On whether WFI is also under pressure, Brij Bhushan said, “No. If people are blaming WFI, I want to ask what we have done? We have only forwarded the names of those who have bagged quota places. If forwarding their names is an offence then yes, I have committed that offence.” He, however, conceded that finally if things dont get sorted out, WFI would accept the courts decision. “If things dont get sorted, ultimately whatever directive we get from the Court, we will accept it,” said Brij Bhushan. Sushil had moved the court as the last resort as before approaching the Delhi High Court, he had taken the matter to the doorsteps of Prime Ministers Office. Sushil had also appealed to the Sports Ministry, IOA, WFI and fans to give him a chance to undergo a trial for the Rio Games, as according to the rules, quota belongs to the country and not to a particular wrestler. Sushil had argued that the government has spent a substantial amount of money on his training and even the federation has been asking him to keep practising. Narsingh has been staking his claim to represent India at the Olympics since last year when he secured a quota place at the World Championship in Las Vegas after winning a bronze in 74kg. Sushil, who missed the event due to a shoulder injury, has been demanding a trial. Meanwhile, it is also learnt that Babita Kumari, who has qualified after Mongolian wrestler Sumiya Erdenechimeg failed the dope test in womens 53kg freestyle, has been pardoned for forfeiting her bout in a recent qualifying event and is now allowed to compete at the Rio Games. PTI CM KHS AHadvertisement read more
Aizawl, Jun 16 (PTI) Lalrintluangi, the first Mizo woman to conquer Mount Everest was accorded a grand welcome when she arrived at the Lengpui airport from Guwahati today. Hundreds of admirers and sports lovers received the 19-year-old student of Class 12 at the airport and accompanied her to Aizawl where an official reception was organised by the state government. Lalrintluangi and ten other NCC cadets from across the country climbed Mount Everest and reached the summit on May 21. She was the only mountaineer from the north east in the expedition which began in April last. PTI HCV KK
Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano View comments “Most of my players, my starters, are ball-dominant guys,” said coach Bo Perasol. “[W]e have our own roles … but when we get the lead, we show individual tendencies to score.”“It would have been OK for me but we’re missing a lot at this moment,” added Perasol. “[But] if there’s going to be a time … that everybody becomes hot, we’ll be tough to beat.”Meanwhile, at 10:30 a.m., NU eyes its first win when it battles Far Eastern U. —FRANCIS T. J. OCHOA For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Solid shots for MVP Group in SEA Games But with just a loss to show thus far, the Maroons have catapulted to second place, right at the heels of the team that dumped them last season in a battle for the crown.And at Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, the two schools try to take yet another step forward when they clash against separate foes.Ateneo takes on lowly UE at 12:30 p.m. knowing that it has to start scoring because all it takes is one hot-shooting squad to render its defense catatonic and Baldwin and his wards don’t want to take too many risks against a squad led by Rey Suerte, who is known for his ability to burn nets.“They’ve had a good win [and] people think it’s a surprise win, but I don’t think there are too many surprises in the UAAP this year,” said Baldwin. “[O]ur challenge is to learn as much as we can about UE’s system over the next couple of days and most importantly, through the whole preparation time period, is to respect our opponent. We know that we have to earn respect on our end and we freely give that the other way because we don’t want to get caught unprepared.”UP, meanwhile, tests resurgent La Salle at 4 p.m. hoping that the Maroons’ ball-demanding stars learn to spread the wealth this time.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The defending two-time champions are currently 5-0, knocking opponents out by close to 14 points an outing—and they’re not even shooting the ball well.“It’s something we need to continue to work on,” said Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. “But also at the other end of the floor our defense is doing a good job. It’s generating turnovers and converting those into easy points.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The Eagles are ranked sixth in scoring (71.2 ppg) and last in field goal percentage (35.8). But they’re tops in opponents’ points (57.4 ppg), opponents’ 2-point field goal percentage (35.9) and opponents’ second chance points (9.4) while ranking second in opponents’ total field goal percentage (33.6).University of the Philippines, on the other hand, has built a four-win card around close shaves: A missed shot by National U that preserved a one-point win, two free throws by Bright Akhuetie for another one-point victory and a big shot by Jaydee Tungcab in the stretch to seal a six-point spanking of University of the East. UP’s average winning margin thus far? 2.25 points per game. The footrace back to the Finals is beginning to shape up for the two schools that contested last season’s UAAP men’s basketball tournament—but via widely diverging paths.Ateneo, a defensive juggernaut thus far—covering for its inability to make shots by stopping opponents, has been playing on a different level this season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architect read more
Nicolas Otamendi saved Argentina from a huge embarrassment in World Cup qualifying, scoring in the 83rd minute Tuesday to salvage a 2-2 draw at last-place Venezuela.Venezuela almost snatched the victory in the 89th when Mikel Villanueva hit the post to the right of beaten Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero.Argentina played without Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who had a groin injury. Messi scored Argentina’s only goal last week in the 1-0 win over Uruguay.Venezuela is the perennial doormat in South American football. It had only one point from its first seven matches in qualifying, and it’s the only team in the South American confederation to never have reached the World Cup finals. (Also read: Spain net eight goals in World Cup qualifiers)Argentina lost the World Cup final two years ago against Germany, and has been the losing finalist in the last two Copa America tournaments – the South American championship.Juan Anor gave Venezuela a 1-0 lead in the 34th. Working on the right side, he fired a left-foot shot high into the far corner from 20 meters (yards). Josef Martinez made it 2-0 in the 52nd. Lucas Pratto scored for Argentina in the 57th in a match played in on-and-off rain.Argentina improved to 15 points in eight matches, and Venezuela has 2.URUGUAY 4, PARAGUAY 0Uruguay took over leadership in South American qualifying, improving to 16 points with the convincinv win.Edinson Cavani scored in the 18th and 54th to lead the romp over Paraguay. Cristian Rodriguez added another in the 42nd and Luis Suarez scored on a penalty in first-half stoppage time.advertisementParaguay stayed on 12 points. (Also read: Adam Lallana gives England last-gasp win over 10-man Slovakia)CHILE 0, BOLIVIA 0Chile is winless in its last two matches. Chile has won the last two Copa America tournaments, beating Argentina each time on penalties in the final. Chile improved to 11 points and Bolivia moved up to 7.BRAZIL 2, COLOMBIA 1Neymar scored the winner in the 74th minute, firing a perfect left-foot shot into the far corner behind Colombia keeper David Ospina.Miranda gave Brazil a 1-0 lead on a quick header in the 2nd. But Colombia equalized with an own-goal by Marquinhos in the 36th in a match played in the Amazon city of Manaus. Marquinhos leaped high and headed the ball in, jumping in the middle of a pack of Colombia players.Brazil improved to 15 points with its second straight win under new coach Tite. Colombia stayed on 13. (Also read: Thomas Mueller strikes as Germany beat Norway in World Cup qualifier)PERU 2, ECUADOR 1Midfielder Renato Tapia scored in the 78th minute to give Peru its first victory of the qualifying campaign.Christian Cueva put Peru ahead from the penalty spot in the 19th minute before Gabriel Achilier equalized in the 31st.Ecuador’s Michael Arroyo was sent off in second-half stoppage time. (Also read: World Cup qualifiers: France, Portugal begin their journey to Russia tamely)Ecuador is fifth in the standings – which would yield a playoff for a berth in Russia 2018 – but does have a game in hand on the top four teams. read more
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The Province of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) have teamed up to provide greater support for Nova Scotia startups in the ocean and clean technology sectors. Six business acceleration programs will be delivered this fall, including a new Blue Solutions competition to find innovative ways to address problems in the ocean sectors. Innovacorp will manage the programs, which will provide funding and business guidance. “Participating in one of Innovacorp’s acceleration programs last year helped us reach important milestones with our technology and business,” said Iaian Archibald, CEO at Swell Advantage. “We were able to identify and fix some key technical and design issues that only became apparent when we tested our marina software with real customers.” “We’re investing in these programs to build on the tremendous ocean technology and clean technology development happening across Nova Scotia,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business. “Our investments will help innovators and startups move their projects forward, helping us create opportunities for young Nova Scotians.” The combined funding of $920,000 from the two governments will support startups through six initiatives: Of the $920,000, the Government of Canada is providing a $500,000 non-repayable contribution to this initiative under ACOA’s Business Development Program. The province, through Innovacorp, is providing the remaining $420,000. “This project is going to develop and attract new ocean-based companies into a robust cluster of highly-advanced ocean sector technology firms contributing significant economic growth to the region,” said Halifax MP Andy Fillmore, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for ACOA. “Innovation and clean growth are pillars of the Atlantic Growth Strategy to grow our economy, create good jobs and improve the quality of life across our region.” Calls for submissions for the programs will be made throughout September. Details will be available at www.innovacorp.ca. Blue Solutions, a competition to find innovative solutions to problems in the ocean sector three programs to help ocean technology companies develop their products and business models and demonstrate their prototypes in a real-life setting two programs to help clean technology companies address technical and business milestones and move closer to investment readiness. read more
Holly Moore, Laurie HamelinAPTN National NewsA group of women’s rights advocates rallied outside the Kelowna RCMP detachment Tuesday to protest the police force’s handling of a sexual assault complaint in 2012.The protest comes a week after APTN News released exclusive video footage of an RCMP officer interrogating the alleged victim.“We need the RCMP to start respecting our women. Our women, in Indigenous Nations and Indigenous communities, Indigenous culture, are sacred. They’re life givers,” said MMIWG advocate Jody Leon.“And for the RCMP to treat an Indigenous girl who’s going to tell her story with disrespect perpetuates the ability for others in society to look at Inigenous women as if we’re lower beings.”email@example.com@bhobbs22
OTTAWA – Updates to the social safety net and protections for workers have yet to keep pace with tectonic shifts in the labour market, the country’s labour minister says, highlighting the challenge facing world leaders gathering in Canada and abroad this week.G7 leaders will be faced with the task of tackling the issue starting Friday when the annual leaders summit starts in Charlevoix, Que., with the Liberal government having prioritized the changing world of work as one of the gathering’s central topics for discussion.This week’s gathering in Switzerland of the International Labour Organization — the UN agency that sets international labour standards and promotes decent work — ended without consensus about how governments should respond to the rise of the so-called gig economy.The global labour market is challenging traditional standards that are based on workers holding full-time jobs, as well as the social programs such jobs usually produce, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said in an interview from the gathering.“We’re proud of some of the social protections that Canada has in place, but … they are not rapidly evolving to address what one would consider to be these arrangements that make people more private contractors and less employees,” she said Thursday in a conference call.Federal officials have for years been studying how to respond to a rise of cross-border telework and more workers making money through platforms like Airbnb, Uber and others that may be beyond the government’s regulatory reach.A committee of deputy ministers also meets regularly to review economic trends and policies, and late last year was seized with how to respond to the growing automation of jobs and tasks that could make some workers obsolete.A presentation from the December meeting, prepared by the National Research Council, noted that cab and truck divers, construction and farm workers, factory machine operators and clerical jobs were most at risk of becoming automated by 2035.There is also little data about the size of an expanding online labour market where workers perform tasks from anywhere, for companies located around the world.“It’s very hard to regulate something when you don’t know how big it is,” said economist Armine Yalnizyan, who has studied the issue in depth.“The little we do know is that it is perhaps more important than we think for the evolution of the Canadian labour market.”Oxford University’s online labour index has estimated that Canada amounts for about five per cent of work postings on English-language platforms, with the biggest demands in the area of software development and multimedia productions.Yalnizyan, president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics, said the shift away from full-time office work may be the future of the labour force. The question for governments, she said, is how to enforce minimal labour and wage standards when there aren’t mutually agreed-upon global standards.There were multiple calls for countries to boost social protections for workers and provide citizens with guaranteed basic incomes during the ILO meeting of policy-makers and labour groups, but Hajdu said she wasn’t convinced that a basic income alone will effectively deal with a global labour market.“Those are the conversations that are really interesting and certainly just starting. No one has moved yet in terms of really addressing this in a formative way.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter read more
Rabat – Three-hundred Moroccan pilgrims spent a rough night on the Mecca streets on Wednesday after they were defrauded by an unidentified Saudi travel agency, reports Moroccan daily newspaper Assabah.Despite having paid the necessary expenses for hotel reservations, Moroccan pilgrimage-goers were left without shelter on the streets of the Muslims holiest site “in shocking conditions,” wrote the newspaper.The Moroccan pilgrimage arrivals were taken by surprise when they could not find their names included on the lists of hotel reservations, as they had already paid the necessary expenses, including accommodation and food. The 300 Moroccan pilgrims paid an amount of MAD 63,800 each for the stay.The pilgrims in question had paid the pilgrimage fees to a travel agency in Agadir, which had sent the pilgrims’ fees to the Saudi agency in charge of receiving the pilgrimage fees. However, the Saudi office reportedly failed in its task.Assabah reported that an investigation has been carried out by Saudi authorities in collaboration with Morocco in order to determine the circumstances of the issue.Saudi authorities arrested on Wednesday a suspect who used to work at the Saudi agency in question, added the newspaper.According to Assabah, the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism said that efforts have been made since Thursday to find a solution to the Moroccan pilgrims’ lack of shelter.It has been decided, for the time being, to house three pilgrims per room, while waiting for a solution. read more
The Police said that Rs. 15 million in cash and Rs. 500,000 worth of foreign currency bills and jewellery were also found in the luxurious house. Expensive gemstones were found in the house in Dematagoda where suspected pro-Islamic State members exploded bombs last Sunday.The Criminal Investigations Department found three gemstones worth more than Rs. 30 million from the house, the Police said.
Given the scale of killings, rape, looting and destruction of villages in Darfur, Sudan, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said today he anticipates the prosecution of a sequence of cases, rather than a single case, of possible war crimes in the conflict between the Khartoum Government, allied militia and rebels.“Identifying those persons with the greatest responsibility for the most serious crimes in Darfur is a key challenge for the investigation,” Luis Moreno-Ocampo said as he presented his latest report to the Security Council this afternoon. “The complexity of the conflict in Darfur exacerbates this challenge, given that it involves multiple parties, varying over time throughout the different states and localities.”The Council referred the matter, along with the names of 51 suspected perpetrators, to the ICC in March 2005, after a UN inquiry into whether genocide occurred in Darfur found the Government responsible for crimes under international law and strongly recommended referring the dossier to the ICC. The probe also found credible evidence that rebel forces were responsible for possible war crimes, including murder of civilians and pillage.So far, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said, the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) has been collecting evidence on the ground and from certain countries, but has been hampered by the security situation in Darfur itself.According to the report, the office has been able to document, however, thousands of alleged direct killings of civilians, including “a significant number of large scale massacres, with hundreds of victims in each incident,” targeting specific ethnic groups.“In most of the incidents where the OTP has collected evidence there are eye-witness accounts that the perpetrators made statements reinforcing the targeted nature of the attacks, such as ‘we will kill all the black’ and ‘we will drive you out of this land.’” There was also significant substantiation of thousands of civilians dying as a result of displacement and other hardships due to the conflict, as well as registration of hundreds of alleged cases of rape.Throughout his report, the prosecutor stressed the need for cooperation in order to ensure accountability not only for past crimes, but for present crimes within the Court’s jurisdiction that continued to affect the displaced populations in Darfur. “Our justice efforts should contribute to their protection and to the prevention of further crimes. We need information on groups that continue to attack them or to impede their access to humanitarian assistance,” Mr. Moreno-Ocampo told the Security Council, calling on the UN body to help his Office with obtaining that and other types of information regarding the investigation of the situation in Darfur. read more
EDMONTON – Alberta will play host this spring to a World Economic Forum on energy and climate change.The event, to be held April 24-25 in Lake Louise, will bring in more than 100 global leaders from the worlds of business, academia, and government.Resolutions and ideas from this conference will be used to help drive discussions at the United Nations Secretary General Leaders’ Summit in New York in September.The meeting will also discuss work Alberta is undertaking in energy and environmental policy.The province has been singled out by some critics world for the polluting and climate changing effects of its oilsands operations.This is the first time Alberta has hosted a World Economic Forum event. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 21, 2014 12:03 pm MDT Alberta to host World Economic forum event on climate change on April 24-25 read more
Percent change-41.4%14.5%-2.6%-1.4%-37.6% Five or more DBs18.912.7220.127.116.11 *YAC = Yards After CatchSource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Although Gronkowski’s ability to rumble downfield after the catch isn’t overly affected by facing more defensive backs — which isn’t a surprise when a man of Gronk’s size is facing tiny cornerbacks — and his average depth of target actually increases a lot (meaning he’s running deeper routes), Gronk’s ability to get open and make plays dips significantly when there are fewer mismatches to exploit in the opposing coverage. As a result, Gronk’s Adjusted Catch Yards (a measure of receiving productivity that gives bonuses for touchdowns and moving the chains) per route run are down nearly 40 percent against five or more DBs over the past three seasons. By comparison, the average NFL tight end only sees his Adjusted Catch Yards per route fall by about 18 percent under those circumstances.So in that sense, Ramsey is right. And given how dependent the Patriots are on Gronk’s stat-stuffing, Jacksonville could gain a disproportionate edge if Ramsey and his fellow DBs neutralize the Pats’ big, lovable human wrecking ball. Against the Jags in the first half of last year’s AFC title game, Gronkowski was limited to one catch on three targets, with zero touchdowns (before a concussion took him out of the game for the second half). Not coincidentally, between Gronk’s limited impact and subsequent absence, the Pats barely mustered enough points to pull past Jacksonville and make the Super Bowl.That said, it should be noted that even a Gronk limited by opposing defensive backs is better than just about every other tight end on the planet. Since 2016, Gronkowski’s Adjusted Catch Yards per route against five or more DBs (3.25) was still 30 percent better than the overall average for NFL tight ends (regardless of opposing coverage). To paraphrase Dan Patrick, you can’t truly stop Gronk; you can only hope to contain him. And that goes even for Jalen Ramsey. Avg. NFL TE-7.2%5.6%2.3%-30.8%-17.6% Gronk fares worse against more defensive backsChange in key receiving metrics for Rob Gronkowski by number of opposing defensive backs on the field, 2016-18 Four or fewer DBs32.318.104.22.168.2 Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is the NFL’s undisputed best at his position, and he might even be the best of all time. Well, OK, that’s according to most football-watchers. Not everyone is buying Gronk’s greatness — and by “not everyone,” I mean Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who was considered to be the best in the game last season. In an … ahem, wide-ranging interview with ESPN’s Mina Kimes last month, Ramsey had this to say about Gronkowski:“I don’t think Gronk’s good. Let me say — I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.”With the Jags and Patriots lined up to play Sunday, that quote has seen plenty of recirculation. “It motivates you to hear that,” Gronkowski told reporters when asked about Ramsey’s remarks. But there is something to Ramsey’s criticism, even if it means that Gronk can be reduced to merely regular-dominant, rather than ridiculously so.Ramsey’s central critique of Gronk surrounds the way he feasts on linebackers and safeties but isn’t as dominant against cornerbacks. “Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he’s had a very bad game,” Ramsey told Kimes, “and that corner has had a very good game.” This echoed Ramsey’s comments in an earlier GQ story — the guy really made the media rounds last month! — where he said, “I think I match up well against him. Gronk’s never played a corner like me.”As Kimes notes in her story, Gronkowski’s numbers do drop when he is lined up on the outside rather than in the slot. “His catch rate drops from 71 percent to 56 percent,” she writes, “which is lower than that of the average NFL tight end.” Ramsey himself referenced similar numbers from Jacksonville’s analytics department. With more defensive attention from coverage specialists, Gronkowski doesn’t get as many favorable matchups — and unequal matchups are what he thrives against.Using the same key receiving metrics we employed when assessing Falcons wideout Julio Jones’ greatness, here’s how Gronk’s production changes depending on how many defensive backs he has to face (which, presumably, increases the odds he’ll face a cornerback like Ramsey): Opposing DefenseTargets Per RouteAir Yds. per TargetCatches per TargetYAC* per CatchAdj. Catch Yds. per Route read more
Bel-Ray Company, which claims to be “the leading USA-based specialty lubricant company” has appointed Bucyrus International subsidiary, Bucyrus South Africa as its exclusive distributor in Africa, building on existing partnerships in Peru and Brazil. The agreement enables Bel-Ray and Bucyrus South Africa to work in conjunction to provide reliable, productive, and cost effective mining solutions to mining companies throughout the continent. With the addition of the top performing Bel-Ray products and technical services solutions, Bucyrus machines will operate with an increased productivity, reduced overall machine consumption and increased performance. All at lower operating and life-cycle costs.“Bel-Ray has a long history of innovation throughout Africa from both its Powersports and Mining divisions, with extensive field experience. Working alongside Bucyrus, we offer a one stop shopping approach to the market, enabling our customer’s increased efficiency and cost savings along the way”, said Jennifer Liquori, Chief Operating Officer read more
Image: AP/Press Association Images Image: AP/Press Association Images Three men jailed in Sweden for gang rape streamed live on Facebook The film has since been removed from Facebook but it has been circulated on the internet. 34,289 Views By AFP 82 Comments Share67 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Apr 25th 2017, 8:33 PM A SWEDISH COURT HAS sentenced three young men to prison for gang raping a woman and livestreaming the attack on Facebook.Reza Mohammed Ahmadi (21) was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for rape and accessory to rape, while Maysam Afshar (18) was sentenced to one year in prison for rape, a reduced sentence because of his age.Both are Afghan citizens who have been granted residency in Sweden.Emil Khodagholi, a 21-year-old Swedish citizen, was sentenced to six months in prison for aggravated defamation for posting the rape on Facebook, and for failing to report it.The men were arrested in the town of Uppsala northwest of Stockholm on 22 January after members of a closed Facebook group, which has 60,000 members, saw the attack streamed live and alerted police.The film has since been removed from Facebook but it has been circulated on the internet.Swedish prosecutors argued that Khodagholi had encouraged his friends, and “laughed and in close proximity filmed the incident with his mobile phone, and posted it live or very shortly after the rape on Facebook”.All three denied committing any crime. Ahmadi and Afshar admitted having sex with the woman but said it was consensual.Khodagholi argued he was not the only one to film the events, and claimed he was unaware the victim did not want the images to be public.But prosecutors said the woman was “heavily drunk” and “under the influence of drugs”, which the men must have also noticed, the Uppsala district court said in a statement.“It’s not possible for a person in such a situation to consent (to sex),” judge Nils Palbrant said in a statement.The men were also ordered to pay damages totalling 335,000 kronor (€34,850 euros) to the victim.- © AFP 2017Read: Chicago police investigate alleged rape of teen streamed on FacebookRead: Gang rape in Sweden ‘streamed live on Facebook’ Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 8:33 PM http://jrnl.ie/3358311 read more
Share20688 Tweet Email5 https://jrnl.ie/4522707 Monday 4 Mar 2019, 11:47 AM By Stephen McDermott Source: Twitter/@BorisJohnsonHowever, Johnson’s comments were criticised by a number of politicians in Northern Ireland, some of whom questioned the Conservative MP’s definition of justice.Alliance MLA Stephen Farry agreed that politics should not be allowed to trump justice, as Johnson tweeted, but said that the Conservative MP was suggesting the opposite.“My understanding of justice system is that we let police investigate, PPS make decisions on prosecutions and courts decide based on evidence,” he said. “That is the rule of law.”Farry’s party colleague Sorcha Eastwood also responded to Johnson’s tweet by arguing that the trial would show that “the rule of law applies to everyone”.Meanwhile, Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard added that a trial would uphold international law by ensuring that armed forces were not able to act with impunity.Saturday’s report said that the four former paratroopers could be told on 14 March that they will face murder charges.It was previously reported that Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS) was considering prosecutions on up to 18 soldiers who were involved in the events.In 2010, the UK government-led Saville inquiry exonerated the 14 people who were killed and acknowledged that none of them was posing a threat.Then-prime minister David Cameron called the shootings “both unjustified and unjustifiable” in the wake of the inquiry’s report and offered an apology in the House of Commons. Boris Johnson in the UK House of Commons (file photo) BRITISH CONSERVATIVE MP Boris Johnson has been criticised after suggesting that soldiers involved in Bloody Sunday could be charged with murder for political reasons.The former foreign secretary was responding to reports in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph that up to four ex-British soldiers could be charged with the deaths of 14 unarmed marchers in Derry in 1972.Writing in today’s edition of the newspaper, Johnson claimed that there would be “a storm of utter fury” if the four men were charged later this month while the government let former members of the IRA “get away with” their actions throughout the Troubles.“They did not get up in the morning with the intention of killing and maiming innocent civilians,” he wrote. Mar 4th 2019, 11:47 AM Are we really proposing to send old soldiers to die in jail – after we gave dozens of wanted terrorists a get-out-of-jail-free card under the Good Friday Agreement? Is that balanced? Is that fair?Although Johnson added that nobody should be exempt from justice, he claimed it was now impossible to know the truth about what happened on Bloody Sunday, suggesting that the marchers’ deaths could have been the result of “confusion and panic”.“The reason this whole thing stinks to high heaven – and the reason it should be denounced – is that there is absolutely nothing new for any trial to discover,” he said.“The whole thing has been chewed and chewed again, supermasticated to oblivion.”In a subsequent tweet, the former mayor of London also said that if the case went ahead, it would mean justice would be trumped by politics. 193,772 Views 112 Comments Boris Johnson in the UK House of Commons (file photo) Boris Johnson defends Bloody Sunday soldiers, and asks why the IRA ‘got away with’ Troubles crimes Four ex-British soldiers could be charged with the 1972 shooting of unarmed marchers. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL read more
Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 9:48 AM 13,486 Views Report finds RTÉ ‘seriously deficient’ and in breach of Irish language broadcast obligations ‘It was obvious that a ‘comprehensive range’ was not being provided in Irish,’ the investigation concluded. Apr 4th 2019, 9:48 AM By Conor McCrave AN INVESTIGATION BY the Official Languages Commissioner has found RTÉ’s Irish language programming is “seriously deficient” and in breach of its obligations under Irish law. Under the Broadcasting Act 2009, the national broadcaster is obliged to provide a “comprehensive range” of programming in both the Irish and English language that reflects “the cultural diversity of the whole island of Ireland”.To meet the requirement, RTÉ must provide coverage in areas of sports, religion and current affairs in both languages.However, in an annual report from An Comisinéir Teanga today, it was revealed that just 123 hours of Irish language programming were broadcast on RTÉ TV channels in 2017 – less than 1% of the total 18,657 hours broadcast that year.A complaint submitted to the languages commissioner prompted an investigation into the broadcaster in May 2018, who later found it was “seriously deficient and at odds with the will of the Houses of the Oireachtas”. “If a ‘comprehensive range’ of programmes was being provided in English, it was obvious that a ‘comprehensive range’ was not being provided in Irish,” the investigation concluded. Figures showed €177 million was spent on programming in 2017 with just €4 million or 2% of this being spent on Irish language programming. In relation to RTÉ’s radio output, the investigation found the station had satisfied the requirements, but added “this was largely due to the comprehensiveness of service provided by Raidió na Gaeltachta”. Speaking of the findings today, the commissioner, Rónán O’Domhnaill highlighted the discrepancy between the number of hours broadcast in each language. “This is the first time compliance with the Broadcasting Act, insofar as it relates to Irish language broadcasting, has been formally investigated,” he said. https://jrnl.ie/4576201 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article “The results of the investigation reveal that only 0.7% of programmes broadcast on RTÉ television are classified as Irish language programmes. Or, in other words, approximately 99% of programmes are in English only.”A spokesperson for RTÉ said, that although the report acknowledges a breach of its obligations under the broadcasting act, they said it had broadly fulfilled its Irish language duties. “While the Report finds RTÉ to be in breach of its obligations under the Broadcasting Act 2009 regarding the provision of Irish language programming on its linear television channels, it also finds that RTÉ is fulfilling its obligations regarding television news programmes and its radio output as a whole.“Furthermore, innovative developments made by RTÉ to considerably increase Irish language material available online, on social media, in digital radio and in podcasting are not within the scope of this Report.”The commissioner recommended RTÉ should prepare an implementation plan within six months of the report from its investigation in order to provide a comprehensive range of programming in both English and Irish. 42 Comments Share280 Tweet Email Image: RollingNews.ie Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie read more
American Soybean Association (ASA) President Mark Berg today announced that certain aspects of the Climate Change Treaty negotiated in Kyoto, Japan, raise immediate concerns for U.S. soybean farmers. “My concerns are that the Treaty fails to require developing countries to reduce or restrict their greenhouse gas emissions,” the ASA President said. “As energy-based input costs to U.S. farmers increase, we will become less competitive with producers in South America, India, Malaysia, and elsewhere. In addition, any benefits resulting from reduced emissions in developed countries could be negated by increased fossil fuel use in developing countries,” Berg stated.A major concern is the impact of the Treaty’s emissions reduction requirements on the cost of production of U.S. farmers. Studies currently available suggest that higher costs of agricultural inputs resulting from implementation of the Treaty — particularly for fertilizer, fuel, and pesticides — could reduce net farm income in the United States by 24 to 46 percent. Also, higher energy costs would negatively impact the U.S. transportation and processing sectors, further eroding agriculture’s international competitiveness. Administration officials have stated that, while initial efforts will focus on reducing emissions through incentives to industry, it may be necessary to impose new energy taxes or reduce current energy tax benefits to attain the final U.S. emissions targets.”We understand the Administration does not intend to submit the Treaty to the Senate for ratification until various changes can be negotiated, including the participation of developing countries,” Berg said. “After the current industry review is completed, ASA will be willing to reconsider its position based on any future amendments. However, ASA will not support the Climate Change Treaty as currently proposed, or any international agreement that would have the effect of making U.S. farmers less competitive in domestic and world markets by increasing production and marketing costs,” Berg added.The American Soybean Association Board of Directors has initiated a review of the Climate Change Treaty. Prior to finalizing a position on the Treaty, ASA will thoroughly evaluate the assumptions on which it is based, including the linkage between green house gas emissions and global warming.Soybeans were planted on 26 percent of all U.S. crop acres in 1997. USDA estimates that the value of 1997 U.S. soybean and soybean product exports will exceed $11 billion, the highest value of any agricultural product category, accounting for nearly 19 percent of total U.S. agricultural exports that are projected to reach $58.5 billion. These agricultural exports positively contribute to the United States trade balance. read more
As of 11:40 p.m., the National Weather Service had canceled this alert.A band of very heavy showers was moving through the Portland metro area at 9:15 p.m. and is expected to move into Clark County by 10 p.m. and then northeast into Cowlitz and Skamania counties.This band of heavy rain was producing rain rates of around 1 inch per hour as it was moving north and will likely cause abrupt rises on small streams and creeks and other drainages. It will likely also cause water to accumulate on roadways and in and around intersections and may cause difficult driving conditions.There has also been one report of thunder, so some hail is possible as well with this band. Use extreme caution if driving through the Portland metro area and into Clark County during the next 1 to 2 hours.