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Parties in Haryana and Punjab set for face-off

first_imgPolitical parties in Punjab and Haryana are set for a face-off on the issue of sharing water from the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal after Haryana’s Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) declared that it would march towards Punjab on February 23 to dig the canal.INLD leader Abhay Chautala has announced that party workers would march towards Punjab after gathering at Ambala’s grain market to dig the SYL canal “to get its share of water”.The Punjab Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) have reacted sharply to this move by the INLD. While the SAD has urged political parties from Haryana not to indulge in activities that provoke the people of Punjab on the SYL issue — the Congress has demanded action by the Haryana government against the INLD to prevent the eruption of an inter-State crisis.Former Chief Minister and Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday said the Centre and the State government in Haryana should take all necessary steps to prevent any violation of Punjab’s borders by the INLD.“Abhay Chautala’s inflammatory statement has the potential of further escalating the tensions already triggered by the ongoing Jat agitation in Haryana,” said Capt. Amarinder.‘Mischievous agenda’Capt. Amarinder accused the Chautalas of indulging in a political misadventure and of trying to take advantage of their proximity to the Badals. He also alleged that the Chautalas were pinning their hopes for realising their mischievous agenda on the silent connivance of the Badals on the issue.On the other hand, SAD secretary and spokesman Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema asked political parties from Haryana not to indulge in activities that could provoke the people of Punjab on the emotive issue of the SYL canal.“The SYL issue is dead, once for all, as the Punjab Assembly as well as the SAD-BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) government of the State has passed resolutions for the restoration of the land acquired for the project. As the land acquired for the project has been restored to the original owners, it is now in the possession of the farmers of the State,” he said. “Such statements will lead to tension in both States and incite violence…” he said.last_img read more

Virat Kohli feels the burden of being a youth icon

first_imgHe has not only earned the tag of being a swashbuckling batsman of the Indian cricket team but also that of a youth icon. Star player Virat Kohli says being a role model for others is a huge responsibility as it can “affect a lot of people”.Living under the constant public gaze is not always a smooth ride, and Kohli has often been caught on the wrong-foot – be it his angry rants or heated conversations on the field.The cricketer, who is rumoured to be in an on-and-off relationship with actress Anushka Sharma, says he “wishes to learn from his mistakes”.”Being a role model for the young people is no doubt a great feeling. When people come up and say that they look up to you and they draw inspiration from you, it means a lot personally. But it also carries a huge responsibility as everything I do and say affects a lot of people,” Kohli, who has been connecting personally with his fans via his fan club Fanbox, told IANS in an e-mail interview.NO SHORTCUT TO SUCCESSHe says he often wants to talk to people about what has worked in building his success story.”For me, discipline and hard work are top priorities. I am also passionate about learning, which means that I look at my past performance and wish to learn from my mistakes. These are some of the things that I hope get picked up by my fans,” Kohli added.Kohli has made a place for himself outside the cricket field as well. The 27-year-old made his fashion debut with a menswear clothing line called Wrogn and he also has his charity foundation to help underprivileged children.advertisementThe Delhi-based sportsperson was first noticed when he captained India to the ICC Under-19 World Cup title in 2008. There has been no looking back since then.Kohli has clinched many awards like ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012 and BCCI International Cricketer Of The Year for the 2011-12 and 2014-15 seasons. He also received the coveted Arjuna Award in 2013.Internationally, in 2014, a British magazine SportsPro named Kohli as the world’s second most marketable athlete.Kohli asserts that there is no shortcut to success.”There is no substitute for working hard towards what you want to achieve – whether it is about success in your job or about winning a game or a tournament,” he said.SUPPORT FROM FANS IS CRUCIALThere was a time when social media was full of messages terming Anushka as a big distraction in Kohli’s life. He has lashed out Twitterati for trolling her.All said and done, the cricketer says “fans make you what you are”.”They motivate me to do my best every time I am out on the field. I love connecting with my fans through social media but there is no substitute for a personal face-to-face meeting,” he said.Kohli also launched an exclusive fan club in partnership with PrivyPlex in April. It helps him connect with his fans on a more personal level. Over 35 select fans got a chance to meet him last month in Gurgaon through the fan club, and more fans met him in Noida just last week.”The whole point of Fanbox is for me to connect with my fans on a more personal level. It’s all about being there in the real life; so people can see and hear you right in front of them.”last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: ‘Well done Jattaaaa,’ tweets Harbhajan Singh after Shikhar Dhawan’s stylish hundred

first_imgShikhar Dhawan smashed his 10th ODI hundred as India took command against Sri Lanka in their Group B encounter on Thursday at The Oval.He reached his milestone in 112 balls and was part of their fourth century-opening stand in seven matches at the ICC Champions Trophy with Rohit Shamra.  He was dismissed as he looked to up the ante, going after the bowlers and finally fell prey to Lasith Malinga in the 45th over. Dhawan found Kusal Mendis on long-off to bring down the curtains to a superb knock. He finished on 125 in 128 balls.Thanks to an injury, Dhawan had been out of international cricket after the Cuttack ODI vs England but he came back to the team with a bang against Pakistan in their Champions Trophy opener on Sunday, hammering a 65-ball 68.India lost a bit of the initiative though when Virat Kohli fell for his first duck in almost three years. Yuvraj Singh, man-of-the-match on Sunday, then perished for 7 as India stuttered to 179/3 in 33.3 overs.The world of Twitter exploded with many rushing to wish the swashbuckling opener on the micro-blogging website.Here are a few of them, Well done Jattaaaa top batting @SDhawan25 ???????????????- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 8, 2017#ChampionsTrophy2017 wat a great knock @SDhawan25 from ball one looked dangerous and his timing is class???!! well done brother top knock- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) June 8, 2017The moment @SDhawan25 hit ??!??? #INDvSL #CT17 pic.twitter.com/1ED3JQ9Id0- ICC (@ICC) June 8, 2017???? vs ???? #CT17- @SDhawan25 smashes ?? , #TeamIndia 218-3 after 40 overs #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/BKGqIjb8jCadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) June 8, 2017Congrats @SDhawan25 on a outstanding 100???Good to see your positive approach & intent???Keep it up buddy??? #CT17- VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 8, 2017Shikhar Dhawan Number One. Five centuries in just 15 innings of ICC ODI Tournaments. That’s 1 ?? in three innings. WoW. #CT17 #IndvSL ??????????- Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 8, 2017FANTASTIC!!! ????? @SDhawan25 #INDvSL- Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) June 8, 2017He is playing the ball late, more under his nose & never looked better…another gem from Shikhar Dhawan!?????????#CT17 #INDvSL- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 8, 2017Stats speaks for itself. Up there with the greats. Stellar show @SDhawan25 & @ImRo45 ??????#INDvSL #CT17 https://t.co/Op54wthSNZ- Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) June 8, 2017Well played jatt ji @SDhawan25 top knock ??????????????????????????? #INDvSL #CT17- Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) June 8, 2017last_img read more

3 Threatened Destinations to See Before They’re Gone

first_imgMelting glaciers, stranded polar bears, bleached coral reefs.It’s hard not to be a staunch pessimist as the earth suffers under the environmental crush of humanity. Many of the world’s most beautiful destinations are disappearing or at least changing (for the worse) right before our eyes. Some may not be around for coming generations. With that in mind, here are three threatened world destinations to see now before they’re gone.See the Polar Bears of Churchill, ManitobaThere’s no symbol more emblematic of earth’s environmental state than the polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba. This tiny “edge of the world” town is like a snowy island amid Canada’s vast northern tundra. Every year, nearly 1,000 bears make their annual migration to the area surrounding the town and Hudson Bay. Natural Habitat Adventures offers week-long, all-inclusive excursions into the tundra which outfit travelers with cold weather gear, accommodations, daily tundra buggy rides, and even professional photography tips. Their unique tundra lodge is a semi-permanent “hotel” comprised of a train of purpose-built tundra buggies converted into sleeping cabins. Visitors have the opportunity to spend several nights here on the tundra in the realm of the polar bears, arctic foxes, and arctic hare.Related: The 3 Really, Really Cold Places You Need to TravelKayak the Great Barrier ReefOur oceans are the greatest barometer for the earth’s overall health. The current state of the Great Barrier Reef provides a dim outlook for where we’re headed, but — at least for now — it’s among the most beautiful underwater destinations in the world. While many travelers opt to dive the 1,400-mile reef, REI offers five-day kayaking excursions that provide a surface perspective that’s equally fascinating. Travelers spend their mornings paddling some of the reef’s most vibrant stretches of coral. Afternoons provide an opportunity for snorkeling and, by night, camping opportunities are available on stunning, uninhabited tropical islands.Witness the Ice Melt in AntarcticaFew places on earth are changing faster under the current rate of climate change than Antarctica. The annual geological shifts (melting and refreezing) of the “Lost Continent” become more dramatic each year. But, it’s still one of the last great, truly wild places to visit in the world. Hop a long flight down to Ushuaia — a small Argentinian town that’s become the unofficial gateway to Antarctica. From there, board one of several dozen small cruise ships like those in Lindblad Expeditions‘ fleet. The company offers several unique trips, including an intense 24-day mega-journey that explores South Georgia Island, the Falklands, and, of course, the continent itself. The cruise line is the official provider of National Geographic and there are frequently professional photographers onboard to provide top-notch tips to passengers with an eye toward amateur photography. 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring 7 Tips for Planning the Perfect Last-Minute Summer Vacation When It’s Time to Move, Here’s How to Sell Your House The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters Editors’ Recommendations Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Roomslast_img read more

CMA CGM Adds Vlissingen Port to EURAF 1

first_imgzoom French container shipping major CMA CGM plans to add the Dutch port of Vlissingen to its Europe – West Africa (EURAF 1) service rotation.The service upgrade is effective from September 9, with the arrival of MV CMA CGM Patrici.On a weekly basis, the enhanced service will provide a direct connection between Vlissingen port in the Netherlands and West African markets in Senegal and Ivory Coast.Including the new port of call, EURAF 1 port coverage is as follows:Dunkirk (France) – Tilbury (UK) – Antwerp (Belgium) – Vlissingen (Netherlands) – Dunkirk – Le Havre – Montoir (France) – Tangier Med (Morocco) – Algeciras (Spain) – Dakar (Senegal) – Abidjan (Ivory Coast) – Dakar – Algeciras – Dunkirk.Image Courtesy: CMA CGMlast_img

Will fight BJP RSS with 10 times more vigour Rahul Gandhi

first_imgMumbai: A day after publicly announcing his resignation as Congress president, Rahul Gandhi Thursday said he will engage in the ‘ideological fight’ with BJP and RSS with 10 times more vigour than he did during the last five years. Gandhi was speaking to reporters after appearing in a local court in a defamation case filed by an RSS worker. “I am with the poor, farmers and labourers. This fight (against BJP and RSS) will continue,” he said. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefGandhi described the fight as a fight of ideology. “I will continue the fight with 10 times more vigour than I did during the last five years,” he said. “Aakraman ho raha hai, maza aa raha hai (aggression is happening and I am enjoying,” Gandhi said. He did not elaborate, saying he had said “whatever he had to say” in the four-page resignation letter he made public Wednesday.last_img read more

ExIMF chief on trial again now over Spanish bank flotation

first_imgMADRID — Spain’s National Court is beginning a massive trial over alleged fraud in the stock market listing of Bankia, a financial giant that was bailed out during the country’s economic crisis.Former Ineternational Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato, who was Bankia’s chairman between 2010 and 2012, is among 35 defendants accused of fraud and falsifying financial statements in relation to the bank’s 2011 flotation.Prosecutors are seeking five years of imprisonment for Rato, who is already serving a 4 1/2-year prison sentence for misusing Bankia’s corporate credit card.Bankia initially reported a 2011 profit of 309 million euros ($351 million) but months later showed a 3 billion-euro loss. It was nationalized a year later after a 22 billion-euro rescue.Rato had been a leading conservative minister before he became IMF chief from 2004 to 2007.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Iraqs Prime Minister appeals for global aid to help national reconciliation

26 September 2007The Prime Minister of Iraq today appealed to national leaders meeting for the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate to help the country as it embarks on a road toward national reconciliation, which he stressed is essential for the stability of the region and the world. The Prime Minister of Iraq today appealed to national leaders meeting for the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate to help the country as it embarks on a road toward national reconciliation, which he stressed is essential for the stability of the region and the world.“We are steadfast and determined to exterminate terrorism in Iraq so that it does not spread around the countries of the world,” said Nuri Kamel Al-Maliki, calling on other States to support this effort.Having paid such a high price for its freedoms, Iraq “will not retreat from its democratic choice,” he said. “This position necessitates the support and cooperation from the world’s nations, so that Iraq can build a modern State that guarantees justice, equality and a respect for religious, intellectual, sectarian and ethnic pluralism.”Emphasizing the importance of national reconciliation, Mr. Al-Maliki said it “is our strategic choice that has saved our country from slipping into the pit of a sectarian war.”Iraq’s priority now, he said, is establishing sovereignty over the land. “We have come a long way in training and equipping our armed forces in order to take over the security responsibilities from the multinational forces,” he said.At the same time, the Iraqi Prime Minister warned neighbouring States than any destabilization was likely to spread. “We cautioned all countries in the region that continued overflow of weapons, money, suicide bombers and the spreading of ‘fatwas’ inciting hatred and murder will only result in disastrous consequences for the peoples of the region and the world.”A stable Iraq, he stressed, “will be a guarantee for stability and security in the region.”Mr. Al-Maliki underscored Iraq’s desire to rejoin the international community, pointing to recent evidence of the country’s stepped-up involvement with the United Nations, including through chairmanship of the General Assembly’s Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee.The UN resolutions that were adopted following the previous regime’s invasion of Kuwait “inflicted great harm upon the infrastructure, service sector, health and education systems” in Iraq, he said.“Our people look up to the international community for help to alleviate and lift the burdens of the destruction as well as relieve the people from the heavy bills of debt and compensation.”He also voiced hope that the United Nations would mobilize its activities in Iraq. “That will contribute to encouraging the international community’s openness towards intensifying their role in the areas of building, construction, development, supporting national reconciliation and the democratic experience.” read more

UN alarmed at worsening violence humanitarian situation in Central African Republic

“The latest reports from the ground are grim, indicating deepening conflict between Muslim and Christian communities and armed groups, with tragic consequences,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said at least 140 civilians were killed during fresh attacks yesterday in the capital, Bangui, while heavy shelling in Bossangoa caused panic among the residents. The agency added that that close to 700 people had crossed over into neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Thursday alone to seek safety. Since last December, when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks leading to months of violence, nearly 400,000 people have been displaced, with another 69,800 forced into exile in neighbouring countries.Following yesterday’s attack on Bangui, the UN political mission in the country, BINUCA, reported that killings continued overnight. Ex-Séléka and anti-Balaka elements have been reported raiding homes and killing adults and children, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said, adding that hundreds of houses were reported burned in Bossangoa after an offensive by anti-Balaka elements was repelled. “This horrific cycle of violence and retaliation must stop immediately. Civilians must be protected,” said the spokesperson. “The Secretary-General appeals urgently for all parties to apply restraint and do everything in their power to reign in those fomenting and perpetrating the violence. Those responsible for grave violations must be brought to justice.” The violence that began last December culminated in March, when President François Bozizé was forced to flee. A transitional government, headed by Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, has been entrusted with restoring law and order and paving the way for democratic elections. However, armed clashes in the north-east have increased since August, and the country is facing a dire humanitarian situation.Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said she was gravely concerned that the rapid deterioration of the situation could lead to further displacement. “I urge all those involved in the violence to protect civilians and ensure their safety, and to respect their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law. They must allow free and unfettered access for neutral and impartial organizations to safely deliver humanitarian aid,” she added in a statement. Ms. Amos, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that despite the insecurity, the UN and its humanitarian partners are scaling up their activities, providing displaced families with shelter, safe water, sanitation, food and emergency health services in areas across the country. Yesterday, the Security Council, seriously concerned that the new dynamic of unrest and retaliation in CAR could divide the country along religious and ethnic lines and potentially “spiral into an uncontrollable situation,” authorized an African-led and French-backed peacekeeping force to quell the spiralling violence.The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today welcomed the Council’s authorization of the deployment of a peacekeeping force, as well as its request for the establishment of an international commission of inquiry to investigate reports of human rights abuses by all parties since 1 January 2013.Spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva that the Office plans to deploy a human rights monitoring team to CAR early next week to strengthen the existing monitoring capacity of the human rights section of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the country (BINUCA).The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that children are increasingly becoming the victims of violence and forced recruitment amidst ongoing atrocities. “Urgent action is needed now to protect children from harm, release them from armed groups, and provide them with safe access to humanitarian assistance,” the agency said in a news release.With growing tension between communities, the chances increase that violent clashes such as those in Bangui and other cities may escalate into large scale massacres, said UNICEF, noting that there have been confirmed attacks on children and women in Mboki two weeks ago and in Bouali three days ago.“There must be no further delay in taking effective action; there can be no excuse for failing the children and families of the Central African Republic,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “Action must be impartial and swift to stop the targeting of children, to protect schools, health facilities and transit centres, and to provide care and support to victims – with no impunity for the perpetrators of these outrages against children.” The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, welcomed the Council’s action and called for robust action to end violations against the children in CAR. “Children are killed and mutilated, recruited by armed groups, victims of sexual violence and other grave child rights violations,” she said. “All parties must commit to ending violations and perpetrators must be held accountable. Reopening schools that have been shut down and ensuring safe access for teachers and students must also be a priority.” read more

With highlevel forum UN Assembly aims to narrow digital divide harness power

The process that began with the World Summit, known by the acronym WSIS, “is where the real grassroots work is being done. It is where people gather if they believe in effectively using ICTs [Information and Communications Technologies] for sustainable development,” said International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.“WSIS has been a major driver of socio-economic development by providing a tangible, global framework for harnessing the tremendous power of ICTs and I am confident that it will play an even greater role in achieving the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Mr. Zhao said on the eve of the so-called WSIS+10 High-Level Meeting.The two-day meeting, convened by UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft, in close collaboration with ITU and other UN agencies and programmes such as the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is expected to result in a road map for efforts to put ICTs at the heart of new development strategies.In addition to bridging the digital divide, the delegates will address issues of cybersecurity, Internet governance, human rights on the Internet, as well as areas of future actions to ensure a people-centred inclusive and development-oriented Information Society.“It is the largest and most comprehensive review of the WSIS goals, targets and process since the Summit, organized by ITU in a multi-stakeholder set up, was held in two phases, in 2003 (Geneva) and 2005 (Tunis),” said the UN specialized agency, which allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges that global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge digital divides and to develop knowledge societies,” ITU said. “ICTs have become an essential part of long-term social and economic development, but progress will depend on strong, resilient, available, secure and trustworthy communications infrastructure and services,” it added. The High-Level meeting will conclude on 16 December with an outcome document which will seek to place ICTs where they can serve as an important accelerator of access to education and health care, e-government services, environmental monitoring, women’s empowerment, and more.In other news today, UN Women and ITU will host the annual Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards, which recognize the tremendous power of ICTs to transform women’s lives by providing them with better access to education, information, support networks, employment opportunities, avenues for political participation, and devices and apps that can improve personal safety. The awards are celebrated this year as part of the 20-year commemoration of the Beijing Platform for Action.The three GEM-TECH winners and three Global Achievers will receive their awards at a ceremony held this evening at Civic Hall in New York, in partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation and generously sponsored by Mozilla, Microsoft, the Swiss Federal Office of Communications, Verizon and Facebook. The awards will be presented by ITU Deputy Secretary-General, Malcolm Johnson, and UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri.The annual WSIS Forum, to be held from 2 to 6 May 2016 in Geneva, will build on the outcome of this week’s meeting while looking toward concrete solutions strengthening the impact ICTs in advancing achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. read more

Manchester Airport gate evacuated after crack appears in floor causing panic for

“The fire brigade have evacuated the building. They didn’t tell anybody what was going on.”We are now stood outside on the airfield. The fire brigade made everybody move away from the building.” Passengers were forced to evacuate from a section of Manchester Airport after reports of the building “collapsing”.Photos shared on Twitter show a crack which appeared beside a metal beam where travellers were boarding a flight to Palma at gate 212 in Terminal Two.The airport say another crack has appeared in the floor which is causing the issue prompting the fire service to be called in order to evacuate passengers safely from the gate.Gate 212 is currently housed inside a temporary building while work is taking place at the airport.Passengers said they heard a loud noise at around 7am causing “everyone to panic”.Andrea Atherton tweeted a photo of the crack, writing: “Been stood for 20 minutes where the temporary floors sound like they are collapsing. Finally evacuated  outside. Trying to go on my cruise. Not great communication Manchester airport.”Another passenger added: “About an hour ago there was a loud noise. Everyone was panicking. It looks like something is wrong with the building, it is collapsing. Cracks appeared in the structure of temporary gate at the airport Once evacuated onto the airfield, airport staff then explained the source of the commotion. A spokesperson for the airport said: “A small crack appeared in the floor. We have evacuated one flight as a precaution in that area.”The incident is only affecting passengers travelling from gate 212 and is not having an impact on other flights, the airport said.The spokesperson added: “Our temporary gate lounge was evacuated and only one flights has been affected.“It was evacuated due to a crack in the wall which is now being investigated and the passengers have all been taken back to the main terminal.“All other flights are running as normal.” Cracks appeared in the structure of temporary gate at the airport Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

DPP issues warning to media on risks of pretrial reporting

first_imgTHE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC Prosecutions has warned the media about the dangers of pre-trial publicity interfering with the right of an accused person to a fair trial.In the foreword to the annual report of the DPP’s office, DPP Claire Loftus said that she wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the risks of pre-trial reporting to the judicial process:“The media and commentators have a high degree of responsibility to ensure that not only do they not commit a contempt of court by publishing or broadcasting prejudicial material but also that such publicity is not the cause of a trial being postponed for a long period, or even indefinitely”Loftus went on to stress that the risks increase as a trial date approaches.The annual report showed the overall the number of prosecution files received by the DPP decreased by 5 per cent last year. Loftus said that this can be partly attributed to cases being dealt with by the district court.Victims of crimeThe DPP noted last year’s directive by the EU which gave victims of crime the right to receive reasons why a crime was not prosecuted. She said that her office has begun work on examining the directive and added that the Government has until October 2015 to transpose the directive into Irish legislation.Loftus pointed out however that not all decisions not to prosecute are made by the DPP. “In that regard it should be noted that a great many prosecution decisions are in fact made by the Garda Síochána without reference to the Office, under my delegated authority,” she said.The breakdown of the main reasons for the DPP’s decisions not to prosecute are broken down below:CourtsThe DPP also spoke about the backlog of cases in the Court of Criminal Appeal and the Supreme Court. Loftus said that she is concerned that the backlog of cases in the Court of Criminal Appeal is causing undue leniency reviews and other sentence and conviction appeals to be considerably delayed.In this regard Loftus welcomed the pledge from the Courts Service to add a number sitting days ahead of the beginning of new legal year in October and noted the referendum on a Court of Appeal which is due to take place next month.Read: DPP office “fully stretched” due to economic circumstances >Read: DPP to appeal Patrick O’Brien sentence >Read: The Court of Appeal referendum is one thing all political parties are agreed on >last_img read more

Man rescued from sinking yacht off Co Cork coast

first_img Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 9:39 PM Feb 9th 2017, 9:39 PM http://jrnl.ie/3232134 Short URL 15,241 Views 24 Comments Man rescued from sinking yacht off Co Cork coast The alarm was raised this afternoon at 4.20pm. A dinghy containing defence forces personnel reaches the sinking yacht this afternoon Source: Defence ForcesAN IRISH MAN has been rescued from a sinking yacht off the coastline at Cork harbour.The Coast Guard first became aware that the vessel was in trouble just after 4pm when it detected the activation of a personal locator beacon in the area.The rescue ship LÉ James Joyce subsequently located the yacht 16 miles southeast of Roche’s Point “in difficult sea conditions”, a Defence Forces spokesman said.The rescue ship launched a rigid-hulled inflatable boat which reached the stricken vessel, noted it was taking on water, and rescued the man on board. Source: Defence Forces Source: Defence ForcesHe was subsequently winched on board the Waterford-based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 and taken to Cork University Hospital. The LÉ James Joyce, which had been on defence patrol, resumed its duties.“On arrival at the scene Rescue 117 coordinated with the James Joyce,” a Coast Guard spokesman told TheJournal.ie.It would appear that the man on board the yacht had no other communications facility other than the personal locator that was activated.“We would like to compliment the navy for their assistance and for getting the man off the yacht,” the spokesman added.Read: Tesco is ‘shocked’ at unions suggesting that members ‘shop with their conscience’Read: Australian man miraculously escapes after holding his head barely above water… for five hours By Cianan Brennan Share188 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pays du Sud les femmes séropositives sen sortent mieux que les hommes

first_imgPays du Sud : les femmes séropositives s’en sortent mieux que les hommesA l’occasion de la Journée de la femme, l’Agence Française de recherches sur le sida a souhaité mettre en avant les femmes séropositives des pays du Sud, qui semblent à ce jour mieux s’en sortir que les hommes avec leur maladie, consultant davantage les centres de traitement par exemple. Seize études ont été rassemblées et publiées par l’ANRS (Agence française de recherches sur le sida) sous le nom : “Les femmes à l’épreuve du VIH dans les pays du Sud”. Ces différentes recherches ont été menées en Afrique, et notamment au Cameroun, en Côte d’Ivoire et au Burkina Faso, rapporte l’AFP, mais également en Thaïlande ou encore au Cambodge.En Afrique notamment, 6 malades du Sida sur 10 sont des femmes, tandis que 8 femmes malades sur 10 dans le monde vivent sur le continent africain. En quelques années, ces femmes malades ne se sont pas laissées abattre et ont pris leur maladie en main. Elles accèdent ainsi de plus en plus tôt aux centres de dépistage et aux traitements, ce qui “réduit la surmortalité importante liée à une prise en charge tardive”, précise l’ANRS. De plus, ces femmes se montrent de plus en plus responsables face à leur enfant ou futur enfant, et ont dépassé aujourd’hui la honte de la maladie. Le programme de Prévention de la transmission mère-enfant est aujourd’hui considéré comme un lieu où il est possible de parler librement de sexualité et de s’entraider entre femmes, tandis que pour les hommes au Cameroun par exemple, le traitement contre le VIH est “objet de dissimulation”. En Thaïlande, les femmes se font également dépister plus tôt qu’auparavant, ce qui montre en général qu’elles s’en sortent aujourd’hui mieux face à la maladie alors que les hommes sont toujours victimes de “vulnérabilité sociale”, expliquent les auteurs de l’ouvrage. Ce dernier est gratuit et peut être téléchargé sur le site Internet de l’ANRS. Le 8 mars 2011 à 14:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Cabinet approves proposal to hike MSP of kharif crops

first_imgFarmers harvesting their paddyWork BankThe Narendra Modi government has cleared the deck for increasing the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy by a steep Rs 200 per quintal. This hike is the maximum increase in MSP for paddy crop.In 2012-2013, the UPA-II government had announced the previous highest rise in the paddy MSP with a hike of Rs. 170 a quintal. In the first four years of its government, the Narendra Modi government had raised the MSP between Rs 50-Rs 80 per quintal.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had come to power in 2014 with a promise of giving farmers a price of 1.5 times of the input cost. In this year’s budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also announced a corpus of Rs 1,500 crore for the MSP support to the farmers.The Modi government also plans to double the farmer’s income by 2022 and in the same direction, they have taken a series of measures.The approval for the hike of MSP was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister.The steepest ever increase in MSP is expected to benefit farmers in the driest region of the country. One-fourth area under such lands is heading towards polls this year.Farmer bodies lauded the announcement made by the government but they also argued that the increase in oil prices was not taken into consideration while finalizing the MSP prices.Stock markets reacted positively to the decision taken by the government to arrest the farm distress. Bombay Stock Exchange was trading lower in the initial part of the day. After the announcement market showed its strength to close over 200 points on Wednesday.Economic experts fear that the increase in MSP could be a possible hindrance to the government’s target of maintaining 3.5 percent fiscal deficit. The excess money supply in the market may also trigger inflation in the economy which could eventually lead to a further depreciation in the value of money.last_img read more

Acevedo Asks For Help To Find Baby Abducted After Mothers Murder In

first_img Share Photos via Twitter of Houston Police @houstonpolice Investigators think the person who abducted Shamali Flores might know the mother’s family and the Greenspoint area.Houston Police Department (HPD) chief Art Acevedo asked Wednesday for the public’s help in the search for a female baby who was abducted in the Greenspoint area on Tuesday after her mother was murdered.Acevedo said during a press conference that the baby’s mother, Carolina Miranda Flores, who was 33 years-old, was murdered between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday Dec. 19 in her apartment, located in the 180th block of Goodson Drive, north of downtown Houston.Photo via DPS Investigators think the person who abducted Shamali Flores might know the mother’s family and the Greenspoint area.The baby’s name is Shamali Flores and she is six weeks old.Acevedo added investigators tracked down Marcos Mariano Tomás Palacios, who is believed to be the child’s father, and he is cooperating with them.Investigators are also interviewing relatives, friends and neighbors of the baby’s mother.Acevedo thinks the person that abducted the baby is probably “familiar” with the mother’s family and also knows the Greenspoint area.The HPD chief added that investigators have a theory that indicates the abductor “may be a woman who has or will present the child as her own and may even indicate the child was recently born.”Given that the crime and the abduction occurred in a neighborhood with many Hispanic immigrants, Acevedo stressed that the investigators are not interested in the immigration status of any person who can provide them with information.Acevedo also stated that Crime Stoppers has posted a $5,000 reward regarding this case and urged the public to contact HPD’s Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 and Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is helping HPD and has deployed members of its Rapid Abduction Response Team.At today’s news briefing, Chief @ArtAcevedo released these photos of missing 6-week-old Shamali Flores & her deceased mom, Ms. Carolina Miranda Flores, 33. Please call @CrimeStopHOU if you have any information in this active Amber Alert case. All tips remain anonymous. #hounews pic.twitter.com/XOmD3vqllA— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) December 20, 2017last_img read more

Home cleaning is a great way to spend time with family

first_imgIn a time-strapped 21st century, millenials are struggling to find time with their families. However a majority of Indians feel that home cleaning on Diwali is a great way to spend time with family, says a survey. The survey was conducted in across 8 major cities – Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad between the age group of 22-34 years and covered more than 5,000 consumers. The survey states that home cleaning on Diwali not only creates nostalgia but is also a great way to spend time with family with 68 per cent of respondents feel that pre-festival home cleaning is the best time to spend with family. Also for many, Pre-Diwali is an exciting time with 55 per cent of the respondents looking forward to food, new clothes and home decoration. Also 30 per cent of consumers look forward to Diwali Ki Safai as this practice of pre-festival is an integral tradition for many households in India. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHowever, modern lifestyle and time constraint does not make Diwali house cleaning a fun task. Almost 31 per cent of the respondents feel that Diwali cleaning turns into a hectic or a chaotic day. Among the survey respondents, 42 per cent have the fear of dust allergy, 26 per cent of them fear losing a weekend and equate this feeling of being on a house arrest. Outsourcing to professionals for home cleaning is also a new found tradition with the new age Indians with 68 per cent of consumers between the age of 20-35 are willing to hire professional help, while only 46 per cent over the age of 35 feel no need to outsource. Gender comparison highlights that close to 65 per cent of women are more likely to outsource this yearly task while 40 per cent of the men would prefer to keep the house cleaning a family tradition and will not opt to hire professional help.last_img read more

All Ball Gottlieb talks with LoyalaChicago head coach Porter Moser on his

first_img Porter Moser – University of Loyola head coach discusses his team’s Cinderella Final Four run; establishing a basketball culture at an academic school; and what he expects to see from Michigan in their Final Four matchup.Bill Self – University of Kansas Head Coach on beating Duke to get back to another Final Four; if winning it this year would mean more than the 2008 title.Rashad Phillips – College basketball analyst is in-studio to explain why he isn’t surprised by Loyola-Chicago’s run; his NBA projection for Tre Young. Advertisement Episode 2The Final Four is set and Doug breaks down the remaining teams and matchups; the challenges facing Chris Mack at Louisville; and how graduate transfers have transformed the college game.Guests:last_img

Pale Moon profile backup tool

first_imgPale Moon profile backup tool by Martin Brinkmann on November 23, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: June 26, 2017 – 5 commentsPale Moon profile backup tool is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices to backup and restore Pale Moon browser profiles.The program was designed to make the back up and restoration process as easy as possible. All it takes to do either is to launch the program and click once or twice in the interface to run the process.Pale Moon, just like Firefox, uses a profile-based user system. Each user profile contains is an independent configuration for the browser that includes customizations, extensions, themes, browsing data, bookmarks and more.Pale Moon profiles are stored under C:\Users\Martin\AppData\Roaming\Moonchild Productions\Pale Moon\Profiles on modern versions of Windows. This is not the case however if a portable copy of the web browser is used.Pale Moon profile backup tool The Pale Moon profile backup tool has two caveats when it comes to its functionality: it does not work with portable versions of the web browser, and it does not work if custom profile locations are used.The single reason for that is that the tool does not ship with options to set a custom user profile path.To use it, download the program from the official Pale Moon website and run it afterwards.The interface displays backup and restore buttons prominently. You may want to check the options on first start. There you will discover that compression is enabled by default, and that the backup tool will only keep one backup per day by default. You can disable the second option by unchecking the overwrite backups option.The second option that you have is to set a different backup paths. The default backup paths stores all profile backups in the PM backup folder of the Documents folder.Other than that, it is just a matter of hitting backup to back up the profiles, or restore to restore the profiles using a backup.The backup process backs up all profiles found in the default profile location that Pale Moon uses. Restore likewise restores all profiles of the selected date.Closing WordsPale Moon profile backup tool is mostly designed for users who don’t use other means of backing up their profiles. The thing that it has going for it is that it is portable and really easy to use.The downside is that it will always back up all profiles, and that it does not work with custom profile locations or portable versions of the browser.It is easy enough to back up Pale Moon profiles manually as well. The easiest option is to simply copy the profile or profiles, and store them in another location.You can use sync software or backup software for that to assist you in the process.Now You: Do you back up your browser profiles?Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 3 votes Software Name Pale Moon profile backup toolOperating System WindowsSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://www.palemoon.org/backuptool.shtml# Advertisementlast_img read more

Gay activists project messages to Trump and Putin on Finlands palace

first_imgChechnya is led by Ramzan Kadyrov, who denied arrests were taking place. However, he made no secret of his personal belief that homosexuality is wrong.A spokesman for the government even denied there were gay people in Chechnya, suggesting – ominously – if any such people existed, their families would take care of the matter.A global fundraising effort raised funds to help local advocates in Russia help smuggle gay men out of Chechnya. Reacting to this, countries such as France are among those who have publicly taken in gay refugees from the country.One man known to have disappeared is pop singer Zelimkhan Bakaev. The singer is dead, many believe.Activists: ‘Trump has turned a blind eye…’The Human Rights Campaign has also criticized Trump for failing to speak out against LGBTI rights in Russia.‘Trump has unconscionably turned a blind eye to some of the worst anti-LGBTQ atrocities in a generation, including monstrous attacks on gay and bisexual men in Chechnya,’ said Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global.‘HRC is here in Helsinki to demand Donald Trump end his deafening silence, publicly condemn these Chechen crimes against humanity, and call on Putin to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Chechnya one year on – what’s happening there now?France welcomes the first refugee from Chechnya during Putin visitLGBTI activist Peter Tatchell detained in Russia at World CupRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-activists-project-messages-to-trump-and-putin-on-finlands-palace/ Activists are fighting back against President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin in Finland today (16 July) The US and Russian presidents will be meeting in Helsinki to discuss future policies.So Human Rights Campaign had the perfect protest for both of the homophobic leaders.The US charity projected a message across the wall’s of Finland’s presidential palace.They wanted to use the Helsinki venue to draw attention to the continued prosecution of LGBTI people in Chechnya.‘Trump and Putin: Stop the crimes against humanity in Chechnya,’ the message said.‘Investigate LGBTQ persecution in Chechnya. Bring the perpetrators to justice.‘The whole world is watching. Silence is deadly.’The message ends with the hashtag #EyesOnChechnya.’What happened in Chechnya?In April 2017, news first broke of the arrests of gay men in the semi-autonomous Russian region of Chechnya. The arrests began in February 2017.More concentration camps have been exposed. In some cases, it’s thought men were subject to ‘honor’ killings by their families.center_img Trump and Putin are meeting in Finland today Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more