Bahamas AG Response to Erroneous News Reports and Commentary

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 21, 2018 – Nassau – Based upon news accounts and commentary upon my Report to the United Nations in Geneva during the recent Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process on Human Rights it has become apparent that there is a great deal of misunderstanding of the nature of the exercise.The Bahamas has been a member of the United Nations since Independence, and every five years is called upon, along with every other member State, to report on what it has done to live up to the commitments that it made five years previously to address international concerns about Human Rights, which it has previously committed to undertake at the previous UPR held five years before.Each country is obliged to show the extent to which it has lived up to its commitments or what they are in process of doing to live up to commitments made, and also whether or not it will seek to address other concerns of the international community, which it has not yet committed to address.Over the past several days and during my absence abroad I have been accused of announcing government policy to the international community without having first announced these matters to the Bahamian people.Nothing could be further from the truth. Over the past month or more I have given Press interviews and read Press reports or seen TV newscasts in which I have spoken about:(1) “Marital Rape” and clearly stated that we were drafting an amendment to the Sexual Offences Act. I also clearly stated that the new proposed offence of “aggravated spousal abuse” was a preferred means to avoid stigmatizing incidents in a subsisting marriage as “rape”, but was necessary also as a means to provide protection to abused spouses;(2) “The intention to amend the Bahamas Nationality Act” where I spoke to the Press about the government’s intention to provide a legal framework where children of Bahamian males or females, born in or out of marriage anywhere in the world could receive citizenship by being registered “upon application”.(3) “The Independent Committee to review the backlog of constitution-based citizenship applications by persons born in The Bahamas to non-Bahamian parents after Independence”. Again, a number of Press reports covered my comments on this matter.(4) “Immigration Law reforms” comments that I made were also reported, particularly the proposed increased penalties for harbouring and providing employment to undocumented migrants.In each case mentioned in my remarks at the UN UPR in Geneva I was careful to state that these initiatives were “draft” Bills, “proposed” Laws or “being finalized”. Where I spoke about the Independent Committee on Citizenship applications, I mentioned the fact that the government “plans to introduce” a Review Committee chaired by a retired Chief Justice.I further, in respect of the draft “aggravated spousal sexual abuse” amendment Bill, specifically stated in Geneva that the Bill had been forwarded to religious leaders and civil society for consultation; (each of whom having been specifically asked to consult with their associates or affiliated organizations).  This had been done since early January, 2018.  Up to the day of my comments I had received only one reply from civil society which reflected what I viewed as general support, with a few points of criticism as to certain aspects of the proposed Bill, such as the time limit.All of these statements are facts; facts that I have spoken to the Bahamian People about, through the news media, on a number of occasions, and before going to defend my country’s Human Rights record in Geneva.Each of these items were mentioned specifically to show the ongoing seriousness with which the government was either addressing previous commitments made to improve Human Rights, or grappling with the means to effect social progress, protect the vulnerable and take The Bahamas to a better place for the benefit of all Bahamians.It is therefore deeply distressing to see my words apparently deliberately distorted, contorted and twisted out of all recognition.I therefore urge all Bahamians to actually read the words in the Report that I gave to the UN, rather than to be driven by the excesses and errors depicted in Social Media and, most of all, to avoid knee-jerk commentary. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel, QCAttorney General and Minister of Legal AffairsJanuary 19, 2018center_img Related Items:last_img read more

Man shot in buttocks during altercation outside Pacific Beach bar

first_imgMan shot in buttocks during altercation outside Pacific Beach bar KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 22, 2019 April 22, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 30-year-old man was shot by another man early this morning during an altercation with a group of people outside of a Pacific Beach bar, police said.It happened shortly before 2:40 a.m. outside Open Bar, 4302 Mission Blvd., San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.The 30-year-old man was leaving the bar when he got into an altercation with a group of people outside the bar for unknown reasons and one of the men in the group pulled out a gun and the victim tried to run away, Buttle said.The gunman fired multiple shots at the victim and struck him at least one in the buttocks, the officer said.A friend drove the victim to a hospital, where he was treated for injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, Buttle said.No detailed descriptions of the gunman were immediately available.Detectives from the San Diego Police Department’s northern division were investigating the shooting. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Shooting reported at Texas high school

first_imgA shooting was reported Friday morning at a high school in Texas, where a witness said a gunman opened fire with a shotgun, prompting the district to initiate a “lockdown.””There was someone that walked in with a shotgun and started shooting, and this girl got shot in the leg,” an eyewitness identified as Nikki told local television station KTRK of the incident at Santa Fe High School in a suburb of Houston.The eyewitness said students fled the school in a panic.Parent Richard Allen told the station he arrived at the school soon after the shooting and reported seeing a number of victims being taken away in ambulances.”My son said someone went into the art room and started shooting a lot of the kids,” Allen said.A large contingent of police as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding to the school campus.Television footage showed students being led out of the school in a single file.Some students were evacuated to a nearby auto shop, where parents were picking up their children, according to KHOU TV.The school district announced a “lockdown” in response to the shooting, but it was not immediately clear how many schools were affected”This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter. The district has initiated a lockdown,” it said on its website.last_img read more

PM asks army to stay alert against internal external threats

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday directed members of Bangladesh Army to keep a constant vigil to face any “internal and external threats” to safeguard the country’s constitution and sovereignty.“You will have to always remain ready to face any ‘internal or external threats’ unitedly to protect the sacred constitution and sovereignty of the motherland,” she said.The prime minister was addressing the “national standard” handing over ceremony of the Bangladesh Infantry Regiments (BIR)-7th, 8th, 9th and 10th at Shaheed Colonel Anis Parade Ground at Rajshahi Cantonment Sunday morning.She handed over the national standard to the commander of the respective regiments.A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Army presented the salute to the prime minister through a spectacular parade.Along with chief of army staff general Aziz Ahmed and the parade commander, the prime minister reviewed the parade riding on a decorated open jeep.Describing Bangladesh Army as an asset of the country and a symbol of the confidence and the trust of the people, the prime minister also asked its members to be more professionally-efficient and welfare-minded with social and religious values.“Bangladesh Army is our asset and a symbol of confidence and trust of the people…so, you will have to be more competent, efficient, honest and welfare-minded being imbued with social and religious values to achieve desired standard of professionalism,” she said.Noting that her government always received constant support of the army to serve the people, Sheikh Hasina expressed her firm belief that the army will stand beside the people whenever it will be necessary during the running of the state by the present government.The premier said the members of Bangladesh Army played an important role in upholding the democratic trend of the country by performing their responsibilities with utmost sincerity in the 11th Jatiya Sangsad polls.“I extend my thanks to you and I also express gratitude to the people for the opportunity to form the government for the fourth time and the third consecutive term,” she said.The premier said her government always wants to run the country as the servants of the people, never rulers.Mentioning that the government is pledge-bound to build a modern and all-round armed forces, Sheikh Hasina said for this the government has framed the Forces Goal-2030 which is being implemented in phases.As part of it, she said, new infantry divisions, brigades, units and training centres were established. Besides, three new divisions were formed in the army, she also said.The prime minister said her government has established para commando brigade for the first time, while MLRS and Missile Regiment have also been added to the army for further strengthening the country’s air defence system.Besides, the present government has strengthened operational capability of the army to a great extent through inducting various modern war equipment, helicopters and modern infantry gazettes to keep pace with the developed world, she added.Referring to her government’s steps for women’s empowerment, the prime minister said the government took an epoch making decision to get female officers and soldiers enrolled to the army.Sheikh Hasina said in continuation of the initiative, appointing female pilots for the first time in the history of the army opened up a new horizon.The prime minister recalled that despite economic constraints, the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman took steps to establish strong armed forces in the country.At the directives of Bangabandhu, she said, Bangladesh Military Academy was founded in Cumilla Cantonment in 1972.Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu framed the defence policy in 1974 by realizing the necessity of a developed and professional army.The premier said in the light of Bangabandhu’s far-reaching defence policy, a process for modernisation of the army is underway. Today, Bangladesh Army has been elevated to a dignified position at home and abroad, she said.Sheikh Hasina said that in order to infuse more dynamism into the Infantry Division, her government for the first time established its second regiment alongside the East Bengal Regiment. “I approved in principle the formation of Bangladesh Infantry Regiment in 1999 and formally hoisted its flag in April 2001,” she said.The prime minister said Bangladesh Infantry Regiment is the first regiment established after independence. There are 43 units including two para commando battalions in the regiment, she said.“The members of the regiment have a good reputation at home and abroad and I hope that they will continue to uphold this reputation,” she added.Sheikh Hasina said her government has taken all kinds of steps to build Bangladesh Infantry Regimental Centre as a modern training centre. The work on increasing training and administrative facilities is underway, she said.Besides safeguarding the country’s independence and sovereignty, she said, the army has engaged themselves in the nation building programmes.“Due to your professional efficiency, the important responsibility of supervising work on the Padma Bridge and the construction work of Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive, the Hatirjheel Project in Dhaka and Mohipal Flyover in Feni was given to you,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said the army members at different foreign missions are bringing honour and dignity through sacrifice, dutifulness andprofessionalism which has further brightened Bangladesh’s image abroad.She said the flag is a symbol of independence, sovereignty, honour and dignity. “So it’s a responsibility of all soldiers to protect the dignity of the flag,” she said.The prime minister said earning ability of getting the national flag by any unit is a matter of rare honour and pride. “The national flag, a symbol of independence and sovereignty, has been handed over to you and I extend my heartiest congratulations to BIR-7,8,9 and 10 for achieving this honour and glory,” she said.“You’ll have to remain always prepared to protect the dignity of the flag which you have received as recognition to your work with efficiency, hard exercise and dutifulness,” she said.Earlier on her arrival at the venue, the prime minister was received by chief of army staff general Aziz Ahmed and GOC and area commander of the army and the Commandant of the Bangladesh Infantry Regimental Centre.Ministers, advisers to the prime minister, parliament members, the chiefs of navy and air force, former army chiefs, foreign diplomats and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.last_img read more

New Town gets recognised as Bengals first Green City

first_imgKolkata: Indian Gold Building Council (IGBC) has recognised New Town as a Green City.IGBC is part of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). It is one of the organisations whose green building certification is accepted by the state government for awarding additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR). New Town becomes the state’s first township to get the Green City tag.To award the certification, IGBC considers several factors that include eco-vision of the city, land use planning, health and well being, sustainable mobility, water, energy and infrastructure management, information technology and innovation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThree water ATMs that have been installed at Eco Park have received accolades from IGBC. The bamboo railings for the road medians and tall tree nursery are joint ventures of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) and Forest Development Corporation.The GPS-based vehicles launched for effective solid waste management and automatic control for street lights, e-governance for collection of property tax, issuing of certificates and building plans of the township have been lauded by IGBC. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe introduction of electric air-conditioned buses hasbeen appreciated under the sustainable mobility issue. The three buses introduced in New Town have become immensely popular and they cover an area not covered by the normal buses.The bodies of the 32 seater buses have been built byEicher, while the electrical systems have been installed by Pune-based KPIT. The fare of the buses is Rs 10. Battery charging centres have been set up.More than 20,000 people have travelled in the buses in the past one and a half months. The cycle-hiring scheme, the only of its kind in the country, has also received national recognition.The Eco Park has come up as the most well maintained urban park in Eastern India. The park stands on 480 acres of land and is surrounded by 112 acres of waterbody. The park’s miniature replicas of the seven wonders of the world have attracted both domestic and foreign tourists.last_img read more

Play up with hair for parties

first_imgWhat’s new in the hair trend this winter? Are you planning to let your hair flow the same boring way? Experts suggest going for two top knots or a French braid instead of tying your hair in a boring bun for a fun party. Here’s how you can try some stylish hairdos:French braid: Begin with using a dry shampoo on your lengths and ends to help create texture. Take a centre parting and braid your hair on both sides using the French braid technique. Continue braiding till you reach the nape area and secure it with rubber bands. Open up the braids a little bit and spray finishing spray for hold. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCentre-parted wavy hair:Spray a prepping product on the roots, lengths and ends to give thickness and volume. Blast dry the hair so that the product is worked into the hair. Use a tong and curl the ends using big vertical sections. Open up the curls and use a hairspray for hold and shine.Low side bun: Use volumising spray on the lengths and ends for body and texture. Work the product into the hair with a brush and dryer. Take a side parting and tie your hair into a low ponytail at the nape area and secure it with a rubber band. Use a curling tong and tong the hair that is in the ponytail to create some movement. Twist the hair into a low bun and pin it up with bobby pins. Pull out a few strands and finish by applying a hairspray for added shine. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTwo top knots:Apply a smoothing cream on your lengths and ends for a soft and smooth texture. Take a centre parting and divide the hair into two equal parts. Tie two high ponytails of both sides of the parting and secure them with rubber bands. Twist the hair in the ponytail and wrap it around to look like a top knot. Secure it with pins.  Repeat the same on both sides.Messy ponytail: To achieve the messy ponytail, apply a texturising spray to the lengths and end. Tie a high pony and secure it with a rubber band. Put some loose pieces for a messy effect and finish by spraying a shine hairspray.last_img read more

Facebook open sources LogDevice a distributed data store for logs

first_imgFacebook made its distributed log system, called LogDevice available as an open source project, two weeks back. It is a highly scalable and fault-tolerant distributed data store for sequential data. LogDevice comes with features such as high write availability, consistency guarantees, non-deterministic record placement, and a local log store. LogDevice is widely used at Facebook. Existing use cases of LogDevice include stream processing pipelines, distribution of index updates in large distributed databases, machine learning pipelines, replication pipelines, and durable reliable task queues. LogDevice is designed from the ground up so that it can serve different logs with high reliability and efficiency at scale. It is also highly tunable which allows the use cases as mentioned above to be optimized for the right set of trade-offs when it comes to durability-efficiency and consistency-availability space. Let’s have a look at the key features of LogDevice. High write availability LogDevice comes with high write availability which is uncommon in most of the existing logging applications of Facebook. LogDevice efficiently separates record sequencing from record storage. It uses non-deterministic placement of records which improves the write availability and betters the tolerate temporary load imbalances caused by spikes in the write load on individual logs. Consistency Guarantees The consistency guarantees provided by a LogDevice log are similar to the ones provided by a record-oriented file system. It comes with built-in data loss detection and reporting. In case data loss occurs, the Log sequence numbers (LSNs) of all records that were lost gets reported to every reader attempting to read the affected log and range of LSNs. Although, there are no ordering guarantees provided for records of different logs. Non-deterministic record placement LogDevice has a different approach when it comes to record placement. First, the ordering of records in a log is decoupled from the actual storage of record copies. For each log in a LogDevice cluster, it runs a sequencer object whose only job is issuing the monotonically increasing sequence numbers as records. The sequencer runs either on a storage node or on a node which has been reserved for sequencing. After the record has been stamped with a sequence number, the copies of that record get stored on any storage node within a cluster. The LogDevice client library is capable of performing the reordering and occasional de-duplication of records. This makes sure that the records get delivered to the reader application in the order of their LSNs. Local Log Store The local log store of LogDevice is called LogsDB. LogsDB is a write-optimized datastore which has been designed to keep the number of disks seeks small and controlled. Also, the write and read IO patterns on the storage device are mostly sequential. The write-optimized data stores offer great performance when writing data, even if it belongs to multiple files or logs. Apart from that, LogsDB is quite efficient for log tailing workloads, which is a common pattern of log access where records are delivered to readers soon after they are written. These records are never read again except in rare cases such as massive backfills. LogsDB is built on top of RocksDB, which is an ordered durable key-value data store based on LSM trees. LogsDB act as a time-ordered collection of RocksDB column families. Each RocksDB instance is called a LogsDB partition. For more information, visit the official LogDevice website. Read Next Facebook researchers build a persona-based dialog dataset with 5M personas to train end-to-end dialogue systems Facebook Dating app to release as a test version in Colombia ACLU sues Facebook for enabling sex and age discrimination through targeted adslast_img read more