Bombay HC tells CBFC to decide on trailer of Ram Janmabhoomi

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the Centre to “consider the so-called offending material highlighted and take a suitable decision without fail” on a petition challenging the trailer of Ram Janmabhoomi, scheduled to be released on December 6.The petition, filed by Azhar Tamboli, a social worker, said he is aggrieved by the poster and trailer of the film that hurts religious sentiments. The subject of the movie is “very sensitive and shows the polarisation of Hindus and Muslims, which started mainly after the Babri Masjid demolition,” it says. It also says the trailer, which was released on November 19, is highly provocative, promotes communal disharmony and violates Section 5B (principles for guidance in certifying films) of the Cinematograph Act. It will create communal disturbance as it shows a saffron flag on the Babri Masjid which reads, ‘Shri Ram’, and is contemptuous to Islam in the eyes of the law, the petition says.The petition has been moved against the Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf board, the chief writer, producer, screenwriter and director of the movie, the chairperson and chief executive officer of CBFC, the Maharashtra government and the Union. Mr. Tamboli, represented by his advocates Hasnain and Raeed Kazi, is seeking to restrain the exhibition of the film in theatres and on television as it will create a law and order situation. He also points out that the matter related to Babri Masjid and Ram Bhoomi is subjudice. A division bench of Justices B.P. Dharmadhikari and S.V. Kotwal adjourned the matter to December 4.last_img read more

Supreme Court order will help counter khap diktats

first_imgIn Haryana, khaps operate as a parallel law-enforcement agency.It may be too soon to talk about the impact of the recent apex court directive against khap panchayats that decree or encourage institutionalised atrocities.But, the move of the apex court – which has already caused discomfort to the self styled guardians of medieval morality – fixes accountability of the district administration including the police to prevent the barbaric acts carried out at the behest of khaps. It would definitely force the inefficient authorities to act since they failed miserably to enforce the law in the past.In Haryana, the line between Constitutional rights to life and liberty and criminal law gets blurred when khaps – which operate as a parallel law-enforcement agency – dole out justice. Khap panchayats – not to be mistaken for elected gram panchayats – existed since the medieval times. These extra- constitutional bodies actually began as clannish organisations in the tribal era.From rulings on gotra, they have moved to ridiculous orders like stopping DJs from performing at weddings. They claimed it was difficult to milk buffaloes since animals remain sleepless due to high decibel music. A Khap panchayat in Jind district had banned youngsters from playing cricket following India’s dismal performance in the 2007 World Cup. There is no information yet whether the order has been revoked after India won the cup in 2011.The memory of the infamous Manoj-Babli murder in June 2007 for marrying within the village is still fresh among people at Karora village in Kaithal district.advertisementThe villagers had opposed their marriage and a Khap panchayat had ostracised Manoj’s family. A court in Haryana had delivered death sentences to five convicts – later commuted to life imprisonment by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.THE khaps have a history of quixotic decisions. About two decades ago, a panchayat in Bhiwani district resolved against paying electricity bills. When the government initiated action for the recovery of the outstanding amount, people protested and a clash between the police and farmers claimed five lives.In 1997, when people voted Bansi Lal to power, the farmers held a mahapanchayat at Mandyali village in Mahendragarh district over the same simmering issue. The mahapanchayat of khaps issued a diktat to the villagers against paying the bills. Yet another farmerpolice clash claimed five lives.The standoff between the government and farmers ended two years ago when Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in June 2005 announced a waiver of arrears amounting to Rs 1,600 crore for rural households.As a solution to the complicated problem of this “parallel system of governance,” the union government has proposed to introduce a Bill to deter honour killings.Except Haryana – most states favoured the Bill which envisages stern action against people involved in honour killings. The khaps, however, remained hostile to the proposed law.The politicians in Haryana have taken a calculated stand to support khaps since they do not want to risk their electoral fortunes.Last year, the young MP from Kurukshetra and billionaire industrialist Naveen Jindal had courted controversy for supporting the khaps’ demand for an amendment to the Hindu Marriage Act, banning same gotra weddings. Congress MP in the Rajya Sabha Shadi Lal Batra also supported khaps on the issue as did INLD chief and former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala.Unfortunately, civil society organisations’ attempts at sensitisation seem to have failed to penetrate the rural mindset. Villagers in Haryana are caught in a conflict between traditional and modern attitudes. The battle to change attitudes and do away with feudal customs is going to be long-drawn. However, the apex court order would probably help in protecting people from illegal diktats. ===An NGO changes lives in Bathinda Vijay Goel – a former sweetshop owner in the town of Bathinda in Punjab – has become a synonym for social and selfless service in the region. In 1988, he set up Sahara Jan Seva – an NGO – which has saved several road accident victims after rushing them to the hospital in time. The organisation has set up such a credible network of volunteers, ambulances and other vehicles that people call them during an emergency rather than approach any governmental agency. They have also cremated more than 1,000 unclaimed bodies. The volunteers also organise nukkad plays against the drugs menace.The organisation also planted trees and assisted the police by fishing out bodies from canals and helping to identify them. The biggest contribution of Sahara Jan Seva – according to Goel – is spreading awareness about the importance of blood donation. Bathinda is perhaps the only place in the country that holds Mela Khoon Daniyan Da (blood donors’ fair). ===advertisementRECENTLY a policeman in Chandigarh was badly thrashed by some youth outside a liquor vend around midnight.The cop along with his two colleagues had reportedly attempted to stop the youth who were forcing the vend attendant to open the shop for them. As the youth attacked one of the cops, his two colleagues ran away from the spot. The accused too fled after thrashing the lone cop.In the morning, the police authorities suspended the two cops who fled from the spot and announced that they would honour the third cop for bravery.Since then, people have been asking if it is indeed brave for a cop to get beaten up.Another buzz is that the cop was too drunk to save himself at the time of the incident.===Adding some ‘horse power’ to Punjab Horse lovers and breeders have taken an initiative to promote equestrian sports in Punjab and breading indigenous horses. They have set up Horse Sports Society and organised Endurance Meet – a 30 km race of indigenous horses in Patiala.Sumrinder Sira, vice president, Horse Sports Society said that it was the first of its kind event in the state and is set to become a regular annual feature.The society also got a boost from Rajya Sabha MP and president, Punjab Olympic Association Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.He said that he would ask the Punjab government to introduce horse sport in the school sports curriculum.He promised that horse sport would get recognition of Punjab Olympics Association. ===SOME students at Panjab University in Chandigarh have devised a noble way of putting their time and energy to use. When these students are off the classroom, they rush to the studio of Jyotirgamaya – a community radio – to record the contents of books prescribed in the syllabus. The recording is distributed among visually challenged students. One of the students Sakshi Dua says that the visually challenged students visit the studio and register their requirement.The books specified by them are fetched from the library and volunteers help record the contents. “Helping someone gives me contentment.They always reward us with a genuine smile,” Sakhsi says.Varun, a student pursuing post graduate degree in Mass Communication and an aspiring radio jockey believes says, ” We are thankful to them for helping us instead”.last_img read more

ISL: Late Alfaro brace helps FC Pune City edge past Mumbai City FC 2-1

first_imgUruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro scored a winner in the 93rd minute as FC Pune City edged past Mumbai City FC in a dramatic Maharashtra derby which ended 2-1 in favour of the home side.Diego Carlos scampered away after Mumbai’s high defensive line was caught out of position three minutes into injury time and laid it off perfectly for Alfaro to tap into the back of the net and break the hearts of Mumbai City fans.Pune were trailing when Balwant Singh cut in from the right to send a stunning shot into the corner of the net in the 15th minute.The goal came after Gerson Vieira’s brilliant curling effort was saved by Kamaljit Singh. The Brazilian was man of the match, but wasted a glorious opportunity to win it for Mumbai City when his header from point blank range somehow missed the target.Make that no. 4 for our current top scorer! #LetsFootball #PUNMUM Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 29, 2017Mumbai City were in the ascendancy after opening the scoring, but Pune slowly worked their way back into the contest. Their efforts were finally rewarded when Raju Gaikwad’s clumsy challenge on Diego resulted in a penalty which Alfaro converted with ease.With just 18 minutes of regulation time left, Pune pushed men forward. Jonatan Lucca’s stinging effort was kept out by Amrinder and Marcelinho couldn’t play Kean Lewis through with the match in its dying seconds, but the home side had the last laugh with a sucker punch goal from which Mumbai couldn’t recover.advertisementThere were chances at both ends with the goalkeepers coming under tremendous pressure.?? ???? ?? ? ? ? ?? ?, ???? ?? ????? – ??? #ISLRecap #PUNMUM #LetsFootball Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 29, 2017 Vieira’s low shot awkwardly bounced off Kamaljit but his teammate Lalchhuanmawia Fanai cleared the ball with the dangerous Balwant lurking to tap in the rebound. A total of 24 shots were taken in the match, with a mammoth 15 of them being on target.But it was everything that one expects from a derby, including full blooded tackles. Both teams committed a combined 34 fouls as they fought for the three points.Pune have now won two games in a row after their heroics in Kolkata against ATK. They are now sitting pretty in 2nd place after three matches, but top of the table Bengaluru FC have a match in hand. For Mumbai City, the result means they are in 6th place having lost two games out of three. But all the teams below them are yet to play their third match – which makes the result in Pune all the more important.The Stallions host Chennaiyin FC next while Mumbai City have a difficult trip to the Kerala Blasters.Raise your hands if you enjoyed that win, @FCPuneCity fans!#LetsFootball #PUNMUM Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 29, 2017last_img read more

Skater Papadakis’ Big Comeback

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON — A few months ago, Gabriella Papadakis could only skate slowly around the rink.The reigning ice dance world champion with Guillaume Cizeron, France’s Papadakis suffered a concussion in a fall in training in August, and even two months later, she still had pounding headaches and trouble focusing.They skipped the Grand Prix season in the fall, and it wasn’t until the European Championships in late January that most of her symptoms had dissipated. Even with the layoff, they still defended that title, and now they’re in position to repeat as world champs, too.The young French stars lead after the March 30 short dance, followed by two American teams in the first worlds in the U.S. since 2009.Papadakis and Cizeron scored 76.29 points with their waltz and march. Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani were second with 74.70 points, and Madison Chock and Evan Bates were third with 72.46.The free dance is Thursday. Chock and Bates led after the short dance last year; Papadakis and Cizeron were in fourth but went on to overtake them for the title.Papadakis and Cizeron had finished all the way back in 13th at worlds in 2014 in their first season at the senior level. She’s still just 20 and he’s 21.After this year’s European Championships, they made some changes to their short dance so it reached more of a crescendo. And Cizeron designed new costumes — all black for him and a red dress for her.“All of the changes paid off today,” he said.The Shibutanis, who hail from nearby Connecticut, had their latest personal-best performance of a breakthrough season. They won a bronze at worlds way back in 2011 in their first season competing at the senior level, and hadn’t been able to match that level of result until this year.In January, they overtook Chock and Bates for their first U.S. title, then they won their first major international competition at the Four Continents Championships last month.“We were just excited to carry the momentum all the way through with this program from nationals all the way up to the world championships,” said Alex, who was born in Boston.Their short dance this season has proven to be the perfect fit for the siblings known for posting humorous videos on YouTube. In the comedic ballet Coppelia, they get to act out characters, with Maia as a dancing doll.“It brings out our natural sibling chemistry,” Alex said. “The fun that we have off the ice has kind of been put into a competitive program for the first time, and that’s really exciting.”It’s been a trying season for Chock and Bates, who are on their third different short dance as they seek to improve on last year’s silver medal performance.They lost points when Bates made a mistake on their twizzles — the side-by-side spins. But they’re still in position for their second straight medal.Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, last year’s bronze medalists who won the Grand Prix Final in December, were fourth with 71.83 points.(RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

IBASE: COM Express modules with wide-range operating temperature

first_img Continue Reading Previous congatec boards with 8th gen Intel Core mobile processor and 10+ years availabilityNext Group drives support for open-source benchmark for embedded processors IBASE Technology introduces its latest COM Express Type 10 (ET875) and Type 6 (ET870) COM Express; Modules based on the Intel Atom processor E3900 series, Intel Pentium processor N4200 and Intel Celeron processor N3350.Designed for the needs of IoT embedded applications including amusement gaming, ATM/POS, medical imaging, and industrial control, these highly scalable mini modules combine powerful graphics performance and energy-efficient computing power to effortlessly handle various tasks. The ET875 and ET870 have a wide-temperature operating range from -40 to +85°C and long-term availability, while supporting two serial ports, four high-speed PCI-e Gen2 lanes and TPM 2.0 for data encryption management.Measuring 84x55mm, the new ET875 is equipped with the Intel Gen 9-LP SoC-integrated HD graphics with 18 execution units and supports two independent displays – 1x DD and 1x LVDS or 1x eDP and eMMC storage option (up to 32GB). Its interfaces comprise two USB 3.0/3.1, eight USB 2.0, and two SATA III (via IP417 carrier board). The compact ET870 (95x95mm), on the other hand, has three USB 3.0, four USB 2.0 and two SATA III (via IP419 carrier board). It features the Intel Gen 9 SoC-integrated HD graphics, and two display interfaces – 2x DDI and 1x 24-bit dual-channel LVDS or eDP.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Curling: Eve Muirhead misses leave Team GB facing medal shortfall

first_imgShare via Email Winter Olympics: final medal table for Pyeongchang 2018 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter USA once dominated women’s figure skating. So what happened? While needing to claim bronze to hit the medal target might be seen to be putting extra pressure on the British team, Muirhead denied that was the case. “I don’t think about things like that. I think we will take some time as it is a disappointing loss. We learn what we could do better.”Meanwhile the coach Glenn Howard insisted his team had been unlucky. “It came down to a couple of shots in the seventh end,” he said. “We had an unfortunate deuce in six. Anna Hasselborg made a pistol to get her two. We finally got a miss out of Anna in the seventh which was few and far between because our Anna made a perfect hit and roll.“Then Evie comes in and it just ticks the one on the top four feet. If that gets by we get at least probably two to tie the game. It hits to a spot where Anna makes a pistol double. Evie tried to follow it down, feather ticked the guard and they stole 3. So it went from 5-5 to 8-3 and that’s a pretty big hill to get back. If Evie’s first gets by it’s a different story. That’s how close it is.”However, Howard insisted the team can come back from their crushing defeat against Sweden. “Picking them up won’t be a problem. Obviously there will be some disappointment right. But they will want to win that bronze medal.” Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Team GB Topics Share on LinkedIn Read more Now Muirhead and her team face a different sort of pressure. Not only do they need to beat Japan on Saturday in the play-off for third place to avoid searching questions about their £5.6m funding from UK Sport, a bronze medal is also needed to ensure Team GB meets its medal target of five for these Games.You would have expected some soul-searching from the British team given the poor display. Instead there was too much talk of “taking the positives” – including the fact that four years ago Britain lost against Canada in the semi‑finals in Sochi before coming back to take bronze against Switzerland.“I definitely don’t think it can harm us, what we went through four years ago,” Muirhead said. “As a team we know exactly what we did and we learned a lot four years ago and hopefully we will play well for that bronze medal.”Muirhead also insisted she had not succumbed to the pressure when she missed two shots at 5-3 down. “Of course the seventh end, if my first stone could have just got past we looked good for three but it didn’t,” she said. “Then it was a tough draw. Of course as a skip you have to make these shots and if not against a strong team you are always going to be on the back foot.“There was a pressure there and we play well under the pressure. But sometimes you can’t make all the shots. It was a very tough shot. I am gutted I missed those kind of draws but it happens.”Next up is Japan, with Muirhead expecting a tough match. “Every team is tough, and Japan lost a world final a couple of years ago,” she said. “We are going to come here looking for the bronze medal. We just need to focus on ourselves.”Muirhead also bristled at suggestions that with Britain’s curlers being funded at a much higher level than their rivals they should have done better. “I have never said I am coming here just for the gold,” she said.“I have trained hard over the last four years to come to the Olympics and as a team we come out and play the best we can. We came up short against a very good Swedish team but we did ourselves proud out there. As a team we battled hard.”center_img news Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Winter Olympics 2018 Curling Support The Guardian Winter Olympics Read more Share on Messenger By the time the crowd at the Gangneung Curling Centre had got to their feet to celebrate South Korea’s Garlic Girls reaching their first Olympic curling final by beating Japan, the British team had already departed. They had talked a good game before their semi-final against Sweden, but instead they stunk the joint out.Eve Muirhead had promised she would thrive under the slow‑burning tension of an Olympic curling semi‑final. But at the crucial point of the match, with the team 5-3 down in the seventh end, the GB skip missed two difficult but makable shots. Suddenly Sweden were 8-3 ahead and the game was gone. If anything their 10-5 defeat flattered Britain.last_img read more

Slater blasts FFA over ‘farcical’ Socceroos coach pursuit

first_imgAustralia Robbie Slater blasts FFA over ‘farcical’ Socceroos coach pursuit Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:15 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robbie Slater Fox Sports Australia World Cup Norway v Australia Norway Friendlies The football personality has teed off on the governing body with Australia still yet to appoint manager six months out from the World Cup Pundit and ex-Socceroo Robbie Slater didn’t mince his words when it came to criticising the FFA over their ongoing pursuit of national team coach.Australia have been without a coach for almost two months following Ange Postecoglou’s resignation, with a host of names linked to the position in the meantime.Speaking on Fox Sports’ ‘Just For Kicks’ program, Slater blasted the FFA hierarchy for the directionless selection process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “The farcical pursuit of a national coach is ridiculous and embarrassing,” Slater said.”We do not have a national coach. We’ve got a friendly in March, we’ve got a World Cup in six months. Pick a national coach”We’re using consultants, I’m hearing, and I’d like this confirmed, we’re paying money to consultants.”I’ve heard of Gerard Houlier, I’ve heard of Andy Roxburgh. Why?”What are they going to tell us about what we need?”Don’t we have a technical director, Eric Abrams? That’s his job to do that, along with Luke Casserly.”These are the faceless men leading us on a farcical pursuit of a national team coach.”We need one and we need one now, in fact, we don’t need one now, we needed one a month ago.”Ange Postecoglou left in November. It’s not good enough on all levels.”FFA, lift your game or change your game.”Plenty of local and international names have been discussed for the vacant role, but it doesn’t appear an appointment is any closer to being made.Whoever does get the job in the end won’t have much time to settle in, with the national side heading to Norway for a friendly on March 23 as they step up their World Cup preparations.last_img read more

Why €100m Griezmann is Barca’s top target

first_imgTransfers Why €100 million Griezmann remains Barcelona’s top transfer target Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 07:00 3/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Getty Transfers Primera División Antoine Griezmann Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Barcelona Atlético Madrid The France forward is in fantastic form for Atletico ahead of Sunday’s trip to Camp Nou, but the Catalan club hope he will be on their team in 2018-19 Antoine Griezmann is the man of the moment. With seven goals in his last two games, the 26-year-old will be the biggest threat to Barcelona’s unbeaten record and also their title hopes as Atletico travel to the Catalan capital on Sunday.A few weeks ago, Diego Simeone’s side looked to be out of the race for La Liga, but the Rojiblancos have gained ground on Barca and the gap is only five points now. Thanks, in part, to Griezmann, who hit a hat-trick in the 5-2 win at Sevilla last weekend and followed up with all four goals against Leganes on Wednesday.”Now, let’s go to Barcelona to see if we can do something beautiful,” the France forward said after that 4-0 victory. “We have 12 games left and we are going to try to win all of them and we will see how far we can go.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Griezmann, who now has 103 goals in 193 appearances for Atletico and is clearly benefitting from the return of Diego Costa and the Brazilian’s ability to drop deep and drag defenders away to create more spaces, also revealed he hoped to score at Camp Nou on Sunday.But Barca boss Ernesto Valverde said: “Well, I would rather he saved his goals for another time.” Presumably, he means some time in future – as a Barcelona player.Griezmann considered leaving Atletico last summer, but ultimately stayed due to the club’s transfer ban. However, his prohibitive release clause of €200 million drops down to €100m in June and he will be Barca’s top transfer target for next season.Valverde would not be drawn on that in the pre-match press conference on Saturday. “As for his future, I can’t tell you,” he said. “But he is a player who is in excellent form at the moment.”Despite his recent flurry of goals, there are still many who cannot see exactly how Griezmann would fit in at Barca. But the Blaugrana are determined to make him their player in the summer and have been told by the Frenchman’s advisers that he is keen on a move to Camp Nou.Griezmann 103 goals graphicFinancially, at least, a move makes sense. Not so long ago, €100m was what the world’s most expensive players cost. But not now. After Neymar’s €222m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, even the 20-year-old Ousmane Dembele went for in excess of €100m last summer. And, in January, Barca paid €120m, plus a possible €40m in variables, for Philippe Coutinho.In the meantime, a possible price of around €200m is being quoted for Tottenham’s Harry Kane. Forward players who can guarantee goals are always more expensive and a 27-year-old Griezmann – it is his birthday later this month – for €100m would be smart business for Barca.How he would fit in is up to Valverde, but he could play either alongside Luis Suarez, with Lionel Messi dropping deeper, or as a winger with the Uruguayan further forward. It would give the Blaugrana an embarrassment of riches in attack.And, with Messi 31 this year and Suarez already that age, the thinking is that a move for Griezmann, following the arrivals of Dembele and Coutinho, would continue the transition to a younger attack to complement and ultimately replace some of the ageing players at Camp Nou.Before attempting to buy him, however, Barca will first have to try and stop him.last_img read more

Video: Watch Arizona’s Football Players Do Their First Haka War Dance Of The 2015 Season

first_imgArizona players watch as teammates perform their first Haka dance of the season.Arizona Haka DancePregame routines don’t get much more intimidating than Arizona’s “Haka” dance. The dance, a traditional Maori war dance from New Zealand, has become a tradition for the Wildcats. Arizona’s football players have performed the first Haka of the season. It’s pretty awesome. First Haka of the Year #HardEdgeCamp #BearDown— Matt Dudek (@AZ_Matty_D) August 23, 2015That’ll get you fired up. Arizona opens its 2015 season Sept. 3 against UTSA.last_img

German Report Reveals Large Irregular Migration Network in Morocco

By Josh BabbRabat – The briefing detailed one large irregular migration network composed of 20 leaders which intelligence services dubbed the “schleuser lodge.” The report said the network was the main trafficker of migrants along western Mediterranean routes beginning in early 2017. Irregular migration from Morocco to Europe has increased 150 percent since 2014 on average. The networks usually take one of three different crossing routes from Morocco to Spain; through the strait of Gibraltar, through the sea of Alboran in the western Mediterranean, and on the Atlantic from Larache to Cadiz. The smuggling network charges migrants €1,000 for up to three attempted crossings and an additional €2,000 for safe shelter in Spain if they cross successfully. In the event a migrant dies attempting to cross, the network returns the money to their family. Morocco has become a popular destination for sub-Saharan migrants hoping to make it to Europe, due to its proximity to Europe and the fact that many do not need a visa to enter Morocco.In early October a Spanish news outlet reported that Spain had repeatedly expressed Morocco’s concerns regarding irregular migration to the EU in an effort to provide the country with extra resources to curb such attempts and dismantle trafficking networks.In September the Moroccan Navy faced criticism after firing on a go-fast migrant boat attempting to reach Spain, subsequently killing Hayat Belkacem, a 20-year-old Moroccan woman, and wounding three other migrants. Authorities are also cracking down on land, entering neighborhoods populated by migrants and sometimes forcing relocation. “The police in Tangier were brutal. They entered our homes, cracked down on sub-Saharans, and arrested us regardless of whether you are a [legally resident] student or irregular migrant,” one Guinean migrant named Alpha told Morocco World News.Regardless of such measures, it is unclear what, if anything will persuade migrants to stop trying to make the journey north and relinquish their hopes to achieve the “European dream.” read more

Security Council agrees to sixmonth extension of UN Office in Angola

“Council members reiterated their position that the primary responsibility for the continued fighting lies with UNITA,” said the current Council President, Ambassador Richard Ryan of Ireland, referring to the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola. He spoke to the press after closed-door consultations, in which Ibrahim Gambari, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor on Africa, presented Mr. Annan’s report on the UN Office in Angola (UNOA) and briefed the Council on the latest developments in the country.Ambassador Ryan said Council members called on UNITA “to end its military action and enter into dialogue with the Government of Angola on how to conclude the implementation of the Lusaka Protocol.” According to the President, the 15-member Council welcomed today’s announcement by Mr. Gambari that he would visit Angola in November for consultations with the government, political parties and civil society representatives on how best the UN can help in the search for a negotiated peace in the country. Among the positive signs, Council members noted the initiatives by the Government and the Angolan people, “together with the very important role of civil society and the churches” to promote the peace process in that country. Looking ahead, Ambassador Ryan said the Council intended to schedule an open meeting on Angola in November.Earlier today, the Council received a briefing by the Head of the UN Political Office in Somalia, David Stephens, who introduced a report of the Secretary-General on the latest developments in that country. read more

Settlement reached in a key dispute in Nortel Networks bankruptcy case

TORONTO – A last-minute settlement was reached Thursday in a key dispute in the Nortel Networks Ltd. bankruptcy case — over how much interest should be paid on Nortel’s outstanding bonds, according to documents filed in U.S. court.The settlement, which will see U.S. bond holders collect up to US$1.01 billion in interest payments on outstanding bonds, still needs approval by the court, which will hear the matter in mid-September.Nortel, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009, has $4.1-billion in outstanding bonds.The Globe and Mail reported that U.S. bondholders had made written submissions to the court saying that interest should accrue at a contractual rate that would add up to at least $1.6-billion.But Nortel’s Canadian monitor Ernst & Young and other creditors argued that any interest should have been calculated at a much more modest U.S. federal judgment rate, which would have capped payments at around $90-million, the Globe said. That would leave more for other creditors, including pensioners and former employees.The compromise will see bondholders receive $876-million, plus as much as $134-million more if they have not been repaid by the middle of next year, according to the documents.Lisa Schweitzer, a New York-based lawyer involved in the case, had no comment when reached on Friday.The Nortel trial is considered one of the biggest bankruptcy cases in Canadian history. The cost of Nortel’s demise has climbed above US$1 billion over the past five years, with legal expenses eating away at money that could be divided among the various parties.At its height from 1999 to 2000, Nortel was worth nearly $300 billion, employed more than 90,000 people globally and was regarded as one of Canada’s most valuable tech companies.A related matter in the Nortel trial was still scheduled to go ahead in Toronto court on Friday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Settlement reached in a key dispute in Nortel Networks bankruptcy case by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 25, 2014 4:48 am MDT read more

IT Services launches new cyber security campaign

It’s known as the Internet of Things. The constantly-growing network of connected home technology such as smart televisions, thermostats, door locks and lighting have become the latest target for hackers.Brock IT Services has launched a new cyber security campaign to inform the community to be aware of this latest threat to online security.Some tips from ITS include:Be aware of which devices are connected to your home networkMinimize unnecessary exposure to the InternetReplace default passwords with unique, strong passwords for each device — including your wireless routerKeep devices up to dateFor more information, visit the campaign website at

Millionaire says wife of five months shouldnt get his £20m fortune because

first_imgMiss Levesque says Mr Hancox has not disclosed detail of his finances.She says evidence shows that he had assets of more than £20 million in 2007 – the same year he had declared himself bankrupt – and operated Swiss bank accounts in company names. A model and a commodities broker who separated five months after spending around £200,000 on their wedding have been fighting over the financial settlement for six times longer than they were together.Marilyn Levesque and Damien Hancox, who are both in their early 30s, lived together as a married couple for just five months but have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds fighting over a £20m fortune she claims he is hiding. Mr Justice Baker, who analysed the latest stage of their dispute at a public appeal hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London, has urged them to try to reach agreement.He was told that Miss Levesque had already spent more than £230,000 on lawyers.Judges have heard that they had enjoyed a “hedonistic” lifestyle after meeting in 2010 and living in a flat in South Kensington, London.They had married in July 2013 – after a ceremony Miss Levesque said cost about £200,000 – before separating in December 2013, and are now divorced.Mr Hancox, who has homes in Ibiza and Verbier, has won the latest round of the fight.A judge had made orders against him at a private family court hearing in London late in 2016.But he mounted an appeal – complaining of unfairness as a result of being forced to take part in the hearing over the telephone from Ibiza because he had pneumonia.Mr Justice Baker analysed his complaints on Thursday and concluded that rival claims should be reconsidered at a fresh hearing. 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.center_img Barrister Christopher McCourt, who represented Mr Hancox, said questions needed to be asked about how much Miss Levesque should walk away with after a marriage lasting less than half a year.He told Mr Justice Baker that she had “always lived in student-style accommodation”.Miss Levesque says money was “spent freely” during their marriage and said there were photographs of “bundles of cash” at the home they shared.Her lawyers told Mr Justice Baker that Mr Hancox would regularly spend more than £4,000 on a trip to a nightclub and ran up a credit card bill of more than £200,000 in a 12-month period.Barrister Justin Warshaw QC, who represented Miss Levesque, said the “mess” had been created because Mr Hancox had failed to disclose financial information.Mr Justice Baker told the pair that the case was “very expensive”, and added: “The more money you spend on legal proceedings the less money there will be to share between you at the end of the day.”last_img read more

Pret a Manger to introduce full ingredient labelling after teenagers allergy death

“I hope these measures set us on course to drive change in the industry so people with allergies are as protected and informed as possible.”Nothing is more important to Pret right now.” 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. Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse, with their son Alex, outside West London Coroners’ CourtCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA The food company said it will start trialling full ingredient labelling on product packaging from next month, adding that this will be rolled out to all UK shops as quickly as possible.Clive Schlee, Pret chief executive, said: “I want to say again how deeply sorry we are for the loss of Natasha.”I said we would learn from this tragedy and ensure meaningful changes happen. Pret a Manger has said that full ingredient labelling, including allergens, will appear on products after a teenager died from an allergic reaction to one of the chain’s baguettes.Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, from Fulham, south-west London, collapsed on board a flight in July 2016 after eating an artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette she had bought at a Pret outlet in Heathrow Airport.The coroner at her inquest last week said she died of anaphylaxis after eating the Pret baguette. It contained sesame, to which she was allergic.Natasha’s father Nadim said she died because of “inadequate food labelling laws”, and joined the rest of her family in calling for a change in the law to save lives.Pret has announced that full ingredient labelling will be introduced to all products that are freshly made in its shop kitchens, and labels will list all ingredients, including allergens. Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse, with their son Alex, outside West London Coroners Court read more

Climat le sommet de Cancun en 10 questions

first_imgClimat : le sommet de Cancun en 10 questionsLes délégués de 192 pays se retrouvent en ce moment à la station balnéaire de Cancun, au Mexique, un an après l’échec de Copenhague. Réunis jusqu’au 10 décembre, ils vont tenter de faire avancer la lutte contre le changement climatique, malgré les divergences de vue entre Etats riches et pays en voie de développement. Mais qu’implique, dans les faits, cette conférence de Cancun ? Le sommet en 10 questions.- Qui participe au sommet de Cancun ?15.000 négociateurs, écologistes, hommes d’affaires et journalistes participent à cette 16e conférence des Nations unies sur le changement climatique, prévue pour durer jusqu’au 10 décembre. Les délégués de près de 200 pays sont présents. Cette conférence doit s’achever par une réunion de trois jours des ministres de l’Environnement. En revanche, aucun chef d’Etat, cette fois, ne fera le déplacement.Des scientifiques doivent d’abord présenter les dernières informations disponibles sur le réchauffement de la planète, d’après Reuters. Et les météorologues ne manqueront pas de rappeler que 2010 a été l’année la plus chaude jamais enregistrée en 131 ans de statistiques sur le climat.- Quelles avancées sont attendues ?L’ambition affichée pour ces deux semaines de conférence est de parvenir à des accords dans le dossier de l’aide financière aux pays pauvres.La création d’un “Fonds vert”, par exemple, promis à Copenhague par les pays développés pour aider les pays pauvres qui pâtissent des changements climatiques. Après l’échec de ce sommet, l’an dernier, les délégués espèrent une relance du processus de négociation.D’ici 2012, 30 milliards de dollars doivent être mis de côté, et 100 milliards par an d’ici 2020, pour aider ces pays à lutter contre les effets du réchauffement et à développer des technologies plus propres. A Cancun, une clarification sur ce financement devrait être apportée, pour permettre “de créer la confiance dans le processus de financement global”, selon Robert Orr, secrétaire général adjoint de l’Onu, qui s’est exprimé devant la presse à New York.La lutte contre la déforestation fait également partie des dossiers majeurs du sommet. Elle est responsable de 20% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Un programme de réduction des émissions dues à la déforestation et à la dégradation des fôrets (REDD) doit pouvoir offrir des compensations financières aux pays qui font des efforts pour préserver leurs arbres. Proposé par un rapport de Jacques Le Guen, député UMP, un Fonds mondial de reboisement et d’adaptation au changement climatique (FRAC) sera défendu par la France.La question de la vérification des émissions de gaz à effet de serre devrait également être abordée, tous les pays devant arriver tôt ou tard à un système harmonisé qui permettrait de quantifier leurs émissions. Des émissions qui doivent ensuite être déclarées.- Quelle est la position de la France et de l’Europe ?Du côté de l’Union européenne, la délégation défendra les mêmes objectifs qu’elle avait formulés à Copenhague l’an dernier, à savoir 20% de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre en 2020 par rapport au niveau de 1990, avec la possibilité de descendre à 30% si les autres pays s’engagent aussi à faire un effort. En revanche, la position de la France, représentée par l’ambassadeur Brice Lalonde, n’est pas encore clairement définie. Elle devrait suivre le mouvement européen. La nouvelle ministre de l’Ecologie, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet sera présente à ses côtés.- Quelle est la position des écologistes et des ONG ?Ils refusent que le sommet connaisse le même échec que celui de Copenhague et restent mobilisés pendant ces négociations sur le climat. Si aucune manifestation n’est prévue comme ce fut le cas en 2009, des contre-sommets doivent s’organiser.Selon, en France, c’est le village de Cancon, dans le Lot-et-Garonne, qui accueillera le 4 décembre un rassemblement citoyen massif, visant à mettre en valeur les actions menées au niveau local pour lutter contre le changement climatique. La secrétaire nationale d’Europe Ecologie-Les Verts, Cécile Duflot, compte s’y rendre samedi.La question des promesses d’aide financière est aussi soulevée par les écologistes. Selon un rapport publié par Oxfam et le Réseau action climat France, les promesses faites à Copenhague ne sont pas au rendez-vous. “La France se contente de recycler une partie de son aide publique au développement pour tenir cet engagement. De plus, le recours quasi systématique aux prêts risque de laisser de côté les populations les plus vulnérables”, estiment les ONG. Un constat que fait également Eva Joly, députée européenne : “Les 420 millions d’euros que la France devait verser ont été prélevés sur l’aide au développement, pour laquelle l’objectif d’atteindre 0,51% du PIB n’est même pas atteint”.- Est-ce qu’il pourrait y avoir un véritable accord cette fois ?Aucun accord global de réductions contraignantes des émissions de gaz à effet de serre n’est attendu. Il n’y aura donc pas, à l’issue du sommet de Cancun, d’accord assez solide concernant la lutte contre les changements climatiques qui puisse succéder au protocole de Kyoto, dont la date d’expiration approche (2012).Le pessimisme était déjà au rendez-vous avant que le sommet ne s’ouvre à Cancun. Un fatalisme qui renvoie à la déception en réaction aux conclusions de la conférence de Copenhague, l’an dernier. Le meilleur espoir reste encore le sommet qui se tiendra l’année prochaine à Durban, en Afrique du Sud.Le président américain Barack Obama est également montré du doigt. Si celui-ci se prononce en faveur d’un accord ambitieux, il a beaucoup moins de pouvoirs que l’année dernière. Sa législation sur le climat, vantée depuis le début, qui visait à réduire en 2020 les émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 17% par rapport aux niveaux de 2005, n’est plus. Et cela, depuis qu’il est contraint de composer avec les républicains suite aux élections de mi-mandat de novembre.Sans des engagements fermes de la part des Etats-Unis, la Chine ainsi que d’autres nations risquent de rester passives.De plus, la crise économique semble avoir balayé l’enthousiasme de l’Union européenne.- Qu’est-ce qui bloque ?La Chine et Etats-Unis se livrent à un véritable bras de fer, qui ne date pas d’hier.Les deux plus gros pollueurs de la planète, responsables de 50% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre, continuent à se renvoyer la balle.D’une part, Washington souhaite que Pékin contrôle ses émissions de carbone, d’autre part, la Chine dénonce l’inaction des Etats-Unis et aimerait qu’on laisse les pays en développement poursuivre leur croissance.”Je suis un peu déprimé au sujet de Cancun”, confiait à Reuters ces derniers jours l’ancien vice-président américain Al Gore, qui se voue aujourd’hui à la cause écologiste. “Le problème ne s’éloigne pas, il a plutôt tendance à s’aggraver”.De plus, les chefs d’Etat ne feront pas le déplacement pour ce sommet, alors qu’ils avaient pris part aux négociations passées, comme à Copenhague. Ce sont les ministres de l’Environnement de chaque pays qui viendront défendre leur point de vue et tenter de s’accorder sur les mesures à prendre pour lutter contre le réchauffement climatique.- Quelle pourrait-être l’issue du sommet de Cancun ?Il y aura probablement des avancées en faveur de plusieurs accords. Un “paquet de décisions” qui inclurait l’aide aux pays pauvres permettant leur adaptation au réchauffement climatique. Rien de très concret. À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?- Que se passerait-il si ce sommet était un échec ?Personne ne déclarerait l’échec jusqu’au prochain sommet qui doit se tenir à Durban l’année prochaine. Mais si rien ne se passe comme prévu, plusieurs pays s’engageront simplement auprès des Nations unies concernant leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre : l’Europe a promis de les réduire de 20% d’ici 2020, par exemple. Mais le Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement (PNUE) a indiqué récemment que ces engagements n’étaient pas suffisants au regard du réchauffement climatique.Pour limiter ce réchauffement de 2°C, il faudrait réduire globalement les émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 25% à 40% d’ici 2020 par rapport à 1990, selon les scientifiques.Un dernier espoir reposerait alors dans la géo-ingénierie, manipulation du climat terrestre pour contrecarrer les effets du réchauffement climatique. Si cette option doit encore être étudiée par les scientifiques, qui craignent ses effets sur le long terme, elle pourrait faire office d’ultime solution contre le changement climatique.- Est-ce que la crise économique ne nous aurait pas fait gagner du temps ?Vraisemblablement pas, selon NewScientist. Les émissions de gaz à effet de serre étaient sensiblement moins importantes cette année à cause de la crise dans les pays occidentaux, mais elles étaient quand même très importantes. Sans oublier que les pays en développement émettent de plus en plus ces gaz. Par exemple, les émissions de dioxyde de carbone de la Chine ont augmenté de 8%.L’effet le plus important de la récession a été le ralentissement des investissements dans les énergies vertes, dont nous avons pourtant besoin.- Quel est donc l’ “état” du climat à l’heure actuelle ?Mauvais, selon les scientifiques. Il faudrait pouvoir réussir à atteindre l’objectif de 44 gigatonnes de CO2 dans l’atmosphère en 2020, pour éviter que les températures ne s’élèvent de 2°C. A l’heure actuelle, avec les objectifs les plus ambitieux, on pourrait arriver à 49 gigatonnes de CO2 seulement. Ce n’est pas encore suffisant. Si aucune solution n’est trouvée, les effets de ce réchauffement climatique seront difficiles à prévoir et à maîtriser.Le 30 novembre 2010 à 13:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jamaicans Urged To Follow Guidelines In Voting Process

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 18 (JIS): With the General Election slated for February 25, Jamaicans are being encouraged to follow the necessary guidelines, to ensure that the voting process proceed as smoothly as possible.In an interview with JIS News, Public Education Officer at the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, Daynia Harper, said before the Election Day, persons should find out where they are to vote.“We encourage you to visit our website at and click on query voters’ list. It will ask you for your name and date of birth and after that we will prompt you about where you are to vote,” Ms. Harper said.She is also reminding voters to take along their voter identification card to the polling stations.“The voter’s ID card is the only identification card that is accepted on that day. However, if you do not have that card, you may still vote, but it will take a longer time for you to be able to cast your ballot,” she added.On arrival at the polling station, Jamaicans are being encouraged to join the line and wait until it is their turn to vote.Importantly, the use or display of cameras, cellular phones or any other image-capturing device is banned inside the polling station, and persons are being urged to turn off their cellular phones inside the polling stations.“Another thing you need to do when you get to the polling station, is to turn off and put away your cell phones. Do not attempt to use or display your cell phones or cameras or any kind of video recorders in the polling station,” Ms. Harper warned.If individuals attempt to use their cell phone or any smart device to do a recording, he or she will be asked to leave the polling station and will lose their chance to vote. In addition, voters must follow the instructions of the Presiding Officer in order for their ballot to be successfully marked and cast.“The Presiding Officer will show you how to fold your ballot and you will go behind the screen. You will mark your ballot with an ‘X’ for the candidate you wish to vote for and then you will refold your ballot in the exact way that the Presiding Officer has shown you. You will return with the ballot and you will dip your finger in the ink and watch as the Presiding Officer puts your ballot into the ballot box,” Ms. Harper said.Meanwhile, voters are encouraged not to try and influence any other voter to vote for a particular candidate. “If you show anyone your ballot, it will be taken from you by the Presiding Officer and marked as spoilt. You will, however, be given another chance to vote. But we encourage you – do not show anyone your ballot,” the Public Education Officer emphasised. Workers desirous of casting their ballots on Election Day are allotted time off from work to do so under the Representation of the People (Leave and Symbols) Regulations, 1944.They are allowed three hours, in addition to the normal meal hour, for voting purposes on a national and local election day.For more information about the voting process, persons may contact the Electoral Commission by calling toll free: 1-888-991-8683 or visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @ecjamaica. Recommended for you Related Items:Daynia Harper, general elections, voting process Changes to come for two General Election laws TCI Elections may be in 2017; Premier flaunts prerogative Haiti Presidential Elections delayed due to Review of Voting process Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Going for Gold Bahamas MillerUibo tries for history

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#IAAFWorldChampionships2017, #magneticmedianews, #ShaunaeMillerUibotriesforgold Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited Kingdom, August 9, 2017 – London – Today, gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo looks to add another gold to her collection as she is set to run in the 400m finals at the IAAF World Championships in London.#MagneticMediaNews#ShaunaeMillerUibotriesforgold#IAAFWorldChampionships2017 Recommended for you Disappointing 200m for TCIs Otuonyelast_img

Can states really protect kids from recreational marijuana

first_img WASHINGTON — When the U.S. Justice Department promised not to prosecute illegal marijuana sales planned to begin in Washington state and Colorado next year, its top lawyers demanded that the states reciprocate with a pledge to keep the drug away from minors.Officials in those pioneering pot states, where recreational use of marijuana was approved by voters in November, say they’re ready to comply.But to legalization opponents, such promises are a pipe dream, destined to fail. They say it’s more likely the U.S. will unleash a new industry that will try hard to attract young users and turn them into “addicts.”“Kids are going to be bombarded with this — they’re already getting the message that it’s acceptable,” said Kevin Sabet, a legalization opponent and director of the University of Florida Drug Policy Institute, who served as an adviser on drug issues to three presidents.With polls showing support for legalizing marijuana on the rise, questions about how it would affect children remain.The debate has intensified as momentum for legalization builds and as research shows increased marijuana use among youngsters. More teens are now smoking pot than tobacco, believing that it is safer.Legalization backers say they’re just as eager to protect kids as opponents. And they say the public has no reason to worry if the drug is sold openly in stores instead of on the streets. Teenagers more likely to have used marijuana recently than tobacco. Click to enlarge.last_img read more

Future plc App Sales Pass 8 Million

first_imgIn its interim statement for its fiscal year ending September 30, Future plc is reporting continued growth in its app business. In the last year, since Apple launched Newsstand, the company has generated about $8 million in app sales, which is up from $5 million at its fiscal half-year.In July 2011, the company announced it was moving to a “primarily digital business,” and midway through its fiscal 2012, Future said digital advertising accounted for 44 percent of revenue—$15 million at the half, with a third of that in app sales. The company’s websites are reporting traffic gains as well, with visits up 50 percent, totaling 45 million uniques per month. Also encouraging for the company is improved performance of its struggling U.S. division. “In the U.S. we continue to make strong progress and are close to returning to profitability,” says the company in its interim statement. Early this year, Future sold its music titles to NewBay Media for $3 million as part of the company’s “recovery plan” for its U.S. group.More on this topic Future plc iPad App Sales Hit $5 Million Since Newsstand Debut Future PLC’s Digital Play Digital in the Black for First Time at Future Digital Revenues Rise, Print Continues to Fall for Future plc Future PLC Aims to Trim More Print Costs Future US Promotes Considine to PresidentJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered bylast_img read more