Let’s Talk About Sex

first_imgWhen we think of ourselves, “sex” is not the first characteristic that comes to mind. Italians and Brazilians are clearly identified as sexual, but not Indians. Exotic perhaps, but certainly not sexy or sexual.But we are sexual beings. After all, we must engage in it more often than the average global citizen. We don’t believe in immaculate conception or divine intervention on a daily basis, so it must be the increased activity of sex that has procreated a population of a billion.  When we arrive here from the place that shaped our sexual identity, we are in conflict with several worlds, including our own. From the moment we step out of India, our conscious pursuits may be for money or knowledge, but our existence holds an intensely sexual dimension to it. One constant refrain at “foreign” student offices in universities around the country during orientation programs is that the “foreigners” should not mis-interpret the friendliness of American women as anything more than that, an expression of casual friendliness.We migrate, or return home, in the Indian purushartha tradition – in pursuit of Artha (money) or Moksha (liberation), or with a grave sense of Dharma (duty) to self or family. The pursuit of the fourth Hindu life principle, Kama (sensuality), is rarely touted. That is strange considering that we come from one of the most fertile lands in procreation. We bring with us a heritage of nude and erotic sculptures and that great text Kamasutra, which preceded our arrival and introduced us to the West.We immigrants straddle many worlds, two of which form our frontiers of where we come from and where we are. The realm of sexuality – sex, sensuality and all things sexual – is not that pronounced, But the codes and conflict of these worlds are at play in our family relations, our new social networks, perceptions in the media, as well as in the motivation to make sense of it all.Our sexual identity is a mix of many worlds. It is a challenge that would have even befuddled Freud. The great Dean of sexuality could comprehend a nuclear, patriarchal family, stable in a culture where patterns are predictable and desires are unchallenged beyond their norms. But is it possible to understand the various manifestations, reactions, implications and narratives of sexuality for immigrants, the people who oscillate between boundaries?India is a puzzle for those willing to think and a simple riddle for those bent on forming an opinion. The culture of sex and sexuality in India is far too difficult to be understood in all its dimensions. There is the age-old conflict between tradition and modernity or the nativist and the commercial culture in India. We are coded in our sexual behavior. We shy away from pre-marital sex and sex education is taboo in schools. We seem to keep our distance from the other gender and that too, by limiting the movements and gestures of women in the family and the public space. We are a prudish society that does not seem to know how to be comfortable with sex and sexuality, mutual gender or in shaping our desires into elegant or respectful gestures in public. The boundaries between sexes are marked and the rights of puberty are masked by either religious rituals or glossed over by parents and family. Since most Indians live in joint families, this is even harder as we see around us clear expressions of “sexiness” and fully sexual beings. Families that live in smaller living space have to be very cautious and considerate, often talking about sex in coded terms, mostly in hushed tones.Courtship in India is remarkably un-natural. We talk to girls from fifteen feet, rarely breaking the unspoken codes of restraint and respect with purer, freer expressions of feelings. We are indeed devoid of languages for courtship. In a very odd manifestation, we sing Hindi film songs or quote poetry to make our feelings known, in rich metaphors with hardly a connection to the heart of the man or a woman we are approaching. I have observed more than once incidents of the fresh grooms asking for appropriate verses to use in the closely observed courtship rituals and even on the first night of their lives. We have a mythology of sexuality in Indian cinema, which assumes that the culture is prudish, reserved and quite harsh on itself. Expressions of sexuality and true awakening of sexuality are always taboo; we think speaking of it will make us all dirty or violate our divine command of chastity and purity.As we look back on the life we left behind, sexual awakenings appear to be fugue, a cloudy mish-mash of missed opportunity, encounters with codes and the authorities that imposed them. Very few of us, particularly in the middle class, broke open those boundaries and enjoyed ourselves.Things have altered a bit for the newer urban middle class. Their proximity and Western style consumerism has brought them closer, physically and perhaps sexually. The path of their lives is not that liberated or clear. While they do enjoy somewhat of a clearer encounter with things sexual, their later rituals, marriage and family life allow them to lapse into the Indian prudishness toward sexuality. You must be careful about sex, not appear sexy; sex is not a public topic and one does not talk about one’s sexual desires or experiences in public.Reserved as we are in engaging with matters of sex and sexuality in expressive form, there are part of our lives that are intensely sexual. Indian clothing, particularly that of women, has been seen as sexy (also elegant, respectful, etc.). The calculated exposure of the blouse design and the curves that make a sari, revealing what has only just become fashionable in the West, the mid-riff, all speak of intentions to move the body in front of others, defining what is sexy and how artful that sexiness can be. Other forms of dresses, including skirts, salwaar-khameez, etc. have their own distinct, inviting features that are pleasing to the eye and in their variety, unmatched anywhere. Contrast that with mini skirts or tank tops, jeans with ever widening mid-riffs. Western clothing is less colorful, less charming and hardly artful. This in-your-face sexuality is not something Indian clothing practices and that is something very sexy indeed.We clothe our prudishness in seductive, colorful and distinctive clothing. That may well be a metaphor for how we see sex and sexuality in India, because after all, that is where our sensibilities are shaped.Outside of the limits of the personal or the familial, our streets are exploding with sex. There are billboards with giant breasts, gyrating hips posed to eternity, and a combination of animalistic roughness in our heroes and villains, surrounded by voluptuous and inviting beauties. In films, sex is not simply an expression; it is an underlying theme, a reward for the victories of men and a feast for those who pay for the tickets. There is hardly graphic sex in Indian movies, but its underlying tenor is obvious. There are aggressive courtship gestures and incredibly loaded language to suggest sexual unions, elevated to the poetic, but erotic nevertheless. The explosion of commercial culture during the past 15 years has exacerbated these trends. What was once the province of Bollywood, has been taken over by the commercial industry, which has cashed in all the repressed sensibilities of Indians. It is so much in your face that even children are now aware of the parts of women’s bodies and their personal rituals. It is hard to imagine that you are in a culture that is reserved about matters of sexuality.Bollywood and commercial culture are deepening the fantasies of a prudish nation. As cultural norms persist, they fantasize about their sexuality through a sexy Zeenat Aman or Dimple, perhaps Aishwarya Rai or Madhuri Dixit, but they return to their own reality, which holds an enormous weight in matters of the flesh. The key here is the moment of wedding, either in the film or in the lives of these Bollywood babes. Since most Bollywood narratives end in marriage, there is no life to these real life sexy divas after marriage. We see a return to classical prudishness. It is now simple clothing, family life and press briefings without make-up. Perhaps all this sex and sexiness in Indian culture is at the level of fantasy. But it allows us, in fact, forces us to live in two worlds. We live cautiously to explore and practice sexuality, to talk about it or even learn about it (sex education is not possible in many states). And yet, we watch our public world explode with sexual images, narratives and fantasies. The visual character of Indian street, among other things, is intensely sexual. But it is a street of a culture that practices sexuality as if it is the last caution against the human body.We immigrants carry it all here. Our perceptions of sex and sexuality in this culture are shaped by Hollywood movies, TV shows, gossip programs and the vast publicity machine that creates America for immigrants even before they arrive here.On the face of it, America is very open and free. Sex, we are told, is like money, you will find it anywhere if you look for it. Issues like premarital sex, sex education in schools are quite common in public life. The status of relationships, even that of family, is fluid. One can have many partners, some official, some not. There are fewer taboos in terms of the interpersonal practice of sex. Sexuality is still the currency that drives consumer culture. Everything is sexual. It is hard to take your 5-year-old to a mall and let her think that it is all a display of things that can be sold. But it is a society that lives with a relatively open public exchange about sex. Homosexuality is a common, public subject. If you listen to a fanatic right winger, you might find that in his rage-ridden commentary, he takes interest in describing gay sex. Practitioners are not obsessed with it, so they do not describe it. This culture does not have a grip on simplicity when it comes to sex and sexuality. It is also, much like ours, a deeply ambivalent culture. It is beset with contradictions that are less rich and verge on hypocrisy. Remember the brouhaha over the exposed 40-year old breasts of Janet Jackson during Super Bowl half time? No one seemed to balk over commercials on the same show for drugs for overcoming erection problems. This culture is ridden with such contradictions. There is Hollywood, along with the largest pornographic industry and a highly charged consumer culture where advertisers like Tom Ford, shamelessly cross the boundaries of sexual humiliation of women. The right screams and schemes about constraining sexuality in this country, spending millions teaching teenagers to retain their virginity. The schisms are so deep that they seem to drive the psyche of the nation. We arrive here and make this our new home. We bring with us our own contradictions that would be inexplicable to outsiders and even to ourselves. But we land in an equally deep morass of confusion and duplicitous practices about sex and sexuality. This encounter, unique and distinct, has its challenges, generating crises and confusions.Just as we think Americans are open and free about sexuality, Americans seem to think of us as sexually rich and even complicated. For outsiders, we are the inheritors of Kamasutra clearly the best known text on sex and sexuality. When in India, we did not read it or live by it, but now, we have to confront it. There are many misconceptions about it, but it still remains a text from India which the publishing industry has made its own. We are misunderstood by Kamasutra as much as Kamasutra is misunderstood by us. As we navigate through the contradictions, we have to also live with representations of ourselves. From The Simpsons to Sex and the City, there are references, jokes, and hyperboles about the incredible prowess of Indians in matters sexual – the 14-hour orgasms, umpteen numbers of acrobatic sexual positions, etc. We may be dunces in popular culture and The Simpson’s Apu may have made himself quintessentially Indian, but in matters of sexuality we have Herculean capacities. All fiction, all fantasy, but we live with their realities.We have to raise families in a culture that is so diametrically contradictory and very loud about those contradictions. Our daughters have to date in this culture – an idea that evokes nightmares in the minds of most immigrant parents. Our sons bring home their American girlfriends and we worry if she might spoil the well-kept prudish character that marches as tradition. Our wives, who hardly engaged in public conversations with men back home, have to work in public spaces. Men meet women in their workplace. How do you finesse manners that you did not learn before? Shah Rukh Khan, his glasses and jackets helped you a little in India. That role playing made moments pass. But now, simple encounters and courtship in a culture that has its own neurotic contradictions are not easy. This is where theory collapses. We now have to figure out new modes and strategies of living.If it is not this or that person, then it is the entire culture that is out to teach you how they view sexuality, how they practice it, market it, condone it and condemn it. Sex, more than money, makes us who we are. It informs our psyche, generates conflicts, sleepless nights and also postures of thinking. As we venture out of our cocoons, there is world to see, to meet and even to live with. There is a world to be made love to. We have to understand where we are, who we are meeting, what shapes their attitudes and what we and they bring to encounters. This requires effort at thinking for ourselves, for others and also for what we have brought with us. Sex and sexuality are not all consuming desires, but they are fundamental to our existence.But it is easy to prescribe than to practice. The close encounter of the world of the immigrant, who has brought the conflicting world  of prudish, restrictive  values, with the rich heritage of pioneering sexuality and a public exhibition of sexuality from home has to confront another chasm here: that between the apparent openness and freedom on the one hand and the restrictive moralistic orthodoxy on the other. Even Freud would find this impossible to navigate.Before we contemplate what insights our own tradition can provide, let us also think about how deeply pathological our orientation in this world could be when it comes to sex and sexuality. We own an imaginary heritage in India without knowing how complex and challenging and fluid it has been all along. Given the rigidity of contemporary Indian thought, we forget that India’s greatness lay in its plurality and its eternal flexibility in everything. We are not a dogmatic people. We cannot impose our selective morality upon the next generation. Theirs is a world of their own. Our spouses, brothers and sisters may all be charting their paths in something that is fundamentally natural. In fact, there is no guilt associated with sex in Indian tradition and sex is not performed in the name of some divine powers. So we must be less pathological and restrictive. We ought to be aware that our regressive reactions may well be caused by the conflicts of values that are playing out in our minds. We moved from one set of dubious commitments to another when we transplanted ourselves into this culture. Our confusions and bewilderments are richer than any one else’s. There are more fundamental problems that affect our personal lives, such as the sexual mores and perceptions. There is your daughter’s dating plans or your marriage to a woman from another culture. There is always a clash, a conflict, but always an opportunity to make things more complicated than what may have been.When we walk around in this culture, we are instantly Indian, of course. But we are also rich in our sexuality. After all, we wrote Kamasutra, one of the best selling book about sexuality. The 1960s sexual liberation was as much about the “awakening” of sexuality catalyzed by the encounter with India as it was about finding one’s self in a rigid and traditional culture. Confronted with all this, we Indians are not quite open in aligning ourselves with our own history. Kamasutra or not, India has a tradition of sexuality that is integrated in ways of life, culture and even religion. After all, Kama is one of the paths of life. It does not carry guilt. It is not pursued because we are answering the call of some divine powers. It is pursued because you are born for it. It is an essential activity that gives meaning to who you are and what you want to be. It is a path of life that requires dedication as much as pursuit of money and enlightenment needs your well-defined commitments.As messengers of a culture that is richer and one that placed sex, passion and sensuality on the same level of worship of divinity, we ought to understand Kamasutra better.The gift and insight Indians bring to this world of hypocrisies and contradictions is the understanding that sex is a part of sensuality and that itself is our orientation in the world. It is this understanding that makes sex so rich, and not just pure bodily pleasure. The West is caught up in this dilemma as it separated the categories of pleasures that bodies can have and those that minds can articulate or experience. When the Indian tradition put Kama in the middle of all the other human paths, it showed how passion and sensuality are not about bodily pleasures, not about here-and-now and certainly not about acrobatic sex or genital pleasures. It is about embracing an ethic to approach everything.It is time to claim that richness and not be embarrassed by the sexual insights that the Indian tradition offers. For the greatest gift we have that separates our existence from now until later, after death, in another form, is that we have senses with which we experience the world. Without senses, we would not know we are alive. And with senses, we know how to live. We cannot squander away these opportunities, but instead should embrace and understand them.One way to recognize the capacity of the senses and then to unleash their potential to establish ourselves in the world, is the embrace of another. It could well be a woman, a man or animals, objects around us, the ray of the sun, the comfort of the moon and the trickle of the rain. It takes effort to appreciate the great, intrinsic values of these fleeting moments. Despite the foolish ways we count time, there isn’t much of it we have until we can appreciate the capacity of our senses.It is for this reason that we immerse ourselves into what we have and in this case, it is sex. But it is also courtship, friendship, sound, and vision, everything that opens up as we meet others. Any distractions from this create confusion, reductive life styles and manuals that speak of means to illusory ends and abuse the human body. It is time to claim this heritage of our lives, our traditions, our temples and erotic sculptures. For Westerners, these are matters of flesh. For us, these are matters of spirit, thought, soul, all enabled by the body, which is the seat of the senses. Tantalizing ReadSex surveys help you understand better much the same way, a car crash on the other side of the road makes you concern yourself with how you are driving.Over the past few years, there have been several global surveys on the sex habits of Indians. The results are not all that impressive. But then again, did they really ask us? Indians are less satisfied, men report having fewer orgasms (46% for men and 26% for women). Their frequency of sex per year is only 76 against a global average of 97. They average three partners a year, while the rest of the world boasts 7.7. We get started at the age of 20.3 while the world seems to begin sexual activity at 18.Greeks have sex most frequently – 138 times a year, approximately once every three days – but they must not intend it for procreation. They likely are good clients of the condom manufacturer, Durex, which conducts the most widely reported survey. Europeans must love these condoms or they lack virility, because the frequency of sex has not alleviated the growing concern over their shrinking population. On the other hand, Indian men, perennially shy about using a condom, must have a good delivery system as they average sex only half as frequently as their European counterparts.A few months ago a news story bemoaned the fact that international condoms were too large for Indian men. The humiliating news did not spark a national outrage. The price of rice and dal did.Global Sex SurveyCountryFrequencyNo of Partners Age of First SexGlobal977.718USA12414.316Greece11713.216.6Croatia1161116.7South Africa11610.616.9New Zealand11510.516.9Italy11110.217.2France11010.217.2Israel1109.717.2Russia1109.517.3Britain1078.817.3Germany1058.517.4Hungary1058.517.5Turkey1058.217.6Canada998.217.6Thailand998.117.7Spain98718Holland946.918Nigeria946.618.1Mexico936.518.2Poland936.318.2Czech Republic894.518.3Malaysia884.2 Related ItemsLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website Bigger India Chetna Kapoor | February 28, 2019Virginia Brewery Apologizes For Beer Sharing Name With Hindu DeityA Virginia brewery has apologized for a beer that shares its name with a Hindu deity. 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U.P. police inspector threatens law student for tweet on stubble burning

first_imgA U.P. police inspector in Bareilly district has threatened a law student of invoking the National Security Act and Gangsters Act against him for tweeting against stubble burning in his area. In a telephonic conversation that went viral on Friday, Surendra Singh Pachauri, SHO, Sheeshgarh, could be heard asking Ishaq Khan, a student of law, how he dared tweet about stubble burning without his permission. “Come to the police station immediately, else the NSA and Gangsters Act will be invoked against you,” Mr Pauchauri could be heard saying in the audio clip.When Mr Khan pleaded that he only pointed out about pollution in his neighbourhood and that he was a differently-abled person, Mr Pachauri said he would correct his disability.In a statement, the Bareilly police responded that Mr Khan tweeted on November 9 and an FIR was registered against Chandrasen for burning stubble under Sections 278, 290 and 291 of the IPC. The Circle Officer of Baheri had been asked to conduct an inquiry into the behaviour of the SHO.Ramanand Rai, CO, Baheri told The Hindu that he found the audio clip to be authentic. “The language used was not something that we expect from a public servant. The SHO seemed to be under pressure because of the Ayodhya verdict. As the charge was made by a Muslim against a Hindu, he thought it could snowball into a major issue. That’s why he was unusually harsh.”SP (Rural) Sansar Singh said the report has been submitted and soon action will be taken against the erring official.last_img read more

Champion Mary keeps her feet firmly on the ground

first_imgMary Kom spent just about ten minutes in the Excel Arena ring during her semi-final loss against Nicola Adams, but needed more than three hours to finish TV interviews after that.From Manipur to New Delhi and London, and on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, Mary Kom is the hottest topic of discussion.I tried something different on Wednesday, deciding to listen to the live Mary Kom interviews when allowed rather than just becoming an interviewer myself. It was simply fascinating. Despite being asked the same questions repeatedly, Mary Kom did not get tired of replying.To me, it was like her coach Charles Atkinson drilling her in training sessions and she had to keep punching. I must admit that while some of the questions she had to answer were banal, not many grilled her about the tough life in Manipur.Considering that her mother and husband are in London, she decided to spend quality time with them on Thursday. She also had several interviews to give and attend meetings with people as there is a sizeable Manipuri population in London. In fact, one of the international wire service correspondents is from Manipur and she seemed to have more access to Mary Kom — or so I thought.But what has impressed me the most is that Mary Kom is answering with a degree of caution and not making any wrong statement. I had noticed in her earlier interviews in London, or when she was talking to people close to her, she made it a point to thank god. She believes firmly in Jesus Christ and has no hesitation in invoking Him before any bout.advertisementBut after the semi-final, Mary Kom made sure to thank each person. She mentioned how it was not just Manipuris but each Indian from every religion who prayed for her. “I am touched by this gesture, to know so many people prayed for me,” an emotional Mary Kom told me.Even though her Hindi is not fluent, she still doesn’t mind giving TV interviews to them. It’s so very different from the other Indian sporting stars who shoo away young reporters. But this is Mary Kom, a lady who knows what struggles in life are about and how to reach the top.It was close to 14 years ago that Mary Kom saw Dingko Singh being treated like a hero after winning gold at the Bangkok Asian Games. Dingko was taken in an open jeep back like a true hero and Mary Kom decided that she would take up boxing, a rather unglamorous sport.To be away from her family and train hard has meant that she has had to make huge sacrifices. But what has helped Mary Kom keep her head on her shoulders, as I have seen, is the background she comes from.In India, from politicians to average citizens like you and me, we have only heard about the hardships that Manipuris face in their own state. There are power cuts, rations are in short supply and you pay as much as Rs 1,500 for a gas cylinder! I am also aware that buying petrol at close to Rs 140 per litre is such a difficult thing.But Mary Kom did not speak about how people in Manipur suffer because of electricity short supply. She did, however, mention how fans at home had to travel to distant places to catch the TV signal in order to watch her bout.When Mary Kom returns to India, there will be huge celebrations. She is a role model for people from her state and politicians will also want to meet her.How badly neglected North East India is we all know, but if one big Olympic medal can come from Manipur, we ought to tap the latent sporting potential there. There is no point in setting up sports centres in metros. Natural talent like Mary Kom comes from Manipur and before he we also had star hockey player Thoiba Singh.The medal celebrations will continue for a while but not many would know that even before retirement Mary Kom has already set up a boxing training centre in Manipur.What began as a passion for excelling as an athlete has been realised. An Olympic medal is the ultimate glory and I haven’t got tired hearing or reading her interviews.Like her punches in the ring, it’s all so natural.last_img read more

WATCH: Speech Sachin Tendulkar could not deliver in Rajya Sabha

first_imgBharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar was supposed to speak in the Parliament on Thursday but he wasn’t allowed to deliver his speech by Congress MPs, who kept shouting slogans of ‘pradhan mantri sabha mein aao (PM come to the Rajya Sabha)’.Tendulkar, who has played a record 200 Test matches for India, was to make his debut speech in the Rajya Sabha before it was interrupted by the opposition party. But the incident didn’t the Master Blaster from speaking his heart out.A day after the incident, the 44-year-old took to social media to deliver his speech as he posted a video of the same on youtube and shared it across various social media platforms.”Namaste to my fellow Indians. Yesterday there were a few things which I wanted to convey to you all but couldn’t do it. So I will try to do that today.”I often wonder what brought me here. Little that I realise that those baby steps in cricket would lead me to a great lifetime of memories. I always loved playing sport and cricket was my life. My father, Professor Ramesh Tendulkar, was a poet and a writer. He always supported me and encouraged me to be what I wanted to be in life. The greatest gift I got from him was the freedom to play. The right to play. And I would always be grateful to him for that.”There are many pressing matters in our country which requires our attention. Economic growth, poverty, food security, healthcare among many others. Being a sportsman I’m going to talk on sports, health and fitness of India. For it has a telling impact on our economy. My vision is a healthy and fit India. ‘Jab swasthya hai yuva, tab desh mein kuch hua (when the youth is healthy, then the only the country can progress)’. India is set to emerge as the youngest average age nation in the world by 2020. So the assumption is, ‘yeh young hai to fit hai (they are young so they must be fit)’.advertisement”But we are wrong. We are the diabetic capital of the world with over 75 million people being affected by this disease. And when it comes obesity, we are sitting at No. 3 spot in the world. The economic burden of these diseases will not allow our nation to progress. According to a UN report, the impact on the Indian economy of non-communicable diseases from 2012 to 2030 will be USD 6.3 trillion. But we all can bring this figure down together. If we all work towards taking care of our health and fitness. If we can exercise, play some sport then a lot can change for us. But I feel for that to happen we need a plan to help us become a sporting nation to change our sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy mindset.”Our fitness sessions are getting lighter and eating sessions are getting heavier. We need to change this habit. I feel that in this mobile-phone generation we are all turning immobile.”Many of us only discuss but we don’t play at all. We need to transform India from a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation. Make everyone more active and participative. Inculcate and develop a sporting culture in our country. The northeast of India which has only 4% population of India has a vibrant sporting culture. It has produced many sporting heroes including our boxing icon Mary Kom, recently-crowned champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, Dipa Karmakar, Bhaichung Bhutia, Sarita Devi, Sanjita Chanu and many many more.”Sport promotes social harmony. President Nelson Mendela’s efforts to use the Rugby World Cup in South Africa’s journey to become an inclusive state is legendary. Sport has a unique way of building a nation. It builds character for individuals. And character for individuals means character for India. From being a naughty child to chasing the dream to win the World Cup for India, I became more disciplined and more focussed. I had a goal and I started planning for it. But the most important aspect was the execution of those plans. Not always did I succeed, there were occasions where I failed. But sports taught me to get back on my feet again and compete in the fairest possible manner.”Here is the rest of the speech:last_img read more

Ryan Hires Thurman For Bills’ Defense

first_imgORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills new coach Rex Ryan’s staff in Buffalo will have a familiar New York Jets resemblance.All eight assistants hired by the Bills on Jan. 15 previously worked with the Jets under Ryan, including Dennis Thurman who takes over as Buffalo’s defensive coordinator.Thurman held the same job the past two seasons in New York and has a lengthy tie to Ryan, who was hired Jan. 12. Thurman and Ryan have worked together since being members of the Baltimore Ravens defensive staff in 2002.Thurman takes over a Bills defense that finished fourth in the NFL in yards allowed, led the league with 54 sacks and produced three Pro Bowl linemen. He replaces Jim Schwartz, whose contract was terminated this week, allowing him to pursue other jobs.Under Thurman, the Jets defense finished sixth in yards allowed in the NFL last season, and 11th in 2013.Ryan spent the past six seasons coaching the Jets before being fired following a 4-12 finish last year. In Buffalo, he replaced Doug Marrone, who stepped down abruptly on Dec. 31 after his second season.Ryan is a defensive specialist, who has an established reputation for an attacking philosophy. During his introductory news conference Jan. 14, Ryan vowed he intended to build the Bills into “bullies.”Karl Dunbar was hired to coach the defensive line, after holding the same role with the Jets the past three years. He has 10 seasons of NFL coaching experience. Dunbar also served as defensive line coach at LSU, where he worked with current Bills tackle Kyle Williams.Dunbar was also an NFL defensive lineman, and played under Ryan’s father, Buddy Ryan, with the Arizona Cardinals in 1994-95.Bobby April III takes over as linebackers coach after holding the same job with the Jets the past two seasons. April is the son of former Bills special teams coach Bobby April Jr.Tim McDonald will coach defensive backs, the same job he had in New York the previous two seasons. He’s a former NFL player who earned six Pro Bowl selections during a 13-year career split between the Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.Tony Sparano Jr. will coach tight ends after spending last season serving as a Jets offensive assistant. He is the son of former Miami Dolphins and interim Oakland Raiders coach Tony Sparano.The Bills also hired Jeff Weeks (assistant defensive line coach), Eric Smith (special teams assistant) and Jason Oszvart (strength and conditioning assistant).Ryan still has several jobs to fill on his offensive staff, which will be headed by newly hired coordinator Greg Roman.The Bills made two roster moves by signing defensive back Jonte Green and offensive guard Darryl Johnson to reserve/future contracts.Green was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 draft by Detroit and had seven starts in 24 games with the Lions over the 2012 and ’13 seasons.Johnson was an undrafted free agent out of New Mexico, who signed with San Diego last spring before being cut by the Chargers in August.(JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

OSU Is Rolling, And Mason Rudolph Is Singing Garth Brooks

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Mason Rudolph is done for the day (I think) after throwing his second touchdown pass against Southeastern Louisiana, and he’s clearly enjoying himself. After No. 2 found Jhajuan Seales for his second six of the day, he turned on the pipes and crooned some “Friends In Low Places” at Austin Hays.Mason Rudolph: “(Austin) Hays and I, that’s kind of our song. He loves to sing it. It was a duet.” https://t.co/8Mg8N6QazN— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 4, 2016This is the “Mike Gundy sitting on a metal folding chair” moment of 2016 so far. Long live QB1.Let’s check in on the #okstate game. pic.twitter.com/haaVstY4y9— brooke clay (@ruralgoneurban) September 3, 2016last_img read more

1st Mare Forum Dubai Global Leaders Maritime Summit to …

first_img Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom The 1st Mare Forum Dubai Global Leaders Maritime Summit has garnered worldwide attention. The Summit to be held on February 25th 2014 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai & Chairman of the Executive Office has been organized by Drydocks World & Maritime World in partnership with Mare Forum. The event to be held at Madinat Jumeriah has generated overwhelming interest & participation from both the regional and international marine, maritime and shipping sectors. This professional forum will bring together policy makers and chief executives of industry in a decisive dialogue and debate, where business strategy and policy-making for today and tomorrow’s issues can be realized with optimal results. As top international business leaders will be in Dubai to formulate The Big Picture for the Marine, Maritime and offshore industry.The event has also drawn interest from many sponsors & these include Dubai Maritime City, The Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries, The Emirates Classification (Tasneef) The Emirates Classification (Tasneef) Emirates Classification – Tasneef, RINA Group- Italy, Al Ghurair Resources, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Mubarak Marine, the Marshall Islands Registry, Lloyd’s Register, GMS Leadership, Robban Assafina Magazine and Ship to Shore and many more.The Summit will focus on topics relating to global geopolitical considerations today and in the future and examine the world economy, its energy and resource needs and challenges, trade patterns and how this will impact on the maritime industry. Year 2013 turned out to be well-balanced for global energy markets. Demand has risen from Asian markets and competition from unconventional hydrocarbon production has increased and this represents shifts in the established global energy order. Besides, demand due to increased population and economic growth and ensuing power requirements has placed heavy emphasis on the use of alternative and renewable energy sources to attain sustainable development.Industry experts expect global energy consumption to rise by 41 percent from 2012 to 2035. That’s an annual growth rate of 1.5 percent. Most of that increase will come from the emerging economies while energy use in the advanced countries will increase, mainly because of new efficiencies. Oil, natural gas and coal will each comprise about 27 percent of the energy mix with the rest coming from nuclear, hydroelectricity and renewable sources. Natural gas consumption is expected increase at 1.9 percent a year. The role of gas in an expanding energy market, opportunities that the offshore industry can provide to the shipping industry, the challenges and upsides for oil and gas exploration & production and the basics for growth in the LNG market will be discussed.The event will examine the liquid, dry bulk and container market outlook as well as the outlook per ship type. The dry bulker market utilization is set to improve from this year with increase in demand. The tanker market is changing in favour of product tankers due to a forecasted increase in tonne-mile demand for all types of product types. The VLCC fixture activity is also seen to be picking up gradually giving a positive outlook for the future. Market issues on how shipping can be profitable in a changed market economy, future shipping trends, the creation of a profitable and sustainable shipping industry and trends in shipping rates will be discussed. Offshore perspectives including the economic viability of environmentally friendly vessels and the dynamics in relation to China will be debated.The economic issues relating to such investments, the advantages and disadvantages of such technology, the role of LNG in the future, ballast water management are other topics that would be discussed. The future of the Dubai Maritime Cluster in the light of Dubai dynamics of today and the future for the next 10 to 20 years and beyond will be discussed. The strategies and goals for this sector including topics relating to logistics, taxes, shipbuilding, shipping law, ports and terminals and attendant service industries will also be covered.His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World and Chairman of Mare Forum Dubai said, “We are truly honored to have such global business leaders who will not only discuss and exchange thoughts but will formulate opinion and present conclusions and synthesis over the future of the marine and maritime industry. This forum is a comprehensive one, which will provide a total new outlook to future maritime business. The Global leaders will spend the 2nd day on special business discussion and visits to major maritime centers. The event will focus global attention to the growing importance and emerging stature of Dubai as a critical hub for the industry. This is the first of a series of international forums in Dubai with focus on world-wide recognition of the growing importance and emerging stature of Dubai, the UAE & the region within industry circles.”The speakers and discussion panelists are drawn from high profile personalities from various sectors in the industry and will include Jannis Kostoulas, President Mare Forum; Rashed Al Hebsi, CEO, TASNEEF; Ugo Salerno, Group CEO, RINA; Djamal Djoury, CEO, Ghurair Resources; Roberto Giorgi, Honorary President, V.Ships; Chris Wiernicki, CEO & President, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) ; Henrik O. Madsen, Group CEO – DNV GL; Robert Lorenz-Meyer, Chairman, Ernst Russ GmbH & Co. KG and Past President BIMCO; Jan Fransen, Managing Director, Green Award Foundation; Alexander M. Economides, Director, EPT USA; Theofilos Xenakoudis, Worldwide Business Operations Officer, IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry; Marco Albers, Head of Transport & Export Finance, Managing Director, DekaBank; Kevin Tang, Director, Brazil-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Dato’ Jude P. Benny Managing Partner, Joseph Tan Jude Benny, Singapore; and several others leaders from globally renowned shipping and maritime organizations. Drydocks World, January 27, 2014last_img read more

Le gala de remise des prix pour la création en NouvelleÉcosse met

first_imgLes membres de la communauté artistique et culturelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont invités à assister au cinquième gala annuel de remise des prix pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse qui aura lieu le 29 octobre au Quai 21, à Halifax. Le gala, organisé par le Conseil de partenariat des arts et de la culture de la Nouvelle-Écosse, célébrera et mettra en vedette les accomplissements et les contributions des artistes de toute la province. Les lauréats seront dévoilés pour le Prix Grand-Pré, le Prix communautaire pour les arts, le Prix de mérite pour un artiste établi, le Prix Portia White et le prix de protégé. En plus de ces prix, le Prix du chef-d’œuvre de la lieutenante-gouverneure de la Nouvelle-Écosse sera présenté à l’un de cinq finalistes. Le gala de remise de prix pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse vise à présenter et à renforcer le secteur de la culture, qui contribue plus de 1,2 milliard de dollars par année à l’économie provinciale et qui emploie directement plus de 28 000 Néo-Écossais. « La Nouvelle-Écosse compte de nombreux artistes doués et des organismes artistiques qui renforcent nos communautés et qui contribuent à améliorer la vie des familles, a dit Percy Paris, ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Il est important de célébrer leur excellence dans ce domaine et de reconnaître qu’ils font de notre province un meilleur endroit. » Des renseignements supplémentaires sur le gala de remise des prix pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse de 2010, y compris la réservation de billets, les mises en candidature aux prix et les critères d’admissibilité, sont disponibles (en anglais seulement) sur le site www.creativenovascotia.com.last_img read more

Incumbent Liberals wont have to fight for right to carry party banner

first_imgOTTAWA – Liberal MPs won’t have to fight for the right to carry the ruling party’s banner in the next election — provided their riding war chest is at least half full and they’ve made concerted efforts to keep in contact with voters.Under new rules unveiled at a Liberal caucus meeting Sunday, incumbents who meet those and several other conditions by Oct. 1 will be acclaimed as candidates for the 2019 election, without the bother of having to win open nomination contests.The new rules represent an about-face for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who ended the Liberal party’s 20-year-old practice of protecting incumbents from nomination challenges when he took the helm in 2013.At the time, the Liberals had been reduced to third-party status with fewer than 35 seats in the House of Commons. Trudeau argued that forcing open nominations across the board, including for incumbent MPs, would help develop the ground organization the party needed to claw its way out of the political wilderness.And he pointed to his own tough nomination battle in Montreal’s Papineau riding in 2008 as proof.“Everything I achieved in the rest of my career, including this leadership run, I owe directly to that nomination race because it taught me about working on the ground, it taught me about organizing, it taught me how to win over people step by step,” Trudeau said in an interview several months before winning the Liberal leadership in a landslide.Other senior Liberals maintained that shielding incumbents from nomination challenges had bred a culture of entitlement that was at least partly responsible for the years of internecine leadership feuding that ultimately led to the once-mighty party’s downfall.But that was then.Now, there are 183 Liberal MPs and they’ve been lobbying hard for a reprieve from nomination contests, arguing that they shouldn’t have to waste time fighting off potential challengers while they’re supposed to be in Ottawa working on government business — particularly when a 2016 change in party membership rules has made it much easier for an individual to mount a challenge.The party has done away with paid memberships and now allows anyone willing to register for free as a Liberal supporter to vote in nomination contests.“We are busy doing our jobs and it’s not only just a distraction but I think it’s unfair to the voters,” said Montreal MP Alexandra Mendes, adding that she’s “very comfortable” with the new rules.After what the party says was the most extensive consultation ever conducted on the nomination process, the party’s national board approved the new rules. Among the conditions to be acclaimed, an MP and his or her riding team must have:— taken part in at least two “voter contact day of action” events in the previous 12 months.— knocked on at least 3,500 doors or made 5,000 phone calls.— stocked the riding war chest with money amounting to at least half of the riding’s anticipated election expenses limit for the 2019 election and provided a written plan for raising the other half.— signed up at least 30 new monthly donors, based on the number of such donors as of Jan. 1, 2016 or Jan. 1, 2018, whichever is less.— signatures of support from at least 150 registered Liberals in the riding.As well, the national campaign chair must be satisfied that an incumbent has fulfilled his or her duties as an MP.In ridings where there is no sitting Liberal MP, the local Liberal association must document that it has conducted a thorough search for women candidates, have at least 15 per cent of the election expenses limit in its bank account, have at least 150 registered Liberals in the riding and have recruited at least 15 new monthly donors before the party will allow a nomination contest to be called.In the run-up to the 2015 election, Trudeau’s vow to allow open nominations in every riding was questioned by some would-be candidates who complained that their contests were rigged to favour so-called stars recruited by the leader. Two contenders who were barred from running in nomination battles filed defamation suits against the leader and his campaign team, which were eventually settled out of court after the election.The new rules give the national campaign’s green light committee, which vets potential nomination contestants, “sole and unfettered” discretion to decide if there are financial, legal, ethical or “any other political considerations” which would justify barring someone from seeking a nomination.They also continue to give the leader unfettered discretion to refuse to endorse anyone’s candidacy and to appoint candidates in as many ridings as he sees fit — powers that were on the books in 2015 but which Trudeau did not use.last_img read more

Germany Praises Moroccos Balanced Foreign Security Policy

Rabat – The director of the disarmament policy at the German Foreign Ministry, Christoph Eichhorn, praised, in Rabat Wednesday, Morocco’s “moderate”, “balanced” and “reasonable” foreign and security policy.“We are very encouraged by the moderate, balanced and reasonable foreign and security policy in Morocco,” the German official told MAP on the sidelines of a conference on the theme “preventive security policy – German perspective, held by the EGE Rabat School of Governance and Economics.“I congratulate Morocco for this policy,” he said, noting that the Kingdom “has always been a country of reason and moderation.” In this regard, the German official stressed that Morocco is needed as a “very important voice in today’s world, a world of turmoil”.Regarding the Moroccan-German cooperation in the field of preventive security, Eichhorn recalled the launch, earlier in the morning, of a partnership program between Morocco and Germany in health and biosecurity by signing a declaration of partnership to reinforce national capacities in the prevention, epidemiological surveillance and detection of health risks of biological origin.The official noted that this program is part of the 2013 Rabat Declaration, which covers a wide range of political, economic and social issues upon which Rabat and Berlin are working together as part of a win-win partnership. read more

Budweiser Clydesdales tour Georgia before Super Bowl

ATLANTA — Budweiser is touring its iconic Clydesdales around Georgia before the Super Bowl starts in Atlanta this weekend.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the large horses were in Marietta on Monday and will appear in Lithia Springs on Tuesday afternoon.Budweiser says its Clydesdales were first introduced in 1933 after Prohibition was repealed. It says the horses serve as symbols of the “unconquerable American spirit,” as well as the brand.The Clydesdales head to Sugar Hill on Wednesday and Norcross on Thursday before appearing in Atlanta. The beer company says it will also be donating clean energy to Atlanta throughout the week.The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will face off Sunday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which was under a winter weather advisory early Tuesday.___Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.comThe Associated Press

Russian arrested with fake US dollars

A Russian national has been arrested in Negombo with fake US dollars, the police media unit said today.The Russian was arrested at a hotel in Negombo last evening with the fake currency notes. The Negombo police are conducting further investigations. (Colombo Gazette) According to the police, the foreigner had seven fake 50 US dollar notes in his possession at the time of the arrest.The Russian is to be produced in court later today.

Wrestling No 4 Ohio State pounded by No 2 Penn State 3212

Junior Kyle Snyder lifts Penn State’s Nick Nevills for a takedown on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorThe No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes stepped out to the mats draped in robes on Friday at the Schottenstein Center, but they weren’t able to get comfortable against the No. 2 Nittany Lions, eventually losing 32-12. OSU only managed three wins in 10 bouts.One of those victories was junior Kyle Snyder in the heavyweight division. The Olympic gold medal winner dominated No. 3 Nick Nevills 19-9. That was the highlight for the Buckeyes.Penn State began its dominance early starting with second-ranked Nick Suriano. OSU redshirt freshman Jose Rodriguez had little answer for Suriano, losing via technical fall at 125 pounds.No. 1 133-pounder redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello captured a technical fall of his own to even the team score 5-5, but it was the closest the Buckeyes would come to the upset.Penn State proceeded to go on a six-match win streak, driving the score up to 32-5 before  OSU redshirt freshman Kollin Moore captured a victory at 197 pounds. The Buckeyes were mathematically eliminated from a shot at a victory before the 184-pound matchup began.At 149 pounds, No. 5 Micah Jordan (OSU) was pitted against No. 1 Zain Retherford, and dropped the matchup with a 20-5 technical fall. Jordan has faced top-three opponents each of the last two weeks.“Micah Jordan wrestled a heck of a match against a heck of a wrestler,” OSU coach Tom Ryan said. “We had a mental break, and that mental break resulted in a six-point move. Two six-point moves occurred, and then you have a problem.”The Buckeyes trotted out backups at 157 and 174 pounds. Penn State had a top-10 wrestler in each of those classes and showed it by pinning their OSU counterparts at each of those weights.At 184 pounds, there was a rematch from the 2016 National Championships between sophomores Myles Martin and Bo Nickal. While Martin won the National Championship for OSU, Nickal got the better of him in this matchup, winning by decision 8-2.Fourth-ranked 197-pounder Kollin Moore continued to cement himself as one of the elite wrestlers in his weight class with a 9-6 decision victory over No. 9 Matt McCutcheon (PSU).On the night, the Buckeyes finished with three victories in 10 matchups, and they’re second consecutive team loss. There were no upset victories on the night, as every match was won by the wrestler who was ranked higher.At 174 pounds, Bo Jordan was out after aggravating a foot injury last week against Iowa, Ryan said in the post-match press conference.“The only reason why I would’ve wrestled him (Bo Jordan) tonight, was for my ego, the ego of this staff, and that’s a wrong reason to put someone in a wrestling match,” Ryan said. “The best thing for Bo is to heal and get ready to train. We do not want Bo feeling the way he feels now at the Big Tens.”On another note, American wrestlers were banned from participating in the Iranian World Cup, which included Snyder and former Buckeye great, and four-time NCAA champion, Logan Stieber.“I know they want us there to compete,” Snyder said about the current status of the U.S. Wrestling team’s visas to travel to Iran. “We’ll just have to see what happens.”Snyder and Stieber were set to wrestle in the tournament Feb. 16-17 before receiving news that they were not allowed to travel to Iran.OSU’s next match comes against another top opponent in No. 13 Rutgers on Monday in Columbus. read more

Frey Tomkins to battle for OSU mens hockey goalie spot once again

OSU then-sophomore goalie Christian Frey (30) during a game against Nebraska-Omaha on Nov. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoImagine, as a student, that you have to take a test every Friday.You begin preparation each Monday, getting yourself as ready as you can be for the challenge soon to come — but there’s a catch.Your professor tells you that your Friday tests will only be given if he says so. He might give you the test, he might not.You just have to be ready.This has been the case for Ohio State junior goaltenders Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins for the better part of the past two seasons.Frey’s journey at OSU began midway through the 2013-14 season after Collin Olson left the program and Tomkins was injured.The emergency call-up proved successful, as Frey would end up backstopping the Buckeyes to the championship of the inaugural Big Ten Tournament.OSU then-sophomore goalie Matt Tomkins (31) during a game against Michigan on Jan. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoHeading into the 2015-16 campaign, Frey carries a record of 18-16-5 accompanied with a 2.72 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.Tomkins has had his own shining moments throughout the course of his OSU career.Through 31 games played, the 2012 Chicago Blackhawks draftee has a record of 11-14-3 complemented by a 3.01 goals against average, a .897 save percentage and two shutouts.Since Frey’s arrival on campus, the man between the pipes in Game 1 of the typical Friday-Saturday matchups for the Scarlet and Gray is decided on Thursday after a full week of practice is completed.It’s not an uncommon situation for a collegiate team to utilize two goalies throughout the season.Fortunately for Frey and Tomkins, they’re in a comfortable routine, as this has been the status quo for a while now.“It’s the way things are,” Tomkins said. “It kind of gives you an opportunity when you don’t know throughout the week to prove yourself. It feels like you have an opportunity to maybe change the coaches’ minds a little bit.”OSU assistant coach Joe Exter is entering his fifth season with the Buckeyes. He coached former OSU goaltender Brady Hjelle to first-team All-American accolades in 2012-13, the first Buckeye to be named to the first team since 1998.A former netminder for Merrimack College and the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, Exter knows the mindsets of his goalies better than anyone. He said he expects them to be ready to go, playing or not, and he understands their situation from a mental aspect.“We anticipate having a good goaltender once we step on the ice each game,” Exter said. “They’re human. They know that there’s one net. We’re not writers, we’re goaltenders. If you want the script to play out the way you feel or the way you hope, you better focus and take care of your job.”So what’s the secret to being on top of your game when you’re unaware if you have the starting job?“Acting every day as if you’re going to be the starter is key to consistency, and even if you’re not in, you still have to be ready,” Frey said. “When the other guy’s in, we’re right there cheering for him, hoping he does well, and when I’m in, he’s cheering for me and hoping I do well.”That relationship and the camaraderie between Frey and Tomkins allows the system to flow as smoothly as a one-on-one battle can.Whoever gets the nod for that first game of the weekend welcomes the challenge, but he also knows how quickly things can change.“Obviously you’re hoping to hear that you’re playing every Thursday, so when you do hear that, that you’re going to be the guy going on Friday night, it’s exciting, but at the same time you have to keep an even keel,” Tomkins said. “You can’t get too high when you’re playing and too low when you’re not.”Once again, it all comes back to just being ready.“If Thursday comes and you’re not the guy going on Friday, you still have to prepare on Friday and on Saturday as if you were going,” Tomkins said. “You never know.”   Either Tomkins or Frey is set to make the first start of the year when OSU opens the regular season at home against Bowling Green on Oct. 9. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Several inmates shot injured during mini riot at Lusignan Prison

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Some of the inmates at the facility who were injuredAt least 10 inmates of the Lusignan Prison were on Monday evening shot and injured after they reportedly protested the deplorable conditions at the facility.Photos seen by this publication showed several men covered in blood after they were allegedly shot by wardens stationed in the towers around the perimeter of the prison.A source told INews that the inmates protested the food that was given to them on Monday afternoon. They reportedly threw the food and other utensils at the wards who allegedly retaliated by opening fire.The prisoners, however, were in the holding area while they were being shot at.Things escalated after the inmates realised that it was live bullets that the wardens were using.Based on information received, in addition to the gunshots, the prison wardens allegedly used tear gas thus causing more chaos at the penitentiary.This publication was was told that there are no water supplies in the prison and that the toilet facilities are unacceptable.Moments after the riot started, acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels and Commissioner of Police, Leslie James arrived at the scene with the intention of getting the situation under control.This riot came mere hours after three prisoners escaped from the facility by scaling a fence while the security officials were reportedly asleep.Just recently, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) wrote a letter to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan where it said it was becoming increasingly concerned by a number of issues affecting the prisons in Guyana and, by virtue of this, public safety in the country.“A recent meeting of the Management Board of the Prisons has highlighted a number of serious matters which we feel should be addressed with utmost urgency.  Issues brought to the fore include a general lack of adequate security at all of the prisons, a lack of fire prevention systems, the lack of transportation facilities to enable movement of prisoners and food, where necessary, and the inadequacy of the current complement of prisons to safely house the prison population” the PSC in its letter to the subject Minister highlighted.Moreover, the Commission said that while it is concerned about the safety and security of the public, “it is also disturbed by the less than humane conditions under which the prison population at the Lusignan Prison is housed.  These prisoners are made to sleep under sheds in the open, posing health risks to the prisoners and a danger to the wardens.  We are of the opinion that these conditions could also have an impact upon the country’s Human Rights ranking.”Another burning issue, the PSC said, is the lack of fire prevention systems in the prisons, most of which are constructed of wood.The Commission said it is concerned that, after two devastating prison fires, resulting in loss of lives and the escape of dangerous criminals, enough is not being done to prevent further fires.Outlining that the issues will require short and long term solutions, the PSC posited in its letter to Ramjattan that the “vexed question of internal security is one that is hampering investor confidence and one that must be prioritised by our Government.  We are, therefore, confident that you will utilise your good office to address this particular aspect of our security.” read more

Never found Schoolboy Philip Cairns went missing 30 years ago today

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Oct 23rd 2016, 6:15 AM Sunday 23 Oct 2016, 6:15 AM Share609 Tweet Email 17,913 Views 54 Comments By Cormac Fitzgerald Never found: Schoolboy Philip Cairns went missing 30 years ago today A social media campaign has being growing in momentum about Cairns’ disappearance. http://jrnl.ie/3036664 Short URL PHILIP CAIRNS WAS on his way back to school one afternoon 30 years ago when he disappeared without a trace.On 23 October, 1986, Philip came home for lunch from Coláiste Éanna school in Rathfarnham at 12.45pm.The 13-year-old schoolboy left his home on the Ballyroan Road at about 1.30pm to go back to the school. He was never seen again.A search was launched for Philip once it was discovered that he was missing. One week after his disappearance his schoolbag was found in a laneway close to his house.It had been raining over the week and the schoolbag was dry and placed in a very visible spot, leading gardaí to believe to it had been planted. The laneway from Anne Devlin Road to Anne Devlin Drive where Philip’s bag was found.Philip has never been found and the investigation into his disappearance has been ongoing for the past 30 years.Throughout the years there have been many new leads and reported sightings that the gardaí have followed up on, but never to any avail.Detective Sergeant Tom Doyle who has been in charge of the case for the past 20 years spoke to TheJournal.ie last year in relation to the investigation.“We don’t know what happened, it’s a total mystery but I’m satisfied people still have information,” he said at the time.New developments The case has surfaced and resurfaced in the media throughout the years since Philip went missing.In 2002, the Sunday Independent published an article which claimed that Philip was being abused by somebody outside his family and was murdered after he confided in another man about the abuse.The article claimed that this man was also abusing children and alerted Philip’s abuser, who took against Philip.It stated that Philip was buried in a pond that is now built over with a tennis court and nursing homes.In 2009, the entrance to a wooded area on Whitechurch Road in Rathfarnham was sealed off and searched when gardaí received a new lead. However, nothing was discovered. Gardaí searching in 2009 Source: James Horan via RollingNews.ieIn June of this year the case was brought into the spotlight again as fresh information around Philip’s disappearance emerged.RTÉ reported that gardaí had linked the disappearance of Cairns to the convicted paedophile Eamon Cooke – who operated a pirate radio station in Dublin at the time.Superintendent Peter Duff would not confirm that Cooke was being actively investigated by gardaí, but said that there were multiple lines of inquiry open.At a later press conference, gardaí said that shortly after an appeal for information on the case in 2011, a woman had come forward.However, it had taken until May of this year for the woman to give information to the gardaí in relation to the investigation.Gardaí would not confirm, but it was reported that the woman – who was a child at the time of his disappearance – had come forward with new information linking Cooke with Cairns. File photo of Eamon Cooke at the Clondalkin headquarters of his pirate radio station.RTÉ reported at the time that gardaí believed that a number of children may have been coerced into placing Philip’s bag in the laneway after his disappearance.Cooke was questioned by gardaí at a hospice before his death about the incident. He was thought to have confirmed aspects of the woman’s statement, but refused to say where Cairns was buried.The bag was tested for DNA, but it was announced in August that no forensic evidence was found that could link Philip to Cooke. However, it is believed that he is still a suspect in the case.Gardaí issued a fresh appeal this weekend for anyone with information on Philip’s whereabouts to come forward.“From our recent enquiries I believe there are people who were young at the time and may have information in relation to Philip’s school bag and for whatever reason did not come forward,” Superintendent Duff said.I am conscious that following to the passage of time and changing circumstances that these people may now be in a position to assist us. I want to reassure anyone who comes forward that they will be treated sensitively and discreetly by investigating Gardaí.Social media campaign Since the case of Philip going missing returned to the media spotlight early this summer, a social media campaign around his disappearance has been gaining increasing momentum.The campaign and those supporting it believes that a narrative around Philip’s disappearance has been suppressed by powerful people.The campaign, spearheaded by 4fm radio presenter Gareth O’Callaghan, alleges that a paedophile ring that was active in south Dublin at the time of Philip’s disappearance was involved with his disappearance.O’Callaghan – who is a distant cousin of Cairns – alleges that a cover up into his disappearance took place, due to the high profile nature of some people he says were involved.30 years after he went missing, many unanswered questions and mystery remains around the disappearance of Philip Cairns.His family has had a tough life in the years since Philip went missing. Two years ago, Philip Cairns senior passed away without ever finding out what happened to his son. File photo of the parents of Philip Cairns in 2004 when a computer generated image of what their son would look like was released to the public.Speaking to TheJournal.ie last year, his brother Eoin said the family may never find out what happened to him.“It’s always going to leave a mark, a shadow that he is not there to share the big celebrations – weddings, graduations, christenings – but you do have to try to build and get on with your life,” he said.We’d dearly love Philip to come home but in some ways you have to get on with the business of living, I’ve been very thankful for the life I had.Anyone with information can contact gardaí on the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111 or any Garda station.With reporting from Cliodhna RussellRead: 29 years on: The unsolved mystery of 13-year-old Philip CairnsRead: No forensic link found between Philip Cairns and Eamon Cookelast_img read more

All four suspects arrested in WSU beating case

first_imgPULLMAN — All four suspects have been arrested in the beating near the Washington State University campus that left a faculty member with serious head injuries.Robert D. Bean, 22, turned himself in at the Whitman County sheriff’s office at 9:20 a.m. Friday and John “Matt” Cabanos-Soriano, 22, turned himself in at 2:20 a.m. Friday at the Pullman Police Department. Both were expected to make initial court appearances Friday on possible assault charges.Earlier this week police arrested Joshua Nantz, 23, and Madeline A. Fouts, 21. Nantz and Fouts, who have been released pending charges, are students, said WSU spokesman Robert Strenge. Cabanos-Soriano and Bean are not students, he said. The four are friends, police said.Cabanos-Soriano, Bean and Nantz are suspected of assaulting David Warner during an argument about 2 a.m. March 30 in a parking lot outside of Adams Mall on College Hill in Pullman. Adams Mall houses a market and bar and is popular with students because it’s close to campus fraternities.Fouts is not suspected of involvement in the assault but is accused of rendering criminal assistance and providing false statements to police.Warner, 41, was in critical condition until he was upgraded to serious condition Thursday at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. He remains in the intensive care unit, hospital spokeswoman Pattie Servine said Friday.last_img read more

Awards luncheon honors South Florida first responders

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – The North Dade Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their 4th Annual First Responder’s Awards Luncheon, Thursday.The luncheon honored first responders from 20 different agencies in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, including almost 200 local police officers, firefighters and emergency response personnel.The lifetime achievement award was presented to retired Miami Fire Rescue Chief Maurice Kemp, and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital was also honored.Officials behind the event said they reached out to the chiefs of South Florida departments for nominations.Susan Webb, president of the North Dade Regional Chamber of Commerce, said, “We asked them to nominate an officer, detective, dispatcher who went above and beyond each day to serve.”The event was sponsored by Paul Bange Roofing, who is a Trustee Member of the North Dade Regional Chamber of Commerce.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR State Rep Candidate Dave Robertson Defends Himself Against Disinformation

first_img(Editor’s Note: The letter below is in direct response from a press statement recently released by the Tewksbury Republican Town Committee.)Dear Editor,Desperate times call for desperate measures and outright lies it seems, at least in the eyes of some campaigns here in the 19th Middlesex District. Rather than report on the facts, they decided to spread disinformation in the dark in hopes that you, the people, would fall for it. So rather than take up more of your, the voter and residents, precious time let me set out my stance on immigration and Senator Warren.First, immigration. Here are the real facts, and not the “fake news.”I never have nor never will support sanctuary cities and the concepts of them.Unlike my opponents, who have not mentioned any other policy regarding illegal immigration but sanctuary cities, I have vocally and formally opposed allowing illegal immigrants to vote in local elections.Again, unlike my opponents, I have vocalized my staunch opposition to allowing for state ID’s or driver licenses to illegal aliens as well.I have the most recent and wide-reaching knowledge on what proposals are being put forward regarding illegal immigration and the best and deepest knowledge on which ones need to be stopped. No other candidate can claim this.Secondly, with respect to “endorsement” by Senator Warren.I do not support Senator Warren and she does not support me. In fact, I haven’t spoken to her directly in any capacity in over 2 years, and never in any campaign related capacity.My interactions with her office have been to assist veterans find lost paperwork, to help book tickets to the White House for constituents, or to make inquiries about IRS backtaxes. It was to help constituents, and nothing more. Problems were solved, and people’s lives put back together.I took a photo with Senator Warren to send to an ex-girlfriend who was starting law school at the time. Senator Warren and her attended the same institute, and Senator Warren was kind enough to wish her luck by taking a photo. I was only being a loving and supporting boyfriend, nothing else.Having lived here my whole life, I know Wilmington and Tewksbury residents are too smart to fall for these tricks once the facts come to light. Residents don’t want to hear mudslinging, they are too busy working hard and providing for their families. Residents want substantive plans going forward from proven, experienced, and local candidates who will accomplish things like working to stop the Transrail development in Wilmington, or help bring state-funding to build a new elementary school in Tewksbury and provide actual taxpayer relief. To those still with questions, I’m an open-book, and am happy to answer any question. Voters are always welcome to reach out to me on Facebook via Dave Robertson for State Representative or any other of the ways we’ve published, or to stop and ask me when I see them out and about town.Sincerely,Dave RobertsonLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Mark Kratman & Dave Robertson Respond To Criticism From Tewksbury Republican Town CommitteeIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Town Committee Accuses Robertson Of “Flip Flopping” On ICEIn “Government”last_img read more

WalmartFlipkart deal US retail gaint pays Rs 7439 crore tax

first_imgWalmart issued a statement after the deal with Flipkart. [Representational Image]ReutersWalmart, the US retail behemoth, has paid Rs.7,439 crore tax on the amount it paid to buy out the shares of 10 major shareholders in Flipkart.However, the Walmart had not calculated the tax amount for another 34 shareholders who exited Flipkart in the $16 billion deal. Major investee companies which were holding shares in the Indian e-retailer included SoftBank, Naspers, venture fund Accel Partners and eBay. There were a total of 44 investors.On the last day for depositing the taxes to the Indian IT department, Walmart had paid Rs.7,439 crore withholding taxes on payments it made to 10 shareholders. The IT department had earlier sent a communication to Walmart International Holdings seeking a break-up of the taxes paid from the payment to all the shareholders.One of the tax department officials said “Of the 44 shareholders in Flipkart who have sold shares, Walmart has deposited taxes for only 10 funds and entities. We have asked Walmart to explain the rationale followed while deducting or not deducting taxes from the shareholders. They have been asked to give a case to case explanation,” reports Press Trust of India.Withholding tax, or retention tax, is a kind of an income tax which is paid to the government by the payer of the income rather than the recipient of the income. In this deal, withholding tax means the capital gains made by the shareholders of Flipkart. Several Flipkart employees to turn dollar millionaires post the Walmart acquisition [Representational Image]ReutersThe industry experts are of the opinion that Walmart may have been following the withholding tax provision for small investors where it did not deduct the tax on the payments made to them.Presently, the shareholders of Flipkart can be divided into three categories which include foreign investors, holding is more than 5 percent, foreign investors withholding less than 5 percent and the Indian residents.Legally, Walmart is not bound to withhold tax on payments made to foreign shareholders with a stake of less than 5 percent and no right to management. It is to be noted that certain shareholders of Flipkart had approached the IT department seeking an exemption from the taxes.last_img read more