MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “They shot 44 percent from the field in the first half and we brought that down to 37 percent so that was a big improvement.”Thirdy Ravena led Ateneo with 16 points and six rebounds while the debuting Tyler Tio put up 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting,Juan Gomez de Liaño had 16 points, seven rebounds, and two steals to lead the Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Russell Westbrook agrees to 10-year extension of contract with Jordan Brand—report LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo turned the “Battle of Katipunan” into a cakewalk and crushed University of the Philippines, 92-71, in the UAAP Season 80 seniors’ basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles soared to a 2-0 win-loss record while the Fighting Maroons slipped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments UP didn’t put up much of a challenge against the Blue Eagles, who never trailed in the game and asserted their might on every statistical category.Ateneo outmuscled UP in the paint and outrebounded the Fighting Maroons 51-38—18 of which came from the offensive glass wherein the Blue Eagles scored 31 second-chance points.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 Blue Eagles also limited the Fighting Maroons to just 12 second-half field goals as UP finished the game on 25-of-67 shooting.“One of the things that coach Tab [Baldwin] said at half time was we needed to play better defense and that we needed to take care of the ball more,” said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Shillong, Mar 4 (PTI) In the backdrop of Meghalayas official bid to host the National Games 2022, Governor V Shanmuganathan today said the state would upscale investment in sports to host such mega sporting events in the future, a month after successfully co-hosting the 12th South Asian Games. “Building on the positive momentum achieved, my government will further upscale investment in the domain of sports to achieve higher visibility and meaningful outcome,” Shanmuganathan said while addressing the Budget session of the state assembly. The state successfully hosted 7 disciplines of the recently concluded 12th South Asian Games in which over 800 athletes and officials from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan Sri Lanka and India participated. He said, “Hosting the landmark multi-disciplinary and multinational sports extravaganza ? the 12th South Asian Games – during February at Shillong was indeed a feather in the cap of my government.” He said the successful hosting of this first-ever international sporting event in the state had galvanized the overall sporting scenario while contributing substantially to the infrastructural development and enriching capabilities of both the officials and sports personnel of the state for hosting such mega events in the future. PTI JOP PR AH RGD
Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed his 17th IPL fifty as he finished with an unbeaten 61 off 34 balls to guide Pune Supergiant home versus Sunrisers Hyderabad. Pune needed 47 off the last three overs and the 35-year-old looked in fine touch and displayed finesse of the yesteryears to finish the game off.Speaking to India Today, former Australia captain Michael Clarke was not at all surprised at Dhoni’s splendid knock to win the match for RPS. “I am not surprised one bit, as long as MS Dhoni is at the crease, the game is never over. I felt it as the captain of the Australia playing against MS Dhoni, and I feel exactly the same as a commentator now. The man has played a phenomenal innings and deserves all the credit he is getting. Hopefully the people that were doubting him, hopefully they are gone away now,” he said. (Dhoni did what he does best: Pune captain Steve Smith)Clarke also reminded those who had been criticising Dhoni’s form and questioning his ability as a T20 player.”What an innings by MS Dhoni and for the people that have doubted him and said that his time is up, he is not good enough to be in the Pune team or the Indian Champions Trophy team,” he said. “I think that it is time to take their words back. I have said time and again over the last couple of weeks that class is permanent and MS Dhoni is a class player. I think today was great example of his experience playing a part. Yes he is skillful, there is no doubt about it and his keeping has been fantastic throughout the tournament. Today he got the chance with the bat to win the game for his team as he has done throughout his career,” he added. (Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers salute MS Dhoni: ‘What a champion knock’)advertisementOn being asked if MS Dhoni is the best finisher, even better than Micheal Bevan, Clarke said, “MS Dhoni is the best finisher in the world, and certainly in One Day cricket. He has done it throughout his One Day career and he can do it in T20s as well. Micheal Bevan was fantastic, but Dhoni has won numerous matches for his teams, Chennai, Pune, India, and he does it regularly and he still has the talent to do it.””What I also liked is that Dhoni batting at number four. This has been my point about Dhoni for a long time in the Pune team. Allow him to come up the order, allow him to face more deliveries. Pune have made a smart decision in the last couple of games getting him in at number four,” said Clarke, who has been harping on that note for quite some time.
NEW YORK— Lady Gaga is set to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday.The NFL told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Gaga will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where the Carolina Panthers will take on the Denver Broncos.Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin will perform in American Sign Language during the national anthem.Super Bowl 50 will air on CBS, and halftime show performers include Coldplay and Beyonce.Gaga’s upcoming performance during the Super Bowl is another notch in her belt: She won a Golden Globe for her role in “American Horror Story: Hotel” last month and she’s nominated for best original song at the next month’s Academy Awards with “Til It Happens to You,” the song she wrote with Diane Warren for the sexual assault documentary, “The Hunting Ground.” The song is also nominated for a Grammy at the Feb. 15 awards show, where Gaga will pay tribute to David Bowie with a performance.Last year, Gaga wowed audiences at the Oscars when she paid tribute to “The Sound of Music” with a show-stopping performance. She won her sixth Grammy for her collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett, and she was named woman of the year by Billboard.Tony-winning actress and “Let It Go” singer Idina Menzel sang the national anthem at last year’s Super Bowl.MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Refugee Bahraini footballer thanks Australian PM Scott Morrison after freedomThree days after he was released from a cramped Bangkok cell, Hakeem al-Araibi was welcomed into Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ornate office in Parliament House. Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne had repeatedly lobbied the Thai and Bahrain governments on al-Araibi’s behalf for his return to Australia where he is a permanent resident.advertisement Associated Press CanberraFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 13:02 IST Hakeem al-Araibi signs a ball for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Canberra (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHakeem al-Araibi was detained in Thailand for three months under threat of extradition to BahrainThailand released the jailed refugee footballer after Bahrain dropped its extradition bid”Thank you very much. I’m so happy to be back in Australia now,” Hakeem al-Araibi saidA refugee soccer player who was detained in Thailand for three months under threat of extradition to Bahrain shook hands Thursday with Australia’s prime minister, whom he credits with securing his freedom.Three days after he was released from a cramped Bangkok cell, Hakeem al-Araibi was welcomed into Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ornate office in Parliament House.Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne had repeatedly lobbied the Thai and Bahrain governments on al-Araibi’s behalf for his return to Australia where he is a permanent resident.”Thank you very much. I’m so happy to be back in Australia now and I’m grateful to be here to live in this country,” the 25-year-old said.Morrison said he was pleased al-Araibi had come home and looked forward to him soon becoming an Australian citizen.Al-Araibi had arrived in his home city of Melbourne on Tuesday on a flight from Bangkok where he had been detained since November following an extradition application from his native Bahrain.He came to Parliament House on Thursday morning to watch a soccer match played by lawmakers, supporters and stars of the Australian national women’s team wearing the yellow uniform of Amnesty International and the blue of al-Arabi’s Melbourne team Pascoe Vale Football Club.The former Bahrain national team player watched from the sidelines with the foreign minister, explaining that his hamstrings remained too tight after weeks in a crowded cell to play.The soccer match had been planned as a demonstration of support for al-Araibi when he faced indefinite detention. But instead, it became a celebration of his release.advertisementFormer Australia national team captain Craig Foster had been a leader in the campaign for al-Araibi’s release and played for Pascoe Vale on Thursday.”We’re all very worried about him,” Foster said. “He’s obviously riding on incredible adrenalin and elation. “”I would image … in the next week or two or three, he’s going to need some help. He’s been through an incredible ordeal and I think that’s exacerbated by the fact that he was a torture survivor previously,” Foster added.Al-Araibi has said he was blindfolded and had his legs beaten while he was held in Bahrain previously. He said he believed he was targeted for arrest because of his Shiite faith and because his brother was politically active in Bahrain. Bahrain has a Shiite majority but is ruled by a Sunni monarchy.Bahrain wanted him to serve a 10-year prison sentence in an arson attack that damaged a police station. He has denied those charges and says the case is politically motivated.Al-Araibi was detained by mistake upon arrival in Bangkok on his honeymoon. Interpol rules do not allow refugees to be deported to the countries from where they fled persecution.He was released when Thai authorities shared a letter indicating that Bahrain had withdrawn its request for al-Araibi.Officials in Bahrain said the country “reaffirms its right to pursue all necessary legal actions against” al-Araibi.Al-Araibi says he fled Bahrain because of political repression and that he fears torture if he returns.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Hakeem al-AraibiFollow Scott Morrison Next
Editors’ Recommendations Call of Duty: Modern Warfare — everything we know Why bring a neck pillow on your next flight when you can just bring your jacket? No, we’re not suggesting that you ball up your outerwear and stuff it between your neck and whatever uncomfortable surface your head may rest upon — we’re suggesting a closer look at the Adv3nture Travel Jackets. The latest offering from entrepreneur and comedian Zane Lamprey, the Adv3nture Jackets have managed to raise well over $430,000 on Kickstarter as of press time from nearly 2,000 backers. And it probably has something to do with the 23 feature and functionalities these four coats purport to have.Included in each of the jackets is a convertible travel pillow, a beverage pocket, a bottle opener, passport pocket, and sunglasses pocket. Plus, the coats feature magnetic closure pockets and the option to integrate your base layer with the top layer to help keep you extra warm.The base layers available are the Voyageurs Hoodie and the Badlands Fleece, both of which can be zipped into the water and windproof Wind Cave Windbreaker or the cozier Glacier Parka. The hoodie seems a bit overwhelming, what with its multitude of pockets, zippers, and a beverage opener, but if you’re looking for a jacket that can do … everything, this may be for you. The Badlands Fleece, on the other hand, promises “strategically placed quilted patches [to] offer abrasion resistance on shoulders for backpack straps, and elbows for commuting and working at your desk.”As previously mentioned, the Wind Cave Windbreaker is waterproof with its taped seams and waterproof zippers, while the Glacier Parka has 10 pockets and a faux fur collar for your winter hikes or ski days.This isn’t the first time that Lamprey has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for an innovative jacket. The original Adv3nture Hoodie claims to be the most successful fashion Kickstarter in history, having raised more than $1.8 million.“Building on the enormous success of our Adv3nture Hoodie, Adv3nture Jackets have more innovations than our original hoodie, are designed with an extraordinary attention to detail, and seamlessly integrate into each other to provide varying levels of warmth and protection,” said Lamprey. “When traveling, it’s tough to be able to pick two or three jackets that will work in any weather. That’s why this jacket line is doing so well on Kickstarter. When worn alone, you’re wearing one of the warmest — and coolest — jackets you can find. When layered, they’re a game- changer.”Of course, you should always exercise caution when backing a crowdfunding project, but if you’re intrigued by these new Adv3nture Jackets, early bird pricing starts at $99. The worst Apple Watch problems, and how to fix them How to complete trading sequence and get the boomerang in Link’s Awakening The Samsung Galaxy Fold is now finally available for purchase The best accessories for travel photography, from tripods to filters
Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says measures under the Economic Reform Programme (ERP) are generating the fiscal space to facilitate increased Central Government capital expenditure. Story Highlights This, he notes, is evident over the last five years, during which inflation-adjusted programmed expenditures have increased by 162 per cent between fiscal years 2014/15 and 2019/20. The Minister was speaking at the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) Annual Budget Review and Public Forum, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, on Monday (March 25). Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says measures under the Economic Reform Programme (ERP) are generating the fiscal space to facilitate increased Central Government capital expenditure.This, he notes, is evident over the last five years, during which inflation-adjusted programmed expenditures have increased by 162 per cent between fiscal years 2014/15 and 2019/20.The Minister was speaking at the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) Annual Budget Review and Public Forum, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, on Monday (March 25).Dr. Clarke pointed out that the $72.1 billion earmarked for 2019/20 is a five per cent increase over the figure in the 2018/19 Revised Estimates, adding that the Administration’s action reflects a focus on effectively addressing concerns prioritised by citizens.“We are coming from a place… where we would sacrifice capital expenditures for others that only affect today. Capital expenditure, today, has an effect over a long period of time,” the Minister said.Dr. Clarke noted that recent polls and surveys indicate that security, jobs and the economy are among the major concerns for many Jamaicans.In this regard, he said it is imperative that a government, deemed responsive to the citizenry, craft a Budget that represents and reflects their concerns.The Minister emphasised that capital expenditure “can really change our circumstances”.“It is through capital expenditure that we can procure equipment which is necessary to deliver on the desires of the country. Improvements in the quality of life are greatly correlated with our ability to increase capital expenditure… which is why it has been such a focus of the Government,” he added.Dr. Clarke said while the Administration has made significant headway in boosting capital expenditure as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), “there is a lot more that we want to be able to do”.He emphasised that this requires the generation of higher levels of sustainable economic growth, in light of prevailing “rigidity” in the Budget, including programmed provisions for wages, salaries and allowances; pensions, and interest payments.“This means that the room which exists is not as large as we would want it to be, to deal with all the needs of the society,” the Minister said.“So, improvement in the quality of life largely derives through [the] ability to engage in capital expenditure for physical and social infrastructure. That’s exactly what we are doing… but we want to do more,” Dr. Clarke added.
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has transferred and reshuffled 17 administrative officials across the state. According to the list issued by the administration on Saturday, Kanak Tripathi has been appointed as the new Boarding Officer of Azamgarh. Special Secretary Women Welfare C. Indumati has been made the District Magistrate (DM) of Sultanpur. Sultanpur’s DM Divya Prakash Giri is now the Additional Commissioner of Excise in Prayagraj while Special Secretary Secondary Education Chandra Vijay Singh new DM of Firozabad. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Chief Minister’s Special Secretary Adarsh Singh has been made the District Magistrate of Barabanki while Barabanki’s previous DM Uday Bhanu Tripathi Special Secretary Secondary Education. Ambedkar Nagar’s DM Suresh Kumar is now the Special Secretary Rural Development Department. Nagendra Prasad Singh has been appointed as the Special Secretary Rural Development of the DM of Azamgarh. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bhadohi Industrial Development Authority Sheshmani Pandey has been assigned as the DM of Chitrakoot. Chitrakoot DM Visakh has been promoted as the Special Secretary of the Chief Minister. Additional Commissioner of Excise Om Prakash Arya has been made Siddharth Nagar’s DM. Special Secretary Municipal Development Kunal Silku is now the District Collector of Siddhartha Nagar.
Mumbai: The rupee appreciated by 32 paise to 71.70 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday amid revival of US-China trade talk hopes and gains in domestic equity market. The rupee on Monday had declined by 36 paise to close below the 72 level against the US currency for the first time in nine months, hit by a ‘flash crash’ in global currencies due to uncertainty over the trade front. At the interbank foreign exchange on Tuesday, the rupee opened at 71.70, registering a rise of 32 paise over its previous close of 72.02. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The domestic unit pared some gains and was trading at 71.85 against the dollar at 1001 hrs. Forex traders said higher opening in domestic equities and the latest remark by US President Donald Trump on trade talk with China enthused investors. Trump said his trade negotiators had received two “very good calls” from China and it was a sign that China is serious about reaching a deal and that talks would begin soon. “I think we’re going to have a deal, because now we’re dealing on proper terms. They understand and we understand,” Trump said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Market participants, however, said rising crude oil prices and foreign fund outflows weighed on local currency. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital market, pulling out Rs 752.90 crore on Monday, according to provisional exchange data. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.08 per cent to 98.00. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.51 per cent to trade at USD 59.00 per barrel. Domestic bourses opened on a positive note on Tuesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 83.20 points higher at 37,577.32 and Nifty up 45.80 points at 11,103.65. The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.44 per cent in morning trade.
SASKATOON – Evan Thomas ate Fruit Loops for breakfast, went to the rink for a skate, then had a nap before boarding the Humboldt Broncos bus for a playoff game.During the April 6 highway drive to Nipawin, Sask., the 18-year-old exchanged messages on Snapchat with friends.The messages stopped about 5 p.m.Scott Thomas recounted his son’s last moments at a memorial service Monday in the family’s hometown of Saskatoon.“His friend and teammate Brayden Camrud has told us one of the last things he remembers is looking at the front of the bus, seeing Evan pull his dress shirt on, tie on, flip his fingers through his hair and the lights went out,” said Thomas.He told the crowd that his son died of multiple skull fractures.“We’ve been told that he died instantly. He did not suffer. There is some peace in that.”Evan Thomas was one of 16 killed when the bus and a semi truck hauling peat moss collided at a rural intersection north of Tisdale. Thirteen others were injured, including Camrud, and several remain in hospital.Scott Thomas said that his son’s cellphone was recovered after the crash and there wasn’t a scratch on it. And his body, except for his head, was in near perfect condition.“My opinion is it was because Evan was standing — simply standing, putting his suit on. He was struck by the upper cabinets of the bus and killed instantly,” he said.“That’s how random this was. Sitting, standing, front, back. Completely random. And vicious.”Thomas said he has given up asking himself why the accident happened.An outpouring of grief and support from people around the world has helped ease some of the pain, he said.“It could have happened on any bus on any stretch on any road in any part of Canada to any hockey team,” he said. “I think that is why it has ripped through everybody so hard.”About 3,000 people attended the service at SaskTel Centre, where friends and former teammates donned jerseys with the name Thomas on the back and raised hockey sticks over the heads of his family members as they walked by.Dozens of audio and video tributes described a humble and respectful young man who wanted a career in medicine because he wanted to help others. He could pull 95 per cent in almost any subject, with little effort. And he won a top science award in Grade 11.Some said Thomas, also known as E.T., had a wicked sense of humour. He perfected making Kraft Dinner, which he usually ate out of a pot. And he was addicted to Tim Hortons iced cappuccinos.He loved hockey but also played baseball and, no matter the sport, was a dedicated teammate.“My grandson was one of a kind,” said Marg Ellard.Thomas lived with Ellard for two seasons when he played hockey in Moose Jaw. He snuck his girlfriend in through a basement window, unplugged the home’s security camera and hosted parties, she said.He also passed his driver’s licence on his first try, she added. And she would give anything to have him back again.Camrud, 19, received minor injuries in the crash and has attended the funerals of his teammates in between visiting those still in hospital.He plans to play hockey again once he’s fully healed.“I’m sure that’s what they would want,” Camrud said after the memorial.“I’m going to play for them and I’m going to think about each and every one of them when I step out onto the ice.”
SAN FRANCISCO – Netflix regained its stride with surprisingly strong subscriber growth in the third quarter, after an unexpected springtime stumble triggered fears that it was losing its allure.The video-streaming service added 7 million subscribers worldwide from July through September, far above the company’s target of 5 million and exceeding analyst projections.Netflix fell well shy of its subscriber goals for the April-to-June period, raising fears that fiercer competition from Amazon, Hulu, HBO and other streaming services was siphoning away viewers.In a show of confidence, Netflix predicted it will pick up another 9.4 million subscribers during the current quarter ending in December — traditionally one of the company’s busiest times because of all the subscriptions given as holiday gifts. Even so, the forecast calls for 1.1 million more subscribers than Netflix gained in the same period last year.Netflix ended September with 137 million worldwide subscribers, including 58.5 million in the U.S.“Netflix’s strong quarter will at least temporarily put to rest questions over the long-term viability of its business,” said eMarketer analyst Paul Verna.Investors lifted Netflix’s stock by more than 11 per cent to $386.30 in extended trading. The stock still remains below its record high of $423.21 in June, just before the subscriber-growth scare Netflix announced in July.Subscriber growth has always been more important to investor perceptions of Netflix than its relatively small profits. Investors are counting on Netflix to grow quickly in order to gain an insurmountable advantage over streaming rivals in an increasingly crowded market.In an effort to be more precise and reduce the volatility in its stock, Netflix plans to exclude people on free trials of its service from its subscriber numbers. In a letter to shareholders Tuesday, Netflix said it believes paid subscribers now are a more stable indicator of how well the service is doing.“I’m afraid the (second quarter-to-third quarter) story is probably mostly an issue of forecasting as opposed to anything changing in the business,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said during comments broadcast in an online video.On the financial front, Netflix earned $403 million on revenue of $4 billion in the quarter. But the company continued to burn through cash to pay for its programming, which includes a critically acclaimed selection of shows such as “Stranger Things,” ”Orange Is The New Black,” and “Ozark.”In a coup, Netflix shows won 23 Emmys in last month’s awards ceremony, tying HBO for the most among all TV networks.The laurels are proving expensive. Netflix had a negative cash flow of $859 million in the third quarter, nearly doubling from a negative cash flow of $465 million last year. The trend raises the possibility that Netflix might need to borrow money to pay its bills, something that is getting more expensive to do as interest rates rise.
Rabat – Crowley expressed satisfaction with King Mohammed VI move to invite Algeria to engage in a “frank and direct” dialogue with Morocco to solve the regional conflict that has destabilized Maghreb unity.“Since Morocco and Algeria are neighbors, which confront complex disputes without easy solutions, the sovereign’s proposition to engage a dialogue of good faith is certainly welcome,” the former US official told Maghreb Arab Press in Washington, D.C.Crowley added that if Algeria expresses mutual interest, “This will be significant progress forward.” Speaking on the Western Sahara conflict, the former official said that the United Nations has played an important role. “However, it is up to Morocco and Algeria to engage in a direct dialogue to find a solution to this issue and other outstanding issues in order to be able to normalize relations.”Crowley has agreed that the solution for the Western Sahara conflict should be solved between Morocco and Algeria and not Polisario, which claims itself a representative of the Sahrawis in the Tindouf camps in Algeria.Read Also: Algerian Media: King Mohammed VI Struck Positive Tone in Green March SpeechIn his speech, King Mohammed VI on Tuesday addressed a direct message to the Algerian government to cooperate with Morocco to re-establish diplomatic ties between the two countries.During the speech, King Mohammed VI denounced the lack of unity in the Maghreb due to regional conflicts, including the Western Sahara issue.The King said that despite historical bonds between the two countries, including the struggle against colonial rule, the countries’ “bilateral relations are not normal, much less acceptable.”“I should like to say today, in a very straightforward and responsible way, that Morocco stands ready for a direct and frank dialogue with our sister nation, Algeria, in order to settle the transient and objective differences impeding the development of relations between the two countries,” the monarch said.
“The new resolution therefore based on a misconceived and arbitrary premise and does not have a nexus to 19/2, although it recalls 19/2, is also far from a “procedural resolution”, as it was originally claimed and is substantive, intrusive and political in nature. Contravenes UNGA resolution 60/251 and HRC resolutions 5/1 and 5/2. For example, there is blatant contradiction of resolution 5/2 [specifically Article 11(b)] which calls upon mandate holders to ensure that the field visits are conducted ‘with the consent or at the invitation of the state concerned’, is intrusive, politicized and in clear contravention of accepted principles of conduct in the Council, is precedent setting, and can in the medium-to-long term have an adverse impact on all developing countries,” Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said.Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha says he told the US Ambassador to Geneva, Sri Lanka hopes the US government and possible co-sponsors of the resolution, would do nothing to endanger the delicate reconciliation process ongoing in Sri Lanka, as well as the constructive engagement Sri Lanka is presently pursuing with the United Nations, the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner and the OHCHR, as well as our bilateral partners. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam The government will formally respond to the US resolution which was tabled at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last Friday, the External Affairs Ministry said.An official at the Ministry said that the government will provide, in detail, a response to the points raised by the US government in the draft resolution titled ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’ tabled by the US Ambassador to Geneva Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe. Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said in a statement that he had already conveyed to Ambassador Donahoe on Friday that the government rejects entirely the premise on which the resolution is based, and as has been its consistent position, does not intend negotiating with the US on the text. He said that the pith and substance of resolution 19/2 was to mandate the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to provide in consultation with, and with the concurrence of the Sri Lankan government, advice and technical assistance, and for the OHCHR to report to the Council on the nature of the assistance provided on the implementation of Sri Lanka’s domestic reconciliation mechanism, the LLRC. The government has already noted that through the OHCHR Report the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has gone beyond her mandate in making recommendations which are arbitrary, highly intrusive and of a politicized nature, which have not given due regard or recognition to the work of Sri Lanka’s ongoing mechanism of reconciliation through the National Action Plan on the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC.Aryasinha says in the new US draft resolution substantive provisions have been introduced which are totally unrelated to the mandate given in the US resolution 19/2, and steers completely away from the spirit and substance of 19/2 into a new realm.
Ambeyi Ligabo, the UN Commission on Human Rights’ Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, stressed that those and other basic human rights “should be a constituent part of any declaration on the right to information.”The first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, held from 10 to 12 December in Geneva, brought together representatives from government, science, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry and the media in a bid to forge a global commitment on ways to harness the power of ICTs towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, a set of targets for a better future.A statement issued today on behalf of the Special Rapporteur said “the mere reiteration of a few well-established principles and commitments on human rights is not sufficient; human rights concepts should be integrated meaningfully in the Draft Declaration.” He also observed that the Plan of Action appeared to be deprived of any human rights strategy.”The absence of an in-depth analysis of a number of crucial matters like media concentration, safeguards to press freedom on the Internet and obstacles to accessing it, may gravely hamper the good work done so far by international institutions and non-governmental organizations on these key documents,” the statement said.The Special Rapporteur voiced hope that the Summit’s second phase, to be held in 2005 in Tunis, would take remedial action on the issue, and that advance preparations would include the full participation of human rights organizations working on freedom of opinion and expression.
An electoral worker, a driver and three others died in the blast, Sultan Ahmad Baheen said yesterday at a briefing in the capital Kabul.He noted that the area where the incident happened is known to have many mines and improvised explosive devices. “At this time we don’t know which explosive device hit the vehicle,” he added.
FORMER GOOGLE CEO Eric Schmidt is getting paid a lot more than he did when he was running the internet company.Schmidt is getting an award of $100 million in Google restricted stock for the second time in the three years since he relinquished the CEO job to company co-founder Larry Page.The latest bundle of stock is coming on top of a $6 million cash bonus for Schmidt’s contributions to Google last year, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday. In his current job as Google’s executive chairman, he deals primarily with regulatory issues, government relationships around the world and company acquisitions.Schmidt, 58, already has amassed an estimated fortune of $8 billion, mostly through the stock that he received and bought when he became Google’s CEO in 2001.After Google went public in 2004, Schmidt consistently declined to accept a huge salary. His annual salary during his final six years as CEO was capped at $1 at his request. His annual bonus never exceeded $2,000 during that stretch, nor did he receive any stock awards.Page, who has an estimated fortune of $25 billion, also caps his salary at $1 and refuses to take a bonus or stock awards.Shortly after Google announced Schmidt would be turning over the CEO reins to Page, the Mountain View company gave him $100 million in restricted stock in recognition of his leadership and to retain his expertise as executive chairman. That batch of stock won’t be fully vested until next year.This year’s award of $100 million in restricted stock will be granted Wednesday and will vest over a four-year period beginning in May 2015.Google’s stock gained 58 per cent in 2013, closing the year at $1,120.71. It fell $2.66 cents to $1,135.50 in after-hours trading on Thursday after closing regular trading at $1,138.16.Read: Column: The Ryanair and Google Partnership – what’s in it for us? >Read: Google and Samsung call truce with cross-license patent deal >