India exporting defence equipment to friendly countries Defence ministry official

first_imgKolkata: India is stressing on increasing export of defence equipment to friendly nations and has received requirements from some central Asian countries, a defence ministry official said here on Saturday. The country is already exporting defence equipment to various friendly nations, including the US and those in the Middle-East, South Asia and Africa, Secretary of the Department of Defence Production under the ministry Ajay Kumar said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIndia had produced defence-related equipment worth Rs 80,000 crore in 2018-19, of which Rs 11,000-crore worth armaments were exported, he added. “We are exporting everything related to armaments, but the biggest increase has been in the component level,” Kumar said after the launch of a fast patrol vessel (FPV) manufactured by defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) for the Indian Coast Guard. He added that all types of components made by Indian defence production units were being bought by large and reputed companies worldwide. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “This clearly indicates that our defence industry has the capability to fulfil the requirements of global OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and not just our own requirements,” Kumar said, adding that the country is currently exporting defence equipment to South-East Asia, Middle-East Asia and even to the US. “Many of the global OEMs we are exporting to are US-listed. We are also exporting to South Asia, Africa and have also received requirements from countries in central Asia,” he said. The country is indigenously manufacturing warships, fighter jets, helicopters, trainer aircraft and efforts are always on to use the latest technology for the purpose, he added. Kumar said the naval shipyards were ahead in indigenous production, manufacturing warships like corvettes, frigates, destroyers and also submarines and aircraft carriers. He said there were three or four companies in the country that made artillery guns, including the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), which was making state-of-the-art long-range guns and tanks. “We are continuously making efforts to use the latest technology for the productions and also to increase capacity,” he said. Lauding the GRSE for becoming the first naval shipyard in the country to manufacture 100 warships, a feat that the defence PSU achieved earlier this year, Kumar said the FPV launched on Saturday was indigenously designed. “We have set a goal for the GRSE to manufacture warships for other countries as well,” he said.last_img read more

International group passes on monitoring election due to limited resources

first_imgOTTAWA — An international body that specializes in monitoring elections is skipping this year’s contest in Canada despite concerns about the role of third-party groups, cybersecurity and social media in the campaign.The Organization for Security and Economic Co-operation in Europe, or OSCE, monitored Canada’s federal election in 2015 and recently sent an advance team to determine whether it should return for 2019.The team reported at the end of August, recommending a mission following discussions with the main political parties as well as Elections Canada, several government departments and outside experts.The team said an observation mission could help assess recent changes to the election law, Canada’s effort to protect the election from cyberthreats, and new rules around campaign financing and social media.But Katya Andrusz of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights says the organization has decided not to send an observation mission to Canada because it has already deployed a lot of missions to other countries this year.Dalhousie University professor Lori Turnbull, who talked with the advance team in July, says it is unfortunate the OSCE opted not to send an observation mission given some of the issues that are likely to come up during the campaign.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Habitat For Humanity Carter Work Project In Nepal Has Been Canceled

first_imgHabitat For Humanity International regrets to announce the cancellation of this year’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, formerly scheduled to take place November 1-6, 2015, in the Chitwan District of Nepal.As reported by news media, Nepal has been experiencing civil unrest due to the country’s recent announcement of its new constitution. Habitat has been closely monitoring the situation and new circumstances have proven to be safety risks for volunteers and staff. Currently, many goods and materials coming into the country — including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and cooking fuel, as well as food and medical supplies — have been halted or slowed to a critical point, hindering Habitat’s capacity to effectively and safely execute the planned project.Additionally, the U.S. Embassy located in Kathmandu today issued a message recommending travelers evaluate any upcoming plans in Nepal, stating that due to the nationwide fuel shortage and blockages at the border, “many of the safety measures that would normally be relied on in an emergency situation may become unavailable.”“I am saddened that we have had to cancel this year’s Carter Work Project,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “It’s the first time in 32 years that we have found ourselves in such a position. However, the severity of the shortages has proven to be insurmountable and given the circumstances, we would not be able to guarantee volunteer care and safety. Additionally, a large-scale event like this would only take away precious local resources already in short supply. This has been a difficult decision, but it is the responsible thing to do. We are grateful to our supporters and ask for their understanding and patience at this time.”Habitat for Humanity remains committed to addressing adequate housing needs in the country. Nepali families who were selected as partner homeowners for the project will still be served through local construction resources.“While I am disappointed that we are unable to build in Nepal due to such uncertain circumstances, Rosalynn and I understand and support Habitat’s decision. We will keep the people of Nepal in our prayers and ask everyone to do the same,” said President Jimmy Carter. “We look forward to our ongoing work with Habitat and continuing to help shine the light on the need for affordable housing.”Habitat has been fortunate to receive commitment from 1,500 volunteers from within Nepal and around the world for the 2015 Carter Work Project, and will work directly with them to address questions regarding the unforeseen cancellation of the build in Nepal.last_img read more

Jackson Browne To Perform Two Special Benefit Concerts For The Actors Gang

first_imgSinger songwriter Jackson Browne announces two special benefit concerts for The Actors’ Gang Theatre on March 22 and 29, 2017. The theatre located in Culver City, CA will be selling a limited number of 90 seats per show.Jackson Browne to perform two special benefit concerts for The Actors’ Gang TheatreTickets are available online now at“The Actors Gang Theater is a jewel in the middle of LA – a world-class repertory company under the direction of actor and director Tim Robbins. They have staged their innovative productions here for years and taken them throughout the world, and I’ve been fortunate to see many of them,” says Jackson Browne. “They also work in the prison system here, and there is a continuity that runs through their theater work and their work on behalf of social justice. Their recent productions of Harlequino: On to Freedom, The Exonerated, and Lyrics From Lockdown gave me the idea of doing a residency in support of their work, and introducing this brilliant theater to my audience.”Jackson Browne will perform an acoustic show, joined by longtime backing vocalists Chavonne Stewart and Alethea Mills.“Jackson Browne has been an artist that not only has created classic music that has resonated throughout the past five decades but has consistently been a godfather and mentor of young musicians in Los Angeles and throughout the world,” says Tim Robbins. “Those that have had the pleasure to work with Jackson know that his heart is as large as his talent. We are honored and blessed to welcome Jackson Browne, a great friend and longtime supporter of The Actors’ Gang, to our stage.”Since 1982, The Actors’ Gang has created and presented over 150 bold, original works and reinterpretations of classics. Based in Los Angeles the Gang has performed its unique style of theater in 45 States in the US and throughout the world on five continents.The groundbreaking Actors Gang Prison Project has expanded to ten California prisons serving incarcerated women, men and children with rehabilitation programs that reduce tensions in prisons and significantly reduce the recidivism rate.Thousands of children in Los Angeles public schools have discovered confidence and creativity with our Actors’ Gang Education Department in school immersion and after school programs. Classes encourage acceptance, respect and team building in a fun and effective way. For more information, please visit us in our theater or online at The Actors’ Gang Theatre is located at 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 9023last_img read more

Fraser River battle over sockeye salmon continues

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s summer time and that means fishing season is open on the West Coast as the sockeye salmon return to the mighty Fraser River.But this also means another round of hand-wringing and finger-pointing over decisions on who gets to put their nets in the water.Decades of declining fish stocks have led some to call for the end of commercial fishing.As APTN National News reporter Rob Smith tells us, the professionals are not ready to park their boats.last_img

Traditional chiefs in Nova Scotia meet to talk about return to power

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsThe push to revive traditional Indigenous leadership is gaining momentum in the Atlantic region.With the federal government talking about getting rid of the Indian Act, a hereditary chief says the original governments can pave the way forward.troache@aptn.calast_img

Ban Kimoon deplores killing of aid workers in Somalia

28 January 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the brutal roadside bombing in Somalia that killed three aid workers and reportedly also claimed the life of a local journalist. Offering his condolences to the victims’ families, Mr. Ban reminded the country’s Government “of its obligation to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian workers operating in Somalia,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson, and he also called on authorities to mount a thorough investigation of the attack.The statement noted that Mr. Ban “is also deeply concerned about the security of civilians and aid workers in Somalia and reminds all parties in the country that they have a responsibility under international law to protect them at all times.”Media reports say the four people were killed after the bomb detonated today near the southern Somali town of Kismayo. The three aid workers who lost their lives served with Médecins Sans Frontières. read more

UNs Ban Kimoon congratulates Cyprus leaders on progress toward talks

24 March 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders on their agreement to start full-fledged negotiations within three months on resolving the long-running dispute on the Mediterranean island. “The United Nations stands ready to lend its full support to the Cypriot people in their efforts to reach a settlement,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Michele Montas, said today in New York.A meeting between the Greek Cypriot leader, Demetris Christofias, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat, was hosted by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Michael Møller, last Friday. Mr. Ban “warmly” welcomed the leaders’ decisions to set up a number of working groups and technical committees in advance of talks, and said that their agreement on the opening of a crossing at Ledra Street in Nicosia as soon as technically possible “was a positive step forward,” Ms. Montas said.Later this month, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe will go to Cyprus to help the UN determine how it can be as helpful as possible to the success of the process, she added. The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) was established in March 1964 following the outbreak of inter-community violence on the Mediterranean island. The mission is tasked with preventing a recurrence of fighting, contributing to a return to normal conditions and the maintenance of law and order. read more

Ban appoints Frances Alain Le Roy as new UN peacekeeping chief

30 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Alain Le Roy of France as the new head of United Nations peacekeeping, tasked with overseeing almost 110,000 personnel serving in 20 peace operations around the world. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Alain Le Roy of France as the new head of United Nations peacekeeping, tasked with overseeing almost 110,000 personnel serving in 20 peace operations around the world. Mr. Le Roy, 55, will replace Jean-Marie Guéhenno of France, who has held the post since October 2000.“The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Guéhenno’s dedicated service to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations [DPKO] and for his important contribution to the achievement of its goals,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters. “He recalled the strong sense of commitment and professionalism shown consistently by Mr. Guéhenno to the fulfilment of his responsibilities.”As the new Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Le Roy brings to the job an extensive experience in public administration, management and international affairs, both at the political level and in the field. After serving in the private sector as a petroleum engineer, he joined the public service as Sous-préfet, then as Counsellor at the Cour des comptes (French Audit Office). He is currently Conseiller Maître à la Cour des comptes and has served since September last year as Ambassador in charge of the Union for the Mediterranean Initiative – a proposed community of European Union member States and countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea which is set to be established next month. He has previously served the world body as Deputy to the UN Special Coordinator for Sarajevo and Director of Operations for the restoration of essential public services. He also went on missions for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Mauritania and was appointed UN Regional Administrator in Kosovo (West Region).After having been National Coordinator for the Stability Pact for South-east Europe in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was appointed EU Special Representative in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. He was subsequently appointed Assistant Secretary for Economic and Financial Affairs in the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, before serving as the French Ambassador to Madagascar.Mr. Le Roy holds a degree in Engineering from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines de Paris; and a DEA (Master of Advanced Studies) in Economics from Paris I. He also completed the program for senior managers in government at the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. read more

TSX heads higher amid strong German confidence data

The Toronto stock market was higher Tuesday as data pointing to strong German investor optimism eased fears that Europe’s biggest economy could be headed into recession.There was also some major acquisition news in the financial sector. Canada’s Great West Lifeco (TSX:GWO) is buying Irish Life Group for $1.75 billion. Its shares were earlier halted on the TSX but by late morning were down 24 cents to $26.54.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 78.14 points to 12,764.77 while the TSX Venture Exchange dipped 10.82 points to 1,174.83.The Canadian dollar fell 0.65 of a cent to a seven-month low of 98.74 cents US.U.S. indexes were also positive after Germany’s ZEW institute index rose to 48.2 points from 31.5 in January. It was the third monthly increase in a row and above the 36 points expected by market analysts.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 40.43 points to 14,022.19, the Nasdaq composite index was up 8.07 points at 3,200.1 and the S&P 500 index climbed 5.75 points to 1,525.54.The data came as a relief after another economic report last week showed Germany’s economy shrank 0.6 per cent in the fourth quarter. A drop in the first quarter of this year would put it in a technical recession but many economists think the dip was only temporary and that the economy will quickly return to growth.“The slide in German activity has been concerning in recent months so to get the data we got today suggests that there might be some stabilization going on in some of the more bellwether economies there as well,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.However, the optimism was tempered somewhat by worries about the looming sequester in the U.S. That is a huge package of across the board spending cuts worth US$85 billion that are set to take effect at the end of the month unless lawmakers can agree on other cuts that would be more selective.It would cut a big chunk out of American economic growth, a worrisome prospect for a struggling economy.“If it goes into place, which I think is a reasonable potential, you’re looking at about eight-tenths of a per cent drag on the economy this year,” added Fehr. “That’s meaningful when you’re talking about an economy only growing at two per cent (but) the important thing is we’re not talking about a tipping point back into recession.”Last Thursday, JPMorgan Chase cut its forecast for U.S. growth in 2013 to 1.9 per cent from 2.1 per cent, citing the rising odds that the spending reductions will actually take place.Telecoms led TSX gainers, up 1.45 per cent with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) continuing to benefit from a strong earnings report Friday, up $1.34 at $48.66.The financial sector ran ahead 0.8 per cent as Royal Bank (TSX:RY) advanced $1.06 to $64.36.The information technology sector was ahead 0.75 per cent as BlackBerry (TSX:BB) gained 46 cents to $14.69 even as Canaccord Genuity slashed its estimate of BlackBerry BB10 smartphone shipments in February to just 300,000 units, a far cry from its earlier estimate of more than 1.75 million.The equities research unit of Canaccord Financial Inc. (TSX:CF) says its global surveys show initial sales have been mixed for the BlackBerry Z10, with limited supply rather than overwhelming demand behind post-launch shortages at some stores. Elsewhere in the sector, Constellation Software (TSX:CSU) was down $1.87 to $118.13.Prices weakened for oil and copper despite the positive European data.The energy sector was up 0.62 per cent as the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dipped 24 cents to US$95.62 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) was ahead 23 cents to C$31.98.The mining sector lost 0.75 per cent while copper prices fell sharply after several local governments in China announced new measures to restrict financing to potential homebuyers. That triggered concerns about a fresh wave of tightening for the property sector.March copper ticked eight cents lower to US$3.66 a pound. China is the biggest consumer of copper, considered an economic bellwether as it is used in so many industries, including electrical and plumbing in houses. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) was off 16 cents to C$10.78.Inmet Mining Corp. will waive application of a shareholder rights plan that was supposed to take effect hours before the Feb. 27 deadline for First Quantum’s (TSX:FM) hostile $5.1-billion takeover bid. Inmet (TSX:IMN) said Tuesday that its board is taking the action because it has enough time to review and execute all strategic alternatives being considered. Inmet shares lost 93 cents to $69.54 while First Quantum shares was unchanged at $20.02.The gold sector was down 0.65 per cent while April bullion was off $5.50 to US$1,604 an ounce. Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG) advanced 15 cents to C$8.11.In other corporate developments, Google’s stock price topped US$800 for the first time Monday amid renewed confidence in the company’s ability to reap steadily higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the increasingly important mobile device market.The milestone comes more than five years after Google’s shares initially barrelled through $700. At mid-morning, Google stock was slightly off the highs of the morning but still up $8.82 to $801.71.European bourses advanced following the release of the German investment confidence data, with London’s FTSE 100 up 0.86 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX gaining 1.59 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 moving ahead 1.87 per cent. read more

Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 after battery explosions

SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung recalled its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on Friday after finding some of their batteries exploded or caught fire.Samsung’s Note 7s are being pulled from shelves in 10 countries, including South Korea and the United States, just two weeks after the product’s launch. Customers who already bought Note 7s will be able to swap them for new smartphones in about two weeks, said Koh Dong-jin, president of Samsung’s mobile business.He apologized for causing inconvenience and concern to customers.The recall, the first for the new smartphone though not the first for a battery , comes at a crucial moment in Samsung’s mobile business. Apple is expected to announce its new iPhone next week and Samsung’s mobile division was counting on momentum from the Note 7’s strong reviews and higher-than-expected demand.Samsung said it had confirmed 35 instances of Note 7s catching fire or exploding. There have been no reports of injuries related to the problem.The company said it has not found a way to tell exactly which phones may endanger users out of the 2.5 million Note 7s already sold globally. It estimated that about 1 in 42,000 units may have a faulty battery.Samsung didn’t say whether customers should stop using their phones, or whether explosions and fires could happen when the phone wasn’t charging. Consumers who complained publicly said the problem came while the phone was being charged.“The ball is in Samsung’s court to make this right. Consumers want information about what’s going on and peace of mind that this is not going to happen again,” said Ramon Llamas, who tracks mobile devices at research firm IDC. “No one wants to wake up at 1, 2 or 3 (in the morning) and find out your smartphone’s on fire.”He added that while phone combustions are unusual, “35 instances are 35 too many.”This summer, Samsung ran into a quality-control issue with another smartphone, a niche model called the Galaxy S7 Active. Consumer Reports found that the phone didn’t live up to its water-resistance promises. Samsung said that relatively few phones were affected and that it had identified and fixed the manufacturing problem. Samsung said it would replace devices under warranty if it failed, but it declined to let customers swap phones otherwise or to issue a broader recall.On the Note 7, after complaints surfaced online, Samsung found that a battery cell made by one of its two battery suppliers caused the phone to catch fire. Koh refused to name the supplier.“There was a tiny problem in the manufacturing process, so it was very difficult to figure out,” Koh told reporters at a news conference. “It will cost us so much it makes my heart ache. Nevertheless, the reason we made this decision is because what is most important is customer safety.”The phones start at $850 in the U.S., more expensive than most phones. In the U.S., Samsung said it will let customers downgrade to a Galaxy S7 and refund the price difference. Or customers can get a replacement Note 7 as early as next week.Customers’ reports of scorched phones prompted Samsung to conduct extra quality controlling tests and delay shipments of the Note 7s this week before the recall.South Korean high school teacher Park Soo-Jung said she had rushed to buy the new phone, pre-ordering and then activating it on Aug. 19, its official launch date.The 34-year-old living in the port city of Busan said that she was bruised when she rushed out of bed after her phone burst into flames, filling her bedroom with smoke stinking of chemicals.She’s having second thoughts about buying another newly released device, especially after losing all her personal data stored in the destroyed Note 7, she said.“If the exploded phone had burned near my head, I would not have been able to write this post,” she said in a popular online forum Thursday, where she shared a photo of the scorched Note 7 and described dousing the flames.China is not affected by the sales suspension. The company said it used a battery made by another supplier for the Note 7s sold in China.__AP Technology Writer Mae Anderson in New York contributed to this story.__Lee can be reached on Twitter: previous works can be found on: A customer holds a Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 7 smartphone at the headquarters of South Korean mobile carrier KT in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Samsung will issue a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone as soon as this weekend after its investigation on explosion claims found batteries were at fault, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News. (AP Photo/ahn Young-joon) Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 after battery explosions by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Sep 2, 2016 12:30 am MDT Last Updated Sep 2, 2016 at 10:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN chief condemns deadly attacks in Pakistan

In a statement by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Guterres extended his deep condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.“He hopes those responsible for the attacks will be swiftly brought to justice,” read the statement.At about 9:30 AM, local time, on Friday, gunmen attacked the Chinese Consulate in Karachi, also major port city, killing four individuals, including police officers, according to media reports. Three attackers were also killed. The staff inside the Consulate are safe.In a separate attack, the same day, at least 30 people were killed in a bomb attack at a crowded marketplace in Orakzai district, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to media reports.

WEG tests new low speed synchronous motors for large mills

first_imgWEG states that it has successfully tested low speed synchronous motors driven by frequency inverters for mills with dual pinions at its plant in Brazil. As a multinational company, WEG supplies a range of solutions to the mining industry for driving large mills, including low and high speed motors, gearboxes and frequency inverters across the globe. Due to complexity and cost, equipment is usually tested individually; however, for this important project, the whole unit was tested as a complete system before shipment to ensure reliability, as required by the application.WEG’s laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments and test systems within an area of approximately 1,000 m2. The tests were carried out over a period of four weeks and included two 4,700 kW 30-pole synchronous motors connected back-to-back and directly coupled to the shaft. They were driven by medium voltage model MVW01 frequency inverters producing a current of 1,178 A at 3.3 kV alongside a phase-shifting transformer.The equipment was tested at full load and provided a torque of 250,000 Nm at the motor shaft, recording the highest testing load ever achieved by any electrical equipment manufacturer in the southern hemisphere. The products are part of an important order for electric motor drives for eighteen ball mills and SAG mills with dual and single pinions. The project included the installation of a bypass on panels. The portfolio of WEG products for mills used in the mining and cement industries includes induction, synchronous or wound-rotor motors driven by frequency inverters or rheostats in case of constant speed for mills with single or dual pinion with load share.In addition to the experience and the structure of WEG plants in Brazil, the Electric Machinery Company from Minneapolis, USA, has been incorporated to the WEG group, adding to the knowledge and experience of a company which has made thousands of synchronous motors during a long history lasting more than 120 years. Today, WEG offers synchronous machines of up to 110 MW, suitable for many different applications in the world market.last_img read more

Ouya developer kits are shipping console on track for retail

first_imgKickstarter was used to fund a ton of startups in 2012, but few were as exciting as the Ouya. The Ouya is an open-source game console based on Android that garnered over $8.5 million in funding back in August. Now, we’re hearing that the first developer kits are being shipped. It looks like the Ouya is actually going to happen.Kickstarter is an informal way of supporting products you like. Supporters don’t get part of the company or any kind of guarantee that the device or service being funded will actually come to be. For this reason, many people have been anticipating the first multi-million Kickstarter failure. So far, the Ouya is not on track to be that failure.Ouya dev units should be arriving on or before January 10, at which time developers will be able to start porting games to the platform. The Ouya is running an Nvidia Tegra 3 ARM chip, which is often favored by game developers. Existing Android games and apps should be trivial to port, but this is not a certified Android device. That means the Ouya probably won’t see Google Play support through any official means. The Ouya SDK is also expected to launch this week, allowing even developers without the console to begin work.The company is looking to get an attractive launch lineup ready, including Dead Trigger, Shadowgun, Minecraft, and Final Fantasy III. The device is expected to retail for about $99, but it won’t be available to consumers until March or April.via Slashgearlast_img read more

Investigation to begin into treatment of garda whistleblowers claims

first_img Share167 Tweet Email By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 5:55 PM Short URL Image: Sam Boal/ Investigation to begin into treatment of garda whistleblowers’ claims A report compiled by retired Judge Iarfhlaith O’Neil will be published in a redacted format. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.iecenter_img The report will be published in redacted form because it has to be published in redacted form.“The Minister [Frances Fitzgerald] is making a statement about that now. A judge has been appointed to conduct the investigation.”Fianna Fáil justice spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan said although the report compiled by retired Judge Iarfhlaith O’Neill has not yet been made public, he welcomed the establishment of a formal inquiry.“We now look forward to Judge Peter Charleton working towards a speedy conclusion to his investigation so that we can get to the truth of these matters as soon as possible.”An Garda Síochána said they welcomed the investigation and will co-operate fully “so that the truth and facts are established”.Read: New garda rules encourage speaking up as ‘harassment of whistleblowers continues’Read: ‘I’m not aware of any campaign to discredit any individual’ – Nóirín O’Sullivan 28 Comments TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has approved an investigation into how allegations from two garda whistleblowers were handled by Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.The decision comes as Cabinet was presented with a report today regarding the protected disclosures made by members of An Garda Síochána to the Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald.The former High Court judge was tasked with reviewing the situation after two protected disclosures were made to Fitzgerald by gardaí in early October.In response to a Dáil question posed by John Curran of Fianna Fáil, Enda Kenny said that the issue had been discussed earlier today.“The Cabinet gave approval to the Minister for Justice and Equality to initiate a commission of investigation into the outcome of the information sent in by the personnel involved. 9,714 Views Feb 7th 2017, 5:55 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Matuidi speaks about his current season

first_imgFor the Juventus midfielder his team is doing well in all competitions and has also said Ronaldo deserves the Ballon d’OrFor Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi the team is having a spectacular season in both the Italian Lega Serie A and the UEFA Champions League.“In Champions League we are doing well, we had some good matches and we only stopped against Manchester United because we did not score as many goals as we should,” Matuidi was quoted by Calcio Mercato.“Now we want to close the group in the first place, we are confident and focused, we have to play only with the Young Boys to reach the first place even if we know we will have to watch the other match”.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We will have time to see what happens then, we are ambitious, but we must proceed step by step,” he added.“Fiorentina has quality, it will be a difficult game, they are a strong team at home, we know there is a rivalry between the two teams, we absolutely want to win.”“Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win it. He always wants to win and that makes the difference,” he concluded talking about his teammate.last_img read more

Water main break creates sinkhole outside Cooper City neighborhood

first_imgCOOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) – A water main rupture created a sinkhole at the entrance to a gated community in Cooper City, Saturday afternoon.According to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, AT&T subcontractors were working near the entrance to the Biltmore Grove neighborhood, along the 5500 block of 106th Avenue, when they struck the water main, causing the sinkhole to appear.Officials have not issued a boil water order for the area, but they urged residents to consume bottled water until repairs are complete.The sinkhole, measuring 15 feet by 15 feet, does not pose an immediate threat to any nearby homes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Ice Jams On the Anchor River Are Causing Localized Water Level Increases

first_imgThe National Weather Service will continue monitoring water levels on the Anchor River and this statement will be updated if  necessary. This has resulted in water levels rising 2-4 ft in the vicinity of the Old Sterling Highway bridge and the beach road. Local officials confirm there is no flooding at this time. However, if additional runs of ice come down the river and reinforce the existing ice jam, water could rise higher than current levels. Residents and other interested parties should pay close attention to the readings from the river gage over the next few days. This ice jam formed during the midwinter breakup back in December, and is causing water to flowoverbank and around the ice jam in the surrounding undeveloped land.center_img A separate ice jam exists further upriver near Blackwater Bend, which is about a mile downstream of where the New Sterling  Highway crosses the Anchor River. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享According to the National Weather Service, a small ice jam on the Anchor River downstream of the Old Sterling Highway bridge that formed on Tuesday continues to hold.last_img read more

Trump near decision on Jerusalem status

first_imgView of Jerusalem. US President Donald Trump may recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The international community says Jerusalem’s status must be negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians. AFP file photoPalestinian leaders were seeking Sunday to rally diplomatic support to persuade US President Donald Trump not to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital after suggestions that he planned to do so.Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was holding a series of phone calls with world leaders to “explain the dangers of any decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem or recognise (Jerusalem) as Israel’s capital”, Abbas’s diplomatic adviser Majdi al-Khalidi told AFP.His calls so far have included those to Arab leaders, French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.He also spoke to the leader of rival Palestinian faction Hamas, with the two sides agreeing to stage protests on Wednesday, a Hamas statement said.Erdogan told Abbas that an independent Palestinian state must have east Jerusalem as its capital, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency reported.Abbas was also said to be seeking meetings of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League to discuss the issue.Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, and Palestinian Authority intelligence head Majed Farraj were making contacts in Washington, Khalidi said.He said Abbas was warning “of the consequences of taking such a decision that will threaten the political process and peacemaking efforts”.Palestinian unity on issueErekat said in a statement Sunday that such recognition would “promote international anarchy and disrespect for global institutions”, while the United States would “be disqualifying itself to play any role in any initiative towards achieving a just and lasting peace”.Islamist movement Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, called Saturday for a new “intifada” if Washington recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or moves its embassy to the disputed city.Abbas spoke to Hamas leader Ismail Haniya late Sunday, a Hamas statement said, with the two sides agreeing their opposition to any shift in US policy.The rare call between the two comes as attempts at implementing a reconciliation deal have faltered in recent days.They agreed to support marches “in every place” on Wednesday.Trump is set to decide by Monday whether to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a decision that would upturn long-standing policy and be at odds with other world powers.Since 1995, it has been US law that Washington’s embassy in Israel must be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in line with Israeli government wishes.Succession of waiversBut every six months since the law was passed, a succession of US presidents has signed a waiver to hold off on a switch which would enrage Palestinians and their Arab supporters.Trump has signed the waiver once after vowing to Jewish-American supporters that he would be the president to finally make the switch permanent.The next deadline comes on Monday, and some reports in Washington suggest that Trump is planning a speech on the issue next week before Vice President Mike Pence heads to Jerusalem.The White House has described reports that he may refuse to sign the waiver as premature-but sources told AFP they expect Trump to formally declare Jerusalem Israel’s capital.Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the international community.Israel claims the entire city as its undivided capital, while the Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.The traditional US position has been that Jerusalem’s future status must be negotiated by the two sides.Trump’s administration has been seeking ways to restart long-stalled peace efforts between the Israelis and the Palestinians.There have been warnings that recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or moving the embassy there outside of negotiations would severely harm remaining chances for a two-state solution to the conflict.last_img read more

Steps taken to bolster security ahead of Maheshtala bypoll

first_imgKolkata: All steps have been taken to ensure that the by-election in Maheshtala Assembly constituency in South 24-Parganas passes peacefully, without any untoward incident.The by-election is going to be held at 283 booths spread across the 44 sq km area of the Assembly constituency, where the poll is going to start from 7 am on Monday morning and continue till 5 pm.In a bid to ensure that the election passes peacefully, a total of nine companies of Central forces have been deployed at the Assembly constituency, which became vacant with the death of two-time MLA Kasturi Das in February. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTrinamool Congress has fielded the sitting Chairman of Maheshtala Municipality Dulal Das, whereas CPI(M) has fielded Pravash Chodhury. Congress has not fielded its candidate due to its alliance with CPI(M). Meanwhile, BJP’s candidate for the by-election is Sujit Ghosh.There will be paramilitary forces in each of the polling premises, along with a policeman. Besides ensuring security in the polling stations, steps have also been taken to ensure that no untoward incident takes place in any part of the Assembly constituency area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThere will be mobile patrolling vans that will keep moving around the area to ensure proper vigilance when the election will go on. At the same time, there will also be quick response teams (QRT) that will remained stationed at strategic locations and they will be directed to move immediately to tackle a situation if deterioration of the law and order situation comes to notice at any place. There was patrolling at different parts in the area since morning and polling personnel were also found busy making all necessary arrangements to start the election on time in all the booths. There will also be VVPAT machines.There is a total of 2,48,754 voters, including 1,27,178 male and 1,21,576 female citizen, who will be exercising their power on Monday, while the counting is scheduled to be held on May 31. There will also be necessary security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident on the day of counting as well.last_img read more