London Olympics: Indian archers continue to disappoint, Talukdar makes early exit too

first_imgIndian archer Jayanta Talukdar got a 0-6 hammering from America’s Jacob Wukie in the opening men’s individual elimination round at the London Olympics on Tuesday.The archers’ ordinary show at the Olympics continued with Jayanta being outplayed by a superior opponent at Lord’s. The American shot six ten pointers in the maximum nine arrows while Jayanta was able to hit the bulls-eye just once.The writing was on the wall in the first set in which Jayanta shot a five before losing it 22-27. Jayanta’s teammate Rahul Banerjee and Tarundeep Rai play their individual matches later in the day.They bowed out of the team event after losing their opening eliminator to Japan.last_img read more


first_imgThe senior cricketer said that the team will use its The senior cricketer said that the team will use its experience of playing in India, including in IPL, to defend the World T20 title.”We came here to win the World Cup. We have come to play good cricket, starting from tomorrow (when Sri Lanka take on New Zealand in a warm up match at the Wankhede Stadium here). We have a lot of experience (playing in India), playing in IPL and other tournaments as well.”Just before this World (T20) Cup we played three T20s against India which is good for the youngsters who are coming for the first or second time. We know how to adjust to wickets, conditions,” he added.On his former captain and teammate Mahela Jayawardanes new role as Englands batting coach he said, “This is not the first time (such a thing is happening). (Chaminda) Vaas is coaching Bangladesh. That is the part of their life. I dont think anything for us.” On the chances of him bowling off breaks in the tournament, he said he will try and bowl three overs after discussing with captain Angelo Mathews.”Then the team can have more balance,” he said. PTI NRB SSR RSY CM CMlast_img read more


first_imgA fundraising effort is starting to help repair the flood damaged community center in Hartley, Iowa.The Native Fund, an Iowa nonprofit founded by two Iowa natives, actor Ashton Kutcher, and former NFL and Iowa Hawkeye Tight End Dallas Clark has issued a challenge to raise $26,500 to repair the flood damage sustained last summer at the Community Center.The Native Fund will make a dollar-for-dollar matching contribution, which will allow for a complete renovation of the Community Center’s badly flood-damaged flooring.To date, the O’Brien County Community Foundation has committed $10,000 from their endowment toward the Hartley Center project.A murder mystery fundraising event will be held on March 30th in Hartley to raise additional funds.The Hartley Community Foundation and O’Brien County Community Foundation are both affiliates of the Siouxland Community Foundation.Accordingly, The Siouxland Community Foundation has established a temporary fund to track local contributions.If you wish to donate, please mail a check with “The Native Fund Matching Project” in the memo line to the Siouxland Community Foundation at:The Native Fund Matching Projectc/o Siouxland Community Foundation505 5th Street, Suite 412Sioux City, IA 51101last_img read more

Alliance of American Football suspends operations after just eight games

first_imgShare on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Share on Facebook Support The Guardian NFL Johnny Manziel given another chance – this time by the AAF’s Memphis Express “I am extremely disappointed to learn Tom Dundon has decided to suspend all football operations of the Alliance of American Football,” Polian said in a statement. “When Mr Dundon took over, it was the belief of my co-founder, Charlie Ebersol, and myself that we would finish the season, pay our creditors, and make the necessary adjustments to move forward in a manner that made economic sense for all. The momentum generated by our players, coaches and football staff had us well positioned for future success. Regrettably, we will not have that opportunity.”The AAF seemed to have a better chance of surviving than other alternative leagues, such as the USFL and the World League, because of the people and philosophies involved. Polian and Ebersol envisioned it as a development league for the NFL with several rules tweaks designed to speed up play and make it safer. There were no kickoffs or PATs, and teams had to go for a two-point conversion after touchdowns. While it clearly wasn’t NFL-caliber, it was entertaining and helped fill the post-Super Bowl void for avid fans. However, there were signs of trouble in a league put together in less than one year. Dundon invested $250m in the AAF shortly after play began. At the time, Ebersol said reports the Alliance was short on cash and needed a bailout from Dundon in order to make payroll were untrue. He said the league had a technical glitch in its payroll system that was fixed.The AAF aspired to be a league for players with NFL hopes, but it could not reach agreement with the NFLPA to use players at the end of NFL rosters. Read more Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter news The Alliance of American Football, which had a promising start as the latest spring league, is suspending operations eight games into its first season. The eight-team league is not folding, but games will not be played this weekend. The decision was made by majority owner Tom Dundon, who also owns the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes,.League co-founders Bill Polian, a former NFL executive, and Charlie Ebersol, a television and film producer, did not want to suspend operations. Polian expressed his dismay on Tuesday. US sports Share on LinkedIn Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Gulf of Mexico Restoration Plan Moves Ahead

first_imgzoom NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a Gulf restoration plan.The 44 projects, totaling an estimated USD 627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds. Of those, NOAA is directly involved in the implementation of four projects.As explained by NOAA, this announcement marks the largest suite of Gulf early restoration projects selected thus far in the wake of the 2010 oil spill.The projects aim to address a range of injuries to natural resources and the subsequent loss of recreational use. Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, said: “These projects reflect an earnest commitment to the Gulf and will enhance the region’s economic, social, and ecological resilience in the future.”The largest NOAA project partnership will be with Louisiana to fund and execute restoration of beach, dune, and back-barrier marsh habitat on Chenier Ronquille, a barrier island off the state’s coast. Chenier Ronquille is one of four barrier islands proposed for restoration as part of the Louisiana Outer Coast Restoration Project that will be implemented by NOAA, the U.S. Department of Interior and Louisiana. The total cost to restore the four barrier islands is expected to be USD 318 million.Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and NOAA will partner to undertake three “living shorelines” projects. These projects involve a blend of restoration technologies used to stabilize shorelines and restore fish and wildlife habitat. The three projects are:Alabama: NOAA will work with the state to fully implement the Swift Tract Living Shoreline Project. This project, costing USD 5 million, will construct approximately 1.6 miles of breakwaters covered with oyster shell to reduce shoreline erosion, protect salt marsh habitat, and restore ecosystem diversity and productivity in Mobile Bay. Restoration experts expect that over time, the breakwaters will develop into reefs, providing added reproductive and foraging habitat and shelter from predators. The 615-acre state-owned Swift Tract site is located in Bon Secour Bay and is part of the NOAA-supported Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Florida: NOAA will partner with Florida for the Florida Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline Project to restore shoreline at two sites along the Pensacola waterfront. Project Greenshores Site II is located immediately west of Muscogee Wharf in downtown Pensacola. Restoration at PGS Site II has been planned in conjunction with the Sanders Beach site, three miles to the west. Both proposed sites feature breakwaters that will provide four acres of reef habitat and protect the 18.8 acres of salt marsh habitat that will be created through this project. The Pensacola project is expected to cost about USD 11 million.Mississippi: NOAA will partner with the state to improve nearly six miles of shoreline as part of the proposed Hancock County Marsh Living Shoreline Project. The goal of the project is to reduce shoreline erosion by dampening wave energy and encouraging reestablishment of habitat in the region. The estimated cost is USD 50 million.As the largest phase of early restoration efforts, Phase III sets a strategic approach for these and additional early restoration activities. The trustees received thousands of public comments that were instrumental in its development, and has issued a guide to the plan and projects.These projects will be funded through the USD 1 billion provided to the trustees by BP, as part of the 2011 Framework Agreement on early restoration.Ten early restoration projects already are in various stages of implementation as part of the first two phases of early restoration. Updates on these projects are available in an interactive atlas.Press Release, October 06, 2014;Images: USCG, NOAAlast_img read more

The deluge of national parks visitors in 2017 by the numbers

first_imgCALGARY – Entry to Canada’s national parks is free this year to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Here is what Parks Canada prepared for, by the numbers:23.2 million — Visitors in 201524.6 million — Visitors in 201627.3 million — Projected number of visitors in 2017-18Nine per cent — Increase in visitors as of July 2017 compared to a year earlier3.7 million — Park passes ordered since December 2016$136.40 — Cost of a family park Pass in 2016$67.70 — Cost of an individual park pass in 2016$0 — Cost of a park pass in 2017$4.85 million — Projected production and distribution costs of park passes in 2017$70.08 million — Parks Canada funding for lost revenue and increased capacity in 2017$1 million — Contingency fund to respond to unpredicted issues or surges in visitation25,000 — Extra industrial toilet paper rolls the tourist hotspot of Lake Louise, in Banff National Park, is expected to need this year, an increase of 25 per cent500 — Extra cords of firewood Lake Louise expected to need this year, an increase of 20 per cent21 per cent — Temporary expansion of full-time and seasonal employees in Banff National Park4.7 per cent — Increase in visitors to Banff National Park as of July compared to the same time last year46 per cent — Increase in visitors to Elk Island National Park near Edmonton so far this year compared to 201658 per cent — Increase in visitors to Point Pelee National Park in southern Ontario so far this year compared to 201620 per cent — Increase in visitors to Waterton Lakes National Park in southwestern Alberta so far this year compared to 2016last_img read more

Roy Halladay killed in plane crash

first_imgFormer Toronto Blue Jays star pitcher Roy Halladay has died after his plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40 and married with two sons.The sheriff’s department in Pasco County, Fla., confirmed Halladay’s body was found at the scene of the crash. He had taken up flying as a hobby since retiring from baseball in 2013.The Blue Jays selected Halladay in the first round of the 1995 draft and he reached the big-leagues three years later. An eight-time MLB all-star, he won the American League Cy Young Award in 2003 and won the National League Cy Young Award as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010.He threw the the 20th perfect game in MLB history on May 29, 2010.Halladay, a 2017 inductee into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, had been taking classes toward a degree in psychology at the University of South Florida.last_img read more

First Nations in BC negotiating to buy percentage of Coastal GasLink pipeline

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsFirst Nations in British Columbia are vying for a percentage of the Coastal Gaslink pipeline that will cost billions of dollars.Part of the pipeline is up for sale.Dan George, an elected chief in Burns Lake First Nation, one of six First Nations in Wet’suwet’en territory, has been in Vancouver discussing business.George said he wants to buy into the pipeline.In 2014, he signed a benefit agreement with Coastal Gaslink but says he hopes to do more for his community’s future.Now he’s working towards equity ownership of the pipeline with all other First Nations along the proposed route.“Being equity owners creates a lot more wealth for us because we’ll have a bigger piece of the pie,” George said. “And we won’t need any money from Ottawa anymore, we can run our own businesses by ourselves, under our own conditions, so I think it is going to help a lot of First Nations get out of poverty in the north because opportunities are few and far between.”The Coastal Gaslink pipeline project will push natural gas from Dawson Creek, B.C., 670 kilometres to Kitimat on the coast where it will be liquefied and shipped to markets in Asia.TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, presented the First Nations with the opportunity to purchase a 75 per cent stake in the line.The cost is approximately $6 billion.“It’s going to be ongoing for a while to come because it’s a huge submission and it’s a lot of money that we need to raise,” said George.George told APTN News that Jason Kenney’s win in Alberta comes at a crucial time for Canada’s oil and gas business.“I think it will be a good thing for all people of Canada to be on the world stage instead of just giving all our resources to the U.S. for half the price,” George said.But the Coast Gaslink pipeline project faces stiff opposition from Wet’suwet’en Nations’ highest hereditary Chiefs, despite approval from al 20 elected band councils along the route.The traditional leaders don’t want the pipeline and say they have jurisdiction – not elected leadership.George said he isn’t worried – his members want the pipeline so he’s focussed on making sure the project goes through.“As elected Chief I follow what my band members tell me what they want me to do,” he said.“So we had a vote on the LNG and they all voted for it so I do what my members tell me and Hereditary Chiefs have to do the same thing.” read more

City staff of Fort St John will be holding Open Houses for

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Staff of the city of Fort St. John has been working on updating zoning bylaws and is now at the stage to be presented for public engagement.After a modernizing and refreshing of the current zoning bylaws, by making them more user-friendly and making them move into the official community plan, the strategic plans and the master plan it is time for public engagement before Legal review.City staff will use several platforms to engage with residents regarding the zoning bylaws through the “Lets Talk” engagement page online, direct mail and open houses like the recent charrette for the 100th Street update. Council asked city staff to include two dates of each topic on zoning as the first set of times for the open house was suggested for July 30 and 31st. Council was concerned residents that are interested in the engagement process could be on holidays, follow up open houses should be a week or more after the first one.To view the City of Fort St. John’s Let’s Talk Community Engagement Page; CLICK HERE.last_img read more

In police presence bouncers beat up patients family at AIIMS Trauma Centre

first_imgNew Delhi: In a shocking incident, a family of Delhi was brutally thrashed with sticks by private bouncers and security guards at the AIIMS Trauma Centre. Moreover, a video of the incident shows police present at the situations was just mute spectators, while guards were beating the kin of the patient.Talking to Millennium Post, Asgar Ali, the father of the girl patient named Adeeba, alleged that the guards present at the hospital used to pass lewd comments on his wife. When he and his relatives objected to this, the bouncers and guards started hitting them, leaving them critically injured. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to Ali, a resident of Delhi’s Nizamuddin area, his daughter Adeeba was admitted to the Trauma Centre on Monday after she fell from the fourth floor of a building while playing. She was operated the next day and was under observation. While his wife used to stay at the hospital during day, Ali used to stay at night. The guards present there – who belong to an agency named SWIFT Security – used to pass remarks on her, he alleged. “My wife complained about this to the head of the guards but he did not take action. She then told me about this. I also approached the security head but he was rude with me,” Ali informed. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Today, some of my relatives came to visit Adeeba. They were not allowed to enter the ward. We, along with other people present there, asked the guards to apologies to my wife on which they got angry started threatening us,” he added. Ali said he then dialled 100 and called the police. Meanwhile, the bouncers came out with iron rods and sticks and started thrashing them. The girl’s father has suffered bone fracture in his shoulder and 4-5 stitches in his head while his nephew Altaf has got 15 stitches on his head. Clearing it’s state, Dr Biplab Mishra said that around 8-10 people were trying to meet the patient in group but according to the norms only a attendant allowed to enter in side the ward. Hence, security person were opposing the entry of multiple relatives which lead to altercation and later turned into a scuffle. Even, our security gaurds were injured. Furthermore, We will initiated the internal inquiry and culprit will not be spared, said Dr Mishra. At about 3 PM a PCR call was received regarding quarrel at Trauma Centre . The complainant reported that gaurds at the gate had injured her husband and assaulted her sister also. In all, six people were injured. A case has been registered and 5 persons have been apprehended.last_img read more

Oil sands firm MEG Energy raising 800million in financing deals

CALGARY — MEG Energy Corp. announced a pair of financing deals Monday to raise a total of $800-million, including one with the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec.The agreements came as the oil sands company said it planned $1.9-billion in capital spending next year including some $90-million in deferred capital spending from 2012.MEG said the spending will include about $480-million on its RISER initiative to increase near-term production.Production for 2013 is expected to be 32,000 to 35,000 barrels per day, up from its guidance of 26,000 to 28,000 for 2012.The company set a target of 20% for production growth compared with 2012 and a goal of ending 2013 with production rate of 37,000 to 43,000 barrels per day.To help pay for the capital plan, MEG said it has agreed to sell nearly 12.13 million shares to a syndicate of underwriters for $33 per share and another 12.12 million shares to the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec for the same price.The underwriters have also been granted an over-allotment option for up to an additional 1.8 million shares. If the option is fully exercised, MEG would raise an additional $60-million.The deal with the Caisse, an existing shareholder of the company, will bring its stake in MEG to about 9%, not including the over-allotment option.MEG shares were down $1.07 or about 3% at $33.65 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.The company, which has oilsands operations in the southern Athabasca region in Alberta, was one of several smaller players in the industry to see its shares fall in the face of new foreign takeover rules announced by Ottawa last week.Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in approving the takeover of Nexen Inc. by Chinese company CNOOC, set out new rules that said state-owned enterprises would not be permitted to buy any more Canadian oilsands companies, except in exceptional circumstances. read more

INTERPOL help sought in VAT case

The accused had committed the crime between 2002 and 2004 at the Inland Revenue Department.They had been charged with the fraud of Rs. 3.99 Million following a case filed by the Finance Ministry in 2006. (Colombo Gazette) The police have sought the assistance of the international police INTERPOL, to track down and arrest 8 suspects wanted in connection with a multi million Rupee VAT fraud.The police media unit said that an open warrant has been issued to arrest the suspects who are overseas and INTERPOL assistance has also been sought. A statement by the police media unit today said that another 6 suspects who were produced in court yesterday over the case had pleaded guilty. Three of them were sentenced to jail by the Colombo High Court while the other three will be sentenced at the end of this month, the police said. read more

As NDP and Greens do battle Jagmeet Singh breathes new life into

LONGUEUIL, Que. — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said his party is happy to welcome Quebec sovereigntists into its ranks, as the seemingly dormant independence question resurfaced on the campaign trail Monday.Singh was questioned on the issue as he announced environmentalist Eric Ferland will be his party’s candidate for the Quebec riding of Longueuil-Saint-Hubert, south of Montreal.The announcement added a strange twist to the feud between federal New Democrats and Greens, who have been locked in a fierce battle for third place in public-opinion polls as each seeks to attract progressive voters unhappy with the governing Liberals and worried about climate change.Not only is Ferland a former leader of Quebec’s Green party, but the incumbent in the riding is former NDP MP Pierre Nantel, who defected to the Greens shortly before the election call.In addition to switching parties, the two have something else in common: they’re both sovereigntists who have advocated for Quebec independence, either currently or in the past.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. Federal election 2019 roundup: Scheer proposes children’s tax credit, while Trudeau promises daycare funding Rex Murphy: Chillin’ with Jason Kenney’s miraculous letter Kelly McParland: Singh’s impossible promises can still hurt Trudeau While support for Quebec separation is polling low on voters’ lists of priorities, a number of candidates have had to answer questions about their pasts as sovereigntists after deciding to run for federalist parties.When asked about his past association with Quebec’s sovereignty movement on Monday, Ferland said he’s a federalist for the moment but could not rule out promoting Quebec independence in the future.But he said for now, he’d rather focus on issues of climate change and social justice.“The subject is sovereignty is not even on the table right now, it’s far away, I see it’s not moving forward so I prefer to work on things that move us forward,” he said.Singh, for his part, reiterated that he is a federalist but is happy to work with candidates from other political backgrounds as long as they share the party’s progressive values.“I believe in building a Canada that’s united, that’s my value,” he said.“I think it’s important to recognize there is strong nationalism in Quebec that has a place in the New Democratic Party,” he said, adding that federalists “couldn’t ignore the desires of the people of a place.”Alexandre Boulerice, the NDP’s deputy leader, also said he’s one of the almost 50 per cent of Quebec voters who voted “Yes” in the 1995 referendum on separating from Canada. He said there’s room for nationalists in the party.In Longueuil-Saint-Hubert alone, at least three federalist party candidates have separatist pasts, including incumbent Nantel, who won his riding south of Montreal in for the NDP in 2011 and 2015.The NDP dropped Nantel in August after it became known he was courting at least one other party, and he joined the Greens soon after.I believe in building a Canada that’s united, that’s my valueNantel’s defection to the Green party led to uncomfortable moments for leader Elizabeth May, who was forced to answer questions about her new candidate’s sovereigntist leanings last week after he told a radio host he wants Quebec to separate from Canada as soon as possible.May initially said Nantel wasn’t a separatist, describing him as “a strong Quebecer within the context of Canada,” and said her party wouldn’t endorse a candidate advocating for the breakup of the country. She later backtracked after he repeated the comments. Nantel remains a Green candidate and May has said she is comfortable with Nantel’s position and how he fits in the party.The Liberals are running former Parti Quebecois minister Rejean Hebert. The former provincial health minister has renounced sovereigntism, saying Quebecers don’t want another referendum.On Monday, Singh described Ferland’s decision to turn New Democrat as evidence that his party’s environmental plan “is the most complete,” even as he sought to underscore what he described as the main differences between the NDP and the Greens.“We believe in the importance of tackling the climate crisis. We know how important that is and we are going to do similar things,” he said.“But where we differ is we’re not going to leave workers behind. Where we differ is we have a solid position on a woman’s right to choose. With New Democrats, there’s no question what you’re getting. You know you’re going to get candidates that all unequivocally support a woman’s right to choose and will defend that and will also expand access to abortion services.”Ferland described his decision to run for the NDP as “obvious” given the party’s plan for tackling climate change, which includes ending fossil-fuel subsidies, providing more incentives for the development of clean energy and expanding the price on carbon to include Canada’s largest emitters. read more

Afghanistan UN envoy to visit country to assess conflicts impact on children

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Olara Otunnu, will visit Afghanistan from 22 to 28 July, travelling to Kabul and other regions, including Kandahar and Mazar-i-Sharif, and visiting children in camps for internally displaced persons.Mr. Otunnu is expected to meet with civil society groups, non-governmental organizations, national authorities and UN humanitarian and development personnel.On 28 July, Mr. Otunnu is scheduled to address the international conference on “Building a Peaceful Future for Afghanistan: A Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Mines.” According to the Special Representative’s office, about 35,000 children have been victims of landmines in Afghanistan, the most mine-contaminated country in the world.In other news, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today said that Afghan returns have surpassed 1.3 million, including more than 1,190,000 refugees who have repatriated from Pakistan since the initiative started on 1 March.Some 98,000 people have returned from Iran since the operation began there on April 9 and another 10,000 returnees have arrived from the Central Asian states, UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski said in Geneva. The agency has also helped up to 200,000 internally displaced persons return home, out of a target of 390,000.The scale of returns has put a financial strain on the agency, forcing it to focus its aid on four priority areas – protection, travel assistance/returnee packages, shelter and water – and leaving previously anticipated expenditures in education and basic medical assistance to other agencies, Mr. Janowski said.”Financial constraints mean that UNHCR has no further funds to purchase items like plastic tarpaulins, blankets, buckets, or jerry cans,” he noted. “In some parts of Afghanistan, we’ve already exhausted supplies of these items that are included in the returnee packages, and we’re using stocks from the International Committee of the Red Cross and [the UN Children’s Fund].” read more

Rwanda tribunal confirms a sentence for genocide and starts two more trials

The Appeals Chamber disagreed yesterday with the Trial Chamber’s finding that Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda instigated, aided and abetted genocide and extermination, but found that it correctly held him responsible for ordering genocide and extermination.Mr. Kamuhanda was found to have supervised the killings in his native Gikomero commune, in the Kigali-Rural prefecture. He distributed firearms, grenades and machetes to the Hutu Interahamwe militia and led attacks at the parish church and adjoining school in Gikomero, where several thousand Tutsi civilians were killed, ICTR said.He was arrested in Bourges, France, on 26 November 1999, and on 7 March 2000 he was transferred to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha, Tanzania.ICTR also began the trial of three former senior officials from the Interim Government of Rwanda and ICTR Prosecutor Hassan Bubacar Jallow gave his opening statement in the case.Edouard Karemera, Mathieu Ngirumpatse and Joseph Nzirorera were charged with seven counts, including conspiracy to commit genocide, direct and public incitement to genocide, genocide, alternatively complicity in genocide, rape and extermination as crimes against humanity, and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions.The three accused had pleaded not guilty to all charges against them on 21 March, ICTR said.Mr. Karemera was a former Minister of the Interior and Vice-Chairman of the Mouvement Révolutionnaire National pour le Développement et la Démocratie (MRND) party. Mr. Ngirumpatse was formerly Director General for Foreign Affairs and MRND Chairman, while Mr. Nzirorera was a former Minister of Industry, Mines and Handicraft, former Speaker of the Rwandan Parliament, and MRND National Secretary. read more

Fridays Daily Brief Indigenous Peoples Day Yemen food aid IDs for Rohingya

‘Preserve, revitalize and promote’ indigenous languages, or lose a ‘wealth of traditional knowledge’, UN chief says  Life-saving food aid distribution is set to resume to 850,000 people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, following guarantees by Houthi opposition forces that the supplies will reach those who need them most, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. Under a deal that ends a partial two-month break in WFP assistance to Houthi-held areas of the war-torn country after the agency said that humanitarians were being denied access and local authorities were interfering with deliveries, spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel insisted that a new registration process had been agreed. “We have written guarantees from the Houthis,” he said, in reference to a document signed with the Sana’a-based authorities. Read more here. More than half a million Rohingya in Bangladesh get ID cards for first time: UN refugee agency  More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees who fled a brutal crackdown in Myanmar two years ago, have received identification cards that the UN insisted on Friday were critical to safeguarding their right to return home. Issued to all refugees over the age of 12, in camps in southern Bangladesh, the biometric, fraud-proof card is for many, the first time that they have owned an official document that proves their identity. “Most of these people are stateless and most of these people have not had any form of identification document, so for the vast majority of the Rohingya refugees, this is the first ID, a first proof of identity that they have,” UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told journalists in Geneva. Here’s our full coverage. Malians fleeing violence should be given international protection, says UN  The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) announced on Friday that because of the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in Mali, neighbouring countries should provide protection to those fleeing conflict. Not all Malians need protection, the agency said, but the threat has spread from northern Mali to other regions. It cited armed groups affiliated with Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad and others that have failed to respect the 2015 Peace and Reconciliation in Mali agreement.  The conflict has been further escalated by Islamist extremist groups. According to UNHCR, civilians, politicians and civil servants along with security forces are being targeted and murdered.  Nearly 200 peacekeepers have been killed since 2013, making it the deadliest peacekeeping operation in the world.  And people who collaborate with national or international defence forces subsequently find themselves targeted for attack and may be in need of international protection, the agency said. Nagasaki: ‘Beacon for global peace’  Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the urgency to “preserve, revitalize and promote indigenous languages” in his message for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Celebrated on Friday. “Languages are how we communicate, and they are inextricably linked to our cultures, histories and identity”, the UN chief said, noting that 2019 also marks the International Year of Indigenous Languages.   He pointed out that almost half of the world’s estimated 6,700 languages, which are mostly indigenous, risk extinction. “With every language that disappears, the world loses a wealth of traditional knowledge” said Mr. Guterres. See what others had to say here. UN food aid to Yemen will fully resume after two-month break, as Houthis ‘guarantee’ delivery  Paying tribute to the victims and survivors of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki on 9 August 1945, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the annual Nagasaki Peace Ceremony on Friday that the city “has emerged to become a beacon for global peace and understanding”.   “I was profoundly moved upon seeing this for myself when I travelled to Nagasaki last year to take part in this ceremony”, he said, adding that the “brave survivors” testimony “touched my heart” as did their devotion “to ensuring that the great tragedy that befell this city is never visited upon any other”. In the face of rising tensions between nuclear armed States and the demise of existing arms control and disarmament treaties, the UN chief lamented that “the nuclear danger persists”. “The international community must join forces to safeguard the security benefits that existing treaties bring to us all” he urged.  The “only true guarantee” against nuclear weapons is “their total elimination”, Mr. Guterres said, calling it the UN’s and his personal “highest disarmament priority”. Calling youth the “future peacemakers of the world” and “the ultimate force for change to secure our common future”, the Secretary-General maintained that by carrying the message forward together, “we will achieve our shared goal of a world free of nuclear weapons”.  Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 09 August on SoundCloud: read more

Lotus creates 100 UK engineering and manufacturing jobs

UK-based sports car manufacturer and engineering expert, Lotus, has announced that it will create more than 100 jobs in engineering and manufacturing at its Hethel, Norfolk headquarters.Lotus will recruit 45 specialist engineers and 18 graduates to help develop new products within its engineering division. A further 40 manufacturing operatives will be employed to help meet increasing global demand for Lotus cars, which is set to grow as the manufacturer enters new markets worldwide.The manufacturer’s recruitment drive follows significant levels of investment in recent years by owners DRB-HICOM, which has allowed the company to increase its focus on engineering, productivity, efficiency and quality.Mark Pym, Group Head of Human Resources at Lotus, said, “Lotus’ successes have always been built on our talented and dedicated workforce and as we embark on a period of strengthening, it’s crucial that we grow our workforce to support this.“It’s a positive sign for both the UK car industry and Lotus that we are able to recruit such a high number of experienced specialists and graduates, who will take their first steps on an exciting and rewarding career path.”Aslam Farikullah, Chief Operating Officer at Lotus, said, “It’s been a period of substantial change at Lotus and we are now in a strong position to expand our work on future products and to increase production in our manufacturing facilities. We wantLotus to be at the forefront of the global automotive industry and for us to remain competitive, we will introduce more exciting products – there has never been a better time to be part of the future of Lotus.”Applications for the new roles are currently being accepted; click through to find out more and apply to work for Lotus.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Tiger Woods Up 2 Shots at Doral After Shooting

TIger Woods put on another masterful putting display Friday, helping him shoot a 65 and earn a two-shot lead going into the weekend in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.Woods, who has won three times at Doral and has captured this World Golf Championship event six times, gave himself numerous chances with a solid ballstriking round in which he barely missed a green.His 7-under 65 gave him a two-shot lead over 2010 U.S. Open champion Graem McDowell and a three-shot lead over Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker, his buddy who gave him putting tips that Woods attributes to his solid play with the flat stick so far.Woods has won 26 -of-31 times when he has the outright 36-hole lead in his PGA Tour career.On Wednesday, Stricker gave Woods some advice during a 45-minute session on the practice green, one that has led to two days of exceptional work.“I’ve always liked the way he putts it,” Stricker said. “We’ve talked a lot about it over the years. We have the same ideas, although we do different things to get it there. We have the same principles. He’s open to hearing what I have to say sometimes.”This time, it worked, as Woods made nine birdies Thursday and added eight more Friday. He has had 22 one-putt greens in the tournament, and on Friday he hit 15-of-18 greens in regulation.For a time, it appeared Mickelson would play his way into a third-round pairing with Woods, reprising their epic 2005 final-round duel here in which Woods prevailed by a stroke to regain the No. 1 world ranking.But McDowell had other ideas, birdieing his last two holes for a 67.“I saw Phil sneaking up the leaderboard there behind me, and I said to (caddie) Kenny (Comboy), ‘Let’s spoil this party tomorrow,’ ” McDowell said. “I’m sure they would have liked Tiger and Phil in the last group tomorrow, would have been great for the tournament, but I certainly will enjoy the position of being in the last group and the mix. That’s right where I want to be.“Great to see the best players in the game playing as well as they are. Always exciting to have Tiger and Phil playing well. It brings the crowds and puts people behind their TV screens, and that’s what’s important.”Mickelson has shot 67-67 after an early-week visit to Augusta National to scout the Masters venue.“I saw Tiger was playing well and I wanted to make a couple birdies to get in the group with him,” Mickelson said. “It seems since 2007, when we played at Deutsche Bank in Boston, I’ve been playing some of my best golf when we get paired together.“I hope that tomorrow that I play a good round and so does he, and we get a chance to get paired together in Sunday’s final round, because he seems to somehow bring out my best golf.” read more

Child porn defendant claims he did not know he was looking at

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A man charged with viewing child pornography did not know he was looking at images of under 16-year-olds because he is blind, a court has heard. Andrew Shaw, 44, was aided into Blackpool Magistrates Court, Lancashire by his black Labrador guide dog.His wife who was supporting her husband is also blind and was led to the court by her white Labrador guide dog.Shaw of Derby Road, Thornton Cleveleys, Lancashire faces three offences of possessing 71 downloaded obscene images of children on his computer. Twelve of the images are alleged to be of the worst variety.He said: “This is an unusual case as my client is registered blind. He has no sight in one eye and only a small amount in the other.””It may be argued that difficulty with his vision makes it difficult for him to put an age to images he downloads. He may think he is looking at 16-year olds.”Shaw was granted bail.last_img read more