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Stingray inks deal to acquire radio station in Drumheller Alta

first_imgMONTREAL — Stingray Group Inc. says it has entered into an agreement to acquire a music radio station in Drumheller, Alta., for an undisclosed price.The Montreal-based company, which provides advertising-free music service through major Canadian distributors, says it is buying the assets of CHOO-FM from Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.Stingray’s head of radio operations, Ian Lurie, says the acquisition complements its country-based CKDQ-AM by focusing limited resources in a small-market environment.The transaction is subject to approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and is expected to close mid-year. Companies in this story: (TSX: RAY.A)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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South Sudan conflict political not tribal Diplomat

first_imgKHARTOUM – The South Sudan ambassador in Khartoum insisted on Sunday that the ongoing conflict in his country between President Salva Kiir and sacked vice president Riek Machar is political in nature, and not motivated by tribal rivalries.Ambassador Mayan Dut Wol said five out of the seven members of the ruling party’s political bureau who supported Machar are from Kiir’s Denka tribe while the other two are from Machar’s Nuer tribe.This proves that “the conflict is about political differences among the ruling party leadership,” Wol told a press conference in Khartoum. Violence erupted in South Sudan, the world’s newest country, last week when Kiir accused Machar of standing behind a botched military coup.South Sudan has been rocked by violence since last Sunday when President Salva Kiir accused sacked vice-president Riek Machar of masterminding a coup.Machar has, for his part, denied any involvement in the alleged coup attempt.Ambassador Wol suggested the situation has now returned to normal, except in the two Unity and Jonglei States.Forces loyal to the sacked vice-president are currently controlling the oil-rich Bentiu, the capital of Unity State.Security conditions in Bor, capital of Jonglei State, a stronghold of Machar’s Nuer tribe, also deteriorated significantly, with heavy fighting reported.The Nuer tribe and Kiir’s Dinka tribe represent South Sudan’s two largest tribes. Together, they account for some 80 percent of the fledging country’s total population of 11 million.-No meddling-Ambassador Wol, meanwhile, denied any involvement of Sudan in the ongoing conflict in his country.“Any talk linking Khartoum with what is going on in Juba is incorrect and contrary to the truth and reality,” he insisted.The diplomat praised Sudan’s official position toward the events in his country.“The position of both, the government and people of Sudan, was positive toward the current situation”, he added.He said Sudan had not offered to mediate between the rival parties in South Sudan.“There is no mediating proposal from Sudan in this regard, but Sudan is a part of the IGAD, [Inter-governmental Authority on Development], who are currently mediating to end the current political crisis in South Sudan,” he said.The IGAD ministerial delegation returned to Addis Ababa late Saturday after failing to broker a political solution to the crisis in South Sudan.The delegation – comprised of the foreign ministers of Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.last_img read more

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France Welcomes Moroccos Withdrawal from Guerguerat Region

Paris – France welcomed Morocco’s announcement of a unilateral withdrawal from the Guerguerat region, stressing that this is an important step that eases the situation while taking into account the stability and interest of the region.“France calls on all parties to show responsibility and to unconditionally and immediately withdraw all armed elements from the region, in accordance with the ceasefire agreements,” spokesman of the French Foreign ministry, Romain Nadal, said.The French official underlined that his country supports a just and negotiated solution under the aegis of the United Nations and in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council, noting that France considers the autonomy plan submitted by Morocco in 2007 as “a serious and credible basis” for a negotiated solution.On Saturday night, the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, issued a communique in which he expressed his concern about the situation in the region and called on the parties to practice restraint and “take all necessary steps to avoid escalating tensions.” In a tacit reference to Polisario elements’ obstruction of Moroccan trucks crossing to Mauritania, the UN chief stressed that “regular commercial traffic should not be obstructed and that no action should be taken, which may constitute a change to the status quo of the Buffer Strip.”The UN chief urged “the parties to unconditionally withdraw all armed elements from the Buffer Strip as soon as possible, to create an environment conducive to a resumption of the dialogue in the context of the political process led by the United Nations.” read more

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Canadian dollar loses another cent asNorth American stock markets pull back

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar fell for a second-day in a row, dropping almost a penny against the U.S. dollar, as it continued to face pressure from weakened commodity prices.The loonie lost 0.96 of a U.S. cent to close at 77.70 cents US. The drop was in sharp contrast to its performance earlier this week, when it crested 80 cents US in intraday trading.Commodities were mixed, with the June gold contract falling $17.40 to US$1,274.40 an ounce and July copper contracts down three cents to US$2.19 a pound.Oil was ahead for the first time in four sessions, adding 13 cents at US$43.73 per barrel. The June natural gas was up five cents at US$2.14 per mmBTU,Gold, materials and mining stocks weighed on the S&P/TSX index, which pulled back 75.68 points at 13,632.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 99.65 points at 17,651.26, while the broader S&P 500 lost 12.25 points at 2,051.12. The Nasdaq composite lost 37.58 points to 4,725.64. read more

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Accountability a key pillar for reconciliation in Myanmar UN Envoy

Ms. Schrager has been on a 10 day visit to Myanmar, where she has held consultations with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, other government and military leaders, ethnic armed organizations, local and religious leaders, NGOs, UN agencies and the diplomatic community.In Rakhine and Kachin provinces, Ms. Burgener engaged with local civilian and military authorities, and directly with those affected by conflict, in particular women, and went to several camps and relocation sites for internally-displaced people, to gauge progress made since her first visit to the country in June 2018.UN agencies and the Myanmar Government reached an agreement in June to create conditions that would allow Rohingya refugees to voluntarily and safely return to their homes in the country’s Rakhine province.Almost a million Rohingya are sheltering in camps across the border in the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh, after being driven from their homes in northern Myanmar since August 2017.To ensure that they, and people are able to return home, their full human rights must be respected, Ms. Burgener said, starting with equal access to education and health, and freedom of movement: “they have to be able to live in safety and security. This will be the most positive incentive for the refugees in Bangladesh to return. Knowing that the UN and its partners are present at their places of return, will give the returnees confidence and trust in the process.”Ms. Burgener also emphasized the need for greater domestic and foreign investment in the region, one of Myanmar’s poorest, which urgently requires inclusive development. In Kachine province, the Special Envoy met with inhabitants of a camp for internally displaced people around Myitkyina, some of whom have been displaced since 2011 without job prospects or hope of returning to their places of origin, due to land-mines and lack of security, and took note of the increasingly limited humanitarian access which affected the availability of medical assistance and aid.Expressing concern about intensified fighting in the north of the country, Ms. Burgener reiterated her offer to serve as a “bridge” between the Myanmar Government and ethnic armed groups, in order to help advance the peace process.Offering her views on Myanmar’s democratic transition, the Special Envoy urged the Government to undertake a public “Zero Tolerance for Discrimination” campaign at the highest level, and committed to focusing her efforts on strengthening engagement between Myanmar and the international community towards a “more tolerant, democratic and inclusive society that recognizes diversity as an asset.” read more

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UK car manufacturing hits sixyear high

UK car exports – to EU and other destinations, 2009-2013 (*2013 is Q1-3 only) Since 2009, the variety of cars produced in the UK has been underlined by a marked change in export destinations.While the European market has struggled with tough economic conditions, overall export volumes have been bolstered by strong growth in demand for UK-built cars in other locations.Top five non-EU export destinations, 2009-2013 (*2013 is Q1-3 only)China’s share of exports has grown rapidly over recent years, and the country now looks set to become the largest non-EU market for UK-built cars.Take-up in the United States remained strong last year, and while Russia has seen volumes fall since 2012, it is now firmly established as a key export destination.Click through to download the UK car manufacturing news release for the full year 2013.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Car production rose 3.1% in 2013 to surpass 1.5 million units – the highest volume since 2007.Industry analysts predict output to reach record levels of around two million units by 2017.UK could become the third largest car manufacturer in Europe. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “2013 demonstrated the value of the UK’s diverse car manufacturing industry, as surging home demand and robust exports outside Europe saw output grow 3.1% to over 1.5 million units. UK automotive investment announcements exceeded £2.5 billion in 2013, reinforcing industry analysts’ suggestions that the UK could break all-time car output records within the next four years.”UK car manufacturing (selected years with AutoAnalysis forecasts 2014-2017)Note: 1972 is currently the record year for car output (1.92 million cars) Business Secretary Vince Cable said, “Today’s figures are another sign that the British car industry is going from strength to strength – with one vehicle rolling off a production line somewhere in the UK every 20 seconds.“Our success lies in the appetite from countries around the world for British cars. Around 80% of the 1.5 million cars we produced last year were exported – a testament to the diverse, high quality of British manufacturing.“It also highlights the benefits of industry and government working together and we want to continue this partnership through a long-term strategy. This will give businesses the confidence to invest, speed up development on vehicles of the future and keep the UK as a world leader in cars. Our investment of £1bn jointly with industry will help do this, while also delivering jobs and driving growth.” read more

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6 Things You Should Know About Mondays NCAA Championship Game

VIDEO: Gonzaga has the numbers, but UNC has the pedigree Why North Carolina can win:Gonzaga has the nation’s eighth-tallest team this season, with its third-tallest frontcourt, thanks to the 7-footer pairing of Przemek Karnowski and Zach Collins. But the Bulldogs’ size might meet its match (or at least close to it) in the Tar Heels, who boast 6-foot-9 Isaiah Hicks and 6-foot-10 Kennedy Meeks down low, plus 6-foot-8 Justin Jackson on the wing and 6-foot-11 Tony Bradley coming off the bench. The Zags won’t easily be able to push around a UNC squad that leads the tournament in rebound margin (see the last 6 seconds of the Oregon game for more evidence there), nor will they likely be able to get the ball down low as frequently as they did against South Carolina, whom Gonzaga out-posted 20-8 in the national semifinals.No matter what criteria you use, North Carolina is the best team Gonzaga has faced all season long. According to Pomeroy’s rankings, before Monday’s tip-off, you’d have to go all the way back to Nov. 25, a game against No. 5-ranked Florida, to find Gonzaga facing a similar class of opponent — North Carolina is ranked No. 3. The Bulldogs also barely beat the only top-10 team they had to face during the tournament (West Virginia). Making the national title game is never easy, but the Zags haven’t exactly navigated the toughest path. So although the uncertainty about Gonzaga’s true quality has been reduced significantly over the past three weeks, it’s easy to see how UNC’s talent edge could lead to a comfortable Tar Heel victory.The stats say Gonzaga is the nation’s best team; the bookmakers disagree. As I mentioned above, Vegas quickly installed North Carolina as the favorites in the national title game, numbers be damned. Some of it might be due to residual skepticism over the Bulldogs’ rise. However, some of it might also be owed to North Carolina’s pedigree — the Tar Heels have the higher preseason ranking, the superior recruiting classes, the legendary coaching of Williams, and the benefit of experience as the team plays in its second straight title game and enjoys a huge lead in all-time Final Four appearances over Gonzaga. There’s evidence from other sports that factors like experience and pedigree matter in addition to a team’s statistical resume, so it may be that pure numbers are underestimating Carolina’s chances Monday night. After a couple of nail-biters in Phoenix on Saturday, we’re down to one game remaining in the 2016-17 NCAA men’s basketball season. So trust your gut and be sure to box out under the basket — here’s your cheat sheet of what to watch for in Monday night’s championship game.No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 1 North CarolinaWhere to watch: CBS, 9:20 PM EDTWho’s favored: According to the FiveThirtyEight model, Gonzaga has a 62 percent probability of winning the national championship. If that surprises you, you’re not alone — in a break with the stats, Vegas has the Tar Heels favored by 2 points. (More on that later.)Why Gonzaga can win:Simply put, the Zags are the statistical darlings of this championship game. They rank ahead of UNC not only in the FiveThirtyEight statistical power ratings, but also in those of college-hoops stats guru Ken Pomeroy, USA Today’s Jeff Sagarin, and plenty of other analysts. Going into the tournament, Gonzaga faced questions about whether its weak strength of schedule was properly accounted for in these systems’ various adjustments, but by now, even the most hardened Bulldogs skeptic has to admit that the Zags are for real. By the numbers, at least, Gonzaga deserves to have the edge.Gonzaga’s defense is the best in the country according to Pomeroy’s ratings. It specializes in forcing teams into poor shots in the half court by using a good transition D that takes away quick buckets — the Zags are allowing the 14th-fewest transition chances per play of any team in the tourney — and an impenetrable interior defense of preposterous size. That formula might be custom-made to defeat a North Carolina squad that is efficient in transition but hasn’t been very effective in the half court during the tournament thus far. I’d thought the Heels’ recent poor shooting might reverse itself against Oregon, but instead UNC had one of its worst nights of the season from the field. (Using a twice-injured Joel Berry II didn’t help — he went 2-for-14 from the floor, while teammate Isaiah Hicks went 1-for-12.) With one game left, against a team whose defensive strengths match up particularly well against North Carolina’s offensive tendencies, the Tar Heels might not be able to avoid another disappointing shooting night.Gonzaga’s coach is real good. So good that Mark Few deserves to be in the same conversation as great coaches such as, say, UNC’s Roy Williams. Few’s winning percentage speaks for itself; he also gets bonus points for showing a willingness to think outside the coaching box. At the end of the Zags’ win over South Carolina Saturday night, he elected to foul while up 3 — a logical risk that’s rarely taken in the ultra-conservative world of college coaching. Yes, the numbers are split on whether it’s always the right call in a generic sense, but by taking the chance at a game-tying shot away from SC’s best player and setting Gonzaga up to use its size advantage on the boards in the event of an intentionally missed free throw, Few eked out those last few points of win probability that the Bulldogs may have needed to advance. read more

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Sprinterhurdler Christina Manning wins OSUs Female Athlete of the Year

After winning a number of awards and honors throughout her career, 2012 graduate and sprinter and hurdler Christina Manning claimed another Tuesday when she was named the Ohio State 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year.The announcement, which made Manning the first women’s track and field athlete to win the award since Donica Merriman in 2001, came three days after Manning won the national title in Saturday’s 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.Manning completed the race in 12.89 seconds, holding off Clemson redshirt junior Brianna Rollins by just .02 seconds to win the NCAA title. With her victory, Manning became only the second outdoor national champion in OSU women’s track and field history, joining Merriman, whose national championship also came in 100-meter hurdles in 2001.Manning said winning a national title was meaningful for her.“It feels amazing,” Manning said in a press release. “I had to leave it all on the track.”Head coach Karen Dennis praised Manning.“Manning has been dominant in the 100-meter hurdles all year long, and she has again proven she’s the best collegiate hurdler in the country,” Dennis said in a press release. “She’s excited to have won and to move on to the next phase in her career … This championship will never be forgotten.”The OSU women scored 14 points in the championship meet, which began last Wednesday and concluded Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Manning’s individual victory scored 10 points for the team, and she was also part of the 4×100-meter relay team which scored four points. Manning, senior Christienne Linton, sophomore Aisha Cavin and junior Chesna Sykes combined to complete the relay in 43.88 seconds, which was good for a fifth-place finish.Manning, who is currently ranked ninth among all athletes worldwide in the 100-meter hurdles, plans to compete in the United States Olympic Trials, which will be held from June 21-July 1 in Eugene, Ore. Manning must finish in the top three at the trials to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.OSU’s point total earned them a 21st-place finish in the meet, their highest overall finish since 2001. Dennis said she was proud of her team’s effort.“(Saturday) was a very good day for our women’s track and field team,” Dennis said. “Our year has had many memorable moments.”OSU men’s track and field also ended up with a top-25 team finish by scoring 12 points in the meet, a result of three Buckeyes scoring points by finishing among the top eight in their events. The Buckeyes finished 23rd, their highest overall finish since 2000, while scoring their highest point total since 1993.OSU’s highest scorer was redshirt senior Cory Leslie, who finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 8 minutes, 40.98 seconds.Men’s track and field interim head coach Ed Beathea correctly predicted prior to the NCAA East Prelims that Leslie would be among the top finishers at the national championship meet.“Cory Leslie is probably in a great spot to really make an impact on the national championship meet,” Beathea told The Lantern on May 22.2012 graduate and thrower Matt DeChant and sophomore sprinter/hurdler Antonio Blanks also scored points for the Buckeyes. DeChant placed fifth in shot put with a throw of 19.57 meters, his best throw of the season. Blanks finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.49 seconds.Manning, the women’s 4x100m relay team, Leslie, DeChant and Blanks each earned First-Team All-American recognition for their finishes in the top eight places. read more

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Irish Rail staff could strike over proposed pay cuts

first_imgSTAFF AT IRISH Rail who are members of the NBRU union could end up balloting for industrial action – up to and including strike – if proposed pay cuts at the company go ahead.The National Bus and Railworkers’ Union (NBRU) had earlier withdrawn from talks as it said that “no serious attempts” were being made to address concerns of its members.The union had accepted an invitation to the talks after its members earlier rejected a Labour Court recommendation over pay cuts, redundancies and restructuring at the company.The proposed cuts at Irish Rail would be temporary and last for 25 months.The NBRU had been calling for staff to receive a dividend for achieving €37 million worth of savings at Irish Rail since 2008, and to draw up a framework “for a future sharing of savings”.The union had earlier said that it would not ballot for industrial action – but this has now changed.Up to and including strikeSpeaking to TheJournal.ie today, Dermot O’Leary of the NBRU said that a ballot was not set in stone, but if the company announces at the end of this week that it will bring in the proposed cuts, a ballot will take place.He said the ballot would be for “industrial action up to and including an all-out strike”.The union believes the railway service is underfunded and that the Government subvention is “back at 1998 levels”.SIPTU members have been balloting on the cost-saving measures, and the ballot is due to be counted on Friday of this week.It is believed that SIPTU workers will back the measures – but if the NBRU goes on strike, SIPTU workers are unlikely to pass their picket lines.Irish Rail has previously warned that the failure to implement cost-saving measures will result in redundancies and the closure of some lines.Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said earlier this year that strike action was “the last thing anyone wants to see”.Read: SIPTU members at Irish Rail to vote on new proposals>Read: Union withdraws from Irish Rail talks as ‘no serious attempts made to address concerns’>last_img read more

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Vertex to reopen talks on Orkambi with HSE

first_img Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 6:30 PM 61 Comments Short URL Dec 7th 2016, 6:30 PM http://jrnl.ie/3125510 With reporting by Seán Murray Read: Simon Harris writes to other health ministers in bid to reduce cost of CF drugRead: As it happened: Kenny quizzed over Orkambi, disability rights and… traffic in Killarney 14,086 Views I have never met so many people crying at a protest #Orkambi #yesorkambi— Thomas Byrne TD – Meath East (@ThomasByrneTD) December 7, 2016 CF campaigner Jillian McNulty outside Leinster House Image: Sam Boal//RollingNews.ie Vertex to re-open talks on Orkambi with HSE Earlier, hundreds of people attended a protest outside Leinster House calling for action on the drug. Image: Sam Boal//RollingNews.ie Protest at the Dáil 13:30 #Orkambi is needed & vital,it is life for so many.Please listen @SimonHarrisTD Please reduce cost @VertexPharma https://t.co/8EMYUOr4XY— Lisa Nic An Bhreithimh (@LisaNicAnB) December 7, 2016 By Órla Ryan Source: Thomas Byrne/Twitter Share912 Tweet Email Updated 6.30pmHEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris has welcomed the decision by Vertex Pharmaceuticals to re-engage with the HSE on the cost of cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi.Harris is meeting health ministers from a number of countries in Lisbon today.Speaking from there, Harris said: “I have always said that Vertex need to re-engage in a meaningful way with the HSE that addresses the core issue of price and affordability.“In that context the company must return to the table with a significantly better offer. This has not happened to date and I again call on the company to re-engage in a meaningful way.“However, I was pleased to learn that Vertex has responded to the HSE today with a view to re-engage in negotiations with them on Orkambi.In a meeting with some of my EU counterparts, I raised this issue of the unacceptably high price Vertex has put on this drug, making it inaccessible not just for Ireland’s CF patients but for other patients around Europe. I intend to continue to intensify my engagement with colleagues in Europe and indeed other countries on this issue.“I want to see CF patients receive access to the best treatments possible. That remains my priority.”The drug has dramatically improved the condition of some people with CF. It costs about €159,000 per patient per year.‘A more realistic price’The HSE also welcomed today’s announcement, saying it wants negotiations to “recommence immediately”.The organisation called on Vertex to set out “a more realistic price which is both reasonable and affordable for Irish patients”.“In the interests of transparency, the HSE calls once more on Vertex to make it clear to the Irish public the price it intends to charge for this medicine and to stop hiding behind commercial confidentiality clauses,” a statement said.ProtestEarlier, hundreds of people attended a protest outside Leinster House calling for action on the drug.The protest was organised by Jillian McNulty, a Longford woman who suffers from cystic fibrosis.A minute’s silence was held to remember those who have died from CF, and people were invited to hold purple balloons and purple roses to show their solidarity for those with the condition.A statement from those protesting said: “Letters appealing to the Taoiseach, Minister for Health and opposition party leaders will be handed over by representatives of the cystic fibrosis community urging a speedy conclusion to negotiations with the makers of the therapy, Vertex Pharmaceuticals.” Source: Fiona NevilleThe Orkambi controversy gained momentum last month, after it was reported that the HSE’s drugs committee would recommend against funding the medication.Earlier this year, the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) assessed the drug and didn’t deem it cost-effective, at a cost of around €390 million over five years.Leaders’ QuestionsDuring Leaders’ Questions today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that Vertex Pharmaceuticals was “using cystic fibrosis patients” and that they should get back to intensive discussions with the HSE.Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said Kenny made “an extraordinary allegation” around the company Vertex “ripping off the taxpayer” and asked him if all avenues around getting the drug have been explored. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article CF campaigner Jillian McNulty outside Leinster House Source: LisaNicAnBhreithimh/Twitterlast_img read more

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Mental health emergency declared for asylum seekers on the Greek islands

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Harrowing reports reveal a “mental health emergency” faced by asylum seekers in camps on the Greek islands and call for the asylum seekers to be relocated to the mainland as refugee camps become severely overcrowded, and conditions continuing to worsen.We were complaining because there were too many people in our tent. I walked out and they [the police] took me totheir office. […] They handcuffed me and pushed my head down in their car. In their office, they kept pressing my headdown and they switched the light off. They tightened the handcuffs until my wrists were bleeding [shows scars] and theyjumped on my back and kicked me. They broke my ribs and I have an X-Ray proving it. […]I came to seek asylum becauseI was in danger back home, but now I am in danger again. Police here are like Syrian security. They come with sticks andbeat people up. This is not humane. I feel like a prisoner of war, not a refugee.– 30-year-old man from Syria, Samos, September 2017The recent report released by Medecins Sans Frontiers reveals that current asylum seekers have experienced violence in Greece, and 80 per cent of new mental health patients treated on Lesvos reported experiencing violence.Just over a quarter reported experiencing torture, and 19 percent reported experiencing sexual violence, the report found. Mental health is quickly deteriorating, with more patients needing to be referred to psychiatrists, with an average of six to seven people requiring urgent care linked to attempted suicide, self-harm, psychosis and other emergencies. Grigoris Kavaranos, a psychologist working in the refugee camps at Lesvos, said the refugees in the camps, his patients, feel frustrated for having been “trapped” on the island for more than a year living in conditions that are “not humane”, exacerbated by the surge in inhabitants. The camps are built to accommodate around 2,500 people but a recent influx sees the camp holding 5,500 people who live in cramped prison-like surroundings with razor wire, double fences, and security personnel. Mr Kavaranos, who received his qualifications from Monash University in Melbourne, described the extent of the conditions forcing asylum seekers to line up for hours to collect breakfast, use the bathroom, or even access asylum facilities. “Even if you don’t have a psychological problem you’re going to develop one just living under these conditions,” Mr Kavaranos said. He said the psychologists are completely overwhelmed by the number of people needing psychological support just to deal with the conditions of the camps.“When you force somebody to live in these inhumane conditions, and they have a background of having been tortured or [the threat of being] killed, every single person I see has a harrowing tale to tell,” Mr Kavaranos said. “I’ve had patients who have been captured, incarcerated and held by ISIS and then after their release or escape they’ve then been incarcerated and tortured by members of the Syrian military as well.”Concerns deepen as winter approaches. Mr Kavaranos cites three people dying from exposure to the elements last year, on top of other deaths from gas explosions caused by the gas canisters used for cooking and heating: a mother and child were killed, and another child seriously injured. “If the camp was prepared for the cold weather then there wouldn’t be a problem. Last year the majority of the camp were living in tents so when it started snowing, you can imagine what that meant. People were pitching their tents on top of wooden pellets, and they could see the water running under the tent – and they were the lucky ones,” Mr Kavaranos said. The poor conditions of the camps exacerbate psychological problems, especially if they are left untreated, as they compound on the already present psychological distress stemming form experiences of torture, violence, and sexual assault in their home countries.“At some point these refugees are going to be in the community with their problems, basically what we’re doing now is just putting a lid on something that later may develop into something worse. It’s imperative that they receive the treatment that they need,” Mr Kavaranos said. Recently human rights groups wrote a joint letter to Prime Minister Tsipras urging him to “put an end to the ongoing containment policy of trapping asylum seekers on the islands.The letter also criticised the EU-Turkey statement which the groups say has caused the refugee camps to be places of “indefinite confinement for asylum seekers” alleging that some asylum seekers who arrived on the islands around the start of the statement remained on the islands for 19 months. However, a recent decision that deemed Turkey as an “unsafe third country” was found to contradict the September ruling by the highest administrative court in Greece, Council of State, which had found that refugees deported to Turkey were not under threat of inhumane treatment. Concerns surround further overcrowding at processing centres as the decision will add further delays in deportations. “… it is evident that the Greek authorities cannot meet the basic needs and protect the rights of asylum seekers while they remain on the islands,” they wrote. “Greece has a responsibility to protect the human rights of women, men, and children arriving on the islands,” they said, adding that for this to be achieved asylum seekers “must be transferred to the mainland to be provided with the necessary services.” A spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said the government must further strengthen the national services on the island and although it has “scaled up” its capacity, urgent action is needed to “ease overcrowding and substantially improve conditions.”“As you walk through the site you can see pregnant women and refugees in wheelchairs with their families in camping tents. Conditions are made worse by gaps in essential services such as access to medical care,” the spokesperson said. But as the Greek economy remains crippled with debt the public health system in Greece remains in shambles. The public hospital in Mytilini has one psychiatrist and two psychologists, and limited or no capacity to take on extra patients. A mental health emergency remains as does its indistinct resolution.last_img read more

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Broward sheriff honors slain deputies at ceremony

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office held a somber ceremony in honor of deputies who made the ultimate sacrifice.Broward Sheriff Scott Israel joined deputies and other BSO employees in Fort Lauderdale, Wednesday, to pay tribute to 32 members of the department who have died in the line of duty. BSO’s aviation unit flew overhead in their honor.“General Patton said, ‘Let’s not mourn the men that we’ve lost, but let’s thank God that these men lived,” said Israel, “and that’s what we are here to do today, to thank God that these men and women shared their lives with their communities.”Among those honored at the ceremony were BSO Sgt. Chris Reyka, Deputy Christopher Schaub and Deputy Daniel Rivera.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly December 9 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioAssistant District Attorney Killed In BarrowLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageAn assistant district attorney was shot and killed in Barrow last night. Brian Sullivan was killed some time before midnight. Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says Barrow Police requested State Troopers and the Alaska Bureau of Investigation to take over the investigation.How Murkowski Played Dealmaker to Get Controversial Lands PackageLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe Senate is expected to pass a major public lands package this week as a rider to the annual defense bill. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of the key negotiators on this controversial compromise, which has split advocacy groups on the right and left. APRN’s Liz Ruskin examines what it took to free these bills from Congressional quagmire and reports that Murkowski is planning more of the same when she becomes a committee chairman in the New Year.Bill to Remove Alaska Exception to VAWA Passes in U.S. Senate Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCA bill to remove the Alaska exception from the Violence Against Women Act cleared the Senate on Tuesday.Sullivan Announces New Hires for DC Office Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCU.S. Senator-elect Dan Sullivan has chosen Joe Balash as his chief of staff. Balash served in the Parnell Administration as Commissioner of Natural Resources, after Sullivan resigned last year to run for office.St. Vincent de Paul to Build 41 Affordable Housing Units for Seniors Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauJuneau nonprofit St. Vincent de Paul and partner agency Seattle-based GMD Development have been awarded $9 million in tax credit financing from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. The award will allow the agencies to build 41 units of affordable housing in the capital city for low income seniors.New Hoonah Dock Could Boost Tourism Numbers Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauHoonah’s Icy Strait Point tourist attraction will see more visitors once a new cruise ship dock is built. That’s according to officials, who expect it to attract more cruise lines to the town 50 miles west of Juneau. But critics worry the location will not help the rest of the city.Climate Change and Alaska Natives: Food Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageWild foods are important to Alaskans, and especially to rural residents, but subsistence users and scientists say climate change is affecting wildlife populations, access to subsistence resources, and food preservation.‘Sandbar Mitchell’ Restoration Takes New ApproachDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksRestoration of a World War II bomber salvaged from a Tanana River sandbar will benefit from a similar relic in Nome. Some of the parts needed to restore the plane known as “Sandbar Mitchell” will be come from another B-25 that crashed in Nome over 70 years ago.last_img read more

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High Court judge writes to PM on nepotism in appointments

first_imgLucknow : A letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Allahabad High Court judge Rangnath Pandey, alleging “nepotism, favouritism and casteism” in the appointment of judges to higher courts, has now earned the support of the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council. Bar Council chief Hari Shankar Singh said that the judge’s letter should be treated as a public interest document and the government should act on it. He said that the lawyers supported the contents of the letter. At least, two other judges of the high court, who did not wish to be identified, said that they agreed with the contents of the letter and termed it unfortunate. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us A senior judge in the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court said, “Everyone knows about the malaise in the judiciary. Justice Rangnath Pandey is about to retire and hence, he could vent his feelings. I hope his letter will get the desired attention.” Another judge in the same court said that Justice Pandey’s letter echoed the sentiments of several other judges. “The process of judge selection needs to be overhauled if the dignity of the judiciary is to be maintained,” he added. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us A retired IAS officer S.P. Singh said that the letter confirmed that there is something seriously wrong with the judiciary. “There are three generations of lawyers becoming judges from the same family. Can this be justified?” he asked. Justice Pandey’s letter dated July 1 calls the present process of judges’ appointment “unfortunate”.last_img read more

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Supreme Court Tie Deals Blow To Obamas Immigration Order

first_imgIn an interview with The Texas Tribune, Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller and First Assistant Attorney General Chip Roy, explain the state’s strategy. The case isn’t about immigration or deportations, they argue. Instead it’s about the separation of powers and the limits of presidential overreach.“Our lawsuit doesn’t impact the executive’s ability to exercise prosecutorial discretion,” Keller says. “Our injunction doesn’t require the executive to remove anyone, it doesn’t require it not to remove anyone, and it doesn’t interfere with removal priorities. What it’s about is the affirmative granting of lawful presence and lawful eligibility.” Feb. 23, 2015 The state remains undefeated after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals again denies the White House from implementing the program.Supporters and opponents of the program realize a showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court is probably the next step. The Obama administration asks Hanen to stay his own order while the case proceeds through the courts. It is optimistic it can prevail on appeal, citing that Hanen didn’t rule on the Constitutionality of the order but instead on the process by which is was pushed through.Paxton seems just as confident.“I will vigorously defend the United States Constitution, as Texas and our fellow states continue to fight back against the aggressive overreach of this lawless administration,” he says in a statement.The number of states backing Texas has grown to 25. The state’s 30-day extension is rejected, but it’s given eight more days to respond. On the surface, the 22-day difference seems minor. But the more time the state takes to respond, the greater the chances the case won’t be heard in 2016, which would effectively kill the measure before the president leaves office. The case is back at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals as the state’s attorneys argue against the administration’s attempt to reverse Hanen’s order. Because they were victorious at the appellate level the first time when they fought against lifting the measure as the case played out, the state’s lawyers are confident they will prevail again. The White House asks a federal appellate court to reverse Hanen’s order, arguing the ruling was without merit because immigration policies fall under the federal government’s purview.The state of Texas asks Hanen to reject the administration’s plea to let the program start while the case plays out in courts. Attorneys for the state argue that the federal government has no immediate need to begin the program. Feb. 13, 2016 In legal filings, the state of Texas accuses the administration of misleading the court about issuing work permits.According to the filings, about 100,000 three-year deferred action permits were issued Nov. 24 and Feb. 16. by U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. Brownsville-based U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen hears arguments in the case. In the lawsuit, Abbott accuses Obama of violating a provision of the U.S Constitution giving Congress jurisdiction over immigration issues. Abbott also said the action violates what is called the “take care” clause, which “requires the president to take care to execute the laws and clearly prevents this type of action the president is trying to undertake.”Newly sworn-in Attorney General Ken Paxton has taken over the case.Supporters of the immigration plan accuse Abbott and the state’s GOP leadership of shopping for a judge who might side with the state, and cite remarks made by Hanen in 2013, in which he said the Obama administration failed to uphold the rule of law. Nov. 23, 2015 Nov. 9, 2015 Jan. 19, 2016 May 26, 2015 One day before DAPA and the expanded DACA is scheduled to go into effect, Judge Hanen stops the program after ruling the Obama administration did not “comply with the Administrative Procedure Act,” which governs the way regulations are made and how much input the public has. Hanen agreed with the state’s Republicans that Texas would suffer irreparable harm if the program was allowed to go forward.“Having found that at least one plaintiff, Texas, stands to suffer direct damage from the implementation of [Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)], this court finds that there is requisite standing necessary for pursuit of this case,” Hanen wrote.Added Paxton: “This decision is a victory for the rule of law in America and a crucial first step in reining in President Obama’s lawlessness.” The Fifth Circuit hands Texas a win and keeps the program on hold. Abbott says that a “victory for the Constitution has been awarded and the Rule of Law restored.”The Obama administration mulls over its options as proponents of the program grow nervous that time is running out. The 2016 presidential elections are near and, even if the program is eventually allowed to be implemented, some fear participation will be low because of uncertainty about who will be in the White House in 2017.The administration can ask the entire 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to hear the case or can file an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Either way, the clock is ticking. The U.S. Department of Justice files an emergency motion asking the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to do what Hanen hasn’t yet — lift the injunction on the program while the issue meanders through the judicial system.The administration reiterates its argument that immigration is a federal issue and that the states have no standing. It also argues that preventing the program from moving forward will interfere with other immigration-enforcement operations that are essential to the country’s security. Share The U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear the case. Paxton said the decision reflects the high court is interested in upholding the rule of law.“In deciding to hear this case, the Supreme Court recognizes the importance of the separation of powers,” Paxton said. “As federal courts have already ruled three times, there are limits to the president’s authority.” July 11, 2015 President Obama announces his executive action on immigration called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA. The program would allow nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants to apply for a reprieve from deportation proceedings if they pass background checks, pay taxes and have been in the country for more than five years, the White House announces. It is scheduled to take effect in February 2015.The administration also announces an expanded version of the 2012 program known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals. That program provides younger undocumented immigrants a work permit and a two-year reprieve from deportation proceedings. The new version expands the reprieve and work-permit validity to three years and broadens the pool of eligible applicants.Republicans, including then-Attorney General Greg Abbott, threaten to sue to stop the program, saying that Obama is overstepping his authority.center_img While on a brief vacation at a West Texas ranch, U.S. Supreme Court Antonin Scalia suffers a fatal heart attack. The unexpected vacancy on the high court leaves open the possibility the court will be split when it renders an opinion on the president’s immigration program. If that’s the case, Obama loses and Abbott/Paxton win as the lower courts’ rulings will be the ones to stand.Terri Langford and Khorri Atkinson contributed to this report.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2016/06/23/supreme-court-rules-obamas-immigration-order/. The office of the Texas attorney general asks the high court for a 30-day extension to file its response in opposition to the White House’s request for a review.Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller says the state has “numerous pressing deadlines in other cases.”In its response, the federal government says it’s open to an eight-day extension, but not the monthlong delay the state’s attorneys are asking for. April 7, 2015 Jan. 15, 2015 Dec. 3, 2014 A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans hears more than two hours of arguments as federal attorneys try to persuade the panel to side with the president and lift Hanen’s injunction.“This suit is unprecedented because in no case have the states been found to have standing because they have no judicially cognizable interest in who is prosecuted under the immigration laws,” argued Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Mizer.The state sticks to its talking points and tells the panel Obama overstepped its bounds. Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller expresses confidence afterward that the judges will see the state’s arguments as valid. Nov. 20, 2015 The Obama administration officially asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case and reject the 5th Circuit Court’s ruling. The request comes exactly one year after the president announced the action.The previous rulings in New Orleans were 2-1, which the administration says warrants further review of the case.“The court of appeals’ judgment enjoins nationwide a federal policy of great importance to federal law enforcement, to many States, and to millions of families with longstanding and close connections with this country,” The U.S. Justice Department’s filing states. “A twice-divided court of appeals should not have the last word on whether that policy can be implemented.” Hanen officially rejects The White House’s request to lift his own order. Hanen’s ruling says his initial rejection of the program was the right move.“Having considered the positions of all parties and the applicable law, this court remains convinced that its original findings and rulings in the Order of Temporary Injunction and Memorandum Opinion and Order issued on Feb. 16, 2015 … were correct,” he wrote in a 15-page opinion. Dec. 1, 2015 Feb. 16, 2015 March 12, 2015 Feb. 3, 2016 Attorney General and Gov. Elect-Abbott makes good on his promise to sue the administration and halt the DACA and DAPA programs. Sixteen other states sign on to the litigation.“The president’s executive order and actions of federal agencies to implement the executive order directly violate a promise to the American people,” Abbott says. Feb. 20, 2015 Lexey SwallTomas Martinez, with GLAHR, a grass roots organization from Atlanta, chants to excite the crowd in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday, April 18, 2016. Hundreds gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to show their support for President Obama’s immigration executive action as the Court hears oral arguments on the deferred action initiatives, DAPA and expanded DACA.*Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout.Dealing a major blow to President Obama’s controversial executive immigration order, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday it had deadlocked on a lower court’s decision to block the plan, which would’ve provided relief from deportation and work permits to millions of people. The program was blocked in February 2015 by a Brownsville-based federal judge, Andrew Hanen, days before it was scheduled to begin. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that injunction in November.In a one-sentence opinion on the 4-4 split, the Supreme Court declared the 5th Circuit’s “judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.”“By going around Congress to grant legal status to millions of people here illegally, the president abused the power of his office and ignored the will of the American people,” U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said in a statement. “The president can’t circumvent the legislative process simply because he doesn’t get what he wants, and I’m glad the rule of law was affirmed.”The case now returns to Hanen’s district court, where litigation on the merits of the plan could continue. “It’s like the Supreme Court never heard the case at all in essence.”— Charles Rhodes, Houston College of Law professor“The government can request rehearing [from the Supreme Court], but otherwise the case will now go back to the district court for further proceedings,” Kayleigh Lovvorn, spokeswoman for the Texas attorney general’s office, said in a statement. “We will now seek a permanent injunction.”The ruling is a significant loss for Obama who has seen other reforms of his backed by the Supreme Court, most notably his healthcare reform plan, according to Charles Rhodes, a professor at Houston College of Law.“Essentially this means that this program is not going to go into effect during the Obama Administration,” Rhodes said. “A 4-4 tie from the Supreme Court creates no binding nationwide precedent. Essentially this affirms the decision from the lower court. It’s like the Supreme Court never heard the case at all in essence.”Thursday’s ruling is also limited in scope, he added.“It establishes a precedent in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi but nowhere else in the United States,” Rhodes said. During a press briefing Thursday morning, Obama voiced frustration at the “heartbreaking” decision from the high court but stressed that this wouldn’t be the last push for reform.“Sooner or later, immigration reform will get done,” Obama said. “Congress is not going to be able to ignore America forever. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.” He added that the high court’s failure to reach a majority decision was a consequence of “the Republican failure so far to give a fair hearing to Mr. Merrick Garland, my nominee to the Supreme Court.”Obama also touched on the ruling’s limited scope, noting that the nation will have to abide by the 5th Circuit Court’s decision until the November election and “until a confirmation of the ninth justice.”U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, said Thursday’s deadlocked decision emphasized the “urgent need” for the U.S. Senate to approve Garland’s nomination.“Cases like U.S. v. Texas are too important to stall due to politics,” Castro said.Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, was announced in November 2014 and could have granted deportation relief to more than 4 million people living in the country illegally — including more than 1 million undocumented immigrants in Texas. The program would also have allowed the immigrants to apply for renewable work permits if they have lived in the country for more than five years, pass background checks and pay fines.As of 2015, about 533,000 undocumented immigrants in Texas — roughly 40 percent of the state’s undocumented-immigrant population — had children legally in the country, according to the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute. About 1.17 million undocumented immigrants living in Texas have been in the country for at least five years, including about 222,000 who have lived here for more than 20 years.Texas and 16 other states initially sued the Obama administration in early December 2014 after the executive action was announced; eight others eventually signed on. Hanen’s decision was upheld twice by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.“Today’s decision keeps in place what we have maintained from the very start: one person, even a president, cannot unilaterally change the law,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “This is a major setback to President Obama’s attempts to expand executive power, and a victory for those who believe in the separation of powers and the rule of law.” Immigration advocates expressed frustration that the ruling maintains a legal limbo for those who were set to benefit from the executive action.“Today, we are heartbroken for the families who have fought for legal status for so many years, and who are waking up still in the shadows, still marginalized,” said Michelle Tremillo, incoming executive director of the liberal Texas Organizing Project.In arguments before the Supreme Court in April, attorneys for the state of Texas accused the president of circumventing Congress with the unilateral action on immigration. They added in court documents that the state would be “irreparably harmed” by having to pay to process driver’s licenses for the applicants and give them benefits. But the Obama administration countered by saying Texas does not have standing to sue the government and that the president isn’t granting people in the country illegally a free pass. Instead, he’s telling immigration agents to use their limited resources to deport criminals and felons, while simultaneously allowing immigrants deemed low-priority to work and stay with their families.To understand why Texas challenged Obama’s executive order, check out our interview from earlier this year with two of the state’s top lawyers on their legal strategy surrounding the case.  March 5, 2015 Here’s a look back at the actions and decisions affecting the case: Nov. 20, 2014 April 17, 2015last_img read more

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VA Gov Restores Voting Rights to ExFelons

first_imgVirginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed legislation April 22, reversing more than 150 years of state law that stripped convicted felons who had served their time of the right to vote.  Those affected are overwhelmingly Black and male, which increases the group as a voting bloc to nearly 200,000 within the state.Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe arrives to a news conference. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)McAuliffe dismissed claims that he overstepped his constitutional authority, insisting instead that his efforts were to aid formerly disenfranchised Americans.“Well, I would tell the Republicans ‘quit complaining and go out and earn these folks’ right to vote for you. Go out and talk to them,’” McAuliffe told “Meet the Press” on Sunday’s edition. “I think some of the language that has come out of the Republicans, I would tell them to be very careful at how they frame this, very careful of their rhetoric.  Republicans have an opportunity to go out and get these individual new voters to vote for them. But make your argument.”Towana Felix, director of Each One, Reach One, a resource center for returning citizens, said she is less concerned about McAuliffe’s motives than the action he actually took to re-engage the formerly incarcerated.“Nowhere in the Constitution does it state that a person is no longer a citizen because he has committed a crime.  It epitomized disenfranchisement to strip a citizen of his right to vote – one of the fundamental rights he has – due to his behavior,” Felix told the AFRO.  “Once that person has served their sentence, they should be welcomed back into society with full benefits.”According to the Sentencing Project and Human Rights Watch, one out of every 13 Black people is prohibited from casting a ballot in the United States, having lost their right to vote because of felony convictions.  Depending on the laws in their states, some may regain access to the polls when they complete their prison sentences, finish parole, or complete probation, but those in Kentucky, Florida and Iowa will be disenfranchised for the rest of their lives. (Only two states — Maine and Vermont — allow those currently in prison on felony charges to vote, and eight states even ban inmates with misdemeanors.)The state of Maryland and the District of Columbia, both restore voting rights immediately after release from prison.  As of March, more than 44,000 of Maryland returning citizens —20,000 in Baltimore alone—became eligible to register before the April primaries.  There are 12 states that restrict voting rights even after a person has served his or her prison sentence and is no longer on probation or parole; such individuals in those states make up approximately 45 percent of the entire disenfranchised population. Virginia is currently considered as one of those states.McAuliffe said that restorative actions such as returning the vote to a large segment of Virginia’s population encouraged the returning citizen to move proudly back into sovereignty without a mark of previous wrongdoing weighing them down.“Second chances matter,” he said. “They served their time, they’re in our communities—why not let them vote? I don’t understand. I’m not giving you gun rights back. I’m not reducing your sentence. I’m merely saying after you have served your time, and your probation or parole are all over, determined by a judge and jury, I want you feeling good about yourself. I want you voting.”last_img read more

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Last Service for Historic Shaw Church Set

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROAfter about 150 years of being a beacon of spirituality and social justice in the Shaw community, Lincoln Temple United Church of Christ will be closing its doors because one of the city’s oldest African American congregations is dissolving.Lincoln, which has been standing at  1701 11t h Street Northwest since 1868, was established by 10 members of First Congregational Church who left their old church because of their race.  Over the years the church has been a venue for some of the titans of Black America ranging from civil rights icons like Julian Bond to opera singers Marian Anderson and Jesse Norman.Lincoln Church in Shaw is closing in September after almost 150 years in the community. (Courtesy Photo)But despite its proud history the church has dwindled to less than 20 members on Sunday morning and according to the church’s Pastor, Rev. Barbara Breland, on August 5 members of the congregation voted to dissolve and on September30t h the church will hold a final service.“The legacy of Lincoln Temple will continue,” said Breland, who framed her feelings in terms of Ecclesiastes 3. “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens. A time to be born a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.”Breland, who has been the pastor of Lincoln Temple for the last year, said the church voted to close because attendance at the Sunday morning worship service is down to less than 20 members, the neighborhood has been greatly gentrified and there were few options. “I wish that things could be different but the reality of the moment is here.”Even though Lincoln is located in a heavily gentrified community, Breland said a leadership committee has not announced if or when will the building will be sold to another church or to a developer.“This church has a very rich legacy of social justice and improving the lives of African Americans and that legacy will not go away,” Breland said. “For more than 149 years our church has been committed to social justice and during the 1963 March on Washington our church was used to feed people.”In terms of her personal plans, Breland said that she plans to return to Virginia to plant new congregations because that is what she did before she came to Lincoln. In terms of the final service, Breland said that something special is in the works.Terry Lynch, executive director The Downtown Cluster of Congregations, said “The story of Lincoln Temple is the story of African Americans in Washington D.C. While it will soon celebrate its last worship service its great work will continue to reverberate in many ways – in the city and nationally given its role in the civil rights movement. Its work lives on surely. “last_img read more

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Microsoft engineer eyeballs Android botnet

first_img More information: blogs.msdn.com/b/tzink/archive … -android-botnet.aspx (Phys.org) — A Microsoft engineer has spotted a botnet that targets Yahoo! Mail users using Android devices. Terry Zink , who also writes an Internet security blog, said he has evidence of a botnet running on Android devices where spam e-mail messages are being sent from Yahoo mail servers on Android devices, logging into Yahoo! mail accounts and sending off spam. Zink, embarking on a tracking expedition, reported how all the messages coming from compromised Yahoo! accounts and sent through Yahoo! Mail servers, seemed to finish with “Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android” signatures. Image credit: Security Networks Explore further Zink was able to look up where the IPs were located: Chile, Indonesia, Lebanon, Oman, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Zink’s theory is that the users of those phones had downloaded a malicious Android app in order to avoid paying for a legitimate version but they got more than they expected. “Either that or they acquired a rogue Yahoo Mail app,” he said.A botnet is a large number of compromised computers used to generate spam, and spread viruses. The spam samples he examined from compromised Yahoo accounts all had the Message-ID:Message-ID: 1341147286.19774.androidMobile@web140302.mail.bf1.yahoo.comHe also said they all had the same message at the bottom of their spam: “Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android.”Android malware is a well-known fact of digital life, and last year security firms like McAfee spoke about sharp rises in Android malware. One reason given for Android’s vulnerability is that the platform simply provides, like Windows, a big marketplace and in turn serves as a big target for intruders. Like other security bloggers offering advice, where they suggest the user takes care to use trusted application stores and avoid unknown sources for apps, Zink said, “Your odds of downloading and installing a malicious Android app is pretty low if you get it from the Android Marketplace. But if you get it from some guy in a back alley on the Internet, the odds go way up.”Those minimizing the July 3 posting perhaps would not want to recall the news release one day earlier, on July 2, where Trend Micro said Android malware levels were rising at an alarming rate. In the first three months of the year the team identified 5,000 malicious applications designed to infect Android phones, a number which spiked more than fourfold over subsequent months. “Consumers need to use care when downloading and installing apps and should be considering installing antimalware on their mobile devices,” said the release.Last month, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a $21.4 million contract to security firm Invincea to build security Android devices for the U.S. Army. The contract focus is to be protection of the devices against cyber-threats. Citation: Microsoft engineer eyeballs Android botnet (2012, July 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-microsoft-eyeballs-android-botnet.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Android Trojan dubbed ‘Geinimi’ found in legitimate applications © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Using Amazon Simple Notification Service SNS to create an SNS topic

first_imgSimple Notification Service is a managed web service that you, as an end user, can leverage to send messages to various subscribing endpoints. SNS works in a publisher–subscriber or producer and consumer model, where producers create and send messages to a particular topic, which is in turn consumed by one or more subscribers over a supported set of protocols. At the time of writing this book, SNS supports HTTP, HTTPS, email, push notifications in the form of SMS, as well as AWS Lambda and Amazon SQS, as the preferred modes of subscribers. In today’s tutorial, we will learn about Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) and how to create your very own simple SNS topics: SNS is a really simple and yet extremely useful service that you can use for a variety of purposes, the most common being pushing notifications or system alerts to cloud administrators whenever a particular event occurs. We have been using SNS throughout this book for this same purpose; however, there are many more features and use cases that SNS can be leveraged for. For example, you can use SNS to send out promotional emails or SMS to a large group of targeted audiences or even use it as a mobile push notification service where the messages are pushed directly to your Android or IOS applications. With this in mind, let’s quickly go ahead and create a simple SNS topic of our own: To do so, first log in to your AWS Management Console and, from the Filter option, filter out SNS service. Alternatively, you can also access the SNS dashboard by selecting https://console.aws.amazon.com/sns. If this is your first time with SNS, simply select the Get Started option to begin. Here, at the SNS dashboard, you can start off by selecting the Create topic option, as shown in the following screenshot: Once selected, you will be prompted to provide a suitable Topic name and its corresponding Display name. Topics form the core functionality for SNS. You can use topics to send messages to a particular type of subscribing consumer. Remember, a single topic can be subscribed by more than one consumer. Once you have typed in the required fields, select the Create topic option to complete the process. That’s it! Simple, isn’t it? Having created your topic, you can now go ahead and associate it with one or more subscribers. To do so, first we need to create one or more subscriptions. Select the Create subscription option provided under the newly created topic, as shown in the following screenshot: Here, in the Create subscription dialog box, select a suitable Protocol that will subscribe to the newly created topic. In this case, I’ve selected Email as the Protocol. Next, provide a valid email address in the subsequent Endpoint field. The Endpoint field will vary based on the selected protocol. Once completed, click on the Create subscription button to complete the process. With the subscription created, you will now have to validate the subscription. This can be performed by launching your email application and selecting the Confirm subscription link in the mail that you would have received. Once the subscription is confirmed, you will be redirected to a confirmation page where you can view the subscribed topic’s name as well as the subscription ID, as shown in the following screenshot: You can use the same process to create and assign multiple subscribers to the same topic. For example, select the Create subscription option, as performed earlier, and from the Protocol drop-down list, select SMS as the new protocol. Next, provide a valid phone number in the subsequent Endpoint field. The number can be prefixed by your country code, as shown in the following screenshot. Once completed, click on the Create subscription button to complete the process: With the subscriptions created successfully, you can now test the two by publishing a message to your topic. To do so, select the Publish to topic option from your topics page. Once a message is published here, SNS will attempt to deliver that message to each of its subscribing endpoints; in this case, to the email address as well as the phone number. Type in a suitable Subject name followed by the actual message that you wish to send. Note that if your character count exceeds 160 for an SMS, SNS will automatically send another SMS with the remainder of the character count. You can optionally switch the Message format between Raw and JSON to match your requirements. Once completed, select Publish Message. Check your email application once more for the published message. You should receive an mail, as shown in the following screenshot: Similarly, you can create and associate one or more such subscriptions to each of the topics that you create. We learned about creating simple Amazon SNS topics. You read an excerpt from the book AWS Administration – The Definitive Guide – Second Edition written by Yohan Wadia.  This book will help you build a highly secure, fault-tolerant, and scalable Cloud environment. Read Next Getting to know Amazon Web Services AWS IoT Analytics: The easiest way to run analytics on IoT data How to set up a Deep Learning System on Amazon Web Serviceslast_img read more

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Deniliquin Secures Top Country Music Artists Thanks To NSW Tourism Awa

first_imgDeniliquin, once only known as the rural hometown of Aussie Cricketer Adam Gilchrist, is now attracting some of the biggest international country music names to its annual Ute Muster on 4 -5 October, thanks to wide-spread recognition following its win at the 2012 NSW Tourism Awards.Alan Jackson, Kasey Chambers, Corb Lund, Morgan Evans and the Sunny Cowgirls have already been announced, and recently Russell Morris, Adam Brand and Kaylee Bell have been officially added to the already impressive line-up.The Deniliquin Ute Muster won gold at the 2012 NSW Tourism Awards in the Festival & Events category largely due to the ongoing economic and tourism benefits the event brings to the local area – attracting thousands of interstate visitors and helping to widely promote the town.Karla Notley, Marketing Manager of the Deniliquin Ute Muster says that entering and winning the award has been an amazing process and achievement for both the event and the town.“Entering was like writing a business plan backwards, and we learned a lot about our business and event. The award submission also helped us identify key concerns and goals for the Ute Muster’s future.“We’re really proud of winning the award; it’s helped us secure lots of great publicity for the area, but more importantly it’s helped us get some really big name acts for this year’s Ute Muster.“We also used our award win to launch and host the inaugural Deniliquin Blues & Roots Festival in April 2013. It was a huge success with more than 5,000 people in attendance each day; we’ll be entering that event into the Inland and the NSW Tourism Awards too,” said Ms Notley.The Deniliquin Ute Muster is one of Australia’s largest rural and Australian themed festivals. The idea for a festival celebrating the “Aussie Ute” was created in 1999 to encourage tourist visitation to Deniliquin on the NSW Labour Day Long weekend.Despite being severely affected by rainfall for many years in a row, the festival has continued to be hugely successful, attracting almost 20,000 people to the two-and-a-half-day event in 2011 alone.“We’re already way ahead on ticket sales for this year’s Ute Muster thanks to the preliminary line-up announcement featuring Alan Jackson; so we’re expecting this latest announcement will help us reach our target – breaking the 2010 attendance record!“2013 will also be the first year the Ute Muster has permanent toilet and shower facilities available at the camp ground thanks to a Regional Development Award grant.“We’ll definitely be entering the NSW Tourism Awards again this year, and will also use our wins to apply for Hallmark status, just like some of the other big-name events like the Byron Bay Blues & Roots Festival,” said Ms Notley.The Deniliquin Ute Muster also won gold at the 2012 National QANTAS Australia Tourism Awards in the Festivals & Events category and will be inducted into the Inland Tourism Award’s Hall of Fame in July. Source = NSW Tourism Awardslast_img read more

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