zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Australia has decided to join the United States-led mission to ensure freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran.According to the country’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, Australia would deploy a frigate in January 2020 for six months, a P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft for one month before the end of 2019 and ADF personnel to the International Maritime Security Construct headquarters in Bahrain.This mission will see the Australian Defence Force work alongside its international partners to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.“We have been working closely with our allies and partners, particularly the United States and the United Kingdom, on this issue, which impacts global security and stability,” Morrison said.“Freedom of navigation through international waters is a fundamental right of all states under international law. All states have a right to expect safe passage of their maritime trade consistent with international law.”“It is in Australia’s interest to work with international partners to uphold these rights.”
New Delhi: Concerned over the ongoing crisis of drinking water across the country, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the Union Minister of Jal Shakti, has on Tuesday reiterated that every household would get clean drinking water by 2024.While addressing a gathering, he said that the government is formulating a plan to provide clean drinking water to nearly 14 crore households. “The prime minister has set a target and our party manifesto talks about providing clean drinking water by 2024. There are nearly 14 crore households where clean drinking water is yet to reach,” Shekhawat told reporters here. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”The main agenda of the newly constituted ministry is ‘Jal se Nal’ under which tap water will be provided to all the households by 2024. Currently, the status of tapped water in the country is 18 per cent which has to be taken up to 100 per cent,” the minister said, adding that in the coming years there will be a deficit of 43 per cent between water availability and requirement and to address this issue, we have to come together with the same approach and vision. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe Centre has set a target of providing clean drinking water to all by 2024, Shekhawat said, adding that the government is formulating a plan to provide clean drinking water to nearly 14 crore households. Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his poll campaign, had promised to integrate all ministries that look after water-related issues into one ministry. The BJP had also promised to provide clean drinking water to all households in the country. He said that in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha, the coverage of clean drinking water is less than five per cent. Shekhawat held discussions with officials and ministers from several states looking after water-related issues.
“Our aim must be to make ECOSOC the UN system’s leading development forum, a place where thinkers, policy-makers and practitioners can come together and provide intellectual leadership in development policy,” Ms. Fréchette said in a statement to the opening of the Council’s coordination segment.”It must ensure that actions taken by the various parts of the UN system are properly sequenced, coordinated and mutually reinforcing so as to maximize overall progress,” she stressed. “Through its various segments, ECOSOC has a unique capacity to orient and affect not only the analytical work of the system but also its operational activities for development and its humanitarian work.”The Deputy Secretary-General noted that making an effective contribution towards realizing the goals set at the various UN conferences would test the Council’s capacity to achieve policy coherence, monitor progress and guide the work of the UN system. That was by no means an easy task, she said, since “we are dealing with a complex set of inter-connected issues and a broad range of actors.”The follow-up must be done in an integrated fashion, as the Council had decided, Ms. Fréchette said, lest the interconnections were lost and the sum became less than the parts. That was why ECOSOC and the UN Secretariat must continue to improve their approach and method of work.”In recent years, ECOSOC has taken on new life, and is being rediscovered for the potential it offers as a catalyst for enlightened policy and creative partnership,” Ms. Fréchette said. “Let us do our utmost so that this revitalization continues, so that ECOSOC and the United Nations in the broadest sense can better serve the world’s peoples.”For his part, ECOSOC President Ambassador Ivan Šimonovic of Croatia said the Council had great potential for coordination within the UN system and between the UN system and other entities, especially since it was also the entry-point of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), whose role in the international system was gaining greater importance. Strengthening ECOSOC would be a difficult task, but doing so was in the interest of all.
The session of the Joint Implementation Mechanism (JIM) in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, will be the seventh since it was set up after the UN and Sudan signed a joint communiqué in July on addressing the conflict in Darfur.Participants are also slated to discuss the upcoming peace talks on Darfur in Abuja, Nigeria, according to the UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS).Meanwhile, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, is scheduled to attend the negotiations in Abuja between the Government and Darfur’s two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). In meetings with the delegations he is expected to discuss the UN’s role in Darfur.In a related development, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council will meet tomorrow in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to consider and decide on the size and mandate of the proposed expanded AU Mission to Darfur. The Council will consider recommendations presented to it by the Union’s Military Commission.The AU currently has some 350 monitors in the vast region, and Mr. Annan has recommended that the expanded AU force be given the power to protect internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees, including those living in makeshift camps, monitor the activities of the local police, and disarm fighters, including the Janjaweed militias accused of committing most of the attacks against civilians.
Canada OKs Idaho company’s genetically engineered potatoes BOISE, Idaho – Three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, Canadian officials said Thursday.The approval by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency means the J.R. Simplot Co. potatoes can be imported, planted and sold in Canada.The company said it received approval letters from Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in the last several days. Health Canada spokeswoman Renelle Briand confirmed the approvals to The Associated Press on Thursday.“We have no objection to the sale of food derived from J.R. Simplot Company’s” potatoes for human consumption, Karen McIntyre, director general of Health Canada, said in a letter sent on July 28 to the company.Canadian officials in two other letters sent on Monday approved the environmental release of planting the potatoes and using the potatoes for livestock feed. Misshapen potatoes not considered top quality are used to feed livestock.The three varieties of potato — the Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic — were approved by U.S. regulatory agencies in February.The approval by Canada means the two nations can import and export with each other the potatoes that contain a gene resistant to late blight that led to the Irish potato famine.The company said the potatoes contain only potato genes and that the resistance to late blight comes from an Argentine variety of potato that naturally produced a defence.J.R. Simplot spokesman Doug Cole said the company has been doing experimental field trials in three Canadian provinces: Manitoba, Ontario and Prince Edward Island.Farmers on Prince Edward Island successfully grow Russet Burbank potatoes, Cole said, but the wet climate makes late blight a problem. A potato with resistance to late blight could help.“There’s strong interest from farmers to get that potato with that trait so they can spray less and have a better quality crop,” Cole said.There is no evidence that genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs, are unsafe to eat, but changing the genetic code of foods presents an ethical issue for some. McDonald’s declines to use Simplot’s genetically engineered potatoes for its French fries.Simplot officials said the potatoes also have reduced bruising and black spots, enhanced storage capacity and a lower amount of a chemical that’s a potential carcinogen and is created when potatoes are cooked at high temperatures.Potatoes are considered the fourth food staple crop in the world behind corn, rice and wheat. Late blight, which rotted entire crops and led to the deaths of about a million Irish in the 1840s, is still a major problem for potato growers, especially in wetter regions.Fungicides have been used for decades to prevent the blight. Simplot said the genetically engineered potatoes reduce the use of fungicide by half.The most recent Canada and U.S. approvals apply to Simplot’s second generation of Innate potatoes. The first generation didn’t include protection from late blight or enhanced cold storage. The company said the potatoes have the same taste, texture and nutritional qualities as conventional potatoes.Production of the first generation potatoes started with 400 acres (162 hectares) in 2015, jumped to 1,000 acres (405 hectares) in 2016 and 6,000 acres (2,428 hectares) this year.Those potatoes are now available in 40 states and 4,000 supermarkets, Cole said, with about 60 million pounds (27.2 million kilograms) sold.“We are pleased with sales in the U.S. and hope they will continue,” he said. This Aug. 8, 2016 photo provided by the J.R. Simplot Company shows Simplot Plant Sciences’ Innate Generation 2 genetically engineered potatoes at the Michigan State University field that have that survived after being infected with late blight disease, that led to the Irish potato famine, in East Lansing, Mich. Canadian officials said three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat. The approval confirmed by Health Canada officials on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, means the J.R. Simplot Co. potatoes can be imported, planted and sold in Canada. (Nicolas Champouret/J.R. Simplot Company via AP) by Keith Ridler, The Associated Press Posted Aug 3, 2017 3:02 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP, said, “It’s fantastic news that Nissan will be building its new car here in Sunderland and securing valuable jobs for thousands of working people in the area. Nissan has announced a further £100 million investment for its Sunderland manufacturing plant for the production of the new generation Nissan Juke. Giving a further boost to the UK car industry, Nissan’s European design team in London, and European Engineering Headquarters in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, will also be instrumental in the development of this new model. The news follows the launch of the second generation Nissan Qashqai in 2013 and points to a secure future for both production lines in Sunderland and the jobs of the 34,000 people currently employed by Nissan and its British suppliers beyond 2020. “Our ambitious plan to build the Northern Powerhouse means building on the area’s strengths – including manufacturing – and this announcement is an important sign of Britain being chosen as a global leader in car production.” The UK is a key manufacturing hub for Nissan, with Qashqai, Juke, Note and all-electric LEAF models built here, and the Infiniti Q30 due to begin production later this year. Click through for more information on recent UK automotive investment announcements.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorEvery time the Ohio State women’s basketball team tried to pull away from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Sunday, it was met with much frustration. After building leads of 18 points in the first half and 23 in the second half, the Buckeyes watched their advantage dissipate twice.Lackluster rebounding efforts, 20 turnovers and poor shooting in the paint by No. 5 OSU (12-3, 4-0) allowed Rutgers (11-4, 2-2) to make the match at the Schottenstein Center competitive at times. However, the Buckeyes were able to extend their season-long winning streak to eight games with a 90-78 victory over the Scarlet Knights.“(I’m) pretty disappointed that we lost some focus and intensity, which allowed Rutgers to make a run there,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said.That focus and intensity was present from the tip. Immediately, OSU began to press Rutgers, forcing frantic turnovers and three first-quarter blocks. A pair of OSU guards, senior Ameryst Alston and sophomore Kelsey Mitchell, made it count on the other end, opening up a double-digit lead heading into the second quarterDefensively the Buckeyes continued to dominate in the second period, accumulating four blocks and seven steals that resulted in nine fast-break points in the first half. OSU went into the game wanting to control the pace, and it owned it most of the afternoon.“I think our pace started to break them down a little bit and we were getting really good shots,” McGuff said.What helped the up-tempo offense flourish was the plethora of touches that were being passed around each possession. The Scarlet and Gray took their energy to another level near the middle of the second quarter with an 11-2 run that prompted a Rutgers timeout.Sophomore forward Alexa Hart helped on both ends during the surge, continuing her outstanding play over the winning streak. Hart went into the locker room with nine points, four rebounds and three blocks and finished the game with 15 points and six rebounds.“I think it was the intensity at the beginning of the game,” Mitchell said of the team’s early success. “I think we put a lot of focus in our 2-2-1 press, and that was effective throughout the game.”OSU was able to maintain a nine-point advantage heading into halftime largely behind its ability to create turnovers, which has been present over the previous eight games. Teams have been handing over the ball 16.9 times per game to the Buckeyes during the eight-game span.OSU sophomore forward Alexa Hart (22) attempts a shot during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorBut once up by 18 with five minutes to go in the half, OSU eased up and needed to come out strong to start the second half.“I think they got a lot of open shots, especially on how we rotate as far as our press and getting back in half court,” Mitchell said. “Over the course of the game they got comfortable with how we were pressing.”Mitchell and Hart once again provided the spark that the Buckeyes needed to rebuild their once-comfortable lead over the Scarlet Knights. The duo combined for 18 of the team’s 28 points in the third quarter. Mitchell finished the afternoon shooting 9-of-15 from the field, accumulating 28 points, six assists and three steals.Subsequently the Buckeyes could not miss in the third quarter, shooting 11-of-13 from the field as a team. Mitchell started to catch fire, and the rest of the team joined in. The sophomore guard brought life to the offense in the second half, shooting 5-of-6 from the field and scoring 16 points over the final two periods.“I think getting the ball out and pushing as fast as we can, pushing up the floor and passing up the floor, I think it has helped us and shaped our chemistry,” Mitchell said.Behind guard Tyler Scaife, though, Rutgers was able to cut the lead to 10 with almost five minutes remaining in the contest. Scaife scored 12 of her 27 points in the fourth quarter, but a balanced OSU attack helped the Buckeyes secure a win at home.“We’ve done some very good things here recently, but I still think there are a lot of areas where we can continue to grow: our defense, our rebounding, our pace,” McGuff said.After playing five of their past six games at the Schott, the Buckeyes are set to travel to Evanston, Illinois, to play No. 16 Northwestern (12-4). Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. on Thursday.
A student at a top university acted out a rape fantasy he dreamt up while training to be a counsellor for other undergraduates, a court heard.Alistair Cooke, 22, who was in his third year studying geography at Durham University, allegedly raped a 23-year-old fellow student while she was drunk on rum punch, later admitting he felt “shady” about what he had done.Durham Crown Court heard the rape followed exactly the same course as a scenario Cooke invented as he trained to become a counsellor with the university’s Nightline service, designed to help students who were suffering problems. During the evening the woman drank rum punch and gin and tonic and appeared very drunk. She went home upset and couldn’t remember leaving the partyShaun Dodds, prosecuting, Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The entrance gate to Durham UniversityCredit: Washington Imaging / Alamy Stock Photo The incident followed the same path that Cooke had invented weeks earlier.The court was told that training to become a Nightline counsellor involved role play and that other students would pretend to be victims of sexual assaults.Cooke, however, pretended to be the attacker when it came to his turn to play a role.Another student present at the session told the court: “Instead of pretending he had been raped he would talk about how he had followed somebody home, that they had sex and that she woke up in the morning and was weird, that her mates were angry at him and now he was feeling a bit sick.”The court was told he used the same “emotional words” he later used after the real rape.Cooke, who is from the village of Perranarworthal in Cornwall, denies three counts of rape, but Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, told the court the girl was too drunk to have consented.She told the court that she woke up dazed and found she and her alleged attacker were naked in bed.In the days that followed she began texting him to ask for an explanation about what he had done.She texted: “You hurt me” to which he replied: “I am really worried about you, please can you tell me what is going through your mind, I’ve never wanted to hurt you and I feel awful that is how you feel.”She continued: “Why did you ask me who you were?”His reply said: “Because I wasn’t sure how awake/aware you were.”She responded: “And you don’t think there is anything wrong with any of that?”He texted back: “That night I definitely wasn’t in a clear state of mind but I never felt like I got any signals for you that it was wrong. Now I feel it was shady and more in the grey and that makes me worried and a bit sick.”Responding angrily, she texted: “So you let yourself into my house when everyone was asleep, checked I was awake enough to say who you were (after coaxing) and then moved me to my bed to have sex. And now you’re starting to feel it was a bit shady?”He replied: “I’m with friends and have had some drink I will give you a proper reply when I am sober.”She responded: “Maybe you should stop drinking.”The court was told that at the party Cooke took selfies of himself with the girl even though she was too drunk to remember the pictures being taken, leaving the party or getting home.The court was told the picture showed the “extremely tall” Cooke looming over the complainant, leaning in to make the picture appear intimate.Prosecutor Mr Dodds told the jury: “During the evening the woman drank rum punch and gin and tonic and appeared very drunk. She went home upset and couldn’t remember leaving the party.”Mr Dodds said the party host was concerned and went after her to ensure she got home safely as she was speaking in a garbled manner and stumbling in the street, barging into things.She was placed on the sofa at home covered by a duvet, but minutes later the defendant entered the house.Although he told one of the woman’s housemates he was going home, he remained at the property.Mr Dodds said the female student later recalled being in her bedroom and not knowing how she got there.She recalled being completely naked in bed and the defendant being in the room, saying: “It’s Ali. Who am I?”Mr Dodds said the woman told police she recalled the defendant putting on a condom and moving her round into different positions to have sex, some of which were painful.But she said the following morning when she woke, she was “confused and surprised”, as the defendant was in the room, before, “in due course”, he left.Mr Dodds told the court: “She said that whatever happened in that room, it was without her consent.”The trial continues. Other students were unnerved when Cooke pretended to have followed a drunk woman home and had sex with her, using the same emotional language he later used following the real rape, the jury heard.On June 1, 2015 the alleged victim invited Cooke to a party saying she “felt sorry for him as he seemed to be depressed.”Whilst there the woman, who was also studying at Durham, became in her own words “very very very drunk” on rum punch and gin and tonic.She left the party unable to speak coherently and went to her shared house nearby, but Cooke followed her home and let himself in, finding her sleeping on a sofa.The court was told he then asked her to repeat his name to check she was awake enough to have sex, before moving her to her bed where he put on a condom and raped her three times.Three days after the rape he admitted to the girl by text: “Now I feel it was shady, more in the grey. It makes me worried and a bit sick.”
Windows XP et Vista: clap de fin en 2014 et 2017Microsoft lance le compte à rebours en ce qui concerne son support de Windows XP, Vista et d’Office 2003.Windows 8,lui, est sur les starting blocks. Le 8 avril 2014 sonnera la fin. XP et Office 2003 ne seront plus supportés. Cette date dépassée, il n’y aura plus de mises à jour proposé par Microsoft. Même si cet OS représenterait presque 33,5% de parts de marché aujourd’hui (selon StatCounter), le géant américain compte opérer la transition vers Windows 7. Il invite d’ailleurs les utilisateurs, particuliers ou professionnels, à trouver les outils nécessaires à la transition, sur son blog officiel (lien non disponible). Concernant Windows Vista et Office 2007, les clients auront cette fois jusqu’en 2017 pour voir la fin des mises à jour sécurité.Les délais sont désormais connus, à vous de passer le cap. Rappelons tout de même que Windows 8 devrait voir le jour à la fin 2012. Le 10 avril 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambert
WASHINGTON — In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders are delaying a vote on their prized health care bill until after the July 4 recess, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debating the legislation.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., delivered the message to GOP senators Tuesday at a private lunch also attended by Vice President Mike Pence and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.“I think that was an important step. I certainly wasn’t ready” to vote, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, one of the bill’s critics, said of the delay. Asked if the legislation could ever attract enough support, she said, “I don’t know.”“I think it’s wise,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. “We’re actually close to an agreement, but there are some important differences remaining.”GOP senators were planning to travel to the White House later Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump.McConnell had hoped to push the measure through his chamber by week’s end, before an Independence Day recess that party leaders fear will be used by foes of the legislation to tear away support.
HONOLULU — Dozens of Maui mothers are going door-to-door to urge voters to back a ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops because they think they are unsafe.A group backed by companies growing the crops counters with ads playing heavily on the airwaves that urge rejection of what they call the “farming ban.”The dueling campaigns over a Nov. 4 ballot measure that would prohibit the growing of genetically modified organisms until studies show they’re safe isn’t just a local issue in a county of only 160,000 residents in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.Experts say the ban’s effects could ripple across the nation because some of the world’s largest corn-seed producers research and develop new varieties of genetically engineered seeds at their farms in the county. Kendall Lamkey, chairman of the agronomy department at Iowa State University, said the initiative — if passed — could potentially make seed development more expensive for Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. subsidiary, Dow AgroSciences.
ADC AUTHOR More details of the President’s budget request will start to emerge in coming days as Pentagon leaders testify on the President’s budget request. Here are upcoming hearings to follow, some of which will stream online:Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein will testify Wednesday morning in the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.Cyber Command leaders appear before the House Armed Services Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee Wednesday afternoon.Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford and Principal Deputy Under Secretary Elaine McCusker will be before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday morning.Air Force acquisitions officials testify before the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee Thursday morning.DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro
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Bars in Alaska are now offering pregnancy tests. The pilot program is meant to reduce the number of babies born with fetal alcohol syndrome in the state. Alaska has one of the highest rates in the country. Supporters hope the tests will reach women early in pregnancy – a crucial time when they might not know they’re expecting.Download Audio:Inside the ladies room at the Peanut Farm bar in Anchorage, a dispenser advertising free pregnancy tests hangs on the wall.Press the button to get one of the self-administered urine tests, and on this day they’re all out.The front of the machine features a poster showing a silhouette of a pregnant woman drinking from a bottle. The text at the top says: “Remember the last time you had sex?”Aimee Rathbone says she didn’t notice the dispenser at first.“So, I don’t know if it would catch my eye to make me take a test before I drank,” she says.Rathbone wonders, who’s the target audience? She believes most women will quit drinking when they find out they’re pregnant.“I think anybody that might suspect it wouldn’t drink except if they were addicted. You know, if they had a drinking problem then maybe it wouldn’t really change things.”State health officials estimate more than 120 children born in Alaska each year have fetal alcohol symptoms, ranging from mental and physical disabilities to impaired growth to organ damage. Alaska also has a high rate of women who binge drink, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The University of Alaska is conducting the two-year study. Researcher David Driscoll says it will look at whether pregnancy test dispensers in bar bathrooms can be more effective at preventing fetal alcohol syndrome than posters by themselves.“Most of the strategies that we’ve used in the past have been relatively effective,” Driscoll says. “But we’re always looking for ways to try and improve our ability to provide information.”So far, the tests are in just four bars statewide, but Driscoll plans to add more soon. He says women are already filling out an online survey they’re asked to take when they use the dispensers.Between health care, education and social service costs, the state can spend millions of dollars on a person with fetal alcohol syndrome over the course of his or her lifetime. So, advocates say the $400,000 pilot project could have huge benefits.“A lot of women now understand that they shouldn’t drink,” Deb Evenson says. Evenson is an Alaska-based educator, whose fetal alcohol prevention work spans more than 30 years.“But a lot of people are still drinking in early pregnancy, and before they know they’re pregnant, and that can cause a lot of damage.”Evenson applauds the pregnancy tests as something new, even if people have known about fetal alcohol syndrome for decades.“This isn’t new information and somehow it’s missing big segments of our society. And so I think all the way that we can share the information in every direction is really a good idea.”Back at the Peanut Farm bar, basketball and hockey play on several giant screens.General Manager Travis Block says he was wary about putting the pregnancy test dispenser in the ladies room at first. But after learning about the prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome in Alaska, and the potential savings from preventing the disorder, he’s a supporter.“People are going to drink, and that’s what we’re here to do is, you know, provide entertainment. But each person has to make up their own decision on what they want to do with their body.”He says maybe the tests will make some women think twice about how much they drink and what the consequences might be.
Shops owned by Muslim in Sri Lanka attacked as tensions remain after Easter Sunday bombingstwitterSri Lanka said on Monday it was temporarily blocking some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after mosques and Muslim-owned businesses were attacked in the wake of Easter bombings by Islamist militants.Several dozen people threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned stores and a man was beaten in the town of Chilaw on the west coast on Sunday in a dispute that started on Facebook, sources told Reuters.Authorities said they arrested the author of a Facebook post, identified as 38-year-old Abdul Hameed Mohamed Hasmar, whose online comment “1 day u will cry” locals said was interpreted as threatening violence.Authorities arrested a group in the nearby areas of Kuliyapitiya and Dummalasuriya later on Sunday and early on Monday for allegedly attacking Muslim-owned businesses, a police source told Reuters.Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said people in the area then demanded the arrested men be released.”To control the situation, a police curfew was imposed during the night,” Atapattu said.The flare-up in violence came three weeks after Sri Lankan Islamist bombers blew themselves up in four hotels and three churches, killing more than 250 people.Since then, Muslim groups say they have received dozens of complaints from across the country about people being harassed. Other communities say they are fearful that the government, which failed to act on successive warnings about looming Islamist attacks, has not caught all potential militants.Sri Lanka has used temporary bans on social media in an attempt to curb misinformation and rumours.”Social media blocked again as a temporary measure to maintain peace in the country,” Nalaka Kaluwewa, the director general of the Department of Government Information, told Reuters on Monday.A violent clash erupted a week ago in Negombo, where more than 100 people were killed during Easter prayers, between Muslims and Christians after a traffic dispute.The government also imposed a ban on social media after that clash.