Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said that the government didn’t commit a “cardinal sin” if it asked for reconsideration of a name suggested by the Supreme Court Collegium and advised political parties that “lost popular franchise” not to push “sponsored litigation” in court.Mr. Prasad’s reference was to the government’s decision to return the Collegium’s recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K.M. Joseph as a Supreme Court judge and the Judge B.H. Loya case.In a reference to the unprecedented episode of four top judges of Supreme Court openly dissenting against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, the Law Minister said the judiciary had “foresight and statesmanship to settle differences within it and the political class to remain immune”.Subordinate judiciary Claiming that the government had done well to fill vacancies in higher judiciary, Mr. Prasad suggested a robust pan-India entrance test to allow talent infusion into subordinate judiciary as nearly 5,000 vacancies exist in subordinate judiciary.Reacting to charges of stalling appointments to the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts, the Law Minister said his office is not a “post office” which would only process recommendations of the Collegium on the appointment of judges.“I wish to make it very clear that the Law Minister or the Law Ministry is not a post office. This fact I would like to very gently highlight. Even in the Collegium system… created by the three judgments of 1993, 1998 and 1999, the right of the government has been acknowledged to seek a reconsideration and also to give inputs,” he said addressing an event. He said it isn’t correct to say that “we are committing a cardinal sin” by seeking a reconsideration.“In 2016, we appointed 126 HC judges, which was the highest number in the last 30 years. Since 1989, on average 79 to 82 judges were appointed (per annum). In 2016 alone, 126 judges to high courts were appointed and in 2017, 117 HC judges were appointed, and till now 30 HC judges have been appointed (this year),” he said.Without naming the Congress, he hit out at the party for using courts to settle political scores.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda with CWG medalists in Sonipat.In an embarrassing case of carelessness, two Commonwealth Games participants were handed over empty envelopes by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda during a felicitation ceremony on Friday.Organised at the Rajiv Gandhi Education City in Sonepat, Hooda distributed cheques worth Rs 13.72 crore to various state players who represented the country at the Games.Athlete Jaideep Singh and swimmer Prashant were shocked when they opened their envelopes to find nothing inside. “I stood fourth in discuss throw at CWG. I was deeply hurt after opening the envelope. The government should not treat sports-persons like this,” Jaideep said.While Jaideep received the envelope himself at the event, Prashant’s reward, in his absence, was received by Haryana Paralympic Association general secretary Giriraj Singh.”Though Prashant and Jaideep had not won any medal in Commonwealth games, their names were included at the last minute in the participant category for a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh each,” Giriraj Singh told media-persons.Giriraj said that names of Prashant and Jaideep were missing from the list that was handed over by the Indian Olympic Association to the Haryana government and the matter was brought to the notice of the sports department by the state paralympic association. Though the department included their names at the last moment, they forgot to put the cheques inside. After realising the mistake, deputy director, awards branch of the sports department, Subhash Sharma assured that the cheques will be sent to the players within 10 days.advertisement
Doha: A creditable eight-place finish in the World Athletics Championships under her belt, India’s top javelin thrower Annu Rani has called for giving equal opportunities to women in sport as they can also perform and bring laurels to the country.Annu became the first Indian woman javelin thrower to qualify for the final round of the World Championships but in the end finished eighth here on Tuesday. She broke her own national record in the qualification round on Monday with a throw of 62.43m but failed short of the distance in the final as she could only produce a best of 61.12m from the eight attempts.”I got a lot of support and I want to thank them. I want to say that women should also be given equal opportunities (in sport) and people should believe in them. They can also perform very well and give very good results,” Annu, who belongs to Badal village near Meerut, said after her event.”This is my second World Championships and I am feeling good to reach the final and finish eighth. In the final, I could not do better than my qualification round performance but I am happy with the eight place finish. I will do better in future,” she added.The 27-year-old Annu had failed to qualify for the finals in the last edition in 2017 in London where she had come up with a best throw of 59.93m to finish 20th overall in the qualification round.Annu could have won a medal in the 2018 Asian Games but a disappointing best throw of 53.93m placed her in the sixth position in the final round and she said she needed help through counselling and motivational videos to come out of that difficult period in her career.”I was mentally down after the 2018 Asian Games. It took time to come back after that. I motivated myself and that is how I am here today,” she said.”Yeah, I needed (counselling kind of thing) to motivate myself, I watched motivational videos on youtube. The experience after the 2018 disappointment made me learn a lot of things, how struggles make you strong. Now I am feeling mentally strong.”She said she will need to further improve upon her technique and reign in her tendency to be aggressive during competitions.”I have strength but there are flaws in my technique and I am trying to improve on those. If I do that I will be able to achieve Olympic qualification mark which is 64m and I hope to do that. My ultimate aim is an Olympic medal.”There was improvement in my technique and it was going on very well during training. But during competitions, I become a bit aggressive and that is the problem. I have to curb this,” said Annu, who won a silver in the Asian Championships at this same venue in April.Asked what was his experience of the training stint in Europe before the World Championships, she said, “The training in Europe helped me a lot, especially the stint in Czech Republic where I got a lot of chance to compete with top throwers. The experience helped me. Training under Uwe Hohn also helped in learning a lot.”But I realised that in India, athletes have late starts while those of other countries begin very young. So we have to make improvements in techniques. annu raniDohaIAAF World Athletics ChampionshipsIndia First Published: October 2, 2019, 6:03 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
With all those stunning pictures Rowdy Rathore actress Sonakshi Sinha posts on social media, you can’t help but wonder how she does it, every freakin’ time! We caught up with the vivacious actress, who visited the Capital for the launch of American sportswear brand New Balance; from her guilty pleasure to her style–the actress had answers to all the questions we have always wanted to ask her.Also read: Stunner in Spain: Three looks of Sonakshi Sinha you’ll regret missingBe yourselfWhen it comes to choosing her attire, the prime factor for Sonakshi is comfort. “Comfort is very important for me. I always try to be comfortable because that helps me be myself. Wherever I’m going, whatever I’m doing, comfort is of utmost importance to me,” she said.Rock that bodAlso read: Insta beauty: Two minutes to snag Sonakshi Sinha’s winged eyeliner lookInsecurities about your body are commonplace, but that doesn’t mean you can’t let what’s good about yourself shine through. “Anybody, be it curvy or not, every girl has that part of her body she’s not comfortable about; it’s just human nature, rather, girl nature. So, adapt yourself to such a style that camouflages whatever you don’t like about yourself and focus on the things you like about yourself,” Sonakshi added.Curvy girl tipBeing the one curvy girl in Bollywood we can look up to for style cues, the actress said, “In terms of cuts and silhouettes, very structured things work well for me, like pencil skirts, structured shoulders. Being tall, I can carry off palazzos, and they are comfortable as well, so I like such styles.”advertisementAlso read: Beauties at work: Sonakshi, Parineeti and Kangana rock business casualsBeauty role modelLike most girls, Sonakshi’s fashion or beauty role model is her mother. “I think she’s so beautiful and at this age, to look the way she looks; she takes care of herself, her skin, and the way she does her makeup… I can just sit and watch her when she’s getting ready.” Totes adorbs, right? We have proof from Instagram too!Picture courtesy: Instagram/@aslisona Love thy makeup artistCrediting her makeup artist Nilesh Parmar for all the fabulous beauty looks she sports, Sonakshi said, “He’s been there with me since Dabangg and he can do my makeup in the dark. All my beauty looks are thanks to him.”And yes, if you want to know about her guilty pleasure, i.e. that one thing she’ll never say no to or the must-haves in every girl’s wardrobes, you need to watch our rapid fire with her:
Indian Arrows, on Friday, faced a 2-3 defeat to Neroca FC in an exciting contest in the Hero I-League at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. It was Boris Singh who drew first blood for the Indian Arrows in the 34th minute, which was also the 200th goal of the ongoing season. Felix Chidi, though, soon found the equaliser for Neroca FC.The second half saw the Arrows regaining their lead through Rohit Danu in the 62nd minute but Katsumi Yusa’s brilliant header in the 68th nullified the lead again. The Japanese star fired his second goal for Neroca FC in the 87th minute, this time from the penalty spot, to seal the win for the visitors.The game began on a slow pace, with most of the play taking place in the midfield apart from the occasional attempts from the hosts. Visitors Neroca FC were playing a much-organised game and enjoyed a better possession throughout. The first half an hour of the game saw Neroca have some close attempts but the lack of a good finish eluded them from scoring.The Arrows were more on the counter-attacking side of things. Their efforts were soon rewarded when Boris Singh made the most of an opportunity and converted a cross from the right side to fire in a goal for Indian Arrows.The Arrows celebrations did not last long as Neroca FC equalised four minutes later through Felix Chidi. The game, thereafter, opened up a bit and both sides were attacking in short bursts but neither of them could convert any of the chances that came their way. The first half came to an end with both Indian Arrows and Neroca FC locked in at 1-1.advertisementThe second half began with the Indian Arrows leading the proceedings on the attacking front but were unable to make the most from the opportunities that came their way.A defensive error cost Neroca the first goal and a similar error in the second half saw them concede another goal to the young Indian Arrows side in the 62nd minute. Rohit Danu dispossessed the Neroca center-back and showed his alertness to comfortably find the back of the net to regain the lead for Indian Arrows.6 minutes later, Katsumi Yusa came up with a brilliant header to equalise for Neroca again. Katsumi was afforded time and space in the penalty area and headed across the opposing keeper to convert a cross from the right flank.The game then saw Neroca take control and creating many chances. In the 87th minute, a handball inside the Arrows box saw Neroca get a penalty. Katsumi Yusa made no mistake in finding the back of the net and handed the lead to Neroca FC for the first time in the game, taking the score to 2-3 in favour of the visitors.In the dying moments of the match, the Indian Arrows made numerous attempts to find an equaliser but Neroca were alert enough to hold shape and picked up all the three points.AIZAWL TOPPLE MINERVA I-League: Minerva Punjab lost to Aizawl FC by a solitary goal. (@ILeagueOfficial Photo)Former champions Aizawl FC got the better of defending champions Minerva Punjab FC 1-0 in the 15th round clash at the Tau Devi Lal stadium in Panchkula, Haryana on Friday. The all-important goal was scored by youngster Lalrinchhana in the 69th minute of the second half. With this win, Aizawl leapfrogged Minerva to move to 7th spot on the points table, with 14 points from 15 games. Aizawl were at the 10th spot in the relegation zone before this game but this result takes them out of it for now.For Minerva, the season got from bad to worse, as they registered their seventh defeat in 15 games. It was a scrappy affair for most parts of the game, except for a period in the second half when Aizawl looked enterprising. Minerva’s coach Paul Munster even played new recruits Juan Quero of Spain and Mahmoud Al Amna of Syria, but his team’s goal and win drought continued.The Mizoram side has now picked up five points since new coach Rosario took over.The first chance of the game came Minerva’s way when off a Juan Quero cross from the left flank, Dilliram Sanyasi got under a volley but the effort lacked power and direction. Then, Kussaga took a shot in the 19th minute for Aizawl from distance but Arshdeep in the Minerva goal was equal to it.Albert then made a purposeful foray from the right channel for Aizawl to deliver a delicious cross but Arshdeep again made a timely intervention to thwart the danger.advertisementThe second half saw Aizawl up the ante a little bit, particularly through Isak, whose runs from the right troubled a Minerva defence without the solid Lancine Toure.After a few chances to score were missed by the likes of Kussaga and Kareem Nurain, thanks mainly to Arshdeep’s heroics, Isak’s first purposeful run from the right channel gave Aizawl a much-deserved lead. He found the shortest player on the field and Lalrinchhana pulled off a delectable header across the face of goal to beat Arshdeep.Akash Sangwan missed a golden opportunity to equalise a couple of minutes later, finding himself in the clear inside the Aizawl box, but with only the keeper to beat, his shot was woefully ill-directed.Isak again played in Dodoz this time in the 72nd minute, with another lovely ball from the right, but the Ivorian’s strike was saved by the Minerva keeper. Munster brought on Mahmoud Al Amna late in the game in a desperate attempt but a goal still eluded Minerva and Aizawl held on for a win.Also Read | Real Kashmir and Churchill Brothers play out 1-1 drawAlso Read | Chencho Gyeltshen completes loan move to Neroca
Scorpio Tankers, a pure product tanker company based in Monaco, plans to meet the IMO’s sulphur cap by burning compliant fuels, the company said.All ships trading outside of sulphur Emission Control Areas (ECAs) will be required to use fuel with a sulphur content of up to 0.5 pct, a considerable reduction from the currently permitted maximum of 3.5 pct.To comply, shipowners have to choose between scrubbers if they wish to continue burning high-sulphur fuel oil (HSFO), LNG as marine fuel, marine gas oil (MGO) and low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO).Even though Scorpio continues to evaluate scrubbers, the company said that it does not see a “compelling argument to install them today.”The installation of scrubbers can cost up to USD 5 million depending on the size of the ship and bigger ships have been identified as good candidates for retrofits, while for smaller ships there is an issue of space constraint. Related: Scrubbers not a long-term solutionExplaining its decision Scorpio said that regulatory, technological, and supply/pricing risks were key factors in delaying its decision on scrubber installation.“The demand and fuel-efficiency stories are more relevant to the product tanker segment than the yes/no scrubberdecision,” the company added.Scorpio is bullish on the increase in demand for product tankers stemming from the higher demand for LSFO as of 2020.This is in part due to lack of investment in scrubbers on a global scale as well as companies taking the wait and see approach. What is more, the availability of scrubbers and the pace of their installation cannot nearly cover one quarter of the global fleet by 2020.Due to the need for greater availability of low sulphur fuel across the globe product tankers are expected to benefit as they would need to transport the cargo to different locations worldwide. This is expected to result in new trade routes and increase the ton mile demand.“By 2020, if 20 pct of the global fleet uses scrubbers or LNG, the remaining 80 pct would need to comply through consuming compliant fuels,” Scorpio estimates.“If 75 pct of the needs to be transported by sea, this would increase seaborne refined product exports by 1.9 mb/d (75% of 2.5 mb/d).”
The Halifax Waterfront is closer to adding another “star attraction,” which could create hundreds of jobs and add millions of tax dollars to the province. The Waterfront Development Corporation, the province and The Armour Group Limited have agreed on a conceptual plan for Queen’s Landing, a major development located in Halifax’s central business district on the Halifax waterfront. “This is a significant project that will enhance the stature of the Halifax Waterfront, create good jobs for Nova Scotians, and help grow our economy,” said Economic and Rural Development Minster Percy Paris. Award-winning developer Armour Group Limited has been granted the development rights to build the project, which includes 100,000 square feet of Class-A office space, a 200-room, 4-star hotel, and underground parking to support the development. Armour Group will now seek municipal approval for the project under HRM By Design. Armour Group is committed to using green practices and the private-sector component of Queen’s Landing will be built to exceed Class A standards. It will be a registered LEED project, designed to meet the standards of the internationally recognized Green Building Certification system. “For close to 40 years, we have focused on quality developments that create a sense of place,” said Armour Group founder and chairman Ben McCrea. “The Queen’s Landing development is a project which will have the most positive impact on the Halifax Waterfront since the development of Historic Properties more than 30 years ago. “The private-sector component is complementary to a bigger vision of creating a star attraction on the Halifax Waterfront — a destination for the people of Nova Scotia and visitors to learn about our heritage, be entertained and work in a vibrant downtown Halifax.” A preliminary economic impact analysis on the Queen’s Landing project in 2006 said it has the potential to create more than 1,300 jobs and $5.95 million in provincial tax revenue. “We see the Queen’s Landing project as the next important step in enhancing the Halifax Waterfront, making the area more accessible, attractive and relevant to the people of and visitors to Nova Scotia,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, WDCL. Armour Group Limited is recognized as one of the leading real estate development companies in Atlantic Canada. Its developments represent a mixed asset base ranging from commercial office, residential, retail and hospitality. Waterfront Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation developing the strategic potential of the four waterfronts in Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg. Revenues are directly reinvested in the waterfronts to drive economic opportunity, enhance tourism, provide experiences and reflect and protect marine heritage.
Kolkata: The state government on Friday inducted 21 engineers for the Bridge Inspection and Special Monitoring Cell, which will examine the health of various bridges across the state.The decision was taken three days after Ultadanga flyover developed a crack. The main purpose of the monitoring cell would be to examine the condition of the bridges and take necessary steps to initiate repair work if problems are detected in these bridges. A section of the Ultadanga flyover, which had collapsed six years ago, had developed cracks and the traffic movement on Tuesday was closed immediately after the problem was detected. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority officials, the cracks in pier cap of the flyover were found during the routine checkup. The expert committee, which will conduct the health checkup of bridges, will have four superintendent engineers, three executive engineers and 14 assistant engineers. The chief engineer of the headquarters of the Public Works Department (PWD) will be heading the monitoring cell. All 21 engineers will be deployed soon and they will go to districts and conduct health checkups of various bridges. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere are around 1,749 bridges owned by the Public Works Department out of which 738 are in bad condition. Around 95 bridges are in critical condition. According to sources, among the critical bridges, around 15 are located in Birbhum, 7 in Nadia, 9 each in East Burdwan and Jalpaiguri, 8 in Hooghly and 1 in Purulia. Expert committee of the Public Works Department and KMDA officials and other agencies held a number of meetings regarding Ultadanga flyover incident. It was decided that the cracks will be repaired by installing steel plates on the damaged portion. After examining the cracks, the engineers found that it would take around two months to repair the pillar that developed maximum cracks. The experts also suggested to construct a bailey bridge. The Urban Development department will take up the construction work with Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation. The traffic movement along the flank connecting Eastern Metropolitan Bypass to the VIP road was thrown open for traffic from Thursday night. Work to repair the damaged portion of the flyover has been already started. It may be mentioned here that the portion that developed fresh cracks had collapsed on March 3, 2013 when a loaded truck was passing by pier 13 and 14 of the flyover.
Noida: The Noida authority has started using plastic waste for resurfacing road between sector 14A and film city in Noida. Officials said that this technique has been used for the first time in Noida.The authority is performing resurfacing of nearly a stretch of four kilometer road on both sides between Noida entry gate and film city with a mixture of bitumen and plastic. Officials claim that these roads will be durable and it will create a plastic coating over the road and not allow water to penetrate. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDetailing over the newly adopted process of road surfacing, a senior officer of Noida authority said that nearly 8 percent of the plastic is used in the mixture which also contribute towards the durability of road. “The plastic waste including wrappers to plastic bags are shredded and heated at a particular temperature. It is them mixed with bitumen and the mixture is finally heated before being used for the construction purpose. The roads made from waste plastic are more durable against extreme weather conditions like floods and heat as compared to the conventional roads,” a senior Noida authority officer said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe authority has also planned to set up a plant for the use of shredded plastic in construction soon and will also sign an MoU for collection of plastic waste which will also benefit ragpickers. Meanwhile, the authority will also organise a prize distribution ceremony to encourage all the hotels, RWAs, hospitals, schools, government offices and other market associations for cleanliness. The authority will give away prize to the best performer in these categories which will maintain cleanliness.
MONTREAL – French-language network TVA has apologized for a baseless report that said members of two Montreal mosques asked for female construction workers to be excluded from a nearby site.The TV network’s management posted a short statement online Friday, one day after mentioning the debunked story on air.The network said Friday the report was based on comments Tuesday by two entrepreneurs whose versions subsequently changed.“TVA Nouvelles regrets this situation and wishes to apologize to the various stakeholders and viewers who have been affected by this news,” it wrote.The brouhaha erupted when TVA initially reported the mosques had requested the no-women policy for the construction site during the busy Friday prayer sessions.TVA also said women on the site were intimidated.A day later, mosque officials dismissed the report and said they had only asked for parking to be available on Fridays.The provincial government referred the matter to the Quebec Construction Commission, which studied documents, met with representatives of the mosques and the companies involved and spoke to women who worked on the site.Commission president Diane Lemieux said Thursday there was absolutely no evidence that mosque members asked for female construction workers to be excluded from the nearby site.TVA said during its 10 p.m. newscast Thursday the story it had broadcast two days earlier had evolved to the point it could no longer definitively say the request had been made.A reporter called it a “serious mix-up” among those implicated in the story.Lemieux did say it appears some women were moved around the site at certain times as part of normal procedures but that these measures were possibly linked to a surplus of personnel or to operational needs.TVA management says it is investigating the journalistic practices employed in the story, which is also the subject of several complaints filed with Quebec’s press council.Asked about the controversy on CBC Montreal’s Daybreak on Friday, Premier Philippe Couillard said there should be an “exercise of self-examination” following the event.“There should at least be a recognition of the social impact of what happened,” he said.The initial report prompted virulent discussion on social media, alleged death threats as well as calls by right-wing groups for a protest at the mosques. .“It created lots of tension in the community,” Couillard said. “We almost had a demonstration by an extreme right group because of that … that’s so sad.”Montreal police kept close watch on the mosques Friday as worshippers attended prayers.
Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA man from the Mi’kmaq community at the centre of intense anti-shale gas protests says he was visited Wednesday by two plain clothes RCMP officers who were asking questions about a Facebook post calling for a protest on New Brunswick Day.Brian Milliea, a Mi’kmaq man from Elsipogtog First Nation, said the two officers showed up at his house at about 2 p.m. looking for him. Milliea was in his office at the Elsipogtog forestry department when he received a phone call from his wife saying two men wanted to speak with him. Milliea rushed home to find the two officers waiting for him.“They were parked in a gray van outside my driveway. One came out, and he had tattoos, while the other guy stayed in the van,” said Milliea, in a telephone interview with APTN National News. “He showed me his badge and said he was with the RCMP from a special task force.”Milliea, who doesn’t remember the officer’s name, said the officer mentioned “the big guy,” meaning New Brunswick Premier David Alward, and an online comment Milliea made on a Facebook group.Milliea said he can no longer find the Facebook comment, but remembers it called for a protest during New Brunswick Day celebration scheduled for Monday in Cocagne, NB.“My comment said maybe we should protest Alward and see how he likes it with SWN and fracking,” said Milliea. “I made no threat about a violent protest or anything like that. I made no threats that we were going there to confront him. So I told him everybody makes comments every single day about Alward and fracking.”New Brunswick RCMP spokesperson Const. Julie Rogers-Marsh said the RCMP couldn’t confirm or deny private conversations between members of the public and RCMP investigators.SWN Resources Canada, which is headquartered in Houston, is currently exploring for shale gas deposits in the province and is expected to begin using exploratory wells by this fall.“(The officer) said, ‘I’m here to talk about your comments.’ And he said, ‘I hope the protest is not going to be like Oct. 17,’” said Milliea. “I took offense to that, because now we’re considered terrorists every time we make comments. It’s because I’m from Elsipogtog.”Milliea said the conversation lasted about five minutes and the officer left after he was told there would be no violent protests.Heavily armed and camouflaged-clad RCMP tactical officers raided a Mi’kmaq Warrior Society-anchored anti-fracking camp on Oct. 17, 2013. The camp was blocking a compound holding shale gas exploration vehicles. The raid triggered day-long clashes between RCMP officers, Elsipogtog residents and supporters from surrounding Acadian and Anglophone communities.Amanda Polchies holds an eagle feather and kneels before a wall of RCMP officers on Oct. 17. APTN/Ossie MichelinThe RCMP arrested 40 people and several police vehicles were torched that day. The RCMP seized hunting rifles, ammunition and crude explosive devices.Two Warrior Society members were sentenced to 15 months this week in connection to the Oct. 17 raid.RCMP investigators are still searching for the individuals responsible for torching the police vehicles.The anti-fracking protests continued into late November, repeatedly shutting down a main provincial highway. Tires were also set on fire twice on Hwy 11.Round dance against backdrop of burning tires on Hwy 11. File photoMilliea said the events of Oct. 17 now overshadow any movement by Elsipogtog residents who are still concerned about the discovery of shale gas which will lead to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. People in the Mi’kmaq community and surrounding municipalities fear fracking operations could poison the region’s water.“Every time we want to have a peaceful protest, they think we’ll have violence,” said Milliea. “It’s just because of Oct. 17. It wasn’t us who started that confrontation, it was the RCMP.”email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
Rabat – Morocco praised, Tuesday, the calm atmosphere that marked Tunisia’s parliamentary elections, which took place last Sunday.Morocco extends its congratulations to Tunisia, government and people, for the success of the electoral process which constitutes an important stage in the democratic transition process, the Foreign ministry said in a statement.“Praising this milestone in the history of modern Tunisia, which would consolidate the democratic process and usher in a new era, the Kingdom of Morocco reiterates its total support for this brother country to achieve its aspirations for prosperity, development and peace, continue its path of development and build the bases of its institutions on the path of a singular and exemplary process of democratic transition”, the statement added.
Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, released a statement in Geneva citing evidence “clearly indicating that large numbers of unarmed civilians have been and are still being killed extrajudicially by Taliban forces and other warring factions.” The statement, issued on Thursday, said this evidence supported credible reports of such atrocities that had been filtering out of Afghanistan in recent years. “There is now an urgent need to ensure that these crimes are promptly and independently investigated, with a view to bringing those responsible to justice without delay,” said Ms. Jahangir. “There can be no impunity for these widespread and systematic killings, which may amount to crimes against humanity.”The Special Rapporteur also emphasized that a sustainable and just peace in Afghanistan could only be achieved if those responsible grave human rights violations were held accountable for their crimes in trials that conformed to international human rights standards.
In a direct message to the youth activists who took to the streets, UN chief António Guterres said that he understood the anxiety and “fear for the future” behind their actions but added that “humankind is capable of enormous achievements. Your voices give me hope.”My generation has failed to respond properly to the dramatic challenge of climate change. This is deeply felt by young people. No wonder they are angry – UN chief António GuterresWriting in an opinion piece for The Guardian, Mr. Guterres said that the more he witnessed the “commitment and activism” of young people who were fed up with the pace of the international response to global warming, “the more confident I am that we will win. Together, with your help and thanks to your efforts, we can and must beat this threat and create a cleaner, safer, greener world for everyone,” he added.“These schoolchildren have grasped something that seems to elude many of their elders”, he said, adding that “we are in a race for our lives, and we are losing. The window of opportunity is closing; we no longer have the luxury of time, and climate delay is almost as dangerous as climate denial.” “Momentum is building:, he added, “people are listening and there is a new determination to unleash the promise of the Paris Agreement. The Climate Summit must be the starting point to build the future we need.” The Secretary-General acknowledged that his older generation “has failed to respond properly to the dramatic challenge of climate change. This is deeply felt by young people. No wonder they are angry.”Global emissions are reaching record levels, and continuing to rise, he said, adding that concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is the highest it has been in 3 million years.“The last four years were the four hottest on record, and winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3°C since 1990,” he added, noting also rising sea levels, the death of coral reefs, and a growing threat to human health worldwide, as made clear in the UN’s Global Environmental Outlook, published this week.The historic 2015 Paris Agreement signed by more than 190 countries to keep global emissions well below 2°C, “itself is meaningless without ambitious action,” said the UN chief.“That is why I am bringing world leaders together at a Climate Action Summit later this year. I am calling on all leaders to come to New York in September with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade, and to net zero by 2050.”The latest analysis shows that if we act now, we can reduce carbon emissions within 12 years and limit global warming to 1.5°” said Mr. Guterres. “But if we continue along our current path, the consequences are impossible to predict.”
On Wednesday, July 4th the Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race will kick off its annual festivities. Organized by the Atlanta Track Club, the event attracts runners of all ages from around Georgia to enjoy the scenic city course and festive atmosphere. The road race was originated in 1970 and has been a Fourth of July tradition ever since.The famed road race starts in Buckhead near Lenox Square Mall and ends in Piedmont Park. The wheelchair race begins at 6:45 a.m. while the footrace begins at 7:30 a.m.Registration for the event is closed, and organizers suggest that all event participants and spectators take MARTA, which will begin running at 5 a.m. on race day.The course starts at Lenox Square and travels down Peachtree to 10th Street in Midtown and finishes on 10th Street just outside of Piedmont Park.