Weekly Traffic Advisories

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first_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Meisner Bridge Meisner Bridge on Highway 10, near Cherryfield, has alternating lane closures for repairs until Friday, Dec. 20. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River until September 2015. Traffic is normally two lanes in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on Highway 4, from west of Campbells Bridge, west for about five kilometres to Hay Cove Bridge, is reduced to one lane for repaving and the replacement of the Hay Cove bridge. Work is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, Dec. 31. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive Overpass Repairs are being made on the Joseph Howe Drive overpass on Highway 102, Exit 0 until Monday, Jan. 6. Travel lanes are shifted to accommodate rush hour traffic. Drivers should reduce speed to 45 km/h and drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. QUEENS COUNTY: Milton Bridge The approaches to the Milton Bridge on Highway 8 have alternating lane closures during drilling work until Sunday, Dec. 29. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. RICHMOND COUNTY: Cape Auguet Road Traffic on Cape Auguet Road, from the intersection of Lower Road south for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and other improvements. The work is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, Dec. 31. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. -30- DIGBY COUNTY: Acacia Valley Bridge The Acacia Valley Bridge on Acacia Valley Road, about a half-kilometre south of the intersection of Ridge Road and Acacia Valley Road, is being replaced. The new bridge will be open by Wednesday, Dec. 18. A detour route is marked. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Station Bridge Malagash Station Road, from Malagash Road to Wallace Grant Road, will be closed for bridge repairs to Malagash Station Bridge until Friday, Dec. 20. Detour signs in place. HANTS COUNTY: Shubenacadie, Bridge Trunk 2 Shubenacadie Bridge on Highway 2 is reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Dec. 31. The speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h in the construction area. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction.last_img read more

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First Nation veteran arrested on Remembrance Day speaks out

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first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nation veteran who was detained at a Remembrance Day ceremony is speaking out about the incident.Davyn Calfchild spent the ceremony in a paddy wagon after the police accused him of causing a disturbance.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

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After Withdrawing from Hirak Movement Leading Activist Faces Accusations of Betrayal

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Rabat – What first began as Yassmina El Farrisi’s participation in the long road to social justice and equity in the Rif was cut short by death threats, insults and harassment on social media, followed byher withdrawal from the organizing committee of the Hirak protest movement.In an interview with Morocco World News, El Farissi recounted her journey as an organizing member of the Rif protests and explained why she chose to stop demonstrating.From the very beginning of Hirak Rif, El Farissi was the first female to join the movement. “I stood in the first lines of the protests, unmindful of the stigma attached to women going out and screaming in the streets of the Rif.” The severe under-representation of Riffian people and particularly of Riffian women beat out El Farissi’s cultural conventions and habits. “I am not used to the culture of going out in demonstrations. I have never done so in the past. But the humanitarian side in me spoke out. I believe in working hard in order to achieve whatever aspirations we have.”While audiences waited for Wonder Woman to step out from the screen and give a sense of entitlement to women’s power, El Farissi came out from the heart of a conservative society and volunteered to be part of the organizing committee of the Hirak.“I volunteered along more than 30 people to organize the manifestations in the Rif. It was never for fame or reputation, as some claim. It was for my humble experience that I could share with my people to put an end to the discrimination and the suffering of the Rif.”The voice of all people is an integral element in the success of every social movement, and this, according to El Farissi, was missing in the Hirak.“I left Al Hoceima for two or three days, when I came back I learned that about three people from the committee had gathered in a cafe and prepared a document of social demands, without notifying the rest of the committee members,” said El Farissi, before questioning whether the document could actually represent the people’s demands when only two to three people prepared it.The incident stirred El Farissi to reconsider her position among the organizers, as she had played “an important role which pushed the Hirak’s agenda to move forward.”When asked about her contribution in the movement, El Farissi responded, “I have been the go-to person for many national and international media. I answered the questions of Moroccan journalists and also German, Spanish, Middle Eastern and French, which helped the Hirak gain global visibility.”She added that “the attention given to me by media and my capacity, as a woman, to bring out concrete ideas that could lead the movement forward made those who claim to be leaders jealous. They started accusing me of betraying the Hirak, of being “makheznia” [a supporter of the system].”Adding to these reason, El Farissi had a different approach to demand for her and her people’s rights. “I did not agree with the social demands they laid out. I think and I still think they’re Utopian,” explaining that “those three people, who take themselves for leaders ask the government to build a university, to make investments in the Rif. These are long-terms projects. Why don’t we start with the basics first?”According to the activist, the fight for social justice should first start with asking for realistic demands. “It is true that we have a lack problems with education. Instead of aiming for a project that would take the government years to implement, why don’t we first ask it to send to the Rif more trained teachers for our pupils? And instead of demanding investors to come and invest in the Rif, shouldn’t we first ask for improving the roads, which are in  very [bad] conditions, and which facilitate the economic and investing penetration of the Rif?”For refusing to let the movement be led by a small group of individuals, for being a woman, and for having different, and in her eyes more realistic, ways to deal with the social conditions in the Rif have led El Farissi to retreat from the organizing committee of the Hirak. Far from taking her out of the spotlight, this has made El Farassi the target of angry accusations of being “makhzenia” and threats on her life.Active on social media and working on personal and collective projects other than the Hirak, El Farissi said that she is still true to the initial cause of the Rif and hopes to make of her home land a better place. read more

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Food and water most urgent needs for civilians displaced by Abyei clashes

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26 May 2011Heavy rains are making it difficult to ascertain the exact number and location of the thousands of civilians forced to flee their homes due to the recent violence in the Sudanese town of Abyei, but the United Nations says the displaced are in urgent need of food and water. The situation in and around Abyei, which is disputed by both north and south Sudan, remains volatile, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).The town has been the scene of renewed fighting in recent days, including looting and burning earlier this week, following the takeover of the area by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) – a move condemned by the Security Council as a breach of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the long-running north-south civil war in Sudan.OCHA reports that tens of thousands of displaced people from the Abyei area have arrived in various locations in Southern Sudan, and assessments of displaced communities are underway. Initial findings indicate that the most urgent needs are food and water, while the recent heavy rains have already increased the risk of water-borne diseases. The heavy rains and limited access to the area, along with the fact that many groups are still on the move or hiding, have made it difficult to identify the precise locations and numbers of people that have moved further south, the Office stated. Meanwhile, DPKO says the Sudanese government forces maintain their presence in Abyei, and a large number of Misseriya militia has also been reported. There is still sporadic fighting south of Abyei, and looting and burning of property continues.Yesterday, the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and UN agencies conducted road and air assessments, which confirmed the heavy presence of armed men “We have repeatedly made it clear to commanders from all levels from the Sudan Armed Forces, including the Officer in Charge on the ground, that by virtue of being in control of the area, the Sudan Armed Forces is responsible for stopping the looting and arson and bringing those responsible to justice,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.“Unfortunately, so far we have not seen sufficient steps taken by the Sudan Armed Forces to stop it or hold those responsible accountable for it,” he added.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNMIS, Haile Menkerios, has been in touch with the leadership on both sides to contain the situation and bring the parties back to the negotiating table. Deadly clashes have claimed dozens of lives since the start of the year, when a referendum on Abyei’s status that was supposed to have been held never took place amid disagreement on voter eligibility. Southern Sudan will formally secede from the rest of the country on 9 July as a result of a separate referendum held in accordance with the CPA. “The dispute over the future status of the Abyei area is the greatest challenge to the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in a report on Sudan that was released this week.“Only a political agreement between the two parties on the final status of Abyei will ease tensions and provide security for the population of Abyei,” he stressed.In the report, Mr. Ban also recommends that the Security Council establish a UN operation in South Sudan, which would be a successor mission to UNMIS and help the Government and people of the newly independent nation consolidate peace and create a foundation for its economic, political and social development.The new operation would be known as the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and would be a multidimensional operation whose tasks would include good offices and political support for peace consolidation; support to security sector reform and the rule of law; and security aspects, including conflict mitigation and physical protection of civilians. read more

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Iranian Parliament ratifies extradition treaty with Sri Lanka

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Iranian Parliamentarians approved an extradition treaty between Iran and Sri Lanka on Sunday.A total of 203 lawmakers were present in the Parliament session, and the bill was ratified by 153 Yes votes, 11 No votes, and 7 abstentions. The treaty which includes an introduction and 21 articles will allow the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to exchange convicts and the related documents. According to the MPs in the session, there are dozens of Iranians and Sri Lankan nationals kept in the two countries’ prisons. The MPs also said that the Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani’s visit to Sri Lanka was on the agenda of the Parliament session. (Colombo Gazette)

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5 of Many Reasons You Should Attend Enterprise Connect

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Wow! Reflections on Enterprise Connect 2019 Marty Parker March 26, 2019 10 takeaways from an action-packed, information-filled week in Orlando, Fla., at EC19. Winning in Collaboration at EC19 Michelle Burbick March 19, 2019 From our ‘Best of’ awards, to new solutions from Microsoft and AWS and a successful digital transformation for Walmart, everyone is winning at Enterprise Connect! 6 Trends Recapping Enterprise Connect 2019 Zeus Kerravala March 25, 2019 EC19 has come to an end, and oh what a week it was. 26964642608_e206d904e3_k.jpg Enterprise Connect 2019, per usual, is headed to the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Fla., this March, and now is your last chance to register at our lowest rate. If you’re on the fence about attending, here are five reasons why to jump on in, feet first.Enterprise Connect is the largest independent event devoted to all-things enterprise communications and collaboration. The conference program includes roughly 60 breakout sessions led by industry experts including many regular No Jitter bloggers and thought leaders such as Brent Kelly, of KelCor; Zeus Kerravala, of ZK Research; Kevin Kieller, of enableUC; Sheila McGee-Smith, of McGee-Smith Analytics; Marty Parker, with Communication Perspectives; and Melissa Swartz, of Swartz Consulting. This means you’ll come away from the event with loads in-depth, objective insight across nine technology tracks to take back to your offices and put to use in crafting your communications and collaboration strategies. Enterprise Connect offers you the opportunity to hear firsthand from your peers — enterprise IT professionals leading their organizations’ charges into the digital, artificial intelligence-infused, software-based, ultra-collaborative future within businesses and contact centers. This year’s conference program includes an assortment of end user-featured panels, with IT professionals sharing the decisions they’ve made around technologies and trends such as software-defined WANs, the merging of CRM and the contact center, and user endpoint strategies. In addition, enterprise IT professionals will take the mainstage, sharing their insight in our annual Enterprise Summit (this year’s theme, “Planning for a Future of Constant Change”), as well as in a panel on how to empower your organization for a developer-focused future. Enterprise Connect draws top-level executives from the communications and collaboration vendors most relied upon by enterprises. This year’s keynote lineup, as announced to date, features Pasquale DeMaio, GM of Amazon Connect at Amazon Web Services; Amy Chang, SVP of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group; and Lori Wright, GM of Microsoft 365 at Microsoft. Attend these keynotes to learn about the latest technologies and strategic thinking from core vendors. Enterprise Connect brings scores — close to 200! — communications and collaboration vendors, large and small, to a technology-packed expo hall. With this year’s extended exhibition hours, you’ll have plenty of time to hit them all! Watch their demos, hear about their differentiators, and find the solutions you need for your most pressing business communications and collaboration challenges.Enterprise Connect is a networking mecca. We anticipate more than 1,000 enterprise IT professionals to join us in Orlando the week of March 18, and we know the importance of making time for networking with them. Among the opportunities are two networking receptions and appreciation party — and those are just the formal stuff. Enterprise Connect folks are a friendly bunch, and we’ve long heard how much value attendees get from simply chatting with each other in the hallways, in sessions rooms, at lunch… wherever, whenever!We hope you’ll join us! As a No Jitter reader, we’re offering you the chance to save an additional $200 off the price of your pass by entering the code NJPOSTS at registration checkout — and just remember, take action today to get the lowest rate!  Tags:News & ViewsUCaaSteam collaborationAPIsAIEnterprise ConnectCloud CommunicationsContact Center & Customer ExperienceDigital TransformationIndustry NewsUnified Communications Articles You Might Like See All in Enterprise Connect » The Countdown to Enterprise Connect 2020 Is On! Beth Schultz August 28, 2019 Join us March 30 to April 2 in Orlando, Fla., for our annual enterprise communications & collaboration conference and exhibition. Log in or register to post comments Microsoft Wins Best of Enterprise Connect Overall Award Michelle Burbick March 19, 2019 And AWS, Microsoft, Mio, Optanix, and Plantronics-Polycom win in four new breakout categories. read more

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Deals protests during Amazon Prime Day

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NEW YORK — Amazon’s Prime Day is coming with a wave of deals — and protests.The company’s fifth annual Prime Day now stretches two days, Monday and Tuesday, invented as an effort to try to drum up sales during sluggish summer months and sign up more users for its Prime loyalty program.The Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth says it is offering more than a million deals. Amazon’s own products are usually among the strongest sellers.This year, some used the high-profile event as a way to garner attention for their protests against Amazon.At a warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota, workers planned a strike to raise awareness over working conditions. On Twitter, Massachusetts Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren voiced her support for their cause.Amazon says it already offers what the workers are striking for.Mae Anderson, The Associated Press read more

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Investigation continues into Iraqi OilforFood programme UN spokesman says

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Spokesman Fred Eckhard said the Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) is proceeding as best it can with its probe, talking to UN and former Oil-for-Food personnel, as well as people outside the Organization.”It isn’t just that they’re waiting for the Governing Council to provide copies of the documentary evidence that some members of the Council indicated that they had,” Mr. Eckhard said at the daily press briefing, adding that “we don’t yet know whether we will ever get this evidence from Baghdad.”Established by the Security Council in 1996, the Oil-for-Food programme allowed the Government of Iraq to sell oil for food and humanitarian supplies, and served as the sole source of sustenance for 60 per cent of Iraq’s estimated 27 million people. The operation, the largest-ever in financial terms, became obsolete when last May the Council lifted sanctions imposed on the country for its 1990 invasion and subsequent occupation of Kuwait.Mr. Eckhard noted today that Secretary-General Kofi Annan did not have “the authority to investigate some of the other allegations that have been made in the media about wrongdoing by governments or companies.”Asked whether Mr. Annan would favour the Security Council’s possible appointment of a commission to investigate the programme, the spokesman said the Council would have to decide what it wanted to do.Responding to a question about whether Mr. Annan trusted the programme’s administrator, Benon Sevan, the spokesman said the Secretary-General did. “At the same time,” Mr. Eckhard added, “as a responsible administrator, [the Secretary-General’s] got to investigate these allegations against Benon and others, and he’s doing that through OIOS.” As for whether any alleged corruption regarding oil-for-food contracts was something that the programme itself should have had the responsibility to investigate, Mr. Eckhard said it had no mandate to oversee or investigate those kinds of charges reported in the media.”It would be something for the Security Council through the Sanctions Committee – the 661 Committee – to look into,” the spokesman replied. “It would be something for governments, either individual governments to investigate their own national companies, or the Security Council collectively to look at the actions of companies or governments for that matter, in relation to the Oil-for-Food programme.” read more

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UN experts urge Cyprus to address migrant detention conditions improve overall monitoring

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Cyprus has seen many positive developments concerning the treatment of people in detention, but still faces several challenges, particularly regarding the independent monitoring of places of detention and the treatment of migrants, the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) said today after visiting the country. “We were very pleased to have visited Cyprus and take note of improvements. But the situation of those in immigration detention centres requires careful attention,” said Malcolm Evans, the SPT Chair and head of the four-member delegation to Cyprus, in a press release.“It is so important to ensure that such detention is only resorted to when it is strictly necessary. The conditions of detention should reflect the fact that such places are not prisons and those detained are not prisoners,” he added. The SPT, which monitors how States that have ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) are meeting their treaty obligations, was in Cyprus from 25 to 29 January. The delegation accompanied members of the independent Cypriot body that monitors places of detention to the Menoyia Detention Centre, where people are held pending the outcome of their asylum application. The Centre has in the past seen riots, protests and hunger strikes. “It is vital that all those whose legal situation is unclear, whether asylum seekers or those detained for infringement of immigration rules, are promptly and fully informed of what is happening to them. This is an essential safeguard for their wellbeing,” stressed Mr. Evans. The SPT also held discussions with representatives of the Cypriot monitoring body, officially known as a National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), on how they work and the challenges they face in fulfilling their role. “We are particularly concerned that the National Preventive Mechanism for torture prevention, which is a part of the Ombudsman’s office, should be much better resourced financially and have its legal powers reviewed so that it can continue and expand its good work. It currently does not have the capacity to work as the Optional Protocol requires,” he noted. The delegation also visited police stations in several parts of the country, Nicosia Central Prison, Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital and centres for unaccompanied teenage migrants and for minors. Following the visit, the SPT will submit a confidential report to the Government of Cyprus, containing its observations and recommendations on prevention of torture and ill-treatment of individuals deprived of their liberty. As with all other States, the SPT is encouraging Cyprus to make this report public. “I am sure that working together in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, we will be able to help the Cypriot authorities make progress in achieving a betterment for all those who are in detention,” the expert said. read more

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Jeremy Corbyn warned he is facing further warfare from moderate MPs in

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first_imgOne even suggested that moderate MPs were “gearing up for round three” – another leadership election – in a bid to unseat Mr Corbyn.Mr Corbyn is expected to appeal for unity after his expected victory in the bitter leadership contest with his rival Owen Smith today, before heading to a crucial meeting of the party’s ruling National Executive Committee where is expected to battle attempts to bring back elections to the shadow Cabinet.Ms Flint said: “If Jeremy is re-elected, then MPs should actually be constructive and work hard to support the Labour front bench, but Jeremy also has to do some things as well.“I think he has to make sure that talk about deselecting MPs is stopped because that will only lead to warfare, not unity.”Mr Corbyn’s allies have repeatedly used the threat of deselection to force moderate MPs to pull their weight behind the leader.She added: “What’s very important is Jeremy can show he can unite the party and I hope he will demonstrate that he is prepared to listen to not only those that supported him, but also those that didn’t, because all of us have it in our interest to form an effective opposition to hold the Government to account, and I hope he’ll show leadership by reaching out.” Last night Mr Corbyn appealed for the party – including “those who have voted. volunteered and campaigned for Owen Smith” – to unite after the campaign so that it can “win the next general election”.He said: “We must now turn our agreement into unity, turn our passion into action, and turn our ideas into reality.”We must win the next general election so that Labour can rebuild and transform Britain – so that no one and no community is left behind. We can and must do that together. That includes those who have voted, volunteered and campaigned for Owen Smith.”This summer, we have had a debate about the future of Labour and the future of Britain. It has been robust, and at times difficult, but it has been overwhelmingly respectful in tone.”He added: “Now, let’s turn our agreement into unity. Let’s turn our passion into action. And let’s turn our ideas into reality.”We must win the next general election so that Labour can rebuild and transform Britain – so that no one and no community is left behind. We can and must do that together.” Jeremy Corbyn has been warned that he is facing “warfare” from moderate MPs in his own party in the wake of his expected landslide victory in the Labour leadership election today.Caroline Flint, a former shadow cabinet member, warned Mr Corbyn to halt talk of deselecting disloyal MPs.There were reports in Westminster that moderate Labour MPs were planning to create a “party within a party” in the weeks after Mr Corbyn’s expected victory.This would see the MPs run their own whipping operation in the House of Commons, deciding each week which Government motions to oppose and which to support independently of the Labour party.However, in a sign of the possible trouble ahead, some of Mr Corbyn’s aides publicly attacked senior critics in the party on Friday accusing them of being prepared to “destroy the Labour party just to stop Jeremy” calling it a “scorched earth policy”. That came as one of his senior aides attacked senior figures such as Lord Kinnock, the former leader, as “relics” who believe they have a “God-given right to control everything”.Earlier this week Lord Kinnock – who helped rebuild the party’s fortunes after the disastrous 1983 general election  – said he could not see Labour winning in his lifetime.However in an interview with The Guardian, Sam Tarry, Mr Corbyn’s campaign director, said: “I think there has been a concerted effort between Owen Smith, the more hard-Right MPs [and] … relics like Neil Kinnock to say that the Labour party will never win a general election. It sounds as if they are gearing up for round three.”He argued that MPs need to learn the lesson of their probable failure in attempting to topple Mr Corbyn.He said: “The timing was wrong. It is the establishment against half a million people. They think they have a God-given right to have control of anything.”James Mills, Mr Corbyn’s head of communications, said Mr Corbyn’s critics were trying to “destroy the Labour party just to stop Jeremy” in a “scorched earth policy”.Separately a YouGov poll for The Times found that more than half of the people who backed Labour at the last general election and then voted to leave the European Union at the referendum have now abandoned their support for the party. Mr Corbyn is expected to appeal for unity after his expected victory in the bitter leadership contest with his rival Owen Smith todaycenter_img We must now turn our agreement into unity, turn our passion into action, and turn our ideas into realityMr Corbyn Mr Corbyn is expected to appeal for unity after his expected victory in the bitter leadership contest with his rival Owen Smith todayCredit: PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Slow progress as clock ticks

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first_imgA week after talks between Greece and its creditors, hit an impasse, the two sides remain bogged down over the interest payment or coupon the country must offer on its new bonds. The Greek state and its bondholders have made little progress since resuming talks on a debt swap, with time to strike a deal and avoid a messy default, running out rapidly. According to Reuters, sources close to the talks say the Greek government and its foreign lenders offered a coupon of just over 3.5 per cent during a two-hour meeting mid-week, but bondholders rejected that as too low. They were angling for a coupon of at least 4 percent according to the same source. A senior government official also played down speculation that terms of a deal had been nearly pinned down, saying: “Nothing has been concluded yet.” One banker briefed on the talks, said progress was made on minor points related to the structure of the deal, and the law it would fall under, but that the coupon remained a sticking point. Still, a deal could come together soon, the source said. “This is not to say that a deal cannot be concluded in the next three days – there may be developments by Monday or Tuesday,” the banker said. Negotiations between Prime Minister Lucas Papademos and Charles Dallara, head of the International Institute of Finance lobby representing private bond holders, were due to resume in Athens on Friday. The stakes could not be higher. The two sides must thrash out a deal within days to pave the way for the country to receive a new infusion of aid and avoid bankruptcy, when 14.5 billion euros of bond redemptions fall due in March. Even if a deal is struck rapidly, the paperwork will take weeks and the state’s official lenders – the European Union and the International Monetary Fund – say the work must be cleared before funds are doled out from a 130 billion euro rescue plan they drew up in October. Turning up the pressure ahead of Friday’s talks, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos told lawmakers that a large chunk of the bond swap must be agreed by noon on Friday and formalised before Monday’s meeting of eurozone finance ministers. “Now is the crucial moment in the final battle for the debt swap and the crucial moment in the final and definitive battle for the new bailout,” Venizelos told parliament. “Now, now! Now is the time to negotiate for the sake of the country.” No miracles The swap is aimed at cutting 100 billion euros off the country’s 350 billion euro debt load by getting the private holders of state bonds to accept a 50 per cent write-down on their notional value. But terms of the swap – including the interest rate and maturity date of new bonds Greece would sell to the private creditors in place of old debt – have been up for negotiation. The talks ran into trouble last week over Greek demands for an interest rate below the 4 per cent that banks were willing to stomach and a plan to enforce losses on investors. A lower interest rate would push the actual loss investors take, to well above the 50 per cent level initially envisaged. Meanwhile, the governor of the central Bank of Greece made a more urgent appeal to his countrymen and their leaders to implement reforms or risk being pushed into an ignominious eurozone exit. “If we ignore reality this time, the outcome will be a given: the country will become economically and politically isolated,” George Provopoulos said. In Washington, an IMF spokeswoman said staff at the Fund had sought executive board approval for talks with Greece that might lead to a deal requiring “exceptional access” to IMF loans. Greece already has exceptional access to IMF funding that allows it to draw more than 600 per cent of its IMF quota and any further negotiations require fresh board approval. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Nick Staikos MP I live and breathe Bentleigh

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The dates for Victoria’s State election were issued last week and the rival parties have already taken it to the road, selling their policies and trying to win over the voters. Neos Kosmos, keeping up with tradition, will cover this contest from all aspects, seeking through to the Greek heritage candidates and communicating their pleas to the voters. They will have the chance to express in their own words what they represent and offer to their constituents and the wider community of Victoria.In 2014 Labor MP Nick Staikos managed to just win over the seat of Bentleigh, with a minuscule margin of 0.8 per cent. He represents the third most marginal seat in the state. Historically, the party that wins over the seat of Bentleigh is the one which forms government in Victoria.His electoral win in the last elections was against the Liberal candidate Elizabeth Miller. On 24 November he will be against three other candidates, the Liberals’ Asher Judah, the Greens’ Sarah Dakiere, Animal Justice Party’s Narren Chellapah and DLP’s Fi Fraser.Staikos is a born and bred Bentleigh boy who started his political career as councillor for Glen Eira and was first elected to the Victorian parliament in 2014.Which do you think are the most important issues for your constituents? Good schools is certainly one.In Bentleigh, we have good schools and that is partly due to the teachers that work in them and the investment of successive Labor governments in schools over many years particularly our government. McKinnon Secondary is very well known and we are not only adding to the existing schools, but we are also building a second campus. We’ve just committed $70 million to that project, which means the school will take more students and I know that McKinnon has lots and lots of Greek families whose children attend.The other [major issue] is transport and we have been extremely successful removing level crossing, across the state including Bentleigh and I think that people appreciate that and they know that we will keep investing in transport.Thirdly, health is a big issue. We already expanded health services in the Moorabbin hospital but if we are re-elected, we are also going to put an ambulance station right in East Bentleigh. We’ve already got the best ambulance response times on record and they will be even better in our area with an ambulance station right in the heart of our local community.We all want to be safe, we all want our families to be safe. And people are safer under a Labor government because, unlike the Liberals, we invested in police. We have funded 3,135 additional police and in Glen Eira, my local community, according to the latest crime statistics, crime had a 13.5 per cent decrease, when under the Coalition government it was always going up.The increasing cost of living is another important issue. I will mention our solar panel initiative. It is a big bold plan that will save every household, up to $900 annually. We will fund half the cost of installing solar panels and the other half will be funded by a no interest loan from the state government that the people can pay off with the savings that they will make from having the solar panels in their roof. No upfront cost for solar panels and people will save money. It is available to everybody with a house worth less than $3 million and with combined annual income less than $180,000.What do you offer to the Greek community within your electorate?Specifically in Bentleigh we have made an investment in St Raphael’s Greek Orthodox church where I was baptised. It’s my local church and we will be supporting it with $32,500 which is money now. It’s not an election commitment. We will also provide a further $40,000 to the church if we are re-elected and that’s for a lot of things that are needed in terms of infrastructure. We chose to support the church because it really is the centre of the Greek community of Bentleigh. Either you go there once a year in Easter or 10 times a year or 100 times a year, it’s the centre of the community.But I have to add that I am proud to be part of a government that is led by a philhellene premier. Daniel Andrews was the first premier in 20 years to visit Greece. He did fall in love with the country and as a result of that, he committed bringing an exhibition from the Benaki Museum to the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne, he made the announcement about Greek language and kindergartens and the Trade Fair in Thessaloniki. To have a premier who is such a philhellene is very important to the Greek community.For what reasons do you think the voters should trust you with their vote?Because I live and breathe Bentleigh and I proved that I will always advocate for my constituents.Because we have been a government that has gone on with the job, we got things done. No government before us has done as much as we had done, in infrastructure. We are removing now 75 level crossings. You know in the last elections when I was promising people that we will remove level crossings in my electorate, people didn’t quite believe it. Now that we’ve done it they can trust us. Melbourne is the fastest growing city in Australia. People have to decide, who they actually trust to manage that growth with the infrastructure needed. We are building the metro rail tunnel, we are going to build the suburban rail loop which will revolutionise public transport. The Liberals had their chance for four years and they didn’t build anything.People can now compare four years of the Liberals and four years of the Labor party and it’s a stark comparison.last_img read more

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Public Sector shake up many shifted to new ministries

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first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PublicSectorshakeup, #shiftsinPublicSectorministries Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 27, 2017 – Providenciales – A new Administration for the country and perhaps that translates to new roles for some government employees including Permanent Secretaries, deputies and directors.    The Office of the Deputy Governor, which heads the Civil Service has made some changes for a shake up in the technocrats of the government ministries and leaders’ offices.The director of the Governor’s Office remains James Astwood… the new director of the Office of the Premier is Ronlee James, Althea Been has been made the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Deputy Premier and Ministry of Border Control.  Tito Lightbourne will serve as the director of the DGs office, while the Ministry of Finance will see its leadership team stay the same; Athenee Harvey-Basden is the Permanent Secretary, and Arthur Been and Shonia Been are the deputies there.  Susan Malcolm is now at Border Control, her deputy is Sharon Taylor.Now the former PS of Border Control, Clara Gardiner is at Home Affairs with Russell Cox who is moved from Education and Bridget Newman is a second deputy at that ministry.   When it comes to Housing, Infrastructure and Planning, Ian Astwood is newly appointed as the Permanent Secretary with Desmond Wilson as the deputy; Cheryl Ann Jones is no longer at Education but will work in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment with Michelle Gardiner, who is the deputy there.Desiree Lewis is returned now at Health, Agriculture and Human Services as the Permanent Secretary and Tamera Robinson remains the Deputy PS of the Ministry of Health.  The Ministry of Education is now with Wesley Clerveaux as its Permanent Secretary, shifted from Health and his deputy is Amin McCartney who moves over from Tourism.  The new positions are effective in under a week on April 1, 2017.You can read the Deputy Governor’s full press release when you like Magnetic Media Fanpage on Facebook.#MagneticMediaNews#PublicSectorshakeup#shiftsinPublicSectorministrieslast_img read more

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Camas Washougal consider joint fire services

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first_imgCity officials in Camas and Washougal are once again looking into ways to consolidate fire services.Washougal Mayor Sean Guard requested the two cities explore options for joint services in an attempt to make efforts more efficient for both entities. At this point, Guard said, city officials have had only preliminary discussions and have not determined how the consolidated service may look. A working group, including fire personnel and city officials from Camas and Washougal, has been assembled to research the issue. Guard expects the group will have a clearer idea of whether joint services would be cost-effective and what changes could be made within the next two months.Washougal is still asking voters to approve a replacement operations levy this fall for emergency medical services. The levy does not affect consolidation discussions, which pertain only to fire services, Guard said.Last year, Washougal’s professional firefighters decertified their union and joined the Camas fire union.For the complete story, see Saturday’s Columbian.last_img read more

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Online Network Launches User Review Channel Service for Publishers

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first_img“For instance, the ‘doorway’ might be a Top 10 list of digital cameras the publisher drops into their photography section,” Morris said. “Other doorways can be navigation links that go straight to the home page of the user review channel, calling the link “User Reviews.”Buzzillions partnered with Outside magazine to create a user review channel that includes roughly 600,000 reviews on more than 100,000 outdoor-related products. Outside embedded Buzzillion2Go modules throughout the site. “When Outside experts review a product, they place the Review Snapshot module at the end of the review to give the consumer perspective and to capitalize on a user’s desire to learn more and potentially purchase that product,” Morris said.Buzzillions is targeting niche- and broad-market publishers as well as search engines and aggregators. Online user reviews network Buzzillions has launched Buzzillions2Go, a service that allows publishers to create product review channels on their Web sites. The reviews are funneled to publishers’ Web sites from Buzzillion’s network of retailers.According to Buzzillions vice president Jim Morris, the Buzzillions technology/service offers publishers a “hands-off” way to add thousands of product reviews to their Web sites, as well as increase traffic and supplement revenue. “The private label site comes with display ads, links to merchant sites and other advertising that drive more revenue to the publisher’s site per user visit,” Morris told FOLIO:. “The ROI quickly becomes positive because there is no upfront fee. It works purely on a revenue share of the proceeds generated from users.”Buzzillions creates a co-branded user review channel on a publisher’s site by matching colors and using the site’s existing HTML header, footer and logo. To draw users from the home page to the review channel, the publisher creates javascript-based “doorways” installed through its content management system.last_img read more

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Twitter for Desktop to get new interface layout

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first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:10Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Twitter, earlier in the year, announced that the company is testing new design features on its micro social blogging site and now it is finally rolling out the update for the desktop version for select public users.The new improvements include emoji button, quick keyboard shortcuts, upgraded trends, advanced search, and more. Immediately noticeable changes are the change in position of the trends list, relevant people suggestion and name (with settings) are now moved from left to the right, while the home, # (trends), bell icon (notification), the envelope icon (message) and hand lens icon (search) are now centred on the top. And there are two Tweet options, one at the bottom right and another on top for easy access. Moments can be accessed on the home page, slightly above, right side to the tweet bar. Twitter for Desktop undergoes faceliftTwitter screen-grabFor me, it took me by surprise on seeing icons and features with exchanged sides and so did several users on Twitter who were bit confused, while some found refreshing and it was also repulsive for others.When I first logged in to Twitter this morning, it welcomed with the news that Desktop version has been refurbished and asked to select the font sizes- small, default, medium and large in addition to night mode option at the bottom. Once done, it will take you to the home lined with the latest tweets.A new https://t.co/fHiPXozBdO is coming.Some of you got an opt-in to try it now. Check out the emoji button, quick keyboard shortcuts, upgraded trends, advanced search, and more. Let us know your thoughts! pic.twitter.com/G8gWvdHnzB— Twitter (@Twitter) January 22, 2019 Twitter for Desktop gets new features and design changes.TwitterHowever, this is not the final changes. In actuality, Twitter is still testing the changes in terms of interface and new changes.”We’re currently testing new experiences in the open we’re thinking of bringing to Twitter.com for feedback with a small set of people, for now. No date to share at this time for when we’ll roll out broadly, but stay tuned,” a Twitter spokesperson said to International Business Times, India Edition.In a related development, Twitter appointed Manish Maheshwari as its new managing director of India region.Manish is taking over from Balaji Krish, who has been leading the Twitter India team in the interim for the past few months. Balaji Krish (BK) will be returning to the company’s global headquarters in San Francisco to resume his role as global head of revenue strategy and operations at Twitter. Manish is taking over from Balaji Krish, who has been leading the Twitter India team in the interim for the past few months.Manish Maheshwari (LinkedIn Profile Image)Starting on April 29, Manish responsibility includes expansion of Twitter India’s presence in the market and strengthening its value proposition in the subcontinent.Under Manish, several teams in India will work closely to drive conversations and audience engagement on the platform in addition to forging partnerships with brands, agencies and publishers, to connect with the most relevant and influential audiences on Twitter. Closecenter_img Instagrams New Update That Sparked Outrage Was Just A Testlast_img read more

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PM Modi faces jobs crisis as unemployment hits 61

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first_imgEmployees of Infosys Technologies Limited walk in the campus of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore on April 13, 2017. Indian software giant Infosys has pledged to return USD2 billion to shareholders this year as it reported subdued growth in profits for the fourth quarter.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesIndia’s unemployment rate rose to 6.1% in the 2017/18 fiscal year, the statistics ministry said on Friday, presenting a challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to kick-start job creation in his second term in office.The data, that has been repeatedly delayed, was released a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn in for his second term. Indian voters gave him a big mandate in the general election that ended this month despite concerns over jobs and weak farm prices.”It shows the jobs crisis is still there: there are not many new ones being created,” said NR Bhanumurthy, a professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy in New Delhi, regarding the new figure.Pronab Sen, India’s former chief statistician, said that small businesses had been especially weak, while the unemployment rate was likely to have spiked after the country replaced the majority of its banknotes in a shock move in 2016.The unemployment number comes as another set of data released on Friday showed that the economy grew at 5.8% in the January-March period, its slowest pace in 17 quarters, and falling behind China’s pace for the first time in nearly two years.The 6.1% figure matches data earlier leaked to the Business Standard newspaper in January, that said it was the highest level in at least 45 years.The paper’s report was based on an assessment carried out by the National Sample Survey Office between July 2017 and June 2018.There has not been detailed official data on unemployment for several years, and on Friday the government declined to provide comparable numbers for the jobless rate.”It’s a new design, new metric,” chief statistician Pravin Srivastava told reporters. He did not elaborate.”It would be unfair to compare it with the past.”The data also showed the continuing gender imbalance in the Indian workforce, that has one of the lowest female participation rates in the world.The statistics ministry said that the female labour participation rate in urban areas for the quarter ending December 2018 was 19.5%, compared with 73.6% for males.”It is a long-term issue, to do with social, cultural and religious reasons,” Bhanumurthy said. “Any solution needs to come from the ground to tackle these.”last_img read more

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Man from Detroit dies short of insulin shots weeks after deportation to

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first_imgJimmy AldaoudTwitterA man from Detroit who has lived in the United States since he was an infant, died earlier this week due to unavailability of diabetes medication in Iraq shortly after the US administration deported him.Jimmy Aldaoud, died after he was unable to obtain insulin to treat his diabetes, his immigration lawyer Edward Bajoka said.Aldaoud who had multiple criminal charges against him was deported to Iraq in June where he didn’t know the language nor had any family or contact. His body was found on Tuesday at an apartment he shared with another person who was deported from the US.”He was not able to get insulin in Iraq. That was essentially the cause of his death,” Bajoka told CNN. “This death was completely preventable. It did not have to happen. The death has been devastating to Jimmy’s family and to the community.”The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) stated that Aldaoud’s convictions spanning over two decades included assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence, and home invasion.He later fled from ICE’s non-custodial supervision program and was at large for four months before he was arrested again on suspicion of theft. The agency deported him to Iraq with reported supplies of medicine “to ensure continuity of care”, according to the BBC.However, Bajoka said that Aldaoud was “diabetic, and they deported him with no insulin, no medication. They picked him up, and with no warning to him or his family, put him in jail and a few weeks later he was on a plane.”In a video posted by Bajoka, around three weeks after the 41-year old was deported to Baghdad, Aldaoud says: “I begged them. I said, ‘Please, I’ve never seen that country. I’ve never been there…They forced me. I’m here now, and I don’t understand the language. I’ve been sleeping in the streets. I’m diabetic. I take insulin shots. I’ve been throwing up, throwing up, sleeping in the streets. I’ve got nothing to eat.”This video is of Jimmy taken in Baghdad two weeks after his deportation. I’m sharing with permission from Jimmy’s lawyers. Jimmy has been in the US since he was 6mo old—he was born in a refugee camp in Greece to Iraqi Christian parents. RIP#JimmyAldaoud https://t.co/1182x6GRAY pic.twitter.com/KF8RUOtKiH— Mari Manoogian (@MariManoogian) August 8, 2019His lawyer revealed that Aldaoud was born in a refugee camp in Greece. While his father was a legal refugee who came to the US in 1979, Jimmy Aldaoud was six months old at the time. Bajoka also confirmed that except him, his entire family including his now-deceased parents and three sisters had US citizenship.Aldaoud also suffered from severe mental health conditions that contributed to the various criminal convictions, Bajoka told CNN. “He had severe mental health issues. He was bipolar, schizophrenic, suffered from severe depression and anxiety,” Bajoka said. “That’s ultimately what led to his trouble with the law, and ultimately what led to his deportation.”Human Rights Watch said that Aldaoud’s death is a “shocking but not unpredictable result of cruel US immigration policies.”It is reported that his family will be taking legal actions. Michigan’s Democratic Representative Andy Levin is also working with the family to get his body back to the US for burial.Trump’s ‘betrayal’The Trump administration’s crackdown on Iraqi immigrants began in 2017, especially Iraqi Chaldean Catholics in Michigan. Last month it was reported that the government is attempting to deport 1,400 Iraqi nationals with criminal records living in Detroit. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:11Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:10?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close The mass deportation is part of a deal between the US and Iraq on conditions that the US would not impose a travel ban on the country.Subsequently, Iraq’s travel ban was removed “to enhance travel documentation, information sharing, and the return of Iraqi nationals subject to final orders of removal,” according to an order by the Trump administration order, reported Reuters.However, Chaldeans have said that the move was a “betrayal” of Trump’s electoral promises as the community had largely voted for Trump in his 2016 presidential campaign.The Guardian reported that Trump received the maximum votes from the community in the state of Michigan where he won by only 10,000 votes in 2016. His support, “Chaldeans For Trump”, stemmed by painting himself as a “saviour” as he promised to give justice to the persecuted Christians.Out of the 1,400 Iraqi nationals facing deportation, around 800 have criminal records but convicted of crimes which have occurred decades ago, said the UK newspaper.The American Civil Liberties Union has said that the persecuted Iraqi nationals deserved new hearings in front of immigration judges because of the danger deportation to countries like Iraq poses. The non-profit organisation argued that while the US law allows deportation of those who commit certain crimes, it also prohibits ICE to deport individuals to countries where they will be tortured or killed. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: U.S. Is Running Concentration Camps On Our Southern Borderlast_img read more

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Dhaka social business conference cancelled

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first_img-The two-day 7th international conference on social business scheduled to be held in Zirabo on the outskirts of Dhaka on 28-29 July has been cancelled.A Yunus Centre press release was issued on Wednesday to announce the cancellation of the high-profile gathering but it did not give any reason for the cancellation.United Nations assistant secretary-general Thomas Gass is among 200 international participants who have already arrived in Dhaka to join the conference which was scheduled to be inaugurated on Friday morning, according to the press release.Gass, responsible for implementing UN Sustainable Development Goals, was expected to be the keynote speaker at the conference.The press release added that roughly 2,000 people, among them about 400 foreigners from 50 countries, registered to participate in the conference.Yunus Centre requested the guests and participants to cancel their plans to attend the conference. “We humbly apologise to the guests and participants, local and from around the world, who have spent their time and money to take part in this conference,” the centre said.However, some of the programmes of the conference will be livecast via the Yunus Centre facebook page. The online session will start at 10:30am Friday. Speakers of various sessions will go live through the facebook page, said the centre.last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday April 17

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first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uThe so-called opioid epidemic in Maryland is literally overwhelming the State Medical Examiner’s officer, according to a recent report, which could cause the office to lose accreditation. We’ll have a full report, including insights from Israel Cason, founder of, “I Can’t, We Can,” the addiction recovery facility.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

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