Shock for masses if Ram temple not built under Modi-Yogi: Uma Bharti Bhopal, Dec 30 (PTI) Union minister Uma Bharti Sunday said people would be “surprised” and “shocked” if no solution was found to the Ram temple issue, despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath being at the helm at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh respectively. Ms. Bharti is among the leaders who have been at the forefront of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) efforts to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya.“When Modiji is the prime minister and Yogiji is the chief minister (of UP), and even then if no way is found for the construction of the Ram temple, then the masses will be surprised as to why were we unable to find a way for (building) the Ram temple. It will be a shock to the people,” she told reporters here. Ms. Bharti added that the temple had a “major role” in the BJP rising from just two Lok Sabha seats (in 1984) to 84 seats — when the temple movement gained momentum in 1989 — to 284 seats in the 2014 general polls.“Therefore, with Modi as the prime minister and Yogi (as the UP chief minister), people have high hopes that a way should be found for the construction of the Ram temple,” the Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation said.“Even today I will say this, whether it is an Act or an Ordinance, you have to find an amicable way for the Ram temple. You cannot just do it by bringing an Act for everything. Especially, when there is a lot of opposition in the society.“Therefore, earlier too I had suggested an amicable solution and everybody should support it. It should not be done like we will oppose you as we are from a particular party. It should begin like you start the talks and we will support you,” she added. Ms. Bharti pointed out that talks on the issue were held during the times of the then prime ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Chandrashekhar as well. Queried on the “waning” Modi wave in the country, she said, “We (BJP) have won the local bodies polls in Tripura and also formed the government there, which was difficult earlier. Therefore, the Modi magic is still going on.” “For example, in 2003, we had won all the Assembly polls, but lost in the Lok Sabha (2004). It is not necessary that whatever happened in Assembly elections will happen in the Lok Sabha polls as well,” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said. On the recent controversy over several leaders giving caste identities to Hanuman, she decried the move saying, “God has no caste and that is god.” “Similarly, the disciples also have one caste and that is devotion. Therefore, I will say that neither a disciple nor god has any caste. Like the sun, air and water have no caste, similarly, god and the devotee have no caste,” she added. Asked about former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan calling himself a tiger, Ms. Bharti said, “I know him since 1984 and he is a tiger. I will remain firebrand and he (Chouhan) will be a tiger.” On the recent Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, in which the Congress unseated the BJP government which was in power in the state since 2003, Ms. Bharti said it was a “beautiful discrepancy” of democracy that such a thing happened, despite the saffron party garnering more votes than the Congress. On the government in the State led by Chief Minister Kamal Nath, she said, “We will not do anything to destabilise the new government as we respect the (people’s) mandate. If it falls on its own, then it is a different thing.” “We will ensure that it will not do injustice with the people’s interest. I also appreciate Chouhan for accepting the verdict gracefully,” the Union minister added. Asked about the state Congress’s opposition to The Accidental Prime Minister, an upcoming film on the tenure of former prime minister Manmohan Singh, she said the party feared that it would get exposed by the movie.“When no one demanded a ban on the book (written by Sanjaya Baru on which the film is based), how can they stop the film?,” she asked.“There is nothing new. Whatever is written in the book is there in the film. They (Congress leaders) are asking for a ban as they fear they will get exposed,” Ms. Bharti said. Dr. Singh himself had not objected to the film, she pointed out.
Nagendra Jamatia, the veteran tribal leader who brokered peace with insurgent outfit Tripura National Volunteers in 1988, passed away on Monday. He was 71.The politician, who was admired for his writing skills and social engagements, was a Minister in the Congress-led coalition government for five years from 1988. His family said he died due to health complications.The leader of the Tripura Upajati Juba Samiti, which is now known as the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura, is best known for his success in bringing TNV supremo Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl to negotiate peace with the Centre. His efforts culminated in a peace accord that was signed in the presence of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in New Delhi.Mr. Jamatia later admitted that the entire exercise of dialogue with TNV had to be kept a top secret under instructions from New Delhi and became public only after signing of the accord. Besides him, then Chief Minister Sudhir Ranjan Majumder was in the loop.Mr. Hrangkhawl, who is now president of the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra, and his entire team of office-bearers reached the residence of the deceased to offer condolences on Monday.Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, his Cabinet colleagues and prominent personalities have expressed grief at the demise of Mr. Jamatia. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter. read more
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks to the sideline after his team was stopped on fourth down at the goal line by the Green Bay Packers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Don’t. Even. Joke.New England Patriots fans who forgot that Monday is April Fools’ Day might have been panicking when quarterback Tom Brady tweeted that he had decided to retire.ADVERTISEMENT About an hour later, Brady sent out a second tweet that said, “Was this a bad joke?”Brady is a 41-year-old, three-time NFL MVP who has to stop playing some time. But after leading New England to the title last year, there’s no indication that he’s slowing down.And anyway, is this how he would announce it?Was this a bad joke?— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 1, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brandon Vera finally in for a tough fight vs Aung La N Sang for light heavy title The six-time Super Bowl champion has joined Twitter and his first post said simply: “I’m retiring. In my spare time, I’ll be tweeting.” An email from a Twitter spokeswoman confirmed the account, but it also referred to the fact that the tweet came on April Fools’ Day.I’m retiring. In my spare time, I’ll be tweeting #LFGFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 1, 2019 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Even tight end Rob Gronkowski, who actually retired last month, did so with a lengthy Instagram post.Neither Brady’s agent nor the Patriots immediately responded to emails from The Associated Press seeking comment.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Google Philippines names new country director View comments read more
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BALTIMORE — Limited to three hits over seven innings, the Baltimore Orioles turned to their reliable, standard weapon — the home run — to pull out a comeback victory over the New York Yankees.Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones connected in a four-run eighth inning, and Baltimore completed a two-game sweep of the rain-shortened series with a 5-3 win on Aug. 13.The Orioles lead the majors with 152 home runs, are 35-10 when hitting more than one and 58-25 when going deep at least once.After Schoop tied it with a drive off Dellin Betances, Shawn Kelley (2-4) gave up a single and a walk before Jones hit a shot into the bullpen area beyond the center-field wall.“When we’re down by one we always feel we’re just one pitch away,” Jones said. “So that happened, and once we tie the game all the marbles are up. First one to score one wins.”Jones made it happen. As the ball dropped over the fence for his 23rd home run, he raised his right arm in triumph as he rounded first base.“Big spot, big home run,” Jones said. “Nothing wrong with showing a little emotion here and there.”Darren O’Day (4-1) worked the eighth and Zach Britton gave up a run in the ninth en route to his 25th save.It was the eighth straight series win for the AL East-leading Orioles, who increased their margin over the fading third-place Yankees to eight games. Baltimore is 8-3 against New York this season, outscoring the Yankees 60-31.“It’s tough right now because they are hitting very good,” New York’s Francisco Cervelli said. “They’ve got a couple of hitters who are really hot right now.”Yankees Manager Joe Girardi missed the finish after being ejected in the seventh inning by home plate umpire Gerry Davis. Girardi was furious after Davis called New York’s Stephen Drew out for running in the baseline on his way to first base.“Yeah, well, Gerry was wrong,” Girardi said.Girardi’s second ejection of the year came with New York ahead 2-1 on the strength of Cervelli’s second home run of the year, a two-run drive in the third inning off Chris Tillman.The lead didn’t stand up, and now the Yankees are stuck in a four-game skid and scrambling to stay in the playoff hunt.“We’ve got to start winning series again,” Girardi said. “We have not won the last two series and we put ourselves in a little bit of a hole.”Making his first appearance in the big leagues since April 23, New York starter Michael Pineda retired the first 12 batters he faced before Nelson Cruz doubled to open the fifth.Pineda allowed one run and two hits over five innings. After being suspended for 10 games for using a foreign substance on the mound in April, the right-hander went on the disabled list with a shoulder muscle injury. He left after throwing 67 pitches.“We thought he started getting the ball up a little bit,” Girardi said.Baltimore played without its two starters on the left side of the infield. Third baseman Manny Machado was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee ligament and shortstop J.J. Hardy missed a third straight game with a sprained left thumb.Tillman gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings.(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares read more
Just a few weeks into 2019 and Xiaomi has already created some big buzz. It first launched the Redmi Note 7, which looks like a fairly formidable phone. The Redmi Note 7 has been launched in China, with India launch expected in the new few weeks. And now we hear of the Redmi Go, a phone that was earlier a sort of a mystery but is now almost official. The phone has been leaked quite thoroughly with its images and specs are all out in open. It is possible that the Redmi Go, which is going to use Android Go instead of Xiaomi’s own MIUI, may launch first in the Philippines before coming to India. But when it comes to India, the Redmi Go may cost less than Rs 4000 and may end the era of smart feature phones like the JioPhone 2.The leaks reveal Redmi Go will be a basic smartphone, aimed to make consumers move from feature phones to smartphones. This provides some serious competition to the likes of JioPhone 2, which until now have offered a fairly modern app ecosystem in the guise of a feature phone. In fact, the JioPhone and JioPhone 2 are the cheapest ways to experience the Internet-based app ecosystem and modern services. You can get a JioPhone for Rs 1,500 with several data benefits, or even the slightly upgraded JioPhone 2 for Rs 2,999.Therefore, if Xiaomi prices the Redmi Go close to what we have been expecting, it will provide a tough competition to the JioPhone. Will it be a better option than a JioPhone? While we don’t have our hand-on the Redmi Go yet, we can compare them on the basis of on-paper information.advertisementRedmi Go vs JioPhone 2: Which one looks better?The JioPhone 2 by definition is a feature phone. Therefore, you aren’t getting a classic candy bar design with a touchscreen interface. There’s a small 2.4-inch TFT display that’s accompanied by a QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard is the only way to perform operations on the JioPhone 2. There’s a 2-megapixel rear camera for the rear with an LED flash while the VGA camera is there to enable video calls. It’s an all-plastic build.The Redmi Go, on the other hand, is a smartphone. This means you get a classic smartphone form factor a candy bar design with a full touchscreen and three capacitive buttons. Yes, you can’t expect a modern 18:9 narrow-bezel display on a phone that’s supposed to make the smartphone a regular household commodity. There’s an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash while the front camera has to do with a 5-megapixel camera. The Redmi Go also features a plastic unibody build and should have better resistance to drops. In fact, the entire build of the Redmi Go reminds me heavily of the Redmi 5A.Overall, the Redmi Go feels more modern of the two. That said, the JioPhone 2 seems to be more reliable on a daily basis.Redmi Go vs JioPhone 2: Which one’s smarter?The JioPhone 2 runs on KaiOS, which is a reworked version of the old Mozilla Firefox OS. Kai OS has been developed in a way to make its way to smart feature phones lately. The OS supports the app ecosystem and has its own app store. The app store has some major apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook and all other Jio apps. You won’t be able to use multiple apps at once, but the apps are well optimised to work on the small screen of JioPhone 2. KaiOS also enables support for Wi-Fi connectivity on the JioPhone 2. Since this is a feature phone, battery life should be good enough to make it last at least a day. To make it compatible with more gadgets, Jio also sells a JioCable that can be used to stream content from the phone to a modern TV with all basic I/O ports. Leaked Redmi Go specifications brochureOn the other hand, the Redmi Go is an Android Go smartphone and that’s enough to define what it can do and what it can’t. For the unknown, Android Go is an optimised version of Android by Google. Android Go is optimised to run on low-end smartphones with limited RAM and limited space. Despite the optimization, Google claims that consumers will get the full Android smartphone experience. Android Go has access to the PlayStore, but also gets access for special Go apps from Google. The Go apps are essentially lighter versions of the full-blown apps that are designed to run on lower specifications using less space and resourcesadvertisementHowever, it remains to be seen whether Xiaomi will customise the interface by bringing its custom MIUI skin on top of Android Oreo 8.1. From the leaked posters, the Redmi Go seems to be running on the stock Android Go interface with Xiaomi’s custom apps such as the camera and app cleaner pre-loaded. The Redmi Go will sport 1GB RAM and 8GB storage and will be built around a Snapdragon 425 quad-core chipset. Therefore, performance is expected to be decent when all basic smartphone usage is considered. The 3000mAh battery should be enough for delivering an all-day power. The higher resolution cameras compared to the JioPhone 2 should also help with better quality photos. I believe that the user experience will be similar to what we have seen on the Redmi 5A.Redmi Go vs JioPhone 2: Pricing?The JioPhone 2 is priced at Rs 2,999 while the JioPhone with a T9 keypad and a smaller screen costs Rs 1,500. This makes it extremely affordable for anyone.Xiaomi already sells its entry-level Redmi 6A for Rs 5,999. Therefore, the Redmi Go with 1GB RAM and Android Go could sell for Rs 3,999 in India. I speculate this price as Xiaomi has great control over its economies of scale and can manage to offer it such low prices. Xiaomi will try to undercut other Android Go smartphones such as the Nokia 1 and Lava Z50, both of which cost around Rs 5,000.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Go first picture leaked, full specs and expected India price also revealedALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Go launch imminent as it gets certified, may come to India before MarchALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Go: Full specs, India price, expected launch date and everything else you should know read more
Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Read more Share via Email Share on Twitter news Topics Arsène Wenger tells Arsenal legends: you weren’t perfect either Arsène Wenger “Am I convinced we will be title challengers? Yes,” Wenger said. “Why not? We have only played three games – and two away games. OK, we lost at Liverpool but we can redress the situation very well and very quickly. Some teams who are the new favourites are not in a better position than us.“I think we are strong enough, yes. Stronger than last season? I think it depends on what period of the season. We had contrasting periods of the season last year.”The Frenchman added: “We have to show that you can improve by being together and improving together. Last year we made 75 points and we won the FA Cup. This year we know we have to do better.” Arsène Wenger continues to believe Arsenal can challenge for the title despite the negativity around the club and he has called for perspective in the face of the early-season crisis.Arsenal’s supporters went into meltdown after the 4-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield before the international break while they were unconvinced by the club’s summer transfer dealings, even though Alexis Sánchez ended up staying. The forward was close to a £60m move to Manchester City but Arsenal failed to get Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as a replacement, so they held on to Sánchez. Mesut Özil also stayed put in the absence of any compelling offers.Wenger signed Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, and the chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, has argued the pair have improved the quality of the team – particularly as Sánchez and Özil have remained. There is relief in some quarters at the club that the transfer window has shut and they can now get back to the football, even if there is the realisation they must beat Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Arsenal Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content read more
Match-winner Gabriel Jesus has punched two pieces of Video Assistant Referee equipment after being shown a red card in Brazil’s 3-1 Copa America final win over Peru at the Maracana.The striker assisted Everton’s opening strike and scored the crucial second goal on the stroke of half-time before his implosion after receiving a second yellow card on 70 minutes.Jesus, who was given his first yellow card in the 30th minute, was sent off by Chilean referee Roberto Tobar following an innocuous challenge on Peruvian defender Carlos Zambrano. Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The Manchester City attacker reacted angrily to the dismissal, kicking a water bottle as he stormed from the field before punching and pushing two VAR monitors on his way to the dressing room.He was then pictured in tears sitting on the steps of the tunnel while yelling in the direction of the match officials.FURIOSO CON EL #VAR? Así salió Gabriel Jesús luego de ser expulsado por doble amarilla (bien expulsado)-¿Qué opinas de la reacción del brasileño? #copaamerica #brasil #gabrieljesus #futbol pic.twitter.com/NS9inbxkLJ— Casa Blanca Sports (@CBlancaSports) July 7, 2019However, Jesus was all smiles when he held the Copa America trophy aloft with his crucial contribution helping dull the memories of his performance in Brazil’s World Cup exit in Russia 12 months ago.The 22-year-old ghosted past two defenders to cross the ball for Everton’s first-time finish in the 15th minute, but the advantage was cancelled out through Paolo Guerrero’s penalty as first-half stoppage time approached.But Jesus managed to get the hosts ahead again before half-time with a superb, controlled strike from the top of the area deflating the Peruvian fight back.Gabriel Jesus is in tears and visibly distraught in the tunnel after being sent off for two soft yellow cards.#CopaAmerica #ManCity pic.twitter.com/FJ5Ilhiw58— Superbia Proelia (@SuperbiaProeIia) July 7, 2019After his send-off, Peru had an extra man advantage for 20 minutes in their bid to get the game back on level terms, but Richarlison sealed the game from the spot as the 90 ticked over.It was Brazil’s ninth Copa America title and their first since winning the 2007 edition in Venezuela. They swept the tournament’s awards with defender Dani Alves winning best player as winger Everton won the best young player award and the Golden Boot with his three goals – an honour he shared with Peru’s Guerrero. Goalkeeper Alisson won the Golden Glove award after conceding only one goal in the entire tournament – with the Guerrero penalty being the only time his net was breached. read more
The Government has made good on its commitment to provide affordable housing solutions for Jamaicans, with thousands of persons receiving benefits through the National Housing Trust (NHT) over the last financial year.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who has portfolio responsibility for the NHT, updated the nation during her 2013/14 Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 30, on the status of several housing projects that were undertaken by the agency over the past year.She informed that 918 solutions were completed at Longville Phase 3 in Clarendon; 258 serviced lots at Perth, Manchester; and 140 serviced lots at Creighton Hall, St. Thomas. “We made a commitment for special consideration to be given to young professionals in the delivery of new scheme solutions. At Longville Phase 3, Perth Phase 1 and Creighton Hall, 61 solutions were reserved for allocation to young professionals, age 25 to 35 years. Promise made, promise kept,” she stated.She announced that starting this year, the age qualification for this category of beneficiaries will be increased to 40 years.The Prime Minister also stated that the Government has delivered on its commitment to provide more home grants to contributors in the lowest income earning categories, increasing the total from $336 million to $390 million.Other commitments made and kept include the lowering of mortgage rate on loans by one per cent for workers in the hotel sector earning less than $10,000 per week and public sector workers. Some 6,760 public sector workers have benefitted from the reduced interest rate since last year, she noted.Mrs. Simpson Miller told the House that first 74 of the First Step Homes being built at Hampden, Trelawny have been sold. The project is a partnership involving the NHT, Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, and Food for the PoorShe said the units were heavily demanded by hotel and sugar workers, and the closing costs were paid even before completion of construction.“The price for each home is $2.7 million and the NHT is awarding a grant of $1.2 million to each contributor for home improvement. I personally broke ground for these projects. Promise made, promise kept,” the Prime Minister said.She noted, too, that since last year,the NHT has introduced greater flexibility in qualification for a benefit.She said the agency has continued the Mortgage Partner Policy, where a home owner with at least seven years of unclaimed refunds and with no intention of acquiring an NHT loan, can use these funds to assist another contributor to acquire a home.The Prime Minister also informed that ground has been broken for the re-development of the JDF barracks, officers’ quarters and administrative facilities at Up Park Camp, fulfilling yet another promise from her Budget presentation last year.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter read more
zoom Slovenian Port of Koper has surpassed this year’s expectations as it handled more than 20 million tonnes so far, with the expected reach of 20.5 million tonnes by the end of 2015.“This year has been exceptional in many areas. We exceeded the milestone of 700,000 TEUs, the number of vehicles has surmounted the amount before the crisis year 2008, total throughput is the largest in the history of the port,” Dragomir Matić, President of the Management Board, said.The port’s new business plan for 2016 predicts a four per cent increase in cargo throughput, amounting up to 21.4 million tonnes. Namely, the port expects to increase cargo throughput in all commodity groups, as well as a growth in the container terminal due to investments in port infrastructure.The majority of planned investments for 2016 of up to 78.9 million will be dedicated to container business.“This year, we deepen the seabed at the container terminal to 15 meters, we ordered new cranes and other machinery and began to build three new tracks and extended the existing two,” the port said.Additionally, the port said that the construction of three reservoirs for liquid cargoes will be concluded next year, also a new multipurpose closed warehouse on Pier II of 16,000 m2 for general and dry bulk cargo terminals has been given a green light. read more
To help make the province an even safer place for students and educators, Premier Darrell Dexter has declared Oct. 17-21 School Bus Safety Awareness Week in Nova Scotia. This year’s theme is Be Aware: Know the Danger Zone. “Children are taught at an early age how to stay safe when riding the school bus,” said Premier Dexter. “It is important that parents, educators and other motorists also know the safety procedures in place to avoid an accident. “The purpose of this week is to help raise awareness of school bus safety to prevent a tragedy. I encourage all Nova Scotians, whether they have children or not, to familiarize themselves with the laws when driving near a school bus.” Motorists are required to stop for a school bus when it is stopped with its alternating red lights flashing. This indicates that the bus is loading or unloading students. The penalty for passing a school bus in this situation is a significant fine and six points added to a person’s licence. To further protect students and help make communities safer, government also plans to introduce legislation this fall to reduce the current speed limit when driving in a school zone. For more information on school bus safety, go online at www.schoolbussafety.ca. read more
The Canadian Press ADELAIDE, Australia — A Canadian man is accused of performing indecent acts on a flight from Hong Kong to Australia.Australian Federal Police arrested the 28-year-old man on arrival in Adelaide on Thursday.They say the man indecently assaulted two female cabin crew members.He was restrained by crew and passengers and handcuffed for the remainder of the flight.The man, who had a student visa for Australia, was in custody on indecency charges that carry a maximum 10 years in jail.It is not clear where in Canada the man is from.According to an airline memo cited by the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper, the man pinned one of the flight attendants down on the galley floor, lying on top of her with his hand up her skirt. Cathay Pacific said it would not tolerate “any unruly behaviour that puts our people or our passengers in harm’s way.”After a Friday court appearance at which a magistrate ordered a psychiatric assessment, the man was remanded into custody, the Advertiser reported, adding prosecutors opposed bail.The paper also said his lawyer had urged bail and told court his client had accommodation arranged before his arrival in the city. The paper said he was studying law and had a four-year student visa to Australia.In a statement, police Commander Peter Sykora said no one should be subjected to abusive acts while doing their job.“This should serve as a reminder to the community that authorities will not tolerate abhorrent behaviour, whether it’s in the air or on the ground,” Sykora said. “The penalties can be severe.”The man, who has not been publicly named, is scheduled for a bail hearing later this month. read more
Matt Thordarson APTN National NewsMusicians from across the country are getting together to raise money for Fort McMurray evacuees.88,000 people were forced to flee their homes after a wildfire burned into the city.While many homes were lost, officials say 85 percent of the city was saved.
CALGARY — Ensign Energy Services Inc. says it will take control of Trinidad Drilling Ltd. after acquiring a majority of the company’s shares by its Tuesday deadline.The Calgary-based drilling company says 56.38 per cent of Trinidad shares have been tendered. The 154.1 million shares are in addition to the 26.9 million it also owns, raising its stake in Trinidad to 66.18 per cent.Each Trinidad shareholder will receive by Thursday $1.68 per share for a total of about $470 million, with the offer price representing a 17.2 per cent premium over the all-share proposal by Precision Drilling Corp., the largest driller in Canada.With all conditions of its offer satisfied or waived, Ensign has extended the deadline until Dec. 10 for Trinidad shareholders who have not done so to tender their shares.Ensign had given Trinidad shareholders less time to consider its hostile takeover bid by pushing its offer deadline ahead of a planned Dec. 11 meeting where Trinidad shareholders will vote on the merger with Precision.If that meeting isn’t cancelled, Ensign says it will use its majority to vote down that offer from Precision. Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:ESI, TSX:TDG, TSX:PD)The Canadian Press read more
Meknes – Moroccan Doctor Abdelkader Mehzoum was awarded third prize at the international competition ‘My Thesis in 180 Seconds’ on Thursday, at Sorbonne University in France.The promising doctor took the stage to deliver his thesis in a mere 180 seconds. He explained his research about impact of moths on ‘Cydia Pomone’, a type of apple exists only in the region of Fez.Abdelkader managed to mesmerize the judges and audience with his passionate and humorous presentation. “Three apples have changed the world, the apple of Newton, the apple of German fairy tale ‘Snow White’, Steve Jobs’ Apple, and my apple might change it too.” Abdelkader said. Mathematician Cédric Villani chaired the panel of judges. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the Moroccan-born French Minister of Higher Education attended the event.Abdelkader competed among sixteen PhD students from eight Francophone countries, including two other researchers from Morocco: Leila Drissi Kaitouni from Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah University of Fez and Ivorian Assoman Kouakou from Sultan Moulay Slimane University of Beni Mellal.Morocco’s finalists were selected after a national audition conducted by the National Centre for Scientific and Technical Research (CNRST) was held in June, in Rabat.Belgian mathematician Adrien Deliége was awarded first prize for research on time climate series of analysis based wavelets.This was the second time the event was held, and the first time in France. It was jointly organized by the French National Centre for Scientific Research and the Conference of University Presidents (CPU). read more
A five-member appeal panel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which sits in Arusha, Tanzania, upheld the convictions of Ferdinand Nahimana, Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza and Hassan Ngeze.All three men, in what has been dubbed “the media case,” were found guilty in 2003 of committing genocide, incitement to genocide, conspiracy, crimes against humanity, extermination and persecution. They were the first cases of their kind since the Allied Tribunal at Nuremberg at 1946 sentenced Nazi publisher Julius Streicher to death for his anti-semitic publication Der Stürmer.At their trial Mr. Nahimana, founder and ideologist of the Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM), and Mr. Ngeze, chief editor of Kangura newspaper, were sentenced to life in prison. Mr. Barayagwiza, a high-ranking board member at RTLM and the founder of the Coalition for the Defence of Republic (CDR), a political party, received a 35-year jail term.But the appeal judges today said that because of the cancellation of certain findings of culpability against the three men, their jail terms should be reduced: Mr. Nahimana must now serve 30 years, Mr. Ngeze 35 years and Mr. Barayagwiza 32 years.About 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered, mainly by machete, in less than 100 days starting in April 1994. The Security Council set up the ICTR later that year to deal with the worst crimes.In a broadcast on RTLM – which became known to some Rwandans as “Radio Machete” – in April 1994, Mr. Nahimana described a “war of media, words, newspapers and radio stations” to complement a war with bullets.The trial also heard Kangura targeted Tutsis for persecution by regularly stereotyping them as liars, thieves or killers, and depicting Tutsi women as femme fatales who could not be trusted. One Kangura publication labelled any Hutu man who married a Tutsi woman as a traitor. 28 November 2007The United Nations tribunal dealing with the worst crimes committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide today reduced the jail sentences of three former media executives convicted for inciting their compatriots to kill ethnic Tutsis. read more
Smashing a Guinness World Record, more than 173 million people around the world joined forces with the United Nations to call on global leaders to stamp out poverty and take action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their deadline of 2015.Over 3,000 events were held in more than 120 countries in the fourth year of the “Stand Up, Take Action, End Poverty Now!” campaign over the weekend. Nearly 60 million more people took part in the festivities this year compared to 2008.“We know that if we take a stand – if we act – we can end poverty in our lifetimes,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was joined by 1,500 schoolchildren at the UN International School (UNIS) in New York on Friday in calling for an end to hunger, which currently afflicts 1 billion people worldwide.At least 100 million people in Asia took part in the campaign, while Africa saw the participation of almost 40 million, the Arab region over 30 million, Europe more than 2 million, Latin America and North America some 200,000 each; and Oceania more than 170,000.“We have seen citizens determined to show their governments that they will hold them accountable for keeping their promises to end hunger, improve maternal health and abolish trade-distorting agricultural subsidies,” said Salil Shetty, Director of the UN Millennium Campaign.“They will not accept excuses for breaking promises to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, who have already been hardest hit by the global food, economic and climate crises they had no role in causing.”Despite the deadly typhoons which recently slammed into the Philippines, over 35 million people took a stand in that country, while the Irish rock band U2 brought 50,000 concertgoers to their feet during a show in the United States. 21 October 2009Smashing a Guinness World Record, more than 173 million people around the world joined forces with the United Nations to call on global leaders to stamp out poverty and take action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their deadline of 2015. read more
In light of the allegations made by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his statement on Sunday (11), over the ‘commercialisation’ of Members of Parliament, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has urged the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) to act swiftly to enforce the law and hold accountable persons involved in offering and accepting bribes to members of parliament.Whilst TISL filed a complaint with CIABOC last week with evidence of an attempt to bribe a MP, TISL brought to the attention of the public, Section 14 of the Bribery Act which prescribes a maximum 7-year prison sentence for the offence of offering a bribe to a MP or when a MP accepts a bribe. Following the prorogation of parliament in the wake of the contested change in government, TISL expressed concerns that the state of limbo could create an environment conducive to bribery and corruption. Obeyesekere added “statements made by MP’s themselves on the vast sums of money being offered in exchange for loyalty have confirmed these fears. CIABOC must use its power to proactively investigate allegations made against all political factions, in order to halt this alarming trend and rebuild public trust in the rule of law”. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking on the matter, TISL Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere said, “given the President’s acknowledgement of the inducements being offered, coupled with the clear evidence of bribery, CIABOC must immediately communicate to the public the steps that it has taken to ensure accountability”. read more
Expressing dismay at the continued deterioration of the rule of law in Swaziland, Dato’ Param Cumaraswamy, Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on the independence of judges and lawyers, cited such recent developments as the protest resignation of the High Court’s Chief Justice, and the impending possible deportation of two senior members of the Law Society of Swaziland as evidence that the country’s judicial system may be near the “breaking point.””The justice system cannot function in this environment of mistrust,” Mr. Cumaraswamy said, urging the Government to take immediate steps to avert an impending crisis. He recalled the International Bar Association’s recent report on the country, which urged the Government to establish a national plan of action to address serious flaws in the justice system and to implement urgently needed reforms, including a new draft constitution.”Swaziland needs today, more than ever, a separation of powers between its executive and judicial branches of government in order to function as a fully democratic nation,” he added. read more
“This is another great day for Somalia and the Somali people,” said Augustine P. Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS). He said the inauguration of the new President – elected a week ago – marks the end of the transitional period and the beginning of a “new era” for a country that has seen tremendous strife over the past several decades. The election marked the culmination of a series of landmark steps to bring an end to the country’s eight-year political transition that also included the adoption of Somalia’s provisional constitution, the establishment of the New Federal Parliament and the appointment of that body’s Speaker.“As the process moves forward,” said Mr. Mahiga, “the UN Political Office for Somalia will continue to stand with the President in addressing key immediate tasks, including stabilization of newly recovered areas, ensuring the integration and stability of the security services, delivering basic services to the Somali people and building a viable judiciary system.”Just two days after his election, the new President survived an attack on a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, where he was giving a press conference. UN officials, including Mr. Mahiga, condemned the attack, stressing that such attempts to thwart the progress made so far will not deter the Somali people’s determination to move forward. read more