The province is seeking public input to revise its provincial energy strategy and create an action plan to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. Public consultation workshops will take place in four mainland communities during the first week of December. Dalhousie University oceanography professor Bob Fournier will facilitate the sessions. “The province has set a deadline of 2020 for cutting greenhouse gas emissions 10 per cent below 1990,” said Energy Minister Richard Hurlburt. “We’re committed to achieving that goal while maintaining a strong and growing economy.” Mr. Fournier, who recently chaired an environmental assessment of the proposed White’s Point Quarry near Digby, said meeting those goals presents challenges for policy planners. “Our electricity, which is mostly coal-fired, generates about 42 per cent of our greenhouse gases,” said Mr. Fournier. “How do we reduce our use of coal without driving up electricity prices? How do we balance our need for wind power with our ability to provide adequate back-up power? What new technologies or initiatives should we be promoting to meet our green energy needs? “These are challenging questions and we want public input before we generate a policy that is to guide the province for years.” The December workshops will wrap up 12 similar sessions held around the province. They will take place in: — Amherst: Monday, Dec. 3, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at The Wandlyn Inn, Exit 3, TransCanada Highway and West Victoria Street. — Antigonish: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in Conference Room A of the Keating Millennium Centre, St. Francis Xavier University. — Truro: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the 437 Prince St, Truro Convention Center — Halifax: Thursday, Dec. 6, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in Suite 101, World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St. The province has created two documents, Consultation Paper: Nova Scotia’s Renewed Energy Strategy and A Background Paper to Guide Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Action Plan, to help inform public discussion. The first deals with broad energy policy and the second with climate change — especially action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The documents are online at www.gov.ns.ca/energy/energystrategy . The province will also accept written submissions on energy strategy and greenhouse-gas reduction until Dec. 19. Information gathered from the public-consultation sessions will be used to create the Energy Strategy and the Climate Action Plan, scheduled for release in the spring. Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has established a target to have one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.
New Delhi: HP Inc on Wednesday introduced three new series of laser printers in India, promising to deliver high print speeds compatable with easy mobile printing features including Wi-Fi Direct. While the starting price of HP’s Laser 108 Printer Series is Rs 10,960, the initial price of the Laser MFP 136 Series and Laser MFP 138fnw series is Rs 16,560. “The new series of HP Laser Printers can help businesses, especially small and medium businesses and startups, to drive efficient and economical printing operations without compromising on the quality,” said Leo Joseph, Senior Director, printing systems and solutions, HP Inc. India, said in a press statement. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The 108 single-function series, along with the multi-function 136 series and 138fnw, are designed to support mobile-first work spaces. Powered with Wi-Fi Direct, the printers are compatible with the HP Smart App, allowing users to print, scan and copy documents from their smartphones and share them via Cloud or email. The app could also connect and print documents when there is no network connection available. “With the introduction of the new range of HP Laser Printers, we are catering to the evolved needs of consumers with full-featured laser printing solutions suitable for modern workplaces,” said Manoj Kapoor, Country Category and Sales Head for consumer and SMB printing, HP India. The new series of HP’s laser printers are available for purchase across HP World Stores, retail outlets, IT retailers and e-tailers.
OTTAWA – FAMILIES, CHILDREN AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENTAccomplishedAlong with Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos helped develop the Canada Child Benefit and return the age of eligibility for old age security payments to 65. Duclos also successfully negotiated a child care deal with the provinces and territories.Working on itThe 2017 budget committed $11.2 billion towards affordable housing, but the majority of the money is not slated to appear until after 2022. Many of the details will be in the national housing strategy, which is coming sometime this fall. Duclos is also still consulting on the promised national poverty reduction strategy. The Liberals also committed to allowing people to begin maternity leave earlier or extend parental leave to 18 months — at a lower benefit rate — but have not yet introduced legislation to make the change. In 2016, Trudeau shifted responsibility for reforming the employment insurance regime to Duclos. That work continues.Not at all, or at least not yetThe mandate letter says the Infrastructure Bank would support the construction of new, affordable rental housing. The Infrastructure Bank is not yet up and running, but its mandate to attract private investment for projects that would create a profit suggests social housing would not be in the mix. Duclos was also asked to work with Morneau on modernizing the RRSP Home Buyers’ Plan so that Canadians affected by “sudden and significant” changes in their lives could buy a house without paying a tax penalty, but nothing has come of it yet.Will it matter?The Liberals ran on the promise to help out the middle class and many of the accompanying pledges fall within the mandate given to Duclos. The minister has achieved progress on some key areas, but some of the major programs promised to those who are “working hard to join” the middle class, as the Liberals say, are still on the horizon. It remains to be seen whether those voters will feel as if they’ve been given what they need.
Advertisement A Superior Court of Ontario judge chastised JAZZ.FM91 on Friday morning, saying the not-for-profit Toronto radio station had been “playing games” to prevent a dissident shareholder group from lobbying members for changes in the organization’s board of directors.Justice Sean Dunphy directed the station to provide the e-mail addresses of its approximately 2,200 member-donors to Brian Hemming, a Toronto-investment relations consultant and founder of Save Jazz FM. The group was founded in the summer after an eruption of discontent among supporters.The station had provided Mr. Hemming with names and addresses of members, but refused to include e-mail addresses or phone numbers, citing privacy concerns. Mr. Hemming argued that the move disadvantaged his group in its dispute, noting the station’s board frequently lobbies its members through e-mails. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Justice Dunphy said the station’s defiant stand “was clearly adopted to frustrate the applicants and not – as suggested – out of concern to maintain privacy.” Still, he denied Mr. Hemming’s request for phone numbers, characterizing that method of contact as intrusive. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Rabat – The Moroccan Justice and Development Party (PJD) said in a statement, on Sunday, July 7, that the US peace plan, dubbed the “deal of the century,” is biased towards the ‘Zionist’ entity’s interests. The party added that the deal opposes the legal framework of the global community.The party further expressed its concern over the recent developments on the Palestinian issue, addressing the attempts of multiple international actors to promote the so-called deal of the century. The Party explained their rejection of the plan, saying, “the deal constitutes a clear threat to the historical and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and prejudices the legal status of Jerusalem.”The US Israeli-Palestine peace plan aimed at injecting $50 billion of investments in the form of grants and subsidized loans into Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon.In June 2019, a delegation from the Moroccan Ministry of Finance participated in the US-sponsored “Peace to Prosperity” conference held in Bahrain, which discussed the economic aspects of the proposed Israel-Palestine peace plan. Despite Morocco’s attendance at the Bahrain conference, the North African country’s government has stated that it remains staunchly in support of the “two-state solution” and is a crucial ally of the Palestinian people.Morocco has a strong record of solidarity with the Palestinian cause. Following the US decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018, King Mohammed VI addressed a letter to US President Donald Trump.Read also: Moroccans Protest Donald Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ in RabatThe letter stated that “the city of al Quds must remain a land of cohabitation and a symbol of coexistence and tolerance for all.”Thousands of Moroccans protested in Rabat in the weeks before the conference, calling on the government to boycott the event and expressing their support for the Palestinian people.Those who support the US-sponsored ‘Deal of the Century’ claim that it could mean the end of the decades of turmoil caused by the complex Israel-Palestine question.However, the plan has been widely criticized for forcing Palestine to agree to unfair land concessions to Israel, in return for utopic economic investments and development projects. Before the conference, Nabil Shaath, advisor to Palestinian State President Mahmoud Abbas, said, “We will inform Bahrain that we will not take part in such a conference.” said in May 2019 Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian State “We will not sell our country based on an economic project,” he added.So far, the unveiling of the White House peace plan has served only to render the peacemaking process even more fragile and intensify turbulence in the already volatile region. The Moroccan Independence Party Al Istiqlal also issued a statement in June 2019, prior to the conference, to warn against “the serious” ramifications of the US peace plan. The Party’s executive committee described the peace plan as another Sykes-Picot agreement, which would cause more division and strife across the Arab world.
23 September 2008The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed a decision by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to resolve the situation of thousands of stateless people living there, and voiced the hope that the Persian Gulf nation’s efforts will encourage other countries in the region to do the same. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are thousands of stateless people living in different parts of the Middle East. When state boundaries were established and the Gulf States were formed, some countries used tribal affiliations rather than borders to determine citizenship. As a result, thousands of people were left out and ended up without the nationality of any state. Without nationality, stateless people in are often unable to travel or gain access to the full range of public services, including education, that are available to citizens. Children of stateless people are also born stateless.“UNHCR is keen to see a positive outcome for this process,” the agency’s spokesperson, William Spindler, told reporters in Geneva.Earlier this month, the Ministry of Interior announced the launch of a two-month campaign for the registration of the country’s stateless population, who are referred to as the Bidoon. It has also established four registration centres in the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman, where applicants fill out forms explaining why they should be granted UAE nationality. These centres will continue to accept applications for registration until the end of October.“We are encouraged to see the high level of interest among the stateless population as shown by the number of application forms distributed in the first day of registration and the media awareness campaign carried by the government of the UAE to encourage registration,” said Mr. Spindler. Two years ago, efforts by the Government to tackle the issue resulted in the naturalization of a first group of close to 1,300 people stateless people.The agency has recommended additional steps to address statelessness and encourage a process that meets international standards. “We hope that a successful resolution of this issue in the UAE will encourage other countries in the region to follow suit in addressing the problem of statelessness,” Mr. Spindler stated.
A New Jersey man who police say was angry about a Facebook post has pleaded not guilty to fatally stabbing three people and knifing three others.Jeremy Arrington appeared in a Newark courtroom on Thursday.According to the Associated Press, authorities say 26-year-old Arrington might have been mad that one of the victims had shared a Facebook post from police naming him as a suspect in a shooting and sexual assault. A 23-year-old college student, an 8-year-old girl and her 11-year-old brother died in the attack. An adult and two other children escaped.Arrington has been charged with three counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, criminal restraint, unlawful possession of a handgun, unlawful possession of a knife, and possession of a handgun and a knife for an unlawful purpose.
Multiple credit applications within one year work to your detriment, notes Simon Prefontaine, a financial planner with Lafond Financial Services.For home hunters with checkered borrowing histories, he suggests going to a mortgage broker who will check their score only once, rather than making the rounds at individual banks.Car loans may be easier to get secure than mortgages, but both can come with hefty interest rates, Prefontaine warned.“If you’re getting a mortgage, then it’s pretty much yes or no. If it’s no, then you’re stuck with the B lenders with a higher interest rate,” he explained.“With the car loan industry, your credit score can actually go pretty low,” he said. Prefontaine explained that dealerships have higher interest rates because the risk is higher due to the possibility of default and to asset depreciation.Hannah stressed “living within your means.”“More often it’s individuals who are in such a hurry to get re-established and take on more credit who find themselves in trouble later on, because problems come up they didn’t expect,” he said.“Being patient pays off in the long term.” Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press files “I can’t overstate the value of managing your bank account properly,” Hannah said.Regular deposits into a savings account along with a chequing account that stays in the black will add to your credibility.Instalment loans or a secured credit card offer a gateway to credibility with a low barrier to entry. Secured credit cards work like regular ones, but require a security deposit equal to the credit limit, and work as a stepping stone to an unsecured credit card.Maintaining a low outstanding balance in relation to the borrowing cap on a credit card or line of credit will bolster your rating, Hannah said.“Any time you owe approximately 50 per cent or more of your credit limit, it starts to have a negative impact on your credit score. So pay down your credit,” he said.That’s why credit card owners should accept higher borrowing ceilings when offered — assuming they trust their self-restraint — he added. Other fast-track credit-building tactics include getting a loan with a co-signer or borrowing money and swiftly paying it.Punctual payments, whether on loans or cellphone bills, are a must, as payment history factors in to credit scores.Any time you owe approximately 50 per cent or more of your credit limit, it starts to have a negative impact on your credit score. So pay down your creditScott Hannah A credit score is more than just a number tucked away in some credit agency’s files. Poor credit can hinder car loans, mortgages and school options, ratchet up interest rates and push life goals out of reach.Experts recommend a number of steps to improve your credit score, whether you’re struggling with debt or you’re a new Canadian on the hunt for employment.In either case, step one is to check your credit report by contacting a credit bureau — either Equifax Canada or TransUnion Canada — identify any errors in your borrowing history and work to correct them, as they can drag down your score.If you’re dealing with out-of-control debt, step two is to evaluate your accounts and develop a repayment plan — especially collection items — possibly closing some credit accounts, says Jacqui Allard, who oversees personal financing products at the Royal Bank of Canada. Millennials are ditching credit cards, and it’s threatening the entire industry How not to destroy your credit score during the holidays Equifax hack teaches hard lesson on need to monitor credit scores “Outstanding debt payments are one of the biggest drivers of a poor credit score. If you’re able, pay your bills to bring your accounts up to date. If you can’t, speak with your creditors to let them know you want to pay your obligations and set up a repayment plan,” she said.“Pay down the debt with the highest interest rate first. Make at least the minimum payments on all of your cards or loans, but put the largest amount of available cash on your most expensive debt.”Paying a collection agency debt in full will remove the negative effect on your credit report in about three years. Settling with a credit agency for less than the amount owed will also put you in the clear, but will stain your report for its full six- or seven-year tracking period, according to Scott Hannah, chief executive of the Credit Counselling Society, based in the Vancouver area.For new Canadians, the first move is to open a Canadian bank account and start building credit history after speaking with an adviser free of cost.Scott Hannah, president and chief executive of the Vancouver-area-based Credit Counselling Society.
OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) attempts a pass during a game against Hawaii on Sept. 12. OSU won, 38-0. Credit: Muyao Shen / Asst. Photo EditorThe Ohio State offense — which at times was guided by two quarterbacks, redshirt junior Cardale Jones and redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett — looked completely different than the group that was in Blacksburg, Virginia, on Labor Day night. Despite the struggles, the Buckeyes soundily defeated Hawaii, 38-0. The Scarlet and Gray’s offense looked out of sync throughout the game, as the Buckeyes finished with 363 total yards — 209 fewer than they had against the Hokies.Jones started the game for the second straight week, and even though he engineered a touchdown drive on their second possession, his performance — along with the entire offensive unit — was still shaky early on.Jones mishandled a snap on two of the Buckeyes first three drives. The offensive line also had two critical penalties in those drives, one of which negated a 20-yard completion from Jones to redshirt senior wide receiver Corey Smith.“I think the play of the offense was below average. And that’s a reflection of me,” Jones said.It looked like the unit was starting to turn the corner on their fourth drive after a 24-yard completion from Jones to redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall got the Buckeyes into Hawaii territory, but a false start penalty followed by a sack of Jones for a loss of 11 yards killed that momentum.That stalled drive prompted coach Urban Meyer to make a switch at the quarterback position.“The way my mindset is: ‘Who is going to help us right at that moment?’” Meyer said after the game when asked for insight on the decision to bench Jones.Barrett looked strong out of the gate, leading the Buckeyes on a nine-play, 35-yard drive for a score. But after that, it was downhill for the Wichita Falls, Texas, native.He struggled with his accuracy and decision making on the ensuing two possessions.Barrett entered the locker room at halftime just 5-of-12 for 41 yards.When the Scarlet and Gray took the field in the second half, Jones was handed back the reins to the offense.He remained the Buckeyes’ quarterback until the game was out of reach, then Barrett and redshirt freshman Stephen Collier took over the duties. None of the quarterbacks had a passing touchdown, which ended OSU’s 24-game streak with a score through the air.Although OSU pulled away in the second half, the scoreboard did not mean the team was happy with its offensive output.“I know we won but our defense shut them out. Thank God for our defense today. It’s probably best we hit this pothole early in the season,” Jones said. “It was a reality check for not just me but for the whole offense. We’re not where we thought we were.”The OSU defense had a strong showing, as they intercepted redshirt senior Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek twice. Junior safety Vonn Bell also returned a Rainbow Warrior fumble for a touchdown.Sophomore cornerback Gareon Conley, who had the first of the two OSU interceptions, said that although the defense does not feel pressure to pick up the offense when it struggles, they are aware that their performance can help.“I don’t feel pressure, I just know that we can do stuff to lift up the offense,” Conley said. “When we go out there and make plays, we know the offense feeds off that, so it’s just a team thing. We feed off each other.”OSU is set to look to improve its offensive output when it hosts Northern Illinois on Sept. 19. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes line up on the line of scrimmage during the 2019 Spring Game on April 13. Gray beat Scarlet 35-17. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe future of the Ohio State offensive line was at the Spring Game. But it was not on the field. Jonah Jackson, a graduate transfer from Rutgers, who will not join the Buckeyes officially until fall camp, was on the sideline during the game as was five-star center Harry Miller. But they could not help head coach Ryan Day’s offense immediately. Day had only 11 offensive linemen available for the Spring Game, forcing him to shorten the quarters and have a running clock in the second half, protecting the health of an already depleted room. On top of not being 100 percent in terms of what the room would look like in the fall during spring practice, Day already had the offensive line as one of his main worries heading into his first spring as head coach. And after the Spring Game, that did not change. “At the offensive line, we have four guys to replace there,” Day said. “They’re probably the least experienced.” But to redshirt sophomore guard Wyatt Davis, spring practice was not a time to wait for those members of the line who were not there yet or not healthy, like junior tackle Thayer Munford. It was a time to see which of the young players could emerge. “All the guys that came in early, they have really stepped, I mean all the young guys, they really have been stepping up,” Davis said. “They have been developing better every week and I’m excited to see what they are going to do this fall camp.” In the Spring Game, the Ohio State offensive line showed off its ability to block, especially in the running game. Ball carriers averaged 5.1 yards per carry Saturday, scoring four total touchdowns, including two by redshirt freshman running back Master Teague and one on a read option by sophomore quarterback Justin Fields. But the spring was also a time for personal growth. Spending the majority of his time at right guard, Davis has been viewed as one of the secure starters on the line from the start of practice. However, he does not view it in that way. “Nothing’s for sure as far as the offensive line goes until that first game,” Davis said. “I just been trying to prove that I can play that spot and just trying to get better each day.” In the middle, redshirt sophomore center Josh Myers said that the Spring Game was the end of his goal, saying he wanted to focus on his personal development, getting a lot of reps and staying healthy, all of which he accomplished. While waiting for depth, Ohio State saw the emergence of a young player that may have the opportunity for increased playing time come fall: redshirt freshman tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere. Starting at right tackle in the Spring Game, facing what many on the offensive line consider to be some of the best defensive ends in the country, Petit-Frere continued to show consistency, showing what he had shown in multiple practices before. Davis also highlighted the play of redshirt freshman Matthew Jones and freshman Ryan Jacoby on the line, saying both had made strides in the right direction during the spring. Myers said he feels as though the offensive line, with the pieces they have, has made progress from spring to the end of the Spring Game. “I think there were a lot of question marks at the beginning of the spring, a lot of guys that had to prove themselves,” Myers said. “I think, for the most part, the guys stepped up to the plate and accepted the challenge and had a good spring.” But there remains questions to be answered, such as how much playing time will be allotted to the members of the line.Once Jackson, Miller, four-star tackle Enokk Vimahi and three-star tackle Dawand Jones arrive and Munford gets healthy, Ohio State will have a better idea of what the line will look like. That is the day Myers looks forward to. “I like that it’s a new group and we are going to have to find cohesiveness and get better,” Myers said.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) is urging the Senate to quickly approve President Donald Trump’s nomination of Gregg Doud, president of the Commodity Markets Council, to be the chief agricultural negotiator under the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).In a letter sent to each Senate office late last week, ASA and several other ag organizations through the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, reiterated the important role USTR plays in developing U.S. international trade policy and leading trade negotiations.“Trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), have in large part been a success for U.S. farmers, ranchers and food processors,” the groups state in the letter. “As the Administration and Congress work together to identify constructive opportunities to strengthen U.S. competitiveness in the global market, such as modernizing NAFTA, it will remain critical to preserve what has worked well by building forward from the base of existing market access and tariff provisions. Therefore, it is imperative that we have a Chief Agriculture Negotiator in place immediately to ensure these efforts build off the success from the gains that have been achieved under agreements like NAFTA.”Doud’s background includes experience as senior aide to the Senate Agriculture Committee, chief economist for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association, and international trade analyst for ASA.“To ensure U.S. trade policy works in the best interests of U.S. food and agriculture producers, we believe it is of utmost importance to confirm Mr. Doud as our next Chief Agriculture Negotiator as soon as possible,” the letter states. “We look forward to working with Mr. Doud on efforts to develop and implement a U.S. trade policy that continues to promote America’s food and agriculture producers and exporters.”Click here to read the entire letter.
(WSVN) – Costco is raising its minimum wage and giving raises to all hourly workers beginning next week.The wholesale giant is increasing its pay to $14 per hour, nearly double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.The change will be effective starting June 11, and will boost wages for 130,000 employees.Company executives said last year’s tax overhaul means they can use some of the savings to pass on to its workers.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
News Email Tim McGraw’s “Humble And Kind” In Spanish tim-mcgraw-releases-humble-and-kind-spanish GRAMMY-winning inger/songwriter lifts the universal message of his country hit by giving it a translation Philip MerrillGRAMMYs May 24, 2018 – 12:08 pm At the 59th GRAMMY Awards, “Humble And Kind,” a track from Tim McGraw’s Damn Country Music, won songwriter Lori McKenna the GRAMMY for Best Country Song. To extend the song’s global appeal, on May 24 McGraw released a Spanish version of the hit.Translated by Latin GRAMMY-winning songwriter Claudia Brant, the new version of the track is titled “Nunca Te Olvides De Amar” — “Never Forget To Love.””In songwriting, language has to rhyme and fit into the phrasing of the melody, so the song doesn’t translate exactly word for word,” McGraw told Billboard. “But Claudia Brant did an incredible job.”The accompanying video echoes the same universal themes as the song. Directed by Wes Edwards, the clip features scenes from the Oprah Winfrey documentary Belief, which follows people of different cultures and belief systems as they search for common meaning in the world.”I’ve said repeatedly that ‘Humble And Kind’ has a universal message, so singing the song in Spanish, for me, is a way to really stand up to that statement,” McGraw said. “My Spanish may not be perfect, my accent may not be perfect, but if I can reach out and touch someone in a language that’s not my own — that’s a good enough reason to try.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twitter Tim McGraw Releases “Humble And Kind” In Spanish Facebook
New Delhi: After Pakistan in its letter to the UN specifically quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying that “people are dying” in Kashmir, a visibly embarrassed Congress changed tack and instead of attacking the government, fiercely attacked Pakistan as the instigator of violence in the Valley, stressing that Kashmir is India’s internal issue. Gandhi, who is in his Wayanad parliamentary constituency, said in a series of tweets: “I disagree with this government on many issues. But let me make this absolutely clear: Kashmir is India’s internal issue and there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “There is violence in Jammu and Kashmir. There is violence because it is instigated and supported by Pakistan, which is known to be the prime supporter of terrorism across the world.” Pakistan, in its letter to the UN General Assembly, said that “Rahul Gandhi has noted ‘people are dying’ in Jammu and Kashmir, in light of events ‘going very wrong there’.” Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us The letter has been doing the rounds on social media, and Pakistan has taken care to mention the name of Gandhi in it more than once to buttress its claim of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir following the lockdown and the revocation of its special status. Gandhi’s name being openly bandied by Pakistan in support of its stand on Kashmir is likely to harm his image and that of the Congress party. Advertise With Us Gandhi had tried to lead an opposition delegation to Srinagar on Saturday, but was turned back. He has been locked in a war of words with J&K Governor Satyapal Malik, who has refused to allow him into the Valley, saying that it would upset the move towards normalcy that the administration is striving to bring about. Gandhi has been maintaining that if the government claims things are returning to normalcy, then he and other opposition leaders should be allowed to see it for themselves. Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who is against demonising Prime Minister Narendra Modi on every issue, also joined Gandhi and said that the Congress had insisted all along that Kashmir was an integral part of India and the party was only opposed to the manner in which Article 370 was abrogated. He also asked Pakistan not to draw any comfort from the Congress’ stand. “Spot on, Chief! This is what Congress has insisted all along: J&K is an integral part of India; we opposed the manner in which Article 370 was abrogated because the way it was done assaulted our Constitution and democratic values. No reason for Pakistan to draw any comfort from our stand,” Tharoor tweeted. Before Gandhi, several senior party leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia, Janaradan Dwivedi, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, his son Deepender Hooda, UP MLA Aditi Singh, Milind Deora, Anil Shastri and others have spoken in favour of the government’s decision to revoke Article 370. The Congress also slammed Pakistan for its “diabolical deception” over Kashmir, saying Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and will remain an integral part of India. Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a statement that the party had noticed reports about the Pakistani government having allegedly moved a petition on Jammu and Kashmir at the United Nations that included the name of its former President. “Rahul Gandhi has been dragged to justify the pack of lies and deliberate misinformation being spread by Pakistan. Let no one in the world be in doubt that Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and shall always remain an integral part of India. No amount of diabolical deception by Pakistan shall change this irrevocable truth,” he said. Instead, he added, Pakistan should answer to the world about the unpardonable and inhumane violations of human rights in PoK-Gilgit-Hunza-Baltistan. “Pakistan also owes an explanation for the designed persecution of over 70 million Mohajirs and the killing of over 25,000 by Pakistani forces,” he said. The Congress leader said that human rights violations in Balochistan have never been answered. “The entire world witnessed the horrific murder of 128 innocents on July 13, 2018 during an election rally by the Balochistan Awami Movement. The gross abuse of human rights of Pashtun people in the tribal regions by the Pakistan Army as also the systematic persecution and prosecution of the Ahmadiyya religious community is yet to be answered by Pakistan,” Surjewala said. He urged Pakistan to answer these issues, both internally to its people as also to the international community, “instead of raising the fake Kashmir bogey”. “Let the world be reminded again that almost every terrorist organisation thrives in Pakistan under political and military patronage — be it Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Hizbul Mujahedeen, Al-Qaeda or Taliban and its multiple offshoots.” On Monday, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi met the President of UN General Assembly (UNGA) Maria Fernanda Espinosa in New York and briefed her on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. After the meeting, Lodhi had said that she briefed Espinosa about “the grave situation in Kashmir where the continuing curfew and lockdown is exacerbating the sufferings of the people. UN should live up to its obligations on Kashmir.”
A motorcyclist was killed following a head on collision with a truck at Uthali Bazar area in Jibannagar upazila on Thursday evening.The deceased was identified as Younus Sheikh, 45, son of late Ramjan Sheikh, a resident of Chandabas area in Damurhuda upazila of the district. He was in-charge inspector of Jibannagar Family Planning office.Witnesses said, the accident took place while Younus was going to Damurhuda, a truck coming from the opposite direction collided with his bike head on, leaving him injured.Later, locals took him to Chuadanga Sadar Hospital where physicians declared him dead.
Nintendo celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Metroid series in a weird way- by not even mentioning it. For a company so steeped in nostalgia it was a bizarre move, to say the least. Fortunately, the fan community was more than ready to step in, including Project AM2R: a full-color remake of the classic Metroid II: Return of Samus.Hopefully many of you already know this, but Metroid II for the original Game Boy is the most underrated game in the entire series. Sure, everyone (rightfully) loves Super Metroid and Metroid Prime, and tons of gamers cut their teeth on the original, but the Game Boy-only sequel managed to actually make you feel like a bounty hunter. It sees you exploring an alien world trying to tag all different kinds of Metroid bounties with the aid of new weapons, armor, and abilities, and was superior to the original in almost every way (greyscale graphics or not).The tiny screen and graphics are really the only things holding people back from really truly enjoying it this day, and that seems to be the reason for the creation of this remake. For over eight years a team worked on AM2R, fixing Metroid II: Return of Samus up in beautiful 16-bit graphics in the style of Metroid: Zero Mission (for the Game Boy Advance), as well as a new original soundtrack. They timed the release for the 30th Anniversary of the series on August 6 and planned for future updates to the game to keep improving it as well.But as we all know, the rights of fan remakes are often dodgy, and Nintendo has filed a DMCA takedown notice on the website hosting the game.Why Nintendo did that is fairly obvious, as they still sell a 3DS Virtual Console version of Metroid II. They couldn’t even be bothered to gift the series’ fans with a sale of some sort, which really would have been the easiest thing to do to celebrate this milestone. (Yes, we do have Metroid Prime: Federation Force, the weird multiplayer title without Samus that’s coming out later this month, but c’mon.)Even with the website gone, gamers that still want to check out the remake can find it as it was made available via a torrent file. Good luck to Nintendo in scrubbing that from the internet. We’ll see if they decide to take further legal actions against the team, or what updates AM2R has in the future. Follow @AM2Rgame for more info on the project.
Related posts:Crisis at the border: Costa Rica weighs its options after Nicaragua violently turns back Cuban migrants Costa Rica considers flights for Cuban migrants as options shrink Cuban migrants with children to be among first out in Costa Rica airlift Panama to send 3,800 US-bound Cubans to Mexico A week after President Luis Guillermo Solís saw offone of the last flights of the airlift that carried thousands of stranded Cuban migrants to the U.S. border, hundreds more Cubans are amassing again at Costa Rica’s southern border with Panama.Still, Solís said Thursday that Costa Rica had “accomplished” its four-month humanitarian mission caring for the Cubans migrants and that the country would not receive more migrants. The president addressed potential arrivals at a news conference, saying, “We’re not going to be able to attend to you as we would like and as they deserve.”The president said that if migrants enter Costa Rica illegally they will be deported. Cubans are part of a small group of nationalities that require restricted visas to enter Costa Rica.The president placed unequivocal blame for the continuing migrant crisis on the U.S. Cuban Adjustment Act.Recommended: ‘Dusty-foot’ Cubans forgo rafts, choose land route through Costa Rica“Cuban immigration will continue because it’s a structural phenomenon,” Solís said, “until the government of the United States puts an end to the laws that attract this migration. There’s a responsibility to call attention to these laws. …“Until these laws change we will continue to see this situation that, from a humanitarian point of view, creates so much pain and risk for these thousands of Cuban migrants,” he said.As migrants continue to build up where the crisis started last November, Barack Obama is set to be the first U.S. president to travel to Cuba in 88 years on March 20.Solís asked police to increase their presence in the Southern Zone and called for the International Organization for Migration to hold a regional meeting of foreign ministers and immigration administrators in the coming weeks to address this new wave of Cuban migrants.Costa Rica granted more than 7,800 Cuban migrants temporary transit visas between Nov. 1 and Dec. 18, 2015. A conflict between Costa Rica and Nicaragua closed the northern border to Cubans migrants, leaving them stranded here. Eventually a plan was reached to fly out 4,800 of the migrants. The remaining thousands left the country through their own means, including smugglers.Solís said that the government was following the situation and was “heartbroken” by the continued migration flow. He added: “We know what the cost is of these movements.”Recommended: Reforms by Castro, Obama set stage for Cuban migration spike Facebook Comments
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