IAS officer gets notice over rape culture tweet

first_imgShah Faesal, who topped the UPSC exams in 2009, has been served with a notice for his tweet over growing rapes in the country.The Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) underlined his tweet and termed the contents as “prima facie in contravention of the extant provision of the All India Service (Conduct Rules) 1968, All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969.”Mr. Faesal’s tweet referred to by the DoPT reads: “Patriarchy + Population + Illiteracy + Alcohol + Porn + Technology + Anarchy = Rapistan.” He posted it on April 22 in reference to frequent cases of rapes and sexual harassment reported by the media in the country. Mr. Faesal is on study leave in Harvard University. On Tuesday, he posted the notice on Twitter saying, “Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience. I’m sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change.”He termed the notice “a case of bureaucratic over-enthusiasm where people who are pushing the files at the top don’t understand the spirit of the times we are living in.”“The government employees can be hauled for criticism of the government policy, agreed. But in this case if you think rape is part of government policy only then you can take action against me which I believe it isn’t,” he added.last_img read more

Burke leads Knicks past Magic to end 8-game losing streak

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “Our defense was pretty much the reason we won,” said Burke, who came off the bench to hit 12 of 22 shots. “A lot of people look at the offensive end, but defense allowed our offense to get some good looks.”Tim Hardaway Jr. had 23 points and six assists for the Knicks, who won for the first time since Jan. 30 and the first time since losing Kristaps Porzingis for the season to a torn ACL.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEvan Fournier scored 25 points for the Magic, who lost their fourth straight.“We finally guarded somebody,” said Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, who gave much of the credit to Burke. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View comments New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn, left, and guard Trey Burke (23) celebrate a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. The Knicks won 120-113. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla. — The New York Knicks got a season-high 26 points from Trey Burke and put up 120 playing without their All-Star.Yet all they talked about was defense after breaking an eight-game losing streak with a 120-113 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa “I know Trey can put the ball in the hole and he can get hot,” Hornacek added. “He controls the pace, he’s a guy that can get things going. But defensively I thought he was the key. .. Trey was great on both sides of the court.”The first game after the All-Star break for both teams marked the first Knicks start for guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who was acquired from Denver in a three-team trade on Feb. 8. It also marked the returns from injury for center Nikola Vucevic and forward Aaron Gordon of the Magic. Vucevic finished with 19 points and six rebounds.The Magic made 11 of their first 12 shots, including all five 3-pointers, on their way to a 41-point first quarter and a 10-point lead. Orlando shot 61 percent in the first half.“The first half, offensively, was as good as we’ve played all year,” said Orlando coach Frank Vogel.The second half, not so much.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving “We didn’t get the stops at all, and we just stopped executing in the fourth quarter offensive and defensively,” Fournier said. “That’s how we lost the game. Bad execution. No movement at all. We were all kind of watching each other, and the momentum shifted.”Orlando led 76-65 early in the second half, a lead that disappeared quickly when Enes Kanter scored three baskets a 12-0 run that put the Knicks ahead for the first time since the middle of the first quarter.A layup by Lance Thomas with 9:24 left put the Knicks ahead permanently and launched an 18-6 run that produced a 113-102 lead with 3:39 left.TIP-INSKnicks: Thursday marked the seventh anniversary of the Knicks’ acquisition of F Carmelo Anthony. … F Troy Williams, signed to a 10-day contract Wednesday, scored four points in six minutes.Magic: Rookie F Isaac Austin, who has not played since Dec. 26 due to a sore right ankle, will play in a NBA G League game Friday night. … Vucevic had missed 23 games with a fractured left hand. … Gordon had missed nine games (and the All-Star Slam Dunk contest) with a strained left hip flexor.BAD MOVIE“The defense was bad, really bad in the first quarter,” Kanter said. “Coach came into the locker room and said one thing: ‘We are not going to watch any film. Just go out there and get loose and start the second half with energy.’ We have enough guys to shoot and score the ball. The most important for us right now is defense.”NO MORE MR. NICE GUY“I get criticized for not playing defense. I have accepted that in the past. I’m not accepting it now,” Burke said. “I know I’m quick enough to play defense, I have the mentality to play defense and I know I can be a pest on the ball.”UP NEXTKnicks: Host Boston on Saturday night.Magic: At Philadelphia on Monday night. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Howard, Walker help Hornets send Nets to 8th straight losslast_img read more

Anil Kumble was humiliated, says Sunil Gavaskar after spin legend resigns as India coach

first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar empathised with Anil Kumble, who resigned as India coach following differences with Virat Kohli.Exactly a week back, Kumble put in his papers after a successful year at the helm, having overseen Test series victories over West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. However, reports of a rift with the Indian captain emerged before the start of the Champions Trophy in England and it began to look increasingly unlikely that Kumble would actually stay on even after the cricket advisory committee (CAC), which had appointed him in 2016, backed him to continue. (Also read: Ravi Shastri joins Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody in race for India’s next coach)Last Tuesday, after the resignation, Kumble put out a statement where he noted the Indian cricket board had told that Kohli was not happy with his style of coaching. Things took an ugly turn when Kohli next deleted a tweet to welcome Kumble a year ago. (Also read: Virat Kohli being unreasonably targeted after Anil Kumble’s resignation, feels Anurag Thakur)In a press conference in the West Indies, Kohli said he had immense respect for ‘Anil bhai’ for his cricketing achievements but reiterated that maintaining dressing room sanctity was a priority for him and his team. (Also read: Anil Kumble’s resgination as coach was no great surprise: Ian Chappell)Plenty of opinions flew thick and fast after a turbulent week in Indian cricket but Gavaskar has perhaps been as forthrtight and blunt as any other former cricket. In his column for Sportstar, he said it was said to see Kumble exit the way he had to.advertisement”What happened to Anil Kumble was sad, very sad indeed. The Indian cricket legend was humiliated to say the least. No top player will want to throw his hat in the ring after what happened to Kumble. It is clear that the Indian players want people who sit back and do nothing rather than go-getters who get results.”India Today also learnt former team director Ravi Shastri decided to apply for the coach’s post to fill the void left by Kumble’s absence. Shastri shares a great rapport with Kohli and the rest of the team and it could tilt the scales in his favour as the CAC looks to appoint a replacement soon.Gavaskar also pondered over whether what the team really needed was a coach or an elder brother who the players could confide in properly. Shastri, it seems then, could fit the bill perfectly.  “….. it is time to leave the past behind and look at the future. Indian cricket is in the cusp of greatness, with a captain who is going to be recognised as one of the best batsmen seen in the game and a team brimming with talent. Frankly, with such talent available, the team doesn’t need a coach.”It needs someone who can be like the elder brother who the players can relate to and confide in about their problems and be certain that these will be confidential and addressed sooner than later. The players need a manager who will keep them in check if things get out of hand, especially on overseas tours, and rein them in so that they are always in a position to perform to their best every single day they don the India colours,” wrote Gavaskar.last_img read more

Mexico Celebrates 207 Years of Independence

first_img Minister of Justice Hon. Delroy Chuck has lauded the government and people of Mexico for its achievements since gaining Independence on September 16, 1810. He noted that Mexican cuisine was listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an intangible cultural heritage in recognition of that country’s traditional dishes that retain the names, ingredients and cooking practices dating back to the pre-Hispanic era and contributions from other cultures. Story Highlights Minister of Justice Hon. Delroy Chuck has lauded the government and people of Mexico for its achievements since gaining Independence on September 16, 1810.“Mexico has made significant strides in providing for the welfare of its people, ranking now in the top echelons of the world’s leading free market economies and surely a model worthy of emulation by developing countries, like Jamaica,” he said.Minister Chuck was speaking at a reception held at the official residence of Mexico, 9 Cherry Garden Avenue, in Kingston on September 14 to commemorate the 207th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico.He said that Mexico can also be proud of its cultural prowess which it has shared with the rest of the world.“This rich, vibrant and cultural heritage which has been preserved and sustained by generations of Mexicans bare similarities with Jamaica’s own culture through our shared love of vibrant music, football and flavourful food,” he said.He noted that Mexican cuisine was listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an intangible cultural heritage in recognition of that country’s traditional dishes that retain the names, ingredients and cooking practices dating back to the pre-Hispanic era and contributions from other cultures.The Minister said there is a need for further cultural cooperation between both countries, particularly within the framework of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed last year between the cities of Kingston and Chetumal.Last year the Minister of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport Hon. Olivia Grange signed a MOU between Jamaica and Mexico to symbolize a commitment between the cities of Kingston and Chetumal to work towards the enhancement and development of the cultural and creative industries.In her remarks, Mexico’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Cecilia Jaber spoke of the many partnership agreements between Jamaica and Mexico in the areas of science and technology, education and culture.She said that the collaboration would not only be in those areas but also in the area of sports.“With regard to sports, Mexico has much to learn from the illustrious achievements of Jamaican athletes throughout the years. As such we expect to sign an agreement that will allow greater exchange with Jamaica and its world renowned sports community,” she informed.Ambassador Jaber said that Mexico recognizes Jamaica as an important partner and a driving force for the development of the Caribbean.Jamaica and Mexico established diplomatic relations in March 1965. Minister Chuck was speaking at a reception held at the official residence of Mexico, 9 Cherry Garden Avenue, in Kingston on September 14 to commemorate the 207th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico. last_img read more

USCG Medevacs Injured Chinese Sailor off Puerto Rico

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: USCG An injured Chinese crewmember was medevaced from the bulk carrier Bunum Hero on April 10 off Puerto Rico, according to the US Coast Guard.The 20-year-old seafarer sustained multiple broken bones and a head injury after falling from a crane onboard the vessel.Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received the medevac request from the Panamanian-flagged ship at 5 p.m., local time, on Monday. Bunun Hero was sailing to Europe and approximately 525 nautical miles northeast of Puerto Rico, outside the range of responding rescue helicopters, when it reported the incident.Sector San Juan watchstanders requested the Bunun Hero head towards Puerto Rico to shorten the distance for the medevac.A helicopter crew rendezvous with the 587-foot bulk carrier on Tuesday night some 175 nautical miles northeast of Puerto Rico to medevac the Chinese seafarer.The patient was hoisted onboard and transported to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Emergency Medical Service personnel transported him to a hospital for treatment.last_img read more

Wastewater Project Making Life Better in Grand Etang

first_img Residents of Grand Etang and St. Joseph du Moine, Inverness Co.,are starting to see results from a pilot project that improvesthe local environment by better managing wastewater. The project is promoting the creation of a wastewater managementdistrict (WMD) for the area. A WMD uses a community-basedapproach to managing sewage and septic systems. It involves thecommunity in establishing standards and ensuring adequatemaintenance of septic systems. A WMD may also be eligible forinfrastructure cost-sharing arrangements. Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash says the pilotproject shows that affordable solutions are possible. “Whenever acommunity takes on part of the responsibility, it’s easier toachieve stable, long-term environmental improvements,” he said. In the first phase of the pilot project, two Nova Scotia YouthConservation Corps members and an engineering student surveyedthe location and condition of all on-site septic disposal systemsin the communities. Residents were offered a discounted price tohave their systems pumped; 124 homeowners took advantage of theincentive. Problems with domestic septic systems often lead to otherconsequences, like contaminated wells. “That’s too high a priceto pay,” said Mr. Morash, “especially considering that almost allof the problems are caused by improper maintenance.” The pilot project also evaluated the use of new technology fordisposing of materials pumped from domestic septic systems. About 318,000 litres (70,000 gallons) of material were processedthrough a de-watering system. The remainder went to a localsewage treatment plant where it is being turned into compost.Previously, the material was trucked for two hours to a disposallagoon. “This project is a great support to the people of InvernessCounty who are dedicated to improving their environment,” saidHealth Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “Our joint effortswill bring many benefits to this county and ultimately, a cleanerenvironment and healthier community.” The Department of Environment and Labour committed $20,000 tothis phase of the pilot project. The Municipality of the Countyof Inverness is matching the provincial contribution. The nextphase of the project will involve engineering studies toinvestigate options for ongoing management of wastewater. ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Wastewater Project Making Life Better inGrand Etanglast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Lane Closure, Highway 104 at Oxford Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 18, traffic on the eastbound lanes of Highway 104 on the River Philip Bridge, east of Oxford, will be reduced to one lane to replace a bridge rail. Work will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Friday, Feb. 27. Drivers should obey signs and drive with extra caution through the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 CONTINUING WORK YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge The Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville will be closed indefinitely for structural repairs. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until summer because of damage from flooding. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August. Traffic lights are in place. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge Closed The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be used until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, March 31, to replace the bridge. A detour is available on a temporary bridge marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Highway 104 access on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents, but has no exit. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until spring. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 -30-last_img read more

Le gouvernement continue dinvestir en éducation et de réduire le nombre délèves

first_imgDans le cadre du budget de 2016-2017, le gouvernement investit 6,4 millions de dollars pour réduire le nombre d’élèves dans les classes. L’investissement comprend 4,7 millions de dollars qui viseront les classes de 5e et de 6e année. « L’investissement fait partie de l’engagement du gouvernement qui consiste à offrir à nos élèves et à nos enseignants des classes plus petites, indique le premier ministre Stephen McNeil. Des investissements de la sorte aideront à donner des moyens à la prochaine génération et aideront à stimuler sa créativité – c’est comme ça que nous construisons une Nouvelle-Écosse plus forte. » À l’heure actuelle, le nombre d’élèves par classe de la maternelle à la 2e année est limité à 20, et il est limité à 25 pour les élèves de la 3e et de la 4e année. Les classes de 5e et de 6e année seront maintenant limitées à 25 élèves. Ce tout dernier investissement complète la mesure de plafonnement du nombre d’élèves dans les classes de tous les niveaux de l’élémentaire et il devrait entraîner la création d’environ 88 postes d’enseignants un peu partout dans la province au cours de la prochaine année. Le Plan d’action de la Nouvelle-Écosse en matière d’éducation, publié en 2015, met l’accent sur des classes plus petites, sur l’amélioration des compétences en littératie et en mathématiques, et il veille à faire en sorte que les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse soient prêts pour les emplois de demain. « Limiter le nombre d’élèves par classe et mettre l’accent sur les mathématiques et la littératie font partie du plan pour bâtir un système d’éducation plus fort, de dire Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Nous allons continuer d’investir dans nos jeunes et d’apporter des changements qui seront à l’avantage des élèves, des enseignants, du personnel scolaire et des familles. » Pour plus d’information sur le budget provincial de 2016-2017, allez au www.novascotia.ca/budget.last_img read more

Its worrying Quebec premier on allegations anticorruption unit fabricated evidence

first_imgMONTREAL — Fresh allegations involving Quebec’s anti-corruption unit, once held up as the police force that would rekindle citizens’ trust in their institutions, are roiling the province’s political class.The anti-corruption squad, known as UPAC, has been suffering from low morale, recruiting difficulties and a series of embarrassing leaks to the media.The latest leak came Thursday in the Journal de Montreal, which reported the Crown prosecutor’s office was in possession of hours of testimony from the unit’s former head of operations, Andre Boulanger.He reportedly told prosecutors under oath in 2018 that certain open investigations could fall apart because officers had fabricated evidence.Quebec Premier Francois Legault called the report “worrying.” But he had little else to say on the topic Thursday.“We’ll let the prosecutors do their job. But it’s worrying,” he told reporters.Quebec solidaire co-spokesman Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois gave a big sigh when asked to comment on the allegations.“There are mornings in politics when we try and find the right qualifiers to describe a situation,” he said. “I’m still trying to figure out how to describe it.”UPAC — the Unité permanente anticorruption — was created in 2011 by Jean Charest’s Liberal government following blockbuster revelations of corruption in the province’s construction industry.“For many Quebecers, UPAC has become a field of ruins,” Nadeau-Dubois said. “UPAC was the institution that was supposed to give us trust in our institutions. And now we’ve lost trust in them.”On Wednesday, the government adopted a bill that changes how the anti-corruption squad’s commissioner is chosen. Instead of being named directly by the premier, the new head of UPAC will need to be confirmed by two-thirds of the legislature.Robert Lafreniere was UPAC’s first and only commissioner. He was named to the job by Charest and confirmed for a second mandate by former premier Philippe Couillard. Lafreniere resigned without explanation last Oct. 1 — Quebec election day.Christine St-Pierre, official opposition critic for public security, said the latest report on UPAC is “very troubling, very shocking. We are talking about fabricating evidence. We need all the light to be shone on this.”She said Lafreniere should be called to testify at the legislature about his time as UPAC commissioner.UPAC is far from the only police force in Quebec to be going through turmoil.In March, provincial police chief Martin Prud’homme was suspended pending the results of an investigation into an allegation he committed criminal offences.He had just returned to the Surete du Quebec after spending a year as interim chief of the Montreal police, dispatched to set things straight following the suspension of chief Philippe Pichet.Pichet’s suspension followed reports the force’s internal investigations unit had exaggerated or fabricated evidence against officers and helped created a climate of vengeance and mistrust.Several Quebec media have reported Prud’homme’s suspension was connected to an investigation into leaks to journalists in 2017 about a highly sensitive UPAC probe of the Quebec Liberals and Charest.The investigation into Prud’homme is being conducted by Quebec’s police watchdog, the Bureau des enquetes independantes. That bureau was also given a mandate in October 2018 by the provincial government to investigate the UPAC leaks.Jean Pascal Boucher, spokesman for Quebec’s prosecutor’s office, said the Crown “cannot confirm nor deny” the report in the Journal.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

King Mohammed VI Arrives in Lusaka for Official Visit to Zambia

Rabat – King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Prince Moulay Ismail, arrived on Sunday in Lusaka for an official visit to the Republic of Zambia, a new stage of a royal tour that will lead the Sovereign to several African countries.Upon His arrival at the international Kenneth Kaunda airport of Lusaka, King Mohammed VI was welcomed by President of the Republic of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu.The Sovereign was then greeted by the Chief of the Zambian Police Force, the Commanders of the Zambian Armed Forces, Secretary General of the Patriotic Front, Davies Mwila, Zambian Foreign Minister, Harry Kalaba, Lusaka Provincial Minister, Japhen Mwakalombe, and Lusaka Mayor Wilson Kalumba.The King was also greeted by Presidential officials, members of the Zambian government, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Lusaka, Moroccan ambassador to the Republic of Zambia, Saadia Alaoui, and members of the Diplomatic representation. For his part, President Edgar Lungu was greeted by members of the official delegation accompanying the King.During this visit, King Mohammed VI is accompanied by an official delegation including mainly the King’s advisor Fouad Ali El Himma and Foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar.The delegation also includes Minister of Housing and Urban Policy, Nabil Benabdellah, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch, Acting Minister of Tourism, Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Acting Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, and Minister of Health, El Hossaine Louardi, as well as several civilian and military figures.After a brief pause at the Presidential Lounge of the international Kenneth Kaunda Airport in Lusaka, the official procession headed to the residence of the King in the Zambian capital.A warm welcome was given to King Mohammed VI inside the airport where Zambian folklore troops performed traditional songs and dances as a welcome to the Sovereign. read more

Attijariwafa Bank Named African Bank of the Year 2017 in Paris

Rabat – The Attijariwafa Bank group keeps on picking up prizes left and right. Its latest achievement is the “African Bank of the Year 2017” trophy at the Africa Investment Forum and Awards (AIFA), which was held on November 23, in Paris.For the group, this distinction “welcomes the active role of the Attijariwafa Bank group, as leader in the banking and financial sector in Morocco, in investment banking and market activities, in the development of the national and African economy, given its largest distribution network in Morocco and Africa with a presence in 26 countries on the continent,” said the bank in a statement released on November 30.The trophy was awarded to Vincent Damilo, the Deputy Director General of Attijariwafa Bank Europe, who represented the Group at this ceremony. “More than 400 leaders from the public and private sectors – CEOs, DGs, Investment Directors, International Directors, Experts as well as European and African institutional players – exchanged on the sidelines of this forum, the current and future perspectives of the economic development in Africa,” added the bank.“The African Bank of the Year Award recognizes Africa’s most successful expansion bank on the African continent,” concluded Attijariwafa Bank. read more

Security Council expands criteria of violations against children during conflict

4 August 2009The Security Council today called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to expand his list of parties who recruit child soldiers to include those who kill, maim, rape or commit other forms of sexual violence against children in wartime. Unanimously adopting resolution 1882, the Council strongly condemned such violations of international law committed against children and called on those parties on the Secretary-General’s so-called ‘list of shame’ to prepare “concrete time-bound action plans to halt those violations and abuses.”In addition, the 15-member body “calls upon concerned Member States to take decisive and immediate action against persistent perpetrators of violations and abuses committed against children in situations of armed conflict,” and to bring them to justice. “This is a major step forward in the fight against impunity for crimes against children and a recognition of the reality of conflict today, where girls and boys are increasingly targeted and victimized, killed and raped, as well as recruited into armed groups,” said Radhika Coomaraswamy, welcoming the adoption of the “landmark” text.An important aspect of the expanded listing criteria is the Council’s empowerment of the UN on the ground to enter into dialogue with armed forces and groups on action plans to halt these violations and to bring perpetrators to account. The Council first established a mechanism for monitoring, reporting on and punishing those responsible for the recruitment of child soldiers in resolution 1612, adopted in 2005. According to that text, institutions at the country-level gather evidence and forward the information to the Secretary-General, who then reports to the Security Council and the General Assembly.Ms. Coomaraswamy noted that the Council’s focus on recruitment and use and the accompanying threat of targeted measures against persistent violators has resulted in the release of scores of children in conflicts around the world, most recently in the Philippines and in the Central African Republic (CAR).“We hope that this expansion will result in equally effective measures with regard to the killing and maiming of children and sexual violence,” she added.Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters, the Special Representative commended Mexico for its efforts in promoting the agenda of protecting children in armed conflict and noted that today’s action shows that “the UN system works best when it comes to children.”She also welcomed the Child Protection Policy, adopted by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in June, which responds to the call for greater mainstreaming of child protection across the UN system. It includes the presence of child protection advisers in the field, training and advocacy, and a lead role for peace operations in monitoring for resolution 1612.“DPKO is now quite sensitive to this issue and hopefully this will have its results in the field in the years to come,” said Ms. Coomaraswamy. read more

Keystone XL delays mean increase in dirtier rail transport TransCanada

A TransCanada Corp. executive says opponents to the Keystone XL pipeline should consider one consequence of delays in building the oil pipeline — an increase in dirtier and more dangerous rail transport.[np_storybar title=”Keystone XL to have minimal impact on environment, assessment says” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/03/01/u-s-may-release-keystone-xl-pipeline-assessment-friday-groups/?__lsa=f862-08a5″%5D The development of Canada’s oil sands is unlikely to be significantly affected whether or not the Keystone XL pipeline project is approved, the U.S. State Department said in a new report released on Friday.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Alex Pourbaix, president of energy and oil pipelines at the Calgary-based pipeline and utility company, says although rail has an important role to play in moving oil sands crude to market, there are downsides to consider.“For every mile you move a barrel of oil by rail, you emit three times the (greenhouse gases) that you do by moving it by pipeline and you have an order of magnitude higher risk of having some sort of incident, leak or spill,” Pourbaix told an energy conference in New York Thursday.“So from that perspective, I make the point that if you’re actually concerned about the environment, for long-haul movement of oil, you very much want to see that moving by pipeline.”Environmental groups opposed to the US$5.3-billion project have broader concerns about the oilsands crude that’s inside the pipe, which they consider to be much dirtier than other types of oil. They see pipelines such as Keystone XL as enabling oil sands extraction and have made them the focus of their campaigns in recent years.If you’re actually concerned about the environment, for long-haul movement of oil, you very much want to see that moving by pipelineA draft environmental report from the U.S. State Department released earlier this month said the Keystone XL pipeline will have no impact on the pace of development in the oil sands — a finding pipeline opponents refute.Crude transport by rail is not immune to the sort of opposition that has galvanized around pipelines. In January, 16 environmental groups sent a letter to Claude Mongeau, the CEO of Canadian National Railway Co., warning that any potential efforts to bring oil sands crude across British Columbia by rail to the West Coast for export would “face major opposition and risks to the company.”CN moved more than 30,000 carloads of crude to various North American markets last year, and believes it can double that business in 2013. None of that oil is moving to the West Coast, since there is no infrastructure in place to move the oil onto tankers.In an email, company spokesman Mark Hallman said rail is an energy efficient way to move freight and that the industry has a good record of moving hazardous materials safely.Citing figures from the Rail Association of Canada, he said that while Canada’s rail sector moves more than 70 per cent of all surface goods each year across the country, it only accounts for 3.4 per cent of the transportation sector’s greenhouse gas emissions and less than one per cent of Canada’s overall emissions.“Rail complements pipeline in the movement of crude oil,” Hallman said.“Both modes are safe and the risk of accidental releases of product is extremely low for both modes of transport, with no appreciable difference considering both spill frequency and size.”TransCanada expects it will be another two or three months before U.S. President Barack Obama makes a final decision on whether to allow the controversial project to go ahead. By then, the regulatory process will have lasted about five years.If Keystone XL is approved before mid-year, Pourbaix said a late 2014 start up for the pipeline is possible. read more

Osisko Gold Royalties and creditors sign deal to acquire Stornoway Diamond

MONTREAL — Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. has signed a deal to acquire Stornoway Diamond Corp. with the help of the mining company’s secured creditors.Under the terms of the agreement, Osisko and Stornoway secured creditors want to form an entity that will acquire the company and assume the debts and liabilities owing to the secured creditors as well as the obligations relating to the operation of the Renard mine.Osisko will also keep receiving its 9.6 per cent revenue stream from diamonds at the Renard mine, but has agreed to reinvest its proceeds from the stream for one year from the date of closing of the proposed credit bid transaction.In connection with the proposal, Stornoway has applied to the Superior Court of Quebec for protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in order to restructure its business.Osisko and a group of the secured creditors have agreed to provide $20 million in working capital secured by Stornoway’s assets.The money will provide the financing and liquidity required to ensure that the Renard mine continues to operate uninterrupted. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:OR, TSX:SWY) read more

UN postal agency unveils plan for migrants to send money back home

“There is a strong trend for overseas workers to send part of their earnings home to their families, but the market response to this issue has so far been inadequate,” Universal Postal Union (UPU) Director-General Edouard Dayan told a high-level forum in The Hague, Netherlands, of his agency’s new link with Eurogiro, whose membership girdles the globe. The two organizations have developed a gateway connecting their networks for the transmission of the Tele Money Order. Selected postal administrations will soon start testing the new service, with a view to a full roll out by the end of May. The service is open to all but migrants are expected to be the major beneficiaries. According to the World Bank, migrant workers, about 3 per cent of the world population, sent remittances worth $110 billion in 2004, 52 per cent more than in 2001. Some 30 postal administrations, both in industrialized and developing countries, use UPU’s International Financial System software using electronic data interchange to send money order data, while nearly 50 Posts and banks use Eurogiro for cash and account transfers. The new Tele Money Order will enable Posts and potentially banks using either system to perform electronic fund transfers with each other, widely extending the reach of this service across the world. This will be particularly valuable for countries with large migrant populations. “With a well-established worldwide network of more than 660,000 offices, Posts can offer a service that is both accessible and affordable to everyone,” Mr. Dayan said, noting that fund transfers are the second most important financing source for developing countries after direct investment. When he assumed the UPU leadership in January, the veteran French postal official proclaimed his vision of an efficient, innovative, united and open organization ready to use the tools of the new age. Today he said customers could eventually use the service to receive their pensions electronically once they return to their countries. “Postal organizations have been exchanging money orders electronically for more than 12 years,” Eurogiro Network A/S Managing Director Henrik Parl said. “However, there has typically been paper and manual work involved. With the new Tele Money Order, the UPU and Eurogiro are taking a giant step towards facilitating fully automated processing of the transactions, with benefits for all parties involved.” read more

50000 suffer in forgotten crisis in Central African Republic – UN food

With international attention focused on other African problems, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called on the international community not to lose sight of the suffering of as many as 50,000 displaced people by fighting between the Government and rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR), and to provide additional funding.“In CAR we always struggle to have our voice heard amid all the other competing humanitarian needs, but these people are living in desperate conditions and for this reason we are trying to shout louder than ever on their behalf – they need our assistance now,” WFP country Director Jean-Charles Dei said. In one of the world’s least recognised conflicts, many thousands of people have been forced from their homes in recent months by the fighting in northwest CAR and are now scattered in the bush, in many cases surviving on wild leaves and roots in the absence of properly nutritious food.WFP is revising its operation to include the needs of the recently displaced, for which it will require a further $2.7 million for the next three months.Although the northwest has been a no-go zone for UN agencies for several months, WFP has been working with the non-government organizations (NGOs) and the CAR Red Cross to mount an emergency response in the Markounda and Paoua areas.So far over 10,000 people have received food aid, but the needs are far greater. WFP is particularly concerned about the nutritional status of young children and women, given the extremely poor diets they are currently surviving on. With the rainy season imminent, the most vulnerable will have great difficulty fighting off the increased disease and infection which follows as a matter of course. Even those that have been able to stay in their villages are facing extreme difficulties ekeing out food supplies until the next harvest in September/October, as the annual ‘hunger season’ begins to bite. Some 7,000 refugees from CAR have already crossed into southern Chad since the security situation deteriorated at the beginning of the year. There they have joined an earlier group who fled violence in 2003, bringing the total in three camps in southern Chad to 47,000. “The trouble in northwest CAR has a direct bearing on peace and security north of the border in Chad. It is imperative that the violence and uncertainty comes to a complete end and that humanitarian organizations are allowed full access to tend to the needs of those who are currently in great difficulty,” Mr. Dei said. read more

Freedom 2015 many current MPs could be largely untouched by pension reforms

by Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2012 5:37 pm MDT Freedom 2015: many current MPs could be largely untouched by pension reforms OTTAWA – Call it Freedom 2015.Current members of Parliament could easily escape pension changes announced Thursday that will see MPs pay a lot more into their pensions and wait longer to collect them.All they have to do is not run in the next election, set for 2015.Thursday’s reforms mark the first major overhaul of the gold-plated MP pension plan in decades, but the meat of them won’t go into effect for three more years.After 2015, MPs will have to wait until age 65 to collect their pensions rather than age 55. And by 2017, the amount they pay into the plan will have increased from about $11,000 a year currently to just under $39,000 a year, or half of what taxpayers contribute.But the increases between now and 2015 will take MPs’ share only up to 25 per cent, with the biggest increases coming in the years after that. And MPs who leave before the next election can still cash out at age 55.By 2015, the Conservative government will have been in power nine years.The majority of its members will have served the minimum six years required to collect a base pension, as will have the majority of Liberal MPs. Most of the largely rookie caucus of the New Democrats will have to get re-elected to access the lucrative pension benefits.Treasury Board President Tony Clement said that getting the package of changes through his caucus required discussion. But in the end, MPs felt it was the right approach.“This is historic, we’re proud of it, we think it’s the right thing to do,” he said.Clement said the changes will save taxpayers $2.6 billion over five years.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, which has long advocated an overhaul to the program, was not concerned about current MPs remaining unscathed.“We’re not going to get into the weeds on process,” said Kevin Lacey, the federation’s Atlantic director.“I think the results are what matter and, all things considered, this is still a very good package of reforms.”The changes were included as part of a massive omnibus budget implementation bill introduced Thursday, though had been hinted at in the March budget.The opposition parties had hoped the reforms wouldn’t be part of a bigger bill.“We’ve said since the beginning that we find we’re in a total conflict of interest to determine our own remuneration,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, who wants the matter studied by a committee.“We want to do our jobs as parliamentarians. We’d like to bring in actuaries, bring in experts.“The government’s balancing all sorts of figures and facts out there. We want to be able to sit down and do our jobs that we were elected to do which is to study this in proper detail.”The omnibus bill also presents a political quandary: if the opposition vote down the bill, they’ll be forced to answer why they voted down changes to their own pensions.“The government is trying to put everything into one single measure which gives us the problem that we can’t vote sincerely on all the measures,” said interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae.He suggested to the prime minister during question period that if the pension measures were hived off, his party would support them right away and even agree to accelerating the timetable for implementation.Harper said he’d take that idea under advisement.The prime minister is also taking a personal hit with the changes.The bill includes an amendment to a special allowance given to prime ministers once they leave office.Since 1963, they’ve received two-thirds of their salary each year after they turn 65 or as soon as they leave office, whichever comes first.Those who served before 2006 will still receive that amount.But for Harper and every prime minister who comes after, the allowance will drop to three per cent per year of service and only after they reach age 67.If Harper were to step down next year, he’d receive only $33,000 a year as opposed to more than $100,000 a year.“The prime minister, like all MPs, is doing his part,” said his spokeswoman Julie Vaux.Public-sector pensions were also affected by the changes introduced Thursday.Newly hired public servants will begin collecting theirs at 65 and not 60 and all will move toward contributing more over the next five years.The amount MPs contribute to their pensions will more closely mimic private-sector plans, but a key element still sets the program apart.The parliamentary pension fund is not invested in the markets and its interest rate is set by regulation and paid for by taxpayers, rendering it immune to fluctuations in the economy. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Security Council urges Libyan parties to agree on government of national accord

“The members of the Security Council agreed that commitment to a Government of National Accord is in the interests of the Libyan people and their future, in order to end Libya’s political, security and institutional crises, and to confront the rising threat of terrorism,” says a statement to the press, welcoming the meeting of the participants in the Libyan political dialogue in Morocco that took place from June 25 to 28. The Security Council, adds the statement, recognized the efforts made by all participants in the political dialogue and other tracks of the peace process, including civil society contributions, local-level ceasefires, prisoner exchanges and the return of internally displaced persons. The members of the Council encouraged UNSMIL to advance relevant efforts for coordination of international assistance to a future Government of National Accord, reiterating their support for the ongoing efforts of Special Representative to the Secretary General Bernardino León. Recalling its relevant resolutions, the members of the Security Council finally noted that the Sanctions Committee is prepared to sanction “those who threaten Libya’s peace, stability and security or that undermine the successful completion of its political transition.” read more

Jackets close season with shootout loss to Detroit

Following 65 minutes of scoreless hockey at Nationwide Arena Friday night, Todd Bertuzzi’s goal in the fourth round of a shootout sealed the Blue Jackets’ loss of their season finale to the Detroit Red Wings 1-0. Led by a strong performance between the pipes in which reigning Calder Memorial Trophy winner Steve Mason turned aside all 45 shots directed his way, the Jackets failed to muster any offense to help him out.  “Obviously we would have liked to get the win, but Mase looked like he found his game tonight,” Jackets captain Rick Nash said. “He was unbelievable.”  Offensively, the Jackets were only able to generate 22 shots on net. Columbus interim head coach Claude Noel said he believed fatigue played a part in their lack of offensive productivity.  “When I look at the game, it looked like it was our 10th game in 18 days,” Noel said. “The way we started the game, we looked like we were watching the game, and we looked a little tired.” After two periods of play, which contained relatively equal offensive opportunities for both teams, the tide turned in the third period as Detroit found itself at home in its offensive zone, out-shooting the Jackets 23-4 in the final stanza and overtime.  “We hit some posts and we had some chances but clearly in the third they took it to us,” Noel said.  Even with the offensive dry spell and barrage of shots on Mason, the Jackets never stopped fighting and were ultimately able to force overtime.  Overtime proved to be much of the same as the third, though, with the Jackets unable to produce any shots in the extra five minutes. But Mason delivered once again, stopping all four Red Wing shots and sending the contest to a shootout.  After goals from Nash and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk in the first round of the shootout, both teams failed to score again until the fourth round.  Ultimately, the Jackets’ final contest of the year finished in familiar fashion, as Bertuzzi ended the game on his top-shelf backhander, beating Mason and handing Columbus its league-leading 15th overtime/shootout loss of the year.  “The frustrating part in that game is to lose it in a shootout,” Noel said. “But I think that the players gave it their all and I was certainly happy with what they gave us.”  While the Jackets dropped their final five contests of the year by a single goal each time, Nash agrees that the effort was there and believes it is something this Jackets team can build upon.  “I think it’s exciting for next year,” Nash said. “If we can carry the momentum that we did in the last couple games then it will be real exciting.” read more

Air pistol fired at woman who tried to retrieve pet rabbit from

first_imgIt began as a petty dispute between two neighbours over parking.But the ten-year feud created such “bad blood” that one fired an air pistol at the other as she tried to retrieve her pet rabbit from his lawn.Paul Booth, 52, was furious when, on strolling into his conservatory, he spotted Susan Davis, a civil servant, in his garden.“What the f–k are you doing in my garden?” he yelled.Ms Davis, 49, explained that she was just trying to get the rabbit and claimed she had knocked on his door several times before crawling through the broken fence.But Booth suggested she should have knocked harder, adding: “If you don’t get out… I’m going to get a firearm” before disappearing behind a slammed door. Susan Davis at her home near Mancheste “My blood went cold,” she said. “It was so extreme and I didn’t know what he was capable of. I said just give me two minutes, I will grab the rabbit and be gone in a flash.”The next thing Ms Davis was aware of, she claimed, was a gas cylinder whistling past her ear.”I was so glad I had my back to him, because otherwise I’d have been absolutely terrified,” she added. Paul Booth leaving Manchester Magistrates’ Court where he was given a one year suspended sentenceCredit:Cavendish Press/Pat Isaacs Susan Davis's rabbit Oreo Susan Davis’s rabbit OreoCredit:Cavendish Press The neighbours’ row that had begun so innocuously escalated to the point where Booth would allegedly bang on the walls.“It went on for absolute years,” Ms Davis claimed.”The banging would happen four or five times a week from around four in the morning. He would thud the walls chanting and singing football songs and it was horrific. It was like Chinese water torture and I was so sleep deprived.”I went to the police but they said it only noise pollution so they couldn’t do anything.”The latest incident occurred in March when Oreo, a lop eared lionhead, escaped from her hutch and darted into Booth’s garden through a gap in a broken section of their adjoining fence.A week earlier, Ms Davis had seen Booth polishing his gun and took a picture of it, believing that it might come in useful.Police arrested him when she showed officers the photograph. Paul Booth leaving Manchester Magistrates' Court where he was given a one year suspended sentence JP Toni Pine said: “We have considered this case carefully and we are satisfied that this was a serious enough case that it crosses the custody threshold as there was a weapon used and there were other people present.” Booth, who is unemployed and relies on family handouts due to back problems, admitted threatening behaviour at Manchester Magistrates Court and was sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.He was also ordered to pay Miss Davis £100 compensation and £250 in prosecution costs.Humayun Khan, defending, said Booth, a member of a shooting club, disputed the fact that Ms Davis had knocked on his door but claimed that, although he had fired the pistol, it was not directed at her.“There had been friction between the neighbours for some 10 years and unfortunately this developed into bad blood between them and created a neighbours’ dispute,” he said.”There were no pellets in the gun it was simply gas. He did not mean to cause anybody harm just fear to get her off of his property. He knows this is a serious offence and he now has a serious conviction to his name.” “He came out behind me and opened fire. I didn’t know what was happening until I heard the bullet whiz past and my blood ran cold.“I was shocked. Thankfully, I’d just ducked out of the way because the rabbit moved – but he is obviously a good shot and could have easily hit me.“He could have killed me if he’d hit me in the right place.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Susan Davis at her home near ManchesteCredit:Cavendish Presslast_img read more