Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas 1 Arsenal will be forced to wait if they want to sign Iker Casillas because the Real Madrid goalkeeper wants to stay where he is.The Spanish giants have targeted Manchester United number one David de Gea as a replacement for their long-serving keeper, with Arsenal and Liverpool monitoring the situation while they consider changes at the back.And the pressure is mounting on the Spanish World Cup winner after his latest poor display in the club’s weekend draw with Valencia.The keeper, 33, appeared to shout back at fans who were abusing him and that has prompted further speculation over his future.But Casillas has told Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool and anyone else interested in him moving on that he is determined to see out his Bernabeu contract which runs until 2017.
WFI backs Narsingh, says it’s a conspiracy null Rio-bound athlete Inderjeet fails dope test. File Photo – PTI Just a few days after wrestler Narsing Yadav was caught for doping, another Rio Olympics qualified athlete Inderjeet Singh, a shot putter, has failed a dope test as his ‘A’ sample returned positive for a banned substance.28-year-old Inderjeet, the reigning Asian Champion, tested positive for a banned steroid and he has been informed by National Anti-Doping Agency. His out-of-competition test was done on June 22, sources told PTI.The NADA has asked the Haryana athlete, who had won a silver in the 2014 Asian Games, if he wants to test his ‘B’ sample and if so, to do this within seven days.If the ‘B’ sample also tests positive, he will have to miss Rio Olympics beginning August 5, besides facing the prospect of being banned for four years under the new WADA Code.Inderjeet is one of those athletes who does not train at the national camps. He normally trains on his own with his personal coach.He is one of the first track and field athletes who qualified for the Rio Olympics as he made the cut last year itself. He had a training stint earlier this year in the United States under funding of the Sports Ministry’s Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme. RELATED COMMENTS Rio-bound athlete Inderjeet fails dope test. File Photo – PTI Rio 2016: Sprinter Dharambir under dope cloud July 26, 2016 athletics COMMENT Freestyle wrestler Narsingh Yadav fails dope test SHARE Narsingh demands CBI probe into doping scandal SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on India at Rio: Biggest contingent eyes richest medal haul ×
GenderList of cautionOn October 24, law student, Raya Sarkar, published a list of alleged sexual predators in Indian varsities on Facebook. Predictably, the conversation veered in every direction, and was only in part supportive of those the list sought to caution-the victims, both past and prospective. There were fits thrown,GenderList of cautionOn October 24, law student, Raya Sarkar, published a list of alleged sexual predators in Indian varsities on Facebook. Predictably, the conversation veered in every direction, and was only in part supportive of those the list sought to caution-the victims, both past and prospective. There were fits thrown as freely as the term “smear campaign” and the feminist movement within the country was fragmented. Centring the voices of women, we ask the affected sex about the importance of this list, “due process” and whether the two can coexist.Priyamvada Gopal, 49, Academic, University of Cambridge, UKSuch lists are indicative of a degree of desperation and a sign of how rife the problem of humiliating and degrading sexual behaviour is in academia. Due process is highly desirable at all times and we must never lose sight of how important it is, but it is also the case that institutions have failed victims of sex pests at many points. It is also helpful to be cognisant of the fact that most harassment usually takes place in private, and is therefore, not always available to documented proof. The lists are a call for cultural change on a scale which is not necessarily reducible to due process. The entitlement that many powerful heterosexual men feel in relation to the bodies of women must be undone.Mihira Sood, 33, Lawyer, DelhiThe Sexual HarassmentAct suffers serious shortcomings. Organisations are keen to havecomplaints dismissed for the sake of their reputation and most of theCommittee comprise the organisation’s employees so they are notindependent. The external member’s finding counts for little if she isin a minority. Moreover, the external member is also paid by theorganisation so her independence is compromised. While I think the lawis flawed, I am uncomfortable with anonymous complaints and vagueallegations. It deprives an accused of a defence, and opens the door for such guerilla tactics that can be used against vulnerable groups. TheAct as it stands is far from ‘due process’, but the idea of due processis one that protects, rather than oppresses the vulnerable, and thatidea should be valued.advertisementNaomi Barton, 25, Digital merchandiser, Penguin India, Delhi The insistence on due process is premised on the idea that due process itself has done enough for oppressed women. As we have seen with our own courts stating that ‘a feeble no is not really a no’, and acquitting the rapist Mahmood Farooqui, the basis of what constitutes harassment does not centre the idea of believing a victim. This list is what it looks like when women decline to engage with the establishment to protect themselves. Due process has had its way so far and failed. Women are taking accountability into their own hands.BooksEleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine GailHoneyman Eleanor works in an office, likes to drink vodka on theweekends and has a conversatiion with her creepy mother every Wednesday. Utterly alone, she is not lonely. Published by Harper Collins 400 pages Rs 399.Rani Padmavati: The Burning Queen Anuja Chandramouli &Padmini: The Spirited Queen of Chittor Mridula Behari Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie has sparked an interest in possibly the most mythologised beauty in India, our very own tragic Helen of Troy. Mridula Behari’s Padmini (Published by Penguin Random House India; 248 pages Rs 299) tells the tale from the point of view of the legendary beauty while Anuja Chandramouli goes full metal jacket, retelling the story as a modern love jihad, complete with a war mongering brutal Alaudin Khilji, a virtuous Maharwal Ratan Singh and the brave Padmavati of Malik Muhammad Jayasi. Published by Juggernaut Books 240 pages Rs 299.SportGoing for gold The Indian women hockey team broke into the top 10 in the International Hockey Federation (IHF) world rankings after winning the Asia Cup in Japan after 13 years.CultureThe gap widensThe World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Gender Gap report has ranked India at 108 out of 144 countries surveyed, showing a fall of 21 places from last year to find itself at 108 on the Global Gender Gap Index, lower than neighbours China (at 100) and Bangladesh (at 47). The main reason behind this abysmal ranking is the lack of engagement and involvement of women in the economy, coupled with low wages. Leading the list is Iceland. However, this year, the findings are bleak in that the overall gap has actually widened for the first time since the WEF began conducting the survey in 2006.SocietyThe robot of Riyadh In October, Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a female robot created by Hong Kongbased Hanson Robotics. Sophia was on stage when journalist, Andrew Ross Sorkin, informed her of the government’s decision.advertisement
OTTAWA – A federal watchdog has dismissed complaints that a mass-shooting survivor broke the rules by working with an advocacy group to lobby for gun policy changes while also serving as a member of the Liberal government’s firearms advisory committee.In a recent decision, federal lobbying commissioner Nancy Belanger said Nathalie Provost’s work on behalf of the group PolySeSouvient, which pushes for stricter gun control, did not breach lobbying laws because Provost is not paid by the group and therefore does not need to register as a lobbyist.Provost said in an interview that she was relieved to be cleared by the commissioner, and considers the efforts against her an attempt to discredit PolySeSouvient.“I knew that I was not a lobbyist,” she said. “I feel it’s like a strategy to shut us down.”Belanger’s office received numerous complaints about Provost’s alleged conflict of interest after firearms advocates launched an online campaign encouraging people to write letters.Provost, who was shot four times during the 1989 assault by a gunman at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, has been involved for eight years with PolySeSouvient, which includes students and graduates of the engineering school.In late 2016 the Liberals appointed her to be a vice-chair of the 10-member federal firearms advisory committee, which advises the public safety minister on Canada’s gun policies, laws and regulations. The committee is chaired by a former Supreme Court justice and counts a police chief, a competitive sport shooter, an emergency physician and a farmer among its members.Under the committee’s terms of reference, members are barred from engaging in lobbying activities or working as a registered lobbyist on behalf of any organization making submissions or representations to the federal government on issues relating to the mandate of the committee.A federal bill introduced in March would expand the scope of background checks on those who want to acquire a gun and force gun retailers to keep records of firearms inventory and sales, The legislation would also require purchasers to present a firearms licence, while the seller would have to ensure its validity.The bill quickly prompted polarized reactions, criticized by some as too weak and by others as a misguided effort that does nothing to tackle actual gun crime.A representative of the Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights, a voice for gun owners, filed a complaint with the lobbying commissioner against Provost, alleging she was in conflict while influencing the shape of the Liberal legislation.“We have to wonder how far the government will go to appease Nathalie and at what cost to the millions of Canadians this legislation affects, none of them criminals by the way,” the organization wrote on its website.OneClearVoice.ca, a website that bills itself as a letter-writing tool to fight the Liberal bill, includes a template for creating a complaint to the lobbying commissioner about Provost’s activities.Provost said that before joining the federal committee she was given clearance from the public safety minister’s office to continue acting as a spokeswoman for PolySeSouvient.In a June 26 letter to Provost, Belanger said she was ending a preliminary evaluation of the allegations against her.Belanger said she had looked at various correspondence, conducted interviews and examined publicly available records before making her determination.The Lobbying Act applies only to people who are paid for their communications activities with federal officials, while Provost is a volunteer, the letter said.The allegations “are therefore unfounded” because the act does not apply to Provost’s activities, Belanger added. “Accordingly, I consider this file closed.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter