Conference Profile

first_imgWelcome to the India Today Conclave – an international forum for ideas & debate presented by South Asia’s most influential weekly magazine India Today. The Conclave has, over the past eight years, established itself as a gathering of the finest minds from government, politics, business, science & technology, religion and academia to sport, the arts & entertainment and has become one of the most sought after international engagements.A unique concept, the India Today Conclave has been an enriching journey right from the start. The issues that have been debated and documented over the past eight Conclaves have been significant.In 2002, the theme “India Tomorrow: Opportunities and Threats” explored the implications of geopolitical and strategic implications of the turmoil for South Asia on governance, security and the economy of the region.Leaders of government and business, analysts and representatives of thinktanks led by The Honorable Al Gore, 45th Vice-President of the United States of America; L.K. Advani, Home Minister of India; Jaswant Singh, Minister for External Affairs, India; Farooq Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, India; Bimal Jalan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India; Stanley Fischer, First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund; and Laurence J. Brahm, CEO, Naga Group/Author, China Investment specialist, were present from India and around the world at the inaugural forum.In 2003, President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, 42nd US President William Jefferson Clinton, Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and futurist Alvin Toffler exchanged views on “India Tomorrow 2003: Giant Or Pygmy”, and in the process explored the immense potential of India in relation to its performance in geopolitics and diplomacy, global access for business, market performance and governance.advertisementClinton’s speech focused on the core topic and the former President set the tone for his discourse by stating upfront that “the world cannot afford for India to be a pygmy. You have to be a giant and you have to be the right kind of a giant”.The following year, Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, US Secretary of State Collin Powell, Historian Paul Kennedy and many others addressed the India Today Conclave 2004 and spoke on how best we could go about “Building An Indian Century”. Among the other speakers were Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Reliance MD Mukesh Ambani.The year 2005 saw a convergence of key decision-makers and opinion-makers. From US Senator Hillary Clinton and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul and Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravisankar, a diverse spectrum of minds argued in Conclave 2005 about the stereotype images India was clouded with and how the “Perception Versus Reality” could be altered.The 2006 Conclave titled “Bridging The Divide” generated a mix of ideas from former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan to Economist Hernando de Sotoand. Conclave 2006 became a host of issues that gave a new direction to help India play a role in the new world order.In 2007, India Today Conclave looked at the “Challenges For The Brave New World” and speakers such as Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, Former President of Iran Hujjat-ul-Islam Seyed Mohammad Khatami, Nobel Peace Laureate Dr Wangari Maathai and Dr Andrew T. Weil made Conclave 2007 a powerhouse of ideas that offered solutions and identified the next big forces and global trends.In 2008, the theme “Leadership for the 21st Century” was a logical extension of the 2007 theme. This congregation of leaders from various fields – Al Gore, 45th Vice-President of the United States of America; 42nd President USA William Jefferson Clinton; Dr J. Craig Venter, the pioneer of Genomic Research; Union Finance Minister of India P. Chidambaram; Chief Ministers from Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh; and Corporate & Business Leaders such as Mukesh Ambani, Sunil Bharti Mittal and Wim F. Elfrink focused on Leadership that would gaze beyond short-term objectives.The India Today Conclave 2009 addressed the subject of “Challenges of Change”.India, one of the most stoic victim states of terrorism with a religious tag, can no longer remain a passive power where national security is subordinated to political expediency. The war on terror is a war within as well, for we have to change ourselves to be better warriors. Change in our political culture and change in our perception of the enemy. And it is not an Indian story alone. In every terrorist attack, only the site is local; the grief, the fear and even the victimhood are global.India Today Conclave 2009 discussed & debated matters that called for sweeping changes in India and the world.advertisementThe theme for Conclave 2010 is “New Decade: Great Expectations”and its scope is intended to be predictive, projecting what lies ahead. For this purpose Leaders & Thinkers from across the world have already signed on to congregate in New Delhi on March 12 & 13, 2010, to debate and discuss the problems and excesses of the past years & the hopes and possibilities that the brand new decade brings.For details related to participation please click on registration page or email us at or call us at (011) 23731481/23731402.last_img read more

GCA fraud: accused office-bearers not cooperating, govt to

first_imgcourtPanaji, June 23 (PTI) A local court today adjourned till tomorrow the hearing on the bail applications filed by three functionaries of Goa Cricket Association arrested in a fraud case after the prosecution told the court that they are not cooperating in the probe.The Economic Offences Cell of the local police had on June 15 arrested GCA President Chetan Dessai, Secretary Vinod Phadke and Treasurer Akbar Mulla on the complaint of GCA life- member Vilas Desai that they had allegedly encashed a cheque given by BCCI to GCA.The trio are accused of having misappropriated the funds to the tune of Rs 3.13 crore between 2006 and 2008.Arguing against the bail, Public Prosecutor Poonam Bharne told judicial magistrate Vijayalaxmi Shivolkar that police have to find out where the arrested office-bearers have parked the fund siphoned off by them.”It is being submitted that the accused were interrogated at length but they did not disclose most of the facts,” Bharne told the court.According to prosecution, Dessai, Mulla and Phadke had prepared forged documents as well as a resolution of GCA and submitted it to the Development Credit Bank to open an account during 2006-08 and encashed a cheque of Rs 2.87 crore given by BCCI to GCA.The accused also allegedly forged signatures and withdrew Rs 26 lakh from Federal Bank on the pretext of making payment to a sports goods company called Hako Enterprise, the complaint had stated.Meanwhile, Bharne argued that the accused trio were in the knowledge of the cheque released by BCCI.advertisement”During the interrogation, the accused were asked to disclose about the minutes of the meeting book which has gone missing, the receipt of the disputed cheque and other documents but they have refused to do so.”They had forged the minutes of GCA meeting and opened an account in Development Credit Banks Panaji branch,” she said, adding the manager of the bank has already identified the accused.On ongoing interrogation, the prosecutor said the trio were questioned about “how come that their driving licence, passport and other documents were used to open the bank account about which they are feigning innocence but have refused to give satisfactory reply to the investigating officer”. (More) PTI RPS NSK PALlast_img read more

Goel, Ahluwalia bounce back

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 5 (PTI) The induction of Vijay Goel and S S Ahluwalia as ministers in the Modi government marks a turnaround in the fortune of two leaders, who were identified with the old order in the BJP and seen to be not in the good books of the top party brass until not long ago.The fall in the 62-year-old Goels stock was as swift as the rise of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah in the party. He was removed as BJPs Delhi unit chief and assigned little role in the last two Assembly elections in the national capital. He was sent to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.Goels perseverance and efforts to voice the partys and the governments agenda have brought him back in the reckoning and his experience as a minister in the first NDA government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee was seen as an added asset.Many in BJP believe that the media savvy leader can be an effective counter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwals frequent attacks on the central government.Ahluwalia, 65, was a minister in the Narasimha Rao-led Congress government before he joined BJP and was seen close to party leader Sushma Swaraj.In 2012, the party then headed by Nitin Gadkari, did not nominate him again to Rajya Sabha when his term ended. Later, he was given a Lok Sabha ticket in 2014 to contest from Darjeeling in place of Jaswant Singh.He is seen as an effective parliamentarian.An outspoken leader who speaks Hindi and English besides some regional languages with equal ease, Ahluwalias understanding of parliamentary affairs and experience as a former minister are seen as his positives. PTI KR RCJ SC RCJadvertisementlast_img read more

PH volleybelles hone for SEAG

first_imgThe tournament is aimed at enabling the Nationals to get more time playing together as a team with the 30th Southeast Asian Games just over three weeks away.Belonging to the rival Premier Volleyball League, Alyssa Valdrez, Jia Morado and Maddie Madayag won’t be playing in this event, something which coaching staff feels would hamper the development of the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceValdez and Morado have commitments with Creamline, which starts its PVL title series with PetroGazz on Wednesday.Team Philippines has not won a medal since a bronze in 2005. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Patrombon rallies for San Carlos net crown Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Priority legislation in the 18th Congress The Philippine women’s volleyball team—albeit missing three key players—plays its final tuneup tournament starting Tuesday when the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Super Cup gets off the ground at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Fresh from a 12-day training camp in Japan, the Nationals clash with PSL Shine at 5 p.m. right before the collision between University of Tsukuba and PSL Sparkle in the 7 p.m. match.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysislast_img read more

Kucherov Reaches Points Milestone, Lightning Roll Past Jets

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov tied the Lightning’s single-season points record with a pair of assists to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.Kucherov’s two points gave him 108 on the season to tie the single-season mark set by Vincent Lecavalier in the 2006-07 season when he finished with 52 goals and 58 assists.The league-leading Lightning improved to 14-1-2 in the past 17 games.Nikita Kucherov has tied Vinny Lecavalier for the most points in a single season in #Bolts franchise history.He now has 108 points in 67 games. ? #Klutcherov— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 6, 2019Steven Stamkos scored his 34th goal of the season and 382nd of his career and is one shy of tying Lecavalier’s career franchise record.Brayden Point, Adam Erne and Yanni Gourde also scored for Tampa Bay.Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 30 saves for his 10th consecutive victory and improved to 11-0-2 in his past 13 starts.Blake Wheeler and Jacob Trouba scored for Winnipeg, which fell to 2-3 in the past five games.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Big 12 Power Poll – Week 1

first_img12. Passing stats – Brandon Weeden, Landry Jones, Robert Griffin, and Seth Doege currently make up four of the top nine passers in college football. Also, OU, OSU, and Baylor are the three teams with the most passing yards in the country. Winners: fans who love shootouts, losers: fans who love sleep.11. Dan Beebe – He’s falling like a rock but I have to put him on here for giving us one more great year of the Big 12. Next week Fake Dan Beebe will take his place.10. 2nd half comebacks – Tech was down 10-9 at half, Iowa State trailed by – late, so did Kansas State. All came back to win. I’m not sure if this is good (because they won) or bad (because none of them were playing a D-1 team) but at least all saved face during a time in which the conference is doing anything but that.9. Garrett Gilbert watch – Mostly just for my own entertainment. We’re aware that they played three different guys at QB, right? This is going to end in a fiery mess that even Mack won’t be able to clean up.8. Twitter – I’ve almost foregone college football score apps in lieu of following on Twitter. I think it was @kevindeshazo that said it best one time, “Twitter + college football = heaven.”7. Malcolm Brown – 16 for 86 is impressive no matter who you’re playing. To do it at home with an entire nation a few people watching you on your own network after the Rice band punked your entire organization is even better. I expect big things from the #1 RB recruit in the country.6. Teach me how to Doege shirts – Somebody make this happen, please. I don’t ask for much.5. Visors – Pinkel, Gundy, Stoops – who isn’t wearing one? I guess if Bill Snyder or Mack Brown ever dons one this will occupy the #1 spot forever with just a screenshot of Snyder’s white locks flowing through the top of a Willie the Wildcat lid.4. Austin Box tribute – From Travis Haney’s work to the nameless #12 Tom Wort wore, just a tasteful tribute by our friends down south. Well done, Oklahoma.3. Opening weekend wins – This was the first time the conference had gone undefeated on opening weekend. And probably the last. And they were playing two men down for the first time too. But still!2. Crowds – OSU opened with their largest 1st game crowd in history (by 2,000) and so did A&M (with 86,951).1. Robert Griffin – I want to dislike him, really I do, but I can’t. He’s incredible, on and off the field, and a great representative for what the Big 12 is all about. Problem is…he might not be in the Big 12 next year.What? You thought I was going to let Baylor take over #1 in my power poll without getting a parting shot?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

Former Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn Is Questioning Brett McMurphy’s Motive

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Brett McMurphy’s reporting on the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State saga has provided us with the story of the college football preseason. That story is set to come to a conclusion later this week, as Ohio State’s Board of Trustees is set to meet on Wednesday to discuss personnel matters following the investigation.McMurphy has come under scrutiny from some – Ohio State fans, mostly, but also others – and former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn went at him a bit on the radio.Quinn, a Dublin, Ohio native, is questioning McMurphy’s motive following his latest report.”What he’s doing is taking one side of it and reporting it in a very twisted and calculated way which makes me think he’s got a motive”@TheJonasKnox & Brady Quinn (@3rd_Goal) have some questions about how Brett McMurphy has chosen to release information— FOX Sports Radio (@FoxSportsRadio) August 20, 2018Quinn says he is not defending Zach Smith, but he doesn’t feel like McMurphy’s reporting has been balanced.“If you’re a reporter, your job is to be objective,” Quinn said. “Even if things are as one-sided as they seem, you still have to paint the entire picture for people. That’s where he hasn’t done that. He hasn’t at all. At no point has he come back with a counter-point to his own discussion within everything he’s reported.“I’m not defending Zach Smith and he should probably go to jail for some of the stuff he’s done if it’s all true, but what (McMurphy) is doing is taking one side of it and reporting it in a very twisted, calculated way which makes me think he’s got a motive and there’s something else going on in all of this.”Jeff Snook, who’s authored several college football books (including some on his alma mater, Ohio State), has published a couple of things that could be labeled as the “other side.” You can read some of that here.Regardless of everything that’s gone on, this is all set to wrap up soon. The BOT is set to meet at 9 a.m. E.T. on Wednesday. A decision on Meyer’s future could come later in the day.last_img read more

Sunil Chhetri named AIFF Player of the Year for a record 6th time

first_imgSunil Chhetri named AIFF Player of the Year for a record 6th timeIndian captain Sunil Chhetri who recently overtook Lionel Messi to become the 2nd highest international goal scorer among active players in the world is now also the most capped Indian footballer.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 22:54 IST Sunil Chhetri has been awarded the Player of the Year award for a record-extending 6th time (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSunil Chhetri has already won Player of the Year award in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017Ashalata Devi was named the AIFF Women’s Footballer of the YearDangmei Grace was adjudged the AIFF Emerging Women’s Footballer of the YearTalismanic Indian captain Sunil Chhetri was Tuesday named as the AIFF Men’s Footballer of the Year for a record-extending sixth time.The 34-year-old striker, who has been in peak form in the last couple of years, has earlier won the honour in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017. He currently plays for Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League.Chhetri is currently the second highest international goal scorers among active players with 70 strikes to his name, behind Cristiano Ronaldo (149). He has gone past Lionel Messi (68), who is third in the list, during the 2019 Intercontinental Cup opener against Tajikistan.Chhetri is the most capped player of the country with 109 matches, ahead of former captain Bhaichung Bhutia (107).India midfielder Abdul Samad was named the AIFF Emerging Men’s Player of the Year.Ace India international Ashalata Devi was named the AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018-19, while Dangmei Grace was adjudged the AIFF Emerging Women’s Footballer of the Year 2018-19.Best Grassroots Development Programme award will be given to Jammu and Kashmir Football Association while R Venkatesh of Tamil Nadu won the award for the best referee.Also Read | Copa America 2019: Brazil beat Peru 3-1 to clinch 1st title since 2007Also Read | Zlatan Ibrahimovic has no place for others but himself in his Dream XIFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow AIFFFollow Sunil ChhetriFollow Lionel MessiFollow Cristiano Ronaldo Nextlast_img read more

Stuart Broad comes with cheeky reply to Jofra Archer’s old tweet on Ashes

first_img Asian News International LondonJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 17:27 IST Stuart Broad holds the key to England’s bid to reclaim the Ashes this summer. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland and Australia will meet for the first Ashes Test on August 1 at EdgbastonEngland pacer Stuart Broad urged teammate and fast bowler Jofra Archer to be patientAshes mark the commencement of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC)England pacer Stuart Broad on Wednesday urged teammate and fast bowler Jofra Archer to be patient ahead of the forthcoming Ashes, starting August 1.”Patience Jof, only 1 more day..,” Broad replied to Archer’s 2015 tweet, “Why is it not ashes Yet.”England will host Australia for five Ashes Test series from August 1 to September 16. Both the teams will wear names and numbers on their jerseys, which is an ICC initiative to help fans connect with the players. Screen Grab of the Twitter chatAshes mark the commencement of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC).ICC World Test Championship was announced last year, with the top nine full member nations — Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies — competing in a total of 71 Test matches across 27 bi-lateral series over two years.The top two teams with most points as of April 30, 2021, will then contest in the WTC final in June 2021 in the UK. Each of the nine teams will play six of the eight possible opponents across a two-year period, with three series at home and as many series away and a total of 120 points up for grab within each series.Following are the Ashes squad:England: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.Australia: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.advertisementEngland and Australia will meet for the first Ashes Test on August 1 at Edgbaston.Also Read | Ashes 2019 England vs Australia, Edgbaston Weather Forecast: Will rain play a spoilsport in first Test?Also Read | Unlucky Shaw: Jofra Archer’s freakish tweet surfaces after India cricketer’s doping banAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Stuart BroadFollow Jofra Archer Stuart Broad comes with cheeky reply to Jofra Archer’s old tweet on AshesStuart Broad replied to an old tweet from the Jofra Archer ahead of the forthcoming Ashes Test series, which starts on August 1 in Birmingham.advertisementlast_img read more

Recertification of disabled students by board unlawful

first_imgKolkata: Many of the disabled candidates seeking admission in medical colleges undergo ‘reassessment or re-certification’ by the Disability Assessment Board before taking part in the counseling, which is a gross violation of norms set by the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.The Act says that none can alter the level of disability in a patient others than Centre-designated hospitals. It has been alleged that during the ‘reassessment’ the Disability Assessment Board is altering the level of the disability in people and also issuing a certificate. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAs a result of this the physically-challenged medical aspirants have been denied admission. Many hospitals across the state are assigned by the government to issue disability certificate to the candidates after a thorough check up. No organisations or bodies can issue another certificate overturning the previous one. Various government hospitals have the right to issue the certificate for a certain period of time in the completion of which the candidates need to turn up before the medical board of the hospitals for a re-certification. A city-based doctor said that the Madras High Court in an earlier case called the ‘reassessment’ as unconstitutional. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersMany of the disabled candidates from Bengal have alleged that they were often harassed during the ‘reassessment’ by the Disability Assessment Board. In many cases, the level of deformity in the candidates has been altered resulting in a failure to secure a seat in medical colleges. Jane Alam, a medical student in the state with a physical deformity, said: “It is an unlawful practice and the candidates with physical problems have to travel to other states as there are only four such centres in India. The ‘reassessment’ often has a psychological impact on the candidates as the candidates are harassed. I had been subjected to harassment when I turned up before the Disability Assessment Board.” There are such centres in Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi. Candidates from the other states despite their challenges have to visit any of the four centres to get their deformity level tested. Sushanta Pramanik from the East Midnapore district recently wrote to the NITI Aayog and also the Medical Council of India to draw their attention in this regard. The letters says that no power is given to the MCI or any authority to re-issue a new certificate of disability. The Disability Assessment Board authority alters the percentage of disability, sometimes by decreasing and sometimes by increasing the percentage. There is no provision of re-evaluation/re-assessment of Disability Certificate. The letter also states that all certificates such as SC, ST, OBC and PWD etc are available online and verification can be done by clicking a mouse within seconds.last_img read more

Quebec ticket claims Saturday nights 7 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – The $7 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw was claimed by a ticket holder in Quebec, while the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on June 27 will be approximately $5 million.last_img

Robert Plant Joins Lampedusa Concerts For Refugees Tour

first_imgRobert Plant, Joan Baez, and Ron Sexsmith are joining the Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees tour in select cities this month.Also appearing at certain shows will be Ruby Amanfu and Nancy And Beth.Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees will be headlined in North America by Grammy Award-winning artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, and The Milk Carton Kids.“When I heard that some of my friends were rallying to do a series of concerts to help raise funds and awareness, to help address the basic needs of food, shelter and medical care, I wanted to help,” said Robert Plant. Mr. Plant had a hugely successful career with Led Zeppelin before embarking on an equally impressive and Grammy-winning career as a solo artist.The tour is a benefit for Jesuit Refugee Service’s Global Education Initiative, which was launched in 2015 and endorsed by Pope Francis. JRS seeks to double the number of refugees served in its educational programs by 2020 to 240,000. JRS services are available to refugees and displaced persons regardless of their race, ethnic origin, or religious beliefs.“When I watch the news and see people from these places being displaced by hatred and ignorance, I know that these people are just like you and me. All they want is to live in peace and have their children grow up loved, fed and educated,” said Mr. Plant.Joan Baez has been as busy as ever since she celebrated the landmark years of 2008-2009, the 50th anniversaries of her legendary residency in 1958 at the famed Club 47 in Cambridge, and her subsequent debut at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival.Ms. Baez remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable — marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty International tour and more recently, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London’s Hyde Park.Raised in the Niagara Falls area, Ron Sexsmith started his first band as a teenager. Marrying young and becoming a father inspired him to write his own music. After moving to Toronto, he began releasing original songs on cassette. Ron signed with Interscope and his Mitchell Froom-produced album debuted in 1995.Mr. Sexsmith’s dream gig of headlining Toronto’s Massey Hall was achieved in 2006 and he has done so for every album release since then. His return to that stage in such illustrious company for a great cause is one Ron looks forward to with great anticipation.Whether on Beyonce’s new album Lemonade, or singing her own songs, Ghana-born and Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ruby Amanfu’s voice is one you only have to hear once to remember forever. Not an artist to be pegged, Amanfu’s musical style knows no boundaries. She is ever inspired and grateful for the abundant opportunities she has been given to continue to create and inspire through music.Nancy And Beth is an inventive new band featuring Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt, as well as five other accomplished musicians including vocalist and violinist Petra Haden. Tight harmonies, witty choreography, and songs from every genre and era are coupled with relaxed humor to form an inventive and celebratory musical experience.The concerts start Thursday in Boulder and cross the continent before finishing in Washington, D.C.• October 6, 2016 — Boulder Theater, Boulder, Colo. • October 8, 2016 — Helzberg Hall, Kansas City, Mo • October 9, 2016 — Rococo Theater, Lincoln, Neb. • October 11, 2016 — Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, Mo. • October 12, 2016 — Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, Wisc. (with Ruby Amanfu and Robert Plant) • October 13, 2016 — Vic Theater, Chicago, Ill. (with Ruby Amanfu and Robert Plant) • October 14, 2016 — Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario (with Ron Sexsmith and Robert Plant) • October 16, 2016 — Berklee Performance Center, Boston (with Nancy And Beth, and Robert Plant) • October 18, 2016 — The Town Hall, New York City (with Nancy And Beth, Joan Baez, Robert Plant) • October 19, 2016 — Merriam Theater, Philadelphia, Penns. (with Nancy And Beth, and Robert Plant) • October 21, 2016 — Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C. (with Robert Plant)For more information about Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees, visit read more

Cobra Caught Taking a Stroll On Agadir Bay Beach

Rabat- Fearless passersby spotted and photographed deadly cobra near the sea on Agadir Bay Beach on Saturday.The cobra’s photos were posted on social media networks earlier on Saturday. The snake was spotted by locals at the Agadir beach around 4:00pm, and has since gone viral on social media.Cobras usually avoid water. This is the first known instance of such a deadly snake appearing on the beach in Agadir. So how did this cobra reach the Agadir Bay Beach? Multiple reports suggest that floods carried the snake and deposited it on the shore of Agadir Bay.This is not the first cobra to be seen on an African beach this year. Last month, a two-meter cap cobra was spotted near the sea on Hout Bay Beach in South Africa.Following the odd incident, snake and reptile education expert Shaun Macleod was asked how dangerous it could have been for people to come into contact with the cobra. The snake expert said it’s not very dangerous.‘“The only time it would be dangerous is if you physically tamper with it, 98% of people who are bitten by snakes are bitten because of self-infliction. In most times, the snakes won’t attack you but will move away from you,” he explained.Reporting from Rabat by Aziz Allilou. Editing by Timothy Filla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Essaouira to Host 22nd Annual Gnaoua World Music Festival

Rabat – The 22nd Annual Gnaoua World Music Festival will offer three days of musical exploration with nearly 40 musical concerts across the city of Alizes.The festival will gather renowned Moroccan artists as well as big names on the international scene, including both modern and traditional acts. This year, the festival invites attendees to “travel through the universal language,” said the organizers in a statement. The statement also added that this year offers a real mixing pot of music, from Cuban, Tuareg, Tamil, to jazz, flamenco, and reggae performances. The organizers emphasized that youth is at the heart of the festival and that they made sure the younger generations were represented, with 23-year-old Maalem Houssam Gania, the son of legendary Moroccan Maalem Mahmoud Gania set to perform. “The rising star of Africa,” Guinean singer Moh Koyate is also on the lineup. The festival’s Moulay Hassan stage will also host Maalem Hamid El Kasri, the English singer Susheela Raman, Maalem Hassan Hakmoun, and The Universal Force, Omar Hayat, Hahouma, Maria Del Mar Moreno and Nabyla Maan.The Dar Loubane stage will house more intimate concerts and acoustic fusions, like that of singer Alikane and his troupe Tyun Gnaoua with, drummer, Karim Ziad, and percussionist, Rhani Krija. The stage will also see flamenco and tagnaouite with Jorge Pardo and Said Oughassal.The festival plans to host a human rights forum, in the theme of “the power of culture against the culture of violence,” to discuss ideas for a “better world from men and women from all walks of life” the statement said.Every year, the festival sees up to 500,000 people attend from across the globe to view the performances of Moroccan, African, and international artists and to celebrate the music of the Gnaoua brotherhood on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.Read also: Marrakech to Host Unique Yoga and Music Festival in June read more

Pelosi No debt increase until spending limits are raised

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the Democratic-controlled House won’t pass must-do legislation to increase the government’s borrowing cap until the Trump administration agrees to boost spending limits on domestic programs.The California Democrat said she’ll agree to increase the so-called debt ceiling, which is needed to avoid a market-cratering default on U.S. government obligations this fall. But she says she’ll do so only after President Donald Trump agrees to lift tight “caps” that threaten both the Pentagon and domestic agencies with sweeping budget cuts.Pelosi told reporters Thursday that “when we lift the caps then we can talk about lifting the debt ceiling.”Her remarks came as bipartisan negotiations to increase the spending limits have sputtered, though Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) met with Senate Republicans Wednesday on strategy.Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press read more

Newlyelected leader of UN agency foresees cooperation on food issues

José Graziano da Silva, of Brazil also told a press conference in Rome that he believed food prices would remain volatile for some time and that the FAO would work more closely with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in the effort to overcome hunger.Mr. Graziano da Silva received 92 votes from 180 votes cast by FAO Member States during the second round of balloting, defeating Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaube, a former foreign minister of Spain. He will succeed Jacques Diouf, who has served as FAO Director-General since 1994, on 1 January next year.Asked about alleged divisions between donor and recipient countries, Mr. Graziano da Silva said: “The whole issue of division became clearer in the course of the election process. Not only does it have an effect on elections, it is something that is part of the daily life in FAO.“There are divergences, differences of views which are profound which are not to be swept away, which cannot be ignored.“We have to work on… a minimum consensus around these issues so we don’t lose ourselves and render this organization paralytic over divisions.”He described his own election as a “democratic success” and said that “in the same way I hope I can forge those same types of agreements about a minimum number of issues which will enable FAO to move forward most rapidly.”Mr. Graziano da Silva said one of the very first actions he undertook after his election was to speak with Josette Sheeran, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), “to set a common agenda.”“We agreed a much more close relationship will be necessary between FAO and the World Food Programme to fit the expectations that the world has now for better food security governance.” For her part Ms. Sheeran issued a press statement welcoming Mr. Graziano da Silva’s election, saying: “The World Food Programme (WFP) is working closely and collaboratively with the FAO, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to address immediate hunger needs in emergencies, and to support long-term sustainable solutions to hunger.”FAO, IFAD and WFP and the European Commission (EC) also today signed a new Strategic Framework of Cooperation “to increase the capacity of the international community to deliver effective, coordinated, timely and sustainable support to food security and nutrition,” IFAD reported.“By joining forces, the four partners are seeking to achieve higher collective impact on the world’s food security,” IFAD said in a press statement.The Strategic Framework of Cooperation defines the complementary roles of the three Rome-based UN agencies, putting emphasis on the coherence of their comparative advantages and core mandates, enhanced through strengthened coordination and collaboration, IFAD said. During his press conference Mr. Graziano da Silva also said that biofuels were not “a silver bullet,” but should not be demonized; the science of genetically modifying crops should not be discarded, but there should be no monopoly on seed sales; land grabs are important in theory, but their impacts so far are “minimal;” and food prices are liable to continue being volatile. “Until we get a more stable financial situation worldwide, commodities will reflect that,” he said. 27 June 2011The newly-elected head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today said he would utilize the “democratic success” of his selection to forge agreements to help overcome differences among Member States. read more

FBI searches Detroitarea home of UAW president

DETROIT — Federal agents are searching the suburban Detroit home of the president of the United Auto Workers, apparently another step in an investigation of union corruption.FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider confirmed the search of a home in Canton Township on Wednesday but declined further comment. TV stations posted photos and video of agents outside Gary Jones’ home.Agents also searched the Corona, California, home of former UAW President Dennis Williams and the union’s northern Michigan retreat. A UAW spokesman had no immediate comment.Eight people have pleaded guilty in an investigation of union officials and Fiat Chrysler executives enriching themselves with money from a job training centre in Detroit. But the probe appeared to widen two weeks ago when a former union official was charged with accepting kickbacks from union vendors.The Associated Press read more

Syria UN adviser warns trapped civilians face greater risks as Raqqa fighting

“I am deeply disturbed by reports coming out of Raqqa of the horrendous situation faced by civilians caught up in the offensive to retake the city from the so-called ISIL,” said UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng in a statement released by the Office of the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General. International counter-ISIL coalition forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are carrying out airstrikes, and ISIL, which still controls Raqqa, is reportedly using civilians as human shields, he added. ISIL fighters are reportedly killing those who try to escape, and coalition forces are targeting boats on the Euphrates river, which had been one of the remaining escape routes for civilians. Civilians in south of the Euphrates river are reportedly facing indiscriminate attacks by Syrian Government forces and their allies during military operations to retake the area. “The legitimate aim of retaking Raqqa must not be achieved at such a high cost to civilians,” said the Special Advisor, urging all parties to adhere to their obligations under international human rights and international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians. Reiterating calls for a humanitarian pause to spare civilian lives, Mr. Dieng warned that as the offensive to retake Raqqa reaches its final stages, the fighting is likely to intensify and increase the risks faced by civilians still trapped in the city. read more

As Judge Reinstates Ezekiel Elliotts Suspension Fans Still Confused

“Zeke should’ve just took the 6 games”And let the NFL label you a woman beater with no fight, shut up lmao— yes (@iAmTerrace) October 31, 2017 I guess Roger knows something we don’t know but hey, Giants kicker ADMITS to beating his wife & gets 1 game. Zeke is found innocent & gets 6— 214 (@_WeDemBoyz_) October 31, 2017 Zeke’s legal team should take this to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Twice cleared by police depts! Kia Roberts said accuser not credible— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) October 31, 2017 The woman told Zeke that nobody would believe him cause she’s a white woman and that’s the only truth she told. And history backs it up— Chelly wise 🎈 (@ChelsIsRight) October 31, 2017 Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskinsin Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge cleared the way Monday night for the NFL to enforce a six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations. While some fans are still trying to figure out why the running back is facing suspension when he was cleared of criminal charges.U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied the request for a preliminary injunction from players’ union attorneys working for Elliott. Failla put the ruling on hold for 24 hours to give Elliott’s legal team time to appeal, a likely move.It’s the second time a federal ruling has overturned a reprieve that kept Elliott on the field. Earlier this month, a federal appeals court threw out a Texas court’s injunction and ordered the dismissal of Elliott’s lawsuit there.The NFL briefly enforced Commissioner Roger Goodell’s suspension before a judge sitting in for Failla in the Southern District of New York issued a temporary restraining order that blocked the punishment for the second time.If the suspension holds this time, Elliott will be out starting Sunday at home against Kansas City. He will be eligible to return for the final three games, starting Dec. 17 at Oakland. The Cowboys (4-3), defending NFC East champions, are in second place in the division.Elliott attended the roughly two-hour hearing in New York on Monday, a day after rushing for 150 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-19 win at Washington. Last year’s NFL rushing leader left court without speaking to reporters.One of Elliott’s lawyers and an NFL spokesman didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment after the ruling.The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended in August after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time.Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, citing conflicting evidence. Elliott denied the allegations under oath during his NFL appeal.The suspension’s announcement led to weeks of court filings, with NFL Players Association lawyers contending league investigators withheld key evidence from Goodell and that the appeal hearing was unfair because arbitrator Harold Henderson refused to call Goodell and Thompson as witnesses.Unlike three federal judges before her, Failla rejected most of those claims and backed the NFL’s contention that it followed the collective bargaining agreement in suspending Elliott, and that those procedures were supported by federal labor law.“Having negotiated with the NFLPA over the terms of a particular CBA, the NFL has an interest in obtaining the benefit of its bargain — an interest that might well be eroded if courts such as this one were permitted to micromanage the disciplinary decisions of the commissioner,” Failla wrote.The judge also said some of the reasons for Elliott’s claim that he would suffer irreparable harm with a suspension were speculative.“And any individual honors Elliott might attain absent suspension depend on countless variables — such as the Cowboys’ overall offensive performance, his opponents’ defensive performance, and Elliott’s health — that together render this alleged harm far too speculative to justify injunctive relief,” Failla wrote.Failla based some of her rulings on the NFL’s successful appeal in the same jurisdiction in the Deflategate case that ended with New England quarterback Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension. Brady delayed the punishment more than a year by winning a district court ruling.NFLPA lawyer Jeffrey Kessler argued before Failla that the hearing was “fundamentally unfair” because it downplayed the conclusion by an internal investigator that Thompson wasn’t credible in her account.Failla disagreed, writing that testimony from the NFL appeal hearing made it clear that Goodell was aware of the investigator’s views.She also backed the NFL’s interest in timely penalties under its personal conduct policy, which three years ago was changed to stiffen penalties in domestic cases.Elliott is third in the NFL in rushing with 690 yards in seven games. He’s tied for the league lead with six rushing touchdowns.CRIMINAL COURT couldn’t gather enough evidence to prosecute Zeke. But the NFL could. Shit is a joke.— Money Mitch (@TrillestAC) October 31, 2017 read more

Assessing Andrew Wiggins 30 Games In

Last week, my colleague Neil Paine wrote about the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, who is probably the favorite to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year but who has so far been among the least efficient players in the league according to a variety of advanced statistics. The article triggered a lot of objections on Twitter and in the comments section. Many readers thought it was ridiculous to assess any player, especially a 19-year-old rookie, after just a couple dozen NBA games. Others were skeptical of the array of advanced statistics that Neil cited.So let’s look at Wiggins’s case through the lens of traditional statistics instead. And let’s measure him directly against his peers. Wiggins played in his 30th NBA game on Tuesday night; we can compare his performance so far against other 19-year-old rookies through their first 30 games. I ran a search on for players who:Were age 19 or younger in their rookie season (based on their age as of Feb. 1 of their rookie year);And who averaged at least 24 minutes per game (i.e. played at least half their teams’ minutes) during their first 30 NBA games.Since 1985-86 there have been only 15 such players (counting Wiggins). The list puts Wiggins in pretty good company. It includes a number of superstars and All-Stars, among them LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Tony Parker and Chris Bosh. There are only one or two total busts, most notably Dajuan Wagner. The rest of the list includes players, such as Luol Deng, who turned into good NBA regulars, and others like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist about whom it’s too early to make an assessment.But in other respects the data is less favorable for Wiggins. When comparing his first 30 games against the first 30 games of those other players, he’s been among the least effective. In the chart below, I’ve listed each player’s statistics per 36 minutes played in the 10 categories that are most commonly used in rotisserie basketball leagues: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, turnovers, personal fouls, 3-pointers made, field goal percentage and free-throw percentage. (For personal fouls and turnovers, fewer is better.) Then, again in the fashion of a rotisserie basketball league, I’ve ranked the players from No. 1 to 15 in each category and added up the rankings to produce an overall score.As a reminder, these stats reflect each player’s performance through the first 30 games of his rookie season only. On this basis, Wiggins ranks about average in points scored, steals, 3-pointers made, turnovers and fouls committed. He’s been somewhat below average in rebounds and blocks — two categories where his athleticism has not yet translated into good numbers. He’s also been a below-average shooter, and his assist rate — 1.6 assists per 36 minutes — has been poor.By the fantasy basketball scoring method, Wiggins ranks 13th out of the 15 players. It’s tough to be a rookie in the NBA, but some of the rookies who came before Wiggins showed more early on. James ranks ahead of him in nine of 10 categories; Durant and Davis rank ahead of him in eight. Even Luol Deng, a player with whom Wiggins is sometimes compared, ranks ahead of him in eight of 10.On the other hand, some rookies who weren’t much better than Wiggins in their first 30 games turned out to have nice NBA careers. Parker and Bosh, in particular, weren’t very productive early on. Overall, a player’s performance through his first 30 games does seem to tell us something — you’d rather take the players from the top half of the rotisserie-style rankings than those from the bottom. But it’s a fairly noisy list.So Wiggins might have lost some value based on his performance so far this year, but he hasn’t crashed. (This conclusion is pretty similar to Neil’s.)What about those advanced stats showing Wiggins to be awful (instead of just mediocre)? They’re probably not the thing for him to worry about right now. Most of those stats will punish players who shoot relatively often but relatively poorly, as Wiggins has so far. But the 5-25 Timberwolves don’t have a lot of better options, and Wiggins has shown some development this year, like shooting well from 3-point range. (And keep in mind that James shot just .417 through his first 30 games.) The bigger concerns are Wiggins’s low rates of rebounds, assists and blocks, deficits that show up in advanced and traditional statistics alike. read more