CBI raids Sengars home questions him in jail

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI on Sunday raided Unnao rape accused MLA, Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s premises in Uttar Pradesh in addition to conducting searches at premises related to the other accused in the rape victim’s accident investigation.Officials from the special CBI team formed to probe the case, conducted searches at four districts in the state, including Unnao, Lucknow, Banda, and Fatehpur, according to sources in the know. Further, CBI officials also visited the Sitapur jail, where the expelled MLA is currently lodged, to question him in connection with the case. Investigators also questioned the driver and cleaner of the truck that hit the teenager’s car. The rape survivor was travelling in a car with her lawyer and family, when a truck hit them in a head-on collision, killing her two aunts and leaving her and her lawyer in critical condition. The truck’s number plates were blackened. Sources here added that people who visited Sengar in jail in the days before the accident are also being examined. See P6last_img read more

Drums sweetgrass song amid flashing police lights on an October New Brunswick

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News REXTON,NB–Beneath an overcast October night veiling the moon, with police lights spraying the darkness red and blue, a group of four women walked up the exit ramp blocked by the RCMP cruisers.As they lit thick strands of sweetgrass, two RCMP officers with flashlights approached them and asked what they were doing.“We’re out here walking,” said one of the women.The RCMP officer said he had no problem with them walking. He said the exit was shut down because the ramp led to a section of Route 134 that has been reduced to one-lane by the anti-fracking encampment that remains despite Thursday’s heavily armed RCMP raid on the site.“We got some complaints from the public,” said the officer. “Some of them were concerned for their safety.”“That’s funny, you guys on that side over there have a totally different story,” said one of the women.“Listen to what I’m telling you, do your own opinion,” said the officer. “We have to deal with the complaints ourselves.”The women had just returned from the exit ramp on the other side of Hwy 11, which was also blocked by RCMP cruisers. The officers there told them a different story. The women said they were initially told the exit was shut for public safety reasons stemming from an incident with CTV journalists, who were evicted from the site and were forced to leave behind a satellite truck.CTV journalists were separated from their satellite truck by a small group of demonstrators early Saturday. The satellite truck has since been returned and none of the journalists were harmed. Global journalists were also separated from their vehicle and equipment, which have also been returned.The women then asked the officer if they could smudge him with the smouldering sweetgrass, but he refused. The women then circled the RCMP cruisers, smoke trailing them.After the smudging, the women gathered in a circle and began to drum and sing.About an hour after the women finished their singing and drumming, the RCMP opened the exits.Back at the encampment people gathered around fires amid more drumming and singing as rumours swirled of police cars amassing here, or travelling there and fears of impending action.In nearby Richibucto, RCMP officers were seen by an APTN National News reporter packing riot gear into duffle bags which were put in police cruisers.A senior officer at the detachment said he was on standby for word from his command.Hours earlier, over 100 Mi’kmaq and supporters briefly blocked a main highway in New Brunswick Saturday afternoon in response to the RCMP raid.Shortly after 2 p.m. local time, waving red and white Mi’kmaq and red Mohawk Warrior flags the group marched a few hundred metres from the remains of the raided encampment and occupied the Hwy 11 overpass that crosses above Route 134.Hwy 11 runs north from Moncton to the Miramichi and onto Bathurst,The blockade lasted a little over an hour and ended amid rumours a heavy police reaction was headed toward the scene.The encampment sits about 15 kilometres northeast of Elsipogtog First Nation, which has been at the heart of anti-fracking actions, and 80 kilometres north of Moncton.“We are not going to turn around and we are not going to back down from what we are protecting. The government is not going to scare us in any way,” said one camouflaged-clad women going by the name of Spiked Black.“Think about your future generations and your grandchildren. Would you like them to grow up in a chemical desert,” said Jason Milliea, from Elsipogtog First Nation.The RCMP raid, which included camouflaged clad officers wielding assault weapons and firing rubber bullets, has done little to dissuade people here. In some ways, it has increased their resolve to keep up the opposition to shale gas exploration in the area. The raid freed exploration trucks owned by Houston-based SWN Resources which had been trapped by the encampment. SWN is conducting shale gas exploration in the area.The RCMP’s announcement it had seized three rifles, ammunition and improvised explosive devices also had little impact here.Several individuals who spoke to APTN National News on condition of anonymity said they didn’t know who the weapons belonged, quickly adding that it was an Aboriginal right to hunt.Thursday’s raid led to 40 arrests and a day of chaos on Route 134. Several RCMP vehicles were torched and their burned-out shells still sit along the road.One local resident, a mother whose children attend an English school in the area expressed exasperation at the RCMP for not removing the charred remains.The events that day have since sparked sympathy actions across the province and the country.All eyes are now on Elsipogtog.Assembly of Manitoba Grand Chief Derek Nepinak visited the encampment late Saturday night.The Assembly of First Nation of New Brunswick Chiefs issued a statement condemning the actions at the encampment and Saturday’s blockade, including hostility toward the media.“The Chiefs fully endorse (Elsipogtog) Chief Aaron Sock’s call for peace, and agree emphatically that a cooling off period is required. This means an end to violent protests, an end to the blockades, and an end to violence by all parties in all its forms,” said the statement.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Casablanca: demo staged in solidarity with Palestinians

Casablanca – A march of solidarity with the Palestinian people, and in protest of killings committed by the Israeli army for over two weeks now in the Gaza strip, was staged on Sunday in Casablanca.Organized by the committee of solidarity with the Palestinian people in Casablanca under the theme “Denouncing massacre and stopping Zionist barbaric assault against the Palestinian people,” the march started at the El Fida boulevard and was attended by figures from the political, trade union, civil society and human rights spheres.The participants chanted slogans urging to stop the massacres in the Gaza strip and the West bank and condemning the silence of western influential powers. read more

Morocco’s Nabil Dirar: ‘A Lion Never Dies’

Rabat – Moroccan international footballer Nabil Dirar will not take part in an unspecified number of future games with his Turkish football club, Fenerbahce.The club suspended Dirar along with Volkan Demirel and Moroccan footballer Aatif Chahechouhe.The club has not yet explained the reasons behind its decision. Local news outlets have speculated that the decision is a disciplinary measure imposed by Fenerbahce coach Phillip Cocu. Dirar received solidarity messages from his fans. In response, Dirar took to his Instagram to thank his followers.“A lion never dies, and thank you for your messages,” he wrote yesterday.In August, Dirar was linked to a move to Saudi club Al Hilal and France’s Toulouse. However, Dirar’s agent, Fouad Ben Kouider, said that the footballer “is still under contract with Fenerbahce. He is focused on his season with his club.”Dirar joined the Istanbul giants in 2017 from Monaco. He also played with Morocco’s Atlas Lions in the 2018 World Cup. read more

Rwanda signs on for One UN pilot scheme to harmonize development efforts

The United Nations and the Government of Rwanda have officially announced that the central African country will participate in the “One UN” pilot programme which seeks to better coordinate development activities nationally. The scheme will test how the greater UN family can ensure efficient and more effective development operations, while aiming to speed up activities to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight targets for tackling poverty, hunger and other social ills by 2015.The reform projects – also set to be carried out in Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam – will consolidate the UN’s presence by replacing current structures with one leader, one programme and one budget, thus allowing various UN agencies to play to their strengths while also building on the strengths of different members of the UN family.The UN Resident Coordinator in Rwanda, Moustapha Soumaré, said the main goal of the “One UN” approach in the country is to craft a more efficient UN to create a better future for Rwandans.He also commended the country’s Government for its support of the “One UN” project.“Rwanda would not have been selected as pilot for the implementation of the One UN Reform without the efforts of its Government, which demonstrated the desire and the commitment to play an essential role as the main owner of these reforms,” he added.“Rwanda is proud to have been selected as a pilot country for the implementation of the One UN Reform at country level,” Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning James Musoni said at a signing ceremony on Tuesday attended by Government representatives, UN agencies and the donor community.“The efficiency of the UN agencies is crucial to the success of Rwanda’s development endeavors,” he added, voicing hope that the reforms will help his country to meet the challenges posed by the MDGs.The initiative is part of the larger reform efforts called for in a report by a group of experts, called the UN High-Level Panel on System-wide Coherence. Entitled Delivering as One, the report recognized the UN’s importance in fostering development, but pointed out inadequacies in the current system. 11 April 2007The United Nations and the Government of Rwanda have officially announced that the central African country will participate in the “One UN” pilot programme which seeks to better coordinate development activities nationally. read more

UN chief emphasizes use of broadband Internet to accelerate development

“Experience has shown that greater access to broadband technologies has meant faster progress towards all the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals],” Mr. Ban said in a message to the Plenipotentiary Conference of the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which got under way today in Guadalajara, Mexico.“The Internet drives trade, commerce and even education. Telemedicine is improving health care. Earth-monitoring satellites are being used to address climate change issues. And green technologies are promoting cleaner cities.“Last month the Broadband Commission for Digital Development – a distinguished group of government officials, businesspeople and content developers, brought together under the leadership of ITU and UNESCO [UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization] – offered a blueprint, and I look forward to working with all partners in bringing it to life,” the Secretary-General said.Mr. Ban praised ITU’s central role in the development of the global communications system for 145 years, stressing its invaluable contribution as member of the UN system for the past 60 years.“From the birth of telegraph to radio, television, satellite communication and the Internet, the ITU has been at the forefront of ‘Connecting the World,’” the Secretary-General said.He noted that there are currently five billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, and almost two billion people with Internet connection, pointing out that the work of the ITU, its member States, and its “sector members” continues to show how powerful a partnership for development can be when it is based on transparency, openness and cooperation.“But despite important headway in expanding the benefits of information and communication technology, there is much work ahead. As was emphasized at last month’s Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York, while the digital divide has narrowed, it has far from disappeared,” the Secretary-General said.“Your work in developing the next generation of communications networks, ensuring cyber-security, and putting the power of ICT [Information and Communication Technologies] networks to good use in disaster relief and mitigation is vitally important to us all,” he added.Speaking at the opening session of the conference, Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General, urged delegates to be “bold and visionary” in reaching agreements that will provide a sound platform for the development of information and communication technologies and services for the decade ahead.The Plenipotentiary is the quadrennial global conference that decides strategy for the ITU, the UN agency for ICTs responsible for allocating global radio spectrum, creating the technical standards that fuel all ICT networks, and developing and implementing strategies to bridge the “digital divide” between people in developed countries and those living in regions with less access to information technology.“We are here to shape the future. Not just the future of the ITU, but the future of the ICT sector – which now influences every other business sector worldwide, and which now reaches into the lives of almost everyone on the planet. And the future – to quote the great Mahatma Gandhi – depends on what we do in the present,” said Mr. Touré.The event, which will end on 22 October, is hosted by Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transport. It will welcome around 2,400 participants from some 190 ITU member States, sector members and observer organizations. 4 October 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to harness the power of broadband Internet access to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the development goals intended to alleviate poverty and speed up social and economic advancement in poorer countries. read more

Government urged to withdraw proposed ban on tobacco cultivation

“Tobacco is a cash crop which was introduced to farmers by the Sri Lankan Government in the 1950’s and fully supported by successive Governments until very recently. Under the patronage of previous Governments, tobacco cultivation has been an integral part of the agriculture communities spanning around 80 years and three farmer generations,” the  All Ceylon Cigarette Tobacco Barn Owner’s Association said. The All Ceylon Cigarette Tobacco Barn Owner’s Association said that while the proposed tobacco cultivation ban is understood as being driven under a WHO agenda, it is clearly not the solution for the smoking problem in society.The All Island Cigarette Tobacco Barn Owner’s Association urges the Government led by the President to continue to allow tobacco cultivation until an alternative crop which matches tobacco in economic value is introduced to the farmer, as successive Governments have done for the past 80 years. The Government has been urged to withdraw a proposed immediate ban on tobacco cultivation.The All Ceylon Cigarette Tobacco Barn Owner’s Association said that since 2015, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Drug Prevention has recommended “unreasonable restrictions” on tobacco cultivation such as the immediate prohibition of even using barren marginal paddy lands for such cultivation. In a letter to the President, the association said that despite the fact that tobacco farmers being the key drivers of national and rural economic growth, they were not consulted before such adverse recommendations were made and communicated through agricultural channels. read more

New ratification paves way for entry into force of key UN antiterror

The International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism obligates States Parties either to prosecute or extradite persons accused of funding terrorist activities, and requires banks to enact measures to identify suspicious transactions. Now that it has the requisite 22 ratifications for entry-into-force, the Convention will become law on 10 April. Hailing this development, a UN spokesman said the terrorist attacks against the United States last year had heightened awareness of the treaty’s value.”This Convention was deemed so important following the events of 11 September that the Security Council adopted a resolution later that month urging all nations to take steps to curtail financing for terrorism,” Farhan Haq told the UN News Service. “The Secretary-General at the time also emphasized the importance of ratifying that treaty,” he added. read more

Safety regulators link exploding Takata air bag to womans death in Louisiana

NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. regulators are confirming that an air bag made by Takata Corp. was involved in the April death of a woman in Louisiana , connecting the defective air bags to a seventh fatality.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration examined the car belonging to Kylan Langlinais, the police report from the accident, and other evidence. Takata said it had no comment.A chemical that inflates the air bags can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal inflator and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Takata bowed to government pressure in May and declared many of the air bags defective, doubling a recall to 33.8 million.A lawsuit filed by Langlinais’ family says a recall notice arrived two days after the crash. Safety regulators link exploding Takata air bag to woman’s death in Louisiana; toll reaches 7 by The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2015 11:41 am MDT Last Updated Jun 12, 2015 at 12:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Dont suffer in silence Badgers talk mental health with school kids

It must have taken unimaginable strength to do what Denise Grummett did Thursday in Bob Davis Gymnasium.In front of 600 school kids only a few years younger than her son was when he took his own life in June, 2015, Grummett stood at centre court and told them to do what Tyler Grummett didn’t: Talk with someone if they’re feeling like life is too much to handle.There’s no shame in admitting you need help. You don’t have to suffer in silence.“You spend most of your waking hours at school. Your teachers, your administration and your friends see you every day. They are some of the most important people in your lives who you can share what’s troubling you with,” she said. “There’s no shame in admitting you need help. You don’t have to suffer in silence.”Grummett, a Brock alumna, was one of six guest speakers who addressed the crowd of Grade 6, 7 and 8 students from across Niagara who came to Brock Thursday for Don’t Hide in the Den, the second annual men’s basketball team Badgers Speak Out event, this time with mental health being the focus.Afterward, Grummett said she was glad to share her story with the students.“I would never have thought mental illness would touch our lives because our son did suffer in silence. We had no idea something was bothering him. He didn’t confide in his friends. He didn’t confide in us,” she said. “We don’t know what was bothering him on the inside and we still don’t know.”Tyler Grummett was a star basketball player at E.L. Crossley secondary school in Fonthill and attended a Brock basketball training academy. But instead of one day suiting up for the Brock Badgers varsity team, there’s now a memorial tournament held here each December in his name.While her message to students was to talk to someone, Denise Grummett’s message to parents is to keep asking questions.“How was school today? Is something bothering you? How are you feeling? I wish we had asked different questions. Maybe we could have discovered what was bothering him,” she said.I was so afraid that they wouldn’t be there for me, but they were. They supported me and they got me the help I needed.Also speaking Thursday were Badgers men’s basketball head coach Charles Kissi, graduated player Matt Marshall, current player Nolan Mackenzie, Brock Department of Child and Youth Studies Professor John McNamara, and Matthew Beard, an E.L. Crossley schoolmate of Grummett’s who said he has also dealt with mental health issues.“One in three people might struggle with mental health in their lives,” Beard said. “What I did was I told somebody. I told my friends, my teachers and my parents and I was so afraid that they wouldn’t be there for me, but they were. They supported me and they got me the help I needed.”McNamara said kids should look at mental health like any other injury or illness.“Talking about it is like going to the hospital to get a cast on a broken arm or taking an Advil for a headache,” he said.Grummett hopes the elementary school students left Brock University Thursday afternoon knowing help is out there.“They don’t need to suffer alone,” she said. read more

Le Giec va présenter un rapport sur la future part des énergies

first_imgLe Giec va présenter un rapport sur la future part des énergies renouvelablesLe Groupe intergouvernemental d’experts de l’ONU sur l’évolution du climat doit présenter à Abou Dabi lundi 9 mai un épais rapport sur les énergies renouvelables et la part qu’elles peuvent occuper dans le futur.Le “rapport spécial du Giec sur les sources d’énergies renouvelables et atténuation du changement climatique” sera rendu public la semaine prochaine, selon l’AFP. Un rapport qui propose une synthèse des connaissances sur les principales énergies renouvelables (éolien, solaire, biomasse…), leurs coûts ainsi que leurs bénéfices. Il examine également une série de scénarios susceptibles de se réaliser dans les années à venir.À lire aussiLe Costa Rica, le pays qui va sauver la planète ?Ce rapport intermédiaire devrait contribuer à la rédaction du 5e grand rapport du Giec, prévu pour 2014, indique l’agence de presse. Ce dernier se penchera sur les preuves scientifiques du réchauffement, ses impacts et les solutions possibles.Créé en 1988, le Groupe intergouvernemental d’experts de l’ONU sur l’évolution du climat compte près de 3.000 spécialistes des sciences de l’atmosphère, glaciologues, océanographes et économistes. Cette instance scientifique fait autorité en matière de réchauffement de la planète. Selon elle, le changement du climat est “sans équivoque” et les émissions de gaz à effet de serre provenant des activités de l’homme sont responsables de l’augmentation des températures depuis une centaine d’années.Le 8 mai 2011 à 14:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Scholes hopes Man United can take advantage of unhappy Chelsea

first_imgPaul Scholes hopes to see Manchester United inflict further misery on Chelsea in Monday’s FA Cup clash.The Red Devils suffered their first defeat under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Tuesday at Old Trafford to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe’s second-half goals have left United at a big disadvantage for the return leg at Paris on March 6.For now, however, the Red Devils’ focus will be on this Monday at Stamford Bridge in a fifth-round tie with Chelsea in the FA Cup.After suffering his first setback as United coach, Solskjaer will be looking for a response from his players as he chases a third FA Cup title and his first as a manager.But Chelsea are also looking to bounce back from their own struggles following heavy defeats to Manchester City and Bournemouth across their last four matches.Therefore, Scholes is wary of the Blues threat heading into Monday night’s encounter.“Ole will want to win something as manager of United,” Scholes told the Daily Mail.“The FA Cup, after the result against PSG, could be the only thing they could win.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Chelsea look in trouble at the minute. Will they bounce back themselves? Ole will have to deal with that.“They’ll be disappointed. Chelsea will be looking for a big recovery. From what you read it doesn’t look like a happy camp at the minute so hopefully United can take advantage of that.”The former midfielder also added that he has no “issues” over United making Solskjaer the permanent manager at the end of the season.Scholes added: “I’d have no issues whatsoever [with Solskjaer getting the job].“I know people will start to question because now because he’s lost a game but that was PSG.“That could happen to the most experienced manager in the world because PSG are a top team.“I think for what he’s done so far he definitely deserves a chance.“I always knew there was talent in that squad. I think everyone did. Ole has come in with a smile on his face, put his arm around the players – there so much talent in that team. He’s given them freedom and you’ve seen the results.”The Chelsea and United FA Cup match will begin at 8:30 PM (CET).last_img read more

11th Annual Phils Big BBQ at the Ballpark

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 11th Annual Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark is a tailgate experience like no other.The event promises fun for all with mouthwatering food, craft beer, live music, a kids zone, and, of course, watching the San Diego Padres go to bat against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, July 14, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Phill’s BBQ said 100 percent of the proceeds from this event go to Operation Bigs, a mentoring program for children of military families by Big Brother Big Sisters of San Diego County.For more information click here. Posted: July 12, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, 11th Annual Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark July 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Who was Rohit Tiwari The man who went to court to prove

first_imgLate Congress leader, ND Tiwari with his son Rohit Tiwari were embroiled in a legal paternity battle for six yearsGoogle ImagesRohit Shekhar Tiwari, the son of late Congress veteran ND Tiwari, died under mysterious circumstances in New Delhi on Tuesday. He was declared brought dead at Max Hospital in Saket.According to police, a call was made to the PCR from his Defence Colony residence that he was bleeding profusely from his nose.”We received an emergency call from the residence of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari at 4.41 pm this afternoon. An ambulance brought him to Max Hospital, Saket, where he was declared brought dead at the hospital emergency. As per the established procedure, we have informed the authorities. We express condolences at the passing away of Mr Tiwari,” said a statement issued by the Max Hospital.Rohit’s mother Ujjwala said that he was depressed for a long time. “There are a few people responsible for the same. I will reveal the names of the people who caused him depression,” Rohit’s mother said.The initial police probe has revealed that no external injuries were there on Rohit’s body.Who was Rohit Shekhar Tiwari?The 40-year-old, a resident of South Delhi, came to the limelight through a long drawn paternity battle with his biological father ND Tiwari, who was the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. ND Tiwari had refused to accept Rohit as his son which made the battle hog the media limelight for years. In 2007, Rohit had filed a paternity suit against ND Tiwari which was withdrawn due to some technical errors. He filed it again the following year. It took the veteran Congress leaders six years to accept Rohit as his biological son after continuous denials.The former UP Chief Minister even refused to give his blood samples for DNA profiling although both Rohit and his mother Ujjwala had submitted their samples in 2012. The late political leader even did not acknowledge the various state court rulings against him and the matter eventually went to the Supreme Court.Finally, ND Tiwari submitted his blood samples at his residence in Dehradun in 2013 which proved his biological link with Rohit. He ended up accepting Rohit as his son. ND Tiwari died last year at the age of 93.Rohit, during the years of his paternity battle with his father, had famously said, “I am not the illegitimate son. He is my illegitimate father. And his troubles have just begun.” Former Union Minister ND TiwariIANSlast_img read more

HP Inc says to accelerate job cuts by 2016

first_imgHP Inc said it was accelerating its restructuring programme and now expects about 3,000 people will exit by the end of fiscal 2016 instead of over three years as it announced in September.Then, Hewlett-Packard Co had said it expected to cut about 33,300 jobs over three years, of which up to 3,300 were to be cut in HP Inc. It said then that 1,200 people would leave the company by the end of 2016.The restructuring will result in charges and associated cash payments of about $300 million in the current year, the company said.”This move is basically HP Inc embracing the tough pricing environment and shifting their focus to building their portfolio,” says Shannon Cross, an analyst for Cross Research.HP Inc, which houses former Hewlett-Packard Co’s legacy hardware business, reported a near 12 percent drop in quarterly revenue, as it struggles with weak demand for PCs and printers.Revenue in the company’s personal systems business fell 13 percent in the first quarter ended Jan. 31, while it declined 17 percent in its printing division from a year earlier.PC sales have been falling sharply worldwide, and the launch of Windows 10 has so far failed to rekindle demand.Printer demand has been hurt as corporate customers cut printing costs and consumers shift to mobile devices.The company, which is reporting results independently for the first time since being spun off from Hewlett-Packard Co, forecast adjusted profit of 35-40 cents per share for its second quarter ending April 30.Analysts on average were expecting 39 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.HP Inc maintained its 2016 adjusted profit forecast at $1.59-$1.69 per share.The company’s earnings from continuing operations fell to $650 million, or 36 cents per share, in the first quarter from $770 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier.Revenue fell to $12.25 billion from $13.86 billion.Analysts on average had expected earnings of 36 cents per share and revenue of $12.20 billion.HP Inc’s shares were marginally lower at $10.75 in extended trading on Wednesday. They had fallen more than 13 percent since the spinoff in early November to Wednesday.Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co, also spun off from Hewlett-Packard Co, is expected to report results on March 3.last_img read more

Refugees not welcome in Japan

first_imgIt has been a decade since Liliane last saw her little girl. She fled Africa in fear for her life, leaving behind everything she knew and loved in the hope of a fresh start in Japan.Today, she scrapes a living from dead-end jobs, and what Japanese she knows has been snatched from television shows. There is little government help for people like her: free language courses are limited, social housing is hard to find, discrimination is rife.Yet Liliane is regarded as one of the lucky ones — she was granted refugee status in Japan, a country which refuses more than 99 percent of cases.”It has not been easy,” she tells AFP, speaking under a pseudonym.She adds: “Here they do not pay for your studies, they do not help you to get bank loans, or give you social housing… we are left to ourselves, we have to fight alone.”Anti-refugee sentiment is rising in Europe and the United States but in Japan those seeking haven from tyranny and war have long faced daunting legal and social gauntlets.One of the world’s wealthiest countries, Japan accepted just 28 refugees in 2016 — one more than the previous year — out of the 8,193 applications reviewed by the Immigration Bureau.Officials defend the low number, saying applicants are mainly from Asian countries seeking access to Japan solely for economic reasons.”The number of applications from regions which generate lots of refugees, such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, is small,” said Yasuhiro Hishida, spokesman for the Immigration Bureau.- Fleeing persecution -Assisted by the UN, Liliane was able to claim asylum on arrival in Japan stating that her life was in danger due to tribal conflict back home. It took two years for officials to accept her as a refugee, a period during which she received assistance from the Catholic Church and charities.But she feels the status brought few benefits. She is no closer to reuniting with her child — now a teenager, her daughter has repeatedly been denied a permit to even visit.For Liliane, further education and a stable life, seem out of reach.She explains: “Japan is a very difficult country for foreigners. The language is really a handicap for us. You need to do absolutely everything to try to speak in Japanese but you don’t know where to find free lessons.””Sometimes I think refugee status has no meaning,” she sighs.But for Nonnon, being awarded refugee status would at least give her a sense of belonging.She fled military persecution in her native Myanmar 25 years ago but remains in frustrating legal limbo, accepted only on a humanitarian stay visa, which allows for residence and work but traditionally only on annual temporary permits subject to anxiety-riven renewal.”It’s like I have no nationality,” said the 47-year-old, who only gave her childhood nickname.She has tried to forge a life in Japan, she married a man from Myanmar who was also claiming asylum and they have a son and a daughter. But their children are effectively stateless — not recognised in Myanmar, nor as Japanese citizens.Refugee advocates say Japan’s system is too harsh.Lawyer Shogo Watanabe is helping a woman from Myanmar’s Kachin minority who says she risks sexual assault by soldiers fighting ethnic minority militias if she goes home.”To me, the risk of getting raped by someone who is a member of the military is a legitimate reason to be a refugee,” he said of her plight.”But immigration officials say you need to prove that she is actually targeted by the military.”- ‘Closed doors’-Critics also say current government policy ignores the country’s need for immigrants as the population shrinks.”Japan has kept a mindset of closing doors to foreigners as it is an island nation that until recently had ample population,” said Hidenori Sakanaka, a former Justice Ministry official who heads a pro-immigration think tank.The population is set to decline to 87 million by 2060 from 127 million today.He added that Japan must “accept more migrants, which would make society more open to multiple cultures and… to accepting more refugees”.The first Justice Ministry survey into discrimination against foreigners, released in March, found that 30 percent said they had been on the receiving end of discriminatory remarks.One in four of the respondents that had sought employment, believed they did not get the job because they were not Japanese.”For us with our black skin, it is a bit difficult. Sometimes when I sit on the train, some Japanese switch seats,” Liliane reveals, though she adds she has never feared for her safety, which is a major concern for asylum seekers in Europe.She says she was overlooked for teaching work, despite her fluency in English, when employers realised she is African.Nonnon, who currently works in a nail salon, recalls being paid less than Japanese workers for doing the same job. She contrasts her situation to that of family members who escaped to other countries.”My relatives in America and Australia were given refugee status and they are naturalised. They can get a job, buy a house and travel overseas,” she said, adding: “They can live as normal people. I want to live like a normal person.”last_img read more

Mattis makes surprise Afghanistan visit

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 9 November, 2017 US defence minister James Mattis delivers a press conference during the second day of a defence ministers meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Photo: AFPUS defence secretary Jim Mattis met with top Afghan leaders during an unannounced visit to Kabul on Friday, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.His trip comes a little more than a year after president Donald Trump unveiled a revamped strategy for Afghanistan that saw him commit thousands of additional US forces to the war-torn country on an open-ended basis.Mattis, on his fourth visit to Afghanistan since becoming defence chief in January 2017, has met with president Ashraf Ghani and the new US commander for American and NATO forces, general Scott Miller.His arrival in Kabul comes at a sensitive time in the 17-year war.The grinding conflict has seen little progress by Afghan or US forces against the Taliban, the country’s largest militant group.Six US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year, the most recent happening on Monday in an apparent insider attack.Ghani told Mattis that preventing so-called “green-on-blue” attacks, in which Afghan soldiers turn their weapons on international troops with whom they are working, was a “top national priority”.They also discussed other issues including the peace process, security reforms, upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections, and Pakistan, according to a statement from the presidential palace.Afghan and international players have been ratcheting up efforts to hold peace talks with the Taliban, which was toppled from power by US-led forces in 2001.An unprecedented ceasefire in June followed by talks between US officials and Taliban representatives in Qatar in July fuelled hopes that negotiations could bring an end to the fighting.Battlefield setbacksBut a recent spate of attacks by the Taliban and the smaller but potent Islamic State group that left hundreds of people dead has severely dented that optimism.A twin bomb attack on a wrestling club in a Shiite neighbourhood of Kabul on Wednesday was just the latest in a long line of devastating assaults, killing at least 26 people and wounding 91.The attack underscored the challenges facing Afghanistan’s beleaguered security forces, which have been beset by corruption and low morale.Trump’s strategy, announced in August 2017, increased the US troop presence in the country and now includes a renewed push to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.Speaking to reporters as he headed to Asia this week, Mattis said he had reason to hope the Taliban may be ready for talks.There’s “still hard fighting, but right now we have more indications that reconciliation is… no longer just a mirage”, he said, adding that Afghan security forces were now taking the fight to the enemy.But there are fears that Trump is growing frustrated with the pace of progress in the country, spurring US diplomats and other officials to intensify their efforts.The Taliban have long insisted on direct talks with Washington and refused to negotiate with the Afghan government, which they see as illegitimate.There is speculation that another meeting between US and Taliban representatives could be held this month.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Islamabad on Wednesday where he said he was “hopeful” of resetting the troubled relationship with Pakistan, a key player in the Afghan conflict.He made the remarks after confirming that Zalmay Khalilzad, a high-profile former US ambassador to Kabul, Baghdad and the United Nations, would be appointed to lead peace efforts in Afghanistan.Miller, who took command of US and NATO forces at a handover ceremony in Kabul on Sunday, replaces General John Nicholson, who rotated out of the role after a more than two-year deployment.Nicholson told reporters last month that the warring parties now had an “unprecedented” opportunity for peace, and insisted Trump’s strategy for the country was working.But his positive outlook belied recent setbacks on the battlefield, including last month’s extraordinary raid by the Taliban on the provincial capital of Ghazni-just a two-hour drive from Kabul.Militants held large parts of the city for days and Afghan forces needed US air power to push them back.last_img read more

Canadian spy damaged countrys credibility

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “There’s a risk we might be cut off of certain intelligence,” Tessier said.Delisle, who pleaded guilty last October, worked at a naval intelligence center and had access to information shared by the Five Eyes community that includes Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.According to prosecutor Lyne Decarie, Delisle received 23 payments from Russia totaling $72,000 between 2007 and 2011.Tessier said the Five Eyes group have decided to “increase the safeguarding of information” following Delisle’s actions and that a lot of resources have been diverted to reassuring Canada’s allies that their information is safe.Two CSIS documents that Delisle tried to transmit to the Russians just before his arrest contained information that could potentially identify sources that work for CSIS, she said. She said CSIS is continuing to assess the fallout from Delisle’s actions.Brig-Gen. Rob Williams, director general of the military signals intelligence, said Canada has not been told it has been cut off from intelligence, but he said it’s not business as usual.Delisle will be sentenced under Canada’s Security of Information Act, which was passed after the Sept. 11 attacks. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) – A top Canadian spy official told a court Thursday that a navy officer who sold secrets to Russia harmed his country’s credibility and could hinder its ability to gather intelligence.Speaking at a sentencing hearing, Michelle Tessier, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s director general of internal security, said that Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle’s crimes could make allies less likely to share intelligence with Canada in the future. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Decarie said Delisle came under suspicion after returning to the country in September 2011 from Brazil, where he met a Russian agent named Victor who told him that his role would change so that he would become a “pigeon” or liaison for all Russian agents in Canada.Alarms were raised within the Canada Border Services Agency because he had no tan, little awareness of the tourist sites in Rio de Janeiro, three prepaid credit cards, thousands of dollars in U.S. currency and a handwritten note with an email address, she said. She outlined how Delisle acquired and then transferred classified information to the Russians by searching references to Russia, copying them onto a floppy disc on his secure system at work, took it to an unsecure system and pasted it onto a memory stick.Delisle joined the navy as a reservist in 1996, became a member of the regular forces in 2001 and was promoted to an officer rank in 2008.His sentencing hearing is scheduled to last two days.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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