Three bungalows and a Chief Minister

first_imgThe Rashtriya Janata Dal has taken a dig at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for having three sprawling official bungalows — two in Patna and one in Delhi — wondering “when will vikas (development) come out of Mr. Kumar’s bungalow”. Over 150 legislators in the State do not have official houses as construction work on MLA flats has been on for years. Mr. Kumar’s official address in Patna is 1, Anne Marg. Across the road is another house on 7, Circular Road which was allotted to him as former Chief Minister. Recently, he was allotted a top-bracket bungalow at 6, K Kamraj Lane in Lutyen’s Delhi. JD(U) leaders said he was allotted the bungalow as Chief Ministers of other States also have been allotted houses in Delhi. The RJD leaders wonder “hasn’t Mr. Kumar been CM for over 12 years? … why does he need the bungalow now?” Opposition leader Tejaswi Yadav said: “Nitish Kumar spends most of his time in Delhi and is not interested in development work in Bihar.”In May 2014, Nitish Kumar, owning moral responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the parliamentary election, handed over power to Jitan Ram Manjhi and moved to the 7, Circular Road bungalow. On June 3, the Manjhi Cabinet approved a proposal of the Cabinet secretariat to provide two personal secretaries, two lower division clerks and four peons as Mr. Kumar’s personal staff for the next five years. Mr. Kumar was also provided a bulletproof car, armed escort and pilot vehicles. In February 2015, Mr. Kumar became the Chief Minister again. He moved to the designated CM’s bungalow at Anne Marg. But he did not vacate the Circular Road bungalow. In June 2016, Sushil Kumar Modi, who was in the Opposition then, accused Mr. Kumar of “misusing” over ` ₹5.02 crore on the maintenance of his bungalow at Circular Road. In a letter to Mr. Kumar, Mr. Modi asked why and how the Chief Minister could be allotted two bungalows. “When former CMs Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi can live in one bungalow with their two Minister sons, why do you need two houses? …you’ve have been chosen CM for five years and it would be the duty of the next government to allot a house to a former CM. Allotting yourself two houses during your tenure as CM shows you are short on confidence about getting a bungalow of your choice once you demit office”, Mr. Modi said in the letter.However, in July 2016, Mr. Kumar dumped the RJD to join hands with the BJP and formed the NDA government in Bihar once again. The State BJP leaders kept mum on the issue. “I don’t have anything to comment. I’m not even aware whether he has been allotted a bungalow in Delhi”, said a senior BJP leader. An MLA who is living in a rented house — the State government provides ₹28,000 a month to a legislator living on rent — pointed out: “The Supreme Court passed an order on August 1, 2016 banning the allotment of official bungalows to former Chief Ministers for life”.last_img

Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 1 Plus India launch expected on June 6 as HMD sends out invites

first_imgHMD Global has sent out media invites for a launch on June 6. The invite doesn’t mention anything other than the date, the launch event time as 11:30am IST and that the event will take place in New Delhi. While the invite does not give away any specifics about the product(s) that HMD will announce on June 6, we can only speculate that it will be the Nokia 9 PureView or the Nokia 1 Plus, or both.HMD has already launched the Nokia 3.2 (Review) and Nokia 4.2 (Review) in the country quietly without holding a big event. This leaves out the Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 1 Plus that are yet to launch in India despite being announced back in February at MWC 2019. The company has already delayed the launch of these two products in the country, so it seems extremely plausible that the Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 1 Plus will finally be launched in India on June 6.The Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 1 Plus would be launching in India during a time when the competition is at its highest. The Nokia 9 PureView is HMD’s flagship phone for 2019 as it sports a penta-camera setup and a Snapdragon 845 processor. The premium phone will find itself among the likes of the OnePlus 7 Pro, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, Samsung Galaxy S10 and other flagships that have launched in India this year.Meanwhile, the Nokia 1 Plus is an entry-level Android Go device. The phone ships with a lightweight and stripped down version of Android Pie with Go-based apps out of the box. It sports a 5.45-inch FWVGA+ display and is powered by a MediaTek quad-core chipset coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.advertisementWhile the Nokia 9 PureView and Nokia 1 Plus are the most likely candidates to arrive in India on June 6, there is also the off chance that the company could bring the Nokia X71 instead. To recall, the Nokia X71 was launched in China as the company’s first phone with a hole-punch display. It also sports a 48MP triple camera setup and runs on Snapdragon 660 SoC. The Nokia X71 is a newer device and more in tune with the current trend, so it makes a lot of sense for the company to launch the device in India under a new name.ALSO READ | Nokia X71 launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you need to knowALSO READ | Nokia 4.2 review: Premium and compact Android One phone on a budgetlast_img read more

Spring Shaving Tips From Old South Barber (with bourbon by IW Harper)

first_img How to Grow and Maintain Stubble Eucalyptus oil has natural healing properties for ingrown hairs and irritation so we recommend a few drops of this added to your aftershave. Use hot water or a hot towel to open up your pores before shaving When trimming your beard, don’t just move the clippers up and down, move them in a every direction (almost in a circular motion) all over your beard to make sure you get every hair.All photographs courtesy of Jonathan Boncek 1. Old South 2. Old South 3. Old South 4. Old South 5. Old South 6. Old South 7. Old South Shave with the grain initially. If you want a closer shave, go against the grain for the second pass After your shave, use cold towels to close pores and reduce irritation Always use a pre-shave oil before shavingcenter_img How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard With the warm weather approaching it’s time for a little beard trim and a proper shave to enjoy that spring breeze across our face. We headed over to Old South Barber in historic Charleston, South Carolina to see our girl Darlene and hear (and experience) some of her top shaving tips.The experience wouldn’t be complete without a nip of I.W. Harper bourbon to relax us into the chair. This bourbon epitomizes old school charm –  like an old fashioned hot shave- and it made this treat all the more special.Shaving TipsMen tend to always be in a rush. If they would take just a couple of more minutes, their shaving experience would be so much more enjoyable and effective. Here are my suggestions:Trim down your facial hair so it doesn’t pull if you are using a straight razor How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy Editors’ Recommendations How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Fasterlast_img read more

Parents Better Equipped to Raise Their Children

first_img Parents in several communities across the island are now better equipped to discipline their children without using coercive practices, often characterised by hostility and derision.This was facilitated under a parenting education programme implemented by the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III through collaboration with the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC).A total of 250 parents and community parent trainers (CPTs) graduated from the programme during a ceremony held at the Spanish Court Hotel on Wednesday, October 10.Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, in his address at the ceremony, hailed the CSJP III and the NPSC for the initiative, which he said seeks to bring order and a positive framework to “one of the most critical occupations in society”.He urged parents to desist from using corporal punishment as a disciplinary tool and noted that he is happy that the CSJP’s programme aims to support parents in identifying alternative practices.“We are human; we get frustrated. You can get angry, and sometimes you expect the child to understand, but they too are feeling your frustration, and it’s a matter of how you respond. You are to engage them emotionally, to share any moment of frustration in a way that they know that you care about them, that you love them and your objective is to [uplift them],” he pointed out.Dr. Chang argued that changing the style of parenting to one that is focused on care, love and understanding will help to reduce violence in the society. “Give the children a sense of self-worth and self-respect,” he added.CSJP Programme Manager, Simeon Robinson, in his remarks urged the graduates to be ambassadors for effective parenting within their communities.He further challenged them to bring at least one other parent from their communities into the programme.The parenting education programme, conducted from November 2017 to June 2018, aimed to hone the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to raise children with the aptitude to resist violent and antisocial behaviours.The first phase started with the training of 112 CPTs, who provided one-on-one in-home intensive coaching for the parents engaged.Phase two of the initiative saw 50 of the CPTs assigned to 166 families. After some 4,140 home visits, 138 parents completed the programme. Story Highlights A total of 250 parents and community parent trainers (CPTs) graduated from the programme during a ceremony held at the Spanish Court Hotel on Wednesday, October 10. This was facilitated under a parenting education programme implemented by the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III through collaboration with the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC). Parents in several communities across the island are now better equipped to discipline their children without using coercive practices, often characterised by hostility and derision.last_img read more

The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, June 19———GOVERNOR GENERAL APOLOGIZES FOR INDIGENOUS REMARK: Gov. Gen. David Johnston apologized publicly Monday for referring to Indigenous Peoples as immigrants as he bestowed honours on 29 people — including the frontman of the Tragically Hip — for their efforts in furthering indigenous causes. Johnston told the investiture ceremony he misspoke when he said during a CBC Radio interview aired Saturday that the roots of Canadian immigration extend all the way back to include indigenous people. The comments, aired on CBC’s politics program “The House,’ touched off a flurry of criticism on social media, where some listeners complained that Johnston’s remarks reflected a deep-seated colonial mentality. “Let me apologize for not expressing myself correctly on this matter recently,” Johnston told Monday’s gathering, which followed an apologetic tweet of his own earlier in the day. “Indigenous Peoples are the original peoples of this land.”———SCHOOL MOURNS BOXING DEATH OF BELOVED TEACHER: The Edmonton elementary school where fighter Tim Hague taught is calling his death after a boxing match on the weekend a tragedy. The 34-year-old Hague died from injuries suffered in a second round technical knockout loss to Adam Braidwood in a heavyweight bout on Friday night. A statement from Ecole Bellevue School says Hague was a “beloved teacher and staff member” and that his death is “a tragedy for everyone.” The school is offering support to its staff and students to help deal with the loss. Hague’s death came less than a month after boxer David Whittom went into a coma with bleeding on the brain after knockout loss in Fredericton, N.B. The two cases have raised calls for an investigation into ways to improve the safety of fighters in boxing and MMA.———U.K. MOVES TO EASE TENSIONS AFTER ATTACK ON LONDON MUSLIMS: British authorities and Islamic leaders moved swiftly to ease concerns in the Muslim community after a man plowed a large van into a crowd of worshippers outside a north London mosque early Monday, injuring at least nine people. British media named the suspect as Darren Osborne, a 47-year-old father of four who was living in Cardiff, Wales. British Security Minister Ben Wallace said authorities were aware of rising far-right activity but the suspect was not known to them prior to the attack. Police are treating the incident as a terror attack. One man died at the scene, although he had been receiving first aid at the time and it wasn’t clear if he died as a result of the attack or from something else. The chaos outside the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park follows three Islamist-inspired attacks over the past three months that have triggered a surge in hate crimes around Britain. The Metropolitan Police Service, already stretched by its investigations of the earlier attacks and a high-rise apartment fire that is believed to have killed 79 people, immediately announced it was putting extra patrols on the streets to protect the public.———REPORT ALLEGES POLICE MISTREATMENT OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN: Indigenous women in Saskatchewan have been subjected to violence, invasive strip searches and other mistreatment by police, says a report from a human rights watchdog group that was quickly criticized by some police agencies. The 32-page report from New-York-based Human Rights Watch said the group documented 64 cases of alleged violent abuse during a visit last year to the province that included talks with indigenous women and social workers. The treatment of indigenous people by police in Saskatchewan has been the subject of high-profile legal proceedings. The 1990 death of Neil Stonechild, who was found frozen to death in a field outside Saskatoon, led to an inquiry and the firing of two Saskatoon police officers. The Human Rights Watch report documents more recent allegations of police abuse from indigenous women whose names were not revealed, including a Prince Albert woman who said an officer at a traffic stop in 2014 grabbed her ear and started hitting her because she didn’t want to leave her car with her child in it.———RUSSIAN THREAT COULD AFFECT CANADIAN PLANES: There are fears Canadian military aircraft operating over Syria could be caught in the middle of a new and potentially explosive dispute between the U.S. and Russia. Moscow warned Monday that it will track allied aircraft operating west of the Euphrates River in Syria as potential targets after the U.S. shot down a Syrian government warplane. American officials say the Syrian jet dropped bombs near U.S.-backed forces fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — a claim the Syrian government and Russia both dispute. The Canadian military has been flying surveillance aircraft and a refuelling plane over Syria as part of its contribution to the U.S.-led anti-ISIL coalition. But while National Defence says it is monitoring the situation, it otherwise wouldn’t comment Monday on where the Canadian planes have been flying in Syria and whether they are in any increased risk of danger.———TIM HORTONS FRANCHISEE LAUNCHES CLASS ACTION: A Tim Hortons franchisee is seeking a class-action lawsuit alleging Restaurant Brands International is improperly using money from a national advertising fund. Since RBI acquired Tim Hortons in 2014 it has used money in the fund in ways that were not used previously or permitted, according to a statement of claim filed in Ontario Superior Court on Monday. Each franchisee contributes 3.5 per cent of their gross sales to the fund and since Dec. 14, 2014, the fund has collected nearly $700 million, according to the claim. The lawsuit alleges RBI has funnelled the money to itself, the TDL Group Corp., and several individuals — including RBI CEO Daniel Schwartz — also listed as defendants. The allegations have not been proven in court. RBI said in a statement that it vehemently disagrees with and denies all of the allegations. It said the company remains committed to working with restaurant owners to make the Tim Hortons brand strong.———LEGAL POT BY 2018 ‘RUSHED,’ MANITOBA MINISTER SAYS: Manitoba’s finance minister says he’s feeling rushed by the Trudeau government’s July 2018 timeline for legalizing recreational marijuana, and he wants an extension. Cameron Friesen says with the clock ticking there are still many unanswered questions on issues like public safety, enforcement and finding legal supplies of marijuana. He says provinces are responsible for much of the work and the high costs needed to create a regulated cannabis market. Friesen was speaking in Ottawa before a federal-provincial finance ministers meeting, which is exploring the issue of how to tax Canada’s forthcoming legal pot industry, among other things. He says he mentioned the idea of an extension to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau — but didn’t reveal how much extra time he’s hoping for. Provincial ministers are planning to push Ottawa to ensure they receive a share of pot-related tax revenue that fairly reflects the added costs provinces will have to assume on the road to legalization.———NEW TWIST IN EDMONTON SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE: A man convicted of sexually assaulting an indigenous woman whom the Crown had jailed and shackled to ensure her testimony has applied for legal records to discredit her as he seeks a mistrial. Lance David Blanchard was found guilty in December of aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping and unlawful confinement for the 2014 attack. The victim, a 28-year-old homeless woman, died in 2015 in an unrelated shooting. Tom Engel, Blanchard’s lawyer, has applied for the release of legal records that he contends contain new evidence that she was heavily addicted to drugs and was involved in criminal activity. Earlier this month, an Edmonton judge ruled against Blanchard’s attempt to have his convictions stayed over his treatment in custody. A judge is to hear arguments on the records request next Monday and for the mistrial application on July 26. Blanchard is scheduled for a dangerous offender hearing in January that could lead to him being jailed indefinitely.———FEDS DETAIL GENDER VIOLENCE STRATEGY: The Liberal government has unveiled its strategy on gender-based violence, proposing to spend the bulk of the cash allotted to create a centre of excellence within Status of Women Canada to both study and try to solve the problem. Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef said the money will help collect and share national data on gender-based violence that other levels of government and those on the front lines are unable to gather on their own. The centre will receive $77.5 million of the $101 million the Liberal government committed over five years to the gender-based violence strategy in the March budget, plus $16 million a year going forward, for research, data collection and programming. The rest of the money will be spread across several departments as part of a federal plan aimed at prevention, providing better support for survivors and helping the justice system become more responsive to the needs of those who experience sexual assault or other forms of violence.———HEALTH OFFICIALS TO MEET WITH DESMOND FAMILY: Nova Scotia’s health authority has agreed to meet with Lionel Desmond’s immediate family next week, almost six months after the former Canadian soldier fatally shot his mother, wife, daughter and himself in a horrific murder-suicide that attracted national attention. One of Desmond’s sisters, Chantel, confirmed today that the authority has scheduled a June 28 meeting at St. Martha’s Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., which is a half-hour drive from Lionel Desmond’s home in Upper Big Tracadie. The meeting will be important to the family because it will focus on the authority’s confidential review of how the province’s health-care system dealt with Lionel Desmond before the killings on or about Jan. 3. Chantel Desmond and her sister Cassandra Desmond recently joined a growing list of advocacy groups in calling for a broader fatality inquiry, saying they have yet to receive any useful information from public officials, including the Defence Department, Veterans Affairs Canada and the provincial government.last_img read more

Des Canadiens en lice aux prix Emmys

first_img Login/Register With: Tatiana Maslany a déjà remporté un Emmy pour son rôle dans Orphan Black  en 2016. TORONTO — Les actrices canadiennes Tatiana Maslany et Sandra Oh sont en lice pour remporter un prix Emmy. Advertisement Twitter Facebookcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Leur nom figure dans la catégorie de la meilleure actrice dans une série dramatique.Le travail de Tatiana Maslany, qui incarnait de multiples clones dans la série Orphan Black dont la dernière saison a été diffusée sur Space l’an dernier, est ainsi souligné.Sandra Oh, qui a grandi à Ottawa et a étudié à l’École nationale de théâtre du Canada à Montréal, est en nomination pour son rôle d’agente secrète dans la série  Killing Eve diffusée à BBC America. L’émission sera reprise sur la chaîne Bravo au Canada à partir du 22 juillet.last_img read more

SD 60 facing teacher shortage using AHCOTE strategy to attract teachers

first_imgSD 60 and 59 are currently facing a teacher crunch after the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that introduced hundreds of new jobs across the province, resulting in the districts competing with other regions of the province in regards to teacher prospects.“How do we enhance growing the strategy of growing teachers locally?” added Sloan. “AHCOTE is a great strategy and is a high yield strategy in that regard because it takes in people who are already familiar with the area that want to teach here. It’s the best way to try to produce more teachers in the immediate future to help deal with the shortages.”Even though the school year is nearly 75 percent complete, the district still has teacher vacancies, Sloan stated he is very confident with the support from everyone involved that more people will be drawn to northeast B.C. to help deal with the shortage. In the meantime, the district is signing off on a lot of letters of permission for people who have the necessary college degrees in the required fields, as a temporarily fill. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 is teaming up with other schools and their representatives in northeastern B.C., in order to come up with better ways of recruiting more teachers to the area.The Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education is comprised of the Northern Lights College along with area School Districts including 59 and 60. Its training program is run out of NLC in association with Simon Fraser University.“The Consortium has always had representatives from Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John,” said Superintendent Dave Sloan. “In the past few years the cohorts have gotten smaller and there are fewer teacher candidates. Cohorts have gone to 18 months of intake every other year instead of every year as both districts north and south of the river are facing a teacher shortage.”last_img read more

Gun shots in Taylor leads to police pursuit

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – After a report of gunshots in Taylor, the Fort St. John RCMP were able to apprehend three suspects.On February 17, 2019, at 2:48 AM, the Fort St John RCMP Received a call from a Taylor resident who had been awakened by what they believed to be gunshots in the 9800 block of North Spruce Street in Taylor.Several officers were immediately deployed to the scene. On route, officers noted a lone vehicle heading north on Highway 97 from Taylor. When one of the officers went to conduct a traffic stop of the Dodge van, several items were observed being thrown from the van, one of which was believed to be a bullet-resistant vest.Police pursued the vehicle to Fort St John where it pulled into a local hotel parking lot and the three occupants attempted to flee from police on foot, but they were all taken into custody.The RCMP allege items were thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit.  The items were all recovered and identified as a bullet resistant vest, a shotgun and a 9mm pistol.I am very proud of the systematic response by our officers to this type of high risk call. They were able to contain the threat to the public while safely apprehending the alleged suspects, says Sergeant Dave Tyreman, acting Operations Officer.A 32-year-old Taylor woman, a 29-year-old Fort St John Man, and a 34-year-old Victoria man are being held in custody pending a Provincial Court appearance to answer to numerous firearm and other related offences.last_img read more

Maître Gims Denied French Nationality Due to Polygamy

By Zoubida SenoussiRabat – Maître Gims is in a precarious situation right now. The Congolese rapper has been the center of media attention since he was denied French nationality a few weeks ago.The singer-songwriter expressed his disappointment in  France’s refusal to grant him French citizenship. “Iy first request [for French citizenship] was quickly rejected and I don’t understand why,” Gims said in an interview with the French television program En Balade Avec. But we might know the reason behind his citizenship rejection…According to the French magazine Closer, the famous Francophone singer is still married to “a French woman living in Morocco,” and never filed for divorce before he tied the knot with his new wife, DemDem, in 2005. Gims had converted to Islam back in 2004, before taking a second wife.“Maître Gims is now married to two women, and this has hindered the artist’s candidacy for French nationality even though he has been living in France since he was 2 years old,” added the tabloid.“According to France’s policies on foreigner residency, it is forbidden to live ‘in a state of polygamy’”, points out Closer, explaining why Gims’ application for citizenship was likely rejected.Nevertheless, Gims continues to profess his affection for  France and his attachment to French language and culture. “I feel French. After all, being French is  not just a title on a paper–it’s a way of life. Today, I am French, I speak French, I love the French language, and I am an ambassador of the French language all over the world.”Maître Gims was born in the Congo in 1986 under the name “Gandhi Djuna,” but spent his childhood  in France. Starting in 2002, Gims kicked-off his career in France as a singer and a rapper with the French hip-hop group, “Sexion d’Assaut.” He began his solo career in 2013. read more

Several SLFP members JHU to contest with UNP

The SLFP members and the JHU will contest with the UNP under a common front with the intention of promoting good governance.The SLFP members contesting with the UNP had objected to the decision by the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), of which the SLFP is an alliance member, to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the Parliament election.President Maithripala Sirisena had approved the nomination following pressure from some UPFA political parties and SLFP members. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile the Jathika Hela Urumaya said that it was also in talks with the UNP and was expected to sign an agreement on contesting under the UNP elephant symbol. Several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members have decided to contest the Parliament election under the United National Party (UNP) ticket.So far at least 13 SLFP members have informed President Maithripala Sirisena, the SLFP chairman, that they will be contesting the August 17 election under the UNP elephant symbol. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) had announced yesterday that it will also be supporting the UNP.JHU spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said that the final agreement between the JHU and UNP was expected to be reached today. Among the SLFP members contesting with the UNP are Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Arjuna Ranatunga and M.K.D.S Gunawardena. read more

Addressing General Assembly Ban urges political financial support for UN priorities

“I will urge world leaders to rise above national interests for our collective future,” Mr. Ban said in his address to the 193-member General Assembly. “We are capable of this spirit of global citizenship.” The Secretary-General stressed that while he is determined to make the UN Secretariat “truly global, modern and effective,” Member States must also do their part to “empower the United Nations itself.”“This global Organization should not have to plead with Governments for troops, police, assets or resources while the victims of war and poverty suffer and die,” he said urging action that would make this year “one of extraordinary progress.”Briefing on the UN challenges for 2014, Mr. Ban decried the continued violence in Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), among others.He noted that those conflicts are “devastating countries endowed with natural wealth, productive citizens, proud histories and every chance at peace and prosperity.”“Leaders there must now act on their historical duty to reach this potential,” Mr. Ban said, adding that he remains “gravely concerned at the immoral and irresponsible actions of too many individuals with influence and responsibility.”Noting that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, whose “senseless cataclysm” led to the establishment of the League of Nations and then the UN, Mr. Ban said the Organization is a “unique platform that helps us all rise above human failings.”Just back from a trip to the Middle East, where he chaired a humanitarian donors’ conference for Syria in Kuwait, which generated some $2.4 billion in pledges, and where he visited a Syrian refugee camp in northern Iraq, Mr. Ban highlighted the humanitarian impact of the conflict. “Humanitarian aid can feed a hungry child, which is important enough. But it can also indirectly stop a bomb by reducing social tensions,” the UN chief said.He also stressed the importance of the work underway by the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the UN on meeting a tight deadline to rid Syria of chemical weapons. Also, Mr. Ban and the UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, are intensifying efforts to bring the anti- and pro-Government parties together next week in Switzerland for their first official talks.Elsewhere, two situations in particular “require the heightened and focused attention of the international community” due to grave violations of human rights and where there is the danger of mass atrocities, Mr. Ban said – South Sudan and the CAR.In South Sudan, where the crisis has reached “tragic proportions,” Mr. Ban reiterated his call on the parties to end the violence through political dialogue and reasserted his support for mediation efforts led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union.Turning to CAR, Mr. Ban urged the international community to redouble efforts to help the people restore peace and stability “as soon as possible.”He called for generous contributions at a pledging conference hosted on Monday by the European Union in Brussels.“In the CAR and wherever such atrocities occur, the perpetrators must be held to account,” Mr. Ban underscored.In the Middle East, the coming year will be “critical” for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he said. “I strongly support the current negotiations and urge the parties to make the courageous commitment needed to end the occupation and achieve a two-State solution.”Given the gravity of the situation in the Gaza Strip, he also called on authorities there, as well as those in Israel and Egypt, to do everything possible to ameliorate the dire humanitarian situation.Turning to other regions, Mr. Ban highlighted that the UN mission in Sierra Leone is due to complete its work and withdraw this year, demonstrating “how far the country has come – and the value of sustained efforts to keep, consolidate and build peace.”The international community must also focus greater attention on the inter-related threats of organized crime, terrorism, piracy, extremism, and trafficking in drugs, people and arms, he said. This includes continuing to strive towards achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world, which could be furthered this year at the Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague.The international community also continues its focus on human rights and the rule of law, particularly given the positive response to the Rights Up Front initiative, designed to promote early action to prevent atrocities and other grave violations.Among other events hosted by the UN this year, the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples “will promote their inclusion and recognition of their valuable knowledge,” Mr. Ban noted.With 714 days left until the deadline for the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), he urged efforts to speed up progress towards the 2015 deadline and to agree on a roadmap that will define the post-2015 development agenda.“We must seize this momentum,” he said. “Political leaders are deeply engaged in the global discussion on development, key constituencies are mobilized and we increasingly know what works.”At least one fifth of the world’s population – and about half the poor and half of all schoolchildren – live in countries experiencing violence, political conflict, insecurity and fragility.“These are the very countries where the post-2015 agenda must have the most impact,” Mr. Ban said, highlighting the importance of institutions, governance and the rule of law. He also emphasized the UN’s strong commitment to African development.“I urge traditional and new donors to provide the necessary financing, capacity-building and technology transfer, in keeping with their long-standing commitments,” Mr. Ban noted.He warned Member States, however, against succumbing to the myth that development is incompatible with robust climate action.“Evidence shows that the goals of eradicating poverty, promoting inclusive growth, and holding global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius are mutually reinforcing,” Mr. Ban noted.He is due to host a climate summit on 23 September that will bring together political leaders as well as leaders from business, the finance community and civil society.The summit will help lay the groundwork for a legally-binding treaty to be adopted in 2015, and enter force by 2020, which would cut climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. read more

Dunkirk heros son reunited with the little ship that saved him

first_imgThe boat was salvaged and owned by the same person for 30 years before he put it up for sale on eBay three years ago. 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. David Wilson with ‘Count Dracula’, the little boat back from the deadCredit:Phil Yeomans Mr Wilson is helping to return Count Dracula to her former glory in time for the 80th anniversary of the evacuation in 2020 when the original ‘little ships’ will return to Dunkirk.The restoration project is costing £200,000.Count Dracula already had a remarkable existence before Dunkirk as it was built for the German navy in 1913.Kaiser Wilhelm II gifted her to Admiral Franz von Hipper who used it as his launch boat on the SMS Hindenburg in the First World War. It was even at the Battle of Jutland. Kevin Kilkenney, whose great uncle was also evacuated at Dunkirk, purchased the boat and with the assistance of restoration expert Derek Abra is attempting to return her to her former glory at Mr Wilson’s boat yard. Sgt Wilson was left behind with a group of engineers to blow up a bridge then they made their way along the coast looking for a means to escape.They found this boat with the crew washed up on a mud bank and the mechanic with them managed to jury rig the gear box to allow them to set off.David Wilson, 79, who runs the boat yard Wilson’s of Hayling in Hayling Island, Hampshire, said: “It’s the boat my dad came back from France in at Dunkirk. “My father only spoke a few times about Dunkirk but he told me Count Dracula was the boat which rescued him.”It is an amazing story and this boat has a remarkable history. It’s incredible that it has now turned up in my boat yard after all this time.”After the war, Count Dracula went back to the Greiner family who eventually sold her and she was then used as a houseboat before being abandoned on the Thames Estuary. Count Dracula on the SMS Hindenberg before its scuttling in Scapa Flow at the end of WW1 When the German fleet was scuppered at Scapa Flow in 1919, the boat was salvaged by the Royal Navy.It became a private yacht and its London owner Carl Greiner gave it the name Count Dracula. Count Dracula on the SMS Hindenberg before its scuttling in Scapa Flow at the end of WW1Credit:Kevin Kilkenny David Wilson with 'Count Dracula', the little boat back from the dead Sgt William Wilson, who was rescued by the ‘Count’ In June 1940 he sent his son Alan to take her to Ramsgate, Kent, to be a part of the flotilla of ‘little ships’ destined for Dunkirk.With two 35ft lifeboats in tow, Count Dracula lifted 702 British and 10 Belgian soldiers over the course of the evacuation. A Dunkirk hero’s son has been reunited with the ‘little ship’ which saved him 77-years-ago as it emerges that the boat was built for the German fleet and served in the Battle of Jutland. Sgt William Wilson was one of 712 soldiers plucked from the beaches by the 50ft vessel – named Count Dracula – during the Dunkirk evacuation in the Second World War.Now, the decrepit timber craft turned up at a boat yard owned by Sgt Wilson’s son, David, for restoration. Sgt William Wilson, who was rescued by the 'Count'last_img read more

LETTER Parking meters a burden and hated by overwhelming majority of

The Editor.Dear Sir,Though there has been a plethora of comment on the Parking Meter Scheme, many of our members have insisted that we make a public comment on the issue:(1) Iniquitous profit-sharing.The profit-sharing between M&CC and Smart City is iniquitous by any standards.  Smart City’s main input to the Scheme are a number of used parking meters and a few ancillary things which they have costed at US$10.millions but which many knowledgeable persons including Deputy Mayor Duncan have said is a bloated  figure.  The Guyana side would be providing the Georgetown road system worth billions of dollars and the main enforcers in the person of 50 City constables or one-third of the force.  The Guyana side would be inputting 99% of the assets while Smart City would be supplying 1% but receiving 80% of the profits.  The more equitable arrangement is for the Guyana side to receive 85% of the profits and Smart City 15% which is the norm companies receive.  Except this is done, the Scheme must be scrapped.(2) Parking Meter Scheme a drain on Guyana’s foreign exchange.Parking Meters are not producing or generating any wealth for the country but would be exporting Guyana’s foreign exchange on a daily basis.  The Scheme should have been brought to the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Bank of Guyana for their imprimatur and except this is done immediately, the Scheme must be scrapped.(3) Scheme condones corruption.The Government of Guyana worked very hard over the last two years to re-establish the culture of transparency and non-corruption in Guyana.  Smart City’s Parking Meter Scheme is quickly negating all of Government’s anti-corruption efforts.  The Scheme must be scrapped before more damage is done.(4) Parking Meters is a regulatory mechanism and never a tax or profit-making activity.Smart City is intent on making a profit-kill and M&CC to get revenue out of the Meters.  Both activities are turning the raison d’etre of parking meters on its head and will cause untold damage.  Scrap the Scheme before the disaster it will bring to the City and all Guyana strikes.(5) Parking Meters have started destroying businesses in Georgetown.A large portion of people who come to the City to buy will not do so any longer;  they will use internet shopping and avoid the City.  Loss of customers and business have started.  Scrap the meters before business dies.(6) M&CC  should cease to be in terror of scrapping this unequal Contract .  The Contract is illegal and could be legally scrapped.  M&CC must act before more damage is caused.(7) M&CC  could easily earn more than enough revenue by collecting the monies owed to it and could easily control whatever traffic congestion may be in the City: i) M&CC are owed billions of dollars in uncollected taxes.  If they do their work and collect even a fraction of this money, they will have more than enough money.  ii) M&CC still have the numerous highrise buildings in the City paying the old rates;  they should begin to collect the proper rates.  iii) Numerous businesses have sprung up all over the City and they still pay domestic rates. M&CC should ensure that they pay the business rates.  iv) Control of Traffic.  The traffic congestion in the City is concentrated in Water and High Streets from Church Street to Hadfield Street and in the older parts of Regent Street.  Once these streets are controlled, Camp street and King street will fall into line.  The area to be controlled is small and the 50 constables who are deployed as Smart City enforcers, could easily control the traffic.The Scheme is a burden and hated by the overwhelming majority of citizens;  is negating Central Government’s efforts in ending corruption and bringing transparency;  is saddling M&CC with an unequal Contract and unfair profit-sharing;  is a drain on Guyana’s foreign exchange;  is killing business in Georgetown;  and except for the profit harvest, it doesn’t do Smart City much good since the past of so many of its management and operatives are  being uncovered disturbing their privacy.  The Scheme does no one any good and should forthwith be scrapped since the longer it lingers, the more damage will be caused.Yours sincerelyJ. DeonauthSecretary of the GCA. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCoincidence or deliberate: No parking meter in front of Govt officials’ premisesJanuary 20, 2017In “Business”Parking meter fiasco continuesSeptember 23, 2016In “Local News”Govt, M&CC at loggerheads over streets allocated for parking metersMarch 17, 2017In “Business” read more

We spent €50 million a week on alcohol in 2013 and 75

first_imgWe can no longer afford to accept our harmful relationship with alcohol as the norm.IRELAND SPENT €50 million a week, lost 3,230 work and study days in a year and binged most of the time last year.The latest figures from the Health Research Board also show that 15% of 18-24 are classed as alcohol dependent. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandThe report also found that:75% of all alcohol consumed was done so as part of a binge drinking sessionOne in five (21.1%) drinkers engaged in binge drinking at least once a weekAlmost two thirds (64.3%) of 18-24 year olds consumed six or more standard drinks on a typical drinking session in the last yearMore than half (54%) of 18-75 year old drinkers were classified as harmful drinkers which equates to 1.35 million harmful drinkers in IrelandOne in eight (13%) men and almost one in ten (9%) women drank their recommended weekly guidelines in one sittingAmong 18-24 year-olds, 28% of men and 22% of women consume weekly guidelines in one sittingWe spent more than €50.6 million was spent on alcohol in the week prior to the study3,230 work-or-study years were lost through alcohol related illness in the year prior to the study43% of standard drinks are consumed at home, 42% in a pub/nightclub and 10% in restaurant or hotel64% of men and 51% of women started drinking before the legal age of 18Monthly binge drinking most common among 18-24 year old age group (at 60%)Harmful drinking is highest among 18-24 year old age group (at 75%).Dependent drinking is highest among 18-24 year old age group (at 15%).The report added that of the 6,000 people surveyed, 21% had not drank in the last year. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe authors of the report say that the figures underline the “harmful nature of drinking in Ireland.“This is the first time we have had such robust, detailed evidence on Irish people’s drinking habits. What is clear is we need to alter people’s perceptions of their drinking. The report shows people who defined themselves as ‘light or moderate drinkers’ actually drank six or more standard drinks in a typical drinking occasion, which is binge drinking’, says Dr Jean Long, Head of the Evidence Centre at the Health Research Board and co-author of the report.Alcohol Action Ireland, an alcohol awareness charity said that the normalisation of binge drinking was a problem.“[The survey] shows is the extent to which this situation – and the huge harms that our society suffers as a result – has become normalised,” said Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland.“One in five people who defined themselves as ‘light drinkers who do not binge drink’ and half of those who defined themselves ‘moderate drinkers who do not binge drink’ were actually binge drinking on a typical drinking occasion.”Read: Irish alcohol prices are the highest in EuropeOpinion: The first step to fixing Ireland’s alcohol problem? Fight back against the drinks industrylast_img read more

Nama has clawed back €800 million from debtors putting assets beyond its

first_imgTHE NATIONAL ASSET Management Agency has recouped more than €800 million that debtors had transferred beyond the agency’s reach.Finance Minister Michael Noonan confirmed that the agency swooped for the assets, about two thirds of which was in property, in a reply to Fianna Fail Finance Spokesman Michael McGrath.The remaining third was mostly comprised of share portfolios as cash, the Finance Minister said.OffenceSpeaking to TheJournal.ie, McGrath said that there was a possibility that the debtors had committed an offence under section seven of the Nama act, which makes it an offense to withhold information relevant to the operation of the agency.He said that “it is implicit from the Minister’s reply that debtors went out of their way to put assets beyond the reach of Nama”. It does raise a fundamental question about the lack of co-operation from some of Nama’s debtors.He said that the bad bank deserved praise for pursuing debtors that had attempted to move assets, but added that “it would be naive to believe they had identified all instances where debtors moved assets beyond the agency’s reach”.Private sectorMcGrath said that the agency is facing a major problem with former employers transitioning into the private sector, often with intimate knowledge of Nama’s property portfolio.“That continues to be a major issue facing the agency…a cooling off period has been introduced, but the reality is they have a high staff turnover.”They don’t have long term jobs security, they have access to highly sensitive commercial information, and there is a real conflict of interest when they go on to join private sector property firms after their work with the agency.Read: How many Nama debtors have gone bankrupt so far?>Read: Nama has completed over €5 billion in loan and property sales so far this year>last_img read more