UP village head associates open fire on group of people 1 killed

first_imgEtah (UP): One person was killed and two others were injured when a village head and his associates opened fire on a group of people at Shitalpur here, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday night after Shitalpur village head Bhupndra Yadav entered into an argument with a man, Veerpal, who accused him of using abusive language, they said. Veerpal was shot dead and two others were injured, Inspector Ashok Kumar said, adding that one of those hurt in the incident was referred to a hospital in Agra. ASP (crime) Rahul Kumar said an FIR was lodged against Yadav and five others, and efforts are on to nab them.last_img read more

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CraveTV and MGM Announce Deal to License Iconic James Bond Catalogue in

first_imgThis very special installment of #iCraveFridays is brought to you by Bond. James Bond. CraveTV and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) announced today, CraveTV is now streaming the 007 Collection–spanning more than 50 years and all six James Bond actors—from Connery to Craig. Celebrating a truly iconic film franchise, CraveTV’s 007 Collection is curated for fans of jaw-dropping action sequences, larger-than-life villains and leading ladies, and high-tech gadgets.The expansive collection starts with the 1962 debut film, Dr. No, and also includes the global box office hit Casino Royale (2006), as well as the latest Bond adventure Spectre, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment,  which joins the collection in 2017.James Bond fans have hundreds more hours of high-octane thrills and espionage at their fingertips on CraveTV, including STRIKE BACK, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., HOMELAND, DEUTSCHLAND 83, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, THE FLASH, ARROW, and many more. Advertisement Advertisement About Albert R. Broccoli’s EON ProductionsEON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-three films produced since 1962.  Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SKYFALL and SPECTRE. About CraveTV:Created for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada’s premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Xbox One, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca. About Metro-Goldwyn-MayerMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content.  In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels.  For more information, visit www.mgm.com. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Social Media links @CraveTVCanada @CraveTV_PR CraveTVCanada cravetvcanada Twitterlast_img read more

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OpEd Recognition of Rights or Termination of Rights Framework

first_imgJoyce Green and Gina Starblanket Special to APTN News The Trudeau government is committed to table legislation on a Recognition of Rights Framework for Indigenous rights this fall.  While not yet finalized, the initial drafts are not encouraging.Beware of federal politicians bearing beads and trinkets.  This framework is not emancipatory and despite effusive press releases from the Prime Minister, has nothing to do with reconciliation.The feds are proposing a framework that functions like a cage, containing Indigenous nations and governments within a legal apparatus that assumes all sovereignty and jurisdiction belong to the federal and provincial governments.The cage provides Indigenous nations with little more than space to administer federally approved governance within legislated boundaries. No land commitments accompany the framework, and it’s principals fall far below the floor set by Canadian constitutional law, Indigenous laws, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).The third order of government model was suggested by the Penner Report in 1983 and by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.Why, then, this anemic delegated model proposal?The legislation is intended to be available to Indians, Inuit and Metis governments, and according to the Justice Minister in her speech to the Business Council of British Columbia in April 2018, is intended to provide “certainty”.“Certainty” means clarity and predictability for non-Indigenous corporate investment interests. And while the government’s language suggests self-determination is a desirable objective to be secured through Recognition of Rights, there is nothing proposed that recognizes or facilitates self-determination, a fundamental right recognized at international law.The legislated “self” governance approach has been floated through a variety of initiatives by successive Liberal and Conservative governments since 1982.All proposed a delegated subordinate municipal-style framework to replace the Indian Act. All have been largely rejected by First Nations (and have not previously been offered to Inuit and Metis). Yet the “new relationship” reads like an updated version of the Indian Act; it amounts to self-administration and leaves no doubt that the federal and provincial governments do not plan on sharing jurisdictional power or tax and resource wealth.The feds are holding consultations, but are they listening?  The “What We Heard” file is largely cherry-picked and focused on specific issues – funding, housing, health, jobs, education, and so on. These are not trivial matters, but all relate to larger systemic and structural issues that are never addressed.One overarching theme missing, despite being raised as a primary concern by critics and supporters of the framework alike, is the all-important but constantly evaded topic of land.Ah, the land. It is the heart of Indigenous laws, governance, culture and relationships, to which we hold both rights and responsibilities. It is the foundation of the colonial impulse and the source of wealth of Project Canada.  It’s the key to our pasts and our futures. And land is precisely what the feds and provinces want, but never want to talk about.That discussion would include jurisdiction, relationships between provincial, federal and Indigenous governments, treaties, tax room, and revenue sharing. Continuous evasion of this subject has created the current impasse, with questions of title and jurisdiction at the centre of every major conflict and contradiction in Indigenous-Canadian relations past, present, and evidently, future.To be clear: the Supreme Court of Canada decided in 2014 in Tsilhqot’in that there are cases where Aboriginal title has never been extinguished, and thus jurisdiction and title to the land remain with the relevant Indigenous nation.The UNDRIP, the gold standard for Indigenous rights at international law, was adopted unenthusiastically and late by Canada. It unequivocally states that Indigenous peoples retain rights to unceded land and resources. Further, it requires states to provide redress for actions which have had the aim or effect of dispossessing Indigenous peoples of lands, territories and resources.The UNDRIP recognizes the Indigenous right of “free, prior and informed consent” (FPIC) over Indigenous lands – which, like any other form of consent, includes the right to say no.Yet, in her April speech, the Justice Minister argued: “The proposed rights recognition framework should not prescribe or define a new way of consulting and accommodating, or of obtaining consent, but rather should focus on establishing legislative space and standards …”.  In this way, the government expects to find the processes to ensure “certainty”.  And that arguably is what the Recognition of Rights Framework is really all about.Indigenous peoples are not going to let our inherent rights and jurisdiction be legislated into oblivion.The Canadian state’s own laws, commissions of inquiry, and the international laws it has endorsed impose state obligations to redress land theft.Efforts to address Indigenous-state relations without adhering to the limits that Indigenous rights place upon federal and provincial actions, and without engaging in the restructuring required for a return of land and jurisdiction, are doomed to fail, no matter how many people are “consulted” in the process.Joyce Green is a professor of Political and International Studies at the University of Regina (on leave)Gina Starblanket is an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

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Khurshid faces stiff challenge from Modi factor UP gathbandhan in Farrukhabad

first_imgFarrukhabad (UP): Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid is locked in a three-way electoral contest from his traditional constituency of Farrukhabad where he is facing the challenge of overcoming the “Modi factor” and outsmarting the SP-BSP-RLD coalition in capturing the anti-BJP vote. The opponents of Khurshid, a former Union minister who has held portfolios of external affairs, law and minorities, may not be political heavyweights, but BJP’s sitting MP Mukesh Rajput and BSP’s Manoj Agarwal are tough opponents on a seat which is not dominated by a single caste, religion or social group. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Muslims, though a little over 14 per cent in this constituency, could still decide the fate of this Lok Sabha seat along with the Yadavs. Muslims are facing the same dilemma here that they have been confronted with in several seats in Uttar Pradesh — whether to go for a Muslim face fielded by the Congress or go for the UP’s ‘gathbandhan’ candidate. They seem to be weighing options for the strongest candidate to take on the BJP. A division of Muslim votes will benefit the BJP big time, while a united vote for Khurshid or Agarwal could put them in pole position. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Lodhs and Dalits are also in substantial numbers and are in a position to make a deep impact on the result. Khurshid’s campaign saw him taking on the BJP and the gathbandhan aggressively, even borrowing a few lines from a blockbuster Hindi movie. While campaigning, Khurshid used the dialogue from Amitabh Bachchan-starter Shehenshah to call himself UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s “baap” and challenged him to a debate on the 2008 Batla House encounter. He also lashed out at the UP gathbandhan, reportedly saying anyone who gets in the way of his fight with the BJP or tries to stop him, “whether they’re from the gathbandhan (alliance) or the BSP, I will smash them to bits”. How much his aggressive posturing has helped him win votes, will be known on May 23, the day of the Lok Sabha results. The constituency votes on Monday. The Congress and gathbandhan has been duelling over the support of Muslims and Yadavs in this constituency, while the BJP is relying on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity. “Muslims aren’t in a dominant number, but can make an impact if they vote together. The Congress in the general election seems to be a better option. But let’s see, a split in votes would be really bad for us as the BJP will win comfortably,” Mohmmad Ataullah, a battery-operated rickshaw driver said. Shaukeen Khan, an auto driver, was more clear that his vote would go to the gathbandhan as he asserted that there was a wave for the alliance in the state. Mujeeb Khan, a security guard, said the Congress could be a good option, but his friends and family will take a decision on the basis of which candidate can garner more support from other communities. Another key factor in the election is which way will the Yadavs go. Khurshid has been trying hard to garner their support as their preference for the gathbandhan seems to be in doubt with a BSP candidate in fray here. Many of them also seem to be headed the BJP’s way, citing Modi as the reason. However, Anirudh Yadav, a small trader, said he would vote for the BSP as “no development work” has been done in the last five years in the constituency. Ram Chandra Yadav, a paint-shop owner, immediately countered him saying no one had done anything for the constituency, but he would go for Modi at the Centre for another five years. “I suffered big time due to GST, but Modi is good for the country,” he said. Narendra Singh, sitting at Yadav’s shop, said, “Modi was responsible for demonetisation. We suffered hardships. Gathbandhan seems to be a good option.” At a mobile shop in Kaimganj, one of the assembly segments in the Farrukhabad constituency, three youngsters said “the Modi factor” is what clicked for them and they would vote not for the candidate, but the prime minister. Interestingly, most people rued the lack of development and neglect, but gave reasons other than development for their support to various candidates. Issues that do strike a chord with the common people in this constituency are potato production, zardozi work and education. Talking about the issue of potato processing, Khurshid said a breakthrough was needed by getting one company and bringing in major investment to this industry. Education, high incidence of cancer, and modern facility for zardozi and printing are also high on the agenda here, he told PTI. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mukesh Rajput bagged over 4 lakh votes and defeated SP candidate Rameshwar Singh Yadav by over 1.5 lakh votes. The BSP was third, while Khurshid finished fourth. Khurshid last won the seat in 2009 and before that in 1991, while his father Khurshid Alam Khan had been victorious from the seat in 1984. The campaign ended Saturday on a high note for Khurshid as Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu held a roadshow in his support.last_img read more

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10313 Womens Associations Challenge Empty Legislation

By Hajare ElkhaldiRabat- After long discussions, alterations, and strenuous public outcry, Morocco’s House of Representatives has finally adopted a long-awaited law to fight violence against women. However, what may seem a bright light at the end of a long legislative tunnel may actually be a train that quashes the hopes of millions of Moroccan women. On Wednesday, February 14, several media outlets reported the news as if it were the government’s love letter to Moroccan women: draft law 103-13 103-13 represented a major step towards achieving gender equality. The Minister of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development, Bassima Hakkaoui, declared that this bill “is part of an ongoing process to strengthen democracy and achieve parity, in accordance with the provisions of the constitution aimed at combating all forms of gender-based discrimination,” according to MAP. Hakkaoui maintained that the bill would offer preventive measures and increase penalties against those who commit violent acts against women. Under the shiny headlines, a disappointing reality remains: while the law increases prison time and fines for certain acts of violence, such as when the violent person is a relative of the victim or if the victim has a disability, it does nothing to protect women, ensure that those in charge of women’s security execute their duties, or offer concrete services to victims of violence. Currently, the Moroccan criminal law does not allow the police to intervene in domestic disputes unless there is an imminent threat of death, a policy aptly described by the infamous catchphrase “is there blood?”Furthermore, prosecutors are incapable of investigating cases of assault and battery unless the woman provides a medical certificate that proves that she has been incapacitated for more than 20 days due to the injuries. The law has also failed victims of violence by doing little to help women face the aftermath of violence. Stephanie Willman Bordat, human rights activist and founding partner of Mobilising for Rights Associates, told Morocco World News that the law should have also set up tangible services for women who flee violent situations. In reality, women victims of violence often run from violence to insecurity, as the law does not provide them with shelter, health, or legal advice and assistance. “Why should someone who beats up his wife get to keep the house? If you take a human rights approach, the woman and the children should stay and the violent person should be the one to leave,” said Bordat.  One of the few changes that this law offers is the criminalization of sexual harassment in public spaces, expanding the  crime beyond the realm of the workplace.However, the law does not mention sexual violence. As a matter of fact, only three percent of rape cases get reported. In addition to the stigma that still surrounds rape and the victim blaming that rape survivors endure, Borat maintains that the law, which still criminalizes sexual relationship outside marriage, is a key deterrent, as women risk getting prosecuted. “Victims of rape will continue to suffer in silence,” concludes Bordat.The Alternative Movement for Individual Liberties (MALI) declared, shortly after the bill’s approval, that it should also deal with the issue of marital rape, a criticism that has received consensus among women across Morocco, according to Bordat.Nevertheless, many have mocked this amendment, calling the notion of spousal rape illogical and incomprehensible;many also found it contradictory to the teachings of Islam, following the prophet’s Hadith, “If a man calls his wife to his bed and she refuses [and does not come], and he spends the night angry with her, the angels will curse her until morning.” This raises the question: how can the government reinforce laws  that cover  matters to which a substantial amount of citizens remain, sometimes adamantly, oblivious? Is it wiser to wait for social change eventually followed by the law, or push first for legislative reform? To this Bordat responded, “People will always find a host of excuses to justify violence against women, but that does not exempt the government from doing its job. The government is still obligated to make marital rape illegal and provide services for women who suffer from it.” Additionally, while examining the public’s opinions, it is crucial to assess who gets to speak. In fact, given the stigma that surrounds the topic and the intimidation that women might face, their opinions and experiences often get lost in a spiral of silence.“The change is already here,” said the human rights activist, “the decision makers like to say that people are ignorant and that change should be slow. We think reality is actually the opposite. Social practices and social behaviors are way more advanced, the problem is not that the people are behind, the problem is that the law doesn’t respond to the current social realities,” she maintained. In the absence of government action, women turn to NGOs that have been working on establishing local systems, working with local police and prosecutors to create a better response system and treatment for violence cases locally. Bordat added that NGOs need to continue advocating for a real legal change, but until that happens, many aspects of the legal process should shift in order to counter the lack of political will. “There is a lot that should be done in terms of what a real law should entail and the role of MPs in a democracy: show up for votes, serve their citizens, and improve the lives of the people they represent, and this should be made clear to the representatives,” she said. Meanwhile, the years of delay have resulted in an incomplete law that attempts to embellish Morocco’s image in the eyes of the west and human rights organizations, while perpetuating the idea that men are superior to women and can behave however they please without consequence. read more

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Mission to Darfur will see whether Sudan is meeting pledges UN envoy

After briefing the Security Council behind closed doors today, Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, told reporters that the mission will spend three days in Darfur assessing three questions: the degree of security; the current state of the Arab-dominated militias, known as the Janjaweed; and the future of the more than one million internally displaced persons (IDPs).The mission has been organized under the auspices of the Joint Implementation Mechanism (JIM), a body set up after the UN and Sudan issued a communiqué on 3 July outlining their commitments to alleviate the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Darfur.”On the basis of their findings, we will have a new meeting” of the JIM, Mr. Pronk said, adding that meeting will discuss what measures, if any, may be necessary to stop the Janjaweed.The envoy said the mission has been established partly because of the conflicting nature of reports about what is happening in Darfur, a region the size of France that is beset by fighting between Sudanese Government forces and two rebel groups, and the deadly Janjaweed attacks against civilians.”Much of the information cannot be tested because we have information [and] we have counter-information,” he said.More than a million people are internally displaced and another 180,000 live as refugees in neighbouring Chad because of the fighting and the militia attacks, creating what senior UN officials have described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.Mr. Pronk said it was a positive step that Darfur rebel leaders and Sudanese officials have agreed to meet in Geneva tomorrow to discuss how to revive peace negotiations, which stalled over the weekend.After the meeting, the Council President for July, Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania, said the 15 members welcomed the joint verification mission and any other measures that would help make clear exactly what is happening on the ground.Darfur is a particularly remote region in the west of Sudan and access to many areas of the region has become restricted recently because the annual rainy season has made some roads impassable.Mr. Motoc also described the estimates of the number of people in Darfur facing potential famine or disease as alarming, saying humanitarian concerns were the priority for the Council.Before briefing the Council, Mr. Pronk told reporters that it should “give teeth” to the JIM, adding the UN’s humanitarian and political efforts in Darfur will gain strength if the Council demonstrates its support.In the communiqué establishing the JIM, Sudan promised to disarm the Janjaweed, improve humanitarian access and end impunity for those who have committed human rights abuses. The UN vowed to deliver urgent aid and to play its part in any peace efforts.So far, Mr. Pronk said, Sudan has shown progress in improving access for humanitarian workers, but no improvement in security for the IDPs who remain fearful of further attacks by the Janjaweed if they return to their home villages.Mr. Pronk’s briefing follows his visit to Khartoum last week for the first meeting of the JIM. Today he described his new role as “a tremendously difficult job,” adding that “there is a major problem of poverty and neglect in Sudan.” Video of remarks: – before briefing [8 mins] – after briefing [9 mins] read more

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Former notary apologizes in court for 100millionplus Ponzi scheme

VANCOUVER – A disgraced notary who masterminded a $100-million Ponzi scheme involving more than 200 investors in British Columbia apologized Tuesday, saying her actions haunt her day and night.“The clocks cannot be turned back,” Rashida Samji told provincial court, saying she deeply regrets the plan she pulled off between 2003 and 2012. “It might sound futile but I am truly sorry for the loss, pain and grief endured by investors.”Samji told judge Gregory Rideout that she prays she will be forgiven for the “the sad and unfortunate situation.”Rideout, who is scheduled to sentence Samji on Wednesday, said the tremors of the Ponzi scheme go beyond the victims and the Society of Notaries Public of B.C.“The waters do run deeper and they do spread out sphere-like across all sorts of areas in society, which does potentially impact the capital markets in Canada.”Samji was convicted in May of 28 counts of fraud and theft, but the theft charges were stayed and Tuesday’s sentencing hearing moved forward with the remaining 14 fraud counts.Crown lawyer Kevin Marks called for a seven- to eight-year sentence, while defence lawyer Richard Peck said a four- to five-year sentence would be appropriate.The B.C. Securities Commission found in July 2014 that Samji and two companies she controlled committed over $100 million in fraud.Marks said Samji’s victims included a cousin, a friend she’d known for 40 years, and she even falsely solicited money on behalf of a company that had hired her as a notary, telling investors the Mark Anthony Group was expanding its operations to a winery in South Africa.“She jeopardized the reputation of the Mark Anthony Group,” he said of the woman who was paying investors with their own money instead of up to 12 per cent a year in interest.“There’s no question that this fraud was humongous,” Marks said, adding Samji collected investments ranging from $50,000 to $12 million.Investors lost between $44,000 and $8 million and have suffered physical, emotional and financial hardships, he said.He said Samji’s lies came to light in 2012 when Coast Capital Savings issued an alert saying that a financial planner was promoting a Ponzi scheme involving Samji.“At some point the merry-go-round will end because it’s just a house of cards,” Marks said. “In order for the Ponzi scheme to work, more money needs to come in and once that stops, so does the Ponzi scheme.”The RCMP launched an investigation, and last year the B.C. Securities Commission fined Samji $33 million.Marks read from 11 victim impact statements, in which bilked investors wrote about the shame they feel for having trusted Samji.“At this age and stage of my life it’s financially impossible to recover,” said retired teacher Amrit Dhaliwal, who invested $460,000 and lost $424,000.Andreas Manning, who met Samji through a business colleague, lost $8 million of the $12-million-investment he made.“I feel ashamed and embarrassed for allowing myself to be so gullible,” he said.Marks said that while the defence maintains Samji should not be imprisoned because she has declared bankruptcy and her 90-year-old father is dependent on her, her sentence should reflect the losses suffered by her victims.He said Samji’s breast cancer and depression before the fraud, as outlined by her lawyer, should not factor into the sentencing decision.“At the end of the day, how did this have any connection to the crime committed by Ms. Samji?”While Samji’s lawyer said his client did not profit from the scheme nor live a lavish lifestyle, Marks characterized her lifestyle as affluent, saying people only start Ponzi schemes to benefit from them.____Follow CamilleBains1 on Twitter Former notary apologizes in court for $100-million-plus Ponzi scheme by Camille Bains, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2016 12:41 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN panel pays out 13 billion in reparations for Iraqs invasion of

The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses due to Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, today made $1.3 billion available to two successful claimants. The latest round of payments brings the total amount of compensation disbursed by the Commission to $40.1 billion for more than 1.5 million successful claims of individuals, corporations, governments and international organizations, leaving some $12.3 billion remaining to be paid. Successful claims are paid funds monies drawn from the UN Compensation Fund, which is financed by a percentage of the proceeds generated by the export sales of Iraqi petroleum and petroleum products. In a news release, the UNCC said the two remaining claims were awarded compensation for damages to Kuwait’s oil field assets including wells, pipelines and related equipment, and associated production and sales losses. The Geneva-based UNCC’s Governing Council has identified six categories of claims: four are for individuals’ claims, one for corporations and one for governments and international organizations, which also includes claims for environmental damage. The Commission was established in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council. It has received nearly three million claims, including from nearly 100 governments for themselves, their nationals or their corporations. read more

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Kosovo time to shift focus to development rule of law human rights

In his first quarterly briefing in 2016 to the UN Security Council, Zahir Tanin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said that today’s meeting followed significant developments, such as the factious but successful election of a new President on Friday.“This is a year in which Kosovo will face complex challenges,” he said, noting that in recent months the polarization of the political landscape has reached levels where progress is being impeded, despite considerable efforts by the Government to pursue an ambitious reform agenda. The most obvious example of this has been the repeated use of violence by the opposition to prevent the Kosovo Assembly as well as other government institutions from conducting their work, he said. Rule of Law Building respect for the rule of law, and ensuring adequate enforcement, are great challenges in many parts of the world, as well as in Kosovo, because those goals are not always being high on the agenda, he noted. Although a strong legislative framework is already in place in Kosovo, including several key laws enacted during just this past year, the application of this framework remains inconsistent, the administration of justice unacceptably slow, and instances of political interference common.Corruption at many levels increases public frustration, harms the daily lives of all persons in Kosovo by reducing economic development and opportunity, and undermines faith in the political system, Mr. Tanin said.Steadily improving the coordination of support for the rule of law should remain a central objective this year, he said, adding that UN can offer support to that end. Nexus Between Peacebuilding and Development Another central focus will be the nexus between peacebuilding and development, which necessitates coherence and complementarity of work across the UN system present in Kosovo, as well as with the broader range of multi-lateral and bi-lateral development initiatives, he said.Intensive effort is needed to create more economic growth and opportunity, which in turn would ease political tension, Mr. Tanin continued. Despite extensive natural and human resources, few opportunities are being opened for major investment. Unemployment is at high levels. Education needs to be modernised and de-politicised. Harmful environmental practices, which significantly affect public health, need to be addressed systematically.Human RightsOn the human rights front, he highlighted that implementation is uneven and directly influenced by political and inter-community tensions. Laws and programmes designed to uphold the rights of minority groups and the protection of cultural heritage remain matters of real concern, along with the realisation of property rights, and the still-limited access of women to property ownership.The returns programme for displaced persons has faltered in part due to the significant shortcomings in each of these areas. Without ensuring the necessary conditions for reintegration into social, economic and political life, even limited returns are unlikely to become more sustainable, Mr. Tanin explained.On a positive note, he welcomed the willingness of the Government to engage with UNMIK on human rights reporting to the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. The recent agreement signed on new premises for the Kosovo Ombudsperson, in line with the Paris principles, as well as the appointment of a new chair of the Pristina delegation of the Joint Working Group on Missing Persons, are also welcome developments. Capacity to Address Migrant Flows and Radicalization The vast refugee and migrant flows through the Balkan region are unlikely to abate and will continue to challenge the resilience of institutions, he said. Kosovo’s planning for contingencies should benefit from international resource and planning support, as well as regional cooperation. Assuring adequate institutional capacity and responses to the problems of radicalisation and extremism, terrorist training and finance, and the associated traffic of human beings and weapons, is likewise becoming more pressing. read more

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JaVale McGee Is No Joke

1JaVale McGeeGS7391215.9 This JaVale McGee guy sure can dunk During the 2016-17 regular season, McGee took a career-high 78 percent of his shots at the rim. In 2012-13, rim shots accounted for only 65 percent of his total attempts.2Before this season, McGee’s career high for the share of his field-goal attempts at the rim was 65.4 percent in 2015-16. Similarly, just 3 percent of McGee’s field goals this season were attempted from outside of 10 feet, whereas these jumpers made up at least 10 percent of his shots in each of his previous campaigns. While McGee’s effectiveness at the rim this season (73 percent field-goal percentage) is basically unchanged from the past two seasons, his condensed shot distribution means that he’s more efficient overall.The Warriors have several actions designed to get McGee near the rim. Most reliably they deploy a Curry-Green high pick-and-roll with McGee positioned at the edge of the lane. Curry’s dead-eye shooting tends to demand a double team in this situation, allowing him to slip a pass to Green around the free-throw line. From there, the Warriors gain a numerical advantage with only McGee’s defender remaining to stop Green’s marauding drive down the lane. The ultimate result is a lob to McGee and a slam dunk.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-02-curry-green-pnr-to-green-mcgee-alley-oop.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Warriors also use a McGee-Curry ball screen up top. In this variation, McGee picks Curry’s defender and rolls hard to the rim, Curry slings the ball toward Green at the wing, and Green relays it to the cutting McGee for an alley-oop.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-03-mcgee-curry-pnr-green-mcgee-alley-oop.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.McGee gets dunks when he rolls to the basket after setting off-ball screens for Klay Thompson, too. He gets dunks when Andre Iguodala beats his man off the dribble. He gets dunks in transition. He gets dunks on putbacks. He gets all kinds of dunks, all the time. In fact, McGee led the league in dunks per 36 minutes this season.3Among players who played at least 200 minutes. PLAYERTEAMMIN. PLAYEDTOTALPER 36 MINUTES 8Mason PlumleePOR, DEN2,1481312.2 Among the top 15 in total dunks during the 2016-17 regular season.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 14Steven AdamsOKC2,3891121.7 5Rudy GobertUTA2,7442353.1 McGee’s dream season has been about more than just a string of dunks, though. With the encouragement of the Warriors coaches, he has distilled his game down to its essence. “The thing about it is I have to know my role, and my role isn’t to get post-up touches and stuff like that,” McGee told reporters after the playoff opener. “My role is to rebound, block shots and run the floor.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-04-mcgee-blocks-rebounds-runs-the-floor.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.McGee is providing a lift on defense, too. He’s tall, long and springy, which allows his teammates to funnel ball handlers in his direction. It’s a perfect responsibility for McGee, who is good at sloughing off his man in search of blocks. During the regular season, McGee contested shots at the fifth-highest rate in the NBA (0.5 contests per minute). One benefit of this McGee-centric Warriors defensive scheme is that his teammates — Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Durant and Green — each foul at a lower rate when he is on the court to back them up, saving them each an average of 0.6 fouls4Includes shooting, personal and blocking fouls on defense. per 100 possessions.Despite the seeming transformation, McGee told the Post that he hasn’t metamorphosed into some more-mature version of himself. “I’ve been the same goofy guy I’ve been this whole time,” he said. And there have been some goofy moments: missed dunks, behind-the-back turnovers, even one attempt to inbound the ball for the wrong team. But McGee told the Post that his new team recognized that he is also earnest: “They knew who I am and realized, underlying me laughing all the time, I’m actually working hard.” Indeed, many of McGee’s bloopers this season — and even his mishaps from his peak Shaqtin’ years — are errors of overzealous activity and effort.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-05-mcgee-misses-multiple-layups-trys-hard.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In the opening round of the playoffs, the Trail Blazers were an undermanned and undersized team that offered McGee an ideal opportunity for success. The Western Conference semifinals provide a new challenge for McGee: the Utah Jazz and their likely soon-to-be All-NBA center Rudy Gobert. Gobert demands more attention from McGee on defense and makes it more difficult for McGee to find dunk opportunities on the other end. Indeed, McGee had a very quiet Game 1 against Utah, tallying just one dunk and one block in nine minutes. But I don’t expect that Gobert will be taking him lightly moving forward. McGee has opened eyes and shut mouths all season with his stellar play. And he has long since proved that he’s more than just a 7-foot punchline.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 4Dwight HowardATL2,1991993.3 6Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL2,8451942.5 2Clint CapelaHOU1,5511633.8 The Golden State Warriors have acted out many familiar scenes during this year’s playoff run. Kevin Durant has crossed up big men en route to vicious slams, Draymond Green has continued to revolutionize rim protection, and Stephen Curry has danced his way to almost 30 points a night. But a bit player has elbowed his way into the spotlight, too: Warrior reserve center JaVale McGee.In Golden State’s opening series against Portland, McGee was outstanding in his supporting role, chipping in 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 12 minutes per game. He also gave the Warriors a decided advantage over the Blazers when he was playing, contributing to a +48 scoring margin for the Warriors during his 48 minutes on the court. In Game 1, McGee stuffed Portland’s Damian Lillard to ignite a fast break, hustled down court to rebound a missed transition jumper, and set up Curry for a corner three that gave the Warriors the lead. The sequence was emblematic of McGee’s play during the series: exuberant and useful. You could describe McGee’s whole season like that. A player who was once derided as a laughingstock of the NBA is enjoying an unexpected breakout year.In the offseason, McGee had to scratch and claw just to earn an NBA roster spot. After a slew of leg injuries limited the big man to only 62 regular-season appearances over the previous three seasons combined, McGee was waived by the Dallas Mavericks in July. He eventually accepted a non-guaranteed contract and a training-camp invitation to audition for Golden State’s final roster spot.McGee’s image wasn’t helping his prospects, either. After years of unwanted attention on “Shaqtin’ A Fool” — the NBA’s blooper show hosted by Shaquille O’Neal — McGee was saddled with a nasty reputation as basketball’s court jester. Warriors coach Steve Kerr told The Washington Post that his view of McGee had been colored from afar — “he’s had the reputation of being flighty.” Speaking to the Mercury News earlier this season, McGee characterized the opinion held by many NBA fans more bluntly: “They think I’m a dumb person.”Once in camp, however, he won over his teammates and coaches with a bevy of high-flying dunks and blocks and earned the 15th spot on the squad. Before a preseason game, Kerr told SFGate that he was optimistic about the player’s fit with Golden State: “He gives us something that we don’t have with our other centers, just with that ability to catch a lob and finish. I think he has the potential to help us. We’ll see how it all goes.” As it turns out, it has gone really well.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/embedded-video-01-mcgee-curry-dribble-handoff-curry-mcgee-alley-oop.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.During the regular season, McGee led all NBA players1Minimum 20 games played. in plus-minus per possession, with the Warriors edging their opponents by an average of 19.2 points for every 100 possessions he was on the court. This impressive stat stands in stark contrast to McGee’s career norms — he’s posted negative plus-minus numbers in nearly all of his previous seasons. In part, McGee’s statistics reflect the strength of his new team. He’s asked to play only about 10 minutes a night, and those minutes rarely come during clutch situations. Still, his plus-minus mark substantially surpassed the numbers of his more-renowned teammates: Curry (17.5), Durant (15.9), and Green (15.5), suggesting that he isn’t just an anonymous extra, either. 3DeAndre JordanLAC2,5702533.5 13Andre DrummondDET2,4091181.8 11Kevin DurantGS2,0701071.9 12Anthony DavisNO2,7081361.8 McGee has been spectacularly efficient with his shots, posting a career-high true shooting percentage of 64 percent this season. And even though he doesn’t play a lot, when he’s on the floor, he’s a big part of the Warriors offense. McGee was one of just 14 players — including superstars LeBron James, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Durant and Curry — who combined 60+ percent true shooting with a 20+ percent usage rate this season.Although some of it is a luxury of playing with his talented Warrior teammates, McGee’s improved efficiency is mainly the result of a more disciplined shot selection. Compare his shot chart from this season with the one from the 2012-13 season, when he played for a 57-win Denver Nuggets team. Note that with the Warriors, McGee is attempting nearly all of his shots from inside the paint; whereas with Denver, he regularly stepped away from the basket to shoot. DUNKS 15Karl-Anthony TownsMIN3,0301301.5 10LeBron JamesCLE2,7941451.9 7Hassan WhitesideMIA2,5131632.3 9Tristan ThompsonCLE2,3361221.9 read more

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Network Rail fined £4m over death of actress killed at railway crossing

first_imgMrs McFarland, 82, had starred alongside Sean Connery in the 1961 film The Frightened City.She had a home at Creeting St Mary near Stowmarket, Suffolk, and lived in a care home in Eye.In a statement issued after the hearing, Richard Schofield, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “We are truly sorry for the death of Miss McFarland.”Since this tragic accident we have improved safety by introducing a speed restriction on the line and reducing the crossing distance by straightening the crossing and re-positioning the gates.”However, this is not a permanent solution.”We believe that removing the level crossing is the safest option and we are continuing to work with the local community to get their support to close this crossing.”In the year following Miss McFarland’s death, the executive directors turned down their bonus entitlement and instead chose for this money to be reallocated to a safety improvement fund for level crossings.”Since 2010 we have closed over 1,000 crossings and we are spending £100 million across the country improving level crossing safety.” Olive McFarland as a young actress Olive McFarland in ‘Shadow and Substance’Credit:ITV/REX/Shutterstock Network Rail has been fined £4 million for a string of safety failures after a former actress was struck and killed by a train on a railway foot crossing.Olive McFarland, who was a regular in TV dramas and films from the 1950s to the 1970s, died on the crossing near Needham Market, Suffolk, in August 2011.The 82-year-old was hit by a train travelling at nearly 100mph on a section of track that a Network Rail employee said should have been restricted to 55mph, but this safety work was not done, Ipswich Crown Court heard. Olive McFarland in 'Shadow and Substance'center_img At an earlier hearing at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court, Network Rail admitted being an employer in breach of a general duty of care for a period spanning from January 1999 to the day of Mrs McFarland’s death in 2011.The company was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday.A fine of £4 million was imposed with Network Rail granted 28 days to pay, and it was ordered to pay costs of £35,857. Olive McFarland as a young actressCredit: albanpix.com Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Introducing world first carbon fibre mining truck tray

first_imgMRL, through its subsidiary MIS.Carbonart Pty Ltd (MIS.Carbonart), has established a carbon fibre manufacturing facility with the core focus of manufacturing structural components for mining and mining construction applications. Its first product is a carbon fibre truck tray for a 150 t capacity haul truck, which is now available.“Much the same way as a steel mill makes steel beams, pipes and plates, MIS.Carbonart manufactures structural components from carbon fibre composites using automated robotic technology. The weight saving, wear and corrosion advantages achieved by using composites over traditional steel based materials are significant, and these combine to result in material cost savings for the applications to which the composites are employed.”MIS.Carbonart’s first manufactured product line is mining truck trays utilising carbon fibre. The weight savings from using carbon fibre in lieu of steel result in a material increase in payload ability, which in turn produces considerable operational cost savings. Now the mining truck tray project is well underway the intention is to achieve commercial production, then expand and commercialise a range of mining products from its carbon fibre operation.last_img read more

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Efficient Iceland left no uncertainty against Austria

Iceland took on Austria as the second match of the Main round Group 1 began in Herning. It wasn’t the most attractive game of the tournament, but it was an efficient one, as the fans in Jyske Bank Boxen arena witnessed as much as 60 goals (27-33) scored. The main contributors to this staggering ratio of a goal per minute, were Konrad Wilczynski and Dominik Schmidt with with 6 and 5 for Austria; while the Icelandic team captain, Valur Sigurdsson was unmistakable scoring 7/7. Today’s match saw another great individual performance, this time from the left-back Gudmundsson as the emerging star has been the main source of firepower for Iceland throughout the match with 6/8.As the match got underway, Jyske Bank Boxen was steadily filling up to it’s maximum capacity of 14,000 seats, all sold out for today.  The first minutes of the half saw a nervy beginning before the right-wingerSigurdsson got the Icelandic dynamo going, with 4:10 the score mid-way through the first half.The early lead was tenaciously built on, throughout the half, as the difference still stood intact at 7:13 with 10 minutes to go until the break. Austrian left-winger Santos was fairly ineffectual as Austrian team rarely managed to get the ball to the talented 21- year old. On the other side Gudmundsson had found his range shooting 3/3 from the left back position.Last 10 minutes of the half saw Austria with a mountain to climb, as it was the Gudmundsson show, which set the half-time score at 9-17 The second half started in a similar fashion with Austria unable to seriously endanger the highly organized Icelandic team. Result-wise, It was still cold; even by Austrian standards at -9, 13 minutes from the start of the second half, with the score being 18-27. Gustavsson was once again doing a great job denying a high number of shots on his goal, boasting a high-percentage saves ratio at 37% (15/41). The usual culprits Gudmundsson and Sigurdsson maintained the lead as the match went into the last 10 minutes.Wilczinsky and Szilagyi took turns to cushion the blow, but the last five minutes were more of a pleasure-cruse for ‘The Vikings’as they were in control by the difference set earlier in the match. After Svavarsson was fouled on the 6-meter line, Sigurdsson confidently stepped up to take the penalty for 27:33 with no time left on the clock.The 23-year old left-back Gudmundsson will have every reason to be happy with his performance tonight, finishing the game efficiently with 6 goals. Goalkeeper Gustavsson was next to unbeatable tonight, as Iceland saw all pieces of the puzzle fall in place, before the match against FYR Macedonia on Monday.Austria will have no easy task taking something from this group, as the meet the World champions, Spain in two days.TEXT: NEMANJA SAVICPhoto: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com Austria handballeuro 2014 handballhandballIceland handball ← Previous Story CONFIDENT HUNGARY BEAT MACEDONIA Next Story → Denmark take revenge for WCH 2013 final disaster! read more

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Energia to create 100 jobs in residential power move

first_imgIRELAND’S LARGEST INDEPENDENT energy provider is moving into the residential power business – and says they will create 100 jobs in the process.Energia currently provides power and gas to around 65,000 businesses nationwide and from 2014 will move into the residential energy business.Based in Dublin and Cork, the new jobs will be in the management, sales, marketing and operational areas of the business. Energia has already recruited 20 of the new positions as part of its residential market preparations.The company will offer deals for staff of existing business customers, said retail director Gary Ryan.“We are very pleased to create these new jobs as we plan our further growth and development into the wider residential market.”Read: Event aims to draw up a ‘People’s Charter on Renewable Energy’Read: Irish carbon company creating jobs and lowering energy billslast_img read more

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Column Singing together standing equally our backgrounds didnt matter

first_imgI’VE ALWAYS BEEN passionate about discovering ways in which the arts can be used to break down social, racial and educational barriers often faced by young people from different countries and backgrounds.As Musical Director of Discovery Gospel Choir, I work with singers and musicians hailing from 17 countries across the world, and from all walks of life, so I’m lucky enough to be able to practice what I preach.Our choir was formed at a time when Irish society was rapidly changing and becoming more diverse than it had ever been in the past. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, people from all over the world migrated to Ireland, and chose this country as their new home.At the beginning, the founders of Discovery very deliberately reached out to migrant communities to source singers and musicians for the choir, with the result that we became the most multicultural choir in Ireland. Ten years later, our membership is still really diverse, with some of our members from as far afield as Singapore, Zambia, India and Zimbabwe.We sang for Archbishop Desmond TutuI first became involved with this kind of work when I was in Transition Year back in 2002 (which I suppose gives away my age!). At the time I was invited to attend a retreat which focused on refugees in Ireland and integration, and was facilitated by Philip McKinley. Later that year, Philip invited me to perform at an event aimed at raising money to buy a goat for a Ugandan family along with a group of Nigerian, Ugandan, Irish and Korean musicians. I was intrigued. As a singer with a love of music, learning Nigerian praise songs, and dancing to the djembe drum was very exciting!Not long after that, Philip invited me to sing with a young Ugandan girl who had recently moved to Ireland to seek asylum, for a televised ecumenical service one Sunday morning. We sang in English and Ugandan, and Justine and I became firm friends. My eyes were opened when I met her in her accommodation on Francis Street, and I couldn’t understand how she got by on €19.10 a week. At this stage I had a part-time job and still got some pocket money. Justine and I were the same age and although we were from very different backgrounds, we discovered that we had a lot in common and shared a love of music. Having that opportunity to sing together, standing equally, our backgrounds didn’t matter, we were just doing what we loved.About a year later, Philip founded Discovery Gospel Choir and Justine and I became founding members. On the first anniversary of the choir, we sang for Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I was 18 and didn’t realise at the time just how significant it all was. But looking back now, I can see that, in a sense, the choir represented a very positive aspect of a rapidly diversifying Ireland at that time.A second homeSince then we’ve performed at the Meteor Awards and Electric Picnic; sung with Kila, the Republic of Loose, Sinead O’Connor, Celtic Women and the Blind Boys of Alabama; and now, a decade on, we’re getting ready to kick off our 10th anniversary celebrations with a concert this weekend.We’ve decided to call this concert ‘Home’ to reflect the fact that Discovery Gospel Choir has served as a home of sorts for many of its members over the past decade. Lots of our singers and musicians were newly arrived migrants when they joined the choir so, for them, being a part of Discovery was about much more than music and singing. It allowed them to forge links in their new home country; meet people and make friends; and develop a sense of belonging and even one of family.It’s not just our international members who value the choir in that way: many of our Irish members would also describe the choir and the sense of belonging it gives them as a second home. With our anniversary concert taking place during the St Patrick’s Festival weekend, we hope the theme will resonate with audiences too, as people return home and many more visit Dublin for the first time to celebrate our national holiday.The ‘Home’ anniversary concert will take place at 8pm on Saturday, 15 March at Christ Church Cathedral, Christ Church Place, Dublin, Dublin 8. Tickets be purchased through entertainment.ie for €12 (concession of €10 for OAPs, students and the unwaged).  A small number of tickets will also be available on the door on the night, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Doors will open at 7.30pm.  For further information, see www.discoverygospelchoir.comTo donate to Discovery Gospel Choir’s Fundit campaign to raise money for the choir to record a new album, follow this link: http://fundit.ie/project/discovery-acapella-albumColumn: Music and austerity – how do we express the time we live in?Read: “The talent is here”: Meet the people putting Ballymun’s arts scene on the maplast_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgOver on DailyEdge.ie:Irish fans lie on the ground for One Direction, Niall Horan flies the flag for Mullingar, and which B*witched ‘babe’ is stripping off? Go on, just click on The Dredge> EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #CORK TRAGEDY: A young girl and an adult male have died in Goleen in Co Cork. The Goleen Unit of the Irish Coast Guard were tasked just after midnight by the Valencia Coast Guard, following a missing person’s report. The body of the child was found at a beach near Ballydehob, while the body of an adult male was taken from the water. Post-mortems are due to be carried out today.2. #NICOLA FURLONG: The female friend that was with Nicola Furlong on the night she died has given evidence on the third day of the trial into her death. RTÉ News is reporting that her friend, who wished to remain anonymous, said that after going for a drink with Richard Hinds and James Blackston, the next thing she remembered was waking up and seeing Furlong being put into an ambulance. Hinds is accused of her murder.3. #HUGO CHAVEZ: Tributes are being paid to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, who died yesterday following a two-year battle with cancer.President Michael D Higgins said that Chavez had achieved a “great deal during his term in office”, while Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that he had been “an important figure on the international stage”.4. #SEXUAL ABUSE: Cork woman Louise O’Keeffe, who failed in her Supreme Court appeal to have the State held liable for the sexual abuse she suffered at school, is be begin her case at the European Court of Human Rights today. Having failed at the Supreme Court in 2009, her wish to appeal to the ECHR was initially contested by the State.5. #DRUG SEIZURE: Two men in their late-teens have been arrested after Gardaí seized heroin with an estimated street value of €112,000 yesterday.  The drugs were found in a car on Dublin’s South Circular Road, with a follow-up search at a house uncovering more of the drug.6. #SYRIA: There are now more than one million Syrian refugees, the United Nations have confirmed. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said that the country was now “spiralling towards full-scale disaster” as thousands more continued to leave the country on a daily basis.7. #KNIVES: Pocket knives are to be allowed on flights in the US from next month, for the first time since the events of 9/11. From 25 April, knives with blades that measure 6cm or less and are less than 1.25cm wide will be allowed on flights.8. #JAIL CHOICE: A 15-year-old boy, who has a long history of missing school, has been told to choose which of his parents is to be jailed for a month and which should instead receive a suspended sentence. The Irish Independent is reporting that Judge Alan Mitchell made the decision in a case which revealed that the boy had missed 91 days in the current school year alone.9. #ANIMAL HEALTH: A quarter of family dogs in Ireland are overweight, according to figures from the ISPCA. The organisation is encouraging owners to tackle their own health issues, along with that of their pets, by exercising more.last_img read more

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Nokia Windows Phone 8 handsets to use dualcore STEricsson chip

first_imgWhen Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 it put in place a number of prerequisites regarding the minimum spec required to run it on a smartphone. Those requirements have seen many such handsets ship with 1GHz Qualcomm chip. That won’t be the case for Nokia when it starts shipping Windows Phone 8 devices, however. Anyone picking up a Nokia Windows phone can expect a choice.STMicroelectronics’ Carlo Bozotti has announced that when the Nokia Windows Phone 8 handsets appear next year, some of them will be running the ST-Ericsson Novathor U8500 smartphone platform. That consists of a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and an ARM Mali 400 GPU.According to the U8500 product page the platform supports 1080p video playback, 3D graphics, dual cameras, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB 2.0, HDMI out, and a newly designed HSPA modem.The first Nokia Windows Phone 8 handset using an ST-Ericsson solution may run on an older version of the U8500 platform suggesting it could contain a Cortex-A8 processor, but future Windows 8 phones will move to the more up-to-date platform and speedier chip.Using an ST-Ericsson solution instead of a Qualcomm chip may allow the Nokia handsets to differentiate themselves in the performance and feature stakes. But Nokia is expected to use two chip solutions at launch, with the other one being Qualcomm according to a Nokia spokesperson. Is the company playing it safe by using that chip as well as the U8500 platform?Regardless of which chips Nokia ends up using, the first Windows Phone 8 handsets need to be market leading if the company wants to get its mobile business back on track.Read more at Forbeslast_img read more

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We dont know when well be asked to leave the houses Its

first_img IT’S LESS THAN three months since Louise Quinn joined Notts County, but all of a sudden, her future has been thrown into uncertainty.This morning, it was confirmed that the club’s ladies team have folded, just two days before they were due to open their Spring Series campaign against Arsenal.The team had previously been Lincoln Ladies before relocating three years ago and they have also been one of the top sides in Britain of late.In addition to Quinn — an experienced Ireland player with 47 caps and Champions League experience at club level — England internationals Carly Telford, Laura Bassett, Jade Moore and Jo Potter were part of the squad.As well as reaching the FA Cup final, the club had finished sixth in the WSL 1 last season.Having undergone financial difficulties, local businessman Alan Hardy purchased the debt-ridden club last December.Despite attempts to turn the situation around, with a bill of almost £1million, the club today made the difficult decision to withdraw from the women’s league.Our priority is the welfare of the players and we will work closely with them, the PFA and wider stakeholders to support them through this time,” an FA spokesperson said following the news.“It’s a very sad day for me personally and supporters should rest assured I have left no stone unturned in my quest to save the club,” Notts County chairman Hardy added in a statement.Notwithstanding the well-documented financial problems, the news still came as a big shock to players and staff. Hardy previously was understood to have indicated that the ladies team could stay afloat for the immediate future at least, so today’s news has understandably left people reeling, particularly as it comes so close to the start of the season.Quinn and her teammates initially suspected something was awry last night, when they each received a text message informing them that Friday’s training was cancelled and they were required to attend a meeting at 11am this morning.“We went into (Notts County’s home stadium) Meadow Lane, waited about for a bit and then had the meeting,” Quinn tells The42.They spoke to the club captains first, they walked in with a couple of people from the board — I’m not even entirely sure who they were.“They basically just told us the news straight out that the club was no more and that it’s gone into liquidation.That was maybe 11.15 and within five or 10 minutes, the club had released a statement, so we didn’t really get to tell our friends or family — a lot of people found out through social media.” A 26-year-old centre-back from Blessington, Quinn began her senior career at Peamount United before joining Swedish club Eskilstuna United in 2013. After four years there in which she was team captain for a period, Quinn left Scandinavia at the end of last season and ultimately linked up with the English side.I don’t have some of those commitments that some of the other girls (at Notts County) have,” she explains. “But to come over here, looking forward to getting the league going, it still doesn’t make it any easier, especially when I see my teammates being so upset about it. All the time and effort we’ve put in so far (in pre-season) has gone to waste.With no part-time job to fall back on, Quinn is currently reliant on football to make a living and is hopeful her future can be resolved sooner rather than later.Women’s football can be a little bit unpredictable at times,” she adds. “It shows what they think of us to let our part of the club go into liquidation. We’re no longer a team or a club anymore. Although Notts County men’s team are obviously still there and going.“It’s not the first time it’s happened to a women’s club. It’s very sad.”Moreover, having also been involved in a well-documented controversy with the Irish team recently, is Quinn optimistic about emerging in a positive fashion from a similarly disconcerting situation?On a personal level with the Irish team girls, we were very proud of our achievement to push women’s football forward in Ireland in that way,” she says. “When we had that done, I was really excited to come back to Notts and fully concentrate on playing my football.“I’ve had to jump one hurdle and thought I was coming towards the finish line and starting with a brand new club here, but it seems like there are another few hurdles to pass now. But I’ve had a lot of texts from the (Irish) girls letting me know that they’re there for support.The same with the Notts girls here, we’re just all trying to help each other out and get everything sorted. There could be a bit to go and I’m unsure what’s going to happen.“It feels very fresh — there’s no answer to anything at the moment. The questions are hard because we have no answers.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Louise Quinn has won 47 caps for Ireland. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO 12 Comments http://the42.ie/3352030 Share Tweet Email2 Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Apr 21st 2017, 6:47 PM ‘We don’t know when we’ll be asked to leave the houses. It’s a massive shock’ Ireland international Louise Quinn has been left in limbo after Notts County’s ladies team folded today. Louise Quinn has won 47 caps for Ireland. CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT I HAVE JUST WITNESSED!!! NOTTS COUNTY LADIES NO LONGER EXISTS!!! 💔💔💔— Carly Telford (@carlytelford1) April 21, 2017 Been find out we have no more club…thanks @Official_NCFC left jobless and homeless— Danielle Buet (@Danibuet4) April 21, 2017center_img Friday 21 Apr 2017, 6:47 PM Short URL Source: Carly Telford/Twitter Having only signed for Notts County in February, Quinn’s time at the club has ended before it could really begin. Nevertheless, she was as stunned as the rest of her tearful teammates by today’s shock news.There have been talks about it before, but from my point of view, I got signed, another one of the girls got signed. Basically, the chairman led us to believe that it was going to be okay, even for the girls that had been in the club for a while, he led them to believe that everything was going to be sorted. It’s really devastating. A lot of people have their lives here. Some of them work part-time, they study, they’re settled.“Some of the houses that we live in, they’re owned by the club, we’re not sure how long we can actually stay for. We don’t know when we’ll be asked to leave the houses. It’s a massive shock.”And does she feel let down by the people at the top of the club, given that this news has come more or less out of the blue, with previous indications that the ladies team would be safe for the immediate future at least?Yeah, pretty much,” she says. “The club have said that they’ve tried to resolve it, it just hasn’t been possible, but they may have known for longer (what was going to happen).“That they signed another couple of players (in pre-season) makes you think everything is going to be okay. When they told us (the news) today, they had no answers for us. We were trying to figure out what had happened, what had gone on, what is going to happen to our future. Will we get our wages for this month? They had absolutely no answers, which was even tougher to take. We have no idea what’s going on — we’re all stuck in limbo.People are trying to figure out how they’ll pay rent, how they’ll pay bills, everything like that. There are girls (supposed to be) playing in the Euros as well. Trying to find a new team, it’s not an ideal stage of the year — other clubs have probably used up their budgets to try to get new players.” Source: Danielle buet/Twitter Follow us: the42.ie 53,596 Views Athlone Town are looking for their third manager of the season as Ricardo Monsanto steps down>Are Real Madrid better off without Gareth Bale?> By Paul Fennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Golden Dawn member held over death of musician

first_imgViolent clashes have broken out in several Greek cities after a left-wing musician was stabbed to death, with the suspect is a member of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. Pavlos Fyssas, 34, was killed early on Wednesday. Police arrested the suspect and searched Golden Dawn’s offices. The party denied any involvement.Mr Fyssas, an anti-fascist hip-hop artist, was stabbed outside a cafe shortly after midnight local time in the western Athens district of Keratsini.Reports say that after a dispute over football, there was an altercation between different groups of people. The victim was attacked by a group of 15 men.A 45-year-old man, who police say has admitted supporting Golden Dawn, has confessed to the crime. Police said the suspect, who was arrested near the area where the crime was committed, admitted during questioning to stabbing the victim twice before discarding the weapon near his car. The suspect also confirmed that he is a member of the neonazi Golden Dawn party, which has 18 MPs in the 300-seat Greek parliament. Police went on to arrest the suspect’s wife and another woman for misleading the investigation. The head of Golden Dawn’s branch in the area has also been arrested for firearm offences. “My doctor has told me that this was a professional hit,” the victim’s father, a former member of the Piraeus metalworkers union said to the media. Before being pronounced dead, the victim had identified his attacker to police.Anti-fascist demonstrators gathered on Tuesday night and are planning another rally later on Wednesday. Greece’s Public Order Minister, Nikos Dendias, has cancelled a trip to Rome. He said the situation was critical.The minister expressed his deep regret over the incident, and said the government would soon put forward a new law against political violence and armed groups.Greece’s Socialist Party, which is the second party in the governing coalition, has said that Golden Dawn should be considered a criminal group.The killing occurred ahead of further strikes against government plans to cut thousands of public sector jobs.Source: BBC / Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Bernie Sanders to Disney Use Avengers Profits to Pay Workers More

first_img A day after Disney’s superhero blockbuster Avengers: Endgame took home a record-breaking $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office, Sen. Bernie Sanders took to Twitter to criticize Disney CEO Bob Iger’s salary and urge the company to use the profits to pay workers more.“What would be truly heroic is if Disney used its profits from Avengers to pay all of its workers a middle class wage, instead of paying its CEO Bob Iger $65.6 million – over 1,400 times as much as the average worker at Disney makes,” Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, tweeted on Monday.What would be truly heroic is if Disney used its profits from Avengers to pay all of its workers a middle class wage, instead of paying its CEO Bob Iger $65.6 million – over 1,400 times as much as the average worker at Disney makes. https://t.co/NrcFSk4LZc— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) April 29, 2019In the U.S. alone, the latest installment of the Marvel Studios franchise, brought in a record $350 million, according to a Disney press release.This is not the first time that Sanders, known as a staunch proponent of workers’ rights, has referenced the entertainment empire regarding fair pay. In August, Sanders tweeted praise for Disney World employees and unions for successfully securing a $15 minimum wage for its workers.Congratulations to the courageous workers and their unions at Disney World for their historic victory. I applaud everyone who stood up to demand that workers at one of the wealthiest corporations in the world should have a decent standard of living. https://t.co/pdEzhBUPQU— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 27, 2018Abigail Disney, a granddaughter of company co-founder Roy Disney, also recently criticized Iger’s monumental salary, calling Iger’s pay “insane” while speaking on a panel about “humane capitalism” at a Fast Company conference earlier this month.“I like Bob Iger. Let me be very clear: I think he’s a good man. But I think he’s allowing himself to go down a road that is the road everyone is going down,” she said. “When he got his bonus last year, I did the math, and I figured out that he could have given personally, out of pocket, a 15 percent raise to everyone who worked at Disneyland, and still walked away with $10 million. So there’s a point at which there’s just too much going around the top of the system into this class of people who — I’m sorry this is radical — have too much money. There is such a thing.”Globally, the Marvel Cinematic Universe films have grossed a collective $19.9 billion to date, with the four Avengers films — The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame — accounting for nearly $6.2 billion.More on Geek.com:‘Avengers: Endgame’ Smashes Box Office Records‘Avengers: Endgame’ Comes to ‘Fortnite’‘Avengers: Endgame’ Cast Spoofs ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ on Fallon Stay on target Best (And Worst) Movies of Summer 2019Marvel Writer Dan Slott: Spider-Man Should Not Have Killed in ‘Endgame’ last_img read more

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