Focus now on 2015 and not on retirement, says Viswanathan Anand

first_imgTwo world championship losses in successive years to a younger and more dominating opponent and the retirement question becomes a norm, even if you are- Viswanathan Anand. But seeing the ambition in his eyes and the determination to bounce back you realise its futile asking him that question. “There’s a lot to look forward to this year,” he tells Headlines Today in an exclusive conversation.Following his loss to Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, Anand has since won the London classic. And although not a big fan of the football like 3 for win, 1 for a draw, points system for the tournament, he admits the win has helped him recover. “The whole thing with the world championships was a pity especially because I had chances but life goes on. The very next tournament I won has made me feel a lot better,” says the 45-year-old Anand.The five time world champion agrees a non championship year allows him a breather and is strongly in disapproval of the way two championships were held in succession in the past two years. “It’s definitely insane playing a world championship every year. I think they should change that schedule anyway. Either 13′ or 14′ should not have been a world championship. But it will be nice to play tournaments and try and take them as a challenge in 2015.”He hates to delve into the Sochi encounter too much but one can see how much it meant to him. “There is disappointment but at some point you realise that life goes on and you find new challenges. I am fine now,” he says.advertisementEfforts to have another crack at Carlsen in 2016 will keep him going, but to get there would mean another candidates win in the same year. And to get to the candidates tournament in good form, he would require a good 2015. “This year I will play tournaments and keep my self in shape. Plus lots of young players are all trying to qualify for the candidates so I will be following them and trying to learn and pacing myself. It’s also nice to have a year where you have just tournaments and a different kind of challenge. That’s not to suggest that this year I will just be lounging around it’s a serious year with serious tournaments,” he says firmly.Just minutes ago somebody asked him a question if Magnus Carlsen reminds him of any cricketer? “Virat Kohli maybe,” he thinks and answers. And is there any cricketer like Vishy Anand? “Can’t think of anyone,” he says. He didn’t say it but could well have said MS Dhoni.So does body language play a role in chess, we ask him of facing off against the more expressive Magnus Carlsen. “Not too much. Everyone has their own body language. What matters is a series of good moves. When that happens, all falls in place,” he says.We take a final effort to see if he has even begun to delve into retirement. If he got another shot at Carlsen and won, would the thought than occur to him? “There are too many ifs in the question. Let’s focus on what I can do this year and try and get there in 2016,” he signs off with a smile.last_img read more


first_imgDefeating Singapore has raised confidence level: Madhurika Mumbai, Apr 19 (PTI) The confidence level of the Indian women paddlers has gone up a notch following the teams stunning triumph in the Commonwealth Games gold medal contest against Singapore at Gold Coast, Australia, team member Madhurika Patkar said today. Madhurika, who was part of the Indian table tennis squad led by Delhis Manika Batra, also expressed optimism that the team would try to perform extremely well in the Asian Games scheduled in Jakarta, Indonesia, from August 18 in which powerhouses like China, Japan and Korea will be competing. “There are big teams like China, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Singapore, Hong Kong and North Korea who participate in the Asian Games. By defeating Singapore (in the CWG), our confidence level has increased. And we will try to play a similar game or raise our game for the Asian Games and perform in the same way,” Madhurika told PTI here. The experienced pair of Madhurika and Mouma Das played the supporting role to perfection by winning the crucial doubles tie 3-1 against Zhou and Mengyu Yu of Singapore to provide India a 2-1 lead in the CWG gold medal contest. The 31-year-old former national champion also said that the win against Singapore, which had never been beaten since the sports introduction in the CWG in 2002, has instilled a strong belief that they can now defeat any opponent. “Yes, when we have defeated a team which had World No 4 and World No 12, the belief that we can win against any team has come up. When hope, self belief and confidence come together, then only success follows,” she said. “Singapore was a strong team, which had World No 4 and World No 12 and to play against such a team was difficult. We had to play very well to win against them,” she added. She also heaped praise on Manika, who bagged four medals including the womens individual gold. “Manika played very well in the entire tournament. Even when I and Mouma were playing, she said …. have belief in yourself. She is a simple girl, and she is still down-to-earth even after her success. In the team event, she played a crucial role and her contribution is huge,” Madhurika said. With success comes more responsibility said the experienced paddler hailing from neighbouring Thane district. “Now everybody will be following us and there is more responsibility. So we have to work even harder. Earlier if we were giving 100 per cent, we may have to give 200 per cent,” she said. Madhurika said the entire Massimo Costantini-coached Indian table tennis squad was eyeing a podium finish from the beginning. “Before going to the Games, we had formed a Whatsapp Group Gold at Gold Coast, made up of players and coaches. We went with that thought, but it (the gold) happened due to self belief and the team spirit.” She was inspired after meeting weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who won Indias first gold at the Games and then wanted to achieve a similar feat. “I met the first gold medal winner Mirabai Chanu and I hugged her and I felt I should also bag a gold medal,” she recalled with fondness. PTI NRB SSR SSRadvertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe happy with Clyne debut

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe happy with Clyne debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe was happy with the performance of Nathaniel Clyne in their FA Cup defeat to Brighton.Clyne has joined the Cherries on-loan from Liverpool.Howe said: “I’ve hardly seen him, to be honest. He literally reported for the game and played.“You wouldn’t have known it was his first game today. We had no doubts over him. His experience will be vital.“We’re looking for him to come in and do a very good job in his position and I thought he did that.“Defensively he was excellent and when he understands how the team plays he will get even better.” last_img read more

Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard facing three sex offence charges in Toronto

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto police have charged the frontman of the rock band Hedley with three sexual offences involving two women.Police say Jacob Hoggard, 34, was arrested Monday and is scheduled to appear in a Toronto courtroom on Thursday. He is charged with one count of sexual interference and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm.The Criminal Code says sexual interference involves the touching for a sexual purpose, directly or indirectly, of a person under the age of 16 with a part of the body or with an object.Police allege the offences happened on three dates in 2016 after a man met with two women on separate occasions. Toronto police would not provide any additional comment on the case or the charges.Hoggard’s lawyer declined comment in an email.“Other than statements I may make in court, I do not anticipate making any public comment on this matter,” wrote Ian Smith.In a news release, police said they are concerned there may be other complainants.Hoggard, who is from Vancouver, has previously denied ever engaging in non-consensual sexual behaviour, but has said he behaved in a way that objectifies women.The Vancouver-based band played its last show before an “indefinite hiatus” in Kelowna, B.C., on March 24.The two-time Juno winning band had been dropped by its management team, blacklisted by scores of radio stations and abandoned by musicians booked as tour openers.Ahead of the Kelowna show, fans were handing out flyers in support of the band.Online accusations began surfacing earlier this year suggesting inappropriate encounters with young fans.A 24-year-old Ottawa fan of the band alleged to the CBC in February that she was sexually assaulted after chatting with Hoggard on the dating app Tinder and agreeing to meet him at a hotel in Toronto.The CBC published another report weeks later of a Toronto woman who alleged Hoggard tried to force her to do things without her consent during a sexual encounter in 2016.Hoggard also faced allegations including groping and making inappropriate sexual remarks to a Calgary radio host seven years ago.In announcing he would be putting his career on hold in February, Hoggard said he would make real changes in his life, seek guidance from his family and learn from the “amazing women in my life.”“The way I’ve treated women was reckless and dismissive of their feelings. I understand the significant harm that is caused not only to the women I interacted with, but to all women who are degraded by this type of behaviour,” he wrote in a statement posted to his Twitter account Feb. 28.“I have been careless and indifferent and I have no excuse. For this I am truly sorry.”Hedley withdrew itself from consideration for the Juno Awards earlier this year in Vancouver and backed out of performing on the telecast.last_img read more

Iraq needs continued international engagement – UN refugee agency

2 June 2009Although the humanitarian situation in Iraq has been out of the spotlight recently, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) today cautioned that the situation for the millions of uprooted Iraqis both inside and outside the country remains dire and urged the international community to maintain their support. Although the humanitarian situation in Iraq has been out of the spotlight recently, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) today cautioned that the situation for the millions of uprooted Iraqis both inside and outside the country remains dire and urged the international community to maintain their support. “While overall security conditions have improved, they are not yet sustainable enough to have encouraged massive returns of Iraqis,” agency spokesperson Ron Redmond said, noting that more than 1.5 million Iraqis are still living in other countries, mostly in Syria and Jordan, with another 2 million internally displaced. Although some have returned to their homes, many of these returns have neither been safe nor sustainable, he added. “It is UNHCR’s opinion that Iraqis should not be forced back, which would be detrimental to the safety of those concerned and would negatively affect the fragile absorption capacity of the country.” The Government of Iraq is torn between many priorities in the political, electoral and national reconciliation areas, and faces many obstacles related to socio-economic issues and requirements for the return and reintegration of the uprooted, according to UNHCR. Mr. Redmond said authorities must make strides in implementing the national policy on displacement and return; take action on land allocation and property restitution; and launch housing and rehabilitation programmes. For its part, UNHCR, along with its partners, is still hindered by a shortage of funds and the need for heavy security which impedes its mobility and ability to deliver assistance, he said. Nevertheless, the agency has expanded its presence to 14 of Iraq’s 17 provinces, the spokesperson said, “but these efforts will remain piecemeal if not integrated into a national, Government-led framework aimed at addressing the myriad social and economic challenges that must be overcome.” UNHCR’s $299 million appeal for its work in Iraq for 2009 is less than half funded, he said, warning that without an influx of resources, some programmes cannot be implemented. Outside Iraq, asylum countries are feeling the burden and are increasingly concerned over what they believe could become a protracted refugee situation, Mr. Redmond noted. “Iraq has experienced waves of mass displacement over the last 40 years that have resulted in deep social dislocation and complex humanitarian problems,” he said. “What we are dealing with today is the accumulation of these problems. Bringing stability to such a complex situation is going to take time and requires the collective and continuous engagement of all.” read more

Security Council urges DR Congo to bring mass rape perpetrators to justice

17 September 2010In the wake of mass rapes of civilians in the restive far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Security Council called on the country to take “swift and fair” action to bring the perpetrators to justice. Hundreds of people – including more than two dozen children – were raped by members of armed groups in July and August in the volatile North Kivu province.“The Security Council stresses the primary responsibility of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for ensuring security in its territory and protecting its civilians with respect for the rule of law, human rights and international humanitarian law,” according to a presidential statement read out by Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan of Turkey, which holds the Council’s rotating monthly presidency.The 15-member body also urged DRC authorities to bring an end to impunity, especially for those responsible for gross human rights violations.The fight against impunity, it said, is “an integral part of the urgently-needed reform of the security sector,” encouraging the country to bolster its military capacity, reinforce police training and enhance the justice and corrections systems’ capacity.In today’s statement, the Council called on the Government to assist victims of sexual abuse and to support efforts by civil society groups and others to prevent further violence.Earlier this month, a senior United Nations official dispatched to eastern DRC by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon following the rapes told the Council that he was disappointed that the world body was unable to offer protection to the victims.“While the primary responsibility for protection of civilians lies with the State, its national army and police force, clearly we have also failed. Our actions were not adequate, resulting in unacceptable brutalisation of the population of the population of the villages in the area. We must do better,” said Atul Khare, Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).The UN mission in the DRC, known as MONUSCO, launched Operation Shop Window two weeks ago to enhance the protection of civilians in the areas where the rapes occurred.The mission has reported that the operation has resulted in the arrests of some suspected human rights abusers and a return of many internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their homes. The peacekeeping force added that as a result of the operation, there has been a growing recognition by illegal armed groups that UN peacekeepers are well-equipped, willing and able to respond vigorously to attacks on civilians. read more

Mortgages fuel Canadian household credit growth Royal Bank reports

OTTAWA — Mortgages helped boost Canadian household credit growth in October as it increased by 5.0 per cent compared with a year ago, a report by the Royal Bank said Friday.The increase came as mortgage borrowing rose 6.0 per cent compared with a year ago, the fastest pace since October 2012.The Royal Bank put total household credit at $1.888 trillion, with home mortgages making up just over 70 per cent at $1.346 trillion.“After recording a 5.4 per cent rate of growth for five consecutive months to kick off 2015, this component of household credit has gradually accelerated against a backdrop of accommodative borrowing conditions and strong housing activity in a handful of markets across the country,” Royal Bank economist Laura Cooper wrote in the report.Meanwhile, growth in consumer credit slowed to 2.7 per cent, the slowest pace in a year. Personal loans, lines of credit, credit cards and other borrowing totalled $542 billion.Canada faces house-price dilemma in push to tighten mortgagesMortgage industry insider says Finance is pondering hike to minimum down paymentCanadians piling on debt, but delinquency rate lowest in more than six yearsRising debt levels has been identified by many, including the Bank of Canada, as a key risk to the economy.The increase in mortgage borrowing comes at a time when questions are being raised about the strength of the Canadian housing market. While Toronto and Vancouver remain hot, other markets have started to feel the weakness in the economy.And while variable rate mortgages remain low with the Bank of Canada holding its overnight rate target at 0.5 per cent, the popular five-year fixed offerings by many lenders have started to rise.The Royal Bank report said the increase in household credit came as the growth in business credit eased as the pace of longer-term financing slowed.Long-term financing, which included bonds, debentures, equities and warrants, rose 6.4 per cent in October compared with a year ago, compared with a 7.1 per cent increase in September.Short-term business credit in Ontario rose 11.0 per cent compared with a year ago, down just slightly from 11.1 per cent in September. read more

Punjab appoints working group to collaborate with Sri Lanka

Describing the growth strategy of provincial government on this occasion, Shamail Khawaja stressed the need for exploring prospects of mutual cooperation with Sri Lanka, particularly in the field of teachers training, wildlife protection, tourism development and enhancement of healthcare facilities in the far-flung areas of Punjab. The Punjab Government has constituted a working group for collaboration with Sri Lanka, under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Punjab, Shamail Ahmad Khawaja, the Pakistan Observer reported.A formal meeting of the group was held, here on Saturday, presided over by the additional chief secretary and attended by Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique and others. He directed the participants to prepare presentations on education sector reforms, prevalent teacher training system and core cadre system of teachers training in Sri Lanka, so that memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and agreements could be signed with the government of Sri Lanka during the upcoming visit of Punjab Chief Minister Muham-mad Shahbaz Sharif to Colombo. (Colombo Gazette) read more

View to raise A30 million as growth continues

first_imgView Resources is raising money to support its short term capital requirements as it moves towards positive cash flow and dual income from both gold and nickel by the first half of 2008. The funds raised under the Institutional Placement will be used for: – Development and working capital for the Carnilya Hill mine scheduled to start this month.Development and working capital for Bronzewing which includes further pre-stripping of the Central pit and access development of the Discovery underground, accessing additional reserves.Further exploration and tenement acquisition at Bronzewing.Debt reduction of the Investec Loan Facility, allowing the company greater freedom and flexibility to achieve its strategic goals.Costs of the Institutional Offers. Managing Director Tim Gooch: “The quick transition from explorer to producer at both Bronzewing and Carnilya Hill is extremely exciting for us and provides an excellent spring board as we progress our goal of becoming a mid-tier mining house. These funds will allow the company to meet its short term capital commitments as we recommission our gold and nickel projects in parallel and provide further funds for future exploration and regional consolidation. By the first half of 2008 View will be deriving positive cash-flow from both projects, however we are already looking to increase mine life at Bronzewing and Carnilya Hill as well as seek other growth opportunities”. More recently View announced the recommissioning of the Carnilya Hill nickel project and mobilization to site has commenced for a July 2007 start. The recently announced feasibility study based on reserve of 14,000 t of nickel in situ provides an extremely robust project with total costs of $6.50/lb. View has a 30% stake with its JV partner Mincor the remaining 70%. The company has successfully recommissioned its 100% owned Bronzewing Gold Project, pouring the first gold in May this year and is now focussed on ramping up to its full production averaging 120,000oz/y by the end of the July quarter. In addition it is seeking to increase its resource base with its own expanded exploration program and through continued consolidation with its neighbours within economic trucking distance of Bronzewing.last_img read more

JAMAICA Know your rights what to do if youre arrested

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 8, 2017 – Kingston – Head of the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, is encouraging Jamaicans to know their rights and the correct protocol for arrest under the law.Speaking with JIS News, Ms. Lindsay states that the police may carry out an arrest for different reasons, such as to prevent an offence, to prevent the continuation of an offence and to prevent escape.   She says that regardless of the circumstances leading to an arrest, the basic rights of the individual should be observed at all times during the process.“The police officer will carry out an arrest in three main ways… on view, which is when you detect an offence taking place… on information from a third party, that is, when someone comes to the police station and makes a report.   There is an investigation and (an) arrest is made based on the information provided.  We also conduct Arrest on Warrant,” Superintendent Lindsay explains.Under Section 15 of the Constabulary Force Act, it is lawful for any Constable, without warrant, to apprehend any person found committing any offence punishable upon indictment or summary conviction, and to take him before a Justice to enquire into the circumstance of the alleged offence.   The law also provides for the persons to be committed to the nearest jail, prison or lock-up to be dealt with, or to grant the person bail in accordance with the Bail Act.Ms. Lindsay states that in a normal arrest procedure, the officer identifies himself or herself to the individual and informs the person of the offence for which he or she is being arrested and charged. The officer then restrains and cautions the individual.An essential aspect of the arrest is the ‘caution’, which notifies the offender of his/her rights during the process, particularly the right to remain silent, as anything said will be taken down in writing and used as evidence in court.   Following the caution, the police should then escort the detainee to the station.   Here, it is determined whether the person is eligible to be granted bail at the station level, or is to be remanded in custody for the matter to be brought before a Magistrate to grant or deny the bail application.Ms. Lindsay also advises persons to carry proper identification (driver’s licence, passport, voter’s ID) when going to the station.“If you don’t have proper identification when you are taken to the police station, you can’t get bail (because) you cannot be properly identified.   So it is important that you have some kind of proper identification.   If you don’t have it on your person, then you will be required to ask someone to bring some form of identification,” she says.If, however, the person refuses or is unable to give the security (money or property) required as a condition for bail, it is lawful for the officer or sub-officer to detain the person in custody until such person can be brought before a Justice and dealt with in like manner, as is directed in the case of someone apprehended under the Act without warrant.   For persons with special needs, such as a medical condition, provision should be made, as these persons have a right to medical care.Other rights include the right to meals for the duration of confinement, as well as the right to a safe environment, to the extent that the person is to be protected from harm and injury while in police custody. This is particularly important in the case of persons with mental illness.“We have to ensure that they are separated from the other prisoners, so that they are not put in a situation where they are vulnerable or cause harm to the other detainees,” Ms. Lindsay states.Once at the police station, the remanded person is entitled to a phone call to notify someone of the arrest.Ms. Lindsay explains that more than one phone call is permissible to ensure that someone is notified of the person’s arrest and for the person to make arrangements for legal counsel and for the care of dependents.Where a minor is present at the point of arrest, the offender is allowed to call someone to take custody of the child. If there is no one, the police will then contact the Child Development Agency (CDA) to make arrangements for the child to be placed in State care until the person is granted bail, at which time they can retrieve the child.Meanwhile the Head of the Corporate Communications Unit says that arrested persons are also entitled to legal representation, and if a detainee cannot afford a lawyer, the government provides representation through the Legal Aid Council.“Once a person indicates that they cannot afford a lawyer, then the police will make contact with [an] attorney.   Usually, you will find that attorneys are assigned to different parts of the island.   The police will have a list of persons who are approved legal counsels … and you make arrangements for one of them to come in and represent the person who is being charged,” she explains.    Also, the person should be interviewed in the presence of his/her attorney so that there is legal guidance throughout the process.Additionally, where a child is in conflict with the law and has to be placed under arrest, the child should be told at the time of arrest in plain, simple, child-friendly language the reason for the detention.   Additionally, the child’s parents or guardians should be immediately notified by the police of the arrest and the reason for the arrest.The police are not permitted to question the child without legal representation.   The Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) or Duty Counsel on the Legal Aid List is to be immediately contacted by the police where a child suspect is arrested and does not have legal representation.   A child who is not charged within 24 hours of being arrested or detained, should be released into the care of the parents or guardians.As it relates to bail application, depending on the gravity and nature of the charge, the detainee is entitled to bail.   Bail can be granted at the station level for minor offences, or on the likelihood of the individual appearing before a court for a trial.Section 25 of the Act states that the officer or sub-officer in charge of the police station or lock-up shall grant bail to that person in accordance with the Bail Act, unless the person has been taken into custody on a charge of murder, treason or treason felony.The officer is charged with ensuring that the dignity of the detainee is maintained throughout the process (no draping or dragging of the individual).   As far as is practicable, handcuffs must be used on males and violent females.   Just as the police officer is guided by certain responsibilities in the arrest procedure, so too the individual that is being arrested must observe certain protocols.Ms. Lindsay advises persons to cooperate with the justice officials.“Once you are approached by the police and informed that you will be arrested, and you are notified of the offence, we want persons to cooperate with the police and not try to resist, because that could lead to an additional charge of resisting arrest.   Don’t fight the police, because that could lead to another charge of assaulting the police. So we advise persons to cooperate with the (arrest) process,” she advises.If during arrest an individual feels his/her rights have been violated, there are several avenues for redress.On the advice of their attorney, civil action can be taken against the police and the Government to prove that the individual’s rights were violated by the police officers acting on behalf of the State.Persons can also make a formal complaint and document the incident with the Police Complaints Department in the Inspectorate of the Constabulary Force. Complaints can also be lodged with the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).Persons can also contact the Independent Jamaica Council for Human Rights, Jamaicans for Justice or the Office of the Public Defender for redress.By: Rochelle Williams (JIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more