Pilot climbs down tree after plane crashes into trees soon after takeoff

first_imgGREENFIELD, N.S. – Police say the pilot of an ultralight plane climbed down a tree to safety after his small aircraft crashed into a forested area in southern Nova Scotia.RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Clarke says the plane went into the trees moments after taking off from the local airport in Greenfield at about noon today.She says the pilot was the only person on board and was not injured.The Transportation Safety Board and Transport Canada are assisting in the investigation.Clarke says she wasn’t aware of the weather conditions at the time.She says there is no indication yet as to what caused the crash.last_img

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Seven stories in the news for today July 26

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Wednesday, July 26———PACIFIC NORTHWEST LNG PROJECT SCRAPPEDMalaysian energy giant Petronas and its partners have pulled the plug on the Pacific NorthWest LNG megaproject, which would have been one of Canada’s largest private infrastructure investments. A Petronas executive says the decision boiled down to simple economics — a world market awash in liquefied natural gas, which has driven down prices, making Pacific NorthWest LNG no longer financially viable.———SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON OIL, GAS AND CONSULTATIONThe Supreme Court is set to wade into the area of Indigenous rights and natural resource development once again. The court will decide this morning whether the federal government can rely on National Energy Board reviews to fulfil its duty to consult Indigenous communities before development can take place on their traditional territories. The court will release decisions on one case in Nunavut and another in Ontario.———B.C. RANCHERS COPING WITH DEVASTATING LOSSESRanchers in British Columbia’s cattle country are facing “heartbreak” as they return to scorched fields and dead livestock following weeks of wildfires. Kevin Boon, the general manager of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association, says it’s expected hundreds if not thousands of cattle were killed or injured by the fires. Kilometres of fencing and infrastructure such as barns built over generations have been lost in the fires which have so far blackened an estimated 377,000 hectares of land.———TRUDEAU: NAFTA REDO MUST INCLUDE DISPUTE MECHANISMPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says any renewal of the North American Free Trade Agreement will have to include a fair process to resolve disputes. That statement runs contrary to the NAFTA goals outlined last week by the White House, which wants to entirely eliminate the Chapter 19 dispute resolution mechanism. Trudeau says Canada will demand that a dispute settlement process remain part of any rebuild of NAFTA.———REPORT OUT TODAY INTO FATAL CAPSIZING OF FISHING BOATThe Transportation Safety Board will release a report today into the fatal capsizing of a fishing boat that claimed the lives of two men off northern New Brunswick in June 2016. Two fishermen died and another was taken to hospital after their boat overturned near a wharf about 11 kilometres from downtown Bathurst. Police said it appeared fishing gear was snared at the bottom of the bay and a wave flipped over the boat.———FIRST NATIONS TO GET MORE CONTROL OVER MONEYFirst Nations leaders say they’ll be able to complete more projects and build more homes thanks to changes that give them more control over financial resources. The federal government says First Nations will now be able to carry funding from year-to-year, instead of having to return money if a project wasn’t completed within a fiscal year. Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde says the problem was that projects often didn’t get approved until late in a fiscal year.———RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL CEMETERY TO BE RECOGNIZEDA residential school cemetery beside a gravel road on the edge of Regina will be recognized today as a heritage site. Saskatchewan. Culture Minister Ken Cheveldayoff will formally designate the Regina Indian Industrial School cemetery as a provincial heritage property. Civic administrators suggested the move after a 2014 land survey found there were potentially 22 to 40 unmarked graves of children in the cemetery.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit the Quebec cities of Chicoutimi and Roberval.— Companies reporting results today include Suncor, Barrick Gold, Goldcorp, Tembec and Agnico Eagle Mines.— The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will release its quarterly Housing Market Assessment.— Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will speak at the World Indigenous People Conference on Education.— Manitoba NDP leadership candidates will hold a forum in Winnipeg.last_img read more

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We meant war not murder

first_img(Preceding photo believed to be of Klatsassin, war chief of Tsilhqot’in, played a lead role in the Chilcotin War of 1864. His name means, “We do not know his name.”)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsResistance to a planned gold and copper mine in British Columbia’s interior echoes another conflict for the Tsilhqot’in people who are leading the fight to have the project stopped.It was a conflict that ended with the death of at least 19 European settlers and the hanging of six Tsilhqot’in chiefs.And like the Chilcotin War of 1864, the current battle with the planned Prosperty mine is over gold, says Xeni Gwet’in Chief Marilyn Baptiste, whose community is one of six that make up the Tsilhqot’in nation.“Our war leaders of 1864 were protecting and saving our land, our title, our rights, our fish and our waters,” said Baptiste. “Back then and now again, they are after gold.”Baptiste invoked the legacy of the Chilcotin War this week during a press conference in Ottawa while explaining the depth of opposition to the mine in her community.She said that many Tsilhqot’in people would sacrifice their lives to stop the Taseko-owned mine.The mine, which is expected to produce about $3 billion worth of gold and copper, would lead to the draining of a lake sacred to the Tsilhqot’in people.“Our war leaders, many generations ago, protected what we are protecting now and if it were not for them we would not be who we are,” said Baptiste.The mine, which has an expected lifespan of 33 years, has been approved by the B.C. government and now needs only the go-ahead from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet to become a reality.The project, however, took a major blow this summer when a Canadian Environmental Review Agency panel found the mine would have a detrimental impact on the ecosystem and on First Nations communities who have lived in the region since time immemorial.The 35 square-kilometre mine would see the draining of rainbow trout-abundant Fish Lake which would be turned into a waste rock and low grade ore storage area.Nearby Little Fish Lake and parts of Fish Creek would also be destroyed and turned into a tailings pond.Taseko has pledged to build a replacement lake named Prosperity Lake to be stocked with replacement fish.The panel’s report will be one of several issues weighed by the federal cabinet in its decision on the future of the mine, which would sit about 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, B.C. Williams Lake is about 495 kilometres north-east of Vancouver.When asked in Iqaluit this week for his views on the project and the position of the Tsilhqot’in, newly appointed Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan said cabinet confidentiality prevented him from commenting.“The project is subject to a cabinet consideration at this point and there’s cabinet confidentiality that floats around,” said Duncan. “We’ll know what the result of the process is when it’s announced and before that I’m really not in a position to be able to say anything.”Local Conservative MP Dick Harris has been vocal in his support of the mine and told local newspaper Williams Lake Tribune that the prime minister was “acutely aware of the importance” of the project to the local economy.Baptiste, however, said no amount of revenue would compensate for the destruction of an area described as “pristine” by the federal panel.“We are people connected to the land and the land is connected to us,” she said. “Our wild trout, our wild fish, our wild game that provides for our people as well as the berries and the medicine on our land, you cannot erase those things in our lives and replace it with crackers and soup mix.”Baptiste said the mine threatens to destroy an integral part of her people and its planned development is similar to what the Tsilhqot’in faced in the mid-1800s.Back then they faced a planned toll wagon road aimed at connecting the nascent colony’s Pacific coast through Bute Inlet to the newly discovered gold fields of Williams Creek, in the interior.The project threatened to upend the already besieged Tsilhqot’in people facing their first major outbreak of smallpox, spread in large part by infected blankets sold by traders.“These white people, they bring blankets from people who die of smallpox,” said former Tsilhqot’in chief Henry Solomon, in an oral account of the small pox outbreak contained in a book called Nemiah: The unconquered country, by Terry Glavine.“Then he wrap them up and he sell them to these Indians, then the Indian, he didn’t know, he just sleep on it, them blankets. Pretty soon he got them sickness, and pretty soon the whole camp got it. So pretty soon my grandmother and his sister, they’re the only one that survive.”Baptiste said the road plans worried Tsilhqot’in leaders at the time.“Our chiefs and our leaders back then were well aware that if we allowed those people coming through our territory after the gold . . . that they would destroy our fish, our waters,” she said.The road work began to cause friction with the Tsilhqot’in, even though some found jobs with the work crews.There were incidents of road workers raping Tsilhqot’in girls. The Tsilhqot’in who worked with the crews were mistreated and denied food.Then, in the spring of 1864, four bags of flour were stolen from a road crew’s base camp. The crew’s foreman threatened the Tsilhqot’in with smallpox for stealing.Journalist Melvin Rothenburger, who wrote a book called the The Chilcotin War, believes this threat may have helped spark the war.“That could have been an important factor because of the fear of smallpox and it had been rampant,” said Rothenburger, whose great-great grandfather Donald McLean was killed in the ensuing battles with the Tsilhqot’in.News of the smallpox threat and rapes stirred a group of Tsiloqot’in to launch what turned into a guerilla war against the settlers. Of this group, a war chief known as Klatsassin or Lhatasassine, meaning “We do not know his name,” came to embody the Chilcotin War.They fired their first shot on the morning of April 28, 1864. It killed a ferryman who refused Klatsassin and his party passage.The next morning, at daybreak, Klatsassin and his war party descended on the main work crew camp. The cook, tending the fire, was the first to be cut down by gunfire. The Tsilhqot’in then severed the ropes of the tents, shooting and stabbing nine of the crew members to death.Three managed to escape.The war party then moved to another camp. There, the foreman who issued the smallpox threat was killed along with three other men.The Tsilhqot’in used their knowledge of the rugged terrain to their advantage, setting traps, launching ambushes and eluding colonial parties for weeks that had been sent into the bush to track them down.Rothenburger’s greath-great grandfather McLean met his death after falling into a trap set by the Tsilhqot’in. McLean followed a trail of wood shavings carved by the Tsilhoqot’in that led to an ambush. McLean, known to the Tsilhqot’in as Samandlin, wore a breast plate for protection, said Rothenburger.“The Tsilhqot’in knew about this and set it up so they could get behind him,” said Rothenburger.With the colony ramping up efforts against the guerillas, the Tsilhqot’in sought to negotiate peace. Believing they had been granted immunity, Klatsassin and a group of chiefs travelled to meet with Frederick Seymour, then the governor of the colony of British Columbia.They were shackled in their sleep and taken prisoner. Klatsassin and four others were convicted of murder. They were hung at 7 a.m. in what is now Quesnel, B.C., on Oct. 26, 1864.Before he died Klatsassin famously said, “We meant war, not murder.”Two other Tsilhqot’in men also turned themselves in, offering to pay compensation for what they did. They were also arrested and sentenced to death. One managed to escape, but the other man named Ahan, was hung in New Westminster on July 18, 1865To this day, the Tsilhqot’in are still trying to recover his remains.In 1993, the judge in charge of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Justice Inquiry examining the relationship between First Nations and the B.C. justice system recommended the provincial government give the Tsilhqot’in chiefs a pardon.“There was genuine concern that the chiefs were induced to surrender and give inculpatory statements on a promise of immunity. . . Many natives still feel that the trial and hangings were more a showpiece to impress the natives than an honest search for truth,” wrote Judge Anthony Sarich. “That episode in history has left a wound in the body of Chilcotin society. It is time to heal that wound.”The provincial government apologized for the hangings in 1999.Baptiste said the guerrilla war launched by Klatsassin had a lasting impact on her community. She believes the legacy of the war protected Xeni Gwet’in, a community of about 400 people which sits about 250 kilometres west of Williams Lake, from serious encroachment.A highway did not link to her community until the early 1970s and they have chosen to stay off the BC Hydro electrical grid, generating their own power instead through a mix of generators, solar and hybrid system using propane and solar energy.“We have never signed a treaty and we never will,” she said.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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Prince William says Dianas death was pain like no other

first_imgLondon: Prince William has spoken candidly about the death of his mother, Princess Diana, describing his bereavement as a “pain like no other pain.” Speaking in a BBC documentary on mental health, William also says that his time working as an air ambulance pilot gave him the impression that death was just “around the door,” and the thoughts had become a problem until he spoke with someone. The comments were part of a discussion about personal struggles that William shared with soccer stars Peter Crouch, Thierry Henry, Danny Rose, Jermaine Jenas and England’s manager Gareth Southgate. Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry, have championed the cause of addressing mental health issues, hoping their frank admissions on their own struggles will encourage others in need to seek helplast_img read more

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AMU condemns vigorously Israeli brutal attack against Gaza

Rabat – The secretariat general of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) condemned vigorously the Israeli brutal attack against the Gaza strip, voicing its concern over the latest developments. The secretariat general reiterated, in a statement on Friday, its firm stance on the Palestinian cause, its total solidarity with the brotherly Palestinian people and its support for their struggle to recover their legitimate national rights and establish their independent state with eastern Al Quds as its capital, extending its condolences to the families of Palestinian victims.It also called on the international community and the UN to urgently intervene to compel the Israeli aggressor to immediately stop its military operations and step up the search for a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue. read more

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Tunisia UN experts urge end to use of excessive force against protesters

14 January 2011A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today urged the Tunisian Government to control the use of force against peaceful demonstrators, after 21 deaths were officially confirmed over a two-day period between 8 and 9 January. The call echoes the one made by UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Wednesday amid the ongoing street protests in the North African country by civilians reportedly angered by rising prices of essential commodities, lack of employment opportunities, alleged corruption and limitations on fundamental rights and freedoms.According to a news release issued today by the UN human rights office in Geneva, credible rights groups have reported “a much higher number of killings” than 21 since the beginning of the protests in mid-December. The Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, warned that “the killing of innocent civilians is a clear violation of international law and is totally unacceptable in any society.” While the statement made by the country’s President yesterday that security forces should not use live ammunitions against demonstrators is an important step, these words must become reality, the experts stated.“Excessive use of force against demonstrators must end,” they stressed, adding they were “deeply shocked” by the excessive use of force, despite the largely peaceful nature of the demonstrations.El Hadji Malick Sow, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, called for “an immediate cessation of all arbitrary arrests” and urged the Government “to follow through with its commitment to release all the persons arrested who have peacefully taken part in the demonstrations.” The experts expressed particular concern that “journalists, bloggers, political activists and human rights defenders denouncing human rights violations in the country and advocating, in particular, for freedom of expression have been the subject of widespread arrest, intimidation and torture.” They also suggested the establishment of a special commission to conduct transparent, independent and prompt investigations into the violence and killings. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that it is willing to support any investigation into what has happened in Tunisia.Also adding their voices to today’s call are the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Méndez.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, for his part, said he is closely monitoring events in Tunisia and called for full respect for freedom of expression and association.In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban urged all concerned parties to seek to resolve issues peacefully and lawfully with the aim of addressing grievances and work towards a democratic outcome that responds to the aspirations of the Tunisian people. read more

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Paying tribute to sacrifices UN marks peacekeepers day

Secretary-General Kofi Annan marked the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers today by stressing that the importance of the work of the more than 66,000 military and 15,000 civilian peacekeepers was as great as ever before.“UN peacekeepers work every day to give practical meaning to the words of the United Nations Charter, ‘To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,’” he said in a message. “On this day, we honour all who have served and serve today, in the front lines of peace.”He noted that there were more missions deployed than ever before, and that 115 members of those missions paid the highest price for their dedication to peace in 2004, with 39 more already killed during 2005.“With sadness and pride, we pay tribute to each and every one of our fallen colleagues,” he said.The Secretary-General also used the occasion to thank the 103 Member States who contribute peacekeeping troops, acknowledging in particular Pakistan, Bangladesh and India which, he said, together provided more than one-third of troops. In noting that Brazil and China were taking on new responsibilities, he hoped that other countries – particularly developed countries – would increase their contributions to peacekeeping as well.In observance of the Day, which officially falls on Sunday, 29 May, a posthumous medal ceremony was held at UN Headquarters in New York to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty last year. There was also a medal parade at which the military and civilian police officers seconded for service within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations received UN service medals. read more

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UN praises Italys response to deadly bird flu after discovery in south

Italy has taken “extremely effective” measures to control the spread of the deadly bird flu virus after it was discovered in six wild swans in the south of the country, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, emphasizing that continued vigilance was necessary to control the disease.In a statement from Rome, the FAO said that there was no evidence that the virus was present in poultry in Italy but called on commercial farms to adhere to hygiene and sanitation standards set by the authorities, which include confining poultry so as to avoid any potential contact with wild birds.“The measures are an example of how governments should move to contain the virus once it is detected,” said Juan Lubroth, Senior Officer with FAO’s Animal Health and Production Division.”It is vital that control and surveillance measures continue. There is not much we can do about wildlife, but to prevent the spread of the virus we must control the way poultry is raised and the way poultry products are marketed”, he added.According to the FAO expert, veterinary services in Italy and in the rest of the European Union are quite efficient. “This is cause for hope that the spread of the disease will be halted, that no spread to poultry occurs, and the risk of a pandemic is decreased,” Mr. Lubroth said.The FAO also said that the current situation in Italy does not mean that consumers should avoid eating poultry products. The agency also stressed that bird flu currently remains an animal disease, and that the battle against the virus can be won if it is eliminated at its source, in animals.Recently, bird flu was found in Nigeria and last week the FAO and the World Organization for Animal Health called on veterinary authorities in the country to immediately close down poultry markets in the affected regions to try and stem the spread of the virus.During the last two years, several countries have reported outbreaks of avian influenza caused by the H5N1 virus in people, and close to 100 have died, most of them in Viet Nam. In addition more than 140 million chickens have been slaughtered in an effort to contain the disease. So far, the virus has only spread from infected animals to humans, but the World Health Organization has warned that it could change into a form that spreads easily from person to person, triggering an influenza pandemic that could kill tens of millions of people worldwide. Last month, donors pledged $1.9 billion to fight the spread of the disease, and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for a massive, coordinated international response to the virus. read more

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Trump gains ground on Clinton despite allegations of unwanted advances

first_img 124 Comments Short URL Image: Evan Vucci/PA Share215 Tweet Email1 Saturday 22 Oct 2016, 3:20 PM Oct 22nd 2016, 3:20 PM 30,590 Views By Michelle Hennessy Updated 15.38REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL candidate Donald Trump has gained ground on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the latest poll.The Reuters/Ipsos poll puts support for Clinton at 44%, with 40% of those surveyed supporting Trump. This compares with 44% for Clinton and 37% for Trump in last week’s poll.The results show the Republican candidate has bounced back after a video of Trump bragging about groping women surfaced on 7 October. A number of women have since made allegations of unwanted sexual advances by the businessman.Trump has denied the allegations.The latest poll also asked voters  about his conduct towards women and 63%, including 34% of likely Republican voters, agreed with the statement: “I believe Donald Trump has committed sexual assault in the past”.Trump’s campaign put the poll success down to his “incredible performance” in the third and final debate. It described Trump as “a fighter” who “refuses to back down”.EvacuationMeanwhile, in New York, Clinton’s campaign was forced to evacuate an office after an envelop with a white powder inside was discovered.Police say preliminary tests on the substance show that it was not harmful.A spokesman for the New York Police Department said the envelope was found at Clinton’s Manhattan office, where mail is received, around 5:30pm yesterday.It was then taken to the 11th floor of her Brooklyn headquarters.The discovery of the suspicious substance caused that floor to be evacuated.The spokesman decline to identify what the substance is, other than saying it was not harmful.- With reporting by Associated Press. Read: As new grope-accuser comes forward, Trump says he will only accept the election result “if I win”>Read: “We’ve got some bad hombres in America” – the seven biggest moments from Trump v Clinton III> Trump gains ground on Clinton despite allegations of unwanted advances The latest poll also reveals 63% of Americans believe Trump has committed sexual assault in the past. Image: Evan Vucci/PA http://jrnl.ie/3040526 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Man wanted on charges of kidnapping his expartner surrenders himself to authorities

first_img No Comments Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images Man wanted on charges of kidnapping his ex-partner surrenders himself to authorities The man was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant and surrendered to Northern Irish authorities. https://jrnl.ie/3265113 Short URL 12,505 Views Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 12:26 PM A MAN WANTED on charges of kidnapping and assaulting his ex-partner has surrendered himself to the authorities in Northern Ireland.Jonathan Turley (35) of Clandeboye Drive in east Belfast was arrested by gardaí in May last year on foot of a European Arrest Warrant and appeared briefly at the High Court in Dublin today.He is also wanted on a charge of dangerous driving.Turley told his counsel Seamus Clarke BL he was aware of the allegations, which included kidnapping and assaulting his ex-partner.Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly said she was satisfied Turley was voluntarily consenting to surrender, that he was aware of the consequences, and had obtained professional legal advice.She further stated she was satisfied that there were no grounds for refusing to surrender him.Previously, the court heard that Turley was also facing an allegation of assault in Cork.Counsel for the State Vincent Heneghan SC told the court today that Turley was sentenced yesterday to eight months in prison and that the sentence was backdated to April last year, so there were “no grounds for postponement” of his extradition to Northern Ireland.The judge made an order that Turley be extradited within 20 days.Comments are closed as this case is before the courts.Read: Man charged over the murder of Waterford pensioner Paddy Lyons> By Daniel Hickey Mar 1st 2017, 12:26 PM Share2 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Motorcyclist killed in Valley Center crash

first_img July 7, 2019 Posted: July 7, 2019 Motorcyclist killed in Valley Center crash KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, VALLEY CENTER (KUSI) – A motorcyclist was killed today after a collision with a car in the Valley Center area, according to the California Highway Patrol.The crash took place about 4:10 p.m. at the intersection of Valley Center and Mirar De Valle roads, the CHP reported. There’s no word yet about the age and gender of the victim. The victim’s name was withheld pending notification of kin.There was no information immediately available concerning other possible injuries. The intersection was shut down for the death and accident investigation. The crash was being investigated by the CHP. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Madras High Court reserves order on Nalinis plea

first_imgChennai: The Madras High Court Friday reserved it order on a petition from Nalini Sriharan, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, seeking direction to the Tamil Nadu Governor to countersign the September 9, 2018 proposal of the state to release her. The division bench, comprising Justices R Subbaiah and C Saravanan, before which the written arguments were submitted Nalini’s counsel, reserved its order on the petition. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us While justifying that a direction can be given by the court to the Governor, the counsel referred to a petition filed earlier, in which a direction was sought to the Governor to invite the Tamil Nadu chief minister to immediately prove his majority on the floor of the assembly. “There is already precedent and the prayer in the petition filed by Nalini is akin to the prayer made in the earlier writ petition, seeking a direction to Governor of Tamil Nadu,” he said. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The Advocate General said the Governor enjoys unqualified immunity under Article 361(1) of the Constitution and hence no direction can be given to Governor. To this, the counsel submitted that since the Governor functions on the advice of council of ministers, he was not answerable to the court and only the state is answerable. “Of course, if any action has been taken by the Governor of Tamil Nadu with regard to release of Nalini and if such action is challenged in the court, the Governor cannot be made as a party because the Governor functions only on the advice of the Council of Ministers,” he said. Advertise With Us The counsel said his client had challenged the ‘inaction’ of the Governor, who has “grossly failed” in his constitutional duty in proceeding with the advice of the council of ministers and has moved the court for a direction to the Governor, “commanding him to discharge his constitutional duty”. He submitted that it was more than 10 months since the council of ministers tendered the advice to the Governor under Article 161 of the Constitution (relating to the power of the Governor to grant pardons and to suspend, remit and commute sentences in certain cases) on Nalini’s release and he had so far not acted on it. The matter relates to the September 9, 2018 advice of the council of ministers to the Governor to release Nalini and six others involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The cabinet had adopted a resolution to this effect and Fisheries Minister had said the Governor has to accept the decision by virtue of being the executive head of the state. Nalini had moved the High Court, seeking a direction to the Governor to countersign the advice of the council of ministers.last_img read more

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Celebrators asked not to carry bags in Dhaka

first_img.The Dhaka city law enforcement authorities on Wednesday requested the city dwellers not to carry backpack, handbag, vanity bag, lighter and cigarettes if they want to attend the government’s celebration of LDC graduation, reports UNB. The government earlier announced to hold a celebration programme at Bangabandhu National Stadium.The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) said such request for avoiding use of some items was made for security reasons.The city dwellers have also been requested to avoid nine city points if they use vehicle.Drivers have been asked not to enter these nine public gathering points unless there is an emergency.  The nine points are  Shahbagh, Kakrail Mosque crossing, Nightingale crossing, Fakirerpool, Shapala Chattar, Gulistan, Fulbaria, Chankhar Pool, Bakshibazar, Palashi and Nilkhet areas.The request was made in a media release signed by DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia on Wednesday afternoon.The celebration was arranged to mark the announcement from UN’s Committee for Development Policy (CDP) that Bangladesh meets all three criteria for graduation from the status of a least developed country (LDC) to a developing one.The CDP has recently handed over the confirmation letter to Bangladesh’s permanent representative at the Unite Nations in New York.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the nationwide celebration at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday evening.A laser show and cultural programme will also be held on the occasion. The programme will remain open to all.The DMP’s media release said officials and employees of 57 ministries, department and other government organisations as well as general people will go to Bangabandhu National Stadium to join the celebration in processions carrying colorful festoons and banners from the nine city points between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Thursday.The media release said that during the rallies, normal traffic movement will be halted in the nine city points and the areas where people will gather for the rallies as well as roads surrounding the Bangabandhu stadium area.last_img read more

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US Announces Sanctions On Two Individuals Over North Korean Weapons Program

first_img Share A photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacting during a test launch of a ballistic rocket. Reuters has identified the man at Kim’s right, with one hand on the table, as Ri Pyong Chol, and the man immediately behind Kim, looking toward the side, as Kim Jong Sik.The U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced new sanctions on two individuals within the North Korean government, both of whom are reportedly prominent figures within Kim Jong Un’s ballistic weapons development program.Ri Pyong Chol and Kim Jong Sik are now both blacklisted — which means any assets they have in the U.S. will be frozen, although as NPR’s David Welna notes, “It’s not clear whether either of them, in fact, has any U.S. assets.” Additionally, Americans will generally be prohibited from doing business with them.“Kim Jong Sik reportedly is a key figure in North Korea’s ballistic missile development, including efforts to switch from liquid to solid fuel,” the Department of the Treasury says. “Ri Pyong Chol is reported to be a key official involved in North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile development.”Both men have appeared multiple times in photos of Kim Jong Un watching missile tests, according to North Korea Leadership Watch and reporting by Reuters. The men smile and congratulate each other.Ri is a former air force general who now appears to have a prominent role within North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, Reuters says. Kim Jong Sik, meanwhile, is a rocket scientist who “started his career as a civilian aeronautics technician, but now wears the uniform of a military general,” Reuters reports.This is not the first time individuals in Kim Jong Un’s government have been targeted by sanctions. Last year, the Obama administration singled out a number of senior officials — including Kim Jong Un himself — for sanctions, citing human rights violations.The new sanctions are focused specifically on the weapons development program. While similar sanctions against the Syrian weapons program listed 271 individuals to target, this time, the focus is on two key figures.“Treasury is targeting leaders of North Korea’s ballistic missile programs, as part of our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the DPRK and achieve a fully denuclearized Korean Peninsula,” Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement. “These actions follow Friday’s United Nations Security Council Resolution, which imposed strong new sanctions on North Korea further shutting down its ability to raise illicit funds.”Those U.N. sanctions included Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol among more than a dozen other individuals. North Korea called the sanctions “an act of war,” as NPR reported Monday.Pyongyang called the U.N. vote a “grave infringement upon the sovereignty” of North Korea.As NPR’s Jackie Northam reported last month, it’s not clear whether increasing sanctions on North Korea will be likely to influence the rogue nation’s behavior.Gary Hufbauer, a trade expert at the Peterson Institute for International Economics who has studied sanctions for three decades, told Jackie that sanctions helped bring Iran to the negotiating table for the 2015 nuclear deal:“But historically, sanctions don’t work on dictatorships, he warns.” ‘It’s really hard to get autocratic governments to change with the use of sanctions,” he says. “And there is no autocracy which is more autocratic today than Kim Jong Un’s dynasty in North Korea.’ “Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Another New Prince Album Coming in 2019 Via JayZ and Tidal

first_imgThe announcement also says the new release “marks a continuation of Prince’s 2015 partnership with Tidal,” through which it premiered his “HITnRUN Phase One” and “Phase Two” albums, and states “This concludes the previously unresolved legal matters between The Prince Estate and Tidal,” which had been ongoing in the wake of the confused state of the artist’s business affairs after his death from an accidental overdose in April 2016. Certain Prince releases remain exclusively available for streaming on Tidal.The Estate and Tidal owner Jay-Z are working together on the song selection for the album.  “Our only goal is to share Prince’s music with his fans as he wanted,” Jay-Z said in the statement. “After thoughtful and honest conversation with him, he chose Tidal as his partner for ‘HITnRUN Phase One’ and ‘HITnRUN Phase Two,’ and we will continue to respect and honor Prince’s enduring legacy and wishes with this new collection.”Carter, speaking on behalf of the Estate, noted: “I’m very pleased this is resolved, and we get to honor the relationship between Prince and Tidal with this album. We look forward to fans hearing the new music and experiencing the genius of Prince.”The agreement between Tidal and The Prince Estate was approved on May 9, 2018 by the Probate Court overseeing The Prince Estate. Popular on Variety The Prince Estate and Tidal announced today that the streaming service will exclusively debut an album of previously unreleased music by the late artist. According to the announcement, the album will contain “previously unreleased music sourced from Prince’s vast archive of Vault recordings.”The album – expected to be released in 2019 – will stream exclusively on Tidal for fourteen days and will be available for download seven days after its debut, although which label will distribute the album was unclear: The announcement only says “A global physical release is planned via The Prince Estate following the exclusive digital premiere on Tidal.”The release will be separate from another album containing previously unreleased material coming in September, which estate adviser Troy Carter told Variety will be released on Warner Bros. Records; today’s announcement explicitly says: “The album partnership with Tidal does not involve any of Prince’s music catalogue that is subject to prior agreements with Warner Brothers Records, Inc.” This means the material will be post-1996, when Prince’s initial deal with the label ended.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Jacó gold Chatting with Costa Rican surf champion Lisbeth Vindas

first_imgRelated posts:Jacó’s Jason Torres tallies 1st Costa Rican national surf championship win Costa Rican surf team honored by president Costa Rica to host World Surfing Games in August World Surfing Games in Jacó: 5 things to know about attending See also: Costa Rica crowned 2015 world surfing championIt has already been an incredible year for Lisbeth Vindas. In July, the 11-time Costa Rican women’s champion surfer from the Central Pacific beach town of Jacó turned 35; she already has another National Title under her belt from the Women’s Open and a gold medal as part of Costa Rica’s National Team at the International Surf Association (ISA) World Surf Games in Nicaragua.I met Lisbeth approximately 18 years ago. She had already been surfing for two years, often with my younger sister Colleen Hanley Prior, who lived in Jacó at the time. I have long been impressed by her surfing style, especially in the big waves, and it’s great to see how far she has come in her surfing career.She recently took some time to talk about her passion, life growing up in Jacó, and how it feels to be one of Costa Rica’s first pioneers of women’s surfing. Excerpts:TT: Tell us about growing up in Jacó and when you started to surf. There weren’t many other girls surfing or competing in Costa Rica at that time. What motivated you?LV: My grandpa was the first member of our family to live here in Jacó, and he surfed! I started on a boogie board twenty years ago; this is my twenty-year anniversary. Your sister actually told me, “What are you doing? Why don’t you get a surfboard?” and a couple days later I borrowed one of those big, classic, thick boards. I caught my first few waves and fell in love with it. I thought, “This is what I want to do. I want to be a professional and surf all over the world.”There were only a few girl surfers back then. We had to look for girls just to make the finals in the beginning, but after a few years there were more of us. I went to high school, studied and surfed.Playa Jacó is your “home break.” What do you want to say about this break?I surfed my first waves in Jacó, then right away started catching rides to Hermosa every time I could. I love Jacó: it’s a beach break and very easy for people to learn. You can find a lot of different waves around here. I surf all the breaks here. I like to try all the different types of waves.What are some other breaks you like to surf in Costa Rica?Playa Escondida, La Isla, Damas, Quepos, Pavones for sure. Playa Negra, the Caribbean side… oh, there are so many places.What about breaks outside of Costa Rica?It depends on whether we arrive there in swells. Fiji for sure has some of the most amazing, perfect waves. Mentawai Islands, Hawaii, Panama, El Salvador – so many good places. One of my favorites was the Mentawaiis and some good barrels in Fiji. Testing the medal. Courtesy of Lisbeth VindasHow does it feel to have played a huge role in Costa Rica’s growth in women’s surfing and to be a part of the country’s international success in the sport?  I’m very proud to be one of the first surfers in Jacó. I am seeing the results of everything I’ve worked for. It’s not something I deserve; it’s something I’ve earned. I worked for it, and I’m still here working hard and still have a lot of passion. I want to do really good things for the sport. I hope this sport keeps growing and we get more world champions.Explain how you have been able to balance being a wife and mom with your surfing lifestyle. I work really hard to strike a balance between everything. None of this would be possible without Donald Vega of balancenatural.com. He put me through a rigorous physical program and managed my lifestyle, including nutrition, mental and emotional health. I learned so much from him; he succeeded in helping me stay active and in a state of constant improvement at an age when most people [pro surfers] think of retiring.He helped me so I can share my passion with my family. We all work together. Diego is an amazing dad. Julian is a very good kid and we try to enjoy everything we do as a family. Julian is already riding waves, so hopefully we can continue to enjoy that together, catching waves as a family.I believe I’m very blessed and am very thankful for this huge opportunity. Diego and I want to do a lot for the younger kids so they can improve and be professional and go around the world, enjoying this sport.Two surfing friends of yours are [fellow Costa Rican stars] Leilani McGonagle and Paola Rodriguez. Describe what these friendships mean to you. Well, I’m so happy I can be an example for Paola and Leilani – well, Leilani is sometimes more of an example for me!It’s funny because we are always working hard to beat each other [in competition], but in the end we are friends. It makes me work and train harder. I really enjoy competing against them. They work really hard, and I wish and pray for them that they can achieve their goals and dreams. I hope I can be part of that and even help them if I can.What is a challenge or personal goal that you have for the coming year? Costa Rica is starting to get scholarships from the government [for surfing]. I think I’m going to try to do some QS [Qualifying Series] events next year internationally. Ever since the World Games, we are getting more opportunities for our careers, so I will take advantage of that and keep working hard. Next year I hope we’ll see some World Surf League competitions in Costa Rica, and big stars can come and do the QS here. I’d like to work on finding more potential with some of the new kids. I’m not worried about competing and winning next year. I’m going to keep competing, but it won’t be my main thing.Read more “Surf’s Up” stories here.Kate Hanley Heinemann fell in love with Costa Rica, its people, culture and waves, over twenty years ago on a surf trip with some family and friends. She has surfed a number of breaks up and down the Pacific coast, has taught in several of the private schools in the Jacó area, and continues to surf every chance she gets; her company Pura Vida Board Gear offers unique and fun board socks. A version of this interview originally appeared on the Pura Vida Board Gear blog. For more information, contact Kate through the company’s Facebook page. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Luxury resort and spa operator Six Senses has anno

first_imgLuxury resort and spa operator Six Senses has announced Six Senses Spa Season 2009 – a defined period between October and December, in which some of the world’s leading wellness practitioners are to offer complimentary sessions for guests visiting the Six Senses Spas at Soneva by Six Senses. Six Senses Spas at the group’s Six Senses Hideaway and Evason branded properties also offer special Spa Season 2009 benefits.Six Senses Spas hosted at many other prestigious hotels, will offer Spa Season well-being programs and packages designed to inspire wellness, reduce stress and enrich lifestyles.At Soneva Fushi and Soneva Gili – both in the Maldives – guests enjoying a 14-night stay will receive two complimentary treatments per day – one specialist and one from the a la carte spa menu. Guests can select from specialist visiting practitioners, such as highly regarded healer Roger Moore, reiki master Sabine Kauker, naturopaths Dr. Nishant Rao N.D. and Dr. Arin Rao N.D., and wellness sessions with consultants Pascal Veraguth, John D. Chamberlin and Toby Maquire.At Six Senses Hideaway and Evason, guests staying for 4-nights receive 20 percent off all spa treatments. Spa Season offers private one-on-one lifestyle consultations with specialist visiting practitioners, health and well-being workshops, signature spa programs, which include detox, yoga retreats, Thai massage workshops, plus wellness activities such as tai chi, meditation, Chi Ne Tsang and Qi Gong – known for its health and anti-ageing benefits. Take-home advice is provided to assist home-care maintenance. Six Senses Spa Season provides more than just pure pampering in the hands of expertly trained Six Senses Spa therapists who embrace the Six Senses philosophy of SLOW LIFE (Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wholesome Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences). Spa Season also creates a new benchmark, enabling Six Senses to inspire wellness and enrich the lifestyles of its guests.www.sixsenses.comlast_img read more

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NASHVILLE Tenn – In a spacious recording studio

first_img NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In a spacious recording studio in Nashville, two singer-songwriters, Priscilla Renea and Jillian Jacqueline, were working through a song idea, trading suggestions for lyrics and melody on the theme of resurrection.“When you least expect it.,” Jacqueline started off. “Resurrection!” says Renea with a flourish. Shortly after, Mary J. Blige walked into the studio and the two women stopped singing. They were trying to come up with a song the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul might want to record, but it wasn’t quite ready yet.“We were trying to get a head start on you,” Renea told Blige.The setting last week was the first all-female songwriting camp organized by the performing rights organization ASCAP under a new music industry diversity initiative called “She Is the Music,” started by Alicia Keys and other top female music executives.A report earlier this year from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative analyzed women’s roles in popular music, including artists, songwriters and producers. The report found that women were underrepresented across the board. From 2012 to 2017, women comprised just 22 per cent of artists that appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and just 12 per cent of songwriters. A mere 2 per cent of producers were female.The camp aims to change those stats. Some of the women involved were already established as artists themselves or hit songwriters, while others were still building their careers. The writers at the camp had songs recorded by Beyonce, Rihanna, Miranda Lambert, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Pitbull, Carrie Underwood and Hillary Scott. Joining them were also female producers and female engineers, some of whom have worked with artists like Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez and Jason Derulo.“By putting this camp together and showing how successful it can be, we hope we can inspire others to do the same thing,” said Nicole George-Middleton, senior vice-president of membership for ASCAP.In Nashville, songwriting camps are commonplace, sometimes organized by a performing rights organization, or a publisher, or by an artist looking to co-write. This one was unique, bringing together writers and producers from all over the country who have backgrounds in R&B, pop, country, electronic, hip-hop and more. George-Middleton said they selected the women based on how they might work together and ASCAP wanted to have an artist like Blige that had a strong voice and a story to tell.“It means so much to me because these women are really incredible songwriters and they are excited to work with me,” Blige said.The Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated singer said she was hoping to inspire the writers and producers to come up with ideas for her next record.“It’s important because we live in a male-dominated world and we work in a male-dominated business,” Blige said. “The world is hard on us. Men are hard on us. Women are hard on each other. So when you see a bunch of women who are confident enough to come together and embrace each other’s talent, this is like a blessing from God.”Blige, 47, sat down in the studio with the songwriters and started telling them about the thoughts and emotions she wanted to explore on her next record.“I feel boss, really boss,” she told the women. “Not because I am cocky and I think I’m fly, but why not, right? I earned it. I suffered through it. I suffered to get here. I won. I lost. I truly believe that I am somebody special.”Renea probably knows Blige better than most of the other participants, having co-written songs with her that ended up on previous albums.“She is able to articulate so well and be so vulnerable with the feelings that most people try to pretend like they don’t go through, but do it with such grace that people are inspired,” Renea said of Blige.After Blige’s visit, the women split into smaller groups to toss out ideas and lyrics, fragments and beats. They had two-and-a-half days to work, socialize and record with the hopes of crafting the next Mary J. Blige hit.Producers Sadie Currey and Ester Na, who work in Los Angeles as a producing team called WildCardz, picked up on little details that Blige mentioned about the music she was really into lately and the style of music she wanted to record. They’ve learned to be good listeners to help songwriters and artists create the sounds they hear in their heads.“This is our first camp outside of L.A. and it’s been great to just experiment and learn,” said Currey. “It’s been really great to meet the other two female producers here. That’s a lot of fun ’cause I feel like I don’t get to do that ’cause it’s usually guys. Sometimes you don’t connect with a guy the same way you do with a bunch of girls. We can all nerd out together. (Like), ‘what kind of plug-in do you use for this? How do you mix that?’ I haven’t really had that community of women to do that with.”Many of the women there understand the barriers they are up against in the music industry.“Even with all the hits that I have had, the credit goes to all the guys,” said Renea, who has co-written multi-platinum successes like Pitbull and Kesha’s “Timber” and “Worth It” by Fifth Harmony. “Until we have more women in leadership positions then the perspective will always be slanted.”Both Currey and Na were impressed that ASCAP has a female CEO and is actively trying to find ways to improve diversity.“The more people see women in these roles, the more girls are going to follow that path,” Currey said._____Follow Kristin M. Hall at Twitter.com/kmhall In this Oct. 17, 2018, photo, Mary J. Blige, center, talks with participants in an all-female songwriters workshop in Nashville, Tenn. The camp featured writers, producers and engineers who’ve worked in pop, country, R&B and electronic music genres. They all met with Blige, who wanted to inspire them to write a song that she might want to record. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) ASCAP hosts all-female songwriting camp to improve diversitycenter_img by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Oct 25, 2018 9:02 am PDT Last Updated Oct 25, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Man injured in motorbike accident

first_imgA 31-year-old resident of Nicosia was seriously injured on Thursday afternoon when his motorbike collided with a car driven by a 20-year-old woman in Latsia.The crash occurred at 4.30pm in Latsia’s Ayios Georgios avenue.The victim was taken to Nicosia general hospital where he is being treated in the intensive care unit.The causes of the accident are not yet known.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo 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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