Security tightened as Myanmar delegation visits Rohingya camps

first_imgDhaka: Security at Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh will be tightened during the visit of a high-level Myanmar delegation this weekend for repatriation talks, officials said Thursday. Some 740,000 Rohingya fled a crackdown by Myanmar’s military in 2017 in Rakhine state and are living in nearly three dozen refugee camps in Bangladesh’s southeastern border district of Cox’s Bazar. Many still fear for their safety if they return to Myanmar, where the Muslim minority has faced decades of repression and erosion of rights. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We have stepped up security in the camps during their tour,” Bangladesh’s refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam said. He added that the delegation would meet with Rohingya leaders this weekend to inform them of measures they have taken for their return to Rakhine. The camps — where the Rohingya population has grown to nearly a million — have sparked tensions between the neighbouring countries with Bangladesh blaming Myanmar for delays in repatriating the refugees. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe two governments signed a repatriation deal in November 2017, but so far virtually no Rohingya have volunteered to return. Bangladesh has said it will not force any Rohingya to leave. Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen told reporters in the capital Dhaka on Wednesday he hoped the “repatriation will begin by September”. Myanmar has faced international pressure to allow the Rohingya to return to Rakhine and grant them citizenship rights. The United Nations has complained that progress to address the refugee crisis has been far too slow. Last November a move to start the repatriation process fell through after none of the Rohingya agreed to return to their country. It followed a visit to the camps in October last year by a Myanmar delegation. The new visit comes in the wake of talks between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Xi Jinping in Beijing. China is a key ally of Myanmar, and Hasina said then that Beijing would “do whatever is required” to help resolve the Rohingya crisis.last_img read more

Saskatchewan RCMP defends relationship with Indigenous people following lawsuit

first_imgREGINA – The RCMP is defending its relationship with Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan after it was named in a lawsuit filed by the family of Colten Boushie.Boushie was fatally shot in August 2016 by a Saskatchewan farmer who was later found not guilty of second-degree murder.The lawsuit includes farmer Gerald Stanley for the shooting and the RCMP for the way it treated family members after Boushie died.When the lawsuit was announced, Chris Murphy, one of the family’s lawyers, said the lawsuit will make the RCMP examine how it interacts with Indigenous people.RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki says Murphy’s statement does not accurately reflect the positive relationship Mounties have with Indigenous people in the province.He says the RCMP has long worked closely with Indigenous communities from local detachments to senior officers.“Every day Saskatchewan RCMP officers and employees work collaboratively with our communities both Indigenous and non-Indigenous,” Zablocki said in a release Friday.“The Saskatchewan RCMP is committed to continue supporting and further developing these positive relationships.”None of the allegations in the Boushie family lawsuit have been proven in court.last_img read more

Princess Lalla Hasnaa Visits ‘Al Masjid’ Eco-School in Ain Aouda

Rabat – Princess Lalla Hasnaa, president of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environment Protection, visited, Friday in Ain Aouda (Skhirat-Temara prefecture), the “Al-Masjid” Eco-School, on the occasion of the 12th year of the Eco-Schools Program.The program is one of the Foundation’s levers to make sustainable development education an integral part of kids’ education, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).During this visit, Princess Lalla Hasnaa talked with pupils from the school’s monitoring committee, kids aged 5 to 12 and who have been active since the year 2010 when their school joined the Eco-Schools Program. They showed Princess Lalla Hasnaa some daily eco-gestures and good practices they use for water management and energy saving. The students discussed with Princess Lalla Hasnaa climate and energy issues through an online game by the Foundation aimed at raising the awareness of children about these problems.The kids also showed the Princess their interest in preserving biodiversity by presenting aromatic and medicinal plants they have planted in the school’s garden.Princess Lalla Hasnaa enquired about initiatives taken by the students to recycle waste of their establishment and save water in the school’s garden via the use of a drip irrigation system with PET bottles.The Al Masjid school is an a good example of the Eco-Schools Program. The commitment of its students enabled it to obtain the green flag since 2012, the highest distinction of the program, and to renew it every year since then. Mobilized by the monitoring committee, the 171 students divided into six classes discussed the different themes of the program.In 2012, they dealt with waste management and food, and in 2013 and 2014, they addressed two other issues: energy and biodiversity.The students of the “Al Masjid” Eco-School are now working to spread their experience in their surrounding and other institutions. They made, with the help of the “Sourire d’espoir” Association, a guide of the ecological student.Thanks to networking led by the Foundation to disseminate experiences and best practices, the school united in 2018 with another rural school, the “Lboura” Eco-School of Taroudant, Green Flag since 2013, with which it shares a game on the electrical consumption of household appliances, made with recycled materials.Today, nearly 1,925 schools come under this program, 262 of which have the Green Flag or one of its intermediate certificates. This network represents more than 717,853 eco-students supervised by 28,765 coordinators trained by the Foundation and the Ministry of Education. With MAP read more

Annan says end of the road reached as Cyprus talks produce no

“I share tonight with all peace-loving Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Greeks and Turks a deep sense of sadness,” the Secretary-General said in a statement read out in The Hague by his Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, early this morning after a day of talks yesterday and a joint meeting organized at 2 a.m., which broke up more than an hour later, failed to produce a deal.”I am not sure another opportunity like this one will present itself again any time soon,” he added. “Nevertheless, I want the people of Cyprus to know that I have not given up on them. I saw in their eyes their longing for peace and reunification. I regret that they have been denied the chance to decide their own future.”The Secretary-General last month invited the Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, for yesterday’s meeting in The Hague. He had asked that each party be ready to commit to submit a revised plan for approval at separate, simultaneous referenda on 30 March in order to achieve a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.In his statement today, the Secretary-General said Mr. Papadopoulos answered that he was prepared to do so, as long as the people knew what they are being asked to vote on. “To that end he wished to be sure that the gaps regarding federal legislation, as well as constituent state constitutions, would be filled,” the statement said. “He underlined the importance of Greece and Turkey agreeing and committing to the security provisions in the plan. Furthermore, considerably more time was needed than was available for a proper public campaign on the referendum to be carried out. These conditions need to be fulfilled before a referendum can take place. He said he was prepared not to re-open its substantive provisions if the other side was prepared to do likewise.”As for the Turkish Cypriot leader, “Mr. Denktash answered that he was not prepared to agree to put the plan to referendum,” the statement said. “He said he had fundamental objections to the plan on basic points. He believed that further negotiations were only likely to be successful if they began from a new starting point and if the parties agreed on basic principles. He added that Turkey was in any case not in a position to sign the statement requested of the guarantors because this first required the authorization of parliament.”The statement noted that efforts to salvage the process and keep open the prospect of a reunited Cyprus acceding to the EU continued in the course of yesterday and during the night. “I even suggested that negotiations could continue until 28 March with a view to holding the referenda one week later on 6 April,” the Secretary-General said. “Regrettably, these efforts were not successful for the reasons stated above.”Accordingly, as I said when I left Cyprus on 28 February, we have reached the end of the road. The two leaders have expressed their willingness to continue talks. But without a firm commitment to proceed energetically to a conclusion according to a strict work programme, culminating in separate simultaneous referenda, it will clearly not be possible to achieve a comprehensive settlement before the accession of Cyprus to the European Union on 16 April. That commitment is not in place at this time.”Mr. de Soto is set to proceed to New York to prepare a detailed report to the Security Council, and will be closing his office in Cyprus in the coming weeks.”My plan remains on the table, ready for the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to pick it up and carry it forward to a solution if they summon the will to do so,” the Secretary-General said. “If I see that there is a clear and realistic prospect of finalizing negotiations, with the full backing of the motherlands, I will be ready to assist. Let us hope that that day is much closer than it seems this morning.” read more

US Europe escalate sanctions on Russia Obama says Ukraine actions have consequences

WASHINGTON – Struggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting rebels “have consequences.”Though the American and European sanctions were co-ordinated, they nonetheless exposed fissures in what the West has tried to project as a united front in its monthslong effort to isolate Russian President Vladimir Putin.Putin, sounding unperturbed, said the U.S. was only hurting itself.The penalties announced by the White House were broad in scope, targeting two major Russian energy firms, a pair of powerful financial institutions, eight arms firms and four individuals. Leaders in Europe, which has a far deeper economic relationship with Russia than the U.S., were more restrained, ordering investment and development banks on the continent to suspend financing agreements with Moscow.In a decision that could affect Russian oligarchs or members of the Kremlin inner circle, the EU leaders also asked their foreign ministers to consider targeting people or companies involved in the unrest in Ukraine.Even the U.S. penalties stopped short of the most stringent actions the West has threatened, which would entail fully cutting off key sectors of Russia’s economy. But officials said those steps were still on the table if Russia fails to abide by the West’s demands to stop support for pro-Russian insurgents who have destabilized swaths of eastern Ukraine.“What we are expecting is that the Russian leadership will see once again that its actions in Ukraine have consequences, including a weakening Russian economy and increasing diplomatic isolation,” Obama said as he announced the U.S. penalties from the White House.Publicly undismayed, Putin said the new sanctions run counter to U.S. national interests because they put American companies that want to operate in Russia at a competitive disadvantage.At a news conference in Brazil, Putin said through a translator: “They are undermining the positions of their energy companies.” He said, “They made one mistake, and now they insist on making another one.”Until now, the U.S. and Europe have limited their sanctions on Europe to travel bans and asset freezes aimed at individuals and entities, including some with close ties to Putin. But those measures have done little to change Putin’s calculus, with the Pentagon announcing Wednesday that Russian troops were again building up along the border with Ukraine. In Ukraine itself, pro-Russian rebels in the east have lost much ground but now seem to be hunkering down for what could be extended urban warfare.Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of fomenting the insurgency by sending troops and weapons across its border with the former Soviet republic, something Moscow denies. The insurgency was sparked by Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine earlier this year.While Obama has put a premium on responding to the provocations in co-ordination with Europe, the White House has grown increasingly frustrated with the continent’s reluctance to impose sanctions on Russian economic sectors. EU leaders fear such penalties could have negative impacts on their own economies given their close financial relationships with Russia.U.S. officials summoned European diplomats to the White House on Monday to discuss the matter and warn that Obama was prepared to take unilateral action if the EU did not take stronger measures during a meeting in Brussels Wednesday.After meeting late into the night, the EU said it was asking the European Investment Bank to sign no new financing agreements with Moscow. The EU also agreed to suspend financing of new European Bank for Reconstruction and Development operations in Russia.“There has been no progress in the attitude of Russia to solve this situation, the Ukraine crisis,” said French President Francois Hollande in explaining the decision he and other EU leaders took.European leaders also signalled for the first time their willingness to go after Russian companies “that are materially or financially supporting actions undermining or threatening Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.” They ordered their foreign ministers to draw up a list of such people or entities by the end of the month.Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, whose nation borders Russia, said the EU had to get tougher with Moscow “because if Putin’s aggressive policy isn’t stopped, he will go further.”The targets of the U.S. sanctions include two major Russian energy firms: Novatek, the country’s largest independent natural gas producer, and Rosneft, Russia’s largest petroleum company and third largest gas producer. The penalties bar both from getting long-term loans from U.S. entities.Also targeted were leading Russian financial institutions, the Russian development bank VEB and Gazprombank, banking arm of Russia’s state energy behemoth Gazprom. The sanctions restrict their ability to access U.S. capital markets.Steven Pifer, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, said the American sanctions will add uncertainty to a Russian economy that has already been showing signs of weakness.“These are serious sanctions. They target major Russian energy companies and financial institutions,” said Pifer, who currently works as an analyst at the Brookings Institution in Washington.The sanctions were welcomed with muted praise from some Republicans on Capitol Hill, who have contended that Obama’s warnings of tougher action have been little more than empty threats.“While the delay in imposing real costs on Russia has been damaging to U.S. credibility, today’s announcement by the administration is definitely a step in the right direction,” said Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.Also included on Wednesday’s sanctions list were four individuals: Putin adviser Igor Shchegolev, Russian State Duma Deputy Speaker Sergei Neverov, Ukrainian separatist leader Aleksandr Borodai and Sergey Beseda, an official with Russia’s Federal Security Service, the intelligence agency that replaced the KGB after the collapse of the Soviet Union.___Associated Press writers Nedra Pickler and Deb Riechmann in Washington and Laura Mills in Moscow contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace at and John-Thor Dahlburg at by Julie Pace And John-Thor Dahlburg, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2014 2:36 pm MDT US, Europe escalate sanctions on Russia; Obama says Ukraine actions ‘have consequences’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

VIDEO We are waiting for you – Masters Handball World Cup 2019

The biggest spectacle in the world of Masters handball – Masters handball World Cup 2019 will be held in Omis (Croatia) between May 9-12.Come and enrich you with unique handball experience – in fantastic atmosphere with teams from more than 20 countries…www.mhworldcup.com Masters Handball World Cup 2019 ← Previous Story David Davis: I learned everything from Pastor Next Story → DREAM, WIN, REMEMBER: Battle for EURO 2020 starts on Wednesday read more

Deschamps I hope Martial continues good form

first_imgFrance coach Didier Deschamps hopes Anthony Martial will keep up the good performances after recalling him into the national teamThe forward has scored five goals in his last four Premier League games for Manchester United.Based on this, Deschamps decided to award Martial with his first France call-up since March on Thursday.Now Deschamps has his fingers crossed that the 22-year-old will maintain his recent form.“He has incredible potential, but does not always show it regularly,” said Deschamps, according to BBC.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“What he is doing in Manchester now is closer to what he is able to do.“He is still a young player, but one who, I hope, is seeing the importance he has had in Manchester in recent weeks.”Martial has scored one goal and provided four assists in 18 appearances for France.The world champions will first to the Netherlands next Friday in the UEFA Nations League before hosting a friendly with Uruguay at Paris four days later.last_img read more

Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire gains living wage accreditation

first_imgAge UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.The charity has committed to paying its 127 employees at least the voluntary living wage rate of £8.45 an hour. This will apply to both direct staff and third-party contractors.The living wage is a voluntary, hourly rate that is calculated according to the basic cost of living. The rate is independently set and updated annually. The living wage for employees working in London is £9.75 an hour to reflect the higher cost of living in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage rate, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage is currently £7.50 an hour.Mick Tinkler, chief executive officer at Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, said: “We are pleased to be recognised by the Living Wage Foundation and be part of a network of responsible employers. We place staff support, development and retention at the heart of our charity’s strategy so it is important for our charity to provide a positive, encouraging and rewarding place to work for staff. Paying a living wage is just one way of our charity invests in our people, the communities we serve, and the UK economy.”Laura Page, human resources manager at Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, added: “We see the living wage as a major commitment to fairness and hope it will make Age UK [Nottingham and Nottinghamshire] stand out as an organisation people want to work for. We want to be the best employer we possibly can.”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for December 28 Man Arrested On Warrant Wellness Check On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, December 28, 2018:Police conducted a wellness check on a party slumped over the steering wheel of a parked car in the Target parking lot. Situation checked OK. Party was just taking a nap. (9:20am)A wallet was found in the MBTA North Wilmington parking lot with a Florida driver’s license. (10:34am)A caller stated there was a possible injured and/or rabid raccoon out in front of Symbotic on Research Drive. Animal Control Officer took possession of the raccoon and made arrangements to euthanize the animal. (10:50am)A walk-in party reported he believed someone was shooting holes in his mailbox on Main Street. Police went to the man’s home and inspected his mailbox. No damage was observed. (12:35pm)Joshua Kivlehan (25, Lynn) was arrested on a warrant. (1:35pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 3: Drug Arrest; 11pm Fireworks On Lowell St.; Raccoon Gets Head Stuck In Soup CanIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 1: Lowell Woman Arrested For OUI; Billerica Teen Arrested On Warrant; 2 Drivers Issued SummonsesIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Verizon bundles Apple Music into its more expensive unlimited plans

first_img Mobile Mobile Apps Digital Media Music Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Tags Apple Post a comment Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple Music Verizon Apple • Verizon will include Apple Music in its Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans.  Verizon Verizon’s expanding its Apple Music perk for some unlimited plan customers. Starting Thursday, Verizon will include Apple Music in its Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans. Customers with a Go Unlimited plan can get six months of Apple Music, according to a press release from the carrier on Tuesday. This isn’t a brand-new perk for Verizon subscribers. Previously, customers on these three unlimited plans were offered a six-month trial of Apple Music, after which they’d have to pay $9.99 a month for the music streaming service. Now, customers on Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans will get Apple Music permanently at no additional cost.”When we introduced six months free of Apple Music to Verizon Unlimited subscribers, we said it was just the beginning of a great collaboration between Verizon and Apple to bring music streaming to our loyal customers,” said Angie Klein, vice president of marketing at Verizon, in the release. “Our customers loved the offer, so we’re expanding the value of our Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans by including Apple Music at the same plan price.”For Apple, bundling its music service for the highest-paying Verizon customers is a efficient way of boosting its own Apple Music subscriber count. As streaming music has become the main way people listen to to tunes, people are closely watching Apple’s subscriber count versus Spotify’s for signals about which service could dominate.Verizon’s Beyond Unlimited plan costs $85 and the Above Unlimited plan costs $95. The Go Unlimited plan is $75. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Review • Apple Music offers smart musical suggestions with a human touch reading • Verizon bundles Apple Music into its more expensive unlimited plans See All 0 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors How To • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? Apple Music News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TVlast_img read more

Auto Expo 2014 Maruti Suzuki Showcases Swift Volt Features Revealed

first_imgA wide variety of customised vehicles have joined the pavilion of Maruti Suzuki India at the ongoing Auto Expo 2014 in Delhi. But the one vehicle that might have struck a chord with many auto lovers is  the Maruti Suzuki Swift Volt.The Swift Volt is not a hybrid vehicle as it name suggests. It is in fact the regular Swift with new sporty look. The car comes in three colour paint jobs – white, black and red. However, the company did not divulge the specification of the modified Swift.The car looks aggressive in its styling and features and accommodates smoked headlamp and a new bumper with white-black dual paint job. Other features include 15 spoke alloy-wheels, new smoked taillights and a new spoiler.Though the engine specifications of the car is yet to be revealed, a Rulshane report suggests that the new Swift Volt is likely to be offered in both petrol and diesel engines-1.2l petrol or 1.3l diesel engine. There are also rumours that the company will introduce the new Swift in just petrol.Maruti will launch the car in the auto market after analysing the demand and response from the auto aficionados in the country. If reports are to be believed, Maruti ‘s restyled Swift Volt and  Alto K10 Krescendo are likley to make its market debut soon.Other cars that were on display at Maruti’s porch include WagonR XREST, Gypsy Escapade, Grand Vitara Luxion, EECO PikNik, DZire Opula, Alto 800 Browzer and SX4 Sport.last_img read more

Airbus CEO against Honeywells merger with United Technologies

first_imgAirbus Group SE Chief Executive Tom Enders said in statement on Wednesday that he did not see how a combination of Honeywell International Inc and United Technologies Inc (UTC) would be in his company’s interests.”I am under the impression that the leadership of UTC shares my assessment,” Enders said in the emailed statement. Airbus is one of the biggest customers of both Honeywell and UTC.UTC said on Monday that a merger with Honeywell could either be blocked outright by antitrust authorities or be conditioned on significant divestitures after a lengthy and disruptive review period that would destroy shareholder value. Honeywell countered that it did not see the regulatory process as a “material obstacle” to the deal.last_img read more

Teen arrested for raping 5yrold girl

first_imgA 15-year-old boy was arrested on Friday night for allegedly raping a five-year-old girl in Sherpur’s Jhenaigait upazila.The suspect is a resident of the upazila’s Dupuria village.”He went to the victim’s house around 10:00am on Thursday when her mother was out. He lured the girl with promises of giving her dates and raped her,” said Biplob Kumar Biswas, officer-in-charge of Jhenaigati police station.When her mother returned, the child told her what had happened. When words about the incident spread, the teenager fled his home.Locals detained him on Friday night when he came home and handed him over to police.He has been shown arrested in a case filed by the victim’s mother.last_img read more

Humanitys next test how to feed 10b people without hurting Earth

first_imgA 72-meter long `torta`, or sandwich, is prepared as an attempt to break the record for the world`s biggest sandwich, in Mexico City. Photo: AFPIt is a question critical to mankind’s survival: how do we grow enough food to sustain our booming population without wrecking our only home and plundering Nature’s bounty?Next week the most detailed scientific assessment yet of how we use the land we need to survive will show in the starkest terms the unpalatable choices facing humanity.The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) special report on land use is expected to warn how industrialised food chains, rampant resource exploitation, and even efforts to stave off the worst effects of global warming, are jeopardising our future ability to feed ourselves.But it will also deliver a withering verdict on global inequality, depicting a planet where billions of overfed people throw away vast amounts of calories at the end of each day as hundreds of millions go to bed hungry.As policymakers from around the world were set to begin poring over the report’s draft text in Geneva on Friday, experts said the importance of using land efficiently had long been overlooked.”When you look at both the effects of the changing climate as well as contributions to climate change, the land sector is incredibly important,” Lynn Scarlett, vice president for public policy at The Nature Conservancy, told AFP.Land use including agriculture and deforestation account for around a quarter of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.”On the impact side, the effects are extensive and they aren’t way out in the future, they are unfolding right now and are critical to the wellbeing of people and Nature,” said Scarlett.’Unsustainable’Agricultural systems now use a third of all land and three quarters of all fresh water on the planet.With the global population set to hit 10 billion by mid-century, there are fears those systems will be stretched to breaking point.Meat is a major problem, as is food waste. It’s estimated as much as 30 percent of all food produced ends up in landfills — with a carbon footprint to match.”Although land provides more than enough food to feed everyone, there are still 820 million who go to bed hungry every night,” said Stephan Singer, senior adviser on global energy policies with Climate Action Network.”Food is being treated in an unsustainable way.”In addition, monoculture crops such as soy used for both energy and animal feed are reshaping the surface of the planet, contributing to the destruction of carbon-absorbing forests.Trade offs?An IPCC report in October on the feasibility of limiting temperature rises to 1.5C (2.7F), in line with the Paris climate accord goals, lit a fire of global protest movements demanding that governments bring their policies in line with the science.The land use report is expected to detail increasing desertification and habitat degradation from agriculture, with an area of tropical forest the size of Sri Lanka lost each year.It will also throw up a number of trade offs.One is navigating the right balance between land used for food and land used to mitigate global warming, such as forests and bioenergy projects.Another is how to protect and empower vulnerable communities, including the women who produce much of the food in developing nations and protect indigenous peoples that safeguard pristine habitats.”This report is coming out at a critical time because agriculture is both a victim and a driver of climate change,” Teresa Anderson, climate policy co-ordinator at ActionAid, told AFP.”We need to move away from harmful industrial agriculture that relies on chemicals, drives deforestation and releases emissions.”The writing is on the wall for big agriculture corporations.”last_img

Voters To Make Final Decision On HISD Recapture Question

first_img Listen 00:00 /01:19 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: HISDHouston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza comments during the State of the Schools luncheon at the Hilton of the Americas, February 15, 2017.center_img Share X This week, voters in the Houston Independent School District will decide a school finance question worth billions of dollars, even though they won’t see any dollar figure on the ballot.The language on the ballot sounds confusing: “Authorizing the board of trustees of Houston Independent School District to purchase attendance credits from the State of Texas with local tax revenues.”Scott Hochberg, a former state lawmaker from Houston, translated what those “attendance credits” mean.“It means the school district gets to use the cheapest option of just writing a check to the state rather than having a more expensive option for both HISD and HISD taxpayers,” Hochberg said.HISD analyzed the numbers and found that a “yes” vote costs less money in the long run. The first year’s bill is about $77 million.If voters say no – like they did back in November – then HISD will pay another way. The Texas Education Commissioner will take $8 billion worth of commercial property away from HISD’s tax base, starting with the Galleria. Another school district will tax them instead.  Currently, that will happen in July unless voters change their minds.“One way or another, HISD and HISD taxpayers pay a recapture bill to the state,” Hochberg said.HISD has to pay because it’s considered a property wealthy school district. The so-called Robin Hood law in Texas requires richer districts to share money with property poor ones.Last election in November, there was a strong campaign for a “no” vote, including from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.This election, that opposition has faded while a campaign for a “yes” vote has emerged from the Greater Houston Partnership.“I think there’s every indication that the public will understand the issue better this time and will vote ‘for,’” said Bob Harvey, president and CEO at the Greater Houston Partnership.last_img read more

11YearOld Salvadoran Girl Living In Houston Gets Second Chance At Asylum

first_img Share Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaEleven-year-old Laura Maradiaga-Alvarado was facing deportation until a judge granted a motion to reopen her case.An 11-year-old Salvadoran girl facing deportation will get a second chance to ask for asylum. The judge who ordered Laura Maradiaga-Alvarado to be deported has now reopened her case.Her deportation order came after a scheduling mix-up at a Houston immigration court. Now, Laura’s asylum claim will be heard with her 15-year-old sister and mother in a joint petition. They fled to the U.S. from El Salvador last October after they say gang members murdered other family members. “We want to live a more peaceful life and free ourselves of all this,” said Dora Alvarado, Laura’s mother. “We’ve already suffered too much,” she said.Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaDora, Laura’s mother, sheds tears after talking about her hopes for a more peaceful life.The family will stay in Houston as they wait to plead their asylum case.Their next court date is May 20, but the immigration court backlog could delay their final hearing for as many as three years. Their lawyer Silvia Mintz said the family has a strong asylum claim because their family was facing deliberate retaliation by Salvadoran gang members. “The fact that one of the family members witnessed a killing from the gangs and then he testified against that person in the court, based on that, the family started to suffer retaliation and that’s where all the killings started,” Mintz said.last_img read more

Toronto police chiefs serial killer comments have angered LGBTI residents

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Mark Saunders told the Globe And Mail that ‘nobody’ came to offer information in 2012 on the Bruce McArthur case.Police launched a special task force that year called Project Houston, when three men went missing from the city’s gay village.However, six years later, landscaper McArthur has been charged with six counts of murder in the first degree.Saunders: ‘Nobody came to offer information’ on Toronto Serial KillerPolice confirm they have found remains belonging to Skandaraj ‘Skanda’ Navaratnam (above) and have charged Bruce McArthur with his murder (Photo: Toronto Police Department)Chief Mark Saunders told the newspaper that police launched a special task force called Project Houston.‘If anyone knew before us, it’s people who knew him very, very well. And so that did not come out.’But the chief’s comments could potentially worsen tensions between the community and the police, say critics.McArthur remains in custody. | Photo: FacebookSaunders also went on to defend the force’s handling of the investigation.‘I’ve heard a lot of sources say certain things, and had those sources said those things thing when we had Project Houston, I think there is a very strong potential that the outcome could have been different.‘We knew that people were missing and we knew we didn’t have the right answers. But nobody was coming to us with anything.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Toronto’s police chief has angered LGBTI residents by suggesting a lack of public cooperation allowed a suspected serial killer to continue.center_img Toronto police have charged Bruce McArthur with the murder of (L-R) Soroush Mahmudi, Majeed Kayhan and Dean Lisowick (Photos: Toronto Police) Addressing the public backlash the faced by the force since launching Project Houston and the decades old tension between the LGBTI community and the police.‘If there are things that we can do to increase relationship, if there are things to be operationally better, I’m willing to hear that,’ Chief Saunders said.‘But I don’t mind speaking on what we did.‘Was I satisfied with what we did? At the time, with the information that we had, the answer is yes.’‘Chief is creating his own problems now’ says group leaderLeft: Selim Esen, 43 – Right : Andrew Kinsman. 49 (Photo: Toronto Police)Haran Vijayanathan, executive director of the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention group, said Saunders should retract comments.‘This is actually just going to push that divide a bit further and not allow people to work together.‘The chief is creating his own problems now,’ Vijayanathan said.McArthur faces even more charges now. | Photo: FacebookPolice found the dismembered remains of six individuals this year in large plant pots at an address that McArthur used for storage after completing landscaping work.Investigators have identified three sets of remains so far – 49-year-old Kinsman, 50-year-old Soroush Mahmudi and 40-year-old Skandaraj Navaratnam.McArthur is also being charged with the presumed murders of  Majeed Kayhan, 58, 44-year-old Selim Esen and Dean Lisowick.The three men have not been found and are presumed dead.Police believe there are still more victims.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Revered Jerusalem church comes alive at night

first_imgAssociated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – After the last tourists leave the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City at nightfall, a little-known but centuries-old tradition unfolds at one of Christianity’s holiest sites.Clerics from the three largest denominations represented in the church _ Greek Orthodox, Armenian and Roman Catholic _ gather each night for special prayers reserved for the men who take care of the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements While the Tomb of Jesus and the main passages of the Holy Sepulcher are considered common spaces, the three main religious communities each own a part of the church: The Chapel of Saint Helen, near the place where Jesus’ cross is said to have been found, belongs to the Armenians; the Greek-Orthodox Church has ownership over the largest part of the church, including the Altar of the Calvary, where Jesus’s cross was raised; the Franciscans own the Chapel of the Crucifixion where Jesus was crucified, along with the northern part of the Church, where according to tradition Jesus appeared to his mother.The church was first built by Roman Emperor Constantine in 325, at the site where the tomb of Jesus was believed to have been found.Constantine’s structure was destroyed in 1009 by Muslim Caliph al-Hakim. A 12th century restoration by the Crusaders gave the Holy Sepulcher its current appearance.Life inside the Holy Sepulcher is regulated by a complex maze of norms that are often subject to different interpretations, said Father Samuel Aghoyan, the Armenian Superior of the Holy Sepulcher. At times, tensions have even spilled over into violence, with monks pushing and punching each other. The vital role family plays in society Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Check your body, save your life Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Starting at midnight, clerics and monks sing and pray for hours, their chants echoing through the cavernous chambers of the Holy Sepulcher’s darkest rooms.“The door of the church is closed, no pilgrims, no tourists, it’s very quiet,” said Father Isidoros Fakitsas, the superior of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate at the church. “It’s amazing to feel the liturgy with no people, only the monks.”Isidoros said he has attended the services for 21 years.The preparations require a rigid routine. Before the first prayers of the new day, the Christian shrine needs to be cleaned, and maintenance work has to be done.The clerics sweep the floors, replace oil lamps and clean candle holders, after thousands of pilgrims visited throughout the previous day. Occasionally a small number of devoted pilgrims help them with the cleanup and are permitted to stay and pray inside the church all night.The early morning mass is a tradition associated with monastic life, said Father Eugenio Alliata, professor of Christian Archaeology at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum in Jerusalem. “Mostly monks and religious people want to pray not only all the day, but also all the night, or part of the day or part of the night. It is part of the desire to pray without ceasing because prayers to God must be given all the time, day and night,” Alliata said. Sponsored Stories Father Fergus Clarke, the guardian for the Franciscan community inside the Holy Sepulcher, said the night prayers require a certain amount of personal sacrifice, but also bring greater spiritual fulfillment. “That’s a wonderful vocation … to be able to do something like that, to know that while people are sleeping, others are praying,” he said.The night liturgies inside the Holy Sepulcher are regulated by a consolidated tradition: The Greek-Orthodox start to celebrate mass inside Jesus’ Tomb at 12:30 a.m., before handing over to the Armenians and then the Franciscans. The Greek Orthodox liturgy at the tomb is the longest, lasting for about three and a half hours; the Armenians then take over for an hour and a half and the Franciscans for another half hour.The night service is subject to some variations. On the feast of Saint Matthias on the morning of May 14, for example, Catholics lead a procession to Jesus’ tomb during the Greek Orthodox liturgy.Sounds collided with one another that night. The celestial voices of Armenian priests rose from their wing of the Church as the sound of a Franciscan pipe organ came from the opposite direction.Competing for attention is nothing new in the ancient church. The three main denominations that share the church jealously guard their turf, and an air of mistrust lingers as each group makes sure no one else crosses into their space. “We keep almost awake at night here to see that things are done properly, on time, that no one will trespass the other’s right by doing things that he’s not supposed to do,” said Father Samuel. “So we have to be careful and watch what we do or what they do.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 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2012 GWN7 Top Tourism Award Finalists Announced

first_imgThe Visitor Centre Association of Western Australia (VCAWA) is delighted to announce the finalists of the prestigious GWN7 Top Tourism Awards.Of the nineteen nominations, the judges have advised there are six entrants who have been selected as finalists for the 2012 GWN7 Top Tourism Award.These include Busselton, Denmark, Dunsborough, Kununurra, Margaret River (2011 Winner) and Rottnest Island.In addition, each of the nominees is eligible for the West Australian Regional Newspaper Special Category Awards which include:– Heritage Award– Cultural Award– Website Development Award– Management & Staff Training Award– Community Relations Award– Environment Award– Special Events AwardThe judges will also be awarding the 2012 GWN7 Top Tourism Award with a population of less than 5,000, as well as the RAC Travel Services Business Planning & Marketing Award and the Vanguard Press Judges Award.Now in their 23rd year of the Awards, the VCAWA and GWN7 are extremely proud to once again be recognising the importance of Visitor Centres and the Tourism Industry in Western Australia.According to the Chair of the judging panel, Gabrielle Ausden “The judges were very impressed with the extremely high standard and quality of the submissions this year. It is clear that many of the entrants have taken on board feedback provided in previous years and this really shone through in the quality of the submissions in 2012. This process has reinforced for the judging panel, the diverse range of Tourism opportunities that WA has to offer and we can’t wait to visit the finalists to experience our extraordinary State”.Each of the six finalists for the 2012 GWN7 Top Tourism Award will receive a site visit from the judges and the winning entrant of the GWN7 Top Tourism Award will receive from GWN7 an airtime package valued at $25,000 to utilise in support of their overall marketing activities to attract visitors to their area.The award winners will be announced at the GWN7 Top Tourism Award Gala Dinner on Thursday the 20th of September in Mandurah, which forms part of the Annual Visitor Servicing Conference.The Visitor Centre Association of WA is a not-for-profit peak industry body, representing more than 102 Visitor Centres and sub-representation of approximately 4,500 tourism businesses throughout Western Australia. Source = Visitor Centre Association of Western Australia (VCAWA)last_img read more

Sri Lanka registers 382 growth in Indian arrivals

first_imgSri Lanka’s tourist arrivals surged 22.8% in March 2016, compared to last year, with India surging ahead of China and key Western European generating markets growing 30 to 40%. In the first quarter of 2016, arrivals were up by 22.1% to 584,818.Visitors from South Asia rose 28.6% to 96,913 with Indian arrivals surging 38.2% to 30,170 from a year earlier. Indian arrivals in the first quarter rose 32.2% to 85,624, overtaking China despite arrivals rising 46% to 77,914.At an event in Arugam Bay recently, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) re-launched its flagship mobile service. The concept behind the mobile service is to provide licensing and other related services to the tourism industry in regions where by reducing them having to come to the head office in Colombo.SLTDA conducted the mobile service which delivers various services such as hotel inspections, issuance of business licenses, tourism training etc. with assistance of International Finance Corporation (IFC). During the mobile service, for the first time, SLTDA was able to process, print and issue licenses to tourism business operators such as hotels, restaurants in the area.last_img read more