Family cries foul as inmate dies in custody in Kota

first_imgAn ailing jail inmate died in police custody at a hospital in Rajasthan’s Kota town on Friday night after the police guards accompanying him allegedly assaulted him. Two of the policemen were shunted out after the family members of the deceased protested outside the mortuaryMohammed Ramzan, 60, a resident of Baran district’s Mangrol, was serving a sentence in the district jail He was shifted to the New Medical College Hospital in Kota for treatment, when he complained of pain.A video that surfaced before Mr. Ramzan’s death, shows him telling that three police guards had beaten him with metal pipes, corroborating his family’s version of him being tortured to death.Ramzan was admitted to Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital in Jaipur from April 21 to 25 for treatment when his condition deteriorated. The family, which met him once in Jaipur, was informed that the patient had been transferred back to Kota, where he died in the prisoners ward at the New Medical College Hospital.Video evidence He said – in the video recorded by a family member during his treatment in Jaipur – the guards were inebriated and would thrash him when he cried in pain.The family members alleged the jail authorities did not give proper medical treatment to Ramzan when he fell sick. The deceased also faced communal slur, according to the family.Police assure inquiryAfter the family members, accompanied by the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) members staged a protest and refused to accept the body, Kota Superintendent of Police Deepak Bhargava assured them of an inquiry by the Judicial Magistrate. The post-mortem was conducted by a medical board and the body handed over to the family.The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has shot off a petition to the National Human Rights Commission demanding registration of an FIR against the police guards allegedly involved in custodial violence that led to Ramzan’s death. It also sought an inquiry by the hospital into violence in the prisoners’ ward and payment of compensation to the deceased’s family.‘Communally targeted violence’ allegedPUCL-Rajasthan president Kavita Srivastava said the “communally targeted violence” by the authorities amounted to violation of human rights of persons of minority communities lodged in various correctional institutions across the country.last_img read more

Hairy Scary: U.S. Energy Secretary’s Halloween Homage

first_imgU.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is traveling in Asia, so he’ll miss tonight’s annual American rite of Halloween trick-or-treating. But the theoretical physicist’s Facebook page isn’t letting the day go unnoticed. It now features a profile picture of a pumpkin decorated with Moniz’s curly locks, which have drawn extensive attention since President Barack Obama selected him to run the Department of Energy (DOE). The Daily Beast even made a video: Twitter Loves Ernest Moniz’s Hair.The pumpkin was carved by a member of DOE’s digital media team, according to a spokesperson. They also carved these DOE-themed pumpkins and offered stencils and a video on how to carve your own energy-themed jack-o’-lantern. (The Moniz-o’-lantern, ScienceInsider is told, was not carved on government time.)Happy Halloween!Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)For more Halloween-themed science news, join us at 3 p.m. EDT today for a live chat on the neuroscience of fear.last_img read more

Sunil Chhetri ruled out for two weeks with ankle injury, to miss Jordan friendly

first_imgSunil Chhetri has been ruled out of India’s upcoming international friendly against Jordan following an ankle injury which he sustained during Bengaluru FC’s ISL match against Kerala Blasters on November 5.The Indian National Team physiotherapist Gigy George informed that Chhetri has been advised rest and hence, hasn’t reported to the ongoing national team’s preparatory camp in New Delhi.”The BFC Medical Team have shared the MRI reports and medical assessments and we have scrutinised them thoroughly. Sunil needs rest of around two weeks and proper rehabilitation after which he can get back to training,” Gigy said.”He can’t travel with this injury as it’s a weight-bearing joint. He needs to have proper rest along with the rehab programme for a speedy recovery. We are closely monitoring the situation and following it up with the club medical team and Sunil himself,” said Shervin Sheriff, doctor Indian National Team.The match against Jordan is slated to be played at the King Abdullah II Stadium in Amman on November 17, 2018 and the Indian squad will be leaving the Indian shores on the 15th of this month.India have been clubbed with hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 and play their first match against Thailand in the Continental Championship on January 6, 2019.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Steve Smith booed during partnership with David Warner

first_imgSteve Smith was booed when he walked out to bat for Australia durng their opening World Cup 2019 match against Afghanistan in Bristol on Saturday. Smith was Australia captain during the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.Incidentally, David Warner, who along with Smith was banned for a year after admitting to tampering with the ball, was batting at the other end. The moment Smith faced up to Hamid Hassan, the crowd booed the former Australian captain.Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for 12 months while Cameron Bancroft was banished for 9 months in one of the biggest scandals in modern-day cricket.Both Warner and Smith were welcomed warmly in India during the Indian Premier League. Warner in fact went on to score 692 runs from 12 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad and he won the Orange Cap.Steve Smith replaced Ajinkya Rahane as captain of Rajasthan Royals midway into the 2019 IPL..But it has been a different story in England so far.According to an Australian journalist, David Warner was booed by a certain section at the ground – later, he was seen signing autographs. Steve Smith, who was booed during a warm-up match earlier in the tournament, did not seem to be the crowd favourite on Saturday.David Warner, meanwhile, hit a half-century and shared a 96-run stand with Australian skipper Aaron Finch.Australian coach Justin Langer had earlier said he knew what to expect in England but hoped crowds around the country would show more respect to Smith and Warner during the World Cup.advertisementYou know you feel for them personally. They are going to have to have thick skin. We have talked about earning respect. I think it is really important that people show some respect as well. Because they are humans, they are really good cricketers. They made a mistake. They have paid the price for it. Big price actually. I feel for them as people more than anything else, Langer had told ESPNcricinfo.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli hurts his thumb during training sessionAlso Watch:last_img read more

5G smartphones are all over MWC 2019, but you should not be excited just yet

first_img5G smartphones are all over MWC 2019, but you should not be excited just yetA lot of mainstream, and not-so-mainstream, phone makers offered at least one 5G smartphone for demo at MWC 2019. From the Galaxy S10 5G to the Mate X foldable phone, there was something new there to tingle our curiosity.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 13:20 IST HIGHLIGHTS5G rollout will likely start in the US and Europe first before heading to other places.Companies like Qualcomm, OnePlus, Samsung and Huawei have only just started talking about 5G trials in the country.Proper deployment of 5G isn’t expected until 2020.One of the big buzzwords at this year’s Mobile World Congress has been 5G. In fact, 5G was in the spotlight at last year’s MWC as well, but it was merely just talk at that time. 5G is real now and we have a bunch of commercially-ready phones to back that up. At MWC 2019, we saw some of these phones being showcased, teasing their imminent arrival.A lot of mainstream, and not-so-mainstream, phone makers offered at least one 5G smartphone for demo at MWC 2019. From the Galaxy S10 5G to the Mate X foldable phone, there was something new there to tingle our curiosity. The only problem was that these phones were not actually connected to a 5G network, and merely demonstrated that their hardware was ready for the 5G revolution, whenever that happens.This really brings us to the big question of when exactly 5G will be available. It is one thing having a phone ready for 5G, but without the actual rollout of 5G network, these phones are merely overpriced versions of their regular counterparts, if any. While these phones will be rolling out soon, it will be several months or years even before 5G starts rolling out in a broad way.Over the next few month, perhaps till the end of the year and into the next, you will hear a lot of phone makers launch devices claiming to be 5G-enabled. This is meant to pique your interest, and provide you that “new thing” that you wanted in a smartphone. But it would be wise not to get swayed by the “5G” tag right now, Unless you’re looking for a future-ready smartphone that you won’t let go off for a few years, it probably makes no sense to buy a 5G phone if your city isn’t getting upgraded to 5G anytime soon.advertisement5G rollout will likely start in the US and Europe first before heading to other places. Jio may have bolstered the speed of 4G rollout in India, but 5G still has ways to go. Companies like Qualcomm, OnePlus, Samsung and Huawei have only just started talking about 5G trials in the country, and a proper deployment of 5G isn’t expected until 2020.While we await the 5G wave, here is a look some of the biggest 5G phones announced at MWC 2019.Samsung Galaxy S10 5GIn addition to the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e flagships, Samsung also announced the Galaxy S10 5G, which as the name suggests comes with 5G support. This is because this is the only model in the portfolio that comes with a Snapdragon 855 chipset with the X50 5G modem. The modem is key to support 5G speeds, but at MWC 2019 I only got to see a small demo of the potential of 5G. The demo showed a baseball game that could be streamed live over 5G, and could allow you to choose a PoV camera to watch the game. But for this to work seamlessly, both the device, and the source will need to work on 5G speeds.The Galaxy S10 5G also comes with a bigger 6.7-inch AMOLED display and an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. It gets a quad camera system on the back and houses a 4,500mAh battery. The pill-shaped hole in the top right corner of the display is wider compared to the S10+, because it gets a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera. The Galaxy S10 5G is priced around $1,500.Huawei Mate X The Mate X is in a whole other league as it not only brings 5G support, but it is also a foldable smartphone. The Mate X sports a large 8-inch flexible plastic OLED display that can bend and close like a book thanks to a hinge design. Upon folding the device, the large display can be used as two displays, a 6.6-inch display on the front and a 6.38-inch display on the back. It is powered by a Kirin 980 chipset and uses a Balong 5000 chip for 5G support. The Mate X will start shipping sometime in mid-2019 and will cost a cool 2.299 euros.LG V50 ThinQ The LG V50 ThinQ is LG’s first device to support 5G thanks to the Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with the X50 modem. The ThinQ sports a 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED notched display, 4,000mAh battery, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Notably, the V50 ThinQ comes with a secondary attachable screen which is 6.2 inches in size and offers an OLED display. LG is yet to announce the price of the V50 ThinQ or the attachable secondary display.advertisementXiaomi Mi Mix 3 5GThe Mi Mix 3 5G is one of the more affordable 5G phones among the lot. Staying true to the company’s “honest pricing” promise, the 5G-supported phone comes at a starting price of USD 599 (approx Rs 48,000). The Mi Mix 3 5G is one such phone that already has a normal non-5G version. The Mi Mix 3 was launched in the second half of 2018. The 5G versions, however, gets the Snapdragon 855 chipset with with X50 modem.OnePlus 5GOnePlus has already confirmed that it plans to be one of the first companies to bring a 5G phone in India, and at MWC 2019, we saw a device properly covered from all sides that is seemingly the next OnePlus 5G smartphone. The prototype device showcased in Barcelona has a Snapdragon 855 chipset with the X50 modem. Like the Mi Mix 3 5G, the OnePlus 5G phone is also expected to come with a competitive price point when it launches later this year.ALSO READ | Samsung Networks shows live demo of 5G at MWC 2019, says it’s ready for 5G rollout in IndiaALSO READ | OnePlus 7 previewed? 3 cameras, Snapdragon 855, 10X optical zoom, 5G and 2K screen are likelyALSO READ | OnePlus and Qualcomm team-up to start 5G trials in India, OnePlus 7 may support 5GGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPriya Pathak Tags :Follow SamsungFollow LGFollow nokiaFollow OneplusFollow MWC 2019 Nextlast_img read more

EU MEPs Make Waves with Call to Include Shipping into ETS

first_imgzoom The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has called for the inclusion of maritime transport into the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2023 if the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) does not deliver a global deal by 2021.The Environment Committee MEPs agreed to align the start of shipping in the ETS with the date by which the IMO promised to deliver a global deal.The vote to include maritime transport into the revised ETS went against the advice of the European Parliament’s Industry Committee, which voted to keep shipping out, only a month ago, the Danish Shipowners’ Association said, adding that the association regrets that MEPs chose regionalism over global progress.The deadlines included in the vote show lack of understanding of the international climate road map warns MEP Bendt Bendtsen from the Christian-Democratic group, EPP.“By calling for an ETS for shipping in case no international system operates by 2021, my colleagues have unfortunately chosen to cave in to regionalism and ignore the long-term impact for European growth and the environment. With only a small part of global shipping touching EU ports, ETS will miss the intended climate target and runs the risk of derailing the IMO process,”  said Bendt Bendtsen (EPP, DK), Member of the Industry Committee.“I can only say that the Industry Committee stands firmly behind its call for shipping to be addressed internationally, otherwise it may well lead to cargo being transshipped outside of Europe with direct impacts on European employment. I will personally follow the regulatory developments at regional and international level very closely.”On the other hand, the sustainable transport group Transport & Environment has said that the vote to include shipping into ETS is fair and will help ensure ships do not undermine climate action in other industries.Faig Abbasov, shipping and aviation officer at T&E, said: “When the choices were between sailing towards oblivion or having ships and planes account for at least some of their climate impact, environment committee MEPs chose the latter. It also sends a clear message to the global aviation and shipping bodies that the time for weak or no action has long gone. Why should we let ships and planes do nothing while we regulate every other industry’s emissions?”The Parliament plenary will vote on its position next year. Negotiations between Parliament and national governments will then begin, with the aim of reaching an agreement on reform of the ETS by the end of 2017.“With much uncertainty hanging over ICAO and IMO, the European Parliament has acted decisively to ensure these sectors will be subject to effective climate measures. Council should now follow the Parliament’s lead, and ensure climate ambition is not entirely outsourced to two agencies with long records of inaction,” Abasov said.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Returning cast include Dani Kind as Anne, Juno Rinaldi as Frankie, Jessalyn Wanlim as Jenny, Philip Sternberg as Nathan, Ryan Belleville as Lionel, Olunike Adeliyi as Giselle, Dennis Andres as Ian, Sarah McVie as Val, Katherine Barrell as Alicia, Mimi Kuzyk as Eleanor and Peter Keleghan as Richard. Joining the ensemble cast this season are Amanda Brugel (Kim’s Convenience, The Handmaid’s Tale) as Sonia, a barista and improv teacher, Angela Asher (Hard Rock Medical) as Dorothy, a wealthy eccentric, Christopher Redman (CSI: Miami, Reverie) as Brad Heshinton, hypnotherapist, and as a special guest, singer, songwriter and author Jann Arden as Anne’s mother Jane.WORKIN’ MOMS is executive produced by Catherine Reitman and Philip Sternberg (Divorce Corp., Six Little McGhees). Directors for the season are Catherine Reitman, Paul Fox (Anne, Schitt’s Creek), Molly McGlynn (How to Buy a Baby), Philip Sternberg and Aleysa Young (Baroness von Sketch Show). The series is written by Reitman, Rebecca Kohler (Kim’s Convenience, This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Karen Moore (What Would Sal Do, Rookie Blue), Jillian Locke (X Company, Adam and Wiley’s Lost Weekend), Kathleen Phillips (Sunnyside), Robby Hoffman (Odd Squad) and Hannah Cheesman (Whatever, Linda). Series cinematography by Maya Bankovic (Below Her Mouth), production design by Elisa Sauve (Octavio Is Dead, Milton’s Secret) and costume design by Sheila Fitzpatrick (Degrassi: Next Class).A CBC original series, WORKIN’ MOMS is produced by Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment with the participation of the Canadian Media Fund. The series is distributed internationally by Coldsprings Media LLC and represented by Vanguarde Artist Management and CAA.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: Wolf + Rabbit EntertainmentWolf + Rabbit Entertainment is a Canadian film and television production company dedicated to telling daring, original stories. Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment is also currently in development on the comedy series Starting Over for CBC.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Principal photography has begun on season 2 of CBC’s bold and irreverent original comedy WORKIN’ MOMS (13×30), produced by Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment. The series is created by Catherine Reitman (Black-ish, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), who serves as showrunner and stars as Kate Foster. WORKIN’ MOMS looks at the polarizing and unexpected realities of the lives of a group of friends—all working moms—and their partners, as they adjust to life as parents. They might not be able to have it all, but they’re sure as hell going to try. Balance is everything. Production will continue in and around Toronto until October for a winter premiere on CBC.“We are thrilled to be back in production with CBC on the new season of Workin’ Moms,” said Catherine Reitman, creator and executive producer. “The response to season 1 was incredible and we’re excited to build on that momentum with our second season.”In season 2, WORKIN’ MOMS will continue to navigate the highs and lows of love, careers and motherhood with refreshing humour and naked honesty. Season 2 picks up as Kate faces the professional consequences of choosing her baby over her career. For Anne, a past relationship resurfaces; revealing a secret she and Lionel had kept from Alice. Frankie finds her way again without Giselle, and Ian and Jenny deal with their separation as Ian continues work on his screenplay.last_img read more

Manitoba chiefs demand school be reopened

first_imgAPTN National NewsManitoba chiefs are calling for dozens of Lake St. Martin First Nation school children to be kept together after the school they were attending was closed last week because of fire code violations.The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs want the federal government to stop a decision to disperse the 85 children within Winnipeg’s school system as a result of the closure saying it will have devastating impacts on them.“I find it appalling that your solution to a ‘building code issue’ is forced separation of these school-age children,” Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs leader Derek Nepinak wrote in a Nov. 6 letter to Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan.The entire community of Lake St. Martin, about 2,000 people, was evacuated last year after a flood. The children had been attending a school in suburban Winnipeg. Where they will go now is up in the air.“The one thing that kept these children tied together throughout the emergency situation is being taken away from them,” said Nepinak.He said the children’s sense of community and identity will be further compromised by the decision. Nepinak said history has shown what can happen when the federal government tries to deliver education to First Nations and referred to residential schools.“By dispersing the children to Winnipeg area schools, the rights of these children to a culturally relevant education experience are being ignored,” he said.Nepinak asked that the feds meet with himself and the property owner of the school to have it reopened immediately.last_img read more

Low turnout in Kahnawake election not necessarily about voter apathy

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor many First Nation, electing a band council is an important decision.But it seems in Kahnawake, not everyone feels that way.At last weekend’s band election, only one in four eligible voters went to the polls.That’s because there’s a long history of Mohawks refusing to acknowledge the council’s right to govern.APTN’s Tom Fennario explains why.@tfennariolast_img

Hyundai finds new engine problem prompting another recall

DETROIT — Hyundai has found a new problem that can cause its car engines to fail or catch fire, issuing yet another recall to fix problems that have affected more than 6 million vehicles since 2015.The Korean automaker is recalling about 20,000 Veloster cars in the U.S. and Canada because fuel can prematurely ignite in the cylinders around the pistons. U.S. government documents show the problem can cause excess pressure and damage the engine, causing vehicles to stall and in some cases catch fire. Only 2013 Velosters are covered.It’s a different problem from what has caused the rest of the recalls since 2015 from Hyundai and its affiliated automaker Kia, which have been plagued by engine failures and fires across the U.S.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Sudan UN experts condemn executions of nine men following torture unfair trial

The nine men, accused of killing Mohamed Taha Mohamed Ahmed, belong to the Fur tribe of the Darfur region and were sentenced to death in November 2007. They were hung in a Khartoum prison on 13 April 2009. The men had retracted their confessions, alleging that they had been obtained under duress. Requests by the defendants and their lawyers for medical examinations were rejected, and both the appeals court and the Sudanese Supreme Court upheld the verdict.The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an opinion last November, in which it raised serious questions about the trial of the defendants, who were detained for four months without contact with the outside world and showed visible signs of torture in their court appearances.“No judicial system, and in particular, the judicial system of a country that ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on 18 March 1986, can consider as valid a confession obtained under torture and revoked before a court, and a sentence based on such confession,” the Working Group stated in its opinion.Several UN independent experts – Manuela Carmena Castrillo, Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Leandro Despouy, Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Sima Samar, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Sudan and Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment – had appealed to the Sudanese Government to stay the executions until a fair trial or new trial had been held.They said that they could not judge whether the nine men were guilty, but emphasized that “in cases involving capital punishment, the slightest doubt cast on whether due process has been followed makes an execution inadmissible,” Mr. Alston said, noting that the death penalty is irreversible.Also in Sudan, top Swedish and United States officials are visiting Darfur. Marika Fahlen, Sweden’s Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa, arrived in North Darfur’s capital, El Fasher, to assess the humanitarian and security situation in the region. While in the war-ravaged area, she also seeks to gauge preparations for next February’s national elections and seek solutions for the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their original homes.During Ms. Fahlen’s meeting with the Governor, or Wali, of North Darfur state, he informed her that local humanitarian ministries and agencies are doing their utmost to fill any vacuum left after the Sudanese Government ejected 13 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and suspended three national NGOs following the issuing of an arrest warrant last month by the International Criminal Court (ICC).US Senator John Kerry is also in Darfur, where he was briefed on the overall political and humanitarian state of affairs on the ground. He said he will boost his efforts to enable the hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID, to discharge its mandate in better conditions.For its part, UNAMID reported today that its forces are continuing their routine duties and closely monitoring the situation in villages and camps housing IDPs. 17 April 2009United Nations human rights experts have spoken out against the execution in Sudan of nine men found guilty of murdering a newspaper editor, whose confessions were extracted under torture and subsequent trial was unfair. read more

Seminar on best practices of UNaffiliated criminal tribunals held in Sierra Leone

During the 24-25 June meeting, the Second Colloquium of Prosecutors, an international best practices committee was set up to oversee the process of collecting and analyzing material and the committee was to submit a plan of action by the end of August for approval, a statement from the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said.”State cooperation with international criminal tribunals is one of the pillars upon which the future development of international law depends,” the Prosecutors said.The areas to be covered include evidence management, witness and protection management, gender crimes, operating procedures, tracking and arrests and ways of speeding up trials, they said.The committee members are the ICTR Prosecutor and Chief of Prosecutions, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor and his Special Assistant, the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) Prosecutor-designate and Chief of Prosecutions and the Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).The First Colloquium of Prosecutors was held at the ICTR in Arusha, Tanzania, in November 2004. The Prosecutors accepted the joint invitation of the ICTY and ICC to hold the Third Colloquium at The Hague, the Netherlands, next year. read more

Lebanon UN reports progress on securing Israeli withdrawal from final position

UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Acting Commander Brig.-General J.P. Nehra discussed with senior Lebanese and Israeli officers future security arrangements for Gadjar, the village straddling the line separating the two sides, the only post Israel still holds following its withdrawal from all other positions on 1 October. “The meeting went very well, I think we have more or less closed all the gaps except for a few minor technical issues that should be finalized very soon and then I expect the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) to complete their withdrawal from South Lebanon,” Brig.-General Nehra said.A complete Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, together with Lebanese army deployment in the area, is a key clause in UN Resolution 1701 that ended the 34 days of fighting in August.The resolution also mandates strengthening UNIFIL to a maximum of 15,000 troops. At present it has some 5,000 troops on the ground. The force’s naval unit became operational on Sunday, monitoring Lebanon’s territorial waters and the coastline to prevent arms smuggling. In a related development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today that about half a million Lebanese children returned to public schools yesterday, after a delay of over a month caused by the fighting which completely destroyed 50 schools and heavily damaged 300 others.The back-to-school campaign went well but teachers reported that many children still bore psychological scars and wanted to talk about their experiences, UNICEF spokesman Michael Bociurkiw told a news briefing in Geneva. Unexploded ordnance remains the single greatest physical threat to children’s well-being in the area, he said. Although schools had been cleared by de-mining authorities, UNICEF is very concerned that children who might take short-cuts through fields to school might be vulnerable to ordnance that has not yet been found, he added. read more

Conflict and drought deepen food insecurity in Africa Middle East – UN

“Civil conflict continues to be a main driver of food insecurity, having triggered famine conditions in South Sudan and put populations in Yemen and northern Nigeria at high risk of localized famine,” said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on today’s release its Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. FAO also notes that adverse weather conditions are exacerbating the threat of famine in Somalia. Refugees from civil strife in countries such as Iraq, Syria and Central African Republic are putting additional pressure on local food supplies in host communities.It also points out that some 5.5 million people are estimated to be severely food insecure in South Sudan, where maize and sorghum prices are now four times higher than in April 2016. In Somalia, about 3.2 million people need food and agricultural emergency assistance, while in Yemen the figure is as high as 17 million. In northern Nigeria, disruption caused by conflict has left 7.1 million people facing acute food insecurity in the affected areas, with even more deemed to be in less dire but still “stressed” conditions, according to the report. According to FAO, 37 countries require external assistance for food, namely Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zimbabwe. Southern Africa rebounds, East Africa is parchedWhile worldwide cereal output is near record levels, production outcomes are mixed across the globe. According to the report, South America is expected to post strong increases, led by Brazil and Argentina. Regional production in Southern Africa is expected to jump by almost 45 per cent compared to 2016 when crops were affected by El Niño, with record maize harvests forecast in South Africa and Zambia. This should help to reduce food insecurity in countries, such as Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. After two consecutive years of bumper crops, the report notes that the overall food supply situation in the Sahel region is satisfactory. However, at the start of the 2017 season, East Africa has suffered insufficient rainfall, armyworm infestations and local conflicts, leaving in the sub-region a record 26.5 million people in need humanitarian assistance. The report warns that the situation could be aggravated further as the lean season peaks, saying, “An estimated 7.8 million people are food insecure in Ethiopia, where drought has dented crop and pasture output in southern regions.” Moreover, cereal domestic prices reached exceptionally high levels in May, with the local cost of maize jumping by as much as 65 per cent this year in parts of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The report also notes that a severe drought in Sri Lanka, followed by heavy rains and local flooding in late May, will likely reduce the country’s paddy production by nearly a third, compared to the average. read more

Cavs Kyrie Irving To Miss Month With Broken Finger

Kyrie Irving was on his way to exploding into the upper echelon of NBA players. His ascension was sidetracked, though, when he suffered a broken left index finger, knocking him out of action for at least a month.The Cleveland Cavaliers initially diagnosed it as a bruise before tests revealed a fracture. The NBA’s reigning rookie of the year got hurt in the third quarter Saturday night against Dallas. X-rays were negative and he returned to the game with his finger wrapped.He played Sunday at Philadelphia, but scored a season-low nine points on 4-of-14 shooting as Cleveland dropped its sixth straight game. On Monday, he underwent an MRI and other tests which showed a hairline/non-displaced fracture. The Cavs said Irving’s finger will be taped and placed in a splint. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.It’s the latest injury for the talented 20-year-old, who broke his right hand during a summer practice when he slammed it in frustration against a padded wall when the team was in Las Vegas. Irving played in just 11 games as a freshman at Duke because of a foot tendon injury, which took more than one year to heal completely.Last season, Irving missed 15 games with a concussion and shoulder injury.As the Cavs opened camp in October, Irving was asked about a label of being fragile.“I’m not worried about being injury prone,” he said. “Not at all.”And yet he is hurt again.Irving added five pounds of muscle during the offseason so he would be able to handle any contact on drives to the basket. But he wound up losing the weight after he had four wisdom teeth pulled.Also with the struggling Cavs, second-year forward Tristan Thompson sustained a nasal fracture in Sunday’s loss to the Sixers. He will be fitted with a protective mask and is projected to be available for Wednesday’s home game against Philadelphia. read more

Manitowoc Cranes to bring versatile new allterrain cranes for mining to Exponor

first_imgManitowoc Cranes is to bring its versatile Grove GMK4100L all-terrain crane to the 2015 Exponor in Antofagasta, Chile’s mining capital, from May 11-15, 2015. The 100 t capacity crane offers a 60 m TWIN-LOCK boom on a compact four-axle carrier, ideal to travel on most highways and to deliver precise lifts to the region’s expansive mining industry.“The 2015 Exponor is a great platform to showcase Manitowoc’s latest innovations in lifting and after-sales services,” said Cristian Galaz, the company’s Vice President of Sales in South America. “Being our first time at the event, we want to highlight Manitowoc’s exceptional array of best-in-class cranes and our top-notch Manitowoc Crane Care customer support resources available in the region.”The GMK4100L is the long-boom version of the popular GMK4100 all-terrain crane. It features a 60 m main boom versus the 52 m boom on the standard version. The GMK4100L can lift an impressive 1.6 t at 48 m radius and at just 10.7 m long, the crane’s carrier, which includes all-wheel steering and suspension, is compact and highly manoeuverable, making it ideal for congested job sites.The crane also features Grove’s latest ergonomically optimised GMK chassis cab and the Manitowoc-engineered CraneSTAR fleet management system. Manitowoc’s booth at Exponor will have 200 m2 of outdoor space and will also feature one of the company’s mobile service vehicles, which provide on-site assistance to crane owners and operators, even in the most remote locations.The service vehicles are fully-equipped Dodge RAM 3500 pickup trucks, with the most advanced technology and tools to provide maximum support to crane owners when they are on the job site. With two technicians on board, the support trucks are complete mobile workshops.“We are in a mining region and it is too time-consuming and expensive to transport cranes to a work shop for repairs, service or upgrades,” Galaz said. “Having our mobile support trucks is a great benefit, especially to those working in demanding mining conditions, because Manitowoc can arrive on site to help replace a part or solve a technical problem very quickly.”According to Galaz, Manitowoc Crane Care’s team helps increase efficiency for customers in the region. With the service trucks, response times for customer requests decrease significantly. “Establishing our mobile Manitowoc Crane Care service has allowed us to be even better prepared to assist our clients in the field,” he said. “The trucks are equipped with all necessary tools to support our partners, as well as the best available technology to support our technicians.”Chile is the first country in Latin America to establish the mobile Manitowoc Crane Care service trucks, having introduced them in mid-2014. With more than 112,000 m2 of exhibit space, the 2015 Exponor will bring 1,250 brands from 30 countries to display their latest innovations in mining technology. More than 35,000 visitors are expected.last_img read more

City centre knife attack leaves man with face injuries

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an assault on a man in the early hours of this morning in Dublin city centre.The incident, which took place on College Green, left the 21-year-old man with non-life threatening facial injuries, understood to have been caused by a knife.No arrests have been made.Witnesses are asked to contact Pearse Street Garda Station on 01 6669000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.First published 11.40amlast_img

Microsoft pulls Windows RT 81 update as users complain of unbootable devices

first_imgWindows 8.1 is Microsoft’s attempt to address some of the complaints users have voiced in the year Windows 8 has been available. Even if it’s bringing the people what they want, it might also come with a few unwanted bonuses, like baffling and cryptic boot errors that turn some Surface RT units into bricks. That’s been happening to enough users that Microsoft has now pulled the Windows RT 8.1 update while it investigates the issue.Machines affected by the error would fail to boot after updating, instead bringing users to a recovery screen that informs them the PC needs to be repaired due to missing Boot Configuration Data. The error goes on to suggest the recovery tools on installation media (like a DVD or USB key) would be needed to fix the issue. Of course, most PCs no longer come with such things.Microsoft officially announced the removal of the RT 8.1 update on the Microsoft Answers site over the weekend. The statement doesn’t include any kind of timeline for returning the RT 8.1 update to the store. However, anyone that already installed the update successfully should be in the clear — this is simply a measure to limit the scope of the damage while Redmond sorts out the problem.Those bitten by the bug are not without recourse. A fix has been found that can solve the boot issue without destroying any data. It requires a Windows RT recovery USB drive, which can be made on another Windows PC. Using the troubleshooting tools on the recovery drive will enable you to repair the boot files and finish the upgrade. Make sure to check out the detailed instructions before attempting this, though.last_img read more

Les Palmes de lalimentation un nouveau prix pour guider les consommateurs

first_imgLes Palmes de l’alimentation : un nouveau prix pour guider les consommateursLes Palmes de l’alimentation ont été lancées en janvier 2012 et visent à récompenser les produits agroalimentaires en fonction de plusieurs critères. Le but : aider le consommateur à choisir les meilleurs produits en magasins. Étroitement liée à notre santé, l’alimentation fait aujourd’hui l’objet de toutes les attentions. Mais de la composition des produits, à leur origine en passant par leur qualité nutritionnelle, il n’est pas toujours facile de faire le bon choix dans des supermarchés aux rayons remplis. Ces dernières années, les autorités ont de plus mis en évidence de nombreuses failles dans l’étiquetage alimentaire, permettant aux produits d’afficher des allégations parfois trompeuses. En 1996, les consommateurs étaient 80% à déclarer que les étiquetages alimentaires étaient faciles à comprendre. En 2008, entre les données trop “techniques” et le trop peu d’informations, ils ne sont plus que 54%. C’est face à ce constat que des nutrionnistes et notamment Isabelle Mallet ont eu l’idée d’une nouvelle initiative : un prix qui récompenserait les produits agroalimentaires pour aider les consommateurs dans leur choix. “Les consommateurs sont de plus en plus demandeurs d’informations et de transparence pour acheter un produit agroalimentaire. Sont-ils bons et sains ? Sont-ils respectueux de l’environnement ? Vont-ils me procurer du plaisir ? Autant de questions que se pose avec acuité le mangeur du XXIème siècle. Le nouveau cadre réglementaire sur l’étiquetage nutritionnel devrait l’aider dans ces choix. Mais il n’est pas suffisant pour repérer les meilleurs produits en un clin d’oeil”.Un jury de consommateurs et d’experts en nutritionLancé en 2012, ce prix baptisé “Palme de l’alimentation” sera décerné en prenant en compte trois aspects : les qualités nutritionnelles, la transparence du fabricant sur l’usage, la composition et l’origine du produit et enfin sur son engagement durable et citoyen. En clair, un produit ne pourra décrocher une palme que s’il est bon pour votre corps, votre plaisir, et bon pour l’environnement. L’évaluation sera réalisé par des panels composés de consommateurs et de professionnels de santé, ainsi que par des jurys d’experts en nutrition et de “palais avertis”. Et ce sont uniquement les produits jugés satisfaisants sur ces trois aspects qui se verront décerner le prix, par catégorie, avec un seul lauréat par catégorie. À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Dès novembre 2012, les lauréats auront ensuite la possibilité d’apposer le logo des “Palmes de l’alimentation” sur leurs emballages et leur communication pendant une année. Des repères auxquels pourront se fier les consommateurs pour faire leur choix en magasins.  Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site des Palmes de l’alimentation. N’hésitez pas non plus à nous dire dans la partie commentaires si vous jugez pertinente cette initiative.  Le 13 janvier 2012 à 18:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more