NEW DELHI: The sword of sealing keeps dangling on lakhs of premises in Delhi over their alleged illegal use for commercial purposes in residential areas, because of which there is continued anxiety and uncertainty among the affected people. The issue has major political implications as the livelihood of millions is linked to the sealing drive ordered by a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.With the Delhi Development Authority planning to unveil the Master Plan for Delhi 2041 for public scrutiny and feedback, there are expectations that it would bring some clarity on the use of premises for commercial purposes. Traders in Delhi have recently called for a campaign against the sealing drive, terming it absolutely arbitrary. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), reportedly said in a statement, that the monitoring committee was behaving in an arbitrary manner and was not accepting the amendments made to the Master Plan of Delhi by the Centre. Rajiv Kakria, Convenor Save our City campaign, said, “There was no clarity on mixed land use in master plan 2021. Hundreds of amendments have been made since its rollout, many are pending before the courts specifically in connection with commercial activities in residential areas. This technically means if MPD 2021 is not cleared by the top, why would DDA roll out another master plan.” The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) recently moved the top court to de-seal some of the properties, citing fulfilment of norms under the Master Plan 2021, amended and notified by the Centre in June 2018. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to a source in SDMC, due to pendency of matters in court, traders end up suffering despite amendments in the master plan as municipal authorities are bound to comply with court orders. Puneet Sharma, advocate-on-record in Supreme Court, said, “the master plan 2041 should detail out clarity on mixed land use, and shield it as much as possible from legal scrutiny. Currently, basement (of a premises) is allowed for storage activities, the MPD 2041 should allow commercial activities in the basement in addition to storage.” Nearly 6,000 shops have been sealed so far due to the ongoing sealing drive in the city. During and after the general election, the pace of the sealing drive has been reduced, but it is still ongoing. Many basements in Green Park and Defence Colony have already been sealed as they were found carrying out commercial activities.
EDMONTON – Terrorism experts say a poorly-planned attack in Edmonton may be have been inspired rather than directed by Islamic State militants, a type of attack that is difficult if not impossible to prevent.Police say a man in a car first ran down, then stabbed, an officer outside Commonwealth Stadium during an Edmonton Eskimos football game Saturday night before running away. A few hours later, police chased a suspect driving a U-Haul cube van as it struck four pedestrians downtown.The officer was not seriously injured but there was no word on the pedestrians. An Islamic State flag was found in the car that hit the officer. A 30-year-old man is in custody.“I’m not sure how you’re going to stop an attack of this nature,” said Phil Gurski, a threat consultant in Ottawa and former analyst with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.Gurski said it’s clear the suspect wasn’t very smart since he handed a police officer his driver’s licence at a checkstop that connected him with the car that struck the officer, sparking the police chase.But he said such attacks are “unstoppable terrorism.”“It’s impossible to stop unless the person’s already on your radar,” said Gurski.Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson called the suspect a “lone wolf,” adding “random acts of sick people are difficult to anticipate.”Stephanie Carvin, a terrorism expert at Carleton University, said the attack looked unsophisticated.“It seems to have been carried out very badly (thankfully) so probably not a mastermind here, folks,” she said on Twitter. “But attacks against crowds and sports fans has been a HUGE fear in Canada over the last 18 months. This will not help that.”Edmonton’s mega mall and oil industry have raised concerns in the past that the Alberta capital might be a terrorist target.In 2015, the RCMP investigated a reported video from Al-Shabab that appeared to urge Muslims to attack shopping malls in western countries, including the West Edmonton Mall. Three years earlier, the federal government set up a counter-terrorism unit in the province to protect the energy industry from possible extremist attacks.Amarnath Amarasingam, an expert on extremism at the University of Waterloo, said the Edmonton attack appears to be a “fairly typical ISIS-inspired one,” although it may be difficult to confirm. The group has recently been sloppy about claiming credit for attacks and is also reluctant to do so when attackers are in custody, he said.The group has long called on followers to attack wherever in the world they may be, Amarasingam added.“Any Western city will do, whether in Europe or North America,” he said. “For them, it’s about sowing fear, turning communities against one another, and creating the impression that they are everywhere.”The leader of the Islamic State recently released an audio message reiterating the need for attacks in the west, especially on military members or police officers of NATO countries, said Edmonton security consultant David Jones.Jones said it wasn’t a coincidence the officer was stabbed outside the football stadium, which was also hosting a military appreciation night.Canada’s spy agency views terrorist acts at home as a “constant” threat, according to a briefing note prepared last November for Michel Coulombe, then-director of CSIS.“The principal terrorist threat to Canada remains that posed by violent extremists who are inspired to carry out an attack in Canada,” reads the document obtained by The Canadian Press under Access to Information legislation.“Terrorist activity can be sudden or spontaneous, or in some cases, take months or years in planning and logistics.”The document also said CSIS is studying “behavioural indicators” that suggest an individual is moving from holding extremist ideas to taking action — whether it’s travelling abroad, supporting others who plan to commit terrorist acts or plotting an attack in Canada or elsewhere.— With files from Andy Blatchford and Jim Bronskill in Ottawa
(Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott during question period Thursday. APTN/image)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsHealth Minister Jane Philpott said Thursday she would be investigating the case of a 14-year-old Cree girl who was denied coverage for urgent dental work despite recommendations from orthodontists the procedure was needed to avoid costlier invasive surgery.Health Canada issued a final denial of coverage on Monday, a day before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issued a scathing ruling concluding the federal government discriminated against First Nation children by underfunding child welfare programs.The ruling also ordered Ottawa to stop its narrow application of Jordan’s Principle which requires federal bureaucrats to cover the urgent medical needs of First Nations children before settling jurisdictional funding issues with the provinces.The mother of the girl said she was given renewed hope by Philpott’s pledge, which was made in the House of Commons during question period.“I am starting to feel like there is some light,” said Stacey Shiner, 42, whose daughter is a Sucker Creek band member and is covered by Treaty 8 in Alberta.NDP MP Charlie Angus raised the plight of Shiner’s daughter during question period.NDP MP Charlie Angus during question period Thursday.“I ask myself, as a parent, how is that possible? To the health minister, what steps is she taking to issue directives…to make it right for (the girl) and all the other children who are still being denied basic rights every single day?” said Angus.Philpott said the Liberal government is committed to ending the systemic discrimination of First Nations children.“I will look into the situation that the honourable member has brought to my attention,” said Philpott.Shiner said she has been battling with Health Canada for almost three years over the department’s refusal to cover her daughter’s desperately needed dental work under the Non-Insured Health Benefits for First Nations and Inuit program.Despite letters from orthodontists and lobbying from the band and Treaty 8, Health Canada rejected the coverage request and subsequent appeals. The last rejection came on Monday, a day before the human rights tribunal issued its ruling after finding Canada systemically discriminated against First Nation children.Shiner has since contacted a Toronto lawyer, on the advice of Cindy Blackstock, a prominent child advocate who triggered the human rights ruling through her complaint against Ottawa first filed in 2007. She said the lawyer has taken on the case for free and is preparing to push the matter before the court, if need be.“The next step is to take the Canadian government to Federal Court, which we are preparing to do,” she said.Shiner’s daughter, who she did not want named, has problems with her jaw, which is out of place, and seriously misaligned teeth that causes her pain and headaches.Shiner said the orthodontists told her in 2013 her daughter needed immediate intervention, including an expander, an anchor and braces to avoid invasive surgery when she got older.Mother Stacey Shiner has been fighting Health Canada over coverage for her daughter. Photo courtesy of Stacey Shiner.Shiner said the surgery would have involved cutting bone from her hip and applying it to the jaw which would be wired shut.Yet, Health Canada repeatedly refused to pay for the dental work, concluding that the procedure did not meet its criteria as a “functioning handicap malocclusion.” Malocclusion is a term describing misaligned teeth.Health Canada also told Shiner that if she paid out of her own pocket for the dental work the insurance program would also not reimburse her.“And I said, ‘I have to leave her in her condition and can’t help her?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, pretty much, if you go ahead and start we won’t approve.’”Shiner said she couldn’t handle letting her daughter remain in pain so she paid over $8,000 for the dental work.Shiner said she was told Alberta would have covered at least part of the cost for the dental work if her child was non-First Nation.And this wasn’t the first time Shiner said she’s faced the callousness of Health Canada bureaucrats.In 2008, after surgeons removed a tumour from behind her daughter’s eye she was given a prescription for a specialized eye-drop. Shiner said the eye-drop was designed to protect the eye from the roots of the tumour which were left because they were embedded in such a way their removal would have collapsed the eye.Yet, Health Canada would not pay for the prescription. She still remembers the conversation with the pharmacist after he got off the phone with the Health Canada bureaucrat.“He said, ‘They denied it, as a matter of fact they told me to tell you to guy buy Visine, that it should be sufficient,’” said Shiner.She paid the $90 for the specialized eye-drop.“The more that she gets older and things are happening the more I am realizing they are prejudiced and they just don’t care in helping children, specially Aboriginal children,” she said. “We are quite connected with the Aboriginal communities here and I see it time and time again.”email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
Mumbai: Mouni Roy says her casting as the main antagonist in Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt-starrer “Brahmastra” came as a surprise for her. The 33-year-old actor, who made her Bollywood debut with Akshay Kumar’s “Gold”, says she wants make versatile choices. “I am playing the main villain in the film. I am really looking forward to it. What is more liberating for me is playing different characters that challenges me. I was surprised initially that they wanted me to play the villain. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Ayan Mukherji (director) had seen something from ‘Naagin’ and felt I could play the villain. So you never know what clicks with whom. As an actor you should be willing to experiment and be versatile otherwise you can’t learn and grow,” Mouni told PTI. “Brahmastra” also featuring megastar Amitabh Bachchan, will serve as the first film in the trilogy. Mouni says working with the team has been an enriching experience. “My life is fulfilled after working with Mr Bachchan. Ranbir and Alia are sweethearts, they are too good. They all are such big stars that you get scared walking on the sets. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “They all have been so generous, welcoming and made me feel comfortable. With great success and talent they als have that humility and are accepting people from outside,” she adds. “Brahmastra”, produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Production, will release on December 20. Mouni will be seen next in “RAW: Romeo Akbar Walter” opposite John Abraham. The film releases on April 5. The actor said she had a great time working with John and is happy with the way her role has shaped up in the film. “‘RAW’ was offered to me after ‘Gold’ and Bramashtra’. This was last year. I am playing John’s love interest, it is integral to the story. She is a banker. It was superb working with John. Both Akshay Kumar (her ‘Gold’ co-star) and John Abraham have lot of similarities like they are so so focused and disciplined.” Her upcoming films also include”Made in China” with Rajkummar Rao, in which she plays the role of a Gujurati housewife, and “Bole Chudiyan” with Nawazuddin Siddiqui. “This girl in (‘Bole Chudiyan’) is very fiery, drives tractors and dances. It is a full on Hindi film heroine. I am excited about it. I was waiting fir something like this,” Mouni says.
Rabat – Morocco’s Goalkeeper Munir El Kajoui Mohamedi has officially signed a 4-year contract with FC Malaga. After spending four years with Numancia CD where he sat on the bench, the Atlas Lion will play alongside two other Moroccan football players, Youssef En-Nesyri who just signed for 3 seasons and Badr Boulahroud, who has been with the club since 2015. Muy feliz e ilusionado por este nuevo reto y formar parte de este gran club ,gracias por todos los mensajes!???? ???? ?????? ?????? ? ???????? ???? ?????? ??????????? ??? ???????! pic.twitter.com/c33bNDg28f— Munir Mohamedi (@Munir_Mohand) July 19, 2018“Goalkeeper Munir El Kajoui signed for FC Malaga after the end of his contract with Numancia CD. It will be presented Friday at the stadium of La Rosaleda,” wrote the Spanish club on social media yesterday. The Atlas Lions was indeed presented to the rest of the team Friday morning. FC Malaga live-streamed his first steps with his new jersey. As for his career with the Moroccan team, the Spanish-Moroccan football player was the only goalkeeper to not concede a single goal during the six qualification games preceding the World Cup. Despite Morocco’s elimination in the first round of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, El Kajaoui has proven to be a valuable goalkeeper for Hervé Renard, who will probably appeal to him for the 2019 African cup (CAN). Born in Melilla to parents from Nador, the 29-year-old footballer began his training career in 2010 with Goyu Ryu, followed by AD Ceuta and then Almeria.His transfer to Numancia in 2014 allowed him to join the national team in 2015, during a friendly game against Uruguay in Agadir (0-1). French coach Hervé Renard will count on him in many games with the selection.
Three employees of Minister Lakshman Kiriella’s Ministry, who were arrested over defamatory propaganda, have been released on bail.They were arrested in May with 600 letters at the Colombo Central Mail Exchange defaming President Maithripala Sirisena and causing racial disharmony. Kiriella had however said that his staffers had merely translated an article published in a website into Sinhala and tried to circulate it among temples and political activists.Following the arrest the Police had raided Kiriella’s ministry premises at the World Trade Centre and seized printers and computers allegedly used to print the letters. (Colombo Gazette)
In yet another partnership between a United Nations agency and a sports organization to raise awareness and funds, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has teamed up with the European Swimming League (Ligue Européene de Natation – LEN) in a race against time to prevent deaths from unclean water.“Water can be a child’s best friend yet it can also be lethal when not handled properly,” the Executive Director of UNICEF Finland, Pentti Kotoaro, said. “What better way to raise awareness of the importance of safe water and sanitation for children than through young swimmers.” With this partnership, European swimming will be supporting the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the number of people in the world living without safe drinking water and sanitation. UNICEF estimates that up to 4,000 children under five die each day due to water-borne diseases, such as diarrhoea. Almost 1 billion children worldwide have no access to improved sanitation.“The partnership opens an excellent opportunity for national swimming federations and supporters of swimming to enter a race against time with UNICEF to help prevent those unnecessary deaths,” the agency said in a news release. As a first contribution, LEN and the Finnish Swimming Federation are dedicating the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Finland on 7-10 December to UNICEF and safe water.Together with UNICEF Finland, the urgent issue of clean water will be highlighted and promoted with swimmers and national federations throughout Europe. “Young people and swimming stars alike will have a chance to advocate and help raise awareness and funds for UNICEF’s work to ensure the right of safe water for every child,” the agency said.LEN President Bartolo Consolo hailed the partnership, saying it “will fulfill one of our main objectives, that of engaging European aquatics in a project for children.”Earlier this month, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) teamed up with the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, the governing body of women’s tennis, to promote gender equality, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) launched the “Cricket Against Hunger” partnership with the England and Wales cricket team to draw attention to the plight of the 400 million chronically hungry children around the world.WFP has similar fund- and awareness-raising arrangements with the International Rugby Board as well as with individual stars from the worlds of soccer, American football, marathon running and Formula One auto racing.
In October 2013, Ms Oakes went on to claim the two records in the national sports arena in Dublin.During her career, which started aged four on the back of a donkey, Ms Oakes has ridden all over the world, in steeplechase and sidesaddle events. But behind her success lies a catalogue of torment caused by bullies.“I went down some roads so dark that I didn’t think there would be a tomorrow,” she said. “At night, I actually prayed that I wouldn’t wake up the next morning.”In another incident she was told by a horse dealer that if she ever visited his county, he would make sure “I’d never leave”.Ms Oakes said: “A friend of mine had bought a horse off him and then gave it back, so he was taking it out on me.”“He claimed that I owed him money, he was calling me and my friend “bitches” and then he started putting in complaints at horse shows where I was judging. This carried on for three years.” In response, welfare groups have launched an anti-bullying campaign in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to provide help for victims.Dozens of victims have come forward to report incidents of bullying since the “Not On My Yard” campaign was launched by Tudor Rose Equines, a riding group covering Lancashire, Cheshire and West Yorkshire, and Greater Manchester Police last month.Ms Oakes is no nervous novice. As a rider, she had encountered bullies before, but it was just a year before making her attempt on the records, in summer 2012, that she reached her lowest ebb.“Before attempting the world record for the first time, I was meant to lease a horse from a bloodstock agent in Ireland,” she said. After the agent perceived he had been slighted by Ms Oakes for failing to recognise his assistance, she apologised.”It didn’t seem like a big deal,” she said. “But when I went back to training, he turned up three hours later… to come and confront me. He saw me and said ‘I’m going to beat seven shades of s— out of you’.“I was terrified. I was shaking. I just wanted to get away from him. If I saw him in the street today I’d run a mile.” At night, I actually prayed that I wouldn’t wake up the next morningSusan Oakes Susan Oakes, pictured in 2013, is a world-record winnerCredit: Paul Grover for The Telegraph 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. The anti-bullying campaign follows a series of revelations of historical abuse in equestrianism.Riding instructor James Keers, 56, was sentenced to two years and three months in prison last year for sexually assaulting a series of girls as young as 13 in Scotland between 2000 and 2014.In July, Damien Midgley, 39, was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison for assaulting four girls under the age of 13 he tutored at a riding school in Yorkshire.The British Equine Federation has also backed the Not On My Yard campaign, sending posters and leaflets to stables and pony clubs across the country. Susan Oakes competing in the first sidesaddle race for 90 years in 2013Credit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph A world record-holding professional horse rider has revealed the litany of torment she has endured at the hands of bullies.Susan Oakes told how she felt so desperate and “terrified” after a bloodstock agent threatened to beat her up that she almost felt driven to suicide.The 33-year-old, who holds the puissance wall jumping and triple bar jumping world records, spoke out as campaigners warned that an “epidemic” of bullying is tarnishing equestrian sports.Bullying at stables, clubs and competitions is having a dire impact on riders’ lives that is driving them to give up the activity and even attempt to take their own lives, they claim. Guess who #notonmyyard #kelsallhill pic.twitter.com/BgS9xBxjNU— Tudor Rose Equines (@nicolawhite13) November 15, 2016 Ms Oakes managed to steel herself to ignore her tormentors and put riding before everything else.She now describes bullying in the world of equestrian events as “an epidemic”.“I have seen people hospitalised for depression caused by stable bullies,” she said: “This campaign – Not On My Yard – can really make a difference. If people feel protected and empowered to speak up, it will help immensely.”One of the campaign’s founders, Samantha Furlow, of Tudor Rose Equines, said it has received as many as five calls a week from riders of all ages and abilities who had been driven away from the sport.She told The Telegraph: “Many of them were suffering from depression as a result of bullying and we know of at least one young woman has taken her own life because of yard bullying.”Sgt Cara Charlesworth, from GMP, said: “Dozens of people have come forward to report crimes since the campaign was launched.”Reported cases included stolen equipment, people being assaulted and even damage to horses.A number of incidents investigated by police so far have been deemed serious enough to be taken to court with cases due to be heard in the coming months. The bullying reported includes:Harassment, with adults and children alike targetedVerbal assaults, with victims forced to change their daily routine and ride at antisocial hoursDamage to horses, including tails and manes cut offTheft of equipment such as saddles and bridlesIn one incident reported to police, a horse had its tail and mane cut off just before an equestrian show. In another disturbing case, a young girl in the Manchester area was assaulted with a broom by another female rider.There have been at least 10 cases reported of stolen equipment to GMP along with several cases of equipment being damaged.One rider, Melody Hames, told how she was bullied as a youngster for two years at the riding yard in the north west of England she used. She became so upset and frightened she left and began riding elsewhere.“That experience will stay for me for the rest of my life,” she said. Now a renowned horse barber who specialises in grooming horses, she said the problem persists in equestrian circles.“I visit stables every day and I get at least one person talking about being bullied. The ages vary but the stories are the same. Horses are meant to be therapeutic. A place you go for peace, not for emotional trauma,” Ms Hames said.
The Chilean team reached the final for the first time ever after defeating Uruguay by 31-24. The conducted by Spanish coach Mateo Garralda have had a great performance throughout the entire tournament and they have now sealed their participation in France 2017 and a spot in the final against Brazil.They say there’s a first time for everything. Chile has proven this today, after qualifying for the final of the Pan American Championship for the first time ever. The team reached the semi-final with four victories and only one defeat, against Argentina, on the last match of the first round. They were only 8 seconds away from that fifth triumph; but despite the loss they secured the first spot on group A. Uruguay also made it to the final 4 after 4 wins and only one loss, in the hands of Brazil.This was a remake of the last Pan American Games’ third place match in Toronto last year. Both teams knew each other well, but Chile had some old ‘new faces’ on the squad and on the bench, compared to their last encounter. Chile started off well but was unable to take off completely on the scoreboard and the first half finished with a one goal lead: 14-13.It was on the second period that the Chilean squad was able to play to its fullest and the difference stretched right away. Although Garralda’s team suffered 7 exclusions, it was able to pull through and had no trouble succeeding and reaching the last minutes of the match with certain calmness.Alejandro Velazco was the top scorer for Uruguay with 5 goals while Nantes’ right back Rodrigo Salinas netted 7 times for his side.One of the old ‘newcomers’ for Chile was centre-back Emil Feuchtmann, who stated: “I think that our handball philosophy led us to where we are now. We never stopped playing the way know, and doing the things we know. I think that besides the tactical tips, which we needed, Mateo has given us a lot within the emotional aspect. I’m happy to be back in the national team and especially playing a Pan American final, not even in my wildest dreams I would have imagined this”.Rodrigo Salinas did not hide his happiness after the victory either: “We knew a lot was at stake in this match, whoever won would have a ticket for the World Championship. We did not start very well, in defence or in attack, but on the second half we adjusted everything. This will be Chile’s first time in the final, we know we don’t have anything to loose. We’ll do our game, knowing that we’re starting a new process in which we’re growing, and we have to focus on what we’re able to do, rather than in Brazil. We’ve taken a big step forward coming into this final”.The final between Brazil and Chile will be tomorrow at 16:30 (GMT-3) and it will be streamed live on this link: http://www.panamericanohandball2016.com/#!live-streaming/x2m1q Buenos Aires 2016chileMateo GarraldaPan American ChampionshipRodrigo Salinasuruguay ← Previous Story Brazil ruins Argentinian party Next Story → Brazil gets its third Pan American title!
CHARITIES DEALING WITH families on the brink of homelessness have welcomed the government’s homelessness plan, but many believe it is missing crucial elements.Threshold, the national housing charity, has welcomed the plan to address homelessness published, but said the plan missed a crucial opportunity to reform Rent Supplement and introduce a system of rent control.At a press briefing, Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan had said that there will be “flexibility” in rental to rent supplements.Bob Jordan, Chief Executive of Threshold, said that they are disappointed that the plan doesn’t overhaul the system entirely.“We are disappointed that this plan does not provide for an overhaul of the Rent Supplement scheme or the introduction of any form of rent control.“The plan does outline that there will be ring-fenced housing for homeless people and that additional resources will be made available to address homelessness, both of which are welcome measures.“More worryingly, the indications from government are that there will be no increases to Rent Supplement levels in the coming months, and there is nothing substantial in this plan about Rent Supplement reform.”Kerry Anthony CEO of Depaul Ireland, which works with people at risk of homelessness adds “the families we are working with are facing immense hardship. They have come from homes they could not to afford to keep due to escalating rental prices and have been forced into sub-standard emergency accommodation.”Focus Ireland’s Mike Allen said that the plan was welcome, but had to deliver.“Focus Ireland welcomes the plan but warns that it will not succeed if there is an over-emphasis on the quick fix of turning unused buildings into more emergency accommodation without ensuring urgent action to increase access to affordable housing for people who are homeless and those at risk.”Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, the charity that supports older people in need, called the move ‘a step in the right direction’, but criticised the delay in the publication of the plan.“It’s a scandal that it had to reach this point before the government took notice. Today’s newly announced housing plan is a step in the right direction but it remains to be seen whether the government will follow through on their promises.”Read: Hotels and empty State buildings could help solve the homelessness crisis“I’m just terrified, I don’t know if I’ll make it in a hostel.”Child worried that Santa wouldn’t find him because he was in emergency accommodation‘Mam I’m not going to school today, what if the kids ask me where I live’
Last night MP Theo Theophanous remained under investigation despite the dismissal of the rape case against him. Mr Theophanous will not stand trial on the charge of raping a woman in his Parliament office on a September night in 1998. In the committal hearing that was held in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, Friday’s decision rendered by Magistrate Peter Reardon was welcomed with feelings of elation by the embattled MP. “There’s no bigger test of a family than what we’ve gone through and I’m so proud of my family and of my wife and the way in which they handled themselves, the way in which they supported me through what has been a nightmare,” said an emotional Mr Theophanous to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE).“I’m so pleased that the judge saw through what the evidence showed, was a complete fabrication.” He went on to suggest bias and racial stereotyping were part of the motivation for the prosecuting policeman; “I don’t know if the Greek community noticed, but the policeman who was prosecuting, did it with such a bias and such zeal – at one point he was asked about an email that he sent to the woman [accusing me] and he wrote ‘this person will be a problem for us as a witness’.” Mr Theophanous went on to say “It is completely inappropriate for him to say ‘this person is going to be a bit of a problem’ and then he added he’s a typical Greek’.” Mr Theophanous added, “When asked by my lawyer Robert Richter what he meant by saying ‘typical Greek male’ his response was “Well, you know, I’ve got lots of Greek friends and arrogant is what a typical Greek is and they would agree with that’.” An angry Mr Theophanous underscored “this is the kind of stereotyping we still have in this State, unfortunately.” On Friday afternoon Mr Theophanous said to NKEE, that he was “Very happy and the family is very happy and we’re very pleased to be past it.”Mr Theophanous did not wish to speculate about his future plans regarding his political career as he highlighted the need to take some time during the weekend to “think things through.” News of his formal discharge were also met with satisfaction by longtime friends of Mr Theophanous. The director of the Hellenic Museum, Vicky Yiannoulatos, a former advisor of Mr Theophanous said to NKEE; “I think it’s fantastic news for Theo, his family and his friends who have supported him because I think justice has been served.”In the lead up to the closing of the submissions by the defence and the prosecution, Mr Theophanous’ attorney slammed the conduct of the investigation by the leading police detective. Robert Richter, QC, in his closing submission on Thursday said “[…]this investigation and prosecution does a great disservice to all victims of rape and there are many, many real victims of rape.” “Mr Smith’s investigation in my submission gives a bad name to dedicated and hard working sexual offence investigators,” Mr Richter said referring to the chief investigator in the case against the embattled MP Mr Theophanous who was accused by a woman that he raped her in his Parliament office more than 10 years ago. His defence lawyer argued that the police had helped the alleged victim modify her testimony several times in order to mirror the evidence that became available during the investigation. “I would put to you that your investigation was a complete disgrace,” Mr Richter said to Detective Sergeant Doug Smith while questioning him on the stand. “I wouldn’t say that,” replied Sergeant Smith. During his testimony the detective claimed that friends of the alleged victim who disputed her claims were not reliable witnesses. Senior Constable Karla Dennis would not confirm whether the new probe was into alleged interference with witnesses but she said it was separate from another inquiry. That inquiry, began at Mr Theophanous’ request in March, is into whether the rape allegation was part of a conspiracy against the former Victorian minister.Mr Theophanous denied interfering with witnesses and said it was his accuser who had tried to “contact, coerce or coach at least six witnesses”. In a statement, he said that no issue in relation to alleged interference was raised during the committal hearing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Une enquête va être ouverte sur l’impact de Fukushima en FranceLa Criirad (Commission de recherche et d’information indépendantes sur la radioactivité) s’inquiète des conséquences en France de Fukushima et demande qu’une enquête soit ouverte sur l’impact du nuage radioactif sur l’Hexagone.La Criirad reproche un manque de visibilité, d’attention, de communication officielle au sujet du nuage radioactif de Fukushima et de ses conséquences sur le territoire français. Suite à ce manque d’informations, le laboratoire indépendant a demandé mercredi au gouvernement de mener une enquête approfondie sur les “dysfonctionnements” liés à l’évaluation des conséquences en France de la catastrophe nucléaire japonaise, qui a eu lieu le 11 mars dernier. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéSelon un communiqué adressé au Premier ministre François Fillon et au président de l’Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), la Criirad dénonce de “graves dysfonctionnements” et avance l’idée que “la France a été contaminée dès le 22 mars”, c’est-à-dire “deux jours avant la date indiquée” par les balises de mesure de la radioactivité de l’IRSN. Contrairement à ce qui avait été avancé, les masses d’air contaminées “ont affecté les trois quarts de la France”, et non “le seul sommet du Puy-de-Dôme”. Toujours d’après la Criirad, “l’activité de l’iode 131 était plus de 20 fois supérieure à celle annoncée pour le 24 mars”. Suite à ces différents constats, la Criirad condamne le travail de l’IRSN tout en précisant que “la responsabilité des grands exploitants du nucléaire (…) soit également engagée”, à savoir EDF ou encore Areva.Le 26 mai 2011 à 09:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
Pour l’année du Dragon, Microsoft présente une nouvelle souris sans filLe géant américain sort une nouvelle version limitée de sa souris sans fil à l’occasion du nouvel an chinois.2012 est connue pour être l’année de la fin du monde (rappelons-le pour ceux qui l’aurait oublié) ou encore des élections présidentielles dans notre beau pays. Mais c’est aussi l’année du Dragon pour les Chinois, qui ont pour coutume d’attribuer un animal à chaque année (si l’on considèreque le dragon en est un, évidemment…). C’est donc en l’honneur de cet évènement que Microsoft a dévoilé sa Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500, déclinée en deux colories , rouge et dorée. Les caractéristiques sont toujours identiques avec un capteur BlueTrack permettant l’utilisation sur presque tous les supports (ne fonctionne pas sur le verre par exemple), sa technologie sans fil 2,4 GHz et une autonomie gigantesque de 8 mois via une pile LR6 classique. Joli cadeau de Noël si vous avez une ou un ami geek chinois (pour 30 dollars sur le site (lien non disponible) de Microsoft).Le 3 décembre 2011 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambert
Niveau sonore et excès de décibels : quels risques pour les oreilles et l’audition ?Le Haut conseil de la santé publique (HCSP) a émis des recommandations visant à lutter contre les niveaux de décibels excessifs dans les concerts et les discothèques et même dans certains parcs d’attractions. Il s’agit de limiter les niveaux sonores afin de diminuer les troubles qui peuvent survenir suite à une exposition trop importante.En France, les “lieux diffusant de la musique amplifiée” ne doivent pas exposer les gens à des niveaux sonores supérieurs à 120 décibels pondérés A (dB A) en pic de volume. Mais la règlementation impose également de ne pas franchir le niveau moyen de 105 dB A sur 15 minutes. On sait aujourd’hui que l’exposition à des volumes sonores élevés peut avoir des effets “temporaires” comme des acouphènes ou de la fatigue auditive. Mais elle peut aussi avoir des effets “permanents” sur l’audition avec une diminution de celle-ci, voire une perte auditive.Selon les experts du Haut conseil de la santé publique (HCSP), “des mesures réalisées en discothèque et lors de festivals en plein air ont montré des niveaux sonores élevés, avec une forte contribution de l’énergie sonore dans les basses fréquences, pour lesquelles des effets sanitaires sont suspectés”. Pour lutter contre ce véritable problème de santé publique, l’organisme recommande d’abaisser le seuil à 100 dB A. Jusqu’ici, le seuil maximal autorisé restait de 120 dB A.Des oreilles endommagées même sans douleur Les sons audibles à l’oreille humaine se situent entre 0 (seuil d’audition) et 140 décibels (dB). Le bruit du vent dans les arbres avoisine par exemple 20 dB quand une conversation normale atteint plutôt les 60 dB. Certains sons peuvent cependant s’élever à des niveaux de décibels bien supérieurs qui sont loin d’être sans danger. D’ailleurs, si le niveau sonore compte, le temps d’exposition joue également beaucoup. Aujourd’hui, les spécialistes estiment que le risque apparait dès 90 dB pour une écoute prolongée de plusieurs heures. A ce niveau, la dose délivrée aux oreilles peut d’ores et déjà endommager l’audition et ce, sans que l’on s’en rende compte. Car en effet, le seul de douleur (seuil à partir duquel on peut avoir mal) est situé beaucoup plus haut à environ 120 dB. La sensibilité de l’oreille varie évidemment d’un individu à l’autre mais aussi en fonction de l’état de fatigue. C’est pourquoi il faut être vigilant en toutes circonstances. Des acouphènes à la perte auditive Actuellement, entre 10 et 17% des Français souffrent de ces troubles appelés acouphènes. Près d’1,6 million de Français qualifieraient même leur acouphène d’”agressif”, et 300.000 d’”intolérable”. Les acouphènes apparaissent lorsque le niveau sonore a été trop élevé et l’écoute trop prolongée. Cela se manifeste par des sifflements et des bourdonnements. Des bruits que l’on est seul à entendre et qui souvent ne s’atténuent pas. Lorsque l’atteinte est sérieuse, ceci peut aboutir à une hypersensibilité auditive, pouvant aller de la gène à une véritable douleur en cas de bruit. Une perte auditive est également possible. Pour éviter ces risques, il n’est pas obligatoire de se priver de sorties. Il est en revanche possible de prendre ses précautions en gardant sur soi des bouchons d’oreilles ou d’autres protections auditives que le HSCP propose d’ailleurs de distribuer gratuitement dans les lieux où ils peuvent être nécessaires. Des “zones de récupération auditive” À lire aussiPourquoi le son de notre voix nous paraît-il si étrange sur un enregistrement ?Les experts recommandent également l’installation dans les salles de musique d’un système “d’affichage en continu des niveaux sonores” pour que chacun “puisse connaître son niveau d’exposition et de risque potentiel”. Il préconise aussi de rendre obligatoire l’installation de “zones de récupération auditive” pour comme son nom l’indique, mettre les oreilles au repos quand celles-ci ont été très exposées. Ces salles, acoustiquement protégées, seraient ainsi comme des sas avec des niveaux sonores réduits sur une surface d’au moins 10% de la surface totale de la manifestation.Enfin, le HCSP souhaite aussi rappeler que les femmes enceintes et les foetus sont particulièrement exposés en cas de décibels trop élevés. Il demande ainsi qu’elles soient “spécifiquement” averties du danger qu’elles et leur bébé encourent lorsqu’elles s’exposent à des volumes sonores importants, au cours du dernier trimestre de grossesse notamment.Le 7 octobre 2013 à 16:14 • Maxime Lambert
WILMINGTON, MA — What if I told you you could become a Wilmington School Committee member without having to spend three months campaigning and hundreds (thousands?) of dollars?The Wilmington Board of Selectmen and Wilmington School Committee will hold a joint meeting on Monday, August 13, 2018 to fill the School Committee seat recently vacated by Peggy Kane. The meeting will take place within the Board of Selectmen’s Meeting scheduled for that evening.Per Massachusetts General Law Chapter 41, Section 11, the remaining six School Committee members and the five Selectmen are responsible in appointing a resident to fill Kane’s unexpired term, which is up in April 2019. The “winning” candidate would need a simple majority — affirmative votes from at least six of the eleven officials — to secure the appointment.Residents wishing to serve on the School Committee must send a letter of interest to the Town Manager’s Office (directed to Kevin A. Caira, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, 121 Glen Road, Wilmington, MA 01887) by Friday, July 27, 2018 at 4:30pm.The Town Manager’s Office will distribute the letters to each member of the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, giving them a couple of weeks to have conversations with candidates prior to the August 13 meeting.The joint meeting was originally eyed for July 9 — the Board of Selectmen’s next regularly scheduled meeting — but multiple School Committee members would be unable to attend.Selectmen unanimously backed the process, which was outlined by Town Manager Jeff Hull after consulting with Selectmen Chair Kevin Caira and School Committee Chair Julie Broussard.Wilmington Apple has confirmed that Jesse Fennelly, the runner-up in April’s School Committee election, intends on being a candidate for the appointment.Wilmington Apple has also heard that a former School Committee member may be interested in returning to the board.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedUPDATE: ZERO Letters Of Interest Received For Vacant School Committee Seat So Far; Deadline Is July 27In “Education”Special Education PAC Chair Jo Newhouse Appointed To Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Education”BREAKING NEWS: Peggy Kane Resigns From Wilmington School CommitteeIn “Breaking News”
An attendee places a slip of paper with something they hope to let go of in the coming year into a bowl to let it dissolve at the Year of Kindness celebration on New Year’s Eve. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)Juneau’s Year of Kindness, an initiative that began last January, officially ended Sunday with a celebration at Thunder Mountain High School.Listen nowIt was Lt. Kris Sell’s last day in uniform for the Juneau Police Department, and she can’t think of a better way to go out.“I’ve actually turned in all my gear except what I’m wearing,” Sell said. “It’s my last Juneau thing, and I’m very torn with how I feel about that. I’m so happy that this was so successful and so sad that it’s ending.”Sell, other volunteers and community members are celebrating an idea that began as a dream to make Juneau a kinder place. In the fall of 2016, the presidential election was winding down, and much of the country was reeling from a year that included terror attacks, violent protests and mass shootings. Sell found herself wondering what could bring the community together.“The inspiration that came to me, out of nowhere, was that kindness is something we can agree on,” Sell said. “You might think that love is the antithesis to the hate we see in the world, but love is a complicated concept and we don’t all agree when we see love what it actually looks like, but I think we have a wide understanding across our culture as to what kindness is.”Sell and another JPD employee formed a committee and turned to the community for help. What they got, she said, was an overwhelming flood of support. They asked community groups to host different kindness events through the year. Sell said the calendar was full by April.Lt. Kris Sell of the Juneau Police Department speaks on A Juneau Afternoon, April 1, 2016. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)“Sometimes it was a book club, sometimes it was a boxing club, it was the Department of Corrections, it was the Alaska Peace Officers Association, it was Grateful Dogs,” Sell said. “Every group took a week and it really formed the backbone of the year of kindness.”Steering committee member Carol Kell said Sunday’s celebration honored the success of the initiative and the work still to come. Last year, they kicked things off with a bonfire on Sandy Beach. People wrote down things they wanted to let go of and then burned them in the flames. On Sunday, they were asked to do the same on rice paper. Then the paper went into bowls of water.“The words roll off onto the water and the paper dissolves underneath it,” Kell said. “So we’ve gone from fire to water, just to bring it full circle. And so we’re celebrating.”They also honored kindness standouts in the community. Antonio Prescott was nominated for helping the homeless downtown in his spare time by handing out food and supplies.“I hope that everybody sees that there is some problems that are happening and we can help,” Prescott said. “We can come together and help this community.”Sell said it’s hard to quantify how much of an impact the year of kindness has had on Juneau. Comparing crime statistics from the past year may not paint a perfect picture, but she feels from what she’s heard, there were more random acts of kindness.“So maybe for some people it was that little nudge that gave them that push to do something they wanted to do anyway,” Sell said. “You know, sometimes we get a little shy in our lives, and this gave people something to initiate that conversation.”The year may have come to an end, but the effort to make Juneau a kinder place will not. ROCK Juneau, a community organization that wants to improve the welfare of children and youth, plans to continue working in the community for the Year of Kindness for Kids in 2018.
Foreign partners are keen to raise their stake in Indian insurance joint ventures, with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) expected to consider stake hike proposals of Standard Life Insurance and Aviva Life Insurance at its meeting on 29 December.At its 228th meeting on 27 November, 2015, the FIPB had deferred a proposal by HDFC to transfer its shares so as to raise Standard Life’s (Mauritius Holdings) stake in HDFC Standard Life Insurance from the existing 26% to 35%.The FIPB also set aside Aviva Life Insurance Company India’s proposal to increase the foreign shareholding in the venture from 26% to 49% by Aviva International Holdings, UK, by transferring 23% stake being held by the Indian partner, Dabur.In the recent past, many foreign partners of Indian insurance companies have either increased their stake or have planned to do so, ever since the Modi government increased the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit for such foreign associates from 26% to 49% in March this year.The aim was to increase insurance penetration in India and enable the companies to raise adequate capital for expanding operations.On 17 December, Ergo International AG, the German insurance company that had 26% equity stake in HDFC Ergo General Insurance Company, increased its stake to 48.9% by acquiring 123 million shares in the joint venture, representing 22.90% stake.The shares were acquired at a price of Rs 90.97 per share, translating into a consideration of Rs 1,122 crore, HDFC said in a regulatory filing to the BSE.Pursuant to the deal, which will be subject to regulatory approvals, HDFC’s stake will come down to 50.7% from 73.6% held earlier.HDFC Ergo General Insurance’s gross direct premium for the first half of the current fiscal was Rs 1,593 crore. The company earned a net profit of Rs 68.9 crore during the period. In 2014-15, the company had earned a net profit of Rs 104 crore and its gross written premium was Rs 3,257 crore.HDFC Standard Life Insurance’s total premium collection was Rs 6,590 crore for the first six months ended 30 September, 2015.There are 24 life insurance companies, including LIC, operating in India. The total amount collected by way of premium was Rs 7,553 crore in November this year and Rs 74,550 crore till November this year, marking an increase of 17.03% for the nine month period over last year, according to Life Insurance Council.While state-owned LIC is the biggest player in the business, other prominent companies include SBI Life Insurance (JV with BNP Paribas Assurance), ICICI Prudential and HDFC Standard Life.On 25 December, Tube Investments of India said it had approved the sale of 14% equity stake in Cholamandalam MS General Insurance to its joint venture partner Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Japan, for Rs 882.67 crore. The transaction, which will be subject to regulatory approvals, will increase Mitsui’s stake in the joint venture to 40%.
Andrea Tariang, Abhirami and Shraddha Srinath in Nerkonda Paarvai.PR HandoutAjith Kumar’s Nerkonda Paarvai has grossed over Rs 1 crore for the fifth consecutive day at the Chennai box office. The Bakrid holiday to schools, colleges and public offices ensured the movie retains good viewership on its first Monday.On its fifth day in Chennai, the H Vinoth-directorial has made a collection of Rs 1.15 crore. The Tamil movie had collected Rs 5.55 crore in its four-day weekend and the total collection of the film now stands at Rs 6.70 crore in the capital city of Tamil Nadu.The film enjoyed over 70 percent occupancy, on an average, in many cinema halls on its fifth day. It has also achieved a feat in Vettri Theatres, which sold over 20,000 tickets of Nerkonda Paarvai in just five days. “On day 5 #NerKondaPaarvai qualifies for the #VettriTopTen 2019 (surpasses 20k tickets) !!! Movies that are already in the list(Alphabetical Order) #AvengersEndgame #Kanchana3 #Petta #TheLionKing #SuperDeluxe #Viswasam Double Dhamaka for #ThalaAjith Fans … [sic]” Rakesh Gowthaman, managing director of the Vettri Cinemas, tweeted.Likewise, Nikilesh Surya, manager of another leading cinema hall, Rohini Silver Screens, has spoken about the stupendous performance of Nerkonda Paarvai on Twitter. “Phenomenal 5 day outing at the box office for #NerkondaPaarvai both @RohiniSilverScr Koyambedu and Tindivanam. Another all centre hit for #Thala Dream run for him this year. #என்றும்_தலஅஜித். [sic]” He wrote.The film was opened to a good hype and the positive reviews have helped it to set the box office on fire. Normally on Mondays, the collections of big movies witness significant drop, but the Ajith-starrer has retained the momentum. The Bakrid holiday helped the movie to enjoy above-average footfalls in theatres, as per trade trackers.With Thursday being a holiday over Independence Day, the Boney Kapoor-produced film is predict to end its first week run in theatres on a high note.The Ajith-starrer is a Tamil remake of Hindi movie Pink. H Vinoth has tweaked the story to suit the tastes of the local audience. Vidya Balan, Shraddha Srinath, Andrea Tariang and Abhirami Venkatachalam, who is currently in the Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house, are in key roles.
A woman who was taken as a baby from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1998 has been found safe, Florida authorities said on Friday, and the South Carolina woman she believed to be her mother has been arrested for kidnapping.Kamiyah Mobley, now 18, was located in Walterboro, South Carolina, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, which confirmed her identity through DNA testing.She appeared to be in good health and “a normal 18-year-old woman,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference.“This young woman was abducted as a newborn, and she is going to need time and assistance to process all this,” Williams said. “She is taking it as well as you can imagine.”The woman’s biological family was overwhelmed when they learned the news. It will be up to the victim to determine future contact, he said.Authorities found Mobley through tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She was living under a different name established through fraudulent documents, the sheriff said, declining to release that name.“She had an inclination beginning probably a couple of months ago that she may have been involved in this in some way,” the sheriff said.The baby was only hours old when a woman, dressed as a nurse in a flowered smock and green hospital pants, abducted her from her mother’s room, according to the 1998 incident report.Authorities have arrested Gloria Williams, 51, in South Carolina on charges of kidnapping and interference with custody, the sheriff said.The case generated wide attention and led authorities to pursue more than 2,500 tips, the sheriff said.“We are speaking to as many people as we can to try to paint a picture of what may have happened 18 years ago,” the sheriff said. “Lots of questions left unanswered.”Gloria Williams will be extradited to Florida, authorities said, and she faces up to life in prison.
Share NRG just announced it’s selling its renewable energy business. The move is part of a corporate reorganization move the company announced last summer.What impact could this have on Houston’s renewable future? Does the move have any impact on Houston’s future in renewable energy?Houston Matters explores the ramifications of NRG’s decision with Dr. Gavin Dillingham, program director for clean energy policy at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), and Lara Cottingham, deputy assistant director for the City of Houston’s Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department.