Driss Lachgar meets in Madrid with PSOE leader

Madrid – The first secretary of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces party (USFP) Dridd Lachgar met, on Thursday in Madrid, with secretary general of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba.The talks touched on several issues of shared interest, mainly the Moroccan-Spanish ties, means to boost bilateral cooperation in all areas, and coordination between the USFP and the PSOE in regional and international matters.In a statement to MAP, Lachgar said that the meeting is part of contacts between the two political parties, noting that Rubalcaba underlined the strategic and priority aspect of ties with Morocco, saying that developing cooperation with Morocco is a priority for Spain’s foreign policy regardless of the government in power. The PSOE leader expressed the wish to see cooperation relations with Morocco getting stronger to serve the interests of the two countries’ peoples, Lachgar added. read more

African Leaders to Gather at AU’s 32nd Ordinary Summit February

Rabat – The African Union has announced the agenda for its 32nd ordinary summit, which will take place from January 15 to February 11 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The summit will take place under the theme “Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa.”The agenda of the summit will include the 37th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC) January 15-16; the 34th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council February 7-8; and the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU’s Heads of State and Government February 10-11. Irregular migration has been the focus of the pan-African organization in recent years.In 2017, King Mohammed VI addressed issues such as youth immigration in a message to the participants of the 29th AU summit.“African population growth, African institutions, migration and youth issues are opportunities we should leverage together,” the King said.The King renewed Morocco’s commitment to Africa’s development during the international conference of migration held in December 2018 in Marrakech.The monarch said in his message to the symposium that Morocco’s efforts to tackle migration are “neither recent nor incidental.”The King also emphasized Morocco’s “longstanding, voluntary commitment expressed through a policy which is humane in its philosophy, global in its substance, pragmatic in its methodology and responsible in its approach.” read more

Rajinikanths Sri Lanka visit next month triggers opposition

Incidentally, Lyca Productions had in 2014 faced opposition in Tamil Nadu when various pro-Tamil parties and organisations including VCK and TVK had opposed its producing of the movie ‘Kaththi’ (Knife), starring popular star Vijay.They had alleged that the proprietor of Lyca Productions, Allirajah Subaskaran, had close business ties with then Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, often criticised in Tamil Nadu for the death of civilian Tamils during the final assault on rebel LTTE in 2009.Lyca Productions had then refuted the allegations. Velmurugan, who had spearheaded the protest against Lyca Productions in 2014, said  Rajinikanth “has great respect and following among Sri Lankan Tamils” and therefore he should not commit himself to the programme.He questioned whether there were no actors in Sri Lanka who could be used for this purpose.“There is a big political conspiracy behind this and Rajinikanth should not fall prey to this,” he said.Gnanam Foundation has constructed homes for the relocation of displaced Sri Lankan Tamils affected by the civil war as part of the ‘Lyca Housing Scheme’ in Chinna Thampan and Puliyankulam regions in Vavuniya district in Jaffna.Lyca Productions’ Creative Head Raju Mahalingam in a statement yesterday said when they approached Rajinikanth to “grace the event as the chief guest, he readily agreed to be part of the function.” “There are efforts to involve him in the ethnic issue. Superstar (Rajinikanth) should not get involved in this matter and I say this as a friend,” the pro-Tamil leader told a Tamil TV channel. The mega star is scheduled to hand over the homes built by Lyca Group’s Gnanam Foundation for displaced Tamils in northern Jaffna.The actor is currently shooting for ace director Shankar’s “2.0”, a sequel to the duo’s earlier hit “Enthiran,” starring Rajinikanth and produced by Lyca Productions. Thirumavalvan said he had no problem with the commercial motive of Rajinikanth’s visit to Sri Lanka but said he felt there could be a “political motive” behind it. Superstar Rajinikanth’s visit to Sri Lanka next month to inaugurate a housing scheme has met with opposition from pro-Tamil outfits here, who cautioned him from getting “involved” in the emotive ethnic issue, the Press Trust of India reported.Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) urged the top actor not go ahead with his two-day visit starting April 9 during which he is slated to hand over 150 houses to displaced Tamils. “So he should be careful about this and it would be good if he could avoid visiting Sri Lanka,” he said.TVK founder and former MLA T Velmurugan said the actor should not “fall prey” to the efforts to paint a rosy picture of Sinhala-Tamil relations in the island nation.“At a time when Tamils are seeking justice for the ethnic violence in Sri Lanka, Rajinikanth’s visit does not augur well. This is an attempt by Sri Lankan government through Lyca to create an image that Sinhalas and Tamils are living unitedly,” he told PTI. VCK founder Thol.Thirumavalavan alleged that efforts were on to “involve” the ‘Enthiran’ star in the ethnic issue in the lsland nation. read more

Top court asked to hear crossborder beer case with far greater implications

Various brands of beer are seen on display inside a store in Drummondville, Que., on July 23, 2015. A spirited battle over the right to bring beer across provincial borders could be headed to the Supreme Court of Canada, in a case that could have broad national trade implications. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Top court asked to hear cross-border beer case with ‘far greater implications’ FREDERICTON – A spirited battle over the right to bring beer across provincial borders could be headed to the Supreme Court of Canada, in a case that could have broad national trade implications.“The decision really does have the potential to affect the very fabric of the commercial structure of Canada,” said Arnold Schwisberg, lawyer for a New Brunswick man acquitted of illegally importing 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor from a Quebec border town in 2012.In April, provincial court Judge Ronald LeBlanc tossed out all charges against Gerard Comeau, citing the Constitution when he stated that Canada’s founders would never have intended that laws should blatantly block the free flow of goods within the new country.On Tuesday, New Brunswick’s prosecution service said in a brief statement it will seek leave to appeal the ruling.“The implications of this decision are far greater than simply addressing the purchase of alcohol,” the statement read. “It concerns issues of inter-provincial trade with significant consequences.”Schwisberg said he was pleased the matter may be heard in the Supreme Court and elevate a matter of national significance.“It’s going to get an important issue heard by the top court in a very transparent way,” he said from his office in Markham, Ont.Schwisberg said it could have the power to shift a host of laws across the country that govern everything from selling chickens to how professionals work across provincial lines.He said a top court ruling in Comeau’s favour could effectively throw out Canada’s marketing board system, allowing for the free trade of goods while bringing food prices down as a result. He went further, saying a Supreme Court ruling could also have the effect of doing away with licensing standards that prevent engineers and other professions from moving easily between provinces.“It could by extension affect the inter-provincial movement of any Canadian product,” he said.During the trial, court heard that Quebec beer near the border is about half the price charged in New Brunswick, but the Liquor Control Act prohibits anyone in New Brunswick from having more than 12 pints of beer that wasn’t purchased through a liquor store in the province.The defence argued that section 134(b) of the Liquor Control Act is not an enforceable provincial law because it constitutes a trade barrier that is contrary to section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867 which states: “All articles of the Growth, Produce, or Manufacture of any one of the Provinces shall, from and after the Union, be admitted free into each of the other Provinces,” and is therefore unenforceable.The Crown argued that regardless of Section 121 of the Constitution Act, there are policies in place that limit free trade between provinces.Last month, an appeal court judge dismissed an application by the prosecution service to appeal the trial judge’s decision. The judge did not offer an explanation.Comeau was one of four people charged after a police “sting” operation in 2012. The New Brunswick Liquor Control Act prohibits anyone in the province from having more than 12 pints of beer that wasn’t purchased through a liquor store in the province.— By Alison Auld in Halifax by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2016 8:10 am MDT Last Updated Nov 29, 2016 at 1:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Overburdened truth commissions risk becoming victims of their own success– UN expert

Presenting his latest report to the Geneva-Based Human Rights Council, UN Special Rapporteur on transitional justice Pablo de Greiff cautioned that truth commissions increasingly face a number of important challenges, and “risk becoming victims of their own success.” “The truth about atrocities must carry consequences,” he said, but stressed that implementation of commissions’ recommendations is severely lacking and “therefore victims are left with partial, if any redress.” Mr. de Greiff underscored that truth commissions have made significant contributions to transitional processes, giving voice to victims of atrocities, backing the implementation of other transitional justice measures, and giving a meaning to the right to truth. However, he warned, they face various challenges which can lead to the non-implementation of recommendations; among them are overly broad mandates, flawed choices of commissioners, and insufficient and unreliable funding streams. Describing the expectations placed on these bodies, he said that nowadays truth commissions are supposed to juggle functions of fact-finding, victim-tracing and redress, provide comprehensive analysis of underlying causes, and generate comprehensive structural and institutional reform proposals. “At times, they are even tasked with clarifying and resolving corruption cases, and with the monumental task of bringing about reconciliation,” said Mr. de Greiff. “As temporary bodies, with finite resources and competencies, commissions are simply not in a position to meet all of these expectations,” the expert underlined. “On their own, they cannot be expected to assume such a broad array of functions and bring about a successful transition.” “They are not and cannot be made responsible for the implementation of their own recommendations,” Mr. de Greiff stressed. “This responsibility lies clearly with the States”. In his view, “commissions need to be assigned adequate, targeted and feasible functions.” He further stressed that truth commissions derive their power, to a large extent, from the moral authority and the expertise of commissioners, and therefore recommended that States “prioritize expertise over partisan political affiliation and ethnic identities, as the latter will likely result in tracking prevailing political or social cleavages.” “Selection procedures need to sufficiently vet commissioners for professionalism and integrity,” the Special Rapporteur added, calling for the development of international standards. “In the end”, he noted: “It should be remembered that insight is a precondition of, but not the same thing as, successful transformation. Revealing the truth is a critical part of processes leading to the establishment of regimes of rights. Acting upon such truth requires political determination, civil society participation, and financial resources”. Special Rapporteur de Greiff also called on post-authoritarian and post-conflict States to pursue a comprehensive transitional justice approach and on the international community to support these countries in expeditious, reliable, and sustainable ways, throughout the work of a commission and after.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

Team USAs Women Are An Olympic Powerhouse

The United States brought home more gold medals than any other country at the Rio Games this summer. As has become usual, the U.S.’s excellence owes much to the success of American women.In Rio, the U.S. women shined with 61 of 121 medals, including 27 out of 46 golds (59 percent). The U.S. was also atop the medal table at the end of the previous Summer Games, in London, and women were responsible for more than half the gold medals that year as well. Worldwide, more women than ever are competing in the Olympic Games: In Rio, around 45 percent of the athletes competing were women, and women’s events accounted for 47 percent of the 306 total. Of those 145 gold medals available for women, the Americans took 27 of them (19 percent). The U.S. men, meanwhile, won gold medals in 19 of the 161 male events that took place in Rio (12 percent). In the 2012 Games, the U.S. women took 29 of the 140 available gold medals (21 percent) while their male counterparts took 17 of the 162 available gold medals (10 percent). This has been the trend in most Summer Olympic Games, which leads to this inescapable conclusion: The only thing limiting the success of American women at the Olympics is the number of events available to them.Naturally, this brings us to Title IX, which was passed into law in 1972 and prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally funded educational programs, including sports. The share of U.S. gold medals won by women at the Summer Olympics dipped in 1976, but with the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, the U.S. women began a rapid ascent into equilibrium with the U.S. men: If we take into account that women have participated in fewer events than men in all modern Summer Olympics — and therefore competed for a smaller number of medals — the divide between men and women looks even more drastic. In 19 of the 26 Summer Olympic Games in which American men and women fought for medals,1This excludes the 1896 Olympics, which had no female events, and the 1980 Moscow Olympics, which the U.S. did not compete in. the women won a greater share of the available gold medals than the men did. That’s right — if there were a gold medal for who performed better in the Olympics, women would bring that one home too. The International Olympic Committee hopes to achieve an equal number of male and female events and athletes at the 2020 Summer Olympics, being held in Japan. That’s good news for everyone, but considering recent history, perhaps even better news for Team USA. read more

7 types youll definitely meet in your local pub on Christmas Eve

first_img Source: tinou bao4. School crowd in Christmas jumpersProbably on a 12 pubs of Christmas stop off, you’ll notice them by their antler hair-bands and lighty-up jumpers. That was once you, and you’ll feel a strange sense of authority and ownership on the pub, village, and surrounding area. Kids these days. Source: Festaparties5. An old flameProbably has kids now, looks well, at least they do when you quickly glance over at them to avoid catching their eye.6. Old classmatesOh, look who’s back too. After exchanging niceties you’ll spend the rest of the evening avoiding each other on trips to the loo. Source: bhenak7. The barman that is growing old thereIt’s the same barman you used to convince to give you drinks before you turned of age. He doesn’t look like he’s aged a bit and everyone knows his name, he probably even knows yours. They have a mysterious mind for faces, them barmen. Source: Photocall Ireland!Who remembers Ireland’s Big Snow of 1982?The 10 stages of Christmas Eve you went through as a child> SO YOU’VE GONE home to your old village to spend Christmas with the parents. But it’s not just them you’re going to be seeing, is it? Christmas Eve down the local pub you used to frequent as a youngster is a mixed bag. You see those from the past you really wanted to catch up with, and those who you’d forgotten all about.Here are the 7 people you’ll definitely bump into.1. The old colleagueYou worked with this person every weekend during your college years, but haven’t spoken to them since last year, on Christmas Eve, because you always see them on Christmas Eve. No matter what you’ve been through, conversation will always come back to the other people you mutually worked with. Source: Dotden2. An acquaintance’s drunk parentsWhy are they always there? They’re ALWAYS there. They’ll ask you about your life while silently comparing you to your friend. Our loudly, whatever. Source: los_bandito_anthony3. The village ‘auld lad’May be multiple if in a particularly rural area. They will chat to you when you approach the bar to order and tell you about their wife slaving away at home preparing the ham for tomorrow.last_img read more

Deflexion Body Armor Hardens on Impact

first_imgPerhaps the holy grail of body armor is the type that’s flexible and soft when you’re in motion or need to move around, but that firms up the instant something hits you or when you take some kind of impact, offering protection when you need it and flexibility when you need it. That’s the promise of Deflexion, a new silicon-based smart fabric from Dow Corning, which is made from a fabric that compresses into a strong, solid, hardened surface when something impacts the surface of the fabric. The key is in the material’s molecular structure: under normal conditions, the molecules in the silicon fabric are free to move about. Upon sudden compression, they tighten up, are unable to move freely, and become near-solid, distributing the impact of the compression across the entire fabric. This feature makes it ideal for wearable armor like bulletproof vests, motorcycle riding gear, or shock-resistant shoes and boots. [via DVice]AdChoices广告last_img read more

MPs to vote on an amendment that calls for a second referendum

first_imgTusk’s comments come ahead of tonight’s vote. As president of the European Council, he will be the host of a 21 March summit in Brussels that may be asked to decide whether to push back Britain’s 29 March departure from the Union.May said that to get such an extension, there would have to be a deal in place, and that the only deal on offer is the current Withdrawal Agreement. She said that parliament needs to accept that the only other option open to them if that motion is rejected is to opt for a much longer extension.Speaking to RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said a long extension is most likely and that Ireland won’t be an obstacle to an extension – but some other member states will be “quite demanding”. He added that he got a courtesy call from his UK counterpart before they published the no-deal tariff plan yesterday morning and that the plan galvanised the EU to continue to back Ireland and the backstop. The House of Commons last night voted against a no-deal Brexit with 321 MPs rejecting leaving the European Union without an agreement at any time. A total of 278 MPs voted against the motion which aims to rule out a no-deal Brexit in any circumstances.  During last night’s events, MPs also voted for a ‘no no-deal ever’ amendment as put down by Caroline Spelman. Its aim was to rule out a no-deal Brexit at any time rather than just up until 29 March, as May had proposed.A total of 312 voted for it – ie to entirely reject a no-deal at any time now or in the future – while 308 voted against the amendment. With reporting by Sinead O’Carroll and Cónal Thomas By Hayley Halpin Amendment H – Tabled by former Tory MP Sarah Wollaston and the newly formed Independent Group, it aims for a delay to allow for a referendum that asks people do they want Theresa May’s deal or do they want to remain in the EU Amendment I – Tabled by Labour MP Hilary Benn, it seeks to find a way forward through the Brexit impasse with majority support by allowing MPs to take control of parliamentary time from Theresa May on 20 MarchAmendment E – Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s amendment seeks to extend Article 50 to avoid leaving without a deal on 29 March, and provide time to find “a majority for a different approach”Amendment J – Tabled by Labour MP Chris Bryant, it essentially seeks to block another free vote on May’s deal, considering it has been rejected twice before. Amendment B was not selected, which aimed to reject a second referendum on the basis that it would be “divisive and expensive”.Meanwhile, European Council President Donald Tusk has said he will ask EU leaders to be open to allowing a “long extension” to Brexit if the UK needs time to rethink its leaving strategy. Tusk tweeted that he “will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it”. Mar 14th 2019, 10:40 AM 22,849 Views MPs to vote on an amendment that calls for a second referendum this evening Four amendments have been selected for this evening’s vote on whether to request an extension to Article 50 from the EU. During my consultations ahead of #EUCO, I will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its #Brexit strategy and build consensus around it.— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 14, 2019 Thursday 14 Mar 2019, 1:00 PM Updated Mar 14th 2019, 1:00 PM House of Commons Speaker John Bercow Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesFOUR AMENDMENTS HAVE been selected ahead of tonight’s House of Commons vote on whether to extend Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. MPs are due to vote again in the House of Commons this evening at 5pm and will be asked whether they want to vote to request an extension to Article 50 from the European Union which would see Brexit delayed.If the government’s motion is passed, the UK would not leave the EU on 29 March. Prime Minister Theresa May has said the motion will ask politicians to vote on a ‘short, limited, technical’ extension to Article 50 until 30 June, a day before the new EU parliament begins.However, it would have to ask the EU if it could do so. MPs had submitted 10 amendments to the motion, four of which have now been selected by House Speaker John Bercow for MPs to vote on.The amendments will be voted on before the Prime Minister’s motion; if they’re passed, they will be added onto that motion, and that motion will be voted on at the end. This means that the Prime Minister’s motion may be dramatically altered, by one or all four amendments, the time MPs vote on it.The four amendments are:center_img https://jrnl.ie/4541199 Source: Donald Tusk/Twitter 46 Comments Share144 Tweet Email As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les secrets de Siri exposés au grand jour

first_imgLes secrets de Siri exposés au grand jourÀ peine sorti, le Siri de l’iPhone 4S a été cracké. L’équipe d’Applidium permet désormais d’installer la reconnaissance vocale sur d’autres terminaux.Les Français d’Applidium avaient déjà porté VLC sur iPhone, cette fois ils exportent la principale nouveauté de l’iPhone 4S. Alors qu’Apple avait spécifié que Siri resterait exclusif au 4S, des hackers l’avaient déjà fait tourner sur un iPhone 4 voire un 3Gs (notre photo), Applidium pourrait désormais l’installer sur Android ou iPad.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Le tour de force, c’est qu’il faut pour cela duper les serveurs d’Apple. En effet, le traitement de la voix ne se fait pas sur l’iPhone, mais chez Apple, après transmission des données sonores. Applidium a dû ruser pour changer la clef d’authentification et être reconnu par ces serveurs comme un iPhone.Peut-être n’y aura-t-il pas d’applications Siri sur android, il suffira à Apple de changer les clefs. Mais ce hack a le mérite de montrer à qui le veut les entrailles du dernier né d’Apple (lien non disponible). Le 16 novembre 2011 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

OBITUARY Alan P Ware 72

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries” WILMINGTON, MA — Alan P. Ware, 72, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at Winchester Hospital on June 21st, after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Linda (Dearstyne) Ware with whom he shared almost 50 years of marriage. He was the son of the late Robert H. and Doris E. Ware.Family and friendships were the center of Alan’s world. He and Linda raised three sons and were blessed with 9 grandchildren. Nothing meant more than to them than having all of the family together. Each Halloween, Alan would beam with pride as he hauled hundreds of pounds of pumpkins home for the annual family pumpkin carving event.Alan was the owner of Battery Shop of New England in Dracut. After creating a battery department at Brodie in the early seventies, where he began his career, he worked throughout the industry, persevered and went on to become the proud owner of Battery Shop of New England. BSNE today remains one of the most successful industrial battery and charger suppliers in the industry, a true testament to Alan’s reputation as a man to be trusted and respected.He was an avid golfer who would often times play 9 holes before heading to his office in the morning. He would then end his day by playing another 18 holes with his evening golf league. In his earlier years, he enjoyed fishing. Two of his favorite trips that he talked about were his ten day canoe and fishing trip on the Allagash Waterway and his late night, hi-tide striper fishing off of Plum Island, followed by a 3 am breakfast with the locals.After the loss of his beloved Linda, the love of his life, Alan continued on despite his own health issues. He remained the great father, grandfather, brother and friend he had always been and made sure his relationships remained strong and unbroken. Despite his faltering health he anxiously awaited Wednesday nights when he would have dinner with his old friends he proudly dubbed “the Romeos” (retired old men eating out.) Each week’s dinner was at a different restaurant but it was his day out with his friends .Alan is survived by his three sons, Mark and his wife Amy of SC, James (Jimmy) of Wilmington and Paul and his wife Katie of Wilmington as well as his brother Bob and his wife Joanne, his brother in law Eric Dearstyne and his wife Joan. He was predeceased by his brother Eric (Wally), survived by his wife Terry of Plum Island. He also leaves his dear friends, Paul Herman of Lynn and Bill Endicott of Eliot, ME.He will be especially missed by his nine grandchildren, Nantahala, Tully, Miles, John, Mackenzie, Michael, Alyssa, Madison and Tyler.Family and friends are invited to gather for visiting hours on Monday, July 1st, from 4:00–8:00 pm in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte 62) Wilmington. Alan’s funeral service will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Tuesday, July 2nd, at 1:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers donations made to be made in Alan’s memory to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, 735 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854. Alan proudly served in the US Navy.Alan P. Ware(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

16 December observed in Japan

first_imgThe 48th Victory Day of Bangladesh observes in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, 16 December 2018. Photo: UNBThe 48th glorious Victory Day of Bangladesh was observed in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday with due respect and festivity.Different activities were organised by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Japan, said a press release.The day’s program began with hoisting of the National Flag with the National Anthem at the Embassy premises in the morning.Ambassador Rabab Fatima hoisted the flag while all the officials and representatives of Bangladesh community were present. Later one-minute silence of respect followed by special prayer (dua) was offered in the memory of the martyrs who dedicated their lives in the historic war of independence of Bangladesh in 1971.During delivering her massage, the ambassador solemnly recalled and paid tribute to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members who died on 15 August 1975.A colorful cultural program including patriotic songs, Rabindra sangeet and recitation of poem was staged. The program ended with singing the national anthem by all.Later Bangladeshi foods were offered to the guests.last_img read more

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide

first_imgThis handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on 16 November, 2018 shows former Khmer Rouge leader head of state Khieu Samphan stands during his verdict in court at the ECCC in Phnom Penh. Two senior Khmer Rouge leaders were sentenced to life imprisonment for genocide for their part in the regime`s 1975-1979 reign of terror, a UN-backed war crimes court said on 16 November in a historic ruling. Photo: AFPTwo top leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime were found guilty of genocide on Friday, in a landmark ruling almost 40 years after the fall of a brutal regime that presided over the deaths of a quarter of the population.The Khmer Rouge’s former head of state Khieu Samphan, 87, and “Brother Number 2” Nuon Chea, 92, are the two most senior living members of the ultra-Maoist group that seized control of Cambodia from 1975-1979.The reign of terror led by “Brother Number 1″ Pol Pot left some two million Cambodians dead from overwork, starvation and mass executions but Friday’s ruling was the first to acknowledge a genocide.The defendants were previously handed life sentences in 2014 over the violent and forced evacuation of Phnom Penh in April 1975.But the judgement at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) also found Nuon Chea guilty of genocide against the ethnic Vietnamese and Cham Muslim minority group, among a litany of other crimes.”The chamber finds that Nuon Chea exercised ultimate decision-making power with Pol Pot and… therefore finds Nuon Chea is responsible as a superior for all the crimes,” presiding judge Nil Nonn said.”This includes the crime of genocide by killing members of Cham ethnic and religious group.”Khieu Samphan was also found guilty of genocide against ethnic Vietnamese, though not against the Cham, he added.Both parties were sentenced to “life in prison”, merging the two sentences into a single term, Nil Nonn said.Hundreds of people, including dozens of Cham Muslims and Buddhist monks, were bussed to the tribunal located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh to attend the hearing.- Cambodia’s ‘Nuremberg’ -The events covered by the verdict span the four years of the Pol Pot regime and include extensive crimes against humanity.”The verdict is essentially the Nuremberg judgement for the ECCC and thus carries very significant weight for Cambodia, international criminal justice, and the annals of history,” said David Scheffer, who served as the UN secretary general’s special expert on the Khmer Rouge trials from 2012 until last month.The revolutionaries who tried to recreate Buddhist-majority Cambodia in line with their vision of an agrarian Marxist utopia attempted to abolish class and religious distinctions by force.The verdict read out by Nil Nonn presented a society where minorities were targeted and killed, Buddhist monks forcibly defrocked and groups of people executed, while men and women were coerced into marriages and forced to have sex to produce children for the regime.The atrocities fell under the additional list of charges, which the two men were found guilty of as well.Lawyers for Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan said they were planning to appeal.”Khieu Samphan did not have power to make any decision, so the verdict to me is very confusing,” said his lawyer Kong Sam Onn.Los Sat, a 72-year-old Cham Muslim who attended the verdict hearing with his wife, said he had lost “too many” family members under the regime.”I am really satisfied with the sentences,” he said, beaming as he left the court. “They brought suffering to my relatives.”Youk Chhang, head of the Documentation Center of Cambodia — a research organisation that provided the court with evidence — said the verdict will “affirm the collective humanity of the victims and give recognition to the horrible suffering”.”It can provide a sense of closure to a horrible chapter in Cambodian history,” he said.But the verdict is also “bitter justice”, said Amnesty International.”Decades after the crimes and 13 years after it was established, the ECCC should have achieved much more,” said regional director Nicholas Bequelin.The hybrid court, which uses a mix of Cambodian and international law, was created with UN backing in 2006 to try senior Khmer Rouge leaders.It has convicted only three people so far and cost more than $300 million.Former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary and his wife died without facing justice, while Pol Pot passed away in 1998.Many believe Friday’s decision will be the last for the tribunal, which has been marred by allegations of political interference.Prime Minister Hun Sen — himself a former Khmer Rouge cadre — has repeatedly warned he would not allow more investigations to proceed, citing vague threats to stability.The court has launched investigations into four more Khmer Rouge cadres, though one was dismissed in February 2017, highlighting the difficulties of bringing lower level members of the brutal regime to justice.Human Rights Watch’s Phil Robertson on Friday blasted Hun Sen for “truncating the judicial process”.But Craig Etcheson, who previously served as an investigator in the tribunal, said all international tribunals are mired in “a complex web of political interests,” and despite the “expensive, slow” process of the court, the ECCC has provided some form of symbolic justice to the victims.”It is not enough, perhaps, but some justice is better than no 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Texas GOP Rep Lamar Smith says he wont be seeking reelection

first_imgNASA/Aubrey Gemignani via FlickrRep. Smith, a Texas Republican, said in a statement “this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else.”Rep. Lamar Smith, a climate change skeptic who chairs the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, announced Thursday he won’t run for re-election, making his 16th term in office his last.Smith, a Texas Republican, said in a statement “this seems like a good time to pass on the privilege of representing the 21st District to someone else.”Smith completes his term as chairman of the science committee at the end of 2018. The committee has jurisdiction over federal agencies that have a major focus on research and development, such as NASA and the Department of Energy.As chairman, he’s voiced skepticism that climate change is caused by human behavior, saying that the Obama administration engaged in alarmism to promote an extreme climate agenda. Smith said at a hearing earlier this year that “much of climate science today appears to be based more on exaggerations, personal agendas and questionable predictions than on the scientific method.”The American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have both said that the overwhelming scientific evidence is clear that global warming is primarily caused by humans.Smith, who was first elected in 1986, also has encouraged Americans to get their news from President Donald Trump and not the news media.Smith said it’s humbling to live in a small Washington apartment four nights a week. But traveling back to Texas most weekends “recharges the batteries,” according to his statement. He said he hopes to find other ways to stay involved in politics.Smith’s announcement comes just two days after Rep. Jeb Hensarling, also a Texas conservative and chairman of the Financial Services Committee, said he would retire at the end of the current term of Congress.Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Smith’s leadership of the committee “established him as a leading policy mind” in the GOP conference. Stivers predicted voters in Texas would “select another conservative Republican like Chairman Smith who shares their values.”Meredith Kelly, communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, blamed the GOP agenda for driving Republicans into retirement. She said the GOP health care bill and tax overhaul plan make clear Republicans “are on the side of the very rich and the largest corporations.”“These retiring Republicans have seen the writing on the wall, and they’re not waiting around for the midterms,” Kelly said. Sharelast_img read more

Trails Lossless Web Navigation experiment by Mozilla

first_imgTrails: Lossless Web Navigation experiment by Mozilla by Martin Brinkmann on January 29, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 54 commentsTrails is a new lossless web navigation experiment by Mozilla with the aim to fix the tabbed browsing issue of losing information during navigation.The traditional tabbed browsing model has not changed all that much in the past 15 or so years. The majority of modern browsers supports tabs, and browsers keep track of the browsing history of each tab individually.Mozilla visualizes the current — flawed when it comes to the preservation of information — tabbed browsing procedure in the following way:Imagine a search for a restaurant that makes the perfect pizza. You fire up your web browser, and start the search on your favorite search engine.Results are displayed, and you click on a result (Yelp in this case).You browse Yelp, find a restaurant that interests you, and open its link. This link is opened in a new tab.Problem 1: The new tab has no connection whatsoever to the restaurant search history.Imagine going back to the first tab to browse Yelp a bit more to find another restaurant.Problem 2: Loading content in tab 1 will lose navigation history information.What Mozilla means by that is that the actual navigational trail does not include all user actions, not that the actual information is lost (as you may load opened sites using the browsing history for instance).A look at TrailsTrails is part of Browser.html, a Mozilla research project.The goal of trails is to construct not only a window into web content but a narrative of user activity. Our hope is that our work might help advance the state of browsing closer to the ideal of a tool that enhances our cognitive process, rather than increasing our cognitive load.Mozilla tries to preserve the whole browsing of a user using Trails, not just what is preserved right now by tabbed browsers.So, Trails preserve information that would otherwise get lost due to navigation but won’t change what users see when they use the browser.Mozilla hints that Trails might enhance the user experience in other ways, such as providing options to share entire trails and not just URLs, allowing annotation of trails, collaboration, or persisting trails.It is not clear right now how Mozilla would implement Trails in a browser like Firefox. A short demo has been uploaded to YouTube, but it shows Trails not in an actual browser interface, but on its own.Closing WordsIt needs to be noted that Trails is an experiment right now that may or may not find its way into Firefox at one point in time.While it is certainly true that some information is lost, I’m not sure if there is a really a need for something like Trails as it may add complexity to the browser depending on its implementation.While the actual trail “how did I get there” may be lost at times, tabs are usually opened in relation to one another, and users may open pages in new tabs when they don’t want to lose information displayed on the current tab.  (via Sören Hentzschel)Now You: What do you think of Trails?SummaryArticle NameTrails: Lossless Web Navigation experiment by MozillaDescriptionTrails is a new lossless web navigation experiment by Mozilla with the aim to fix the tabbed browsing issue of losing information during navigation.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

GlassWire 2 launches with Virustotal support Evil Twin detection

first_imgGlassWire 2 launches with Virustotal support, Evil Twin detection by Martin Brinkmann on December 15, 2017 in Software – 15 commentsGlassWire released version 2.0 of the personal firewall and security program for Microsoft’s Windows operating system.The new major version of the application includes improvements and new features including support for Virustotal scanning, Evil Twin detection, high DPI support.We reviewed GlassWire back in 2014 when the application was first released, and published a feature comparison of all paid GlassWire versions of the application a year later.GlassWire 2.0 is a free upgrade from version 1 of the software program. Users who run into activation issues are asked to contact GlassWire support to resolve the issue.GlassWire 2.0The first thing that existing users may notice when they upgrade their copies of the program to version 2.0 is that the interface has changed. It is not a complete overhaul of the interface but more a modernized version of the old interface. Users who work on high DPI screens benefit from support of high resolution monitors in GlassWire 2.0.VirusTotal support is one of the main new features of GlassWire 2.0. The feature is not enabled by default; go to Settings > Virustotal, and click on the unlock button there to enable it. You may then check “enable manual file analysis by VirusTotal” and/or “automatically analyze all apps with network activity with VirusTotal”.Apps with network activity are automatically scanned using the VirusTotal service if you check the latter.Manual checks can be run by double-clicking on apps and selecting the virus scan option that is displayed then.GlassWire 2.0 supports firewall profiles, another new feature. The firewall is only available in commercial versions of GlassWire. Profiles are set of rules, e.g. block all but whitelisted applications, that you may switch between.Use cases include creating profiles for different network environments or activities. You could create a locked down profile for important activities such as online banking for instance using the new profile functionality.GlassWire improved the firewall further in the new version. It syncs now with Windows Firewall, and checks the integrity of the default firewall of the Windows operating system on top of that, and may restore it if things were changed since the last scan.You find scans for new processes under firewall if you have enabled the automatic VirusTotal integration of the application. Any new process is sent to VirusTotal automatically after enabling automatic scans.Another new feature of GlassWire 2.0 is Evil Twin Alerts. GlassWire monitors WiFi networks, and it warns users now if the Mac address of WiFi access points change.A new type of network attack is known as an “Evil Twin” attack. This type of attack occurs when someone sets up a new WiFi access point with a name similar to your current WiFi access point. GlassWire watches out for these types of attacks by warning you if the Mac address of the WiFi access point you’re on changes. Of course if you’re using something like a mesh network with repeaters you may get occasional alerts, but as GlassWire learns these new access points over time the false alerts should stop. Also, if the WiFi access point you’re on loses its password you’ll also be alerted.The usage tab lets you switch between day, week and month statistics now. It lists apps, hosts and traffic types that use the most traffic.GlassWire 2.0 comes with several minor changes as well:Remote connections can be established by hostname, not only by IP.A new 7-day free trial for free users.Option to enable/disable GlassWire’s “Things” network scanning.Option to select a different time format.Closing WordsGlassWire 2.0 improves the firewall and security application for Windows significantly. Virustotal integration is a great new feature, and so is the integration of firewall profiles and better support for Windows Firewall.Now You: Do you use a firewall on Windows?Summary12345 Author Rating3 based on 8 votes Software Name GlassWireOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://www.glasswire.com/ Advertisementlast_img read more

With the Peruvian mango industry now past its peak

first_img With the Peruvian mango industry now past its peak volume period, projections indicate the country could end up exporting 36% less than the previous season.Juan Carlos Rivera, general manager of the Peruvian Mango Growers and Exporters Association (APEM), told Fresh Fruit Portal that there would likely be exports of just 131,000 metric tons (MT) compared to 204,000MT last season.Rivera said the drop was due to two main factors – a poor flowering period related to weather-related challenges and a lack of irrigation water available leading to smaller fruit falling from the trees. EU to tighten mango import regulations … You might also be interested in Colombia: Keitt variety driving exports and replac … Mexican mangoes: Slow start but volume and quality … center_img January 29 , 2019 Opinion: Foretelling the Mexican mango season wind … “During the winter in Peru, from June to August, we didn’t have the conditions for a good bloom,” he said.The APEM representative explained the organization had already been expecting a smaller crop prior to fruit set, but it later became clear that many trees had been affected by lack of water and the forecast was reduced further.“In December we realized that it was going to be even less,” he said.But he said Peru would remain an important player in the market, thanks largely to the commercial window the country has in its main markets – after Ecuador has finished and before Mexico and Brasil come online. Mexico ships mainly to the U.S. while Brazil exports heavily to Europe.By week 3, Peru had exported almost 83,000MT, slightly more than the 79,000MT exported by the same time last year, suggesting a sharp drop in weekly volumes is set to follow.last_img read more

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