EQUAL GROUND however said it is unfortunate to see that regardless of the Government‘s acknowledgement to International treaty bodies and the Government’s commitment in the National Report to the Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka to eliminate discriminatory provisions set forth by the Penal Code (Section 365 & 365A criminalises carnal intercourse against the order of nature and acts of gross indecency committed in private or public, which is widely understood to target same sex activities), as well as guarantee non-discrimination on the basis of Sexual Orientation, the NHRAP 2017-2021 has failed to follow up by not including Sexual Orientation as a basis for protection against discrimination in the fundamental rights chapter of the constitution.“We welcome the advancement to Sri Lankan citizens’ human rights protections today and commend in particular our government’s commitment to protecting those discriminated against as a result of their gender identity. We at EQUAL GROUND believe that all Sri Lankans should be afforded the freedom to live their lives without fear of oppression, violence or discrimination. This includes those who are targeted as a result of their sexual orientation, a group conspicuously missing from the action plan. The work we do everyday exposes us to the reality of those living under threat of violence because of whom they love. These are vulnerable communities that need and deserve protection from the state, to the same level as all other Sri Lankans. We hope the Government sees fit to re-dress this missed opportunity and to include sexual orientation where appropriate as a protected characteristic. Human rights are for all of us, ” Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, Executive Director of EQUAL GROUND said. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning community in Sri Lanka have raised concerns over being ignored in the Government’s National Human Rights Action Plan.The Government published the much-anticipated National Human Rights Action Plan for 2017-2021 this week. Section 6.6.4 of the NHRAP 2017-2021 includes an action to eliminate discriminatory practices within the health care setting based on ones perceived or actual sexual orientation.EQUAL GROUND says this shows that the Government of Sri Lanka is aware of such discrimination occurring, at least in the healthcare sector. “We are especially happy to see that the Government has taken measures to protect the rights of Trans persons by including non-discrimination based on ones Gender Identity in the Fundamental Rights Chapter of the Constitution. This advancement would help us address the various forms of harassment the Trans community faces from society as well as law enforcement on a regular basis,” EQUAL GROUND said. EQUAL GROUND commended the Government of Sri Lanka’s attempts to advancing the rights of Sri Lankan citizens.
Butler head coach Chris Holtmann directs his team during the first half against Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Virginia advanced, 77-69. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOhio State announced it has hired Butler head coach Chris Holtmann to replace Thad Matta, who was fired Monday. Holtmann, the 14th head coach in OSU history, has agreed to an eight-year contract worth about $3 million annually, according to the press release.The initial report of Holtmann’s hire was first reported by Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch.“Chris is focused on academics, is a high-integrity person, a relentless recruiter with Midwestern ties and a proven winner,” said Athletics Director Gene Smith in the press release. Smith spoke about the importance of recruiting the Midwest at Monday’s press conference announcing Matta’s firing.Holtmann, who agreed to an extension with Butler through the 2024-25 season, spent the past three seasons at the helm of Butler. Last season, the Bulldogs finished 25-9 – Butler’s best record since 2012-13 – and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010-11 season, losing to eventual-national champion North Carolina.Butler finished with over 20 wins and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament in Holtmann’s first and second years as head coach.He was originally hired by the Bulldogs as an assistant coach in 2013, and spent a season in the position. In October 2014, he was named interim head coach when Brandon Miller took a medical leave of absence. Butler went 10-4 before the interim tag was removed on Jan. 2, 2015.The 45-year-old began his head coaching career at Gardner-Webb in 2010. His first two years in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, his team finished 11-21 and 12-20. But in his third and final year, the Runnin’ Bulldogs improved, achieving a 21-13 record and earning Holtmann a job offer as an assistant coach from Butler.Prior to being a head coach at Gardner-Webb, Holtmann spent 12 years as an assistant coach at Geneva (1998-1999), Taylor (1999-2003), Gardner-Webb (2003-2008) and Ohio (2008-2010). He was an assistant under former OSU assistant John Groce at Ohio.He has experience recruiting in the Buckeye State, as Butler reeled in commitments from Ohioans in each of its past three recruiting classes. His 2017 recruiting class is the No. 34 ranked class in the nation, according to 247Sports, and features 6-foot-6 small forward Kyle Young, a four-star prospect from Massillon, Ohio.In six years as a head coach, Holtmann owns an overall record of 114-85 and has reached the NCAA Tournament appearances on three occasions.Matta, who also coached at Butler, won 337 games at OSU, the most in program history. He presided over a program that reached the Final Four twice and reached the NCAA Tournament on nine occasions. Matta’s OSU teams won five Big Ten championships and won the conference tournament four times in his 13 seasons.
← Previous Story HC Tatran Presov statement about “unfair and corrupted defeat” in Povazska Bistrica Next Story → KIF Kolding in big troubles: Players five months without salaries! Experienced Hungarian playmaker Gabor Csaszar is the TOP scorer of the Preliminary Round at VELUX EHF Champions League. The member of Kadetten Schaffhausen netted 84 goals in 14 matches, but he will leave TOP position as soon as knock-out stage begins. Among TOP 10 are some faces who have leading roles in efficiency of their teams in the last few years. Uwe Gensheimer (83), Momir Ilic (77), Julen Aguinagalde (71) and Kiril Lazarov (71) will continue to fight for the title of the TOP scorer.EHF CL – TOP 10 SCORERS:Csaszar Gabor (HUN) 84 Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)Gensheimer Uwe (GER) 83 Paris Saint-Germain Handball (FRA)Ilic Momir (SRB) 77 Telekom Veszprém (HUN)Janc Blaz (SLO) 77 RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)Bramming Magnus Grubb (DEN) 72 TTH Holstebro (DEN)Tollbring Jerry (SWE) 72 IFK Kristianstad (SWE)Aguinagalde Akizu Julen (ESP) 71 KS Vive Tauron Kielce (POL)Lazarov Kiril (MKD) 71 FC Barcelona Lassa (ESP)Stojkovic Rastko (SRB) 69 HC Meshkov Brest (BLR)Esteki Sajad (IRI) 68 Dinamo Bucuresti (ROU)Kristopans Dainis (LAT) 68 HC Meshkov Brest (BLR)Mandalinic Stipe (CRO) 68 HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo Zag… (CRO)
Ruben Garabaya ← Previous Story FROM DUNKERQUE TO VELENJE: Zarko Pejovic to RK Gorenje Next Story → IEK Xini Dikeas and AC Doukas for league title in Greece One of the oldest active world’s champions in handball, Rubén Garabaya, will stay one more year in world of proffessional sport. The 39-years old line-player and defensive specialist agreed to extend contract with the Spanish Naturhouse La Rioja until summer 2018.Garabaya was a part of the Spanish golden roster at World Championship 2005 in Tunisia, where team of Juan Carlos Pastor made a real surprise by beating “unbeatable” Croatia, in that time World and Olympic winner from 2003 and 2004.Garabaya is a member of Naturhouse La Rioja since 2010.His career:Caja España Ademar (1997 – 1999)Frigoríficos Cangas del Morrazo (1999 – 2001)BM Valladolid (2001 – 2007)FC Barcelona (2007 – 2010)Naturhouse La Rioja (2010- )
‘Nobody caused a fatality by having three glasses of Guinness drank’ – Healy Rae argues against new drink-driving laws Shane Ross rejected claims that the plan would negatively impact rural Ireland. Subscribe for more videos http://jrnl.ie/3325296 Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Short URL You cannot contest scientific fact.Ross said that the measure was not “an attack on rural Ireland”, but rather an attempt to save lives in rural Ireland.He repeatedly pointed to Road Safety Authority figures that showed alcohol was a factor in one third of fatal crashes between 2008 and 2012.He said he wanted to see rural communities organise transport to and from pubs, but said he could not “give them a blanket three points”.Read: New development in case of missing Trevor Deely Share Tweet Email1 35,954 Views By Paul Hosford TRANSPORT MINISTER SHANE Ross has been forced to defend his plans to automatically ban some drink drivers in an Oireachtas committee.Speaking at the Oireachtas Transport Committee today, Ross accused vintners of cynical lobbying against his new plan, which would ban those found with blood alcohol contents of between 50mg and 80mg per 100ml. Currently those people receive a fine and three penalty points.Ross rejected claims that the plan would negatively impact rural Ireland.“I know that a number of commentators, and some Deputies, have expressed concerns that this Bill would somehow damage life in rural Ireland.“I would encourage them to stop and think about this. By far the highest number of alcohol-related road deaths – 81% – occurs in rural Ireland. No part of the country would benefit more in terms of lives saved.I want to save lives in rural Ireland.“Support for my proposal in rural areas was, at 93%, a little higher than that in urban areas at 89%. The notion that this is an urban/rural issue is simply wrong. ”Ross said the Vintners Federation of Ireland had “lobbied often in quite a cynical matter” against the plan.GuinnessKerry TD Danny Healy-Rae, however, said that the plan was an attack on rural life.He said that many issues lead to road deaths, from road quality to upkeep of hedging.“Our roads aren’t adequate for pedestrians, first off. People aren’t allowed to cut their bushes, so they (pedestrians) are walking halfways out on the road.“And then you have the case where the fella is on his own side of the road after a pint or two or three glasses and some lunatic comes down the road on his own side and runs into him.“It’s the fella with the pint and they half pint who is blamed.”He said that “three glasses” in a pub was the “only option” many rural people had and said that losing their licence would be a “serious issue”.Nobody caused a fatality by having three glasses of Guinness drank.He said he didn’t believe that figures Ross presented were correct.“I have a good grasp of what happens around my neck of the woods. If you’re going to do this, you’ll isolate people further.”Blind spotHowever, Ross hit back, accusing the Kerryman of having a “blind spot” on the issue. He accepted that the issue of road deaths went beyond“There is speed on our roads, you’re right. There are holes in our roads, you’re right. There are dangerous black spots on our roads, you’re right.“But there’s also alcohol on our roads.“And alcohol is dangerous and it impairs. That is not an opinion, it’s a fact. It’s a scientifically proven fact.The blind spot you’ve got deputy Healy-Rae is you don’t accept alcohol of any sort impairs driving. That’s a fact. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 5th 2017, 2:12 PM Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 2:12 PM 168 Comments
No Comments Ardern was among those to label Fraser Anning’s comments a “disgrace”, and the Australian government plans to censure him.A cross-party motion condemns him for “inflammatory and divisive comments seeking to attribute blame to victims of a horrific crime and to vilify people on the basis of religion”.Anning punched a teenage boy who egged him over the remarks.Ardern has promised to change New Zealand’s gun laws as a result of the attack.Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings. Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 8:32 AM Share411 Tweet Email 17.03.19 Man whose wife was killed in NZ terror attack says he forgives gunman, as death toll rises to 50 By Órla Ryan Mar 20th 2019, 8:32 AM 19.03.19 Jacinda Ardern says she’ll never speak the name of New Zealand mosque attacker New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Image: Screengrab/BBC News New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article NEW ZEALAND PRIME Minister Jacinda Ardern has called for a global fight against racism and right-wing ideology following last week’s terror attack.Fifty people were killed and dozens more injured in the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.Victims’ funerals have now begun, with a father and son among the first people to be laid to rest.Australian-born Brenton Tarrant (28) filmed himself carrying out the horrific attack. The self-professed white supremacist made a white power symbol when in court.A “manifesto” he released before the mass shooting is filled with racist vitriol, detailing two years of planning for the massacre.In an interview with BBC News, Ardern spoke about the rise of right-wing nationalism and extremism. She said there is a responsibility “to weed it out where it exists and make sure that we never create an environment where it can flourish”. 10,295 Views Jacinda Ardern calls for global fight against racism and right-wing extremism The main suspect in last week’s terror attack made a white power gesture as he appeared in court. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4551244 I would make that a global call. What New Zealand experienced here was violence brought against us by someone who grew up and learned their ideology somewhere else.“If we want to make sure globally that we are a safe and tolerant and inclusive world, we cannot think about this in terms of boundaries.”‘A disgrace’ Ardern defended New Zealand’s record on accepting refugees, saying: “We are a welcoming country.I utterly reject the idea that in any way in trying to ensure that we have a system that looks after those who choose to call New Zealand home, that we have perpetuated an environment where this kind of ideology can exist.Over the weekend, a far-right Australia senator drew international condemnation for blaming the attack on immigration. Related Reads Image: Screengrab/BBC News 20.03.19 Syrian father and son buried in first funeral after New Zealand shooting
Battle Ground’s Mayor Lisa Walters announced Monday night she is resigning her office as of Sept. 1.In a short email to the council, Walters said, “I have informed (city manager) John Williams that I will resign from council on September 1, 2013. It has come time for me to move on and make some personal changes in my life, one big one will be moving out of the area. Thank you all for all you have done to help me along the way and I appreciate each and every one of you.”“I’m surprised. I wish her well,” said Councilman Bill Ganley. He is the senior member of the council with a 20-year tenure. Ganley served as mayor from 1997 to 2001.“I think she’s done a good job,” Ganley added.Walters, 48, was first elected to the city council in 2001.Ganley noted that the mayor is elected from among the seven council members, not by the city’s voters.The council elected Walters to a two-year term as mayor in January 2012.In May, Walters filed for re-election and drew one opponent, Mike Dalesandro. Walters’ name will still appear on the November ballot. Dalesandro said Monday that he was surprised by Walters’ resignation. Since she cited personal reasons, he wants to respect her privacy. He said he wishes her well.With 17,920 residents, Battle Ground is Clark County’s third-largest city.An effort to reach Walters on Monday night was unsuccessful.Stephanie Rice: 360-735-4508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The government on Thursday announced a Financial Restructuring plan for the debt-laden national carrier Air India.”As part of the financial restructuring plan for Air India, Central Government will infuse a lot of money. About Rs 30,000 crore will be infused in Air India till 2020. But it will have a lot of checks at different levels,” Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said.Announcing the approval of the Turn Around Plan (TAP) and Financial Restructuring Plan (FRP) for Air India, the Minister said that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had taken up the issues relating to TAP and FRP of Air India and decided to approve them.”The approval of the TAP and FRP by the CCEA would help Air India in getting upfront equity support of Rs.6,750 Crore,” said the Minister.Adding that the government guarantee for repayment of principal amount and payment of Interest on the Non-Convertible Debentures of Rs 7400 crore proposed to be issued to financial institutions, banks, LIC, EPFO etc. and used to repay part of Working capital loans.He said, “Equity for Cash deficit support of Rs.4,552 crore till Financial Year (FY) 2021 and equity for already guaranteed aircraft loan of Rs.18,929 Crore till FY 2021, Induction of already contracted for aircraft which include 27 B 787 and 3X B777-300ER on a sale and lease back basis.”The Minister informed that Air India would receive its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in the next two weeks. Twenty seven such planes would be inducted into the fleet.Stating that he carrier was making a loss of nearly Rs 100 million, the minister said, “The company is projected to be a profit making company from financial year 2017-18.”
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