BJP for CBI or judicial probe into Kathua rape case

first_imgJammu and Kashmir’s ruling coalition partner BJP on Monday expressed shock and anguish over alleged harassment of people during the investigation into the rape-and-murder of a minor girl in Kathua, and demanded a CBI or judicial probe into it. In a statement, State BJP spokesperson Virender Gupta claimed that the way investigating agencies were conducting the probe has led to a mass exodus in the area and deterioration in the law and order situation. The body of the eight-year-old girl was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17, a week after she had gone missing while grazing horses. On January 23, the government handed over the case to the State police’s crime branch which arrested a Special Police Officer (SPO) in February for his alleged involvement in the abduction and killing of the girl. Earlier, a special investigation team (SIT) had arrested a 15-year-old boy and claimed the accused had strangulated the victim after she resisted his rape attempt.Endorsing the demand of the people of Kathua for a CBI probe, the BJP spokesperson said the culprits had to be strictly dealt with and punished. He alleged that atrocities were being committed on the villagers compelling them to flee. If the law and order authorities continue to spread the reign of terror, this would result in serious repercussions, making the situation out of control, he said and appealed to the government to immediately order a CBI or judicial inquiry into the incident. The BJP leader also appealed to the general public and leaders of the area not to get swayed by emotional rhetoric of various agencies. He also warned the authorities against any sort of communal overtones in handling the situation. The BJP leader’s appeal came a day after Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Nirmal Singh assured the people of a fair probe into the crime.last_img read more

Clarkson leads Lakers to 99-86 win over Pacers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 25 points. Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 14 rebounds.Only three other Lakers scored in double figures besides Clarkson. Julius Randle had 14 points, Kyle Kuzma added 13 and Larry Nance Jr. 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Pacers, the NBA’s third-best shooting team, shot 39.6 percent the previous night in Portland and then opened Friday’s game by missing 13 of their first 17 attempts.They shot 38.1 percent on the night, including 2 for 25 from 3-point range. It was the first time this season they shot less than 40 percent in consecutive games. LATEST STORIES Hardaway scores 31, Knicks topple Jazz View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next The Pacers had won five of seven.TIP-INSPacers: Three former UCLA players returned to Los Angeles with Indiana, including two rookies making their first appearances as pros: forward TJ Leaf (18th overall draft pick) and C Ike Anigbogu (47th). Both have struggled to earn playing time, while G Darren Collison has become a fixture at point guard. … C Myles Turner missed his sixth consecutive game with a strained right elbow.Lakers: Maybe it’s Staples Center. The Lakers played without three regulars: G Lonzo Ball (knee), F Brandon Ingram (ankle) and G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (strained Achilles). So all five players on the court for the opening tip were not typically starters. Their arena-mates, the Clippers, have been playing down at least three starters for most of the season.UP NEXTPacers: Travel to San Antonio, where they have lost their last three, to face the Spurs on Sunday.Lakers: Host the Knicks on Sunday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, front, drives toward the basket past Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)LOS ANGELES — Reserve guard Jordan Clarkson sparked an undermanned Lakers team with 33 points to lead Los Angeles to a 99-86 victory Friday night over the Indiana Pacers.The Lakers, missing three injured starters, snapped a two-game skid despite making just two of 14 free throws. They shot 14.3 percent from the line, a franchise low.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgThe victory, in sweltering temperatures, was crucial for The victory, in sweltering temperatures, was crucial for Lleyton Hewitts Australians, who lost the opening singles rubber when Sam Groth went down to world number 11 John Isner 7-6 (7/2) 6-2 6-2.The winner of that tie will face either last years runners-up Belgium or 2005 champions Croatia.Former US Open champion Marin Cilic gave Croatia a winning start in Liege, seeing off Kimmer Coppejans 7-5 6-3 7-5 before David Goffin levelled by seeing off teenager Borna Coric 6-3 6-2 2-6 3-6 6-3.In Pesaro, Paolo Lorenzi won the longest tiebreak in Davis Cup World Group history to give Italy a 1-0 lead over 2014 champions Switzerland, who are without Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.Lorenzo defeated 34-year-old Marco Chiudinelli, ranked at a lowly 146, in five sets, 7-6 (16/14) 6-3 4-6 5-7 7-5 in a rubber that last 15 minutes short of five hours.The winner will face either Poland or Argentina, who are playing in Gdansk.Guido Pella defeated Michal Przysiezny 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7/5) to give Argentina, runners-up three times since 2006, an early lead. That became 2-0 when Leonardo Mayer beat world number 602 Hubert Hurkacz 6-2 7-6 (7/3) 6-2. In Guadeloupe, Yannick Noahs first match in his second spell as France captain got off to a winning start when Gael Monfils eased past Frank Dancevic 6-3 6-1 6-3 in the tie against Canada.The winners face either Germany or the Czech Republic, champions in 2012 and 2013, in the next round.World number 30 Philipp Kohlschreiber gave Germany the lead in Hanover with a 3-6 6-3 6-4 2-6 6-3 victory over Lukas Rosol.advertisementCzech number one Tomas Berdych will face 18-year-old debutant Alexander Zverev in the second singles rubber. AFP SSC SSClast_img read more

Renault unveils Trezor GT Electric concept at Paris Motor Show

first_imgAt the Mondial De L’Automobile Paris 2016, Renault has unveiled Trezor – an all-electric Grand Tourer concept car that blends Renault’s warm, simple and sensual lines with the very latest innovations in interior experience, all-electric powertrain and autonomous driving.  Trezor is from the Love ‘petal’ of Renault’s ‘Life Flower’ design strategy – following in the footsteps of the 2010 DeZir concept – and previews trends likely to be seen in future Renault models.Trezor, a two-seater electric coupe, embodies the new design philosophy Renault introduced on its DeZir concept in 2010 before inspiring the lines of new Clio in 2012.Design:Trezor, a two-seater electric coupe, embodies the new design philosophy Renault introduced on its DeZir concept in 2010 before inspiring the lines of new Clio in 2012. On the bonnet, the honeycomb-form air intake echoes the structure of the rear bodywork. These hexagonal shapes provide a variable-geometry intake, the movement of which embellishes the Trezor with extra dynamism and creates the impression that it is actually breathing.On the left-hand side of the body, the fuel filler hatch has been replaced by an analogue gauge that indicates the vehicle’s charge level, drawing on traditional sports car practice.At the rear, the Trezor is equipped with resolutely modern fibre-optic lighting integrating a red laser. This ‘rope-like’ fibre assembly provides bright, distinctive lighting. Under braking, the torsion and stacking of the optical fibres creates an interesting visual effect and increases the intensity of the light.The Trezor is fitted with tailor-developed Continental tyres, fitted to 21- and 22-inch wheels at the front and rear respectively.advertisementThe Trezor sees the brand explore a new approach to dashboard design with a unique L-shaped display that combines the dashboard controls and the multimedia system.Engine:The Trezor features two batteries, each of which has its own cooling system optimised by the variable-geometry air intake incorporated in the bonnet. With a maximum power of 260kW (350hp) and peak torque of 380Nm, it provides acceleration from stand still to 62mph in less than four seconds.The Trezor also incorporates a brake-operated energy recovery system, courtesy of the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) technology developed for Formula E racing.Dimension:This type of screen reinforces the interior’s cockpit feel while the satellite-navigation instructions continue to be visible on the upright part of the display. To improve battery range and performance, Renault Design paid special attention to taking weight out of the vehicle. The chassis incorporates a central carbon cell mated to tubular steel frames front and rear. The monocoque and access hatch are made from carbon. Thanks to this work, the Trezor boasts the poise of a spectacular GT (length: 4,700mm / width: 2,180mm/ height: 1,080mm) while tipping the scales at just 1,600kg.Features:The Trezor sees the brand explore a new approach to dashboard design with a unique L-shaped display that combines the dashboard controls and the multimedia system.This type of screen reinforces the interior’s cockpit feel while the satellite-navigation instructions continue to be visible on the upright part of the display. The Trezor makes use of the latest Ultra High Definition developments. A combination of OLED technology (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) and Corning Gorilla Glass has produced a thin, curved screen which, unlike LED displays, does not require backlighting. The result is superior contrast and colour reproduction, along with deeper shades of black with no halo effect.To improve battery range and performance, Renault Design paid special attention to taking weight out of the vehicle.The touch-screen’s interface can be personalised. The Smartphone’s apps will appear on the multimedia system’s screen and the driver can display the widgets of that he or she wishes to use on the screen positioned behind the steering wheel.Drive Modes:When the car is in autonomous mode, the exterior lighting signature changes and extends to the lateral and rear logos, to indicate to other road users that driving has been delegated.At the rear, the Trezor is equipped with resolutely modern fibre-optic lighting integrating a red laser.In this mode, the Trezor allows occupants to use their time on a journey to stay connected. The driver and passenger are able to immerse themselves in a shared universe, perhaps by watching a film, playing a game or flicking through photographs.last_img read more

HTC announces Bolt for global audience, calls it 10 Evo

first_imgAs expected, HTC on Tuesday announced the global variant of the recently launched Bolt smartphone. As expected, HTC is calling it the HTC 10 Evo. The HTC 10 Evo ships with all-familiar specs, but without the pricing and availability details, for now. These will, of course, vary from region to region.The HTC 10 Evo looks a lot like the company’s flagship phone, the HTC 10. It shares the HTC 10’s all-familiar chamfers, but misses out on a 3.5mm audio jack. The company will be shipping a USB Type-C dongle in the box, thankfully. Also, the HTC 10 Evo is the company’s first all-metal phone to come with IP57 certification which makes it dust and water resistant.The phone however ships with dated hardware: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 under the hood coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable via microSD card slot.The HTC 10 Evo comes with a 5.5-inch QuadHD screen and runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. The 4G LTE capable phone is backed by a 3,200 mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS alongside an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.The Bolt sells for $600 in the US, which roughly translates to Rs 40,911.In another news, HTC is likely to launch the Desire 10 Pro in India on November 24. The company had recently launched the Desire 10 Lifestyle here at a price of Rs 15,990. Both the Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle were launched globally in September. We will have to wait and watch whether the launch event would see some kind of announcement related to the HTC 10 Evo as well. advertisementAlso Read: HTC 10 review: One and only HTC phone that you should buylast_img read more

Guv hails Chanu for winning gold at World Weightlifting

first_imgImphal, Nov 30 (PTI) Governor of Manipur Najma Heptulla today hailed Saikhom Mirabai Chanus gold-medal winning effort at the Weightlifting World Championship in Anaheim, USA.Congratulating Mirabai, the Manipur governor said the achievement indeed shows than the state which has a population of less than three million shows the tiny landlocked state is the powerhouse of sports in the country.”With better training and exposure, sportspersons of her state can perform more,” Heptulla told PTI over phone.Chanu lifted 85 kg in snatch and 109 kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194 kg in the womens 48 kg, in the process setting a new national record and becoming the first Indian in over two decades to claim gold in the tournament. PTI COR SBNlast_img

India’s No.1 Test rank not in danger even if they suffer whitewash vs South Africa

first_imgVirat Kohli-led Team India are all set to face South Africa in a three-match Test, starting with the first Test in Cape Town from January 5.The tour of South Africa will consist of three Tests, six one day internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.India’s last away tour was in Australia in 2014-15. Even though India lost the four-match series 2-0, the team under Virat Kohli showed the world that it was capable of winning Test matches away from home.India are currently the No.1 side in the ICC Test rankings and the status shall remain intact even if South Africa blank the visitors. However, a clean sweep at home will bring South Africa level with India at the top of the rankings.Faf du Plessis’s side is presently 13 points behind Virat Kohli’s team, which is sitting on top of the table on 124 points.However, both the sides will finish on 118 points if the South Africa side makes a clean sweep of the series which starts in Cape Town on January 5, the International Cricket Council said in a statement.Even in that scenario, India will be ranked above South Africa when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point. In such a situation, India will be on 118.47 points, while South Africa will be on 117.53.On the other side of the coin, if India win all the three Tests of the series, then they will move to 128 points while South Africa will slip to 107 points.South Africa will be level on points with India at the top of the rankings if they sweep the series. South Africa will be level on points with India at the top of the rankings if they sweep the series.advertisementMeanwhile, Australia have been guaranteed third place in after leading the series 3-0 with the fifth and final Test to begin in Sydney tomorrow. However, England will have to win the Test to avoid finishing in fifth place.If Australia win the series 4-0, then they will finish third on 104 points and England will end on fifth with 99 points, while a 3-1 series win for Australia will mean they will finish third on 102 points and England in fourth on 101 points.In the rankings for Test batsmen, second-ranked India captain Virat Kohli will aim to break the 900-point mark for the first time in his career.The in-form right-hander is presently on 893 points and a solid performance will potentially see him join the select group of players with a rating of 900 or more, which in ranking terms is an indication of a player’s quality, as to achieve it a player has to be among the very best over a protracted period.Cheteshwar Pujara is 20 points behind Kohli in third place, while Hashim Amla of South Africa is the other player who features in the top 10, in seventh position.Among the bowlers, South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada is breathing down number-one ranked James Anderson’s neck.Second-ranked Rabada is nine points behind Anderson and depending on how the two bowlers perform in the coming days, there could potentially be a change at the top of the order.(Courtesy: PTI)last_img read more

Wild Wild Card, Royals Beat A’s, 9-8

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rain had started to fall at Kauffman Stadium as the echoing roars finally faded into the night. Eric Hosmer popped out of the dugout one last time, looked to the sky and let it soak in.It had been 29 years since the Royals played a postseason game — nearly three decades spent mostly as a laughingstock. But on Sept. 30, already drenched in victory champagne, the young first baseman felt as if the whole world had watched their coming-out party.“This team showed a lot of character tonight,” Hosmer said. “We weren’t going to quit.”Salvador Perez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, capping two late comebacks that gave Kansas City a thrilling 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game.Quite a start to October baseball — even if this one appeared to be over with plenty of time to spare in September. But in a back-and-forth epic that lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes, the A’s lost their seventh straight winner-take-all playoff game since 2000.It was the final collapse in a season that looked so promising this summer.“This will go down as the craziest game I’ve ever played,” said Hosmer, who sparked the final Royals rally with a one-out triple. “This team showed a lot of character. No one believed in us before the game. No one believed in us before the season.”Making their first postseason appearance since winning the 1985 World Series, the Royals are sticking around. They’ll open their best-of-five Division Series on the road Oct. 2nd against the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels.After falling behind by four runs, the Royals raced back with their speed on the bases — they led the majors with 153 steals this season. Kansas City swiped seven in this one to tie a postseason record previously shared by the 1907 Chicago Cubs and 1975 Cincinnati Reds, according to STATS.The biggest one came in the 12th.Hosmer scored the tying run on a high chopper to third by rookie Christian Colon, who reached safely on the infield single and then stole second with two outs.Perez, who was 0-for-5 after squandering two late chances to drive in key runs, reached out and pulled a hard one-hopper past diving third baseman Josh Donaldson. Colon scored easily, and the Royals rushed out of the dugout for a mad celebration.Sitting upstairs in a suite, Royals Hall of Famer George Brett put his hands on his head in near disbelief at the frenzied and jubilant scene that was unfolding below. “It was unbelievable,” Perez said.The A’s raced out to a 7-3 lead by the sixth inning, but the Royals countered with three runs in the eighth. Nori Aoki’s sacrifice fly off Sean Doolittle in the ninth forced extra innings.Kansas City squandered chances in the next couple of innings, as midnight came and went on the East Coast and the tension continued to build. Rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan, just drafted in June, pitched two scoreless innings but walked Josh Reddick to start the 12th.Pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo delivered an RBI single off winning pitcher Jason Frasor to put the A’s ahead 8-7, but Hosmer hit a drive high off the left-center wall against loser Dan Otero for a triple in the bottom half.Colon drove in Hosmer with a bouncer that barely traveled 50 feet. That set the stage for Perez, who lined a pitch from Jason Hammel down the third-base line.“They finally got ahead there in the 30th inning or whatever it was,” said Brandon Moss, who drove in five runs with two homers for Oakland. “That was definitely the best baseball game I’ve ever been a part of.”The long-downtrodden Royals hadn’t played in the postseason since beating St. Louis in the 1985 World Series, and the excitement that permeated the city might best be summed up by a statement posted by the Kansas City Police on Twitter in about the 10th inning: “We really need everyone to not commit crimes and drive safely right now. We’d like to hear the Royals clinch.”For the A’s, it was a stunning and heartbreaking finish. They had the best record in baseball before wilting in the second half, and needed a victory on the final day of the regular season just to squeeze into the playoffs.Oakland had chances to put all that in the past. Instead, the season ended abruptly for a team that has failed over and over again in the postseason. “It’s kind of a microcosm of the year that we had,” Doolittle said.A much-anticipated pitching showdown between Oakland ace Jon Lester and Kansas City counterpart James Shields instead turned into a high-scoring game and a battle of attrition between bullpens.“It was absolutely epic,” Shields said. “You don’t write a story like that.”Doolittle tried to save it for Oakland in the ninth, but he gave up a bloop single to pinch-hitter Josh Willingham. Pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson was sacrificed to second and then brashly stole third, allowing him to score on Aoki’s deep fly to right field.It was the third time in the last three seasons that Doolittle has blown a postseason save.“That’s the most incredible game I’ve ever been a part of,” Royals Manager Ned Yost said. “Our guys never quit. We fell behind there in the fifth inning, sixth inning. They kept battling back. They weren’t going to be denied. It was just a great game.”(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bayern Cruises to 5-0 Win over Besiktas in Champions League

first_imgMUNICH (AP) — Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice as Bayern Munich defeated 10-man Besiktas 5-0 Tuesday to all but secure progress to the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh straight season.Bayern played with an extra man after Domagoj Vida was sent off early for bringing down Lewandowski as the last defender, but didn’t open the scoring until the 43rd minute when Mueller netted from close range. The floodgates opened after the break, though, as Kingsley Coman doubled the lead and Mueller grabbed his second midway through the second half.Lewandowski polished off the win with two late goals to give Bayern a seemingly insurmountable five-goal cushion ahead of the second leg of the last-16 tie in Istanbul on March 14.“The red card definitely played into our hands,” Mueller said after the biggest home first-leg win in the knockout stages of the Champions League.It was Bayern’s 14th straight win across all competitions – a record for Jupp Heynckes as coach, who was spoiled for choice with all his outfield players fit.“The keys to the win were the sending off, and then, later, the first goal before the break,” said Heynckes, whose side leads the Bundesliga by a huge margin. “The Champions League is another competition. I think we still need to improve.”Besiktas didn’t take up its allocation of away tickets for the game for fear of a ban following fan-trouble at Lyon in the Europa League last season, but many visiting supporters nevertheless managed to get tickets to cheer on their side.After a promising start, Besiktas’ hopes took a blow when Vida was sent off in the 16th minute. Lewandowski was free after a mistake from Besiktas captain Atiba Hutchinson and Vida mistimed his challenge to bring him down.Bayern’s Arturo Vidal, right, congratulates his teammate Thomas Mueller after scoring their third goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Besiktas Istanbul in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)Vagner Love fired a great chance over for the visitors, but Bayern dominated chances thereafter. David Alaba’s effort was blocked, then Mats Hummels headed straight at goalkeeper Fabri after a brilliant cross from James Rodriguez.Just when it looked like Besiktas weathered the storm, Mueller got the breakthrough for Bayern before the break, scoring from close range after good work from Coman.Lewandowski pulled the ball back for Coman to score early in the second half, and Mueller grabbed his second a quarter-hour later, prodding Joshua Kimmich’s cross in from close range.Bayern kept pushing for more and Lewandowski was quickest to the rebound when Fabri saved Hummels’ effort late on, before Mueller set him up for his 16th Champions League goal in as many games.Bayern president Uli Hoeness ruled out any talk of Bayern repeating its 2013 treble from Heynckes’ previous stint.“No. That’s crazy. We have to take it from one round to the next,” said Hoeness, later contradicted by Mueller, who said the treble was “possible.”Chelsea drew 1-1 with Barcelona in Tuesday’s other Champions League last-16 game.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Microsoft Surface Go entry-level tablet announced to take on the iPad

first_imgLast week, Microsoft’s low-cost Surface tablet passed through the FCC, which suggested a launch was imminent. This week the company announced the Surface Go, which is a more affordable take on its premium Surface Pro tablet. The Surface Go is Microsoft’s first entry-level tablet since the Surface 3 in 2015, and like the Surface 3, the Surface Go is aiming at the education market, as an alternative to Apple’s entry-level iPad. Starting at $399 (approx Rs 27,500), the Surface Go is available for pre-orders in the US, UK and Australia starting July 10 and will ship in August.The Surface Go looks similar to the Surface Pro in terms of design. It sports a smaller 10-inch display compared to the 12-inch Pro model and comes with a 1800 x 1200 pixel resolution with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The Surface Go also gets a built-in pop-out stand, a 5MP front camera for facial recognition login, an 8MP rear camera with autofocus, and a Surface Connector port for charging and docking with a desktop. Similarities between the Surface Go and Surface Pro pretty much end there.Inside, the affordable Go model comes with a less powerful Intel 7th-gen Pentium Gold 4415Y processor coupled with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM. Depending on the memory variant, you will get 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. All of this means that the Surface Go will work like a low-cost laptop, but it’s capabilities will not go any further. This is very similar to the entry-level iPad, which is limited in its performance capabilities compared to the more premium iPad Pro. The processor is also energy efficient, as per Microsoft, which is why the Surface Go promises up to 9 hours of battery life.advertisement Unfortunately, accessories like the Surface keyboard cover, Surface Mobile Mouse and Surface Pen are optional and will have to be bought separately. The $99 Surface keyboard or Surface Pen will bump up the overall price of the Surface Go to $499 (approx Rs 34,300) or more, depending on the accessories you need. Microsoft is initially releasing Wi-Fi-only models of the Surface Go, but the company plans to release LTE variants later this year as well. The Surface Go runs Windows 10 S out-of-the-box, but consumers have the option to upgrade the version for free.The Surface Go is for those looking to mainly websurf and consume media on-the-go and some other day-to-day tasks, which is why it’s being aimed at the educational market and is being sold just in time for the Back to School season.last_img read more

Man Dies after Falling from Carnival Ecstasy’s Mast

first_imgzoom A 20-year old man died having fallen from the cruise ship Carnival Ecstasy while docked in the port of Miami, Florida on Monday morning, September 29.The ill-fated passenger fell from the ship’s 20-feet mast after he entered the restricted area with a group of about six other passengers, and climbed the mast to, reportedly, watch the sun rise.The young man, a student of Clemson University, fell from the mast, once the cruise ship’s radar system resumed operation.According to Carnival, the ship’s medical team rushed to the ship’s decking below to render medical assistance to the passenger, who was subsequently taken to the hospital where he passed away.Carnival Ecstasy was on her way back from a Caribbean voyage when the accident occurred. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 World Maritime News Staff, October 2, 2014; Image: Carnival Cruise Lines My locationlast_img read more

Echoes of Oka Trudeau minister says military involvement possible against oil pipeline

first_img(Fight between Canadian soldiers and Mohawks from Kahnawake during the Oka Crisis. APTN/File)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsNatural Resources Minister Jim Carr suggested Thursday Canada is prepared to deploy the military against anti-pipeline actions deemed “not to be peaceful,” raising the possibility the country could face a scenario last seen during the Oka Crisis in 1990.Carr made the statement in response to questions from business leaders in Edmonton worried the events unfolding in North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation could be replicated through the mounting opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain project which was recently approved by the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau.“If people choose for their own reasons not to be peaceful, then the government of Canada—through its defence forces, through its police forces—will ensure that people are kept safe,” said Carr, according to a video of his statements posted by BNN. “We have a history of peaceful dialogue and dissent in Canada. I’m certainly hopeful that tradition will continue. If people determine for their own reasons that that is not the path they want to follow, then we live under the rule of law.”Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. Photo/ Jim Carr’s websiteUnder existing law, the federal government has no ability to deploy the military into a domestic situation without first being asked by the provinces through an invocation of Aid to the Civil Power under the National Defence Act. Even if a province asks for military assistance, the federal government has no control over how the deployment unfolds because authority would rest solely with the Canadian Forces’ Chief of Defence Staff.Indigenous leaders expressed outrage Friday and speculated, given Ottawa’s limited role in such an event, Carr used the statement to intimidate opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project.Carr did not retract his statement on the possible use of the military in a subsequent interview with CBC News Friday morning saying only he did not intend it to be interpreted as a “threat.”The Trudeau government also did not back away from the suggestion during question period Friday when NDP MP Randall Garrison raised the issue.“What reckless, irresponsible and incendiary language from the minister and only two days since they approved this pipeline,” said Garrison in a question directed at Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. “Will he remind his colleague, the Minister of Natural Resources, that if he is truly concerned about the rule of law he should know that in this country the federal government has no such authority to use our military against pipeline protesters?”The question was fielded by Transport Minister Marc Garneau who did not deny Ottawa is prepared to use the military.“We will always respect the right of Canadians to protest when they do not agree with something. They have the right to do it, they feel strongly about it, and we are confident that they will do so peacefully,” said Garneau.Singh’s office referred media questions to Carr’s office.Carr’s office issued a statement to APTN indicating the minister may be beginning to back away from his comment.“Minister Carr did not mean to suggest action would be taken against the protesters,” said Alexander Deslongchamps, spokesperson for Carr. “We know that not everyone agrees, and the right to peaceful protest is a foundation of our rights and freedoms.”Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s office did not provide comment as of this article’s posting.Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon, whose Mohawk community was at the centre of the Oka Crisis which saw the military move into its territory to end the standoff, called for Carr’s resignation over the statement.“I would like to see his resignation,” said Simon, who is also a leading spokesperson for an Indigenous treaty alliance against oil pipeline developments. “I find it offensive and Minister Carr should be ashamed of himself and Prime Minister Trudeau should be ashamed of himself for letting him get away with that.”Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge SimonSimon said his community still feels the effects of the Oka Crisis despite the amount of time passed since the summer of 1990 during the Battle of the Pines triggered by the Village of Oka’s desire to expand a golf course over Mohawk burial grounds.“There is still that trigger people feel even 26 years after the Oka Crisis and this guy wants to do that again, he wants to invoke calling the military in on Canadian soil?” said Simon. “Minister Carr’s statements are highly irresponsible.”Simon said he plans to raise the issue during next week’s Assembly of First Nations chiefs meeting in Gatineau, Que.The Indigenous anti-pipeline treaty alliance now has over 100 participating First Nation and Tribal signatories. The alliance has held signing ceremonies in Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia. The alliance was formed to create coordinated opposition against the Trans Mountain project, Enbridge’s Line 3 expansion, which also received Liberal approval, and TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline along with Keystone XL, which was rejected by U.S. President Barack Obama but could face resurrection under the Donald Trump presidency.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of Union of BC Indian Chiefs. APTN/PhotoGand Chief Stewart Phillip arrested on Burnaby Mountain on Nov. 27, 2014, during protest against Trans Mountain pipeline. Farrah Merali/TwitterGrand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, is also part of the alliance. He said Carr’s statements are meant to intimidate.“I think it’s a very clumsy effort to intimidate or threaten Indigenous peoples,” said Phillip. “I think it’s incredibly stupid, provocative, highly irresponsible statement to make on such a volatile issue.”Phillip said Indigenous people in Canada have faced the military in the past and are not intimidated by the prospect of it happening again.“We are certainly not the least bit frightened or intimidated by such bellicose statements,” said Phillip. “We faced off with the Canadian armed forces in the past and we know the outcome of that. It is an incredibly stupid thing to say.”Quebec has been the only province to invoke Aid to the Civil Power to deal with a civil disturbance since the Conservative government of Brian Mulroney replaced the War Measure’s Act with the Emergencies Act in 1988 to limit Ottawa’s powers in deploying the military domestically.While Ottawa has no official role under the law in such an event, it is responsible for the total cost of this type of deployment.A signal from Ottawa suggesting the Trudeau government is fine with the political implications of a move to invoke Aid to the Civil Power may give some provincial finance ministers pause when faced with the extensive police costs associated with prolonged disturbances caused by opposition to natural resource projects whenever Indigenous rights are at play.The months-long, Mi’kmaq-led, anti-shale gas demonstrations throughout 2013 in New Brunswick cost the cash-strapped province an extra $9.5 million in policing costs. While the military was never directly involved in the events which unfolded near Elsipogtog First Nation, it did provide the RCMP with field box lunches and space for a staging area at CFB Gagetown and the CF Moncton detachment through a Request for Canadian Forces Assistance.Amanda Polchies holds an eagle feather and kneels before a wall of RCMP officers on Oct. 17. APTN/Ossie MichelinThe military’s counter-intelligence unit was involved in monitoring the events in New Brunswick, but it’s unclear whether it shared any data with the RCMP.The Mounties seized three, single shot bolt-action hunting rifles, including one fitted with a bayonet, during a raid on Oct. 17, 2013, that saw 40 arrests and the torching of several police vehicles. The Mi’kmaq Warrior Society said at the time the rifles were purely for hunting and protection from black bears.The Canadian military’s last serious involvement in a conflict triggered by an assertion of Indigenous rights came in 1995 during the Gustafson Lake standoff where warriors dug in to protect Sundance grounds. The military provided the RCMP with armoured personnel carriers and drivers during the conflict which saw police and warriors exchange tens of thousands of rounds in firefights.British Columbia did not invoke Aid to the Civil Power, but did request military assistance.During the Six Nations reclamation of the Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia, Ont., in 2006, there were calls for military intervention, but Ontario stuck with its provincial police force to deal with the situation which simmered to a peaceful détente.The military at the time was on site gathering intelligence and preparing contingency plans for a “possible, yet improbably, domestic operation,” according to military historian Timothy Winegard who wrote about the event in a book called, Blockades or Breakthroughs? Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State, 1968-2010.The nature of Indigenous resistance in Canada has change since the 1990s when the image of the warrior with a rifle dominated. Now, especially since the Idle No More movement, the weapons are the drum, song, sage and the eagle feather.The one image that came to define the events at Elsipogtog—despite the flaming police cars and seized rifles—was the photograph taken by APTN National News journalist Ossie Michelin of Amanda Polchies kneeling and holding a feather in the air before a line of RCMP officers.That image was replicated across the border in North Dakota during the Oct. 27 police raid against a camp set up by demonstrators, known as water protectors, to launch rolling blockades aimed at slowing down construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. During the police operation, APTN cameras captured the arrest of two women who kneeled like Polchies did three years earlier as the police line moved toward them.Women kneel before police line in North Dakota during law enforcement operation on Oct. 27. APTN/PhotoDuring an assault with a water cannon and tear gas launched by North Dakota police behind concrete barricades and concertina wire just north of Backwater Bridge by the Oceti Sakowin Camp on Oct. 20, APTN cameras captured drumming, singing, and a ceremonial dance with shakers performed by water protectors during pauses between volleys.No weapons have been brandished by water protectors in North Dakota throughout the months-long demonstrations.The last major action launched last Thursday by water protectors ended with prayer, song and the scent of sage at the foot of Turtle Island hill, which sits about a kilometer from the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the nerve-centre of the anti-pipeline movement.The ongoing events at Standing Rock—where hundreds of Tribes and First Nations across the country have backed the Standing Rock Sioux in their fight to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline underneath Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri River, from where the Tribe draws its water—has electrified opposition to new oil developments, said Phillip.“It is the backdrop to all of this. I mean, this is an epic battle, water versus oil, and at the end of the day, it is about survival or extinction,” said Phillip. “I think people are becoming more and more aware that climate change and global warming is something that should be of grave concern to everyone….Indigenous people have been climate change refugees for a decade, at least, given the evacuations of our communities in the north by fire and flooding. We pretty much lost the winter roads and the ability to resupply our communities, so food security is threatened and the price of food in the north is outrageous because everything must be flown in.” read more

King Mohammed VIs Speech Stresses Need for Joint Action to Face

Manama – The speech delivered by King Mohammed VI on Wednesday in Riyadh at the Morocco-GCC Summit was “very clear” about “the need for joint action to face the current situation,” the King of Bahrain, Hamad Ben Issa Al Khalifa, said.The King of Bahrain added that the participation of King Mohammed VI in the GCC-Moroccan Summit alongside Gulf leaders is a historical event, lauding the Moroccan King’s remarks in his speech on the need for the reinforcement of joint partnerships to face the current situation in the Arab region, Bahrain’s news agency reported.Hamad Ben Issa Al Khalifa said that the implementation of the visions and recommendations produced by the GCC-Morocco Summit will be on top of the priority list. The King of Bahrain called for the exchange of visits to push forward Gulf-Moroccan relations to higher level in various fields. “It is a great pride to be with His Majesty King Mohammed VI to discuss our present and our bright future,” Hamad Ben Issa Al Khalifa said.The King of Bahrain highlighted the solid fraternal ties between his country, Gulf countries and the Kingdom of Morocco.The leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries reaffirmed their principled position on the Moroccan Sahara issue that they consider also as an issue of the GCC countries.In the joint final statement of the Morocco-GCC Summit, they affirmed their position supporting the fact that the Sahara is Moroccan and their support for Morocco’s autonomy plan as the basis for any solution to this artificial regional dispute.They also expressed their rejection of any prejudice to the higher interests of Morocco and their commitment to collective defense of the security and the stability of their countries, and respect for countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity.With MAP read more

UN rights expert dismayed at xenophobic violence in South Africa

30 May 2008A United Nations human rights expert today said he was distressed at the current spate of xenophobic attacks on foreigners and ethnic minorities in South Africa, which has claimed the lives of 56 people. “I express my distress at the recent xenophobic violence targeting refugees, migrants and South African ethnic minorities in Johannesburg and surrounding townships,” Doudou Diène, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on racism, said in a statement.Mr. Diène called on the South African Government to carry out a thorough investigation of the acts of violence to bring the perpetrators to justice and to prevent the spread of atrocities. He also urged the authorities to launch a comprehensive discussion about how to better integrate migrants in the country.“Only a cultural and ethical approach can address the deep-rooted problems of racism and discrimination and promote long-term tolerance and living together among all communities,” he said.He said the recent violence in South Africa underlined the relevance and legitimacy of the Durban Review Conference on racism which will be held next year.Meanwhile the UN refugee agency is releasing 2,000 tents to the South African Government to help provide much-needed shelter to the estimated 100,000 people who have been uprooted by the violence.A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that the majority of the displaced people were undocumented migrants from Mozambique, Malawi and other African countries, some of whom have since returned to their countries of origin, or to a third country. To date, some 42,000 migrants, including refugees and asylum-seekers, are sheltered in 95 makeshift sites, mostly in Gauteng and Western Cape provinces.Among those affected are thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers from Zimbabwe, Somalia, Ethiopia and other African countries, whose homes were destroyed and businesses looted, and burned. There are more than 128,000 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in South Africa, coming from a wide variety of countries. read more

Visit to UN Headquarters caps off weeklong trip for some of Gazas

25 January 2010Fifteen young female students from the Gaza Strip capped off a trip of a lifetime today at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the final stop on a week-long visit to the United States they received for their achievements in a human rights education programme run by the world body. The visit to New York, including today’s meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, followed stops in Atlanta, where they met with former US President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center, as well as Washington D.C., for visits to the White House and other national monuments. The group, which included 15 Palestinian eighth graders and three of their teachers, are the top achievers in the human rights, conflict resolution and tolerance programme taught in Gaza by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The agency operates one of the largest school systems in the Middle East, with nearly 700 schools, and has been the main provider of primary education to Palestine refugees for 60 years. Education is UNRWA’s largest programme, accounting for more than half of the agency’s regular budget, and one of its key projects promotes non-violent communication skills, conflict resolution, human rights and tolerance. The trip to the US is the first time these girls have ever been outside Gaza in their lives. Tasneem Al-Ashquar, who wants to be a doctor someday, said she was very proud to be able to come to the US. “There are a lot of other students, especially college students, who wish to come to the US for studying but the siege is stopping them,” the 15-year-old told the UN News Centre. Asked what she liked best about the human rights programme, she said: “I liked that I could speak my mind and give a voice to the suffering of the people of Gaza.”Another student, Tasneem Al-Lulu, said that in addition to learning about her basic human rights, she learned a lot about how African-Americans were able to achieve their rights in a peaceful and non-violent way.“The most interesting thing for me was respect… here all people respect each other,” she stated.Meeting the Secretary-General was the highlight of the trip for Bara Abu Shawish, who described the UN chief as “a very important man and very nice. I want to thank him for all he is doing to help us.”An identical group of boys will be following the same itinerary this week, ending up in New York next Monday. read more

Maurice Clarett shares personal experiences in push for Ohio criminaljustice reform

Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett talks about his experiences in prison as a part of the United State Justice Network’s panel Wednesday at the Riffe Center in Columbus on May 3. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterMaurice Clarett’s story of college football superstar to convicted felon to inspirational advocate was told again on Wednesday night, but in a different context.At the Davidson Theater inside the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus, Clarett — along with the Director of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Gary Mohr, President of the Buckeye Institute Robert Alt and moderator Holly Harris, executive director of the U.S. Justice Action Network, which hosted the event — engaged in discourse on social justice reform in Ohio, specifically the Treatment Continuum Alternative Program (TCAP), which offers alternative sentencing to eligible offenders.Clarett is normally the sole speaker in front of hundreds of students, athletes or incarcerated individuals. His journey began at the bottom of drug and alcohol addiction and more than three years of incarceration after winning a national championship as one of football’s premier running backs at Ohio State. He then turned his life around and has shared his experiences through his speeches, as was the case Wednesday evening. But his experiences were complemented by facts Mohr and Alt referenced on the current social justice practices in Ohio compared to practices that work elsewhere.Clarett’s outpatient treatment organization, The Red Zone, supports the TCAP agenda Mohr and Ohio legislators are pushing in the state senate.“It was making me proud to know that we are doing the thing (Mohr’s) trying to promote,” Clarett said. “He doesn’t even know all what I do, but he’s talking about supporting that space because he knows that space works, which let’s me know I’m doing the right thing because this guy has 43 years of experience and the depth of his knowledge is with merit.”The event opened with members of the Inside Out choir from the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville pronouncing an uplifting message through its voice, which had a few members of the choir and the audience in tears. Republican state Sen. John Eklund and Republican state Majority Whip Robert McColley then spoke individually about efforts to pass Senate Bill 66, which addresses fourth- and fifth-degree felony sentencing and rehabilitation.Eklund is one of the bill’s primary sponsors along with Democratic senator Charleta Tavares, who was in attendance.Before Clarett, Mohr and Alt were called to the stage, a video played for the audience, showing highlights from the 2002 national championship game with Clarett’s 1,237 rushing yards flashed across the screen. Excerpts from the 2013 ESPN 30 for 30 film Youngstown Boys, which featured Clarett’s story, were shown with narration and the occasional interjection of Clarett or his coach at OSU, Jim Tressel.“I can’t cry about it,” Clarett said in one of the excerpts. “I can only move on.”The first question the moderator asked was to Clarett. It was simple: What went wrong?Maurice Clarett (center) listens to Gary Mohr (left) discuss the TCAP program during the criminal justice reform panel on May 3 in Columbus. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterHe had told this story over 200 times before in other speaking events across the country, he estimated. As each of those past 200 times, Clarett spoke without a script or notes. He told the story of taking illegal benefits while a student-athlete at OSU, then becoming dependent on drugs and alcohol for two years and struggling with his mental health before receiving help from his warden at the Toledo Correctional Institute, Khellah Konteh.Clarett said that when he first went into the correctional facility, it was an environment he wasn’t used to. As a boy growing up in Youngstown, he was used to being the toughest guy in his group, he admitted, but that wasn’t the case in prison.Konteh taught a class that Clarett was enrolled in, and instructed the members of the class to read “Long Way Gone” by Ishmael Beah. It’s a memoir about a man in Sierra Leone — Konteh’s native country — who became violent through the nation’s civil war, but was rehabilitated and eventually spoke out on his personal experiences and the atrocities of war.“After going through these classes every day, I was just tapping into something that I wasn’t tapping into before,” he said.Konteh told him that in Sierra Leone, when men get in trouble, their village works to rehabilitate them and send them back out to do their work. In America, Konteh said, society takes the troubled individuals and throws them out. Clarett wrote in the Columbus Dispatch earlier this week that he knows what it’s like to be forgotten about, which is why he’s taking action in criminal-justice reform.Mohr and Alt each said that many times with politicians, they look at numbers when contemplating criminal-justice reform rather than the faces of those incarcerated. Clarett is a rare case of someone who lost everything and was able to gain part of that back and give back much more to the community than he would have been able to give as an athlete. Clarett and the people of the women’s reformatory choir are the faces that Mohr, Alt and all legislators supporting Senate Bill 66 and TCAP want the public to see when considering prison reform.“Maurice has lived it in his almost four years of incarceration. He understands,” Mohr said. “He is more influential than any politician because he has lived it and he’s real. He doesn’t have some facade. He’s real. Quite frankly, I think it’s much more effective than being a politician because I think Maurice’s story is credible.”Mohr was appointed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to the position of director in January 2011, and said Kasich told him that one of Mohr’s first tasks was to reform the Ohio prison system. Wednesday, Mohr spoke about giving communities the proper resources to monitor former nonviolent felons and develop job skills for future success.“If we’re going to correct a problem, why would we invest the highest degree of dollars at the end of the problem? Don’t we want to intervene at some place where we can be more effective?” Mohr said. Mohr added that the TCAP program would fall within a $60 million bi-annual budget that gives communities resources to find effective drug addiction treatments and develop job skills for roughly 3,400 families.“It’s a win-win,” he said. “And think about it, the public and the communities become safer because we break the addiction cycle more effectively.”Maurice Clarett continues the discussion of prison reform based on what he experienced while incarcerated for nearly four years. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterClarett said he’s not a political person — one that doesn’t take sides in an argument. He doesn’t align himself with a political party, not even as an independent. He speaks from his substantial personal experiences, which is why all of his speeches are unscripted. He said he’s able to connect with people on a more genuine level if they know he’s speaking as a human and not just someone pushing an agenda.Yet, Clarett participates in these politically-motivated events because he believes in the cause from experience, not from data. He said he believes in the people, like the women of the Inside Out choir, because he was once that person needing to believe in himself.During the Q&A session at the end of the event, a man, who was holding back tears as he identified himself as a formerly incarcerated man, felt inclined to get up from his seat to acknowledge Clarett and thank him for what he’s doing.“It rejuvenates you because that’s why you do it. You do it to connect with people,” Clarett said. “You could go anywhere around the world, but that person will always talk about that experience you had with him. It’s a humbling thing.”When formerly introduced as the “former Ohio State star football player,” Clarett is reminded of a time before things became bad, before circumstances spiraled downward with no end in sight. As much as he might want to put that time in the past, it has defined him. Not just in Columbus, but it has defined his platform and enabled his career to take off. As much as he just wants to be known as Maurice Clarett the entrepreneur, the philanthropist, his mistakes and shortcomings when he was known as a football player have allowed him to become the entrepreneur and the philanthropist. The man who thanked Clarett continued to tell the modern-day Ishmael Beah that better days were ahead for him.Indeed they are. read more

Alan Kelly expects to be promoted if he becomes Labours deputy leader

first_imgHe declined to say what government department he would like to head saying when you are in politics “you should aspire to achieve as much and deliver as much as you can”.Kelly also expressed surprise at comments leadership contender Alex White made about his rival Joan Burton last week when he said she was the ”last woman standing” from a generation of Labour ministers who served in the Rainbow Coalition in the mid-90s.“I was very surprised by him to be honest. I am not somebody who practices ageism,” he said. “I believe you need to elect the best candidates and I believe I am the best candidate for deputy leader.”He did not agree that the comments were “overtly ageist” but said “they were probably comments based on a competitive streak in Alex” and described them as “unfortunate”.Asked about whether the outgoing Labour leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore should be the next European Commissioner, Kelly said that his party leader would “be a fine European Commissioner” but cautioned that it is a matter for the Taoiseach.Read: Alex White says he smoked cannabis in college, but what about this Labour minister?Read: One TD wants to be Labour’s deputy leader, but not a minister. What about the others? LABOUR DEPUTY LEADERSHIP contender Alan Kelly has indicated he expects to be promoted to Cabinet if he wins the race to be the party’s second-in-command next week.Speaking at the launch of a grant scheme for wheelchair taxis at Government Buildings today, Kelly said that it is “the norm” that anyone who is deputy leader gets a place at the Cabinet table.Kelly is currently a Minister of State with responsibility for public transport and is widely seen as the favourite to be elected Labour’s deputy leader in just over a week’s time though he faces competition from fellow junior minister Seán Sherlock and TDs Ciara Conway and Michael McCarthy.He told reporters: “It is the norm that anybody who is the deputy leader – if I was lucky enough to be successful – would get a place in Cabinet if you’re in government and that is the norm and I’ve no reason to think that will change.”last_img read more

Argiropoulos murder suspect stabbed to death

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The case of Nikolas Argiropoulos, 24, who was found dead in Ballast Point Park, Birchgrove, on March 22, has been complicated after one of the suspects was stabbed to death in May. Police prosecutor, Sergeant Rodney Hackett said James Polkinghorne’s death meant the exact details of the shooting of Mr Argiropoulos were not known. “The police can’t determine who was the shooter because Mr Polkinghorne is dead,” Sergeant Hackett said. Miguel Silva, 26, of Casula, was accused of helping Mr Polkinghorne avoid police over his involvement in the death of Mr Argiropoulos. Mr Silva’s sister, Jessica Silva, 22, is accused of murdering Mr Polkinghorne, her former boyfriend, during a struggle at her parents’ home on Mother’s Day. She is on remand. Miguel Silva is charged with being an accessory after the fact to Mr Argiropoulos’s murder. Sergeant Hackett said text messages were sent from Mr Silva’s phone to Mr Argiropoulos and Mr Polkinghorne. But Mr Silva’s lawyer, Adam Houda said the messages did not prove any links between the men over Mr Argiropoulos’s death. Magistrate Margaret Quinn granted Mr Silva bail with several conditions, including he report to Liverpool police regularly and surrender his passport.last_img read more

Accompagnement des personnes en fin de vie dévoilement des spécificités de la

first_imgAccompagnement des personnes en fin de vie : dévoilement des spécificités de la nouvelle allocationFrance – Le Journal Officiel a publié le 3 mars dernier la loi sur l’allocation d’accompagnement des personnes en fin de vie.Il est désormais possible d’accompagner une personne de son entourage proche “en phase avancée ou terminale d’une affection grave et incurable”, tout en continuant à subvenir à ses besoins. Une allocation journalière d’un montant de 48,92 euros (ce chiffre doit toutefois être confirmé par un décret) sera allouée à l’accompagnant qui pourra en bénéficier pendant un maximum de vingt-et-un jours. À lire aussiMediator : une plaquette publicitaire accable ServierL’accompagnant peut faire partie de la famille proche (ascendants, descendants, frères, sœurs), partager le même toit ou être une “personne de confiance”. Cette allocation est fractionnable entre plusieurs accompagnants, mais les modalités de ce fractionnement ne sont pas encore détaillés et devront faire l’objet d’un prochain décret. Les personnes souhaitant continuer à travailler à temps partiel pourront également en bénéficier, le montant sera alors réduit.L’allocation sera financée par le régime d’assurance maladie de l’accompagnant. 20.000 personnes devraient en bénéficier chaque année d’après le gouvernement.Le 5 mars 2010 à 09:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more