Pak PM Imran Khan leaves for US for first meeting with US

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday left for his maiden trip to the US to have face-to-face talks with President Donald Trump and reboot bilateral relations that were hit after he publicly criticised Islamabad, cancelled military aid and asked it to do more to fight terrorism. Prime Minister Khan’s visit comes at a time when talks between the US and Afghan Taliban are thought to have entered a decisive phase. Relations between Pakistan and the US have remained tense during Trump’s tenure. The US president has publicly said that Pakistan has given us “nothing but lies and deceit” and also suspended security and other assistance for backing terror groups. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangPrime Minister Khan, who is undertaking the three-day trip to the US on the invitation of Trump, will be accompanied by army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI chief Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed. He would visit the White House on Monday for detailed talks with Trump and would also meet House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before returning on July 23. Diplomatic sources said that issues like the Afghan peace process, Pakistan government’s action against terrorism and terror financing and restoration of military aid to Pakistan would be the highlights of the trip. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpPrime Minister Khan is expected to brief President Trump about the steps he has taken to normalise relations with India, especially after the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir and the Indo-Pak military standoff following the Balakot air strikes, they said. Khan’s visit comes at a time when talks between the US and Afghan Taliban are thought to have entered a decisive phase. Pakistan’s efforts have been appreciated for facilitating peace talks with the Taliban. Actions like launching of cases of terror financing against Hafiz Saeed, head of the Jamaat ud Dawa are signals aimed at addressing concerns by India and the US. Khan would fly by a commercial flight to land in Washington on Saturday evening. He would stay at the residence of Pakistan’s ambassador to reduce costs to the cash-strapped country’s exchequer. He would meet Pakistan diaspora, heads of IMF and World Bank, investors, media people, editors and also give a talk at the US Institute of Peace. Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal earlier this month said that the “agenda of the meeting is being developed through diplomatic channels” but the focus will be to “refreshing bilateral relations.” Efforts for arranging the Imran-Trump meeting have been going on for months. However, The Express Tribune reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman played a key role in arranging the meeting. According to officials with direct knowledge of the efforts, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman used his personal contacts with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner to arrange the invitation for the prime minister to the White House, the newspaper reported.last_img read more

New Artists Added To Farm Aid Lineup

first_imgGary Clark Jr., Todd Snider and the Raelyn Nelson Band will join Farm Aid at its annual benefit concert at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre on Saturday, Sept. 13, the organization announced today.“Over the past 29 years, hundreds of artists have stood with family farmers and electrified Farm Aid audiences,” said Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar. “Farm Aid is proud to welcome these talented performers to our stage for the first time.”Gary Clark Jr., Todd Snider and the Raelyn Nelson Band join the already star-studded Farm Aid 2014 lineup, which features Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Jack White, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Insects vs Robots.Tickets for Farm Aid 2014 are available at, the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. There are a limited number of tickets available.The all-day music and food festival offers concert-goers family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessions and hands-on activities in Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village.Farm Aid is partnering with eBay and Auction Cause to offer concertgoers a chance to bid on premier concert experiences and autographed memorabilia beginning this Thursday, Aug. 14. For more information, click here. Farm Aid is also teaming up with IfOnly to offer unique VIP Packages as well as autographed Gibson guitars to benefit Farm Aid. For more information, click here.Concertgoers can enhance their Farm Aid experience with the official Farm Aid 2014 mobile app, which will be available soon for iPhone and Android.For concert updates, visit Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.last_img read more

Donald Trump to Break COP 21 Agreement COP 22 in Marrakech

Myriam Ait MalkRabat – Donald Trump has recently stated that if elected as President of the U.S, he would break the COP 21 Paris Climate agreement and would not support the upcoming Marrakech Climate agreement.U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has captured American and international attention once again. In a political ceremony held in Bismarck, North Dakota on May 26, the front-running U.S. Republican candidate declared that he would sever all American ties with the COP 21 Paris Climate Accord, as well as any upcoming global warming summit. He further explained that he would aim to end “all regulations on energy procedures.”In his address to the North Dakotan audience, Trump said: “We have more natural gas than Russia, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia combined. We have three times more coal than Russia. Our total untapped oil and gas reserves on federal lands equal an estimated 50 trillion dollars. Think of that. We’re loaded; we don’t even know it. We’re loaded. We had no idea how rich we were.”Trump aims to establish what he calls “complete American energy independence” by putting an end to United States payments to U.N global warming initiatives.Under the Paris Climate Agreement of the COP 21, a total of 195 countries have seen eye-to-eye when it comes to limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius in order to mitigate the damaging effects of climate change.Donald Trump has been unrelentingly consistent when it comes to expressing his lack of belief in what he calls “man-made climate change.” According to Donald Trump’s Twitter posts, humans “have not played a major role in climate change”.The Republican candidate has also called climate change a “hoax” or “a scheme.”Laurent Fabius, former French foreign minister, told a London audience without directly referring to Trump, “think about the impact of the coming U.S presidential elections. If a climate change denier was to be elected, it would threaten dramatically global action against climate disruption.”On the Democratic Party’s side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders remain supportive of the Paris agreement, as opposed to Trump. read more

As temperatures drop UN distributes winter aid to displaced Pakistanis

24 November 2009The United Nations refugee agency has begun distributing additional relief supplies to civilians displaced by the ongoing military operations in north-west Pakistan to help them cope as temperatures begin to drop in the region. The first phase of the winterization drive carried out by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) started on Monday in Jalozai camp, near Peshawar in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).Some 85,000 people, or 13,600 families, are expected to benefit from the additional aid, which will continue to be distributed in eight camps until 28 November.More than 82,000 blankets, 37,000 plastic sheets and some 55,000 sleeping mats will be distributed this week in several camps including in Jalozai, Jalala, Benazir complex, Wali Kandow, and Palosa in NWFP.According to UNHCR, there are currently more than 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) residing in 10 camps in NWFP, with more than 80,000 living in the largest camp, Jalozai.The agency said that up to 900,000 people from the northern areas of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and NWFP could still be displaced and staying with host communities, according to overall relief distribution figures.“Movement back and forth between displacement and return areas has made it difficult to have more precise estimate on the remaining IDPs,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva. UNHCR and its partners are carrying out a re-screening process at seven humanitarian hubs in five districts of NWFP to better understand the scope and needs of the remaining displaced population, he added.In addition to the aid that is being distributed to those in the camps, UNHCR is continuing to distribute tents to people who fled the fighting and are staying in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank districts with host families. More than 14,000 family tents, as well as sleeping mats, blankets, jerry cans and kitchen sets, have been given out so far. read more

Ban announces Israeli Turkish members of inquiry panel into flotilla incident

7 August 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the Israeli and Turkish members of the Panel of Inquiry on the 31 May incident involving a flotilla headed for Gaza after departing Turkey. Israel’s Panel member Joseph Ciechanover and Turkey’s Panel member Özdem Sanberk both “have distinguished records of public service,” Mr. Ban said in a statement. The Secretary-General said that he looks forward to meeting the men on 10 August in New York, when they will join the Panel’s other members: Geoffrey Palmer, Chair of the Panel and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Alvaro Uribe, Vice-Chair of the Panel and outgoing President of Colombia. “As I said when announcing the Panel, I hope the Panel will fulfil its mandate based on the Presidential Statement of the Security Council and with the fullest cooperation of the relevant national authorities of the two countries,” Mr. Ban said. read more

WatchCIBC follows TD RBC to raise its fiveyear fixed mortgage rate today

TORONTO — The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce says it will raise its five-year fixed-rate mortgage rate Tuesday by 15 basis points.Spokesman Tom Wallis says in an email that the rate will change from 4.99 per cent to 5.14 per cent.Toronto-Dominion Bank lifts mortgage rate in ‘biggest move in years,’ RBC follows suitJumping mortgage rates will further tighten the debt vise for CanadiansWallis says seven-year and 10-year fixed-rate mortgage rates will also rise 15 basis points, whereas one- and two-year rates will go up 10 basis points.The Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto Dominion Bank announced last week that they would raise their benchmark mortgage rates.TD lifted its posted rate for five-year fixed mortgages by 45 basis points to 5.59 per cent, the biggest hike in years, observers said.RBC raised its posted rate for a five-year fixed mortgage on Monday to 5.34 per cent compared with the 5.14 per cent currently posted.The increases come as government bond yields rise. Fixed-rate mortgages tend to move with government bond yields of a similar term, reflecting the change in borrowing costs. read more

Caterpillar in biggest deal of its history to buy Bucyrus International

first_imgCaterpillar clearly believes in a strong future for the mining industry. It and Bucyrus International have entered into an agreement under which Caterpillar will acquire Bucyrus International in a transaction valued at about $8.6 billion (including net debt). Caterpillar says the “acquisition is based on [its] key strategic imperative to expand its leadership in mining equipment.”Caterpillar also says the deal will allow it “to capitalise on the robust long-term outlook for commodities driven by the trend of rapid growth in emerging markets which are improving infrastructure, rapidly developing urban areas and industrialising their economies.”“For several years, mining customers have been asking us to expand our range of products and services to better serve their increasingly complex requirements,” said Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman. “This announcement says to those customers, we heard you loud and clear. It is a strong statement about our belief in the bright future of the mining industry. Our strategy calls for disciplined investment in attractive industries that value our product and service delivery model,” Oberhelman said.“Our performance through the global economic turmoil of 2008-2009 allowed us to emerge with a strong balance sheet and the ability to make strategic investments in companies like Bucyrus. This, and other recent acquisitions, will position Caterpillar for industry leadership.”Tim Sullivan, Bucyrus President and CEO, said, “This is an outstanding and financially compelling transaction for our shareholders. More fundamentally, it is a testament to the tremendous value our talented team of employees has created over the past several years and to the strength of our brand in the global mining machinery marketplace. I am confident that we have found an excellent partner in Caterpillar.“Caterpillar is a first-rate global company and it shares our commitment to providing innovative products and exceptional service to customers, creating a collaborative and safe work environment for employees and minimising the impact on the environment. We are very pleased that Caterpillar has committed to locate its mining business headquarters in Milwaukee and we are confident that the combined global platform will be extremely well positioned to capitalise on the substantial growth opportunities in this market in the years ahead.”The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies and represents an implied premium of 32% to Bucyrus’ share price as of November 12, 2010. Caterpillar will fund the acquisition through a combination of cash from the balance sheet, debt and up to $2 billion in equity. The transaction is expected to close in mid-2011. Caterpillar intends to locate its mining business headquarters in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Bucyrus headquarters is currently located, and maintain the Bucyrus brand for the principal Bucyrus legacy products.The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, customary closing conditions and approval by Bucyrus stockholders. At that time, Caterpillar Group President Steve Wunning will have executive office accountability for Bucyrus, along with his current responsibilities for the company’s mining business.“Even today at mine sites around the world, our customers are using Bucyrus shovels to load Caterpillar mining trucks,” Wunning said. “This combination, as well as the significant expansion in products and facility capacity already announced, gives us the opportunity to expand the range of surface and underground mining products and solutions offered to customers by Caterpillar and its dealer network.”Caterpillar says a driving motivation for the transaction is its estimate of more than “$400 million in annual synergies beginning in 2015 derived from the combined financial strength and complementary product offerings of the combined mining equipment businesses.”Synergies driven by the acquisition include:Market leading sales and support capabilities of Caterpillar dealers and a broad, one-stop shop for global mining customersCaterpillar Remanufacturing products and services for Bucyrus equipmentCaterpillar engines and components to enhance performance and lower owning and operating costs for Bucyrus equipmentAdditional scale and cost efficiencies in areas such as purchasing and engineeringDeployment of manufacturing best practices through the Caterpillar Production System.last_img read more

Commerce Resources reports success using Krupin Process for TaNb upgrading

first_imgCommerce Resources Corp has announced that a tantalum and niobium sample from the Upper Fir Deposit in British Columbia has been successfully processed utilising the patented Krupin Process. The company is now working towards the signing of a definitive agreement whereby Commerce Resources will acquire the global rights to the Krupin Process. “Upon signing of such a definitive agreement, additional data on the Krupin Process may be made available.”The intent of this agreement will be to further the development of the Upper Fir tantalum and niobium deposit towards production with the incorporation of the Krupin Process on site in British Columbia. The company believes that the chemical upgrading technology offered by Dr Krupin is cost advantageous compared to conventional processing approaches.The sample of Upper Fir Deposit material, totaling approximately 1,300 kg was sent by the company to the Krupin facility and was received there in the fall of 2017. The processing took place thereafter and following initial reports of success, the company sent Dr Axel Hoppe, the Chairman of the Board, to visit the facility and to evaluate the test results.Dr Hoppe was pleased to report that the initial test data from the Krupin Process was highly encouraging, with strong indications of it representing a superior approach of processing a mixed tantalum and niobium concentrate to marketable samples of Nb2O5 and high grade Ta2O5/Nb2O5 mixed oxide. Dr Hoppe states: “It is expected that applying this technology will offer advantages in lowering the cost structure of the Blue River Project in regards to both capital expenditure and operating cost. We look forward to continuing our mutual developments with Dr Krupin.”The Upper Fir deposit has an Indicated Mineral Resource totalling 48.4 Mt at 197 ppm Ta2O5 and 1,610 ppm Nb2O5, and an Inferred Mineral Resource totalling 5.4 Mt at 191 ppm Ta2O5 and 1,760 ppm Nb2O5. The Blue River Project is located near the town of Blue River, which is approximately 250 km north of the city of Kamloops and approximately 90 km south of the town of Valemount. The project comprises 105,373 hectares (1,000 km2) of mineral claims. Power transmission lines, rail, as well as paved and gravel roads are all adjacent to, or within the property boundaries. Transalta Corp.’s 18 MW Bone Creek run-of-river hydroelectricity project, located near the Upper Fir, was commissioned in June 2011.The Upper Fir carbonatite has average thicknesses of 30 m, ranging between 5 m to about 90 m thick, and with strike lengths ranging between 50 m to 1,100 m. Both dolomite carbonatite and calcite carbonatite occur within the Upper Fir carbonatite. Mineralisation comprises disseminated Ta and Nb-bearing ferrocolumbite.last_img read more

EHF CL Round 5 First defeat for PSG – Metalurg and Alingsas

2Pick Szeged5401144:1338 P 4Orlen Wisła Płock5203137:1384 4Montpellier Agglomeration HB5122154:1604 3Naturhouse La Rioja5302149:1456 P ← Previous Story Kielce beat Aalborg in Denmark Next Story → Andrea Lekic to miss EHF EURO 2014 start? EHF Champions League 3AaB Aalborg Handbold5212127:1245 4Meshkov Brest5203137:1394 5RK Prvo Plinarsko Društvo Zagreb5202111:1174 2Vardar Skopje5311151:1377 1THW Kiel5401153:1358 4Kadetten Schaffhausen5113126:1443 6Alingsas HK5005119:1480 P 1FC Barcelona5410167:1389 Grupa B:Besiktas Istanbuł – Alingsas HK 28:26 (13:15)Orlen Wisla Plock – KK Kobenhavn 27:28SG Flensburg – FC Barcelona 33:37 5Dunkerque HB5104113:1232 6Chekhovskie Medvedi5014151:1771 Here are the complete results of the VELUX EHF Champions League ROUND 5:Grupa A:Naturhouse La Rioja – Metalurg Skopje 31:27 (13:13)Paris Saint-Germain – THW Kiel 25:27 (13:12)Brest Meshkov – PPD Zagreb 26:22 3Rhein-Neckar Löwen5302149:1356 5Celje Pivovarna Lasko5104138:1472 5Besiktas Istanbuł5104117:1502 1MKB Veszprém5500142:12910 P 2KIF Kolding5410148:1209 1Vive Tauron Kielce5500155:13610 Grupa C:Montpellier Agglomeration HB – Chekhovskie Medvedi 32:32 (15:14)Vardar – Veszprem 23:24RNL – Celje PL 31:27 2Paris Saint-Germain5401140:1248 Grupa D:Pick Szeged – Dunkerque HB 23:21 (11:10)AaB Aalborg Handbold – Vive Tauron Kielce 25:27 (12:13)Motor – Kadetten 31:27 6HC Motor Zaporoże5104129:1342 3SG Flensburg-Handewitt5302147:1416 6Metalurg Skopje5005117:1470 read more

Justin Bieber Techs 2010 Person of the Year

first_imgWho is 2010’s tech person of the year? Is it Mark Zuckerberg, the world’s youngest billionaire, who helped transform Facebook into a global juggernaut, donated absurd amounts of money to charity, and was the basis for the year’s most critically acclaimed film?What about Steve Jobs, who turned the tech world on its head yet again with the introduction of the iPad, which kickstarted the consumer tablet market?Maybe it’s Meg Whitman, or Carly Fiorina, who both parlayed CEO jobs at prominent tech companies into much-publicized bids for office in California.I would like to throw my support behind another candidate–that’s right, Justin Bieber (OMG, et al). The 16-year-old Canadian pop singer earned a top spot in tech headlines this year, thanks in no small part a seemingly permanent spot atop Twitter’s trending topics.Bieber made a name for himself after his young mother began uploading videos of her son performing song covers. He quickly built up a legion of absurdly loyal–and intense–fans who have grown up on social networking. As various social networks reveal their year-end lists of hot topics, the point is made all the more clear: 2010 was the year of the Bieber. After the jump, check a round up of our Bieber coverage from 2010.March 26: Bieber’s Manager Arrested for Not TweetingManager Scott “Scooter” Braun is arrested on criminal nuisance and reckless endangerment charges after a canceled Bieber appearance leads to a crowd nightmare. According to police, Braun failed to alert the fanbase via Twitter.April 1: Funny or Die Becomes Bieber or DieComedy site Funny or Die teams up with the teen star for April Fool’s. Bieber recreates a number of popular viral videos like “David after the Dentist” as only he can.May 18: Anti-Bieber Firefox Plug-inPeople are already feeling the effects of Bieber-overload by May, so a company called Free Art and Technology introduces a Firefox plug-in with the creepy name “Shaved Bieber,” which blocks all mention of the pop star within the browser.July 1: 4Chan’s Bieber North Korea PrankBieber posts an online poll asking fans where he should go next on his tour. 4Chan steps in, attempting to get Bieber to make a stop in North Korea. 4Chan, incidentally, also managed to get the phrase “Justin Bieber Syphillis.”July 6: Bieber Death/Porn ExploitThe same week that 4Chan attempted to send the Biebz to North Korea, a YouTube exploit lures in fans with claims that singer has died. Clicking on it redirects the user to a porn site–where else?September 8: Twitter Devotes Racks of Space to BieberHow much of Twitter’s backend is devoted to Justin Bieber tweets? A staggering 3 percent, according to an unnamed Twitter employee. Racks of servers are dedicated to him.”September 30: Justin Bieber HeadphonesFollowing in the footsteps of Dre, Lady Gaga, and Diddy, Monster gives Bieber his own line of headphones. They’re purple–Bieber’s favorite color.October 8: Justin Bieber Kicked off of FacebookNo, not that Justin Bieber. A fellow with the same name as the pop singer is booted off of Facebook, after being accused of using a fake name. he and Hiroko Yoda have a lot to talk about. December 1: Bieber 3D Movies Sells 26,000 TicketsParamount announces a sneak preview of Bieber’s upcoming 3D movie, Never Say Never, selling 26,000 tickets in 12 hours–a full three months before show time. December 1: Bieber Tops Year End Search ResultsSurprised? Neither are we. Nothing to see here. Move along.December 2: Bieber Blocked from YouTube for Uploading Own MusicBieber hits back against YouTube after the site won’t let him upload his own music. He tells his Twitter audience that he’s moving to Facebook instead.last_img read more

Apple to innovate iPad like crazy says Tim Cook

first_imgAmidst Apple’s earnings call for the December quarter (which saw record growth and revenue), some of the most interesting talk came from Tim Cook when he was asked about the iPad. Though it’s along the same lines as what we’ve heard in the past, Cook dropped some hints about Apple’s future and dismissed concerns about the Kindle Fire.When asked about the competition from budget tablets like the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, Cook didn’t sound particularly worried. He said that these devices are basically eReaders with limited functionality. He acknowledged that some customers will buy them, but said that people who want an iPad won’t want to settle for such a “limited function” device. Take that, Jeff Bezos.Cook then continued with the frame that Steve Jobs presented at the iPad 2 event last year. In that keynote, Jobs had said that 2010 was “the year of the iPad,” and then asked rhetorically whether 2011 would be “the year of the copycats?” Of course not, he said; 2011 would also be the year of the iPad. Today Cook referenced that, saying that 2011 wasn’t, in fact, the Year of the Tablet, but was the second consecutive Year of the iPad. It’s all rhetoric, but sales figures agree with this assessment.Cook did throw us a little bone about the future of the iPad. Though Apple isn’t going to reveal any secrets until a product is being unveiled, he said that Apple is going to “continue to innovate like crazy” in the iPad area.What does this mean? Well, it’s the type of thing a CEO typically says about a product, but it also doesn’t sound like the point of view of a company that’s planning on sitting still. The next iPad will likely sport a 2048×1536 Retina display, an A6 (possibly quad-core) system-on-a-chip, and upgraded cameras. Would this constitute “innovating like crazy?” Probably — but don’t rule out Apple having something else up its sleeve come March. Siri? An Apple gaming platform? We’ll probably know in less than two months.last_img read more

Leaked iPhone 5 case can be rented for 7890 per day

first_imgIn the run up to the launch of the iPhone 5 we have seen more part leaks than for any other iPhone. It has gotten to the point where you can construct a near complete smartphone based on all the leaks, and unless Apple has been cleverly diverting us away from the truth with fake components, there will be few surprises come the expected launch date of September 12.All these leaks have been viewed as a money-making opportunity by some Chinese companies.The galleries of images appearing on Chinese websites apparently don’t come cheap, with NetEase explaining that in order to get your hands on different parts you should expect to pay, and pay a lot.For the supposed official iPhone 5 case you see in the images above, access was only given to capture shots and take measurements when a rent was paid. For 24 hours with the case you can expect to pay 50,000 Chinese yuan. That works out to around $7,890. In other words, it’s totally not worth paying for with no guarantee this is an official part.Some people will be willing to pay, though, and that’s what these companies or individuals are relying on. Who would pay? Most likely accessory manufacturers keen to get their iPhone 5 cases, screen protectors, and clip-on battery packs manufactured in time for Apple’s launch event. With a new dock connector expected too, there’s surely more demand than ever to get an early look and find out exactly how big it is and how it works.With that being the case, leaked iPhone 5 parts should generate quite a lot of profit over the coming weeks for anyone with access to the production lines.More at MIC Gadget and NetEaselast_img read more

Victory for the victims French court rules man who had sex with

first_img 28,027 Views By AFP Share38 Tweet Email1 ‘Victory for the victims’ – French court rules man who had sex with 11-year-old girl must face rape charge The ruling is a landmark one in France, where no age of consent currently exists. Feb 14th 2018, 7:35 AM Short URL The hall of justice in Pontoise Source: AP/PA ImagesA COURT IN France has ruled that a 29-year-old man on trial for having sex with an 11-year-old girl must face rape charges, while declaring itself incompetent to rule in the highly controversial case.The court adjourned indefinitely after the man went on trial for sexual assault rather than rape, in a case that triggered an outcry after prosecutors judged that the sex was “consensual”, despite the girl’s young age.France does not treat sex between an adult and a minor as rape unless there is proof that force was used, and the government has vowed to introduce an age of consent.The local court in the Paris suburb of Pontoise said after a day of closed-door hearings that the man should be put on trial for rape, pushing the decision to a higher court.The girl’s family were outraged by the initial decision not to try him for rape, and their lawyer Carine Diebolt has hailed the ruling as “a victory for the victims”.“There is no question of consent when we’re talking about a child of 11 years,” she had told reporters before the trial opened.She has asked for the case to be adjourned and a rape charge to be applied, insisting that the child was shocked, intimidated and threatened by the defendant.center_img No Comments Defence lawyers Marc Goudarzian and Sandrine Parise-Heideiger, pictured outside court Source: AP/PA ImagesThe father of two children, then aged 28, approached the girl in a public area of a housing estate in Montmagny northwest of Paris.She performed oral sex in an elevator on the way to his apartment where they had penetrative sex.The defendant’s lawyer, Marc Goudarzian, cast doubt on the girl’s testimony and insisted his client thought the girl was 17 because she had passed puberty. “She wasn’t born yesterday,” Goudarzian added.In November last year, a man was acquitted of rape after having sex with an 11-year-old after a jury found no evidence that she had been forced into the relationship.And in another widely publicised case in November this year, a teacher was given a suspended jail sentence rather than a prison term, for having sex with a 14-year-old pupil.President Emmanuel Macron, who is married to his former schoolteacher, has proposed a new law that would make 15 the age of consent.Comments are closed for legal reasons© – AFP, 2018Read: United Airlines plane forced to make emergency landing after engine cover rips apart mid-flightRead: Boris Johnson is set to tell the world that NOT Brexiting would be a disaster Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 7:35 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Terrorists dont care who they kill Theresa May says Europe must protect

first_img 7,667 Views “When these atrocities occur, people look to us as leaders to provide the response. We must ensure nothing prevents us from fulfilling our first duty as leaders to protect our citizens.” British Prime Minister Theresa May Source: Paul Ellis/PA Wire/PA ImagesMay called on the EU to not let “rigid institutional restrictions” get in the way of a wide-ranging post-Brexit security partnership. She warned that there will be “damaging real-world consequences” if such a plan isn’t agreed.She added that Britain is “just as committed to Europe’s security in the future as we have been in the past”.“This cannot be a time when any of us allow competition between partners, rigid institutional restrictions or deep-seated ideology to inhibit our cooperation and jeopardise the security of our citizens,” she stated.Britain is due to leave the EU in March 2019.Contains reporting from AP Read: 13 Russians charged with interfering in US electionRead: McDonald: ‘If the DUP crashed this thinking that they would return to the bosom of direct rule, they thought wrong’ ‘Terrorists don’t care who they kill’: Theresa May says Europe must protect citizens She called for a “deep and special partnership” to be maintained between the UK and the European Union post-Brexit. Video won’t play? Click here.BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has called for a “deep and special partnership” in relation to security to be maintained between the UK and the European Union post-Brexit.In a speech delivered at the Munich Security Conference in Germany this morning, May spoke about the impact of terror attacks on Europe.She said people throughout Europe have “shared the pain and heartbreak of terrorist atrocities”, noting it’s almost a year since the “despicable” attack in Westminster, which was followed by further attacks in Manchester and London. 61 Comments Share93 Tweet Email Short URL As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:center_img Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 10:24 AM These people don’t care if they kill and maim Parisians, Berliners, Londoners or Mancunians because it’s the common values that we all share which they seek to attack and defeat, but I say we will not let them. By Órla Ryan Feb 17th 2018, 10:24 AM Source: Sky News/Twitter “Europe’s security is our security… the United Kingdom is unconditionally committed to maintaining it” says Theresa May speaking in Munich— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 17, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Lions reinforcements on way as Gatland set to announce 5 or 6

first_imgLions reinforcements on way as Gatland set to announce 5 or 6 call-ups Warren Gatland is set to bring in additional players for his midweek team. Short URL 42,982 Views Jun 16th 2017, 12:30 PM 83 Comments Share27 Tweet Email Follow us: By Murray Kinsella Murray Kinsella reports from New ZealandTHE LIONS ARE set to bring a crop of reinforcements into their squad as they look to reduce the workload on their Test match 23.Warren Gatland will confirm the names of five or six players following this weekend’s fixtures involving Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England. Gatland will look to bring in fresh faces. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe Lions say this set of call-ups was always part of the plan, with Gatland understood to have discussed it with the four national team coaches.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen raised the prospect on Thursday, suggesting that Warren Gatland would call up a group of players in order to split his squad into a Test group and a midweek team to play against the Chiefs and Hurricanes.But Gatland himself had stated all the way back in September – when he was confirmed as Lions boss – that something of this nature was a possibility.“One thing that I spoke about in the interview process, the hardest game is the Chiefs game before the first Test,” said Gatland.“How do you protect that Test match 23? I know Wales are in the Islands, Scotland are in Australia, England-Argentina and Ireland-Japan, so there is potentially an opportunity to maybe bring in four or five to sit on the bench.“That is my thought process at the moment. You want to protect that Test 23. It made a massive difference in 2013, we had players on the bench, but not exposing the 15 to having to be involved. That is important.”And Gatland will now remain true to his word about calling in a group of players to augment the Lions squad for that Chiefs game, which takes place in Hamilton on Tuesday.Wales played Tonga in Auckland this morning, while Scotland face Australia in Sydney on Saturday, meaning they are likely to provide the bulk of the players added to the Lions squad. Ireland are in Japan, while England are touring Argentina.Gatland originally named a squad of 41 players, which had appeared to cover most bases, but he is keen to ensure that none of those involved in next weekend’s first Test against the All Blacks are involved versus the Chiefs.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! All Blacks set to give a glimpse of the challenge facing the LionsSexton suddenly the main man for the Lions with Farrell a doubt Friday 16 Jun 2017, 12:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Jet Airways to enhance connectivity to US shares rise

first_imgJet Airways on Thursday announced that it would offer seamless connectivity to North America and Europe over Paris as part of its revised winter schedule, along with its partners Air France and Delta Airlines.Following the news, the Jet Airways stock was trading at Rs 547.30 at around 3:25 pm on Friday, up 1.55 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.The new schedule will come into effect from October 30. Flight 9W 124 from Mumbai to Paris will depart at 0250 hrs and arrive at 0820 hrs local time, while on the return leg, 9W 123 will depart Paris at 1130 hrs local time and land in Mumbai at 0045 hrs the following day, the airline said in a statement.The airline will operate an Airbus A330-200 aircraft on this route, with 18 premiere seats that open up as flatbeds and 236 ergonomic economy seats. As a result of the revised timing, passengers will now be able to connect to 10 North American cities over Paris.Some of the popular destinations in Europe include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Madrid, Manchester, Munich, Nice, Oslo, Prague, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Vienna, and Zurich.According to data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, India’s civil aviation regulator, domestic carriers had flown 67 lakh (6.7 million) passengers in August 2015. In August this year, Jet Airways witnessed a marginal increase in its market share, to 16.4 percent from 16.3 percent since July.The carrier’s passenger load factor (PLF) stood at 81.7 percent.last_img read more

BCS teachers work abstention continues

first_imgThe two-day work abstention of the teachers who joined government colleges after passing the BCS exams continues for the second day on Monday. Photo: Prothom AloThe two-day work abstention of the teachers who joined government colleges after passing the BCS exams continues for the second day, halting regular classes in government colleges on Monday.The BCS general education association called the two-day work abstention protesting at the government’s plan to give teachers of nationalised colleges the same status and benefits as them.BCS general education association president I K Selimullah Khondakar said if the demands are not met then they will hold another two-day work abstention from 6-8 January 2018.He said that they would not have any programme in December as it was victory month. During that time they would carry out a campaign instead.He also said that teachers will take up indefinite work abstention if any decision was taken outside of the prime minister’s orders and the education policy. On Sunday, the BCS teachers halted work, demanding ‘no BCS, no cadre’. Following their protest, the National University postponed all its exams for Sunday and Monday.Recently the government took initiative to nationalise around 300 colleges and to give about 12,000 teachers of these institutions the same status and benefits as the BCS teachers.last_img read more

Louisville Defeats Illinois State 51

first_imgStory Links Match Notes:Illinois State 12-8Louisville Men’s Tennis 14-9Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,2,4,3,5)T-2:18  A-134  Print Friendly Version Louisville 5, Illinois State 103/31/2019 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)Singles1. Fabien Salle (LOU) vs. Igor Kolaric (ILS) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished2. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) def. Pol Rius Botifoll (ILS) 6-4, 6-13. Sergio Hernandez (LOU) def. Aleksa Lazarevic (ILS) 7-5, 6-14. Federico Gomez (LOU) def. Jorge Quispe (ILS) 6-4, 6-45. Diego Herrera (ILS) def. David Mizrahi (LOU) 7-5, 6-06. Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) def. Egehan Sertkaya (ILS) 6-4, 6-1Doubles1. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff/Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Egehan Sertkaya/Aleksa Lazarevic (ILS) 7-52. Federico Gomez/Marcus Sulen (LOU) def. Jorge Quispe/Diego Herrera (ILS) 6-33. Brandon Lancaster/Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) vs. Igor Kolaric/Zacharias Rasmusson (ILS) 6-5, unfinished Matchup History The matchup at No. 1 between freshman Fabien Salle and Igor Kolaric was suspended after each player won and set and the match was already decided. In singles action, freshman Alex Wesbrooks quickly added to the lead with a 6-4, 6-1 decision against Sertkaya on court six. Senior Brandon Lancaster brought the match score to 3-0 when he beat Pos Rius Botifoll 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 2 spot. Gomez clinched the victory on court four where he defeated Quispe 6-4, 6-4. Freshman Sergio Hernandez posted a 7-5, 6-1 win over Lazarevic at No. 3 to push the Cardinals’ lead to 5-0. The Redbirds got on the scored on court five where Herrera defeated freshman David Mizrahi 7-5, 6-0. Preview “We had a slow start in doubles but we got through it,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “-Then we had a little bit of a slow start in singles, and we just pushed through it. It’s always a battle with them. Their guys fight really, really hard. They don’t give us an inch. You just have to win in a slow grind like that.center_img The Cardinals (14-9) grabbed the doubles point to start the match. The duo of senior Federico Gomez and freshman Marcus Sulen gave Louisville an early edge by beating Jorge Quispe and Deigo Herrera 6-3 on court two. Senior Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and freshman Fabien Salle secured the point with a 7-5 victory over Egehan Sertkaya and Aleksa Lazarevic at the No. 1 spot. Federico Gomez Post Match Interview Full Schedule Roster Coach Rex Ecarma Post Match Interview Up next, Louisville will hit the road for a pair of ACC matches at Clemson on Friday and No. 29 Georgia Tech on Sunday. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s tennis team defeated Illinois State 5-1 Sunday evening at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Next Match: at Clemson 4/5/2019 | 4:00 p.m.last_img read more

This Irish Bar Holds the Record as the Worlds Oldest Pub –

first_imgAmong its many attractions, Ireland boasts some of the best pubs in the world. In fact, the Irish do traditional inns so well, they have become a global export, and you’re sure to find at least one Irish pub in any major town or city, wherever you are in the world. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the world’s oldest pub is to be found in Ireland. Sean’s Bar, in the bustling town of Athlone in central Ireland, is a popular watering hole that has been catering to thirsty customers since around 900 AD.Sean’s Bar, Athlone. Photo by Chris55 CC BY-SA 3.0According to The Irish Mirror, Sean’s Bar is officially included in the Guinness World Records as the oldest pub in the world, narrowly beating the Bingley Arms, another 1000-year-old establishment in Leeds, England.The pub was originally established around the turn of the 10th century when a local businessman decided to open an inn in order to take advantage of passing trade at the ford of the River Shannon.Sean’s bar music. Photo by Chris55 CC BY-SA 3.0Never one to miss an opportunity, he also began to guide travelers through the treacherous waters of the ford, and no doubt, directly into his pub.Athlone – Sean’s bar. Photo by Serge Ottaviani CC BY-SA 4.0According to The Irish Mirror, the man’s name was Luain, and he eventually gave his name to the town of Athlone itself, which was originally known as Atha Luain, or “the ford of Luain”.Athlone – Sean’s bar. Photo by Serge Ottaviani CC BY-SA 4.0The ford and the inn soon attracted visitors and settlers, and over the following centuries, the site grew into an important town. A castle was even constructed here in the early 12th century, by local ruler, King Turlough O’Conner. The bustling trade that accompanied the expansion of the town continued to provide a regular clientele for the historic inn.Athlone – sean’s bar. Photo by Serge Ottaviani CC BY-SA 4.0The 20th century owners of the pub had little idea of its significant past until renovations in the late 1960s revealed the remains of a wattle and daub wall that could be confidently dated to the early 10th century. According to The Irish Mirror, they also found a number of coins dating from the same period, perhaps dropped by customers who had consumed one ale too many.Sean’s Pub – Oldest in Ireland. Photo by Joseph Mischyshyn CC BY-SA 2.0Although the current building has been rebuilt, renovated and modernized over the centuries, it still contains many period features that date back hundreds of years. In particular, the characteristic sloping floor is believed to have been specially designed to avoid flood damage.Main Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Photo by P L Chadwick CC BY-SA 2.0The inn’s close proximity to the River Shannon was advantageous for trade, but posed a challenge in heavy rain, when the river would often burst its banks, causing water to come cascading down the road and straight into the front of the pub.Sean’s bar. Photo by Serge Ottaviani CC BY-SA 4.0Sean’s bar. Photo by Serge Ottaviani CC BY-SA 4.0Instead of attempting to halt the flow of water, the pub’s owners simply built the floor of the pub on a slant, funneling the water straight out of the back door. They would then sprinkle sawdust on the floor to soak up the remaining water and prevent customers from slipping. This tradition is continued today, leaving the original floor of the pub in place.Related Video: American Slang words which come from the IrishAccording to The Journal, the reputation of Sean’s Bar has drawn an eclectic crowd over the years, and several famous faces have been spotted within its walls. Among its notable clientele are the Irish band U2, comedian and actor John C. Reilly, and Dallas superstars Larry Hagman and Linda Gray.Sean’s barThere is also a persistent rumor that Boy George was briefly the owner of the pub, but according to current owner Paul Donovan, this is fiction. In fact, the rumor originated from a joke made between the previous owners and some mischievous punters.More recently, the pub has begun to explore the rich local history of which it is a part. In conjunction with the West Cork Distillery, the owners have developed a unique blended Irish whiskey, bearing the historic name of the pub.Sean’s Pub – Oldest bar in Ireland – 900AD. Photo by Joseph Mischyshyn CC BY-SA 2.0Whiskey production has long been an important part of the local heritage, and the annals of the nearby Clonmacnoise contain the earliest ever reference to whiskey production anywhere in the world.Read another story from us: Historic London Pub once Frequented by Dickens now owned by Sir Ian McKellenToday, Sean’s Bar stands as a testimony to an ancient, yet thriving, Irish tradition, as locals and strangers gather together in the pub to share a drink, music, and good company.last_img read more