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ONE: Gina Iniong confident she has edge in striking vs Malaysian rising star Jihin RadzuanONE: Gina Iniong confident she has edge in striking vs Malaysian rising star Jihin Radzuan

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town “Jihin’s weakness is her striking,” said Iniong, a six-time Philippine Wushu Champion.READ: Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong determined to get back into ONE title contentionFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“My game plan in our bout is, if we end up striking, we will strike with each other. If we end up on the ground, I will also play on the ground.”Jihin, who is undefeated in four fights, is eager to disprove Ininong’s observation. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES She may be facing a fellow wushu champion, but Team Lakay bet Gina Iniong is confident she still has the upper hand against Jihin Radzuan in their ONE women’s atomweight bout on Saturday in Bangkok.Expecting a striking battle against the Malaysian rising star in ONE: Clash of Legends, Iniong believes she has the edge in that department.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries PLAY LIST 01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries01:29Attacks vs UP Visayas students a ‘natural reaction’ from Duterte supporters – Palace02:34Robredo calls for scrapping of ‘Oplan Tokhang’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “Gina might be saying that based on my previous matches where I did not perform well from my striking, but people close to me know I’ve been active in kickboxing, Muay Thai, and boxing,” Jihin, an accomplished wushu practictioner, said.READ: ONE: Gina Iniong bounces back, outwits Taiwanese foe“If she chooses to stand and take me on, I’ve got no problem.”Iniong, though, no doubt has a more extensive resume that includes fights against top names in her division.And she plans to exploit her veteran advantage and try to end the fight early against Jihin, especially with a shot at the atomweight belt within reach.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Man United finances show firing Mourinho cost $25 million View comments “I predict that our match will end in the second round through ground and pound,” said Iniong.Jihin refused to give any predictions.“I’m not going to predict or expect anything from this match. She is the more experienced opponent, and she will put on a performance. However, I do not doubt my abilities and cannot look down on myself coming into the match,” Jihin stated.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Star Sports launches first Tamil sports channelStar Sports launches first Tamil sports channel

first_imgChennai, May 30 (PTI) Star Sports, the sports broadcast arm of Star India, has launched “Star Sports Tamil,” the countrys first Tamil sports channel. The channel would bring fans across the State a full calendar of sports – starting with the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, followed by the second edition of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), VIVO Pro Kabaddi League Season 5 and Hero ISL, a press note said. The channel would provide curated content localised to Tamil stars such as India cricketer R Ashwin, TNPL stars and those from Chennaiyin FC. A marketing campaign, #MachiAreYouReady (Buddy, are you ready), has commenced along with the launch of the channel. Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is popular in the State thanks to his eight-year stint with IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, would feature prominently in the campaign. The channel would feature content exclusively packaged with a line-up of eminent Tamilian hosts and commentators from the sports fraternity such as K Srikkanth, L Sivaramakrishnan, S Badrinath, S Sriram, S Ramesh and Hemang Badani. Star Sports Tamil will be available on leading DTH/cable operators across Tamil Nadu as well as rest of India. The channel went live on May 28. PTI SS APR APRlast_img read more

Wimbledon Men’s final, highlights: Roger Federer creates history with 8th titleWimbledon Men’s final, highlights: Roger Federer creates history with 8th title

first_imgRoger Federer lifted his 19th Grand Slam title with a straight sets victory over Marin Cilic in the Wimbledon final on Sunday.”It’s a wonderful moment for us as a family. This one’s for us”- @rogerfederer #Wimbledon Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017″I’ll be gone again for the next six months if it keeps working out this fantastic when I come back!”- @rogerfederer #Wimbledon Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017Well hello old friend… #Wimbledon Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 20172003 ???2004 ???2005 ???2006 ???2007 ???2009 ???2012 ???2017 ???The moment @rogerfederer won #Wimbledon title No.8 Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017What it means to make history…#Wimbledon @rogerfederer Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017Champion. Again. #Wimbledon Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 201720.22 IST: Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1 6-4 to lift Wimbledon title for record 8th time. This is also his 19th Grand Slam singles title.20.15 IST: Roger Federer races to 5-3 lead in the third set vs Marin Cilic.20.12 IST: Roger Federer breaks Marin Cilic in the third set to lead 4-3.20.09 IST: Roger Federer makes it 3-3 vs Marin Cilic in the third set.20.07 IST: Marin Cilic leads 3-2 vs Roger Federer in the third set.20.04 IST: Roger Federer makes it 2-2 in the third set against Marin Cilic.19.52 IST: Roger Federer holds his serve, 1-1 in the third set vs Cilic19.47 IST: Marin Cilic takes medical time-out. Roger Federer is leding 6-3 6-1.Reuters Photo19.42 IST: Roger Federer takes the second set 6-1 vs Marin Cilic, takes 2-0 lead.advertisementAP Photo19.40 IST: Roger Federer breaks Marin Cilic again, leads 5-1 in the second set. Federer to serve for the set.It’s a big ovation for Cilic as he returns to court after an extended changeover to hold serve#Wimbledon Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 201719.32 IST: Marin Cilic holds on to his serve. Roger Federer leads 3-1 in the second set.19.26 IST: Roger Federer races to 3-0 lead against Marin Cilic in the second set.Federer on the charge.He breaks Cilic at the first time of asking to move 2-0 ahead in the second set #Wimbledon Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 201719.24 IST: Roger Federer breaks Marin Cilic early in the second set to lead 2-0.19.21 IST: Roger Federer starts second set with a 1-0 lead in the second set vs Marin Cilic.Reuters Photo 19.17 IST: Roger Federer breaks Marin Cilic again to take the first set 6-3.19.12 IST: Federer leads five games to three in the first set.19.06 IST: Roger Federer takes 4-2 in the first set vs Cilic.19.02 IST: Roger Federer breaks Marin Cilic in the first set to take 3-2 lead.18.57 IST: Federer holds on to his serve to make it 2-2 in the first set.18.55 IST: Another double fault by Roger Federer in the first set.18.49 IST: Nervous start for Roger Federer, holds on to his serve and it’s 1-1 in the first set.18.44 IST: Marin Cilic holds on to his serve in the first set vs Roger Federer.18.41 IST: Marin Cilic to serve first in the men’s final at the Centre Court.18.39 IST: Federer last won the grass-court major in 2012. But he won the Australian Open this year for his 18th Grand Slam title.18.31 IST: Federer and Cilic get a grand reception at the Centre Court.Luca Schmetzer from Wandsworth will take part in the coin toss ceremony today, but there’s plenty to do before that… @WimbledonFdn Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017Ahead of his bid for an eighth #Wimbledon crown, Roger Federer practices out on Court… 8 Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017Roger Federer and Marin Cilic at Wimbledon 2017. Who has the upper hand statistically?Will history  repeat itself? Roger Federer in seven meetings against Marin Cilic, has lost just once, a 2014 U.S. Open semi-final defeat as Cilic went on to claim his maiden grand slam title. Last year on Centre Court, Roger Federer and Marin Cilic combined for a five-set classic.Will we be in for more of the same?#Wimbledon Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017Roger Federer can become the first man in the century-plus history of Wimbledon to win the championship eight times. He will face Marin Cilic in the final.The final practice.A first #Wimbledon final awaits for @cilic_marin… Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017Federer, who turns 36 on August 8, would also be the oldest men’s champion at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968. Federer already owns a record 18 major titles.advertisement140 years of famous footsteps…#Wimbledon Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017*deep breaths*The countdown to the Gentlemen’s Singles Final begins…#Wimbledon Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017He is 6-1 against Cilic, including a victory in the Wimbledon quarterfinals last year when Federer came back after dropping the opening two sets and facing three match points. The only time Cilic beat Federer was in the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Open, en route to his only major trophy.For the first time in eight grand slam finals over the same amount of years, Federer will not play someone called Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal when he bids for a record eighth Wimbledon title on Sunday.Such has been the dominance of tennis’s so-called big-four along with Swiss Stan Wawrinka that Federer will have to wind the clock back to the 2009 U.S. Open when he lost to Juan Martin del Potro to remember what it is like to play a major final against someone outside of the sport’s established powerbase.Federer is level with Britain’s William Renshaw and American Pete Sampras on seven Wimbledon titles and has been refreshed after taking an extended break from the game to prepare for the grasscourt slam.The final day of The Championships 2017 has arrived.Will we witness history? #Wimbledon Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 2017last_img read more

From Warehouse To Yankee PitcherFrom Warehouse To Yankee Pitcher

first_imgNEW YORK — Chris Martin was as far from the bright lights of the major leagues as could be five years ago, working in a warehouse off Interstate 20 in Arlington, Texas, pushing 650-pound Sub-Zero refrigerators onto dollies for deliveries.Drafted twice but never signed, he hurt his arm while pitching for a community college, didn’t respond to surgery and finished school without a degree.But at least he was down to one job.He worked his own unique day-night doubleheader for a stretch, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lawn-and-garden section at Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse and from 5:30-11 p.m. loading 53-foot trailers for UPS at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.Not anymore.Come Feb. 21, the 28-year-old will be wearing No. 61 for the New York Yankees at spring training, a throwback to an era a half-century ago when all but stars worked odd jobs to make ends meet.“Oh man, I’m pumped. I’m ready to go. Wish it started today,” the 6-foot-8 right-hander said.Martin had given up on a baseball career in 2008, when he wasn’t able to make a single toss without sharp pain.In a sport filled with players on the field nearly year-round since their early teens, Martin didn’t pitch in a game from the fall of 2005 until the summer of 2010. But serendipity and perseverance intervened.An unexpected encounter in a bar with a high school buddy set off a chain of events that started with a fortuitous game of catch and led to a tryout at his own expense, stops with six minor league teams and his major league debut with Colorado last April. The Yankees purchased him last month for $75,000.“It’s just an amazing story, how a guy like this completely gets lost in the shuffle,” said Pete Incaviglia, the former slugger who signed Martin to his first professional contract with the Grand Prairie Airhogs, an independent team in Texas.A 2004 graduate of Arlington High School, Martin was drafted by Detroit in the 18th round with the 523rd pick. He chose to attend McLennan Community College in Waco, and stayed there when Colorado drafted him in the 21st round in June 2005.Martin, however, hurt his shoulder in a game at Navarro Junior College that fall. He tried rest and rehab at the advice of Dr. Keith Meister, the Texas Rangers’ team physician, but that didn’t help. Meister operated in August 2007 to repair the labrum and release the shoulder capsule.When he healed, Martin tried out for the Fort Worth Cats of United League Baseball.“The shoulder still felt the same, so that’s when I decided to hang it up,” Martin said.He went to work at Lowe’s. Plus, he added the night job, primarily for UPS’s health insurance.That was his life for about a year, until he went to J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill and came across Jordan Bostick, who was a year behind him in high school. Bostick was a warehouse manager at Texas Appliance in Arlington, and he suggested Martin work for him.“I don’t know about how the money compared, but it definitely was a lot better than doing double duty, that’s for sure,” Bostick recalled.One day in June 2010, Bostick broke out a left-handed catcher’s mitt at the warehouse. Martin hadn’t picked up a baseball in three years.“I was playing slow-pitch softball,” he said. Martin’s pitches “busted seams and nearly took my thumb off,” Bostick said.Martin’s shoulder, surprisingly, felt OK.“When he was in college, he was real thin, tall and skinny. I just don’t think he was as strong enough for as hard as he was throwing,” Martin’s father, Matt, said.“When he was working for that appliance store, he was doing a lot more physical labor, so he was getting stronger, I would have to say.”Martin joined a friend on a men’s league team, pitched a few times and remained pain free.A series of texts and calls between former McLennan players landed Martin a tryout with Incaviglia’s team.“Out of the corner of my eye, I see my bullpen catcher waving me over, and so I go over there and kind of stand behind the catcher and look at my gun: 94, 94, 95,” Incaviglia said.Martin signed for $800 a month and went 4-0 with a 1.95 ERA in 13 games. Incaviglia called Red Sox scout Jaymie Bane.“I said: Just bring him to your tryout and call me and say thank you,” Incaviglia remembered.After the season, Bane had Martin throw for another Red Sox scout. Then Martin went to Fort Myers with his dad and pitched batting practice at Boston’s minor league complex for Bane and Red Sox officials Allard Baird and Jared Porter. Martin’s father still has a copy of a check the Red Sox sent reimbursing Chris’ airfare and a room at the Ramada: $464.52.After a few pitches, Baird told Bane to stand behind Martin and shift him toward the third-base side of the pitching rubber.“The moment he did it, it came out, and you could see the difference,” Bane said.Boston asked Martin to come back two days later for a bullpen session, to make sure his arm bounced back. The Red Sox signed him for $1,100 a month.Martin pitched at Class A with Greenville and Salem, Double-A with Portland, Maine, and Triple-A with Pawtucket. He was traded to the Rockies in December 2013 and sent to Colorado Springs.Martin made his big league debut last April 26 at Dodger Stadium, and his first three batters were Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier — totaling 547 homers at the time. He had a 6.89 ERA in 16 big league games over 43 days during two callups and finally earned bigger money: $168,256.The Yankees like his fastball, which averages 95 mph. And Martin’s height — he wears a size 50 jersey.When Martin struggles in games, he thinks about his long journey to the big leagues.“It reminds me how fast baseball can be taken away and it makes me not take things for granted anymore,” he said. “I don’t want to go back to where I was.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Vela pays tribute to late grandfatherVela pays tribute to late grandfather

first_imgCarlos Vela ‘I hope you were very proud of me’ – Mexico’s Vela pays tribute to late grandfather Goal Last updated 1 year ago 10:30 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Carlos Vela Mexico World Cup JUAN MABROMATA Mexico Los Angeles World Cup The Mexico international posted a short Instagram tribute announcing the passing of a loved one Carlos Vela has posted a heartfelt tribute to his grandfather, who passed on Monday, just a day after Mexico’s stunning win over Germany.The Mexico international was an important figure on Sunday, as he helped El Tri come away with a seismic 1-0 victory over the defending World Cup champions in their Group F opener.The Los Angeles FC man went 58 minutes in the victory, which was decided by Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute goal, and received praise after the match from Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “He was one of our best players today,” Osorio told reporters post-match. “If you remember, Carlos was the one who made the last pass for the shots we had, for the chances in the final third, and the idea with him was to give us everything for 60 minutes. He made a very big effort.”However, Vela’s joy has turned bittersweet as he announced the loss of his grandfather a day after that triumph in Russia, along with confirmation that his loved one did get to see the win.Posting on Instagram, Vela wrote: “Last victory that you got to see, Grandpa. I hope you were very proud of me.”Previously, Vela has attributed family as a big reason as to why he has been enjoying soccer more these days with his move to LAFC, giving credit to his partner and their son for their support and helping him focus on the game.That support has translated on the field as Vela has already scored seven goals and added five assists in just 12 games so far in his debut season for the MLS expansion side.Mexico is next in action on June 23 against South Korea.last_img read more

How Manohar Parrikar gave wings to Tejaswini Sawant’s shooting careerHow Manohar Parrikar gave wings to Tejaswini Sawant’s shooting career

first_imgHow Manohar Parrikar gave wings to Tejaswini Sawant’s shooting careerManohar Parrikar had come to the aid of Tejaswini Sawant at a time when she was in urgent need of funds to participate in Shooting World Championship and from there, her career took off.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 22:26 IST The deceased Manohar Parrikar had helped Tejaswini Sawant participate in the Shooting World Championship, from where her career took flight. (@virendersehwag Photo)Fifteen years ago, when ace shooter Tejaswini Sawant, then not so well-known, was in urgent need of funds to participate in a shooting world championship in Germany, the then Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar became her ray of hope.The support not only enabled the shooter from Kolhapur in Maharashtra to participate in the competition in 2005, but also became a turning point in her career as she scaled new heights thereafter, Sawant told PTI.Her only regret now is that she could not thank the chief minister enough for his generosity which made a big contribution in her life and shooting career.”It was a brief meeting with Parrikar along with family friend and senior BJP leader Chandrakant Patil. I told Parrikar about the amount I required for the tournament. He promptly signed a cheque for the same,” the ace shooter said.”The amount was around Rs 1 lakh and it was the most needed help for me that changed my entire career,” she said.It helped Sawant move ahead as she scored 397 and 396 points out of 400, comfortably securing a place among the mainstream shooters to represent India in future international tournaments.She later became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the World Championships, with a world-record equalling score in the 50m rifle prone event in 2010 in Germany. After 2006, Sawant has won several gold and other medals in international championships.”I could do it only because of two people. First, Manohar Parrikar for his trust and financial support, and then Chandrakant Patil, who took my case to Parrikar,” she said.advertisementShe said after the early success in her career, she received offers for a job in the Goa government and financial help for travel and training expenses till she wanted to play.Sawant is now an officer in Maharashtra government.”I regret that I could never thank Parrikar properly for his contribution in my life and career,” the shooter said while expressing grief over his demise.When contacted, Patil, Maharashtra’s revenue minister, said he shared close ties with Parrikar. He said when Sawant approached him, Parrikar’s name came to his mind and he called him.”He was like that [generous]. In case of Tejaswini, Parrikar helped her in his own capacity. He didn’t use government money [to give her]. He spent from his pocket but never brought up the issue in our subsequent conversations,” Patil recalled.Also Read | Manohar Parrikar cremated as thousands join PM Modi, Amit Shah to bid him farewellFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Manohar ParrikarFollow Tejaswini SawantFollow Shooting Nextlast_img read more

Modest home price growth forecasted for 2019 ReMax and Royal LePageModest home price growth forecasted for 2019 ReMax and Royal LePage

first_imgTORONTO — Home prices across the country are expected to rise in 2019, but only at a moderate pace compared with recent years, according to two of Canada’s largest residential real estate brokerages.  In its annual report, Royal LePage says it’s anticipating the national median home price will increase by 1.2 per cent in 2019.Prices in Toronto and the surrounding areas are expected to rise 1.3 per cent to $854,552, while homes in Greater Vancouver are forecast to increase by just 0.6 per cent to $1.29 million, according to the annual outlook by the firm.Royal LePage says home prices in Montreal and the nearby region are expected to see the largest rise out of Canada’s biggest cities, with home prices anticipated to jump three per cent to $421,306 in 2019.In a separate report also released today, Re/Max says it expects average home sale prices to go up by 1.7 per cent in the new year.It also anticipates housing markets across the country will stabilize as Canadians feel a bigger impact from higher interest rates. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Security Council likely to extend UNs Mission in Nepal – envoySecurity Council likely to extend UNs Mission in Nepal – envoy

26 October 2007The Security Council is likely to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), the head of the operation said today, one day after the 15-member body held closed consultations on the issue. The Security Council is likely to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), the head of the operation said today, one day after the 15-member body held closed consultations on the issue.Briefing reporters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Nepal, Ian Martin, said the Government and the leaders of the seven parties, including the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), have indicated their support for an extension of UNMIN.“Security Council members in discussion yesterday made very clear that they would give sympathetic consideration to a request from the Government if such a formal request is made,” he said.Mr. Martin also discussed key concerns expressed by the Secretary-General in his latest report on Nepal, which says the country is at a crossroads.Nepal’s Constituent Assembly election, scheduled for 22 November, was recently postponed to an as-yet undetermined date. Mr. Martin explained that the immediate cause was demands by the Maoists that Nepal’s Legislature – not the Constituent Assembly to be elected – immediately declare the country a Republic, and that the electoral system be fully proportional, both in contradiction of previous agreements. “Negotiations are continuing amongst political leaders to try to reach a compromise,” he said.“This crisis is not just the consequence of those two demands but also stems from growing mistrust amongst the parties to the peace agreement that we have seen in recent weeks,” he said, blaming failures on both sides to make good on commitments and agreements that have been made within in the peace process. The envoy noted that the current cantonment of Maoists and restriction of army to their barracks were intended to be temporary measures but these have now continued for some 11 months with no end in sight. “A prolonged stay in cantonments of thousands of mainly young people living under difficult conditions and lacking clarity about their future is not sustainable,” he said.“It also leaves UNMIN with no exit strategy from its arms monitoring role.”He emphasized the need to safeguard the Seven Party Alliance, which includes the Maoists, and its members’ common commitment to the peace process. That requires setting a date for Constituent Assembly election together with a roadmap for future steps, including addressing issues related to public security, he said.Mr. Martin repeated a call in the Secretary-General’s report for the parties to take stock of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and its implementation with a view to strengthening it. “When I met Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala just before I left Kathmandu, I was encouraged to be told that he intends that there should indeed be a review of implementation of agreements,” Mr. Martin said.“Expectations among Nepalis are high as to what UNMIN can do,” he said. “While I do my best to encourage the parties to keep the overall process on track and offer UNMIN’s advice as requested, we do feel constrained by an expectation that we should interpret our mandate narrowly and we ask ourselves – as concerned Member States ask us – whether Nepal is making full use of the supportive capacity of the United Nations.”He added that if the Government and the parties desired it, the UN could provide greater support in implementation of the peace process; assisting a discussion on the future of the country’s security sector, including a managed transition from the currently temporary cantonments and arms management to long-term solutions; and providing greater advisory support on promoting public security towards the Constituent Assembly election. read more

Letter Questions a COI cannot adequately deal withLetter Questions a COI cannot adequately deal with

Dear Editor,Many of us are of the opinion that The Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the alleged assassination plot to kill The President is fast turning out to be a comical affair. In addition to its ludicrous nature it is a multi-million dollar affair which will cost the taxpayers a huge sum. Guyana could ill afford this kind of wastage of public funds at this time.The episode began with some character mouthing a very serious charge of someone wanting to kill the sitting president of Guyana.  Now, a matter of this nature is a very, very, serious issue that should have been treated with utmost urgency.Rather, what resulted after that startling revelation was no arrests being made, no charges being instituted, only a big masquerade pageant of a ‘who shot John” standpipe soap opera.Further, things have petered out into a watered down hastily put together COI which would eventually amount to nothing. Commissions of Inquiry, can only make recommendations, they cannot prosecute. Institution of charges,  arrests and a thorough investigation are solely the work of a court of law.Are we to surmise that our Present President has no confidence in the judicial system? If that is the case we are in a sorry state of affairs.Be that as it may, let us take a deeper look at this assassination plot and the subsequent COI.At the start of this alleged “assassination plot” all the media houses carried the whistle-blower’s surname  as Sufrein, however, at the beginning of the COI  I am seeing in the local press another surname for this guy, one Adrift.  Are we to believe that this is a deceptive move on the part of the informant? Another question the authorities need to address.Further to our discussion why wasn’t both informant and accused not charged and placed before a court? Informant to present his evidence and accused to mount his defense? Neither of the real case scenario has surfaced?In another startling revelation, is the fact that the journalist who is central to this news release is a convicted felon who certainly has an Axe to grind with the police.No wonder why the lawyer for Travis Chase vehemently objected to the line of questioning from the experienced and most certified legal luminary on the COI Board. What was the motive for journalist as well as whistle-blower on this very serious issue? What did all parties hope to achieve? These are questions a COI cannot adequately deal with nor can they clear up from our minds.So, back to my argument, this whole affair of an alleged assassination plot is a mere shenanigan which reeks of  a hidden agenda. We can safely draw the conclusion that this alleged plot was meant to distract public attention from real, serious, issues of a flat footed government in a doomed economy. These are the things we should be concerned about not on this wastage of taxpayers’ money on an eddying circle of non issues that would lead to nowhere. I rest my case.Sincerely,Neil  Adams Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAssassination Plot CoI will destroy morale of the Force – Opposition LeaderJuly 28, 2017In “Crime”Op-Ed: Another politicized CoIFebruary 10, 2018In “Opinion”Nandlall takes Williams to task over Rodney COI criticismJuly 3, 2014In “Politics” read more

Dont lecture Rome the way we did Athens warns EU chiefDont lecture Rome the way we did Athens warns EU chief

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has told EU members to “show respect towards Italy” as its new government takes power and not repeat the mistakes the EU made with Greece.Juncker told German media at the weekend that the “dignity of the Greek people (was) trodden under foot” by the EU when Alexis Tsipras became Prime Minister in 2015.He warned that the lecturing of Greece by German-speaking countries had been unhelpful and was to be avoided as the new Italian coalition government headed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte settles into power.“That must not happen again in the present case with Italy,” he said. “I absolutely do not want to get involved in questions of domestic Italian politics.”Conte’s government has promised to scrap the austerity measures recommended by the EU, but Juncker said at the weekend that Italy had to deal with its problems and not seek blame with the EU. He said he was “not at all in favour of giving lessons to Rome” the way the EU had with  Athens.“I absolutely do not want to get involved in questions of domestic Italian politics,” he added.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras referred to Italy last week when he was speaking at the 26th General Assembly of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) in Athens.“Europe must understand that insistence on austerity without a horizon of hope erodes the legitimacy of economic goals and leads to division within societies. When Democracy fails, it inevitably leads to dangerous albeit justified reactions from the people,” Tsipras said.last_img read more

Naviguer autrement sur le premier bateauhôtel solaireNaviguer autrement sur le premier bateauhôtel solaire

first_imgNaviguer autrement sur le premier bateau-hôtel solaire Embarquer sur un bateau dont la navigation n’occasionne ni pollution, ni bruit, c’est désormais possible sur la rivière du Lot avec le seul bateau-hôtel solaire de France.Il existe désormais une alternative au tourisme fluvial industriel : un bateau fonctionnant uniquement à l’énergie solaire sans bruit ni odeur. Baptisée Kevin, du nom du fils disparu de la propriétaire, Dominique Renouf, l’embarcation mesure près de 30 mètres de long et se meut au moyen de 80 mètres carrés de panneaux solaires sur les eaux paisibles du Lot. Construit en 2006 sur ses propres plans, le sixième bateau de Dominique Renouf est le fruit de sa détermination, “personne n’y croyait, l’armateur en premier qui m’a pris pour une folle”, raconte-t-elle, citée par l’AFP.Elle explique également les avantages de son bateau solaire : “Moi, je voulais un bateau accessible à tous, à hauteur des berges sur un seul niveau contrairement aux péniches, et surtout qui ne fasse pas de bruit, ne sente pas le gasoil et ne pollue pas les rivières”.Le parcours de la promenade écologique s’étend sur 75 kilomètres de voies navigables du Lot, entre Aiguillon et Lustrac où l’écluse trop petite ne permet pas au bateau d’aller plus loin.Un retour à l’authenticitéÀ lire aussiÀ 13 ans, elle invente un moyen d’optimiser la production des panneaux solairesLa propriétaire du Kevin parle d’un renouement avec “l’authenticité de la navigation fluviale”, faisant référence au courant naturel et au vent qui permettait de faire avancer les navires. Aujourd’hui, c’est un pari réussi : le bateau-hôtel n’a besoin que de quatre moteurs de 10 kilowatts par heure et ne manque ni de lumière, ni d’eau chaude. De fait, pas de panache de fumée, seul un léger bourdonnement des moteurs électriques se mêle au clapotis de l’eau, rapporte l’AFP.Le mot de la fin est à Dominique Renouf qui cherche pour son nouveau projet -des bateaux de location sans permis de trois cabines pour deux personnes propulsés à l’énergie solaire- “des investisseurs pour créer le prototype et m’adresser aux loueurs qui vont renouveler leur flotte diesel car pour un tourisme vert en fluvial l’électrique-solaire est l’avenir”.Le 31 juillet 2011 à 09:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Switch box malfunction scrubbed space shuttle launchSwitch box malfunction scrubbed space shuttle launch

first_imgTechnicians and engineers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida have identified the likely source of what caused heaters on a fuel line for space shuttle Endeavour’s auxiliary power unit-1 (APU-1) to fail on Friday, scrubbing the first launch attempt for the STS-134 mission. The failure appears to be a power problem within the aft load control assembly-2 (ALCA-2), a box of switches controlling power feeds.“That basically means the power is not getting out to the heaters that weren’t working on launch day,” said Space Shuttle Program Launch Integration Manager Mike Moses.The plan is to remove and replace the box, but that work and related testing will take several days to complete. Once the new box is installed, the team must verify it’s working properly — at least a two-day process — and perform forensics on the failed box.“We can tell you, pretty much, that it’s not going to be any earlier than (May 8),” Moses said. “We’re really not even setting the schedules today. There’s still a whole lot of short-term work that has to be done.”Endeavour’s six astronauts have returned to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston for a few days of additional training before they report to Kennedy for the next launch attempt, and the crew’s families also are going to return home today. The launch team is backing out of launch countdown operations.last_img read more

VIDEO WHS Volleyball Seniors Their Parents Recognized At Senior NightVIDEO WHS Volleyball Seniors Their Parents Recognized At Senior Night

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Senior WHS Volleyball players Gabby Bond, Gianna Brunetto, and Brittany Cimaglia — and their parents — were honored prior to Thursday’s Senior Night matchup.Watch the ceremony, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Player error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—(NOTE: Cover photo from Wilmington AD Tim Albert’s Twitter account.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: WHS Softball Team Honors Its SeniorsIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch The 2019 Wilmington High Scholarship NightIn “Videos”VIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington Police Beach DayIn “Videos”last_img read more

Trump Is Expected to Launch an American AI Initiative TodayTrump Is Expected to Launch an American AI Initiative Today

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Stay on target The Industries of the Future promise to fuel prosperity for all Americans and improve the security of our homeland. Learn more about @POTUS’s bold vision for American dominance in #AI, quantum, advanced manufacturing, and #5G:— White House OSTP (@WHOSTP) February 8, 2019MIT Technology Review reported that the “American AI Initiative”  has five main goals: Redirect investments, develop AI research resources, create AI standards, prepare American workers for AI changes, and engage in international AI efforts.First, the executive order will urge federal funding agencies to step up AI investments. AI researchers will need to have computer models, computing resources, and federal data to kickstart projects. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will implement standards that support trustworthy AI systems. American workers are also part of the AI initiative, which will equip them with apprenticeships, fellowships, and programs in the AI industry. Lastly, the U.S. will foster international collaboration for AI. Follow the White House OSTP on Twitter for more updates on the Trump administration’s “American AI Initiative.”More on Weird Robot Can Fold Your Laundry at a Snail’s PaceThis Little Robot Blasts the Bacteria in Your Hotel Room BedThese AI Wheelchairs Can Detect Movement and Watch for Obstaclescenter_img President Trump is expected to sign an executive order for an “American AI Initiative” today, which aims to prioritize AI development in the U.S.This initiative, which will elevate federal funding for AI research and support U.S.-led AI international standards, doesn’t contain new AI development funding or additional details on next steps, The Verge reported. The Trump administration didn’t disclose when it expects to reach its AI development goals. Instead, it will announce a more detailed plan later this year.“I am eager to work with you on legislation to deliver new and important infrastructure investment, including investments in the cutting edge industries of the future,” Trump said in a White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) press statement. “This is not an option. This is a necessity.”AdChoices广告last_img read more

Traffic hit after Dunlop flyovers height bar crashesTraffic hit after Dunlop flyovers height bar crashes

first_imgKolkata: The height bar of Dunlop flyover collapsed early on Saturday morning after it was hit by a vehicle. The incident caused traffic congestion in the area for a few hours.According to Barrackpore police, the situation was brought under control in the afternoon. The “health condition” of the Dunlop flyover was under inspection that is being extensively carried out by various state government agencies. The Bengal government started the “health” check-up of the bridges after a portion of the Majerhat bridge caved in on September 4. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter a thorough examination, the RITES had submitted a report saying that condition of bearings situated on the top of the pillars were not in good health and some repair works needed to be done. The report also added that in some places the bearings had been displaced. The busy flyover had been closed for all types of vehicles for the past one-and-half months, following the Majerhat incident. The height bar was constructed to restrict the movement of some vehicles and repair work was also on. It was later opened for smaller vehicles. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that a truck might have hit the height bar, eventually leading to its collapse. The truck was coming from Dakshineswar side, police said. There had been traffic congestion in the area since movement was restricted on the flyover. As a result, the vehicles coming from Dakshineswar were affected.last_img read more

Correction ChinaItalyMoney Laundering storyCorrection ChinaItalyMoney Laundering story

first_imgIn this photo taken Wednesday, April 15, 2015, residents walk past the Bank of China branch in downtown Milan, Italy. Italian prosecutors say more than 4.5 billion euros ($4.9 billion) were smuggled to China in less than four years – nearly half of it with the help of the state – run Bank of China. Italy is now investigating four Bank of China employees and its Milan branch for allegedly laundering 2.2 billion euros, the proceeds of counterfeiting, labor exploitation and tax evasion, according to court documents obtained by the Associated Press.(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) By ERIKA KINETZAssociated PressFLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Police in Florence wondered where all the money was going. Italy’s economy was heading off a cliff, but its Chinatowns were booming. Luxury cars snaked past Chinese betting parlors and garment factories that hummed into the night. Chinese immigrants were buying up Italian coffee bars and real estate. But their prosperity was not reflected in local tax records.“What do they do with the money?” said Pietro Suchan, then deputy public prosecutor in Florence. “Do they eat it?”The answer, after a four-year investigation by Italy’s financial police, was no. They discovered that more than 4.5 billion euros ($4.9 billion) — the proceeds of counterfeiting, prostitution, labor exploitation and tax evasion — had been smuggled out of Italy to China in less than four years using a money-transfer service. Nearly half that money was funneled through one of China’s largest state banks, the Bank of China, which earned more than 758,000 euros in commissions on the transfers, according to Italian investigative documents obtained by The Associated Press. Italian officials said that when they tried to appeal to Chinese authorities for help, they got nowhere. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “Chinese financial institutions can effectively operate behind a firewall that keeps them largely immune from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts and regulatory agencies, leaving U.S. partners, competitors, and investors vulnerable,” said a May report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which advises Congress.The consequences of that legal firewall are becoming more palpable as Chinese businesses go global. Chinese companies have invested $46 billion in the U.S. since 2000, most of it in the last five years, according to the Rhodium Group, a New York research firm. Chinese banks have expanded their reach, opening overseas branches and buying stakes in foreign banks. Chinese firms have voraciously tapped U.S. financial markets, with the 2014 IPO of e-commerce giant Alibaba ranked the largest in history.In the shadow of this rapid expansion, however, a quiet war is brewing over whose rules and regulations will apply. At issue is how much China will adhere to existing norms, forged largely by Western powers, and how much it will try to reshape them to conform to its own values and strategic priorities.For now, the lack of cooperation can effectively shield Chinese firms from overseas litigation, giving Western companies and consumers little legal recourse when something goes wrong. Igor Angelini, head of Europol’s financial intelligence group, said the money sent to China via Money2Money likely came from across Europe, especially France and Spain; both have large Chinese immigrant communities.“We could track physical movements of money across borders in Western Europe,” he said. “These agencies acted as a polar attraction for cash.”Police seized transaction records from the Money2Money centers and, with the help of two employees, said they untangled a web of fake names and family ties used to mask the identities of the people sending the money.Many of the more than 1.5 million transfers, which were fractioned into small sums to avoid triggering scrutiny, were a way for the Chinese immigrants to avoid paying Italian taxes, prosecutors said. Police documented dozens of small business owners — many of whom ran garment factories powered by under-paid immigrants working illegally — making remittances of hundreds of thousands of euros, despite declared earnings in the tens of thousands, or less, according to hundreds of pages of Italian court documents reviewed by AP.Others were caught with heaps of counterfeit purses, wallets, shoes and belts in their factories. Police also traced some of the money back to men caught running Chinese prostitution rings out of apartments around Italy. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The case is now stalled in Italian courts, as prosecutors try to notify nearly 300 hard-to-find defendants, most of them Chinese.Franco Roberti, Italy’s chief anti-mafia prosecutor, said the Bank of China — knowingly or not — played “an absolutely necessary role in the transfer of funds from Italy to China.” But, he added, “It’s difficult to have a rapport of international cooperation with China.” He said he believed things would improve due to a memorandum of judicial cooperation that China and Italy signed in September.Judicial cooperation has become a top priority for China’s Communist Party, which is ramping up efforts to repatriate corrupt officials who have fled overseas. China said last year’s effort to hunt absconders abroad, “Operation Fox Hunt,” netted hundreds of people, more than a third of them from Southeast Asia. In April, China launched a new initiative, “Skynet,” to trace fugitives and their overseas money, and released a list of its 100 most wanted economic criminals. Forty of them are thought to be in the United States, according to the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “We may see some changes coming from China because of the internationalization of the Chinese economy,” said Douglas Clark, an intellectual property lawyer in Hong Kong. “China now needs the assistance of foreign countries. To get that, they’re going to have to offer assistance themselves.”___THE GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONOne of the companies in China that received illicit payments via Money2Money was an import-export agent called Wenzhou Cereals Oils and Foodstuffs Foreign Trade Corporation, according to Italian court documents obtained by AP.Those documents place the company in Shanghai, but no company by that name exists there. Corporate records show a company by that name in Wenzhou, a city 465 kilometers (290 miles) south of Shanghai. Most Chinese migrants to Italy come from that area.Wenzhou Foreign Trade was a state-run company until 2012, and is still owned by an investment group controlled by the city government according to Chinese regulatory filings.Italy’s financial police traced payments of 3 million euros to Wenzhou Foreign Trade via Money2Money in 2007. The cash was sent in small increments under 180 different names, but Italian tax authorities had no record of 178 of those people, according to court documents. Once the money left Italy, it vanished behind China’s great legal firewall.Italian police had no way to track the flow of dirty money in China and no way to get the cash back to Italy’s depleted state coffers. The Bank of China, which is now under investigation in Italy for money laundering, denied wrongdoing, saying it has always complied with Italian regulations.A great legal firewall separates China from the West, despite the deep economic ties — both licit and illicit — that bind them. A combination of inconsistent cooperation, incompatible legal systems and China’s secrecy laws have allowed criminals to globalize more effectively than law enforcement — and made it harder for Western companies and courts to put them out of business.The legal firewall has also helped people who sell counterfeit goods use major, state-run Chinese banks as financial shelters on a significant scale, AP found in an article published in May. Counterfeiters have used the banks, including the Bank of China, to process credit card payments and move their money beyond the reach of U.S. law enforcement. But Western companies that have pursued Chinese counterfeiters in the U.S., where many counterfeit goods are sold, have been blocked by China’s secrecy laws, which prohibit banks from freezing funds or releasing information on the order of a foreign court. The banks say they are caught in a jurisdictional dispute between the U.S. and China, which maintains that bank secrecy is a matter of national sovereignty. “It makes it quite uneven in terms of the playing field between the parties,” said Otto Lee, a Silicon Valley lawyer who is working with a U.S.-based company that won a trade secret theft case against a Chinese company but can’t collect the judgment. “It gives the Chinese entity an unfair advantage.”In Italy, the firewall has given rise to a sizeable black economy in the Chinese immigrant community and prevented police from understanding the global scope of the criminal networks operating on their turf.While the Italians were shut out of China, The AP was able to track some of the missing money to a Chinese foreign trade company that has been accused of repeatedly shipping counterfeit goods.The company, a large import-export firm called the Wenzhou Cereals Oils and Foodstuffs Foreign Trade Corporation, sent tens of thousands of fake Converse sneakers to the United States and Croatia, according to a separate lawsuit filed in the U.S., court documents show.The company’s ultimate owner, according to Chinese regulatory filings? An investment group controlled by the Wenzhou city government.___A ONE-SIDED INVESTIGATIONMoney2Money, the network of money transfer centers prosecutors say was responsible for funneling the 4.5 billion euros to China, was part-owned by a Chinese family that had immigrated to Italy. 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories Using evidence culled from seized Money2Money computers, police identified the names of individuals and companies in China that received the illicit funds.That’s where the investigative trail stopped.Suchan, the prosecutor who oversaw the investigation, said he believes much of the money laundered through Money2Money was used to buy counterfeit goods in China, which were then smuggled back to Europe. But he can’t prove it.“We did not have the possibility, despite many attempts made, to have an official contact with the judicial authorities and police of China,” he said. “We have discovered 50 percent of the truth.”Those attempts included reaching out to the Chinese Consulate in Florence and a liaison police officer stationed in the Italian Embassy in Beijing, he said.China’s foreign ministry said in a faxed response to questions that the relevant authorities had no knowledge of the Italian case.“China is always committed to deepening law enforcement cooperation with other countries, jointly cracking down on transnational crimes and punishing criminals,” the ministry wrote. Suggestions to the contrary, they said, “are not objective and just.” In April of that year, a Chinese man living in Rome was accused of selling counterfeit goods sent by the Wenzhou company. Four days after police raided his shop, he sent 12,499.99 euros to Wenzhou Foreign Trade — three and a half times his reported annual income — via Money2Money.Last October, Converse Inc. sued Wenzhou Foreign Trade in a federal court in New York, saying it had shipped 8,160 pairs of sneakers to the U.S., including an unspecified number of fakes. Croatian customs also seized 24,720 pairs of fake Converse exported by the company in 2013, according to U.S. court documents. Converse declined to comment on details of the case.Cut off from the rest of China by rugged mountains and the sea, Wenzhou is famous for its entrepreneurs. Its residents pioneered a model of low-cost, small-scale manufacturing that flourished as China embraced market reforms in the late 1970s. Wenzhou Foreign Trade, founded in 1979, helped those entrepreneurs reach global markets. By 2009, it had become the largest foreign trade company in Wenzhou city, according to its website.The company’s offices sit near the top of the Wenzhou International Trade Centre, a weather-beaten skyscraper on a busy road downtown. It deals in a dizzying array of products, including glasses, shoes, clothes, hardware and machinery, auto parts, food and medical equipment. The company says it has been cleared for expedited customs processing in China, received top credit rankings from the Bank of China and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and is registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — In a story June 5 about an Italian investigation into money laundering, The Associated Press reported erroneously one entity that officials said they tried to contact. The lead Italian investigator said officials reached out to the Chinese Consulate in Florence, not the Chinese Embassy.A corrected version of the story is below:Money laundering investigation stymied by China, Italy saysItaly: China stymied money laundering probe; Chinese bank’s commissions under investigation The FDA declined to disclose whether Wenzhou Foreign Trade has a registered food facility, but said registration does not imply endorsement.Cai Jiliu, Wenzhou Foreign Trade’s general manager, declined to comment on the Italian case, saying he didn’t work at the company at the time. He said the fake Converse exports were the result of “management negligence.”“I feel we have been used,” he said in a telephone interview. “Our clients are smaller companies. They have a weaker awareness of intellectual property rights, and our staff did not totally obey our company’s rules.”Six other defendants reached settlements with Converse. Wenzhou Foreign Trade did not. There is no evidence in court documents that the company even sent a lawyer to represent it in New York.“China and America have different cultural backgrounds,” Cai said. “Chinese prefer communication to lawsuits.”__Associated Press photographer Mark Schiefelbein contributed to this report from Wenzhou. Associated Press writer Frances D’Emilio contributed from Rome.Kinetz can be reached at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Nevertheless, the investigation went nowhere. A spokesman for the Italian Embassy in Beijing said the Embassy does “not have information about the eventual outcome” of the money-laundering inquiry. Italy’s foreign ministry declined to comment.___GIVE AND TAKEEventually, Italian prosecutors followed the trail of dirty money to four Bank of China employees and its Milan branch — all of which are under investigation in Italy for money laundering. Prosecutors say the bank facilitated the secret transfer of 2.2 billion euros collected by Money2Money to people and companies in China, according to previously undisclosed Italian investigative documents obtained by AP.The bank had an exclusive contract with Money2Money, stipulating that it would not deal with any other money transfer network in Italy, Suchan said.The bank said in an email that it had “no clues of the alleged criminal activities underlying the transfers of money” and that the agreement with the Money2Money network was “totally in line with the policy of Bank of China.” Lawyers for Money2Money said their clients have not had a fair chance to defend themselves and are not guilty. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

UN rights chief warns violent explosion is close in BurundiUN rights chief warns violent explosion is close in Burundi

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too He said his office has documented dozens of killings in the past two months, most of them shootings of demonstrators and human rights defenders by the youth wing and security forces.Zeid urged the government to disarm the Imbonerakure youth wing of the ruling CNDD-FDD party immediately.One of the poorest countries in the world, the small Central African nation shares both a history of ethnic strife and a border with Rwanda, the scene of a genocide in 1994.Burundi has been hit by violence since the April announcement that President Pierre Nkurunziza would run for a third term in presidential elections set for July 15. Protesters say Nkurunziza must go because the constitution limits the president to two terms, but the president’s supporters say he is eligible for a third term because he was chosen by lawmakers — and not popularly elected — for his first term.Zeid said by videoconference from Geneva that the president’s decision “has undermined a decade of steady progress in building democratic institutions.”He cited reports of demonstrators opposing a third term being imprisoned and subjected to torture and ill-treatment, as well as extrajudicial killings. He added that refugees fleeing Burundi have reported “targeted campaigns of intimidation and terror,” and say the Imbonerakure militia are “the main threat.” Top Stories Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Mesa family survives lightning strike to home UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief warned Thursday that an explosion of violence is close at hand in Burundi, sparked by the president’s decision to seek a third term and a crackdown by security forces and the youth wing of his ruling party responsible for dozens of recent killings.Zeid Raad al-Hussein told the U.N. Security Council that “the risk to human life, and to regional stability and development, is high” as a result of escalating politically motivated violence and Burundi’s history of recurring bloodshed and atrocities. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more