Safety company building catches fire in Pouce Coupe

first_imgPOUCE COUPE, B.C. – An early morning fire has destroyed a safety company on 50th street in Pouce Coupe.The fire broke out early Wednesday morning and destroyed Action Safety on 50th street. The road was closed while fire crews worked the fire, but it is now open to single lane traffic.Expect delays while you travel through the community.  The Pouce Coupe Elementary School is open.  The Pouce Coupe Fire Department is asking students to stay away from fire crews and equipment. A photo of the fire shared on Facebook The building has been destroyed and fire crews remain on scene. If you have any photos or video to share of the fire, email news@moosefm.caFire once the fire is out, crews will investigate the cause.OPEN – #BCHwy2 is open to single lane alternating traffic at 50th st in #PouceCoupe. Next update 8:30 AM. #DawsonCreekInfo here:— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) June 5, 2019A photo of the fire in Pouce Coupe thanks to Laura HamannA photo of the fire in Pouce Coupe thanks to Laura Hamannlast_img read more

New chief of UN agency for urban settlements to focus on sustainable

“With over half of humanity now living in cities, we must prioritize both urban poverty reduction and environmental sustainability – especially as there are now almost 1 billion slum dwellers,” said Joan Clos of Spain.Mr. Clos was elected yesterday by the General Assembly as Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) for a four-year term starting on 18 October, at the level of Under-Secretary-General.“I am a long-time believer in sustainable cities that practise participatory urban governance and which provide shelter and basic services for all,” said Mr. Clos, who served as mayor of Barcelona from 1997 until 2006. More recently, he was Spain’s minister for industry, tourism and trade and then its ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan.“Through collaboration and partnership with governments, local authorities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and all Habitat Agenda partners, our urban areas can be environmentally, economically and socially sustainable,” he added.On hearing the news of his election, Mr. Clos, 61, said he was deeply committed to his new task and aimed to build on the achievements of his predecessor. “I look forward to making my modest contribution to the future of cities,” he said.Mr. Clos succeeds Anna Tibaijuka, who has headed UN-HABITAT since it was formed in 2001 to replace the UN Centre for Human Settlements. The agency has the goal of providing adequate shelter for all by encouraging the development of better housing in cities and towns. 26 August 2010The new chief of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting sustainable cities and towns has stressed the need for governments, civil society and the private sector to all work more closely together to improve the world’s urban areas. read more

UN agency and partners aid Thai refugee camp after deadly fire

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident and doing what we can to provide instant relief,” said the Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Thailand, Mireille Girard. “Our teams are returning to the camp this morning with plastic sheets, blankets, bed mats and other items to provide temporary emergency shelter before their homes can be rebuilt,” she said in a news release issued on Saturday.Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire that broke out on Friday, spreading to two sectors of the Ban Mae Surin camp. Initial reports suggest it was sparked by a cooking accident. At least four people are seriously injured. The International Committee of the Red Cross has offered help for the wounded, many of whom have been taken to local hospitals. Approximately 2,300 refugees have lost their homes and possessions in the incident, according to UNHCR. The camp’s clinic and food distribution centre were also razed in the fire. According to the latest UN information, the Border Consortium consisting of 10 non-governmental organizations from eight countries is making arrangements for food to be provided.Relief efforts are being coordinated by the Thai Government and provincial and camp authorities, who administer the camp. The camp site, 90 kilometres from Mae Hong Son town, is home to about 3,500 refugees who fled the ethnic conflict in neighbouring Myanmar. read more

Brock Media Clips for Thursday Sept 7

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Girls and power in the age of Trump: American broadcaster WNYC included research by Brock’s Shauna Pomerantz in its series on modern-day activism. That also led to Pomerantz being featured in Fortune magazine with a quote of the day saying: “Don’t we want to encourage girls? Aboslutely. But they have to be armed with the realities of our culture.”Sarah Argue of Rock of Arts: Brock alumna Sarah Argue was featured by Ottawa Community News. After graduating from Brock’s Dramatic Arts program, Argue launched her own travelling puppet show, Rock of Arts.Spirits awaken at indigenous celebration: The St. Catharines Standard wrote a story about the late Suzanne Rochon-Burnett, an honorary doctorate recipient at Brock University whose art is being displayed in an exhibition at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. Rochon-Burnett’s passion for indigenous art is living on through the work of her daughter, Michele-Elise Burnett.Did we miss something? If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at read more

Thad Matta to Jake Lorbach Dont be another Mark Titus

Junior forward Jake Lorbach (34) takes a shot during a game against Bryant Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 86-48. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhen Ohio State junior forward Jake Lorbach made the men’s basketball team as a walk-on before last season, coach Thad Matta had only one thing to say to him.“He (told me), ‘I don’t want another Mark Titus. So just try not to do that.’ But sometimes you can’t help yourself,” Lorbach said Friday.Titus, a former OSU walk-on who graduated in 2010, gained stardom in his Buckeye career after starting a blog known as Club Trillion. He has since written a book called “Don’t Put Me In, Coach,” chronicling his time as OSU’s goofball whose goal was to play in as many games as possible without recording any statistical significance.Matta’s lighter side is mentioned throughout Titus’ book, but the former player’s antics — making faces behind his head coach after the team won the 2010 Big Ten Tournament, for example — led some to believe his popularity got on the coach’s nerves. Lorbach hasn’t taken the goofing around to Titus’ level quite yet, but did photobomb LeBron James during a sideline interview when the football team was taking on Wisconsin Sept. 28.Matta denied having told Lorbach to avoid following in the footsteps of Titus, though.“I don’t think I told him that,” Matta said with a laugh Friday. “I love Mark, still do … (but) Jake’s done a tremendous job for us.”Lorbach made a splash Wednesday when he entered OSU’s 86-48 victory against Bryant and scored six points, the first two on a breakaway dunk where he barely jumped high enough to put the ball over the rim.“When I was sitting on the bench for the majority of the game, my knees were feeling kind of tired from that week of practice and so I think once I got the ball on the breakaway, it was just like a lot of adrenaline and then me thinking about my knees and whether or not I was going to get high enough,” Lorbach said. “It was a split second, so fortunately I was able to get up high enough and put it down and that’s all that matters.”The Schottenstein Center crowd — and his teammates on the bench — erupted every time Lorbach got the ball and scored against the Bulldogs, but if he had missed the dunk attempt, they might not have been so nice.“I’m pretty sure the crowd would have reacted a lot differently,” Lorbach said with a smile.“We might have laughed a little bit but told him to get it the next time,” junior guard Shannon Scott said Friday, speculating on the team’s reaction if Lorbach’s try had been unsuccessful.Lorbach, who played volleyball in addition to basketball at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, said his performance against Bryant has been recognized on campus and social media as well.“(I’ve) definitely gotten a lot more (Twitter) followers after that debut. People have come up to me a lot and said good job,” Lorbach said. “It’s cool getting the attention, it’s a lot different. Usually, I just walk through the shadows and now I’m kind of out there and people know who I am.”Having only played 10 minutes the past two seasons combined, the majority of Lorbach’s time is spent on the practice court getting the scholarship players ready for their next opponent. His hard work on his own game, though, doesn’t go unnoticed by his coach.“He does everything we need him to do,” Matta said. “For Jake, wanting to be a part of this basketball team and knowing that his role was never going to be significant by any stretch for the team, but we’re going to require him to be a great teammate and have a great attitude every single day and he’s definitely exceeding our expectations when it comes to that. For (the other players), basically the work he’s putting in, he’s here every second that they’re here and not getting to do the majority of the things they are, so when something happens, I think they’re excited for him.”Not getting the playing time others do is something that comes with being a walk-on, and even if he does not get a chance to play Saturday when the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on North Dakota State at 8:15 p.m., Lorbach said he is just happy to get any opportunity after all his hard work.“It definitely feels like it’s paying off finally,” Lorbach said. “I come to practice every day and do what I can to help the team and then finally, I was able to go out there and showcase what I’m able to do.” read more

Retired dentist who tried to murder wife after falling victim to fraud

first_imgHe made a terrible error in how he sought to deal with his problemsMichael Garvey, defending He stopped after she pleaded for her life, reminding him about their children and grandchildren.At Leicester Crown Court, Shipp admitted attempting to murder his wife at their former home in Lutterworth, as well as stealing £17,686, two rings and the bracelet, which he pawned for £3,000.  But in extraordinary scenes, he was spared jail and handed a two-year sentence, suspended for two years, after she indicated that she still loved him and did not want him to go to prison.Sentencing, Judge Nicholas Dean QC said the “highly unusual case” called for a “merciful and compassionate” sentence due to the view of the victim.The court heard the Shipps married in 1985 after meeting five years earlier. Their relationship was described by the judge as “loving and happy… for many years” before Shipp, who used to run a successful dental practice in Poole, Dorset, became the victim of fraud. Mrs Shipp, who suffered no physical injuries although was said to be deeply shocked, accompanied her husband to a GP after the incident and he was treated for depression and received counselling, the court heard.He later told police about the overseas investment scam and openly admitted to trying to kill his wife. She is now living separately from him in a housing association property.Michael Garvey, defending, said: “It’s a sad case and until then he had led an entirely blameless life. With the benefit of clarity and hindsight he’s able to say how much he regrets what he did.”He’s been extremely foolish in his financial dealings and made a terrible error in how he sought to deal with his problems and it’s inflicted a burden on his wife which she shouldn’t have had to put up with.”Mrs Shipp accompanied her husband to and from the court, but when asked if she forgave him, she replied: “I’m not sure, I’ll have to think about that.”Speaking at her home after the case, she added: “We’re both adults and we want to leave what happened in the past. We remain good friends and are still in contact.” Neighbours described the couple as “lovely”. Shipp was also ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and attend a 20-day rehabilitation programme. A retired dentist who tried to strangle his wife with a tie after he was conned out of £200,000 has been spared jail after she begged the judge not to send him to prison. Christopher Shipp, 63, invested his entire pension savings into an overseas investment scam, expecting a £500,000 pay out.But when he got nothing back, he raided more than £17,000 from his wife Shirlianne’s bank account and stole jewellery from her including a £15,000 bracelet.It was when the 73-year-old confronted him about the missing money on March 10 last year that he tried to kill her, confessing that he was planning on committing suicide straight after. Christopher Shipp leaving Leicester Crown Court Christopher Shipp leaving Leicester Crown CourtCredit:Leicester Mercury / When his wife confronted him about the missing money, he strangled her from behind and said: “It’s the only way, I’ll be with you in half an hour, I’ve got the tablets downstairs.”The court heard that he thought killing his wife would “spare her the anguish” over his own suicide and the scam coming to light.Philip Gibbs, prosecuting, said: “She tried to plead with him about their children and grandchildren and he relented and let her go.”He then lay on the bed staring into space. She could see he was in a desperate state.”The victim is in court and she’s told officers she doesn’t want him to go to prison because he wasn’t himself at the time. She believes he didn’t want to harm her but he thought he was acting in their best interests. They continue to be friends and he remains in her life.” She [his wife] believes he didn’t want to harm her but he thought he was acting in their best interestsPhilip Gibbs, prosecuting 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

Homeland Security detains two UK residents over pair of silly tweets

first_imgIn a scene that could be from a 2012 sequel to Airplane, overzealous Homeland Security agents recently flexed their muscles on a UK couple who were heading to Los Angeles for a little good-natured fun and partying.It all began when @LeighBryan tweeted that he was about to “go and destroy America.” Agents then began poring over his previous Twitter postings and discovered another, which they apparently took to be a revelation that Bryan and his partner planned to exhume the body of Marilyn Monroe. Yes, really. In fact, agents went so far as to search the couple’s luggage for shovels upon detaining them at LAX.After being questioned for several hours at the airport, the two were whisked away in a van carrying illegal immigrants and reportedly locked up in separate cells. Instead of enjoying the sites, they got to spend some quality time with drug dealers — not exactly the way you want folks to remember their vacation to the US, especially when this type of thing could have been easily avoided.Apart from being able to do background checks on Bryan and his friend Emily Bunting, a quick trip to Urban Dictionary would have verified Bryan’s contention that “destroy” was slang for party hard. That’s certainly not a crime in America — just ask Andrew WK. The digging up Marilyn Monroe bit? A reference to Family Guy.Also chuckleworthy: in their report, Agents referred to what Bryan did as “posting to his Tweeter account.” Ah, the long arm of the law. Clearly so in touch with today’s technologies.Let’s hope the authorities get all this stuff figured out before they go ahead and flip the switch on that new social media monitoring tool the FBI wants. A couple of feature requests from us in the peanut gallery: integrated regional slang definition lookups and popular culture reference engine.via The Sunlast_img read more

Church of Greece scrambling to avoid bankruptcy

first_imgThe Church of Greece is struggling financially as revenues dry up and taxes keep rising, with emblematic monasteries such as those of Petraki and Penteli in the capital putting a freeze on payments in order to make ends meet.Churches and monasteries across the country are already facing problems paying salaries, seeking to settle their bills and property taxes in instalments and selling off real estate to raise the cash to cover operating costs. The result is that their social programs are now at risk, such as soup kitchens for the poor, something that is expected to set off a domino effect of social implications, as the church is one of the driving forces in the effort to help the worst affected by the economic crisis in Greece.As the church scrambles to raise funds, the state keeps raising obstacles to investments, while a solution has yet to be found as regards its prime real estate assets. A total of 123 church properties in Athens, Vouliagmeni, Piraeus and Thessaloniki have been sold to the state but not paid for, while the church can no longer make use of them.The Church of Greece has two main sources of income – real estate and National Bank of Greece shares – and both are drying up: rents are declining and buyers are increasingly hard to come by, while NBG shares were at €0.23 at the time of going to print.Speaking to Kathimerini, the general director of the Central Ecclesiastical Financial Service (EKYO), Father Salonon Antonios, explained that the church participated in NBG’s share capital increases in 1996 and in 2005 doubling its stakes’ value. To participate in the process, the church was granted a loan of €27 million from Hellenic Postbank and used another amount equal to that from its savings.However, says Antonios, “the church does not gamble”, suggesting that the shares should have been better managed and sold at peak price. This didn’t happen and then the crisis hit the church as it did the country, with NBG stopping dividend payments in 2008 and the price of shares plummeting to levels at which they are not worth selling.At the same time, the slump in the real estate market caused another major source of revenue to dry up for the church, which has 19,000 hectares of arable land, 700 plots of land, 400 office spaces and 260 residences in its portfolio. Rents have dropped at rates of between 30 and 70 per cent depending on location since 2008, many properties are untenanted and utilising them is a headache because of the cost of maintenance – for which there is no cash.“The church’s revenues have declined by about 75 per cent today compared with 2008. Then, the annual budget was around €23 million and today it is around €6 million,” stresses Antonios.“Meanwhile, EKYO is responsible for funding to all metropolitan churches, most of which run programs to help the poor and the homeless, showing that these program will be at risk unless solutions are found.”EKYO has called on the state to take action to attract investors and to solve a number of problems that are preventing it from utilising properties. Every metropolitan church, monastery and even parish church has assets that they themselves manage and each of these entities pays property and income tax – in contrast to popular belief. Petraki Monastery, struggling with salary payments, recently applied to enter a scheme that allows indebted taxpayers to pay their contributions in 100 instalments. As further evidence to dispel the myth of the church’s enormous wealth, according to sources, Petraki Monastery’s real estate assets are limited to one building near Evangelismos Hospital in Kolonaki and another on Koumoundourou Square, both in central Athens though widely disparate in terms of property values. Penteli Monastery is not faring much better, as it recently sold its single real estate asset in order to meet operating costs. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sensual fresco of Zeus and Leda discovered in ancient Pompeii bedroom

first_imgArchaeologists have found a fresco depicting Jupiter in the form of a swan and Leda, the legendary Spartan queen being impregnated by the god; a fairly common decoration theme in Pompeii and Herculaneum, another city destroyed in A.D. 79 by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius AP reports.What is different about this fresco is Leda’s gaze, according to Pompeii archaeological park director Massimo Osanna.“Leda watches the spectator with a sensuality that’s absolutely pronounced,” Osanna told Italian news agency ANSA explaining that the fresco was painted to make it appear Leda was looking at whoever saw the fresco upon entering the bedroom.“It is inspired by the Greek myth of love, with an explicit sensuality in a bedroom where, obviously beside sleep, there could be other activities”.In Greek mythology tradition Leda was said to have borne children fathered by the god Zeus, (or Jupiter), and by a mortal king of Sparta; she was the mother of Helen of Troy and the twins Castor and Pollux.An archeologist cleans up the fresco ”Leda e il cigno” (Leda and the swan) discovered last Friday in the Regio V archeological area in Pompeii, near Naples, Italy, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The fresco depicts a story and art subject of Greek mythology, with Queen of Sparta Leda being impregnated by Zeus – Jupiter in Roman mythology – in the form of a swan. Photo: ANSA/APCesare AbbateThe vivid fresco in which Leda also covers the bird with her cloak was discovered Friday during ongoing work to consolidate the ancient city’s structures at the park which is part of the Italian Culture Ministry.The bedroom is located near a corridor by the entrance of an upscale domus (home) which based on Osanna’s estimation belonged to a rich merchant who wanted to give the impression he was culturally advanced by incorporating myth-inspired frescoes.“It appears the artist was inspired by a 4th century B.C. sculpture by Timotheos,” he said.“Because of safety concerns, unexcavated parts of the domus will probably remain that way. Archaeologists are considering removing both frescos found in the home to a place where they can be protected and shown to the public.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Take part in exclusive employee benefits strategy research

first_imgIs your organisation developing a benefits strategy that can adapt to future workplace challenges? Will the upcoming limitations on the range of benefits that attract tax advantages when offered through salary arrangements affect your organisation’s benefits proposition? Is your organisation taking advantage of the latest developments in benefits technology?Take part in the exclusive Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017 to benchmark your organisation’s benefits strategy against those of peers.The survey aims to identify the key issues that are currently driving organisations’ benefits strategies, as well as the trends that will shape future packages.We are particularly interested in finding out how your organisation drives and measures employee engagement, what the potential barriers to offering benefits are, how your organisation is utilising benefits technology, and whether the lifetime individual savings account (Lisa) will have a place within your organisation’s workplace savings offering.The online survey will be open until Friday 17 March 2017.As a thank you for taking part, we will enter you into a prize draw to win £100-worth of retail vouchers. For your chance to win, fill in your details at the end of the survey.The research findings will be available online in May and will be sent to subscribers with the May 2017 issue of the magazine.Complete the survey today.last_img read more

India independent in true sense with Article 370 move Uddhav

first_imgMumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday hailed the Modi-led government’s move to abolish Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, saying India has become independent in true sense with this decision. Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, whose party is an ally of the ruling BJP, said the government’s move on Article 370 is fulfilment of the dream of late Bal Thackeray and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “I am happy that such a big dream has come true. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us Today, our country has become fully independent,” Thackeray told reporters at his residence here. He asked the opposition parties to “leave aside their political shoes” and support the sovereignty of India. The Sena chief further said countries like the US “need not poke their nose into our issues”. “The Jammu and Kashmir issue is India’s internal matter. We no more want to hear Pakistan-occupied territory, now its time to occupy Pakistan itself,” Thackeray said. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us “Those who will oppose this decision, the government is strong enough to take care of them,” he added. The government on Monday abolished Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and moved a separate bill to bifurcate the northern state into two separate Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Home Minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha to abolish Article 370 after President Ram Nath Kovind issued a notification in this regard and also moved the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019.last_img read more

Essar Steel gets Rs 800 crore interim financing from Edelweiss Group

first_imgEmployees walk past an Essar Group logo outside the company headquarters in Mumbai in this 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/File PhotoThe Edelweiss Group, a part of the lenders consortium to Essar Steel Ltd., is willing to provide nearly Rs 800 crore by way of interim financing to help the steelmaker stay afloat during insolvency proceedings, according to a BloombergQuint report on Thursday.The report said that Edelweiss intends to fund Essar Steel for six months at an interest rate of 15-20 percent, out of its stressed assets funding business.Interim financing is essential to keep Essar Steel as a going concern till lenders and the IRP finalise a restructuring plan within the stipulated 270 days, the report said.It said that Edelweiss has discussed the proposal with Satish Kumar Gupta, the interim resolution professional in the Essar Steel insolvency case. It’s now awaiting approval from the committee of creditors, as is the norm under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, two of the three sources told BloombergQuint.In a meeting held on Wednesday, the insolvency professional apprised lenders of the Edelweiss offer. Gupta is from turnaround and interim management firm Alvarez & Marsal India, which was appointed by a consortium of lenders led by State Bank of India for the insolvency case.Essar Steel was among the first list of dozen companies that the Reserve Bank of India had identified for insolvency proceedings. The dozen companies drawn up by banks contribute a quarter of bad loans of Indian lenders. The steelmaker has among the largest insolvency cases with a debt of over Rs 40,000 crore, and has challenged the move in the Gujarat High Court but failed to get relief.Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd. is a member of the lending consortium to Essar Steel. The ARC had purchased the steel company’s loans from HDFC Bank Ltd., Federal Bank Ltd., Axis Bank Ltd. and ICICI Bank Ltd. However, the interim funding proposal has come from a different arm of the Edelweiss Group.last_img read more

Politics of citizenship flares anew in northeast India

first_imgA man whose name was left out in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft, looks at the form he had earlier filled as he stands to receive forms to file an appeal in Mayong, 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Friday, 10 August 2018. A draft list of citizens in Assam, released in July, put nearly 4 million people on edge to prove their Indian nationality. Nativist anger churns through Assam, just across the border from Bangladesh, with many believing the state is overrun with illegal migrants. Photo : APThe rice farmer doesn’t know how it happened. Abdul Mannan just knows a mistake was made somewhere. But what can you say when the authorities suddenly insist one of your five children isn’t an Indian? What do you do when your wife and daughter-in-law are suddenly viewed as illegal immigrants?”We are genuine Indians. We are not foreigners,” said Mannan, 50, adding his family has lived in India’s northeastern Assam state since the 1930s. “I can’t understand where the mistake is.”Neither can nearly 4 million other people who insist they are Indian but who now must prove their nationality as the politics of citizenship – overlaid with questions of religion, ethnicity and illegal immigration – swirls in a state where such questions have a long and bloody past.Today, nativist anger churns through the hills and plains of Assam state, just across the border from Bangladesh, with many here believing the state is overrun with illegal migrants.”India is for Indians. Assam is for Indians,” said Sammujjal Bhattachariya, a top official with the All Assam Students Union, which has been in the forefront of pushing for the citizenship survey. “Assam is not for illegal Bangladeshis.””We need a permanent solution,” he added.On Friday, some of the 3.9 million residents left off Assam’s draft list of citizens began picking up forms to file their appeals, wading into a byzantine legal and bureaucratic process that many fear could lead to detention, expulsion or years in limbo.Mannan, his two daughters and two of his sons were all listed on the citizenship list released in July. But his wife, a 17-year-old son and his daughter-in-law were nowhere to be seen. No explanation was given.”We are worried that the names are not there,” said Mannan, who lives with his family in a bamboo-walled hut, supporting them on about $150 a month in farming income. “How will we live? What will we do? How will we stay in Assam?”For decades, fears of widespread movement across the porous border with Bangladesh have triggered tensions between the state’s majority ethnic group, Assamese-speaking Hindus, and its Bengali-speaking Muslims.In the 1980s that erupted into violence, with hundreds of people killed in Assam amid waves of anti-migrant attacks. New Delhi eventually ruled that anyone who could prove their family had lived in India before Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence, which drove millions of Bangladeshis to flee across the border, would be considered an Indian citizen.But proving that can be deeply complicated in a region where basic paperwork – birth certificates, marriage certificates, leases – has only recently become commonplace in many rural villages.State officials insist they have done everything possible to make the procedure fair.”It’s been an extremely exhaustive process,” said Prateek Hajela, the coordinator of the citizenship project that involves 52,000 officials, visits to 6.8 million families and countless hearings to examine the details of family trees.But the politics of religion and ethnicity have been on the rise in India since 2014, when the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party was swept to power in national elections. The party quickly pushed to update the citizenship registry in Assam, where politicians have eagerly grabbed hold of the issue.”First our target is to segregate the foreigners. What steps we will take against them will come next,” Assam’s top elected official, Sarbananda Sonowal, told the Times of India in an interview early this year. “They will have only one right – human rights as guaranteed by the UN that include food, shelter and clothing.””For almost 40 years our people have been living in a state of confusion and uncertainty,” he told the newspaper.Today, hundreds of Bengali-speaking Muslims with suspect nationality are already living in a half-dozen detention camps in Assam.Assam has a population of roughly 33 million, with a little over one-third of them Muslims.”The concern over illegal migration is indeed genuine,” said Akhil Ranjan Dutta, a political analyst and professor at Gauhati University in Assam. “But unfortunately, political parties have always tried to score brownie points on the issue purely to gain votes.”Few deny there has been widespread illegal migration into Assam, often by poor Bangladeshis in search of work as farm laborers. The state’s demographics have shifted dramatically in recent decades, with the percentage of Bengali-speakers jumping from 22 per cent in 1991 to 29 per cent in 2011, and the percentage of Assamese-speakers declining. Many analysts, however, say those numbers in part reflect the higher birth rates among Muslims. Estimates on the number of illegal immigrants vary wildly, from a few hundred thousand to many millions.While Muslims appear to dominate the 3.9 million people left off the citizenship rolls, they aren’t the only people now facing a bureaucratic gauntlet.”I don’t know about politics. I am a poor man. I work all day, eat, and sleep at night. I don’t go anywhere else,” said Khitish Namo Das, 50, a rail-thin Hindu farmer who insists he was born in India and whose family of eight – except for one daughter-in-law – are now considered illegal.”When the names did not appear on the list it made me worry,” he said, then reassured himself: “I have the documents so I don’t think I need to worry too much.”It’s not clear what will happen to people who, once their appeals are used up, are still not listed as citizens. Detention is a strong possibility for some, but impoverished Bangladesh insists it will not accept mass expulsions back into its territory. Activists worry many could be left in limbo for years, perhaps decades, stateless wanderers like Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims.Even some of those who support the citizenship survey say the migrants are a significant part of the economy.”Those immigrants play a very important role in supplying your labor economy. So if those people are given work permits, minus political rights, they could be very valuable in Assam,” said Nani Gopal Mahanta, an Assam-based political analyst.But he defends the survey: “It’s a question of sovereignty, it’s a question of the security of this country.”Officials insist that the process will be open and trustworthy.”It’s going to be a fair procedure,” Hajela, the project coordinator, said last week. “We will ensure that no genuine citizen gets left out, and at the point in time, ensuring that the ineligibles don’t find their names there.”last_img read more

Shortcircuit caused FR Tower fire State Minister

first_imgFirefighters on ladders work to extinguish a blaze in an office building in Dhaka on 28 March 2019. Photo: AFPAn electric short-circuit on the eighth floor of FR Tower sparked the deadly fire that killed 26 people last month, state minister for disaster management Enamur Rahman said Tuesday.”The fire spread to the ninth and 10th floors. A number of people died because of smoke in the 11th, 12th and 13th floors,” he said after meeting the ministry’s probe committee and representatives of various ministries, reports UNB.Enamur admitted that the fire service and civil defence lacks equipment.”We wanted to procure equipment worth Tk 10 billion but after Churihatta and FR Tower fires, we understood that this budget is insufficient,” he said.Seventy-one people were killed after a deadly blaze swept through several buildings in the old quarter of Dhaka in late February.Many of the capital’s buildings are unplanned and lack proper firefighting equipment.”We’ve realised that we need heavy machinery and a bigger budget to ensure fire extinguishing system,” the state minister added.last_img read more

Hundreds Pay Respects for Woman Slain in Waffle House Attack

first_imgBy SHEILA BURKE, The Associated PressHundreds of people thronged a Tennessee church on April 27, some hugging and crying, as they paid their respects for a college student killed in the weekend shooting rampage at a Waffle House.The line of mourners waiting to give their condolences to the family of DeEbony Groves, 21, was so long that it snaked outside the First Baptist Church in Gallatin. Her parents and other stood in the front of the church beside her open casket. People cried, hugged and told stories of the woman who went by the nickname of Shae (SHAY). Those who loved her wore buttons bearing her picture.Friends and family release balloons during a candlelight vigil for Antioch Waffle House shooting victim Akilah DaSilva in Centennial Park in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, April 26, 2018. DaSilva was a musician living in the southeast Nashville neighborhood of Antioch where the attack occurred. A family member said his funeral would be private. He was gunned down inside the restaurant. (Alan Poizner/The Tennessean via AP)Groves was a senior at Nashville’s Belmont University majoring in social work. She was remembered by family members Friday as a vivacious and outgoing woman. A beaming smile was on display in so many of the pictures shown that were taken throughout her life, including one where she is holding a fish that looks like she caught.And while her cousins said she could easily brighten up any room, they also described her as whip smart and someone who accomplished whatever she set out to do.Groves was very determined and was a perfectionist, her cousin, Juanesha Rodriguez, said.“She did, I think, what she could do in the time she had,” she said.She also loved children and hated to see them hurting, said her aunt, Carol Bibbs.Groves and three others were killed Sunday by a gunman who opened fire outside the restaurant with an AR-15 rifle and then stormed the restaurant.Also killed was Akilah DaSilva, a 23-year-old rap artist from Antioch, Joe Perez, a 20-year-old who lived in Nashville and Taurean Sanderlin, a 29-year-old employee at the restaurant. Four people were injured.Travis Reinking, 29, has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting. He is facing multiple charges, including four counts of criminal homicide. A public defender listed as his attorney has not returned a message seeking comment.Police have yet to establish a motive.last_img read more

AdFree Viewing changes on Twitch

first_imgAd-Free Viewing changes on Twitch by Martin Brinkmann on August 21, 2018 in Internet – 1 commentAmazon’s game streaming service Twitch announced changes to the ad-free viewing benefit on the site for Twitch Prime customers.Amazon Prime customers or Amazon Prime Video customers can link the account to a Twitch account to get Twitch Prime benefits. These benefits include access to free games and in-game content, channel subscriptions, more chat options, and longer broadcast storage.Benefits included ad-free viewing on Twitch as well but that is going to change according to a new blog post on the official site.The company plans to end universal ad-free viewing on Twitch for new Amazon Prime customers on September 14.  The ad-free viewing perk ends for existing Twitch Prime customers on October 15, 2018 or until the next renewal data.Ad-free viewing is not going away completely though. Twitch Prime subscribers may use their subscription token on a channel that offers ad-free viewing to subscribers. The only other option to get an ad-free experience on Twitch is to subscribe to the new Twitch Turbo subscription plan.Twitch Turbo is available for $8.99 per month. Subscribers get similar benefits as Twitch Prime customers get plus ad-free viewing and priority customer support.Twitch PrimeTwitch TurboAd-free viewingNOYESExpanded Emoticon SetYESYESCustom Chat Username ColorsYESYESExclusive badgeYESYESExtended Broadcast Storage60 days60 daysGame ContentYESNOPriority customer supportNOYESPrice$119 with Amazon Prime$8.99Twitch Turbo appears to be a separate offer which means that you don’t need to be a Twitch Prime subscriber to sign-up for Twitch Turbo. Some benefits are identical or nearly identical, some are exclusive. If you are interested in free game content you need to be a Twitch Prime subscriber. If you want to access an ad-free Twitch or want priority customer support, Twitch Turbo is the option that you may want to consider.Twitch revealed why it made the decision to make the change:Advertising is an important source of support for the creators who make Twitch possible. This change will strengthen and expand that advertising opportunity for creators so they can get more support from their viewers for doing what they love.In other words: the number of Twitch Prime subscribers affected the revenue of content creators and Twitch so that the company needed to do something about it.Closing WordsIt remains to be seen how successful Twitch Turbo will become and how enabling ads for all but Twitch Turbo subscribers will impact user retention and numbers.Now You: Do you use Twitch?SummaryArticle NameAd-Free Viewing changes on TwitchDescriptionAmazon’s game streaming service Twitch announced changes to the ad-free viewing benefit on the site for Twitch Prime customers.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

A53 partially blocked due to accident and fuel spillage

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: This has now cleared. The A53 is reported to be partially blocked following an accident in North Staffordshire this morning (Wednesday June 26). Traffic is reported to be queueing in both directions following the collision near the junction of the road and Three Mile Lane in Whitmore in Newcastle Borough. Inrix, the traffic data company, also reports there has been a fuel spillage as a result of the accident. The collision was first reported to StokeonTrentLive at around 9.10am today. We have no further information at this stage. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Police search for missing woman Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive The location of the collision in Whitmore (Image: Inrix)last_img read more

Five people including two children taken to hospital after crash

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .center_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailFive people, including two children, have been taken to hospital after a two-car crash on a Staffordshire Road. One woman was airlifted after emergency services were called to Hednesford Road in Heath Hayes, Cannock, near The Five Ways pub, at around 11.44am this morning (Friday July 26). Three ambulances, a senior paramedic, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to reports of two cars that had been in collision, both of which had suffered front end damage. “There were five occupants in the two vehicles, all of whom were able to get themselves out. The driver of one of the cars, a woman, was treated for multiple injuries and airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in a serious condition. “There were two boys who also required assessment from the same car. They were treated for potentially serious injuries and taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital on blue lights and sirens. “From the second car, ambulance staff treated the driver, a man, and a woman who was a front seat passenger. They were both treated for non-life-threatening injuries and taken to New Cross Hospital.” A Staffordshire Police spokesman said:  “Officers are currently in attendance with West Midlands Ambulance Service for a serious road traffic collision at Hednesford Road. “Road closures will be in place for some time around Burntwood Road/ Brownhills Road and Five Ways island.” A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman added:  “Fire crews from Cannock and Chase Terrace  made two vehicles safe, following a road traffic collision at Heath Hayes near Cannock. All occupants are out of their vehicles and casualties are being taken to hospital.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more

Egypts hardline Islamist party unravels

first_img 0 Comments   Share   Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – Internal feuds are threatening to unravel the political party of Egypt’s ultraconservative Islamist Salafis, as pragmatists try to shake off the control of hardline clerics who reject any compromise in their stark, puritanical version of Islam.The fight for leadership could paralyze the Al-Nour Party, which rocketed out of nowhere to become Egypt’s second most powerful political force, behind the Muslim Brotherhood. Together, the Brotherhood and Al-Nour embodied the rise of Islamists to prominence after last year’s fall of Hosni Mubarak. The second camp put forward a rival candidate for party leader, Mustafa Khalifa, to run in internal elections. But Abdel-Ghafour then suspended voting, accusing his rivals of forgery to pack party positions with their loyalists.Now the dispute has been thrown to the state’s Political Parties Committee, which says it will rule Sunday on who is the party’s legitimate leader. It could also suspend the party over the internal fighting.The feud is the latest embarrassment tarnishing Al-Nour’s image the past year. One of its lawmakers was kicked out of parliament for lying about getting nose job surgery, claiming he had been beaten up by political rivals. Another lawmaker was caught fondling a woman on his lap in a parked car at night and was sentenced to a year in prison for public indecency.The impact of the feud on its public support has yet to be tested. If Al-Nour breaks up, the Muslim Brotherhood could benefit as some religious conservatives turn to it as a political vehicle. A longtime Brotherhood leader, Mohammed Morsi, is Egypt’s president. Other Salafis could turn to more radical extremist groups, including former jihadist groups that have now formed political parties. Sponsored Stories But another result is that it is less cohesive than the Brotherhood, clumsier with politics and more vulnerable to splits.During this year’s presidential campaign, many young Salafis defied the party by backing the candidacy of Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail, a firebrand cleric who mixed Salafi and revolutionary ideas but who was not welcomed by Al-Nour’s clerics. In the end, Abu-Ismail had to drop out of the race.The party was further split over which of the two main Islamist candidates to back _ Morsi of the Brotherhood or the more liberal Abdel-Moneim Aboul Fotouh, who defected from the Brotherhood. Al-Nour backed Aboul Fotouh out of fear of Brotherhood domination. The elders of the Salafi Call, however, shunned him because of his moderate views and close ties with secularists.Though both are Islamist movements, opposition to the Brotherhood runs deep among many Salafis, who fear the more organized group will overwhelm them and who say the Brotherhood is too willing to compromise in pursuit of an Islamic state.Sheik Borhami frequently lashes out at the Brotherhood, warning in one sermon, “If they get empowered, they will curb Salafism, no doubt.” He went so far as to meet secretly with Morsi’s opponent in the run-off presidential election, Ahmed Shafiq, who was Mubarak’s last prime minister _ embarrassing Al-Nour when word of their talks leaked. They also reject democracy as a heresy, since it would supplant God’s law with man’s rulings.Nevertheless, after Mubarak’s fall in February 2011, the movement’s main institution of clerics, the Alexandria-based “Salafi Call,” backed the creation of Al-Nour to run in parliament elections on the religious principle that “what is necessary permits what is prohibited.” The party’s showing was stunning, winning a quarter of the seats, second only to the Brotherhood’s 50 percent of the legislature _ a testimony to the popular networks Salafi clerics set up under Mubarak’s rule. Parliament was disbanded by a court ruling this year because of faults in the election law.Now the party is in a bitter feud over leadership.The first camp is led by the party’s founder and chief Emad Abdel-Ghafour, who advocates separating between the party and the Salafi Call to give the party ability to maneuver away from clerics’ edicts.The second camp is tightly connected to a heavyweight Salafi cleric, Yasser Borhami, and opposes separation. Several prominent party figures are in this camp, including former spokesman Nader Bakar, who was removed from his post by Abdel-Ghafour. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 ways to recognize low testosterone It also underlines the key dilemma in the project of political Islam _ what to do when the maneuverings of democratic politics collide with demands for strict purity of religious ideology, particularly the unbending, black-and-white doctrine of the Salafis. Infighting among the Salafis could discredit their aims of radical Islamization of Egypt in the eyes of some Egyptians who saw the movement as pious and uncorrupt, calling for strict adherence to the Quran and the ways of the Prophet Muhammad.“The party is exploding from inside,” Mohammed Habib, who was once a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood, said of Al-Nour. “In the street, it has lost its credibility. People see clerics who they used to see as men of God engaging in earthy disputes. They used to trust them. This will have a negative impact not only on Al-Nour or Salafis but on all Islamists in politics.”Salafis are among the most hardcore conservatives in Egypt, with a stricter vision of Islam than the Brotherhood.Salafi men are known for their long beards, with the mustache shaved off _ a style they say was worn by Muhammad _ while the women wear the “niqab,” an enveloping black robe and veil that leaves only the eyes visible. They advocate strict segregation of the sexes and an unbendingly literal interpretation of the Quran, saying society should mirror the way the prophet ruled the early Muslims in the 7th Century. They say they want to turn Egypt into a pure Islamic society, implementing strict Shariah law. The public display of divisions and bitter exchanges in the press hurt a movement that presents itself as having clear-cut, divinely dictated answers to the country’s problems.“This is the end of the religious utopia,” wrote Khalil Anani, scholar in Islamic movements in the Al-Hayat newspaper. “Mixing … between political and religious activity is a ticking bomb inside the Islamic currents.”Kamal Habib, an Islamist thinker, said the image of the clerics “has been harmed.”“Clerics should leave politics and let the party work independently from them,” he told The Associated Press.The Al-Nour Party’s pragmatists don’t necessarily hold more moderate views than its pro-cleric camp. Instead, the dispute centers more on issues of personal power and how much a party trying to navigate Egypt’s new political system must adhere to the clerics’ strict lines. The party has already repeatedly wrestled with that question.Unlike the 86-year-old Brotherhood, which is highly disciplined and deeply versed in politics, the Salafi movement is more of an umbrella for various schools that differ in their views, spiritual leaders and methods. For nearly three decades, the Salafi school shunned politics, spreading its message through mosques, charity, and TV stations. It was not targeted in security crackdowns under Mubarak since it posed no political challenge to the ruling regime, unlike the Brotherhood and violent jihadist groups, some of which were offshoots of the Salafis. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Another top Salafi cleric Abu Ishaq al-Hawani denounced the Brotherhood’s outreach to Christians, who Salafis often say are trying to wreck Egypt’s Islamic character. “This is total loss,” he said of past meetings between Brotherhood leaders and the Coptic Christian pope.In contrast, their rival in the Al-Nour Party, Abdel-Ghafour, has become one of Morsi’s advisers in a sign of cooperation with the Brotherhood.“It’s politics killing even the most rigid and stubborn ideology,” wrote Ashraf el-Sherif, a scholar in Islamist movement studies in an article in April, predicting the collapse of Al-Nour.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 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US envoy urges North Korea to scrap nuke test plan

first_imgAssociated PressTOKYO (AP) – A U.S. envoy said Monday that North Korea is playing a dangerous game with the international community by threatening a nuclear test and urged the communist nation to scrap its plan.Glyn Davies, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy, urged Pyongyang to return to its international obligations in abandoning its nuclear programs.“We find North Korea that seems bent on playing a game of risk. This is very dangerous,” he told reporters after meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Shinsuke Sugiyama, in Tokyo to discuss the anticipated nuclear test. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 must play golf courses in Arizona China also expressed alarm about a nuclear test.“China is highly concerned about the relevant developments. China is opposed to any acts that might escalate tension or undermine the denuclearization of the peninsula. We hope the relevant sides can remain calm and restrained and earnestly maintain the peace and stability of Northeast Asia,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily briefing in Beijing. Hong repeated China’s appeal for dialogue.He made a side-swiped criticism of China’s neighbor and ally over its continued funding for defense programs despite a languishing economy, urging it to “develop its economy and improve people’s living conditions.”Last week, the UN Security Council condemned North Korea’s Dec. 12 rocket launch as a violation of a ban against nuclear and missile activity. The council, including China, punished Pyongyang with more sanctions and ordered the regime to refrain from a nuclear test, or face “significant action.”North Korea rejected the resolution, claiming its right to launch a satellite as part of a peaceful civilian space program. It warned that it would keep developing rockets and testing nuclear devices to counter what it sees as U.S. hostility. Top Stories __Associated Press writer Charles Hutzler contributed to this report from Beijing.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Davies was in Japan following similar talks with South Korean officials in Seoul over the weekend.North Korea’s top governing body warned last Thursday the regime would conduct another nuclear test. It said its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads and are capable of striking the U.S.On Sunday, North Korea said leader Kim Jong Un had ordered top security and foreign affairs officials to take “substantial and high-profile important state measures.” The move fueled speculation that North Korea is going ahead with plans to explode a nuclear device in defiance of the United Nations.The United States has urged North Korea to return to its obligations under a September 2005 joint statement and abandon its nuclear programs in exchange for aid and a pledge that Washington wouldn’t seek the regime’s fall.Davies said he was not optimistic, but warned North Korea of the consequences of its actions.“If they go in the direction of testing a nuclear device, they are going to set back the prospect of any diplomatic process going forward. So, that kind of a provocative approach to dealing with the outside world will not serve their interests ultimately,” Davies said. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more