Three new sites recognised as biodiversity hotspots in Goa

first_imgBirdLife International, a conservation organisation, has recognised three new sites in Goa as hotspots for protection. The sites have been added to their list of “Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas”. The inclusion of these ecological hotspots in a new book come after systematic data collection by the Goa Bird Conservation Network (GBCN). The book is authored by noted ornithologist Asad Rahmani, along with two other co-authors, and is published by the Bombay Natural History Society. Now, seven areas in Goa have been termed important biodiversity areas by BirdLife. GBCN president Parag Rangnekar said Goa earlier had four recognised biodiversity areas: Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, Carambolim Wetlands, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary and Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary.Larger areaThe list has now added Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Navelim Wetlands and Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary.The extent of Carambolim Wetland has been increased to include the fragile ecosystem of Dhado, which has recently become a wintering ground for many species of migratory birds. “While analysing data on birds of the State we realized that we have two species of critically endangered, eight species of vulnerable and 11 species of near-threatened birds that have been documented,” says Pronoy Baidya, vice-president of GBCN and one of the contributors to the Goa chapter in the new book.“Goa harbours a good population of the lesser adjutant and the Nilgiri wood pigeon in certain pockets of the State apart from the identified sites,” said Mr. Baidya.“Goa probably has more sites than the seven identified but a lack of systematic effort in the past to document birds created a void of data because of which we could not propose more sites to BNHS, which coordinates the programme in India,” said Mr. Rangnekar. He recalled that in 2012-13, zoology students from Government College, Sanquelim, in north Goa monitored the Navelim Wetlands for an entire year documenting birds and their population. “It was primarily a marsh land with paddy fields bordered by mangrove growth that is under the local community’s control. It was important to highlight the significance of this area for conservation on a global platform” says Harshada Gauns, an office-bearer of GBCN, who led the team that monitored the wetland. “Declaring a site as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area does not ensure that the site gets legal protection or becomes inaccessible to people. Instead BirdLife International encourages national and State governments to recognise the areas as sites of vital importance for conservation of wildlife and to empower local community-based conservation initiatives,” said Mr. Baidya.“In Goa, the Forest Department has already provided support to GBCN in setting up the long-term bird monitoring project, which has completed one year in Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. The information will help the Forest Department in planning their management strategies,” said Mr. Rangnekar.last_img read more

LA Revilla sends out cryptic tweet amid Kia hullabaloo

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kung magpapalusot man lang sana ginandahan niyo na ang rason. Hindi talaga eh. Bagsak kayo sigurado kung may lie detector. 💩— LA Revilla (@wilLAREVILLAme) October 27, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 New team manager Joe Lipa offered a feeble explanation on the trade during talk with the media before PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa announced the approval, which likely triggered Revilla’s post on social media.“One man cannot spell the difference from a team winning a championship. But for us to have three to four veteran players who we believe isn’t only talented but can also contribute to the development of the younger players, we believe that we can be very competitive,” Lipa told reporters.The 27-year-old Revilla has been the team’s star since his arrival in 2014 and is entering his fourth season for the Picanto, who wasted a golden opportunity to draft a sure-fire star in Christian Standhardinger.Lipa also said the Fil-German big man, who is not the typical rookie having played professionally in Germany and with the Philippine national team, “is a great player” and “has a big potential.”Standhardinger is the consensus top choice in the coming draft on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Revilla hasn’t taken down the tweet and also hasn’t made another statement. View commentscenter_img The trade was also approved by PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa Friday night an hour before Game 7 of the 2017 Governors’ Cup, won by Barangay Ginebra, tipped off. Kia acquired Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and a 2019 first round pick.Trading away a high draft pick is nothing new to Kia.In 2015, the franchise also dealt its rights to No. 2 pick, which turned out to be Troy Rosario, to Talk ’N Text in a three-team trade and got veteran swingmen Aldrech Ramos and KG Canaleta in return.The Picanto followed it up with another head-scratching move a season later when they shipped Ramos and Canaleta despite having a promising campaign.Kia recorded a woeful 6-27 slate this season, including a 0-11 card in the Governors’ Cup. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It appears that even LA Revilla couldn’t hide his dismay over Kia’s controversial move that sent the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 PBA Draft to San Miguel Beer.Revilla, the Picanto point guard, wrote a cryptic tweet on Friday night, the same day that after Kia management defended the team’s eyebrow-raising trade move and asked for patience from fans for their “unconventional” ways in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Black admits ‘not very happy’ with how Game 7 was governed John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

ISL team Mumbai City FC launches grassroots initiative

first_imgMumbai, Sep 22 (PTI) Mumbai City FC has teamed up with Navi Mumbai Area Schools Association (NMASA) to launch the first-ever grassroot football league, commencing today. The tournament would see over 150 teams from schools associated with the NMASA compete in the U-8, U-10, U-12 and U-14 age categories at the Fr Agnel Sports Complex, Vashi, said a media release here today. The league will feature matches that make the children play in age specific formats, i.e. 5v5 for the U-8 age group, 7v7 for U-10 and so on, giving them a chance to play more and more matches. In the league phase, each team is to play a minimum of seven matches, with the top teams from each group going on to play in the knockout stage. Over 700 matches will be played in total across all age categories and these are in accordance with the guidelines set by FIFA, the release said. “We firmly believe this high level of competition is a stepping stone to bring the best out of the citys youngsters. With an eye on the future, as we build the franchise at one level, we need to ensure that there is a strong feeder pipeline in place to take the legacy of Mumbai City FC forward,” said Indranil Das Blah, CEO of Mumbai City FC. PTI SSR ARS CM SDMlast_img read more

Sinha asks Tata Steel to innovate with drones for urban issues

first_imgJamshedpur, Jan 9 (PTI) Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha today urged Tata Steel and its associate companies to make use of drones to solve urban problems.Addressing a gathering as the chief guest in the City Data For India Conclave 2018 – Smart City Initiatives organized jointly by Tata Steel, Tata Trust, Jusco and CII at JRD Tata sports complex here, Sinha said drones are the next big thing as its applications are extraordinary.Drones have varied applications in delivery, transportation, security/surveillance, he said and added that Tata Steel should work on it and develop it as a future industry like it did while setting up the steel plant here.”Drone technology can be utilized to solve many problems and Tata Steel should work on it and start implementing it from their home town here before following it up in other parts of the state and country,” Sinha said.Referring to the steep fall in air fare, which was as low as the fare of an autorickshaw per kilometer, Sinha said cost of air ticket from Ranchi to Delhi, or Delhi to Mumbai is almost equal to the fare of an autorickshaw at Rs 4-5 per km.Sinha said Tata Steel and Tata Motors have efficient management structure and efficient engineers and asked them to figure out whether E-rickshaw with drone technology can be operated in an urban environment.Sinha assured that the government was ready to partner with the Tatas in this regard.Later, addressing a press conference, he said the government was preparing a draft on drone regulation.advertisementHailing the tremendous work done by Tata Steel in addressing urban problems in Jamshedpur, Sinha said the company did exemplary work in improving traffic system and solid waste management, among others. PTI BS JMlast_img read more

Rathore rewards Lakshamanan with Rs 10 lakh

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 6 (PTI ) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore rewarded Indian athlete Govindan Lakshamanan with Rs 10 lakh on Thursday, acknowledging the long distance runner’s performance in the 10,000m race in which he was dramatically disqualified after finishing third.Lakshmanan had stepped off the track momentarily, as he was hit by the spike of another athlete. The Indian team protested against the disqualification at two levels but it was turned down. “To encourage the athlete to keep doing the hard work and strive for the medals, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Col Rajyavardhan Rathore rewarded him Rs 10 lakh,” read a statement from the Sports Ministry. PTI BSBSlast_img read more

Women’s county cricket ready to enjoy a rare day in the spotlight

first_imgIf you are hoping to spend the bank holiday watching men’s county cricket, then good luck. There are four Royal London One-Day Cup matches at Northampton, Leicester, Derby and Leeds – fine for those on the Midland Mainline and in Yorkshire, less so for everyone else – which feels like a squandered opportunity in an Ashes and World Cup summer. Others, though, glimpse an opening. Monday brings the launch of the inaugural Women’s County Cricket Day, which takes inspiration from football’s Non‑League Day by trying to encourage more cricket fans to support their local women’s team.Unlike men’s cricket, there is no distinction between first-class and minor counties, and 32 of the 39 counties will be competing in 16 matches. The attempt to shine an overdue spotlight on the women’s county game comes at an intriguing but uncertain time. In recent weeks, several players have revealed they have had to pay for their own kit and travel, occasionally play on lousy pitches and often barely getting a presence on their county website.Somerset’s Cassie Combes says: “What often shocks people is we are putting out more financially than we are getting back. We don’t get paid and the mileage we are given for games has gone down from 30p to 15p. That doesn’t even cover my petrol, let alone the wear and tear on my car.“We love representing our county, but people in the game need to understand that what was supportive to women’s cricket 10 years ago isn’t good enough now. Things are changing for the better in women’s sport at such a rapid state. But cricket risks being left behind.”Combes is delighted that more counties are promoting the game to young girls. “However, it seems so hypocritical when they do that but then their women’s teams don’t even have a media day.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger The Observer Share on LinkedIn The agent Allen Blackford, who represents four England women, says he shares many of those concerns. A passionate advocate of the women’s game, he fears the sport has not capitalised on England winning the World Cup in 2017. “I hear lots of talk but not much action,” he says. “And unfortunately the girls don’t feel they can speak out, because they are very grateful about the position they are in compared to where they were a few years ago. Meanwhile, the Hundred is due to start next year and apparently there is lots of money coming into the women’s game as a result, but I haven’t heard one snifter of information about the finer details.”Yet those whose glass is half full believe that the England and Wales Cricket Board’s plan to invest £20m into the women’s game in 2020 and 2021 shows that it has a rosy future. The Kia Super League will be scrapped and eight semi-professional teams – which are expected to be based on regions rather than counties – introduced from next year.The ECB stresses it wants to raise the number of professional female players in England – which is currently just over 20, far below the 90 or so in Australia – but also make the women’s game better at all levels. “There is broad agreement with our headline plans to develop compelling cricket activities for girls in secondary schools, strengthen the club offer for players of all abilities, and invest in the county talent pathway for girls,” it said. “We will also build a new semi-professional competition structure in both 50-over and T20 formats – each team being underpinned by a year-round academy – and maximise investment through areas of alignment between the new eight-team semi-professional competition structure and the Hundred.”The ECB also confirmed that it had spent the past eight weeks having meetings with the 39 counties to discuss how best to invest £20m in 2020 and 2021 and looked forward to presenting its plans more fully soon.The former England player Lydia Greenway says she is optimistic about the future of the women’s game, pointing out the growing number of matches covered on the BBC and Sky. “From that point of view it has been brilliant to see brilliant female role models,” she says. “When I rewind back to when I started playing I had to go on the internet for some dodgy stream.”However, she does have sympathy with county female players grinding away without much love or attention. “They aren’t expected to be paid thousands. It is more about feeling valued.”That is something that supporters of the inaugural women’s day hope is evident in matches all the way from Cumbria to Cornwall. Topics features Support The Guardian Since you’re here…center_img Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Cricket Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on Pinterest Women’s cricket Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Registrations now open for the inaugural Bundaberg Cup!

first_imgTeams from around the country are invited to nominate for the richest Touch Football prizemoney purse in Australia, $20,000, to be shared across various men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. Register Now!Entries for the inaugural Bundaberg Cup are now open and interested teams can nominate by visiting In addition to providing a wonderful prizemoney knockout opportunity for players, officials and volunteers in regional Queensland, the Bundaberg Cup also promises to provide a major boost to the region’s tourism industry.International, inter (Queensland) and intra-State teams will compete for the prizemoney in a carnival atmosphere at the Greg Duncan Fields, Bundaberg on 14-15 November (Saturday and Sunday). Queensland Touch Football CEO, Jamie O’Connor, said he was looking forward to working with Touch Football Australia to deliver a landmark event. “The inception of the Bundaberg Cup provides a significant addition to the wider Touch Football events calendar,” he said.“More importantly, it provides another significant regional opportunity to boost the profile and leverage the sport to increase tourism and participation numbers to key destinations, such as Bundaberg.”Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire added: “Touch Football is a quintessential Australian sport and Bundaberg has one of the strongest local associations in the country. We are delighted to partner with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Queensland Touch Football and Bundaberg Touch Association to help deliver a fantastic regional sporting and economic opportunity.” The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism and promoted as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland event calendar.Related Files150818_2015_bundaberg_cup_launch_media_release_v1-0-pdf2015_bundaberg_cup_poster-pdfRelated Links2015 Bundaberg Cuplast_img read more

Harris CapRock to Provide Communications Services for …

first_img Print  Close Harris CapRock, October 16, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Harris CapRock Communications, a premier global provider of managed communication solutions for remote and harsh environments has signed a five-year contract with Carnival Corporation to provide communications services onboard more than 100 cruise ships in its 10 cruise line brands.The dual-band satellite communications solution will enable the Carnival brands to reach dramatically improved bandwidth levels to meet the performance expectations of guests and crew onboard.“At Carnival, our most important goal is to give our guests a great experience. For many of our guests, this means staying connected by phone and Internet, even when they’re on our ships in the middle of the sea,” said Richard Ames, senior vice president of business services, Carnival Corporation. “Providing connectivity has been an important part of the Carnival experience, and with today’s agreement, we look forward to continuing to provide our guests with a high level of connectivity. We know our guests get excited about creating great memories on our cruises, and if they can’t wait to get home to share photos and stories, we’re happy to make it possible for them to call, text, email and tweet from the middle of the ocean.”To meet Carnival’s needs, Harris will deploy a fully managed, end-to-end Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) solution utilizing the latest generation of iDirect technology, via a hybrid C- and Ku-band solution. Carnival will receive equipment, installation, maintenance, service and 24/7 proactive monitoring and support from Harris’ Customer Support Centers. Transition and installation work will occur globally in various ports, spanning across the United States, Bahamas, Europe, South America, Australia and Singapore.Each ship will be equipped with stabilized antenna systems to provide the optimal level of flexibility and availability. Bandwidth levels will be higher than what was previously delivered to each fleet, which accommodates new service requirements set by Carnival for its guests and crew, as well as for new entertainment solutions across the 10 cruise line brands.“This agreement solidifies Harris and Carnival’s long-lasting communications partnership and enables guests and crew onboard to connect with their friends, family and businesses — no matter where they are cruising around the world,” said Tom Eaton, president, Harris CapRock. “By teaming with Harris as its communications partner, Carnival has the backing of an industry-leading business and global infrastructure that ensures we are here to meet their communication needs at all times, no matter where its ships are traveling.”Carnival’s 10 cruise line brands include AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, Ibero Cruises, P&O Cruises, P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.Harris CapRock Communications is a premier global provider of managed satellite and terrestrial communications solutions, specifically for remote and harsh environments including the maritime, energy and government markets. Harris CapRock owns and operates a robust global infrastructure that includes teleports on six continents, five 24/7 customer support centers, local presence in 23 countries, and more than 275 global field service personnel supporting customer locations across North America, Central and South America, Europe, West Africa and Asia Pacific.last_img read more

SC judge Justice M M Shantanagoudar recuses from hearing plea of disqualified

first_imgNew Delhi: Supreme Court judge Justice M M Shantanagoudar on Tuesday recused himself from hearing petitions filed by 17 disqualified MLAs of Karnataka challenging the decision of the then Speaker to disqualify them from the Assembly. “In this matter, I am not participating” Justice Shantanagoudar, who was part of a three-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana, said at the outset. The bench has now posted the matter for hearing on September 23. The then Assembly speaker, K R Ramesh Kumar, had disqualified 17 MLAs which eventually led to the fall of the JD (S)-Congress coalition government headed by then chief minister H D Kumaraswamy. Kumaraswamy had resigned as the chief minister after losing the trust vote which paved the way for the BJP-led government in Karnataka under incumbent Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.last_img read more

Report says Vancouver mining company avoids hundreds of millions in taxes

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver-based Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. was accused Wednesday by a Dutch non-profit of avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars in Canadian taxes through the use of tax havens.The report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, known as SOMO, alleges Turquoise Hill parent company Rio Tinto used so-called mailbox companies in the Netherlands and Luxembourg to channel financing of the massive Oyu Tolgoi mine — bypassing the higher taxes the company would have paid in Canada.Had Turquoise Hill directly reaped the profits from its Mongolian operations, rather than have its Luxembourg subsidiary count them, it would have paid US$470 million more over seven years, the report said.“This use of mailbox companies to gain illegitimate access to tax treaty benefits is considered by the OECD as treaty abuse,” wrote the authors.Turquoise Hill challenged the report as having significant inaccurate or unsubstantiated facts, without specifying the apparent errors in the report.“Turquoise Hill believes that our tax practices are not only compliant with local laws, international standards and voluntary commitments, but that Oyu Tolgoi’s operation is making substantial contributions to Mongolia’s economy and long-term development,” the company said in a statement.Rio Tinto, which owns 51 per cent of Turquoise Hill, challenged the report’s findings and said the governments of Canada and Mongolia had approved the structure.“The flawed SOMO report contains a number of unsubstantiated and incorrect allegations regarding tax,” Rio Tinto said in a statement.The company said it is paying its fair share of tax in Mongolia, and is one of the country’s largest taxpayers with upward of US$1.8 billion in taxes and royalties paid between 2010 and 2017.Mongolia terminated the tax treaties with the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 2013 that allowed Rio Tinto to access lower tax rates, but the company was able to continue to use the lower rates because of clauses in an investment agreement it signed in 2009.The government tried to renegotiate tax issues, but after Rio Tinto agreed to some concessions, it left in the lower rate as part of an agreement reached in 2015, depriving it of an estimated US$230 million in taxes, the report said.The agreements were ratified based on transparent, factual information and on terms comparable with other mining operations globally, Rio Tinto said.But Mongolia does not appear to be satisfied, starting a new tax dispute last month when it sent a US$155 million tax bill to the owners of Oyu Tolgoi.Canadians should also be dissatisfied with the current arrangement, said MiningWatch Canada outreach co-ordinator Jamie Kneen.He said the Canada Revenue Agency has challenged Cameco Corp. and Wheaton Precious Metals for their use of tax havens to channel profits through, so it’s not clear why the CRA has apparently approved the Turquoise Hill arrangement.“Here’s one that CRA has deemed to be legal, and it’s depriving Canada of millions in revenue and its not at all clear why they would do that.”Citing confidentiality provisions, Minister of National Revenue spokesman John Power said the government couldn’t comment on the specifics of the case.The government has, however, increased spending on investigating tax avoidance including annual assessments of all large multinational corporations who may be involved in aggressive tax avoidance schemes, said Power.He said Canada is also committed to the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project that looks to identify aggressive tax avoidance strategies and ensure companies pay tax where the profits are generated, and has implemented a country by country reporting requirement for large multinational enterprises.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRQ. TSX:CCO, TSX:WPM)last_img read more

B’desh high commission observes Genocide Day

first_imgNew Delhi: Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi observed on Monday ‘Genocide Day’ marking the atrocities and massacres committed by the Pakistani military on the unarmed civilians in 1971.A panel discussion, screening of a documentary on the 1971 genocide by Pakistan army and reading out messages from President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were the main highlights of the programme. High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali, on the occasion, urged the UN to declare March 25 as the Genocide Day. He recalled that three million innocent civilians were killed, 200,000 women raped and 10 million people were forced to leave their homes by the Pakistani troops during nine-month Bangladesh War of Liberation. Moderated by Farid Hossain, Minister (Press) the panel discussion was participated by Durbar Ganguly, Editor-in-Chief of the Millennium Post newspaper and Mohua Chatterjee, Assist Political Editor of the Times of India. The panelists said the perpetrators of the 1971 carnage should be tried on charges of crime against humanity.last_img read more

Hollande Pays Homage to Those Dead in the Paris Attacks

Rabat – Two weeks after the attacks that killed 130 people, mostly youth, France honors them by holding a commemoration service in central Paris.At the Hotel des Invalides courtyard – where France’s most famous leader is buried (Napoleon) – the highest possible tribute was made to the victims of the November 13 attacks that also injured more than 350 people.French president Francois Hollande gave a speech which was followed by a minute’s silence after which, the names of all the victims read out. In his speech, Hollande said France would “do all it can to destroy this army of fanatics”. And ”It will operate relentlessly to protect its children.”“These men and women were the youth of France, the youth of a free nation that cherishes culture. The attack of November 13 will remain in the memory of today’s youth as a terrible introduction to the hardness of the world, but also as an invitation to confront it,” Hollande said.He also vowed France would respond with more music, concerts and sporting events, after some of the attacks targeted a concert venue and a stadium.Among the officials, ambassadors, parliamentarians, more than half of the 2,000 or so present were relatives of those killed or wounded.However, three families are known to have indicated publicly that they would not attend the ceremony.“Mr. President, distinguished politicians. Your outstretched hand, your honor, we do not want it”, a family member of one victim wrote on their Facebook wall, reports Le Monde.Holding the government partially “responsible for what happened,” the sibling member continued by indicating the French government did not do enough after the attacks in early January 2015. More than 17 victims died in the Charlie Hebdo shootings and the terror attacks at the supermarket that ensued.The journalist father of 17-year-old victim killed at the Bataclan, Lola Ouzounian, deplored “the disastrous politics of France in the Middle East [over the course of last] several years”, as an identifying factor in the attacks. Considering the state largely responsible he continued by pointing political strategies deployed by French leaders in Libya and Syria led to a rise in tension in the country. Citing the poor town planning where ghetto-like suburbs were allowed to flourish he said: “For several decades, the Republic has allowed to develop areas of despair, the philosopher Jean-Paul Dollé called with the accuracy that characterized him: “The territory of nothing.” “Inhuman town planning, without amenities, culture, without schools with resources to match the stakes, in which no sense humanist and citizen can not hatch. ‘Shared Cities’, ‘Sensitive Areas’, the words have changed but the problem remains and political staff has always treated with indifference. [and] today continues forty years of failure.”Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the massacre where attackers armed with assault rifles and suicide belts targeted a number of sites in the French capital.The ministry of Defence said it is extremely rare to honor civilians at teh Hotel des Invalides as it has ceremonies in the courtyard are usually reserved for the high rank in the Legion of Honor. But the president was adamant about the location “Because of the very solemn nature of this courtyard and what it represents in the collective memory.” read more

FECCA support Federal Government legislation on refugee human rights

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The national lobby group, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), came out in support of the Rudd Government last week. FECCA hailed the ‘restoration of the human rights of refugees’ following last week’s federal parliament sitting.New laws were passed last week abolishing the refugee detention debts instituted by the Howard Government, thereby ending what FECCA describes as ‘the cruel, inhumane and ineffective system of billing immigration detainees for their stay in detention.’In a clear reversal of the previous federal government’s draconian immigration and refugee laws, the senate voted down attempts to overturn reforms that restore equitable work rights for asylum seekers in Australia.The Rudd Government also introduced new laws to better protect refugees at further risk of ‘death, torture and inhumane treatment’ if deported. Voula Messimeri, AM, FECCA Chair said, “It is terrific news that Australia is in the process of restoring decency and a human rights focus to our immigration and refugee policies.” “Australia can again begin to hold its head high as a country that treats people who are often fleeing persecution, misery and worse with more dignity and respect. “We look forward to seeing further reforms under the Government and also participating in reinstating and redeveloping Australia’s multicultural policies in the coming months”, said Ms Messimeri who also sits on the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council headed by AFL Boss Andrew Dimitriou.It is expected that the Council will be presenting the federal government with a new policy doccument on the way forward with multiculturalism.last_img read more

Join Tech Titans to Save Net Neutrality

first_img Democrats Won’t Stop Fighting for Net NeutralityBurger King Fries FCC in ‘Whopper Neutrality’ Ad Stay on target Happy Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality!Today’s event, organized by Fight for the Future, is a response to plans by the FCC to curb a free and open Internet.In 2015, President Obama led the reclassification of broadband as a telecom service under “Title II” of the Communications Act, rather than an information service.But the new Republican administration is, once again, regressing to previous policies, which enable companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to introduce “slow lanes” and force users to pay more for access to specific sites.Which is why it came as a huge surprise when AT&T announced plans to join the Day of Action, with one major caveat: It doesn’t actually support the FCC’s current rules—specifically the Title II reclassification.Fellow conglomerates Comcast and Verizon second that, saying that while approving of “strong, legally enforceable net neutrality protections,” they advocate for the reversal of the Title II designation.In the other corner, however, stand a number of organizations and activists—including titans Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix—fighting for your right to party on the Internet.The list of participants reads like a who’s who of the Web: Etsy, Kickstarter, Twitter, Vimeo, GitHub, Internet Association, Reddit, Y Combinator, Mozilla, Pornhub, ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), Airbnb, BitTorrent, BoingBoing,, Code Academy, Creative Commons, Dropbox, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Foursquare, iFixit, Imgur, Medium, Opera, Pinterest, Sonos, Spotify, ThinkGeek, Tumblr (a surprise, since the Yahoo-owned network is owned by Verizon), and Yelp.And that’s just a few of the partners listed on Fight for the Future’s website.Today’s protest, which comes five days before the first public comment deadline on the FCC’s proposal, is a concerted effort to stop Internet service providers (ISPs) and the government from regulating the Web.To join the Day of Action, sign up online with your full name and email address.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Maldives opposition leader wins presidential poll

first_imgOpposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Maldives` presidential election. Photo: AFPOpposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Maldives’ presidential election, results showed Monday, a surprise defeat for president Abdulla Yameen following a campaign observers said was rigged in the strongman’s favour.Results released by the Elections Commission early Monday morning showed Solih had secured 58.3 per cent of the popular vote.Celebrations broke out across the tropical archipelago with opposition supporters carrying yellow flags of Solih’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and dancing on the streets. There was no response from Yameen after results were announced.Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Yameen but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.There were also no other candidates at Sunday’s election held with all key dissidents either in jail or exile.Earlier in the night Solih had called on Yameen to concede defeat once the tally showed he had an unassailable lead.”I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” he said on television.He also urged the incumbent to immediately release scores of political prisoners.Yameen, who was widely tipped to retain power, had jailed or forced into exile almost all of his main rivals.Before polls opened, police raided the campaign headquarters of the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and searched the building for several hours in a bid to stop what they called “illegal activities”. There were no arrests.Mohamed Nasheed, the head of the MDP, said the vote would “bring the country back to the democratic path”.Yameen would have no option but to concede defeat, said Nasheed, who was elected president of a newly-democratic Maldives in 2008 but currently lives in exile.”He will not have people around him who will support him to fight on and stay,” he told AFP.Heavy turnoutThe poll is being closely watched by regional rivals India and China, who are jostling to influence Indian Ocean nations. The European Union and United States, meanwhile, have threatened sanctions if the vote is not free and fair.Many voters across the Indian Ocean archipelago said they stood in line for over five hours to cast their ballots, while expatriate Maldivians voted in neighbouring Sri Lanka and India.The Election Commission said balloting was extended by three hours until 7:00 pm (1400 GMT) because of technical glitches suffered by tablet computers containing electoral rolls, with officials using manual systems to verify voters’ identities.An election official said the deadline was also extended due to heavy voter turnout, which was later declared at 88 per cent.Yameen voted minutes after polling booths opened in the capital Male, where opposition campaign efforts had been frustrated by a media crackdown and police harassment.Monitors barredSome 262,000 people in the archipelago — famed for its white beaches and blue lagoons — were eligible to vote in an election from which independent international monitors have been barred.Only a handful of foreign media were allowed in to cover the poll.The Asian Network for Free Elections, a foreign monitoring group that was denied access to the Maldives, said the campaign had been heavily tilted in favour of 59-year-old Yameen.The government has used “vaguely worded laws to silence dissent and to intimidate and imprison critics”, some of whom have been assaulted and even murdered, according to Human Rights Watch.Before the election there were warnings that Yameen could try to hold on to power at all costs.In February he declared a state of emergency, suspended the constitution and ordered troops to storm the Supreme Court and arrest judges and other rivals to stave off impeachment.Yameen told supporters on the eve of the election he had overcome “huge obstacles” since controversially winning power in a contested run-off in 2013, but had handled the challenges “with resilience”.The crackdown attracted international censure and fears the Maldives was slipping back into one-man rule just a decade after transitioning to democracy.India, long influential in Maldives affairs — it sent troops and warships in 1988 to stop a coup attempt — expressed hopes the election would represent a return to democratic norms.In recent years Yameen has drifted closer to China, India’s chief regional rival, taking hundreds of millions of dollars from Beijing for major infrastructure projects.last_img

Duke Ellington Seeks Answers After OSSE Residency Allegations

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterA group of concerned parents, and staff from Duke Ellington School of the Arts sat behind a small wooden desk during the State Board of Education (SBOE) public meeting Dec. 19 with one purpose – to get answers.“This was a good opportunity for us to educate them [SBOE]”, said Duke Ellington parent Greg Smith, “about the larger picture of what’s going on. I hope this’ll be the beginning of more.”Duke Ellington School of the Arts parent Winston Clarke(left) and the school’s CEO Tia Powell Harris (center) at the State of Board of Education on Dec. 19 meeting following last school year’s allegations that two-thirds of the student body were not District residents.Smith and parents like him have spent a lot of time in meetings, press conferences and even court rooms as of late.In May 2018 the Office of the State Superintendent Of Education (OSSE) revealed a Report on Residency Investigation at Duke Ellington High School stating in part that:“OSSE’s investigation revealed significant and systemic issues of non-compliance with the requirements of residency verification at Ellington. Based on this investigation, OSSE has deemed a total of 164 of the 570 investigated students to be non-residents, without tuition agreements in place,” the report wrote.  “A total of 56 students remain under investigation, as the information obtained about their actual place of residence is thus far inconclusive. An additional 46 students were found to be non-residents with existing tuition agreements with the District. A total of 304 students were confirmed as D.C. residents.”Letters were sent out to some 220 families alleging of residency fraud. Some parents including Smith, who as an attorney represented them, pushed back filing a lawsuit against OSSE. During a press conference, it was discovered that OSSE attorney’s withdrew the letters sent to parents, this according to reporting done by the AFRO.“I mean any time a D.C. agency accuses hundred of people of fraud and is wrong two thirds of the time or more I think that that is a serious problem,” Smith said,  “and worth the City Council investigating. So I hope they will.”Smith said in a statement that OSSE admitted that two-thirds of their allegations were incorrect.Tia Powell Harris, CEO at Duke Ellington was at the helm and rode out the storm of false allegations and the tsunami of effects it had on the school- from funding issues, to weathering a media storm and, most hurtful, students missing school while residency challenges were sorted out.“I think the motivating factor for all of us was that this never happen again,” Powell Harris said after offering her testimony. “So our goal to bring light to the inadequacies of the system and the process and the people putting it forward so that no one again has to be unjustly accused. And secondly, that a school that a school doesn’t get bashed by a governmental agency.”“We need to say out loud and for the record that this can’t be left up to insinuation,” Powell Harris told the AFRO. “Somebody in charge needs to say these things out loud. We look forward to the future and to bring attention to the fact that we have indeed been vindicated.”Powell-Harrised added that the school, or parents have yet to receive an apology, or any information regarding the students’ residency.The Board sat and listened and offered apologies, yet it was apparent that the room was missing key people.“I am incredibly disappointed that the superintendent is not here to hear your testimony this evening nor is her chief of staff whom I’ve spoken to on multiple occasions,” said Jack Jacobson of the SBOE, referring to Superintendent Hanseul Kang. “This is just another attack on the arts in D.C.”“It breaks my heart when these families and children, who have to opportunity to do something great, and the system does not work on their behalf. That’s a big problem.”Winston Clarke who was one of the early parents to receive letters regarding his son, showed in the end for the parents who couldn’t be there.“So I think it’s a bigger issue that I don’t know how much things are going to get done,” Clarke said. “We’re talking about a process that’s obviously flawed. They have to fix the communication.”“I needed to show up to have that voice for a lot of parents that can’t speak in front of people- are afraid about their own personal situation.  I wanted to be consistent and show other families I am on aboard with them.”A representative from OSSE, or the D.C. Council  could not be reached for comment.last_img read more

Project Shield expected to hit shelves by July

first_imgNvidia’s CES presentation this year managed to be both a highlight and a truly frustrating example of the absence of pricing and availability for anything at the show. While any talk of pricing is still off the table, it looks like we can expect to see Project Shield and the Tegra 4 platform in Q2 of the 2014 fiscal year.The Steambox is on its way, and if it succeeds it will be a huge nail in the PC gaming coffin. Since you can’t fit a high end gaming laptop in your hands, and no one wants to connect their high end gaming desktop to the big screen on the other side of the living room, Project Shield is designed to act as a middle ground for both groups.The idea is fantastic, offering a not quite portable console with access to the best in mobile and PC gaming. You can connect it to your television, if you’re the type to use a 20ft HDMI cable, and you can even push all of that great content to your television. Whether or not Shield is a good idea isn’t totally relevant, as long as they can beat Valve on either pricing or availability. If the Steambox isn’t on shelves before July, Shield will be the first thing people see.Due to some technical delays, Nvidia won’t be releasing the Tegra 4 platform or Project Shield until Q2. While this means that technically Shield could drop anytime between May and July, the chances are good that the technical delays will push it to the end of that timeframe. The launch of Shield also means that Nvidia’s partners will be able to start releasing Tegra 4 based gadgets, no doubt starting with a refresh to hardware lineups from ASUS and others. The Tegra 4 release window will put many manufacturers in line to release competitive pieces of hardware in time for the holiday season, and the LTE capabilities of the chipset will likely mean we will see at least one high end mobile device on a US carrier by the end of the year running Tegra 4.Nvidia is plenty prepared to keep their fanbase interested in Project Shield. Last week their YouTube channel started releasing Shield focused videos twice a week, one day to show off an Android game and another to show off a PC game running on the platform. The videos show the handheld up close, playing a few minutes of each title flawlessly. While it’s hard to imagine that these videos will be enough to keep the hype going until July, it will be great to see the console power through the most popular games on the market and attempt to grow interest as each new PC game is released.last_img read more

The First Recorded Labor Strike in History

first_imgWorkers strikes are a common way to push employers to pay a fair wage with fair benefits. When workers stop working, everything grinds to a halt. The use of strikes has been around since 1159 BC when the workers of Egypt’s King Ramses III, who were not being paid as promised, sat down and refused to work.According to, a papyrus written by the Egyptian scribe Amennakht at Deir el Medina records the strike on an almost day to day basis.Ramses III offering incense, wall painting in KV11.Ramses III inherited the title of Pharaoh about 1186 BC and began the 20th Dynasty in the New Kingdom, which lasted from about 1570 to 1069 BC.He reigned over a relatively peaceful Egypt for over twenty years until an invasion by the “Sea People” seriously depleted both funds and laborers who would normally have been working the fields to produce much needed food.The Sea People were a loose organization of mercenary and raiding types from the Mediterranean Sea area.This famous scene from the north wall of Medinet Habu is often used to illustrate the Egyptian campaign against the Sea Peoples in what has come to be known as the Battle of the Delta.No one knows what nationality they were, or if, in fact, several different nationalities were represented in these groups. Experts debate on the suggestions that they could have been Philistines, Italian, Mycenaean, Trojan, or Minoan, but nothing has been discovered to shed any light on this subject.Apparently, according to, the Sea People were so confident that they would subdue the Egyptians, they brought their families and household goods with them. Ramses knew the Sea People were powerful, as they had attacked Egypt several times before.A partial description of the hieroglyphic text at Medinet Habu on the right tower of Second Pylon (left), and an illustration of the prisoners depicted at the base of the Fortified East Gate (right), were first provided by Jean-François Champollion following his 1828–29 travels to Egypt and published posthumously.One of his strategies was to hide archers along the coastlines near the mouth of the Nile to prevent the boats from even entering the river. His tactics were a resounding success, and the prisoners taken were either forced into the Egyptian army or sold as slaves. Unfortunately, the war had proved to be extremely expensive.The next few years were peaceful, which allowed Ramses to begin work on many temples, and he and his entourage took a grand tour of Egypt, further depleting the coffers. Add that to increasing corruption in Ramses’ administration and you have a recipe for disaster.Relief from the sanctuary of the Temple of Khonsu at Karnak depicting Ramesses III. Photo by Asavaa CC BY-SA 3.0 – CopyThe first month in the 29th year of Ramses reign shows that the workers considered the elite of skilled craftsmen complained that their wages were eighteen days late. As a group they were met by the chief of police who agreed with their plight as they marched toward the Pharaoh’s palace.They were offered about half a sack of barley with which to make beer, but the workers were not placated. By the third month, they were threatening to rob the tombs for money for food.A carved relief from the Kadesh inscriptions showing Shasu spies being beaten by Egyptians.In the meantime, Ramses decided there would be a great celebration in honor of the 30th year of his reign. He and his advisors had no idea how to deal with the hungry workers as this sort of thing had never happened before. At one point, the officials gave the workers pastries reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s “let them eat cake” remark. While the workers did take the pastries home to their families, they resumed their strike the next day.Sarcophagus of Ramesses III (Louvre).The pharaoh and his immediate court knew nothing of the strike, as the direct supervisors of the workers feared execution for not being able to control their men. Ramses’ jubilee was a great success with everyone dancing and drinking, but the strikes returned after the festival ended.The strikers were now disenchanted with the Pharaoh, who was supposed to be like a father to them, providing food and protection, and ensuring harmony in the people’s everyday lives.Amennakhte’s papyrus only goes to the year 29, first month of summer, day 16, and makes no mention of the results of the strike, but we should assume there was some sort of agreement made which enabled the monuments to be built and the people to be fed.Read another story from us:  Cheetahs were Domesticated as House Pets in Ancient EgyptThis was, however, the beginning of the decline of the Pharaoh’s power and his subject’s blind devotion. It was also the start of a dispute solution instigated by workers that exists to this day.last_img read more

Highly anticipated NFL game moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — Due to poor turf conditions, the NFL has moved the scheduled Chief-Rams game from Estadio Azteca in Mexico City to the city of Los Angeles.The Los Angeles Rams will now take on the Kansas City Chiefs November 19 in Memorial Coliseum after officials say a recent review of the stadium’s turf was deemed unsuitable and not up to NFL standards.The decision came after the combination of a busy event season and heavy rainfall resulted in what officials called an unsafe turf. In a statement, the league says it consulted with the NFL Players Association as well as club field experts before making the decision to move the game.After reviews, “it was determined that the field at Estadio Azteca did not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency.”“We have worked extensively with our partners at Estadio Azteca for months in preparation for this game,” Mark Waller, NFL executive vice president of international said in a statement. “Until very recently, we had no major concerns. But, the combination of a difficult rainy season and a heavy multi-event calendar of events at the stadium have resulted in significant damage to the field that presents unnecessary risks to player safety and makes it unsuitable to host an NFL game.“As a result, we have determined that moving the game is the right decision, and one that we needed to announce now in order to allow our teams and fans to make alternate arrangements.”In May, Azteca officials changed the playing surface from natural grass to a hybrid, however, extensive use of the turf has left it in poor condition. Since the third week of July, 23 games were played between America and Cruz Azul, with another seven games being played by the women’s professional team from America.In October, the stadium also hosted two concerts by singer Shakira and another concert from the music channel Telehit at the beginning of November.“I feel devastated, angered and ashamed, all of that together,” said Mexican former NFL kicker Raul Allegre, who works as an analyst for ESPN Deportes.“I’m still trying to figure out how small minds were so irresponsible in the preparations for a game of this magnitude. I know that the world does not revolve around the NFL, but this is a great event not only for the sport, but for the country and it is inconceivable how it was taken so lightly.”A refund policy for the game in Mexico City will be announced by the NFL in the coming days.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more