Maharashtra farmers awaiting immediate aid, not new government: Shiv Sena

first_imgAmid standoff with ally BJP over formation of the next government in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena on Friday demanded immediate relief for farmers affected by unseasonal rains in parts of the state. In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana, the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said farmers who have suffered crop loss should be provided adequate compensationwithout attaching any conditions.“The farmers in the state are awaiting immediate assistance and not a new government,” the editorial said.It said farmers who were bearing the brunt of dry drought all these years are now facing wet drought as rains have continued despite end of monsoon over a fortnight ago. The Marathi daily said adequate compensation should be given to affected agriculturists without considering any terms and conditions like whether the damage was caused by heavy rains or unseasonal showers. Due to the rains since last month, all expenditure done by cultivators on farming had been wasted, the Sena mouthpiece rued. Taking a dig at senior ally, the BJP, the editorial said, “Instead of standing by farmers, efforts are focussed on garnering support for government formation.“Despite getting a mandate, there is still no new government in place,” it said. The editorial, however, did not name the BJP, which has rejected the Sena’s demand to split the Chief Minister’s post for 2.5 years each. There is a caretaker government in place which is busy shoring up its numbers to stake claim to form the next dispensation, the paper said. The editorial said a Shiv Sena delegation met the governor on Thursday demanding assistance for farmers whose crops have been damaged by unseasonal showers. Shiv Sena leader and Worli MLA Aaditya Thackeray was part of the delegation that met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. “More than politics of power, the Shiv Sena believes in saving farmers,” the paper added. The Sena and the BJP are locked in a bitter tussle over sharing of power in the next government. The Sena is demanding the post of Chief Minister for 2.5 years and 50:50 division of portfolios. Both these demands have been rejected by the BJP which has insisted that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will continue to hold the post for the next five years.last_img read more

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Where Does OSU Rank in College Football Wins in Last 10 Years?

first_img4Northern Illinois56 21Auburn86 1Boise State112 13Texas94 2Alabama57 9Wisconsin97 17Nebraska46 8Texas Christian99 18Texas Christian46 25Oklahoma State83 14Georgia93 23Notre Dame45 20Kansas State45 We all know Mike Gundy’s squad has been pretty immense in the decade (!) he’s been the head ball coach in Stillwater. I wanted to see just how it stacked up against other teams nationally in that timespan.First, the 10 years from 2005-2014.Total wins (2005-14) 25Southern California44 12South Carolina48 21Louisville45 11Wisconsin49 24Michigan State83 7Stanford54 17Penn State89 16Brigham Young89 22Cincinnati86 5Louisiana State102 8Michigan State52 20West Virginia87 13Central Florida47 16Clemson46 14Oklahoma State47 19Nebraska87 22Missouri45 15Missouri90 18Clemson87 11Virginia Tech95 2Ohio State109 9Louisiana State51 6Boise State54 6Oklahoma101 Not bad. Better than South Carolina, Notre Dame, Michigan and Kansas State. How about more recently?Total wins (2010-14) 24Auburn44 12Florida94 15Baylor46 7Southern California99 3Alabama106 10Oklahoma51 19Georgia45 23Northern Illinois85 5Ohio State55 3Florida State57 10Florida State95 4Oregon105 1Oregon59 The 11th-best power five school and 14th overall. The golden age of Oklahoma State football and we’re smack in the middle of it. As Gundy told ESPN earlier this year, that can be a difficult thing to maintain.“There was a time I felt underappreciated,” Gundy said. “When you start to feel sorry for yourself, you think back and think, ‘Really? I’ve done this, I’ve done that, we’ve done this.’ Then you realize it doesn’t matter anyway. The reason that happens is because of what we build up. There’s going to be a time when people are pressing and demand a lot from us.“We have created this monster. Now we have to feed it.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Report: Maribor 1 Sevilla 1

first_imgMaribor 1 Sevilla 1: Handanovic howler gifts Spaniards a point Ryan Benson 05:37 12/7/17 Sevilla-cropped Getty Images A Jasmin Handanovic error allowed Sevilla to leave Maribor with a 1-1 draw, as the Spaniards reached the Champions League last 16. Sevilla will join Group E winners Liverpool in progressing to the Champions League knockout phase despite an underwhelming 1-1 draw at Maribor, in which substitute Ganso spared the visitors’ blushes.The Spanish side knew that a draw would be enough to guarantee their passage ahead of Spartak Moscow, who were duly hammered 7-0 by Liverpool, but they produced a largely toothless display that will not strike much fear into the other teams who have progressed.Possession was not a problem as Sevilla dominated the ball for most of the match, but they looked devoid of ideas in the final third and rarely threatened to cancel out Marcos Tavares’ well-taken 10th-minute opener. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Although they made a slight improvement after the break, clear chances remained at a premium for Sevilla, predominantly down to Maribor’s excellent rearguard action.Maribor were ultimately let down by a goalkeeping howler from Jasmin Handanovic, however, with second-half substitute Ganso taking full advantage.75′ | GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL! @phganso puts us level from 20 yards!@nkmaribor 1-1 #SevillaFC #vamosmisevilla #UCL pic.twitter.com/bCwzFwJfkZ— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) December 6, 2017The hosts had to withstand significant pressure towards the end, but Sevilla failed to find another way through and were made to settle for a draw, meaning they head through to the last 16 with nine points.Sevilla immediately took charge of possession in Slovenia, but the hosts made more effective use of their time on the ball and went ahead in the 10th minute.Martin Milec did brilliantly on the right flank, getting into the penalty area and crossing to the back post, where Tavares was waiting to nod in past the helpless Sergio Rico.The visitors continued to dominate the ball, though they failed to find a way through Maribor’s packed defence, with Ever Banega’s long-range effort – which Handanovic saved with ease – showing their frustration in the 27th minute.Maribor went close to scoring a second as Damjan Bohar forced Rico into action from the left side of the area with Sevilla caught short of numbers at the back.And another chance fell to Tavares just before the break, but on this occasion he flashed a first-time effort just wide of the top-left corner after meeting Gregor Bajde’s pass 12 yards out.Sevilla played with a renewed sense of urgency upon the restart and almost levelled within three minutes – Handanovic parrying a Banega effort straight to Pablo Sarabia, before making amends by pushing the Spaniard’s rebound around the post.Attacks came thick and fast from the away side, but still they had trouble crafting clear chances, with Sergio Escudero’s long-range effort just before the hour mark the next effort to trouble Handanovic.Ernesto Marucci – in the dugout for Sevilla as Eduardo Berizzo continues his cancer recovery – opted to bring on Brazilian playmaker Ganso shortly after the hour and he ultimately made a telling difference 15 minutes from time.After good work from Joaquin Correa, the ball dropped kindly to Ganso 25 yards from goal and his controlled effort inexplicably found its way under Handanovic and into the net.last_img read more

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Emiliano Sala: body recovered from plane is missing footballer

first_imgTopics Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Emiliano Sala Sala had recently been signed by the Premier League club from the French Ligue 1 side Nantes. He was returning to south Wales from the French city, which he had visited to say goodbye to old friends and teammates, when the crash occurred.Dorset police said the coroner would continue to investigate the circumstances of Sala’s death, supported by its officers. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch also said it had decided not to continue efforts to raise the plane, which it had surveyed using a remotely operated vehicle.“Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship,” the AAIB said.“The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close.”Arsenal’s Mesut Özil was among the footballers to post messages about Sala on social media, writing: “No words to describe how sad this is. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and also to the family of the pilot.”Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy tweeted an image of Sala, while the Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé wrote: “RIP Emi”.Oumar Niasse, who is on loan to Cardiff City from Everton, tweeted: “RIP EmilianoSala1 for ever in our thoughts”.Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, who had joined calls for the search for the plane to be resumed after it was called off, offered his condolences to Sala’s family, saying: “We are with you.”The AAIB said the operation to recover Sala’s body was “carried out in as dignified a way as possible” in challenging conditions.While it could not raise the plane, the body said “extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation”. Investigators said they would produce an interim report on the crash by 21 February. Share on Messenger Read more news The body recovered from a plane that crashed in the Channel has been formally identified as that of the Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala, police have said.The aircraft, which was also carrying the pilot David Ibbotson, crashed on 21 January, en route from Nantes to Cardiff.“The body brought to Portland port has been formally identified by HM coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala,” Dorset police said.“The families of Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially trained family liaison officers.”Cardiff City said: “We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano. He and David will for ever remain in our thoughts.”Fellow footballers reacted to the confirmation of his death. Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero, who is also Argentinian, tweeted: “Rest in peace, Emiliano. My condolences to his friends and family.”The wreckage of the Piper Malibu N264DB that was carrying the two men was found in the sea off the Channel Islands on Sunday, and investigators said shortly afterwards they had seen a body inside.Efforts then began to recover and identify the body, though they were made more difficult by poor weather conditions. On Thursday, after the body was brought to Portland in Dorset by the Geo Ocean III boat, police confirmed it was that of the footballer. Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Wales Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Cardiff Citylast_img read more

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Celebrate the French Revolution with these 4 Bastille Day Drinks

first_img 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Today is Bastille Day (known as La fête nationale or Le quatorze juillet in France) and it is a celebration that commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which occurred on July 14, 1789, and marked the start of the French Revolution. Across France today, there are parades and celebrations of all sorts, but just because you’re not on the streets of Paris watching fireworks over the Eiffel Tower, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate, too. We’ve put together a few French and France-inspired cocktails to get you in the mood. So mix these up and get ready to shout a hearty Vive la France with these Bastille Day Drinks!Lady Antoinette(Created at Le Coq Rico, New York, pictured)5 oz Grey Goose Vodka.5 oz Remy Martin 1738 Cognac.5 oz Raspberry Syrup.25 oz Baileys Irish Cream.25 oz Lemon Juice1 Bar Spoon chocolateCrushed assorted Chocolate and Red Almond rimRaspberry garnishMethod: Rim the glass with crushed chocolate and red almonds and pour raspberry syrup on bottom of glass. Mix other ingredients and pour into glass, garnish with raspberry.Related: The Manual’s Ultimate Guide to Day DrinkingFrench 751.5 oz gin.75 oz fresh lemon juice.5 oz simple syrup2 oz brut Champagne, chilledlemon twist for garnishMethod: Shake gin, lemon juice and simple syrup together with ice for twenty seconds. Strain into chilled Champagne flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with lemon twist.The French Blonde.5 oz. St-Germain1 oz. dry gin2 oz. Lillet Blanc2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice2-3 dashes lemon bittersMethod: Shake really well with ice for around thirty seconds. Strain into a martini glass.The Sidecar2 oz cognac or Armagnac.75 oz Cointreau.75 oz lemon juiceLemon twistfor garnish Method: Shake well with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.Related: Sultry Summer Cocktails Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and all those impacted by the events this week in Nice.  Editors’ Recommendations 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make center_img 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Masterlast_img read more

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Route 134 camp cleared burnedout cruisers moved if RCMP grounds surveillance flights

first_imgUPDATE: Elsipogtog Chief Aaron Sock moved burnt-out trucks Sunday night with two friends, a shovel and a local tow-truck company. War Chief John Levi says still wants RCMP to ground surveillance flights to move camp to Hwy 116 site. Mi’kmaq Warrior Society spokeswoman Suzanne Patles says group needs mandate to continue participating if camp moves.By Jorge Barrera APTN National News ELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION–The remaining encampment along Route 134 that was the scene of a heavily-armed raid Thursday will be dismantled if the RCMP grounds its surveillance aircraft, said Elsipogtog’s War Chief John Levi.Levi said stopping the surveillance flights would be an act of good faith and allow people in the community to heal.Levi said he spoke with RCMP officers Sunday who also wanted free passage to remove the burned-out shells of their vehicles torched during Thursday’s raid.“I told them, get rid of that plane. We are trying to heal and you are still there poking us with a stick,” said Levi. “They are not willing to call off the plane and I told them I am not backing them up on cleaning up their mess. It works both ways, when you negotiate something, you get something.”He said he came away frustrated from the meeting, but hoped to convince the police to do the right thing Monday.“Let our people heal, don’t agitate any more, it is so simple,” said Levi. “Yet they can’t even do that.”New Brunswick RCMP could not be reached for comment.Levi is the war chief specifically for Elsipogtog and is not connected to the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society which was in charge of security at the encampment at the time of the RCMP raid by camouflaged tactical units.Levi was a prominent spokesperson for Elsipogtog’s anti-fracking movement throughout this past summer.Levi said there are plans to move the encampment and light a sacred fire in an open area used during the summer. The area, which was once the nerve centre of the region’s anti-fracking movement, sits just off Hwy 116 which runs through Elsipogtog First Nation’s territory.“We are planning on going to the 116 where the sacred fire was before and do our healing there and get ready for the next round,” said Levi.Levi said there is no longer any point to the Route 134 encampment after the raid freed the exploration trucks it was blocking.“There is no sense to being on the side of the road, it’s only a danger for our people,” said Levi.Many of the Warrior Society’s core members were among the 40 arrested during the raid. At least two involved in its leadership are still in custody. The RCMP also seized three hunting rifles, ammunition, knives and crude improvised explosive devices.The encampment is less than a kilometre away from a high school.“For the safety of the students there, we don’t want anything to escalate here anymore,” said Levi.Levi said he’s never advocated the use of weapons or violence.“I told my supporters, let’s kill them with kindness. The only weapons we carry are drums, sweetgrass and sage,” said Levi.A community meeting was held in Elsipogtog Sunday afternoon to discuss the trauma experienced by community members as a result of the raid.Levi said the community hall would remain open 24-7 throughout the week for people who need counselling as a result of the events.“We have to help our people heal,” said Levi, in an interview with APTN National News by the burned out police cruisers as the RCMP’s surveillance plane circled overhead.Elsipogtog Chief Aaron Sock also asked the community to allow RCMP members to return to the detachment on the reserve, said Willi Nolan, from Elsipogtog.“There is great disappointment, there is mistrust of (the RCMP by) the people,” said Nolan.Nolan said Thursday’s raid, which triggered widespread chaos and clashes between police and demonstrators, left many people shaken.“The community suffered terrible trauma. We saw our elders, youth and women being injured, being hurt by the police because a corporation wants to poison everything,” she said. “They saw what the law does.”But there was another sentiment just beneath the pain, said Nolan.“It was also celebratory. One elder said, ‘we are winning,’” she said. “Even though it doesn’t feel like it now, it feels like we are all traumatized, but he said we are winning and I want to believe him.”The encampment along Route 134 continued to hum with life late Sunday evening as volunteers split and piled fire wood while others sat around fires chatting and smoking cigarettes. In one area, a group of warriors were called into a circle and told that their job was not to instigate, but to keep the peace.There was an air that this could all continue indefinitely, even as they opened the road back to two lanes of traffic. The day before, over 100 Mi’kmaqs and their supporters marched from the site and for about an hour blocked Hwy 11, which passes over Route 134.Some people, who did not want to be named, criticized the meeting held earlier in the day. One long-time supporter said he thought the meeting was going to map out the next steps in the protest and came away disappointed. He said he planned to dig in for the long haul.Assembly of Manitoba Grand Chief Derek Nepinak visited the site late Saturday night and attended the meeting Sunday after participating in a ceremony on the community’s Sundance grounds with Sock. The two exchanged gifts and smoked a peace pipe.Nepinak said he suspected there was collusion between the RCMP and Houston-based SWN Resources Canada, which had its vehicles trapped by the encampment. SWN is conducting shale gas exploration in the region. Shale gas is extracted through fracking, a controversial method many believe poses a threat to the environment.“How is it that during this process that the company was able to come in untouched and remove their equipment?” said Nepinak. “There was obviously a degree of collusion.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Morocco Government Reaches Deal with Medical Students After 6 Months of

Rabat – The National Commission for Medical Students announced on Wednesday, August 28,  that it has reached an agreement with the government after six months of protests.Since March, medical students have been carrying out protests and strikes against poor medical training conditions, and the government’s decision to privatize medical education and services.On August 28, the commission announced the signing of an agreement with the government that would end the six-month strikes and boycott. The commission said that it signed the agreement with representatives of the ministries of Education and Health.Under the agreement, it “was decided unanimously”  to lift the boycott decision issued by the commission in a statement earlier this month.Earlier this month, the Ministry of Education issued a statement to announce that medical, dentistry and pharmaceutical retake exams will take place from September  4-30.The ministry also urged students to attend retake exams as they boycotted the first exam session.Read Also: Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor Supports Medical Students ProtestsThe national commission, however, said that a march will take place on September 1 as part of the continuous ”struggle” to urge the government to meet their demands.The students are now expected to sit for the retake exams and to cancel the September 1 march after the signing of the agreement.The commission also announced its decision to hold a press conference to give a public statement on the agreement. The commission concluded its press release, by praising the efforts of all medical students and activists who defended the right to public education in the health sector. read more

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UN expert warns that racism is increasingly manifest as violence

7 November 2007Racism is increasingly being expressed through violence, and is also being institutionalized by xenophobic political parties in what amounts to a grave threat to human rights, an independent United Nations expert told a General Assembly committee meeting in New York today. Doudou Diene, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, said a “resurgence of racist and xenophobic violence, in particular its most serious expression a shift from words to action” – can be seen in the growing number of acts of physical violence and murders targeting members of ethnic, cultural or religious communities. He also spoke of the “political normalization and democratic legitimization of racism and xenophobia,” resulting from the ability of political parties advocating racist and xenophobic platforms to apply these platforms through government alliances. This tendency, he said, “represents the gravest threat to democracy and human rights.” Mr. Diene was presenting to the Assembly’s Social, Humanitarian and Cultural (Third) Committee his latest report, which warns of a decline in the political and ethical determination to combat racism and discrimination, calling this “an alarming feature of a new ideological landscape characterized by discrimination that is more complex in nature owing to the conflation of race, culture and religion.” He says a new discourse of legitimization of racism, xenophobia and intolerance is developing. “It is seen not merely in individual actions, but is becoming a social and collective practice by virtue of its use as a political, intellectual and media tool.” The new trend is rooted in the “old ideology of the hierarchy of cultures, races and civilizations, on which all subjugation of peoples and legitimization of racist culture and mentalities have historically been founded, creating fertile ground for all old and new forms of racism and xenophobia, from anti-Semitism to Islamophobia, and serving to justify incitement to racial or religious hatred.” The report recommends that the Assembly draw attention to the “alarming signs of a retreat in the struggle against racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia as a result of two serious developments: the growing acceptance of racism and xenophobia through the impact of racist and xenophobic platforms on the political programmes of democratic parties and the rise in racist political violence.” It also calls for attention to the “serious nature of the defamation of religions” and for the strengthening the role of the UN in interreligious, intercultural and intrareligious dialogues.” The Special Rapporteur also recommends that the Assembly underscore “the urgency and necessity of approaching immigration and asylum issues, which are major sources of the current resurgence of racism and xenophobia, with a view to respecting and protecting immigrants’ and asylum-seekers’ human rights, as guaranteed by the relevant international instruments, and not solely on the basis of such considerations as security and defence of national identity.” read more

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Former Rwandan official pleads guilty to war crimes at UN tribunal

Michael Bagaragaza, who headed the office controlling the Rwandan tea industry during the genocide, entered a guilty plea to complicity in genocide.He was initially charged by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) with ordering his subordinates and instigating others to kill hundreds of Tutsi civilians near a tea factory. Mr. Bagaragaza helped establish, fund, train and arm the Hutu-dominated rebel Interahamwe militia to carry out attacks on Tutsi civilians and to have been the honorary president of a local Interahamwe unit. He also ordered tea factory employees to provide the Interahamwe with vehicle fuel, arms and ammunition from a stockpile at the factory and ordered them to help kill hundreds of Tutsis, the Tribunal said.During a period of less than 100 days starting in early April 1994, an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates were killed, mainly by machete.Today’s plea comes on the heels of two attempts by prosecutors to transfer Mr. Bagaragaza’s case to Norway and the Netherlands, but in both instances it was ruled that neither country has jurisdiction to try the case.In July, Tharcisse Renzaho, a former governor of the Rwandan capital, Kigali, was sentenced to life in prison after the ICTR convicted him of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.The Tribunal he ordered the establishment of roadblocks and then supported the killings of Tutsis at those roadblocks. He also supervised a selection process at a refugee site where about 40 Tutsis were abducted and killed. 17 September 2009A former top Rwandan official today pleaded guilty to war crimes at the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the mass killings that engulfed the small African nation in 1994. read more

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Progress in Sierra Leone peace process enables more human rights work UN

Sierra Leone’s remarkable progress in implementing the peace process has opened up human rights work in the country to address past abuses and violations, advocacy, capacity building, education and institution building, according to a new report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The main challenges remain addressing past abuses and redressing present-day violations while developing national capacity to promote and protect human rights, the report to the UN General Assembly on the human rights situation in Sierra Leone says. It stresses that this effort would entail a sizeable investment, sustained follow-up of efforts and a full appreciation of existing gaps. “The institutional, material and moral destruction resulting from the conflict is prodigious and requires a multifaceted approach,” the report says, adding that the High Commissioner’s Office in collaboration with the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), will continue to play its role in responding to the country’s human rights needs. “One way of doing this is by deepening working relationships with local State and non-State actors, especially stakeholders within civil society, in order to persuade representatives at the senior level that the consolidation and institutionalization of the human rights agenda is needed.” The report suggests that the Office of the High Commissioner should continue to support the UNAMSIL Human Rights section to consolidate its important role as a catalyst and facilitator of the human rights cause in Sierra Leone. “Its support to the bodies vested with the functions of dealing with past abuses – the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Special Court – should continue to be prioritized, taking into consideration the independence of those institutions,” it says. Meanwhile, there should also be continued emphasis on developing modules for the training of the judiciary and law enforcement agencies on human rights in the administration of justice, with special emphasis on the due process of law and the handling of juvenile offenders, as well as the respect of human rights of women, internally displaced persons and other vulnerable groups. read more

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Equatorial Guineas Foreign Minister urges unity among UN Member States to face

Terrorism continues killing innocent victims in all regions of the world, which is a real threat to the well-being and development of humankind, he said. In addition, he stressed that political instabilities threaten the lives of millions of human beings in many countries, while others suffer as a result of economic crises, malnutrition and poverty. “In such a complicated world that we live in today, the role of the United Nations is even more essential than ever,” the Foreign Minister said, calling for unity in having a true democratic atmosphere prevail at the Organization to protect the planet, help one another mutually, and work towards universal values. “In this way, we can strengthen our United Nations and assure a better future for coming generations,” he added. Turning to progress made in his country, he said that as part of its goal of becoming an emerging country in 2020, the Government of Equatorial Guinea has fully integrated sustainable development objectives in its development programme, entitled “Horizon Programme 2020.” Under this programme, the Government is prioritizing economic and social transformation, through development and inclusive and sustainable growth, related to modern infrastructure, improved quality of life for citizens, economic diversification, and good governance, he said. He also congratulated the Government of the United States for re-establishing a dialogue with Cuba. read more

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Repairs on quakehit Kephalonia progressing well

first_imgState-backed efforts to repair damage wreaked on the Ionian island of Kephalonia by two earthquakes earlier this year are progressing at a satisfactory pace, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis told a parliamentary committee this week.State engineers have inspected more than 3,000 buildings on the island, deeming around 1,500 to be habitable and another 1,500 requiring repair, with 200 slated for demolition, the minister said.Subsidies worth 400,000 euros have been disbursed to around 600 families whose homes suffered damage while another 370 appeals are pending, he added.Meanwhile, with the tourist season at its peak, applications by local hoteliers for state aid to carry out repairs are being processed as quickly as possible, the minister indicated. Of the 17 appeals, nine have been approved while the rest are pending, he said, noting that the total cost of repairs to damaged hotels is estimated at 1.1 million euros.Progress is being made with repairing school buildings too, as well as damaged roads and other infrastructure, particularly the port of Lixouri, which was hit hard by the quakes.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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What OXI Day meant to Australia in 1940

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Today will see Hellenes across Australia and throughout the Hellenic diaspora take part in the annual commemoration of OXI Day, marking the day the then leader of Greece, Premier and former General Metaxas rejected the Italian dictator Mussolini’s ultimatum in the early hours of 28 October 1940.The ultimatum had been issued by the Italian ambassador to Greece, Emmanuele Grazzi, around 3.00 am demanding Greece allow Axis forces to enter Greek territory and occupy unspecified “strategic locations” or face war. The actual response of the Greek leader is reported to have been “then it is war”. But for the Greek people at the time who filled the streets, and have continued to do so ever since, the answer was simply no. The news hit Australia the next day. On 29 October Melbourne’s The Argus newspaper reported Metaxas’ proclamation to the people of Greece: “I have informed Italy that I consider her demands and the manner in which they have been made a declaration of war against Greece. The time has come for all Greeks to fight to the death for all they hold dear.”The Greek resistance to the Italian ultimatum and the resulting war were met with declarations of support from Britain and her allies, including Australia. The Argus reported on 31 October the British Prime Minister’s immediate declaration of support for Greek resistance. They went on to report Metaxas’ moving reply: “Your words have resounded throughout Greece. We are going to march to final triumph with the serenity and resolution that led us to oppose our perfidious adversary’s aggression. With all confidence in our great and heroic ally we are going to base a common certain victory on the eternal principles of morality, justice and liberty established 3,000 years ago on the sacred soil that we [are] defending.”British air and naval support was rushed to assist the Greek war effort. The Royal Air Force was soon operating out of hastily built airfields far up in northern Greece providing valuable ground support for the Greek troops engaging the enemy on the ground. Royal Navy warships interdicted Italian naval support for its troops along the Greek coastline. British troops landed in Crete, the first contingent of what would grow into the Allied contribution to the defence of Greece and Crete against the coming German invasion. Then in March 1941 Australian troops – shown in an iconic photograph by Australian war photographer Damien Parer – would be welcomed by Greek Evzones at the Acropolis above Athens.In Australia, support for Greece filled the newspapers. Reports of the success of Greek forces on the Albanian front are reported with exhilaration. On 31 October, The Argus reported on the mood in Athens: “The appearance of Athens yesterday strongly reflected the determination of the Government and the army to resist the invader. Troops in full kit marched off to the front with mountain guns drawn by mules among their equipment. Tin-hatted air raid wardens were doing their duty in the streets, and shop windows had been criss-crossed with tape and cellars had been converted into shelters.”Australian newspaper reports from the days following the outbreak of war reported the mobilisation of Australia’s Greek community in defence of Greece. The Sydney community was reported to have gathered on 28 October at the Athenian Club, “the meeting place of the Greek community”, where young members of the club shouted “Zito o polemos” (Hurrah for the war) and toasts were drunk to Metaxas and Britain. Two days later prayers for the Allied cause were offered at both Greek Orthodox Churches then established in New South Wales. The local Greek Consul Mr Vrisalis pledged the support of the community for the Greek and Allied war effort.Meanwhile in Melbourne similar mobilisations and declarations were taking place. The Age reported that on October 29 Victorian members of the Greek ex-Servicemen’s Legion of Australia along with members of the Melbourne Greek community held a meeting at the Greek Consulate where they pledged their support for Greece and declared that “if necessary, Greeks were prepared to return to their native land and fight”. The Argus also reported on the same day that the president of the Melbourne Greek Community Mr Raftopoulos had expressed his confidence that the Greek people would do their best against the enemy, while the Greek Consul in Melbourne, Mr Lucas, stated that while Greece was a peace-loving nation it would fight through to the end now that war had been forced on it by Italy’s aggression. The consulate expressed its confidence that Italy would come to regret its aggression as Great Britain and her Allies would now bring their forces to bear on Italy in Greece’s defence. Mr Lucas sent a telegram to the Greek Premier stating: “… Greeks in Victoria with deep emotion watching developments in homeland. Taking immediate steps to assist financially in struggle. God bless our soldiers.”Two days later Melbourne’s newspapers carried the announcement that Melbourne’s Greek community would hold a meeting on Sunday 10 November to discuss their plans “for providing financial assistance for the motherland in the war against Italy”. These were the first steps in what would be a major fundraising effort involving the wider Australian population. These funds would be known as the Greek War Victims Funds, endorsed by the Australian Government and hundreds of mayors. Fundraising days would become known as Greek Day, and in one famous act of support the Greek community, then resident in the suburb of Prahran, presented the mayor of the city with a Greek flag to fly on Greek Day.Although the Greek victory in Albania would be followed by the devastating German invasion of Greece in April and subsequently four long years of occupation, the significance of the Greek Army’s defeat of the Italian invasion should not be underestimated. In October 1940, Greece was the sole ally on the continent of Europe, of Britain and the Empire (as it was then known), including Australia. Greece’s victory over Italy was the first major victory against the Axis powers of the Second World War. All Australians, whether Hellenes or not, have good reason to remember the day Greece said “no”. OXI Day commemorations will be held across Australia this weekend. In Melbourne on Saturday 28 October a church service will be held at St Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church at 9.30 am, followed by wreath-laying ceremonies at the Australian Hellenic Memorial at noon and at the Shrine of Remembrance at 1.00 pm. It will be followed by a light lunch at the RSL’s Memorial Hall.* Jim Claven is a trained historian and freelance writer who has researched the Hellenic link to Australia’s Anzac tradition for many years.last_img read more

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La Chine aurait arrêté plus de 460 hackers cette année

first_imgLa Chine aurait arrêté plus de 460 hackers cette annéeDepuis le début de l’année, la Chine aurait arrêté plus de 460 hackers, selon le ministère de la Sécurité publique de l’Empire du milieu. Cependant le nombre d’actions de sabotage reste élevé dans le pays. L’Empire du milieu a fait cette annonce lundi soir : 460 hackers arrêtés cette année sur son territoire. Une annonce qui intervient au lendemain de la divulgation par le site WikiLeaks de milliers de télégrammes diplomatiques américains confidentiels, dont l’un confirme que la Chine s’est introduite dans les ordinateurs de Google et autres firmes américaines.Cependant, les actions de sabotage informatique sont de plus en plus nombreuses. La Chine a même ajouté avoir résolu 180 cas de cyberattaques de janvier à la fin novembre.”La situation concernant la répression des cyberattaques reste peu encourageante et le nombre d’attaques et de sabotages informatique en Chine est toujours élevé”, a déclaré un responsable du ministère dans un communiqué.Des pirates chinois avaient lancé une cyberattaque “très sophistiquée” en décembre dernier contre Google. Le géant américain avait alors menacé de quitter la Chine au début de l’année. Le 1 décembre 2010 à 09:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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SPOILERS WWE Smackdown tapings for November 28

first_img Videos Articles Videos Articles 8/2 WWE Live Results: Fort Wayne, Indiana (Rollins vs. Corbin, Strowman vs. Cesaro) Twitter Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena Videos Articles Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Two segments set for Smackdown next week in Evansville, Interviews following Smackdown Live Facebook Now Playing Up Next Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Brie Bella Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down WWE Smackdown Results – 3/13/18 (Shane McMahon WrestleMania announcement) John Cena Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Says Bella Twins Are A ‘Bunch of Untrustworthy B–s’ Now Playing Up Next Google+ The following was taped on Tuesday from Fort Wayne.Dark Match #1: Naomi def. CameronDark Match #2: Sami Zayn def. Justin GabrielWWE Smackdown taping results for November 28, 2014:* MizTV segment. Daniel Bryan comes out and says he is the guest GM for the night. Announced Ryback vs. Seth Rollins, Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Title and Rusev defending the United States Title in a 20-Man Battle Royal.1. WWE United States Champion Rusev won a 20-Man Battle Royal to retain the title. Participants were Rusev, The Miz, Damien Mizdow, The Big Show, Erick Rowan, Jack Swagger, Titus O’Neil, Jack Swagger, Heath Slater, Stardust, Justin Gabriel, Sin Cara, Adam Rose, Tyson Kidd, The Usos, Los Matadores & Cesaro. * Backstage segment with Kane and Santino Marella. * Promo from Bray Wyatt played on the Titantron.2. WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella w/Brie Bella def. Emma* Afterwards, Nikki cut a promo on AJ Lee. AJ then came out and nailed Brie. 3. Ryback def. Seth Rollins by DQ when Kane interfered. * Afterwards, Kane attacked Ryback with a chair. 4. The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) def. Slater Gator & Curtis Axel* Backstage segment with Daniel Bryan. Made Kane vs. Ryback in a Chairs Match for the 12/14 TLC PPV. When asked if he would be back soon, Bryan did the “Yes!” chant.5. Dolph Ziggler def. WWE Intercontinental Champion Luke Harper by countout, Harper retains the title.* Afterwards, Harper went to hit Ziggler with the title belt, but Ziggler ducked and laid out Harper with the Zig-Zag to close the show. Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClip’Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John CenaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Milan name price for Bonucci

first_imgAC Milan have reportedly told potential suitors that Leonardo Bonucci would cost them around £31m, according to talkSPORT.The cash-strapped San Siro club are to open to selling the Italian international defender in order to balance their books.Bonucci, who joined from rivals Juventus after falling out of favour in Turin is reportedly gathering interest from English side Manchester United and French champions, Paris Saint Germaine.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Milan have already been banned from this season’s upcoming UEFA Europa League after they were found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.Portuguese striker Andre Silva has been drawing the attention of newly promoted English premier league side Wolverhampton Wanderers, and a move to the Molineux looks set to be on the cards should they match Milan’s valuation of the player.Silva joined from Portuguese side FC Porto last summer for a fee of around 40 million euros and struggle to make a huge impact. Milan would hope selling both Bonucci and Andre Silva should be enough to see them balance their books.last_img read more

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Better Shades of Grey aims to shine flattering light on WSUV

first_imgWhen Google searching “50 Shades of Grey” and “WSU Vancouver,” the last thing you expect to read about is an art gallery. The best-selling “Grey” series of bawdy novels features a fictional student at the very real branch campus of Washington State University.But Avantika Bawa, a professor of fine arts at WSU Vancouver, is doing her best to ensure an art gallery is what Google will turn up. The gallery show is titled “Better Shades of Grey,” to redefine what people notice when looking into WSU Vancouver, and to bring more attention to the campus’s fine arts minor.o What: “Better Shades of Grey” student art showo When: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday now through Dec. 5o Where: Science and Engineering Building Gallery, WSU Vancouver, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.o Cost: Free admission. Paid parking at meters or for $3 in the Blue Daily Pay Lot.“It’s unfortunate that’s how people first hear about the school, as opposed to the art and research and students here,” said Bawa.Bawa, who has been teaching at the school for three years, chose the title based on a suggestion from a student and a vote from her class. “It’s all about marketing, and making the most of what you have,” she said. “We are using it to present ourselves, not some fiction writer.”The “Better Shades of Grey” gallery aims to reclaim WSU Vancouver’s identity.The gallery, on the first and second floors of the Science and Engineering building at the campus, features work ranging from simple paint on canvas to tree branches and bones, all in gray scale.last_img read more

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Police discover car filled with drugs cash during traffic stop

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Hollywood police discovered a car filled with drugs and cash during a traffic stop, Thursday.Police arrested two people after they found cocaine, marijuana, mushrooms, prescription pills and cash in the car, according to the arrest report.The traffic stop happened near the 500 Block of North 14th Avenue.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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SUV slams into North Miami preschool 2 hurt

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – The owner of a preschool in North Miami is relieved that no children were inside the building when the driver of an SUV lost control and came crashing into it, sending two people to the hospital.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to Skipper Chuck’s Child Care Center, located at the intersection of Northwest 119th Street and 11th Avenue, Saturday morning.7News cameras captured a red Dodge Durango completely inside the building.The preschool’s owner, Lorraine Smith-Pee, was surprised by the SUV driver’s smashing entrance, but she was also grateful no students were inside.“Very lucky and blessed,” she said.But the driver left behind debris to clean up and damages to be repaired.“An SUV ran into the building destroyed and just destroyed my whole classroom,” said Smith-Pee. The day care’s owner, a teacher of 33 years, said she never thought something like this could happen to her facility.“I see things like that on TV, as far as the news and stuff, cars going into buildings and everything, but not my classroom,” she said, “I was deeply destroyed.”Authorities have declared the building unsafe, but Smith-Pee is just happy it was not full of 3- and 4-year-olds when the crash took place.“I feel very lucky. It’s not a tragedy. Everything can be rebuilt, and kids’ lives cannot be replaced,” she said, “so I thank God for that.”Smith-Pee said the children who normally attend the North Miami location of the day care will go to one of the other two locations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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