Sedition case sought against AMC’s former deputy mayor

first_imgThe Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation on Monday relieved Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and the AMC’s deputy mayor Shripad Chhindam from his post for his alleged derogatory remarks against Chhatrapati Shivaji just before the ‘Shiv Jayanti’ celebrations recently.In a unanimous resolution passed by all parties within the AMC, the civic body has further demanded that a case of sedition under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) be lodged against Mr. Chhindam, who is now in judicial custody. He was suspended from the party soon after his controversial remarks came to light on February 16. On mondya he was officially stripped of his corporator’s post through the resolution passed at a special AMC session.An audio clip of a conversation between Mr. Chhindam and a PWD contractor went viral on social media three days before Shiv Jayanti celebrations on February 19.In the clip, the BJP corporator is heard talking abusively about Chhatrapati Shivaji and his birth celebrations which werer ostensibly hampering the completion of works in his ward.Mr. Chhindam’s remarks prompted a storm of protest in Ahmednagar and resulted in acts of vandalism by activists of the pro-Maratha Sambhaji Brigade, and Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). A case was lodged against Mr. Chhindam on the evening of February 16.last_img read more

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Indian-origin man crashes into US air base

first_imgThe man, who drove through the main gates of a major US air base carrying propane tanks and gas cans on Wednesday and died as his vehicle caught fire, has been identified as an Indian-origin American, the FBI said Saturday, denying any terror angle in the incident so far.Hafiz Kazi, 51, was living in the US since 1993 and was a legal resident, FBI Special Agent Sean Ragan said at a news conference, adding that he was originally from India.Read it at Khaleej TImes Related Itemslast_img

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Muslim man beaten up in Gurugram, told to remove skullcap and chant Jai Shri Ram

first_imgCow vigilantes beat up three in M.P. for possession of beef; police arrest victims first  When Mr. Barkat tried to push the man and run away, the man allegedly tore his shirt. As Mr. Barkat started crying, the men left. Four of them drove away in a motorcycle and two just walked away into one of the alleys in the area.Mr. Barkat’s cousin Murtuja then took him to civil hospital. The hospital authorities made a call to the police.A case has been registered on charges of promoting religious hatred, causing hurt, criminal intimidation and unlawful assembly, among others, at City Police Station in this connection.Haryana BJP condemns incidentHaryana BJP spokesperson Raman Malik strongly condemned the incident saying that his party was against any kind of appeasement but any illegal act would not be tolerated. He said that he had spoken to the police in this connection and directed them to identify the persons involved at the earliest and take action against him as per the law. A Muslim man was beaten by a group of men at Jacubpura in Gurugram on May 25 night after he was told to remove his skullcap and chant Jai Shri Ram. No arrests have been made so far.Mohammad Barkat, 25, was returning to his shop around 10 p.m. on Saturday after offering prayers at Jama Masjid in Gurugram when a group of about half a dozen men allegedly accosted him outside a sweet shop and told him to remove his skull cap. “One of the men called me with an offensive word and told me that skullcap was not allowed in this area. When I told him that I was returning from a mosque, he slapped me. He also asked me to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Jai Shri Ram. When I refused, he threatened to feed me pork,” Mr. Barkat said. He had come to Gurugram earlier this month to learn tailoring.Mr. Barkat claimed that the man allegedly picked up a stick and hit him and also abused him.Also Readlast_img read more

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RSA reminds Ginebra to stay humble after back-to-back PBA titles

first_img“I hope with this win, we’ll be humble and nice to everybody,” the SMC head honcho said in Filipino, addressing the Gin Kings Monday during their official victory party at the SMC Head Offices.Ang is thankful that after nearly a decade of drought, coach Tim Cone was able to lead Ginebra to back-to-back titles in the season-ending conference amid a worthy adversary in Meralco.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat“Ginebra waited for a championship in eight years. We won last year, and this year, even up to the final minute, we didn’t know if we could repeat. But we’re thankful that we’re able to win back-to-back,” he said. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Fears over N.Korea attack during Winter Games an ‘exaggeration’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:41RSA reminds Ginebra to stay humble after back-to-back PBA titles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments RSA reminds Ginebra to stay humble after back-to-back PBA titles1.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Humble in victory and gracious in defeat.That was what San Miguel president and COO Ramon S. Ang reminded the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings and their legions of fans amid the celebration of their recent 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup conquest.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua also likewise thanked the fans who trooped to the games and endlessly supported the crowd favorites.“This celebration is for all of you, for the ka-barangay!,” the Ginebra team governor said as he led the ceremonial toast.Ginebra’s title repeat smashed the gate attendance records, with Game 7 of the Finals drawing 54,086 fans to the cavernous Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.SMC president Ramon S. Ang and San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua hold the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup title during Ginebra’s victory party. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

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BlackBerry Blend service possibly coming with Passport

first_imgImages leaked online show that Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry has more than just the BlackBerry Passport headed to consumers. A service that allows users to use their smartphones remotely through tablets, laptops or desktops. This service is called BlackBerry Blend and may follow the BlackBerry Passport soon. The service was listed on BlackBerry World and first spotted on by Crackberry. With Blend, Blackberry users will be able to accomplish a variety of tasks from their choice of computer like sending and receiving texts, responding to BBM chats, access Blackberry Hub accounts, view appointments and agenda, create new entries in calendar, and also transfer files between their BlackBerry devices and the computer. Users will also be able to use company intranet securely with Blend if their devices have BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. Tasks like creating backups of user data, restoring user data to a device and copying pictures, music and videos which earlier needed the Blackberry Desktop Software can also be accomplished using Blend.BlackBerry has recently been sending out invites worldwide to an event on the 24th of September. Invites have been spotted for events in Toronto, Dubai, London and Delhi. It’s expected that this event will see the unveiling of Blackberry Blend as well.Also at the event, Blackberry is expected to launch the 4.5 inch, QWERTY sporting Passport, a smartphone powered by a 2.2 Ghz Snapdragon 800, a resolution of 1440 x 1440 pixels, 3GB RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU and 32GB built in storage. A 13MP rear and 2MP front camera are also available on the device. The phone is a novelty in that it brings a physical keyboard back after smartphones have completely ditched the feature in recent years. advertisementlast_img read more

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Jason Day wins BMW Championship, becomes world number one

first_imgJason Day claimed his fourth victory in six starts and surged to the world number one ranking after going wire-to-wire to win the BMW Championship by six shots on Sunday.The Australian closed out his tournament with a two-under-par 69 to finish at 22-under 262 at Conway Farms, six clear of American rookie Daniel Berger (69) in the third of the PGA Tour’s four FedExCup playoff events.American Scott Piercy (70) was third at 15-under with Rickie Fowler (69), Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland (70) and JB Holmes (68) sharing fourth at 14-under.”The way I feel about my game, confidence level has been the highest I’ve ever had in my entire life,” Day said.”Its been an amazing kind of run for me, and now it just tops it off even better to get to number one in the world.”I felt a lot of pressure over the last two days, especially today just knowing I had a six shot lead.”Yesterday and today were probably the toughest rounds I’ve ever had to play in my entire life.”It is the seventh tour win for Day, the fifth of the season after winning the Farmers Insurance Open, the Canadian Open, his maiden major at the PGA Championship and the opening playoff event, The Barclays, prior to this triumph.He led by as many as seven and by no less than four in the final round and faced no serious challenge as he played conservatively throughout. Day becomes the third Australian to reach world number one, following Greg Norman and Adam Scott.advertisement”Knowing that right now there’s no one on this planet that’s better than me, that’s pretty cool,” Day said.”That out of all the golfers that are in the world playing right now, that I’m the best.”It’s such a good feeling.”He now heads to the 30-man, season-ending Tour Championship in top spot on the FedExCup points list, ensuring a win at East Lake Golf Club would see him claim a $10 million bonus. Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth, Fowler, Henrik Stenson of Sweden and Bubba Watson will also control their fate next week in Atlanta by holding spots in the top five of the points list.Harris English and Kevin Na will join them at the Tour Championship after they made clutch birdies on the 72nd hole while Piercy and Berger also fought their way in from outside the 30 to get to East Lake.Daniel Summerhays, Russell Knox, Ben Martin and Jason Bohn lost their places in the top-30. A trip to the Tour Championship also brings invitations to the opening three majors of 2016.last_img read more

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‘I am similar to Pique’ – De Ligt

first_imgMatthijs de Ligt compared himself to Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, saying he sees similarities between himself and the Spanish star.De Ligt has been linked with a number of big clubs for quite some time with Barcelona seen as the front-runner to sign the young Netherlands international.With those links still swirling, de Ligt added a bit of fuel to the fire by comparing himself to the long-time Barcelona star. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I am similar to [Pique],” the Dutchman told ELF Voetbal Magazine.”I like to carry the ball out from the back.”Defensively I am strong and, like Gerard, I also started as a midfielder.”In addition, de Ligt went onto praise Barcelona’s style, saying he has been schooled in a similar way of playing during his time at Ajax.Barcelona and Ajax have long been linked dating back to the days of Johan Cruyff with both clubs always putting a priority on dynamic attacking soccer and strong ball-possession skills.”Ajax’s style of play is similar to Barcelona’s,” he said.”High press, a high defensive line and a high level of ball possession.”Alongside team-mate Frankie de Jong, de Ligt is considered one of the brightest prospects in world football with a number of teams swirling.Barcelona have largely given up hope on signing de Jong, with Manchester City the front-runner in the chase for the midfielder.However, a move for de Ligt seems to be a priority for a team that is thin in central defense due to the injury issues of Samuel Umtiti.De Ligt, de Jong and Ajax return to action against Den Haag in the Eredivisie having already sealed a spot in the last 16 of the Champions Leaguelast_img read more

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US Sprinters Lose 2012 Silver

first_imgLONDON — The entire U.S. men’s sprint relay team was stripped of its silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics on May 12 as a result of Tyson Gay’s doping case, two officials with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not yet been announced.The International Olympic Committee notified the U.S. Olympic Committee by letter that the 4×100 relay team has been disqualified and all the medals withdrawn, the officials said. The letter asks the USOC to collect the medals and return them to the IOC.Gay returned his own medal last year after accepting a one-year doping suspension and the loss of results going back to July 2012, but the status of the U.S. second-place finish in London and the medals of Gay’s relay teammates had remained in limbo until now.Under international rules, an entire team can be disqualified and stripped of medals because of doping by one member.Gay was a member of the American team that finished second in London behind a Jamaican team anchored by Usain Bolt. The Americans set a national record in the final with a time of 37.04 seconds.The other U.S. team members losing medals are Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Ryan Bailey, Jeffery Demps and Darvis Patton. Kimmons, Gatlin and Bailey ran in the final with Gay.Gatlin, who is in Qatar for the opening Diamond League meet of the season on May 15, told the AP he was not aware of the decision and had no comment. Gatlin, who won the 100-meter gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games, served a four-year doping ban from 2006.Gay tested positive for steroids at the U.S. championships in 2013. He received a reduced suspension — rather than a two-year ban — because he cooperated with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation that led to an eight-year ban for his former coach, Jon Drummond.Gay’s results were annulled going back to July 15, 2012, the date when he first used a product containing a banned substance.If the London medals are reallocated, the silver will go to Trinidad and Tobago, which finished third in 38.12 seconds. The bronze would go to the French team which placed fourth in 38.16 seconds.The rules of track and field’s world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, mandated that the entire U.S. team be disqualified, but the final decision was up to the IOC.Drummond was the coach of the U.S. relay team in London and placed Gay on the team. According to the USADA decision in Drummond’s case, the athlete took a banned substance in July 2012 with the coach’s knowledge.The IOC has previously stripped U.S. relay teams of medals retroactively for doping, including three teams from the 2000 Sydney Olympics.The U.S. was stripped of gold in the women’s 4×400 and bronze in the 4×100 following Marion Jones’ admission of doping.Jones returned her medals, but her teammates appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to keep theirs and won their case in 2010. The court said IAAF rules at the time did not allow entire teams to be disqualified because of doping by one athlete.The IOC also stripped the U.S. men’s 4×400 relay of their Sydney gold after a doping admission by Antonio Pettigrew.In 2012, American runner Crystal Cox was stripped of her gold medal from the 4×400 relay at the 2004 Athens Olympics after admitting to doping. The IOC did not disqualify the rest of the team because it was unclear which rules were in effect at the time.(STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes out of remaining ODIs against Australia

first_imgEngland all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes will miss the rest of the one-day series against Australia because of injury.Stokes was sidelined for the first two games of the five-match series, both won by England, due to a torn left hamstring.”The plan is for Ben to continue his rehabilitation … with a view to being available to play in the Twenty20s against India starting next month,” said the England and Wales Cricket Board in a statement on Monday.Woakes also missed the first two matches against Australia because of a right quadriceps tear. The ECB said on Monday he would not be available at least until the ODI series against India which starts on July 12.England will bid to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead against Australia in Nottingham on Tuesday. The teams also meet in Durham on June 21 and in Manchester on June 24 before taking part in a one-off Twenty20 international in Birmingham on June 27.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli opts for gym session as rain washes out Day 1 of India’s Test warm-up at SCG

first_imgThe first day of India’s only tour match ahead of the first cricket Test against Australia has been washed out by torrential rain.The four-day match against a Cricket Australia XI was scheduled to start Wednesday morning, but storms and heavy downpours ensured the covers stayed on at the Sydney Cricket Ground.The forecast was so poor that India’s Test squad never arrived at the SCG. The showers did eventually stop and there was brief hope of a mid-afternoon toss, but play was abandoned without a single delivery being bowled.Pouring! Grim chances of play here. pic.twitter.com/kgzfnFLx21BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2018Storms battered the New South Wales coast on Wednesday morning, flooding streets, railway stations and homes as the extreme weather caused commuter chaos, grounded flights and left hundreds of homes without electricity.It has started to rain yet again and the day’s play has been called off. Coin toss at 9:30AM local time and play to start at 10:00AMBCCI (@BCCI) November 28, 2018India captain Virat Kohli opted for a gym session for the team rather than a day off.”The rain doesn’t seem to be going away so we decided to make something of our day. Gotta love a good workout with the boys,” Kohli tweeted along with a picture with Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay and the team’s trainer Shankar Basu.The rain doesn’t seem to be going away so we decided to make something of our day . Gotta love a good workout with the boys. #makeeverydaycount pic.twitter.com/E94yPIcpRvadvertisementVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 28, 2018The match was only originally scheduled for three days before Cricket Australia (CA) agreed to add Wednesday’s earlier start at India’s request.India will also be able to use 14 players from its squad after asking for the game not to be given first-class status.The first of the four-Test series begins on December 6 in Adelaide. The teams play the final Test beginning January 3 at the SCG, with others at Perth and Melbourne in between.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Ishant Sharma trolls Australian journalist: Not every year I come hereAlso Read | India will defeat Australia 3-1 in Test series, says VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Virat Kohli will have another imperious outing in Australia Tests: Adam GilchristAlso Read | Michael Clarke wants Tim Paine’s team to ‘play tough Australian cricket’ vs Indialast_img read more

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Football or Soccer? Why Americans differ

first_imgWTF Football or Soccer? Why Americans differ when it comes to ‘the beautiful game’ Ryan Kelly 23:00 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Tom Brady Michael Bradley Christian Pulisic Getty/Goal composite WTF Premier League Goal takes a look at the contentious topic to understand why there is a divergence and to see which – football or soccer – is correct The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will collide on Sunday in what is undoubtedly the biggest event in the American sporting calendar – the Super Bowl.In the United States, they will eagerly embrace the 52nd edition of the American football showpiece as the sport envelopes the national psyche.While fans across the globe are also swept up in the excitement, pomp and ceremony, there will inevitably be a smattering of cynics scoffing at the use of ‘football’ to describe the sport. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It is a long-standing gripe among football – or soccer – fans outside of North America, particularly in the United Kingdom, but how did it arise and, crucially, who is correct? Goal takes a look.Why do Americans call it soccer, not football?The sport of association football pre-dates the sport of American football, so it naturally begs the question, why do Americans call it soccer and the latter football?The origin of the word ‘soccer’ is thought to stem from a desire to differentiate association football – as codified by the Football Association in the 19th century – from Rugby football, a different sport that had risen to prominence around the same time. Rugby football thus became known to many as ‘rugger’ and association football became shortened to ‘soccer’, though ‘football’ was still used.Across the Atlantic in the United States, as the indigenous variant of football – known as gridiron or American football – evolved in the early 20th century, association football was commonly referred to as ‘soccer’ in news media. The indigenous variant, then, was simply ‘football’. However, the use of ‘socker’ or ‘soccer’ still did not sit right with some. A letter to the New York Times in 1905, for example, described the word soccer as “an exceedingly ugly and undignified” word, saying that it was “a thousand pities” newspapers persisted with the term.Michael Bradley Jozy Altidore Toronto FC MLS CupNevertheless, throughout the 20th century, a culture developed in which association football was increasingly known simply as ‘soccer’ and American football as ‘football’.This cultural phenomenon is perhaps most aptly summed up in the name of North America’s chief association football tournament, which is known as Major League Soccer, while the game’s governing body in the United States is known as the United States Soccer Federation. In contrast, the British governing bodies are known as football associations and, in England, for example, there is the English Football League.It must be said that the prevalence of ‘soccer’ to describe association football is by no means the preserve of American culture. It is also widely used in countries where there are more popular or widespread football sports, such as Ireland (Gaelic football) and Australia (Australian Rules football).Why is American football called football?Tom BradyAmerican football evolved out of the sports association football and rugby football. However, it has an entirely different ball and set of rules to both games.It is probably known simply as ‘football’ in North America because it is the most popular football variant and, unlike rugby football, its prefix alone – American or Canadian – would not be understood.While ‘gridiron’ is used to describe the game in countries like Australia and New Zealand, and it is understood in North America, it is not the preferred terminology.Why is there such a fuss?Part of the reason for the cynicism and snobbery over the use of the term ‘football’ to describe American football is because of the fact that the feet are rarely used in the game. While kicking with the feet is indeed involved, the majority of the play in the sport is carried out with the hands, leading many observers to quip that football is a misnomer.The same attitude of derision is often applied to other sports such as rugby, Australian Rules and Gaelic football.Football or soccer – which is correct?Christian Pulisic USA PanamaThe debate surrounding the use of the words football or soccer to describe particular sports is so divisive that academics have actually turned their minds to the subject in order to ascertain some degree of clarity and understanding.In 2014, University of Michigan professor Stefan Szymanski wrote a paper titled ‘It’s Football not Soccer’, in which he delved into the history of a variety of sports that are commonly referred to as football and what words have been used to describe them.The idea of the paper was to explore the “semantic reaction” to the different usage, including the so-called “torrent of invective” directed at Americans, in particular, for having the audacity to use ‘soccer’ instead of ‘football’ to refer to association football and ‘football’ when referring to American football.In sum, Szymanski discovered that the term ‘soccer’ was not an American invention at all, that it had been occasionally used in Britain as “an innocuous alternative to the word ‘football'” as far back as the 19th century and that it had even experienced an abrupt rise – and fall – after World War II.So, football came first, but soccer wasn’t too far behind. In short, they’re both correct! Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Esha Gupta says sorry for racist comment on Nigerian footballer. Internet is unforgiving

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 16:04 IST Esha Gupta gets slammed on Twitter for a racist comment on Nigerian footballerActress Esha Gupta who was trolled for showing her middle finger on the Internet in a boomerang video last year has been recently slammed by social media for making racist comments on a Nigerian footballer.Esha, the Arsenal supporter criticised Alexander Iwobi for his performance in the recent football game in a WhatsApp conversation. She had shared a screenshot of the WhatsApp conversation on her Instagram stories.In a tweet shared on the micro-blogging site, Esha Gupta was seen expressing her racist remarks on the footballer on her Instagram story. “Solves our winger issues. I can’t see that gorilla faced Iwobi running down the flank again. He’s so bad ya,” read the screenshot.How do you feel about an Arsenal brand ambassador making these racist comments about an Arsenal Academy graduate? @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/Dfcpvl58mFChris (@LondonGoona) January 27, 2019According to IANS, Esha’s friend who was having the conversation with her on WhatsApp called Iwobi a “gorilla” and said that “evolution stopped for him”. To that, Esha Gupta replied, “Haha… I don’t know why they don’t bench him more.”After the backlash on Instagram, Esha had apologised on her Twitter account. She tweeted, ”Guys I am sorry you thought it was racist. Was bad on my part, being a sports lover. Sorry guys, forgive the stupidity.”Guys m sorry you thought it was racist. Was bad on my part, being a sports lover. Wallah never meant it. Sorry guys forgive the stupidity #gooner4lifeEsha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) January 27, 2019Later, she tried to clear her remarks by saying that she did not realise it was directed towards racism.advertisementShe tweeted, ”It was our frustration during the game. Sorry as I didn’t realise it directed towards racism.”Esha added, ”We laughed over the spur of the moment which was the game results. I have been the victim of racism before. This is not something I am proud of. It was a fault. Sorry guys!”It was us discussing our frustration during the game.sorry as I din realise it directed towards racism.laughed over the spur of the moment, which was the games result guys.been victim of racism myself before. But this is not something m proud of. It was a fault,sorry guysEsha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) January 27, 2019Even after claiming to be the victim of racism in the past, the actress tried to joke around it. However, this conversation was not appreciated by her fans who later slammed the actress for making such jokes.Here’s how Twitterati took the remark:to prove you’re really sorry, can u donate money to the transfer budgetBen (@BenWatsonAFC) January 27, 2019″oh that was my bad guys, the racism just slipped out a lil bit and I just put it on my Instagram by mistake lol” Kinda dumbass apology is thisDaniel Ogbonnaya (@naphtrax) January 27, 2019Wether it was or wasn’t intentional, I think you should know that apology isn’t going to fly with anyone. It looks meek and insincere.Daniel Ogbonnaya (@naphtrax) January 27, 2019Apologize to @alexiwobiE (@ErwinSlk) January 27, 2019Don’t bother. She’s not actually apologetic, just full of excuses.Anonymity (@heretocorrectyo) January 27, 2019Don’t put #gooner4life after such stupidness we don’t wanna be associated with such dumbasseryname: yega (@YEGASMITH) January 27, 2019I’m sorry you thought it was racist is the biggest non-apology I’ve ever seenhargav (@ThatIndianGuy) January 27, 2019Making Racist remarks to a Academy graduate of your beloved club after being a club ambassador and role model and trying to save yourself with that hashtag. Ironic.Subh@yan (@warriorROONEY) January 27, 2019On the work front, Esha Gupta will be seen in JP Dutta’s Paltan, Indra Kumar’s Total Dhamaal and an Iranian film titled Devil’s Daughter. Esha was last seen on the big screen in Milan Luthria’s Baadshaho.ALSO READ: Is Esha Gupta getting married to Hardik Pandya? This is her responseALSO READ: Esha Gupta shows the finger in video. Trolls call her frustratedALSO WATCH | Acting was like awakening for me, says Esha GuptaGet 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 bynisha Tags :Follow Esha GuptaFollow Nigerian footballerFollow Racism in Bollywood Esha Gupta says sorry for racist comment on Nigerian footballer. Internet is unforgivingEsha Gupta who was last seen in the film Baadshaho took to Twitter to apologise for her racist remarks on Nigerian footballer. See the reactionsadvertisementlast_img read more

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Students of Knox High School Participate in Broadcasting Commission’s Media Literacy Project

first_imgOver 300 Grade 9 and 10 students at Knox High School in Spaldings on Thursday (February 7) participated in a media literacy project of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ).This is the second visit to the school by the Commission and it is one in a series under its schools’ outreach programme. The Commission also used the opportunity to participate in the school’s annual career day, which was held on the same day.Among the topics discussed at the session were the new media environment, managing your digital self, digital switchover, cable channel ratings and the Children’s Code for Programming that was put in place by the Commission to protect children from the harmful content of some programmes on television, radio and cable.Discussions led by Assistant Executive Director of the BCJ, Karlene Johnson, also focused on the role of the Commission and its efforts to regulate the electronic media.“I thought the presentation was very informative. It taught me a lot about the digital environment and how Jamaica is improving digitally,” Grade 9 student, Bridgette Swaby told JIS during an interview.She said that she was impressed with plans for the transition from analogue to digital television.“I think that’s a very good idea because it will widen the choice of programmes that we will have on television,” she added. There are plans by government to switch over from the current analogue television broadcasting system to a digital system.Bridgette, who is now contemplating a career in the Information Technology field, said she is always careful when placing comments and pictures on Facebook. “I don’t like to give bad comments on Facebook because it might come back and haunt me, “she added.Another student, Tajaye Fanus said he was grateful for the session, which provided him with information about the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet.“I realise that Information Technology will never die. The business is always there and I think it is one of the best fields to enter and to be successful,” he said.Mrs. Johnson told the students that they were the future leaders and creators having been born in the “digital age.”“You are the creators, you are the innovators, and you are the guys who are finding easier and better ways of doing things in this digital age. At this age, you are the leaders in this digital environment, you are the ones who are taking it forward,” she said.She shared success stories of young creators and mentioned United States-based Jamaican social media entrepreneur, Saadiq Rodgers-King and the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Cup team, who are national and regional champions in the Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition. She reminded the students that they, too, can do “phenomenal things,” noting that the inventors were not much older than the students.“We want you guys to become a nation of uploaders, to lead us away from just being mere consumers or downloaders of content,” she added.Commenting on the project, Mrs. Johnson said over the past two years, the Commission has visited over 20 schools across the island and has engaged over 2,500 students.last_img read more

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Fire Season Starts Early

first_imgNatural Resources Minister Brooke Taylor has signed an order declaring that forest fire season throughout Nova Scotia will officially start on Saturday, April 1. “Extraordinarily dry conditions and a lack of snow this winter and spring have left much of the province’s woodland dry and prone to forest fire,” said Mr. Taylor. “In fact, we’ve had real trouble with grass fires burning into woods. These fires can flare up and create serious damage. “Although forest fire season usually begins around mid-April,” said Mr. Taylor, “for public safety, Nova Scotians in all counties are required to get a burning permit, starting April 1, if they want to burn brush within 305 metres (1,000 feet) of the woods. “We understand people want to clean up their yards and enjoy the spring weather, but we also need to remember that fires spread easily and can cause extensive damage, to both homes and forests,” added Mr. Taylor. The price for a burning permit is the same as last year — $5 for a domestic permit, $50 for an industrial permit. For more information, contact a Department of Natural Resources office.last_img read more

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Liberals take aim at 2019 election with budget to focus on gender

first_imgOTTAWA – Gender equality and a national pharmacare plan are expected to be two of the cornerstones of the federal budget when it is presented in the House of Commons Tuesday afternoon by Finance Minister Bill Morneau.He has already hinted at efforts to boost the participation of women in the workforce as part of an overall plan to promote so-called inclusive growth.One measure expected in the spending plan is dedicated paid leave for new fathers — or, in the case of same-sex relationships, the non-birthing parent. The goal is to allow parents to handle the task of raising children more equitably.The focus on gender equality — a key priority for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government — could also mean federal dollars to help close the gender wage gap in federally regulated workplaces.The budget will also include plans to take the first steps toward a national pharmacare plan — a strategy which would outflank NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who has made such a program one of his top priorities.Senior government officials have told The Canadian Press on condition of anonymity that former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins will be tasked with leading the effort to breathe life into the pharmacare plan.Hoskins hinted at his new position when he abruptly resigned both his cabinet position and his seat in the Ontario legislature Monday, saying he was leaving “to continue building better health care for all Canadians.”The parliamentary budget watchdog calculated last fall that a national, universal pharmacare program would cost more than $19 billion, but could still slash the overall cost of drugs in Canada by more than $4 billion a year.The federal budget is not expected to balance the books, nor is it likely to include a revised timeline for erasing the deficit, which the Liberals initially pledged to do by 2019.The budget is instead expected to unveil major investments in basic scientific research and environmental conservation.It is also expected to include nearly $80 million over five years to build and run a computer system aimed at ending no-fly list mismatches and $50 million over five years to support local journalism in underserved communities.Investments in child welfare and housing for Indigenous communities, expanding a tax credit for low-income earners and spending to help Canadians upgrade their skills for a rapidly changing job market are other expected budget measures.last_img read more

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Hearts Of Gold To Hold 20th Annual Charity Fundraising Gala

first_imgOn Thursday, October 27, 2016, Hearts of Gold will host its 20th annual charity fundraising gala at Capitale, 130 Bowery in New York City.The event will be held from 6:00-10:30 p.m., followed by an after-party. The organization “reimagines the future of homeless mothers and their children, together” – a critical mission as homelessness in New York City has reached record levels.“Hearts of Gold’s ultimate goal is to break the cycle of homelessness among mothers and their children living in the shelter system,” said Deborah Koenigsberger, Hearts of Gold’s Founder & President. “Since 1994, we’ve raised more than $10 million to help 21,000 individuals. Join us to celebrate our commitment to empowering the next generation of confident, self-sufficient mothers and children. Together, we will help real families change their lives in 2017.”Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer Soledad O’Brien, and actress, singer and songwriter Rhonda Ross will co-host the black-tie gala, themed “All That Glitters.” The event includes a cocktail reception and dinner, a Tracy Reese runway show, and a live auction. Event Chairs are Shelley Schorsch, Nicholas Schorsch, Michael Weil, and Dr. Shirley Madhère-Weil. AR Global, Century 21, Deutsch Inc., Elit by Stolichnaya, and Stolichnaya Premium Vodka are Host Sponsors.Sponsorship packages begin at $15,000, individual gala tickets begin at $650, and after-party tickets begin at $100. To participate, call (212) 206-1461 or click here.last_img read more

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Sajin de Vass Gunawardena arrested

Former Foreign Ministry Monitoring MP, Sajin de Vass Gunawardena has been arrested by the police Criminal Investigations Department (CID).He was arrested over allegations of misusing vehicles belonging to the Presidential Secretariat. The police said that the opposition Parliamentarian was arrested after he was questioned by the CID today over the allegations against him.Sajin de Vass Gunawardena was produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate and remanded till May 20. (Colombo Gazette)

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Former SC Judge Sarath de Abrew indicted in abuse case

The former Supreme Court Judge has been accused of sexually abusing a servant who worked for him. (Colombo Gazette) Former Supreme Court Judge Sarath de Abrew was indicted in the Colombo High Court today in a sexual abuse case.Sarath de Abrew appeared before the Colombo High Court in connection to the case and was released on bail after being indicted.

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UN Mission condemns killing of Afghan civilians in spate of attacks

On Thursday, the Prosecutor’s Office in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif was attacked, and Friday morning, two incidents occurred, the first involving a suicide bomber in Jalalabad city, and the second, a road-side bomb explosion in Ghazni province.“These incidents highlight once again the tragic reality that it is Afghan civilians who bear the brunt of the reckless use of violence,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Nicholas Haysom. “The killing of civilians and the indiscriminate use of IEDs must cease immediately,” he urged in a statement from UNAMA. Improvised explosive devices were the second largest cause of civilian casualties in Afghanistan during 2014. International humanitarian law explicitly prohibits the use of weapons whose effects may not be limited and attacks which are not directed at a specific military objective and requires all parties to uphold their legal obligations to at all times avoid harm to civilians.On 12 April, UNAMA will release its latest figures on civilian casualties in Afghanistan covering the first quarter of 2015. read more

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UN commemorates 20 years of protecting children in armed conflicts

She urged Member States to consider children as “zones of peace” and said that by focusing on them, “politicians, Governments, the military and non-State entities will begin to recognize how much they destroy through armed conflict, and therefore, how little they gain.” The best way to protect children from armed conflict is to prevent armed conflict in the first place, Ms. Machel wrote. That idea was echoed in the message of Secretary-General António Guterres, delivered by his Chef de Cabinet, Maria Luiza Ribeira Viotti. The Secretary-General identified good quality education and productive, decent work for young people as prerequisites for both peace and development.When prevention fails, however, he called on the Special Representative’s Office to continue monitoring and reporting violations to promote informed and timely action.“We also need to continue to and strengthen engagement with local and national authorities, regional partners, and civil society to prevent and protect children from grave violations,” Mr. Guterres said.Grave violations against childrenRecruitment and use of childrenKilling and maimingRape and sexual violence in conflictAttacks on schools and hospitalsAbduction of childrenDenial of humanitarian accessThe Office of the Special Representative has over the years worked with other UN agencies, notably the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to protect children in conflict areas.Among the joint projects is the Children, Not Soldiers campaign, which aims to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers by Government armies. Since 2000, the work of the Office and partners has led to the release of more than 115,000 child soldiers. “Children don’t belong on the battlefield, they belong in school where they can build a future,” said UNICEF Executive Director Tony Lake, who participated in the event.Assistant-Secretary-General Miroslav Jenca, who represented the UN Department of Political Affairs, a key partner of Ms. Zerrougui’s Office, reiterated the importance of integration to protect children.For example, he highlighted the utility of a checklist for drafting children and armed conflict provisions developed with UN and partners, as a useful tool for mediators.AUDIO: There is no “band aid” solution to rehabilitating and reintegrating former child soldiers, Ilwad Elman, Director of Programs and Development at the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre in Somalia, told UN News. Top officials from the United Nations and the international community today applauded two decades of efforts to protect children from the scourge of war by marking the 20th anniversary of General Assembly resolution 51/77 (1997) on promotion and protection of the rights of children.In an informal meeting of the 193-member Assembly in New York, the UN body’s President, Peter Thomson, called the resolution “a landmark development in our global efforts to improve the protection of children in conflict situations.” “Among the incomprehensible horrors that take place in the chaos of warzones, unconscionable crimes, violations, exploitation and abuse are perpetrated against the most vulnerable members of our societies – namely our children,” Mr. Thomson said.He called for a concerted effort to protect children in armed conflict as part of the international community’s commitments to peace and security, sustainable development and human rights.Mr. Thomson spoke alongside Leila Zerrougui, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. As an outcome of the historic resolution, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to name a Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. In addition to Ms. Zerrougui, today’s event recognized past mandate-holders – Graça Machel, Olara Otunnu and Radhika Coomaraswamy.It was Ms. Machel’s landmark report back in 1996 that led to the creation of the mandate and the appointment of a Special Representative. A view of the Trusteeship Council Chamber during the General Assembly informal meeting to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas read more

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