UN High Commissioner for Refugees seeks assistance for the Balkans

In the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the High Commissioner was heartened by a new generation of government officials determined to find solutions for the refugees and the displaced, said Peter Kessler, spokesman for the Geneva-based UNHCR. The pace of returns to some areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina has begun to accelerate, Mr. Kessler said, with nearly 90,000 minority returns registered in the past 18 months – almost 22,000 of which in the first five months of this year, twice the figure for the same period a year ago. “Each and every one of these individual returnees is an investment in the future of this troubled region,” Mr. Lubbers said.Most returnees are in urgent need of reconstruction assistance, with many living in tents and other makeshift shelters next to their destroyed or damaged homes. Funds are needed for building some 15,000 houses, UNHCR said, and with the large numbers now returning, many could face real hardship this winter — or perhaps again abandon their homes if they cannot get help. Their success or failure will have a major influence on thousands of others still considering return. According to UNHCR, bureaucratic foot-dragging and the failure to enact property laws returning homes to their rightful owners constitute major obstacles. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, some 190,000 houses are still to be returned to their pre-war owners.Mr. Lubbers flew from Sarajevo to Kosovo today. He will go next to Skopje, the capital of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and southern Serbia. read more

Job claims for Nova Scotias 60 million investment in DSME unrealistic

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government was told seven months after committing $60 million to a wind tower manufacturing plant that claims of 500 jobs to be created within three years were “unrealistic,” say documents obtained by The Canadian Press.Internal government studies obtained through freedom-of-information legislation also show provincial government revenues and the economic impact to households were only fractions of what was originally projected.The former NDP government announced with much public fanfare in 2010 that it was taking a 49 per cent equity stake as part of a $90-million refit of the former TrentonWorks railcar plant after it was bought by Korean-owned Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.The plan was for DSME Trenton to eventually develop the capacity to produce 250 wind turbine towers and 200 blade sets per year.But prior to the targeted May 2011 startup, it was already clear to the government that the facility would face difficulties when it shifted its focus from building exclusively for DeWind, a DSME-owned wind turbine company, to seeking business with other clients.“DeWind does not have sufficient orders and DSME Trenton must undertake its own sales and marketing,” said a March 2011 briefing note prepared for Percy Paris, then the economic development minister.The documents show that by October 2011, despite meeting its first year target of more than 140 workers, the company had reduced its three-year employment estimate to 350 from 500.By the end of January 2012, Paris was advised that the original projection of 500 jobs was “considered unrealistic” by his department’s director of strategic services.Several reasons are given in the briefing notes, including the actual size of the plant’s assembly line layout.The notes say other factors “are limited market size … a weak global economy and barriers to entry for certain provincial markets, like Quebec and Ontario.”By October 2012, the province had disbursed $46.9 million to the company, including a $3.7-million forgivable loan, $19.6 million in equity and $23.6 million from a $30-million authorized loan. The plant delivered 20 towers, but was down to 72 employees.With the wind industry market in decline by February 2013, both the provincial government and DSME Trenton said they recognized the need to diversify the plant’s business into areas such as industrial metal fabrication, oil and gas fabrication, pressured vessels, power plants and shipbuilding components.The documents also include a 2009 study with economic projections and a one-time economic impact assessment of DSME carried out for the years 2010 to 2012. Both were prepared for the government by the province’s Finance Department.The minimum economic projection foresaw total household income hitting $101 million and provincial government revenues of $11.3 million over the three-year period.The followup study shows that in 2012, those projections were far short, with household income at $21 million and provincial government revenues totalling $2.9 million.Liberal Economic Development Minister Michel Samson, whose party while in Opposition was highly critical of the provincial investment in DSME, expressed confidence in the company’s future, adding that it now has 150 employees.Samson said the plant has landed some “modest” contracts to build wind turbine towers and pressurized tanks for the offshore industry and is looking for potential spinoff work once the federal navy ship contract won by Irving Shipbuilding ramps up.“The question is what can we do now to assist the company to find growth in new areas and to be able to achieve success,” Samson said.He said just over $56 million of the province’s $60 million commitment has been spent.A spokesman for DSME Trenton declined an interview request but in an email said business at the facility was thriving.“We are currently quite busy with the construction of wind towers at the plant and are all focused on the fabrication and manufacturing of these large unit sections, processing through the facility,” Brad Murray said. by Michael Tutton and Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2014 2:00 am MDT Job claims for Nova Scotia’s $60 million investment in DSME ‘unrealistic’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Bisrams extradition hearing set for next Thursday in Brooklyn

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDPP to formally apply for Bisram’s extraditionDecember 8, 2016In “Crime”CCJ denies Bisram’s request for early hearingSeptember 15, 2018In “Court”US Court orders that Marcus Bisram be extraditedOctober 13, 2017In “Crime” – Crime Chief says Force yet to be formally informed about the arrestOne day after the New York Daily News reported that the alleged mastermind behind the November 2016 Corentyne murder, Marcus Brian Bisram, was nabbed in New York, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has indicated that the Guyana Police Force is yet to be formally informed about the arrest.Blanhum told this publication on Wednesday that while they had previously submitted a formal extradition request along with the relevant documents for the suspect to be brought here for trial, the United States (US) authorities are yet to confirm the arrest.Dead: Faiyaz NarinedattNevertheless, going forward, the Head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) explained that they will have to await the extradition hearing, during which it will have to be proven in court that Guyana has sufficient evidence against the overseas-based Guyanese to warrant an extradition.Bisram, 28, was charged in absentia in November last for the murder of 26-year-old Faiyaz Narinedatt, a carpenter, who was killed on November 1, 2016, at Number 70 Village, Corentyne, Berbice.The overseas-based Guyanese philanthropist/businessman allegedly ordered four of his allies to kill the father of two, who had rejected his (Bisram’s) sexual advances. It was reported that Narinedatt had choked and slapped the businessman.The carpenter’s battered body was subsequently found at a staged hit-and-run accident scene. Independent investigations done by the dead man’s family uncovered the gruesome crime, and as such, Police arrested the four suspects, who then confessed that Bisram had ordered them to commit the killing.By that time however, Bisram had already returned to the US and the Guyana Police Force has since been trying to have him extradited to face trial here.Murder accused Marcus BisramTo this end, local law enforcement last November issued a wanted bulletin for the businessman and subsequently contacted its overseas counterparts for assistance in locating the suspect.The International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) subsequently issued a wanted bulletin for Bisram. The Interpol ‘red notice’ urged persons in the United States to contact the nearest Police Station or 911 once the wanted man is sighted. After no response, Guyana then reissued a fugitive warrant for Bisram in March of this year.Despite Bisram being a fugitive wanted for murder on Interpol, he has been roaming freely in New York for the past eight months. That is until Tuesday when the New York Police Department (NYPD)/US Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force nabbed him from his beachfront home in Arverne, Queens sometime around 13:00hrs.The following day, he appeared before a Judge at the Brooklyn Federal Court, who ruled that the businessman be held without bail until his extradition hearing. That date has been scheduled for July 13.Outside the courthouse, Narinedatt’s widow Pooja Pitam told a CBS New York reporter that it was hard to see the man who ordered the hit on her husband. The grieving woman, who shares two children with the carpenter, said her husband never got to see his now one-year-old daughter. At the time of his death, Narinedatt was awaiting his papers to process to join his family in the Bronx.Bisram was the sixth person charged with the murder of the carpenter. He was charged along with his 39-year-old bodyguard Orlando Dickie of Stevedore Housing Scheme, Georgetown.A few days prior, four other persons were charged for the carpenter’s murder. They were 39-year-old Radesh Motie, an excavator operator of Lot 124 Number 74 Village; 49-year-old Harripaul Parsram of Lot 164 Number 71 Village; 18-year-old Deodatt Dutt of Lot 98 Number 71 Village; and 37-year-old Nirone Yacoob, a hire car driver of Lot 65 Number 67 Village, Corentyne.Two of the accused had confessed to investigators that they were ordered by the overseas-based Guyanese businessman to kill Narinedatt, after which they dumped his body on the Number 70 Public Road to make it seem as a hit-and-run accident.Additionally, the businessman’s mother and her daughter were also charged and remanded to prison after they allegedly offered bribes to Police ranks to “duck the case”.Shinella Indarally, 45, and Mary Anne Lionel, 25, both of Lot 171 Section B Number 71 Village, Corentyne, were charged for deliberately attempting to obstruct the course of justice.It was reported that they offered a Police Corporal $4 million to release the four men who were detained for murder and to also forfeit efforts to apprehend Bisram.A few hours after the body was discovered, it is alleged that the mastermind, Marcus Bisram, had gone to the Springlands Police Station and allegedly offered to pay the two officers. A Constable and a Corporal were arrested and placed under close arrest on those allegations. read more

EHF CL 20152016 Group C FC Porto and Meshkov Brest convincing at

← Previous Story FLENSATION over poor PSG – Wisla save fortress against Veszprem! Next Story → Veszprem part ways with Antonio Carlos Ortega! FC Porto handballMeshkov BrestRK VojvodinaVELUX EHF Champions League 2015/2016 FC Porto and Meshkov Brest celebrated easy wins at the start of the VELUX EHF Champions League Group C. After tight match between Chekhovskie Medvedi and Naturhouse La Rioja 27:26, much more relaxed 60 minutes for the home teams have been seen in Portugal and Belarus.Portuguese champions overplayed Slovakian Tatran Presov 33:23 (14:11) with Duarte and Cuni Morales in the main roles with six goals, while only Slovenian playmaker in Slovakian best side Vasja Furlan could follow the rhytm of the winners – with seven succcesful atempts.Serbian champions RK Vojvodina were on line with Meshkov Brest 34:22 (15:14) in the first half on their debut in European elite competition, but Kristopans, Atman and Co. pushed the tempo in the second half to secure easy and convincing triumph. Kristopans, Stojkovic and Vukic netted five goals each, while Rastvorcev scored seven for the Serbs. read more

Panasonic Toughpad UTMB50 is a 20inch 4K Windows tablet

first_imgIf the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro got you excited with its super-high-res display, then you’ll love Panasonic’s mammoth new “tablet.” The Toughpad UT-MB50 is a Windows all-in-one with a killer 4k 20-inch screen.Just how dense are its pixels packed? Even at 20 inches on the diagonal, the UT-MB50’s nearly 10 million total pixels measure out to 230 per inch. Just like the Yoga 2, that beats Apple’s MacBook Pro (which falls just short at 227 ppi). Still, full credit to Apple and Google with the Chromebook Pixel for giving manufacturers a kick in the butt. We’ve been waiting long enough for resolutions beyond 1080p in our computing devices.Clearly, the $6000 Toughpad isn’t intended to be a consumer device. Panasonic will no doubt be pitching it to folks like medical imaging professionals, photographers, and designers — people who will definitely benefit from the UT-MB50’s high pixel count and touchscreen.They’ll also appreciate the optional pressure-sensitive stylus. Panasonic says that it can achieve pixel-perfect accurac, and its 2048 levels of pressure match the Wacom Intuos4. It would have been nice for Panasonic to include the Electronic Touch Pen in the base config, but I can’t see the people making purchasing decisions on a device like this caring about spending a few hundred extra dollars on accessories.What else has Panasonic crammed into the UT-MB50’s 12.5mm-thin frame? The base configuration features an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.9GHz, NVidia GeForce 745M GPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The whole thing weighs about five pounds — which is actually less than some lower-resolution 20-inch monitors on the market.And let’s not forget that this is a still a Toughpad. If Panasonic has slapped that branding on it, you can be sure that the UT-MB50 will stand up to abuse around the studio or office. It’s not like you’re going to fling a 20-inch tablet onto the coffee table like you might a Nexus 7, but it’s nice to know it can take a bit of  a beating.Powered bylast_img read more

American security monitor killed by landmine in rebelheld east Ukraine

first_img Short URL By AFP Share1 Tweet Email1 American security monitor killed by landmine in rebel-held east Ukraine The death sparked sharp words from Rex Tillerson. File photo of OSCE observers in Ukraine. Apr 24th 2017, 7:33 AM http://jrnl.ie/3355187 14 Comments center_img 8,613 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo of OSCE observers in Ukraine. The deputy head of the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine Alexander Hug (centre) speaks during his press-conference in Kiev. Source: Serg GlovnyTillerson in a phone conversation Sunday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Moscow’s actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle to improved US-Russian ties, the State Department said.“Secretary Tillerson phoned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today to discuss his recent trip to Moscow and his message to the Russian leadership that, although the United States is interested in improving relations with Russia, Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle,” said acting spokesman Mark Toner.The statement said Tillerson accepted Poroshenko’s “condolences” for the death of the American.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the blast underscored the need for the warring sides to “finally respect” a long-ignored ceasefire agreement negotiated by Moscow and Kiev with the help of Paris and Berlin in February 2015.“The separatists supported by Russia who illegally occupy part of Ukrainian territory by violence have a special responsibility here,” Merkel said in a strongly-worded statement.EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said the incident was a “reminder of the urgent need for progress on a peaceful resolution of the conflict”.Both Kiev and the West accuse Moscow of plotting and backing the fighting in reprisal for the February 2014 ouster of Ukraine’s Kremlin-backed leadership.Russia denies this and in turn accuses the US State Department of fomenting the 2013-14 street protests that ended up allying ex-Soviet Ukraine with the West.The OSCE team’s 600 members in eastern Ukraine are the only independent monitoring mission in the devastated industrial war zone.They provide daily reports on the fighting and have drawn the insurgents’ ire for accusing them of being responsible for most violations of the truce deal.- © AFP 2017Read: North Korea detains US citizen who was trying to leave the country AN AMERICAN MONITOR with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe died yesterday after a mission patrol vehicle hit a landmine in the Russian-backed separatist east, eliciting sharp words towards Moscow from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.It marked the first loss for the security body’s Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) since Europe’s only current war broke out more than three years ago.The OSCE’s announcement about the US monitor’s death saw Kiev and the insurgents quickly trade blame over who was at fault for one of the most diplomatically sensitive episodes in a conflict that has claimed more than 10,000 lives.The deputy head of the OSCE monitoring mission said the patrol consisted of six members who were travelling in two armoured vehicles near the village of Pryshyb in a rebel-run region of the separatist fiefdom of Lugansk.“The explosion resulted in the death of an OSCE patrol member, a citizen of the United States,” Alexander Hug told reporters in Kiev.He also said two others — a German and a Czech national — were wounded and “undergoing further evaluation” in a Lugasnk hospital.The OSCE said it would not release the names of the casualties until their families had been notified.“We are determined to continue to implement our mandate,” Hug stressed.‘Obstacle’ to better ties Monday 24 Apr 2017, 7:33 AMlast_img read more

Australian police get to the bottom of mysterious SOS sign in the

first_img 17 Comments Short URL Without knowing the full details, because I haven’t been able to speak to him yet, the man made it into a small evacuation vessel with another person, a woman.“But it was attacked by crocodiles. They had some basic rations on them, and found some fresh water, and they survived there for several days,” he told ABC.The police have said that the man who supposedly left the sign is currently travelling on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea with limited phone and internet access, so they haven’t been able to make contact to confirm that it was in fact him that left the message.Rudd said this situation is a reminder that people travelling in the remote areas of Australia should carry emergency communication equipment such as a satellite phone or an EPIRB, along with sufficient amounts of food and water.Read: Isis attack on Iranian parliament that killed 13 ‘unequivocally condemned’ by President HigginsMore: ‘A perfect older brother’: Another London attack victim identified Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: WA Police By Hayley Halpin Jun 8th 2017, 12:39 PM 45,302 Views center_img AUSTRALIAN POLICE SAY they might have solved the mystery of an SOS signal made of rocks in the outback of Western Australia.The rocks sparked a search for missing people when they were spotted by a helicopter pilot last month at Swift Bay, a remote area 120 kilometres west of the Kalumburu Aboriginal Community in the Kimberley region.Police officers were quickly alerted and flew into the area with the assistance of a helicopter to conduct a ground search. They did not find anyone at the scene at the time.However now police believe the sign was a genuine distress signal left by a man and a woman who became stranded in 2013 and were eventually rescued.Bujumbura police Acting Senior Sergeant Dave Rudd told ABC News that international coverage of the case resulted in a man getting in contact to say his brother was responsible for the message.https://www.facebook.com/wapolkimberley/photos/a.1586979618199735.1073741829.1569376359960061/1953985881499105/?type=3“He indicated it was his brother Robert that left the SOS there,” Rudd said. http://jrnl.ie/3433087 Share2 Tweet Email1 Australian police get to the bottom of mysterious SOS sign in the outback A man got in touch with local police claiming that his brother left the message in 2013. Image: WA Police Thursday 8 Jun 2017, 12:39 PMlast_img read more

Akis Tsochadzopoulos has been released

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s former defense minister and PASOK party member Akis Tsochadzopoulos, was released from Athens’ Korydallos Prison on Tuesday following his request for a revocation of his 19 year sentence.The ex-minister was convicted in 2013 for corruption, however, citing “aggravated health issues” he was granted an early release on Monday by a panel of five Supreme Court judges.His conviction five years ago was part of the country’s most vile money laundering political scandal, that built up a six-million euro case, one of the biggest political corruption cases in Europe.Specifically, his imprisonment was on the grounds of illegally acquired gains over a submarine and TOR M1 missile system contract including several counts of bribery.Tsochadzopoulos after he was granted early release. Photo: Kathimerini“I am not at my best. I need to take care of myself,” the 79-year-old the told reporters waiting outside the prison, according to Kathimerini.“I would like to thank my wife above all, who throughout this entire time, alone and despite abandoned by everyone – acquaintances, friends and others – kept up the fight and ensured the best possible outcome,” he addedTsochadzopoulos’ wife, Vicky Stamati, was also granted early release last year from her eight-year sentence for money laundering.last_img read more

Justify wins foggy Preakness keeps Triple Crown bid alive

first_imgBALTIMORE — Justify rounded the final turn and hit the top of the stretch winded but with the lead.The roar from the crowd was delayed, hushed by the thick fog that enveloped the track. When Justify emerged from the haze in view of the grandstand, trainer Bob Baffert could see jockey Mike Smith’s white silks and knew his horse had been pushed to his limit with 100 yards left to go.“I knew he was in for a fight,” Baffert said. “I knew this was not going to be easy.”It wasn’t easy, but Justify had enough left to hold off several hard-charging challengers and win the Preakness on a sloppy, slippery track Saturday and keep alive the chance for a second Triple Crown champion in four years. After winning the most difficult race of his career, Justify has the chance at the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 9 to accomplish the same rare feat Baffert’s American Pharoah did in 2015.“We’ll see how he trains,” Baffert said. “Right now, I don’t see why not.”Just getting through the Preakness was a test for the Kentucky Derby champion and heavy 2-5 favorite. When Smith looked over his shoulder early and saw Good Magic he thought, “Oh man, it’s going to be a match race from this point on,” and Justify held up to the challenge down the backstretch and late as Bravazo and Tenfold chased him down.“They tested his fitness today,” Smith said after his second Preakness win and first since 1993. “This is his hardest race that he’s had.”With Baffert praying for the wire at Pimlico, Justify won by a half-length after completing the race in 1:55.93. Bravazo edged Tenfold for third, and Good Magic was fourth.last_img read more

Plane Crash in Freeport both survive

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Oct 2015 – A training of a young pilot went terribly wrong and led to a plane crash earlier today. Reports are both the trainer and the student were not killed after going down in the Dover Sound area. Freeport Man Killed in ‘The Ghetto’, Homicide Count Now At 100 Related Items:freeport, Plane crash Heavy rain flooding Grand Bahama homes, senior citizens call for Govt help Bahamas Govt bids to buy Lucayan Strip resorts, PM Minnis tours site Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Memorial held for teen killed in driveby shooting

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida community gathered Saturday to remember a teen killed in a drive-by shooting.Friends and family met in Miami’s Liberty Square neighborhood to hold a memorial for 19-year-old Antquinisha Flowers.Participants lit candles and sent prayers for the victim of gun violence.Flowers and her cousin, 17-year-old Arthur Man, were shot Thursday night.1 teen killed, 1 injured in Liberty City drive-by shootingThe two were rushed to the hospital, where Flowers was later pronounced dead. Man has since been released from the hospital.Police are still searching for the shooter. If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Private school bus crashes into motorcyclist in Hialeah

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A private school bus collided with a motorcycle in Hialeah, Tuesday morning.7Skyforce HD hovered above the scene, near West Eighth Avenue and 29th Street.Crews checked out the 18-year-old biker at the scene after he complained of arm pain.Everyone on board the bus was OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

India defence ministry website hacked 3 other govt websites down

first_imgIndia’s defence minister said the department website was hacked on Friday, with the web portals of at least three other government departments including the interior, law and labour ministries also appearing to be down.Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman confirmed the attack, but India’s cybersecurity czar denied hacking had taken place, saying a “hardware problem” was to blame.”Action is initiated after the hacking of the MoD (ministry of defence) website. The website shall be restored shortly,” Sitharaman said on Twitter.”Needless to say, every possible step required to prevent any such eventuality in the future will be taken,” she added.The defence ministry website was the first to be affected, with its homepage replaced by a screen showing a chinese character that means “zen”.Soon, other major departments’ websites were either “unreachable” or “not found”.The Ministry of Home Affairs website’s main page said that the site was offline “due to technical problems”.Gulshan Rai, the national cybersecurity coordinator, contradicted Sitharaman.”There is no hacking of any nature anywhere in the Defence Ministry website. There is a hardware problem due to which the website is down. It will be up shortly,” Rai told the local NDTV news network.”Due to malfunctioning of storage network system, websites of few ministries (are) down and will be up soon,” he added.last_img read more

Judge denies nuclear protesters religious freedom defense

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A federal judge has denied a request by a group of Catholic peace activists to dismiss charges against them for breaking into a nuclear submarine base in Kings Bay, Georgia, last year to protest nuclear weapons.The seven activists, individually and through their lawyers, used a novel defense, citing the Religion Freedom Restoration Act, a 1993 federal law that says the government may not burden the faith practices of a person with sincerely held religious beliefs.But Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, denied that defense and scheduled a jury trial for Oct. 21.The activists, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, face up to 25 years in prison each for trespassing on the U.S. Navy base, which houses six Trident submarines designed to carry nearly 200 nuclear warheads apiece.The seven, mostly middle-aged or elderly, will each stand trial on three felonies and one misdemeanor: destruction of property on a naval installation, depredation of government property, trespass and conspiracy.In her denial, Wood concluded that the activists were sincere in their religious faith and that the government had burdened that religious faith by prosecuting them. But the judge found that the government has a compelling interest in the safety of the people working at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base and in the security of the nuclear weapons housed there. Therefore, she found that the legal charges leveled against the activists were “the least restrictive means of furthering its compelling interests in these circumstances.” Her 19-page opinion denies all the defendants’ motions.On the night of April 4, 2018, the group stole onto the Kings Bay base in St. Marys, Georgia, cut a padlock and later a security fence, spilled blood on Navy wall insignia, spray-painted anti-war slogans on a walkway and banged on a monument to nuclear warfare using hammers made of melted-down guns. Their goal, they said, was to symbolically disarm the weapons.The group is part of a 39-year-old anti-nuclear movement called Plowshares, inspired by the prediction of the biblical prophet Isaiah that the nations of the world shall “beat their swords into plowshares.” Its activists have made a signature of breaking into nuclear weapons bases to hammer on buildings and military hardware and pour human blood on them.The defendants are all residents of Catholic Worker houses, a collection of 200 independent houses across the country that feed and house the poor. They include a Jesuit priest, a former nun and a granddaughter of Dorothy Day, a co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement who is under consideration by the Catholic Church for canonization as a saint.Now it will be up to the group to convince the court that the Plowshares group ought to be able to present experts who can testify about Catholic social teachings on nuclear weapons and why non-violent actions protesting nuclear weapons care consistent with their faith.“The fight is going to be over how much of their faith can they testify to and what other kinds of evidence will the court allow the jury to hear,” said William P. Quigley, a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, who is helping the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 argue their case pro bono.Quigley said he expected a flurry of pretrial motions on admissible testimony before the Oct. 21 trial in a federal courtroom in Brunswick, Georgia, about 70 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida.“Traditionally, governments want to restrict the amount of evidence put on. They want to focus on the lock, the fence, the paint,” he said. “The defendants want to put their actions into the context of their faith and in the context of what it says about nuclear weapons.” Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron News Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Catholicism By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Load Comments,US agency: Hospital forced nurse to participate in abortion TagsCatholic social teaching homepage featured Judge Lisa Godbey Wood Kings Bay 7 Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay nuclear weapons Plowshares Kings Bay 7,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Black minister to his mostly white ELCA denomination: ‘We need to rethink church’ Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019last_img read more

Govt to preserve rain water to boost pisciculture in droughtprone areas

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government is taking initiatives to increase fish production in the drought prone areas of the state by preserving rain water. This will assist the local fishermen to increase the production of fishes.In a bid to boost pisciculture, the state fisheries department will set up more watersheds in the drought prone districts like Bankura, Purulia, Birbhum, West Midnapore and some other districts, where considerable amount of rain water is wasted. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to the experts, if rain water is harnessed by small dams, it can be used for pisciculture, cultivation and also domestic purposes during the lean season. The department is taking up comprehensive development schemes to enhance fishery infrastructure in the drought prone areas to improve the overall socio-economic condition of fishermen in the region. A watershed is defined as the land that contributes water to a given site. It is a line that connects all the highest points in the area. A watershed provides a natural environmental unit for planning a developmental initiative. The watershed mapping in the districts of Purulia and Bankura has been done to delineate watershed boundaries and suggest the suitable sites for check dams for water harvesting. A digital map of water bodies was already created by the Fisheries department. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe GIS based map of water bodies will help in managing e-governance in the fishery sector. Web based availability of GIS maps will improve decision making process in a decentralised set up, thereby creating a scenario of efficient management.Moreover, water stored in check dams also helps in reaching the ground water through bottom percolation in the subsurface. Watershed development thus plays an important role in uplifting the rural economy, increasing fish production, agricultural production, afforestation, water, soil and land management in the drought prone areas. Co-operative farming is also given paramount importance to strengthen co-operative fish farming. The schemes will engage unemployed rural youth that will uplift the rural economy. The department has chalked out a detailed plan to make West Bengal self sufficient in fish production and to increase export.The state fisheries department is also keen on the implementation of the People Participatory Programme (PPP) method for the sustainable development of fisheries. The purpose of PPP is to develop an operational method to increase participation of local fishermen in fish production, storage and distribution.This will also prove handy for the fisher folk to organise self-help groups and co-operatives which in turn will increase their income. They will be given access to the existing fishing ponds and fishery infrastructure.last_img read more

Christchurch nominated as top destination in New Zealand

first_imgChristchurch nominated as top destination in New ZealandChristchurch has been nominated in an annual consumer poll conducted by Experience Oz + NZ for the title as one of New Zealand’s Top 10 Destinations. ‘New Zealand’s Top 10 Destinations to Experience,’ a major international and domestic poll now in its fifth year, receives thousands of votes with the aim of highlighting ideal travel destinations. Speaking on the nomination, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel is delighted that the city has been nominated for the ‘New Zealand Top 10 Destinations to Experience’. “Christchurch is re-emerging as a destination in its own right.There are plenty of exciting things happening here, the central city is really coming back to life and the internationally renowned Christchurch Adventure Park is set to reopen next month after the Port Hills fires. “It really is a place that has something for everyone. As the international gateway to the South Island of New Zealand, we know that it’s the iconic imagery of the South Island that encourages most visitors to come to New Zealand in the first place!” If you’ve visited Christchurch in the past, be prepared to get blown away. With an immense amount of change already underway visitors can take full advantage of the new dining, accommodation and cultural opportunities on offer. Experience Oz Marketing Manager Matt Hobbs said ‘ Top 10 Destinations to Experience’ consumer poll is great for highlighting the best kept secrets of different regions, past entries of the poll have helped put some of New Zealand’s smaller destinations on into the international travel consciousness. “As it stands today, Christchurch is something of a dining mecca, with a strong coffee culture and numerous 5-star dining opportunities to delight the culinary aficionado,” Mr Hobbs said. In all, the city’s positive vibe and ability to pick itself up and get on with things while re-branding itself creatively in the process coupled with its plentiful surrounding adventure and natural highlights makes Christchurch one of the truly more unique destinations to travel. To view all of New Zealand’s nominated destinations visit: https://www.experienceoz.com.au/en/nz-top-destinations-2017 Experience Oz is the leading source for travel experiences in Australia and New Zealand, providing detailed travel advice and a comprehensive catalogue of over 3,000 tours, attractions and activities across both countries.Source = Experience Oz + NZlast_img read more

Technical problem delays drilling in block 10

first_imgDrilling in Cyprus’ offshore block 10 by ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum has been delayed for 10 days due to a technical problem, reports said on Friday.According to daily Politis, drilling at the Delphine target in block 10 ceased some 10 days ago after drill component was badly damaged.The information has not been confirmed by the government or ExxonMobil.If the technical problem had not occurred, the energy companies and the government may already have had indications on whether there was a natural gas deposit in Delphine, the daily said, as the drilling had reached a depth of approximately 3,000 metres below the seabed (5,000 metres from the surface of the sea). That is approximately the point where the seismic surveys that preceded the drilling placed the existence of the coral structure that could contain natural gas.The Stena Icemax drillship leased by ExxonMobil started the exploratory deep-water drilling on November 16. The drilling was expected to be concluded by the end of the year.Politis said that so far there was no information on when drilling would resume but that personnel and equipment were being transported from Limassol to the Stena IceMax drilling rig. This, it said, could be an indication that the drilling would resume soon.After completing drilling in Delphine, the rig will move to either ‘Glafkos’ or ‘Anthea’ targets. The choice of the second target will depend, in part, on the findings of the first drilling in Delphine. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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