Grange: Cricket Association to Implement Programme for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sports

first_imgThe Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the Jamaica Cricket Association will be among the first set of national sports associations to roll-out a national programme for safeguarding and protecting children in sports.Minister Grange made the announcement at the St Catherine Cricket Association Awards Function in Twickenham Park on Thursday (December 6).The national programme for safeguarding and protecting children in sport is being coordinated by the Inter-Ministerial Task Force established by Minister Grange earlier this year to, among other things, see to it that “children in sport are not harmed in anyway; and that fit and proper people are involved in all areas of children’s sport.”Minister Grange said the Task Force has been considering several initiatives to safeguard and protect children in sport including mechanisms being implemented through the Jamaica Cricket Association in collaboration with UNICEF and Cricket West Indies.“Based on the assessment of those initiatives and following discussions, I am pleased to announce that the Jamaica Cricket Association has agreed to be part of the first set of national sport associations to roll-out a national programme for safeguarding and protecting children in sports,” said Minister Grange.The Task Forces comprises several stakeholders including the Child Protection and Family Services Agency, the National Parent Teachers’ Association, the various schools sports associations, local sports governing bodies, as well as government ministries and agencies.last_img read more

KSS Line Lays Keel for VLGC, Orders One More at HHI

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries has signed a contract for the construction of another LPG carrier with its compatriot chemical shipping company KSS Line.The order for the 84,000 cbm carrier, signed today, has secured the company an orderbook of total of thirteen carriers to be constructed by 2017.KSS Line expects that the vessel, worth an estimated USD 77 million, will be built by May 2017.The company said that the vessel should start its employment operations upon delivery and contribute to the company’s revenues with approximately USD 102.1 million.The announcement comes on the same day of the keel laying for KSS Line’s new 84,000 cubic meter very large gas carrier (VLGC).The shipping company expects to operate nine VLGCs and four mid-sized liquefied petroleum gas carriers by the end of 2017.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Fleet of 1000 lowfloor DTC buses to hit national capital by December

first_imgNEW DELHI: Ending the tough path, a fleet of 1,000 DTC buses will arive in Delhi in the month of December, out of this 500 will be AC and 500 non AC buses. According to the officials, the tendering process has been successful therefore the processing of these buses are on. “The DTC board approved the proposal in March this year and this time we have decided to outsource the AMC (annual maintenance contract),” said an official.According to the officials, due to the Model Code of Conduct the procurement proedcure was delayed. “We are working on this project and by the end of this year, the buses will start coming,” said an official. Meanwhile, the Delhi Cabinet approved a proposal to add 1,000 low-floor AC electric buses to the national capital’s public transport fleet, claiming to be the first city in the country having a large number of such vehicles. The electric buses are also likely to come by this year. The transport department recently opened bids to run low-floor buses on three different route clusters and shortlisted companies on the basis of their technical and financial capabilities and rates offered. The department will soon put up the details for the consideration of Delhi Cabinet and, once approved, the agreement will be signed with the private players. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe official also said that the government wanted to buy non-AC buses because there are many passengers who prefer non-AC buses because the tickets are much cheaper. Earlier, the plans of procurement were hit as despite the issuance of tenders, there were no buyers. According to applications filed by the transport department in the SC, a 2008 tender for 750 non-AC, semi- low-floor buses and 250 AC semi-low-floor buses was cancelled as the rates quoted by Ashok Leyland were on the “higher side”. The DTC has a fleet of 3,944 buses while the DIMTS (Delhi Integrated Multimodal Transit System) runs 1,634 buses under the cluster scheme, as per the Transport department statistics. The combined strength of around 5,600 buses covers nearly 75 per cent of the identified routes in the city. A total of 799 minibuses also ply on 124 routes. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs per the government’s own estimates, Delhi needs a fleet of 11,000 buses while the actual number on the roads is around 5,500. The government hopes to meet the shortfall partially by 2019. It plans to run these buses at a frequency of four to five minutes on trunk routes. Announcing his government’s plan to make travel in public transport free for women, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier said that Delhi would have another 3,000 buses in the next 10-12 months, which will take care of the increased ridership.last_img read more

Mitra hails Bengals GST performance

first_imgKolkata: State Finance minister Amit Mitra lauded Bengal’s performance in GST on Monday. “Our state’s performance in GST is one of the best in the country. Last March, Bengal was the only state which had targeted a 14 percent GST growth and finally a higher growth has been registered,” said Mitra, while addressing the session on budget discussions at the state Assembly. GST collection has also gone up by 23 percent in 2018-19 in comparison to the 2017-18 fiscal. The minister further said that there has been another 23 percent rise in the expenditure on State Development Scheme. “In 2017-18, the expenditure under State Development Scheme was Rs 57,779 crore, which went up to Rs 71,113 crore in 2018-19,” he said.last_img read more

Justin Bieber Grants 200 Wishes To Children

first_imgJustin Bieber, over the weekend, became the first recording artist in Make-A-Wish history to grant 200 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.He joins only 4 other celebrities to have reached that milestone since Make-A-Wish was founded in 1980.Bieber’s 200th wish occurred during his last stop on the Believe Tour this past Saturday at Atlanta’s Philips Arena when he met 8-year-old Annalysha. Bieber spent time backstage with Annalysha where she received VIP treatment during the concert as part of her wish to meet him.Bieber’s involvement with Make-A-Wish started in 2009 in Los Angeles when he granted his first wish. Since then, he has granted a wish at nearly every tour stop where he visits with wish kids and their families, takes photographs and signs autographs before they attend his concert. The tickets, which provide the wish kids and their families prime seating, are generously purchased by Bieber.In addition to Bieber’s wish granting efforts, he has made significant contributions to the organization. In 2012, he earmarked Make-A-Wish as a charity of choice for his Believe Campaign and donated a portion of proceeds from sales of his Christmas album as well as perfume sales during the holiday season.“Despite his relentless schedule, Justin has been genuinely committed to granting wishes since the very beginning and a strong supporter of Make-A-Wish,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “Justin understands the impact on a child of a wish-come-true and how it can create positive changes in their outlook, help them feel better, and even influence their health.”In 2011, Make-A-Wish presented Bieber with the Chris Greicius Celebrity Award, one of the most prestigious awards the organization gives out each year. As his popularity continues, Bieber and his team will continue to create smiles and life-changing memories in the months and years to come as there are many more wish kids scheduled to meet him in the future.last_img read more

Oil industry to return to profitability this year after three years of

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Canada’s oil industry is expected to be back in the black this year thanks to higher oil prices and more production after registering three years of losses.But the Conference Board of Canada says the recovery will be modest and ongoing pipeline capacity problems will likely continue to result in Western Canada’s oil production selling for discount prices.Michael Burt, director of industrial economic trends, says the oil industry will register pre-tax profits of about $1.4 billion this year after a string of losses since prices crashed in 2014. He says the profits are partly the result of efficiencies in the use of labour that are expected to continue to limit hiring. The industry is expected to create just 2,150 new jobs over the next five years.Total crude production in Canada is forecast to rise by an average annual rate of 3.4 percent between 2018 and 2022, with most of it coming from the Alberta oilsands.Industry revenues are forecast to increase by about eight percent in 2018.“We’re talking about a shift back to being in the black for industry but margins are still quite thin,” Burt said.“So it’s obviously good news but for the industry it’s not a level of profitability that they would like to see to earn a sufficient return on their capital.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

UN human rights chief welcomes start of second Khmer Rouge trial

21 November 2011The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the opening of the genocide trial of three former senior Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia, while stressing the need for vigilance to ensure that victims’ rights are respected. The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the opening of the genocide trial of three former senior Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia, while stressing the need for vigilance to ensure that victims’ rights are respected. Opening statements are scheduled today from the prosecution and defence in the trial of former foreign minister Ieng Sary, former so-called Brother Number Two Nuon Chea, and former head of State Khieu Samphan on charges including genocide, crimes against humanity and torture. It is the second case to be brought to trial by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a mixed court set up under a 2003 agreement signed by the UN and the Government to try those deemed most responsible for crimes committed between 1975 and 1979 during which nearly two million people are thought to have died. “This is another historic day for the people of Cambodia, many of whom have waited a long time to see the start of this trial, and who can at last begin to hear evidence of the atrocities committed all across the country over 30 years ago,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “The survivors’ testimony will undoubtedly help a new generation of Cambodians to understand their history and add impetus to the international community’s efforts to prevent future mass crimes,” she added in a news release. Nearly 1,000 visitors came to the court to watch today’s proceedings, during which National Co-Prosecutor Chea Leang depicted what types of crimes took place and how millions of Cambodians endured forced labour, tortures and inhumane conditions before being perished. From the mass evacuation of the capital Phnom Penh on 17 April 1975 onwards to the torture and execution at security prisons around the country to genocide against the Cham Muslim and the ethnic Vietnamese, she illustrated how a series of crimes were committed under the regime presided over by the accused. “Democratic Kampuchea… was one of the most brutal and horrific regimes in modern history,” she concluded after speaking almost all day.The trial in what is referred to as Case 002 is considered one of the most significant in international criminal justice due to the magnitude of the crimes and its complexity, according to a news release issued by the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge trials (UNAKRT). “We’re embarking on an unprecedented journey,” International Co-Prosecutor Andrew Cayley said, speaking on the roles of the defendants during the regime and the legal framework for the case. “One in four Cambodians perished during the four-year reign of Democratic Kampuchea. The scope of human catastrophe during the regime was incompatible.”Despite the progress made so far by the tribunal, Ms. Pillay noted that it continues to face challenges, particularly regarding the need to safeguard the integrity of its proceedings.In a series of recent decisions, the minority judges of the pre-trial chamber have found “serious deficiencies” in the application of international standards in the cases still before the court’s investigating judges. “It is essential that these concerns are squarely addressed as the court moves forward,” said the High Commissioner, adding that allegations of interference “mar the credibility of any court in the eyes of the public.” Last week the ECCC’s trial chamber ruled that Ieng Sary’s wife, 79-year-old Ieng Thirith, the former Social Affairs Minister for the Democratic Kampuchea who was on trial for genocide and other crimes against humanity along with the other three men, is unfit to stand trial and ordered her unconditional release. read more

Closing Bell TSX closes down 135 points on emerging market worries

TORONTO — Financials led the way to a second consecutive triple-digit loss on the Toronto stock market Monday as bank stocks lost ground amid concerns about the health of emerging markets.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,582.29 -135.50 -0.99%S&P 500 — 1,781.56 -8.73 -0.49%Dow — 15,837.88 -41.23 -0.26%Nasdaq — 4,083.61 -44.56 -1.06%The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 135.47 points to 13,582.29, on top of a 1% slide last week, with energy stocks also sharply lower amid drops in crude and natural gas prices.The Canadian dollar shed early gains to close down 0.32 of a cent to a 4 1/2 low of 89.99 cents US.U.S. indexes also finished in the red as the Dow Jones industrials lost 41.23 points to 15,837.88. The Nasdaq composite index lost 44.56 points to 4,083.61, while the S&P 500 index was off 8.73 points at 1,781.56.[np_storybar title=”Emerging market investors find some places to hide – find out where” link=””%5DHere are the strategies investors who specialize in the sector are using to limit losses and take advantage of the weakness as the global rout continues. [/np_storybar]Traders looked to the U.S. Federal Reserve as the central bank makes its next interest rate announcement on Wednesday. At that time, the Fed is widely expected to announce further paring of its key stimulus program, the massive monthly purchases of bonds.The Fed has already cut purchases by $10 billion to $75 billion a month and a further $10 billion cut is expected.Emerging markets such as Turkey, Argentina, South Africa and Russia are feeling the negative effects of that tapering because the Fed’s latest round of quantitative easing had flooded them with cheap money. But now, that money is exiting those areas, in turn putting severe pressure on their currencies. The worry is the contagion could spread to other markets. Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, said emerging markets are less attractive for investors with U.S. interest rates pushing a little higher with the Fed’s moves.“So we’re seeing capital move out of those countries, pushing their currencies down,” Fehr said. “These countries that have really benefited from capital (inflows) in the past couple of years are now disproportionately disadvantaged from money moving out of their markets.”The financial sector led decliners, down 1.6% as emerging market turmoil raised worries about economic growth in those countries.BMO Financial Group (TSX:BMO) is in talks to buy British investment firm F&C Asset Management in a potential deal worth roughly C$1.3 billion. Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) dropped $1.54 or 2.14% to $70.46. Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) also racked up a loss, down $1.36 or 2.16% to $61.69.“Scotiabank is by far the most internationally exposed and really the only one that has any meaningful exposure to emerging and developing markets and I think that’s why there is more of a reaction out of that name,” Fehr said.The gold sector was also a major loser as February bullion lost 90 cents to US$1,263.40 an ounce. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) faded 44 cents to C$20.61 while Kinross Gold (TSX:K) declined 14 cents to $5.01.The energy sector stepped back 1.38% as March crude on the Nymex gave back early gains to move down 92 cents to US$95.72 a barrel. Cenovus Energy slid 31 cents to C$28.87.Encana dropped 23 cents to $19.95 as February natural gas fell 33.5 cents to $4.85 per million BTUs. Prices had earlier spiked to a three-year high of $5.44 due to extreme cold covering great patches of North America.March copper fell a cent to US$3.26 a pound and the base metals group was down 0.28 cent. Sherritt International (TSX:S) dipped four cents to C$3.54.Techs also weighed with Open Text (TSX:OTC) $4.73 lower to $106.27.At the same time, other analysts suggest that North American stock markets were vulnerable to a correction after Fed easing helped underpin a strong rally on many equity markets last year that left the S&P 500 alone up about 30% for 2013. And the TSX financial sector bounded ahead more than 20% last year.In earnings news, Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) reported a profit of $1 billion, or $1.54 per share in its latest quarter. That compared with $697 million, or $1.04 per share, a year earlier. Revenue declined 10% to $14.4 billion from $16.08 billion. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected earnings of $1.27 per share on revenue of $13.41 billion and its shares soared $5.12, or 5.94%, to US$91.29.On the economic front, data showed sales of new homes in the U.S. dropped 7% in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 414,000. But even with the pause at the end of the year, U.S. home sales for all of 2013 climbed to the highest level in five years. TOP STORIESHudson’s Bay Co to sell flagship Toronto store to Cadillac Fairview in $650-million dealEmerging market investors find some places to hide — Find out whereBMO in talks to buy Britain’s oldest investment fund for $1.3-billionEdgecrest Capital set for major expansion as it acquires Stonecap Securities WHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Durable Goods (Dec): Economists expect 1.8% rise 9 a.m.S&P Case Shiller home price index: Economists expect 0.8% rise from month before, 13.8% year over year 10 a.m.Consumer confidence (Jan): Economists expect a reading of 78, unchanged Richmond Fed Index: (Jan): Economists expect a reading of 13, unchanged CORPORATE NEWSCANADAMetro Inc ‘a’ Q1 earnings: Analysts expect $1.13 a share UNITED STATESComcast Corp. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 68¢ a share DuPont Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 55¢ a share Electronic Arts Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.24 a share Ford Motor Company Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 29¢ a share Pfizer Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 52¢ a share AT&T Inc. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 50¢ a share 2013 Yahoo, Inc. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 38¢ a share read more

California governor signs wildfire bill to pay victims

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Friday that shores up the state’s biggest electric utilities in the face of catastrophic wildfires and claims for damage from past blazes caused by their equipment.It requires major utilities to spend at least $5 billion combined on safety improvements and meet new safety standards, and it creates a fund of up to $21 billion that could help pay out claims as climate change makes wildfires across the U.S. West more frequent and more destructive.“We have a lot to be proud of in this legislation,” Newsom said, before adding lawmakers had more work to do. “This is not fixed. This is not it.”The fund is only for future wildfire victims. Victims of the most recent wildfires — including the 2018 Northern California fire that destroyed most of the town of Paradise and killed 85 people — are not eligible for the money.Lawsuits they have filed against Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., which was blamed for causing the fire, will be resolved as part of the utility’s bankruptcy proceedings.Lawmakers hope the fund will stabilize the state’s three largest investor-owned utilities. Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric are in danger of having their credit ratings downgraded as a result of lawsuits stemming from wildfire damage.Newsom said lawmakers still need to address spending money to make homes more resistant to wildfires, something they lawmakers had included in the original proposal but did not make it into the final bill.“We made the determination that this was the best path,” the Democratic governor said.The Legislature approved the bill just six days after the final version was published, leading some lawmakers to criticize the rushed process. But Newsom dismissed that criticism. “We’re capable as human beings of doing great things,” he said.Up from the Ashes, a coalition of wildfire victims, praised the law. Patrick McCallum, the group’s co-chairman who lost his home during a wildfire in 2017, said it puts more pressure on PG&E to settle the lawsuits against it “for adequate, full compensation.”“It just changes your life completely when you are a fire victim,” McCallum said. “It’s a struggle.”PG&E spokesman James Noonan said the company is committed to working with state officials on “shared solutions” for wildfire risk.Adam Beam, The Associated Press read more

Security Council briefed on early findings of UN probe into Burundi refugee

“All the indications continue to be in that direction,” Ambassador Juan Antonio Yáñez-Barnuevo of Spain told reporters following a closed-door meeting that included an oral briefing on the UN investigation of the deadly attack.Ambassador Yáñez-Barnuevo said it was “very concerning” to learn that several groups from the Great Lakes region seem to have been involved.Eyewitnesses blamed elements of the Congolese Mayi-Mayi and FDLR (Rwandan ex-Armed Forces/Interahamwe) for the massacre at Gatumba refugee camp near Burundi’s border with the DRC.Burundi’s rebel National Liberation Front (FNL) had claimed immediate responsibility for the killings, in which 160 minority Congolese Tutsi, or Banyamulenge, refugees were murdered. Many of the corpses were mutilated, headless or burned beyond recognition, while mothers were clearly killed while trying to shield their children.While Mr. Yáñez-Barnuevo stressed that the Council only had the initial findings, he said its members were still deeply concerned that elements from several nations appeared to have been involved in the Gatumba massacre.In a separate statement on behalf of the Council, Mr. Yáñez-Barnuevo called for the immediate release of a Moroccan peacekeeper who has been abducted while serving with the UN Organization Mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym of MONUC.He appealed to all concerned to do their utmost to ensure the peacekeeper’s safety.Mr. Yáñez-Barnuevo said the Council also received a report on an inquiry by MONUC into the many violent events plaguing eastern DRC’s Ituri province in 2002 and 2003.While condemning the numerous violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Ituri, the report noted that the situation has started to improve over the past year with the help of MONUC’s Ituri Brigade and an operation conducted by European Union members, he said. read more

Happy child accidentally hangs self from rope swing in Trinidad

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyanese sailor crushed to death in T&TApril 2, 2018In “Crime”GPL worker falls off rotten pole, diesJanuary 5, 2017In “Local News”Man accused of attempting to kill ex-lover to face High Court trial …says “I just got myself into this problem accidentally’June 26, 2018In “Court” TRINIDAD EXPRESS – A 15-year-old Claxton Bay schoolboy is suspected to have accidentally hanged himself while swinging from a length of rope tied to a tree on Tuesday.Luke Rolle had a pulse when he was taken to hospital, but died while doctors treated him.The incident occurred near his grandmother’s home at Forres Park, Claxton Bay.His grandmother, Marilyn David, wept as she spoke about the incident which occurred around midday.“It was just a freak accident, he had no reason to commit suicide. He was a happy child”, she cried. “Luke was not accustomed to that swing. I don’t know if he ever went on it before”.David said that Luke had been at her home for the last week spending the Easter holidays.She said on Tuesday morning he had helped her with cleaning the house, and after he said he was going to a nearby parlour.“He came back from the parlour around 11.30 a.m. and he said ‘Grandma, I am going on the hill’. I told him ‘okay’. That is where the other children from the area go to swing. There is a long piece of rope tied to a Samaan tree”, said David.“He was such an obedient and loving child. He helped me do all the cleaning in the morning so I wanted to give him a little break”.She said Luke went to the swing, along with his 14-year-old female cousin.“When she came back down from the hill I asked her ‘Where is Luke?’ She said he was taking and swing and coming just now. I asked another boy. He said Luke was swinging but he wasn’t answering when he called him”, said David.She said she asked another boy about Luke and “He said Luke was laughing and that the rope was underneath his neck”.“I went up the hill and I called out to him three times. When I get closer I started to bawl, bawl, bawl. Another grandson came and slipped the rope from under his neck”, said the grandmother.The ambulance services responded and paramedics took Luke to the San Fernando General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.Luke was a pupil of the Marabella North Secondary School. He was a Form Four sciences pupil, David said.“He was very kind, loving and helpful. He would never back answer no matter what you tell him”, she said.An autopsy was expected to be performed on Wednesday at the San Fernando mortuary.Officers of the Couva CID and Homicide Division Region III responded. read more

Detono Zagreb rules in the Beach Handball

Ahead of the 2011 European Beach Handball Championships in Umag, Croatia this summer, Detono Zagreb have taken both the men’s and women’s titles in the traditional highlight of the Beach Handball club season, the EBT Finals.The two teams from the capital city of Croatia took part in an action-packed weekend featuring 16 teams (eight men and eight women), who qualified through their EBT performances throughout last season, competing for the top prize.The male team of Detono Zagreb retained their 2010 title, beating Greece side Panaitolikos, whilst the females beat AWF Wrozlaw from Poland to take the title from holders Playadettes & Playacanteras, champions in 2010.Results MenFinalDetono Zagreb (CRO) 2:0 Panaitolikos (GRE)1 Detono Zagreb (CRO)2 Panaitolikos (GRE)3 BHC SKKM EKATERINODAR (RUS)4 Chemo Profili Zagreb (CRO)5 AXA Beachstars Budapest BHC (HUN)6 BM Playa Ciudad de Malaga (ESP)7 Waterboys Nord-West (GER)8 BHT Damy Rade Inowroclaw (POL)Best Goalkeeper: Igor Totic – Detono Zagreb (CRO)Best Player: Alexander Tatarintsev – BHC SKKM EKATERINODAR (RUS)Fair Play: BHT Damy Rade Inowroclaw (POL)Results WomenFinalDetono Zagreb (CRO) 2:0 AWF Wrozlaw (POL)1 Detono Zagreb (CRO)2 AWF Wrozlaw (POL)3 OVB Beach Girls (HUN)4 DyE Malaga (ESP)5 Avant Garde (GRE)6 Bumblebee Nord-West (GER)7 Playadettes (SUI)8 Beachqueens (SUI)Best Goalkeeper: Dora Berkesi – OVB Beach Girls (HUN)Best Player: Irene Garcia Martos – DyE Malaga (ESP)Fair Play: Detono Zagreb (CRO)Text: EHF Beach handball ← Previous Story Marko Krivokapic stays in BM Valladolid Next Story → Alfred Gislason must to pay €2,500 for his “Big Mouth” read more

Explainer Who are Syrias rebels

first_imgSYRIA’S REBEL MOVEMENT has been a constantly shifting array of groups and alliances since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began nearly three years ago, with opposition formations increasingly overtaken by Islamist groups.As new leaders have emerged within the opposition, infighting reached a new level this month, with several rebel factions declaring war against the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).Some 2,300 rebel fighters have died fighting each other this year alone.Below is a description of some of Syria’s main rebel groups:Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Jihadist)ISIL was formed by breakaway elements from the Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, which joined with al Qaeda’s Iraq branch.The group is headed by the Iraq branch’s leader, known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He has ignored calls from al Qaeda central to stay out of Syria and focus on Iraq.On Monday, al Qaeda’s general command said it had no links with ISIL, in an apparent attempt to assert authority over Islamist militant groups in Syria.ISIL is seen as the most hardline of all the Islamist forces in Syria and has made enemies of several rebel groups since it seized many towns and checkpoints in opposition areas.An ISIL fighter in Iraq. (Image: PA Wire)The group was largely accepted by Syrian civilians at first due to its strict policies against looting and its attempts to provide social services. It lost favour as its members began kidnapping and killing critics and rival groups.ISIL is now fighting on several fronts. In Syria, many rebel factions are trying to retake territory and force the group out of their areas. At the same time, Iraqi military forces have launched a heavy campaign inAnbar province, where ISIL fighters took control of some towns.While its numbers may be smaller, perhaps around 6,000 to 7,000, the ISIL’s hardline fighting force is very committed and backed by foreign militants.The group has vowed to use assassinations and other strategies to retaliate against attacks. In a 7 January statement, it vowed to crush the Syrian rebels and made no gestures toward reconciliation despite the Nusra Front’s calls for a truce.Nusra Front (Jihadist)A Syrian boy shouts slogans against the regime in front of a flag of the armed Islamic opposition group, the Nusra Front, during a demonstration in the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria during September 2012. (Image: Manu Brabo/AP/Press Association Images)This powerful rebel group is comprised of both Syrians and foreign militants and has been formally recognised by the central leadership of al Qaeda as its franchise in Syria.The group was one of the first to use techniques such as suicide attacks and car bombings in urban areas. Despite this, it is seen as more tolerant and less heavy handed in its dealings with civilians and other rebel groups, compared with ISIL.The Nusra Front, estimated at around 7,000 to 8,000 members, has worked with most rebel factions fighting in Syria but follows an austere version of Islam and calls for the creation of an Islamic state.It works closely with many other Syrian Islamist groups member groups. It has joined in some recent rebel-on-rebel battles against ISIL.Islamic FrontAn amalgam of six major Islamist groups, this alliance is believed to be the biggest rebel army working in Syria. Its formation last November gutted the Western-backed Syrian Military Council, depriving it of some of its main members, such as the Tawheed Brigade, and further distanced it from powerful Islamist groups like the Ahrar al-Sham Brigades. Children of followers of the banned Islamic-oriented Hizb Al-Tahrir take part in a demonstration in front of the Syrian embassy to condemn the peace talks in Switzerland between the Syrian government and the opposition, in Amman, Jordan on 22 January. The Arabic writing on the girls’ placards reads, “I am shy of your treason,” and “I can see you, the army of my nation, but what I can’t see is your chivalry.” (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)The Islamic Front’s members are hardline Sunni Islamists who want Syria to become an Islamic state, but they have been more tolerant of other groups than ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra.Analysts say the number of fighters brought together by the Front is between 40,000 to 50,000. It is still not clear, however, whether it will be more successful in coordinating and leading Syria’s notoriously fractious rebel groups compared to the failed moderate opposition alliances, loosely joined under the name the Free Syrian Army (FSA).Units from the Islamic Front have fought against ISIL this year.Supreme Military Command/Council (SMC)The Supreme Military Command is a moderate, non-ideological group and the foundering successor to the FSA leadership.The SMC’s predecessors in the FSA, the original umbrella group for the rebels, were never able to form a coherent organisational structure or leadership and the SMC has faced similar challenges.The group has backing from Western powers such as the United States, as well as Turkey and Gulf Arab countries, and has never been able to shake the impression among local rebel groups that it was a leadership coming from abroad.Many of its commanders spent much of their time outside the country. They were also unable to secure consistent supplies of arms or funding from foreign donors.While still functioning nominally, the SMC was dealt a heavy blow by the formation of the Islamic Front alliance in November 2013, which deprived it of some of its largest members and allies and further damaged the SMC’s legitimacy.It’s affiliates include the Martyrs of Syria Brigades, Northern Storm Brigade, Ahrar Souriya Brigade.Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF)This alliance of largely non-ideological rebel units was formed in December and helped launch a growing campaign against hardline ISIL fighters.The backbone of the group is the Syrian Martyrs Brigade, a once powerful group from the northern province of Idlib led by Jamal Maarouf.Maarouf and his fighters were largely discredited in Idlib by rival Islamist groups who accused them of diverting funds meant for the front lines into their own pockets.Unlike most other rebel formations, the group does not appear to have strong ideological leanings, though its units are mostly moderate Islamists.The SRF is believed to receive funding from large Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia. It has poor relations with the Islamic Front but has expressed support for the SMC.Some analysts suggest that the SRF may be another attempt at reviving the main components of theFree Syrian Army, but it still lacks the regional scope to try that, as most of its member units hail from the north.Mujahideen ArmyThe result of conflict: a displaced Syrian child plays at a refugee camp in Idlib. (Image: Manu Brabo/AP/Press Association Images)This recent formation of eight Syrian militant groups was announced early in January and almost immediately launched a campaign against ISIL, leading many observers to believe it may have been formed by Gulf Arab backers for the purpose of challenging the radical Islamist grop.The Mujahideen Army, which claims to have 5,000 members, is seen as moderately Islamist. Most of the factions that joined the Mujahideen Army are relatively minor and little is known about the group so far.However, this new group, along with the Syrian Revolutionaries’ Front, spearheaded the campaign against ISIL that has broken out in many opposition-held parts of northern and eastern Syria.Note: On the diplomatic front, he Syrian opposition is also deeply divided with the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, the Syrian National Council, the National Co-Ordination Committee and the Kurdish Supreme Committee.Copyright 2014 Thomson Reuters/ Click for Restrictions.Read: Ireland will take in 90 Syrian refugees this yearlast_img read more

Geek deals 550 off Lenovo IdeaPad Y460p Core i7

first_imgThere is a nice deal floating around the web right now on the Lenovo IdeaPad Y460p. Lenovo is best know for their business-focused ThinkPads, but their consumer-centric IdeaPads have become pretty solid computers so this might be one to investigate if you are in the market.The Y460p is a Sandy Bridge-powered system with a 14-inch display and a handsome metallic exterior. It has that second gen Core i7 quad-core processor that all the hot 2011 laptops will be packing as well as AMD Radeon HD 6550M graphics (1GB). That’s DirectX 11-capable for you gamers out there.Lenovo’s RapidDrive is an option if you want something that will decrease boot up time and make the drive feel faster overall. Lenovo has an excellent explanation of RapidDrive here if you want to learn more. The system can hold up to 8GB of RAM and has a set of JBL speakers on board.The regular price for the Y460p is a steep $1449, but with the $550 discount (38% off if you haven’t done the math yet) it will come out to $899. It’s no impulse buy, but it’s a lot of computer for the money.As for an aesthetic perk, the Y460p has a metal exterior with a brushed texture and then the choice of two different interiors, either grey or white. As you can see above, it’s a nice looking computer (not quite the HP Envy though).Buy the Y460p from Logic Buy.last_img read more

So can we officially call this warm spell a heat wave

first_imgSo, can we officially call this warm spell a ‘heat wave’? It’s hot. But is it a heat wave? 24 Comments Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 6:05 AM MEDIA OUTLETS (EVEN, we hate to admit, this one) are fond of labelling anything longer than a fleeting appearance by the sun a ‘heat wave’.But are we correct to use the term to describe the current weather?It’s certainly hot. But is it hot enough to call a heat wave?Gerald Fleming, head of forecasting at Met Éireann, seemed an appropriate person to ask.Said the forecaster: Short URL The term ‘heat wave’ in a general sense means a prolonged period of hot weather – more scientifically we say five consecutive days in which the maximum temperature exceeds the average by five Celsius. So, five days with five degrees above the average.It would indeed be accurate to describe the current warm spell as a heat wave, on that basis, said Fleming – as the average daytime temperature for this time of year is 18 or 19 degrees. We’ve been enjoying temperatures in the mid-20s since Saturday.Yes, I think we can officially say a heatwave has happened or is happening.Conditions are set to change this evening unfortunately, but not before we experience another very warm day – possibly the warmest of the week. Source: Shutterstock/djgisThe weather service has issued a ‘yellow alert’ warning for the east of the country, with temperatures today set to reach 27 or 28 degrees.The warm spell is set to come to a thundery end thereafter.“As often happens you get the very highest temperatures just before the end,” said Fleming.“Then you have the risk of thunder coming along – driven by those very high temperatures.Thunder is just something that’s driven by the temperature difference between the surface temperature and the upper air. So when the surface temperature gets very high it increases the risk of thunder.The thundery showers aren’t likely to be prolonged in most areas, said Fleming.And while the heat wave (we’re going to enjoy bandying that term around, while we’re allowed) may not last beyond the next 24 hours, the forecast for the latter part of the week isn’t too bad.Temperatures will still occasionally reach the high teens, in fresher conditions, tomorrow and on Friday.Read: It’s so hot in Phoenix, planes aren’t allowed fly >Read: Massive haul of Nazi artifacts found in hidden room near Buenos Aires > 21,998 Views Share65 Tweet Email2 Jun 21st 2017, 6:05 AM By Daragh Brophy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

19yearold woman shot at Sunset Cliffs begins road to recovery

first_img , 19-year-old woman shot at Sunset Cliffs begins road to recovery April 19, 2018 SUNSET CLIFFS (KUSI) — The 19-year-old woman found suffering from gunshot wounds last week after being shot near Sunset Cliffs remains hospitalized but is recovering.Related Link: Passerby finds a 19-year-old woman with gunshot wounds near Sunset CliffsThe woman — who has not been named as a request by the family while the investigation is ongoing — was found by a passerby with multiple gunshot wounds on the morning of April 12.According to a GoFundMe page set up by her family, she sustained a gunshot wound to the hip and a second to her neck. The neck wound ruptured her ear canal and broke her c5, c6 vertebrae and caused damage to her spinal cord.She has already undergone spinal surgery to brace her neck with screws and rods.“She is in good spirits considering what she has been through, however, she has a long road ahead of her,” according to the page.San Diego police are still searching for the suspect(s) responsible and ask anyone with information to contact them at 619-531-2000 or 858-484-3154. center_img Posted: April 19, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Southbound I5 traffic back to normal following car fire

first_imgTraffic is back to normal after an early morning car fire on Interstate 5 southbound near NE 179th Street. Clark County Fire & Rescue crews extinguished the flames from the car, at milepost 10, but traffic remained backed up for about a mile, Battalion chief Tim Dawdy said. The male driver saw his car start smoking, pulled over and escaped without injury, Dawdy said. He called 911 about 7:50 a.m. One lane of the interstate was blocked for about 40 minutes, slowing traffic. Washington State Patrol and Washington Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.last_img read more

Sunbeam Polar Express donates toys to children in need

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – The Sunbeam Polar Express rolled into South Florida with toys to be gifted to underserved children.Holiday-decorated vehicles arrived at the Miramar Police Department, Monday. They carried toys and bicycles donated from dozens of businesses from the Miramar Park of Commerce.Employees with Sunbeam Properties & Development dressed up for the occasion. Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeers, elves, Cindy Lou Who and the Grinch were all on hand.“The thing that overwhelms me is the generosity of people,” said Maridee Bell, vice president of Sunbeam Properties. “The people are just so willing to open their hearts and their purses to give.”Miramar Police Chief Dexter M. Williams hopes to do this on a yearly basis.“We’re looking forward to continuously keeping our kids and the partnership with our business community intact,” he said.More than 60 businesses took part in donating to this annual tradition. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Licenses for sport fishing hunting and trapping to increase in price next

first_img(Photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service)On January 1, 2017, the fees for Alaska sport fishing, hunting and trapping licenses and tags will go up. It’s the first time in 24 years that hunting license and tag fees have increased and the first time in a decade for sport fishing.Listen Now Maria Gladziszewski is the deputy director of the Wildlife Conservation Division at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. She said several conservation and sportsmen’s groups spearheaded the effort to raise the prices.“Sportsman’s groups got together in the last couple of years and started lobbied the legislature to say they wanted to pay increased fees to get increased research and management from the department,” Gladziszewski said. “Also in the era of declining state revenue, those sportsmen realized that once again, they wanted to step up to the plate.”The price for a resident sport fishing, hunting, and trapping will increase from $62 to $94. The price for non-resident annual hunting & trapping $250 to $405. The low income sport fishing, hunting, and trapping license, however, will remain $5.Gladziszewski said the funds will go largely toward management and research. She estimated that the Wildlife Division alone will see a $5 million increase this year.“All of the things we do as a division it will provide funding for,” Gladziszewski said. “The vast majority of our work is in basic survey and inventory and research and management on game species. So it’s for that. It’s for intensive management work. It’s to fund our efforts to make sure we keep state management of wildlife.”The increase will also allow the Fish and Wildlife division to receive more federal funds because they will have increased state funds for matching.last_img read more

KimTrump summit a remarkable breakthrough for peace

first_imgFactfile looking back on the 12 June 2018, summit in Singapore between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump. Photo: AFPThe agreement for a second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un was a “remarkable breakthrough” for peace negotiations on the Korean peninsula, president Moon Jae-in said Monday, but he acknowledged doubts remained over denuclearisation.The US president and North Korean leader are due to meet in Hanoi from February 27 to 28 following their landmark first summit in Singapore last June.That meeting — the first-ever between the leaders of the US and North Korea — produced a vaguely-worded document in which Kim pledged to work towards “the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.But progress has since stalled with the two sides disagreeing over it means and analysts say tangible progress on denuclearisation will be needed if the talks are to avoid being dismissed as “reality TV”.With the high-stakes summit now two weeks away, Pyongyang has yet to provide any official confirmation of the meeting in the Vietnamese capital.”For us, the era of peace and prosperity on the peninsula has drawn closer,” said Moon in his first comments since the summit was announced.The meeting was a “remarkable breakthrough in the peace process on the Korean peninsula”, the South Korean president added.But he acknowledged there were “still many doubts about whether the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and peace process can be concluded successfully”.The leaders of the two Koreas and the US have persisted in talks over the issue because of “strong confidence in the direction history should take”, added Moon, who has taken on the role of middle man between Pyongyang and Washington, trying to bridge the gap on denuclearisation talks.Security allies Seoul and Washington have at times pursued divergent approaches toward Pyongyang, with the dovish South Korean leader pursuing engagement while the United States insists pressure must be maintained until the North denuclearises.But Moon expressed gratitude to both Trump and Kim for their “unprecedented, bold diplomatic efforts”, saying they were “crossing a sea of deep mistrust”.last_img read more