The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday sent a notice to the Gujarat government over the beating to death of a Dalit ragpicker in Rajkot district on May 20. Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report, the NHRC issued a notice to the Chief Secretary asking for a detailed report on the incident as well as on the steps taken to provide relief for the affected. A 40-year-old Dalit ragpicker was allegedly beaten to death in Shapar village over the issue of picking up scrap materials. The victim, his wife and an acquaintance were picking up rags near a factory when five unidentified people from the factory got into an argument and beat the three. After the attack, the two women left, while the man was held. When the women returned with some people, they found the man on the ground. They took him to a hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. A case of murder has been registered. The NHRC observed that the media report, if true, raised serious issues of violation of the human rights of the victims.
Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina said Pune Supergiants captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be quite popular among the fans at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, where the two debutant teams will meet today in Match 6 of the Indian Premier League 2016. .”Dhoni is a cricketer, who gets support from every corner of the country but we too have some cricketers, who are popular in India and in Gujarat” he said.Asked about local boy, Raina said that Jadeja had given the team some useful tips regarding the ground and pitch condition.Ravindra Jadeja, who will be playing for his home side today impressed in Gujarat’s five-wicket win against KingsXI Punjab on Monday..Raina also said that his side was confident of playing positive cricket against Dhoni’s side today.Raina was part of the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, now a suspended IPL franchise, for eight years and it will be for the first time that he will play against his ex-captain.”We (Gujarat Lions) have started new season with a new team on a positive note after winning the first game. And we will play positive cricket against the opposition in tomorrow’s game,” Raina told reporters at the pre-match conference on Wednesday.”Gujarat Lions is a team from Gujarat and we all are excited about the crowd support for us,” he said.(With PTI inputs)
New York, Apr 19 (PTI) Drinking beetroot juice supplement before working out makes the brain of older adults perform more efficiently, mirroring the functions of a younger brain, a new study claims.Researchers from Wake Forest University in the US studied about 26 men and women aged 55 and older who did not exercise, had high blood pressure and took no more than two medications for high blood pressure.The participants drank a beetroot juice supplement called Beet-It Sport Shot, three times a week for six weeks, one hour before a moderately intense, 50-minute walk on a treadmill.Half the participants received Beet-It containing 560 milligrammes of nitrate, the others received a placebo Beet-It with very little nitrate.When you exercise, the brains somatomotor cortex, which processes information from the muscles, sorts out the cues coming in from the body. Exercise should strengthen the somatomotor cortex, researchers said.So, combining beetroot juice with exercise delivers even more oxygen to the brain and creates an excellent environment for strengthening the somatomotor cortex.Post-exercise analysis showed that, although the study groups had similar levels of nitrate and nitrite in the blood before drinking the juice, the beetroot juice group had much higher levels of nitrate and nitrite than the placebo group after exercise, researchers said.Beets contain a high level of dietary nitrate, which is converted to nitrite and then nitric oxide (NO) when consumed.Nitric oxide increases blood flow in the body, and multiple studies have shown it can improve exercise performance in people of various ages, researchers said.advertisement”Nitric oxide is a really powerful molecule. It goes to the areas of the body which are hypoxic, or needing oxygen, and the brain is a heavy feeder of oxygen in your body,” said W Jack Rejeski of Wake Forest University.”We knew, going in, that a number of studies had shown that exercise has positive effects on the brain. But what we showed in this brief training study of hypertensive older adults was that, as compared to exercise alone, adding a beet root juice supplement to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what you see in younger adults,” Rejeski said.The study was published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. PTI APA SAR SAR
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WASHINGTON — Matt Harvey was dynamic in his return from Tommy John surgery, outpitching Stephen Strasburg with six scoreless innings, regularly reaching 97 mph and striking out nine to lead the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 6-3 Thursday.One of the game’s most electrifying young pitchers, the 26-year-old Harvey hadn’t appeared in a regular-season game since Aug. 24, 2013, nearly 20 months ago; he had the ligament-replacement operation on his right elbow that October. For stretches against Washington, it was as if Harvey never left.The righty powered fastballs by hitters — he struck out Bryce Harper three times swinging at high heat — and mixed in sharp breaking balls in the low 80s. Harvey (1-0) gave up four hits and one walk, throwing 63 of 91 pitches for strikes.A commanding performance, indeed. Commanding presence, too: In the dugout, the knobs of Harvey’s bats were labeled with his nickname in all caps: “DARK KNIGHT.”Harvey got to face a Nationals lineup missing three everyday players who are on the disabled list (Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon, Denard Span). The reigning NL East champs scored a total of six runs while losing two of three games to New York.All in all, Thursday’s much-anticipated matchup between Strasburg (0-1) and Harvey wound up one-sided. Strasburg had the increasingly common Tommy John procedure in 2010, then was famously shut down before the playoffs in 2012, his first full season back. Last year, Strasburg tied for the NL lead in strikeouts.On Thursday, he allowed six runs — three earned — and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. TheMets batted around in the third to score four runs, three of which were unearned because of shortstop Ian Desmond’s third error of the season. Strasburg left after giving up David Wright’s two-run single in the sixth.A little more than two hours before Thursday’s game began with the temperature at 47 degrees and gray clouds overhead, Harvey pierced the silence of the visitors’ clubhouse at Nationals Park with the strains of Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle” via a portable stereo.Once he was on the mound, Harvey looked to be very much the same pitcher that theMets said is one of only two in the last 100 years to have allowed one or fewer runs in 19 of his first 36 starts. The other? Former Mets ace Dwight Gooden.According to manager Terry Collins, Harvey was on a “soft” pitch count Thursday of about 90 — four relievers combined for the final three innings — and the Mets have said all along they expect to try to hold him to about 200 innings this season.“We’re excited that he’s back out there,” Collins said. “We’re extremely excited that this is the start, hopefully, of a healthy, long, 190-inning season.”TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: 3B Rendon (sprained left knee) has started working on side-to-side movement. “It’s not like we’re looking at six weeks from now, necessarily,” manager Matt Williams said. “It can turn quickly if he feels good about it.” … Two other players on the DL, CF Span (core muscle surgery) and RHP Casey Janssen (right rotator cuff), were scheduled to return to Florida on Thursday. Span will play in simulated games; Janssen will start a throwing program.UP NEXTMets: Season-opening road trip continues Friday at Atlanta, where New York LHP Jonathan Niese will start against Braves LHP Eric Stults. Niese has had trouble against Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons (.333 in 18 ABs) and Freddie Freeman (.270, 2 HRs, 2 2Bs, 7 RBIs in 37 ABs).Nationals: The Nationals planned to take a bus ride up to Philadelphia, where a three-game series begins Friday. LHP Gio Gonzalez starts the opener against Phillies RHP Jerome Williams. Gonzalez has an unusual streak going: He homered in his first game each of the last two seasons.HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrichTweetPinShare0 Shares
Watford chief Duxbury admits Gracia sacking was harshby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford chief Scott Duxbury admits Javi Gracia’s sacking was harsh.But added that it was a necessary decision for the club’s future.”There’s no doubt it’s harsh from a human and personal perspective,” he said.”I get that. But I’ve got to make a professional decision and what I think is best for the football club is not perhaps what the media and pundits think is best.”Unlike the media and the pundits, I’m here and at the training ground every day, I see what’s working and I see what’s not working and am able to make an informed decision.”I don’t believe waiting and hoping for results to improve will work and that I need to make a change. It would be wrong of me to wait just because it looks better.”I’ve got to be decisive and I’ve got to make that change. Can it look harsh? Yes. But is it a decision made in the best interests of the football club? Absolutely.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Nova Scotia 15-year-olds have performed above the international average in science, mathematics and reading in a respected international student assessment. The 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) measured student achievement in 57 countries, including Canada and each of the provinces. “Our students have again demonstrated that on the world stage we are among the best,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “The job ahead is to do even better. We need to do more to help our students excel.” Nova Scotia’s best showing was in science, placing 18th in the world out of the 67 jurisdictions assessed. When taking account of the range of results for each jurisdiction, there was statistically very little difference between Nova Scotia students and students in other parts of the country. Only four countries and three provinces — Alberta, B.C. and Ontario — significantly outperformed Nova Scotia in science. That performance was mirrored in reading and mathematics with Nova Scotia students ranking above average internationally, but below the Canadian average. Thirteen countries and five provinces significantly outperformed Nova Scotia in mathematics, while just five countries and three provinces surpassed Nova Scotia in reading. As a country, Canada placed third in science, behind Finland and Hong Kong. The strongest performing provinces were Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, which scored above the Canadian average. Canadian students were fourth in reading and seventh in mathematics. Among Nova Scotia results, the study found girls significantly outperformed boys in reading, while boys performed significantly better than girls in mathematics. There was no significant difference between boys and girls in science. The study also found Nova Scotia’s French-language schools performed significantly below English-language schools in both reading and science, consistent with other minority-language schools across the country. “This is a concern,” said Ms. Casey. “We will take steps to identify the issues behind these results and take measures to improve performance in these areas.” The PISA results come on the heels of the Programme for International Reading Study (PIRLS) released last week, which scored Grade 4 Nova Scotia students significantly above the world average in reading. The PISA study was administered to 2,441 students at 86 schools in April and May of 2006. The study, conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, can be viewed at http://www.pisa.gc.ca/ .
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – An offshore oil worker fired for unauthorized drug use is getting his job back after Newfoundland and Labrador’s highest court reviewed his employer’s investigation of a “significant” incident involving helicopter safety.The court was told drug tests were ordered in January 2015 for eight Hibernia platform employees after a series of mistakes were spotted in manifests used to track luggage loaded on the helicopters that carry workers to and from the platform — about 300 kilometres southeast of St. John’s.A helicopter loading officer was fired after he tested positive for benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that includes tranquilizers like Valium.All parties involved in the case, including the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, agreed the errors constituted a “significant incident,” the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal said in a decision released Friday.However, a panel of three appeal court judges unanimously agreed with an arbitration board’s 2016 decision to reinstate the unionized employee because his employer, the Hibernia Platform Employers’ Organization, ordered the drug and alcohol tests without seeking an explanation for what happened.“There was not sufficient information to establish a possible link between substance use by the (employee) and the cause of the incident,” the board said in its ruling. “It was not appropriate to order the test in the exercise of managerial discretion.”The judges also agreed with the board’s conclusion that there were reasonable explanations for the errors.“The other explanations included the actions of the passenger who misplaced his bag at the top of the emergency stairwell, and the fact that procedures designed to improve loading operations and eliminate manifest discrepancies, such as the new check list, were not operational on January 13, 2015,” the board said.“The board concludes that the alcohol and drug test … was ordered without consideration of the explanation that errors in process had not been corrected, without an explanation from the (employee), and without sufficient reason to link the (employee’s) actions to the incident.”The three judges also agreed with a Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court judge, who dismissed the employer’s request for a judicial review, saying it would not have caused a significant delay for the employer to question the eight-member heli-deck crew.The employer had argued that the board’s decision was unreasonable because it interfered with management’s right to order drug testing under the collective agreement.An investigation was ordered after it was discovered that a manifest, dated Jan. 13, 2015, included an entry for an 11-kilogram bag that wasn’t placed on the helicopter.Errors in the manifests were detected during a five-week period that started in late 2014. The heli-deck crew handling the baggage included the loading officer, six deck hands and one non-unionized supervisor.The board found the platform services supervisor did not obtain a statement from the employee before the supervisor reported to the offshore installation manager. As well, the manager did not speak to any member of the heli-deck crew before ordering the tests.As well, the board found the offshore installation manager was wrong when he assumed that a new check list procedure was in place.—By Michael MacDonald in Halifax
The Friars Club will present its highest honor – the Entertainment Icon Award – to Robert De Niro, and its Icon Award for Philanthropy to Carlos Slim at the annual Friars Foundation Gala.The Entertainment Icon Award pays tribute to individuals whose accomplishments transcend the entertainment industry by positively redefining the very culture we live in. De Niro will join Hollywood legends Tom Cruise, Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra as the fifth Entertainment Icon Award recipient since the Friars launched in 1904.Slim is the premier recipient of the Icon Award for Philanthropy, which pays tribute to Slim’s philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors and serves to applaud his work to stimulate education, advance health care and strengthen small businesses in Latin American countries and around the world.Expected to attend the event are 50 Cent, Richard Belzer, Tony Bennett, David Blaine, Orlando Bloom, Blythe Danner, Kit Harrington, Kevin Hart, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, Harvey Keitel, Larry King, Art Linson, Penny Marshall, Joel McHale, Kathrine Narducci, Edward Norton, Édgar Ramírez, Jane Rosenthal, David O. Russell, Arturo Sandoval, Ben Stiller, Sting, Sharon Stone, Kenan Thompson, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Harvey Weinstein, Stevie Wonder and more.WHEN: Tuesday, October 7WHERE: Waldorf Astoria301 Park Avenue New York, NY 10022The Friars Club was founded in 1904 as a meeting place for entertainers and over the years has achieved legendary status. Its membership includes the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, Brian Williams, Barbra Streisand, Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Cruise, Les Moonves, Whitney Cummings and Samuel L. Jackson. The Friars Club “Monastery” is headquartered in Midtown Manhattan in a classic townhouse and is a haven for entertainers young and old.The Friars Foundation was established in 1977 as the charitable arm of the legendary Friars Club. The mission of the Foundation is to help performing arts groups create superior, innovative and affordable programs for the enrichment, education and enjoyment of diverse audiences and participants. The Foundation also helps prepare the next generation of performers and musical artists through scholarship programs for students studying the performing arts. In addition, it has created the Gift of Laughter Wounded Warriors Program, which enables the Foundation to bring laughter and comedy to members of the armed forces injured during service.
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Conservative government justifies its decision to no longer fund the research project responsible for raising hundreds of murdered and missing Aboriginal women cases out of the shadows by saying it is now time for “action,” in a letter signed by two cabinet ministers and released to APTN National News.The government lays out the reasoning for its decision to cut funding to Sisters in Spirit, the landmark research project that detailed hundreds of missing and murdered cases, in the letter which is addressed to Jeanette Corbiere-Lavell, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).NWAC could not be immediately reached for comment.NWAC has criticized the government for cutting its Sisters in Spirit project out of the recently announced $10 million strategy to deal with murdered and missing Aboriginal women cases.NWAC has said the Oct. 29 announcement had little to do specifically with Aboriginal women and gave the bulk of the money to the RCMP to set up a branch to investigate all missing persons cases. NWAC also said it was never consulted on the content of the announcement.The government says that while Sisters in Spirit was successful, it was time to move on to a more concrete focus.“The Sisters in Spirit research and awareness project has accomplished much of what it was intended to do. It is time to move to action, by taking the research and implementing it on the streets,” said the letter, dated Nov. 24 and signed by Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose. “We would also like to reassure you that the ability of NWAC to continue to use the Sisters in Spirit name or to conduct further research using other funding sources is not in doubt.”According to sources, NWAC was told it could no longer use the Sisters in Spirit name or continue research on its vaunted database of missing and murdered cases in any project that uses government money.The letter states that NWAC is currently receiving $500,000 for an eight-month project called Evidence to Action.APTN National News has learned that the original name for the project was Sisters in Spirit, Evidence to Action, but Status of Women officials forced NWAC to cut out the name Sisters in Spirit.The letter states that Status of Women Canada is also poised to fund NWAC for a three-year project called Evidence to Action II.The government also expressed “great concern” with NWAC’s criticism of the $10 million strategy and uses Corbiere-Lavell’s words against her.“These criticisms have been more disconcerting as we spoke to you prior to the announcement to explain details…We recall your words at this time being ‘this is a long time coming, but worth the wait,’” said the letter.The letter also expressed concerns about “inaccurate media reports” about the government’s announcement.“The comments are troubling in that the information does not reflect the facts about our new initiatives,” said the letter.The letter said the goal of the strategy is a “multi-tiered approach to provide new tools for law enforcement, improve the justice system, enhance victim’s services, and introduce community programs to help prevent these troubling acts and bring those responsible to justice.”Aside from the $4 million going to the RCMP, which “will clearly not just be specific to women or Aboriginal women,” the government is also funding school and community violence prevention projects, a Western provinces victim’s fund, community safety plans, awareness materials and a compendium of “best practices,” the letter said.As part of its strategy, the government also plans to introduce new amendments to the criminal code to make it easier for police to execute warrantless wiretaps in emergency situations and to obtain multiple warrants on a single application to a judge.Sisters in Spirit recieved a five-year, $5 million funding committment from the Liberal government which ran out the last fiscal year.
APTN National NewsA senior member of the Assembly of First Nations Youth Council has quit.Jarita Greyeyes says she can’t accept the way her colleagues are doing business.She’s now calling for changes.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo explains.
APTN NewsA new mural is going up on a well-known building in Winnipeg’s west end.The piece, led by Metis artist Kenneth Lavallee, is honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.APTN’s Brittany Hobson finds out it’s also about reclaiming space in the city’s urban firstname.lastname@example.org
Companies in this story: (TSX:G)The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp. and Goldcorp Inc. of Vancouver have agreed to combine their gold companies in a deal worth about US$10 billion.The companies announced today that Newmont will exchange 0.328 of a share and two cents for each of Goldcorp’s outstanding common shares.The deal has the unanimous support of the directors of both companies but requires regulatory approvals in several countries.The combined company would be called Newmont Goldcorp and be owned 65 per cent by current Newmont shareholders and 35 per cent by Goldcorp shareholders Newmont CEO Gary Goldberg says the company expects to generate up to US$100 million in annualized “synergies” before tax and operate in the Americas, Australia and Ghana.Newmont Goldcorp will also divest between US$1 billion and $1.5 billion of assets over two years to optimize gold production of six to seven million ounces annually.Goldcorp President and CEO David Garofalo says Newmont Goldcorp will be one of Canada’s largest gold producers, with a North American regional office in Vancouver that will oversee more than three million ounces of gold production — about half of the combined company’s projected output.
By Alexandra Krauska,Rabat – Morocco’s head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane, stated in an oral session with the chamber of advisers (upper house of parliament) on Tuesday that each student costs the government MAD 6,000 per year.The purpose of the meeting was for Benkirane to give his perspective on general governmental policies, one section devoted to education and professional development reform. Benkirane acknowledged that there are many problems with Moroccan education, but remains hopeful about education reforms, according to Telquel. He was a part of the 1999 education reform that produced the National Charter for Education and Training.According to Benkirane, the commission was unsuccessful because it “was not placed in suitable circumstances for its conclusions to be implemented and it has only been in practice partially.”“Today, our children and our country are invited to compete at a national level,” continued Benkirane, discussing the challenges that face Moroccan education now. “We will crumble face a crazy competition that no longer cares about the people, nor identities, or anything.”The total education budget is MAD 31 million. MAd 45.4 million was spent between 2008 and 2016.“Each student costs us more than MAD 6,000 per year; sometimes more expensive in certain private schools,” stated Benkirane. “The problem is not a lack of resources. The problem is a lack of governance.”
By Abdessamd El BazRabat – Michel Platini, former President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), was arrested on Tuesday, June 18 for alleged corruption in connection with the 2022 Qatar World Cup . The ex-captain of the French football team had been serving a 4-year ban from all football-related activities after receiving a $2 million payment from International Federation of Association Football (FIFA). The investigation, which led to Platinis arrest, was opened in 2016. The former UEFA president was investigated on criminal charges relating to “private corruption,” “criminal conspiracy,” “influence peddling and trading in influence” over 2022 Qatar World Cup, according to the French newspaper Le Monde. Investigators are particularly interested “in the lunch organized on 23 November 2010 at the Elysee, in the presence of Nicolas Sarkozy, Michel Platini, the current Emir of Qatar, Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, Sheikh Hamad Ben Jassem, then Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Emirate,” reported Le Monde. Sepp Blatter, former FIFA president, said in an interview with TRT World, that Platini’s decision to grant Qatar the 2022 World Cup was influenced by French Politics. Blatter claimed that Platini met with the then President Nicolas Sarkozy and several Qatari officials at a lunch prior to announcing the decision that Qatar would host the World Cup in 2020. Michel Platini previously told Le Monde “I knew I was going to vote for Qatar before lunch and I went to see Nicolas Sarkozy to tell him. I did not know that the Qataris would be there.”In 2015, Sepp Blatter announced his resignation as FIFA president amid bribery scandals.In the same year, the US Justice Department issued several indictments against multiple individuals and organizations for corruption scandals. The former head of the IRS criminal investigation division, Richard Weber, said: “This really is the World Cup of fraud, and today we are issuing FIFA a red card.”
TORONTO – Ontario credit union Meridian has signed a deal to acquire Roynat Lease Finance in a deal with Scotiabank and Roynat Inc.Financial terms of the agreement announced Tuesday were not immediately available.Under the deal, Roynat Lease Finance will operate through a wholly owned subsidiary of Meridian.Meridian said once the deal closes, Joe LaLeggia, senior vice-president of Roynat Lease Finance, will be appointed president of its lease finance business.Roynat Lease Finance provides commercial equipment leasing.It has 106 full-time employees and offices across Canada in B.C, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.The transaction, which is subject to certain conditions including regulatory approval, is anticipated to close within a few weeks. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 19, 2016 6:46 am MDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario credit union Meridian to acquire Roynat Lease Finance business
Migrant’s bodies wash ashore in LibyaAt least 90 migrants have drowned after their boat capsized off the coastal city of Zuwara in Libya, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) reported on Friday.The bodies of two Libyans and eight Pakistanis washed ashore, while two survivors swam to shore and a third was rescued by a fishing boat.The survivors said that most of those who drowned were from Pakistan, as IOM records show increasing numbers of Pakistanis are attempting the treacherous crossing to Italy.While Pakistani nationals ranked 13th on a list of the number of migrants trying to reach Europe in 2017, so far this year they are already the third highest by nationality, said the IOM.Roughly 240 reached Italy in January this year, up from only nine in January 2017.This latest tragedy comes as the UN Migration Agency reports that 6,624 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 28 January this year, up from 5,983 during a similar period in 2017.Kenyan TV stations remain off air despite State directiveThree Kenyan television stations were shut down on Tuesday, after the government accused them of “complicity” for broadcasting the symbolic swearing-in of opposition leader Raila Odinga.On Friday, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) expressed concern that the TV stations remained suspended for a third day despite an interim order by a Kenyan High Court, and it called on the Government to respect and implement the judicial decision to allow transmissions to resume.Rupert Colville is a spokesperson for the UN human rights office, which is based in Geneva:“We call on the Government to respect and implement the judicial decision. We are also concerned at its attempts to interfere with the rights to freedom of expression by reportedly warning that participation in Mr Odinga’s ceremony would lead to revocation of licences. Media organizations that disregarded this advice were shut down.”The UN Human Rights Office urged the Kenyan government and opposition in “to work towards resolving the current situation through dialogue, with full respect for the rule of law and the rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and political participation.”Maldives urged to respect decision to overturn conviction against former leaderAuthorities in the Maldives are being urged by the UN human rights office to fully respect a Supreme Court decision to overturn the conviction of former president Mohamed Nasheed.The country’s first democratically elected leader is living in exile after being sentenced in 2015 to 13 years imprisonment for terrorism-related charges.The UN human rights office is also calling for a retrial of his case and the release of eight other political prisoners, as well as the reinstatement of 12 suspended opposition Members of Parliament.The office said the situation in the Maldives has been a pressing concern for several years now, and it is “closely watching” developments, according to a statement issued on Friday.
BBC News anchor George Alagiah returned to the air last night for the first time in more than a year, following a battle with cancer.Sporting a new beard, the 63-year-old fronted the News at Six programme after earlier revealing his illness was now in “a holding pattern”.He was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 and has since made intermittent returns to the broadcaster, where he has worked since 1989.Fellow presenter Sophie Raworth confirmed the comeback yesterday morning by posting a picture on Twitter of Alagiah smiling and suited in the newsroom. Her post prompted him to quip in response: “There goes my hope of slipping back into the studio unnoticed!”He added: “Thanks to all for good wishes. We’ve got the cancer in a holding pattern so it’s back to work with colleagues I respect and the viewers who make it worthwhile.” Politicians and BBC personalities were among those to welcome news of Alagiah’s return, including Labour MP David Lammy, who hailed him as “one of the best in the business”.Alagiah was told that his stage four bowel cancer had returned just before Christmas 2017, leading him to take further time away from the screen to seek treatment. @sophieraworth there goes my hopes of slipping back into the studio unnoticed! Thanks to all for good wishes. We’ve got the cancer in a holding pattern so it’s back to work with colleagues I respect and the viewers who make it worthwhile. #BBCNewsSix— George Alagiah (@BBCAlagiah) January 23, 2019 Back with a beard…1st time on air since December 2017. Join @BBCAlagiah on @BBCOne for tonight’s #BBCNewsSix pic.twitter.com/3TmuCdQjqE— sophieraworth (@sophieraworth) January 23, 2019 After the initial diagnosis in 2014, the disease spread to his liver and lymph nodes, but the presenter returned to work a year later after undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy and three major operations, one of which included the removal of most of his liver. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Share59 Tweet Email POPE FRANCIS ACCEPTED the resignation of two more Chilean bishops following a child sex abuse scandal that has gripped the Latin American nation.The Vatican announced the resignation of the bishop of Rancagua, 78-year-old Alejandro Goic Karmelic and the bishop of Talca, Horacio del Carmen Valenzuela Abarca, 64.Several senior members of Chile’s Catholic Church are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by paedophile priest Fernando Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s.Goic offered his resignation three years ago due to his age, but the Pope did not accept it. His departure comes amid a sexual abuse scandal in his own diocese, where 14 priests have been suspended.Those crimes were allegedly committed by a network called “The Family” over the course of at least a decade, before a member of the parish denounced them last week in a television report. A criminal investigation is underway.Carmen Valenzuela, meanwhile, was a follower of Karadima, who was suspended for life by the Vatican. He was named by Karadima’s victims as a figure who ignored or covered up the abuse.Several victims welcomed the news of their resignations.“Slowly but surely… two less wicked and corrupt bishops”, Juan Carlos Cruz, now a communications executive, wrote on Twitter.The entire Chilean delegation of bishops tendered its resignation to the pope in May after a series of meetings at the Vatican.Earlier this month, Francis accepted the resignation of three Chilean bishops, including the controversial Juan Barros who Karadima’s victims accuse of covering up wrongdoing.The pontiff himself became mired in the scandal when, during a trip to Chile in January, he defended Barros. However the pope later apologised to Karadima’s victims and said he had made “grave mistakes”.- © AFP, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/4098081 File photos of lay members of the Catholic Church carrying a sign that reads in Spanish “Truth and justice bear peace”. 79 Comments 8,883 Views By AFP Jun 28th 2018, 7:49 PM Short URL Image: Fernando Lavoz/AP/Press Association Images Two more bishops resign in Chile over child sex abuse scandal Several senior members of Chile’s Catholic Church are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by paedophile priest Fernando Karadima. Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 7:49 PM File photos of lay members of the Catholic Church carrying a sign that reads in Spanish “Truth and justice bear peace”. Image: Fernando Lavoz/AP/Press Association Images
reek Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou’s first meeting upon his return from his holiday break was with the head of the financial crimes squad (SDOE), Yiannis Kapeleris where it was decided to set up five teams that will go after tax cheats.A total of 250 people will make up the teams which will be set up by the end of September.The teams will be based in either Athens or Thessaloniki but will cover the entire country, checking high-income taxpayers, those who have forgotten to declare assets, such as pools and boats, and luxury-home owners.The checks, which will also continue to focus on busy tourist districts, will also cover value-added tax declarations as well as residents who owe money to the tax office but refuse to pay up.The Finance Ministry is out to catch as many tax cheats as possible, as they cost the government some 30 billion euros a year.With budget revenues falling short of targets by 772 million euros in the first seven months of 2010, the shortfall is likely to reach 2 billion euros by the end of the year.Finance Ministry sources said yesterday that the SDOE checks will involve groups of between 20-50 employees tackling one problem area at a time, such as checking luxury yacht owners before moving on to doctors with unusually low income tax declarations.In order to give tax inspectors greater power, SDOE officials will have access to bank account details, files at stock brockers and notary offices among other areas, in order to round up tax cheats.In a bid to boost the efficiency of employees, the ministry also plans to replace the close to 400 existing inspectors with employees from other Finance Ministry positions. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram