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International Womens Media Foundation Presents 2013 Courage In Journalism Awards

first_imgChristiane Amanpour (CNN) and Cynthia McFadden (ABC News) will co-host the 2013 Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented by the International Women’s Media Foundation.For the past 22 years, the IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards have honored women journalists who show extraordinary strength of character and integrity while reporting the news under dangerous or difficult circumstances. The IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award is given each year to a woman journalist whose determination has paved the way for others in the news media. Including this year’s award winners, 78 journalists have won Courage Awards, and 22 journalists have been honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards.This year’s Awards honorees are Najiba Ayubi, Director, The Killid Group, Afganistan; Nour Kelze, Photographer, Reuters, Syria; and Bopha Phorn, Reporter, The Cambodian Daily, Cambodia. First black female editor in Zimbabwe Edna Machirori will be honored with the IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award. Bank of America Global Strategy and Marketing officerAnne Finucane will receive the inaugural IWMF Leadership Award.George Stephanopoulos (ABC News, Good Morning America), Norah O’Donnell (CBS This Morning), Gwen Ifill (PBS NewsHour) and Judy Woodruff (PBS NewsHour) will present awards. Expected to attend are Marie Claire’s Anne Fulenwider as the event Chair, as well as Robin Roberts (Good Morning America), Connie Chung (ABC News), JuJu Chang (ABC News), Paula Zahn (PBS’s SundayArts), Kate Bolduan (CNN’s New Day), Jill Abramson (The New York Times), Deborah Turness(President, NBC News), Debra Shriver (VP and Chief Communications Officer, Hearst Corporation), Martha Nelson (Editor-In-Chief, Time Inc.), Kim St. Clair Bodden (Senior Vice President/Editorial Director, Hearst Magazines), Pamela Fiori (Editor-At-Large, Hearst Magazines), Deborah Roberts (ABC News), Deborah Lloyd (President, Kate Spade), Matt Winkler (Editor-In-Chief, Bloomberg News), Abigail Disney (Filmmaker and Philanthropist), Tracey Zabar (author) and more.Founded in 1990 by a group of prominent U.S. women journalists, the International Women’s Media Foundation is a Washington-based organization that is dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The IWMF believes the news media are not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. The IWMF celebrates the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to speak out on global issues. The IWMF’s programs empower women journalists with the training, support and network to become leaders in the news industry.WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 2013WHERE: Cipriani 42nd Street 110 East 42nd Street, New York Citylast_img read more

Fifth Harmony Are Angels For Animals

first_imgFresh off their sold-out tour and debut album release, X Factor superstars Fifth Harmony have teamed up with peta2, PETA’s youth division, for a new ad that proclaims, “Be an Angel for Animals.”Fifth Harmony Angels For AnimalsAnd in an accompanying peta2 video spot, the “Worth It” singers point to the many ways we can all earn our halos, from taking proper care of our dogs and cats to choosing to attend animal-free circuses.Video: Fifth Harmony: Be an Angel for Animals“You don’t need wings or a halo to be an ‘angel’ for animals,” says Lauren Jauregui. Camila Cabello adds, “Always adopt — never buy animals from pet stores or breeders. And always spay or neuter.” And Normani Kordei says, “Never leave cats or dogs unattended outside.” Ally Brooke urges everyone to “[s]ay no to circuses that exploit and abuse animals,” and Dinah Jane Hansen encourages, “Keep cruelty out of your closet. Don’t buy clothing with real fur or fur trim.”Spaying and neutering — and always adopting, never buying — dogs and cats is the best way to cut down on the homeless-animal crisis. By steering clear of circuses that use animals, everyone can help elephants who are kept constantly chained and beaten into performing. And fur-free wardrobes prevent foxes, minks, rabbits, and other animals from being bludgeoned, electrocuted, and even skinned alive on fur farms.Fifth Harmony join a long list of musicians and other celebrities — including Pink, Jhené Aiko, Kid Ink, Rachel Crow, Cody Simpson, and many others — who have teamed up with peta2, whose motto states that “animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.”last_img read more

Parole officer who helps Indigenous offenders out of a job

first_imgAPTN National NewsA parole officer in Edmonton who helps First Nations offenders has lost her job.Jodene McIsaac has been working in the Edmonton office for eight years.But she found out recently that her contract was not being renewed. The province of Alberta says it will save $80,000 by cutting her position.APTN’s Chris Stewart reports.last_img

TAP Portugal Launches Weekly Flight Connecting Lisbon to Fez

Rabat – Leading Portuguese airline TAP Portugal is set to launch on a new service linking Lisbon to Fez six flights a week, starting October 30.Departures are scheduled from Monday to Saturday from Lisbon at 2:00 p.m. and from Fez at 4:35 p.m. The company noted that it will switch to daily frequency in the summer of 2018.The Fez flight adds to the airline’s other connections to Casablanca, Tangier, and Marrakech, said TAP Portugal in a statement, saying that the flights will be operated by ATR 72 aircraft with a capacity of 70 seats. In 2016, the number of passengers transported to Morocco by TAP reached 110,000.Between January and June, the three flights linking Lisbon to Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier together recorded a net increase of 200 percent, said the company.With the new Lisbon-Fez line, TAP Portugal expects a 20 percent increase of its passenger traffic in Morocco.Fes will soon become the 17th destination of TAP, which connects the Iberian country with a total of 11 African countries.As of June 2017, TAP Portugal served 87 destinations in 34 countries across Europe, Africa, North America, and South America. read more

US Meat Export Federation Explores Moroccan Market

Rabat – The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) is inspecting the Moroccan market after the Moroccan government decided to allow US beef imports.According to Feedstuffs, US export companies are already starting to explore the market.The USMEF representative in Africa, Monty Brown, visited Morocco in mid-December to meet with various companies in the Moroccan beef market. “We had meetings in Casablanca and Rabat with seven different companies, and the initial reaction from the majority of the buyers is that they are very interested in U.S. beef,” the representative said.Brown also said that “the outlook for U.S. beef and beef variety meat in Morocco is exciting. They are open to all products, and there’s a willingness to do business there. We saw a strong level of genuine commercial interest.”He added that the US export federation will “be able to do a lot more volume with Choice cuts because of the price differential they will offer. We know that Choice beef offers a superb eating experience, and we expect strong interest once it is introduced to more consumers in Morocco.”Read Also: Trump: Morocco Allowing US Poultry Imports is Trade WinBrown said that more than 6,660 metric tons of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Prime and Choice beef can be sold in Morocco at zero duty in accordance with the 2019 high-quality beef quota.In December,  Representative of the US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer said, “new access to the Moroccan market for beef and beef products is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports of U.S. agricultural products.” US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue asserted, “American beef is the best in the world, and once Moroccans get a taste of it, they’ll surely want more.” The USDA announced in December that Moroccan imports of agricultural products from the US exceeded $512 million as of November last year. The Trump administration estimates the North African country will  represent an $80 million market for US beef and beef products. read more

Top UN envoy deplores latest suicide bombing to hit Afghan capital

“Today”s suicide bomb attack in central Kabul again shows the blatant disregard of the insurgency for the safety of civilians, and has resulted in a number of civilian casualties,” Kai Eide, the Secretary-General”s Special Representative for Afghanistan, said in a statement.“To take a bomb into the heart of a crowded city, and to detonate it thereby deliberately causing such serious harm to civilians, deserves the condemnation of all of us,” stated Mr. Eide, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Today”s incident follows a string of deadly attacks last year in the country, including a suicide bombing outside the Indian Embassy in July which reportedly killed over 40 people and injured more than 100. Last year also witnessed a rise in attacks on aid-related targets and non-governmental organizations. 17 January 2009The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has condemned today”s suicide bombing in Kabul, which struck near the vicinity of a United States military base, the German Embassy and the world body”s offices and reportedly killed at least two civilians and wounded dozens more. read more

NAFTA US demands end to supply management in Canadian dairy poultry eggs

ARLINGTON, United States — The United States has lit the fuse on one of Canada’s most politically explosive trade issues, asking in NAFTA talks for an end to the supply management system for dairy, chicken, eggs and turkey within the next decade.With that demand, the U.S. has now adopted a highly aggressive posture on virtually all the key issues expected to arise in the current NAFTA talks: it has asked to erect trade barriers in its own politically sensitive sectors, while eliminating them north of the border.The latest demands come near the end of a week-long round where American negotiators dropped one bombshell demand after another, leading the other countries to question whether the U.S. goal is to actually reach a deal or to blow up NAFTA altogether.Two sources tell The Canadian Press the request came on Sunday evening, catching some on the Canadian side off-guard, since they hadn’t expected the highly contentious issue to arise during the current round.One source says the supply-management request came with an initial phase-in period of five per cent more market access per year, leading to total duty-free, quota-free trade in protected supply-managed areas within 10 years.That adds dairy, poultry, and eggs to a list of irritants that includes auto parts, textiles, trade-enforcement panels, Buy American rules for public works and a proposed five-year termination clause embedded in the agreement, with the countries holding not just different positions, but sitting on opposite sides of gaping ideological differences.“Outrageous,” said Pierre Lampron, president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, of the latest proposal.“It would be the end of supply management…. We are not surprised by the U.S. demands, they are in line with the demands they have made in other sectors.”The Canadian government, meanwhile, is calling the idea a non-starter.Canada’s system of protections was born from a 1960s effort to stabilize dairy prices, and was later emulated in other industries. It works by limiting imports and setting fixed prices.The system’s critics say the tightly controlled program stifles innovation, bars Canadian companies from selling onto international markets, limits choice at the grocery store and saddles Canadian consumers with higher prices.The U.S. move was praised by the Montreal Economic Institute, a free-market think tank in Montreal, which urged Canadian policy-makers to seize the opportunity to dismantle a system that it says costs Canadian families an extra $339 a year in grocery bills.“You can’t on the one hand defend tariffs that sometimes reach 300 per cent for supply-managed products, then accuse the American government of being protectionist,” said Alexandre Moreau, a policy analyst with the institute.“That being said, the Canadian government should also make sure the Americans abolish their own dairy programs, and obviously offer fair compensation to farmers for their (supply-managed) quotas.”Therein lies the challenge.Defenders of the current system say eliminating it would create new problems — starting with the billions it would cost to buy out existing quotas. They say the status quo provides stability in rural communities, allows farms to survive without boom-bust cycles, and makes taxpayer bailouts unnecessary. The U.S., meanwhile, maintains numerous support programs to prop up its farmers, they note.No major Canadian political party has ever opposed the system.The federal Liberal government had said entering the talks it did not want to even discuss supply management, having promised to maintain the system. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said Monday: “I’ve indicated quite clearly that our government is going to fight to make sure (supply management) stays in place. To deal with anything else is simply a non-starter.”The U.S. has now tabled a series of positions far outside the realm of what Canada says it’s prepared to negotiate, prompting fears that a deal may be slipping out of reach.Indeed, the prospect of a deal by year’s end already seems impossible. With Mexico and the U.S. embroiled in national elections next year, the countries fear that a failure to get a deal by early next year will push the talks into 2019.U.S. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, keeps threatening to cancel the existing agreement, to force concessions from the other countries. Mexico’s finance minister, Jose Antonio Meade, blamed the uncertainty Monday for damaging his country’s currency.Pro-trade U.S. senator John McCain tweeted a Wall Street Journal editorial with the headline, “Trump’s NAFTA threat: Ending the pact would be the worst economic blunder since Nixon,” calling the editorial a “must-read.”The head of the World Trade Organization warned against increasing uncertainty in the global trading system. The U.S. is being accused of sabotaging the dispute panels at the international body, as it’s seeking to gut them within NAFTA.“I hope that (NAFTA) will not (end) because not only of the economic impact … but also for the systemic implications,” said WTO director-general Roberto Azevedo.“It’s very important to have these initiatives because they are the groundwork, they are the foundations of the WTO itself.”The U.S. has introduced aggressive demands in virtually every major NAFTA area:–Auto parts. The U.S. wants all cars to comprise 50 per cent U.S. content to avoid a tariff. The U.S. has requested this policy be phased in within one year — which automakers call impossible.–Dispute-resolution. The U.S. wants to gut the enforcement systems of NAFTA, making the panels for Chapter 11, 19 and 20 disputes either non-binding, or voluntary.–Buy American. The U.S. wants to severely curb other countries’ access to public works contracts.–Sunset clause. The U.S. has requested a termination clause that would end NAFTA after five years, unless all parties agree to extend the agreement.–Dairy. The supply management request follows an earlier request for a de-facto veto over Canadian milk-classification decisions, which in the case of diafiltered cheese-making products has advantaged Canadian producers. read more

Worlds youth need education and training to prepare for future Annan

Almost half the world’s population are people younger than 25 who need investment in education and training now as they prepare to take care of both their children and their parents, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Anan said today in a message to mark the fifth International Youth Day.”Two decades from now, these same people will form the middle generation that supports ever increasing numbers of dependents: not only their children, but their parents as well,” he said. “They understand the importance of fulfilling this responsibility, but they will be able to do so only if we invest now and ensure they have the knowledge and skills to take advantage of the opportunities opening up to them.”By 2050, the number of people aged 60 and over would have tripled to nearly 1.9 billion, Mr. Annan noted. “In most societies, older persons continue to contribute actively, yet the dependence between generations will grow ever larger. The ageing of our world is an issue for young people, too.”Next year the UN General Assembly would address the question of population aging during its 10-year review of the World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond (WPAY), adopted in 1995, he said.The theme of this year’s Day is “Youth in an Intergenerational Society.” It also marks the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Family.The UN’s World Youth Report 2003, issued earlier this year, cited statistics for 2000 saying 22.5 per cent of the nearly 1.1 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 24 worldwide were living on less than $1 a day. About 133 million of them were illiterate, up to 110 million were estimated to be malnourished and up to 7,000 became infected with HIV daily.At UN Headquarters in New York, youth representatives from New York City schools attended and performed at a concert organized by the UN Programme on Youth, in cooperation with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and Con Edison, the utility company.In Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, the UN’s World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth ended a five-day conference, while Barcelona, Spain, hosted the weeklong Third World Youth Festival, which was to end on Saturday.Countries notifying the UN of their national celebrations included Cameroon, Canada, Mauritania, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. read more

Canadian auto sales rise 64 last month as consumers more confident

Canadian auto sales rise 6.4% last month as consumers more confident by News Staff Posted Oct 2, 2012 5:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Automakers sold 6.4 per cent more vehicles in Canada last month than they did a year ago, which should help boost the economy in the final month of the third quarter.September auto sales climbed to 143,143 vehicles from 134,544 in month a year ago, according to figures from DesRosiers Auto Consultants.Car sales rose 15 per cent, while truck sales were flat.Auto sales have been a bright spot for the economy, especially as the other sector focused on big-ticket items — housing — has begun to slow. Vehicle sales in Canada are up 6.6 per cent for the year, as consumers continue to take advantage of ultra-low borrowing rates and consumer confidence gets a boost.In September, Canadians were their most optimistic since July 2011, according to the Conference Board of Canada, making consumers more confident about making big purchases like vehicles.Once again, foreign automakers saw a much bigger increase in sales, up 15 per cent overall, while the domestic automakers —Ford, GM and Chrysler — saw sales rise a modest 0.3 per cent.The Japanese carmakers, hit hard last year in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that crippled production, saw some of the biggest gains and continued to report improved results.But Ford Motor Co. of Canada managed to cling to the title of top-selling automaker in Canada, despite reporting an eight per cent dip in September sales to 23,600 vehicles from 25,656 a year ago.Total sales of Ford cars slipped 11 per cent for the month compared with a year ago to 4,994 from 5,667, while truck sales fell 6.9 per cent to 18,606 from 19.989.Its Detroit Big Three rivals, Chrysler and GM both reported increases in sales, claiming the number two and three spots.Chrysler Canada reported its best September sales since 2000 as improved car sales more than offset lower truck sales, in a reversal of the trend reported at Ford.Its total sales for the month rose to 1.6 per cent from a year ago to 19,555 vehicles. Chrysler said car sales were up 35.6 per cent compared with a year ago, while truck sales were down 3.9 per cent.“Fuel efficient vehicles like the Dodge Dart and Fiat 500 helped grow our passenger car sales by 36 per cent in September,” said Dave Buckingham, chief operating officer of Chrysler Canada.“In addition, record sales of the Chrysler 200 have propelled Chrysler to be the number one seller of mid-size cars in Canada.”General Motors of Canada Ltd. reported sales of its Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac brands were up 12 per cent in September.The increase came as Chevrolet sales were up 13 per cent on a 23 per cent increase in car sales and a six per cent increase in truck sales. Buick gained 31 per cent compared with a year ago, while GMC sales added 10 per cent.The results follow the most recent round of contract talks between the U.S. automakers and the Canadian Auto Workers union that were completed without any strikes or lockouts.The agreements saw the union accept no wage increases and lump sum payments instead of cost-of-living increases.The new contract also set a lower starting wage for new employees and extended the time it will take them to reach the top of the scale.Meanwhile, many Japanese automakers reported sales jumps of more than 10 per cent.Honda Canada said combined September sales of its Honda and Acura brands totalled 12,911 vehicles, an increase of 16 per cent compared with last year.Breaking down the sales, Honda sold 11,457 vehicles for the month, up 21 per cent from a year ago, helped by sharply higher sales of its Ridgeline pickup truck, while Acura sales totalled 1,454 vehicles.Toyota said sales were up 21 per cent from a year ago as it reported its best September ever for sales of trucks and hybrids. Sales of Toyota’s Lexus luxury brand were up 24.1 per cent from a year ago.Suzuki sales were up 30 per cent to 558 vehicles from 429.And Kia Canada, a subsidiary of the South Korean automaker, said it sold 7,030 new vehicles last month, up 10.1 per cent from a year ago, driven by its Forte family of cars.Kia said the increase for the month was the latest in 45 months of continued sales growth.European automakers also fared well last month, with quickly-growing Volkswagen sales up 18.1 per cent to 5,468 vehicles from 4,630.BMW Group Canada reported sales of 3,944 vehicles under the BMW and Mini brands for September, up 19.9 per cent compared with September 2011.BMW sales amounted to 3,331 vehicles for the month, up 18 per cent, while Mini sales totalled 613 units, up 31.8 per cent.South of the border, Toyota saw the biggest sales increase.Toyota sales rose 42 per cent from a year earlier, while Volkswagen jumped 34 per cent from September 2011.Detroit didn’t fare as well. Chrysler reported a 12 per cent increase, but General Motors and Ford sales were either up slightly or flat. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse drops season opener in triple overtime to Johns

Senior goalie Greg Duttun (3) looks for an open teammate during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternIn a back and forth game featuring two future Big Ten opponents, the No. 9 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team dropped a tight contest in triple overtime after senior attackman Brandon Benn scored to give No. 13 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays the victory, 10-9 Sunday.Playing at Homewood Field in Baltimore, the Buckeyes got off to a quick start when junior midfielder Jesse King stung the top right corner just more than a minute into the game.Despite turning the ball over on their first three possessions, Johns Hopkins knotted things up midway through the first quarter with sophomore attackman Ryan Brown shoveling in a goal from just outside the crease.After OSU sophomore attackman Carter Brown scored a minute later to give the Buckeyes the lead back, Johns Hopkins countered early in the second quarter when sophomore midfielder Connor Reed tallied his first career goal to tie the game, 2-2.The Blue Jays struggled to find the back of the cage in the first 30 minutes, but came out on fire in the second half, scoring two goals in the first two minutes to take their first lead of the game.King then notched his second goal of the game to cut the lead to 4-3 with 10:51 left in the third, snapping a streak of more than 25 minutes without a goal for the Buckeyes.However, Johns Hopkins would ride the play of junior attackman Wells Stanwick, who finished the game with one goal and five assists, to take an 8-5 lead into the fourth quarter.Yet the Buckeyes would not go away as King — who tallied career-high five goals and added an assist — scored three of the first four goals in the final frame, with defensemen draped all over him, to cut the Blue Jays’ lead to 9-8 with 4:49 remaining.Denver transfer, sophomore attackman Gordie Koerber, tied the game less than two minutes later after Johns Hopkins senior midfielder Rob Guida dropped his stick, leaving Koerber wide open from point blank range.“We really credit ourselves on doing well in the fourth quarter and on our conditioning and fitness,” King said. “Our defense made some stops which really transitions us into getting fired up and putting the ball into the back of the net.”Still, the Blue Jays showed toughness as they did not let the Buckeyes’ momentum cost them the game.Although they relinquished a three goal lead late in the fourth, sophomore midfielder Holden Cattoni and the rest of the Johns Hopkins players thought they had scored the potential game-winning goal with 1:19 to play before the goal was overturned because Brown was in the crease.OSU had problems capitalizing on its man-up opportunities all game, and failing to convert on one at the end of double overtime that carried over to the third overtime proved costly.Once they prevented OSU from scoring on the man-up advantage, the Blue Jays went back to Benn, and the Chesapeake Bayhawks’ draft pick beat OSU senior goaltender Greg Dutton short side to deliver the Blue Jays a thrilling season-opening victory.OSU coach Nick Myers said he was proud of the way his team performed in spite of the outcome.“This is Homewood Field,” Myers said. “This was a tough place to open the season. We knew coming in here how hard this game was going to be and I am real proud of our kids coming in here and fighting the way they did.”The Buckeyes are slated to be back on the field Sunday to take on Massachusetts in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic in Jacksonville, Fla. The game is scheduled for 9 p.m. read more

Diwali Messages 2018

A MESSAGE FROM THE ERC FOR DEEPAVALI 2018On this auspicious occasion of the festival of Deepavali, the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) would like to extend greetings and best wishes to all Guyanese especially our Hindu brothers and sisters.Deepavali signifies, among other things, that light will eventually triumph over darkness which is a profound source of inspiration so that all mankind can remain hopeful. It also emboldens humanity with hope giving surety that even in the face of insurmountable challenges, strength will be imbued for them to be overcome.These, and the other important lessons of Deepavali, provide guidance for us all as we continue to work assiduously towards the national goal of strengthening the bonds of friendship among our Guyanese brothers and sisters. It is through this that national harmony can be achieved so that we can confront challenges together and to remove the dark veil of division.This therefore becomes essential for the furtherance of peace and goodwill and let’s be comforted knowing that our combined efforts can realize that seemingly elusive light which can allow national harmony to shine through and for which we all yearn.Deepavali, like our other national festivals, is a much anticipated event. It has not only transcended religious boundaries, but has become a pillar of our cultural landscape. The traditional motorcades and its inherent beauty along with that of the thousands of flickering Diyas, are important conduits through splendor which bring our people from across the country together.The ERC therefore urges that we endeavor so that particular influence can be built upon for the promotion of harmony, unity and good relations among us all in this multifaceted society.As we gravitate towards that light of enlightenment, let us be reminded that Deepavali, through its significance, is replete with messages for togetherness. These, if heeded and inculcated, bode well for the advancement of our nation, its people and humanity at large.ShubhDeepavali to all!Ethnic Relations CommissionPPP/C DEEPAVALI MESSAGE 2018As our nation celebrates the festival of Deepavali, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) takes this opportunity to extend greetings to all Guyanese, especially the Hindu community.This festival which has gone beyond religious borders is one of the most anticipated events here in our country and has become a major component of the Guyanese cultural mosaic.The significance of Deepavali, known as the “Festival of Lights”, is pertinent for the upliftment of all mankind through its universal message of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and good over evil.The light of the Diyas which will shine throughout our country, symbolises a sense of renewal as light is allowed to dominate and darkness and hatred are banished.Our Party urges that this message be heeded so that darkness from the prevailing despondency, ignorance and hatred can be repelled in the interest of all humanity knowing that knowledge will defeat ignorance and compassion will triumph over despair. Deepavali offers an opportune reminder for all to do their part to achieve that victory.The influence of Deepavali over the years to forge better relationships and to bring our people together has grown tremendously. This is continually evident as Guyanese from all spheres of society participate in the various events including the grand spectacle of the motorcades and the beauty of the flickering Diyas.The PPP therefore hopes that the message of Deepavali will inspire all to work in the best interest of all Guyanese so that the light of prosperity will manifest itself in their lives.Shubh Deepavali to All!PNCR DEEPAVALI MESSAGE 2018The People’s National Congress Reform takes this opportunity to extend greetings to the Hindu Community in Guyana and indeed, to all Guyanese, on the occasion of Deepavali or Diwali.Diwali occurs on the night of Amavasya (New Moon) in the month of Kartik, which is considered to be the darkest night on the Hindu calendar and marks the return of Lord Rama after 14 years in exile. To welcome his return and to light his path, diyas were lit.Diwali is a joyous celebration of inner light over spiritual darkness; knowledge over ignorance and right over wrong. It is a festive restatement of the Hindu belief that good ultimately triumphs over evil.The PNCR has always been and will always remain respectful of Guyana’s cultural and religious diversity and believes that our diversity has worked and will continue to work to the country’s advantage. Guyana is a multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country. We see our diversity as an asset not a liability. Our Party is proud to belong to a society of many faiths.As we celebrate Diwali, the PNCR remains committed to ensuring unity in diversity so that our beloved country can experience real development and progress.Shubh Diwali to all Guyanese!IAC DIWALI/DEEPAVALI MESSAGE 2018The Indian Action Committee (IAC) extends Diwali greetings to all Guyanese, especially persons who are adherents of Sanatana Dharma on the occasion of the now globally-recognized festival of Deepavali or Diwali, which is derived from the Sanskrit language and means “a row of lights”. Diwali falls on the new moon night of the month of Kartika and is celebrated over a period of five days in India.The IAC is pleased to observe that the major Hindu Sabhas of Guyana have agreed upon one date for the celebration of the festival of Diwali in 2018.Diwali is associated with several mythological stories, one of them dealing with the belief of Hindus that, on the day of Diwali, Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana, King of Lanka, and that the people of Ayodhya celebrated his return by lighting thousands of diiyaas.The IAC recognizes that in Guyana the Goddess Lakshmi Maataa or Maha Lakshmi is venerated on the day of Diwali, her devotees ardently believing that their veneration of her will result in wealth and prosperity being bestowed upon them in the future.The bright lights of Diwali are believed, by Hindus, to guide and welcome Lakshmi Maataa into their homes where she can bestow her blessings on them and their families, and also to guide and welcome Lord Rama back to Ayodhya.The bright lights of Diwali are also considered to signify the illuminatory power of knowledge which destroys the darkness of ignorance and also to represent the triumph of good over evil.The IAC recognizes that at this time in Guyana, when persons should be happily celebrating the festival of Diwali, they are tens of thousands of Guyanese citizens living in desperate and punishing conditions since the collapse of the economy, especially the virtual destruction of the sugar industry which has seen over seven thousand former Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc. dislocated sugar workers and their families living precariously.Members of the IAC visited rural areas on the night of Diwali 2017 and noticed that many residences that were brightly lit in previous years were reduced to having only one diiyaa at their front gate signifying severe economic stress; and many residences which were lit, had significantly reduced amounts of diiyaas which also reflected the downturn on the economy.The IAC has noted that growing economic stress is affecting the vast majority of Guyanese, especially those who are living in rural areas.The IAC is fully cognizant of the plight of all of these distressed Guyanese and is calling for the Government and the Opposition to work together to restore economic growth in Guyana and thus mitigate the troubles affecting these citizens regardless of class, religious persuasion, ethnicity and political allegiance.The IAC calls upon all Guyanese to respect the sanctity of Diwali and engage in appropriate and fitting observances and activities.Shubh Diwali.GUYANA HINDU DHARMIC SABHAFestivals are an integral part of Hinduism. Each of our festivals is associated with our scriptures. Deepavali, a national holiday, stands as one of the loveliest festivals on our calendar. It is observed annually on Amawasya (New Moon) in the lunar, Hindu month of Kartik. The word Deepavali means cluster of lights. The festival has deeper significance than the word suggests.Deepavali is synonymous with Lakshmi Puja, where homage is paid to the Goddess Maha Lakshmi, whom the Vedas describe as the eternal source of fortune and abundance. Lakshmi Puja is done not simply to seek material benefits, but equally spiritual upliftment.The observance extends over a 5 day period which begins on the 13th day of the dark half of Kartik, when a single diya is lit with a prayer for longevity. The second day an increased number is kindled, celebrating the defeat of Narkasur, a despot who disrespected and confined women. Bhagwan Krishna brought his reign of tyranny to an end. Diwali is celebrated on the third day and the light dispersed by millions of diyas dispels every form of darkness. The next day, “pratipada” in the bright half of Kartik, Goverdhan puja is performed followed by the final day of Bhai Duj.  On the final day, sisters tie a thread on the wrists of their brothers renewing their love.The festival of Deepavali has philosophical, economic and social dimensions. Its social construct involves families and communities engaged in lighting diyas and meeting in a spirit of refreshing cordiality and joy. Deepavali threatens darkness in all its names and forms and influences the emergence of an illuminated society in which there exists understanding, mutual respect, love and harmony. The principal prayer at this time – “Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya”, from darkness, lead us unto light, sends the signal of hope, expectation and optimism.The Diwali Motorcade hosted by the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, is unique to Guyana and brings thousands of Guyanese of all walks of life together in a visible display of unity, peace and happiness across the country. The magnificent illuminated vehicles which display the artistry and creativity of Guyanese feature hundreds of young persons depicting various aspects of Lakshmi and divinity and reflects the myriad significances of the festival. This almost 4 decade old tradition is eagerly anticipated throughout the country as motorcades are held in all the counties with the largest moving along the scenic seawall. It would inconceivable to have Diwali without Dharmic Sabha’s motorcades as they occupy a special place in the hearts of all Guyanese.From an economic perspective. Deepavali is celebrated a time when historically the commercial community closed their books and opened new accounts. The Hindu perception of  “VASUDEVA KUTUMBAKAM”, the universe is one family, fits in admirably with the emphasis on global vision and coherent action for the elimination of poverty and the construction of a world where humankind can live in a totally equitable atmosphere. Deepavali engenders prosperity and economic stability, emphasizing prayers for success, and disciplined and hard work towards goals and material gains.A deeper spiritual consciousness is rekindled by the festival. Hindus believe that every individual is a particle of the Divine and that inherent in all of us is that divine spark which, so often, is dormant and needs to be reawakened. The little diyas or earthen lamps symbolize that light within and reminds us to diligently search for it. For when that light is found, it illuminates our lives and spreads to all those whom we come in contact with.President of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, Dr. Vindhya Vasini Persaud is delighted to extend greetings to all on this festive occasion and looks forward to an infinite number of years of Guyanese continuing to join together in celebrating this beautiful festival in a manner that can be emulated by the world. It is a heartwarming reminder of how beautifully we celebrate our diversity through respect for each other’s traditions, cultures and beliefs.As we observe this Diwali, she would like to remind that, Deepavali can make the most profound impact in a negative environment as it creates a climate conducive to reflections, fraternity, goodwill and mutual respect for each other.  Dr. Vindhya Persaud says, “As we celebrate, let us continue our drive and advocacy for the empowerment and  protection of children, women and the vulnerable against violence and abuse, equal opportunity for all, a safer and secure country, protection of citizens’ rights and welfare,  and economic progress and abundance for all Guyanese. These must remain prominent on our agenda. As a people, we must resolve to rid our society of acrimony, injustice and undemocratic practices so that Guyana will always be a country of unity, peace and prosperity. I am happy to share these joyous moments of love and cordiality with all Guyanese. Let the light of Deepavali burn infinitely, eliminating darkness in all its forms and fusing us in a bond of love, respect and unity. Shubh Deepavali Greetings to all.”GAWU’s Diwali Message 2018The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) is once again pleased to join with all Guyanese and especially our Hindu community, to celebrate Diwali, widely regarded as the Festival of Lights. The Diwali observances give us an appropriate occasion to urge that the light of peace, tolerance, understanding and compromise, in today’s conditions, lighten our pathways and guide us in our daily lives. Like the thousands of Diwali diyas in many regions which will light up the darkness of the night, let our existence be unobstructed by the darkness that prevent our development and well-being.The Diwali celebration is one that today transcends one community and is supported nationally. The symbol of the lighted diyas is not only lovely to behold in the evening but it imparts the message of the value of spiritual enlightenment in our collective efforts to bring about conditions for our peace of mind and a satisfying life.With such sentiments in mind, GAWU is always pleased to be associated with the usually wide interest shown in the expectedly dazzling celebrations that are traditionally associated with Diwali.We wish all the practitioners of the Hindu faith, and indeed all Guyanese, a happy and enjoyable Diwali, the festival of lights.Let the lights, at this time, light up our pathway to harmony, economic well-being and our general upliftment.Happy Diwali! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDiwali greetings from religious, other organisationsNovember 10, 2015In “Opinion”DIWALI MESSAGES 2017October 18, 2017In “latest news”Diwali MessagesOctober 23, 2014In “Business” read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img Share10 Tweet Email1 By Cliodhna Russell Friday 16 Jun 2017, 4:58 PM Jun 16th 2017, 4:58 PM Image: Shutterstock/manushot Image: Shutterstock/manushot No Comments Short URL EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #LONGFORD: A former caretaker at a Midlands GAA grounds has been charged with over 140 offences relating to child sexual abuse.2. #GRENFELL: The death toll from Wednesday’s tower block fire in London has risen to 30.3. #WESTMINSTER: Police in London arrested a man in possession of a knife near to the Palace of Westminster, where the UK parliament sits.4. #RESHUFFLIN: New legislation will be required to allow Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor hold the role of super junior minister in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s cabinet.5. #WARNING: The National Lottery is warning the public about a Euromillions phone scam. 6,306 Views The 5 at 5: Friday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek government suffers losses in local elections

first_imgThe first round of Greece’s local and regional government elections produced a mixed result that allowed both the country’s governing parties, New Democracy and PASOK, as well as the main opposition, SYRIZA, to claim that they had performed well ahead of the second round on Sunday, when European Parliament elections will also be held.SYRIZA produced surprises in the Municipality of Athens and in the most populated region of Greece, that of Attica, where its candidates performed better than had been expected. Rena Dourou, the former SYRIZA MP, is projected to take first place in the contest for the Attica governorship, pushing the more experienced Yiannis Sgouros, who was backed by PASOK and Democratic Left (DIMAR), into second place.With around 61.4 per cent of the votes counted, Ms Dourou wins 23.6 per cent and Sgouros 22.2 per cent. Ms Dourou’s expected win is considered to be a significant achievement, even though she faces a challenge to overcome Sgouros in next Sunday’s run-off vote.“The best goals are scored in the second round,” said SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras as he left the party’s headquarters.The left wing opposition also toasted the achievement of Gavriil Sakellaridis, a virtual unknown outside the party before he became its candidate for the City of Athens. With around 73 per cent of the vote counted Sakellaridis seems to be narrowly pipped into second place by incumbent Giorgos Kaminis, supported by PASOK and DIMAR. Kaminis gets 21.2 per cent and Sakellaridis, who beat off competition from the more experienced Aris Spiliotopoulos of New Democracy, 19.9 percent. Kaminis and Sakellaridis will face each other on Sunday.An acrimonious battle in Piraeus saw Yiannis Moralis, an Olympiakos soccer club Vice President, leading incumbent Vassilis Michaloliakos, who is supported by New Democracy. Achileas Beos, a controversial soccer official, president and owner of a local football club in the port city of Volos, won the first round of the local mayoral contest. The failure of conservative candidates continued in northern Greece, where the party’s candidate for the Central Macedonia Region, Yiannis Ioannidis, trailes by some distance Apostolos Tzitzikostas,, who is running as an independent even though up until recently he was a New Democracy member.New Democracy’s candidate for Thessaloniki mayor, Stavros Kalafatis, also came in behind incumbent Yiannis Boutaris, who is supported by PASOK and DIMAR. With around 71 per cent of the vote counted Boutaris gets 35.9 per cent and Kalafatis 26. 4 per cent.In Thessaloniki, residents were also asked to vote on whether they were in favour of plans to privatize the local water and sewage company, EYATH. The non-binding vote was organized by local officials and opponents of the sell-off. A last minute objection from the Interior Ministry meant that the ballot boxes had to be placed outside polling centers.Initial results indicated that as many as 98 per cent of those who took part in the vote opposed EYATH’s privatization. However, critics of the plebiscite pointed out that apart from being unofficial there were also questions about the vote’s reliability as the ballot boxes were transparent and ballot papers were not placed in envelopes.Despite its failure to break through in the country’s major cities and regions, New Democracy will be encouraged by its stronger performances in other parts of Greece. While a number of conservatives made it into the second round of regional governorship races, SYRIZA only saw one more candidate apart from Dourou qualify for the run-off.PASOK is also likely to take heart from the fact that a number of the high-profile candidates it backed, such as Kaminis and Boutaris, are in a strong position to win next weekend.The coalition, as well as SYRIZA, will be concerned that neofascist Golden Dawn produced a strong showing in the Greek capital. Spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris is winning so far 16.2 per cent of the vote in the contest for the Athens mayorship, while MP Ilias Panagiotaros is on course to get over 10 per cent in the Attica region.Most of the local and regional government outcomes will be finalised in the second round which takes place next Sunday, together with the election for the European Parliament.It is worth noting that the absenteeism and the informal vote was particularly high in yesterday’s elections in Greece.Source: Kathimerini, ypes Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Doctor arrested for taking fakelaki

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A doctor working at a medical centre on an Aegean island has been arrested after asking for cash from patients in order to issue them with health certificates.Police were notified about the doctor’s activities and set up an undercover operation in order to catch him red-handed.Two policemen visited the medical centre pretending to be patients and, in both cases, asked him for a health certificate.The doctor was arrested after he took a marked 20-euro note from each of the officers.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Voula Delios murder a catalyst for North Hobart community

first_imgIt was late July when North Hobart community members gathered to farewell local grocery store owner Voula Delios, who was stabbed to death while working.The bubbly 68-year-old grandmother who had played a pivotal role in her neighbourhood’s strengthening, was a fixture for both the Greek and Tasmanian communities alike.Delios’ grocery store remains closed and covered to this day, as a testament of grief. Her family is still in shock, unable to pick up where Voula left off.Since her death, local businesses are more determined to come together and build support networks even though past attempts at starting associations have not been successful.However, this Tuesday marks a turning point for North Hobart with the formation of an official traders’ association, which will have a one-stop community website, the first of its kind for the state.It’s focus will not only be to become a platform for people to voice their concerns, but to establish better communication with Tasmania Police as well as to promote their businesses to the world. A series of North Hobart history walks began last week in an attempt to help the community move away from the Delios tragedy, share their memories and exchange ideas on future plans, while bringing out the area’s tantalising history. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

LAmazon Cloud Player fonctionne aussi sous iOS

first_imgL’Amazon Cloud Player fonctionne aussi sous iOSLe système d’écoute de musique en streaming d’Amazon est désormais accessible aux terminaux fonctionnant sous iOS.Lancés fin mars, les système de stockage en ligne d’Amazon, le Cloud Drive, et d’écoute de musique, le Cloud Player, devaient à la base être accessibles depuis les terminaux Apple fonctionnant sous iOS. Mais dans les faits, ça n’était pas le cas puisque seul le Cloud Drive fonctionnait avec Safari. Une situation due au blocage effectué sur le navigateur Internet, mais qui a discrètement été levé le week-end dernier, explique le site TechCrunch.Désormais, il suffit d’ignorer le message indiquant que le navigateur n’est pas pris en charge et de lancer la lecture de musique stockée en ligne lorsqu’on se connecte au Cloud Player depuis Safari. Ce service n’est néanmoins pas accessible en France, où seul le Cloud Drive, qui permet de stocker jusqu’à 5 Go de fichiers musicaux en ligne, fonctionne.Le 9 mai 2011 à 13:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vince McMahon back on Forbes list, Location confirmed for Money in the Bank

first_img Roman Reigns Twitter Vince Mcmahon Vince McMahon is back on the Forbes billionaire list.McMahon, the Chairman and CEO of WWE, currently has a net worth of $3.2 billion and is listed at #691. Forbes noted WWE generates “nearly $1 billion in annual revenue.”A third generation wrestling promoter, McMahon grew up in a trailer park in North Carolina and joined his father’s small wrestling company in 1972. McMahon purchased the business 10 years later, then transformed the World Wrestling Federation from a regional operation into a global phenomenon. WWF (now called WWE) went public in 1999; today its programs are broadcast in roughly 150 countries and more than 30 languages.Location confirmed for Money in the BankThe XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut announced that WWE’s Money in the Bank PPV will be held on Sunday, May 19 this year at the arena.SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT** @WWE returns to Hartford with it’s action-packed Pay-Per-View event, #MoneyintheBank on Sunday, May 19! Tickets start at just $20 and go on sale to the public- Friday, March 8 at 10am at— XL Center (@XLCenter) March 4, 2019 WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Riz Ahmed Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Google+ Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer DiagnosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

Public meetings for week of May 20

first_imgMondayPort of Camas-Washougal Board of Commissioners, 24 S. A St., Washougal.• 4 p.m., special meeting, agenda: workshop for arts funding, waterfront development update, levee realignment update.Vancouver City Council, City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.• 4 p.m., workshops: agenda includes an update from the Clark County Commission on Aging, a report on Vancouver Fire Department service levels and the first 2018 supplemental budget.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: agenda includes consent items and public hearings for Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership programs and a right-of-way vacation for Kessid Church.Camas City Council, City Hall, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave.• 4:30 p.m., workshop: library and information technology department levels of service presentations, Sprint lease agreement, six year transportation improvement program, Steigerwald Lake Restoration project interlocal agreement.• 7 p.m., regular meeting.Battle Ground City Council, City Hall, 109 S.W. First St.• 6 p.m., study session: pavement condition report.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: fireworks regulations, transportation benefit district work plan, six year transportation improvement program.Woodland City Council, Council Chambers, 200 E. Scott Ave.• 6:30 p.m., executive session: potential litigation.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: authorize franchise with Verizon, council compensation. n meeting of transportation benefit district to follow.Yacolt Town Council, Town Hall, 202 W. Cushman St.• 7 p.m., regular meeting: town clerk position update, fireworks update.TuesdayBoard of Skamania County Commissioners, Skamania County Courthouse, 240 N.W. Vancouver Ave., Stevenson. n 9:30 a.m. regular meeting.• 6 p.m. joint meeting with Skamania County Planning Commission to discuss Critical Areas Ordinance.Clark County Council, Public Service Center sixth floor meeting room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.• 10 a.m., regular meeting: authorize spending for needed mobile tech, interlocal agreements, notice of road vacation.Clark County Correction Facility Advisory Commission, Public Service Center sixth floor meeting room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.• 3 p.m., meeting: jail tour debrief, presentation of prosecuting attorney perspective and needs, presentation of defense attorney perspective and needs, principles for addressing the jail need.Evergreen Public Schools Board of Directors, District office, 13501 N.E. 28th St., Vancouver.• 5:30 p.m. regular meeting: right-of-way dedication at Orchards Elementary School; surplus vehicles; academic achievement and operational expectations policies; workshop on cultural diversity in Evergreen Public Schools.last_img read more

Patrice Evra explains his strange Instagram video

first_imgThe former Manchester United and Juventus defended posted a video “sucking a raw chicken” and spanking it in front of the cameraFrench footballer Patrice Evra has explained his bizarre Instagram video where he sucked a raw chicken and spanked it in front of the camera.“Yesterday I posted a video and it went wild, it went crazy,” Evra said today as quoted by Football Italia.“It was just for Thanksgiving. Some people find it funny, some people find it weird, some people find it disgusting. We’re all different thank God.”“I just cuddled, I just kissed the meat. Yeah, I went too far when I sucked the toes of the chicken… it was a bit nasty, nasty,” he added.edwin van der sarReport: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…last_img read more

Standard Chartered Ruias create hurdle in ArcelorMittals India expansion

first_imgLakshmi Mittal, chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal.ReutersThe court suggested that the payment of Rs 420 billion by LN Mittal-led ArcelorMittal be distributed among financial and operational creditors in the ratio of 85:15. If the court’s suggestion is accepted, operational creditors will get Rs 46 billion as against their total claim of Rs 47 billion, while financial creditors such as Standard Chartered will have to take a big hit.Former promoters Ruia family’s last-minute offer to pay over Rs 540 billion to allow the steel company exit bankruptcy proceedings further complicated the case. Pointing towards continued litigation, last week after the NCLT order was delivered, an Essar Group spokesperson had said, “We continue to believe that our settlement proposal of Rs 543.9 billion is the most compelling one available to Essar Steel creditors and fulfils the IBC’s declared overriding objective of value maximisation, which has been established time and again by courts at all levels.” Prashant Ruia, Director, Essar Capital speaks during a news conference at the company’s headquarters in Mumbai, India August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiReutersStandard Chartered Bank and Prashant Ruia, member of Essar Steel promoter family, have filed separate appeals in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal against the bankruptcy tribunal’s order last week, which awarded the steelmaker to ArcelorMittal. The British financial services giant is the third largest secured financial creditor of the beleaguered Essar Steel.The bank has requested the higher tribunal to quash the Ahmedabad bench of National Company Law Tribunal’s order that approved the Luxembourg-based steel company’s Rs 420 billion debt resolution plan for Essar Steel. Standard Chartered has also sought the rejection of the plan, The Economic Times reported. The bank has maintained that the implementation of ArcelorMittal’s plan will lead to its dues being curtailed to just Rs 600 million from the current outstanding amount of Rs 34.9 billion.Similarly, Prashant Ruia, a member of the suspended board, has decided to file an appeal to seek a stay on the resolution plan. An official appeal has not been filed yet as the written order of the Ahmedabad bench is still awaited. He has mentioned his intention to appeal before a two-member bench, headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya, which asked it to be listed after the NCLT posts its full written order. Ruia contends that members of the superseded board of the company should have been included in all creditor meetings that approved the plan. The argument draws parallels with the recent apex court judgement in the Ruchi Soya case, where the judge had ruled that resolution plans be shared with the suspended board members of the company.A Tricky AffairEssar Steel’s resolution has turned out to be one of the trickiest ones under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC). The case has been dragging on for over 580 days as against the stipulated 270 days under the law due to multiple litigations by the former promoters, Standard Chartered bank and some operational creditors. Last week, NCLT had cleared the decks for Essar Steel’s acquisition by ArcelorMittal after mollifying the operational creditors through a larger payout from the resolution amount.last_img read more