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Complaint against Goa Raj Bhavan for delay in reply to RTI application

first_imgRight to Information (RTI) activist Advocate Aires Rodrigues on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Goa State Information Commission (GSIC) against Goa Raj Bhavan for not furnishing information sought by him.The Public Information Officer (PIO) and the Secretary to the Goa Governor have been named respondents in the complaint.In his October 19 application to the PIO at Raj Bhavan, Mr. Rodrigues had sought information on details of official and unofficial tours and trips within India and overseas by the Governor and her family from the day she assumed office on August 31, 2014, and the total expenditure incurred on each visit.Mr. Rodrigues had further sought details of guests including VIPs, VVIPs and others who stayed at Raj Bhavan since August 31, 2014 and the expenditure incurred on each guest. He also sought details of vehicles purchased for Raj Bhavan since August 31, 2014. In his complaint filed on Wednesday, Mr. Rodrigues has pointed out that though the mandated time of 30 days, as specified in the RTI Act, has elapsed Raj Bhavan has not furnished the information sought by him nor has responded to his application.He has sought that Raj Bhavan be directed to furnish the information immediately and penalty be imposed on Raj Bhavan under Section 20 of the RTI Act. Earlier, while disposing another petition filed by Mr. Rodrigues, The Goa Chief Information Commissioner had on October 15 upheld the orders of the Commission that the Governor’s secretariat of Goa Raj Bhavan is a public authority and comes within the purview of the RTI Act.last_img read more

Breaking away from party line, Rae Bareli MLA Aditi Singh attends U.P. special session

first_imgBreaking away from party line, Congress MLA from Rae Bareli, Aditi Singh, on October 2 attended a special 36-hour ongoing session of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly convened by the Yogi Adityanath government despite a call for boycott by the Opposition parties.Coming weeks after she spoke out in support of the Central government decision to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, her seemingly rebellious stance has triggered speculation over her future.Ms. Singh is an MLA from the Rae Bareli Sadar seat, one of the five constituencies in the Parliamentary seat of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.While Ms. Singh was conspicuous with her absence from the padayatra in Lucknow led by Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, to whom she is considered close, later she participated in the Assembly debate.Talking to reporters outside the House, Ms. Singh said she did what she felt was right. She stated that she rose above party line and tried to talk about development.“…because that’s what the people elected me for. That is my first and foremost priority. I have always tried to walk the path that I feel is correct, the path that my father has taught me,” she said.When asked if the Congress could initiate any action against her, she said she was willing to face the consequences. “Whatever decision the party takes, I am ready to accept that. It’s their call. Today, I did what I felt was right,” she said.Ms. Singh is the daughter of Akhilesh Singh, who was a Rae Bareli strongman and former MLA. He died recently.Sources said that Ms. Singh was contemplating on her future in the Congress and move to the BJP could not be ruled out.If she does quit the Congress, it would be a big setback for the party as earlier this year its former MLC Dinesh Singh left to join the BJP and contested against the UPA chairperson Ms. Gandhi in Rae Bareli. She, however, won but with a reduced margin.In 2017 Assembly polls, the BJP had made huge dents into the Congress bastion of Amethi-Rae Bareli winning six out of 10 seats while the Congress only managed two legislators, Ms. Singh and Rakesh Singh from Harchandpur seat. Incidentally, the former is the brother of the rebel Mr. Dinesh Singh and a huge doubt loom over his future too.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea warned Hudson-Odoi will become next Sancho

first_imgChelsea warned Hudson-Odoi will become next Sanchoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes the club are risking Callum Hudson-Odoi becoming the next Jadon Sancho by allowing him to join Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. Sancho has excelled since leaving Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017.And Cascarino believes Hudson-Odoi could make Chelsea regret selling him if he is given the opportunity to play at Bayern.He told The Times: “Bayern Munich’s interest in Callum Hudson-Odoi should tell Chelsea all they need to know.”The 18-year-old is clearly a special talent and they should be doing all they can to stop him joining one of the biggest clubs in Europe.”Transfer fees are obscene for teenagers but Chelsea should look farther down the line.”Just look at Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund.”Manchester City let him leave and now he is starring for the Bundesliga leaders domestically and in the Champions League.”Chelsea must resist the temptation of selling Hudson-Odoi this month and try and persuade him to sign a new long-term contract – his value and ability is likely to only increase.”There aren’t many players who can skip past players and deliver such brilliant crosses as he did against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.”He set up Alvaro Morata for both goals and was comfortably the best player on the pitch.”Chelsea have had little success in establishing their academy players in the first team, which should make them even more determined to keep Hudson-Odoi.”They know how important it is to their fans to have a home-grown player star for the first team – just look at how the supporters adored John Terry.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Prosenjit to produce web films

first_imgActor Prosenjit Chatterjee is set to produce food-themed films for the digital media, which will be released during Durga Puja. The films, having different story lines, have been titled Filter Coffee Liquor Cha, Daab Chingri and Dawat E Lucknow, Chatterjee said. On the reason behind choosing food-themed films, Chatterjee said, “We Bengalis are stereotyped as gastronomes. But somehow we didnt have enough of food films in Bengali.” All the three films will be uploaded on a premier digital entertainment platform during Durga Puja to enable people to “get a virtual taste of different varieties of food during the festivities.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe films will also be a visual delight for the audience, he said. Chatterjee turned to full scale film production in recent times after about four decades of acting. Filter Coffee Liquor Cha is a romcom with a story line about how a Tamil boy and Bengali girl come together, a spokesperson of Chatterjee’s production house said. The cast of filmmaker Debarati Gupta’s film, includes popular actress Priyanka Sarkar and pop icon Usha Uthup among others. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe second cuisine-themed film Daab Chingri (a delicious prawn preparation with green coconut) is a family drama about an old age home where the inmates crave for home cooked food, which they feel, will bring back the lost charm of Bengali cuisine of yesteryears. Veteran actress Sandhya Roy is staging a comeback in the film as the pivotal character, along with senior actor Paran Bandhopadhyay. The film is directed by Sudeep Das. The third in the series is Dawat E Lucknow, a film on Bengalis love for Lucknow cuisine. The story revolves round the food and reuniting with family after 50 years. The film, directed by Aditi Roy, has Soumitra Chatterjee and Suhasini Mulay among the cast. Mentioning that Dawat E Lucknow shoot is taking place in different corners of Lucknow, he said, “After watching the film, you will feel like visiting the heritage city.”last_img read more

Trudeau meets with Unifor as GM set to shutter Oshawa plant

first_imgDias says GM is trying to ship thousands of jobs to Mexico and he asked the government to consider tariffs on Mexican autos unless the auto company reversed its decision.“If you’re going to have a company that’s going to show us their middle finger, then I think our government should show them their middle finger as well,” Dias said.So far the prime minister has said its focus is on helping the workers and their families and is yet to lay out a specific plan of action.Unifor is threatening wide-spread action in Canada and the U.S. if GM doesn’t back down from this plan.Canada’s employment minister won’t say if there is anything the Feds can do to stop this shutdown and save the jobs, although the innovation minister has suggested GM has made up its mind.On Monday, Trudeau met with the CEO of Ford Canada to discuss strengthening the auto industry. OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – A day after General Motors announced it is shuttering its operations in Oshawa, Ontario next year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the union representing the workers who will be affected.As many as two and a half thousand employees could lose their jobs with this closure.“We’re not buying the argument that nothing can be done,” said Unifor president Jerry Dias following the meeting.But he called the meeting “productive,” noting Trudeau is willing to roll up his sleeves.WATCH: Canada’s auto industry at risk if GM closes Oshawa plant: Unifor presidentlast_img read more

Organized crime salmon link causes stir in BC

first_imgAPTN National NewsTestimony linking organized crime with black market salmon has caused a stir in British Columbia.Department of Fisheries Officials told the Cohen inquiry that 97 per cent of fish caught by First Nations for food and ceremonial purposes were finding their way onto the open market.First Nation leaders call the DFO allegations outrageous.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has more on this story.last_img

Morocco Should Stay Alert to John Boltons Influence with Trump

Washington D.C. – Less than a week after the roundtable held under the supervision of the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton announced the Trump administration’s plan to confront the threat that China and Russia pose to U.S. interests.Bolton said that the Trump administration wants to stop funding long-term UN peacekeeping operations that have failed to achieve their goals, including the UN peacekeeping mission to the Western Sahara, known as MINURSO.The U.S. official spent more than five minutes discussing the Western Sahara conflict and the failure of the MINURSO mission to reach its objective. Bolton stated that he was disappointed with MINURSO and the Security Council’s inability to resolve the conflict. He used the same language he had used in his memoir “Surrender is Not an Option”, published 10 years ago, in which he sharply criticized the UN’s failure to find a formula that could enable the parties to end the conflict.In his speech at an event hosted at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., Bolton said that the Trump administration would break with the UN’s reluctance to end the conflicts on the agenda of the Security Council.Presenting MINURSO as his “favorite” example of UN missions that have failed to accomplish their end goals, he said that the Security Council has lacked the strong political will needed to introduce a new approach and find a definitive solution to the conflict.According to Bolton, the U.S. emphasized last April the need to renew MINURSO’s mandate for just six months, in order to send a clear message to the parties involved in the conflict and to the Security Council: The U.S. will not allow the UN to continue to handle the conflict without setting clear objectives.Bolton’s tone and the attention he gave to the Western Sahara issue in his speech suggest that he will monitor the issue in the coming months and make sure he leaves his personal imprint on it. There is no doubt that that the United States will put more pressure on the Security Council and the parties to in the conflict to show genuine willingness and readiness to work in a spirit of compromise to reach a mutually acceptable political solution.Need for unprecedented mobilization Moroccan diplomacy should be mobilized more vigorously than ever and should work proactively to prevent any developments that might undermine the efforts Morocco has made in recent years to create a new dynamic that is oriented toward Moroccan interests.John Bolton will undoubtedly seek to accomplish what he failed to do when he was assistant to former UN envoy James Baker and when he served as U.S. ambassador to the UN from 2005 to 2006.In his memoir and on many other occasions, Bolton has made it clear that he was dissatisfied with the U.S. State Department’s bureaucracy, which prevented him from pressuring the parties to the conflict to find a final solution.As the national security adviser working closely with the president in his everyday work, Bolton now has the power and authority he had never before enjoyed to affect U.S. foreign policy orientations in ways that align with his own positions and principles.Bolton is known for having strong and opinionated positions and for his keenness to translate them into real action. Algeria knew that when it hired the public relations firm Keene Consulting owned by David Keene, who is close to Bolton. It was Bolton who drew Keene’s interest to Algeria and the Western Sahara issue 20 years ago.Because John Bolton and David Keene agree on the Western Sahara conflict, one can argue that Keene’s influence, ever since he engaged with Algeria on November 1, is paying off and has been apparent in Bolton’s overtone at the Heritage Foundation.It was striking that Bolton mentioned the referendum in his keynote address, while the Security Council has progressively put this option on the back burner since the beginning of the political process in 2007.This mirrors Algeria and Polisario’s attempt to bring the political process back to the beginning, and push the Security Council once again to recognize that self-determination, as understood by Algeria and Polisario, remains among the options on the table to end the conflict.Consequently, Morocco should act urgently to prevent Algeria from undermining the political process and distancing itself from any involvement in the conflict.Morocco should also reconsider the public relations firms it has hired in recent years and examine their ability to communicate the Moroccan position to U.S. officials. After Algeria made a deal with a close associate of the national security adviser, Morocco should consider hiring a company close to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.Bolton has significant influence within the administration, but Pompeo is also one of the executive’s most trusted cabinet members. Linking with the U.S. secretary of state would bring some balance within the Trump administration regarding Morocco. Pompeo could ensure that no decisions are made that could affect relations with Morocco.At this stage, Morocco does not need people who give compliments or repeat the timeworn fact that Morocco was the first country that recognized the independence of the United States. Morocco needs people who have influence within the Washington D.C. political establishment and who can convince the Trump administration to support Morocco’s political efforts and the concessions it has made since 2007 to pave the way towards a mutually acceptable political solution.Morocco needs to get closer to the U.S. Congress, in particular to the Senate where he has long been unable to convince American legislators of its position on the conflict.The months ahead will likely see unprecedented competition between Morocco and Algeria to garner the support of U.S. foreign policy establishment. How deftly and effectively each of the two countries seek to convince the U.S. government will play a determining role in defining the American position on the conflict next April when MINURSO’s mandate comes up for renewal.Samir Bennis is the co-founder of Morocco World News. You can follow him on Twitter @SamirBennis. read more

UAE Newspaper Israel is a Real Enemy

Rabat – Habib Al Sayegh, editor-in-chief of the UAE daily Al-Khaleej, has condemned all Arab invitations to visit Israel.In a recent editorial, he strongly denounced the suggestion of open relations with the “Zionist state.” He also denounced the justification of Israel’s actions against Palestinians and demanded the boycott of Israel’s advocates.Al-Khaleej is among the oldest newspapers in the UAE. It is published in Sharjah and has always referred to Israel as the “Zionist enemy.” In one article, Al Sayegh said that “voices rise here and there, rushing to Israel, aiming to visit and support it, expressing their sincerest signs of love and loyalty.” “Although we recognize that these voices are few and with limited impact, they are, as is apparent, increasing fast and perhaps the reason is us turning a blind eye,” Al Sayegh added.He also stressed how these voices should not be ignored or overlooked. He continued, “some have even taken shameful positions which no sane person would take.”Arab visits to IsraelLast July, the Saudi blogger Mohammed Saud visited Israel at the invitation of its Foreign Ministry. He was harassed and cursed at while visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. A video of the incident shows a child spitting at Saud while others yelled at him to leave.Al Sayegh described Saud, “who called himself Saudi media” as miserable when he was expelled from old Jerusalem. For Al Sayegh, the blogger deserved what “Jerusalem Arabs did to him.”The UAE editor-in-chief has criticized a number of figures, such as Anwar Eshki, Saudi Intelligence General, and Abdul Hamid Al-Ghabin, a Saudi writer, who failed, despite great efforts, to promote visits to Israel.Eshki had stated, in May 2018, on BBC that “Palestinians are Saudis, we do not have to defend them… and Israel had never assaulted Saudi Arabia despite being suspected of being an enemy.”Al Sayegh also sharply attacked Kassab al-Otaibi, a former Saudi dissident, and described him as “the worst of all, who dared deny the sanctity and importance of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the importance of Jerusalem as the eternal capital Palestine.”He further wondered “who authorized the normalizers (those in favor of normalizing relations with Israel) to speak on behalf of everyone?” stating that “no one has the right to talk on behalf of all Saudis or people of the Gulf, and then choose whether Israel or Iran is the enemy.”“Israel is a real and natural enemy to us, as it is the enemy of our Palestinian brothers,” he affirmed.Al Sayegh continued, “Israel, which did not fire at us once, is the enemy all Arabs have been united against, even if just with their hearts, conscience, and speech, indifferent to the transformations of the world around them.”“Israel is the 1948 ‘Nakba’ (Palestinian exodus), the 1967 ‘Naksa’, the massacres of Bahr El-Baqar, Qana, Sabra, and Shatila. Israel is the thorn planted in our throats and the strange piece forcibly attached to us.”Al Sayegh concluded by saying, “we dislike Israel, the idea, the project, the danger, the impact, the fear, and the racist religious entity, and we do not want to visit it. We support our Palestinian brothers in Palestine and everywhere.”Israel and the Gulf countries According to The Times of Israel, “though Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and UAE condemned Jerusalem for deadly Gaza clashes, relations have been quietly warming up.” The Israeli news outlet affirmed that despite Arab states resoundingly condemning the killing of more than 50 Palestinians in the Gaza protests of May 2018, “behind the scenes fears over Iran have divided Arab leaders, with some willing to quietly reach out to Israel.”In an article by TheNewsArab, Suzan Quitaz reported that “despite both countries’ (Israel and Saudi Arabia) efforts to keep their relationship as covert as possible, there are well-documented reports indicating extensive behind-the-scenes diplomatic and intelligence cooperation between the two countries, in quest of mutual goals.”In an interview Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave to The Atlantic Magazine in spring 2018, he stated: “there are a lot of interests we share with Israel and if there is peace, there would be a lot of interest between Israel and the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).” More recently, at the ceremony held on May 14 to mark the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Jared Kushner said “from Israel to Jordan to Egypt to Saudi Arabia and beyond, many leaders are fighting to modernize their countries and create better lives for their people.”“In confronting common threats and in pursuit of common interests, previously unimaginable opportunities and alliances are emerging,” he added.According to The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development, This week, the UAE participated in “Iniohos 2017,”a joint military exercise with the air forces of Greece, Italy, the United States, and Israel. The UAE also participated in the “Red Flag” exercise in Nevada.“The UAE’s collaboration with Israel goes beyond these multiparty training exercises,” says Mohamed Mohamed, Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center.“In 2015, Israel established its first diplomatic mission in the UAE in order to represent itself at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which is based in Abu Dhabi,” he continued. As the Gulf countries draw closer to the US, and therefore Israel, amid tension with Iran, the Al-Khaleej editorial is not the only voice to call for Arab support in Palestine. Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit also called on Arab countries to support the Palestinian Authority to overcome the stifling economic pressures facing the Palestinian government.Morocco’s positionDespite participating in the Manama conference on the US-led Middle East peace plan known as the “Deal of the Century”, Morocco maintained its “constant” position on the Palestinian cause. During Jared Kushner’s visit to Morocco on July 31, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita emphasized  that the country is steadfast in its stance to support the establishment of “an independent, sovereign, and viable Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.” read more

Ban President Obama discuss boosting USUN cooperation

“The United Nations and the United States share common visions and objectives for peace, stability, development and human rights,” Mr. Ban told reporters after the meeting at the White House in Washington.Calling 2009 a “make-or-break” year, he said that collaboration is essential to address the crises on many fronts to turn this year into a “make-it-work” one, “full of optimism and resolution.”The talks at the White House in Washington this afternoon covered numerous issues confronting the international community, including the global economic crisis and the need to assist the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.Mr. Ban and Mr. Obama jointly called for strengthening efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight ambitious anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, noting that strides can be made even in a difficult economic climate.With the next meeting of the so-called Group of 20 (G20) nations scheduled to be held next month in London, the Secretary-General said that “the leaders of industrialized countries should keep their commitments on the Millennium Development Goals and official development assistance [ODA], and help developing countries overcome food security and also help them to adapt and mitigate climate change.”During their talks, the leaders underscored the importance of reaching an international agreement on climate change – with nations expected to agree on an ambitious successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases at a UN conference in Copenhagen in December – to both save the earth and promote sustainable economic recovery. Mr. Ban, who arrived in Washington from a visit to Haiti with former US President Bill Clinton, told journalists that “the whole world is looking” to the US President for leadership on climate change, which he characterized as “an issue of our era.”The leaders also discussed at length the situation in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur at length. Immediately after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for President Omar Al-Bashir for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur last week, the Government of Sudan decided to order the departure of 13 non-governmental organizations (NGOs).Mr. Ban and Mr. Obama conferred on the impact of the aid groups’ ejections on the already-dire humanitarian situation in Darfur, stressing the need for a peaceful resolution.Other issued discussed today included boosting civilian support for Afghanistan, facilitating cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Middle East peace process and assisting Iraq in its transition phase. 10 March 2009During a meeting today between United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States President Barack Obama, the two leaders agreed on the potential for stepped up US-UN cooperation on a host of issues. read more

Security fragile as stalemate over Abyei persists – senior UN official

8 December 2011The security situation in the disputed area of Abyei remains fragile, with both South Sudan and Sudan failing to withdraw their armed forces as agreed under a demilitarization pact reached in June, the head of United Nations peacekeeping told the Security Council today. Similarly, despite significant efforts by an African Union panel and Haile Menkerios, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Sudan and Southern Sudan, very little progress has been made in establishing temporary administrative arrangements for Abyei, Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told the Council in a briefing.“This impasse is not a good sign for the stabilization of the Abyei area and the implementation of the mandate of UNISFA [UN Interim Security Force for Abyei], which depends both on the creation of a functioning administration and withdrawal of armed forces of the two parties,” said Mr. Ladsous.“In this complex and challenging environment, UNISFA continues its efforts to implement its mandate. As of today, 2,853 troops are on the ground, following the deployment of the second battalion in October.”Two police officers have also been deployed to plan for the implementation of the mission’s police mandate once the Abyei Police Service has been established, he added. UNISFA has also recovered and disposed of more than 1,000 unexploded ordinance and mines ahead of the arrival of a UN mine action team, which began deploying on 2 December.Logistical challenges involved in supporting UNISFA’s deployment and operations include the long supply chains from Port Sudan and South Sudan, constraints on the operational availability of a logistics space, and gaps in essential support personnel, Mr. Ladsous said.He also updated the Council on negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan held in the Ethiopian, capital, Addis Ababa, late last month under the auspices of the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).The talks focussed on oil and transitional financial arrangements as well as border issues. Positions of both parties on oil and transitional financial arrangements proved too far apart for an agreement, but the two sides agreed to hold additional talks in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, and Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, this month and in January.Discussions on the border issue also ended without agreement on the next phase of the border demarcation process for the agreed areas or on the process required to resolve differences over the disputed ones. In addition, no progress has been made on the adoption of an operational map defining the safe demilitarized border zone, Mr. Ladsous said.He urged Council members to press the parties to agree on the mapping of the border zone and technical details for the monitoring mechanism, under the auspices of AUHIP.“A return to the negotiating table is absolutely essential to prevent a further descent of the two new countries into violence, which would inevitably have an impact on the whole region.”South Sudan became independent from Sudan on 9 July. A referendum on the status of the Abyei area on the border was to have been held in January this year, but never took place amid disagreement on voter eligibility.Dozens of people have been killed this year as a result of clashes in Abyei and surrounding areas and tens of thousands of have been forced to flee their homes. read more

Deportation of Sri Lankan student in UK halted

A university student who faced being deported from the UK to Sri Lanka has had the order halted hours before she was due to board a plane, the Guardian reported.Shiromini Satkunarajah, who is studying electrical engineering at Bangor University, North Wales, faced being sent to her country of birth with her mother Roshina on Tuesday morning. Satkunarajah and her mother were due to be released from Yarl’s Wood detention centre on Monday evening.Williams, the Plaid Cymru Westminster leader, said: “This is the news we’ve all been hoping for. I’m so very glad that Shiromini and her mum have had this deportation order rescinded and released from the detention centre. The student, who has lived in the UK since she was 12, faced leaving the UK three months before completing her degree. “I’d like to thank everyone who backed the campaign to have the deportation order lifted. So much has been achieved in so little time.”He added: “The outpouring of support from across the country has been staggering, particularly from North Wales, where Shiromini is highly regarded within the Bangor community.“Since the campaign was launched on Friday I’ve received messages of support for Shiromini from across the country and I’m glad that Bangor University will now be able to welcome one of their best students back. The Home Office rescinded her deportation order on Monday, shortly after her local MP Hywel Williams raised a point of order in the House of Commons. “Of course the campaign to right this unjust situation is not over. There is clearly something seriously wrong with the current system and it is an issue I intend to pursue.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

Bosnian Serbs change attitude towards war crimes tribunal Security Council told

Video of Council meeting [2hrs 03mins] “It is early days – and only natural that seasoned observers should remain sceptical,” High Representative Lord Paddy Ashdown, the international community’s top civilian administrator in the country, said in an open briefing of the five indictees handed over in the last two months to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.”But I do now believe we may be seeing a change in the attitude of the RS (Republika Srpska) authorities, and an acceptance that the way to Brussels and the European Union (EU) and to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), lies through The Hague,” he added, stressing that there must be no respite until all indictees are in custody.Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croatian Bosniak/Croat Federation are the constituent parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), which recently saw its efforts to join NATO’s Partnership-for-Peace programme rejected over the RS’s failure to honour its obligations to cooperate fully with the ICTY. It is also seeking European integration.But the Serbs’ wartime commander, Ratko Mladic, remains on the run, Lord Ashdown warned. “Mladic might reflect on the fact that it is a curious military code in which a general lets his subordinate officers carry the can for actions they carried out in his name, while he scurries from safe housed to safe house like a common criminal,” he said.”Now, I do not claim that the events of the last few weeks yet constitute the full cooperation that the Tribunal requires. Ten years after Srebrenica, the call for justice doesn’t fade away, and must not fade away.”This process will not end until (Serb wartime President Radovan) Karadzic and Mladic and every other indictee is in custody. The sooner that day comes, the sooner BiH will start to discard the chains of history. I commend the RS authorities for the progress of the last few weeks.”The crucial thing now is that it continues. But we cannot tolerate any slackening of effort. There is no scope for that,” he declared. Noting other requirements such as police restructuring and defence reform, on which he said there had been recent “backsliding” by the RS, Lord Ashdown voiced the hope that this will be the year in which BiH starts to “embed itself firmly in the Euro-Atlantic structures.”Invited to take the floor, BiH Security Minister Barisa Colak told the 15-member body he expected that the EU would recognize significant progress on the country’s part, and give it a green light for the opening of Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) negotiations in May. His country stood ready to invest further in fulfilling its international obligations, particularly towards the ICTY, he said.Speaking for the EU, Luxembourg Ambassador Jean-Marc Hoscheit said that despite “significant progress” across 16 priority areas, some significant hurdles remained, notably cooperation with the ICTY and restructuring of police forces, for BiH to advance towards the next stage of its relationship with the Union. Full cooperation with the Tribunal, in particular by the RS, continued to be an essential requirement, he added. read more

Commentary Kerry Coombs makes his presence known as Ohio State football kicks

As he roamed the field for the first practice of Ohio State’s spring football season, coach Urban Meyer’s demeanor was calm. He was in control. The field was his. The loudest guy out there was not the former Florida head coach, but the newest hire on Meyer’s staff, the cornerbacks coach from the University of Cincinnati. Kerry Coombs, hired after Bill Sheridan’s departure to the NFL, was the most vocal and most engaging coach to watch on the field. Working with the cornerbacks in position drills, Coombs took command of the situation, barked out orders and asserted himself as a presence on the field you would expect from a long-time coach – not one that has been on the team for less than a month. Cornerback position drills included more than 20 minutes of footwork, ranging from side-to-side fast-feet drills, drills to keep the corners low and drills designed to have them catch a tennis ball. Coombs was the loudest on the field, yelling things such as “Stay down,” or “Get low,” or my favorite, “You have to catch the ball!” Coombs, served as the associate head coach for the Bearcats, and also as Cincinnati’s special teams coordinator, defensive pass game coordinator and defensive backs coach. Coombs was constantly challenging the corners to get lower and faster in their drills, and was not shy in making fun of redshirt sophomore defensive back Adam Griffin for his height. Griffin is listed at 5 feet 8 inches. “Adam,” Coombs shouted. “You’re already too low, I can’t even see you back there.” If Coombs’ passion is any indication of the kind of energy Meyer’s new staff will bring to the field, all signs are pointing in the right direction for the 2012 Buckeyes. Running with the 1’s The linebacker position will provide solid competition for the three starting spots, as senior Storm Klein was running with the backups on Wednesday. Redshirt senior Etienne Sabino, sophomore Ryan Shazier and sophomore Curtis Grant were running in the three linebacker spots. The offensive line position will also provide interesting matchups in spring ball, as the anchors of the offensive line will not be returning next year. Players stepping in to fill the shoes of Mike Adams, Michael Brewster and J.B Shugarts include junior Andrew Norwell, redshirt junior Jack Mewhort, redshirt junior Corey Linsley, redshirt junior Marcus Hall, tight end-turned-lineman senior Reid Fragel and many others. Also impressing on the first day of practice was freshman Taylor Decker. read more

The Dutch Trump and PM Rutte go headtohead in Netherlands elections

first_img Anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders on his campaign trail for the Dutch parliamentary elections, amid tight security and intense media interest. Source: Utrecht Robin/ABACAPRESS.COMMILLIONS OF DUTCH voters were going to the polls today in an election that has been overshadowed by a blazing diplomatic row with Turkey, with all eyes on the fate of far-right MP Geert Wilders.Following last year’s shock Brexit vote, and Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential polls, the Dutch general elections are seen as a litmus test of the strength of far-right and populist parties ahead of other ballots in Europe this year.Amid the tussle between outgoing prime minister Mark Rutte and his anti-Islam rival Wilders, many of the 12.9 million eligible voters were still hesitating between the 28 parties in the running. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte answers questions after the closing debate at parliament last night. Source: Peter DejongMost polling stations opened at 6.30am, although a few such as at Eindhoven airport were allowed to open earlier.Polling booths set up in schools, town halls as well as shops, bowling alleys and swimming pools will close at 8pm with exit polls expected shortly after.“When people look for leadership, they look to me,” Rutte told a final debate late last night.The leader of the Liberal VVD party, he is bidding for a third term as premier of the country of 17 million people – one of the largest economies in the eurozone and a founding father of the European Union.Wilders – the ‘Dutch Trump’ Source: Muhammed Muheisen/PA ImagesVoters and pundits have dubbed Wilders “the Dutch Trump”, with his dyed blonde, bouffant hair, love of Twitter and incendiary anti-immigrant rhetoric.But despite a superficial resemblance there are sharp differences, Wilders is still partly an enigma even though he has long been a thorn in the side of the political establishment.Final polls appeared to show Rutte pulling away from Wilders, crediting the VVD with coming top with 24 to 28 seats – well down on its 40 seats in the outgoing parliament.Wilders was seen as slipping, barely clinging on to second place with between 19 and 22 MPs – well up on the 12 MPs his Freedom Party (PVV) had before.“I am hoping for a strong centre” coalition with Rutte joining forces with other traditional parties, said Alexander van der Hooft.He was the first person to cast his ballot at the Wolters School in a leafy suburb in The Hague, where Rutte was expected to vote later.“But I’m afraid it’s going to be very fragmented and difficult to form a government,” he told AFP.But polls still predict the PVV will emerge from the elections as one of the largest parties in parliament.If so, Wilders can point to the best showing yet for the party he founded in 2006 after splitting with the right-wing Liberal VVD – the ruling partner in the outgoing coalition. Wilders has repeatedly said he believes he is on a mission to halt “the Islamisation” of the West. Source: Utrecht Robin/ABACAPRESS.COMRutte and TurkeySeeking to mark his differences with the fiery, Twitter-loving Wilders, Rutte has been highlighting the country’s economic growth and stability during his six years at the helm.Complicating the political landscape, Turkey has gatecrashed the scene with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unleashing a string of invective at the Dutch for barring his ministers from addressing a pro-Ankara rally in Rotterdam.Rutte’s firm handling of the crisis – barring one Turkish minister from flying into the country, and expelling another – appears to have boosted his image here. People began casting their ballots from 6.30am today. Source: Peter DejongSnapping at the heels of Wilders are long-standing Dutch parties such as the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), credited with 19 to 21 seats, and the Democracy Party (D66) with around 17 to 19 MPs, the polls said.Both the CDA and D66 would be natural coalition partners for Rutte, who like most Dutch parties, has refused to work with Wilders, turned off by his incendiary rhetoric.“Netherlands does not belong to all. Do you hear me? The Netherlands belongs to the Dutch,” Wilders said in last night’s debate.Wilders has pledged to close the borders to Muslim immigrants, shut mosques and ban sales of the Koran. He also wants to pull the country out of the EU in a so-called Nexit. A poster showing Jesse Klaver, from the GroenLinks party is held by a supporter outside Amsterdam’s Central Station, Netherlands. Source: Muhammed Muheisen/PA ImagesAngry tweetsThe Dutch pride themselves on their consensus politics, and reportedly it takes an average of three months to cobble together a coalition. Observers predict this time round however, four or even five parties may be needed to reach the 76-seat majority.The leader of the Labour Party, Rutte’s coalition partner in the outgoing government, hit out at Wilders in some of the fiercest exchanges late last night.“You’ve been a member of parliament for 20 years. You’ve sent thousands of angry tweets, but you have provided zero solutions. You weaken and divide The Netherlands,” said Labour leader Lodewijk Asscher.While traditional Labour appears to be sinking this year, the left-wing GroenLinks and its charismatic young leader Jesse Klaver are enjoying a huge boost.His party may win 16 to 18 seats, which could place him in a powerful kingmaker role.Read: ‘Broken character’ … ‘repugnant falsehood’: Netherlands-Turkey diplomatic crisis deepensExplainer: Is the Netherlands about to take a big jump to the far-right? 9,755 Views Wednesday 15 Mar 2017, 8:00 AM By AFP Short URL 41 Comments Share Tweet Email Mar 15th 2017, 8:00 AM ‘The Dutch Trump’ and PM Rutte go head-to-head in Netherlands’ elections There is an intense media frenzy around the Dutch elections this year because of the anti-Islam sentiment linked with Brexit and the US election last year. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

26 animaux dun zoo allemand meurent dans un incendie

first_img26 animaux d’un zoo allemand meurent dans un incendieTôt samedi matin, un incendie s’est déclaré dans le zoo de Karlsruhe, ville située au sud-ouest de l’Allemagne. Les flammes ont, d’après la police, tué 26 animaux.La police dénombre parmi les victimes de l’incendie, des poneys Shetland, des chèvres, des moutons et un lama. Par chance, les éléphants et les hippopotames, vivant dans un autre enclos, ont échappé aux flammes. Le feu s’est déclaré samedi matin dans la ferme pédagogique du zoo, une structure construite en bois dédiée aux enfants afin qu’ils puissent s’approcher et caresser les animaux. Une centaine de pompiers ont alors été mobilisés pour combattre les flammes qui, en raison du vent fort ce matin-là, menaçaient de se propager jusqu’aux bâtiments voisins.Alors qu’une enquête est en cours pour déterminer les origines de cet incendie, le zoo a temporairement dû fermer ses portes.Le 18 novembre 2010 à 18:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Complaint on the eligibility of the Premier to be elected Member of

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 22, 2017 – Providenciales – The TCI Integrity Commission (the Commission) hereby informs the public that on 12 November, 2017, the Commission received a formal complaint alleging, that the Premier, the Hon Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, was not eligible to be elected a Member of the House of Assembly and so not qualified to hold the position of the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands.   The main ground of this allegation is that she was born in the Bahamas, holds and travels with a Bahamian Passport and thus holds dual citizenship contrary to Sections 49 and 50 of the TCI Constitution.   The complaint further alleged that she does not hold a valid current TCI passport and this has been the case for some time.In accordance with its constitutional and statutory duty to inquire into complaints of this nature, the Commission investigated these allegations and can confirm that they are false.   Prior to the 2012 General Elections and in compliance with the law as it was then interpreted, the Premier did renounce her Bahamian citizenship along with some other members of the House of Assembly affected.   She is also in possession of current and previous TCI Passports, some dating back to more than ten years ago.   She was thus eligible and was duly elected into the TCI House of Assembly in 2012.   Since then, and notwithstanding the current position of the law, she had neither applied for nor possessed any Bahamian Passport.   Thus, she remained eligible for and was duly elected into the House Assembly at the 2016 General Elections, contrary to the complaint.   Most, if not all, of these facts are easily verifiable from the public and official records of the relevant authorities in TCI and the Bahamas.The Commission is aware that this complaint, unfortunately has also been relayed and made subject of public commentary in social media.   As stated in a previous press statement, the Commission recognizes that social media provides a platform through which persons freely interact and communicate various information on any matter, using their names, pseudonyms or plainly anonymous.   The Commission is once again emphasizing that persons who use the liberty of social media as a cloak to make or give false and malicious information or complaints against other persons, agencies or institutions, especially where the truth of such information or complaint can easily be confirmed, must be prepared to face the severe consequences under the law for doing so.   In such cases, the Commission has a duty to also investigate whether the complaint is falsely and maliciously made, and will be doing so in relation to the complaint in this matter.Richard BeenDeputy Director, TCI Integrity Commission. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Borough Mulls Prayer Policy Ruling from Alaska Supreme Court

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s legal department is carefully considering the next step following the Alaska Supreme Court’s ruling that the KPB Assembly’s prayer policy violates the State Constitution. In 2016 the borough assembly changed their meeting policy in an attempt to be inclusive of all religious groups. During Tuesday’s Regular Assembly meeting, KPB Mayor Charlie Peirce encouraged assembly members to read the 30 plus page court ruling in it’s entirety while the mayor’s office works with the legal department to recommend a course of action for the assembly to vote on. KPB Mayor Pierce: “We’ll go through the legal department and look at the existing policy or practices that are being followed and we will follow the directives of the court on the interim. And, again, you’ll have an opportunity to decide whether you choose to appeal the ruling or not.”center_img However, after an athiest, a member of the Satanic Temple and a member of Homer’s small Jewish community were denied their applications to offer an invocation, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska took the issue to court. The ACLU of Alaska filed the case in December of 2016 “in order to ensure that the constitutional rights of every Kenai Peninsula Borough resident are protected”, according to their website.last_img read more

Scientists are discovering the secrets behind wholebody DNA regeneration

first_img The 24 deadliest animals on Earth, ranked 24 Photos Once the process is activated, the panther worms’ genome physically open up to facilitate regeneration. Establishing how the genome manipulates itself for regeneration is “one of the big findings in this paper,” Gehrke said. Unfortunately, the discovery won’t lead to humans being able to regenerate their limbs Deadpool style. Although humans also have EGR, the team said, our wiring is much different to creatures like the panther worm.  Share your voice Sci-Tech Post a comment 0 Tags Philippe Huguen / AFP/Getty Images Scientists want to know why some fauna, like some species of the humble jellyfish, can regenerate their whole bodies following an injury. In a paper published last Friday, a team at Harvard have made some breakthroughs. With three-banded panther worms as their test subjects, Harvard’s Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Mansi Srivastava and her team discovered a master control gene that’s activated by noncoding DNA, according to the Harvard Gazette.  The control gene is called EGR for early growth response. Once activated, it turns on genes that correlate to regeneration, according to Andrew Gehrke, a postdoctoral fellow in Srivastava’s team.”What we found is that this one master gene comes on [and activates] genes that are turning on during regeneration,” Gehrke explained to the publication. “Basically, what’s going on is the noncoding regions are telling the coding regions to turn on or off, so a good way to think of it is as though they are switches.”  last_img read more

This Japanese All Alone Tent Lets You Wile Away Hours in Solitude

first_imgStay on target When you’ve got a lot of work to do on the computer (or you just want to look up awesome makeup, snacks, or shop for fun stuff) you probably want to be left alone, right? Hopefully, you’re not up to anything weird or sinister. It’s good to have some privacy, though, in case you’re binging on some weird show you don’t want anyone to know you like or anything. That’s why Japan’s Bibi Lab has created the bizarre Bocchi Tent, which is a solo tent meant to act as a “room in a room” that you can buy and shut yourself up in as you get on with the day’s activities. Whatever they may be, anyway.The tent itself is available in Japan for about $94, which is around 10,346 yen if you’re in Japan. The tent can open up and close in just a few seconds, and it’ll pop up in the exact same shape you put it away in. It’s also well-ventilated, with several mesh openings in the walls and the ceiling of the unit. You can close all of the zippered off areas and the makers of the Bocchi tent claim that it will supposedly block out every trace of outside light sources, leaving you completely in the dark. It’s not quite vantablack, where it’ll suck in light and all that weirdness, but it’ll be pretty dark.The pop-up tent creates a space where you can have a private nap or some time away from the rest of the world. It’d be great for an apartment if you find that space is at a premium, or if you have to work in a confined space often where prying eyes may be spying on what you’re up to. You can actually order one if you think you might have a use for it, and chances are you’ll probably think of one. It’s available right now via Amazon Japan in two sizes, one a little bigger than each other, but both the same price. Just make sure you try not to use it for any weird, nefarious purposes. Stay away from the Bocchi tent, Light Yagami. We’ve warned you.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan last_img read more