The collapse of the Soviet Union and the war in Iraq, which the conservative establishment projected as harbingers of the new American century, may ironically serve as bookends to that accidental interlude of unrivalled American hegemony. A recently released report by CIA’s in-house think tank predicts that India and China will become key global players by 2020 in a transformed world in which the United States “will see its relative power position eroded.” The National Intelligence Council’s report, titled Mapping the Global Future, predicts: “The likely emergence of China and India as new major global players – similar to the rise of Germany in the 19th century and the United States in the early 20th century – will transform the geopolitical landscape, with impacts potentially as dramatic as those of the previous two centuries. In the same way that commentators hrefer to the 1900s as the ‘American Century,’ the early 21st century may be seen as the time when some in the developing world, led by China and India, come into their own.”The report outlines the seismic geopolitical consequences of this shift: “The ‘arriviste’ powers – China, India, and perhaps others such as Brazil and Indonesia – could usher in a new set of international alignments, potentially marking a definitive break with some of the post-World War II institutions and practices.”Even though the United States “will remain the single most powerful actor economically, technologically, militarily,” the report asserts, the post-Soviet era of America’s unchallenged global hegemony is coming to a rapid close.NIC’s conclusion has to be sobering, even startling, to neo-conservatives in the Bush administration, who saw the invasion of Iraq as the first salvo in the brave new American 21st Century.The military quagmire in Iraq, with American casualties mounting to 1,400, with some 15,000 other American soldiers wounded, far from showcasing American might has exposed the limits to which it is constrained. The passions of 9/11 may well have clouded American public opinion into reelecting President Bush, but that same public is also making crystal clear that it does not have the stomach for future military misadventures. The problem is further compounded by the Bush administration’s dishonesty in justifying the war, which will make it harder for future administration’s to legitimize any war.The constraints are already being felt in the tussle over Iran’s and North Korea’s nuclear programs, which undisputedly pose far graver threats to global security than Saddam Hussein. The bellicose rhetoric of Vice President Dick Cheney notwithstanding, no one, even in this militarily assertive administration, is contemplating a full scale invasion of Iran. As the New York Times editorilized recently, “An invasion of a country almost three times as populous as Iraq is well beyond the means of America’s depleted ground forces.”The harshest policy options reportedly being weighed are pre-emptive airstrikes on suspected Iranian nuclear sites, that too by proxy by Israel. But even here policy planners have been chastened by the experience of Iraq, where a swift, tactical victory devolved into a military and political quagmire.As the NIC concludes: “While no single country looks within striking distance of rivaling U.S. military power by 2020, more countries will be in a position to make the United States pay a heavy price for any military action they oppose.”Who could have imagined that the unipolar world that rose from the ashes of the unexpectedly speedy collapse of the Soviet Union would so quickly hreformulate itself into a diffused and multi polar order or that the instrument for the new global regime would be the Iraq War.Indeed, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the war in Iraq, which the conservative establishment have projected as harbingers of the new American century, may ironically serve as the swan song of that accidental interlude of unrivalled American hegemony. Related Items
View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting He said that no specific side was discussed.But Syed Saddiq said CFG would be meeting with some presidents of local clubs soon, and he wanted them to make Malaysia “their base in Southeast Asia”.Malaysia’s main divisions are the top-flight super league and the second-tier premier league.At Thursday’s meeting, Soriano said he saw great possibilities in Malaysia.“We would like to talk to all of the Malaysian football stakeholders to find ways to collaborate,” he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times newspaper.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue CFG already owns or has stakes in New York City, Melbourne City, Japan’s Yokohama F Marinos, Atletico Torque, Girona and Sichuan Jiuniu, as well as star side Manchester City.City are flying high after winning the FA Cup last week, completing a domestic treble with the English league title and the League Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsManchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (L) takes part in a stage presentation following an open-top bus parade through Manchester, northern England on May 20, 2019, to celebrate winning the 2019 Premier League title, the FA Cup and English League Cup. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)“They are looking at the possibility of co-owning a Malaysian club,” Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, director-general of Malaysia’s national sports council, told AFP.The official, who was present at Thursday’s meeting, said he was “delighted and excited” at the news, adding: “We need (their) expertise.” Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES “We see Malaysia has an opportunity for football… the level of enthusiasm of the fans is obvious. The development of Malaysian football and the league in the last year with investment by the government shows that there’s great opportunity.”It is the latest Asian country being considered by CFG — in March, Soriano said the group wanted to invest in India.Football is popular in Malaysia but the country does not perform well on the international stage, and is currently ranked 168th in the world.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After solid debut, Prince Ibeh determined to give more for NorthPort CEO of City Group, Ferran Soriano speaks during a session of the 13th edition of the Dubai International Sports Conference, at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai on January 2, 2019. (Photo by Fabio FERRARI / La Presse / AFP) / Italy OUT – China OUTThe owners of Premier League champions Manchester City are eyeing a stake in a Malaysian team to add to their growing portfolio of clubs, a sports official said Friday.Ferran Soriano — chief executive of City Football Group (CFG), which is bankrolled by Sheikh Mansour of the Abu Dhabi royal family — raised the possibility when he met Sports Minister Syed Saddiq in Malaysia on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT
The Rajasthan government on Tuesday agreed to host Indian Premier League matches at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Japiur, according to media reports.The Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSSC) will organise defending champions Mumbai Indians matches in May in Jaipur, according to a report in The Tribune.The report added that the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA), which was suspended by the BCCI, would extend its support and technical assistance to the state government.”A five-member Apex Committee would be set up under the chairmanship of secretary, RSSC, with two non-RCA members, one representative each of the BCCI and Mumbai Indians to hold the IPL matches as announced on Sunday,” The Tribune quoted Rajasthan Sports Minister GS Kheenvsar as saying. (Mumbai Indians opt for Jaipur as their alternate venue)”RCA and BCCI agreed on this formula to restart cricket matches at SMS stadium that is controlled by RCA,” the minister said.”If there are any differences between RCA and BCCI, I think it is settled for these matches today,” he added.The decision was made at a meeting between the Rajasthan government, RCA functionaries, RSSC and BCCI officials. The meet was chaired by the minister and RCA deputy president Mehmood M Abidi.Following the verdict of Bombay High Court to shift IPL matches out of the drought-hit Maharashtra after April 30, the league’s chairman Rajeev Shukla on Sunday announced that Mumbai Indians have decided to play their home matches in Jaipur.Maharashtra – home to Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians – was to host 13 games next month, including the final in Mumbai on 29th May.advertisementPune have opted for Visakhapatnam as their home ground.
RIO DE JANEIRO — FIFA has declined to comment on claims that annual payments were doubled for executive committee members after their bonuses were stopped.British newspaper The Sunday Times reports that the 25 board members now get a $200,000 stipend for their part-time duties.FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer says “we do not comment on allegations.”Fischer says executive payments are agreed by a remuneration panel. The three-man group is led by FIFA’s Audit Committee Chairman Domenico Scala and includes FIFA Senior Vice President Julio Grondona of Argentina.Scala stopped bonuses for board members last December, later telling The Associated Press, “There was no relationship in logic for them.”Payments to executives, including President Sepp Blatter’s salary, are not specified in FIFA’s financial report. In 2013, FIFA paid $36.3 million to “key management personnel.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Liverpool put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with a 5-0 away rout of Porto in the first leg of their last-16 match on Wednesday.Sadio Mane scored a hat trick and Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino provided the other two goals to give the Premier League side a huge advantage ahead of the second leg at Anfield on March 6.“It was hard work, but in the end the boys enjoyed it,” Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp said after the club’s first appearance in the knockout stage of the Champions League for almost nine years.“I saw a lot of fantastic performances tonight and a result like this is only possible if everyone is really at the top of their game,” Klopp said. “They did it well and that’s the only way to be successful.”Liverpool is the top-scoring side in the competition with 28 goals.“We knew we were facing a great team but we weren’t expecting this,” said Porto defender Alex Telles, whose team was without injured midfielders Danilo Pereira and Andre Andre. Striker Vincent Aboubakar was also out with a muscle problem.A mistake from Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa allowed Mane’s shot to squirm under his body after a slow start from the visitors, and Salah displayed all his class to make it 2-0 four minutes later inside the first half-hour.James Milner hit the post but Salah was well-placed to take the rebound, lift it with his left foot and then head it past Sa before slotting into the empty net without letting it touch the ground.It was the African player of the year’s sixth goal in the competition, and his ninth in eight games across all competitions.The home side showed promise after the break but was caught on a counterattack when Sa saved Firmino’s effort, only to push the ball toward Mane’s feet. The Senegal striker needed no second invitation for his second goal.Sa was playing in place of Iker Casillas, dropped earlier this season after falling out of favor with Porto coach Sergio Conceicao, who must have been reconsidering his decision after a shaky performance from the 24-year-old Sa.At the other end, Virgil van Dijk marshaled Liverpool’s defense on his Champions League debut for the club following his winter switch from Southampton.Firmino got the goal his performance deserved with a simple finish inside the left post from Milner’s cross with 20 minutes remaining, and Mane took advantage of some lax defending to seal the win with a fine strike from distance late on.“We needed to play as a team and that’s what we did,” Mane said after his first hat trick for Liverpool. “We played great football, created great chances and scored five goals. I enjoyed the fifth goal the most.”Casillas’ former side, Real Madrid, came from behind to beat visiting Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the other Champions League game on Wednesday.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Barcelona Ex-Barcelona star Oleguer brands Spain a militarised state Ignasi Oliva Last updated 2 years ago 16:09 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Barcelona Primera División Barcelona v Las Palmas Las Palmas The former Blaugrana defender shares his thoughts on Catalan independence ahead of Sunday’s planned referendum on secession from Spain Oleguer Presas (Sabadell, 1980) is a blessing for any reporter, regardless of their thinking or beliefs. A Champions League winner with Frank Rijkaard’s Barcelona in 2006, he also played for Ajax alongside a young Luis Suarez, he has a degree in economics and is also a published author.A former defender who was at Barca between 2001 and 2008 before spending three years at Ajax, Oleguer has long been known for his forthright views on Catalunya and while still a player, he published a book entitled ‘The Road to Ithaca’, as well as several articles that made waves at the time.Barcelona 14/1 to beat Las Palmas 2-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. After his retirement in 2011, he joined left-wing pro-independence political party CUP (Candidatura d’Unitat Popular) in 2012 and ahead of Sunday’s referendum vote for self-governance and separation from Spain (which is not considered legal by the Spanish state), he spoke exclusively to Goal about his vision and that of a significant sector of Catalan society on the eve of 1-O (abbreviation of October 1).What is happening in Catalunya?”We find ourselves in a situation in which the majority of a democratically elected parliament has a very clear mandate to carry forward a referendum for self-determination. The Spanish state considers this not to be legal and is skipping fundamental rights and liberties of the Catalan people in order to avoid it.” The Spanish government assure that it won’t take place. The Catalan government and CUP say it will. So will the vote go ahead on Sunday?”I’m convinced we will vote. The militarisation of a referendum is not something we can consider positive, but the Catalan people have shown on infinite occasions that the route they are seeking to resolve the conflict is peaceful and democratic, with the wish to decide what they want to do, without depending on the state for permission.”Do you believe Catalan society is fractured?”I perceive that there is a wish to fracture it. I believe that in the moment that the referendum was formulated, there was no fracture at all in Catalan society, but obviously in the last few days we have seen situations that nobody likes. To give you an example, an officer from the Policía Nacional was detained in a bar because he threatened the customers with a gun. That is making the situation tenser. There have also been threats and aggression against people hanging posters in the street. That tension appeared in the moment when there was interest in making the situation tenser. We have had many years without incidents of any kind and where the people have expressed their desire to vote and to resolve the conflict peacefully. Aside from that, in terms of the language or in more social terms, I don’t think we live in a fractured society as it is said in Madrid. Not at all. We live in a plural society with different visions about life and that is the wealth we have.”Lately, we have heard many different arguments, both for and against the ‘procés’. One of those surrounds the possibility of Barcelona and Catalan football leaving the Spanish competitions. Do you think the creation of a Catalan league is possible?”I don’t even contemplate that because I believe it has little relevance. It’s an argument that has been shot down on occasions. There are Andorran clubs playing in Spanish competitions in football and basketball. In the end, when there was talk of creating a European Super League, Barcelona were always there. I understand that an elite club like Barca or like Espanyol would maintain their prestige without a problem and that the sport could continue to develop its business and I think that it is in everyone’s interest that the Catalan clubs and others can participate in the competitions as they have up until now. If it is something that worries anyone, I would say they can be relaxed because there are interests that are in [our] favour.” Do you see yourself as an example of the dialogue after passing your wish to Luis Aragones (the coach of Spain at the time) that you did not want to play for the national team?”I don’t think so because ultimately, there was no dialogue. I expressed my convictions and Luis understood them perfectly. If there was a person who didn’t feel motivated to be part of that collective, there was not much point in having the conversation. Perhaps the situation is somewhat similar to that of Catalunya, because for all the police that are sent in, they cannot force the Catalans to change their convictions. The only thing they will achieve is a militarised society, a situation I hope does not arrive. But I don’t think my case can be an example of dialogue because there wasn’t a lot to talk about.”Do you understand why Barcelona’s stance in favour of the ‘procés’ is offending fans of the club outside Catalunya?”I understand it, of course. Everyone has feelings for the things they like the most, but despite globalisation, many football clubs have regional roots and that is a good thing because each club has its own personality based on its history, that makes it feel proud and allows it to express ideas and convictions with calm and with respect.”Mixing politics and sport. Some have applauded Rafa Nadal for saying he is against the process, while Pep Guardiola has been criticised for declaring himself as pro-independence. Do you think there is fear of reprisals for elite sports stars when it comes to expressing certain convictions?”More than a fear of reprisals, I think it’s the fact that everybody wants to live calmly and anything that can cause controversy is something that people don’t like. It makes me laugh when there is talk of not mixing politics and sport because it only applies when the opinion goes against the ‘status quo’. But there are sportsmen and women who are emblematic of certain things, of banks that are evicting people onto the street, and nobody says those things shouldn’t be mixed. But when you say things that go against the grain, they are on top of you. I don’t expect everyone in football to have revolutionary ideas, but perhaps it would be good if there was less fear of these reprisals. The easiest thing is to keep quiet. And you also have to take into account the role of the press, be it in one direction or the other, they exaggerate when the sports stars speak up. I think these situations should be normalised and, as we say in CUP, living means taking part – everyone from their own stance because even though I have been excessively criticised for the things I have said, I have also been excessively praised in other sectors.”You played for Barcelona and Ajax, two clubs with important involvement at a social level for decades. Do you think the relation between football and politics is experienced in a more natural way by players in the Netherlands?”I don’t think so. I didn’t feel that during my time in the Netherlands. The footballers expressed themselves with the same desire to swerve problems as they do here. Both Ajax and Barcelona have positioned themselves at an institutional level, so I don’t think there is much difference between both worlds.”Would you have signed for a club that wasn’t in line with your convictions?”That is a question with a trick. They didn’t come in for me and it’s not something I even contemplated. As a footballer, you choose where you are going to play from the options you have and in my case, those were the ones I had. I was lucky enough to grow up at Barcelona, a club with political and historical convictions that are very close to mine. And after that I played for Ajax, another club where I felt very comfortable.”In a certain way, there are some similarities in politics and also journalism with the world of football, like talking about winners and losers and the analysis of sensations instead of reason. What do you put this lack of nuance down to?”It’s a product of the capitalist system in which we live, where the benefit takes precedence. We see that in the world of football and in the journalism that covers it, looking to sell the maximum number of newspapers possible and to reach the maximum number of visits. In that situation, what is prominent is controversy, and the search for winners and losers. Deeper conversations like the one we are having are not given space and that makes for a human loss where the only winner is the system itself, which continues to accumulate benefits.”What scenario do you see come Monday?”The one I see or the one I would like?” (laughs)Do they not coincide?”Not totally. Perhaps because it’s very difficult to predict. The state has already said it will try to avoid the vote and a lot of police have come in for that, so the vote may not take place with normality. But us Catalans are stubborn and conscious of what it is that we want, and that is to express our democratic right to vote and to self-determination. I foresee a great mobilisation clamouring for that right, and voting. Then we will see what the response is from this militarised state and whether the vote goes ahead with normality, with tranquillity. If more tension is generated, it won’t be from the Catalan people.”
Ranveer Singh on bagging Jayeshbhai Jordaar: It’s the most solid on-paper material I’ve come acrossRanveer Singh, who is gearing up for two big films – 83 and Takht, has bagged another film. He will reunite with Yash Raj Films in Jayeshbhai Jordaar.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 27, 2019 10:11 IST Ranveer Singh.Ranveer Singh is on a spree of bagging big projects. The actor, who is currently working on Kabir Khan’s 83, will star in another film under the Yash Raj Films banner Jayeshbhai Jordaar. Ranveer made his debut in Bollywood with Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), which was also produced under the Yash Raj Films banner.Jayeshbhai Jordaar will be directed by debutante Divyang Thakkar and produced by YRF’s Maneesh Sharma, who also directed Band Baaja Baaraat.Talking to DNA about bagging Ranveer Singh said, “I’ve been immensely fortunate to have collaborated with some of the finest filmmakers in our country. It is gratifying that they believed in my craft and chose me to lead their cinematic vision. All that I have achieved as an actor today is due to these titanic forces showing their faith in me. I’m glad that today I find myself in a position where I can recognise exceptional talent and wholeheartedly back the vision of a brilliant new writer-director like Divyang. Jayeshbhai Jordaar will be my next release after ’83.”Ranveer also revealed some details of the film. He said, “Jayeshbhai is a film with a big heart. In its concept and appeal, it encompasses the broadest spectrum of the cinema-loving audience it’s a movie for everyone! It is, in fact, a ‘miracle script’ that YRF found for me out of nowhere. The sheer brilliance of the writing compelled me to immediately green-light this project. Both humourous and poignant, Jayeshbhai is right up there with the most solid on-paper material I’ve come across.”advertisementTalking about the film and working with Ranveer again, Maneesh Sharma told the daily, “For a filmmaker, the holy grail is a script that is a balance of a relevant message delivered in an entertaining manner. Divyang’s script is a great example of this and we are all excited to have him helm it. What makes this a truly thrilling venture is that I see this as Ranveer and I ‘paying it forward’. Almost a decade ago, we started our journey together when YRF placed their faith in us newcomers. Today, we collaborate with another new talent to offer the audiences a content-driven mass entertainer.”Apart from 83, Ranveer will also be seen in Karan Johar’s Takht. The multi-starrer film will also feature Anil Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar and Janhvi Kapoor.83, on the other hand, will see Ranveer playing legendary cricketer Kapil Dev on the big screen. The film will recreate India’s first Cricket World Cup win in the year 1983. The Indian Cricket Team was then headed by captain Kapil Dev.Ranveer is preparing hard for 83 as the actor spend sometime with the entire cast of 83 in Dharamshala. The team trained and learnt different aspects of the sport during their stay there. They were also visited by many star cricketers and trained under them, including Kapil Dev.Ranveer then spent 10 days with Kapil Dev in Delhi to get a strong grip on his character. Talking to Hindustan Times about spending time with Kapil, Ranveer said, “Kapil sir and his family are very warm, kind and generous people. I’ll be ever grateful to them for being so magnanimous in helping me during this unique character study. Their large-heartedness was touching… something I’ll never forget. They’ve blessed me.”83 will hit the screens on April 10, 2020.Also See | Ranveer Singh chills with Kapil Dev as prep for 83. See picsAlso See | Ranveer Singh on training with Kapil Dev for 83: I will follow him wherever he goesALSO SEE | Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have eyes for only each other at Mumbai receptionAlso See | Ranveer Singh makes Delhi dance to Gully Boy at India Today Conclave 2019Get 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 byVibha Maru Tags :Follow Ranveer Singh
OTTAWA — The Canadian Coast Guard’s recent struggles in resupplying northern communities and rescuing ice-jammed ferries appear set to continue despite the Trudeau government’s plan to invest $15.6 billion in new ships.None of the 18 vessels the government says it plans to buy is an icebreaker, meaning the coast guard will be forced to continue relying on its existing fleet for the foreseeable future.Much of the coast guard’s icebreaker fleet is already near or even already past its expected lifespan, which has resulted in breakdowns and other problems.Federal Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough acknowledged this week that the coast guard needs new icebreakers, but would not say when — or if — the Trudeau government would announce it is buying some.Qualtrough instead indicated that any announcement on additional ships for the coast guard would likely come after the government adds a third shipyard to the two that are already partners in its multibillion-dollar shipbuilding plan.The search for that third shipyard is expected to start in the coming weeks, but while many observers expect Davie Shipbuilding in Quebec City to win, a senior government official said a decision is unlikely before October’s election.The Canadian Press
21 September 2010A United Nations monitoring committee said today that Israeli and Palestinian investigations into the deadly conflict in the Gaza Strip that ended early last year have so far been inadequate. In March, the UN Human Rights Council decided to establish a panel of independent experts to “monitor and assess any domestic, legal or other proceedings undertaken by the Government of Israel and the Palestinian side” in light of the allegations raised last year in the report of the UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission into the Gaza conflict – known as the Goldstone Report.That report alleged that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants were guilty of serious human rights violations and breaches of humanitarian law during Operation Cast Lead, which took place from December 2008 to January 2009.“The parties responded, albeit in a different manner, to the call of the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council to meet their obligations to investigate allegations of crimes detailed in the Fact-Finding Mission report,” said Christian Tomuschat, chair of the committee of experts.“The investigations, however, remain incomplete in some cases or fall significantly short of meeting international standards in others,” he added in a news release.The Committee, which issued its report today, said that while it received no response to its numerous requests for cooperation and access to Israel and the West Bank from the Israeli authorities, it did receive cooperation and assistance from the Palestinian side.“A lack of cooperation from Israel has hampered the Committee’s assessment of investigations into serious violations of war crimes,” Mr. Tomuschat stated.“Israel has published a lot of information on their investigations, but its refusal to cooperate with the Committee made it impossible to assess whether inquiries met international standards.”Despite the lack of cooperation, the Committee was able to draw some conclusions based on official submissions and numerous interviews with military experts and Palestinian witnesses with knowledge of Israeli investigations. “Israel conducted investigations into many incidents, but only four resulted in criminal indictments, one of which led to a conviction for a credit card theft,” Mr. Tomuschat noted.The Committee found that these inquiries did not cover all allegations made by the Fact-Finding Mission. It found that Israel had not undertaken investigations into high-level decision-makers and had also failed to investigate claims of human rights violations in the West Bank alleged to have occurred at the time of the conflict.As for the Palestinian side, the Committee met with members of the independent Commission set up by the Palestinian Authority to investigate alleged human rights violations committed by public officials in the West Bank.“The Committee concluded that those investigations conformed with international standards. However, the Commission was unable to investigate fully allegations of serious violations of war crimes occurring in Gaza due to difficulties the Commission faced in accessing the Gaza Strip,” the experts stated.The UN Committee was however able to assess the work of two Committees of Inquiry established by Hamas, the de facto authorities in Gaza. The first, made up of Hamas officials, “made no serious effort to address the allegations raised by the Fact-Finding Mission,” it stated.The second body provided information on measures taken to redress violations in Gaza, but failed to substantiate assertions that political prisoners had been released and criminal prosecutions had taken place, the experts added.The UN Committee will present its report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council on 27 September.
Depositors of crisis-ridden, Edirisinghe Trust Investment Finance Ltd staged a protest in Colombo today demanding the withdrawal of their deposits.The protesters blocked the road at Ward Place during the protest, disrupting vehicular movement along the road. ETI has been in talks with a foreign company to sell some of its assets.
by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 18, 2015 2:47 am MDT Last Updated Nov 18, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Air Canada (TSX:AC) and CUPE say the airline’s flight attendants have approved a 10-year agreement reached with the carrier last month.The union said in a statement that the agreement was accepted by a narrow margin, but did not provide a voting margin.The new deal covers some 6,500 flight attendants at Air Canada, the country’s largest airline, and 700 at its low-cost carrier, Air Canada Rouge.This is the fifth collective agreement reached between the airline and it employees in just over a year, including a 10-year pact with the airline’s 3,000 pilots adopted in October 2014.No details have been released, but Michel Cournoyer, the head of CUPE’s Air Canada unit, says it contains annual wage increases, “unprecedented job security along with numerous important improvements to working conditions.”“This new, 10-year agreement with CUPE is an important development which will support long term profitable growth for the benefit of Air Canada, said Benjamin Smith, the airline’s president of passenger airlines.“This is a win-win agreement that will provide added stability and flexibility while acknowledging the important contribution of our flight attendants towards Air Canada’s future success.”The agreement has also been approved by the Air Canada board of directors. Air Canada flight attendants approve 10-year contract An Air Canada flight attendant walks through the terminal at the Halifax airport on Sept. 20, 2011. Air Canada and CUPE say the airline’s flight attendants have approved a 10-year agreement reached with the carrier last month.The union said in a statement that the agreement was accepted by a narrow margin, but did not provide a voting margin. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Jaguar Land Rover has secured £3.5 billion in UK supplier contracts for the manufacture of its new Land Rover Discovery Sport, which started rolling off the production line last week.The new model has created 250 new UK manufacturing jobs and follows a £200 million investment in the Halewood plant, resulting in billions of pounds worth of contracts being awarded to 55 UK suppliers. Many of these companies are now also making long-term investments in their own production facilities, safeguarding and creating over 1,000 jobs in the UK supply chain.Ian Harnett, Jaguar Land Rover’s Purchasing Director said, “A strong, competitive supply chain, meeting our rigorous cost and delivery metrics, is fundamental to the sustainable growth of our business. With many more new products in the pipeline, gearing up to supply Jaguar Land Rover is a solid business proposition.”Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant has seen investment more than double, and its workforce treble over the last four years, now employing 4,750 people. Read more about Jaguar Land Rover’s UK manufacturing in our feature here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
OSU then-redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello competes in a match against Arizona State on Nov. 13.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State wrestling team traveled to Las Vegas over the weekend, competing against multiple top-ranked schools, ultimately cashing in and earning a team tournament championship.Sunday’s conclusion of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational saw the Buckeyes at the top of the podium with 118.5 points, where OSU had two individual titles in its respective weight classes, along with a runner-up and two third-place finishers.At 133 lbs. redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello captured the Buckeyes’ first individual title of the weekend along with his 2nd CKLV Invitational title of his career. The final match was the highlight of Tomasello’s tournament, where he scored a match-winning escape in the third period to win 3-2 over Stevan Micic of Michigan.Micah Jordan, a redshirt sophomore at 149 lbs., finished first after a strong tournament performance in both the semifinal and final. In Jordan’s title match, he scored a four-point near fall with a minute and a half left in the match over Pat Lugo of Edinboro. This championship win marked his second straight CKLV Invitational title.Redshirt freshman Jose Rodriguez at 125 lbs. dominated in his semifinal match, cruising to a 17-3 technical fall. In the final match, Rodriguez faced off versus top-seeded Joey Dance of Virginia Tech, where Rodriguez was taken down by Dance with six seconds left in the match, conceding a 4-3 loss.After falling in an upset defeat in the semifinal match 6-4, sophomore Myles Martin at 184 lbs. regained his confidence, bouncing back to a 22-7 tech fall over Steven Schnieder of Binghamton, taking him down nine times throughout the match to claim third place. OSU redshirt freshman Kollin Moore at 197 lbs. rebounded after two early losses, also finishing third with a 9-7 decision victory over Jacob Smith of West Virginia.The Buckeyes return back to Columbus for their first home match of the season on Thursday, Dec. 8, where they face off against the No. 5 ranked Missouri Tigers at 7 p.m.
A smiling Prince Charles has revealed he has toasted the news of becoming a grandfather again “several times” after his son and daughter-in law, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced they are expecting their first child. The Prince of Wales made the comment while on a tour of the Royal Lochnagar Distillery in Aberdeenshire.
There is not enough child care in Petersburg. One of the preschools, the Petersburg Children’s Center, has a waiting list of 45 kids. A planned expansion could help drop that number.Download AudioTeacher Theressa Phillips reads to the toddler class with Assistant teacher, Brina Compton and teen worker, Kallie Caples looking on. Photo/Angela DenningIt’s mid-morning and a handful of toddlers are stomping and growling around a colorful room. These kids are in the toddler room at the Petersburg Children’s Center.The center cares for 45 children ages six weeks to prekindergarten. The center also runs an after school program for kids kindergarten through sixth grade called Eagle’s Nest. There are 24 children in that program with a waiting list as well.The toddlers find their places and settle into story time.Through the door is Brandi Heppe’s office. She is the Director of the children’s center. She says she takes calls all the time from parents needing childcare.“I’m very honest with them and I let them know right off the bat that we do have a wait list,” she said, “and I have no problem putting them on there because you never know with people moving or classrooms adjusting or changing.”The waiting list has increased in the last few years especially with the 3 to 4 year olds.Five-year-old Arielle Tucker paints in the Rainbow classroom. Photo/Angela DenningThe center just can’t take more children without a larger space and additional workers. It is a state-licensed private non-profit and follows State of Alaska guidelines which set class sizes. The center employs 11 full time workers and four part-time.Heppe says smaller class sizes work better anyway.“We just want to make sure that children are being taken care of and valued and just the quality of child care that we want to come out of here just to go on for years and years because I remember coming here as a child and the quality of the care is the exact same as it is now,” she said.Across town, Glorianne Wollen is in the Petersburg Harbor Office answering a constant stream of calls. She’s the borough’s harbor master and summer is her busy time. She’s also a well-known volunteer in town and helping the Children’s Center is her new focus.She says she learned about the center’s long waiting list during a borough assembly meeting.“So I just started thinking about that: what a wonderful problem to have here in a community where we have too many kids and people who want to go to work,” Wollen said. “So I thought, you know, gosh this should be something that we should try and do something about.”She heard that the center wanted to build an addition in order to take more kids so she decided to donate her own money to the project. Then she checked in with the borough’s Economic Development Council to see if it was an economic issue. The answer was yes and the council’s board donated $10,000 to the cause. A few more people have come on board and Wollen hopes the momentum continues.“This is a project that maybe we could help ourselves with rather than going to the state and waiting for them to give us money and know-how to do this,” she said.The seed money has grown to $22,000. With that, the center is going ahead with the project with the hopes that more funds will come forward. Construction is set to start this fall.The plan includes adding two classrooms to the west side of the building. The labor would be all volunteer happening on nights and weekends. Local businesses have agreed to help get supplies at cost. The project’s estimated price tag is less than $100,000.Wollen says it will be money well spent. The expansion will allow 12 more kids into the center.“Now they just have wonderful programs and these little kids are learning things and sparking interests at young ages and I’m just so impressed with what they’re doing up there,” she said.The expansion project comes just as the Petersburg Children’s Center celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.Wells Fargo bank in Petersburg has set up an account for the Children Center’s expansion project. You can also contact Glo Wollen or the Children’s Center for more information.
Paytm usage has increased over the last few months as India pushes towards digital economy. Some users took advantage of a loophole in the online payment platform to get free credits and other benefits, which was discovered by Paytm and a stern measure was taken to prevent it. But that did not bode well for the digital wallet company.Paytm announced on Thursday that it is withdrawing two percent charge on credit cards for adding money to wallet owing to the immense inconvenience caused by the move. The withdrawal took place in just 24 hours after Paytm implemented transaction fees on credit cards in a bid to curb misuse of credit cards.The company said that some users took advantage of the free transactions to recharge their wallet using a credit card and then transfer the money back to their bank accounts. This not only added funds to the account at zero cost, it also won free loyalty points and free credits.International Business Times, India, interviewed an avid Paytm user, who spoke on the condition on anonymity, about utilising Paytm’s model to rotate money.”I recharged my Paytm wallet using my credit card, transferred the money back to my savings account and used the funds to pay by credit card bill. Although it was a one-off case, I was able to avoid hefty bank charges for non-payment and affect my credit score.”This trend affected Paytm, as it loses money. Paytm’s revenue model relies on users spending the money in their wallet within the network. The online payment solutions company said that it pays hefty charges to banks and card networks when users use their credit cards.For the sake of millions of customers!Paytm backtracked on its two percent charge on using credit card for adding money to wallet after it was met with strong resistance from a large group of users. But the One97 Communications Ltd-owned company is committed to build new features to curb any kind of misuse on its platform.”With an intent to prevent the misuse of transfer to bank facility at 0%, we had applied a refundable fee of 2% on add-money through credit cards. At the same time, we are conscious that this move caused inconvenience to a large segment of our users, including those who are using their credit card for genuine transactions,” Paytm said in an official blog post.Paytm currently has 200 million users, making it India’s largest online payment platform. The move was partly to keep its users from switching to rival MobiKwik, which promised to offer services at no cost. MobiKwik has a user base of 55 million in India.
Share Joining the lineup will be international superstar Gwen Stefani. A three-time Grammy ® Award-winner, Stefani has achieved worldwide success as a performer, songwriter, and recording artist who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist.Stefani recently released her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas which features six original and six classic holiday tunes.Set to perform “White Christmas,” Gwen will warm the hearts of audiences nationwide with her rendition of the classic tune as part of the national broadcast of the Parade on NBC. After kicking off the holidays on Thanksgiving, Stefani will return to NBC for “Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” a modern take on traditional Christmas specials featuring musical performances and fun, holiday sketches. This one-hour primetime special set to air Dec. 12 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) will capture Stefani’s infectious spirit and iconic style.On Thanksgiving, to open the 91 st edition of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a host of stars will be showcased “ Dancing in the Streets ” at various locations across the country in anticipation of the big Parade and annual kickoff to the holiday season. Featured stars include Harry Connick Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Jane Krakowski, Gaten Matarazzo, Chrissy Metz, John O’Hurley, Martha Stewart and Thalia, who will dance and sing in the out-of-this-world kickoff to the pomp and pageantry.As the restyled song unfolds, the show arrives at Herald Square, opening atop Macy’s famed red star mark on 34 th Street, where a host of groups will join the impromptu party including the Radio City Rockettes ®, as well as dancers for The Teen Company and Malloy/CAP21, among other Parade participants.Rounding out the lineup will be the incomparable Patti LaBelle, who will take to the streets on The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray ® float, joining previously announced stars 98 Degrees, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Andra Day & Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Nicky Jam, Wyclef Jean, Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Dustin Lynch, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Jojo Siwa and the one-and-only Santa Claus; completing the starry lineup of the march of wonder.The 91 st march of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will also feature 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands and six performance groups.One of the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebrations, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast nationally on NBC, Thursday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. – noon (in all time zones) and hosted by the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. Telemundo will simulcast the Parade in Spanish with the event hosted by stars Carlos Ponce, Jessica Carrillo and Karim Mendiburu. Twitter User @TheWeekThe 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade adds more star power including a special performance by international superstar Gwen Stefani.
Kolkata: West Bengal Highway Development Corporation (WBHDC) is set to get its own office building at Lake Gardens.According to the sources, a land has been identified at Lake Gardens where the building, that will house the office of WBHDC, will come up. The plot belongs to the state Public Works Department (PWD) and the project will also be implemented by the state PWD. At present, the office of WBHDC is situated in the fourth and fifth floor of HRBC Bhavan at Munshi Premchand Sarani near Hastings. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe corporation, that acts as an organisation for development, upgradation and maintenance of state highways, is now going to have its own full-fledged office. Sources said that Mackintosh Burn Limited has prepared the design, based on which the building will be constructed. The authorities of Mackintosh Burn Limited have handed over the design to the designing section of the state PWD to go through and to point out whether there is a need of bringing any change in the design. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAfter the design of the building gets finalised, the officials will take up the subsequent steps to ensure timely initiation of its construction.Sources said that the building will be a six-storeyed one, with a basement. The plot on which the building will be constructed is roughly around 3 cottah in area and accordingly, the building has been designed so that all the aspects get incorporated within the available space.According to an official of the WBHDC, they had been considering the need of a full-fledged office building of the corporation, with all facilities available when carrying out several development projects, including construction of the Iswar Gupta Setu over river Hooghly that will connect Hooghly and Nadia. The official maintained that the state will witness a massive development in road connectivity with construction of the Iswar Gupta Setu.”Finally, the step has been taken to construct the building and there will be utmost effort to complete the work as early as possible,” the official said, adding that the connectivity of the location, where the office building will be constructed, is also good.
News | November 12, 2010 Partnership Offers New 1.5T MRI Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay November 12, 2010 — A new partnership has resulted in a new 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system.Cerner Corp. partnered with Phi Health, a healthcare company dedicated to bringing the technology sector paradigm to healthcare – the idea that advances in technology bring better performance at a lower cost. The first example of the Cerner and Phi effort is Memex, an innovative, superconducting 1.5T MRI system. Clients have the option of purchasing a new Memex or Memex “Green.” Memex Green uses the customer’s existing 1.5T magnet core (non-vendor specific) with new Memex subsystems, including coils, electronics, software, bed and covers. Using an existing magnet core rather than a new magnet reduces the carbon footprint of an MRI system by 168 metric tons. Cerner and Phi also integrated Phi’s post-processing cardiac software, called Marisa, with Cerner’s RadNet solution, which enables technologists to complete a typical one-hour cardiac study in as little as 10 minutes. For more information: www.cerner.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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The High School Teachers’ Association (APSE) called for a national strike on Friday and from 11 am teachers will meet in La Hispanidad roundabout, East of San José, to march to Casa Presidencial where they expect to deliver a list of demands to President Laura Chinchilla.APSE president Beatriz Ferreto said the goal is to mark the international day of women and also “criticize labor policies and changes the government intends to apply in salary bonuses and incentives.”The government through a press release sent from the Labor Ministry dismissed the strike call and said they have been open to dialogue with union groups. “We do not understand how it is that unions’ representatives are calling for a strike Friday, when they formally confirmed that on Thursday they will be presenting a proposal to improve salary policies, and now they call for a strike without even sitting at the table to discuss the document,” said Labor Minister, Olman Segura Bonilla in the statement.Ferreto even asked parents not to send their children to schools, as “all the country’s teachers will join the protest.” However other teachers’ unions as the National Association of Educators and the Costa Rican Education Union have not yet confirmed whether they will participate in the march.The purported draft bill would cut extra salary incentives that are exclusive to educators, including higher severance pay than most public workers, annuities, extra pay for work outside of the classroom (grading homework at home, for example), and “exclusivity” pay, which is a salary bonus so that teachers don’t take a second job. Facebook Comments No related posts.