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No move to question Digvijaya: Pune police

first_imgThe Pune City police on Monday refuted a report suggesting that senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh could be questioned in connection with his alleged links to banned Maoist outfits and the Bhima-Koregaon clashes of January 1 this year. Shivaji Pawar, Assistant Commissioner of Police, the investigating officer in the Bhima-Koregaon case, told The Hindu that no such move had been mooted. Mr. Pawar was reacting to a report in an English daily.Mr. Singh’s mobile phone number had allegedly surfaced in one of the alleged Naxal communications seized by the Pune City police in its raids on the homes of activists on June 6, in relation to the ‘Elgaar Parishad’-Bhima Koregaon clashes.last_img read more

Meghalaya coal mine mishap: 45 days later, second body detected

first_imgBody of miner Amir Hussain being handed over to his kin.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangment  “The body was detected by the Navy around 3 am,” district’s Deputy Commissioner Federick M. Dopth said after the local authorities handed over the body of first victim – identified as Amir Hussain (35) – to his widow and uncle at district headquarters Khliehriat.The mine at Khloo Ryngksan, or Ksan, is about 40 km from Khliehriat.Though the Navy and private agencies with sophisticated water-draining pumps and underwater detection devices started working at Ksan from December 30, the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force have been at it since December 14.Also Read  An officer of one of the rescue agencies said locating the maze of rat-holes and the bodies became faster after they contacted Saheb Ali, one of the five survivors of the mishap, at his village in western Assam’s Chirang district.“He provided us diagrams of the mine as well as a fair idea of the depth and length of the rat-holes,” the officer said.Ali and four others, including the sirdar (mine-man manager) and the khatamaster (record-keeper) had clambered up the wires of pump to escape the water that flooded the shaft. Ali had told The Hindu that he had checked with the khatamaster and found there were 17 men down the mine that day, not 15 as officially acknowledged.They were mining illegally since the National Green Tribunal had banned rat-hole coal mining since April 17, 2014. Meghalaya’s rat hole traps center_img An underwater robot engaged by the Indian Navy has detected a second body from a rat-hole tunnel out of a flooded 355 ft coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district where 15 miners were trapped on December 13.The second body was detected on Saturday by an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV), equipped with an electronic eye and mechanical arms, at a distance of 280 ft in the rat-hole where the first body was detected.  In the 45 days since disaster struck when the miners hit the walls of an adjoining water-filled abandoned mine, the search and rescue personnel detected 26 lateral rat-hole tunnels branching out of the man shaft of the mine “like veins of a leaf”.Hussain’s body was detected more than a week ago from “rat-hole 26” lying 210ft inside a rat-hole from a depth of 160ft of the vertical shaft. The body had fallen from the grip of the ROV to the bottom of the shaft, but was it extracted on Thursday.The body was identified from two amulets around his neck. He was given the amulets for “divine protection” before he left his village Nijdamugaon three months ago.last_img read more

UFC: New featherweight champ Holloway posts tribute to Aldo

first_imgAfter the dust has settled and all was said and done, Max “Blessed” Holloway still carries a lot of admiration and respect for Jose Aldo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe two engaged in an epic slugfest at UFC 212 over the weekend, with the proud Hawaiian emerging victorious and unifying the UFC Featherweight title via a third-round TKO stoppage.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage READ: Holloway stops Aldo in 3rd, wins UFC featherweight beltcenter_img MOST READ Crepes? Croissants? Wine? Players tempted during French Open Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Although he talked a lot of smack to his Brazilian counterpart prior to the fight, Holloway was all class afterwards and even posted a heartfelt tribute to the longtime Brazilian champion.The 25-year-old newly crowned titleholder posted two photos on his Instagram account, along with a lengthy caption for Aldo.“Losing is part of this fight game. Saturday night takes nothing away from his legacy. This is a guy who would show up to his gym sometimes without eating in the last day because he was so damn poor,” he described Aldo’s remarkable rise from poverty in Brazil.“This is a guy who built the 45 division and became king. This is a guy who found motivation to keep earning what he already had,” he wrote.“He defended his throne. For a decade. For honor. For his team. For his countrymen,” he continued.  “This is a guy who didn’t start at pole position in this world and look at what he achieved.ADVERTISEMENT View comments He ended his tribute by thanking Aldo in his native Portuguese.“He’s a GOAT (Greatest of all time), and his story will always be an inspiration to me and people of Hawaii. Obrigado, Ze @josealdojuniorfficial Obrigado,” Holloway said.As of this writing, Holloway’s post has garnered over 44,000 likes on Instagram.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

New Knicks regime open to moving on with or without Carmelo

first_imgView comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Anthony has a no-trade clause and has told the Knicks he would agree to a deal with Cleveland or Houston. But the Knicks don’t want to take back long-term contracts, which makes finding a deal difficult. Now Mills has Perry to help him find one.“From our vantage point, we made a decision as we were getting closer to hiring Scott that I felt it was important for us to slow down, regroup as it related to the trade scenarios of Carmelo,” Mills said.Perry has served in the front offices of Sacramento, Orlando, Seattle and Detroit, where he was part of the Pistons’ run of six straight trips to the Eastern Conference finals and an NBA championship. It was there where he said he learned the lessons about culture that the Knicks sorely need as they try to dig their way out of the dismal Jackson era.“In terms of Detroit, people talk about culture all the time, about winning cultures,” Perry said. “I think the biggest thing I learned there, you can have a lot of signs and printouts that have a lot of fancy statements, but at the end of the day you’ve got to live culture every day.”Mills, Perry and coach Jeff Hornacek detailed the vision they have for a franchise that emphasizes pride, work ethic and accountability. It sounds like another rebuilding stage, as Mills singled out the team’s young core and noted that the Knicks have all their first-round picks going forward.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jones Cup: Gilas fends off Japan for 3rd straight win Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks walks off the court after the 114-113 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on April 12, 2017 in New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPThe New York Knicks’ new regime is ready to move on with or without Carmelo Anthony.New president Steve Mills said Monday the Knicks have been talking to teams about a trade and will continue looking for a deal that works for the organization and its All-Star forward.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ But he believes New York fans are open to a rebuild if players are committed and play with passion. The Knicks barely did that in three years under Jackson, going 31-51 last season in Hornacek’s first year.That was overshadowed off the court by the Anthony saga and on it by the Knicks’ difficulty in grasping and sticking to an offense. Hornacek was supposed to open things up, but Jackson decided midway through the season he wanted a renewed focus on the triangle that he ran as a coach.“I don’t think we were restricted,” Hornacek said. “We were trying to meld some different ways you play basketball. We just weren’t able to do it the way we wanted to, but we’re moving forward.”They didn’t talk much about what went wrong under Jackson, preferring to focus on the future during their news conference at the team’s training center. Mills and Perry said they have a strong relationship, with Mills saying the first-time GM would be given room to make decisions and recommendations pertaining to the coaching and scouting staff.And with the Knicks insisting they would be accountable – as did Jackson, though he never talked to the local media during his final season – Perry said he would be straightforward and available as much as possible.“I see myself as a bridge builder, not a bridge destroyer, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “But we also feel that Carmelo could easily be a part of our team next year, and we have to understand how we’re going to play and what the expectations of how we’re going to play, and we’re going to move forward,” Mills said. “So maybe with Carmelo or maybe without Carmelo.”Mills also ruled out a buyout of Anthony’s contract, which has two years and about $54 million remaining and might be an easier route to a breakup than a trade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPhil Jackson had been eager to deal Anthony before he and the Knicks parted ways last month. Mills was promoted to president and the Knicks hired Scott Perry as general manager.They said the Knicks will focus on youth and athleticism, which doesn’t seem to leave room for the 33-year-old Anthony. But they added that veterans will still have a place in mentoring the young talent.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Argentina’s most-capped player Javier Mascherano retires

first_imgArgentina’s defender Javier Mascherano called time on his international career after his side failed to go beyond the last-16 stage at the FIFA World Cup 2018. He had made his international debut in 2003.The 34-year-old was the most capped Argentinian with 145 appearances and was also part of the team which lost 4-3 to France in the pre-quarterfinals at Kazan on Saturday.”Personally, for me now it’s over. From now on I’m just one more Argentina fan,” Mascherano was quoted as saying by DeportTV.Mascherano had earlier followed Lionel Messi into retirement in 2016 after Argentina failed to win the Copa America but both the players came out of retirement.Coach Sampaoli gutted after Argentina fail MessiArgentina coach Jorge Sampaoli was gutted after crashing out of the World Cup. Lionel Messi was largely ineffective as the 2014 World Cup runners-up bowed out in a thrilling encounter.Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in four minutes to send a youthful France charging into the World Cup quarter-finals. Messi’s Argentina, who were held to a 1-1 draw by debutants Iceland, lost to a rampant Croatia 3-0 and squeezed past Nigeria 2-1 to enter the round of 16, will go back home utterly disappointed.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSSampaoli’s tactics were questioned throughout the tournament and reports of a rift in the Argentina dressing-room made matters more difficult for La Albicelestes.”This is very painful, especially because the players have made a huge effort. It was a very difficult game but we have not achieved our goal here in Russia,” Sampaoli said after Argentina’s exit. “I am sad, I’m frustrated – I think that’s quite normal. For me, the fact of being here and being able to be where means I won’t decide my future today.”advertisement2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMoreover, Sampaoli expressed regret his players could not create enough opportunities for Messi. The 31-year-old missed a penalty against Iceland and scored only once in the failed World Cup campaign.”I think that we adapted to necessity, rather than having a clear idea. We had a clear need and we had to win, that was our main goal. That was maybe stronger than our football concept. We have the best player in the world and we had to try to create collective situations to really use that player who can have many brilliant moments.””We tried many different tactics, surround him, create space for him, so we tried to use everything we had to allow him to do what he can do. Sometimes we managed it, sometimes we didn’t.”[The players] fought until the end and they nearly equalised at the end and that’s what I really, really value. They worked very hard and I want to say thank you.”On Saturday, Messi provided assists for two goals but he was otherwise subdued in the “false nine” role and his fourth, and possibly final, crack at winning the World Cup was destined to end in disappointment.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

NFL Star RB Appears To Be Jealous Of Alabama

first_imgThe NFL logo in the middle of Metlife Stadium.EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)On Monday night, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers got off to a torrid pace, with three touchdowns in the first four and a half minutes of the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter, Alabama leads the contest 16-14.The Tide’s offense has been dominant, and it appears an NFL star running back is jealous of the Alabama offensive line. Buffalo Bills star LeSean McCoy tweeted that he wants one of the Alabama offensive lineman.“God I would love to get JUST one of those bama linemen,” McCoy tweeted out on Monday night.God I would love to get JUST one of those bama linemen ????????????— Lesean McCoy (@CutonDime25) January 8, 2019That’s not a very nice message for his current offensive lineman. Of course, the Bills are in solid position to take one of the Alabama offensive lineman – possibly Jonah Williams – as Buffalo holds the No. 9 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.Perhaps the team will go out and get McCoy one of “those bama linemen.”last_img read more

Cuban Cigars: Everything You Need to Know about the Truth Behind the Legend

first_imgIf you haven’t already heard, which would be nuts since everyone has been talking about them for decades, Cuban cigars are a hot commodity. And getting your hands on them can prove to be a bit tricky since the sale of Cuban cigars in the United States remains illegal (thanks a lot, JFK) — the Cuban Trade Embargo is still in effect and there are no plans to lift it (at least not during this current presidency).Cuban Cigars: Legal or Illegal?Yamil Lage/Getty ImageThe previous administration (thanks, Obama) did lift several travel and financial restrictions for U.S. citizens. Americans can now bring back Cuban cigars from Cuba or from other third-party countries, although the cigars that come back are for personal consumption or gifts only and cannot be resold. Oddly enough, there is no dollar limit on how many cigars you can bring back, so make sure to pack an extra suitcase the next time you head to Cuba, but be prepared to declare them upon arrival back on U.S. soil.How Cuban Cigars Are MadeCuba’s production of cigars can be compared to Napa Valley’s wine culture; it’s taken extremely serious and also draws in tourists from all over the world. Cuban cigars are generally made just like any other cigar. Tobacco plants are planted late in the year and grown for three months before farmers pick them, leaf by leaf. Next, the fresh leaves are taken to the drying room where the leaves are hung to dry in a process of curing, which can take up to three months. Once the leaves are cured, the cigar is ready to be rolled. How each cigar is rolled can influence the quality of the cigar so it’s imperative that the cigar is rolled with all the leaves wrapped in the same direction, leaving a smooth and shiny wrapping. Rolling a perfect cigar is a skill and takes years to master.What Makes Them Cuban Getty ImagesSo what differentiates a Cuban cigar from another cigar not made on the Communist island? Basically, it’s all in the Ligero, which are the top leaves of the tobacco plant. And what makes these leaves any different from other leaves? Just like with any agricultural product like grapes, the quality of tobacco leaves and the final Cuban cigar depend on many aspects that include climate, temperature range, the rains, the wind, the soil, and even the human hand. Even within the region of Pinar del Rio, the premier Cuban tobacco region, there are differences in the quality of some growers compared to their neighbors. Although there are outstanding tobacco farms in other parts of the world, the fact is that tobacco leaves from the Pinar de Rio region in Cuba reign among cigar aficionados around the world, mostly because they consistently put out good quality tobacco leaves.Why Cuban Cigars Are So SpecialIt’s all about the strength and flavor of the tobacco. For those who love to indulge with a cigar, Cuban cigars represent the ultimate experience, known for their strength and flavor; they typically offer spicy, woody and earthy tones that blend beautifully to create a unique experience. Although there are milder brands and others that offer herbal notes, the bulk majority of Cuban cigars offer that more intense flavor. It’s really all about the strength and complexity, something a novice cigar smoker most likely wouldn’t be able to describe or detect.Silas Zindel/Getty ImagesAre Cuban Cigars Worth the Hype?Yes. Absolutely, 100 percent, fly to Cuba right now and buy a box or two. It’s true that some Cuban cigars can cost three times as much as any other cigar, but at the end of the day, the difference in cost will offer something totally unique, more intense, and something that is more robust in flavor. There’s a reason why Cuban cigars are so famed beyond the embargo, which has only helped propel them into such a coveted luxury. So treat yourself next time you are in Cuba or a reputable cigar shop overseas. Beware of imitations and fakes (oh hello, Mexico) because you’ll be duped into paying top dollar for a basic cigar with a fancy fake label on it. Try pairing your deliciously expensive Cuban cigar with your favorite cognac, brandy, scotch or port wine. How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking Aboutcenter_img Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Editors’ Recommendations Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks last_img read more

Umoe Mandal to Build ‘Wave Craft’

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom One of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Access Competition winners Umoe Mandal has signed a contract to build their vessel – the Wave Craft.The new concept is extremely fast, which opens up shorter weather windows for maintenance, and the air cushion provides good stability for transfers. This news means that four of the thirteen finalists are either in construction or built, the others beingFjellstrand WindServer (vessel)BMT Houlder TAS (transfer system)Momac MOTS (transfer system)The first UM Wave Craft will be delivered in January 2015.The vessel concept is based on the Surface Effect Ship technology where up to 80% of the vessel weight is lifted by an air cushion. The new idea is to use the same air cushion to reduce wave induced motion when accessing an offshore wind turbine. This allows transfer of personnel and cargo in larger waves than possible with current solutions. The technology also offers unique high vessel speed of over 40kn, where the air cushion damps motions, providing a very smooth ride. This improves overall efficiency of turbine maintenance. Print  Close My location Carbontrust, October 22, 2013last_img read more

UN RoRo to Expand Coverage with Ulusoy Shipping

first_imgzoom Turkish owner and operator of cargo ships UN Ro-Ro Isletmeleri has decided to expand its coverage with the purchase of its compatriot Ulusoy Shipping Group.Namely, the company is paying EUR 215 million (USD 230.8 million) for the deal, which is said to be one of the company’s “most important investments in Ro-Ro and maritime industry.”The acquisition is expected to increase the trade volume the company handles between Turkey and Europe due to the activation of a Cesme-Tolone line and a new Istanbul-Cesme-Bari service.UN Ro-Ro operates a fleet of 12 RoRo cargo vessels built between 2001 and 2013.The company’s vessels, which annually carry around 322 thousand vehicles, are deployed between the Turkish ports of Pendik, Ambarli, Mersin and the Italian ports of Trieste and Ancona. The ships also visit the French port of Tolone.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Svitzer Starts Building Moroccan Fleet

first_imgzoom Svitzer, part of the Maersk Group, has ordered four ASD tugs from Sanmar Shipyards to service the recently awarded TMSA, Tanger Med 2 Port contract in the Kingdom of Morocco.As reported earlier, Svitzer won a 20-year concession to provide terminal towage services to the Tanger Med 2. The contract has been valued at several hundred million USD, Svitzer said, and calls for a total of nine vessels by the end of the concession.The four newbuildings will be 90 tonnes bollard pull RAstar 2900 SX terminal tugs with escort ability and accommodation space for eight crew members.The delivery is expected to take place in the autumn of 2018 and will service APMT’s concession for container terminal services to the port of Tanger Med 2 for a minimum period of 20 years.The Tanger Med port complex is located on Africa’s northwest coast near the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea on the Strait of Gibraltar and is the second-busiest container port on the African continent.last_img read more

Your Chance To Ride Shotgun With Lewis Hamilton Really Fast

first_imgomaze.com is giving you the chance to ride shotgun with Lewis Hamilton at the US Grand Prix, and all you have to do is donate to charity.Wanna Ride Shotgun with Lewis Hamilton at the US Grand Prix?That’s right, before the United States Grand Prix goes down in Austin, you’ll ride shotgun with the four-time world champion in a Mercedes-AMG GTR around the actual race circuit. But that’s only the first lap. You and a friend will also get exclusive access to the team paddock and hospitality area during race weekend to cheer Lewis on as he competes to win the US Grand Prix for the fifth time in a row. Plus, you’ll even take a seat behind the wheel of his car to snap a photo (or two or three). Flights, a Mercedes rental, elegant dinner and hotel are included.The more you donate to Red Nose Day through omaze.com, the more chances you have to win.Red Nose Day USA drives positive change through the power of entertainment. It’s about making it fun to come together to raise money and awareness for children who need our help the most, in America and around the world. Red Nose Day USA’s mission is to end child poverty — one nose at a time. Red Nose Day USA launched in America in 2015 and has raised over $145 million in its first four years in the US. Funds raised support programs that ensure children who are living in poverty are safe, healthy and educated. Red Nose Day started in the UK in 1988 and has raised over $1 billion globally.To find out more about this exciting opportunity, click here.last_img read more

CVS Health: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) _ CVS Health Corporation (CVS) on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $419 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.On a per-share basis, the Woonsocket, Rhode Island-based company said it had a loss of 37 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were $2.14 per share.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.07 per share.The drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager posted revenue of $54.42 billion in the period, which also topped Street forecasts. Ten analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $53.71 billion.CVS Health expects full-year earnings in the range of $6.68 to $6.88 per share.CVS Health shares have climbed almost 7 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 11 per cent. The stock has dropped nearly 3 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on CVS at https://www.zacks.com/ap/CVSThe Associated Press read more

Hajj 2019: Morocco Wants to Ensure ‘Better Conditions’ for Pilgrims

Rabat – The minister of Islamic affairs, Ahmed Taoufiq, flew to Mecca on Sunday to discuss the preparation for the next hajj season with the Saudi minister of pilgrimage, Mohamed Saleh Bin Taher Benten.During the meeting, the two officials agreed on the preparations required for the next pilgrimage season for Moroccans, according to a statement from the Saudi Ministry of Pilgrimage quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).This meeting is part of consultations with the heads of delegations to prepare the next season of pilgrimage, to provide the best services to pilgrims, and to allow them to perform their rituals in the best conditions, added the press release. Read Also: Morocco’s Islamic Affairs Recognizes ‘Suffering’ of Pilgrims in HajjThe Saudi minister also held meetings with the president of religious affairs of Turkey and the minister of religious affairs of Indonesia, the statement said.In the 2018 pilgrimage season, several Moroccan pilgrims complained about their struggles in Mecca due to lack of management, transport, and shelter.Videos posted online showed Moroccans complaining about the bad conditions.Several Moroccans also said that they had missed major hajj rituals, such as the “stoning of the devil.”Pictures of Moroccan pilgrims also featured elderly men lying weakly on the floor. The Moroccan Ministry of Islamic Affairs, however, denied the allegations in a statement. The ministry said that “some allegations reported by some media outlets” were “lies dating back to previous years,” claiming that information about pilgrims losing their way in Mecca was also false.The ministry also described the 2018 hajj season as “positive.” read more

South African judge appointed to head new UN internal justice body

Justice O’Regan was appointed a judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa in 1994, and has worked as an attorney and a law professor, specializing, among other areas, in labour law, race and gender equality, and constitutional law. She was chosen by consensus by the four other members of the Internal Justice Council, whose appointments were approved by Mr. Ban in April. The two members nominated by staff, following a process inclusive of all staff unions, are Jenny Clift of Australia and Geoffrey Robertson of the United Kingdom and Australia. The two members nominated by management are Maria Vicien-Milburn of Argentina and Sinha Basnayake of Sri Lanka.UN spokesperson Michele Montas said the Internal Justice Council “will play a critical role in establishing the UN’s new system of administration of justice, due to enter into effect on 1 January 2009.”The five-member body will advise the Assembly on suitable candidates for judges on the future UN Dispute Tribunal and the UN Appeals Tribunal. It is also tasked with drafting a code of conduct for the judges, and for providing its views on the implementation of the new system to the Assembly. The Council’s establishment was recommended in 2006 by the “Redesign Panel” of external judicial experts, and is modelled on similar mechanisms at other international public organizations. 11 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Justice Kate O’Regan of South Africa as the fifth member and chairperson of the Internal Justice Council – established by the General Assembly to help ensure independence, professionalism and accountability in the new system of administration of justice at the United Nations. read more

TNA decides to vote in support of noconfidence motion against MR

The Tamil National Alliance strongly condemns and opposes the undemocratic efforts to use such delay to bribe Members of Parliament with both money and Ministerial posts to induce them to cross over in order to fraudulently obtain a majority in Parliament.“We strongly oppose and condemn Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament S. Viyalendran being a part of this conspiracy. Necessary action will be taken against him immediately,” the TNA said. For the above reasons, the Tamil National Alliance says it will vote in support of the No Confidence Motion to be brought against the Government headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has been unconstitutionally and illegally appointed as Prime Minister.The TNA says remaining “neutral” in such a situation, would pave the way for achieving an undemocratic end by force. (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil National Alliance has decided to vote in support of the no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament.A TNA statement said that at a party leaders’ meeting of the constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance last evening it was decided that according to the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the President does not possess the authority to remove a Prime Minister who is in office. Such authority that vested in the President previously was specifically repealed by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. In these circumstances the Gazette notification declaring that the Prime Minister had been removed and another Prime Minister appointed are unconstitutional and illegal, the TNA said. The Tamil National Alliance also considers the President’s decision to prorogue Parliament made following the above actions as undemocratic and in violation of Parliamentary Supremacy. After having declared as Prime Minister a Member who does not command the confidence of Parliament, this had been done in order to create delay and prevent such Member from having to prove a majority in Parliament. read more

Brock launches Human Rights Equity and Decolonization Committee

Brock University recently took its next step in ensuring the campus environment is inclusive, fair and welcoming for all.The President’s Advisory Committee for Human Rights, Equity and Decolonization (PACHRED) held its first meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 30, following months of work to bring the group to fruition.Mandated by Brock University President Gervan Fearon to advise on issues facing equity-seeking communities, the committee includes 36 faculty, staff and students from across the University.“PACHRED has been created to be a forum for discussion and learning on issues of equity and inclusion at Brock,” said Mary-Beth Raddon, who co-chairs the committee with Bradley Clarke, Brock’s Director of Student Life and Community Experience, and Joshua Manitowabi, a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Humanities. “Through our collective learning, we are to be an advisory body to the President.”The group’s strength, Raddon said, lies in its “diverse membership of students, staff and faculty from across the University who share a commitment to making Brock more welcoming, just and fair for everyone.”“Another strength is members’ knowledge about issues affecting equity-seeking groups stemming from lived experience, study, research and advocacy within and beyond the university context.”Committee members will work with one or more of six affiliated groups that are examining specific equity-related areas of concern, including anti-ableism, mental health, decolonization, sexual violence, racial justice, gender and sexual diversity and employment equity.By coming together as a single committee at least five times a year, the group as a whole has the potential to explore the interrelatedness of these issues. Meetings are open and dates will be posted on the PACHRED website.“PACHRED builds upon the important work of the Human Rights Task Force in seeking to promote and safeguard human rights at Brock, and ensuring that the recommendations put forth by the Task Force are advanced in meaningful ways,” Clarke said.He described the committee’s inaugural meeting as a special event.“It was a chance to look to the future and to do so with a group of dedicated, knowledgeable, and compassionate people who will work together to make our University more safe, welcoming and inclusive for all,” he said. “I’m excited for the many ways that we will engage the broader Brock community in achieving this goal.”Fearon also weighed in on the University’s progress and path moving forward.“Brock is taking significant steps to advance human rights, equity and inclusion with the support of the entire University community,” he said. “I look forward to hearing from PACHRED on how we can further support this momentum and further make Brock an outstanding and exemplary institution for teaching and learning, research, scholarly and creative activities, and community engagement for our students, faculty and staff.” read more

The Greek Orthodox Church to offer aid for Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new initiative is being undertaken by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, as a means to assist Greece in coping with the ongoing refugee crisis that has further worsened the plight of the country. In his message to all the temples of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Stylianos explains how “our church could not remain indifferent” to the humanitarian crisis challenging our homeland and calls for drastic action, asking churchgoers to offer items of clothing, food and money. To this end, on Sunday 10 April an offering tray will be passed around among the congregation in all the churches of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, to collect funds for the Archdiocese of Athens’ NGO Apostoli (Mission). The Archdiocese also urges the congregation to bring clothing and food (especially dry or canned) which will be packed and placed in a container, in order to be sent to three major Athens-based charity organisations: Hatzikyriakio Childcare Institution, Kivotos tou kosmou, and Hamogelo tou paidiou (The Smile of the Child). Anyone wishing to assist this effort is advised to contact their local church. For more information visit www.greekorthodox.org.aulast_img read more

LATV3 relève lorbite de lISS

first_imgL’ATV-3 relève l’orbite de l’ISSDimanche, le cargo européen ATV-3 a réussi à relever l’orbite de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) à 389,8 kilomètres. L’engin s’y est amarré jeudi dernier et les spationautes ont déjà pénétré à l’intérieur. Mission accomplie pour l’ATV-3 Edoardi Amaldi. L’engin qui a décollé le 23 mars dernier s’était déjà correctement amarré à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) jeudi dernier pour délivrer ses 6 tonnes de cargaison aux spationautes actuellement à bord. Mais ce week-end, il a rempli une autre de ses tâches : aider à relever l’orbite de la station. Selon un porte-parole du Centre russe de contrôle des vols (TsOUP), l’ISS se trouve désormais sur une orbite de 389,8 kilomètres. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?”Les moteurs du cargo européen ATV-3 ont fonctionné pendant 411 secondes (presque sept minutes) comme prévu. L’ISS a reçu une impulsion supplémentaire d’un mètre par seconde. Cette manœuvre a permis de relever l’orbite de la station de 1,7 km. L’ISS évolue actuellement à une altitude de 389,8 km”, a ainsi indiqué le porte-parole cité par RIA Novosti. Ce sont les deux moteurs principaux du cargo Edoardo Amaldi qui ont servi à effectuer la manœuvre tandis que les moteurs du module de service russe Zvezda et du cargo russe Progress M-14M arrimé à l’ISS ont assuré l’orientation de l’engin dans l’espace.Le vaisseau ATV-3 long de 10 mètres pour 4,5 mètres de diamètre livre aux spationautes à bord de l’ISS 6 tonnes de frêt composé de nourriture, de vêtements, de matériel, de 285 kilos d’eau potable et de 100 kilos d’oxygène. Les spationautes y ont d’ailleurs déjà pénétré pour voir ce que l’engin leur apportait. Le 2 avril 2012 à 10:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clark College hosts food summit Friday

first_imgClark College will host a full-day food summit Friday featuring a series of talks and breakout sessions on the local food system.The summit runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Clark College’s Columbia Tech Center campus at 18700 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. Break out sessions cover topics such as sustainable farming, food business and fermented foods.To register for the free event, visit clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/food-summit/index.php.Clark College worked with the Clark County Food System Council and Slow Food Southwest Washington to develop the summit, which is funded by a Department of Education Grant.last_img read more

Supreme Court strikes down as vague part of immigration law

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced.The court’s 5-4 decision — in an unusual alignment in which new Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the four liberal justices — concerns a catchall provision of immigration law that defines what makes a crime violent. Conviction for a crime of violence makes deportation “a virtual certainty” for an immigrant, no matter how long he has lived in the United States, Justice Elena Kagan wrote in her opinion for the court.The decision is a loss for President Donald Trump’s administration, which has emphasized stricter enforcement of immigration law. In this case, President Barack Obama’s administration took the same position in the Supreme Court in defense of the challenged provision.With the four other conservative justices in dissent, it was the vote of the Trump appointee that was decisive in striking down the provision at issue. Gorsuch did not join all of Kagan’s opinion, but he agreed with her that the law could not be left in place. Gorsuch wrote that “no one should be surprised that the Constitution looks unkindly on any law so vague that reasonable people cannot understand its terms and judges do not know where to begin in applying it.”The case turned on a decision from 2015 that struck down a similarly worded part of another federal law that imposes longer prison sentences on repeat criminals. The majority opinion in that case was one of the last written by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016 and whose seat Gorsuch filled.last_img read more