Rahul promises 33 women quota in jobs Parliament and Assemblies

first_imgHoshangabad (MP): Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday promised 33 per cent reservation for women in central government jobs, in both houses of Parliament and in state assemblies if his party came to power.Talking about his party’s proposed Nyay minimum income scheme, he also said the money for it will come from people like “Anil, Nirav, Vijay, Mehul…Narendra”. He also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the national security plank, referring to Wednesday’s Naxal attack in Maharashtra which has a BJP-led government. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghAddressing a campaign rally at Pipariya in Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad Lok Saha seat, he reiterated the promise of minimum income under Nyay (Nyuntam Aay Yojna). “Don’t be angry,” he said, addressing the men in the gathering. “(But) The money under Nyay is going to be deposited in the bank accounts of women…Rs 72,000 a year. “Congress will give 33 per cent reservation to women in jobs of national government. We are also going to introduce 33 per cent quota for women in Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha and Rajya Sabha,” he added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Nyay scheme will remonetise the country’s economy which has got “demonetized” because no money is left with people, the Congress president said. “When people have money in their accounts they will spend it in the market to buy necessary things and that will revive economy. Note-ban demonetised the country’s economy…Nyay will remonetise it…people will start buying goods… engine (of economy) will jump-start,” Gandhi said. “Narendra Modi took out its (economy’s) diesel and is now showing the keys to start it… how will it start when you have taken out diesel?” he said. Demontisation rendered lakhs of youths jobless as people have no money to spend and factories stopped production, he said. The Congress chief also accused the prime minister of spreading lies about funding of the Nyay. “Modi is saying that the middle class would be taxed to arrange money for Nyay. Narendra Modi-ji, you again spoke a lie…Not a single paisa would come from the middle class,” he said. “The money will come instead from the pockets of people like Anil (Ambani), Nirav (Modi), Vijay (Mallya), Mehul (Choksi), Narendra….,” he said. As he spoke first names, people chanted last names. When he said Narendra, people said Modi. “Modi talks about national security, whose government was there when Pulwama attack took place? CRPF jawans were martyred today in Maharashtra, whose government is there?” he asked.last_img read more

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Two UNAU peacekeepers injured after ambush in Darfur

One of the soldiers is in a serious condition in a hospital in Khartoum after sustaining a gunshot wound to the shoulder, according to a press release issued by UNAMID. The other peacekeeper, who was shot in the hand, was taken to a UNAMID hospital in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state, where he is in a stable condition.Yesterday’s attack – which occurred as peacekeepers escorted two fuel tankers between two camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near El Geneina – comes just three weeks after an Ethiopian peacekeeper serving with UNAMID was slain by gunmen, also near El Geneina.It also took place on the same day that Ibrahim Gambari, the head of UNAMID, briefed the Security Council in New York on the latest developments in the Sudanese region, which has been beset by fighting and humanitarian suffering since 2003.Mr. Gambari called for stepped-up efforts to reach a comprehensive peace deal to end the conflict, which has pitted rebels against Government forces and allied militiamen.“The imperative of peace is now as the people of Darfur have suffered too long and too deeply,” he said.UNAMID, which has been in operation since the start of 2008, said it is investigating yesterday’s ambush. 23 July 2011Two peacekeepers serving with the joint United Nations-African Union force in Darfur (UNAMID) have been injured after they were ambushed yesterday by unidentified gunmen in the west of the troubled Sudanese region. read more

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Latest report on Security Council shows increasing burden of work President

Introducing the report to the 191-member General Assembly, Ambassador Negroponte said, “The report, which covers the period from August 1, 2002, to July31, 2003, indicates that the Council’s seemingly ever-increasing workload continues to grow.”There were many areas of focus, including Iraq, the Middle East and Afghanistan, which are covered in detail in the report. Africa was also considered a high priority throughout the year, with the Council responding to worsening conflicts in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia, while also working to encourage continuing progress in bringing peace and stability to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi.”Council missions went to Central and West Africa and examined issues affecting the continent, such as the threat of small arms and mercenary fighters and the role of UN mechanisms in promoting peace, he said.The report said Afghanistan would host a Council mission later this year.The 15-member Council also held debates on such subjects as women, peace and security, children in armed conflict, and the peaceful settlement of disputes, Ambassador Negroponte said.”The fight against terrorism also continued to be a major focus of the Council’s work, with the Counter-terrorism Committee working extensively to fulfil its mandate,” he said.The report said the Committee was deepening its contacts with international, regional and sub-regional organizations to improve the flow of information and to liaise with them on assistance needed for the fight against terrorism. read more

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Chinese ambassador hopes canola dispute wont be big issue during Trudeau visit

Riders and their horses pass through a canola field as they take an afternoon trail ride near Cremona, Alta., Tuesday, July 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2016 1:50 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 26, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chinese ambassador hopes canola dispute won’t be big issue during Trudeau visit OTTAWA – China’s ambassador to Canada says he hopes a simmering trade dispute over Canadian canola exports won’t become an even bigger problem with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set to visit Beijing next week.Canada has been inflexible and “unfair” in its approach to talks that began seven years ago over Chinese concerns about rules for the make-up of canola shipments, Luo Zhaohui told The Canadian Press in an interview Thursday.At issue is the amount of so-called “dockage” — foreign material such as other plants and weed seeds — found in Canadian canola exports to China.The Chinese government, which has concerns about the spread of a disease associated with canola, has given Canada until Sept. 1 to cut the level of dockage in its deliveries of the crop down to one per cent from 2.5 per cent.Canada has stood its ground, with industry leaders saying scientific evidence shows such a change won’t change the risks.Canola farmers are now facing the possibility of losing more business with their biggest export market, where they sold $2 billion worth of the oilseed last year. China bought 40 per cent of Canada’s exports of canola seed.The canola industry says the dispute poses a threat to the bottom line of producers as they’re ready to take in one of their best-ever harvests.The Sept. 1 deadline coincides with Trudeau’s first official visit to China. The prime minister departs next week for an eight-day trip that is expected to help deepen Canada’s trade relationship with the world’s second-largest economy.“We really want to resolve this issue,” Luo said during the interview at China’s embassy in Ottawa. “It’s not a direction we want to see. Your leader is coming to Beijing and we don’t to make this become a trouble issue.”China, Luo added, buys 87 per cent of its canola from Canada because of its good quality and production — but he warned the economic superpower can always look elsewhere for the product, if necessary.“Frankly speaking, you see, China, we have a lot of choice,” he said. “We can buy it from this country, from that country.”During discussions, Ottawa told the Chinese that having a maximum of 2.5 per cent of foreign materials was reasonable and based on scientific research, Luo said.Canada never showed any kind of flexibility and its position was non-negotiable, he added.“Beijing thinks this is unfair,” said Luo, who argued that China agreed to postpone the deadline several times.“Even so, I’m still quite optimistic and I wish, through joint efforts by both sides, we can resolve these issues.”The ambassador also expressed concern about the politicization of what should remain a business issue. He referred to public comments recently made by someone whom he only described as a senior Canadian government official.Luo said the person remarked that if the canola matter cannot be addressed, then Canada and China won’t be able to make progress on bilateral relations.“I think this is not a constructive statement, it will not help to resolve these issues,” he said. “You say something publicly and you exercise pressure on the Chinese side and that’s unfair and not a proper way to resolve the issues.”Luo appeared to be referring to International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, who was quoted by the Thomson Reuters news agency earlier this week as saying, “We cannot take the next step in our relationship with China until the canola issue is resolved.”On Thursday, a spokesman for Freeland said the canola matter is a priority for government officials who have been working with China and the industry to resolve the dispute.Alex Lawrence said Freeland has personally raised the issue with Luo and China’s minister of commerce.“Canola is a key aspect of Canada’s bilateral trade relationship with China,” Lawrence wrote in an email. “We are focused on a long-term solution, based on science, for our Canadian producers.”The president of the Canola Council of Canada said there’s no evidence that shows lowering the dockage from its current level would reduce the risk that the disease, known as blackleg, could be exported.The risk of spreading is already “extremely low,” said Patti Miller, who added the approaching deadline has already begun to affect canola trade.Mike Jubinville, president of market advisory service Pro Farmer Canada, described the country’s canola exports as “enormously important.”“They’re our largest single export market for Canadian canola, so anything that has an influence on trade there is obviously going to be influential and potentially market moving,” said Jubinville, adding that canola trade with China is “grinding to a halt” until the issue is resolved, but is unlikely to seize up completely.“What we’re going to have is instead of exporting four million tonnes there we might export three instead.”— With files from Ian Bickis in Calgary read more

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Who is Darren Osborne Everything we know about the Finsbury Park mosque

first_imgOwners the van hire said they were “shocked and saddened” that one of their vehicles was used in the attack and pledged to help the police with their investigation.Neighbour Saleem Naema, 50, a taxi driver, said: “I can’t believe it. I know him. I’ve lived here for five years, he was already living here when I moved in.”If I ever needed anything he would come. I just can’t believe that he did that. I am a Muslim.”Khadijeh Sherizi, who lives next door to Osborne, said: “I saw him on the news and I thought ‘oh my God’ that is my neighbour. A white van is seen at the scene after a vehicle collided with pedestrians in the Finsbury Park neighbourhood of North LondonCredit:REUTERS/Neil Hall The father of four suspected of mowing down a group of worshippers outside a Finsbury park mosque was a “complex” and “troubled” individual known for “flipping his lid” when he drank too much, it has been claimed, as his mother said he is “no terrorist”.Darren Osborne, 47, is being held in custody on suspicion of terror offences including attempted murder. He is alleged to have expressed increasingly antagonistic views towards Muslims in the weeks since the London Bridge atrocity.After ploughing down a group of men as they left Ramadan prayers, he is alleged to have rammed his hired van into bollards before jumping out and shouting “I’m going to kill all Muslims – I did my bit”. But Osborne’s mother, 72-year-old Christine, said her son was “not a terrorist and had never shown any hatred towards Muslims”.“I’m at my wit’s end. I saw him on TV and recognised him straight away. I just screamed,” she told The Sun.“My son is no terrorist – he’s just a man with problems and I don’t know how to cope with all this.”‘Not political’Meanwhile, Osborne’s sister Nicola denied that her brother is political.“He wouldn’t even know who the Prime Minister is,” she said. “I’ve never heard him say anything about Muslims or anything racist.” When the police eventually arrived, Osborne smiled, waved and blew kisses, apparently taunting witnesses as he was bundled into the back of a van.He was recognised on television by stunned Welsh neighbours more used to seeing him on the school run, who rang the police to identify him.They later described him as “shouty” and “aggressive” but said they were gobsmacked to learn that he was a terror suspect. The alleged suspect with bruises on his face clearly visable The suspect following his arrestCredit:Universal News And Sport He then drove more than 150 miles to north London throughout the evening, careering onto the pavement in Finsbury Park shortly after midnight. One of his former neighbours in Weston-Super-Mare, who did not wish to be named, said: “We all know Darren, from our youth generally.”When I heard what happened it absolutely made me feel ill. You don’t imagine this.”Weston is a small town. He would just drink too much and flip the switch I guess.” She added: “Sorry is not a word that you can use really. I’m sorry that my brother has been that troubled that it has taken him to that level of troubledness.”She insisted he was “not interested in terrorism”.A complex family lifeOsborne left Weston-Super-Mare several years ago and moved to a terraced house in Pentwyn, Cardiff with his partner, children and two dogs.The couple have four children, aged between 16 and five and Osborne is said to help with the daily school run.A complicated picture emerged of his personal life, with neighbours describing him as a  “family man” who was heard singing in his kitchen with his children on Sunday afternoon, just hours before he is alleged to have driven to London. Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, Mid GlamorganCredit:PA REUTERS/Neil Hall The suspect following his arrestcenter_img ‘A privileged life’Osborne was born in Singapore but raised by his parents John and Christine in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, where he attended Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College.Mrs Osborne, 72, told ITV News her son was a “complex” person, adding: “I’m not going to defend him but you know he’s my son and it’s a terrible terrible shock and it’s not just robbing the bank, it’s an atrocity.“At this moment in time I can’t cope with it, I can’t. It’s a terrible, terrible shock.” Another neighbour said: “I actually heard him singing in the street yesterday – weird really. I never knew what he did for a living.His partner was described as “a really nice woman” by those who know her through work.One said: “She’s a kind and friendly person. Everyone said she was too good for him.”Osborne, who was not known to the police or security services, is believed to have driven 15 miles from his home in the Welsh capital to Pontyclun Van Hire on Sunday, hiring an £80-a-night Luton van. “He has been so normal. He was in his kitchen yesterday afternoon singing with his kids. He was the dad of the family. He has kids. He lives next door. He seemed polite and pleasant to me. I just can’t believe it.” Finsbury Park mosque tragedy in pictures Mobile phone footage taken by onlookers in Finsbury Park early on Monday showed him wild eyed and sweating as he repeatedly shouted “kill me”.But as he left the vehicle he was chased and pinned to the floor before being dragged along the pavement where his victims’ bodies lay strewn. She claimed that Osborne had tried to kill himself just a few weeks ago by jumping into a river and had asked to be sectioned.”He tried to kill himself six, eight weeks ago,” she told MailOnline. “He threw himself into the river in Cardiff. He asked to be taken into care, to be sectioned but they wouldn’t do it.” It came amid claims Osborne had allegedly hurled insults at his Asian neighbour’s 12-year-old son in the wake of the Islamist attack in the capital earlier this month. She claimed he was “disturbed” and had been on medication for mental health problems. She said she had recognised him straightaway in television reports, describing it as “every mother’s worst nightmare”.“My son is no terrorist — he’s just a man with problems and I don’t know how to cope with all this”, she told The Sun. Neighbours described Mrs Osborne as “long-suffering”. One said: “Christine is a great grandmother – Darren’s nephew stays a lot.”Darren’s not had a bad life. He’s had quite a privileged life. He’s had more options than a lot of people.”His former drinking partners described him as a “loveable mentalist”.His sister, Nicola Osborne, 50, said her brother had been “troubled for a long time.” The alleged suspect with bruises on his face clearly visable Finsbury Park van attack – How it unfolded Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, Mid Glamorgan However, others said they believed he and his partner had separated in recent months and that he was often seen shouting at her in the street.Pharmacist Rebecca Carpenter, 26, said: “He’s quite a shouty person, always shouting at his wife and kids.”He drove around in an old car that was always damaged. He never caused us any real problems, but we could often hear him shouting from the other side of the street.”None of us have ever really spoken to him but we recognised him straight away when we saw him on the telly this morning.”last_img read more

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iOS 42 available for iPad iPhone iPod touch

first_imgApple has released iOS 4.2 today for anyone who owns an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.For those who haven’t been keeping an eye on Apple’s website, the new features introduced by iOS 4.2 total 100+, but here’s the pick of them:AdChoices广告Multitasking: Run all your favorite apps — and switch between them instantly — without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily.Folders: Organize apps into folders with drag-and-drop simplicity. Get faster access to your favorites and browse and manage thousands of apps.AirPrint: Print mail, photos, web pages, and more directly to a printer on a wireless network.AirPlay: Wirelessly stream videos, music, and photos from iPad to the new Apple TV, and stream music to AirPlay speakers or receivers, including AirPort Express.Game Center: Experience social gaming on your iPad. Find friends or use auto-match to play multiplayer games against new opponents. Track achievements and compare high scores.Even better Mail: See messages from all your accounts in a unified inbox, organize messages by threads, and open attachments in third-party apps.Find text on web pages: In Safari, easily find and highlight specific words and phrases on large web pages.Enhanced enterprise support: Businesses can take advantage of stronger security features, new device management capabilities, and improved enterprise integration.Accessibility enhancements: Control VoiceOver using a wireless keyboard. Output in braille to over 30 supported wireless Bluetooth refreshable braille displays in more than 25 languages.Keyboard and dictionary enhancements: Choose from more than 30 new keyboards and dictionaries, including Arabic, Greek, and Hebrew.Talking of the release, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said:iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season. Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit. To get the update just sync your device with iTunes 10.1. iOS 4.2 is compatible with the following devices:iPadiPhone 4iPhone 3GiPhone 3GSiPod touch latest generationiPod touch late 2009 3rd and 2nd gen models with 32GB or 64GBOne exception for compatibility is multitasking which won’t work on iPhone 3G or 2nd gen iPod touch.Read more at Applelast_img read more

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Morning Press: Double homicide victims; ‘Upskirt’ images trial; Hay barn fire; Herrera Beutler on tolls; Water main break

first_imgBe sure to keep the sunscreen handy, because the forecast says we’re in for a warm weekend.Here’s a look at several stories that were of particular interest to columbian.com readers this week.Victims in Vancouver double-homicide identifiedThe two people killed in a stabbing early Sunday morning have been positively identified and their families have been notified of their deaths.The names of the homicide victims, 42-year-old Thomas West and 55-year-old James Olsen, were included in court records released Monday following the first appearance of the suspect in the double-homicide, Dustin Lee Zapel, 35, who has a long history of mental illness.Jury finds former Evergreen teacher guilty in ‘upskirt’ images trialFormer Evergreen High School teacher Matthew Morasch was found guilty Wednesday of trying to take “upskirt” images of females, including a student in his class, with his cellphone.The Clark County Superior Court jury deliberated for about two hours before reaching the guilty verdicts on one count of voyeurism and two counts of attempted voyeurism. The 1½-week trial wrapped up Tuesday evening.last_img read more

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Walter Mazzarri confident of match against Juventus on Saturday

first_imgTorino Coach Walter Mazzarri is confident of their clash against Juventus on Saturday, adding that his side will give in everything to win.The Granata face with their city rivals on tomorrow night, with the Bianconeri undefeated in Serie A  this season.“I’m a professional, and I’ll try to push everything in the right direction,” he said as quoted in Football Italia.“We’ll give our all, then, of course, there are the opponents and our own physicality. Let’s see what happens, we’re confident.”What will be Torino’s approach to the game?“It’s not like you can just do what you want every game. I’d like to impose our game, but we need to see what the opponents concede.“They also change as games progress, so we’ve been trying several things all week.“I hope tomorrow we can deliver what our fans expect of us. If people have a good opinion of us then it’s because we’ve done well, and we’ve certainly dropped some silly points.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It would have been better to face Juventus with the four points that we dropped, but we just need to think about ourselves and tomorrow’s performance.“We need to be more clinical, in some games we’ve been too profligate in the last third, and that’s what cost us those points.”The former Napoli and Inter Coach was also asked about his relationship with his opposite number, Massimiliano Allegri.“When I was ill he thought of me in his Press conference, that was nice and I want to thank him for that,” Mazzarri responded.“As for the rest, every Coach has his beliefs and his personality. His career speaks for itself.“Every person has their own character, what matters is that there’s respect.”last_img read more

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Clark County has fewer homeless less funding expected

first_imgMirroring a national trend, the number of homeless people in Clark County has dropped, said Craig Lyons, executive director of the Council for the Homeless.Lyons updated the Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday on the county’s 10-year homeless plan.While he had good news to share, he also warned commissioners that he expects significant state and federal funding cuts in 2012 and 2013.Projected funding, which includes local money and is estimated at $7.5 million this year, could drop to $6 million by 2013. Agencies will be relying more than ever on volunteers, Lyons said.The goal of the 10-year homeless plan, which was adopted in 2005 in response to the Washington Homelessness Housing and Assistance Act, was to reduce homelessness by 50 percent.Adjusting for a population increase, that goal has been met, Lyons told commissioners.Based on an annual count conducted on the last Thursday in January, the number of homeless people — adults and children — has dropped from 1,523 in 2005 to 837 in 2011.Clark County’s figures are lower than the state average; statewide, 30 people out of 10,000 are homeless. In Clark County, that number drops to 19.Lyons told commissioners that many community programs take part in the annual January count, including Share Outreach and the Veterans Mobile Outreach.“It’s not from lack of effort in trying to find people,” he said. “We hope (the decrease trend) will continue in our next count, which is coming up in six weeks.”last_img read more

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Police arrest doctor accused of running pill mill in Cutler Bay

first_imgCUTLER BAY, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a doctor accused of running a pill mill out of a clinic in Cutler Bay.Police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents swarmed a home near Southwest 103rd Terrace and 122nd Street, Tuesday, arresting Armando Falcon.Investigators said Falcon owned and operated a pain management clinic in Cutler Bay as a cover to illegally sell prescription pain killers.Two office managers were also arrested.According to investigators, Falcon made over $1 million a year from the sales and used the money to buy beach apartments, boats, expensive cars and houses.Falcon now faces a list of charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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UAF Chancellor Addresses Retirement Universitys Budget Woes

first_imgUAF Chancellor Brian Rogers. (Credit UAF)Outgoing University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers is dispelling rumors that illness forced his recent decision to retire this summer. Chancellor Rogers, who was also a candidate to become the new president of the University of Alaska system, spoke during a wide ranging campus forum Tuesday.Download Audiolast_img

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Shell pulls out of the Arctic citing lack of resource

first_imgThe Polar Pioneer drill rig arrives in Dutch Harbor. (Photo by Emily Schwing, KUCB – Unalaska)After sinking eight years and more than $8 billion into the effort, Shell Oil is pulling out of the Arctic Ocean. The company dropped the surprising news in a Sunday-night press release.Download AudioShell officials said the company safely drilled a well more than mile beneath the floor of the Chukchi Sea this summer. They found indications of oil and gas there, but not enough to warrant further exploration.Meg Baldino is spokesperson for Shell Alaska.“We thought it was the potential to be a multibillion-barrel prospect. That is not the case. It is not commercial.”Oil prices have plummeted in the past year. A bonanza of fracking in the Lower 48 has made costly oil from the Arctic Ocean less attractive as a global commodity.The announcement comes as Shell’s window for drilling in the brief Arctic summer draws to a close.Baldino says about 400 people work in Anchorage on the Arctic drilling effort. Up to 3,000 Shell contractors are working in the field at any given time.Two drill rigs and much of the 30-vessel fleet are still in the Chukchi Sea.“The Burger J well will be sealed and abandoned, so we will begin demobilization immediately and head south. You know, everything has changed, so there’s lots of details of what will happen next that are going to be worked out in the coming weeks.”Gov. Walker addressed the media on Shell’s decision to pull out of the Arctic on Monday, Sept. 29. Photo: Annie Feidt/APRN.“It’s really a shocking development,” says Michael Levine, an attorney with the environmental group Oceana in Juneau.“It’s a good day for the Arctic Ocean and lets us move past arguing about Shell and Shell’s plans and its investment and move toward talking about the future of the  Arctic Ocean.”Environmental groups had been pushing unsuccessfully for the Obama Administration to block the drilling.Instead, the Obama Administration gave Shell the green light. The Interior Department did require Shell to keep its rigs at least 15 miles apart if they were drilling at the same time. That was done to protect walruses in the area.Shell has spent one point four billion dollars this year alone in the Arctic. The company cited high costs as well regulatory uncertainty for its decision to quit the Arctic.Alaska’s Congressional delegation blamed Obama Administration regulations for the sudden end of Arctic offshore drilling. Governor Bill Walker also faulted the regulations.“Typically when you bring a rig and spend that much money, you’ll drill multiple wells, and to be able to drill just the one, that was unfortunate,” Walker says. “You’re betting everything on that particular well.”Shell’s Fennica vessel ran aground in Dutch Harbor over the summer, causing further delays in drilling. Photo: John Ryan/KUCB.Shell has had problems it could not blame on regulators. In past years, its rigs have run aground, ship construction ran behind schedule, its safety equipment was “crushed like a beer can.”This year, one of its icebreakers was on its way out of Dutch Harbor when it tore a three-foot hole in its hull.“It hit a rock,” says Dan Magone. He supervised the vessel’s temporary repair work in Dutch Harbor.“We would’ve gotten them squared away and on their way within a few days. The complication was that they were under contract to Shell. So the level of scrutiny and Shell’s bureaucracy turned it into this great big deal, you know? [Shell’s bureaucracy?] Makes the government look like pattycakes,” Magone laughs.That ship went to a dry dock in Oregon for permanent repairs before returning to the Arctic. That cost Shell several weeks of its summer drilling season.The company expects to take a $4 billion hit on its balance sheet from shuttering the project. Shell’s stock price was down 3 percent at the close of trading on Monday.Any impacts on Alaska are probably more long-term than short-term. Any oil from Shell’s Arctic venture would have taken about a decade before it wound up in a pipeline or anyone’s gas tank.last_img read more

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Twitter Releases Data to French AntiRacist Groups

first_imgAfter a months-long legal battle, Twitter handed over data to French authorities to identify the authors of anti-Semitic and racist tweets.The US-based company was ordered by a French court to provide details of tweeters who sent a series of anti-Semitic messages under the hashtag #unbonjuif (#agoodjew). France’s Union of Jewish Students (UEJF) and four anti-racism groups had launched a civil suit against Twitter in March.Twitter said it had bowed to the French judicial authorities to end the dispute. The micro-blogging site said in a statement that it had enabled ‘the identification of some authors’ of anti-Semitic and racist tweets.Moreover, Twitter promises to work ‘actively together (with the anti-racist groups) to fight racism and anti-semitism’. It will now notify about ‘illicit tweets’ and make them accessible through notifications.The UEJF had claimed 38.5 million euros ($50 million) in damages from Twitter and its CEO Dick Costolo for not responding to the court order. Even French President Francois Hollande called on Twitter to abide by the court order.UEJF President Jonathan Hayoun told AFP that Twitter’s delivery of the information was “a great victory in the fight against racism and anti-Semitism and a big step in the fight against the feeling of impunity on the Internet”.”This agreement is a reminder that you cannot do anything you want on the Internet. Twitter will no longer be a conduit for racists and anti-Semites where their anonymity will be protected,” he added.This is not the first time Twitter blocked accounts to abide by a policy known as ‘country-withheld content’. In October last year, the site suspended an account by a neo-Nazi group from Germany following a request from the government in Berlin.last_img read more

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Vodafone Idea to launch prepaid Youth Offer with 50 off on Amazon

first_imgIndia’s leading network carrier Vodafone Idea, earlier showered lot of surprises to postpaid customers with Zomato Gold membership and Amazon Prime subscription and now, it’s the turn of the prepaid users to celebrate with special Youth Offer, which also coincides with Holi festival.Vodafone Idea will soon launch Youth Offer, which will entitle 50-per cent off on Amazon Prime membership to all existing and also even new subscribers, provided they enrol for it before June 30. Vodafone Idea prepaid users with a prepaid subscription can avail Youth offer and 50-percent discount on one-year Amazon Prime annual plan.Vodafone website (screen-shot)Once the Youth Offer goes live, existing users can get it on MyVodafone app and tap on the Amazon Prime banner and you will be asked to subscribe it and will need to pay just Rs 499, only half of the full amount Rs 999. As the name suggests, Youth Offer is valid for people aged between 18 and 24 only.What benefits will Vodafone prepaid users get with Amazon Prime membership? Vodafone Idea now offering 50% discount on Amazon Prime membershipReuters/file photoWith Amazon Prime subscription, Vodafone Idea users will not only able to get the privilege of getting quick delivery of goods on the e-commerce site but also get early access to top deals on Amazon.in, ad-free music listening through Amazon Prime Music and access to unlimited streaming of the latest and exclusive movies, TV shows, stand-up comedy and Amazon Prime Original series through Prime Video.The annual Amazon Prime membership can be activated through the MyVodafone app. Access to Prime Video is available after downloading the Prime Video app on supported devices, the company said.This is a right move by Vodafone Idea to attract young customers such as college kids and youth who have recently joined jobs. With this king initiatives, they will be able to build loyalty at a young age and over time become a strong patron of the Vodafone and resist jumping to a rival brand. Amazon Prime Video offers several original contentAmazon Prime Video India official website (screen-shot)It can be noted Vodafone Idea lost more than 2.3 million customers since it began discontinuing services of prepaid customers with low currency (less than Rs 35) in late 2018 and some have left voluntarily, after finding a better deal in Airtel and Reliance Jio.With this move, Vodafone will be able to arrest the subscriber attrition rate.In a related development, Vodafone is planning to bring a dedicated music app to offer value-added service to customers in addition to Vodafone Play, which offers its own multi-media streaming service. The Vodafone music app will be competing with Airtel’s Wynk and Reliance JioSaavn. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Are British telecoms a good investment?last_img read more

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Salary Hikes to Disappoint Employees This Appraisal Season

first_imgIf you are a private sector employee and expecting a generous salary hike this year, then please brace up for some disappointment. Achche din (good days) are still far away, at least for those employed in some sectors.  Contrary to expectations of higher increments following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s victory in last year’s general elections, the current appraisal season is likely to continue with the same trend witnessed in the past four years, with pay hike of about 10 percent.”Usually in a post-election year, there is a shift of 200 basis points (a basis point is a hundredth of a percentage point) in hikes from the previous year. However, this year it will only be 20 basis points,” Anandorup Ghose, practice leader, rewards, Aon Hewitt, told Business Standard.A survey by Towers Watson released in September last year showed that employees in India are expected to see a pay hike of 10.8 percent in 2015.India Inc. is concerned over rising wage bill affecting overall industrial performance, said Towers Watson-CII Industry Opinion Study.Most of the sectors are taking a cautious approach, preferring to wait for the impact of structural economic changes to bear fruit, Ghose said.However, sectors like consumer goods are expected to give out higher pay hikes as they recorded a better growth in last financial year ending March 2015, compared to previous year.A Mahendran, a veteran of the consumer goods industry, said increments would be most likely in the region of about 11-12 per cent for most companies.With Infosys recently announcing an average salary hike of 6.5 per cent, the focus is squarely on Information Technology (IT) sector this appraisal season, and experts believe the industry to witness an average pay hike of 11-12 per cent this year.’Pay for performance’ is on the rise, where top performers could expect hike of 18-20 per cent against average performers’ 9-10 per cent, said Shiva Sundar, human resources director, India, Akamai Technologies.India Inc. attrition rates in 2014 continued to be broadly on par with that in 2013 at 18.1 percent, but key talent attrition witnessed a 31percent spike, from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 5.9 percent in 2014, said Aon Hewitt in a report released in February this year.Salaries in corporate sector are expected to rise above inflation level in the next five years, but a major chunk of this increase will be cornered by senior executives, leaving little for those at mid and junior levels, the Towers Watson study said.last_img read more

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ACLU Sues DC Cop Over Humiliating StopAndFrisk

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins/Special to the AFROThe American Civil Liberties Union of D.C. on July 18 filed a lawsuit on behalf of a  39-year-old Black man who alleges a D.C. police officer grabbed his genitals and stuck  his fingers between his buttocks in a stop-and-frisk that went viral last summer.The lawsuit alleges that on September 27, 2017, Officer Sean Lojacono performed an unconstitutional and highly intrusive bodily search of M.B. Cottingham, an ice cream vendor, without a warrant, reasonable suspicion or probable cause.Screenshot (Soup Visions YouTube Account)Police conducted the search in the Bellevue neighborhood in Southwest by I-295 after the life-long D.C. resident and his friends were standing on the sidewalk and talking about plans to celebrate his birthday. Two police cars, including one unmarked car, pulled up next to them over an open container of alcohol and officers asked the men if they had any weapons.When the men said they didn’t, Officer Lojacono, who is White, asked Cottingham what was in his sock. At that point, Cottingham pulled out a small, legal amount of marijuana and consented to Officer Lojacono patting him down. But instead, the lawsuit alleges, the officer jammed his fingers between Cottingham’s buttocks through his sweatpants, sticking his thumb in his anus and grabbing his scrotum.After Cottingham flinched and complained about the search, Officer Lojacono and another officer handcuffed him and continued the same invasive search in the same region two more times, the suit alleges.“I’ve never been so humiliated in my life,” Cottingham said in a statement. “It’s bad enough that members of my community are stopped and frisked by the police all the time … but this officer treated me like I’m not even a human being.”The complaint says Officer Lojacono didn’t locate any weapons or contraband, nor did police cite Cottingham and his friends for the open container of alcohol. Moreover, Officer Lojacono appeared to taunt Cottingham has he drove off in the marked squad car, yelling over the loudspeaker “How ya’ll doing world star? How ya’ll doing world star? (inaudible) free the work force!”On of Cottingham’s friends captured a portion of the search on video and Cottingham interpreted “world star” as a reference to the video.Cottingham, a father of three, endured physical discomfort in the areas that were probed for weeks after the search — sitting down for long periods of time was uncomfortable and he also experienced discomfort during bowel movements. To this day, Cottingham suffers from ongoing anxiety, depression and fear of being in public and the feeling that he was stripped of his dignity, the lawsuit alleges.He did not work on his ice cream truck for a month after the search due to the trauma stemming from the search, resulting in a loss of income, according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit argues that Officer Lojacono violated Cottingham’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.“This shocking and unjustified invasion of Mr. Cottingham’s privacy was a violation of his constitutional rights and basic dignity,” Scott Michelman, ACLU-DC Senior Staff Attorney, who is representing Cottingham, said in a statement. “When a routine frisk turns into a search this invasive, the officer is not pursuing a legitimate law enforcement purpose but simply degrading someone and asserting his own power.”Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police Department does not comment on pending litigation, MPD Public Affairs Specialist Alaina Gertz told the AFRO via email.But about a month before the lawsuit was filed, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a June 12 D.C. Council hearing that he saw the video of the search and said, “It looked like it was an inappropriate touching by the officer.” He added that Officer Lojacono had been disciplined but remains on active duty with the police department.The ACLU D.C. filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.Cottingham is demanding a jury trial and seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as court costs and attorney’s fees.last_img read more

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5 tips to keep your hair healthy and strong5 tips to keep

first_img4- Avoid stress: Too much stress over prolonged periods of time can actually stop your hair growth, because your body decides it is more important to conserve all the energy possible.5- Use hair conditioners found in nature: Coconut oil is very rich in nutrients, which will be sucked into your hair and scalp, and it also compensates for the “shock” your hair gets when you shampoo it, which takes the natural oils out of your hair and scalp.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? Us ladies want long, strong hair and will do just about anything to achieve this goal. Even though my hair is strong, it’s also very brittle in a way… We need to take care of our hair!So here are a few tips to keep your hair healthy and strong:1- Make sure you eat healthy: This is the most important step, without a doubt. Eat many different kinds of foods, including fish, vegetables, meat, fruits, etc.2- Drink water: This one is simple. 6-8 cups of water per day is super important for you, and not a difficult thing to do.3- Don’t wash your hair too often: Sure, it’s important for your hygiene to shower every day, but only wash your hair with shampoo 2-3 times a week. That’s about once every two days. This is because shampoo washes away the natural oils from your scalp, leading to greasy hair (because to compensate for that, your body starts producing a lot more of those oils than it naturally should), dandruff and in many cases, more brittle hair. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Two more officials resign in presidential security breech backlash

first_imgMauricio Boraschi was Presidency Vice Minister, also the head of Costa Rica’s Office of Intelligence and Security, and is the country’s anti-drug commissioner. Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla on Thursday night announced the resignations of two more officials involved in a trip to Peru last weekend on a private jet under scrutiny for possible links to drug traffickers.President Laura Chinchilla went into full damage-control mode Thursday night, holding an emergency hour-long meeting with Cabinet members, followed by a brief televised address announcing the resignations of two more members of her inner circle.Presidency Vice Minister Mauricio Boraschi – who is also the head of Costa Rica’s Office of Intelligence and Security (DIS), and is the country’s anti-drug commissioner – resigned Thursday, along with presidential aide Irene Pacheco.Communications Minister Francisco Chacón resigned on Wednesday, saying he was “deceived by a representative of the Canadian firm THX Energy,” the company that had “collaborated” with the president by loaning a private jet Chinchilla used during a brief trip to Peru. Costa Rican intelligence officials have been investigating the private jet for possible ties to drug trafficking for at least two years. Alberto Font Announcing Thursday’s resignations, Chinchilla said “a few key people” had failed to fulfill their duties, including Boraschi and Pacheco.Boraschi was seen entering the president’s office at around 5:50 p.m., leaving a few minutes later without giving statements to the press.Chinchilla said she recognized Boraschi’s “many years of efforts against drug trafficking,” but that he “also had the responsibility to protect my physical and moral well-being.”“He had an obligation to corroborate, anticipate and evaluate my activities. He didn’t fulfill those obligations,” the president said.Chinchilla described Pacheco as an “honorable colleague,” but added that there was “carelessness in the coordination of my activities.”Chinchilla made two separate trips – one to Venezuela and another to Peru – aboard a jet owned by Gabriel Morales Fallón, a Colombian who had introduced himself to Chacón under a false name.Costa Rican officials say that while Morales does not have a criminal record, he has been linked to questionable criminal activities that would have turned up if he had been properly vetted.In a statement late Wednesday, Chinchilla blamed a “chain of lapses,” saying her closest aides had failed to check into the Colombian’s background and his links to “illicit activities.”Chacón, who had earlier described Morales as a “decent person” in press interviews, admitted later that he had not vetted the Colombian properly.Chinchilla used Morales’s plane in March to fly to Venezuela for Hugo Chávez’s funeral, and as recently as last weekend to attend a wedding in Lima.She was accompanied on the private trip to Peru by her husband, Chacón, and his wife, Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González.Earlier on Thursday, famous Costa Rican footballer Rolando Fonseca said he “helped coordinate the flights” as an intermediary representing the company.Before his resignation, Boraschi had said his agency had not been informed the president was using the private aircraft.“We are reviewing in detail everything that happened, establishing how the reporting of this information was omitted,” he told ADN radio.“The controls and screens were not activated,” he said, adding that as a result, the president was linked to “a person who turns up at a meeting using a name that isn’t his.“The protocols weren’t followed. If they had I would have blocked the president’s trip,” he added.Boraschi said Morales “has no convictions, or pending arrest warrants [but] has been linked to very complicated and complex situations from a criminal point of view.”The Bogotá newspaper El Tiempo cited intelligence sources as saying Morales was a frontman for Luis Carlos Ramírez, a drug trafficker currently imprisoned in Brazil. Morales has denied any connection to him.Opposition leaders, who had called on Chinchilla’s entire Cabinet to resign, received Thursday’s announcement with tempered approval.“I think this is a substantial advancement, because without a doubt, Mr. Boraschi committed errors. But let’s hope this isn’t just a change in names. … We’ve got to avoid situations like this, where organized crime damages the credibility of the entire country,” Broad Front Party opposition lawmaker José María Villalta told Telenoticias Channel 7.Leaders from the Citizen Action Party (PAC) and PASE issued stronger statements. Carmen Muñóz, of PAC, said, “This is just the beginning. These events reflect the way this government and the National Liberation Party have governed in recent years. … We hope, as the president says, this doesn’t happen again.”Victor Granados, of PASE, said, “The damage this causes to Costa Rica’s image can’t be solved by resignations alone.”Social Christian Unity Party lawmaker Luis Fishman called the affair “an enormous lapse,” adding that, “there are mechanisms to determine whether ships, planes and boats are under any suspicion as was the case here.”For Chinchilla, a former public security minister who campaigned on promises to crack down on crime, and whose campaign slogan was “firm, but honest,” the scandal has been “especially outrageous and painful.”“As is known, I’ve dedicated a large part of my life to fighting crime. My government has given priority to this issue, and it’s been a very successful effort. The results are felt by Costa Ricans in their everyday lives – they feel safer,” she said.Chinchilla said she would continue the “frontal fight” against drug trafficking in the last year of her term, and promised the use of private planes by her or her staff “won’t happen again under this administration.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Correction BritainJohn the Baptist story

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like LONDON (AP) – In a story June 15 about relics attributed to John the Baptist, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the ruler of Galilee who beheaded John the Baptist. His name should be Herod Antipas, not Anitpas.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 ways to recognize low testosterone The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Tornado kills 10 in Mexican border city of Ciudad Acuna

first_img 0 Comments   Share   One car’s frame was literally bent around the gate of a house.A bus was seen flipped and crumpled on a roadway.Ciudad Acuna is a city of about 100,000 across the border from Del Rio, Texas.Cano said top state officials had set out to review the damage and coordinate response to the disaster.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Top Stories center_img MEXICO CITY (AP) — A tornado raged through the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna early Monday, killing at least 10 people, destroying homes and upending cars and other vehicles.Rosario Cano, spokeswoman for the interior department of the northern state of Coahuila said 10 people had been confirmed killed so far in the twister, which struck around 6:40 a.m. Central time.Photos from the scene showed cars with their hoods ripped off, resting upended against the facades of one-story houses. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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