9 January 2012The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the lifting of a state of emergency in Fiji, more than two years after it was imposed, calling it a “step in the right direction” for the Pacific island nation. “The emergency law has seriously restricted the right to public assembly and freedom of expression, and given the authorities broad powers of arrest and detention,” said Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement.“I welcome the cancellation of the emergency law and encourage the Government to build on this positive momentum with concrete steps to ensure full respect for the rule of law and human rights.”Fiji had committed to lifting the emergency regulations before the UN Human Rights Council during its Universal Periodic Review in 2009, a pledge the South Pacific island nation has now fulfilled, Ms. Pillay noted.She also took note of Prime Minister Josaia V. Bainimarama’s announcement that amendments have been made to the Public Order Act, voicing hope that those amendments would be in line with international human rights norms and would not in any way replicate the restrictions in the public emergency regulations.Ms. Pillay, however, expressed concern over recent developments in which critics of the Government have faced criminal charges, arbitrary detention and other forms of intimidation.“Silencing criticism with such heavy-handed measures is in breach of international human rights standards. I urge the Government to ensure that the rule of law is fully respected and that there is space for civil society to operate without fear,” she said.“As Fiji begins its constitution-making process and prepares for elections to be held in 2014, I look forward to seeing an environment in which ordinary people and civil society organizations can participate fully.”She said the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) regional bureau for the Pacific remains ready to support national efforts to further the promotion and protection of human rights in Fiji.
Women’s EHF EURO 2010 Round 1 brought some interesting and surprising results. A newcomers, national team of Montenegro won over World champion, Russia 24:22 (10:15), after fantastic second round, when they keep their net empty for more than 10 minutes (13:18 – 19:19). Hero of the day was Montenegrin goalkepper, Sonja Barjaktarović with 14 saves in decisive moments.In Group “A”, Denmark easily beat Serbia 25:20, same as Romania over Spain 30:26. Mini-surprise is defeat of Germany against Sweden 25:27 and totally disaster of Ukraine against Netherlands – 13:25. This night, fantastic was defending European champion, Norway who beat France – 33:22.Group “A”:Serbia – Denmark 20:25 Romania – Spain 30:26Group B:Montenegro – Russia 24:22 Croatia – Island 35:25Group “C”:Germany – Sweden 25:27 Netherlands – Ukraine 25:13Group “D”:Hungary – Slovenia 28-19 Norway – France 33-22 ← Previous Story Women’s EHF EURO 2010 Predictions: Scandi Final, Golden Norway! Next Story → Danish coach Jan Pytlick after win: “Serbia is the worst team in the group”
Dagur Sigurdsson will lead Japanese national handball team until Tokyo 2020! That is a conclusion of the hottest topic in German handball in the last couple of weeks. Fantastic Icelandic coach who made a great success with Germany by winning gold medal at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland, but also bronze at Olympic Games in Rio, will have another chance to stay in the eternal memory of German handball community at World Championship 2017 in France.However, Sigurdsson decided to accept new challenge in Japan. It will be interesting to see what can he makes with only average Japanese team. ← Previous Story Over 70.000 votes for WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016 in first 72 hours! Next Story → EHF CL BEST 7: Gensheimer, Canellas, Rocas, Vargas… Dagur SigurdssonDagur Sigurdsson JapanJapanese handball
FORMER BRITISH CABINET Minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife have been jailed for eight months for perverting the course of justice after she took penalty points he had been given for speeding ten years ago.Former energy secretary Huhne admitted to the offence at a court hearing in London last month and following the trial of his ex-wife, Vicky Pryce, for the same offence the pair were sentenced today to eight months in prison.The pair would have escaped justice had Greek-born Pryce not publicly told of the offence after eight years as part of a quest for vengeance when Huhne left her for his public relations advisor Carina Trimingham, ending their 26 year marriage.The case concerns an offence which took place in 2003 when Huhne persuaded his then wife to take speeding penalty points in order for him to avoid prosecution. His car had been caught by a speed camera as he travelled between Stansted Airport and London city centre.It was alleged that between March and May 2003 Pryce had falsely informed police she had been the driver of the car in order for Huhne to avoid prosecution.Marital coercionPryce unsuccessfully claimed marital coercion during her trial but she was convicted last week.The pair arrived separately at Southwark Crown Court in London today but were side-by-side in the dock for sentencing.During sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London, judge Nigel Sweeney said the pair had “stellar” careers at the time of the offence and “no doubt you thought you’d get away with it”.“You have both been brought to justice for your joint offence,” he told the pair. “Any element of tragedy is entirely your own fault.”The judge told Huhne he had “fallen from a great height”. The former minister was at one point close to being the leader of the Liberal Democrats party before he was beaten by current leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.He resigned his ministerial office in February 2012 before resigning his Eastleigh seat in the House of Commons a year later. He had originally vowed to fight the charges, strenuously denying them, before admitting his guilt last month.Pryce, the former joint head of the UK’s Government Economic Service as well as an advisor in the Department of Business, had an “an implacable desire for revenge”, Judge Sweeney said, describing her as having a “controlling, manipulative and devious side”.- additional reporting from AFPFebruary 2013: Ex-UK minister faces jail after admitting to perverting course of justiceFebruary 2012: UK minister resigns after being charged over speeding offences
Coveney says Brexit is a Britis policy with ramifications for others. ‘A hard Brexit will be a shock for all our economies… not least the UK’ pic.twitter.com/P4mZrkFQ9o— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) February 22, 2019 ‘Mega bill’ provides for all-island electricity, buses and pensions in no-deal Brexit The Tánaiste said that some ministers’ St Patrick’s Day visits abroad could be curtailed as they work on the Brexit legislation. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: It is the painstaking work of our teams across the whole of government and I want to thank them for that.TimelineJust 5 weeks out from Brexit day, the government has a tight deadline to get the legislation passed in time. Opposition leaders will be keen to inspect the detail ahead of the debate on the legislation which is due to dominate Dáil proceedings next week. The government plans to have the Bill passed in the Dáil by 8 March, before it heads to the Seanad, where it is hoped it will pass by 15 March.It is envisaged President Michael D Higgins will sign the Bill into law on Friday 29 March – the deadline for the UK to leave the EU. Source: Christina Finn/Twitter Source: Christina Finn/Twitter 35,601 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share289 Tweet Email2 Image: Merrion Street We will make appropriate decisions around St Patrick’s Day visits – some ministers trips could be shortened or curtailed but he says the White Hoise visit is very important. Tanaiste is staying closer to home and will be in Europe pic.twitter.com/FdDTZlBFhl— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) February 22, 2019 “Our focus remains on the UK ratifying the Withdrawal Agreement, which was concluded following intensive negotiations between the UK and the EU,” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said in a statement today. “However, for the last two years we have also been preparing for the possibility that the UK leaves the EU without an agreement. We are doing all we can to avoid a no deal scenario, but we need to be ready in case it does happen. Image: Merrion Street Friday 22 Feb 2019, 10:10 AM Coveney explains the background to the backstop and why it is the only workable solution and not an ‘unreasonable ask’ for them to follow through on their commitments pic.twitter.com/M7Whuy7IDG— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) February 22, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4506203 Feb 22nd 2019, 6:00 AM TÁNAISTE AND MINISTER for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has outlined the provisions of a variety of new laws that will be enacted if there is a no-deal Brexit. The 15-part bill covers the provision of electricity, bus and train services, and pension and welfare payments across the island of Ireland post-Brexit.It also provides third-level grants for students if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal on 29 March.Coveney also said some ministers’ St Patrick’s Day visits may be shortened or curtailed as the government prioritises the Brexit legislation in the coming weeks.“We will make appropriate decisions in relation to St Patrick’s Day and quite frankly everything else,” Coveney said.He said it was very unlikely the Taoiseach’s annual visit to the White House would be affected, however, noting the event’s importance in terms of maintaining US-Irish relations. Legislative changes will allow for Common Travel Area healthcare arrangements (so that children in the North can access healthcare services in Dublin, for example), and businesses will receive extra support and investment from Enterprise Ireland, which will receive extra powers from this legislation.Today, the Irish Independent reports that Dubliner cheese has received €6 million from Enterprise Ireland as part of EU state aid funding to prepare Ireland’s vulnerable agri-food industry for Brexit. It reports that shifting its production from cheddar to mozzarella (half of Ireland’s cheddar exports go to the UK).The amendments also allow with the facilitation of all-island electricity services; if there’s a no-deal Brexit, “any issues of non-compliance with EU law can be addressed” on a temporary basis by the laws included in this bill.Pilot Exemption Certificates, held by seafarers, have also been extended from one year to three years. Those who work in Irish harbours can apply for those certificates up to 29 March, even if their existing Exemption Certificate may not have expired.Speaking about the no-deal legislation, Coveney said it was the product of “a root and branch trawl of our laws to determine what changes will be needed if the UK becomes a third country overnight”. By Christina Finn 97 Comments Speaking at Government Buildings this morning, Coveney began the press conference by reiterating that the backstop represented the outcome of a fair negotiation between EU and UK.“The backstop is a result of a fair negotiation, it was designed by the EU and the UK together, and it will not be jettisoned at the last minute,” he said.The drafted Withdrawal Agreement has been rejected by the House of Commons, with most MPs opposing the deal over the backstop, which would provide for an EU-UK customs union if no other trade or customs agreement is struck that would avoid a border on the island of Ireland.Because of this, with less than 40 days until the UK leaves the EU, a no-deal Brexit is looking more likely than ever.What’s in the bill?The Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019, or the ‘mega bill’, as it has been dubbed by the Tánaiste, was signed off by Cabinet earlier this week and covers nine different government departments, incorporating 16 pieces of legislation.Among the things it provides for is facilitating train services between Dublin and Belfast, and bus services that travel across the border, ensuring people will not be stopped for checks. Current pensions and welfare payments will continue as they are now post-Brexit. It also facilitates agreements between Ireland and the UK to ensure Irish and UK students will not be liable for foreign fees and provides for SUSI grants. This special law enables us to mitigate against some of the worst effects of no deal by protecting citizens’ rights, security, and facilitating extra supports for vulnerable businesses and employers.Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said this week that the government will be relying on the “goodwill” of those on the opposition benches to ensure a speedy passage for the legislation. The Taoiseach has indicated that if extra days and hours are needed to ensure the legislation passes, then the Houses will sit out-of-hours. Tánaiste Simon Coveney will be leading the legislation through the Houses.He maintains that if there if Britain crashes out, then all parties – in Ireland, Britain and the EU – will face a difficult time ahead in terms of managing the consequences. – with reporting from Daragh Brophy and Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL Source: Christina Finn/Twitter
Phobos-Grunt : les débris retomberont entre le 14 et le 16 janvierSelon les derniers calculs de l’agence spatiale russe, les débris de la sonde Phobos-Grunt en perdition depuis novembre dernier devraient retomber sur Terre entre le 14 et le 16 janvier. Mais la zone de chute reste très imprécise. C’est désormais certain, la date de retombée se rapproche de plus en plus. Mercredi, l’Agence fédérale spatiale russe a dévoilé le résultat de ses calculs récents : les débris de la sonde Phobos-Grunt qui auront survécu à l’entrée dans l’atmosphère chuteront sur Terre entre samedi et lundi prochain. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”La période prévue pour la retombée sur Terre des fragments de la sonde Phobos Grunt s’étend du 14 au 16 janvier, son point culminant étant prévu à 13h18 heure de Moscou (09h18 UTC) le 15 janvier. Les débris pourraient s’abattre dans une zone comprise entre 51,4 degrés de latitude nord et 51,4 degrés de latitude sud”, a indiqué Roskosmos cité par RIA Novosti. Si la date se confirme, la zone de retombée elle, reste pour l’heure indéterminée et ne pourra se faire plus précise que quelques heures avant. Sur les 8,5 tonnes de la sonde russe, les équipes ont estimé que 20 à 30 fragments pesant jusqu’à 200 kilogrammes pourraient survivre à l’entrée dans l’atmosphère. Toutefois, il est probable que ceux-ci finissent dans l’océan, comme ça a été le cas pour d’autres engins retombés sur Terre. Le 12 janvier 2012 à 10:52 • Maxime Lambert
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 1, 2017 – Nassau – Long after the TV cameras have gone, well before lights are back on and life returns to normal, standing water left behind in hurricane-ravaged islands will help breed mosquitos that can deliver deadly diseases. On Tuesday, a company with a conscience stepped up to take the sting out of the threat.Livful, the Atlanta-based developers and manufacturers of Akiva Mosquito Repellent, announced a matching donation of non-toxic wipes with the power to last 16 hours. Akiva wipes will be distributed weekly to the islands impacted by Hurricane Irma weekly through NEMA and HeadKnowles.“The Bahamas is very close to our hearts. We chose to launch Akiva here and we’ve been welcomed into the homes, playgrounds and resorts on these beautiful islands,” said LivFul CEO Hogan Bassey. “In the aftermath of a hurricane, mosquitoes breed. During a rebuilding period, people must be protected from the mosquitos that deliver diseases like Zika, Dengue and chikungunya. Plus, we understand that mosquitos on those islands are a tremendous nuisance. We’re praying for a speedy recovery for The Bahamas and we’re doing what we can to help.”For every 3 bottles or packages of Akiva’s single-use wipes purchased from Lightbourn Trading on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, LivFul will match the purchase with a donation of wipes. Lightbourn will deliver the donation to NEMA and HeadKnowles every Friday for distribution to the islands along with other supplies. The campaign will run through October 13.“We are very grateful to Livful which is demonstrating what it means to be a social entrepreneurship enterprise,” said Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA. “Now that we are beginning to re-inhabit the islands and people are returning to their homes, it is important that we tend to some of the needs they may not even recognize as urgent, like protecting them against diseases spread by mosquitos.”Bassey knows all too well what the impact of mosquito-borne disease can mean. He spent two decades experimenting with formulas to keep people mosquito-safe after suffering from malaria repeatedly in his native Nigeria by the time he was 10. The final formula was the result of cooperation with the University of Georgia where Bassey studied. The product became available in The Bahamas in June and response to it has been nothing short of phenomenal, reflecting what was learned during official testing. Arm-in-cage tests showed Akiva’s effectiveness lasted up to 16 hours keeping 200 female, buzzing biting mosquitoes at bay.“As residents return to the southern islands, their focus will be on making sure they have a safe place to sleep, that their roof is repaired and essential services are in place,” said HeadKnowles volunteer Patrina Khoo Farquharson, who received the first cases of donated wipes Tuesday. “But also, the mosquitos are a tremendous nuisance. The responders on the ground – Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Police Officers, volunteers – are literally under constant attack by these ‘monster-sized’ blood-suckers. This donation from Akiva will go a long way toward protecting the people of the southern Bahamas from mosquito-borne disease and the misery of relentless attacks. We are very appreciative and hope everyone will rush down to Lightbourn Trading and make their purchase while the campaign is on.”Press Release: DPA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
MIAMI (WSVN) – Former Miami Dolphins player Dimitri Patterson faced a judge in court, Friday.Patterson was given a $180,000 bond and faces several charges including battery on law enforcement and resisting an officer without violence.He also has to surrender his passport.Protesters gathered outside the courthouse and demanded that the former NFL cornerback be released.They believe this is an attempt to intimidate Patterson to drop a $50 million dollar civil lawsuit against Miami-Dade authorities and ESPN.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
In the past, Allure magazine has turned to its Web site as the entry point for readers to participate in its annual advertiser-sponsored giveaway, which features hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of beauty products. This year, the Condé Nast title tapped Microsoft’s High Capacity Color Barcode technology to feature nearly 40 customized 2-D barcodes in the August issue.The result? The tags, which when scanned by smartphones allowed readers to enter the 159 giveaways, were scanned 444,572 times. Microsoft and Allure claim it is the largest tag campaign to date. “Editorial supported the partnership in an organic way,” says John Fauller, Condé Nast’s director of print to mobile solutions. “Over 35 pages of the August issue featured tags, which were incorporated into design. There was also a master tag of the contest calendar in the back of the magazine and on Allure.com.”“When done right, technology is a service, not a gimmick,” says Allure editor-in-chief Linda Wells. “What we did was use tags to give readers what they want—a fast, easy and more convenient way to participate in our giveaways.”After scanning a tag, readers were asked to provide certain personal information. Fuller says Allure utilized a feature called Device ID that “lowered the hurdle for repeat performances as entry information was linked to the phone, eliminating the need to re-register.” In addition to providing value to the reader, Allure managed to capitalize on the initiative beyond just partnering with exclusive sponsor L’Oreal. The magazine says it saw a subscription conversion rate of 3.24 percent, and that 34 percent of readers who scanned the tags opted in for news and other marketing materials.
Post a comment Share your voice Winter solstice starts on Dec. 21. Google It’s time to bundle up for the official start of winter, and the longest night of the year.A Google Doodle posted Friday celebrates the winter solstice for those who live in the Northern Hemisphere. And if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, Google has a warm and sunny version to mark the summer solstice.Google previously showed these Doodles on June 21, but in the opposite locations, to make the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.Summer solstice starts on Dec. 21, if you live in the Southern Hemisphere. Google Humans have celebrated this day since ancient times. In England, crowds gather at Stonehenge to capture the moment with the sun directly aligns with the ancient stones, Google notes in its blog post. In China, winter’s arrival is celebrated with the Dongzhi Festival. This year’s winter solstice officially starts at 2:23 p.m. PT, when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, located at 23.5 degrees south latitude. Now go out there and catch some snowflakes! Or enjoy the swimming hole!First published June 21, 10:49 a.m. PT. Update, Dec. 21 at 6:48 a.m. PT: Highlights the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. ‘Hello, humans’: Google’s Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet. Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Random Digital Media 0 Tags Google
Post a comment All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. CES 2019 CES 2019 Next Big Thing CES 2019 Live 85 Photos 0 Tags Livestream The way we watch video has never been more complicated or exciting. The media industry has seen audiences spread across more platforms than anyone expected, and now we watch video anywhere and everywhere we can, from our phones to our fridges and from YouTube to network-built apps. With 5G just around the corner and all the lower latency it promises, and with hardware reaching resolutions that challenge the acuity of the human eye, it’s time to rethink possibilities around what we watch and how we watch it. CNET and CES have partnered up to bring that discussion to you with some of the brightest thinkers in the technology and entertainment industries. Enlarge ImageAlex Kurtzman, Executive Producer, Star Trek: DiscoveryOn Tuesday, Jan. 8, join CNET for our most exciting Next Big Thing panel yet: The Future of Media. For the 19th Next Big Thing, CNET’s session takes place at the C Space Storyteller Stage at the Aria on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 1:45 p.m. PT. Moderated by CNET’s Brian Cooley and me, Lindsey Turrentine, we’ll be talking first with a special guest, Alex Kurtzman, executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery and the Star Trek franchise. We’ll discuss season 2 and chat about how changing screen sizes and settings influence the way Kurtzman writes and produces Star Trek. (Star Trek: Discovery season 2 premieres Jan. 17 on CBS All Access. Disclosure: CNET is owned by CBS.) Next, Cooley and I will chat with a panel from all corners of the media world, and what a conversation it will be. We’ll be joined by Yoon Lee, SVP of Content and Services, Product Innovation at Samsung; Toby Eduardo Redshaw, SVP of 5G Ecosystems and Enterprise Innovation at Verizon; and Heather Rivera, Global Head of Product Partnerships at YouTube. We’ll talk hardware, we’ll talk pipeline and we’ll talk content production and strategy. If you can’t make it to Vegas to join us, we’ll be streaming Next Big Thing live in the player above. Don’t miss it! Share your voice Tech Industry Star Trek Samsung Verizon
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Hyderabad: Adding a new twist in B Pharmacy student Soni’s kidnap case, the kidnapper, Ravishekar, has left Soni in Addanki safely and absconded from the spot. According to Hayathnagar police, she was on her way to Hyderabad and within a few hours going to reach Hayathnagar police station. The kidnapper, Ravi, earlier abducted her on Tuesday from Hyderabad on the pretext of providing her a job by introducing himself as a doctor and his name as Sridhar Reddy. Later, the Rachakonda police on Sunday announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for tracing out the abducted 21-year-old woman and also for providing information about the kidnapper. Within 24 hours of the announcement, the kidnapper left her safely and absconded from the spot.
Finance Ministry officials had said the government could raise about 10-15 per cent of the proposed Rs 7.1 lakh crore government borrowings this fiscal through sovereign bonds. TwitterThe Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) wants the Finance Ministry to re-look the idea of issuing foreign currency overseas sovereign bonds and critically examine issues raised by former bankers and economists before taking any call on implementing the budget proposal.The PMO has asked the ministry to seek more consultation from stake-holders before proceeding with any plans. Finance Ministry officials had said the government could raise about 10-15 per cent of the proposed Rs 7.1 lakh crore government borrowings this fiscal through sovereign bonds.The chief architect of the proposed bond was the former Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg and he had a lone supporter in this campaign. Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian had said this is the right opportunity for India to raise funds through overseas sovereign bonds at a much cheaper rate, compared with those in the domestic market.Garg has since been moved to the Power Ministry and the sudden move just after the Budget presentation and its approval by Parliament is being seen by many paying the price for pushing the idea of foreign money into India by a government led by a largely nationalist, right-wing party where the ‘swadeshi’ card evokes sentiments. The former Finance Secretary is being seen as hurting such sentiments, while former RBI Governors and other experts shot down the idea as risky.The opposition to the proposed bond is widespread. The government should not issue foreign sovereign debt without getting into larger public consultations, and the many arguments it has given in favour of issuing such securities do not hold, Rathin Roy, member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, had recently said.He said government should pay attention to what several former Governors of the Reserve Bank of India are saying, the sovereign liabilities are in perpetuity.Roy also dismissed the contention that such bonds are cheaper after the hedging costs are added. Noting there was a reason why the country hadn’t issued overseas debt for 70 years, he had said that Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Greece, and Indonesia had all paid a price for foreign currency sovereign borrowings.”I have grave concerns about this proposal on grounds of economic sovereignty, and about the macroeconomic consequences… the government should instead look at relaxing the rupee bond limits for foreign portfolio investors,” Roy said.Former RBI Governors Raghuram Rajan, C. Rangarajan and Y.V. Redy and former Chief Statistician Pronab Sen had also raised concerns over the Finance Ministry’s proposal.Rajan has said that any plan to issue foreign currency debt has no real benefit and is fraught with risks. A global bond sale won’t reduce the amount of domestic government bonds the local market has to absorb and the country should worry about short-term “faddish investors buying when India is hot, and dumping us when it is not”, he had written in a newspaper column.Rangarajan has said that borrowing in foreign currencies may expose the economy to risks as the rupee’s depreciation or current account deficit cannot be contained in the long run. Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha has said that even in the face of the 1991 balance of payment crisis, the government did not go for sovereign bonds.The main fear is as they argued it could create long-term economic risks by exposing the government’s liabilities to currency fluctuations.All of these experts had suggested issuing rupee bonds instead of foreign currency bonds.In an interaction with IANS, Ashiwini Mahajan, the co-convenor of the RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), said: “About 95 per cent of the experts are saying the move is risky. The average depreciation in the rupee is 6.23 per cent in the last few years. The overseas rates of interest is 3.25 per cent, so together it makes 9.5 per cent.”In India, the government borrows at 6-7 per cent. So how the foreign currency bonds are cheap? The whole idea of a sovereign bonds is bad idea for any other country, not just for India. Everywhere the sovereign borrowing has led these countries into the debt trap, into the vortex of debt. It is a risk not worth taking. It is a foolish idea.”The benchmark 10-year bond yield rose as much as 11 basis points to 6.55 per cent after the news of a rethink of the proposal, as market participants fear this may boost government borrowing in the domestic market.Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her maiden Budget speech on July 5, had announced: “India’s sovereign external debt to GDP is among the lowest globally at less than 5 per cent. The government would start raising a part of its gross borrowing programme in external markets in external currencies. This will also have beneficial impact on demand situation for the government securities in domestic market.”Garg had told Indian business leaders last week that the overseas debt move was part of efforts to bring down real interest rates for Indian firms, and to help the economy grow faster.
AP Photo/Eric Gay, FileFILE – In this Sept. 10, 2014, file photo, detained immigrant children play kickball at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border in Karnes City, Texas. The GEO Group, a private prison company, announced Thursday, April 13, 2017, it has won a $110-million federal contract to build in Texas the first new immigrant detention center under the Trump administration. The company said that the 1,000-bed detention facility will be in Conroe, Texas, north of Houston. It’s scheduled to open by December 2018.A private prison company announced Thursday it has won a $110-million federal contract to build in Texas the first new immigrant detention center under the Trump administration.The GEO Group said that its 1,000-bed detention facility will be in Conroe, north of Houston, and will open by the end of next year. The facility coincides with President Donald Trump’s promised expansion of immigration detention, part of a larger crackdown on immigrants in the country illegally that includes detaining people seeking asylum while they go through immigration proceedings.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement already has a record of more than 41,000 detainees.The agency has also identified an additional 21,000 unused beds that it plans to use for detention, according to a memo reported Wednesday by the Washington Post. That memo notes that “ICE will be unable to secure additional detention capacity until funding has been identified.”GEO, ICE’s second-largest private prison contractor, has approximately 3,000 empty beds nationwide, according to a February investor call.Faced with a lack of funds and potentially thousands of empty beds, ICE’s move to secure a new contract with GEO surprised immigrant rights advocates.“This is totally unprecedented,” said Silky Shaw, Co-Director of Detention Watch Network, a Washington-based non-profit fighting to end immigrant detention. “Even the most recent expansion we’ve seen has been county jails and repurposing facilities that have been shuttered.”Trump has instructed ICE to detain all individuals suspected of violating immigration laws.“Aliens who illegally enter the United States without inspection or admission present a significant threat to national security and public safety,” the president said in a Jan. 25 executive order asking ICE to “allocate all legally available resources to immediately construct, operate, control, or establish contracts to construct, operate, or control facilities to detain aliens at or near the land border with Mexico.”Still, Carl Takei, Staff Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project, said the contract was a “sign that the Trump administration’s plans are a huge boondoggle for the private prison industry,” which already operates about 75 percent of immigrant detention facilities.Takei said the new facility’s location was also striking, given that GEO already operates the 1,517-bed Joe Corley immigrant detention center in the same small town.“Frankly this surprises me … This raises the question both of how much ICE is actually planning to expand its already enormous detention system and where they’re going to get the money for all this,” Takei said. “ICE has a pretty limited amount of money and they can’t fund expanding detention in 2017 unless Congress passes supplemental appropriations.”GEO referred all questions to ICE, which did not return requests for comment.Texas getting first immigrant center built under Trump Share
Coalition Counters: Remediating Duplication Damage–Not Governance, is the Focus of the Lawsuit(Updated 2/17/2017) Kurt Schmoke claims the HBCU Equity Case has been on his radar screen long before 2014, the year he became a formal party to the case in his current role as President of the University of Baltimore (UB). Schmoke, a Baltimore native served as the first African American elected mayor of the city from 1987 through 1999, a city with two of the state’s four HBI’s and several public and private higher education institutions. Schmoke went on to a successful academic career as Dean of the Howard University Law School where he “authorized the participation of the Howard Law School Civil Rights Clinic” to work on behalf of the HBCU’s involved in the case” said Brenda Shum director of the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and attorney for the plaintiffs. Schmoke testified that he sought to prevent a collision course between the University of Baltimore and neighboring Coppin and Morgan State Universities when he became UB’s president in 2014. “I was asked what problems did I perceive in the future of higher education,” Schmoke said when he interviewed for his current job in early 2014. “I talked about this case. I thought it was an important matter. I thought we should start thinking about what we should do,” Schmoke said. Schmoke allowed the agreement creating the joint Towson State-UBMBA program to expire in 2015. The joint MBA was one of the many academic programs that Maryland HBCU’s said directly competed with HBCU attempts to broaden their business degree offerings. “The Towson-UB MBA decision needed to be revisited. In the interview [for UB president] I reviewed Judge Blake’s decision” Schmoke said. During cross examination, Schmoke proposed that the court consider developing a commonly adopted academic market akin to a model in place at the City University of New York’s 24 colleges and graduate schools located across the city’s five boroughs. “I have talked to the regents and others before about adopting in Maryland the model of the City University of New York, and that is create in Baltimore a City University of Baltimore, which would mean — would be comprised of Morgan, Coppin, UB, and Baltimore City CommunityCollege,” said Schmoke. “It, like CUNY, would not mean a merger, because they didn’t merge any of those institutions. They simply allow them to be distinct, but they collaborated on back-office matters and helped in — to increase collaboration among the institutions,” Schmoke continued. “If done right, I think could make the strong argument that it’s in the best interests of the State,” Schmoke said. When asked his views on Schmoke’s proposal , Coalition president David Burton said, “The Schmoke proposal would do absolutely nothing to address the. problem of unnecessary program duplication the court cited as a violation of the constitution. It would only make a bad situation worse. “The new entity Schmoke proposes excludes the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Towson University, the two campuses responsible for the largest degree of program duplication. Even if UMBC and Towson were included, however, the new entity would not address the Court’s concern with unnecessary duplication since each campus would retain its current identity and set of programs.” Burton said.“The bottom line is that the Schmoke proposal would have the effect of wrongly shifting the focus of the problem from program duplication to institutional governance and control,” according to Burton.The HBCU Equity Trial is expected to conclude at the end of February. Judge Catherine E. Blake is charged with issuing a remedy to correct the historic pattern of discrimination against Maryland’s HBCU’s with a focus on ending state sponsored duplication of academic programs. The original ruling in Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education v. Maryland Higher Education Commission was decided on behalf of the plaintiffs in 2013.
Kolkata: An elderly woman was allegedly thrown out of her house by her elder son and his wife late on Sunday night.Her son and his wife alleged that the woman practised witchcraft. According to a source, the victim identified as Malati Majhi, aged about 68 years, lived with her two son Mintu and Pintu. Approximately two years ago, Malati arranged Mintu’s marriage. After a few months, his wife Tumpa allegedly started torturing her. She also convinced her husband to believe that Malati practised witchcraft and because of her they are facing a bad time. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMalati also alleged that Mintu’s in-laws tortured her but her younger son did nothing to help her. She was not provided with food, Malati said. Having no other option she started working as a domestic help in some houses. She earned a little money, which she used to buy food. Sources informed that a few months ago, she was forced to transfer the property in her elder son’s name. Reportedly, they started torturing her even more after her property was taken by her son. Late on Sunday night, she was assaulted and allegedly thrown out of her house. A few local residents saw her taking shelter beside a road and informed the police. Later, cops took Malati to home and detained five people, including both her sons and daughter -in-law. They are being interrogated by the police to find out if other people were involved in this connection.
Cancun, Q.R. — American actor Peter Facinelli and girlfriend Lily Anne Harrison took to the Mexican Caribbean to ring in their New Year. Seen swimming in the warm Caribbean Sea, the pair celebrated the holidays in the popular resort city of Cancun.The 44-year-old- SWAT star was seen with his girlfriend enjoying the sights and sandy beaches at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach in the famous hotel zone.Facinelli took to his social media account posting, “Hola. From Mexico. #cancun @grandcoralbeach Best start to a New Year with #family,” Peter wrote.The couple were also joined by Peter‘s three children, his family of his sister and Lily‘s actor father Gregory Harrison.Photos on social media showed the family having a blast during their vacation with fun excursions that included snorkel, jet ski and relaxing at the spa.Peter Facinelli is an American actor and producer. He starred as Donovan “Van” Ray on the Fox series Fastlane from 2002 to 2003. He played Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight novel series, and is also known for his role as Mike Dexter in the 1998 film Can’t Hardly Wait.Facinelli was a regular on the Showtime comedy-drama series Nurse Jackie, portraying the role of Dr. Fitch “Coop” Cooper. He portrayed Maxwell Lord on the first season of the TV series Supergirl.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
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