More trouble for Meerut Police: Goons thrash Muslim man in policeman’s presence

first_imgAfter beating and shaming a Hindu medical student in Meerut for being friends with a Muslim boy, the Uttar Pradesh police is once again under the scanner as a new video has emerged showing a group of men thrashing the Muslim youth in the presence of a policeman.In the video clip, which has gone viral on the social media, the Muslim youth is seen being cornered by a group of unidentified youth while a policeman questions him about his background. The alleged right-wing group members then kick and punch him. They are also heard threatening him with dire consequences.“Padhai kar raha hai ya love jihad kar raha hai…? Chun-chun ke marenge abhi…. [Are you here to study or for love jihad? We will eliminate you one by one],” says one of the men while others film the incident on their phones.DGP O.P Singh said it was “an act of gross imprudence” by few errant policemen. “Irresponsible and insensitive behaviour by U.P. cops will not be tolerated. A job of a policeman is to maintain the highest standards of probity which must be upheld at all times. Corrective action is being taken,” he said in a statement. Student manhandledThe female medical student has said she and the boy were at his house studying on Sunday when members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad barged in and locked them in. They asked the girl to show her identity card and upon confirming that she was a Hindu, asked her how she expected to marry a Muslim boy, she said.In a video that surfaced on Tuesday, four constables were seen on camera beating the female medical student and making offensive communal remarks after the VHP activists handed her over to them. Case registeredThe erring constables, including a woman personnel, were suspended. Meerut Police said on Thursday said that a case had been registered at the Medical police station against 18 known and 25 unknown persons.last_img read more

Two Hizb militants killed in Shopian encounter

first_imgTwo Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Sunday.The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Khudpora area on Saturday evening following information about presence of the militants there, a police official said.He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire towards the security forces, who retaliated.Two militants were killed in the encounter while two others managed to escape, he added.“A couple of terrorists managed to escape from the site as blood trails have been seen there,” he added.The slain militants have been identified as Mohammad Irfan Bhat and Shahid Mir. While Bhat had joined militant ranks last year, Mir was part of an arms case from 2004, a police spokesperosn said.“Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, have been recovered from the encounter site. Police have registered a case and started investigations,” he said.last_img read more

BJP offered ₹10 crore each to 7 MLAs to quit party: AAP

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday alleged that seven of its MLAs were approached with an offer of ₹10 crore each by the BJP to leave the party before the Lok Sabha election. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed that the BJP was talking to more AAP MLAs, but insisted that its mission would not be successful. “People from the BJP contacted seven AAP MLAs and said that if they leave the party before the [Lok Sabha] election, they will give them ₹10 crore each. They are talking to more, but the seven have told us,” he said. “I want to tell the BJP, [party president] Amit Shah and [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi ji, don’t try to buy AAP MLAs and fight election; if you have courage, fight election on issues. You will try to buy them and they will tell us [about it]. You can’t buy AAP MLAs,” he asserted. Mr. Sisodia said Mr. Modi should be “ashamed”, referring to the latter’s earlier comment that 40 Trinamool Congress MLAs in West Bengal were in touch with him. “Is it right for the Prime Minister to say that? He is saying it openly that to weaken democracy he is going to buy 40 MLAs. He should be ashamed. There [West Bengal] he wants to buy TMC MLAs, in Delhi, the BJP wants to buy AAP MLAs,” the AAP leader said. He said the BJP has no issues to fight the election in Delhi. “They were able to get one of our MLAs from Bawana before the MCD elections, but people taught the BJP a lesson. If you have any agenda to change the country, then fight the election on it,” Mr. Sisodia said. “Modi ji, if you have done anything for the people in the last five years, then fight the election on it,” he added. AAP leader Gopal Rai said the alleged attempt to buy legislators showed that the BJP’s seven candidates in Delhi are going to lose. “The BJP’s actions show that it does not believe in democracy. Delhiites will reply like they did in Bawana [bypoll which AAP won by a huge margin],” he said. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who took out his first election roadshow in Delhi on Wednesday, said, “In the last three days seven of our MLAs have said that BJP people have contacted them and offered ₹10 crore to break them. This is not becoming of a Prime Minister.” When asked whether AAP had any proof, Mr. Kejriwal said, “Will give all proof on time.”Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari dismissed AAP’s claim as a “joke”. “Are they the same seven [AAP MLAs] who beat up Kejriwal a week ago,” he said, denying any such attempt by the BJP to poach seven AAP legislators.last_img read more

Red sander woodcutters attack police team; none injured

first_imgTirupati, Apr 22 (PTI) About 15 red sander wood cutters from Tamil Nadu today pelted stones at a 12 member task force on combing operation at Karakambadi forest in Seshachalam hill ranges, 20 km from here, but none were injured, police said.After noticing the task force personnel they started pelting stones on the policemen who fired in the air, a senior police official said.The woodcutters then ran back into the forest, leaving behind their belongings, including axes, some grocery items and some bus tickets which were found to be from Salem, the official, who did not wish to be quoted, said.The task force handed over the woodcutters belongings to police and returned to the forest in search of the 15 persons.In April last year, 20 red sander woodcutters were killed in an alleged encounter by the Red Sanders Anti Smuggling Task Force in the Seshachalam forests here.In December 2013, two senior officials were killed in the same forest area, a few kilometres away from the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara, by woodcutters. PTI COR APR SUA SUAlast_img read more

Oklahoma and Villanova Face Off

first_imgHOUSTON— Oklahoma is one of the nation’s best 3-point shooting teams. Villanova is no slouch, either.Their numbers don’t lie but neither do NRG Stadium’s. That’s where the Sooners and Wildcats will play their national semifinal game on Saturday and also where a lot of 3-point shots have just not gone in the basket.There have been six NCAA Tournament games played in the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans, but sizable crowds of 70,000-plus have seen misses at unusual rates for big-time college basketball.In the six games — the 2011 Final Four and the 2015 South Regional — the 12 teams combined to shoot 27.6 percent (59 of 214) from 3-point range. Plenty of teams have bad games, but only three teams in all of college hoops shot 27.6 percent or worse on 3s this season: Robert Morris, Grambling State and Prairie View A&M.Only one team playing at NRG — Duke last year — shot better than 33 percent, and that was 42.1 percent (8-19).Oklahoma (29-7) is coming into the Final Four shooting 42.8 percent on 3s — second in the nation — and Villanova (33-5) hits at a 35.4 percent clip.Both teams had chances to shoot in the stadium on Thursday and Friday and the ballpark’s history didn’t seem to bother the Sooners.“It’s just 94 feet with two goals,” said Jordan Woodward, who shot 45.9 percent from behind the arc this season. “Coach, he’s going to expect us to make shots no matter where we at. We have to make shots in order to win.”Buddy Hield, who has earned a lot of hardware this week as a national player of the year, was fourth in the nation at 46.5 percent.“We’ve been making shots all week,” he said. “We shouldn’t have the effect of shooting in an arena. I know it’s big, but we (are) going to light it up tomorrow for sure.”Villanova coach Jay Wright had a team in the 2009 Final Four at Detroit’s Ford Field and the Wildcats played in the Carrier Dome every year when the Orange were in the Big East.“I thought yesterday’s practice was really vital,” Wright said Friday.“At the beginning, you could see we were a little off. But by the end of practice, I thought everybody was comfortable,” he said. “I really think by tomorrow night, everybody’s going to be fine, I really do. Once you get in there for a while, it’s going to make you comfortable.”Sooners coach Lon Kruger said things weren’t smooth for his team when they started practice.“We did shoot it well,” he said Friday. “The first couple (shots) were pretty bad. I was thinking, ‘Don’t let this get in their head.’ After that, we shot it pretty normally.”___FIRST MEETINGThese teams met in Hawaii on Dec. 7 and it was all Sooners. Oklahoma won 78-55 and the Sooners broke the 50 percent barrier from 3-point range (14 for 26) while the Wildcats were an abysmal 4 for 32.“I think we learned a lot from Oklahoma,” Wright said. “They were the team we wanted to be. They were connected defensively. They were unselfish offensively. They had intelligent shot selection. It was a great barometer for us all through the season.”___VETERAN TOUCHHalf the starters in this game will be seniors. Oklahoma has Hield, Isaiah Cousins and Ryan Spangler while Villanova will have Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu.“The greatest thing about (our) seniors, is they experienced failure as freshmen, then fought through it to finish the year in the NCAA Tournament, then a lot of success after that,” Wright said. “It’s really like having coaches on the floor and coaches in the locker room and coaches back in the dorm. It’s really valuable.”___LONG WAITKruger last had a team in the Final Four in 1994 with Florida. His 22 years between appearances is second-longest in NCAA history behind DePaul’s Ray Meyer who led the Blue Demons to the Final Four in 1943 and again in 1979.JIM O’CONNELL, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Manchester United crash out of League Cup after losing on penalties vs Derby County

first_imgManchester United crashed out of the League Cup with a defeat on penalties to Championship side Derby County on Tuesday after the third-round tie ended 2-2 in normal time at Old Trafford.With no extra time in this season’s competition, the contest went straight to spot kicks and Frank Lampard’s Derby won 8-7 with Phil Jones’s effort saved by visiting keeper Scott Carson.United manager Jose Mourinho said he felt his team were in difficulty once the shootout got down to his defenders.”I knew that we were going to be in trouble, with Jones with Eric (Bailly) I knew that we were going to be in trouble then,” he said.For former England midfielder Lampard, who played under Mourinho at Chelsea, it was just reward for playing a full-strength side and approaching the game in positive fashion.”I wanted to bring a team who could really compete. I am so proud of them,” said Lampard, in his first season as a manager.”I am trying to build a group to be successful and nights like this are incredible. To go against world-class players and play that way, it’s right up there,” he added.Derby had been moments away from winning 2-1 in normal time after United keeper Sergio Romero was sent off in the 67th minute but Marouane Fellaini got a stoppage-time equaliser.United’s rivals and League Cup holders Manchester City had no such trouble as they won 3-0 at Oxford United but top flight Burnley went down 2-1 at third-tier Burton Albion.advertisementUnited had taken the lead against Derby in the third minute with a well-placed shot from Juan Mata after Anthony Martial had burst down the left flank.However, the visitors drew level in spectacular fashion after 59 minutes with a brilliant bending free-kick from Harry Wilson, the young Welsh winger on loan from Liverpool.Eight minutes later, Romero was dismissed for handling outside the box and Derby grabbed what they thought was the winner when United’s substitute keeper Lee Grant parried a shot from Mason Mount and Jack Marriott nodded in the loose ball.But in the fifth minute of added time, substitute Fellaini headed in a Diogo Dalot cross to force the shootout. Phil Jones’s penalty was saved by visiting keeper Scott Carson which handed Derby a famous victory (Reuters Photo)BURNLEY STUNNEDManchester City’s Gabriel Jesus was one of several big names in their lineup and scored after 36 minutes with a header before Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden wrapped up proceedings late on.Burnley picked up their first league win of the season at the weekend but came crashing to earth at League One Burton.Goals from the home side’s Liam Boyce and Jamie Allen cancelled out a first-half strike from Burnley’s Kevin Long, and made sure Burton reached the fourth round for the first time.They were joined by fellow third-tier side Blackpool who piled misery on second-tier Queens Park Rangers with a 2-0 win.Fulham’s Cyrus Christie scored with a stunning long-range strike as they ran out 3-1 winners at Millwall, while Andros Townsend grabbed two goals for Crystal Palace as they triumphed 3-0 at former Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.Bournemouth let a two-goal lead slip at home to Blackburn Rovers before Callum Wilson rescued a 3-2 win in stoppage time.Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe Wanderers almost fought back from 4-1 down following a Jordan Rhodes hat-trick for visitors Norwich City but despite their valiant efforts they lost 4-3.Middlesbrough won a shootout 4-3 at Preston North End after the game finished 2-2, while Leicester City beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 on penalties after a 0-0 Midlands derby draw.last_img read more

Vard Confirms Contract for HapagLloyd Cruises Two Ships

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Vard Holdings Limited (Vard), a subsidiary of Fincantieri, said that the contracts for the design and construction of two expedition cruise vessels for TUI Group’s German cruise company Hapag-Lloyd have been confirmed.The contracts were announced on August 26, 2016, with the effectiveness of the contracts subject to customary financing conditions. According to the shipbuilder, all conditions have now been fulfilled and the contracts have now become effective.Both vessels are designed for cruises in polar regions in the Arctic and Antarctica but are also prepared for operations in warm water destinations.The 16,100 gross ton vessels will feature a length of 138 meters and a width of 22 meters.According to Vard, each vessel will have seven passenger decks and will be able to accommodate 230 passengers.The hulls of the new cruise ships will be built by Vard’s shipyard in Tulcea, Romania, while the delivery is scheduled in 1Q 2019 and 4Q 2019, respectively, from Vard Langsten in Norway.last_img read more

High School Diplomas Opening Doors Creating Opportunities for Adult Learners

first_imgHundreds of adult learners from across the province will be receiving their adult high school diplomas this month, which will open doors to higher education and better job opportunities in their communities. Close to 450 adults will receive their diplomas at 19 graduation ceremonies over the coming weeks at Nova Scotia Community College, Université Sainte-Anne and adult high schools across the province. In 2017, government eliminated the fee to take the General Educational Development (GED) test in the province to help even more adult learners continue their studies or connect to the workforce. Darlene Roy, age 59, will receive her diploma at Queens Adult High School in Liverpool – the same day as her granddaughter, Ataya Roy-Keans. “Getting my high school diploma is always something I wanted to do. I feel so much better about myself, more confident,” said Ms. Roy. “The program was a great experience. It was like going to school with family. Being able to share it with Ataya and graduate with her was awesome.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning provides free learning programs to Nova Scotians 19 years and over who have been out of high school for more than one year. The programs, offered in English and French in communities across the province, include the Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma for Adults, GED prep courses and many others. With their partners, they also offer many tuition-free adult learning programs across the province. More than 9,000 Nova Scotians have received their high school diploma for adults through the program since it began in 2001. To read Ms. Roy’s story, visit https://medium.com/@nsgov/south-shore-woman-achieves-a-long-long-goal-through-adult-learning-7e9fabcce174 . For more information call 1-877-go-NSSAL (1-877-466-7725) or visit www.goNSSAL.ca .last_img read more

Priyanka and Rahul back Chidambaram

first_imgNew Delhi: A host of Congress leaders on Wednesday backed their colleague P Chidambaram, facing action in a money laundering case related to INX Media.Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who said the party would continue to fight for the truth no matter what the consequences are, the party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala as well as Anand Sharma were among those who stood in solidarity with Chidambaram. “Modi’s Government is using the ED, CBI and sections of a spineless media to character assassinate Mr Chidambaram. I strongly condemn this disgraceful misuse of power,” Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.last_img read more

Millennials opting for Ola Uber to avoid auto EMIs affecting demand

first_imgChennai: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Tuesday said the slowdown in the automobile sector was due to many factors like the change in mindset of millennials,who now prefer taxi aggregators like OLA and UBER instead of committing for monthly installments to own a car. Sitharaman said the automobile industry did have its “good times” till two years ago. “It was definitely a good upward trajectory for the automobile sector”, she told reporters. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe minister said the sector had been affected by several things, including movement towards BS-VI norms and registration related matters and (also) change in mindsets. She said some studies had revealed that there was a change in the mindset of the millenials not to commit any EMIs (equated monthly installments) towards buying an automobile and instead taking OLA, UBER or the Metro (train) services. “So, a whole lot of factors are influencing the automobile sector. We are all seized of the problem. we will try to solve it”, she said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Bharat Stage VI (or BS-VI) emission norm will come into force from 1 April 2020 across the country. Currently, vehicles conform to BS-IV emission standards. On August 23, in a bid to address the slowdown in the auto sector, Sitharaman had announced lifting the ban on purchase of vehicles by government departments and allowed an additional 15 per cent depreciation on vehicles acquired from now till March 2020. Also, the government clarified that BS-IV vehicles purchased up to March 2020 would remain operational for the entire period of registration, while also considering various measures, including scrappage policy to boost demand. Aditionally, she, while stressing the need to speed up spending, said that a task force set up by the government to boost investments in infrastructure projects is in the process of identifying sectors requiring funding from the Centre. “Government spending has to be speeded up to boost consumption. The best spending (by government) will be on infrastructure. We have (already) announced Rs 100 lakh crore and that is the amount, which I think has to be speeded up for infrastructure related projects”, she said. Sitharaman was briefing reporters on ‘Furthering India’s development – 100 days of Bold initiatives and decisive actions of the Government of India.’ “I have appointed a task force to speedily identify the projects so that money can be front loaded”, she said. The Minister said the Committee (or the task force) has commenced work and was in the process of identifying those projects which would receive the funding (Rs 100 lakh crore). The task force, comprising secretaries from various ministries, other senior officials and the Niti Aayog CEO, would identify technically feasible and financially viable infrastructure projects that can be initiated in 2019-20, she said. Sitharaman said that the government, as part of its move to make India a $5 trillion economy, has chalked out various measures, including infrastructure spending and merger of public sector banks, among others. Asked whether the government was confident of achieving the targetted $5 trillion economy with the Gross Domestic Product at five per cent at present, she said the GDP going up and down was normal and recalled that it had happened even during the UPA regime in 2012-13 and 2014-15. “But I am not taking it as granted. I want to improve and (am) taking steps. One solace now is that inflation is under control. Food inflation (earlier) crossed 10 per cent But now it is 3.1 per cent. From 2014-till date, it did not touch four per cent. While worrying about the five per cent GDP, also look at the inflation rate”, she said. She said the current focus would be on how to increase the GDP in the coming quarters. On increase in gold prices, she said government was importing gold to meet local demand and consumers were also looking at it as an investment option. “Apart from the demand, other factors like crude oil price increase and the (fluctuating) $rate have also led to increase in gold prices”, she said. Asked how the government was infusing confidence among the business community, given the current slowdown, she said one measure was by interacting with them and addressing their issues sector wise. “All of us are constantly interacting with (each) sector. This is not just in Delhi, we are actively doing all around the country. We came out with two major announcements between August and September. I have promised that I will come out with one or two more announcements”, she said.last_img read more

So many bears Draft plan says Nunavut polar bear numbers unsafe

first_imgThere are too many polar bears in parts of Nunavut and climate change hasn’t yet affected any of them, says a draft management plan from the territorial government that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking.The proposed plan — which is to go to public hearings in Iqaluit on Tuesday — says that growing bear numbers are increasingly jeopardizing public safety and it’s time Inuit knowledge drove management policy.“Inuit believe there are now so many bears that public safety has become a major concern,” says the document, the result of four years of study and public consultation.“Public safety concerns, combined with the effects of polar bears on other species, suggest that in many Nunavut communities, the polar bear may have exceeded the co-existence threshold.”Polar bears killed two Inuit last summer.The plan leans heavily on Inuit knowledge, which yields population estimates higher than those suggested by western science for almost all of the 13 included bear populations.Scientists say only one population of bears is growing; Inuit say there are nine. Environment Canada says four populations are shrinking; Inuit say none are.The proposed plan downplays one of the scientific community’s main concerns.“Although there is growing scientific evidence linking the impacts of climate change to reduced body condition of bears and projections of population declines, no declines have currently been attributed to climate change,” it says. “(Inuit knowledge) acknowledges that polar bears are exposed to the effects of climate change, but suggests that they are adaptable.”Environment Canada’s response says that’s “not in alignment with scientific evidence.” It cites two studies suggesting the opposite.Andrew Derocher, a University of Alberta polar bear expert, is blunter.“That’s just plain wrong,” he said. “That’s been documented in many places now — not just linked to body condition but reproductive rates and survival.”The government of Nunavut declined an interview request.Its position is strongly supported by the 11 Inuit groups and hunters’ organizations that made submissions.“(Inuit knowledge) has not always been sufficiently incorporated by decision-makers,” says a document submitted by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Inuit land-claim organization. “The disconnect between the sentiment in certain scientific communities and (Inuit knowledge) has been pronounced.”Pond Inlet wants to be able to kill any bear within a kilometre of the community without the animal being considered part of the town’s quota. Rankin Inlet simply wants to lower bear populations.In its submission, the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board expresses frustration with how polar bears are used as an icon in the fight against climate change.“This is very frustrating for Inuit to watch … We do not have resources to touch bases with movie actors, singers and songwriters who often narrate and provide these messages,” it says.“We know what we are doing and western science and modelling has become too dominant.”The management plan doesn’t propose to increase hunting quotas immediately. It contains provisions for increased education and programs on bear safety for hunters and communities.It does say hunting bans would no longer be automatically applied to shrinking populations and that “management objectives … could include managing polar bears for a decrease.”Derocher doesn’t dispute potentially dangerous bear-human encounters are becoming more frequent. But he, and other southern scientists, insist that’s happening as climate change reduces sea ice and drives bears inland. “They will move into communities seeking food. There’s lots of attractants around northern communities.”Places where attacks have occurred are not areas with the highest bear densities, he said.  The plan reflects Nunavut’s desire to control its own wildlife resources, Derocher suggested.“They don’t ask for input from southern scientists. The less input from the south is where it seems to be moving.”Derocher said the Inuit’s ability to export polar bear hides — or the ability of their hunter clients to take such items home with them — depends on whether the rest of the world trusts the animals are being well-managed.  “If the stated goal is to have fewer polar bears, that may be the tripping point whereby polar bear management in Canada comes under renewed scrutiny.”Canada has fought off two international attempts to ban the trade of polar bear products.The territory’s wildlife management board will take what it hears at the public hearings and include it in a final document, which will go before the Nunavut cabinet for approval.Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

SAEED JONES EMILY NUSSBAUM TO SPEAK AT TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY

first_imgThe Toronto Reference Library’s venue for author talks and more will kick off the upcoming season with a new look at Susan Sontag. On September 23, Benjamin Moser will discuss his new book, Sontag: Her Life And Work, a look at the iconic critic and activist’s personal struggles, drawn from interviews and her restricted archives. Facebook The Toronto Public Library is hosting an in-depth examination of Beyoncé.In Respect To Beyoncé is a deep dive with culture critics and academics on Queen B’s influence and iconography on groundbreaking works like Lemonade and Netflix’s Homecoming, The panel discussion with authors Kevin Allred, Michael Arceneaux and Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley (they’ve all written books deconstructing Bey) was announced as part of the Bram & Bruma Appel Salon’s Fall line-up. Twitter Advertisement The panel In Respect to Beyoncé will deconstruct the Homecoming pop star’s personal and professional personas. (Courtesy of Parkwood Entertainment)center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

CUPE certified to represent hundreds of WestJet Encore flight attendants

Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Canadian Union of Public Employees says it has been certified to represent hundreds of flight attendants at WestJet Encore.The union says the decision was made by the Canada Industrial Relations Board after a majority of flight attendants signed cards in support of unionization.The unionization of about 600 flight attendants at WestJet’s regional carrier comes after their colleagues at WestJet’s mainline carrier were unionized last July.Together, nearly 4,000 WestJet flight attendants are unionized, while CUPE says it is continuing efforts to add flight attendants as WestJet’s low-cost carrier, Swoop.Meanwhile, the Calgary-based airline says that 92 per cent of its Encore pilots represented by the Airline Pilots Association voted in favour of a five-year agreement that runs until Jan. 1, 2024.Canada’s second-largest airline saw the repercussions of labour strife last May, when WestJet pilots voted in favour of strike action before the Air Line Pilots Association and the company agreed to a settlement process two weeks later. read more

More legal challenges filed in Federal Appeal Court against Northern Gateway nod

The Gitga’at First Nation will ask the Federal Court of Appeal to recognize the band’s aboriginal title along the proposed tanker route where ships would be carrying oil from the Northern Gateway pipeline as part of a legal fight against the proposal.The band filed an application with the court on Monday, bringing to at least five the number of groups seeking judicial review of the federal cabinet’s decision approving the project.“The Gitga’at put forward evidence of title to specific areas in the Douglas Channel,” said their lawyer, Michael Lee Ross.Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the Tsilhqot’in nations’ aboriginal title to more than 1,700 square kilometres of land in the B.C. Interior. Theirs was the first such recognition in the country. Ross said the Gitga’at’s participation in the joint review process provided a legal basis for declaring the North Coast community’s title over their traditional marine territory.Such a declaration would mean the band would have to approve of the project, or the federal government would have to prove it was in the national interest, he said.The pipeline and tankers present little or no economic benefit to the community and do not meet the criteria set out by the high court for infringing on their territory, Ross argued.He said they do present significant threats to Hartley Bay, the village best known for rescuing passengers from the sunken Queen of the North ferry.“Gitga’at did try to engage with the federal government in a more serious way about some of these things and they really didn’t get anywhere,” Lee said.“It’s not like they just immediately said, ’well, we’re going to go after title.”’Two other legal challenges were also filed on Monday, the 15-day deadline set out in new rules brought in by the Conservative government.The Heiltsuk and the Kitasoo-Xaixais added their names to a list of groups that want the Federal Court of Appeal to review the cabinet decision.Those First Nations, whose territory on the central coast is also along the tanker path of the project, say they will fight the pipeline in court “and, if necessary, on the land.”“Our people have been clear since this pipeline was proposed,” said Heiltsuk Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett. “We will not allow this to threaten our waters. We stand with our relatives up and down the coast in rejecting this frightful project.”The environmental group B.C. Nature also filed an application with the court, bringing to at least five the number of legal challenges filed in the past few days.All claim the federal cabinet’s decision last month is invalid because it’s based on a flawed report from a joint review panel.B.C. Nature’s lawyer, Chris Tollefson of the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria, said cabinet was also legally required to give its reasons for approving the pipeline, which it did not. read more

UN mission disarms over 18000 exrebels in Liberia

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as of 28 April more than 18,415 combatants from the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) and the Liberians United for Democracy and Freedom (LURD), as well as former Government militia, have surrendered some 10,653 weapons since the programme originally began in December.More than 3 million rounds of small arms ammunition and 5,300 other pieces of ammunition, including mortars and hand grenades, have also been collected. The second phase of the disarmament exercise will begin after the construction of six additional cantonment sites in other locations around the country, OCHA said.The disarmament process originally began on 7 December but was suspended one week later to allow time for better organization. Following the programme’s relaunch in mid-April in Gbargna, Buchanan and Tubmanburg, the exercise is expected to wrap up at a cantonment site located at the sprawling VOA camp, 25 kilometres north of the Liberian capital, Monrovia. Some 8,000 ex-combatants have been disarmed since the programme’s restart.Meanwhile, the head of Liberia’s disarmament commission, Moses Jarbo, is estimating that there are some 60,000 combatants that are expected to be disarmed in Liberia, 33 per cent more than the initial projected figures being used by UNMIL. The disarmament commission’s projection is reportedly based of preliminary figures that were generated from meetings with leadership of the warring factions in Monrovia. read more

A red box with pink equality lines in support of samesex marriage

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Bud Light said it with beer cans and Martha Stewart with red velvet cake as companies and celebrities from Beyonce to George Takei joined millions of social media users in posting and tweaking a simple red logo in support of gay marriage.A square box with thick pink horizontal lines (the mathematical equal symbol) was offered for sharing this week by the Human Rights Campaign as the U.S. Supreme Court took up arguments in key marriage rights cases.The image, replacing profile pictures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and elsewhere, is a makeover of the advocacy group’s logo, usually a blue background with bright yellow lines. The HRC made it available in red — for the colour of love — on Monday and estimated tens of millions of shares by Wednesday.“It shows the enthusiasm and the passion,” said Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the non-profit in Washington, D.C.Like viral campaigns of yore, supporting breast cancer awareness (pink), President Barack Obama (change your middle name to Hussein) and even Arab Spring (green), a bit of fatigue set in on some social media streams by those questioning whether such efforts serve to change any minds or, put simply, are plain annoying.“My Facebook feed is a cascading esthetic nightmare. Thanks, equality,” Washington Post writer Dan Zak wryly grumbled on Twitter.A photo of Justice Anthony Kennedy made the rounds with the quip: “Before we make a ruling, did enough people change their Facebook profile picture?!”None of that mattered to the masses of same-sex marriage supporters. Some swapped matzoh for the pink lines as Passover got under way, or added frowny Internet star Grumpy Cat, who explained marriage equality would make her happy.Bert and Ernie showed up against the red background. (They’re best friends with no plans to marry, according to Sesame Street.) Another version featured Paula Deen atop the red square and lines turned a shade of yellow akin to her favourite fatty ingredient and the tagline: “It’s like two sticks of butter y’all.”Takei, a noted punster with nearly 4 million followers in Facebook, turned the equal sign into the division sign for those opposed to marriage equality.Beyonce, with more than 44 million followers there, played it straight, leaving the logo alone and adding a personal message: “It’s about TIME!!! (hash)EQUALITY (hash)MarryWhoYouLove.Fergie let the image speak for itself on Twitter, adding: “No words necessary.” Montana Sen. John Tester, a Democrat who endorsed same-sex marriage on Tuesday, put the logo up as his profile on Facebook while the clothing site Bonobos swapped its usual Facebook pic for the red square using fancy white pants for the equal sign.Martha Stewart’s Facebook page used a slice of red cake with white icing to make the image and the HBO page for “True Blood” added fangs.All in good fun?“There’s a lot of serious conversation going on and there’s an awful lot of important concepts that the Supreme Court justices are discussing,” Sainz said. “What this logo going viral means is individuals have reduced it to a very straightforward concept.”Steve Jones, a professor of online culture and communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago, wondered whether all the mash-ups muddle the message.“Once you throw it together with something like Grumpy Cat it’s fun,” he said. “But was this message intended to be fun?”___Associated Press writer Barbara Ortutay contributed to this report.___Follow Leanne Italie on Twitter at http://twitter.com/litalie A red box with pink equality lines in support of same-sex marriage goes viral on social media by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2013 4:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN rights office expresses concern over death of member of opposition party

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has deplored the death in custody of Ebrima Solo Kurumah, a member of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), last Saturday, a spokesperson for the Office said.Mr. Kurumah was among 30 members of the UDP who were imprisoned, in April, following protests against the death of Solo Sandeng, the Chairman of UDP’s youth wing. Mr. Sandeng had also died while in custody. OHCHR had earlier expressed concerns over the imprisonment and that there had been no proper investigation into allegations of excessive use of force in the context of the demonstrations.Speaking at a regular press briefing in Geneva, Cécile Pouilly said that according to reports, Mr. Kurumah passed away after he was taken to a hospital for a surgical operation. He had allegedly been denied medical help on several occasions while in detention. Additionally, there are reports that other detainees have also been denied medical care in recent months. “We urge the authorities to investigate the death in State custody of Mr. Sandeng and Mr. Kurumah,” said Ms. Pouilly, urged them to also investigate allegations that detainees are denied access to medical care. read more

Transgender students win apology after being told to use gender neutral toilets

A university was forced to apologise to transgender students after they were told to use the “gender neutral” toilets instead of the men’s.Two Masters students at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) were confronted by a security guard after using the men’s toilets at the student union building on campus.Toby George, 21, who is studying Criminal Justice and is Tilbert Wilson, 24, who is taking Early Childhood Studies, are both biologically women but identify as men.After the pair emerged from the men’s toilets, the security guard asked them to present their identification cards. They were also asked why they had not used the “gender neutral” toilets in the building next door.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– “The security guard said the gender neutral toilets are available. I said ‘Well, I don’t identify as gender neutral, I identify as a man’,” said Toby George, who is the student union’s LGBTQ+ officer and a trainee special constable.   Toby George is the student union’s LGBTQ+ officer and a trainee special constable 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 month, they obtained an apology from NGS Security, which is contracted by the university. It apologised for “comments and actions that may have caused offense” and have since given all their staff extra training on the universities’ gender identity policies. A spokesman for the university said: “Following a report regarding students’ use of toilet facilities within the Students’ Union (SU) building a meeting was arranged between the students and representatives of the University.  “The meeting was very productive, and a positive way forward was agreed between all who attended.  “This included all security staff (internal and external) being given up-to-date information on the use of toilets within the SU’s licensed premises and the wider University.“It has now been clarified to all concerned that any person can use whichever toilet aligns with their gender identity.” “Just because I don’t have the parts…it is quite disappointing this was allowed to happen. The security guard said he had been told to ask for student identification cards if there was any suspicious behaviour.“I studied policing as an undergraduate. Suspicious behaviour is someone doing drugs– not a transgender person going to the toilet”.  According to the university’s policies, students must be treated “as their self-identified gender”.“This includes the use of facilities, including toilets, the use of gender markers where they are allocated, and respecting the name, title and pronouns that have been requested,” the policy says.The students complained to the university authorities about the incident, which took place at a charity choir event at the student union in October. Tilbert Jackson is doing a Masters in Early Childhood Studies Tilbert Jackson is doing a Masters in Early Childhood Studies Toby George is the student union's LGBTQ+ officer and a trainee special constable read more

Buducnost fan jumped off the bridge in Moraca after Gyor defeat

← Previous Story Linnea Torstensson two months out! Next Story → Thea Mork extends Larvik deal until 2016 RK Buducnost Podgorica stayed out of Women’s EHF Champions League semi-final, what means that Montegrian champion won’t defend the title from the last year final. One of the dissapointed fan Almir Ajdarpasic (21) jumped off the “Blaz” bridge in river Moraca. Ajdarpasic remained healthy and successfully swam to shore. He said that his jump was motivated by dissapointment because of Buducnost’s defeat against Gyor in the decisive EHF CL clash. He was in the group of fans, which going home from “Moraca” hall…Last week accident happened during Hungarian derby between FTC and Gyor. buducnostGyorhandball fans read more