U.P. Law Commission pushes for life term in lynching cases

first_imgTaking cognisance of incidents of mob lynching, including those by cow vigilantes, the Uttar Pradesh Law Commission has submitted a draft Bill recommending up to life imprisonment for the crime.Commission chairman Justice (retired) A.N. Mittal submitted a report on mob lynching, along with the draft Bill, to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday.The 128-page report cited various cases of lynching in the State and recommended immediate enactment of a law as per recommendations made by the Supreme Court in 2018. The commission said the existing laws to combat lynchings were not sufficient.It recommended a punishment ranging from seven years to life imprisonment for the offence.Suggesting that such a law may be called the Uttar Pradesh Combating of Mob Lynching Act, the commission specified the responsibilities of police officers and District Magistrates and spelt out the punishment for failing in their duty.The panel said the law should also provide for compensation to the family of the victim for grievous injury or loss of life and property.There should also be provisions for the rehabilitation of the victims and their families, it said.Suo motu studyAccording to data available from 2012 to 2019, 50 incidents of mob violence have taken place in the State. Eleven of the 50 victims have died in the attacks. Twenty-five of these were cases of major assault, including those by cow vigilantes.“In the backdrop of this situation, the commission took up the study suo motu and accordingly recommended the State government the need for having a comprehensive law to combat lynching,” said Law Commission secretary Sapna Tripathi.The report said only Manipur has made a special law against lynchings and, as per media reports, the Madhya Pradesh government is soon going to enact one.It referred to various cases of lynching and mob violence in the State, including the 2015 killing of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri on suspicion of beef consumption.It also mentioned the killing of Inspector Subodh Singh on December 3, 2018, in a clash between police and Hindutva groups in Bulandshahr after cattle carcasses were found in a field.“Incidents of mob violence have taken place in Farrukhabad, Unnao, Kanpur, Hapur and Muzaffarnagar districts. Police are also becoming victims as people have started thinking of them as their enemy,” Justice Mittal said in the report.The panel studied laws of different countries and States, and decisions of the Supreme Court while preparing the draft Bill. It suggested punishment for conspiracy, aid or abetment in such cases, as well as for obstructing the legal process.last_img read more

New Maharashtra Governor will purse land for resort in J&K

first_imgThe State government will request the new Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to talk to his counterpart in Jammu & Kashmir for revenue land to construct two state-of-the-art tourism resorts in that State. Senior officials said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis held a meeting to review the proposal for setting up tourism resorts in J&K and Ladakh this week. As per protocol only a Governor can request for facilitating joint agreements or collaboration on projects with another State being ruled by a Governor. Mr. Fadnavis has asked the State Tourism Department to send a team to survey land in J&K and simultaneously urge the Governor to forward the proposal to Satya Pal Malik, his J&K counterpart, according to senior officials. Mr. Koshyari recently replaced Ch. Vidyasagar Rao as Governor. “The Chief Minister has asked us to put together the final blueprint and forward it to Governor House. A letter will be drafted to the honourable Governor requesting him to facilitate the land deal. Since there is no democratic government in J&K, we (State government) cannot directly deal with the Governor,” said a senior official of the Maharashtra Tourism Department.Maharashtra and Karnataka have become the first States, following the abrogation of Article 370, to stake claim over land for development purposes in J&K. Maharashtra Cabinet cleared a proposal for the setting up of a tourism resort last week. Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal had recently said the government was keen on catering to mountaineering tourists and those on pilgrimage as part of the plan. But senior officials said so far no final proposal has been put together, and a team will visit J&K to first survey the land. Last month, Mr. Rawal met Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Prahlad Singh Patel in New Delhi to present his demands, which included land for the resorts.Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his speech in Parliament on the abrogation of Article 370 had said the bifurcation of the State (J&K) would open up the path of development, including construction projects and industries. The State government and Tourism Board will soon allocate funds for the same, the Minister had said. “The resorts will cater to not only tourists from our State but to everyone who visits J&K on a religious pilgrimage. Ours will be the first State to service this class of tourists in the entire country,” Mr. Rawal had said.last_img read more

Audi India to launch A6 facelift on August 20

first_imgAudi India is all set to launch the face-lifted version of the A6 sedan on August 20 in the country. The face-lifted version of the A6 sedan will come with minor changes to the styling of the exterior and interior of the sedan.ALSO READ:New Audi Q3: Getting reacquaintedThe face-lifted model of the A6 sedan will come in both petrol and diesel variants.  The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TDI diesel will produce peak power of 174bhp and peak torque of 380Nm, while the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine will churn out maximum power output of 177bhp and maximum torque of 320Nm.ALSO READ:Spied: New Audi A5Moreover, the A6 sedan face-lift will come with re-designed bumpers, front grille, LED headlamps, dynamic turn indicators with sweeping function, re-designed tail-lamps and a re-designed exhausts.ALSO READ:Audi reveals Edition 21 to mark 21st anniversary of Audi A8 The interior of the face-lifted A6 sedan will sport a new dashboard with seat trims and MMI display. Moreover, the face-lifted A6 sedan can also get ventilation and massage options for the seats.ALSO READ:Audi reveal fifth-generation A4The face-lifted Audi A6 sedan will compete against the Mercedes E-class, BMW 5-series and Jaguar XF in India, with a price tag of around Rs 50 lakh – Rs 65 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).last_img read more

Joe Hart deserves more respect, says West Ham F.C.’s Jamie Noble

first_imgEngland and Manchester City F.C. goalkeeper Joe Hart has been “hard done by” and deserves more respect, West Ham United F.C. captain Mark Noble said amid media reports linking the shot-stopper with a loan move to the London club.In a career spanning more than a decade, Hart has made 348 appearances for the Premier League club and has 71 caps for England but is not City manager Pep Guardiola’s first choice keeper and spent last season on loan at Italy’s Torino.Noble says the competition for a starting spot among the keepers at West Ham F.C. will increase if Hart arrives as he contends with Adrian and Darren Randolph, and called for the 30-year-old to be given more respect.”I’ve known Joe for a long time, we played for England U21s together years ago,” Noble told Sky Sports.”He is obviously a fantastic goalie but at the minute he is not our player. We have got two really good goalies here so it would be more competition for them.”In my opinion, he (Hart) has been a little bit hard done by in recent years. He has been fantastic for England and for his club for the last 10 years, and he probably deserves a little bit more respect.”British media reports claim Hart will undergo a medical at West Ham F.C. on Monday and is close to completing a deal ahead of the team’s pre-season fixtures, which begin on Thursday against Championship side Fulham F.C.last_img read more

Report: Bayern 4 Mainz 0

first_imgBayern Munich 4 Mainz 0: Muller helps ease pressure on Ancelotti Nicholas McGee Last updated 2 years ago 23:27 16/9/2017 MullerLewandowski-Cropped Getty Images Carlo Ancelotti can breathe a little easier after Bayern Munich thumped Mainz 4-0 in the Bundesliga. Thomas Muller offered a demonstration of his worth to Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti by starring in Saturday’s 4-0 Bundesliga win over Mainz.Bayern lost their last league meeting 2-0 to Hoffenheim and were unconvincing for long periods in seeing off Anderlecht 3-0 in the Champions League in midweek, with a number of players making their frustrations clear on the pitch.Ancelotti has been under pressure as a result of Bayern’s sluggish start to the campaign, with Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann tipped as a replacement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But it was Muller, who was dropped for the Anderlecht game and has expressed irritation at being in and out of the team, who starred in a performance that should ease the burden on Ancelotti.Muller opened the scoring in the 11th minute with an effort that deflected in off Arjen Robben, who eventually doubled Bayern’s lead after they spurned a host of first-half chances.Robert Lewandowski effectively wrapped up the points by converting a magnificent cross from Muller, with the Pole then doubling his tally to add gloss to the scoreline.75 – @FCBayernEN haven’t lost any of the 75 #Bundesliga games in which @esmuellert_ has scored at least one goal. Omen. #FCBM05 @FCBayernUS— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 16, 2017Daniel Brosinski provided an early demonstration of Mainz’s threat when his curling effort was turned around the post by Manuel Neuer, but the visitors’ promising start soon dissipated and Bayern took the lead in somewhat fortuitous fashion.Mainz failed to deal with a ball in from the left and Joshua Kimmich laid off to Muller, whose effort was deflected past Rene Adler by Robben.Robin Quaison almost caught Bayern cold as he latched on to Levin Oztunali’s throughball, only to be frustrated as Neuer kept out his powerful low drive.Adler performed heroics to deny Robben and Arturo Vidal with a stunning double save following great work down the left from Kingsley Coman, who then appeared destined to double the advantage but succeeded only in striking the underside of the crossbar from point-blank range with the goal at his mercy.Lewandowski then skewed wide with seemingly the entire goal to aim at, before the second goal Bayern’s dominance deserved finally arrived via Robben.Kimmich was again instrumental as he slipped in the Dutchman, who made no mistake in lofting the ball over Adler at the near post.Just five minutes after the restart Bayern made the game safe as Muller’s excellent low delivery from the right was calmly dispatched by Lewandowski.ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?! #LewanGOALski #FCBM05 4-0 pic.twitter.com/jjZVbvDKHL— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 16, 2017The same combination almost supplied a fourth goal but Lewandowski narrowly missed getting on the end of Muller’s centre.Lewandowski then failed to connect with an overhead kick from Muller, with Fabian Frei providing Neuer with work to do at the other end with a vicious volley from outside the area.Substitute Franck Ribery was denied by Adler at the near post before Vidal clattered a header against the crossbar, yet Mainz could not prevent Lewandowski from making it four by nodding in Kimmich’s cross.Sebastian Rudy would have made it five had his rasping volley not struck the woodwork and the only dissatisfaction in the Bayern camp after this performance will be that the scoreline was not even more emphatic. Key Opta stats:- Goalkeeper Rene Adler has conceded 31 goals in his last five BL appearances away at Bayern – an average of 6.2 goals per game.- Robert Lewandowski has scored at least two goals in eight of his last nine BL appearances when scoring (six braces, two hat-tricks).- Joshua Kimmich assisted three goals in his 54th Bundesliga game – the same amount as in his 53 BL appearances before.- Manuel Neuer saved five shots – the last time he saved more was in February 2016 in a 2-0 win at Wolfsburg (eight).- In his 100th Bundesliga appearance for FC Bayern Robert Lewandowski scored his 81st and 82nd goals – a new record. The previous record was held by Rudi Voller who scored 73 goals in his first 100 Bundesliga appearances for Werder Bremen. read morelast_img read more

Brian Kelly Gives Update On Notre Dame’s QBs Before Saturday’s Game

first_imgStudent fans of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheer for their team against the Temple Owls.SOUTH BEND, IN – AUGUST 31: Student fans of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheer for their team against the Temple Owls at Notre Dame Stadium on August 31, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has given an update on the Fighting Irish’s quarterback situation heading into Saturday’s game at Wake Forest. Kind of.Kelly was asked multiple times tonight who will be starting under center for Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon. All Kelly is saying is that both quarterbacks – Brandon Wimbush and Ian Book – will be playing.“Asked Brian Kelly twice who’s starting at quarterback on Saturday. Twice he says both Brandon Wimbush and Ian Book will both play,” Pete Sampson tweeted.Asked Brian Kelly twice who’s starting at quarterback on Saturday.Twice he says both Brandon Wimbush and Ian Book will both play.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) September 20, 2018ESPN’s “Stanford Steve” of Scott Van Pelt’s SportsCenter reported on his podcast this week that he’s hearing a change at quarterback is coming.“Speaking of Notre Dame, I have a couple of sources telling me Mr. Book might be starting,” he said. “Just throwing it out there.”“Why not?” Chris Fallica replied.Wimbush has struggled to take care of the football in recent games, as the Fighting Irish’s offense has been inconsistent at best. There have been many calling for a change at quarterback heading into this weekend’s game.Notre Dame and Wake Forest are set to kick off at 12 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ABC.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Office of the Public Trustee Location Change

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Office of the Public Trustee will close at noon, Thursday, Jan. 25, to accommodate a move within their current building. The office will reopen on Monday, Jan. 29, at its new location:Office of the Public Trustee5670 Spring Garden Rd., Suite 200P.O. Box 685Halifax, NS B3J 2T3 Telephone and fax numbers will remain the same. They are phone: (902)424-7760 and fax: (902)424-0616 -30-last_img

Alicia Keys and Canadas indigenous movement share human rights award

first_img Login/Register With: The award is presented each year to an artist and an activist who have stood up to injustice, inspired others and furthered the cause of human rights. “There’s a veil that’s lifted so we’re not able to say anymore, ‘I didn’t know that,’” she said Saturday in Montreal, where she was honoured for her activism. “I do feel thoroughly confident that it’s rising such a powerful energy among the people — us the people. We are really feeling how important it is to be vocal and to take our beliefs and what we see around us and not accept it as it is.” Facebook She also co-founded a group that encourages young people to mobilize for change and speak out on issues such as gun violence and criminal justice reform. Advertisement Alongside Keys, members of Canada’s indigenous rights movement were also recognized for their fight to end discrimination and improve living conditions in indigenous communities. “If an indigenous person is killed there’s no coverage on the news,” she said. “It’s similar in America, where if a brown or a black person is killed there’s much less coverage.” Advertisement At a news conference ahead of the award ceremony, Keys said she was inspired by socially aware artists such as Nina Simone, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, all of whom were able to use their art “as this beautiful vehicle to remind us of our own personal power.” She said she believes people are increasingly aware of social inequality and are ready to do something to fight it. The 15-time Grammy winner received Amnesty International’s “Ambassador of Conscience” award which she shared with members of Canada’s indigenous rights movement. MONTREAL — American recording artist and humanitarian Alicia Keys believes a change is coming, as people in both Canada and the United States wake up to the fight against inequality and injustice. “There are far more good things than negative things overall, and the health care in Canada, I have to say, is quite impressive,” she said. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Alicia Keys said she sees similarities between the struggle of indigenous communities in Canada and that of communities fighting for equal treatment in the United States. Twitter On hand to accept the award were Quebec Idle No More founders Melissa Dupuis and Widia Lariviere, Inuk writer Delilah Saunders and activist Melanie Morrison. “You start to see how our struggles and the issues we all care about are similar no matter where we live and I think that’s bringing us together so much more, as humanity, as people,” she continued. “It’s amazing that the fight we’re having across Canada on so many different issues is finally being taken notice of,” she said. Morrison said she hoped the award would pressure the Canadian government to “follow through on their promises to indigenous people” and act on issues such as problematic policing, the need for clean water on reserves and the lack of progress on the national inquiry. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Despite the problems in the US and Canada, Keys stressed there’s a lot to be praised about both countries. Cindy Blackstock and Senator Murray Sinclair were also named as award recipients but did not attend the ceremony. Keys, who shot to fame as a songwriter and R&B artist, is known for her philanthropic work, including as co-founder of “Keep a Child Alive,” a non-profit providing treatment and care to families affected by HIV in Africa and India. Advertisement Morrison, who has been a leader in the push for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, said she was deeply touched to receive the award.last_img read more

Canadian women speak out in the wake of Weinstein allegations

first_imgThe assault, she said, took place in a Toronto hotel room during the Toronto International Film Festival, years after they first met.“He grabs me by — he holds me by the back of the neck and faces me to the mirror and very quietly tells me that he just wants to look at me and he starts to masturbate standing behind me,” she said in the CBC interview.READ MORE Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Canadian actor Erika Rosenbaum is joining those accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and sexual assault. (FACEBOOK) Canadian women are joining those who have accused disgraced Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein, of sexual harassment after a New York Times investigation revealed he’d received dozens such accusations — ostensibly avoiding consequences — over the course of decades.A spokesperson for Weinstein has denied that any of the allegations constitute sexual harassment, saying that all of his contact with his named accusers was consensual.Montreal actor Erika Rosenbaum told CBC’s The Current Friday that she experienced both “inappropriate” meetings with Weinstein and a sexual assault since she first met the producer as a young actress in L.A. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Thousands Demonstrate Against Moroccan Government in Support of Teacher Trainees

Rabat – Despite severe government repression in the past few days, thousands of teacher trainees marched in a massive rally in Rabat on Sunday in opposition to the decrees of the Ministry of National Education.Several segments of society took to the streets to support the waves of trainees that swept Rabat,  accompanied by their families, teachers, and assistants from all social, legal and political slides.41 centers, representing all education and training centers in Morocco, took part in the march starting from the square of Babb El Had. Participants in the march shouted slogans demanding the departure of Rachid Belmokhtar and Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, denouncing their support of separating training from employment as well as their plan to privatize the education sector.In separate statements to various media outlets, a number of teacher trainees emphasized their determination to continue the struggle until they achieve their demands. They have refused Belmokhtar’s decrees categorically, namely the decrees to separate training from employment and to reduce trainees’ scholarships.A number of teachers contacted by Morocco World News condemned the “fierce campaign of violence” they have faced, citing the impact of their increased marginalization and the Ministerial decrees on the future of public schools and teachers.They also pointed out that the Interior Ministry ordered buses not to carry teacher trainees from other cities to Rabat. read more

DPR Korea UN agency suspends operations over hard currency payments local staff

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has suspended its operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and will withdraw all but two of its international staff by the end of this week over the failure to implement conditions set up following reports that UN funds improperly went to the Government. “It became clear in our exchanges with the Korean Government that there was a desire to re-open issues that we considered non-negotiable and in that circumstance we had no choice,” UNDP spokesman David Morrison told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York today of the conditions which included ending all hard currency payments and discontinuing sub-contracting of national staff via government recruitment as of 1 March. The conditions, adopted by UNDP’s Executive Board in January, also included adjusting the content of current programmes to support sustainable human development goals.“There was a meeting with the DPRK authorities on 1 March and it became clear to us that we could not be in compliance with the conditions set out by our own Executive Board,” Mr. Morrison said. The DPRK has been subject to UN Security Council sanctions since October following its proclaimed nuclear test.“The two conditions with dates had to do with the use of internationally convertible currency in some of our payments and the practice employing as national staff Korean Government employees on secondment from national ministries,” he added. UNDP’s programmes in the country are now undergoing external audit after press reports suggested its own audits raised concerns about payments being channelled to the Government. Mr. Morrison said agency spending on the DPRK over that past 10 years totalled $47.5 million, of which about 40 to 60 per cent was spent in the country. Out of the current nine international staff in Pyongyang, the DPRK capital – eight UNDP and one-UNDP administered staff – seven, including the Resident Representative, will leave the country by 17 March.The agency will leave two international staff, the Deputy Resident Representative and the Operations Manager, to complete the suspension and support the independent external audit. UNDP is also putting in place measures in Pyongyang for safekeeping of records to ensure that they can be made available to the auditors.Most of the 22 national staff, comprised of 16 office staff and six project staff, will cease to work for UNDP by 15 March. UNDP has requested that four national staff remain for the period that the Deputy Resident Representative and the Operations Manager are in Pyongyang. These staff will provide basic support services. UNDP will continue to lease the office premises for the duration of the suspension.After the issue came to light in January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon promised an external, system-wide probe of UN activities in the field, targeting as his first priority countries where hard currency transactions, independence of staff hiring and access to review local projects were an issue and beginning with the DPRK. 13 March 2007The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has suspended its operations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and will withdraw all but two of its international staff by the end of this week over the failure to implement conditions set up following reports that UN funds improperly went to the Government. read more

Kawhi Leonard Is The Most WellRounded Elite Shooter Since Larry Bird

Among Kawhi Leonard’s many, varied talents is something relatively new this season: Without much warning, and in addition to his stellar defense and rebounding, the Spurs forward has become one of the most devastating 3-point shooters in the league.Leonard currently ranks second among qualified players in 3-point accuracy, having knocked down a ridiculous 48.4 percent of his threes. Before this season, his career high had been 37.9 percent (on 2.8 threes per game) and his high for attempts per game was 3.0; this year, he’s taking 3.8 per game and shattering his career numbers. Merely putting a shooting threat of that magnitude on the floor can dramatically grease the wheels of offensive efficiency: Since 1997-98,1The year the league moved the 3-point line back to its current distance of 23 feet, 9 inches. teams whose regular lineups featured a guy hitting at least 45 percent of his threes scored 2.7 more points per 100 possessions than their peers. But Leonard is more than just a long-distance sniper.On top of his range, he also rates among the league’s best defenders (his +3.4 defensive Box Plus/Minus is in the 97th percentile of NBA players) and scorers (95th percentile in points per 36 minutes), with above-average rebounding (69th percentile in rebound rate) and passing (57th percentile in assist rate) thrown in for good measure. Leonard’s all-around excellence this season has placed him squarely in the mix with Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James for the mantle of NBA’s Best Player™.As my colleague Ben Morris wrote last month, Curry has emerged as the face of the 3-point revolution sweeping across the league in recent seasons. Along those lines, you might also expect that Leonard is ushering in a new era of great shooters who also excel in other facets of the game — a sort of apex predator among the 3-and-D genus. But Leonard doesn’t symbolize some broader trend threatening to transform basketball, primarily because he’s far too unusual for anyone in today’s NBA to measure up.The typical sharpshooter at the level of Leonard this season is, and always has been, limited in other areas. Going back to ’97-98 again, the average top-five-ranked shooter by 3-point percentage profiles as follows: a highly efficient scorer2Practically by definition, given the shooting percentage required. and solid passer who’s also in the bottom half of NBA players in usage rate, the bottom third in defensive BPM and close to the bottom quarter in rebound rate. So, by and large, these are not all-around dynamos — they’re in the game to shoot the lights out, and maybe do a little ball handling. Anything else is gravy, but outside the job description. We should note that this profile isn’t really trending in a different direction over time. Leonard’s compatriots atop the 3-point percentage leaderboard this season are J.J. Redick, Omri Casspi and Jared Dudley — a trio not exactly known for superb all-around skills. Even Curry, who ranks fifth (absurdly, on more than twice as many 3-point attempts as anyone else in the same neighborhood accuracy-wise) is merely an OK rebounder and defender relative to the league. That Leonard rates so well in non-shooting categories is basically unheard of for a marksman of his caliber.Well, unless you consider Larry Bird. In 1984-85, Bird hit 42.7 percent of his treys (good for second in basketball — and remember, the league shot 28.2 percent back then) while ranking in the 87th percentile in scoring efficiency, the 96th percentile in usage, the 87th percentile in assist rate, the 83rd percentile in rebound rate and the 94th percentile in defensive BPM. Maybe that defensive number is a bit of a stretch, the residue of estimated statistics in a pre-SportVU era, but Bird was also better defensively than he sometimes gets credit for. In any case, among top-five-ranked 3-point shooters in a season, Bird’s 1979-80, ’84-85 and ’85-86 seasons are the only ones remotely comparable to Leonard’s 2015-16 in terms of all-around versatility. Nobody else comes close.That doesn’t mean Leonard is a perfect analogue for Bird, but it does underscore the rarity of his talent and the infrequency with which a world-class shooting stroke is packaged alongside other elite basketball skills. Perhaps most tantalizing of all, Leonard is only 24; he still has time to get even better.Read more: The Spurs’ Bench Could Probably Make The Playoffs On Its Own read more

Counterterror police investigating after five Birmingham mosques attacked with sledgehammer

Five mosques in Birmingham have been targeted in a string of violent attacks after having their windows were smashed with sledgehammers, prompting a counter-terror investigation.West Midlands Police said it was yet to establish a motive for the attacks, which are believed to be linked, as it confirmed that officers from its Counter Terrorism Unit had opened an investigation.The attacks come just days after Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, announced that mosques are set to share in a multimillion pound government cash injection to boost security after the New Zealand terror attack in which 50 people died.He pledged cash to provide protective security at places of worship, including mosques, and said the money would double to £1.6million in the next year.He also pledged a new £5million fund for security training after calls by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) for increased funding amid a rise in far-Right attacks in England, some of which are alleged to have been inspired by the killings of worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand last week. Officers were then alerted to a similar attack in Erdington about 45 minutes later, with more in Aston and Perry Barr reported. Another on Albert Road was struck at 10:00am. One of the attacks is understood to have taken place at a Muslim girls’ school.Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: “Since the tragic events in Christchurch, New Zealand, officers and staff from West Midlands Police have been working closely with our faith partners across the region to offer reassurance and support at mosques, churches and places of prayer. 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. “At the moment we don’t know the motive for last night’s attacks.”What I can say is that the force and the Counter Terrorism Unit are working side-by-side to find whoever is responsible.”Mr Thompson added: “At difficult times like this, it is incredibly important that everyone unites against those who seek to create discord, uncertainty and fear in our communities.”Deputy chief constable, Louisa Rolfe, said that “incidents of vandalism in a concentrated area” and police were alerted by worshippers at the first mosque when it was attacked.The other attacks were discovered by officers who were already on increase patrols around the are after last week’s terror attack in New Zealand. A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said that officers were called to reports of a man smashing windows with a sledgehammer on Birchfield Road at 02:30 on Thursday. Ms Rolfe said that that officers would be continuing to follow “dedicated patrol plans to cover mosques particularly  increased numbers at times of prayer. We are now looking at putting some additional officers in,  paying overtime and putting additional budget behind it”,She said she did not know whether it was lone attacker behind the vandalism but said “that was a possibility” and added that while officers did not have a motive, police were treating that attacks as a “hate crime”, adding: “People will draw their own conclusions. These are five places very visibly associated with the Muslim faith. They are places of prayer and worship and therefore our assumption is that the motive has been to create fear in those communities.”The force have asked anyone with information to come forward.An MCB spokesman said: “It is shocking to see how someone has chosen to use a sledgehammer to attack mosques and even a Muslim girls’ school. This comes after many Muslim institutions feel vulnerable following the horrific massacre in New Zealand.“We will be reiterating our messages of vigilance and resilience to mosques up and down the country, and hope police forces and the government not only recognise the level of threat across the country, but work with Muslim groups to help tackle Islamophobia wherever it takes place.” read more

David Cameron under pressure over press regulation

first_imgDAVID CAMERON HAS reiterated his belief that providing a legislative solution on press regulation would be a “mistake” for the UK.At a hastily-called press conference this morning, the Prime Minister outlined why his party want to see a Royal Charter implemented in response to the damning Leveson report.He said he wants to establish a system of strong self-regulation, including one million pound fines and a proper complaints procedure, while still keeping a free press. Details of the charter to provide for a tougher press regulator will be published on Monday.Quoting Winston Churchill’s statement that the media is a “sleeping guardian…the greatest foe of tyranny”, Cameron said he believes there are real dangers to having detailed statutory press regulation.The briefing on the Royal Charter came as talks between parties broke down this morning. Both Labour and the Lib Dems believe the plans give the press too much discretion over their own regulation.Hacked Off, the campaign group for those affected by recent hacking scandals, also said the PM’s statement “shows that he’s still protecting his friends in the press and betraying press abuse victims”.Judge Leveson had recommended a new independent watchdog, adding that the office should be strengthened by legislation.The Conservative leader said he has decided to bring his solution to parliament on Monday for a vote. It is unclear if the proposal will pass but Cameron said he was choosing action and leadership by ending talks.“There remains a big handful of issues, fundamental differences between parties. If we go on and on, we might not close the gap…I chose action over inaction, a workable solution over. I’ve made a choice.”He defended his position in the face of questions that victims of phone hacking would not be satisfied with a self-regulated press. Cameron said his was the “fastest possible way to deliver the strong self-regulation body that Leveson proposed that can put in place million-pound fines, prominent apologies and get justice for victims”.Earlier today, Scotland Yard said it was questioning four journalists or former journalists in relation to a suspected hacking conspiracy at the Sunday Mirror newspaper during 2003 and 2004.Sunday Mirror journalists arrested on suspicion of hackinglast_img read more

Is it becoming more dangerous to fly

first_img Source: FlightRadar24Now, given those facts, let’s look at how many crashes there are per year. Given the fact that there is 32 million flights a year, the expectation would be that there might be thousands of crashes every single the year.The reality?That’s right. In 2013, you had a 0.0004% chance of being in a plane crash.These crash statistics, it should be noted, include non-commercial and some military flights. So, if you’re a bad flier chances are you aren’t in the Air Corps or flying a cargo plane, which cuts your chances significantly.The percentage chance works out as likely as being hit by lightning. Seven times.The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) says that crashes per million departures have dropped year-on-year.However, this year’s fatality statistics have already surpassed every year since 2010.Other factors matter, such as location and airline.US statistics professor Arnold Barnett found that rich countries tend to have better records, with about a one in 14 million chance of death. In newly industrialised countries, that falls to one in two million and in the developing world, and one in 800,000 in developing nations.In African airspace, the ICAO says that there is 12.9 accidents per million. Conversely, the Middle East has 1.8, Asia and the Pacific 2.2, Europe 2.7 and the US 2.8.The RatingSo, while a cluster of incidents is bound to make some people nervous, there is no evidence that 2014 is any more dangerous in terms of crashes. It is, however, more fatal for air travel.Have an idea for something we should be checking? Email paulhosford@TheJournal.ie or tips@TheJournal.ie.Read: What ever happened to Fine Gael’s Five Point Plan?> In this series we aim to test the veracity of statements made by politicians and those in the public eye. The goal is purely unbiased, testing only the statements that become accepted as fact, not those that espouse them.FactCheck is used whenever a statement is made that needs to be tested so as to better the national conversation. If, for example, a political leader said the world was flat, it wouldn’t do the country any good to blithely accept it as true.Nor does it better our understanding to accept statements designed to obfuscate, to mislead or designed purely to gain political advantage. That is not to say we will only seek to disprove statements. Every column is be looked at purely on fact. The statements are awarded a score from 1-10 based on their merit, with 1 being outright false and 10 being 100 per cent verifiable fact.Of course, some statements go beyond the first line and, where this is the case, we will endeavour to bring you the context of statements.The StatementIn light of recent air accidents, some people think that flying has somehow become more dangerous.The FactsThe disappearance of MH370, the shooting down of MH17 and the crashing of Air Algerie flight 5017 claimed the lives of 643 people and all received considerable media attention both here and abroad, which has naturally led to some nervous fliers taking this as evidence that they are right.But do the stats back that up? Are planes falling from the sky? Should we panic? Source: AP/Press Association ImagesFirstly, it’s important to note that between the two Malaysia Airlines incidents, there were 45 aeroplane crashes, which between them accounted for 158 casualties.That is according to the Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives, a Swiss body which tracks air accidents. So, despite some getting more attention than others, there are accidents roughly every 2.5 days, based on averages for the last few years.Roughly one third of those have no fatalities and your personal chances of surviving a crash are 95.7% according to the US National Transportation Safety Board.It is also important to note that at any one time there is between 8,000 and 13,000 flights in the air and around 90,000 daily flights.That looks something like this.last_img read more

Biodiversité lextinction des espèces est responsable certaines maladies humaines

first_imgBiodiversité : l’extinction des espèces est responsable certaines maladies humainesSelon une étude publiée dans la revue Nature, l’augmentation des maladies infectieuses serait due en partie à la perte de la biodiversité.L’étude a été menée par un groupe de scientifiques, dirigé par Felicia Keesing, du Bard College de New York. Et leurs résultats sont alarmants : ils ont démontré que les espèces sauvages menacées de disparition sont aussi celles qui jouent le rôle de “tampons” et évitent à l’homme la transmission de maladies infectieuses. Les espèces résistantes, qui vivent aux côtés des hommes, sont elles responsables de l’augmentation des virus.Pour mieux comprendre le phénomène, l’étude détaille un exemple, celui de la tique. Elle se nourrit du sang des opossums, sains, et de celui des souris à pattes blanches, souvent porteuses de la maladie de Lyme. La disparition des opossums augmente donc cette infection chez les tiques, qui en remplacement se nourrissent du sang des souris. Les tiques transmettent ainsi cette maladie grave à l’homme de plus en plus souvent. Le même mécanisme entre en jeu dans la transmission de la grippe avec les oiseaux, mais aussi du virus du Nil et d’autres pathogènes.Les chercheurs appellent à une nouvelle politique immédiate de protection de la biodiversité, sans laquelle l’espèce humaine ne pourra pas survivre. En effet, les espèces résilientes –celles qui survivront à l’extinction de la biodiversité– sont aussi celles qui amplifient les pathogènes.Le 12 décembre 2010 à 13:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sanchez insists that Colombia will not just focus on Mane

first_imgColombia defender Davinson Sanchez has denied that they will be solely focusing on marking Sadio Mane in today’s final Group H game against SenegalJosé Néstor Pékerman’s side needs the win at the Samara Arena in order to progress to the next round of the World Cup with Colombia currently in third place in Group H and a point behind Senegal and leaders Japan.But Sanchez, who knows just how good Mane is after playing against the Liverpool forward for Tottenham last season, insists that himself and his fellow defenders will be concentrating on all the Senegal players – not just their star man.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“We know he’s an extraordinary player with a great season behind him, but we are going to focus on all Senegal’s qualities and we have to realise that we can hurt them,” said Sanchez, according to BT Sport.“I’ll repeat, he’s had a great season in the Premier League, but we need to look at ourselves in terms of our morale and the style of play that has allowed us to be here today.”The two nations will face each other at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

The atmosphere is different in Manchester City now Kompany

first_imgThe captain of the defending champions knows that this Premier League season will be very different for the CitizensVincent Kompany, Manchester City captain, knows that getting three titles in six years is not easy, but he feels his team can break more records now.“I’ve got to be honest. There was a feeling that whenever we won the league you came back into the first training sessions, everybody was a little bit lax, a little bit more smiles and happiness, but a little bit less committed,” he told Sky Sports, live on air.“I came in this time and it’s completely different.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The amount of seasons that I’ve started at City where I wasn’t tipped to be one of the two main centre-halves, people forget about that. It’s probably eight out of 10”, he said.“The big difference with me and perhaps other players that have come to my age, because I’ve had a past of injuries, I’ve had to step into that role a long time ago – of wanting to help my team-mates,” he told Gary Neville on TV.“Ultimately, if they do well, I get a chance to play on the biggest stage as well. I give them everything I have.”last_img read more

Media Officer Appointed for Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 11, 2018 – Providenciales – The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police has appointed Takara Bain as new Communications Officer, taking over from Sergeant Kevin Clarke, who has been serving in that capacity, for the last three years.Bain, who is a Grand Turk native, boasts extensive public relations and communications skills, starting her career as a radio personality and news anchor for Radio Turks and Caicos.   She has since held the position of Journalist and Anchor Woman for WIV Channel 4 News, Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the TCI Hospital and most recently, Head of Marketing for Digicel TCI.Acting Commissioner, Trevor Botting said, “Ms. Bain brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked in public relations, journalism and marketing for more than ten years.  Her addition to the RT&CIPF team is just one of the ways we plan to strengthen our community engagement and overall communications internally and externally.”Botting added, “The strategic priorities for the RT&CIPF include enhancing our engagement with our communities and building public confidence in the Police Force and Ms. Bain will take the lead on the communications element of this work.”Speaking on the new appointment, Bain said, “It will be a challenging role and I am very much looking forward to that challenge.  There is a great deal of good work being done by the police and it’s important that it is communicated to the public”.Bain added, “This is a positive and progressive step and I look forward to a long and successful association with the Police Force”.Bain has a Baccalaureate Degree in Radio, Television and Internet Media from Lynn University in Boca Raton, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Marketing.Regards,Sergeant #166Gracebay Police PostRoyal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more