Extremists kill five persons in Assam

first_imgSuspected extremists gunned down five youths in eastern Assam’s Sadiya police district on Thursday. Police did not rule out the involvement of the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I), though the outfit did not claim responsibility.Additional Superintendent of Police Prakash Sonowal said some motorcycle-borne men indiscriminately opened fire on the youths at a dhaba at Kherbari village under the Dhola police station limits about 8.55 p.m.The victims were identified as Ananta Namasudra, Abinash Namasudra, Subal Das, Dhanai Namasudra and Syamal Biswas.“I condemn the killing of innocent people. Perpetrators of the crime would be dealt with firmly,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said. He asked two Ministers and senior police officers, including Director-General of Police Kuladhar Saikia to rush to the site and deal with the situation.This is the second subversive strike in a little over a fortnight. The ULFA-I had claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in Guwahati on October 13, in which five people were injured.“This explosion was directed against those opposing the National Register of Citizens update and against those organisations supporting settling of Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam,” the outfit’s military chief Paresh Baruah had said in a statement then. Rajnath anguished In New Delhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed deep anguish over the killings, saying strongest possible action would be taken against the perpetrators of the heinous crime. Mr. Singh spoke to Mr. Sonowal and took stock of the situation.Outfit denies roleIn a late night statement, the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) has denied its hand in the killings. “The killings might have happened due to the BJP government’s bid to derail NRC by pushing Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016”, a statement from the outfit said. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

PBA: Rain or Shine bounces back, stuns San Miguel

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Qatar to play in Asian Cup final after UAE protest dismissed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Four-time MVP James Yap scored 21 points in a relief role at the shooting guard spot, but the Painters got the biggest boost from rookie Javee Mocon, who had career-highs of 18 points and 16 rebounds that caught the Beermen by surprise.Rain or Shine improved to 3-1 while the four-time defending champion Beermen, who missed Arwind Santos but welcomed Terrence Romeo back, took a rare second straight loss and dropped below .500 for the first time at 2-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES ANTIPOLO–Rain or Shine came out with a lot of zest and took the very best that San Miguel Beer could offer on Friday night, carving out a 108-98 victory for a great bounce back from its first loss in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Ynares Center here.The Elasto Painters used a huge second quarter to gain control before fending off several uprisings by the Beermen and get back on track after dropping a 99-111 upset at the hands of Blackwater just a couple of nights agoADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View commentslast_img read more


first_img(REOPENS DEL 108)(REOPENS DEL 108) The positive side of the budget is that the government has by and large accepted demands of the MRO industry, Dhiraj Mathur, Partner (Aviation) at consultancy firm PwC India said.But at the same time, service tax on MRO services remained unchanged at 14 per cent, against the wishes of the industry and is expected to play a spoil sport in international attracting airlines to bring their fleet for service in India. To boost air connectivity, the government is preparing an action plan to revive 160 airports and airstrips, each of them would cost about Rs 50-100 crore, Jaitley in his budget speech.”There are about 160 airports and airstrips with state governments which can be revived at an indicative cost of Rs 50 crore to Rs 100 crore each. We will partner with the state governments to develop some of these airports for regional connectivity. Similarly, 10 of the 25 non-functional airstrips with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will also be developed,” Jaitley said.This move will facilitate creation of necessary infrastructure for enhancing regional air connectivity and providing access by air to more parts of the country, Peeyush Naidu, Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP said. PTI RAM IAS RGlast_img read more

Ed Sheeran in India: The audience goes crazy as the pop star sings Shape of You

first_imgEd Sheeran’s much-awaited live concert in India was held today at Jio Garden, BKC, Mumbai, with the audience brimming with energy and excitement for the performance.The concert opened with a performance by American musician Lauv, who belted out some of his hits like Easy Love.Ed Sheeran finally took the stage, leaving the audience cheering to his popular number, Castle on the Hill.Donning a blue kurta, the singer looked charming as the crowd swayed to his tunes.Omg! He is looking so good in blue kurta?? @edsheeran #edsheeran #edsheeranindia #divide #dividetour pic.twitter.com/TNluT5t0K8- Riddhika Kulkarni (@k_ridzofficial) November 19, 2017”It’s such a pleasure to be back in India!” said the singer, as he encouraged his fans to shake a leg.Listening to Castle on the hill @JioGarden. #EdSheeranOnJio #dividetour #EdSheeran @reliancejio pic.twitter.com/WxXNQ7W84Z- Zeeshan Jehangir (@Zeeshanjkhan) November 19, 2017The pop sensation left the audience gasping for breath as he belted out his hits, one after the other, including The A Team, Eraser and Sing. The big gig of the night witnessed some more of the singer’s ecstatic energy as he continued his performance with songs like Galway Girl and How Would You Feel.Listening to How would you feel @JioGarden. #EdSheeranOnJio #dividetour #EdSheeran @reliancejio #EdSheeranIndia pic.twitter.com/bJlCdB133x- Sushant Sawal (@Sushantsawal) November 19, 2017This was followed by another popular number, A Different Way, that the singer had created in collaboration with DJ Snake, and Perfect.The singer’s voice left the audience completely mesmerised as he tuned his guitar to yet another hit, Thinking out Loud.advertisementEd Sheeran also sang Nancy Mulligan while strumming his guitar. ”Thank you for being such a lovely audience,” he said.Listening to Nancy Mulligan @JioGarden. #EdSheeranOnJio #dividetour #EdSheeran @reliancejio #EdSheeranIndia pic.twitter.com/NCNXjXyyTY- Sushant Sawal (@Sushantsawal) November 19, 2017The audience went crazy as the singer came back to the stage, sporting Team India’s jersey and sang his biggest hit, Shape of You.#edsheeranindia #shapeofyou…. @edsheeran pic.twitter.com/CI9m65UwOe- Peeping Moon (@PeepingMoon) November 19, 2017 The pop singer concluded his performance with You Don’t Need Me I Don’t Need You.last_img read more

Tiger Woods cards 5-under 66 to stay in race for 4th British Open title

first_imgTiger Woods has roared back in style to stay in hunt for his fourth British Open title after carding a sensational 5-under 66 in the third round to jump to tied sixth place on Saturday in Scotland.Woods proved he’s still got what it takes as he rolled back the years at Carnoustie.On a day that was perfect for low scoring, Woods let rip with his driver and tucked into the birdie buffet with his red-hot putter, briefly grabbing a share of the lead — something the American had not done at a major since the 2013 Masters.His five-under 66 was his lowest British Open round since he romped to victory at Hoylake in 2006 and left him only four shots behind Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner.”That was good. I played well today. I really did. I hit a lot of good shots,” Woods told reporters.”It would be better on Sunday, but I’m right there. I’ve got a chance at this, which is great. I didn’t know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance in a major. It’s going to be fun.”Tiger Woods has a chance at his 15th major.#TheOpen pic.twitter.com/XQfyUlqG0EPGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) 21 July 2018Woods has been plagued by knee and back injuries and dealt with personal problems including a marriage breakup since winning the last of his 14 majors a decade ago.But few golfers have ever captivated a crowd more, and it was like watching a tape of him in his pomp as he pulled the driver out of the bag and went on the attack.advertisementSensing that something special was brewing, huge crowds swarmed across the Scottish links trying to catch a glimpse of the 42-year-old’s barnstorming charge. Even American playing partner Shaun Norris got swept along by Woods-mania.”It’s crazy. Absolutely crazy to think so many people can follow a person,” he said. “There’s a couple of holes that people may be standing 15, 20 deep. It’s like playing with a mythical creature. It doesn’t feel real.”‘YOU’RE THE MAN’Woods began the day level par after two steady rounds, tied for 29th, but six birdies fired him to a share of sixth place.”Absolutely brilliant!”Huge par save and a 66 for @TigerWoods. #LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/hqJGxckce7PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) 21 July 2018The charge began at the fourth where a brilliant wedge shot set up a birdie, and he picked up another shot at the sixth.When a 25-foot birdie putt trundled across the ninth green and into the cup things to get very interesting.”You’re the man, Tiger, and everyone knows it,” yelled a fan standing next to another in an orange and black tiger costume.Feeding off the electrifying atmosphere, Woods sent a laser-guided second shot to the 10th that left him a tap-in birdie, then at the 11th he rolled a 95-foot eagle putt to five feet and tapped home to gain another shot.It could have been even better. Woods dropped his putter in disbelief when a birdie attempt refused to drop on 13, but he made birdie at the par-five 14th to put his name at the top of the leaderboard — a development that had seasoned golf hacks snapping photos of the huge media scoreboard.He did not stay there long. At the long par-three 16th his tee-shot just failed to stay on the green and he three-putted.Woods played his “one bad swing” at the 18th, but lady luck intervened to keep his ball out of Barry Burn and in thick rough that at least gave him a shot.He laid up, then speared a majestic 150-yard wedge to within three feet. It sounded like a Woods victory march as he strode to the green to complete a memorable round, and who knows what Sunday has in store when the winds are supposed to blow.”I think he’s got a great chance,” Norris said. “I don’t think he’s very far away from really taking everybody on again.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Police drop privacybreach case against Halifax teenNo grounds to lay charges

first_imgHALIFAX – Police have dropped the case against a young Halifax man alleged to have breached a Nova Scotia freedom-of-information website, shifting the issue squarely back to whether the province had basic measures in place to protect its citizens’ private information.In a news release, Halifax police say that after a thorough investigation, “the police have determined there to be no grounds to lay charges in the matter.”The young man’s lawyer, David Fraser, had said repeatedly that the youth — who was arrested after a dramatic raid on his family’s home — had no malicious intent when he downloaded 7,000 documents from the public site.The 19-year-old was collecting information about a teachers’ labour dispute, and hadn’t realized the site didn’t protect other information from a simple download program, Fraser said.“Even though anybody who has looked at it has said these charges would never succeed, there’s always going to be some anxiety associated with it. So, to have this resolution, it’s just a relief,” he said Monday.Personal information ranging from social insurance numbers to documents meant only for the eyes of the applicants were accessed, according to the province.Fraser said the case has “raised awareness about how the government secures information.”NDP house leader Dave Wilson said the onus is now on the government to take responsibility for what happened.Wilson pointed to previous warnings from the province’s auditor general about potential security problems with the website.“Obviously enough wasn’t done to fix those problems and I think the government, the premier, the minister need to take full responsibility for this,” said Wilson.“Definitely I think the government at a minimum should owe this young gentleman an apology,” said Wilson. “They need to take ownership of this.”Police arrested the man on April 11 and said they gave him notice to appear under a rarely used section of the Criminal Code that prohibits unauthorized use of a computer with fraudulent intent.However, in Monday’s news release, Supt. Jim Perrin, said, “as the investigation evolved, we have determined that the 19-year-old who was arrested on April 11 did not have intent to commit a criminal offence by accessing the information.”The family and the youth have said the search with 15 officers left their home in disarray and the 19-year-old deeply distressed over the prospect of potential charges, said Fraser.Police have said any complaints about the search could go through a complaints process, but Fraser said it was too early to comment on whether the family intended to explore that avenue.“Whether the police acted proportionately and appropriately depends on what they were told by the province, and we don’t have insight into that yet,” he said.His client was not immediately available for comment.Perrin said in an interview Monday that when the province first told investigators that a large number of files had been taken, “there was a level of seriousness around the allegation, and our officers did a thorough investigation.”“As you can appreciate it’s more complex when executing a search at a residence than one officer knocking at the door,” he said.“We were looking for computer evidence, possible documentation evidence and there are a lot of places in a residence where these things can be kept.”In a statement, Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab said the government respects the police decision.“We will continue to offer supports for those affected by this breach. Our priority from the outset has been containing the data,” she said in the statement.“As we go forward, we will co-operate fully with the investigation of the Nova Scotia Auditor General and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.”Karla MacFarlane, interim leader of the Progressive Conservatives, reiterated her party’s call for Arab to resign over the lack of oversight for the province’s web services.MacFarlane also called on Premier Stephen McNeil to apologize to the 19-year-old.“Right from the very beginning, they threw this young man under the bus in my opinion, and without knowing the facts,” she said.McNeil initially referred to the young man’s actions as “stealing,” but has since backed away from this strong language.Fraser said, “I disagree with that conclusion vehemently, but I don’t know what he was told. So much of this is unknown.”A number of experts on internet law have raised concerns about the arrest, saying if it had led to charges then groups ranging from journalists to archivists could face similar prosecutions for searching public websites without proper security measures in place.last_img read more

National framework needed for emotionalservice animals Rempel

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — A Conservative MP says she would like to see national standards on the use of emotional service animals in public spaces after watching her husband encounter numerous barriers while travelling in Canada with his dog, Midas.Michelle Rempel says her husband, a U.S. military veteran, needs his emotional-service dog for therapeutic reasons and has official documentation from medical specialists.Despite this, he has been barred from taxis and restaurants, faced problems flying on certain airlines and been slapped with fees at hotels and other businesses when his service dog is in tow.Emotional-service animals are not defined by legislation in Canada and are only offered legal protections in some jurisdictions.Rempel, who has been a Calgary MP since 2011, says a national framework is needed to ensure those whose mental health is at risk are able to travel in public spaces with their therapy animals.She hopes to encourage the House of Commons to study the issue and develop a set of national standards — and also hopes this can happen quickly with unanimous support and avoid partisan divisions.last_img read more

Inuit relocation Winnipeg exhibit explores 150 years of Canadian history

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN National NewsWhile traveling across Canada David Serkoak uses a drum and his late father’s song to help share the story of his people.His father started the song before his death in the 1980s but never got the chance to finish it.That’s because a forced relocation almost 70 years ago nearly wiped out the small Inuit community of the Ahiarmiut of Ennadai Lake.“We were moved just like that,” Serkoak told APTN at a special event at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).“You go out your tent and the plane was waiting. Away we went.”On Dec. 10, the International Day of Human Rights, hundreds filled the halls of the CMHR in Winnipeg for special programming including a citizenship ceremony and the launch of a brand new exhibit exploring 150 years of Canada’s human rights history.The exhibit is called Rights of Passage: Canada at 150 and it explores 33 different human rights stories over the course of the last 150 years.The relocation of the Ahiarmiut is one of the stories featured as part of the exhibit.About a year ago Serkoak sat with curators of the exhibit to share his people’s story. He was on hand for the official launch.In 1949 the Ahiarmiut were one of the Inuit communities forced to move by the Canadian government.They were relocated five times before finally settling in Eskimo Point, which is now known as Arviat.Serkoak was five-years-old when he had to move during the second relocation to Henik Lake in 1957.Memories of the move are vivid for him today.“The government had a tent for us with a bit of ration in each tent. When the food ran out then everyone started to wonder where they were going to get food for the next day for their families.”After the move, starvation began to set in.The Ahiarmiut relied on hunting, fishing and trapping for sustenance.They were relocated because the government at the time believed hunting opportunities in the area were scarce.The Ahiarmiut believed they were fine to stay at Ennadai Lake but many were too scared to challenge the government.“All Inuit listened to the white man, whether it’s a priest, welfare worker, RCMP or any white man,” Serkoak said. “If they told you to leave, you leave. If they signal you…you come.“If they want to hit you they can hit you.”After the relocation, many died from starvation, disease or natural causes, according to Serkoak.He said it’s hard to predict what would have happened to his people had they been allowed to stay at Ennadai Lake.In 1985 some of the remaining Ahiarmiut went back to Ennadai Lake. They drummed and danced.For many, it was the first time they were able to practice their culture since the move.“We were told you have to change right now. You have to forget your Inukness,” Serkoak said. “Leave your culture, leave your language outside the door.“Here you only use English.”But this wasn’t the only loss for the community.Serkoak estimates there are less than 30 living survivors.There is one remaining elder alive from the first relocation.A photo of her and her family from a Life Magazine feature released in 1956 on the Ahiarmiut hangs in the exhibit.The exhibit uses mediums like oral interviews, radio, television and social media to explore key moments in Canada’s human rights history.While it’s part of the Canada 150 celebrations, Indigenous Content curator Karine Duhamel says the exhibit is meant to be an opportunity for people to think about the journey over the past 150 years and how much more still needs to be done.“We really wanted to stress the idea of multiple perspectives, lots of different stories and fundamentally of Indigenous peoples’ original occupancy and rights in this place.”The Ahiarmiut exhibit includes an interview with Serkoak. He also lent old artefacts such as antler carvings and a toy canoe to help share his peoples’ history.“Now they are here for Canada and the world to see,” said Serkoak.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

UN cranks up global pandemic alert level to phase 4 due to

The increase in the alert level signals an outbreak of human to human transmission in at least one country, which increases the risk of a global epidemic, but does not mean a pandemic is inevitable.“Given the rapidly evolving situation [it was felt] that it was important to give a strong signal to countries that now is a good time to strengthen preparations for possible pandemic influenza,” World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda told reporters in Geneva. Mr. Fukuda explained that the emergency committee of health experts, set up to deal with the recent outbreak of the swine flu virus, raised the alert level because the virus had already spread to the United States, Mexico, and Canada, with a verified case in Spain. He underscored the importance for authorities to protect the health of individuals and to focus their efforts on mitigating the disease rather than attempt to stop its spread, stressing that “containment is not a feasible consideration.”WHO would not recommend the closing of borders or the restriction of travel, which would have little to no effect in stopping the movement of the virus, Mr. Fukuda said. Phase 5 of the WHO pandemic alert levels is characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region.“The declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short,” says the agency’s website.Noting that flu season is now kicking into gear in the southern hemisphere, Mr. Fukuda said it is prudent to continue production of general influenza vaccines that prevent severe illness and death from seasonal influenza.However, the emergency committee also advised WHO to “take all steps to facilitate production and development of a swine flu influenza vaccine that would be effective in [treating] people against this new virus.”A new vaccine would normally take four to six months to develop and for the production of initial batches. The manufacture of significant amounts of the vaccine would require further months, by which time the threat of pandemic could be over, warned Mr. Fukuda.In an unscheduled address to the press this afternoon, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters “The UN system is responding, quickly and effectively, with the Director General of the World Health Organization [WHO], Dr. Margaret Chan, taking the lead.”Announcing that the World Bank and other UN development and humanitarian agencies will provide funding to countries needing additional resources to combat an epidemic, Mr. Ban said that the poorer nations must not be hit disproportionately hard by a potential health crisis.“So far, our response has been an example of multilateral cooperation at its best. I am confident that it will continue to be so,” he added.Meanwhile, a team of experts from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping to determine if the new virus strain has a direct connection to pigs. FAO will also dispatch a team of animal health experts to Mexico this week to help the Government assess the origin and transmission of the infection in the pig production sector.So far, the spread seems to be solely humans to human. Evidence that the virus entered the human population directly from pigs has not yet been established. “There is no evidence of a threat to the food chain; at this stage it is a human crisis and not an animal crisis, but we have to be alert and prepared,” said FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Joseph Domenech. He added that FAO and others must first “ascertain if the new strain is circulating in pigs, establish if there are any direct linkages between the illness in the human population and animals and explain how this new virus has obtained genetic materials from human, bird and pig influenza strains.” 27 April 2009With increasing numbers of people contracting the deadly swine flu virus, the United Nations health agency today elevated the international pandemic alert to phase 4, on a six-point scale, for the first time since the current warning system was introduced in 2005 in response to the avian influenza crisis. read more

UN reports strong surge in investments in green energy

Global investment in green energy rose by 32 per cent last year, driven largely by wind farms in China and small-scale solar panels on rooftops in Europe, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a new report on renewable energy trends released today.Investors put a record $211 billion into renewable energy projects last year, about a third more than the $160 billion invested in 2009, and a 540 per cent rise since 2004, according to the report, entitled “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2011,” prepared for UNEP by the London-based Bloomberg New Energy Finance.For the first time, developing economies overtook developed countries in terms of new investments, spending on utility-scale renewable energy projects and the provision of equity capital for renewable energy companies.Some $72 billion was invested in developing countries, compared $70 billion in developed economies, which contrasts with 2004, when new financial investments in developing countries were about a quarter of those in developed countries, according to the report, which was launched by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Udo Steffens, President and chief executive officer of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.China, with $48.9 billion in new investments in renewable energy, up by 28 per cent, was the world leader last year, but other emerging economies also showed strong growth.Investments in South and Central America rose by 39 per cent to $13.1 billion, while in the Middle East and Africa they were up by 104 per cent to $5 billion. India’s investment rose by 25 per cent to $3.8 billion, while other developing countries in Asia saw a 31 per cent increase to $4 billion.Another positive development highlighted in the report, with implications for long-term clean energy developments, was government research and development. That category of investment rose by 120 per cent to well over $5 billion.“The continuing growth in this core segment of the Green Economy is not happening by chance,” said Mr. Steiner. “The combination of government target-setting, policy support and stimulus funds is underpinning the renewable industry’s rise and bringing the much-needed transformation of our global energy system within reach,” he added.He said the UN climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, later this year, and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil next year offered key opportunities to accelerate the positive transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient green economy.“The finance industry is still recovering from the recent financial crisis,” said Mr. Steffens. “The fact that the industry remains heavily committed to renewables demonstrates its strong belief in the prospects of sustainable energy investments,” he added. 7 July 2011Global investment in green energy rose by 32 per cent last year, driven largely by wind farms in China and small-scale solar panels on rooftops in Europe, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a new report on renewable energy trends released today. read more

International community must help Darfur become selfsufficient – UN official

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, who is currently on a four-day visit to Darfur, said she was disappointed that after 10 years of humanitarian operations, the region is still not self-reliant.Darfur has been in a state of crisis for ten years, and the numbers of people affected have grown steadily during that time. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there are now 1.4 million people receiving humanitarian assistance in nearly 100 displacement camps across Darfur.Ms. Amos said that stronger bridges need to be built between humanitarian and development work. However, this has become increasingly difficult as many non-governmental organizations are facing a serious funding shortage and do not have the resources to meet growing humanitarian needs.Over the past six weeks, more than 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been registered in Kalma camp, just outside Nyala, the capital of South Darfur. Kalma was already home to an estimated 82,000 people, many of whom had been living there for years.“The humanitarian community needs to think about how it can strengthen its capacity to meet the urgent needs of these people (in Kalma) and the more than 1 million others like them throughout Darfur,” said the Head of Office in Sudan for OCHA, Mark Cutts. “Our focus should shift where possible to building resilience among those affected by the conflict.”Earlier today Ms. Amos met with internally displaced people at the Zam Zam camp, and held talks with authorities and the head of the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in El Fasher. read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 23 September 2011

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Carlos Ruesga to miss EHF FINAL4 in Cologne

← Previous Story HANDBALL PERSON 2014 – Nikola Karabatic! Next Story → Hansen and Gensheimer flying to Kiel with Turkish Airlines? Carlos Ruesga MKB MVM Veszprem playmaker Carlos Ruesga get injured during the match of the national teams (Spain – Germany) last weekend, after it is clear that season for him is over. Ruesga injured crucial knee ligaments, which will put him out of the court for a while. This means that Antonio Carlos Ortega can’t count on him for the another historical chance of Hungarian champions to win the VELUX EHF Champions League on 30 and 31 of May in Cologne.Veszprem will play against THW Kiel in the semi-final. read more

Bitcoin suffers blow as Norwegian government says its not real money

first_imgBITCOIN’S ATTEMPTS TO be recognised as a legitimate currency suffered a blow as the Norwegian government says it doesn’t qualify as real money.The country, which is one of the richest nations in the world, will treat Bitcoin as an asset instead and will charge owners of the virtual currency a capital gains tax.The director general of taxation in Norway, Hans Christian Holte, told Bloomberg that the currency doesn’t “fall under the usual definition of money or currency.” He said that he plans to work with other countries to work out the legal aspects of Bitcoin.The virtual currency has suffered a number of setbacks over the last few weeks. During the weekend, South Dublin County Council rejected a motion calling for it to accept payments using Bitcoin, calling the motion “premature.”Also, the lack of regulation around it is a problem for many organisations and governments. Both the Bank of France and the European Banking Authority issued warnings regarding the financial risks of Bitcoins, while Thailand’s government made the currency illegal due to a lack of applicable laws.In China, where the bulk of Bitcoin trading is done, its regulators have banned financial institutions from using the currency due to fears that it would be used for illegal activities.Read: Confused by Bitcoin? This guy explains it well… >Read: China now the biggest market for Bitcoin trading >last_img read more

Company fined €300000 over death of worker at Corrib gas tunnel

first_img By Paul Hosford Company fined €300,000 over death of worker at Corrib gas tunnel He received fatal head injuries when a pipe he was working under collapsed on top of him. http://jrnl.ie/3443030 Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 9:08 AM 5 Comments Short URL 13,434 Views Share14 Tweet Email2 center_img Tunnel boring machinery near the Corrib Gas Pipeline. Image: Niall Carson A GERMAN CIVIL engineering company has been fined €300,000 over the death of a contractor in 2013.Wayss and Freitag Ingenieurbau AG contractor Lars Wagner, who worked for Herrenknecht AG, was killed on 8 September 2013 at the Mayo project.He received fatal head injuries when a pipe he was working under collapsed on top of him as a result of an overpressure event in the pipe system.The accident occurred in the gear chamber of a tunnel boring machine that was constructing the tunnel. Wagner was engaged in maintenance activity at the time of the accident.The machine was in operation while Wagner was in the gear chamber, contrary to the manual that stated that maintenance work should only be carried out on a stopped tunnel boring machine.The company yesterday pleaded guilty to offences under Section 12 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, 2007 at Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court.Judge Rory McCabe imposed a combined fine of €300,000 for both.Brian Higgisson, Assistant Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Authority said:“Maintenance operations can be dangerous and should always take place in a planned and controlled manner. The most important consideration is to make sure that work does not place anyone in danger, in this case the failure to follow safety procedures led to tragedy.”Read: Residents at London tower block had warned of fire safety concernsRead: There have been ‘a number of fatalities’ as massive fire engulfs west London tower block Image: Niall Carson Tunnel boring machinery near the Corrib Gas Pipeline. Jun 14th 2017, 9:08 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Downer in Cyprus Dinner meeting goes well

first_imgThe leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, continued the discussion on the property issue on Wednesday in a very good atmosphere, Alexander Downer, Special Adviser of the UN Secretary General on Cyprus, said. Surely, we are trying to build a better relation, which will have a political effect with positive results in the effort.Speaking after their meeting during the day Downer said that the leaders had a meeting, for slightly under two hours, in a very good atmosphere. “It was a very positive atmosphere today. “They continued the discussions about property, and the representatives will be meeting again on Friday afternoon (30th July) to continue with those discussions, and the leaders are to meet again on the 4th of August next week, and then they have a meeting on the 10th of August as well,” he said. The two leaders followed up their meeting with a dinner at Eroglu’s residence in Cyprus occupied areas. President Christofias told the Press before departing from Eroglu’s residence that they spent a pleasant evening as the leaders of the two communities and added: “Surely, we are trying to build a better relation, which will have a political effect with positive results in the effort” to solve the Cyprus problem. He also said thank you to Eroglu and his spouse for the dinner. Eroglu also made statements, speaking in Turkish without an official translation. According to an unofficial translation, the Turkish Cypriot leader said, inter alia, that they did not discuss the Cyprus issue. “We have become friends and this friendship will be continued on the negotiations table,” he said. Special Adviser of the UN Secretary General on Cyprus Alexander Downer described the dinner as “not an evening of negotiations but an evening of confidence building”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Quand les chiens japonais mangent de la baleine en biscuit

first_imgQuand les chiens japonais mangent de la baleine en biscuitUne société japonaise propose aujourd’hui des biscuits pour chiens constitués de viande de baleine qui serait issue d’Islande.La société Michinoku Farm, basée à Tokyo, a récemment proposé des biscuits pour chiens fabriqués avec de la chair de rorqual commun d’Atlantique Nord, une espèce pourtant menacée. Selon l’entreprise, cette viande est bonne pour la santé des chiens puisqu’elle est “basse en calorie, pauvre en graisse, et riche en protéines”.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Alors que la chasse à la baleine annuelle du Japon provoque déjà de vives critiques, les écologistes de l’association Ikan qui ont découvert cette publicité se sont dits outrés. “La raison la plus probable pour que des boutiques vendent de tels biscuits, c’est viser une clientèle friquée qui veut uniquement montrer son argent en achetant ça”, estime Nanami Kurasawa, la responsable de cette ONG. En effet, seuls des propriétaires de chiens fortunés pourront payer ces biscuits à 3.780 yens (28,7 euros) les 500 grammes. Ikan indique que la viande de baleine utilisée pour la confection de ces biscuits proviendrait d’Islande, un pays baleinier qui, avec la Norvège, n’a pas signé la charte de la Commission Baleinière Internationale (CBI) pour cesser la chasse au rorqual. Mais ceci n’apaisent pas les écologistes qui ont d’ailleurs émis des doutes quant à cette origine. Interpelé par le scandale créé, Takuma Konno, le PDG de la compagnie a dit être sûrement mal informé sur la “teneur du débat sur la chasse à la baleine” et la vente de ces biscuits s’est arrêté dès mercredi 29 mai. Néanmoins, Michinoku Farm ne proposerait pas que des biscuits à la baleine. La société vendrait aussi sur son site internet des produits à base de cheval de Mongolie ou de kangourou.Le 30 mai 2013 à 18:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Holovect Draws Glorious BattlezoneStyle Images in Midair

first_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Stay on target Back in the early days of video gaming, monochrome vector images were pretty hot stuff. Asteroids. Battle Zone. Now someone’s figured out how to draw those images not on a screen but right in the air.The best part: you can buy the gadget that can do it, or at least make a pledge that will get you one when production goes ahead as planned. What is the wondrous device? It’s called Holovect, and it’s already surpassed its funding goal on Kickstarter.Creator Jaime Ruiz-Avila says that it’s the world’s first laser-based desktop holographic display. While the Holovect fits the definition of a holographic display, Ruiz-Avila is quick to remind that the images it creates are definitely not holograms. They’re three-dimensional images projected into the air.What kind of images can Holovect project? Anything you feel like drawing up! Ruiz-Avila shows off a vector of the USS Enterprise that was created on Plotly, but you can use other apps as well. Objects can be as large as a 12cm cube — beyond that size they start to get a bit sloppy because of the Holovect’s limitations.They can move, too. Holovect is capable of drawing vectors at up to 50 fps. Oh, and you’re not limited to green. As awesomely nostalgic as it would be to, say, recreating the tank-hunting experience from your Commodore 64 days, there is a Holovect that do RGB images.It’s a little more expensive, though. For the monochrome Holovect, you’ll have to pledge at least $799 (all the early bird units are spoken for). The RGB-capable model will set you back another $1000.last_img read more

Highway 14 onramp to I-5 closed this morning

first_imgVancouver – The westbound state Highway 14 onramp to northbound Interstate 5 will be closed between 10 a.m and 11:30 a.m. this morning.The Washington State Patrol will close the ramp to conduct an investigation, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Drivers will need to choose an alternative route during that time.Drivers can get up-to-date travel information at the WSDOT Travel Alerts Page, www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/SouthWest.aspx.last_img