The Bihar unit of the BJP on Friday alleged that Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s two sons — Tej Pratap and Tejaswi — and his wife Rabri Devi were involved in a multi-crore land scam. The allegation comes days after the BJP had charged Mr Tejaswi Prasad Yadav with conflict of interest as Forest and Environment Minister in a soil purchase contract, worth ₹90 lakh, for the Patna Zoo.Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi urged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to sack both Mr. Lalu Prasad’s sons from the cabinet and order a thorough inquiry into the land scam.Showing about 280 pages of documents related to the “dubious sale and purchase of the land”, Mr Modi further said, “I’ve all the authentic documents to prove my charges and we’ll take this scam too to the extent of the fodder scam.”Ownership transferredMr Modi said the land on which a shopping mall is being constructed by a company owned by an RJD MLA, was first given to Delight Marketing Company Pvt. Ltd in 2005 by Harsh and Vinay Kochar, prominent hoteliers of Patna. The Kochars, alleged Mr Modi, were given two railway hotels at Ranchi and Puri to run when Mr Lalu Prasad was union railway minister.Mr. Modi alleged that, “In 2010 Lalu’s family members, his wife Rabri Devi, two sons Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav, daughters Chanda Yadav and Ragini Yadav made an entry into the company as directors but on November 12, 2016 the company changed its name to LaRa Projects Pvt. Ltd and just two months back on February 14, 2017, only Rabri Devi, Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav remained directors of the company.”“LaRa means Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi…Rabri Devi owns 2,402 and both Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav own 800 shares each of the company today… The company, interestingly, did no business in last 15 years but added ‘construction’ in its objective in 2015,” said Mr Modi, who was earlier in exposing the multi-crore fodder scam against Lalu Prasad Yadav.“Nitish Kumar always says he neither protects anyone, nor implicates anyone…So we expect a thorough probe into this land scam too, ” Mr Modi told journalists.Neither the JD(U) nor Mr Lalu Prasad have responded to the allegations so far.
The United Kingdom has proposed lifting outdated confidentiality rules that ban the release of information about animal research.Under Section 24 of the 1986 Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, the Home Office cannot release any information about animal research carried out in the country. This includes, for example, information about people or places applying for animal testing licenses and inspection visit reports. But these rules are now “out of step with [government] policy on openness and transparency,” said Home Office Minister Norman Baker in a public consultation launched yesterday.Sharing information more openly will “help to provide a constructive dissemination of technical knowledge” and will lower the risk of duplication of animal experiments, the government says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Both animal rights groups and researchers using animals have praised the proposal as a step in the right direction. “Freedom of access to information is … the only means by which research can be properly scrutinised in order to ensure the best possible outcome for people and animals,” said the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in a statement issued today.Chris Magee, head of policy at the pressure group Understanding Animal Research (UAR) in London, tells ScienceInsider that withholding information does not help scientists and their work, because it leaves a “vacuum that activists can fill in with misleading information.” “Explaining what really goes on inside labs is the best way to counter the sometimes hysterical claims of so-called animal rights activists,” says Wendy Jarrett, chief executive of the organization. The secrecy is also unnecessary because the threat of violent extremists is lower now than it was in the 1980s and 1990s, Magee adds.This month, UAR and more than 40 science organizations will publish a joint document, or concordat, laying out how they plan to be more open and transparent about their animal research work.Private companies welcomed the government’s proposal but sounded a note of caution. Louise Leong, R&D policy director of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, said in a statement yesterday that drugmakers “would be looking for reassurance that any amendments to this Act do not compromise the safety of people who work in animal research,” as well as their intellectual property and “commercially sensitive information.”The government’s proposal seems to have taken these concerns on board: It suggests scrapping Section 24 while protecting the names of places, people, and their intellectual property. Under the government’s favored scenario, disclosing animal research information “with malicious intent” would also become a criminal offense.Indeed, when the U.K. government considered repealing Section 24 more than 10 years ago, then–Science Minister David Sainsbury said the biggest concern was “the question of penalties for people who improperly put that information into the public domain” and taking a tough stance against “animal terrorism.”In 2004, the government finally decided to keep the rules unchanged. Now, observers expect Section 24 to be scrapped, but don’t know what will replace it. The public consultation closes on 13 June; the government says it will then “work quickly” to analyze the comments and propose a final option.
Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, along with Virender Sehwag, on Wednesday found a place in the list of players nominated for an ICC online poll to pick the all-time greatest team as part of one-day cricket’s 40th anniversary celebrations.The retired Sourav Ganguly is also part of the list of openers, from which only two would make the final dream team.”To mark the 40th anniversary of One-Day International cricket, the ICC’s official website is asking supporters from across the globe to select their choice of the greatest ODI match and team of all-time,” the ICC said in a statement.Website www.icc-cricket.com is asking supporters to select a dream team from a shortlist of 48 players and pick their favourite game from a choice of 10 memorable matches.Fans can select dream team and favourite game till January 2, with the choices set to be announced on January 5 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the first-ever ODI match between Australia and England.”With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 now less than two months away, excitement and interest in the one-day format of the game will certainly intensify. We know that fans will enjoy having the chance to remember some of the great games and great players that have played in ODI cricket during the past 40 years,” ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said.The Australian ODI team from 1971 will also be presented to the crowd during the innings break of the first ODI match of the series between Australia and England at the MCG on January 16.advertisementIn the nominees for the Greatest ODI team of all time, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the lone Indian in the list of wicketkeepers.However, no Indian has found a place in the list of middle-order batsmen and fast bowlers, while the legendary Kapil Dev has found a mention in the all-rounders’ nomination.Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh have made the list of spinners shortlisted for the dream team.Two India match (the win over West Indies by 43 runs at Lord’s, 25 June 1983 and the triumph against Pakistan by five runs at Karachi, 13 March 2004) are there in the list of nominees for the greatest ODI match.The shortlist for Dream Team: Opening batsmen (2) Saeed Anwar, Sourav Ganguly, Gordon Greenidge, Matthew Hayden, Sanath Jayasuriya, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Glenn Turner.Middle-order batsmen (3): Michael Bevan, Martin Crowe, Aravinda de Silva, Inzamam-ul Haq, Brian Lara, Javed Miandad, Ricky Ponting, Viv Richards.All-rounder (1) Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Andrew Flintoff, Richard Hadlee, Jacques Kallis, Imran Khan, Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock.Wicketkeeper (1) Mark Boucher, MS Dhoni, Andy Flower Adam Gilchrist, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Moin Khan, Alec Stewart, Kumar Sangakkara.Fast bowlers (3) Wasim Akram, Allan Donald, Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Dennis Lillee, Glenn McGrath, Chaminda Vaas, Waqar Younis.Spinners (1) Shahid Afridi, Carl Hooper, Anil Kumble, Muttiah Muralitharan, Saqlain Mushtaq, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Warne, Daniel Vettori.Greatest ODI match of all-time:West Indies beat Australia by 17 runs at Lord’s, 21 June 1975.India beat West Indies by 43 runs at Lord’s, 25 June 1983.Pakistan beat India by one-wicket at Sharjah, 18 April 1986.England won by three wickets against Australia at Sydney, 22 January 1987.Australia won by one-wicket against West Indies at Sydney, 12 January 1996.Australia tied with South Africa at Edgbaston, 17 June 1999.Pakistan tied with Sri Lanka, at Sharjah, 15 October 1999.India beat Pakistan by five runs at Karachi, 13 March 2004.Bangladesh beat Australia by five wickets at Cardiff, 18 June 2005.South Africa beat Australia by one-wicket at Johannesburg, 12 March 2006.With inputs from PTI
Published on Sindhu seals final spot at Korea Open × Olympic silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu defeated world champion Nozomi Okuhara in a thrilling summit clash to clinch the women’s singles title at the Korea Open Super Series here today.The 22 year-old Indian saw off eighth seed Okuhara 22–20, 11–21, 20–18 in an energy-sapping contest that lasted an hour and 23 minutes to exact sweet revenge of her heart-wrenching World Championship final loss to the Japanese at Glasgow last month.Expectations of an epic battle were raised after Sindhu and Okuhara set up a summit clash for the second time in little over three weeks since they had fought for an hour and 50 minutes in one of the greatest women’s singles matches in the World Championships final last month.Today’s summit clash also turned out to be another electrifying contest as Sindhu displayed great stubbornness to lay claim to her third super series title of her career.World no. 4 Sindhu—who had clinched the 2016 China Super Series Premier and India Open Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold this season—dashed Okuhara’s bid to win her third straight title after winning the Australian Open and the World Championships.The win also helped Sindhu to level her head-to-head record against Okuhara, making it 4–4 in eight meetings. COMMENT September 17, 2017 sindhu sindhu sport RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE 0 COMMENTS
Chinese company Meizu took the wraps off its next-generation flagship phone, aka the Pro 6 on Wednesday, and contrary to earlier reports, it does not come with whopping 6 gigs of RAM. The pro 6 comes with 4GB RAM, but, has other things that are quite worth the mention. The Pro 6 is exclusive to China for now with no word yet about its global availability and pricing.The Meizu Pro 6 boasts of a full-metal unibody with minimum antenna lines and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on the front. Meizu says that the Pro 6 has 48 per cent less plastic in its design. Also Read: Meizu ties up with MediaTek, to offer Helio X25 in Pro 6 The phone comes with a 5.2-inch FullHD Super AMOLED display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution. The company has incorporated an Apple iPhone 6S 3D Touch-like pressure sensitive display technology in the Pro 6. Meizu calls it 3D Press. The Pro 6 is powered by 2.5GHz deca-core Mediatek Helio X25 processor coupled with Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. It comes in 32 and 64GB memory options and supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via microSD card.The Meizu Pro 6 sports a 21-megapxiel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection and laser autofocus along with an industry-first ten LED (dual tone) flash (ring) system. The Pro 6 also has a 5-megapixel camera on the front.The phone hones a physical home button on the front that doubles as a fingerprint scanner. There’s also USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing. The Pro 6 is backed by a 2,560mAh battery and supports fast charging via Meizu’s mCharge 3.0 technology.advertisementThe dualSIM Meizu Pro 6 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports 4G LTE connectivity.Also Read: Meizu may launch Redmi Note 3 rival M3 Note in India in MayThe Meizu Pro 6 has been priced at CNY 2,500 (roughly Rs 25,780) for the 32GB memory variant while the 64GB version will cost CNY 2,800 (roughly Rs 28,873). It will be available (in China) starting from April 23.
Hosting Atletico Madrid will be a moment to savor for Leicester City.Unless the 1-0 deficit is overturned on Tuesday, it’s likely to be a long, long wait before the Champions League returns to the King Power Stadium. (Bale out, Lewandowski in as Real Madrid face tough task against Bayern )And the players don’t hide that fact. They don’t have an inferiority complex, just a realization of how difficult it will be to reach the semifinals in their first shot at European soccer’s elite competition, let alone returning in the near future.While Atletico are third in La Liga, Leicester have sunk far from the Champions League places in England – 12th in the Premier League they won so unexpectedly last May.”We are small Leicester,” defender Christian Fuchs said Monday. “Playing in the Champions League is already great, then being in quarterfinals is outstanding. We just enjoy the time that we have. We might never be here again.”Losing would close a chapter on an improbable eight-year ascent for the Premier League champions.The quarterfinal second leg is being played eight years to the day since the club secured their passage out of English soccer’s third tier by beating Southend United.”The journey has been incredible,” said caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare, who was in his first season on the coaching staff when Leicester won 2-0 at Southend on April 18, 2009. “Where this club has come from has been remarkable.”That’s why writing off the Foxes can backfire. They were expected to falter in last season’s Premier League title race, but the 5,000-1 shots not only improbably lifted the trophy for the first time but seized top spot by 10 points.advertisementEven as Leicester slid down the standings this season, plunged into a relegation fight that cost manager Claudio Ranieri his job, the team still defied expectations in Europe.Even as the English teams kept getting eliminated – first Tottenham, then Arsenal and Manchester City, Leicester stood tall. They are the last English team standing, but only given about a 3-1 chance of going through with bookmakers while Atletico are the overwhelming favorites.”Let’s show they have got it wrong tomorrow,” Shakespeare said. “We will start as underdogs because of the history of Madrid but we are quite comfortable with that, we know what we have got to do and let’s hope we can earn people a few bob (pounds).”And not crack under the pressure, Fuchs said in response to an Easter egg-themed question.”That’s what everyone is expecting from us anyway, what they expected last season,” the 31-year-old Austrian said. “We have such a great team spirit that we don’t let it affect us. There’s a lot of pressure all the time, this year it was fighting against relegation and we came out of that. We’re just looking forward to the game and trying to give everything.”Captain Wes Morgan could return after missing the last six games with a back injury, including last Tuesday’s first leg when Antoine Griezmann’s penalty gave Atletico the advantage.Griezmann was clipped by defender Marc Albrighton but the striker appeared to be just outside the penalty area when the contact was made.”It’s not gnawing away, the referee gave his decision and the last thing the club and players need is me harping on about it,” Shakespeare said. “We have to get on with it. The referee made his decision, although it’s there for everyone to see it’s the wrong one. We have to make sure we’re ready and focused for the game.”
Man City striker Aguero admits being Liverpool and Owen fanby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero admits he grew up a fan off Liverpool.And he says Michael Owen was his favourite striker.Aguero has been Manchester City’s main man for eight years, winning four Premier League titles in the process. His latest league triumph came at the expense of Liverpool, who were searching for their first in the competition. Owen revealed his own admiration for Aguero in his book when discussing the finishing of United striker Marcus Rashford.He argued: “Players like Robbie Fowler, Aguero or Harry Kane, these people who are obsessed with goals. I don’t think he is obsessed with goals.”It seems the respect is mutual, as Aguero wrote in his autobiography Born To Rise: “I’ve always liked Liverpool, maybe because I used to play for Independiente who also played in red.”As a kid, I wanted to be Michael Owen and when I saw him score that goal for England against Argentina I thought ‘you little sh**’! Even aged 10, I knew they couldn’t allow him that much space. He was a terrific player at that time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Memory Lane Heritage Village on the Eastern Shore is getting support to attract more visitors. Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, joined Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today, Sept. 5, to announce funding to enhance the museum’s visitor experience. Memory Lane Heritage Village, in Lake Charlotte, Halifax Regional Municipality, aims to double admissions over the next five years. Attendance has grown steadily since opening in 2000. The museum, which offers a stroll back in time, has already upgraded exhibits to attract more visitors. Funding will support developing a marketing plan and technology and infrastructure to enhance visitors’ experiences, which will draw more people to the museum and the region. Visitors can scan new QR codes on village artifacts with their smartphones, tablets or devices available at the museum to view multi-media presentations of how the artifacts were used in daily life. The provincial government is contributing $125,369 to complete Memory Lane’s Visitor Experience Enhancement Project. The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, is providing $210,550 to support the technology and infrastructure developments. Additional support includes $25,000 from Halifax Regional Municipality. “We recognize the value and importance of our heritage resources to help preserve and promote our province’s culture,” said Mr. Ince. “Community-run museums like Memory Lane employ local residents and are the perfect way for visitors to experience life in Nova Scotia many decades ago.” “Our government is pleased to support projects like this one that help stimulate tourism across the province and strengthen the economic capacity of rural communities,” said Mr. MacKay. “Smartphone and tablet users will gain a deeper appreciation of the areas built and natural history through the addition of technology that enables online storytelling.” Jim Livingston, chair of the Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society, said the society has been working hard with all three levels of government to implement the Visitor Experience Enhancement Project. “A marketing plan is one of the next steps in our business plan and will ensure our long-term sustainability,” said Mr. Livingston. “It will position us to be a flagship heritage museum and have a positive impact on the local economy.” MLA Kevin Murphy, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson, said the society identified an opportunity to grow and has worked to see its vision become a reality. “When a community organization presents a solid business proposal like this, the province wants to help them make the most of their resources, and, of course, attracting more visitors to the region is good for everyone,” said Mr. Murphy. Provincial government funding for this project comes from the Regional Economic Development and Support4Culture programs, and the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. For more information, visit http://cch.novascotia.ca/support4culture , or http://www.novascotia.ca/econ/ .
Ground and air crews are fighting wildfires in Annapolis and Queens counties. The wildfires have been burning for more than 24 hours and are in heavily forested areas where people and buildings are not at risk. “Fighting wildfires when its extremely dry and in high winds is very hard work,” said Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines. “I want to thank the Natural Resources ground and air fire crews, and the support organizations, for their co-ordinated and effective response to these fires.” A wildfire in Greenfield, Queens Co. is contained. The fire has burned almost five hectares of forest. A Natural Resources fire crew and volunteer firefighters are being assisted by heavy equipment to build a fire break to prevent any further spreading. A wildfire in Seven Mile Lake, Annapolis Co. has burned 90 hectares and is not contained. Natural Resources firefighters are being assisted by volunteer fire crews and helicopters. A 24-hectare wildfire in Maitland Bridge, Annapolis Co. is also not yet contained. Natural Resources firefighters are being assisted by a Parks Canada firefighting crew volunteer personnel. Heavy equipment and a helicopter are on the scene. New Brunswick is helping fight the wildfires with six air tankers, which drop 3,000 litres of water each. Newfoundland and Labrador has sent a water bomber that drops 6000 litres. Highway 8 north of Maitland Bridge is still closed while firefighting efforts are underway. Conditions across Nova Scotia are very dry and Mr. Hines encouraged Nova Scotians to check burning restrictions at http://novascotia.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire/burnsafe/ or call 1-855-564-2876 (BURN).
MONTREAL (CITYNEWS) – Hundreds of people were forced out into the cold this morning at a Lasalle elementary school after dozens of students fell suddenly ill.First responders confirmed 43 people have been taken to hospital following a suspected carbon monoxide leak at the Montreal school.Please be advised the MUHC is currently responding to an emergency situation. More details to follow. Members of the public with non-urgent care needs may wish to call Info Santé at 811 or consider visiting the other hospital ERs or clinics: https://t.co/dSZNMQhcZ8— MUHC (@cusm_muhc) January 14, 2019Urgences-santé received a call from Ecole des Découvreurs shortly after 11 a.m. with reports of kids vomiting. The sick students–all between six and 13 years old–said their heads were spinning and there was a funny smell.An ambulance service spokesman said 35 children and eight adults complained of symptoms including dizziness and nausea Monday.Officials believe this was the result of carbon monoxide poisoning and the building was evacuated. Fifteen students and a teacher were taken to hospital to be treated and another 35 are being looked over at a building near the school.A physician at Montreal Children’s Hospital said patients from the school were in stable condition and under observation.It was unclear whether the children affected were all in the same classroom.The school was completely evacuated, and the other students are safe in a neighbouring school, the school board says.Some 300 students and staff were housed in nearby transit buses while parents were called to come to collect the students.Emergency personnel has the area around the school cordoned off until further notice.With files from The Canadian Press
The Los Angeles Mission Christmas Event will provide real relief for families and children with generous donations of thousands of toys and goodies.Hundreds of volunteers from the entertainment industry, local political leaders and Mission supporters are expected to show up to spread the joy of the season to Skid Row.Among those scheduled to take part are Forest Whitaker and family, Harry Hamlin, Lisa Rinna and family, Bella Thorne and family, Bianca Lawson (Pretty Little Liars), Aldis Hodge (Leverage), Edwin Hodge (Red Dawn) and family, Maitland Ward (Boy Meets Girl), Austin North (I didn’t Do It), Sondra Currie (The Hangover), Mayte Garcia (Army Wives), Brighid Fleming (Labor Day), Jo Frost (Supernanny) and family, Shaunie O’Neal (Basketball Wives), Joey Luthman (Chosen), Elise Luthman and family, Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and many more. Surprise child-friendly celebrity guests plus Santa will make a special appearance!Toyota and Nestlé will make generous donations to sponsor the event. Toys are being donated by: JAKKS Pacific, Inc., Imperial Toys, Festival of Children Foundation and everyday donors. Blankets and hygiene kits are among the practical gifts also distributed to those in need.The meal service will start at 11am On December 24, with approximately 4,000 meals being supplied to the homeless. The event will take place at the Los Angeles Mission, 303 E. 5th Street (Corner of Fifth and Wall St.).
See the full warning below.Issued at 2019-07-11 21:52 UTC by Environment Canada:Severe thunderstorm warning issued for:B.C. North Peace River, B.C. (087320)Current details:At 2:48pm PDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The thunderstorm is located 20 km north of Peejay and is moving eastward at 20 km/h towards Milligan Creek Rd. Heavy downpours are likely to cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. One thunderstorm is located 20 km north of Peejay and is moving eastward at 20 km/h towards Milligan Creek Rd.The other thunderstorm is located 25 km north of Wonowon and is moving eastward at 20 km/h.ORIGINAL STORYFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the North Peace.The warning says meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The thunderstorm is located 20 km north of Peejay and is moving eastward at 20 km/h towards Milligan Creek Rd. UPDATE – As of 3:55 p.m. – Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain. The thunderstorm is located just north of Doig River and is moving eastward at 20 km/h.UPDATE – As of 3:25 p.m. the severe thunderstorm warning has ended.UPDATE – At 2:53 pm PDT, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking two severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said on Thursday that the income tax raid on JD(S) leaders overseeing the electioneering of his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy in Mandya and nephew Prajwal Revanna in Hassan was “politically motivated” and he would stage a demonstration against it in Bengaluru along with Congress leaders. “I am going to stage a demonstration in Bengaluru. Let the whole nation see how the income tax department is being misused. These raids are politically motivated,” a visibly upset Kumaraswamy told reporters in Mysuru. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The pre-dawn raids at 15 to 20 places triggered an angry backlash from Congress as well as JD(S) leaders. More importantly, the raids were on people who were monitoring the electioneering of the two belonging to the Gowda family, including state minor irrigation minister C S Puttaraju and his nephew Ashok, who is a district Panchayat member in Mysuru. Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna are testing political waters for the first time under the tutelage of Kumaraswamy and PWD minister H D Revanna. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Asserting that he had predicted the raids Wednesday night itself, Kumaraswamy said for the first time the I-T officials raided government offices too, such as PWD office in Hassan and Tahsildar office in Kanakapura. Accusing the principal chief commissioner of income tax department (Karnataka-Goa region) B R Balakrishnan of acting as a “political agent”, the chief minister said he was eyeing on a gubernatorial position post retirement. “A BJP leader sends list of people to Amit Shah, who eventually forwards it to Balakrishnan to carry out raids. Balakrishnan is acting as an agent of BJP. It seems that he wants a post retirement position such as governor of some state,” he added. Kumaraswamy questioned BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa as to whether he could win elections without money. “Note counting machine was found during raids at BJP leaders’ houses. They are now teaching us about honesty. Did the I-T officials find note counting machine at Puttaraju’s house? They are out to frighten us but the fact is the BJP is shaken and wants to win election by intimidating us. We are not the ones who get scared,” said the chief minister. The raids did not perturb Revanna. Speaking to reporters in Hassan, he said, “So long as I have the blessings of Sringeri Sharadamba and Shankaracharya, nothing will happen…Anybody conspiring against me or trying black magic will be destroyed. I am so well protected.” Former chief minister and Congress strongman Siddaramaiah said if the BJP thought that these intimidation tactics would win them the election, then they are wrong in their assumption. Yeddyurappa rubbished the charges, saying the Income Tax department was doing its duty and it should not be linked with politics. Meanwhile, the income tax department in a press release in the wake of the chief minister’s statements to the press, said no MP, MLA or minister had been covered in the searches and they were being carried out on the basis of credible information received. “Certain searches are being carried out by the income tax department in Karnataka Goa on contractors and connected persons. No MP, MLA or minister have so far been covered in the searches. These searches are being carried out on the basis of credible information received,” it said. The searches were carried out on a wide range of professions and businesses including bureaucrats, breweries, MNCs, mining barons, diagnostic centres, trusts, educational institutions, medical colleges, real estate, fisheries, and film industry and including politically exposed persons, said the release. It also said these searches have resulted in collecting credible evidence on tax evasion. The searches on politically exposed persons have covered their entire range of the political spectrum. The I-T department also said CRPF personnel being used for the searches had not been flown from outside the state. “While it is true that CRPF is being used for providing security, the said central armed police personnel were requisitioned from the State Police (ADGP Law and Order) following normal protocol and have not been flown in outside the state,” the release said. The department also said its activities should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. “We also request that the activities of the income tax department should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. In particular statements which sound like an incitement to physical violence issued by persons holding very responsible posts are deeply deplorable,” it added. The Income Tax department is committed to carrying out its functions in a professional and fearless manner. The Department will act on credible information regardless of political affiliations, the release said.
Rabat – Moroccan citizens can continue to apply for registration in the “Tayssir” (Facilitation) program which provides funding for parents to enroll children in schools, until Monday, January 7.The education ministry had set the deadline for registration as December 22 but decided to postpone it at the request of a student-parent association.According to the minister’s communique, the extension period will also allow citizens to apply for the Medical Insurance Plan for the Financially Underprivileged (RAMED). Read Also: Government Pledges Increased Teaching of IT in Moroccan SchoolsMoroccan applicants can register by filling in an application form and attaching their own ID cards and the children’s birth certificates.The Tayssir program is one of the government’s efforts to facilitate access to education for all children and reduce the dropout rate.Tayssir provides parents cash payments to formally enroll children aged 6 to 15 in school. In July, Amzazi said that he wants to reduce the rate of school drop-outs from 5.7 percent in rural primary schools to 1 percent by 2024-2025.According to a December 2018 report from Morocco’s National Observatory for Human Development (ONDH), 93 percent of 6 to 11-year-olds were enrolled in primary schools in 2017.Read Also: UNESCO: 7,500 Undocumented Migrant Children Enrolled in Moroccan SchoolsEnrollment rates dropped off for older children. Only 61 percent of 12 to 14-year-olds were enrolled in secondary school in 2017. For high school, only 37 percent of 15 to 17-year-olds were enrolled.The education ministry also wants to increase Tayssir’s beneficiaries from 700,000 to 2.1 million beneficiaries
9 June 2009The Security Council today spoke out against the recent killings of top political figures in Guinea-Bissau, serving as a “tragic setback” to the West African nation which has been rocked by a series of civil conflicts, coups d’état and uprisings in recent decades. Baciro Dabo, a candidate in the 28 June presidential elections, and Helder Proenca, a Member of Parliament and former Minister of Defense, were assassinated on 5 June.“The members of the Security Council called on the Government of Guinea-Bissau to bring to justice those responsible for these violent acts,” according to a press statement read out by Ambassador Baki Ilkin of Turkey, which holds the body’s rotating presidency this month.Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he was “dismayed” by the news of the killings, emphasizing that “they should not be allowed to deter the forthcoming presidential elections.”In today’s statement, the Council also underscored the importance of national reconciliation and fighting impunity in the country.Its members also voiced their concern “over the resurgence of political violence, which constitutes a tragic setback to efforts to restore peace and stability, as well as the rule of law and democratic process in the country.”President Joao Bernardo Vieira and Chief of Staff Tagme Na Waie were killed on 1 and 2 March, respectively, and their murders were condemned by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council, the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Today’s statement called on the Government, political leaders, the military and people of Guinea-Bissau to “exercise restraint, maintain stability and constitutional order, and respect the rule of law and the democratic process,” as well as urging the international community to continue its support for the country.It also appealed to regional and sub-regional organizations to help with the investigations into the pattern of killings.
15 December 2011The first ever UN report on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people details how people are killed or endure hate-motivated violence, torture, detention, criminalization and discrimination because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The first ever United Nations report on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people details how around the world people are killed or endure hate-motivated violence, torture, detention, criminalization and discrimination in jobs, health care and education because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.The report, released today by the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, outlines “a pattern of human rights violations… that demands a response,” and says governments have too often overlooked violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.Homophobic and transphobic violence has been recorded in every region of the world, the report finds, and ranges from murder, kidnappings, assaults and rapes to psychological threats and arbitrary deprivations of liberty.LGBT people are often targets of organized abuse from religious extremists, paramilitary groups, neo-Nazis, extreme nationalists and others, as well as family and community violence, with lesbians and transgender women at particular risk.“Violence against LGBT persons tends to be especially vicious compared to other bias-motivated crimes,” the report notes, citing data indicating that homophobic hate crimes often include “a high degree of cruelty and brutality.”Violent incidents or acts of discrimination frequently go unreported because victims do not trust police, are afraid of reprisals or are unwilling to identify themselves as LGBT.The report – prepared in response to a request from the UN Human Rights Council earlier this year – draws from information included in past UN reporting, official statistics on hate crimes where there are available, and reporting by regional organizations and some non-governmental organizations (NGOs).In the report, Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, calls on countries to repeal laws that criminalize homosexuality, abolish the death penalty for offences involving consensual sexual relations, harmonize the age of consent for heterosexual and homosexual conduct, and enact comprehensive anti-discrimination laws.In 76 countries it remains illegal to engage in same-sex conduct and in at least five countries – Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen – the death penalty prevails.Ms. Pillay recommends that Member States also promptly investigate all killings or serious violent incidents perpetrated because of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, and to establish systems to record such incidents.The High Commissioner also calls on countries to ensure that no one fleeing persecution because of their sexual orientation or gender identity is returned to a territory where their life or freedom is at threat, and that asylum laws recognize that sexual orientation or gender identity is a valid basis for claiming persecution.Public information campaigns should be introduced, especially in schools, to counter homophobia, and police and law enforcement officials should also receive training to ensure LGBT people are treated appropriately and fairly.Charles Radcliffe, the chief of OHCHR’s global issues section, told UN Radio that “one of the things we found is if the law essentially reflects homophobic sentiment, then it legitimizes homophobia in society at large. If the State treats people as second class or second rate or, worse, as criminals, then it’s inviting people to do the same thing.”He stressed that all UN Member States have an obligation under international human rights law to decriminalize homosexuality, adding it was important to persuade rather than lecture States to change their laws.“I think we have seen the balance of opinion amongst States really shifting significantly in recent years. Some 30 countries have decriminalized homosexuality in the last two decades or so.”Mr. Radcliffe said that while all people have freedom of religion, “no religious belief or prevailing cultural values can justify stripping people of their basic rights.”The report, which will be discussed by Council members at a meeting in March next year, has been released as top UN officials have increasingly raised concerns about human rights violations against LGBT people.Last year, in a speech marking Human Rights Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that “as men and women of conscience, we reject discrimination in general, and in particular discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”Ms. Pillay, during a public conversation last week on social media, also called for an end to bullying and other forms of persecution of LGBT people.
The Ontario Provincial Police is asking for the public’s help in locating a 28-year-old man wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant.Rowan Atkins is serving a 5-year and 11-month sentence for possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm while prohibited. He is wanted by police for breach of parole.Atkins is described as 6’0″ and 172 lbs. Police say he is known to frequent Toronto and York Region.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Provincial ROPE Squad at 416-808-5900 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Inadequate support for peacekeeping in Liberia could hamper future missions in Africa, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns in a new report, urging countries to make good on their pledges of soldiers and support units.”The slow response from Member States to the [UN Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL)] troop requirements raises concern, not only for effective implementation of the mandate of UNMIL, but also for planning for possible future peacekeeping operations in Africa, including in Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire and the Sudan,” he says in a report to the Security Council released today.As of last week, UNMIL’s troop strength stood at 5,900 military personnel out of an overall authorized strength of 15,000. More contingents are expected from Bangladesh, Namibia, Pakistan, Sweden and Ukraine in the near future. While thanking countries that already have contributed military and police personnel, Mr. Annan calls on others to urgently make available the “sorely needed” specialized support units considered crucial to UNMIL’s effectiveness.The report warns of persistent political and security problems in Liberia. “Regrettably, the armed groups have yet to demonstrate their full commitment to the peace process, as is apparent from the ongoing skirmishes, the continuing serious violations of human rights and the selfish pursuit of lucrative posts in the Government and public corporations,” the Secretary-General says.The people maintaining such an attitude could be held accountable for impeding peacekeeping work and for human rights violations, he adds.Calling on donors to be generous, Mr. Annan notes that early next February, the UN, the World Bank and the United States will jointly host a donors’ conference on Liberia in New York. Meanwhile, a consolidated appeal by the humanitarian agencies for $137 million was launched last month to provide emergency assistance as Liberia’s interior becomes accessible.
by Stephen Braun, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2016 6:29 am MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – An Associated Press review of the official calendar Hillary Clinton kept as secretary of state identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were not recorded or omitted the names of those she met.The fuller details of those meetings were included in files the State Department turned over to the AP after it sued the government in federal court.The missing entries raise new questions about how Clinton and her inner circle handled government records documenting her State Department tenure — in this case, why the official chronology of her four-year term does not closely mirror the other, more detailed records of her daily meetings.At a time when Clinton’s private email system is under scrutiny by an FBI criminal investigation, the calendar omissions reinforce concerns that she sought to eliminate the “risk of the personal being accessible” — as she wrote in an email exchange that she failed to turn over to the government but was subsequently uncovered in a top aide’s inbox.The AP found the omissions by comparing the 1,500-page calendar with separate planning schedules supplied to Clinton by aides in advance of each day’s events. The names of at least 114 outsiders who met with Clinton were missing from her calendar, the records show.No known federal laws were violated and some omissions could be blamed on Clinton’s highly fluid schedule, which sometimes forced late cancellations. But only seven meetings in Clinton’s planning schedules were replaced by substitute events on her official calendar. More than 60 other events listed in Clinton’s planners were omitted entirely in her calendar, tersely noted or described only as “private meetings” — all without naming those who met with her.Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said Thursday night that the multiple discrepancies between her State Department calendar and her planning schedules “simply reflect a more detailed version in one version as compared to another, all maintained by her staff.”Merrill said that Clinton “has always made an effort to be transparent since entering public life, whether it be the release of over 30 years of tax returns, years of financial disclosure forms, or asking that 55,000 pages of work emails from her time of secretary of state be turned over to the public.”In one key omission, Clinton’s State Department calendar dropped the identities of a dozen major Wall Street and business leaders who met with her during a private breakfast discussion at the New York Stock Exchange in September 2009, The meeting occurred minutes before Clinton appeared in public at the exchange to ring the market’s ceremonial opening bell.Despite the omission, Clinton’s State Department planning schedules from the same day listed the names of all Clinton’s breakfast guests — most of whose firms had lobbied the government and donated to her family’s global charity. The event was closed to the press and merited only a brief mention in her calendar, which omitted all her guests’ names — among them Blackstone Group Chairman Steven Schwarzman, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and then-New York Bank of Mellon CEO Robert Kelly.Clinton’s calendar also repeatedly omitted private dinners and meetings with political donors, policy sessions with groups of corporate leaders and “drop-bys” with old Clinton campaign hands and advisers. Among those whose names were omitted from her calendar were longtime adviser Sidney Blumenthal, consultant and former Clinton White House chief of staff Thomas “Mack” McLarty, former energy lobbyist Joseph Wilson and entertainment magnate and Clinton campaign bundler Haim Saban.The AP first sought Clinton’s calendar and schedules from the State Department in August 2013, but the agency would not acknowledge even that it had the material. After nearly two years of delay, the AP sued the State Department in March 2015. The department agreed in a court filing last August to turn over Clinton’s calendar, and provided the documents in November. After noticing discrepancies between Clinton’s calendar and some schedules, the AP pressed in court for all of Clinton’s planning material. The U.S. has released about one-third of those planners to the AP, so far.The State Department censored both sets of documents for national security and other reasons, but those changes were made after the documents were turned over to the State Department at the end of Clinton’s tenure.The documents obtained by the AP do not show who specifically logged entries in Clinton’s calendar or who edited the material. Clinton’s emails and other records show that she and two close aides, deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin and scheduling assistant Lona J. Valmoro, held weekly meetings and emailed almost every day about Clinton’s plans. According to the recent inspector general’s audit and a court declaration made last December by the State Department’s acting executive secretary, Clinton’s aides had access to her calendar through a government Microsoft Outlook account. Both Abedin and Valmoro were political appointees at the State Department and are now aides in her presidential campaign.Unlike Clinton’s planning schedules, which were sent to Clinton each morning, her calendar was edited after each event, the AP’s review showed. Some calendar entries were accompanied by Valmoro emails — indicating she may have added those entries. Every meeting entry also included both the planned time of the event and the actual time — showing that Clinton’s calendar was being used to document each meeting after it ended.The State Department said Friday that “extensive records” from Clinton’s calendars were preserved. Spokesman John Kirby said he couldn’t speak in more detail about practices during Clinton’s tenure because of the AP’s ongoing lawsuit.Kirby said the department was confident it was properly preserving Secretary John Kerry’s calendars and other historic documents, but he noted that Kerry was not required to include details of private, non-work-related meetings. Kirby declined to specify the agency’s definition of those private sessions, saying only that “there are obviously some moments of his life that have no bearing on his work as secretary of state.”Kirby would not comment on how Clinton and other former secretaries handled their calendars. Five former State Department logistics officials told the AP that some of Clinton’s predecessors also omitted some private meetings from their calendars. The former officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss sensitive agency practices, said omitted meetings typically were for medical or other personal reasons as opposed to the meetings Clinton attended with political and charity donors and with corporate executives.P.J. Crowley, a State Department spokesman for Clinton at the time, told the AP that Clinton’s vision of “21st century statecraft” included exchanging views with corporate leaders and promoting public-private partnerships. “That was certainly reflected in her day-to-day schedule, her travel and her global outreach,” Crowley said.The former department officials as well as government records experts said that secretaries of state have wide latitude in keeping their schedules — despite federal laws and agency rules overseeing the archiving of calendars and warning against altering or deleting records. Omissions in Clinton’s calendar could undermine the document’s historical accuracy, particularly its depictions of Clinton’s access to political, corporate and other influences, experts said.“It’s clear that any outside influence needs to be clearly identified in some way to at least guarantee transparency. That didn’t happen,” said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, a nonpartisan government reform group. “These discrepancies are striking because of her possible interest at the time in running for the presidency.”Clinton’s terse calendar entry on her 2009 private breakfast on Wall Street contains no details on what she and her 12 guests discussed.Besides Schwarzman, Nooyi and Kelly, Clinton’s other guests were Fabrizio Freda, CEO of the Estee Lauder Companies Inc.; Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks Corp.; Lewis Frankfort, chairman of Coach Inc.; Ellen Kullman, then-CEO of DuPont; David M. Cote, CEO of Honeywell International Inc.; James Tisch, president of Loews Corp.; John D. Wren, CEO of Omnicom Group; then-McGraw Hill Companies chairman Harold McGraw III; and James Taiclet, chairman of the American Tower Corp. Also attending was then-NYSE CEO Duncan Niederauer, who later accompanied Clinton when she rang the stock exchange bell.Four of the attendees — Schwarzman, Nooyi, Cote and Kullman — headed companies that later donated to Clinton’s pet diplomatic project of that period, the U.S. pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.All the firms represented except Coach lobbied the government in 2009; Blackstone, Honeywell, Omnicom and DuPont lobbied the State Department that year. Schwarzman and Frankfort have personally donated to the Clinton Foundation, and the other firms — except for American Tower and New York Bank of Mellon — also contributed to the Clinton charity.__Associated Press writer Bradley Klapper contributed to this report. Clinton’s State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries Graphic shows example of Hillary Clinton’s State Department appointment calendar compared with other logs of the same event; 3c x 4 inches; 146 mm x 101 mm;
by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2016 10:33 am MDT CALGARY – Police say domestic violence in Calgary is increasing partially as a result of a severe economic downturn that has cost thousands of jobs in the oil and gas industry.Staff Sgt. Rob Davidson from the Calgary police domestic conflict unit says so far this year officers have seen a 36 per cent rise in the domestic violence rate over the five-year average.He says it’s on track to be the highest number since 2004, and other police forces in Alberta have also noted a jump in calls.Davidson says there’s little doubt that the increase is tied to recent problems with the economy.He says many relationships that are already having trouble can be pushed over the edge when money problems enter the equation.The figures were released to mark the beginning of Family Violence Prevention month. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Economic downturn tied to increasing domestic abuse in Calgary