescher, said another successful airdrop was conducted over Deir ez-Zor this morning, following the first successful airdrop on Sunday. This included rice, chick peas and beans, and 26 pallets – enough for 2,000 people for one month.Ms. Luescher noted that over the past few weeks, WFP has been conducting trial airdrops in Jordan and has changed the types of parachutes being used as well as the packaging of the commodities and the altitude. Excellent cooperation with several partners from the international community had been key, she highlighted. In addition, WFP reported that meteorological data has been received from several sources including the United Kingdom, Jordan, Russia and Syria. The agency said it is grateful for support from Russian, Canadian and US-based parachute companies for sourcing, technical guidance and mission planning, and reiterated its call for the lifting of all sieges to allow regular humanitarian access. Briefing on the latest trip to Syria by the head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), agency spokesperson Leonard Doyle said Director-General William Lacy Swing spent three days in the country visiting Homs and other parts of rural Damascus.Mr. Swing appealed for humanitarian access and increased international aid, and met with the UN country team, Special Envoy Mr. de Mistura, as well as 200 IOM staff. A meeting also took place with Syrian government officials on issues of humanitarian access to besieged towns and cross-border access for humanitarian convoys. read more

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Police accused of cynically smearing the reputation of Sir Edward Heath

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first_imgTeri Pengilley He added: “As far as I’m concerned I worked very closely with Edward Heath for a number of years and I never had the slightest indication that there was anything inappropriate about his behaviour, and I’m horrified to think that the police have continued to try to dig up things about something which I think is totally false.”Sir Richard Needham, who served as a Tory MP between 1979 and 1997 and was a close friend of Sir Edward, said: “This feels like it is becoming very political as far as the police are concerned. This has been a smear from day one.“This is a man who has been dead for more than ten years and for the ten years before that was incapable of doing anything.“This is traducing the reputation of an extraordinary man who served his country with great distinction.” I think most people would say that this is very unfair , and not in keeping with the principles of the English legal systemLincoln Seligman Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Wiltshire police have been accused of cynically smearing the reputation of Sir Edward Heath in order to fend off mounting criticism of its long running child abuse probe.Friends of the former Prime Minister described the timing of an announcement that two people had been arrested as “suspect” and accused the force of playing politics in order to protect its own interests.Operation Conifer was launched in August 2014 to investigate allegations of paedophilia against Sir Edward, despite the fact he died in 2005.With the cost of the investigation spiralling to almost £700,000, critics had called for the probe to be shut down.But just days after Sir Richard Henriques published his damning report in the Metropolitan Police’s handling of VIP child abuse probes, Wiltshire Police announced it had made two arrests.The two suspects were understood to have been questioned and bailed several months ago and Wiltshire Police refused to give any further information about where the arrests had taken place or what they had been arrested on suspicion of. Sir Edward’s godson, Lincoln Seligman, said the investigation was in danger of stepping outside the principles of the English legal system.He told the Daily Telegraph: “The timing of this announcement is clearly suspect. The arrests ,which happened months ago  , may well have emerged from  the broader investigation into Edward Heath . But the police do not say whether  there is an actual connection between the arrested individuals and Edward Heath. Their silence now is rather ironic given their ill-considered  broadcasts to all and sundry at the beginning of this business.“This continued obfuscation by the police in not revealing what they know, even if it would have no adverse impact on the investigation or potential prosecutions,  is continuing to damage  Heath’s reputation .“I think most people would say that this is very unfair , and not in keeping with the principles of the English legal system.”Lord Aldington, whose father was a close friend of Sir Edward, and who knew him from childhood, also questioned the decision of the police to appeal for “victims” to come forward.He said: “The way this investigation began with the appeal outside Arundells was reprehensible and not up to the standards one expects in British policing.“Once can’t criticise the force for investigating allegations, but one can question whether they are doing so with an appropriate measure of proportionality, speed and scepticism.”center_img Lincoln Seligman, Sir Edward Heath's godson, has questioned the police investigation Lincoln Seligman, Sir Edward Heath’s godson, has questioned the police investigationCredit:Teri Pengilley Teri PengilleyCredit:James Jackson Sources at Wiltshire Police admitted that the decision to release the information about the arrests had been done to “reassure the public”, amid mounting criticism of the investigation’s progress.But supporters of Sir Edward said such tactics were serving to further traduce the reputation of a man who had served his country with distinction and who deserved better.Lord Prior, one of the last surviving members of Heath’s cabinet, said: “There are a number of us who are very, very upset about it and we think that the police have better things to do than this – it’s utterly ridiculous.“I just hope that the police can be brought to their senses and told to just leave it alone.”last_img read more

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Cookery programmes must do more to save the curry trade Asian food

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Judges Oliver Peyton, Andi Oliver, Matthew Fort of the Great British MenuCredit:Malou Burger  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Television programmes should be more inclusive of Asian cooking so young chefs do not just see traditional French cooking styles. Programmes like Masterchef and Great British Menu should promote the British curry, which is in fact a highly complex cooking technique and part of our British food heritage.” Judges Oliver Peyton, Andi Oliver, Matthew Fort of the Great British Menu John Torode and Gregg Wallace of Masterchef, which holds a ‘professionals’ seriesCredit:BBC The Bangladeshi-born businessman, who owns a restaurant in Epsom, Surrey, and was awarded an MBE for services to the catering business, urged television bosses to show how Asian spices and cooking techniques can be just as sophisticated as French cuisine.“Most cookery television programmes promote traditional French cooking techniques,” he said. “It means that would be curry chefs who see such programmes may shun a career cooking Indian food because they think perfecting French techniques will be better for their career.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“So, young second and third generation Asians considering entering the catering industry may believe the future of cooking is not really in Asian food. John Torode and Gregg Wallace of Masterchef, which holds a 'professionals' series Research carried out by Mr Ali, 57, suggests that up to eight curry restaurants or takeaways close each week, in part because many owners struggle to find suitably skilled chefs and the current workforce is aging.He added that while the Asian food industry was generally pro-Brexit, hopes that leaving the EU would allow more Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi chefs into the UK were receding.Consequently, he believes cookery programmes, which have done a tremendous amount to bolster the industry, should do more to promote ‘high end’ Asian culinary skills, partly because more Indian restaurants are being awarded Michelin stars.The BBC last night declined to comment. Cookery programmes like Masterchef and Great British Menu are putting young chefs off pursuing a career cooking curries, a leading Asian restaurateur has warned. Enam Ali, a champion of the UK curry industry, fears popular professional cooking television programmes which promote traditional French culinary techniques could be contributing to the country’s shortage of curry chefs.Speaking the day before he hosts the annual British Curry Awards – the so-called ‘Curry Oscars’, Mr Ali warned that the curry industry, which employs around 100,000 people in Britain, is suffering a kitchen staffing crisis forcing some restaurants to close. read more

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Indoleaksorg Indonesias own WikiLeaks Goes Live With Secrets

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first_imgEven if the perturbed powers that be are able to take down WikiLeaks, state secrets will never again be as secret as they used to be. A website can be created on a netbook from a cafe anywhere in the world, instantaneously disseminating information to millions. WikiLeaks is like the original Napster–yeah, that site was shut down, but I can still download the new Katy Perry album if I really wanted to. And like file sharing, the concept of secret sharing is spreading through the wilds of the internet in various incarnations, never to be tamed. This past Friday saw the introduction of Indoleaks.org, a WikiLeak-inspired outlet written in Indonesian and specifically focusing on secrets from that archipelago nation. The site’s tag line “Sebab informasi adalah hak asasi” translates into “Because information is a human right.” AdChoices广告Apparent published secrets on the site date back as far as 1975, detailing meetings between former US President Gerald Ford and former Indonesian President Suharto, and as recent as 2005 with an official document recommending further investigations into the role of government officials into the death of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib.According to a story on The Jakarta Globe, the site has only been intermittently accessible, but I had no problem getting through whenever I tired. An Indonesian government spokesman said the site is currently not a huge concern commenting “We will only monitor this site to find out what kind of information it will release.”The US has, by far, been the largest source of published leaks, leading critics of WikiLeaks to call them out as “terrorists” or “enemies of the state.” But, these sites are just emblematic of the new flattened order of the world. The concept of a completely secure secret is a quaint relic. And that’s a reality all nations are going to face in very short order.last_img read more

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Report revealed 54 breaches on last years national tests

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first_imgFive Victorian schools have been found to be involved in 54 cases of cheating, security lapses or “maladministrative practices” in the 2011 NAPLAN tests, according to a report by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. At one Victorian school, staff tried to prevent ten students sitting the tests. The breach was reported and students were later able to take the test, while “all staff involved were immediately briefed on correct NAPLAN practices”. The report revealed there were 14 breaches in New South Wales, the highest count in Australia, which included a case in which a principal assisted students in completing the Language Conventions test. Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon last year vowed to take measures to crack down on school’s that discouraged students from taking the national test to improve the school’s overall results on the My School website. The breaches on the NAPLAN tests have been attributed to the My School website. Save Our Schools national convener Trevor Cobbold said, “there was no cheating by teachers, no pressuring of parents to withdraw children from tests because they might reduce a school’s results, no children being kept home becasue they are too stressed by NAPLAN, no teaching to the test and no narrowing of the curriculum.” Students can only be excused from taking the tests if they have a significant disability or if they are from a non-English-speaking background and arrived in Australia less than one year before the tests. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Oz auditions for The Voice Greece

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Do you have a voice that could rival some of the world’s top performers? Could you have what it takes to make The Voice judges turn in their chairs and declare “I Want You” – or in this case, “Σε Θέλω”?If you answered yes, then this is the chance for you to make your dreams a reality, but in Greece. Star Channel’s TV show The Voice of Greece has put out a call in Australia for auditions for the popular show’s upcoming series. Following the success of the previous two seasons, the program’s judges are looking for a new talent to rival 2015’s winner Kostas Ageris, and Maria Elena Kiriakou from 2014.The unique talent show is famous the world over for its blind auditions, and for its third season, it is looking for Aussies who want to showcase their talent via a video entry online.If you would like to enter, submit a completed online form and your video entry via the following link: star.gr/tv/thevoicelast_img read more

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Découverte dun gène responsable de la calvitie

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first_imgDécouverte d’un gène responsable de la calvitieÉtats-Unis – Les chercheurs des universités de Columbia et Stanford sont parvenus à identifier le gène à l’origine de la pousse des cheveux. Cette découverte pourrait permettre la mise au point d’un nouveau traitement contre la calvitie et inversement à éventuellement réduire une trop importante pilosité.D’après l’étude, publiée mercredi dans la revue Nature, le gène APCDD1 serait à l’origine de l’hypotrichose, un développement réduit du système pileux et une forme rare de chute de cheveux. Cette pathologie commence généralement dès l’enfance et progresse tout au long de la vie. Les cheveux sont de plus en plus fins et vont, au fil du temps, ressembler à du duvet. À lire aussiPourquoi l’humidité fait-elle boucler les cheveux ?Les chercheurs ont identifié le gène en question grâce à l’analyse génétique de familles pakistanaises et italiennes souffrant d’hypotrichose simplex héréditaire.Mais si ce symptôme ressemble de près au processus de calvitie masculine, ce dernier est davantage complexe. La découverte pourrait toutefois permettre, d’après les chercheurs, de mettre au point un traitement efficace contre la calvitie masculine et même, d’aider les femmes à éradiquer définitivement les poils indésirables.Le 17 avril 2010 à 17:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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