1023 special fasttrack courts to come up

first_imgNew Delhi: The Union government has proposed to set up a total of 1,023 special fast-track courts for expeditious trial of over 1.66 lakh pending cases of crime against women and children across the country.Each of these special courts is expected to dispose of at least 165 such cases per year, said a proposal by the Department of Justice under Union Law Ministry. A total of 1,023 FTSCs will be set up, out of which 389 courts, as per a Supreme Court direction, will exclusively handle cases registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, it said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe remaining 634 FTSCs will deal with either rape cases or both rape and POCSO Act cases depending upon the pendency and requirement. “Each FTSC is expected to dispose of 41-42 cases each quarter and at least 165 cases in a year,” the proposal added. According to the Department’s proposal note, a total of 1,66,882 cases of rape and those under POCSO Act are pending trial in various courts across the country. There are 389 districts in the country where the number of pending cases under the POCSO Act exceeds 100. Therefore, as per the apex court directives, each of such districts will have one exclusive POCSO court, which will try no other cases, the note said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe process of setting up of these FTSCs is likely to begin on October 2; the Law Ministry had earlier said. The Department of Justice had proposed to set up 1,023 fast-track courts at a total budget of Rs 767.25 crore. The Central support of Rs 474 crore for one year will be funded from the Nirbhaya Fund.The Centre created the fund in 2013 after December 16, 2012, gang-rape and murder of a student in Delhi. It was created to support the initiatives of governments and NGOs working towards the safety of women. In a letter to the Cabinet Secretariat on August 8, the Department of Justice had said after the recommendation of the expenditure finance committee on July 11 and approval of the law minister; the proposal has been forwarded to the Finance Minister for approval. Simultaneously, other connected actions are being taken as setting up of FTSCs is planned to start from October 2 2019,” the Department wrote.last_img read more

Exclusive TeamUSA Winter Olympians Talk Charity

first_imgWith the 2014 Winter Olympics kicking off in Sochi, Russia on February 6, LookToTheStars.org is proud to bring you this special feature showcasing some of the Team USA athletes taking part and their favorite charities.Amy Purdy Snowboarding / ParalympianCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCAmy Purdy – Snowboarding / ParalympianI have worked with many [charities] including Challenged Athletes Foundation, National Meningitis Association and I have a non-profit organization that I started myself called Adaptive Action Sports! I volunteer a lot of time for the organization helping others with disabilities learn and progress at snowboarding. The organization gets youth, young adults and wounded vets all with permanent physical disabilities into action sports. My boyfriend of 10 years – Daniel – and I are the founders and Daniel is the Executive Director. AAS is my passion our motto is “Live Beyond Limits”. The organization helped to get snowboarding into the Paralympic Games!Charlie White and Meryl Davis Figure Skating / Ice DanceCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCCharlie White & Meryl Davis – Nominated to teamFigure Skating / Ice DanceGiving back to the community is very important to us. We are part of a program called Classroom Champions. It’s a program that gets Olympians involved in high-need classrooms around the country. We send inspirational and educational videos to our designated classrooms once/month and interact with the students to hear how they’re progressing. We so love being involved with this program as education is one of our greatest passions.Chas Guldemond Snowboarding / SlopestyleCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCChas Guldemond – Nominated to team, Snowboarding / SlopestyleMy wife – Drea – and I try to help with anything animal related. Our two dogs are our children so we do our best to help the animals. We tend to save dogs that get out of their yards a lot too. Also High Fives Foundation that helps injured athletes.Devin Logan Freeskiing – Halfpipe/SlopestyleCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCDevin Logan – Nominated to team, Freeskiing – Halfpipe/SlopestyleI support POW (Protect Our Winters) to help educate the younger generation about global warming and how it effects winter sports!Emily Cook Freestyle Skiing – AerialsCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCEmily Cook – Freestyle Skiing – AerialsI am involved with Right To Play and The National Ability Center, on the board of the Speedy Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to understanding mental illness, preventing suicide and fighting stigma through education, research and advocacy.Gracie Gold Ladies’ Figure SkatingCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCGracie Gold – Ladies’ Figure SkatingMost of my volunteering has been involved with skating. I have participated in numerous shows benefiting organizations, such as the American Cancer Society; individuals in need; schools and clubs. I try to give back to the sport of figure skating by volunteering for activities with home clubs and at skating competitions/events. I am currently a member of US Figure Skating’s D.R.E.A.M. Team, developed to promote and support skating.Hannah Kearney Freestyle Skiing – MogulsCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCHannah Kearney – Freestyle Skiing – MogulsI helped start the Gold Medal Fund at my hometown’s public library. The fund buys books that encourage kids, especially girls to be confident, involved and active.Hannah Teter Snowboarding – HalfpipeCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCHannah Teter – Nominated to team, Snowboarding – HalfpipeI have had my charity Hannah’s Gold running for 7 years, providing clean water to a village of 70,000 in Kirindon Kenya. Find out more at Hannahsgold.com.I also have the newest venture, Sweet Cheeks Panties, for sale now all over the USA, thanks to our collaboration with Burton Snowboards. More than 40% of the profit generated goes to Children International.Jeremy Abbott – Men’s Figure SkatingCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCJeremy Abbott – Nominated to team, Men’s Figure SkatingI am involved with World Aids Day Detroit. I do a lot of skating shows for various charities; one is Figure Skating in Harlem, and I started a fund that helps young boys in competitive figure skating to help their families with the cost and hopefully motivate them to continue in the sport.Kelly Clark – Snowboarding / HalfpipeCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCKelly Clark – Nominated to team, Snowboarding / HalfpipeI am the Founding Director of the Kelly Clark Foundation. We aim to help youth be successful through snowboarding. We have given out nearly 50k in the last 3 years to youth across America. We fund high-level athlete’s tuition to mountain schools and partnering with other snow related non-profits getting at risk youth out on snow.Rico Roman – Sled Hockey / ParalympianCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCRico Roman – Sled Hockey / ParalympianI’m really involved with www.operationcomfort.org in San Antonio, which helps introduce and supports wounded warriors to participate in a wide variety of sports to complement their rehabilitation after severe injuries. I also travel around to various sled hockey clinics to help teach the future of USA sled hockey what it takes to make it to the international level. I also am the Captain and Coach the local all veteran Sled Hockey team the San Antonio Rampage sponsored by Operation Comfort.I also mentor and meet new and recently wounded service members that are sent to the military Hospital in San Antonio. I obviously try to recruit the big, strong, and mean ones to try out sled hockey. We have a close knit group of wounded service members in San Antonio that try to give back and help be an example for the newly injured soldiers returning from war.Steven Holcomb – BobsledCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCSteven Holcomb – BobsledI support Right To Play. I was fortunate to grow up in the right place at the right time, and it has led to my success. Right to Play helps children who are not in the right place or right time for anything. I feel like I can help change that. In addition, I support the Wounded Warrior Project.Steve Langton – BobsledCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCSteve Langton – Nominated to team, BobsledGiving back is so important to me and is something I would like to be involved in more often. At my suggestion, the USBSF (US Bobsled & Skeleton Foundation) partnered with Autism Speaks a few years ago, and since then, each season, one of our sleds is wrapped with their logo. My cousin, Joey is 23 and autistic. Having spent my entire life spending time with my cousin, I have quite a bit of experience with the spectrum disorder. I was away so often in 2007 and could not spend as much time with Joey as I did prior that I thought aligning my NGB (National Governing Body) with Autism Speaks was a way to show my love and invoke awareness, even though I was not physically around.You can find a full rundown of schedules, athlete videos, Olympic protocols and more at NBCOlympics.com or TeamUSA.org.You can watch the first competitions of the Games on NBC starting February 6th – even though the opening ceremonies are February 7th – and run through February 23rd. The Paralympics are two weeks later in Sochi March 7-16.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,729.40, up 107.93 points)Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 19 cents, or 3.31 per cent, to $5.55 on 12.2 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 12 cents, or 3.00 per cent, to $4.12 on 11.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 32 cents, or 1.35 per cent, to $24.09 on 5.3 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Down 20 cents, or 1.93 per cent, to $10.18 on 5.1 million shares. Its CEO says he will increase efforts to address concerns after shareholders rejected a dissident slate of four directors, but defeated a motion supporting the company’s approach to executive compensation. The company’s annual general meeting in Calgary was closed to the media, but loud applause echoed down the hall as the director voting results were announced.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up three cents, or 0.23 per cent, to $13.02 on 4.4 million shares.Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 7.05 per cent, to $1.67 on 4.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Grocer. Up 12 cents, or 0.19 per cent, to $64.77 on 388,949 shares. The company’s subsidiary No Frills says a new clothing line celebrating savvy discount shoppers will launch its online store on Monday. The four-decade old chain says the Hauler brand is born from customers’ loyalty to their local No Frills shops and excitement around previous No-Frills branded swag.last_img read more

With Trump the Idea of Palestinian State Vanishes Israeli Minister

Rabat – For Israeli Education Minister, Naftali Bennett, the idea of a Palestinian state vanished when Donald Trump was elected U.S. President last Tuesday.According to Aljazeera, the Israeli politician, heads right-wing religious party Israeli Home, called upon Israelis to abandon any idea of allowing Palestinians to have their own state.He explained that this would be possible now that Trump won the election in the United States, “This is the position of the President Elect … the era of a Palestinian state is over.” Bennett is not the only voice calling for the disregard of the right of Palestinians to establish an independent state. Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s Justice Minister and member of the same Orthodox Jewish party, has also called on Trump to overlook  previous US policies and move Israel’s capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The minister is hopeful that Trump will follow through on his promises.Relocation of the Israeli capital to Jerusalem is supported by another Israeli cabinet member, Tzipi Hotovely, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.This relocation would effectively cancel the possibility of a Palestinian state since the Palestinians’ desired location for a state capital is Eastern Jerusalem.  This would not be possible if Israel take ownership of the entire city.Israel’s opposition leader, Isaac Herzog, who cheered for Trump’s victory at the polls, addressed him saying:“I am confident in the security and economic alliance between the US and Israel.  As our strongest ally, we will be strengthened under your presidency.”Israel’s Prime Minister, in his turn, described Donald Trump as “Israel’s true friend.”Edited by Constance Guindon read more

Magna pays Frank Stronach 473million in 2012

AURORA, Ont. — Auto parts company Magna International Inc. paid founder Frank Stronach a total compensation package worth nearly $47.3-million in 2012, up from nearly $41-million in 2011.[np_storybar title=”Where’s the public outrage over sky-high CEO pay?” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/03/28/say-on-pay-gets-vote-of-approval/”%5D The annual sticker shock of CEO pay may be wearing off. As Canadian companies head into proxy season, so far there seems to be less public outrage over executive compensation. Could it be that a decade of frantic governance reforms has curbed, even slowed, the pace of executive pay increases? Is the public so inured to these stratospheric salaries and bonuses, they’re no longer a lightning rod for protest? Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Stronach, who resigned from the Magna board last year, was paid $44.3-million in a cash profit sharing bonus, a $2.3-million consulting fee, $107,000 for company vehicles and $609,000 for personal use of corporate aircraft, according to regulatory documents filed ahead of the company’s annual meeting.That compared with a $68,000 in salary, a $38.1-million cash profit sharing bonus, a $2.3-million consulting fee, $101,000 for company vehicles and $414,000 in personal use of corporate aircraft in 2011.In 2010, Stronach gave up control of the company and became a consultant with Magna.As part of the deal, he earns a percentage of the company’s profits.The payments are being gradually phased out and will be eliminated at the end of 2014.Meanwhile, the documents show that Magna chief executive Donald Walker earned a total of $16.9-million, up from $15-million.In 2012, Walker earned a salary of $325,000, $5.4-million in share-based awards, $2.7-million in option-based awards, an $8-million cash bonus plus $376,000 in other compensation.That compared with a salary of $310,500, $3.5-million in share-based awards, $3.9-million in option-based awards, a $6.9-million cash bonus plus $383,000 in other compensation.Magna is one of the world’s largest auto parts suppliers with more than 300 factories and 88 product development, engineering and sales centres around the world.The Canadian Press read more

Government records drop in foreign debt

However, the outstanding total debt reached an all time high of Rs 3272 billion in June 2014 under the previous government and the lowest recorded was Rs 70 billion in 1986 under the then government of President J.R. Jayewardena. According to statistic available at the General Treasury the annual debt servicing during the 2015 is estimated to be Rs 1,265 billion. The Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake said that most of the foreign debt obtained by the previous government was at commercial interest rate up to 8 percent.The Minister said that the new government has retired some of these debts which were obtained at higher interest rate and obtained new debt under the lower rate of interest. As a result the government’s debt servicing interest rate to GDP ratio has come down to 3.5 percent from the earlier rate of 5 percent. As envisaged in the budget -2015 the approved amount of commercial loans to be taken in this year is Rs 195 billion of which the government has so far obtained 43 billion rupees which is only a 22 percent. But, according to the General Treasury, the total outstanding government debt increased by 8.8 percent to Rs. 7,390 billion by end of 2014 from Rs. 6,793 billion in 2013. Meanwhile the minister said that the government revenue in the first six month of the year has gone up by 18 percent to Rs 703 billion when compared with the corresponding period in 2014. The revenue reported in the first six months of 2014 was Rs 596 billion. The increase in the government revenue and the curtailing of extravagance expenditures of the previous government with efficient financial management by the new government led to managing the public debt efficiently under the new government.The Finance Ministry said that even the Standard and Poor’s rating has confirmed Sri Lanka’s ‘B+’ rating with a stable outlook expressing the hope that Sri Lanka’s foreign reserve will grow and the external debt will fall in the next three years as the risks associated with the external settings are mitigated by growing foreign reserve. As at present country’s international reserve remain at US $ 7.5 billion. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka’s foreign debt under the new government has decreased while maintaining the foreign reserve at US $ 7.5 billion, the Finance Ministry said in a statement.The Finance Ministry said that Sri Lanka has borrowed only 43 billion rupees in the first half of this year as external debt. The Minister of Finance attributed this lower amount recorded to the efficient manner in which the reforms introduced by the new government to the public administration and the financial management. read more

UN officials congratulate Pope Francis on assuming leadership of Catholic Church

“I look forward to continuing cooperation between the United Nations and the Holy See, under the wise leadership of His Holiness Pope Francis,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement issued immediately after the announcement was made at the Vatican.“We share many common goals – from the promotion of peace, social justice and human rights, to the eradication of poverty and hunger – all core elements of sustainable development,” he added. “We also share the conviction that we can only resolve the interconnected challenges of today’s world through dialogue. I am certain that His Holiness will continue to build on the legacy of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, in the promotion of inter-faith dialogue which is at the heart of the Alliance of Civilizations initiative.”Mr. Al-Nasser, the High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, which aims to improve understanding and cooperation between cultures and religions, said he looks forward to future cooperation in promoting the vision of inter-religious dialogue, the principles of peace, tolerance and co-existence, which constitute the core of the mission of the Alliance.“Through mutual cooperation between the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the Vatican, they can both advance the cause of peace and build bridges of understanding and dialogue instead of divisiveness and hatred,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.The 76-year-old new Pope hails from Argentina. The High Representative noted that his selection is “a reflection of the strength of Latin America, a region with a rich heritage and a well-recognized legacy around the globe.” read more

UK could hand back millions from Harrods big spender to Azerbaijan

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The £15 million Knightsbridge home of Zamira HajiyevaCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph The £15 million Knightsbridge home of Zamira Hajiyeva Mr Justice Supperstone has ordered that she must comply with the UWO order and explain how she acquired her wealth. Her lawyers, who issued a statement insisting the order did not imply any wrongdoing on behalf of their client, are arguing that she is the wife of a legitimate businessman.Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Mr Toon said if the agency won their case the would used the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to apply to the courts to seize a number of her properties.Asked who would then have a right to claim that wealth, he said: “Ultimately, that becomes a political and international issue.“So, in the first instance the value of those assets would come into the UK Government, and then there is a direct engagement between the originating country of the money and the UK about the extent of repatriation.”Mr Hajiyev had worked for Azerbaijan’s state-owned bank and so that country’s government would be able to claim a right to clawing bakc any funds fraudulently used by Mrs Hajiyeva that they believe were obtained by her husband from their bank.Mr Toon added that other eight people currently being pursued by the agency under the  Unexplained Wealth Order powers came from Africa, South Asia, states with in the former Soviet Union and Russia. Her husband, Jahangir Hajiyev, the former chairman of the the International Bank of Azerbaijan, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in 2016 for defrauding the bank out of £2.2 billion.The National Crime Agency claims Mrs Hajiyeva had used funds raised fraudulently to fund property purchases in the UK. Britain may hand back millions of pounds seized from the Harrods ‘big spender’ to Azerbaijan, the National Crime Agency chief has said.Donald Toon, the agency’s director of economic crime, has revealed that if the High Court rules Zamira Hajiyeva had used fraudulent funds any property and money seized from her would be returned to her native country.He outlined how the High Court battle surrounding the UK’s first Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) would see any confiscated cash become a “political and international issue”.Mrs Hajiyeva, 55, was named yesterday as being at the centre of a McMafia style financial investigation amid allegations that she used her husband’s stolen money to fund a lavish lifestyle.The Azerbaijan national has lived in Knightsbridge for more than a decade during which time she has spent more than £16 million in the Harrods department store. Her five-bedroom house is worth £15 million and she also bought the Mill Ride golf and country club in Ascot for £10.5 million. read more

LETTER GRANGER – Rewrites Grading System

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAgainst public outcry: President says 14% VAT on private education remainsMarch 2, 2017In “Business”Keeping VAT on education: O’Toole, others blasts Govt’s ‘unilateral’ decisionApril 15, 2017In “Business”Letter: Guyana will be further impoverishedApril 10, 2017In “Letters” I am flabbergasted that  the President  give himself and the government a Grade A and at the same time his Minister of Finance, defends the taxing on Education as something good.   This demonstrates the incoherent strategies employed by this government.   The failed socialist policies are once again coming to the forefront.  I am now suspicious that the objective and intent of this Government is to fail? and as a result see mass migration for which they would benefit at the polls.Many ordinary citizens choose to send their children to private schools due to many reasons instead of the Public Schools.   This should be beneficial to the Government, as they save our tax payers money to put back in the public education system.  Simple equation, teachers still have to be hired whether public or private, children still have to get an education, why then tax the private system?   The money the government saves on not having to expand the current buildings or pay measly wages to public teachers, should allow them to put it back in to the economy.   Simply nonsense by the President and his Finance Minister.President Granger basically is setting the stage for his campaign 2020 or before message.  Sorry, Citizens we had to clean up the PPP mess therefore the economy had to collapse.   One just had to examine the numbers pre-1992 when the PNC was voted out compared to the numbers at 2015 when the PPP was voted out and would realize the madness at this statement by the President. It signals the President is out of touch with the perils that the citizenry is confronted with during the past 18 months. The diameter of issues ranging from high crime rates to extremely high taxes.The economy was booming prior to 2015, jobs were there, money was in circulation, our exchange rate was stable, the tax system was netting enough to keep the economy flowing, transformative projects were put in place, then what the heck is the President talking about? Any common person can tell you that their lives are much harder now than it was prior to May 2015.The question for each of us?  If the PPP had left such a mess, and it will take five years to clean up, then as you clean up, much more money should be in circulation in the economy.  This is not so Mr. President, your economic policies have a stamp of failure written all over it.   We need to get on with the business of managing our nation.    Ask your Finance Minister to give you measurable indicators before you make statements that your Government should get a Grade A, for incompetence maybe.The foreign currency earners are taking a beating from this government as they are starved of support , just have a quick look at Sugar production which is at an all-time low, Capital Flight on the rise with Exchange Rates regulations- a proven failed policy, Exchange Rates on the Rise, and sliding sporadically, declining GDP after decades of solid growth are just some of the indicators.  Citizens complaining of the new 200+ Taxes on their livelihood, housing market collapse, forestry sector sharp decline,  discretionary dollars much less for each family, VAT on Water and Electricity. In arriving at a Grade A , I would like to see your score sheet. Mr. President, ‘ c’mon man.’Peter R. Ramsaroop read more

Fiveday week water and everything else happening in Leinster House today

first_imgEverything else that’s happening in the Committees Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…One thing we’ll be keeping an eye onIt’s a five-day week for Senators – making a change from some of the five day weekends they’ve had recently – as the upper house gets through several pieces of legislation the government hopes to have passed by Christmas.Everything else that’s happening in the DáilBut while Senators will be in Leinster House for the whole week, TDs will only be sitting on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, as it stands.Everything that’s happening in the SeanadSenators begin their day with the usual Order of Business where everything and anything discussed from 2pm. The first bill before the house this week is the Local Government Bill, which overhauls local government by reducing the number of councillors and abolishing town councils ahead of next year’s local elections. Discussion on second stage begins at 3pm.At 7pm, senators will discuss the second stage of the Pyrite Resolution Bill 2013 which will provide for remedial works on affected homes in the New Year.Then at 8.30pm we have the report stage of the Water Services Bill, which transfers powers for water provision in the State from local authorities to the new agency Irish Water.At 10.30pm, it’s Matters on the Adjournment before the Seanad itself adjournscenter_img No committees today but they will be sitting tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click herelast_img read more

Theresa May is heading north for a Scottish independence showdown with Nicola

first_imgTheresa May is heading north for a Scottish independence showdown with Nicola Sturgeon It comes as the British PM prepares to rigger Article 50. By AFP 11,923 Views Image: Jamie Simpson/Herald and Times Mar 27th 2017, 12:09 PM https://jrnl.ie/3308844 Monday 27 Mar 2017, 12:09 PM Share48 Tweet Email1 center_img Image: Jamie Simpson/Herald and Times 76 Comments BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May travels to Scotland today to try to avert its independence bid while also fighting a political crisis in Northern Ireland in the frantic final days before she launches Brexit.With Britain still reeling from a terror attack at the gates of parliament, May is preparing to embark on a journey out of the European Union this week that will change Britain and the EU forever.Ahead of her talks with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, May said she wanted “a more united nation” and would fight for the interests of all parts of Britain once exit negotiations with Brussels begin.But Sturgeon wants Scotland to remain in the European single market when the rest of Britain leaves and the Edinburgh parliament is expected to back her call for a new independence referendum with a vote on Tuesday.May will send a letter to EU President Donald Tusk with Britain’s formal departure notification on Wednesday, opening up a two-year negotiating window before Britain actually leaves the bloc in 2019.The Sunday Times newspaper reported that the letter would run to eight pages and British media said it would be handed over in person by Britain’s EU envoy Tim Barrow.May will also on Wednesday address British MPs on Brexit, nine months after the country voted by 52% in favour of leaving the EU, the first country to do so.The EU is expected to provide an initial response by Friday and an EU summit on April 29 will come up with a more detailed strategy but the talks themselves are not expected to start until May at the earliest.‘We want a deal’ The prospect of those negotiations breaking down and the UK leaving with no deal in place is a growing concern for UK business leaders and among pro-EU politicians on both sides of the Channel.The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier last week warned that no deal could create queues at the port of Dover, disrupt air traffic in and out of Britain and even see the transport of nuclear material suspended.“We want a deal,” Barnier told reporters, after May said that “no deal is better than a bad deal”.Barnier also said Britain must “settle the accounts” after EU officials said Britain faced an exit bill of around €60 billion– likely to be a major bone of contention in the negotiations. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Pro-EU protesters at Westminster on Saturday. Source: DPA/PA Images/PA ImagesThe launch of Brexit, which has raised wider questions about European integration, will come just days after EU leaders celebrated the 60th anniversary of the bloc’s founding treaty in Rome with a declaration in favour a “multi-speed Europe”.Tens of thousands of pro-EU demonstrators took to the streets of London and other European cities on Saturday but for many Britons the country’s departure cannot come soon enough.‘Out of control’ BrexiteersThe run-up to the historic moment has been particularly frenzied for May, who had to be rushed out of the British parliament last Wednesday after an attacker went on a rampage outside the gates.Briton Khalid Masood, 52, ran over and killed three pedestrians before stabbing a police officer to death and then himself being shot dead just inside the gates of the symbol of Britain’s democracy.Scotland and Northern Ireland are providing two further headaches for Conservative leader May.In Northern Ireland, an 11th-hour solution is being sought to the political deadlock in Belfast following the collapse in January of the province’s power-sharing executive.Northern Ireland voted for the UK to stay in the European Union and the border is a major concern for negotiators. March for Europe rally against Brexit in Parliament Square, London Source: Matt Crossick/PA ImagesScotland also voted overwhelmingly for Britain to stay in the EU.As well as exposing deep rifts between different parts of the country, the Brexit vote showed up the divide between the haves and the have-nots of globalisation and the raw wounds from the global financial crisis and years of austerity.It also highlighted turmoil in the Conservative Party — which is now divided between a hardcore of “Brexiteers” and more moderate MPs who have said they want smoother conditions for the departure.Some Conservative MPs were quoted by The Times newspaper today saying they could vote against the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972, which enshrines Britain’s EU membership, “if negotiations are going badly and Brexiteers are out of control”.© – AFP 2017Read: Juncker calls Brexit ‘a tragedy’ as he says UK’s final bill will be around €58 billion >Read: Theresa May will trigger Article 50 next Wednesday > Short URLlast_img read more

Weather Eye Days get shorter but its still glorious summer

first_imgI noticed Tuesday evening that the sun is still setting to the northwest, but it also is setting quite a bit earlier than it was. I get used to the longer hours of daylight, and then it seems to catch up with me all of a sudden. I know, I hate to mention it, but the longer daylight hours of summer are waning. The good side is that it is still mid-summer!Our forecast remains the same: basically dry through the end of the month, with seasonal temperatures at or times a little below. Perhaps August will bring some hot 90-degree days that will linger in our minds when the chilly wet weather rolls around.Wednesday was clear and sunny all day, with highs getting back up there in the mid-80s with light breezes. East of the mountains, it was generally in the 90s, and even around Puget Sound it was 80 degrees. Summer in all its glory!Looking at our July weather records through Wednesday, it appears we will end up with a drier-than-average month. Only 0.24 of an inch is recorded in the rain bucket this month. The average mean temperature is only slightly above average and will most likely end up fairly close to average.Viewing the sunsets, you may see hazy or colorful displays as smoke particles from Asia drift overhead. They are from fires burning across Siberia. We will be on the receiving end of the smoke particles the rest of the summer, causing hazy skies at times but also some pretty sunsets.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.last_img read more

How to contact your legislators

first_img17th Legislative DistrictIncludes Vancouver east of I-205, spanning from the Columbia River waterfront to Northeast 219th Street, including Orchards, Brush Prairie and Pleasant Valley.Sen. Don Benton, R-VancouverPhone: 360-786-7632Email: don.benton@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://donbenton.src.wastateleg.orgOlympia office: 409 Legislative Building, P.O. Box 40417, Olympia, WA 98504Rep. Paul Harris, R-VancouverPhone: 360-786-7976Email: paul.harris@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://houserepublicans.wa.gov/paul-harris/Olympia office: 403 John L. O’Brien Building, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504Rep. Lynda Wilson, R-VancouverPhone: 360-786-7994Email: lynda.wilson@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://houserepublicans.wa.gov/lynda-wilson/Olympia office: 418 John L. O’Brien Building, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504 18th Legislative DistrictIncludes a large portion of north Clark County, including Ridgefield, La Center, Yacolt, and part of Battle Ground. Also stretches south to encompass Felida, Camas and Washougal.Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La CenterPhone: 360-786-7634Email: ann.rivers@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://annrivers.src.wastateleg.orgOlympia office: 405 Legislative Building, P.O. Box 40418, Olympia, WA 98504Rep. Liz Pike, R-CamasPhone: 360-786-7812Email: liz.pike@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://houserepublicans.wa.gov/liz-pikeOlympia office: 122B Legislative Building, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504Rep. Brandon Vick, R-FelidaPhone: 360-786-7850Email: brandon.vick@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://houserepublicans.wa.gov/brandon-vickOlympia office: 469 John L. O’Brien Building, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 9850449th Legislative DistrictIncludes Vancouver west of Interstate 205 and Hazel Dell.Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-VancouverPhone: 360-786-7696Email: annette.cleveland@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://sdc.wastateleg.org/cleveland/Olympia office: 220 John A. Cherberg Building, P.O. Box 40449, Olympia, WA 98504Rep. Jim Moeller, D-VancouverPhone: 360-786-7872Email: jim.moeller@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://housedemocrats.wa.gov/roster/rep-jim-moellerOlympia office: 430 Legislative Building, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-VancouverPhone: 360-786-7924Email: sharon.wylie@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://housedemocrats.wa.gov/roster/rep-sharon-wylieOlympia office: 310 John L. O’Brien Building, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 9850420th Legislative DistrictReaches into northern Clark County, including Woodland.Sen. John Braun, R-CentraliaPhone: 360-786-7638Email: john.braun@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://johnbraun.src.wastateleg.orgOlympia office: 407 Legislative Building, P.O. Box 40420, Olympia, WA 98504Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-KalamaPhone: 360-786-7990Email: ed.orcutt@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://houserepublicans.wa.gov/ed-orcuttOlympia office: 408 John L. O’Brien Building, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-ChehalisPhone: 360-786-7896Email: richard.debolt@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://houserepublicans.wa.gov/richard-deboltOlympia office: 425A Legislative Building, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 9850414th Legislative DistrictReaches into portions of eastern Clark County, north of Washougal River Road and south of the East Fork Lewis River.Sen. Curtis King, R-YakimaPhone: 360-786-7626Email: curtis.king@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://curtisking.src.wastateleg.orgOlympia office: 305 John A. Cherberg Building, P.O. Box 40414, Olympia, WA 98504Rep. Norm Johnson, R-YakimaPhone: 360-786-7810Email: norm.johnson@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://houserepublicans.wa.gov/norm-johnsonOlympia office: 122C Legislative Building , P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504Gina McCabe, R-GoldendalePhone: 360-786-7856Email: gina.mccabe@leg.wa.govWebsite: http://houserepublicans.wa.gov/gina-mccabe/Olympia office: 431 John L. O’Brien Building, Olympia, WA 98504last_img read more

Meghan Markles outrageous demand while in public Duchess of Sussex taking things

first_imgMeghan MarkleThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex Official Instagram (sussexroyal)It looks like Meghan Markle may not be the people’s Duchess after all. Reportedly, the Duchess of Sussex appeared at Wimbledon last week to cheer on Serena Williams on Centre Court but according to one spectator, the Duchess made one bold demand while there.Meghan Markle is a celebrity. As a former Hollywood star and now a Royal, Meghan Markle has one of the most famous faces in the world. However, according to a media consultant who was seated close to the royal during her Wimbledon experience, Meghan made a request for those seated nearby to respect her privacy when taking photos.It is no secret that Meghan Markle values her privacy and protects it fiercely, even if it rubs some people the wrong way. Namely the public and the press. But Meghan might be taking things a little too far. Reported by The Daily Telegraph, Sally Jones, was ordered not to take any pictures because Meghan was at the event “in a private capacity.”  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesHaving been informed of the request by a royal protection officer, Ms. Jones insisted that it was yet another “another example of silly control freakery.”Ms. Jones added: “I think this royal protection officer was quite embarrassed. Meghan Markle may be entitled to her privacy. But to not allow other people to enjoy a public sporting event the way they want to might be a little too much. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, a palace source said: “It’s not unusual for people accompanying Members of the Royal Family at private, or public, events to ask members of the public not to take photographs…..It is to enable Members of the Royal Family to engage with people and events.”If this is the kind of engagement with the public the Palace is referring to then people might not want to interact with the Royals at all.last_img read more

Media personality Muhammad Jahangir no more

first_imgMedia personality Muhammad Jahangir. File photoMuhammad Jahangir, a noted media personality and executive director of Centre for Development Communication, died at a hospital in the capital early Wednesday. He was 68.Jahangir, a journalist and younger brother of Noble laureate Yunus, breathed his last around 12:40am at Asgar Ali Hospital in the city, said Tanbirul Islam, assistant general manager of Yunus Centre.He had been suffering from cancer. He was admitted to the hospital on Monday and kept on life support.He left behind his wife, one daughter, three sons and a host of relatives to mourn his death.last_img read more

May 17th

first_imgA memory from a young Baltimore woman whose life was changed radically by the landmark Brown v Board decision of 1954. May 17, 1954 marked a defining moment in the history of the United States. The Supreme Court declared the doctrine of “separate but equal” unconstitutional and handed The NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund the most celebrated victory in its storied history. Reversing the 1896 the Supreme Court’s decision that separate but equal educational facilities for Negroes were legal. I’m sure you’ve seen the film and pictures of all of the White women upset about their children going to school with Black children. On that evening in May, like everyone in America who had a TV, I was watching the 10 inch black and white television; witnessing the drama being played out. In New York I had gone to Catholic School with a little redhead boy named Greenberg. At Holy Providence for Negros and Indians in Cornwells Heights, Pa., the convent where I was a boarding student; we were taught the Great Books and nothing about being a Negro or an Indian. In Saipan I was in school with children who looked like me and spoke a different language. Together we learned to eat Spam. Therefore, I could not imagine why these women did not want their children to go to school with me. To be perfectly honest I was more interested in the events of Baltimore than going to school. In the fall of 1953 Baltimore came alive. The electricity in the air was palpable. The Baltimore Colts had moved to town. Everyone, Black and white, welcomed the Colts with open arms. Baltimore was the Colts and the Colts were Baltimore. The great Buddy Young became my neighbor. Imagine, I could babysit for his family. One of the first Blacks to play pro football (after the “unofficial” ban from 1934 to 1945) Buddy Young #22, experienced the humiliations of prejudice. But Buddy Young always insisted that the worst prejudice he encountered was against his size being the shortest NLF player. He said his size was not a disadvantage and delighted in outsmarting larger opponents who attempted to tackle him. ”They hate to miss the little man, who can make them look foolish, so they hesitate,” he once said. ”That’s beautiful.” With Buddy Young being only a few inches taller than me, I learned to love my short genes. April 15, 1954, one month before the Brown v. BOE, big-league baseball came to town when the St. Louis Browns arrived with the new name The Baltimore Orioles for the 1954 season. The 1954 Opening Day Parade made its way through downtown. I love a parade. At the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Camden Station, the Orioles – having traveled from Detroit, stepped off the train and into Baltimore’s version of wonderland. Other than the traditional “Animal Walk” Circus Parade coming to town with the a herd of 18 elephants, trunk to tail in chain gang style, leading the way from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus trains pulling the tents and the roustabouts dressed up as clowns, offered a dose of magic not obtainable anywhere else. The 1954 Opening Day Parade was the biggest parade I could remember. Baltimore had no Beltway, no Harbor Tunnel, and no Jones Falls Expressway. Working farms prospered inside the city; Howard Street was rows of beautiful bustling segregated department stores. Banana boats offloaded their bushels onto wharves where the Inner Harbor now stands. I loved the sight of the ships in the harbor, the sounds of streetcar trolleys on the cobblestone streets, the taste of the juicy red plug from the watermelon man (A-rabbers) with his horse-drawn cart. People took such pride in their white marble steps, and oh, how I hated polishing the brass railing lining those white steps. Mrs. Johnson, our next-door neighbor, was out to see that I did it right. The character of each neighborhood was on display. The descendants from Eastern European neighborhoods painted beautiful religious scenes on the front window screen. Anyway, that 17th day in May, when the decision was handed down, in that same TV news broadcast with the White women screaming and yelling, there was the very gracious, calm Mrs. Mildred Coughlin the principal of Western High School, beautifully styled white hair and dressed in a soft pink suit. I was taken aback by her comment, and I quote, “I will never see a colored girl graduate from my school.” Her school, Western High School, was one of the high class schools in Baltimore. At that time, some schools in Baltimore were not only segregated by race and they were also segregated by gender. The top schools in Baltimore were all that way, male and female. Western High School was the best, of all girl schools. Baltimore became the first City in the United States to integrate public schools.Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (BPI) had an unusually advanced and difficult college engineering “A” preparatory curriculum. After a law suit by the Baltimore Urban League and the NAACP on behalf of 16 Black male students, a settlement was reached. In the fall of 1952, Elmer (Buddy) W. German Jr. and his lifelong friend Victor Dates were among the first Black males to attend BPI. One cold day in winter of 1954 Buddy walked away. His mother was stunned, she was so proud of her oldest son. “Mom, yes my grades are good, yes I can keep up and no I cannot not tolerate the harassment any longer. He transferred to Douglass High School to graduate in 1956. In complete candor Buddy German was my best friend’s brother and my “starter husband.” May 1954, Walter Sondheim Jr. became president of the Board of School Commissioners of Baltimore City immediately after the Brown vs. Board decision and instantaneously implemented desegregation throughout the city. The NAACP, along with CORE, the Urban League, other civil rights organizations and the AFRO had actively pushed Maryland into being the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to accept the Brown decision. As the gateway to the south, Maryland and especially Baltimore needed to be seen by the world as being able to implement civil rights objectives before the south would even give it a try. Gov. Theodore McKeldin, on May 17, refused an invitation by Southern governors to consider plans for circumventing the Supreme Court’s decision. June 1954, Dr. John H. Fisher, superintendent of schools for Baltimore, detailed a four point program of integration for all public schools. The Board of Education approved unanimously. By the end of August, I was told we would go to “her school,” Western High School. There were five of us and we were hand-picked to start September 7, 1954, in the 11th grade, which was the junior year. Western High School was on Center Street a half block away from the AFRO building on Eutaw Street where my, Elizabeth Murphy Oliver, was firmly ensconced; this made perfect sense to pick me. However, on the other side of town, things did not go so smoothly. Oct. 4, 1954, near City Hall, a group of white students from Baltimore schools demonstrated against integration. Police held back white students at Southern High. Three days earlier, many students, led by their parents, boycotted classes in protest. Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro, who had the city build 87 new schools, providing new facilities for Black students who had been relegated to inferior segregated buildings, prior to Brown v. BOE, appealed for “cool heads” to prevail. The administration of Baltimore held to their commitment of school integration. At Western High School students and teachers were very nice; at least no one was ugly. No one was overt, it was covert racism. No one spoke to me. I suppose their parents had taught them if you cannot say something nice, do not say anything at all. The five of us were in different classes, different curriculums, so we weren’t together. No shared class notes, no social activities, none of the things that go along with high school. The entire time in school was spent very quiet. I guess in retrospect that was good because I learned a lot. I didn’t have anything else to do. And even if I had told my mother no one would speak to me, her first comment would have been, “You’re not supposed to be talking in school, and you’re supposed to be learning.” As you may suspect, I love to talk. Anyway we got through. May of 1956, just before graduation, we had done all we were supposed to do. Mrs. Coughlin, the principal, had been courteous to us; she had never been unkind or anything like that. However, just before graduation, Mrs. Coughlin turned her face to the wall and died. She never saw a colored girl graduate from her school. Now, I took it very personal, and as you can see it’s been 58 years and I will get over it- just not today. “Although the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown was ultimately unanimous, it occurred only after a hard-fought, multi-year campaign to persuade all nine justices to overturn the “separate but equal” doctrine that their predecessors had endorsed in the Court’s infamous 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision,” explains the NAACP’s Legal Defense profile of the historic ruling that redefined the history of the United States. “This campaign was conceived in the 1930s by Charles Hamilton Houston, then Dean of Howard Law School, and brilliantly executed in a series of cases over the next two decades by his star pupil, Thurgood Marshall, who became LDF’s first Director-Counsel.” The drama took place in the towns and cities across the South, to the greater woe of the white bigots, but it will pass into history as something that has happened to us all, children of this age, and it will remain in our lives forever. Read more on Afro.com and the AFRO’s Facebook page.last_img read more

VIDEO UNC fans flooded Franklin Street after beating Gonzaga things were burned

first_imgChapel Thrill. Madness on Franklin Street!! What a night!! #UNCOn2 #NCAAChampionship @WFMY pic.twitter.com/muk5fBBSuR— Chad Silber (@ChadSilber) April 4, 2017 Here’s the Franklin Street flood at normal speed: Things were burned:Franklin Street last night was unreal #nattychamps pic.twitter.com/YDLO8W5vot— Dave-O (@Mdpjr91998Jr) April 4, 2017 Fireworks? Check.Fireworks on Franklin Street pic.twitter.com/HMqRL5KboC— ɐnnɐ (@annamortona) April 4, 2017 Advertisement Franklin Street in Chapel Hill was the place to be last night after Carolina took down Gonzaga to win their sixth national championship.As soon as the final buzzer sounded, the Carolina students and fans flooded Franklin Street and got the party started.Here’s a time lapse of Franklin Street going from empty, to national championship celebration mode:Beautiful! RT @UNC: This time-lapse ? of Franklin Street is everything #GoHeels #NationalChampionship pic.twitter.com/nxX6oKy8G4— Bobby Shaw (@Ayo_Nick704) April 4, 2017last_img read more

The Cardinals may be awaiting a scan on injured sa

first_imgThe Cardinals may be awaiting a scan on injured safety Adrian Wilson, but they are not wasting any time bringing in some backup for him.On Monday morning the team announced that they had re-signed safety Matt Ware. To make room for him on the roster the team waived injured tackle Brad Thorson.While Ware’s six tackles in 14 games is nothing compared to Wilson’s 88 in 16 games, the Cardinals are in a position where they need depth at safety depending on whether Wilson is forced to miss time. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   center_img With any luck, Wilson’s injury will be short-lived and Ware can be brought in to add depth to a position the Cardinals had short-staffed to begin with. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more