Thackerays Ayodhya visit wont help Ram temples cause Athawale

first_imgMumbai/New Delhi: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Saturday took a potshot at NDA ally and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on the latter’s plans to visit Ayodhya next week. Speaking to mediapersons, Athawale said that “even if Thackeray goes to Ayodhya 10 times, it wont’ help the cause of the Ram temple till the Supreme Court verdict comes”. Embarrassed Sena leaders in Mumbai declined to react to the Republican Party of India (A) President’s statement, saying they would comment on it at an appropriate time. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC “If Thackeray wants to take all his newly-elected MPs for sight-seeing to Ayodhya, that’s fine. But it will not help the cause of the Ram temple construction in any way,” Athawale pointed out. He added that the Ram temple will come up only after the Supreme Court delivers its verdict in the matter, and that nothing will happen “even if Thackeray goes to Ayodhya 10 times”. Athawale said that he was personally very keen that the temple should come up as soon as possible, but everyone will have to await the apex court judgement on the issue which will pave the way for the temple construction. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations His remarks were prompted by Thackeray’s decision to take all the 18 Sena Lok Sabha MPs elected last month to Ayodhya for a “thanksgiving darshan of Ram Lalla” on June 16. During his high-profile visit to Ayodhya last November, Thackeray had said: “Pehle Mandir, Phir Sarkar” (First temple, then government), attempting to bring the issue back to the centre-stage ahead of the last Lok Sabha polls. His upcoming visit is intended to build pressures on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime to expedite the construction of the Ram temple which suddenly seems to have been relegated to the backstage after the elections, analysts said. Meanwhile, Athawale’s aides in Mumbai said that there are no immediate plans for the RPI(A) chief to visit Ayodhya though he is passionate about the Ram temple construction.last_img read more

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Political panel heats up over bill aiming to change how energy projects

first_imgNation to NationThere used to be a time when Conservative governments cared about the environment says Liberal MP Marc Miller.“They don’t anymore,” said Miller on Nation to Nation Thursday.“They just care about a shrinking base.”Which is why the Conservatives are feeding into the base – heading into a fall election – when they say Bill C-69 will kill pipelines he added.“So absolutely false,” responded Conservative MP Cathy McLeod, “that we do not care about the environment but what we don’t want put in place is a process that does nothing for environment but increases red tape across the country.”It was rare show of combativeness for Miller, a regular on Nation to Nation, who usually sticks to party lines on any topic.The exchange followed a line of questioning on the new Indigenous languages bill that both agreed was a good idea.But when it came to resource development the Liberal and Conservative butted heads even though they both want Trans Mountain pipeline expanded.Where they differ is how similar projects are approved which is what Bill C-69 is about, including overhauling the federal review process.It’s currently before the Senate and expected to be kicked back over the House of Commons with amendments before becoming law.McLeod, like many in the resource sector, don’t want it to get that far.“I think this bill needs to be killed. This is a no more pipelines bill. It will drive away investment,” she said. “I think it’s a bill looking for a solution where there was no problem.”That’s not exactly true said Miller.“If you are for killing C-69 you’re for that process that led to the TMX mess that Conservatives created,” he said.He’s speaking of the Trans Mountain pipeline approval that a Federal Court later overturned for not properly consulting Indigenous people.The lack of consultation mostly happened under the previous Stephen Harper government through the National Energy Board that recommended Canada proceed with the expansion from Edmonton, Alta. to Burnaby, B.C.But final approval was given by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who believed his government’s own review of the National Energy Board approval, along with speaking, briefly, to First Nations affected by the pipeline route was enough consultation.Now the Trudeau government says they are trying to get it right and listening to courts.“This bill plugs a lot of holes that were created by the previous government and allows Indigenous consultation, reliance on science and not some partisan approval that just jams things through,” said Miller.That includes the Harper government eliminating thousands of preliminary screenings of projects the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency did each year down to less than 100 said Green party leader Elizabeth May.But Trudeau isn’t looking to increase the number.“Under the current legislation most federal projects will never see a review,” said May.That means if a First Nation has a problem with a project there likely won’t be an initial environmental assessment where that issue can be raised.Then things get weird with the bill, said May, because she and Conservatives agree on something.“The pro-pipeline people of this bill have decided this bill is a bill to stop pipelines because there is a lot of ministerial discretion. In other words, the minister of Environment can step up at various points in the process and say this project is approved or this project is turned down before the process of review is even complete,” said May.She agreed that the minister should not have that level of discretion.“You should make sure you reviewed a project fully and then a minister can make the ultimate decision. There’s no need for that kind of discretion,” said May. “So on that, and on that only, I would agree with Conservative senators.”Yet, she believes the bill can be fixed.It just needs good amendments.N2N@aptn.calast_img read more

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Suncor reports lower net earnings as weather outage cuts into oilsands output

first_imgCALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says net earnings in the first quarter of 2018 fell to $789 million or 48 cents per share, compared to $1.35 billion or 81 cents per share in the same period of 2017.Net earnings included a $329-million non-cash foreign exchange loss and a non-cash gain of $133 million from an exchange of lands with Canbriam Energy Inc.It missed analyst expectations of $1.05 billion or 63 cents as reported by Thomson Reuters.Operating earnings, which strip out one-time and non-cash items, were $985 million or 60 cents per share, beating $812 million or 49 cents posted a year earlier as well as analyst predictions of $952 million or 53 cents per share.Suncor says a “weather-related outage” at the company’s base camp north of Fort McMurray, Alta., resulted in lower production and upgrader utilization in the first quarter, although operations returned to normal by the end of February.Suncor’s total upstream production came in at 689,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the three months ended March 31, compared to 725,100 boe/d in the prior year quarter, as oilsands output fell to 404,800 barrels per day from 448,500 bpd.CEO Steve Williams said the loss of production and ongoing effects of deeper discounts paid for western Canadian heavy crude were offset by higher prices for its offshore production, higher realized profit margins in its refining and marketing arms and lower feedstock costs.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

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Amit Shah will be home minister if BJP returns to power: Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said if the BJP comes back to power then the party president Amit Shah would be the Union home minister. He said in a tweet people should think what will happen to a country who has Shah as the home minister. “Please think about that before voting,” he tweeted. With his tweet, he also tagged a post of a polling agency tracking Indian electoral trends which claimed Amit Shah is positioning himself for the role of home minister if Modi returns, and said ex Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Virmani and former RBI Governor Bimal Jalan can make a good finance minister. Delhi goes to polls this Sunday in the sixth phase of parliamentary elections and the results will be declared on May 23.last_img read more

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Trump issues new permit for stalled Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has issued a new presidential permit allowing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, two years after he first approved the long-stalled project.Trump said the permit issued Friday replaces one granted in March 2017. It is intended speed up development of the controversial pipeline, which would ship crude oil from tar sands in western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.A federal judge blocked the project in November, saying the Trump administration had not fully considered potential oil spills and other impacts. Judge Brian Morris ordered a new environmental review.An appeal filed by the project’s developer, Calgary-based TransCanada, is pending.Stephan Volker, an attorney for environmentalists who sued to stop the project, said it was highly unlikely that pipeline work could proceed without court approval.Matthew Daly, The Associated Press read more

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H&R Block buys Toronto accounting software firm Wave Financial for $537M

TORONTO — Tax company H&R Block has struck a $537-million deal to acquire Toronto-based accounting software firm Wave Financial.Wave provides accounting, invoicing, payroll and payments software on its platform used by more than 400,000 small businesses each month.H&R Block says the acquisition expands the its product and client portfolio and enhances its position in the small business sector.Under the terms of the agreement, it will acquire all outstanding shares of Wave for US$405 million or roughly C$537 million in cash.The Kansas City-based company says the transaction is expected to close within the next few months, subject to regulatory approval.After the deal is complete, Wave will maintain its leadership team and will operate independently within H&R Block from its headquarters in Toronto.The Canadian Press read more

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Top UN official outlines steps towards global elimination of nuclear weapons

24 May 2007The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency today called for the development of a new global security system in which nuclear weapons are obsolete. “The solution, in my view, lies in creating an environment in which nuclear weapons are universally banned, morally abhorred, and their futility unmasked,” Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told an international conference in Luxembourg on the prevention of nuclear catastrophe.He noted that, of late, nuclear threats have become more dangerous, pronounced and immediate given the emergence of the illicit trade in nuclear technology, the development of clandestine programmes and the desire by extremist groups to obtain such weapons.Simultaneously, climate change and the desire for energy security are propelling many non-nuclear nations to consider nuclear power. However, nuclear material production is a dual-use technology that elevates the possibility of more countries becoming nuclear powers.In addition to these hazards, Mr. ElBaradei pointed out the risks posed by existing nuclear arsenals as non-nuclear countries are moved to emulate other nations with nuclear capability. “And of course, plans to replenish and modernize these weapons creates a pervasive sense of cynicism among many non-nuclear-weapon States – who perceive a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ attitude,” he said.The solution to this spiralling problem lies in the implementation and development of a new worldwide security system where nuclear weapons play no role, he asserted.To achieve this, the Director General outlined four steps towards bolstering the movement towards eliminating the proliferation of nuclear weapons.Firstly, existing stockpiles must be secured and controls over the transfer and production of nuclear material must be tightened, he asserted. All information regarding the export of such materials and the technology involved should be reported to the IAEA.Secondly, he called for the IAEA’s authority and capability to verify the nuclear programmes of nations to be strengthened. At present, the agency is “forced to make do on a shoestring budget,” and thus is lagging behind in the state-of-the-art technology necessary to perform its function.Additionally, approaches to dealing with the spread of nuclear weapons must be made more effective, Mr. ElBaradei said, referring to the IAEA’s reliance on the Security Council to enforce non-proliferation obligations through such measures as dialogue and sanctions. However, he explained, “judging by our record in recent years, these measures – rather than being applied in a systematic manner to deal effectively with proliferation issues – are employed haphazardly, and too often with political overtones.”Lastly, disarmament must be taken more seriously, he stated. As nuclear weapon-possessing countries continue to expand and update their arsenals, non-nuclear nations are questioning why it is “OK for some to live under a nuclear threat, but not others.”“What the weapon States consistently fail to take into account is the impact of their actions,” Mr. ElBaradei stressed. “Whether they choose to continue their reliance on nuclear weapons, as the centrepiece of their security strategy, or to abandon that reliance, their choice will undoubtedly influence the actions of others.”Yesterday, he submitted his latest report regarding Iran’s nuclear programme to the Security Council.The report, entitled “Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” covers the period since Mr. ElBaradei’s previous report of 22 February.It was also circulated to the agency’s 35-member Board of Governors, which will consider the report at its next series of meetings in Vienna starting on 11 June. read more

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Man to appear before court over death of Dale Creighton

first_imgA MAN IS scheduled to appear before court this morning charged in relation to the death of 20-year-old Dale Creighton.The victim was attacked on New Year’s Day while crossing a footbridge at Saint Dominic’s Road in Tallaght, and died yesterday in Beaumont Hospital as a result of his injuries.The male who will appear before court, and who is also 20-years-old, is among eight arrested following Wednesday’s attack.A man and a woman, both in their 20s, appeared before court yesterday in connection to the attack.Four are currently in Garda custody, while another was released without charge last night.last_img read more

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Pantech adds 3D gestures to Vega LTE smartphone

first_imgBlogs were abuzz last week with news of an Apple patent that could open the door to 3D gesture control in future iPads. As exciting as that may sound, Korean manufacturer Pantech is already set to bring their version of the technology to market, in their upcoming Vega LTE smartphone.As you can see in the clip below, a woman with dough-covered hands answers a call by swiping the air in front of her phone’s screen. If you own a multitouch device, you can surely think of times when this would have come in handy. There are certain times when your hands are dirty or greasy, and you’d rather not muck up your display. The tech could also be beneficial when driving or wearing gloves.As you might expect, the technology uses the phone’s front camera as a sensor for the gestures. The tech is software-based, so it could hypothetically exist on any smartphone or tablet with a front-facing camera. It supposedly uses minimal system resources, and can be effective even with low-res VGA cameras.The Pantech Vega LTE currently has no US release info, but it has an impressive spec line for its Korean launch. In addition to the 3D gestures, the Vega rocks a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 1280 x 800 resolution on a 4.5″ display.The most obvious parallel here is with Microsoft’s Kinect system, which allows for hands-free motion control of the Xbox 360. Both were partially developed by Israeli companies, with Microsoft using the tech of startups Primesense and 3DV Systems. Pantech’s, meanwhile, comes from Israel’s eyeSight Mobile Technologies. eyeSight’s website says that the smartphone version of the technology can be used to answer and silence calls, browse photos, control media, and even play games.As the last few years have established multitouch displays as the latest revolution in popular user interfaces, 3D gestures would certainly be an intriguing offshoot of that. Will our phones, tablets, and desktop systems one day be controlled by airborne swipes and taps? That remains to be seen, but this kind of 3D gesture tech could combine with voice recognition technologies like Siri to make for a much greater degree of hands-free smartphone control than we’re currently accustomed to.More at eyeSight, via AllThingsDlast_img read more

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Woman charged over seizure of €196000 and drugs in Limerick

first_img By Órla Ryan File photo Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieA WOMAN IN her 40s is due to appear at a special sitting of Limerick District Court this morning charged in relation to a cash and drugs seizure on Friday.A man in his 50s has been released without charge.On Friday, gardaí attached to the Limerick Divisional Drug Unit carried out a search at Reidy Court, Garryowen, Limerick.This search was part of an ongoing operation targeting a criminal gang involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs in the midwest area.During the course of the search, gardaí recovered €196,000 in cash and cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €2,000.Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings. Mar 17th 2019, 11:28 AM No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 27,574 Views Short URL Sunday 17 Mar 2019, 11:28 AM https://jrnl.ie/4547462 Share1 Tweet Email Woman charged over seizure of €196,000 and drugs in Limerick A man was released without charge.last_img read more

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22 agglomérations demandent le remboursement du coût de la grippe A à

first_img22 agglomérations demandent le remboursement du coût de la grippe A à l’EtatFrance – Selon l’Association des maires des grandes villes de France (AMGVF), vingt-deux agglomérations demandent le remboursement des frais engendrés par la campagne de vaccination contre la grippe A (H1N1). La facture s’élèverait à près de 4 millions d’euros. Les villes concernées sont Aix, Angers, Besançon, Bordeaux, Brest, Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Lyon, Metz, Montpellier, Montreuil, Nantes, Perpignan, Rennes, Roubaix, Strasbourg, Tourcoing, Tours, Villeurbanne ainsi que Marseille et Paris en particulier, pour lesquelles les demandes de remboursement sont estimées respectivement à 550.000 et 1,4 millions d’euros (hors frais de personnel pour Paris).À lire aussiPour la première fois depuis 140 ans, des bébés faucons pèlerins sont nés à ParisDes remboursements de frais sont déjà prévus par l’Etat, qui ne semblent cependant pas satisfaire les collectivités locales. Celles-ci réclament une indemnisation complète des frais dus à la vaccination massive contre la grippe A (H1N1), frais de personnel compris.Selon les estimations de l’AMGVF, le coût de la campagne contre la grippe A, comprenant les frais de personnel, l’entretien des locaux, etc., s’élève à 3.796.815 euros exactement. Il faut toutefois noter que ce chiffre ne prend pas en compte les avances des frais de l’Etat. Le 19 mars 2010 à 11:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Two Youngest Elephants at Indianapolis Zoo Die a Week Apart

first_img The Indianapolis Zoo is mourning the loss of its two youngest elephants, after both animals died a week apart from each other. Zoo officials suspect that the elephants died from EEHV, a type of herpesvirus that is found in elephants.On Tuesday, Kalina, an eight-year-old elephant, died seven days after Nyah, a six-year-old elephant, died after experiencing EEHV-like symptoms, Rob Shumaker, Indianapolis Zoo’s president, said in a statement to Fox News. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ “We are devastated to announce that a second African elephant in our herd, Kalina, died earlier today,” the Indianapolis Zoo said in a Facebook statement.“Words cannot describe the emotional impact this is having on our Zoo family.”Both elephants tested for high levels of elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV), a type of herpesvirus that can cause fatal hemorrhagic disease is elephants, Shumaker told The Indianapolis Star. It can occur without warning and there isn’t a vaccine available for it. Humans and other species can’t contract the virus though, since it only affects elephants.EEHV has an 85 percent mortality rate and acts very fast: At the zoo, both Kalina and Nyah experienced a loss of appetite and mild stomachaches, and both died within days of experiencing these symptoms. The young elephants were in the highest at-risk period for EEHV, which is considered to be between 1 and 8 years of age. Even though the zoo’s veterinarians provided immediate treatment and care, the elephants unfortunately died from health complications, Fox59 reported.“Sometimes, even with early detection and the best veterinary care, we’re still losing the calves,” Erin Latimer, laboratory manager of the National Elephant Herpes Laboratory at the Smithsonian National Zoo, told The Indianapolis Star. “You can’t play a blame game. Even with the best care, the virus still can get out of control.”Zoo keepers are now carefully monitoring the rest of herd, however, no EEHV symptoms have been observed at this time. The zoo has been working with global experts since Nyah started showing EEHV-like symptoms and according to Shumaker, the other elephants are outside the “critical window” for EEHV.More on Geek.com:Watch: This ‘Scuba-Diving’ Lizard Can Stay Underwater for 16 Minutes Watch: Gigantic Alligator Interrupts Game at Georgia Golf CoursePoisonous Toads ‘Take Over’ Suburban Florida Neighborhoodcenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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2 teens hospitalized after North Lauderdale shooting

first_imgBroward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene just after 2:15 p.m.North Lauderdale Fire Rescue transported one of the victims to Broward Health Medical Center and the other to Broward Health North, both with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening. Their ages are unknown.Investigators said there were at least a dozen young people in the street at the time of the shooting. They believe one of them pulled the trigger.Neighbors are not sure what this scuffle was about or why it escalated, but they did not appear to be surprised by the outcome.“It went too far, and I just hope … no one dies or anything from it,” said one resident.“There’s really nothing we could do, pretty much, so, it’s just something that happens daily,” said another neighbor.“It’s a scary thing,” said Richardson. NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took two teenagers to the hospital after, officials said, a fistfight led to a shooting in North Lauderdale, Saturday afternoon.Cellphone video captured the street fight along the 1000 block of Southwest 76th Avenue, near Tam O’Shanter Boulevard, in the Silver Lakes residential community.The footage shows a group of what looks like two teenage males getting ready to throw punches at each other in the middle of the street, followed by gunshots. The video then goes to to record the sound of gunshots a short time later, as the teens scatter.Area resident Anirudh Singh said he called 911 after, he said, he witnessed the fistfight, then heard gunfire.“I heard a scuffle by the street. I see a bunch of kids, they were like fighting. Then I heard ‘pow, pow,’” said Singh. “Then I ducked. I said, ‘Are those gunshots? And then, ‘pow, pow pow!’”Area resident Christine Richardson said she ran to her back room with her baby nephew. “Having a child in the house, or anybody, for that matter, you don’t want no one in a shootout,” she said.Singh said he then saw what appeared to be one of the victims. “Then I saw one kid fell and holding his stomach, and the other ones running and hiding … and one car speeding off,” he said. 7News cameras showed deputies beginning to wrap up their investigation at the scene of the shooting, just after 6:30 p.m.The shooter remains at large. Authorities said they do have a person of interest that they are looking at.If you have any information on this shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 4 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Assumption College

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Assumption College has announced that 558 undergraduate students, or recent graduates, have been named to the College’s prestigious Dean’s List for the spring 2019 semester, including the following Wilmington students:Marisa ButlerLucas GarrityIsabella GranaraJacqueline RyanTo receive recognition, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 for a five-class, 15-credit semester. The Dean’s List is announced following the spring and fall semesters.“Earning a place on the Dean’s List signifies more than just ability,” said Eloise Knowlton, Ph.D., dean of undergraduate studies. “It marks a serious commitment to study and achievement, a disciplined approach to student life, and consistent effort and engagement over the span of the semester. We are very proud indeed of those who appear on the list.”About Assumption CollegeProviding to students opportunities to obtain a depth and breadth of knowledge, the Assumption curriculum prepares students for professionally and personally fulling lives and careers. Students study at the Worcester, Massachusetts or Rome, Italy campuses and become engaged participants in Assumption’s classic liberal arts education and professional programs, exploring new ideas, making connections across disciplines, and pushing themselves to achieve more than they ever thought possible. To prepare for the workforce or the pursuit of additional study, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices and develop excellent communication and critical-analysis skills – quintessential skills of a liberal arts education – through classroom work, internships, and involvement in extracurricular activities.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Assumption College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 2 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Springfield CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

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US President Donald Trump says migrant detention centres to open

first_imgWASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Sunday said migrant detention centers that have come under criticism for overcrowding and poor conditions will be opened to visits by journalists. “I’m going to start showing some of these detention centerscenters to the press. I want the press to go in and see them,” Trump told reporters in Morristown, New Jersey. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “We’re going to have some of the press go in because they’re crowded, and we’re the ones who were complaining about their crowding,” he added. His comments came after The New York Times and The El Paso Times on Saturday published an article describing a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas as filled with hundreds of children wearing filthy clothing and packed into disease-ridden cells, a story Trump called a “hoax.” Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “The stench of the children’s dirty clothing was so strong it spread to the agents’ own clothing, people in town would scrunch their noses when they left work. The children cried constantly,” the article said. “One girl seemed likely enough to try to kill herself that the agents made her sleep on a cot in front of them, so they could watch her as they were processing new arrivals.” Advertise With Us The article echoed a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) watchdog report released last week warning of “dangerous overcrowding” in multiple detention facilities, which hold thousands of migrants seeking to remain in the United States, most of whom are fleeing violence and poverty in their Central American homes. Democratic lawmakers who also visited detention facilities reported massive crowding in cells with no running water, where children and adults lacked access to needed medicines and were deprived of showers for up to two weeks. Trump had previously expressed little sympathy for migrants in the facilities, saying on Twitter “If Illegal Immigrants are unhappy with the conditions in the quickly built or refitted detentions centres, just tell them not to come. All problems solved!”Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador agreed last month to crack down on undocumented migration, deploying tens of thousands of National Guardsmen to tighten its borders after Trump threatened to impose tariffs. Mexico’s national immigration authority said last week deportations had jumped by 33 per cent in June, while the DHS said it expects a 25 per cent drop in migrants taken into custody along the US-Mexico border in the same month.last_img read more

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In BSP tickets are given for money says party MLA from

first_imgJaipur: In the Bahujan Samaj Party, tickets to contest elections are given in exchange for money and the person who pays the highest amount gets it, an MLA of the party in Rajasthan alleged on Thursday. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator Rajendra Gudha levelled the allegation against his party during a seminar of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in the state Assembly here. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us “In our BSP party, tickets are given in lieu of money. If a person gives more money, the ticket is given to him and if a third person offers more money, then the ticket is given to him. Is there any solution to this?” he said. Gudha posed the question to one of the panellists of the session, Suhas Palshikar, an academician and political scientist, who was taken aback. Palshikar chose not to answer. However, Deputy Leader of Opposition in Rajasthan and BJP leader Rajendra Rathore, who was also on the panel, said he would seek an answer directly from BSP chief Mayawati. The session was on ‘Changing party system and contemporary challenges of parliamentary democracy in India’.last_img read more

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Trump to send troops to USMexico border

first_imgUS border patrol officers stand with their bicycles next to recent arrivals from Mexico as they board a bus at the US-Mexico border checkpoint in Calexico, California, on 25 October. Photo: AFPThe Pentagon is expected to deploy about 800 troops to the US-Mexico border, two US officials told AFP on Thursday, after President Donald Trump said the military would help tackle a “national emergency” and called on a caravan of migrants to turn around.The active-duty troops would augment the 2,000 or so National Guardsmen already deployed to support operations on the border, and could come from multiple military bases around the US.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was expected to sign orders either Thursday or Friday for the new deployment, one official said.The troops would include doctors and engineers and would be used mainly to provide logistical support including tents, vehicles and equipment.The official said the troops would satisfy elements of a “wish list” for military assistance sent to the Pentagon by the Department of Homeland Security, the US agency with responsibility for the border.Trump tweeted that “Democrat inspired” laws make it difficult to stop people at the border.”I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency. They will be stopped!” he said.In April, Trump said he would send thousands of National Guard troops to the southern border.That initial authorization allowed for about 4,000 guardsmen to be sent to the frontier, but only about half that number have been deployed.Those troops are mainly serving in a support role to help free up border patrol officers.Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Bill Speaks said the Defense Department was currently working with the Department of Homeland Security “to determine the specifics of our support” to border authorities.A long march northThursday’s move comes as thousands of Central American migrants are crossing Mexico toward the United States in a slow-moving caravan.The issue has become a rallying cry for the US president, who has taken a hard line on illegal immigration and has repeatedly kept the story in the headlines in the run up to America’s midterm congressional elections that could see the Democrats regain some degree of power.Many of the migrants are fleeing poverty and insecurity in Honduras, where powerful street gangs rule their turf with brutal violence.”To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally,” Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon.”Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!”Trump had signaled his intention to send more troops last week, tweeting that unless Mexico stopped the “onslaught” of people from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, he would “call up the US Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!”He has also announced the US would start cutting aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.Guatemalan foreign minister Sandra Jovel dismissed the threat as a posture adopted for the media, telling reporters that the country had received no official notice of the move.”We have had no official information, and I rather think it has all been a show for the media,” the diplomat said Thursday, adding that the two countries maintained “excellent relations.”Early Thursday, the caravan set off from the town of Mapastepec in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, moving on to the next stop in their long march north.Some rode on trucks but most made the trek to the town of Pijijiapan on foot.”Yes, we could do it!” they shouted when they reached their, exhausted, seven hours later.”Little by little, we are going to arrive,” said Luis Alberto Adalberto, 21, one of the migrants.But four days after crossing into Mexico, the caravan is still more than 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) from the US border.”It’s hard, and we know this country is dangerous too, but back in Honduras it’s even more dangerous, they kill for nothing,” said Josena Anibal Mejia, 27, as he walked with his daughter.The United Nations estimates that 7,000 people have joined the caravan since it set out from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on 13 October.last_img read more

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Faithbased bills advance in Texas in defiance of almighty dollar

first_img By: Max B. Baker News Max B. Baker Tagsanti-gay discrimination homepage featured legislation Masterpiece Cakeshop refusal of service Texas Top Story,You may also like Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Hindu guest chaplain, at your service — but does he speak for all Hindus? Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts DIY Faith • News Share This! Max B. Baker,Add Comment Click here to post a comment By: Max B. Baker Share This! Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Share This!center_img In Los Angeles, a house for all heretics News Share This! Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Max B. Baker Share This! Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,The Texas Senate chamber in Austin. Photo by Tim Wilson/Creative Commons(RNS) — State Sen. Charles Perry recently stood on the floor of the Texas Senate in Austin defending a bill that would let state license holders assert their religious beliefs when providing — or denying — certain services.He told lawmakers the bill would not undermine state or federal anti-discrimination laws but would simply give attorneys, nurses, counselors and others a chance to live out their faith every day.“What it does is give a voice to those of faith that currently is fading, is being silenced through state-sponsored discrimination policies and laws that we make,” Perry said from the Senate floor last week. “It’s an attack on the very fiber of where we used to be as a country, where we had a moral absolute standard that we seem to have tossed to the wind.”Sen. Charles Perry. Photo by Jill Turetsky/Texas Senate Media ServicesOn April 3, the religious refusals bill — officially Senate Bill 17 — passed in the Senate after lengthy emotional debate. It now faces consideration by the Texas House of Representatives.Some faith and business community leaders say the measure — along with more than a dozen others proposed by state lawmakers this year — would simply allow someone to use faith as a shield to deny services such as counseling, plumbing and even towing a car.To them, it is a license to discriminate.“I think this is one of many attempts by leadership in Austin to use faith as an excuse to discriminate against people,” said Rabbi Nancy Kasten of Dallas. “You undermine faith and trust in public institutions when you allow subjective opinion to determine whether or not the service that is licensed by the state will be offered.”Because the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation oversees 150 types of jobs, said state Sen. José Menéndez, a Democrat from San Antonio, the bill, if it becomes law, could be used to deny services to the LGBTQ community.“The problem is, when you create a shield, a defense, that shield can be used as a weapon,” Menendez said on the Senate floor in retort to Perry’s defense. “The problem is that while an individual may be ‘protected’ for refusing service to a same-sex couple or a transgendered woman, no one is protecting the people who are impacted directly by this bill.”The culture war brewing in the Texas capital comes after a bruising “bathroom bill” battle two years ago over a proposed law that would have restricted transgender Texans’ access to public facilities. The measure failed, but the LGBTQ community feels it’s being targeted again this year.Several of the bills on file seek legal protection for anyone refusing to be involved in a marriage ceremony that goes against their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” Others protect counselors, doctors, nurses and clinical aides from disciplinary action for denying nonemergency services they see as counter to their beliefs.Another major bill would change the Texas Labor Code to prohibit any municipality from requiring private employers to adhere to certain employment policies; critics say this is an attempt to undo LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinances. The bill’s author denies that is his intent.Texas state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, center, talks with fellow lawmakers before a vote on Feb. 8, 2017, at the state Capitol in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)But a coalition of 1,400 businesses — including Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Facebook and Microsoft — describes some of the bills as bad for business, and in a letter to lawmakers the companies say they “oppose any unnecessary, discriminatory or divisive measures.”“When it comes to the elimination of protections that discourage discrimination … that does not send the message that this is an inclusive community or state,” said Bob Jameson, president and CEO of Visit Fort Worth, the local convention and visitors bureau.For his part, Perry said he frankly doesn’t care what the business community thinks.“I know this is going to sound funny coming from a ‘right-wing Republican.’ But I don’t pay homage to the almighty dollar,” Perry told his fellow senators.The representative from Lubbock continued his defense the next day, saying his bill protects those who may have a livelihood that is state-governed; they shouldn’t be prevented, he said, from “living their faith” because they feel intimidated, coerced and silenced by regulators.The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s Office of Pro-Life Activities registered support for Perry’s bill, as did Texas Values, a conservative political advocacy group that has its own list of proposed bills that it is watching.Under the hashtag #BanTheBible, Texas Values says the proposed laws — many of them concerning sexual orientation or gender identity or expression — would create new government power to ban free expression of religious beliefs.“#BanTheBible doesn’t have to mean confiscating physical Bibles yet, but it does mean something even worse — stripping Texans’ right to practice biblical teachings out of their lives,” the Texas Values website argues. Texas Values is affiliated with the First Liberty Institute.Nicole Hudgens, senior policy analyst with Texas Values, doesn’t back away from that approach, saying that there are a number of bills that would amend the state’s civil practices, labor and property codes and punish individuals for “not affirming the LGBTQ agenda.”“They are targeting people of faith for exercising their religion,” Hudgens said.Rabbi Nancy Kasten. Courtesy photoSome call the #BantheBible approach a cynical, evocative scare tactic meant to rally the troops about legislation concerning something as mundane as professional licensing.“As a member of a religious minority, I am well aware of the importance of protecting religious freedom,” Kasten, the rabbi, told a Texas Senate committee. “But the ability to live freely according to one’s religious beliefs, practices and observances should never be confused with permission to use faith as a weapon against those who do not share the same views or beliefs.”Bee Moorhead, executive director of Texas Impact/Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy, takes an even more cynical view of the legislation. While not questioning the sincerity of Perry, she said some of the bill’s backers may simply want to cut down on government regulation. That’s it.“It is taking religion and using it as a prop for what otherwise would be a secular economic issue that could be easily overlooked,” Moorhead said. “Sincerely held religious beliefs have been used to create a lot of suffering for people. It is not a tool to be used to get what you want.”Following its passage in the Senate, Perry’s bill has a tougher row to hoe in the House, according to Bill Miller, a veteran political consultant for Republicans and Democrats.For some in the faith-based community, the argument alone makes them feel good, he said.“Success is a long shot,” Miller said. “But success is measured a lot of different ways. There’ll be a lot of discussion and debate and progress made in some ways, and they’ll be happy with it.”last_img read more

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National Voter Registration Day What You Need to Know When Voting in

first_img Share Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaThis August 25, 2018, file photo shows a voting sign in Harris County regarding the election on the county’s bond for flood prevention and mitigation projects.Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan effort with a goal of registering 300,000 people nationwide. The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 midterm election is Oct. 6.Who is eligible to vote?The short answer: All U.S. citizens, who will be at least 18 by Election Day are eligible to register to vote. But there are a few exceptions.To be eligible to register to vote in Texas, a person must be:A resident of the Texas county where the application of the registration is madeNot finally convicted of a felony, or, if so convicted must have (1) fully discharged the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court; or (2) been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote; andNot determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be (1) totally mentally incapacitated; or (2) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote. Am I registered?If you’re not sure if you are registered to vote, visit the state’s online database. Additional information is available on the Texas Secretary of State’s votetexas.gov site.How do I register?Online registration is currently not an option. But, you can mail in your registration after filling out this form and send it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person. Find your local election office for more information.Ask us about the 2018 midterm electionsNPR member stations in Texas want to know what you want to know about the 2018 elections. What topics do you want to hear more from the candidates about? Is education at the top of your list? How about roads, or taxes, or the environment? Let us know and we’ll do our best to give you as much information as possible before you head to the polls.last_img read more

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Turkish journalist thinks GTA IV cheat codes were used in attempted coup

first_imgLast month, a group within Turkey’s military attempted a coup. The mutiny was ended by those loyal to the current government, and the country is still in the process of returning to normal after this crisis. Since it’s still fresh in people’s minds, reporters continue to cover the story. However, one journalist got a bit overzealous in her attempt to find a hot scoop and has unfortunately come off looking rather foolish in the process.In the video below, you can see the Turkish reporter who has rummaging through garbage, find what she thinks are secret codes the military used during its coup attempt. These are secret codes alright, but not for what the reporter believes. As anyone who plays video games can clearly see, the reporter is holding a notebook full of cheat codes for Grand Theft Auto IV.“There are some interesting notes found in the garbage which are thrown by Gulenists. The writings in this notebook look like codes for the coup. There are some codes like: health and weapon, health and armor, weather, heli, motorcycle etc. which are things that can be used in a coup,” said the reporter, via a rough translation from a Reddit thread.While there are fans of the Grand Theft Auto series in Turkey, it appears that this reporter, and those who helped put the story together, are not. We obviously won’t make light of the coup attempt, but things may have gone differently if the military was actually able to use these cheat codes in real life.last_img read more

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