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first_img Twitter The Canadian actor is traditionally known for his serious, stoic roles, like Neo in “The Matrix” trilogy and John Wick in the eponymous film series. But in the latest “Toy Story” film, he appears to be taking on a significantly goofier character.The 30-second TV spot features him as a bumbling, fictional action toy version of Duke Caboom the “most spectacular daredevil Canada has ever seen.”In the snippet, the character deals with the trappings of ‘70s and ‘80s action toys by failing to live up to expectations of the toy commercials.There are only a few weeks to go until the fourth installment in Pixar’s “Toy Story” franchise hits theaters on June 21.Jeremiah Rodriguez ~ Staff Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement The newest ‘Toy Story 4’ features a bumbling, fictional Canadian stuntman toy called Duke Caboom voiced by action star Keanu Reeves. (Disney/YouTube) Facebook Canada is getting a shout out in the newest “Toy Story 4” TV trailer.The newest Pixar-Disney film features a fictional Canadian stuntman toy voiced by action star, Keanu Reeves.last_img read more

MEG Energy reports 48 million loss despite 56 bitumen price increase

first_imgRevenue came in at $919 million, compared with $721 million in the year-earlier quarter, beating analyst expectations of $651 million.MEG’s loss included a net foreign exchange gain of $78 million and a loss on hedging contracts of $230 million.Its net earnings in the first quarter of 2018 included a $318-million gain on the sale of its half interest in the Access Pipeline, a net foreign exchange loss of $108 million, and a loss on hedging of $76 million.MEG bitumen production was 87,100 barrels per day in the first quarter, down from 93,200 bpd a year earlier (and its capacity of 100,000 bpd) due to the Alberta government’s production curtailment program that began Jan. 1, the company said.However, it said sales averaged 89,800 bpd as it shipped stored barrels to take advantage of higher prices. CALGARY, A.B. – Oilsands producer MEG Energy Corp. is reporting a larger-than-expected first-quarter net loss despite a rise in revenue as its average price for blended bitumen rose by 56 per cent compared with the fourth quarter of 2018.The Calgary-based company says it lost $48 million or 16 cents per share in the three months ended March 31, compared with a profit of $141 million or 47 cents in the same period a year ago.Analysts had expected a loss of 13 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.last_img read more

Geert Wilders on Trump Speech Own Culture is Far Superior to

Rabat – As usual, while the rest of the world listened to Trump’s speech before the Arab Islamic American Summit and heard talk of a united Arab world and the west, the Netherland’s, Geert Wilders, was hearing something else entirely.Those who thought, or hoped, that the Dutch election put a metaphoric muzzle on the Party of Freedom’s racist leader, Geert Wilders, were reminded Sunday that the man and his rhetoric aren’t going anywhere quietly, anytime soon.But islam is evil. And barbaric and violent by nature. It wants all non-muslims to submit. Nothing will ever change that. We must deislamize— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) May 21, 2017Raging against a machine of his own creation, that of an Islamic conspiracy to take over the world by any means necessary, Wilders took to Twitter Sunday to proclaim that “Islam hates us.” He continued, identifying Saudi Arabia as “the biggest sponsor of terrorism and our own culture is far superior to Islam.” He wasn’t finished. Calling Islam “evil,” Wilders described the religion as “barbaric and violent by nature.”Even as US President, Donald Trump, and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman were urging a visionunified of worldwide cooperation to eradicate Islamist extremism, Wilders figuratively covered his ears and sang a tired refrain that went something like this: Islam “wants all non-Muslims to submit. Nothing will change that. We must deislamize.”Earlier Sunday Wilders tweeted an image of a party poster with the words: “Islam is a dangerous totalitarian ideology in the guise of a religion.” Hardly words meant to inspire bridge-building but perhaps not altogether unexpected either. read more

Transcontinental Q1 profit down revenue up after Coveris packaging acquisition

Companies in this story: (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Transcontinental Inc. reports it had a lower profit but higher revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, compared with a year earlier before it undertook a major acquisition.The Montreal-based printing company — which has been increasing its focus on product packaging in recent years — says it had $28.1 million or 32 cents per share of net income for the three months ended Jan. 27.That’s less than half Transcontinental’s net income of $58.2 million, or 75 cents per share, in 2018’s first-quarter.The company attributed the decline primarily to higher debt costs and financial expenses related to acquisition and restructuring, as well as lower operating earnings from its legacy printing business.Transcontinental’s adjusted net earnings, which exclude some expenses related to the $1.72-billion Coveris acquisition, were down a more modest 12.2 per cent to $45.5 million from $51.8 million.Meanwhile, the company’s revenue rose 49.8 per cent to $751.6 million, from $501.7 million, mostly because of $306.0 million in revenue contributions from Coveris Americas. read more

Muddled messaging does SNCLavalins brand image no favours experts say

MONTREAL — Public relations experts are questioning SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.’s handling of its corporate image over the past two months, faulting a tight-lipped approach and inconsistent messaging for a tarnished brand.The company has found itself in the hot seat since former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould accused top officials in the Trudeau government of pressuring her to steer prosecutors toward negotiations with the engineering and construction giant.The Montreal-based firm faces ongoing fraud and corruption charges linked to alleged dealings with the Moammar Gadhafi regime in Libya between 2001 and 2011.Chris Atchison, founder of Toronto-based Shockwave Strategic Communications, says “muddled messaging” has left a sour taste on the public palate, with potential implications for business at home and abroad. Despite overhauling its board and ethical protocol, SNC-Lavalin has struggled to stay ahead of a story that continues to unfold in Ottawa, he says.Ed Roach, an Ontario-based brand consultant, says a more forthcoming attitude could yield a more sympathetic view of a company that has only posted two official statements on the affair since it broke in early February.Last week, SNC-Lavalin walked back recent comments from CEO Neil Bruce, who said he never cited the protection of 9,000 Canadian jobs as a reason the company should be granted a remediation agreement. Internal documents presented to federal prosecutors and obtained by The Canadian Press show otherwise.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)The Canadian Press read more

Skylon Towers Stair Climb For Cancer

Hundreds of people took the stairs all the way to the top of the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls Saturday.The event raises money for the pediatric cancer research and offers financial assistance for families who’s kids have cancer.80 year old Mitsko Suzaki is the oldest climber in the history of the event. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer 45 years ago.The stair climb has raised more than one million dollars over the past 22 years. This year forty five thousand dollars alone was brought in

Annan says UN crime fighting agency integral in struggle against terrorism

Over the past year, the United Nations agency charged with fighting crime and traffic in illicit drugs has become an important player in the struggle against terrorism, helping States to ratify international agreements and to create legislation on the issue, according to a new report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.”The Office is particularly experienced in work pertaining to the development of state capacity to prevent terrorism, especially through the provision of legal technical assistance to requesting member States and the promotion of international cooperation in criminal matters,” Mr. Annan says in the report to the General Assembly, which last year requested the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to intensify its efforts in those areas.”By utilizing its specialized expertise and comparative advantages, as well as by fostering and strengthening both inter-agency and intra-agency partnerships, UNODC makes a substantive contribution to the global effort against terrorism and more specifically to the Secretary-General’s comprehensive global strategy against terrorism,” he adds.In the report, Mr. Annan requests UNODC to reinforce its work in the areas of the rule of law, the building of viable criminal justice systems and strengthening international cooperation against terrorism.In that regard, he also asks the agency to begin work on the recently adopted International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, in consultation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”The terrorist attacks of the past year, including the hostage-taking in Beslan, Russian Federation, in September 2004 and the recent bombings in London in July 2005, once again brought the urgency of addressing the threat of international terrorism to the attention of the international community,” he stresses. read more

South Sudan UN agencies partners appeal for 1B for lifesaving aid

Some 50,000 children in South Sudan could die this year and thousands of rape survivors could go without psychosocial support, a senior United Nations humanitarian official today said, as aid agencies appealed for $1 billion they need to continue their work.“Now that the rains have set in, conditions in South Sudan are deteriorating by the day: people are literally living in mud,” said Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan.He noted that cholera has broken out, malaria is rampant and many children are malnourished: “Millions of people need emergency healthcare, food, clean water, proper sanitation and shelter to make it through the year.” The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today released a $1.8 billion plan to assist 3.8 million people hit by hunger, violence and disease by the end of the year. Some $740 million of this 2014 South Sudan Crisis Response Plan has already been mobilized.“This leaves a gap of just over $1 billion – or only $1.50 per day for each person to be assisted,” according to OCHA.The three main goals, Mr. Lanzer said, are to “save lives, prevent a famine, and avert the loss of a generation of children and young people to this conflict”. “Aid organizations have reached 1.9 million people so far. With sufficient resources, we will be able to do much more,” he underscored.Political infighting between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar turned into a full-fledged conflict that has uprooted around 1.5 million people and placed more than seven million at risk of hunger and disease, according to UN figures.Top UN officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and OCHA chief Valerie Amos, have repeatedly called for the fighting to end so that people can return homes and resume their lives. In today’s statement, relief organizations welcomed the recommitment by parties to the conflict to the peace process, but said “the damage has already been done”.“Even if the cessation of hostilities holds – and I sincerely hope it will – fighting and displacement has already shattered the lives of millions of people” stressed Mr. Lanzer. He underscored that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies need two things to do their work: the high-level commitment of to allow aid workers access, and funding. “With those things in place, we will deliver,” Mr. Lanzer said. read more

Commentary Kenny G not your normal backup

Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton pitches the ball during a game against San Diego State Sept. 7, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-7.Credit: Ritika Shah / Assistant photo editorJust two minutes and 58 seconds into Saturday’s win over San Diego State, the most important play of the game had already happened. That play was not a touchdown or an amazing catch but rather an injury, one that sent Ohio State’s Heisman-hopeful junior quarterback Braxton Miller to the Ohio Stadium turf with an MCL sprain.What happened next was different from anything I have ever seen in all my years watching the Buckeyes.Instead of gasps and worried looks, there seemed to be a calm around the section I was sitting in, known as “Block O” South. This tranquility was because we all saw redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton, colloquially known as “Kenny G,” trotting on the field to replace Miller.Normally with a backup quarterback, there is doubt that he can do anything remotely like the starter. But for the 2013 Buckeyes, Guiton goes against all I have seen out of backup at OSU, and I think that fans feel as much comfort with Miller as they do with Guiton.While Guiton does not have Miller’s arm strength or foot speed, he is just as capable of running OSU’s offense. I am not by any stretch of the imagination trying to diminish or downplay what Miller has done, or what he will do, but I will say for the first time in my life, I’m not worried.Even San Diego State head coach Rocky Long said he agreed.“(Guiton) is as good of a backup quarterback as there is in the country. I think both of them (Guiton and Miller) are very good players. When one goes down, I don’t think they lose anything,” Long said after Guiton torched his defense in route to 235 total yards and three touchdowns.The difference between Guiton and other backups in recent memory is his ability to come in and deliver right away.For example, in 2011, starter-turned-backup quarterback Joe Bauserman was called on to hang on to a 27-13 lead at Nebraska. All Bauserman had to do was simply manage the game, hand the ball off and complete passes when needed to hold a 14-point lead halfway through the third quarter. He led the Buckeyes to only one more first down the rest of the game as Nebraska came back to win 34-27.Guiton, on the other hand, was called onto the scene last year at home against Purdue and saved the Buckeyes’ perfect season with a drive that will be remembered for years to come. The trust in “Kenny G” will always remain due to that performance, and if this MCL injury for Miller ends up being worse than expected, I trust Guiton to lead the offense.Although he is not a famous jazz artist like his nickname might suggest, when he is under center, he most certainly is smooth. read more

GTT takes Christmas Cheer to Children in Lombard Street

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Over 40 children from the Lombard and Broad Streets Charlestown community were cheered up as a result of the recent presentation of gifts donated by the staff of Guyana Telephone Telegraph.The gift giving initiative was organized by the company’s Social Activities Committee as part of its social outreach programme.“The staff of GTT is extremely elated that we were able to come together to bring joy to the group of children”, head of the Social Committee Malini Gouridat noted.She indicated that the charitable work of the Committee will extend in other communities into 2018.

Cummins Tier 4 engine interim clear advantage on show at ConExpo

first_imgCummins will present one of the largest displays of Tier 4 Interim engines, exhaust after-treatment and filtration products at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2011. The exhibit will feature a full lineup of the latest generation 3.3-litre to 15-litre engines, ranging from 45 to 447 kW. Also on show will be the highly innovative VGTTM variable geometry turbocharger patented by Cummins Turbo Technologies.Cummins says its “Tier 4 Interim engines are delivering significantly higher fuel economy and improved engine response than their successful Tier 3 predecessors. This combination of higher performance and cleaner, low-emissions operation will be represented with a Tier 4 “Clear Advantage” message for visitors to the Cummins booth.”Cummins six-cylinder QSB6.7, QSL9, QSX11.9 and QSX15 engines on display meet EPA Tier 4 Interim/EU Stage IIIB regulations for above 129 kW introduced January 1, 2011. They are integrated with the Cummins Particulate Filter aftertreatment system to remove Particulate Matter (PM) emissions by operating with up to 99% passive regeneration in most applications, with no impact on equipment performance.For the January1, 2012, Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB emissions regulations covering the 56-129 kW category, the four-cylinder QSB3.3, QSB4.5 and lower ratings of the QSB6.7 use the Cummins Compact Catalyst to remove PM. The catalyst is a fully passive, exhaust flow-through after-treatment with a service-free “fit-and-forget” advantage for smaller equipment typically used in rental fleet applications.A cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system features on all Cummins Tier 4 Interim engines above 55-kW. EGR efficiently reduce NOx emissions by lowering the combustion temperature.Completing the Cummins engine lineup at the show is the B3.3, certified for current Tier 4 Interim emissions across a 45-55 kW range, without the need for aftertreatment, EGR or electronic controls to offer a cost-effective power solution.Cummins says “the ability to utilise key enabling technologies from within Cummins own resources has been a major factor in realizing a Clear Advantage for Tier 4, resulting in better integrated packaging and enhanced performance.“A complete suite of exhaust after-treatment systems from Cummins Emission Solutions will make an impressive display on the booth. Cummins Filtration will show an extensive range of engine filtration products, including the latest Direct FlowTM air cleaner, introduced for Tier 4 Interim.Other notable features at the Cummins booth include Tier 4 Interim installation-ready power units supplied by Cummins Power Products. Cummins Power Generation will present a compact trailer unit with 100-kW output.last_img read more

World Cship W Final Norway or France

text: The last four of in total 88 matches at the XX Women’s World Championship will bring the decisions which teams will win Gold, Silver and Bronze – and will decide the Olympic Qualification Tournaments, played from 25 – 27 May 2012.Both finalists – Norway and France – which start their clash at 17:15 local times in Sao Paulo have already been World Champion before. Norway took their only Gold medal in 1999 by beating France in the final in Norway after extra time, and France needed as well an extra-time to become World Champion 2003 by beating Hungary in the final in Croatia. No player of both 1999 final contenders is still in the team rosters of both 2011 finalists. The only one of those players from 1999, who could have been on the field in Sao Paulo, is Norwegian defence specialist Tonje Larsen, but she is currently injured and missed the World Championship.Both teams can write history on Sunday 18 December: If France win, then both teams (men and women) will be 2011 World Champions. The last time in handball history, when this occurred, was in 1982 when USSR became World Champions for men and women. If Norway win, they are the second women’s team ever to be World, Olympic and European Champion at the same time. The only triple champion’s team before, was Denmark as European and Olympic Champion 1996 and World Champion 1997.For the fourth time in history after 1999 (Silver), 2003 (Gold) and 2009 (Silver), France has reached the final of a Women’s World Championship, Norway is among the finalists for the fifth time: 1997, 2001 and 2007 they won the Silver medal, and 1999 they were the World Champion.  Aside Norway is record European Champion with five titles in 1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. In total the Northern Europeans took 19 medals at major tournaments since 1986. France only took two Bronze medals at European Championships aside the WCh medals.In Brazil both finalists won seven of eight matches:  Norway won their Preliminary Round opener against Germany, whilst France lost in the Preliminary Round against host Brazil.The final is highly important for the constellation of the three Olympic Qualification Tournaments – and the Olympic qualification: If Norway win the final – and as they are already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games as European Champions – Sweden will be another winner, as they would qualify directly for the Olympics as Silver medalists of the 2010 European Championship.If Norway will become World Champion, then the three Olympic Qualification Tournaments will be played in France, Denmark and Spain. If France win the title, then those tournaments will be played in Denmark, Spain and Russia.Both coaches see the opposite team as the favourite for the final: “France is the best team in the world,” said Norwegian coach Thorir Hergeirsson. “Due to our injury problems, Norway is the clear favourite,” said French coach Olivier Krumbholz, who was already coaching the French team at the World Championship 1999.In only five days two French top stars were injured severely: Mariama Signate suffers from a broken bone in her face, as Alison Pineau suffers from a rupture of the crucial ligament in the semi-final against Denmark. Norway has to replace key players like Gro Hammerseng, Tonje Larsen and Katja Nyberg due to pregnancies or long-term injuries for the entire World Championship.As Norway was successful thanks to their counter attacks and highly movable defence, France is well known as the best defending nation in men and women. “The key to everything is defence,” Krumbholz said very often. So the final clashing seems still not decided.Before this great final the placement matches for the ranks 3 – 8 will be played in Arena Ibirapuera. ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2012: Germany without Kraus in Serbia! Next Story → SEHA: C.O. Zagreb defeated in Presov! read more

Garda allowance and overtime payments delayed until new year again

first_imgUpdated 11.05pmPAYMENTS OF GARDA allowances and overtime for November will be delayed again this year, has learned, with members having to wait until January to receive the payments.These payments are generally paid two or three weeks in arrears but a legacy has developed in recent years whereby allowances and overtime earned in November – which should be paid in December – are held over until the new year.A spokesperson for the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) pointed to recent media reports about the additional funding being sought by the Department of Justice to cover wages due to members before the end of the year.In the AGSI’s view, this should include people’s unsocial hours payments, which are worked in November and should therefore be paid in December.They said the association “sincerely hopes” that the extra funding sought includes the provision for paying those allowances.This delay will mean that any overtime earned, or allowances due to be paid for the month of November will not be received until January. It is understood that this was previously due time constraints for processing the the pay cheques in the end of year administration but one source said this year the ability to process the payments is there, but not the money.Workers on the lower end of the pay scale“The minister can pay for uniforms, cars, petrol – every other bill except this pay that garda families need most at this time of year,” one garda source told “Those gardaí who are struggling to pay their mortgages will now find the direct debit will bounce on the week that it’s due to be paid.”Another source commented that despite changes to rosters and the Haddington Road Agreement being adhered to “once again we are left in a position where those affected the most are workers on the lower end of the pay scale who rely on the overtime and allowances to get through Christmas”.A spokesperson for the Garda Representative Association said all issues of late payments have been raised with garda management. They said that the association “continues to monitor progress and represent our members’ pay and conditions of employment”.“This matter is receiving ongoing attention,” they added.Long established practiceIn response to a query form this website, the Department of Justice described it as a “long established practice” for these payments to be claimed at the end of a four week period and to be paid “as soon as possible thereafter”.Due to end of year financial and administrative procedures, the allowances and overtime claimed in December have always been paid, and will continue to be paid, in the following January.The department said the issue was “neither raised nor addressed in the discussions leading to the Haddington Road Agreement”.Originally published 6.15amRelated: €51 million Garda payroll over-run is “bad planning” by Shatter – Fianna Fáil>Read: Garda escort bikes out of action for two months>last_img read more

Police arrest 35 year old man in Provo in connection to March

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 12, 2017 – Providenciales – Despite challenging circumstances on the islands at this time, The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police are continuing their task of providing service and protection to the communities of Providenciales.Detectives have arrested and charged a 35 year old male of Providenciales for Conspiracy to Rob in connection with a report made on Saturday 4th March 2017.   Around 2:29am that date, police responded to the Cheshire Hall Medical where the victim told officers that upon exiting a vehicle in his hotel lobby he was approached by two masked men who shot him before making off with an undisclosed amount of money.   The male is presently on remand.Yesterday morning (Monday 11th September 2017) around 1:40am, officers responded to a report of an attempted Burglary at a business establishment, a 24 year old male was apprehended and is in police custody assisting with the investigation.Around 12:29am this morning (Tuesday 12th September 2017), Tactical Unit officers responded to a firearm related offence where three persons were arrested and are assisting Police in the investigation.   A firearm was also recovered and investigations are ongoing.“Officers are working hard despite some losses at their homes, we are committed to protecting the communities of the Turks and Caicos and these arrests are part of the work to tackle crime.”  said Commissioner James Smith.Press Release: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Man hospitalized after shooting in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews have taken a man to the hospital after he was injured in a shooting in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene along the 1500 block of Northwest 132nd Terrace, just before 9 p.m.First responders found an adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds.Paramedics transported the victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital in unknown condition.Officials have not provided any information about a subject, as they continue to investigate.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

NASA rover sees bewitching nightshining clouds on Mars

first_img 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Curiosity looked up in late May to capture these noctilucent clouds floating by. NASA/JPL-Caltech It’s just another twilight on Mars. You’re a rover, kicking back after a long day of science, gazing up at the clouds. Sometimes it’s the simple moments that are the most stunning.NASA’s Curiosity rover has been in skygazing mode lately, sending back ethereal visions of noctilucent (night shining) clouds. Curiosity team member Claire Newman highlighted the rover’s late-May sky view in a mission update on Wednesday.  Mars rovers NASA Space The night-shining clouds are beautiful, but they can also tell scientists a lot about what’s happening up above the rover, including how much water vapor there is in atmosphere. Curiosity isn’t the only NASA machine that enjoys a bit of cloud-watching. The InSight lander shared some soothing cloud images earlier in the year.  Curiosity is currently checking out a clay-rich area in the Gale Crater and recently sent back a fresh selfie. So what’s next? More science and more beautiful days on Mars. Sci-Tech 0 Post a comment Share your voice The noctilucent clouds are “so high that they’re still illuminated by the sun, even when it’s night at the surface and any lower cloud layers are already in shadow,” Newman wrote. Mars is heading into a cloudy season, making this a prime time for watching the atmosphere.Image processors Justin Cowart and Seán Doran gifted us a video version of the recent clouds that makes it feel like you’re standing on Mars. Tags See wispy clouds drift across the sky on Mars NASA’s Insight sees cloudy days on Mars, so why does it never rain? More clouds on Mars 43 Photoslast_img read more

Prakash Raj on antiTamil comments Its deliberately misquoted with bad intentions

first_imgPrakash Raj.PR HandoutPrakash Raj was facing the wrath from a section of Tamils for his alleged anti-Tamil stand. However, the timely clarification has put an end to the controversy which could have landed him in major trouble in Kollywood.According to Tamil media, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had claimed that over 500 Tamil students were studying in Delhi University and taking away the opportunities of Delhiites. He promised to change the scenario if voted back again to power.Prakash Raj, who is campaigning for Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi, reportedly backed Delhi Chief Minister’s views. On reminding him about working him in so many Kollywood movies, the veteran actor allegedly claimed that he was from Karnataka and not Tamil Nadu.From Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to BJP leaders, many politicians condemned his comments, while netizens attacked him for being ungrateful to their state in spite of getting good opportunities to work in Kollywood. Many asked him to apologise or get banned from working in the Tamil film industry.However, producer Dhananjayan quickly came to Prakash Raj’s rescue and tweeted, “Is it true @prakashraaj sir? Did you speak like this? I hope it’s not true & you were misquoted. In India Students from anywhere can study & make a career. No one can restrict that. I made my career studying at #Mumbai & ever grateful. So is the case of thousands studying here ✍️ [sic].”Responding to the post, Prakash Raj thanked him for the clarification and claimed he never made such a statement. “YES .. Dhananjayan… thank you for clarifying with me …. I NEVER SAID THAT. .. it’s DELIBERATELY MISQUOTED WITH BAD INTENTIONS.. SHAME on those who stoop to this level ..[sic],” the actor tweeted.Prakash Raj was born and brought in Karnataka but rose to become a popular actor by working in Tamil and Telugu films.last_img read more

UN rights chief slams Bangladesh drug war

first_imgUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra`ad Al HusseinThe UN rights chief on Wednesday condemned the recent killing of more than 100 alleged drug dealers in Bangladesh, insisting that extra-judicial killings cannot be justified in the fight against narcotics.Some 130 people have reportedly been shot dead by Bangladeshi security forces since 15 May and another 15,000 arrested in the Philippines-style crackdown aimed to halt the spread of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.”I am gravely concerned that such a large number of people have been killed,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement.He also voiced concern about government reaction, which “has been to assure the public that none of these individuals were ‘innocent’.”Such statements are dangerous and indicative of a total disregard for the rule of law,” he said.”People do not lose their human rights because they use or sell drugs.”Bangladesh has been struggling to contain a surging drug trade.Police have vowed to stamp out “yaba”, a very popular street pill made of caffeine and methamphetamine.Authorities last year seized a record 40 million yaba tablets, but said an estimated 250-300 million others entered the market, due in part to large quantities coming across the border from major producer Myanmar.Nine million yaba tablets were seized in less than three months earlier this year, including nearly two million in a single haul.The rights commissioner stressed that “the presumption of innocence and the right to due process must be at the forefront of any efforts to tackle crime.””Given the large number of people arrested, there is a high likelihood that many people may have been arbitrarily detained, without due regard for their rights.”Urging Bangladesh to investigate reports of extra-judicial killings and hold the perpetrators to account, he also voiced concern that already vulnerable slum communities were particular targets and that the crackdown appeared to be hampering drug users from accessing health services.The alleged dealers killed in Bangladesh mainly died in what authorities described as shootouts, but parallels have been drawn to the Philippines where police have been accused of executing suspects.”There is no doubt that the trafficking and sale of illegal narcotics leads to tremendous suffering,” the rights chief added.”But extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests and the stigmatisation of people who use drugs cannot be the answer.”last_img

Bangladesh capable to conduct fair polls

first_imgA two-member election expert mission representing the European Union (EU) will arrive in Dhaka on Tuesday to monitor the situations before and after the national election scheduled to be held on 30 December.”Yes, they’re arriving. They’ll stay until 15 January,” a senior official at the foreign ministry told UNB on Monday.The election expert mission comprising David Noel Ward and Eirini- Maria Gounari might stay for longer period, if necessary, depending on the evolving situation.”I can’t tell you their day-to-day programmes. But I can tell you they’ll have wider discussions with political leaders on election issues. They’ll also visit places outside Dhaka,” said another official.The two election experts of the EU will meet key interlocutors, including chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda, media, candidates and voters.Such an expert team usually submits a report to the EU headquarters in Brussels on its observation.Meanwhile, a visiting European parliamentary delegation on Sunday hoped that the next national election in Bangladesh will be held in a free and fair manner.”I’m confident that the coming election will be free and fair,” said Rupert Matthews, conservative member of the European Parliament sharing his thoughts based on the impression he got after talking to political leaders of Bangladesh.The delegation of the European Parliament also met prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday.While interacting with media at a city hotel, he said the European Parliament believes that Bangladesh is well-prepared to handle the election on its own.Matthews said the European Union parliament believes that Bangladesh is capable to follow its own rules to conduct a free and fair election.Therefore, he added, they do not need to send observers.He said the delegation had talks with a wide range of people of Bangladesh, including government officials and politicians and common people.Though it will not send any observer team because of a lengthy preparatory process, the European Union (EU) will closely monitor the next national election in Bangladesh, said a diplomatic source.The EU will be keeping eyes on the developments in the coming weeks, the source said, adding that not sending an observer team does not mean that they are not going to follow the elections.The EU thinks sending a credible observer mission is a very big operation as it involves a good number of observers and needs a long preparation.It, however, expects free, fair, credible and transparent elections in Bangladesh.”We’re looking forward to free, fair, credible and transparent elections in this country,” said managing director for Asia and the Pacific at European External Action Service Gunnar Wiegand during his Bangladesh visit in July last.last_img read more