AAP likely to release manifesto on April 25

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party is likely to release its manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on April 25, according to sources in the party. Polling for theseven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held in the sixth phase on May 12. The manifesto, which will list out its agenda for the general elections, will focus on its endeavour to get full statehood for Delhi, a source said. The document has been prepared by a seven-member team headed by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. The ruling AAP in the national capital is fighting the Lok Sabha elections on the agenda of granting full statehood to Delhi. The Congress, with whom the AAP is yet to forge an alliance in the national capital, has already released its manifesto which promises full statehood to Puducherry but has no mention of Delhi on the issue. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is yet to release its mainfesto. The BJP is likely to release its manifesto on April 8.last_img read more

Boucetta Continues Tour of African Development Projects Launched by King Mohammed

Rabat – Moroccan Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mounia Boucetta, continues her trip to African countries where King Mohammed VI launched several joint projects during his tour of the continent in 2016.Boucetta is expected to arrive in Guinea on Tuesday before heading to Ivory Coast. The minister arrived in Senegal on Monday where she met with President Macky Sall.“On the basis of the assessment we have made concerning the projects with top priority which both heads of state have expressed their will to realize, we noted that there is a good advancement but that there are nonetheless some difficulties which the concerned parties are urged to overcome so that the overall engagements be respected,” said the minister following her meeting the Senegalese President. The Secretary of State and other members of the Moroccan delegation visited the site of the fishing project in the bay of Soumbédioune in the Senegalese capital Dakar.The bay is home to 1,500 fishermen and over 300 pirogues. The MAD 20 million project intends to build a fishery, equipped with a cold-room, a fish-processing space, and a marketplace for selling fish.The project is due to be completed in October or November, according to the Maghreb Arab Press.Moroccan officials and their Senegalese counterparts reviewed the advancement of 15 agreements signed by the two countries, the Moroccan press agency affirmed, adding that priority was given to projects related to the residential property project “Cité de l’émergence”, the Octopus Development Plan, solar energy, and aquaculture.Other agreements that were discussed are related to agriculture, microfinance, and international transport.On July 11, Boucetta started her African visit to monitor joint projects launched by the kingdom and its continental partners. Boucetta was sent on instructions by King Mohammed VI, who in recent years has led Morocco to increase its cooperation with other African countries.Ethiopia was the first stop for the Moroccan delegation which is made of officials from ministerial departments of agriculture and housing, and representatives of l’Office Chérifien de Phosphates (OCP), Mohammed VI Foundation for Sustainable Development, and the General Confederation of Businesses in Morocco (CGEM).Other African stops included Rwanda, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Zambia.The Moroccan delegation is expected to return to the kingdom in early August. read more

This is How King Mohammed VI Sees Future Moroccan Cities

Rabat – For King Mohammed VI, Morocco strives to build smart cities without slums, with clean environment and with a spirit of creativity, civilized conduct, tolerance and cooperation to better serve citizens.In a message to the participants in the 2nd Ministerial Forum on Housing and Urban Development, delivered by King’s advisor Abdellatif Menouni, King Mohammed VI warns against the challenges of urban sprawl that causes considerable issues for urban planning.“Urban sprawl which is not based on prior planning leads to many challenges and causes considerable problems in terms of urban management. It compounds transportation problems, increases infrastructure costs, implies encroachment on rural areas, intensifies the pressure on public services, depletes natural resources and leads to environmental degradation,” the king said. The king also stressed on the most salient features of urban sprawl: “Population growth leads to ever growing urban areas because of the horizontal and vertical development that is required to meet the basic needs of inhabitants in terms of housing, roads and various other services.”The king added that “Horizontal urban sprawl often bites into land reserves, using up fertile, high-yield farming areas. This creates a concrete jungle, not to mention higher urban management costs and inefficient public services.”These profound changes in urban life, said king Mohammed VI, “will contribute to social and spatial imbalances inside cities, particularly large ones.”To solve the complexity of this situation and the perils involved, the King called on authorities “to pay close attention to urban development and to seriously address the basic issues relating to urban organization in general.”In addition to an adequate housing, the King deemed necessary to provide a clean environment which allows for economic development and smart urban planning that ultimately serves the citizen.The sovereign also stressed the need to lay the groundwork for an urban policy which respects local identities and particularities, while considering new, creative mechanisms for a new urban development system that would enable Moroccan citizens to enjoy good living conditions.“This requires thorough institutional reforms whereby regions, decentralized authorities and national initiatives would be given extensive powers. Through these reforms, those in charge of public policies should also be in a better position to answer citizens’ needs and fulfil their aspirations,” the King underlined.King Mohammed VI invited participants to strive hard in order to consolidate cooperation and promote the exchange of know-how and experiences between Arab countries given that they have the same concerns, face similar challenges, and have their eyes set on the future.The statement also recalled the launch in 2004 of the national program “Cities without slums” to eradicate all sorts of sub-standard housing in 85 cities and towns.“This ambitious national program is based on making housing the gateway to social cohesion and to economic dynamism. So far, thanks to this program, 58 cities and towns have been declared slum-free,” the King said.As the 2011 Constitution stipulates, the right to housing is essential, together with the right to water, a healthy environment, healthcare and social security.“Many accomplishments have been made in this regard thanks to political will and an approach based on the promotion of rights and of urban integration,” the King underlined. read more

Liberia joins UNbacked campaign to eradicate polio in West Africa

Health workers fanned out across Liberia today to vaccinate children against polio as the third round of a synchronized regional immunization campaign aimed at eradication the paralyzing disease in West Africa began, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported.Vaccinators are aiming to reach 53 million children across West Africa during the five-day campaign.In Liberia, the exercise is jointly supported by the health ministry, UNICEF, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), as well as more than 700 social mobilizers.UNMIL Radio and other community radio stations are broadcasting jingles and polio-related messages regularly, with UNICEF providing technical and financial support for communications, and a supply of more than 900,000 doses of polio vaccine. WHO is providing technical support as well as funds for logistics, monitoring, transportation and allowances for vaccination teams.“I would like to call on parents all across the country to take their children for the polio vaccine – not only for its importance but because it is their right,” said Ibrahim Sesay, a UNICEF child protection specialist in Liberia. “We call on vaccinators and health workers in the field to do their outmost in ensuring that every child under five is reached and immunized against this deadly disease,” he added. 28 May 2010Health workers fanned out across Liberia today to vaccinate children against polio as the third round of a synchronized regional immunization campaign aimed at eradication the paralyzing disease in West Africa began, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported. read more

Angélique Kidjo calls for Children First in the fight against HIV in

Meeting with orphans in Kenya, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo called for efforts to make drugs accessible for HIV-infected children and changes in attitude necessary to foster prevention. The three-time Grammy nominated singer from Benin made her comments while spending time with children at the Githogoro Community Outreach Programme as they queued for medication and received their vaccinations. There, she met six-year-old, Veronica, whose mother had just been informed that her daughter is infected with HIV.While holding Veronica, Ms. Kidjo became emotional, “I just want to cry, but I can’t because we have to keep hope going,” she said. “We need the drugs to be free or cheap enough to afford. Our governments need to be behind us and help, or 10 years from now they will see the results of this.”She emphasized the need to protect – and not blame – the victims. “It is not their fault that they are infected. HIV is not a curse, children just need treatment and for us to invest in their lives and education to help them become adults with a better future,” Ms. Kidjo added.“This is one reason we need ARVs [antiretroviral medications], for children such as these, for such situations,” she said. “We need to keep the future of this continent going. The drugs need to reach everywhere in Africa. If we cannot prevent HIV, the only solution is a cure, and both go hand in hand. AIDS does not have a cure but drugs give hope.” Of the more than 1.2 million HIV-infected Kenyans, at least 100,000 are children under age 15, and because of high levels of poverty, most HIV-affected children in poor areas like Githogoro cannot access quality health care or receive proper nutrition. With a population estimated at over 20,000, half of which are children under the age of 12, for many families in Githogoro, a slum district of Nairobi, the outreach clinic is the only chance they have any form of medical treatment or immunization. Ms. Kidjo also spent time with children orphaned by AIDS or abandoned by their families because of their HIV status at the Paediatric AIDS Clinic. Located at Kenya’s Gertrude’s Garden Children’s Hospital – which supports the Githogoro project, it has thus far, enrolled 130 HIV-positive children, 117 of whom are on ARVs.Ms. Kidjo stressed her message to Africa – a message of prevention, a warning about lifestyles that can contribute to the spread of HIV, and the devastating impact of the disease on children and famillies. “Africa needs to know that prevention is the better way, people need to be careful,” she said. For women whose cultures make it difficult to avoid unprotected sex, she added, access to ARVs is critical. “Let us get out priorities right and not judge them,” asserted Ms. Kidjo. “Let us fight AIDS first, then talk of morality,”She left the children with an imperative call to action, “Mtoto Kwanza” – Swahili for “Children First,” also the title of a song she dedicated to UNICEF on her latest album ‘Oyaya!’ read more

Central Africas iconic mammals threatened by poachers armed groups – UN environment

“The importance of engaging local communities in fighting poaching, and of enhancing their alternative livelihoods, has now been widely recognized across various national, regional and global fora” said Bianca Notarbartolo of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “But such commitments have yet to be matched by enough effective implementation,” she added. UNEP’s warning comes in the wake of the release last month by the non-governmental organization Traffic of a report reflecting the grim reality the negative impact of armed groups on wildlife in Central Africa.As recently as three decades ago, thousands of elephants strode majestically across the wildlife conservation areas of Central Africa. Today, their population has been decimated, according the 2017 report. In the 1980s, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Garamba National Park was home to 20,000 elephants. That number has dwindled to an estimated 1,100 – 1,400 today. The situation appears even grimmer for the giraffes. In many African societies, the flywhisk, usually made from the animal’s tail, is a symbol of authority. The flywhisk from the Kordofan giraffe is particularly prized, putting this species in danger from poachers and other armed groups. Consequently, only about 40 giraffes remain in the Garamba Park. Some of the armed non-State groups and militia operating in the restive region include Sudan’s Janjaweed militia, Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army, Central African Republic’s rival Anti-Balaka and Seleka fighters, as well as Sudan’s People’s Liberation-In Opposition and poachers – making conservation a dangerous undertaking. Chimpanzees have also not been spared from the onslaught. The population of eastern chimpanzees in eastern the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) has declined by 80 to 98 per cent, mainly because of poaching for bushmeat – attributed to demand for protein, particularly intense around artisanal mining and logging camps. The dual effect of insufficient nutrition, coupled with mining pollution is likely to exacerbate the threat to the region’s biodiversity, resulting in a downward spiral that could jeopardize future livelihoods of numerous local communities. In May 2016, UNEP and other UN partners launched the Wild For Life campaign, which has been raising awareness, promoting the enactment and enforcement of laws, and increasing support for efforts by local communities to halt the illegal trade in wildlife. Elephants and Rhinos are among the species targeted by the campaign. “Strengthening the role of local communities in wildlife management should be at the centre of any strategy to combat illegal trade in wildlife and to secure wildlife and biodiversity for the future,” stressed Ms. Notarbartolo. read more

UK used car market in good health with more than 2 million

Over 2 million used cars sold in Q2, as UK market stays strong, down just -0.4% year on year.Sales of ultra-low and zero emission cars up 25.3%, with 26,832 changing hands, as diesel demand grows 3.2%.Superminis still top used buy, with small and medium-sized family cars second and third. Britain’s used car market held strong in 2018’s second quarter, with sales down by a marginal -0.4%, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 2,093,429 vehicles changed hands, just 8,725 fewer compared with Q2 2017.Superminis remained the most popular segment, despite a -2.6% decline in transactions, accounting for a third of the market (32.6%), and followed by small and medium-sized family cars. SUVs and executive models experienced the biggest growth, with demand up 10.7% and 3.9% respectively.Diesel cars’ popularity grew 3.2%, with some 868,573 used buyers driving one home in the period, residual values staying strong year-on-year, while petrol transactions fell -3.3%. Meanwhile, demand for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles grew by more than a quarter, with some 26,832 changing hands – 5,417 more than a year ago.Elsewhere, trends closely followed the new car market, with black the UK’s most popular used car colour for a second consecutive quarter and silver and blue taking second and third places. Demand for white cars grew fastest, up 9.8%, followed by orange, up 9.1%. Meanwhile, green and maroon lost most favour among buyers, falling -14.6% and -9.6% respectively.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,It’s great to see the used car sector remain in robust health as motorists take advantage of the exciting high-tech models filtering down from the new sector – including some of the latest low emission diesel and alternatively fuelled vehicles. However, with used sales so closely reflecting the new car market, some cooling is expected over the coming months. Given fleet renewal is the fastest way to improve air quality and reduce CO2, we need greater business and consumer confidence to keep both markets moving.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Garden strimmers causing havoc with Britains hedgehog population

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The three badly injured hedgehogs who all had nasty encounters with a garden strimmer Two of the prickly mammals suffered head injuries and the third was found with a “deep cut”.A spokesman for the animal hospital said: “Now the weather is getting better we are seeing an increase in animals being accidentally injured when people are gardening.“Please do carefully check before cutting long grass and plants as hedgehogs and other small animals will likely be hiding there. This little hedgehog was the victim of a strimmer. He needed a safe place to be released.The walled garden is ideal. 🙂 #lovehedgehogs pic.twitter.com/pQxfNBnmBa— Norton Priory (@NortonPriory) April 4, 2017 “Go over the area and disturb the vegetation with a soft broom to see who is hiding and make sure the area is clear before you begin.“All three hedgehogs are still with us and receiving treatment for their wounds. We are hopeful they will make it.”The hedgehog was once a common sight in Britain, with the population estimated at 30million in the 1950s. But that has dropped to fewer than one million today, with a third of this loss thought to have taken place in the past decade. Hedgehog numbers have dropped to fewer than one million todayCredit:Charlotte Graham – Guzelian After a long, dark winter gardeners are finally taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to dust off their power tools and do some spring pruning.But while mowers and strimmers are quick and efficient at keeping unruly edges looking neat and tidy, they are playing havoc with the UK’s hedgehog population.This weekend’s warm weather, while welcomed by many, could prove fatal for the hedgehogs who are waking early from hibernation to go out in search of food in longer grass and around garden borders.This weekend, St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, in Haddnham, Bucks, said it had treated three hedgehogs injured by a strimmer. The three badly injured hedgehogs who all had nasty encounters with a garden strimmerCredit:INS Hedgehog numbers have dropped to fewer than one million today And it isn’t just home gardeners using strimmers which are causing problems for the hedgehog populations.Willows Hedgehog Rescue centre in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire has been working with councils, contractors and housing trusts around the UK to help raise awareness of the damage caused by large-scale strimming equipment used to maintain large expanses of hedgerow and verges.A spokesman said: “ These areas provide important habitat for hedgehogs and while leaving areas wild is preferable for wildlife where they do need to be cut operators need to be aware of the potential danger for wildlife if the area is not checked first.”The rescue centre has also teamed up with manufacturers to attach special warning stickers to their strimming equipment to remind gardeners to check for hedgehogs.“Hopefully by attaching the wildlife warning labels to equipment and by the inclusion of awareness in operator training etc we will be able to reduce the number of hedgehog casualties,” the spokesman said.As well as checking areas before cutting there are other things gardenres can do to help hedgehogs. Ensure netting it kept at a safe height Check compost heaps before digging the fork in Stop or reduce the amount of pesticides and poisons used Cover drains or deep holes Ensure there is an easy access route out of ponds and pools The latest survey, conducted with more than 2,600 people by BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, found that 51 per cent of people did not see a hedgehog at all in 2016, up from 48 per cent in 2015.Naturalist Simon King explained that the hedgehog’s flight or fright response was an issue when it came to power tools in the garden.“When a hedgehog is scared it curls into a ball to defend itself behind its spiney coat,” he said. “Sadly there is no defence against modern garden machinery like strimmers, which can cause horrendous and often deadly injures.”last_img read more

Patrick Wiencek becomes Zebra from 2012

Patrik WiencekTHW KielVfL Gummersbach ← Previous Story Miladin Kozlina in FA Goppingen Next Story → Slovenian women’s NT coach, Ivica Rimanić sacked! Talented line player with a huge potential, German, Patrick Wiencek (22 -1989) from VfL Gummersbach signed a contract with the TOP team, THW Kiel.  “In the game” for Wiencek were also RNL and HSV, as Polish champion, Vive Targi Kielce, but youngstar said “that he is born in Germany and he wants to stay and play in Germany”.With Wiencek’s future transfer is becoming obvious that something going wrong with “Zebras” plans. Champions League winner has two line players – Ahlm and Milutin Dragićević (contract until 2014). Now it is a question for team manager, Uli Derad, will Serbian player, who came last summer from Danish BSV Silkeborg stay at the Baltic Sea:– It is fair that we give him a chance until end of this season, to see, how much, really, he can help us. read more

ATT introduce 3GB and 5GB data plans this weekend

first_imgAT&T has decided to respond to the fact subscribers are using more data every month on contract, and have increased their data allowances accordingly along with the cost of a data subscription. Until now you had the following three options for data on AT&T:200MB for $15 per month2GB for $25 per month4GB for $45 per monthAs of Sunday, January 22, the options change to the following:300MB for $20 per month3GB for $30 per month5GB for $50 per monthThe extra data will be welcomed by many, but that extra $5 charge may not, even if it does actually mean AT&T has reduced the cost of data per gigabyte. Luckily for existing subscribers you aren’t being forced to pay more. Your existing data allowance and pricing remains. If you want a tablet DataConnect contract, then the 3GB and 5GB options are also being made available at the same price. Again, existing subscribers can choose to keep their current plan.Even with the allowance increases some users will still use more data. If you’re on the 300MB plan, an additional 300MB will cost you $20. 3GB and 5GB plans only have to pay an extra $10 per 1GB used each month.From a commercial standpoint it makes AT&T look clearly cheaper than Verizon, who offer 2GB for $30. That must surely have been a factor in a decision to change the data/price link: match Verizon on price, but beat it on data.AT&T is no doubt hoping existing subscribers choose to upgrade and pay an extra $5 a month. What will be interesting to see is how many more users opt for that 5GB plan, especially as 4G LTE is rolled out in more locations.Read more at AT&Tlast_img read more

Do Not Track spec changed IE10s default setting nixed

first_imgMicrosoft thought they were doing the right thing when they announced that Internet Explorer 10 would enable Do Not Track by default. It’s time to rebuild trust on the web, they said. Unfortunately, the move angered advertisers — and it looks like the people working on the DNT spec weren’t thrilled about it either.The group — which includes Mozilla, the EFF, and Stanford Law’s Johnathan Mayer — has introduced a change in the latest draft of the specification that may force Microsoft to back down. In order to be compliant with DNT now, a browser must not set a preference without a user explicitly instructing it to do so. That means unless Microsoft adds a toolbar drop-down or another panel to their first run wizard, they have to leave DNT in limbo in IE10 if they want to be able to claim compliance.The DNT draft process has now clearly underscored what Microsoft said the problem would be all along. The spec will only be useful if it gains widespread support — but the kind of concessions that are being made now may render DNT little more than a privacy afterthought, at least in its initial form.When DNT was first announced, detractors (including Microsoft) felt that it was going to be a tough sell. Getting advertising networks and websites to implement support would be a steep enough climb, but now there’s the added difficulty of getting users to read yet another prompt and provide a meaningful button click to set their DNT preference. Of course that also means Microsoft could lump it in to the “recommended settings” screen they show on the first run and effectively turn it on by default — since most users will choose the shortest route offered.Microsoft already offers another privacy mechanism, Internet Explorer’s Tracking Protection Lists. With or without officially-sanctioned DNT support, IE10 users are going to be well-equipped when it comes to having control over their privacy.That’s a very good thing if the final DNT spec must be further “finessed” to retain the support of participating advertisers.More at Ars Technicalast_img read more

Bethesda announces five game Elder Scrolls Anthology for PC

first_imgYesterday the bring-your-own-computer event QuakeCon kicked off in Dallas, Texas, and it is usually accompanied by a few announcements. One of those is a new games pack from Bethesda, which brings together all five of The Elder Scrolls titles.Entitled The Elder Scrolls Anthology, the collection will set you back $79.99 and is only being made available for PC gamers. In the Anthology you will get the following:The Elder Scrolls: ArenaThe Elder Scrolls II: DaggerfallThe Elder Scrolls III: MorrowindThe Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim$80 for five games fans of the series will already own may not seem like a great investment, but Bethesda has tried to sweeten the deal. As well as the main games you will also get the DLC from each of the titles, which includes Tribunal and Bloodmoon for Morrowind, Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles for Oblivion, and Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn for Skyrim.If that’s still not enough to tempt you, then how about a bunch of maps? Bethesda is including five high quality printed maps in the box that detail Tamriel, Iliac Bay, Morrowind, Cyrodiil and Skyrim. And the box this all comes in looks to be of a very high quality, too, as the images included in the gallery above should prove.You’ll be able to purchase The Elder Scrolls Anthology on September 10 in the US and September 13 across Europe. There’s no details on availability or how limited of a run this collection will get, but if you intend on picking it up I wouldn’t wait too long after release day. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY The Elder Scrolls AnthologyThe Elder Scrolls AnthologyThe Elder Scrolls AnthologyThe Elder Scrolls AnthologyThe Elder Scrolls AnthologyThe Elder Scrolls Anthologylast_img read more

Le jailbreak de liOS 42 est disponible

first_imgLe jailbreak de l’iOS 4.2 est disponibleLa Dev Team a publié en ligne le jailbreak de l’iOS 4.2. Cependant, il reste quelques points à peaufiner. Le jailbreak pour l’iOS4.2 est disponible en téléchargement. Après une première annonce, la Dev Team a affirmé avoir la Bêta du logiciel permettant de contourner les mesures de sécurité d’Apple sur ses terminaux. Néanmoins, cette version ne concerne pour le moment que les Mac OS X mais celle concernant Windows ne devrait pas tarder, selon l’équipe de hackers. Cependant, le jailbreak peut encore faire des caprices et il est plus prudent, pour le moment, de sauvegarder toutes ses données avant de procéder à l’installation du logiciel. Une version plus sûre devrait être proposée bientôt. Le 27 décembre 2010 à 13:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Rummenigge confirms Rudy transfer to Schalke

first_imgThe sale of Sebastian Rudy will be a great business for Bayern Munich: they acquire the midfielder on a free transfer and will sell him for €16 millionAccording to a report by Bavarian Football Works, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed the transfer of Sebastian Rudy.The German national team midfielder will leave Bavaria in order to be transferred to Schalke 04.“I can confirm that Sebastian Rudy has now had his medical examination in Gelsenkirchen,” he said on Twitter.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“If he passes it and the supervisory board approves the deal, then it’s done. I wish him all the best. He’s a great guy, I have to say.”The sale of the footballer is a great piece of business for the German Bundesliga giant.Bayern acquired Rudy for free last summer, and will now sell him for a reported €16 million.last_img read more

Kumaraswamy stays at a government school in Karegudda during his

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy stayed at a government school in Karegudda here as a part of his village stay programme. Kumaraswamy, who is on a ‘Grama Vaastavya’ or ‘village stay programme’, spent the night at the Government school along with other ministers. He was also seen sleeping on the floor. Earlier, K Shivana Gouda Nayak the BJP MLA from Devadurga was detained by police in Raichur for protesting against the Chief Minister’s programme. Also Read – Polls may come anytime: Siddaramaiah says Yediyurappa government won’t last long Advertise With Us The Karnataka CM had earlier spent the night at Government Primary School in Chandraki village on June 21. Reviving his 2006 rural outreach programme, Kumaraswamy had said he wanted to conduct at least two to four village stay tours every month. “I want to do a minimum of two to four ‘Grama Vaastavya’ every month,” he had told ANI before kick-starting his tour.last_img read more

UN to seek 1b for Rohingyas

first_imgRohingya refugees walk at Jamtoli camp in the morning in Cox`s Bazar on 22 January 2018. — ReutersUN officials said Sunday that nearly $1 billion will be needed this year to feed and care for the roughly one million Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded camps in southeastern Bangladesh.The $950 million for this year’s aid effort was “a very legitimate and valid” request given the magnitude of the crisis, the UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh said.”It’s a new and evolving crisis. The needs are huge. These people came with nothing. We hope the support will continue,” the UN country head Mia Seppo told AFP.The funding request could be raised this week at a UN conference in Geneva.In October, nations pledged $345 million in response to the Rohingya crisis. The UN said at the time it needed $434 million to care for the displaced Muslims until February.Food, shelter and healthcare remain pressing needs for the Rohingya, who fled a Myanmar army crackdown in Rakhine state en masse over the past six months.But there are other urgent considerations. As the monsoon season nears, aid groups need to relocate an estimated 100,000 refugees living in areas prone to landslides and floods, Seppo said.The UN-backed Inter Sector Coordination Group has also factored into the relief budget the cost of mass vaccination drives against diseases like cholera, diphtheria and measles, the group’s head Sumbul Rizvi said.Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed in November to begin repatriating Rohingya who volunteered to return to Rakhine state where the persecuted Muslim minority have lived for generations.Rohingya refugee carries an elderly man at the Palongkhali refugee camp near Cox`s Bazar. Reuters file photoBut the process has stalled and it is not clear when it will begin, said Bangladesh’s refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam.A quarter of the proposed $950 million funding for the remainder of the year would go to Bangladeshis living in Cox’s Bazar whose lives have been upended by the massive refugee influx.Nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed the border since August, clearing forests and camping on hillsides already crowded with more than 300,000 refugees from previous waves of migration.Prices for local goods have skyrocketed and competition for jobs and resources intensified in the largely-rural border district, said Kalam.”We will try to compensate these farmers,” he said.Separately, police in Cox’s Bazar briefly detained 39 foreign aid workers Sunday for questioning over alleged visa violations.Afrujul Haq Tutul, the deputy police chief of Cox’s Bazar, said the aid staff had been working on tourist visas, but were later released.last_img

Grimes County Residents Want Answers On Eminent Domain

first_img Share Listen Norihiro KataokaThe Japanese Shinkansen is a high-speed trail used by JR Central in Japan. A private company is planning to build a rail line between Dallas and Houston using the same trains.One of the big projects in Grimes County is the proposed high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas. Another is the planned extension of the SH 249 toll road. Efforts are also underway to build a new electrical transmission line. All of those projects require the acquisition of private property. Supporters say the work is needed because of the area’s growing population. But David Tullos with the Grimes Citizen Advisory Group says a lot of residents feel their lifestyle is being threatened by outside entities.  “The citizens of Grimes County moved to Grimes County or live in Grimes County because of the fantastic, close-knit, cultural benefits that come with living in this rural environment,” says Tullos. For the 249 toll road project, TxDOT says it won’t have to displace any homes or businesses, but it will have to acquire about 600 acres of right of way. As for the high-speed rail project, it still remains to be seen if Texas Central Railway will have eminent domain authority. Tullos says many people are concerned about the letters they’re received asking for land surveys. “At this particular point I’ve been receiving a lot of specific questions about what are their rights with regard to refusing these different entities access onto their property,” adds Tullos. Residents are invited to bring their concerns to a public meeting Thursday night at Plantersville Town Hall. It starts at 6:30. Tullos says they’ll have eminent domain experts on hand to answer residents’ questions.Editor’s Note: Texas Central Railway issued the following statement on Oct. 11:“The Texas Constitution and the Texas Legislature determine and authorize eminent domain authority in this state. Texas statutes have long granted eminent domain authority to railroads such as Texas Central, pipeline companies, electric power companies and other industries that provide the infrastructure necessary to serve the public efficiently and enjoy a healthy economy. Under that authority, Texas Central is building positive relationships directly with property owners, and any use of its condemnation authority will be a last resort.” X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:30last_img read more

Battle Lines Are Curiously Drawn In Texas Redistricting Fight

first_imgIllustration by Anneke Paterson / Todd WisemanWhat you need to knowThe Texas Legislature isn’t likely coming back for an overtime round in Austin anytime soon — at least not to draw a new congressional map. What does that mean for one of the most gerrymandered districts in the country? Here’s what you need to know: • A quick table-setter: A federal court in San Antonio ruled last week that two of Texas’ 36 congressional districts — CD-27 and CD-35 — discriminated against minority voters and violated the U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act. With the next election cycle in sight, the move set up a redistricting frenzy, and the panel of judges gave the state three business days to decide whether they wanted the Legislature or the court to redraw the map. • Questions over whether there’d be a redistricting-focused special session were answered Friday, when Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Gov. Greg Abbott didn’t intend to bring lawmakers back to the Capitol to draw a new congressional map. Paxton also revealed a state plan to wriggle free of any consequences, asking the Supreme Court to overturn the lower court’s ruling that the state intentionally discriminated against black and Latino voters and requesting that the current map stay intact ahead of the 2018 elections.• There’s something curious about CD-35, a long and slender stretch of land in Texas that begins south in San Antonio, runs through parts of Austin and stops just short of Round Rock. Democratic U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who has represented the district since 2011 when lawmakers divided his old district, called the state’s appeal Friday “desperate” and “highly questionable” in a statement. Want to take a look at CD-35 for yourself? Here you go. • What’s next? Texas and its opponents — groups representing minorities in the state — are scheduled to return to court to fight over a new map Sept. 5. There’s still a question mark next to whether judges will OK new political boundaries without pushing back the state’s 2018 primaries. If that happens, it could shake up races across Texas — just look at Ted Cruz’s election to the U.S. Senate in 2012, when battles over the state map delayed the primary elections. To cap this off, judges still haven’t ruled on the legality of the state’s House map, which could open up a host of other hurdles ahead of election season.  Sharelast_img read more

WATCH Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reflects On The MeToo Movement Its About

first_img Share When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg began her legal crusade, women were treated differently than men by law. By the time she first put on judicial robes she had already worked a judicial revolution.Today the issues are both the same and different. At front and center is the question of sexual harassment.At the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Ginsburg had this to say about the #MeToo movement: “It’s about time. For so long women were silent, thinking there was nothing you could do about it, but now the law is on the side of women, or men, who encounter harassment and that’s a good thing.”Ginsburg isn’t worried that the #MeToo movement might cause a backlash against women. “So far it’s been great,” she said. “When I see women appearing every place in numbers, I’m less worried about a backlash than I might have been 20 years ago.”John Nowak / CNN FilmsAt the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, NPR’s Nina Totenberg talks to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On stage with them is Robert Redford, founder of the festival.Ginsburg recalled moments from her time as both a student and teacher when she experienced sexism and how she handled it. “Every woman of my vintage knows what sexual harassment is, although we didn’t have a name for it,” Ginsburg said.She remembered one time when she sought help from a chemistry instructor at Cornell. The instructor gave her a practice exam, but it ended up being identical to the real thing. “I knew exactly what he wanted in return,” she said. Taking matters into her own hands, she “went to his office and said, ‘How dare you? How dare you do this?’ And that was the end of that.”Her fight for equalityAs a young law professor, Ginsburg didn’t shy away from pushing back against the blatant sexism she experienced at work. When she began teaching at Rutgers Law School and found out how much of a salary cut she would be taking, she inquired how much a male colleague who had been out of law school the same amount of time was being paid. The dean replied, “Ruth, he has a wife and two children to support. You have a husband with a good paying job in New York.”That was the same year the Equal Pay Act passed and “that was the answer I got,” remarked Ginsburg. The women at Rutgers got together and filed an Equal Pay Act complaint and eventually the university settled.Ginsburg went on to tell the story of when Columbia Law School issued lay-off notices to 25 women in the maintenance department, but didn’t lay off a single man. She marched into the office of the university’s vice president for Business to inform him that the university was violating Title VII. He responded, “Professor Ginsburg, Columbia has excellent Wall Street lawyers representing them and would you like a cup of tea?”Shortly after, an application for a temporary injunction against Columbia was filed and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sent their chief counsel to argue in favor of it. After the injunction was issued, “Columbia decided they didn’t really have to lay off anyone,” she recounts.On life balanceGinsburg also had some advice for women who are balancing work and motherhood.While founding the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, teaching at Columbia, litigating cases all over the country and in front of the Supreme Court, she was also a mother to two children. She remembered how she would often receive calls from her son James’ school. “The child was what his teachers called ‘hyperactive’ and I called ‘lively.’”One day, Ginsburg had been up all night writing a brief and she got a call while she was at her office at Columbia. She picked up and said, “This child has two parents. Please alternate calls. It’s his father’s turn.” Ginsburg chuckled as she recalled her husband Marty heading down to the school.After that, said Ginsburg, “the calls came barely once a semester and the reason was they had to think long and hard before asking a man to take time out of his work day to come to the school.” Ginsburg spoke fondly of her late husband Professor Marty Ginsburg. She said, “the remarkable thing about Marty is that he cared that I had a brain. No guy up until then was the least interested in how I thought.”At age 84, Ginsburg is going strong. She is revered in popular culture and said she enjoyed actress Kate McKinnon’s portrayal of her on Saturday Night Live. “I would like to say, ‘Ginsburn’ sometimes to my colleagues.” When asked how much longer she’ll stay on the job, she assured the audience, “as long as I can do the job full steam, I will be here.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Weeklong heat wave in southern Pakistan kills 1233 people

first_imgCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ISLAMABAD (AP) — A devastating weeklong heat wave in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi killed 1,233 people, an official said.Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, operations director at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, said about 65,000 heatstroke patients were treated by doctors at all of Karachi’s hospitals since June 20 when the heat wave struck Sindh province, where Karachi is the provincial capital. He told The Associated Press that 1,923 patients with heat-related ailments were still being treated.“The government quickly responded by making arrangements for the treatment of heatstroke patients and the situation has improved now,” he said.Pakistan’s deadliest heat wave on record coincided with the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, when Pakistan’s Muslim majority observed a dawn-to-dusk fast.The temperatures in Karachi came down to 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit) after reaching 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) a week ago amid chronic power outages, which forced many residents to spend nights outdoors.The heat wave shocked many Pakistanis just weeks after soaring temperatures caused nearly 2,200 deaths in neighboring India.Since then, it has raised fears that South Asia could be seeing some of the devastating effects of human-caused climate change.On Saturday, TV footage showed a charity burying several unidentified bodies of people who died earlier this week because of the heatstroke. Pakistani television stations reported that several unidentified bodies were buried by the Edhi Foundation charity because local morgues were overflowing. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more