Parrikar trolled for ‘girls drinking beer’ comment

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s comment on Friday about girls drinking beer got Twitterati trolling him throughout the day on Saturday with the hashtag #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer.Many women posted comments and photographs on the social media using the hashtag, making it the top trending issue on Twitter.Appeals were made by some like Nishtha Gautam @TedhiLakeer: “Photos, ladies photos! Scan your phones and share #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer.”CMD of Biocon @kiranshaw tweeted: “I didn’t expect such a gender biased comment from @manoharparrikar. If they are of a drinking age and do it responsibly, what has gender got to do [with it]?”“Cheers all,” tweeted senior journalist Harinder Baweja displaying a mug of beer.Coming as it did within days of Prime Minister Modi himself triggering a Twitterati war after his sarcastic comment over a guffaw in the Rajya Sabha by Ms. Renuka Chaudhary of the Congress during his speech, some were quick to see a trend. Journalist @waglenikhil tweeted, “Women can’t laugh loudly and drink beer in Modi Rashtra!,” responding to a tweet by journalist Nidhi Rajdhan @Nidhi “Imagine a woman who drinks beer AND laughs loudly!”Mr. Parrikar had made the comment at the inaugural of the first edition of the State Youth Parliament organised by the Legislature Secretariat on Friday. “I have begun to fear now, because even girls have started drinking beer,” he had said. “Today’s youngsters are crossing tolerance limits.”Mr. Parrikar went on to say that the State government had launched a crackdown on drugs trade in the State. But he did not believe the narcotics menace had proliferated to a great degree in educational institutions. Mr. Parrikar, an IIT-Bombay alumnus, said use of drugs in educational institutions was not a new phenomenon. “When I went to IIT, there was a small group which was involved in this ganja. So it is not today’s phenomenon. Even back then, there was a small group which was involved in these unwanted activities,” Mr. Parrikar said.last_img read more

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India seeks more US FDI from mid-west region

first_imgSeeking to attract more FDI from the US, India has reached out to the businesses in America’s mid-west region citing investment opportunities in states like Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.It is the right time for the American businesses to come and invest in India and be part of the success story the world’s fastest growing emerging economy, the Indian Consul General in Chicago Neeta Bhushan told a large group of corporate sector representative from the mid-west region.Read it at New Indian Express Related Itemslast_img

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ICC World Twenty20: Totally drained, want to crash in my hotel room, says R Ashwin

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin kept his cool under pressure, bowled four overs for 20 runs and picked up two key wickets as India beat Bangladesh by one-run in a last-ball thriller in Bangalore. But the wily off-spinner later revealed he was drained from the exhaustion and tension of the tense ICC World Twenty20 game.Ashwin, who was named man-of-the-match for his efforts, later revealed that the Indian team had never had so many discussions on the field. A normally composed MS Dhoni was seen discussing tactics with Ashish Nehra, Virat Kohli and Ashwin himself before the manic final over from Hardik Pandya got underway.””I think this is probably the most we have discussed on a cricket field as a team. We have never really got together and worried so much about a game before.”Full credit to Bangladesh. I think they played great cricket. I am totally drained right now. I’ll probably go back to my room and crash. That’s how much energy I have,” Ashwin said in the post-match presentation ceremony. (India got out of jail in Bangalore: Steve Waugh )India looked out for the count after managing a modest 146/7 in their 20 overs. In reply, Tamim Iqbal took Bangladesh off to an explosive start. But Dhoni’s men rallied to pull off an unbelievable win in front of packed stands at the Chinnawamy Stadium.Ashwin, however, admitted that India are not yet contenders to win the World T20, given the way they have played so far. They lost to New Zealand by 47 runs on a turning track in Jamtha before a Virat Kohli special took them past Pakistan at the Eden Gardens. Bangladesh were all but home but Pandya’s steady nerves kept India in the game.advertisement”We have not really batted the way where we would be really pleased with our performance. We are a very, very good batting unit. Once we fire on all cylinders we will be great contenders for the title. As of today, with where we stand, I don’t think we are contenders,” Ashwin said with a smile.India were in outstanding form before the World T20 started, winning back-to-back series against Australia and Sri Lanka and then lifting the Asia Cup T20. Many in fact feared that India had probably peaked too early.Ashwin felt the slight dip in form was not such a bad thing after all.”I think it’s not a bad time to peak. If we really pick up our batting, we could be great contenders from now on.”India could have had the game under their control a lot earlier had it not been for Jasprit Bumrah’s dropped catches. He grassed two chances offered by Tamim, once by Nehra and then again by Ashwin. But the Chennai star said he was elated to see the team bounce back despite the fumbles.”When Tamim’s sweep went up in the air, I thought we had the game under control. Later on I put a catch down as well. A lot was going through my mind. It was a roller-coaster game. It was great to see the team come back and win the game.”India next face Australia in Mohali on Sunday in what would be a virtual quarterfinal. If Dhoni’s team wins that game, they would be through to the semi-finals.last_img read more

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Mohamed Salah suffers injury in Egypt’s win in African Nations Cup qualifiers

first_imgMohamed Salah scored and then limped off the field with a muscle strain during Egypt’s 4-1 win over Swaziland in the African Cup of Nations qualifying match on Friday.Salah scored a record-breaking goal direct from a corner and then left late in the game with a leg injury.Salah’s left-footed curler from a corner on the right side helped Egypt to a comfortable victory. But the best news for Liverpool fans is that Salah’s injury doesn’t look serious, according to Egypt assistant coach Hany Ramzy.Salah’s goal was his 13th in African Cup of Nations qualifying, overtaking the previous Egyptian record by Hossam Hassan. And although it ended a mini-drought of four Liverpool games without a goal, it was Salah’s fifth goal in his last four games for Egypt.SCORING AGAINSalah hasn’t scored for Liverpool since Sept. 22, something of a slump after his 44 goals in a blistering debut season at Anfield last season.He was on the score sheet again for his country though when his corner beat everyone to put Egypt 4-0 up against Swaziland a minute before halftime in their qualifier in Cairo.Egypt’s only concern in the game came when Salah went down with a leg injury in the 88th minute. He tried to shake it off but was taken off in injury time, leaving Egypt with 10 men for the last few moments after already making three substitutions.”It doesn’t look serious. I think it is only a muscle strain but he will undergo medical scans to determine the length of the injury” Ramzy told Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.advertisementThe 26-year-old Salah is expected to sit out a return game in Swaziland on Tuesday while he recovers. His next assignment for Liverpool is a Premier League game away at Huddersfield next Saturday.Egypt’s win put it joint-top of its qualifying group alongside Tunisia, which plays on Saturday. With Salah leading from the front, Egypt has scored 10 goals in its last two games following a 6-0 win over Niger last month, when Salah scored twice.BETTER TIMES FOR BAILLYManchester United defender Eric Bailly – singled out for criticism in United’s struggles this season – enjoyed better times with Ivory Coast on Friday, getting the second goal in a 4-0 rout of Central African Republic. That put the 2015 African champion back on course to qualify for next year’s Cup of Nations. Guinea leads the group after beating Rwanda 2-0. The top two teams in each group qualify for the African Cup next June and July.Cameroon edged Malawi 1-0 to top its group, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scoring the goal that gave Dutchman Clarence Seedorf his first win as coach of Cameroon. Cameroon has already qualified for the 2019 tournament as host – although its hosting is now in doubt – but is taking part in the qualifiers to stay match sharp.Angola and Cape Verde also boosted their campaigns with wins with teams midway through a run of seven straight days of qualifying matches.SOUTH AFRICA SLIPPINGSupposedly the home of Africa’s best league and the host of the 2010 World Cup, South African soccer keeps slipping. The team failed to qualify for the last two World Cups and three of the last five African Cups and the latest blow came this week with a fallout between national broadcaster SABC and the South African Football Association over the value of the national team.Negotiating a new TV contract to show games, SAFA asked for $13 million a year from SABC. SABC said it was willing to pay $600,000 a year.SAFA called that offer “so minuscule” that many South Africans now likely won’t get to watch their team play upcoming qualifiers against Seychelles, on Saturday, and then Nigeria and Libya.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: Nobody told me about Pulisic yesterday

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri: Nobody told me about Pulisic yesterdayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits their sensational deal for Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic took him by surprise.After their stalemate with Southampton, Sarri was asked about the transfer.He said, “I didn’t know anything about Christian Pulisic yesterday. The club asked my opinion about him one month ago and my opinion was positive and I knew the deal was done but I didn’t know anything. I’m not in charge of the market.”We have to play every three days so I cannot think of next year, I have to think about the next match.”Sarri won’t see Pulisic until next season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoEverton chief Barrett-Baxendale: We can win Premier League and Champions League

first_imgEverton chief Barrett-Baxendale: We can win Premier League and Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale insists they can win the Premier League and Champions League in the next ten years.Yesterday, Barrett-Baxendale told assembled shareholders the vision was to be “challenging at the top of the Premier League and competing at the highest level in European competitions”.”Ultimately this means challenging for domestic titles and trophies, not only to win cups, but to win Premier League titles too,” she said.”It means competing regularly in the Champions League and it means doing all of this in a world-class, world-renowned football stadium.”This is an extremely challenging goal. It is very much a long-term goal for our club but it is vital we are ambitious and that we deliver performance on and off the pitch that drives our club forward to achieve our ambitions.”I acknowledge our vision is challenging, and the barriers to entry are indeed daunting, but we are Everton and we must all be focused and driven to meet that challenge.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Neymar & Mbappe make Weah ‘hungrier’ for success

first_imgTimothy Weah admits competition from the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe makes him “hungrier” to be a success at Paris Saint-Germain and during a loan spell at Celtic.The 18-year-old United States international has linked up with the Scottish champions on a deal through to the end of the season .He has already made a positive impression at Parkhead, netting on his debut against Airdrie and again during a midweek meeting with St Mirren . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Weah is aware that he needs to maintain those standards, both in Scotland and France, with there a desire on his part to emulate the achievements of superstar team-mates at Parc des Princes.He told PA Sport : “Obviously at PSG they have the best players in the world.“Being with that group has really made me strong. I have watched the ins and outs of everyone, Neymar and Mbappe and all those guys in training and I really feel that it has moulded me into a stronger person and a fighter and it made me a lot hungrier than before.“I don’t see it as being much different [at Celtic], we are human beings and we are all fighting for the spot and everyone has that hunger and once you have that hunger you can do what you need to do.“The competition here is great, Sinky [Scott Sinclair] and James Forrest are top-class players and getting the chance to compete with them and train with them every day is going to make me a better player.”Tim Weah USMNT 05282018Weah, who is the son of former World Player of the Year George, admits he did not know what to expect when leaving Paris for Glasgow.He is an ambitious performer with considerable potential, though, and is delighted to be showing what he can do outside of his comfort zone.“I was really scared coming to Celtic because I have heard so much about UK football being tough, the fans expect so much,” Weah added.“I was always confident that I would get the hang of things but being young and inexperienced, you come here and there is a lot of expectation and I have to get going because the fans expect so much, coming from PSG and with the name that I have.“The debut goal was awesome and I just want to score more goals for the fans and continue to help my team. There is literally nothing I can describe that’s better than scoring at Celtic Park.“I want to say thank you to my teammates, they made me feel comfortable and gave me the confidence to go out there and do what I needed to do.”last_img read more

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Bridgeport High Vice Principal Elated to Receive PM’s Medal of Appreciation

first_img Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Education, Vice Principal at Bridgeport High School, in Portmore, Paula Taylor, says she is elated about the award, having spent 30 years as an educator at the school. Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Education, Vice Principal at Bridgeport High School, in Portmore, Paula Taylor, says she is elated about the award, having spent 30 years as an educator at the school.Mrs. Taylor, who began her career as a Physical Education and Remedial English Language teacher, tells JIS News that teaching was not her first choice, but she was encouraged to pursue that career by her mother.She has excelled at the profession during her years at the school, having been appointed House Leader, Grade Supervisor, Dean of Academics and Student Council Advisor.Known as a strict disciplinarian, Mrs. Taylor was instrumental in establishing numerous initiatives to treat disorderly students.Three of the major initiatives implemented by her are the establishment and coordination of a voluntary service programme for problematic students; a mentorship programme; as well as the organisation and implementation of a behavioural modification workshop.She says that many of the students participating in these programmes have behavioural problems, as most of them have little or no help at home.Mrs. Taylor implores parents to be more supportive of their children. “You just need to work with your children, and you need to monitor them,” she advises.Another programme she spearheads with the aim of motivating students include the annual grade awards function for Child Month, where students are recognised for their strengths and improvements.Through these programmes, Mrs. Taylor says she has seen amazing transformation over the years, even noting that one student who had missed an entire year of school, and was performing badly, received a scholarship after his exceptional improvement following his participation.Mrs. Taylor also played a key role in implementing interventions to improve the performance of students.These include the summer academic intervention programme for students who fall below a certain average; the establishment of a homework centre, and introduction of the Caribbean School Examination Certification (CSEC) Religious Education syllabus at the Bridgeport High School.She says inclusion of Religious Education in the syllabus was important to her, in an effort to ensure that the students learn other religions and to practise tolerance.Mrs. Taylor says she is very strict; however, “they [the students]can rap with me, they can run jokes and I run jokes with them, but when it is serious time, it is serious time.”“I push school work because that is very important, but I also have my light moments when I sit with them, and speak their language. If they say they want a hug, I give them a hug, but when it’s time for work, I get serious with them,” she tells JIS News.In addition to teaching, Mrs. Taylor is an active community member as part of the Manchester High and Church Teachers’ College Alumni.The Vice Principal highlights that she has also made a second career out of assisting students outside the classroom by helping school leavers considered to be at risk in the community, to pursue skills training courses.Mrs. Taylor says she assists students with school based assessments (SBAs), explaining that even her family gets involved.She notes that her two sons, who are in sixth form and at university, help with these assessments, as well as with the homework centre.The educator carries her love for children even further by extending her home to foster children, having fostered two girls, and assisted two boys in finding homes.She says that in the 30 years in the classroom, she has tried many innovative ways to stay motivated and to keep the children motivated.Mrs. Taylor is encouraging teachers to “find ways and means to motivate yourselves, because there were times when I had a hard time. Now everyone has to beg me to take a day, because if I do I just worry that the children will fall behind.”The Vice Principal says she lives by the mantra: ‘Doing what I do best, serving the nation’s children”.Mrs. Taylor is among 40 distinguished educators who will receive the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation on Wednesday, June 27. Mrs. Taylor, who began her career as a Physical Education and Remedial English Language teacher, tells JIS News that teaching was not her first choice, but she was encouraged to pursue that career by her mother. Story Highlights She has excelled at the profession during her years at the school, having been appointed House Leader, Grade Supervisor, Dean of Academics and Student Council Advisor.last_img read more

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Release tanker crew immediately Britain tells Iran

first_imgLONDON: Britain called on Iran on Monday to release a British-flagged tanker and its crew immediately, describing the seizure of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz as illegal. Iranian Revolutionary Guards rappelled from helicopters and seized the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday in apparent retaliation for the British capture of an Iranian tanker two weeks earlier. “The ship was seized under false and illegal pretences and the Iranians should release it and its crew immediately,” Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman told reporters. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We do not seek confrontation with Iran but it is unacceptable and highly escalatory to seize a ship going about legitimate business through internationally recognised shipping lanes.” May was chairing a meeting of Britain’s COBR emergency response committee and foreign minister Jeremy Hunt is expected to make a statement to parliament later on Monday to face criticism that British naval vessels should have escorted the ship. The spokesman said emergency committee meeting was discussing ways of strengthening reassurance and monitoring for commercial shipping.last_img read more

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Vaginal hygiene products like sprays wipes creams linked to infections study

first_imgTORONTO – Doctors have long advised women to avoid vaginal douching because of the risk of infection and other adverse effects, but a new study suggests other feminine hygiene products may be just as harmful.The University of Guelph-led study found that 95 per cent of almost 1,500 Canadian women surveyed about their use of over-the-counter sanitizing gels, anti-itch creams, moisturizers, sprays and wipes had used such products at least once in their lifetime.But the study also found that women who use feminine hygiene products are three times more likely to experience some type of vaginal infection. In some cases, women purchased a product to address an existing vaginal issue.“The study does not establish whether it is the products causing the infections or whether women are using the products in an attempt to address the infection,” said principal researcher Kieran O’Doherty, a social psychologist at the Ontario university.“However, the results do provide important evidence for strong correlations that need further research.”For example, women who used gel sanitizers — whether externally of internally — were eight times more likely to have a yeast infection and almost 20 times more likely to have reported bacterial vaginosis.Vaginosis is caused by the overgrowth of certain bacteria, a condition that occurs when the natural balance of microbes in the vagina is disturbed.“These products may be preventing the growth of the healthy bacteria required to fight off infection,” said O’Doherty, noting that emerging evidence has linked disruption of vaginal microbial systems with health problems.Pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical cancer, reduced fertility, ectopic and pre-term pregnancies, and bacterial and sexually transmitted infections are among the problems related to an abnormal vaginal microbiome, he said.The study, published in the journal BMC Women’s Health, found that women who used vaginal moisturizers and lubricants had 2.5 times higher odds of reporting a yeast infection and 50 per cent higher odds of a urinary tract infection, or UTI, compared to those who didn’t use those products.Women using feminine washes were almost 3.5 times more likely to have reported a bacterial infection and 2.5 times more likely to have had a UTI. Feminine wipes were associated with double the risks of a UTI.Dr. Chelsea Elwood, a reproductive infectious diseases specialist at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, said the study is one of the first to look at the use of these products in the Canadian context and it reaffirmed that their use is becoming more commonplace.Elwood, who was not involved in the research, stressed that the study found an association between use of vaginal hygiene products, but can’t determine whether they caused increased infections.“So it’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg conversation,” she said from Vancouver.“Did they have the yeast infection and they reached for the vaginal moisturizer because they thought it would be helpful? Or did they reach for the vaginal moisturizer daily and then got a yeast infection because it disturbed what should normally be there?“This type of study can’t answer that question, but it makes us think that maybe this should be explored further, and that all of these products that are advertised to women are perhaps not as benign as they are advertised to be.”As a general rule, Elwood said she recommends that patients give feminine hygiene products a miss.“So moisturizers, anti-itch creams, wipes, douching, waxing as well as shaving, in particular, I encourage women just to leave things alone down there.”In a previous study, the Guelph researchers looked at why Canadian women might use the array of feminine hygiene offerings on the market, which the authors say represent a $2-billion industry in North America.“One of the findings was that women often spoke about how they used these products to feel ‘clean and fresh,’” a phrase that manufacturers often use to promote their goods, O’Doherty said.“Our thinking here is this connects in part with double standards around what is expected of men and women in terms of personal presentation,” he said. “And it has to do with body shaming of women.“And these products are very cleverly designed to fit into that niche.”O’Doherty said societal and cultural attitudes have perpetrated the notion of female genitalia as unclean, leading many women to believe they need feminine hygiene products to be acceptable, especially to a sexual partner.Some women interviewed for the previous study reported that their partners encouraged use of the products, while others said their partners were happy with them being au naturel.Despite such assurances, he said many women reported “this very strong internal need that ‘I have to be clean. I would die if there was any smell coming from me.’”O’Doherty said corporations are profiting by marketing products that women “don’t really need, but are made to feel they need. And on top of that, not only do they not need them and are paying money, they (may be) bad for their health.”His advice to women: “Think twice before buying these things.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

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CMHC reports annual pace of housing starts in Canada jumped higher in

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of new home building increased in June, boosted by a jump in multi-unit projects.The federal housing agency says the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts increased to 248,138 units in June, up from 193,902 in May.The increase came as the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts climbed 29.9 per cent in June to 228,844.Multiple urban starts increased 46.4 per cent to 172,845, while single-detached urban starts fell 3.5 per cent to 55,999 units.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 19,294 units.The six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates was 222,041 in June, up from 216,701 in May.In a separate report, Statistics Canada said Tuesday the value of permits issued by Canadian municipalities increased 4.7 per cent to $8.2 billion in May.The value of residential permits increased 7.7 per cent to $5.5 billion, the second-highest value on record, following the $5.7 billion worth of permits issued in October 2016.Meanwhile, the value of non-residential building permits fell 0.7 per cent in May to $2.7 billion.last_img read more

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UNbacked transAsian rail agreement goes into effect

11 June 2009A railroad agreement aimed at linking 28 countries in Asia and Europe went into effect today, the United Nations announced in Bangkok. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Trans-Asian Railway Network became operative 90 days after China became the eighth country to have ratified it. The other parties to the agreement – developed with UN assistance – are Cambodia, India, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Thailand. The network comprises 114,000 kilometres of rail routes linking 28 countries in the region. The aim is to offer efficient rail transport services for the movement of goods and passengers within the region and between Asia and Europe, ESCAP said. The network will also provide improved access for landlocked countries to major ports, ESCAP said.Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of ESCAP, told an inaugural ceremony in ESCAP’s Bangkok headquarters, “Modern economies cannot generate long-term growth and employment without highly efficient transport networks that are developed with a high level of integration. “The timing of this agreement is particularly significant as leaders from our region promote intra-regional trade to stimulate recovery from the economic crisis. It will provide a more cost effective way of doing business and ensure the benefits of trade are more evenly distributed across the region,” Ms. Heyzer said.“Countries worldwide are now realizing that rising demand for transport services can no longer be met by roads alone,” said Ms. Heyzer. “The recent fluctuation in the oil price, growing concern over energy-dependency and the environmental impact of the transport industry are pushing policy-makers to promote more environmentally-friendly and sustainable rail transport solutions.” read more

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Fighting in Somalia displaces residents of Kenyan border town – UN

An estimated 6,000 Somalis fleeing the fighting in the Beled Hawa area on the Somali side of the border have also entered Kenya during the past 11 days, and there are unconfirmed reports of other refugees stranded in the no-man’s land between the two countries, unable to enter Kenya, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a situation report.Mandera district is currently facing a severe drought and the insecurity has disrupted relief efforts. Commerce has also been interrupted in Mandera, the main trading centre for pastoral communities from Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia in the arid region.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has seven metric tons of high energy biscuits in Mandera ready for distribution, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has delivered more therapeutic feeding supplies to cope with the additional caseload of malnourished children.Water shortages have worsened as routes to rivers and wells have been become insecure as a result of the fighting, according to OCHA.Yesterday, the UN expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia called on the international community to step up efforts to address the impact of the devastating drought in Somalia, warning that the country is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster if action is not taken immediately. Shamsul Bari, who visited Somalia, Kenya and Djibouti last month, noted that the ongoing drought response is far from meeting the needs of the affected population in terms of access to food, clean water and health. 3 March 2011Humanitarian AidFighting between forces of Somalia’s transitional Government and insurgents has spread to areas near the Kenyan border, forcing some 5,500 residents of the Kenyan border town of Mandera to flee their homes, exacerbating the plight of people affected by drought, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today. read more

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Canadians split over Mulcairs energy views poll

OTTAWA — A new poll suggests Canadians are roughly split over NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s contention that the Alberta oilsands have given the country a case of Dutch Disease as he prepares to visit the province next week.Mulcair has suggested the Alberta oil exports raise the value of the Canadian dollar, which in turn hurts the economy in other parts of the country.The phenomenon is dubbed the “Dutch Disease” in reference to the manufacturing decline that occurred in the Netherlands after a boom in natural gas exports in the 1970s.The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey suggests slightly more Canadians disagree than agree with Mulcair — 45% compared to 41% — although opinions varied across the country.[np-related]The telephone survey of just over 1,000 people was carried out between May 17 and 20 and has a margin of error of 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.Most people polled in oil-rich Alberta and the rest of the Prairies disagreed with the NDP leader, while those in Quebec and British Columbia were most likely to agree with him.The poll indicates most people don’t share Mulcair’s sentiments in Ontario, the country’s manufacturing heartland, where the economy has been hard hit from the restructuring of the North American auto sector and other blue-collar industries.But a study by the Canadian Energy Research Institute says Ontario enjoys the lion’s share of oilsands benefits outside Alberta. The Calgary-based think-tank has suggested the oilsands will create billions of dollars in economic spinoffs in Ontario and tens of thousands of jobs over the next quarter century.Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and his Alberta counterpart Alison Redford got into a spat earlier this year over the same issue. When McGuinty said a strong oilsands industry means a high loonie that hurts the manufacturing and export sectors, Redford accused him of being too simplistic.But Mulcair has insisted that statistics on manufacturing job losses are “irrefutable”’ and that “everyone” agrees more than half of those losses are the direct result of the artificially high Canadian dollar created by booming energy exports, particularly from Alberta’s oilsands.The federal Conservatives quickly pounced on Mulcair for suggesting the Alberta oilsands have given Canada a case of Dutch Disease. Cabinet ministers have accused the NDP leader of pitting region against region and insulting hard-working workers in the resource sector.Mulcair’s views have also angered Redford and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. Redford has said she won’t meet with Mulcair until he visits the Fort McMurray region to educate himself about the oilsands.The NDP leader’s office has confirmed Mulcair will visit the region May 30 and 31.The poll suggests less than half of Canadians had heard about Mulcair’s comments. People from parts of the country most involved in the oilsands told pollsters they were most aware of what he said.“Our survey suggests that those who have the most to lose if oilsands development were to be slowed as a means to assist other economic sectors are the ones paying the most attention to the ’Dutch Disease’ debate,” said Doug Anderson, senior vice-president of Harris-Decima.“On top of that, no region seems particularly convinced that oilsands development has been hurting exports of other sectors of Canada’s economy.”There were few surprises along party lines.The survey suggests 70 per cent of self-identified Conservative supporters polled either disagree or strongly disagree with Mulcair.However, most Green party supporters also disagree with him — with 56 per cent offside.Liberal supporters were roughly split, with 48 per cent agreeing with Mulcair and 44 per cent disagreeing.The poll indicates 55 per cent of New Democrat supporters share Mulcair’s view.But the NDP leader’s assessment was most popular with Bloc Quebecois supporters. The survey suggests 64 per cent of Bloc supporters back his musings. read more

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UN seeks 67 million to feed quarter million refugees in Kenya till

With refugee numbers in Kenya failing to decline despite peace moves in Somalia and Sudan, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for $6.7 million to feed nearly a quarter of a million refugees in two northern Kenyan camps until the end of 2005.“The expectation was these numbers would begin dropping off once the peace agreement was signed,” WFP Kenya Country Director Tesema Negash said of the January accord between the Government and rebels in southern Sudan that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war.“But the lack of schools, health facilities, food and basic infrastructure – plus uncertainty over the peace deal – has stopped people from returning to their homeland in significant numbers,” he added.“These people are caught between a rock and a hard place. If they return home, they will face the incredible challenge of finding food and water. Yet by staying here in Kenya, they face another uncertainty – whether they will eat or not.”The number of Sudanese in Kakuma is still rising. Citing inter-clan violence and limited resources such as food, shelter, schools, health facilities and employment opportunities, nearly 5,000 additional refugees have arrived since January, bringing the total population there to more than 91,000.WFP warned that maize, pulses, corn-soya blend and oil for rations would run out by October unless funding is received urgently for 11,720 tons of food. By November, wheat and salt would also be exhausted, leaving the Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps with no food to distribute. Like those in Kakuma, nearly 140,000 Somali refugees in Dadaab camp in eastern Kenya have shown no signs of moving home, despite the creation eight months ago of an interim Somali Government that this month took the first steps to establish itself in the town of Jowhar.“While the international community often responds to new upheavals and natural disasters, long-standing refugee situations, where hundreds of thousands of people depend on food and other aid, are often overlooked and are last in the line for international assistance,” Mr. Negash said. read more

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Shell could be cutting 2800 jobs globally

Shell has announced it’s cutting more jobs if it finalizes a deal to take over BG Group.A deal has been reached between the two companies, but still needs the blessing of the board.Shell says 2,800 jobs will be lost, or three per cent of its global workforce if the merger goes through. Shell could be cutting 2,800 jobs globally by Mike Tarasko Posted Dec 14, 2015 7:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

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Russell Wilsons Blackness Should Not Be a Question

It’s troubling to hear reverberations from the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks’ locker room that quarterback Russell Wilson is at the center of a divide within the team because he’s not “Black enough.”Really? Seriously?Being Black has no boundaries, and if some of his teammates take his insistence on not blasting rap music or not wearing his pants hanging off his butt or enunciating when he speaks or whatever else they conjure up as not being “Black enough,” well, that’s a case of us setting ourselves back.Percy Harvin, a talented yet apparently volatile receiver, was traded last week to the New York Jets in a move that stunned most NFL observers. The talk from the Seahawks’ locker room (anonymously, of course) was that there was a rift between quarterback and receiver. Half the players sided with Harvin and others with Wilson. In the end, the team rolled with its quarterback who led them to the championship last year and traded Harvin and all his talent.Last year, Black people went berserk when a white journalist said Colin Kaepernick was not fit to lead the San Francisco 49ers as quarterback because his body is laden with tattoos. But hardly is there a whimper from the Black community when Black teammates criticize their quarterback for being a polished young man. Something is wrong with that.Wilson, in a weak press conference to try to diffuse the drama, said that Harvin is a lot like him and that the discord between the two and teammates was a media creation. Not true on both counts. This is what he said: “Percy and I never had differences. He’s a guy that, you know, we had a lot of similarities, probably, if anything. You know, guys that want to compete at the highest level, want to win every single time you step on the field. Want the ball in our hands, to make the big play and everything. So I’m not sure why the media tries to blow everything out of proportion, it’s part of it, I guess. You have to deal with it. But you also ignore it, too. Like I always tell you guys, ignore the noise. You know, Percy’s a Virginia guy and I wish nothing but the best for him.”About all Harvin and Wilson have in common is that they are both from Virginia and they play football.  And they are Black. That’s about it. And that’s more than enough. Neither is more or less Black than the other.Being Black means being hip and corny, smart and not-so-smart, giving and greedy, thoughtful and selfish, articulate and mumbling, soulful and soulless, tough and weak, ambitious and docile … and on and on. When Black men call other Black men “not Black enough,” they point out the insecurities within themselves.No doubt, if Seattle, which was predicted by some pundits to go undefeated this season, had not lost two games in a row, the tension within the team would be minimized. But adversity (losing) brings out the soul of a person and a team, and the Seahawks have to undergo serious self-examination now to hold it together.Wilson, by most accounts, comports himself with respect, conveys his thoughts clearly, treats people with respect, works hard, leads by example. Seems “Black enough” to me. read more

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