first_imgThe administration of Hailakandi district in south Assam has ordered the constitution of a medical board after an unspecified number of employees sought exemption from panchayat election duties on health grounds.Deputy Commissioner Adil Khan, who is also the election officer, asked the Joint Director of Health Services on Tuesday to assign doctors for constituting the board and check the health of the employees who applied for exemption. He also asked health officials to instruct doctors of civil hospitals and primary health centres not to issue medical certificates to any employee till the counting of votes is over.The election will be held in 626 polling stations on December 9.last_img read more


first_imgA 69-page report about the murder of Indian American couple in Silicon Valley last year, released by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office, recounts the horrifying sequence of events. Naren Prabhu, who was the vice president of engineering at Juniper Networks, and his wife were shot dead last year by a young man who was obsessed with their daughter.A series of interviews with their children reveal that Mirza Tatlic, who killed the couple in their house at San Jose, California, was obsessed with Rachel Prabhu for about a year before the murder. Tatlic was killed on May 3 night by San Jose Police Department sniper Jacob Morris. According to the Santa Clara District Attorney’s report released on Jan. 18, Morris acted lawfully, given that Tatlic had a loaded gun pointed at a hostage, and the intense escalation of the crisis.The hostage in question was the Prabhu’s young son. “Your disgusting parents are dead,” Tatlic reportedly told him while keeping him captive, according to the report.The young boy told the police that Tatlic held a gun to his head and ordered him to obey all of his demands. His older brother, Neil, escaped and called the police from a neighbor’s house.Tatlic was obsessed with Rachel, and repeatedly tried to meet and contact her, despite restraining orders and other security measures, India West reported.Rachel met Mirza Tatlic in July 2016 through mutual friends. The two began meeting for lunch and drinks. As per the report, Rachel had a boyfriend from whom she was taking a break. Tatlic was aware of that relationship.However, within weeks of meeting her, Tatlic became controlling and obsessive, frequently speaking of wedding plans and the children they would have, Rachel told the police. On Sept. 3, 2016, Tatlic came to Prabhu’s home with flowers, to “surprise” Rachel, the report said. As Rachel’s parents had previously expressed their dislike for him, Rachel attempted to hide him in her bedroom, and left him alone there for a few minutes.When she returned to the room, Tatlic was drinking a bottle of tequila. After having seen an instant message on Rachel’s computer screen from her boyfriend, Tatlic got violently angry with her, punching her, ripping off her shirt. Her parents intervened when Rachel yelled loudly for them, she told the police.Following that altercation, the Prabhus installed a surveillance system and the family learnt that Tatlic’s mother and sister had placed restraining orders against him because of his history of violence and erratic behavior.On Nov. 30, 2016, Tatlic forced himself on Rachel. As she tried to fend him off, Tatlic put his hands around Rachel’s neck and squeezed hard until she lost consciousness, according to report. He was there when she regained consciousness. Two days later, Tatlic assaulted Rachel again, punching, kicking, and head-butting her. The Boston police arrested him after Rachel called them. On Dec. 5, 2016, Rachel was granted a restraining order.After that, Tatlic began trying to contact Rachel via her brother Neil. On May 3 last year, when Tatlic shot Naren and Raynah Prabhu, he took his young hostage’s cell phone and called Rachel. “I killed your parents,” he told her, according to the district attorney’s report. Related ItemsCaliforniaIndian AmericanUnited Stateslast_img read more


first_imgThe affable coach appreciated how invested the UP alumni are in the the performance of the Maroons, who are a game behind fourth place Far Eastern U in the Final four race.“When we weren’t winning, nobody cared, it was like ‘that’s how it is. Good luck guys.’ But now, this is something really new. That’s why I told the team that it’s fine that the alumni are angry because in a way, they are now involved.”Against Adamson, the UP faithful were loud in expressing their displeasure over what they felt were a badly officiated ball game, chanting “luto” during the second half as Adamson slowly pulled away in the third period, 69-50.That frustration was magnified when a UP student, seen wearing a media ID and sitting at courtside, threw the halftime stat sheet to the court in exasperation during the quarter break. That led to the Smart Araneta Coliseum bouncers escorting the student out of the venue.The numbers were indeed tilted against UP with with the Soaring Falcons shooting 25-of-28  from the freethrow line while the Fighting Maroons went 8-of-10.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments But Perasol knows the Fighting Maroons need to put their loss to the Soaring Falcons behind them if they want to score the upset and give Ateneo its first loss in UAAP Season 80 on Wednesday.“Looking forward, it’s my job to keep their spirits up. Although we accepted the fact that the effort we had wasn’t enough, we just have to find a way how we can compete against a team like Ateneo,” said Perasol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Fighting Maroons will have their loyal and vocal alumni behind them again as they make a last ditch rally for the Final Four, which Perasol is welcoming with open arms.“They [the fans] are passionate about winning, and it’s a positive sign that a community cares,” he said. “It gives pressure to the team to deliver and for them to not be passive…You’re in a competition, you’re supposed to win. You’re not going to win all the time, but with whatever you have, you make sure that you’re going to use that to have an advantage.”center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games But the disparity shouldn’t come as surprise given how Papi Sarr made minced meat of the UP defense and racked  up 25 points and 17 rebounds on a 7-of-9 shooting from the charity stripe.“The effort was there. I was happy about the effort of playing, but in the details, the quality it wasn’t there. I think we got overplayed by Papi Sarr,” lamented Perasol, whose side was called for 25 fouls. “Also, I saw that they attempted 28 free throws against our 10 and it may say a lot about how bad we defended, because we had a lot of fouls.”This frustrated most of the UP fanbase, but Perasol opted to take the high road when dealing with the head-scratching calls.“It’s kind of frustrating but I also have to keep my players (calm). There’s no other way to deal with it. If they want to call it, they will call it. What would be our chances if we start a fight? Nothing’s going to chance with the calls,” said Perasol. LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith University of the Philippines fighting for its life, coach Bo Perasol knows that there’s no sense crying over spilled milk following its crucial 86-70 defeat to Adamson last Sunday.Sitting at 5-7, UP is in a must-win situation if it wants to keep its Final Four hopes alive.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Batang Pier eye Amer, Newsome for Romeo John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more


first_imgJames was injured halfway through the third quarter of the Lakers 127-101 blowout win over the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.He suffered the injury when he reached awkwardly for a loose ball. James grimaced and grabbed his left groin before leaving the game for good and heading to the Los Angeles locker room.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe 33-year-old James has carried the Lakers on his back this season and is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per game in 34 games, his first season in Los Angeles. /cbb Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As Azkals find success, club football hits a major hump SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers leans over in pain after he was hurt against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018, in Oakland, California. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States – Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will be listed as day-to-day with a groin strain after team doctors had him undergo an MRI exam on Wednesday, the NBA team announced.“LeBron James underwent an MRI today which confirmed a strained left groin. James will be listed as day-to-day,” a Lakers spokesperson said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more


first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 16:42 IST Virat Kohli during a test match(AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWindies batters will have to score big hundreds against the bowling attack, said Bowling great Ian BishopThe Indian Test side has performed considerably well in the recent yearsAccording to Bishop, the batting of the hosts will rely on Roston Chase and Shai HopeBowling great Ian Bishop feels India have emerged as a better Test team when it comes to performing in foreign conditions and that’s why West Indies will find it difficult to beat the Virat Kohli-led side in the upcoming two-match Test series in August.The Indian Test side has performed considerably well in the recent years. While their record is unmatchable at home, India have played according to their status of number one-ranked Test team in away conditions as well.Last year, India registered their first-ever Test series win in Australia. Before that, they played well in England in the five-match series. Although, the winning margin was 1-4, signalling the series to be a one-sided affair, the rubber was closely fought between the two teams.Speaking to IANS, Bishop — a panelist of Sony Pictures — said: “India know their home conditions so well. India have become the power house that has played better overseas in recent years. They were very competitive in England last summer, defeated Australia in Australia last year for the first time. No, doubt Australia were without their two key players but that just says India were traveling better.”The 51-year-old believes in order to challenge the Indian team in the two-Test series, Windies batters will have to score big hundreds against the bowling attack which will consist the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.According to Bishop, the batting of the hosts will rely on Roston Chase and Shai Hope who have been performing for the Caribbean team in Test cricket.advertisementHope has played 29 Tests for Windies in which he has scored 1459 runs, including two hundreds and five fifties. Chase, on the other hand, has also played the same number of matches and has amassed 1621 runs, which included five hundreds and seven fifties.”West Indies will hope that Roston Chase, who is integral as a batsman to their course, and Shai Hope and all these guys put their foot down and say ‘ok, the pitches at home have been challenging to bat on for everyone, but we have played two seasons now on this. So, we need to start and set down marks on scoring hundreds’,” Bishop said.India and West Indies will play three T20Is and three ODIs before beginning their ICC World Test Championship campaign from August 22.Read more | Virat Kohli’s comments on Ravi Shastri will not influence CAC: Anshuman GaekwadAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Ind vs WIFollow Ian BishopFollow Test seriesFollow India team Ind vs WI: India under Virat Kohli a threat for West Indies, says Ian BishopThe Indian Test side has performed considerably well in the recent years. While their record is unmatchable at home, India have played according to their status of number one-ranked Test team in away conditions as well.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Michael Fassbender is all set to star in and produce Lionsgate’s spy thriller “Malko”. According to Variety, the film is based on Gerard de Villiers’ action-spy novel series “S.A.S” and studio intends to launch a franchise with it. The 42-year-old actor, who most recently reprised his role of Magneto in “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”, will portray Malko Linge, an Austrian nobleman and freelance CIA operative who spent his formative years in a special Nazi work camp for captured spies. The character is described as a gentleman warrior without a country who works according to his own moral code and lives with a wicked wit and a lust for life. The studio has bought the rights to de Villiers’ catalog of espionage thrillers, serialised through 200 books that have sold throughout the world. The first film will be based on de Villiers’ book “Checkpoint Charlie”, with Eric Warren Singer, the Oscar-nominated scribe of “American Hustle”, adapting the script. Fassbender will produce via his company DMC Film alongside Black Magic’s Lars Sylvest, Kingsgate Films’ Greg Shapiro and Rocket Science’s Thorsten Schumacher, who developed the property with Sylvest and de Villiers. Singer will also executive produce along with Jason Clark and Conor McCaughan.last_img read more


first_imgOTTAWA – A man who killed three women during a murderous rampage in the Ottawa Valley two years ago was motivated by revenge, a prosecutor alleged Wednesday as he laid out the Crown’s case against Basil Borutski.Borutski, 59, is charged with three counts of first degree murder in the September 2015 deaths of Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk, and Nathalie Warmerdam.Borutski had relationships with all three women, and had been charged and convicted of offences against Kuzyk in 2014 and against Warmerdam and her son in 2012.The final jurors were selected in the case Wednesday before Crown attorney Jeffery Richardson delivered his opening statement to the six-man, six-woman jury in an Ottawa courtroom.“This trial is not a whodunit,” Richardson said. “The evidence is overwhelming that Basil Borutski murdered Carol, Anastasia and Nathalie.”He said Borutski confessed to police the day after the murders, and told them the killings were all about “his kind of justice.”“Justice where women pay the ultimate price for using what Borutski says is a corrupt justice system against him,” Richardson said.Borutski is representing himself in the case but has so far refused to enter a plea or participate in the trial in any way. Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Maranger entered a plea of not guilty on Borutski’s behalf.A defence lawyer has been appointed to ensure Borutski gets a fair trial, but he is not acting as Borutski’s lawyer. Another lawyer will cross-examine witnesses who do not feel comfortable being questioned by Borutski himself.Throughout the afternoon, Borutski sat motionless in the prisoner’s box, wearing a white T-shirt with his grey hair and beard long and unkempt. During the proceedings, he mostly stared straight ahead, his eyes the only sign he was paying attention.Two days before the killings, Borutski learned Culleton had renewed a relationship with a former boyfriend, Richardson told the jury. “He did not take this news well,” he said.The following day, Borutski confronted Culleton at her cottage on Kamaniskeg Lake, 200 kilometres west of Ottawa, and left her frightened.Then, on the morning of Sept. 22, 2015, Borutski drove back to her cottage, broke in and strangled Culleton with a television cable. He then stole her car and drove 25 kilometres north to Wilno, Ont., where he shot Kuzyk in her kitchen with a shotgun. Kuzyk’s sister, Eva, who was home at the time, fled the house to call for help.Borutski then drove 30 kilometres east to the hamlet of Cormac, Ont., where Warmerdam lived with her son and daughter.Richardson said there is video surveillance of Borutski arriving at the home, calmly walking up the driveway and entering the home. Warmerdam was eating breakfast in the kitchen and her son, Adrian, was on the sofa watching television but neither heard or saw Borutski.Adrian heard his mother scream and saw her being chased by Borutski and he ran, hearing a gunshot. Warmerdam’s body was found on the staircase.“By 9:20 a.m., Borutski had murdered three women,” Richardson said.On Thursday, jurors will hear the first evidence in the case: the confession Borutski made to police on Sept. 23, 2015.“I submit to you now that the truth is that Basil Borutski murdered Carol, Anastasia and Nathalie out of revenge,” Richardson said as he wrapped up his opening statement.“He thought about it before he did it and then he executed his plan perfectly.”The trial is expected to last until January.— Follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more


first_imggoop, the modern lifestyle brand founded and helmed by Gwyneth Paltrow, announced today that it is bringing its popular wellness summit back to Los Angeles on Saturday, June 9, 2018.Tickets for the daylong symposium are available starting today on goop.com.The June summit marks the third installment of In goop Health, which came to the East Coast for the first time this past January. The consistently sold-out summit hosts thought-provoking discussions with leading voices in the health and wellness spaces and showcases bespoke activations that speak to our emotional and physical health.The summit will feature:· A full day of issue-focused panels with leading doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, and boundary-pushing celebrities. Speakers to be announced shortly.· Wellness experiences including facial stations by Tata Harper, Shiva Rose, Herbivore Botanicals, May Lindstrom, Anastasia Achilleos, Facile, and Annee de Mamiel. Our popular no-makeup makeup station by Glamsquad, nontoxic manicures by Côte, and B12 shots from the Hydration Room are also back by popuar demand.· Personalized sessions including human design by Lynette Hagins, life-path readings by Susan Grau, numerology by Josh Siegel, Akashic Record readings by Amor Luz, pulse readings by Martha Soffer of Surya Spa, tarot card readings from Angie Banicki, crystal readings with Kiki Matoba-Smith, Reiki classes with Kelsey Patel, breathwork and intention setting with Ashley Neese, meditation with Light Watkins, chakra cleansing and psychic readings by Deganit Nuur of Nuurvana, manifestation workshops with Suzannah Galland, aerial yoga, and more.· Talks inspired by The Sex Issue and The Post-Natal Depletion Cure — new releases from goop’s book imprint — such as Tantra and polarity sessions with Michaela Boehm.· Health-driven food options from top vendors and chefs in the Los Angeles area, including Belcampo, Café Gratitude, Gracias Madre, Kye’s, P.Y.T., Moon Juice, and more. The VIP lunch will be hosted by Jessica Koslow of Sqirl.· An In goop Health retail hall, including a wellness pharmacy, an athleisure shop, a clean-beauty apothecary, and exclusive goop collaborations, such as a nontoxic polish by goop x Côte Nails.Additional details about In goop Health will be released over the coming weeks. For more information, please visit goop.com/ingoophealth or follow @goop and #ingoophealth on social.last_img read more


Kevin Kennedy, the Deputy UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said in a statement that while the basic humanitarian needs of Gaza’s estimated population of 1.4 million people are largely being met, the conditions remain very difficult.UN officials have warned repeatedly in recent weeks that the closure of border crossings since intra-Palestinian violence flared in May and June and Hamas took control of the territory is threatening Gaza’s economic sustainability.Factories in import-dependent industries have had to close because of a lack of basic materials, and other businesses are also suffering because they are unable to export their products.Mr. Kennedy said “tens of thousands of people have lost their jobs and income” as a result.He added that UN relief agencies are facing increased demands to provide humanitarian assistance and “much remains to be done” to help the people of Gaza. 21 August 2007A senior United Nations official in the Middle East today voiced concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation inside the Gaza Strip, where the closure of border crossings and other restrictions have cut exports and forced factories to shut, leaving tens of thousands of Palestinians without jobs or income. read more


“The evidence of their rapid revival is a positive signal, not only for the environment and the local communities who live there, but must be seen as a contribution to wider peace and security for the Iraqi people and the region as a whole,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said of the marshlands which were ravaged by a vast drainage operation carried out by Saddam Hussein after the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Almost 40 per cent of the marshlands have recovered to their 1970s condition and the new satellite images have revealed a rapid increase in water and vegetation cover over the last two years. Although more detailed field analysis of soil and water quality is needed to gauge the exact state of rehabilitation, UNEP scientists believe the findings are a positive signal that the marshlands are well on the road to recovery.However, he noted that while the re-flooding bodes well for the marshes, their recovery will take many years. “We must continue to monitor the situation carefully and make the necessary long-term investment in marshlands management,” he said. Iraq’s permanent wetlands total almost 9,000 square kilometres. But the marshlands dwindled to just 760 square kilometres in 2002. As of August 2005, The Iraqi Marshlands Observation System (IMOS) shows them at almost 3,500 square kilometres, or about 37 percent of the former 1970s extent. In the spring of 2005 the figure was nearer to 50 percent before shrinking with the high summer evaporation rates, UNEP said. IMOS is the latest component of UNEP’s multi-million dollar marshlands project, launched a year ago with funding from the Government of Japan. The programme is helping Iraq restore the environment and provide clean drinking water for up to 100,000 people living in the marshlands.UNEP said it is achieving this through a variety of activities ranging from dissemination of appropriate “environmentally sound technologies” (ESTs) to the establishment of an Internet-based marshlands information network and technical training.Further studies released in 2003 showed that an additional 3 per cent, or 325 square kilometres, had gone. Experts feared the entire wetlands could disappear by 2008. In 2001, UNEP released satellite images showing that 90 per cent of these fabled wetlands, home to rate and unique species like the sacred ibis and African darter, and a spawning ground for fisheries, had been lost.With the collapse of the former regime in mid-2003, local residents began opening floodgates and breaching embankments to bring water back and satellite images indicated that by April 2004 around a fifth, or 3,000 square kilometres, had been re-flooded. The challenge now is to restore the environment and provide clean water and sanitation services, UNEP said. read more


“Finding innovative ways to help refugees is enormously important. The clean energy we’re able to provide with the support from the IKEA Foundation is a practical solution to an essential need and transforms the quality of life for many,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres in a news release on the effort to provide light and energy from renewable sources to refugee camps.According to the High Commissioner’s Office (UNHCR), the funds generated through the campaign will help in provision of solar-powered street lights, lanterns and solar energy systems that will support energy self-reliance among refugees and host communities in UNHCR camps in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and fund improved access to primary education.According to UNHCR estimates, there were 19.5 million refugees globally at the beginning of this year, with more than half that number being children. “With the millions of people worldwide who are forcibly displaced today, the global context for our work is more challenging than ever,” said Mr. Guterres.Further, the UN agency said that although war and persecution are primary reasons forcing people to flee, climate change and related drivers of displacement including natural disasters such as droughts, floods and diminishing natural resources are also causes for concern.“Sadly, the escalating refugee crisis caused by protracted conflict situations around the world does not seem likely to calm down any time soon, and lesser-known factors, such as climate change-induced natural disasters, could force even more people to flee for a safe place to call home,” explained Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation.UNHCR reported that the campaign, which started in 2014, will reach its final phase this year and added that a lot of progress has been marked since its initiation.According to the news release, more than 284,000 refugees and members of host communities in Ethiopia and Jordan are able to live in greater safety at night after 56,000 solar lanterns and the installation of 720 solar street lights were provided to the region.Additionally, funds generated by the campaign helped more than 37,000 refugee children to be enrolled in primary school in Bangladesh, Chad and Ethiopia, allowing them to pursue their education and also allowed more than 740 teachers to be trained in these countries.The agency also said that 22 biogas plants were constructed in Bangladesh, allowing for 15 per cent of human waste to be processed and generating green fuel for cooking.Lastly, the news release also added that the Ikea Foundation, UNHCR’s largest private sector partner since 2010, believes that every child deserves a safe place to call home and the partnership has helped in providing shelter, care and education to families and children in refugee camps and surrounding communities in many parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. read more


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first_imgUpdated at 11.10pmONLY A LEADER like Nelson Mandela could compel almost one hundred dignitaries of differing beliefs and opposing viewpoints to sit together in the name of peace.“He was not,” said US President Barack Obama, as he spoke of the freedom fighter at today’s memorial in FNB Stadium, “a bust made of marble. He was a man made of flesh and blood”.Mandela, who died at the age of 95 last Thursday night, resisted his image being painted as a ‘lifeless portrait”, said Obama.AP Photo/Ben CurtisMandela was mortal; he was not a perfect man. But he was close to perfect in the eyes of millions.The ending of apartheid, after a long and violent struggle, did not mean that South Africa became perfect, but it meant that a heavy, unequivocal blow was dealt against the terrible force of racism.Its end meant freedom. It meant hope.Just as Madiba was not perfect, so too was his memorial imperfect, if people were expecting a toned-down event. It was riotous, irreverent at times, pulsing with energy. There were appeals for the crowd to tone down their singing, rambunctious bands were asked to put down their instruments, and the country’s own president Jacob Zuma had his speech initially marred by boos.ArrivalsThe contrasts were no more evident than in the footage of the ceremony. Into the grey belly of the FNB Stadium the dignitaries from throughout Africa and beyond arrived this morning, along with a scattering of celebrities – Bono, Charlize Theron – all sombre in their dark clothing.Above them in the almost full 95,000-seater stadium, the crowds smiled, sang, danced, and cried, clutching images of their hero. Colourfully celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela – their Madiba, their Tata – in full spirit.Some would describe it as a show of pathetic fallacy that the rain fell slowly on the gathered crowds.But others saw a more spiritual reason for the opened heavens.“When it rains when you are buried, it means that your gods are welcoming you and the gates of heaven are most probably open as well,” Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC deputy president, told the crowd as he opened the ceremony.Of course, the rain may as well not have been there. Under umbrellas, and ANC flags fashioned into headscarves, people cheered.Pic: Gavin Barker /Sports Inc/Press Association ImagesThe memorialAs he welcomed those present, Ramaphosa spoke of the hope for a ‘dignified and fitting’ service for Madiba, a man who “worked to free us all”, whose life “transcended the faultlines of our own humanity”.Mandela took under his care the millions of South Africans who were oppressed under apartheid, moving from peaceful means to a more violent movement as the grip of oppression grew tighter. Eventually, he was jailed for sabotage.In court, on the cusp of being jailed, his message was clear and uncompromising.Said Ramphosa:He worked to free us all and in a way, black and white, to embark on a journey to reconcile with each other to forgive our past transgressions to bury hatred, embrace human rights, non-racialism, non-sexism, and begin the task and arduous odyssey to become a nation of diverse cultures, diverse religions and different races.Pic: AP Photo/Muhammed MuheisenFamily and friends paid their tributes first, including Robben Island cellmate and Rivonia Trialist Andrew Mlangeni, who said there was “no doubt” that Mandela was smiling while his countrymen met in his memory.Family members spoke of sharing Mandela with South Africa and the rest of the world, calling for people to help keep Madiba’s dream aliveUnited Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon acknowledged the “mighty loss and celebration of a mighty life”. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma of the AU Commission Chair said that now is the time to build on what Mandela achieved.The similarities between Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi were explored by India’s President Pranab Mukherjee, who said his country stands with South Africa.A handshake between Cuba’s Raúl Castro and Obama was a small but significant example of how Mandela brought about peaceful moments after his death.President Jacob Zuma described Mandela as a “courageous leader”, and a “fearless freedom fighter”. “There is no one like Madiba,” he told the crowd.Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left, Nelson Mandela’s former wife. Pic: AP Photo/Matt DunhamBarack Obama, who received a rapturous welcome, spoke of Mandela’s influence on his own life. “He makes me want to be a better person,” he said.For him, Mandela was imperfect, shrewd, proud, rebellious. He held an anger inside that was “borne of a thousand slights” an anger felt by people whose race marked them out as other. His death is a time for self-reflection, said Obama: “We must ask how well have I applied his lessons in my own life”.The absence of the Dalai Lama, who had previously met Mandela but was unable to obtain a visa, was notable.Mandela’s long walk to freedom led him gently to this stadium, to an overwhelming event that belied his humble beliefs.As a memorial, it was somehow fitting in its rambunctious imperfectness. As a symbol of the continued fight for equality, it was powerful.Watch the remainder of the ceremony live here.First posted at 1.40pm.Read: More than 80,000 to attend memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg>PHOTO: Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban president Raul Castro>LIVE: The Rainbow Nation says goodbye to its founding father>last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 29, 2016 – Up to news production time there was still no government issued media release on the passing of former LegCo (Legislative Council) member, Aulden Smokey Smith.Smith died on Friday, while attending hospital in Jamaica and is a former House Representative for the island of Salt Cay. Related Items:last_img


first_img When Woodland resident Bailey Martin was pregnant with identical twin boys, her doctor hoped she would make it to 36 weeks but her body had other ideas.At 29 weeks and six days, on Oct. 16, 2010, Martin had an emergency Caesarean section at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.Her son Ryder weighed 3 pounds, 3 ounces; Foster weighed 2 pounds, 8 ounces.The preemies spent eight weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit. Martin was with them from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; her husband would visit the twins after work. Martin said she would watch DVDs, change diapers, take temperatures and pump her breast milk every three hours.On Saturday, Martin returned to Legacy Salmon Creek with her twins, now two healthy toddlers, for an NICU family reunion attended by more than 300 people.She recalled spending a few nights in the NICU, but nurses encouraged her to go home and rest.“They said, ‘If you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of them,’” Martin said. It was difficult to leave the twins behind, but she realized the nurses were right. Nurses offered other invaluable advice to the new mother, as well.“They quit becoming your nurses and they become your friends,” said Martin, who also developed friendships with other mothers.While doctors were uncertain how well her sons would fare, for the most part they thrived in the NICU. They were in separate incubators for the first few days, then slept together in a crib. They were allowed to go home when they could control their body temperature on their own, their lungs were developed enough so their breathing was stable and they could eat by either breast or bottle and no longer needed a tube. Nicole Tiffany shows her son Gavin, 13 months, his 5-day-old sister Emma inside the neonatal intensive care unit at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center on Saturday. Gavin was also born premature and spent time in the NICU like his sister who was born about five weeks early.last_img read more


first_imgFitzelle noted that the down valuations show that global “economic conditions are having an impact in the b-to-b world.” Consumer magazine deals were all but non-existent in the second quarter, according to Whitestone Communications, a private equity firm that tracks media M&A activity. The number of transactions in the second quarter—five—matched the first quarter, and the total value of the deals—$19 million in the second quarter, $27 million in the first quarter—were similar. But those numbers paled in comparison to 2007’s consumer magazine deal market, when 10 mergers were completed, totaling $1.7 billion. (That number, however, is skewed by Primedia’s sale of its Enthusiast Media group to Source Interlink for $1.2 billion.)On the b-to-b side, there were 16 magazine or trade show deals, up from 14 in the first quarter and 12 in the second quarter of 2007. The total value of b-to-b deals dropped to $60 million from $249 million in the first quarter and $225 million in the same period last year. “This part of the publishing world has not been getting the respect that areas such as Internet content have been getting,” said Whitestone managing director Ed Fitzelle. “People see the trade magazine and trade show models as kind of ‘old school’ with advertisers and exhibitors hunting out new ways to promote their companies on the Web.”last_img read more


first_img Tags Tags GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 71 Photos 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus: More range, more power More From Roadshow Preview • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus first drive: Expanding the EV’s appeal Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 26 Photos Electric Cars Hatchbacks 31 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Share your voice 81 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Enlarge ImageThe longer-range Leaf Plus arrives at Nissan dealers this month. Steven Ewing/Roadshow When the 2019 Leaf Plus launched, Nissan initially estimated a range of 226 miles. Turns out, that’s legit, but not for every trim level.The 226-mile range only applies to the base Leaf S Plus trim. The better-equipped SV and SL models see an official rating of 215 miles. Inside EVs initially reported this information, which we verified on the EPA’s website Monday. The higher trims’ reduced range is simply due to their more robust set of amenities, and therefore, added weight.We first heard about the possibility of this range discrepancy back in January, though as it turns out, the delta between the final numbers isn’t quite so big. Even so, the Leaf Plus falls behind competitors like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Hyundai Kona Electric, which are EPA-rated at 238 and 258 miles, respectively.Still, the Leaf Plus has a lot to offer, including a comfortable on-road demeanor and lots of driver assistance and infotainment tech. The 62-kilowatt-hour battery also means the electric motor produces a bit more oomph than the standard Leaf: 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, compared to 147 and 236 in non-Plus models.The 2019 Leaf Plus hits dealers this month, priced from $37,445, not including $895 for destination. The Leaf S Plus costs $6,560 more than a 40-kWh Leaf S, while the SV and SL Plus models command $6,000 more than their less powerful counterparts. Nissan,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Share your voice Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Review • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 69 Photos 18 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. More about 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 52 Photos Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 68 Photos 49 Photos Comments 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 12 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 10 Photos Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Comments 2 Nissan Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. More From Roadshow Car Industry 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 3 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animallast_img read more


first_imgThe UN Security Council holds a meeting to discuss the violence in Myanmar at the United Nations in New York on 28 September 2017. Photo: AFPRepresentatives of different countries from around the world in a UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday spoke about the ongoing violence in Myanmar, against Rohingya Muslims. The United Nations said about approximately 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in recent weeks following the violence what the global body has called a textbook example of “ethnic cleansing”.The meeting began at 3:05 pm and ended at 5:17pm (local time) at the UN headquarters in New York.The UN has published the speeches of world leaders at the meeting of the global body in its website.Following are the statements of the representatives of the United Kingdom, United States, Senegal, Sweden, Japan, China, Italy, Ukraine, and Uruguay.Jonathan Guy Allen, deputy permanent representative of UK to UNThe world had watched in horror at the violence that had erupted over the last month.  By now, all had seen reports of the extrajudicial killings, burnings of villages and the placement of landmines.Most of the victims were Rohingya Muslims, although others were also being affected. The situation was a human tragedy and an acute humanitarian crisis that had exploded at an unprecedented speed.It was becoming increasingly clear that world opinion was aligning on the issue, and it now fell to Myanmar, and its military to respond. The military bore the primary responsibility for resolving the crisis. There is a way out. The military must immediately stop the violence and ensure the protection of all civilians. The hate speech and incitement to violence must also stop and the military must uphold the rule of law.The authorities of Myanmar must allow full humanitarian access to Rakhine, highlighting that the current humanitarian needs vastly exceeded the capacity of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and only the United Nations and its partners could provide aid at the scale that was required. Myanmar should work with Bangladesh to establish a safe and sustainable way for those that had fled Rakhine to return home.In that context, those that have fled must be able to register themselves as refugees.The crisis placed a deep shadow on the history of Myanmar, as well as its leaders and military. If the leaders did not take the necessary steps, they would find themselves on the wrong side of history and the council must be ready to act.Nikki Haley, US permanent representative to UNFor the last four weeks, the world had witnessed images from Myanmar of suffering that no one should be forced to endure. The United States government had tried to engage the military of Myanmar at the highest levels and supported regional efforts to stop the violence and expand humanitarian access.Still, the exodus of the scared people of Myanmar continued while the government failed to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation.[Myanmar] must come to terms with the facts on the ground. The international community could not be afraid to call the actions of the Myanmar authorities exactly what they were — a brutal, sustained campaign to cleanse the country of an ethnic minority.Such a brutal assault did not advance justice, but rather put it further from reach.The government of Myanmar had a responsibility to restore the rule of law and prevent attacks by citizens in its name, regardless of which individual or group was the target of such attacks.The situation had been made worse by the rhetoric coming from official military channels inside the country. The time for well-meaning diplomatic words in the UNSC had passed and now was the time for action.The military must respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and those accused of committing abuses should be removed from power and immediately prosecuted.The authorities must immediately allow rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access and work with all partners that could help get assistance to the affected communities.Myanmar must also commit to welcoming all those that had been displaced to safely return to their original homes. The risk that the conflict could spill over to other countries in the region was real.What was most frustrating about the conflict was “how we should have seen it coming”.Wu Haitao, China’s deputy permanent representative to UNOrder must prevail as soon as possible and that unity among different people must be restored. Antagonism had been building for a long time. A series of steps had been taken to ease the situation in Rakhine state.The international community must view the difficulties and challenges facing the Myanmar government through an objective lens.The international community must support dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar so that they could properly address the mass exodus of the Muslim population.As a friendly neighbour to both countries, China had provided necessary assistance for accommodating the displaced. The situation on the ground was moving towards stability.Vassily A Nebenzia Russian Federation permanent representative to UN The situation was far from being resolved. According to reports, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army was guilty of killing civilians and the extremists had forced members of the Hindu communities to leave their homes and migrate with Muslims to Bangladesh.The efforts of the government of Myanmar are underway to resolve the situation in Rakhine state and repatriate refugees from Bangladesh.The efforts of Bangladesh are commendable. We hope the international community would provide sizeable support to resolve the humanitarian crisis. The situation could only be resolved through dialogue among people of all nationalities and faiths. The international community must be very careful before labelling something genocide and ethnic cleansing.François Delattre, France permanent representative to UNAn ethnic cleaning was currently underway in the west of Myanmar and that 500,000 Rohingya, mostly women and children, had fled to Bangladesh in the last month.The incitement to hatred and violence against the Rohingya existed in Myanmar today. Public discourse and other stigma could lead to even worse atrocities.  The Security Council had the responsibility of standing united and acting to break the negative spiral.Immediate efforts must concentrate on putting an end to the violence. The security forces in Myanmar must ensure protection for all, without discrimination.The authorities must also put an end to the self-proclaimed groups that went after the Rohingya.Humanitarian access must be swiftly restored. The Myanmar government’s intention to organise a visit for diplomats and humanitarian actors to Rakhine state was a positive development.The major efforts demonstrated by Bangladesh should be welcomed and supported by the international community. Once there was an end to violence, modalities for the safe and orderly return of the refugees must be identified. Efforts should be taken to tackle the root causes of the violence, discrimination and systematic violation of the rights of the Rohingya, who had been denied citizenship for decades.Olof Skoog, Sweden permanent representative to UN The seeds of conflict continued to go unresolved. The total number of internally displaced persons within Rakhine state had not yet been established.While the Myanmar government’s security operations had ended on 5 September, it was deeply worrying that reports of violence — including of the burning of Rohingya villages and violence against civilians — continued. All violence must end. Myanmar government must ensure the immediate suspension of all military and security operations. It should also grant immediate, full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to the United Nations and its partners seeking to reach those in need, and move swiftly to ensure that those who had fled the country could return to their places of origin in a safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable manner.Those responsible for human rights abuses and violations, as well as other crimes, must be brought to justice.Fodé Seck, Senegal permanent representative to UN Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly children, women and the elderly, were fleeing and seeking refuge where they could, especially in neighbouring Bangladesh. Myanmar must put an end to the human tragedy. The involvement of Bangladesh and Myanmar in today’s meeting was a testament to the transparency of discussions.We now know much more about the deep-seeded causes of the conflict.The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and European Union had all condemned the violence.  Military operations must end and international law must be respected.We welcome Myanmar working with Bangladesh to solve the crisis, the root causes of which revolved around the issue of statelessness.Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, Egypt permanent representative to UN Hundreds of thousands of innocent souls had been killed or persecuted and regional security dangerous threatened, creating a heavy burden on neighboring countries. The issue was humanitarian at heart, based on the principle of acceptance of others and coexistence with people of different beliefs and religions.Hate speech, violence or threat of use of violence could not be accepted and must be rejected, whether perpetrated by a party or government institutions. The message to Myanmar from the international community was to end the violence and allow for humanitarian access. Egypt’s position that the Rohingya had a right to life did not mean that it supported violence of any related groups. But it is important to ask: What choice are we leaving to these people, other than taking up arms to defend themselves?  Myanmar must interact with the international community, allow for a high-level United Nations delegation to visit the Rakhine state and work to provide citizenship to the Muslim Rohingya. He also noted the condemnation of the treatment of the Rohingya community by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif.Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan permanent representative to UNThere had unfortunately been reports of a fresh influx of 14,000 refugees crossing into Bangladesh on 24 September. The lack of measures to stop those flows called into question Aung San Suu Kyi’s statement that clearance operations had ended on 5 September.It provided an additional rationale for dispatching a United Nations fact-finding team to provide an objective assessment of the situation in Rakhine state. Myanmar government should suspend all military operations and end acts of persecution and discrimination against the Rohingya Muslims, as well as to provide unhindered humanitarian access.Urgent measures should be undertaken to allow the Rohingya to return to their homes with safety, security, dignity and prospects for decent livelihoods. We endorse the Organization for Islamic Cooperation’s calls to ensure inclusive and transparent citizenship verification processes for all, and urge the government to fully implement the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission, and warn that inter-ethnic and interreligious strife, as well as refugee flows, could serve as fertile ground for terrorism.Koro Bessho, Japan permanent representative to UNJapan isdeeply concerned by the human rights and humanitarian conditions on the ground, the allegations of killings of civilians and the fact that more than 400,000 people had been displaced to Bangladesh.Japan calls for the restoration of security in a manner consistent with the rule of law and with full respect for human rights, while ensuring transparency.Japan also stress the importance of continuous efforts to secure humanitarian access for all affected communities as soon as possible.Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs visited Myanmar last week and conveyed the country’s deep concerns and position directly to the leaders of the Myanmar Government, including the military.Japan commends the dedicated efforts by Bangladesh in responding to the humanitarian aspects of the current situation.In that connection, Japan was providing humanitarian assistance for displaced persons in Rakhine state and in Bangladesh and decided to provide up to $4 million in emergency assistance for those affected.Sebastiano Cardi, Italy permanent representative to UN It is the Security Council’s responsibility to urgently address the situation and send a strong, unified and constructive message in line with the priorities outlined by the Secretary-General.The violence must end immediately, and in that context and the authorities must stop the attacks against civilians and stressed the need for the security response to fully respect international humanitarian and international human rights law. Attacks against the Rohingya were a matter of grave concern and could not be tolerated.National authorities were responsible for protecting lives. Safe and unhindered humanitarian access must be ensured. Humanitarian agencies and donors had quickly mobilized, yet the needs on the ground exceeded the available resources and access to those in need faced major restrictions. We commend the government of Bangladesh for keeping the borders open and its efforts in hosting the refugees.Their voluntary, safe and sustainable return would be critical, including for the stabilization of the region.Volodymyr Yelchenko, Ukraine permanent representative to UNAny targeting of civilians is totally unacceptable and impunity for perpetrators could not be tolerated.We are concerned about allegations of human rights violations having taken place during recent military operations in the province. We express concern about the worsening humanitarian situation and stressed the need for unhindered access of humanitarian actors to those in need.Given the dire nature of the situation, the least the government could do would be to halt all military operations in Rakhine.We welcome the release of the Advisory Commission’s final report and the expressions of the Myanmar government supporting the recommendations contained within the document.Concrete steps were urgently needed, as what was doable and within reach today may not be available tomorrow. It was not too late to deliver, although it was imperative that the Council be more proactive to ensure the violence was stopped.  Nobody around this table wants to see the worst-case scenario.Luis Bermúdez, Uruguay deputy permanent representative to UN The grave crisis created by the wave of sectarian violence against the Muslim Rohingya people is alarming. Humanitarian and security conditions had seriously deteriorated.The resurgence of violence emphasized the need for true national reconciliation.  We call on Myanmar to adopt measures to end impunity and investigate all violations of human rights.We urge the authorities to implement recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission. Noting the deep-rooted history of the crisis, we condemn the violence of all military groups but reiterated that the main responsibility of protecting civilians fell on the Myanmar government.Human rights must be respected, and the government must stop the violence, allow the return of those that had fled and facilitate unfettered access to those in need.Oppressive behaviour against the Rohingya group under the pretext of fighting terrorism risked destabilising the region.*Note: the speeches have gone through minor editinglast_img read more


first_imgA view of the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp after sunset near Cox`s Bazar. ReutersBangladesh has announced plans to build a refugee camp that could accommodate around 800,000 Rohingya Muslims pouring over the border from Myanmar.The camp would be the largest in the world and has raised concerns about the risks of concentrating vulnerable people, such as the spread of disease.Around 550,000 Rohingya have fled communal bloodshed in Myanmar since the latest violence began in August 25.While some have joined the roughly 33,000 fellow Rohingya living in the official camps of Kutupalong and Nayapara since the 1990s, most have set up alongside hundreds of thousands more already living in makeshift camps and villages outside those settlements.The UN’s refugee agency estimates there are an unprecedented 65.5 million refugees in the world today, split between urban centres or informal settlements, and more formal camps.Here are some of the largest of these camps, based on UN figures.Bidibidi, Uganda: 285,000This vast settlement in far northern Uganda has sprung up over the past year as people flood out of South Sudan, fleeing civil war and severe food shortages.A village in the Yumbe district on the South Sudan border, Bidibidi became a refugee settlement in August 2016 and now hosts nearly 285,000 people, according to figures from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.Uganda hosts more than half of the nearly two million South Sudanese who have fled their country since war erupted in 2013.The Adjumani district in the same border area of Uganda contains many further camps and settlements where there are together about 233,000 more South Sudanese.Dadaab, Kenya: 239,500The sprawling Dadaab complex 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Kenya’s border with Somalia has housed Somali refugees for around 26 years.The majority fled the outbreak of civil war in Somalia 1991 and many never returned, going on to have children and grandchildren.Dadaab is made up of four camps, some of which have come to resemble towns, but is considered a single area.There were about 239,500 people in Dadaab at the end of September, according to UN figures. The population peaked at around 485,000 in 2012 following a new influx after famine in Somalia.A voluntary repatriation programme is helping some to return.The Kenyan government decided last year to close Dadaab, about 450 kilometres northeast of the capital Nairobi, saying it was a training ground for Shabaab Islamist militants from Somalia.The decision was overturned by Kenya’s High Court on the grounds that it violated the country’s international obligations and amounted to the persecution of refugees.Kakuma, Kenya: 185,000This camp on the outskirts of the town of the same name in northwestern Kenya was established in 1992 following the arrival of thousands of people fleeing from southern Sudan during the 1983-2005 war.Many were young boys who risked being forced into combat.The camp also took in some of the hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians who fled around the fall of the military government in 1991.About half of the refugees there today are from South Sudan and a quarter from Somalia, with those from Ethiopia down to under four percent.Nyarugusu, Tanzania: 139,630Just 37 kilometres from the border with Burundi, this camp was opened in November 1996 to host people fleeing conflict in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.Tens of thousands of Burundians arrived in 2015 when their country plunged into crisis after President Pierre Nkurunziza sought a fiercely contested third term.Burundians now account for around 47 percent of the camp’s population.Tanzania hosts around 60 percent of the 410,000 Burundians who are refugees.Zataari, Jordan: 80,140About 5.2 million Syrians have left their country since conflict erupted in 2011, the largest migration in the world today.Most are in neighbouring countries, where only nine percent are in camps, the UN says.About 20 percent of those in Jordan are in camps, the largest of which is Zataari with about 80,140 people, according to figures for August.Some 80 kilometres north of the capital Amman, Zataari was established in 2012 and evolved from a collection of tents into an urban settlement.There are also more than 3.2 million Syrians in Turkey, which hosts the largest number of refugees in the world, the UN says. However only about 10 percent are in camps, the largest being the Akcakale tent camp with around 26,400 people.The government of Lebanon estimates it hosts 1.5 million Syrians. Most of them live informal tented settlements in the Bekaa Valley.last_img