ATP blacklists companies for links to cluster bombs, mines

first_imgIt also added Russian manufacturer Motovilikha Plants JSC, Chinese firm Norinco and South Korean weapons and machine tools maker S&T Dynamics to the list.According to details on ATP’s exclusion list, S&T Dynamics is being excluded because of anti-personnel mine manufacture, whereas the other six corporates were added because of cluster bombs.The exclusion list now contains 28 companies.Cluster bombs work by ejecting smaller bombs over a wide area mid-flight and because of this are said to be dangerous for civilians – both during attacks and for a long time afterwards, as many remain unexploded for some time.Their use is prohibited by countries that have ratified the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.According to Dutch peace campaign group PAX, cluster bombs have been used in the past decade in Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Georgia, Cambodia, Libya, South Sudan, Ukraine and Syria — where they are still being used. Denmark’s DKK700bn (€66.6bn) labour-market supplementary pension fund ATP has added seven stocks to the list of companies it will not invest in on social responsibility grounds, with most of the newly blacklisted firms found to be involved in making cluster bombs.ATP said it added the seven companies to its exclusion list even though the pension fund did not actually invest in them.“The companies are either directly or indirectly involved in the production of weapons that contravene conventions,” it said.ATP said it was blacklisting Romanian military aerospace technology manufacturer Aeroteh, Israeli weapons and auto components manufacturer Ashot Ashkelon, China Aerospace International Holdings – the Hong Kong subsidiary of China’s main satellite developer China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation – and China Spacesat.last_img read more

Paceman Hassan surprise pick in Afghanistan World Cup squad

first_imgMUMBAI (Reuters) – Afghanistan named fast bowler Hamid Hassan, who last played for the side in July 2016, in their 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup on MonHassan, 31, has played 32 one-day internationals for the war-torn nation and was also part of Afghanistan’s maiden appearance at the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand four years back.“Luckily for us, the comeback of senior fast bowler Hamid Hassan is a good news,” Afghanistan chief selector Dawlat Ahmadzai said in a statement.“However, we will take into account his form and fitness during upcoming practice matches.”Earlier this month, Afghanistan replaced long-serving ODI captain Asghar Afghan with Gulbadin Naib as part of wholesale changes to the team’s leadership structure across formats.While several senior players questioned the timing of the leadership changes before the May 30-July 14 World Cup, Afghan kept his place in the squad.The spinners are the biggest strength of Afghanistan, touted as the ‘dark horse’, and they named three specialist world class slow bowlers in Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.Rashid, 20, is the top-ranked bowler in the shortest Twenty20 format and third in the list of bowlers for the 50-over format.“It has been a six-month preparation process for the ICC Cricket World Cup,” Ahmadzai said. “The mission is to play inspirational cricket in the tournament; I know there are strong teams but we will do our level best to achieve our goals.“As chief selector, it is my duty to select a competitive team. However, there were some challenges that we needed to handle. We selected the best squad considering factors such as experience, fitness, team balance, current form and conditions.“We hope to play great cricket without any fear and with a fighting spirit in the tournament.”Wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Ali Khil and the pace duo of Karim Janat and Sayed Shirzad were named reserve players for the team, who begin their campaign against Australia on June 1.Squad: Gulbadin Naib (captain), Mohammad Shahzad (wicketkeeper), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.last_img read more

Josh Rosen expected to participate in Cardinals’ offseason workout program, report says

first_imgIncumbent Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen has almost certainly heard the Kyler Murray rumors this offseason.But that apparently won’t keep him from showing up for work. The Cardinals’ first-round pick from a year ago is expected to report for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason workout program Monday, according to ESPN.Despite being the subject of rampant trade speculation, Arizona QB Josh Rosen is expected to report to and participate in the start of the Cardinals’ off-season workout program on Monday. Some players who have been subject of trade speculation have declined to report to workouts.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 5, 2019That’s good news for a team that needs continuity and leadership from the quarterback position with a new regime taking over after the firing of Steve Wilks in the wake of a disastrous 3-13 season. Related News It’s been widely speculated that first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury has an affinity for former Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray, with many expecting Kingsbury to take Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft.Multiple reports throughout the offseason have linked Rosen to a host of teams via trade, with the heavy favorite being the Redskins. Giants opens to Josh Rosen talks as Cardinals’ draft plans remain unclearcenter_img NFL Draft 2019: Raiders working out Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins However, ESPN reported Friday that Arizona hasn’t “engaged in active trade discussions” regarding Rosen. Teams have inquired, but, per the report, “to date, the Cardinals have not shown a willingness to trade him” (emphasizing the “to date”).Plus, the Cardinals still have not engaged in active trade discussions to date on Josh Rosen. Other teams have asked about him, but to date, the Cardinals have not shown a willingness to trade him. To date….— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 5, 2019Rosen, 22, appeared in 14 games as a rookie, throwing for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He finished the season with a 66.7 quarterback rating — dead last among 33 qualified starting quarterbacks.As it stands entering offseason workouts, Rosen and Brett Hundley, entering his fifth season in the NFL, are the only two quarterbacks on the Cardinals’ roster.last_img read more

Sharing a plate of food leads to more successful negotiations

first_imgShrimp cocktail, grilled sirloin with pear kimchi and chocolate lava cake. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un had the same food brought to them on individual plates during their summit on February 27th. Psychologists think a meal like this is a good first step towards improving relations. But new work suggests there might have been a more positive outcome with a different serving arrangement. As Kaitlin Woolley of Cornell University and Ayelet Fishbach of the University of Chicago report in Psychological Science, a meal taken “family-style” from a central platter can greatly improve the outcome of subsequent negotiations. Read the whole story: The Economistlast_img read more