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Caribbean coral reefs under increasing threat warns UN agency

Warming temperatures and increasing storms are posing serious threats to Caribbean coral reefs and the people who depend on them for their livelihoods, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today. During the last 50 years many Caribbean reefs lost up to 80 per cent of their coral cover, according to the Paris-based agency, which noted that 2005 was especially disastrous for Caribbean corals. Worldwide, nearly 500 million people depend on healthy coral reefs for sustenance, coastal protection, renewable resources, and tourism, with an estimated 30 million of the world’s poorest people depending entirely on the reefs for food. Coral reefs are fragile ecosystems and current estimates suggest that nearly two thirds of the world’s coral reefs are under severe threat from the effects of economic development and climate change, such as coral bleaching, a direct result of global warming. The agency’s warning came ahead of next week’s launch of “The Status of Caribbean Coral Reefs after Bleaching and Hurricanes in 2005,” by Clive Wilkinson, Director of UNESCO’s Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, a report assessing the damage caused to the reefs by high temperatures and numerous storms of three years ago in the wider Caribbean, home to over 10 per cent of world’s reefs. The report notes that the warmest year since temperature records began in 1880, 2005 witnessed massive coral losses through severe bleaching, up to 95 per cent in several islands including the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, and the French West Indies. There were also 26 named storms, including 13 hurricanes, that year. Tackling the threats will require controlling further warming by dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the next 20 years and managing the direct pressures such as pollution, fishing and damaging coastal developments, the report states. The report, co-sponsored by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and written by 80 coral reef scientists and managers, kicks off the International Year of the Reef 2008, a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the value of coral reefs and the threats they face, and to spur action to protect them. 28 January 2008Warming temperatures and increasing storms are posing serious threats to Caribbean coral reefs and the people who depend on them for their livelihoods, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today. read more

Iraqi oil exports bounce back under UN oilforfood programme

In the week ending on Friday, Iraq sold 6.4 million barrels of oil, up from 2.6 million barrels the week before. At an average price of approximately €26.35 (euros) or $25.75 per barrel for Iraqi crude oil, last week’s exports brought in €170 million (euros) or $165 million.Despite the surge in the level of oil exports during the week, the programme still suffers from a cumulative revenue shortfall which stands now at just under $2.21 billion. The deficit has left over 1,200 approved humanitarian supply contracts without funds. read more

Volkswagen taps head of Porsche unit to be new CEO lead way

Newly appointed Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller smiles during a press statement after a meeting of Volkswagen’s supervisory board in Wolfsburg, Germany, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, after CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned on Wednesday amid an emissions scandal. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) Volkswagen taps head of Porsche unit to be new CEO, lead way out of diesel-emissions scandal BERLIN – Volkswagen’s board appointed the head of its Porsche unit as CEO on Friday, handing longtime company insider Matthias Mueller the task of trying to lead the world’s top-selling automaker past a growing emissions scandal.The company also said it was suspending some employees and would reorganize its North America operations after admitting it used a piece of engine software to cheat on diesel car emissions tests in the U.S.The decisions come after the previous CEO, Martin Winterkorn, quit the job this week over the scandal, which has shredded the company’s reputation.The company could be heavily fined and hit with class-action lawsuits costing billions. It will also have to fix programming it has said is in some 11 million cars worldwide, far more than the 482,000 identified last week by U.S. authorities.The 62-year-old Mueller, who has spent his career with Volkswagen Group brands, acknowledged that he was taking the job “at a time in which our company faces unprecedented challenges. I have respect for this, but I am also facing this task with confidence.”Speaking at Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, he said he would “do everything to win back the trust of our customers, our employees, our partners, investors and the whole public.“We stand by our responsibility,” he said. “Occasionally, our and your patience will be tested, but … carefulness is even more important than speed.”Mueller said it is “decisive that nothing like this ever happens at Volkswagen again. So we will introduce even tougher compliance and governance standards in the company.”He pledged to make Volkswagen “an even stronger company.”The main risk of VW’s decision to go with an insider is that some in the markets could consider Mueller “tainted” by association with the crisis, said Jason Hanold, managing partner of Evanston, Illinois-based executive search firm Hanold Associates.The upside, he said, is that Mueller’s knowledge of the company offers the chance of “faster traction to help root out the problems within the organization.”Acting supervisory board Chairman Berthold Huber lauded Mueller’s “great strategic, entrepreneurial and social competence” and “critical and constructive” approach.“He knows the group and its brands well and can immediately engage in his new task with full energy,” Huber said.Winterkorn, who had been CEO since 2007, said he took responsibility for the “irregularities” found by U.S. inspectors in VW’s diesel engines, but insisted he had personally done nothing wrong.Volkswagen offered few new details Friday on the fallout from the scandal.“The supervisory board has, on the basis of current information, recommended suspending some employees immediately until the whole case is cleared up,” Huber said. “This has, in part, already happened.”He did not elaborate, and a statement from Volkswagen did not specify who the employees were, at what level or where they worked.The head of VW’s employee council, Bernd Osterloh, said that Volkswagen “needs a new beginning” with a “different company culture.”Osterloh, who also sits on the supervisory board, said, “We need for the future a climate in which problems are not hidden but communicated openly to superiors.” He praised Mueller as a “team player.”Mueller brings experience with several of Volkswagen’s 12 brands to his new job at the head of a sprawling automotive group with nearly 600,000 employees worldwide.He was an apprentice toolmaker at Audi between finishing high school and studying computer science at Munich’s University of Applied Sciences. Mueller returned to Audi in 1978 and worked his way up to become head of product management for Audi, Seat and Lamborghini.In 2007, Mueller became head of product management for the Volkswagen Group. He has been Porsche chief executive since 2010 and a member of parent Volkswagen’s management board since March.Alongside Mueller’s appointment, the supervisory board also approved changes to the management structure aimed at scaling back complexity and strengthening brands and regions.That includes a reorganization of the North America business under Winfried Vahland, until now chairman of the board of directors at Czech-based brand Skoda.The company said Michael Horn will remain as president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, but its U.S, Canada and Mexico markets will be “combined and significantly strengthened” to form a new “North America region.”The board called for hiring German and American lawyers “to objectively investigate and fully clarify the manipulation of emissions data of diesel engines.” It did not specify who they would be.Volkswagen has yet to describe in full what cars contain the suspect software and where they were sold. On Friday, however, it said the vehicles include 5 million cars made by the core Volkswagen brand — with models such as the sixth-generation Golf, seventh-generation Passat and first-generation Tiguan containing the engines concerned.In Germany, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt told Parliament that 2.8 million vehicles in Germany are affected — diesels with 2-litre and 1.6-litre engines and possibly with 1.2-litre engines. He said light commercial vehicles also have the engines.German authorities asked Volkswagen whether it is able to eliminate the emissions manipulations and said they expected “a binding timetable” for finding a technical solution and implementing it, Dobrindt said.As he announced Mueller’s appointment, Huber offered another apology for what he called “a moral and political disaster.”“In the name of the supervisory board, I apologize in every way to our customers, the public, the authorities and investors,” he said. “I ask all of you: Give Volkswagen a chance to make good the damage and win back lost trust.”___Pylas contributed from London. by Geir Moulson And Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted Sep 25, 2015 1:36 am MDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2015 at 2:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

FEATURE Juggling a cacophony of tongues UN interpreters avert linguistic disaster

Two UN interpreters at work in a glass-walled booth above the Security Council Chamber. UN Photo/John Isaac UN interpreters have inspired Hollywood – actress Nicole Kidman starred in a 2005 thriller “The Interpreter.” UN Photo/Evan Schneider Out of potential linguistic chaos, a corps of over 100 United Nations interpreters brings order and comprehension as speaker after speaker from around the world takes the podium of the General Assembly to give their annual speeches at the General Debate, discusses war and peace in the Security Council, or delves into arcane details of administrative and budgetary affairs in one of the Assembly’s six specialized committees.“We’re only interpreters but it’s our contribution to what the UN is doing,” Laurence Viguie, a French interpreter with the Organization, told the UN News Centre in an interview. “I love the job, and I never have the feeling that I’m going to work.”Back in 1964, when Anthony Mango became an interpreter, the job was a very prestigious one. “People used to consider that as something that was magical – your ability to come out in one language while simultaneously listening to a statement in another language,” said the now retired UN staffer. UN interpreters have even inspired Hollywood: the linguistic specialists were featured in a 2005 political thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. The Interpreter, the first movie to be shot inside UN Headquarters in New York, was directed by the late Sydney Pollack, who said at the time: “You have tons and tons of visitors but most of the people…don’t know what the UN looks like and don’t understand how the UN works and don’t know what its day-to-day business is.” Despite all the possibilities for “lost in translation” moments, the UN Interpretation Service runs remarkably smoothly. “We’ve never caused a problem, a slip of the tongue here, a slip of the tongue there, perhaps,” said Interpretation Service Chief Hossam Fahr.But this does not mean the team has not at times found itself inadvertently embroiled in burning disputes, compounded by the speed at which some delegates speak, such as the issue of the name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).A UN-brokered accord in 1995 between FYROM and Greece committed the two countries to negotiate on the name issue under UN auspices, with the republic to be referred to provisionally as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, pending a final solution. In December 1957, an interpreter checks the Assignment Board to find out which of the meetings he will be working with during the day. UN Photo A United Nations interpreter at work in the course of the General Assembly’s high-level meeting on the rule of law. (2012) UN Photo/Jennifer S Altman United Nations interpreters provide simultaneous interpretation for a Security Council meeting during its consideration of the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. (13 November 2008) UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras United Nations interpreters at work during the opening of the general debate of the General Assembly’s sixty-seventh session. (2012) UN Photo/JC McIlwaine ‹ ›That’s where a pitfall opened up for one interpreter, exacerbated by the speaker’s warp speed delivery.As Mr. Fahr took up the story: “Once, I think in the General Assembly, somebody was speaking at an incredible speed and one of the things he said was the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the interpreter, pressed for time, just said Macedonia.“Greece was up in arms, very, very angry, and I just literally ran to the General Assembly Hall and I sat behind the representative of Greece and I apologized profusely on behalf of the interpretation service for this terrible and unforgivable mistake.“And, [I told the representative] ‘you know, it has to be taken into account that the person was speaking at a very high speed and he tried to use the shortest possible version. This was an error of judgment on the part of the interpreter but he did not mean any disrespect to the nomenclature, to the rules of the General Assembly, and I apologize.’ And that was it.”Mr. Fahr, an Egyptian who has worked for over 30 years as an Arabic interpreter with the UN, oversees a corps that numbers about 100 but swells at times of the UN ‘rush hour,’ particularly during the General Debate, which brings scores of presidents, prime ministers and monarchs to UN Headquarters at the start of each annual General Assembly session in September.UN rules of procedure have simplified the potential linguistic morass by having six official languages for all Security Council and Assembly activities, and into which all UN documents are translated – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. It is only on very rare occasions that an interpreter will have the written text of a speech in front of him, though this may occur in the case of non-official languages.Any Member State has the sovereign right to speak in any language it chooses as long as it provides an interpreter into one of the official languages, or a written translation and a pointer – somebody who sits behind the interpreter to point out where the speaker is at any given moment. This led to a potential nightmare a couple of years ago when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the Assembly. “The English booth got the written version but the Farsi interpreter never showed up,” Mr. Fahr said. “There was a problem with security or something, and she didn’t appear.“Our colleague in the English booth had an impossible choice to make – either to leave the President of a Member State speaking without an interpretation coming out of the booth or to take the plunge and start reading when she doesn’t understand a word of what he’s saying, and try to keep some kind of rhythm with him.“So she made the very courageous choice to start reading from the translated text and try to keep pace with him. Half way through the speech, the Farsi interpreter barged in, panting and sweating bullets, sat down and took over helping with the interpretation of the speech.”For Mr. Fahr, the worst nightmare is if you hear a word that you don’t understand or if somebody is speaking in a very, very thick accent and you can’t make out what they’re saying. “It is then a question of what to do,” he said. “Do you attribute to them something they did not say or do you keep a dignified silence? Most of the time, it’s a dignified silence, if you can’t understand a word of what is being said because of the accent. But you can’t keep silent all the time.”For Russian interpreter Vitaly Shevlak, a nightmare scenario is “actually what we are living through every day. It’s very fast delivery, the delegates don’t have much time… basically they’re given three, four, five minutes to deliver their speeches so the tempo is very hot and you have to resort to all kinds of tricks just to be in sync with them and then to remember whatever they are saying because it’s a must.”“So basically we are working under extraordinarily difficult conditions these days because of the limited time that is given to the delegates.”This is what Mr. Fahr calls the speaker’s ‘traffic lights.’ There are green, yellow and red lights on the rostrum for a five-minute speech. “The green light means that you go very fast, the yellow light means go extremely fast, and the red means go supersonic,” he said. “They have the green light until the fourth minute, and at the beginning of the fifth minute they get the yellow light and after the fifth minute they get the red light.”Mr. Shevlak always wanted to be a UN interpreter ever since he was a language student back in Moscow in the 80s. “It was a kind of dream of mine but it didn’t happen immediately,” he said. But he recalled the pitfalls that can lie in wait for an interpreter under pressure.“It was during my first or second year here on the job, I misheard what the speaker was saying and instead of mentioning Sweden for some reason I said South Africa, which was very wrong, a faux pas as they say in French. But I managed somehow to catch a glimpse of the reaction of the Russian delegate… the debate was about apartheid, and I managed somehow to correct myself.”But for a real blooper by a greenhorn, it’s hard to beat what happened to Mr. Fahr. “It was on my very first day back in 1983, and it was an Arabic-speaking representative making a statement, and I misheard something. There are two words in Arabic that are very similar so that what came out of my mouth was that the exploitation of small nations is one of the lofty goals of the United Nations Charter.“And then I said, but oh my God, the independence of small nations is one of the lofty goals of the United Nations. And then of course I was behind the speaker for a whole sentence for the duration of the speech, and then he finished and he turned to the chairman and he started picking up his papers, and I was still going on.”On the other hand, one of Mr. Fahr’s proudest moments was interpreting the first statement delivered in the Assembly by Nelson Mandela after he became President of South Africa.“It was a very emotional moment for all those who have, like myself, followed the struggle of South Africa against apartheid until the moment when he came as President of South Africa…And I was thinking that the whole Arabic-speaking world is listening to Nelson Mandela through my voice.” read more

Football JT Barrett sets Ohio States singleseason passing touchdown record

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett tosses a pass in the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship on Dec. 2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorINDIANAPOLIS — Another game, another record for J.T. Barrett.Ohio State’s redshirt senior quarterback broke his own program record for most passing touchdowns in a single season with a 57-yard touchdown pass to H-back Parris Campbell late in the first quarter of the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin Saturday night.The touchdown was his 35th in the air of the season, which surpassed his own record of 34 passing touchdowns in a season, which he set in 2014. It gave the Buckeyes a 14-7 lead.Barrett played Saturday’s game just six days after he reportedly had surgery on his right knee. Barrett holds more than 30 Big Ten and program records. Earlier this season, he set the program record for most passing yards in a career, passing Art Schlichter. In Ohio State’s 39-38 win against Penn State, Barrett set the record for most career touchdowns responsible for. read more

Luol Deng to Hawks GM Danny Ferry I Actually

Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry will keep his job, despite his racially ridiculous comments about fellow Duke graduate Luol Deng. But Deng had a lot to say about Ferry’s remarks that resulted in unknown discipline from the team.Ferry said during a conference call with Hawks owners that Deng, born in what is now South Sudan, “has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.”Hawks owner Michael Gearon, who wants Ferry fired, said: “Ferry completed the racial slur by describing the player (and impliedly all persons of African descent) as a two-faced liar and cheat.”Deng, who now plays for the Miami Heat, responded with this:‘HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM”“These words were recently used to describe me. It would ordinarily make any African parent proud to hear their child recognized for their heritage.“I’m proud to say I actually have a lot of African in me, not just ‘a little.’ For my entire life, my identity has been a source of pride and strength. Among my family and friends, in my country of South Sudan and across the broader continent of Africa, I can think of no greater privilege than to do what I love for a living while also representing my heritage on the highest stage. Unfortunately, the comment about my heritage was not made with the same respect and appreciation.“Concerning my free agency, the focus should purely have been on my professionalism and my ability as an athlete. Every person should have the right to be treated with respect and evaluated as an individual, rather than be reduced to a stereotype. I am saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting.“However, there is comfort in knowing that there are people who aren’t comfortable with it and have the courage to speak up. In the same way a generalization should not define a group of people, the attitude of a few should not define a whole organization or league.“Ultimately, I’m thankful to be with an organization that appreciates me for who I am and has gone out of its way to make me feel welcome.” read more

PSG Handball win French Cup 2018

← Previous Story Gurutz “saves” final against FC Barcelona Lassa for Logrono boys Next Story → Women’s EHF Cup Final 2018: Vipers with +4 to Romania PSG Handball won the French Cup trophy for the fourth time in the history. Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic captured the first trophy in this season in easy win over USAM Nimes 32:26 (15:14) in Paris Bercy Arena.The first shooter of the match was Mikkel Hansen. The Danish star netted eight goals.USAM NÎMES GARD – PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN HB 26:32 (14:15)Nîmes : Paul, Desbonnet (12 saves); Gallego (3/3), Suty (0/1),Rebichon (3/3), Salou (1/1), Nyateu, Hallgrimsson, Dupuy (2/6), Kaabeche (3/5), Tobie (2/5), Vozab (4/4 dont 4/4 pén), Prandi (6/11), George, Gérard, Sanad (2/4)Paris : Corrales (8 saves), Omeyer; Gensheimer (1/3), Møllgaard, Stepancic (1/1), Keita, Sagosen (0/2), Kounkoud (3/4), Rémili (10/16), Abalo (3/3), Kempf, Hansen (8/10), Narcisse, Nielsen (3/4), N. Karabatic (3/6), Nahi read more

This Extreme Electric Skateboard Can Go an Insane 45 MPH

first_imgStay on target As electric skateboards take off among urban riders, one company is taking e-skateboarding into pretty crazy (off-road) territory. Australia-based company BajaBoard has unveiled its newest product and it has a monster top speed of 45 mph (72 km/h).Dubbed the “Pantera,” this extreme off-road electric skateboard has four 3.5-kilowatt motors, a 10S, a massive 1.1 kWh battery pack with a range of 28 miles, and four 110-amp motor controllers.In its website, Bajaboard makes its clear: this is not an electric skateboard for beginners.“We thought ‘if we put all cost considerations aside, how much power can we stuff into a little box?’,” BajaBoard CEO George Li told New Atlas. “It was more of a technical demonstration than anything else, but we thought we’d make it into something that’s available for a very niche consumer. Obviously, it’s for private property and not public roads.”The top speed is so staggering, even BajaBoard’s test riders haven’t reached it yet.“We don’t have the cojones to go that fast,” Li said. “We’re still looking for an open patch of airfield or something to runs some tests. We’ve done acceleration tests and all that kind of thing. I think we’ve only been pulling about 70-80 percent.”Photo Credit: BajaboardEven with the blistering (and dangerous) top speed, the Pantera won’t be breaking the Guinness World Record. The record actually belongs to Nextboard, which clocked an official speed of 59.55 mph through a speed trap on a runway, with test rider Mischo Erban on board wearing motorcycle gear and a set of sneakers, New Atlas reported.The Pantera features black anodized alloy rims and alloy controller, and comes with custom headlights and tail lights. It weighs 57 pounds.There’s no official word yet on the price of this beast, but Li told New Atlas the price will be “around what a mid to high end mountain bike costs.”More on Geek.com:$150,000 Hoverbike Is Now Available for PreordersYou Can Now Preorder Harley-Davidson Electric MotorcycleWatch: Passengers Freak Out Over Tesla Roadster’s Record-Setting Acceleration New Game Features Adorable ‘Skatebird’ Following in Tony Hawk’s FootstepsBungled Lobster, Skateboard, DNA Emoji Fixed Ahead of Release last_img read more

France must win World Cup – Mendy

first_imgFrance has the quality to win the World Cup this summer and there is “no reason” why they cannot lift the trophy at Russia, reckons Benjamin MendyThe defender has been called up as part of Didier Deschamps’ final 23-man squad for next month’s tournament with France looking to win the World Cup for the first time in 20 years.Les Bleus have been drawn in Group C along with the likes of Australia, Peru and Denmark, and are being widely considered as one of the pre-favourites to challenge for the famous gold trophy.“The goal is victory. The French team must win this cup,” Mendy told Canal +, via SportsKeeda.“With the team we have, there is no reason not to go all the way.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…The French defender was a surprise addition to the final squad for France, despite having only played 62 minutes at Manchester City since returning from his knee injury in April.However, Mendy is certain that he is ready to for this summer’s tournament.“People can ask questions. I respect that, but I had to make sacrifices,” he said.“I stayed serious and did some work. I’ll be ready for the World Cup. Everything has been set up for my return. It’s going to be OK.”last_img read more

Delano Williams first TCI to go to the Olympics

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 17, 2016 – Delano Williams is going to the Olympics.  At just 22 years old, the 2012 IAAF World Junior Champion and 2015 IAAF Bronze Medalist will be the first Turks and Caicos Islander to accomplish the feat.  Sadly, he cannot do it under the TCI Flag as the country is a UK Overseas Territory, but he still makes sure it is known that he is all TCI.Delano in the debut of his story, which is posted online talked about shedding his TCI uniform to the British one.  “I will always have that team TCI on my chest, the British press was really hard on me, but after a period of time though, when I start winning medals for them, they start to love me.”   Today Flow, the official broadcast partner of the 2016 Rio Summer games gave media  – via text messaging – the opportunity to speak to the their Brand Ambassador, the nation’s Golden Boy with just 48 days left to the games.last_img read more

India to take up proKhalistan leaders presence on Kartarpur

first_imgNew Delhi : India is going “with high expectations” for the Kartarpur corridor meeting on Sunday and is expected to raise with the Pakistan side several issues, including the presence of pro-Khalistani leader Gopal Singh Chawla on a panel associated with the project. The first round of talks was held on March 14 on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border and the second round is scheduled for July 14 (Sunday) at Wagah, on the Pakistan side. The second round of talks was originally scheduled on April 2 but India raised objections to pro-Khalistani leader Chawla being linked to the Kartarpur project. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us According to sources, India is well on its way to completing the project by October 31. It will be thrown open to pilgrims in November to mark the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism. So far, India has completed 60 per cent of a four-lane highway that will connect the Zero point of the Kartarpur corridor to the national highway, while the foundation work of a state-of-the art passenger terminal is nearing completion and the terminal will be ready by October end. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The corridor will allow pilgrims to travel from Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan, the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev. The Kartarpur gurdwara is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur. Advertise With Us According to sources, the facilities India has made are meant to cater to 10,000 pilgrims a day on religious occasions, like Guru Purab, and 5,000 pilgrims a day on other days. However, going by the size of the facilities being constructed by Pakistan, a question mark remains on whether it will be able to cater to the volume of traffic, said sources. According to sources, the issues to be discussed at the Sunday meeting would include who can visit the Kartarpur shrine, how they can move across the corridor, the documentation required — will it be visa free, and what are the facilities to ensure the movement is smooth, safe and unhindered. The other issues to be taken up would be how the pilgrims are required to travel, in groups or individually, and the choice of transport — whether by foot or bus. “We are going for the meeting with high expectations. Our side of the corridor will be ready and we hope the other side is coming up with matching response,” the sources said.last_img read more

293 Firms Commit to 266 GW of Renewable Power at Inaugural REInvest

first_imgWind energy generators Suzlon and Gamesa committed to 11 GW and 7.5 GW of power infrastructure manufacturing, installation and generation.NTPC, the nation’s top power generator, said it would commit to 10 GW of power produced through renewable resources over the next five years.SunEdison plans to build 15 GW infrastructure, followed by ReNew Power with 11.5 GW capacity; Welspun Energy will generate 11 GW; Hindustan Powerprojects plans for a 10 GW capacity; with Reliance Power committing to 6 GW of electricity produced through renewable energy.India’s largest bank by assets – State Bank of India (SBI) has committed to bankrolling 15 giga watt over the next five years, said The Hindu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s RE-Invest programme unveiled on Sunday saw 293 companies committing to generate 266 GW (1 giga watt = 1,000 mega watt) of renewable power over the next five years.Many of the companies have expressed an interest to set up a factory shop to create the necessary infrastructure in India, giving a boost to Modi’s ‘Make in India’ programme.Addressing the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet (RE-Invest), the prime minister said the focus should be on equipment manufacturing within India, which would also provide work opportunities for millions. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the inaugural session of Re-Invest 2015, the first Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet & Expo, in New Delhi, February 15, 2015. Modi has made renewable energy a priority for his nine-month old government, as he looks to capitalize on the falling cost of solar power – expected to reach parity with conventional energy by 2017 – and address India’s chronic power shortages.Reuters”Solar, wind and biomass sources of energy are the way forward and the government is working towards making solar power more viable,” Modi said while inaugurating the three-day conference.He called for the need to develop hybrid plants while focusing on maximum utilisation of available land.At the conference it was said that 293 companies have evinced interest to participate in the programme, and to help achieve the ambitious power generation targets.last_img read more

More Than 20 White House Employees Talked To Mueller Lawyer Says

first_imgFormer FBI Director Robert Mueller pictured at the ceremonial swearing-in of FBI Director James Comey at the FBI Headquarters October 28, 2013, in Washington, D.C.More than 20 White House employees have given interviews to special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russian election interference and obstruction of justice, according to a document released Thursday President Donald Trump’s attorney John Dowd.The details highlight what the White House calls its unprecedented cooperation with Mueller’s investigation, including that it has turned over more than 20,000 pages of documents. The president’s 2016 campaign has turned over more than 1.4 million pages.However, the number of interviews also suggests the breadth of Mueller’s work so far. The interviewees include eight people from the White House counsel’s office.Dowd’s document emphasizes that they gave the interviews voluntarily.Dowd released his list of Trump cooperation a day after the president himself said he was looking forward to being questioned by Mueller’s team. Ground rules for that encounter’s content and setting are still being negotiated, but Trump said Wednesday it could occur as soon as in two or three weeks.Separately, texts of interviews held behind closed doors in separate congressional investigations into Russian meddling could soon become public. Those could include the president’s elder son, Donald Jr.Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Thursday he will work with the panel’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, to release the transcripts of interviews with Donald Trump Jr. and others who attended a June 2016 meeting between campaign officials and Russians at Trump Tower in New York.Grassley said the part of the panel’s investigation looking into that episode is finishing, “so now it’s time to start officially releasing the transcripts of all witness interviews we have done related to that meeting. Let’s get them out there for everyone to see.”Feinstein said she agrees the transcripts should be released to the public if that doesn’t interfere with the panel’s investigation. She also said she thinks they should be turned over to Mueller.The rare bipartisan move brings the focus, at least momentarily, back to the initial subject of several different congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and whether Trump’s campaign was involved. In recent weeks, many Republicans have pivoted to instead focus on whether the FBI conspired against Trump when it began investigating the campaign, citing anti-Trump texts between two Justice Department officials who were at one point part of special counsel Mueller’s investigation.Trying to stem some of that criticism, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog said Thursday that it had located several months’ worth of text messages the department had previously said it couldn’t find.Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in a letter to Congress that his office “succeeded in using forensic tools” to recover messages from FBI devices, including those swapped by a counterintelligence agent, Peter Strzok, and FBI lawyer Lisa Page between December 2016 and May 2017.Strzok was reassigned from Mueller’s Russia investigation following the discovery of anti-Trump text messages he and Page, who was also briefly detailed to Mueller’s team, had shared by phone.Trump has fumed about the missing messages, saying on Twitter that they represent “one of the biggest stories in a long time.”Also Thursday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer criticized the Republicans who have been escalating attacks on the FBI and Justice Department as Mueller’s investigation has come closer to Trump’s inner circle. Schumer singled out a classified memo that the House Intelligence Committee has produced and may move to make public. Republicans have said the memo alleges FBI misconduct and some have argued that the public should see it.“What began as an attempt to discredit the investigator has now devolved into delusional, self-serving paranoia,” Schumer said in a Senate floor speech.In a letter Wednesday, the Justice Department warned the House Intelligence Committee’s Republican chairman, California Rep. Devin Nunes, that releasing the classified memo could be “extraordinarily reckless” and asked to review it.Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote Nunes that given the panel’s role in overseeing the nation’s intelligence community, “you well understand the damaging impact that the release of classified material could have on our national security and our ability to share and receive sensitive information from friendly foreign governments.”Republican senators have been mostly silent on the memo as House Republicans have hinted at its eventual release. But John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican and a member of the intelligence committee, said Thursday that Nunes and the Justice Department need to work out their differences.The memo “may be innocuous, but it also may not be innocuous, and they need to work through that,” Cornyn said.He said he had been briefed by Nunes on the memo but had not yet read it. Sharelast_img read more

Review of GPS Devices

first_img This story appears in the December 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 1, 2006 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 4 min read Paper maps belong in the past. New GPS technologies have put interactive, real-time digital directions within reach of any entrepreneur. A GPS device is the perfect complement to a highly mobile business lifestyle where you need to navigate unfamiliar cities and get to your destination on time. Portable GPS systems (rather than automobile built-ins) can tag along with you whether you’re in the company car, flying off to pick up a rental or just getting around in your hometown.Portable GPS units come in many flavors, including stand-alone devices and GPS built into a PDA or a cell phone. We’re rounding up portable stand-alone GPS units. Look for a screen that’s easy to read in daylight and for a device with preloaded maps that cover your stomping grounds so you don’t have to download extra maps right off the bat.The Magellan RoadMate 2000 is a compact unit that comes preloaded with maps of the lower 48 states, turn-by-turn voice guidance and 1.3 million points of interest such as lodging, airports and restaurants. At $399 (all prices street), it’s a low-cost way to get started with a basic portable GPS system. The Lowrance iWay 350C clocks in at a similar price–$400–and also features a 3.5-inch touchscreen.At the upper end of the spectrum, you’ll find Cobra’s $800 NavOne 4500. That price tag gets you a roomy 5-inch touchscreen, access to real-time traffic updates in 48 metropolitan areas (subject to a subscription service), preloaded U.S. and Canadian maps, 2-D or 3-D maps, automatic screen brightness adjustment and 7 million points of interest, including banks and gas stations. At 1.3 pounds, you won’t want to carry it around in your pocket, but it can transfer easily from car to car.The $400 Lowrance iWay 350C aspires to be more than just a GPS device. It also comes packed with an MP3 player, FM modulator and picture viewer. Music and photos can be loaded through an MMC/SD card slot. If you like your entertainment bundled with your GPS, it’s an option to consider. The Rand McNally GPS Navigator is a $500 bundle that includes a built-in MP3 player and a paper road atlas. Also riding this multifunction trend is the Mio DigiWalker H610, which adds a video player and games to the MP3 and GPS mix. Best of all, it fits everything into a truly pocket-size package with a 2.7-inch screen. If you’re looking for an extremely portable convergence device, the $499 H610 covers a lot of ground and would be at home in your hand as well as in your car.The $950 Garmin N�vi 660 is designed to make your driving life easier. A large 4.3-inch touchscreen anchors the unit. Frequent drivers will appreciate the Bluetooth, speaker and microphone that let the 660 double as a hands-free cellular speaker-phone for making and receiving calls. At 6.2 ounces, you can still move it from vehicle to vehicle as needed.The TomTom One is a $500 option that features the well regarded TomTom navigation software. It can be upgraded with TomTom Plus services for traffic and weather updates if you have a compatible Bluetooth mobile phone and GPRS data subscription.If money is no object, you can expect your portable GPS to sing to you, update you on the local traffic situation, show off your pictures on a large screen, give you a 3-D birds-eye map option and deftly reroute you around problem areas with its preloaded maps. If your budget is less than $500, you can still expect a solid and lightweight device with spoken instructions to help you find your way on your travels. It’s just a matter of how many bells and whistles you’re willing to pay for.last_img read more

Evangelical lawmaker Justo Orozco to preside over commission studying IVF bill

first_imgRelated posts:Prosecutors raid Costa Rica lawmaker Justo Orozco’s office in ongoing probe Costa Rica’s Notary Administration investigates lawmaker Justo Orozco Lawmaker Justo Orozco: ‘We will respect court ruling’ on in vitro fertilization The happiness of Justo Orozco Justo Orozco, from the Costa Rican Renovation Party, was elected Tuesday as president of the Legislative Assembly Commission on Science and Technology, which must study and vote on a bill to regulate in vitro fertilization and regulate stem-cell research.Two members of the commission, Rodolfo Sotomayor from the Social Christian Unity Party and María Eugenia Venegas from Citizen Action Party, resigned from the commission in protest over Orozco’s appointment.Lawmakers from the ruling National Liberation Party proposed the evangelical lawmaker, in a move that angered members of the opposition, as Orozco has openly opposed IVF bills and same-sex civil union bills. Last week, Orozco set off a firestorm of public outrage after saying a fellow lawmaker should be removed from a commission studying a same-sex marriage bill “because she is a lesbian,” and therefore, in Orozco’s mind, biased.Following the outrageous comments, the Attorneys Association moved to study whether Orozco should be disbarred for discrimination.“I have a personal appreciation for Mr. Orozco, but I don’t think he is eligible for the Science and Technology Commision, where open-mindness and investigation must prevail,” Sotomayor said.Venegas called Orozco’s appointment “abominable,” adding that he is “the least prepared person to chair a committee discussing issues on science and technology.”Orozco, a math teacher and lawyer, told reporters he respects Venegas’ and Sotomayor’s positions, and he acknowledged that he plans to oppose the bills in question, adding that he “represents only one vote in the commision.”A ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in 2012 forced Costa Rica to legalize IVF, which was outlawed in March 2000 by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV. The San José-based human rights court also ordered payment of $420,000 in damages to 18 couples who where affected by the country’s ban.Last year, Orozco chaired the Assembly’s Human Rights Commission and activly opposed the approval of bills that would allow same-sex marriages in Costa Rica and grant benefits to same-sex couples. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Inside Islamic State groups rule Creating a nation of fear

first_imgAdnan decided it was time for him to go. He paid a smuggler to drive him along dirt roads about 25 kilometers to the Tal Abyad border crossing, which at the time was in IS hands and was shut from the Turkish side, then paid another smuggler to get him into Turkey. “It was an adventure,” he said, smiling.Escape was much more harrowing for Ali, a 63-year-old appliance store owner from the Iraqi town of al-Zaab, near Mosul, who asked that his full name not be used to protect relatives still under IS rule. He told AP that when he decided to flee, he managed to convince local authorities he was only going on a three-day work trip. They gave him a permission slip without a guarantee of property, so he set out in his car with his wife, son and daughter-in-law.Between them and freedom were three different checkpoints. At the first, fighters wrote down the model and license number of his car. At the second, they searched his car, then ordered him to return to the first checkpoint. There, the fighters told him his car registration was improper and he had no property guarantee.“Your fate will be execution,” he said they told him.But in a show of how capricious life can be under the Islamic State, a commander at the checkpoint made a phone call and got approval to let Ali and his family pass. “God give him long life,” Ali said of the commander. He said he’d rather have been killed right there at the checkpoint than be forced to drive back into IS-held al-Zaab. ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Inside the Islamic State’s realm, the paper testifying that you have “repented” from your heretical past must be carried at all times. Many people laminate it just to be safe. It can mean the difference between life and death.Bilal Abdullah learned that not long after the extremists took over his Iraqi village, Eski Mosul, a year ago. As he walked down the street, an Islamic State fighter in a pickup truck asked directions to a local mosque. When Abdullah didn’t recognize the mosque’s name, the fighter became suspicious. The reign of terror he had fled had gotten only worse, he said.Each time the Islamic State group overruns a community, the pattern has been roughly similar, AP found — as methodical as it is bloody.First comes an initial wave of killings of police and troops. Then the fighters often seek to garner support by quickly repairing electricity and water lines. They call on bureaucrats to return to work. Government employees and any former troops or policemen sign their “repentance” papers and must hand over their weapons or pay fines sometimes amounting to several thousand dollars.In loudspeaker announcements, mosque sermons and leaflets, new regulations are laid out: No smoking, no alcohol, and no women working except as nurses or in women’s clothing shops, where even mannequins in store windows are covered. Residents said they were required to build walls outside their homes so women would never be seen.In each district, an “emir” — often a local militant — is appointed to govern. Schools close, then reopen with IS-written curricula. Taxes are imposed on businesses. Pharmacies are given Shariah courses and banned from selling contraceptives. In most locations, tribes or families declare loyalty to the group and gain positions or perks, several interviewees told AP. “We gave up 2,200 martyrs in Kobani, and you go and steal?” Adnan said he heard the interrogator shouting at the two detained militants.Adnan met Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Musallam, whom IS accused of being a spy for Israel. Musallam told Adnan his captors were repeatedly filming him in his own execution video. Each time, he said, they would video a child shooting him in the head — but each time the gun would be empty.“Then one day, they executed him for real,” Adnan said.In March, the Islamic State group released a video showing Musallam’s death. Kneeling in a field, he is shot in the head by a young boy wearing military camouflage.Adnan said he believes that is why many victims in the execution videos appear so calm. “They repeat the thing with them like 20 times. So when the real one comes, the prisoner will think it’s just another mock execution,” he said.___SURVIVING THE CALIPHATE — OR NOTIn Eski Mosul, a village on a bend in Iraq’s Tigris River, Sheikh Abdullah Ibrahim lives in one of the larger houses, behind high walls with a garden. He looked exhausted as he showed AP journalists one IS vestige he’s keeping: the death certificate for his wife, the group’s black logo on top. The picture they paint suggests the Islamic State’s territory, now an area roughly the size of Switzerland, has evolved into an entrenched pseudo-state, one based on a bureaucracy of terror.___THE TAKEOVERIn January 2014, when the Islamic State group took over the Syrian city of Raqqa, Adnan fled, fearing his work as a political activist would make him a target. But after a few months of missing his family, he returned to see whether he could endure life under the extremists.Adnan found Raqqa transformed from a once-colorful cosmopolitan city into the Islamic State’s de facto capital. Women covered head to toe in black scurried quickly to markets before rushing home, young men avoided the cafes they once frequented. IS fighters turned the city soccer stadium into a prison and interrogation center, known as “Point 11.” One of the city’s central plazas was now referred to by residents as “Jaheem” Square — Hell Square.He soon learned why. He heard celebratory gunshots one day and saw the bodies of three men dangling from poles in Hell Square. The corpses were left there for three days, he told AP as he chain-smoked in a cafe in Gaziantep, a town on the Turkish border filled with Syrians living in exile. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Soon after came another gruesome moment. One of the top Islamic State judges in the area, a local man known by the pseudonym Abu Ali al-Sharei, dropped by in early February to teach another lesson in Islamic law to the prisoners. He made small talk with a roomful of them. Then he grinned and said, “Listen, I haven’t told you yet, but today we made al-Kaseasbeh crispy.”He took a flash drive out of his pocket, Adnan said, and, to the prisoners’ horror, played them footage of captured Jordanian Air Force pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive in a cage by his IS captors.Adnan’s account is just one example of how IS uses the execution videos that it broadcasts to the world online to also intimidate people under its rule.In Raqqa’s prison, Adnan’s job of distributing food to other inmates gave him a broad view of operations.He saw two Kurdish prisoners and overheard wardens saying the pair would likely be used in Kurdish-language propaganda videos before being released. Adnan said he also saw several foreign Islamic State fighters being held — three Turks, an Uzbek, a Russian and a Yemeni — apparently on suspicion of spying. Two other IS fighters were brought in for stealing booty looted from the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani rather than sharing it with other fighters. Kobani was the scene of the biggest defeat of IS in Syria, when Kurdish forces backed by U.S. airstrikes drove off the militants after months of heavy fighting. It’s all he has left of her.IS swept into the village of some 3,000 families in June last year, established its reign over a grim seven-month period, then fled in January when Kurdish fighters ran them out. IS forces remain dug in only a few miles away, so close that smoke can be seen from fighting on the front lines.Ibrahim’s wife, Buthaina, had been an outspoken human rights advocate and had run for the provincial council in Mosul. So when IS took over, fighters demanded she apply for a repentance card. “She said she’d never stoop so low,” her husband said.He knew the danger. He had seen the bodies of a dozen policemen in the street, shot in the head. He’d seen others thrown off buildings. He had heard talk of the dreaded “Khasfa,” a deep natural sinkhole in the desert south of Mosul where the extremists boast of throwing bodies — or sometimes living victims.Ibrahim sent his wife away to safety for a few days, but she soon returned, missing their three daughters and two sons, he said. Her youngest was 2.A few nights later, in early October, the militants came for her, he said.Ibrahim and his wife were asleep, but their daughters were watching TV. “Wake up, dad, Daesh is in the front yard,” they called out, using the group’s Arabic acronym. Ibrahim saw the house was surrounded. They demanded to see Buthaina. Ibrahim tried to protect her, he said, but she came out and confronted the IS extremists, demanding an explanation. An argument ensued, and one militant handcuffed the sheikh and knocked him across the head with a pistol. The men pushed Buthaina into their car, and took Ibrahim’s as well.A member of the powerful al-Jabour tribe, Ibrahim hoped his connections — and money — could win Buthaina’s freedom.He and fellow tribesmen went to the nearby town of Tal Afar, an IS stronghold from which many of the fighters who took Eski Mosul had come. There, he said, he met in a mosque with Abu Alaa al-Afari, a local IS commander who some Iraqi officials now believe has risen to become the No. 2 figure in the “caliphate.”Ibrahim begged for his wife’s release, pointing out that she was still breastfeeding their youngest son, Akram.“It doesn’t matter. Your children will become orphans,” al-Afari replied, according to Ibrahim.Another Eski Mosul resident, 31-year-old Fadi Mohammed, wishes that all he had gotten from IS was his brother’s death certificate.He and his brother, Mohammed Mohammed, were both former policemen who had given up their weapons and signed repentance papers. But his brother was arrested after informants claimed he was part of an elite intelligence unit. Mohammed Mohammed was sent to Mosul. In January, 13 days before the Kurds took back Eski Mosul, Mohammed said IS militants “brought us discs that showed his beheading.” Sheikh Abdullah Ibrahim’s wife, Buthaina, never reappeared after being taken by the militants.Shortly after her husband appealed for her release, he received the death certificate. A simple sheet of paper from an “Islamic court” with a judge’s signature, it said only that Buthaina’s death was verified, nothing more.It is a horrifying document, but he’s keeping it, he said, “because it has her name on it.”___ESCAPING THE CALIPHATEEscape is not easy. Residents are banned from leaving their cities without first applying for permission, filling out a long form with all their personal details and setting property as a guarantee that IS will seize if they don’t return. Women must apply to the Hisba to travel and are often refused permission, out of concern that they will not follow IS dress codes once they are out.When Adnan’s aunt needed cancer treatment, she applied to leave IS territory to get care. The IS refused but sent her to Mosul, paying for transport and some of the medical costs, though not her chemotherapy.In March, after Adnan had spent 55 days in prison, a top IS leader in Raqqa freed about 40 inmates — including the young Syrian activist. Now, he said, “I want to blow myself up among Daesh. Even that won’t satisfy me. If I chop them up, drink their blood and eat their hearts, it won’t take away my pain.”Laying low was often key to survival in the “caliphate,” several of those interviewed said. Best to stay home as much as possible, avoiding checkpoints of IS fighters and the “Hisba” committees, the dreaded enforcers of IS’ innumerable regulations.Armed members of the Hisba patrol the streets, cruising in SUVs with blackened windows and wearing Afghan-style baggy pants, long shirts and face masks, looking for behavior deemed unacceptable.Punishments for smoking, for wearing Western clothes or for playing the wrong radio station can vary from a fine to imprisonment for a few hours or days — often depending on the Hisba’s mood. For more serious or repeat offenses, the fighters might bind the perpetrator to a pole in a town square for several days with his crime written on a sign around his neck.Women try not to go out at all, most of those interviewed by AP said. If they do go to market, they sometimes avoid taking their husbands, sons or brothers with them: If they’re harassed by the Hisba, their male relative might defend them and bring the Hisba’s wrath. Sponsored Stories It’s not an unreasonable fear. Abu Zein, a 31-year-old who recently fled the eastern Syrian town of Muhassan, recounted how a Hisba member one day berated a woman for being improperly covered as she swept her porch. Her brother came out and argued, the fight escalated, the militant shot the brother, and the brother’s relatives promptly killed the militant. Soon after, a larger contingent of Islamic State fighters descended on the house and killed eight members of the family, Abu Zein said.Abu Zein said he was detained multiple times for various minor offenses, including visiting his uncle’s grave.During Islamic holidays late last year, he said, militants announced in mosques that it was forbidden to visit the graves of relatives, a holiday tradition that IS sees as encouraging polytheism. Abu Zein’s uncle had died of cancer the year before, so he, his cousin and another relative decided to defy the ban.As they approached the graveyard, IS fighters opened fire over their heads, shouting “Grave worshippers!” and “This is forbidden!” Abu Zein said he and his friends tried to reason with them. “You cannot stop me from visiting my father,” cried Abu Zein’s 20-year-old cousin — prompting one militant to slap him across the face. The three were arrested and detained for several hours before being released with a warning. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober There is no safe way out. People vanish– their disappearance explained by a video of their beheading, an uninformative death certificate, or nothing at all.“People hate them, but they’ve despaired, and they don’t see anyone supporting them if they rise up,” said a 28-year-old Syrian who asked to be identified only by the nickname he uses in political activism, Adnan, in order to protect his family still living under IS rule. “People feel that nobody is with them.”The AP interviewed more than 20 Iraqis and Syrians who survived life under the group’s rule. One AP team travelled to several towns in northern Iraq, including Eski Mosul, north of Mosul, where residents are just emerging from nearly seven months under IS rule. Another AP team travelled to Turkish cities along the border, where Syrians who have fled IS territory have taken refuge.What follows is based on their accounts, many of which were verified by multiple people, as well as on IS social media and broadcast operations and documents obtained by the AP, including copies of repentance cards, weapons inventories, leaflets detailing rules of women’s dress and permission forms to travel outside IS territory — all emblazoned with the IS black banner and logo, “Caliphate in the path of the prophet.” Adnan stayed in Raqqa for almost a year, watching the extremists pervade nearly every aspect of life. IS authorities came to his family’s car parts store and demanded taxes — the equivalent of $5,000. The group was clearly flush with money from taxing businesses, confiscating lands from those who fled and sales from oil fields captured further east in Syria, Adnan said.The group encourages commerce across the “caliphate,” he said — for example, cement supplies and vegetables moved from Turkey, through Raqqa to Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest cityThen Adnan’s one-time activism in support of Syrian rebels caught up with him. In January, a patrol raided his family home, confiscated his laptop and arrested him for publishing online articles they said encouraged secularism. “Such a pretty house,” a patrol member said before smashing two glass water pipes. “This pollutes the environment,” he told Adnan.For the next 55 days, Adnan was held in Point 11, the soccer stadium.He was interrogated three times in the initial days, beaten with a green plastic pipe. Then he was moved out of isolation into wards with other prisoners. In Eski Mosul, delivery from IS came to residents at the hands of Kurdish fighters. Amid the joy over liberation — and perhaps worry over being accused of being IS loyalties — many residents promptly discarded documents from the Islamic State.Not Salim Ahmed. For nearly seven months, the 23-year-old former soldier had clung to his repentance card, always having it ready at checkpoints. He hated the card. He had refused to laminate it, unwilling to give it a sense of permanence.Now IS is gone, but the fear instilled in him is not. He still carries his card.“We live very close to their front line,” he said. “One day, they might come back and ask me for my repentance card again.”___Salama and Janssen reported from Eski Mosul, Karam from Gaziantep, Turkey, and Keath from Cairo. AP journalists Mohammed Rasool and Hussein Malla in Beirut and Salar Salim in Irbil, Iraq, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “He told me my faith is weak and asked, ‘Do you pray?’” Abdullah recalled. Then the fighter asked to see his “repentance card.” Abdullah had been a policeman until the IS takeover, and policemen and soldiers are required to have one. So are many other former government loyalists or employees — even former English teachers, since they once taught a “forbidden” language and tailors of women’s clothes because they once designed styles deemed un-Islamic.Abdullah had left his card at home. Terrified, he sent his son running to get it.“They are brutal people,” he told The Associated Press. “They can consider you an infidel for the simplest thing.”The Islamic State’s “caliphate,” declared a year ago, stretches across northern Syria through much of northern and western Iraq. Untold numbers have been killed because they were deemed dangerous to the IS, or insufficiently pious; 5-8 million endure a regime that has swiftly turned their world upside down, extending its control into every corner of life to enforce its own radical interpretation of Islamic law, or Shariah.The Islamic State’s domain is a place where men douse themselves with cologne to hide the odor of forbidden cigarettes; where taxi drivers or motorists usually play the IS radio station, since music can get a driver 10 lashes; where women must be entirely covered, in black, and in flat-soled shoes; where people are thrown to their deaths off buildings on suspicion of homosexuality; where shops must close during Muslim prayers, and everyone found outdoors must attend. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Four benefits of having a wireless security system Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Rajinikanth explores beauty of Darjeeling hills for upcoming movie

first_imgActor-turned-politician Rajinikanth shooting in the Darjeeling hills for almost 10 days now has said the world will see the region’s beautiful and unexplored places through his upcoming film.Rajinikanth is shooting in Darjeeling for his upcoming film and has a month-long shooting schedule in the hills. Recently, The Tourism Minister of West Bengal, Gautam Deb also met Rajinikanth at a resort in Kurseong. “I hope that through my movie, the entire country will come to know what this place is,” he told reporters, adding that he was very happy to be here and meet lovely and kind-hearted people and explore beautiful places. The Minister also discussed that how West Bengal tourism can be promoted through film tourism and with the support of the film community. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is committed to the all-round development of the state and the Hills. As per this policy of our government, I met Rajinikanth to promote the Hills through films,” Deb said.Deb also urged the actor to shoot more in the Hills and the state. “I reminded Rajnikanth that many big banner Hindi movies like Aaradhana and Barfi have been shot here before,” he said, adding that he hoped the Rajinikanth-starrer being shot here would promote Darjeeling tourism in a big way.Deb confirmed that the CM is taking new initiatives to promote and develop film tourism in the state. Speaking on the occasion, Anit Thapa, Vice-Chairman, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Board of Administrators said, “While superhit films had been shot in Darjeeling Hills earlier, the trend was hit because of frequent agitations and unrest here, which also hit the tourism industry.” “We have been taking up various measures for the all-round development of the Hills and the people here, and in comparison, with previous years, a large number of tourists have visited the Darjeeling hills this time. The economy of Darjeeling Hills depends on tourism. Hence, Rajinikanth’s film will also surely promote the tourism industry and encourage other filmmakers to make their films in the Hills,” he said.last_img read more

Lifetime to follow up on Surviving R Kelly docu

first_imgLifetime to follow up on ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ docu-series by The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2019 12:16 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Lifetime is still invested in the R. Kelly case.The network announced Tuesday that it has ordered “Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath,” a four-part series that includes interviews with new survivors and experts on the case.“Surviving R. Kelly ” was a six-part series that premiered last January. An estimated 12.8 million people watched the series, nominated for an Emmy, that revisited old allegations and brought new ones into the spotlight.Kelly has been in custody since being indicted this month on charges in Chicago and New York. He’s accused of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes. He maintains his innocence.Lifetime will also produce “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein,” about the New York financier accused of sex crimes with minors and trafficking.__Online: https://www.mylifetime.com/shows/surviving-r-kellyThe Associated Press FILE – In this June 26, 2019, file photo, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies in Chicago. Lifetime announced Tuesday, July 23, that it has ordered “Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath,” a four-part series interviewing new survivors and experts. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File) last_img read more

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