Exclusive: This is why Manish Malhotra has picked Kangana Ranaut as the bride for his new campaign

first_imgOne of the most sought after bridal wear designers, Manish Malhotra continues to remain on the wishlist of any bride and groom awaiting for the wedding bells to chime.Aso read:Happy Birthday: 5 reasons why Manish Malhotra is one of the most successful Indian designersWhile the designer is a favourite with the stars–who love to sport him in both their reel and real life–Manish Malhotra’s work is such, that he rarely uses a celeb to front his campaigns. However, this season sees the designer take a different route as he not only switches to darker tones for his latest collection but also the fact that it is fronted by none other than powerhouse performer Kangana Ranaut.Kangana as a Manish Malhotra bride in plaid pants and a sherwani. Picture courtesy: Instagram/@manishmalhotra05 On the Queen actress as his choice for the campaign, Manish Malhotra said, “For me Kangana is talented, beautiful, hard working, confident, speaks her mind and has achieved so much and for me that is my bride.”Also read: Manish Malhotra was a favourite with Bollywood stars this Diwali (like always!)The stunning images see Kangana looking majestic in blacks and deep reds, set against a gold, black and baroque backdrop of antiquities.The actress in an embroidered burgundy lehenga. Picture courtesy: Instagram/@manishmalhotra05 According to a statement, Kangana is seen “Depicting a modern Maharani, the visual showcases the opulence that has always been synonymous with the label. In one image, Kangana is seen pairing a sherwani with vintage checks trousers to create a distinct look bridging the traditional with the contemporary. The second visual sees Kangana looking resplendent in a flowy, burgundy handcrafted lehenga.”advertisementKangana looks regal! Picture courtesy: Instagram/@manishmalhotra05 Talking about his new collection, the designer added, “With the new collection we revived a lot of old craft. The embroidery has taken us a lot of time to do. It’s all the old work embroidery but the silhouettes are more modern and global.”If that already has you chuffed then wait till you see the designer open the India Couture Week on 20 July!Also read:Jacqueline, Arjun and more: Five reasons why Manish Malhotra’s show was the best way to start #LFW2016last_img read more

Tea, samosas, gulab jamuns make UP exchequer poorer by Rs 9 cr

first_imgLucknow, Aug 31 (PTI) Tea and snacks like samosa and gulab jamun offered to guests by ministers have cost the Uttar Pradesh state exchequer nearly Rs 9 crore during four years of Akhilesh Yadav government.To be precise, Rs 8,78,12,474 was splurged over snacks during between March 15, 2012 when the Akhilesh Yadav government took oath and March 15, 2016, when it completed four years.The data was disclosed by none other than the Chief Minister himself in the state Assembly, whose monsoon session concluded today.Minister of State (Independent Charge) Arun Kumar Kori was on the top of the list to have spent Rs 22,93,800 during her four years as Social Welfare minister, followed by Urban Development Minister Mohammad Azam Khan who spent Rs 22,86,620.Minister for Child Development and Nutrition, Primary Education, Kailash Chaurasia finished a close third spending Rs 22,85,900.Interestingly, PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav has spent nothing on refreshments, as per the data.Other senior ministers who spent over Rs 21 lakh on refreshments are Ram Karan Arya, Sports and Youth Welfare Minister and Jagdish Sonkar, Land Development and Water Resources Minister.The Chief Minister, however, clarified that as per rule, a minister can spend Rs 2,500 per day on refreshments within the state and Rs 3,000 daily outside the state for performing his/her duties.Former UP minister Shiv Kumar Beria, who was sacked on October 2015 had spent Rs 21,93,900 during his tenure as minister.Minister of State for Women Welfare (Independent charge) Sadab Fatima spent Rs 72,500 in her short term of one year.Dubbing it as “loot of public money”, BJP spokesman Harishchand Srivastav said that while the state government has failed on health, education and welfare programmes, its ministers were spending lavishly to entertain their guests at the cost of the state exchequer.advertisementSamajwadi party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary defended the ministers.”This money is used for official meetings and some times on people who come from the ministers constituencies in large numbers. This is just a courtesy which the staff of ministers follow,” said Samajwadi party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary. PTI AVA SMI ARK RT ARKlast_img read more

Cannes Film Festival: Sonam Kapoor just gave the world its first-ever prismatic saree

first_imgIndia’s bona fide fashionista, Sonam Kapoor, has officially started her run at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Dressed in a saree by Nor Black Nor White, Sonam yet again showed that there’s no one quite like her when it comes to having fun with fashion.Picture courtesy: Instagram/salilsandSonam and her Stylist-Producer sister, Rhea had earlier told India Today Television that not taking themselves too seriously and having fun with fashion is what they strive for. And bearing testament to their statement is Sonam’s first experimental look at Cannes that kick-started the press interactions in advance today.Also Read: Shopping, French fries, pyjamas: What Sonam and Rhea Kapoor’s Cannes outing is really about”When you squeeze in press a day early and you gotta run but gotta up the glamour quotient,” wrote Rhea alongside a slow-motion video of Sonam sporting a nine-yard-wonder that looked straight out of a space-fiction movie.Picture courtesy: Instagram/salilsandPicture courtesy: Instagram/salilsandAlso Read: Sonam and Rhea Kapoor give you ‘Rhesons’ to love emojis, social media and Indian fashionThe ease with which Sonam pulled-off the prismatic saree is not something many individuals boast of. Balancing things out with an ivory-hued cropped-blouse and minimal accessories, Sonam’s trusted makeup artist, Namrata Soni, ensured that things don’t go hideous at any point.So now that Sonam’s Cannes season has started on such an experimental note, we wonder what more she has in store for us.last_img read more

Grew up watching so much of him: Marcus Rashford says Brazilian Ronaldo is his inspiration

first_imgWatching Brazilian striker Ronaldo score a Champions League hat-trick for Real Madrid against Manchester United 14 years ago provided a lasting inspiration for Marcus Rashford, the England forward said on Monday.Speaking before England host Brazil in a friendly at Wembley on Tuesday, Rashford said he was a five-year-old spectator at Old Trafford when Real knocked United out 6-5 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.After the game, he and his brother Dwaine began scouring YouTube for clips of the Brazilian.”It’s all those clips …and my first ever game that I saw live, he was playing in it. I always remember it. It was in 2003 and he scored a hat-trick,” Rashford, who has netted seven times for United in all competitions this season, told British media.”Rashford came in for high praise from Ronaldo in the build-up to last year’s European championships, when the Brazilian World Cup winner said the 20-year-old Englishman reminded him of his younger self.”He was my brother’s favourite player — that’s why I’ve grown up watching so much of him and his games… So when you know he’s saying good things about you then it really stands out,” Rashford said.England, who won eight of their 10 World Cup qualifying games and were unbeaten in Group F, held world champions Germany to a goalless draw in a friendly on Friday.last_img read more


first_imgA Colorado man has been arrested and charged  after he allegedly threw water on Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King Friday afternoon in Fort dodge.Fort Dodge Police say King was eating lunch with a group of people at a restaurant when he was approached by the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Blake Gibbins of Lafayette, Colorado.Police say Gibbins asked King who he was and when King replied, Gibbins threw a glass of water on him.Gibbins is charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.last_img

No flight of fancy: female stone skimmer limbers up for throw-off with the men

first_imgShare via Email Support The Guardian North of England Greenway in action. Photograph: Mark Pinder/The Guardian Share on Pinterest During Friday’s practice session her insouciant style soon drew a crowd of admirers. Children were open-mouthed as they watched her stones dance across the lake, impervious to the wake created by two low-flying RAF planes out on manoeuvres.She knows it won’t be easy to triumph. Windermere’s size, coupled with the heavy winds and rain that come with the Lake District in August, means women throwers have typically only achieved distances of 28m to 32m, often being out-skipped by boys in the 11- to 16-year-old category.“During the last nine years, we have rarely seen women stone skimmers come to the fore and shine,” said Julius Barratt, trustee of the South Cumbria Rivers Trust, which organises the event. “We have long wanted to find ways to encourage more women to have a throw, but gentle encouragement and even direct appeals on the megaphone have seen relatively few stepping up to the stone skimming mark.“We feel that 2017 could be a watershed, as the best way for women to be inspired is to watch someone else who’s entered the world of skimming and is now having fun heading around the circuit. “We need to spread the ‘this girl can’ message in this sport, just as much as in others, and we hope that role models like Charlotte Greenway can help us to do that.”Greenway plans to cope with the pressure by following the same pre-competition routine as the did at the British championships. She only entered that for fun, hungover after a night out. So she sees no reason not to go to the pub on Friday night with her family, and enjoy a full English breakfast in her parents’ camper van on Saturday morning. She will not be wearing Lycra.Ron Long has won the Windermere competition more times than anyone else. The 73-year-old Welshman has a delightfully retro website in which he recalls how he won his nickname, Old Tosser. “Colliery washeries was our playground, and stones our only playthings,” he writes. “That’s what we did, we threw stones – at any and everything – including each other.” Long, who claims to practice skimming at least twice a week near his home in mid-Wales, firmly believes it deserves to be an Olympic discipline, being both egalitarian and a joy to watch. “There’s something very spiritual about watching a stone skimming across water. It defies all the laws of physics. It should sink, but it’s saying, ‘no, I’m not ready yet.’”The Guinness Book of Records recently agreed to add a stone skimming category for the longest distance travelled, but refused to accept the first claim last year, when Scotsman Dougie Isaacs skimmed 107m. The furthest, non-Guinness approved female throw came in Switzerland last year, when 20-year-old canoeist called Nina Luginbühl managed 75m, with 24 skips.Luginbühl is unlikely to make the record book though, as Guinness has decided there will be no separate male and female categories. “That’s not very fair,” grumbled Greenway. “Other sports recognise that women and men are different. In tennis women only play three sets when the men play five.” Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. • This article was amended on 31 August 2017. An earlier version misattributed the remark whispered to Greenway at the Shropshire event to the “male organiser”. Charlotte Greenway does not necessarily look like a top sportswoman as she limbers up by Windermere in her distinctive Jackie O sunglasses. But the 32-year-old is a rising star in the traditionally male-dominated pursuit of stone skimming.The winner of the British women’s stone skimming championships in Shropshire is preparing for another competition – the all-England stone skimming championships at Fell Foot on Windermere’s southern tip.Enthusiasts hope it will be a watershed for female participation in the sport, although Greenway has already encountered plenty of sexism along the way. After she had been given the gold medal (a painted stone) in Shropshire, a man whispered to her: “I hope this doesn’t offend you, but you don’t throw like a girl.”The Guardian met Greenway in the Lake District as she prepared to surpass her previous personal best of 45m – further than any woman has managed on Windermere in the nine years that the all-England championships have been running. However, she may struggle to top Ron Long’s winning throw last year – he managed 85m. Victory, incidentally, is measured by distance not by the number of hops on the water, although a minimum of three are required for a throw to be legal. Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on Messenger Pinterest Share on Facebook Twitter Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp news Facebook Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

We are here to win, not to see how many helmets we can hit: Justin Langer ahead of 3rd Ashes Test

first_img Next India Today Web Desk LeedsAugust 21, 2019UPDATED: August 21, 2019 10:25 IST Steve Smith was ruled out of the 3rd Test due to a concussion that he suffered after getting hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer at Lord’s (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAustralian batsmen were rattled by Jofra Archer’s quick bouncers in the Lord’s TestAustralia will be without Steve Smith in the next match after he was ruled out due to a concussionBut Langer insists his bowlers will stick to their plans in the next match rather than focus on winning the bouncer warAustralia coach Justin Langer on Tuesday made it clear that his players are focussed only on winning the next Test match and retain the Ashes rather than concentrating on rattling England batsmen with bouncers just like the home team bowlers did in the second match at Lord’s last week.Jofra Archer in particular tormented the Aussies batsmen throughout the second Test with the Barbados-born pacer even knocking out Steve Smith from the third match of the series thanks to his bouncer which hit the former Australia captain on the back of his neck, leading to a concussion.Archer’s hostile spells consisted of bouncers bowled at over 90mph as he accounted for five Aussie batsmen on his debut Test match.But Langer says Australian bowlers are not going to take the field in the next game thinking about beating England in the bouncer war.The blazing arrival of Jofra Archer will not bring any manifest changes to Australia’s game plan https://t.co/TVYLDLcNQG #Ashes pic.twitter.com/dlAF67TgeOcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 21, 2019″We know what our plans are to beat England. What we’re not going to do is get caught up in an emotional battle of who’s going to bowl the quickest bouncers.”We’re here to win the Test match, not to see how many helmets we can hit. And that’s the truth, we are literally here to win the Test match and we have our plans on how we think we can beat England.”I’m sure the bouncer will still be part of every bowler’s armoury, if it helps us get batsmen out then we’ll use it. Otherwise we’ll keep sticking to the plan,” Langer said.advertisementAn #Ashes bouncer battle? Justin Langer says no pic.twitter.com/gv1955Vm8Mcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 21, 2019But Langer was very clear that Australian batsmen will be ready to face the like of Archer in the next match and better prepared to face his quick bouncers.”He (Archer) certainly brings a different dimension to the game and we saw he bowled quick, but also his economy rate was incredible. So we know what we’re up against, and we’re really going to be ready for that. We have to be, otherwise we won’t win the series,” Langer said.Losing Smith for the next match though, will be a massive blow for Australia who relied on him to do the bulk of the scoring in the last two Tests. Smith has scored 142, 144 and 92 in his three innings in the Ashes series so far and moved up to second in the ICC Test batting rankings as a result.Marnus Labuschagne is the most likely option to replace Smith for the Headingley test starting on Thursday, having made 59 as Australia battled on Sunday to a draw which retained their 1-0 lead in the series.Also Read | BCCI briefs players on anti-concussion helmetsAlso Read | Ashes 2019: UK sports minister tells England fans to stop booing Steve SmithAlso Read | Losing Steve Smith for Headingley Test massive blow: Glenn McGrathFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Justin LangerFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Jofra ArcherFollow Steve Smith We are here to win, not to see how many helmets we can hit: Justin Langer ahead of 3rd Ashes TestHead coach Justin Langer said Australian bowlers are not going to take the field in the next Test thinking about beating England in the “bouncer war”.advertisementlast_img read more

Is privatisation viable for PSBs

first_imgJuly 19, 2019, marked the 50th anniversary of bank nationalisation. At the time of nationalisation, bitter opponents of the move were Jan Sangh’s Atal Behari Vajpayee and Swatantra Party’s Minoo Masani. Coming in that legacy, Modi and BJP cannot obviously acknowledge any positive contribution of bank nationalisation. And so, under Modi, the official discourse on banking reforms has given way to that of bank denationalisation. Just on the eve of poll results, the former NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya calling for privatisation of at least one public sector bank within the first hundred days of Modi’s second term, and Modi’s digital banking policy architect Nandan Nilekani calling for privatisation of public sector banks (PSBs), quickly set off media speculation on impending denationalisation. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe 50th anniversary of bank nationalisation offered yet another opportunity for a whole breed of self-appointed neoliberal champions to launch a new crusade for denationalisation. Some crude commentators called bank nationalisation Indira Gandhi’s “original sin” and others described it as a ‘historic blunder’. More sophisticated ones were clever enough to grant that bank nationalisation did play a significant role in economic development but went on to argue that it had outlived its historic utility. Citing the non-performing assets (NPAs) load and the consequent fiscal burden of bank recapitalisation, they argue that PSBs have now become a big drag on the economy. But there are many questions that go unanswered by these bank privatisation enthusiasts. Also Read – Insider threat managementOne of their main arguments is that private finance has come of age, and they even point to the fact that as per 2019 Forbes ranking, top five banks in the country are private ones and only four out of top ten are PSBs. Now, let us ask some inconvenient questions. Why, so far, not a single private corporate house has confidently come forward to offer to take over even a single PSB, even a profit-making one? Can Nilekani dare to moot this idea in his own Infosys board? 21 PSBs have Rs 14 lakh crore worth of NPAs and if we add stressed and doubtful assets, the figure would come to Rs 16-18 lakh crore. On average, each PSB is saddled with bad debts worth more than Rs 50,000 crore. Charmed by overenthusiastic columnists crusading for denationalisation, no capitalist in his right sense would throw good money after the bad to buy such huge liabilities! Even if there is a rarest of rare chance of some private business house coming forward to take over a PSB in a strategic sale in view of its number of branches and physical reach, they would first insist on sorting out of these NPAs under IBC-NCLT beforehand and cut down staff strength by more than half. Indian business class heaved a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court struck down the February 12, 2018 RBI circular directing the PSBs to take refer defaulters to National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for insolvency process under IBC after 50 days of delay. But that wouldn’t come in the way of the Finance Ministry directing the banks to speed up this IBC process. Modi Government was ready to use IBC and insolvency process under NCLT only as a mild blackmail lever to recover some money and was not ready to trigger business class’ anger by going the whole hog against defaulters. But then, will not a decision to privatise a PSB precipitate matters in this regard and fast-forward the insolvency process of all defaulters? And, where did these lakhs of crores of bad debts go? Leading left-wing economist Prabhat Patnaik has shown that nearly 60 per cent of this money was plainly looted by businesspersons and did not really amount to business losses. If, in future, Indian businesses are to depend only on private banks like Kotak Mahindra Bank or Yes Bank or on private investment funds like Reliance Capital and Tata Capital for business loans, can they afford to indulge in similar loot? And, in any case, did the Chandra Kochar episode of ICICI Bank and the Cobrapost expose leading to RBI enquiry over money-laundering against Deepak Parekh’s HDFC, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank in 2013 show that private bank honchos are saints? Ironically, Deepak Parekh, presently Chairman of HDFC Bank, was also chairman of the notorious IL&FS at the time of many of its controversial dealings. Can the bank denationalisation enthusiasts also enlighten the nation a bit about the shadow banking crisis or crisis of the non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) in India, whose credit would equal a third of PSBs’ credit in recent years? Are Indian businesses ready to leave their future credit requirements to these shady private banks and NBFCs after privatising the PSBs? If the Modi government’s case is that they don’t have money for bank recapitalisation, then why did they take a huge “haircut”, waiving bad debts of corporates in the last two years alone to the tune of Rs 2 lakh crore? Modi-Jaitley’s war with the RBI was over-relaxation of RBI’s monetary policy “rigidity” so that there can be bank credit expansion for growth. Can Modi government take for granted similar credit expansion by the private sector credit institutions at its diktats? Can the denationalisation enthusiasts convincingly argue that the PSBs have lost their macro-economic relevance? The PSBs and RRBs accounted for nearly Rs 12 lakh crore of lending to agriculture in 2017-18. The share of agricultural credit in total bank credit in 1969 was 2.2 per cent and it rose to 18 per cent after nationalisation. Agri credit by private banks is less than 15 per cent of the total agricultural credit by PSBs. Only such massive credits from PSBs sustain agriculture, and even then agriculture is not viable due to various other reasons and there is acute agrarian distress. In such a scenario, can any government afford to wind up the PSBs and leave agricultural credit solely to private banks? PM Modi wants Jan Dhan for his Digital India. But private banks account for less than 3 per cent of Jan Dhan accounts. But then PSBs have become everybody’s favourite whipping boys, including the government’s. The bank unions have warned of a strike crippling banking operations if the government proceeds toward denationalisation. Can a stagnant India afford that? IPA (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

One Direction Teams With Office Depot To Fight Bullying

first_imgOffice Depot is proud to announce its alliance with the world-renowned music group, One Direction, who officially become partners in the retailer’s Anti-Bullying campaign that will launch across the U.S. during the 2013 Back-to-School season.One Direction Fights BullyingThe 1D/OD alliance will feature a collection of limited edition back-to-school products, which will be exclusively sold at Office Depot. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be used to fund an anti-bullying educational program to encourage kinder behavior among students. This message will be supported by an integrated marketing campaign that includes an anti-bullying message from One Direction, which will be broadcast on television and at their concerts, as well as print and digital advertising, online and social media activations.“We are thrilled to launch the ‘1D + OD Together Against Bullying’ alliance with One Direction,” says Bob Moore, Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer for Office Depot. “Office Depot is committed to making a difference in students’ lives with meaningful anti-bullying education, and thanks to the powerful voices of Niall, Harry, Zayn, Louis, and Liam, we will make considerable progress.”The “1D+OD LIVE.LOVE.MOVE Together Against Bullying” integrated cause marketing campaign and product collection has been created by SEW Branded, a New York brand image and marketing consultancy.last_img read more

Indigenous rights taking back seat to trade investment at COP21

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsIndigenous delegates at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) conference are left waiting outside negotiating rooms in Paris to learn the fate of their rights currently on the cutting board.Those rights related to climate change are in the hands of delegates and trade experts whose main interests lie in economic initiatives expected to be birthed following the signing of an international treaty to prevent dangerous levels of global warming.Negotiations are heading into the final stages at COP21 with the aim of creating a Paris Agreement to replace the failed Kyoto Accord.The agreement, expected to be completed by Friday, will come into force in 2020. World leaders continue to work out details of the deal that focuses on curbing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while keeping global warming below an increase of 2 degrees Celsius.On Monday, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples warned that the outcome of the debates at the COP21 and including reference to Indigenous rights will determine whether the world succeeds in slowing the earths heating.“Should human rights for Indigenous Peoples be struck from the final agreement, negotiators will have destroyed any pretense of their intention to mitigate climate change,” said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz in a statement.“Failure to protect Indigenous Peoples rights in a final agreement will fuel destruction of the forests and other ecosystems managed since time immemorial by Indigenous Peoples.”The dispute arose last Friday following the first week of negotiations when the text at issue was removed from the draft document of the proposed worldwide legally binding treaty on climate change.Although there is mention of adapting Indigenous knowledge in the preamble of the text, concerns are centered on references in Article 2.2 of the main document that included the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The section, which is the legally binding aspect, was bracketed and placed on the chopping block.Jurisdictions opposing the inclusion of the text are the European Union, Denmark, Norway and the United States, said Alberto Saldamando, legal counsel for the Indigenous Environmental Network who is in Paris lobbying states to reinsert the mention of Indigenous rights in the agreement.He said he’s puzzled as to the exact reasoning behind the resistance because countries like Denmark and Norway have historically given support to Indigenous causes.“Even Denmark, Norway and all these countries that used to be our friends- they’re stone cold against the mention of Indigenous rights and language. I can’t figure out why…it doesn’t make sense,” said Saldamando.He believes it might be connected to the fact that many countries sent delegates who are experts in trade negotiations and not well informed on matters related to human rights.Human rights and gender equality listed in the same section of the agreement have also been removed.“They (delegates) don’t understand (human rights) because they understand trade language. I do believe that a lot of these guys do not know what they’re doing- it’s shocking really,” he said.With big money to be made in investments to green energy initiatives, COP21 has been steered by the influence of wealthy nations, the corporate sector and other interest groups.According to Saldamando, they lack an understanding of the correlation between Indigenous rights and the commodification of the earth. “It’s colonization all over again, it’s a taking. That’s what we’re afraid of,” said Saldamando.Mitigation methods agreed upon at COP21 have the potential to violate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP.)Initiatives such as carbon trading involving Indigenous lands pose threats by leaving vulnerable Indigenous groups to corporate interests and development without free, prior and informed consent.“Those countries are over there talking about reducing green house gases, but we’ve already been violated by activities that cause climate change,” said International Indian Treaty Council Executive Director, Andrea Carmen.“Now as the states plan to put programs in for litigation, for adaptation solutions- we have some of the last pristine forest, water and biodiversity in the world and we see our resources as kind of being on the table again and up for grabs in the solution stage,” said Carmen.“It’s kind of ironic for Indigenous Peoples whose treaties are being violated, along with land rights, health and subsistence by these energy developments and projects- then they’re (states) over there talking about reducing, mitigating and adapting without our rights secured- we’ll be on the menu again.”Saldamando referenced Indigenous Peoples living in countries such as Brazil who don’t technically own title to lands who are losing control over their forest homelands. Industries investing in carbon credits in efforts to reduce emissions via way of buying carbon stored in trees places Indigenous livelihoods at stake, he said.It leaves open opportunities for corporate interest in and access to traditional territory, loss of food security and ceremonial and spiritual practices.“Essentially the investor has an ownership interest in those trees. That means the community can’t log or cut down trees for housing, can’t clear a field to grow crops. And it really doesn’t protect the forest from development- as long as there’s a net increase in carbon sequestration they can mine and do whatever they want. Those are violations of UNDRIP done without free, prior and informed consent,” said Saldamando.Having returned from Paris as part of the Global Indigenous Caucus, Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit in British Columbia said the Paris agreement needs to go beyond talks of trade, and alleviating climate change.“They also need to include how to deal with the impacts on vulnerable people,” said John.“Such as the Inuit in the far north or First Nations who are impacted by the mountain pine beetle in British Columbia; or First Nations in BC who are impacted by warming waters in the Fraser river where 19 degrees becomes lethal to salmon in the summer time. These are the issues that we are dealing with – the first and the lasting impacts are on Indigenous Peoples,” he said.However, John remains optimistic because of the help of countries like Canada advocating on the behalf of Indigenous Peoples rights in Paris. A stark shift in the political landscape in comparison to past adversarial relationships between First Nations and the Canadian government.Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna is part of a 14 member facilitating panel from around the world directing negotiations.“Canada’s position remains that we strongly advocate for the inclusion in the Paris Agreement of language that reflects the importance of respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples,” according to a statement from McKenna’s office.Other countries going to bat for the inclusion of human and Indigenous rights language include the Philippines, Mexico, the Independent Alliance of Latin America and the Caribbean.With final negotiations underway and the world readying to sign the Paris Agreement Friday, Tauli-Corpuz appealed for opposing countries to follow suit in supporting Indigenous and human rights.“We call on the US, the UK and Norway, all of which have extended their hand to indigenous peoples in the past, to stand up for human rights and principles of democracy and inclusion,” she said.“The social conflict that will erupt in the forests, should our peoples have no rights to defend themselves, will exact tremendous economic harm, as our forests are our homes, our lives, our culture, and the heart of our spirituality. We will not go quietly, and neither should you.”bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

DNA test gives BC man hope after 34 years behind bars

first_imgAPTN NewsAn Indigenous man who has spent 34 years behind bars for a crime he says he didn’t commit may get a new shot at freedom.Phillip Tallio, of Bella Coola First Nation in British Columbia, learned Monday DNA from the victim can be tested.It’s a major development and important part of the argument to free Tallio, said lawyer Rachel Barsky of Vancouver.“He was very glad about it,” Barsky said in a telephone interview. “He said it was a long time coming.”Tallio, 51, pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of toddler Delavina Mack in 1983, but claims his confession was fabricated. Barsky took the case as part of the Innocence Project at UBC law school.DNA has been a key factor in helping overturn wrongful convictions around the world. This tissue sample will be tested at the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague.“RCMP will personally fly and accompany the sample,” Barsky added.APTN Investigates looked into the Tallio case last fall when lawyers argued about DNA.Mack was just 22 months old when she was killed and the crime split the remote community featured in this story.The Crown opposed the DNA testing on the grounds age had degraded and potentially contaminated the sample. But three judges from the B.C. Court of Appeal were unanimously in favour.“It is in the interests of justice to allow the testing to occur,” they said in a written decision.Tallio claims the guilty plea to second-degree murder was entered without his consent. And says he didn’t understand what was happening.Testing has shown he has a low intellect.Barsky has been working seven years to exonerate Tallio.“It’s a mix of emotions for him,” she said. “This is just another step towards an appeal.”last_img read more

Study funds that Vermont is top state for inbound moves

first_imgST. LOUIS — Vermont’s population is among the smallest in the U.S., but a study from United Van Lines indicate people are moving to the New England state.The suburban St. Louis-based moving company on Wednesday released its 42nd annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns.Vermont has the second-smallest population among states, exceeding only Wyoming. Yet Vermont saw the highest percentage of inbound moves in 2018.Four Western states filled out the top 5: Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona.New Jersey had highest percentage of outbound moves, followed by Illinois, Connecticut, New York and Kansas.The study showed that Americans continue to move west and south. The Mountain West and South regions saw high percentages of inbound moves. The Northeast and Midwest had high percentages of outbound moves.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Obesity speeds up puberty onset in boys

first_imgBoys with obesity, or excess belly fat, enter puberty at an earlier age than average, scientists have found. Researchers from the University of Chile conducted the study on 527 Chilean boys ages four to seven years. They found that both total body obesity and central obesity, or excess belly fat, were associated with greater odds of starting puberty before age nine. “With the increase in childhood obesity worldwide, there has been an advance in the age at which puberty begins in girls,” said Maria Veronica Mericq, the lead investigator of the study. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”However, in boys the evidence has been controversial,” said Mericq. Some studies have found that obesity delayed puberty, whereas another study showed that only overweight but not obesity induced earlier puberty in boys. Early puberty — called precocious puberty — is linked to possible problems including stunted growth and emotional-social problems, researchers said. The team found that the prevalence of total obesity increased with age, from 22 per cent of boys ages 6 to 7 years to 28.6 per cent at 11.4 years, the average age at onset of puberty for this group. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardCentral obesity also increased in that timeframe, from 11.8 per cent to 17.4 per cent. Precocious puberty reportedly occurred in 45 boys, or nine per cent. Total obesity and central obesity from ages four to seven raised the odds of early puberty compared with having a healthy weight. For instance, among boys age five or six, those with obesity had nearly 2.7 times the odds of starting puberty early, and those with central obesity had almost 6.4 higher odds of puberty before age nine, Mericq said. She explained that central obesity more closely relates to fat mass, because a higher BMI may reflect increased muscle, especially in athletes. “Early puberty might increase the risk of behaviour problems and in boys could be related to a higher incidence of testicular cancer in adulthood,” Mericq said.last_img read more

Economic integration can spur development in Western Asia – SecretaryGeneral

“Growing political tensions and intense conflicts… [have] underscored the need for greater and improved regional cooperation and economic integration,” Mr. Ban said in a statement to the current session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), being held in the Yemeni capital Sana’a.His statement was delivered by ESCWA’s Executive Secretary Bader Omar Al-Dafa.The Secretary-General stressed that the world is now past the midpoint in the race to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets relating to poverty, education and health that are supposed to be achieved by 2015, and said that too many countries are lagging behind.“ESCWA’s research and technical support can help regional governments focus their efforts and resources on key areas, and make up for lost time,” he added.At the opening of today’s ESCWA session, Mr. Al-Dafa said there had been noticeable economic growth in the region in recent years, but cautioned that this growth, particularly in the Gulf States, is fragile because it is closely linked to the price of oil. “We must therefore work together to make optimum use of this opportunity and diversify the economic base, develop the capacities of institutions and build effective partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society,” he said.The two-day conference in Sana’a has brought together ministers from 13 countries in the region, as well as representatives of UN agencies, funding institutions and regional experts. 28 May 2008Closer economic integration can help the Western Asian region overcome recent conflicts and political tensions and also spur progress towards internationally agreed anti-poverty goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

Cyprus settlement could foster peace in wider region Turkish leader tells UN

Reaching a “just and lasting settlement” on divisions between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots could propel peace and stability in the greater region, Turkey’s President told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today.United Nations-led reunification talks began in 2008 after the then-leaders of the two communities committed themselves to working towards a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.“Any positive outcome emerging from these negotiations would rapidly transform the Eastern Mediterranean into a pillar of peace, stability, cooperation and welfare within the European Union,” President Abdullah Gül stressed in an address to the Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York.Turkey, he said, shares Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s vision that a settlement is within reach before the end of the year.“But this process should not be open-ended,” Mr. Gül emphasized.The Turkish Cypriot side, he said, has demonstrated that it is in favour of a settlement, “but they continue to suffer unjustly” from the lack of an agreement.“I would like to repeat the call made by the UN Secretary-General to the international community to take the necessary steps to eliminate the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots and to enable their integration with the world,” the President said.In his address, he also called on UN Member States to explore the possibility of setting up a mechanism to address natural disasters, food shortages and epidemics.“This would also help maintain international peace and security by mitigating the threats stemming from weak governance, collapse of public order and domestic or inter-State conflicts over diminishing natural resources,” Mr. Gül noted.Dedicating just a small fraction of nations’ defence expenditures to financing this new mechanism could more cost-effectively achieve results in maintaining global peace and stability, he said.“Moreover,” the Turkish leader said, “If we could pool some of our defence equipment that lost its effective utilization in military terms but are still relevant disaster relief operations, we would swiftly build the said rapid reaction capability.” 23 September 2010Reaching a “just and lasting settlement” on divisions between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots could propel peace and stability in the greater region, Turkey’s President told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today. read more

East Timor UN Indonesia agree on border demarcation plan

The agreement on Border Demarcation Reconnaissance was made at a Monday meeting of the Tactical Coordination Working Group in Atambua, West Timor. Dates for the survey are expected to be finalized within a few days. The working group, which includes representatives from UNTAET’s Peacekeeping Force (PKF) and Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI), also discussed the establishment of a new Border Control Service post and ways to improve the repatriation of East Timorese refugees currently living in camps across the border. In December, UN and Indonesian delegations had agreed at a special technical meeting on border demarcation in Jakarta that a reconnaissance of the border should be undertaken in February. The reconnaissance survey will study the riverbanks, river islands, customary usage and technical issues, followed by a number of technical steps prior to the resolution of the location of the borderline. Meanwhile, East Timor’s Constituent Assembly today pushed to 16 March the final vote and signing ceremony for the territory’s first constitution. After an hour-long debate on how much time was needed for a nationwide public review of the draft constitution, members voted overwhelming for the one-week delay – 62 in favour, 2 against, 4 abstentions, with 20 absent. An initial proposal for a two-week delay was rejected by majority party FRETILIN over concerns that it would interfere with the 15 March to 12 April presidential election campaign. Minority parties UDT and PSD argued that more time was needed for the public review process. read more

UN marks World Television Day highlighting its communicative powers

“People everywhere are living in more and more of an information society,” said Mr. Annan, and television “has a key role to play as these changes deepen and spread further still.”Urging the television industry to produce and distribute diverse, high quality content, in the developed and developing countries, Mr. Annan said “our interdependent world requires an information society that is universal and inclusive, that promotes mutual understanding and tolerance, and that presents a plurality of views.” In his message, General Assembly President, Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic highlighted television’s indispensable role in the proper functioning of genuine democracies, and said that “television is a decisive factor in globalization [as] it supports cultural diversity and helps to establish freedom of information.”Next December, the deliberations of the World Summit on Information Society, which will bring together all key stakeholders to discuss the information revolution and its impact, will be complemented by a UN organized World Electronic Media Forum to be held in Geneva. The Forum will bring together diverse players from the developed and developing world to focus on the role of the electronic media in the information society. read more

South Sudan slaughter of civilians gang rapes among shocking crimes committed by

“The constant attacks on women, the rape, enslavement and slaughter of innocents; the recruitment of thousands upon thousands of child soldiers; the deliberate displacement of vast numbers of people in such a harsh and poverty-stricken country – these are abhorrent practices that must be halted,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, whose Office (OHCHR) compiled the report along with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).The country, which only gained independence in 2009 after breaking away from Sudan, its northern neighbour, was thrown into turmoil when conflict erupted between President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Riek Machar in December 2013, killing thousands, displacing over 2.4 million people, 650,000 of whom fled abroad, and impacting the food security of 4.6 million.“Very few places in areas of conflict have been safe, as the parties have intentionally attacked traditional safe havens, such as places of worship, hospitals and, from time to time, United Nations bases,” the report said. “These attacks reveal a shocking disregard for civilian life, with an increasing number of armed groups and communities being involved in the violence.”From the middle of 2015, a new pattern emerged, particularly in the central and southern counties of Unity state, with entire villages being burned down, food crops destroyed and livestock looted, amid indications that this may have been a deliberate strategy by the Government or army to deprive civilians of any source of livelihood and force their displacement, it added.It documented at least 280 cases of conflict-related sexual violence, including gang-rape, sexual slavery and forced abortion, as well as a sharp increase in child recruitment, with at least 13,000 to 15,000 child soldiers, recruited mainly, but not solely, by opposition forces, as of December 2015.“Despite the severity of the human rights and humanitarian law violations perpetrated by both sides to the conflict, there are no tangible accountability mechanisms beyond the rhetoric of the main belligerents,” the report stressed. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative UNMISS chief Ellen Margrethe Løj underscored that accountability must be a fundamental element in the ongoing peace process seeking to end the strife. “It is time to end the cycle of impunity that has allowed these violations to occur and embrace a brighter future of sustainable peace for all South Sudanese,” she said.Mr. Zeid added: “Accountability and justice sound like empty words in such a bleak landscape, but they are essential if South Sudan is to come out of this terrible period. The current regional and international peace efforts offer some hope that this perpetual cycle of bloodshed and misery can be brought to an end, and I urge all sides to negotiate in good faith.” read more

My wife was empowered by sexual activity with a young stranger exBBC

first_imgJoe Giddens/PA Wire Joe Giddens/PA Mrs Wadsworth, has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges of indecent assault, while her 69-year-old husband denies nine counts of the same offence.Asked by his barrister Michelle Clarke why he allowed his wife to be approached by another male, Mr Wadsworth claimed his spouse’s past with an abusive partner had left her “damaged” and insecure.He told jurors that he wanted to prove others found her sexually desirable.Mr Wadsworth said: “Julie and I have a very deep loving relationship – I get quite emotional just talking about it.”But because of Julie’s past history with an abusive partner I think it’s fair to say that Julie was and to some extent still is today a damaged person.”She was not confident in her appearance, certainly not confident in her body and I just saw this beautiful person not just on the outside, but on the inside as well.”So, a very special human being. “And as our relationship developed she began to confide in me and tell me about her abusive partner who was absolutely vile – the things he perpetrated on her.”So I did my best to bring out the woman inside her, I suppose.”Appearing at times emotional, Mr Wadsworth said: “I guess I took a juxtaposition, and tried to demonstrate nobody owns anybody, nobody is a physical possession of anything else but a person in their own right, with their own rights.”So I encouraged her to be the woman that I see today and I love her to bits, and I’m very proud of her.”He added: “So yeah, this was all part of it.”Julie’s unreasonable possessiveness and jealousy, then as the years went by, I tried my best to bring out the life in her by demonstrating to her I was not a jealous type.”I wanted to show her she wasn’t just attractive to me but to others as well.”It was a moment in time, I looked at Julie and Julie looked at me, and I stepped to one side and this guy moved in.”It’s terrible to have to describe it like this.” An ex-BBC presenter has told a court he “stepped to one side” to let a young stranger engage in a public sex act with his wife because it “empowered” her.Tony Wadsworth said his wife, Julie Wadsworth, was “a very special human being” who had found the daytime encounter with the male in woodland in the 1990s “exhilarating and exciting”.He added: “It was a positive, because she felt empowered as a woman.”That it’s not just me – the world and his wife can see the beautiful woman that she is.”The Wadsworths are on trial at Warwick Crown Court accused of encouraging boys to take part in sexual activity in Warwickshire woods between 1992 and 1996. Both have accepted having sexual encounters with what Mrs Wadsworth described as “young men” in the forest, but deny they were children.Giving evidence in his defence on Friday, Mr Wadsworth said that in two separate encounters, involving up to three males each time, they appeared to be “16, 17 – possibly 18”.He described a claim he had sexual encounters with anyone aged 16 as “outrageous”, and denied a prosecution allegation he had a “threesome” with his wife and a boy at his then home in Warwickshire.Explaining their “first encounter” in the woods with one of the complainants in the trial, Mr Wadsworth said he found it “erotic” to watch his wife masturbate the lone stranger in front of him. Afterwards he said the couple agreed what was happening was “ridiculous, foolhardy and stupid and there would be no repetition”.The couple, from Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, deny five counts of outraging public decency which allege they engaged in sexual activity “against a tree” in view of others between July 1992 and June 1996. Credit:Joe Giddens/PA Wirecenter_img They are accused of encouraging boys to take part in sexual activity in wooded areas of Warwickshire between 1992 and 1996 The Wadsworths are accused of encouraging boys to take part in sexual activity between 1992 and 1996Credit:Joe Giddens/PA Mr Wadsworth told the court his wife had found the woodland encounter ’empowering’Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire In his account of the moment, the couple were “kissing and cuddling” when they became aware of a young man watching them in the undergrowth. Mr Wadsworth said: “I turned, looked around and saw this fella and must confess it was something of a shock.”I didn’t know what he was going to do. But very shortly after it was clear what he was hoping to do.”He added: “It just happened, he came forward as I stepped to one side.”The 69-year-old claimed the whole incident had taken place in woodland, well off the beaten track, without a word being exchanged.He said: “After the heat of the moment was over, it was all very embarrassing and awkward. We tidied ourselves up and we all went our separate ways.”Mrs Wadsworth has accepted going on to have a sexual relationship with that complainant, after bumping into him some years later, but has repeatedly denied he was under-age.Her husband has claimed that when he discovered that tryst, he told the man to “f— off”, also rejecting a Facebook friend request from him in 2015.Mr Wadsworth described what he claimed was the second and final occasion in the woodland in the 1990s, involving three males being masturbated by his wife as happening much the same as the first encounter. 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.last_img read more

Airlines urged to cut ticket prices as cost of oil continues to

first_img“There’s a very real argument here to say that airline customers are being ripped off. The price of tickets must go down to reflect the fall in the price of fuel, but airlines are failing to pass on in full the savings they are making as a result of falling fuel prices,” he said.The price of crude oil has plummeted in the past three years, from $115 per barrel in April 2014 to around $50 per barrel this month – a fall of 56 per cent.Figures from the SkySkanner travel website show that between July 2015 and June this year the average cost of an economy ticket from the UK to all destinations fell from £351.70 to £328.36, a drop of 6.6 per cent. Michael Fabricant MP Credit:PA The average cost of an economy ticket from the UK to European destinations fell by 7.6 per cent over the same period, from £151.17 to £139.54.Mr Fabricant highlighted the case of a £1,380 flight from London to Sydney with Emirates, which includes a fuel surcharge of £364.He is now calling on Ministers to act to force those airlines which impose fuel surcharges to cut or even scrap them altogether.Emma Coulthurst, travel expert from holiday price comparison site, TravelSupermarket.com said: “The last few three years have been some of the best for the airline industry in terms of profits; airlines have enjoyed huge cash piles since oil prices slid significantly in mid-2014. The airlines are quick to increase prices when oil prices increase. But, the same discounts have not seemed apparent in ticket prices when fuel prices have slid over the last few years.”She added: “Airlines need to convince us that they are passing on savings to us. These fuel surcharges – – and it is mainly the flag carriers who are to blame for them – make customers feel that the airline industry is taking advantage of them.”Lufthansa said it scrapped its fuel surcharges around two years ago, and said competition between airlines was so “fierce” that passengers were benefitting from “very competitive prices”. Michael Fabricant MP  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. Consumer campaigners have accused airlines of ripping off passengers by failing to pass on the full saving of the fall in fuel prices.They say the current low price of oil is not reflected in the cost charged by airlines.The row comes as around two million people headed overseas this weekend as the holiday season got underway.The Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said that although the cost of flights has been falling over the past few years customers are still not seeing the full benefit of the fall in fuel costs over the same period. In a statement responding to Mr Fabricant, BA said: “All prices our customers see are inclusive of taxes and charges. We clearly identify the carrier imposed charge to our customers during the booking process on ba.com. The carrier imposed charge is not linked to fuel prices.”Emirates did not respond to requests for comment.last_img read more