EC writes to President over Rajasthan governor’s comments supporting return of Modi as PM

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission is learnt to have written to President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday pointing to the violation of model code of conduct by Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh by making political comments. The poll panel had on Monday concluded that Singh’s remarks supporting the return of Narendra Modi as prime minister are violative of the model code and is learnt to have written to President Kovind flagging the issue. Sources in the know said, since Singh holds a constitutional post, the Election Commission wrote to President. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Reasons why the Election Commission felt that his remarks were against the spirit of the poll code have been given, they said. Election Commission had examined the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s remarks in the light of model code violation as holding a constitutional post makes him ‘apolitical’. Addressing BJP workers at his Aligarh residence on March 23, Singh reportedly said, “All of us are BJP workers and we want the party to win. We want Modiji to become the prime minister. It is necessary that Modiji becomes the prime minister again”. Singh made these remarks to placate some agitated BJP members who had gathered outside his house over ticket distribution. In the 1990s, the Election Commission had expressed displeasure over Himachal Pradesh governor Gulsher Ahmed campaigning for his son during the elections. He had later quit.last_img read more

New initiative aims to forge closer links between UN and academia

“By sharing ideas, across borders and disciplines, we can find solutions to the interconnected problems that cause so much suffering,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he launched the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), an initiative of the Department of Public Information (DPI).The launch event includes a two-day conference where participants commit themselves to ten principles derived from the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the global anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline. Each of the more than 500 member institutions, from over 90 countries, pledges to undertake at least one activity or project every year which tangibly supports and furthers the realization of these principles.Referring to the UN’s expectations of member institutions, the Secretary-General described a mutually beneficial relationship.“We are not asking for your intellectual property. But we are demanding your dynamism, your energy and your commitment,” he said.“You get more than the immense personal satisfaction of teaching, learning and individual research. You get the even greater pride of seeing your scholarship help people cope with their day-to-day struggles.”He detailed the important role that academics and intellectuals have played in the past and present of the UN and pointed to the positive impact closer partnership could have in the future.“By formalizing our relationship today, we can magnify the already great impact the academic community is having,” he said.“A single idea can generate a breakthrough that saves millions of lives. A new technology can spare whole populations from hardship. Even a theory can unlock action for peace.”Over the course of the two-day conference, participants will share their views and suggestions about how their work could support, and be supported by, the UN. The first UNAI conference is set to be held at the Centro Niemeyer in Asturias, Spain, on 15 December. Named after Oscar Niemeyer, the only surviving member of the team of architects that designed the UN Headquarters complex 63 years ago, the centre opens its doors on the Brazilian architect’s 103rd birthday to host the UNAI conference. “Oscar Niemeyer has invested the precision of his craftsmanship with ingenuity and daring,” said Kiyo Akasaka, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. “His famous remark, that he was not attracted to the ‘straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man’ can be said to sum up the spirit of the United National Academic Impact, where the distance between intent and conclusions in scholarship is not always linear, but is enriched by creative diversions that can themselves yield a solution.” 18 November 2010Over 300 university presidents, faculty members and students gathered at United Nations Headquarters today for the launch of a new initiative that seeks to create partnerships between the world body and academia and foster a culture of intellectual social responsibility. read more

Statement of Intent — Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science has submitted a Statement of Intent that they wish to introduce a new graduate program: a PhD in Computer Science.As part of the approval process the statement is being made available for the information of the University Community to allow the opportunity for comment prior to moving to the next step of the Internal Quality Assurance Process.Comments on the above proposal must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. October 22th, 2012 to: and Michael Winter. read more

Canadian firms reviewing worker safety policies in wake of Hong Kong protests

TORONTO — Violent unrest in Hong Kong is the latest geopolitical threat prompting Canadian companies to review their safety measures for overseas employees, security experts say.“It’s forced companies to kind of look at their policies and procedures around travelling to higher risk countries where there may be instability,” says Patrick Doyle, American Express Global Business Travel’s Canadian general manager.Hong Kong has seen large scale demonstrations since June after the government introduced a bill that would allow its citizens to be extradited to China if they are arrested.The Canadian government urged travellers, including 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong, to exercise “a high degree of caution” in its travel advisory by pointing out that acts of violence have resulted in serious injuries as security forces clash with demonstrators.The disruptions forced employers to examine who should travel, when they should go and even consider if travel is required at all, said Doyle, whose firm helps companies mitigate risks by developing travel procedures, briefing employees on travel risks and assisting them once an event unfolds.Some Canadian firms have suspended or reduced corporate travel to Hong Kong in reaction to the unrest just like they did in the aftermath of the detentions late last year by China of a Canadian entrepreneur and a former diplomat, said Paul Doucet, security director for Canada at International SOS, a travel security firm.Since Sept. 11, 2001, there’s been a series of landmark terrorist attacks including events in Mumbai, Paris and Nice. Each has updated the risk assessment resulting from the new threats.Hong Kong is an example of a traditionally low-risk, safe destination for travellers that suddenly changed, said Doucet, who worked for years in Asia.“I underestimated the level to which this could reach with the unrest there,” he said in an interview.While some backlash against anti-democratic moves amid a gradual shift from British to Chinese rule was anticipated, the level of violence exceeded most expectations, he said.“It’s important to be really in tune with the tea leaves …and to make sure that you’re not underestimating the risks in low-risk jurisdictions because they can happen.”In addition to terrorism, risks can also come from natural disasters such as hurricanes, sinking ships, burglaries, medical emergencies or infections diseases such as malaria or the Zika virus.Global business travel, which has increased despite the proliferation of teleconferencing technology, is expected to reach US$1.7 trillion by 2022, American Express says.Companies are seeking more help to protect their employees in part because of their legal responsibilities.Most employers are familiar and compliant with local health and safety standards and their legal duty of care. But many are less familiar with their legal liabilities when an employee is travelling abroad, said a report on Canada’s mobile workforce.“An employer has a legal obligation to take all precautions, reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of the worker,” said Lisa Bolton, an employment and labour lawyer with Sherrard Kizzy LLP, who co-authored the 2016 paper with the International SOS Foundation.A workplace extends beyond an office building or manufacturing plant.“If you as an employer are sending an employee somewhere else to work, then that’s part of their workplace and that extends the employer’s obligations to make sure that those protections are in place for a worker,” she said.Bolton said employers are required under Canadian and provincial labour laws to take into account risks and hazards and to ensure there’s training and education to enable employees to work safely.The growing diversity of management and executives is also changing requirements so that women, visible minorities and gay employees feel secure when working overseas.A recent survey released by the Global Business Travel Association found that 83 per cent of women reported having had concerns about their safety while on a business trip in the previous year, but only 18 per cent of corporate travel policies specifically address matters related to the safety needs of female business travellers.Experts recommend that employers engage experts to conduct proactive risk assessments, establish necessary policies and training, and ensure critical response measures to keep workers safe.The workers should educate themselves, examine government travel advisories to understand potential threats, and ensure they can communicate with their bosses if an event surfaces. Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press read more

Wyoming runs over New Mexico 313 to become bowl eligible

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Xazavian Valladay and Nico Evans combined for more than 300 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Wyoming as the Cowboys became bowl eligible Saturday with a 31-3 win over New Mexico.Valladay had 192 yards and two scores, and Evans went for 142 yards and a one touchdown.The Wyoming (6-6, 4-4 Mountain West) ground game helped overcome a lacklustre passing attack as Tyler Vander Waal completed just four passes for 41 yards.But the Lobos (3-9, 1-7) were even worse through the air as Coltin Gerhart and Sheriron Jones combined for three completions and 34 yards. At halftime, New Mexico had 3 yards passing.Wyoming took control of the game from the outset, going 65 yards on the opening possession, with Valladay slicing in from 21 yards out.By halftime, the Cowboys led 14-3 and the game was never seriously in doubt thereafter.New Mexico managed just 83 total yards, while Wyoming had 366 yards on the ground.THE TAKEAWAYWyoming has won four in a row and proved to be one of the hotter Mountain West teams over the season’s final month. The Cowboys’ winning streak reversed a four-game losing skid that nearly knocked them from bowl contention.New Mexico, after consecutive 3-9 seasons, is at a crossroads as the seven-year tenure of coach Bob Davie is on somewhat shaky ground, especially with the attendance mired in a downhill spiral throughout the season, totalling about 100,000.UP NEXTThe Cowboys earned bowl eligibility with their sixth win, but another game is far from assured as, entering the weekend, there were 23 teams vying for the final six bowl spots that had not been unofficially committed. The Mountain West has five guaranteed bowl tie-ins, and the Cowboys are the sixth conference team to be bowl eligible.New Mexico’s season is over, ending in a seven-game losing streak for the second consecutive season.Glen Rosales, The Associated Press read more

Rare earth updates uranium news and BHPs iron ore expansion all in

first_imgLatest issue of International Mining Project News available (February 12): There has been some big news in uranium and rare earth projects this issue. The updates on the prefeasibility study at Greenland Minerals and Energy’s Kvanefjeld project (southern Greenland), the processing plant agreement at Stan Energy Corp’s REE and Kutessay II mines (Kyrgz Republic) and the $450 million equity raising for Lynas’ Rare Earths project (Western Australia), given the increasing interest in rare earths, are all important. There is also news from Talvivaara Mining, which plans to recover uranium from its Talvivaara mine in Finland, modifying its production process to recover the uranium contained in the solution as yellow cake.Greenland Minerals and Energy’s interim report from its prefeasibility study at its Kvanefjeld project in southern Greenland stated a processing rate of 10.8 Mt/y with conventional open-pit mining. It also showed a waste to ore strip ratio of 0.8:1 with a project life of 23 years. Construction is on course to commence in 2013 with production going ahead in 2015. A JORC compliant mineral resource estimate shows 4.79 Mt of rare earth oxides and 0.12 Mt of uranium oxide. Based on the study results, the company will accelerate further studies into mining operations at the project. In the Kyrgz Republic, Stans Energy Corp has entered into an exclusive 12 month agreement with the Kyrgyz Chemical and Metallurgical Plant (KCMP) to option the processing plants that previously isolated and recovered each of the 15 rare earth elements (REEs) from the Kutessay II mine. The REE mine, Kutessay II and associated Kalesay beryllium deposit were recently acquired by Stans and are 100% owned by the company. During 1966 to 1991, KCMP produced 120 different rare-earth products, including oxides, pure metals and alloys at purities of up to 99.99%.  During exploitation of the Kutessay II deposit (1958-91) 5.45 Mt of ore was mined producing 22,109 t of rare earth oxides (content in ore – 0.41%), 145,000 t of ore containing 3,300 t of rare earth minerals were written off and 1.88 Mt of ore containing 4,870 t of rare earth minerals were transferred from balance to below cutoff grade.Lynas’ Rare Earths project in Western Australia will use the proceeds of the equity raising to complete Phase 1 of the project.This has enabled the company to lift the suspension of the project to complete construction and commissioning of both the concentration plant in Western Australia and the Advanced Materials Plant in Malaysia. Also, during the last quarter Lynas completed the acquisition of all of the rights of CSBP Ltd in relation to the mining leases located near the project at Mount Weld. The rights acquired by Lynas relate to the apatite at Mount Weld, which has a JORC Code compliant Indicated resource of 60.4 Mt at 19.2% P2O5 (10% P2O5 cutoff). Pilot plant demonstrations have shown that a concentrate suitable for phosphate fertiliser manufacture could be produced from this resource. However, Lynas will continue to focus on the development of rare earths from the Mount Weld tenements.At Talvivaara, natural uranium is present in low concentrations in the orebody. In the mine’s bioheapleaching process, small concentrations of uranium leach into the process solution along with the company’s main products. The company is now investigating the potential to modify its production process so that the uranium contained in the solution can be used as yellow cake. In the company’s present production process, extremely small concentrations of uranium are deposited in an engineered gypsum pond intended for process precipitations. It plans to recover the uranium from its main leaching process by using a simple SX process which is widely applied to metals recovery. The company has drawn up tentative process plans in co-operation with Outotec and Norilsk Nickel. There is also news in the iron ore and coal markets, with BHP Billiton approving $1.93 billion of capital expenditure to underpin the further accelerated growth of its Western Australia iron ore business. This investment represents early expenditure for the company’s Rapid Growth Project 6 (RGP6), which is expected to increase installed capacity in Western Australia to 240 Mt/y during 2013. The funding will allow early procurement of long lead time items and detailed engineering to continue the expansion of the inner harbour at Port Hedland, progress rail track duplication works and expand the Jimblebar mining operation.Kangaroo Resources has commenced mining at its second Indonesian coal operation, the Mamahak coking coal project in East Kalimantan, six weeks after acquiring an 85% interest in the project. The operational team has now completed the removal of overburden and exposed up to 15,000 t of fresh coal for mining. Mining of this material is now underway. The company is targeting initial production of up to 30,000 t/month of coal from Mamahak. It acquired the project as part of a portfolio of Indonesian mining interests purchased from South Gobi Energy Resources in December 2009. The project includes a JORC compliant resource of 10.22 Mt of coking coal, extensive infrastructure capable of supporting up to 1.5 Mt/y of coal production, and a large 30,000 t coking coal stockpile ready for immediate shipping. There is also news from Western Australia on results from BC Iron and Fortescue Metals’ Nullagine iron ore project, Toro Energy’s Wiluna uranium project, First Quantum Minerals’ newly acquired Ravensthorpe nickel operation, as well as many other project updates from around the world. To receive the full 45+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact for a free trial copy.last_img read more

BRAND NEW LJUBOS JUNG Ivan Horvat on lifechanging transfer

Handball school in the City of Bjelovar is among the most appreciated in Croatia. Former European club champion Partizan (season 1971./72.) existed in the town that developed a lot of talented handball youngsters as well. The 23-year-old left back Ivan Horvat is one of them. He managed to set the bar high by playing for GRK Varazdin in the last season of Croatian Premier League which led to a dream transfer to Flensburg. Just after joining Ljubo Vranjes and his new teammates on the north of Germany, Ivan spoke up about his career for did you start playing handball?My father played handball. But I don’t think that’s the reason why I starterd it. I played football all the time. However, since Bjelovar is city where handball is ‘number one’ sport, coaches visited schools and invited kids to have a try on handball. I think trainings were Saturdays at 11. All of my friends decided to play handball except me and I don’t know why. They did their best to bring me into handball, tried to ‘force it’. And I didn’t want to do it until once… I just told them to wait for me. Actually I was a goalkeeper at the beginning, but I never stood up between the post. Just did a warm-up as a goalkeeper. It didn’t take a while since I realized that I love scoring goals. Have you expected that big transfer to happen this summer already? No, I haven’t. But I hoped to play in some stronger league. However, transfer to Flensburg is not a ‘deal done’ situation to me. There is a lot to prove and achieve since I could say to myself that I succeeded. This is just an opportunity and it’s up to me to take the best out of it. Why Flensburg?I don’t know, but am glad it is done in that way. I recieved a call from Vlado Stenzl after the Croatian Cup finals. He recommended me to Flensburg team and here I am. Have to thank a lot to Vlado Stenzl and Zdravko Guduras; they helped me a lot. Does any of your handball role models play (or played) at Flensburg? Negative, but I admire all of the players who played or still play at Flensburg. You moved to Flensburg, Crnojevic moved to Kiel couple of days ago… What’s going on in Croatian Premier League?!I don’t know what’s going on, but there is no doubt I am happy about it. I hope more players will move to superb handball clubs as that would be good for Croatian handball in general. Furthermore, my ex-teammates Leon Vucko (Tatran Presov op.a.) and Martin Marcec (Metalurg op.a.) moved to great clubs and I am sure they will do well over there. What was the comment of your coach Vlado Vujovic on your decision to move to Germany? He was pleased and congratulated to me. I guess he is also proud and impressed that his players move to such a big clubs and play as good as they can. It tells a lot about his qulity and the quality of GRK Varazdin as well. This team has been close to Croatian’ top clubs for three years. I would like to thank them and my coaches for everything!Who is your biggest support when it comes to handball?Without a doubt: my family, girlfriend and friends. What are your biggest advantages in handball? How do you plan to impress German audience?I really don’t know what are my advantages…And last, but not least… Which men’s national teams are going to win the medal at the Olympics?I just hope Croatia is going to win it haha. It doesn’t matter who else is going to take the metal – concluded the new member of top German,Tomislav Lauric handball interviewIvan Horvat handballIvan Horvat SG FlensburgTomislav Lauric handball ← Previous Story Dujshebaev takes 16 Poles to Rio Next Story → Beach Handball WCh 2016: The MVP award goes to Camila and Ivan read more

Galways Smallworld creche to close this week

first_imgGalway’s Smallworld creche to close this week It’s understood that the building is to be sold, but there are no plans to relocate the business elsewhere. File photo. Image: Shutterstock/goodmoments Image: Shutterstock/goodmoments 21,119 Views File photo. A CRECHE IN Barna, near Galway City is set to close by the end of the week.It’s understood that the building where the Smallworld creche is located is to be sold and that the creche will not be relocating.Most of the children who were attending the creche have already left, as parents were notified that the creche would be closing.Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has expressed concern about payment for staff in the wake of the closure, and says he will be seeking clarification from the Department of Education on what state sponsorship the creche has received.“I am sceptical that this service is registered for any state-sponsored childcare programmes, including the [Early Childhood Care and Education scheme] and I will be seeking clarification from the Minister for Children in this regard.”According to the creche’s website, Smallworld was established in 1998 by Christine Connolly as a pre-school and after-school service in the Mercy National School in Newtownsmith.Smallworld employs over thirty part-time and full-time childcare and teaching staff.Read: 45,000 children are set to sow, grow (and eat) their own fruit and veg this springRead: Creches may have to publish their fees under the new childcare package Short URLcenter_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share11 Tweet Email1 Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 5:15 PM Feb 8th 2017, 5:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15 Comments last_img read more

Drug task force crashes teenage party

first_imgMembers of the Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force crashed a party Friday night after receiving a tip that a 16-year-old Skyview High School student was planning to have a large party, according to a news release issued today.Thirty-two people were detained after task force detectives, who had staked out the residence, observed juveniles using alcohol and marijuana.Commander Mike Cooke said that the task force had been told that prescription medications were going to be passed around at the party, but said no violations involving prescription medications were observed.The house is in the 9700 block of N.E. 19th Avenue. Of the 32 people detained, eight juveniles were released into the custody of their parents or guardians. Detectives arrested Donna Haag, 44, and her daughter Ashley Hatch, 24 and another daughter, whose name was withheld because she’s 16. All three were booked on charges including contributing to the delinquency of a minor, supplying alcohol to minors, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Haag and Hatch were booked into the Clark County Jail, while the teenage daughter was booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Facility.last_img read more

FEEDBACK WANTED Planning Board Proposes Measure To Increase Affordable Housing In Town

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Department of Planning & Conservation, on behalf of the Planning Board, presents a draft Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw for comments prior to submitting it in February for the 2019 Annual Town Meeting.The bylaw requires that multi-family developments of 8 units or more have 15% of the units as restricted affordable units as defined by the MA Department of Housing and Community Development to count toward the Town’s 10% affordable requirement. The draft bylaw provides an additional market rate unit for every affordable unit required to offset costs associated with building affordable units. It also allows for affordable units to be built off-site only in exceptional cases.Additional details are included in the draft, which is posted HERE on the Department of Planning & Conservation page of the town’s website.Please email, call or write with comments, questions, or suggestions:Department of Planning & ConservationTown Hall, 121 Glen Road, Room 6vgingrich@wilmingtonma.gov978-658-8238(NOTE: The above press release is from the Town of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAFFORDABLE HOUSING NEWS: Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw To Go In Front Of Voters, But NOT At This Year’s Town MeetingIn “Government”Town Proposes New Rules & Regulations For Subdividing Land; Public Hearing Set For September 10In “Government”HOT BUTTON ISSUE: Should The Town Prevent New Condos & Apartments From Being Built? Could It Backfire? (Article 1)In “Government”last_img read more

BSE closes points 18381 down on September 27

first_imgNew Delhi, September 27 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 183.81 points down to stand at 19,710.04. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 49.05 points down to stand at 5,833.20. United Spirits and Videocon Industries Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 6.12 % and 6.05% along with BPCL and MRF with an increase of 5.62% and 5.41% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Financial Technologies (India) Ltd. and Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. with a decrease of 6.24% and 5.47% along with TV18 Broadcast and BHEL with a decrease of 5.30% and 5.32% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 46.79 points at 11,145.69 while the banking sector is down 220.74 points at 11,273.91 and the realty sector is down 19.82 points at 1,193.41. The Indian currency is down 0.50% at Rs 62.38 per dollar.last_img read more

Jabariya Jodi movie review Good humour and subject lousy script

first_img Rating Jabariya Jodi reviewYouTube Screenshot A lot of times good movie subjects are ruined by poor scripts. Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra starrer Jabariya Jodi is another such example.STORYLINEBabli Yadav (Parineeti Chopra), a bindass and bold girl from Patna, is looking for a groom for herself. However, the problem in Bihar is every potential groom demands dowry, which she and her father (Sanjay Mishra) are strictly against.Meanwhile, Babli comes across her childhood love Abhay Singh (Sidharth Malhotra), son of a powerful man (Javed Jaffery) in the area. Abhay leads a gang of local thugs who get grooms forcefully married to girls that they demand dowry from. This is of course done in exchange of money from the brides’ families. Jabariya Jodi stillYouTube ScreenshotWhile Babli instantly falls in love with Abhay again, the latter is interested in her but not to the extent of marriage. A twist in tale happens, and Abhay gets the contract of getting Babli’s “jabariya shaadi”, which the girl remains unaware of.While the marriage eventually does not take place, Babli gets heartbroken to know Abhay betrayed her, and sets off on a mission to get him forcefully married to herself. What follows next is a series of drama, some comedy and a little action too. Jabariya Jodi stillYouTube ScreenshotPERFORMANCESSidharth Malhotra shines well as a handsome Bihari goon, who is tough from outside but soft by heart. Parineeti Chopra too portrays her role good enough, and their chemistry is both fresh and nice. However, the movie does not have much scope for either of them to showcase their acting skills.Javed Jaffery as a selfish and mean father adds much value to the film. Other supporting cast including Chandan Roy Sanyal, Sanjay Mishra, Aparshakti Khurana and others are good as well. Jabariya Jodi stillYouTube ScreenshotPOSITIVESJabariya Jodi has a good dose of light humour that makes the film somewhat entertaining. Also, the dialogues are funny and catchy. Sidharth and Parineeti’s chemistry looks good. The movie sends out some important messages at certain points. Jabariya Jodi stillYouTube ScreenshotNEGATIVESJabariya Jodi has a good subject matter but a lousy script. The movie is far from logicalities and common sense. One such instance is Babli gets kidnapped from her house by Abhay in front of her father and friends, and when she returns back home, her seemingly relaxed father casually asks her if she is fine. There are many such weird sequences that do not really make sense.The movie appears to be too dragged in the second half. You might very well start yawning at some point. Jabariya Jodi stillYouTube ScreenshotVERDICTJabariya Jodi is one movie that could have been much better on various levels. It is blessed with good humour and subject, but lacks a good script. You should watch it only if you have nothing better to do.center_img Jabariya Jodilast_img read more

How Russia moved into Central Africa

first_imgMao of Central African RepublicWhen Central African Republic (CAR) pleaded for help last year to fight marauding militias, former colonial ruler France offered guns it had seized off Somalia. But Russia objected and donated its own weapons instead.By early February, Russia had sent nine planes with weapons along with dozens of contractors to train local soldiers and secure mining projects, marking the start of its highest-profile military foray in sub-Saharan Africa for decades.Muscling in on a country dominated by France for years served as a statement of intent about Moscow’s renewed push for global prestige and influence, and is part of a wider campaign shaking up long-standing power dynamics on the continent.Since Western nations sanctioned Russia for annexing Crimea in 2014, Moscow has signed 19 military cooperation deals in sub-Saharan Africa, including with Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, according to its foreign and defence ministries and state media.The continent’s 54 member states at the United Nations – three of which sit on the Security Council at any given time – form the organisation’s largest voting bloc and one of its most coherent, making them attractive allies for Russia.“The West is not very much loved by many countries. And many (see) Russia as the country that will oppose the West,” said Dmitri Bondarenko, an anthropologist and historian at Russia’s Institute for African Studies.Besides sending arms and contractors to CAR, Russian national Valery Zakharov is a security adviser to President Faustin-Archange Touadera and Russia’s defence ministry said last week it planned to establish a five-person team at CAR’s defence ministry.Russia’s moves come at a time when the defence ministry’s influence over Kremlin foreign policy is growing against a backdrop of heightened tension with the West.SEIZED WEAPONSWhen CAR made its plea in 2017, there was recognition that a spike in ethnic fighting could turn into a far larger conflict and that its security forces were too weak to tackle myriad armed groups.CAR has been under a U.N. arms embargo since 2013 so weapons shipments must be approved by the U.N. Security Council’s CAR sanctions committee, made up of the Council’s 15 members, including France and Russia. It operates by consensus.France first offered to help CAR buy old weapons but the proposal was too expensive. France then offered 1,400 AK47 assault rifles it had seized off Somalia in 2016, according to a Security Council memo and four diplomats.Russia objected on the grounds that weapons seized for breaching the U.N. arms embargo on Somalia could not be recycled for use in another country under embargo, two diplomats said.But mindful of the need for a quick solution, the sanctions committee approved Moscow’s donation of AK47s, sniper rifles, machineguns and grenade launchers in December, according to committee documents and diplomats.“We presented our problem and Russia offered to help us, subject to Security Council approval,” said Albert Yaloke Mokpeme, CAR’s presidential spokesman. “If peace is restored tomorrow in CAR, I think everyone will be happy.”Russia’s foreign ministry did not respond to requests for comment about committee proceedings.France’s foreign ministry said Russia must strictly respect the terms of its arms embargo exemption to keep the weapons out of the wrong hands.‘WE’RE NOT INTERESTED’During the Cold War, the Soviet Union forged close military and diplomatic ties with many African countries. It was involved in proxy wars in states such as Angola, Ethiopia and Mozambique and helped independence movements fight Western colonial powers.Russia is now trying to revive some of the relationships that lapsed after the Soviet Union’s collapse. It joins a number of countries such as Turkey and the United Arab Emirates looking to set up bases in Africa, mediate in diplomatic stand-offs and strike business deals.China has long had a major economic presence in Africa but it has shied away from any military involvement. It did go a step further last year, however, opening its first military base outside China in Djibouti.Near the world’s busiest shipping lanes, Djibouti is also home to a large French base, the only U.S. base in Africa, an Italian camp and Japan’s only overseas base.Djibouti blocked Russian attempts to set up a base, however, saying it wanted to avoid becoming the terrain for a proxy war. Moscow is now planning to build a logistics centre at a port in neighbouring Eritrea.While France has a military bases outside Djibouti in former colonies Gabon, Ivory Coast and Senegal and its soldiers also operate in Chad, Mali and Niger, analysts say Washington’s influence is on the wane.Its trade with the continent has halved in the past decade, though much of that is due to U.S. shale replacing oil imports from Africa. Diplomatic posts have gone unfilled and a task force based in CAR tracking warlord Joseph Kony left last year.“Our actions on the diplomatic and military side have sent a huge signal to our partners that we’re not interested in Africa,” said Donald Bolduc, who commanded U.S. special forces across the continent until last year.U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy said Washington’s commitment to Africa was unwavering but, “there is space for other countries to play a positive role in the region”.AFRICAN DEALSAs part of Russia’s renewed push, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov went on a five-nation tour of Africa in March, attended a summit in South Africa in June and visited Rwanda, chair of the African Union, this year.Russia has also struck military cooperation deals with many African countries since 2015, though some have yet to come into force. The agreements typically involve providing weapons and training in areas such as counter-terrorism and piracy.Analysts caution that the deals often appear more symbolic than transformative and say it’s not clear if Russia has the resources, or desire, to continue expanding its presence.But as in the Cold War, military deals can come alongside economic links, such as mining and energy agreements. Ethiopia signed its deal in April, a month after Lavrov visited to discuss nuclear energy, agriculture and transportation projects.Russian firms have signed mineral deals in Sudan, which cooperates with Moscow in defence technology, and Russia is looking at diamond and platinum projects in Zimbabwe as well as energy projects in Chad.Over the past decade, Russian trade with sub-Saharan Africa has increased fast, albeit from a low base. From 2010-2017, total trade rose to $4.2 billion a year from $1.6 billion, according to the Center for Strategic & International Studies the same period, China’s total trade with sub-Saharan Africa nearly doubled to $165 billion while U.S. trade more than halved to $37 billion.WAGNER GROUPSince arriving in CAR, the Russians’ remit has expanded beyond military advice and into various economic and diplomatic activities, a Western diplomat and security source said, fuelling the beginnings of a Western backlash.In August, France, the United Kingdom and the United States blocked a Russian request to send more weapons. The U.S. mission to the United Nations said in a note to the sanctions committee that it was awaiting, “confirmation that measures had been taken to ensure the secure management of the previous donation”.Estimates of the number of Russians in CAR vary widely, from 250 to 1,000. Touadera’s spokesman declined to provide details, nor say what activities the Russians were engaged in.Yevgeny Shabayev, head of a chapter of a paramilitary Cossack organisation who has ties to Russian security contractors, said there could be 1,000 in CAR and 5,000 to 10,000 across Africa, including in Sudan, South Sudan and Libya.One Russian private military contractor, the Wagner group, was thrust into the spotlight in July when three Russian journalists were killed in CAR while investigating its alleged presence there.Reuters has been unable to confirm whether Wagner contractors are in CAR. People with ties to the group have told Reuters it has carried out clandestine combat missions on the Kremlin’s behalf in Ukraine and Syria.Russian authorities deny Wagner contractors carry out their orders. They have denied any role in the journalists’ deaths.Russia has also stepped into negotiations with militias in CAR, adding to Western misgivings about its presence.According to a U.N. panel of experts, Touadera’s Russian adviser has met militia leaders several times to discuss disarmament and the distribution of natural resources revenue.Russia said in August after brokering talks between armed groups that Touadera had expressed gratitude for its involvement and that it intended to continue its mediation.Reuters was unable to contact the adviser, Zakharov, for comment.“There is a real division between that guy and the rest of the presidential advisers,” the security source said. “When you ask, ‘Can we see your colleague?’ they say, ‘Who, our colleague? We don’t know him’.”last_img read more

Khaleda challenges govt decision to hold trial inside Keraniganj jail

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia moved the High Court on Sunday challenging the government’s move to hold trial in 17 cases against her inside the Keraniganj central jail, reports UNB.Lawyer Kayser Kamal filed the writ petition on behalf of the former prime minister.He said that the bench of justice Farah Mahbub and justice Khairul Alam might hear the petition on Monday.The law ministry on 13 May issued separate gazette notifications about setting up a makeshift court inside Keraniganj jail and holding trial in 17 cases against Khaleda there.The newly-constructed building-2 of the central jail was declared the makeshift court as per the sub-section 2 of section 9 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.Criticising the gazettes, Kamal said that the constitution does not allow holding trials in jails or open space.Khaleda, a former prime minister, has been in jail since February last year after she was convicted of corruption. Her party claims that the cases against her are politically motivated and accuses the government of plotting to keep her out of national politics – a charge the government denies.Earlier this month, the home minister said that the BNP chief would be taken to Keraniganj jail after her treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.The old central jail, where she had been kept, will be converted into a museum, he told reporters.last_img read more

Red Tide Alert at Padre Island National Seashore

first_imgPadre Island National SeashoreMalaquite Beach, where the Red Tide has been spotted.The Superintendent at the Padre Island National Seashore Mark Spier announced on Wednesday that Red Tide has been reported at the park and asked visitors to be cautious, especially those with children or with respiratory issues such as asthma, since Red Tide can irritate the respiratory system, eyes, and throat.Spier also advised that those traveling with pets be cautious, particularly with dogs, since  these are particularly susceptible to the algal aerosols due to their keen sense of smell. There have been cases of visitors’ dogs dying after being exposed during previous Red Tide events, according to the superintendent’s press release. His recommendation is that even after the Red Tide passes, pets’ owners keep a close eye on their animals to prevent them from consuming dead fish which may prove toxic.For more information before visiting call the Malaquite Visitor Center at (361) 949-8068. Share For additional information: read more

Full Show Political Roundup and the Ethics of Prescribing Painkillers Sept 12

first_img 00:00 /50:55 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Several Houston firefighters are headed to the East Coast to help with preparation for and response to Hurricane Florence. We find out about their role there.Also this hour: Our experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Then, medical experts are meeting to discuss the ethical questions surrounding prescribing painkillers in light of the opioid epidemic. Dr. Amy McGuire, director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine, tells us about the seminar, called Prescription for Addiction.Plus, we learn about Cathay Williams, a freed slave woman who disguised herself as a man and fought with the Buffalo Soldiers. She’s the subject of a new historical fiction novel, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

Excellence in Education

first_imgThe BHL Ministries are hosting their 1st annual Awards Scholarship Ceremony & Scholarship Benefit Crab Feast on July 18th. The event will be held at the Forum Caterers located at 4210 Primrose Avenue. Tickets are $70 and to purchase call 800-930-3704.last_img

French hotels adopt Aussie app to target flashpackers

first_imgSource = Tenderfoot French hotels adopt Aussie app to target flashpackersAUSSIE app developers are helping the European hotel industry attract the flashpacking millennial traveller.Developed in South Australia and recently brought to Paris through the French Tech Ticket Program, Tenderfoot is an e-concierge app that provides personalised travel advice to adventuring youth.Co-founder and CEO Lucas Lovell said the app caters to the rise of the flashpacker throughout Europe – who are tourists with more disposable income that the traditional backpacker.“Right now you have people between 20-35, the digital generation, that prefer to purchase, reserve, communicate and discover online,” he said.“Most hotel apps are being built with the hotel in mind but we are hoping to change that by creating a more interactive experience for the guest.“We are seeing a real growth in the middle ground between backpacking industries and boutique hotels, where certain chains are trying to provide the hostel style atmosphere with boutique amenities and services.”Tenderfoot co-founders (left to right) Mitch Pascoe, Lucas Lovell and Charles Ingles.The Tenderfoot program includes a web platform for hotels and hostels to build and manage their own sites.Here they can post information about the local area and are able to interact with their guests in real time through a free mobile app.An Airbnb report on the rise of the millennial traveller estimates the sector will account for three quarters of all travellers by 2025.About 80 per cent of travellers aged 18-35 said they were looking for unique experiences and searched for local travel advice as opposed to brochures, according to the report.Lovell said hotel chains such as the IBIS group, which included more affordable branches to attract younger travellers, would benefit from the app.“It acts as a platform-sharing service that means people don’t need to download a separate app for every place they stay at.“It’s a cost-effective service where accommodation providers only pay if they get value and engagement from guests.”After being accepted to the French Tech Ticket Program, Tenderfoot also received a €57,000 grant from the French Government and a one-year deal to join the Paris and Co Welcome City Lab accelerator program.“If we can get the app working here in Paris, one of the most visited cities in the world, we know it will work elsewhere,” Lovell said.last_img read more

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