‘Revise Bru voters’ list after they return to Mizoram’

first_imgA conglomerate of major civil societies and student bodies on Friday demanded that revision of voters’ list among the Bru refugees living in Tripura be conducted only after they return to Mizoram, the State they originally belong to. Leaders of the NGO Coordination Committee placed the demand at a meeting with the Mizoram Chief Electoral Officer Ashish Kundra here. “Our stance is clear. Revision of voters’ list for Mizoram should be conducted only inside the State, and for the Brus, only after their return to Mizoram,” NGO Coordination Committee chairman Vanlalruata said after the meeting. He said the CEO informed them about instructions from the Election Commission to conduct revision of the electoral rolls in the Bru relief camps in North Tripura district. Mr. Vanlalruata said the Committee would hold a meeting about the EC’s instruction. “We discussed the modalities of Bru voters for parliamentary elections,” the CEO said, adding that the meeting was held in a spirit of mutual understanding. The meeting was held after an umbrella organisation of the Bru refugees living in six relief camps in Tripura urged CEC Sunil Arora to direct the Mizoram election department to revise rolls in the relief camps.last_img read more

If my London 2012 medal is upgraded to Gold, I won’t let it go: Yogeshwar Dutt to India Today

first_imgYogeshwar Dutt returned home disappointed after a poor performance at the Rio Olympics last month. But since then the Haryana grappler has been flooded with news that his London Olympics Bronze medal may be upgraded after reports that the eventual Silver and now Gold medallist flunked dope tests. (Not only Silver, Yogeshwar Dutt’s London 2012 medal may turn to Gold: Reports)However, Yogeshwar is not losing his sleep over it.Russian Besit Kudukhov, who won silver at the London Games in 2012, has been found positive for a banned substance. And now, the reports have emerged that the London Olympics champion Toghrul Asgarov has also tested positive.Yogeshwar is still not sure whether he will get the Gold or not but says if rankings at the Olympics are taken into account he stands a better chance to win the Gold.For the record, in wrestling two bronze medals are awarded at the Olympics – both through repechage.American Coleman Scott came from the other group while Yogeshwar won from the group that had Kudukhov.”I am not too sure about the rules and have not got any confirmation from anyone so far. Honestly, I haven’t even tried to check with anyone,” Yogeshwar told India Today. (Good for Yogeshwar Dutt, but it’s not the first time Olympic medals have changed colours )”I understand that my medal may be upgraded to a Silver as I had lost to the silver medallist. Similarly, the American wrestler had lost to Asgarov, the eventual gold medallist. So there is no clarity on that. (London 2012 Bronze upgraded to Silver, says Yogeshwar Dutt)advertisement”If rankings are taken into consideration, then I was higher ranked. I had five bouts and he had four. I won four of them while Coleman won three and I also had better results in those bouts. So If rankings are taken into account, then I will get the gold but if they go by who lost to whom, then may be the American will get it,” he added.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is retesting samples collected from Beijing and London Olympics. Yogeshwar’s sample too will be tested and the reports are still awaited. Only once his sample is cleared that the IOC will make any official announcement on the upgradation of his medal.CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO Yogeshwar had tweeted a couple of days ago that he will let Russian Kudukhov keep the medal since his family has memories attached with the medal. Kudukhov passed away a year after winning the London Olympics medal, following a car accident in southern Russia. (Yogeshwar wants Kudukhov’s family to keep London Silver medal) “Besit is no more and his family has some great memories attached with that medal. So I thought I shouldn’t take those memories away from a family which has already lost its son a such a young age.However, the Haryana wrestler said if his medal is upgraded to Gold, he won’t let it go. (Tendulkar lauds Yogeshwar Dutt’s golden heart )”But if I do get a Gold here I don’t think I will let it go because the Azerbaijan wrestler has won a silver in Rio,” said Yogeshwar who was a good friend of Kudukhov.Whether or not his medal gets upgraded, Yogeshwar isn’t to bothered about it.”I am not excited at all about what has been going on for the lat two days. I just want to do my job and whatever has to happen will happen – whether I win a gold, silver or even of it remains bronze,” says Yogeshwar.last_img read more

Pogba not ruling out Man Utd exit in January

first_imgPaul Pogba insists he is unsure if he will remain at Manchester United beyond the January transfer window.Pogba was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona over the summer, with the France international reportedly at odds with Jose Mourinho.Indeed, the 25-year-old appeared to take a dig at the manager after the club’s loss to Brighton earlier this season, insisting that the Seagulls were much better prepared for the encounter than the Red Devils , having already claimed that if he said what was on his mind, he “would be fined”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pogba has come in for criticism for his performances this season, with former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel claiming that the player’s mind “remains somewhere else”. And the midfielder has now confirmed that he could yet be on his way out of the club in January, with Barca reportedly ready to pay up to £100 million (€111m/$130m) for his services.”My future is currently in Manchester, I still have a contract, I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months,” he told Sky Sports Germany .Pogba insists that he and Mourinho have a purely professional relationship, though he maintains that he will continue to give his all as United attempt to recapture their form and reel in early leaders Liverpool, whom they currently lie six points behind.Paul Pogba Manchester United 2018-19“We have a pure coach-player relationship, that’s right,” he added.”One thing I can assure you: I will always give 100 per cent, no matter which coach I always give everything for United – I cannot say more.”The midfielder is currently on international duty with France and is primed to play a key role in Les Bleus’ Nations League fixture against Germany in Munich on Thursday, having stressed the importance for the World Cup winners to behave in an exemplary fashion as role models . On Sunday, the world champions will tackle the Netherlands.Mourinho’s side as a whole have come under fire this season, having won only two of their opening four Premier League fixtures.They will face Watford after the international break before a trip to play Young Boys in the Champions League.last_img read more

Sports Site Names Jim Harbaugh The “Most Annoying” Coach In College Football

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season sits just 21 days away. That’s right, we’re just three weeks away from Florida and the University of Miami kicking off the new campaign.Before the season officially begins, 12Up decided to take a look at the most-annoying coaches across the country.Familiar names popped up, Lane Kiffin and Nick Saban to name a couple.However, only one could reign supreme on the list as the most-annoying college football coach in the country. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh took home the honor.Here’s why:Harbaugh was supposed to make Michigan title contenders again. Instead, he’s failed to beat Ohio State, has been embarrassed in bowl games, and has wasted the talents of NFL players with three and four-loss seasons.The problem with Harbaugh, however, is that he’s kept up this tough football coach bravado and Stanford-esque “smartest guy in the room” persona despite the fact that his archaic offense isn’t translating into Ws at the college level. I’m sure when he goes 10-4 next year, he’ll find some way to blame someone other than himself.As for the archaic offense mentioned on the post, Harbaugh hired former Penn State and Alabama assistant coach Josh Gattis to fix that problem.The spread offense will be in full swing in Ann Arbor this season. We’ll have to wait and see if it translates to wins.last_img read more

Enhancements to the Health System Consumer Protection Measures Part of Fall Session

first_imgThe elimination of power walls to further discourage smoking, the introduction of midwives to the province’s team of health professionals, enhancements for the registered nurses profession and changes to the way pay day lenders can operate in Nova Scotia are just a few of the major amendments to legislation passed in the fall sitting of the legislature. “Significant changes to bills across the spectrum will bring about a heightened level of consumer protection, important changes for our health professionals and improvements to the election process,” Premier Rodney MacDonald said today, Nov. 23. Point-of-sale legislation, which will discourage Nova Scotians, particularly children and youth, from tobacco use, will prohibit cigarettes from being advertised and displayed prominently behind store counters. Exterior signage will also be eliminated. Only government authorized signage will be permitted at the point-of-sale. Effective March 2007, Nova Scotia will pull the plug on what are known as power walls. An act allowing midwives to become part of primary maternity care teams in Nova Scotia means Nova Scotia women and their families may get more access to maternity care. As well, a new Registered Nurses Act will better define the scope of practice and how nurses work with other health professionals. The act will eliminate the barriers facing nurse practitioners, while following national standards. This will enable them to work in collaboration with other health-care professionals, allowing them to make a diagnosis, order tests, and prescribe medications. Another bill passed will see a clarification of the definition of the scope of practice of licensed practical nurses, allowing them to work more independently with their patients. Changes to the Elections Act will improve election administration by expanding voting opportunities for Nova Scotians, enhancing the integrity of the electoral system, and correcting errors and ambiguities. Sweeping changes were also set in motion to change the way Nova Scotia political parties are financed. Changes to the Members and Public Employees Act await further hearings in Law Amendments, however, changes would mean that political donations will be subject to an annual ceiling of $5,000 per party. Political parties will get an annual grant tied to votes they receive in provincial elections. “These are vital changes to our electoral system and strike an important balance, strengthening the democratic process,” the premier said. “I look forward to seeing those changes move forward as soon as possible.” Fairness has also been introduced into the supplementary funding issue for Halifax Regional Municipality. Nova Scotia’s French-language school board, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, will be assisted through a bill that clarifies the municipality’s authority to provide either a share of existing funding to Conseil acadien, or to provide additional funding, as it sees fit. Another important change for Nova Scotians involves an amendment to the Assessment Act continuing a cap for rising property assessments. However, with the passage of this bill, as of 2008, the cap would be tied to the Consumer Price Index. A bill ensuring the Utility and Review Board can grant only one power rate increase per 12-month period, unless there are exceptional circumstances, will help protect consumers and help businesses budget knowing this will not come more than once in a year. Legislation passed enables the province to enforce stricter guidelines and penalties on payday lenders and help protect their customers. The act will help to ensure greater protection to those people who need to borrow from the companies that make small, short-term loans. Other changes to legislation are as follows: The Provincial Court Act allows an out of province judge to be appointed to hear a case in provincial court, a particularly important option in the case of a French-language trial. The Motor Vehicle Act will give officials the authority to use the Ignition Interlock Program in the fight against drunk driving and related injuries and deaths on Nova Scotia roads. The Wind Turbine Facilities Municipal Taxation Act will assist the province’s renewable energy industry. The Securities Act protects Nova Scotia investors and harmonizes Nova Scotia securities regulation with others across Canada. “Once again, co-operation from all parties ensured the passage of 28 government bills through the legislature,” the premier said. “By working together, all parties also saw passage of a number of opposition bills.” Consultation will take place in the coming months on another significant piece of legislation introduced — the Health Facilities Licensing Act. The premier also announced during this sitting of the legislature a new minister responsible for military relations, recognizing and supporting Nova Scotia’s long-standing relationship with Canada’s military. The premier and minister hosted a Military Appreciation Rally mid-way through the sitting to thank the province’s Canadian Forces personnel who are currently serving as well as their families.last_img read more

Truro Family of Doctors Sees Value Relaxation in Woodlot Management

first_imgThree generations of Truro-area doctors know the value of being recognized as good stewards of the forest. When the Cook family received a regional Woodlot Owner of the Year Award in 2009, “it made us feel a lot better about what we are doing,” says George Cook, the eldest of the family of doctors. “I think the more people are aware of the values you’re trying to promote in your woodlot, the more people will take an interest in it and maybe decide to do it themselves,” says son Steven. George, who spent part of his childhood roaming woods in Hants County, bought one parcel of land in the 1970s in Colchester County. The woodlot is now 366 hectares (904 acres) of mainly hardwoods, such as sugar maple, with some softwoods and about 2.4 hectares (six acres) of wild blueberries. The Cooks based their decisions on advice from foresters and forest technicians. “Without a management plan, I wouldn’t have known how to carry out any of the activities in a way that would produce the kind of results that came to pass,” says George. Within the past three years, a new management plan has been developed. “We’d like to have a more diversified forest,” said Steven. There is also more focus on the recreational benefits of the woodlot, including the possible creation of a nature trail. George’s grandson Chris says the new plan fits in well with the priorities of his young family. “We’re focused more on what the kids can do in the woodlot and on having a diversity, of tree types and strawberries and blueberries and what we can use the forest for now and in the future.” Like many people whose work involves a lot of mental effort, time on the woodlot has its own rewards. “As physicians, in an office or hospital environment we’re seeing and talking to people, dealing with problems all day long,” says Steven. “As much as we might enjoy that, getting out into the woods is totally different. It’s like going on vacation, except you don’t have to take a week off and travel to the other side of the world.” There are many dedicated woodlot owners across Nova Scotia and the Department of Natural Resources would like to hear more about them. People who know someone managing their woodland in a sustainable way, should consider nominating them for the 22nd annual Woodlot Owner of the Year Award (WOYA). The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2011. Eligible woodlot owners must live in the province, own 20 to 800 hectares (50-2,000 acres) of woodland and be willing to host a field day. Nomination forms and more information about the WOYA program can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/natr or by calling toll-free 1-866-226-7577. Taking the time to nominate a person or family for their stewardship of the forest could result in a welcome surprise for a neighbour, friend, or acquaintance. “Being told we have a nice woodlot and we’ve done nice things to it, it made us feel really good,” says George Cook. -30-last_img read more

CM launches antidengue campaign inspects own home for stagnant water

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday launched a special campaign against dengue by inspecting his house for stagnant water to prevent the breeding of disease-carrying mosquitoes.Delhi ministers and Aam Aadmi Party leaders including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Rajendra Pal Gautam and Atishi also inspected their houses for standing clean water. “My family and I inspected our home today to make sure there is no standing clean water in any part of the house. This is the best way to protect your family from dengue. I am happy to see people across Delhi participate in this campaign. #10Hafte10Baje10Minute,” Kejriwal tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn a video message, the chief minister appealed to Delhi residents to devote 10 minutes every Sunday – from September 1 till November 15 – to ensure that there is no stagnant water in their houses or surroundings. “On Saturday, I got a survey conducted on Instagram. I had asked the respondents if they knew the dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes breed in clean water. You will be surprised to know that 35 per cent of them said it breeds in filthy water,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”I want to tell everyone that the (Aedes aegypti) mosquito breeds in clean water which is generally found in our houses. Also, this mosquito cannot fly beyond 200 metres. This means, either it bred in your house or the neighbourhood,” Kejriwal said. He said the city reported 60 deaths and more than 15,000 cases of dengue in 2015. In 2018, the number came down to 2,798 and only four deaths were reported. “We need to reduce it further. We should try and ensure there’s no death due to dengue this year,” he said appealing to people to popularise the campaign by posting pictures and videos on social media. The Delhi government on Friday asked all agencies and departments concerned to convert the fight against dengue into a mass movement. A total of 75 dengue cases have been reported in the national capital this year, with 35 of them recorded in August, according to the latest municipal report released earlier this week. At least 131 cases of malaria have also been reported till August 24, the report said.last_img read more

More Canadians are living alone than ever before StatsCan says

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Living alone is much more common for Canadians than it used to be, according to Statistics Canada.As of 2016, one person households were the most common type in the country, making up nearly a third of all households and edging out couples with children.Living alone has grown most rapidly among people between the ages of 35 and 64 over the last few decades, going from eight percent in 1981 to 13 per cent in 2016, and men are more likely than women to be in that category.The data, from both the Census of Population and the General Social Survey on Canada, says that more divorced and separated people live alone today than in the past. The number of people who live alone because their spouse is deceased decreased, but divorced singles increased.It also found that of those living alone, one in five lived in a condo, both owned and rented. Housing affordability is a big issue for those who live alone. In 2016, 41 per cent of one person households had unaffordable monthly home costs that were more than 30 per cent of their average monthly income.Statistics Canada says people living alone also generally reported lower levels of health, mental health and overall satisfaction with life compared to people who live with others.The organization notes there can be other factors at play in this, including family relationships and social networks.last_img read more

Edmontons Winspear Centre Benefits from 2Million Federal Investment

first_imgAdditionally, the renewal project will create four new multi-purpose spaces that can be used for rehearsal, production, programming and outreach activities. The exterior entrance will also be expanded to increase the overall size of the main lobby, which will also feature a new Discovery Centre that will host exhibits and musical presentations.Quotes“Investing in our cultural infrastructure helps build strong communities, while creating jobs and growing the economy and the middle class. Our government is proud to support the Francis Winspear Centre for Music as it works to preserve and enhance its performance spaces—and be an ongoing source of pride and inspiration for Edmonton.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“Our government recognizes that investing in infrastructure helps create and support economic prosperity. Cultural institutions and infrastructure play an important role in Canadian society. The Winspear Renewal Project will help ensure that the Centre continues to be at the heart of Edmonton’s downtown arts district.”—The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Mill Woods)“I am delighted to see this investment in theWinspear Centre—a cornerstone of Edmonton’s cultural community. Therenewed Centre will enhance the quality of life of residents in the region, and stimulate the creativity and economy of our provincial capital.”—Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre)“Since the Winspear Centre opened its doors 20 years ago, the facility has become a cornerstone of Edmonton’s arts district and gained an international reputation as a first-rate acoustic music venue. Through the Winspear Renewal Project, we will revitalize the hall’s remarkable acoustic qualities, increase patron comfort throughout the facility, and invite more Edmontonians inside to experience the shared joy of music through new programs and performances taking place in updated and welcoming spaces. On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and musicians of the Winspear Centre, I express my sincere gratitude to Canadian Heritage for their support through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, as we work towards transforming the Winspear Centre into a true centre for music that is open and accessible to all.”—Annemarie Petrov, President and Chief Executive Officer, Francis Winspear Centre for MusicQuick FactsThe Francis Winspear Centre for Music was built in 1997. The building is named for Dr. Francis G. Winspear, a renowned philanthropist, educator and entrepreneur. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is the largest user of the facility, presenting nearly 100 performances per year.The Winspear Centre previously received support through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to purchase and install new audio and house lighting equipment in the Enmax Hall, as well as a digital communication system for the lobby, rehearsal and performance spaces, and backstage areas.In November 2016, the Winspear Centre hosted one of six in-person discussions held across the country with Minister Joly and stakeholders from a variety of sectors on how to strengthen the creation, discoverability and export of Canadian content in a digital world. These discussions ultimately informed the Government of Canada’s Creative Canada policy framework.In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada dedicated $300 million to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund over 10 years starting in 2018. This followed an unprecedented $168.2 million to the fund over two years provided through Budget 2016.The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation, as well as the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, and the acquisition of specialized equipment.Related ProductsBudget 2017 (Canada Cultural Spaces Fund)Consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital WorldCreative CanadaAssociated LinksCanada Cultural Spaces FundFrancis Winspear Centre for Music Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img EDMONTON – Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Mill Woods), and Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), announced a $2-million federal investment in downtown Edmonton’s Francis Winspear Centre for Music, through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. The acclaimed performing arts centre, and home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, is receiving this funding in support of the Winspear Renewal Project. The project will enhance the accessibility of this Edmonton landmark, while creating a welcoming environment for patrons. The project includes facility upgrades to improve access for guests with disabilities, as well as new seating for the Enmax Hall, the centre’s main performance space. The existing seats are now 20 years old and need to be replaced to maintain audience comfort and the acoustic integrity of the venue. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Diamond mine hit by second Attawapiskat blockade

first_img(John Edwards speaks to a supporter at Attawapiskat blockade of ice road leading to De Beers diamond mine. APTN/Photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National News ATTAWAPISKAT-About a dozen Attawapiskat residents launched a second blockade on an ice road leading to a De Beers diamond mine Sunday.The blockade, which began Sunday evening, forced a convoy of several empty fuel trucks back to the De Beers Victor diamond mine which sits about 90 kilometres west of Attawapiskat in northern Ontario.A separate blockade ended Thursday.A cube truck, several pick-up trucks and wooden pallets blocked the branch of the ice road leading to the De Beers mine. The diamond mining giant depends on the ice road to haul things like fuel and equipment too heavy for easy air delivery.“We just want to be heard,” said John Edwards, one of about a dozen people at the blockade late Sunday evening. “Attawapiskat is idle no more.”Edwards said part of the blockade was motivated by De Beers’ failure to compensate his family for the impact the mine has had on their traplines. The mine is also next to where his grandmother is buried.“They never gave…anything to date for trespassing on the trapline,” said Edwards.He said it was time for De Beers to compensate Attawapiskat residents for the wealth the mine generates.“This is traditional territory for us. We use the rivers as highways, we travel on them to hunt, to get access to other rivers,” said Edwards. “It comes down to money. It is a money system that was introduced ever since the foreign immigrants came here. The immigrants came here, the king and queen system didn’t work for them, the peasants came over, and they got rich on these lands.”This blockade comes three days after another blockade on the same ice road ended peacefully after De Beers, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence came to an agreement with another group of residents who demanded that the community’s impact benefit agreement with mining giant be reopened.Bruce Shisheesh, the spokesman for the first group, said it was his understanding the agreement has now been reopened. In a statement issued by De Beers following the end of last week’s blockade, the mining company made no mention of reopening the agreement.Spence was not in the community at the time the blockade was launched. The Attawapiskat chief is in Moose Factory for meetings.De Beers could not be reached for comment.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Moroccan and Indonesian business operators mull means to boost investments

Casablanca – Moroccan and Indonesian businessmen mulled on Tuesday means to boost investments in the two countries and promote their presence in the Middle East.The Indonesian businessmen informed their Moroccan peers on the upcoming economic plan that targets to make of their country an industrial power by 2035, as well as assets in this country, made of over 17,000 islands, 16th economic power in the world in 2014, boasting a GDP of 6.5pc since 2004.The two sides insisted on the need to reinforce technical and trade cooperation between Morocco and Indonesia.

541 kg of Cocaine Seized in Casablancas Port Concentration Ratio Reaches

Rabat – After Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) seized an estimated 541 kilograms of cocaine in Casablanca’s port on Sunday, February 11, the laboratory of the Scientific Police revealed that the concentration ratio of the drug reaches 97 percent. The Interior Ministry said in a statement sent to Morocco World News on Monday evening, that this concentration ratio reflects “the high value of the amount of drug seizure.” In a statement, BCIJ announced that its forces managed to seize the large shipment of cocaine which was concealed in a container of goods from South America. During the operation, BCIJ members arrested six suspects including a Brazilian national who is suspected to be the mastermind of the ring. The police have also seized five cars that were prepared to transfer and then transport the seized cocaine. Significant sums of foreign and Moroccan currencies were also seized, added the statement. The BCIJ investigation showed the danger posed by this particular criminal network, which likely has been taking advantage of Morocco’s unique strategic position that joins the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean, close to European countries, according to the statement. Under the supervision of the public prosecutor, the investigation will continue to determine the full circumstances of the case and to arrest any other possible suspects involved. read more

State institutions ordered to provide access to differently abled

The order was issued after considering a petition submitted by well known disability rights activist Dr. Ajith Perera. This includes the Ministry of Social Services and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government, the Ministry of Urban Affairs and Western Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Housing and Construction, Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms, the Tourism Ministry, and Urban Development Authority. The Supreme Court today ordered eight state institutions to provide access for differently abled persons.Among the eight state institutions are six Ministries. In its order, the Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental rights of persons with special needs had been violated by denying them the opportunity to obtain proper access to state institutions. read more

Jack Shepherd could be forced to pay back legal aid as MoJ

A fugitive who killed his date in a speedboat crash could be forced to pay back more than £30,000 in legal aid, it emerged on Friday, as he was jailed for at least three months in Georgia. Jack Shepherd, 31, is being investigated by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) following revelations that he took out loans totalling £50,000 before going on the run. He is also paying his Georgian legal team thousands to handle his fight against extradition. If he is found to have falsely claimed legal aid, or moved assets around to avoid detection, he will have to repay the money he was awarded to fight his original manslaughter case. Shepherd is also receiving taxpayers’ cash to appeal his manslaughter conviction…

Taxi driver accused of murdering Goldfields manager remanded

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTaxi driver confesses to murdering Guyana Goldfields employeeMay 25, 2018In “Crime”Manager’s murder: Police seeking evidence as suspects have not confessedMay 24, 2018In “Crime”Taxi Driver allegedly caught with Marijuana remandedMay 14, 2014In “Crime” The 20-year-old taxi driver who was implicated in the murder of the Guyana Goldfields Inc manager was on Tuesday afternoon arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Leron Daly.Murdered: Neil WhyteAnthony Ragnauth, who said he is a mechanic, of Middle Road, East La Penitence was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on May 21, 2018, at Thomas Street, he murdered Canadian Citizen, Neil Whyte.Attorney for the accused, Latchmie Rahamat told the Court that her client was badly beaten by Police ranks whom she alleged used a baton to squeeze his testicles. She said further that Ragnauth has not received any medical attention.The Magistrate granted a request for the defendant to receive medical attention.Bail application however, was rejected and the accused was remanded to prison until June 18, 2018.Prior to his court appearance, police reported that Ragnauth had confessed to the heinous crime and that the man also handed over the murder weapon to investigators as well as the victim’s valuables that were stolen from his Thomas Street, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown apartment.“The second suspect in custody has admitted committing the crime. He took investigators to a location at Fifth Street, Alberttown where he handed over several items belonging to the victim as well as a knife suspected to be the murder weapon” police said.INews had reported that on the evening in question, between 22:22h and 23:45h, Whyte was murdered in his apartment complex.The victim was discovered naked, lying in a pool of his own blood, on his bed, with his hands bound in front of him and his body was covered in stab wounds. The discovery was made by a security guard attached to the building.Moreover, Whyte’s laptop, cash, gold and other personal valuables were reported missing.Investigators were informed by the security guard that prior to his death, on the same evening, Whyte picked up and escorted a colleague into the apartment.The colleague was identified as a former staff of the Guyana Gold Field Inc.According to the guard, after some time had elapsed, and as the colleague was exiting the building, he [colleague] told him [security] that he was going to collect something on the road. At that time, the man had a haversack on his back.The colleague, then reportedly walked to the junction of Thomas and Middle Street, where he joined a car that drove away.It was then that the guard, knowing that it is the protocol of the company that the visitor of a guest be checked out of the building by the guest, went up to the victim’s room and saw him lying lifeless.The police were immediately contacted and the security guard provided his statement before he reportedly had a heart attack. He is said to be recovering.The colleague was then apprehended at his home for questioning. Shortly after, the taxi driver was also taken into custody.Meanwhile, a post mortem examination conducted on Whyte’s body confirmed that he died as a result of multiple stab wounds. read more

iriver Story HD is first Google eBooks platform eReader

first_imgGoogle has been busy getting its 10 million (and growing) Google+ members signed on to the new social network, but somehow the company has found time to produce and announce its new eReader. The iriver Story HD will be the world’s first eReader to sync with Google’s eBookstore, the world’s largest eBook library accessible via mobile devices.Though it’s getting some criticism for its design (does it remind you of ABBA, too?), it’s what’s inside that counts. Gold-plated keys aside, the QWERTY keyboard is ergonomically designed so you can hold it in one hand and also use your thumbs to type, much like you would with your cell phone. According to iriver, the design is an “antique motif” that uses iriver’s “signature round-edged design” that has been used in previous models.This is the third generation of the iriver Story series. The Story HD has the same size e-ink screen as the last two models, but instead of using SVGA, the Story HD boasts the world’s first 6-inch XGA HD (768 x 1024) resolution display. That translates to 63 percent more pixels on screen while maintining a super-thin design at just 9.3mm-thick and weighing only 7.3 ounces.The use of e-ink allows for a wide viewing angle and low-power consumption. Using a lithium polymer battery, the Story HD lasts about six weeks on a single charge, and can read up to 14,000 pages. If you’re a speed reader, the 800MHz Cortex CPU will make you happy as it enables speedy page turning.Its 2GB of storage allows you to store about 1,500 eBooks, and you’ll certainly have enough to choose from with Google’s 3 million free titles and hundreds of thousands of paid books. The built-in WiFi allows for easy downloading and storage without need of a cable or PC. Don’t worry about running out of space either, as there’s an SD card slot with support for up to 32GB cards.Google’s eBook platform is open to all publishers, retailers, and manufacturers, so anyone can put content into the store. Google eBooks also lets you store your personal library in the cloud, so you can pick up where you left off if you’re switching from eReader to PC to smartphone, and so on.The Story HD supports a plethora of formats, including ePub, PDF, TXT, FB2, DJVU, PowerPoint, Word, and Hangul. It also features Comic Viewer which allows you to view JPG, BMP, and GIF files.The one thing the Story HD is missing is a touchscreen unlike the Kobo eReader Touch, Nook Touch, and the Sony Reader. However, the leading eReader, Amazon’s Kindle, has yet to add a touchscreen to the device.The iriver Story HD goes on sale Sunday, July 17 at Target for $139.99.Read more at iriver, via The Official Google Bloglast_img read more

Diversity the key for People of Australia nominees

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram People from the Greek community are being urged to nominate for the 2013 People of Australia Ambassadors program by Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy. Nominations will be open to outstanding individuals to be recognised for their work in diverse and ethnic communities. Ambassadors will be in direct dialogue with the Government and the Australian Multicultural Council (AMC). They will play an important role in providing advice to the Government on initiatives that promote diversity and community strength. “The program honours people who have a strong commitment to inclusion, social cohesion and works tirelessly at a grass roots level to build stronger communities,” Senator Lundy said. “The Ambassadors will operate as a link between their community and the Government. They play an important role promoting inclusion and participation in our community. “I encourage Australians to nominate people from their community who are passionate about diversity,” Senator Lundy said. Nominations close on 3 February 2013. All nominations will be considered by the Australian Multicultural Council. For more information visit www.amc.gov.au.last_img read more

Victorian Parliamentary Delegation to visit Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Victorian Parliamentary delegation – lead by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Ken Smith and the President of the Legislative Council Bruce Atkinson – has left for a visit to Greece responding to an invitation by the President of the Hellenic Republic Evangelos Meimarakis and the Minister for Macedonia and Thrace Theodoros Karaoglou . The aim of the visit is to advance the significant historic, cultural and economic links that exist between Victoria and Greece, as a result of the large Greek Australian community that resides in the state. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and the President of the Legislative Council of Victoria are leading a delegation that includes MP’s from the Liberal, Labor and National parties. Namely, Mr Khalil Eiden MLC, Mr Damian Drum MLC, Mr Joe Helper MLA, Ms Cindy McLeish MLA, and the Clerk of the Legislative Council Mr Wayne Tunnecliffe. The Victorian Parliamentary Delegation will give particular emphasis on this trip on building Victorian Participation in the Thessaloniki International Fair that started Saturday.last_img read more