Tiffany James looking ahead

first_imgTiffany James, last year’s World Under-20 400m champion, was an interested spectator at the JAAA Carifta Trials on Saturday, James, a six-time Carifta Games gold medal winner, isn’t looking back on her stellar junior career. She has her mind focused on competing with the ladies she respectfully calls ‘the big girls’.With junior meets reserved for those that are under 20 during the entire year of competition, James is looking ahead. “Well, I know a lot of people are expecting much from me so it’s just for me to stay focused, keep calm, put in some more work and get out there, because, you know; this time with the big girls, it’s going to be much harder but I’m confident.”Speaking with the assurance that perhaps comes from being a World champion, the Mico University college student athlete professed, “I’m willing to work and I’m ready.”She isn’t dismayed by the recent success Jamaica has enjoyed in the 400 and the 4x400m relay. Stephenie Ann McPherson led a Jamaican 1-2-3 at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with Shericka Jackson taking bronze medals at both the 2015 World Championships and at the Olympics last year. The 4×400 team, including McPherson and Jackson, is the reigning World champion. In fact, James said, “It excites me to see that Jamaica is improving in the one-lap events.”Coached by 1983 World champion Bert Cameron, James is working to do well in her first senior season. “I have a lot of goals for 2017”, she informed. “A few are to run a personal best, of course, to be on that World Champion-ship team, the World University Games”, she enumerated as she watched the trials.FIRST TIMEJames set a personal best of 51.32 seconds to win her World title last year.She was pleased with her Gibson McCook Relays performance. Appraised that her 4x4x00 relay leg was timed in 52.8 seconds, she responded, “It’s the first time actually doing the one lap since the start of the season, so it felt great.””I’ll be running the 400 metres at the G.C. Foster Classic,” she revealed, “so let’s see how it goes.”The Mico University college did very well at the recent Gibson McCook Relays, especially in the 4×400 metres. James explained why, saying, “Well, I guess everybody is seeing and wants to come and everybody is willing to work.”Nobody knows Mico as a team that can win Intercol, or have somebody to win,” she continued, “but I don’t know if it is me, but I believe I started it and everybody is motivated and want to train, and that’s why we’re getting the results.”The Inter-collegiate Champ-ionships are set for April 7 and 8 at the National Stadium.last_img read more

Legislature Supports ‘Change’ of Inaugural Venue

first_imgBecause the Capitol Building, which is undergoing renovation, is by law the venue for the presidential inauguration ceremony, the legislature was forced to legalize SKD Sports Complex as the venue for this historic instance.– Adopts, Signs ResolutionAmid controversy about what critics claim is ‘undoing history and tradition’ regarding the holding of a presidential inauguration outside of Monrovia – the seat of Government – the House of Representatives and the Senate have adopted and signed a Joint Resolution to change the venue and city of the 2018 Inauguration from the Capitol Building in Monrovia to the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside of Monrovia.Members of the both Houses adopted and affixed their signatures to the Joint Resolution on Friday, January 19, during the 1st Day Special Sitting of the 1st Session, for the inauguration of the 24th President-elect and Vice President-elect to be held at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex today, Monday, January 22, 2018.Partial view of the Capitol annex, soon to be completed.The resolution is styled: “A Joint Resolution LEG-001/2018 Adopted by the Senate and the Honorable House of Representatives in the 1st Regular Session of the 54th Legislature of the Republic of Liberia for the Holding of the Inauguration of the 24th President-elect and Vice President-elect of the Republic of Liberia to be held at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in the City of Paynesville, Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia on January 22, 2018.”The resolution was aimed at legitimizing the SKD instead of the Capitol Building, because of ongoing construction of the two annexes of the Capitol Building, put at a cost of US$23 million, by the People’s Republic China (PRC).It has been reported that during the sitting of the 52nd Legislature, the law was amended to have the grounds of the Capitol Building – the Seat of the Legislature – be used as the inauguration venue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘We are all Koulibaly’: Napoli fans don masks in support

first_imgNapoli’s French-born player Koulibaly was targeted by monkey noises and racist chants at the San Siro on Wednesday, before being sent off for sarcastically applauding the referee.Serie A returned to action three days after the violent clashes in Milan during which an Inter supporter died after being hit by a car.And fans showed their solidarity with Koulibaly, wearing masks with the player’s face, as well as t-shirts bearing his name.The home fans also displayed a banner on front of the stadium, “We are all Koulibaly: no to racism!,” with fliers in the stadium “Koulibaly big brother” or “We’re with you Kalidou”.Among them a very young fan held up a poster with: “I’m small, but a man like Koulibaly”.On the pitch, Napoli’s Algerian defender Faouzi Ghoulam wore Koulibaly’s number 26 shirt in warm-up with the Senegalese player suspended after his sending off on Wednesday.A Napoli fan holds a portrait of Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly reading “We are all Kalidou”. © AFP / Carlo Hermann“It doesn’t matter the colour of the skin. It doesn’t matter religion. It doesn’t matter what team you’re rooting for. Football, like all sports, is a game. And all the games are passion, fun, freedom: And in freedom we are all alike! Tomorrow we will all be koulibaly!,” Ghoulam tweeted before the match.European football governing body UEFA said that the correct anti-racism protocol had not been followed during the midweek game.And Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti said Saturday they would have been in favour of the match being suspended temporarily.“There was a bit of confusion after Milan, we never asked for the suspension, but three times a temporary interruption.“UEFA confirmed that we are right, it surprises me that the president of the referees federation disagrees.“I hope it will never happen again or we will walk off the pitch.”Ancelotti added: “50,000 people calling Koulibaly’s name is quite a show, there has been a good feeling throughout the city.“Kalidou is very popular, he has had messages from many sportsmen and it is a sign that it is not so difficult to improve things.”Meanwhile, there were also banners before Saturday’s match between Parma and Roma in memory of 39-year-old Inter Milan supporter Daniele Belardinelli, who was killed during the pre-match clashes.“Ciao Dede” and “an ultra never dies, Daniele with us” were two of the banners remembering Belardinelli who had been banned from the San Siro between 2007 and 2017 for violence.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Napoli fans hold portraits of Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly who was the victim of racist abuse. © AFP / Carlo HermannMILAN, Italy, Dec 30 – Thousands of Napoli fans showed their support for Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly who was subjected to racist chanting at Inter Milan in midweek by wearing masks and holding up his picture before their team’s Serie A game against Bologna on Saturday.Posters with the message “Siamo Tutti Koulibaly” (“We are all Koulibaly”) were visible throughout the Stadio San Paolo during the game which the hosts won 3-2.last_img read more

He’ll be an England goalscorer! Darren Fletcher tips West Brom rebel Saido Berahino for the top

first_img1 Saido Berahino celebrates West Brom captain Darren Fletcher has praised Saido Berahino’s ambition and backed him to become a key man for England in the future.The 22-year-old felt the wrath of Baggies fans after expressing his disappointment that he did not seal a move to Tottenham on transfer deadline day.But he is in the good books again after firing West Brom to victory against Villa on Saturday, and Fletcher is delighted to see his teammate back doing what he does best.“I thought he was fantastic on Saturday. He’s a great player and we want him to be a great player for West Bromwich Albion while he’s here,” Fletcher said.“It’s great he has ambition. I love that he has that and wants to play at the highest level. I think he’ll score goals for England in the future and that’s how highly I rate him.“While he’s here I reiterate to do your best, work as hard as you can and keep the respect of the dressing room because football’s a funny game, you never know what can happen in six months or a year down the line,” he said.“So I reiterated that to him and I thought he was fantastic on Saturday. I’d like to think everything has healed now. If you want to improve as a team then you need everyone in the right direction.“There was a little bit of a mixed reaction last week but Saturday was a great reaction and we want the fans behind the team, behind everyone and pushing in the right direction. That will be best for the club going forward.”last_img read more

Microsoft will stay under observation

first_imgThe literary reference was no accident. The judge, Kollar-Kotelly, also had quoted Machiavelli when she approved the antitrust settlement in November 2002. In a passage warning Microsoft to abide by the agreement, she wrote: “Let it not be said of Microsoft that `a prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.”‘ The top Justice Department lawyer on the case promised that the government will vigorously enforce the antitrust settlement. “This extension will ensure that companies interested in licensing the communications protocols receive the benefit of complete and accurate documentation for the full period of time provided by the court’s final judgment,” said J. Bruce McDonald, the department’s No. 2 antitrust official. The 2002 antitrust settlement required Microsoft to offer its technology to competitors to build products that seamlessly communicate with computers running Windows software. When the settlement was negotiated, the judge and government lawyers described that requirement as among its most significant provisions toward restoring competition in the technology industry. The extended scrutiny comes as Microsoft faces intense competition from Google and Yahoo Inc. Microsoft is concerned that those companies’ Web-based offerings, including e-mail and instant messaging, could threaten its Windows software. Google also is making inroads on the desktop itself, with offerings that include searching electronic documents. Google had informally complained to U.S. and European regulators about the new version of Microsoft’s Web browser, which will ship with its upcoming Windows software known as Vista. Google said the browser improperly steers people to Microsoft’s search engine instead of Google’s more popular technology, but the Justice Department disclosed in its legal papers that it will take no action. The government said Microsoft’s new Web browser respects the choices of consumers and computer makers, and its settings can be easily changed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Citing Microsoft Corp.’s lapses under part of a landmark antitrust settlement, the Justice Department said Friday that it wants to extend by two years its oversight of some of the company’s business practices until at least November 2009. Microsoft has already agreed to the lengthier scrutiny by the department and 17 states under a proposal that still must be approved by a U.S. judge. The company has struggled with a key provision in the 2002 antitrust settlement requiring it to disclose to its competitors sensitive details about some of its software. Government lawyers said they were prepared to extend oversight of Microsoft’s business activities through 2012 if they deem it necessary. In court papers filed Friday, they described Microsoft’s efforts under parts of the settlement as “disappointing” and “not very encouraging,” but they also said Microsoft’s failures were neither willful nor systematic. If the longer term is eventually approved by the judge, the U.S. court battle against Microsoft would stretch to at least 11 years – the age of a middle-schooler – before it concludes. During that period, Microsoft will have sold at least five generations of its flagship Windows software. At the same time, Google Inc. has emerged as one of Microsoft’s biggest rivals, iPods and BlackBerrys have revolutionized portable gadgets and technology executives have made and lost billions. Lawyers said there was little chance U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly would reject the proposed extension because she has expressed concerns in recent years about Microsoft complying with that part of the settlement, which she has described as among its most important requirements. Microsoft’s top lawyer, Brad Smith, said the extension was “an important step” and gives the company time to finish technical documents that describe the inner workings of its software. Government lawyers said Microsoft’s earlier efforts were so dismal even the company agreed it needed to “reset” the program. The Justice Department quoted Renaissance philosopher Niccol Machiavelli to describe Microsoft’s lapses: “He who has not first laid his foundations may be able with great ability to lay them afterwards, but they will be laid with trouble to the architect and danger to the building.” last_img

Future Ballon d’Or winners revealed?

first_img Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – Click right to see who else is tipped to challenge for the Ballon d’O in future – Kane has already made it known he wishes to win the Ballon d’Or in the future, and if his upward trajectory continues he is sure to be on the shortlist in a few years. At the age of 23 he has already scored 78 Premier League goals, though he needs to improve his performances in Europe and for England if he is to reach that truly elite level. Click the right arrow, above, to see other players who could win the Ballon d’Or in the next decade… Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – At Everton, Lukaku is unlikely to win the Ballon d’Or, though if a reported move to Chelsea goes through the Belgium striker’s chances will rapidly improve. His strike rate in the Premier League is remarkable, and will only get better when playing alongside more talented footballers. He also consistently scores for a Belgium team who, if they get their act together, could seriously threaten for silverware on the international stage. Winning trophies – whether for club or country – will be key for Lukaku to earn the individual award in the coming years. 10 Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – When at the top of his game, Liverpool midfielder Coutinho plays at a level worthy of winning the Ballon d’Or. However, the 24-year-old’s biggest problem remains his consistency and inability to play a full season of exceptional football. A great goalscorer and creator, Coutinho has all the traits needed to win the individual honour. However, he plays for a team with limited chances of winning major honours, and he could seriously consider a long-rumoured switch to Barcelona to improve his chances of winning silverware. Harry Kane made it clear he is aiming to become the best footballer in the world, revealing he wants to win the Ballon d’Or in the future.The Tottenham striker said: “I’d do whatever I can to win that big gold trophy. It is definitely something I aspire to do.”Kane failed to earn a single vote in the race for the 2016 Ballon d’Or, though he appears to be getting better and better with each passing year, and will surely be on the shortlist in the 2017 voting.However, one of the main ways elite players claim the Ballon d’Or is by playing for teams who win major honours – something Spurs have failed to do in recent years.Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have shared each of the last nine awards, eight coming in the period in which the pair have played for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.“Ronaldo won La Liga and the Champions League and that is why he wins it,” Kane added. “Messi is in a similar situation. To do that it isn’t just individual, it is about a team winning trophies and, hopefully, that is what I can do at Tottenham.”So, Kane is just one player touted to win the Ballon d’Or in the near future, but who else could be in line for the individual honour?talkSPORT take a look at 10 players who could win the award in the next decade, and you can see them all by clicking the right arrow, above… Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Already 26, Hazard is trailing in the wake of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, though it appears the Belgium winger has reached a new level to his play. In 2016/17 he was truly superb, and should he continue to put in elite performances for the next two or three years, it will be hard to say Hazard does not deserve the Ballon d’Or. As an attacker he is always going to be in with a chance of winning, and Chelsea’s success at club level will help Hazard considering he is a key player for the Blues. 10 10 Kylian Mbappe (Monaco) – Aged just 18, Mbappe is the youngest player on the list, but is already considered a future Ballon d’Or winner. He enjoyed a glorious breakthrough season – maybe the best campaign by any teenager in the history of the game [Pele might dispute that! – Ed] – scoring 26 goals in 44 games. He excelled in the Champions League and helped ASM win the Ligue 1 title, and is already a France international. A move to a bigger club beckons in the future, and if Mbappe fulfils his incredible potential he could, like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, have a long-term hold over the Ballon d’Or. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – Like Kane, Manchester United midfielder Pogba has made it one of his career goals to win the Ballon d’Or, although he is at a disadvantage due to his position. Not a prolific goalscorer, he is always going to be overlooked unless he can increase his striking output. On Pogba’s side is his age – he is still only 24 – and the fact he is a key player for both a club and country expected to consistently challenge for honours. Winning silverware is key to being named the best player in the world. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – The Argentina forward enjoyed a wonderful season in Italy, adding another Serie A and Coppa Italia to the three trophies he won in 2015/16. A remarkably well-rounded attacker, Dybala is the most similar player to Lionel Messi currently in action, and could emulate his success in the Ballon d’Or in a few years. He is playing for a team where he will win major honours to improve his chances in the race for the individual award, and for an Argentina team that have the players to excel on the international stage – even if they struggle in reality. 10 Neymar (Barcelona) – Considering he plays for Barcelona, Neymar is seen as the most likely successor to Lionel Messi in the race for the Ballon d’Or. He has built his own reputation despite playing alongside the Argentine, but with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo likely to win the award for a few more years yet, Neymar could just miss out. He is already 25, and will need to keep up his current elite level of play for another few years. He will be hoping he doesn’t follow the path of other Brazilian greats like Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, who sharply declined as they neared the end of their 20s. 10 10 10 Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – The 26-year-old Griezmann finished third in the 2016 Ballon d’Or, and will be hoping to top the table in the next few years. A superb talent, Griezmann consistently impresses for Atletico, though it is the fact he plays for Madrid’s smaller club that holds him back. They are always going to struggle to win major honours, and it is no surprise the 2016 award went to Cristiano Ronaldo, whose Real Madrid side beat Atleti in that year’s Champions League final. His most likely chance of winning the individual honour will come if he leaves Madrid, or wins silverware with France. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – Alongside Kane, Spurs have another player who is a considered a serious future contender for the Ballon d’Or. 21-year-old Alli continues to go from strength to strength at White Hart Lane, and he ended the 2016/17 campaign with 22 goals to his name – a remarkable tally for a midfielder. Alli is aided by the fact he is a consistent goalscorer, and this record will be looked upon kindly by Ballon d’Or voters despite him not being a forward. 10 10 10last_img read more

Cloud Security Using… Social Networks?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#cloud#security The issues of cloud/SaaS security have been on my mind since the late 90s when I was working on my first global intranet/extranet project. Personally, I’ve never been terribly concerned with the more lower-level technical details of network architecture, transport protocols or with tedious policy writing; you need good security experts to cover these areas properly. I’ve always been drawn to the more forgivably human downsides to the whole SaaS/Cloud concept like this one: How on earth do you prevent password sharing? I’ve been thinking that the solution may be so obvious, so ubiquitous, that it’s just difficult to see past our own fears: What if we could improve the security of our cloud-based applications by handing over our authentication processes to the social media networks?Steve Henty is an experienced IT Project Manager who has specialized in Web technologies since 1996. He lives in Madrid and is currently working for Toshiba. He can be contacted at steve@henty.es or on Twitter or at http://www.henty.es.The ProblemYou see them everywhere. Those claims that XYZ Web application is 100% secure because it’s as secure as banking online and uses SSL and allows IP restrictions and uses LDAP authentication and etc. All these security features are useful but at the end of the day we’re still faced with the daunting challenge of convincing users not to give out their passwords either intentionally (e.g. by lending to “friends”) or unintentionally (e.g. written notes lying around). As soon as one person in your organisation has divulged his or her account details the entire system is compromised and all the company information is open to whoever gets hold of the password. What’s worse, there’s no real way of know if or when this has happened – even our careless user may be unaware that someone else is using the same account. I sometimes see references to this problem on the Web but I haven’t seen any serious solutions. It tends to get passed off as irrelevant, as if password security has nothing to do with cloud security. But unfortunately its inevitable effect on adoption blows a big hole in the whole cloud computing concept. So currently the industry doesn’t want to talk about this elephant in the room because it might affect uptake, and consequently businesses are not getting the full picture.With 50% of companies in the UK currently thinking about moving to the cloud this year, we’re going to see an increase in security concerns – that is, as soon as these companies realise they’ve had the wool pulled over their eyes. When Strong Isn’t StrongLet’s take a quick look at the ways cloud computing services are currently attempting to deal with the issues of cloud security and examine how they might fall short.SSL: A common claim you hear is that XYZ app is as secure as online banking because it uses the same technology: SSL. While I agree that it’s important to encrypt communication, this claim is borderline fraudulent. People are inherently motivated to keep their online banking account details a secret whereas an employee may actually become motivated to do the complete opposite.IP Restrictions: Some apps let you restrict access from certain IP addresses. This might work if you’re prepared to forego the benefits of device independence, but to my mind this is one of the great advantages of working in the cloud.LDAP Integration: Some apps allow integration with directories such as the Active Directory. This is great – one less directory to manage. However, in addition to the network security headaches this can bring it doesn’t guarantee that the person using the password is actually the person you hope it is.Enterprise Security: Two-factor authentication with security tokens or a sophisticated PKI implementation work nicely if you have the time and resources. If you have any high-profile users you’ll be wanting this level of security to avoid breaches like the one Twitter faced a few months ago. However, these solutions can be so expensive and time-consuming that even a large enterprise would baulk at the cost of rolling this out to 100% of employees. So for most companies it’s just not a feasible option.On The Radar: In the not-so-distant future we may be using mobile phone SIMs, Electronic IDs or government-issued browser certificates to authenticate. But how about right now? Is there anything else we can be doing now, in 2010, to improve the security of our cloud-based apps?The Solution: Social Media Integration?Solutions often seem counterintuitive at first. What if we could increase security by giving up some control? What if we were to relax our grip a little on the whole identity management and authentication process and let the employee share some of the responsibility?Most employees have a personal online identity already, a personal brand that they are inherently motivated to protect. The have a personal email addresses, blogs, Facebook accounts, LinkedIn accounts – public or semi-public profiles all over the Web. What if we were to allow these social media accounts to connect to our company cloud-based apps and perform the authentication process?This could mean, for example, that an employee would be able to access a company CRM application simply by logging into a Facebook or LinkedIn account. A breach in our application’s security would then only come at the expense of a breach in the security of a user’s personal account. This way the responsibility for maintaining security would be would be shared.Now that our users have a vested interest preventing unauthorised access to company data they might actually start taking to heart all the guidelines about strong passwords we’ve been banging on about for so long.It could also be argued that by spreading the accounts over a number of different social media sites, thereby decentralising the authentication process, potential hackers might be deterred from casual password guessing and brute force attacks.Okay, the idea needs to be developed further and it’s far from perfect. There are certainly issues that need to be addressed regarding adoption, privacy and appropriate checks and controls. However, the technology already exists in the form of APIs, Facebook Connect, OAuth and OpenID and others, and the big social media players now have the critical mass of users you’d need in order to pull off something like this. Even attitudes towards privacy appear to be relaxing, so the timing could be perfect. If my assumptions are right, the missing piece in the cloud security puzzle might be right under our noses, and we’d be able to alleviate some of the fear of cloud computing simply by relinquishing some of our need to control.I’d be very interested in your views on the subject – especially if you know of anyone has already had some experience of implementing this in a production environment or has decided against doing it.Photo credit: Joshua Davis. guest author 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Mitochondrial gene therapy passes final U.K. vote

first_imgThe United Kingdom’s House of Lords has approved legislation to allow a new type of in vitro fertilization (IVF) that would replace faulty DNA, preventing certain types of genetic diseases. The vote follows the House of Commons approval of the measure on 3 February, making the United Kingdom the first country to explicitly allow the procedure, which would combine DNA from two biological parents and an egg donor.The technique will be allowed under fairly tight regulation: Researchers who wish to offer the service to couples still must apply for and receive a license from the country’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.The technique, called mitochondrial DNA replacement therapy, would allow women who have mutations in the DNA of their mitochondria, the organelles that provide chemical energy for cells, to have genetically related children who don’t carry the mutations. 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The symptoms are variable, however, and the condition can be difficult to diagnose. Some babies born with defective mitochondria die within months. Other people don’t show any symptoms until much later in life.Mitochondria are passed on through the egg cell, so the diseases are inherited through the mother. Researchers have developed ways to transfer the genetic material from an egg cell that carries faulty mitochondria into a donor egg that has healthy mitochondria. And after that egg has been artificially inseminated with sperm, the resulting embryo carries nuclear DNA from the mother and father and mitochondrial DNA from the egg donor.The United Kingdom has conducted several scientific and ethical studies on the issue since 2011, all of which concluded that the technique was potentially safe and ethical. But some researchers have argued that not enough is known about potential side effects of the technique.After several hours of debate, the Lords defeated a proposed amendment to the legislation that would have established a committee to further study the possible risks of the technique. They then quickly approved the proposed regulations.Opponents of the IVF method expressed their dismay afterward. “Unlike experimental gene therapies where risks are taken on by consenting individuals, these techniques turn children into our biological experiments and forever alter the human germline in unknowable ways. There is no precedent for this,” said Marcy Darnovsky, executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society, which has argued against approval of the technique. “We call on those who have supported moving forward with these techniques to make it clear that other kinds of inheritable genetic changes remain off-limits.”In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has asked the Institute of Medicine to study the ethical and scientific issues involved in the technique and issue a consensus report. The expert committee’s next meeting is scheduled for 31 March.last_img read more

William ensures his mother’s friends invited

first_imgPrince William has ensured that close friends of his mother late Princess Diana are invited for his marriage to Kate Middleton atWestminster Abbey here on Friday.India will be represented at the wedding by the country’s High Commissioner to Britain Nalin Surie. Among thereligious leaders invited for the marriage include Anil Bhanot, afounding member of the Hindu Council UK. According to The Sunday Times, Sir Elton John, who sang at Diana’s funeral, is on the list along with Tessa Green, who used to chair the RoyalMarsden foundation trust – the cancer specialist centre which had beensupported by Diana.Sir John Major, former prime minister who was appointed guardian to princes William and Harry when Diana died, and William’s friend Joss Stone, the singer who performed at the concert for Diana, are also on the list.Diana’s family, including her brother Earl Spencer and his fiancee Karen Gordon, will sit behind the Middletons and their friends at the abbey, rather than on the royal family’s side of the aisle.Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, has not been invited.Among the foreign royals on the guest list are the Sultan of Brunei, PrinceAlbert II of Monaco and Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco.KingGeorge Tupou V, the ruler of the small Pacific nation of Tonga will also attend. The rulers of Middle Eastern countries are also invited. Theyinclude Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain.Besides Bhanot, the list of religious leaders and representatives attendingincludes Lord Sacks, the chief rabbi; Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor,archbishop emeritus of Westminster.Bogoda Seelawimala, acting head monk of the London Buddhist Vihara, will be among the guests. He is the first Buddhist monk to be invitedto a royal wedding in Britain. Seelawimala has already offered someadvice to the couple, recommending meditation as one of the keys to asuccessful marriage. “Discuss your problems and meditate together eachmorning,” he said.The world of sports and entertainment are well represented with a list that includes Rowan Atkinson, the comedian andfriend of Prince Charles, and Guy Ritchie, the film director friend ofthe couple.The sports stars include Mike Tindall, the England rugby player and fiance of Zara Phillips, William’s cousin; David Beckham, the footballer and his wife Victoria; Ian Thorpe, the Australian Olympic swimmer; Gareth Thomas, the Walesrugby player who has spoken publicly about his homosexuality; Sir CliveWoodward, the former coach of the England rugby team; and Simon Johnson, head of England’s failed 2018 World Cup bid.Mario Testino, whotook the couple’s engagement photographs will also attend along with Tom Bradby, the ITN journalist who carried out their engagement interview,and Ben Fogle, the television presenter.A selection of cabientministers and their spouses have been invited including Prime MinisterDavid Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Foreign SecretaryWilliam Hague and Home Secretary MsTheresa May. Ed Miliband, the Labourleader, will also attend.A war veteran who suffered near-fatal injuries including 75 per cent burns during anambush in Afghanistan will be at the royal wedding. Martyn Comptonserved alongside Prince William as a lance-corporal in the HouseholdCavalry.Also on the list are Susie Roberts, the widow ofWilliam’s friend Major Alexis Roberts who was killed in Afghanistan in2007, and Holly Dyer, whose sister Joanna, a close friend of William’sat Sandhurst, was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007.Bryn and Emma Parry, founders of the charity Help For Heroes, and William’scolleague Sergeant Keith Best, a search and rescue winchman at RAFValley, are invited as well.advertisementlast_img read more

Court issues LR to UAE authorities in case against Lalit Modi

first_imgMumbai, Oct 15 (PTI) A court here today issued Letters Rogatory to UAE authorities, seeking some information and evidence regarding a case against former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi.Letters Rogatory are issued when court or investigators want help from judicial authorities in another country.Enforcement Directorate had filed an application in the court of sessions judge P R Bhavke here seeking LR to the United Arab Emirates in connection with a 2008 deal between World Sports Group (WSG) and Multi Screen Media (MSM) for television rights worth Rs 425 crore for IPL.This is a third LR issued in the case. Earlier the court had issued LRs to Singapore and Mauritius.The court had also issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Modi who is believed to be in UK.Board Of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) had registered a case in Chennai with regard to the 2008 deal. This was followed by a case registered by the ED.In 2008, after BCCI awarded media rights for IPL for 10 years to WSG for USD 918 million, WSG entered into a deal with Multi Screen Media to make latters TV channel, Sony, official broadcaster of IPL. The contract was replaced a year later with a nine-year deal where MSM paid WSG USD 1.63 billion.While BCCI alleged irregularities and breach of contract in this deal, ED started a probe in 2009 under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to investigate allegations that payment of Rs 425 crore facilitation fee by MSM Singapore to WSG Mauritius was made in illegal manner. PTI VI KRK ZMN BASadvertisementlast_img read more