Convergence of diversity

first_imgThe Congress party has been reduced to being a confederation of leaders ever since president Rahul Gandhi announced he was stepping down following a near rout in the elections, with lack of homogeneity becoming a least common denominator. There is a palpable loss of the sense of balance, with each one pulling in a different direction. Whether it is the inevitability of a member of the Gandhi family to lead the party out of the rut or the desirability of having a young president or even the ‘rudderless’ effect of Rahul’s untimely decision to quit, there is no clear stand on anyone’s part. Also Read – A special kind of bondNow the party cannot make out what would be an acceptable stand when it comes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his policies. Loose cannon Jairam Ramesh, after a certainly forced hiatus, has fired one, saying it might not be wise to demonise Modi for whatever he does. The ‘outside’ politician thinks that the good things that Modi does, and he sees a number of them, must be appreciated. Ramesh was soon followed by Manu Abhishek Singhvi, a most unlikely name to align with whatever the former IAS officer has been saying and doing, and of course Shashi Tharoor, whose penchant for controversy needs no introduction. Also Read – Insider threat managementBut for many Congressmen, for whom a pathological hatred for Modi is the raison d’etre for their existence and survival, this is like committing suicide. Spokesperson Anand Sharma says if the opposition sings praise for the government, that is the end of democracy. But one does not know whether constructive criticism, the hallmark of a good opposition, implies blind opposition to whatever the government does. But at least for Anand Sharma, that seems to be the case. Jairam Ramesh has since declared that he is stopping to give advice to party men, but Tharoor is showing no signs of giving in. When Kerala PCC chief Mullappally Ramachandran and Opposition Leader in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala suggested that Tharoor must first join BJP and make the kind of comments he has done, the Thiruvananthapuram MP said he has nothing to learn from the Kerala Congress leaders, which prompted the PCC chief to seek an official explanation for his conduct. There is even a demand that Shashi Tharoor should be expelled from the party. It was the height of embarrassment when even on a crucial issue like the abrogation of Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir, the party could not speak in one voice. Things came to such a pass that at one stage it appeared that the party was not even sure whether Kashmir was an internal, bilateral or an international issue. Thankfully, the Kashmir developments happened so abruptly that the party was spared the trouble of a prolonged period of confusion. Anand Sharma has, however, said unlike the BJP, everyone has the right to express themselves in Congress. He cannot be more than right. Congress has always been a confluence of conflicting interests. True to its credentials as the oldest party of India, it had in its ranks people who stood for ideas as diverse as India itself. In fact, some of their great leaders themselves were a bundle of contradictions. We have Jawaharlal Nehru, who, despite being a staunch nationalist, shared the imperial grandeur of his colonial friends, including a reported fancy for having his laundry done in Paris, though that has been clarified as pure fiction. It also includes leaders like former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who became a political pensioner even before he reached his political youth. During his tenure, he exhibited a rare organic disability to say ‘no’ to anything, which he attributed to the compulsions of coalition politics and allowed a free run to all those who had placed personal money above all national duties as ministers. We also have veteran leaders like A K Antony, whose commitment to principles is as intense as Romeo’s obsession with the romance of love, rather than his lady love. Antony’s principles have brought no good to either himself, his party or even the nation. And yet, he likes himself to be known for his devotion to his ideals. The current crop of Congress leaders have made the difference between politics and business a very thin line and it is no wonder that most of them have landed in trouble over questionable deals. As Modi kept taunting, many of them are riding the ‘bail’ Gadi, an obvious reference to the National Herald case involving Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Former home and finance minister P Chidambaram, who has been dodging the investigating agencies for years, has finally landed up in the custody of CBI but is challenging the government to produce evidence of his money-making. An eminent lawyer himself and a man well-versed with the ways of the world, it would rather be naïve to expect him to leave easy trails for the law enforcement agencies. That is probably what lends him the courage to challenge the government. It is a different matter that, given the privileged position he has enjoyed in the government for most of his political career, it should ideally be incumbent on him to come clean on his own for people to believe him.(The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Popular Winnipeg Friendship Centre cut off from funding again

first_imgMelissa RidgenAPTN NewsOne of the largest and busiest friendship centres in the country is in unfriendly waters with the Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres (MAC).The Indian and Metis Friendship Centre (IMFC) in Winnipeg’s north end, claims to serve some 7,000 vulnerable people a month, offering a warm place to stay, cultural programs for kids, parenting programs and food bank services to name a few.But they’re at risk of closing their doors as MAC has sanctioned them for the second time in as many years, saying the centre too often plays fast and loose with the rules and finances.“We’ve told IMFC many times, ‘this is what you need to do, this is how you need to do it, this is what we expect’ and they’re just not following what we’re asking,” said MAC president Roberta MacKinnon.Last year, American Indian Movement supporters took over the friendship centre’s elections and voted in a nine-member board with Norman Lagimodiere as president.Soon after, six members of the board were turfed. Then the executive director was let go and the finance director followed him.MacKinnon said members of the board have no authority to kick out other duly elected members. And the president has stepped in as interim executive director.She said the previous executive director and finance person were instrumental in getting funding flowing to the IMFC late last year after it was cut off in 2016 for noncompliance with reporting rules.“There’s something about Winnipeg, they just won’t report,” said MacKinnon.Some staff and board members also haven’t complied with the requirement to submit a criminal background check to MAC,These issues put every friendship centre at risk, she said.“When you’re not behaving or not being responsible for your financials and your governance it paints a bad brush for the rest of the centres.”Lagimodiere said IMFC has asked MAC for governance training but they’ve been denied. MacKinnon disputes that.“We have reached out to help them. We have asked them to have governance training, board training, how to take minutes, let us know when your board meetings are so we can observe and help you, and they haven’t let us know,” said MacKinnon.“I don’t want to see this centre fail. I want to see it thrive,” MacKinnon said.Meanwhile, the friendship centre’s community services liaison said they’re planning a volunteer appreciation banquet next month he hopes Winnipeggers will fund.“We will be sending out a GoFundMe page very soon so Winnipeg if you can come together to keep the centre going so we can do bigger and better things,” said Chris D’ read more

Direct tax collection falls short CBDT raises alarm

first_imgNew Delhi: Mar 28 (PTI) The CBDT has rung alarm bells and has asked the Income Tax Department to go for a major assault as the direct tax collection target remains short of about 15 per cent, with the financial year closing less than a week away.On March 26, CBDT Member (Revenue) Neena Kumar shot off a letter to all the regional chiefs of the department stating that the tax collection figures have “been reviewed and it is seen that as against the budget collection target of Rs 12,00,000 crore, only 85.1 per cent of the target at Rs 10,21,251 crore has been collected as on March 23.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe officer, who is responsible to supervise I-T department’s tax collection work across the country, underlined the areas that are sluggish vis-a-vis direct tax collections obtained from personal, corporate and advance tax categories.”The minor head-wise analysis indicates worsening trend of negative growth in regular collections at -6.9 per cent as against -5.2 per cent in the last week. This is an alarming situation which needs immediate attention,” Kumar wrote in the letter. The officer expressed CBDT’s disappointment at this situation and has asked the supervisory tax officials to pull up their socks and ensure no stone remains unturned to achieve the target. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) frames policy for the I-T department and is also its controlling authority that functions from the North Block in the Finance Ministry.”You are aware that regular assessment tax is bench-mark of performance as it is based upon quality of demand raised which can further be converted into actual collections,” Kumar wrote in the letter.”Board (the CBDT) has discussed strategies through various communications with you (senior officials) and it was expected that by this time your strategies would have succeeded resulting into improved collections. However, the figures of collection give a different account,” she added. She asked the department to take “all possible actions urgently, especially with respect to recovery of arrear and current demand, so as to achieve the targets for collection.”The CBDT has been worried over the direct tax collection work for quite some time and Board Chairman P C Mody had recently held a video-conference with the top brass of the department across the country and discussed strategies to boost the collection figures to be achieved by the end of the 2018-19 fiscal on March 31. Both Mody and Kumar are undertaking daily updates on the issue. They are monitoring advance tax and arrear collections, enforcement action to check tax evasion and subsequent surrender of undisclosed income, a senior official said.last_img read more

Moroccan Sahara France deems useless Algerias statements against Morocco French Senator

first_imgParis – French Senator, Christian Cambon stressed that France considers Algeria’s hurtful and hostile statements against Morocco “useless.”Commenting on the decision of Morocco to recall its ambassador in Algiers, following the escalation of acts of provocation and hostility by Algeria against the Kingdom, Cambon told MAP that the position of France on the Sahara issue is well known.“The position of France vis-à -vis the Sahara issue is well known. It advocates dialogue and believes that hurtful and hostile comments are useless,” he said, noting that the initiative of the advanced autonomy proposed by Morocco in the Sahara “is a legitimate and positive basis for discussion that should help move things move foward” towards a final solution to this issue.“We must explore this initiative with constructive rather than provocative statements, and use dialogue as the only way find a common ground,” said  Cambon, also Vice -President of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, Defense, and armed forces at the French Senate. Morocco has decided on Wednesday to recall for consultation its Ambassador in Algiers in response to a number of hostile and provocative acts by Algeria against the Kingdom, particularly with regard to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.last_img read more

TSX moves higher midday Tuesday

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market moved higher near midday as metals prices fluctuated, leaving several key sectors moving erratically.The S&P/TSX composite index moved up 11.18 points to 12,381.37 after slipping into negative territory in the morning. The TSX Venture Exchange lost 1.03 points to 1,337.67. The Canadian dollar fell 0.05 of a cent to 101.71 cents US.The base metals sector gained 0.5%, as the December contract for copper rose a penny to US$3.80 a pound. Copper is viewed as an economic barometer because it is used in so many industries.TSX energy stocks gained 0.7% while November crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved down 26 cents to US$92.22 a barrel. December bullion pulled back $5.60 to US$1,777.70 an ounce, as the gold sector slipped 0.2%.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials slipped 34.66 points to 13,480.45. The Nasdaq composite index lifted 6.31 points to 3,119.84 and the S&P 500 index was up 0.71 of a point at 1,445.20.Traders are focused on a potential bailout request from Spain that could happen soon. And Greece’s government is in talks with its debt inspectors over its latest austerity measures. If the inspectors refuse to sign off on the measures, Greece faces the prospect of not getting its next batch of bailout funds, a development that may lead to its exit from the euro.In corporate developments, CML HealthCare Inc. (TSX:CLC) said it is selling its diagnostic imaging business in Alberta to Canada Diagnostic Centres for $17-million. Shares of CML were unchanged at $8.82.In Europe, the FTSE 100 index was down 0.2% at 5,808 while Germany’s DAX fell 0.2% to 7,313. The CAC-40 in France was off 0.7% to 3,413.Earlier, Asian trading was subdued as markets in Hong Kong, mainland China and India were closed for public holidays. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index shed morning gains to close 0.1% lower at 8,786.05, but Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained one per cent to 4,433 after the country’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter percentage point.The Canadian Press read more

TNA ready to discuss UNP proposal

The UNP constitution also proposes as a novel system the executive powers of the President to be exercised on apolitical basis and to be subject to checks and balances.Under the Westminster system the Cabinet of Ministers will be restricted to 25 including the Prime Minister. He said that as the proposal is open for discussion in order to have a final document the TNA is willing to have discussions with the UNP. The main opposition UNP had last week made public its proposed constitution which includes a British style Westminster system for the Cabinet. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it is ready to discuss the proposals put forward by the UNP for a new constitution.TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said that the proposal put forward by the UNP is only a structure and not a final document. The proposed constitution of the UNP also guarantees the freedom of expression and will be strengthened to include the right to information.It also proposes that the system of preference votes be abolished and the tenure of the Parliament and the Provincial Council fixed at five years. (Colombo Gazette)CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO read more

Residents told to stay indoors as crews battle fire in St

UPDATEEmergency crews were called to a fire at an industrial building in St. Catharines around 11 a.m. Wednesday. Business and residents within 800 metres of 55 Oakdale Ave. were asked to close their windows and doors, stay indoors and turn off their heating and air conditioning due to the heavy smoke. Motorists and pedestrians were also told to avoid the area. Both advisories were lifted after firefighters managed to get the blaze under control around 1:30 p.m.“Today’s fire is another example of how an emergency can happen in a moment’s notice and why all residents need to be prepared,” said acting Fire Chief Jeff McCormick. “I encourage all residents to have a 72-emergency kit ready so they are prepared.”

UN Assembly spotlights key role of women youth civil society in development

“Inclusion and participation mean our global community grows even stronger,” said President John Ashe, opening the Assembly’s two-day High-level thematic debate on “Contributions of women, the young and civil society to the post-2015 development agenda.”Setting the stage for a new post-2015 development agenda to succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been made by Mr. Ashe the hallmark of his year-long Assembly presidency which ends in September.The MDGs, agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, aim to slash extreme hunger and poverty, cut maternal and infant mortality, combat disease and provide access to universal education and health care, all by the end of 2015. Despite significant progress in some areas, these targets will not be reached in many countries, and they will be incorporated in an even more ambitious post-2015 agenda.“All groups and all people have a stake in this development agenda and have a right to be included and heard,” he told the meeting, which also heard from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.Paul Quintos, Programme Manager, of IBON International, and other civil society representatives also addressed the meeting. Mr. Ashe said that if the post-2015 development agenda is to be a shared one, the Member States must welcome contribution from all stakeholders so as to ensure that the process has the greatest buy-in and that there is a broad commitment to equality, inclusiveness and participation.Turning to the specifics of today’s event, he said that women not only subsidize economies, but they sew the social fabric of their communities together, and are the primary drivers of nutrition, health, education and well-being of future generations.Mr. Ashe noted that on Saturday the world will mark International Women’s Day, which this year focuses on the theme “Equality for everyone is progress for all.” This is fitting, he said, because, “as a civilization, we will never reach our full potential without realizing the rights – including sexual and reproductive rights – of 50 per cent of our population, and making full use of their talents and skills.”As for youth, he said that while they are often denied the investments and opportunities to make use of their full potential – whether due to lack of employment and education opportunities, disease burden or child marriage – they are well aware of what they want and need: quality education and healthcare; job opportunities; protection from all forms of abuse; removal of barriers that hinder inclusion and participation; and open and transparent governance.Mr. Ashe went on to say that in the post-2015 process, the international community will increasingly have to rely on civil society to join in shaping the agenda, setting priorities, monitoring implementation and ensuring transparency and accountability. “Civil society is absolutely vital in identifying and helping to break down the systemic, policy and programmatic barriers such as unequal or blocked access to development, food, education, clean water, sanitation, energy, healthcare and justice; in preventing violence and gender inequality; and in ensuring freedom of expression and protecting universal human rights,” he said.Finally, the Assembly President said that all the participants taking part in the event “are part of a great civic movement” that has the power to impact individual lives, communities, social services, the economy and the planet. “As we include and empower more people and groups in this movement, even more people around the world become caretakers of its sustainability. Inclusion and participation mean our global community grows even stronger.”He said that all groups and all people have a stake in the new development agenda and have a right to be included and heard. “The post-2015 development agenda must embody a profound tenet of our United Nations Charter: that all people have rights and fundamental freedoms. It must reflect the principles of universality and non-discrimination, and enable meaningful participation and accountability.” read more

UN rights experts call for immediate halt to violent repression of electoral

“The DRC security forces have repeatedly used excessive force to quash protests related to proposed presidential elections, firing teargas and live ammunition into crowds of protestors and inflicting numerous casualties,” said Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). More than 80 people had been reportedly killed, hundreds injured, thousands arrested and at least 225 demonstrations quashed or banned since January 2015, when protests began against prospective electoral law reforms that could extend President Joseph Kabila’s office term beyond the constitutional two-term limit. Details were still being verified, while other sources reported much higher figures. President Kabila’s final term in office is due to expire in December and elections are due in late November, but the National Electoral Commission has said that it will not be possible to hold them then. “People’s demand for a legal and peaceful political transition should not be met with excessive force and paid in blood. They ought to be celebrated and respected,” noted the new UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, Agnes Callamard. “Indiscriminate firing into a crowd is unlawful. Firearms and other potentially lethal weapons should never be used simply to disperse a demonstration.” Human rights defenders, journalists and opposition leaders have reportedly been particularly targeted by the Congolese National Police, the National Intelligence Agency, the Republican Guard and the armed forces. Genuine and meaningful elections cannot be achieved if fundamental freedoms are violated UN rights expert Maina Kiai“Demonstrations should ordinarily be managed with no resort to force, unless in exceptional circumstances of imminent threat of death or serious injury, and even in such cases force shall always be subject to the requirements of necessity and proportionality,” Ms. Callamard continued. In his press statement, Mr. Kiai urged the Government to “immediately halt the violent repression of protests and to release protestors who have been arrested for exercising their legitimate rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.” At the same time, Ms. Callamard expressed alarm at the number of people reportedly injured and killed during the demonstrations. He recalled the State’s duty to promptly investigate all suspected violations and bring perpetrators to justice, saying “Allegations of excessive use of force, bodily harm and unlawful killings should not go unpunished.” Both Rapporteurs also called for an international independent and interdisciplinary investigation, to assist in shedding light on the allegations. “The renewed violent repression of protests and the increasing crackdown on civil society – including the targeting of key human rights activists – suggest that the Government considers civil society as a threat and is simply engaging in a systematic campaign to silence dissenting voices,” Mr. Kiai pointed out. Quoting his 2013 report concerning the exercise of these rights in the context of election periods, Mr. Kiai underscored, “The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association are essential to the democratic process, both during the election period and between elections.” “States have the responsibility to ensure the full exercise of these rights in general, and even more so during election periods,” the expert continued. “The resilience of a democracy can be judged, in large part, by how successfully it deals with challenges to those in power, and the peaceful transition from one leader to the next.” In the news release, Mr. Kiai further stressed that electoral periods often increase political tensions, but it is especially around these times that authorities should protect and facilitate fundamental expressive freedoms in order to allow citizens to fully participate in public debate and the decision making process. “There is clearly a political crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but a threat to the government does not equal a threat to the State,” he added. “It is imperative at times such as these, that authorities give space to allow individuals to raise their voices to express their views and aspirations.” “Genuine and meaningful elections cannot be achieved if fundamental freedoms are violated”, concluded the human rights expert. Mr. Kiai’s and Ms. Callamard’s call has also been endorsed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye, and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mr. Michel Forst. Independent Experts and Special Rapporteurs, are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Letters A case of too little too late

Dear Editor,An announcement on Friday November 2nd , 2018 by the Regional Executive Officer (ag) , and former RDC chairman, Mr. Knights, of RDC # 7,  that a contract was signed on the same day for one phase of the One -to- Four Mile stretch of the Bartica- Potaro Road valued at $8M to BK International is of interest.It is instructive that the contract is expected to last 10 days.First of all this is a mere election gimmick as this is basically a hurriedly done contract for patch work on a section of this road on the eve of the local government elections. One doesn’t know if this was publicly tendered. But one does know that the roads within the Bartica township are in a deplorable condition and nothing has been done by the government, the Regional Administration or the Town Council, despite the cries of the Barticians.In spite of a Parliamentary Opposition motion brought in July this year calling on the government to treat with urgency the abominable state of the interior roads especially Bartica to Lethem and Mahdia, the issue was treated with scorn by the Minister of Public Infrastructure and no or little work was done afterwards. Now at this last minute patch work will be done to try to pacify Barticians and bring them back home to the APNU. This is a case of too little too late.Most interesting is who got the contract, BK International, the same company who got a multi-billion settlement by the government in 2016 for the Haggs Bosche project for work that was not done.Now the township is buzzing that BK vehicles are being prepared to fetch people out from the quarries and the township to attend the APNU Rally on November 3rd in Bartica.As our national poet, Martin Carter wrote “the mouth is muzzled by the hand that feeds it”. So BK to the APNU rescue once again in election time ? Is this “pay back time” ????People aren’t fooled anymore.Sincerely,Gail Teixeira, M.P., Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC Berbice faction outraged over $120M untendered contracts to membersJuly 29, 2018In “latest news”Bartica gets asphalt plantAugust 15, 2016In “Business”Ramotar accuses Tiwarie of spreading lies -says problem started after he demanded contractual obligations be metJuly 4, 2016In “latest news” read more

Samsung Cinema LED Screen Is a 4K TV That Measures an Insane

first_img If you own a regular-sized mansion, a 262-inch 4K TV is probably big enough. For those of you who, in the words of Chad Kroeger,  have a bathroom you can play baseball in, you’re going to need Samsung’s new Cinema LED Screen.It’s freakin’ huge. C Seed would have to stretch its behemoth by another 50% and a bit to equal Samsung’s gigantic display.  The Cinema LED Screen measures 33.8 feet (nearly 406 inches) on its diagonal. It’s the first product, Samsung says, to be fully compliant with DCI’s rigid certification standards. That’s because of its ability to “showcase the complete color spectrum with unaltered accuracy.”While it’s huge by home theater standards, it’s relatively small for a cinema screen. A projector in a movie theater might throw a picture that measures anywhere from 45 to 65 feet diagonally. Samsung’s LED Screen has a big advantage when it comes to brightness, however. It’s more than ten times brighter than a typical projector.Samsung says the Screen also produces blacks and whites with a “nearly infinite contrast ratio.” They also think it’s better suited to showing events like concerts and sporting (e-sports included) events. The first Cinema LED Screen just debuted at the Lotte Cinema World Tower in Korea, which CEO Wonchun Cha says introduces viewers to  “a new paradigm of movie screening.”You’re probably not going to hang anything like this in your house anytime soon, but who knows? Maybe it’ll cause prices on cinema-quality projectors to drop precipitously, and you can install one of those in your place instead! Stay on target Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack last_img read more

Record number of stars set to shine says TCHTA

first_img 18 Stars revealed at Hotel & Tourism’s Awards Gala Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Feb 2016 – The hotel and tourism sector will name its best of the best constellation of industry professionals this coming Thursday evening at the Star Awards. It is the 8th time around for the event, set for the Tropicana Show & Supper Club, at 7:00 pm. The Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association hosted event will welcome many fans no doubt; this year there is an unprecedented 131 nominees. Related Items:star awards, turks and caicos hotel and tourism association TCI now linked to world’s largest with Chicago Flight added Immigration Officer Deandra Dames Receives Star Award Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Haitian Migrants Apprehended

first_img#MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetingcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, Bahamas, December 24, 2016 –  A total of 99 Haitian migrants were taken to the Carmichael Road Detention Center after they were apprehended in the central Bahamas by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Saturday afternoon.  Patrol craft HMBS P- 49, under the command of Acting Sub Lieutenant Owen Sands, apprehended a 40-ft wooden sloop at 3:00 pm approximately 4 miles west of Hawksbill Rock, in the southern Exuma chain.   Defence Force Marines discovered the migrants –77 males and 22 females– onboard the sloop.   They arrived at the Coral Harbour Base early Christmas morning.The migrants were turned over to Immigration officials upon their arrival for further processing.  The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to protecting the territorial borders of The Bahamas. Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Joe Cole and Owen poke fun at transfer deals

first_imgFormer Liverpool players Joe Cole and Michael Owen are starring in a new TV advert opening up on the controversy of Football transfers.The ex-footballers appeared in an advert for phone company Huawei, who are using the transfer deadline campaign as a marketing tool for their products.The former England internationals also recruited Premier League stars to help drive the campaign of the Chinese Mobile company.Owen and Cole both discussed the process of changing phones in the manner which transfer deals are negotiated.Cole said, according to Mirror Football: Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s important to not be stuck in your ways, change is good. I loved my time at West Ham , the fans were great, my teammates were brilliant, but I couldn’t turn down the move to Chelsea – a move that turned out hugely successful for me, where I won a lot of silverware.”“Much like then, the time has come for change and I’m sure my latest switch to Huawei will prove just as rewarding.’’Owen added: “I’ve made some big switches in my career, some have certainly been easier than others – leaving Liverpool definitely ruffled a few feathers!”“However, I have high hopes for my latest switch to Huawei, it’s been a lot smoother, surprisingly easy, and I’m anticipating great success. The kit is fantastic!”last_img read more

Firefighters to appeal Employment Tribunals decision on pensions age discrimination

first_imgThe Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has registered to appeal an Employment Tribunal decision which ruled that a government move to justify changes to firefighters’ pension arrangements was not age discriminatory.More than 6,000 firefighters have brought age discrimination claims following the introduction of the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (FPS). On 1 April 2015, the FPS changed from a final salary arrangement to a career average revalued earnings (Care) scheme.The firefighters’ argument centres around transitional provisions which permitted firefighters who were aged over 45 on 1 April 2012 to remain in the original scheme. Employees aged under 45 years on this date were automatically transferred to the 2015 arrangement. They have claimed that this discriminates against younger employees on the grounds of age.During the tribunal proceedings, the government stated that it is legitimate to provide protection for members who are closer to retirement age.The ET ruled against the FBU, concluding that the introduction of the new pension scheme was a social policy aim of the government.The FBU has subsequently filed a Notice of Appeal to take the case to the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in a bid to reverse the decision by the ET. Its grounds of appeal include questioning the government’s legitimate aim for discrimination, and the impacts this has on both younger and older firefighters; issues around discrimination based on sex and race, because younger firefighters are often from a more diverse backgrounds; and whether the transitional provisions and process is appropriate.Matt Wrack, general secretary at FBU, said: “[The ET ruling] is obviously very disappointing. Our lawyers believed that we have a strong case and that remains their view. A differently constituted tribunal considered a parallel claim regarding the Judicial Pensions Scheme, and reached the opposite conclusion a month ago.“We have always known that this would be a long fight and we anticipated that the case would be appealed by the government if we had won. We regard the transitional arrangements, which force younger firefighters into having to work on to age 60 are totally unrealistic. We will pursue the argument for our members in whatever venue is likely to deliver us the correct result.”John Hanratty, consultant at law firm Nabarro, added: “Firefighters, particularly senior firefighters, have had a number of issues over the past few years, from the reduction of the lifetime allowance which has impacted on them because of the early retirement provisions that firefighters have, right through to the recent Employment Tribunal judgement which was age related.“It’s an interesting judgement in light of the judgement for the Judicial Pension Scheme, where judges were treated completely differently and it was [ruled to be] age discrimination for judges to be treated on the grounds of their proximity to retirement age. So I think it’s going to be an interesting outcome. [The firefighters’ case] has now gone to the Employment Appeal Tribunal to see whether there is going to be some sort of parity between judges and firefighters.”last_img read more

Investigators drop query into Zinke calls to Alaska senators

first_imgAfter a tense phone call, Interior Sec. Zinke posted this photo to show he and Sen. Murkowski on friendly terms. (Twitter photo from Ryan Zinke)The inspector general’s office for the U.S. Interior Department has dropped its inquiry into whether the Interior secretary threatened to retaliate against Sen. Lisa Murkowski for voting against proceeding on a health care reform bill.The IG’s office issued a letter saying Alaska’s U.S. senators declined to discuss the matter with investigators and further investigation would be pointless.Download audioNancy DiPaolo, director of external affairs for the inspector general, says the office has no jurisdiction over Congress and she says investigators didn’t ask Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke what he told the senators in a pair of phone calls in late July.“We thought it’d been in the press and because neither senator felt any need to pursue it,” she said.NEWS: Interior IG shuts down investigation re Zinke apparent effort to lobby Sen Murkowski re Obamacare, after Murkowski declines answer ?s— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) August 30, 2017Exactly what transpired in those calls isn’t known.They came after Murkowski voted against proceeding with a Republican health care reform bill. President Trump took to Twitter to complain about her in the morning.Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017By afternoon, Zinke had called both U.S. senators. Sen. Dan Sullivan called the conversation troubling. He told a reporter for Alaska Dispatch News Zinke’s message was clear.“I’m not going to go into the details,” Sullivan told the newspaper, “but I fear that the strong economic growth, pro-energy, pro-mining, pro-jobs and personnel from Alaska who are part of those policies are going to stop.”Murkowski said the secretary conveyed the president’s disappointment, but she told reporters she wanted to keep the details private.A Murkowski spokeswoman says the senators had no reason to speak to the inspector general because Sec. Zinke did not threaten her. Sen. Sullivan’s spokesman did not respond by air time.If Zinke’s call was an attempt to get Murkowski in line on health care, it didn’t work. She was one of three Republicans who voted with Democrats to block the so-called “skinny repeal.”last_img read more

JK Governor dispels rumours on Article 35A

first_imgSRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday dispelled rumours about ‘something serious in the offing that could adversely affect the day-to-day living in the state.’ Scotching rumours that said people should prepare for a long period of unrest because something ‘earth-shaking’ was in the offing, the Governor told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Srinagar, “Kashmir has always been the breeding ground of wild rumours.” Also Read – Odisha’s Conjoined Twins To Return Home 2 Years After Separation Advertise With Us “If someone sneezes in Lal Chowk, I am told in the Raj Bhavan that a bomb blast has taken place there. People should pay no heed to these rumours. All so-called government orders being circulated in the social media are invalid. Everything is fine and normal here”. The Governor’s assurance came on a day when National Conference MP, Justice (retired) Hasnain Masoodi gave a calling attention notice in the Lok Sabha demanding that the Union Home Minister make a statement in the House to clear the air on the present situation in Kashmir. Widespread rumours that indicate the Centre is planning to abrogate Article 35A in the coming days have dominated the political and the common Kashmiri’s discourse during the last fortnight. In panic, locals have been storing essential items as they fear a long period of unrest if the Article is actually abrogated.last_img read more

Harish Rao all praise for Bhadrakali bund in Warangal

first_imgWarangal: Bhadrakali Lake promenade being developed under the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), the Centre’s ambitious project aimed at holistic development of heritage cities, could well be a major tourist attraction, former minister and Siddipet MLA T Harish Rao said.He visited Bhadrakali bund on Tuesday and said that he came to see the developmental works that enhance the beauty of Warangal city. Kakatiya Urban Development Authority (KUDA) chairman Marri yadava Reddy, who accompanied Harish Rao, apprised him of the developmental works being taken at Bhadrakali bund. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us “KUDA chairman told me that the work on bund would be completed before Bathukamma festival,” Harish Rao said. The bund would surely become a spot for film shootings, he said. The former minister planted a sapling on the occasion. Warangal Urban District Collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil, CMO OSD Deshapathy Srinivas, Deputy Mayor Khaja Sirajuddin, Municipal Commissioner N Ravi Kiran were among others present.last_img read more

Blend of art and commerce

first_imgIndian textiles and fashion-wear has been receiving accolades from all over the world, since the ancient times. To give the foreign exporters a closer experience of the same, Greater Noida saw an elaborate arrangement for domestic textile manufacturers to showcase their art, this weekend. A two-day mega exhibition was organised by Surat Dreams at the Expo Mart to promote Indian textile. The motto of this event was to uphold Indian textiles in the foreign market and as well as throughout the country as a contribution to PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ mission. With 108 exhibitors from all over the country participating in the event, a perfect blend of art and commerce took place at the Expo Mart this weekend. Over 3300 domestic and international buyers from UK, USA, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa and the Gulf countries were present, who helped in generating an estimated amount of Rs 700 crore MOU. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition enabled manufacturers to reach their target sellers for women’s wear and spread their creation worldwide without the menace of middlemen. The collection exhibited were all women’s wear, from stylish dresses to bridal wear; every woman’s dream wardrobe collection was presented for the domestic and the international buyers. The exhibited fashion clothing was not only ethnic but also had some western wears. Traditional lehengas, suits, sarees and fusion dresses were also for display. The exhibition served as a great platform for all the manufacturers and buyers to exchange ideas and discuss the latest trends and styles. This platform had been a meeting of dealers, traders, exporters as well as fashion designers.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition also showcased high profile fashion shows featuring top models endorsing the latest ensembles from the ethnic couture presented by 30 textile manufacturers in the two-day event.One of the four co-founders of Surat Dreams, Hitesh Jain said, “This is the first time that we are doing our textile exhibition at Greater Noida, and the splendid response from the foreign buyers made it the most successful event of Surat Dreams. With this exhibition we hope to create history in the coming years of fashion industry by going a step ahead to promote export of textiles.” Similar events had been structured by the company since 2010 but the first event in Greater Noida has proved to be splendidly effective.last_img read more

Japans most powerful business woman has just come out as lesbian

first_imgKazuyo Katsuma was once named the Wall Street Journal’s list of ‘The 50 Women to Watch’. Earlier this week told the world she was living with a woman.Katsuma, 49, revealed she had been living with LGBTI activist, Hiroko Masuhara.おばさんずラブ #おばさんずラブ #おっさんずラブ @ataeru_onna— 勝間和代 (@kazuyo_k) May 28, 2018Known as ‘Katsumer’ to her many fans, she came through the ranks at companies like, McKinsey and JPMorgan. Katsuma now works an economic commentator. In 2007, she began writing books about balancing motherhood with business, which gained her millions of followers.Even though she has married twice before and has three children, Katsuma said she has long been attracted to women. GAYSTARNEWS- Hiroko Masuhara (R) and Kazuyo Katsuma. | Photo: Twitter/@kazuyo_k One of Japan’s most influential business women has sent the country’s media into a frenzy after revealing she is in a same-sex relationship. Duncan James shares cute story of how he came out to Geri Halliwell after dating herAlexa Chung admits she’s open to polyamory and same-sex relationships: ‘I’m overdue losing my lesbian virginity’World Tourism with IGLTA2017 turns to a Rainbow in St. Petersburg, FloridaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : ‘I had kept the lid on my feelings of attraction to members of the same sex,’ she told BuzzFeed Japan.‘After I met Hiroko, the ice in my heart melted,’ she said, adding that she hopes her coming out will ‘trigger a change’ in Japan.Her partner, Hiroko Masuhara is also no stranger to headlines.As a very active LGBTI activist, the 40-year-old was part of the first couple in Japan to receive a same-sex partnership certificate. That relationship with Koyuki Higashi has since ended.Higashi still runs the LGBTI advocacy group, Trois Couleurs, with Masuhara. She congratulated the couple and named them Japan’s ‘first power lesbians’.Bold move that will strike a changeLGBTI advocates have celebrated Katsuma’s coming out, labeling it as bold.‘It must have required enormous courage for her to come out,’ Fumino Sugiyama, co-chair of the Tokyo Rainbow Pride festival told Rappler.‘(It) would have a great impact on society as she is such an influential person in business circles’.Even though several wards and municipalities across Japan offer same-sex partnership certificates, the acceptance of LGBTI people in Japan still remains relatively low.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more