Panaji: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday ruled out banning late-night music parties in Goa, because existing laws he said restrict playing loud music beyond 10 p.m.Speaking to reporters at the Raj Bhavan near here after the swearing-in of two new Ministers — Mauvin Godinho and Vishwajit Rane — into the BJP-led coalition government, Mr. Parrikar also said that police have clear instructions to crack down on drugs, prostitution and illegal gambling. “As per law, after 10 p.m. you cannot play loud music. If there is no permission, there is no question of banning it. Law says you can play loud music till 10 p.m., after taking permission. What disturbs people, any activity like this, will not be allowed by law,” Mr. Parrikar said.A few days back Water Resources Minister Vinod Palienkar of Goa Forward Party had said that police were not cracking down enough on late-night rave parties, which are popular in the coastal belt of north Goa. “Wherever there is suspicion, police have clear instructions to crack down on drugs, prostitution and illegal gambling,” Mr. Parrikar said. Portfolios soonMr. Rane, who was sworn in today, will have to get elected in six months as he had resigned as Congress MLA immediately after election, and later joined the BJP. Mr. Godinho had resigned as Congress MLA ahead of the February 4 Assembly elections and has been elected on a BJP ticket from Dabolim constituency. They were administered oath of office and secrecy by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha.None of the Congress MLAs including sitting MLA and former Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane who is father of Vishwajit Rane were present for the swearing in ceremony.The Parrikar-led coalition government now includes five Ministers from the BJP (including CM), three from Goa Forward, two from the MGP and two Independents. Mr. Parrikar will allot portfolios to both the newly-inducted Ministers within this week.The BJP, which won 13 seats in the February 4 Assembly elections, cobbled together a coalition government with its allies last month to form the government. The Congress, which won 17 seats in the 40-member Assembly to emerge as the single largest party, is in the Opposition with 16 MLAs following the exit of Mr. Rane.
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The Shiv Sena on Monday took a swipe at its one-time ally, the BJP, over the “paltry” financial assistance announced by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to the farmers affected by unseasonal rains.Mr. Koshyari had on Saturday granted relief of ₹8,000 per hectare up to two hectares for agricultural Kharif crops and ₹18,000 per hectare up to two hectares for horticulture/perennial crops. In an editorial in the party mouthpiece “Saamana”, the Sena said the BJP, which is in power at the Centre, left the affected farmers in the state “disappointed” with the “meagre” relief.“Farmers in Maharashtra were expecting the governor would announce a major relief package for them. But the ₹8,000 per hectare aid for kharif crops and ₹12,000 for horticulture plantation is very less,” the editorial said. The Sena has demanded a compensation of ₹25,000 per hectare for the Kharif (summer) crops destroyed due to the double whammy of the unseasonal rains and delayed retreat of south-west monsoon in October.Interestingly, the NCP and the Congress with whom the Sena is trying to form a coalition government in the state, had termed the assistance “meagre” too and demanded it be raised to at least ₹25,000 crore. Maharashtra has been under President’s Rule since November 12, as no political party could form a government in the wake of a fractured mandate in the assembly polls that failed to elect a clear winner.“State BJP president Chandrakant Patil admitted that the announced amount was very low, but does it (the BJP) have courage to condemn the same and stand behind farmers? There is a difference between what BJP leaders are saying and their actual action,” it said. Farmers in Marathwada and North Maharashtra regions were worst affected by the unseasonal rains.“The State is under Central Rule at present. Farmers from more than 350 tehsils were expecting some concrete measures from the governor and the Union government like allocation of a revised financial support, but they were left disappointed,” the Sena said. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party further said that crops over approximately 94 lakh hectares were damaged, affecting more than one crore people directly dependent on agriculture.“If crop insurance companies refuse to assess the damage then it would further worsen the situation of farmers because they would not be able to get any compensation,” Sena said. The saffron party has been aggressively demanding that insurance companies expedite the process to pay compensation to the rain-hit farmers.“Untimely rains also affected fishermen who need to be compensated accordingly,” the Sena demanded. The then Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, had on November 2 approved ₹10,000 crore as a special assistance for affected farmers. The Sena feared a cascading effect on sowing of Rabi (winter) crops if the farmers are not paid adequate compensation immediately. Measures like a complete loan waiver for farmers were reportedly discussed ahead of finalising the draft Common Minimum Programme (CMP) for the Shiv Sena, the Congress and the NCP. NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had last week visited the affected farmers in Vidarbha region in east Maharashtra.
View comments Walton said Ball will also miss Sunday’s game at Oklahoma City because the schedule won’t give Ball time to test the knee in training.“Today was our last real practice,” Walton said. “Saturday will be a shootaround and he will not play before he practices, so he is out until at least we get home.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBall, sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee on January 13 in a game against the Dallas Mavericks.Through Sunday he will have missed 10 games recovering. Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)New York, United States — Lonzo Ball will miss the last two games of the Los Angeles Lakers’ current road trip as he recovers from a sprained knee ligament, coach Luke Walton said Thursday.Ball is travelling with the team but didn’t practice in Brooklyn on Thursday ahead of Friday’s game against the Nets.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pelicans acquire Mirotic from Bulls for 3 players and pick LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He missed six with a sprained shoulder in December and January.Walton indicated at the weekend that the Lakers won’t rush Ball, the second overall selection in last June’s draft.“He’ll be back when he’s ready to play,” Walton said on Saturday. “Whenever his knee feels good. Once he gets cleared it will be about getting him into practice and seeing how he feels the day after that, and we’ll start going from there.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
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Crowds of joyful French fans gathered at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday to await the return of their World Cup winning football team, who will be honoured with a parade along the Champs Elysees and a special presidential reception.French media spent the day lauding the accomplishments of “Les Bleus”, a dynamic, young team that sealed a thrilling 4-2 victory against Croatia in Moscow.More than 300,000 people filled the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde on Sunday night, partying into the early hours, singing the Marseillaise, setting off firecrackers and blaring horns until the sun rose.”We had so much fun last night, the city was full of joy, so much celebration,” a woman dressed in red, white and blue who had made her way out to the airport told BFM TV. “All we want is a wave from the players.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGENewspapers hailed a second World Cup for France, after their first victory on home soil in 1998.”History Made” declared sports daily L’Equipe. Photos of superstars Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba, as well as shots of the team holding aloft and kissing the trophy in the pouring rain, dominated coverage.The victory has helped foster a sense of national unity, with commentators playing up the fact the squad, the second-youngest in the competition, includes many with central and north African heritage, even if all but two were born in France.France has suffered years of tension and self-examination since a series of attacks by Islamist gunmen during 2015 that left more than 140 dead, including 89 killed in the Bataclan theatre in Paris. In some small way, the World Cup has helped lift the nation as it remains wary of the threat.advertisementAlso read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersWhen France won its first World Cup 20 years ago, with Zinedine Zidane its talisman and playmaker, the team was referred to as “Black-Blanc-Beur” (Black-White-Arab), a positive reference to its diverse ethnic make-up.But some were keen to put that phrase to one side, seeing in it a sense of separateness, even if it was meant positively.”We’re not in 1998,” said Mounir Mahjoubi, the secretary of state for digital affairs, whose parents emigrated from Morocco.”We’re not still celebrating ‘Black-Blanc-Beur’, we’re celebrating brotherhood,” he said of the current team. METRO STATIONSFor Emmanuel Macron, who became president last year at the age of 39, leading his political movement to victory against the odds, the success is also likely to have positive repercussions after a slump in the polls amid a host of economic reforms.The Paris metro system got into the celebratory mood, announcing the names of a number of stations were being briefly changed to honour the players and coach, Didier Deschamps.READ – Paris renames six subway stations in honour of World Cup victoryNotre-Dame des Champs station was relabelled “Notre Didier Deschamps”, and Victor Hugo was switched to “Victor Hugo Lloris” after the captain and goalkeeper.On Monday morning, the after-effects of Sunday night’s frenetic revelry were still visible. A number of smashed windows, an overturned car and graffiti scrawled here and there, including the phrase “Liberte, Egalite, Mbappe”, a reference to the national motto “Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite”.On Twitter, Brazilian legend Pele paid tribute to the exploits of Mbappe, France’s 19-year-old superstar, saying that if the teenager kept equalling his goal-scoring records, Pele might have to strap his boots back on.Mbappe replied to the tweet in English saying “The king will always remain the king”, quickly gaining 15,000 retweets.The team is scheduled to arrive back in France at around 1430 GMT, before a parade down the Champs Elysees and a formal victory reception with Macron at the Elysee Palace.And it is not just the capital that has been consumed by football fever. From Nice and Marseille in the south to Lille in the north, Nantes in the west and scores of towns and cities in between, TV stations were full of images of red, white and blue clad fans singing and dancing in France’s streets and squares.
Three aides to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and six newly appointed agency directors earn more than the governor, a decision a spokesman says reflects the need to attract top talent.Iowa law sets the governor’s salary at $130,000 and some of Reynolds’ top appointees will be paid more.One of the top earners is Debi Durham of Sioux City, the director of the state’s economic development and housing agencies.A $50,000 retention bonus brings her annual salary to about $204,000.Reynolds spokesman Pat Garrett says the high salaries are needed to keep top talent.Durham says she took the job because she believes “in the mission, not because of the pay.Other top earners include the governor’s chief of staff, the chief operations officer and chief counsel.AP/Des Moines Register
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd ready to back Solskjaer in January marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are prepared to support new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the January market.Solskjaer takes his first training session as United caretaker boss on Thursday following Jose Mourinho’s sacking after two-and-a-half years in charge. The Norwegian, a hero at Old Trafford from his days as a player for the club, said: “Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role. I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”A central defender and a right-sided midfielder remain the priority positions to address, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld potentially available for around £30m next month to fill the first of those needs, says the Mirror.Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, currently out of favour at Juventus, could provide a solution on the right flank.
Previous So, you’re wondering what to wear to a holiday party … we’ve got not one, but two ways to help you with that. The best menswear to put on for a holiday party is a tricky balance, a blend of classic pieces you know and love, plus ones with a bit of flair. For the man who likes straightforward, sharp classics, we’ll show you how to style a crisp cardigan with winter-ready boots. And for the guy who dresses with holiday fun in mind, the second outfit in this feature ought to do the trick nicely. Check what to wear to a holiday party off your list of concerns this season — we’ve got you covered. What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable 1 of 10 How to Buy a Suit: 6 Simple Tips to Keep in Mind What to Wear to an Interview: 6 Tips for Men to Pick Out the Perfect Outfit How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale The “Fun” OutfitBonobos Capstone Italian Wool Tuxedo Jacket – $700Now, for the man who wants to dress with a bit more pep in his step this holiday season … we think this tailored, well-made Bonobos tuxedo jacket is the perfect starting point.J. Crew Everyday Cashmere Cardigan in Deep Navy – $148It’s different than a black vest or a cumberbund, and because we’re having fun with this outfit … that’s a great thing. This cashmere cardigan provides both warmth and visual interest when it comes to an extra layer against the chill of winter.Bonobos Jetsetter Stretch Dress Shirt – $128There’s virtually no wrong way to wear a sharp white dress shirt — that’s great news for you, because this simple option lets the striking tuxedo jacket do the talking.The Tie Bar Solid Satin Bow Tie – $19A holiday party calls for only your best ensemble, right? And there’s nothing sharper than a neat twist on a black-tie ensemble — this satin bow tie echoes elegant refinement.Brooks Brothers Regent Fit Blackwatch Plaid Pants – $248Here’s perhaps the most “fun” part of this outfit — a pair of blackwatch plaid pants that exude vintage cool and a dash of sly style. Plus, who doesn’t love getting dressed up in tailoring from Brooks Brothers?Allen Edmonds Carlyle Plain Toe Oxford – $395Because this outfit is based on a few statement pieces, there’s not a more elegant style move than black Oxfords for a smooth finish — Allen Edmonds makes some of the best out there, perfect for your holiday party.Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch – $229To keep the focus on the plaid pants and burgundy tuxedo jacket — as sharp and stylish a combo as any — reach for a cleanly designed dress watch that’s a statement in and of itself.Special thanks to our friends at Raven & Rose and The Rookery Bar in Portland, Oregon for allowing us to use their beautiful and historic restaurant and bar as a backdrop for our photo shoot. Editors’ Recommendations How to Thrift Like a Pro: Tips for Making the Most of Secondhand Style Next Genevieve Poblano/The ManualThe Classic OutfitThe Sweater: Abercrombie & Fitch Cardigan – $98Abercrombie & Fitch does a great job making simple, subtly stylish staples — this cardigan, with just a bit of holiday flair, is a prime example. It’s the perfect antidote to any ugly holiday party sweaters.The Dress Shirt: Mizzen+Main Kennedy Dress Shirt – $125Crisp, sharply tailored and easily wearable the rest of the work week, the Kennedy Dress Shirt from Mizzen+Main is anything but ordinary. Again, it’s the proper response to the guy who might have a laughing snowman on his sweater.The Trousers: Mizzen+Main Vice President Charcoal Chino – $135Going with a look that’s a bit more tailored this holiday season? This refined pair of charcoal chinos has your name all over ‘em.The Tie: Seize Sur Vingt Dark Navy Herringbone Tie – $140Leave the holiday printed novelty tie at home — at least, that’s our recommendation. This classic tie is supremely well-made — the sort of tie James Bond might pair with a charcoal suit. That means it’s more than suitable for your holiday party.The Watc: MVMT Watches White Gold Classic Watch – $110It’s tough to find a subtly stylish watch that doesn’t cost a boatload — this handsome rose gold watch from MVMT leaves you plenty of money to splurge on a fine bottle of wine for your holiday party host (or yourself).The Boots: Johnston & Murphy Conard Wingtip Boots – $179Navigating winter’s treacherous terrain is no fun — Johnston and Murphy is here to help with stylish, affordable wingtip boots.
Story Highlights The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reassuring persons that information obtained from surveys is strictly confidential. Currently, STATIN is conducting a year-long household expenditure survey (HES) to collect information on the amount households spend on consumer goods and services such as food, education, health, transportation, recreation and communication. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reassuring persons that information obtained from surveys is strictly confidential.“All of our interviewers and all our employees signed an oath of confidentiality and we take that oath seriously, so we want to reassure Jamaicans that the information that they provide is confidential under the Statistics Act and we cannot provide this to any other party,” Director General of STATIN, Carol Coy, told JIS News.Sections 17 & 18 of the Act prohibit the publication or communication of information in any manner that may identify an individual or business.“STATIN celebrated 70 years last year and in that 70 years, we have never released individual information to anyone, whether Government, private sector or person… we have never had a breach and we intend to keep it that way,” the Director General affirmed.She noted that the data collected is used for statistical purposes only and added that “when we are doing our analysis and we are entering our data, names do not matter as that is not an interest to us at STATIN…what is important is the data that comes,” Miss Coy emphasised.The information provided from the surveys assist in producing publications highlighting living conditions; national income and product; the labour force; quarterly gross domestic product; demographic statistics and employment and earnings.Currently, STATIN is conducting a year-long household expenditure survey (HES) to collect information on the amount households spend on consumer goods and services such as food, education, health, transportation, recreation and communication.Miss Coy encouraged persons to cooperate with the interviewers who may visit their homes, and urged them to make contact if there are doubts or concerns.“If you are concerned about the persons asking questions, feel free to call the offices for clarification on the surveys being administered,” the Director General said, adding that each STATIN representative has the necessary identification as proof.Explaining the HES process, Miss Coy said there will be an initial visit to the households to introduce the interviewers and explain the survey. A diary will be left with a randomly selected member of the household to collect individual expenses and input other relevant information.“We want to capture everything that the household spends on…so the diary will be left to record their expenses over a two-week span,” she pointed out.She added that during the process, a questionnaire will also be administered to members of the household.“It (the survey) might require more than one visit depending on the accommodation of the householder, but once the questionnaire has been completed, that is the end of the data collection process for that household,” the Director General said.The HES is being conducted from February 6, 2017 to February 2018. Each month, a sample of approximately 1,200 households are visited by the STATIN interviewers, with about 15,000 households to be reached by the end of the survey.For further information on the HES or other surveys in the field, persons may call 630-1600 or visit STATIN’s website at: www.statinja.gov.jm. “All of our interviewers and all our employees signed an oath of confidentiality and we take that oath seriously, so we want to reassure Jamaicans that the information that they provide is confidential under the Statistics Act and we cannot provide this to any other party,” Director General of STATIN, Carol Coy, told JIS News.
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness says the Government is focused on developing Falmouth into a world class destination, where its rich culture and history are fully utilized.He noted that through the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), significant investments will be made to transform Falmouth “into what undoubtedly will be the gem of the Caribbean.”“This is a town that has a wealth of assets in terms of its culture, sites of interest and its architecture. However what defines Falmouth best of all is its people. The people … are the heartbeat of everything that we see here,” Prime Minister Holness said.He was speaking to the media at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier in Trelawny, following a tour of the town centre on January 26.The Prime Minister emphasised that through partnership with the residents, vendors, craftspeople and other stakeholders, the Government will transform Falmouth into the mecca of tourism in the Caribbean.“What we are trying to do with the PAJ and other agencies is to ensure that brand Jamaica is on full display where both locals and visitors can enjoy. It’s not that we want to create enclave investments. We want to make the entire town a place where both locals and visitors can enjoy world class facilities in an intelligently planned environment,” Mr. Holness added. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness noted that the cruise shipping industry has recognized the value of Falmouth.“The challenge however is that the pier and the rest of the facilities are literally cut off from the rest of the town. The rest of the town is not keeping with the standard of this facility,” he stated.Prime Minister Holness added that he has a lot of confidence in the PAJ’s commitment to fulfilling its mandate and ensuring that the people of Jamaica get the desired results from their hard earned tax dollars.
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit has a plan to stop Rahul Gandhi from resigning from as the party president after the massive electoral defeat in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections. The three-time chief minister of Delhi is going to lead a group of Congress workers to the 12, Tughlaq Lane house of Rahul Gandhi to meet him to persuade him to change his mind about quitting. Rahul Gandhi said at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Saturday that he had decided to step down as party president, a post he took over from his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in 2017. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Gandhi has stayed firm on his decision to quit after the poll debacle despite several party leaders’ urgings to reconsider his decision. The party won only 52 Lok Sabha seats and its governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan face an uncertain future. “We are going to be near the residence of Rahul Gandhi and will demonstrate there to convey our feelings that he should not resign. The party will suffer a very heavy loss which we don’t want. We are going there to plead with him to not do this,” Sheila Dikshit was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The Delhi Congress chief had said earlier that the party has bounced back in the past from challenging circumstances to triumph. “Under the dynamic leadership of Indira Gandhi, the Congress party fought back from the setback in the 1977 Lok Sabha elections to wrest power two-and-a-half years later, and the party remained in power for several years thereafter,” Dikshit said in a statement. Delhi Congress was with Rahul Gandhi in this challenging time for the party, she said. “There was no need for the Congress president and the party workers to get disheartened by the setbacks in the Lok Sabha elections,” she said, appealing Gandhi to withdraw his decision to step down as party president. The Congress was routed in Delhi by the BJP, which won all the seven Lok Sabha seats in the Capital with huge margins. The Congress, however, managed to replace the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as runners up on five of the seven seats. Dikshit too lost to her BJP counterpart and sitting member of Parliament Manoj Tiwari by a margin of over 366,000 votes from North East Delhi. The former chief minister said the Congress candidates finished second in five of the seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi, and the party also came first in five assembly segments and second in 42 others. Dikshit said the Congress workers will go to the people with a positive agenda to win back their trust and confidence, and the party will bounce back in the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi in 2020.(With inputs from Hindustan Times)
Karachi: Former Pakistan batsman Mohsin Khan Saturday threw his hat into the ring for the national team head coach’s job left vacant after the cricket board decided not to renew South African Mickey Arthur’s contract. Mohsin, who has remained a chief selector and also the interim head coach of the national team, said at a function here that the PCB could easily find a capable person from the country to coach the national team. “I have been offered positions twice thrice by the previous board set-up but I did not accept because I could not work with a corrupt set-up. But I am willing to work with this set-up provided they show respect to their own players,” he said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Asked if he has applied for the head coach’s job, Mohsin said since it was a requirement he will do it but insisted the process was not necessary when appointing local coaches. He said Pakistan team does not need a foreign coach and foreign support staff. “What have these foreign coaches achieved when the board has hired them. What did Arthur achieve,” he questioned. Mohsin said if he is offered any position by the Board, he would make it clear he would not compromise on discipline. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Sometimes, I feel those people have not utilised my expertise as they know I am not corrupt and will not do any hanky panky,” said Mohsin who played 48 Tests between 1978 and 1986. Former Pakistan opener Aamir Sohail, who has also served as chief selector in the past, said the Cricket Committee headed by Wasim Khan had taken the right decision to give marching orders to Arthur and his support staff. “Yes, it was the right thing to do after three years but what is important is to see what happens now. I think we have enough capable people in our own country who can do a good job with the team,” Sohail said. He also noted that the PCB needed to change its priorities. “They have asked for coaches qualified to run so many software programmes to apply for the coaching positions and the funny thing is that what steps does the board take to educate its own local coaches in such programmes,” he said.
APTN National NewsSome of the FIFA Women’s World Cup games were held in Winnipeg this week.A group of youth from Norway House Cree Nation in northern Manitoba were eager to take in a game.They took it upon themselves to find a way to pay their costs for their trip.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has this story.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction will be releasing a program that aims to support B.C. renters that are facing eviction.According to the Government, renters facing short-term financial difficulties will soon get more help and avoid evictions with new funding for community rent banks.As part of Budget 2019, the Province granted $10 million to the Vancity Community Foundation to develop a sustainable, provincewide rent bank system. The Government says VanCity will consult with existing rent banks to develop a sustainable provincial program.Social Development Minister, Shane Simpson, says rent banks play an important role in helping to avoid evictions, adding that he is looking forward to hearing about the outcome from the consultation.“Preventing homelessness by helping people avoid eviction is key and rent banks play an important role. The Province is contributing this funding to support a sustainable network of rent banks to help people in B.C., and I look forward to hearing about the consultation, and the plan that Vancity and the existing rent banks will have in place for the long term.”VanCity will be working with existing rent banks to better understand their operational needs, discuss best practices, identify service gaps and examine expanding the rent bank model to more communities throughout B.C.More information on Rental Assistance Programs can be found at bchousing.org.
London: Britain’s security forces are on the hunt for so-called “crocodile cells or sleeper cells” of Islamic State (ISIS) operatives plotting terrorist attacks in the UK and Europe, according to a UK media report. The country’s police chiefs are urging churches and mosques in Britain to have counter-terrorism training because of fears of further attacks in the wake of the Sri Lanka terrorist strikes, which claimed hundreds of lives over Easter. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”Now that ISIS has been defeated in Syria and Iraq, it will become more violent outside (this area). As its core weakens, its peripheries will become more dangerous,” Charlie Winter, of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, told ‘The Sunday Times’. “It’s a grim outlook, but we are likely to see more attempts at attacks, more regularly, for the foreseeable future. Sri Lanka was not a one-off. If anything, it was a test run,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe UK’s intelligence services continue to investigate links between one of the Sri Lankan suicide bombers, Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed, and the UK-based extremists since it emerged he had studied in Britain. Mohamed is considered by Western intelligence agencies to be one of the plot’s ringleaders. He is believed to have secretly travelled to Syria to prepare for the attack. Once there, he was reportedly “mentored” by a group of notorious British ISIS fighters and recruiters, including the killer known as Jihadi John. “Mohamed appears to have been sent back to Sri Lanka after receiving his terrorist training under an ISIS strategy utilising ‘crocodile cells’ or sleepers waiting to pounce,” The Sunday Times reported. “We’ve seen intelligence which connects him (Mohamed) to a number of British terrorists who were in Syria, as well as to Jihadi John and Junaid Hussain, around the time that ISIS set up its caliphate,” an intelligence source told the newspaper. “The British jihadists seemed to be mentoring him through communication online and also when he travelled to Syria,” the source added. Mohamed is likely to have spent only a matter of months in the Syrian war zone, and it remains unclear when he returned to Sri Lanka to become part of an ISIS sleeper cell. Another theory is that Mohamed may have fallen under the influence of terror outfit Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HuT) while living in London and studying at Kingston University in the mid-2000s. The group, which calls for the foundation of an Islamic caliphate, had a strong presence on the Kingston campus at the time Lathief was in the UK to study aeronautical engineering, according to ‘The Sunday Telegraph’. However, a spokesperson for HuT Britain said the group had no record of Lathief Mohamed being a member. “To be absolutely clear, we abhor the senseless killing of citizens in any country by any person, group or military. The Islamic Shari’ah does not give justification for such acts as in Sri Lanka last week,” the spokesperson said. HuT is banned in more than a dozen countries, but not the UK. Former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron both tried unsuccessfully to ban it.
By Rania TaziRabat – The hunt for missing backpacker Connor Jarvis appears to have come to an end as local media announce that a body was found at the bottom of a ravine in Mount Toubkal.It has allegedly been identified as the body of Connor Jarvis, a 19-year-old British backpacker who went missing on May 28 while on a solitary vacation in Morocco. It is unclear whether or not the body is that of Jarvis since it has yet to be officially identified, but according to a report by the Daily Mail, the Mount Toubkal guide who discovered the body confirmed that it was in fact him.Connor Jarvis was expected to return home to Bath in Somerset on May 28 after an eight-day backpacking trip, but never boarded his plane in Marrakech. His family had not been in contact with him since May 22, and his absence prompted an immediate investigation. He was reported missing that same day.This disappearance has been described as “out of character” for the young tourist and has sparked growing concern in his home town.According to Avon and Somerset police, Connor Jarvis allegedly came into contact with a soldier from the Bath area, and authorities are aiming to identify this man for further investigation.
SAO PAULO — Brazilian prosecutors say they’re investigating a kickback scheme involving bank directors who allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for investments in businesses that include the now-defunct Trump-branded hotel in Rio de Janeiro.Prosecutors on Tuesday said the scheme worked out of the Banco de Brasilia, which is controlled by the government of Brazil’s federal district.The government-run news agency Agencia Brasil said the scheme involved the equivalent of more than $4 million, part of which benefited the Trump-branded hotel, has since been renamed LSH Lifestyle.The Brazilian businessman licensed to use the Trump brand was placed under investigation in 2016 and the Trump Organization withdrew from the deal. There’s no indication the Trump group itself was involved in the scheme.The Associated Press
28 May 2007The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) today spoke out against a recent massacre in the country’s troubled east, calling on the authorities to find and punish those responsible. The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) today spoke out against a recent massacre in the country’s troubled east, calling on the authorities to find and punish those responsible.In a news release, MONUC confirmed that on the night of 26 May, a group of 10 to 12 militiamen, purported to be with “FDLR/Rastas,” attacked the villages of Nyabuluze and Muhungu in the South Kivu Province, killing 18 civilians, among them women and children, and wounding 27. A dozen and a half people were also abducted in the same incident.The mission said it “strongly and unequivocally condemns this horrible massacre of innocent civilians,” noting that the victims were all killed or wounded in their sleep by attackers who “chose machetes, bayonets, knives and clubs over firearms to kill silently and avoid detection.”Notes were left on the bodies of their victims, in which the attackers claimed that these atrocities were in reprisals to the operations led against them by the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC), according to MONUC.As the perpetrators attempted to raid Chihamba, a third village in the same area, a patrol of UN Pakistani peacekeepers opened fire, forcing them to flee into the nearby forests, and “thereby preventing another bloodbath,” MONUC said.The DRC’s army (FARDC), supported by MONUC units, subsequently conducted operations in the area, leading to the recovery of four of the abductees, but the mission cited unconfirmed reports indicating that 12 bodies were later recovered in the same forest area. A United Nations assessment team composed of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), along with MONUC, was dispatched to the area shortly before noon today, as part of the UN humanitarian Quick Response Mechanism.MONUC said protection of civilians is at the core of its mandate “and, without this timely intervention, the toll would have been undoubtedly much higher.”The mission reiterated that the security of the Congolese people and the territorial integrity of the DRC is the first responsibility of its Government, its Armed Forces and its National Police. It called on the Congolese authorities “to use all necessary means so that those responsible for these heinous crimes are pursued, and brought to justice.”