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Ethnic equation matters most in Assam’s Kokrajhar

first_imgUrkhao Gwra Brahma, a former Rajya Sabha member and the United People’s Party (Liberal) candidate for the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency in western Assam, says the story of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) is 5% development and 95% unemployment.But lack of development and jobs have seldom mattered in Kokrajhar, straddling 10 Assembly segments within BTC and beyond, that has suffered decades of extremism, a statehood movement, and communal violence.The electoral battle has thus often boiled down to a contest between the Bodos and non-Bodos, more intensely since the 2014 Lok Sabha election when a conglomerate of 19 non-Bodo organisations propelled Independent candidate Naba Kumar Sarania to Parliament.Non-Bodo winnerMr. Sarania, a former leader of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom, won the Kokrajhar seat in 2014 by a margin of 3,55,779 votes over Mr. Brahma. He is the first non-Bodo to have won the seat since 1957 and hopes to retain it with a similar margin “because the oppressed non-Bodos” are behind him.Though Bodos are the single largest community in Kokrajhar, the non-Bodos, including migrant Bengali-speaking Muslims —the second largest group — account for more than 70% of the population.“I will deliver a knockout punch to my rivals this time. My supporters, who are neglected in the BTC, know Assam would have been fragmented had I not been in the picture,” said Mr. Sarania, referring to the Bodoland statehood movement which has its genesis in the “divide Assam 50-50” call in the 1960s. But more than Mr. Brahma, Mr. Sarania has trained his guns on the State’s Social Welfare Minister and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) candidate Pramila Rani Brahma. The BPF, headed by Hagrama Mohilary, has been ruling the BTC since its creation in 2003 and is part of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government in Assam.The 69-year-old Ms. Brahma and Mr. Mohilary are former extremists like Mr. Sarania. Their outfit, Bodo Liberation Tigers, was disbanded soon after the BTC was born. “Our focus is on development and ensuring peaceful co-existence among all the communities that enrich BTC and other areas under Kokrajhar,” said Ms. Brahma, confident of succeeding where her predecessor — fellow Minister in the Assam government Chandan Brahma, also a former extremist — failed to by finishing third in 2014.But the non-Bodos are wary of her controversial statement after the 2014 election that led to the killing of 32 Muslims, mostly women and children in BTC areas. She had allegedly accused the Muslims of not voting for the candidate of her party that year. The BTC areas were witness to ethnic violence earlier too. More than 500 people were killed between 1993 and 2012 in communal attacks that claimed the lives of Muslims and Adivasis, besides Bodos. The 2012 violence displaced more than 1,00,000 Muslims most of whom did not return. “Whether it is a Bodo or a non-Bodo who wins, all we want is an end to living in fear,” said Hareswar Nath, a farmer in the constituency’s Sorbhog area.Altogether 12 candidates are vying for the Kokrajhar seat that goes to polls on April 23.last_img read more

19-year-old alleges gangrape, case transferred from Aurangabad

first_imgA 19-year-old girl, currently in hospital, has alleged she was gangraped by four men in Chunabhatti while on her way home from a birthday party last month. Her father initially registered an FIR on Wednesday with the Begumpura police station in Aurangabad, which on Friday was transferred to Chunabhatti police station for further investigation. “The victim, who is HIV positive, suffered a paralytic attack on July 14 this year, after which her father took her from Mumbai to Aurangabad, where the family hails from. During medical examination, doctors detected injuries to her private parts and asked her about it. She disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted in the intervening night of July 7 and July 8,” police inspector Deepak Surve, Chunabhatti police station said. According to a statement given by the victim’s father, The girl was staying in Mumbai with her brother and had gone for a friend’s birthday party. When she was returning home, she was allegedly accosted by four persons. The victim has not been able to identify the accused, the police said. “An FIR of rape and gangrape has been registered under the Indian Penal Code against the four unidentified men and further inquiries are underway,” Mr. Surve sad. The police are now obtaining footage of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at and around the rough location that the victim has mentioned, to scan it for any clues regarding the identity of the accused. Inquiries are also being made with local informants and a team will be going to Aurangabad for further inquiries with the victim’s father, sources said.last_img read more

Sergey Kovalev gets WBO title back from Eleider Alvarez in rematch

first_imgVictorious Qatar returns to Doha to a “rapturous” welcome US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sergey Kovalev, left, hits Eleider Alvarez during a WBO light heavyweight title boxing match, early Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Cooper Neill)FRISCO, Texas — Sergey Kovalev took back the WBO light heavyweight championship from Eleider Alvarez early Sunday, winning the rematch in a unanimous decision six months after losing his belt.The Russian controlled the pace throughout the fight, pushing through a couple of moments of fatigue like those that seemed to affect him in the loss that cost him the title in the 175-pound division.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Before Valdez’s win, Richard Commey (28-2, 25 KOs) took the vacant IBF lightweight title with a second-round technical knockout of Isa Chaniev (13-2). The fight was called 39 seconds into the second round after the second knockdown of Chaniev in that round and the third overall. In that defeat to Alvarez in Atlantic City, New Jersey, last summer, Kovalev was ahead on all three scorecards when he was dropped three times in the seventh round.Kovalev (33-3-1) made it through the seventh just fine in a fight that started two minutes before midnight. The 35-year-old put on the finishing touches by landing several blows in an impressive 12th round to leave little doubt that Alvarez (24-1) was headed for his first loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesTwo judges had Kovalev ahead 116-112. The third judge didn’t give Alvarez a single round, scoring it 120-108.The dominant win reversed a recent slide by Kovalev, who had all three of his losses in the previous five fights. He was the aggressor from the beginning, and eventually landed 213 of 860 punches compared to 111 out of 369 for Alvarez. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss According to the television broadcast, Alvarez’s corner told him going into the 10th round that he would need a knockout to keep the belt. He never got close. Kovalev even had an exclamation point, landing a punishing right hand just before the final bell.In what amounted to co-main event on Saturday night, Oscar Valdez defended his WBO featherweight title with a seventh-round technical knockout of Carmine Tommasone.The two-time Mexican Olympian caught Tommasone with a right uppercut to the jaw. The blow dropped the Italian and the fight was called nine seconds into the seventh round in Valdez’s first bout since sustaining a broken jaw in a successful title defense against Scott Quigg last March.Valdez (25-0, 20 KOs) controlled the 28-year-old’s fifth title defense in the 126-pound division almost from the start at the 12,000-seat indoor football stadium that’s part of team headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys.Tommasone (19-1) went down twice in the fourth round, and his right eye swelled badly late in the sixth. The 34-year-old proposed to his girlfriend in the ring despite his first loss in Tommasone’s first professional fight outside the 2016 Olympian’s home country.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READlast_img read more

Crowned National champion, Sameer eyes consistency

first_imgBy Amit Kumar Das New Delhi, Apr 11 (PTI) Newly-crowned national champion Sameer Verma is eyeing a consistent run in the international badminton circuit by remaining free of injuries, which hampered his growth early on. A series of injuries affected his career but the 21-year-old from Madhya Pradesh is happy with his performance after regaining his full fitness. “In 2012, I got injured too many times. I had a back injury, I started playing and again I hurt my back in 2013. I worked on my strength and was fit again. But I had an Appendicitis in 2014,” Sameer told PTI. “I have been playing injury free since October, 2014 and I am happy with my game. I won at Tata open last year. I won at Bahrain. I reached the prequarterfinals at All England. I beat World no. 11 and now I became the national champion. So, such performances really have boosted my confidence. “Initially I wanted to play in Malaysia but then I spoke to Gopi sir and he advised me to play at the Nationals and I am happy I could win the title this year. It was satisfying,” said Sameer, who defeated his elder brother and 2012 champion Sourabh Verma 21-16 21-16 in the finals yesterday in Chandigarh. Sameer, who reached the finals of 2015 Senior National Championship, notched up some good victories in the last year, defeating the likes of Vietnams Tien Minh Nguyen, Chinas Wang Zhengming, Japans Sho Sasaki and Hong Kongs Hu Yun. He also achieved a world ranking of 35 after being 262nd spot at the start of 2015. A trainee at the Gopichand Academy since 2010, Sameer, who is currently ranked 38th, said: “I had some good performances after recovering from injury and I just hope I can stay injury free so that I can train hard and improve my game. “Injuries are part and parcel of a players life but it hampers ones game as it takes a lot of time in rehab and then to reach the peak of your game to make a comeback. “I will go home now and my next tournaments will be in May. I will play more Grand Prix and Grand Prix Golds and also look to play the qualifying rounds of Super Series tournaments. The focus will be to perform, ranking will then take care of itself,” said the soft-spoken shuttler. Sameer and his elder brother Sourabh hail from Dhar township which is near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Their father, who works in the Narmada Valley Development Authority, inspired them to take up the sport. First Sourabh joined the Gopichand Academy and a few years later Sameer followed suit. On Sunday, Sameer beat Sourabh in a clash between Varma brothers. It was his third win over his brother, having beaten him at the TATA Open and Bangladesh Open last December. “We share a good bond. Every time we win or lose a match we discuss what we did wrong or right. We also discuss and analyse the players game together,” said Sameer, who is employed with Air India. PTI ATK PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

PV Sindhu takes charge as Deputy Collector in Andhra Pradesh government

first_imgRio-Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu on Wednesday assumed charge as the Deputy Collector in the Andhra Pradesh Government.Sindhu was accompanied by her parents to the office of Chief Commissioner of Land Administrators (CCLA) where she took charge.She met district collector B Lakshmi Kantham in the evening and reported for duty.”I am really very happy. Today, I have joined and I am looking forward to it. I would definitely be taking the guidelines of the LLE people and move forward,” the Hyderabadi shuttler told ANI.”It’s a great feeling to serve for the country and serve the people,” she added.Sindhu was on July 27 issued an appointment letter for the post of Group-I officer in Hyderabad.Really very happy; It’s a great feeling to serve for the country & serve the people:Shuttler PV Sindhu after assuming charge as Dy Collector pic.twitter.com/bDjUMN3b4i- ANI (@ANI) August 9, 2017Presenting the offer letter, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had said he is hopeful that Sindhu would surely bring more laurels to the country in the time to come.”Issued an appointment order to @Pvsindhu1 for the post of Group-1 officer. Hopeful that she’ll bring more laurels to the country,” Naidu had tweeted.To that, Sindhu had replied “Thank you for supporting me sir! I will work hard to bring more laurels to the country.”The 21-year-old shuttler has been working with Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) since 2013 and is currently an assistant manager (sports) at its Hyderabad office.advertisementAlthough Sindhu missed out on gold in Rio de Janeiro, she scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman athlete ever to win silver at the Olympics.She also became the fifth Indian woman to clinch a medal in Olympics history after Karnam Malleswari, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Sakshi Malik.In a bid to honour the shining badminton star, the Telangana Government had felicitated Sindhu with Rs. 5 crore cash reward, a residential plot in Hyderabad, while the Andhra government presented her a cash award worth Rs. 3 crore.last_img read more

MEN: rugged COM Express module with AMD V1000

first_img Continue Reading Previous b-plus: visualization framework with various configuration optionsNext Portwell supports UIC standard The CB71C is an ultra-rugged COM Express module for rail, public transportation and industry applications, e.g. data acquisition, infotainment, transcoding and live 3D. It is 100% compatible with COM Express Type 6 Pin-Out and conforms to the VITA 59 standard, which specifies robust mechanics to ensure reliable operation even under the harshest environmental conditions.The CB71C is based on AMD’s V1000 APU family. It is equipped with a Radeon Vega next-generation 3D graphics engine with up to 11 compute units, and supports up to 4 displays with a resolution of up to 4k without the need for additional graphics hardware. With up to four high-performance processor cores, the CB71C is also suitable for virtualization.Based on the Rugged COM Express standard, the CB71C is embedded in a closed aluminum frame, which ensures optimum EMC protection and efficient conduction cooling supporting a temperature range of -40 to +85°C. To withstand serious shock and vibration, only soldered components are used.The CB71C can be equipped with a wide range of long-term available processors with scalable performance, all supporting ECC. Passive cooling is possible with low-power versions. The CB71C can be equipped with up to 32 GB of directly soldered DDR4 main memory and a 16 GB eMMC. Available high-speed interfaces include PCI Express 3.0 links, DDI (DP, eDP, HDMI), SATA 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0.The board features an advanced board management controller with monitoring functions for safety-relevant applications. In addition, the CB71C has a Trusted Platform Module and supports hardware memory encryption, providing protection against both physical and inter-VM storage attacks. This is essential for security-critical applications such as payment and ticketing terminals, fleet management or monitoring.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Bilic rejected Sanches, Krychowiak

first_imgTransfers West Ham boss Bilic turned down Sanches and Krychowiak, says Sullivan Nicholas McGee Last updated 2 years ago 21:22 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Slaven Bilic West Ham Getty Transfers West Ham United Premier League Both players ended up moving elsewhere, while Sporting’s William Carvalho stayed put, but the Hammers manager is apparently happy with his squad West Ham Slaven Bilic turned down Renato Sanches and Grzegorz Krychowiak, while a U-turn from Sporting CP on William Carvalho came too late for a club-record deal to be done, joint-chairman David Sullivan has revealed.Bilic’s men have made a dreadful start to the new Premier League season, losing their first three games to sit bottom of the table.Hammers 4/1 to get relegated Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Goal understands that Bilic’s job is currently hanging by a thread as the club prepare to take on Huddersfield Town after the international break. And Sullivan has now claimed that both Sanches and Krychowiak were offered to the Croatian, only for him to reject both potential signings – Sanches joined Swansea City on loan from Bayern Munich, while Krychowiak moved from PSG to West Brom. Bilic also rejected a move for Kelechi Iheanacho, of Manchester City, before the recruitment of Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen. Sporting rejected an offer worth an initial €30 million with a further €10m of performance-related variables for Portugal international Carvalho.Sullivan said the Portuguese side changed their mind on the final day of the window, but too late for the transfer to be completed.Renato Sanches Bayern Munich“Overall Slaven is happy with the business we have done during the summer transfer window,” Sullivan told West Ham’s official website .”We received the manager’s wish-list before the window opened and we have managed to get the top four players on it.”It is no secret that we made a club-record bid for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho but unfortunately that offer was rejected a couple of weeks ago. “Late last night [Thursday] Sporting Lisbon made contact to accept the original offer, but unfortunately it was just too late in the day, and we simply did not have enough time to put the player through a medical. “We were not prepared, as a club, to buy a player for that amount of money without him having gone through adequate medical checks.”Grzegorz Krychowiak and Renato Sanches were both offered to the manager before their switches elsewhere, but he told us that he is happy with the squad he has. “As a board we are behind Slaven, and he believes he has the tools to turn around our form and rectify our disappointing start to the season.”last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham keen on Hull City winger Bowen

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham keen on Hull City winger Bowenby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur are targeting Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen.According to football.london, Spurs have been scouting the 22-year-old on numerous occasions.He ha scored 10 goals this season from the right wing.Besides his obvious talent, Spurs are interested in Bowen because he is not cup-tied for the FA Cup and will help fill their homegrown quota. last_img read more

The Manual Wind: The Modern Tool Watch – Tudor Pelagos

first_imgThe term “tool watch” is a common phrase in the vintage watch world.  Not used as often to describe a modern timepiece, ‘tool watch’ is usually used by collectors describing their deep love for the their vintage dive watches.  A brand with dive heritage deep enough to maintain this term is Tudor.  Built for a purpose, the modern production piece by Tudor that has been able to define this term is the Pelagos.First introduced in a black dial and bezel, this 42mm mono-block titanium case has been reissued in an amazing blue.  Legibility for diving has been maintained with classic Tudor design details.  Large indexes, bezel numbers, and of course snowflake hour hand are prominent and glow brightly in the depths.  A helium escape valve on the side of the case insures that dives do not harm the in-house seventy hour power reserve movement upon ascent.A standout function of this piece is the titanium bracelet with dive extension.  This patented buckle is capable of adjusting even at depth to allow for the change in pressure.  Above ground this makes for a nice comfortable fit even when no tools are handy.  Also available with a matching rubber strap, the buckle has easy adjustments for this as well.Testing on Lake Geneva near the Tudor headquarters as well as in other dive locations around the world has helped Tudor maintain the definition of tool watch.  Legibility, comfort, and easy adjustment make for a divers companion.  The Pelagos has what it takes to be just that.  Consistant with other pieces in the Tudor line,  the Pelagos is also well priced.  Previously i have called the Tudor Black Bay the best watch for the money.  The Pelagos is certainly the best dive watch for the money.  Priced at just under $4,000, this modern ‘tool watch’ would make a great addition to the collection. The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty Editors’ Recommendations 9 Cocktails Recipes to Mix Up for National Rum Day Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men The Best Men’s Watches Under $500, From Stylish to Smart last_img read more

Arms racket busted one arrested

first_imgKolkata: The Special Operation Group of Baruipur Police District has unearthed an illegal arms racket and arrested one person in this connection on Tuesday night from Bakultala in Baruipur.According to sources, the accused Saukat Molla used run a tailoring shop at Raghunathpur in Baruipur. Behind the tailoring shop, Molla used to run an illegal arms racket. Sources informed that he used to procure arms from Bihar and used to sell them to miscreants and known criminals across the South 24-Parganas. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaA few days ago, cops raided Molla’s house in Raghunathpur after a tip-off but found nothing suspicious. But again on Tuesday night cops got a tip-off there were firearms in his house. The SOG and cops from Bakultala police station raided Molla’s house and found several short and long-range firearms. According to sources, during the raid, cops found seven long barrel pipe gun, one short range pipe gun, one 7 mm pistol and huge number of bullets along with magazines. Cops also seized an auto rickshaw from Molla’s house. Police sources informed that Molla was doing this business for years but somehow managed to keep the business hidden from local residents. Several people in the locality used to visit his tailoring shop for making garments but never saw anything suspicious. Sleuths are interrogating him to know who used to supply him firearms.last_img read more

UN official denounces mistreatment of migrants and urges respect for their rights

“Violations of economic, social and cultural rights are daily experiences for countless migrants who are denied, often, access to public health care, adequate housing and essential social security,” said Ivan Šimonovic, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, when he presented a report on the rights of migrants to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York yesterday.He said that while migration has been beneficial to some of the estimated 214 million people living outside their countries of origin, for many others, it remained a painful experience. Denial of rights was often exacerbated by discriminatory laws, prejudice and xenophobia, Mr. Šimonovic added.He said regular or undocumented migrants of all ages were often subject to debt bondage, passport retention, illegal confinement, rape and physical assault, while their abusers were not brought to justice. Migrants often refrained from using public services such as emergency health care even when they were entitled to them for fear of detention and deportation, he added.Mr. Šimonovic cited the right to adequate housing as one of the key entitlements denied to migrants. “Domestic migrant workers have been forced to sleep in hallways or closets and to remain on duty 24 hours a day with little privacy. In some cases, they can be subjected to physical, psychological and sexual violence,” he said.Ensuring access of migrants to economic, social and cultural rights should be seen as a requirement under international human rights law and not an act of charity, Mr. Šimonovic said.“Migrants are entitled to have their human rights respected, protected and fulfilled wherever they are, regardless of their legal status. Such protection is an indispensable precondition for their social inclusion and integration, which, in turn, enables migrants to lead economically productive and culturally and socially enriching lives,” Mr. Šimonovic said.An international agreement to protect migrant workers and their families was adopted in 1990. Some 43 countries have ratified the agreement to date. 23 July 2010Migrants continue to endure multiple forms of discrimination, exploitation and other violations of human rights, a senior United Nations official has said, calling for their protection and social inclusion in communities where they live. read more

UN tool will map science of cities as rapid urbanization emerges as

The UN Sample of Cities uses a representative sample of 200 cities worldwide, both in the developed and developing world, to track and interpret trends relating to aspects of urban life as diverse as air and water quality, the time it takes to travel from home to work, physical proximity to employment, housing affordability, and access to enjoyable public space. Whilst the world continues to urbanize at an alarming rate, understanding just how cities evolve, how that headlong evolution can be managed, and the effect of urban life on humanity has lagged behind. According to UN-HABITAT, since 2007, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban centres and cities, and by 2050 as many as 70 per cent of a projected population of 9 billion people will be urban dwellers. The UN Sample of Cities, launched at UN headquarters in New York today by Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN Habitat, Eduardo López Moreno, Coordinator, Research and Capacity Development Branch, UN-Habitat (via telephone), Shlomo Angel, Adjunct Professor & Senior Research Scholar, New York University, and Anthony Flint, Fellow & Director of Public Affairs, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, provides open-source data to researchers to draw scientifically valid comparisons between world cities. This ‘science of cities’ adopts cities as units of analysis and studies them together to discover patterns of similarities and differences, and the consequent impact of urbanization on human quality of life. “Cities, how they form, and the effects of urbanization on the quality of human life must now be treated as a science,” said Mr. Clos, which added: “The unprecedented confluence of climate change, population boom, and the rush to live in cities means that our critical human development will take place in cities.” “How will we manage this vast change? What secrets do we need to unlock? Does life in a city mean doom or boon for our children and the generations that follow?” are some of the key issues raised by the research and findings in the survey.“We are going to monitor global and regional progress of urbanization worldwide, and this is going to be a tool that is going to give us information in that sense,” Mr. Clos told reporters in New York.“We encourage the research institutions from the world and people interested in analyzing – in an objective manner – the evolution of urbanization to jump in and to collaborate with this worldwide research exercise,” he added. The UN Sample of Cities, released ahead of the Habitat III – shorthand for the major global summit formally known as the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, set to be held in Quito, Ecuador, on 17-20 October 2016 – was created, tested, and applied in a series of studies undertaken by a tri-partite collaboration between UN-Habitat, the NYU Urban Expansion Program at New York University, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Three additional research programs in this tri-partite collaboration are already making use of the UN Sample of Cities. One programme uses detailed satellite imagery analysis to measure the proportion of public and private space, and the quality of the urban fabric. A second uses a network of on-the-ground informants to gather information on the regulatory regimes governing land and housing, whilst a third program measures housing affordability. read more

At talks in Astana UN envoy on Syria urges mechanism to oversee

“The chances of success will be greater if the parties here are able to agree on a mechanism to oversee and implement nationwide ceasefire. A mechanism to oversee and implement a nationwide ceasefire,” said Staffan de Mistura. “We didn’t have it in the past, that’s the reason why often we failed.”He encouraged the guarantors of the ceasefire to create a mechanism to implement the consolidation and de-confliction ceasefire measures, and “to see what else can be done to build confidence.”Sitting alongside representatives of the Government of Syria and the Syrian opposition, Mr. de Mistura reiterated that the only way to end the conflict and secure a political solution is through negotiation among the Syrians. The closed-door meeting – convened by Iran, Russia and Turkey, with a representative from the United States attending as an observer – is meant to end tomorrow. The Special Envoy said that he hoped by strengthening the ceasefire at the Astana meeting “we could see in Geneva genuine intra-Syrian negotiations,” referring to the 8 February negotiations to be held under the auspices of the UN.“I would hope direct negotiations between empowered and inclusive delegations of the Government and the opposition to take place,” Mr. de Mistura said, which include issues of “governance, constitution, elections” in the context of Security Councilresolution 2254 (2015), which endorsed a road map for a peace process in Syria.He praised the parties for the ceasefire announced by President Vladimir Putin and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with support of Iran, in December for saving lives, and encouraged others to join.“All other armed opposition groups not affiliated to terror organisations designated as such by the Security Council, in addition to groups allied with the Government, should also listen to the call to abide by the ceasefire,” Mr. de Mistura said.Protection of civilians must be a crucial priority, he underscored, calling for the protection of civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, water and electricity networks, and areas such as markets. read more

Verdict against South Sudan soldiers finally delivers justice – UN Mission

UNMISS PhotoA UN integrated patrol at a protection of civilians site in Bentiu, South Sudan. After widespread violence across the country in July 2016, such patrols helped local communities feel more secure.2016 violence and the aftermathThe fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) in July 2016 saw dozens killed, with more than 200 reported rapes, and widespread looting and destruction of property.UN compounds and UNMISS-managed civilian protection sites also came under attack. Two UN peacekeepers from the Chinese contingent were killed and several injured, and 182 buildings on the UN House compound were struck by bullets, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.An independent special investigation – commissioned by then Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and led by retired Major General Patrick Cammaert of the Netherlands – found “a lack of leadership on the part of key senior Mission personnel had culminated in a chaotic and ineffective response to the violence.”The investigation was unable to verify allegations that peacekeepers failed to respond to acts of violence committed directly in front of them.In response to the report, the UN moved to enhance training as well as accountability, including working with Member States to bolster the protection of civilians by uniformed personnel in future peacekeeping operations. “The victims and survivors of this horrific attack deserved justice and that has been served today,” said UNMISS in a statement.“The outcome of the trial also sends a powerful message to other would-be offenders, including members of the armed forces, that they will be prosecuted and punished for such violence,” it added.It is the first time that soldiers have been sentenced for atrocity crimes in South Sudan, where government and rebel soldiers have been accused of committing numerous atrocities against civilians since civil conflict intensified in 2013.The brutal assaults – which included the murder of a local journalist and rape of five foreign aid workers – occurred at the Terrain Hotel in July 2016, amidst heavy fighting between Government and rival forces which lasted three days and left dozens dead.The judgement delivered early on Thursday, handed down lengthy prison terms to the guilty and also ordered the Government to pay damages to the victims.The victims and survivors of this horrific attack deserved justice and that has been served today – UN Mission in South SudanHowever, according to evidence raised during the trial, “questions remain about whether accountability for these crimes reached high enough up the chain of command,” added UNMISS.‘True courage’ of witnesses and survivorsIn the statement, the UN Mission also commended the witnesses and survivors for demonstrating “true courage and patience” by participating in the judicial process, which began in May 2017.“There were some significant challenges throughout the process, including the detention conditions of the defendants, some impediments to the defendants’ access to counsel, and the trial of these crimes against civilians in a military rather than civilian court,” it said.However, the UN Mission noted, as the trial progressed, there was a willingness to adopt new procedures, including allowing testimony to be given via video link and using closed sessions to protect the identities of witnesses.Widespread sexual and gender-based violence persistsThe UN Mission also underscored that despite bringing to justice the offenders in one particular case, the “broader problem” of widespread sexual and gender-based violence against South Sudanese women and children, continues to fester.The world’s youngest nation has remained mired in conflict and instability, with most cases of violence going unreported and there is widespread impunity across the country, added UNMISS. read more

Police facing hideous choice of ignoring online paedophiles amid explosion of child

first_imgScotland Yard is being forced to ignore some paedophiles operating online as the rise of smartphones sparks an overwhelming wave of child abuse.More than 17,000 abuse claims were recorded last year, said Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt as he described a “frightening” new landscape of grooming and abuse on handheld devices.The police chief admitted officers were now being forced to make the “hideous choice” of deciding which of 400 online abuse incidents every month should be investigated fully. 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. AC Hewitt said the threat of abuse grooming and radicalisation was growing as everyone over the age of 11 now has a smartphone.Figures show there are about 1,500 children in London identified as being at risk of sexual exploitation, another 8,100 “very young” children are on protection plans because of the risk of violence or abuse and 400 cases a month of a person viewing child abuse images are being uncovered.Mr Hewitt said: “That’s a staggering number that I hope conveys to you why some of my colleagues talk about the sexual abuse of children as an epidemic.”He added: “Those for whom the abuse is virtual we have to assess and investigate where we can. We simply shouldn’t take resource away from protecting children we know are under a physical threat to pursue every single last online case.”It’s a hideous choice to make for officers but short of putting every single one of our officers on to this, it’s a choice we have to make.”Announcing that hundreds of specialist detectives are to be posted to front-line local policing roles to protect children, Mr Hewitt said attacks by Jimmy Savile and other sex abuse scandals demonstrated the scale of the potential danger to children.Reforms form part of a new  blueprint for fighting crime in the capital which also involves significant changes to police efforts to combat rape and offences against “vulnerable” adults.Mr Hewitt said responses would include shifting hundreds of specialist detectives to local policing teams. The aim was to create a new “safeguarding service embedded in local policing” which will focus on “protecting vulnerable people, adults as well as children, from violence, abuse, sexual offending and radicalisation”.last_img read more

Show your face TT dad charged with massacre of four

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T mason charged with quadruple murderMarch 25, 2018In “Court”Teen arraigned for murder of La Grange residentAugust 3, 2016In “Court”Couple charged with murder of young T&T policewomanMarch 20, 2017In “Crime” (Trinidad Express) A member of the public seated in Point Fortin Magistrates Court called for quadruple murdered accused Rodger Mattison to show his face as he left the courtroom yesterday morning.Rodger Mattison on his way to courtMattison was charged with the murder of mother Abigail Jones-Chapman, her daughter Olivia, Olivia’s friend Michaela and Jones-Chapman’s landlord Michael Scott. Charges were laid by Sgt Sirju.Mattison appeared before Point Fortin senior magistrate Rajendra Rambachan.Family members of the murder victims were present in the courtroom.“Leh we see you face nah boy” someone shouted.Defence attorney Fareed Ali asked about the file in the case and was told by Police prosecutor Sgt Jesse Jitmansingh that an interim file was submitted.A State attorney will be appointed in the case.Mattison was remanded in prison custody and the matter was adjourned to April 23. read more

Junior minister says Mings behaviour is despicable and hypocritical

first_imgDEPUTY LUKE ‘MING’ FLANAGAN’S behaviour over his penalty points controversy has been “despicable and hypocritical”, Minister for State Jan O’Sullivan has said.The minister told TheJournal.ie that she believed that there were “only very rare occasions” where penalty points should be written off and that there needed to be a “very solid justification for it.”She also disclosed that she herself received penalty points a number of years ago, but that she paid the fine and took the points on her licence.She said that she didn’t believe that Flanagan should have had his penalty points written off, and that the independent TD should also have refused any offers to have them removed.Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan on her own penalty points and why she has no “sympathy whatsoever” for deputy Flanagan.TheJournal.ie will have more from a wide-ranging interview with Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan this week.Read: Ming: I want my penalty points back >last_img read more

Obama granted Manning a pardon but Snowden wont be getting the same

LAST NIGHT, THE news emerged that Chelsea Manning has had her prison sentence commuted from 35 years to just seven, in one of Barack Obama’s final acts as US President.Having served a considerable amount of time in prison already, the reduced sentence means that Manning – who was known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest – is now due for release as early as 17 May this year.Manning was jailed for leaking classified government and military documents to the website WikiLeaks. Source: US Army via AP, FileOf the around half a million documents leaked by Manning, one of the most famous was the “Collateral Murder” video which showed a US Apache helicopter in Iraq firing on a group of people that included journalists from Reuters.Manning was convicted of 17 charges, including espionage and theft. Campaigners criticised his 35 year sentence as unduly severe, and groups such as Amnesty International have called for Manning’s release in the past.SnowdenUnlike Manning, Edward Snowden fled the US before disclosing information about mass surveillance programmes to the press.After spending a period stuck in a Moscow airport – and failing to turn up for a flight to Cuba – he was granted residency in Russia. Yesterday, it emerged that Russian authorities had extended this leave to remain in the country for another two years.Snowden faces charges of theft and espionage from US Authorities, after he revealed that the National Security Agency collects the phone records and internet data of Americans, and around the world. Source: Kin Cheung AP/Press Association ImagesCritics of Snowden said that the information that he leaked was being “lapped up” by terrorist organisations.Barack Obama has been particularly strong on the issue of Snowden.In 2014, he said that the way the information was disclosed “shed more heat than light” and said that the America’s defense depended upon the trust of people who are entrusted with the nation’s secrets.He added:If any individual who objects to government policy can take it into their own hands to publicly disclose classified information, then we will not be able to keep our people safe, or conduct foreign policy.While Obama has spoken negatively about Snowden, what his successor Donald Trump has said about the whistleblower took on a sinister tone.In 2013, he told the Fox channel:I think Snowden is a terrible threat, I think he’s a terrible traitor, and you know what we used to do in the good old days when we were a strong country — you know what we used to do to traitors, right?An unlikely pardonAs far as the White House is concerned, it’s an open and shut case in terms of a pardon for Snowden.For the Obama administration, it simply cannot be done.In a November interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel, Obama said: “I can’t pardon somebody who hasn’t gone before a court and presented themselves, so that’s not something I would comment on at this point.“At the point at which Mr Snowden wants to present himself before the legal authorities and make his arguments or have his lawyers make his arguments, then I think those issues come into play.” Source: Carolyn Kaster AP/Press Association ImagesYesterday, the White House told CNN that Snowden had not sued for clemency and therefore no pardon could be granted.The first reason given by Obama, however, has historical precedent against it.The most famous example is that of Richard Nixon. He resigned following the Watergate scandal, but his successor Gerald Ford chose to pardon Nixon before he had been indicted of any crime.In the case of Ford, a Federal District court ruled that his unconditional pardon of Nixon was constitutional.The right for a president to grant a pre-indictment pardon goes way back to a Supreme Court case from 1867, which said that the President’s pardoning power is “unlimited” and “extends to every offense known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken, or during their pendency, or after conviction and judgement.Even in cases of espionage, there is a precedent for pardoning someone. On his final day in office, President Bill Clinton issued a pardon to Samuel Loring Morison.Morison was convicted in 1985 for sending spy satellite photos of an under-construction Soviet aircraft carrier to a London-based magazine.So why the difference between Manning and Snowden?Comments earlier this week from White House press secretary Josh Earnest were quite revealing in the motives behind the decision not to grant Snowden a pardon.He said: “Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing.Mr Snowden fled into the arms of an adversary and sought refuge in a country, that most recently made a concerted effort to undermine confidence in our democracy.With US-Russian relations strained, to say the least, in recent months a pardon from an Obama administration appears unlikely.Despite Trump’s seemingly-cosy relationship with his Russian counterparts, his previous comments indicate he is unlikely to soften his stance on Snowden. Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter For his part, Snowden expressed his thanks at Obama’s decision to commute Manning’s sentence, without calling for similar treatment for himself. Jan 18th 2017, 2:45 PM Let it be said here in earnest, with good heart: Thanks, Obama. https://t.co/IeumTasRNN— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 17, 2017 Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter 22 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13,770 Views By Sean Murray Obama granted Manning a pardon but Snowden won’t be getting the same It appears that Obama could grant a pardon for Snowden, but all indications are that he won’t. Source: Edward Snowden/Twitter Share17 Tweet Email1 Manning and her supporters are now looking forward to her freedom, which is just a few months away. Snowden, however, has been granted a further stay in Russia.If he is to ever return home with a full pardon in tow, it has now failed to happen under Obama and looks less likely to happen under President Trump.Read: Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea ManningRead: Democrats hacked again as Snowden and Assange fall out over leaks Short URL Snowden has given serious information to China and Russia-anyone who thinks otherwise is a dope! He is a traitor who fled-he knew the crime!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2013 http://jrnl.ie/3192213 Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 2:45 PM read more

WA students compete for Premiers ANZAC tour to Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two students from Western Australia are in the running to attend the Premier’s ANZAC tour to Greece. Scott Jones from Cape Naturaliste College and Hayley Winchcombe from Busselton Senior High School have made it to the top 20 students in the selection committee, with just 10 chosen for the trip, the Busselton Dunsborough Mail reported. If the students make the cut to the top 10, they will join other students from WA travelling to Greece in late April to attend Anzac Day commemorations in Athens, before travelling to the island of Crete to learn more about the role the ANZAC forces played in Greece during World War II. Year 9 student Hayley Winchcombe, who was selected from an essay competition, said the opportunity to see the memorials and take part in the celebrations would be a life-changing experience for her, as her grandparents and great-grandparents served in wars. “There are 10 people selected, so 10 people miss out, whichever happens you have to live with that. But I would love to go to Greece – it would be an amazing opportunity,” Ms Winchcombe said. The trip is an opportunity for young ambassadors to represent Western Australia at selected ANZAC commemoration events overseas. The winners will be announced on November 11; Remembrance Day, with participation and preliminary finalist certificates forwarded to schools early in term four.last_img read more

Bahamas Maritime Authority and Chinese Embassy Representatives Meet in Courtesy Call on

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 20, 2017 – Nassau – Representatives of the Bahamas Maritime Authority and of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China met during a recent courtesy call on the Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell, third right, at the Ministry.Pictured, from left: Retired Commodore Davy Rolle, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Bahamas Maritime Authority; Ying Qu, First Secretary, Economic and Commercial Counselor’s Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Local Government; His Excellency Huang Qinguo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; Minister Campbell; Denise Lewis-Johnson, Chairman, Bahamas Maritime Authority; and Peter John Goulandris, Deputy Chairman, Bahamas Maritime Authority.(BIS Photo/Eric Rose) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more