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A ₹105 crore Made in India jewellery suite

first_imgWell-known diamond jewellery designer Nirav Modi has designed a jewellery set priced at ₹105 crore (over $16 million). Studded with specially-procured rubies from the Mogak mines in Myanmar and fine-cut diamonds from across the world, the set is believed to be one of the costliest ever made in India.The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), however, does not keep individual jewellery piece data and declined to comment.It took five years to source the rubies for this set called the Mogok Ruby Suite, which comprises a necklace, a pair of earrings and a bracelet. It took two years for Mr. Modi and his team to manufacture this at the company’s facility in Mumbai.“It was completed just two months back. It has been designed by me and manufactured here at our facility at Kurla in Mumbai. It is completely made in India,” Nirav Modi, founder and creative director Nirav Modi chain of diamond jewellery retail stores and Chairman of Firestar International said.Global marketFirestar International is the parent of Nirav Modi chain, which has stores in key markets across the globe. Asked whether the set has been ordered by some customer, Mr. Modi said, “I have created this over a period of time and based on my own imagination. We will find a buyer.” The set has 27 Mogak rubies weighing 71.11 carats and is made of finest of diamonds of D, E, F colour weighing 128.56 carats.Incidentally, Mr. Modi is the first jewellery designer from India whose creation had been auctioned at Christie’s.In 2010, when Mr. Modi started his first private salon, he wanted to introduce it through a big bang unveiling. “We had developed a Hero piece. Christie’s came to know about it and urged me to put it on auction and it fetched ₹16 crore then. It had a base price of ₹12 crore and witnessed aggressive bidding.”Mr. Modi said every single piece of jewellery sold at the stores were designed by him. The price starts from ₹2 lakh onwards. The ₹105 crore set is the costliest one ever produced by him.Mr. Modi, who set up its first retail store at Defence Colony, New Delhi in 2014, has now 15 stores, including three in India.last_img read more

Odisha gives nod to 7 hotel, tourism projects that entail investment of ₹354 crore

first_imgOdisha government has approved allotment of land for seven hotel and tourism projects, which entail an investment to the tune of ₹354.34 crore.A high power committee chaired by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi examined proposals and gave its nods stating that these projects would bring socio-economic benefit to the community.Investors have been asked to commission their projects within three years of the allotment of land.“Projects will be developed over a total area of around 79.5 acres out of which Government has decided to allot around 42.5 acres. Some project proponents have arranged balance land on their own,” said Vishal Dev, State tourism secretary, on Thursday. Mr. Dev said, “These tourism projects, apart from creating direct employment opportunities also have potential for large indirect employment.”The approved projects include a golf resort at Satpada near Chilika Lake Puri to be developed by Mayfair Hotels and Resorts Limited with investment of ₹125 crore, Gopalpur Palm Resort at Udayapur, Ganjam by Swosti Vacations Club Private Limited with investment of ₹64.58 crore, four-star hotel at Trisulia by Lalchand Resort Private Limited with investment of ₹54.50 crore, resort at Gopalpur by Luxurio Assets with investment of ₹49.80 crore and a resort at Tampara, Ganjam by Lifeline Multi Venture Private Limited with investment of ₹49.80 crore.A water park has been proposed at Basantpur near Sambalpur by Aquamagic Water Amusement Park with investment of ₹7.50 crore and a theme park and resort near Rourkela by Krishna Holdings with investment of ₹3.16 crore.last_img read more

Ateneo Blue Babble protests CHR budget, EJKs at halftime performance

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo After tearing a huge placard that said “P1,000″ into two, members of the BBB held up signs that read “stop the EJKs [extra judicial killings], uphold human rights” during their performance. MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 119-32 to approve the P1,000 budget.This was not the first time that the Blue Babble Battalion used the halftime show to get their message across. Last year, members of the team wore shirts that spelled “NOT A HERO.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Right mindset key to Dennison’s easy transition to FEU’s go-to-guy Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Stop the EJKs and uphold human rights. #UAAPSeason80#MensBasketball pic.twitter.com/gVNJG6Geae— Ateneo Blue Babble (@AteneoBabble) September 13, 2017The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion on Wednesday took a stand against the extrajudicial killings and the House of Representatives’ decision to allocate just P1,000 of the 2018 budget for the Commission on Human Rights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe group made the statement during the its routine performance at the halftime break of the game between Ateneo and University of the Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Crackdown on Baba Ramdev naked fascism, says LK Advani

first_imgAdvani terms the police action against Baba Ramdev as an act of naked fascism.Describing the Saturday night crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his followers as ‘naked fascism’, senior BJP leader L K Advani, on Sunday, demanded an apology from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the incident. Likening the situation to the Emergency era of 1975, Advani said President Prathibha Patil should not remain a ‘passive observer’ to the developments and demanded that she convene an ’emergency session’ of Parliament to discuss the issue besides black money and corruption. “I did not anticipate this kind of action (against Ramdev). Not only was he arrested but women and children (who were participating in the fast) were beaten up which reminds me of the Jallianwala Bagh incident in Punjab (during the British rule).” “The Prime Minister and Congress President owe an apology not only to Ramdev but the people of India,” he said. Advani recalled that it was in 1975 when a “desperate government”‘ (under late Indira Gandhi) had clamped Emergency which was an “assault on media and one which undermined the constitution.” He said the then “desperate government,” instead of responding to the “right demands and suggestions of people,” chose to impose emergency in which many opposition leaders including himself were arrested under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA). Advani recalled that Ramdev had not only supported him when he first raised the black money issue two years back but had also talked about it in his yoga sessions.  In response a question, Advani said the government would have to face the opposition in Parliament in the Monsoon session if BJP’s demand for an emergency session was not met with. Asked about the allegations that BJP and RSS were behind Ramdev, he said ‘this is a constant refrain’. “But for Jan Sangh (BJP’s parent organisation) and Sangh Parivar, Emergency would not have ended… A Congress spokesperson is abusing Ramdev left and right…This kind of allergy to supporters of probity is not the right approach,” he said. Taking on the ruling Congress on corruption issues, he said if the government claimed that corrupt were being made to face action, it was only on the direction of the Supreme Court. Advani recalled how BJP was adamant on a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on issues of 2G spectrum allocation, Commonwealth Games and Adarsh Housing scam. “The Prime Minister and Finance Minister and all defended them (the accused),” he said. On the Jan Lokpal issue, the BJP leader said he had asked his partymen to support it, but said corruption was brewing in the country due to lack of political will. “There is corruption in the country not because of lack of laws, but lack of political will to punish corrupt if they belong to my (apparently ruling) party,” he said. Advani also charged the Centre with launching an a ‘assault on federalism,’ claiming that states which were not in favour of the Centre were being targeted. On corruption charges against ruling BJP in Karnataka, especially in relation to the mining sector, Advani said he “is not happy with what is happening there.” “I have told him personally also,” he said in an apparent reference to Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, whose government has time and again been facing charges of corruption. Advani, who was in Chennai for a wedding, however insisted that other NDA ruled states, including Bihar, Gujarat and Chattisgarh among others were performing well.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgMorgan said they were not at surprised by Afghanistans Morgan said they were not at surprised by Afghanistans fighting performance. “Before the start of the game we knew Afghanistan is a good side but I think if they were to beat us we need to under perform. We let them in today by under performing with the bat. But our bowling was outstanding. In the field as well we were pretty good,” he said. “They (Afghanistan) didnt really surprise with anything that they didnt do before. They are probably the best associate nation at the moment and thats a huge honour. If they continue to play in that fashion they will improve their cricket.” Afghanistan all-rounder Rashid Khan, who picked up 2 for 17 and later contributed 15 runs with the bat, said they missed a golden chance to cause an upset. “We have seen matches of England against associate members. They lost against Netherlands and Ireland in the World Cups so we thought it will happen again. When they lost 6 wickets for 57 we thought it is time for us to beat England in the World Cup,” Rashid said. Rashid said Alis knock under pressure made all the difference. “It was a good game. At the start the spinners did a good job. We thought to restrict them under 100. We just tried our best to restrict them under 100 but unfortunately Moeen Ali played good cricket to take England to 142,” he said. “We thought we have the game 100 per cent in our control. But they played good cricket at the end and took the game away from us. “He (Moeen) played according to the situation. He started with singles and rotated the strike.” PTI SSC AH CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Ranveer Singh flaunts Manish Arora design for celebratory dinner

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) He opted for outfits made by designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Rohit Bal for his wedding with actress Deepika Padukone and Bengaluru reception respectively. And for a grand dinner hosted by his sister to celebrate the nuptials, actor Ranveer Singh chose an outfit designed by ace designer Manish Arora.Ranveer complemented the outfit with jewellery from Amrapali Jaipur for the dinner, said a statement.Arora says Ranveer’s energy and vibrant personality adds a charm to any outfit.”It’s overwhelming to see his love for my designs; the garment is a special one which is reimagined from one of my outfits at Burning Man. The outfit has intricate embellishments and our signature pink fluoro and heart motifs. I can’t wait to see him torching the dance floor in my outfit,” Arora told IANS.The actor sported an anti-fit, long silk jacket with intricate handcrafted embellishments added with the designer’s signature heart motifs and ostentatious pink.The outfit was paired with pink tinge sunglasses and heavy fine jewellery from Amrapali Jaipur. He sported a multi-layered pearl and diamond necklace in one and a multi layered pearl and polki necklace with an emerald in the centre, attached with the brand’s signature cut rubies.An assortment of Victorian rings with emeralds, rubies, diamonds and polkis completed his look.From being spotted at Arora’s show last year to occasionally wearing his designs, Ranveer has been the designer’s fan since long.Known for his eclectic and outrageous designs, the actor is the only male for whom Arora has designed menswear in Bollywood.Deepika and Ranveer had a two-day wedding affair, starting November 14 at picturesque Lake Como in Italy.–IANSnv/sim/rb/prsadvertisementlast_img read more

India Team World Cup 2019 Schedule: Virat Kohli’s men start campaign on June 5

first_imgThe Indian cricket team has touched down in London for the upcoming 2019 World Cup where they will be fighting it out against 9 other teams for the most prestigious title in international cricket, a trophy which India has won twice in the past in 1983 and 2011.The Indian team will now begin its preparations for the World Cup with two practice matches against New Zealand (May 25) and Bangladesh (May 28) before they begin their campaign in the main tournament against South Africa on June 5.The format for the World Cup this year will follow a single group of 10 teams, with each team playing the other nine once, and the top four at the end of the group phase progressing to the semi-finals.#TeamIndia for @ICC #CWC19 #MenInBlue pic.twitter.com/rsz44vHpgeBCCI (@BCCI) April 15, 2019That means India will be playing 9 matches in the tournament to try and make it to the semi-finals which will begin from July 9. All of India’s matches will be day games and will start at 3pm IST.Touchdown London #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/mWihuGrnjwBCCI (@BCCI) May 22, 2019TEAM INDIA WORLD CUP 2019 SCHEDULE:India vs South Africa, Match 8 in Southampton on June 5 (3pm IST)Australia vs India, Match 14 in London on June 9 (3pm IST)India vs New Zealand, Match 18 in Nottingham on June 13 (3pm IST)India vs Pakistan, Match 22 in Manchester on June 16 (3pm IST)Afghanistan vs India, Match 28 in Southampton on June 22 (3pm IST)India vs West Indies, Match 34 in Manchester on June 27 (3pm IST)England vs India, Match 38 in Birmingham on June 30 (3pm IST)advertisementBangladesh vs India, Match 40 in Birmingham on July 2 (3pm IST)India vs Sri Lanka, Match 44 in Leeds on July 6 (3pm IST)Also Read | Team India’s PUBG love on full show as Virat Kohli and Co. leave for 2019 World CupAlso Read | World Cup 2019: No room for complacency, says Virat Kohli ahead of team departureAlso Read | Watch: Noise and good wishes galore as Virat Kohli and Co. take off for EnglandAlso Read | After nightmarish IPL 2019, Kuldeep Yadav ready to win World Cup for Indialast_img read more

Mike Gundy Trying To Join Six Other Coaches With 100 Wins At Current School

first_imgMike Gundy is trying for his 100th win at Oklahoma State this weekend. That number is mind-blowing. If you would have told any of us in 2005 that Gundy would be trying for No. 100 in just 12 years, we would have lost it.And yet here we are. Interestingly, only six other coaches have 100 or more wins with their current teams. Longevity plus success. This list is mighty impressive.198 – Bill Snyder, Kansas State (25th year)184 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma  (18th year)147 – Gary Patterson, TCU (16th year)132 – Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (18th year)113 – Nick Saban, Alabama (10th year)102 – Kyle Whittingham, Utah (12th year)99 – Mike Gundy (12th year)Gundy is pretty blase about the whole thing even though the former best coach in OSU history (Pat Jones) only got to 62 wins before his tenure ended.“I don’t think [this motivates our team],” said Gundy on Monday. “These guys just live in a different world. You could ask them and I’d bet over half of them wouldn’t know.“I’m more concerned with them focusing on what they can do to have an impact on the game, more so than that side of it. I think that’s a nice mark for Oklahoma State football and for all of us in general, but they need to get tuned in to West Virginia.”That’s fine, but it doesn’t diminish what has been an incredible run for Gundy and OSU. The golden era of OSU football. According to this list, there are only 162 coaches who have ever won 100 games total. Ever. In college football history. Gundy is about to make it 163.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

An Auburn Player Accidentally Slid Into Mississippi State Live Mascot Bully

first_imgAuburn running back slides into Mississippi State mascot Bully.ESPNIt has been a tough calendar year for college football’s beloved Bulldog mascots. Last year, we saw Uga get into a serious pregame predicament with Texas’ Bevo, and now Mississippi State’s Bully has gotten far too close to the contact sport.Early in the game, Auburn running back JaTarvious Whitlow broke a nice 30 yard touchdown run to open scoring. After crossing the goal line, he slid out of bounds, directly into the Mississippi State mascot.On first glance, it didn’t look like Bully was hurt, but having a 210-pound running back slide into you, whether you’re a dog or an SEC defender, can’t feel good. Video of the play, via USA Today‘s George Schroeder:Oh sorry Bully. … hope he’s ok. pic.twitter.com/jbwS8lHLKJ— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) September 28, 2019 We’re all worried about Bully, obviously, so ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe reached out to find out what his status is.It is unclear if he was injured in the collision, but Bully has been removed from the sideline.ESPN also showed a slow motion replay of the collision.Slow-mo of the hit on 🐶 with Holly Rowe on his status pic.twitter.com/nIGiuvxwBv— CFB Gif’er (@CFBgifer) September 28, 2019We all hope Bully is okay, and he can make his rightful return to the Davis Wade Stadium sideline soon, and hopefully in a safer location.It hasn’t been a good evening for Mississippi State otherwise, either. The Bulldogs trail Auburn 21-0 early.The Tigers have scored touchdowns on all three of their possessions against Mississippi State so far.Update: Phew…Bully’s Twitter account has issued an update, and the pup is fine and heading back to the field.Hey Bulldog Nation. Just want everyone to know I am fine!! I’m headed back out on the field now. Thanks for all the tweets and concerns. We love our fans!!! @SECNetwork @espn— MSU Bully Mom (@BullyXXI) September 28, 2019It may not help turn things around for the Bulldogs on the field, but it is good news nevertheless.last_img read more

Bard of Blood explores gender dynamics

first_imgSobhita Dhulipala says her upcoming series ‘Bard of Blood’ deals with the themes of gender dynamics and fear. The seven-episode Netflix India Original, based on Bilal Siddiqi’s bestselling book of the same name, also features Emraan Hashmi, Vineet Singh and Jaideep Ahlawat. It has been produced by superstar Shah Rukh Khan through his banner Red Chillies Entertainment. Sobhita, who plays an Indian intelligence officer in the series, said the show has “political undertones” but views the field agents from a human lens. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”This show explores gender dynamics and fear. All these subjects like agents and Taliban, we consume them in cinema, books or news. But we forget they are have beating hearts, they sweat, they get scared, etc. “So when you come down to it, there these three people who are so hard to be strong in the face of fear. It’s a very human story. It has political undertones. There’s a historical angle attached to it and the conflict, and I thought it was a very interesting script,” said the actor. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaSobhita said this is the first time she did action and it made her realise how artistes can end up limiting themselves. The series starts streaming on September 27. “I was surprised that not only was I pretty decent at doing action but also enjoyed it. It made me realise how as an actor you decide that ‘this is who I am, this is my definition’. And suddenly you are cast in a show like this. You suddenly feel ‘I won’t belong here’ but I was thriving in this environment.” The actor, who received both critical acclaim and breakout success with Amazon series ‘Made in Heaven, said she can’t wait to find out what the wedding planner duo, Tara and Karan (played by Arjun Mathur) will do next. According to Sobhita, the directors and writers have kept the script of the upcoming season two “far away” from all the actors. “The first season ended at the place where the show could witness many possibilities. I am curious to find out how Karan and Tara became so close, how she is so non-judgemental and what happens to them now? How risk taking are they going to be? I’m quite curious to find out.”last_img read more

Heroism in deadly northern Manitoba inferno

first_imgAPTN National NewsST. THERESA POINT, Man.–A band constable in a northern Manitoba community is being hailed a hero after pulling a 16-month girl from a deadly house fire that killed a two-month old infant.RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Line Karpish said band constable Timothy Mason pushed his way in through a bedroom window to rescue one of two girls trapped in the bedroom of a house on St. Theresa Point First Nation, Man.Mason, whose clothes caught fire, then tried to rescue the second, younger child but was pushed back by the flames, said Karpish.“He went out and got the chainsaw and poked a hole through the house and was able to get the two-month-old infant that was still in the home,” said Karpish.The two-month-old child, however, died from smoke inhalation. The 16-month-old girl was flown to Winnipeg for treatement.Karpish said Mason was “heroic” in his efforts.“That he managed to be that quick, to be able to get in, reach out to those two children, is nothing short of heroic, in our view,” said Karpish.Karpish said the RCMP is working on recognizing Mason for his bravery.Four older children in the house escaped the blaze, said Karpish.The fire started while a lone adult, who was taking care of the children, was at a next door neighbour’s house, police said.The cause of the fire is still under investigation.St. Theresa Point, a community of about 3,000 people, sits about 500 kilometres north of Winnipeg. It’s an impoverished community accessible only by air and ice road in winter. Many houses there, including the one that burned, have no running water.Band Chief David McDougall said the reserve’s fire department never responded to the fire.“People were using snow to try and put out the fire,” he said.last_img read more

Senators urge Liberals to act on privacy security issues with automated cars

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberal government needs to take the wheel when it comes to the development and testing of self-driving cars on Canadian roads — or risk getting run over by the fast-approaching high-tech revolution, a Senate committee warns.In a report released Monday, members of the Senate’s transport committee described how different departments and levels of government are taking contradictory approaches to automated vehicles: some are hitting the brakes out of safety concerns, while others hope to drive innovation by stepping on the gas.The federal government needs to better co-ordinate action to avoid playing catch-up the same way provinces and cities had to do with ride-hailing services like Uber, the report says.It recommends giving the privacy commissioner greater reach over how car companies use drivers’ information, including whether personal information can be monetized, and giving federal cybersecurity officials a bigger role over protecting the new technology from hackers.The committee also said the government must invest more in its own research to deal with questions of safety, such as how to ensure a driverless car can safely navigate a snow-covered road.Sen. Dennis Dawson, the chairman of the committee, said government action must be stronger than in the United States, but must also strike a balance to prevent spilling over into the private sector.“We’re not trying to stifle progress, and we can’t,” Dawson said.“The Americans … believe that we should trust enterprise, and I believe that we should trust enterprise, but the government in Canada has a more interventionist role and we want them to be able to plan on how they’re going to be using that power.”The committee unveiled its 16 recommendations on the same day that Transport Minister Marc Garneau met with his provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa. The group agreed to work on a plan to allow for automated cars on Canadian roads, and a federal plan will be made public in the coming months, Garneau said.Speaking after the meeting, Garneau said he intends to make sure governments don’t fall behind. “We have to certainly work as quickly as possible, but we will not do so if it means sacrificing safety, which I think is paramount for Canadians.”Fully autonomous vehicles may still be a decade or more away, but companies are already testing prototypes on Canadian and American roads. Carmakers have also introduced assisted-driving features on newer model cars like adaptive cruise control and automated parking.The committee’s report, which Garneau requested shortly after taking office, said that self-driving cars could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost productivity and limit the number of collisions caused by human error.But it could also lead to job losses in transportation sectors where some 1.1 million people are employed, including truck, bus, and taxi drivers. The Liberals, the committee said, must put in place job re-training programs for those whose jobs will be affected, and ensure sectors like after-market companies can maintain a foothold as new, automated cars hit the roads.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral deplores deadly suicide attack in Afghanistan

6 November 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today denounced the suicide attack that killed more than 40 civilians and injured scores of others in the northern Afghan town of Baghlan – one of the deadliest the war-torn nation has witnessed in recent years. “The Secretary-General strongly condemns this heinous attack and sends his profound condolences to the bereaved families of the victims, as well as to the Government and people of Afghanistan,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. Mr. Ban “once again expresses his continuing anxiety regarding the unstable security situation throughout Afghanistan.” Just yesterday, both Mr. Ban and the UN General Assembly voiced their deep concern about the security situation in Afghanistan. Mr. Ban, in a statement, called on States assisting the fledgling democracy to maintain their commitments so that Afghanistan does not again become “a host for terrorist and extremist groups.” Likewise, the Assembly strongly condemned the upsurge of violence in Afghanistan, including the rising trend of suicide attacks, owing to the increased violent and terrorist activity by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups. In resolution adopted by the 192-member body, the Assembly called on the Afghan Government, with the assistance of the international community, “to continue to address the threat to the security and stability of Afghanistan posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups as well as by criminal violence.” read more

Veteran French diplomat named UN special envoy for assistance to Pakistan

24 August 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the current French Ambassador to the United Nations as his Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan, a newly-created position, it was announced today. In his new capacity, Jean-Maurice Ripert will, in concert with the Pakistani Government and international partners, promote a “strategic, coherent and comprehensive approach to supporting the humanitarian, recovery and reconstruction needs of crisis affected areas,” according to a press statement accompanying the announcement. The position was created by the Secretary-General to help the Government and the international community to respond to needs in the wake of Pakistan’s displacement crisis, which at its zenith earlier this year had forced over 2 million people from their homes in the South Asian nation’s north-west. Among Mr. Ripert’s tasks will be creating a comprehensive approach among bilateral and international financial institutions, as well as mobilizing resources and support. The veteran diplomat, who started his career in the French foreign service in 1980, “brings to this challenging assignment a wealth of experience in the international fora and a solid track record in consensus building,” the press statement noted. Prior to his current posting, Mr. Ripert served as France’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, and from 2003 to 2005 he was the Director of the UN and International Organizations section at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris. Last week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that around 1.6 million of the over 2 million people displaced by conflict in north-west Pakistan have returned to their villages, citing Government figures. read more

UN Womens Orange the World kicks off 16 days of activism to

Photo: UN Women/J Carrier Mr. Ban, observing the Day for the last time as Secretary-General, thanked the audience for being a part of a decade of global activism to end violence against women and girls.“You have defended the vulnerable and fought impunity,” he said. “The United Nations and I, personally, have stood with you.”“This is truly a matter of life and death,” he added. “In some countries, as many as 70 per cent of women report having experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner. In some countries, intimate partner violence accounts for between 40 and 70 per cent of female murder victims.” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka thanked the Secretary-General for his advocacy and leadership, emphasizing that violence against women was not always discussed in the public domain. She called for improvements to laws and implementation, and said that while there are costs to such changes, “the price of no change is much higher, and unacceptable.”She highlighted examples of recent improvements from Timor-Leste and Uganda and encouraged society to work together to address inequality and prejudice by scaling up prevention and services as well as working with allies throughout different sectors and civil society.“Together, we can begin to bend the curve down and bring the scourge of violence against women and girls to an end,” the Executive Director said.In his concluding remarks, Mr. Ban reminisced about his conversations with girls and women at the HEAL Africa hospital in Goma and meeting with “one of the world’s great advocates,” Malala Yusafzai. “Some of the most impactful and inspiring moments of my entire term as Secretary-General occurred in the context of our struggle for women’s empowerment,” he declared. “The statistics almost defy belief. What is even harder to understand is why: why men prey on women and girls; why societies shame the victims, why governments fail to punish deadly crimes, why the world denies itself the fruits of women’s full participation,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a UN Women-hosted Orange the World event at UN Headquarters in New York to raise money to end violence against women and girls, and kick off 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.The campaign http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-… begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. The event began with remarks from Mr. Ban, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Karel van Oosterom of the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN, and UN Trust Fund programme participant Aiturgan Djoldoshbekova. It also included a musical performance from The Color Purple, Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival, and a panel discussion on sustainable financing to end violence against women and girls.“The extent to which violence is embedded in society means that uprooting it is also a job for all of society. That includes men and women, the media and the religious community. We can work together to address the inequality and prejudice that enable and enflame violence against women and girls,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka told an audience that wore orange in support of ending violence against women. read more

Met police fear violent clashes over march by farright Brexit Betrayal militants

The Met says it will adopt a “robust” policy to keep the two sides apart while still allowing them to exercise their right to free speech and assembly.It says it will come down hard on any attempts to breach the conditions of the route and provoke violence between the two sides.Groups opposing the far-right say the likes of Robinson, real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, have hijacked the issue of Brexit and called on people from both sides of the debate to oppose his divisive ideology.They point out that Robinson’s march will be the latest in a series of far-right protests which have featured Nazi salutes and insignia, and which have been followed by attacks on trade unionists, a Mosque and Gurdwara.Labour’s Shadow chancellor  John McDonnell has called on party supporters to join the counter-protest and “stand firm” against “the poison Robinson is trying to inject into our politic”.He said: “This march isn’t about Brexit, it’s about far right extremists dressing up in suits and pretending to be respectable. It doesn’t matter whether you voted leave or remain, Tommy Robinson doesn’t represent you.”Professor Michael Rosen, the writer and former Children’s Laureate, said: “Two generations ago, in France and Poland, my family was ripped apart by fascists and their collaborators, with lives ended in the orgy of hate and brutality that raged across Europe. Robinson, a former member of the extremist British National Party, is a convicted fraudster and football hooligan who was also  jailed for 12 months for assaulting an off-duty police officer in 2005. Last month the leader of Ukip leader, Gerard Batten, appointed him as an official adviser. The Met’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, said: “The right to protest is a fundamental right in our democratic society, but this right must be balanced against the right of people to go about their day without fear of violence, disorder or disruption.”Experience has shown us that when groups with conflicting views come together it can create tension and disorder, not just on the day itself but in the longer term.”He warned: “We will adopt a robust arrest policy on anyone who attends and is intent on violence and disorder, or is in breach of these conditions.” “When we say, things like ‘Never again’ we must make sure we mean it and do what has to be done to stop the forces who dehumanise, persecute and murder people for no reason other than their birth, their background or their religion.” Hundreds of police officers will line the streets of central London on Sunday to keep far right activists and anti-racist protestors apart, after Scotland Yard imposed strict conditions on their right to march through the city.Metropolitan Police commanders fear violent clashes if supporters of Tommy Robinson and Ukip, who are gathering for a ‘Brexit Betrayal’ march, come into conflict with counter-protestors.Anti-fascist groups, religious leaders and trade unions have urged thousands to gather to oppose the Brexit Betrayal march, which they say will be used as a cover for racist and Islamophobic thugs to intimidate ethnic minority Londoners.Scotland Yard announced on Saturday it would keep the two rival sides apart by issuing two separate routes for them to follow though the West End.The conditions have been imposed under Section 12 and 14 of the Public Order Act, 1986.The Brexit Betrayal demonstration has been scheduled ahead of the parliamentary vote on Tuesday, in which the House of Commons will decide whether or not to accept Theresa May’s deal on leaving the EU.Robinson’s supporters will be kept to a route running from Park Lane to Victoria Street, before assembling in Parliament Street. Counter-protestors from Oppose Tommy Robinson in London and Unite Against Racism & Fascism will be kept to a route along Portland Place, Regent Street, Haymarket and into Whitehall. 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. read more

Braden Lusk appointed as VP DynoConsult® and Applications Technology

first_imgDyno Nobel, a global leader in commercial explosives, announces that Braden Lusk has joined Dyno Nobel as Vice President DynoConsult® and Applications Technology, effective August 1, 2018. Lusk comes to Dyno Nobel with extensive technical experience in the blasting and explosives industry and is considered an industry leader in his field. In addition to earning a BS and PhD in Mining Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Lusk has been the Professor and Chair of Mining and Nuclear Engineering at Rolla since 2016. Prior to this, Lusk was Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Mining Engineering at the University of Kentucky where he was promoted through the ranks of Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor from 2006 to 2016.Lusk has substantial work experience from 1997 to 2003 with leading companies including Cargill Salt, Dykon Blasting, Marston & Marston, and Hutchison Salt. He is very well published with nearly 100 publications, conference papers, book chapters, technical reports, and research papers. He holds of many blasting and explosives related certifications, and is a Professional Engineer in the States of Kentucky, Ohio and Missouri. Lusk has held many influential positions with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, BATF, ISEE, and SME. “We are looking forward to having Braden join the Dyno Nobel team,” said Len Smith SVP of Marketing and Channel Management.last_img read more

Woman accused of assisting in suicide is in court today

first_imgA DUBLIN WOMAN is appearing in court today, accused of assisting in another woman’s suicide two years ago. It’s believed to be the first case of its kind in the State.Gail O’Rorke, from Kilclare Gardens in Tallaght, was charged last month with assisting the suicide of 51-year-old MS sufferer Bernadette Forde in Dublin between 10 March 2011 and 6 June 2011.Assisting another person to end their own life is a criminal offence in Ireland.  Section 2 (2) of the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993 states that anyone who aids, abets, or procures the suicide of another person – or the attempt by another person to take their own life – can be sentenced to up to fourteen years in jail.Earlier this year the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution does not contain either a right to suicide or to arrange for the end of one’s life following the court battle by former university lecturer Marie Fleming.Fleming, who is in the advanced stages of multiple sclerosis, had taken a case to test whether her family would be prosecuted if they helped her to take her own life.Additional reporting, Christine Bohan.Supreme Court: Ireland has a right to life, not a right to die >Poll: Do you think the law should be changed to allow for assisted suicide? >last_img read more

Accused mall shooters jail suicide detailed in reports

first_imgEVERETT — The reasons suspected mass shooter Arcan Cetin decided to end his own life April 16 at the Snohomish County Jail may never be known. But the means he used — finding a way to exploit a weakness jail officials believed had been addressed — is now part of the public record.The man accused of shooting and killing five people at Cascade Mall in Burlington last year hanged himself by fashioning a noose from a strip of blanket. It was tied to a bunk in his cell, according to police reports obtained by The Daily Herald under public records laws.Detainees at the jail in Everett are not issued sheets, which can be easy to tear and weave into rope.Instead, as part of reforms to make the jail safer, they are provided two blankets marketed as tear-resistant.“We don’t have a sheet in this place anymore. None,” County Corrections Bureau Chief Tony Aston said in an interview earlier this year.Cetin, 20, somehow pulled a 4-inch-wide strip from one of the blankets he was issued, the records show. He used it to hang himself while alone in his cell in a maximum-security area of the jail.The accused mass shooter managed that even as corrections staff were monitoring his status roughly every 30 minutes. His cell also had been searched just hours earlier, an investigation by major crimes detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office found.last_img read more

Accountant pleads guilty to pensions fraud

first_imgAn accountant who acted as a pension trustee and administrator has pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud for transferring more than £280,000 of pension funds into his own businesses and investments.An investigation conducted by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) found that 66-year-old Roger William Bessent took money from the Focusplay Retirement Benefit Scheme; this was the pension scheme for accountancy firm Gleeson Bessent, where he acted as director. Bessent was also director at professional pension trustee firm Gleeson Bessent Trustees, which governed the Focusplay Retirement Benefit Scheme.These roles enabled Bessent to gain access to the pension scheme’s funds, which he then converted into loans to support his personal business agenda. This included using more than £120,000 to buy a house for personal investment, to pay tax bills for Gleeson Bessent and the business of a client, to subsidise the running costs of a children’s nursery and to provide start-up investment capital for a relative’s physiotherapy business.Bessent further made official meeting minutes and records for the pension scheme, falsely listing other trustees as being present at meetings.So far, approximately £80,000 of the total has been repaid.Bessent pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud by abuse of position and to two counts of making employer-related investments by way of prohibited loans at Preston Crown Court on 27 February 2019. TPR has asked for three other counts of employer-related investments to be left to lie on file.Fraud by abuse of position is an offence under section one of the Fraud Act 2006; this carries a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment. Making a prohibited employer-related investment is illegal under section 40(5) of the Pensions Act 1995 and has a maximum sentence of two years’ imprisonment.This is the first time that TPR has prosecuted for these offences.Bessent, who is based in Lancashire, is scheduled to be sentenced on 29 March 2019.Nicola Parish, executive director of frontline regulation at TPR, said: “Bessent used the pension scheme as his personal piggy bank, transferring out hundreds of thousands of pounds for his own personal benefit and to keep his other businesses going.“As an accountant, Bessent was someone that people would turn to for advice and put their trust in. He abused that trust and used his position as trustee to defraud the scheme for his benefit and the benefit of his friends and family.“Trustees play a vital role in protecting the benefits of members. We will not tolerate the abuse of such as important job.”Separate from TPR’s prosecution, Bessent is also facing legal action from the Insolvency Service. He has pleaded guilty to one count of acting as a director of a limited company while disqualified. He will be sentenced for this on 29 March 2019 also.last_img read more