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Minister Bennett reviewing complaints made against corrupt band council in British Columbia

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first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsIndigenous Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett has told APTN National News she is reviewing allegations of corruption on Peters First Nation that elders say is extinguishing their family lines.Elders wrote Bennett last month pleading with her to step in to help solve their membership issues.“Our family lines are being extinguished,” wrote Ed Peters, 74, the oldest surviving member of Peters reserve about two hours east of Vancouver.The “vehicle” for that extinguishment is Section 10 of the Indian Act, Ed Peters wrote, along with fellow elders Robert and Dorothy Peters.Ed Peters with a picture of his late mother Minnie Peters in the background.Section 10 came into effect in 1987 under Bill C-31 allowing bands to control their membership as long as the minister signed off on a membership code. After doing so the government would still grant status but not membership.Just over 230 bands were given the special status 30 years ago and it was developed to deal with the influx of applicants resulting from Bill C-31 that gave women their status back after losing it for marrying a non-status person. It also gave status to their children.“There is going to be a lot of complexity but I’d love to know more about Peters First Nation,” said Bennett “I know (Section 10) is problematic and I want to know more.”Bennett received two letters last month from members of Peters band – one from the elders and another from Samantha Peters, 41. They have not received a response.APTN provided paper copies of the letters during an interview with Bennett who said she will be reviewing them.“I’ll read them and then we’ll find out,” said Bennett referring to what steps she may be able to take.An APTN investigation has uncovered that once Peters got control of its own membership, it limited the number of people allowed to be members – despite people appearing to qualify under the membership code, which has kept the number of eligible voters low, as well.There are 165 status Indians registered to the band but only 42 can cast a ballot in elections. As Peters is basically one big family, some members there say one side has had control ever since 1987.“The Voters Lists used by this Band are corrupt,” wrote Robert Peters, whose son, Guy Peters, 51, has been denied membership several times despite the membership code stating the ‘natural child’ of a member can be a member as well. Guy Peters is currently in Federal Court hoping a judicial review of his latest denied application will be overturned.But all agree it’s creating a costly and lengthy legal battle few there can afford.“This must end now,” wrote Samantha Peters to Bennett on Feb. 17. “We refuse to bear the brunt of costs, via litigation, of subject matter that is not any fault of our own.”Samantha has been fighting the issue for several years now. It was a promise she made to her dying mother, Roberta Peters, in 2010. Before Roberta died she made Samantha promise to the fix the membership.Samantha Peters, left, with her late mother Roberta Peters in this undated photo supplied by the family.It was a fight Roberta has passed on from her mother, Minnie Peters.Minnie wrote Brian Mulroney’s former Progressive Conservative government in 1990 pleading with the Indian Affairs minister at the time to step in. Her letter was also shared with Bennett.“I am writing to you as my last resort,” she wrote the former Indian Affairs minister Pierre Cadieux on Jan. 4, 1990, less than three years after Peters became a Section 10 band. “Bill C-31 has unfortunately provided the opportunity through Section 10 for what is a virtual dictatorship to become a legal and permanent entity.”She went on to say, “the chief is accountable to no one and can maintain his power through intimidation, the control of information and the manipulation of resources.”In her letter, Minnie Peters outlined how the chief was then able to quickly put a stranglehold on the reserve, alleging he didn’t hold council meetings, gave his daughter membership even though she had married a “non-Indian” years before C-31, while refusing to accept other C-31 applicants, including elders who wanted to return home, and his son had a new home while other members lived in derelict housing.Samantha kept her promise to her mom by submitting more than 66 applications for people who have status through Peters but are not members, including Ed Peters’ two children – he’s the elder but his children were not members.None were approved, including an elder who wanted to return home before she died.There are nine people with applications currently open, but only a handful have received a response from the band council after filing them in October. Their applications were put off until the latest election on Jan. 19, which the members have appealed to Indigenous Affairs asking the government to overturn it over alleged manipulation of the membership list.As that is being reviewed by INAC, they are asking Bennett to launch her own investigation into Peters.“Now, it has gone too far, for too long, and we beg your intervention to remedy the alleged transgressions,” wrote Samantha Peters.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Death toll in Ukraine conflict exceeds 5000 may be considerably higher –

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More than 5,000 people have now been killed since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine in mid-April last year, the United Nations human rights office said today as it expressed fear that the real figure may be ‘considerably higher.’ Escalation of hostilities since 13 January has raised the total death toll in the country to at least 5,086 and some 10,948 people have been wounded between mid-April last year and 21 January 2015, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “In just nine days, between 13 and 21 January, at least 262 people were killed due to the hostilities. That is an average of at least 29 people killed per day. This has been the most deadly period since the declaration of a ceasefire on 5 September,” OHCHR spokesman Rupert Colville said at a press conference in Geneva. In addition to the intense fighting and shelling in the embattled Donetsk region, shelling has also been reported in several towns of Luhansk region. The killing of civilians when an artillery shell hit a bus stopping for passengers in the Leninskyi district of Donetsk yesterday was the second bus attack, with significant casualties, in the last 10 days. This has brought into ‘stark focus’ the impact of the ongoing hostilities on civilians. “We are concerned about the lack of implementation of the 12 provisions of the Minsk Protocol and the continuing presence of foreign fighters in the east, allegedly including servicemen from the Russian Federation, as well as the presence of heavy and sophisticated weaponry in populated areas under the control of armed groups,” Mr. Colville said. “Civilians held or trapped in these areas are subject to a total lack of respect for human rights and the rule of law,” he added, reminding all parties to the conflict that international humanitarian law prohibits the targeting of civilians and that the principles of military necessity, distinction, proportionality and precaution must be strictly respected. Mr. Colville also expressed concern over the impact on civilians of the recent decision by the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine to restrict movement in and out of the areas controlled by armed groups. As of 21 January, people travelling to and from these areas need to obtain special passes and provide documents to justify the need to travel. “These limitations are worrying, especially in light of the escalating hostilities. It adds to concerns created by the Government decision in November 2014 to discontinue providing State services in the territories controlled by armed groups,” he said. The restrictions are likely have a ‘severe effect’ on the most vulnerable groups, such as older people, mothers with children and people with disabilities who depend heavily on social benefits. “We urge Ukrainian authorities to take immediate steps to redress this situation,” Mr. Colville said. In late February 2014, the situation in Ukraine transcended what was initially seen as an internal Ukrainian political crisis into violent clashes in parts of the country, later reaching full- scale conflict in the east. A cease-fire and peace plan for eastern Ukraine was signed in the Belarussian capital of Minsk on 5 September, but remains fragile. The situation has since continuously deteriorated, with serious consequences for the country’s unity, territorial integrity and stability. read more

Besieged Syrians believe the world has forgotten them UN relief chief tells

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“[But] this tragedy is man-made. It is hideous but it is avoidable. And we – you – must come together to stop it,” emphasized Mr. O’Brien, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Indeed, he continued, “every time we think we have reached the nadir of human suffering in this crisis, it continues to sink deeper and deeper before our eyes.” The recent pictures of emaciated, starving children in the besieged town of Madaya seemingly shocked the collective conscience of the world. Humanitarian missions to Madaya and similarly besieged Zabadani, Foah and Kefraya, undertaken by the UN, the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), have delivered desperately needed food, medical and other aid sufficient for one month for over 60,000 people. Negotiations continue to allow the free safe passage in both locations whose lives are at serious risk. These negotiations – with all parties – must conclude urgently to avoid more senseless death and suffering. In the meantime, health supplies in Madaya are dwindling fast, and recent UN and SARC requests to Syrian authorities for medical teams to enter Madaya must be approved without delay or hindrance. “And why do we negotiate? Why do we request safe access from all parties, but principally the Syrian Government? Because although this Council has agreed a resolution to allow for safe, unimpeded access, it does not always exist for the brave men and women on the ground trying to deliver assistance into these areas,” Mr. O’Brien stressed, adding: “Some simply say to me: ‘the UN should break the sieges’ – but that would be reckless. It would entail sending convoy drivers and humanitarian workers into the line of fire.” “This political process offers a genuine window of opportunity for the international community to come together and find solutions. I cannot stress enough that we must not let this opportunity pass,” Mr. O’Brien told the Security Council in a briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria, which comes just two days before UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura is to facilitate intra-Syrian talks in Geneva. Mr. O’Brien, who briefed the Council alongside World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, said that after five long years of conflict, the facts speak for themselves: over 250,000 people killed, well over a million injured, 6.5 million displaced within Syria, almost 4.6 million refugees, and much of the remaining population – some 13.5 million people – are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. “We must never forget that behind each of these figures are the individual and personal stories of girls, boys, women and men whose lives have been uprooted; whose dreams for the future have been shattered; and who have witnessed and been subjected to unspeakable fear and suffering,” he said, and the vicious cycle of death and destruction carries the grave risk that it is seen as the “new normal” in Syria as the search for a political solution continues. “We have asked this Council repeatedly to demand that the parties to the conflict facilitate unhindered, unconditional, and sustained access across Syria, but this is simply not happening,” he said, noting that active conflict and insecurity are limiting factors, but all parties to the conflict continue to deliberately delay or obstruct the delivery of aid. Yet: We are in a race against time. More and more people are slipping out of our reach every day as the conflict intensifies and battle lines tighten.” Urging an end to the targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure and calling for more action to facilitate unhindered, unconditional and sustained access to all people in need, including in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, for all types of assistance, Mr. O’Brien underscored that the continued suffering of the Syrian people cannot be blamed on relief organizations and staff; “rather, it is the failure of both the parties and the international community that have allowed this conflict to continue for far too long.” “And try as we may, humanitarian action cannot be a substitute for political action. The only solution is through political dialogue that reduces and ultimately ends the violence. The key stakeholders in the Syria crisis must do what has never been done up to this point and put people before politics,” he said, underscoring that on the eve of further political talks, “it is my hope, and the hope of all humanitarians, that the key stakeholders finally take the bold, unselfish and courageous decisions necessary to bring an end to this ruinous war and the unimaginable suffering of the Syrian people.” In her remarks, WFP chief Ms. Cousin toldthe UN Security Council on Wednesday (27 Jan) the agency’s work in Syria was being disrupted because UN resolutions were not being met. “To prevent people from imminent starvation, we need the support and action of every Council Member and every Member State,” she said. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) briefs Security Council on humanitarian situation in Syria. Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator briefs Security Council on humanitarian situation in Syria. Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator speak to journalists following closed-door Security Council consultations on the humanitarian situation in Syria. Credit: UN Photo/Loey Felipe “Preventing mass starvation requires more than a four-town agreement. “Preventing a humanitarian crisis requires unimpeded and sustained access for humanitarian organizations to bring immediate relief – including food – to all those in need inside Syria,” she said, also calling for humanitarian pauses and unconditional, monitored ceasefires to allow food and other urgent assistance to be delivered to civilians, to support the necessary vaccinations and other health campaigns. Ms. Cousin said the time for fully and collectively realizing the resolutions is long overdue. “Access must not be arbitrary. Access must not be ad hoc. Access must not be one-time. Effective access must not require unreasonable approvals. Access must be reasonably safe, regular, transparent and accountable,” she emphasized. Spotlighting the difficulties facing humanitarian agencies and workers due to sporadic and ad hoc access, she said that as the Council was meeting, people in as many as 18 besieged areas could be completely out of water and food, but “we simply do not know. It is just a matter of time before the brutal images we have witnessed these past few weeks hit our screens again.” read more

WHS We need to solve humanitarian crises together says UNESCO envoy Forest

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“We are facing a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented magnitude in the history of the planet,” the Academy Award-winning actor said in an interview with the UN News Centre on one of the terraces of the venue in Turkish city, which hosts the Summit through tomorrow evening. “One of the Summit slogans is: ‘A common humanity shared responsibilities,’ and I think that’s what we need to achieve today,” said Mr. Whitaker, who is also the founder of Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, as well as one of the eminent personalities chosen by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to advocate on behalf of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Special Envoy urged the international community to build on the work of the Summit, convened by the Secretary-General to ensure that humanity – people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive – are placed at the heart of global decision-making, to transform humanitarian aid to development assistance.Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy. Credit: UN News Centre “I talked to many people [during the first day], and we hope that a number of proposals concerning education, conflict and poverty will tackle these problems,” said Mr. Whitaker. “I hope that this Summit will help raise awareness that we need to solve these problems together, both at the level of NGOs [non-governmental organizations], government agencies and individuals. Together, we can find solutions to some of the problems we face on the planet,” he stressed. Earlier in the day, Mr. Whitaker took part in the Summit’s opening ceremony, where he addressed delegations just after a former child soldier from Uganda, Victor Ochen. “I talked with Victor Ochen. He spoke of our humanity, of being human […] and we are concerned about the fate of other human beings. I always try to remain aware that what affects others affects me too,” explained Mr. Whitaker. “This is what people are trying to achieve all over the world. They thought [the problems] were [far away] from them, but those problems arrived at their doors.” For example, he noted the situation of refugees, emphasizing that some 60 million people are currently displaced worldwide. Experts believe they could be displaced and/or on the move for some 17 years. “These people must have a place to go. This affects us all,” he said. Mr. Whitaker said he hopes this first-ever UN World Humanitarian Summit will help individuals to realize that they are not disconnected from the dramas faced by the world’s most vulnerable people. “These problems and sufferings also affect our lives,” he said. read more

Demand for counselling services increase in Tallaght as recession bites

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first_imgAROUND ONE PER cent of the population of Tallaght will have sought counselling by the end of this year. The area’s Village Counselling Service believes the rise in demand is due to the financial crisis, which is putting stress on already hard-pressed families.The VCS will see around 1,000 new clients coming through their doors this year in an area that is rife with suicide and social difficulties. With a population of over 100,000 people in Tallaght, counsellors care for people ranging in all ages, from children to the elderly.The VCS started up around eight years ago to help care for the mental health of the community because there was a lack of affordable, accessible mental health services at the time.The low-cost service, which is part-funded by the HSE and Family Support Agency, relies on more than 140 trained voluntary counsellors. It means that clients only have to pay an average of €7 per session and this makes it more accessible to those who require help.Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality and Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch will visit the VCS in Tallaght today. Just last month, the Minister dispelled any notion of further cuts to the mental health budget and she clarified that in Budget 2012 there was special provision for an additional €35 million for mental health. The money is to be used mostly to strengthen community mental health teams, to provide psychological and counselling services in the primary care setting for people with mental health problems and to fund additional activities on suicide prevention.Read: Suicide charity chief calls for new independent national authority >last_img read more

Missing man last seen in Wicklow but car found in Cork found

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first_imgUpdated: 06/06/13 12:05Missing Terry Crehan has been located.=================GARDAÍ IN ARKLOW, Co Wicklow are appealing to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Terry Crehan.The 51-year-old is described as 6ft tall with slightly balding grey hair, has a beard and wears reading glasses sometimes.When last seen he was wearing a blue and white stripe shirt, denim trousers and brown leather shoes.He is from Calderwood, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 and was last seen at Woodenbridge Hotel, Avoca, Co Wicklow at around 6pm on the 1 June 2013.He was driving a gold/yellow car, which was later found in Blarney, Co Cork.last_img read more

Optimism over trade sends US stocks sharply higher

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first_imgPotentially encouraging news on trade and interest rates put Wall Street in a buying mood Tuesday, driving the market to solid gains and sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average 350 points higher.Technology stocks powered much of the rally as investors welcomed news that the leaders of the U.S. and China will meet face-to-face next week to discuss their long-running trade dispute. Traders have been hoping for any positive sign in the trade war between the world’s largest economies.It’s not the first time the market has rallied on seemingly encouraging developments on trade. Previous positive signs did not pan out, triggering market turbulence.“You sort of have to ignore it a little bit,” said Tobias Carlisle, founder and portfolio manager at Acquirers Funds. “It’s probably going to drag out to the end of the year, so what we’re trying to do is buy something undervalued, and it’s great when there’s a day like today and it works.”Markets also got a boost after the head of the European Central Bank said it was ready to cut interest rates and provide additional economic stimulus if necessary. The remarks put the spotlight on the Federal Reserve, which is set to announce its own decision on interest rates Wednesday.last_img read more

Million dollar marijuana drug bust in Exuma

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 28, 2017 – Exuma – Millions of dollars in #marijuana were seized on Saturday in Williams Town, #Exuma and two Bahamian men are arrested but police say their arrests are just the beginning in this major investigation.    It was obviously a huge haul, as the go fast boat seized in the bust was brought into Nassau and the 30 bales of marijuana were off loaded by the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.There were lots of hands on deck and Head of DEU, Samuel Butler explained that indeed it was, that the marijuana had a street value of $3.2m.#MagneticMediaNews Fyre Festival, a huge disaster Related Items:#magneticmedianews, exuma, marijuana Bahamas Police arrest two for armed robbery, 40lbs of ‘ganga’ Grand Bahama man pleads guilty in Exuma marijuana bust; four others charged in court Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Thieves haul away personal watercraft from Miami Gardens home

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first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance footage caught two thieves stealing a personal watercraft from a Miami Gardens home, early Tuesday morning.The video shows the subjects hauling the watercraft out to the street, near Northwest 193rd Street and 47th Avenue. The footage then shows the duo attaching the watercraft to their car and driving off with it.“Hopefully, they’re going to get caught, because what goes around comes around,” said Davian Burgos, the watercraft’s owner.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

No trucks advised on upriver ice road

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first_imgUpriver travel has just gotten harder. Ice crews have removed road markers between Tuluksak and Kalskag and are advising no more truck traffic between these points. That means people upriver will be staying in place or shelling out money for airfare until breakup.Download AudioKuskokwim River flooding near Chuathbaluk after the initial snow melt last week. (Photo courtesy of Mark Leary.)“It’s just time to be done with trucking. It’ll still be good for snow machines for a while,” Bethel Search and Rescue Member Mark Leary said.Leary says the combined effects of dark sand warming the top of the ice and the current flowing under the ice is creating an unstable surface for trucks.“We had some of those days when that north wind was howling, and it was blowing sand like crazy,” Leary said. “Sometimes it looked like smoke over the river there was so much sand.”The amped current comes from last week’s snow suddenly falling and then quickly melting. The sand comes from an overall lack of snow through the winter, leaving the ground exposed to wind and creating sand drifts on the ice.Leary measures ice thickness for the National Weather. His last measurements in mid-March showed ice reaching 33 inches in Aniak and 36 inches in Napaimute, lengths he calls below average for this time of year.“I don’t know if there’s such a thing anymore as a normal year, but what we used to see is ice in the 40’s or more,” Leary said.Leary says many open holes never froze this winter, another anomaly for the Kuskokwim. He says no new holes are forming, but the ice is dropping off at the edges and side sloughs are also opening.last_img read more

Vodafone to Launch PanIndia Mobile Number Portability on 3 July

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first_imgVodafone India, one of the country’s leading telecommunications service providers, on Thursday announced the launch of National Mobile Number Portability (NMNP), aligning with the government’s mandate to roll out pan-India Mobile Number Portability services from 3 July, 2015.The National Mobile Number Portability service facilitates customers to carry their existing mobile number from one telecom circle to another across India and choose the operator of their choice. NMNP is applicable to all pre-paid and post-paid customers.”Customers will be the biggest gainers of the National MNP service as it allows them to carry their existing number across India and also choose the operator of their choice. Vodafone has benefited from the intra-circle MNP that was rolled out in 2011 and we look forward to a similar response this time,” said Vodafone India Chief Commercial Officer Vivek Mathur.Customers looking for the convenience of retaining their existing number at the new location can avail the benefits of National MNP service.Vodafone India has a pan India base of over 184 million customers serviced through a network of over 130,000 sites, of which over 35,000 are 3G sites.This makes Vodafone India, the fifth largest network in the world. Vodafone also has the largest retail footprint with over 9,800 exclusive retail stores across India.last_img read more

This is what Sri Reddy tells KCR after TS Govt set up

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first_imgSri ReddyTwitterActress Sri Reddy thanked and called KCR aka K Chandrasekhar Rao a real hero after his Telangana (TS) Government set up panel to deal with sexual harassment pleas in Tollywood.Sri Reddy started a protest against the casting couch and sexual harrassment in Tollywood in April 2018. Initially, she didn’t get support and she was ignored and isolated by the industry. But the unfazed actress staged a nude protest at the Movie Artists Association, after it rejected her application for the membership. She also exposed how some celebs’ sexually harrassed her with a pretext of giving offers.The news about this created a lot of stir in the national media, putting Tollywood to shame. Following this, some NGOs and women organisations extended her support. Human Rights Commission took note of the issue and demanded the Telangana Govenment an explaination on not setting up Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CASH). Coming under pressure the Telugu film industry agreed to set up CASH soon.Exactly a year after Sri Reddy’s MeToo campaign began, the Telangana government has set up a 25-member committee to deal with complaints of sexual harassment in the Telugu film industry. The committee is headed by the chairman of the Telangana State Film Development Corporation. Sri ReddyTwitterThe State Women Development and Child welfare commissioner, Police Commissioners of Hyderabad and Rachakonda, Labour Department Commissioner, representatives of SHE teams, Telugu Film Producers Association President and State Film Development Corporation President have been named members of the committee, accoding to the reports.It was really an emotional moment for Sri Reddy, who was all thrilled and glad to hear the news about the setting of the commitee. The actress took to her Facebook page to thank Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for it. She has also expressed her gratitude to woman activists Sandya, Vasudha, Sajaya and Tej for their support all through this movement.Sri Reddy posted, “Being a Hyderabadi Proud moment today..Thank u soooooooo much real hero kcr garu..my dream came true today..from mark of bitch now you made me a heroine to this world..1 year of my pain gave the birth..g.o passed by government against sexual harrassment..for movie industry committee is forming soon on sexual harrassment..now got tremendous result for my removing clothes..main persons who made this true is sandya ,vasudha,sajaya,tej love u all..for this movement heart is “apoorva”..thank u every one..”last_img read more

Nanda Devi Bodies of missing climbers spotted near peak in Uttarakhand

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first_imgThe bodies were sighted after an air search was conducted over the Nanda Devi East peak.TwitterThe Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters searching for eight climbers including seven foreigners missing on India’s second-highest peak, the Nanda Devi East, have spotted bodies and equipment of five mountaineers in Uttarakhand on Monday, June 3.The climbers from the UK, US and Australia went missing en route to the Nanda Devi East peak. The members of the team were Martin Moran, John McLaren, Richard Payne, Rupert Havel (all from the UK), Ruth Macrain (Australia), Anthony Sudecam (US), Rachel Bimmel (US) and liaison officer Chetan Pandey.Bodies of five climbers were sighted near an unscaled peak adjoining the Nanda Devi East peak during an air search by Air Force helicopters on Monday, Pithoragarh District Magistrate VK Jogdande said.Apparently, the mountaineers perished in an avalanche while ascending an unscaled peak near the Nanda Devi East peak after they failed to scale the latter, he said.The bodies were sighted after an air search was conducted over the peak on the basis of clues provided by four climbers from the UK rescued during a sortie undertaken on Sunday.”We are sending a report to the Centre. Further, the rescue operation will be conducted after we get instructions,” the District Magistrate said.”We have an expert team from State Disaster Response Force, besides experts from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. In addition to these teams we have stationed our search teams at Laspa and Bugdiyar camps close to the Nanda Devi base camp in Munsiyari,” said the official.Sub Divisional Magistrate of Munsiyari KN Goswami said, “It is now ITBP and SDRF and Air Force teams that will conduct the search operation with help of expert mountaineers and local villagers.”Led by well-known British mountaineer Martin Moran, the team went missing recently on way to the 7434-metre-high Nanda Devi East peak in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district.A liaison officer of Indian Mountaineering Foundation in New Delhi was also part of the team.They had left Munsiyari on May 13 to scale the peak but did not return to the base camp on the appointed date of May 25.British mountaineer Martin Moran had scaled the peak twice in the past, he said.The route to the peak begins from Munsiyari about 132 km from the district headquarters.(Inputs from agencies)last_img read more

Is Texas AM Violating The First Amendment

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first_img Share Todd WisemanTexas A&M University is canceling a white supremacist rally that was set to take place on Sept. 11. The school cited safety concerns after the violence in Charlottesville, Va.The move is prompting legal questions about free speech rights. Is the university violating the First Amendment?Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, constitutional law professor at South Texas College of Law Houston, lays out the legal issues that could lie ahead for Texas A&M.last_img

A peek into the merging galaxy cluster Abell 3888

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first_img(Phys.org)—Studying substructures of galaxy clusters can reveal important information about the morphology and evolution processes of these gravity-bound groups of galaxies. Optical spectroscopy is very helpful in this matter, capable of unraveling the history of large-scale structure formation in the universe. That’s why a team of astronomers from New Zealand conducted a series of spectroscopic observations to peek into the galaxy cluster Abell 3888, unveiling that this cluster is dynamically young and might be an indicator of an ongoing or past merger event. A paper detailing the findings was published online on Feb. 11 on the arXiv pre-print server. In galaxy clustering, mass may not be the only thing that matters Citation: A peek into the merging galaxy cluster Abell 3888 (2016, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-peek-merging-galaxy-cluster-abell.html Explore further © 2016 Phys.org More information: An Optical Analysis of the Merging Cluster Abell 3888, arXiv:1602.03756 [astro-ph.CO] arxiv.org/abs/1602.03756AbstractIn this paper we present new AAOmega spectroscopy of 254 galaxies within a 30′ radius around Abell 3888. We combine these data with the existing redshifts measured in a one degree radius around the cluster and performed a substructure analysis. We confirm 71 member galaxies within the core of A3888 and determine a new average redshift and velocity dispersion for the cluster of 0.1535 +- 0.0009 and 1181 +- 197 km/s, respectively. The cluster is elongated along an East-West axis and we find the core is bimodal along this axis with two sub-groups of 26 and 41 members detected. Our results suggest that A3888 is a merging system putting to rest the previous conjecture about the morphological status of the cluster derived from X-ray observations. In addition to the results on A3888 we also present six newly detected galaxy over-densities in the field, three of which we classify as new galaxy clusters. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The team, led by Associate Professor Melanie Johnston-Hollitt of the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, has used the AAOmega spectrograph installed on the 3.9-meter Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) situated at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. Thanks to the spectrograph’s 400 fibres covering a two-degree field when projected on sky, it is an excellent instrument for examining the optical substructure in nearby southern clusters.The researchers carried out their observations in May 2013. They were initially targeting nearly 800 galaxies up to 30′ radius from the centre of the cluster. In result, the team detected 254 new redshifts in this region and in combination with previous findings, they determined that Abell 3888, as the main structure, has 71 member galaxies. Importantly, the astronomers were able to identify substructures in the field that were very helpful in unraveling the merging nature of this galaxy cluster.”The combination of pieces of evidence from the optical analysis, the elongated optical galaxy distribution, and our substructure test which showed that Abell 3888 is bimodal strongly suggests that this cluster has had dynamical interactions and is highly likely to be a young cluster in an active merging state,” the paper reads.Galaxies and galaxy groups come together and merge to form larger units such as galaxy clusters. Cluster merging is believed to be a key parameter in formation and evolution of galaxy clusters. The process is very common and has a significant impact on cluster characteristics such as velocity dispersion, temperature and mass. It often generates clumps of galaxies within the cluster volume. This change in galaxy volumetric density is known as “substructure.””Substructures may be formed through the infall of individual galaxies or galaxy groups into a relaxed cluster or during the merging of two or more entire galaxy clusters,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Currently, the most robust method to detect merging is the combination of the optical and X-ray substructure analyses of clusters. Therefore, Shakouri and her colleagues underline that results from spectroscopic observations of Abell 3888 are consistent with previous findings from the X-ray studies focused on unveiling morphology of galaxy clusters.In addition, the team also detected six galaxy over-densities in the field. Three of them were classified as new galaxy clusters.The researchers concluded that further spectroscopic analysis of Abell 3888 would be useful to further probe its dynamics. They also stressed the need for single slit spectroscopy or more usefully observations with an integral field unit are required to increase the spectroscopic coverage in the cluster core. “This would allow a more detailed probe of the cluster core and better statistics on the merging populations,” the scientists noted. 10 arcmin x 10 arcmin field showing luminosity (top) and temperature (bottom) maps of Abell 3888 before (left) and after (right) point source removal. The color scale in the luminosity map is set so that white corresponds to the maximum cluster flux. The point source is 100 times brighter than this level. The scale in the temperature map ranges from 2 to 10 keV. Credit: Andersson, K. et al., 2009.last_img read more

Carnival to cut back on ship purchases from 2013

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first_imgCarnival Corporation’s new ship building program will have a more modest approach from 2013 onwards, its chief executive told reporters earlier this week.Chairman and chief executive Micky Arison said Monday that the cruise operator was “still right in the middle” of a big expansion with six new ships scheduled to join this year.However, from 2013 onwards the programme will be a “more slow and rational” and the number of ships joining will be reduced to two or three a year.Arison said the decision to invest in fewer ships would drive more cash into the business and match the softening demand in the market.”People think, if you don’t build as many ships, that you’re either trying to drive more cash flow or that demand is diminishing. The truth is that it’s a combination of both,” he said.He added that he expected to confirm an order for two new Princess Cruise’s ships within weeks. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/29472/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more

Changi Airport picks up another six Best Airport Awards

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first_imgNamed World’s Best by Business Traveller (UK) for 23rd consecutive yearSINGAPORE, 21 September 2010 – Singapore Changi Airport has been recognised forits continued excellence with the receipt of six more ‘Best Airport’ awards in the months ofAugust and September 2010, augmenting its status as the world’s most awarded airport. For the 23rd year running, readers of leading travel publication, Business Traveller (UK),have named Changi Airport the ‘Best Airport in the World’ in its ‘Business TravellerAwards’ – an accolade Changi has received every single year since 1988. Also in the United Kingdom, Changi Airport was named ‘Best Airport in the World’ forthe sixth time by Condé Nast Traveller (UK) in its ‘Reader’s Travel Awards 2010’. Readers of this premier travel magazine rated Changi most highly in the categories offacilities and dining. Changi received an overall score of 87.88, an improvement on its86.38 score received last year. Across the Atlantic Ocean, readers of Condé Nast Traveler (US) chose Changi Airport asthe ‘Best International Airport’ for the seventh time in its ‘Annual Business TravelAwards’. Changi topped all the award’s sub-categories including food / shops / amenities,comfort / design, and ease of connections. The awards survey covered readers whowere identified as business travellers. In Asia, Changi Airport also fared well among travellers in the region. Positive sentimentsabout Changi were echoed at the ‘Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards 2010’ byreaders of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific, who chose Changi as the ‘Best Airport in theWorld’ for the 19th successive year.Separately, Changi Airport also received for the third time the ‘Best InternationalAirport’ accolade from TravelWeekly China, a major travel trade publication in China, aspart of its ‘China Travel and Meeting Industry Awards 2010’. Winners were chosen based on nominations by a professional judging panel comprising distinguished industry experts,as well as votes by the magazine’s readers. In another ‘2010 Best in Travel Poll’ conducted by online travel magazine Smart TravelAsia, Changi Airport ranked top in the ‘Top 10 Airports Worldwide’ category, for thethird year running. According to the magazine, its voters, of whom 60% are based inAsia, represent the mid to upper end of the travel market, with an average of US$164,501in household income. Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of Changi Airport Group, said, “Theseawards reflect the views of some of the most frequent travellers from around the worldand the Asia-Pacific region. For Changi Airport Group, the accolades we receive serveas a powerful form of feedback from our passengers that they do enjoy themselves atChangi Airport and appreciate what we have been doing here. We are grateful for theirstrong show of support and will continue to place utmost emphasis on continuallyimproving and delivering a first class airport experience and seamless passage for all ourpassengers at Changi.” Since its opening in 1981, Changi Airport has won more than 350 airport awards. Thelatest string of awards announced brings the total number won this year to 16. Source = Changi Airport Grouplast_img read more

Carnival Panorama the first brandnew carnival ship

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first_imgCarnival Panorama the first brand-new carnival shipCarnival Panorama the first brand-new carnival shipCarnival Panorama will be ideal for Aussies wanting to cruise the Mexican Riviera out of LACarnival Cruise Line today announced its latest ship – Carnival Panorama – will be home ported in Long Beach, Southern California, from December 2019. This will be the first brand-new ship deployed on the West Coast of the USA in 20 years.The 3,960-passenger Carnival Panorama, the third Vista-class ship in the fleet, will offer seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach at the end of 2019. This is the perfect destination for Carnival’s free-spirited, fun loving guests looking to cruise internationally. Reservations are expected to open late March 2018.Like its name implies, Carnival Panorama will include onboard venues offering both indoor and al fresco experiences, including the Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, Library Bar, and Bonsai Sushi, along with open-air attractions like the groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction SkyRide, a massive WaterWorks aqua park, and the SportSquare recreation area.Also featured will be a vibrant Havana section with tropics-inspired staterooms and its own Cuban-themed bar and pool, Family Harbor featuring extra-roomy accommodations, the Family Harbor Lounge, and Ocean Plaza, a spacious dining and entertainment venue with indoor and outdoor seating. Other innovations unique to Carnival Panorama will be announced in the near future.Jennifer Vandekreeke, Carnival Cruise Line Vice-President, Australia said, “This is fantastic news for Australian cruise lovers who now have even more options to cruise from Long Beach – via just one direct flight to Los Angeles – to some incredible destinations around the Mexican Riviera.”For additional information visit GOCCL.com.auSource = Carnival Cruise Linelast_img read more

Its a tough position to play head coach Ken Wh

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first_img“It’s a tough position to play,” head coach Ken Whisenhuntsaid of cornerback. “You know that there’s going to besome growing pains with young guys but they’re workinghard at it and that’s all we can ask.“They’re going to be good players.”The head coach has said that all season and Jefferson’seight tackle performance against the Vikings was certainlya step in the right direction, but if the Cardinals are toturn things around they’ll need him and Peterson to growup quick.“Me and A.J., we believe we’re definitely getting bettereach and every week,” Peterson said. “It’s a long, long,long season and we are just young guys who’ve been throwninto the fire early.”Peterson said the veterans on the team are helping themand the important thing is to keep their heads up, knowingopportunities will continue coming their way. And that’s just it, really. The Cardinals cannot afford not to play their youngplayers, meaning they’ll all have chances to impress thecoaches and start making plays. One player who has beendoing just that is receiver Early Doucet, as the third-year pro is second on the team with 21 receptions afterleading Arizona with eight catches against Minnesota. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “Early has made strides, he’s stayed healthy and he’s madesome big plays for us,” Whisenhunt said. “There’s a lot ofarea for Early to continue to grow and he’ll get better ashe gets more and more experience of what we’re asking himto do.”The Cardinals are being forced to use many young players,something that is reflected in their poor record. As theyhead into the bye week the key is not only getting somerest, but continuing to work and get better.They really have no other choice.Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin contributed to thisreport Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ At 1-4, the Arizona Cardinals main goal is simple:improve.Some would argue it shouldn’t be too hard, given that theteam can’t get any worse, but there are still 11 gamesleft in the regular season and everyone would feel betterif the team showed marked improvement over the season’sfinal few months.One area of particular interest is the secondary, wherethe team is starting a pair of young corners in PatrickPeterson and A.J. Jefferson. Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   last_img read more

Milan — During fashion weeks in Milan and Paris t

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first_imgMilan — During fashion weeks in Milan and Paris, the House of Valentino is supporting a special initiative to benefit the children of Haiti.In collaboration with the Francesca Rava – N.P.H Italia Onlus Foundation, which has contributed continuous charitable activity throughout Haiti, Valentino boutiques at Via Montenapoleone and Avenue Montaigne will each host an exclusive evening. The first took place on February 24th in Milan, while the Paris event is set for March 10th.Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli are deeply involved in the project and have personally taken part in both events to present the exclusive t-shirt they created to support the initiative. This significant item will be available in both boutiques throughout Milan and Paris fashion weeks. 100% of all proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to the Francesca Rava Foundation. During the Paris event, the Foundation will collaborate with N.P.H. France to support focused rehabilitation and medical-surgical programs. The organization works towards providing a physically and emotionally new life to all children affected by the horrific earthquake.This special t-shirt will also be available on the Valentino website starting March 15th. Once again, all proceeds will be donated to sustain this charitable project. During Milan and Paris fashion weeks, the House of Valentino continues to actively support the same initiative by contributing part of the Montenapoleone and Montaigne boutiques’ store sales.In collaboration with photographer Stefano Guindani, the book “HAITI Through the Eye of Stefano Guindani” will also be available in these boutiques. Published by Electa, this unique volume is the result of Guindani’s extensive and in-depth photo reporting. Dedicated to Haiti’s children and withholding images featuring voyages performed prior to the tragic earthquake, the book highlights the dramatic events linked to a country devastated by poverty and civil battles. All profits will be donated to Francesca Rava – N.P.H Italia Onlus Foundation.Visit www.nphitalia.org and www.valentino.com.last_img read more