International Yoga Day: Rajasthan creates Guinness record

first_imgRajasthan created a world record on Thursday by bringing more than a lakh people together at a yoga session.Two representatives from Guinness World Records watched as yoga guru Baba Ramdev put the gathering, which included Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, through a series of asanas. The international private organisation then handed over a certificate to Ms. Raje and Baba Ramdev, saying it had been the largest gathering worldwide of people performing yoga. Enthusiasts perform yoga during an event to set the Guinness World Record for the largest yoga lesson during the International Day of Yoga at Kota in Rajasthan on June 21, 2018.  | Photo Credit: PTIlast_img

Sports Wrap: Yuvraj eyes Test return, Kohli-Dhoni in IPL faceoff and more

first_imgYuvraj Singh wants to play Tests againYuvraj Singh is not ready to give up. Despite a period of poor form and fitness concerns, Yuvraj Singh has not given up hopes of a Test comeback. The gutsy cricketer has been through a lot over the last half-a-decade and he is now prepared to grind it through further.BCCI forgives West Indies for abandoning 2014 tourBoard of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar has decided to waive off the USD 41.97 million claim for damages imposed on the West Indies Cricket Board for abandoning their tour of India midway in 2014. West Indies will visit in India to complete the unfinished matches next year.Pune, RCB eye return to winning waysRising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore will aim to return to winning ways when they meet in an Indian Premier League clash at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday. Both teams started off in promising fashion by winning their respective opening matches, but lost their way thereafter with back to back defeats. A win on Friday will be crucial in getting their campaign back on track.Pandya brothers draw inspiration from Pathan brothersThe brothers from Baroda, Hardik and Krunal Pandya, who are stealing the show with some strong performances in the Indian Premier League 2016, said the Pathan brothers — Yusuf and Irfan — who had also played for the city in Gujarat, were their inspiration.Alexis Sanchez double lifts Arsenal into third placeArsenal’s resurgent Alexis Sanchez scored twice to help ease their top-four jitters in a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League at a less than full Emirates Stadium on Thursday. They moved above Manchester City into third place with 63 points.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham to offer Carroll to Newcastle for Shelvey

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham to offer Carroll to Newcastle for Shelveyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham striker Andy Carroll is being linked with a return to Newcastle United.The Daily Express says Carroll’s agent is in talks over a return to Newcastle.The move would see Jonjo Shelvey transfer to West Ham in a swap.The Hammers are reportedly trying to offload the striker before his contract expires in the summer while Shelvey has fallen down the pecking order under Rafa Benitez. last_img

Metis Nation can go it alone MNC president vows to push government

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsThe Metis National Council (MNC) is encouraging the federal government to continue its work on the Indigenous rights framework agreement that was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Valentine’s Day.“The simple answer is yes, the Metis Nation can go it alone,” President Clement Chartier told those gathered in Winnipeg. “There’s no reason why Canada cannot pass the same legislation and make it Metis nation specific.”According to the government, the framework will “provide clarity and certainty on Canada’s responsibilities toward engaging with Indigenous Peoples.”But while Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has been travelling the country meeting with Indigenous leaders, many First Nation chiefs and grassroots people want the government to put the framework legislation on hold.A B.C. chief told APTN News that Canada may have already decided to delay tabling legislation before the end of year.“I haven’t been told that it’s not going to proceed to try to meet the deadline for passage before the next election,” Chartier said.Tom Isaac, who was federally appointed by Bennett as the minister’s special representative on reconciliation with Metis said the framework is a unique opportunity for the Metis Nation to have their rights acknowledged by the federal government.“What’s important is, is that the framework that’s being proposed is there’s nothing that hurts, negatively impacts or limits the rights,” said Isaac. “It’s all about acknowledgement and moving forward and that’s what’s critical.”Chartier said he remains optimistic that the framework will proceed for the Metis – but is worried about the timeframe.“If it’s not tabled relatively soon it’s not going to meet the deadline prior to the next election,” he said. “At that time it becomes kind of irrelevant, if it’s going to be dealt with after the election because we would need to wait until the outcome of that election and so gets into power.“If liberals get re-elected the we would continue to press them to move forward on that legislation, if the conservatives form government, I don’t think we’d have much of an opportunity to even have that dialogue.”abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

EPA chemical safety nominee drops out amid strong opposition

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his nomination Wednesday after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely.Officials at the White House and the Senate told The Associated Press that Michael Dourson had sent a letter asking his name to be removed from consideration to serve as head of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. The two officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.North Carolina’s two Republican senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, said last month they would vote against Dourson’s nomination after The Associated Press and other media outlets detailed his past work as a toxicologist hired to defend major chemical companies.The Senate’s 48 Democrats were united in opposition, meaning only one more GOP defection would be needed to defeat Dourson’s nomination.In his letter asking the president to withdraw his name from consideration, which was obtained by the AP, Dourson said his stepping aside “avoids unnecessarily politicizing the important environmental protection goals of Administrator Pruitt.”“I sincerely and deeply appreciate all the love and support by my family, friends and colleagues during this ‘surprising’ confirmation process,” he went on to say.Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said his staunch objections to Dourson’s nomination were never a matter of partisanship.“I sincerely believe he is the wrong person to hold this important position, and it’s become clear that, even with a Republican majority in the Senate, he could not be confirmed,” Carper said. “Dourson, an individual who has spent most of his career promoting less protective chemical safety standards, had no business overseeing our nation’s chemical safety laws.”The EPA’s press office did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday evening. Dourson has already been serving at the agency as a senior adviser to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. It was not immediately clear whether he will continue in that role, which does not require Senate confirmation.The AP reported in September that Dourson has for years accepted payments for criticizing studies that raised concerns about the safety of his clients’ products, according to a review of financial records and his published work.Past corporate clients of Dourson and of a research group he ran include Dow Chemical Co., Koch Industries Inc. and Chevron Corp. His research has also been underwritten by industry trade and lobbying groups representing the makers of plastics, pesticides, processed foods and cigarettes.Burr and Tillis, both of whom are considered reliably pro-business conservatives, cited Dourson’s past work and worries among their home-state constituents about tainted drinking water in opposing his nomination.Marine veterans and their families have blamed decades-old contamination of wells at a North Carolina base with solvents and dry-cleaning chemicals for infant deaths and serious health problems, including cancer.More recently, concerns have been raised about undisclosed discharges of chemicals used to manufacture Teflon and GoreTex into the Cape Fear River, a source of municipal drinking water for Wilmington and other southeastern North Carolina communities.Dourson worked at the EPA for more than a decade, leaving in 1994 as the manager at a lab that assessed the health risks of exposure to chemicals. The following year, he founded Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, a private, non-profit organization that tests chemicals and produces reports on which chemicals are hazardous in what quantities.Dourson’s views toward industry are consistent with others Trump has selected as top federal regulators. Among them is Pruitt, who in March overruled the findings of his agency’s own scientists to reverse an effort to ban chlorpyrifos, one of the nation’s most widely used pesticides.Court records show Dourson and his work have also often been called on when his corporate clients are seeking to fend off lawsuits.Dourson’s withdrawal was first reported Wednesday by Bloomberg News.___Follow Associated Press environmental reporter Michael Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbiesecklast_img read more

Alberta premier ready to talk but wants action at Trans Mountain meeting

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she will attend a meeting about the Trans Mountain pipeline in good faith and with an open mind, but the bottom line is the expansion project must get built without delay.Notley also says she will bring in legislation next week that would allow her to curtail oil shipments to British Columbia — regardless of the outcome of her Sunday meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan.Such action is expected to cause gas prices and other costs to spike in B.C.Trudeau has called the meeting for Ottawa amid increasing public pressure to resolve the impasse over Kinder Morgan’s pipeline from Edmonton to the port at Burnaby, B.C.The $7.4-billion expansion would triple the amount of oil headed to the coast, which Notley says is critical to ease transportation bottlenecks that are causing Canadian heavy oil to sell at a deep discount.The project already has federal approval, but Kinder Morgan says delay tactics and court challenges by B.C. have put the financial viability of it in jeopardy.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

To grab property woman and lover bump off her parents

first_imgNew Delhi: To grab the parental property, a woman with her paramour hatched the dramatic plot to kill her parents by smothering them to death in Outer Delhi’s Paschim Vihar area. Police have found that the daughter was the main conspirator who mixed sleeping pills in their parent’s tea and later killed them with her lover.An investigator told this newspaper that the daughter during interrogation showed no remorse for killing her parents. “The duo hatched the plan to grab a property owned by the elderly couple at Deepak Vihar’s Nilothi extension. Roughly the cost of property estimated at Rs 50 lakh,” police said. Police identified the accused as Davinder Kaur alias Sonia (mastermind) and Prince Dixit alias Vikram. The investigation agency said that the accused wanted to sell the property so they have contacted few property dealers. “They wanted to flee Delhi at the earliest,” police said. The case came to the limelight on March 8 around 4.30 pm after information was received to police that a female body was found in the drain near village Sayed in Nangloi. “Apparently, it seemed that the deceased was murdered by someone and the dead body was thrown into the drain,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Seju P Kuruvilla. During the investigation, the body was identified as that of Jageer Kaur (47). On further enquiry, it was found that her husband Gurmeet Singh was also missing. During the search on March 9, a male body was found by the police team which was later identified as Gurmeet Singh. “During questioning, the statements of Davinder Kaur were found to be suspicious and contradictory with the facts and circumstances. After sustained interrogation, she finally revealed that she herself was involved in the murder of her parents,” said the DCP. Davinder told police that she had left her husband and was in the relationship with Prince Dixit for the last one year. “Davinder and Dixit wanted to grab the property at Deepak Vihar in Nilothi extension so the duo hatched a conspiracy to kill her parents and grab the property,” the officer said. Jageer Kaur left for Jalandhar on February 10. “On February 21, the accused intoxicated her father by mixing sleeping pills in his tea. At night, Dixit came to the house with two more people and smothered Gurmeet Singh to death. “They then packed the body in a suitcase and threw it in a drain near Sayed Nangloi village,” he added. Dixit fled to Lucknow the next morning along with the two other accused, the officer said. Dixit was informed a day before that Jageer Kaur would return Delhi from Punjab on March 2. “He came back to Delhi with one of his friends. The same day, her daughter gave sleeping pills to her mother and once she fell asleep, Kaur was smothered to death by the accused duo who then disposed of the body in the same drain after stuffing it inside a suitcase,” Kuruvilla said adding that Gurmeet was a carpenter by profession.last_img read more

Sweatproof your makeup this season

first_imgSummer is full of wonderful things – but melting makeup, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky lipstick are not among them. Here one need to adopt best tips for keeping makeup looking fresh and pretty, even when the weather is working against you. So here is the checklist of skin care habit to adopt in this summer to prevent melting makeup. Slather the sunscreen Skipping the sunscreen is a cardinal sin on any given day. But the effects of it are even harsher on days when the sun is at its brightest. Look for sunscreen with SPF 30 at least and make it a part of your daily skincare routine before you step out of the house. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHack to ensure you apply sunscreen everyday is to find a moisturiser that has a generous amount of SPF in it. Apply It generously not just on the face but also neck, arms, and chest or any part of the body that may be exposed to the sun. Scrub with care It’s during warmer months that your skin need exfoliation the most. Gentle exfoliation during the warmer months saves you from clogged pores and removes blackheads and whiteheads, which in turn gives your skin a chance to breathe. As with any skincare product, it’s best to scan the label beforehand for red flags such as fragrances and alcohol. For sensitive skin, explicators with micro-beads work best. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award Lighten the lotion Moisturisers don’t have to be banished to the back ends of your beauty drawer with the dawn of spring. In fact, using light, water-based moisturisers will keep your skin soft and nourished during these months. This holds especially true for these with sensitive skin as water-based moisturisers get absorbed easily and don’t leave a tacky layer behind the same theory applies to body lotions. Using oil- or glycerin-based body lotions can cause acne on your back and upper arms bringing your noodle strap top dreams to a resounding halt. Chuck out your old make-up We all have a soft corner for that limited edition blush or that perfect shade of lipstick we bought a few years ago even though our minds tell us to bin it. But you need to start listening to your logic and follow the expiry dates.This includes filtering the stash and getting rid of lipsticks that smell wired, foundations that have separated and blushes that have damaged bristles. (inputs by Yashu Jain, MD, Mattlook cosmetics)last_img read more

Rupee rises 79 paise to 6944 vs USD as mkt cheers exit

first_imgMumbai: The rupee appreciated 79 paise to 69.44 against the US dollar in opening trade Monday after exit poll results suggested another term for the ruling NDA government, even as crude oil prices firmed up. Forex traders said investors welcomed the exit poll results that predict a thumping majority for the current BJP-led government. Sentiments were also buoyed by positive opening in domestic equities. The rupee opened at 70.36 the interbank forex market, then gained further ground to touch 69.44 per dollar, displaying gains of 79 paise against the greenback. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra On Friday, the rupee had settled at 70.23 against the US dollar. Foreign funds pulled out Rs 1,057.82 crore in the capital markets on a net basis Thursday, provisional data showed. The benchmark BSE Sensex was trading with gains of 718.11 points, or 1.89 per cent, to quote at 38,657.65, while the NSE Nifty was trading at 11,615, up 207.85 points, or 1.82 per cent. Meanwhile, brent crude, the global benchmark, was trading at 73.28 per barrel higher by 1.48 per cent.last_img read more

Morocco Caucus At US Congress Strongly Supports Moroccos Autonomy Plan For

first_imgWashington-  The “Morocco caucus” at the US Congress reiterated firm support to the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara and recalls the US administration “unchanged position” on the issue.In a letter to US president Barak Obama on the eve of a working visit to Washington by HM King Mohammed VI (Nov.22), the caucus stresses the utmost importance that this issue has for Morocco, calling the US chief executive to seize the “opportunity” of the Moroccan king’s visit to “reaffirm the US unchanged policy of support to a settlement based on large autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty.The Moroccan autonomy initiative put forward by Morocco in 2007 remains “the best framework for a negotiated political solution,” says the letter which also insists “it is one of the few issues enjoying wide consensus both at the House of Representatives and the Senate”. Of Morocco-US relations, the congress members recall that Morocco, the first nation to recognize the United States of America, is “a friend country and a solid partner in North Africa”, sharing “our values and aspirations for the region. As such, the letter goes on, “given the current juncture at the regional level”, relations with Morocco have “a capital and strategic importance”.The Morocco caucus also urges for seizing the opportunity of HM the King’s trip to Washington to consolidate “strategic relations” with Morocco to face “common challenges in North Africa and the Sahel region”.last_img read more

Zlatan apologizes to Manchester United fans for arriving too late

first_imgThe great Zlatan Ibrahimovic feel very sorry for not being able to produce more for Manchester United and playing for the club at a later stage of his career.All the fans that got to watch and enjoy Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career in Europe from start to finish, know very well how good the striker was in his better years, all but the Manchester United fans at least. When the Swedish striker player for clubs like Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, and even at PSG, his level was at the very top amongst the best strikers in the world. By the time the Red Devils attempted to sign Ibrahimovic, it was a little late in his career and he doesn’t feel like he delivered the Zlatan we all knew from his best form.? “I think the boss has something going on. We will keep that a secret!”#MUFC #MUTOUR— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 24, 2018harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Then there was also that nasty knee injury he suffered on his first season playing with United, that prompted a very short-lived career with the English club and left the fans thirsty for more Zlatan goals after scoring 28 goals in his first 46 appearances. Now that the Red Devils are visiting Los Angeles for the summer tour, the LA Galaxy striker has already visited his former team and spoken to the club’s communication staff about the best moments he lived in the club. However, Zlatan does have some regrets.“I feel sorry for the fans – if they’d seen me younger, they’d have seen a different lion. For the Premier League, it would have been dangerous, as I would have eaten them for breakfast; instead, I took them for lunch. But I came: they wanted me, I gave them me and I took over. Been there and done that. I would need more time to explain my feelings but let’s start with a big thanks to everybody – what they did was amazing and I hope they are as happy as I am.“I gave as much as I could for as long as I could; when I got injured, I got support in a different way. They always stood behind me and my team-mates. “They are special: everywhere I see red, I think about United. It will remain in history and my career; when I look back at my time with United, I will do it with a smile. I wish them all the best in the future,” Zlatan told the Manchester United website.last_img read more

Lukaku hints at Serie A move

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has suggested that a move to the Serie A may be a part of his future plansThe 25-year-old striker has spent the last eight seasons at the Premier League following stints with Chelsea, West Brom, Everton and now Manchester United.In that time, Lukaku has notched 105 goals and 41 assists in 228 appearances in the English top-flight.Yet Lukaku indicated that following his brother, Jordan, to the Serie A could be on the agenda.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Why not? I hope so,” replied Lukaku, when asked by La Gazzetta dello Sport.Jordan is a left-back who has spent the last two seasons at Serie A club Lazio and has made 63 appearances across all competitions in the process.Lukaku also praised Italian champions Juventus, who United will face on October 23 in the Champions League at Old Trafford.The striker scored both goals in Belgium’s 2-1 Nations League win over Switzerland on Friday and will likely start again in their clash with the Netherlands on Tuesday.last_img read more

Emery I wanted to sign Lacazette for PSG

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery revealed his long-term admiration for Alexandre Lacazette with a surprising transfer revelationWhen the Spaniard first took charge of Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, then-Lyon striker Lacazette was among his top transfer targets for the club.The France international scored 129 and added a further 43 assists in 275 appearances for Lyon before Arsene Wenger scooped in and signed him for Arsenal.But things could have turned out different for Lacazette had the relationship between PSG and Lyon not been difficult.“When I arrived at PSG we were thinking about signing Lacazette,” said Emery, according to the Daily Mirror.“His quality and his characteristics we liked, and the people who were working at the club when we arrived, they said to us, ‘This player has the quality to play for PSG’.“He was at Lyon and it wasn’t easy to have the conversation or to sign a player from Lyon or for Lyon from PSG. But now we are speaking together with Laca every day.”After a difficult first season in the Premier League, Lacazette has since scored four goals in eight games for Arsenal this term.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Last year was his first year in the Premier League, it was a different league to the French League, a different position for him, a different rhythm,” continued Emery.“Not a different mentality, though, because he has a very good mentality and he gives himself very good chances to score. He is very efficient.“But he needs to continue his adaptation to us, to the Premier League and to its rhythm.“And this year we are looking at one step more in this level from last year.“We are very happy but my message to him is: ‘Every day, don’t stop. Don’t stop in training, don’t stop in matches’.“He must carry on to find his best performance, not just in matches but in each minute of the 90 minutes and he has to keep on doing that.“I believe in him — and in the other players — but in his characteristics, we need him to keep feeling well with his role in the team and with his quality.”last_img read more

Moment of Silence held by country leaders for drowned Haitians

first_img#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 25, 2017 – Cramped conditions and 69 people on board coupled with a treacherous reef and stormy weather led to the capsize of a relatively small wooden sloop, says Police Commissioner, James Smith.  The Governor, His Excellency, Dr. John Freeman offered condolences to the Haitian people and led a moment of Silence for the dearly departed.Haiti was represented in its Consul at a press conference which just wrapped up at the Hilly Ewing Building.  Leaders focused also on the issue of human smuggling, which is universally illegal.    One survivor is in Police custody and it is his information which is giving Police and Border Control insight into how many were on board and when the boat departed Haiti.The boat left Haiti on January 20, 2017 said the Commissioner who also explained that a call to 911 exposed that there were people seen running on the Beach in northwest point early yesterday. There were ten found dead yesterday, another male body discovered by Police this morning and a report of a female body washed ashore at the Amanyara Resort, also this morning.  Police have no idea how many died in the mishap and how many made it to shore and again, with the same appeal echoed by the Governor and Premier, asked for the public to report what they know in the case.Through Haitian Consul, Jacques Adolphe, there is dialogue with Haiti which will see it’s new government officially installed in two weeks.  Consul Adolphe expressed that this issue is important to the Haitian Government.    In recent years Haiti has resisted signing an anticipated Memorandum of Understanding with TCIG, however new Premier Sharlene Robinson promised a stern push to have a tete a tete with the new Haitian regime to turn things around.Deputy Premier, Sean Astwood confirmed that over $1 million was spent on dealing with Haitian landings and interceptions.  Three vessels have made it to shore so far for 2017.  A National Security Council or NSC meeting will delve more deeply into the issues linked to border control, including talk on the coastal radar.Questions or responses to questions on the apparent inadequacy of the coastal radar were handled by the Governor who opted not to expound on so called weaknesses in the system.  HE Dr John Freeman stated flatly that it was not on the public interest to disclose the known information.  Still residents are with eyes wide open and can see the trend of migrants trying to enter Provo more northwest now.    There is a significant reduction in reports of radar aided interceptions.center_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Forcelast_img read more

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

Leeds United defender Jansson heaps praise on Hernandez

first_imgLeeds United defender Pontus Jansson has heaped praises on Pablo Hernandez following the team’s victory over Queens Park Rangers.Marcelo Bielsa’s men picked up a 2-1 win over QPR in the Sky Bet Championship yesterday courtesy of a brace from Kemar Roofe, earning three more points in the quest for promotion as the win takes Leeds up to second in the table.Jansson took to his official Twitter account to lavish praise on his Hernandez for his performance.My man, best player i ever played with and it’s a true honour to have you in my team! On to the next one now! See you Saturday! 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/idHsPxYFN0— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) December 8, 2018Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.The former Valencia winger was in impressive form and played an important role in Leeds’ win yesterday.Jansson mentioned in his tweet that Hernandez is the best player he has ever played with and it was a privilege for him to be on the same team as the Spaniard.His tweet read: “My man, best player I ever played with and it’s a true honour to have you in my team! On to the next one now! See you on Saturday!”Hernandez has enjoyed a good time with Leeds United ever since signing for the club and he will be delighted with the praises from his teammates.The winger will be important to Leed’s promotion bid this season and manager Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping that he can continue in this rich vein of form in the coming weeks as well.last_img read more

Alaska Fire Personnel Deploy To California

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska fire personnel made their way down to California over the weekend to assist with response efforts as the California wildfires continue. The assignments are for two weeks, but can be extended an additional week. The Northern California fire has wiped out the town of Paradise and killed 42 people. Two others have been killed in Southern California, where another fire is burning. According to Tim Mowry with the Division of Forestry Alaska firefighting crews disband for the winter, but some fire management professionals are available to fill a variety of response jobs in California.center_img Mowry said roughly half a dozen people headed down to California on Saturday and Sunday in response to a call that came Friday afternoon Photo courtesy of ABC Newslast_img read more

100 new psychoactive substances detected in Europe in 2014

first_imgClose The production of psychoactive substances is on the rise is Europe with cannabis still being the most used drug in the European Union, the blocs drug agency said in its yearly report published on Thursday (4 June).The annual report published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) showed that over a hundred new psychoactive substances were detected in Europe in 2014 and risk assessments were conducted on six new drugs, marking record highs.The market for illicit drugs is the most dynamic of all criminal markets. It is a globalised and a rapidly changing market. The production of new psychoactive substances is increasingly taking place in the European Union moving closer to consumer markets. This growing criminal activity requires a clear, strong and coherent answer at European level, EU commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said in Lisbon at the presentation of the annual report.Avramopoulos said that migration should not be linked to the drug trade, even if it has been confirmed that smugglers use migrants to traffic drugs.We must not link migration with drugs but, but as far as smugglers activities are concerned, yes it has been confirmed, they use this tool in order to conduct their operations. So, as we said recently in Brussels, we have declared war against smugglers and the ways they have adopted to exploit these desperate people, he said.Cannabis, the annual European Drug Report said, is still the most used drug in the EU and has been tried by an estimated 79 million Europeans over the course of their lives.Cannabis remains Europes most widely consumed illicit drug with some 20 million adults using it in the last year. About 1% of European adults are daily cannabis users, EMCDDA director Wolfgang Gotz said.The report stresses the major role played by cannabis in drug-related crime statistics and says it accounts for 80% of the number of seizures. Cannabis use or possession for personal consumption accounts for over 60% of all reported drug law offences in Europe, the report said.Gotz said there were no plans in Europe to go down the route of regulated sale of cannabis adopted in some parts of the Americas.In Europe I do not know any government or parliamentary majority backing a government that is currently seriously discussing cannabis legalisation or regulation in a different way, he said.The report stressed that in the EU the main concern remains the potential health costs of cannabis use, despite debate sparked by regulation of cannabis in parts of North and South America.Gotz also said there was no discussion in the bloc regarding the criminalisation of drug consumers.The other discussion which is, I think, in Europe quite accepted everywhere is that a drug consumer, a cannabis consumer in particular, should not be criminalised, and I think that is very much where we are in Europe, I dont see a discussion for the moment coming up, as it is, at the level of the Americas, he said.In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country to legalise the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana, a pioneering social experiment aimed at wresting the business from criminals that will be closely watched by others debating drug liberalisation.last_img read more

Teenager jailed for raping minor girl in Chandpur

first_imgFollowing the case, police arrested the accused on Tuesday afternoon. According to case statement, the seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped by Rakib Bepari, 12, son of Mostafa Bepari at Koila ghat in the district town on Monday. Officer-in-charge of Chandpur Sadar Model police station Waliullah Oli said that a court in Chandpur sent the accused to jail. A teenage boy was sent to jail on Tuesday on charge of raping a seven-year-old girl at Koila ghat in Chandpur district. Failing to settle the matter through arbitration, victim’s family filed a case on Tuesday.last_img