Pune: In a case of suspected suicide, a software engineer, along with his wife and four-year-old son were found dead in the city’s Baner-Pashan area, police said on Friday.The bodies of Jayeshkumar Patel (34), his wife Bhumika (30) and son Akshay were found in their apartment. While there were vrope marks on the necks of the husband and wife, the child appears to have been administered poison, said the Chaturshringi police.Alerted by neighboursPatel worked with a reputed IT firm while his wife was a homemaker. According to sources, their house was apparently locked from inside for the past couple of days. “When the family did not answer repeated calls by anxious neighbours, they alerted the police late Thursday evening. The Patels apartment was broken into from the balcony of an adjacent building, only to find the bodies of all three,” said the investigating officer from Chaturshringi police station.“Either the husband and wife hanged themselves after killing the child or the husband killed his wife and son before taking his own life. We are ascertaining what prompted Patel to take this extreme step, and also the time of the deaths,” said the officer.The bodies have been sent to the Sassoon Hospital for postmortem. Further investigations are on. Suicide spree in city The Pashan deaths add to a growing surge of suicides across Pune city in the last 48 hours. On Thursday, a 17-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man from Madhya Pradesh were found dead in their room in the city’s Bhosari area. In another incident, the body of a 31-year-old nurse was found in a decaying condition in her hostel room at Bhosari on Thursday evening.
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was like that new bride who puts on a pretence, rather than actually working, in her marital household. The jibe comes a day after the Election Commission issued notice to Mr. Sidhu for making a derogatory statement about the PM and in the process violating the model code of conduct. “Modi is like a new bride who prepares less rotis but clangs her bangles more to show the neighbourhood that she is neck deep in work. I’m asking the PM the umpteenth time to list one achievement of his in his five-year tenure,” he said. Showing the latest edition of US news magazine Time, which has Mr. Modi on the cover with the caption ‘Divider in Chief’, Mr. Sidhu said the PM was not just that but also “liar in chief’ and “Ambani and Adani’s manager in chief”. He said Mr. Modi was harping on nationalism as he had nothing to show by way of governance. He also attacked Mr. Modi for his statement that a “historic mistake” on the part of the then Congress government ensured that Kartarpur Sahib was included in Pakistan rather than India. “What does this have to do with development, GST etc?” he asked.
management studiesChandigarh, Aug 10 (PTI) Haryana and Switzerland have agreed to explore the possibilities of signing an MoU to impart training to students in hotel management so that they can get jobs in the hospitality industry.A five-member delegation from Switzerland led by Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs and Labour, Bruno Sauter, called on Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today.The delegation also evinced keen interest in cooperating with Haryana in fields of Information Technology (IT), Education, Agriculture, Financial Services and Sports.Study centres in Haryana and Switzerland imparting specialised courses should be promoted, an official release quoted Khattar as saying.The chief minister said that the Institute of Hotel Management in Panipat is among the best institutes of the country with a good placement record.Sauter said once the MoU is signed, students from Haryana can easily get admissions in various specialised six months to one year courses in hotel management in reputed universities of Switzerland, the release said.Those students who intend to pursue hotel management courses, but are unable to come to Switzerland, online arrangements will be made for them, he pointed out.Apart from this, the Swiss faculty would also visit institutes in Haryana to deliver special lectures, Sauter said.Switzerland, which is relatively a smaller country having population of eight million people, is well known for tourism industry and its specialisation in the fields of IT, education, financial services and milk production, he said.Sauter also described Haryana as a favorite tourist destination. PTI SUN ANBadvertisement
Maruti Suzuki India today launched the new Alto with enhanced safety features, a BSVI (BS6) compliant engine and an updated design. The 2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto has been introduced at a starting price of Rs 2,93,689.The 2019 Maruti Alto now comes with safety features like ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensor, driver side airbag, speed alert system and seat belt reminder for both driver and co-driver as standard. The new Alto is also compliant with the upcoming crash and pedestrian safety regulations.Maruti Suzuki Alto facelift also gets a BSVI (BS6) compliant petrol engine. It is the same three-cylinder, 796 cc engine that produces 48 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 69 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The company claims a mileage of 22.05 kmpl for the 2019 Alto. To achieve compliance with BSVI emission regulations, Maruti Suzuki has upgraded engine hardware and software with the technological advancement of the exhaust system in the new Alto.The new 2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto sports fresh grille, sharp headlamps, refurbished bumper and side fender. There are dual tone interiors and seats in the new Alto. Also, dashboard and AC ducts are new.One will also find a new infotainment system christened as Smart Play Dock in the Maruti Suzuki Alto facelift, which gets Bluetooth connectivity. The Smart Play Dock transforms customer’s phone into a touch interface to access calls, music, navigation and more. Also, Maruti Suzuki is making available keyless entry system in the new Alto.”At Maruti Suzuki, we are committed to bringing innovations in India’s best-selling car brand Alto, which now has a stylish makeover with additional safety features. With cumulative sales of over 3.7 million since launch in 2,000, Alto has been a symbol of pride for Indian car users. Nearly 58 per cent of Alto customers have chosen it as their first car purchase. The New Alto is India’s first BSVI compliant entry segment car with a powerful engine and high fuel efficiency of 22.05 kmpl. We are confident that the New Alto will be a car that young Indians will be proud to own,” said R S Kalsi, Senior Executive Director (Marketing and Sales), Maruti Suzuki.advertisementBelow are the variant wise prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) of new Alto BS VI.– New Alto BS VI Std — Rs 2,93,689– New Alto BS VI LXI — Rs 3,50,375– New Alto BS VI VXI — Rs 3,71,709According to Maruti Suzuki, the hike in prices of 2019 Alto are predominantly due to factors such as additional safety features, new technology and design and compliance to BSVI regulation. Also, the car meets the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) obligations and is over 95 per cent recoverable and 85 per cent recyclable.The New Maruti Suzuki Alto will have a length of 3,445 mm, height of 1,475 mm and width (with side moulding) of 1515 mm. It will be available in six colour options — Uptown Red, Superior White, Silky Silver, Granite Grey, Mojito Green and Cerulian Blue.ALSO READ | Honda Amaze VX CVT launched in India, price starts at Rs 8.57 lakhALSO READ | Renault Summer Camp begins: Free car top wash, exclusive offers on spare parts, accessoriesALSO READ | Hyundai Venue vs Mahindra XUV300: Prices, specifications comparison
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett says the establishment of Destination Assurance Committees (DACs) in resort areas, will ensure high-quality standards in the delivery of the country’s tourism product.Speaking at the first meeting of the Negril Destination Assurance Committee held at the Couples Swept Sway Resort in Negril, on Thursday (July 13), Minister Bartlett said Jamaica’s tourism product must be of the highest level, in order for the destination to remain attractive in the marketplace.“The aim of our partnership is to improve the standards and physical infrastructure of Negril and engage with citizens to ensure that your town and Jamaica are viewed as favorable to visitors, facilitating growth in the sector,” he stated.The Negril Committee comprises representatives of organizations including the Negril Green Island Area Local Planning Authority; the Jamaica Fire Brigade; Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA); the Municipal Corporation for the parish and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), among others.Minister Bartlett said the DAC will ensure that the industry becomes a powerful catalyst for improving the socio-economic conditions of everyone.“Our focus is to reposition tourism to generate higher growth rates in both visitor arrivals and earnings. To accomplish this growth imperative, we must ensure that all aspects of the product are right and that we can truly deliver on what we promise when we market Jamaica,” he stated.Meanwhile, the Tourism Minister charged the Negril DAC to take their responsibility seriously, ensuring that visitors to that resort town enjoy a safe, secure and seamless vacation.“The Destination Managers in the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) will be the link between your DAC and the resort’s tourism stakeholders. In this way, we can stay on top of the needs of the industry and monitor the progress of the developmental efforts,” Mr. Bartlett stated.The Negril DAC is chaired by Elaine Allen- Bradley and will meet once a month.
A high school student who helps immigrants settle in Nova Scotiaand managed a small business at his school is this year’s winnerof the Dr. P. Anthony (Tony) Johnstone Memorial Fund EntranceScholarship. Ryan Livingston accepted the $6,000 scholarship today, June 25,at the Prince Andrew High School graduation ceremony. The scholarship honours the life and work of the late TonyJohnstone, a long-time educator and human-rights advocate in NovaScotia. Dr. Johnstone devoted his life to promoting multiculturalunderstanding and social equality. The scholarship is the largestuniversity-entrance scholarship awarded by the Nova Scotiagovernment. “This scholarship encourages young people to learn more abouthuman-rights issues in Canada and get involved in continuing thesocial change Dr. Johnstone worked so hard to achieve,” saidEducation Minister Jamie Muir. “Mr. Livingston is an excellentexample for other young Nova Scotians and I’m pleased tocongratulate him on this award.” Mr. Livingston is the 13th winner of the scholarship. A selectioncommittee chooses one recipient annually who demonstratesoutstanding academic achievement and active involvement instudent and community affairs. Mr. Livingston helps immigrants learn English and founded theInternational Student Community Support Group in the HalifaxRegional Municipality. He is currently helping a Korean familyadjust to life in Nova Scotia. He managed a second-hand clothingstore at his school and is the skip for his team at the DartmouthCurling Club. “I think it’s important for people from around the world to cometogether because they learn about themselves while learning abouteach other,” said Mr. Livingston. “I’d like to encourage highschool and university students to get to know internationalstudents and help them adjust to life here because that helps ushave more open minds.” Applicants are required to submit an original essay on positivesolutions to resolve current human-rights issues that confrontCanadians. In his submission, Mr. Livingston suggested theCanadian government should give refugees more opportunity toplead their case for entry into the country. He also believespolice officers should have more training to prevent theexcessive use of force, particularly against visible minorities. Recipients of this award must plan on immediately entering thefirst year of a bachelor’s degree program at any maritimeuniversity. Mr. Livingston will pursue a bachelor of commercedegree with a major in global business management at Saint Mary’sUniversity. Students eligible to apply for next year’s Tony JohnstoneScholarship may obtain applications from their school guidancecounsellors or at ednet.ns.ca early in 2005. The applicationdeadline is March 31, 2005.
Ten Nova Scotian businesses and municipalities in the South Shore region are receiving more than $570,000 for projects that will help reduce greenhouse gases and air pollutants. The funding, from the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change, was announced today, May 28, in Liverpool by Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “The funding for these projects will help Nova Scotia reduce the air emissions that lead to climate change and help make life better for families in every region,” said Mr. Belliveau. “As we look forward to Environment Week, beginning Sunday, we are showing genuine leadership in the protection of our environment and the growth of the green economy.” The Region of Queens Municipality is receiving $137,150 toward the energy-efficient construction of the new Queens Place Recreation Centre, as well as $10,000 for an energy audit. South Shore businesses receiving funding are Clare Machine Works in Clare, Digby Co., which will get $107,000 to develop lobster trap improvements that could lead to less boat travel to set and retrieve the traps and Rainbow Net and Rigging, which will receive $94,000 toward a new facility in Chester to sanitize and repair nylon aquaculture nets. The Mersey Tobeatic Research Centre will get $56,526 to retrofit a field station to demonstrate a carbon-neutral building. In other municipal grants, the Town of Bridgewater will receive $105,000 to install solar hot air and water panels for five municipal buildings, and upgrade lighting for the Bridgewater Arena. Other municipalities are receiving $5,000 to $28,000 for an array of projects involving solar hot air and water panels, refrigeration-plant retrofits, installation of wind turbines, and more. These projects are expected to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by about 17,000 tonnes — equal to taking 3,900 cars off the road — and cut more than 450,000 kilograms of major air pollutant emissions, including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. The projects, supported by ecoNova Scotia, with funding from the Government of Canada, further the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act and the Climate Change Action Plan. They will also help Nova Scotia be recognized as a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy technology. With this announcement, ecoNova Scotia has funded about 100 projects since it was established in 2007. For more information on the fund, visit www.gov.ns.ca/ecoNovaScotia .
The province wants to hear ideas on how to recognize and honour the contributions that people of African descent have made in Nova Scotia. The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs will visit communities across the province from March 17-30 to gather suggestions on ways to pay tribute to African Nova Scotian experiences and achievements. “We want to establish a lasting form of recognition that honours both the struggle for human rights and the many contributions that African Nova Scotians have made to the history, culture and development of this province,” said Percy Paris, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “The time is right to do this, especially with 2011 being the International Year for People of African Descent. We will work with communities to determine the most fitting form of recognition.” Consultation sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the following locations: Public input can also be shared online, by visiting www.gov.ns.ca/ansa or e-mailing email@example.com by March 31. March 17, Menelik Hall, 88 Laurier St., Whitney Pier March 21, Lincolnville Community Centre, Lincolnville Loop, Lincolnville March 21, Ward One Recreation Centre, 387 Brother St., New Glasgow March 22, Black Employment Partnership Committee office, 103 Water St., Yarmouth March 23, Highland AME Church, 236 Church St., Amherst March 28, Cornwallis Street Baptist Church, 5457 Cornwallis St., Halifax March 30, Black Cultural Centre, 1149 Main St., Dartmouth
OTTAWA – The RCMP is eyeing a policy change for organized crime investigations to better protect the rights of journalists, newly disclosed documents say.The possible move follows revelations in Quebec about surveillance of reporters by provincial and municipal police and growing concern about the ability of journalists to shield sources from authorities.Under a 2003 ministerial directive, the RCMP must take special care in national security investigations involving sensitive spheres such as the media, politics, academia, religion and unions.It means Mounties must seek high-level approvals before engaging in terrorism and espionage probes that touch these sectors.“Recognizing the sensitivity of investigations involving the media, we are currently discussing how to apply this national security related ministerial directive to all RCMP federal investigations, such as those involving organized crime,” internal Mountie briefing notes say.The Canadian Press recently obtained the November 2016 notes through the Access to Information Act.RCMP spokesman Harold Pfleiderer had no additional comment.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, the cabinet member responsible for the RCMP, has previously said the government is reviewing the 2003 directive to ensure the language is sufficient to safeguard press freedoms.“That work is ongoing,” said Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Goodale.“Freedom of the press is a fundamental Canadian value protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and our government will defend it assiduously.”The internal notes say the Mounties do not engage in activities to investigate or disrupt the efforts of journalists that are protected by the charter. “That said, the RCMP does have the mandate and responsibility to investigate criminal activity, which could involve individuals in a variety of professions, including journalism.”The RCMP’s push to broaden the 2003 ministerial directive could spring from a desire within the force to avoid the pitfalls of spying on journalists — such as the current glare of publicity in Quebec, suggested Wesley Wark, a national security expert at the University of Ottawa.In 2007, the RCMP contravened the ministerial directive in conducting physical surveillance of two journalists in an attempt to identify the person who leaked a classified Canadian Security Intelligence Service document.The surveillance was unauthorized and ended once RCMP management became aware.The 2003 directive is “not an immunity provision,” but rather is aimed at ensuring there is not “some lower-level constable who’s running amok,” said Craig Forcese, a law professor at the University of Ottawa.Extending the directive to the RCMP’s organized crime probes could protect journalists who are “collaterally swept into a police investigation,” Forcese said.A related issue is whether journalists can be shielded from having to reveal their sources and essentially becoming proxies for police investigations, he added.Ontario’s top court recently ruled Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch must give the RCMP the background materials he used for stories on an accused terrorist — a case that squarely pits media freedoms against the powers of police.A Quebec senator has introduced a bill he calls the first concrete legislative measure in Canada to protect journalistic sources following a spate of cases in which reporters have come under police surveillance.Conservative Sen. Claude Carignan said in November he was compelled to table the private member’s bill after learning that Montreal police obtained warrants to monitor the iPhone of La Presse journalist Patrick Lagace.The Quebec provincial police force has also acknowledged tracking the communications of journalists.The federal government says it is assessing the “legal, technical and operational impacts” of Carignan’s bill.Under questioning from the NDP in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week that journalists “should always be able” to protect their sources.“That is something we believe in strongly as a government, and that is something we will continue to defend and fight for, not just here in Canada but around the world.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead program will present the Looking Ahead Awards on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles.Hosted by Looking Ahead Advisory Committee Chair Fred Savage, The Looking Ahead Awards honors leaders in the former young performer community who continue to inspire the world by living the program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service.Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank will present her mother, Judy Swank, with the Looking Ahead Parenting Award; Max Burkholder will receive the Looking Ahead Social Awareness Award; Tia and Tamera Mowry will receive the Looking Ahead Education Award from Jackée Harry; and Academy Award winner Margaret O’Brien is slated to receive the Shirley Temple Award from June Lockhart.WHEN:Thursday, December 46:00PM – 7:30PM – Red Carpet ArrivalsWHERE:Taglyan Center1201 Vine StreetLos Angeles, CA 90038
MONTREAL – Several Greenpeace members climbed the outside of the Olympic Stadium tower in Montreal on Thursday to protest the federal government’s decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline project.The five climbers, who were equipped with cables and harnesses, ascended partway up the 165-metre-tall structure, which is built at a 45-degree angle.They then unfurled a banner as a message for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with the sign reading, Stop Pipelines, Don’t Dirty Our Money.They later descended without incident and were arrested by Montreal police.Greenpeace spokeswoman Loujain Kurdi said the climbers wanted to send a message to Trudeau that “climate leaders do not build pipelines.”In a phone interview, she said Ottawa’s decision to spend $4.5 billion to take over the Trans Mountain project goes against its international commitments to reduce emissions.“Instead of spending $4.5 billion of taxpayer money on one pipeline, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could help us build three million electric rechargeable stations,” she said.“For even less than that, for only $3.2 billion, he could fulfil the promise he made last December and ensure that every Indigenous community across Canada has access to drinking water.”She added Trudeau still has time to back out of the deal, since the government and the company have given themselves until this coming Sunday to seek a third-party buyer for the pipeline.Police cordoned off the area below the tower, and tourists and employees were barred from the stadium until around 11:30 a.m.Montreal police spokeswoman Caroline Chevrefils said officers arrested four women and three men between the ages of 26 and 40.Two women were arrested on the ground at around 9:30 a.m., whereas the five climbers were stopped after descending from the structure at around 11 a.m.All seven will be charged with conspiracy and mischief over $5,000 and will be released on a promise to appear, Chevrefils said.The organization carried out a similar action earlier in July when several climbers dangled under Vancouver’s Ironworkers Memorial Bridge for 36 hours to create what the organization called an “aerial blockade,” according to a Greenpeace news release.
Canberra – Morocco bears a clear vision to diversify its partnerships and establish a shared zone of peace and prosperity, said Youssef Amrani, chargé de mission at the Royal Office.Speaking at a conference in Canberra at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), Amrani highlighted the multi-dimensional reforms undertaken by Morocco, following the adoption of the 2011 Constitution, which made the Kingdom a stable democratic country, in a region that witnessed several changes.Amrani also gave an overview of the Moroccan approach in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, and shed light on its security, socio-economic and religious dimensions, which enabled Morocco to preserve its security and its stability. In addition to the security aspect, the Moroccan approach in this area is centered around inclusive human development, he noted, adding that several reforms have been undertaken in the religious field and actions were taken to promote a tolerant Islam.Amrani also tackled the latest developments in the Middle East and North Africa region, which is facing many threats due to persistent crises that benefit terrorist groups and their jihadist propaganda.According to him, the challenges facing Libya and Iraq, the persistence of the Syrian crisis and its consequences on the region, in addition to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict pose threats to the region and even beyond in the Sahel and Europe.The solution to current crises require a more comprehensive, coherent and pragmatic regional approach, in tune with the realities of each country in the region and in line with the aspirations and legitimate needs of the people, he pointed out.Thus, the respect of the fundamental principles of national unity, sovereignty and the territorial integrity of States are prerequisites to achieving stability, Amrani said.It is also important to provide clear answers to the different questions of identity by going beyond the existing divisions in a framework of dialogue, living together and understanding, he added.Amrani also highlighted the convergence of the respective positions of Morocco and Australia on major international issues and their common commitment to the values of dialogue, peace and openness.
Senior pitcher Ryan Riga (44) delivers a pitch for OSU.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter sophomore right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins was selected in the sixth round of the 2015 MLB draft on Tuesday, the Ohio State baseball team heard a trio of its players’ names called on Wednesday.Left-handed pitcher Ryan Riga became the second member of OSU’s starting pitching corps selected when the Chicago White Sox took him in the 13th round. Riga was the 382nd overall pick in the draft.Riga spent three years playing for the Buckeyes after transferring from Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, Ill., after his freshman year.After spending his first year at OSU pitching out of the bullpen, where he compiled a 2.14 ERA in 29 appearances, he joined the rotation for his junior and senior campaigns.He struggled somewhat in his first year as a starting pitcher, going 4-4 with a 4.33 ERA. However, he tied for the team lead with 55 strikeouts and threw a complete game shutout against Oregon early in the year.Riga broke out during his senior year, though, making headlines when he broke OSU’s all-time record for consecutive scoreless innings. Riga shattered the previous mark of 22.1 innings by throwing 30.2 consecutive shutout innings in March and April.The Fairfield, Ohio, native was unable to sustain the early-season success he had but still finished the year with a 5-4 record and a 3.32 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts). He was named to the third team All-Big Ten for his senior-season efforts.The first offensive player from OSU was called two rounds later in the 15th when the Houston Astros took outfielder Pat Porter with the 439th pick.Porter, a first-team All-Big Ten selection for his senior season, was the unquestioned focal point of OSU’s offense this season, batting third and playing right field in every game.Notable for his powerful swing and strong outfield arm, Porter led the team in batting average (.338), hits (71), home runs (11) and RBI (49) this season. His 11 dingers were tied for third-most in the Big Ten.A product of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Porter played in at least 50 games in each of his four years at OSU. He commenced his collegiate career with a .283 batting average, 16 home runs and 124 RBI. He is also OSU’s all-time leader in triples with 15.Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Shea Murray was a late pick, going in the 39th round to the Texas Rangers.Murray, a product of Defiance, Ohio, has only made 11 appearances for the Buckeyes — five in 2014 and six in 2015. He struggled in the bulk of them, surrendering 15 earned runs in 10.1 innings of work over the two seasons.The 6-foot-6 Murray’s high strikeout rate was likely a main reason for the Rangers to look his direction, as he fanned 12 batters in 7.2 innings this season. However, he allowed 11 hits and walked four in that span.Ryan Feltner, a right-handed pitching commit from Walsh Jesuit High School in the Cleveland area, was also drafted on Wednesday. The Toronto Blue Jays selected Feltner in the 25th round with the 752nd pick.Seniors Trace Dempsey, a right-handed relief pitcher, and catchers Connor Sabanosh and Aaron Gretz went undrafted.The four OSU selections were the most since the Buckeyes also had four players taken in 2007.
(Trinidad Guardian) Declaring that “criminals are worse than cockroaches,” incoming Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith says the criminal element will be “crushed.”And while the criminal element may have no fear of God, Griffith on Tuesday promised: “I will ensure that they have the fear of Gary.”“The happy hour is over,” Griffith added, as said his job “is to go after the low life elements who continue to deprive law-abiding citizens of their right of safety and security.”Griffith has been criticised for his reference to the criminal element as “cockroaches,” but yesterday he said he stood by his statement.“I refer to them as cockroaches, yes that is what they are, what they are doing is affecting the safety and security of every citizen of this country, they are nothing else and they should be crushed,” he said.Despite this apparent stance, he committed to doing what is required “within the law to ensure the safety and security of citizens is adhered to.”Speaking on the CNC3 Morning Brew yesterday, Griffith said the criminal element he referred to as cockroaches are those who “kill people, rape people, who terrorise people and you are saying they should not be referred to as cockroaches? Well the day one of your loved ones is killed by a coldblooded murderer and you can’t see them as anything else, that is your perception.”Asked whether he was adopting a hard-line approach to the criminal element, Griffith made it clear that he was.“That is what law enforcement is about,” he said, adding those who decide to break the law must know the T&T Police Service “will show what the police can do.”As he made the media rounds yesterday, Griffith, in another interview, said the “two to three thousand hardened criminals who have sophisticated weapons have reached the point of no return and the only way to deal with them is by accepting the fact that we have to do it to them before they do it to us and within the law.”He said he had no intention of negotiating with criminal elements.“I have no intention to try to influence them verbally or to explain to them that what they are doing is against the law. I intend to fight fire with fire within the law.”He said while some may say it’s a “bullying tactic,” it was the only way to deal with individuals who feel they are in “full control of their own blocks and areas and no one can tell them what they can do. I intend to do differently.”In doing that, he said the police will have a “minimum force policy which is from verbal persuasion to the communication back up to the pepper spray, the tasers, to rubber bullets to the firearms,” as he signalled that the police will utilise whatever it has to do deal with dealing with the problem to ensure success.He said what the country had seen in the last several months was not just gang-related activity.“The country has become a very violent one where persons feel they can commit criminal activity without any fear of being arrested.”Griffith said he intended to utilise the 8000-plus “loyal and dedicated men and women” of the police service to “do what is required to ensure safety and security.”Under his watch, he promised a faster response to calls to the E999, “high visibility, rapid response, improvement in technology, certain things can and will be done.”Declaring that the Police Service is a very powerful unit, Griffith said there are many dedicated men and women who are willing to serve, and he was confident that working together and with the strategies to be implemented there will be a reduction in crime and homicides. Griffith refused to give any timeline on when the population will see a difference in the daily rising homicide rate, but he said his intention is to double the effort he made when he was national security minister, “because now I will have the operational ability to implement many things at a faster rate than I was able to as minister.”“The Commissioner can be the catalyst towards crime turning around or even increase if he does not use his resources in the right manner,” he said.He would not be drawn into debate on whether acting Commissioner Stephen Williams had failed in that regard, saying as far as he was concerned Williams was “a true patriot”.“There is nothing I can say other than give him full credit for the sacrifice he made,” Griffith said.Griffith said his 78-point plan of action will also see the re-establishment of some units which were disbanded, the disbanding or watering down of other units, asset acquisition, training and the use of technology. 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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram According to the International Olive Oil Council, oil production in Italy is set to drop by 34 per cent this year, as the weather in the wider Mediterranean hasn’t been kind to the country.After an extremely hot spring and summer followed by an olive-eating fly epidemic, Italy’s olive groves failed to produce enough extra virgin oil while its price rose to $2.97 a pound, 84 per cent more than last year.Spain, which is the world’s largest olive oil producer, suffered similar events before Italy. Meanwhile, Greece’s weather conditions were ideal. Olive oil has been a mainstay for Greece’s economy for centuries, and production is expected to double this year. The price for Greek extra virgin olive oil only had a 15 per cent rise from last year reaching $1.45 a pound.Greece ranks third in olive oil production, yet most is exported to Italy. In 2013, Greece exported some $602 million worth of olive oil, its third most valuable export after petroleum products and medicine, according to data from the World Bank.Costco Wholesale, which is always down for a good deal, has switched from Italy to Greece for its Kirkland Signature two-litre bottle of premium olive oil. “We wanted to get a single source of good quality; for this year we went to Greece,” Costco’s Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said.“Certainly it’s going to put Greece on the map, because people watch what Costco does,” adds David Neuman, CEO of the US unit of Greek olive-oil company Gaea.
Les défenseurs de la chasse à l’éléphant donnent de la voixUne association internationale de chasseurs, en congrès cette semaine au Cap, en Afrique du Sud, a défendu la chasse à l’éléphant. Une intervention qui a eu lieu moins d’un mois après le safari du roi d’Espagne au Botswana qui a tant fait scandale.A la fin du mois d’avril dernier, le roi d’Espagne Juan Carlos a dû s’excuser d’avoir participé à une coûteuse chasse à l’éléphant au Botswana alors que son pays souffre terriblement de la crise et que ses animaux sont aujourd’hui sérieusement menacés. Cette petite escapade serait pourtant passée inaperçue si le monarque ne s’était pas blessé en faisant une chute.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour soutenir le roi, une association internationale de chasseurs, en congrès cette semaine au Cap, en Afrique du Sud a souligné que ce safari ne posait pas de problème dans la mesure où l’éléphant tué par Juan Carlos était un vieux mâle, ce qui est “parfaitement viable”. “Au Botswana, la chasse à l’éléphant en général [pas le braconnage] est viable, et vu l’évolution de la population d’éléphants, il faudrait même en tuer davantage”, a estimé Tamas Marghescu, directeur général du Conseil international pour la protection de la faune sauvage (CIC).Aux Etats-Unis, ce sont les photos des fils de Donald Trump (un célèbre homme d’affaires américain) posant avec une dépouille de léopard et la queue d’un éléphant coupée au couteau durant un safari au Zimbabwe, qui avaient fait scandale. Mais pour Adri Kitshoff, directrice de l’association sud-africaine des chasseurs professionnels (Phasa), ces photos étaient “respectueuses”. En effet, elle a indiqué que dès lors que l’éléphant est donné pour sa viande à la population, le chasseur a traditionnellement le droit de garder la queue.Elle précise également que rien qu’en Afrique du Sud, chaque chasseur étranger génère jusqu’à 14 emplois et il y en aurait eu selon elle 6.300 en 2010 dont moitié d’Américains. Un nombre jugé très faible comparativement aux 250.000 à 300.000 chasseurs locaux. De son côté, WWF a déclaré que l’important était que l’argent rapporté par la chasse aille aux populations locales et aux efforts pour la survie des espèces.Le 9 mai 2012 à 14:44 • Maxime Lambert
Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has slammed his side’s lack of firepower up front and has called for a major overhaul of the squad.Hibernian dropped to eighth in the Scottish league table after their 1-0 home defeat to Hearts on Saturday.Speaking after the loss, Hibernian boss Lennon criticized the club’s recruitment has been poor and slammed his attacking players.“Our center forwards are not playing well enough,” Lennon told Sky Sports.“That has been a bugbear of mine for a while.“We need to try and bring better ones in, it’s as simple as that. We’re not scoring enough goals or wanting to score enough goals.Match Preview: Rangers vs Celtic Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 It is time for the first Old Firm derby of the 2019-20 campaign, as Rangers host Celtic tomorrow at 13:00 (CET).We had plenty [of chances] in the game [against Hearts]. Plenty of balls flashed across the box. We don’t react to a lot of things.“We’re not physical enough or creative enough and tonight is a prime example.“We lost some really good players last year. We sold players for money and if we want to have an impact on the top six, or even the top four, then we need to replace those players.“We need robust players as well. I’m fed up with the injuries. Soft injuries. Player breaking down, breaking down, breaking down. It’s almost every week someone is crying about an injury.”
Representing the 25,000 producer-members of the American Soybean Association (ASA), Board member and past-President Bart Ruth, a soybean and corn farmer from Rising City, Neb., testified on the status of agricultural trade negotiations before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture. World demand for soy-related exports, particularly high protein soybean meal and livestock products, is growing rapidly. Expansion of developing economies has spurred rising demand for and ability to afford a more nutritious diet.”With 96 percent of the world’s population living outside our borders, and most of its growth in countries with low per capita consumption of soy products, our foreign markets will only continue to expand,” Ruth said. “U.S. farmers need to compete for these expanding markets, and to do so, we need to bring down tariffs on soy-related products in importing countries, and prevent their replacement with non-tariff barriers.”The purpose of today’s hearing was to review the broad agenda of issues involving agricultural trade, and how these issues have changed considerably over the past decade, as have strategies for addressing them. Ruth presented an overview of the current situation, and then commented on soybean priorities in the World Trade Organization (WTO), Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations, and several other important trade issues.Since the 1970’s, the U.S. has exported one-half of each year’s soybean crop, either as whole soybeans, soybean meal and oil, or in the form of livestock products. Soybean and soy product exports alone are currently valued at $8 to $10 billion, making the U.S. soybean industry the largest positive contributor to the national trade balance.”We must require both developing as well as developed country competitors to comply with the same disciplines on production and trade-distorting farm support programs that we must meet,” Ruth said. “And we must eliminate the distorting effects of our own domestic farm policies in discouraging soybean plantings when market signals indicate otherwise.”Each of these goals will be addressed during negotiations the agriculture community faces over the next three to four years. Current talks to reach agreement on a framework for agriculture as part of the Doha Development Agenda will reach a critical point at the mini-Ministerial in late June. Even if a framework is reached, actual commitments will need to be negotiated, and the time frame for completion will be uncertain.ASA was an early and strong supporter of Doha WTO trade proposals to require countries to improve market access by bringing higher tariffs down faster than lower tariffs. ASA has supported making significant reductions in trade-distorting domestic support, provided that countries with comparatively higher levels of support, particularly the European Union, make proportionately greater reductions, and that developing country exporters are subjected to similar disciplines.”We are concerned that, if countries are able to protect all or most of their sensitive import commodities from meaningful tariff cuts, we won’t see the expansion of markets for soybeans, soybean meal, and livestock products needed to justify accepting substantial reductions in domestic support and changes in our export credit program that will dramatically decrease its effectiveness,” Ruth said. “A formula must be found that will ensure a significant increase in market access for U.S. soy and livestock products, as well as other key U.S. agricultural commodities.”Of particular concern to ASA is the failure of the various negotiating texts to distinguish between least developed and advanced developing countries by allowing self-designated developing countries to exempt themselves from disciplines required of developed countries. Countries that are world-class producers and exporters of soybeans and other commodities, like Brazil, should not be allowed to exempt themselves from meaningful market access commitments or have the unlimited ability to implement trade-distorting domestic support and export policies.”ASA is also concerned by efforts to eliminate non-emergency foreign food assistance provided under P.L. 480 Title 1 and other food aid programs,” Ruth said. “Assistance in the form of food is essential to help developing countries alleviate poverty, combat diseases such HIV/AIDS, and develop economically. We recommend that any disciplines on food aid be considered separately from reforms in export-related programs, and urge that food aid experts be included in future negotiations.”ASA continues to be concerned by indications that the European Union (EU) intends to ignore its requirements under the 1992 Blair House Agreement of the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations. Under Blair House, the EU agreed to restrict subsidized oilseed area, and to limit production of oilseeds for industrial purposes on so-called set-aside land. After several reforms, the EU now maintains that its oilseed supports are either not crop-specific or that support has been decoupled and, as a result, the Blair House acreage restrictions no longer apply.”ASA and other U.S. oilseed organizations believe the EU must be reminded of its Blair House obligations, which have been bound in the EU’s WTO commitments,” Ruth said. “The United States must be prepared to aggressively challenge the EU if it breaches its obligations.”Regarding FTAs, ASA supports passage of the Central America Free Trade Agreement, Dominican Republic, and Morocco FTAs. ASA welcomes the start of the Andean FTA, and is supportive of the Australia FTA, provided the livestock phytosanitary issues are resolved. ASA is anxious to see the conclusion of the Southern African Customs Union FTA, in which ASA hopes to see soy protein used in a model for supplementary feeding of people receiving anti-retroviral drugs to combat HIV/AIDS, as well as supplementing local diets to fight malnutrition and low productivity.In regards to trade in biotech-enhanced crops, Ruth said, “U.S. agriculture must confront the growing challenge to our farm exports by non-science-based claims by the European Union that restrict the availability and competitiveness of food products derived from U.S. biotech commodities by imposing stigmatizing labeling and onerous traceability requirements. Unless the U.S. and other biotech producing and exporting countries challenge the EU’s Traceability and Labeling regulations, we will continue to lose foreign markets, not only in Europe but in other countries that choose to, or are pressured to, follow the EU’s example.”