Family of Colten Boushie files lawsuit against RCMP Gerald Stanley

first_imgThe family of an Indigenous man shot to death on a Saskatchewan farm has filed lawsuits against the RCMP and the farmer who was acquitted in the killing.Colten Boushie was killed after being shot in the head on a farm near the community of Biggar in August 2016.Gerald Stanley, the landowner, was found not guilty of second-degree murder after testifying that his gun went off accidentally.The claim against Stanley argues that he caused the death of Boushie through negligence, recklessness, or by an intentional act.Boushie’s family is also suing the Attorney General of Canada and individual RCMP officers over the way they were treated on the night Boushie died.None of the allegations has been proven in court.last_img read more

Doig River First Nation Treaty Land Entitlement – Open Houses

first_imgEight First Nations communities in the Northeast are signatures to Treaty 8; Blueberry Doig River Fort Nelson Halfway River McLeod Lake Prophet Saulteau West MoberlyAccording to the B.C. Government, it is their duty to uphold the honour of the crown and implement historic treaties in ways that are generous, fair and just as they are seeking to provide lands which have been owed to Treaty 8 First Nations for more than 100 years.Treaty Land Entitlement claims in B.C. are intended to honour treaty rights by settling the land debt owed to First Nations shared the Government.For more information, contact Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Government shares they want to keep the public and stakeholders informed throughout the negotiation and implementation of Treaty Land Entitlement with opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback.There will be Open Houses on the following dates and locations; Friday, March 8th, 2019 from 1 pm – 3 pm at the Pink Mountain, Buffalo Inn Saturday, March 9th, 2019 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Rose Prairie. Rose Prairie   Community Centre Saturday, March 9th, 2019 from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Cecil Lake, Cecil Lake Hall Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm at the Buick, Buick Community HallThe public is invited to learn about the work so far and what is to come.last_img read more

Asylum seekers in industrialized countries decrease in 2nd quarter UN agency

Applications in 29 industrialised countries, excluding Italy, for the period between April and June saw a drop of 12 per cent – 106,850 compared with 121,910 during the first three months of the year – while the number of Iraqis seeking asylum fell 43 per cent compared to the first quarter, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.But Iraqis still remain the largest asylum-seeking nationality over the first six months, at 17,500. This compares with 26,000 in the last six months of last year.”Almost all the major countries of asylum are receiving fewer asylum seekers this year compared to last year,” UNHCR spokesman Rupert Colville said in Geneva. “Of the top 20 countries of origin, only four have shown a slight increase. All the others have decreased.”Altogether, the number of applications during the first half of 2003 was 19 per cent lower than during the first six months of 2002, and 22 per cent lower than the second half of last year.In the European Union, and in Europe overall, the new figures were the lowest since UNHCR started collecting quarterly data at the beginning of 1999. During the second quarter of this year, the EU countries saw a drop of 16 per cent, to 66,260, following on from a 17 per cent drop in the first quarter. The number in North America also dropped by 12 per cent compared to the previous quarter.By country of asylum, the most significant quarterly decreases were recorded in the United Kingdom (down 34 per cent), Spain and Ireland (both down 31 per cent), Germany (down 24 per cent) and Sweden (down 22 per cent).The biggest increase in asylum applications was among Russians, who rose 54 per cent to become the largest group overall during the second quarter. The number of Russian applicants (including Chechens) rose particularly sharply in Austria and the Czech Republic. During the first six months, 12,700 Russians sought asylum in the 29 industrialized countries surveyed, while the figure for the whole of 2002 was around 20,000. read more

Annan condemns attacks on Iraqi tribunal defence counsellors

In particular, he cited the “cold-blooded murders” of counsellors to the Special Iraqi Criminal Tribunal Adel al-Zubeidi today and Saadoun al-Janabi last month, according to a UN spokesperson.”These actions undermine efforts to uphold the cause of justice and the rule of law in Iraq. In this regard, it is vitally important that the security of all involved with the Tribunal should be equally assured to ensure a trial free from intimidation and coercion,” the spokesperson said.”The Secretary-General hopes that the Tribunal will uphold the international standards of justice necessary to ensure its legitimacy, fairness and independence,” she added.In other news from Iraq today, Mr. Annan’s senior envoy in that country praised the conduct of the Independent Election Commission of Iraq (IECI), which oversaw the 15 October constitutional referendum and other polls of the past year in the strife-torn country.”The IECI preserved the levels of transparency and accountability that are consistent with internationally accepted standards and practices for verification of the votes,” Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, said as the results of the field audit of last month’s referendum were released.”The IECI has overseen 22 different elections in Iraq in one year, a remarkable task by any standard,” he added. The UN, which has a mandate to provide strategic advice and technical assistance to the IECI under Security Council Resolution 1546, has been supporting the IECI since its establishment in May 2004. Under the coordination of the UN Electoral Assistance Team, some 45 foreign specialists provided advice and technical support to IECI headquarters and its 1,000 staff members for the organization of the referendum.The IECI hired more than 100,000 polling staff across the country and carried out a public outreach campaign featuring television commercials, leaflets and education materials. It also trained staff and provided materials for polling stations. read more

Peru UN agency supports recovery of some 7000 farmers from El Niño

Citing preliminary estimates, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said that adverse conditions caused by the coastal El Niño phenomenon from January to March had affected about 445,000 people in Peru’s worst-hit northern coastal areas – 59 per cent of affected households. “According to Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, more than 60,000 hectares of crops have been severely or partially affected and 18,000 hectares were left completely unusable,” FAO reported.To address the situation, the Government approved the Agrarian Reactivation Plan with an investment of $76 million. FAO seeks to complement this by requesting some $3.1 million from the international community to support activities aimed at restoring family agriculture in the remote areas of Piura, Lambayeque and La Libertad. “The FAO recovery project will provide the necessary inputs to establish orchards, recover irrigation infrastructure and provide technical assistance in animal health,” the UN agency explained. FAO stated that these activities will be implemented directly, with affected farmers receiving cash-for-work transfers for household income generation, access to food and mitigating migration to cities. “In Piura, Lambayeque and La Libertad, FAO will support the rehabilitation of local supply markets, to ensure that farmers and fisher folk can quickly reinsert themselves into these marketing channels so that they obtain direct sources of income,” the agency added.As climate disasters are the emergencies that most impact food security and agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean, FAO is calling on the international community to support the recovery of the livelihoods of the affected farmers and farmers, coordinated with the national government and subnational governments.According to FAO, addressing these challenges requires adequate risk governance, early warning and monitoring systems, implementation of good practices and risk prevention and mitigation technologies in the agricultural sector, to ensure a rapid response focused on saving lives and livelihoods.FAO, together with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), is supporting countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to develop a Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Management in the agricultural sector and food and nutritional security, in response to a request by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 16 September 2011

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Immediate State action needed on Magdalene justice scheme

first_imgTHE STATE HAS been called on to begin immediate action on the Magdalene Laundries restorative justice scheme.The call came from JFM Research as it welcomed a UN Report on the Holy See.Today’s report from the UN watchdog for children’s rights said that the Vatican should immediately remove all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers, and turn them over to civil authorities.MagdalenesToday, JFM said that the Catholic church and the four religious orders that ran Magdalene Laundries in Ireland “have refused to accept unanimous survivor testimony that they were imprisoned and subjected to forced labour and torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”.None of the orders have offered an apology to Magdalene survivors, nor have they contributed to the compensation fund. The Catholic Church has not made any attempt to instigate an internal investigation into Magdalene abuse, nor has it held anyone accountable for what happened.The group said that one year after the publication of the McAleese report and Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s official State apology, “survivors have still not ‘obtained’ the Redress called for by the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) in 2011″.JFM Research said it is “gravely concerned” by “unacceptable additional delays”.We are aware of three survivors who have died and two others who have experienced repeated hospitalisations since the Taoiseach’s apology last year.According to the group, the Irish government recently sent “final offer” letters to some survivors.It said that these detailed lump-sum compensation payments and including the legal waiver whereby women surrender “any right of action against the State or any public or statutory body or agency” arising out of their time in a Magdalene Laundry.All other elements of the restorative justice scheme, such as pensions, health care, housing assistance, a memorial and a help line, are dependent on legislation and governmental discussions.“To date, there is no definitive timeline as to when such legislation will be passed,” stated the group.It also said that within the terms of the restorative justice scheme, the provision of health care benefits, for example, is limited to survivors living “in the State”. It describes this as discriminatory against survivors in the Irish diaspora abroad.In response to the scathing UN report, the Vatican said today that it will protect children, but said that it believed some of the observations are an attempt to “interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of the human person and in the exercise of religious freedom”.Read: Vatican says it will protect children – but criticises UN for ‘interfering’>last_img read more

Geek deals 899 Dell XPS 13 ultrabook with 128GB SSD

first_imgWhen it comes to ultrabooks, premium models are relatively few and far between. While most of the PC industry seems intent on racing to the bottom, there are still are still a few models out there that exemplify what can be done with modern engineering… and a liberal R&D budget.Some noteworthy models that come to mind are Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon, maybe HP’s Envy lineup, and Dell’s XPS ultrabooks. The XPS 13 on sale today was originally launched as a late addition to the 2011 Sandy Bridge models and was again refreshed a bit later with the 2012 Ivy Bridge platform. Accordingly, we don’t expect to see it updated with 2013’s Haswell until later, but that doesn’t change how hot of a deal this is.The XPS 13 manages to stand out from its peers with a 13.3-inch screen that is stuffed into a chassis normally used for 11.6-inch screens, thanks to some tricks with a bezel-less design and Gorilla Glass cover. The chassis measures just 0.24-inches to 0.71-inches and weighs just under 3 lbs, thanks to a combination of machined aluminum, carbon fiber composite, and magnesium all slathered in soft touch paint.Today’s deal comes well configured with a Core i5 dual-core 3rd gen processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Ports are more on the limited side since this is a super-svelte machine, but you still get two USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort video output, Wireless-N, and Bluetooth 4.0. Of course this wouldn’t be a premium ultrabook without the backlit keyboard and glass-covered touchpad.Marked down to $899.99, this machine is a good deal for all the premium goodies built into it. If you have a bit more leeway in your budget, we might recommend you check out the Core i7 version that also gets a ridiculous Full HD 1080p screen!Dell XPS 13 13.3-inch ultrabook with 128GB SSD for $899.99 + free shipping (reg. $999.99 | use coupon KD8T76PX1RR$T1)Our other top deals:Refurb Linksys Wireless-N Range extender/bridge (RE1000) for $35.99 + free shipping (reg. 89.99 | use coupon HSRMACCS10)Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard with hand proximity detection for $80.74 + free shipping (reg. $94.99 | use coupon ZCZ5MMX9JLG01M)Dell UltraSharp U2713H 27-inch 2560×1440 IPS LCD monitor for $764.99 + free shipping (reg. $999.99 | use coupon RJ6T0D4489P6T3)last_img read more

BitTorrent Live lavènement du streaming P2P

first_imgBitTorrent Live: l’avènement du streaming P2PLe créateur de BitTorrent a dévoilé au MusicTech Summit de San Francisco, un nouveau protocole de streaming en P2P révolutionnaire : BitTorrent Live. L’informaticien Bram Cohan, créateur du logiciel permettant le partage de fichier en peer-to-peer (P2P) BitTorrent, a présenté au MusicTech Summit de San Francisco, un nouveau protocole de streaming en P2P. Cet outil permettrait une véritable révolution de la diffusion des images de télévision. En effet, l’utilisateur deviendrait son propre diffuseur.Bram Cohen a donc dévoilé lors du MusicTech Summit de San Francisco, BitTorrent Live. Le système permet la diffusion en streaming P2P. BitTorrent Live change les habitudes de télévision et de vidéo à la demande en transformant le téléspectateur en diffuseur grâce à un logiciel client, qui sera décliné pour les systèmes d’exploitation de Windows, Mac et Linux. Grâce au logiciel, le temps de latence est inférieur à 5 secondes.Bram Cohen explique que “l’infrastructure physique actuelle de diffusion de la télévision est inévitablement appelée à disparaître, mais le téléviseur comme outil de consommation de contenu vidéo, lui, est là pour rester.” Les tarifs de BitTorent Live restent inconnus pour l’instant mais le service sera gratuit pour un usage non commercial, selon ZDNet. Le 19 février 2012 à 17:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

116 WWE RAW Ratings Big increase in overall viewers this week featuring

first_img Seth Rollins WhatsApp Google+ Videos Articles Pinterest Facebook Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Now Playing Up Next Daniel Bryan WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) center_img WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down This week’s 1/16 WWE RAW drew an average of 3.27 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is up from last week’s show that drew 2.91 million viewers. RAW came in at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 overall for the night on cable in the key 18-49 demographic.NBA Basketball coverage on ESPN won the night with 4.52 million viewers.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHourly breakdowns were as follows.Hour 1: 3.519 (up from 3.014 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 3.221 (up from 3.019 million viewers)Hour 3: 3.074 (up from 2.689 million viewers)RAW, headlined by Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman in a six man tag team match, averaged a 1.14 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night. This is up from last week’s 0.97 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Videos Articleslast_img read more

Community Foundation awards grant dollars

first_imgThe Community Foundation for Southwest Washington is awarding nearly one-third of a million dollars in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools throughout the region.The board of directors approved $309,122 in grants for 36 organizations. The grants are from the Community Giving Fund, the Children’s Trust Fund, the Youth Philanthropy Fund and the Cowlitz County Community Fund.Grants from the Community Giving Fund were awarded to Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, Children’s Center, Community Home Health and Hospice, Community Services Northwest, Cowlitz County Community Fund, Friends of the Children, Innovative Services Northwest, Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy, Mosaic Arts Alliance, New Day Community Dental Clinic, Parks Foundation of Clark County, Rock Cove Assisted Living Facility, School of Piano Technology for the Blind, Second Step Housing, Share, Vancouver Children’s Opera, Wordstock, Youth Philanthropy Program, and YWCA Clark County.Grants from the Children’s Trust Fund were awarded to Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Northwest Children’s Outreach, La Center Police Department, Parks Foundation of Clark County, Principal’s Checkbook Fund, ROCKSOLID Community Teen Center, Share and YWCA Clark County.Grants from the Youth Philanthropy Fund were awarded to Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, Clark County Food Bank, Evergreen School District Foundation, Northwest Children’s Outreach, ROCKSOLID Community Teen Center and Share, Inc.last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg QA Facebook Founder Opens up about The Social Network Facebook

first_imgMark Zuckerberg addressing the Q&A sessionFacebookSocial media giant Facebook arranged a community Q&A session with its founder Mark Zuckerberg on Friday. The session was arranged to listen to the users’ feedbacks and vision on the website’s updates.In the exclusive session, Zuckerberg, with several other chiefs belonging to the social network, mentioned that Facebook will arrange such session every week.In the one hour stretched session, the 30-year-old entrepreneur discussed on several strategies and future trends. He mentioned that the trend is changing towards video and thus Facebook will be mostly video in the coming five years. Responding to a question on whether the increasing popularity of photo uploads will create a huge data load, the billionaire mentioned that the company’s Data Centres have it covered, but the real challenge lies behind improving the infrastructure to allow for richer contents like videos in user’s feeds.Many were invited by for the session at Menlo Park, California headquarters and people were allowed to submit their queries online, which were later addressed by Zuckerberg.Responding to the Facebook Messenger’s requirement, he said that the dedicated Messenger app has achieved a better experience than the traditional system as people gets faster response using this.”Asking everyone in our community to install another app is a big ask. But Facebook thought it could provide a better, faster messaging product if it split off from its own app,” he mentioned.”We really believe this is a better experience,” he added.He also talked regarding several other aspects, including his opinion on the David Fincher directorial “The Social Network” (2010). He exclaimed that the movie took on many liberties in telling the story, which he found “hurtful”.”The reality is that writing code and building a product and then building a company actually is not a glamorous enough thing to make a movie about. If they were really making a movie (of my life), it would have been of me sitting at a computer, coding for two hours straight, which probably would have not been that good of a movie,” Zuckerberg said.Answering to the question whether Facebook is losing its cool, Zuckerberg said “my goal was never to make Facebook cool”. Instead, he wanted to develop a helpful service that just works.When asked why he always appears in same Tee and hoodies, he said that he wears it every day as he wants to avoid wasting time in “things that are silly or frivolous”.last_img read more

Jhenaidah schoolgirl electrocuted

first_img.A schoolgirl was electrocuted at Pobhati in Jhenaidah district town on Friday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Ria Khatun, 10, a class-IV student of Pobhati Khane Khoda Primary School and daughter of Saiful Islam of the area.Officer-in-charge of sadar police station Emdadul Haque Sheikh said Ria was electrocuted while switching on a light at her house around 11:00am, leaving her dead on the spot.last_img

Stargate Origins Gets a Swashbuckling Teaser and Release Date

first_img Stargate: Origins Brings the Series Back to its RootsSDCC Announcement: Stargate Returns Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img It’s been years since we’ve had any new Stargate stories, but there’s still a lot of love for Roland Emmerich’s military sci-fi franchise. Even after 10 years of Stargate SG-1, five of Stargate: Atlantis and two of Stargate: Universe, fans are still hungry for more. In 2018, they’ll finally get it. Stargate: Origins comes out next year, and will focus on a young Catherine Langford. We’ll see her stumble on a mysterious, ancient technology and find out where the Stargate leads. The series got its first teaser trailer today, and it looks like a lot of fun. It’s certainly a new take on the franchise, but it still feels like classic Stargate in pretty much every way.I love the World War II setting. It makes the whole thing feel like a sci-fi Indiana Jones movie. Chatherine Langford sees a decent amount of action in this short teaser too, which is especially promising. We got to see her in action sporadically throughout the original movie and SG-1, but this is the first time she’s taken the lead role in a series. She was always a cool character whenever she appeared on the old show, so it’s exciting to see the franchise finally build her out into the action star we always knew she must have been.Stargate: Origins will air on Stargate Command , the standalone streaming service exclusively for Stargate stuff. For a one-time payment of $20, you get access to all of Stargate, including the original 1994  movie, as well as the new series when it comes out. Their All Access pass lasts until May 15, 2018. It’s unclear what’ll happen after that, whether there’ll be some way to re-up or a different place to watch everything. Still, $20 for all of Stargate is a pretty good deal if you can manage to watch it between now and May.Honestly, before this teaser, I was on the fence about whether I needed more Stargate in my life. I enjoyed most of SG-1, though 10 full seasons is a bit much for any show. Atlantis was pretty fantastic all the way through, but by the time Universe came along, I was pretty much done with the franchise. This teaser is making me rethink that. It looks like it’s bringing back the sense of fun and adventure that made the SG-1 so fun to begin with, and that Universe mostly lacked. That music is getting me pumped too. I’m completely on board for a new series of mysterious portals, ancient aliens and archaeological adventure.Stargate: Origins premieres on February 15, 2018 on Stargate Command.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews THE HITMANS BODYGUARD

first_imgStay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Is The Hitman’s Bodyguard good?No.What’s it about?Samuel L. Jackson is an infamous assassin who agrees to testify as a witness at the trial of a brutal Eastern European warlord. When his transport detail from the UK to The Hague is compromised, Interpol turns to outside help in the form of Ryan Reynolds as a former world-class bodyguard who’s fallen on hard times to protect him the rest of the way. So, it’s a guy who kills people for a living teamed up with a guy who keeps people from GETTING killed for a living. And yes, they have history together they don’t like each other. One of them is a neat-freak who likes meticulous planning and fancy gadgets; the other is a messy old-fashioned scrapper who likes to improvise. They have conflicting views on which one of their vocations makes which the “real” good or bad guy and you’d best believe there’s a supposedly shocking surprise connection between the two that you will guess about into the movie.So it’s a buddy action comedy?That’s what it’s ended up as, yeah. The screenplay was supposedly a very well-regarded long-unproduced item as far back as 2011 with an apparently more dramatic bent, but was rewritten very late in the game to take advantage of Jackson and Reynolds being best known presently for motor mouth verbal humor. So, it’s “Not Deadpool” on a violent road trip with “that performance” that Jackson defaults to whenever he doesn’t have an actual character to play.Who else is in it?Gary Oldman is the bad guy (he’s completely wasted, don’t get excited). Elodie Yung is an Interpol agent who’s also Reynolds’ estranged ex, and her performance here (after also being awful in Daredevil, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Gods of Egypt) indicates that she might be in the running for one of the worst actresses currently working in (sort of) A-list projects. The scene-stealer is Salma Hayek as Jackson’s wife, who’s potential pardon is the motivation for his actions, and whose flashbacks to their relationship are consistently more interesting than the actual plot of the movie – not that that’s saying much.Who directed?Patrick Hughes, late of The Expendables 3. He does a mostly competent job with the action beats, but there’s nothing especially original going on to really test his muscles. The most interesting bit is a pseudo-single-take fight scene in a hardware store that’s mostly novel because it’s notably more brutal than Hollywood movies usually get these days.Is there anything worth recommending?Not really. It’s briefly amusing, in an absurd sense, to see standard American action-movie pyrotechnics playing out on the streets of Holland, but the film doesn’t seem aware enough that this is it’s best gag (as opposed to endless scenes of the two leads trying to annoy each other in cars. It’s not “horrible,” but it’s completely disposable and in some ways that’s worse.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Warfare with watermelons at LHS

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladysmith High School (LHS) held their annual ‘Watermelon Fest’ on Friday afternoon (January 13).Learners from all grades had the opportunity to go wild as they threw watermelons at each other and smeared the sticky juice into each other’s hair. Needless to say, everyone had a great time!Running feet and whoops of delight could be heard from the sports field as the learners thoroughly enjoyed letting their hair down and getting sticky, all in the name of good (if not so clean) fun!last_img read more

Experts debate approaches to stemming Central America gang violence

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican special operations unit participates in regional ‘war games’ Global drug policy isn’t working. These 100-plus organizations want that to change. Nephews of Venezuelan first lady deny US drug charges Sinaloa drug cartel lives on despite ‘CEO’ El Chapo’s capture WASHINGTON, D.C. – This year’s highly publicized influx of child migrants from Central America via Mexico to the U.S. border has sparked intense debate about the proliferation of gangs in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. But efforts by the three countries to eliminate gang violence have been ineffective and often counterproductive.Last week, half a dozen experts met Wednesday at Washington’s Hudson Institute to discuss the issue – just days after President Barack Obama announced he would postpone action on comprehensive immigration reform until after the November midterm elections. Evan Ellis, professor of Latin American studies at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, speaks Sept. 10 at a Hudson Institute event in Washington, D.C., titled “Children of Misery: Guns and Gangs in Central America.” Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesThat was a deeply unpopular decision among Latino activists advocating for children in crisis, said Celina Realuyo, a professor at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at Washington’s National Defense University.“We’re about eight weeks from midterm elections, and this was a very clear calculation by the president to delay any decision on immigration to buttress support for Democratic candidates in really tight races,” Realuyo said. “My friends are very disappointed, because this is a crisis at our border, and it had been in the headlines until the deterioration of ISIS in Iraq.”Complicating that crisis is the governments’ inability to put a stop to gang-related violence in the “northern triangle” countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.In the Sept. 10 panel moderated by Jaime Daremblum, director of the Hudson’s Center for Latin American Studies and Costa Rica’s envoy in Washington from 1998 to 2004, speakers roundly criticized the region’s “mano dura” approach to gang violence.“Back in 2003, El Salvador had ‘Strong Hand Power.’ Guatemala had the ‘Tornado Plan,’ then the ‘Broom Plan’ with which it would sweep the problem away. In Honduras, they had the ‘Zero Tolerance Plan.’ Along with the dramatic titles came some very severe consequences,” said Armando González, chief editor of Costa Rica’s La Nación newspaper.Police estimate membership in MS-13, Barrio 18 and other maras in El Salvador at about 60,000 – outnumbering the army itself.“They’ve been jailed by the thousands,” said González. “The response has been almost exclusively repressive. Tougher laws have gone to the point of criminalizing gang membership itself. Populist politicians compete to take tougher stands, and once in power, produce draconian solutions.”For example, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, the new president of El Salvador, plans to implement “mano inteligente” (intelligent hand), while Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina doesn’t discard the possibility of negotiating with the gangs.“Guatemala’s minister of justice recently visited El Salvador and said something to the same effect, but political reaction in Guatemala was very strong,” he explained. “And the government had to clarify that it never said what it apparently had said.” As a young girl looks on, police on June 4, 2014 raid a home in the Barrio Abajo district of Tegucigalpa, Honduras where gang members were believed to be residing. Police raids involve an average of 25 officers, but the number can sometimes go as high as 260. Gangs in the Honduran capital constantly battle for control of neighborhoods and the trade in drugs and arms. Photo by Sean Sutton/Panos Pictures for The Washington PostIn Honduras, where authorities fear Mexico’s Los Zetas drug cartel is arming gang members, President Juan Orlando Hernández agreed to fire the country’s police chief, Juan Carlos Bonilla Valladares – nicknamed “El Tigre.”“He was a poster child for the strong-hand approach, but his firing does not indicate any change in policy,” González said. “This was more a product of international pressure because El Tigre was suspected of ordering summary executions,” including those of minors.Evan Ellis, a professor at the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute, puts Central American gang membership as high as 70,000. Quoting a recent survey, he said half of all children reported the presence of gangs in their neighborhood.The problem is far less pronounced in Nicaragua, Panama, Belize and Costa Rica, so the focus is clearly on the “northern triangle” – where almost 80 percent of all small businesses are subject to extortion, particularly those in the public transportation system. The subsequent destruction of economic opportunity further contributes to emigration.“So does the wave of emigration itself,” said Ellis. “These people carry cash and valuable belongings, so they’re in a high-risk situation while in transit. They’re paying the coyotes to take them, and also becoming easy prey for those who would extort them.” Celina Realuyo, a professor at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesIn Guatemala, about 700 people have been killed so far this year for not paying extortion money. The gangs heavily tax human trafficking through Central America, yet police are often bought with drug money – and the policemen themselves often live in the same poor neighborhoods where gangs flourish, making them even more vulnerable.“Governments often try to impose quick solutions with a lack of resources, like arresting anybody with tattoos. But nobody is going to come forward and testify against them because the people living there are intimidated by the gangs,” said Ellis, noting that in Guatemala, 74 percent of all extortion threats are made from jail using mobile phones smuggled in by corrupt prison guards.“We’re seeing a new generation of maras, many of whom are sophisticated and without tattoos. These include accountants and lawyers, and infiltrators into the police, and to some degree, the armed forces,” he said.In El Salvador, the homicide rate fell dramatically after a church-brokered truce between MS-13 and Barrio 18 went into effect in March 2012. That year, El Salvador reported 41.2 killings per 100,000 inhabitants, down from 69.2 per 100,000 the year before. But by February 2013, the truce began to crack and murders started rising again.Earlier this month, the leaders of MS-13, Barrio 18 and three other Salvadoran gangs – Mo Mao, Maquina and Miranda Locos 13 – offered to stop attacking police and military targets if the government would provide support to church and civil group mediators who could facilitate dialogue and prevent conflicts among the rival gangs.Despite its poverty, Nicaragua has managed to steer clear of the gang problem.“Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America, but remarkably we have the lowest murder rate, together with Costa Rica,” said Bosco Matamoros, former Nicaraguan ambassador to Spain and Sweden. “In the 1980s, Nicaragua, like El Salvador, experienced a civil war in which both countries were involved in the confrontation between East and West. But there are no maras in Nicaragua because of the relationship Nicaraguan police have with the community, which is proactive instead of reactive.”Matamoros, who now lectures at the Universidad Americana de Managua, criticized Washington’s much-hyped Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). The Obama administration is asking Congress for $130 million for CARSI expenditures during fiscal year 2015. Jaime Daremblum, senior fellow and director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Latin American Studies, served from 1998 to 2004 as Costa Rica’s ambassador to the United States. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesInstead, Matamoros said, the region needs a long-term plan that offers at least $10 billion over a five-year period for development and education.“CARSI does not offer a solution for Central America. It represents $3 per capita in a region of 45 million people,” he complained. “It’s basically irrelevant. It doesn’t offer job creation, access to education that our region needs.”The Nicaraguan ex-diplomat added: “We view the drug problem as oriented by demand from the United States. As long as there’s no integrated approach, we’ll continue to follow the security approach. Continuation of the war on drugs, with an emphasis on security, is threatening the stability of the region. Central America needs a more serious engagement by the U.S. based on the concept of shared responsibility.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgNSW Budget an opportunity to maintain mantle as the premier tourism stateThe Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) is urging the NSW Government to grow the state’s booming visitor economy with increased investment across the tourism and transport sectors in next week’s 2017-18 State Budget.TTF Chief Executive, Margy Osmond, said that with continued targeted investment by the Berijiklian Government, tourism will remain a super-growth industry and ensure that NSW remains a great place to live and to visit into the future.“NSW has earned its crown as the nation’s largest visitor economy with strong investment in the sector in recent budgets, but with ever-increasing competition from States and Territories who are recognising the importance of tourism to their economies, NSW must not take its position at the top of the tree for granted and continue to invest to support the growth of the sector,” Ms Osmond said.“Tourism is crucial to the growth of the NSW economy, generating $37.1 billion in consumption and employing more than 171,000 people across the state.“To ensure NSW realises the full potential of its visitor economy, the government must commit to maintain business events funding, enhance nature-based tourism experiences, promote regional tourism, and support the growth of the NSW cruise shipping by providing long-term certainty around planning and investment for the cruise industry.“Most importantly, however, the NSW Government must ensure it maintains funding for Destination NSW to ensure that NSW remains in a prime position to capitalise on domestic and international tourism into the future.”Ms Osmond said TTF’s pre-budget statement released today urged the Berijiklian Government to also invest in critical road and public transport infrastructure projects and increase transport services across NSW.“Targeted investment in road and public transport infrastructure projects is critical to ensuring that NSW is able to meet the challenge of future population growth, particularly in Western Sydney, and is able to minimise the future costs of congestion,” Ms Osmond said.“At the top of the list must be a commitment to work with the Federal Government to secure funding to ensure that a rail connection linking Western Sydney Airport with Parramatta and the Sydney CBD is constructed prior to the commencement of operations at the airport in 2026, and to fast-track funding and deliver an ironclad timeline for Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail project, linking Camellia to Strathfield via Sydney Olympic Park.“Investment in integrated transport options is also critical to support economic growth and to increase visitor numbers across NSW by encouraging greater regional dispersal. Increased investment in regional rail and road infrastructure, along with better facilities and more reliable services, will encourage visitors to leave the city and explore some of our world-class regional destinations such as the North Coast, Southern Highlands, Broken Hill and the Blue Mountains.” Tourism & Transport ForumSource = Tourism & Transport Forumlast_img read more

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