zoom A Chinese non-profit organisation has filed a landmark lawsuit at Qingdao Maritime Court against US oil major ConocoPhillips and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) Ltd for the 2011 oil spill in Bohai Bai.The lawsuit filed by the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation requires the defendants to take responsibility for the series of oil spills that began at Penglai 19-3 oilfield on June 4, 2011, and ultimately affected over 6,200 square kilometers of water.This lawsuit is the first public interest litigation filed by a non-profit organization in relation to marine pollution.The oil field is 51% owned by CNOOC, and 49% owned by ConocoPhillips.The incidents resulted in approximately 723 barrels (115 cubic meters) of oil and 2,620 barrels (416 cubic meters) of mineral oil-based drilling mud seeping into Bohai Bay.In 2012, the companies were ordered to pay an aggregate amount of RMB 1.683 billion (USD 266.7 million) to compensate for the marine ecological damage caused by the oil spill accident.Penglai 19-3 oilfield was cleared to resume production in February 2013.World Maritime News Staff
zoom A Magellan-owned oil platform, located three miles offshore of Corpus Christi, suffered a fire in the afternoon hours of March 7.According to the United States Coast Guard, watchstanders received a report of the fire and launched a Coast Guard Station Port Aransas 45-foot response boat crew to the area.Once on scene, the response boat crew established a 200-yard safety zone. There were no persons aboard the platform at the time of the fire and at around 6:30 p.m. local time the response boat crew reported the fire was out.A team of firefighters, coordinated by O’Brien’s Response Management, arrived on the platform and confirmed the fire was out, as well as no visible signs of pollution.An investigation into the cause of the fire was launched.
New York – A huge fire has erupted at a downtown Dubai skyscraper near a New Year’s Eve fireworks display on Thursday evening.A Dubai hotel and residential skyscraper has been engulfed with flames near 10:00 p.m. local time, ahead of the official New Year’s celebration.The fire reportedly erupted hours before a fireworks display was scheduled to begin close to the famous Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the world’s tallest building. “Fire has been reported in the Address Downtown hotel. Authorities are currently on-site to address the incident swiftly and safely,” the Dubai government media office posted on Twitter.The Khaleej Times news posted a short video by Rahul Gajjar, an eyewitness at the scene, to their Twitter account, in which the flames are seen nearly extending to the height of the building.The cause of the fire has not been determined yet, but it is reported to have covered at least 20 stories of the Address Downtown Hotel.Debris from the fire has been found on the streets. Firetrucks are at the scene trying to contain the flames. No reports of human injuries have been released as of the time of writing.Social media users in Dubai have been posting videos of the dramatic incident, which is largely seen from every surrounding building in the city.“The building has been fully evacuated but we have no more information about what has happened,” a spokeswoman for the Address Group of hotels near the Dubai mall complex said, according to the Telegraph.“It’s a pretty big fire. It started about 30 minutes ago and is still going on. We don’t know the reason it happened yet,” she added.As of 10:37 p.m. local time, a Dubai official informed that New Year’s Eve festivities will continue as planned, reporting no casualties.“There are no injuries, thank God … of course, it will not affect the celebration,” Major General Rashed al-Matrushi, general director of the Dubai Civil Defence, told Al Arabiya’s live broadcast.However, eyewitnesses are starting to panic as the flames take over the skyscraper.“I saw the flames just as it started and now it is out of hand. I can’t see anything because of the smoke,” Ahmad Al Bader told The National newspaper.“They evacuated the people in the Address. My uncle and aunt were having dinner there and they were quickly rushed out, it’s crazy,” he said, adding that the building “looks like it’s completely gone.”
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A university power plant in Alaska is scheduled to go online in May, six months behind its original target date.The Daily News-Miner reported Monday that the combined heat and power plant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will begin commercial operations by mid-May.An official from a contracting firm says required equipment testing is about 40% complete and the project is expected to finish within its $248 million budget.The official told the Energy for All Alaska Task Force last week that about eight significant complications have delayed commercial operations, including design flaws in part of the boiler and incorrectly fitted or defective parts that needed replacement.The official says the plant’s safety record to date ranks above the national Occupational Safety and Health Administration average.___Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.comThe Associated Press
The debate was expected to go on for a year. At the same time, Mr. Sirisena made it clear that he was firm on the abolition of executive presidency, one of his key promises during the 2015 January presidential elections. Asked whether the 13th Amendment, an outcome of the India-Sri Lanka agreement of 1987, would be retained in the event of having a new Constitution, he replied that this would be finalised at the conclusion of the debate. The Sri Lankan government would not act “in haste” on the issue of setting up a special court on allegations of violations of human rights in the last stages of the civil war, President Maithripala Sirisena said.Answering questions on the status of implementation of a resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council in October on accountability, Mr. Sirisena, in an exclusive interview with The Hindu at his residence, replied in Sinhala that what should be done first was to “evaluate” what had happened [during the war]. Only after ascertaining the situation would “subsequent steps” become necessary. Calling for a gradual approach in the implementation, he alluded to the resolution and maintained that “we have not been ordered to do anything.” The government would do “whatever is necessary.” The implementation should be a “collective exercise,” he said, referring to the establishment of a body headed by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on reconciliation and another institution to go into complaints regarding alleged disappearances. As for the move to draft a new Constitution, the President pointed out that he would make a statement in Parliament on January 9, initiating the process. However, he clarified that only after a “comprehensive, organised and nationwide” debate among different sections such as constitutional experts and civil society organisations, would a decision be taken whether a fresh Constitution was needed or amendments to the existing Constitution were sufficient. On his stand on devolution, Sirisena recalled that Sri Lanka had a “long history” of devolution and emphasised that new constitutional provisions should be made after a “proper study” of issues concerning the nation’s sovereignty and interests.
The Foreign Ministry said that following consultations held with President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana among others, it was decided that a Sri Lanka Government delegation from Colombo will participate in the discussions. The Government has picked a high-level delegation to be sent to Geneva to respond to the report on Sri Lanka by the High Commissioner for Human Rights.Consideration of the Report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ will take place at the ongoing 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 20 March 2019, while the draft resolution on Sri Lanka on the same theme, which Sri Lanka has signed up to co-sponsor, is scheduled to be taken up on 21 March 2019. Accordingly, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana will lead the delegation which will include Parliamentarian Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Governor of the Northern Province Dr. Suren Raghavan, Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and Deputy Solicitor General A. Nerin Pulle. They will be joined by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva A.L.A. Azeez, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Samantha Jayasuriya, and other relevant officials of the Sri Lanka Permanent Mission in Geneva. (Colombo Gazette)
Canadian dollar rises, Bank of Canada opts to leave interest rates unchanged TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Tuesday against the U.S. currency even as the Bank of Canada said it was leaving its key rate at one per cent.The loonie rose 0.17 of a cent to 100.68 cents US as the bank left the rate unchanged for an 18th consecutive meeting, reflecting weak global economic conditions.There was no change in the bank’s accompanying statement about future intentions. It continued to say that “over time, some modest withdrawal of monetary policy stimulus will likely be required,” which is taken to mean the bank will have to raise rates at some point in the future. But many economists don’t expect the bank to move on upping rates for some time.“Markets are pricing in no change in Canadian interest rates over the next 12-months, a view we agree with,” said Scotia Capital chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton.She thinks the loonie will be impacted more in the medium term by the U.S. Federal Reserve and whether it announces further stimulus measures next week, which would involve the purchase of Treasuries along with existing acquisitions of mortgage-backed securities.The U.S. dollar was lower against many other currencies for a second day as traders felt inclined to add on risk amid an upbeat Chinese manufacturing report and optimism over Greece after the country launched a bond buyback program worth €10 billion that is aimed at trimming its debt load to a more sustainable level.Oil prices were lower after the U.S. Institute for Supply Management said Monday its manufacturing index unexpectedly went into contraction territory during November, a signal that uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff issue is hurting the economy.Market attention has focused almost exclusively on heading off the automatic big spending cuts and significant tax increases that are to be imposed at the beginning of 2013. The worry is that the combination would dramatically slow the U.S. economy and likely push it back into recession.The January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down 59 cents to US$88.50 a barrel.March copper prices gave up early gains to close unchanged at US$3.66 a pound while bullion for February sank beneath the psychologically important US$1,700 mark, moving down $25.30 to US$1,695.80 an ounce.Meanwhile, talks between the 27 European Union finance ministers got under way in Brussels aimed at firming plans for a banking union.They hope to agree on the set-up of a new supervisory body, which will be headed by the European Central Bank and will hold wide-ranging authority over banks.But Germany and France, the continent’s two largest economic powers, disagree on how many banks the ECB should be allowed to oversee, when it should start, and what its final powers should be. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2012 4:38 pm MDT
Fleet sales rose by 4.8 per cent in June, to 93,667 units. Business demand dipped 4.7 per cent to 20,938 units. Private buyer demand soared by 22.8 per cent in June It’s a record June, as new car registrations soar November 2000, December 2000 and March 2001 were also record months for new car registrations. Year to date sales reached 1,269,028 units, 4.3 per cent up on last year Private buyers took 47 per cent of the total June market, accounting for 100,720 units, compared to 42 per cent and 82,024 units in June last year. June was the ninth consecutive month of growth in the new car market Commenting on the record June figures, Christopher Macgowan, SMMT Chief Executive, said, ‘This is the fourth time in less than a year that new car registrations have set a record and I’m delighted that the sales boom is continuing into the summer. It is excellent news and shows that the industry is working hard to be more competitive than ever. Consumers continue to support their local franchised dealers and, as nine months of growth shows, are confident that the best deal on a new car is available here in the UK.’ Notes to editors New car registrations rose 11.4 per cent in June to a record 215,325 units Total registrations by private buyers from January to June reached 617,861 units, up 18.8 per cent on the 519,888 units for the first six months of 2000. June 2001 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCrandon, Drakes, Radford to assist Richard Pybus -CWIJanuary 21, 2019In “latest news”Off to UK! Guyana’s Mavendra Dindyal included in Windies U-15 squad for UK tourAugust 7, 2018In “latest news”Windies Women start World Cup preparation with team bonding campMay 25, 2017In “latest news” Windies “A” head coach Graeme West said the imminent home series against Sri Lanka “A” is the perfect opportunity for a number of fringe players to advance their claims for recognition by the Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies at the highest levels of the game.Windies “A” head coach Graeme WestWest was speaking ahead of the start of the series that begins with the first of three “Tests”, which opens on Wednesday at the Trelawny Multiplex in Jamaica, where all of the matches in the series, including three One-dayers, will be staged.According to a release issued on Monday by Cricket West Indies (CWI) West underscored the importance of players showing consistency, saying: “The players that have progressed to the senior team over the last 12 or 18 months have done it on the backs of some consistent performances in “A” Team matches. More of the same is required from the team, as a collective to do well, but with strong contributions from each individual. We have players in this squad at different points in their career, but there a few of them that will feel they need to really make a move forward over the next few weeks and ahead of the start of the next regional season, so this is a really great opportunity to get ahead of the game”.The coach said that he was very pleased with the work the players have put in so far in preparation for the series. “The work in Antigua we did was good. Several of the players did not have a great opportunity to practice, due to the hurricanes in the Caribbean, but I feel everyone has got up to speed very quickly, and the two sessions we have had in Trelawny have been excellent. The quality has been high and the intensity has steadily increased as game-day arrives on Wednesday”.On how he would define success in the series, West said: “Sri Lanka has come with a good mix of experienced and very promising players, so it would be pleasing to record a series victory against any them or any other visiting side for that matter. Apart from this, it would be good to see batsmen like Montcin Hodge and John Campbell, as well as Vishaul Singh, who has had an opportunity to play for the senior team, and captain Shamarh Brooks get significant scores.“It will also be a big test for two of our fast bowlers, Reynard Leveridge and Oshane Thomas, they have just five matches between them, but they great ability and can bowl quickly, so it will be important to see if they can keep it going throughout a day and a four-day match. In the spin bowling, we have players that are familiar with the “A” Team set-up and have been consistently performing in regional tournaments, so it would be a good opportunity for them to push their claims by taking wickets and bowling effectively in the conditions that we find throughout the series,” the release quoted West as saying.SQUADShamarh Brooks (Captain)Vishaul Singh (Vice-Captain)Sunil AmbrisJohn CampbellYannic CariahRahkeem CornwallSheldon CottrellJahmar HamiltonMontcin HodgeDamion JacobsKeon JosephReynard LeveridgeOshane ThomasTeam Management UnitGraeme West (Head Coach)Dwain Gill (Team Operations Manager)Corey Collymore (Assistant Coach)Khevyn Williams (Physiotherapist)Zephrynus Nicholas (Fitness Coordinator)Dinesh Mahabir (Video Data Analyst)
(CMC) — Leaders from across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will participate in the IV CARICOM-Mexico Summit that is scheduled to begin on Wednesday in Belize.The main theme of the summit will be cooperation for the prevention of and treatment of natural disasters.Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Dennis Moses.The one day summit will be co-chaired by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow.The summit aims to consolidate the progress of the III CARICOM-Mexico Summit, held in 2014.The scheduled talks further endorses the importance Mexico places on cooperation with the Caribbean in matters of security, migration, climate change mitigation and the prevention of natural disasters.The Government of Mexico will provide air transport for the Trinidad and Tobago Delegation and other CARICOM Delegations, to and from Belize, City. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident Granger to attend IV CARICOM-Mexico Summit in BelizeOctober 24, 2017In “latest news”CARICOM, Mexico to strengthen ties in disaster risk managementOctober 26, 2017In “latest news”Guyana to participate in US -Caribbean Energy Security Summit in Washington, DCJanuary 20, 2015In “Business”
Un jalon dans la mystérieuse évolution des poissons platsPubliant sa découverte dans le Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, un chercheur britannique a décrit récemment une espèce de poisson fossile jusqu’alors inconnue, vieille de 50 millions d’années et de morphologie intermédiaire entre les poissons ‘classiques’ et les poissons plats comme la sole.Comment certains poissons sont-ils passés d’une forme ‘habituelle’ – oblongue, avec un œil de chaque côté du crâne – à une forme aplatie, avec les 2 yeux sur le même côté de la tête – comme la plie ou la sole ? Si cette question reste en suspens, le fossile découvert par le Dr Matt Friedman, de l’Université d’Oxford, confirme en tout cas ce schéma évolutif : ce poisson, baptisé Heteronectes, est plat, mais ses yeux n’ont pas encore migré, chacun demeurant d’un côté du crâne.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’après l’étude faite, le spécimen date de l’Éocène inférieur soit d’il y a 50 millions d’années et provient d’anciennes roches marines. “Ce fossile provient de Bolca, dans le nord de l’Italie, un site exploité depuis des centaines d’années pour ses poissons fossiles. Ce site remarquable offre un aperçu d’un ancien récif de corail. Les récifs sont bien connus comme des hauts lieux de la biodiversité, il n’est donc pas surprenant que Bolca nous fournisse les premiers éléments sur beaucoup de groupes de poissons modernes”, explique ainsi le Dr Friedman cité par Sci-News.”Notre compréhension des relations entre certains de ces groupes est en train de changer vu l’afflux croissant de données génétiques et moléculaires. Les fossiles n’ont pas beaucoup contribué à ce débat, mais les spécimens dans le genre d’Heteronectes révèlent le superbe niveau d’informations de détail qui peut être extrait à partir d’espèces éteintes”, conclut le chercheur. D’ailleurs, pour l’anecdote, le Dr Friedman n’a pas trouvé ce spécimen, jamais décrit, sur un site en pleine nature mais… dans les collections d’un musée de Vienne. Le 8 juillet 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambert
BREMERTON — The Suquamish Tribe says it plans to sue the Navy over sewage spills that they say have discharged “hundreds of thousands of gallons of untreated sewage” into local waters over the last five years.The Kitsap Sun reports the tribe announced Tuesday that it is giving military officials 60 days’ notice of its intent to file a lawsuit under the Clean Water Act, which prohibits discharging pollutants without a permit.Another notable discharge includes a spill announced in September by the Navy that leaked an estimated 450,000 gallons of wastewater from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard into Sinclair Inlet during a two-year period.Naval Base Kitsap spokesman Jake Chapelle says the Navy is aware of the notice and cannot comment on pending litigation.A spokesman for the Department of Justice, which represents the Navy, also declined comment.
Derby County are reportedly closing on a deal to sign Ashley Cole on a free transfer following his departure from Los Angeles Galaxy.The former Chelsea left-back is expected to have a medical on Monday and sign a short-term deal until the end of the current campaign for little more than the £10,000 a week he was earning in LA, which for the Rams manager, Frank Lampard it’s a win, win situation.The Championship club will get the most ultra-professional defender and Cole will be given the chance to take his first steps in what he hopes will be a coaching career as distinguished as his playing career.Lampard said, according to Mirror Football: “Some of the way the media painted him was out of order. Anybody who knows Ashley Cole knows he’s polite.”Premier League Legends: Ashley Cole, England’s Eternal Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – August 19, 2019 It’s time to talk about one of the hardest-working players in Premier League history, the Legend that is full-back Ashley Cole.Now that we know…“He’s a family man, he adores the people around him.”“He trains diligently every day. He is nice to all the fans – and those things may have been glossed over in the past, but now the truth is coming out.”“If you give him one pound or £100,000 a week, you still get the same professional every day. He will turn up first to the training ground and give everything.”“He will help people around him and leave last. I understand people get obsessed with wages, but it has nothing to do with it.”
John Chilman has joined electricity and gas utility organisation National Grid as group head of pensions.Chilman specialises in pensions, share plan design, executive reward, and total reward statements. He also has experience as a pension scheme trustee, as well as across the pensions and reward sector.Previously, Chilman worked as group pensions director at FirstGroup, and group head of reward at Halifax. He is currently an independent pension trustee for Nestle, a non-executive director at RPMI Railpen, and chairman of the Railway Pension Trustee Company.
Dear Editor,I write to you today not only to talk about the political achievements of a state representative candidate, but also the character and moral compass that one candidate holds. I have always believed that a person in the public sector should be of the utmost morale and contain the highest standards of human decency. Judy O Connell has all these traits and so much more.Judy has been on the Wilmington Board of Selectman, Wilmington School Committee and served on several other panels in Wilmington where her passion to help others has shown through several times. She led the way in the development of Wilmington’s Yentile Field. Not only did this facility become a wonderful place for the town to enjoy, but it was also a project brought in under budget. This is only one of many highlights in her political career. Judy is a true leader with endless determination and devotion to the people of this community.I grew up in a very close family that was entrenched in town politics for numerous years. I witnessed what it takes to be a respected loyal leader that can be counted on when needed. Willingness to listen, ability to understand both sides, work ethic and honesty are all qualities that I witnessed from a young age, all which Judy undoubtedly has. She will be a great advocate for the people of this district and exactly who we need to represent us on the larger platform.Judy O Connell is a good, honest hard-working candidate. She is strong willed and well respected by her peers. She is the best advocate for the people of Willington and Tewksburythe best advocate for the people of Willington and Tewksbury. I hope all will join me on Tuesday, September 4th in voting for Judy O’Connell for State Representative.Sincerely,Eric BandaNOTE: All letters regarding the September 4 election must be submitted no later than Thursday, August 30, 11:59pm.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… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Ed Loud Endorses Judy O’Connell For State RepIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Selectman Mike Newhouse Endorses Judy O’Connell For State RepIn “Government”
WILMINGTON, MA — The following nine children were baptized and joined the Parish of the Transfiguration on February 17, 2019:Josephine Rae CallahanJohn Robert ComeauBenjamin Thomas KincaidOwen James LiekwegLiam John LubinSienna Maria MarkosSloane C. PetersonAmelia Grace PopeJohn Christopher SavageCongratulations to these children and their families.(NOTE: List is from the latest St. Thomas/St. Dorothy church bulletin.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”4 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”
Anil Ambani, chairman of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, attends the annual general meeting of Reliance Capital in Mumbai September 27, 2011.ReutersGlobal telecom equipment major Ericsson has moved the Supreme Court seeking detention of Reliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani in a development that escalates its legal tangle with the Indian company over non-payment of Rs 550 crore service dues.In its contempt petition, the Swedish company has asked the court to detain Ambani in a civil prison and block his overseas travel, the Economic Times reported.In early October, Reliance Communications had sought 60 more days for repayment of Rs 550 crore to unsecured creditor Ericsson.”The fresh application was filed because RCom and others did not comply with the SC order. We have been waiting for payments for a long time and their default is contempt of court,” Anil Kher, senior advocate representing Ericsson, told ET.Ericsson had signed a seven-year deal in 2014 with RComm for operating and managing the Indian telecom player’s nationwide telecoms network. RComm owes Ericsson the dues in unpaid service costs after the deeply leveraged and indebted RComm went out of business.In May, India’s bankruptcy court admitted an insolvency plea filed by Ericsson against RCom.Contempt move against DoTMeanwhile, RComm has also moved the court initiating contempt proceedings against the Department of Telecommunications. The Anil Ambani-led company says that DoT’s delay in approving spectrum sale has cost it dearly, leading to the non-payment of service dues to Ericsson. Flags with the logo of telecoms equipment maker Ericsson flutter outside the company’s headquarters in StockholmMAJA SUSLIN/AFP/Getty ImagesEricsson has also sought a stay on RComm selling assets further to pay off debts. Late in 2017 RComm said it was selling most of its wireless assets for $3.8 billion to Reliance Jio, which was launched by the Reliance behemoth headed by Mukesh Ambani.The deal hasn’t come through yet, but both the companies said on January 1 that they set a new deadline of June 28 to complete the deal.
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi smiles as she visits an IDP camp outside of Myitkyina. Reuters file photoAung San Suu Kyi has denied the ethnic cleansing of Myanmar’s Muslim minority, speaking to the BBC after the UN rights council agreed to investigate allegations against the army.“I don’t think there is ethnic cleansing going on. I think ethnic cleansing is too strong an expression to use for what is happening,” Suu Kyi said in the interview televised on Wednesday.Her one-year-old government has faced international condemnation for the treatment of the country’s Rohingya Muslims, who are regarded as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, prompting the UN rights council to agree last month to launch an investigation into violations against the minority.The Geneva-based body’s fact-finding mission will examine allegations of torture, murder and rape allegedly committed by troops.Suu Kyi told the BBC there was “a lot of hostility” in the western state of Rakhine, where more than one million Rohingya live.“It is Muslims killing Muslims, as well, if they think they are collaborating with authorities.“It is not just a matter of ethnic cleansing. It is a matter of people on different sides of a divide, and this divide we are trying to close up. As best as possible and not to widen it further,” she said.Myanmar has launched its own domestic probe into possible crimes in Rahkine and appointed former UN chief Kofi Annan to head a commission tasked with healing long-simmering divisions between Buddhists and Muslims.Suu Kyi said the army was “not free to rape, pillage and torture”.“They are free to go in and fight. And of course, that is in the constitution… Military matters are to be left to the army,” she said, adding that she aimed to amend the constitution.Almost 75,000 people from the persecuted minority have escaped to Bangladesh after the military launched operations in the north of Rakhine state to find Rohingya militants who raided police border posts in October.Rohingya who have fled have told the UN rights office that soldiers executed babies in front of their mothers, as part of campaign to terrorise the Muslim minority.“If they come back they will be safe,” said Suu Kyi, adding that those who fled were welcome to return.Her National League for Democracy (NLD) faced the ballot box on Saturday in by-elections across the country, winning a string of seats but losing out in ethnic minority areas including Rakhine.The NLD came to power in a historic 2015 election which ended half a century of brutal military rule, but there has been disillusionment with the administration as it struggles to push through reforms and ease unrest.
Chronology of the political crisis in Catalonia. AFPCatalan separatists won a crucial vote against anti-independence parties, plunging the region into further uncertainty on Friday.Demands for self-rule in Catalonia date back centuries. Here are the key dates in the region’s recent independence drive:- 2006: ‘Nation’ charter -March 2006: Catalans agree a new autonomy charter, increasing their fiscal and judicial powers and describing Catalonia as a “nation”.June 2010: Spain’s Constitutional Court strikes down parts of the charter in response to a government appeal, sparking protests.- 2012: independence demands -September 11, 2012: More than a million people protest in Barcelona demanding independence for Catalonia.September 20: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy rejects a call for greater tax-and-spend powers for the region. Catalan president Artur Mas calls a snap election promising a referendum on Catalonia’s future.November 26: Mas’s centre-right CiU alliance wins the election overall but fails to secure an absolute majority in parliament.- 2013: human chain -September 11, 2013: Hundreds of thousands of Catalans form a human chain stretching more than 400 kilometres (250 miles) across the Mediterranean coast to push for independence.- 2014: symbolic vote -November 9, 2014: Catalonia defies Madrid and presses ahead with a symbolic vote on independence. Turnout is just 37 percent, of which over 80 percent vote in favour of independence.- 2015: parliamentary majority -September 27, 2015: In regional elections, the pro-independence alliance secures an absolute majority in the parliament but falls short of a majority of votes with 47.8 percent.November 9: All 72 pro-independence lawmakers in the Catalan parliament vote to kick off the process to secede from Spain.January 10, 2016: Carles Puigdemont becomes president of Catalonia.- 2017: referendum -October 1: The Catalan government defies a Spanish court ban and presses ahead with a referendum on independence. A police crackdown on voters sparks international concern.Turnout is around 43 percent, of which 90 percent back independence.- ‘Independence’ declared -October 27: The Catalan parliament defies warnings from the central government and unilaterally declares independence from Spain.Madrid takes the unprecedented step of stripping the region of its autonomy, sacking its government and parliament and calling snap elections.- Detention, exile -November 2017: A Spanish court charges Puigdemont and other top members of the axed government with sedition and rebellion.Puigdemont flees to Belgium. His former deputy Oriol Junqueras and other secessionists are remanded in custody pending trial.- Separatists win poll -December 21: Separatists win a parliamentary majority in the elections, raising the question of how they will govern with leaders in exile and behind bars.With turnout at a record high of 82 percent, the three pro-independence lists win 70 of the 135 seats in the regional parliament but only 47.6 percent of the vote.Anti-secessionist centrist party Ciudadanos achieves the biggest individual result with 37 seats.December 22: Puigdemont calls on Rajoy to hold talks outside Spain, where he faces arrest. Rajoy promptly rejects the request.
News Share This! Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Opinion Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Led by two of the country’s most prominent imams, hundreds of U.S. Muslims have raised more than $13,000 to bail out detained migrant parents.Launched on Monday (Aug. 5) by the Islamic nonprofit CelebrateMercy, the Muslims for Migrants campaign has already exceeded its original goal of raising $10,000 in two weeks. Funds will go to the National Bail Fund Network, which works with more than two dozen local community bond funds.“Looking at a project like this, I can’t think of something that is more useful to do with your money to help detained families,” said Ryan Smith, a case manager with Chicago’s Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants. “It’s something that’s so underfunded, and for the families I work with it’s often eight months to a year before they’re released.”More than 50,000 people are currently detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities, while some 20,000 are in Customs and Border Protection centers. Another 11,000 children are currently in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.The Muslims for Migrants LaunchGood campaign. Courtesy imageUndocumented immigrants or legal asylum-seekers detained by ICE or CBP are held in detention facilities until they go to trial, where the court will decide whether they can stay in the country, or until they are able to pay their bond.There is no legal maximum on these immigration cash bonds, which are typically higher than bails in criminal cases. The nonprofit Freedom for Immigrants has reported bonds as high as $250,000, with an average of $14,500.Smith said most of his cases range from $10,000 to $15,500.Smith, who is Muslim himself, said he has seen few Muslim-led efforts to raise funds or volunteer to help immigration detainees. He attributes that both to U.S. Muslims’ disproportionately young population as well as the fact that many immigrant Muslims focus their charitable giving on the communities they left behind.“There’s a lot of effort to send money to their home countries, but there’s not as much movement among Muslims when it comes to helping people from other countries who are now here,” Smith said.“For me, my faith is a big part of what I do,” Smith said, pointing to the story of a Christian king of Abyssinia, or modern Ethiopia, who granted asylum to a group of Muslims sent by the Prophet Muhammad to escape persecution in Mecca. “Separating parents and children is just so evil, and our faith teaches us to be true. If we’re causing that, oh boy, I don’t know how God is going to forgive us for it.”Last month the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, an independent watchdog, published a report examining the “dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults” in migrant centers along the U.S.-Mexico border.Reports like that led Imam Zaid Shakir and Imam Omar Suleiman, who are helping lead the fundraising effort, to act.Imam Zaid Shakir in June 2016 in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David Goldman)“(W)hen we view the sickening conditions those migrating to our southern borders are exposed to, we should be touched and moved to action knowing that our religion grants those fleeing persecution, oppression, or ecological devastation, the right to migrate and to be duly considered for asylum,” reads a joint letter by Shakir, who leads the Lighthouse Mosque in Oakland, Calif., and Suleiman, who founded the Texas-based Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, announcing the initiative.Since October, seven people have died in ICE custody. Children at some facilities were deprived of access to showers, hot meals and a change of clothes, the report noted. Some detained adults were held in standing-room-only conditions for a week.“As the humanitarian crisis at the southern border deepens, there is a deafening silence from most corners of the American Muslim community,” the two imams wrote. “Shouldn’t the nation of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah upon him) who was himself an orphan and a migrant … be the first to be moved with the images of children in cages?”The imams and CelebrateMercy, a Cincinnati-based organization focused on increasing public awareness about the Prophet Muhammad’s life, rooted their campaign in sayings of the prophet and Quranic verses, as well as an article in the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam, all of which they say enshrined the right to asylum and migration.“Generally speaking, the same playbook that has been employed against the Muslim and other immigrant communities, specifically refugees from the Middle East, has been employed against the immigrant community as a whole,” they also noted.Imam Omar Suleiman. Courtesy photoShakir and Suleiman have both participated in organizing on behalf of migrants, including a rally at the San Diego-Tijuana border last year as well as a protest at the U.S. Capitol where they demanded legal protection for “Dreamers,” unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors.Activism on behalf of detained migrants is not new among U.S. Muslims.Two days after President Trump ended his family separation policy last year, the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area publicly offered to host every migrant child separated from his or her parents at zero cost to the government. They pointed to a saying of the Prophet Muhammad, which Smith emphasized as well: “Whoever separates a mother from her child, Allah will separate him from his loved ones on the Day of Judgment.”Last year during Ramadan, Muslim community organizers developed a bail-out fund to help free incarcerated Muslims awaiting trial at Chicago’s Cook County Jail. Since then, the program has expanded to cover bond for Muslims in ICE custody as well as pretrial detainees in more cities. The project is rooted in the premise that bailing out pretrial detainees functions as a form of zakat, a mandatory tax on wealth that goes toward helping the poor, freeing those in bondage and six other categories.“We see the system of bail as one of the contemporary forms of bondage,” Maryam Kashani, a Believers Bail Out organizer, told Religion News Service when the project launched. “So this is one way we can practice what was an active part of being Muslim in the early days of Islam.”Several other religious communities, from faith-based nonprofits to houses of worship, have also been involved in bail-out initiatives over the past several years. Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. 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