Free WiFi in Tangier Public Gardens

By Hajar JannadRabat – On the occasion of the 5th edition of the “salon regional du livre” held in Tangier from June 22 to 28 , Fouad El-Omari, the city’s mayor, announced that starting in July free outdoor Wi-Fi will be provided in public parks throughout the city.An outdoor public wireless internet network–available free of charge and lasting an hour–was already launched in Casablanca in collaboration with the three mobile operators (Meditel, Inwi, and Maroc Telecom); this initiative was highly praised by the city’s youth. Free Wi-Fi was also launched in Marrakech’s Arsat Moulay Abdeslam garden. For Fouad El Omari, the public network is part of the “Tanger Metropole” program and the vision for a twenty-first century downtown aimed at promoting the human development and integration of the city.This initiative will enable Tangier’s residents and visitors to connect to the Internet on laptops, smart phones and other mobile devices while outdoors. M&T Bank is leading the effort to engineer, purchase, and install the wireless system.It is now time for Tangier’s residents to benefit from free Wi-Fi and connect wherever they are. If succeeds, the initiative will be further expanded into other zones and other cities. read more

Johnson has careerbest 30 points Grambling gets 8157 win

GRAMBLING, La. — Lasani Johnson posted a career-high 30 points as Grambling scorched Division III Centenary 81-57 on Tuesday night.Johnson also had a career-best seven from long range and scored 19 in the second half as Grambling (4-4) ran away with the victory. Johnson made 11 of 15 field-goal attempts, hitting 7 of 10 from distance. Dallas Polk-Hilliard added 17 points and Travon Bunch posted a career-high 11 rebounds as the Tigers won the rebound battle 44-32.Grambling had a 15-2 run to take a 34-14 lead before Centenary rallied to trail 37-21 at the break. Ty Prince completed a 3-point play with 15:45 remaining in the game as the Gents closed to 41-30. Grambling answered with a 26-8 run to secure the victory.Kaharri Carter had 11 points and Prentis Washington and Treylan Matthews chipped in 10 apiece for Centenary.The Associated Press read more

Night Tube to start on Piccadilly line on December 16 as final 24hour

first_imgTwo women take a selfie on a platform at Oxford Circus Tube stationCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (centre) travelling with passengers on a Victoria line tube train during the launch of London's Night Tube August London’s Night Tube service on the Piccadilly line will begin on December 16, it has been announced.Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor, said the decision fulfilled his pledge to have five lines running throughout the night on Fridays and Saturdays by the end of the year.All-night services have already begun on the Victoria, Central and Jubilee lines, with the Northern line to begin on November 18.The 24-hour weekend Piccadilly line service will run between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5. It will mean that late-night revellers will be able to travel home from Christmas parties by the Piccadilly line this year. This could make it easier for passengers catching early morning weekend flights from the west London airport, as well as provide another transport option for people working at or visiting bars, restaurants and music venues in Kensington, Hammersmith and the West End.Mr Khan said: “I pledged to introduce five Night Tube services before the end of the year, and it gives me great pleasure to announce the start date of the fifth of these, the Piccadilly line services.”We’ve seen how enthusiastically Londoners have embraced the Night Tube, and I am delighted that we’ve exceeded expectations with more than one million journeys made already.”The addition of the Piccadilly line will help even more thousands of Londoners every weekend, from those taking in the capital’s cultural landmarks to the many workers who keep London open around the clock.” Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre, said: “The Piccadilly line runs through the heart of theatreland and, once it begins running for 24 hours at the weekend, will give our audiences the flexibility to explore the West End’s vibrant nightlife, making that trip to the theatre even more special.”Moreover, the Night Tube has already proven to be a tremendous asset to the industry, helping our staff and performers get home in the quickest possible way.”The long-awaited Night Tube launched in August – almost a year later than planned. Two women take a selfie on a platform at Oxford Circus Tube station Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (centre) travelling with passengers on a Victoria line tube train during the launch of London’s Night Tube AugustCredit:Yui Mok/PAcenter_img A man sleeps on the floor of a London Underground train at nightCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP A man sleeps on the floor of a London Underground train at night Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Night Tube map It was due to start on five lines at weekends last September, but was beset by delays amid a campaign of staff strike action.Unions maintained that Transport for London (TfL) could have introduced the Night Tube earlier, but it took 18 months of “tortuous” negotiations before a deal on pay and conditions was agreed.Transport for London said the Night Tube will reduce journeys by an average of 20 minutes and some by more than an hour. It is estimated it will boost London’s night-time economy by £360million.last_img read more

An open and transparent garda briefing full of unanswered questions

first_imgDoes this have anything to do with the massive cuts in resources over the last ten years? 44 Comments Short URL Share30 Tweet Email By Michelle Hennessy An open and transparent garda briefing full of unanswered questions The Commissioner told reporters yesterday she had heard the “disquiet” around the force’s latest scandal. How can she expect the public to have any confidence in An Garda Síochána as a police organisation anymore?O’Sullivan began by referring to a media briefing last week given by Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn where he outlined massive errors that led to almost a million phantom breath tests being logged on the Pulse system and hundreds of thousands of drivers receiving summonses they should never have been sent.“It’s a departure from what we would normally do, but it is part of the change we are undergoing,” she explained.These briefings are part of the culture change in the force, she stressed – a demonstration of a new openness and transparency.“We have heard very, very carefully, the disquiet around the issues and also the call for further and more detailed information,” she continued, adding that she recognised there were “very, very serious issues” and she is conscious of the impact this has had on public confidence in the organisation.So, first question. It came from RTÉ’s Paul Reynolds, who bluntly kicked it all off with: “How did this happen? Do we have thousands of gardaí effectively making it up? Is there that level of fraud?”“There is no doubt that this is a very, very serious issue that we have to get to the bottom of,” replied the Commissioner.As I said earlier, Assistant Commissioner Michael O’Sullivan, the newly appointed assistant commissioner, is tasked with exactly that, identifying exactly where this was happening, who was doing it and what precisely were they doing and if we identify, in any case, that there is deliberate – let it be distortion of facts, deliberate falsification of records or any of that – the appropriate action will be taken.“You must have some idea what’s going on? … And people really want action now.”“Well, we are taking action  and we have taken action – we’ve taken action from the moment this came to light. And what we have to do is satisfy ourselves as to what precisely happened that led to the creation of these records. Who is responsible for that and to make sure that if people have done something deliberately wrong or if they have made some error, that they are held accountable for that and that the systems and governance processes that are there are equally examined to make sure that they’re robust.”On to resourcing: “Would the Commissioner commit to bulking the Traffic Corps back up?”“Yes, absolutely.”Starting this year, the intention is to increase the size of the Traffic Corps by 10% year-on-year.O’Sullivan acknowledged there had been a significant depletion of the Traffic Corps in recent years and in supervisory management right around the country.If this has led to members being careless or deliberately keeping inaccurate records – “This does not make it okay,” she was quick to add.“A no confidence motion in you has been tabled by Sinn Féin – will you step down if the country’s lawmakers vote against you?”I think from 2014 when I took up this position on an acting interim basis, I think I made very clear my commitment to making sure the cultural organisation and the administrative reform that was needed to bring this organisation into the 21st century happens and happens in a real way and we began a journey in 2014 to get that done – that’s continuing.“But, if the Dáil votes no confidence in you next week – will you remain on as Commissioner?”I have a journey of work that I have to do and I have to see that I see out that commitment and to make sure that the foundations of what is a modern professional police service that delivers the cultural reform, the structural reform, and the organisation reform that’s necessary to achieve that is put in place.“Can we just get a straight answer – will you stay on if the Dáil votes no confidence?”“I am absolutely committed to making sure that we continue to deliver on the transformation and the change and the reform agenda that we committed to government that we would do.”“You’ve been through all the ranks of the organisation – have you ever come across anything like this before while you were in those positions?”“Well, firstly, unfortunately, I never served in the traffic police bureau and I never served in traffic and in fact, you know, I never even used a Drager [breath testing device], as an example, but that doesn’t in any way diminish what we have found here,” she said.The reality is, what we have to look at is, get to the bottom of what has happened here, who has done what and where was it done and as soon as we have that we will have more answers.The Commissioner finished up with some of her own questions:“How come this never came to light before? How come this was never challenged before?“Those will be answered – they hope – by Assistant Commissioner Michael O’Sullivan’s investigation.What next?Garda management provided a detailed timeline of how this controversy was uncovered, outlined the measures they have put in place to stop it happening again in the future and revealed they hope to have a report back in three months from their internal investigation.They also stressed that if someone is found to have done wrong, action will be taken.After 38 minutes of openness and transparency, having been told they were given ample time to question management on how this scandal came about, the now-subdued mob of reporters started to filter out of the room, none-the-wiser.The most important question – how did this happen? – for now, remains unanswered.Read: Nóirín O’Sullivan announces major restructuring of some garda sections – but she’s not going anywhere>More: Here’s what we know so far about the garda breath test scandal> Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 12:01 AM Mar 28th 2017, 12:01 AM center_img Were gardaí making them up? 15,040 Views Source: Leah FarrellFOR 38 MINUTES yesterday afternoon, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan fielded questions from a rabble of journalists gathered in a stiflingly hot briefing room at Garda Headquarters. How on earth did almost a million breath tests that never happened end up on the internal garda system? Will she consider her own position? https://jrnl.ie/3309776 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Language education made easy

first_imgConsidered the ‘yellow pages’ of language education services, bilingual parent Ms Karen Nejad has created Australia’s first comprehensive online language education directory. Languages Australia was started a year ago, in response to the difficulties Ms Nejad and other parents were encountering when trying to source information regarding bilingual education services.Catering to parents with children aged 0-18 years, the site includes information on bilingual playgroup and story time options, childcare centres that teach a second language, language-based activities and classes, government schools and their language programs, in addition to after school government language classes and Saturday schools. With nearly one in five Australians recorded as speaking a second language, and language education ranking high on the government agenda, the self-funded website is an invaluable source of information.The Bilingual Shop is a recent addition to the website, currently stocking hand-drawn bilingual flash cards available in 10 languages, including Greek, Arabic, French and Hindi. For more information visit www.languagesaustralia.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Internet mobile réseaux sociaux les 10 chiffres de 2010

first_imgInternet, mobile, réseaux sociaux : les 10 chiffres de 2010Quelles sont les grandes tendances dans le monde de la technologie ? Maxisciences a retenu 10 chiffres pour faire le point. Plusieurs cabinets et instituts de sondage viennent de diffuser des analyses pertinentes et étonnantes concernant l’Internet et le mobile. Arobase.net a publié un grand nombre de chiffres venant des études de Fleishman-Hillard/Harris Interactive, ComScore, Médiamétrie, Nielsen…) En voici les principaux enseignements. 1. 5 milliardsC’est le nombre d’abonnements de téléphonie mobile souscrits dans le monde, une barre franchie le 8 juillet dernier. Alors que les ventes de smartphones ont augmenté de 50% au deuxième trimestre 2010, le nombre de téléphones équipés du système d’exploitation de Google, Android, devrait s’élever à 75 millions en 2012, contre 62 millions pour l’iPhone d’Apple. 2. 851En pourcentage, le taux de croissance pour les ventes de smartphones équipés du système d’exploitation Android. Au cours des deux premiers trimestres de l’année 2010, la recherche sur les mobiles Android aurait augmenté de quelque 300%. Apple n’a qu’à bien se tenir. 3. 20 millions Le nombre de Français inscrits sur des réseaux sociaux. Les adolescents ont vu leurs parents et même certains grands-parents débarquer sur Facebook. En un an, il y a deux fois plus d’utilisateurs de plus de 50 ans que d’utilisateurs de moins de 18 ans présents sur Facebook, Twitter et autres. Huit millions de Français visitent un réseau social quotidiennement. Avec ses 500 millions d’utilisateurs, Facebook est ainsi devenu l’outil professionnel favori des cadres devant Viadeo et Linkedin. Le réseau social a toutefois connu une importante chute du nombre de créations de comptes. Logique si l’on considère que la plupart des gens qui ont accès à Internet sont déjà inscrits. 4. 50En pourcentage, l’augmentation du temps passé par les 15-24 ans sur leur messagerie électronique et sur les services de messagerie instantanée sur les téléphones en juin 2010 par rapport à juin 2009 en France. Les applications mobiles se sont démocratisées et les jeunes se servent de leur téléphone plus que de leur ordinateur pour échanger.  5. 88En pourcentage, le nombre de spams dans le trafic de mails mondial. Un chiffre étonnant surtout lorsque l’on sait que 43% de ces mails seraient envoyés par un seul réseau de machines. 6. 33En pourcentage, l’augmentation de trafic du site de microblogging Twitter depuis avril 2010. Vingt milliards de tweets ont été envoyés depuis 2006. Toutefois, si Twitter se révèle addictif et incontournable pour certains utilisateurs, tous n’ont pas les mêmes habitudes. 75% des tweets sont envoyés par seulement 5% des membres du réseau social. De plus, 15,8% des comptes Twitter n’ont aucun follower et seul 1% des comptes Twitter peut franchir le cap des 1.000 followers. 7. 53L’indice d’influence d’Internet qui est en nette augmentation dans l’Hexagone. Il vient de passer de 38% en 2008 à 53% en 2010. Une hausse qui se fait au détriment de la télévision, dont l’influence a diminué de 35 à 27%. En France, 64% des internautes déclarent surfer sur Internet pour “rechercher des informations ou se divertir”, 51% utilisent le Web pour “communiquer avec les autres”, tandis que 16% préfèrent “s’exprimer en produisant du contenu”. 8. 62En pourcentage, le nombre de médias traditionnels qui ont perdu des annonceurs au profit des médias sur Internet. Autre chiffre intéressant concernant l’actualité sur Internet et son impact sur la presse : 41% des médias traditionnels perdraient des lecteurs.  9. 430 millionsÀ lire aussiTaxe GAFA : Amazon veut faire payer les vendeurs françaisEn euros, l’argent dépensé pour faire de la publicité sur les moteurs de recherche en 2010. Un résultat en augmentation de 8%. En France, 16% des internautes disent avoir déjà cliqué sur des publicités en ligne en 2009 (ils étaient 32% en 2007), 85% des clics sont générés par seulement 8% des internautes. 10. 16,4 milliardsLe nombre de requêtes effectuées au mois de juin par les Américains sur les différents moteurs de recherche, principalement Google, Yahoo! et Bing. Le 1 septembre 2010 à 10:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Googles DeepMind Bests LipReading Expert

first_imgStay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS When I warn about the robot apocalypse, no one takes me seriously. But they really need to start.  Google’s DeepMind, which is currently one of the world’s most advanced machine learning systems, has just racked up another incredible win, this time against an expert in lip-reading.That might not sound that special, it’s not a cut-throat game of chess, for example, but it really is astonishing. That’s because the advanced pattern and particular facial recognition is one of the most complex cognitive processes humans can do. It’s also what nearly one-quarter of our brain mass is dedicated to. Now that we’ve lost this to the machines, it’s only a matter of time before they replace us.Researchers at Oxford University helped with the tests. The human lip-reader and DeepMind watched and analyzed hours of BBC broadcasts and then each gave their best estimation of what was said.The squishy meat-bag only got 12.4 percent of its words correct, while DeepMind managed an impeccable 46 percent. It’s worth noting that the human regularly analyzes security footage and provides testimony in court. So… that’s comforting.To be fair, this is awesome for a lot of reasons. Google will likely try to implement this recognition into its Google Now service so that it can use visual recognition to supplement speech analysis. It could also be a boon for the hearing impaired, provided easier and more universal access to basic services. And I’d be remiss to hand-wave that away. But, this is another nail in humanity’s coffin. Robots are already mastering driving; they can even paint and compose music. They can even write their own code, which is essentially the entire point of machine learning systems like DeepMind. And while that’s really cool from a “Wow, look at that!” perspective, we really need to shore up our defenses against the bots if we want to survive the next few decades. After all, top minds like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are terrified of the potential of AI.I’m warning you: you need to get ready now. Or you could be an idiot and invite something like Google’s  Home or the Amazon Echo. But seriously. Don’t do it. You’re basically inviting the AI INTO YOUR HOUSE.last_img read more

Bates – Citys success will be tarnished if they broke FFP

first_imgFormer Chairman of the Football Writers’ Association Steve Bates says the success that Manchester City have enjoyed in recent years will be ‘tarnished’ if they were found to have broken Financial Fair Play rules.German newspaper Der Spiegel broke the news and reported that Manchester City have circumvented Financial Fair Play rules, and the Premier League responded and promised to act if they receive substantial evidence.Manchester City, however, denied the allegations and pushed back saying it was “organized and clear” attempt to damage their reputation.“Pep Guardiola came out in the week and said whatever financial accusations being made shouldn’t detract from what was being achieved on the pitch, but I believe the two are intrinsically linked,” Bates told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If FFP had been rigidly applied, and City had flouted the rules with creative accounting, would they have been in a position to spend the kind of money that they have? I’m not totally sure they would have done.“The problem is that UEFA have been weak. They’ve put FFP in place to protect a ‘cartel’ at the top of European football, who didn’t want to see new money coming into the game, but the whole concept is now seen as a bit of a sham.“I’ve not heard UEFA make any statements or comments this week. They don’t want the big clubs like Manchester City and PSG filing lawsuits against them.“It’s a shame that it’s come to that as City’s achievements will be slightly tarnished by this. It’s inevitable, but whether football fans really care that much, I’m not so sure.”last_img read more

Young a Lonely GOP Voice for Puerto Rican Statehood

first_imgPhoto: U.S. GovernmentAlaska Congressman Don Young took some flack for holding a fundraiser in Puerto Rico last week, just days before chairing a subcommittee hearing on statehood for the U.S. territory. But at the hearing  back in Washington this afternoon, Young made it clear he’s no Johnny-come-lately to the question.Download Audio“On a personal level, I’ve been involved in this project since 1994,” he said at the start of the hearing. “I believe very strongly, right up front with you, in statehood. That’s no hidden secret. But that’s up to the decision of the Puerto Rican people.”It’s a divisive question on the island. Young likened their status to Alaska’s struggle to become a state, which occurred 92 years after Alaska’s purchase.“And Puerto Rico is still waiting 117 years later, to be recognized as Americans, full rights as Americans,” he said.Young is a rare Republican in Congress who supports statehood for Puerto Rico. The Caribbean island is the size of Kodiak Island but it’s home to 3.6 million people. If it was a state, it would have two U.S. senators and five representatives in the House, all predicted to be Democrats.According to an article in Politico last week, Puerto Rican residents have contributed $147,000 to Young’s re-election campaigns over more than 20 years. That doesn’t include the fundraiser a pro-statehood political action committee held for him at a San Juan restaurant on Friday.According to Politico, Young got angry when one of its reporters asked about the propriety of holding the fundraiser a few days before the hearing. The political news outlet reported his response as “So what?” and “I’m not talking to you anymore.”last_img read more

SBI Reports First Profit Growth in Six Quarters

first_imgThe State Bank of India on Friday reported its first profit in the last six quarters due to the higher interest income and stability of bad loans.It said that the net profit surged 3.3 percent year on year to 33.49 billion rupees ($545.22 million) in its fiscal first quarter to 30 June, while the interest gained in the quarter rose 15 percent from a year earlier to 364.87 billion rupees.The bank’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) declined to 4.90 percent of overall advances at the end of June versus the 5.56 percent in the previous year.Net non-performing loans as a percentage of total assets were 2.66 percent in the June quarter from 2.57 percent in the previous three months but gross non-performing loans were 4.9 percent compared with the 4.95 percent in March quarter, the bank said in a press release.But the stocks plunged after it reported its quarterly growth. Stocks fell 21 rupees lower at Rs 2415 per share during trading hours on Friday.Slower credit growth and rise in bad loans dragged the bank’s profits lower for every quarter since the three months ended in December 2012.The bank accounts for nearly 59 percent owned by the Indian government have pleaded this year to raise scrutiny of bad loans by doing regular reviews, reported Reuters.On Thursday, the Reserve Bank of India directed Asset Reconstruction Companies to invest 15 percent in security receipts issued by them. This regulation has been formulated by the RBI to consolidate the sale of bad loans in the banking system.In April, SBI sold off its NPAs worth Rs 3, 500 to Rs 4, 000 crore of the financial year 2013-14 to asset reconstruction companies.Indian lenders have been in hope of growth led by new government, RBI regulations and approvals of new projects. The economy grew less than five percent in the past two fiscal years, which led more borrower defaults and declination.last_img read more

Amnesty calls for Shahiduls release

first_imgActivists and photographer Shahidul Alam arrives surrounded by policemen for an appearance in a court, in Dhaka on 6 August 2018. Photo: AFPAmnesty Internationalon Monday said the government “must immediately and unconditionally” release Shahidul Alam, a well-known photographer and activist, who was detained by plainclothes policemen after giving an interview to Al-Jazeera English on the current wave of student protests, reports UNB.”Shahidul Alam must be immediately and unconditionally released. There is no justification whatsoever for detaining anyone for solely peacefully expressing their views. His arrest marks a dangerous escalation of a crackdown by the government that has seen the police and vigilantes unleash violence against student protestors,” said Omar Waraich, Amnesty International’s deputy South Asia director.OmarWaraichsaid the Bangladeshi government must end the crackdown on the student protestors and people speaking out against it.”The students have a right to peaceful assembly and physical security. These rights should be respected and protected, and there should be an immediate and effective investigation into the use of force by police, the violent actions of pro-government vigilantes who also attacked the students, and why the police did nothing to stop them.”At least 115 students were injured over the weekend as the police resorted to grossly excessive force, including firing rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of overwhelmingly peaceful student protestors, said the AI.The students also came under attack from pro-government counter-demonstrators, AI claimed.Thousands of Bangladeshi students have taken to the streets of Dhaka to demand safer roads after two teenagers were killed and 13 others injured while waiting at a bus stop outside a college when a speeding bus hit them.”As Bangladesh heads towards elections later this year, it is crucial that the government adheres to its international obligations, including the protection of the rights to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and security of persons,” said Omar Waraich.A court here on Monday placed Shahidul Alam, managing director of Drik Gallery and chairman of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, on a seven-day remand for interrogation in a case filed under the ICT Act.Dhaka additional chief metropolitan magistrate Asaduzzaman Nur passed the order after hearing a remand petition filed by the detective branch of police.PEN International on Monday also called for his immediate and unconditional release.The arrest of award-winning writer, photographer and activist, Shahidul Alam shines a light on the “dangerous escalation of the government’s crackdown” on dissenting voices, it said in a statement.Salil Tripathi, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee stated, “The Bangladeshi authorities must release Shahidul Alam immediately, institute an inquiry into why the officials responsible for action destroyed property and threatened others, establish new norms for security forces to act proportionately and with due regard to the law and within the limits placed by the law.Furthermore, they must change laws that allow the state to make such whimsical attacks on freedom of expression. Shahidul’s work and life are to be celebrated and emulated, not restricted.”last_img read more

US Marines return to Afghanistan

first_imgUS Marines returned to Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand Saturday, where American troops faced heated fighting until NATO’s combat mission ended in 2014, as embattled Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the resurgent Taliban.The deployment of some 300 Marines to the poppy-growing southern province came one day after the militants announced the launch of their “spring offensive”, and as the Trump administration seeks to craft a new strategy in Afghanistan.Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson attended a handover ceremony marking the return of the prestigious force, the first Marines in Afghanistan since 2014, an AFP photographer said.Part of a regular troop rotation announced in January under the Obama administration, they will arrive in stages, eventually numbering some 300 who will take part in NATO’s train, assist and advise mission.Helmand for years was the centrepiece of the US and British military intervention in Afghanistan—only for it to slip deeper into a quagmire of instability.“In those days Afghan security forces were tiny and just got started,” Brigadier General Roger Turner told AFP. “With the leadership in place now they… are poised to do much better.”The Taliban effectively control or contest 10 of Helmand’s 14 districts, blighted by a huge opium harvest that helps fund the insurgency.Around 30,000 people fled fighting in the province in 2016, mostly seeking refuge in provincial capital Lashkar Gah, with the city at times practically besieged.The US has some 8,400 troops in Afghanistan with about another 5,000 from NATO allies, mostly taking part in the training mission.Pentagon chief Jim Mattis warned of “another tough year” in Afghanistan when he visited Kabul this week as part of the Trump administration’s review of Afghan policy. Nicholson has called for a few thousand more troops to help break the “stalemate”.Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, a retired Afghan general based in Kabul, was optimistic.“If the Afghan forces and the US Marines jointly fight the phenomenon of the terrorism in southern Helmand, we will have tangible results,” he told AFP.But former Marine James Clark, who served twice in Helmand and now writes for military website Task & Purpose, called the deployment “half-measures”.“What lasting gains can our small military presence accomplish in Afghanistan that we couldn’t achieve during the height of the troop surge?” he told AFP.‘Butcher of Kabul’ returnsThe Helmand ceremony came as one of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords, ex-prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, returned to public life Saturday after more than 20 years in exile.Hekmatyar, white-bearded and clad in his trademark black turban, called on the Taliban to lay down their weapons and join a “caravan of peace” as he spoke at a rally in Laghman province.Known widely as the “Butcher of Kabul”, Hekmatyar is chiefly remembered for his role in the bloody civil war of the 1990s, in which he stands accused of killing thousands of people in the capital Kabul. He is set to return there on Sunday.His comeback following a landmark peace agreement with President Ashraf Ghani in September has been hugely controversial in Afghanistan, sparking revulsion from human rights groups and residents of the capital.Afghanistan has seen intensified Taliban attacks across the country, leaving Afghan forces—already beset by killings, desertions, and vacuums in leadership and morale—stretched on multiple fronts and facing soaring casualties.Last week the Taliban delivered a stinging blow as militants dressed in Afghan army uniforms slaughtered at least 135 young recruits at a northern base, according to official figures—though multiple sources say the death toll is much higher.The Marines were among the first US forces sent to Afghanistan after the 2001 terror attacks in the United States.Several thousand were deployed in Helmand, the deadliest province for US and British forces, where they engaged in bitter combat with the Taliban insurgency.The US is also targeting Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan, earlier this month dropping its largest non-nuclear bomb on the jihadist group’s hideouts.Two US troops were killed Wednesday while fighting IS militants near the blast-site in eastern Nangarhar province in an incident potentially involving friendly fire, the Pentagon has said, adding an investigation has been launched.last_img read more

US threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

first_imgUS National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on 10 September. Photo: AFPThe United States threatened Monday to arrest and sanction judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes.White House national security advisor John Bolton called the Hague-based rights body “unaccountable” and “outright dangerous” to the United States, Israel and other allies, and said any probe of US service members would be “an utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation.”“If the court comes after us, Israel or other US allies, we will not sit quietly,” Bolton said.He said the US was prepared to slap financial sanctions and criminal charges on officials of the court if they proceed against any Americans.“We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the United States. We will sanction their funds in the US financial system, and we will prosecute them in the US criminal system,” Bolton said.“We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans.”Bolton made the comments in a speech in Washington to the Federalist Society, a powerful association of legal conservatives.Investigation into detainee abuseBolton pointed to an ICC prosecutor’s request in November 2017 to open an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by the US military and intelligence officials in Afghanistan, especially over the abuse of detainees.Neither Afghanistan nor any other government party to the ICC’s Rome Statute has requested an investigation, Bolton said.He said the ICC could formally open the investigation “any day now.”He also cited a recent move by Palestinian leaders to have Israeli officials prosecuted at the ICC for human rights violations.“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Bolton said.“We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We certainly will not join the ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own.”The ICC defended itself, noting it has the support of 123 member states and that even the United Nations Security Council has found it valuable, asking it in 2005 to investigate genocide in Darfur, Sudan.“The ICC, as a judicial institution, acts strictly within the legal framework of the Rome Statute and is committed to the independent and impartial exercise of its mandate,” it said in a statement.Threat’ to US sovereigntyBolton said the main objection of president Donald Trump’s administration is to the idea that the ICC could have higher authority than the US Constitution and US sovereignty.“In secular terms, we don’t recognize any higher authority than the US Constitution,” he said.“This president will not allow American citizens to be prosecuted by foreign bureaucrats, and he will not allow other nations to dictate our means of self-defence.”He also condemned the court’s record since it formally started up in 2002, and argued that most major nations had not joined.He said it had attained just eight convictions despite spending more than $1.5 billion, and said that had not stemmed atrocities around the world.“In fact, despite ongoing ICC investigations, atrocities continue to occur in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Libya, Syria, and many other nations.” he added.Bolton was strongly criticized by rights groups. Liz Evenson, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch, said Bolton’s threats “show callous disregard for victims of atrocity crimes.”“The slaughter of civilians in Syria, Myanmar and elsewhere shows the ICC is needed more than ever to act where it can,” Evenson added.She said a move to block the complaints against US soldiers in Afghanistan and against Israel would show the US “more concerned with coddling serial rights abusers… than supporting impartial justice.”last_img read more

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Costa Ricas Eduardo Li pleads not guilty in FIFA corruption scandal

first_imgNEW YORK – Costa Rican Eduardo Li pleaded not guilty in U.S. court Friday to 19 charges relating to the FIFA corruption scandal.Eduardo Li, ex-president of the Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedefútbol), was one of seven top football officials arrested in a raid on a Zurich luxury hotel in May, a raid that kicked off an unprecedented crisis at FIFA.Switzerland extradited Li to the United States on Friday to face charges that include fraud and money laundering. The defense has not asked for a bail hearing, so Li remains in custody. Judge Robert Levy set the next hearing in Li’s case for March 16.The spiraling scandal at world football’s governing body has led to the suspension of its president, Sepp Blatter, who is currently answering to corruption allegations before FIFA’s ethics committee.Read more FIFA scandal coverage here Facebook Comments Related posts:FEDEFUTBOL official: FIFA scandal won’t affect Costa Rica’s upcoming matches Switzerland will rule on FIFA extraditions next month FIFA corruption probe: Swiss to extradite ex-VP Figueredo to US Costa Rica’s Eduardo Li to request release on bail from US prisonlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 14, 2018 6:12 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Long hidden, Marie Antoinette’s jewels go up for auctioncenter_img GENEVA — Diamond and pearl earrings, pearl necklaces, a giant pearl pendant and other jewelry once belonging to ill-fated French queen Marie Antoinette are set to go on auction in Geneva, showcasing perhaps the quintessential emblems of pre-Revolutionary royal opulence in France.Sotheby’s is billing the sale Wednesday as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to scoop up heirlooms and jewels that have been held in the Bourbon-Parma dynasty for generations, some of which haven’t been seen publicly for 200 years — until now.Marie Antoinette, who was guillotined in 1793 at age 37, had secretly smuggled abroad some of her most treasured possessions to her relatives, amid swelling revolutionary fervour that ultimately marked the beginning of the end of France’s centuries-old monarchy.Perhaps the highlight piece is “Queen Marie Antoinette’s Pearl,” a diamond-and-pearl pendant estimated to fetch $1 million-$2 million — maybe more. It features a drop-shaped, 2.58-cm (about 1-inch) natural pearl that outsizes the Peregrina that was once in Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor’s collection.“The Marie Antoinette pendant is simply irreplaceable,” said Eddie LeVian, CEO of jewelers Le Vian. “This is about far more than the gems themselves: Marie Antoinette’s jewelry is inextricably linked to the cause of the French Revolution.”The queen’s jewelry is split across several lots, also including a set of pearl and diamond earrings, a diamond brooch, and a natural pearl and diamond necklace. A monogrammed, diamond-set ring bears a lock of Marie Antoinette’s hair.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Decision soon on interim gas supply

first_imgBy Peter StevensonTHE GOVERNMENT will make a decision within the next two weeks about importing interim supplies of natural gas in its attempts to reduce the cost of electricity.President Nicos Anastasiades chaired a meeting between Energy Minister, Giorgos Lakkotrypis, the Electricity Authority (EAC), the Electricity Regulatory Authority (CERA), Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) and the transmission system operator at the Presidential Palace on Friday.“The main topic of the meeting was an interim gas solution in an attempt to exhaust all possibilities that exist, to be able to substantially reduce the price of electricity,” Lakkotrypis said after the meeting.The minister told reporters that efforts were being made to ensure that no opportunity would be lost in the government’s efforts to substantially reduce the cost of electricity. He said a decision would be made one way or the other very soon.“We discussed two essential parameters, one is the estimated quantities of electricity demand and the other is the length of the contract (offered by Russian company Itera). We looked at things realistically and have said that if we can reduce the price of electricity and provide substantial benefit to the state then we will go ahead with it,” he said.Cyprus is seeking to secure a short-term supplier of natural gas not exceeding 1.2 billion cubic metres (bcm) per year as a stop-gap solution until it can bring ashore its own natural gas. The interim gas would be used for domestic electricity production.Under the terms of the call for expression of interest, the supply of gas was to begin no later than early 2015 and last up until September 2018, when the island should be able to start using its own resources from the natural gas discovery in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).Reports earlier this month claimed Itera’s offer would see gas sold to Cyprus just under $16 per million British Thermal Units (mBTU). Reportedly, DEFA is trying to get Itera to drop its final price a little more in order to clinch a deal.But $15 or $16 per mBTU is not much lower than the electricity utility’s current cost of producing electricity from diesel, believed to be between $17 and $18 per mBTU.“The issue of reducing the cost of electricity remains a priority for this government and we will pursue any policy that would bring about a substantial reduction,” Lakkotrypis said.The minister revealed that a timeframe had been set and that a decision would have to be made within the next two weeks.He added that the reduction in the cost of electricity would allow Cyprus’ economy to become more competitive and give some form of relief to households.“We are making every effort to exhaust all possibilities,” he said.It was leaked in early July that Noble Energy, which has a concession on offshore Block 12, had approached the government with its own idea for short-term supply of gas. For the time being Noble’s proposal is ‘informal’, in that it falls outside the bidding process conducted by DEFA.Asked whether the government was considering Noble’s bid, Lakkotrypis told reporters that only official offers were being considered.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchBack Pain Treatments That Might Surprise You. Search For Back Pain TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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