Month: July 2019

The chair of the equality watchdog has faced criti

first_imgThe chair of the equality watchdog has faced criticism from MPs after admitting that a disabled commissioner appointed six months ago is still refusing to attend its board meetings.Tory peer Lord [Kevin] Shinkwin has been boycotting meetings at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) since April because of its refusal to appoint him to the post of disability commissioner.He is refusing to attend meetings until the commission reinstates that role, and allows him to chair its new disability advisory committee.He had applied last year for the post of disability commissioner but was told months later – just 36 hours before his first board meeting – that the role had been made redundant and that he had instead been appointed as a general commissioner and would not lead on disability issues.David Isaac, EHRC’s chair, told MPs on the Commons women and equalities committee yesterday (Wednesday) that Lord Shinkwin was still not attending board meetings, and that the continuing stand-off was having “an adverse impact on our ability to mainstream disability and to do our work in the disability arena”.Isaac (pictured giving evidence) told the committee that EHRC did not believe there was a need for a disability commissioner because of the decision to “mainstream” disability into its work.He admitted that some of the members of the commission’s disability committee – which was scrapped earlier this year – “initially were unhappy” with the decision to scrap the disability commissioner role.But he said they had showed in subsequent meetings that they “understand the commission’s approach and they approve of mainstreaming”.Isaac claimed that all those applying to be members of the commission’s new, non-statutory disability advisory committee had accepted the decision to scrap the role of disability commissioner.He said: “We have now made people comfortable that disability is mainstreamed and there is no longer a disability commissioner.”But Tory MP Philip Davies told him: “It is not unreasonable for somebody to apply for a position, to be appointed to it, and to expect that position to be in place.“You apply for a particular post, you are appointed to a particular post, and then you are told subsequently that that post… doesn’t exist anymore.”Isaac blamed the length of time between the interviews last December and the decision to appoint Lord Shinkwin in April, an appointment made by the minister.During that gap of several months, the statutory disability committee had “expired” and the board had decided that the post of disability commissioner should also be scrapped.But the Conservative chair of the committee, Maria Miller, said it was “extraordinary” that the potential candidates for the post – including Lord Shinkwin – had not been told the role had changed since they applied for it.She said: “There would be very few people who would not find that somewhat odd.”She added later: “Why is your process so lacking in transparency?”And she said: “I think the world will take a view on the fact that the EHRC has decided to abolish the role of a disability commissioner in a way which is clearly out of step with the disability committee.”Davies said it was “quite clear” from minutes of a meeting on 27 March – which Isaac attended – that Greening had been appointing Lord Shinkwin to be the disability commissioner and not just a general commissioner.But Rebecca Hilsenrath, EHRC’s chief executive, said it was “a matter of fact” that Greening had appointed him as a general commissioner and not a disability commissioner.Isaac said he had done “everything I reasonably can” to negotiate a solution with Lord Shinkwin, including making approaches to Greening, the Government Equalities Office, and Tory peers.He said: “I am keen to talk to him and would ask him to abandon the conditions he has attached to engagement.”When Miller said she was “hugely disappointed” that the commission had still not found a solution, Isaac promised to contact Lord Shinkwin again, but he added: “I am very, very keen that he takes up his position as commissioner, but you can only be involved in dialogue if both parties agree to discuss the matter with each other.“I believe we have done all we reasonably can to ensure that that dialogue happens.”Lord Shinkwin told DNS in August that he would continue to boycott board meetings until the post of disability commissioner was reinstated.He said in August: “My understanding from what I have been told is that I have to accept the abolition of the disability commissioner post and that I will not be chairing the disability advisory committee. I cannot accept either of those.“I think it is absolutely essential that disabled people have a very strong voice as disabled people.“We have equality needs the other protected characteristic groups do not have, and they need to be championed.”last_img read more

First Move to Regulate City Biz on 24th Street

first_img 0% Tags: Calle 24 • development • displacement • economy • gentrification • latinos • Lower 24th Street Merchants Association Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Some 50 supporters that included Mission residents, business owners, community leaders and members of the 24th Street merchants association Calle 24 filled the hearing room to testify for maintaining the street’s unique enclave of Latino culture and small businesses. The proposal aims to protect existing businesses from displacement by curbing the merging of two or more storefronts, requiring a Conditional Use approval if the spaces combined exceed 799 square feet. That authorization would also be required for businesses that seek to replace a legacy business.Chirag Bhakta, a community organizer with Mission Housing. Photo by Lola M. ChavezSuch displacement almost became reality for a bookstore and neighboring indigenous arts shop that were nearly evicted in 2013 when investors offered up $100,000 to replace those tenants with a high-end restaurant.In response to an influx of upscale restaurants on the coveted corridor in recent years, the proposal would also prevent new restaurants and bars from opening if such establishments make up more than 35 percent of the businesses within a 300-foot radius of the proposed establishment. The ‘special use’ designation would maintain the corridor’s “character, small storefronts, Latino art and murals, its institutions and the services they provide,” said Diana Ponce De Leon, project manager for the San Francisco Office of Economic Workforce Development. She added that the street’s businesses currently consist of about “23 percent retail storefronts and 32 percent eating and drinking establishments.” With four new restaurants in the pipeline, she pointed to an increasing trend of upscale restaurants taking over retail spaces.While the 24th Street Corridor has remained somewhat stable, Joaquin Torres, deputy director of the department, said that “a very real pressure exists to the stability of existing businesses.”Alley Cat Books owner Kate Rosenberger testified in front of the San Francisco Planning Commission. Photo by Lola M. ChavezKate Rosenberger, the owner of Dog Eared Books at 900 Valencia St. and Alley Cat Books on 24th Street, said she has been “opening bookstores for 30 years” and spoke to the insecurity felt by many small business owners in the current market. “I had a bookstore in Noe Valley that I ran for 25 years that is now replaced by a real estate office,” said Rosenberger, adding that in Noe Valley “there are now 10 real estate offices and two bookstores.”“That’s the perfect example of why we need this legislation in the Mission,” she said.During public comment, a diverse constellation of supporters called the proposed protections “modest” and spoke to the need to protect Mission residents and merchants from market forces. “The hyper-gentrification is a real danger to our city and community,” said Edwin Carmona Cruz, of the community-based legal organization La Raza Centro Legal. “The Latino community members we serve are victims of high eviction rates.”Tenant lawyer Scott Weaver said that there are “over 2,000 market rate units in the pipeline in the Mission,” with “700 at least” in walking distance of the cultural district. With their future residents, he said, will come “an economic force that will easily transform the Mission.”“We’ll see high end restaurants and stores replacing mom and pop businesses,” he said.Despite strong community support, the measure has been met with opposition by some concerned that it would hamper much needed new developments and stifle economic diversity by unfairly excluding certain businesses that fail to meet the new criteria. “[This proposal] is awfully close to zoning based on race and ethnicity – I think it’s divisive,” said Mission resident John Pinelli. “You’re telling certain business owners, ‘you’re not welcome here because your background doesn’t fit what we want here.”One Mission homeowner said that she supports the idea of a special use district with “strong reservations” and requested accommodations. “I’m worried that it won’t contribute to much needed improvements in the neighborhood,” citing concerns over “blight, homelessness and violence” on lower 24th Street and a “lack of enforcement” among current businesses to “keep storefronts clean.”“I worry that special use district could result in lock in of status quo along 24th Street. It needs to improve not stay the same,” she said. Commissioner Christine Johnson, though supportive of the measure, was skeptical of the enforcement of the new protections as well as their effectiveness. “I don’t know that what I see before me actually achieves the goals that everyone wants to see,” she said, referring to using the legislation as a mechanism to defend the immigrant community against gentrification and maintaining the ability for Latino and small businesses not backed by “big money” to remain in the neighborhood.“What I feel we really need is not this measure, but changes to small sites acquisition program…and the city to have right to extend commercial leases for legacy businesses. That will keep these businesses here,” she said. “A few people came up and said they are one rent increase away from eviction– but none of this helps that.”Richards called the piece of legislation “another tool in the toolbox” and acknowledged that it provides a rather experimental approach to solving these issues. The legislation will move on to the Board of Supervisors for approval. center_img The San Francisco Planning Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to move forward legislation that would regulate new businesses opening along the Mission’s 24th Street corridor.Already distinguished by the city as a Latino Cultural District in 2014, the five-block section of 24th Street running from Mission Street to Potrero Avenue and some of the surrounding area would be recognized as a ‘special use district’ under the proposed legislation. That would create a more rigorous approval process of what businesses are permitted to move onto the corridor.The legislation was introduced by Mission Supervisor Hillary Ronen and Mayor Ed Lee in January in an effort to protect the neighborhood’s working class and Latino culture, stabilize existing businesses and to ensure that new ones moving in are providing services in line with the community’s needs. The Mission is now approximately 48 percent Latino, compared to 60 percent in 2000. “I parallel what we have here to historic districts – those are about protecting physical structures,” said the commission’s vice president, Dennis Richards. “This is about [protecting] the people who inhabit them.”last_img read more

A try from Adam Swift after just 45 seconds alongs

first_imgA try from Adam Swift after just 45 seconds alongside Ryan Morgan’s fifth of the year, coupled with three from the boot of Tommy Makinson, built a healthy advantage before the half hour mark.But Warrington bagged two in the final stages of the first half and went on to cross a further four times as the momentum swung before Dominique Peyroux’s late score.Even then, Ryan Atkins grabbed his second at the death to draw the Wolves level with Saints in the Betfred Super League table.After such a promising opening the three-man interim coaching staff were left scratching their heads at what their charges produced.For 25 minutes, Saints dominated and it came after some upheaval in the warm-up.Jon Wilkin pulled out with a hamstring issue and that meant Morgan Knowles moving into the second row with Peyroux replacing him on the bench.It didn’t seem to affect the visitors one iota either as within 45 seconds they were in front.Luke Douglas tipped back Tommy Makinson’s kick off and following a couple of superb offloads Swift crossed in the corner.Makinson adding the extras from the touchline.Saints then forced two drop outs after slick Matty Smith kicks – but once Warrington were caught offside in front of their own posts, Makinson took the opportunity to slot over a penalty.After being so dominant, the defence were then called on to stand firm as the home side got into the game.And they did just that; Warrington being held up over the line on 20 minutes before the video referee took an eon to correctly rule out a Tom Lineham effort a minute later.Swift with a quality tackle to stop the try.Saints then turned that heroic defence into attack.After the Wolves were penalised for a high shot on Fages, he linked with Smith to put Ryan Morgan over from 20 yards out.The centre backing himself to crash through his marker.Saints more than deserved their lead but errors began to creep in and as a result the Wolves took the game to Saints.Benjamin Jullien pulled one back on the half hour mark before Mike Cooper dove under the posts with five remaining.That made it a two-point game at half time but Saints were a complete contrast to their first half efforts on the restart.Adam Walker lost the ball in the first tackle, and that set the stall for the remainder of the game.An error handed the ball to Harvey Livett on 45 minutes and five later, Rhys Evans took a short pass on the last to make it 22-14.Tom Lineham pounced on another error shortly afterwards for Warrington’s fifth try and then Ryan Atkins scored after a tremendous break.In reality, that was the game at the hour mark but Saints steadied the ship and did get over when Peyroux crossed for his sixth in the red vee.They arguably could have had more too if execution would have been shipshape.But Atkins crashed over at the death to cap a miserable night for the Saints who must pick themselves up for their biggest game of the season when they travel to Castleford in the cup.Match Summary:Wolves:Tries: Jullien, Cooper, Livett, Evans, Lineham, Atkins (2)Goals: Livett (6 from 7)Saints:Tries: Swift, Morgan, PeyrouxGoals: Makinson (3 from 4)Penalties Awarded:Wolves: 8Saints: 8HT: 12-14FT: 40-18REF: Phil BenthamATT: 11,681Teams:Wolves:7. Kurt Gidley; 5. Matthew Russell, 3. Rhys Evans, 4. Ryan Atkins, 2. Tom Lineham; 22. Declan Patton, 28. Harvey Livett; 14. Mike Cooper, 15. Brad Dwyer, 10. Ashton Sims, 24. Benjamin Jullien, 12. Jack Hughes, 34. Ben Westwood.Subs: 16. George King, 17. Dominic Crosby, 23. Joe Philbin, 27. Morgan Smith.Saints:2. Tommy Makinson; 5. Adam Swift, 26. Jake Spedding, 3. Ryan Morgan, 28. Regan Grace: 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 10. Kyle Amor, 17. Tommy Lee, 14. Luke Douglas, 36. Zeb Taia, 20. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson.Subs: 9. James Roby, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Adam Walker, 18. Dominique Peyroux.last_img read more

First tenants sign on for Lelands Harrington Village project

first_img The 19-acre development is slated to have around 300 apartments and 30,000 square feet of retail and office space.Work on the complex broke ground last year and should be done next spring. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — As work continues on Harrington Village in Leland, the first two tenants for the commercial area, called Harrington Square, have been announced.Sole Nails and Spa and McKee Homes have signed on to move into the project being built on Village Road, according to Shirley Logan, the listing agent for the project representing the developer.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Help needy children have a merry Christmas through Angel Tree program

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– The Cape Fear holiday tradition of neighbors helping neighbors returns– the annual angel tree.Since 1979, the Salvation Army has brought the angel tree to Wilmington. This year the shimmering tree stands in Independence Mall. It is decorated with thousands of angels. Each card represents a child and a Christmas wish.- Advertisement – Major Mark Craddock of the Salvation Army says it takes just three simple steps to participate.“We’re now asking for the help of our friends and the public here to adopt an angel for Christmas, shop for them, bring your gifts back here and you get to help people have a magic merry Christmas,” said Craddock.If you are interested in making a child’s wish come true, the Salvation Army will be at Independence Mall Monday through Saturday until December 10.last_img read more

How you could be harming your AC unit in this heat

first_img The owner says there are several things you can do to make sure your A/C unit doesn’t break down in the middle of this heat.Owner Cody Seibert explains why one simple thing that might be doing more harm than good.“Don’t try to set your unit up during the day and come back down at nighttime because it’s a hundred degrees outside,” Seibert said. “It’s going to work harder to come back down. It’s better to set it at about 74 or 75, that way your unit is not going to struggle when you get home. A lot of people try to set it down to 70 degrees.”Related Article: Shelter: NC lion died after being overheated by high tempsSeibert says doing that can cause even more problems for your unit.He also recommends people schedule routine checks in the spring and fall before you will really need that heat and air.One last thing Seibert encourages people to do is to always check your filters.“I’ve gotten two or three calls in the past two days because they said their unit is freezing up,” he said. “Well the filter is clogged up. When it’s not as hot out, it will run and actually cool the house. But when it’s trying to run harder and harder, you’re not moving enough air across that coil, so it freezes up.”Seibert tells his customers to check their filters at least once a month in the summer time.During their routine checks, he says they check all parts of the unit so you don’t run into issues with flooding or leakage through the house. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You’ve probably been blasting the air conditioning this week to try to beat the heat, but there are some things to look out for to make sure your air conditioning unit doesn’t doesn’t leave you high and dry this summer season.The team at Cool Breeze Heating and Air has been swamped with calls this week.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Fire in Rabat residence

first_imgA fire that broke in residence in Rabat was brought under control by members of the Civil Protection Department, on Friday morning.A police spokesperson told that the incident happened around 10.45am in Triq Għar Barka.No injuries were reported.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Trumps former lawyer Cohen to report to prison for hush payments

first_img SharePrint WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Michael Cohen, the former lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump walks back to his apartment in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Yana Paskova/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Michael Cohen, the former lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump walks back to his apartment in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Yana Paskova/File Photo Michael Cohen, the lawyer who once vowed to “take a bullet” for President Donald Trump but now calls him a “con man,” on Monday will begin serving a three-year prison sentence for arranging hush payments to two women who said they had sexual encounters with the president and lying to the U.S. Congress.Cohen, Trump’s longtime former personal attorney, must report by 2 p.m. (1800 GMT) to the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York, about 70 miles (110 km) northwest of New York City. He is expected to stay at the prison’s minimum security camp.Cohen’s prison term completes a stunning fall for the 52-year-old native of New York’s Long Island whose career was tethered to Trump as he evolved from wealthy real estate developer to reality TV personality to politician. For more than a decade, Cohen served as Trump’s personal lawyer and self-described “fixer.”The relationship began to sour after FBI agents raided Cohen’s Rockefeller Center office and Park Avenue hotel room in April 2018 as part of an investigation that grew out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. The information gathered in the raids contributed to a series of criminal charges against Cohen that caused his dramatic split with Trump.Cohen publicly broke with Trump in July 2018, telling ABC News he intended to put family and loyalty to his country ahead of the president. Cohen and his wife, Laura Shusterman, 49, have two adult children, Samantha and Jake.‘BLIND LOYALTY’In congressional testimony in February in Washington, Cohen said, “I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience. I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a con man. He is a cheat.”During his sentencing in December in New York, Cohen said, “My weakness can be characterized as a blind loyalty to Donald Trump, and I was weak for not having the strength to question and to refuse his demands. I have already spent years living a personal and mental incarceration.”Cohen said during his sentencing he would provide as much information as he could to prosecutors about his former boss.Trump, for this part, has blasted Cohen on Twitter, calling him a “weak person” as well as a “bad lawyer and fraudster.”Cohen pleaded guilty in August 2018 to violating campaign finance law, bank fraud and tax evasion in a case handled by federal prosecutors in New York. Prosecutors said Trump himself directed illegal payments orchestrated by Cohen to adult film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal to avert a scandal shortly before the 2016 election. Cohen told the court Trump ordered a $130,000 payment to Daniels and a $150,000 payment to McDougal to keep them quiet.Trump has denied sexual relationships with the women and said he never directed Cohen to do anything illegal.Cohen also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump tower project in Russia that was being negotiated at the same time he was running for president.Prosecutors said Cohen provided false statements in closed-door testimony to lawmakers to create the impression the project had ended by the time the state-by-state Republican presidential nomination race began, when in fact talks had continued well beyond that point.U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan sentenced Cohen to three years in prison in both cases.“Each of the crimes involved deception and each appears to have been motivated by personal greed and ambition,” Pauley said at the sentencing hearing.Cohen’s prison time could be reduced by about 15 percent for good behaviour.center_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Updated Delia expected to face vote of confidence

first_imgUpdated at 19:30:  Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia is expected to face a vote of confidence in front of the party’s General Council as the required number of signatures has been collected in a petition. The signatories are asking Delia to take political responsibility and resign from leader of the party.Signatures are still being collected from Partit Nazzjonalista councillors to force a vote of no confidence on Adrian Delia’s leadership through the General Council, while the PN leader has for some reason skipped the traditional Sunday interview on the party’s radio station NET FM, for the second Sunday in a row.The Nationalist Party councillors signed a petition which calls for a discussion and a secret vote on Delia’s leadership following the electoral defeat at the local council and European Parliament elections held on 25 May.READ: We need to learn why people didn’t vote PN – DeliaDelia has repeatedly said on record that he will not seek a vote of confidence neither from his executive council nor from his parliamentary group. The recent move means, that Delia’s future is expected to hinge on a vote from Nationalist councillors at the General Council. The petition requires some 150 signatures to kick in the process and call for an extraordinary meeting of the General Council.READ: Watch: Will you resign Mr Delia? is informed that a number of people have signed the petition over the weekend, which will be presented to the party’s administration.READ: Watch: PN MPs meeting: “Constructive”; “inconclusive”A party source told that they are are hopeful that the necessary amount of signatures will be collected. Another party source said that the President of the General Council, Kristy Debono, is likely to receive the petition either on Monday or on Tuesday.READ: Watch: ‘I will not be resigning’ – DeliaThe petition is requesting that a general council is held within a week and that a secret vote is taken on the following question:After the results obtained by the PN in the European and local elections of 25 May 2019, should the party leader take political responsibility and resign? Yes/NoPresident of the Executive Council Mark Anthony Sammut was the first to step down following the abysmal performance at the recently held elections.READ: ‘The person with more responsibility than me should do the same’ – resigning Exec PresidentIn his resignation delivered to the media outside PN headquarters, Sammut had explained that the recent result in the European Parliamentary and Local Council Elections, were ‘the worst political result since the war.’ He had added that those with more responsibility than himself, should also follow suit.Sammut’s resignation was followed by PN’s treasurer David Camilleri who had voted in the co-option internal vote between Kevin Cutajar and Jean Pierre Debono, after former PN Administrative Council President and MP David Stellini resigned to resume his former job in Brussels. However later it transpired that Camilleri was among those who should not have had a vote in that internal election.READ: PN Treasurer resigns; Arrigo on the warpathPN’s media chief Pierre Portelli also resigned last Monday following an executive meeting which degenerated when Portelli mentioned slain journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, with many of those present walking out on Portelli after shouting ensued.READ: Pierre Portelli resigns from Media.LinkRead more: Photos: “Delia is scared of paid-up members”; ‘He will never be a prime minister’ – Trapass“Let Delia do his job” – new posters on PN clubs facadesBanner spread across Dar Ċentrali calling for PN resignations‘No need to ask for a vote of confidence’ – Delia“Ask for a vote of confidence” – Gonzi to DeliaWhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Trump threatens obliteration Iran calls White House mentally retarded

first_imgREUTERS/Carlos BarriaREUTERS/Carlos Barria U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to obliterate parts of Iran if it attacked “anything American,” in a new war of words with Iran which condemned the latest U.S. sanctions on Tehran and called White House actions “mentally retarded.”Trump on Monday signed an executive order imposing largely symbolic economic sanctions against Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other senior figures, with punitive measures against Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expected later this week.Iran shot down a U.S. drone last week and Trump said he had called off a retaliatory air strike with minutes to spare, saying too many people would have been killed. It would have been the first time the United States had bombed the Islamic Republic in four decades of mutual hostility.In rhetoric similar to the kind of harsh words he used to aim at North Korea, Trump tweeted: “Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration.”In a televised address on Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the new sanctions against Khamenei would have no practical impact because the top cleric had no assets abroad.Rouhani, a pragmatist who won two elections on promises to open Iran up to the world, said the White House’s actions were “mentally retarded” – an insult that other Iranian officials have used in the past about Trump, but a departure from Rouhani’s own comparatively measured tone over the years.“Tehran’s strategic patience does not mean we have fear,” said Rouhani, who with his cabinet runs Iran’s day-to-day affairs while Khamenei, in power since 1989, is the country’s ultimate authority.ESCALATING U.S. SANCTIONSThe United States has imposed crippling financial sanctions against Iran since last year when Trump withdrew from a 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers under which Iran curbed its nuclear programme.Tension has escalated sharply since last month when the Trump administration tightened its sanctions noose, ordering all countries to halt purchases of Iranian oil.That has effectively starved the Iranian economy of the main source of revenue Tehran uses to import food for its 81 million people, and left the pragmatic wing of Iran’s leadership, led by Rouhani, with no benefits to show for its nuclear agreement.Trump says the accord reached under his predecessor Barack Obama was a failure because its terms were not permanent and did not cover security issues beyond the nuclear programme, such as missiles and role in various Middle East conflicts.The downing of the U.S. drone – which Iran says was over its air space and the United States says was in international skies – followed weeks of rising tensions that had begun to take on a military dimension.Trump’s hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, visiting Israel, repeated earlier offers to hold talks, as long as Iran was willing to go beyond the terms of the 2015 deal.“The president has held the door open to real negotiations to completely and verifiably eliminate Iran’s nuclear weapons programme, its pursuit of ballistic missile delivery systems, its support for international terrorism and other malign behaviour worldwide,” Bolton said in Jerusalem. “All that Iran needs to do is to walk through that open door.”Iran says there is no point negotiating with Washington when it has abandoned a deal that was already reached.Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said imposing “useless sanctions” on Khamenei and Zarif would mark “the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy.”Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that the situation surrounding Iran was developing towards a dangerous scenario, the RIA news agency reported on Tuesday.The United States and some regional allies have blamed Iran for explosions that damaged tankers in the Gulf, which Tehran denies. Washington’s European allies have repeatedly warned both sides of the danger that a small mistake could lead to war.Tehran has given European signatories until July 8 to find a way to shield its economy from U.S. sanctions, or else it will enrich uranium to higher levels banned under the deal to help ensure no development of a nuclear weapon results.Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said he hoped to recruit support from NATO allies in Brussels this week for U.S. efforts to deter conflict with Iran and “open the door to diplomacy,” as he made his first trip as Pentagon chief.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Uganda Why The Government Should Enforce The Copyright Law

first_imgAdvertisement A lot of innovating is happening around the country, from university students building robots that irrigate our crops to musicians and poets coming up with new ways to entertain us. We live in a world powered by the internet which is very good for most people but is turning out to be of a disadvantage to these briliant innovators in some way.As part of my tribute to the fallen Ugandan musicians who I respect so much and think are the true examples of innovators and hustlers am going to appeal to the government and the Inspector General of Police in Uganda to enforce the copyright law.If you take a typical example of a local artiste today and how they go about their career, you will be surprised at how little they make from their hit songs. If an Artiste Fox(Not real name) is starting out, they will depend on the already established artistes for ‘gigs’ and to cater for recording studios. – Advertisement – Fox will be paid per gig and trust me this amount can barely help Fox to survive but because he loves what he does, he will take up any gig to pay the bills.If Fox is very lucky and he records a hit, the recording company will make a lot more money from Fox than he will make and this is fair because Fox has been using this recording studio with an understanding. We get to a point when Fox is a local celebrity and every song Fox makes is a hit.At this point he can pay for studio and maybe he has a label, so he is not losing a lot of money through profit sharing, Fox has a fan base now, he organizes a concert and makes some good money. This is where copyright infringement starts.The business people downtown, now get Fox’s music and start selling DVDs with Fox songs but Fox is not making any coin from this establishment. These people make more money from Fox’s Music than he can ever make and I agree they are promoting Fox in some way, but shouldn’t Fox be able to get some of this money?We live in a connected world and I know some startups like Myziki have tried to take on this problem but with reduced enforcement from the government, there is little we can do about this problem.This is why I appeal to the government of Uganda to enforce this law. It will put people out of jobs yes, but if they want to have a job, they should work with these artistes such that if in any way something unfortunate was to happen to these artistes, their families can still benefit from the money made from sales of their hit songs, long after they are gone.I believe good governance is not only a process of setting up laws, but also enforcing them for the good of everyone.last_img read more

Sony extending closure of image sensor plant in quakehit southern Japan

first_imgThe Sony Corp. headquarters stands in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg Advertisement According to reuters, electronics giant Sony Corp on Sunday said production at its image sensor plant in Kumamoto, southern Japan, remained suspended as it assessed damage from a powerful earthquake.Operations at its image sensor plants in Nagasaki and Oita, also on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, fully resumed, the company said.The Kumamoto plant has been offline since Friday, while operations at the Nagasaki and Oita plants were partially suspended on Saturday. – Advertisement – A 7.3 magnitude tremor struck early on Saturday morning, killing at least 32 people, injuring about 1,000 more and causing widespread damage. It was the second major quake to hit Kumamoto province on the island of Kyushu in just over 24 hours.[related-posts]last_img read more

ROBSON – green for go

first_imgLaura Robson v Kaia KanepiWimbledonTIME: 1.30pm, BBCLOT OF REASONS TO THINK LAURA CAN DO ITCan anyone answer me WHY Laura Robson is second favourite to beat Kaia Kanepi at Wimbledon this afternoon?The market seems to against Robson in all her matches and in-play too.It’s possibly because after years of disaster from British tennis players we finally have a contender in the Ladies tournament that is playing good tennis. Yet the market won’t have it.It’s not even based on official ratings. In the Fourth Round match today scheduled for 1.30pm on No.1 Court Robson is rated 38 whilst Kanepi is 46.There’s no head-to-head records to sway the market as they’ve never met.Kanepi said: “I have never played Laura before and I haven’t seen any of her games this week.”“Left-handers are always difficult to play on grass, but I had that against Kerber and won so I’m quite used to it.”There’s one other massive reason for thinking that Robson can become the first British woman in 29 years to make it through to the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.The crowd.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)5 points win LAURA ROBSON to beat Kaia Kanepi (-7 points Sunday)WOWI couldn’t have got the Brazil match more wrong last night but in the end you just have to sit back and admire Brazil.The writing was on the wall for Spain from the National Anthems. Have you ever seen a side more up for it than Brazil.World Cup and Olympics to come. Brazil made their country proud last night.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sun Movers Specials

first_imgHORSE RACING2.35 ExeterShow On The Road 15/2 > 4/13.55 CarlisleSwing Hard 16/1 > 7/14.45 ExeterClandaw Bisto 7/1 > 9/2LIVE PREMIER LEAGUEPremier League14:15 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD4/7 Arsenal 19/4 Southampton 16/5 DRAWPremier League16:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD3/10 Chelsea 10/1 West Ham 19/4 DRAWBET NOW or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 8 Aprillast_img read more

Combating diseases of poverty requires joint USMiddle East effort Baker Institute expert

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduCombating diseases of poverty requires joint US-Middle East effort, Baker Institute expert saysHotez: Now is the time to engage in scientific diplomacy to produce a new generation of life-saving vaccinesHOUSTON – (Nov. 28, 2012) – As the Middle East emerges from the Arab Spring, the United States and the Middle East have the unique opportunity to relieve the burden of tropical diseases shared by the poor in their respective countries, according to Dr. Peter Hotez, the fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Hotez shared his perspective on this topic in an op-ed online and is available to speak with media.Hotez said profound poverty promotes both conflict and disease. Today an estimated 200 million people living in the Middle East and neighboring Pakistan – one-third of the total population of these areas – survive on less than $2 per day. “It may come as a surprise to many that almost 4 million Americans live at a similar level of poverty,” he said.“New evidence indicates that the extremely poor people in the United States and the Middle East and Pakistan suffer from some of the same neglected tropical diseases. These include murine typhus, which is transmitted by fleas from rats; brucellosis, caused by unsterilized milk or meat from infected animals; leishmaniasis, spread by the bite of the sandfly; toxocariasis, caused by the larvae of worms; and the arboviral infections caused by dengue and West Nile virus, which disproportionately affect people who live in severe poverty.”He said relieving the burden of tropical diseases shared by the poor in the United States, the Middle East and Pakistan through vaccines and other biotechnologies could help bring the countries together through scientific cooperation. The current diplomatic strains between the U.S. and many Middle Eastern countries should not be a deterrent for cooperation, he said. “If the United States and the Soviet Union could cooperate on a polio vaccine during the Cold War, surely scientists in the United States and Middle East and Pakistan can do the same,” he said. “Now is the time to engage in scientific diplomacy to produce a new generation of life-saving vaccines. Such diplomacy goes beyond political borders.”Hotez is the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, head of the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine and the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. Hotez is also president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research, where he leads a partnership to develop new vaccines for hookworm, schistosomiasis and Chagas disease. He also co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to provide access to essential medicines for millions of people worldwide.The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Hotez. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associated director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Hotez biography: in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, read more

Women of Rice photo exhibit highlights Rice womens legacies

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775‘Women of Rice’ photo exhibit highlights Rice women’s legaciesHOUSTON – (Dec. 1, 2014) – As part of the ongoing “Women of Rice” project launched in spring 2014, a second photo exhibit titled “Our Present/Their Future” is now on display at Rice University to document the history of women’s contributions to the university. The exhibit will be on display through March 31 in the main first-floor hallway of the university’s Fondren Library, 6100 Main St.“Our Present/Their Future” features the portraits and stories of 13 prominent and influential Rice women, including former trustees, faculty and staff, such as Oveta Culp Hobby, Alice Dean, Hally Poindexter, Katherine Drew, Mary Wheeler and Josephine Abercrombie. According to the exhibit’s organizers, these women steered the university toward a future vision of Rice, one “abundant with opportunities” that Rice women now enjoy in the present. Because this installation features “only a few of the scores of women whose labor and imagination have shaped the university,” organizers expect coming installations to reveal more stories about the pioneering women of Rice.On March 12, Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality will host a reception to highlight the exhibit and will also present a Women’s History Month lecture by Margaret Jacobs, the Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, titled “If Everyone Cared: Transnational Indigenous Women’s Activism and Child Welfare, 1960-1980.”The exhibit is free and open to the public. For a Rice University map and parking information, visit For Fondren Library hours, visit Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews. AddThislast_img read more

Spokesman Russia US Communication Almost All Frozen

first_imgUS President Barack Obama (L) and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (2nd-R) shake hands before an economic leaders meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit at the Lima Convention Centre in Lima on Nov. 20, 2016. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) Share US Moscow said on Wednesday that communications channels between Russia and the United States has been essentially frozen.“Almost every level of dialogue with the United States is frozen. We don’t communicate with one another, or (if we do) we do so minimally,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, according to Reuters.Peskov didn’t elaborate on why communications are frozen. However, tensions between the U.S. and Russia have escalated in recent months amid how to deal with the conflict in Syria. Recently, U.S. politicians, namely President Barack Obama and CIA Director John Brennan, also said they believed Russia was behind the hacking of emails related to Hillary Clinton during the election.Republican Sen. John McCain on Tuesday also said Russia’s alleged involvement in hacking elections threatens to “destroy democracy,” the Independent reported. He added that it might be tantamount to the “unraveling of the world order,” while criticizing the “absolute failure of the American leadership.”Related CoverageJulian Assange of Wikileaks Says Russian Government Wasn’t His SourcePoll Finds Most Americans Don’t Think Russia Swayed 2016 Election“Everyone’s heads are aching because of work and with projects and nobody is thinking or talking about elections,” Peskov also told Reuters. He added to the news agency that he doesn’t know if President Vladimir Putin will seek reelection in 2018.But most experts believe that Putin, who has been in power for the past 15 years or so, will run again. Spokesman: Russia, US Communication Almost All ‘Frozen’ By Jack Phillips December 21, 2016 Updated: December 21, 2016center_img Show Discussion Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Sisters Traveling to See Dying Father Kicked Off Plane

first_imgAn Allegiant Airlines plane in a file photo. (AP Photo/David Becker, File) Share Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sisters Traveling to See Dying Father Kicked Off Plane By The Associated Press January 8, 2017 Updated: January 8, 2017center_img US Two sisters said they were kicked off an Allegiant Air flight after authorities deemed them a threat, and it cost them the chance to see their dying father.Debbie Hartman and Trisha Baker of DeLand, Florida, said they were on the plane Monday in Orlando, waiting to take off for Asheville, North Carolina, to see their father, who was in hospice care.When Baker got a text message saying her father only had hours to live, she wanted to tell her sister, who was sitting further back in the plane. She told Orlando television station WKMG ( ) that a flight attendant stepped in when she got up from her seat.“She said, ‘You need to sit down,’ and I said, ‘Well can I just sit here? I just want to console my sister. We just got word that my dad’s dying,” Baker said.Hartman had a panic attack and Baker accused the flight attendant of not being compassionate, telling her “You’re being very rude,” Hartman recalled. She said her sister was then told she needed to keep her “personal problems” off the plane.The flight attendant alerted the captain and airport security escorted them off the plane. “They told us we were a threat to the flight,” Hartman said. “I couldn’t believe it.”Their father died a short while later, and Hartman said they want the airline to be held accountable for keeping them from getting to see him.“This is not humane,” Hartman said. “One hundred thousand percent I blame them. They were the gate between keeping me from my father to say goodbye.”Allegiant officials told the station they are investigating.A statement from the airline said they rely on the crew to “provide and oversee a safe environment for every passenger, on every flight. We expect that authority to be exercised both judiciously and consistently, with empathy and with good judgment. We take this customer feedback seriously and are in the process of conducting an investigation into what occurred.” Show Discussionlast_img read more

Cutest Captain Sea Lion Caught in Fishing Gear Hops on Boat

first_imgA sea lion hitches a ride on a US Coast Guard boat crew off the coast of Newport Beach, CA., on Jan. 14, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP) NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—Officials say a juvenile sea lion was so happy to be rescued after getting hooked by fishing gear off Southern California, it jumped into a Coast Guard boat.The Coast Guard says a Los Angeles-area crew on patrol pulled the sea lion free Saturday near Newport Harbor.Officials say after a little persuasion, the sea lion hopped aboard the boat and posed for photos.The animal was handed off to a crew from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, which brought the sea lion to its rescue facility. It will be rehabilitated and released. Cutest Captain: Sea Lion Caught in Fishing Gear Hops on Boat By The Associated Press January 15, 2017 Updated: January 15, 2017 Show Discussion US center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Sharelast_img read more

Texas Men Plead Guilty to Trafficking Enough Fentanyl to Kill 5 Million

first_img WASHINGTON—Two Texas men pleaded guilty to trafficking more than 10 kilograms (about 22 pounds) of fentanyl through Louisiana, the Department of Justice announced on Sept. 13.The men had enough fentanyl to kill 5 million people, said Stephen Azzam, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Louisiana field division.“Fentanyl is the greatest and the most significant synthetic opioid threat to the United States, including here in Louisiana, where as little as two milligrams is a lethal dose,” Azzam said.Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin—two milligrams of fentanyl is a lethal dose for a non-opioid user. It is often mixed with heroin or pressed into fake painkiller pills made to look like real prescription drugs, making them more deadly.More than 71,500 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2017, according to provisional data released Aug. 15 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 40 percent of those deaths can be attributed to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, which was originally developed as a painkiller and anesthetic.Most illicit fentanyl is manufactured in China and is brought through the southwest border or the U.S. postal system. The two Texans, Felipe Rodriguez, 22, and Brandon Montoya, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.A Louisiana state trooper found a plastic bag containing an unknown substance during a traffic stop on May 10.A more thorough search detected 10 plastic one kilogram (2.2 pounds) bags containing fentanyl.“The defendants … said they had been approached in Houston to travel to California to obtain the drugs,” said a Department of Justice statement. “They were then instructed to drive to Atlanta, Georgia, where they would be paid for the delivery.”“Fentanyl kills, and drug dealers are selling this highly addictive drug at a growing rate,” U.S. Attorney David Joseph said. “This case alone involved enough fentanyl to kill everybody in the state of Louisiana.”The defendants face up to 10 years to life in prison, at least five years of supervised release, and a $10 million fine. Sentencing is set for Jan. 31, 2019. Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthbo Crime and Incidents Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference at the office of the New York Attorney General, in New York, on Sept. 23, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) center_img Share Texas Men Plead Guilty to Trafficking Enough Fentanyl to Kill 5 Million People By Charlotte Cuthbertson September 14, 2018 Updated: September 16, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more