Accused of racism Trump blasts black congressman as racist

first_imgWashington: Facing growing accusations of racism for his incendiary tweets, President Donald Trump lashed out at his critics Monday and sought to deflect the criticism by labelling a leading black congressman as himself racist. In the latest rhetorical shot at lawmakers of color, Trump said his weekend comments referring to Rep. Elijah Cummings’ majority-black Baltimore district as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live” were not racist. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Instead, Trump argued, “if racist Elijah Cummings would focus more of his energy on helping the good people of his district, and Baltimore itself, perhaps progress could be made in fixing the mess.” “His radical ‘oversight’ is a joke!” Trump tweeted Sunday. After a weekend of attacks on Cummings, the son of former sharecroppers who rose to become the powerful chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Trump expanded his attacks Monday to include a prominent Cummings defender, the Rev. Al Sharpton, who held a press conference in Baltimore to condemn the president. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score,” Trump tweeted ahead of the press conference, adding that the civil rights activist and MSNBC host “Hates Whites & Cops!” Sharpton fired back at the president in a tweet of his own, saying, “I do make trouble for bigots.” Trump later shifted focus back to Baltimore, claiming that “Billions of dollars have been pumped in” to the city. “The money was stolen or wasted,” Trump tweeted. “Ask Elijah Cummings where it went. He should investigate himself with his Oversight Committee!” Earlier Monday, Trump convened a group of “wonderful Inner City Pastors” for an unannounced closed-door meeting to discuss the issues facing the black community Monday. “This country needs healing. There’s so much division in America along racial lines,” said Bill Owens, president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, who said he was among about 20 pastors who had met with the president. “He wanted to know from us: What should he do in America? What best can he do?” Owens said of Trump, insisting the gathering “was not damage control.” Asked by a reporter whether he thought Trump was racist, Owens said he found that “hard to believe,” but said the president could do more to address racism in the country, “absolutely.” Alveda King, the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and a longtime Trump supporter, also noted Trump’s longtime relationships with Sharpton and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. “These are his brothers,” King said. Trump appeared to dig a deeper hole even as a top White House aide sought to dismiss the controversy by describing Trump’s comments as hyperbole. Two weeks ago, Trump caused a nationwide uproar with racist tweets directed at four Democratic congresswomen of colour as he looked to stoke racial divisions for political gain heading into the 2020 election. Trump noted that Democratic presidential contender and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had “recently equated” parts of Baltimore to a “third world country” in 2015 comments. “I assume that Bernie must now be labeled a Racist, just as a Republican would if he used that term and standard,” Trump tweeted Monday. Sanders tweeted back that “Trump’s lies and racism never end. While I have been fighting to lift the people of Baltimore and elsewhere out of poverty with good paying jobs, housing and health care, he has been attacking workers and the poor.” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, on Monday called the president’s comments “just outrageous and inappropriate.” Hogan, the new chairman of the National Governors Association, said he recently gave an address at the NGA about the angry and divisive politics that “are literally tearing America apart.” “I think enough is enough,” Hogan said on the C4 Radio Show in Baltimore. “I mean, people are just completely fed up with this kind of nonsense, and why are we not focused on solving the problems and getting to work instead of who’s tweeting what, and who’s calling who what kind of names. I mean, it’s just absurd.” Michael Steele, the state’s former lieutenant governor who went on to serve as the national chairman of the Republican National Committee, said it was “reprehensible to talk about the city the way” Trump did, but he hoped the attention would elevate the conversation about how to help urban areas, and he invited the president to be a part of the conversation. “Put down the cellphone and the tweeting and come walk the streets in this community so that you can see firsthand the good and the difficult that needs to be addressed, and let’s do it together,” Steele told the radio show. Speaking in television interviews on Sunday, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Trump was reacting in frustration to the Democrats’ unrelenting investigations and talk of impeachment. He said Trump swung hard at Cummings and his Baltimore district because he believes such Capitol Hill critics are neglecting serious problems back home in their zeal to unfairly undermine his presidency. “I understand that everything that Donald Trump says is offensive to some people,” Mulvaney said. But he added, “The president is pushing back against what he sees as wrong. It’s how he’s done it in the past, and he’ll continue to do it in the future.” The president has tried to put racial polarization at the center of his appeal to his base of voters, tapping into anxieties about demographic and cultural changeslast_img read more

Stay of proceedings after Jaspal Atwal accused of uttering threats

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — The BC Prosecution Service says it won’t pursue a charge of uttering threats against the man who sparked a political firestorm when he attended an event during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s state visit to India last year.The prosecution service says it has directed a stay of proceedings for Jaspal Atwal on a charge unrelated to Trudeau’s state visit.Atwal’s lawyer Marvin Stern said in May 2018 that a charge of uttering threats was laid against his client following an alleged argument in April.Atwal was convicted of trying to kill an Indian cabinet minister during a visit to Vancouver Island in 1986, but has said he has since renounced terrorism.Critics said he should never have received an invitation to the state event in Mumbai, where he was photographed in February 2018 with Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.The prosecution service says the stay was directed in court on June 7 after it receiving new information and determined the charge approval standard could no longer be met.It says in a statement that the standard requires Crown counsel to consider whether there is a substantial likelihood of conviction and whether the public interest requires a prosecution.“As new information is received, Crown counsel continue to evaluate whether the evidentiary standard is met or the public interest continues to require a prosecution. If, at any stage, this standard is no longer met, the prosecution cannot proceed and a stay of proceedings is entered,” the service says.Reached by phone Monday, Atwal called the charge “bogus.”“I didn’t threaten him,” he said.Stern could not immediately be reached for comment but said last year the complainant in the case was a broadcaster at a Punjabi radio station and that Atwal would “vehemently deny” the alleged events.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Elton John Comments On Russian Homosexual Propaganda Legislation

first_imgWith only two weeks to go before the Sochi Olympic games, Russia’s stance on prohibiting so-called homosexual ‘propaganda’ remains a highly controversial issue. Sir Elton John has issued a statement on his impressions of the impact of this legislation.The Elton John AIDS Foundation has given over £1.3m to programmes in Russia since 2000.“I am deeply grateful for the support of the Russian people who have welcomed and accepted me in their country ever since I first visited in 1979,” said Sir Elton. “On my last visit, in December 2013, I wondered whether the new legislation banning “homosexual propaganda” might have changed that. It hadn’t. I still felt the same warmth and welcome from the audiences that I have felt every time I have been in Russia.“On that trip I met with members of the LGBT community in Moscow. Although I was still welcomed as an openly gay foreigner, I wanted to really understand at first-hand what difference the legislation had made to Russian LGBT in their own country. What I heard reinforced all the media stories that have been circling since the propaganda bill became federal law: that vicious homophobia has been legitimised by this legislation and given extremists the cover to abuse people’s basic human rights.“The people I met in Moscow – gay men and lesbians in their 20′s, 30′s and 40′s – told me stories about receiving threats from vigilante groups who would ‘cure’ them of homosexuality by dousing them with urine or beating them up. One young man was stalked outside a gay club by someone posing as a taxi driver who tried to garrotte him with a guitar string because he was a ‘sodomite’. Everyone shared stories of verbal and physical abuse – at work, in bars and restaurants or in the street – since the legislation came into force last June. And, some of the vital work providing HIV prevention information to the gay community has been labelled ‘homosexual propaganda’ and shut down.“It was very clear to me that although foreigners like myself who are visiting Russia are not affected by this new law (and President Putin has recently confirmed this), it is a very different story for those living inside the country. As Maria Maksakova told her fellow Russian MPs last month: ’We are seeing extremely negative consequences as a result of this law, with the growth of hate crimes.”“President Putin asserts that this was not the intention, but it is undoubtedly the effect that this law has had by promoting misunderstanding and ignorance. In particular, it is very disappointing that the law explicitly links homosexuality with child sex abuse, which countless studies have shown to be conclusively wrong.“The people I met in Moscow were decent, kind, patriotic men and women who had no thought of forcing their sexuality on anyone. Whatever the intention of Russia’s homosexuality and paedophilia propaganda laws, I am absolutely clear from my own personal experience that it is proving deeply dangerous to the LGBT community and deeply divisive to Russian society. I would welcome the opportunity to introduce President Putin to some Russians who deserve to be heard, and who deserve to be treated in their own country with the same respect and warm welcome that I received on my last visit.”last_img read more

Helping worlds hungry also promotes peace and stability – Ban

10 July 2009By helping the world’s hungry, who now number one billion, the international community can also secure a more peaceful and stable future for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations today in L’Aquila, Italy. By helping the world’s hungry, who now number one billion, the international community can also secure a more peaceful and stable future for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations today in L’Aquila, Italy.The annual G8 meeting, which wraps up today, has reportedly agreed to mobilize $20 billion over three years for a comprehensive strategy focusing on sustainable agriculture development to ensure global food security.Addressing the summit’s session of food security, Mr. Ban said that last year’s major spike in food and energy prices affected hundreds of millions of people. “It amplified suffering, hardship and political unrest. We lost ground in our race to reach the first Millennium Development Goal,” he stated, referring to the globally agreed target of halving poverty by 2015.Governments, regional agencies, civil society groups and international organizations responded by joining forces to feed the hungry and prepare for a better future, and while global food prices have come down, they are still high in many developing countries, he noted. The Secretary-General added that the situation is only getting worse with today’s volatile markets, breakdown in world trade, climate change effects and falling income from job losses.“We need to do more, faster. The food crisis is permanently harming millions of children. They need our help. This is about even more than alleviating human suffering; it is about global peace and stability.”Mr. Ban outlined four areas in need of concrete action, beginning with need to combine new initiatives to maximize their impact and avoid duplication. He also cited the need to commit to a comprehensive approach that tackles both the immediate and long-term dimensions of the problem. Also crucial is to support national food security strategies, working through regional institutions, as well as to ensure that countries have the financial support they need for immediate assistance and longer-term actions. While in L’Aquila, the Secretary-General met today with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, with whom he discussed climate change and food security. Last night, he met with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and they talked about the H1N1 pandemic and Somalia, and also touched on the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.UN agencies are welcoming the G8’s food security initiative, with the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) saying it signals an “encouraging shift of policy” in favour of helping the poor and hungry to produce their own food. Director-General Jacques Diouf voiced confidence that G8 leaders will translate their pledge into concrete action. “I am convinced that you will ‘walk the talk’ not only for natural ethical considerations but also for sound economic reasons and, last but not least, to ensure peace and security in the world,” he told the summit. In addition, the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo Nwanze, noted that the G8 leaders had recognized that food security has two dimensions: food aid for critical situations and sustained investment in agriculture to break the poverty cycle. Investing in smallholder agriculture is the corner stone of this new push for development because it is the key to boosting economic growth and reducing poverty, he added.Meanwhile, the independent UN expert on the right to food said heads of State will have to do more if they want to help the billion people now suffering from hunger.While welcoming the pledges announced today, Special Rapporteur Olivier De Schutter highlighted a number of issues that need to be tackled, including food price volatility, social protection, and protection of the rights of agricultural workers.“Only then will real progress be made to ensure greater enjoyment of the right to food now denied to so many,” said the expert, who reports to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. Mr. De Schutter called for a global action plan on food security, firmly based on human rights, focusing on five areas: reducing volatility in global agricultural markets; encouraging States to build social protection schemes; channelling resources to scale up sustainable agriculture systems; protecting agricultural worker rights; and reforming global governance for food and agriculture. read more

Maasai to digitally record heritage for prosperity thanks to UNbacked scheme

5 August 2009The Maasai people of Laikipia in Kenya have received digital recording equipment, marking a milestone in a United Nations-backed pilot-project aimed at helping indigenous communities document and preserve their cultural heritage, the UN intellectual property agency announced today. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) handed over a digital camera, sound recording equipment and a laptop computer to Chief Kisio and other elders of the Maasai community at a formal ceremony attended by some 200 its members in late July.The ceremony was a landmark event in the agency’s Creative Heritage Project, which provides indigenous communities with opportunities to digitally preserve expressions of their culture and traditions, as well as training in how to protect their intellectual property from unwanted exploitation. Along with stimulating creativity within the community, the programme can also promote local economic and cultural development by bridging the ‘digital divide,’ WIPO said in a news release.The training programme, offered by WIPO in partnership with the American Folklife Center and Duke University in the United States, enables the Maasai to acquire technical skills and provides the equipment necessary to digitize and document their cultural heritage, in addition to an understanding of how to make informed decisions about managing intellectual property. read more

Georgia judge cuts damages in Jeep fire death from 150M to 40M

FILE – This March 6, 2012 file photo provided by the law offices of Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP shows the burnt out Jeep Grand Cherokee that 4-year-old Remington Walden was riding in when it was hit from behind by a pickup truck and burst into flames, killing the boy, in Bainbridge, Ga. Georgia Superior Court Judge J. Kevin Chason has cut the damages that Fiat Chrysler must pay Walden’s family from $150 million to $40 million, according to a ruling made public Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (Courtesy of Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP via AP, File) Georgia judge cuts damages in Jeep fire death from $150M to $40M, rejects plea for new trial by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2015 3:28 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – A Georgia judge has cut the damages that Fiat Chrysler must pay the family of a child who died in a Jeep SUV fire from $150 million to $40 million.Decatur County Superior Court Judge J. Kevin Chason also denied Fiat Chrysler’s motion for a new trial, dismissing arguments that jurors acted irrationally in the case.In a ruling issued Friday and made public Tuesday, Chason decided that the family of 4-year-old Remington Walden should get $30 million for his death and $10 million for pain and suffering. The ruling was accepted by the family’s attorneys and opens a path for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to appeal.The company said in a statement that the ruling doesn’t cure errors that tainted the verdict and denied it a fair trial, and that it is considering legal options.Walden died after the Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by his aunt in Bainbridge, Ga., was hit from behind in March 2012 and exploded into flames. The Jeep’s gas tank was mounted behind the rear axle, leaving it vulnerable in a rear crash.A 12-person jury found Fiat Chrysler negligent and asked for $120 million for wrongful death and $30 million in pain and suffering following a seven-day trial in the rural southwestern Georgia community in early spring.Earlier this month, FCA attorneys sought during a hearing to cut the judgment to $5 million to bring it in line with court-approved judgments in other Georgia cases. The attorneys contended that jurors acted with passion and prejudice against the Italian-American automaker, and they were irrational.Chason, however, rejected those arguments, writing in his ruling that the evidence against FCA was overwhelming. “The court saw nothing to indicate, nor has it been presented with persuasive evidence or argument to suggest that the jurors were inflamed or irrational,” Chason wrote.Jim Butler Jr., the attorney for the parents of the victim, Remington Walden, told Chason during the hearing that $40 million for the wrongful death and $10 million for pain and suffering seemed fair.At least 75 people have died in post-crash fires involving several Jeep models with the rear-mounted gas tanks. The problem has led to the recall of 1.56 million Grand Cherokees and Libertys to install trailer hitches to protect the tanks in low-speed crashes. Fiat Chrysler says the Jeeps are as safe as comparable SUVs from the same era.Earlier this week, Fiat Chrysler agreed in a deal with government safety regulators to offer $100 gift cards to entice owners of recalled Jeeps into taking their SUVs to dealers to get hitches installed. The company also agreed to offer $1,000 above market value trade-in prices on a new vehicle to those who own 1993 to 1998 Grand Cherokees.The Waldens’ Jeep and other newer Grand Cherokees with rear-mounted tanks were not included in the recall. read more

UN rights experts urge Iran to stop silencing journalists dissenting voices ahead

“The Government of Iran should not silence critical or dissenting voices under the guise of vague and unsubstantiated national security concerns,” Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, said in a news release. Iran has international obligations, he stressed, to allow and protect the right to a free press and access to information, as a member of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.“Freedom of expression is central to guarantee open, free and fair political processes,” David Kaye, the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, echoed in a similar vein, underscoring that “democratic processes are unsustainable if media workers and activists have no safety to perform their vital role.”Both human rights experts further warned that arrests and prosecution of journalists not only affect their free operation in the country, but also make public participation in any electoral process impossible. However, this concern had been raised before the last elections in Iran. The Iranian government should timely guarantee “a greater space for free exchange of ideas in the run-up to elections,” urged Mr. Kaye.Iran has one of the highest numbers of journalists and activists in detention in the world. According to figures from April 2015, at least 45 were being held for their peaceful activities. On 2 November, five journalists were arrested by plainclothes of the Revolutionary Guard. read more

The One Admission OJ Simpson Made During His Special

To put this #didojconfess scenario into context. Years ago a book publisher gave OJ simpson a book deal to create a “hypothetical murder” narrative. And part of the deal was for him to elaborate that narrative in detail. And now they are framing it as an actual “confession”. #smh— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) March 12, 2018 This is a confession. Some writers aren’t even this detailed. OJ Simpson went into a rage, blitz killing Nicole and Ron #DidOJConfess— Stephanie. (@qsteph) March 12, 2018 Lawyer Chris Darden is not amused by the support for O.J. Simpson. The former Los Angeles prosecutor weighed in on the recently unshelved Fox special, “The Lost Confession,” and he held nothing back.“Twenty-five years of nonsense and now here he is to explain to all of the naysayers and all of the doubters,” Darden says of the special in which Simpson gives a hypothetical account of what could have happened if he did murder his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and restaurant worker Ronald Goldman.“That was my glove, I left it. Nobody planted it. Nobody planted it,” said Darden reciting O.J. Simpson’s words from “The Lost Confession?”Darden is referring to evidence of a bloody glove found at the crime scene, while the other glove was discovered behind Simpson’s home in Brentwood. Both gloves, according to investigators, contained DNA evidence from Simpson, Brown and Goldman. During the trial, Darden believed if Simpson would try on the glove, the demonstration would be a pivotal moment in the case. He told Los Angeles’ NBC 4 in 2014 that he “looked at his hands and I looked at the gloves and I thought they would fit.”The moment the glove didn’t fit spurred a well-known catchphrase from Simpson’s lawyer, Johnnie Cochran: “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”When host Soledad O’Brien says he sounds “furious” about the outcome, Darden goes on to explain how he felt when he saw rapper Kanye West in a “Free O.J.” shirt a couple of years ago.“Well, you freed him and look at what you freed,” he says.And Darden wasn’t the only one sounding off on the special. Though not actually on the case, “The People vs. O.J.” actress Keesha Sharp played the wife of defense attorney Cochran on the FX series.Ahead of the program airing Sunday, March 11, Sharp told TMZ photogs she wasn’t sure she’d tune in, but feels that Simpson wasn’t innocent as it was ruled during the Trial of the Century.“I think people know point blank period that he did it,” she says. “Most Black folks today … believe he did it. I think there was a time back then that people didn’t hear all the details.”She said once the civil case came three years after Simpson walked free in 1994, “people changed their mind in terms of who did it.”“I haven’t met one person who thinks he’s [innocent],” Sharp continues. “[Not] one Black person that I know. And they used to think that. Now they’re like, ‘He did it.’”And it seems her thoughts on folks’ change of heart have been echoed on social media. And yet others had differing thoughts.Everybody who celebrated the verdict #OJConfession— A. (@c3sutton) March 12, 2018 OK, I gotta ask. Who greenlit this “release” of this “lost” confession from OJ Simpson. Cause nearly 12 years ago, there was enough public outcry that the whole thing got shelved. And who benefits (besides Fox) from this even coming out?— The Kneel Down (@jmark79) March 7, 2018 And, to think that some of you were actually cheering when they freed this man. This “hypothetical” confession is despicable! 😖 #OJ #OJSimpson— acinoM anigeR (@TheMFWIC) March 12, 2018 read more

Sotkamo Silver concludes an agreement with ABB for silver mine electrification and

first_imgAn agreement between Sotkamo Silver and ABB Oy, Finland, has been signed for engineering, design, delivery as a turnkey package of electrification, automation and instrumentation. ABB will also provide Sotkamo Silver with a financing package of €5 million to cover the delivery. ABB will supply a range of electrification and automation solutions for the concentrator plant and the mining operations. This contract follows a previous order in 2012 for the construction of a 20 km long power transmission line and substations.“ABB’s vast mining industry experience, project competence and comprehensive technologies will help this new plant operate at its most productive and efficient from the very beginning,” says Account Manager Hannu Luhtaniemi from ABB.“The signing of this agreement is an important milestone for Sotkamo Silver, and enables a construction and engineering start-up of the silver mine. It is even an important and first step in financing package, which we are currently working with,” explained Dr Timo Lindborg, CEO of Sotkamo Silver AB.On April 16, Sotkamo Silver was granted the environmental permit by the Finnish Regional State Administrative Agency. Taivaljärvi is the largest silver deposit ever discovered in Finland. Sotkamo Silver plans to produce about 30,000 kg or 1 Moz/y of silver.The mining method selected by Wardell Armstrong International (WAI) is transversal bench and fill stoping with cemented rockfill (CRF). The sublevel interval is 20 m, the stope and pillar widths are 10 m and the length equals to the ore width within cutoff limits. Mining is to start from the base of reserves and proceed upwards.The Taivaljärvi orebody crops out and part of it is amenable to conventional open-pit mining. The open pit ore reserve according to the study is: 201,000 t @ 93.2 g/t Ag. The remainder of the 3.0 Mt ore reserves are underground reserves.The WAI study assumes the mining to begin from the underground mine and the open pit will not be taken into production until the third year after startup.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #DISASTER: The United Nations has said about 10 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan. US and British warships were deployed to the Philippines today as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a massive global response.2. #CRISIS: As Enda Kenny travels to Paris for a European conference on youth unemployment, the Irish Times reveals that there may not be enough money to implement the ‘Youth Guarantee’ – a promise that there will be a job or training for under 25s.3. #COMPROMISED: A data breach at SuperValu and AXA is more serious than first thought. The retailer confirmed last night that 62,500 customers could be at high risk from the LoyaltyBuild cyber-attack, while AXA said 8,000 of its customer base could be impacted.4. #BERTIE: Current Justice Minister Alan Shatter has said that former taoisigh are in a position to arrange security for themselves. He was speaking to journalists following reports that Bertie Ahern was attacked by a man wielding a crutch in a Dublin pub last weekend.5. #DEAL DONE: Overnight negotiations have led to an agreement on the European Union’s Budget for 2014.6. #CREDIT UNIONS: The Irish Examiner reports that about 100 credit unions are on a Central Bank watch list as the regulator is worried about the level of reserves and bad debt held.7. #GUN LAWS: A legislative change in Northern Ireland will see children as young as 12 granted permission to use firearms under certain conditions, reports BBC News.8. #ABBEVILLE: The Dublin home of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey has been sold for €5.5 million. The price tag is substantially lower than the €45 million spent by Manor Park Homes in 2003 to purchase 14-bedroom Georgian mansion and surrounding parklands.9. #DREAM TEAM: There will be plenty of ‘first day at school’ jitters among the Irish football squad today as Martin O’Neill takes his first training session in Dublin. has some advice for the lads as they try to impress.last_img read more

Column Lets look at the full story around social housing in Ireland

first_imgTHIS WEEK, the assessments of housing need were published. These show that some 89,872 households were on waiting lists for social housing – 5.4 per cent of all households in the State. While this is 9 per cent below on the figures for 2011, it is three times greater than those of 1993.Housing need in Ireland is largely gauged through the regular assessments carried out by Local Authorities since the Housing Act 1988. This is done through a collation of applications for social rented housing (which can be provided by the Local Authorities, Housing Associations or Co-operatives). The figures produced are often expounded as a criticism of government policies by opposition parties, a failure of the State by others, a justification for more spending on housing (both State and NGO sector), need for more charity, and more recently as a violation of housing rights. Indeed, some media commentators express these figures as the extent of homelessness in Ireland – although homelessness accounts for 3 per cent of the total.A real housing need in IrelandSome of the decrease this time can be explained by the more detailed examination of individual applications, to avoid duplication of applications between authorities. However, no-one can deny that there is real and personal housing need in Ireland, which affects individuals and families opportunities to develop their lives and contribution to society. Indeed, the Minster for Housing Jan O’ Sullivan outlined credible plans to address the problem through increased funding for social housing, greater use of NAMA properties and funding for emergency provision. However, it is clear that structural changes in the housing system are also required.Some significant differences from the previous assessment are the proportion who are employed (and not in receipt of any social welfare assistance) – down from 15 per cent to 11 per cent; the increase in the proportion of persons with disabilities from 1 per cent to 4 per cent; the decrease among those living in unfit housing – down from 1,708 households to 647. However, those on the lists who are unable to afford existing accommodation still account for the largest proportion of need expressed – somewhere between two-thirds and three quarters of households.Of course, the figures are valuable as a guide to housing need, but they don’t tell the full story. Housing need here is measured only in terms of applications for social housing. Yet, over half those on the lists receive Rent Supplement towards private rental housing costs. Indeed, it is a requirement for eligibility. In other jurisdictions this is judged to be, in fact, social housing, as the State provides financial support towards rent to the household without sufficient income. It also means that such “social housing” is dispersed throughout the society, rather than concentrated in estates.Local Authority housingWhether all waiting list applicants wish to live in Local Authority housing is questionable. The high levels of refusals of such accommodation suggest otherwise. This might indicate two things: their current private rented housing is preferable to that offered by the State; the location and perceptions of the social housing offered is deemed unsuitable for family, social or life opportunity reasons. Indeed, there is much uncounted housing need (to put it mildly) within Local Authority estates, especially within publicly acknowledged underserved communities. Yet, no surveys of those housing or neighbourhood conditions are undertaken, and no analysis of tenants’ requests for transfers to other housing is ever published. Irish State assessments of housing need take place only once – in relation to initial applications for social housing.In any case, some 44 per cent of households on the lists are single person households, where there is a shortage of social housing – and it is not surprising that, overall, those on the lists over four years has increased from 24,000 to 28,000 households. Of course, the length of time of these waiting lists can be one criteria, among others, for allocations, but the basic supply of social rented housing is clearly insufficient.While many associate housing need with homelessness and the need for shelter, in a modern European country, this is not the full story. Contemporary assessments of need are based on the residual model, ie measuring those who are unable to secure housing in the market – both ownership and rental (although it does include homeless needs).“The need for housing”This approach is often confused with “the need for housing” – an approach based on building more dwellings, and one which is often promoted by developers, both private and public. But it is actually unclear how many new dwellings are needed, if one takes into account that half of waiting list households are living in, arguably, appropriate (although unaffordable) private rented housing already. Social housing might offer more permanence and lower rents, even at the cost of permanent immobility, now that tenant purchase is almost non-existent.I would suggest that these assessments are expressing a request for housing that meets the accepted norms in Irish society today. This involves secure, affordable, good quality housing, in a desirable neighbourhood, and which provides maximum opportunities for personal, family and community development.While many suggest that these the waiting lists show that people are demanding basic housing (and indeed many are), I would argue that the majority – if not all, are stating that their current housing is below the normative standard for modern Ireland. The State is largely unable to address these requests, as it is only one player in a complex housing system. But one thing is clear, there is no appetite for new large social housing estates.Dr Padraic Kenna is a lecturer in law at NUI Galway and author of Housing Law, Rights and Policy (Dublin, Clarus Press, 2011). Email him at Padraic.kenna@nuigalway.ieRead: Social housing waiting list falls to almost 90,000 householdsRead: Focus Ireland says €400 million investment needed in social housinglast_img read more

Sous la neige le zoo de Beauval reporte la présentation des pandas

first_imgSous la neige, le zoo de Beauval reporte la présentation des pandasLa vague de froid qui traverse l’Hexagone depuis une dizaine de jours a enseveli le zoo de Beauval sous la neige. Résultat : toujours pas de panda à l’horizon car le parc a fermé ses portes aux visiteurs le temps que le climat se radoucisse.Les curieux et autres passionnés devront encore attendre. Huan Huan et Yuan Zi, les deux pandas stars du zoo de Beauval arrivé en janvier ne pourront pas être présentés ce week-end comme il était prévu. En effet, 15 centimètres de neige sont tombés dans les enclos des animaux et dans les allées du parc.À lire aussiVague de froid : 10 astuces pour lutter efficacement contre la baisse des températuresMalgré son “aspect féérique” sous la neige, le zoo a donc dû fermer ses portes jusqu’à nouvel ordre par mesure de sécurité et notamment pour éviter de malencontreuses glissades. La présentation des pandas chinois au public est donc également reportée. La date de réouverture reste pour l’heure inconnue mais sera prochainement communiquée sur le site du zoo. En attendant, vous pouvez toujours retrouver la rencontre exclusive avec les deux pandas dont avait bénéficié Maxisciences le mois dernier.Le 8 février 2012 à 16:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

EU UN Celebrates International Womens Day

first_imgBy Rohey Jadama The European Union and the United Nation Systems in the Gambia yesterday, 9th March, celebrated International Women’s Day at the Kairaba Beach Hotel with the theme “Women in Leadership.”Speaking at the occasion, Madam Agnes Guillaud, the European UnionCharge d’ Affaires to the Gambia, reasserts their active commitment tothe Beijing Platform for Action as well as the implementation of theoutcomes of the 23rd Special Session of the UN General Assembly asindispensable tools for achieving gender equality, respecting humanrights and promoting the empowerment of women and girls.“We strongly condemn all forms of violence against women and girls asviolations of their full enjoyment of human rights. Neither custom,tradition, culture, religion can be invoked to justify violence in anyof its forms, or to diminish, limit or otherwise reduce theobligations of states with respect to the prevention and eliminationof violence against women and girls, and the effective prosecution ofperpetrators,” said the EU Charge d’ Affaires .She emphasised the continued role of CSW as a forum for genderequality and the empowerment of women and girls as well as a source ofexpertise in this regard.Madam Guillaud reaffirms the EU’s support to the fight against allharmful practices affecting girls and women, men and boys, includingfemale genital mutilation and child early and forced marriageglobally. She added that at the Girl’s summit in London in July 2014,the European Union pledged more than 100 million Euros for the nextseven years to gender equality and children’s wellbeing under ourglobal public goods and challenges.In her statement, Madam Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, the United NationsResident Coordinator, said since Beijing twenty years ago, steadyprogress has been registered in women’s empowerment and genderequality. She noted that maternal mortality rates have declined inmany countries and that in the Gambia, the maternal mortality rate hasdeclined from 750 per 100,000 to 433 per 100,000 live births.The UN Resident Coordinator said many countries, including the Gambia,have reached parity in basic education, with more enrolled in schoolsand an increase in the number of women in decision making positionsand in politics.She said many governments have enacted laws protecting the rights ofwomen and girls and have developed gender sensitive policies andprogrammes.“In the Gambia, the Women’s Act 2010, the Domestic Violence Act 2013and the Sexual Offences Act 2013 are now in place,” said the UNResident Coordinator.Madam Lekoetje said both the EU and the UN are pleased to havecontributed to the development of these legislations and the pro-womenpolicies and strategies.The UN Resident Coordinator said despite the progress made, genderequality is yet to be fully achieved in many countries. “Womencontinue to form the majority of the poor, and women access toproductive and economic resources remains low,” she added.She said in some countries women neither vote nor occupy seniordecision making positions. She said women continue to die in childbirth due to causes like anaemia and lack of access to appropriatereproductive health services and which, she added, are causes that canbe prevented.Madam Lekoetje said women and girls continue to be victims of sexualand domestic violence and are being used as weapons of war andcommodities of illicit trade as well as being forced into marriage atvery early ages which are against the rights of women and girls.“As we celebrate international women’s day today with the theme “Makeit Happen”, we should stand to address the challenges to genderequality,” said the UN Resident Coordinator.She called for the collaborative efforts of the government,international organizations, civil societies, communities, groups andindividuals to use their expertise and resources together and work inpartnership in order to make gender equality a reality.This was followed by a panel discussion in which participantsfrom such diverse areas as agriculture, public administration,academia, business, civil society, judiciary, media and politics took part in.]]>last_img read more

Sixthgrader in Frontier gun case denied release

first_imgThe sixth-grader accused of bringing a gun and more than 400 rounds of ammunition to Frontier Middle School erupted in a fit of cursing Tuesday when a court commissioner ruled that he will remain in custody.New court documents also revealed that 11-year-old Quincy Tuttle may have had two potential victims instead of one and might have brought the gun to school two other times before he was caught.Prosecutors now plan to charge him with attempted murder and other crimes. Juvenile Court Commissioner Jennifer Snider denied Tuttle’s release Tuesday morning after reviewing a mental health evaluation. Snider said she was concerned for the safety of the community because Tuttle’s family had ignored the advice of mental health professionals in the weeks leading up to the incident. She also said Tuttle has anger management problems that intensify when authority figures give him instructions.After Snider announced her decision, Tuttle cursed at her, hunched over a table where defendants stand at the bench and refused to leave the courtroom. He was eventually escorted out of the courtroom by custody officers as he called the officers a variety of expletives.“Don’t (expletive) touch me,” he screamed.The case against Tuttle, a student at the school, drew national media attention Oct. 23 when he brought the handgun, ammunition and kitchen knives to the school, according to court documents. Police say he planned to shoot another student who had called his friend “gay,” according to an initial probable cause affidavit filed in court. But new court documents revealed Tuesday that Tuttle may have wanted to shoot two students.last_img read more

Apple has reportedly signaled a new MacBook Pro

first_img Apple’s WWDC brought dark mode, $6,000 cheese graters… • reading • Apple’s next 13-inch MacBook Pro pops up in FCC documents Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $1,399 0 Apple See All Share your voice Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, space gray, 2017) $1,184 Best Buy See It In the FCC ID database, an application by Apple for laptop computer A2159 can now be seen, filed on July 1. “We, Apple Inc., are applying for an FCC grant for a Single Certification of the device: MacBook Pro,” Apple’s application letter says. “The MacBook Pro, Model A2159 is a laptop computer, with built-in IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac radio and Bluetooth radio.” The bottom of the MacBook Pro laptop can also be seen in one image on the FCC application. Apple MacBook Pro Apple Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but the FCC application mirrors one of seven reported MacBook registrations in the Eurasian Economic Commission database last month. The models were filed on June 14, and are listed as the A2141, A2147, A2158, A2159, A2179, A2182 and A2251, MacRumors reported at the time. The EEC filings are a legal requirement to sell encrypted devices in Russia and other countries, MacRumors said, and they’ve previously foretold the announcement of new iPhones, iPads, iPad Pros, Apple Watches, Macs and AirPods. Post a comment Now playing: Watch this:center_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? There could be a new MacBook Pro in your future. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple’s next MacBook Pro model appears to have been filed in an application to the US Federal Communications Commission. The documents say the laptop will be a 13-inch model, 9to5Mac reported Tuesday. Apple had unveiled a slight update to its MacBook Pro lineup during its WWDC event last month. Its 13- and 15-inch computers now feature Intel’s faster eighth- and ninth-generation Core processors, including an eight-core version. The company also announced a redesigned keyboard for the MacBook Pro. 46 Photos See it 4:32 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote Tags Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Preview • Apple takes light-touch approach to 13-inch MacBook Pro update Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Computers Laptops FCC Applelast_img read more

Cabinet approves formation of National Antiprofiteering Authority under GST

first_imgRepresentational imageTwitterThe union cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved formation of the National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) under GST, after Wednesday’s sharp reduction in the GST rates of a large number of items of mass consumption.The authority is mandated to ensure that the benefits of GST rate cuts are passed on to the ultimate consumers by way of a reduction in prices, Capital Market reported.NAA will be headed by a senior officer, ranked equivalent to secretary to the Government of India with four technical members from the Centre and statesNot just NAA, the GST framework now comprises of a standing committee, screening committees in every state and the Directorate General of Safeguards in the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC).The “anti-profiteering” measures enshrined in the GST law provide an institutional mechanism to ensure that the full benefits of input tax credits and reduced GST rates on supply of goods or services flow to the consumers, the government said in a release.Last week, the GST Council in its 23rd meeting in Guwahati, Assam, brought down GST rates of 177 items from 28 percent slab to the 18 percent slab. There are only 52 items which attract the GST rate of 28 percent now.Likewise, a large number of items have witnessed reduction in GST rates from 18 percent to 12 percent and some items are completely exempted from the tax net. The revived GST rates came into effect from the midnight of 14th November, 2017.If consumers feel the benefit of reduced rates is not being passed on he/she may apply for relief to the screening committee in their respective states. And when the item has mass impact with ‘all India’ ramification, the application can be directly made to the standing committee, the government said.Government believe that constitution of the NAA would bolster confidence of consumers as they reap the benefits of the recent reduction in GST rates.last_img read more

Trump And Transgender Rights What Just Happened

first_img Share Steve Helber/APGavin Grimm speaks during an interview at his home in Gloucester, Va., in 2015. On Wednesday, the Trump administration made big news regarding the rights of transgender students. But what exactly changed? And what does it mean for students in school districts around the country? Here’s our cheat sheet.1. What just happened?Last May, the Obama administration sent what’s called a “Dear Colleague” letter to school districts. The letter, from the Justice and Education departments, made clear that the administration was interpreting Title IX, the law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, to include transgender students.The letter stated that, in order to be in compliance with the law, every K-12 school district, state education association and high school athletic association in the country “must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”This week the Trump administration officially rescinded that guidance. This does not change the law. What it does is give states and districts more flexibility in their interpretation of Title IX and how they choose to accommodate transgender students.2. Is this just about bathrooms?No, not at all. Title IX also covers access to single-sex facilities like locker rooms and the right to participate in sports. The Obama administration’s guidance also spelled out other steps that schools should take to avoid discrimination, like allowing all students to attend prom or graduation in the clothing that makes them feel most comfortable.The American Academy of Pediatrics summarized the public health issues at stake today in their critical statement about the Trump administration’s decision:“Transgender children are already at increased risk for violence, bullying, harassment and suicide. They may be more prone to depression and engaging in self-harm … Policies excluding transgender youth from facilities consistent with their gender identity have detrimental effects on their physical and mental health, safety and well-being.”3. What policies do school districts around the country currently have regarding transgender students?There’s a wide range. The nation’s three largest districts, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, have comprehensive policies that cover not just restrooms, locker rooms and sports teams but issues of privacy, bullying and harassment.Information about a student’s actual or perceived gender identity or expression should be shared “only on a need to know basis,” says the policy in LA.“Students should be addressed by school staff by the name and pronoun corresponding to their gender identity that is consistently asserted at school,” New York City’s policy states.Chicago’s calls for schools to convene an administrative support team, including the principal and parents or guardians, to address each transgender student’s individual needs.The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), an advocacy group, tracks which states have created laws that prohibit bullying, harassment and/or discrimination on the basis of gender identity. These are clustered on the coasts, but also include Arkansas, Iowa and Illinois. North Carolina, the home of HB2, or the “bathroom bill,” also has a law that protects students from bullying on the basis of gender identity.Legal complaints against some school districts in several states have charged that transgender students have been disciplined for using the “wrong” restroom, isolated on school trips that involved overnight stays, referred to by their birth name and pronoun and excluded from school activities in other ways.4. How does all of this relate to the case now headed to the Supreme Court?Gavin Grimm, 17, is a transgender senior at Gloucester High School in eastern Virginia. After parents complained that Grimm was using the boys restroom at school, the school board ruled that he had to use a private, unisex bathroom instead.“That’s basically saying, you can’t use the restroom with the rest of the kids,” Grimm told NPR’s Robert Siegel last year. “I’m not unisex. The alternative facility was a unisex bathroom. I’m not unisex. I’m a boy. And there’s no need for that kind of ostracization.”Grimm sued and is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in Grimm’s favor, citing the Obama administration’s guidance on Title IX that has now been rescinded. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, and oral arguments are scheduled on March 28.5. What is likely to happen next for transgender student rights?A few things. First, that Supreme Court case. The Fourth Circuit’s ruling in Grimm’s case was based on the Obama guidance. Rescinding it complicates things for Grimm’s legal team. Regardless of the Trump administration’s move though, the Supreme Court now has before it the big question: Does the word “sex” as it is used in Title IX include gender identity?In August, a federal district judge in Texas ruled that the Obama administration had overreached, and paused its Title IX guidance. There is genuine disagreement over how broadly courts should interpret “sex,” and that legal disagreement will persist until the Supreme Court puts it to rest.In the meantime, states and districts can now set their own policies, which may or may not include equal access to facilities on the basis of gender identity.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made it clear in her statement on the new Title IX guidance that she considers “protecting all students, including LGBTQ students, not only a key priority for the Department, but for every school in America. We owe all students a commitment to ensure they have access to a learning environment that is free of discrimination, bullying and harassment.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

NRI gets compensated after being duped over land deal

first_imgKolkata: State Consumer Affairs minister Sadhan Pande on Monday handed over a cheque of Rs 7.90 lakh to an NRI, who is presently lodged in London, duped with the promise of getting a land on the southern fringes of the city.”Octogenarian Dilip Bakshi had written to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from London stating that the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has recently upheld a verdict of the state consumer forum and urged her to make arrangements for paying the compensation amount for being unable to hand over his land within the promised time. I was instructed by the CM’s office to do the needful and I acted accordingly,” Pande said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe minister handed over a cheque of Rs 7.9 lakh to Bakshi’s brother Sudip Bakshi, who accepted the cheque on behalf of his elder brother.He is presently settled in Baishnabghata area. Dilip had purchased a plot of land at Pailan on the southern fringes of the city and had moved the state forum in 2012 over the inordinate delay in handing over the land. After the verdict of compensation in the state forum, the land owner moved to higher forums challenging the verdict.”On behalf of my elder brother, I sincerely thank the Chief Minister and the Consumer Affairs department,” Sudip Bakshi said.last_img read more

Massive Alien Hunt Finds No Sign Of Extraterrestrial Life In 1300 Stars

first_img Ads by Amazon AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Ads by Amazon DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Bestseller Close Scientists have been searching for aliens for centuries, but new research reveals that if intelligent extraterrestrial life exists, it’s likely not anywhere nearby.As part of the decade-long $100 million Breakthrough Listen initiative funded by Israeli-Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, researchers conducted the most comprehensive Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence program ever undertaken. The team led by University of California, Berkeley astrophysicist Danny Price looked at 1,327 nearby stars across billions of frequency channels in an attempt to detect signs of intelligent life.Results of their search was released in a paper published in the Astrophysical Journal with the researchers revealing that they came up empty. All Search Wow facts 4Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementAmbitious Project Finds Nothing NearbyBreakthrough Listen used the Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Virginia and CSIRO’s Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia to scan the cosmos for “technosignatures,” which are transmissions or other evidence of technologically savvy life forms from other worlds. The 1,327 stars were all observed at the radio frequencies ranging from 1 to 10 gigahertz.For the recent release, the researchers scoured 1 petabyte of data using various techniques, including looking for signals within a narrow range of radio frequencies and scanning for bright lasers that may be indicative of alien communication or propulsion.With events consistent with terrestrial activities excluded, the team found themselves with zero candidates of extraterrestrial activity over the last three years. It turns out, there aren’t aliens out there reaching out to Earth through advanced technology.Are We Alone?Despite coming up short in the recent data release, scientists are not deterred and continue to search for signs of extraterrestrial life.”We found no evidence of artificial signals from beyond Earth, but this doesn’t mean there isn’t intelligent life out there: we may just not have looked in the right place yet, or peered deep enough to detect faint signals,” Price pointed out in a statement from Breakthrough Listen.Study coauthor Andrew Siemion told Gizmodo that he’s not discouraged by their results, adding that witnessing their research submitted for publication is already a heartening prospect.”These results will also help lead us toward further analysis that will place yet more stringent limits on the distribution of technologically capable life in the universe and give us a better shot at detecting something if it’s out there,” he explained.After all, it’s a vast universe with billions and billions of stars and galaxies stretching out into infinity. This most recent data dump only looks at a handful of stars, and scientists are continuing to develop and refine technology involved in the alien hunt.Next up, the team is planning to scale up their search to include higher frequencies and more signal types. With the use of the MeerKAT telescope array in South Africa, the scientists will be able to scan over a million stars nearby for technosignatures.Additionally, with the entirety of the data publicly available through the Breakthrough Listen Open Data Archive, anyone can take a look at the data and even search for signals that they might have missed. TAG Breakthrough Listen, alien life, SETI last_img read more