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first_imgA court in Gandhinagar, hearing a rape case against religious preacher Asaram, on Thursday allowed a petition seeking in-camera proceedings in the case.The plea was moved by public prosecutor R.C. Kodekar citing threat to life of witnesses in the case.Principal sessions judge A.N. Joshi allowed the application which said prosecution witnesses coming to the court faced risk to their lives and therefore the proceedings should be held in-camera and members of public be not allowed inside the courtroom.“From now on, witnesses will be examined in-camera owing to the risk to their life,” the court held.A witness was examined in-camera on Thursday after the court granted permission for it.The case before the Gandhinagar court relates to a complaint filed by a Surat-based woman, who accused Asaram of raping her many times when she was living at his ashram on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city between 1997 and 2006.The charge sheet also names his wife Lakshmiben, daughter Bharti and four women followers Dhruvben, Nirmala, Jassi and Meera for abetment of rape. The charges against Asaram were framed in March last year.Asaram is also facing another rape case in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, and is currently lodged in a prison there.last_img read more

first_imgFalling off the map–if you have ever fancied this idea, Lakshadweep is where you could actually live it. A cluster of islands off the Indian mainland, it still remains an enigma for most Indian tourists. And most of them have seen the islands only in pictures: white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, driftwood scattered on sands, living coral reefs, skies azure and starlit nights. Whatever be your notions of a tropical paradise, Lakshadweep lives up to it all.Lakshadweep experiences sultry, scorching summers and lashing rains during monsoon. Winter really is the best time to be here. Quite obviously, winter by the sea is not about the so-called ‘nip in the air’. It is all about sunny days, clear skies, crisp, salty breeze (minus the humidity, thankfully), pleasant evenings and nights. There cannot be a better escape from the chills of the mountains up north and the best part is that you can still find uninhabited islands to live your tropical dream.Viringli is one such island. It has no inhabitants and is ideal for anyone who wants to be immersed in solitude. Viringli is a bit of a contrast to Bangaram, perhaps the most familiar name when it comes to tourism in Lakshadweep. Bangaram has no local inhabitation. It has carved a niche for itself in the world of adventure sports. Enthusiasts flock here for a stint of scuba diving and we all know that there cannot be a better way of exploring life under the water surface. Bangaram also has luxury accommodation and enjoys a brief but busy tourist peak season.Places such as Viringli offer the ideal escape when you want to get away from it all. Make a day trip to this island, walk around the island till you are hungry, carry a fishing rod if you are in the mood for some barbecue or just pack a picnic hamper. You can live every Robinson Crusoe moment here, before you call it a day. Bitra is another such island. With a population of only 257, it is like an extended joint family. Bitra’s location, too, is interesting. It is the last point of the northern group of islands of Lakshadweep. The people here are warm, hospitable…. Even if you forget your duffel bag, you will never go hungry in Bitra. From homemade fish curry to the humble rotis, the inhabitants will share everything from their kitchen with the visitor. There is not much to do here so you are free to make your own agenda. You can go swimming; laze on a hammock that you have to bring along; huddle with the villagers around a bonfire and later sleep under the stars at night. Can anything be more soul-satisfying?Lakshadweep shares a unique bond with Kerala. The food habits are similar–the use of coconut is liberal, to say the least. We speak the same language in most islands. In fact most of our forefathers came from Kerala. Minicoy, however, is quite different from the rest of Lakshadweep in this regard. Only 53 nautical miles from the Maldives, Minicoy is an island where the British had built a lighthouse that stands tall even today. It also has tuna processing and canning factories. People in Minicoy speak Dhivehi, the Maldivian language. It also has a unique village system whereby each village elects both a male and a female representative. The lava dance from Minicoy is a popular attraction. It is a vigorous form of dance and is performed to the beats of drums. The costumes, too, are colourful. Anyone interested in local culture should not skip Minicoy. It is indeed a good place to study the culture of the islands.You cannot also miss Agatti, the only island in Lakshadweep to have an airstrip. It has air connections through the week. Agatti again has lovely beaches with some of the best swimming stretches in Lakshadweep. You can also fish in the sparkling blue lagoon and barbecue your own catch for dinner. A wonderful way to while away your time is to just lie on the beach and watch the flights land…. It seems that the aircraft is landing straight on the ocean.Life in Lakshadweep has a pace of its own. It’s unhurried, easy and relaxing, especially when you are here after months of backbreaking work. You cannot expect the pleasures of cosmopolitan cities here. Simplicity is the key word and it applies to everything from the people to the food. Local flavours in Lakshadweep are also quite humble. You will find the avial here as well as tasty coconut and jaggery laddoos, which make for a good snack. People eat a lot of fish, especially tuna. The fish is marinated for hours in chilli paste and then either smoked or barbecued or even fried. They also make biryani on Eid; the taste is distinctly Malabari. The tuna pickle is quite a popular mealtime accompaniment. Chunks of tuna soaked in oil and spices can make the most mundane meal interesting. Fact fileStayBangaram Island Resort: This is luxury at its best in Lakshadweep. The beach huts with tiled roofs augment the scenic beauty of Bangaram. For more privacy there are the villas, which are also more spacious. The resort also has the only bar in Lakshadweep. Tel: (0484) 266 8221; www.cghearth.comEatA combination of lagoon fish and tuna is a popular local dish called the Maas. The tuna is dried and mixed with freshwater fish. Then, the paste is boiled with rice, herbs and some spices. You will find it at any local restaurant.ShopCoir products such as interesting lampshades, carpets and mats are available with every local artisan.SeeKalpeni: This island has the largest lagoon in Lakshadweep. The shallow yet sparkling lagoon is ideal for watersports. A huge storm bank of coral debris along the shoreline is yet another attraction of this secluded island.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThis photograph shows the arm bones at the point of articulation (the joint area) between the bone of the upper arm (humerus) and the two bones of the lower arm (radius and ulna).Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.last_img

first_imgHyderabad, Nov 4 (PTI) Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today said political empowerment is the most critical aspect in the overall development of women even though they achieved tremendous success in different fields from space to sports.Addressing a gathering of Ficci Ladies organisation, he said, the country is on the threshold of transforming into a major economic power and for quickening the process, all Indians will have to work with renewed passion and commitment towards building the New India.”While women achieved tremendous success in different fields from space to sports, political empowerment is the most critical aspect in the overall empowerment of women.”I hope that more and more women would be seen in various bodies?from panchayats to Parliament in the years ahead. It is also necessary to remove all hurdles that come in the way of socio-economic empowerment of women,” he said.Naidu said the Centre and States need to take measures to pass the long pending Women Reservation Bill.Quoting an United Nations report, he said for every one additional year of education for women in reproductive age, child mortality is reduced by a huge 9.50 per cent.The government launched various schemes for girl child welfare, including Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao which seeks to reverse the trend of decline in child sex ratio, he added. PTI GDK RMTlast_img read more

first_imgTop seed Simona Halep had the odds stacked against her ahead of the Australian Open but the Romanian proved her title credentials with a breezy 6-2 6-3 third round win over multiple Grand Slam winner Venus Willliams on Saturday.The reward for the 27-year-old French Open champion is probably the toughest challenge in the women’s draw at Melbourne Park, a fourth round date with the younger Williams sister, Serena.Coming to the year’s first Grand Slam on a five-match losing streak and without a coach, Halep had to grind her way through the first two rounds with tough three-set wins.”It’s going to be a bigger challenge, but I’m ready to face it.” – @Simona_Halep on playing another Williams sister, #Serena next.#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019Sublime effort tonight, @Venuseswilliams #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019She started positively against Venus, though, and broke her twice to take the first set.SI-MO-NA!Top seed @Simona_Halep is through to the 4R, def. #Venus Williams 6-2 6-3.#AusOpen #GameSetMatch (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019Venus showed more fight in the second and there was an early trade of breaks before Halep broke again to go 4-3 up before converting her first matchpoint with a forehand winner down the line.You’re welcome, mum @Simona_Halep #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019Let’s see that once more, @Simona_Halep.The World No. 1 keeps her dream to become an #AOChampion, alive. #AusOpen #AOFiredUp (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019last_img read more

first_imgSolskjaer expects attacking boost from injured Man Utd starsby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer expects Manchester United to improve when their attacking players return from injury.Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba were both absent as United lost 1-0 to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Sunday.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer lamented about his lack of attacking options.He said: “[The lack of chances] is symptomatic of where we are at at the moment. “We’re working hard, we stick together as a team but we don’t create. “You can say, as you started, that we have loads of injuries and loads of players away and there are some attacking players away of course. “We hope and expect them to come back firing on all cylinders.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgzoom South Korean shipping giant Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has reached an agreement to buy a 100 percent stake in Spain’s Total Terminal International Algeciras (TTIA).Under the deal, which will be officially signed on May 15, the company will pay KRW 117.6 billion (USD 104.1 million) for the stake in the terminal, situated at Port of Algeciras Bay. According to the company’s stock exchange release, the acquisition is expected to be wrapped up withing four months of the contract signing.HMM was selected as the preferred bidder for the terminal, owned by its bankrupt compatriot Hanjin Shipping, in late November 2016. The company earlier expected to finalize the transaction by the end of 2016.TTI Algeciras counts with a concession area of 300,119 square metres, 57,621 square metres of public manoeuvring zone and two quay lines of 850 metres on the East and 550 metres on the North, with a draught of 18,5 and 17,5 metres, respectively.The terminal is capable of handling ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) with an equipment of 8 ship-to-shore cranes, 32 automatic stacking cranes and 22 shuttle carriers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

TORONTO — North American markets closed sharply higher Wednesday with rising oil and other commodities leading the way in Toronto while technology stocks help fuel a big rebound in New York.The S&P/TSX composite index finished up 71.33 points at 14,889.04 as oil prices continued to trend above US$60 a barrel and other commodities also advanced amid general U.S. dollar weakness.The loonie was among currencies helped by the softening greenback, rising 0.55 of a U.S. cent to 81.55 cents.“Canada is having a good day including, of course, the fact that the Canadian dollar has gained about half a per cent,” said Ross Healy, chairman of Strategic Analysis Corp. in Toronto.“(But) I think we would have to really trace it all back and thank the governor of the Bank of Japan,” Healy said, referring to comments earlier in the day by governor Haruhiko Kuroda, who said Japanese interest rates could not go any lower, prompting a rally in the yen and subsequently other currencies against the U.S. dollar.A lower U.S. dollar tends to benefit the price of oil and metals, which in turn supports the commodity-heavy Toronto market.The July contract for benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude settled up $1.29 at US$61.43 a barrel, while August gold gained $9 to US$1,186.10 an ounce.South of the border, the Dow Jones industrial average shot up a whopping 236.6 points to 18,000.40, ending a four-day slide and erasing its loss for the year to date.Technology and energy stocks were also among issues spearheading the advance, with Microsoft and IBM among the biggest gained in the Dow. The tech-heavy Nasdaq soared 70.31 points to 5,084.17 and the S&P 500 rose 27.41 points to 2,107.56.Whether or not the market can hang on to those gains is a matter of conjecture amid uncertainty about when the U.S. Federal Reserve decides to raise interest rates.Historically low rates have been credited with providing liquidity that has helped fuel stock market gains since the Great Recession, but Healy said the expansion, should it continue into 2016, would be one of the longest ever.Meanwhile, Healy said the Fed lacks the weapons to fight a potential recession a year or two down the road and he believes chairwoman Janet Yellen is positioning the U.S. central bank for a rate increase that would put back the “rate-cut weapon in her arsenal.”“I don’t see that (an increase of) 50 basis points or 100 basis points is going to do signal damage to anything as far as the economy is concerned,” said Healy.“Actually, an interest rate increase would be confirmation that the economy is stronger than expected.”The Canadian Press read more

The CID and the Mount Lavinia police have already recorded statements from several people over the incident. Shauketaly had told the police that three men had entered his room and shot him on the neck after a brief struggle.The police Criminal Investigations Division (CID) had taken over the investigations into the attack on the instructions of IGP N.K. Illangakoon. The police have not yet arrested anyone over the shooting incident involving journalist Faraz Shauketaly, Police spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody told the Colombo Gazette today.Unidentified gunmen shot The Sunday Leader journalist on Friday night at his Mount Lavinia house. read more

The annual review shows that more peacekeepers and military observers are needed by UN missions, but the levels of civilian police and civilian staff required are falling at the same time.The overview indicates that 29,190 peacekeeping troops were used in 15 missions in July 2000 to June 2001, rising to 34,901 troops in 11 missions in 2002-03 and a projected 46,478 troops for 2004-05.UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters today in New York that while the number of peacekeepers and missions often changes on a cyclical basis, there is an overall upward trend.”I don’t know if we would surpass the peak which may have been in 1993, [when] we had between 70,000 and 80,000 peacekeepers – at that time, there were three huge missions: Bosnia, Cambodia, Somalia. But we’re moving in that direction,” Mr. Eckhard said.Mr. Eckhard also noted that an expansion of the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) has been underway since Lakhdar Brahimi delivered the Report of the Panel on UN Peace Operations.”They’re still struggling to fill the vacant posts,” he said. “But I think we’re in a much better position today to manage the volume of work. That said, the prospective start-up in the near future of so many missions is going to put a strain even on the expanded Peacekeeping Department.”The total peacekeeping budget in 2002-03 was $2.6 billion across 11 missions, increasing to an estimated $2.7 billion in 2004-05, when there is an expected to be one more mission.Between 2000-01 and 2004-05, the number of military observers is forecast to rise from 1,510 to 2,022, while the number of civilian police is slated to fall from 7,800 to 4,250 and the level of civilian staff is expected to drop from 16,262 to 11,414. read more

It isn’t nearly as important or anticipated as the final, but Saturday’s third-place match is good enough to be a World Cup final. It pits pre-tournament favorite Brazil against the Netherlands, which put up one of the two most impressive performances of the World Cup in routing defending champion Spain, 5-1, in the group stage.Brazil vs. the Netherlands, 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHThe other most impressive World Cup performance was Germany’s 7-1 semifinal rout of Brazil, which is the reason the hosts have to play in this warmup act. Although the score was embarrassing, the outcome — a shot at third place —  wasn’t so bad. Brazil lost to one of the best teams in the world and improved on its quarterfinal exits in the past two Cups. Spain, which flamed out (like some other defending champions), had a far worse tournament. By reaching the semifinal stage, Brazil guaranteed fans two more matches featuring its national team. And other World Cup hosts have played in the third-place match, most recently Germany in 2006 and South Korea in 2002.In the Netherlands, Brazil has a worthy opponent. The Dutch have played in more finals than any other side to never win the Cup, a streak that will continue after their Wednesday loss to Argentina on penalty kicks. Now they can set their sights on a more modest goal: finishing third for the first time in their World Cup history.OK, so the stakes are low and the match is being belittled as a “pointless sideshow” or “meaningless exercise.” But a match between these two teams doesn’t need high stakes to be watchable.Without star striker Neymar and captain Thiago Silva, Brazil wasn’t as good in the semifinal as its top ranking in ESPN’s Soccer Power Index suggested. But it was nowhere near as bad as it looked against Germany. Now Brazil will have Silva back to help shore up its battered defense and to rally supporters behind his teammates.The Netherlands, meanwhile, is coming off an embarrassing performance of a different sort. At least Brazil scored against Germany, while getting off 18 other attempts in 90 minutes. The Dutch, though, took just seven shots in 120 minutes against Argentina in their seminal match, and just one forced a save.The silver lining of a low-stakes match is that neither team should feel pressure to play safe. If these two offenses — still rated two of the four best in the world by SPI — decide to attack, that should make for a great show, even if it is of the pointless-sideshow variety.OFF THE PITCHThe Brazilians and the Dutch both had heartbreaking losses this week, but at least they can go to each other for consolation. The countries’ relationship is strong, dating to the days of the Dutch West India Company. Back then, when the extent of contact was months-long journeys by sea, trade was the only real connection. But times have changed, and travel between the two nations now consists of a 12-hour plane ride, meaning more opportunity to visit for pleasure. So how many Dutch and Brazilian citizens take advantage of this?According to the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions, about 102,000 Brazilians visited the land of tulips in 2011, and Brazil’s Ministry of Tourism reports that 72,162 Dutch traveled the opposite direction in the same year. When adjusted for each country’s total population, those travelers make up just 0.4 percent of Dutch citizens and .05 percent of Brazilians. Travel may be easier than it was in the 17th century, but it looks like 12 hours may still be a bit much to endure. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGCould the World Cup Champion Beat the Best Club Team in the World?U.S. vs. Belgium Was the Best Match of the World Cup So FarMessi Is Better Than Maradona, But Maybe Not PeleHow Does Germany’s Blowout of Brazil Compare to Those in Other Sports? read more

Barry Bonds’ plaque used to be in the outlined area.The commemorative plaque honoring home run king Barry Bonds’ record 756th clout is  missing from AT&T Park in San Francisco.Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said Tuesday night that the reigning World Series champions are in the process of replacing the plaque, which hung on the brick facade inside the ballpark beneath the flag court area in right-center field until a few days ago. The team is investigating where the missing hardware might be, Slaughter said.“We’re in the process of replacing it,” Slaughter said. “We’re not sure what happened. We’re reviewing video, but haven’t found anything yet.”There is still white glue on the brick wall where the plaque used to be.Bonds, the seven-time NL MVP, broke Hank Aaron’s home run record on Aug. 7, 2007, at home in San Francisco. The slugger hasn’t played since that season, finishing his 22-year major league career with 762 total home runs. He has been back to the ballpark as a fan in recent seasons, receiving standing ovations from the crowd that still cheers him despite allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs to fuel his pursuit of Aaron’s mark.Bonds long has denied ever knowingly using steroids or performance-enhancing drugs and the 48-year-old slugger appealed his obstruction of justice conviction from April 2011 on one count of giving an evasive answer to a 2003 grand jury investigating illegal steroids distribution.In February, a lawyer for Bonds urged a federal appeals court to toss out the slugger’s obstruction of justice conviction, saying a rambling answer he gave while testifying before a grand jury in December 2003 was not a crime. read more

first_imgHaving spent a month or so working with it, I’m sort of ambivalent to Google Instant, which spits out search results dynamically and in real-time based on what you’ve typed in so far. I think what it ultimately comes down to is that I type fast enough and I’m confident enough in my Google skills that I don’t want to be distracted by what Google thinks I mean halfway through a search: it’s like someone constantly interrupting you mid-sentence to finish your thought, even though they’re just randomly guessing what you want to say.Nonetheless, one place where I do think Google Instant makes a lot of sense is in mobile search. After all, when you’re Googling on your smartphone, you usually only have a few seconds to find the information about something… and typing on a smartphone is tricky enough that if Google Instant can shave a few seconds off the top of my search time, then so be it.So I find myself actually excited by today’s news that Google Instant is coming to mobile on both Android (FroYo)and iOS (iOS 4 or greater). According to Google, Google Instant for Mobile works best on 3G and WiFi networks, and you can easily disable the Google Instant search from any search page. Have you used Google Instant for Mobile yet? What do you think of the implementation?Read more at Google Bloglast_img read more

first_imgHongrie : la pollution chimique continueL’accident de l’usine chimique qui a eu lieu en Hongrie en octobre dernier avait fait dix morts. Pourtant, la société MAL ne semble pas tirer les leçons de cette catastrophe et continue à déverser ses déchets dans l’eau.Le village de Kolontar, en Hongrie, avait été dévasté par des coulées de 700.000 mètres cubes de boue rouge toxique qui avaient déferlé le 4 octobre dernier. La société MAL, à l’origine du désastre et de la toxicité de cette boue continue impunément “de déverser dans les eaux naturelles des matériaux hautement polluant d’une façon continue en provenance de ses réservoirs de boue rouge”, a indiqué la fondation Greenpeace.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauL’organisation précise que les taux d’arsenic, d’aluminium et de carbone organique sont bien supérieurs au maximum autorisé. La neutralisation par le plâtre et l’acide s’avère largement insuffisante et la Torna, le ruisseau qui coule à proximité de l’usine, est complètement intoxiqué. Pourtant, deux semaines après l’accident, l’usine refonctionnait.Deux laboratoires sont à l’origine des résultats sur lesquels se base Greenpeace. L’un d’eux, appartenant à la société hongroise Balint Analitika a demandé à la Commission européenne “d’agir sans délai pour que le gouvernement hongrois arrête de menacer la nature, la faune et les hommes”. Cette demande a d’autant plus de poids que la Hongrie est actuellement à la présidence de l’Union européenne et ce jusqu’au mois de juin.Le 9 février 2011 à 19:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgWashington State University Clark County Extension’s Small Acreage Program invites Clark County residents to a June 29 tour of a 5-acre alpaca ranch in the Ridgefield area.Serendipity Alpaca Ranch is home to alpacas and a couple of goats. Pam Conrad, who has managed the ranch for more than six years, has implemented practices to reduce mud, improve pasture quality, and control runoff to reduce negative effects on soil and water.“Pam Conrad is a great example in our county, modeling stewardship practices that keep animals healthy and benefit ranch operations and protect our natural resources,” said Teresa Koper, Small Acreage Program coordinator.The tour is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29. Cost is $10. Tour size is limited and pre-registration is required. Participants will meet at the property in Ridgefield, with the address provided upon registration.Registration can be done online at or by calling 564-397-5729.Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, bring a water bottle, and wear sturdy boots.Coffee, juice and water will be provided.The Small Acreage Program, co-sponsored by WSU Clark County Extension and Clark County’s Clean Water Program, will lead the tour with the landowner.Participants can ask questions about animal husbandry questions and see pasture and compost areas.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppprovidenciales, 20 Nov 2014 – Scholarship board meetings have begun and the Turks and Caicos Islands Scholarship Secretariat this year included a new element; a meeting with guidance counsellors of both the high schools and the TCI Community College to ensure that the application process is clearly understood. This effort at greater transparency is likely in response for the call by residents to know more about the efforts of the Secretariat… the board is often accused of ‘curry favor.’ On the agenda at the awareness meetings were requirements for qualification, the explanatory note to the application form for 2015, institutions of higher learning recommended for next year, priority areas for 2015, accuracy in filling out the application and who qualifies as a Belonger and documents to support. There will be more meetings according to the Secretariat which reported that it felt this round of sessions went very well. During House of assembly on Monday, Premier Rufus Ewing announced that his administration is increasing the budget allocation for scholarships next fiscal year. MINISTRY OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES 2017 INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES Related Items:premier rufus ewing, scholarship, Turks and Caicos Islands Scholarship Secretariat Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Servicelast_img read more

first_imgThe Anchorage Assembly passes a revised labor law – and Mayor Sullivan vetoes it. Debates, debates and more debates as election day approaches. The battle over oil taxes continues. Enstar workers strike. The Air Force says Fairbanks is the best location for two F-35 squadrons.  The current Congress has a reputation as a do-nothing Congress. Is it when faced with Alaska issues?Listen now:HOST: Michael CareyGUESTS:Sean Doogan Alaska  Dispatch/ADN.Paul Jenkins Anchorage Daily Planet. Liz Ruskin APRN. KSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday August 15 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 16 at 6:00 p.m.Alaska Public Television BROADCAST: Friday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday August 16 at 4:30 PM.last_img read more

first_imgIraqi Kurdish security stand guard outside the restaurant where two people were shot dead in Arbil, the capital of northern Iraq`s Kurdish autonomous region on 17 July, 2019. Photo: AFPThe Turkish vice consul to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region was among at least two people shot dead Wednesday in the regional capital Arbil, prompting pledges of “retaliation” from Ankara.No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, but Turkey is already waging a fierce offensive against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases in northern Iraq.On Wednesday afternoon, at least one gunman fired on Turkish consulate workers in a restaurant in Ainkawa, a northern Arbil neighbourhood that hosts numerous restaurants and the Turkish consulate.”A shooting in front of a restaurant in Arbil left a Turkish consulate employee and a civilian dead, and wounded a third person,” said the Kurdish internal security forces, known as the Asayish.The diplomat was identified by a local police source to AFP as the Turkish vice consul. The source said the attacker fled the scene.A spokesman for the Iraqi foreign ministry confirmed the incident and condemned the attack.Turkey’s foreign ministry said an “employee” at its Arbil consulate was killed in a shooting outside the consulate.”We are continuing our efforts with the Iraqi government and local authorities to find the perpetrators of this attack as quickly as possible,” said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.His spokesman Ibrahim Kalin vowed “the necessary response will be given to those who committed this treacherous attack.”- ‘Heinous’ attack -The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which now leads the regional government, enjoys good political and trade relations with Turkey.But one sticking point is the PKK, which operates rear bases across Iraq’s mountainous north.The PKK is classified as a “terrorist” group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union because of the three-decade insurgency it has waged against the Turkish state.Turkey has been conducting a ground offensive and bombing campaign since May in the mountainous northern region to root out PKK pockets.Earlier this month, the PKK announced that one of those raids killed senior PKK leader Diyar Gharib Mohammed along with two other fighters.A spokesman for the PKK’s armed branch denied the group was involved in Wednesday’s shooting.According to Turkish state media, the attacker was dressed in plain clothes and carried two guns when he stormed the restaurant in Ainkawa, a bustling northern district of Arbil.Witnesses in the city said checkpoints had been quickly set up inside and around the neighbourhood.The US embassy slammed the attack as “heinous” and offered its condolences to the Turkish mission, calling for “the defence and safety of foreign diplomats and diplomatic missions in Iraq.”Several rocket attacks have targeted diplomatic missions in Iraq in recent months, including near the US and UK embassies in Baghdad’s “Green Zone.”The US in May ordered all non-essential personnel of its Baghdad embassy and Arbil consulate to leave the country.And in June, protesters gathered outside the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad.Authorities in Iraq, which is witnessing a period of relative calm since declaring victory against the Islamic State group in 2017, have pledged to protect embassies.last_img

first_img Share Florian MartinFour candidates competed for the open seat for District VII, which includes Lamar High School and Wisdom High School.Two candidates, Anne Sung and John Luman, appear headed for a runoff in the battle for District VII on the Houston Independent School District’s board of trustees.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016There was no outright winner Tuesday night because no candidate in the four-way race won a majority vote. It’s an open race, as longtime trustee Harvin Moore is retiring early.Sung, a former teacher and education advocate, came the closest to winning: She won about 47 percent of the vote, with more than 68 percent of ballots counted. It’s the second time Sung has run for District VII, which spans River Oaks to Harwin and includes Lamar and Wisdom high schools.Luman came in second, with about 30 percent of the vote and also securing a spot in the runoff. Luman is a lawyer and lobbyist, who led a successful fight earlier this year to stop an affordable-housing complex near his children’s school in Briargrove.The other two candidates, Victoria Bryant and Danielle Paulus, trailed in the vote count.It’s not clear yet when the runoff election will be scheduled.last_img read more