Stones hurled at MP CM Chouhan’s vehicle in Sidhi

first_imgMiscreants threw stones on the vehicle carrying Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is touring the State ahead of Assembly elections, in Churhat area near Sidhi district, a police official said. Mr. Chouhan was not hurt in the incident, Churhat Police Inspector Ram Babu Choudhari told PTI over phone. He did not give any more information, saying he was busy discharging his duties at a public meeting of the chief minister in the district. Stones were hurled at Mr. Chouhan’s vehicle in Churhat area — which is the Assembly constituency of Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh, Madhya Pradesh BJP spokesman Rajnish Agrawal said.Churhat is about 25 km from the district headquarters. Later addressing a public meeting in the district as part of his Jan Ashirwad Yatra, Mr. Chouhan dared Mr. Singh to come in the open and fight with him. “Ajay Singh, if you have strength come in open and fight with me,” he said.“I am physically weak but I won’t be bogged down by your deeds. People of the state are with me,” he added. In a press release, Mr. Singh said no Congressman was involved in the stone-pelting incident. He said his party does not follow the culture of violence. “I suspect that it was a well thought and hatched conspiracy aimed at defaming me and people of Churhat,” he added. Mr. Chouhan is touring the State in a bus modified as a chariot.last_img read more

PH athletes to help run 2019 SEA Games

first_imgRead Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and POC president Peping Cojuangco during the formal announcement of 2019 SEA Games hosting.Filipino athletes will have a voice on how the Philippines should efficiently run the hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano assured Thursday that the athletes would be involved in the selection of venues where their respective sports would be held.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games “In the course of our discussion with the sports committee (at the House of Representatives), there’s great hope that they will allocate money for the hosting and even the PSI (Philippine Sports Institute) budget,’’ said Ramirez.Cojuangco and Ramirez also functioned in their current positions during the 2005 Manila SEA Games where the Philippines captured its first overall title.“We’ve seen the effects of the 2005 hosting and this is how important it is for our country,’’ said Cojuangco. “I hope this will add more impetus for everyone to contribute to this effort, because this isnot for Peping or Secretary Cayetano or Butch Ramirez. This is for the country.’’Cayetano will arrange a meeting with Cojuangco over the next few days and attend the turnover ceremonies during the closing rites of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games on Aug. 30.“It’s more of putting a system so everybody will have duties appealable to us. The three of us (with Cojuangco and Ramirez) have agreed to do it the Asean way, which is by consensus,’’ said Cayetano.The Philippine hosting was initially shelved after the government explained that it would just focus on the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City.Ramirez said talks were revived to save the hosting early this week through the efforts of Presidential Assistant Christopher Lawrence Go, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Cayetano. AVC: Philippines drops to 8th place after close loss to Kazakhs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light “The athletes are the ones who will compete and it will be difficult if someone else will decide for them,’’ said Cayetano during the formal announcement of the country’s SEAG hosting at the Marriott Hotel in Paranaque City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhilippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez and Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. will co-chair the organizing committee with Cayetano, who also sits as Department of Foreign Affairs secretary.“I’m taking the lead from Sir Butch (Ramirez) that the athletes should be consulted,’’ said Cayetano. “With social media and the direct means of communication, we can really consult more people.’’ READ: PSC on top of SEA Games preparations While patiently putting the organizing committee together, Cayetano said they’re considering to hold the Games in Bulacan, Pampanga and Zambales.He also thanked Senator Migz Zubiri, who was initially designated as chair of the organizing committee, for the groundwork of setting up the organization.There was no mention yet on the figures that the government will spend for bringing the 11-nation sportsfest on local turf but Ramirez assured that the hosting budget can be embedded in the PSC allocation from the General Appropriations Act.READ: POC still not giving up on SEA Games hosting ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

PM hails Indian women cricket team’s performance in World Cup

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi tonight hailed the Indian women cricket team for its performance in the World Cup final which it lost, saying the players gave their best.Modi, who had wished the team luck before today’s final match against England, said the India players had shown “remarkable tenacity and skill” through the World Cup.“Our women cricketers gave their best today. They have shown remarkable tenacity & skill through the World Cup. Proud of the team,” the prime minister tweeted. SHARE July 23, 2017 null Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Our women cricketers gave their best today. They have shown remarkable tenacity & skill through the World Cup. Proud of the team! @BCCIWomen— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 23, 2017 cricket Chasing a victory target of 229 runs, the Indian team lost to England by 9 runs in the one-day match played in London.Before the match, the prime minister posted a number of tweets, conveying his best wishes to the team and the players individually.“As our women’s cricket team plays the World Cup finals today, I join the 125 crore Indians in wishing them the very best,” he tweeted before the match began.An avid social media user, the prime minister then posted several other tweets, tagging players as well, to express his best wishes while also speaking about the strengths of the players.“Captain Mithali Raj has been leading from the front. Her cool approach to the game shall surely help the entire team,” he said in a post.He had special praise for Harmanpreet Kaur whose masterly innings in the match against Australia had propelled India into the finals.“Who is not a fan of Harmanpreet Kaur? Her stellar innings in semi finals will always be remembered. Do your best today!” he wrote.In one tweet, Modi referred to Smriti Mandhana who has had a steller tournament.“All the best @mandhana_smriti! Have a great game out there and play with calm and poise,” he said.In his next tweet, Modi wished the very best to Poonam Raut. “Her game makes all of us very proud,” he said.He also wished good luck to Deepti Sharma saying she added “immense value to the team” and her game has changed the course of many matches.Modi also praised the “experienced” Veda Krishnamurthy, saying she gave a much needed stability to the middle order and wished her success.He also lauded wicket keeper Sushma Verma. “Verma plays the important role of the wicket keeper. Remember, catches win matches,” he said.In another tweet, the prime minister referred to veteran Jhulan Goswami.“Jhulan Goswami is India’s pride, whose wonderful bowling helps the team in key situations. All the best Jhulan,” he said.Modi also said that Shikha Pandey’s “all round performances” are crucial to the team and wished her luck.He also conveyed his best wishes for Poonam Yadav and Rajeshwari Gayakwad.Yadav’s fantastic bowling can be lethal for even the best batsmen, he said and added that Gayakwad is known for her economic bowling performances. RELATED England win Women’s World Cup COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

Philippines holds higher-ranked China to goalless draw in World Cup Qualifying

first_imgPhoto from PFFBACOLOD CITY -Disciplined in defense, the Philippines put together a performance to remember to hold China to a goalless draw for a precious point Tuesday night in Fifa World Cup Qualifying at Panaad Stadium here.Neil Etheridge delivered a standout game on goal with a spectacular save at stoppage time on Hao Junmin’s strike, while captain Stephan Schrock led by example with a workmanlike display as the Azkals achieved their biggest result to date.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Araneta seeks fresh mandate as PFF president LATEST STORIES 60-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon PLAY LIST 01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:50Trending Articles00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect Etheridge’s command at the back proved critical while Schrock came up with an all-action performance at midfied, threatening on attack and a terrier when the Azkals did not have possession.Getting longer preparation this time compared to the first round of matches, Scott Cooper fixed a few kinks at the back and the Azkals showcased their finest defensive performance in years.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Playing a team ranked 59 places higher by Fifa at 68, the Azkals played without fear and showed that they can more than match their rivals’ quality.The result helped the Azkals increase their tally to four points from three matches as they kept third spot in Group A.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceChina hiked its tally to seven points, but coach Marcello Lippi’s side will be ruing a missed opportunity to claim maximum points against a Philippine team it had beaten three times in the last two years, including a heavy 1-8 defeat in 2017.Lippi’s side ran smack into an Azkals side that played as one strong, resilient and organized unit. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View commentslast_img read more

Simone Biles sets record in world championship with 13 gold medals

first_imgOlympic champion Simone Biles became the all-time leading world gymnastics championship gold medal winner when the American claimed her third gold at the Doha championships on Friday.Biles’s victory in the individual vault gave her 13 career gold medals, surpassing the record of Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo.Although suffering from kidney stone problems that briefly sent her to a hospital emergency room before the championships, Biles also claimed a silver medal in the uneven bars, won by Belgium’s Nina Derwael.The 21-year-old became the first American to win a medal in every event during a world championship. She has won medals in each world championships she has competed in with 18 in total.READ – Simone Biles creates history with 4th all-around gold at World Artistic GymnasticsYet it’s the silver she captured on uneven bars that the Olympic and world champion may cherish more.For years Biles viewed bars with a mixture of skepticism and scorn. There was a point in time she admits she would have been OK with taking a “chainsaw” to every bars set in the country.Those days are over. Helped in part by the influence of new head coach Laurent Landi, Biles now considers the event a challenge more than a chore. Maybe that’s why the smile on the podium during the medal ceremony after she came in second to Belgium’s Nina Derwael was so wide.”I’ve come a long way,” Biles said.It certainly showed. Biles put together a score of 14.7 to edge Germany’s Elisabeth Seitz for silver. Belgium’s Nina Derwael won the first ever gold medal for her country at worlds when the judges awarded her daring and intricate set with a score of 15.2.advertisementNot that Biles who expressed frustration after a sloppy (by her standards) performance while winning a record fourth all-around title on Thursday was complaining after finishing runner-up to Derwael. She became the first American woman to earn a world championship medal on all four events, and the way she’s focused on upping her degree of difficulty on bars is a testament to the way her approach has matured over the years.”(Before) to even work and put that much effort into bars, I would have probably been like ‘No, No thank you,'” Biles said. “I really put the work and the effort to bring up that event to the level with the other (events).”Events like vault, where Biles has long been among the best in the world. She easily captured gold even though she opted not to perform her new signature vault after she fell while trying to land in during the all-around final. She chose two slightly safer vaults instead, and her average of 15.366 was nearly a full point ahead of silver medalist Shallon Olsen of Canada and bronze medalist Alexa Moreno of Mexico. Biles wanted to do her new vault which she drilled in both qualifying and the team final and will be named after her when the code of points is updated but Landi talked her out of it.”He said, ‘You know what? You can’t change what happened yesterday,'” Biles said. “‘I know you really want to get out there and do that vault but you can’t change what happened yesterday and you’ve been successful at that vault while in training and on podium. So just go out there and do (another vault instead).”The decision helped Biles boost her gold medal total at the world championships to 13, the most every by any gymnast. She will have a chance to add to her medal total when the meet wraps up on Saturday. Biles will compete in both the balance beam final and the floor exercise final. If she medals on both as she did at the 2016 Olympics the 21-year-old will tie the all-time mark for career medals at the world championships with 20.Not bad considering she is dealing with a kidney stone that sent her to the emergency room on the eve of qualifying. Biles said the pain is manageable and she was more focused on simply trying to make up for her so-so all-around.”I really wanted to come out here and redeem myself and I think I did that tonight,” Biles said.(With inputs from Reuters and AP)last_img read more

Coutinho & Sturridge start for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool team news: Coutinho & Sturridge start against Burnley Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent 21:00 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Phil Coutinho Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Burnley Burnley Jurgen Klopp has made seven changes to the starting line-up, which includes the presence of the 25-year-old and the England striker at Anfield Philippe Coutinho makes his first start of the season for Liverpool in Saturday’s hosting of Burnley.The Brazilian, who came off the bench in the 2-2 Champions League draw against Sevilla to a thunderous cheer from the Anfield crowd, will look to thwart the obstructive approach of Sean Dyche’s side from midfield.Coutinho missed the opening five games of the campaign through a back problem while he agitated for a move to Barcelona, with the injury dissipating on international duty. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing He was left out of the matchday squad in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City to undertake extra training sessions to regain his sharpness.The 25-year-old is one of seven changes Jurgen Klopp has made to his XI from midweek. Daniel Sturridge replaces Sadio Mane in the front three, with the Senegal international serving the first of his three-match ban.James Milner captains the side with Jordan Henderson on the bench and there are four alterations to the rearguard.Simon Mignolet is back in goal with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson refreshing the full-back slots.Ragnar Klavan partners Joel Matip at centre-back in place of Dejan Lovren.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still waiting for his first start as a Liverpool player.Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Robertson, Milner, Can, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino, SturridgeLiverpool subs: Karius, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Chamberlain, Solanke Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Salem Beach in St. Ann to be upgraded

first_img “This will help to improve the town of Salem’s tourism economy, diversify its offerings and improve economic competitiveness in the area,” he said, adding that the Salem Beach will be transformed into a quality recreational area with facilities and services that will meet international standards. Story Highlights Speaking at the ceremony to break ground, at the beach in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on October 17, Mr. Bartlett said the beach upgrade is being done under the TEF’s National Beach Development Programme, in collaboration with the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that Salem Beach in St. Ann will be upgraded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $26 million. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that Salem Beach in St. Ann will be upgraded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $26 million.Speaking at the ceremony to break ground, at the beach in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on October 17, Mr. Bartlett said the beach upgrade is being done under the TEF’s National Beach Development Programme, in collaboration with the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).“This will help to improve the town of Salem’s tourism economy, diversify its offerings and improve economic competitiveness in the area,” he said, adding that the Salem Beach will be transformed into a quality recreational area with facilities and services that will meet international standards.Additionally, Mr. Bartlett said that fishermen who utilise Salem Beach will not be left out, as the Tourism Ministry plans to include them in the upgrade.“We are looking at how to include fisherfolk in this development. We definitely cannot leave them out, as the upgrade must be inclusive,” the Minister added.For his part, Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay and Chairman of the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, Michael Belnavis, said he is pleased that the Salem Beach is getting a facelift, and expressed gratitude to the Ministry.The upgrade will include the demolition of some existing structures, the construction of restrooms, two gazebos, a wash-off stand and parking facilities. There will also be an upgrade of the sewerage treatment system.The renovation is expected to be completed in February 2019.Under the National Beach Development Programme, the TEF has, so far, spent more than $105 million to upgrade the Lyssons Beach in St. Thomas; the Boston Beach in Portland, and Burwood Beach in Trelawny.last_img read more

Shifting Paradigms and Abandonment of Palestine Part 4 Turkey

By Chase LacyRabat- Israel and Turkey have had relatively stable relations since the creation of Israel. There have been some areas of tension, such as Israeli support for Kurdish independence, a hot topic because of Turkey’s large Kurdish population in its southern regions that seek independence.Israel has been angered by the fact that Turkey has supported Palestine’s Hamas and allows them to operate offices on Turkish soil. Turkish President Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) reportedly has ties with Hamas, and Israel suspects Erdogan loyalists have warmed to Iranian officials. Relations became especially strained after the 2010 slaying of 10 Turkish activists on the ship Mavi Mamara. The ship was part of a flotilla attempting to break through the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza and deliver humanitarian aid. Israeli commandos boarded the ship, and in the ensuing conflict, shot and killed 10 activists.Turkey cut ties with Israel in response to the event, and tensions heightened again during the 2014 Gaza War, but in 2016 both countries undertook a diplomatic rapprochement.Israel apologized for the Mavi Mamara event and agreed to pay the families of the victims $20 million. In exchange, Turkey dismissed arrest warrants for the Israeli military officers and soldiers involved. However, the remaining obstacles to rapprochement were Israel’s Gaza siege and Hamas offices operating in Turkey.  Turkey eventually relinquished its demand for Israel to lift the Gaza siege, and Israel allowed Turkey to conduct construction projects in Gaza if materials went through the port at Ashdod for inspection. On the other hand Israel agreed to allow Hamas government officials in Turkey to continue operations, however Turkey (reluctantly, as they do not label Hamas as a terror organization) expelled officials of Hamas’ military wing, the al-Qassam brigades.In the past Turkey and Israel signed military training and defense industrial cooperation agreements, and Turkey permitted Israeli pilots to conduct training operations within Turkish airspace.Turkey has even purportedly allowed Israel to use its territory for surveillance and intelligence on Syria and Iran. The author by no means claims the two countries are friends. However, despite the tensions that have made headlines in recent years, economic trade between the countries has remained strong with some exceptions, such as a dip in Israeli tourism to Turkey during the aftermath of the Mavi Mamara debacle. Economic tiesTurkish-Israeli trade has been valued in billions of US dollars for years, especially since they have an investment agreement, a free trade agreement, and a treaty to avoid double taxation signed in 1996. Both are also members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Trade reached a total of $4.3 billion in 2017, with Turkish exports—cars, metals, machinery, and textiles—to Israel reaching $2.9 million. Imports of primarily chemicals and refined oil from Israel totalled $1.4 billion. In one sense, Syria’s bloody and brutal civil war has been advantageous for Israel, because it has become a throughway for Turkish exports destined for Jordan. Goods previously passed through Syria, but the situation has become too dangerous for freight drivers to use their old routes.While most trade has been redirected to pass through Egypt, some has been redirected through Israel’s port at Haifa. From Haifa, trucks will drive to Jordan.Turkish Airlines is the second largest carrier in Israel, only behind Israel’s national carrier El Al. Turkish Airlines transported over 1 million passengers to and from Israel in 2017.Economic ties extend also to a lucrative gas deal Israel and Turkey are seeking to ink.The plan is to build an undersea natural gas pipeline that will transport natural gas from Israel’s Leviathan and Tamar natural gas fields to Turkey. From Turkey the gas would be exported to Europe.However, the US embassy move to Jerusalem and President Erdogan’s recent comments about the move have endangered the prospects of the deal being formalized. Erdogan said that Turkey “won’t leave Jerusalem to the mercy of a child killing nation,” and said, on record, that Israeli soldiers are “terrorists.”However negotiations for the deal are still underway, and in fact oil tankers still continued their routes between the two countries. To solidify the deal, Turkey’s ruling AKP and the ultra-nationalist Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) rejected a proposal by the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) that would annul all political, military, and economic agreements with Israel and promptly impose sanctions.  Turkey’s willingness to let the Gaza siege remain in place for reconciliation shows that money has more value than the lives of Palestinians. If it continues to engage in multi-billion dollar trade with Israel, continues shipping goods through Israel, and persists in allowing businesses such as Turkish Airlines to operate in Israel, or if it signs the gas pipeline deal, then it is indeed willing to engage in partnership with what Erdogan calls “a child killing nation.”This is the fourth in a 5-part opinion series evaluating the conduct of MENA region states in upholding their commitments to Palestine. Read the first part about Egypt here, the second about the Gulf states here, and the third about Lebanon and Jordan here.The final part in this series will investigate the nature of Morocco’s relationship with Israel. read more

Rights of internally displaced children must be protected UN advocate stresses

14 September 2010The United Nations advocate for children caught up in armed conflict today highlighted the special challenges facing young people uprooted within their own countries by war, stressing the need to ensure that they are protected and their rights are ensured. “There is no child in the world today more vulnerable than a child internally displaced by armed conflict, forced to leave home and community behind,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, said today.Presenting her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ms. Coomaraswamy noted that there are more than 13.5 million internally displaced children in the world today.They are often denied documentation and access to basic services and infrastructure, face restricted freedom of movement and are at increased risk of being recruited or sexually abused, she stated.“We must work with governments to stop all practices that reduce internally displaced children to second class citizens, aliens in their own country.”Yesterday the Special Representative’s office launched a working paper on the rights and guarantees of internally displaced children in armed conflict, which is intended to serve as a comprehensive legal guide and advocacy tool for Governments and humanitarian actors when addressing the many challenges faced by this vulnerable group.Addressing the recent mass rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ms. Coomaraswamy stressed that the protection of women and children in armed conflict is a collective responsibility and called on the country’s Government, with the help of the international community, to hold the perpetrators to account. “Without accountability, there is no justice and without justice there is no deterrent,” she stated. In her presentation, the Special Representative also urged the 56 Member States not party to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict to ratify the treaty and the 136 parties to the Optional Protocol to become champions of the universal ratification campaign called “Zero under 18.” Launched by the UN in May, the two-year campaign aims to achieve universal ratification of the Optional Protocol by 12 February 2012, the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the treaty.“Universal ratification will move the international community toward ensuring that the prohibition against child soldiers becomes an international norm which would be recognized by international customary law,” said Ms. Coomaraswamy. In her report, she also lauded the improvements in the situation of children in Nepal, Sudan and Burundi, including the discharge of 3,000 children from Maoists cantonments in Nepal and the progressive release of girls and boys by the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). read more

US offers interestbearing loan to refurbish UN pending congressional approval

Addressing the main UN budget committee on Tuesday, the US delegate, Patrick F. Kennedy, said the proposal is contained in President Bush’s budget plan and must be approved by Congress to go forward.Ambassador Kennedy also stressed that Washington would be paying its assessed share of the loan’s principal and interest. Under the UN’s scale of contributions, the US contributes 22 per cent.”The interest to be paid by Member States will not, in actuality, be paid to the US Government, but instead, to the investors who put up the principal,” he said, adding that Washington “makes no money on the loan to the UN and, in fact, is paying approximately $6m to guarantee the loan and insure against default.”Under the proposal, the loan, with a 5.4 per cent interest rate, could be advanced with up to a 30-year term. The $1.2 billion is an upper limit, and Ambassador Kennedy suggested that if supplementary financing is needed, “it may be appropriate for the Secretary-General to explore other funding opportunities, including contributions from public and private sources.”Speaking on behalf of the European Union (EU), Margaret Stanley of Ireland voiced concern that the US proposal would double the project’s cost, which would then have to be borne by Member States. India’s delegate, Jaideep Mazumdar, noted that with an interest rate of 5.54 per cent, the UN would end up paying $2.5 billion on a $1.2 billion loan, assuming a 30-year repayment period.According to an analysis prepared by the UN, the US has proposed advancing $400 million in each of the first three years of construction, with interest amounting to some $265.9 million by the end of five years. Once construction has been completed, the loan would be repayable over a 25-year period, with a 5.54 per cent interest rate, or nearly $90 million per year annually. The total cost is projected at $2,511,137,500.The analysis, contained in a report by the Secretary-General, recommends that the General Assembly adopt a resolution noting the US offer “with appreciation” while requesting him to consult further with the country’s authorities on the loan’s terms and conditions. At the same time, he would be asked “to explore other funding opportunities, including contributions from public and private sources.”The overhaul of the UN complex, called the “capital master plan,” is widely viewed as the most cost-effective approach to stemming the deterioration of the world body’s Headquarters. Emergency repairs to address the prevailing health, safety and security problems in the building, coupled with inefficient energy use, far exceed the savings that could accrue if the problems are addressed systematically. read more

Smokers are good for the economy think tank finds

first_imgSmoking is worth almost £15 billion to the public purse because of the tax revenue and the savings from smokers’ early deaths, according to a think tank’s analysis.The free market Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) calculated the cost of smoking at £4.6 billion, including treating diseases, tidying up dropped cigarette butts and putting out house fires.But tobacco duties brought in £9.5 billion a year and the Government saves £9.8 billion in pension, healthcare and other benefit payments because of the premature deaths of smokers. The think tank accused politicians of “scapegoating” smokers, drinkers and the obese, claiming the £24.7 billion revenue from “sin taxes” far outweighed the costs they impose on the public finances.”Taken together, Britain’s public finances would be £22.8 billion worse off if there were no drinking, smoking or obesity,” the IEA research paper said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The report’s co-author Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the IEA said: “We are constantly being told that people who choose to drink, smoke or eat too much are a burden on the UK taxpayer.”This is one reason why we have seen such aggressive hikes in taxes on alcohol, smoking and very soon, a tax on sugar. But the justification for these taxes is based on an illusion.”Smokers, drinkers and those who are obese actually provide a net benefit to the public finances, so vilifying them is futile in the quest to make savings for the NHS.”A careful consideration of the evidence shows that the popular belief that costs will fall if people live healthier and for longer is false.While it’s good that we now have longer life expectancies, policymakers must now address how we tackle the financial consequences of the ageing population rather than pointing the finger elsewhere.” Smoking is worth almost £15 billion to the public purse, report finds Smoking is worth almost £15 billion to the public purse, report findsCredit:Ken Lennox/PAlast_img read more

Sinn Fein policing spokesman is filmed using bolt cutters to remove car

first_imgGerry Kelly breaks the chains once again! #ClampBuster— newradical (@newradical94) February 3, 2018 A spokesman for parking firm PEA told the Belfast Telegraph: “PEA is aware of this incident and has reported the matter to the PSNI (Police Service Northern Ireland) as we do in all such cases.” A Sinn Fein spokesman said: “Yesterday, Friday 2 February, Gerry Kelly MLA returned to his car after an early morning gym session to find that his car had been made immobile by a clamp just after 7.20am. Gerry Kelly is seemingly spotted removing the car clampCredit:Twitter/ newradical94 “He removed the clamp from the front wheel. He left the device nearby and drove off to pre-arranged meetings. His solicitor is dealing with the matter and he will be making no further comment at this time.”Mr Kelly is Sinn Fein’s policing spokesman and has formerly held the position of junior minister at Stormont.He was part of the party’s negotiating team during the years leading up to The Good Friday Agreement and has been MLA for North Belfast since 1998. During the Troubles, the veteran republican was convicted for his part in the IRA bombing of the Old Bailey in 1973.Ten years later he took part in a mass escape from the Maze paramilitary prison. Gerry Kelly, left with Gerry Adams and Martin Ferris, was part of Sinn Fein's negotiating team before the Good Friday Agreement Gerry Kelly had just left a gym in Belfast when he discovered he had been clampedCredit:Niall Carson /PAcenter_img Gerry Kelly is seemingly spotted removing the car clamp Sinn Fein confirmed Mr Kelly removed a clamp from the front wheel of his car after footage emerged on social media.The footage appears to show him kneeling down to remove the orange device from the vehicle’s right-hand wheel, before resting it against a nearby wall. A pair of bolt cutters appear to be lying beside the wheel. Sinn Fein’s policing spokesman has been reported to police after he was filmed apparently using bolt cutters to remove a clamp from his car.Gerry Kelly removed the device after finding his car had been immobilised while he was at a gym in Belfast city centre on Friday morning, the party said.The private parking firm that controls the area outside the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) near St Anne’s Cathedral has reported the matter to police.Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) leader Jim Allister called for the Northern Ireland Assembly member to resign and the police to take action. “It must be demonstrated he is not above the law,” he said. Gerry Kelly had just left a gym in Belfast when he discovered he had been clamped Gerry Kelly, left with Gerry Adams and Martin Ferris, was part of Sinn Fein’s negotiating team before the Good Friday AgreementCredit:Haydn West/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Minibus driver conductor robbed at gunpoint

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBus driver shot during minibus robberyOctober 11, 2015In “Crime”Bandit nabbed with unlicensed gun, ammo – and cash he stole from minibus driver, passengerFebruary 8, 2016In “Crime”Siblings assaulted, robbed by armed trio in Grove home invasionSeptember 1, 2018In “Crime” Two armed bandits on Saturday evening attacked and robbed a minibus driver and his conductor while they were reportedly making a purchase at a shop at the Grove Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara.The victims, 40-year-old Wazeem Hussain of Section ‘C’ Block ‘Y’, Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara and 35-year-old Mark Richman of Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara along with others were in the business place at about 21:00h when the two armed men entered and instructed everyone to lay on the ground.The perpetrators then relieved the two victims of their cash, documents and cell phones. During the ordeal, one of the men discharged a round into the concrete floor but no one was injured.The men then quickly escaped the scene on a blue Honda CG motorcycle. The police were immediately summoned and an investigation was launched. read more

The Evening Fixnow with added rock n roll billboards

first_imgYou have probably seen the above photo on social media and read that Chief Raoni Metuktire of Brazil’s Kayapó tribe is crying because he received bad news about Brazil’s green light for the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam which would devastate communities. This is the true story behind the image.Tomorrow, TIME magazine will announced the winner of its Influential Face-Off. The two finalists are Lady GaGa and Aung San Suu Kyi. Really.This social experiment asked people to describe themselves and an artist sketched their description. Then a stranger described the same subject. See the results: Can’t see the image? Try reloading this post (Imgur)THINGS WE SHAREDPeace is written on the path in front of the Richard house in the Dorchester neighbourhood of Boston. Martin Richard, 8, was killed in Monday’s bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) A sculpture entitled “Drift, 2009″ by Australian artist Ron Mueck is displayed during the opening day for his exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps…THINGS WE LEARNED#CROKE PARK II: The public service pay deal was rejected this afternoon as members of Siptu, the INMO, the IMO and Unite all voted against the extension of the agreement. Responding to the news, Minister Brendan Howlin warned that “the arithmetic hasn’t changed” and money still has to be found.#BOSTON MARATHON: It is still unclear who was behind the “cowardly” act of terror at the Boston City Marathon finish line yesterday, according to US President Barack Obama but the FBI has pledged to find those responsible for the deaths of three people, including an 8-year-old boy.The bombs used were fashioned out of pressure cookers and packed with shards of metal, nails and ball bearings to inflict maximum carnage, according to sources today.#ASSAULTS: Gardaí in Dublin have arrested two men in relation to a number of assaults that took place in the Grafton Street area in the early hours of this morning. Two men and a woman were injured in the attacks.#SEISMIC: At least 40 people were killed in a powerful earthquake in southeast Iran today.#HORSEMEAT: Ireland’s beef industry has been given a clean bill of health by the European Commission as all 50 test results published today were negative for horse DNA.#SYMPHYSIOTOMY: The government said it will not oppose a Private Members Bill which calls for the lifting of the Statute of Limitations for survivors of symphysiotomy. The legislation is being brought in the Dáil tonight. Symphysiotomy was a surgical procedure used in Irish maternity hospitals until 1982. It involved the unnecessary unhinging of the patient’s pelvis during or after child birth.THINGS WE LOVEDVisitors look at a sculpture entitled “Still Life, 2009″ by Australian artist Ron Mueck during the opening day for his exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, Tuesday April 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Photographer Robert Landau grew up in Los Angeles in the 1960s. According to NME, he spent some time snapping the advertisements on Sunset Strip. “What he ended up with was a love letter written in images, an affectionate record of the golden age of the album cover and a series of snapshots laying bare the music industry’s glorious hubris,” writes Matthew Horton, who has collected 12 of the best.The love and support shown by New York City to Boston residents as they woke up to the reality of yesterday’s tragedy, as encompassed in this New York Daily News cartoon by Bill Bramhall. Mr Cake and his resignation cake. Everyone should say everything with cake. (Credit: John X. Carey)last_img read more

Obama says he wont wait any longer for immigration reform

first_imgPRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA said he will no longer wait for Republicans to act on immigration and will move on his own to make policy changes in what has been a top second-term priority of his presidency.Speaking today, Obama said he will refocus immigration enforcement onto a Mexican border that has seen a tide of children crossing illegally from Central America.That means putting resources into deporting people who are the most recent border-crossers or individuals who pose a threat to public safety and national security.I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing… And in this situation, the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it’s bad for our economy and it’s bad for our future.Obama said he decided to bypass Congress after House speaker John Boehner informed him last week that the House would not vote on an immigration overhaul this year.A congressional leadership aide said Obama and Boehner spoke privately before an event last week at the white House honoring US golfers who won last year’s Presidents Cup.Immigration Bill Obama said there are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House to pass an immigration bill today, and says he would sign it.But Obama said he’s waited for more than a year to give Boehner space to act.Obama said the thousands of unaccompanied children showing up on the border underscore the need to drop the politics and act on immigration.Obama’s decision effectively declares that a broad based change in immigration policy is dead for the year, and perhaps for the remainder of his administration.Changing immigration laws and providing a path to citizenship for about 11 million immigrants in the country illegally has been one Obama’s top priorities as he sought to conclude his presidency with major second-term victory.This would obviously have an impact on the thousands of Irish immigrants there are in the US.However, Obama’s ability to undertake changes on his own is limited.He is instructing Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to present him with executive actions he can take without congressional approval by the end of the summer.Children Still, in responding to the influx of unaccompanied children, Obama plans to concentrate immigration resources on the border areas.The move will effectively further reduce the number of deportations in the country’s interior by stressing enforcement action on individuals who are either recent unlawful border crossers or who present a national security, public safety, or border security threat.The decision coincides with a White House request to Congress for new powers to deport newly arrived immigrant children traveling without their parents.As such, Obama’s actions represent a delicate balancing act between responding to what the White House has called a “humanitarian crisis” over unaccompanied children and a demand from immigration activists to reduce the administration’s record number of deportations.Deportations have spiked under the Obama administration to a total of around 2 million so far — the same number removed during the full eight years of the Bush administration.At the same time, formal removals from the interior have decreased each year of the Obama administration, while the number of deportations from the border has increased.The Obama administration also has taken steps already to focus deportations on people with more serious criminal records or those who pose a threat.But this so-called “prosecutorial discretion,” while harshly criticised by Republicans, never succeeded in calming concerns in immigrant communities about how deportations are conducted.Today Obama dropped by a meeting at the White House among immigration overhaul advocates and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.Many of those advocates reacted harshly to Obama’s plan to seek emergency money from Congress that would, among other things, help conduct “an aggressive deterrence strategy focused on the removal and repatriation of recent border crossers”.Read: Moneygall to open its Barack Obama visitor centre>Read: Obama warns that Iraqi extremists could destabalise other countries>last_img read more

Now not the time to ascertain if BNP goes to polls Fakhrul

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoOpposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in an exclusive interview with Prothom Alo has said now is not the time to say if the party will go to the general elections later this year or not.The 11th parliamentary elections shall be held by the third week of January 2019 as per the present constitution after the 15th amendment brought by ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) in 2011.AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina, who came to power in a military controlled election in 2008, however, said on a number of occasions that the next general elections will be held in December this year.Asked who would be BNP’s Mahathir if it wins the next polls as the party often refers to Malaysia’s recent elections, Fakhrul said, “We haven’t yet decided if we will join the polls or not. We haven’t taken a decision that we will join the polls in a situation when Khaleda Zia will remain in the jail and Tarique Rahman outside the country.”BNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia has been in jail since 8 February and her son and party’s senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman has been in London since 2008.Asked if the party wants to shelve the question of making prime minister anybody from outside the Zia dynasty, Fakhrul said, “Yes, because the time for making such a decision is yet to come. It involves more discussion and consultation. We’re not even ruling out the possibility of joining the polls.”Asked how long BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman will be “absconding” outside the country when his mother Khaleda is languishing in jail and in poor health, he said Tarique is not scared at all.“He needs to physiotherapy twice in a week. He’s yet to recover the spinal injury he suffered during the 1-11 regime. He won’t be able to get the therapy once he is back to the country and then won’t recover. Given the present circumstances in the country, we won’t see him in good health.”Dwelling on the health of Khaleda, Fakhrul said, “She has been suffering from osteoarthritis and it has deteriorated, affecting not only her knees but also her arms. Her left arm has grown heavy. She can’t hold anything with that arm. She is also suffering from a neck ache due to spondylitis.”Asked if the party has taken the issue to the court, Fakrhul replied in the negative and said, “Our experience is that the authorities form a medical board primarily composed pro-government doctors. We can’t seek the inclusion of private doctors.”About the possibility of going to polls under AL president Sheikh Hasina, Fakhrul said the party never said specifically that it would or wouldn’t join the polls under Hasina. “We’ll continue our street campaign and then will decide after observing the government’s actions.”When his attention was drawn to a court that slapped a moratorium on publication of a speech of Tarique Rahman as long as he remains absconding, Fakhrul said the Bangladesh media hasn’t given due consideration to this matter.“Those who believe in freedom of expression, and want to hear voices of dissent, should have looked into the matter.”Asked why the party didn’t file an appeal against the court order, the BNP leader said they didn’t do so because of their experience.“Whenever we move to the court with any issue, our appeal has been rejected every time. The court’s view of us is negative. We went to the court in the case of Madam’s [Khaleda] affairs, but we know we will not get results. We will however look into the matter as it’s a serious threat to freedom of press and freedom of expression.”About the possibility of BNP forging any alliance with HM Ershad, Fakhrul said, “There is no last word in politics. It depends on the situation. There’s been no communication with him [Ershad] so far. We had got him before the 2014 controversial elections, but he was picked up at gunpoint.”Asked why BNP doesn’t speak of banning its ally Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami now as it sometimes did in the past, Fakhrul said, “We usually say so when they [AL] criticises us for not leaving them.”“Doesn’t it suggest that both AL and BNP need Jamaat-e-Islami?” In reply to such a question, Fakhrul said, “No, Jamaat is with us because we wanted them.”About the key election agenda in the next polls – either corruption or extra judicial killing, Fakhrul said, “Along with these two issues, restoration of democracy will be a key issue.”Asked when BNP will give the outline of an election-time government it wants, he said, “It will depend on the situation too. A country like Pakistan which is often dubbed as a failed state has formed a caretaker government with a consensus of ruling and opposition parties.”In reply to another question, he said the BNP wouldn’t join the polls simply to give any party the legitimacy.Asked when and how the negation between AL and BNP which was brokered by then United Nation’s special envoy Oscar Fernandez-Taranco had failed in the run up to the 2014 elections, the BNP secretary general said, “AL was intransigent. It insisted that holding elections is mandatory. There was no time in hand. The election schedule can’t be changed. They said they would hold the polls just because of constitutional obligation and will negotiate a consensus with us shortly after the elections. And Mr Taranco is the biggest witness to their promise.”Asked what China, India, Russia and the United States are saying about the next general elections, Fakhrul said, “China, India and the US want a participatory election here. The European Union is playing a big role their end. But Russia has said nothing about it.”                         *The article has been rewritten by Abu Taib Ahmed based on an interview which came up in Prothom Alo print edition Monday.last_img read more

Ceasework by docs takes death toll in state to 3

first_imgKolkata: The prolonged ceasework by junior doctors at various government medical colleges has claimed two lives in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 3 so far in the state.According to sources, a woman had given birth to a boy at the College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital at Kamarhati in North 24-Parganas three days ago. The newborn infant later developed respiratory distress. The family members of the victim alleged during a television interview on Thursday that the infant was denied treatment and hence they had to shuttle between the hospitals in the city with the baby. He was not properly treated and eventually died, a family member of the deceased alleged. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn a similar incident of negligence, 28-year-old Pratima Mondal died at the emergency ward of SSKM Hospital at around 12.50 pm on Thursday. The victim, a resident of Tamluk in East Midnapore, had been suffering from some ailments in her uterus. She was taken to a local hospital by her family members and later shifted to SSKM on Tuesday. Prashanta Mondal, a relative of the patient, alleged that she was denied treatment at the emergency ward since her admission, due to the ongoing strike of the junior doctors. He also said that the patient would not have died, had the Chief Minister visited the hospital earlier. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateWest Bengal Medical Council Chairman Dr Nirmal Maji said that they would take steps against the junior doctors who have been denying emergency services to the patients. Dr Maji said that there is a Supreme Court ruling which mandates that no doctors can join strikes, thereby hampering medical services to the patients. He also hinted at stern steps against the junior doctors if they do not join their work. Meanwhile, as many as 18 doctors from the College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital reportedly resigned, expressing a lack of security and infrastructural lapses at the hospital. The state medical council is keeping a tab on the entire development. Governor Keshari Nath Tripath on Thursday urged all the doctors in the state to resume their work and take care of the patients. A press statement issued by the Governor’s office said that the representatives of Joint Platform of Doctors and Doctors’ Association of ABVP West Bengal met the Governor on Thursday about the current situation. They submitted memoranda to the Governor, which are being sent to the state government for taking appropriate action. They have demanded adequate security and protection for the doctors in the hospitals, proper investigation and punishment for all those who attacked the junior doctors. The representatives stated that they will resume duties on receipt of firm and credible assurance of their security by the state government, the press statement says.last_img read more

Google Will Tell You How Crowded Places Are in Real Time

first_imgNovember 22, 2016 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Thinking about making a trip to the mall for a little holiday shopping? Now there’s a way to see if it’s mobbed before you head out the door.Google last year introduced a “Popular Times” feature in Search and Maps, which lets you see how busy a place typically is at different times of the day and week. Now, the web giant is updating that feature with real-time data.”Just in time for the Black Friday swarms, we’re adding a real-time look at how crowded a place is right now, to help you decide where and when to go,” Google Product Manager Jamie Aspinall wrote in a blog post. “Whether you’re rushing to pick up a last-minute gift or seeking a lively bar for some festive spirit, check Popular Times for a sneak preview of what to expect when you arrive.”If you’re one of those people who always needs a plan, you’re going to love the next new feature. You can now see how long people typically stay at a given location, so you can “plan your itinerary to the minute.” “After all, you want to be sure you leave enough time to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at your local sweets shop before heading to your dinner reservations,” Aspinall pointed out.Finally, Google is getting more accurate when it comes to the hours it displays for stores, businesses and restaurants. Different departments may be open at different times (think a pharmacy inside a drug store or supermarket), and Google will now show that. This way, “you’ll know what time to pop by the pharmacy…, when food delivery begins at a nearby restaurant…, and what the service hours are at the auto dealership,” Aspinall wrote.These new features are available within Google Search and Maps. This story originally appeared on PCMag Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

US court rules trans women as men who identify as women in

first_imgThe court wrote: ‘Plaintiff’s actions indicate that she strongly preferred a locker room and a restroom in which individuals who are assigned biologically male are not present and it is thus reasonable to infer that defendants’ failure to inform plaintiff of the unwritten policy affected her decision to join the gym.’The court cited a Michigan law concerning Planet Fitness’s ‘failing to reveal a material fact’ in an attempt to ‘mislead or deceive the consumer.’The case is now back in the hands of the lower court for examination. Cormier’s lawyer David Kallman intends to file a motion for summary disposition, meaning that his plaintiff wins the case without the need for a trial.Also on Gay Star News:UK universities failing LGBTI students mental health – 4 in 5 are struggling Planet Fitness maintain a ‘judgement-free zone’ policy (Photo: Instagram) Woman recounts being raped by her father and uncle for being a lesbian Woman who sued Planet Fitness for trans inclusion policy is taking her case to the Supreme CourtThis trans woman is suing a California gym for gender discriminationWalgreens faces right-wing boycott over trans-inclusive bathroom policyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . In 2015, then 48 year-old Yvette Cormier complained to management at a Midland Planet Fitness after seeing a trans woman in the locker room. She also warned other customers about what she had seen.Planet Fitness responded by cancelling her membership due to ‘inappropriate and disruptive’ behavior. Planet Fitness spokeswoman McCall Gosselin said in 2015 that Cormier violated their ‘judgement-free zone’ policy.‘Our gender identity non-discrimination policy states that members and guests may use all gym facilities based on their sincere self-reported gender identity,’ Gossellin told the Free Press.Cormier then sued the chain for £25,000, citing violation of privacy, severe emotional distress and damage to her reputation as a result of Planet Fitness’s actions.Yvette lost her case after both a Michigan lower court and a state court of appeals agreed she had suffered no invasion of privacy.Court found Planet Fitness ‘violated’ their contractHowever, the Michigan Supreme Court revived the case in April this year. The court found that Planet Fitness violated its contract with Cormier.Cormier stated that by allowing access to ‘men who self-identify as women’, Planet Fitness was misrepresenting their promise to provide private women’s locker rooms. Do you know why some trans people are using the lobster emoji? eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) An appeals court in Midland, Michigan has ruled in favour of a woman suing a gym chain for allowing transgender women access to female changing facilities. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more