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ROSS STREET FIRE RULED ARSON

first_imgAUTHORITIES HAVE CONFIRMED THAT A HOUSE FIRE AT 417 ROSS STREET EARLY LAST TUESDAY WAS DELIBERATELY SET.SIOUX CITY FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE INCIDENT IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE SIOUX CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AS A CRIMINAL ACT.THE TWO-STORY, SINGLE FAMILY HOME WAS VACANT AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE.ALL THAT WAS INSIDE WERE SOME TOOLS, AS THE OWNERS WERE IN THE PROCESS OF FIXING UP THE RENTAL PROPERTY.THE HOME HAS BEEN RED-TAGGED BY CITY OFFICIALS.NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE YET REGARDING THIS CASE.ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THE FIRE ARE ASKED TO CONTACT THE SIOUX CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 279-6440.last_img read more

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FETAL HOMICIDE BILL WON’T BE DEBATED IN IOWA HOUSE IN 2019

first_imgAn Iowa House committee will not advance a bill about the crime of fetal homicide that defines personhood as starting at conception.It means the bill is tabled for the remainder of the 2019 legislative session and not eligible for debate.The bill, which passed the Iowa Senate last week, would have increased the criminal penalty for a person who “causes the death of an unborn person” without consent from the mother.Republican House judiciary Chairman Steven Holt of Denison says with a Friday deadline looming for a committee vote on the bill, House members didn’t have enough time to get answers to all their questions.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/HOLT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….term ‘unborn person. :10Holt supports the bill and he says lawmakers may consider it next year.Opponents say the proposal could provide the path to a ban on abortion.………………..last_img read more

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Nadal v Djokovic provides the main course after battle of the big servers

first_imgWimbledon 2018 Serena Williams into Wimbledon final to set up chance of 24th major title Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Reuse this content features Tennis Pinterest John Isner celebrates winning his quarter-final against Milos Raonic. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP Share on Messenger Read more Share on LinkedIn John Isner will play no-Trumps but a lot of aces in his first Wimbledon semi-final on Friday as, despite a cheeky invitation this week from the flagpole-tall American, the president and the first lady will be having afternoon tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle at about the time Big John puts his umpteenth free point past Kevin Anderson.Isner, at 33 and 6ft 8in, has played the most consistent tennis of his life over the first 10 days of this tournament and declared after beating Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals on Wednesday: “It’s by far the best grand slam I’ve ever played in my career, and I’ve been playing for 11 years. From my very first practice … I knew I was in a good spot. Physically I’ve felt awesome.” Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Wimbledon Rafael Nadal Not only has he cracked 161 aces, more than anyone else and 48 ahead of Anderson, who is no slouch with ball in hand, but he has topped the tournament table for accuracy, landing 405 of 535 first serves in the box, conceded only seven break points and saved them all, way above the average of 64%, and has won all his 95 service games. That is scarily good, especially with the ball arriving at the other end at up to 144mph.While Trump would have been a distraction in the royal box – especially if the wind were to cut through his hair spray – the 15,000 sunbathers on Centre Court instead have a double bill of Isner and Anderson at 1pm, followed by the main course, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.It is fair to say the first semi-final will feature less subtlety than the second. Neither Isner nor the 6ft 8in South African (who lives in Florida with his American wife and has applied for dual citizenship) will go gently. Anderson has served pretty well, too, though not with quite the non-stop intensity of his friend and rival.They played each other at college – still the main nursery for professional tennis in the United States – and have met 11 times on the Tour. Isner leads their head-to-head record 8-3, including their only match on grass, at Queen’s eight years ago, but most of those have been close.Anderson comes to the final Friday with the biggest possible boost after coming from two sets and match-point down to beat the eight-times champion, Roger Federer, in a heart-stopping match on No 1 Court, the Swiss’s first visit there since 2015. He will probably not want to go back.Isner and his wife are expecting their first child in September and he says: “There’s a lot of very cool things going on right now, life-changing things.” He said the only time he has played on Centre Court was during the London Olympics, and admitted: “I have no clue what that court looks like. I played Roger in 2012. I can’t really remember it.” He lost in straight sets – with a tie-break, of course.But, for all that Isner is on a high, literally and figuratively, Anderson’s win over Federer could be the key to this match. It has dramatically boosted the sometimes fragile self-belief of one of the game’s most amenable souls. It will be close – and tough on the backboards.Nadal is similarly battle-hardened after outlasting Juan Martín del Potro in the best match of the men’s draw so far, a judgment handed down from the BBC commentary box by Andy Murray.After smoothly slicing through his first four matches the five-set struggle over four hours and 47 minutes, the longest of the tournament, was probably Nadal’s perfect preparation for Djokovic, who will test his stamina and movement in entirely different ways, with swift changes of direction rather than raw power and, if it is singing, his serve. Share on Twitter Novak Djokovic It will be their 52nd meeting and, as Nadal reminded everyone, nobody in the game has such a rivalry. Djokovic leads by the single victory.“It’s always a big challenge to face Novak,” Nadal said (probably for the 51st time). “He is one of the more complex players that I’ve ever seen in our sport.”He is that – in more ways than one. Djokovic has had the air of a troubled man for most of this tournament and has been reluctant to talk about his serial flare-ups on court, against officials, fans, his box and himself.But, as he said after bawling and bashing his way past Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals, he can use that psychological energy to find an edge – yet it did not sound wholly convincing. It is true he is most dangerous when fired up but there are better ways to do that than screaming at the chair umpire or his team.Still, he has played some superb tennis this fortnight. Murray said the other day it would not surprise him if Djokovic went on to win his fourth singles title here. And he could be right. Share on Pinterest Facebook Topics Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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Paul Finebaum Asks The Unthinkable About Tua Tagovailoa

first_img “I’m going to whisper this so nobody can hear…Is Tua really that good?”– Paul @Finebaum— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) June 20, 2019Now, Tua did struggle in two late-season games against Georgia and Clemson, but he also was excellent against Auburn and Oklahoma during that time frame. For the season, the sophomore sidearm tossed 43 touchdowns against only six interceptions.Do we know how Tagovailoa will be in the NFL? No, of course not. He’s still a year away from being there.But Finebaum is stretching things a little bit here. He probably wanted to do that though in the first place. Paul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.Paul Finebaum is known for stirring the pot every now and then. He’s not afraid to ruffle the feathers of SEC fans.Alabama fans might have a bone to pick with the ESPN radio host after he questioned their starting quarterback on the air today. It happened right at the beginning of Finebaum’s show.While riffing about different SEC topics, Finebaum touched on Tua Tagovailoa and asked if he’s “really that good,” good enough for NFL teams to want to “tank” for him.“What about ‘Tanking for Tua?’ Is that a good idea? Not really,” Finebaum said. “I’m going to whisper this, so no one can hear. Is Tua really that good?”last_img read more

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PV Sindhu withdraws from Thailand Open, Saina Nehwal returns

first_img Press Trust of India BangkokJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 12:44 IST PV Sindhu participated in Japan Open and Indonesia Open whereas Saina Nehwal was forced to withdraw. (BAI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTop Indian shuttler P V Sindhu has withdrawn from the Thailand OpenSaina Nehwal will return to the circuit in the BWF Super 500 event here after missing out back-to-back tournamentsSindhu reached the final in Indonesia Open but lost in the Japan Open quarterfinals last weekTop Indian shuttler P V Sindhu has withdrawn from the Thailand Open but compatriot Saina Nehwal will return to the circuit in the BWF Super 500 event here after missing out back-to-back tournaments.Sindhu, who reached the final in Indonesia Open but lost in the Japan Open quarterfinals last week, will not take the court in the Thailand Open main draw, which begins on Wednesday.The last two weeks have been an emotional roller-coaster ride for Sindhu as after finishing second-best at the Indonesia Open, she was shown the door in the quarterfinals of the Japan Open last week.On both occasions, familiar foe Yamaguchi turned out to be Sindhu’s nemesis. The Indian would be desperate to break her seven-month-long title jinx.She had lost to Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in both the previous tournaments. The reasons for her withdrawal from the event here are not clear yet.Saina, seeded seventh, will open her women’s singles campaign against a qualifier on Wednesday. She was forced to withdraw from both the Indonesia and Japan Open on medical grounds.Also Read | PV Sindhu hopes to end title wait in Thailand OpenAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Saina Nehwal PV Sindhu withdraws from Thailand Open, Saina Nehwal returnsOlympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu had crashed out of the Japan Open after a second successive defeat to Akane Yamaguchi.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Mary Kom enters final allIndian final in seven mens categories

first_imgGuwahati: Six-time world champion Mary Kom overcame some stiff resistance to beat promising Nikhat Zareen in a split decision to enter the women’s 51kg category final, while the men pugilists dominated the ring by making it an all-Indian gold-medal clash in seven categories in the India Open here Thursday. In the most-anticipated bout of the day, 22-year-old former world junior champion Nikhat of Telangana was at her aggressive best against her ‘idol’ Mary Kom who was happy to play the waiting game before taking the upper hand in the third round to win 4-1. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunThe 36-year-old Mary Kom, who was making her competitive debut at home in 51kg, took some blows initially but was quick to make amends as Nikhat was not able to connect her punches as the bout progressed. Using her vast experience, Mary Kom regained her composure and dealt a few telling blows on the Strandja Memorial gold winner Nikhat and that seemed to have clinched the issue in favour of the London Olympics bronze medallist Manipuri in the third round. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upMary Kom will face Vanlal Duati of Mizoram in the gold-medal bout on Friday. In the men’s section, 17 Indians stormed into the final in 10 weight categories. Continuing his dream run, former world youth champion Sachin Siwach registered an upset win over reigning Commonwealth Games champion Gaurav Solanki in a unanimous decision to set up a 51kg gold medal clash against Asian Games gold medalist Amit Panghal. A day after he eliminated World Championship bronze medalist Rogen Ladon in a well-calculated bout, the 20-year-old from Haryana had his task cut out against his sparring partner but he again emerged victorious. Panghal, who had clinched a gold in his new weight category in the Asian Championship, defeated national champion P L Prasad in the second 52kg semifinal. Panghal had won the Asian Games gold in Jakarta last year in 49kg. “Amit has improved a lot of late but this is my big chance to show my prowess at a major competition. I hope to give my best and return winner,” Siwach, who won a bronze at the GeeBee Boxing tournament in Finland in March, said. Shiva Thapa also remained on course to clinching a gold at the same venue where he was crowned national champion three years ago as he fended off a strong challenge from his Polish opponent D Krystian Sczepanski to emerge 5-0 winner. Sczepanski was at his aggressive best and kept hurling punches but Shiva cleverly kept frustrating his opponent by going out of his range. “It made him tired at the end of every round. I was playing my style, did not give my 100 per cent. I was just trying to be tactical with him and let his punches go in the air and miss it so that he loses his control and confidence,” Shiva said. He will face Manish Kaushik in the 60kg final on Friday. There was also a setback in store for India in the men’s 75kg category, when Manjeet Panghal twisted his knee in the first round to be knocked out by his Filipino opponent Eumir Felix Delos Santosh. Santosh will face Ashish Kumar in the final.last_img read more

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Indigenous womans grave site brings pilgrims to former BC residential school

first_imgFRASER LAKE, B.C. – Rose Prince arrived at the former Lejac Residential School in British Columbia when she was six years old and never left.Her grave site on the grounds of the Catholic-run institution at Fraser Lake is all that remains of the school, but it brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous visitors on pilgrimages every year seeking spiritual and physical healing.Prince was known for her devout faith, compassion, humility and self-sacrifice. But it’s the almost unreal circumstances surrounding her death and claims of healing that prompts the pilgrimage to her grave every July.Her acclaim has gained the attention of the Vatican as a possible candidate for sainthood.Prince was 34 when she died of tuberculosis in 1949. It has been reported that Prince’s body did not cool after she died at the former St. John’s Hospital in nearby Vanderhoof.When her gravesite was disturbed by construction two years later, her opened casket revealed her body hadn’t decayed.“The workers were amazed to find her body and clothing perfectly preserved,” says a brochure produced by the Prince George diocese.“They found her body in perfect condition. She seemed to be transparent and looked as if she were sleeping. There was ‘just a tiny bit of a smile on her face.’ A bouquet of withered flowers was on her chest.”Gravediggers, nuns and priests from the residential school reported a floral scent in the air. Only the bouquet of flowers she was buried with had wilted.Among Catholics, “incorruption” of the body is believed to be a sign of a life of holiness and reflects the victory of Christ over death.Grand Chief Ed John said he can’t confirm miracles but has experienced an unexplained phenomenon at Prince’s grave.John, who spent seven years at the Lejac school, said he often visits Prince’s grave to pray and seek strength from her spirit. Many Indigenous people across B.C. already consider Prince a saint, he said, but it could take the church decades or more to decide.“She’s a special person in our peoples’ history and we revere her in many respects,” said John, the leader of the First Nations Summit, one of B.C.’s largest Indigenous organizations. “We’ve heard stories of people who have had miraculous cures. I understand the church has taken steps to document that.”He can’t logically explain what he felt during one visit to the grave, but John said he experienced her presence.“I was there and I get out of my vehicle and I’m walking towards the site of her burial and all you could smell were roses,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it. It was early enough that there wasn’t really any flowers out there yet. I can’t make heads or tails of that.”Jack Lacerte was 10 years old when he saw Prince’s body after the coffin opened in 1951 as he helped his father, who was a caretaker at the school.Lacerte died three years ago and was the last surviving person who saw the body, but his wife Shirley said her husband — one of Canada’s first Indigenous RCMP officers — never changed his story.The pilgrimages to the Lejac school site, which started in 1990, bring people from across Western Canada and the North, said Rev. Vince James of St. Andrew’s Parish in Fraser Lake, located about 160 kilometres west of Prince George.Fraser Lake miner Nick Loza told the Vancouver Sun in the 1990s he became pain free after soil from Prince’s grave was mixed with holy water and rubbed on his damaged spine.A letter signed by Loza describes the experience he had on Aug. 13, 1991: “The afternoon of August 13th, Father Jules Goulet anointed me and prayed for me through the intercession of Rose Prince. Since the anointing I just keep getting better. After three days I was able to walk again having to endure little pain. I was also able to have a full night’s rest every night.”James said he sees the pilgrimages as “people gathering to share their faith with each other.”“I believe that Rose is a great soul and a holy woman. Some people claim she, through her intercession, they’re healed physically or spiritually.”He said the church moves slowly on matters of sainthood, but “Rome knows about Rose. We’ve sent information over that we had.”James said a Vatican official has visited the parish about Prince.The Vatican’s five steps to sainthood involve waiting five years after the person’s death, becoming a servant of God, showing proof of a life of heroic virtue, verifying miracles and canonization.James said the pilgrimages are emotional gatherings because Prince brings those wanting to share their faith, but many wounded by their residential school experiences also arrive at the former school, which was torn down in 1976.“They say, I hated the place,” he said. “My grandmother went here. I’ve come here not to be happy, but now that I’ve experienced the weekend I feel good about it. I haven’t forgiven. I’ve got a lot of pain in my heart.”Among the school’s darkest chapters was the death of four boys in 1937. Ranging in age from seven to nine, the boys froze to death in January 1937 on Fraser Lake after running away from the school in -29 C temperatures.Prince was at the school when the boys died.“They were found huddled together on the ice the next morning,” said John. “It’s just tragic. It’s heartbreaking for us to see it now.”He said the boys were trying to get home, much the same as Chanie Wenjack, the Indigenous youth who died trying to return to his family from a residential school in Ontario. Wenjack’s journey became the subject of an illustrated book and recording by the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, who died this year.Wilma Pattison said she considers her aunt a saint who lived a devout life where worldly things did not matter.Prince died when Pattison was three years old, but she’ll never forget walking into St. Andrew’s Parish in Fraser Lake for her first time almost 50 years ago.Minutes after entering the church, Pattison said Sister Mary Ann gave her a greeting card made by Prince. The card was dated July 1948, the year before she died, and was addressed to the nun.Sister Mary Ann said she vowed to give the card to the first person from Prince’s family to come to the church.Pattison says the card is signed, “With Love from Rose Prince.”“May all the days of all the years that God has still in store be filled with every joy and grace to bless you more and more,” said one of the handwritten verses.last_img read more

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Christine Sinclair probably wont play forever So appreciate her now

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, Canada’s opening match at the Women’s World Cup is today. And, as usual, the best player on the pitch will be Christine Sinclair. At age 36, she’s still the undisputed leader of her team, one of the very best women in the world at what she does and, right now, just a handful of goals away from becoming international soccer’s all-time leading goal scorer—for either gender.So why isn’t she automatically included on the Mount Rushmore of Canadian sports legends? How has she managed to spend nearly 20 years adapting to whatever style the game or her opponent throws at her? When she does open up, what is she like? And will she finally lead Team Canada to the top of the mountain eight years after dragging it out of the valley?GUEST: Stephen Brunt, SportsnetAudio Playerhttps://rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_06102019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

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UN agency to begin training electoral observers ahead of Solomon Islands polls

30 July 2010Officials from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will this weekend begin training and briefing more than 60 international observers who have arrived in the Solomon Islands to monitor parliamentary elections being staged next week. Officials from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will this weekend begin training and briefing more than 60 international observers who have arrived in the Solomon Islands to monitor parliamentary elections being staged next week.A team from UNDP and other development partners will give deployment plans, pre- and post-election briefings, and administrative, logistical and operational support to the observers, according to a statement issued by the agency yesterday in Honiara, the national capital.The observers, working in pairs, are expected to monitor conduct at more than 180 of the nearly 900 polling stations being set up across the Pacific archipelago for next Wednesday’s ballot.UNDP has been coordinating the election observer programme after a request from the Solomon Islands Government and electoral authorities in the country.In its statement the agency stressed the importance of free and fair elections, saying such polls are the “basis for healthy democracy, and vital to ensure political stability and a climate fostering sustainable human development.”Solomon Islands, which has been independent since 1978, has a 50-member national parliament whose members are elected to four-year terms. The last polls were held in 2006. read more

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UNs key role flagged as Security Council debates challenges of Afghan transition

19 December 2011The United Nations peacekeeping chief today reaffirmed the world body’s unwavering commitment to stand by Afghanistan, adding that it is examining how it can best assist the country as it proceeds with the transfer of security responsibilities and takes greater ownership of its development. “The United Nations is committed to supporting the Afghan Government and its people for the long term,” Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told the Security Council as it met to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.“We have been in Afghanistan for more than half a century assisting the Afghan people and we will be there far beyond 2014 as long as the Afghans need us,” he added.The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is currently leading a comprehensive review of the mandated activities of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN’s support in country, as requested by the Council. “International assistance must support the Afghans in their efforts to strengthen their institutions and to advance economic development, rule of law and respect for human rights,” noted Mr. Ladsous, who recently visited the country and held talks with a range of actors on the UN’s future role. “These processes take time in the best of conditions. They will also take time to materialize in Afghanistan.” At the International Conference on Afghanistan, held in the German city of Bonn earlier this month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined three main priorities for the UN as it moves forward. These are to help link security and development; to promote and assist an Afghan-led, inclusive reconciliation process based on dialogue and consensus; and to continue to advocate for and promote human rights, in particular the rights of women and children. The UN received a clear message of support in Bonn for its crucial role in Afghanistan from the Afghan Government and the international community, Mr. Ladsous said. “It is time to look again at that role and refocus our mandate, adjusting it to the evolving situation on the ground.”An inter-agency team that visited the country recently will compile its findings and recommendations to inform the Council’s discussions related to the renewal of UNAMA’s mandate in March 2012.Mr. Ladsous also reported that the transfer of security responsibilities to Afghan forces is proceeding apace. “But there is no room for complacency,” he stated, stressing that for the transition to be sustainable, security has to be linked to development.“The Afghan people must see tangible improvements to their daily lives, especially in terms of economic opportunities. It is more urgent than ever, therefore, that the civilian side of transition proceed equally strongly and briskly.” Also noteworthy, he added, are recent apparent signs of a relative decline in the number of security incidents, as the UN records them. To date this year there has been a 21 per cent rise in incidents as compared to 2010. However, this was mainly due to the elevated number of incidents in the early part of the year. In September, October and November, the number of incidents fell as compared to the previous three months. Mr. Ladsous added that there is still “a long way to go” in protecting civilians, securing the rights of women, and tackling humanitarian concerns that continue to afflict the country. Jawed Ludin, Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, told the Council that, as the country moves forward, the role of the UN will remain “crucial.” He reported that, with the implementation of the second tranche of the transition announced by President Hamid Karzai last month, Afghan forces are taking charge of security for over 50 per cent of the country. “Transition, however, is not just about security,” he added. “As we move to take full responsibility for defending our country and securing the lives of our people, we are also assuming greater ownership of affairs on the civilian front, including the political process and the development agenda.”The Council, in a statement read by Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which holds the Council’s presidency for this month, said it welcomes the conclusions of the International Conference on Afghanistan and the declaration in Bonn which states that the process of transition, which will end in 2014, should be followed by a decade of transformation in which “Afghanistan consolidates its sovereignty through strengthening a fully functioning, sustainable state in the service of its people.”The Council stressed that the process of transition should entail the assumption of the leadership responsibility by the Afghan Government and that this should be followed with strong partnerships and commitments between the Government and the international community.The Council also heard from the former Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNAMA, Staffan de Mistura, and was introduced to his successor, Jan Kubiš, who will take up his duties next month. read more

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UN appeals for funds to avert cut in food aid to Syrian

“We have raised just 40 per cent of the $4.4 billion needed for Syria and neighbouring countries for this year,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the 68th General Assembly on its opening day in a briefing on Syria. “I call on Governments to help us meet this unprecedented crisis while still meeting their commitments to other emergencies.”Over 100,000 Syrians have been killed, more than 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries and a further 4 million have been internally displaced since fighting began in March 2011 between the Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad. Mr. Ban called the situation “desperate” in a briefing largely devoted to the findings of a UN report that Sarin gas was used in a chemical attack that reportedly killed hundreds of people on the outskirts of Damascus last month. Specifically outlining the severe consequences of the funding shortfall, UN agencies called for greater generosity to avert a cutback in food aid next month for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, where $127 million still needs to be raised.Some 720,000 Syrians have so far poured into Lebanon, fleeing the civil war raging in their own country, while the funding for Lebanon is only 27 per cent covered, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a news briefing in Geneva, citing the needs of the UN World Food Programme (WFP).If the UN had the means, many more needs could be addressed, but if the current trend continued, there would need to be prioritization, she said when asked about reports that the UN would cut down aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon as of 1 October. Those most vulnerable, those in greatest needs and those unable to support themselves in any way would need to be put first, she added. There were some refugees who had absolutely nothing, no recourse to work and no relatives or support system in Lebanon. Meanwhile, the WFP reported today that it has extended its distribution of food vouchers to Syrian refugees in Jordan to 100,000 more people, living in Zaatari camp. The scheme substitutes vouchers for direct food delivery, allowing refugees to buy the food of their choice from designated shops inside the camp while allowing the local economy to benefit. In August, WFP reached more than 300,000 Syrian refugees living in Jordan through vouchers, injecting over $11 million into the Jordanian economy.“By involving Jordanian community organizations to set up the shops and ensuring supplies are sourced from local traders, the voucher system also helps to support the towns and villages around the camp and boost the local economy,” WFP Emergency Coordinator in Jordan, Jonathan Campbell said in the capital, Amman.For an introductory period refugees in Zaatari will receive a voucher in addition to the regular WFP monthly ration of bulgur wheat, pasta, rice, lentils, sugar and salt so that they have time to familiarize themselves with this new form of assistance, gradually increasing the value of the voucher while reducing the food commodities until the camp is aided entirely through the voucher system.“I haven’t had eggs for a long time,” said Sawsan, a mother of five children, from Dara’a, who fled the conflict a year ago. “I can now buy milk and cheese,” she added as she entered one of the shops, crowded with refugees eager to use their new vouchers. WFP also uses food vouchers for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, and local economies have received over $153 million since the beginning of 2013 through the system.In the part of his briefing devoted to the use of Sarin gas in Syria, Mr. Ban repeated the remarks he made yesterday on presenting the report. “The United Nations Mission has now confirmed, unequivocally and objectively, that chemical weapons have been used in Syria,” he said. “The facts speak for themselves. This is the most significant confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussein used them in Halabja in 1988. “This is a war crime and a grave violation of the 1925 Protocol and other rules of customary international law. I trust all can join me in condemning this despicable crime,” he added, calling for an end to arms flows to Syria, “which only sustain the bloodshed.” read more

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Brock Media Clips for Friday March 1

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Declaring snow days “extremely difficult” call: Professor of Educational Studies David Hutchison spoke about the effects of snow days on teachers and students in a Hamilton Spectator article.Ontario should invest in cruelty investigations to protect animals and people: Articles by Labour Studies Department Chair Kendra Coulter about the difficult conditions faced by current animal cruelty investigators and the need for publicly funded organizations to enforce animal cruelty laws in Ontario appeared on the Salon and Ipolitics websites.Murdoch Mysteries author to talk crime writing at Brock: The upcoming visit of Murdoch Mysteries author Maureen Jennings to speak at Brock’s third annual Marilyn Rose Lecture on Tuesday, March 5 was featured in a St. Catharines Standard article.Gamers, Wild players unite at inaugural Wild Gaming Tournament Finals: An NHL.com article about an esports gaming tournament in Minnesota featured quotes from Sport Management student Gordon Bouchard, who won the event.“It’s about hanging on to my past”: Why this man refuses to give up his landline phone: Associate Professor of Communication, Pop Culture and Film Scott Henderson discussed the reluctance of some Canadians to get rid of their landline phones in a CBC Radio story.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca read more

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Judge strikes out request to withdraw Bisrams murder charge

-Bisram’s lead attorney ordered to pay State $250,000 in court costsHigh Court Judge Gino Persaud on Tuesday ruled against the application to have the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) withdraw the case against high profile murder accused Marcus Bisram who is currently awaiting extradition from the United States.Murder accused: Marcus BisramOne day after his absence angered Justice Persaud, Bisram’s lead attorney, Sanjeev Datadin appeared at the High Court to defend his hurried application to have the matter withdrawn before the judge who was initially set to rule on Monday. However, despite the lawyer requesting to withdraw, Justice Persaud ruled against Datadin withdrawing at this late stage, later citing that the court has the duty to stand against ‘dubious methods’ that could bring the justice system into disrepute.On September 25, Datadin filed an application on behalf of Bisram’s mother Sharmilla Inderjali to quash the murder charge against Bisram on grounds that one of main witnesses for the Prosecution recanted their statement, a contention which the lawyer maintained outside of court on Tuesday.The judge however, observed that the attorney’s notice of discontinuation, which was filed on Friday, was an abuse of process. As such, Justice Persaud struck out the entire case highlighting that there was “material non-disclosure” on Datadin’s behalf, since he did not include in his affidavit that he made an application on December last to stop the DPP from advising the police in Bisram murder probe. Justice Persaud stated that an applicant is required to present all facts, even if they are against the said applicant, adding that the court must be approached  “with clean hands” when seeking prerogative relief.Sanjeev Datadin exiting court on Tuesday“The application of 2016 was not disclosed to this court and it was only through the court’s records that it was detected,” the Judge explained.In his judgment, he further noted that there are clear legal provisions to discharge orders nisi when there is material non-disclosure, without going into the further merits of the case.Justice Persaud struck out three orders nisi, one of which sought to prevent the three respondents – the DPP, Chief Magistrate and Commissioner of Police from pursuing the murder probe against Bisram. As the orders nisi were discharged, Datadin was also ordered to pay the State by way of the three respondents, $250,000 in court costs.Murdered: Fiyazz NarinedattNew Yorker, Marcus Bisram, was charged in absentia last year for the murder of 27-year-old, Number 70 Village Corentyne Carpenter, Fiyazz Narinedatt who was killed after he reportedly rejected Bisram’s sexual advances.The five other men charged for the November 1, 2016, killing of Narinedatt were Radesh Motie, 39; Diadatt Datt, 18; Harri Paul Parsram, 49; Orlando Dickie and Niran Yacoob, 37.Two of the accused had reportedly confessed to investigators that they were ordered by the overseas-based Guyanese businessman to dump the carpenter’s body on the Number 70 Public Road to make his death seem the result of a hit and run accident.Additionally, the businessman’s mother and sister were also charged and remanded to prison after they allegedly offered bribes to Police ranks to “duck the case”. The mother, Inderjali was recently charged for witness tampering.Since the commencement of the preliminary inquiry in Berbice, several persons have been accused of witness tampering and Nariendatt’s family stated outside of court on Tuesday that they are constantly living in fear that they could be shot and killed at any moment due to the influence Bisram has with money and power. (Shemuel Fanfair) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAppeal Court throws out Bisram’s request for DPP to withdraw murder caseJuly 31, 2018In “Court”Bisram likely to be extradited to Guyana as US Judge throws out challengeOctober 31, 2018In “Court”Mother moves to CCJ for urgent hearing of Bisram’s caseAugust 7, 2018In “Court” read more

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FaceTime glitch shows random pictures iPhone captured itself

first_imgA strange topic has been brought up on the Apple Discussions forum. It seems that some people using FaceTime are seeing photos of the person they’re talking to, or themselves, in the middle of their conversation. It gets stranger though, as those photos seem to have been captured without the user’s knowledge.User Kar0786 started by saying her and her boyfriend have both experienced the problem several times recently. Apparently, a picture freezes on the screen when one person is calling the other. The person on the receiving end only sees a black screen. The concern is that the photos being brought up are pictures of them both at work. Kar0786 has used FaceTime at work but never taken a picture while there with her phone. Her boyfriend hasn’t used FaceTime or taken a picture at work, so the iPhone is seemingly capturing images without their knowledge. These are showing up on Kar0786’s end, whereas her boyfriend is still seeing the black screen, and vice versa when her boyfriend calls her.Another user said he called his girlfriend using FaceTime and a photo showed up that was not even stored in his phone confirming this isn’t an isolated issue.According to the comments, it’s a hard thing to fix. User nasetron said they called Apple support, and was told to restore the phone and manually re-install all of their apps, but that didn’t seem to do the trick. Apple then had the user return the iPhone and swap it out for a different one, which also didn’t help. The same user said they are using iOS 4.3, and hadn’t updated yet to 4.3.1. Another commenter said she’s using the newest OS update, and her boyfriend isn’t, and they have the problem, so maybe it’s a iOS 4.3 and iOS 4.3.1 compatibility issue?The issue of privacy has been brought up, because most people don’t want photos of them being taken from their own phone when they’re unaware of it.Have you experienced this problem with FaceTime?Read more at Apple Discussionslast_img read more

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