Montreal isnt properly following Quebecs flag protocol complainants

first_imgMONTREAL – There’s a flap in Montreal over the Quebec flag.Two Montrealers are accusing the city of violating rules set out in provincial legislation that state the Fleur-de-lis should have “precedence over any other flag or emblem” and be displayed in certain designated places.A lawyer for the two retired Montreal journalists championing the cause says legal action could ensue if the city fails to act.Lawyer Hugo Vaillancourt said he and his clients looked further into the matter after they approached him.“We did an analysis to know whether Montreal was respecting the laws,” said Vaillancourt. “What we found was that there were numerous infractions in the city.”Vaillancourt said one obvious violation was the absence of the Quebec flag from Montreal’s council chamber.He says the Fleur-de-lis was also missing from several recent official events involving dignitaries and that the order of the three flags that fly in front of city hall is incorrect.“According to our interpretation (of the law), that means for Montreal’s city hall, when there are three flags displayed, the Quebec one must be in the middle,” Vaillancourt said.On Thursday, the Canadian flag was flying in the middle with the Quebec and City of Montreal flags flanking it. In contrast, the Quebec flag is on the middle pole outside city hall in Quebec City.The provincial Justice Department confirmed it sent a letter to Montreal’s director general last January outlining the fact that rules weren’t being followed.A letter provided by the department written by deputy justice minister France Lynch noted the flag wasn’t displayed during official events.“Allow me to remind you of the importance of complying with the protocol,” Lynch wrote.A city spokesman said it has taken note of the government’s correspondence and that the policy is under review.“We are currently analyzing the different historical and legal elements related to flag etiquette,” Gonzalo Nunez said in an email. “The city’s flag policy dates back to 1996, so the current administration has pursued the policy of previous administrations.”Vaillancourt said other municipalities might also be flouting the rules, but it would require further investigation.In the case of Montreal, a formal notice letter has been drafted and will be fired off if nothing changes.“It’s a reminder that Montreal is in the province of Quebec and it must respect the Quebec law,” said Vaillancourt. “It’s not up to a municipal official to make distinctions to the law where there aren’t any.”last_img read more

Watch Hakim Ziyech’s Best Free-Kick Goal for Ajax

Rabat – Moroccan-Dutch football star Hakim Ziyech scored an astonishing free-kick goal on Thursday for his Dutch team AFC Ajax.The young player scored the winning goal against Excelsior at the 86-mark mark. The game finished with a 3-1 victory for Ajax.The footballer has been delivering great performance with the Moroccan football team during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. He is also expected to take place in the tournament’s next phase, scheduled to take place next summer in Russia. Morocco was placed in Group B with Spain, Portugal and Iran. The Atlas Lions will play their first game against Iran on June 15. read more

Recreational marijuana retail store opens in Alaska city

KODIAK, Alaska — An Alaska city’s first recreational marijuana retail store has opened for business.The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Monday that High Rise in Kodiak held a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday before it began selling marijuana products and accessories.Alaskans voted to legalize recreational marijuana use in 2014.Owner Jack Schactler says High Rise had 411 customers on opening day.The store will sell to customers over the age of 21 with expected opening hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.Schactler says the store offers pre-rolled joints, bulk marijuana weighed to order, as well as cannabis concentrates that can be smoked through a pipe.Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sarah Phillips attended the opening and says “there’s obviously a lot of demand” for the new business.___Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.comThe Associated Press read more

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to meet in September – UN

21 August 2007Greek Cypriot leader H.E. Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader H.E. Mehmet Ali Talat will meet on 5 September at the official residence of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the United Nations Protected Area in Nicosia, the island’s capital, it was announced today. The decision was reached by Rasit Pertev and Tasos Tzionis, the principal aides to the two leaders, who held a 45 minute meeting this morning at the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) headquarters, in the presence of Wlodek Cibor, the Mission’s Senior Adviser.UNFICYP Force Commander General Rafael Jose Barni and Mr. Cibor welcomed the aides to their headquarters before the meeting commenced. read more

Daya warns of new threats

“I visualize the need to follow a policy, based on national priorities, adopting a “preserve the good, discard the bad and acquire the new” approach while working in brotherhood and unity. Today’s army is not simply a labour force but a motivated, diverse and qualitatively productive, “human resource” and I firmly believe our human resource as a formidable strength could add a special value to national development as members from the most disciplined and well-organized workforce in the country,” added.He also said that over a thousand soldiers have been deployed in UN peace-keeping missions and their service has been commended by both UN officers and other foreign officers. Ratnayake said that a fully-fledged professional Army, rich with exemplary conduct and different skills at all levels that can face any challenge at anytime is the timely requirement. He said that in order to overcome these challenges, he believes the army should undergo a restructuring programme to suit to new technological needs and innovative strategies that would help to meet with those challenges, and similarly to enhance knowledge, using the sea of experience acquired from the battlefields. Newly appointed Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake has warned that as as the country heads towards political reconciliation, new forms of threats may emerge against national security.Threats emanating from overseas separatist extremists are leading, the army media unit quoted him as saying after assuming duties today. “It is my intention to further expand this project and enable more and more members to serve such peace-keeping missions by implementing necessary plans while providing guidance and leadership in this direction,” he said.He said that the army has come a long way not only in structure, numbers and military hardware, but also in professionalism and its reputation and sustaining the image and its dignity, gained through unparalleled sacrifice, is therefore the most sacred duty of every serving member.  (Colombo Gazette) read more

Pedestrian dies after hit by oncoming car

A man is dead after being hit by an oncoming car after slipping while crossing the road.The incident occurred at the intersection of Rymal Road East and Upper Centennial Parkway in Hamilton.Staff sergeant Jack Langhorn told CHCH the 66-year-old victim was not using a crosswalk.The man died sometime after 11 p.m. Friday night. He is from the east end of Hamilton, but his name has not been released as police are still working on notifying next of kin.The 82-year-old driver was in a 2011 four-door Mazda and cooperated fully with police. No charges have been laid. Police are still completing their investigation. read more

UN chief appoints Jan Beagle of New Zealand as UnderSecretaryGeneral for Management

Ms. Beagle is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and has over 35 years of experience in political, development and inter-agency work of the Organization. According to a statement issued today, she also has extensive knowledge and experience in the management of human resources, finance, budget, information technology, administrative services and operations. She has made important contributions in leading and advancing change management initiatives in the Secretariat and at the level of the UN system, the statement read. She is an International Gender Champion and co-Chair of the Champions Working Group on Change Management, it added. Ms. Beagle was formerly the Deputy Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva (2008-2009) and Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management (2005-2007). She joined the Organization in 1979. In the statement, Secretary-General Guterres also noted that he is grateful to Yukio Takasu, the former Under-Secretary-General for Management, for his commitment and dedicated service to the Organization. read more

This Years Sweet 16 Is Downright Odd

Round of 32Buffalo1376 With two rounds of the NCAA men’s tournament in the books, it’s clear that there’s no overwhelming favorite to win the national title. No. 1 overall seed Virginia was gone less than 36 hours into the tourney,1Excluding the play-in games, because, come on. and defending champ North Carolina didn’t last a whole lot longer. Although most of the Cinderellas have cleared the dance floor (save for South region No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago2Yes, Syracuse is also a No. 11 seed, but sorry — nobody is considering the six-time Final Four entrant a Cinderella.), the next few weeks could belong to any of about a dozen teams.Here’s what jumped out to us during the tournament’s first weekend-plus of action:This is the Strange 16Glance at the seed numbers of the teams left standing, and you’ll notice an odd mix. Only two No.1 seeds survived the tournament’s first weekend — the fewest since 2004 — and as many teams seeded seventh or worse (six) advanced as teams seeded in the top three of their regions. The resulting Sweet 16 isn’t necessarily stocked with scrappy opening-weekend flukes, as many of the first-round giant killers — such as UMBC, Buffalo and Marshall — didn’t make it past their second opponent. As a result, plenty of other years had more double-digit seeds reach the tourney’s second week. So this year’s Sweet 16 is just … well, strange.To measure this, I compared the distribution of this year’s Sweet 16 teams by seed to the average from 19853When the NCAA tournament’s 64-team era began. to 2017. This year’s glut of 5-, 7-, 9- and 11-seeds stands out, as does the general dearth of top seeds:In fact, if we compute the squared difference between this year’s number of Sweet 16 teams at each seed and the historical average for every year since 1985, this is the most aberrant distribution of seeds in any modern tournament, surpassing even 2000 (when 12 of the 16 surviving teams were seeded between slots 4 and 10).Underdogs are winning bigPerhaps more surprising than the barrage of upsets that highlighted opening weekend was the sheer magnitude of those unexpected wins. As No. 16 seed UMBC personified with its historic 20-point thrashing of No. 1 Virginia, these weren’t games in which the underdog squeaked by on a last-second shot; no, the favorites tended to be mercilessly crushed when they lost.Including both the rounds of 64 and 32, games won by lower-seeded teams this year have come by an average of 10.6 points, only the third time in the 64-team era that the average upset at this stage of the tournament came by a margin of 10.5 points or more. The others were in 2000 (yes, that tournament again), when underdogs won their games by an average of 10.9 points per game, and 1997, when they won by 10.6 on average. But those years’ first two rounds saw only 12 and 13 total upsets, respectively, by teams with an average seed number of 8.9. This year’s tourney has featured 15 upsets, by teams with an average seed of 10.1, which makes this collection of underdog landslides even more impressive.Kentucky can cruiseBefore the tournament, we relegated Kentucky to “dark horse” status in the South region, if simply because its path to the Final Four was shaping up to be a daunting one: First, a tough Davidson team in the round of 64; then, most likely, Arizona, Virginia and Cincinnati, all in a row. For all of Kentucky’s talent, that seemed like a tall order.Then, Arizona lost. And Virginia. And now, Cincinnati. (Not to mention Tennessee, Miami and Texas, too.) Suddenly, Kentucky finds itself as the sole team seeded better than seventh in its region, with a relatively clear road ahead. Our model currently gives UK the best Final Four odds of any team remaining in the field, at 57 percent.According to the Basketball Power Index system developed by ESPN’s Stats and Information Group, Kentucky’s toughest game along its path to the Final Four will end up being its opening-round matchup against Davidson — which is an astounding testament to the ease of the Wildcats’ path if they do wind up winning the South: Sweet 16Kansas State968 Round of 64Davidson1261% RoundOpponentSeedWin Probability Elite EightLoyola-IL/Nevada11/766 Of course, given the underwhelming performances by favorites in the tournament so far, there’s no telling if Kentucky will be able to take advantage of its big opportunity here, either. But no team can potentially benefit from the opening weekend’s shake-ups as much as the Wildcats — and it’s not even close.There’s still no tournament favoriteFor all the wackiness of the tournament’s first weekend, a look at our model’s list of most likely tournament winners reveals plenty of tried-and-true programs at the top, from 2016 champion Villanova at No.1 to 2015 winner Duke in second place, 2012 champ Kentucky in third and ‘08 winner Kansas in fourth. Although some would-be inaugural champions — such as Gonzaga, West Virginia and Texas A&M — are lurking right below, the odds are pretty strong we’ll see a familiar team cutting down the nets in San Antonio a few weeks from now.However, it’s still anybody’s guess which team that will be. Even Nova, as the nominal favorite, has but a 22 percent probability of winning the championship, according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Only four teams have double-digit title chances right now, which is just one more than there were before the tourney began. And remember, last year’s champ, North Carolina, was only at 9 percent at this stage of the NCAAs.It’s only fitting that a season as wide-open as this one continues to be clouded with uncertainty about who the best team is — and whether it will even be the last one standing in two weeks. After a wild, weird first two rounds of the tourney, we can only hope for more of the same when play resumes Thursday.CORRECTION (March 19, 2:45 p.m.): Because of an error in data collection, 38 games from the 2015, 2012, 2009, 2003, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1990 and 1987 tournaments were not accounted for in the original article, while 38 games were counted twice. This caused several factual errors in the distribution of seeds in the Sweet 16 and margin of victories for those years. All text and charts have been updated with correct numbers. Is Kentucky’s toughest South region game already behind it?Kentucky’s pregame chance to win by round, according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index Kentucky’s Elite Eight win probability is based on a weighted average of its chances of facing each opponent.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group read more

Dont judge a bookshop by its cover shoppers warned as Waterstones opens three

first_imgMany shopkeepers in the town blame the arrival of national chains for pushing up rents and therefore affecting business rates, which are due to rise by an average of 177 per cent in the area over the next five years.The Waterstones store in Southwold is located in a Grade II listed building, and has a sign written in plain lettering on a light blue background above the front door and on a traditional swinging sign.However, a small handwritten sign in the window states: “Southwold Books is the trading name of Waterstones Booksellers Ltd.”Waterstones has launched another two unbranded stores in Rye, East Sussex, and Harpenden, Hertfordshire.The shops are said to be such a success that the chain is considering opening more.Chris Viner, 77, who works in a Rye studio that sells model soldiers, said: “I suspect Waterstones wouldn’t have been able to set up shop if they had stuck a big sign on the front. The whole town would have been up in arms. They would have had their pitchforks out.”Clive Sawyer, 66, who owns a gallery a few doors along, added: “Waterstones has crept in under the guise of a nice, independent book store, which it simply isn’t. Ultimately, it’s the dishonesty I really dislike.” However, managing director James Daunt denied that Waterstones was using “subterfuge” to attract customers, and said he wanted the company to have stores with their own identities.He said: “We don’t pretend we are not Waterstones. The idea that this is some type of subterfuge is ridiculous.” Local competitors has complained that the bookseller is being ‘dishonest’Credit:Clara Molden The self-help section in Waterstones Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. High street booksellers Waterstones has opened three unbranded stores, sparking accusations of “dishonesty” from rivals.Three shops, including Southwold Books in Suffolk, have opened under different names, with only a handwritten notice in the window stating the owners’ true identity.However, local competitors have complained about the tactic.John Wells, 77, who has owned book, card and gift shop Wells of Southwold for 30 years, said: “To call themselves Southwold Books is a bit naughty. Locals know what the shop is, but visitors don’t.”last_img read more

Investigation into New Demerara bridge corruption probe complete SOCU Head

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice probing Public Infrastructure Ministry’s procurement breaches – SOCUAugust 19, 2018In “Crime”SOCU investigation into Sole-sourced DHB feasibility study near completionNovember 19, 2018In “latest news”PPP hoping Police investigation into Govt’s procurement breach not interfered with- TeixeiraAugust 20, 2018In “latest news” … says file sent to Police Legal AdvisorAn artist’s impression of what the new Demerara River bridge would have initially looked like had the government continued with the feasibility studyThe Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) has completed its investigation into the sole-sourced feasibility study contract for the new Demerara River bridge, with the file now in the hands of the Police Legal Advisor.This was confirmed by SOCU Head, Assistant Police Commissioner (retired) Sydney James on Monday.In a brief interview with this media group, James noted that the file has been in the hands of the Legal Adviser, Justice (retired) Claudette Singh, for several weeks.The contract in question was awarded to Dutch company LievenseCSO, for a feasibility study into the new Demerara River bridge. The Opposition requested that the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) investigate the award of the $148 million sole-sourced contract.Minister of Public Infrastructure, David PattersonIn its report on the matter, the Commission flagged Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson for requesting from Cabinet that the contract be sole sourced, instead of being processed through the Procurement Board as the law says should be done.After agitation from the parliamentary Opposition, SOCU had begun investigating the contract award.Right from the start, Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo had stressed the need for the Unit to avoid showing favouritism to Patterson, particularly at a time when Opposition politicians were being brought into SOCU for questioning on other matters.For some time, the Opposition criticised the fact that Minister Patterson was not summoned for questioning, but was instead allowed to provide statements to SOCU – in contrast to the treatment meted out to the Opposition during the Pradoville probe. Eventually, however, SOCU did bring the Minister in for questioning on November 19, 2018.Besides the LievenseCSO contract, probes were also requested by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and Opposition parliamentarian Juan Edghill, into the D’Urban Park Project and the Sussex Street drug bond.In a letter to the Commission’s Chairperson, Carol Corbin, Edghill had identified aspects of the project the Party was most concerned about.The Opposition had noted that despite promises to the contrary, no account of donations received between September 2015 and January 2016 was made public.It, therefore, queried the procurement process used for works on the project.The scope a private company has to engage contractors and receive funding for a public project also came into question. The party queried the budgeted and actual costs throughout the project, as well as the final cost. In addition, the Party had demanded information on what payments were made to individuals and contractors up to June.In the case of the controversial Sussex Street, Albouystown bond Government has since ceased renting, Edghill also approached the PPC to call for an investigation into the contract inked between the Public Health Ministry and a known financier of the coalition Administration.The former Government Minister had wanted the Procurement Commission to investigate specifically how a contract for a bond for the storage of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies was sole-sourced from an entity that did not own and/or operate such a facility and further “how was the company’s primary Director, Larry Singh, made aware that a drug bond was needed”. read more

Stojanovic to be operated again

← Previous Story Goran Kozomara to HC Paris Next Story → Men’s Youth WCh Argentina 2011: Denmark takes Gold! It seems that the club from Mannheim, Rhein-Neckar Lowen, really doesn’t have luck before the season begins. After Ivan Cupic and Bjarte Myrhol seem to be out of the field for quite some time, now the goalkeeper that joined this summer, Goran Stojanovic, said that his back still hurts, and that it is quite possible that he might need to do a second operation. Should he need to one, then he might be poised to stay out of the court for quite some time… read more

New AntiCorruption unit ready to tackle Govt complaints

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 27th 2017 – Nassau –It is official. The Commissioner of Police, Ellison Greenslade yesterday confirmed that a corruption unit within the Royal Bahamas Police Force, “the anti-corruption branch”, is now fully operational. The Commissioner said, “We did develop a unit to look at corruption issues,” adding also, “looking now at 11 separate files originating of various departments and various public operations.”Greenslade revealed that the anti-corruption unit is headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Paul Rolle, who will lead a team of several officers including a very well trained veteran detective at the Superintendent rank, as well as an authority at law.The special unit has already begun investigating 11 files, according to Greenslade and charges can range from stealing, misappropriation of funds and corruption.  This announcement also comes on the heels of the Minister of Works, Desmond Bannister’s question to the Attorney General to consider whether legal action should be taken against members of the former Christie-administration for abusing their legal authority.However, Greenslade explained, “when things are just allegations and no formal complaints are made, the Commissioner is in a very difficult position,” expounding on the fact that the new unit is yet to receive any official complaints from Government entities. The unit will focus on the Public and Private sector and is located on Nassau Street, just north of Meeting Street.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#AntiCorruptionBranch, #magneticmedianews, #RBPF Royal Bahamas Defence Force Prepare Hurricane Shelter Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Grand Bahama Police report on crash landing off West End Bahamas Police makes $2.3M Drug Bust in Biminilast_img read more

Digby joins Gardner Leader

first_imgLynn Digby has joined law firm Gardner Leader as HR manager.In her new role, Digby will be responsible for supporting staff across three Berkshire-based offices with HR matters. This will include the recruitment and induction process, career development opportunities, and holiday management.Previously, Digby worked as HR manager at Charles Lucas and Marshall.last_img

ACA enrollment Better rates for Alaskans but less time to find them

first_imgWhile the feds have slashed advertising for the ACA enrollment period, the state a has a print-it-yourself option to get the word out. Image: www.commerce.alaska.govPresident Trump is fond of saying “Obamacare is dead.” That negative advertising from the White House is just one of the obstacles Alaska’s health care navigators are trying to overcome ahead of the Affordable Care Act enrollment period that starts Nov. 1. But for Alaskans who buy their own health insurance on the individual market, there’s also good news.Listen nowJessie Menkens is a health care navigator and coordinates the program for the Alaska Primary Care Association, one of the non-profits that get federal money to help people sign up for insurance through the federal marketplace. Premera, the sole marketplace insurer in Alaska, has announced a rate decrease for next year, and Menkens said that’s especially good for Alaskans who earn too much to qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.“For the very first time the cost of plans is going down significantly,” Menkens said. “This is new information to a lot of folks when we start talking with them about their opportunities.”For those who do qualify for financial help, Menkens said the discounts will be applied, same as before, even if the government doesn’t reimburse Premera.“Nothing is really going to change how open enrollment operates this year there will be subsidies available to Alaskans to reduce the cost of their insurance and their out-of-pocket expenditures,” Menkens said.But some things have changed, and they’re a challenge to those trying to lower the number of Alaskans who don’t have insurance. For one, the Trump administration has shortened the enrollment period. It was three months. Now it’s six weeks.“We finally have an opportunity to perhaps add some stability to our market place. But in order for us to be successful with that we need to be able to get the word out and share this information with Alaskans,” Menkens said.And now they have less money to get that word out. The federal government suddenly cut funding for her program by 25 percent. Alaska navigators have had to scale back their marketing campaigns. The federal government used to help with its own advertising of enrollment periods, but the new administration slashed that budget by 90 percent.Menkens said the navigators who work for Alaska Primary Care Association have had to cut their hours, though they aim to remain on duty as much as possible during the critical enrollment period.And there’s another challenge: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it plans to shut down the website for 12 hours nearly every weekend during the open enrollment period, for maintenance.Sue Brogan heads the navigator program at United Way of Anchorage, which is focused on Anchorage residents. She said the website outages will be hard for Alaskans who don’t need navigator help and want to sign up on their own.“We’re really extremely concerned and disappointed if that is the way that that will move forward,” Brogan said.In Alaska, the outages will hit during some prime evening hours. They are scheduled for every Saturday night except Dec. 9, starting at 8 p.m. Alaska time. In addition, the government says it will have an “overnight” outage on the first night of open enrollment, Nov. 1. No time was provided.The Health and Human Services Department said the site was down for maintenance during enrollment periods in the Obama administration, too, and for nearly as long.The individual market enrollment period runs Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. It does not affect most Alaskans, who get their insurance through employers.How to reach the health care navigators in Alaska: United Way of AnchorageCall 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 to talk to a navigator or schedule an appointmentAlaska Primary Care Association – Get Covered AlaskaHelpline: 1-844-PLANSAKContact a local community centerlast_img read more

UNSC pledges to tackle terror funding unanimously adopts resolution 2462

first_imgThe members of the United Nations Security Council hold a meeting to vote for a resolutions on controlling the turmoil in Venezuela on February 28, 2019 at the United Nations in New York. – Russia and China on Thursday used their veto at the UN Security Council to block a US resolution calling for new presidential elections in Venezuela and unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid.France, Germany and Britain were among nine countries that backed the proposed measure. South Africa also voted no while Indonesia, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast abstained.JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution that calls upon countries to prevent and counter the financing of terrorism, especially in its new forms.Initiated by France, Resolution 2462 is intended to update existing resolutions and adapt them to new forms of financing of terrorism and new challenges in this field, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.The resolution notes with concern that terrorists may abuse legitimate businesses and non-profit organisations for their activities, and make use of emerging payment methods, such as prepaid cards and mobile payments or virtual assets.It also expresses concern at the continuing use by terrorists and their supporters of information and communications technologies, in particular, the internet, to facilitate terrorist acts, as well as inciting, recruiting, funding, or planning terrorist acts.Therefore, the resolution calls upon all countries to enhance the traceability and transparency of financial transactions, including assessing and addressing potential risks associated with virtual assets and as appropriate, the risks of new financial instruments, including but not limited to crowd-funding platforms.It also encourages member states to apply risk-based anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations to virtual asset service providers and to identify effective systems to conduct risk-based monitoring or supervision of virtual asset service providers.Furthermore, the resolution encourages competent national authorities, in particular financial intelligence units and intelligence services, to continue to establish effective partnerships with the private sector, including financial institutions, the Financial technology industry and internet and social media companies, in particular with regards to the evolution of trends, sources and methods of the financing of terrorism.Adopted in 2001 in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US, Resolution 1373 was the first comprehensive resolution imposing obligations on all states to respond to the global threat of terrorism.Resolution 2462 also affirms the Resolution 1373 and in particular its decisions that all countries shall prevent and suppress the financing of terrorist acts and refrain from providing any of support, active or passive, to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts.last_img read more

Indias population to surpass China by 2027 United Nations report

first_imgThe study presents the main results of the 26th round of the UN’s global population estimates, projections and global demographic patterns.India is projected to surpass China as the world’s most populous country by around 2027, according to a new United Nations report released on Monday. The global population is also expected to see an increase of 2 billion in the next 30 years, making the overall population go up to 9.7 billion by 2050.India is also expected to add 273 million people by 2050 and will remain the most populated until the end of the century. Whereas, the global population could reach its peak around the end of the current century, at a level of nearly 11 billion, according to the study, titled ”The World Population Prospects 2019″.The study, published by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, presents the main results of the 26th round of the UN’s global population estimates, projections and global demographic patterns.This study highlights that India, along with eight other countries, will make up over half of the estimated population growth between now and 2050. The nine countries expected to show the biggest increase are India, Nigeria and Pakistan, followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Egypt and the United States of America.India is expected to remain the world’s most populous country with nearly 1.5 billion inhabitants, followed by China at 1.1 billion, Nigeria with 733 million, the United States with 434 million, and Pakistan with an estimated population of 403 million.These numbers regarding the population in India come in the backdrop of a recent notice issued by the Delhi High Court to the Centre regarding a PIL for legalising two-child norm as a part of the Population Control program. India LegalAccording to the petition, filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC) proposed the formulation of Population Control Law under the Constitution’s Article 47 (A) which is one of the directive principles of state policy that hold improvement in the level of nutrition, standard of living and public health as its primary duty.Upadhyay in his plea also claimed that the population of India has marched ahead of China, as about 20 per cent of the population does not have Aadhaar and therefore not accounted for, as well as crores of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis living illegally in the country.The recent UN report also says that “migration flows have become a major reason for population change in certain regions.”Bangladesh, Nepal and the Philippines are seeing the largest migratory outflows resulting from the demand for migrant workers; and Myanmar, Syria and Venezuela are the countries where the largest numbers are leaving because of violence, insecurity or armed conflict, according to the report.last_img read more

Akshay Kumar stepping into the shoes of Thalapathy Vijay in Kaththi remake

first_imgA collage of Vijay and Akshay Kumar.PR HandoutFor years, the rumours of Tamil blockbuster Kaththi being made in Hindi have been doing rounds. It seems like things are finally falling into place for the project. Akshay Kumar had shown interest in the film and was prepping up for the role, but the movie was delayed as he came across Mission Mangal script.With Mission Mangal ready for its release, Akshay Kumar is now ready to star in the much-delayed remake of Kaththi. Titled as Ikka, the movie will be launched soon and will be directed by Jagan Shakthi, the director of Mission Mangal.”It will resonate with the underprivileged section of the society. With my second directorial, I want to explore action which is presented in a sleek way,” Mumbai Mirror quotes the director, who had worked as an associate with many filmmakers that include Kaththi creator AR Murugadoss, as saying.It has to be noted that Akshay Kumar is already working on the remake of Kanchana remake. Kaththi was not just another routine entertainer, but a movie with a strong message. It was a hard-hitting film on our system, which continues to exploit farmers. The Tamil flick tried to expose the nexus of politicians, media and businessmen.The Tamil movie saw Vijay playing dual roles with Samantha enacting the character of his love interest. Neil Nitin Mukesh was seen as the antagonist in the Lyca Productions-funded flick.The audience liked the engaging story backed by the stupendous performance of Vijay. Anirudh’s music was a major highlight.last_img read more

Church leaders pray for Ethiopian Airlines crash victims as they grieve for

first_imgFredrick Nzwili Share This! Share This! Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 March 14, 2019 at 8:18 am Zora says: Fredrick Nzwili,1 Comment Click here to post a comment Some Rohingya refugees prefer death in Bangladesh over repatriation to Myanmar Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – Amid shock and grief after the Ethiopian Airline crash, leaders from the world’s faith traditions gathered in Nairobi for a United Nations event, united in prayer on Monday (March 11) for the 157 victims of the air disaster, among them a Roman Catholic nun and a Catholic and a Lutheran priest.Some 5,000 delegates to the U.N. Environment Assembly, meeting at the U.N.’s Nairobi campus this week, held a moment of silence for 22 of their number who died on their way to the assembly.“I stand before you this morning with a very heavy heart, as we mourn the loss of our sisters and brothers, our colleagues, delegates and members of the United Nations family in the tragic Ethiopian Airlines plane crash,” Maimunah Mohd Sharif, acting director of the U.N. Office in Nairobi, told the gathering.“In the wake of this tragedy, it has been difficult to navigate how to proceed without showing respect to the many lives lost yesterday. I want to assure … that as the day and week unfolds … we will not forget this tragedy, nor those that perished with it.”In a tent set aside for clergy on the sidelines of the U.N. meeting, leaders from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Baha’i and Judaism took turns to offer the prayers. The leaders are hosting a side event at the assembly dubbed “Faith for Earth.”“We have gathered here to pray for those who have lost their lives in an untimely manner. May God comfort and give strength to their families. We are sad, but there is nothing we can do now,” said Nigeria’s Imam Shefiu Abdulkareem Majemu, president of the Strength in Diversity Development Center.Nigerian Imam Shefiu Abdulkareem Majemu, left, prays for victims of the Ethiopian air disaster with other religious leaders during a United Nations event in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 11, 2019. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili“We remember all the nations that have lost their citizens in the tragedy,” said Anglican Bishop Julius Wanyoike of Thika Diocese in Kenya. “At this time we pray for blessing. May grace be sufficient.”“Help us to understand why a ship could crash into the earth with people from different nationalities,” said Israeli Rabbi Yonatan Neril, executive director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem.The jetliner en route to Nairobi crashed near the Ethiopian town of Bishoftu soon after takeoff from the Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday. The international aid community was hit hard by the crash, as Nairobi and Addis Ababa are hubs for relief and development work.The Rev. Norman Tendis, an Austrian Lutheran priest and a consultant for the World Council of Churches, was killed in the downed Boeing jet, as were the Rev. George Mukua and Sister Florence Wangari Yongi, both Roman Catholics.Four relief workers from Catholic Relief Services who were traveling to attend a training in Nairobi were also killed.In all, 35 nations were affected by the crash, the second involving Boeing’s 737 Max 8, a relatively new model, in the past six months. Some countries have grounded the 737 Max 8s in their fleets.The tragedy hit Kenya hardest, with 32 citizens lost. Canada followed with 18, while Ethiopia lost nine. The U.S., Italy and China lost eight each and Britain seven.“It’s a difficult time. Our hearts go to the family, a friend and our dear brother Norman,” said Arnold Temple, a Sierra Leonean Methodist and president of the All Africa Conference of Churches, referring to Tendis.Mukua, a Kenyan in his second year as a Mariannhill missionary priest, was returning to Nairobi from Rome via Addis Ababa.“As his confreres we are shaken by this tragic death and ask for your continued prayers for him and especially his family. May the soul of Fr. George … and all passengers that have died rest in eternal peace,” wrote the Rev. Patrick Chongo, a fellow priest, on Facebook.Yongi was traveling to Kenya from Kisangani, in Congo, where she had worked as a missionary for three and a half years. She was returning to Kenya to renew her passport. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Internet work opportunities are becoming a trend all over the over world nowadays. 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Are Democrats Any Closer To Unity Than Republicans

first_imgKQED Listen Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Much has been made about potential rifts in the Republican party – schisms between fiscal and social conservatives, divisions between ideological and pragmatic Republicans, and disagreement among moderates and hardline conservatives. And evidence certainly exists of such rifts – from the recent Alabama runoff election, to several US Senators and Texas House speaker Joe Straus choosing not to run for re-election in the face of likely primary challenges.But there’s far less attention being paid to potential rifts in the Democratic party, divisions evidenced during the 2016 presidential campaign between supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.What steps have been taken to bridge that divide? Is the Democratic party any closer to a unified message than Republicans? And, if so, how much of that message is simply unification against the GOP? Can a party built on bringing disparate groups together coalesce around common goals and a common message that could actually lead to change in current political dynamics in coming elections?We talk it over with Jay Aiyer, political science professor at Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast. 00:00 /10:29last_img read more

Myst fan creates a real linking book

first_imgFor many, the Myst franchise was an obsession worth getting lost in. The game was designed to offer an escape from the onslaught of FPS titles, and instead focus on rich scenery and clever puzzles. As Myst became Riven, Exile, and back to realMyst, the games became more and more immersive. A key component to the franchise was the linking book. These magical books were written as a portal from world to world, and using them was typical at critical points in the plot. One Myst fan by the name of Mike Ando decided that he needed to have the closest thing to a real linking book as he could get, and accomplished his goal by making a book that can play all of the Myst games.When you think about the Myst title in the context of current generation technology, the games seem to have been almost intentionally designed to be played by reaching out and touching the screen. With that in mind, this Myst linking book offers a terrific gaming experience for the franchise. Underneath the pages of the book you find an entire Windows PC running an Intel Z530P with a GMA500 and 1GB of RAM. This is more than enough to play the original games, but the creator of the book assures that it manages to play End of Ages at a solid 30fps.It wasn’t enough to simply be capable of playing Myst in a linking book. Accuracy was a big deal to Myst fan Mike Ando. He tracked down the exact edition of the book that Cyan Studios scanned to create the digital linking book. From there he gutted the book and “restored” it to look as close to perfect as you can get to the book from the game, right down to the 24-carat gold paint that fills the MYST embossing on the cover. The inside of the book offers more than enough room to both hold the computer and offer enough extra space for heat dissipation.After putting that much work into creating something like this, I doubt selling it would be particularly high on my list of priorities. This probably has a lot to do with why Mike has the price listed at $15,625 at the very bottom of his website, with a link to his email address. Re-creating this book exactly would be a challenge for many, but the instructions are all there on his website for anyone brave enough to try. I’ll just install realMyst on my desktop and hope that someday the Myst IP gets resurrected by someone along with a pre-order bonus offering something just as special.Read more at Rium+last_img read more