Everton’s Andre Gomes Could Return Before End of the Season Despite Horrific Ankle Injury

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Everton midfielder Andre Gomes could play again before the end of the season after surgery on his broken ankle went well, his club manager Marco Silva said Thursday.The 26-year-old Portuguese international suffered a fracture dislocation of the right ankle after being tripped by Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min in Sunday’s 1-1 draw. Silva said the news from the club medical staff had been mildly encouraging following Monday’s surgery and suggested a return could be feasible before the end of the campaign in mid-May.”It’s not easy for us to give a sure date about when he will return,” Silva said at his press conference ahead of this weekend’s match with fellow strugglers Southampton.”What’s in our mind and the feedback I have from our medical staff is that it’s possible we will see Andre playing again this season.”Of course, it’s not something we are 100 per cent sure about, but we have good possibilities to do that.”He is strong, he will keep strong for sure and will become stronger as a player.”Silva, whose side are in need of points and lie just one place above the relegation zone, said he understood the distress of Son and Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier.Gomes fell awkwardly following the challenge from Son and his momentum carried him into Aurier.Son, whose red card was rescinded on appeal, was visibly distraught while Aurier had to be replaced soon afterwards due to being so upset.”Yes, I think he (Gomes) received a text message or something like that from Son,” said Silva.”Of course that was a tougher moment for Andre, for sure, than all the others on the pitch.”The toughest moment was for Andre, but of course for the two players who were involved, first Son and after, Aurier, it was really tough as well.” Related StoriesFA Overturn Son Heung-min’s Red Card for Tackle on Everton’s Andre GomesSon Heung-min Says ‘Sorry’ Again After Scoring in UEFA Champions League For Andre Gomes Injury Andre GomesevertonfootballMarco Silva First Published: November 8, 2019, 12:06 AM ISTlast_img read more

Disclose names of Indians in Panama papers, demands SP in RS

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) A demand to disclose the names of Indians allegedly figuring in the leaked Panama papers on those holding offshore accounts to launder money and dodging tax was made in the Rajya Sabha today. Naresh Agrawal (SP), through a notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business to discuss the issue, alleged that the government was “deliberately sitting” over the names that have come to light in the leaked documents from the files of law firm Mossack Fonseca, based in the tax haven of Panama. Under the Panama-India tax treaty, companies have to pay tax only in the nation where they are headquartered. So, black money is laundered from India to Panama, a nominal 5 per cent tax paid, the money then converted into white and brought back as FDI, he claimed. As part of the treaty, Panama is not to disclose names of the company owners, he said, adding that the government has all the names of persons who have used this route to avoid paying taxes and convert black money into white. The BJP government, he said, came to power on the promise of unearthing blackmoney but has done very little so far. Only Rs 5,000 crore has been disclosed in the voluntary disclosure window for holders of foreign blackmoney, he said, adding that besides Panama, Mauritius, Dubai and Singapore were earlier used to convert black money to white. He claimed the black or illegal money was thrice the size of legal money. “This is a big racket,” he said. “Why are you not disclosing names? And what action is being taken,” he asked the government. “Government is deliberately sitting over it.” He alleged that government patronage allowed a member of House, who owed hundreds of crores to public sector banks, to flee the country. Agrawal however did not name anyone. He demanded a discussion on the Panama papers, disclosure of names of Indians and action taken against them. PTI ANZ ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

Marcus Rashford set for Europa start after impressing Jose Mourinho

first_imgStriker Marcus Rashford will be handed his first Manchester United start of the Jose Mourinho era at Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday after impressing his manager in Saturday’s Premier League defeat by Manchester City.Mourinho, whose side lost 2-1 after a lacklustre first-half display, made a double substitution at the interval, bringing on midfielder Ander Herrera and the teenage Rashford, who had an instant impact. The 18-year-old had a goal disallowed in the 70th minute after his shot came off Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was offside, and though his energy and pace could not secure a result for United, his manager praised him as a potential game-changer. (Also read: Guardiola’s City outclass Mourinho’s United in Manchester derby)”For me the next big game is against Feyenoord and the next game (Rashford) is going to play,” Mourinho told reporters.”I trust him completely. I know his future will be absolutely brilliant.” “Normally, people look to the football talent but personality at his level is very important and he was showing that last season – he was showing that immediately.”Rashford, who scored on both his Premier League and Europa League debuts for United last season, is by far the most exciting graduate of United’s academy in years.The teenager also scored three minutes into his first senior start for England against Australia in May and bagged a hat-trick on his England Under-21 debut last week. (Also read: Jose Mourinho blames players, referee for Manchester United’s derby loss)Mourinho said he viewed Rashford as an out-and-out striker, but conceded the forward had offered his team a better outlet when deployed on the wing against City than established wide players such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard.advertisement”I felt City had the fragility on the sides and the kid could give us in the second half on the sides what we didn’t get with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard in the first half,” Mourinho added.”The kid gave us what we had needed in the first half.”last_img read more

Don’t think India lost to England because of us: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed

first_imgRefusing to believe in the perception that India deliberately lost to England, hurting Pakistan’s semifinal chances, skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said it’s incorrect to cast aspersion on the Virat Kohli-led side.A lot of former Pakistan cricketers doubted that India did not give their best against England, putting obstacles in their side’s road to semifinals.”No, no, it is not right to say this. I don’t think India lost because of us. England played well to win,” Sarfaraz told reporters.Sarfaraz also gave a dressing down to a journalist at the press conference after she used the word ‘Bengalis’ while asking about the match against Bangladesh.”Please don’t use this word. It could become an issue for you on the social media. I think you should address them as Bangladesh. You are using objectionable word,” the Pakistan skipper told the television reporter after she asked why the team management did not give Shoaib Malik a farewell in the match against the “Bengalis”.”Shoaib is our senior-most player and though he did not have a good World Cup, he has served the country a lot. His presence in the team was very good for all of us,” Sarfaraz said.Malik announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup and will now only focus on playing T20 cricket.last_img read more

The ESPN Football Power Index Really Likes Oklahoma State

first_imgESPN’s football power index which measures team strength and “is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season” is really high on Oklahoma State. The ESPN projection tool says OSU will finish second in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma (who ESPN has at No. 3), and projects the Cowboys to finish with *around* a 9.2-2.8 win-loss record, and an 18% chance to win the conference. Nationally, the FPI ranks OSU No. 8, notably ahead of Ohio State, Michigan, and USC. The index has the next ranked Big 12 team, TCU, ranked No. 29.Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 6.43.37 AMThe results of the FPI, according to ESPN’s website, is based on 10,000 different simulations that take into account results to date, remaining schedule, and how many point above or below average a team is.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Chelsea must buy to compete with Man City & Messi

first_imgChelsea Chelsea must buy in January to compete with Pep’s City and Messi’s Barca Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola Getty Chelsea Premier League Everton Antonio Conte The Blues find themselves a whopping 16 points behind Man City at Christmas, and they simply must delve into the market to close the widening gap Chelsea’s 0-0 draw at Everton on Saturday was yet another example of why Antonio Conte simply must splash the cash in the January transfer market if the club are to have any hope of closing the gap on Manchester City.Eden Hazard led the line alongside Willian and Pedro after Alvaro Morata was suspended for his midweek goal celebration in the Carabao Cup. The trio were lively, producing tricks and flicks, but didn’t have the cutting edge or variation in attack to find a winning goal without Morata.Chelsea are still a very strong team but they now have 10 points fewer than they did at this time last season, while they are a mammoth 16 points off leaders Man City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Everton were stubborn and solid – if somewhat negative – and that seems to be a formula that lesser teams have successfully adopted against Conte’s side this season.Where Chelsea have failed against such defensive tactics, Man City have succeeded and there is now a marked gap in quality between both clubs. City’s success this term isn’t by chance and Chelsea now must look into the transfer market for answers in order to add both quality and quantity to their squad.Eden Hazard Timoue BakayokoMan City are ready to show their financial muscle again in January, with centre-back Virgil van Dijk at the top of their wishlist and Alexis Sanchez also likely to arrive on a Bosman in the summer.Chelsea need to match that ambition with Van Dijk, Thomas Lemar, Leon Bailey, Ross Barkley and Alex Sandro among those being targeted.Chelsea are still competing on three fronts – even if the league title looks almost impossible – but they must stick to their plan to “build something important for the future” as Conte has repeatedly been quoted as saying in press conferences.This means signing players who are either already world class or can grow into champions in the future. Chelsea still have the pedigree to beat anyone on their day but they lack the depth to fight it out over a gruelling league season given their other exertions.Last season Chelsea didn’t have to worry about the Champions League, which also helped ensure they suffered less injuries, and this gave them an edge on local rivals. The impact that European football would have on the squad physically was perhaps underestimated at Stamford Bridge during their summer transfer business.Morata has performed well after moving for £55 million from Real Madrid but Tiemoue Bakayoko has struggled, Davide Zappacosta hasn’t made an impact and Antonio Rudiger has been merely adequate.Thibaut Courtois GFXLionel Messi Barcelona Real MadridMichy Batshuayi came off the bench versus Everton for the last 20 minutes but he still doesn’t seem to be trusted by Conte. The Belgian is barely making any league starts, even in Morata’s absence, and is the third choice striker at Stamford Bridge. While Pep Guardiola is doing a magnificent job with his coaching, Man City are outdoing Chelsea on the pitch this season because of their superior work in the transfer market.The Blues must find a way to compete with City for signings again in January, with the worry being that top players will soon start thinking that it is better to move to Manchester than London. Chelsea are still a good team, but that is not enough if they are to compete with a world class side like Man City.And it isn’t only Pep’s men that Chelsea should be worrying about as we head into the New Year. On Saturday, Barcelona sent out a frightening message ahead of their Champions League last 16 meeting by thrashing Real Madrid 3-0 in the Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu.Lionel Messi was, unsurprisingly, the star of the show in that game and if Chelsea want to compete against him come February then they must strengthen in January. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

World Boxing Championships: Will try my best to win a gold for my country, says Amit Panghal

first_img India Today Web Desk EkaterinburgSeptember 20, 2019UPDATED: September 20, 2019 17:36 IST Amit Panghal will be going for gold in the AIBA Men’s World Championships on Saturday (@BFI_Official Photo)HIGHLIGHTSI will try my best to bring a gold for my country India: Amit PanghalAmit Panghal became India’s first male boxer to reach World Championships finalManish Kaushik said he is happy to win a bronze in his World Championships debutAmit Panghal managed to do what no other Indian boxer has managed at AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships — reach the final. Panghal now want to gun for gold and make his country proud in Ekaterinburg, Russia.Amit Panghal became the first Indian male boxer to reach the worlds final when he outclassed Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov by split decision (3-2) in the 52kg semi-final on Friday.Panghal, seeded 2nd in the Olympic category, will face Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov, the reigning Olympic gold medalist on Saturday.”My bout went really well. I had to work harder than we had expected. I also want to thank all the Indian players who play my sport for supporting me and this is a tremendous achievement for Indian boxing,” Amit Panghal said after creating history in Ekaterinburg.”And I will try my best to bring a gold for my country India,” Panghal added.Reaching to Final #wbc2019, I would say that :- In boxing, it is about the obsession of getting the most from yourself: wanting to dominate the world like a hungry young lion…… Thanks to All….@aapkadharam @CaptAbhimanyu @iamsunnydeol pic.twitter.com/VXHDduOJg7Amit Panghal (@Boxerpanghal) September 20, 2019Amit Panghal’s rise in international boxing has been phenomenal. The 23-year-old from Haryana won the bronze at Asian Championships in 2017 and followed it up with Commonwealth Games silver and a historic gold at Asian Games in 2018.Shifting to 52kg flyweight category, Panghal showed he is up for the challenge when he won the gold at Asian Championships earlier this year.advertisementAmit Panghal has been solid throughout the ongoing World Championships in Ekaterinburg. After winning his 1st two bouts by unanimous decision, Panghal was tested in the quater-finals by Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam. Panghal though held his composure and clinched a split decision to make the semi-final.The Boxing Federation of India also confirmed there will be no trails for Amit Panghal in the 52kg category and he will be an automatic pick for the Olympic qualifiers schedule in February in China.Meanwhile, Manish Kaushik, who finished with a bronze in the 63kg category on Friday, said he is happy with the medal in his maiden appearance at the world meet.Manish Kaushik lost to Cuba’s Andy Cruz Gomes in the 63kg semi-final but he created history along with Panghal as they helped India win more than 1 medal at a single edition of the AIBA Men’s World Championships for the first time.”The bout didn’t go too well for me. I gave it my best but lost due to some deficiencies, which I’ll try to improve upon during the next Asia/Oceania rounds so that I can win a gold for my country and represent India at the Olympics,” Manish Kaushik said after the semi-final defeat.”I’m happy with the bronze medal as I won it in my first appearance in the WC. I played 5 bouts in this WC and it has been a great experience for me which will help me a lot in the future. Jai Hind.”Also Read | Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik seal places in Olympics qualifiers with World Championships medalsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Amit PanghalFollow Manish KaushikFollow Inida boxing newsFollow AIBA Men’s Boxing Championships World Boxing Championships: Will try my best to win a gold for my country, says Amit PanghalAIBA Men’s World Championships 2019: Boxer Amit Panghal, who created history by becoming the first male boxer from the country to reach the worlds final, will take on Rio Olympic gold medalist Shakhobidin Zoirov in the 52kg final on Saturday. advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Rashids five wickets put Afghanistan on top

first_imgChittagong: Rashid Khan completed his second five-wicket Test haul to hand Afghanistan a big advantage in the one-off series against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Saturday.Rashid claimed the final wicket to finish with 5-55, as Afghanistan bowled out Bangladesh for 205 runs in the first innings after the hosts resumed the third day’s play with 194-8 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.Bangladesh struck back through skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who claimed two wickets in the first over of the second innings, but Afghanistan, who made 342 in the first innings, reached 56-3 by lunch to extend their 137-run lead. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhShakib trapped Ihsanullah Janat for four in the third ball of the innings and then dismissed first innings centurion Rahmat Shah for a golden duck in the next ball to bring Bangladesh somewhat back into the contest.Off-spinner Nayeem Hasan took the third wicket of the morning when he removed Hashmatullah Shahidi for 12, but debutant Ibrahim Zadran (24 not out) and former skipper Asghar Afghan (16 not out) hung on until the break.Rashid, who scored 51 runs with the bat making his debut as youngest-ever Test captain, earlier took the final wicket of Nayeem to wrap up Bangladesh’s innings after Mohammad Nabi gave a breakthrough in the first over of the day.Nabi bowled Taijul Islam without allowing him to add any run to his overnight 14 before finishing with 3-56 runs.Mosaddek Hossain was unbeaten on 48.last_img read more

GM rejects Unifor proposals to keep Oshawa assembly plant open past 2019

first_imgWINDSOR, Ont. — General Motors says it has rejected various proposals by Unifor to keep the Oshawa Assembly Plant open past 2019.The company, which met with Unifor president Jerry Dias today on the future of the plant, says the options suggested by the union would mean substantial incremental cost increases and hurt the company’s competitive position.The union had proposed several options to extend production at the plant including extending the life of vehicles currently produced there, and shifting production planned for Mexico to Oshawa.GM says it has instead asked Unifor to work with the company on transition support for the close to 3,000 Oshawa assembly workers who will lose their jobs when the plant shuts.The company says it’s ready to discuss support packages and transition packages for workers.Unifor’s Dias is set to hold a press conference shortly on the meeting.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UAE Backs Morocco’s Measures to Protect Its Sovereignty: Foreign Minister

Rabat –  The  United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reiterated its condemnation of Iran’s interference in Morocco’s internal affairs during the opening of the fifth session of the joint UAE-Morocco Committee.The symposium, attended by Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, opened on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi.Emirates News Agency quoted Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, saying that the meeting coincides with “an unprecedented state of instability and spiraling violence across several Arab countries on the back of the growing danger of fanatic groups.” Al Nahyan then expressed the UAE’s support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan for Western Sahara, adding that the UAE backs all measures undertaken by Morocco “to address any threats to its territorial integrity.”Commenting on Morocco’s decision to cut ties with Iran, the Emirati official said that his country denounces “all foreign interferences in the internal affairs of Arab countries, primarily Iran’s meddling into the region, and reiterate UAE’s support for all measures taken by Morocco in this concern over the past period.”The UAE was among the first Gulf countries to support Morocco’s decision to cut ties with Iran on May 1.Morocco has accused Iran of interfering in the country’s domestic affairs, and has blamed Iranian ally Hezbollah of delivering heavy military equipment to and training members of the Polisario Front.The fifth session of the joint committee is co-chaired by Al-Nahyan and Bourita. The session is held at the instructions of King Mohammed VI and Al-Nahyan’s brother Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.The session will feature political consultations between the two countries, trade talks, and the elaboration of recommendations and draft laws to be submitted to the joint committee.The UAE state-owned news agency reported on Tuesday that non-oil trade exchange between the countries rose from USD 464 million in 2013 to USD 524 million in 2017. The source added that trade grew 9 percent from 2016 to 2017, “threefold of its equivalent over the past five years,” according to the Emirati Minister of Foreign Affairs.He also commended the “distinguished” bonds between the two countries, emphasizing that the ties are at “their best.” read more

Top officials converge at UN to tackle global economic crisis

“At this critical moment, we must all join our efforts to prevent the global crisis, with its myriad faces, from turning into a social, environmental and humanitarian tragedy,” General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto said at the start of the Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development.He called for a solution to the current turmoil that will not leave “the vast majority of humanity to their fate,” exhorting the representatives from nearly 150 Member States expected to address the three-day gathering to “take decisions that affect us all collectively to the greatest extent possible.”For his part, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that the current crisis is “not a cause for any one person, nation or group of nations. It is a challenge for us all.”Despite signs of financial stabilization and growth in some pockets of the world, he said that “the real impact of the crisis could stretch for years.”A multi-pronged approach is needed to stem the catastrophe, Mr. Ban said, that incorporates boosting access to education, promoting ‘green’ growth, helping subsistence farmers and increasing resources to fight diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis.“The world institutions created generations ago must be made more accountable, more representative and more effective,” he pointed out, voicing regret that reforming financial institutions has divided Member States.The crisis has revealed the need for a “renewed multilateralism,” he said, adding that “challenges are linked. Our solutions must be, too.”The event will also feature several roundtable discussions on topics including the role of the UN in responding to the crisis and how to mitigate the impact of the downturn on development, featuring, among others, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark.Earlier this year, an expert panel appointed by Mr. D’Escoto and chaired by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz emphasized that international finance structures must be drastically overhauled in the face of the current global economic crisis, calling on wealthier nations to direct one per cent of their economic stimulus packages to help developing countries address poverty.A coordinated approach – bringing together not just the G-8 or even G-20 nations, but the “G-192” representing all members of the Assembly – is needed to pull the world out of the recession, according to the recommendations of the Commission of Experts on Reforms of International Finance and Economic Structures.The experts also called for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to increase the availability of funds for hard-hit nations. 24 June 2009As high-level delegates from around the globe gathered in New York today to discuss how to address the economic meltdown while taking the interests of all nations into account, top United Nations officials issued urgent calls for action to ease the burden on the world’s poorest. read more

Solitary confinement should be banned in most cases UN expert says

18 October 2011A United Nations expert on torture today called on all countries to ban the solitary confinement of prisoners except in very exceptional circumstances and for as short a time as possible, with an absolute prohibition in the case of juveniles and people with mental disabilities. “Segregation, isolation, separation, cellular, lockdown, Supermax, the hole, Secure Housing Unit… whatever the name, solitary confinement should be banned by States as a punishment or extortion technique,” UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez told the General Assembly’s third committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural affairs, saying the practice could amount to torture.“Solitary confinement is a harsh measure which is contrary to rehabilitation, the aim of the penitentiary system,” he stressed in presenting his first interim report on the practice, calling it global in nature and subject to widespread abuse.Indefinite and prolonged solitary confinement in excess of 15 days should also be subject to an absolute prohibition, he added, citing scientific studies that have established that some lasting mental damage is caused after a few days of social isolation.“Considering the severe mental pain or suffering solitary confinement may cause, it can amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment when used as a punishment, during pre-trial detention, indefinitely or for a prolonged period, for persons with mental disabilities or juveniles,” he warned.The practice should be used only in very exceptional circumstances and for as short a time as possible, he stressed. “In the exceptional circumstances in which its use is legitimate, procedural safeguards must be followed. I urge States to apply a set of guiding principles when using solitary confinement,” he said.He told a later news conference these circumstances could include the protection of inmates in cases where they are gay, lesbian or bisexual or otherwise threatened by prison gangs.There is no universal definition for solitary confinement since the degree of social isolation varies with different practices, but Mr. Méndez defined it as any regime where an inmate is held in isolation from others, except guards, for at least 22 hours a day. In his report he noted that in the United States an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 individuals are being held in isolation, while in Argentina a prevention of violent behaviour programme consists of isolation for at least nine months and, according to prison monitors, is frequently extended.He warned of an increased risk of torture in these cases because of the absence of witnesses and said some detainees have been held in solitary confinement facilities for years, without any charge and without trial, as well as in secret detention centres.Mr. Méndez told the news conference that he had been following the case of US soldier Bradley Manning, detained in connection with his alleged leaking of secret cables to the WikiLeaks website. Mr. Manning was held in solitary confinement for eight months but has now been moved and is no longer subject to the same restrictions, he noted, adding that he would release a report on the issue in a few weeks. Examples he cited in his report from around the world included Kazakhstan where solitary confinement can last for more than two months, and the US terrorist detention centre in Guantánamo Bay, where experts found that although 30 days of isolation was the maximum period permissible, some detainees were returned to isolation after very short breaks over a period of up to 18 months.Elsewhere, two prisoners are reported to have been held in solitary confinement in Louisiana, US, for 40 years after attempts for a judicial appeal of their conditions failed, he noted. In China an individual sentenced for “unlawfully supplying State secrets or intelligence to entities outside China” was allegedly held in solitary confinement for two years of her eight-year sentence.“Social isolation is one of the harmful elements of solitary confinement and its main objective. It reduces meaningful social contact to an absolute minimum,” Mr. Méndez told the committee, noting that a significant number of individuals will experience serious health problems regardless of specific conditions of time, place, and pre-existing personal factors.He called for an end to solitary confinement in pre-trial detention based solely on the seriousness of the alleged offence, as well as a complete ban on its use for juveniles and persons with mental disabilities.Solitary confinement for shorter terms or for legitimate disciplinary reasons can amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in cases where the physical conditions of prisons, such as sanitation and access to food and water, violate the inherent dignity of the human person and cause severe mental and physical pain or suffering.Today’s news conference also heard from Claudio Grossman, chair of the UN Committee against Torture, and Malcolm Evans, chair of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture. read more

Thursdays Daily Brief Stark childbirth survival figures Security Council split on Syria

Although childbirth survival rates are a “staggering success” compared with the year 2000, one pregnant woman or her child, still dies every 11 seconds from largely preventable causes, UN health experts have revealed.In a joint appeal for all nations to provide better medical care for all, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF and WHO, the World Health Organization, outlined several ways to help protect the 2.8 million pregnant women and newborns who die every year.Read the full story here. Two draft resolutions, zero consensus on ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib The Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, revealed on Thursday that a total of 41 countries are in need of international food assistance.Citing conflicts as the primary cause of high levels of food insecurity, FAO’s new Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, also points to adverse weather conditions, which have affected agricultural production, reducing food availability and access.Rainfall shortages and drought are of particular concern as they acutely affect food availability for millions in Africa.Nature ‘one of most effective ways’ of combatting climate change Scores of civilians were killed and injured Thursday in what the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, called a “disproportionate and indiscriminate Taliban attack”.According to a senior defense ministry official in the capital, a truck bomb detonated near the hospital in Qalat – the main health facility in the Zabul province. Local reports affirmed that many of the victims were doctors and patients.UNAMA tweeted that the bomb, which was targeting a security facility, caused extensive damage to the hospital “with terrible harm to health workers and patients inside”.The latest attack comes just two days after the Taliban took responsibility for twin attacks which left dozens dead and many others injured.  Dozens of countries need food assistance The UN Security Council on Thursday failed to reach consensus on either of two competing resolutions on a cessation of hostilities in Idlib, Syria, the last province in the war-torn nation that is still largely held by rebel forces.Belgium, Germany and Kuwait tabled a draft proposing a humanitarian ceasefire, which garnered 12 out of 15 votes.Permanent members Russia and China used their right to veto, blocking its adoption. Their own resolution, which highlighted terrorism concerns by extremist groups operating inside the region, also failed to pass, with nine members voting against and four abstaining. Our full coverage here. ‘Disproportionate and indiscriminate Taliban attack’ Despite progress in childbirth safety, one woman or baby dies every 11 seconds Nature is “one of the most effective ways” of combatting climate change and should be part of every country’s climate strategy according to the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inger Andersen. World leaders will be gathering at the United Nations in New York next week at a Climate Action Summit convened by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Ms. Andersen will be there to promote the idea of nature-based solutions to combatting climate change.Find more on nature’s solutions here.Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 9 September, on Soundcloud: read more

Despite three decades of activism violence against women not decreasing

The Dec. 6, 1989 École Polytechnique massacre changed the conversation around violence against women, and led to the creation of Brock University’s Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies.But Brock Assistant Professor Robyn Bourgeois, an indigenous woman who was a victim of violence as a teenager, says that despite nearly three decades of activism, violence against women is still very much a reality.“While we certainly have more social awareness and, more importantly, more resources for those experiencing violence than we did in 1989, we still have a long way to go in Canada to achieve the goal of ending violence against women and girls,” says Bourgeois, also known by her indigenous spirit name Laughing Otter Caring Woman.Two years after the mass shooting that killed 14 women, Dec. 6 was named the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.Brock’s Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies holds an event each year to observe the anniversary, and this year Bourgeois will give a public talk on Wednesday, Dec. 6 highlighting the need for more action on the issue.Bourgeois is a survivor of violence, having been trafficked for sexual exploitation in her late teens, and she says that for indigenous women and girls like herself, the odds of being a victim of a violent crime are five times higher than for non-indigenous women.“I live every day with the knowledge that because my two children are indigenous females with status under the Indian Act, they face only a 50 per cent chance of reaching age 14 and a 25 per cent chance of reaching age 18 without experiencing some form of sexual violence,” she says.In addition to presenting and publishing nationally and internationally on the topic of violence against indigenous women and girls, Bourgeois has been advocating for women in Canada for nearly 20 years.She says that living in poverty, involvement in the sex trade and being racialized, disabled, queer or transgender not only increases the vulnerability of women and girls in Canada, but it also shapes how these individuals experience the justice system, social services and health services.Bourgeois’s talk will highlight indigenous women and girls to show how all violence is connected.“Ending violence against all women and girls requires that we examine our complicity with the dominant social systems of oppression — heteropatriarchy, colonialism, racism, ableism and classism — and work together to dismantle them,” she says.What: December 6: Why this day still matters so muchWho: Robyn Bourgeois (Laughing Otter Caring Woman), Assistant Professor, Centre of Women’s and Gender StudiesWhen: Dec. 6, noon to 1:30 p.m.Where: Brock University, Academic South Room STH216 read more

Tesco investigates after mothers Achilles tendon is sliced open when bag splits

first_imgWhen you buy a bag you expect it to at least survive the journey homeEve Weller Tesco is investigating after a glass bottle fell through a woman’s “inadequate” carrier bag and severed her Achilles tendon. Eve Weller, 26, claimed she was walking home from Tesco Metro in Plymouth when her plastic bag, which only contained one bottle of Lambrini, ripped.The bottle shattered and a chunk of glass sliced into the back of her ankle, through her tendon and down to the bone. Surgeons were able to re-attach the fibres – which connect muscle to a bone – but the mother-of-two has been left unable to walk. Tesco said it was urgently investigating the claim “At first I didn’t even feel it as I just thought ‘oh no I’ve dropped the wine’,” she said.  “I looked down and saw a bit of blood and went to get a plaster out my bag as I always carry them for the kids. “I went to move my foot and I just couldn’t move. I looked down and there was this river of blood.”I don’t really remember everything after that. A man stopped to look after me and was trying to keep me conscious while someone rang the ambulance.”She was taken to Derriford Hospital by a passing police car, where she spent four nights. She now has her leg in plaster and soft bandages and doctors said it could be up to a year before the tendon is fully healed.center_img Tesco said it was urgently investigating the claimCredit:Micha Theiner/REX Shutterstock Miss Weller, who is a sales leader from Plymouth, Devon, has now criticised the supermarket for its “inadequate” bags and said they should be strong enough to hold a single bottle for more than 20 minutes. Last night, Tesco said it was urgently investigating the claim. A spokesman added: “We take great care to ensure our carrier bags are strong and robust so they safely hold our customers’ shopping.” Miss Weller said she had bought the £2.75cl bottle of Lambrini from the Tesco Metro to share with her mother Paula Walker, 49, during a planned movie night in.She put it in a single 5p bag – without any other items – and left the store to get the bus home. But the bag split after she got off the bus causing the bottle to smash to the ground. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Govts incompetence in managing economic affairs evident with growth rate Jagdeo

Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, who is an economist by profession, has dubbed the 2.1 percent economic growth recorded for 2017 as anaemic.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoDuring a press briefing held on Thursday, he told media operatives present that the dismal growth rate gives a clear picture of how incompetent the current Government is at managing the financial and economic affairs of the country.Jagdeo said the economic growth figure is low by all standards, and is no way lending to the growth and development that is required in the country. He also reminded that the Government had to revise the growth projection three times, and it calls into question its presentations to Parliament regarding the economy.“So now that it is low, all of the ratios they spoke to us about in the last budget in November would have to be recalibrated. And so the size of our fiscal deficit would climb, our balance of payment in relation to GDP will climb, et cetera,” he explained while noting that it is not as simple as revising a number downwards, especially when that number is used as the denominator to calculate a range of macroeconomic issues and variables.“Rather than the Minister of Finance (Winston Jordan) seriously addressing the issues to say what policy-wise can I do to stimulate the economy, he then makes excuses.”There is no positive indication that Guyana has so far managed to manoeuvre its way out of the economic slow lane in which it has been stuck for the past three years due to the minimal GDP growth.Finance Minister Winston Jordan made this admission during a press conference last week. Revealing that the 2017 end-of-year economic report has been completed, he linked the dismal figures to sectors, including sugar.According to Jordan “the economy did not perform as robust as we expected during last year. Even at the half year we were predicting that the economy would not, given what we knew about sugar. At the end of the day, it was even worse than we predicted. So even though there was positive growth last year, the growth rate ended up being 2.1 per cent.”Initially, Government had projected that Guyana’s economy would have grown by a 3.8 per cent for 2017. This projection was reduced to 3.1 per cent, and then again to 2.9 per cent. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related‘Quite illogical and pure nonsense’ – Jagdeo tells Gov’t on efforts to drive economic boom by celebrating IndependenceMarch 28, 2016In “latest news”With $7B loan from World Bank Guyana expected to maintain macroeconomic frameworkJuly 28, 2018In “Business”Opposition Leader commends PSC for presenting economic recommendationsApril 23, 2018In “Business” read more

1 hospitalized following car fire in Miami Gardens northbound lanes blocked on

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A driver has been transported to the hospital after their car caught fire in Miami Gardens.Miami Gardens Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene along Northwest Seventh Street and 171st Street, around 4:45 p.m., Thursday.Rescue crews transported the driver to an area hospital in unknown condition.All northbound lanes on Northwest Seventh Avenue were been blocked during the investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

13 held Rs 135 lakh worth PDS rice seized in Hyderabad

first_imgHyderabad: Malkajgiri Special Operations Team sleuths on Wednesday conducted raids on a PDS rice godown at IDA Uppal and nabbed 13 persons and seized 34 tonnes of PDS rice, a lorry, 2 mobiles and Rs 13,060 cash all worth Rs 13.5 lakh from their possession. According to police, the accused Mohammed Zaheeruddin (37), Afzal Hussain (47), Farooq Pathan (28), J Gnaneshwar (37), Mohammed Thoufiq Ahmed (46), Mohammed Jamiruddin (22), Abdul Adeeb (20), Mohammed Firdous Hussain (20), Shaik Noor (32), Mohammed Irfan (19), Imran Ali (23), Shaik Akrool (22) and Mohammed Farman (20) were indulging in the illegal trade of PDS rice which was meant to be supplied to the ration shop dealers. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The main organiser Mohammed Zaheeruddin, a resident of Musheerabad, along with his henchmen indulged in illegal trade and transport of PDS rice to different States and make money. The accused by maintaining contacts with the PDS rice agents and beneficiaries would make deals with them and purchase rice at lesser price and dumping the PDS rice stock at rented godowns in secluded places on the out skirts. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us After collecting about 50 tonnes of PDS rice they make deals with the buyers or rice mill owners at different States and clandestinely transporting same to other States and selling at higher price. The accused along with the seized property were handed over to Uppal police, where a case has been registered under section 420 IPC and Section 7 of Essential Commodities (EC) Act.last_img read more

Losing the Lords Bid to reform UKs upper chamber

first_img Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories LONDON (AP) – Britain’s governmentsays it is making a new attempt to drastically overhaul Britain’s 700-year-old upper chamber of Parliament, the House of Lords.Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said Tuesday that plans will be published Wednesday which propose replacing unelected peers with a smaller number of mostly elected members who would serve a maximum term of 15 years.Though 600 hereditary members were ejected in 1999, attempts to make more sweeping reforms have long been stalled amid complaints from the House of Lords. Though the 825-member upper chamber does not make laws, it can amend legislation.Cameron’s office said it would be prepared to deploy the rarely used Parliamentary Act, which allows the Commons to force through planned laws in spite of opposition in the Lords.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationcenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more