Rabat – Kifaya, a dissident group inside the Tindouf camps, has released a video in which it shows support for the territorial integrity of Morocco.In the video posted in YouTube, the Moroccan flag is seen floating deep inside the Polisario-controlled camps.Pictures of King Mohammed VI can also be seen in the video, in addition to signs reading “Yes to autonomy” in French.
“If the current return trend is anything to go by, we could complete repatriation to Southern Sudan by the end of 2009 or the first quarter of 2010, provided we get funding on time for the rest of this year and next,” said Mengesha Kebede, Deputy Director of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Africa Bureau, in statement released yesterday. Earlier this year the agency appealed for $63 million to support the refugee return programme, but it remains short of funds. The programme covers transportation costs as well as the provision of basic services such as clean water, health and education facilities, as well as agricultural assistance to help returnees grow their own food once back home. “Now is the best time to allow us to be ready to respond to the huge demand for repatriation at the end of the rainy season around October,” Mr. Kebede said. Nearly 290,000 Southern Sudanese refugees have gone home since UNHCR launched the repatriation operation three years ago. The number of returns has consistently grown in that time, with a record 60,000 in the first half of this year, exceeding by 14,000 the total returns for all of 2007. The acceleration in repatriation this year was partly spurred by refugees’ desire to take part in the April census, as well as growing confidence in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the 21-year North-South civil war. As general elections approach in 2009, the repatriation momentum is expected to continue. Already some 30,000 South Sudan refugees have requested UNHCR assistance to repatriate during this year’s dry season. In preparation, UNHCR and its partners are gearing to pre-position non-food items such as shelter materials and household goods while expanding reintegration activities and repairing critical facilities at border crossing points. 18 July 2008The United Nations refugee today launched an appeal for $11.9 million to help assist the return of refugees, mainly from camps in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, to South Sudan.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed solidly in the red amid a weak report on retail sales and listless commodity prices.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 40.34 points at 13,433.49 after an otherwise solid performance over the week that saw strong advances in three of the four previous trading sessions.The Canadian dollar also weakened, losing 0.27 of a U.S. cent to 74.93 cents U.S.On commodity markets, the January contract for benchmark crude oil was up 18 cents at US$41.90 a barrel, while December natural gas plunged 13 cents to US$2.14 per mmBtu.December gold gave back $1.60 to US$1,076.30 an ounce, while December copper shed two cents to US$2.05 a pound.In New York, indexes completed one of their best weeks of the year as traders took heart from strong earnings reports from a number of retailers and a generally favourable view of where the U.S. Federal Reserve is going on interest rate hikes.The Dow Jones industrials was up 91.06 points at 17,823.81, while the broader S&P 500 added 7.93 points to 2,089.17 and the Nasdaq gained 31.28 points to 5,104.92.Off-price retailer Ross Stores (Nasdaq:ROST) led the way higher Friday, gaining almost nine per cent after reporting results that were far better than analysts expected.Meanwhile, Nike (NYSE:NKE) jumped almost five per cent after announcing a dividend increase, a stock buyback and a stock split.Retail stocks took a beating earlier this month after weak reports from Macy’s and Nordstrom raised concerns that the holiday shopping season would be a bust.“That spooked everybody that had some kind of apparel offering,” Ken Perkins, president of the research firm Retail Metrics, told The Associated Press.But those fears are fading as shoppers looking for discounts turn to lower-priced retailers like TJ Maxx and Ross Stores and to “fast fashion” retailers who keep up with the latest trends, Perkins said.In economic news, Statistics Canada said lower gasoline prices continued to weigh against a rise in the cost of food in October as the consumer price index rose 1.0 per cent compared with a year ago, unchanged from September.Meanwhile, the Bank of Canada’s core index, which excludes some of the most volatile components, was up 2.1 per cent from a year ago, also matching the increase in September.Overseas, the head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, said the bank “will not hesitate” to expand its stimulus program at its next meeting if needed to support economic recovery in the eurozone.Draghi’s speech at a banking forum in Frankfurt, Germany, on Friday reinforced earlier statements taken by markets as a green light for the bank to take action at the Dec. 3 meeting of its governing council.
Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says it is not appropriate to view the north of the country, over which a separatist war was fought, as a predominantly Tamil area.Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who many credit with defeating Tamil rebels, also told the BBC there were few civilian casualties in the war’s closing phase. So were Tamils correct to view the north as a predominantly Tamil place? The army defeated the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels after 26 years of a bloody civil war in May 2009.Meeting Mr Rajapaksa in his heavily guarded office near the Colombo shorefront, the BBC asked him about a recent local government reshuffle in the north which has seen some senior Tamil officials replaced with Sinhalese personnel.“Earlier before the war, all were Sinhalese,” Mr Rajapaksa said. Just as “a lot of” Tamil officers worked in southern districts, Sinhalese and Muslims should be able to work in the north. “It is part of Sri Lanka.” He also cast doubt on accounts of enforced disappearances after the war. “Why should be that? Why should be that?” Mr Rajapaksa said. “If you are a Sri Lankan citizen you must be able to go and buy the properties from anywhere. I’m not talking about the forced settlements, I’m talking about the freedom for a Sri Lankan to live anywhere in this country.”Many Tamils favour provincial devolution to give them a greater voice in areas where they predominate.The government and the largest Tamil party have been holding talks on this issue, but these have currently stalled. Mr Rajapaksa, brother of Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa, portrayed a normalising Sri Lanka with opportunities for all regardless of ethnicity.But he firmly declined to discuss Sarath Fonseka – the man at the helm of the army at the end of the war and who later fell out with the president – who was released from prison last Monday. Human rights groups say tens of thousands died at the end of that war. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa commented on the contentious subject of civilian casualties in the final stage of the war – one factor that prompted a critical resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in March.A recent government census, given little publicity, suggested some 7,400 northern Sri Lankans were killed during the last months as a result of the fighting.But Mr Rajapaksa said only a few of these were civilians and most were Tamil Tiger fighters.“Do you think it was a battle between the Sri Lankan army and civilians? It’s a battle between the army and the terrorist group which were equally armed like the military,” he said.Thousands of civilians were caught in the crossfire between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels“Within this 7,000-odd number that includes the combatants as well!”Six thousand army soldiers had been killed in this period, he said.He said the census-takers had visited family after family and taken the names of all those who died. There might have been “certain” civilian casualties but “not in the numbers you quote”.If there were proven violations of the laws of war “then we can punish, no problem, but you have to prove that”.The army had defeated a terrorist group that killed innocent people, destroyed property, buses, trains, hotels and many other targets, he said.“All this we have stopped… but you don’t talk about that. You are supporting the terrorist cause!”Gotabhaya Rajapaksa gave scant comfort to the families of people who have recently disappeared.Human rights campaigners documented 32 such disappearances between October and February and several more since then.But Mr Rajapaksa dismissed this as “wrong allegations”.“These are lies… to prevent the visitors coming into Sri Lanka, the investment coming to Sri Lanka, to give a wrong image of Sri Lanka by the rump of this LTTE which is remaining outside and trying to damage the image of Sri Lanka,” he said.Recent cases include Ramasamy Prabagaran, who was abducted before he was due to testify on police torture and remains missing; and Sagara Senaratne, who was suddenly freed after his brother-in-law, a minister, reportedly contacted top government figures.But Mr Rajapaksa asked why the authorities should want to victimise such people and said many recorded as missing were criminals who had escaped abroad.In the north, he said, life was getting back to normal – fishing restrictions had been lifted, the army had moved out of contentious areas such as running restaurants, and anti-LTTE Tamil groups had now been disarmed.In the country as a whole, he said, the government had opened a window to progress by ending the war.“This is a time that… irrespective of whether Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim, you as a Sri Lankan move forward.” (Courtesy the BBC)
Hamilton’s police Chief Glenn De Caire is asking for a record high police budget.Earlier today, he asked the Police Services Board for $148-million dollars. That’s four million more than last year.After more than an hour of deliberating, board members voted 5-1 tonight to put off approving the 148 million dollar budget for a month to see if they could trim it.Chief De Caire: “The Hamilton police service makes recommendation that the board approve the 2015 operating budget at 2.95 percent.”It’s less than what he asked for last year. But at 148 million dollars, Chief De Caire presented the largest budget ever requested for the Hamilton Police Service: “We are always concerned that we are able to establish the budget to provide adequate and effective policing services but the direction of the board was clear.”Members of the Police Services Board are taking a month to mull it over, and see if the proposed budget can be trimmed.Councillor Terry Whitehead: “The month buys us that time. You may see the exact same budget. You may not see changes. But it certainly gives us the comfort of going through that budget line by line.”The budget is up four million from last year, and includes adding five constables to the Mobile Crisis rapid response team, which specializes in mental health calls. The team expected to see 250 calls this year. It ended up taking 624 calls in 11 months.Chief De Caire: “And now what we are asking for is the ability to hire officers to make that program covered 7 days of the week. Right now, we cover 5 and we can only cover limited hours.”Hamilton’s Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) will spend nearly $500-thousand supporting that program.The budget also asks for two trainers for conducted energy weapons, or tasers.90 percent of the money will cover salaries and benefits.The Police Services Board meets next on January 22nd to decide whether or not they will approve this budget. And then it goes to city council for final approval.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Canadian energy and services company Emera says it will buy Teco Energy, an electric and gas utility that does business in Florida and New Mexico, for about $6.48 billion.Emera says it will pay $27.55 per share of Teco Energy, a premium of about 31 per cent over Friday’s closing stock price. The companies valued the deal at $10.4 billion including debt. Shares of Teco Energy Inc. climbed 27 per cent to $26.75 in aftermarket trading.Emera says it has investments through the Northeastern U.S. and Canada as well as the Caribbean. It had almost $3 billion in revenue in 2014.The companies expect to complete the sale by mid-2016. They said Emera will continue Teco’s efforts to sell its coal business and plans to complete that sale by the time its acquisition of Teco closes. Canadian energy company Emera will buy US-based Teco Energy for $6.48B, or $27.55 a share by The Associated Press Posted Sep 4, 2015 3:42 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 4, 2015 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The untouched caves, in Shropshire, apparently date back 700 years when they were used by the Knights TemplarCredit:Michael Scott / Caters The inside of the cavesCredit:Michael Scott / Caters The Shropshire Star reports the caves “have also been visited by pagans and druids wanting to hold ceremonies, and are popular at solstice and Halloween”.They were reportedly sealed by the owners of the land in 2012 to deter vandals and practitioners of “black magic”. The hole into the cavesCredit:Michael Scott / Caters The organisation estimated the caves were “probably late C18 or early C19, but undatable” and included “neo-Norman decoration to bays between columns, one neo-Norman doorway with beak-heads and roll moulding; decorative quatrefoils and designs abound”. Photographer Michael Scott said: “I traipsed over a field to find it, but if you didn’t know it was there you would just walk right past it. Considering how long it’s been there it’s in amazing condition, it’s like an underground temple.””I had to crouch down and once I was in it was completely silent. There were a few spiders in there but that was it. It was raining so the slope down was quite sludgy but inside the cave was bone dry.” Footage has emerged of an intriguing network of caves found through a rabbit hole that many believe were built by the Knights Templar order 700 years ago.The sanctuary in Shropshire is located under an unassuming set of what appear to be large rabbit holes in a farmer’s field near the town of Shifnal. The caves, some of which have to be accessed on hands and knees, are one metre underground and are carved out of sandstone. They feature several alcoves and a font.It remains unclear exactly what the caves were used for or when they were built, but Historic England describes them as a “grotto” and states it appears they have recently been used for “black magic rites”. 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.
During the last six months, Metso has received orders to install over 50 flotation cells in Spain and Portugal, ranging from small 15 m³ units to large 300 m³ cells. Metso will deliver flotation equipment to expansion projects by Almina, Somincor and other leading mining companies located on the Iberian Pyrite Belt as well as Saloro in Barruecopardo, western Spain. With these recent orders, Metso says it is further strengthening its position as the largest supplier of flotation equipment in the Iberian mining market for the last two consecutive years. Also, Metso’s global footprint in flotation equipment grew during the second half of 2017.In addition to equipment, Metso’s flotation offering also covers a range of services like installation, commissioning and training, as well as solutions to improve the metallurgical performance of both Metso and third-party equipment with advanced process control and froth cameras such as VisioFroth(TM). Metso RCS flotation equipment is designed to ensure higher recovery and throughput as well as to reduce maintenance and energy costs. “We at Metso have been focusing not only on developing a market-leading equipment offering for flotation, but also on our capabilities to help our customers optimise the operation of their units. These new orders are clear affirmation that our customers recognize our expertise and cutting-edge technology development, and that this has been the right approach in solving their challenges. We are very committed to continue to find the best solutions for our customers processing minerals in Western Europe as well as globally,” says Miguel Santos, Head of Mining Sales Development, West Europe.
According to a report in Canada’s CBC News, two C$6.5 million Caterpillar 6040 hydraulic face shovels, built in Dortmund, Germany, have been shipped to Victoria Gold’s Eagle gold mine site located about 80 km north of Mayo, Yukon. The loading tools were shipped from Germany to Halifax then loaded on trucks and trucked up to Edmonton and then up to Whitehorse and on to Eagle.The hydraulic shovels had to be taken apart and shipped in 30 tractor-trailer loads across Canada. Each has a 7,500 litre fuel tank and both have over 2,000 horsepower and can move 30 cubic yards of material with each bucket load. The two shovels are capable together of moving 60,000 t of rock per day. The machines will load a fleet of 11 Caterpillar 785 trucks now being shipped to site from the US.Victoria Gold’s 100%-owned Dublin Gulch gold property is situated in the central Yukon Territory, Canada, approximately 375 km north of the capital city of Whitehorse, and approximately 85 km from the town of Mayo. The Property is accessible by road year-round, and is located within Yukon Energy’s electrical grid. The company has constructed and maintains a 210 person all-season camp at the project site. The property covers an area of approximately 555 square kilometres, and is the site of the company’s Eagle gold deposit.The Eagle gold mine is expected to be Yukon’s next operating gold mine and, between the Eagle and Olive deposits, include proven and probable reserves of 2.7 Moz of gold from 123 Mt of ore with a grade of 0.67 grams of gold per tonne, as outlined in a National Instrument 43-101 feasibility study. The NI 43-101 Mineral Resource for the Eagle and Olive deposits has been estimated to host 191 Mt averaging 0.65 grams of gold per tonne, containing 4 Moz of gold in the “Measured and Indicated” category, inclusive of proven and probable reserves, and a further 24 Mt averaging 0.61 grams of gold per tonne, containing 0.5 Moz of gold in the “Inferred” category. Full construction commenced March 15, 2018 with completion and first gold pour scheduled for the second half of 2019.
Three matches, three easy victories of home teams at the beginning of pre-Qualifications for the EHF EURO 2016 in Poland:Finland vs. Luxembourg 28:21 (12:11)Greece vs. Great Britain 43:14 (14:8)Estonia vs. Ireland 44:13 (20:4) Finnish handballMen’s EHF EURO 2016 ← Previous Story Šešum and Nenadić “golden boys” in victory over Russia! Next Story → EC 2014 Quals: Spain begins with an easy victory over neighbours Portugal
RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: 83 per cent. Audience rating: 69 per cent. RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: 74 per cent. Audience rating: 82 per cent. WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.The Butler(Movie Trailers/YouTube)For fans of: Equality, history, OprahAvoid if: You’ve your head in the sandThis film tells the story of the butler who served at the White House for three decades, and who saw not just Presidents but the entire social fabric of the United States change during his tenure. It’s a great way of looking at African American history and how the US has evolved. The Counselor(ENTV/YouTube)For fans of: Fassbender, nightmaresAvoid if: You loved The RoadTwo legends – author Cormac McCarthy and director Ridley Scott – team up for this thriller about a lawyer who gets involved in a dodgy business deal, and swiftly comes to regret it. It’s jam-packed with stars, but the reviews say that it’s not much cop. Only one way to find out… RottenTomatoes.com critics rating: 36 per cent. Audience rating: 28 per centDon Jon(movieclips trailers/YouTube)For fans of: JGL, GTLAvoid if: You prefer Third Rock from the SunBoy oh boy has Joseph Gordon Levitt come on since his days as a long-haired teen star. In Don Jon – his acting-directing debut – he plays a New Joysie gym-bunny who’s rather addicted to online porn. But can he get it together and develop a meaningful relationship with a real live woman?
12,410 Views Sep 3rd 2019, 5:33 PM Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 5:33 PM These people have told me of feeling that there has been an unreasonable effort to control them, and when they have not complied, some people have apparently been threatened that use of equipment or support hours will either be reduced or withdrawn.Gath also noted in her report that communication issues between the HSE and families remains problematic. ComplaintsToday’s report shows there was an increase in the number of complaints or concerns received about the care of vulnerable adults in HSE-funded services last year.In 2018, 206 concerns or complaints were received, compared to 196 in 2017. However, there was a reduction in the number of safeguarding concerns – down from 90 in 2017 to 76 in 2019.The majority of concerns and complaints related to issues with disability services – 70% of all concerns received. Some 11% of concerns and complaints related directly to Mental Health Services (both hospital and day-care services) throughout the country.The type of concerns raised with the Confidential Recipient included:Safeguarding (76 complaints in 2018, down from 90 in 2017)Client placement/planning (34 in 2018, up from 22 in 2017)Access to equipment (10 in 2018, up from five in 2017)Level of staff to support client (30 in 2018, up from five in 2017)Financial charges (three in 2018, down from five in 2017)Staff behaviour (20 in 2018, down from 28 in 2017)The report highlights a number of case studies that were resolved during the period in question.One of the cases relates to a woman with severe intellectual disabilities who, after back surgery and a tracheostomy, and was living in an acute hospital.The service she had previously used was unable to take her back because of the complexity of her medical care and her family were not in a position to take her home.Gath’s office was notified to the woman’s case in early 2018, today’s report notes. A trip to visit her showed me she had no life outside her single hospital room. She was spending her days thumping the padded sides of her bed. That appeared to be her only activity. Her intellectual disability meant she could not understand television, and had no activities to do during the day.“Needless to say she was having behavioural problems. She had someone employed to sit with her all day – but no activities except for the occasional walk around the corridors in a wheelchair in the evening when the hospital was quiet.”After bringing the woman’s case to the attention of the HSE, she was transferred to a residential placement where, today’s report notes, “she has settled well”. Gath said her office had dealt with almost 750 formal concerns or complaints about healthcare services since it was established in December 2014. Image: Shutterstock/Minerva Studio Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Minerva Studio A HSE WATCHDOG has criticised the health service for denying people with disabilities a role in the decisions made about their care. According to the fourth annual report by the independent Confidential Recipient for Vulnerable Persons Leigh Gath, some people have said they were threatened with having equipment or support hours reduced or removed after expressing a desire to have a role in the care provided by health services. Gath’s role is to receive and examine concerns and to provide help and advice to vulnerable adults, or anyone concerned about a vulnerable adult in a HSE-funded service.In her report, Gath criticised the HSE’s use of the medical model of disability instead of the social model which allows for more inclusiveness for people with disabilities.“In some instances [people] are apparently being forced to use their supports or equipment as the HSE sees fit,” Gath said. This excludes people with disabilities “having choices in their lives because it may be deemed ‘risky’ or not necessary,” Gath said. “The concerns I have seen on this are coming from adults with physical and/or sensory disabilities who are capable of making their own decisions,” Gath said in her report. Short URL By Cónal Thomas Share50 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4794145 ‘They feel there’s an unreasonable effort to control them’: Watchdog concern over HSE treatment of people with disabilities In 2018, 206 complaints or concerns were received by Confidential Recipient for Vulnerable Persons. 8 Comments
“An ancient instrument of war, battered and worn – but it still fires true. Perhaps it’s been waiting for you.”If you can remember way back to the first moment you picked up Destiny two years ago, the very first weapon that your Ghost pointed you to was the Khvostov 7G-02. It was your first taste of firepower, an auto-rifle that was incredibly low-powered, but of course you didn’t know that at the time. You simply grabbed it and fought off your enemies, and played with it until something better came along, and threw it aside. A gun with no perks quickly grows forgotten in the weapon-laden wonderland of Destiny, but there was still something about that first gun…Now Bungie has revealed that it knows people love this weapon, and so it will be returning in the upcoming Rise of Iron expansion. It won’t just be the same gun either, it will be a new exotic that pays tribute both to the old-school feel of the rifle and the nostalgia gamers felt to their very first gun.“We really wanted to pay homage to that,” said lead designer Ryan Paradis in a recent interview. “Let’s tug at the heartstrings a little bit. Let’s give this gun a little bit more fiction and purpose. It’s one of the true military weapons we have in the game that really feels like an assault rifle, so it was kind of neat for us to bring that back.” So not only will the Krovstov be returning, it will be the motivation behind an entire new quest line in the expansion. Similar to last year’s Sleeper Simulant, which was only unlockable through a long quest chain which required players to find fusion rifle relics, Khvostov weapon parts will be found in the new Plaguelands zone. These will be randomly hidden in chests or given out as rewards in the Archon’s Forge Battle Arena. Thankfully this time you’ll only need one (not the four that the Sleeper Simulant required) and when you hand it over to a new quest giver the quest line will kick off. It will culminate in you gaining the brand new upgraded Khvostov.Players who have somehow hung on to their starting weapon for this long time (or those that start up a new character) can simply scrap it for parts to get the parts.Besides a new barrel and a spitshine the gun looks the same, but the new perks add a whole lot more. Its new form will be customizable beyond most any weapon in the game. You can choose perks that turn the auto rifle into burst, semi-auto, or fully automatic, and even change the rate of fire when it’s automatic to something more akin to a chaingun.There’s also a slot for ornaments, which is a brand new feature in Rise of Iron. Presumably it will work like Chroma for armor, and allow you to activate it and change the way the gun looks.“Most players don’t gravitate towards auto-rifles, so one of the cool features is that node selection for firing,” says Paradis. “That’s the first time we’ve really fiddled with that, but it kind of makes it a gun for all occasions.” Destiny’s Rise of Iron expansion launches on on September 20. It will feature a brand new area to explore (the Plaguelands) as well as new enemies, a new level cap, tons of new weapons, gear, quests, and most importantly, a new Raid.
Updated: 5:09 PM KUSI Newsroom, July 18, 2019 Tom Cruise surprises Comic-Con with ‘Top Gun’ sequel trailer KUSI Newsroom Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter Watch the official trailer for #TopGun: Maverick starring @TomCruise. In theatres 2020. pic.twitter.com/J698eUnakI— Top Gun (@TopGunMovie) July 18, 2019SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tom Cruise has made an unexpected flyby at San Diego Comic-Con to debut the first trailer for “Top Gun: Maverick.”The audience in the 8,000 seat room went wild for Cruise Thursday afternoon. He closed out what had been billed only as a panel for “Terminator: Dark Fate.”Cruise says all the flying in the trailer is real and that “Top Gun: Maverick” is a love letter to aviation. They worked with the Navy for the film, which is currently in production.“Top Gun: Maverick” is expected to hit theaters next June. Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm and Miles Teller co-star.Cruise said Comic-Con was the perfect place to premiere the trailer. He shot the original some 34. Posted: July 18, 2019
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A collision involving at least two vehicles resulted in one death and two hospitalizations in Fort Lauderdale.Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the crash at the intersection of Northwest 31st Avenue and Prospect Road, Friday night.Officials said the impact was very intense, causing one of the vehicles to break the fence line at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.One person was airlifted, while another victim was transported by ambulance.The cause of the collision remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar put forth five points he is working on and highlighted India’s role in the global arena during the dinner hosted by him here on Saturday, according to the Ambassador of Iceland to India, Gudmundur Arni Stefansson. “He (Jaishankar) had five points which he said he’s working on. India is coming to the international arena in a much broader space than before,” the Ambassador told ANI after the event. Also Read – JNU poll panel cancels Yogi’s nomination Advertise With Us The EAM talked about the Indian economy (especially Indian exports), peace, environment, India’s position as the most populous nation in the world and a general overview of its neighbourhood policy during the dinner. He also outlined India’s foreign policy going forward, including strengthening global partnerships and the global position of India in the future. Also Read – Sisodia inaugurates three-day Mehrauli Monsoon Festival Advertise With Us “The EAM made very important remarks in which he (outlined) the key direction of foreign policy and he stressed that India would try to interact and engage with all the regions across the world. He highlighted a number of priorities, especially strengthening the global partnership and the global position of India in the future,” Vietnam’s Ambassador to India, Pham Sanh Chau, said while speaking to ANI. Advertise With Us Jaishankar reaffirmed his support for the diplomatic community, telling the gathered envoys that the Ministry of External Affairs would be the first point of contact for them, Pham added. “What we liked most is that he said that both he and the MoS are at our disposal. And they will try to get our voice heard in other ministries, along with making sure that the MEA is the first point of contact for all ambassadors. We are very pleased with this interaction and we thank MEA for this initiative,” The Vietnamese Ambassador stated. Pham also assured Vietnam’s support to India in discharging its global responsibility. All the envoys lauded the EAM’s gesture, with one even calling him “a very good” choice for the post. “You have the right man on the spot! Overall, what I’m saying is that you have a very good one at your post,” Stefansson said while appreciating Jaishankar. “It’s not to be taken for granted that a foreign minister meets soon after taking office. We have more than 150 diplomatic missions here and he went from table to table to talk with as many Ambassadors as possible so everybody could have a little chat,” Walter J. Lindner, the German Ambassador to India told ANI. He also called the dinner “inspiring” in a tweet later.
Chevella: State Consumer Forum Chairman Srinivas Reddy, MLA Kale Yadaiah and ZPTC Patnam Avinash Reddy participated in TRS membership enrollment programme in Shabad on Wednesday.Speaking on the occasion, Yadaiah said, “Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao assured insurance to party activists. As many as 50,000 people will take membership from Chevella.”
Hyderabad: 120 accident-prone spots have been identified in Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda Commissionerates, out of which around 19 accident-prone spots belong to roads which were constructed by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).The remaining accident-prone spots come under the Hyderabad Road Development Corporation Limited (HRDCL) and other roads under National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us In a review meeting which was held by the police department officials and GHMC officials on road accidents, police department informed about the accident-prone spots across the city. Speaking to The Hans India, Mohammad Ziauddin, Chief Engineer, GHMC, said, “We have got the list from police department about the accident-prone spots which comes under GHMC and we will conduct joint inspection and discuss measures to be taken to reduce the spots.” Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Nearly 50 per cent of accidents happen due to negligence of drivers, less visibility on the roads, lack of streetlights, tree branches left on road side and sharp curves that make it difficult to view vehicles and persons coming in opposite direction. The Commissioner sanctioned Rs 1.53 crore to install the railings on the roadside and to make the lane marking and zebra crossing visible to the drivers as well as the pedestrians. “We will install signage boards, pedestrian crossing line, rumble strips as well as provide necessary adequate light on the roads for better visibility after the joint inspection in next week,” he said. Advertise With Us The identified accident-prone spots in GHMC roads include Farooq Nagar bus depot in Falaknuma, Kandikal Gate flyover, GPO Abids, near ENT hospital in Koti, near Indira Park Junction, near Ramkrishna Mutt, Vidyanagar Cross Road, Chilkalguda Cross Road, Warasiguda Cross Road, near Yousufguda Check Post and three to four locations near Secunderabad Railway Station. At these spots, the police department instructed the GHMC to construct road dividers, zebra crossing, rumble strips, lane marking and many other measures to reduce the accidents in city. Along with these spots, the police department also identified around 50 accident-prone stretches in city and in that 18 to 19 stretches belongs to the GHMC.GHMC and cops to jointly decide on safety measuresMAJOR SPOTS Farooq Nagar bus depot in Falaknuma; Kandikal Gate flyover; GPO Abids; ENT hospital in Koti; Indira Park Junction; Ramakrishna Mutt; Vidyanagar Cross Road; Chilkalguda Cross Road; Warasiguda Cross Road; Yousufguda Check Post; and 3-4 locations at Secunderabad Railway StationCATEGORIES OF BLACK SPOTS • A category: Twenty or more accidents on same spot in three years • B category: Ten or more accidents on same spot in three years • C category: Five accidents on same spot in three yearsMAJOR CAUSES Nearly 50 per cent of accidents happen due to negligence of drivers, less visibility on the roads, lack of streetlights, tree branches left on roadside and sharp curves that make it difficult to view vehicles and persons coming in opposite directionWe will install signage boards, pedestrian crossing line, rumble strips as well as provide necessary adequate light on the roads for better visibility after the joint inspection in next week – Mohammad Ziauddin, Chief Engineer, GHMC
The Election Commission on Sunday began the collection of photographs and fingerprints of possible voters in 183 upazilas across the country in the first phase, reports UNB.The photographs and fingerprints will be collected at union-level voter registration centres in 183 upazilas till 15 September in the first phase, while these will be collected in 216 upazilas from 16 September to 13 October in the second phase, and in 118 upazilas from 14 October to 5 November in the third phase.The commission earlier registered 24.3 lakh people as possible voters across the country during its door-to-door campaign from 25 July to 9 August last.The data of 13.33 lakh dead people were also collected to remove their names from the country’s voter list during the 16-day data collection campaign by enumerators.This year, enumerators collected the data of 2,437,331 possible voters throughout the country, director (PR) at the EC secretariat SM Asaduzzaman told UNB.The possible voters are 447,515 in Dhaka region, 234,977 in Chittagong region, 339,870 in Rajshahi region, 250,134 in Khulna region, 224,820 in Sylhet region, 136,462 in Barisal region, 263,242 in Rangpur region, 265,754 in Mymensingh region, 156,280 in Faridpur region and 118,277 in Comilla region, he said.The freshly registered people will be voters when the final updated electoral rolls will be published on 31 January, 2018 following the disposal of complaints, if any.According to the EC statistics, the country has a total of 10.17 crore voters.
“This law aims to protect the public from the spread of fake news, while allowing freedom of speech as provided for under the constitution,” Law Minister Azalina Othman Said told parliament.“This bill is a weapon to close the truth so that what is false can be upheld as true, and what is true can be reversed as false,” said legislator Lim Guan Eng. “This is something very dangerous for our country.”For the last three years, political debate in Malaysia has focused on the bankruptcy of 1MDB, a state-backed investment fund, set up by Prime Minister Najib Razak. Discussion was further inflamed when a mysterious payment of some $731 million was discovered in the personal bank account of Najib.Najib has denied any wrongdoing in both instances. Since the emergence of the scandal, Najib has fired the attorney general and used existing powers, including sedition and defamation laws, to charge opposition legislators and journalists.Critics of the proposed new law claim that it is deliberately defined in vague terms. The government says that courts will have have the final say.Last month, deputy communications minister Jailani Johari, said that any information about 1MDB that has not been verified by the (Malaysian) government “is deemed as fake news.” His boss, Salleh Said Keruak, this week partially retracted that. He said that simply mentioning the U.S. Department of Justice probe into 1MDB and U.S. attempts to recover $1.7 billion of assets, would not be an offense, but linking Najib to a specific dollar amount could be.“Malaysia’s ‘fake news’ bill is a blatant attempt by the government to prevent any and all news that it doesn’t like, whether about corruption or elections,” said Brad Adams, Asia director of NGO, Human Rights Watch. “The proposed law uses draconian penalties and broad language in an audacious and unprecedented effort to control discussion of Malaysia worldwide.”Malaysia is scheduled to hold general elections no later than August this year, though Najib could call for them to be held earlier. Malaysia has been governed by the same Barisan Nasional coalition since independence in 1957. Najib’s UMNO party is the largest component of the coalition, but it lost the popular vote at the 2013 election. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Malaysia’s parliament on Monday voted in favor of the world’s first anti fake news law. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate later this week and take effect shortly.The legislation provides for a fines of up to $123,000 and six-year jail sentences for anyone publishing or disseminating misleading information. It makes online service providers liable for third party content. And it has extra-territorial reach as fake news generated outside the country is subject to criminal penalty if either the country of Malaysia or Malaysian citizens are affected.Opposition lawmakers argued that the law was an assault on free speech and is intended to silence critics of the government in an election year. They succeeded in getting the proposed prison term reduced from 10 years, but ultimately lost the vote in the lower house.’