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Creative Nova Scotia Gala Tickets Available Online

first_img FOR BROADCAST: For the first time tickets for the Creative Nova Scotia Awards gala are available for online purchase. The annual event celebrates the achievements of Nova Scotia’s artists and is being presented by the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council on October 28th in Halifax. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister David Wilson says Nova Scotia’s artists are making life better for families across the province by pursuing their creative dreams and the gala is a chance to recognize their contributions. Tickets are available at w-w-w dot creative nova scotia dot com. -30- Nova Scotians can celebrate the achievements of the province’s artists and their contributions to growing the economy by attending the sixth annual Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala. For the first time, tickets to this year’s gala are available for purchase online at www.creativenovascotia.com. The gala takes place Oct. 28 at the Cunard Centre in Halifax and is presented by the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council. “Everyday Nova Scotia’s artists add to the quality of life in our communities by pursuing their creative dreams,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister David Wilson. “The gala is a chance to experience the energy of our arts and culture community and recognize their contributions to making life better for families across the province.” Entertainment for the event will be announced in the near future and will showcase the talents of a range of young and established Nova Scotia artists. Nova Scotia’s most important arts and culture prizes will be handed out at the gala, including the Portia White Prize, the Prix Grand-Pré and the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, which recognizes individual artistic achievement. The contributions of long-time artists will be celebrated with the Established Artists Recognition Awards. Community commitment to the value of arts and culture will be celebrated with the Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award. Information about the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award is available at www.nsmasterworks.ca. Details about provincial arts prizes can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/tch/culture_prizes.asp.last_img read more

Television actor harassed by appcab driver

first_imgKolkata: A television actor was allegedly harassed and manhandled by an app cab driver while she was going to a shoot on Wednesday morning.The police has initiated a case at Tiljala police station on the basis of a complaint lodged by the actor, who is a resident of Kasba and has arrested the driver Jamshed Hossain. According to the complaint of the actor, she had booked an Uber cab at 8.15 am and the vehicle No. WB-04E-9566 driven by Jamshed picked her up from near her residence. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersWhile she was on her way to her destination the driver allegedly misbehaved, abused, outraged her modesty and pulled her out of the car after cancelling the trip near 42 bus stand on C.N.Roy Road under Tiljala police station. The incident happened in front of a restaurant at Uttar Panchana Gram near VIP Bazar area. The actress shared the details of the incident on her Facebook page. She wrote that the incident left her ‘dumbstruck’. “This had never happened to me before,” she wrote. She added that she will pursue legal actions in consultation with her family. “This is a clear violation of the safety standards set by our community guidelines and we have removed the driver’s access to the app. We stand ready to support law enforcement authorities in their investigations,” an Uber spokesperson said.last_img read more

High Court rejects bail application submitted by Arjun and Kasun

Aloysius and Palisena are in remand after being arrested over the Central Band treasury bond scam. (Colombo Gazette) The Colombo High Court today rejected a bail application submitted by Perpetual Treasuries head Arjun Aloysius and Chief Executive Officer Kasun Palisena.Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena are in remand till March 15.

Ottawa misses fiscal target by 13 billion but deficits continue to decline

Ottawa misses fiscal target by $1.3 billion, but deficits continue to decline AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 5, 2012 12:35 pm MDT OTTAWA – Ottawa’s financial position isn’t quite as sound as previously thought, with the government reporting Friday it missed its deficit target for the just completed fiscal year by $1.3 billion.The Finance Department’s final accounting on the 2011-12 year shows the federal deficit will officially be recorded at $26.2 billion, above the $24.9 billion estimate of last March’s budget.But in a statement, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty put a positive spin on the numbers. He noted the government continues to make steady progress from the previous year’s $33.4-billion deficit, and the even higher $55.6-billion shortfall of 2009-10 — an all-time high.“This positive performance is encouraging and reflects Canada’s sound economic and fiscal fundamentals,” he said in a news release.The minister points out that program spending fell 0.6 percentage points as a share of the economy in the year — an indication austerity measures are taking a bite out of expenditures, and that at 33.8 per cent of gross domestic product, the national debt is by far the lowest in the G7.The government will indicate whether it expects to meet this year’s $21.1-billion deficit target in a few weeks with the release of the fall update, but Flaherty cautioned there remain very real risks to the economy.“The global economic environment is still fragile and uncertain, and recent economic developments suggest that there are downside risks to the fiscal outlook contained in the economic action plan 2012,” he said.The government got some good news Friday, with Statistics Canada reporting 52,000 new jobs were added in September.The fiscal reports for the first four months of the current fiscal year have also been surprisingly strong given the soft conditions and, until last month, weak jobs growth.Ottawa has so far posted a deficit of $3 billion in the first third of the year, well on pace to meet that annual target.Economists say it is not unusual for the government’s final results to differ from the monthly numbers, or even the budget estimates.For the year, the government said revenues increased $8.1 billion, or 3.4 per cent, while program expenses rose only by about $800 million, or 0.3 per cent.Public debt charges were about $200 million higher than the previous year, reflecting the higher national debt.The federal debt for the year increased by $31.8 billion and stood at $582.2 billion at year’s end. Even so, the debt to GDP ratio inched down one-tenth of a point, meaning that the economy grew at a faster pace than the debt. read more

UN human rights chief urges Turkey to uphold rule of law in

“The Turkish people bravely took to the streets to defend their country against those who sought to undermine its democracy. I urge the Government of Turkey to respond by upholding the rule of law, by strengthening the protection of human rights and by reinforcing democratic institutions,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in a news release issued by his Office (OHCHR). “In the aftermath of such a traumatic experience, it is particularly crucial to ensure that human rights are not squandered in the name of security and in the rush to punish those perceived to be responsible,” he added. According to media reports, thousands of soldiers have been arrested and hundreds of judiciary members removed since Friday’s uprising, which left at least 290 people dead and more than 1,400 injured following a night of violence. Deploring the loss of lives in Turkey over the weekend and offering condolences to the families of those who were killed, the High Commissioner said that those responsible for the violence must be brought to justice with full respect for fair trial standards. He also expressed deep concern that a large number of judges and prosecutors were swiftly suspended on Saturday and that detention orders were issued against many. The suspensions were particularly worrying given concerns about judicial independence in Turkey, he said. “The independence of the judiciary and of the legal profession is key to the fair administration of justice, and judges must be able to exercise their functions without undue restrictions, pressures, threats or interference. The mass suspension or removal of judges is cause for serious alarm, and reports that many have been subject to detention orders also raises concerns of arbitrary detention,” Mr. Zeid said. Given the large number of people who have been detained since Saturday, the High Commissioner stressed the importance of respecting the presumption of innocence, due process and fair trial guarantees, and of allowing independent observers to access places of detention. He also stressed the importance of transparency in the administration of justice. “Turkish authorities are obliged to investigate all reports of violence, regardless of the political leanings of the alleged perpetrators,” he said. The High Commissioner also expressed deep regret that high-level officials have suggested that the death penalty may be reinstated. “Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004, but in fact it has not carried out capital punishment for 32 years – since 1984,” Mr. Zeid said. “Reintroduction of the death penalty would be in breach of Turkey’s obligations under international human rights law – a big step in the wrong direction. I urge the Turkish Government to refrain from turning back the clock on human rights protections.” In 2006, Turkey ratified the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty. International law does not permit a State which has ratified the Covenant and its Second Optional Protocol to denounce or withdraw from it. Group of UN experts call for respect for human rightsIn related news today, a group of UN human rights experts called on the Government of Turkey to abide by its international human rights obligations when dealing with the aftermath of the coup attempt, which they strongly condemned. “In times of crisis, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms is more essential than ever,” the experts said, adding that constitutional order will only be fully re-established if the separation of powers and the rule of law are upheld. The experts noted that within hours of the coup attempt, the Turkish High Council for Judges and Prosecutors suspended a reported 2,745 judges and prosecutors of their functions. Hundreds of arrest warrants have allegedly been issued, resulting so far in the arrest of possibly up to 755 judges and prosecutors, including two judges of the Constitutional Court, according to the experts. “According to international law, judges can be suspended or removed only on serious grounds of misconduct or incompetence after fair proceedings,” the experts said. “We call on the authorities to release and reinstate these judges and prosecutors until credible allegations of wrong doing are properly investigated and evidenced. Any sanctions taken must be in line with international standards on judicial independence,” they added. The human rights experts also drew attention to the number of arrests carried out to date – some 7,500 according to official sources – and expressed serious concerns regarding calls to re-introduce the capital punishment abolished in 2004. The experts – who are not UN staff and are independent from any government or organization – include Mónica Pinto, UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers; Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur on summary or arbitrary executions; Juan E. Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion; and Mr. Sètondji Roland Jean-Baptiste Adjovi, current Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. read more

Voters head to polls with expectation of peaceful free and fair elections

Local election monitor in Guinea-Bissau., by Alexandre Soares.“Work, education, and health,” Embalo he added. “Those are our main problems and what we’re focused on  now this election day.” A couple of blocks from Embalo, Ivaldine Joana Landim, 30, is visiting some family and friends.She says the kids in her family “haven’t been to school since October because the teachers aren’t getting paid.” She’s a doctor in one of the city hospitals and she says the situation has only deteriorated since she started working there. She says there are many international organizations helping, and their work is invaluable, “but it’s just not enough.”She doesn’t sound hopeful about the future, but she will vote this Sunday hoping better days are coming. A good day, she says, would be “to get to the hospital and have all the medicine and resources” to treat her patients.UN SupportThe UN Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau, UNIOGBIS, in partnership with other agencies from the UN system, has been helping prepare for this election over many months.They have trained, or supported the training of around 80 police officers, 400 civil society members, around 450 electoral officers, and 120 journalists. They have also held workshops for youth and women candidates, inviting five from each party to a workshop, and offering them smartphones and megaphones to help with them take part on a level playing field.The mission and the agencies have also partnered with a 400-plus network of national monitors, helped create a fact-checking unit of 6 journalists, and offered technical support to write and negotiate the Stability Pact and the Code of Ethical and Electoral Conduct. Public information town halls were held in about 40 villages.The chief of Public Information Unit at UNIOGBIS, Julia Alhinho, said all that work had paid off. “Despite all the difficulties that the national electoral authorities found, and the difficulties in fundraising,“Because of some donor fatigue, in spite of all those difficulties, yes, everything is ready for the election and we expect that it will be peaceful, free, and fair,” she said.Preliminary results are expected on Monday night. The official tally should be announced on Wednesday, and the party that gains a majority of the seats should be invited to form a government.According to national electoral law, the country should hold presidential elections either in October or November. Since the declaration of independence from Portugal in 1973 and recognized a year later, no president has so-far completed their full term of office. Hopes are high that the vote will help end a political crisis that has been simmering since 2015, as member of the UN Security Council heard for themselves during a fact-finding visit to the West African nation at the end of last month.Back in 2015, then President, José Mário Vaz, dissolved the government of Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira, whose party had won a majority in elections the previous year. Since then, there have been seven different heads of government.Campaign ends, with day of national ‘reflection’Electioneering officially ended on Friday, with thousands of supporters of the 21 political parties contesting the vote – the biggest total ever – rallying in the national capital Bissau.In keeping with electoral law, Saturday was free of campaigning as UN News witnessed, on a special reporting trip to the Portuguese-speaking nation, but the billboards were still standing tall. Red, green, and yellow t-shirts were still seen all over the city. Inside some of the capital’s hotels, more than 130 international observers started being dispatched to every one of the eight regions of the country of 1.9 million people.The chief of mission for the African Union, Joaquim Rafael Branco, working with a team of 50 observers, told UN News that “the people of Bissau are peaceful,” and remembered the politicians from different parties he saw talking to each other over the last few days. “That’s a good sign” for after the election, he said, remembering all parties had signed an agreement committing to accept the results.Observers play key roleAfter some controversy in the last few weeks over electoral lists, an audit was conducted, resulting in some agreement by Wednesday over the process, overseen by the National Elections Commission, CNE.Work, education, and health…Those are our main problems and what we’re focused on now this election day Saido Embalo, city hall workerThe chief of the observers’ mission from the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, CPLP, Luiz Vilarinho Pedroso, said that had been one the biggest obstacles, overcome with the agreement of all the parties.The Brazilian ambassador noted that elections had normally taken place “in an orderly manner”, but he warned that the post-election phase had historically been when political issues became most acute.The Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, General Francis A. Behanzin, is also optimistic for this year’s vote. He says there are “many parties crossing the road and embracing each other, it’s very good for our democracy in West Africa.”Voters’ viewThe Santa Luzia neighbourhood, adjoining the pink walls of one of the city’s hotels here in the capital, is one of the biggest in the city of around 400,000, and its unpaved roads were filled with families and friends the day before the election.On a corner, two friends listened to a local radio station playing the latest news from the campaign trail. Some people were sewing outside, others cooking, children were playing in the heat. Many groups of young men under the shade of trees, talking sports or playing a traditional board game that resembles checkers.“They call it ‘bancar’ in Portuguese Creole,” explained Saido Embalo. “There is no work anywhere, so they say this is their bancar, that’s all they have to do.” Embalo, 46, works for the city hall. But even he says he’s struggling in this country that ranked 177 in last year’s Human Development Index. His parents moved from the countryside to the capital in 1964, but he says young people these days have a different dream. “They all want to leave the country. They want to become emigrants.” read more

Patras Carnival – biggest festival in Europe

first_imgThe Patras Carnivale took place last weekend and saw the whole city of PAtras light up in festivity and joy. The carnival – which celebrates Aporkies in Greece – is a celebration filled with colour, music, floats and parades. Touted as the greatest carnival in Greece, the Patras Carnivale is one of the biggest carnivals in Europe with 180 years and more of history behind it.The carnival is a variety of events that includes parades, a treasure hunt, theatre, films and a kids carnival.The Grand Parade is the main event of the Patras Carnivale. The carnival floats of the municipality come first followed by a parada of seemingly never-ending treasure hunt groups.The parade lasts several hours due to the large number of participants. It crosses the city, is watched by tends of thousands of spectators who stand on the pavements, the balconies of their homes and the tiers and is broadcase by the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporate (ERT). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Klopp pokes fun at Super League reports

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has joked he would be in favour of European Super League because it would mean fewer games and more money.The German manager laughed off the notion of a European ‘Super League’ by joking it would be a boost for his team to play fewer games.Speaking after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Saturday, Klopp batted away the idea of the competition in his typically jovial style.“It sounds really nice because it sounds like much less games and much more money,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I am completely fine with how the league football is at the moment. At least, it’s an idea [the ‘Super League’] that we don’t do immediately.”Klopp also claimed football governing bodies, FIFA and UEFA’s approach to proposed competition revamps are flawed because they do not seek sufficient input from clubs and other stakeholders.“I’m not even sure if somebody spoke about it, to be honest. It looks like all the other wonderful ideas of FIFA and UEFA,” he added.“They do them immediately, they don’t ask. And then you see, ‘Oh, okay, we have 20 games more and not more money’.”last_img read more

From The Mind Of Charlie Puth How Jazz Grew Into Pop

first_img Charlie Puth’s Path From Jazz To Pop mind-charlie-puth-how-jazz-grew-pop Email Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 15, 2018 – 4:33 pm Charlie Puth’s Musical Path From Jazz To Pop From The Mind Of Charlie Puth: How Jazz Grew Into Pop In many ways both the conversation as well as Puth’s musical ambitions began with the rich stylings of jazz pianist Bill Evans. “I grew so obsessed with becoming the best jazz pianist ever,” he said. “I was like, ‘OK, pop music, is cool but I want to focus on jazz.'””I played in jazz combos, wrote for big band and when I would drive home to New Jersey, pop music would be on the radio,” Puth added. While his parents drove him from New Jersey to music school in New York City and then back home, his mind began connecting the chord patterns of jazz giants such as John Coltrane to pop, especially the R&B of TLC.The musical connections and chord progressions continued to blossom as he noticed, “Whoah, there’s a lot of similarities with jazz and pop music and no one even knows, especially in R&B.”And the similarities don’t end there. A Tribe Called Quest extended Puth’s connections through hip-hop and led to his gaining greater interest in production and studio engineering.Oliver and Puth found an especially common chord when discussing the music their mothers used to listen to. This led into a celebration of George Michael’s arrangements and use of seventh chords. They agreed Michael was a model for how “it just makes the record a little more interesting” when jazz elements are allowed to join into the sound, “but you don’t make it … a jazz record.” Facebook The musical road that turned a prodigy with deep-rooted jazz ambitions into a modern-day pop hit-makerPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 15, 2018 – 4:35 pm What do jazz and pop have in common? Possibly much more than you’ve heard.On Oct. 7, 2018, the Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter hosted an Up Close & Personal conversation and brunch with singer, songwriter and producer Charlie Puth. Moderated by Chapter Governor and GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver, the wide-ranging discussion explored his road to success including early influences, the development of his hit, “One Call Away,” and what defines him as an artist. At the close of the members-only event, Puth regaled the Philadelphia Chapter audience with voice and synth-only performances of his hits “The Way I Am,” “How Long” and “Attention.” The last was augmented by his “spontaneous beatbox.”Puth demonstrated how musical composition starts in the mind of the writer/composer. His perfect pitch, music-teacher mom and musical training at Manhattan School of Music Pre-College and Berklee College of Music helped Puth establish himself as a creator we all hope will take us on more exciting journeys for years to come.Charlie Puth Sings Through His Shyness With “The Way I Am”Read more News https://www.instagram.com/p/BorUxsfjqQZ/?taken-by=tytewriterlast_img read more

Imran Khan arrives in US to reboot bilateral ties will meet

first_imgWashington: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived here on his maiden trip to the US during which he will hold talks with Donald Trump and reboot bilateral ties that were hit after the US president publicly criticised Islamabad, cancelled military aid and asked it to do more to fight terrorism. Khan, 66, is scheduled to meet President Trump at the White House on Monday during which the American leadership is likely to press him to take “decisive and irreversible” actions against terrorist and militant groups operating from Pakistani soil and facilitate peace talks with the Taliban. Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us The cricketer-turned-politician arrived here on Saturday afternoon aboard a commercial Qatar Airways flight and is staying at the official residence of the Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan. He was welcomed at the airport by his foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. A large number of Pakistani Americans also welcomed him. Nawaz Sharif was the last Pakistani prime minister to visit the US on an official trip in October 2015. Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us During his three-day visit, Khan, in addition to his meeting with Trump, is also scheduled to meet IMF acting chief David Lipton and World Bank President David Malpass. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will call on him on Tuesday. Trump, in addition to a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office, will host the visiting delegation over a working lunch at the White House on Monday. Khan is also scheduled to meet lawmakers at the US Capitol Hill. Advertise With Us The relations between Pakistan and the US have remained tense during Trump’s tenure. The US president has publicly said that Pakistan has given us “nothing but lies and deceit” and also suspended security and other assistance for backing terror groups. Prime Minister Khan is accompanied by Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and spy agency ISI chief Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed. Diplomatic sources in Islamabad earlier said that issues like the Afghan peace process, Pakistan government’s action against terrorism and terror financing and restoration of military aid to Pakistan would be the highlights of the trip. Khan’s visit comes at a time when talks between the US and Afghan Taliban are thought to have entered a decisive phase. Pakistan’s efforts have been appreciated for facilitating peace talks with the Taliban. Actions like launching of cases of terror financing against Hafiz Saeed, head of the Jamaat ud Dawa are signals aimed at addressing concerns by India and the US. Khan is also scheduled to address a gathering of Pakistani Americans in downtown Washington DC on July 21 and speak at the US Institute of Peace think-tank on July 23. Before becoming the prime minister, Khan used to visit the US regularly and has a sizeable support base among the Pakistani diaspora. Meanwhile, hours before Khan’s arrival, Pakistan hired the services of lobbying firm Holland & Knight. The memorandum of understanding on this was signed between former Republican Congressman Tom Reynolds and Pakistani Ambassador Majeed Khan. Reynolds will lead a team comprising other former members of Congress, former senior Administration officials, Capitol Hill veterans and other professional experts to lobby in the US on behalf of the Government of Pakistan. The Embassy had no lobbyist during the past six years. Khan’s visit to the US is also marked by protests by several ethnic and religious minorities of Pakistan, including Baloch, Sindhis and Mohajirs. The Baloch groups Saturday started a mobile billboard campaign in America’s national capital urging President Trump to help end “enforced disappearances” in Pakistan. A bipartisan group of 10 influential American lawmakers asked President Trump to raise the issue of human rights abuses in Pakistan’s Sindh province in his meeting with Khan. Protests have been planned in front of the White House and Capitol Hill Arena by these groups over the next few days.last_img read more

North Korea launches more missiles warns against USSouth Korea joint exercise

first_imgHowever, Pyongyang “will be compelled to seek a new road as we have already indicated” if South Korea and the United States continue with hostile military moves, he said.The arrival of new, US-made F-35A stealth fighters in South Korea, the visit of a US nuclear-powered submarine to a South Korean port, and US tests of ballistic missiles are among the steps that have forced North Korea to continue its own weapons development, the spokesman said.”The US and South Korean authorities remain outwardly talkative about dialogue,” he said. “But when they sit back, they sharpen a sword to do us harm.”South Korean media reported that US-South Korea joint military exercises had started on Monday. A senior South Korean official said previously the drills would mainly involve computer simulations.A JCS spokesman told a regular news briefing on Monday the allies were preparing for a joint exercise in the second half of the year but would not confirm the name of the drill or whether it had already started.A United Nations report said on Monday Pyongyang has continued to enhance its nuclear and missile programmes and used cyberattacks to take in $2 billion to fund the development.The testing of short-range missiles by North Korea is banned by a 2006 United Nations Security Council resolution demanding that North Korea suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile programme.Short-range missiles pose no threat to US territory but do put at risk US allies Japan and South Korea and the tens of thousands of US troops stationed in both countries.Japan’s defence ministry said it did not see any imminent threat to Japanese security from the latest projectile launch by North Korea. Trump Becomes First U.S. President To Step Inside North Korea, Sets 3rd Meeting With Kim Jong Un Close A man watches a TV showing a file picture for a news report on North Korea firing two unidentified projectiles in Seoul, South Korea, August 6, 2019.ReutersNorth Korea fired missiles into the sea off its east coast for the fourth time in less than two weeks, the South Korean military said on Tuesday, as Pyongyang protested that joint US-South Korea military drills violated diplomatic agreements.The North, criticising the US-South Korean drills and their use of high-tech weapons, has fired a series of missiles and rockets since its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump agreed at a June 30 meeting to revive stalled denuclearisation talks.Trump has played down the tests by saying they did not break any agreement he had with Kim but the talks have yet to resume. Analysts believe the tests are designed both to improve North Korean military capabilities and to pressure Washington to offer more concessions.South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles were fired from near Kwail on North Korea’s west coast, about 125 km (80 miles) southwest of Pyongyang, in South Hwanghae province early on Tuesday. They were the fourth set of launches since July 25.The missiles flew about 450 km (280 miles) and reached an altitude of 37 km (23 miles), the JCS said. US and South Korean intelligence agencies deemed they had similar flight characteristics to the short-range ballistic missiles launched by North Korea on July 25, it said.Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at South Korea’s Kyungnam University, said the latest launch area was significant because the flight path of 450 km meant that all of South Korea was in range of such missiles.”It becomes difficult to detect the origin of the launch in advance because it is capable of launching a missile from most anywhere in North Korea, targeting all of South Korea,” he said.South Korea’s defence ministry said on Tuesday the missile launch went against the spirit of easing tension on the Korean peninsula.’DO US HARM’ The launches on July 25 were the first since Trump and Kim met at the heavily armed Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas on June 30. What was agreed at that meeting is now under scrutiny.North Korea has repeatedly complained that the United States and South Korea’s joint military drills violate a pledge made by Trump to Kim.A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement released through state news agency KCNA that the North remained committed to resolving issues through dialogue. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:47Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:45?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Myanmar fails to guarantee safe return of Rohingyas UN

first_imgA house is seen on fire in Gawduthar village, Maungdaw township, in the north of Rakhine state, Myanmar 7 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersMyanmar has failed to put in place conditions for the safe return of 688,000 Rohingya refugees who fled an army crackdown six months ago, the UN refugee chief said Monday.The refugees are sheltering in makeshift camps in Bangladesh despite an agreement reached between Myanmar and Bangladesh allowing for their return to their homes in Rakhine state.“Let me be clear: conditions are not yet conducive to the voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told a Security Council meeting, speaking by videoconference from Geneva.“The causes of their flight have not been addressed, and we have yet to see substantive progress on addressing the exclusion and denial of rights that has deepened over the last decades, rooted in their lack of citizenship.”Myanmar regards the Rohingya as immigrants from Bangladesh and denies them citizenship, even though they have been there for generations.US Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the council to ensure Myanmar’s military is held accountable for its campaign against the Rohingya, following accounts of killings, burning of villages, rape and mass graves.“This council must hold the military accountable for their actions and pressure Aung San Suu Kyi to acknowledge these horrific acts are taking place in her country. No more excuses,” Haley said.The United Nations has accused Myanmar of carrying out an ethnic cleansing campaign by forcing the Muslim Rohingyas into exile.A group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. ReutersChina, a supporter of Myanmar’s former ruling junta, called for patience and noted that “stability and order” had been restored to Rakhine state.The Rohingya crisis “cannot be solved overnight,” said Chinese Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu.Measures should be adopted by Myanmar “to address the root cause of poverty through development” in Rakhine, he said, sidestepping appeals for citizenship rights for the Rohingya.‘Too scared to return’The meeting came nearly three months after the council adopted a statement demanding that Myanmar rein in its security forces and allow the Rohingya to voluntarily return.The UN refugee chief said that while the exodus had significantly decreased, the flow “still continues,” with some 1,500 refugees arriving in Bangladesh this month.Haley said the refugees should not return to Myanmar until they feel confident that “they will not fall victim to the same horrors that drove them from their homes in the first place.”“Right now, these refugees don’t have this confidence,” she said. “Many are too scared to return to their country.”Haley’s concerns were echoed by France, Britain and Sweden, among other countries, but Myanmar’s ambassador said his government was ready to move ahead with plans to take back refugees.Myanmar has made “great strides” in restoring stability and has given Bangladesh a list of “508 Hindus and 750 Muslims” to be among the first returnees, said Ambassador Hau Do Suan.Moonsoon puts 100,000 refugees at riskThe UN refugee chief also raised alarm over the monsoon rainy season starting next month, warning that 100,000 refugees were living in flood-prone areas and must be urgently relocated.International support to Bangladesh’s government must be stepped up “to avert a catastrophe,” he warned.The council is demanding that aid workers be allowed to reach those displaced inside Rakhine state and wants UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to quickly appoint a special envoy to Myanmar.last_img read more

Accident on A518 in Stafford

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3000 cancellations 1 million minutes of delays Europes ATC strikes unacceptable

first_img Thursday, September 15, 2016 Share Travelweek Group 3,000 cancellations, 1 million minutes of delays: Europe’s ATC strikes “unacceptable” << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img MADRID — Europe’s air traffic controller strikes have hit a new high, and at the same time, a new low: according to IATA, Europe’s ATC strikes have caused one million minutes of delays across the continent this year (and it’s only September). The news comes as France ATCs begin yet another strike, their 14th so far this year.IATA is calling for governments to take steps to ensure service continuity in the face of industrial action. “The current frequency of disputes is totally unacceptable,” said IATA’s European Regional Vice President, Rafael Schvartzman. “European air travellers have suffered an incredible one million minutes of delay and over 3,000 cancelled flights as a result of strikes this year. And today is yet another day of French strikes. Every hour wasted impacts European productivity as businesses are disrupted. And it hurts holiday-makers when plans need to be altered. The time has come for European governments to work together to ensure the essential service of air traffic control is able to continue even during strikes.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Controller strikes in France today are expected to lead to the cancellations of at least 15% of flights out of Paris, according to IATA. “Air Traffic Controllers are highly-compensated professionals in a dynamic industry. They should be embracing reforms that are critical to delivering the safety, capacity, cost and environmental improvements European air travellers deserve,” said Schvartzman.He called on governments to ensure service continuity for air traffic management services. “The European economy needs reliable air connectivity. It cannot afford to have its airspace closed like this. A starting point to keeping Europe’s skies open would be for each country to develop its own national airspace strategy, in consultation with airlines, which contains provisions for ensuring service continuity during periods of industrial action or equipment failure.”Airspace strategies should set out how individual European states will modernize and reform their air navigation systems in order to deliver improvements which will benefit passengers and the European economy, he addded. Central to these aims are the goals of the Single European Sky (SES) project, which aims to improve safety and reduce costs, delays and emissions. Due to a lack of political will at state level, the SES has languished without significant progress for many years, said Schvartzman. Tags: IATA Posted bylast_img read more

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