Family of Colten Boushie feel their voices were heard during visit to

first_imgOTTAWA – The family of Colten Boushie says they have felt both welcomed and heard in their effort to press the federal government for change following the acquittal of the man charged in his death.Boushie’s cousin, Jade Tootoosis, says that the family felt excluded and ignored by the justice system following the fatal 2016 shooting in Saskatchewan.But Tootoosis says the family’s meetings on and around Parliament Hill this week have made them feel they are finally being heard.A number of visibly Indigenous people were excluded without cause from the jury that last week acquitted Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley, 56, in the shooting death of Boushie, 22, a member of the Red Pheasant First Nation.Tootoosis says the family will continue working to root out what they describe as systemic racism plaguing the Canadian criminal justice system, and that education and open dialogue will help bring about unity.The Liberals have long promised justice reforms, but Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould now says the government is reviewing the use of peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject jury candidates during the selection process.Later today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to use a speech in the House of Commons to lay out the government’s plans for a new legislative framework for Indigenous rights.last_img read more

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Authorities say no link to terrorism in Toronto rampage

first_imgTORONTO (AP) — Canadian investigators said Tuesday there was no link to terrorism in the mass shooting that killed two people and wounded 13 as they continued to probe the life of the 29-year-old gunman for clues to what prompted the rampage that targeted diners at restaurants and cafes in a popular Toronto neighborhood.The alleged assailant, Faisal Hussain, died after an exchange of gunfire with police. His family has said he suffered from lifelong “severe mental health challenges” but they never imagined he would do such a thing. It was not immediately clear whether he took his own life or was killed by police during the attack Sunday night.On Tuesday, the Ministry of Public Safety knocked down suspicions of any links to terrorism.“At this stage, based on the state of the investigation, which is led by the Toronto police service, there is no connection between that individual and national security,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said.The mass shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood stunned people in a normally safe city, already unsettled by an attack just three months ago when a man used a van to plow over pedestrians on a downtown sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 14 in an attack apparently aimed at women.Hussain’s family issued a statement saying their son had a long history of psychosis and depression and had not responded to numerous treatment approaches, including therapy and medication.“While we did our best to seek help for him throughout his life of struggle and pain, we could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end,” the family said. “Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this terrible tragedy. We will mourn those who were lost for the rest of our lives.”Investigators searched the low-income apartment that Hussain shared with his parents and siblings on Thorncliffe Park Drive in the eastern part of the city, and removed boxes of potential evidence overnight. An autopsy on Hussain was expected Tuesday.Where Hussain got his handgun remains unknown.Canada overhauled its gun-control laws after the country’s worst mass shooting in 1989, when gunman Marc Lepine killed 14 women and himself at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique college. It is now illegal to possess an unregistered handgun or any kind of rapid-fire weapon. Canada also requires training, a personal risk assessment, two references, spousal notification and criminal record checks.During a debate in City Council on Tuesday, Councilman Joe Cressy asked if Toronto could outright ban guns and was informed it would be up to the federal government to change the laws. Mayor John Tory has also questioned why anybody would need a gun in Toronto.Don Peat, a spokesman for the mayor, said the Council was considering a motion urging the federal government to ban the sale of handguns and handgun ammunition in Toronto.Canadians have long taken comfort in the peacefulness of their communities and are nervous about anything that might indicate they are moving closer to their American counterparts.Still, though mass shootings are rare in Canada’s largest city, Toronto police had deployed dozens of additional officers over the weekend to deal with a recent rise in gun violence. The city has seen 23 gun homicides so far this year, compared to 16 fatal shootings in the first half of 2017.Police Chief Mark Saunders said he would not speculate on the motive for Sunday’s attack. “We do not know why this has happened yet,” he said. “It’s going to take some time.”Among those killed, was 18-year-old Reese Fallon, a recent high school graduate who volunteered for Canada’s Liberal Party and was to attend McMaster University in the fall. Officials did not identify the other fatality, a 10-year-old girl, or name any of the 13 wounded, who included six women and girls, and seven men. The wounded ranged in age from 17 to 59.Anthony Parise, who taught Fallon’s Grade 12 English class, remembered her as “a leader among her peers” who planned to become a nurse.“She was so excited to be accepted into the McMaster program for nursing. I know that her plan was to become a mental health nurse,” he said.Flags at Toronto City Hall as well as at Fallon’s former high school, Malvern CI, were lowered to half-staff.According to videos and witness accounts, the assailant, clad all in black, was seen walking quickly down a sidewalk on Danforth Avenue, firing a handgun into shops and restaurants in Greektown, a district of expensive homes, eateries and cafes.At the corner of Danforth and Logan, where some of the shots were fired, about 50 people milled about on a small square Monday evening, talking in several languages. They expressed shock at a shooting in such a neighborhood.Some hugged, some wept, and many said they wondered how the attacker obtained a gun in a country with far stricter gun laws than in the neighboring U.S. People signed a makeshift memorial reading: “We are Danforth strong.”“I’m out of my mind just thinking about it. It’s Toronto,” said Augustino Speciale, who paused to smell a bouquet of white lilies attached to a lamppost.Ontario’s police watchdog agency said there was an exchange of shots between the attacker and two officers on a side street before the gunman was found dead.Toronto has long prided itself as being one of the safest big cities in the world.“We were so used to living in a city where these things didn’t happen,” the Toronto mayor said. “This is an attack against innocent families and our entire city.”___Associated Press writer Jennifer Peltz in New York contributed to this report.last_img read more

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First draft of proposed Madrasah Education Act presented to PM

Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the first draft was a good start.The draft will be presented to Parliament to be debated, amended and passed. The first draft of the proposed Madrasah Education Act, also known as the Madrasa Act, was presented to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today.Minister of Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs M.H.A. Haleem presented the proposal to the Prime Minister.

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Urgent action needed to conserve deep seas and open oceans joint UN

The new study, ‘Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Deep Waters and High Seas’, which was issued jointly by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN), argues that the many lessons learnt on conserving coastal waters should be adapted and applied right across the marine world, including in areas beyond national jurisdiction.“Humankind’s ability to exploit the deep oceans and high seas has accelerated rapidly over recent years. It is a pace of change that has outstripped our institutions and conservation efforts whose primary focus have been coastal waters where, until recently, most human activity like fishing and industrial exploration took place,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director.“We now most urgently need to look beyond the horizon and bring the lessons learnt in coastal water to the wider marine world,” he added at the report’s launch in New York, which took place as countries and experts are holding talks on the law of the sea. With more than 90 per cent of the planet’s living biomass – the weight of life – found in the oceans, the report underlines the value of the deep seas and open oceans and highlights how science is only now just getting to grips with the wealth of life, natural resources and ecosystems existing in the marine world.“Well over 60 per cent of the marine world and its rich biodiversity, found beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, is vulnerable and at increasing risk,” said Ibrahim Thiaw, Acting Director General of IUCN. “Governments must urgently develop the guidelines, rules and actions needed to bridge this gulf. Otherwise we stand to lose and to irrevocably damage unique wildlife and critical ecosystems many of which moderate our very existence on the planet.”The report, launched at the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS) which feeds into the UN General Assembly, also highlights the way fisheries, pollution and other stresses such as those arising from global climate change are impacting and affecting the marine world. Less than 10 per cent of the oceans have been explored with only one millionth of the deep sea floor having been subject to biological investigations but the report states that over half – 52 per cent – of the global fish stocks are fully exploited. Overexploited and depleted species have also increased from about 10 per cent in the mid 1970s to 24 per cent in 2002. “Once limited largely to shipping and open ocean fishing, commercial activities at sea are expanding rapidly and plunging ever deeper. Deep sea fishing, bioprospecting, energy development and marine scientific research are already taking place at depths of 2,000 m or more,” says the report’s author, Kristina M. Gjerde, High Seas Policy Advisor to IUCN’s Global Marine Program. Taking into account the discussions in various international meetings, she also outlines several options aimed at the conservation and sustainable management of the deep seas and open oceans. These include among other things, actions and measures that reflect an integrated approach to oceans management based on ‘ecological boundaries’ rather than just political ones and giving higher levels of protection to vulnerable species like deep sea fish.Other steps include the creation of a “precautionary system of marine protected areas” along with improved impact assessments that reflect the full range of possible human activities across the total marine environment.Electronic versions of the report are available on the home pages of the UNEP Regional Seas Programme and the IUCN Marine Programme). read more

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Recovery in Chinese aluminium and coking coal

first_imgMacquarie Research says aluminium smelters in Henan province have been “persuaded” to restart their idled production capacity immediately in order to achieve local government GDP growth targets set for 2009. In return, the local government has offered smelters lower taxes and bank loan interest subsidies to ensure smelters remain profitable in the short term. “We estimate that a total of 500-600,000 t/y of idled aluminium smelting capacity has been put back on stream since end March in Henan province. There is another 800,000 t/y of unused new smelting capacity to be brought on line over the next three to six months at the request of the local government.”Alumina prices shave risen sharply on the spot market. Non-Chalco refiners have raised spot contract offers by Rmb450-550/t ($66-81/t) over the past week to a seven-month high of Rmb2,350/t ($344/t). Chalco also announced an alumina price increase of Rmb100/t ($15/t) effective from April 1 to Rmb2,300/t ($336/t).Macquarie has also seen “surprisingly bullish developments in the Chinese coking coal market, where prices have remained resilient above world levels, leading to a surge in imports. New capacity coming on-stream in the second half of 2009 may lead to Chinese prices falling below international benchmark levels but there is strong cost support above $100/t in China.last_img read more

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SEHA Stanic has 50 saves and Metalurg beats Tatran jumps on second

boracdominik krokkamenicakrokmetalurgmojsovskinexeNexe Našiceoliver rabekPresovrabekrakcevicSEHASkopjeslogaStanictatranzagreb Metalurg hosted Tatran Presov in Skopje in a game which was supposed to be tense and close, but Metalurg made sure no such thing happens. Tatran could fend off until 7:6 for the hosts, and then with 4:0 run Metalurg makes it 11:6. At half time, Metalurg only makes the advantage bigger and goes to locker rooms with 16:9. Nothing new in the second half, Metalurg continues its domination. In the 51st minute through Tihomir Doder, Metalurg has their biggest advantage, 11 goals, 26:15. They manage to keep it until the end, and win with 30:19.Naumce Mojsovski scored 7 goals for Metalurg (5 pen), while Presov’s best were Oliver Rabek and Dominik Krok with 4 goals each. Stanic was magnificent with 50% saves.In the other games: Sloga 21:27 RK Zagreb, Nexe 32:25 BoracRK Zagreb is now first with 22 points, followed by Metalurg and Tatran with 18 points (Metalurg has a game less) ← Previous Story Join 7th “KEMPA 4 SPORT CUP” in Presov! Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 14): Igropulo with 8 goals leads Füchse Berlin past SC Magdeburg read more

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Drones are going to be used to tackle the scourge of illegal

first_imgDrones are going to be used to tackle the ‘scourge’ of illegal dumping It will happen on a pilot basis. Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 6:30 AM 7,468 Views 23 Comments Image: Andrew Matthews Jun 24th 2017, 6:30 AM The use of new technologies such as drones I believe would hinder illegal dumping and lead to more prosecutions. I welcome the fact that the executive of the council are on the same page as me and mirror my sentiments.“High risk or problem areas can be identified, followed by enhanced enforcement measures.”Read: Irish beaches left covered in rubbish after thousands soaked up the sun Share22 Tweet Email2 center_img SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY Council will use drones to tackle illegal dumping in Clondalkin.Responding to a motion put before the Clondalkin area committee meeting this week, the council said that a suite of measures would be used to tackle dumpers.Sinn Féin’s Mark Ward put forward a motion saying that dumping was a “scourge” in the Clondalkin LEA, calling for the use of drones on a pilot basis.Council management agreed that the dumping was as bad as Ward laid out and said that a host of ideas would be used to tackle it.“We are currently examining the potential of emerging technologies to perform the monitoring, recording and retrieval of illegal dumping activities which will assist in the capture and prevention of illegal dumping.“It is envisaged that drones will form part of those technologies subject to meeting required permits / permissions / training / restrictions etc.”Ward said that the council should look at every possible solution and welcomed the plan to use drones.“I have already received assurances from the Council that they will install €35k CCTV in St Cuthberts Park and this will help detect the illegal activity. Short URL Image: Andrew Matthews By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3459543 last_img read more

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Kakavas loses bid against Crown Casino

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian self-confessed gambling addict Harry Kakavas who had sued Crown Casino for taking advantage of his addiction has lost his bid to force them to repay his losses and compensate him additionally for damages. The Supreme court, where the case was tried, found that the defence team for Mr Kakavas had not proved that he had been the victim of enticement by Crown. “I’m not satisfied that Crown did formulate a scheme to lure Mr Kakavas to commence or to continue to gamble at the Casino, Justice David harper said according to a report in The Age. “On the contrary, I’m satisfied had Mr Kakavas wished to escape the enticements of the casino, he could have done so with ease. He could have arranged for self-exclusion.” he added. As a so-called high roller Mr Kakavas enjoyed various perks from Crown, including flights from and to his Gold Coast base on board Crown’s private jet. Mr Kakavas, a real estate developer, had sued Crown for $35 million in losses and damages. But the court’s decision on Wednesday is forcing him to pay Crown a $1 million debt for a bad check and possibly cover the casino’s legal costs. The court heard that between June 2005 and August 2006 Mr Kakavas gambled close to $1.5 billion. On one particular occasion, in a period of 28 minutes he accrued a loss of $2.3 million. Although, in pure legal terms, Crown scored a victory, Justice Harper did chastise the casino for allowing back a known gambler who had in the past even excluded himself from Crown. It was unclear after the issue of the decision if Mr Kakavas would appeal.last_img read more

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Motown 60 A GRAMMY Celebration Set To Film On Feb 12 In

first_imgNews An all-star lineup of performers will be announced during GRAMMY WeekNate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 1, 2019 – 7:14 am Just two days after Music’s Biggest Night, the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10, the Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS will celebrate on of music’s most historic record labels Motown Records by presenting “Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration.” The live concert taping will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. PT at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The special will air Apr. 21 on CBS. Presale concert tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. PT (use code MOTOWN60), and general tickets go on sale Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. PT and are available for purchase at AXS.com.Paying tribute to an iconic sound that changed America, an all-star lineup of artists participating in the celebration will be announced during GRAMMY Week, which begins Feb. 4.”Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration” is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ehrlich is executive producer, Ron Basile and Chantel Sausedo are producers, and David Wild is the writer/producer.Motown Museum Celebrates 60 Years With Special Exhibit Facebook Twitter “Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration” Set To Film On Feb. 12 In Los Angeles Email “Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration” Announced motown-60-grammy-celebration-set-film-feb-12-los-angeleslast_img read more

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Legend of Zelda Links Awakening remake announced for Nintendo Switch

first_imgNintendo When the Nintendo Switch launched with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it showed us what a vast open-world, free exploration Zelda game could be like — but sometimes, it’s good to go back to basics. If you’ve been craving a traditional, top-down Zelda experience that harkens back to the series origins, you’re about to get it: Nintendo just announced that it’s remaking The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch.Link’s Awakening was the first Zelda game to make its way to the Nintendo Game Boy, the company’s first portable game console — one that stranded the game’s titular hero on a mysterious island. This quirky adventure was filled with fun characters and goofy humor. It was also the first Zelda game that allowed link to jump. Link’s Awakening eventually received a colorized re-release on the Game Boy Color, but the incoming Switch remake takes things to the next level. See It 19 Photos 30 years of Zelda: See the Hero of Time through the ages (pictures) At a glance, Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch looks almost like a stop-motion film shot from above, exaggerating its overhead perspective with a blurred, depth-of-field focus. It seems like an extremely faithful recreation of the original title too, from the preserved layout of the town to the game’s unique, side-scrolling platforming sections. Nintendo seems devoted to faithfully recreating Link’s Awakening and I could not be more delighted pic.twitter.com/yg0Xp1vR4U— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) February 13, 2019 $299 Post a comment See it Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Amazon Tags Walmart Share your voice See It News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander?center_img Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 0 Nintendo Switch Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) $299 When will you be able to play the Game Boy’s most iconic Zelda game on the company’s latest handheld? Nintendo gave the game a broad release window, stating only that The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening would launch sometime in 2019. $309 $289 Video Games Gaming Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Nintendolast_img read more

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UK govt puts out white paper on BBCs new role

first_imgThe British government has put out a white paper on how the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) will be run for the next 11 years, after its current Royal Charter expires in December 2016, reported the BBC, the public broadcaster of the U.K., on its future course of development. The charter, which sets the broadcaster’s rules and purpose, will be an outcome of the discussions parliamentary members will have on the white paper this autumn.The paper highlights a new mission statement for the broadcaster: “To act in the public interest, serving all audiences with impartial, high-quality, and distinctive media content and services that inform, educate and entertain.”Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said popular programmes in prime slots should be aired because of their innovative and high quality than their potential to get high ratings.Urging BBC to put “distinctive content” at its heart, Whittingdale said the broadcaster needs to pay greater attention to under-served audiences, particularly the black, the Asian and the ethnic minorities.BBC Trust will be replaced by a new unitary board to run day-to-day matters, while Ofcom will become the corporation’s external independent regulator, said the culture secretary. BBC, however, will have the ability to appoint majority of the board, independent of the government.The new regulator, Ofcom, said: “We are confident that, with the right resources and planning, we can undertake our new responsibilities effectively and independently.”Licence fee, which will continue throughout the next 11 years of the charter period, was becoming less sustainable, said the white paper. It added that the future of licence fee was bleak and new subscription services need to be explored. Going further, consumers of BBC content online would also have to pay, similar to its television subscribers, it said.To move along with times, the licence fee will henceforth be linked to inflation, it said. Current charges are frozen at £145.50 since 2010 and will rise with inflation from 2017.”The government therefore welcomes BBC’s intention to explore whether additional revenue could be raised at home or abroad from additional subscription services, sitting alongside the core universal fee,” Whittingdale said.In another section, the white paper stipulated that all BBC employees and freelancers earning more than £450,000 would be named.In a rebuttal, shadow culture secretary Maria Eagle said the secretary was being “extremely hostile to BBC” and had intentions of diminishing it in size. She countered that Whittingdale’s “obsession with distinctiveness” should not be included in the broadcaster’s mission statement.last_img read more

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Did Rashmika Mandanna make antiKannada comments Heres exactly what she said in

first_imgRashmika Mandanna.PR HandoutRashmika Mandanna has found herself in a centre of controversy as a section of media reported the actress of making anti-Kannada comments. The speculations enraged the Kannadigas with a section of people demanding others to boycott her upcoming multilingual movie Dear Comrade.What Media reported?A section of media reported that Rashmika Mandanna had claimed in an interview that Kannada was a difficult language and she was not fluent in the language. This comment did not go well with a section of Kannadigas, who were hurt to know that she was not fluent in Kannada despite being born and brought up in Karnataka.What is the truth?In the interview, Rashmika Mandanna was speaking about the Dear Comrade music festivals organised in four southern states. She revealed that her latest film was initially planned only in Telugu and dubbing in other languages like in Kannada and Tamil were taken at the later stages.When she mentioned about Kannada, the interviewer, reminded her that the language was easy for her understanding because she hails from Karnataka. Her instant reaction was “no” following which she added, “adu kastam….yenaku Aa language correct agi varaadungaa” (It is also difficult…I cannot speak any language correctly).”Her comments were taken out of context and apparently misinterpreted by a section of media projecting that she insulted Kannada. There is no truth in the reports which accused Rashmika of calling Kannada a difficult language to learn.In the same interview, when the question of speaking in English arose, she had responded similarly by claiming that she was not very good in the said language.However, the issue was blown out of proportion to an extent where people started a campaign on Twitter to boycott Dear Comrade. It took an interesting turn after pro-dubbing activists hit out at the call to boycott the multilingual flick stating that it was an attempt by the anti-dubbing lobby to prevent the growth of the pro-dubbing movement in Karnataka.Dear Comrade, which has Vijay Deverakonda in the lead role, is releasing in four languages – Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and Malayalam – on 26 July.last_img read more

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5 killed in suspected jihadist attack on Mali resort

first_imgMalian security forces escort to safety hostages outside the Kangaba Le Campement in the outskirt of Bamako on 19 June, 2017 a day after suspected jihadists stormed the resort, briefly seizing more than 30 hostages and leaving at least two people dead. Photo: AFPThree foreigners and a Malian civilian and soldier were killed in an ‘jihadist assault’ on a popular tourist resort near Mali’s capital, the country’s security minister said Monday.Salif Traore said a Chinese man, a Portuguese man, a Gabonese national and a Malian were killed when gunmen fired on guests at the Kangaba Le Campement resort to the east of Bamako on Sunday.It was the latest in a series of high-profile assaults in north and west Africa targeting locals and tourists, including in neighbouring Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, but no-one has yet claimed responsibility.EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said two EU staff were among the victims, whom she described as a Malian woman and a Portuguese man.At least four suspected jihadists have been placed in custody while four attackers were killed at the scene, Traore told AFP.He said 36 hostages, mostly French and Malian, were freed, but around 20 members of Mali’s special forces remained at the eco-lodge Monday.Kangaba is known for its popularity with expatriates. On Sunday, it hosted members of the EU’s army training mission in Mali, and of MINUSMA, the United Nations peacekeeping force in the country.Witnesses said EU and UN staff raised the alert to speed up the deployment of Malian and French special forces when the shooting began.Some assailants had shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest), other witnesses interviewed by AFP said.A Kangaba employee described ushering clients into a hiding place, a possible explanation for the relatively low death toll compared with the lives lost in previous assaults on tourist targets in west Africa.“When I saw the terrorists, I immediately showed clients an opening where they could hide themselves,” said Lancina Traore.Among those saved Sunday were two Spaniards, two Dutch and two Egyptian nationals, according to the security ministry.US warning -Domestic and foreign forces deployed in Mali’s troubled north and centre have been repeated targets of jihadist forces, but attacks on civilians in and around the capital are rare, with the last major incident in November 2015 when gunmen stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako.That siege, which led to the death of 20 people, led to the government imposing a state of emergency which has been in place more or less ever since.Earlier this month, the US embassy in Bamako had warned about “a possible increased threat of attacks against Western diplomatic missions, places of worship” and other places frequented by Westerners.In January, Kangaba’s owner Herve Depardieu had complained about the “alarming security information” issued by foreign consulates.In a sign of Mali’s ongoing instability, one soldier was killed and three wounded on Monday in the northern town of Bamba, in what the armed forces said was yet another “terrorist attack”.New anti-terror force -In 2012, Mali’s north fell under the control of jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda who hijacked an ethnic Tuareg-led rebel uprising, though the Islamists were largely ousted by a French-led military operation in January 2013.Since then, jihadists have continued to mount numerous attacks on civilians and the army, as well as on French and UN forces stationed there.The unrest has continued despite a 2015 peace deal between the government and Tuareg-led rebels that aimed to tackle some of the grievances held by separatists in the north.Despite the presence of the 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping mission and French troops serving in a separate counter-terrorism force operating across the Sahel region, instability is growing.France is pressing the UN Security Council to quickly adopt a resolution to fund and support a new African anti-jihadist force in the Sahel, comprising troops from Mali, Niger, Chad, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.But Washington says the resolution is too vague. As the leading financial contributor to UN peacekeeping operations, it also wants to tighten spending.Mogherini, who has promised 50 million euros ($56 million) to back the new force, said Monday that Europeans and Africans were “brothers and sisters” in the fight against terror.Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who heads the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, recently warned that “terrorists” are extending their reach in the region, notably in the centre of Mali.last_img read more

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Five killed 35 injured in separate accidents

first_imgKolkata: Three persons including two policemen were killed when a car rammed into a stationery truck from behind in Nadia’s Nakashipara area on Monday morning, while in a separate accident, a woman and a child died and some 35 got injured that took place in Hooghly district.The death toll has reached five while several others have been stated to be in serious conditions. According to the Nadia district police, the accident occurred on National Highway 34. Deceased have been identified as Tarun Kumar Das, Md Mashud and Pravash Mahato. Mahato was the driver of the vehicle in which the two police men were travelling. Satyabrata Bhowmik, another police personnel travelling in the car, has been undergoing treatment in Shakti Nagar District Hospital in Krishnanagar. He was later shifted to a hospital in the city as his condition deteriorated. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt was learnt that they were coming to Kolkata from Raigunge. When the car was crossing Gacha Bazar area under Nakashipara police station, the vehicle hit a truck from behind.All the three victims died on the spot. According to a preliminary investigation, the police suspect that the driver might have fallen asleep when the accident occurred. The exact cause of the accident is yet to be confirmed. The circumstantial evidence suggests that the vehicle was at a top speed at the time of the accident. The bodies were later sent for the post-mortem. The incident caused traffic congestion on National Highway 34 after the incident. The situation was brought under control following the intervention of senior police officers. They seized both the truck and the car. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe other accident took place in Joyrampur area in Hooghly where a bus carrying 45 odd passengers overturned and fell into a road side ditch killing a woman and a child and injuring35 others.The injured victims were taken to Arambag Sub-Divisional hospital for treatment. Some of the injured passengers are stated to be in serious conditions. According to a preliminary investigation, the police suspect that the bus was over speeding and this led to the accident.last_img read more

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Ladysmith Gazettes pick of the top 5 local and international news stories

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 1. Many injured in taxi crash in Driefontein near LadysmithMany people were injured in a crash in Driefontein yesterday evening (September 6). Two vehicles were involved, one of them being a taxi with passengers on board.Read full story: Many injured in taxi crash in Driefontein near Ladysmith2. Get your copy of the Ladysmith Gazette newspaper today, you won’t regret itThe Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today, so if you want to read the latest news in your community, then get your copy!Read full story: Get your copy of the Ladysmith Gazette newspaper today, you won’t regret it3. So much to do at the Berg ShowShow-goers were treated to a seven-a-side touch rugby game just to loosen up the muscles before the Parlotones performed.Read full story: So much to do at the Berg Show4. Suspected bomb lab found near Paris, two arrested A suspected bomb-making laboratory was discovered Wednesday in an unoccupied apartment in a Paris suburb, leading to two arrests, sources close to the probe said.Read full story: Suspected bomb lab found near Paris, two arrested5. ‘Total devastation’ as Irma hits Caribbean island BarbudaHurricane Irma killed one person and left behind “total devastation” as the monster storm smashed into the tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda on Wednesday, the prime minister said.Read full story: ‘Total devastation’ as Irma hits Caribbean island BarbudaClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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US senators urge tougher stand on Syria Iran

first_img Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories Associated PressCERNOBBIO, Italy (AP) – U.S. Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman and Lindsay Graham on Friday urged Washington to help arm Syria’s rebels with weapons and create a safe zone inside the country for a transition government. They also called for a far tougher position against Iran over its suspected _ and seemingly inexorable _ drive toward acquiring nuclear weapons capability.McCain blasted President Barack Obama, who defeated him in the 2008 presidential election, for recently setting the “red line” for Syria at use of chemical weapons. McCain argued that with the notable exception of the case of Apartheid South Africa, “sanctions, when we look at history, rarely work” _ and in the case of Iran that’s exacerbated by a sense that the nuclear program has the people’s support.“We have applied very tough economic sanctions on Iran and they have clearly affected the economy of Iran _ but they have not affected the nuclear program one iota,” marveled Lieberman. “By its recalcitrance Iran is presenting the rest of the world with only two choices: Do we accept a nuclear Iran and try to contain it _ or do we take military action? That’s a fateful decision that’s got to be made in the months ahead.”Lieberman noted that the UN nuclear agency has shown “evidence that the Iranians are rushing toward having the capability to develop nuclear weapons (that) would be a total change of the balance of power in the Middle East and more broadly in the world,” since Iran is a patron of terrorist groups. Lieberman said the “red line” should be the acquisition of capability as opposed to the actual construction of a nuclear weapon.Graham said he did not expect Israel _ whose leaders have been saber-rattling all year in what many suspect is a bluff aimed at sparking tougher Western action _ to forever remain inactive. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “If you’re (Syrian President) Bashar Assad … maybe you interpret that to mean that you can do anything short of chemical weapons before the United States will intervene,” the Republican from Arizona told the Ambrosetti Forum, a gathering of political and business leaders on the shores of Lake Como in Italy.Lieberman and McCain _ who together with Graham have toured the volatile Middle East in recent days _ both argued that the longer the West waits the more jihadists will gain influence in the rebellion.“We should be supplying weapons to the opposition to Assad (and) I strongly support the creation of a safe zone,” said Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, who has since become a Connecticut independent.“The opposition has effectively seized control of a piece of land in northern Syria,” he said. “If we help them protect themselves from Assad’s helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft they can establish a transitional government … I am confident that if we set it up and told (the regime) that if they attacked it there would be a vigorous response, they would not attack it.”He said such a zone would enable potential future leaders now located in places like Istanbul and Paris to establish a presence among the people. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Recent Turkish efforts to push for just such action ran aground at the United Nations, due both to Russian and Chinese opposition as well as lack of enthusiasm in many Western countries for more direct involvement in Mideast tumult, especially after the less-than-stellar outcomes in Iraq and Afghanistan.Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, agreed that people in the West are war-weary, but argued that if Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney “would speak out more forcefully about the consequences of doing nothing compared to the consequences of taking a calculated risk, public opinion would change.”“It is better to shape history than to see it pass by,” he said.Lieberman spoke of the human toll.“There is a slaughter going on,” he said of the Syria conflict, whose death toll has reached about 25,000. “Everything that motivated all of us to get involved in Libya is happening in Syria, and more.”He noted that “Assad is the number one ally in the Arab world of Iran, and Iran is that greatest threat to stability in the region and beyond the region at this point.”And on Iran, the three were united in a belief that economic sanctions will not cause Tehran to end its nuclear drive. But he argued that the U.S. should be the one making military threats.“If the Iranians believed that there’s a credible threat of a massive attack by the United States to disrupt their nuclear program and their regime’s survivability, they will start thinking differently.”“I believe (Iranian leaders) feel that a nuclear weapon gives them complete immunity forever because the international community will leave them alone if they get that weapon,” he said. “The one thing I know they cannot possibly believe is that they can survive a conflict with the United States.”Follow Dan Perry on twitter at www.twitter.com/perry_dan Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgAlready seen by over 7 million people around the world, one of the most acrobatically breathtaking shows in the Cirque du Soleil stable – KOOZA – will open under the famous blue-and-yellow Big Top at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on Friday 20 January 2017.KOOZA is a colourful, sparkling homage to the traditions of circus and combines thrilling acrobatics with the art of clowning.Tickets for the Melbourne season of KOOZA are now available.Fun Facts about KOOZA:* KOOZA’s beautiful costumes were designed by Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt. She drew inspiration from a wide variety of sources including graphic novels, the painter Klimt, Mad Max movies, timetravel movies, India and Eastern Europe, clock movements, tin soldiers, marching bands and more. This all merges to create a colourful look that alludes to Alice in Wonderland, Baron Munchaüsen and The Wizard of Oz.* All of KOOZA’s performers apply their own make-up. This can take up to two hours!* The Teeterboard act in KOOZA flings artists into the air where they execute quintuple twisting somersaults… and that’s just the prelude!* The name KOOZA is inspired by the Sanskrit word “koza,” which means “box,” “chest” or “treasure,” chosen because one of the underlying concepts of the production is the idea of a “circus in a box.”* There are more than 175 costumes and 160 hats in the show—1,080 items in all, including all the shoes, props, wigs.* The contortionists’ costumes appear to have metal chains and jewels on them. The metallic chains are actually made of elastic and the jewels are silicone, to prevent any injury to the performers.* One army costume features more than 400 individually sewn metallic flaps to create the effect that it is armoured. Melbournelast_img read more

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first_img This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Daniela Vega in a scene from, “A Fantastic Woman.” The film was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best foreign language motion picture on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. The 75th Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 on NBC. (Sony Pictures Classics via AP) ‘A Fantastic Woman’ director celebrates Golden Globe nod by Sigal Ratner-Arias, The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2017 5:45 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 12, 2017 at 6:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Director Sebastian Lelio feels that “A Fantastic Woman” has gone beyond the cinematic experience with its social message, to a great extent thanks to the performance of its star, Daniela Vega.The film follows Marina, a transgender woman who, after the passing of her older lover, is mistreated by his family and the police officers investigating his death. It is Chile’s selection for the Academy Awards and on Monday was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the best foreign film category.“I am very proud of Daniela, of how she faced the challenge of a movie that not only meant an absolute leading role … that goes through an emotional spectrum, but that in addition flies, faces wind storms, sings two operatic arias. In short, it’s a polytonal role of great complexity and she … didn’t have much experience so it was an all or nothing betting,” Lelio told The Associated Press in a phone interview shortly after the Globes nominations were announced.“It was very beautiful to see how she gave herself completely and played this character with such complexity and beauty,” he added about Vega, whose performance has received Oscars buzz. If she is nominated next month, it would be the first Oscar nomination for a transgender actress.“Somehow Daniela’s presence and the power that her body brings are the heart of the movie and it has been very nice and exciting to witness how she has become a voice not only of the movie but a sort of symbol of everything that is fragile, cornered,” said Lelio. “In some ways this is when cinema surpasses cinema and gets in the social fabric and that is very powerful.”“A Fantastic Woman” debuted last February at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Teddy Award for best feature film as well as the Silver Bear for its screenplay, written by Lelio and Gonzalo Maza. Among other honours, it has also been nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards.Lelio is in Los Angeles filming an English version of his acclaimed 2013 film “Gloria,” starring Oscar-winner Julianne Moore.“It has been very exciting to be able to revisit what’s universal in the story and see a performer as powerful as Julianne Moore playing this role,” he said.For now, he is savoring the Globes nomination, where “A Fantastic Woman” will compete against Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” (Cambodia), “In the Fade” (Germany/France), “Loveless” (Russia) and “The Square” (Sweden/Germany/France).“It’s a joy for the team, for everyone who made this movie, to be among this select group of such powerful movies that have been selected”, the director said.As for Vega, he said: “I spoke to her this morning and she was very happy with the news. She is already getting her dress.”___Sigal Ratner-Arias is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sigalratnerlast_img read more

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First liturgy in sign language to be performed in Nicosia church

first_imgA liturgy is to be performed next week in sign language for the first time ever in Cyprus, aiming to include the deaf in the holy mysteries of the Greek Orthodox Church.A theologian will travel from Greece at the invitation of the Bishopric of Tamasos and Orinis to simultaneously interpret the liturgy into sign language for the deaf people who will attend. The service will take place on Sunday, November 19 at the church of Ayios Ioannis Chrysostomos in Lakatamia, in the Nicosia district.According to the church’s priest Father Kyriacos Kasparis, initially the bishopric will bring the theologian over once per month, increase to once per fortnight and on major religious holidays depending on his schedule.“This arrangement is aimed at satisfying the needs of the deaf faithful who have never had the opportunity to follow a liturgy and have someone explain to them the deeper meanings in their own language,” Father Kyriacos told the Cyprus Mail.This will be the first time, he said, that deaf people will have the opportunity to participate more actively in divine liturgies.He added that the theologian will stand on a podium to be visible to as many people as possible, and will simultaneously interpret in sign language.“He will not translate but interpret in sign language the theological meaning of the liturgy and sermon,” Father Kyriacos said. After the liturgy, the deaf will be offered breakfast in the church hall and have the opportunity to ask questions through the theologian about everything they would like to know about faith.“All that we are supposed to know about our faith, they will learn for the first time,” Father Kyriacos said.He added that around 17 people have expressed interest in attending so far, but that he expects that the number will increase. “We have already invited several people and informed deaf organisations and we have also made announcements in the media,” he said.At the same time, the bishopric has invited a Cypriot woman who is an expert in sign language to learn the sermon and liturgy interpretations of the Greek theologian so that she can eventually take in his place when he is not able to travel to Cyprus.If all goes well, the next step, he said, will be a Sunday school for deaf children.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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