Seven held for gangrape of 3 women at Noida farmhouse

first_imgNoida: Gautam Buddh Nagar police have arrested seven persons for gangraping three women at a farm house in Yamuna Khadar in sector 135 of Noida. Cops said that the women were brought from Delhi to a party farm house in Noida Expressway area by nine youths who later gangraped them.According to police, the farmhouse was owned by a senior officer in the department of road transportation in Delhi. The arrested persons were identified as Lavkesh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Bhola Yadav, Anjan Yadav, Rajesh Yadav, all natives of Raebarelli district of Uttar Pradesh, Satish Pal from Hardoi and Rajkumar Maurya of Shahjahanpur. Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar told reporters that two of the accused persons hired an Ola cab to pick girls for a party at farmhouse on Tuesday night from Delhi.last_img read more

America deports 52 Pakistani nationals

first_imgIslamabad: Fifty-two Pakistani immigrants deported by the US have arrived here by a special flight amid tight security, a media report said Thursday. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi informed the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday that US authorities detained and prosecuted the Pakistani nationals for immigration violations, criminal conduct and other serious charges. Dawn newspaper, quoting immigration sources, reported that 53 Pakistanis were scheduled to be deported, but 52 arrived on Wednesday as one person fell sick at the US airport and was not sent back. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportUS security officials were guarding the Pakistani deportees when they arrived at the Islamabad International Airport. Soon after landing, they asked the Pakistani authorities to take custody of the deportees who had been arrested by the US police. The Trump administration recently launched a crackdown on the foreigners who stayed in the US even after the expiry of their visas. The 52 Pakistanis were among those who overstayed in the US, the report said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsA senior official of the Federal Investigation Agency said the deportees were allowed to go after verification of their travel documents. The official parried a question about the fate of those involved in petty crimes and deported by the US, the report said. Qureshi had also confirmed that the US denied visas to three senior Pakistani officials following a row between the two countries over deportation of dozens of Pakistanis in America for their visa overstay and other allegations.last_img read more

Cheb Khaled Performs in Tindouf Camps Outrages Moroccans

Rabat – Algerian singer Cheb Khaled, who obtained the Moroccan citizenship, has outraged Moroccans after it was reported that he performed in the Tindouf camps, on Tuesday.Citing official Algerian sources, Moroccan daily La Vie Eco reported that Khaled had participated in a concert on Tuesday, in the Algerian Tindouf Camps.According to the same source, the event was organized under the patronage of Algerian President Abdelaziz Boutaflica, on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Algerian Revolution against the French occupation. Cheb Khaled’s performance at the Sahrawi refugee camps has been labeled as “provocative” by Moroccan media outlets, as it comes at a time when Moroccans are preparing the celebrations of the 40th Anniversary of Morocco’s Green March.The Algerian musician who has always expressed his love for Morocco and defended the Moroccanness of Sahara, has fallen into an awkward and conflicting situation when he agreed to perform in the camps of Tindouf, La Vie Eco said.The 55-year-old Khaled is one of Algeria’s most famous artists, married to a Moroccan woman. On August 20, 2013, he was offered the Moroccan nationality by issue of a Royal decree. read more

Abandoned people in Central African Republic Chad need aid UNICEF ambassador

27 February 2007Humanitarian assistance is crucial to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of “utterly neglected” and “desperate” people affected by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad, actress and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Mia Farrow said today, upon returning from a visit to the area. “I don’t see how this extremely fragile and completely abandoned population can possibly survive” without a rapid injection of international aid, Ms. Farrow told reporters at a press briefing at UN Headquarters. “The enormity of the humanitarian situation and the fact that it has scarcely been addressed…is incomprehensible to me.”Ms. Farrow recalled, in vivid detail, an encounter while on the road in northwest CAR. After seeing “burnt village after burnt village after burnt village,” the UN convoy she was riding in paused because she had heard that hundreds of thousands of people, forced out of their homes by fighting, lived in the bush, she said.“I had heard that maybe if we paused people might come out, and sure enough, after 15 minutes, two people, ten people, 50, 100, 300 souls came out of the bush like spectres just caked in dust, emaciated,” she continued, saying that they came forward after seeing that their convoy was not armed with machine guns. After talking to them, she found that they were “too terrified to return to rebuild their villages and they were going to stay in the bush until they felt secure.”However, another non-UN vehicle approached, and “you could hear the pounding of the feet on the hard clay ground as 300 people vanished into the bush in sheer terror” in case the oncoming car carried armed soldiers, she said.The dire humanitarian situation in CAR has been called the “forgotten crisis, but that implies that it was once remembered,” Ms. Farrow said. “I don’t know that it has been in the consciousness of the international community.”She compared the current situation in eastern Chad to her experience in the country last November. While on her last visit, she saw 60 villages burned in one week as well as a “tremendous displaced and wounded population,” this time she noticed these people had been moved to makeshift camps. However, they have insufficient water and food supplies, and with the rainy season impending, more lives are at stake.Both countries need an immediate boost of aid, Ms. Farrow said, while acknowledging that humanitarian workers must work in extremely precarious and dangerous environments. Aid agencies, including UNICEF, “are resolved to do more there and we are going to follow through on that, but I cannot underline how dangerous, how volatile, difficult the situation is for the aid workers to live there.”Ms. Farrow also called on the UN to send in an international peacekeeping force to protect these people, especially those living close to both countries’ borders with Sudan, and allow them to rebuild their lives.Earlier today, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched a $6.2 million supplementary appeal to cope with up to 150,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) expected to be made homeless this year in eastern Chad because of increasing violence and insecurity, partly driven by killings in the neighbouring Sudanese region of Darfur. read more

Toronto home prices keep climbing

TORONTO — Housing sales in the Greater Toronto Area were down by less than 1% in June compared with the same month a year ago, while the average selling price was up by 4.7% at $531,374, according to a report by Toronto Real Estate Board.[np_storybar title=”Ottawa creating ‘red hot’ market for homes under $999,999″ link=””%5DNew rules brought in last year make it impossible to get a loan backed by mortgage-default insurance if the property is valued in the seven figures. Read more [/np_storybar]“In line with the 2013 norm,” June price growth was driven by single-detached and semi-detached houses, particularly in the city of Toronto, the board said in a report Thursday.Over the same time period, average condominium apartment selling prices remained in line with 2012 levels, it said.Meanwhile, new listings were down more than sales, which the board says suggested that market conditions became tighter.“The sales picture in the GTA improved markedly in the second quarter of 2013,” board president Dianne Usher said in remarks accompanying the report.“While the number of transactions was still down compared to 2012, rates of decline were substantially improved compared to the first quarter.”“As a growing number of homebuyers, many of whom put their purchase on hold due to stricter lending guidelines, now reactivate their search, the expectation is for renewed growth in home sales in the second half of 2013,” she added.Jason Mercer, the board’s senior manager of market Analysis, said the relative short supply of low-rise home types in many parts of the GTA continued to “prompt strong upward pressure on selling prices of singles and semis.”“We have also seen enough buyers in the better-supplied condo apartment market to provide support for selling prices at current levels,” Mercer added.The reports breakdown by market segment showed that detached home sales in Toronto’s 416 area code were down 6.9% at 1,137 in June, but the average price was up 8.1% at $866,326.That compared with a 3.2% increase in sales to 3,411 in the 905 area, where year-over-year prices were up 4.9% at $598,708.The semi-detached market in the 416 area saw a 3.1% decrease in sales to 380, but a 9.5% increase in prices to $618,194, and a 0.8% increase to 623 in the 905 area where prices were up 3.7% at $411,877.Condo apartment sales were down 4% at 1,329 in the 416 area, while the average price was relatively stable, up just 0.3% at $366,532.At the same time, 905-area sales were down 2.3% at 556, with the average year-over-year selling price up 0.9% at $288,604. read more

Annan launches appeal to help 33 million vulnerable people worldwide

“The 2.5 billion dollars that we are seeking today is a large amount – but it is far less than what the world spends on military purposes in a single day,” the Secretary-General told donors gathered at UN Headquarters in New York for the launch of the Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeals. The meeting was also addressed by the President of the Security Council, who offered that body’s support for the UN’s quest to fund its relief efforts. Mr. Annan noted that the world was currently focused on the plight of Afghans who, along with more than 30 million war- and drought affected people around the world, would have suffered through yet another winter “largely off camera” had it not been for recent events. “Is it not ironic that it took a terrorist attack and military reaction to raise awareness of the vast humanitarian needs in Afghanistan?” he asked. While welcoming donor efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Afghan people, the Secretary-General urged those present not to forget the 17 other complex humanitarian crises identified in the UN appeals. “In Angola, Somalia and Sudan, long-running civil wars continue to threaten already fragile livelihoods,” he noted. “In Indonesia, 1.3 million people have become internally displaced in less than three years because of new internal conflicts.” And while the past year had brought new hope for the future in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone, “massive humanitarian assistance remains urgently needed.” With the number of deliberate attacks on UN staff again growing dramatically, the Secretary-General stressed that “the primary responsibility for the protection of civilians, and for safe and unhindered access to them, lies with host governments and the parties to a conflict.” Mr. Annan noted that the Consolidated Appeals Process served to improve the quality and accountability of humanitarian programmes to reach people in the greatest need. By coordinating their efforts through the Appeals, UN agencies ensured that food was not provided without safe water to prepare it, and that other necessities for survival, including vaccinations against killer diseases, were not forgotten. The process also worked to make sure that “meeting urgent needs today does not compromise the capacity of a community to help itself when the immediate crisis has passed.” “No matter how good our strategy, or how well we prioritize, the United Nations and its partners cannot fulfil their commitments to millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance without the financial and political support of the Member States,” the Secretary-General told donors, noting that the 2001 appeal was met with only 50 per cent of the required amount. “We must do better next year, and I repeat my appeal that we should forget no one who depends on us for help and for hope.” Echoing these sentiments, the President of the Security Council, Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, told donors that their contributions would restore hope and erase despair. “The investment you make today will not only help save lives, it will set the basis for self-sufficiency for people and their communities,” she told the meeting, which also heard from individuals who had personally witnessed humanitarian crises in Kosovo and Ethiopia. In a separate press statement on behalf of members of the Council, Ambassador Durrant urged all States to give generously to the appeals. “Members of the Council recognize that gaining access to vulnerable populations and the increasing need to engage with armed groups is one of the key challenges facing humanitarian agencies,” she said, noting that such access was “sporadically granted or even bluntly denied.” Council members called on all States to respect the recognized rules of international humanitarian law, and to facilitate the work of aid agencies carrying out their work, Ambassador Durrant said. read more

Israeli officials meet with International Task Force on Palestinian Reform UN reports

Spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York that Foreign Minister Shimon Peres as well as representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office, the Finance Ministry and the Israeli Coordinator for the Territories all attended the meeting with the Task Force, which is comprised of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East – the UN, United States, European Union and Russia – as well Norway, Japan, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).”The Foreign Minister told the Task Force that Israel was about to release 10 per cent of the $650 million it is holding of Value Added Tax collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority,” Mr. Eckhard said. The Israeli officials had also stressed that security remained their overriding concern, but had voiced their willingness to facilitate the work of the Task Force, he added. “During the meeting, members of the Task Force sought to engage the Israelis on ways to allow freedom of movement of Palestinian Ministers and members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, as well representatives of international organizations,” he said.The Task Force is striving to create conditions for reform within the Palestinian Authority, including working closely with Palestinian officials on specific areas such as law, elections and finance. read more

Biotechnology gap between poor and rich countries widening UN warns

“The gap between rich and poor farmers, between research priorities and needs, and between technology development and actual technology transfer, is widening,” Assistant Director-General, Louise Fresco, of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, warned in a statement issued in Rome.While vaccines and virus-free plant materials hold great potential, there are currently no serious investments in any of the five most important crops in the semi-arid tropics – sorghum, millet, pigeon pea, chickpea and groundnut, according to the statement. “This is largely because 70 per cent of the agricultural biotechnology investments are by multinational private sector research, mostly in developed or advanced developing countries,” said Ms. Fresco.To bridge this divide, biotechnological research must be redirected to focus on key challenges facing developing countries, Ms. Fresco stressed, calling for the urgent reversal of the decline in funding to public research and the creation of incentives to harness private-public sector partnerships.Ms. Fresco also pointed out that biotechnology is only one way to increase food quality and quantity, and choosing the best options to address specific production problems in developing countries should be based on economic, technical, social, trade and safety considerations. She encouraged open dialogue on the benefits and risks of biotechnologies. read more

Over 1 million people in Nepal could go hungry unless UN agency

More than 1 million people in impoverished Nepal could go hungry unless the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is able to freely transport aid, the agency warned today, while appealing to the Nepalese transport union to allow convoys to deliver assistance to over 50,000 drought-affected people and over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees.“Over 50,000 hungry people in Humla, Jumla, and Dolpa are waiting for our helicopters to arrive so that they can receive desperately needed food rations,” said WFP Representative, Richard Ragan.“Both the refugees and the people of the mid-west have suffered enough. We need those trucks through – and our helicopters full, so that we can continue to provide humanitarian assistance to hungry families. WFP provides food assistance to the most vulnerable men, women and children. Without the ability to freely transport food aid across Nepal over one million people could go hungry.”The Nepal Transport Union has been disrupting the flow of transport trucks across Nepal for the past week. WFP is in its third phase of emergency operations to provide a two-month ration to over 225,000 drought-affected people in mid- and far-western Nepal. Over 265 helicopter flights are planned out of Surkhet to deliver 730 metric tons of food to these remote communities. In the east, WFP provides food for all seven of the Bhutanese refugee camps. With an annual budget of nearly $30 million for Nepal, WFP will provide food assistance to over 1.7 million Nepalis, and more than 106,000 Bhutanese refugees by the end of this year. WFP’s humanitarian support targets the most vulnerable populations living in 31 districts with inadequate food supplies across Nepal. In addition to food aid for the Bhutanese refugees and drought-affected families, WFP’s programmes provide school feeding to students, nutritional support for pregnant and nursing mothers and their young children, and livelihood support to poor, food-insecure households, through food-for-work activities. read more

Wynne attacks Harper for lack of leadership urges Canadians to back Trudeau

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 5, 2015 12:24 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wynne attacks Harper for lack of leadership; urges Canadians to back Trudeau TORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is again lashing out at the federal Conservatives saying they are out of ideas and out of touch.In a lengthy speech to the Empire Club in Toronto, Wynne complained about a lack of national leadership on a host of issues ranging from climate change and infrastructure funding to Syrian refugees and pensions.Without mentioning Prime Minister Stephen Harper by name, Wynne told the business audience that government “should not seek refuge in fear” but must speak in an optimistic voice.She said Canadians deserve a government that is focused not simply on winning an election, but on using its mandate to make a positive impact in people’s lives, and urged voters to elect Justin Trudeau’s Liberals on Oct. 19.The Liberal premier has clashed repeatedly with Harper during the campaign over a new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan that the prime minister has strongly opposed, saying it will kill jobs.Wynne insisted she would not be cowed by Harper’s claim that he would do all he could to block federal government co-operation with the Ontario pension scheme.“When a prime minister declares he is ‘delighted’ to thwart the will of a duly elected government with a mandate to improve retirement security, just as an example, well you are darn right I am going to fight back,” she said.Wynne also said she was increasingly frustrated with federal Conservative candidates, including Harper, who call the provincial pension plan a payroll tax.“I find myself astonished listening to some of the voices on the federal campaign trail,” said Wynne. “Only the truly shortsighted could look at a pension contribution and describe it as a tax.”A Conservative spokesman responded by noting that Trudeau plans to hike taxes and run massive deficits to pay for $146 billion in new spending.“Like Premier Wynne, Justin has promised to hike payroll taxes, taxes on families, taxes on personal savings, as well as billions in additional, yet-to-be-named tax hikes,” Stephen Lecce said in an email Monday evening.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter read more

Kids prefer the TV for their viewing but love other devices

(Stock photo) Kids prefer the TV for their viewing, but love other devices NEW YORK, N.Y. – Grace Ellis has never known a time when you needed a TV to watch TV.The North Attleboro, Massachusetts, fifth-grader watches shows like “Liv and Maddie,” ”Jessie” and “The Lodge” on her laptop, iPad and phone.“Sometimes I watch TV in the car,” she says. “I have ballet every day, so I watch on the way.”She has a TV in her bedroom that isn’t hooked up to cable but is perfect for watching DVDs.And the family’s flat-screen has advantages of its own.“It’s much bigger,” Grace explains, “and on the couch, it’s comfier.”Ever since freckle-faced puppet Howdy Doody ushered in children’s television nearly 70 years ago, each new generation of viewers has been treated to a growing bounty of programs on a mushrooming selection of gadgetry.But nothing compares to the current wave: “The generation coming up now is used to having everything at their fingertips,” says Stacey Lynn Schulman, an analyst at the Katz Media Group.Why not? From birth, theirs has been a world of video digitally issuing from every screen. And for them, any of those screens is just another screen, whether or not you call it “TV.”“When they love a (show), they love it in every form and on every platform,” says Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami.This keeps the bosses at each kids’ network scrambling to make sure that wherever children turn their eyes, that network’s programing will be there.Even so, it may be surprising that children nonetheless watch most television on, well, a television. As in: old-fashioned linear, while-it’s-actually-airing telecasts.A new Nielsen study finds that in the fourth quarter of 2016, viewers aged 2-11 averaged about 17 hours of live (not time-shifted) TV each week. Granted, that’s a drop of about 90 minutes weekly from the year before. But by comparison, kids in fourth quarter 2016 spent about 4 1/2 hours weekly watching video content on other devices.“Linear TV is still the lion’s share of where kids’ time is spent,” says Jane Gould, senior vice-president for consumer insights for Disney Channel. “But it’s important for us to be in all the OTHER places where they are, as well.”One reason: Those other outlets can pave the way for a new program’s arrival on linear TV.Gould points to “Andi Mack,” an ambitious young-adult comedy-drama that debuted on Disney Channel on April 7. Weeks before it landed there, the series could be sampled on digital platforms including the Disney Channel app,, Disney Channel YouTube, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.Count Grace Ellis among the legions of kids whose attention was snagged by this mega-buildup. When “Andi Mack” premiered, Grace was one of the 9 million TV viewers who tuned in.When “Sesame Street” premiered on PBS back in 1969, it joined a bare handful of TV shows (chief among them “Captain Kangaroo” and “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”) devoted to uplifting their young audience.Nearly a half-century later, “Sesame Street” is going strong.“PBS is still at its core,” says Sesame Workshop COO Steve Youngwood. So is TV overall, as demonstrated by the series expanding to HBO a year ago. TV currently accounts for 40 per cent of its viewership.But “Sesame Street” has never stopped adapting to an evolving media landscape that today finds 18 per cent of its audience viewing on tablets, 14 per cent on mobile phones and 25 per cent on other streaming devices and computers.That includes YouTube, where its program content has been a presence for some time. Now it’s getting special focus with the launch of Sesame Studios, which Youngwood describes as “a separate production unit specifically for that platform. We want to harness the power of YouTube to educate kids just like we harnessed the power of TV 50 years ago.”A half-century ago “streaming video” was an unimagined wonder. But today’s TV landscape has been upended by this technology, and by major streaming-video outlets like Hulu, Amazon and Netflix as they aggressively vie for kids’ (as well as everybody else’s) attention.Netflix famously doesn’t disclose viewership figures. But according to Andy Yeatman, director of global kids content, “About half of our members around the world watch kids’ content on a regular basis. So it’s a very large, engaged audience.“Between new and returning series last year, we added 35 new seasons of kids’ originals,” he says. Similar expansion is projected this year.In a bygone era with just a handful of TV channels, kids could count on finding shows aimed at them only on Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons.Nickelodeon’s Zarghami pegs 2013-14 as the most recent turning point for kids TV, “when the landscape seriously shifted,” she says, with streaming-video-on-demand providers gaining a real foothold and supplemental devices like tablets and mobile taking off.Today, Nick has six on-demand platforms, “and we went from 500 new episodes in a season to close to 700 this season,” she says.In short, kids are flooded with just-for-them content from every direction. But even that’s not enough.“What they really look for is, to be surprised,” says Disney Channel’s Gould. “That’s the real challenge: How do we surprise and delight them?”Schulman of the Katz Media Group has her own prediction for where the next round of surprises might be waiting.“Virtual reality has been hard to get off the ground, but kids are all about immersive experiences,” she says. When VR is ready for them, “that’s probably going to be the next big thing.”___Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at Past stories are available at by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2017 12:12 am MDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2017 at 5:16 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Criminal probe launched in Texas fertilizer plant blast that killed 14

first_imgAUTHORITIES IN TEXAS have launched a criminal probe in the 17 April explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas that claimed 14 lives.“This disaster has severely impacted the community of West, and we want to ensure that no stone goes unturned and that all the facts related to this incident are uncovered,” said Steven McCraw, director of Texas Department of Public Safety, in a statement.Officials did not say whether they possessed any new information causing them to suspect foul play.The huge blast three weeks ago leveled a large swath of West, with several first responders among the dead.Around 200 people were injured in the blast, which decimated the small town of 2,800 people, located 130 kilometers south of Dallas.Homes near the blast site were flattened, a huge apartment complex was destroyed and a nursing home and several schools were also badly damaged by fire that spread from building to building following the explosion.- AFPRead: Authorities confirm 12 dead in Texas fertiliser plant blast> More: Firefighters seek colleagues’ bodies as search for Texas bodies continues>last_img read more

Test your memory of Irish clashes with Clermont and Saracens through recent

first_imgTest your memory of Irish clashes with Clermont and Saracens through (recent) history They’re two of European rugby’s elite clubs and Ireland’s provinces have had many ding-dong battles with them down the years. Share Uncontested scrums Maybe next year? Schalk Burger 7 Comments Clermont Jerry Flannery Francois Pienaar 6 15,396 Views Denis Hurley Connacht Chris Wyles Share Tweet Email Joel Stransky Tweet Share Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 8:00 PM Leinster Tweet Ronan O’Gara Name the current Top 14 leader who was widely criticised after Clermont’s 29-28 quarter-final defeat to Leinster in 2010. How many tries did Ulster and Clermont score between them when they faced off in Belfast this season? Sitiveni Sivivatu Fine margins, a few injuries and the make-up of the pool didn’t suit you. You’ll take the learnings and be back though, right? Can you name the famous Springbok tackling Peter Stringer in 1998? Munster 4 Dave Kilcoyne Ronan O’Gara 7 Paul O’Connell Tweet Julien Malzieu By how many points did Saracens beat 14-man Ulster in the 2014 quarter-final? Thibaut Privat Brock James You scored out of ! Owen Farrell Apr 20th 2017, 8:00 PM 8 8 Share your result:center_img By Sean Farrell Share your result: Saracens defeated Ulster in the 2013 Heineken Cup quarter-final. Which Irish province did they face in the pool stage that season? Paddy Butler Pat Lam’s first Heineken Cup fixture was a hard-fought 17-23 home defeat to Saracens. Which Sarries back was not on the score-sheet that day? You scored out of ! Tweet Have you tried the Challenge Cup? Share Unrelated to Irish teams, but fill in the blanks of this iconic Brendan Venter rant:”Bit of genius, bit of magic, ____ Very interesting, yah. Three cheers for ___! Very good.” Aurélien Rougerie True European pedigree You’ve been in and around the business end of these quizzes for some time. Good on ya, champ. Share Gonzalo Canale Chris Ashton Francois Steyn Wesley Fofana 2 Lions ‘clutching at straws’ if Ireland’s Chicago win an inspiration, insists Steve HansenMurray emerges as Lions doubt after Gatland reveals neurologist visit 6 Who famously dropped the ball over the line to save Leinster from semi-final defeat to Clermont in 2012? You’ve done almost everything right, but you’re in danger of joining France’s finest in the ‘bridesmaid’ category. Sireli Bobo Nathan Hines Alan Quinlan Who scored Munster’s first try in the 2008 semi-final win over Saracens in Coventry? Share your result: Jacques Burger Answer all the questions to see your result! You scored out of ! Alex Goode 9 You scored out of ! Junior Masterchef Share your result: Ulster This level of competition might be doing you more harm than good. Who scored Munster’s try in the semi-final loss to Clermont in 2013? Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sexual assault trials in the North Anonymity of complainant is now a

first_imgAnd in a small place like Belfast or Newry, or Derry or Strabane, it means the law becomes a farce in terms of protection of the anonymity of the complainant.‘An onslaught of toxic content’After the Belfast trial verdict was announced, Jackson’s solicitor Joe McVeigh made a statement where he argued that the trial process in the North was not “in good health”: Friday 22 Jun 2018, 9:57 PM Worryingly, even at the heart of public service they should have known better there is no reason to believe that this problem will not worsen. To that end we invite the office of the Lord Chief Justice, the Attorney General and the Public Prosecution Service to enter into fresh discussions with us to look at more robust mechanisms that can strike an effective balance between everyone’s rights but that properly secure the integrity of our justice system.The review was tasked with examining: measures to ensure the anonymity of the complainant; the arguments for defendant anonymity; the impact of social media on trials and public attendance at trials, among other issues. 22,947 Views And thirdly we as a society – and that includes judges, legal professionals and juries – need to reassess our whole approach to the trauma of serious sexual offences. And the advent of social media is a vital factor in all three of those aspects.Elaborating on those points, Gillen said that typically it can take two years for a sexual assault case to reach trial, and that over 40% of complainants drop out of the trial process: “that is unlike any other crime, and it’s unacceptable”.He said that one of the reasons why trials such as these were so daunting was because of the social media commentary.“The anonymity of the complainant is now a figment of our imagination. We are looking, for example, at the anonymity of the accused because once again the vituperous comments spreading right throughout social media renders the possibility of a fair trial worrying.”He said that there was also a need for societal change and to “dispel myths” juries might have about serious sexual offenses – what he described as “a vital factor”.Commenting on what problems social media has already caused in the trial process, Gillen said: The complainant is meant to be anonymous, it’s a crucial protection for complainants in trials. That has disappeared in a number of high profile trials where the name if the complainant is bandied about in social media. Short URL Jun 22nd 2018, 9:57 PM But three things I am certain about. The first is that the pathway from complaint to trial is too long, and secondly the trial process itself is unacceptably daunting.center_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha No Comments Paddy Jackson leaves Belfast Crown Court after he was found not guilty of raping a woman at a property in south Belfast in June 2016. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesA RETIRED JUDGE tasked with reviewing Northern Ireland’s handling of sexual assault trials has said that the rules will have to change because of social media.“Until we get to grips with it, then I think it will gather momentum,” Sir John Gillen told  BBC Radio 4′s Law in Action.“The hammer of the law will have to come down on misconduct in terms of social media.”The retired appeal judge was appointed to review the law in Northern Ireland relating to sexual assault cases in the aftermath of the Belfast rape trial.The high-profile case, which ran for nine weeks, resulted in Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding being unanimously acquitted by a jury of raping a woman at Jackson’s Belfast home in June 2016.The trial prompted a discussion about how complainants and defendants in sexual assault cases are treated, and the role and influence of social media during a trial.When asked if he had reached a conclusion, Gillen said that he was only “six weeks into a nine-month inquiry” so it was important to keep “an open mind”. Vile commentary expressed on social media going well beyond fair comment has polluted the sphere of public discourse and raised real concerns about the integrity of the trial process. To that end, we want to thank the learned trial judge Patricia Smyth for her management of this trial in the face of an onslaught of toxic content, particularly on Twitter. Several days of this trial were lost to the problems thrown up by the intrusive infection of the process by social media. All the lawyers have been distracted by having to man the barriers against a flood of misinformed, misconceived and malicious content on the internet, particularly during the last phase of this trial. Sexual assault trials in the North: ‘Anonymity of complainant is now a figment of our imagination’ Sir John Gillen said the report into Northern Ireland’s law would consider the anonymity of defendants. Share11 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Athens plans for revamp

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The final designs for a plan that envisages a radical overhaul and redevelopment of the centre of Athens, by the end of 2016, went on public display this week in the Orpheus arcade linking Panepistimiou and Stadiou streets.Centred on Panepistimiou street, the Re-think Athens project aims at the redevelopment and pedestrianisation of a stretch of the city centre extending from Amalias avenue near Syntagma square, to Patision, up to the place of the National Archaeological Museum. The exhibition, which will run until March 10, marks the completion of the final studies for the Onassis Foundation project and its delivery to the government and citizens of Athens.Comprising 33 designs, the multimedia exhibition hopes not only to raise awareness for the project but also to ‘revive’ the 19 empty stores in the arcade, even if temporarily.The studies presented in the exhibition are divided in thematic sections on accessibility and streetscapes, the details of the architectural design, static design, electromechanical design, architecture of streetscapes, strategy for green spaces, urban equipment, water strategy and water features, remembering old Athens, environmental impact studies and bioclimatic studies.“In this space, the definitive designs are not just exhibited but also invite the audience to participate in a vision for the city,” said Onassis Foundation board chairperson Antonis Papadimitriou.Panagiotis Tournikiotis, a National Technical University of Athens professor responsible for the scientific oversight of the exhibition, said that “these designs are not unilateral but innovative on a European level, specifically in the direction of reconstructing public space, which is transformed from an area for the transit of cars to a destination for residents.”A series of lectures and other events will accompany the exhibition, which is open daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. More information is available at Source: enetenglishlast_img read more

Bridge upgrade planned at wildlife refuges River S unit

first_imgIt’s going to get a little easier getting in and out of the southern section of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge after next year.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working to build a bridge more than twice as long, about twice as wide and about a third taller than the current bridge that crosses Lake River to the River ‘S’ unit of the wildlife refuge.Currently, drivers have to cross BNSF Railway tracks, then drive across a 54-foot single-lane wooden trestle bridge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a new two-lane, four-span girder concrete bridge that will be 115 feet long.Perhaps most significantly, it will go above the train tracks, thus eliminating the at-grade crossing.“It eliminates a huge safety issue with us. At River ‘S’ that’s our only entry point to the auto tour and hunting unit,” said Chris Lapp, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex project leader. “At times the BNSF tracks get blocked between engineer shifts so those trains will stop and sometimes they’re there for hours. … So if you’re on the unit or trying to get to it, you’re stuck because the tracks are blocked. If we had an emergency with a hunter, we wouldn’t be able to get them out quickly.”In addition to improving access to the unit, putting the roadway over the tracks will remove the requirement for trains to blow their whistles when passing through.last_img read more

Oregon unemployment resets record low

first_imgOregon’s labor market is growing faster than economists believed, with the jobless rate hitting another record low in July.The monthly unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, according to data out Tuesday from the Oregon Employment Department. That’s the first time it’s been below 4 percent since at least 1976, when the state began keeping comparable records.There’s an important caveat — Oregon reported similar lows last year but revised the numbers upward at year’s end. That could happen again but it doesn’t change the broader trajectory of Oregon’s labor market, which continues to surprise observers with steady growth.“Oregon’s economy is growing faster than previously thought,” state labor economists wrote Tuesday. “Payroll employment figures covering the spring and early summer show bigger job gains than the numbers released four weeks ago indicated.”Oregon added 45,300 jobs in the prior 12 months, expanding the labor market by 2.4 percent. That’s slower than an annual growth rate of 3.7 percent in 2013, but nearly a full percent faster than economists had believed.Another measure of joblessness, the U-6 or “underemployment” rate, is also near an all-time low at 7.7 percent. It measures people who have part-time jobs but would rather be working full time and others who are marginally attached to the labor force.Construction remains one of Oregon’s fastest-growing segments, joined by retail and health care. Government work was the only major category underperforming expectations, shedding 2,200 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis.last_img read more

ECs dialogues with political parties begin Thursday

first_imgElection Commission logo. File PhotoThe election commission starts its dialogues with 40 registered political parties on Thursday to take their opinions over its preparation for the next parliamentary elections.The commission will first sit in talks with Sangskritik Muktijote at 3:00pm at the conference room of Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital city.Earlier, a 10-member delegation of Muktijote was invited to join the dialogue to be held with chief election commission KM Nurul Huda in the chair.As per the EC’s schedule, the EC was supposed to sit in the first dialogue with Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF) at 11:00am on Thursday, but BNF has asked the EC to reschedule its dialogue saying that it would not be able to join the dialogue in the next one month due to the ongoing flood situation in different parts of the country.BNF president SM Abul Kalam Azad, MP said his party leaders are scheduled to visit the flood-hit areas in Jamalpur on Thursday and they would distribute relief items among flood victims there.“We’ve informed the EC that we cannot join the dialogue halting our relief activities for flood victims. We asked the EC to delay the talks with us at least by one month,” he told UNB.Director (PR) at the EC secretariat SM Asaduzzaman said the commission has yet to take any decision whether the talks with BNF will be rescheduled.“So far, 12 political parties have been invited to join the EC’s dialogue. Separate dialogues with two parties will be held in a day. The first talks will be held at 11:00am, while the second one at 3:00pm everyday,” he told UNB.As per the schedule, the EC will also sit with Bangladesh Muslim League (BML) and Khelafat Majlish on 28 August, Bangladesher Biplobi Workers Party and Jagpa on 30 August, Bangladesh Islami Front and Islami Andolan Bangladesh on 10 September, Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish and Islami Oikya Jote on 12 September, and Bangladesh Kalyan Party and Islamic Front Bangladesh on 14 September.The commission will seek opinions from the political parties over different issues, including electoral law reform and delimitation of constituencies, updating voter list, fixation of polling stations and awarding registration to new political parties.Earlier, the commission held talks with civil society members on 31 July, media representatives on 16 and 17 August as part of taking opinions of its different stakeholders over preparation of the 11th national election likely to be held in late December 2018.The constitutional body will also sit with election observers, women leaders and election experts.last_img read more

Khaleda appears in court without senior lawyers

first_imgKhaleda Zia BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia appeared in the makeshift court set up in the old central jail on Nazimuddin Road in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on Wednesday, but without her senior lawyers.”You don’t get justice here. You can hand me whatever punishment you want. I am ill. I cannot come here so many times. My legs swell up if I sit like this. None of my senior lawyers came today. I would not have come had I known this,” said Khaleda, a former prime minister.The judge, Md Akhtaruzzaman, attended the court at 11:00am while Khaleda was produced before him at 12:15pm.Brought in a wheelchair, the BNP chair was wearing a purple saree, her legs covered with a white shawl.Dhaka Bar Association president Golam Mostafa Khan came to the court on the day. When he saw that none of her senior lawyers were present, the pro-BNP lawyer spoke to Khaleda with the permission of the court.”I have come here as the president of Dhaka Bar Association. The order that the court will sit here in the jail did not reach her lawyers,” he said, urging the court to set a fresh date for the debate that was scheduled for today.Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajal, however, claimed that the order did reach Sanaullah Mia, the most senior lawyer moving for Khaleda.In the end, judge Md Akhtaruzzaman extended the bail and set 12 and 13 September the next dates for the hearing.The ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust case on 3 July 2008 with Ramna Police Station accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, now living in the UK after securing bail, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21. 0 million (2.10 crore) that came as grants for orphans from a foreign bank.last_img read more

New Netflix Horror Series Black Summer Unveils Zombie Chaos

first_img Black Summer, a new zombie apocalypse series, is coming to Netflix and it might be the perfect binge-watch pregame for Stranger Things fans.The streaming giant recently teased a Black Summer trailer on YouTube, and it reveals killer zombie chaos that sends Jaime King, who plays Rose, the show’s leading character, on a quest to survive the flesh-eating mayhem taking over the world. Black Summer will hit Netflix on April 11, which is a couple of months away from the Stranger Things Season 3 premiere.Dark, gritty, and suspenseful, Black Summer takes place in the early days of a major zombie apocalypse, where Rose (King) joins a group of American refugees after being separated from her daughter. King, who’s thrown into the fire when the armed forces take away her child, promises herself that she’ll get her back despite the major undead conflict unraveling at the seams.Will Rose survive the zombie apocalypse and reunite with her daughter? With no plan in sight and an assortment of weapons, she’ll have to flight the flesh-eaters in every nook and cranny on her journey to safety.More on Pulls Real-Life Rail Tragedy Clips From ‘Bird Box’ Netflix ‘Doubling Down’ on Interactive Content Like ‘Bandersnatch’Netflix Claps Back at Steven Spielberg’s Push to Ban It From Oscars Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies last_img read more