Rabat- Police in Spain and Belgium have busted a prostitution ring that forced young women from Morocco and Romania to perform sex work.The Guardia Civil and Belgian Police arrested the leader of the Europe-wide prostitution ring after one of the Moroccan women filed a complaint accusing him of ill-treatment.The alleged ringleader has been identified as Belgian national Stefan René. He was arrested in the Costa del Sol in Malaga, Spain. René prostituted up to 20 Moroccan and Romanian young women through three websites.Spanish police said customers paid up to 200 euros for the services of the girls and 50 euros went straight into the pocket of the ringleader.The young women were forced to have sex with five clients in one day. They were also deprived of food and suffered physical violence.Other members of the prostitution ring were in charge of driving the young women to customers at different locations. Police believe the ringleader could make up to four thousand euros a day from using the girls.In addition to the ringleader, another Belgian and three Romanians were arrested in Belgium and Spain.
OTTAWA — President Donald Trump’s decision today to delay auto tariffs on Japan and Europe is generating fresh hope that there might be an end in sight to his punitive levies on Canadian steel and aluminum imports.Canadian officials are “encouraged” by a pair of conversations in the past week between Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as Wednesday’s Washington meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Trump trade czar Robert Lighthizer.But sources say that after so many false starts about the possible lifting of tariffs, nothing is certain until it actually happens.A U.S. Commerce Department review found that imports of automobiles and some parts could hurt U.S. national security, but Trump decided to wait 180 days before imposing tariffs and ordered new talks to deal with the issue.The Commerce Department reached the same conclusion about Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum imports almost one year ago and imposed the tariffs under a section of American trade law that gives the president that authority.Freeland, Trudeau and others have branded the tariffs as illegal, absurd and insulting, while Canada and Mexico say that it will be tough to ratify the new continental free trade agreement if they remain in place.The Canadian Press
One third of the world’s smokers reside in China, according to WHO statistics, while the Chinese Ministry of Health said the number of deaths attributed to lung cancer have soared over 450 per cent in the past three decades.The campaign by the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, endorsed by the Health Ministry and WHO, endeavours to equate giving cigarettes with bodily harm and endorse better health during this Year of the Ox.It warns that gifting tobacco means sending “wishes with lung cancer and other respiratory diseases to your friends.”The new initiative also said that sending cigarettes is the equivalent of wishing “heart diseases, strokes and other respiratory diseases to your colleagues.”China is both the world’s largest producer and consumer of tobacco, growing one third of the global crop and manufacturing one third of its cigarettes.WHO said that there are around one million tobacco-related deaths annually, which is one in four such deaths worldwide. 26 January 2009The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is helping China – home of some 350 million smokers – celebrate the New Year through a campaign seeking to bring an end to the tradition of giving cigarettes as gifts.
The fifth meeting of the UN Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Task Force, will be held on 12 and 13 September at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.Held just before the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the two-phase World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) – to be held in Geneva from10 to 12 December 2002, and in Tunisia in 2003 – the meeting will allow participants to discuss the Task Force’s contribution to the Summit and explore ways to harness the power of new communication technologies for achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals.Recognizing that education is a key component in achieving the Goals, the Task Force will hear a special presentation on its Global e-School and Community Initiative.On Friday, the meeting will include a Global Forum, which will help to identify strategies and modalities for ensuring an effective involvement of the private sector and civil society in the preparatory process of the Summit. After an opening session with a video statement by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Forum participants are expected to discuss how to define success for the Summit, what is the role and impact of each sector towards an information society for all and what are the challenges and opportunities facing Summit stakeholders.The morning session will then address the impact of ICT on achieving the Millennium Development Goals, focusing especially on e-education and featuring top e-communications and resources Ministers from Ireland, Canada, Africa and Switzerland, among others. Recent developments in the Global e-Schools Initiative, spearheaded by Ireland and Sweden, will be the topic of a working luncheon.
In his latest report to the Security Council, covering developments since 3 January, Mr. Annan said that despite violence at the start of the year – including an attack on barracks in Abidjan – there were a number of positive signs, including agreements on disarmament and the preparation of elections, scheduled to be held by October.“Some encouraging prospects for advancing the Ivorian peace process have emerged as a result of initiatives taken by Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny, with the support of President Laurent Gbagbo and other Ivorian leaders,” the Secretary-General noted, however he also warned that “considerable challenges lie ahead.”“It should also be emphasized that the window of opportunity is very narrow, and time is running out. Any further delays or disruptions in the peace process will mean that there will not be sufficient time to complete all the critical tasks, if elections are to be held by October.”Mr. Annan said that a “rapid deterioration of the security situation” could not be ruled out and he again appealed to the 15-member Council to “give positive consideration” to his recommendations to reinforce UNOCI by almost 4,000 extra troops and police, as contained in his report of 3 January and a letter sent last month.“There exists a serious risk that any unravelling of the security situation in Côte d’Ivoire could spill over into the subregion, particularly to Liberia,” he said, adding also that “there is an urgent need to put an end to the culture of impunity in the country.”The Security Council established UNOCI in 2004 to assist the Ivorian parties in implementing a peace agreement they signed in January of that year, ending their north-south civil war. It currently guards the so-called Zone of Confidence separating the Government-ruled south and rebel-held north.Mr. Annan’s requested increase in personnel would constitute a marked expansion of UNOCI, which presently has a strength of almost 7,600 uniformed personnel.
The amendments were adopted without taking into account comments by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on various aspects of the changes despite ongoing discussions since last year, agency spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. He cited specifically a new ‘asylum seeker’ definition, which does not include foreigners who stay in the country illegally and which therefore could breach the Convention if it denied status determination procedures.Another important amendment concerns the freedom of movement of asylum seekers, who under the new rules will no longer able to choose their place of residence in the country, Mr. Redmond noted. Lawmakers explained to UNHCR that this change was intended to avoid spontaneous settlement of asylum seekers in situations of mass arrival.“We have prepared comprehensive comments on our concerns about the new amendments which we will shortly share with the relevant ministries,” Mr. Redmond said. “Our office is ready to work with the Kyrgyz government in order to bring the national legislation closer to international refugee protection standards.”At the same time he reiterated UNHCR’s appreciation for the Kyrgyz Government’s commitment to asylum principles, noting that the country was one of the first regional signatories of the 1951 Convention.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Apple and Samsung phones, which have been looking more and more alike over the past few years, are much closer to virtual twins with Samsung’s latest Galaxy S7.The convergence began two years ago when iPhones got larger, mimicking Samsung’s once-innovative, plus-sized “phablets.” Last spring, Samsung started emphasizing higher quality materials and sophisticated design, just as Apple had for years. And last fall, Apple boosted the resolution on the iPhone camera, narrowing one of the major gaps it had with Samsung.With the S7, Samsung is lowering its camera’s resolution — you read that right — to match the iPhone’s 12 megapixels.To be sure, there are key differences. Only the latest iPhones have special features you activate by pressing harder on an icon or link, while Samsung is among the biggest boosters of virtual reality.It’s too early to say which phone is better. Though Samsung announced the S7 on Sunday at a wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, the phone isn’t coming out until March 11. My hands-on time has been limited to controlled settings.And for most users it may end up being a draw — Samsung leads the pack among Android phones, while Apple has its own self-contained ecosystem, iOS. For many, a choice between the two could come down to preference for one system or another — and the apps available for each.For now, here’s how Apple and Samsung phones stack up:___CAMERAFor both, the rear cameras are now at 12 megapixels — up from 8 for iPhones and down from 18 for Samsung. That doesn’t mean Samsung photos are getting worse, though.In making the change, Samsung adopted the iPhone’s 4-by-3 dimension, ditching the widescreen format it had long used. Widescreen produces vertical shots that are awkwardly tall, such that I’ve had to crop them to 4-by-3 anyway. The 6 megapixel reduction is equivalent to chopping off the excess.The front cameras are both at 5 megapixels, after Apple boosted its resolution in the iPhone last fall. Apple also turned the screen into a flash for selfies. Samsung, ever the fast follower, is now doing the same with the S7.Samsung is promising improvements in low-light shots, borrowing techniques from full-bodied, SLR cameras, though it’ll require extensive tests to see how well the camera performs. Even with last year’s models, Samsung cameras tend to produce brighter night shots than the iPhone. But I’ve also seen more distortion when those shots are blown up. We’ll see if that’s been fixed with the S7.___SIZESamsung’s 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 is slightly larger and heavier than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s, but not much so. There’s a premium version of the S7 called the S7 Edge; both sides curve like a waterfall, such that the screen flows over the side to the back of the phone. The Edge screen is 5.5 inches, but much of that comes from the curvature. The phone itself is taller, but just a tad wider and heavier.Compared with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus, though, the S7 Edge is smaller.___EXTRASNeither the iPhone nor the S7 phone lets you replace the battery with a spare. But the S7 does let you add storage. And the base model is 32 gigabytes, double what the iPhone offers for starters.Unlike the iPhone, the S7 is waterproof. There’s no need to keep USB and other ports sealed, as past waterproof phones did. The S7 also offers wireless charging; you simply lay the phone flat on a charging base. However, wireless charging is typically slower than plugging in a USB charger.Apple and Samsung both let you unlock phones with your fingerprint rather than a passcode. And both let you make payments with a tap at some retail stores. The Samsung Pay service works with a greater range of merchants, but with credit cards from fewer banks and in fewer countries for now than Apple Pay.____SHORTCUTSThe latest iPhones and the S7 Edge have shortcuts to common tasks, such as taking selfies. With the iPhone, you hard press on an app icon. With the Edge, you swipe from the right edge. That swipe also gets you headlines, frequent contacts and favourite apps.Apple lets third-party app makers create their own shortcuts, while Samsung does not.___THE SCREENOne remaining difference is the screen technology. While the iPhone and most other phones use LCD screens, Samsung uses AMOLED, for active-matrix organic light-emitting diodes. Colors are more vivid, though sometimes unnatural. Individual pixels produce their own light, and no energy is needed to light pixels that are black. LCDs require blacklighting, which uses energy regardless.In practice, Samsung is able to offer an always-on mode in the S7, constantly displaying a clock, notifications and other highlights when the phone is locked. Because most of the screen is dark, the screen sips rather than drains power in this mode — at least in theory.___VIRTUAL REALITYSamsung is ahead of Apple, though it faces competition from other Android manufacturers, including LG.Samsung already has its own VR headset, while LG is coming out with one. They won’t work with each other’s phones or any other Android phone. Both companies will soon sell 360-degree cameras for taking VR video. Apps on the phone will ease sharing with friends and viewing on the VR devices.___AVAILABILITYThe iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have been available since September. There has been speculation that Apple is coming out with a smaller model soon, but it’s not expected to have all of the advanced features found in the 6S phones.Advance orders for the S7 phones started this week. March 11 is the release date in the U.S. and several other markets. by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Feb 24, 2016 7:18 am MDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email With its new S7 phone, Samsung looks even more like Apple
UN Photo/Eskinder DebebePhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director UN Women, briefs the Security Council meeting on women and peace and security‘Continued tolerance’ of limited space for women ‘is shameful’Also speaking at the Security Council debate, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of UN Women, the Organization’s main gender equality and women’s empowerment agency, briefed on the Secretary-General’s report on women and peace and security.Stating that the report is a “loud alarm bell” on systemic failures which have prevented women’s full involvement in peace-making, she called on UN Member States to ensure “genuine” efforts to include more women. “Our continued tolerance for the limited recognition of women’s expertise and lived experience is shameful.”The 20th anniversary of the landmark Security Council resolution 1325, in 2020 will be an opportunity to shape the agenda for the next decade with new commitments and priorities, she continued, calling on everyone to participate sincerely in the process and contribute to lasting change.Adopted in 2000, resolution 1325 reaffirmed the critical role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, including peacebuilding, peacekeeping and in humanitarian responses. It also stressed the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. “Every year, we make laudable commitments,” Mr. Guterres said at the Council’s annual high-level debate on women and peace and security.“But they are not backed with the requisite financial and political support,” he continued, noting lack of inclusion in mediation efforts and limited space for women to participate as peacebuilders.He said it was “crippling to our credibility and protection capacity that women represent only four percent of our military peacekeepers and ten percent of police.” He added that the UN “fully supports the innovative efforts launched by Member States this year to incentivize greater representation.”Furthermore, women’s organizations overall are not provided with adequate funding while resources for empowerment programmes are constrained, added the UN chief. In his briefing, Mr. Guterres outlined key action points, which he will prioritize over the coming months, beginning with a commitment to ensure gender parity as well as stamping out all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse within the Organization. He went onto note he will continue to push for greater and more meaningful participation of women in mediation efforts, as well as for a gendered approach to peace and security.He said this meant “supporting peacebuilding at the local level, even during conflict … We must consistently support the local women’s groups that negotiate humanitarian access and support community resilience; learn from them; and build peace from the ground up.”Ensuring full financing for these and other measures is vital, added the Secretary-General, noting also that he has setup a task-force to review the UN’s funding for gender equality, including in the peace and security pillar.“Finally, from now on, I will include gender analysis in my reports to this Council whenever it is relevant to inform your decisions,” he said.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The best month this century for new car registrations is a welcome boost for the UK’s thriving automotive sector. The challenge for a new government and industry will be to maintain this momentum and to strengthen Britain’s manufacturing capabilities through continued investment, innovation and policies which maintain our global competitiveness. Whatever the general election result, the new government must keep up the commitment to the sector which is delivering at home and abroad.” Click through to download the March 2015 new car registrations news release, data table and image.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Best month this century with nearly half a million, 492,774, cars registered in March, up 6.0% on same month last year.Fleet market continues to drive growth, highlighting confidence of British businesses.Contribution to economy and job creation from UK automotive underscores need for consistent policies to let the sector flourish.Figures released today show 492,774 cars were registered in March 2015 – the best month since the twice-yearly number plate changes were introduced in 1999. New products and attractive finance packages underpinned by low interest rates helped deliver this record result which was led by the fleet sector, with 11.6% year-on-year growth, reflecting the economic confidence currently felt by UK companies. Registrations so far this year have increased by 6.8% to 734,588.The 37th month of consecutive growth for the new car market shows the continuing demand for new products and new fuel-efficient and advanced technologies. The UK market surpassed pre-recession levels some seven months ago, helping bolster the economy and drive it out of recession. This growth, supported by domestic manufacturing, has attracted more than £14 billion of investment since 2011, creating almost 30,000 additional jobs. SMMT priorities for a new government: Industrial Strategy: With 257,300 UK-built cars rolling off production lines in the first two months of 2015, UK car production is expected to exceed pre-recession levels this year, buoyed by a strong export market that delivered revenues of £26.2 billion in 2014. The continued delivery of the Automotive Sector Strategy through the Automotive Council will be essential in developing the supply chain, skills, technology and business environment to assure global competitiveness.Innovation and investment: Vehicle technology, including ultra-low emission vehicles and connectivity, is developing and diversifying at a staggering pace. Increasing the rate of R&D tax credit and bolstering funding for long-term initiatives such as the Advanced Propulsion Centre will help UK manufacturers lead this innovation. Investment in skills will ensure the UK workforce has the capabilities to develop and manufacture the next generation of technologies.Europe: Membership of the European Union is critical to the UK automotive industry; the sector’s competitiveness is dependent on access to the European single market, integrated supply chains, international trade agreements, common regulations, funding for innovation and free movement of labour. SMMT members want to see reform of the EU with greater emphasis on industrial competitiveness and better regulation but believe membership of the EU remains best for business. New car registrations, rolling year from March 2007 (pre-recession) March new car registrations 1999-2015
SAN MARCOS, Texas — Justice Hansen threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns — both to Kirk Merritt — and Warren Wand ran for 145 yards and a score to lead Arkansas State to a 33-7 victory over Texas State on Saturday.Wand’s 8-yard TD run in the first quarter for the Red Wolves (8-4, 5-3 Sun Belt Conference) was the only score of the first half.Texas State (3-9, 1-7) made a game of it when Alec Harris ripped off a 57-yard TD run on the Bobcats’ first play from scrimmage in the third quarter to knot the score at 7. But Hansen and Merritt hooked up for a 60-yard score on Arkansas State’s next possession for a 14-7 lead. The Red Wolves forced a three-and-out and upped their advantage to 21-7 when Justin McInnis picked up a blocked punt and raced 17 yards for a score. Hansen and Merritt connected again for a 39-yard touchdown and a 28-7 lead after three quarters. The Red Wolves added a safety and freshman Blake Grupe’s 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.Merritt finished with six catches for 153 yards for Arkansas State, which had already qualified for a bowl game.Harris rushed for 72 yards on five carries for the Bobcats.The Associated Press
He says that once Britain is “free of the dead hand of the EU” people will benefit from “cheaper food” and a “genuine green revolution”. However critics will likely warn an expected rise in inflation and the possibility of new tarrifs on EU goods – including food – could have the opposite effect. David Cameron warned food prices could soar families during the referendum campaign last year. “Because so much of our food is imported, you could see the impact on a typical family of £220 a year,” Mr Cameron said just weeks before the vote. “And when you take all these things into account, all these economic dangers, you really have to ask yourself, ‘Is it worth taking this risk?’”Mr Paterson, who once served in Mr Cameron’s cabinet and campaigned to leave the EU, offers a different view eight months after the vote. He writes: “Once we leave the EU we can leave the Common Agricultural Policy behind and start afresh. By leaving the Customs Union we will escape the Common External Tariff.“Economists estimate that food prices will fall, saving the average household over £300 a year. This will benefit every single citizen and potentially provide an £8 billion boost to the economy. We then have to think how this affects our own food producers.” British households could save up to £300 on their annual shopping bill after Brexit because a tariff on non-EU goods will no longer apply, a Eurosceptic campaign group has said. New Zealand lamb chops will cost around £1.45 less and Thailand prawns 36p less, according to analysis from Leave Means Leave. The price of imported breakfast staples are also estimated to fall, with certain honeys becoming 17 per cent cheaper and peanut butter becoming 13 per cent cheaper. Owen Paterson, the the former Tory environment secretary, uses a piece in Sunday’s Telegraph to say the average household could save £300 a year. Mr Paterson adds: “Freed of the dead hand of the EU and by leaving the Customs Union, we escape the Common External Tariff and every citizen will benefit from cheaper food. A genuine green revolution lies ahead of us. This new rural policy will work for everyone.”John Longworth, the co-chair of Leave Means Leave, said: “Brexit will bring huge gains for hardworking British families. “Many people do not realise that we are currently subject to significant tariffs when importing goods from outside of Europe because of our membership of the EU. “The EU has been completely incompetent at securing free trade deals with the rest of the world so Brexit offers Britain a huge opportunity. “Britain will now be able to secure free trade deals with the rest of the world and get a better deal for British families when they are shopping for food and drink, clothes, cars, electrical goods.” British households could save up to £300 on their annual shopping bill after Brexit, says Eurosceptic campaign group.Credit:Simon Dawson/Bloomberg/Simon Dawson/Bloomberg Shopping could cost £300 less after Brexit, campaign group claimsCredit:PA/PA Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
John Letts and Sally Lane are accused of funding terrorism when they sent their son moneyCredit:SWNS Jihadi Jack travelled to the Middle East in 2014 In a police interview in November, Lane denied helping terrorists, saying she hoped the money she sent would pay for her son to get glasses.John Letts and Lane, of Chilswell Road, Oxford, have denied three charges of funding terrorism.The court was told that the police had visited the defendants in 2015 warning them that they risked prosecution for funding terrorism if they sent cash to their son.When he found out about the raid, Jack allegedly responded: “Please convey to the British police that I’m not planning on coming back to their broken country.In a police interview in November, Ms Lane denied helping terrorists, saying she hoped the money she sent would pay for her son to get glasses. In October, she told him: “Clearly I indulged you, I made you think you were the centre of the universe. I regret this bitterly.”I was a terrible parent that gave you too much power as a child – I should have made you adapt to the world, instead of adapting myself to your world. I have done you no favours by doing this.”She said he showed signs of “mental illness”, adding: “I have to bear some responsibility for that as your mother.” Prosecutor Alison Morgan QC said the defendants were shocked by his Facebook post and urged him to stop being so stupid.He responded: “I genuinely believe attacking the British Army is a very praiseworthy action when the intention is correct. I would happily kill each and every one of Linus Unit personally.”This message for you, Mum and (younger brother) Tyler, I honestly want to cut Linus head off.”I hope he finds himself lost in Beji or Fallujah one day and sees me whilst I’m armed and I put six bullets in his head.” John Letts with his son JackCredit:SWNS A Muslim convert, dubbed Jihadi Jack, told his parents he wanted to carry out a suicide mission against British soldiers and decapitate a former school friend who had joined the army, a court has heard.Jack Letts, who travelled to Syria to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in 2016, made the comments to his father John Letts, 58, and mother, Sally Lane, 56, describing it as a “praiseworthy action”.Despite being shocked by the remarks, the couple from Oxford still continued to support their, and are accused of helping to fund terrorism by sending him sending him three lots of money, totalling £1,723.The Old Bailey heard how Jack converted to Islam at the age of 16 with his parents’ blessing.But by the time he was 18 he had been radicalised and travelled to the Middle East where he eventually crossed into Syria and Iraq and is suspected of joining Isil.The jury heard how in July 2015, a former school friend called Linus Doubtfire, posed a Facebook picture with a group of British Army comrades after completing his Commando Artillery Course. His mother replied: “I’m really hoping that your disgusting comments about cutting people’s heads off are not coming from you, i.e. someone else is using your account.”Ms Morgan said the significance of the exchange was that the defendants were never sure they were communicating directly with their son, let alone that the transfers they went on to make would go to him or what the money would be used for.On September 2, 2015, Lane allegedly transferred money to an account in Lebanon after her son insisted it had “nothing to do with jihad”.She allegedly told him: “I would go to prison for you if I thought it gave you a better chance of actually reaching your 25th birthday.” Commenting on the post, Jack commented: “I would love to perform a martyrdom operation in this scene.” John Letts and Lane, of Chilswell Road, Oxford, have denied three charges of funding terrorism. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
DRIVERS ARE BEING advised to avoid Green Street in Dingle, Co Kerry after a truck crashed through the front of a gift shop.Despite visible damage to the truck, the shop front of ‘The Woolen Store’ and cars parked nearby, no serious injuries have been reported.The truck driver suffered minor injuries in the crash. It is understood that a number of passersby also suffered minor injuries in the incident. Not often you come back from the beach to a scene from armageddon! #runawaytruck #dingle pic.twitter.com/KBgVg2T51u— Dingle Surf (@dinglesurf) July 30, 2014 Source: AA Roadwatch/Twitter KERRY: Avoid Green St in Dingle following an earlier incident, diversions are in place and delays are to be expected http://t.co/qvBPcggRh8— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) July 30, 2014 Traffic diversions are in place in the town: Source: Submitted by TheJournal.ie reader Source: Ben Farr/Twitter
107 Comments Complaint over Paul Williams calling some Sinn Féin voters “drug dealers” and “killers” on Late Late dismissed Williams said that anyone who voted for Sinn Féin on foot of the party’s plan to get rid of the Special Criminal Court were ‘drug dealers, killers, kidnappers, and terrorists’. Paul Williams Source: RTÉA COMPLAINT THAT RTÉ’s Late Late Show had failed to show fairness and impartiality towards Sinn Féin following comments made by crime journalist Paul Williams has been dismissed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).The show in question was broadcast on Friday 19 February 2016.Williams was being interviewed by Ryan Tubridy and was asked about Sinn Féin’s announced pre-election plan to ban the Special Criminal Court.In response he said: “the only people who will vote for Sinn Féin, in regard to that part of their manifesto, are the drug dealers, the killers and the kidnappers and the terrorists.”No wonder the guys walking on Francis Street were smirking – because they heard about this legislation. ‘Thank God, Sinn Féin are going to get rid of that – we’re going to vote for them’.The complainant stated that RTÉ, per its own mission statement, must remain impartial at all times and show fairness and equality, and complained that in broadcasting Williams’ opinions on Sinn Féin the broadcaster had failed to do so.They further stated that Tubridy should have shut down the interview, or apologised immediately for Williams’ comments.RTÉ ResponseIn its response to the complaint, RTÉ stated that in so speaking Williams had gone off-script – given the nature of the piece, which described the history of the Hutch-Kinahan crime feud, it had been rehearsed and planned in advance.RTÉ insisted that Tubridy had tried to cut Williams off but had failed to do so.The broadcaster drew a distinction between Williams saying people who support Sinn Féin are killers, but rather he had meant that anyone who supports the party’s plan to abolish the Special Criminal Court is one.DecisionThe Executive Complaints Forum of the BAI unanimously rejected the complaint.The forum noted that the interview in question was on the subject of crime in Dublin, not politics.It also noted that Tubridy had insisted that Williams’ opinions on the Special Criminal Court were not relevant to the discussion, and that fairness in such scenarios can be achieved via the contribution of the presenter.Citing the right to free expression, the forum decided that in broadcasting the comments RTÉ did not infringe its fairness, objectivity or impartiality requirements.On this basis, the viewer’s complaint was rejected.Read: Tributes to PSNI officer who died after falling from horse during huntRead: “An extremely provocative act”: ASTI hits out at decision to take striking teachers off the payroll By Cianan Brennan http://jrnl.ie/3049460 Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 2:20 PM Share114 Tweet Email1 Short URL 23,653 Views Oct 27th 2016, 2:20 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 149 Comments Short URL Jun 16th 2018, 12:59 PM France limit damage against New Zealand after early red card‘Both sides went at it furiously’: Italy withstand Brave Blossoms fightback to end season with victory First win on Aussie soil since 1979 sends Ireland into series decider in Sydney Joe Schmidt’s men were much improved as they drew level after a thrilling game in Melbourne. By Murray Kinsella Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 12:59 PM Australia 21Ireland 26Murray Kinsella reports from AAMI Park, MelbourneIRELAND WILL TRAVEL to Sydney targetting their first series success in Australia since 1979 after a much-improved showing in the second Test saw Joe Schmidt’s side make it 1-1 in Melbourne.This victory was Ireland’s first on Aussie soil since the second Test of that successful ’79 tour – remarkably that fixture was also on 16 June – and tries from Andrew Conway and man-of-the-match Tadhg Furlong were their first five-pointers in Australia since Brian O’Driscoll dotted down back in 2008.With masses of vocal Irish support in a crowd of 29,018 at the beautiful AAMI Park, Joe Schmidt’s men were clinical and creative in picking apart a Wallabies team that started superbly but were ill-disciplined and error-prone. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOA yellow card for wing Marika Koroibete in the first half was crucial, with Ireland scoring 13 points during his 10 minutes off the pitch, while a penalty count of 15 played a major role in the hosts’ struggles.That said, they did score three excellent tries and mounted a late comeback effort that ensured a nervous finish for Schmidt and co.Ireland’s returning front-liners made a notable impact, with out-half Johnny Sexton showing he is in a different class as he consistently challenged the defensive line and intelligently guided his team around the pitch.Garry Ringrose was creative on his return in midfield, Cian Healy and Furlong helped Ireland to a much better scrum showing, while Devin Toner had some important moments at lineout time.Niall Scannell was excellent after being given a surprise start at hooker, while Andrew Conway scored an early try from the right wing before being forced off injured in the 15th minute, although that allowed 21-year-old Jordan Larmour to gain more experience.Tadhg Beirne made his debut off the bench for Ireland, playing 15 minutes on the blindside flank, on what was a satisfying day for Schmidt – his team far more focused and accurate than during the first Test defeat in Brisbane.They dealt with the Wallabies’ big threats better, pressuring the kickers intelligently and cleverly impeding Israel Folau off the ball to ensure he wasn’t dominant in the air again.David Pocock had some impressive moments at the breakdown, but it was Ireland captain Peter O’Mahony who was the biggest breakdown influence on the game, winning three turnover penalties.There are injury worries for Schmidt ahead of the second Test as Dan Leavy only lasted until half-time on his return from a hip issue, while Conway and Healy also departed through injury.That said, Jack McGrath was superb off the bench for Ireland before a late yellow card, which will likely have frustrated Schmidt. The Irish boss will definitely feel there is still more to come from his side ahead of next weekend’s third and decisive Test in Sydney. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOIreland made a disastrous start as they botched the kick-off reception and the Wallabies scored with their first possession, Adam Coleman link passing out the back door to out-half Bernard Foley, who cleverly darted at the line and drew in Leavy.Kurtley Beale arced back inside Foley and took the switch pass, bursting beyond CJ Stander and then slaloming around last defender Rob Kearney to score under the posts, with Foley converting.Koroibete’s yellow card in the sixth minute helped Ireland to recover, the Wallabies wing guilty of tipping Kearney beyond the horizontal in a dangerous tackle.Ireland went to the corner, threw to the tail and drove their maul before Conor Murray broke off back towards the touchline and floated his pass over Will Genia’s head for Conway to gather and finish sharply in the right corner, Sexton adding an excellent conversion.Ireland’s scrum powered to a penalty that resulted in Sexton pushing Ireland in front and O’Mahony won a questionable turnover penalty that saw the out-half make it 13 points during Koroibete’s sin bin window.A fifth Australian penalty concession, Sekope Kepu slapping down a pass, allowed Sexton to widen the gap to 16-7 but the Wallabies finally found a response in the 26th minute.Two penalties in quick succession from Ireland – Furlong off his feet at ruck time and Toner’s contact in the air at a defensive lineout – presented the Wallabies with a five-metre chance and their pack muscled up to earn a penalty try from the maul, Healy also sent to the bin for collapsing it. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOSexton missed a long-range penalty soon after, following Caleb Timu’s off-the-ball tackle on James Ryan, while captain O’Mahony won his second turnover penalty in defence for Ireland after the Wallabies’ opted to quick-tap a penalty in the visitors’ half.A beautiful skip pass from Ringrose sent Furlong scorching through the Wallabies defensive line coming towards half-time and though it was a thrilling run, the tighthead prop missed the chance to return a pass to Ringrose, who ran a clever support line.Instead, Furlong attempted to float an overhead pass wide to Larmour that was batted back down to him.Two phases later, Murray kicked the ball dead as he attempted to find Larmour out on the right. A blown opportunity.Pocock, relatively quiet until then, finally won a turnover penalty in the minute before the break, although Ireland were frustrated that referee Paul Williams didn’t allow one final attacking scrum right at the death after Beale knocked-on.Ireland lost Leavy to injury at the break, Jordi Murphy on in his place, and it turned out Pocock was only warming up as he won a pivotal turnover penalty close to the Wallabies’ tryline as Schmidt’s men attacked threateningly.Cheika had opted to make two changes to his pack – Tolu Latu on at hooker and Lukhan Tui coming into the back row – as he looked to remedy their lineout issues but Toner soon had a lovely steal of an Australian throw. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHealy departed injured just after Latu gave up a penalty for tackling off the ball, and the Wallabies got one back at lineout time as Schmidt opted to send Rob Herring on in place of Scannell just before a close-range lineout, the Ulsterman’s throw picked off.But Ireland manufactured a brilliant linebreak for the superb Keith Earls minutes later, one of Schmidt’s specials, and the Munster man scorched deep into the Wallabies 22, opting against passing to Ringrose and instead offloading out of the tackle to Kearney.Herring went close on the next phase before replacement loosehead McGrath was harshly penalised for a double movement as he stretched over to score.Ireland had been playing advantage for Pocock being offside, however, and they opted to attack off a scrum five metres out, hammering at the Wallabies defence with direct carrying before Earls almost finished brilliantly in the left corner through Folau.He had just lost control of the ball as he looked to dot down, the TMO showed, but Ireland had again accrued penalty advantage and they went into the corner and carried once again, earning yet another penalty advantage in the process.Murray reverse flicked a pass from the base of the ruck to Furlong and the tighthead prop surged right through the tackle of replacement scrum-half Nick Phipps to finally reward the prolonged pressure, Sexton adding the two points with another good conversion.Beirne entered the fray for his debut with just over 15 minutes remaining, just before Murphy’s turnover penalty allowed Sexton widen the scoreboard gap to 12 points from 38 metres out. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe Wallabies could have been forgiven for thinking themselves beaten at that but they continued to carry at Ireland and McGrath’s 76th-minute sin-binning for hands in the ruck gave them a sniff of a last-gasp comeback.From that penalty, the Wallabies burst at Ireland with intent and replacement prop Taniela Tupou forced his way over, Foley converting for 26-21 and ensuring a nervy last two minutes for Ireland.The Wallabies broke out of their 22 and into the Irish half to put hearts in mouths but with the likes of Ringrose making excellent tackles to cling on, the Australians produced one more error, knocking-on to end the game.Australia scorers:Tries: Kurtley Beale, Penalty try, Taniela TupouConversions: Bernard Foley [2 from 2], penalty tryIreland scorers:Tries: Andrew Conway, Tadhg FurlongConversions: Johnny Sexton [2 from 2]Penalties: Johnny Sexton [4 from 5]AUSTRALIA: Israel Folau; Dane Haylett-Petty, Samu Kerevi, Kurtley Beale (Reece Hodge ’65), Marika Koroibete (yellow card ’16); Bernard Foley, Will Genia (Nick Phipps ’28); Scott Sio (Tom Robertson ’72), Brandon Paenga-Amosa (Tolu Latu ‘HT), Sekope Kepu (Taniela Tupou ’51); Izack Rodda (Pete Samu ’56), Adam Coleman (Rob Simmons ’42); David Pocock, Michael Hooper (captain), Caleb Timu (Lukhan Tui ‘HT).IRELAND: Rob Kearney; Andrew Conway (Jordan Larmour ’15), Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, Keith Earls; Johnny Sexton (John Cooney ’79), Conor Murray; Cian Healy (yellow card ’27) (Jack McGrath ’46), Niall Scannell (Rob Herring ’49), Tadhg Furlong (Andrew Porter ’72); James Ryan, Devin Toner (Joey Carbery ’77); Peter O’Mahony (captain) (Tadhg Beirne ’65), Dan Leavy (Jack McGrath ’32 to ’38) (Jordi Murphy ‘HT), CJ Stander.Referee: Paul Williams [NZR].- This article was updated at 1.24pm to correct an error stating that Keith Earls’ possible try was ruled out for a foot in touch, rather than losing control of the ball.The42 is on Instagram! 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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An issue of exchanging Kostas Varotsos’ 12-metre tall glass sculpture of Dromeas (Runner) that stands outside the Athens Hilton with that of Alexander the Great from North Macedonia caused controversy in Greece.The question was raised when Culture Minister Myrsini Zorba reportedly asked sculptor Panagiotis Varotsos how he would feel about the prospect of such an exchange. The artist categorically opposed the idea, however the Ministry of Culture denied that such a proposal had ever been put to him.A public row has now broken out regarding the alleged proposal“There has been no such proposal,” Zorba told the state-run Athens-Macedonian News Agency on Tuesday.“Possible swaps of monuments or changes to signposts are the jurisdiction of other ministries.”Varotsos said the idea had been pitched to him numerous times during a meeting he had with Ms Zorba on Friday and he was insulted by her denial.He added that he still has intellectual rights to the sculpture that belongs to the City of Athens and is thankful to be alive to protect his sculpture.North Macedonia’s state news agency, MIA, has also reported on the issue, denying reports circulating in the Greek press concerning the exchange of the statues as a symbolic sign to seal the Prespes Agreement.
Aidez les biologistes à déchiffrer le langage des cétacésLe Whale project initié par des chercheurs britanniques, propose aux internautes d’écouter et de classer des enregistrements de vocalises de cétacés, afin d’aider les scientifiques à mieux comprendre la communication chez certaines espèces, comme les globicéphales et les orques. Si vous avez l’oreille musicale, branchez-vous sur le site du Whale project (lien non disponible), et aidez les chercheurs de l’Université de Saint-Andrews (Écosse) à y voir plus clair dans les signaux de communication d’orques ou de globicéphales (dauphins pilotes) enregistrés dans toutes les mers du globe, et mis en ligne pour la circonstance. Il vous sera demandé d’écouter plusieurs sons et de signaler d’éventuelles similitudes. À lire aussiDes scientifiques filment des images exceptionnelles de baleines de Minke en AntarctiqueUne science citoyenne, fruit de multiples partenariats, qui demande toutefois un minimum de rigueur : il s’agit de bien observer les consignes, afin d’assurer un maximum de cohérence à la recherche en évitant de fausser les résultats.Si le langage des orques, à l’organisation sociale bien connue, est déjà très étudié (avec ses ‘dialectes’ différents d’un groupe à l’autre), il est encore loin d’être bien compris par les cétologues, qui ont d’autre part presque tout à apprendre sur celui d’autres mammifères marins grégaires, comme les globicéphales. Le 11 décembre 2011 à 17:57 • Maxime Lambert
MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ At this point, the Fast & Furious franchise represents something like the longest ironic joke ever told to global movie audiences. At some point in the white noise between sequels, a series initially dedicated to showing off expensively-outfitted cars, the almost determinedly anti-charismatic presence of Vin Diesel (who we at one point thought was going to be a much bigger star) and pretty much nothing else morphed into an over-the-top parody of itself that endures by impressively resisting all opportunities to acknowledge that is a parody – one that is now increasingly centered on a super-charismatic actor who’s turning out to be a much bigger star than anyone could’ve anticipated in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.Yet the franchise continues, powered by an innate sense of audience connectivity that understands better than any modern action film outside of maybe the first Avengers movie that audiences will forgive almost any lapse in narrative logic so long as the leap of faith lands somewhere entertaining. When exactly did a crew of street-racing reprobates and (literal) highway-robbers transform fully into a team of justice-seeking mercenaries for hire? What year did Tokyo Drift take place in, again? Why does Hobbs continue to use Toretto’s team even for missions that are not explicitly car-related until they’ve shown up? Does anyone remember that the first movie just wasn’t very good? Don’t ask those questions – you’ll spoil everyone’s good time.And it is still a good time – just maybe not a great time. Don’t get me wrong, the car stunts and the action beats are as good as they’ve ever been (new director F. Gary Gray being an old pro at this sort of thing) and by now the returning cast has all settled nicely into what passes for characterization in this series for their individual roles. I.e. “keep a straight face, work your specific routine, occasionally indicate to the audience that you also have no idea what purpose Tyrese’s character is actually meant to serve.” And the new setup that finds Toretto seemingly betraying his comrades at the behest of Charlize Theron’s mysterious new supervillain Cipher is, at least initially, a nice break from the routine.The letdown is that for the first time in a while the sense of the franchise genuinely going above and beyond expectations isn’t quite there. It’s still getting bigger and more preposterous, but almost mechanically so – the cool new gag of the team fighting against a whole city’s worth of remote-controlled “zombie” cars is awesome but only really gets busted out for one scene, the implications of Cipher having some kind of “deep lore” connection to the series turns out to just be a standard retcon making her the vague mastermind behind the last two movies’ bad guys and Toretto’s much-hyped bad guy turn lacks the expected intrigue and gravity: Iron Man turning against Captain America this is not.Some of the problems are structural. It’s made explicit from the start that Dom is being manipulated against his will (longtime fans of the franchise will guess what Cipher “has on him” almost immediately, though it’s treated like a shocking reveal). And Dom has a scheme of his own for turning the tables is teed-up for the audience far too early. It’s not uninteresting, and in the best moments, it even serves as a reminder that Diesel’s extremely limited range has always been suited to taciturn moral ambiguity than hero roles. But it ends up feeling like what it increasingly seems to have been all along: A way to keep Vin Diesel at the nominal forefront of the storyline without having to spend as much time working with the rest of the ensemble.And that’s probably the most unfortunate aspect keeping The Fate of The Furious from rising to the occasion: As many had feared, you can really feel the absence of the late Paul Walker in the group dynamic, and it doesn’t feel like the franchise has worked out a new “glue” to hold all the other personalities together as a unit. That becomes something that matters when you’ve got to sell increasingly absurd status-quo evolutions like Jason Statham’s credulity-straining elevation to the “good guy” side, a face-turn that only remotely makes a lick of sense if you assume that the franchise is now running on Dragon Ball Z logic i.e. the arrival of a “worse” villain automatically gets the last nemesis invited to the cookout. Fortunately, Statham is good enough at this kind of role to easily get himself over with the audience by knocking a solo action sequence out of the park in Act 3 (you’ll know it when you see it.)Fate of The Furious not a “bad” movie by any stretch. But the whole hook of this franchise for a long time now has been to wind up being so much better than you’d imagine a bunch of pyrotechnic nonsense about B-list actors fighting terrorism with street-racing would be, and this one is… well, “only” about as good as you could reasonably expect. It’s fine, but it doesn’t really achieve the signature Fast & Furious transcendence even as it ramps up the ridiculous stunts, admirably diverse camaraderie and Diesel’s extraterrestrial pronunciation of the word “fambly.” And it signals a worrying sense that the series may have peaked with two more installments left to go. Stay on target
Two Oregon men entered guilty pleas in federal court Tuesday and Wednesday for their parts in a Vancouver-based mortgage brokerage service scheme that defrauded lending companies out of more than $3 million — and generated fat kickbacks to the defendants, officials said.The defendants operated Crown Point Enterprises, doing business as Lighthouse Financial Group in Vancouver, and Amsden and another man were principals of a Washington corporation they called Cash Money Brothers Financial Group Inc., according to a bulletin from Sue Rutledge with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland.Chadwick Amsden of Portland pleaded guilty on Wednesday of one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, with a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine, the bulletin said.Adam Perkins pleaded guilty Tuesday of two counts of wire fraud, with a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.Amsden’s sentencing is set for Aug. 8, and Perkins’ on July 18, in U.S. District Court in Portland.Amsden has been a licensed loan originator in Oregon. A total of 11 defendants were indicted and seven have entered guilty pleas, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Kerin, who is prosecuting the cases with Assistant U.S. Attorney Allan Garten. The remaining four defendants’ cases are pending.Six fraudulent cases involving five lenders are cited in the case involving Amsden, Perkins and co-defendant Joel Rosabal, who pleaded guilty earlier this year.
Some of the Democratic primary winners who, if they win the election in Nov., will be on the City Council for the first time. (Courtesy Photos)There will be at least eight new members of the next Baltimore City Council, many of whom are under 45. The AFRO spoke with six of them to get a sense of what the next generation of Council members has planned.With the election of a new Mayor and an assortment of potential new City Council members, Baltimoreans are expressing hope for a transition from unrest to unity and greater attention to basic quality of life issues, according to first-time Democratic hopefuls and incumbent winners in Baltimore’s recent City Council Democratic primary.The newly elected democratic Council hopefuls will, in all likelihood, be elected to the City Council after Baltimore’s general election in November. The vast majority of Baltimore voters are registered in the Democratic party. New faces and their incumbent colleagues have already begun the process of connecting with constituents in their districts to map out priorities for moving Baltimore forward.Zeke Cohen, winner of the District One Democratic primary, is one of the youngest new council hopefuls. “The best thing about the First District is our people. Yet far too often we remain separated and segregated from each other. Part of my work will be to bring communities together across lines of difference,” Cohen said in an interview with the AFRO.Cohen’s aspirations for bringing people together in District One are echoing across the city in District 5 by Isaac “Yitzy” Shleifer, who will replace Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, the District’s City Councilwoman for the past 40 years. District 12 victor, Robert Stokes, who won a contentious primary over eight other Democratic opponents, also sees unity as a first order of business for his district.“The election united our diverse communities by the challenges that face our families. But now I hope we can rally into unity by common goals and hoped for a better Baltimore,” Shleifer said. Stokes agreed that the election initiated a kind of unity that candidates must now transform to work on issues. “Even before the election, I met with eight community presidents. I worked on bringing them together so that we can work together to solve some of the problems in the 12th District, like cutting this crime rate and bringing our youth together,” said Stokes.However, for new Democratic primary winners Shannon Sneed (District 13), John Bullock, (District 9), and Kristerfer Burnett (District 8), basic issues such as crime reduction, connection to jobs and adequate and improving trash collection come first. “From the door knocking I have done during the campaign job creation is the number one concern for District 13 – tying resources to opportunities. Affordable housing is a close second. We want to make sure folks make decent wages and can afford to live in our community, “ Sneed said.Burnett agreed. “After canvassing 8,000 homes during my listening campaign in District 8, the most pressing issue residents have shared with me along this journey are a need for greater access to employment opportunities that pay family-supporting wages, enriching after school programing for our youth, and an end to the violence that has devastated families and communities though out our city,” he said.John Bullock’s District 9 residents made it clear: it’s time to remove the trash. “In my efforts to stay connected with our communities, one of the biggest things we heard about was ‘trash’. Clearly, we have other issues such as abandoned and sub-par housing in our district, but trash is a major issue,” Bullock said.Incumbent Council candidates Eric Costello and Bill Henry will continue to focus on expanding constituent services. Costello, who will serve his first full term on City Council if elected in November understands access to services is critical for District 11 resident. ” I would like to continue the work my office has done with outreach and accessibility. We will help constituents with problems they face with the city bureaucracy” he said.Henry, who will return to City Council for a third term if successful in November, will remain consistent with his current agenda on behalf of District 4. “As someone who has always been committed to community empowerment, economic justice, responsive government and a sustainable future, my priorities for a third term will not change. I will continue to balance providing effective constituent services for my district with the development of progressive legislation that will benefit the City as a whole.” Henry said.Edward Reisinger, incumbent District 10 City Councilman and Council Vice-president will work on “crime, education, affordable housing and decent paying jobs” for the residents of his district and the entire city, he said. District 6 incumbent Sharon Green Middleton will work on these same issues and ensure District six has “healthy, safe 21st Century Schools, senior opportunities, youth afterschool programs, greening/urban faming, transportation and revitalization.”District 2 incumbent Brandon Scott, currently the youngest City Council member, faced two opponents during the primary election who said he wasn’t doing enough to stem violence and crime plaguing sections of his District. Scott replied, “I will continue to focus on crime through a complete public safety approach using all city agencies and partners to address. This of course includes the beginning of the 300MenMarch’s Street Engagement Unit season and my partnership with North East Citizens on Patrol,” Scott said.(All Democratic Primary Winners were contacted for this story).