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Spanish Political Party in Melilla Defends Import of Moroccan Sheep for

Rabat – Defending Muslims in Melilla, Spanish political party Coalition for Melilla (CPM) has said that they will end the coalition with the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSO) unless the ban on sheep imports from Morocco is lifted.The CPM currently holds the majority in the government of the autonomous city. They are calling on the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (Mapama) to allow the import of sheep from Morocco for the upcoming Eid Al Adha, the feast of sacrifice celebrated by Muslims across the world.President of the party, Mustafa Aberchan, said that if the ministry says that it has no agreement “under any circumstances, as we think it does, we would not reconcile the action  of the government with the party that supports the central executive,” according to Melilla Hoy. The president added that it will dedicate all its efforts to taking the case to court if necessary.Aberchan recalled that his party filed an administrative complaint for perversion of justice against former president of the regional ministry for Public Health, Paz Velazquez, due to the ban on sheep imports.“That is why the former president of the Presidency is sitting on the bench, because that behavior should not be allowed…  the only possible way is to expand the complaint,” Aberchan threatened the Ministry of Agriculture.The political party emphasized that Spanish laws “establish preventive measures” against foot and mouth disease for the entry of  animals to Melilla and Ceuta.However, the party president stressed that “At no time” the law “speaks of the prohibition” of access of sheep to both cities.Morocco is expected to celebrate Eid al Adha on August 12. The Eid is a religious holiday celebrated annually by Muslims worldwide on the 10th of the month of Dhu Al-Hijjah.It is the last and most sacred month in the Hijri Calendar (Islamic lunar calendar), and is the month in which the Hajj (pilgrimage) takes place.² read more

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Singapore reportedly criminalizes publication of fake news

Singapore reportedly has passed a law criminalizing publication of fake news and allowing the government to block and order the removal of such content.The Strait Times reports the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill passed Wednesday night by a vote of 72-9 with three abstaining.The law bans falsehoods that are prejudicial to Singapore or likely to influence elections and requires service providers to remove such content or allows the government to block it. Offenders could face a jail term of up to 10 years and hefty fines.Opponents in Parliament have said it gives government ministers too much power to determine what was false and broadly defined public interest.The Associated Press

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UN refugee agency set to bolster aid work in Myanmar

12 March 2009The United Nations refugee chief today announced plans to ramp up his agency’s operations in Myanmar, at the end of a six-day visit to the South-East Asian country. António Guterres travelled to Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw, as well as Sittwe and Myeik, where he was able to observe the humanitarian work carried out by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).According to a news release issued at the end of his visit, Mr. Guterres held “frank and open” discussions with Government officials, covering areas of concern to the agency, from prevention of displacement to voluntary return, registration and legal status, and improvements to economic and social conditions.Both sides agreed on the importance of a continued UNHCR presence in northern Rakhine State and in the south-east of the country, and an agreement was reached to extend the agency’s work with the population of northern Rakhine State.Based on his observations and discussions which took place during the trip, Mr. Guterres has concluded that the current level of UNHCR activity in northern Rakhine State does not meet the needs of the people and a decision was taken to immediately upgrade the agency’s programme.It was also agreed that UNHCR and the Government would examine the scope for strengthening the agency’s work in the south-east.In addition, the Minister of Home Affairs together with UNHCR decided that increasing the scale of the agency’s activities, especially in relation to health, education, water, sanitation, agriculture and infrastructure support, would complement UNHCR’s work on voluntary return and reintegration.The High Commissioner for Refugees also met with the Tripartite Core Group that coordinates assistance provided to the delta area in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, as well as other UN officials, while in Myanmar. read more

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UN chief welcomes positive steps towards peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia

Ethiopia this month announced its readiness to accept and implement a 2002 border agreement that ended two years of bloody conflict, in which thousands died. Without a deal, skirmishes continued at the border, with Eritrea reportedly remaining on a war-footing.In a speech delivered this week, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki announced plans to send a delegation to Addis Ababa “to gauge current developments directly and in depth, as well as to chart out a plan for continuous future action”, according to media reports.In a statement released by his Spokesperson on Thursday, the UN Secretary-General welcomed the “positive steps” taken to resolve outstanding issues regarding the normalization of relations between the two countries.António Guterres also commended efforts by their leaders “to achieve sustainable peace and good-neighbourly relations which, in turn, will have positive repercussions in the entire Horn of Africa region”.The UN chief also underlined his readiness to provide “all support that may contribute to advancing and consolidating” engagement between the two countries, the statement continued.Tens of thousands of people were killed in the two years of war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which began in 1998 over a border dispute.The UN deployed a peacekeeping mission to the region, UNMEE, whose mandate included monitoring the cessation of hostilities, providing mine action assistance and coordinating humanitarian and human rights activities.The operation was established in 2000 and was terminated by the Security Council eight years later following “obstructions” by Eritrea that undermined the mission’s mandate. read more

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Woman told victim I hope you die as she stabbed her in

first_img By David Raleigh Oct 28th 2016, 10:04 AM Friday 28 Oct 2016, 10:04 AM A MOTHER OF one who repeatedly stabbed another woman in the head and body in a horrific broken beer bottle attack has been jailed for three years.While stabbing her victim, Susan McCarthy, from Southill, Limerick, told Leanne Delaney (23), from Shannon, Co Clare: “I hope you f*****g die”.McCarthy also stabbed and beat Celina Daly, (22), a friend of Ms Delaney’s, however her injuries were described in court as not serious.Sentencing McCarthy at Limerick Circuit Court yesterday, judge Tom O’Donnell said:This was a vicious, frenzied, horrific assault on two strangers.The judge said Ms Delaney’s injuries could have been fatal, given McCarthy’s ” high level of violence and aggression”.Guilty pleaMcCarthy pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Delaney and to Daly. She also admitted a charge of producing a dangerous article during the course of an assault.McCarthy, (22), told gardai she “lost it” after claiming Delaney and a man were arguing at 2.30am in an apartment next to hers at a block of flats on Parnell Street, Limerick.After the two victims left the building McCarthy followed them outside onto the street, knocked Delaney to the ground, and set upon her with the broken beer bottle.John O’Sullivan, prosecuting, said McCarthy “sat on top” of Delaney and began stabbing her in the head repeatedly. He said witnesses heard McCarthy shouting, “I hope you fuc***g die”, while she continued to stab  Delaney.“It was a frenzied attack,” O’Sullivan said.At one point McCarthy stabbed and beat Daly after she pulled her off her seriously injured friend. McCarthy continued to stab and beat Delaney.McCarthy also delivered several kicks to Delaney as she lay on the ground.UnconsciousGardaí found the victim unconscious on the ground with “blood pouring out of her”, Mr O’Sullivan said.McCarthy was heard shouting as Delaney lay bleeding on the ground: “I hope she fuc**** dies, she’s only a fuc**** junkie”. She then told her: “You won’t be doing that again”.McCarthy, who had swallowed a concoction of alcohol and tablets, was still at the scene when gardaí arrived. She told officers: “I bottled her”.When asked if she was sorry, she replied: “No”. She also told gardaí: “I got her into the side of the stomach too.”McCarthy said she realised Delaney was seriously injured and that but for the intervention of man who pulled her off the victim, she admitted she “would have kept going until she was dead”.She added: “When I saw the blood coming down her face [I] kept going.”The court heard Delaney, who declined to make a victim impact statement, had made a “miraculous” physical recovery.Detective Garda Gary Laide, Roxboro Road, described how McCarthy stuck the broken glass bottle into Ms Delaney’s side which “protruded through her ribs and into her right lung”.Delaney suffered a punctured lung, as well as cuts, bruising, and light scarring to her face and torso.McCarthy, who has a five-year-old son, had previous convictions for engaging in abusive, insulting or threatening behaviour, the court heard.She initially told gardaí she saw Delaney holding “a big knife” but this was accepted by her defence as being a “bogus story”.“Whatever her reasoning was, she lost control. It was a disgraceful,” Mark Nicholas, defending, said.A psychiatric report stated McCarthy “suffers mood swings, and has a history of anger management”.Judge O’Donnell described the report as “insightful”. He added:She [McCarthy] now appears to have a much clearer understanding of her actions have had on the victims.Read: Father sentenced to nine years after force feeding his three-year-old son to death> Woman told victim “I hope you die” as she stabbed her in vicious attack She also stabbed and beat a second woman. Image: Shutterstock/Alex Staroseltsev Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3051094 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Alex Staroseltsev 46 Comments 14,723 Views Share4 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

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Young Greek of the Week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram NameFodis Karatzas, 17.Your greatest achievement(s)? Making the reserves side for soccer as a goal-keeper and becoming Vice-Captain of St Johns College.How did you get to where you are now? Hard work, determination and always being focused on performing to the best of my ability.Your greatest challenge?Doing very well at school.Goal(s) for the future To do my best to receive a good ENTER score at the end of the year.Best moment of my life? Going through the whole soccer season in 2007 undefeated.One word that describes you the best?  Determined.Person(s) you most admire and why? My parents, because they came to Australia with almost nothing and achieved so much for my brothers and I.Best thing about being Greek-Australian? The culture and tradition I can experience and the close bond that I share with other Greek-Australians.If I could say anything to the Greek community… Be proud of what you are, and your heritage. Funniest Greek (family) moment Most family gatherings where something always seems to go humorously wrong.Favourite place to go or hang out at? The soccer field.Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment?The Fray – You Found Me.Favourite Greek food?Souvlaki.I can’t live without…My family and soccer.If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would… Declare a national Greek Day and make it a public holiday of celebrations.last_img read more

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Olympia theft worse than feared

first_imgPolice said this week that 77 artefacts – more than what was initially estimated – were snatched in last week’s armed robbery at Ancient Olympia, raising concerns that drastic spending cuts have left dozens of museums poorly protected. Two gunmen used a sledge hammer to slash display cabinets after tying up a museum guard in last Friday’s robbery. “They overwhelmed and gagged the woman who guarded the building,” a police official said hours after the robbery. The value of the objects stolen has not been estimated yet. Most of the items were bronze and pottery figurines, vases and lamps. In January, three works of art, including one by Pablo Picasso and another by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, were stolen from the country’s National Gallery in the capital, Athens. Greece has seen a rise in crime as its debt-laden economy has shrunk 16 per cent in size from its 2008 peak, leading to youth unemployment of just under 50 per cent. Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Kindle Touch 51 Amazon ajoute la traduction et le mode paysage

first_imgKindle Touch 5.1: Amazon ajoute la traduction et le mode paysageLa liseuse tactile d’Amazon se met à jour sur le territoire américain. Prochainement disponible en Europe, on ne sait pas si les nouvelles fonctionnalités seront directement intégrées à la sortie des produits.Cette mise à jour 5.1 va donc améliorer quelques points. Tout d’abord, de nouvelles langues apparaissent, comme le français, l’allemand, l’italien, le portugais (du brésil) ou encorel’espagnol. Un mode traduction sera disponible pour le japonais, le chinois, l’hindi, le néerlandais ou le français.À lire aussiAmazon : un Kindle Fire “low cost” présenté jeudi ?C’est donc une bonne chose pour nous. Mais ce n’est pas tout. Les américains attendent la mise à jour avec impatience pour voir débarquer le mode paysage, permettant de basculer sa liseuse tactile lors de la lecture. Ce réglage ne s’effectuera pas à la manière de votre smartphone, équipé d’un gyroscope, car ce n’est pas le cas du Kindle. Il faudra donc configurer manuellement votre appareil.Si les USA devraient bénéficier de cette mise à jour, nous ne savons pas si les modèles européens (sortie en France le 27 avril prochain) l’intégreront directement. Rappelons que la liseuse coûtera 129 euros pour le modèle Wi Fi et 189 euros avec la 3G.Le 13 avril 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Sheffield sign Egan

first_imgSheffield United have completed the signing of John Egan from Brentford, according to Sports Mole.Sheffield United have announced the signing of defender John Egan on a club-record deal from Brentford.The blades have been relatively quiet in the summer transfer window but have acquired the services of Egan as they seek to challenge the top runners in the Sky Bet Championship this upcoming season.Sheffield boss Chris Wilder was keen to bring the 25-year-old defender to the team as he looks to bolster his defensive unit.Chris Wilder, Sheffield UnitedSheffield United’s boss hopes co-owners fight would end soon Manuel R. Medina – September 12, 2019 According to Sheffield United boss, Chris Wilder, the long-running court case between the team’s co-owners has been a headache and he hopes it can end soon.The Republic of Ireland international spent two years with Brentford making 67 appearances in the Championship whilst scoring six goals for the club.Sheffield United have kept details of the transfer under wraps but it is believed the blades have paid more than the £4million they spent to sign striker James Beattie in 2007.John Egan makes the return back to Sheffield United after spending a month on loan at the club during the 2011-12 season.The defender re-joins the blades on a four-year-deal which could keep him at the club until 2022.last_img read more

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Premier calls for Planning Dept to assess homes in Millennium Heights

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 6, 2016 – Three weeks ago the Premier said he asked planning to go to Millennium Heights to see what is going on in the community which has unleashed a barrage of complaints to media and the public about construction, environmental and financial stresses they have been forced to endure for years because of short cuts and shoddy construction by Priton Development. The country’s leader explained to Magnetic Media via WhatsApp that it was nearly a month ago that he, and I quote him now,  “I have instructed the Minister for Planning and the Planning Department via the minister to inspect the situation with respect to the sink holes in phase two and this was supposedly done.”  He continued with, “I have again followed up with them yesterday and requested that whatever assessment is required that attention be paid and executed.” The statement also says, that the Minister would say something today, but Minister Amanda Missick has not said anything up to news production time.  We asked the Premier about the mold, as he is the Minister of Health; Hon Dr Rufus Ewing said he had not heard of the mold problem but referred residents to the Environmental Health Department Director for evaluation.Magnetic Media has learned that the EHD has already condemned one house and that may lead to litigation.  Meanwhile, also silent so far is Priton Development, the contractors given not one or two but three tracts of Crown Land to build what can only be described so far as subpar houses.  The beleaguered homeowners in Millennium Heights have taken some comfort in the words of the Premier; who also said much of the owness has to be place on the builders as Planning Department aims to determine if there is something wrong with the construction method.This may be too little too late, as many of the buyers of the Priton homes are distrustful of the Planning Department, which they believe should have ensured at the onset, the house constructions were up to standard before issuing hundreds of move in certificates. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Male charged with Robbery and Possession of Imitation Firearm

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 18, 2017 – Providenciales – A 17 year old male of Providenciales was arrested and charged with two counts of Robbery and Possession of Imitation firearm with intent to cause fear in connection with reports made on Tuesday 4th and Saturday 8th July 2017.Around 3:30pm on Tuesday 4th July 2017, the complainant contacted the station and reported that a masked man came into her Variety Store with a handgun and pointed it at the employee and demanded money. He then walked behind the counter, hit the employee on her arm with the gun before opening the cash register and took an undisclosed amount of money.Later that week on Saturday 8th July, a report was made around 8:11am that an unknown male with a small handgun was seen running from the Good Taste Liquor Store located on South Dock Road and heading into Five Cays. As a result, Police visited the scene. The victim told officers that shortly after 8am he noticed a male wearing a ski-masked walked into the store brandishing a small gun, he ran into the store room and hide. The culprit took a small sum of money from the cash register and then exited the store and ran towards Five Cays.Police launched an investigation into both reports. The accused was arrested on Monday 10th July 2017.He appeared in court and was not allowed to enter a plea. He is remanded and the matter is adjourned until later this month for sufficiency hearing.Press Release: RTCIPFlast_img read more

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Oregon liquor sales way up near Washington border

first_imgColumbian chartRainier — 60 percent increaseMilton-Freewater — 53 percentUmatilla — 52 percentPortland Jantzen Beach — 46 percentWarrenton — 37 percentCascade Locks — 36 percentHermiston — 34 percentAstoria — 22 percentPortland Parkrose — 22 percentThe Dalles — 21 percentHood River — 19 percentWasco — 18 percentPortland Kenton — 10 percentSTATEWIDE — 12 percent— Source: Oregon Liquor Control CommissionSALEM, Ore. — Oregon liquor sales surged 35 percent in June at stores near the border with Washington as new regulations in that state took effect north of the Columbia River, Oregon Liquor Control Commission data show. The numbers back up anecdotal reports that shoppers from Washington have been crossing the border to escape higher liquor prices resulting from an initiative that voters approved last year. One store in Rainier across the Columbia from Longview saw a 60 percent increase in June over the same month in 2011, according to OLCC data obtained by The Associated Press under Oregon’s public records law. Stores in Umatilla and Milton-Freewater — close to the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla in Washington, respectively — reported sales spikes above 50 percent.Altogether, at 13 liquor stores near the Washington border, revenue was up 35 percent in June, providing Oregon an influx of nearly $870,000 in gross revenue.Statewide, liquor sales grew by just 12 percent.The state doesn’t track where buyers live, so there’s no conclusive proof that the Washington law is driving the influx, but owners of several border stores said their new customers are after lower prices in Oregon. “We haven’t done any advertising to promote it, but word of mouth is getting out there, and we’re just continuing to grow,” said Paul Babin, owner of State Line Liquor Store at Jantzen Beach in Portland, the first Oregon liquor store along Interstate 5 south of Vancouver.last_img read more

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North Fork and Caribou Lake Fires On Kenai Peninsula Showed Little Growth

first_imgThe Caribou Lake Fire was reported Monday. It is 23 miles northeast of Homer. The 100 acre fire is a little over a mile to the northwest of Caribou Lake and is burning in the area of the 2007 Caribou Hills Fire. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two fires burning on the southern Kenai Peninsula are receiving a strong response. The Zigzag Hotshot crew from Oregon is reporting this morning to the North Fork Fire burning six miles northwest of Homer. The hotshots will join the Chugachmiut’s Yukon Wildland Fire Crew, an initial attack crew of Palmer, to complete a hose lay on the dozer line that encircles the fire. There was no reported growth overnight and is estimated to be 59 acres. A “Ready” alert is NOT a notice to leave. This alert means that people must be ready for potential evacuation. This includes assisting family members with special needs, arrange to move mobile property (boats, trailers, ATV), and prepare pets or livestock. There are no road closures associated with this fire; however, traffic is restricted to local and fire traffic only. Residents living along North Fork Road north of the fire and in communities along the Diamond Ridge Road to the south were placed on a Level 1 “Ready” notice due to the proximity to the fire.center_img A load of smokejumpers parachuted near the fire and started building fireline along the southern perimeter with the assistance water scooping Fire Boss aircraft, two heavy airtankers, and the local Alaska Division of Forestry helicopter. There are no cabins or structures immediately threatened by the fire. This morning firefighters have been joined by a dozer to construct fire line on the south end of the fire. Residents should not access the area by ATVs for their safety as local traffic in this area will impede fire operations. Air operations cannot fly when civilians are in the affected area.last_img read more

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Study Investigates Potential Impacts Of Road Development On Western Arctic Caribou Herd

first_imgIn March, a group of researchers announced the results of a multi-year study assessing the impacts to caribou habitat of a potential service road from the Dalton Highway to the Ambler Mining District.Download AudioTheir research is one of the first wildlife biology studies looking at whether a road through a stretch of the Interior would disrupt the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, which is vital to subsistence users across Western Alaska.Kyle Joly is with the National Park Service, which, along with the Wilderness Society and U.S. Geological Survey, conducted the study. He says the results showed minimal effects from a road on the areas where caribou spend their winters.“We do not expect that impacts to winter range will be great from this one road,” he said.But Joly is quick to caution that the results are one small glimpse of the full picture.“You know this is just the first phase of the project, and the authors of the paper and other researchers are working on other aspects to look at how the road might impact other aspects of caribou ecology,” Joly said. “More than likely this will be just be the first one in a long suite of studies.”The study looked at a swath of land starting by Bettles, and moving westward towards the community of Ambler in the Northwest Arctic Borough. That’s the path proposed by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority as part of a Roads to Resources project.Joly and his research partners spent four years monitoring where caribou spend their time, and cataloging the environmental factors that led the animals to pick those spots. The researchers mapped three potential routes the industrial road could go, then checked how big of a disturbance each one would be to the conditions caribou seem to like.Joly says the results showed just 1.5-8.5 percent of the favorable range would be upset by the road. But he’s cautious about what that means for development.“Well what shouldn’t be read into it is that there’s no impact to the caribou or the Western Arctic herd,” Joly said. “What we did is look at just one aspect of caribou ecology, which is winter range—just for this singular road”Many of the ecological effects on caribou, Joly says, wouldn’t register until after a road were built, and can’t yet be studied.“So we did not look at any potential impacts to migration, any potential impacts of increased harvest that might come from a road, and we also didn’t look at any potential development that might be facilitated by this road,” Joly said.The caribou habitat study is set to be published in the journal Arctic later this year.last_img read more

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No new tax laws in 10 years

first_imgDespite its compulsion to raise revenue earning, the government has in the past decade not been able to modernise tax-related laws.Official documents show, none of the new laws on value added tax (VAT), customs and income tax, that were initiated in 2009, the year the Awami League assumed office, has been made effective.As a result, the tax authorities have to abide by the old laws and system in collecting and increasing the revenue.The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is still using the law that was enacted in 1991 to collect VAT from the businessmen.The new VAT law, enacted in 2012, was scheduled to make its journey in July 2017. The deadline was, however, deferred by two years in the face of resistance from the business community.As per the new deadline, it is scheduled to come into force in July next.Asked about the matter, former caretaker government’s finance adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said the amendment to a law should begin at the beginning of a government’s tenure. He said if a law is planned to be made effective at the end of a regime, it creates unwanted situation for the government.“The law is not enough, its full execution is a must,” he added.Many of the taxable people, Mirza Aziz added, are evading VAT while there are nowadays many people in the villages who earn more than Tk 250,000 in a financial year.“Initiatives must be taken to bring them under the tax net.”The target of the revenue has increased by six and half times in the past 10 years.According to NBR, in the fiscal 2009-10, it was given a target of earning revenue amounting to Tk 610 billion, which has been raised to Tk 3,000 billion in the current fiscal year.In 2017, businesspeople protested and demanded separate VAT charges instead of a unified slab of 15 per cent VAT for all. The government backtracked on the deadline.The NBR too did nothing in this regard in the past one and half years.The authorities have not yet fixed the amendable areas in the new VAT law. The NBR just served a notice to the commissioners in this regard in the past month.Also, it requested two universities and a research firm to survey the possible impact of the new VAT law.Under the circumstances, the NBR will get only five months to complete the entire process.NBR member Rezaul Hasan, however, expressed confidence that the revenue board will be able to implement the law in due time.“We’re ready to implement the new law. When the law was introduced in 2017, the businessmen were not ready to comply with the it as they do not have the appropriate software to regulate the VAT payment system. We’ve already directed them in this regard. If they fail to do so this time around, it’s their own fault,” he said.The NBR has in the meantime started redrafting the customs law in 2012.Upon completion of other formalities, the authorities were supposed to execute the new customs law in July 2018, according to officials concerned.The draft law was approved by the cabinet last year but not rubberstamped by parliament. The law might be raised in parliament during the next budget session.The country is currently using the customs law of 1969.The income tax law is also quite old — the one made in 1984.The NBR decided to amend the law 10 years ago. In the meantime, the authorities have just drafted English version of the new law. They are now planning to make it in Bangla, officials said.NBR officials said the final draft of the law would be sent to the cabinet division before the next budget session.If enacted in due time, the NBR is planning to implement the new law in the fiscal 2020-21.“We want the new government to implement new VAT, tax and customs law as soon as possible,” said former president of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry Abul Kashem Khan.He said there would be multi tiers in the new VAT law as per demand of the business community.The laws on customs and income tax, he added, must also have reflections of recommendations made by the businesspeople and the new laws must ensure hassle-free tax payment and business transactions.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

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Feds Coast Guard Officer Targeted Supreme Court Justices

first_imgBy MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated PressROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists looked at other targets: two Supreme Court justices and two executives of social media companies, according to federal prosecutors.Those new allegations are contained in a court filing Tuesday in which prosecutors urge a magistrate judge to keep Christopher Hasson, 49, detained in custody pending trial on firearms and weapons charges.This file image provided by the U.S. District Court in Maryland shows a photo of firearms and ammunition that was in the motion for detention pending trial in the case against Christopher Paul Hasson. Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists looked at other targets: two Supreme Court justices and two executives of social media companies, according to federal prosecutors in a court filing Tuesday, April 22, 2019. (U.S. District Court via AP, File)The filing doesn’t name the two justices and two company executives but says Hasson searched online for their home addresses in March 2018, within minutes before and after searching firearm sales websites.“The defendant conducted an internet search for ‘are supreme court justices protected’ approximately two weeks prior to searching for the home addresses of the two Supreme Court justices,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Windom wrote in a footnote.Hasson, who is due back in court Thursday for a detention hearing, is renewing his request to be released from custody while awaiting trial. A lawyer who represented Hasson at a Feb. 21 detention hearing accused prosecutors of making inflammatory accusations against Hasson without providing evidence to back them up.Prosecutors haven’t charged him with any terrorism-related offenses since his Feb. 15 arrest and subsequent indictment in Maryland. Hasson’s attorney, Liz Oyer, wrote in a court filing last week that prosecutors recently disclosed that they don’t expect to seek any additional charges.In an email to The Associated Press, Oyer declined to comment Wednesday on the prosecutors’ new allegations.In a February court filing, prosecutors called Hasson a “domestic terrorist” and said he “intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.” They also said he is a self-described white nationalist who espoused extremist views for years and drafted an email in which he said he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth.”Hasson’s internet search history “lays bare his views on race, which in turn inform his criminal conduct,” Windom wrote.In November 2017, according to the prosecutor, Hasson searched for “please god let there be a race war.” And the defendant did an internet search for guns with a search term that used a racial slur for blacks in March 2018 before visiting firearm sales websites.Prosecutors have said Hasson appeared to be planning attacks inspired by the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in a 2011 bomb-and-shooting rampage. Windom said “it cannot go unnoticed” that the terrorist who perpetrated the deadly New Zealand mosque attacks in March also was a “devotee” of Breivik.In 2017, Hasson sent himself a draft letter he had written to a neo-Nazi leader and “identified himself as a White Nationalist for over 30 years and advocated for ‘focused violence’ in order to establish a white homeland,” prosecutors said.That letter also refers to “Missouri,” a person with whom Hasson has a “long history,” Windom wrote. In 1995, according to federal prosecutors, Hasson and “Missouri” went to a home in Hampton, Virginia, where the homeowner arrived by car and asked them why they were there. The victim identified Hasson and Missouri as “skinheads.”“Missouri,” wearing a black jacket with Swastika patches, aimed a handgun at the victim’s face and pulled the trigger, according to a police report cited by prosecutors. When the gun didn’t fire, “Missouri” beat the victim with it.“Chris Hasson was standing there with the suspect when this occurred,” Windom wrote.Investigators found 15 guns, including seven rifles, and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition at Hasson’s basement apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland, prosecutors said. Hasson’s Feb. 27 indictment also accuses him of illegal possession of tramadol, an opioid painkiller.Prosecutors claim Hasson drew up what appeared to be a computer-spreadsheet hit list that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and presidential hopefuls Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. Several network TV journalists — MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough and CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Van Jones — also were mentioned.During the February detention hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day agreed to keep Hasson held in custody but said he was willing to revisit his decision if prosecutors didn’t bring more serious charges within two weeks.Hasson pleaded not guilty last month to charges of illegal possession of firearm silencers, possession of firearms by a drug addict and unlawful user, and possession of a controlled substance. He faces a maximum of 31 years in prison if convicted of all four counts in his indictment.“The silencers serve one purpose: to murder quietly. The defendant intended to do so on a mass scale, and his detention has thwarted his unlawful desire,” Windom wrote.Hasson, a former Marine, worked at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington on a program to acquire advanced new cutters for the agency. 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KMC chalks out plan to develop Hatgachia model bustee as an ideal

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has made up a comprehensive plan to develop its model bustee at Hatgachia in Dhapa area as an ‘ideal’ one. The civic body will give a fresh coat of paint to the houses in the slum situated adjacent to the road and will then adorn it with paintings of freedom fighters and other great men who has made the state proud. The paintings will also have short messages of the famous personalities.”Our aim is to curb the tendency of littering the walls of the houses in the slum. When there will be such paintings, people will hesitate to spit or make the walls dirty. This will prevent visual pollution which is a common sight, particularly in the slums,” a senior official of the Bustee Development department of KMC said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The slum dwellers, particularly the young ones, lack moral values. And for developing a model slum, it is important to instill such values within them. We are hopeful that this act will be a step in that direction,” said Swapan Samaddar, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Bustee Development). It may be mentioned that Hatgachia bustee has already been developed as a model slum and finishing touches are now being given. The slum has a children’s park, community hall, primary school, health centre and playground. The department has also taken up initiatives for social awareness to uplift the lifestyle of slum dwellers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”We are holding camps in the bustees where officials from our department will interact with the slum dwellers. The programme will be taken up in all the 16 boroughs of KMC, with the aim to educate them about cleanliness, hygiene and similar other practices,” the official added. Celebrities from the field of sports, entertainment and literature are being roped in for conducting such programmes successfully. It may be mentioned that KMC has planned to develop nine slums in the city into ‘model slums’, to ensure that people in these areas get the basic civic amenities. “The basic aim is improvement in the socio-economic condition of these slums. The concept of model bustee is to ensure basic civic amenities like drinking water, drainage system, toilets and lighting facilities at every house. However, we will create additional infrastructure wherever there is availability of space,” Samaddar said.last_img read more

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Power lines and wildlife electrocutions A deadly problem

first_imgIn this two-part series, Helene Engler looks at the danger that power lines pose to Costa Rican wildlife, the debate surrounding the issue, and the activists trying to fix the problem.In Costa Rica, monkeys travel across unprotected power lines as naturally as they would the vines and branches of the rainforest — and they often have no other choice. As property developments expand and habitat becomes segmented, primates in search of their feeding and resting trees are frequently left to depend on the wires as a bridge to cross roads or cleared land, or to move between isolated forest patches.It can be a deadly decision. As monkeys thread their way between wires en route, their bodies can form a connection between two parallel wires, completing the circuit and causing a sizzling electrocution. They face additional risk from high voltage transformers attached to the wires.The result can be harrowing: Dead howlers, hanging from an overhead wire, or orphaned infants with electrical burns on their hands, feet, and tails, sometimes with fingers singed entirely off, still clinging to a mother’s corpse.No one knows how many monkeys and other arboreal wildlife are killed by such electrical infrastructure — though some estimates from the National University of Costa Rica and a 2014 study suggest the numbers run in the thousands per year, with mammals having the greatest risk. And experts say the problem is especially notable in Costa Rica, where the vast majority of distribution lines run overhead and where many have been left uninsulated for cost reasons.“Look at where [the monkeys’] home is,” says Vicki Coan, who founded the SIBU Sanctuary in Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. “Their home is not on the ground. Their home is in the canopy.”In response to the problem — and to the continued efforts of wildlife activists seeking to force change — Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) met last month to sign a “Guide for the Prevention and Mitigation of Electrocution of Wildlife in Power Lines.” The document is described as “the first national effort to work together in proposing alternatives to prevent electrocution” — and the ministry laid out the problem in comprehensive terms.“In Costa Rica, hundreds of animals die each year from electrocution on power lines, many of them suffering serious injuries that limit their activities, with a significant impact on populations and ecosystems,” the document states. The electrocutions also cause problems for people, including power failures, high costs for repairing damaged equipment, and economic losses related to such events, according to the statement.The official gesture was welcomed by activists — though it is in no way clear that the government shares their sense of urgency. The proposed electrocution protection guide has just been officially released to the public, and some attendees at the meeting, while heralding progress, said that most of the discussion there involved explaining the roles of the agencies and utilities involved in drafting the document.They also expressed concern that while guidelines recognize the electrocution problem and make recommendations for improved protection of live electrical wires and transformers, they do not require it, nor do they provide any means for enforcement.“I do not think that there will be significant changes in wildlife electrocution incidents,” said Rafael Ángel Quesada Rodríguez, a former engineer for the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), which owns roughly half of the nation’s power lines.Quesada, who retired from the company in 2012, has since been an outspoken crusader for better protecting the country’s power lines. The problem, Quesada noted, is that power companies are still not obliged to carry out any sort of prevention and mitigation actions.Tune in on Thursday to read about the debate surrounding the issue and what some activists are trying to do to mitigate the problem.Helene Engler is an educator, science writer, and editor, and published author based in Austin, Texas. She received her Ph.D. studying tropical butterflies and has written for Nature, The Journal of Chemical Ecology, and The Refresh, among other publications.This article was originally published on Undark. Read the original article. Facebook Comments Related posts:Baby squirrel monkey rescued by Costa Rican police Bagging bat myths with conservation education President Solís urges lawmakers to pass animal cruelty bill following ‘barbarous’ attacks US adds two macaws to endangered species listlast_img read more

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ORO MEDONTE Ont — For a bunch of British chaps

first_img ORO MEDONTE, Ont. — For a bunch of British chaps, the Rolling Stones sure know a lot about Canada, and Mick Jagger didn’t hesitate to flaunt his wisdom at their Canada Day weekend concert in Ontario.The frontman for the iconic rock band doled out handfuls of Canadiana on Saturday, pausing to reference everything from the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA championship win to the “buck a beer” policy of Ontario Premier Doug Ford.Standing before a crowd of roughly 60,000 concertgoers, it didn’t take long before Jagger wished a simple “Happy Canada Day” to the receptive crowd, who didn’t seem to mind it was technically two days early.The concert at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ont., about 30 kilometres north of Barrie, was the only Canadian date on their North American tour. And for many people in attendance, it seemed a miracle that Jagger was even on stage, given his recent heart surgery.None of that was referenced in the 75-year-old singer’s tireless performance, which included swapping out one glittery jacket for another before eventually donning a hat and T-shirt emblazoned with the band’s famous tongue logo.Armed with his flamboyant swagger, Jagger zig-zagged across the massive stage — and strutted down the catwalk — for two hours, playing 20 of the band’s greatest hits.Popular classics “Paint It Black,” “Gimme Shelter,” and “Honky Tonk Woman,” were balanced with a selection of fan favourites, including “Before They Make Me Run,” a song Keith Richards wrote in response to his 1977 arrest for heroin possession in Toronto.And beneath four towering digital screens, Jagger played right into the audience’s hand at nearly every turn.“What about those Raptors?” he shouted, as the “We the North” logo flashed overhead. He poked a bit of fun at Toronto Mayor John Tory’s famous black-and-gold Raptors jacket, which he’s enthusiastically worn around town for weeks.“He’s still wearing his dirty blazer,” the singer said to Tory, who was in the audience.Jagger later introduced the band’s drummer Charlie Watts as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ mascot, seemingly for no particular reason.He also took a jab at Ford’s “buck a beer” election platform, telling the crowd at one point that “for the next 15 minutes it’s a buck-a-beer — courtesy of Doug Ford.”The comment elicited some boos in parts of the crowd, and no apparent discounts at the beer tents.But the Stones’ fans didn’t seem to mind, so busy caught in a moment that would be a little piece of history, and perhaps even a farewell.Earlier this year, Jagger underwent emergency heart surgery, putting the single Canadian date on hold, and raising questions about whether the rockers would ever tour again. When the singer got the all clear, the date was back on.“The health scare was kind of an indication this might actually be the last one,” said Marc Fielding, who joined about 30 of his friends on a road trip from Toronto.“They’re such an iconic band, so you don’t want to risk them maybe not coming back.”For others in attendance, seeing the Stones live came with extra significance.Jackie Morin’s father, a longtime fan, died shortly after the Stones most recently played Toronto. So this night was an especially poignant moment.“This is a big deal,” she said. “Never will you ever see a concert like this — it’s history.”Dino Bruno landed tickets when his sister-in-law surprised him. He last saw the Stones in the mid-1970s at Maple Leaf Gardens where he said the local news captured him playing Frisbee with police in the street.“The Stones were the bad boys of rock,” he said. “I wanted to be here because I want to die happy.”Jayne Sidey first caught the Stones at a Canadian National Institute for the Blind benefit concert over 40 years ago in Oshawa, Ont. It was part of a court-ordered performance for Richards after he was arrested for heroin possession.She said she was forever changed by Jagger and his buddies and has gone to at least 20 Stones concerts since.“I saw them three times in the U.K. last year, and we’re booked for two shows on this tour,” she said. “The 2013 show in Toronto was so good we all jumped in a car to Montreal and saw them there.”Several homegrown acts performed before the Stones took the stage, including Saskatoon-formed One Bad Son, the Glorious Sons from Kingston, Ont., Toronto four-piece the Beaches, and longtime favourites Sloan.Toronto cover band Dwayne Gretzky played a late-night show of other rock and pop classics, ranging from Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”A little over 60,000 people flowed onto the grounds, about 10,000 fewer than organizer Republic Live initially anticipated. The day-long festival marked the third concert on the Rolling Stones tour, which kicked off with two dates in Chicago a week ago.After the Stones finished their set, they offered a hint of the resilience that’s kept them going for more than half a century.“See you soon,” the digital screens read. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 1, 2019 1:07 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email —Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Presscenter_img The Rolling Stones perform during the “No Filter” tour in Oro-Medonte, Ont., on Saturday, June 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill From the Raptors to Doug Ford: Canadiana references abound at Rolling Stoneslast_img read more

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