Surprise inspections reveal shortcomings in police stations

first_imgNew Delhi: Following the directions of Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, the senior officers in city police conducted surprise inspections in police stations. Police sources said that multiple shortcomings including laxity in proper record-keeping were noticed. Police sources told Millennium Post that during the recent meeting at Delhi Police headquarters, the top cop reviewed the feedback of surprise inspections. “More than 15 inspections were conducted by Joint Commissioner of Police (ranges and units). The DCsP conducted over 80 surprise checks,” sources said adding that Additional DCsP were also involved in over 80 checks. “In one of the police stations duty officer was not found alert, some columns of the register was not properly maintained by duty officer,” sources added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAdding further, sources said that in some stations cleanliness were not up to the mark. Vehicles were also parked haphazardly. Laxity like PFO, not sensitzed were also reported. Sources said that the senior officers can propose action against SHOs, ATOs and other personnel regarding the shortcomings. Police sources further said that the meeting was held in July at police headquarters headed by the police chief. In the meeting the top cop directed other officials that at least two surprise checks of police stations should be conducted by district DCsP and one should be conducted by Joint Commissioner of Police (ranges) in their respective jurisdiction in every week and report of the same should be sent to SO to CP through concerned Special CP (Law and Order).last_img read more

Vancouver Aquarium opposes park board proposal banning captive whales dolphins

first_imgVANCOUVER – There will be no new whales, dolphins or porpoises kept at the Vancouver Aquarium in the future if the city’s park board approves changes to its cetaceans bylaw on Monday.It’s a move the aquarium says would hinder their marine mammal rescue efforts and muddle an expansion plan that is already underway.The debate over whether the aquarium should house cetaceans was sparked after two belugas died suddenly last fall due to an unidentified toxin.“It was a time for us to reflect what to do moving forward,” said Michael Wiebe, park board chair.In March, the park board directed staff to amend the current bylaw to ban the importation and display of live cetaceans in the city’s parks.The existing bylaw already limits how the aquarium can acquire cetaceans, preventing healthy animals in the wild from being captured. Animals that are injured or in need of rehabilitation are the exception, and were not required to be released back into the wild after treatment.The amendments, however, would prevent any new cetaceans including rescues from being held at the aquarium.Three cetaceans currently housed at the aquarium would be given an exception and be allowed to stay. The animals could still be kept on display, but an amendment would prevent the use of the animals in shows or performances.The Vancouver Aquarium president said the ban would prevent the future rescue of whales and dolphins, and injured or distressed cetaceans could be euthanized.“If you can’t provide a long-term home for them someplace then likely they can’t be rescued,” John Nightingale said.The loss of cetaceans at the aquarium would also hurt Canadian researchers who rely on the facility, and will otherwise have to look south of the border to do work with whales and dolphins in captivity, he said.The aquarium already announced in February that it would phase out its cetacean program by 2029. But it intended on bringing in five more belugas in the interim once it opened a new Canada’s Arctic exhibit currently being developed.Nightingale questions the board’s timing on the proposed ban to speed up the deadline voluntarily set by the aquarium.“Is there something we’re doing when we keep them in our care that is absolutely antithetical to their needs and the way they’ve evolved and as far as we can tell from behaviour and medical testing, the answer is no,” he said.But Wiebe said the board has listened to the aquarium, other marine scientists and the public, and sees no reason to delay the inevitable.He said the marine mammal rescue program is not at risk with the ban nor is research being hindered. Tanks for the new exhibit were also designed to be adaptable for other animals, so they could be used once the whale program was phased out.The aquarium hasn’t rescued a single cetacean in two years, Wiebe said, and other animals more commonly rescued will not be effected by the bylaw.He added that scientists have reported cetaceans are best treated for injuries in their natural habitat, a practice the aquarium already carries out for orcas.The data captured from cetaceans in aquariums isn’t necessary any more either, Wiebe said, and partnerships can otherwise be made at American facilities.Still, Wiebe said he understands that the aquarium is trying to protect their current operations from politicians and that the issue is very emotional for people on all sides.“It’s been a really tough experience for us because it’s not a black and white subject,” he said. “If it was outside the park board land we wouldn’t be dealing with it.”But after looking at more than 20,000 emails, holding public consultations and meeting with experts, Wiebe said he believes commissioners will allow the amendment to go ahead.—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

Mass uncertainty Almost 200000 Latinos left in limbo after US announcement

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States of America – Cristian Chavez Guevara gathered his entire family recently to discuss with his wife, mother, and brother what they should do if they suddenly faced the prospect of being deported from the United States, where they have lived legally for two decades.The El Salvador-born, Texas-dwelling IT worker says they specifically discussed one possibility: Moving to Canada. After doing some research, they discarded the idea — it was legally complex, required a return to El Salvador and would uproot them from their home in Houston.“I love this country. My kids were born here (in the U.S.). They go to school here. They have friends,” he said. “We don’t want to leave. We want to continue our lives.”Their concerns became real Monday as the Trump administration ended a major immigration program for El Salvadorans, leaving nearly 200,000 people in legal limbo and a trail of potential ripple effects up and down the hemisphere.The administration announced an 18-month grace period — giving people like Chavez just over a year to either leave the U.S., apply for a different immigration status or stand their ground and hope Congress passes a law allowing them to stay.Monday’s move did not catch the Canadian government by surprise.El Salvadorans are the No. 1 user of a U.S. program granting temporary legal status to people from crisis-hit countries, with four times more users than Haitians — who flocked to the northern border by the thousands last year when their similar program was cancelled.By declaring that El Salvador no longer meets the criteria for the program, the U.S. government has cast its people into the same cauldron of uncertainty as 50,000 Haitians, and the 800,000 undocumented youngsters whose program the Trump administration also cancelled.The administration explained in a statement that the El Salvador program was created to deal with earthquakes — 17 years ago: “The original conditions caused by the 2001 earthquakes no longer exist. Thus, under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated.”To counter the potential onslaught, the Canadian government is embarking on an online ad campaign aimed providing the same information Chavez discovered: Immigration isn’t easy or automatic, Canada also has laws, and people are taking a huge gamble if they uproot their lives to try crossing the border.Canadian MPs who speak Spanish and Creole have also been fanning across the U.S. to deliver that message.Liberal Pablo Rodriguez has travelled to Chavez’s home town of Houston, as well as Dallas, Los Angeles and New York to correct a pair of urban legends: that Canada allows automatic entry, and that it has a system for people who have lost U.S. protected status.“There was a lot of misinformation out there,” he said, citing some erroneous reporting in foreign-language media.“My message is: ‘Before leaving your job, withdrawing your kids from school, do the research…. We have a robust, structured immigration system.’”Last year there was a spike in migration along the Canadian border, with a nearly 20-fold increase in new refugee claims from Haitians. Caught off guard, the Canadian government was forced to set up temporary shelters and winterized trailers along the Quebec-New York border.Rodriguez said he doesn’t see as dramatic a migration surge from El Salvadorans, whose asylum claims rose last year, but still didn’t crack the top 10 for nationalities.Yet a mass deportation would have multiple effects across two continents.That includes economic effects in the U.S., where nearly 90 per cent of native El Salvadorans are in the labour force. About one-third hold mortgages. Some 37,000 work in construction, and 22,000 work in restaurants and food services. Most have lived in the U.S. for over 20 years.Mark Drury, the vice-president of one Washington-area construction company, told a conference call of immigration advocates Monday that he couldn’t replace them with new workers because there’s a desperate labour shortage in their sector.“It’s disheartening,” he said. “But I’m hoping to push Congress to repair this.”Some of the worst impacts would be in Central America, said Frank Mora, a foreign-policy analyst at Florida International University. He said 17 per cent of El Salvador’s economy comes from money transfers from relatives in the U.S.The sudden disappearance of that revenue would create more poverty, more violence, and more instability on America’s doorstep, resulting in more migration, he said: “(This decision) does not make sense,” Mora said. “It seems to me like a self-inflicted wound.”For his part, Chavez doesn’t know what he’ll do next.He said some of his family has U.S. residency, while others don’t — and he fears the family will be ripped apart, even though he works, pays taxes, learned English — everything an immigrant should do.“I actually don’t have a plan… I feel lost,” he said.“All my plans for the future just ended… Everything (has) just vanished.”last_img read more

Dont Forget Me New Documentary Showcases Struggles of Autism in Morocco

Rabat – Don’t Forget Me, a documentary featuring Moroccan families caring for children with autism, is now screening in Chicago on June 19. The documentary, which premiered on November 17, 2018, at Rabat’s 23rd film festival at Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, is now traveling to the US for an adults-only screening of the documentary. The event will be held 7-8:30 p.m., June 19, at Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney, 2212 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago. Tickets are free, but RSVP required. Moroccan filmmaker Rajae Bouardi is co-directing it with Jackie Spinner, an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago and former bureau chief at the Washington Post. Spiner’s own two adopted Moroccan sons have autism. “It’s sad to see how hard the parents of the Moroccan boys in the film work to find opportunities that I take for granted, including the right my sons have in America to go to school,” Spinner said. “Like the boys in the film, my children want to go to school and they need to be there if they are going to have a chance to be productive adults”Read also: Autism: Morocco Takes One Step at a TimeHouda Zakri, who advises families who have children with special needs, said that Morocco does not have the institutional, economic, or governmental support needed to help children with autism. “Families are left alone to struggle to help their children integrate a careless society and to live with fear from the future,” she concluded.The struggles that Zakri is referring to include expensive medical bills, which can exceed MAD 5000 monthly. The average income in Morocco is MAD 2,400 per month.Even though Morocco has inaugurated a special degree for individuals with autism, integrating autistic youth into the educational system has its challenges as there is a shortage of qualified professionals to care for special needs students.There is also a lack of awareness around autism, which leads to misinformation and further problems. read more

Improving conditions in southern Sudan lead UN food agency to alter operations

12 April 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it will gradually switch operations in southern Sudan from emergency relief to long-term recovery after projecting that demand for its aid will fall by almost a fifth this year as the region recovers from two decades of civil war. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it will gradually switch operations in southern Sudan from emergency relief to long-term recovery after projecting that demand for its aid will fall by almost a fifth this year as the region recovers from two decades of civil war. Better harvests and a more stable security situation across southern Sudan mean the amount of food aid will drop from 133,000 metric tons last year to an expected 108,000 metric tons this year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). This means about 1.3 million southern Sudanese will depend on WFP for food aid this year, compared to 1.6 million last year. WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said the increased stability, following a comprehensive peace agreement ending the north-south war at the start of 2005, brought with it greater food security. “As the war in the south fades into history, we want people to return to their farms and restart their normal lives,” she said. “We recognize that we cannot abruptly stop the flow of aid but we can gradually shift people back to greater food independence.” WFP has been operating in southern Sudan since the north-south war began in the early 1980s, often using airdrops to deliver food because of the vast region’s unreliable food network. At its peak in the late 1990s, the WFP operation was using 10 cargo planes to each make three food delivery runs per day. But since the war ended, many of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees who have returned to their home areas are farming again, taking advantage of seeds and agricultural tools provided by UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other aid groups. Food production in southern Sudan is forecast to jump from 805,000 tons to 838,000 metric tons this year, said Justin Bagirishya, WFP Coordinator in Juba, the southern Sudanese capital. “But the real change is not so much about tonnage, but rather about how food is used,” noting that air drops will stop completely as many vulnerable communities are easier to reach thanks to an improving road network. No food aid will be provided for free this year, according to OCHA, except to children under five, the elderly, people affected by HIV/AIDS, returnees who have just arrived and chronically food insecure groups who are unable work. But WFP is scaling up its school feeding programme, which not only provides nutrition to pupils but offers an incentive to go to classes in an area with some of the lowest attendance rates in the world. This year the Programme plans to give 450,000 children a hot meal at school, up from 152,000 in 2006. More than 1 million people have returned home to southern Sudan since the war ended, and another 430,000 are expected to make the journey this year, either from neighbouring countries or other regions of Sudan. To encourage more returnees, WFP is also expanding its “food-for-work” scheme, where communities receive food in return for participating in projects such as the construction or rehabilitation of schoolrooms, health-care centres, dams, dykes and wells. The agency is continuing its intensive relief operations to assist Sudanese in Darfur, where conflict in has caused some 200,000 deaths and displaced approximately 2 million others, and across the border in Chad. read more

President to put environment first in Port City project

President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government will give priority to the environment when taking decisions related to the Colombo Port City project.He also said that he will obtain the assistance of the tri-forces service personnel to protect the natural resources including forest and coastal areas. The environmentalists stated that even though the President halted the deforestation and land clearing around the Wilpattu National Park, there are instances of land clearing taking place even now. They further pointed out that due to the North Western Environmental Charter the Central Environmental Authority could not take any action against some persons who cause damages to the environment.The President’s attention was drawn to the Colombo Port City project and the President said that when taking future decisions regarding the project the Government will take into account all the feasibility reports on the project. (Colombo Gazette) He made these observations while participating in a special discussion with the heads of the environment protection organizations and environmentalists at the  Presidential Secretariat today. The President said that a committee will be appointed within the next two days to receive complaints on damages to the environment taking place anywhere in the country and the committee will comprise representatives of the Ministries of Environment and Wildlife and Security Forces personnel. read more

Clearwater Seafoods Q4 pushes 2012 sales to record high adjusted earnings up

HALIFAX – Clearwater Seafoods Inc. (TSX:CLR) says it had the highest revenues in its history in 2012 and predicts that market dynamics will continue in its favour as global demand outstrips the available supply of seafood.The Halifax-based company’s year ended with $93 million of sales in the fourth quarter, bringing the 12-month total to $350.4 million.That’s up from $87.1 million of sales in the year-earlier quarter and $332.8 million for the full 2011 financial year.Clearwater’s fourth-quarter net income was down but its adjusted earnings were up, after excluding a number of routine and unusual items.Net income fell to $10.5 million or 17 cents per basic share in the quarter ended Dec. 31, or 15 cents per share on a diluted basis.A year earlier, Clearwater had $16.4 million of fourth-quarter net income, which amounted to 28 cents per share of basic earnings or 23 cents per diluted share.Meanwhile, the Halifax-based company reported $18.8 million of adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) in the fourth quarter, up from $16.1 million a year earlier.For the full year, Clearwater’s adjusted EBITDA was $72.2 million, up from $61.2 million a year earlier.“In 2012, the company had the highest revenues and adjusted EBITDA in its history. Management is pleased with the progress made towards our financial targets for creating shareholder value and expects that earnings and free cash flow momentum will continue through 2013,” said Ian Smith, Clearwater’s chief executive officer. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 11, 2013 9:37 am MDT Clearwater Seafoods Q4 pushes 2012 sales to record high; adjusted earnings up read more

In Syria UN agency discovers nine new suspected cases of typhoid near

UNRWA has been providing vital healthcare to civilians displaced from Yarmouk camp, where the lives of Palestinian refugees continue to be threatened by the conflict in the region. A situation update issued by the agency said its medical personnel established a health point in Yalda yesterday, treating 330 patients.As high summer temperatures and regular interruptions in water and food supplies continue to affect Yarmouk, Yalda, and other areas such as Babila and Beit Saham, communicable illness reportedly remains a source of profound vulnerability for civilians. According to UNRWA, health services are extremely limited and lack the capacity to respond to major outbreaks and other serious health needs. For this reason, it warned that its medical assistance is vital and must continue on an indefinite basis.It added that its latest humanitarian operations were conducted with the facilitation of the Syrian authorities.Meanwhile, UNRWA is continuing to appeal for donors to increase their support. Only 31 per cent of funds needed for this year’s Syria Crisis Appeal have been received, while more than 95 per cent of Palestinian refugees rely on the UN for food, water and healthcare. read more

Electra Foundation officer charged with fraud

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPastor accused of rape granted $350,000 bailJanuary 9, 2018In “Court”Man who confessed to killing businesswoman, sons in 2012 remandedApril 26, 2016In “latest news”Cane Grove chopping death: Family fearful, questioning manslaughter charge, bail for accusedOctober 25, 2017In “Crime” Accused: Nazia Persaud sitting inside the Police vehicle in front of the CourtAn Electra Foundation Officer who allegedly defrauded a client out of $1.2M which was to be used for the construction of a low income house was on Wednesday answerable to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Nazia Persaud of Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD), who reportedly has similar matters at the Providence, Anna Regina and Linden Magistrate’s Court, denied this present allegation read to her by City Magistrate, Judy Latchman.It is being alleged that on October 14, 2016, with intent to defraud, she obtained the sum of $1.295M from Margaret Daly by falsely pretending that she was in a position to construct the said low income house.The Virtual Complainant (VC) reportedly handed over the cash to Persaud for the house to be constructed in Corentyne, Berbice however this was not done.Attorney for the accused, Stanley Moore told the Court that the VC cancelled a contractual agreement made with Persaud which states that she is entitled to a refund minus 25 per cent to be given to the company.He requested bail to be granted on the basis of the information.However, Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris objected as a result of this not being the first time the defendant is being accused of the said offence.Bail was however granted to her in the sum of $400,000 and she was ordered to reappear in Court on September 26. read more

VIDEO Pineaus show put Spain out of the tournament

Allison Pineau is the name of the first handball night in Stockholm. More than 3.000 fans at Scandinavium had a chance to see very interesting finish of the last match between France and Spain 23:22 (8:13). The French girls were down five goals in one moment, but they came back to balance in the last few minutes thanks to fantastic Pineau who scored last four goals for her team, the most important one, in the last second of the match for a big victory and an extension of semi-final battle.STANDINGS:Germany 4France 4The Netherlands 4Sweden 3Serbia 3Spain 0PHOTO: IHF, Stephane Pillaud ← Previous Story Dutch girls and Biegler laides closer to semi-finals! Next Story → HISTORY: PPD Zagreb beat Telekom Veszprem after 16 years!

Irelands cost of borrowing stable as €500 million raised on markets

first_imgIRELAND HAS RETURNED to the bond markets for a fourth successful auction since the November 2010 bailout.The National Treasury Management Agency sold €500 million in short-term bills this morning at a yield, or interest rate, of 0.7 per cent.The cost of borrowing is the same as what was paid to investors last month for bonds with a three-month maturity.The agency responsible for managing the State’s debt said demand was 3.6 times the amount on offer.Owen Callan is a senior dealer at Danske Markets and said today’s auction brings the agency’s total issuance to €14.34 billion which will provide “an enormous cash buffer of about €25 billion when coupled with its commercial paper programme.”“This effectively prefunds most of the January 2014 bond redemption which had previously been considered a huge hurdle for Ireland to overcome.”He said the bulk of today’s buying was by international investors who were mainly from continental Europe.“This will certainly be seen as a welcome boost in the context of Ireland’s position at the EU summit today, and will further highlight our progress particularly when compared with periphery Member States.”Although an auction of long-term bonds seems unlikely in the coming months, the NTMA may now look at more regular and scheduled issuances.Ireland’s cost of borrowing has fallen significantly since July when an interest rate of 1.8 per cent was charged in the first auction since the European Union and International Monetary Fund’s intervention. Prior to that, the interest rate stood at 4.28 per cent.NTMA chief: It’s looking good for ‘sustainable’ re-entry to marketslast_img read more

Catchup Wednesday 3 midweek longreads

first_img2. Child workersJuan is just 10 years old, but he heads to work each day with a pickaxe and a shovel. He makes bricks in a town outside Lima, Fernando Molina Cortés writes, in order to support his incredibly poor family.(Narratively – 7 minutes reading time, 1556 words)“This is where I live, this is where I work,” Juan tells me with a tired voice as he incessantly uses his bare feet to knead an amalgam of clay and water. He lives with his family in an adobe tin-plate house, with mats for flooring, just one bed to share, warmed by a tiny kerosene heater. Cheerful melodies playing in the background are at times able to lift the sordid sadness of poverty.3. Sticks and StonesClare Hartwieg writes over on Opinion & Insight about being both the bully and the bullied – and what her advice is to young people.(TheJournal.ie – 6 minutes reading time, 1384 words)One day I made a cruel remark to her. I can no longer remember what it was. She turned around with hurt and anger in her eyes and snapped back at me. Again, I don’t remember her words anymore – but I do remember how disgusted I was with myself in that moment.Want some more longreads? Then check out Sitdown Sunday> IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:1. Fallen AstronautThe only piece of art that has the unique claim of being on the moon is a 3″ sculpture by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck. Corey S Powell and Laurie Gwen Shapiro tell us how he came to create it.(Slate – 38 minutes reading time, 7702 words) In reality, van Hoeydonck’s lunar sculpture, called Fallen Astronaut, inspired not celebration but scandal. Within three years, Waddell’s gallery had gone bankrupt. Scott was hounded by a congressional investigation and left NASA on shaky terms. Van Hoeydonck, accused of profiteering from the public space program, retreated to a modest career in his native Belgium. Now both in their 80s, Scott and van Hoeydonck still see themselves unfairly maligned in blogs and Wikipedia pages—to the extent that Fallen Astronaut is remembered at all.last_img read more

Israeli activists taunt Palestinian hunger strikers by having barbecue outside prison

first_img Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 12:54 PM By Sean Murray 17,347 Views Israeli activists taunt Palestinian hunger strikers by having barbecue outside prison “The idea was to break them, make them hungry,” said a spokesperson for the group. Image: Majdi Mohammed AP/Press Association Images http://jrnl.ie/3353068 Short URL Share Tweet Email2 Image: Majdi Mohammed AP/Press Association Images 132 Comments Apr 22nd 2017, 12:54 PM A SMALL GROUP of hardline Israeli activists have been condemned, after they held a barbecue outside a prison where a number of Palestinian inmates are staging a hunger strike.Around a dozen Israelis grilled chicken and other kinds of meat, with a number of Israeli soldiers joining them to eat.“At this moment (the hunger strikers) will smell the food’s scent and maybe later in the evening they will see it on television,” event organiser Ofer Sofer told AFP in front of two barbecue pits.It is a bunch of terrorists that are threatening us with hunger strike. We are happy that they are on strike. Let them have this strike as long as they want.A number of commentators expressed outrage about the barbecue on social media amid violent clashes between supporters of the hunger strikers and the Israeli police.On Monday, some 1,500 of the around 6,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails began a hunger strike.The hunger strike has been led by prominent prisoner and popular Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences over his role in the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising.The prisoners have made a range of demands, from better medical care to access to telephones.There were violent protests in support of the Palestinians on Thursday.Security forces fired tear gas, sound grenades and rubber bullets at the crowd of Palestinians who threw stones and protested in support of the detainees outside Israel’s Ofer prison north of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.The Palestinian envoy to the UN on Thursday called for the International Committee of the Red Cross to intervene to help end a crisis over a hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.Ambassador Riyad Mansour to the UN Security Council said that the ICRC can play a “facilitating role” to avert “the dangerous consequences of a deterioration of this situation.”With reporting from AFP – – © AFP 2017Read: British tourist stabbed to death while travelling on train in JerusalemRead: Decision to stock Palestinian beer causes uproar in northern Israel city Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les gorilles du WWF se soulèvent contre Total

first_imgLes gorilles du WWF se soulèvent contre TotalLe WWF organise, ce lundi à 12h30 au pied de la tour Total située dans le quartier de la Défense, une action destinée à interpeller les dirigeants du pétrolier. A l’occasion de la prise de parole du PDG du groupe dans le cadre de la conférence Rio+20, “le soulèvement des gorilles” condamne la prospection de Total dans le parc congolais des Virunga, un sanctuaire pour les gorilles de montagne.”L’appel des gorilles” devrait faire couler de l’encre. Le Fonds Mondial pour la Nature (WWF) souhaite en effet que Christophe de Margerie, PDG de Total, prenne des engagements de taille en faveur de l’environnement. A l’occasion de la prise de parole du groupe pétrolier devant l’UN Global Compact, l’organisation de défense de la nature organise une “flashmob” au pied de la tour Total située dans le quartier de la Défense : une cinquantaine de danseurs, déguisés en gorille, viendront réaliser une chorégraphie militante. Initiée sur le réseau social Facebook, elle sera retransmise en direct à Rio, deux jours avant l’ouverture du sommet de la Terre, Rio+20. Mais cette chorégraphie n’est que la partie visible de l’iceberg. Derrière elle, un scandale des plus retentissants se joue dans l’est de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Le parc national des Virunga, havre de la biodiversité, est en proie aux prospections pétrolières alors que le sous-sol de la réserve est convoité par le français Total, le britannique Soco et l’Italien ENI, trois géants de l’industrie du pétrole. En jeu: la survie des gorilles de montagne Créé en 1925, cette réserve est la plus ancienne d’Afrique et a même été classée au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO en 1979. Plus de deux cents espèces de mammifères y ont élu domicile : chimpanzés, okapis, éléphants, hippopotames. Ainsi, le parc national des Virunga héberge plus d’un quart de la population mondiale de gorilles. Vingt-deux espèces de primates y sont représentées, dont trois espèces rares de grands singes : le chimpanzé de l’Est, les gorilles des plaines de l’Est et la plus menacée, le gorille de montagne. Répartis dans l’Afrique des Grands Lacs, il ne subsisterait que 786 gorilles de montagne dans le monde et un tiers d’entre eux vivrait dans les Virunga.  En principe, son double statut de parc national et de patrimoine mondial interdit toute activité extractive : les lois congolaises et la Convention du patrimoine mondial, la proscrivent. Seulement voilà depuis 2010, la RDC a octroyé des permis de prospection pétrolière sur 85% de la surface du parc. Des décisions qui préoccupent les populations (50.000 personnes) qui vivent de la pêche sur le lac Edouard dans la mesure où leur mode de vie dépend de la biodiversité et du maintien de l’équilibre écologique de la région. En outre, la crainte de voir se multiplier les forages dans des zones normalement protégées grandit peu à peu. Des craintes fondées “La prochaine étape sera sans doute des tests sismiques au sein du parc. Les événements semblent donc se précipiter”, s’alarme Colin Robertson de l’ONG Global Witness, cité par Libération. La pression opérée par les députés européens et les ONGs sur le gouvernement congolais n’a pas pesé. Seule ENI a abandonné son activité dans la région. Les deux autres compagnies renforcent leur présence et multiplient les études dans le parc. Si leur implantation se confirmait, les dégâts environnementaux seraient catastrophiques pour la faune, la flore et les populations qui y résident. Dans l’immédiat, la seule phase exploratoire pose déjà problème : ouverture de routes, tests sismiques, survols aériens. Le WWF est donc aujourd’hui bien décidé à continuer son combat. Par médias interposés, et même face à l’AG du groupe Total, l’ONG s’est engagée pour éviter un désastre environnemental et a même fait circuler en ligne une pétition. Néanmoins, pour Christophe de Margerie, le PDG du pétrolier, il n’est pas question de rester sur les terres du parc : “Total s’est engagé à ne pas opérer dans les Virunga […], et respecte les lois en vigueur dans les pays où il opère”. Selon Jean-Marc Fontaine, adjoint au directeur hygiène-sécurité-environnement de la branche exploration et production, la société ne renoncera toutefois pas à la partie de son permis (60%) : “on n’en est qu’au tout début. Nous commençons d’abord par une étude d’impact environnemental et social. […] Nous mettons tout en oeuvre pour travailler le plus proprement possible”, affirme-t-il. Mais à deux jours de l’ouverture du sommet Rio+20, le WWF compte ne pas relâcher ses efforts et exige du groupe Total qu’il prenne des engagements pour l’environnement, pour préserver la faune unique du parc national des Virunga. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site dédié : www.protegelaforet.com/virungaLe 18 juin 2012 à 12:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Nostalgia Is the Enemy on a Comedic XFiles

first_img The X-Files is a weird show. If you’re reading this, you don’t need me to tell you that. Bringing it back for two final Event seasons was always going to be tricky. Even if it were an unequivocal return to the series’s glory days, it would always be compared to what came before. Worse, it would be compared to our memories of what came before. The idealized, nostalgia-tinted images of the best moments from the original run of the show. And memories lie to you. They convince you of a world that’s subtly different from the one that actually existed. The present forces you to deal with the reality, which is why it always looks worse than the idealized past. That’s what last night’s X-Files was about. It was a surreal, self-aware parody of the show you remember.The tone is set immediately with a slapsticky black-and-white Twilight Zone imitation. A man runs into a diner, panicking about martians. He tells the waiter that a martian is right outside the window. The waiter says that’s not a window, it’s a mirror. The man inspects the mirror more closely, revealing that he is actually a six-armed martian. And so is the waiter. From there, we go back to color as Mulder returns home from “Squatchin’,” and all I could think of was how much I’d like to go Squatchin’ with Fox Mulder. But soon, he receives a message from an unknown informant and they meet in (where else?) a parking garage. The man, named Reggie, says he’s stumbled on the greatest conspiracy in history: a single man with the power to change peoples’ memories. His proof? That Martian sketch that opened the episode is supposedly the first episode of The Twilight Zone Mulder ever saw. It’s what got him hooked on the show and eventually led him to investigate the paranormal as an FBI agent. That’s how he remembers it anyway.David Duchovny (Cr: Shane Harvey/FOX)Except that episode never existed. Mulder searches through DVDs, episode guides, internet wikis, but still no evidence that the episode ever existed. When Scully comes to visit, she finds him buried in a pile of his old Twilight Zone VHS tapes. Much like many X-Files fans have done with their own recordings of this show. This entire episode is a delightfully meta-story about the legacy of The X-Files the show. How we remember it, how it actually was and how both versions of the show have changed. And for all the self-examination, the episode never falls up its own ass. It keeps things light and comedic, allowing for some blunt commentary on what a show about two FBI agents means in the Trump era. Multiple times in the episode, characters quote Trump directly. Scully even makes an uncomfortable parallel between Mulder and Trump when she mentions birtherism. Trump’s rise to power began with a conspiracy theory (that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States). Mulder is in a position of authority because he wants to believe in conspiracies, though his are less overtly racist.This episode intertwines nostalgia with Fake News and the Mandela Effect. If you’re new to this whole internet business, the Mandela Effect is basically a bunch of people who misremember something in the same way, so they convince themselves that it’s evidence of either parallel universes or someone messing with their memories. It’s so named because a vocal group of people insists they remember Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s, when he really became the President of South Africa, had a long and impactful life and died at the age of 95 in 2013. For more about the Mandela Effect and the people who swear by it, read K. Thor Jensen’s Internet Gutter story about it. It’s fascinating. The show ties all three ideas into one, explaining why the Trump administration remember a historic turnout for his inauguration while the rest of us remember a sparsely attended affair.  This is all the work of Dr. They. That’s who Reggie is talking about when he says “They” are trying to silence them.Guest star Ryan Hesp, guest star Brian Huskey and guest star Shane Dean (Cr: Shane Harvey/FOX)The man claims to be the former partner of Mulder and Scully, and we get a montage of an old episode, including the pilot, with Reggie poorly inserted into the scenes. It’s a reference to the show’s own habit of retconning itself by subtly changing lines and inserting characters into flashbacks of previous episodes. The premiere of this very season even did it during the Smoking Man’s revelation. What’s great is that the episode doesn’t try to tie itself to the grander mythology, but it’s not completely a throwaway gag either. Reggie is later revealed to be a mental patient. A former government employee working menial jobs for different agencies, each a greater perversion of democracy in the last. The cubical he’s sitting in doesn’t even change, just the sign on the wall. He goes from a postal worker to drone-bombing a wedding with the DOD, to waterboarding a man with the CIA, and finally listening in on Mulder and Scully’s phone conversations as a member of the NSA. That’s how he knows so much about Mulder and Scully’s past, and was able to insert himself into their old adventures.But it’s not all fake. Dr. They exists. He and Mulder have a long conversation about how he’s manipulating people’s memories to control the future. But even this scene is filled with details that point out how unreal this all is. Dr. They quotes George Orwell, but attributes it to Orson Welles. The whole scene is filmed in front of a very recognizable art piece in Vancouver, with the statues appearing to laugh at Mulder for even trying to make sense of all these mismatched memories. It’s a fourth-wall breaking moment that tells you that nothing about The X-Files is real. It’s not even filmed in Washington D.C. And if the show isn’t real, what does that say about your memories of what it used to be?Guest star Brian Huskey, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (Cr: Shane Harvey/FOX)When The X-Files was brought back for these two Event seasons, part of the goal was to tie up some loose plot threads from the original run. To give us some answers. This episode asked if we even want those answers. We came to this show for its scary monsters, its thoughtful sci-fi and its intriguing mysteries. But every mystery becomes less fun when you know the answer. That’s why, in Reggie’s retelling of their final mission together, a Segway-riding alien solves everything. And it sucks. The alien says they’ve been monitoring Earth for years and have decided they want nothing to do with humanity. So they’re going to build a big, beautiful, invisible space wall around our planet. Ha. The alien gives Mulder a book titled “All the Answers,” and he breaks down and cries. With all the answers, there’s nothing to investigate and the X-Files are meaningless. It’s a reminder that, as we search for the truth in the rest of the season, we should enjoy the mystery while we have it. And if the final episode comes and we still have questions, that’s probably a good thing. And in that spirit, the episode leaves us with one final question. As Reggie is being carried away to a mental hospital, Agent Skinner shows up. “Where are those guys taking Reggie?” Stay on target 11 Great TV Shows With Terrible EndingsBuy This Comic: The X-Files: Case Files – Flordia Man #1 center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

WWE touts events during SummerSlam weekend in NYC

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Pinterest WWE sent out the following:WWE® TAKES OVER NEW YORK CITY WITH SUMMERSLAM®STAMFORD, Conn., August 19, 2015 – For the first time since 2007, WWE’s SummerSlam returns to the NYC-Metro area with a week-long lineup of events including interactive fan experiences and community outreach programs covering all five NYC boroughs. SummerSlam takes place this Sunday, August 23, live on WWE Network at 7 p.m. ET from a sold-out Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The events begin today and include:· Children’s Hospital Visits – Wednesday, August 19WWE Superstars and Tag Team Champions Titus O’Neil® and Darren Young® will be at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and WWE Superstar Dean Ambrose® will be joined by WWE Diva Alicia Fox® at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Queens. On both occasions, they will visit with patients and hand out WWE Mattel toys.· Brooklyn Cyclones Celebrity Softball Game – Wednesday, August 19The Brooklyn Cyclones and WWE have partnered for SummerSlam Night. As part of the night’s festivities, WWE Superstars and Divas including Ryback®, Fandango®, Eva Marie® and Charlotte, will join members of the FDNY, NYPD and other celebrities in a pre-game Celebrity/Civil Servants All-Star Challenge and softball game prior to the 7 p.m. Cyclones game against the Lowell Spinners. Also scheduled to participate in the celebrity game are NBA Hall of Famer and current St. John’s Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Mullin, Mets Hall of Famer John Franco, Greg Kelly & Rosanna Scotto – the hosts of Good Day New York – and many others.· SummerSlam Reading Celebration – Thursday, August 20WWE and First Book will host a reading celebration at JCC Cornerstone Program at Todt Hill Community Center in Staten Island. WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler® and WWE Divas Nikki Bella® and Brie Bella® will read to local Staten Island students from grades 1-3 to promote the importance of literacy. A book donation will be made to all students in attendance.· Firehouse and Police Precinct Visits to Support “Answer the Call” – Thursday, August 20WWE is joining forces with Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes through a global online auction on Charitybuzz.com, featuring unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences in support of “Answer The Call,” the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. To help raise awareness for the program, WWE Superstars Roman Reigns®, Jimmy Uso®, Jey Uso®, Kofi Kingston®, Big E® and Xavier Woods®, and WWE Diva Summer Rae® will be visiting firehouses and police precincts around New York City.· “Be a STAR” (Show Tolerance and Respect) Anti-Bullying Rally – Thursday, August 20WWE will host an anti-bullying rally at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx, featuring Be A STAR alliance members, Facebook, GLAAD and DoSomething.org. WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, Facebook Trust and Safety Manager, Emily Vacher, GLAAD Vice President of Programs Zeke Stokes and DoSomething.org’s Chief Marketing Officer Naomi Hirabayashi will join WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston® and Sheamus®, and WWE Diva Eva Marie™ to deliver bullying prevention messages to more than 250 children between the ages of 6-15.· Hire Heroes Veteran Employment Panel & Event – Friday, August 21WWE, in partnership with Barclays Center and Orion International will host a Veterans Career Panel and Networking Event in support of Hire Heroes USA (HHUSA) for nearly 80 veterans. Corporate HR and Brand Executives from WWE, ESPN, Marvel, Priceline, MTA, LinkedIn, FDNY and Colgate will be in attendance to discuss veteran hiring practices. WWE Superstars The Usos, WWE Diva Naomi® and WWE NXT Superstars Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, will also be on-hand to speak with the veterans. The event will consist of a panel, networking opportunities and career coaching stations.· John Cena 500th Wish Celebration – Friday, August 21Make-A-Wish and WWE will celebrate WWE Superstar John Cena® becoming the first celebrity in history to grant 500 wishes. The event, which is being hosted at Dave & Buster’s Times Square, will feature appearances by WWE Superstar John Cena, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, Make-A-Wish America President and CEO David Williams, WWE Superstar Sheamus, WWE Divas The Bellas and Wish children and their families.· New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell – Friday, August 21In celebration of SummerSlam and WWE Superstar John Cena’s 500th Wish, Cena, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and Make-A-Wish America President and CEO David Williams will accompany seven Wish kids, and ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange. For more than a decade, Cena has been granting the wishes of children through WWE’s partnership with Make-A-Wish which began more than 30 years ago. To date, WWE Superstars and Divas have granted more than 6,000 wishes, more than any other sports and entertainment organization.· Superstar Meet and Greets – Friday, August 21 & Saturday, August 22These exclusive fan sessions will give the WWE Universe an opportunity to get autographs and photos with their favorite Superstars and Divas including WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins®; Randy Orton®; Roman Reigns; Dean Ambrose®; Bray Wyatt®; WWE Divas Charlotte, Paige and Becky Lynch; WWE Legend Sting; and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels.· Susan G. Komen Community Health Fair – Saturday, August 22WWE and Susan G. Komen will be supporting a community health fair featuring The Project Renewal Scan Van, offering mobile mammograms and information on Race for the Cure. WWE Divas Tamina™, Alicia Fox™, Naomi™, and Natalya™ and WWE Superstars Titus O’Neil and Darren Young will take part in a meet and greet at the Church of the Revelation in the Bronx to promote breast health education and the importance of early detection.· NXT Takeover Brooklyn – Saturday, August 22On the night before the biggest event of the summer, WWE’s next generation of Superstars and Divas will perform at a sold-out Barclays Center with the biggest NXT Takeover yet. Finn Balor’s reign as NXT Champion hangs in the balance when he takes on Kevin Owens in a Ladder Match. NXT Takeover Brooklyn can be seen live on WWE Network at 9 p.m. ET.· SummerSlam – Sunday, August 23A sold-out crowd will converge on Barclays Center for SummerSlam. WWE’s biggest event of the summer, which can be seen live on WWE Network at 7 p.m. ET, will feature WWE Superstars Undertaker® and Brock Lesnar® in a rematch of their historic WrestleMania 30 bout where Lesnar ended Undertaker’s 21-year undefeated streak.· Monday Night Raw – Monday, August 24The night after SummerSlam, Monday Night Raw takes place at a sold-out Barclays Center for the third night in a row, where fans can see their favorite WWE Superstars and Divas. Monday Night Raw is the longest-running, weekly episodic program in U.S. primetime TV history and is one of the most-watched, regularly scheduled programs on cable, airing live every Monday night on USA Network.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The Daily to Enter Android Market

first_imgGoogle has also produced its own subscription service, the Google One Pass. Google is only asking for 10 percent of a sub purchase through its services, which allow publishers to set their own prices and terms for the sale of digital content. This service also allows publishers to gather customers’ demographics as they please. Apple offers the subscriber the chance to share demographic with the publisher, or elect to keep that information private. The Daily offered a free trial to customers after the launch of the app, which will end after this week. The Daily may be coming to the Android market. The Daily, a daily newspaper app that debuted on the Apple iPad, was the first to utilize Apple’s new subscription plan app (and pay its 30 percent share requirement of each purchase bought through the app). The News Corp. app is available for $.99 a week or $39.99 a year. But in a few months, this sole partnership will change, as “’The Daily’ is prepping for an Android tablet launch in the second quarter of the year,” according to All Things Digital. Although the app is owned by News Corp., the product has been tied closely to the iPad, arriving on the scene as Apple announced their sub plan. last_img read more

Hyderabad is one of 110 places in the nation for CBI raids

first_imgHyderabad: Hyderabad was one of 110 places in 19 states where the Central Investigative Bureau (CBI) conducted searches on Tuesday. The searches were performed in connection with suspected corruption, arms smuggling, and criminal misconduct in connection with new instances. The leading investigative agency’s special teams fanned out at various places in 19 states and carried out further investigation. During the searches, sources said important papers had also been confiscated. Further details are expected.last_img

Namma Metro in Bengaluru becomes a leaky mess once again

first_imgA Namma Metro (Kannada for “Our Metro”) train travels along an elevated trackREUTERS/Vivek PrakashThe quality of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) construction is very much visible after several metro stations developed leaks following Tuesday’s heavy rains.Namma Metro has showcased a very poor infrastructural quality after Tuesday’s rain, which resulted in a leaky mess at the platform and nearby areas of the stations, which has a mix of underground, street level, and elevated stations using standard-gauge tracks. Most of these cases were reported along the Green Line of the metro and Banashankari, Rajajinagar, Peenya and Dasarahalli stations were the worst affected.This is not the first time an incident like this has happened. Earlier also water leakage was reported from several stations, including the main hub Majestic, Trinity and Indira Nagar. The metro staff had found an odd way of rainwater harvesting as they placed several buckets inside the station after water started leaking from the ceiling.Serving a total length of 42.3 kilometres and 40 stations, Bengaluru Metro is the fourth-longest operational metro network in India. In June, the ticketing staff at Majestic metro station had to shift from one of their counters as the water had started flowing from one of the vents into the room.Many such incidents of Namma Metro have been reported this year, yet the BMRCL authorities have not taken any action against this. The authorities claim of taking preventive measures and working out solutions even as most of the metro structures face such occurrences.It is not yet known if the poor quality of the construction or the improper maintenance of these structures have led to the leakage. The metro complex is mostly made of concrete and is not that old for the leakage to happen so quickly. However, people are concerned about the structural quality including waterproofing of the stations.last_img read more

Dhaka summons Myanmar envoy protests Rohingya influx

first_imgPhoto: UNBBangladesh on Wednesday summoned the Myanmar envoy in Dhaka and conveyed its concern to the Myanmar government at the reported laying of anti-personnel landmines close to the zero line of the border by Myanmar security forces.Bangladesh also lodged a strong protest against unprecedented level of influx of Myanmar nationals to Bangladesh since 25 August last.Director General (South East Asia) at the foreign ministry Manjurul Karim Khan Chowdhury conveyed Bangladesh’s position to Charge’d Affairs of the Myanmar Embassy in Dhaka Aung Myint.A note protesting at the latest influx of Myanmar nationals into Bangladesh was also handed over to the Myanmar envoy, said the foreign ministry.Bangladesh expressed deep concern over the escalation of violence in the Rakhine State streams resulting in huge influx of affected civilian population entering Bangladesh to escape from violence and save their lives.As per estimate of the UN agencies, around 125,000 affected Myanmar nationals have taken shelter in Bangladesh and tens of thousands are on their ways.This new influx is unbearable additional burden on Bangladesh which has been hosting around four hundred thousand of Myanmar nationals who had to leave Myanmar in several rounds in the past owing to communal violence and repeated military operations.Bangladesh stressed that it must not be the victim of repeated violence and instability in the Rakhine State.Bangladesh demanded immediate measures from Myanmar to deescalate the ongoing violence in the northern Rakhine State and immediate effective measures from the Myanmar authorities to stop the ongoing influx of Myanmar nationals into Bangladesh.It also urged Myanmar to address the real cause of such unprecedented exodus.Bangladesh also regretted that appropriate measures for protection of civilian population have not been ensured during the military operation that compelled huge number of desperate people to seek shelter in Bangladesh.It emphasised taking immediate and appropriate measures of protection by Myanmar for unarmed civilians of all communities in the Rakhine State regardless of ethnicity and religion so that affected civilians do not need to make desperate attempts to seek shelter in Bangladesh.It also urged Myanmar to take immediate measures to take back all Myanmar nationals who crossed over to Bangladesh.Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has earlier called for the Muslims of Rakhine state to be given either nationality or legal status, and voiced concern about violence that has since late August forced nearly 125,000 people to flee and risk destabilising the region.”I have condemned the recent attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army. But now we are receiving constant reports of violence by Myanmar’s security forces, including indiscriminate attacks,” the Secretary-General told journalists in New York, expressing concern about the security, humanitarian and human rights situation in Rakhine.”This will only further increase radicalization,” he said.last_img read more