File FIR in Goa priest’s death: HC

first_imgPanaji: The Bombay High Court at Goa on Tuesday directed the Goa Police Crime Branch to file an FIR in connection with the mysterious death of Father Bismarque Dias, a Catholic priest and social worker, and submit a status report of the investigation every three months.Fr. Dias, who was protesting against alleged illegal real estate development near his village, St. Estevam in North Goa, was found dead in a water body near Mandovi river in November 2015.Activists and Opposition parties suspected that the priest could have been murdered for opposing illegal real estate in his village. The police, however, after conducting a preliminary inquiry, had claimed that he drowned while swimming. Activist Sudeep Dalvi and family members of Fr. Dias, who have been campaigning for a formal investigation, said the HC’s direction proves there is substance in their contention that his death was suspicious.last_img read more

Earthquake, wind and fire: extreme conditions hit Olympics

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City View comments Click here for more weather related news.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Organizers gave assurances that the Games were at no risk from earthquakes, with venues built to withstand even strong tremors. Sunday’s quake was measured at magnitude-4.7 by the US Geological Survey and was about 260 kilometers (160 miles) away.“All the facilities in the Games area are built so they can withstand strong earthquakes over 7.0… so I assure you there was no issue regarding these facilities,” said Sung Baik-you, spokesman for the Games organizers.Of more concern for the sparse crowds at the outdoor events will be the biting cold, which has already made Pyeongchang one of the chilliest Olympics on record — and which is set to dramatically worsen.‘Wear hats and gloves’Temperatures are forecast to plunge to -14 degrees Celsius (6.8 Fahrenheit) on Monday, will feel like a shivering -25C in the strong, mountainside wind.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers A volunteers protects himself from the cold weather at the Alpensia resort in Pyeongchang on February 11, 2018, during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINIAn earthquake triggered an alert and high winds disrupted competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Sunday, as officials warned of a severe freeze and urged fans to wrap up warm.After a bitterly cold first night of competition, a shallow 4.6-magnitude earthquake jolted the eastern portion of South Korea overnight, prompting warnings on mobile phones.ADVERTISEMENT “People are advised to dress warmly and wear hats and gloves to keep themselves warm,” warned Sung.The wind has made life tough so far for competitors, with several athletes complaining of difficult conditions.“The conditions were pretty crazy today just because of the wind,” said Canada’s Max Parrot, after finishing second in the men’s slopestyle snowboarding on Sunday.“Sometimes we have front winds, sometimes we have tailwinds. I think we could all see the difficulty today in the runs.”The men’s ski jumping was particularly unpleasant, as the athletes had to contend with freezing cold at the top of the hill as well as their nerves as the delayed competition dragged on.“It was cold as ice up there,” said Austria’s Michael Hayboeck, who finished 17th, while Poland’s Dawid Kubacki said the wind made the competition “a lottery.”“It was really bad for me, what I can do?” he asked. “It’s something I have no influence on. I need to jump in the conditions when they let me go.”However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said the ski jumpers were never in danger.“Athlete safety is our number one concern,” said spokesman Mark Adams. “All these venues are organized in very close contact with the federations.“We’re very, very confident the federations and athletes know what they can and can’t do.”center_img Blatche ‘super excited’ to rejoin Gilas John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Early on Sunday, ski officials were forced to postpone the showpiece men’s downhill until Thursday as buffeting winds made the high-speed slope too dangerous for competition.Later, the women’s slopestyle snowboarding also fell victim to the wind, as the qualifying session was scrapped with riders going straight into the final on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt comes after the first ski jumping final finished more than an hour behind schedule, past midnight on Saturday, as competitors were held up by swirling winds.As if to complete the set of extreme conditions, an alert warning of a high risk of fire — given the dry, windy weather — also flashed up on mobile phones on Sunday. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Derby County Charge Two Players for Drink-driving After Car Crash

first_img Derby CountryDrink drivingEnglish Championshipfootball First Published: October 5, 2019, 4:44 PM IST Derby: Derby County, an EFL Championship football side, have charged two of their players with drink-driving following a car crash that left team captain Richard Keogh with a season-ending knee injury.According to an ESPNFC report, Derby said in a statement that Mason Bennett and Tom Lawrence have been fined “the equivalent of six weeks” of their wages and will serve an additional 80 hours of community and rehabilitation, which will include a drinking awareness course. BBC quoted the club as saying that it “will not tolerate any of its players or staff behaving in a manner which puts themselves, their colleagues, and members of the general public at risk of injury or worse, or which brings the club into disrepute.”The incident took place on September 24 when Keogh was reportedly in the back seat of a car that crashed into a lamppost.Bennett said: “Being a footballer and someone who young fans look up to I know the example I set is key. I am ashamed. At 23 I am old enough, and I was brought up, to know better.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Hyperstone: low power SSD controller offers reliable 3D flash support

first_img Continue Reading Previous Kontron: Mini-ITX board with latest 8th Gen Intel processorsNext Rohde & Schwarz demonstrates test solutions for 5G NR base stations at MWC 2019 Hyperstone introduces its new X1 – SATA III SSD controller. The X1 is designed to fully satisfy industrial requirements and targets high-reliability and low power SSDs, M.2 and U.2 modules, CFast cards and system-in-package eSSDs or discrete on-board flash drive integration. With its state-of-the-art hyMap sub-page-based flash translation layer, the X1 achieves unparalleled random write performance, minimal write amplification and high endurance without external DRAM. The newly introduced FlashXE (eXtended Endurance) read-channel includes calibration, error correction with soft-decoding and error prevention mechanisms for a wide range of flash technology including SLC, pSLC, 3D MLC, 3D TLC and the next generation of NAND flashes.Adherence to the highest industrial requirements is guaranteed by hyReliability flash management, which features superior wear leveling, read-disturb management and best-in-class power-fail robustness. Furthermore, advanced protection against radiation and soft errors including end-to-end datapath protection, SRAM ECC and a low-alpha package ensure operation even under the most demanding conditions. The controller achieves transfer speeds of up to 550 MB/s. Exhaustive health-monitoring data exceeding the usual S.M.A.R.T. scope is provided together with lifetime estimation tools.The X1 will initially be available in 144-ball TFBGA (10.4 x 10.4 x 1.1 mm) and 124-ball TFBGA (9 x 9 x 1.2 mm) packages, qualified for the industrial temperature range (-40 to +85 °C). Mass-production samples and firmware are available now.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Van Dijk injury disrupts Liverpool’s plans

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool blow as Van Dijk’s Premier League bow delayed by injury Chris Burton 21:07 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Virgil van Dijk Liverpool Getty Liverpool Liverpool v Manchester City Manchester City Premier League The Reds are set to welcome free-scoring Premier League leaders Manchester City to Anfield without their £75 million centre-half in the starting XI Virgil van Dijk has disrupted Liverpool’s plans to face Manchester City by suffering an untimely injury which will delay his Premier League debut.Goal can confirm that the issue is nothing more severe than a tight hamstring, but the ailment is serious enough to keep him out of Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI on Sunday.It could be that Van Dijk misses out on a crunch clash completely, with the Reds needing to weigh up how much of a risk they would be taking by including him on the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Klopp may need added security at the back at some stage against City, with Pep Guardiola’s runaway leaders having been full of goals this season.Van Dijk was acquired in a record-breaking £75 million deal for occasions such as this, with those at Anfield aware of the need to plug defensive leaks.Virgil van Dijk LiverpoolThe Dutchman enjoyed a dream debut when netting the winning goal in an FA Cup third round derby date with Everton, but his introduction to top-flight action on Merseyside will have to wait.In his absence, Klopp is expected to hand Dejan Lovren a recall alongside Joel Matip at the heart of his back four.Whoever gets the nod will be hoping to help Liverpool extend a remarkable record against City on home soil.The Blues have not won at Anfield for 15 years, but they have been in imperious form this season and handed Klopp’s side a 5-0 humbling in the reverse fixture between the two sides at the Etihad Stadium back in September. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Penn State WR Mac Hippenhammer Starring For Baseball Team

first_imgPenn State wide receiver Mac Hippenhammer celebrates a big play.PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 08: Mac Hippenhammer #12 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates with C.J. Thorpe #69 of the Penn State Nittany Lions after catching a 11 yard touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the fourth quarter on September 8, 2018 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)With Kyler Murray no longer part of the NCAA, the next two-sport phenom may be none other than Mac Hippenhammer. The wide receiver for Penn State also plays right field for the baseball team.Coming out of high school, 247Sports had Hippenhammer as a three-star recruit. While his skillset could be raw at times, it’s evident that his athletic ability is off the charts.In limited action this past season, Hippenhammer totaled 103 yards and a touchdown on only six receptions. Once the ball is in his hands there is a good chance he can do some damage.As for his baseball career with the Nittany Lions, Hippenhammer currently has the third-best batting average on the team. The pressure of playing two sports hasn’t disrupted his production.When talking about his two-sport career, Hippenhammer revealed that he prefers to stay silent about his business.From Centre Daily Times:“That’s always how I’ve been,” Hippenhammer said. “I’ve always just been quiet and gone about my business and competed. I think a lot of my friends can tell you I’m a competitor, and that’s what I like to do.”“This year, I just told myself to control what I can control,” Hippenhammer said. “And when I’m back to the football team, all I’m going to do is work at it and, once I do that, I think everything will be all right.”Penn State’s football team can use another playmaker on offense with Miles Sanders and Trace McSorley now in the NFL. Perhaps Hippenhammer’s success on the diamond will carry over to the gridiron.We’ll see if he can take another leap in his third year with the football program.[Centre Daily Times]last_img read more

DDCA cancels Virat Kohli felicitation ceremony in wake of Pulwama attack

first_imgDDCA cancels Virat Kohli felicitation ceremony in wake of Pulwama attackThe Delhi & Districts Cricket Association had earlier decided to felicitate Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir ahead of the fifth and final ODI between India and Australia.advertisement Press Trust of India DelhiMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 22:14 IST DDCA President said they decided to cancel the felicitation after BCCI decided not to have an IPL opening ceremony. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDDCA had earlier decided to felicitate Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag and Gautam GambhirDDCA will donate Rs 10 lakh to Delhi Police’s Martyrs FundDDCA is giving couple of VIP passes to all former international players from the stateThe Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) has dropped plans to felicitate India captain Virat Kohli along with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir in the wake of Pulwama terror attack, which killed 40 CRPF personnel.The DDCA had decided to felicitate the three ‘Delhi legends’ before the start of the final ODI between India and Australia on Wednesday.The decision was taken by DDCA after BCCI decided to not only call off the IPL opening ceremony but also donate entire budget of the event for the welfare of the families of the martyrs.”We had plans of felicitating Sehwag, Gambhir and Kohli but we decided against it since BCCI is also not having an opening ceremony of the IPL,” DDCA President Rajat Sharma told PTI on Monday.”We have also decided to donate Rs 10 lakh to Delhi Police’s Martyrs Fund. As of now, 90 percent of the tickets that was put on public sale has been sold out,” Sharma said.The DDCA for the first time is giving couple of VIP passes to all the former international players from the state.”All ex players from Delhi, who have represented India deserve respect. This is the least we can do for them when an international match is being held,” Sharma said.As it had been for earlier games, the ‘RP Mehra Block’ gallery will not be opened for general public as the case is still sub-judice.Also Read | ICC says India sought permission to wear camouflage capsAlso Read | Virat Kohli dazzles in new IPL 2019 advertisementadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow DDCAFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Virat KohliFollow Virender SehwagFollow Gautam Gambhirlast_img read more

Crown seeks six years for Toronto man who tried to join ISIL

first_imgTORONTO — Ontario prosecutors want a Toronto man who tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria to be sentenced to six years behind bars.Pamir Hakimzadah, 29, pleaded guilty in early February to one count of leaving Canada to participate in a terrorist activity.At a sentencing hearing taking place today, Crown lawyer Christopher Walsh says the court has no insight into how Hakimzadah became radicalized and is dubious of a plan from the defence for their client’s de-radicalization.Court heard Hakimzadah left Toronto in October 2014 and flew to Istanbul with the goal of finding a way into Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.He was turned in to authorities by a taxi driver in Turkey who suspected Hakimzadah wanted to join the terrorist group, and was sent back to Canada where he was later turned in by a family member.Hakimzadah admitted he viewed Islamic State militant propaganda videos online and became sympathetic to their viewpoint.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Whistler Film Festival Signature Series to honour Kyra Sedgwick and Bill Pullman

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Whistler, B.C. (November 14, 2017) –  In a few weeks, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) will shine the spotlight on some of the industry’s top talent in it’s Signature Series, which features four events that recognize distinguished artists of our time and honours them with an award and or intimate on-stage interview complemented by a feature presentation of their most recent film premiering at the fest.For its 17th edition, WFF proudly celebrates American actress and producer Kyra Sedgwick, who is attending the festival with her directorial debut and Canadian premiere of STORY OF A GIRL and as the Artist Spotlight and Luminary Award honouree. WFF is also thrilled to honour acclaimed American actor Bill Pullman, who is attending with the Canadian premiere of THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN and as the Artist Tribute and Career Achievement Award honouree. Sedgwick and Pullman join this year’s Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch as well as actors Amanda Crew, Kevin Zegers, Rossif Sutherland and Shiva Negar who will be featured in a new Canada 150 Spotlight on Talent conversation to mark the centennial hosted by Canadian television and radio personality, George Stroumboulopoulos.“WFF’s 2017 honourees represent notable talent at different stages of their careers. Some have created the most memorable stories and characters in recent decades and others have careers about to burst,” says Whistler Film Festival’s Director of Industry Programming, Angie Nolan. “It is such an honour to celebrate this diverse group of inspiring artists at all phases of their creative journey.” Twitter Award winning actor Kyra Sedgwick has conquered stage, screen and television. Sedgwick is WFF’s Artist Spotlight honouree and will be receiving a Luminary Award, which recognizes a sublime artist whose body of work continues to inspire while shining a light on meaningful storytelling. Sedgwick has received multiple Golden Globe nominations (2007 win for THE CLOSER), Emmy nominations (2010 win for THE CLOSER), 7 SAG nominations as well as two Independent Spirit Award nominations, a Theater Award, Los Angeles Drama Desk Critics Circle Award and a Dramalogue Award. She is currently starring in and producing ABC’s limited series TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY. She recently appeared in THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, in which she co-stars opposite Woody Harrelson and Hailee Steinfeld, produced by James L. Brooks. Sedgwick is attending WFF with the Canadian premiere and her directorial debut, STORY OF A GIRL. The feature, which stars Ryann Shane alongside Sedgwick’s husband and daughter Kevin and Sosie Bacon, was originally produced for Lifetime and is based on a novel by Sara Zarr. With this film, Sedgwick tackles the very topical subject of online shaming and bullying with tact and sensitivity. A tale of personal courage and triumph, STORY OF A GIRL is a coming of age story about a young woman who finds the inner strength to overcome her past in order to become the author of her own future. Sedgwick displays a delicate sensitivity directing a young cast that has to deal with sensitive material at a time when stories like these are more important than ever. The event will be hosted by Canadian television and radio personality, George Stroumboulopoulos on December 1 at 1:30pm.Beloved American actor, Bill Pullman of stage, screen and television is WFF’s Tribute guest and the recipient of its’ 2017 Career Achievement Award. This award recognizes a formidable talent in film and television, whose longevity in storytelling and artistic achievement has culminated in a most prolific and inspiring career. Bill Pullman had his film debut in the 1986 film RUTHLESS PEOPLE and has since gone on to star in a multitude of films and television series where he created some of the most memorable characters in recent times. He is most known for his role as President Thomas J. Whitmore in INDEPENDENCE DAY as well as his role as Lone Starr in SPACEBALLS. Pullman can currently be seen on the hit USA television show, THE SINNER, which has been this summer’s highest rated show. Other notable film credits include: TROUBLE, WALKING OUT, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, THE EQUALIZER, SURVEILLANCE, THE COVE, BOTTLE SHOCK, SCARY MOVIE 4, THE GRUDGE, WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, THE LAST SEDUCTION, MR. JONES, MALICE, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, SINGLES, NEWSIES and LOST HIGHWAY. Additional television credits include 1600 PENN, TORCHWOOD and REVELATIONS. Current film releases include Fox’s BATTLE OF THE SEXES, appearing alongside Emma Stone and Steve Carrell, as well as Electric Entertainment’s LBJ in which he appears opposite Woody Harrelson. He is attending the Whistler Film Festival with A24’s western movie and the Canadian premiere of THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN. The event will be hosted by “Our City Tonight” Co-Host and CTV Film Critic Jim Gordon on December 1 at 3:00pm.The Whistler Film Festival is proud to host the Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch for the sixth consecutive year as the final event in its Signature Series program. Hosted by Variety VP & Executive Editor Steven Gaydos, festival goers will get the chance to hear from some of the brightest and most promising writers of the year and get the latest news and insights behind their upcoming projects at an afternoon conversation on December 2 at 3:00pm, and will be formally honoured at WFF’s Awards Celebration on December 3 at 10:00am. The screenwriters and notable credits will be announced shortly.To celebrate Canada’s 150, WFF’s presents a new event, Canada 150 Spotlight on Talent featuring four Canadian actors to watch who are attending the fest with their latest films in conversation with George Stroumboulopoulos. The roster includes Rossif Sutherland (TRENCH 11), Kevin Zegers (SOMEONE ELSE’S WEDDING), Amanda Crew (JUGGERNAUT), and Shiva Negar (BECOMING BURLESQUE), all of which are WFF Alumni having attended previous fests except for Shiva Negar. The event will be hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos on December 2 at 1:30PM.From November 29 to December 3, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 17th edition featuring 87 fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort. WFF combines an international film competition with a focused industry Summit dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking in the digital age that is connected to a slate of 11 talent programs for over 70 Canadian artists to develop their projects and craft.The Festival’s online box office at is now open for VIP Patron Passes, Industry Passes and Ticket Packages. Single film and event tickets go on sale on November 15 (until December 3). The Festival Box Office is open for phone sales (1-877-838-FILM) and on November 24 for walk-up sales.Air travel and ground transportation deals as well as best accommodation rates are now available on WFF has 20 accommodation partners to choose from including host hotel, the Westin Whistler Resort and Spa and VIP hotel the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada and Western Economic Diversification, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, The Harold Greenberg Fund, the Canadian Media Producers Association, Cineplex, SW Event Technology, Remax Sea to Sky Real Estate, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Wreckage of UN helicopter found off coast of Sierra Leone

A Ukrainian search and recovery team yesterday found the remains of the MI-8 helicopter which plunged into the sea shortly after takeoff while en route to Lungi Airport on 7 November with seven people on board, the Mission said. Recovery efforts were continuing, and so far, the bodies of three of the victims have been found.Also on Thursday, the deputy commander of the UN peacekeeping force in Sierra Leone, Maj. Gen. Martin Luther Agwai, visited the Kenyan Battalion stationed in the western town of Masiaka, in Port Loko District.Gen. Agwai toured some of the rebuilding projects completed by the Kenyan Battalion and later presented to two local schools stationery donated by the contingent. In an address to teachers, pupils and parents, he commended the community for providing a helpful environment for the Kenyan peacekeepers.Last week, the Kenyan Battalion handed over a Seventh Day Adventist church built by its troops to the community at Masiaka. read more

Security Council mission arrives in Burundi

Following a stop in war-torn Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), yesterday, the Security Council mission to West Africa, led by Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France, is now in the Burundian capital of Bujumbura, where they have meetings scheduled with Vice President Alphonse Marie Kadege and President Domitien Ndayizeye.Upon arrival in the capital yesterday, Ambassador de La Sablière made a statement in which he expressed his congratulations to the Burundian people and the various political parties and groups for the successful conclusion and signing of ceasefire agreements, according to a UN spokesman in New York.Ambassador de La Sablière also expressed the Council’s support for the peace process and invited armed movements, which have not yet done so, to join the process. Tomorrow, the Council delegation travels to Kigali, Rwanda, to meet with President Paul Kagame.The spokesman reported that during yesterday’s three-hour visit to Bunia, the delegation was briefed on the deployment of the Emergency Interim Multinational Force by its commanding officer, Gen. Jean Marie Thonier of France. A meeting with the members of the Ituri Pacification Commission (IPC) – which rival militia and tribal groups agreed to set up to manage the region until a new post-war national government takes over – was to reinforce the support of the international community to that democratically elected body. The last of the delegation’s meetings was with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the humanitarian community. They raised fears that Bunia could become a big camp for displaced people if the mandate of the Multinational Force is to exclusively secure that town and its surroundings. They encouraged the UN to put an end to impunity in Bunia as the only way to discourage further violence and human rights violations against the civilians.In other news, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported that more than 1,300 Central African Republic (CAR) refugees from the northwestern DRC returned home when the agency launched a recent repatriation programme. The plan was initiated to assist some 2,600 CAR refugees in a camp at Mole, near the small town of Zongo on the Oubangui river.Daily truck convoys bring the refuges from Mole to Zongo, where they board UNHCR-contracted boats for a 10-minute ferry ride to the CAR capital of Bangui. Yesterday, the agency transported 500 refugees to Bangui and, if the current pace continues, the repatriation may be completed over the weekend. UNHCR added that CAR refugees from the Republic of the Congo have also begun to return, with an initial group of 57 flown home from Brazzaville earlier in the week. read more

Wide attendance focused attention needed for islands meeting UN official

Anwarul Chowdhury, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and SIDS, told the General Assembly’s Economic and Financial Committee that “the widest possible range of stakeholders, including Member States, multilateral financial institutions, the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other civil society organizations should participate” in the conference to be held next August in Mauritius.The meeting is a 10-year review of the implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, which was signed in 1994.Mr. Chowdhury said for Mauritius “we need a focused agenda.” He suggested the delegates identify priorities, to include the vulnerability – economic, social and environmental – of SIDS, poverty eradication measures, freshwater issues, climate change, renewable energy, development of marine resources and sustainable fisheries, HIV/AIDS, and trade.He said global advocacy for the cause of SIDS and the mobilization and coordination of international support for realizing the Mauritius outcome was vital in helping those countries face development challenges in the coming years. read more

Austria promises ban on face veil in public places

first_img 123 Comments Jan 31st 2017, 8:34 PM Image: Shutterstock AUSTRIA’S CHANCELLOR HAS said he will seek to ban full-face veils in public, as part of a wide-ranging government programme aimed at fending off the challenge of the far-right.“The full-face veil will be banned in public spaces,” Christian Kern said after ministers signed off on the new programme of policies set to be implemented over the coming 18 months.There was no mention of a headscarf ban for civil servants but the text said that state representatives must “present themselves as religiously neutral”.Kern said he wanted to avoid “giving 600,000 Muslims in Austria the feeling that they are not part of our society.”The 35-page programme also includes beefing up surveillance and security measures, obliging migrants granted the right to stay to sign an “integration contract” and a “statement of values”.“Those who are not prepared to accept Enlightenment values will have to leave our country and society,” according to the text.It also promises the government will lower taxes and non-wage labour costs, restrict access of foreign workers to the Austrian labour market and create 70,000 new jobs.Many of the measures set out in the programme must be hammered out in detail and receive parliamentary approval before they can come into force.The move comes eight months after Kern, 51, replaced Werner Faymann at the head of an unhappy “grand coalition” between his Social Democrats (SPOe) and the centre-right People’s Party (OeVP).Both are facing a strong challenge from the Freedom Party (FPOe), which like similar groups across Europe has stoked concerns about immigration, security and the EU to top opinion polls.There has been speculation for months that the Austrian coalition might call early elections. The programme is aimed at showing it aims to govern until its mandate expires in late 2018.© – AFP 2017Read: Austrian police investigating reports of sexual assaults at New Year’s Eve celebration >Read: 89-year-old Holocaust survivor warns Austrians not to vote for far-right party > Image: Shutterstock By AFP Short URL Share Tweet Email1 Austria promises ban on face veil in public places The ban is part of raft of measures aimed at fending off the far-right. Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 8:34 PM 16,202 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Matt Riddle makes NXT TakeOver inring debut on Saturday in unadvertised match

first_img Twitter Google+ Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ric Flair Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Now Playing Up Next The Rock Honors Mean Gene Okerlund Facebook Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsAppcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ian Hunter Pinterest Ric Flair Pays Tribute To Late Friend Videos Articles WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next Former UFC star and recently signed WWE talent Matt Riddle made his NXT TakeOver debut earlier tonight during the WarGames: II special in Los Angeles.Riddle, who was not advertised ahead of time for tonight’s NXT special on the WWE Network, specifically addressed comments by Kassius Ohno earlier in the night.Excerpt courtesy of Adam Martin’s live NXT TakeOver: WarGames II recap:Riddle said they are scheduled to wrestle next Wednesday on NXT, but he said we are chilling in L.A. and we have two rings down here and “I’ll knock you out in both of them, bro.”Here comes Kassius Ohno with a mic in hand. Ohno said Riddle is too stupid to know he shouldn’t be out here right now. He says Riddle is too stupid to know he’s not ready for TakeOver. Ohno suggests the referee rings the bell and hopes Riddle enjoys the moment, because he won’t be able to remember it after he knocks him out “bro.”Ohno slides in. Riddle with a high knee to Ohno, hooks the leg and gets the pinfall!Riddle picks up the victory in seconds. He jumps up on the top turnbuckle and starts celebrating immediately. Ohno is already struggling to try and get to his feet.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRic Flair Pays Tribute To Late FriendVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

Death toll in Bangladesh landslides rises to 132

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh — The death toll from massive landslides triggered by heavy rains rose to 132 on Wednesday with firefighters, police and soldiers struggling to reach the remote southeastern districts to distribute aid, officials said.It was not clear yet if any villagers were still missing after large chunks of mud swept over thatched homes and settlements in three hilly districts on Tuesday, a day after heavy rains began across the country because of the influence of a depression in the Bay of Bengal.After an overnight halt in the search and rescue operation, rescuers resumed Wednesday morning, said Reaz Ahmed, a senior official of the Disaster Management Ministry.Military spokesman Rezaul Karim said Tuesday that several soldiers were killed and five injured while clearing debris and mud from a highway.Rains that began early Monday had cleared, allowing rescuers to work faster in searching for survivors. But some areas still remained cut off.Bangladesh is in the middle of the monsoon season, but Monday’s downpour was caused by a depression in the Bay of Bengal.Officials said at least 98 of the victims died in Rangamati, one of the worst-hit districts, and 28 were killed in Chittagong while another six died in Bandarban. Extensive devastation was reported in the region. The landslides were the worst since 2007, when 127 people were killed in Chittagong.In Rangamati’s remote Kawkhali area, about 5,000 homes were either destroyed or damaged, police chief Addul Karim said. He said authorities opened six temporary shelters.last_img read more

Gasoline tax repeal proposal fails in California

first_img November 6, 2018 Gasoline tax repeal proposal fails in California Posted: November 6, 2018 AP LOS ANGELES (AP) — A proposal to repeal a gasoline tax increase for transportation projects in California was trailing Tuesday in early returns.Proposition 6 had about 44 percent of the vote after polls closed Tuesday with nearly 2.9 million votes counted.The Republican-backed measure would repeal an increase in fuel taxes and vehicle fees that is expected to fund $5 billion a year in road fixes and transit improvements over a decade. It would also require voter approval for any future gasoline tax hikes.Republicans hoped the measure would boost GOP turnout in contested congressional and state races. They argue that California is too expensive and should spend its money more wisely to meet transportation needs.The Legislature, led by Democrats, passed the fuel tax increase last year to generate about $52 billion for transportation funding. Opponents of the repeal, including construction industry leaders and unions, contend the funds are critical to fix aging freeways and bridges and improve transit.center_img AP, Gas Tax Repeal Goes Down. Leaders Of Prop 6 Say Corruption Killed It. Deceiving Ballot Language Never Mentioned “Tax Repeal”. Gas Taxes Remain Highest In America!— Dan Plante (@DanPlanteKUSI) November 7, 2018Much of the money is generated through a 12 cent-per-gallon boost in gasoline excise taxes that took effect last November.The repeal was proposed by San Diego talk radio host Carl DeMaio, who led a successful recall campaign earlier this year against a Democratic state lawmaker from Orange County who voted for the fuel tax increase.Republicans and Democrats agree that California needs a transportation overhaul as suburban commuters clamor for freeway fixes and city dwellers demand mass transit, but they differ on where the money should come from.Those who support the initiative argue that California ought to use existing funds for transportation improvements.Opponents contend there aren’t enough funds to keep up with the transportation needs of California’s 40 million people. Over the past two decades, cars have become more fuel efficient — a boon for the environment but a challenge to transportation budgets as drivers need less gasoline.Proponents argued during the campaign that the measure was assigned a misleading ballot title — “eliminates certain road repair” — that doesn’t immediately tell voters that it’s a repeal proposal. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News Tags: Decision 2018, Gas tax repeal FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Daughter of Lawrence Fishburne arrested for DUI in Broward

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The daughter of one of the stars of the “The Matrix” was arrested on DUI charges in South Florida over the weekend.Twenty-five-year-old Montana Fishburne, daughter of actor Lawrence Fishburne, was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol after she crashed along Interstate 95, Saturday.She was charged with DUI with property damage and cuffed after the accident.Fishburne is currently out on bound.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 9 Wilmington Students Graduate From Bridgewater State University

first_imgBRIDGEWATER, MA — More than 2,100 bachelor’s degrees in the sciences, arts, business and education were awarded during two ceremonies at Bridgewater State University on Saturday, May 12 on the Boyden Quadrangle. It was the 177th Spring Commencement Convocation in the university’s history.The following Wilmington residents were among those who graduated:Kimberly Ann DonoghueKathryn Carmen GoodwinJared H. LloydKatherine McKennaShannon Elizabeth MoultonMaria Elizabeth PatroneMichaela Catherine RodenhiserAmy ScottSophie Beth Serna(NOTE: The above modified press release is from Bridgewater State University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Graduate From Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

India twin hooch tragedies kill 97

first_imgThe death toll in the twin hooch tragedies in India’s Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring Uttarakhand has increased to 97, with over 200 people arrested in a police crackdown, officials said on Sunday.A total of 64 deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh — 54 in Saharanpur district and 11 in Kushinagar.Saharanpur district magistrate Alok Kumar Pandey told IANS that of the 46 post-mortems conducted so far, 36 were confirmed to have died due to the consumption of spurious liquor.Meerut Superintendent of Police (SP) Ranvijay Singh said 14 people undergoing treatment at the Meerut Medical College, were in serious condition.Meanwhile, 32 deaths were also reported in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, according to Excise Department officialsThe Uttar Pradesh victims had visited Balupur in Roorkie, Uttarakhand, on 7 February for a funeral after which they consumed the illicit liquor, police sources said.In the police crackdown, 9,269 litres of hooch was seized in Uttar Pradesh while 1,066 litres was recovered in Uttarakhand.A total of 215 persons have been arrested in Uttar Pradesh, while cases against 297 persons have been filed. Forty-nine cases have been registered in Uttarakhand.The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a magisterial enquiry into the tragedy and many officials of the police and the Excise Department have been suspended.last_img read more