first_imgSeparatist Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik was arrested on Saturday, when he was on his way to hold a demonstration on a number of issues, including the Kathua rape, outside the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar. He alleged that he was assaulted.“A senior police officer ordered his uniformed soldiers to attack Mr. Malik, who was injured and dragged to the Khanyar police station,” said a JKLF spokesperson.The spokesperson said the assault on Mr. Malik was an act of naked hooliganism. “It’s the police behaviour that is pushing Kashmiris to the wall.They are promoting violence, which is highly condemnable,” he said.Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the police action.“The police’s behaviour against JKLF chairman is a clear indication that Kashmir is a police State. The police have been given a free hand to run its writ,” said Mr. Geelani and the Mirwaiz in a joint statement.The separatist leaders had called for the demonstration to protest “the killing of Kashmiri boys, use of force against the students, illegal detention of leaders by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Kathua rape-and-murder.”Police deny assaultA police spokesman in Srinagar said Mr. Malik was stopped at 12.10 p.m. and asked to produce the car’s papers.“Mr. Malik, instead of producing the papers, obstructed the officer from carrying out his lawful duty. The police have initiated action under relevant provision of the law. The allegations of harassment to these individuals is strongly rebutted,” said the spokesman.last_img read more

first_imgA PWD junior engineer, who was allegedly forced by a newly elected BJD MLA in Odisha to do sit-ups in public, on Friday claimed the legislator had also asked an executive engineer to slap him, even as the police registered a case against the lawmaker. The alleged “rowdyism” of Saroj Kumar Meher, first-time MLA from Patnagarh in Bolangir district, also triggered a row with the Opposition BJP coming down heavily on the BJD government and demanding immediate arrest of the lawmaker and the Congress condemning the incident. Mr. Meher, who drew flak after a video purportedly showed him forcing a PWD junior engineer to do sit-ups in public went viral, on Thursday apologised for his action, claiming he did so to assuage public anger. Later on Thursday, the engineer’s wife lodged a complaint with the police against the MLA, accusing him of publicly humiliating her husband.last_img read more

first_imgDamon Albarn Jo Johnson … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Transport Topics Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share via Email Rail transport Brief letters Share on Twittercenter_img To slightly misquote Oscar Wilde, to lose one Johnson may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose both looks like carelessness (Blow for May as second Johnson brother quits over Brexit proposals, 10 November).George SteelLiverpool • Martin Kettle writes about how the British cultural cringe before the US affects journalists and broadcasters (Journal, 9 November). Could he by any chance be referring to the first nine pages of Thursday’s Guardian on the US midterm elections?Keith OwenExeter• Laurence Binyon’s poem is doubly misquoted (Letters, 10 November). He wrote “Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn”, meaning hold in contempt. The incorrect “condemn” has a very different meaning.Stephen GroveTotnes, Devon• The “striker” who caught reader AJ Mullay’s notice on the memorial roll of the old North British Railway at Waverley station (Letters, 10 November) would have been a blacksmith’s assistant. They were the men at the heavy end of the trade who used sledgehammers on red-hot forgings held and shaped by the blacksmith. Your striker would almost have certainly worked at the now-defunct Cowlairs workshops of the NBR sited in Glasgow’s east end.David WalshRedcar, Cleveland • I notice Damon Albarn, in John Harris’s article in G2 (9 November), is pictured wearing a London borough council donkey jacket. Now that’s what I call cultural appropriation!Robert BradyIsleworth, Middlesex• Now that Stokes and Foakes are in form for England (Sport, 9 November), surely it is time that Woakes rejoined the starting XI?Dr Peter B BakerPrestwood, Buckinghamshire • Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition letters Boris Johnson England cricket team Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Poetry Share on Pinterest Share on Messengerlast_img read more

first_imgThe reactivation of the tourist rail service from Montego Bay to the Appleton Estate in Siloah, St. Elizabeth, will soon become a reality.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, who made the announcement at the official opening of the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience (formerly the Appleton Estate Rum Tour) on January 18, said plans are being fast-tracked “to get the train up and running” as quickly as possible.He was responding to concerns raised in an earlier presentation by Chairman of J. Wray & Nephew, Clement ‘Jimmy’ Lawrence, that the absence of rail services between Montego Bay and St. Elizabeth was hurting the prospects of Appleton to bring much-needed traffic to its US$7.2-million upgrade to its rum tour facility and visitor centre.“This is a facility that has the potential to accommodate in excess of 200,000 visitors annually,” Mr. Lawrence noted.“We really appreciate all the support we have received from the Government, but we need the return of the train to truly maximise the potential of this facility,” he added.The Minister said the concerns raised will soon be appeased, as the Government is fully committed to get the South Coast leg of the rail services back on track “in very short order”.“I know your projections are to increase your visitor arrivals to 200,000, but my commitment to you is that we will take it to 250,000 by 2020,” Mr. Bartlett told the audience.“The last discussion I had before I went to Spain last week was with a team of entrepreneurs who are putting the dollars together. They were able to tell me that $40 million is now on the table to start the first leg of the programme and also the second leg which will take us into Appleton,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett further pointed out that Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has also been actively involved in the discussions and is “personally committed” to ensuring that the “Appleton experience is fully maximised”.Rail service between Montego Bay and St. Elizabeth, known then as the ‘Appleton Express’, ended in the 1990s.It offered visitors a scenic view of the South Coast region and a chance to tour the Appleton Rum Estate and factory by train.Also, visitors were able to make stops in communities along the way, where they interacted with residents while making purchases of food, clothing and craft items.“Our local vendors, including the craft people, have been hit hard by the continued absence of the rail services. This will be music to their ears, knowing that the Government is committed to get the train rolling on the South Coast once again,” Mr. Lawrence said.last_img read more

first_imgLes prévisions budgétaires provinciales, publiées aujourd’hui 22 décembre, indiquent que la Nouvelle-Écosse réalise des progrès en ce qui a trait à son objectif de vivre selon ses moyens, mais le ministre des Finances, Graham Steele, souligne que la province fait toujours face à d’importants défis financiers à long terme. Le gouvernement provincial prévoit maintenant un surplus de 97,2 millions de dollars cette année. Le surplus est entraîné par plusieurs changements ponctuels aux sources de revenu, aux recettes fiscales, aux réévaluations des pensions, aux dépenses ministérielles reportées ou réduites, aux frais réduits de service de la dette et aux rajustements d’année antérieure. « Bien que nous réalisions des progrès réels, la Nouvelle-Écosse n’a pas encore commencé à remonter la côte relativement au déficit, a dit M. Steele. L’immense défi financier auquel cette province fait face existe aujourd’hui, tout comme il existait hier et tout comme il existera lorsqu’un nouveau budget sera déposé au printemps 2011. » La mise à jour semestrielle indique un surplus parce qu’elle n’inclut pas les dépenses annuelles typiques pour le financement des universités ou le financement des fonds de bourses pour les étudiants. En 2009-2010, le financement des universités se chiffrait à environ 360 millions de dollars. Bien qu’aucune décision n’ait encore été prise au sujet du montant du financement l’année prochaine, ces coûts se reproduiront l’année prochaine et chaque année suivante alors que le gouvernement provincial effectue la transition vers l’établissement de budgets annuels pour ces dépenses. Des retards dans certains projets prévus ajoutent également aux dépenses de l’année prochaine. Le gouvernement provincial prévoit toujours un déficit considérable d’environ 370 millions de dollars, tel que prévu dans le plan quadriennal qui accompagnait le budget du printemps dernier. La mise à jour des prévisions budgétaires indique que les dépenses ministérielles ont respecté les niveaux réduits établis dans le budget. Les dépenses reportées et le contrôle des coûts signifient que chaque ministère, à l’exception d’un seul, prévoit des dépenses qui sont égales ou inférieures aux dépenses prévues dans le budget. Le ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure fait exception, en partie à cause des dommages causés par les tempêtes qui ont frappé les régions de Meat Cove et du sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse. M. Steele a misé sur les prévisions budgétaires publiées aujourd’hui pour réaffirmer l’engagement du gouvernement à continuer de réduire les dépenses au cours des années à venir. « Il n’y aura pas de dépenses excessives en mars, nous allons continuer de limiter les augmentations de salaire dans le secteur public et nous allons poursuivre notre plan visant à nous assurer que les ministères, les commissions, les agences et les conseils élaborent des plans de réduction budgétaire, a-t-il dit. Aujourd’hui, je suis heureux de voir des résultats positifs et de reconnaître les particuliers et les organismes qui nous aident à vivre selon nos moyens. Toutefois, nous ne pouvons pas et nous n’allons pas nous laisser distraire et nous poursuivrons le travail nécessaire pour rétablir l’équilibre. »last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians who want to view the swearing-in of the Members of the Legislative Assembly will be able to watch it live on television and the Internet. Legislative Television will broadcast the ceremony on EastLink Digital Cable channel 95 beginning at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 24. The ceremony will also be available live on the provincial government website at http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/legislative-tv . -30-last_img

first_imgWINNIPEG — A Winnipeg man has been convicted of murdering an Indigenous woman in what Crown prosecutors called a crime worse than any horror movie.A jury found Brett Ronald Overby, who is 32, guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Christine Wood.Wood had travelled to Winnipeg from the Oxford House First Nation in northern Manitoba in the summer of 2016.Court heard she met Overby through a dating website.He admitted to killing Wood, but his lawyer was asking for a manslaughter conviction because Overby said he didn’t remember what happened and didn’t mean to harm her.Crown pointed to evidence that Wood was stabbed multiple times, her throat was slit, and her blood was all over Overby’s basement.A second-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — Final arguments will be heard today in the trial of Dennis Oland who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wealthy father in July, 2011.Richard Oland was hit over 40 times with a sharp-edged and blunt hammer-like weapon or weapons, that cracked his skull in several places.Deep cuts on his hands suggested he tried to protect himself from his attacker.No weapon was ever found.The Crown has suggested the younger Oland’s personal financial problems were a motive, while the defence has argued the Crown’s case is based solely on circumstantial evidence.A brown jacket, worn by Dennis when he visited his father, had tiny bloodstains on it and Richard Oland’s DNA.Dennis Oland was initially charged with the second-degree murder of his father in 2013.He was convicted in a jury trial in 2015, but the verdict was set aside on appeal and the new trial ordered, which has been heard by judge alone.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsMore than 1,000 people are expected to be evacuated from Pikangikum First Nation Friday.A forest fire just a few kilometres away has been burning out of control since Wednesday.A Canadian Air Force transport plan has been enlisted to help members of the fly-in community near the Manitoba-Ontario border leave.wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img

New York – Spain’s Iberia airlines issued a statement following an investigation on flight IB3316 where a Spanish pilot has allegedly said “Welcome to Palestine” upon landing in Tel Aviv.Iberia officials interviewed crew members and passengers of the October 28 flight from Madrid to Tel Aviv in an attempt to find out the real story, according to the report sent by the Spanish airline.Following the investigation, the Spanish airline concluded that the pilot never mentioned the word Palestine upon landing in Tel Aviv. “Dear passengers, we are descending to land at our destination, Tel Aviv,” was all the pilot said according to the airline’s official statement.Spanish-speaking passengers have allegedly confirmed the official airline communiqué, denying previous media reports about the pilot saying “Welcome to Palestine”.The same report noted that it is a possibility for Spanish-speakers to have mistakenly heard the word Palestine considering the similarity in pronunciation between ‘Palestine’ and ‘destination’ in Spanish: “aterrizar en nuestro destino, Tel Aviv” and “aterrizar en Palestina, Tel Aviv”.Iberia stressed that the same welcoming message in English by the captain did not cause any confusion in pronunciation.Media reports said that several Israeli passengers were furious and had even approached the captain while inside the aircraft, prompting him to lock himself in the cockpit.Iberia airlines has denied any confrontations between the captain and the passengers, stressing that the landing of flight IB3316 occurred under normal circumstances.The Spanish airline’s statement apologized for any misunderstanding this situation caused.Iberia has been flying to Tel Aviv for over 30 years, and is currently operating 13 weekly flights between Madrid and Tel Aviv. read more

Rabat – The former Moroccan player, Mohammed Jarir, died on Saturday, at 74, in the United States of America.With Jarir’s passing, Morocco lost one of his formative former players, who wore the Moroccan colors with distinction on more than one occasion. Jarir was born in 1944, in Casablanca, and his passion for football began at the age of 8. He started his professional football career in one of Morocco’s strongest clubs, Raja Club Athletic. Jarir demonstrated  his dedication and love for football with his phenomenal skills and performance, which later led him to become a member of the Moroccan national team for the 1970 Mexican World Cup. During the tournament, Jarir scored a goal against Germany, becoming the first Moroccan to score in the World Cup. read more

At a ceremony in Bangui attended by representatives of the CAR Government, judicial authorities, the diplomatic corps and others, ICC Registrar Bruno Cathala inaugurated the office.Mr. Cathala said “the legitimacy of the International Criminal Court was especially dependant on its acceptance and the understanding of its role by the people of the Central African Republic and, in particular, by the victims of crimes under investigation by the Prosecutor.”Mr. Cathala also met with CAR President Francois Bozizé and Prime Minister Elie Dote to brief them on the Court’s mandate and functioning.Earlier this year the CAR Government referred the war crimes issue to the ICC, saying the national justice system was not capable of carrying out the complex investigations and proceedings necessary to prosecute the alleged crimes. In May ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced his office would investigate, as it believed that “grave crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the Court were committed,” particularly rape, during 2002-2003.When the violence peaked in those two years during an armed conflict between the Government and rebel forces, civilians were killed and raped and homes and stores were looted, the ICC said, citing a preliminary analysis. The conflict was characterized by widespread use of rape, and the investigation marks the first time the Prosecutor is examining a situation where allegations of sexual crimes far outnumber alleged killings. He said he would also monitor the current situation to determine whether more recent events warrant further investigation.Bangui is the fifth field office established by the ICC in the countries where its prosecutors are investigating possible war crimes, and joins offices already open in the Ugandan capital, Kampala; Kinshasa and Bunia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); and Abéché in eastern Chad.The office serves as the ICC’s public face in the field, providing administrative and logistical support for its activities. It is designed to help investigation teams, defence lawyers and experts in victim participation and reparation, outreach and witness protection work more effectively. 18 October 2007The International Criminal Court (ICC) today opened a new field office in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), less than five months after its prosecutors agreed to open an investigation into whether war crimes have been committed there. read more

Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Dervis Eroglu held talks in Nicosia for more than two hours, Alexander Downer, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser, told reporters following the meeting.Representatives of the two sides will continue talks later this week and next, before the leaders meet against on 1 November, he added.The property aspect of the talks, which Mr. Downer today characterized as “fairly complex,” tries to resolve numerous complex claims between the two sides on property seized decades ago.The talks began in 2008 after the then-leaders of the two communities committed themselves to working towards a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.A peacekeeping mission known as UNFICYP has been in place in Cyprus since 1964 following an outbreak of inter-communal violence. 18 October 2010The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders met today to continue United Nations-supported talks on the reunification of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, with the current round devoted to the issue of property, according to a senior official with the world body. read more

VANCOUVER — A popular ride-hailing company wants to get the lay of the land as it gears up to hit the streets of Metro Vancouver by the end of the year.Uber Canada is launching an urban mapping program this week.Twenty-five vehicles will travel around the region gathering images and data about things like building entrances and traffic patterns.The company says the information will allow it to better match customers with drivers, navigate the quickest routes and come up with more accurate timing estimates.Vancouver has long resisted the arrival of Uber, but B.C.’s previous Liberal government said earlier this year it would work to allow ride-hailing services by December.Uber operates in 632 cities worldwide using a smartphone app that lets people request rides from drivers who use their own vehicles, and automatically charges rates that reflect up-to-the-minute demand in a given area. read more

Sørensen said the EU will actively participate in all discussions during the Council, putting an emphasis among other on the country situations and thematic issues. (Colombo Gazette) The European Union (EU) says it will continue to promote reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.Peter Sørensen, Head of the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva made the announcement during the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today.

Several spells of showers will occur in the Northern, North-central, Eastern, Uva and Southern provinces today, the department of meteorology said.Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere after 2.00 pm. Fairly heavy falls (more than 75 mm) are also likely at some places. There may be temporary localised strong winds during thundershowers. The general public has been advised to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity. (Colombo Gazette)

The bond between French-speaking students and seniors within the francophone community has been strengthened through a Brock University initiative.The REVIVRE project, led by Nursing Professor Lynn McCleary, was created to inspire high school and university students to pursue careers in French health services by giving them the chance to develop meaningful connections with residents of the Welland long-term care home Foyer Richelieu.The project is part of the REVIVRE research study launched in 2015 by the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Health Sciences in partnership with Brock’s Department of Nursing.“Even though French is an official language in Canada, it can be difficult to access French health services,” says McCleary. “This can have a particular impact on aging populations who reside in long-term care homes where few staff speak French.”The project, which began in March 2015, paired French-speaking student volunteers from Brock University, as well as École secondaire catholique Jean-Vanier and Centennial Secondary School in Welland, with Foyer Richelieu residents over the course of 18 months.“The REVIRE project has informed my perspective on the importance of accessibility of minority languages in health care,” says third-year nursing student Stephanie Blais, whose first language is French. “Spending time with these individuals has affirmed for me that I want to pursue a nursing career working with older adult populations.”Students were required to commit to two hours a week engaging residents of Foyer Richelieu in various social and recreational activities.The project’s long-term goal is to attract francophone students to gerontology and health care, however, the secondary, more immediate purpose was to increase quality of life by providing residents with an extra social outlet.“We are finding that intergenerational programs, such as the REVIVRE project, can be mutually beneficial for both students and residents,” says McCleary. “One of the positive benefits for residents is the decrease in feelings of isolation — a known problem — through visits with student volunteers.”Students were prepared for their visits through a training orientation that included education in dementia, general sensory problems among older adults, mindfulness and long-term care residents’ rights.Blais, who also served as a REVIVRE research assistant, shared that many students reported feeling personally rewarded by the experience.“REVIVRE is about feeling good about helping others. Yes, the students gained valuable career-related experience, but they also developed new relationships,” explains Blais. “Many of the students decided to stay on and continue volunteering because of the friendships they built.”The Brock study was recently completed and though no new research participants are being recruited, student volunteers continue to be needed for the Foyer Richelieu program. read more

“There are things like who is on the reading lists, how much are you enabling a critique of different approaches to subjects, who is being recognised as being someone who can make a valuable contribution on this? That applies as much to science subjects as much as it does to arts and humanities subjects,” she said.  “Scientists come from all over the world, they don’t just come from the UK, the United States and other countries in Europe. It is really just about broadening our perspectives.”  Over the past decade, the number of BAME undergraduate students has increased by more than 50 per cent. But just 57 per cent of black students who graduated in 2017 achieved a first or a 2:1 compared to 81 per cent of white students. Qualifications before attending university can explain some but not all of the differences between degree class differences between ethnic groups.The report said that vice-Chancellors must foster environments where issues surrounding race and racism can be discussed more openly, and added that they should gather data on which approaches are effective in tackling the attainment gap.Earlier this week, Cambridge University announced it is launching an inquiry into how it benefited from the slave trade.   It will also probe how far Cambridge academics “reinforced and validated race-based thinking between the 18th and early 20th Century”.  Other leading universities have refused to bow to pressure from decolonisation campaigns aimed at names of buildings and statues, as well as their curriculum.Oxford University refused to bow to pressure from the Rhodes Must Fall campaign, which called for the statue of Cecil Rhodes to be taken down from Oriel College over his links to imperialism. Meanwhile, Bristol University announced that it will not rename the Wills Memorial Building despite campaigners claiming it is named after a slave trader. Reading lists and course structures in all subjects should be scrutinised to ensure there is no racial bias, according to Baroness Amos, who is director of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the country’s first female black university leader. Universities must “decolonise” the curriculum in order to help black students close the attainment gap with their white peers, vice-Chancellors say.Campuses need to become “racially diverse and inclusive environments” if black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) are to succeed academically, according to a new report. Universities UK (UUK), which represents vice-Chancellors, commissioned a review into how institutions can ensure more BAME students graduate with top degrees.  Institutions should consult with students and “evaluate where it might be necessary” to review courses and assessments to ensure that they are not overly white and euro-centric, UUK said.    The report’s recommendation comes amid growing calls to “decolonise” the curriculum, as students urge their professors to examine whether courses are too dominated by white, male, Euro-centric perspectives.Baroness Valerie Amos, who led UUK’s review, said that many BAME students do not feel a “sense of belonging” at university.    “Part of that was about not seeing their history [and] their experiences reflected in the content of the courses that are being taught,” she told The Telegraph.   SOAS students previously demanded that philosophers such as Plato and Kant are removed from syllabus because they are white SOAS students previously demanded that philosophers such as Plato and Kant are removed from syllabus because they are white Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_imgFreed from the confines of the MIDI sound system, video games these days more often than not have soundtracks provided by full, classically-recognized orchestras instead of a single part-time musician hammering away on a keyboard in the confines of his garage. Is it really necessary though? We also live in the days of impressive prosumer music editing suites, like Apple’s Garage Band or Adobe‘s own music suite. AdChoices广告As proof that you don’t need an orchestra to recreate even the most sweeping video game score, musician Diwa de Leon has single-handedly recreated the sound track to the Nintendo Wii classic, Super Mario Galaxy, using a combination of his camera, his a capella voice, his violin, a hegalong, a djembe, a tambourine and a guitar… all overlaid and intermixed to pull of a note perfect recreation of the Gutsy Gardens track originally composed by Mahito Yokota and Koji Kondo. Wow.last_img read more