Mistaken identity lands Assam woman in detention camp for 3 years

first_imgGuwahati: A woman from Assam’s Chirang district, sent by a foreigners’ tribunal to a detention camp three years back on suspicion that she was an illegal infiltrator after being mistaken for someone else of the same name, has now been freed. “I am happy that I can take care of my daughter now. She is physically challenged, she needs my help always,” said Madhubala Mondal, 59, after her release on Wednesday. Mondal, a widow who worked as a domestic help, had to spend three years at a detention camp in Kokrajhar district after she was declared a foreigner by a Foreigners’ Tribunal in March 2016. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah She could not even challenge the Tribunal’s order due to extreme poverty and lack of knowledge. The case of her “illegal detention” came to light only recently when a local organization took up the case and moved a petition challenging the Tribunal’s order. During the fresh hearing, the police admitted that they took her to be Madhubala Das of the same village in Chirang. “We have received an order from the Foreigners’ Tribunal asking to release Madhubala Mondal. We forwarded the order to the detention camp and accordingly she was released from the detention camp on Wednesday,” said a senior police official in Chirang. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony The officer, who did not want to be identified, admitted that there was a goof-up regarding the name as there are three Madhubalas in the village. “She was Madhubala Das when she got married. But later after her husband died, she got married to one Mondal and become Madhubala Mondal,” the officer said adding that the police picked up Madhubala Mondal instead of Madhubala Das and sent to detention camp. Village residents, however, said that the woman named Madhubala Das, who was declared a foreigner by a Tribunal and her husband Makhan Nama Das, had died long before the Foreigners’ Tribunal order was issued. The Assam government is updating the National Register of Citizens of 1951. A draft NRC was published last year which excluded names of over 40 lakh people due to some discrepancies in their documents in proving their Indian citizenship. ON Wednesday, the Assam government published a draft additional exclusion list which listed over one lakh people as ineligible for enrolment in the NRC, despite the fact that their names have appeared in the draft NRC published last year.last_img read more

Ktaka BJP leaders meet Shah to discuss govt formation

first_imgNew Delhi: A group of Karnataka BJP leaders met party president Amit Shah on Thursday as the party weighed its options following the fall of the Congress-JD(S) government in the state.The state BJP led by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa is keen to stake claim to form the next government but is waiting for the central leadership’s nod for its next move. Karnataka BJP leaders, including Jagdish Shettar, Arvind Limbavali, Madhuswamy, Basavaraj Bommai and Yeddyurappa’s son Vijayendra, met Shah as they discussed the development in the state and explored the options ahead for the party. With Speaker Ramesh Kumar yet to take a call on resignations of 15 rebel coalition MLAs and pleas by their parties to disqualify them, the BJP is treading cautiously as Kumar’s decision may have a serious bearing on the fate of the next government. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe state also needs to pass the finance bill before July 31. Sources said if a government is not in place before the month end, then imposition of the President’s rule may be a constitutional necessity for the passage of the bill, which is why the BJP is also consulting legal experts. The HD Kumaraswamy government in the state fell on Tuesday after it lost the confidence vote, garnering 99 votes against the 105 by the BJP in the assembly, ending the nearly three-week-long high political drama. The coalition had needed 103 votes in its favour to win the motion as 20 MLAs Congress-JDS (17), BSP (1), Independents (2) skipped proceedings, reducing the effective strength of the House to 205.last_img read more

Khattars brides from Kashmir remark hurts entire nation Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday criticised her Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar’s remark on Kashmiri girls and said people holding high office should refrain from making insensitive comments about the people of Jammu and Kashmir.Without naming Khattar, Banerjee in a tweet said, “We, and more so people holding high public office, must restrain ourselves from making insensitive comments about the beloved people of Jammu and Kashmir. These are hurtful, not only for J&K, but the entire nation.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHer comments come in the backdrop of Khattar’s recent statement that people from Haryana “could now get brides from Kashmir” apparently in reference to the scrapping of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution. Meanwhile, the Congress demanded the immediate dismissal of Khattar as Haryana CM and an FIR against him over the controversial remark, with party leader Rahul Gandhi claiming his comments reflect what RSS training does to the mind of a “weak, insecure and pathetic man”. Khattar hit back at Gandhi saying “weak, insecure and pathetic” are adjectives that people use for the Congress president as he accused him of “manufacturing statements”. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Dear Rahul Gandhi ji, at least at your level, you shouldn’t react on distorted news. I’m attaching the video of what I actually said, and In what context – this will give you clarity of mind,” Khattar said on Twitter and also attached his complete speech to explain the context in which he was speaking. Gandhi, in a tweet, had earlier said, “Haryana CM, Khattar’s comment on Kashmiri women is despicable and shows what years of RSS training does to the mind of a weak, insecure and pathetic man. Women are not assets to be owned by men.”last_img read more

In the news today June 24

first_imgFour stories in the news for Monday, June 24———SAINT-JACQUES SET TO RETURN FROM SPACE MISSIONDavid Saint-Jacques is getting ready to head home today after more than six months in space. The Canadian astronaut is set to return aboard a Soyuz capsule along with a NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut, landing just before 11 p.m. Eastern. Saint-Jacques’ mission began on Dec. 3 and will be the longest single spaceflight by a Canadian — 204 days in orbit. His mission included milestones such as a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk in April and operating Canadarm2 to perform a “cosmic catch” of SpaceX Dragon cargo in May. He also oversaw numerous health science experiments and chatted from space with children across Canada.———INDEPENDENT SENATORS GROWING MORE ASSERTIVEIn the final hours of Justin Trudeau’s four-year experiment with a less-partisan Senate, Independent senators came within a whisker of biting the hand that feeds them. On Bill C-48, which follows through on the prime minister’s 2015 election commitment to ban oil tankers from the northern coast of British Columbia, senators voted 49 to 46 to accept the bill, even though Trudeau’s government had rejected one of two Senate amendments to the controversial legislation. Those voting against included all the Conservative senators plus more than a dozen Independent senators.———SURVEY SUGGESTS CANADIANS HAPPIER AFTER AGE 55A new national survey suggests Canadians are happier after age 55 and when they earn a higher income, but it also indicates that most don’t consider money to be a key factor affecting their happiness. The Happiness Index compiled by Leger, asked Canadians across the country to rate their level of happiness on a scale of one to 10 and note which factors they believe influence their happiness the most. The online survey, conducted between June 11 and 17, found about half of respondents ranked their happiness as at least eight out of 10, with almost no difference between rural and urban areas.———MUST LOVE SNAKES: RATTLER WRANGLER ALWAYS ON CALLOne rattlesnake got caught in freshly laid tar under someone’s stairs. Others typically get trapped in garden netting. Ryan Heavy Head comes to the rescue of both the vipers and the terrified homeowners. “I call myself a rattlesnake wrangler,” says the 47-year-old, who runs a rattlesnake mitigation program in Lethbridge, southeast of Calgary. He’s also on call with the program’s rattlesnake hotline, which runs April to October. The line gets anywhere from 60 to 170 calls a year, and the number has been rising along with new housing developments on bluffs above the city’s river valley.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Finance Minister Bill Morneau in Kitimat, B.C. to announce the largest private sector investment in Canadian history.— Release of BC Court of Appeal ruling on the government application to preserve indefinite solitary confinement in Canadian prisons.— Conference in support of revitalization of Indigenous languages around the world opens in Victoria.— Pro-choice rally at Edmonton Legislature featuring speakers on bodily autonomy and reproductive justice.— Lethbridge, Alta., retrial of David and Collet Stephan who were convicted of failing to provide the necessaries of life in the death of their son.— OPSEU members from the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa to hold a rally against the Ford government.— Media invited to attend first crossing of refurbished Samuel De Champlain Bridge in Quebec.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

David Attenborough To Host Ape Alliance Gala Dinner

first_imgApe Alliance cordially invites you to a spectacular gala dinner hosted by David Attenborough, celebrating the power of apes on screen – in the company of the world’s leading wildlife film professionals and renowned ape conservationists.The evening includes a celebrity auction and live music and aims to raise awareness and support for the plight of world’s apes.Proceeds from this once in a lifetime event will help raise funds for pedal-power cinemas and education projects in ape range states across Africa and Asia. With your help the organization can take the conservation message to the remotest communities, changing thousands of lives while saving critically endangered species, giving Hope 4 Apes.The event takes place at The Savoy in London on September 27. For more information, click here. The event is now sold out.last_img read more

American Humane Association Gives High Marks To Hail Caesar

first_imgFew things excite moviegoers more than a new film written and directed by the Coen brothers, and the latest comedy from the award-winning duo is sure to excite any animal lover as well.Opening everywhere February 5, “Hail, Caesar!” pays homage to a bygone era in Hollywood and boasts a veritable galaxy of human stars… but animal stars including goats, horses, and one plucky little dog steal any scenes they are in throughout the film. Based on the extraordinary treatment of the animal stars, American Humane Association has awarded its highest rating, “Monitored: Outstanding,” to “Hail, Caesar!”Four-time Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men,” “True Grit,” “Fargo”) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy fueled by a brilliant cast led by Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum.When the world’s biggest star vanishes and his captors demand an enormous ransom for his safe return, it will take the power of Hollywood’s biggest names to solve the mystery of his disappearance. Bringing the audience along for a comic whodunit that pulls back the curtain and showcases the unexpected humor and industry drama found behind the scenes, “Hail, Caesar!” marks the Coens at their most inventive.The comedy is produced by Joel and Ethan Coen through their Mike Zoss Productions, alongside Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (“The Theory of Everything,” “Les Misérables”), who have partnered with the brothers since their Academy Award-winning “Fargo.”While the film celebrates Hollywood’s Golden Age, one element in Tinseltown that is thankfully much better in the modern era is the way animal actors are now treated. In the past, animals were viewed as mere props, and their safety was often an afterthought. To protect the four-legged stars of this film, just as it has millions more of our favorite animal stars since 1940, American Humane Association and its famed “No Animals Were Harmed” program were on the set of “Hail, Caesar!” overseeing the safety and humane treatment of the non-human actors.Treating animals right on movie sets is essential. American Humane Association applauds the Coen brothers, their production team, the actors, the trainers, and Universal Pictures for working with the organization’s “No Animals Were Harmed” team and maintaining a safe and humane working environment for the animal stars in the film. The “No Animals Were Harmed” program oversees the protection of some 100,000 animal actors on 1,000 film and television productions each year and has kept millions of animals safe around the world for more than 75 years. The “No Animals Were Harmed” program, the only industry-sanctioned program with oversight of animals in filmed production, has made the protection of animal actors its duty and charter.To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of this marquee program, American Humane Association President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert penned the book Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors. Published by New World Library, it offers unprecedented access to the fascinating world of animals and animal trainers in today’s film and television industry – and the celebrities with whom they work. Included in the book is the story of a horse who charmed actress Hailee Steinfeld while filming the Coen brothers’ “True Grit.”“I hail the Coen brothers for their commitment to the safe treatment of the animal stars of ‘Hail, Caesar!,’” said Dr. Ganzert. “American Humane Association is always proud when a production is able to achieve our highest rating for animal actor safety, because it shows that the production team, trainers, and actors are all extremely committed to the treatment and safety of their animal co-stars and doing things the right way.”“Hail, Caesar!” is in theaters everywhere February 5.last_img read more

Struggling BC forestry workers drive hundreds of logging trucks into Vancouver

first_imgThe trucks drove past the Vancouver Convention Centre where leaders from municipal and provincial governments gathered for the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention.Sellars says the goal of the rally was to hammer home that immediate action and solutions are needed.“How do we offset those jobs, how do we keep people providing for their families, being from those resource based economies it is a lot more challenging when they start shutting mills down and shutting mines down, there really isn’t turning back from that, so how are they helping us?” asks Sellars.“Hopefully this statement, this protest, this event happening today brings light to the situation and something is done, more money is committed and people start opening their eyes up to the small communities.”Hundreds of people watched and cheered as the loud convoy circled around Canada Place.Some supporters wore signs saying “Forestry Feeds My Family” and “BC Forestry Industry In Crisis”.“As you can see from the turnout, there’s loggers here, truckers, people that work in the industry that support their family with forestry, there’s people here from the local city,” says Sellars.“The impact that this is having on the conference is amazing. I’m in awe of the turnout, it’s overwhelming support.”lhamelin@aptn.ca@laurie_hamelin One of the trucks that rolled into downtown Vancouver late Wednesday to raise awareness of the state of the forestry industry. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTNLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsTwo hundred logging trucks rolled into downtown Vancouver late Wednesday afternoon with horns blaring to raise awareness of the state of the forestry industry in B.C.Mill closures have put thousands out of work and people in the interior are struggling.“We’re having mills cutback their shifts and shut down completely and that is impacting my entire community,” says Chief Willie Sellars of the Williams Lake Indian Band.“Where I’m from it’s a resource based economy and we’re really feeling the hit, the Williams Lake Indian Band, the city of Williams Lake, the Cariboo Regional District.”last_img read more

Improving business jet market could offset CSeries duty overhang says analyst

first_imgMONTREAL – A recovering business jet market could help Bombardier Inc. to offset the overhang from Boeing’s petition against its CSeries commercial jet, an industry analyst said Wednesday ahead of a second round of duties being slapped on exports to the U.S.“We are pleased with the encouraging signs seen so far, as business jets represent a key driver of Bombardier’s profitability,” Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets wrote in a report.He pointed to a webinar conducted Tuesday by analytics and online aerospace trade publication Flightglobal that pointed to improving fundamentals in the business jet market.Poirier said the session indicated that pre-owned aircraft prices are stabilizing and that used plane sales increased 10 per cent in the first half of 2017, pushing inventories back to the level prior to the downturn and flight activity is increasing in the U.S. and Europe.That mirrors data from a JetNet Summit last month which showed that sentiment has improved over the past year but remains below 2014-2015, said analyst Seth Seifman of J.P. Morgan.He said trends in aircraft use and sale of used planes is offset by price weakness.After peaking at 1,136 industry new business jet deliveries in 2008, they dropped to 660 in 2013. Seifman expects them to fall to a low of 630 this year before picking up slightly in 2018.Demand for business jets is normally closely tied to U.S. corporate profits, but not so much since the recession because of excess supply of new planes, the stigma of flying private, low confidence and focus on cost-cutting.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) is a global leader in business jets, selling Learjets, Challenger and Global aircraft around the world. It is also developing a long-range Global 7000 that is expected to enter service in about a year.Business jets are expected to generate about 35 per cent of Bombardier’s revenues in 2020, up from about 30 per cent in 2017, and about half of the company’s consolidated adjusted EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes).“We remain confident in the company’s ability to further strengthen its leading position in the business jet segment as market conditions continue to improve,” Poirier added.Soon after joining Bombardier in 2015, CEO Alain Bellemare presented the company’s five-year turnaround plan.The Montreal-based company said it expects overall revenues will grow five to six per cent annually to exceed US$25 billion by 2020 with earnings more than doubling to seven to eight per cent.The forecast was delivered long before Boeing filed a petition against the CSeries last April. The Chicago-based company argued that Bombardier sold the jets to U.S.-based Delta Airlines at an unfairly low price with help from government subsidies in Canada.Bombardier has denied the charge but was slapped by the U.S. Department of Commerce with preliminary countervailing duties of 220 per cent. It is expected to announce large preliminary anti-dumping duties on Thursday.A final decision on export duties will depend on a ruling in December by the department or the U.S. International Trade Commission early next year on alleged harm to Boeing.last_img read more

French President Confirmed his Personal Commitment to Success of COP 22

Paris – French President Francois Hollande confirmed his personal commitment as well as France’s commitment to the success of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22), scheduled for November in Marrakech, Foreign Affairs minister Salaheddine Mezouar said following an audience Thursday at the Elysee Palace in Paris.Mezouar, President of COP 22, told the press the audience focused on the COP 22, coordination between the Moroccan and French Presidencies of the COP and commitments and projects that were announced at the Paris conference.“It was also an opportunity to establish the priorities on which we must act before the COP 22, including anything that is related to the roadmap to reach $100 billion a year by 2020 in favor of developing countries and capacity building,” he added. Talks also focused on the need to speed up the execution of the projects to be announced at COP 22, Mezouar said.The Moroccan minister also hailed the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change by China and the United States, saying that this will give a strong momentum to the ratification process across the world.Morocco and France are mobilized and working together for the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the international community before the Marrakech Conference, he concluded. read more

Despite progress since quake Haiti still threatened by unrest Ban warns

8 September 2010Eight months after the catastrophic earthquake, Haiti has fended off a second-wave disaster of epidemics and unrest, but the impoverished nation’s political, social and economic situation will remain fragile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report. “It is to the great credit of the Haitian people that large-scale disturbances have so far been avoided despite the extremely harsh and precarious conditions of so many,” he writes in the report to the Security Council made public today.The Haitian Government estimates that 1.3 million people are still uprooted following the devastating January earthquake. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands will still be in camps or improvised shelters over the coming year.The Secretary-General cautions that the potential for social unrest exists, underscoring that debris removal and advancing reconstruction efforts is imperative.“Haiti is now entering a period of change which will be critical to its future stability. The most immediate challenge, besides reconstruction, is the organization of presidential and legislative elections,” he notes.Those polls, set to take place on 28 November, must be credible and legitimate so that they usher in a president and government “with a clear and uncontested mandate” to lead the reconstruction process, Mr. Ban writes, voicing hope that many Haitians will cast their ballot in the elections.“Political stability will be essential for recovery and the resumption of socio-economic development,” he stresses, urging the international community to deliver on its commitments to support the polls.For its part, the United Nations peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSTAH, will continue its support, including in the potentially volatile post-election period.Other important political tasks, the Secretary-General points out, include completing the constitutional reform process initiated by President René Préval’s Government, which seeks to simplify the electoral cycle and boost the diaspora’s economic participation.He also cites the need to resettle those displaced by the quake, underscoring the need for decisive leadership to resolve complex issues related to land, property and rental rights.“A balance will also need to be struck between the provision of essential services for the displaced population, and the need to encourage camp residents to return to their communities and neighbourhoods of origin,” the report says.“Even before 12 January, a significant number of the displaced were living in conditions comparable to, and in many cases worse than, those in the camps,” it notes.Therefore, Mr. Ban says, there must be incentives for returns through the provision of adequate shelter and basic services, as well as the establishment of a protective environment, especially for women and children.“With over a million displaced currently living in makeshift conditions, and the risk of transitional shelters evolving into a ‘new generation’ of slums, there is a continuing need for a clear, considered and comprehensive strategy for the resettlement of earthquake victims and the urban poor,” he writes.The new publication also highlights the importance of donors and others maintaining their support for Haiti, even as media interest in the country wanes.“Rebuilding Haiti will be a long-term project,” the Secretary-General underscores. “It will require decisive leadership on the part of the Government of Haiti, with the sustained support of the international community.” read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 6 June 2014

DOWNLOAD1. DfT announces £5 million for the Clean Vehicle Technology Fund2. 2014 Queen’s Speech delivered3. UK car and commercial vehicle registrations rise in May4. CIPS survey shows upsurge in UK manufacturing5. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Workshop to guide Insight Development Grants applicants

A workshop is being held next week to assist researchers in applying for Insight Development Grants (IDG).The grants support research in its initial stages, enabling the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and ideas.They also provide the opportunity for established researchers to explore new research questions and approaches distinct from their previous or ongoing research.Through the grant, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) provides funding for short-term research development projects, of up to two years, proposed by individuals or teams.The workshop, to be held May 25 in Plaza 600F, will provide guidance regarding IDG applications, walking participants through the process from idea to submission.Brock faculty who sit on SSHRC’s IDG review committees, faculty who have been successful in past SSHRC competitions and staff from the Office of Research Services are among those who will be offering information and suggestions.Participants are asked to bring ideas about potential research projects for the IDG competition, as well as any drafts.Topics to be covered include: An overview of the IDG application process The importance of plain language in the project summary What reviewers are looking for in applications Choosing the right committee The importance of a strong CCV Tips on re-applying to SSHRCTo register for the workshop, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., e-mail orsadmin@brocku.ca by May 19 with the subject line: IDG Writing Workshop. Lunch will be provided by the Office of Research Services. read more

Selfassembling MBlocks robots are the new Voltron

first_imgModular robots are not a new trick, but modular cube shaped robots with no external moving parts? Now you’ve got something truly incredible.Robotics in general is in a really unique place right now, as the technology exists to create something new with little more than a textbook and some relatively inexpensive hardware. The advent of Arduino and DIY makerspaces have opened the door to some really cool ideas, but the true home of pushing the boundaries of what is possible can still be found on the MIT campus.One inventor in particular has created a design that allows for cube shaped robots that fit in the palm of your hand the ability to come together to form more complex machines that suit the environment they are currently in.John Romanishin of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has taken a unique approach to modular robotics. Instead of creating machines that pull themselves together using arms and interconnecting parts, he’s built a series of cubes that can connect to one another magnetically.These machines have a single spinning actuator inside that is used to create enough force to detach from one magnetic side and fling itself to the next available position. This actuator is powerful enough to move one block multiple spaces depending on what is needed, effectively giving the blocks the ability to jump from place to place.Romanishin explains that this design is particularly useful in environments where multiple kinds of sensors are needed for data collection. A larger machine made of multiple M-Blocks could re-assemble itself based on what sensors are needed for any single task, effectively creating a machine that can optimize on the fly for different scenarios.It’s not only an undeniably cool concept, and as you can tell from the video where block occasionally fly off screen, not quite finished, but a fresh take on practical modular robotics.last_img read more

Parents focus on winning custody battles is harming Irish children

first_img Mar 13th 2019, 8:18 AM IRELAND’S FAMILY LAW system is creating a situation where parents can be more focused on winning than on what their children want, an Oireachtas committee will hear today.The Justice Committee will continue this morning to hear submissions on reforms to Ireland’s family law system, including recommendations from Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Dr Geoffrey Shannon.Shannon will tell the committee that the common law adversarial system is “highly unsuited” for these types of case as “parents are focused on winning”.This can be psychologically damaging for both the parents and their children, according to Shannon. Short URL 15,715 Views The binary nature of family processes is also problematic for complex family situations. Children state that it is very important to them to have flexibility built-in to arrangements so that children themselves can seek to change them if they wish. However, children are frequently unable to secure changes to private law arrangements, or to timelines imposed by the courts.Shannon will tell the committee that mediation is one arena in which there is potential for greater flexibility in family law as the attention of parents is more likely to be on children’s needs. The committee will also hear from representatives from Men’s Voices Ireland who will tell TDs and Senators that children may be “used as pawns in custody battles”.Joint custody in a real 50:50 sense occurs in only about 1% of cases. We believe that breach of access orders should be dealt with firmly with sanctions imposed as they currently are not.“Outcomes in the family courts are bad for men and this is well attested. Too often it is a winner-takes-all situation in which the man is removed from the home, may still have to pay maintenance and/or a mortgage as well as provide for himself,” according to the group. Members will hear from David Walsh that the rights of children are being lost “in the tussle between competing parental rights”. “Current practice puts the adult at centre stage whereas the child’s welfare should be paramount and his/her fundamental right to know and spend time with both parents.”Walsh will also tell the committee that mediation is needed in cases where domestic violence is alleged as these allegations do “not need to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt in a civil court”. Legal representationLast week the committee heard from Dr Carol Coulter, director of the Child Care Law Reporting Project, about an imbalance created by the legal aid system. She said some fathers are just above the limited threshold and cannot afford to pay for legal representation themselves. “It is strictly means tested and a situation often arose where a working father earning a modest wage was above the means threshold for legal aid while his wife, if she was a mother, would typically not be working or working part-time, and would fall under the means threshold.“Therefore if the relationship broke down she would be eligible for legal aid but he would not. That gives rise to an inequality of arms in legal proceedings and is clearly unfair.”Coulter suggested removing or significantly increasing the means threshold while asking for a contribution from litigants. 45 Comments By Michelle Hennessy Share306 Tweet Email7 center_img Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 8:10 AM Image: Shutterstock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Parents’ focus on ‘winning’ custody battles is harming Irish children An Oireachtas committee will today hear from various interest groups about proposals to reform the family law system. Image: Shutterstock https://jrnl.ie/4536415 last_img read more

Exploitation des gaz de schiste Besson favorable à des expérimentations

first_imgExploitation des gaz de schiste : Besson favorable à des expérimentationsLe ministre français de l’Energie, Eric Besson, a affirmé hier que la fracturation hydraulique était déjà utilisée en France et qu’il était favorable à “des expérimentations” dans le cas des gaz de schiste.La fracturation hydraulique, dans le cadre de l’exploitation des gaz de schistes, est un sujet sensible en France. Cette technique, très controversée, est montrée du doigt par les écologistes qui craignent des dégâts irréversibles sur l’environnement. Car la fracturation hydraulique est accusée, entre autres, de polluer les nappes phréatiques. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiquePourtant, le ministre de l’Energie Eric Besson a déclaré hier : “Cette technique est ancienne. La fracturation hydraulique date de 1949 : elle a été pratiquée des dizaines de fois en France sans soulever débat et sans difficultés. Mais son utilisation soulève des questions nouvelles dans le cas des gaz de schiste car il en serait fait un usage de plus grande ampleur et donc de plus grandes conséquences environnementales”, rapporte l’AFP. Le ministre a ajouté : “Nous devons nous assurer que les conditions d’utilisation de cette technique sont respectueuses de l’environnement et que sa mise en œuvre sera encadrée”. Cependant, Eric Besson souhaite que l’on puisse “procéder à des expérimentations, sous strict contrôle public et en toute transparence”. Hors de question pour lui, donc, de fermer la porte “à des perspectives de développement”, à condition toutefois qu’il soit “responsable et respectueux”.Le 2 juin 2011 à 12:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Potential Newsweek Buyers Officially Come Forward

first_imgSeveral parties have submitted official declarations of interest to the Washington Post Company in regard to a potential acquisition of ailing Newsweek magazine. Although a company spokesperson declined to say exactly how many notifications were submitted prior to Wednesday’s deadline, Newsmax Media, private equity firm OpenGate Capital and Ritchie Capital Management founder Thane Ritchie all confirmed separately that they were among those that did.In a statement e-mailed to FOLIO:, conservative monthly Newsmax confirmed its contact with the Washington Post Co., stating that its interest in acquiring Newsweek “is congruent with its objective to diversify and expand into numerous distinct media brand offerings.” Newsmax said that if its bid is successful it would not shut liberal-leaning Newsweek down. “Newsweek’s staff, advertisers and readers can be assured that … [the magazine’s] stellar brand and editorial representation would remain distinct from our other brands.”Also among those who submitted a formal declaration is private equity manager Thane Ritchie, his spokesperson said in an e-mail. Last year, Ritchie unsuccessfully attempted to acquire the Sun Times Media Group. And according to the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles-based private equity firm OpenGate Capital is in the mix for Newsweek, too. OpenGate managing partner Andrew Nikou, who indicated to FOLIO: several weeks ago that the firm would be making a bid for Newsweek, did not immediately return a request seeking comment.OpenGate is arguably most noted for acquiring the print edition of TV Guide from Macrovision in 2008 for just $1. Since then, the firm has been active in 2010, announcing three additional acquisitions through April.Others who may also have contacted the Washington Post Co., including editor-in-chief John Meacham and entertainment industry billionaire Haim Saban, could not be reached for comment.The Washington Post Co. said last month that it had hired media and entertainment investment bankers Allen & Company to explore a sale of ailing Newsweek, which is expected to continue losing money this year. In 2009, Washington Post Co.’s magazine division, (which also included Budget Travel, until it sold in December) reported an operating loss of $29.3 million.Presumably, the next step is for the interested parties to sign non-disclosure agreements in order to take a deeper look at Newsweek’s business.last_img read more

Somalia soldier 4 militants killed in training compound attack

first_imgA Somali soldier and four militants were killed on Sunday as an al-Qaida-linked extremist group tried to attack a training compound used for intelligence officials in Mogadishu, a police officer said.The attack started with a suicide car bombing outside the intelligence school, which killed two attackers and a soldier, police Capt. Mohamed Hussein said today. He said soldiers then shot two gunmen who had seemingly lost their way and stormed a civilian house close to their target.The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group, which is waging an insurgency against Somalia’s Western-backed weak government, claimed responsibility for the attack through its radio station. Al-Shabab has vowed it would step up attacks against government and African Union forces in Somalia during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The militants have been pushed out of much of the territory they controlled by African Union troops, which are backing the Somali troops, but they remain a threat, carrying out guerrilla attacks on government and civilian targets.last_img read more

Feldspar Market Set for Rapid Growth and Trend by 2025

first_imgThe Global Feldspar Market is projected to reach USD 898.2 million by 2025 and is expected to register a significant growth rate of 6.4 % during forecast period 2018 -2025, reveals a recent research report added by Big Market Research.The study offers an extensive analysis of key drivers, opportunities, key segments, regions, and major manufacturers. Additionally, the competitive scenario in different geographies is outlined to assist new entrants, leading market players, and investors to determine emerging economies. Insights presented in the report would benefit market players to develop strategies for the future and gain a strong position in the global market.Get a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2908321?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSThe report offers detailed segmentation of the global Feldspar market based on North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and ROW. It evaluates these regions based on the prospect and status for the forecast period. Additionally, the research presents the current market condition and outlook of each region. Regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, China, Japan, Middle East & Africa, India, and South America. Market dynamics are also revealed in the research based on risks, driving forces, and opportunities. A brief overview of each segment and sub-segment is provided.The research offers an in-depth analysis of major market players operating in the global Feldspar industry.Key market players operating in the industry include:Eczacibasi Esan, Micronized Group , Imerys Minerals , Sibelco Nordic , The Quartz Corp. , Asia ,ineral Processing , EL Waha Mining & FertilizersThe research demonstrates the performance of each player active in the industry. Besides this, the report offers an overview and highlights of recent advancements of each player in the market. These insights help understand the competitive scenario and take important steps to gain major market share. Comprehensive analysis of consumption, market share, and growth rate of each application is offered for the historic period. The report also offers insights on suppliers, buyers, and merchants in the market.The research evaluates the manufacturing cost of the global Feldspar market. It discusses key raw materials, dealers, and labor costs. In addition, it evaluates the manufacturing process of the industry. The research also provides insights into Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis.The report clearly indicates that the Feldspar industry has achieved extensive growth since 2018 with several significant advances related to the industry. This report is prepared based on a detailed evaluation of the industry by experts. To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals looking for unbiased data on supply, demand, and future estimates would find the report valuable.Avail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2908321?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Virgin Australia has

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Virgin Australia has announced the introduction of nonstop flights between Christchurch and the Cook Islands next year, with fares now on sale.The airline will operate a weekly return service using its Boeing 737-800 aircraft between Christchurch and Rarotonga from 25 June 2016 to 8 October 2016.Virgin Australia Chief Commercial Officer Judith Crompton said the new service makes it easy for holidaymakers from Christchurch and the South Island to visit the Cook Islands.“The Cook Islands is a wonderful holiday destination and we are delighted to introduce the only nonstop service from Christchurch,” Ms Crompton said.“With up to five flights each week already operating between Auckland and Rarotonga, this new service from Christchurch ensures more New Zealanders can conveniently explore this beautiful part of the world.“Our flights between Christchurch and Rarotonga will feature our award-winning Business Class, with luxury leather seating and menus designed by our resident head chef Luke Mangan.”Fares are now on sale, with a celebratory launch one way fare of NZD$299 available for purchase from today, 26 November until 28 November 2015.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Car access to Eleftheria square to be decided next month

first_imgA final decision about whether or not cars will be allowed on Eleftheria square once it fully opens to the public will be made by the city council in December, Nicosia mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis said on Monday.The original plan envisaged the use of the square by vehicles, but if a solution with only pedestrians is adopted, specifications for the use of emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks will be issued.“With all our projects, we aim to prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport,” the mayor said, referring to road improvements in the city in general.“We try to make space for cycling lanes, bus lanes and more pavements. The idea is that people will use their cars less and we plant trees for shade so they can walk longer and more comfortably.”This is the idea for Eleftheria square as well, he added. “However, there are people who are not ready to use their cars less.”Interior Minister, Constantinos Petrides, said, also on Monday, that he was in favour of banning vehicles from Eleftheria Square. Petrides said in a post on his Facebook profile that it would be a shame not to. “The city has to be humanised with progressively cars being used less and less,” he said.The mayor has long tried to get the public to use public transport more frequently. For the past year, a mini-bus service has been operating in and around the old town. In September Yiorkadjis called on residents to make more use of these small buses, saying they were a vital means to combat traffic congestion in the city.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more