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Police to probe clip on Aurangabad riots

first_imgIn the aftermath of the Aurangabad riots, city police has ordered a probe after a clip allegedly demonstrating the “involvement” of some local police personnel with the rioters surfaced after the clashes.According to sources, the eight-minute long video purportedly recorded by onlookers, show the policemen to be mute spectators, “walking” with the rioters and permitting them to indulge in their vandalism spree as they smash and torch parked vehicles.In the clip, the rioters after wrecking several vehicles, are seen setting a shop ablaze in the city’s sensitive Nawabpura area.“We are probing this issue and have taken the footage very seriously. The guilty parties — be it policemen or rioters — will be punished,” said acting Aurangabad Commissioner of Police Milind Bharambe on Monday.At least two persons lost their lives, while more than 35, including several policemen, were seriously injured after violent clashes between two groups erupted over illegal water connections on Friday last week, heightening communal tensions across the city.Additional DGP (law and order) Bipin Bihari too promised a stern probe into the affair.Internet suspendedAn uneasy calm prevailed over Aurangabad the weekend after the riots, with authorities clamping Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (prohibiting an assembly of more than four persons in an area) and suspending internet services to stall further violence.Speaking in Nashik on Monday, Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar categorically charged the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government for stoking caste and communal tensions and being responsible for the clashes.“Be it Bhima-Koregaon or Aurangabad, the BJP government is responsible for the heightening social tensions across Maharashtra. Why is the Police Commissioner’s post lying vacant for more than two months in a communally sensitive city like Aurangabad?” said the NCP leader, alleging that the scope of the riot indicated that it was a “pre-planned conspiracy”.Call for compensationMr. Pawar further demanded immediate compensation for those afflicted by the violence.The damage to property during the riots, which raged on for more than 12 hours on the intervening night of May 11-12, has been estimated at more than ₹100 crore.Scores of small shops in the Nawabpura, Moti Karanja and Raja Bazaar areas were gutted by the rioters as the clashes gradually took on a communal colour.Senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, who toured the ravaged city on Sunday, too accused the police of merely “standing by” as the rioters ran amok.“What was the intelligence arm of the police doing? The senior police authorities have acted in an extremely negligent fashion, just as they did during the Bhima-Koregaon riots,” said Mr. Vikhe-Patil, who is the leader of opposition (LoP) in the Legislative Assembly.At least 10 policemen, including Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Govardhan Kolekar and Kranti Chowk Police Station in-charge, Inspector Shrikant Paropkari were injured in the clashes.Mr. Kolekar, who suffered serious injuries on his neck during stone-pelting, was airlifted to Mumbai on Monday for further treatment. He is said to be in a critical condition.More than 50 persons have been detained by the police in connection with the riots so far, said authorities.The city has been without a full-time Police Commissioner for the past two months, since Yashasvi Yadav was sent on compulsory leave by Mr. Fadnavis for alleged mishandling of the city’s garbage crisis.last_img read more

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MLA’s imitation of NTR’s attire leads to fisticuffs on floor of the house

first_imgThe Andhra Pradesh Assembly seems to be having a ball – a fancy dress ball. Last fortnight, an independent MLA’s imitation of the chief minister’s distinctive attire led to an unseemly bout of bickering – and fisticuffs – on the floor of the house.It started when the MLA Baggidi Gopal,The Andhra Pradesh Assembly seems to be having a ball – a fancy dress ball. Last fortnight, an independent MLA’s imitation of the chief minister’s distinctive attire led to an unseemly bout of bickering – and fisticuffs – on the floor of the house.It started when the MLA Baggidi Gopal made a colourful appearance in the house decked in flowing ochre robes and a string of beads. Next day a band of eunuchs beat him and stole his cash in a suite of the legislators’ hostel. The matter came up in the house during zero hour on August 18 amid tension, which soon gave way to violence and ended in abrupt adjournment.The issue reached flashpoint when the Speaker, T. Satyanarayana, did not allow Gopal and S. Jaipal Reddy (Janata), who backed him, from referring to earlier attacks on Gopal in May. He had been expelled from the Telugu Desam on June 6 after he accused Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao’s son-in-law, N. Chandrababu Naidu, of pressurising him to vacate the Punganur seat for him. Gopal also arraigned Rama Rao for failing to honour an election promise to open a college in his constituency.Not allowing discussion of these matters, the speaker, instead, asked the chief minister to reply. Incensed, Gopal, followed by some Congress(I) members advanced towards the speaker and threw an angavastram (shawl) at him.A saffron-clad Gopal apeing Rama Rao’s dress: Red ragTelugu Desam members responded by jumping into the melee and some members were hurt in the fracas. The issue was papered over at a meeting of leaders of all parties next day and when the house reassembled, the speaker remarked: “The unfortunate incident was a bad dream. I hope we will forget it.”But the Opposition had their reservations. The leader of the Opposition, A. Madan Mohan (Congress-I) said: “We certainly will extend our co-operation to the speaker provided he conducts himself in an objective manner and not as a member of the party.”Petty Bickering: The issue had its repercussions in the legislative council. Members protested against the attitude of the speaker and the ruling party by sitting in the well of the house to stall proceedings. Alluri Bapineedu, a bald-pated Congress(I) legislator, sported a turban in the house, describing it as “protection” for his head.During the budget debate in the legislative council a few days later. S. Basavapunnaiah demanded: “Is the chief minister dead?” He cited religious texts according to which those who took sanyas were regarded as dead. A former minister, K. Keshava Rao, alleged that Rama Rao was of “instable mind and therefore disqualified from being a legislator”.Rama Rao rode the storm unruffled: “I was guided by my own philosophy of life when I took to wearing saffron robes. I will not feel insulted if anyone else comes dressed in a similar manner.” He now wears a glittering gem-studded ornament in his left ear.Commented Telugu poet Boyi Bheemanna in the legislative council: “Rama Rao is like the Hindu deity Ardhanareeswara (half-female) representing the three crore women in the six crore Telugu speaking people. For a politician to sport these things is to ridicule the religious sentiments of the Hindus.”advertisementRama Rao with his controversial earring: UnruffledThe chief minister moved office and house on August 14. He vacated the building that was built five years ago to house the chief minister’s office into an older building, the move involving over Rs 1 lakh.The chief minister’s office is, meanwhile, sealed – in case Rama Rao changes his mind. His ‘ashram’ home – a tiled roof bungalow with teak panelling, brass fittings and a 25-ft high central hall – is nearing completion. Meanwhile, the antics in Andhra Pradesh are rapidly degenerating into a farce.Chortled lawyer and civil rights campaigner K.G. Kannabiran: “All these are travails not of democratic politics but obscurantism and a one-man fancy dress competition.”last_img read more

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NBA commissioner Silver wants more female refs—and coaches

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the NBA All-Star festivities in Charlotte, N.C. Silver said Thursday, May 9, 2019, the he wants half of all new referees joining the league to be women, and he would like to see teams hire female coaches, too. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)WASHINGTON— NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants half of all new referees joining the league to be women — and he would like to see teams hire female coaches, too.In an appearance Thursday for The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Silver said two of the past five refs added from the developmental G-League were women, bringing the total number of female officials to three.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img In December, the Indiana Pacers made Kelly Krauskopf the first woman to hold the title of assistant general manager in the NBA.Among the other topics he was asked about Thursday was the NBA’s one-and-done rule, and Silver reiterated that he has changed his stance on the issue and is willing to let 18-year-old players enter the league.“I have changed my position. It’s a tough one, because not all the teams agree with me on this,” Silver said, estimating that about half of the league’s clubs are in favor of the switch.He said the NBA and the players’ union are “in active discussions” about that policy and he said any change probably wouldn’t happen before the 2022 season. That’s because some teams already have traded away picks in upcoming drafts, and because that is the year current freshmen in high school would be eligible to head to the pros.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s an area, frankly, where I’ve acknowledged that I’m not sure how it was that it remained so male-dominated for so long. Because it’s an area of the game where physically, certainly, there’s no benefit to being a man, as opposed to a woman, when it comes to refereeing,” Silver said.“The goal is: Going forward, it should be roughly 50-50 of new officials entering in the league,” he said. “Same for coaches, by the way. We have a program, too. There’s no reason why women shouldn’t be coaching men’s basketball.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThere has never been a female head coach in the NBA.Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs was the league’s first full-time female assistant. Kristi Toliver worked as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards this season; she also still plays for the WNBA’s Mystics in the same city. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Tiger Woods brings buzz to golf and to the PGA Championship Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Huawei Y9 (2019) will launch in India today as an Amazon Exclusive

first_imgHuawei and Honor are among the first mainstream brands to launch new phones in India in January. While Honor will launch the Honor 10 Lite on January 15, Huawei will be bringing the Huawei Y9 (2019) to the country today. The company is holding an event in New Delhi which is set to begin at 11am. The new Huawei Y9 touts a premium design, notched display and quad cameras at a mid-range price.The Huawei Y9 (2019) will be an Amazon exclusive products as the e-commerce platform already has a dedicated page set up for the device. Amazon will be throwing in a pair of Boat Rockerz Sports Blutooth headset worth Rs 2,990 with the Y9 once it goes on sale. The Y9 (2019) has been official outside of India for a few months now so we already know everything about it already as far as design and hardware is concerned.As for the pricing, we expect the Huawei Y9 (2019) to be priced somewhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000. This is because the Huawei Y9 in Malaysia costs RM 899 (approx Rs 15,300). The phone could share a pricing close to the Huawei Nova 3i, which is currently found for Rs 16,990 in India. Another reason this could be the case is because the Honor 10 Lite which gets a similar Kirin 710 chip is expected to take the sub-Rs 15,000 spot. Either way, we will know the Huawei Y9 (2019) price in just a few hours from now.The Huawei Y9 (2019) touts an attractive 3D arc design on the back with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It comes in three colours – Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue and a gradient Aurora Purple. It sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) FullView display with a notch that is wide enough to house two selfie cameras.advertisementThe phone also gets a fittingly large 4,000mAh battery capacity as well which should keep it powered for a whole day. Like the Honor 10 Lite, the Huawei Y9 (2019) also runs an octa-core Kirin 710 chipset. This is coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Huawei Y9 that was launched in October in some markets runs EMUI 8.2 based on Android Oreo, but the India version is likely to come with Android Pie with EMUI 9 on top.The Huawei Y9 (2019) also comes with dual cameras on the rear and front. On the back, it gets a a 13MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. Up front, the phone gets a 16MP + 2MP configuration.ALSO READ | Honor 10 Lite India launch set for January 15, will be Flipkart exclusiveALSO READ | Honor 10 Lite quick review: A worthy successor to Honor 9 Lite?ALSO READ | Honor View 20 with 25MP front camera set to launch in India on January 29last_img read more

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Barcelona doors open for Coutinho – Rakitic

first_imgTransfers Barcelona doors open for Coutinho, says Rakitic Goal 23:19 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Ivan Rakitić Philippe Coutinho Real Madrid v Barcelona Liverpool Premier League Primera División The Brazil international is top of the Catalan side’s list of transfer targets and the Croatian midfielder says he would be more than welcome Ivan Rakitic says Barcelona’s “doors are open” for Philippe Coutinho and that he would make those at the club happy if he were to make the switch from Liverpool.The Catalan side are expected to return for the Brazil international in January after Liverpool rejected their attempts to sign him before the start of the season.The 25-year-old is Barca’s top target as they look to add to their attack and he is said to want to join up with the Camp Nou outfit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And midfielder Rakitic admits the Spanish side would receive a great boost if Coutinho were to join.”Every good player is welcome. So we have to say that the doors are open for every good player, and Coutinho is a good player,” he told Sky Sports. “With all respect to his club Liverpool, and his fans, we would be really happy if he came.”But with all the respect if he stayed at Liverpool we would wish him all the luck in the world. We have to think about the players that are already here, I think we have a really good team.”We have to do it together. If there is an opportunity to do it with Coutinho, or another player, perfect.”The Blaugrana are comfortable at the top of La Liga so far, holding a six-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid. They take on biggest rivals Real Madrid on Saturday in a crucial Clasico game. Philippe Coutinho LiverpoolDespite many calls that the derby at the Santiago Bernabeu could be decisive in the battle for the league title, Rakitic insists there is still a long way to go.”We don’t think of it like a final. Valencia are close to us, so are Atletico and Sevilla. It is very difficult to play in La Liga, it’s not like four or five years ago with just two teams, you have to go at every game 100 per cent,” he said. “You can’t just say we’ll get three points in all games and then wait for the Clasico, you have to prepare every game in the best way.”Of course we know that a lot of people in the world just wait for this game, and we want to finish the year in the best way, but if we get this win it is not done. There are a lot more big, hard games. It’s step-by-step.”last_img read more

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Kicking Off Summer With House of Vans

first_img Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made The Best Labor Day Deals on Outdoor Gear from REI, Backcountry, and More The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now There are 100s of reasons to be crazy about summer. From the beach to ballgames, the list of things to do is never-ending. And if you appreciate live music as much as us, you know it’s also the season for free shows across the country. Which is why we’re super excited the Vans House Parties have started once again.If you’re in the NYC-area and have never been to Vans’ annual concert series, this is the year to go. Presented by FYF, all shows are held at the House of Vans in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. Along with an indoor concrete bowl and outdoor skate plaza, the massive warehouse space will turn into a live music venue for six Thursdays this summer, and the lineups are killer. With acts like Chrome Sparks, The Black Lips, The Bouncing Souls, Future Islands and Holy Ghost!, these shows are definitely not ones to miss.We attended the kickoff last Thursday featuring Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco and Benjamin Booker, and it was a fantastic night of music. Sound filled the indoor space as people watched the show while others gathered with their drinks in the huge outdoor courtyard. Mac DeMarco even crowd surfed because he’s amazing like that.All shows are free with RSVP and open to the public of all ages. Doors open at 7, but admission is first come first serve, so we suggest arriving early. To learn more about the Vans House Parties and to RSVP for the next show, visit vans.com. How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smokelast_img read more

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Province Initiates Review of Electronic Medical Records

first_imgThe province will engage an independent consultant to help review and enhance the electronic system that transfers patient diagnostic imaging and laboratory test results to clinics using electronic medical records, Health Minister Chris d’Entremont announced today, Oct. 4. The review comes after last week’s announcement of an error in the eResults system that caused a delay in the transfer of medical test results to patients’ electronic files. The error has since been corrected and all test results have been sent to doctors for review. Doctors are following up with patients, if necessary. “Patient safety remains our top priority. So far we’ve heard from 90 of 97 doctors, and the feedback has been very reassuring. Of the files they’ve reviewed, no patients were affected by this,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “However, we’re not taking any chances where patient safety is concerned. We are engaging a third party, independent consultant to do a full electronic medical records review and make sure the system is working properly.” Since the system error was identified, the province has been conducting a thorough review of eResults. To date, the error affected 32 clinics using the system. In total, test results for 1,028 patients from 94 doctors and three nurse practitioners were affected. “As we continue our rigorous review of the system, I’m told it’s quite normal that we may identify further test results that were affected by this error,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “We’ve been pleased with the electronic medical record system in Nova Scotia and the successful delivery of 99.6 per cent of test results. That said, we are concerned about the potential impact this error may have on patients, so we’re doing everything we can to improve system performance and ensure it’s working as close to perfect as possible.” The electronic medical record system is part of a larger health information management system strategy that allows a patient’s medical information from any clinic, hospital, or other medical service to be stored in one electronic health record.Implementation of the system began in the province in October 2005. The eResults system has been operating since August 2006. In that time, almost 294,000 test results were successfully delivered through the eResults system. The estimated cost for the independent electronic medical records review is about $50,000. If any patients are affected by this situation, they will be contacted by their doctor. For more information, call the Department of Health at 1-800-565-3611 or 424-5818.last_img read more

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ED THE SOCK WANTS TO DISRUPT TELEVISION — AGAIN

first_imgIn his tiny basement, Kerzner shows a camera rig that he created using a dollar-store magnifying glass and a GoPro-sized camera to film Ed.“The reality is, you don’t need a huge television studio and millions of dollars to be a broadcaster anymore,” says Kerzner. “Especially if you are doing grassroots media that speaks to people.”Ed the Sock was Canadian TV’s original television disrupter. Advertisement Login/Register With: Ed the Sock is giving a tour of his Thornhill, Ont., bungalow.The cosy home is filled with an immense toy collection, and also houses a dusty cabinet that is essentially the Ed The Sock museum. It features the puppet in all its incarnations since it first appeared in the 1990s.“That’s the first one, when I didn’t have eyebrows,” says Ed’s alter ego and creator Steven Kerzner, before pointing to another version of the perennially scowling puppet with the classic green felt brows. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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UN peacekeeping chief to visit top three contributors of personnel

“One of the main purposes of Mr. Le Roy’s trip is to thank the countries for their long-standing dedication to peacekeeping and engage in an open discussion regarding current and future peacekeeping challenges,” spokesperson Michele Montas said of Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy’s visits.As of the end of August the three countries contributed nearly a third of the 95,500 UN peacekeepers currently stationed around the world in 17 missions either directed or supported by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). Pakistan’s share totalled nearly 10,600 in 11 missions, Bangladesh’s more than 9,500 in 10, and India’s over 8,760 in nine. 2 October 2009The United Nations peacekeeping chief next week pays an official visit to Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, the three top national contributors of forces to the many missions with which the world body seeks to restore stability and democracy in conflict-riven countries. read more

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Scores of thousands of Indonesian quake victims receive UN aid

27 October 2009Humanitarian AidUnited Nations agencies continue to aid scores of thousands of Indonesians after last month’s 7.9-magnitude earthquake ravaged parts of western Sumatra island, leaving nearly 200,000 households in need of emergency shelter and other assistance. The UN World Food Programme (WFP), targeting children under five as well as pregnant or lactating mothers and primary school children, has aided more than 68,000 people, distributing distributed 25 metric tons of biscuits between 21 and 25 October, for a total of 178 metric tons of biscuits and noodles since the disaster struck.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is currently assisting some 30,000 women and girls of reproductive age in the worst affected areas, including over 1,650 pregnant women.Early food and nutrition assessments reveal approximately 38,000 households, or 190,000 people, in the most affected areas are experiencing temporary shortages of staple foods such as rice, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. The Government estimates that rehabilitation and reconstruction will cost $745 million after the quake and aftershocks on 30 September triggered landslides, wiping out entire villages, killing an estimated 1,117 people, injuring 1,214 others and affecting is 1.2 million.Funding for emergency water trucking is urgently needed for the next two months. Only 20 percent Padang City’s population is connected to the water network, and an estimated 650,000 people rely on trucking or bottled water for daily supplies.The West Sumatra Humanitarian Response Plan, launched on 9 October in partnership with the Government, is seeking $38.1 million for emergency needs to be addressed within 90 days. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has already allocated nearly $7. Additional donor contributions for several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been reported, raising the funding total to nearly $12 million. read more

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Middle East global economy feature in talks between UN chief and world

18 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed issues such as the Middle East peace process and the global economic situation with several world leaders who have arrived in New York for this week’s high-level meetings at the United Nations. In his meeting with Sheikh Naser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Mr. Ban and the Prime Minister of Kuwait reviewed developments in the region, including the Middle East peace process, the evolving situation in Syria and relations between Kuwait and Iraq. The Secretary-General also thanked Kuwait for its role in mobilizing funds for the response to the crisis in the Horn of Africa, and he expressed his appreciation for the significant increase in the country’s contribution to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Mr. Ban reiterated his call for the release of the remaining political prisoners in Myanmar during his meeting with the South-east Asian nation’s Foreign Minister, Wunna Maung Lwin. He also recognized the significance of recent developments in the country and encouraged the Government to step up its reform efforts to bring about an inclusive transition. Mr. Ban and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, Stavros Lambrinidis, discussed the UN-backed talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus, as well as the status of the negotiations facilitated by the world body between Athens and Skopje to resolve the long-running dispute over the official name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Preparations for the upcoming senatorial election in the Republic of Congo, the refugee situation and other peace and security developments in the Central Africa sub-region were among the issues discussed in the meeting between the Secretary-General and that country’s Foreign Minister, Basile Ikouebe. Mr. Ban also met with Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with whom he discussed issues of interest to the Caribbean region, such as climate change, as well as cooperation between the CARICOM Secretariat and the UN system. More than 120 heads of State and government are slated to attend the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly this week, during which a series of high-level meetings on issues ranging from non-communicable diseases and nutrition to nuclear safety and desertification will also be held. read more

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In Cambodia UN legal chief warns on interference in work of genocide

20 October 2011The United Nations legal chief today strongly urged the Cambodian Government to refrain from interfering in any way with the judicial process relating to the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try those accused of the worst crimes under the notorious Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s. Patricia O’Brien, the UN Legal Counsel, met with Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sok An in Phnom Penh, the capital, to discuss recent developments at the tribunal, known as the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).Last week Judge Siegfried Blunk, the international co-investigating judge at the ECCC, resigned from the tribunal. He cited repeated statements by senior Government officials opposing the progress of what are known as Cases 003 and 004 – which concern senior Khmer Rouge officials suspected of being responsible for the deaths of thousands of people.In a statement issued after her meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister, Ms. O’Brien voiced concern about recent developments at the ECCC and reiterated the UN’s call on everyone to respect the integrity and independence of the tribunal’s judicial process.“The Legal Counsel strongly urged the Royal Government of Cambodia to refrain from statements opposing the progress of Cases 003 and 004 and to refrain from interfering in any way whatsoever with the judicial process,” the statement noted.“She emphasized the obligation of the Royal Government of Cambodia to cooperate fully with the ECCC.”The tribunal, which uses a mixture of Cambodian and foreign judges and personnel, is tasked with trying those alleged responsible for mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge, which ruled Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. Up to three million people died under the regime in what is widely recognized as genocide. read more

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UC chairman fears for his life

He says that following the failed attempt to abduct him as well last year a similar attempt may be made again. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda His brother had been abducted last February and has not been heard of since while there was also an attempt to abduct him last year. Udaya Shantha says he fears his brother may have been killed after being abducted last year. The Chairman of the Kolonnawa Urban Council Raveendra Udaya Shantha says his life is under threat and he hopes to reveal more information regarding the threats.Udaya Shantha says on several occasions he had requested for security from the government but had been provided security only for his house and office and not when he moves around.

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GK Chesterton could be first English saint since 17th century amid claims

The last English saints to be canonised were the so-called Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, who were executed for treason and related offences between 1535 and 1679. Although the the seventeeth-century martyrs were recognised by Pope Paul VI only in 1970, if Chesterton’s clause is successful he would be the first English saint to have lived for more than 300 years.The process of canonisation must begin at least five years after a person’s death, except for in exceptional circumstances decided by the Pope, such as the canonisation of Mother Theresa. It usually takes at least fifty years, and the Vatican must find evidence that at least two miracles have been performed.Chesterton’s grave is in Beaconsfied, Buckinghamshire, and has become a landmark of local interest, although Canon Udris said that residents “wouldn’t have conceived of him in any sense as a candidate for a sainthood”, and that much of the pressure for his canonisation had come from abroad. Members of the Argentinian Chesterton society and supporters in the United States and Canada were the first to petition the Bishop of Northampton to begin the canonisation process in 2013. After the report is published, the Bishop will decide whether to open a ‘cause’ with the Vatican, which begins the formal investigation into the extent of Chesterton’s holiness and the sanctity of his life. Pope Francis may look favourably on the application, having reportedly been a member of the G.K. Chesterton Society in his home country of Argentina.At a later stage of the canonisation process, the Vatican will look for evidence that he has performed posthumous miracles by answering prayers. The report’s findings show that infertile couples, in particular, are said to have singled out Chesterton, himself childless, to ask for miracle conceptions, said Canon John Udris, who compiled the report.“Very interestingly, I have noticed people saying that they are praying for him,” he said.“Because they didn’t have any children, Frances and Gilbert [Chesterton], so they are finding him as a bit of a go-to person, if for example a couple is infertile and looking to have a child.” “[Miracles] will be, if the cause is opened, down the line, what will people be looking for. And of course, people have already been feeding back,” Canon Udris said.Chesterton was an eminent writer, and produced hundreds of stories, books, essays and plays.His works of Christian apologetics are highly regarded, and he was eventually knighted by Pope Pius XI before his death in 1936.Opponents of G.K. Chesterton’s canonisation point to alleged anti-Semitic views he expressed in his lifetime, including the presentation of Jews as greedy or cowardly in his literary works. Later in his life, Chesterton said that Jews should have to wear distinctive dress so that they could be identified, and opposed the defendant Alfred Dreyfus in a trial widely perceived to be an anti-Semitic miscarriage of justice.Canon Udris told The Daily Telegraph that while presenting the views of “people who have hesitations, reservations, and actually who are dead set against the cause” is crucial to his report, his personal view is that “wasn’t a racist bone in his body”. “I won’t be making any recommendations, although he [Bishop Doyle] knows and I’ve made no bones about my personal hopes that the cause will be opened,” he said. A renowned author may become England’s first saint for 300 years after Catholic couples claimed he answered their prayers for “miracle” children.G.K Chesterton is best known for his short stories featuring the character Father Brown, a crime solving priest loosely based on the man who was involved in his conversion to Catholicism in 1922.But now he could become England’s first Roman Catholic saint since the 17th century, after an official report examining the strength of his case is published next month.The Daily Telegraph understands that the document, commissioned by the Bishop of Northampton, will show that Catholics are praying to Chesterton and asking for intercession – his intervention in their lives.It will also dispute claims that Chesterton held anti-Semitic views and used Jewish character tropes in his work.  Author G K CHESTERTON Many oppose Chesterton’s canonisation, pointing to anti-Semitic views he expressed in his lifetime.Credit:Getty Creative 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. read more

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Three people due in court over seizure of cannabis plants worth €640000

first_imgThree people due in court over seizure of cannabis plants worth €640,000 Nine people were arrested over the weekend in connection with the seizure. Short URL Mar 4th 2019, 7:37 AM Monday 4 Mar 2019, 7:37 AM Source: Garda Info/Twitter No Comments https://jrnl.ie/4522562 THREE PEOPLE ARE due to appear in court this morning charged in connection with the seizure of cannabis plants worth an estimated €640,000.Nine people were arrested over the weekend in connection with the seizure. Gardaí said that they had made the seizure and the arrests as part of an intelligence-led operation targeting an organised crime group involved in the supply of controlled drugs.The operation involved gardaí from the South Eastern Region and the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau carrying out a number of searches in the Dublin and Wexford areas.During the searches a cannabis cultivation unit was discovered in a commercial premises in the north inner city area of Dublin. Over 800 cannabis plants at various stages of growth were discovered with an estimated value of €640,000 (pending analysis) were seized. Four people were arrested at the scene. Further searches were also carried out in locations in Wexford and five further arrests were made. Those arrested included six Portuguese nationals (all male), one UK national (male), and a man and woman from Ireland. They range in age from 17 to 45 years.Three males are due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin at 10.30am charged in connection with the seizure. Two other people have been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Four people remain in custody. With reporting by Cormac FitzgeraldComments are closed as people have been charged.  In excess of 800 cannabis plants (value €640k) were seized when a grow house was discovered by members of the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau in Dublin yesterday. Nine people have been arrested in Dublin & Wexford as part of the investigation. pic.twitter.com/8Zr7qIrUQw— Garda Info (@gardainfo) March 3, 2019 By Hayley Halpin Share1 Tweet Email1 11,542 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Span costs millions to maintain but danger still lurks

first_imgAt 100 years old, the northbound span of the Interstate 5 Bridge has allowed millions of people from several generations to easily travel between Vancouver and Portland, but not without a lot of work and public investment.“It doesn’t come cheap to maintain an older bridge of that particular design type,” said Bruce Johnson, state bridge engineer for the Oregon Department of Transportation.ODOT operates and maintains the bridge, but the costs are split between its owners, Oregon and Washington.To many living in the region, the Interstate Bridge is just one feature of a regular commute. But Johnson sees an old structure with lots of maintenance needs.Steel truss bridges, such as the I-5 Bridge, are flexible by nature; that combined with the fact that the bridge is old, supports loads far greater than it was designed for, has issues with corrosion and was riveted together — which makes it prone to fatigue cracks — can cause a feedback loop of problems.Johnson says ODOT has ways of monitoring and repairing damage as it arises. But as Oregon’s infrastructure inventory grows and more bridges age beyond their design lifespans, he worries about being able to stay on top of all the problems.last_img read more

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Candidates differences on display at forum

first_imgLegislative candidates faced off Thursday evening at the Vancouver Community Library at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters, touching on a wide range of topics from how to fund the state’s public schools to the future of medical marijuana. The two contenders for one of the more competitive races, Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, and challenger Lynda Wilson, vying for the 17th Legislative District, Position 1, fielded questions from the moderator first. Wilson, a Republican and co-owner of DeWils Industries, said she’s “genuinely concerned with the direction of our state.” Wilson promised that, if elected, she would work to create a business-friendly climate in the state.She blasted her opponent for not supporting the charter school initiative, which was on the ballot in 2012, and for voting against a measure that would have required a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes. “There are places where (Stonier) would be a better fit,” Wilson said. “Like maybe Seattle.” Stonier, an educator who was vice-chair of the Education Committee during the 2013-14 Legislative session, said her background will be crucial in the upcoming session as lawmakers tackle how to fund the state’s public schools. Stonier also touted her background in being “willing to work across the aisle.” When it comes to the challenge of funding schools, it’s an issues she’s intimately involved with, Stonier said, adding “I live it every day.”last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Friday Oct 19 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowGov. Walker suspends campaign for reelection in AFN announcementCasey Grove and Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageGovernor Walker announced today that he is suspending his campaign for reelection. That leaves a two-person race for governor between Republican Mike Dunleavy and Democrat Mark Begich.Defending Native women from violence remains hot topic at AFNZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe theme at this year’s convention is “Innovation in the Past, Present and Future”. The issue of violence against women is at the forefront of the conference.What’s the deal with Murkowski’s ‘present’ vote?Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Some liberals were mad at Sen. Murkowski because technically, she didn’t vote “no” on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. She voted “present.” And there’s a long backstory to that.Debris slide closes road into Denali National ParkAssociated PressA debris slide has closed the road into Denali National Park.New report compares Alaska’s recession to other energy-dependent statesAbbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWhile recessions in other energy-dependent states have come and gone, Alaska’s economy has yet to recover.After decades of ineligibility, Diomede finally included in Essential Air ServiceEmily Hofstaedter, KNOM – NomeDiomede no longer has to rely on uncertain state funding for airline passenger service.AK: Vusi Mahlasela, ‘The Voice,’ sings for HilandKirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageBefore acclaimed South African musician Vusi Mahlasela kicked off his Alaska tour this month, he hosted a special show for inmates at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center.49 Voices: Nolan Charles of Toksook BayWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Nolan Charles from Toksook Bay. 16-year-old Charles is part of the Toksook Bay Yup’ik dancers, who performed in the opening ceremony to AFN.last_img read more