Security Council extends UN force in Golan Heights for further six months

The Security Council today extended for a further six months the United Nations force that has monitored the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights for over 30 years. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body renewed the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) until 30 June 2008. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had recommended the extension of the Force in a recent report, noting that while the situation in the Golan Heights has been “generally quiet” recently, the overall region remains tense. Mr. Ban’s report also drew attention to the growing financial shortfall faced by UNDOF, which supervises the disengagement accord between Syrian and Israeli forces after the 1973 war. As of the end of August, some $24 million is owed to the countries that contribute troops to the Force: Austria, Canada, India, Japan, Poland and Slovakia. 14 December 2007The Security Council today extended for a further six months the United Nations force that has monitored the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights for over 30 years. read more

Annual UNbacked Summer Games to give Gazas children a chance to be

16 June 2011The United Nations-backed Summer Games for children have begun in the Gaza Strip in an annual attempt by its organizers to “give the kids of Gaza a chance to be kids.” The United Nations-backed Summer Games for children have begun in the Gaza Strip in an annual attempt by its organizers to “give the kids of Gaza a chance to be kids.” For five years the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has staged the Games – which include sports, arts and other activities – to provide a recreational outlet for an estimated 250,000 children in Gaza.Noting that this year’s Games coincides with the fifth year of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, the acting director of UNRWA operations in Gaza, Christer Nordahl, said: “We are giving these children a rare opportunity – which shouldn’t be exceptional – but it is.”“Through the Summer Games, we give the kids of Gaza a chance to be kids, to have fun, learn new things and meet new friends,” he added. This year’s event kicked off with an Olympic-style torch relay through the Strip involving 57 children and then an opening ceremony at UNRWA’s field office in Gaza City. Various activities – including several attempts at setting new Guinness World Records – will take place between now and 28 July.“Initiated at the request of the local community, the games give Gazan children a chance to have fun and a sense of normality, in an environment which is anything but normal,” UNRWA said in a press release. “The season provides a diverse set of fun activities for children in the beleaguered coastal area, including sports, swimming, arts, and drama.”Mr. Nordahl said: “The Summer Games build on our ongoing work in Gaza to develop children’s talents, to give them room for self-expression and to teach them to respect one another – all based on the universal values of human rights.” read more

UN expert calls on Member States to recognize Palestinian State

22 September 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on Member States to recognize “the reality of Palestinian statehood,” and urged Israel to listen to the will of the millions of people who have suffered under its occupation. “The upcoming debate on Palestine’s initiative at the United Nations provides a momentous occasion for the international community to respond to a legacy of injustice,” said Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. In a meeting on Monday, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, told Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon he intended to submit an application this Friday for Palestine to become a UN Member State. “Palestine’s status as a State is not merely symbolic,” said Mr. Falk. “It empowers Palestine with rights and duties under international law, such as full jurisdiction over its territory, legal standing to defend itself from other States, and the capacity to join international treaties – including human rights treaties.” Mr. Falk said that for over 44 years, Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip have suffered under Israel’s “oppressive occupation.” Israel, he noted, has steadily transferred its population into hundreds of settlements on Palestinian territory, while subjecting Palestinians to widespread and systematic violations of their basic human rights. “While many Israelis may be comfortable with the status quo, the ongoing transformation of the region brings with it new realities,” said the expert. “I encourage Israel to heed calls throughout the region for governance based on the will of the people. The will of the Palestinian people must be respected too, starting this week at the United Nations and until Palestinians can enjoy the right they share with all other peoples of the world – the right to self-determination.” He added that Israel and “its zealous backers in the United States” should take this chance to live up to the promise of the two-State solution, noting that nearly 20 years of negotiations have actually given Israel time to undermine that goal. read more

Brock research explores how municipalities deal with extreme weather conditions

We’ve had more than enough rain to keep sports fields green this spring, but parks departments around southern Ontario know their luck will change at some point.It’s in the hot, dry summer months that municipalities around the Golden Horseshoe have to decide if keeping grass athletic fields lush and green is worth the water it takes to make that happen.A Brock University researcher says this is among several issues parks and recreation departments grapple with as they figure out how to deal with the impacts of climate change.“One of the key questions that came out of this research was, do you water the sports fields during times of intense drought? Is that where the water should go?” says researcher Cheryl Mallen, Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Management.In a recently published study, “Climate Change and Canadian Community Grass-Based Sport Fields,” Mallen and her team interviewed directors, managers and maintenance staff within departments dealing with recreation, open spaces, community facilities and other aspects of park management.There were 16 municipalities stretching from Toronto to Niagara Falls represented in the study.The research team asked participants a series of questions centring on awareness of climate change impacts and strategies to address the impacts.Participants were generally concerned with widely varying seasonal conditions such as winters that are extremely cold or mild, and they considered summer as a major concern with either lots of rain, drought conditions or a combination of the two.Respondents also pointed to the presence of new pests and molds brought about by warmer temperatures and unusual precipitation patterns as troubling new trends.Topping the list of how to deal with climate change was the question of whether or not to water fields during dry times.“I found a real polarization,” says Mallen. “Some groups indicated that they are watering the fields to the extent that they can keep those fields beautifully green, so that the players totally enjoy playing sports on these lush fields.“On the other hand, you have sports fields managers who are saying, ‘our people have already adjusted; they know that the grass is going to be browner. They are adapting mentally that this is what you play on and it’s OK and you can still have a good game of soccer.’”At issue is the cost of watering fields.“The debate is: Do you want your taxes to go up to have green grass on sport fields?” says Mallen. “Some municipalities are saying, ‘we’re trying to be very responsible with our money and stay within our budgets,’ and other areas have more money, so within their budgets they have more to water their fields.”The payoff for green fields, says Mallen, is that they attract sporting events, resulting in more direct and indirect revenues for the surrounding communities.Mallen is also working on a comparative study with sport management researcher Greg Dingle at La Trobe University in Australia, a country that has been battling droughts for more than a decade.There, participants report being uplifted by watered fields, saying that green sport fields bring about positive feelings in people and bind communities together.Mallen’s research uncovered a number of innovative measures municipalities are implementing to keep their fields as green and healthy as possible for dry times. These include:Protecting sensitive sections of field such as goals and centre field by planting seed, surrounding them with hay bales and then keeping the areas covered during the winter using tarpsCarefully selecting the combination of grass seed varieties designed to handle a wide range of weather conditionsUsing new techniques to aerate sport field soilShifting goals and centre fields around from year to year to avoid burning out these heavily travelled areas“Climate Change and Canadian Community Grass-Based Sport Fields” was published May 12 in the International Journal of Environmental Sustainability. read more

US women shut out Japan in preWorld Cup friendly at Crew Stadium

The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup won’t begin until June 26, but the U.S. women’s national team looks ready. Preparations for this summer’s tournament continued for the American women Saturday with a 2-0 international friendly match win against Japan at Crew Stadium. The U.S. took a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute, thanks to veteran forward Abby Wambach’s goal — the 118th of her international career. Just eight minutes later, Wambach assisted on a goal that forward Amy Rodriguez hit off the post to give America a 2-0 lead. The U.S. went on to win by the same score. Japan began the match with offensive pressure and threatened American goalkeeper Hope Solo as the U.S. sat back early. “If you look at the first 25 minutes, I don’t think it’s good soccer,” U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said. “(Japan) played good. They kept possession and so forth.” Momentum swung in America’s favor when defender Ali Krieger provided the free-kick service for Wambach’s goal from about 35 yards away from Japan’s net. Wambach met Krieger’s lofted ball in stride and headed it passed Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. “We struggled big time until we scored the first goal,” Sundhage said. “Abby was great today. Just look at that goal; it (was) fantastic.” Wambach contributed to the American attack again just moments later. In the 37th minute, Wambach assisted on Rodriguez’s goal with a simple pass into Japan’s penalty area. Rodriguez hit the pass in stride, and the ball eventually trickled over the goal line after hitting off Kaihori’s near post. Despite contributing to both goals, Wambach credited the win to the U.S.’s defenders, saying they had a “strong” performance. “We have such a great defense,” Wambach said. “Our back four (defenders) are so solid. I like our chances when we score one goal.” Solo, who collected the 51st shutout of her international career, agreed. “It’s pretty easy playing with this back line,” Solo said. “My work is half as much as it usually is playing in the (Women’s Professional Soccer league).” The U.S.’s momentum continued immediately after play resumed in the second half, as the team fired three shots in the first seven minutes. By game’s end, the Americans took nine on-target shots at Kaihori, but none found the back of the net. Though her team did not score in the final 53 minutes of the game, Sundhage said the U.S.’s performance improved after the team’s early hiccups. “The second half was so much better than the first half,” Sundhage said. “We can do better.” Discipline in every facet of the U.S.’s game helped limit Japan’s offense in the final minutes — America went 21 minutes without committing a foul, from the 62nd minute until the 83rd minute. The 2-0 lead was all the Americans needed. Sundhage said she was happy with the outcome of the match. “This is a great team, and the team put it together,” Sundhage said. “We stayed composed and we came back. You don’t have to play beautiful soccer for 90 minutes, but you need to be smart enough to find a way. We did it.” The U.S. women’s national team will continue its FIFA World Cup preparation with another game against Japan on Wednesday. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. in Cary, N.C. read more

Copyright claim against One Direction song resolved at High Court

first_img Source: OneDirectionVEVO/YouTubeThe case was briefly mentioned before the High Court on Thursday. Justice Leonie Reynolds was due to fix a date for the hearing of a pretrial discovery motion brought by lawyers acting for the plaintiff.However, the court was informed that hearing date was not required and with the consent of all the parties the entire proceedings could be struck out Copyright claim against One Direction song resolved at High Court David Lewis Smith had claimed the One Direction release ‘Night Changes’ infringes his musical work. Share6 Tweet Email1 16,690 Views Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, pictured in 2014. Image: Shutterstock/Kathy Hutchins Friday 8 Mar 2019, 7:58 AM 12 Comments Short URL By Aodhan O Faolain Mar 8th 2019, 7:58 AM Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, pictured in 2014. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Kathy Hutchins A SINGER SONGWRITER’S High Court action against all five original members of boy band One Direction and others for alleged copyright infringement has been struck out on consent. David Lewis Smith had claimed the One Direction release ‘Night Changes’ infringes his musical work and sought various reliefs including damages.The song ‘Night Changes’ was released by One Direction in 2014 and featured on their fourth studio album “Four.”The claim, which was denied, was against the four current members of the band Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik who left One Direction in 2015.The claim was also against parties including UK songwriter Jamie Scott and US songwriters Julian Bunetta and John Ryan who wrote and produced ‘Night Changes’.The other defendants were Simco, the production company behind The X Factor; Big Deal Music, a publishing company that in 2013 Ryan allegedly signed a contract with; Universal Music Publishing; EMI Music Publishing and Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd.last_img read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Sycorax

first_imgStream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad.Today is Dec. 1, which means the start of my UVoW advent calendar: A different yuletide monster every Friday, leading up to Christmas—starting with this intergalactic plunderer.Not someone you want to meet in a dark alley (via BBC)SYCORAXFirst appearance: “The Christmas Invasion” (2005)—season 2, Christmas specialHome planet: Fire Trap (JX82 system)Doctor: TenthCompanion: Rose Tyler, Jackie Tyler, Mickey Smith‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the Earth, creatures were celebrating, while an alien spaceship took berth.All eyes are on Harriet Jones, Prime Minister (yes, we know who you are), as she prepares for a live broadcast from space probe Guinevere One, set to land on Mars.Instead, Britain’s own Christmas miracle is intercepted by a giant vessel rocketing toward Earth. And the first images transmitted live “from the depths of space” are not of the red planet’s rocky terrain, but the red eyes of a craggy alien face.“On the 25th of December, the human race has been shown absolute proof that alien life exists,” a TV news anchor calmly tells viewers.And it’s not pretty.Sycorax wear mantles of bone to hide their grisly features (via BBC)The Sycorax wear mantles of bone, usually keeping their grisly features concealed under helmets. Proficient in the use of certain weapons, the skinless humanoids can deliver a bolt of energy that simply disintegrates its target, leaving only a pile of bones.They travel in a retrofitted asteroid, which used to be their home in the distant JX82 system, known as Fire Trap. Now, the Sycorax use it to raid other “inferior” planets—like Earth.That pixelated glimpse, however, is all most people ever see of the superstitious creatures, who lead a third of the world’s population in a hypnotic trance to just shy of committing assisted suicide.Say it, don’t spray it (via BBC)Meanwhile, Rose—keen and cunning after 13 weeks of touring with the Doctor—bides her time with the Sycorax, fending off her impending death. And those of Harriet Jones, Prime Minister (yes, we know who you are) and Mickey. Until the Doctor wakes up.The first full-episode appearance by David Tennant, this Christmas special kicks into high gear when the bathrobed Time Lord steps out of the TARDIS and into a sword fight the likes of which has never been replicated on Doctor Who since. (Much to my chagrin.)The Doctor’s hand is severed, the Sycorax leader falsely claim victory, the Doctor regrows his hand, the Sycorax leader attempts to attack from behind, the Doctor throws a satsuma at the ship’s sensor, dropping the Sycorax leader to his death.Our Gallifreyan hero orders the Sycorax to leave Earth and never return. We’ll never know, though, if they would have kept that promise—for Harriet Jones, Prime Minister (yes, we know who you are), orders Torchwood to destroy the alien ship.Mickey makes friends everywhere he goes (via BBC)Eagle-eyed Whovians may remember Sycorax from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Though she dies before the play begins, Sycorax is described as a witch who was the mother of the beast Caliban.The name is referenced in “The Shakespeare Code,” when the Doctor finds a horse skull in The Globe and remarks that “Reminds me of a Sycorax.” (Also a nod to writer and then-showrunner Russell T. Davies, who reportedly based the alien’s facial structure on the skull of a horse.)You just can’t keep a good villain down: The Sycorax make a brief appearance in Eleventh Doctor episode “The Pandorica Opens,” as part of The Alliance formed to trap the Time Lord.Later, in “The Name of the Doctor,” the Great Intelligence mentions them as a faction that left the Doctor “blood-soaked.” Stay on targetcenter_img ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon last_img read more

Gotham Sets Up the First Battle Between the Joker and Bruce Wayne

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. With only two episodes left in this season of Gotham, we’re now seeing exactly how they plan to bring this to the end. And boy am I glad it’s not more Ra’s Al Ghul stuff. Instead, this season is ending with the true beginning of the Joker. All that Jerome stuff was just the person who would inspire the real Joker, and in this episode, we saw how. For now though, Jerome is dead and his followers are hanging around his grave. That’s when a strange woman in a jester hat and mask walks into the crowd. She holds up a portable stereo and plays a final message from Jerome. At least, that’s what it seems like at this point.The main question on all our minds right now is, is this Harley Quinn? The costume certainly looks like hers, but she never talks. Nor does she have any kind of face makeup. Nobody ever refers to her by name, and over the course of the entire episode, she never speaks. I really thought, during the final shot of the episode, she’d have one line. Possibly ending with the phrase “Mistah J.” But that might be a little much to ask from the first time Gotham introduces a character. This also isn’t quite when Harley Quinn should show up in the Joker’s story, but Gotham has always played fast and loose with Batman canon. Especially when it comes to the timeline.Donal Logue (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)She has some very specific instructions for Jerome’s clown gang that they are all too happy to follow. The first is to dig up Jerome’s body, and take over the Gotham City Police Department for a wake. Why? Ultimately, misdirection. I actually liked the Joker’s plan in this episode. Gotham doesn’t always pull off the intelligence required of criminal masterminds. Even The Riddler’s schemes have been a lot more simple than you want out of the character. But Jerome’s plan kept you guessing as to what was really going on. For this show especially, it was layered, complicated and full of surprising turns. It was fun to watch it all play out, even when we were sure it was all going to turn bad for Bruce at some point.We spent so much time this season watching Cameron Monaghan play the deranged Jerome; it’s easy to forget he can play sane very well too. We knew Jerome’s toxin did something to him, we just didn’t realize what. The episode has us spend almost the full hour thinking it’s just made him extra paranoid. The whole time, I was waiting for some kind of psychotic break to happen, much like the one that turned Ed Nygma into The Riddler. But it never came. Good on Gotham for changing up its villain stories a bit. It lends the episode a nice undercurrent of dread. You know the turn is going to happen eventually, you just don’t know when or how.David Mazouz and guest star Cameron Monaghan (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)The Joker gang taking over the police station allows the episode some fun action its plot wouldn’t otherwise have. We get to see Gordon be the brilliant police tactician he is. Knowing the mob of clowns outside puts them in a bad spot, he has his officers make it look like they’re fighting back, only to escape out the side door. Then, they lay siege to their own police department while Gordon and Bullock taser one clown to find out what the real plan is. Discretely though, as there are reporters around. Remember, police brutality is funny when it happens to comic book villains. Soon, Gordon finds out that Jerome’s real target is his brother’s lab. Where, as far as he knows, is where Bruce is.Bruce, meanwhile, has led Jeremiah out of his lab after seeing the project he’s been working on. It’s a reactor that harnesses ambient energy. As cool as that invention would be, we all know it’ll be turned into a bomb before the episode is over. Before they can really get to work though, Bruce needs to get Jeremiah out of his lab. He’s found Jerome’s old journal and Bruce can tell reading it is maybe not the healthiest activity. Also, Jeremiah tells Bruce about his brother’s toxin-filled jack in the box. He says ever since he got sprayed in the face, he sees Jerome everywhere. He thinks he’s still alive. Bruce decides he’ll prove Jerome’s dead by showing Jeremiah the grave… which we all know has been dug up.Ben McKenzie (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)This is where we expect the psychotic break to happen, but to Gotham‘s credit, that turns out to be a red herring. It appears to happen at first. Jeremiah seems convinced by the empty grave that not only is Jerome still alive, but that he killed Bruce and stole his face. Then they find the body, reappeared right next to the grave. (And I have to commend the show for another nice bit of misdirection. You think Jerome’s body is in the coffin the clowns use to break into GCPD. But as Nygma finds out when he sneaks in to rescue Lee, it’s just full of beer. Nice. Remind me to request coffin beers at my wake when it happens.)Jeremiah reveals that he never thought Jerome was alive. The toxin didn’t do anything except turn his face white. He plays sane very well, but really, he wants the same things. He wants to do them bigger, unhampered by what he sees as the limitations of Jerome’s insanity. And he wants to make Bruce watch as the project he pays for gets turned into bombs. His first target: Jim Gordon. Jeremiah knew that Jim would find out about the plan to attack his lab. He made sure he and Bruce would be out by the time Gordon showed up. And so Gordon, forced by maybe-Harley Quinn, watches a video message revealing everything. Including the fact that the reactor in the room is about to blow up. Gordon finds a button that opens the door, but we don’t see whether he makes it out or not. But come on. We know. The show isn’t going to kill Jim Gordon.Cory Michael Smith and Morena Baccarin (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)Not everything worked quite so well, though. While the episode told its two main stories almost perfectly, its subplots were introduced and quickly forgotten. Penguin and Grundy are squatting in Falcone’s mansion and haven’t made much progress in taking over the city or finding a cure for Grundy. They kidnap one of Jerome’s goons to interrogate him about the dead clown’s plans and… that’s it. Their scenes were ultimately pointless, though they did provide some nice comedic relief to the scarier main plots.Then there was Gordon and Lee. You’d think accidentally leaving her in the station while clowns took over would have some kind of effect on him. But no. He never notices it, and his plot continues on as though nothing happened. The show made such a big deal out of his conflict over her arrest at the beginning, only to drop all of that the minute the clowns show up. In the end, all it gave us was another Lee-Riddler kiss. A signal that their relationship is… in the same place it was at the end of the last episode. I can’t get too mad though, when the meat of the show was so good.The reveal at the end was set up and pulled off so well, it came as a surprise even though we knew something like it was coming. We knew we were going to see the Joker eventually. And we knew it was going to be Jeremiah. Even with that, the way it played out and Jeremiah’s monologue made for a good jaw drop at the end of the episode. He’s borrowing a lot from Jack Nicholson’s version of The Joker now, but it makes for a cool shift. A way to let us know that this is a different character, a different iteration of the Joker. Jerome was closer to Heath Ledger, Jeremiah is Nicholson’s cold sadistic gangster. My only real beef now is that he doesn’t smile enough. His face isn’t twisted or scarred the way you want the Joker’s to be. We can only hope that’ll come before the end of the season. NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Florida Woman Spots Giant Alligator ‘Taking a Dip’ in Her Swimming Pool

first_img“He was initially down at the bottom just floating there but when I turned the light on it stirred him up and got him going,” Kibbe told WBBH-TV. “I would never have thought, I mean there’s been a coyote, there’s been a bobcat, there’s been possums, but never would I have thought a gator.” Georgia Man Catches Gigantic 14-Foot AlligatorHunters Catch ‘Monster’ 13-Foot Alligator in Mississippi River A 7-foot alligator scared a Florida woman who caught the reptile enjoying a late-night swim in her pool on July 27.Kerri Kibbe, a resident of Port Charlotte, Florida, discovered the massive alligator on Saturday, Fox 35 Orlando News reported. It reportedly took four hours for Port Charlotte officials to remove the alligator from the scene, since it was splashing around and relaxing in the warm water.At approximately 1:45 a.m. EDT on July 27, Kibbe heard a noisy splash coming from her backyard pool, WBBH-TV noted. When Kibbe went to switch on the pool light, she spotted the reptile, which she estimated to be about 7 feet long. The alligator trapper, who removed the reptile from Kibbe’s property, said the creature was roughly 15-years-old and will be transported to an alligator facility, so it can mate and reproduce with other alligators.On the same day, another giant alligator was “taken into custody” in Florida: The creature, which was about 12 feet in length, was captured after officials said it “chased” swimmers in a Pasco County lake. A trapper came to capture the alligator and move it to a safe location.More on Alligator Captured After ‘Chasing’ Swimmers in Florida Watch: Man Finds Abandoned 3-Foot Alligator in Woods Near His HomeWatch: Family Finds Baby Alligator ‘Cooling Off’ in Their Backyard Poolcenter_img Kibbe, who was initially going to let the alligator leave the pool on its own, realized that it would be a bad idea to do so, since she has three dogs and three kids. Kibbe called Charlotte County officials, and when they arrived at the scene, they contacted an alligator trapper for assistance. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Civilian Ambassadors Forge Links between Grand Forks AFB Community

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A group of civilian ambassadors appointed by the wing commander of Grand Forks Air Force Base has been staying busy, keeping the Grand Forks community in eastern North Dakota up to date about activities at the installation, organizing military appreciation day events and traveling to Washington to meet with Pentagon officials.“Having a close relationship between the community and the base is very important. We always want the community to know what we’re doing out here, so we’re not a mystery,” said Wing Commander Col. Paul Bauman, who has been at the installation for about two years.The ambassadors are briefed on Air Force and air base activities during at least one event annually, and are invited to attend events planned for visiting high-ranking military leaders and other important visitors, reported the Grand Forks Herald. There currently are eight base ambassadors.The base ambassador program is an outgrowth of the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, and the ambassadors typically work with the committee on military appreciation day events. But Bauman drew a distinction with the community support groups that are active in most defense communities.“It’s unique,” he said. “One of the things that’s been interesting is feeling the closeness of the community to the base.”The tight connection between the installation and the community likely stems from the series of crises the two have been forced to cope with, including earlier BRAC rounds when the base was targeted for closure and the devastating flooding of the Red River in 1997.“A lot of that has forged close ties between the base and the community,” Bauman said. “Not every community has gone through that degree of trauma, so that adds to the uniqueness.”last_img read more

Gov Walker to visit Bethel after Kilbuck blaze

first_imgState officials have committed their support to Bethel following a fire at the Kilbuck campus that destroyed one school and damaged another along with a set of dorms.Photo: KYUK/Bethel.Gov. Bill Walker, Bethel Rep. Bob Herron and Sen. Lyman Hoffman announced their pledge to the community and Lower Kuskokwim School District in a press release Wednesday. The governor is visiting Bethel tomorrow morning to meet with local officials and students and to tour the fire site.Meanwhile, Herron and Hoffman are standing by, waiting to assist once they receive a list of needs from the community and those affected by the fire.“The school district, the teachers, the students, the parents of immersion, the community has to figure out– people are willing to help us, but what do we want? And while we’re figuring that out, we have to go through a grieving process,” said Herron.The officials talked with LKSD leaders on Wednesday to discuss the current situation and plans moving forward.Herron and Hoffman hold personal ties with Kilbuck. Herron’s wife and three children attended the school, and Hoffman graduated from the campus.The city continues working on its disaster proclamation, asking the governor to declare a state of emergency and to allocate recovery funds.last_img read more

Communal tension in Delhi after vandalism at temple Centre sends in troops

first_imgSecurity has been beefed up at Lal Kuan near Chawri Bazaar to prevent any flare-up.IANSTension gripped Old Delhi’s Chawri Bazaar after a fight over parking a scooter snowballed into a confrontation between Hindus and Muslims on Monday, July 1. The trouble began when 20-year-old Aas Mohammad parked his scooter outside a building, which was objected by Sanjeev Gupta, a resident of the building.Violence broke out and both communities resorted to stone pelting following which a temple was vandalised. Security has been beefed up at Lal Kuan to prevent any flare-up.Shops remained shuttered in Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar as several areas in Central and Old Delhi remained tense.”When my husband objected to parking the vehicle near the stall, Mohammad left, but returned with more men who were probably drunk and thrashed him,” said Gupta’s wife Babita. However, a 27-year-old software engineer, identified as Saqib, narrated a different version. Saqib said that Mohammad his other family members went to the police station and filed a case after he was beaten up.A number of videos which were doing the rounds on the internet showed a man allegedly being thrashed by some people. Meanwhile, three separate cases have been filed, according to senior police officers. “One case is based on the statement of the man who tried to park his scooter, the other is of the man who objected to him and the third case is against unknown people for rioting and damaging public property,” reports news agency PTI quoting police.Another individual living in the same area said, “When Mohammad parked his scooter, Gupta asked him to move the vehicle somewhere else or he would set it on fire. A fight then broke out between them. Some people pulled Mohammad inside the building and thrashed him.”Both Mohammad and Gupta, involved in the alleged vandalism, were taken into police custody.However, the matter didn’t resolve after this. “When Mohammad and Gupta were at the police station, some unknown people gathered outside the temple and vandalised it. This led to tension in the area,” Saqib said.The temple priest, Anil Kumar Pandey, said that a mob came to the temple and vandalised it. The two sides reportedly raised slogans, adding fuel to the fire.Taking to Twitter, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said: “After some altercation & scuffle over a parking issue in Hauz Qazi, tension arose b/w two groups of people from different communities. We have taken legal action & all efforts are being made to pacify feelings & bring about amity. People are requested to help in restoring normalcy (sic).”last_img read more

Ram Gopal Varma gets trolled for comment on Chidambarams arrest

first_imgRam Gopal Varma and P ChidambaramCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookP Chidambaram’s followers trolled Ram Gopal Varma after the filmmaker made a comment on the arrest of the former union finance minister. The netizens said that the move was nothing but the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) vindictive politics.Chidambaram was arrested in connection with the INX Media case by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from his Jor Bagh residence in New Delhi on Wednesday. The move comes after the Delhi High Court rejected his anticipatory bail plea. He moved the Supreme Court seeking interim protection and his plea will now be taken up on Thursday.Ram Gopal Varma, who often talks about current affairs on social media, took to Twitter on Thursday to talk about Chidambaram’s arrest. The controversial director opined that the arrest was the real demonstration of democracy and Narendra Modi has proved it again that none is above the law.Twelve hours after his arrest, Ram Gopal Varma tweeted: “Chidambaram Arrest is a true demonstration of democracy ..What can be a bigger irony, that he’s in custody at CBI headquarters which he himself inaugurated when he was Home Minister ..MODI’s INDIA is again and again proving that NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.”Many Twitter users responded to Ram Gopal Varma’s tweet. They said that the BJP is engaged in vindictive politics and using the ED and CBI to target opposition leaders. The leaders, who are willing to join the BJP, are washed off their sins and made free from legal actions. But if anyone declines to join the party, he is subjected to harassment.They also said that Chidambaram was not willing to join the BJP. Hence, he had to face arrest. The irony is that his name is not mentioned in the FIR, yet the CBI has taken him into the custody. It is a clear indication of the BJP’s vindictive politics, they said. Here are some of the replies to Ram Gopal Varma’s tweet.Adarsh Devaraj @adarshdevaraj Sreenivasulu @75b45fc5ee58434 Close You are missing another irony, only.. non BJP are not above the Law!! ️eing️ptimistic @MaruthiChikka Kishore @Krish143Hyd Dravidian Warrior @DravidianWarri1 Aaditya Verma @vaaditya60 If chidambaram gaaru joined in bjp then he would be above the law like srujana chowdary,cm Ramesh and so on…. Rafiq Hussain @rafiq_nmd Wow hypocrisy. Not named in chargesheet then also “kingpin”. CBI officers jumping over walls like monkeys as if he is a threat to national security. He has been accused of an economic offence. Yes, agree with you. NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW (except BJP leaders). Not applicable to the People who are in favour of BJP n this applicable to all the parties not only bjp Then….. why don’t ruling government is not arresting tdp leaders joined in BJP….. with some of the cases…. Mr RGV do u know what’s , those who joined BJP law will not pertain them, like cm ramesh ,Susana choudhury, IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/0:46Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:43?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … imran khan @imran_khan404 Boss why only those in the ‘opposition’ are the targets? And those who are willing to move to BJP gets absolved of their sins? Nyay should not be biased, then we can say Modis India has become good! MLAs who was bought over through #operationkamala are buying 10+ crore Rolls Royce car without any fear! Rest of them get plum ministerial berth! Rest offered money for not getting berth! All this seems to be fine with you? Or are you getting paid for this tweet? Vinutha @BujjiVinutha కళ్యాన్ రామ్ నిడిగంటి @Jskalyan7 Absolutely correct with the exception of @narendramodi_in and his party leaders. If anyone wants to escape from the law just join @BJP4India. It has proven again and again Chidambaram should have joined bjp.. he could have got clean chit INX media case: Chidambaram missing, CBI pastes notice on his gatelast_img read more

Digital security law to guillotine democratic dissent CSOs

first_imgDigital security law to guillotine democratic dissent. Prothom Alo File PhotoIn Bangladesh’s current political climate of narrow avenues for free debate and legitimate democratic dissent, the proposed ‘Digital Security Bill 2018’, if passed as law, will severely undermine freedom of expression and freedom of the press.Ten international civil society organisations engaged on human rights and sustainable development issues in Bangladesh expressed the concern in an “Open letter on Digital Media Security Bill” to president Abdul Hamid and chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Kazi Reazul Hoque.The proposed law, especially article 32 that equates certain journalistic pursuits with spying, has drawn widespread criticism from media activists and rights groups at home and abroad.The 10 organisations pointed out that the proposed bill “fails to protect the right of the media, civil society and members of the general public to freely express their opinions on policies and actions of decision makers.”The signatories are Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asian Human Rights Commission, CIVICUS, FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Odhikar, People’s Watch, Robert F Kennedy Human Rights, and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT).They observed that the digital security bill’s provisions would affect the people’s constitutional rights and Bangladesh’s commitments under international law. “In the present situation we recommend that the bill’s provisions are carefully considered from a constitutional and international law standpoint,” they added.The organisations referred to UN ‘Special Rapporteur on Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression’ David Kaye for his extensive work on the exercise of the freedom of expression in the digital age.”We believe that the government would greatly benefit from engagement with Mr. Kaye, who could advise on the permissible limits on the freedom of expression under international law,” they said.The rights organisations also have called for Dhaka’s constructive engagement with UN human rights experts for strengthening the country’s “democracy and commitment to human rights and sustainable development” “in the interests of the people of Bangladesh”.In this context, the signatories regretted that an official visit to Bangladesh by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid bin Ra’ad Al Hussein has been postponed. They also requested authorities to facilitate such a visit at the earliest opportunity.last_img read more

Wellness guide to quit smoking drinking

first_imgMost lifestyle advice tells you to give that glass of wine or cigarette a miss. Serving as a reminder, a new book on healthy living reiterates the advice we know too well, topped off with practical tips that finally help you say ‘No. ‘Live Well To 101’, a wellness guide by doctor and television presenter Dawn Harper, lists useful tips to quit smoking and drinking: Cigarettes don’t contain just nicotine but a range of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals you wouldn’t want near your body. Next time you reach for a cigarette that looks quite appealing, imagine yourself licking tarmac or chewing on rubber cement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIf you get the opportunity to talk to a smoker who has developed diseases as a result of smoking, knowing their stories might help put off your habit. To quit, go public! Telling everyone will keep you motivated. Also put aside cigarette money for something special. It’s easier never to start than it is to quit. Spread the message. Don’t wait for warning signs. They may not come. Be honest with yourself about your consumption and start putting in dry days in your diary. Recognise your triggers and work on them. For instance, if you reach for the bottle when your kids are asleep, find ways to keep yourself occupied and not be tempted.last_img read more