Patna HC issues notices to all ex-CMs of Bihar for allotment of govt. bungalows for life

first_imgTaking suo motu cognizance of the allotment of government bungalows for life, the Patna High Court on January 8 issued notices to all former Chief Ministers of Bihar.A division bench of Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice Anjana Mishra issued notices to the ex-CMs for being allotted government bungalows for life and asked why not these allotments be quashed.The next date of hearing is scheduled to February 11.Earlier, while rejecting the plea of Leader of Opposition in state assembly Tejaswi Yadav for retaining his official bungalow, 5 Deshratna Marg on January 7, the division bench of the Patna HC had said that they have taken “suo motu cognizance” of the government bungalows being allotted to former Chief Minister of the state for life too.Former Chief Ministers of the state Satish Kumar Singh, Dr. Jagannath Mishra, Jitan Ram Manjhi, Rabri Devi, Lalu Prasad Yadav (both live at one bungalow 10 Circular road) and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too have been allotted huge government bungalows for life in Patna.Even after becoming the Chief Minister again Nitish Kumar retained the government bungalow 7, Circular road which was earlier allotted to him as ex-Chief Minister of the state. Crores of rupees were allegedly spent on renovating the bungalow for him.Later Mr. Kumar shifted to 1, Anne Marg, government bungalow, designated for Chief Minister of the state. As a Chief Minister, Mr. Kumar has also been allotted a palatial bungalow in Delhi too.last_img read more

Sisi Rondina on her legacy: I gave my all for UST

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 UST were still at it in the third set with Rondina tying it at 22 before Maddie Madayag scored two straight kills for the Lady Eagles’ 24-22 lead.Kat Tolentino’s serve then, kickstarted the last 14 seconds of Rondina’s collegiate career.Rondina had two chances of extending the match but her attempts were both stifled at the net leading to a Jules Samonte kill that gave Ateneo its third title and the end to the Golden Tigresses’ spirited finals run.“When that ball got hit and the moment our opponents scored their final point, I knew my time as a Golden Tigress has come to an end,” said Rondina. “I don’t want to leave, I really don’t want to. I want to leave the Golden Tigresses as a champion.”Rondina added that what UST has done, a 10-4 finish in the eliminations and a first finals appearance in eight years, was an unforgettable moment for her.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Rondina won the Best Scorer award, a 2nd Best Outside Hitter plum, and an MVP trophy but the championship remained elusive.“When someone says ‘Sisi Rondina’ I just want them to remember me as someone who gave it her all for UST, someone that didn’t let UST be put to shame,” said Rondina in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I still don’t want to let go of UST, I love UST. I will be graduating this June and I didn’t even know that my love and commitment for UST would be this much.”Rondina finished with 18 points in her final game for UST—a match that ultimately broke her heart in countless little pieces. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ateneo regains UAAP title, tops UST in Game 3 The Golden Tigresses were composed of eight rookies with Rondina and libero Rica Rivera the only ones leaving the team at the end of the season.“I’m blessed to have them as teammates because even though we’re only the second placers, this was an unforgettable moment for me,” said Rondina. “I hope they don’t forget me and that even though we weren’t able to reclaim the crown at least we were able to go back to the finals.”“I told my teammates that when the time comes that they would be the ones playing in the finals ‘don’t ever put UST to shame because I love that school and always fight for her. Love UST the way I loved UST.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Cherry Rondina may not have brought the title to University of Santo Tomas, but all she wants is to be remembered as someone who gave her heart to the school that became her second home.Rondina’s final game for UST ended in heartbreaking fashion with the Golden Tigresses losing to Ateneo, 25-17, 25-22, 25-22, in Game 3 of the UAAP Seaon 81 women’s volleyball finals.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

6 places to indulge in badassery, partying and adventure sports this winter

first_imgWinter vacation is here and countries across the world are gearing up to attract tourist visits to their destinations. So before you plan trip, take a look at Finland’s latest ad campaign that is perhaps one of the coolest promotional endeavours till date.Finland has recorded freezing temperatures now but is definitely welcoming all you badass tourists in the most exclusive way as soon as one enters the capital city.Finland is now among the top 10 travel destinations for 2017. Picture Courtesy: Instagram/ziyatong Known for the Northern lights, Finland boasts of a diverse landscape including clear waters, Baltic sea islands and a rich variety of flora and fauna. The region is blanketed in pure snow and has around 75 unique ski resorts that offer activities like husky and reindeer rides, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice-fishing.So, if you are badass enough, do not miss your chance to visit the Land of a Thousand Lakes.Also Read:This is how you can travel hassle-free despite demonetisationHere are some of the other exciting destinations that may help find the badass in you this winter!SwitzerlandThanks to Bollywood, this country has topped Conde Nast Traveller’s list of top travel destinations. Switzerland offers unique winter attractions like Snow-shoe trekking, cross-country skiing, Tobogganing and ski tours. The country has recorded a double digit growth in tourism and has also launched a special campaign to specifically lure the winter tourist.Tobogganing in Switzerland. Picture Courtesy: FranceHere is your greatest chance of being Befikre in your own way! Get your adrenaline pumped with a range of adventures and winter sports like ice skating, skiing or ice climbing. advertisementWinter sports in France. Picture New ZealandSurveys have revealed that New Zealand has emerged as the most preferred holiday destination for Indians this winter. People are now looking beyond the conventional tourist sites to welcome newer experiences for creating new memories. So go get the trip of a lifetime with Bungy, off road driving, mountain biking, rafting and several other indulgences.Rafting in New Zealand. Picture Vienna, AustriaVienna has already made news by recording over 1 lakh overnight stays from India. This beautiful place can be one of the ideal destinations to spend your Christmas. Besides ice skating, you can also enjoy the most exciting nightlife with live concerts, the famous electronic sound shows and clubbing over music and wine.Vienna is the IT place for lovers of electronic sounds. Picture Montreal, CanadaIf you are a party animal, this is the place that you must visit.This capital is not much behind Finland in its cocky ad campaign. The city will be turning 375 next year and will be launching a campaign titled Sorry for its friendly rivals Toronto and New York. The tagline of the campaign reads, “We’re going to make a lot of noise. Sorry! We live right next door so of course, you’re welcome to come and join us. Your neighbour, Montreal.”Montreal is all about celebration. Picture Courtesy:Instagram/montreallast_img read more

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Red Wings Overwhelm Islanders, 4-1

first_imgDETROIT — Outshot, the Detroit Red Wings did the most with what they got.Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist scored power-play goals Jan. 31 and the Red Wings beat the New York Islanders 4-1.The Red Wings won for the seventh time in eight games.Backup goalie Petr Mrazek responded after giving up five goals in a loss at Tampa Bay on Jan. 29. Detroit overcame five penalties and was outshot by the Islanders 23-19.Mrazek once again subbed for Jimmy Howard, who’s been out with a groin injury since Jan. 10.“I feel great,” Mrazek said. “Tried to bounce back after the game in Tampa. I tried to stay positive and be focused.”Tatar got his 22nd goal, making it 1-0 about 5½ minutes into the game. Nyquist scored his 20th, closing the scoring with under seven minutes left.“We’ve got a few things we need to work on,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said of his penalty-kill unit. “I didn’t see the grit and determination from some guys that you need.”“We had three guys today that I don’t even know if they played,” he said.The Red Wings overcame two second-period penalties and took a 2-0 lead on Brendan Smith’s one-timer with 47 seconds remaining in the period.Detroit’s Jonathan Ericcson scored in the third period. Lubomir Visnovsky scored for the Islanders on a power play.The Red Wings worked around two penalties in the second period before Visnovsky beat goaltender Chad Johnson early in the third, making it 2-1 just 10 seconds into an Islanders power play.“The specialty teams hurt us today,” Islanders center John Tavares said. “It’s kind of hurt us all season. We got a power-play goal but we didn’t create much momentum off of it. They capitalized on theirs.”The Islanders had won five straight games in Detroit dating to the 2002-03 season.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

China’s Weibo eyes global expansion, foreign-language products

first_imgHong Kong, Nov 30 (AFP) Chinese social media giant Weibo is making a push into foreign markets and is considering launching new products in different languages, a senior executive told AFP, brushing off concerns over censorship and credibility.The Twitter-style platform has long been prominent in China, known for its heavy censorship and Great Firewall, but it now wants to reach Chinese audiences overseas, Weibo Sports senior operations director Zhang Zhe said.”We want everyone in the Chinese-speaking world to use Weibo,” he said on the sidelines of this week’s Sports Connects sport-business conference in Dongguan, southern China.Zhang added that Weibo is also looking into hiving off new, more niche products in different languages including English, partly inspired by the success of China’s TikTok overseas.The short-form video-sharing app has proved wildly popular this year. Its Beijing-based creator, Bytedance, this week announced a global tie-up with basketball’s NBA that will allow it to show highlights in several countries, including the US.”Weibo is a very comprehensively developed product. We not only have videos, we also have images, graphics, articles, even live streams. So we’ve got everything,” said Zhang, speaking through a translator.”We can’t just introduce Weibo outside the country, because there’s already Twitter, Facebook.”It doesn’t really make sense to compete directly so if Weibo is going abroad, we think maybe if we have just one dedicated area of the product, we can really cut into the market, like TikTok did.” Zhang’s comments and the Bytedance announcement show how Chinese internet companies, no longer content with the domestic market in the world’s most populous nation, are beginning to look abroad.advertisementBut Chinese tech firms are not always welcomed overseas, with surveillance and data security chief among the concerns.This week, New Zealand blocked China’s Huawei from its roll-out of 5G services, a move its largest telecoms carrier, Spark, blamed on national security worries.Foreign expansion would bring added scrutiny for Weibo, as Chinese social media are known not only for their censorship, but also fake news.Zhang said Weibo had a team of more than 1,000 people verifying content on the network, and insisted it had strong editorial principles to keep its credibility intact.”That’s not something we’re really worried about at the moment,” he said, when asked whether censorship would affect the image of any new products launched abroad.”Because Weibo comes from SINA, which is a big media company with very strong principles like every news company in the world.”We also have a huge team working on the content to make sure the news credibility is good, so we don’t think that’s an issue.” Zhang said that despite its ambitions overseas, China remained the main focus for Weibo, which launched in 2009 and has more than 400 million monthly active users, making it the country’s second biggest platform behind Tencent’s WeChat.Weibo has an unbeatable competitive advantage over Twitter and Facebook in China: the two US titans are among a number of foreign websites blocked by the Communist-led country’s Great Firewall.”In China, we want to go deep to tier three, tier four cities to get more users. On the other hand, we want to go abroad and find new countries and people who are waiting to use Weibo,” said Zhang.He added that Weibo could follow Bytedance by buying the rights to show sports footage, although its main strategy remained receiving free content from leagues keen to reach Chinese consumers.”But in the future, depending on how the audience is evolving as well, we might actually tap in the market and buy media rights, for broadcasting via Weibo directly,” he said.Zhang added: “We want to go step by step. We don’t want to take a big jump so that’s why we don’t have concrete plans for international expansion yet.”We also believe that the Chinese in China and globally are a very huge market and our main focus now is really to make sure that we deliver in this market.” (AFP) AMSAMSlast_img read more

10 months agoCercle coach hails ‘incredible’ Chelsea whiz Kylian Hazard after career best performance

first_imgCercle coach hails ‘incredible’ Chelsea whiz Kylian Hazard after career best performanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Kylian Hazard produced perhaps the performance of his career to inspire Cercle Brugge to victory over Anderlecht on Sunday.Hazard, on-loan at Cercle, scored his second goal of the season and produced a five-star performance as his team defeated Anderlecht 2-1.Cercle coach Laurent Guyot declared afterwards: “Kylian has shown that he has an incredible potential. “The next step now has to be that he also puts a little more regularity in his performance. Because this Kylian I want to see every game. The audience gave him an ovation, although his change was not meant as applause. “We did not have the result yet and we could use some extra energy.”Hazard is on-loan at Cercle to the end of this season. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Eastern Region Assessment Notices Mailed

first_imgSERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Eastern Region AssessmentNotices Mailed More than 500,000 property assessment notices are in the mailtoday, Jan. 10, to Nova Scotia property owners. The totalassessed value of properties in Nova Scotia is more than $53 billion, an increase of 6.6 per cent over 2004. In the Eastern Region — which includes all municipalities withinthe boundaries of Antigonish, Guysborough, Richmond, Inverness,Victoria and Cape Breton counties — total residential assessmentvalues are up by 4.2 per cent to almost $5.1 billion. Totalcommercial assessment increased by nearly 3.3 per cent to morethan $2.5 billion. “Property values continue to rise in the region,” said SkipMacKenzie, regional manager of the Eastern Assessment Region.”The most common reason for an increase in a residentialassessment is that the value of a property increased as a resultof a strong real estate market. If someone has recently maderenovations to their property, such as a new deck or garage, thatwill also contribute to a change in their property assessment.” All properties are assessed at market value as of Jan. 1, 2003. However, the 2005 taxation year marks the first year of the CAPAssessment Program, a program initiated by the Nova Scotiagovernment to protect property owners against sudden and dramaticincreases in property values. It allows eligible property ownersto apply each year for a cap on their taxable assessmentincrease. Assessment notices for the about 32,000 property owners whoapplied for the cap were not included in today’s mailing. Thoseproperty owners will receive their notices in February. “All properties continue to be assessed at market value,” saidMr. MacKenzie. “The province of Nova Scotia and more than 120countries around the world use market value as a standard forproperty assessment. However, property owners who applied and aredeemed eligible for a cap will see a limit on the amount thattheir taxable assessment can increase. “Property owners who applied for the cap will be notified oftheir eligibility and receive their assessment notices inFebruary,” said Mr. MacKenzie. “Eligible properties will receiveboth a market value assessment and a capped assessment. Thecapped value will be used by the municipality to calculate theirproperty taxes for 2005.” Residential property owners who get an assessment notice inJanuary can obtain detailed information about their property byentering a personal identification number (PIN) and theirassessment account number (AAN) on the website . The PIN and AAN are printed on assessmentnotices. Property owners who do not have Internet access can gettheir questions answered by calling the Assessment InformationLine at 1-800-667-5727. “We welcome calls from property owners regarding theirassessments,” said Mr. MacKenzie. “We especially encourageproperty owners who are thinking about appealing their assessmentto call us so they can obtain more information.” Property owners who receive assessment notices in January 2005may appeal their property assessment if they believe that it isnot a reasonable estimate of market value at Jan. 1, 2003. Toappeal, owners must fill out a form provided on the bottom oftheir assessment notice and return it to a Regional AssessmentOffice in person, by mail or by fax. It must be received in theRegional Assessment Office by no later than midnight, Jan. 31,2005.last_img read more

Despite London Metal Exchange price dip Hindustan Zinc shines

first_imgNew Delhi: Vedanta Group firm Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL) Friday posted a 7.9 per cent fall in net profit to Rs 1,765 crore for the quarter ended June 30. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 1,918 crore in the year-ago period, HZL said in a filing to the BSE. “The resultant net profit for the quarter was Rs 1,765 crore, down eight per cent year-on-year and down 12 per cent sequentially primarily due to lower Ebitda, partly offset by lower tax rate,” the statement said. HZL CEO Sunil Duggal said that the drop in net profit is mainly due to fall in the metal prices on the London Metal Exchange. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe company’s revenue from operations dropped to Rs 4,924 crore in the April-June quarter, compared with Rs 5,258 crore in the year-ago period, the filing said. The total expenses during the quarter increased to Rs 3,073 crore, against Rs 2,995 crore in the year-ago period, the filing said. HZL Chairman Kiran Agarwal said, “Our expansion projects are on track and as they near completion, our position as an industry leader with large sustainable operations gets strengthened. We are one of the lowest-cost producers with world-class assets which can deliver high returns to all our stakeholders in any market environment.” Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-SepDuggal said production volume is expected to trend up in the coming quarters and along with internal efficiencies, technology and digitisation initiatives, costs to progressively reduce. “As we approach the conclusion of 1.2 MTPA (million tonne per annum) expansion, the journey towards 1.35 MTPA has been initiated. For this, we have ramped up our exploration to leverage the potential of existing deposits and new ore bodies to secure our future.” The company, he said, was doing a lot of activities on metal and mineral recovery and added that HZL was “engaging with global consultants for taking next phase of growth”. The firm’s mined metal production was 2,13,000 tonne, up one per cent from a year ago, on the back of higher ore production offset by lower grades. HZL said its integrated metal output was 2,19,000 tonne, a rise of three per cent from the year-ago period. Integrated zinc production was 1,72,000 tonne, flat year-on-year in line with mined metal production. Shares of the company closed at Rs 219.75 apiece on the BSE, down 2.33 per cent from the previous close.last_img read more

Bell Media Mourns the Death of LongTime Radio Executive Greg Hinton

first_imgBell Media extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Greg Hinton, Vice-President and General Manager of Bell Media Radio – Brockville/Kingston. Hinton passed away peacefully in his sleep last night at his home on Howe Island, Ont. after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Allison, daughters Jessica, Lyla, and Ivy, and son Joshua.“Greg has played an integral role in the success of Bell Media’s Kingston and Brockville radio stations over his 30-year career, demonstrating an unrivaled commitment to the radio broadcasting business and his community,” said Dave Daigle, Regional Vice-President, Ontario and Atlantic. “Greg took great pride in growing on-air talent, serving as a mentor to many now working across the country. We are deeply saddened by this loss. He will be sorely missed.”Hinton has been a radio professional since 1986 and began working for CHUM Radio (now Bell Media Radio) in 1988. For the past 13 years, he has served as the Vice-President and General Manager of Brockville’s two radio stations (104.9 JRfm, 103.7 BOB-FM) and Kingston’s two radio stations (98.3 Fly-FM, 98.9 The Drive). He was responsible for helping to transform 98.3 FLY FM into a perennial #1 radio station in Kingston, and for overseeing the launch of 98.9 The Drive, Kingston’s Essential Alternative in 2007.  In Brockville he was instrumental in keeping the city’s only two local radio stations intensely community focused. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Hinton’s earlier career highlights include serving as an on-air personality in various formats, as Program Director, Music Director, Promotions Director, and Station Manager. His educational background includes a BA in Communications from the University of Windsor, and a Radio Broadcasting Diploma from Fanshawe College.During his entire radio career, Hinton was heavily involved in the Kingston, Brockville, and 1000 Islands communities, including for the Lung Association, the Maitland Recreation Committee, the St. Lawrence College Community Council, the Algonquin College Radio Advisory Committee, the Loyalist College Radio Advisory Committee, the Ookpik Winter Carnival, the Greater Brockville and Area Ad & Sales Club, the Brockville Chamber of Commerce, and the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington United Way.About Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, operating 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, as well as managing the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service in Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Linamar Corp reaches 12 billion deal to buy agriculture manufacturer MacDon

first_imgGUELPH, Ont. – Manufacturer Linamar Corp. (TSX:LNR) says it has reached an agreement to buy Winnipeg-based agriculture equipment maker MacDon Industries Ltd. for $1.2 billion.Guelph, Ont.-based Linamar says MacDon and its group of companies will complement its existing agricultural harvesting business in Hungary and allow the company to serve more markets globally.Linamar, which makes precision metallic parts for a range of sectors including automobiles, says the MacDon deal will allow it to further diversity its operations and end markets.Company CEO Linda Hasenfratz says the increased exposure to agriculture comes as the sector is in the early stages of a cyclical recovery, and with strong growth to be driven by a growing and developing global population.MacDon sells its specialized agricultural harvesting equipment in over 40 countries and has about 1,400 dealers and distributors in its global network.Linamar, with 59 manufacturing facilities globally and about 24,500 employees, had sales of $6 billion in 2016.last_img read more

Bringing justice to the people how the UN is helping communities deal

This may be because court buildings have been destroyed due to conflict, or because it is too unsafe for judges and personnel to stay permanently in a particular town or region. Mobile courts also sit in regions that are too remote for regular, permanent institutions, but can also temporarily sit in specific settings such as prisons. Bentiu mobile court starts prosecuting cases in the Mission’s Protection of Civilians site (POC). (December 2018) by UNMISS/Isaac BillyTo date, the UN has supported different forms of mobile courts in many different conflict settings, including in Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Liberia, Mali and Somalia. Two recent examples can be found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan. [Read about a recent case in Malakal in South Sudan here. Alexandre Zouev is the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions. One of the responsibilities of his office is to help countries affected by conflict to re-establish the rule of law and security institutions necessary to build and sustain peace. UN News asked Mr. Zouev to explain in more detail how mobile courts operate, and how they can help such countries to recover a sense of normality.What kind of crimes do mobiles courts cover?Mobile courts, in principle, function like any other court in the regular justice system; the types of crimes they can prosecute accordingly varies and depends on each country’s legal framework and on the type of mobile court that is preferred by the authorities. However, because of their non-permanent nature, countries will often choose to limit the jurisdiction of these courts to more simple cases that can be treated in relatively short court sessions.Importantly, mobile courts can also often consider non-criminal cases such as civil disputes and conflicts related to land rights, and play a role in birth and marriage registrations.How do they contribute to peace and security? A defendant at a Bentiu mobile court swears on the Bible before giving evidence. (December 2018) by UNMISS/Isaac BillyMobile courts in peacekeeping settings contribute to a range of goals. They are an instrument in the fight against impunity which often prevails in the remote regions where mobile courts operate and strengthen national accountability systems. They provide victims direct and easy access to justice, and the opportunity to see justice being done before their eyes; this in turn can play a role in community healing after conflicts, and also increase the trust people have in formal justice systems. Mobile courts contribute to the promotion of a peaceful society, as conflicts are settled through legal means rather than through violence. Through their roles in non-criminal cases (chiefly relating to land rights issues, which are well-known conflict drivers) these courts can play important roles in post-conflict normalization of society and build longer term stability. Finally, mobile courts are often accompanied by forms of outreach, which can inform the local population on a broad range of justice and reconciliation related issues.While doing so, mobile courts contribute to the extension of state authority and improve the visibility of the state in remote regions, as mobile courts brings state officials into regions where they are not usually present; this in turn promotes peace and stability.What challenges are faced, when it comes to effectively running mobile courts?Security and logistics are often issues when running mobile courts, as they take place in remote areas or in areas where there is weak state presence. Another challenge is that the local population can perceive prosecutions for acts of conflict-related violence as somehow biased against one of the warring factions; it is therefore essential for mobile court sessions to be accompanied by outreach campaigns that explain the prosecutorial approach. Notably, it is often challenging to manage the expectations of local populations, who sometimes expect quick convictions and/or harsh punishments for defendants. Clear messaging is particularly important in cases where defendants are acquitted or receive lenient sentences.Can you identify any notable successes?Mobile courts in the DRC, supported by the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), have been a critical tool in efforts to fight impunity. Prosecutions supported by the United Nations – including through the Prosecution Support Cells – have resulted in numerous convictions and sentences, including for sexual and gender-based violence. The United Nations has provided technical, financial, logistical and security support to the organization of these mobile court sessions. The use of mobile courts has allowed for the hearing of cases in remote areas, where the local population would not otherwise have had access to the justice system. This has allowed victims and witnesses to participate in proceedings and to testify, reinforcing a victim-centred approach towards justice. Public confidence in the DRC justice system has improved, as the trials increasingly demonstrate that the national authorities are able and willing to arrest and prosecute suspected perpetrators of atrocity crimes (which are often committed in remote areas). MONUSCO supports the mobile courts in Dungu, organized by the Haut-Uélé Garrison Military Auditorium. (October 2016) by MONUSCO/Lassana DaboSimilarly, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has been supporting the implementation of mobile courts since 2018, as a way for national institutions to bring justice for sexual violence and other serious violations committed within UNMISS protection of civilian sites. By January 2019, a total of 61 cases had been referred to national authorities. With UNMISS support, national authorities constituted mobile courts which deployed to Malakal and Bentiu in October and December 2018, respectively. There have been 12 convictions to date, with sentences ranging from 18 months to 16 years; a clear sign that sexual violence and other serious violations will not go unpunished. Importantly, this was the first time that trials took place in Bentiu since the start of the conflict in December 2013.In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), The UN Mission in the country, MONUSCO, has introduced mobile courts to allow cases to be heard in remote areas, which would not otherwise have access to the justice system. The courts have a “victim-centred” approach, allowing victims and witnesses to participate in proceedings, and to testify. MONUSCO has helped to provide 57 courts and prosecution facilities in the eastern DRC, and has provided training for over 1,000 judicial staff, in areas such as court management and record-keeping. read more

Stafford house fire Man and woman arrested suspicion of manslaughter after blaze

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. “Tilly was a happy little girl who loved coming to nursery. She was a friendly and caring child who loved to read stories, dress up and paint. Tilly was always proud of her achievements.”Olly was a happy, loving boy who loved cuddles. He was always happy to come to nursery and loved to be in the role play area with the dolls.”We have put in place support in school for staff and pupils, to help anyone who feels affected. Support from Staffordshire County Council’s Educational Psychologists will also be made available if required.”Our sympathies are with the children’s family and friends at this unimaginably difficult time.”Headteacher Kim Ellis, from Marshlands Special School where Keegan was a pupil, said: “Keegan was lively, full of fun and mischief with a really endearing smile.”He loved school and everyone who worked with him loved him. We were all proud of him and the progress that he had made. It is very hard to accept what has happened.”Our school community are understandably devastated and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”We are also putting support in place to help our staff and fellow pupils at this difficult time.” Two people have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence after a house fire led to the deaths of four children.Riley Holt, eight, Keegan Unitt, six, Olly Unitt, three, and Tilly Rose Unitt, four, died after the blaze in Sycamore Lane, Highfields, Stafford, on Tuesday.Their parents and one sibling survived the blaze having jumped from a top-floor window. Staffordshire Police said a 24-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were arrested at around 1.30pm on Friday.They remain in custody, the force added.In a statement, police said: “This incident has had a huge impact on the community and we understand there will be confusion and a demand for information.”However, we would urge people not to speculate as to what may have happened and appeal for patience as the investigation continues.”We will provide further updates as soon as we are able to.”‘Popping’ and ‘explosions’ heard coming from burning houseNeighbours living on the quaint residential street, where property prices average around £130,000, spoke of their “deep sadness” after the tragedy.Jason Stones, 48, said: “You could hear small pops and explosions coming from the house at about 2.30am.”My dogs woke me up. I looked out the window and smoke was pouring from the back of the house down the road. Emergency services at the scene of a house fire in Sycamore LaneCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Emergency services at the scene of a house fire in Sycamore Lane Another resident, who did not want to be named, added: “I was awoken by the sound of sirens and saw blue flashing lights illuminating the street.”I rushed out and you could see the flames straight away. I was offering people cups of tea or coffee, everyone was in the street – I just wanted to do what I could to help. “But you just feel helpless and when you hear that four children have lost their lives, it fills you with great sadness and we are all absolutely devastated.”The family haven’t been there that long, it must be about a year or so and they seemed very nice and friendly. It desperately tragic.” Tributes to ‘happy and endearing’ childrenStaffordshire Police’s Chief Inspector Gemma Ward said: “I want to reassure you we are working closely with colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service as investigative work into the cause of the fire begins.”We would like to offer our condolences and thank the community for their support, as I’m aware groups and individuals have already been offering.”Headteacher Nicola Glover, from Castlechurch Primary School, where three of the children attended, said: “Our entire school community is absolutely devastated by this news.”Riley was a very confident, excitable member of school who came everyday full of enthusiasm.”He was a caring friend who hated to see anyone hurt or upset and would do his best to help or cheer them up.”Riley had a great sense of humour and an infectious giggle. He was a very bright and articulate boy who showed interest in all areas and was always keen to ask lots of questions. “My wife dialled 999 while I rushed outside and you could feel the heat coming up the road.”I couldn’t see anything else or hear anything because the street was suddenly full of fire engines and sirens going off.”They are a nice family, but I only know them to say hello to. It is a couple in their 20s or 30s there, I used to see the mum walking the kids to school.”One of them was in a pushchair but I think the others were of school age. It’s a terrible tragedy for the family.”I have kids of my own but you can’t imagine the pain they must be going through. I just feel so gutted for the family and those poor children.”The house was absolutely gutted, they didn’t stand a chance.”Neighbours also reported that they had heard a man jumped out of a window with a baby in his arms, according to BBC Radio Stoke. read more

German Bundesliga 20112012 Round 2 Newcomer rocked by killers from Kiel

THW Kiel THW Kiel plays fantastic handball at the start of the season. After HSV Hamburg in the Super Cup, SG Flensburg at the beginning of the Bundesliga season, in the Round 2, newcomer from Hutenberg had a bad luck to play first Bundesliga match after 36 years against “Zebras”. At the end, result was 20:38 (6:19) for the visitors with Momir Ilic (9) as the best scorer. TV Hüttenberg:Ritschel (1.-20., 41.-60., 5/1 saves), Putera (20.-41., 2 saves); Gerlich (1), A. Lex (1), Weber (1), S. Lex (4), Scholz (1), Fernandes, Schneider (3), Billek (6), Roth, Pausch (2/2), Stock (1), Ludwig; Trainer: Gorr THW Kiel:Omeyer (1.-30., 7 saves), Palicka (31.-.60., 6 saves), Andersson (2), Lundström, Dragicevic (2), Sprenger (n.e.), Ahlm (6), Kubes (2), Reichmann (7), Palmarsson (1), Narcisse (n.e.), Ilic (9/3), Klein (3), Jicha (6/1); Trainer: Gislason ← Previous Story ASOBAL 2011/2012: Barca into the season with an easy win Next Story → Austrian derby: Bregenz “trashes” Aon Fivers 38:29 read more

LG Launching DualCore Android Handset

first_imgSay hello to the world’s first dual-core smartphone. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Sounds like the future. Of course, like most things especially futuristic (at least so far as the mobile world is concerned), there’s no word on when the thing is coming to our shores. LG’s Optimus 2X is destined for Korea first–launching on that country’s shores in January. Other Asian countries and Europe will be getting their hands on the phone soon after. As for the US–not a peep on that front.You want specs? How about these specs? The Optimus 2X is packing a 1Ghz NVIDIA Tegra 2 (we mentioned the thing is dual-core, right?), 8GB of memory (expandable to 32GB via microSD, a 4-inch WVGA screen, front and rear facing camera, 1080p video playback, and HDMI mirroring.Neat.last_img read more

Les petites chauvessouris ont besoin de crier plus fort pour pouvoir sorienter

first_imgLes petites chauves-souris ont besoin de crier plus fort pour pouvoir s’orienterUne étude récemment publiée révèle que les petites chauves-souris ont besoin de crier plus fort que les grosses pour voir aussi bien.Les chauves-souris émettent des cris suraigus pour pouvoir naviguer dans l’obscurité. C’est alors le renvoi de l’écho sonore produit qui leur permet de s’orienter dans les espaces clos, d’éviter les obstacles et de repérer leurs proies. Des chercheurs viennent de compléter ces connaissances en découvrant que les plus petites des chauves-souris ont tendance à produire des couinements plus aigus que les autres.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Après avoir comparé les signaux émis par cinq espèces distinctes de chauves-souris de la famille des vespertilionidés (oreillards, pipistrelles, etc.), de tailles différentes, des chercheurs danois pensent avoir découvert l’explication : la taille de leur bouche. Pour Annemarie Surlykke et ses collègues du Sound Communication Group de l’Université du Danemark, la raison tient au fait que ces signaux sont ceux qui produisent un “champ de vision” sonore directionnel, le mieux adapté aux besoins des chauves-souris.De fait, si les plus petites chauves-souris émettaient des cris de la même fréquence que leurs congénères plus gros, leur sonar ne porterait pas assez loin et, surtout, couvrirait une surface trop importante. Ainsi, pour rester performantes avec leur petite gueule, les chauves-souris les plus petites compensent en utilisant une fréquence proportionnellement plus élevée. A contrario, une grosse chauve-souris émettant des cris sur la même fréquence que les petites aurait un sonar portant loin mais avec un angle bien trop étroit pour être efficace.”Ainsi, toutes les chauves-souris ont adapté leurs cris pour arriver à un champ de vision acoustique similaire”, résument les auteurs de l’étude, publiée dans la revue britannique Nature.Le 25 novembre 2012 à 17:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Senate Republicans reject Walkers Senate pick Kowalke

first_imgSen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, vice chair of the Alaska Senate Finance Committee at the time, discusses the state operating budget in April 2015 as Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Anchorage, Sen. Pete Kelly, left, R-Fairbanks, and then-Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, right, listen. The Senate Republicans voted to reject Gov. Bill Walker’s appointee, Randall Kowalke, to replace Sen. Mike Dunleavy. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Republican members of the state Senate voted Wednesday to reject Matanuska-Sustina Borough Assembly Member Randall Kowalke to join the body.Listen nowGov. Bill Walker appointed Kowalke to replace Mike Dunleavy, pending the senators’ confirmation.Dunleavy resigned from the District E seat in January to focus on his run for governor.Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche said the rejection was based on Walker not following the traditional process, which process involves appointing someone who has support from district parties.“This is no reflection on the quality of the human being that Randall Kowalke may or may not be,” Micciche said. “He seems like a fine man. The reality of it is we feel that there is a process and we request that the governor respect that process.”Kowalke said he was about to enter an Ash Wednesday service at church when Walker called him to tell him the news.Kowalke said he hopes that whoever joins the Senate caucuses with the Republican-led majority. Dunleavy had left the caucus.“I wanted to see us be able to work in a collaborative way to get what needs to be done for the citizens of District E specifically and for the state generally,” Kowalke said.The district party nominated three people: Rep. George Rauscher, teacher Todd Smoldon and organic food worker Tom Braund.Walker, a former Republican turned independent, said members of the Republican-led Senate majority encouraged Kowalke’s appointment.Walker spokesman Austin Baird says Walker planned to announce his second choice Wednesday evening.last_img read more

US urges Pakistan to expand FATF safeguards to informal sectors

first_imgISLAMABAD: The US has urged Pakistan to expand Financial Action Task Force (FATF) safeguards to informal sectors of the economy amid its concerns over slow progress on implementation of the 27-point action plan, media reported on Friday. A US delegation which has been assessing the on-ground implementation of the 27-point action plan of the FATF took up the matter on Wednesday with federal minister Hammad Azhar, who is also the coordinator on FATF affairs from the civilian side, the Express Tribune reported. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The delegation is visiting the country to have an independent assessment of steps, actions and measures identified during the Florida meetings of the Paris-based anti-money laundering watchdog in June this year and the progress made by Pakistan since then. In June, the FATF said that Pakistan failed to complete its action plan on terror financing. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us It warned Islamabad to meet its commitment by October or face action, which could possibly lead to the country getting blacklisted. Sources told the newspaper that during a meeting with the government officials, the US delegation acknowledged the work done by Pakistan during the past 15 months but expressed concerns over slow progress that would result in the missing of many of the agreed action points. Advertise With Us The delegation urged Pakistani authorities to put more concerted efforts to address the deficiencies in Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating Financing of Terrorism (CFT) regimes, which led to greylisting of Pakistan with effect from June last year. The US delegation got first-hand information about the country’s preparedness to deliver on the action plan during its interaction with private and public sectors, which began on Monday in Karachi. Federal Minister Azhar has recently been appointed as the coordinator of a Cabinet body that is overseeing implementation on the FATF Action Plan. This is in addition to the National Executive Committee on anti-money laundering that is headed by Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. Official sources said that the US delegation discussed the loopholes in the financial system and its lack of coverage of various sectors of the economy. They said that the US authorities were of the view that about one-fourth transactions were still taking place outside the formal banking sector. They advised the Pakistan authorities to take measures that could fully capture the business transactions in the real estate and the agriculture sectors, the sources said. ALSO READ: All you need to know about FATF, Pakistan’s latest headache They urged the US authorities to review the country’s progress instead of judging it on the 27 goals, the sources said. The US delegation came to Pakistan nearly two weeks before the government is set to submit a report on August 13 on the steps and actions taken by the country on the 27-point Action plan before the Joint Group of the Asia Pacific Group (AGP) for a joint review. The joint group would discuss the findings of the report in a September 9-13 meeting in Bangkok. Pakistan is a member of the APG and its case is being presented before the FATF by the APG. India’s Financial Intelligence Unit’s (FIU) director-general and the US Assistant Treasury Secretary Marshall Billingslea co-chair the Joint Group. “We have made a lot of progress since June last year but yes we have not still reached to an ideal situation,” a senior government official said on condition of anonymity. The official said that Pakistan still needed more time to fully implement the 27-point Action Plan and that the government would work with international partners to seek more time from the FATF.last_img read more

Baltimores Horseshoe Casino Finalizes Preparations for August 26 Opening

first_imgIn a little over a week, the new Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore will open its doors. Ahead of its August 26 grand opening, casino officials hosted members of the media for a sneak-preview.General Manager Chad Barnhill told reporters that although the casino will not open for a few more days, it could open now if they had to. He, along with other casino representatives, showed visitors around the building. Some features include 2,500 video lottery terminals, more than 100 table games, and a 25-table World Series of Poker-branded poker room.Barnhill told the reporters the casino has 22,000 employees on their payroll, and that 49 percent of those people are Baltimore City residents. He said he hoped to make more local hires in the future. “Once people see what Horseshoe Baltimore is, I think there will be continued interest from city residents to be able to take advantage of the employment opportunities that we have.”Barnhill also spoke about the amount of money that goes back into the Baltimore City community. “Part of our tax revenues go into a local development council that is specifically spent in several of the communities around the casino,” he said. He said that that council helps advise Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on just where that cash should go.Just a short drive away from the casino, at Sliders Bar and Grille on Washington Boulevard, owner Rachel Sheubrooks said she thought the casino was good news for all city business owners. “I think it’s going to be good. Traffic is going to be terrible, which it’s already terrible,” she said. “Hopefully the hotels will fill up. During the winter time, maybe people would shy away from the casinos after a while and find local businesses to participate in, maybe get a bite to eat, get out of the area. Just like if you went to Atlantic City maybe you wouldn’t spend all of your time in the casino. I think it could be good for us.”Greg Brown, a city resident who was also inside Sliders, also thought the casino was a plus for Baltimore. “I think that the casino down the street is a very good idea. Before they opened up the casino, everybody was going to Delaware spending their money, Atlantic City spending their money. Now the money comes here to the city. It might be bad for some people who have gambling habits who lose their homes and their jobs but hey that’s going to happen. Right now, there is more revenue to the city.”last_img read more