A 23-year-old woman in Thane district of Maharashtra has alleged that her husband divorced her by sending a ‘triple talaq’ message on her mobile phone, police said on Thursday.Bhoiwada police station’s senior inspector Kalyan Karpe said they received a complaint from the woman on Monday and were seeking a legal opinion on it. The victim, who is physically disabled, in her complaint said she got married to a man from Kalyan town here on May 18, 2014. She alleged that her in-laws constantly harassed her and sometime back her husband demanded Rs 10 lakh from her and threw her out of the house. The woman, currently staying at her parent’s place in Bhiwandi town here, further alleged that she recently received the ‘triple talaq’ message on WhatsApp from her husband. When she tried to call him, he refused to speak to her, Mr. Karpe said, quoting the complaint. He said the victim approached the police with her complaint, saying she does not want to divorce her husband.“We are yet to register the complaint and are taking a legal opinion on it,” the official said. The Supreme Court in August 2017 ruled that the practice of divorce through triple talaq among Muslims was “void”, “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.
A Gauhati University research scholar at the centre of a ‘beef’ controversy over a Facebook post she had deleted two years ago, has said she is being targeted to stop her from working on the ground to help people stressed out by the ongoing exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC).In a video and statement sent to The Hindu, Rehna Sultana said news stories about her by a section of the media were part of a “well-planned conspiracy to defame me and the work I am currently engaged in.”The 28-year-old research scholar said she did not circulate any post on beef consumption or supporting the Pakistan cricket team on Bakrid. Such news released a couple of days before Independence Day was a planned attempt to create disorder in society, she added.The Assam police on August 14 registered an FIR against Ms. Sultana over the Facebook post that resurfaced on social media platforms more than two years after she had deleted it. She was booked under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code and Section 67 of the Information Technology Act.“This is to bring to your notice that I had written a post in 2017. The context of the post was a cricket match and the post was written in the form of a parody, primarily out of the frustration of India having lost to Pakistan because of bad fielding and batting. That was also the time when many lynchings had taken place over beef,” Ms. Sultana said.“I had deleted the post barely two minutes after posting it, having realised it was done in an agitated state of mind and could convey a different meaning. I also gave a clarification regarding the same. Today, all of a sudden, the issue has been brought back to focus and fake news has been added to it to create a sensational news story. I fail to understand the conspiracy behind taking the post out of context and the rapid circulation of the same,” she said.“During a time when our State and country are passing through a critical phase, it is my request to media platforms and other forums to not create an unhealthy and unstable environment by raising a totally irrelevant issue. At the same time, I sincerely request you to consider my safety and let the matter alone,” Ms. Sultana said.Series of FIRsThe research scholar said she had been slapped with four FIRs within a month.On July 11, a freelance journalist named Pranabjit Doloi had lodged a complaint against her and nine others for projecting the Assamese community as xenophobic through a poem titled ‘I am a Miya.’“The poem talks of their men being gunned down and women being raped. Assam has no such history. The real intention of this poem is to motivate and provoke their community against the system. This is a threat to the Assamese people and national security,” Mr. Doloi had said.Associated with Bengal-origin Muslims, Miya or Miyah literature began in 2016 primarily to oppose the use of the derogatory ‘Miya’ used to refer to the community. Miya poetry has today become an umbrella term for telling stories of humiliation, discrimination, love and social awareness.“Those who have filed FIRs say the poems have objectionable content. But these poems convey the angst of the Miya community in trying to establish their Assamese identity, and there’s nothing that warrants censure,” Ms. Sultana said.She was also named in another complaint on August 13 that Right To Information activist Dulal Borah filed with the Criminal Investigation Department of the Assam police. Two others named in the complaint are Sofiqul Islam, a student of Gauhati University, and Mausumi Chetia, a research scholar based in The Hague, Netherlands.The trio was accused of misusing social media to collect donations for helping people file applications against exclusion from the NRC.“I wonder why I am being targeted in conspiracy after conspiracy at a critical time when the NRC is being updated. Every family in my village has had to travel 400-500 km for NRC re-verification at short notice. We have been helping the mostly poor and uneducated people read the notices, fill up forms and arrange transport. This is a ploy to remove me from working on the ground,” she said.
China kept Marcello Lippi’s dream of lifting the Asian Cup alive after they came from behind to beat Thailand 2-1 and clinch a place in the quarter-finals.Supachai Jaided’s goal broke the deadlock at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium as China struggled to deal with Thailand’s quick passing and movement, but the War Elephants began to tire in the second half.The game turned on its head inside four minutes when China substitute Xiao Zhi equalised from close range before Gao Lin converted a penalty. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Lippi is expected to bring his time as China coach to an end after this tournament but, in halting Thailand’s best run in the competition since 1972, they showed the kind of heart and determination that could take them all the way.Wu Lei tested Sivarak Tedsungnoen with an angled shot from 10 yards that the goalkeeper saved at his feet before Theerathon Bunmathan’s dipping free-kick at the other end was tipped over the crossbar by China’s Yan Junling.Jaided flashed a warning shot just wide moments before he opened the scoring. Pansa Hemviboon’s effort on goal dropped at Jaided’s feet and he took a touch before sweeping it home on the turn from the edge of the six-yard box.Yu Dabao met Hao Junmin’s wicked cross with a powerful header on the cusp of half-time but it flashed wide of the target as China were left frustrated.Lei’s quality outshone that of his team-mates as China probed for an equaliser and much of his approach play went to waste before Dabao squandered a gilt-edged chance to score, firing straight at Tedsungnoen’s legs from close range with the whole goal to aim at.With 25 minutes left on the clock, Zhi had a towering header saved by Tedsungnoen but the substitute pounced on the rebound and bundled home China’s equaliser.Before Thailand could regroup Lei picked out Lin in the box where he was scythed down by Chalermpong Kerdkaew, and the forward lashed the ensuing spot-kick into the top-left corner of the net.Lei soon had a goal disallowed but by then Thailand’s resistance had been all but shattered and Junling made sure of the victory when he saved Hemviboon’s powerful shot from the edge of the box in stoppage time.
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MONTREAL – A group of pro-NAFTA American farmers descended on Montreal on Friday and expressed cautious optimism that a deal will be reached, despite unresolved issues at the negotiating table that include Canada’s supply management system.U.S. President Donald Trump has described Canada’s protectionist policies for dairy, poultry and eggs as unfair, and people close to the NAFTA talks have indicated that more access to Canadian dairy market is a key American demand.As the sixth round of negotiations continued at a nearby hotel, member of Farmers for Free Trade stressed the importance of exports to American producers and expressed hope for a quick resolution on the file.Former chief U.S. agriculture negotiator Darci Vetter said that while the highly protected agriculture sector is always contentious, other recent free-trade agreements have shown the issue isn’t insurmountable.Canada’s free-trade deal with the European Union and the recently revised Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement have showed the country is willing to compromise on the sacred cow of supply management, she said.“What used to be the uncrossable barrier of putting dairy in a trade agreement was crossed with the agreement with the EU and certainly the TPP package,” Vetter said in an interview following a press briefing at a downtown hotel.“So there are examples this can be done. The question is how, at what level, and over what period of time.”The revised TPP deal struck on Tuesday included a concession on the supply-managed dairy sector, which is to be opened up by 3.25 per cent to foreign competition.Vetter, a consultant for Farmers for Free Trade, said it’s “not unreasonable” that the United States would ask for access to the dairy market as part of a revised NAFTA.She added that negotiators for all sides are very familiar with each other’s positions and what is possible.“Hopefully the negotiators will have a pragmatic discussion about how we get there, understanding the political pressure is high,” she said.Kansas cattle and hog farmer Terry Nelson said Trump’s recent comments to CNBC, where the president suggested the United States might enter the TPP if it got a “better deal,” are a reason for optimism and a sign Trump has been listening to his pro-trade agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue.“We’ve got a lot of faith in President Trump being willing to listen to agriculture,” Nelson said. “I know Secretary Perdue has had a lot of conversations that have finally been acknowledged and…I think we’re going to be all right.”All the members of the group present at the meeting stressed the importance of bending Trump’s ear to the needs of the agriculture sector and its importance to his conservative rural base.They also pushed for a quick resolution to the talks, noting that the uncertainty of the protracted negotiating process could harm the export-dependent sector.“We don’t know quite where the end of the road is or where it will be…but it will probably put a little drag on exports of both meat and grain,” Nelson said.The NAFTA negotiations are scheduled to conclude Monday.
The Canadian PressInuit who were forcibly removed from their traditional lands in the 1950s and starved as a result have reached a compensation deal with the federal government.“We forgive but we will not forget,” said David Serkoak of the Ahiarmiut Relocation Society, representing the descendants of dozens of relocated Inuit.“The country needs to know about and learn from past mistakes.”The Ahiarmiut filed a lawsuit against the federal government in 2008 to seek redress for the relocation. The $5 million deal ratified Aug. 20 in Arviat, Nunavut, settles that lawsuit.The action stemmed from a series of relocations that began in 1949 from Ennadai Lake in what is now the southwest corner of Nunavut.That year, the Canadian army built a radio station at the lake. Administrators in the south feared local Inuit would become too dependent on southern supplies although they had hunted caribou there for generations, in good seasons and bad.The next year, about 50 Inuit were moved to nearby Nueltin Lake, where a commercial fishery had been set up. The people were moved without their equipment or supplies.Elder Job Muqyunnik later told an interviewer “Qallunaat (white people) came to the weather station there at Ennadai Lake.“This bulldozer came to our tent. The driver told us to leave our tent so we went out. He went back to his vehicle and drove over our tent, back and forth. He broke everything we had.“That was the hardest time of my life because we didn’t have anything to survive with anymore.”The people eventually drifted back to the familiar environs of Ennadai, but not before several died of cold.A second relocation came in 1957, to Henik Lake.“Eskimo hunters and huskies left their ancient ways for a day to travel in the comfort of an aircraft to new hunting grounds,” a government press release boasted.But again, elders recalled they were sent off without adequate supplies and equipment. Hunting was so poor elders say a rabbit would be shared between 10 children. Some of the people starved to death.In 1958, people were again moved to Eskimo Point (now Arviat) along the coast of Hudson Bay.Their plight came to the attention of southerners through the work of Canadian writer Farley Mowat in his book People of the Deer. It was also featured in a 1956 edition of Life magazine.The woman on the cover of that issue is Mary Anowtalik, the last survivor who was an adult during the relocations, said Steven Cooper, a lawyer who represented the group in its lawsuit.He said there are 20 others who were either children or youths at the time.Cooper said he was glad to see the settlement after 10 years of working on it.“This is about as much satisfaction as a lawyer can get from these types of historical claims,” he said. “The fact is that most of the people are deceased by the time they are settled.“It’s really never enough. It really never is.”“There is no money that could ever be sufficient compensation for the things that we suffered and lost as a result of government decisions of the past, nor the subsequent attempt to justify them. Nevertheless … I appreciate this government was finally willing to come to the table.”Serkoak said the money will be distributed to survivors and descendants, as well as to fund commemoration and education projects.
The North Central Provincial ceremony is scheduled to be held on the 14th at the Anuradhapura war memorial and the Eastern Province ceremony at the Trincomalee fort precincts. The Sabaragamuwa, Southern and North Western provincial ceremonies will be held in Ratnapura, Galle and Maligapitiya in Kurunegala respectively on the 16th. The Uva provincial ceremony will be held on completion of the renovation of its war monument. Several provincial ceremonies have also been scheduled to be held in connection with the event beginning from 11th May. The national ceremony in the Western province will be held on 18th May. The Northern Province ceremony will be held in Kilinochchi on the 11th while the Central Province ceremony will be held at the Mailapitiya monument on the 13th. President Mahinda Rajapaksa today officially declared the commencement of the war heroes month, at a ceremony held at Temple Trees.The Prime Minister, politicians, defence secretary and commanders of the three forces attended the ceremony. The Ministry of Defence said that the month between 08th May and 08th June 2013 has been declared as the National War Heroes Commemoration month and a series of events have been scheduled to be held to coincide with the War Hero Commemoration including the Victory Parade at Galle Face Green and the special Commemoration Ceremony at War Heroes Memorial at Sri Jayewardenapura Kotte..
The fund, which was announced in Washington by WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland and NTI co-chair and former United States Senator Sam Nunn, will ensure that response teams can be on the ground within 24 hours of a detected outbreak anywhere across the globe. Stressing the vital need to contain new cases of disease in their early stages, Dr. Brundtland said the fund would enable WHO to provide medical experts and equipment to affected areas immediately.Mr. Nunn called attention to the nexus between health and security. “Diseases don’t recognize national boundaries,” he said. “In today’s global world, it is in our own health and security interest to immediately contain an outbreak wherever it occurs.”The new fund marks the first time that contingency resources are being made readily available to respond to international public health emergencies. Mobilizing international teams and materials such as vaccines, drugs and supplies normally required pledges of support from donors, according to WHO, which said that with limited funds available for humanitarian crises, precious time was lost before firm pledges became funding for operations.The agency said the new fund would ensure a more rapid response to epidemic meningitis, yellow fever outbreaks and viral haemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola. It is considered a key element of the WHO-coordinated Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, which operates 24 hours a day, gathering and assessing intelligence on outbreaks and rumours of disease.
by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2017 5:35 am MDT Last Updated May 6, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – A parliamentary committee studying Canada’s slumping media industry is struggling to finalize a long-awaited report that could, among other things, recommend Ottawa create a “digital fund” to provide temporary help to revenue-starved smaller newspapers, some of its members say.The angst surfaced this week as one Canadian media giant reported much steeper losses than had been predicted only six months ago and while news aggregators, such as Facebook, continue to gobble up advertising revenues at a swift pace.The heritage committee study of Canada’s fast-changing media landscape began more than a year ago and some of its members have voiced frustration over how long it has taken to formally provide the Liberal government with recommendations for helping the media industry as it copes with drastically declining advertising revenues.One proposed recommendation would see the creation of a temporary, stop-gap fund to lend small community news services a hand in transitioning from print to online versions of their papers, said sources familiar with a draft version of the committee’s report.But the committee is grappling over how to regulate such a fund, said the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the report’s contents.Witnesses who appeared at hearings last year, including Postmedia and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, proposed the government implement payroll and digital production tax credits to support the hiring of journalists by community papers.Others, such as Montreal-based Transcontinental, which last month announced the sale of 28 Atlantic newspapers and digital assets to the publisher of the Halifax Chronicle Herald, argued for more direct subsidies or tax credits for digital news operations.Committee members met behind closed doors this week to put the finishing touches on their report and were expected to meet again next week before sending it out for translation, possibly before the May long weekend.But as of Thursday, the 10-member panel had yet to reach consensus on details of some of the key recommendations expected to be included in their report.Conservative MP and committee member Kevin Waugh acknowledged the media industry needs help. But a key concern for him and other committee members is ensuring that tax dollars — if any — earmarked for small newspapers don’t end up in the hands of large corporate owners rather than the intended recipients, he said.“We have seen the big boys bleed these little newspapers,” said the former television broadcaster-turned-politician.“A lot of them were making some money and all of a sudden that has gone to Toronto or wherever. (The money) has not stayed in local markets and that’s been an issue.”Liberal MP Hedy Fry, who chairs the committee, said some understandable procedural issues have slowed preparation of the report. But other delays, such as a natural gas leak that shut down several blocks of downtown Ottawa this week, have also left her frustrated.“Something always happens — we’ve all decided the media gods are mad at us for some reason,” Fry joked as she entered an in-camera meeting Thursday.In an earlier interview, Fry suggested the report will likely touch on a broad range of issues raised during committee hearings, such as the role of news aggregators in the demise of traditional media, and the more recent phenomenon of so-called “fake news” that has infiltrated political campaign coverage, particularly in the United States.“A lot of witnesses felt news needs to be something that is verifiable and accountable,” Fry said. “So the issue of news, its definition, and whether it is verifiable and accountable is a big issue for us.”But a more immediate concern revolves around questions of what the government could, or should, do to prepare for what some analysts are predicting: the potential downfall of Canadian media giant Postmedia.Lobbyists, including one union that represents newspaper workers, were in Ottawa this week meeting with heritage committee members and Liberal MPs, delivering a blunt message: get ready for a media earthquake.“The government better not get caught flat-footed on Postmedia going under” was the warning issued by Unifor’s Howard Law.Newspapers and other media outlets across the country have faced sharp declines in advertising revenues over the last decade. Even those that have fostered a strong online presence have been unable to convince advertisers to spend as much on digital ads as they used to pay for print versions.Torstar CEO John Boynton said Wednesday he’ll be making “some fairly big decisions” soon in a bid to overcome his firm’s print revenue losses. The Toronto Star’s tablet platform has so far failed to live up to hopes of a rebound in revenues.But Postmedia — owner of the National Post as well as 14 major daily newspapers, two free dailies, several online news portals, dozens of community papers and a range of specialty publications largely based in Ontario — isn’t just a victim of the print advertising exodus. It is also saddled with debt after borrowing significantly to grow itself into Canada’s largest newspaper publisher.Despite concluding a significant restructuring of its debt last October, the company’s share value has declined sharply since and its circulation revenues are also down.The impact of a Postmedia bankruptcy would be astronomical without government intervention, Law said he told MPs.“Two-thirds of the (newspaper) titles west of the Ottawa River are Postmedia,” said Law. “So you’re talking about a 66 per cent reduction in journalism overnight,” unless other newspaper companies pick up the pieces.Heritage Minister Melanie Joly has promised to unveil a plan later this year to help Canadian news outlets.While she’s remained tight-lipped about what options the Liberals are considering, Joly suggested last week that media companies should find new business models on their own while the government acts as a “catalyst for change.”“What the current disruptions require is a true redefinition of our business practices and models,” Joly told the annual Canadian Association of Journalists conference.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitter Commons panel struggles to finalize report on how to help ailing news industry
Since Thad Matta took over as coach at Ohio State, no player has asserted himself as the face of the program quite like junior Evan Turner.Although Greg Oden can be considered the most recognized Buckeye under Matta, Turner is pushing to be the most successful during Matta’s tenure.Turner’s legend is growing, from a guy who was barely known when he first enrolled at OSU, to the most prominent basketball Buckeye over the last several years.Very little attention was originally paid to Turner. A modest four-star prospect, he wasn’t even the most heralded prospect in the Buckeyes’ 2007 recruiting class. He wasn’t even the second-most touted player.Those honors belong to Kosta Koufos and Jon Diebler, who both have made a mark on OSU basketball. Turner, however, as both a leader and player, has gone above and beyond the expectations most had for him.The 6 feet 7 inch first-team All-Big Ten selection knew he would get an opportunity to prove himself. Turner’s accomplishments and accolades might be a surprise to some, but not him.The fact that he wasn’t the No. 1 player in the country, or even in his own class, didn’t discourage him.“When you’re younger you always say ‘shoulda, woulda, coulda,’” Turner said of his level of respect coming into OSU. “One of my close friends always told me, it’s not where you start, it’s where you end.”Turner will finish with more accomplishments at Ohio State than any other player in the Matta era thus far. He became only the second Buckeye to record a triple-double, doing it twice so far this season. He earned an All-American honorable mention as a sophomore and many believed after his strong start he was in the running for the Naismith College Player of the Year award.Unfortunately, a freak back injury from a dunk attempt in early December has put a bump in Turner’s road toward a great season.Even in an unfortunate situation, Turner’s popularity and legend is growing.Doctors and trainers said it would take Turner eight weeks to return from two vertebrae fractures. The Buckeyes’ most valuable player cut that recovery time in half. He played against Indiana last week, a little more than a month after his injury. “It felt alright,” Turner said about his back after his first two games. “I was still a little bit out of shape, but I was glad to be playing. I’m starting to get my rhythm back a little bit more; I have to get my feel back a little bit.”It is determination and hard work, which Turner used to overcome his serious injury that has made him a fan favorite.Turner remembers being a freshman and not receiving any attention. Whether it was in class or on the court, he wasn’t anything special, at least not yet. He was fine with being just like any other college student before he became high profile.“I get a little bit of love,” Turner said jokingly about being noticed on campus. “Some people talk, some people do double takes and some people just stare.“It’s kind of different. I remember back when nobody even knew my name, nobody even cared.”People know his name now, and he is probably the greatest example OSU has of what college basketball can produce if a guy isn’t “one and done.”Turner’s projection to the NBA has risen significantly. Along with his fame, his stock has skyrocketed. Analysts believe that if Turner would have left for the NBA after last season, there was a good chance that he could have been a lottery pick. With the kind of season Turner has had so far and with what could be to come, he should project even higher.“I always had a little bit of confidence that I would be superior in certain aspects of the game so I just worked hard and kept working hard,” Turner said of his mentality to improve. “That’s what helped me not just be any old guy on the court.”Matta has had some great players in his time here at OSU. Oden, Michael Conley, Daequan Cook, Koufos and several others have been special, but maybe not as special as Turner.“I think that’s the beauty of it, as you look at it, so much is made about where a kid is ranked,” Matta said of Turner exceeding expectations. “I always use [Evan] as a classic example. He might have been top 100, he probably knows, but he wasn’t a top 10 player. Now I look and I think he’s a top 10 player in college basketball.”
Kiruna in Arctic Sweden is one of the largest underground mines in the world. In a recent project to boost its output of iron ore, a ventilation shaft with a 400 m vertical drop and a cross section of some 3×4 m needed to be scanned to know its shape. 3D Laser Mapping together with AF Infrastructure AB developed a solution to scan this vertical ventilation system.Due to the scale and nature of the project area, problems were faced when mapping the shaft. Previous methods of gathering as-built data involved a platform that was moved manually between set ups, which proved to be expensive and time consuming. 3D Laser Mapping was approached by AF Consult, with the hope of finding a faster solution to the problem.A system was devised that used ZEB technology, combined with the ZebRA (Remote Actuator), a device that can be used on a remotely controlled platform. This allowed the ZEB1, which is normally handheld, to be mounted to a metal cross frame and lowered into the mine shaft. This increased the mobility and versatility of the solution.To execute the initial scans for this new project, the ZebRA system was lowered into the vertical shaft at about 1.5 km/h. This allowed for a depth of 350m to be scanned in both directions in only 30 minutes.‘If you use the technology correctly and know what you are doing this is most definitely a game changer. After a trial period…we have refined our method and feel confident about what we can deliver to our clients.’ Lennart Gimring, Senior Consultant, AF Consult – Sweden.After repeat trials and testing of this new system, a methodology was devised for the most successful use of the ZEB1 scanner in the vertical shaft, reducing the length measured per scan to 100 m for improved accuracy. AF Consult is constantly refining the technique, resulting in a growing confidence in the solution.
ECOWAS, the African Union, the United Nations and the European Union have all urged the incumbent President Jammeh to transfer, power to President-elect Adama Barrow within constitutional deadlines, in accordance with the Gambian electoral laws. They call on the government of The Gambia to abide by its constitutional responsibilities and international obligations and urge relevant Gambian stakeholders to contribute to a peaceful transition and orderly handing over of power from the outgoing administration to the President-elect.We publish the press statements of these organisations below:ECOWAS, African Union and UN (Joint) statement on the political developments in the Gambia10/12/2016The ECOWAS Commission, the African Union Commission and the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) have received information that the Gambian incumbent President Yahya Jammeh has rejected the results of the Gambian presidential election of 1 December 2016 that have been officially announced by the country’s Independent Electoral Commission.The President of the ECOWAS Commission, the Chairperson of the AU Commission and the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to West Africa and the Sahel are deeply concerned by these developments. They call on the government of The Gambia to abide by its constitutional responsibilities and international obligations. It is fundamental that the verdict of the ballots should be respected, and that the security of the president-elect Adama Barrow, and that of all Gambian citizens be fully ensured.ECOWAS, the AU and the UN strongly support the stand of the Senegalese Government on the issue with regards to calling an emergency meeting of the UNSC and urge relevant Gambian stakeholders to contribute to a peaceful transition and orderly handing over of power from the outgoing administration to the President-elect within constitutional deadlines, in accordance with the Gambian electoral laws.ECOWAS, the AU and the UN urge all Gambian stakeholders including the elected leadership, the armed forces, political parties and Civil Society Organisations to reject violence and peacefully uphold the will of the people as clearly expressed through the ballot box. They also call upon the Gambian Defence and Security forces to live up to their republican duties.ECOWAS, the AU and the UN stand in solidarity with the people of The Gambia whom they once again commend for the maturity demonstrated throughout the electoral process and commit to continue monitoring developments in The Gambia.
Myanmar monk WirathuHardline Myanmar monk Wirathu, once dubbed the “face of Buddhist terror” for his anti-Muslim diatribes, toured Rakhine state on Thursday in a provocative visit soon after a bloody army crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority.The firebrand monk visited Maungdaw, a town near the epicentre of the violence in the north of the state, according to Phoe Thar, who is travelling in his retinue, told AFP by phone.Wirathu’s presence in Rakhine is likely to fuel religious tensions between the Buddhist Rakhine and the maligned Rohingya, as well as with Myanmar’s wider Muslim population.His trip follows a months-long military crackdown that the UN says claimed hundreds of Rohingya lives and sent more than 70,000 of the Muslim minority fleeing to Bangladesh.UN investigators say the sweeps to clear out militant cells brought with them a campaign of rape and murder against the Rohingya that may amount to ethnic cleansing.Myanmar’s government rejects the claims.Myanmar’s more than one million Rohingya, who live mostly in Rakhine, are denied citizenship and loathed by many in the Buddhist-majority country, who say they are interlopers from Bangladesh.Since the latest chapter in Rakhine’s conflict-strewn recent history, Buddhist nationalists have shut down several religious events across the country as well as two Yangon schools accused of illegally doubling up as mosques.Khine Pyi Soe, vice-president of the Arakan (Rakhine) National Party which reviles the Rohingya, welcomed Wirathu’s visit.“Even though our party does not have much money to donate… we will help if he needs something,” he told AFP.Nationalist leaders said Wirathu had gone to Maungdaw to donate rice to local ethnic Rakhine Buddhists—several thousand of whom were also displaced by the recent violence.But in a sign of concern over his rhetoric, Myanmar’s top Buddhist body in March banned Wirathu from preaching—an unprecedented slap down to a man whose hate speech has galvanised religious tensions.On Thursday the UN’s High Commission for Refugees said almost 170,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar over the past five years to countries like Bangladesh and Malaysia because of violence and desperation.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A dozen United Methodists meeting secretly in Indianapolis earlier this summer have unveiled a blueprint for spinning off one or two new denominations, hoping to put an end to decades of battles over LGBTQ inclusion.The plan would allow the United Methodist Church to create a new, fully independent body for more conservative or traditional churches while preserving the current denomination as centrist/liberal in orientation. Each would have its own structures, policies and finances but share a common Methodist heritage.The group’s members, who first met at an Indianapolis church in late June, started out with a conviction that a split in the 12 million-member global denomination was inevitable.“We began by asking, ‘If a separation is going to occur, how might it occur?’” said Keith Boyette, one of the conveners. Boyette is president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, a conservative group that supports a ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex weddings in the church.The Indianapolis group was one of many that have gathered to consider the future of the beleaguered denomination in the wake of what may have been the most contentious United Methodist meeting in its 51-year-history — February’s General Conference in St. Louis, at which a majority of delegates voted to strengthen the ban on gay and lesbian ordination and same-sex marriages.Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey announces the results of the Traditional Plan votes late on Feb. 26, 2019. RNS photo by Kit DoyleThe close vote — 53% to 47% — unleashed a wave of anger and resentment among the denomination’s centrist and liberal wings, with public protests, defiant clergy conducting same-sex weddings and churches withholding dues to the denomination.Governing such a divided group would be a huge challenge.Boyette had a good rapport with Kent Millard, who calls himself a centrist and is president of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, one of 13 United Methodist theological schools. The two began talking about bringing together a group of people from both camps to talk about a negotiated separation. The group’s 13 members included five conservatives and eight Methodists who are more liberal.“It’s a practical plan that promotes peace and fairness,” said the Rev. Darren Cushman Wood, pastor of Indianapolis’ North United Methodist Church, where the group met.The proposal put together by the group would not dissolve the United Methodist Church or require amending its constitution. Instead, the denomination would create a new legal entity for traditionalists.Under the plan, the United Methodist Church would change its name. It would also make changes to the denomination’s rulebook. Most notably, it would delete a statement that says the “practice of homosexuality” is “incompatible” with Christian teaching.Regional bodies called “conferences” would then have a choice of aligning with either the traditionalist or what it calls the “centrist/progressive” denomination.The same would be true of the church’s overseas conferences, mainly in Africa and the Philippines. Individual churches unhappy with the way their regional bodies have aligned could then decide to affiliate with the alternative denomination.The Rev. Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, responds to questions from Judicial Council members during an oral hearing on May 22, 2018, in Evanston, Ill. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNSThe plan also allows for the creation of a more liberal denomination — separate from the the traditional or centrist/progressive wings of the church.The provisions publicly released call for “birthing new expressions that will share a common heritage from the roots of Methodism” — rather than a split.“It’s not a divorce,” said Millard. “It’s giving life to expressions of the church that are now in conflict.”The plan’s 20 provisions were unveiled this week by the denomination’s news service as well as the Wesleyan Covenant Association as part of a push to solicit feedback. The group wants to submit a formal petition to the denomination’s governing board ahead of the deadline for its 2020 conference, which will take place in Minneapolis in May.If adopted, regional conferences meeting in June 2020 would then be able to vote on how they want to affiliate.“It would immediately release the stress in the system right now and the conflict that churches and clergy and lay people are dealing with,” said Boyette.Kent Millard. Photo by Reginald Worthen, courtesy of United Theological SeminaryGroup members acknowledged that there were still many issues to work through, perhaps the most difficult being the denomination’s assets. Millard said there are an estimated $118 million in unrestricted assets, mostly divided up among its many self-governing agencies, such as General Board of Global Ministries, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the General Board of Church and Society.Some lawyers think the assets assigned to various church groups cannot be recalled and reassigned to other purposes. But other lawyers disagree.“If they can’t be recalled, it’s a moot point,” Millard said, referring to the assets. But if they can, it will require a lot of discussion, he added.Clergy pensions, which are already managed and invested with an independent group called Wespath, would continue. Each regional conference would assume any pension liabilities for the churches in that conference.There have been a handful of groups that have formed in the wake of the acrimonious February meeting that have looked at a way forward for the denomination, but so far, most of those have been more theoretical.“The idea of working through the nuts and bolts of how something like this would happen is what drove our conversation,” said Cushman Wood. “At some point, you have to have a conversation about how you put those ideas into practice.”One other group, not as far along as the Indianapolis group, was recently assembled by Sierra Leone Bishop John K. Yambasu. It too combines people from both conservative and liberal factions and is meeting this weekend in Virginia. Likely, it will consider the Indianapolis plan, as it’s called, in its deliberations.The United Methodist Church’s international conferences, especially those in Africa, tend to be far more conservative theologically, especially in their views on sexuality and gender. By some accounts, delegates from those regions comprised 35% of the vote to strengthen rules against LGBTQ people.A majority of Methodists from the United States have been more open to LGBTQ inclusion. A group led by megachurch pastor Adam Hamilton of Kansas convened a meeting in May of more than 600 left-leaning United Methodists. But that group — known as UMC Next — remained committed to resistance rather than a split.Millard thinks that’s a bad idea.“That’s not amicable,” said Millard. “It’s just mean. 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In technology news, phone users were alarmed when it was announced that an Israeli firm can steal phone data in seconds—Cellebrite’s demonstration showed just how vulnerable phones still are. More optimistically, researchers with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology demonstrated thermoelectric paint that enables walls to convert heat into electricity. Also, a team working in Australia reported that a frontline attack against HIV infection is closer to reality—suggesting that significant progress has been made in developing a vaccine for those infected. And a team at the University of Bristol announced the ‘Diamond-age’ of power generation as nuclear batteries were developed using nuclear waste to create an artificial diamond.In planetary news, mathematician Harry Stern with the University of Washington found evidence that showed Captain Cook’s detailed 1778 records confirm global warming today in the Arctic—comparing earlier notes with modern satellite imagery showed how much the ice edge has moved. Also a team at the Danish Meteorological Institute noted that the overheated Arctic was a sign of a climate change ‘vicious circle’—air over the ice cap was nine to 12 degrees Celsius above average during the prior four weeks, a truly unusual phenomenon that they attribute to a variety of events related to global warming. Less ominous, a pair of researchers, Tom Edinburgh with the University of Reading and Jonathan Day with the University of Cambridge found that Antarctic explorers helped make a discovery—100 years after their epic adventures—logs from ship captains hundreds of years ago showed that sea ice around Antarctica has hardly changed.And finally, for those people who are holding out hope that scientists will figure out how to stop aging before it is too late for them, a team of researchers from UCLA and Caltech reported that they were meeting with some success in turning back the aging clock—by removing mutated DNA from mitochondria. Theory that challenges Einstein’s physics could soon be put to the test Explore further Albert Einstein (ScienceX)—It was another good week for physics as a pair of researchers, João Magueijo with Imperial College London and Niayesh Afshordi with the Perimeter Institute suggested that a theory that challenges Einstein’s physics could soon be put to the test—first proposed in the early 90’s, the theory has matured to the point that the pair believe it has finally become testable. Also a team at Caltech found new clues emerging in a 30-year-old superconductor mystery regarding how they actually work by confirming that the pseudogap represents a distinct state of matter. Citation: Best of Last Week – Challenging Einstein, the Arctic overheating and a breakthrough in slowing down aging (2016, November 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-week-einstein-arctic-overheating-breakthrough.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2016 ScienceX
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Go back to the e-newsletterWestin Hotels & Resorts has announced that it has partnered with illustrator Johanna Basford in Asia Pacific, reinforcing the brand’s Feel Well pillar. The partnership will see Johanna’s colouring sheets available across close to 50 Westin properties in the region till early 2017, including The Westin Melbourne and The Westin Sydney. Johanna will also be exclusively illustrating three colouring sheets for Westin Hotels & Resorts in Asia Pacific, with more details in the coming months.“I’m delighted to be partnering with Westin,” said Johanna Basford. “I love the way they care for their guests’ wellbeing and find charming ways to help them relax and enjoy their stay in such beautiful surroundings.”Johanna has been touted as the visionary who spearheaded the worldwide adult-colouring phenomenon with the debut of her book, Secret Garden in 2013. Secret Garden has sold over 15 million copies internationally and is available in 40 foreign editions. Ever since, she has published another three books – Enchanted Forest (2015), Lost Ocean (2015) and Magical Jungle (2016) – with one more due by the end of 2016. Drawing is both her passion as well as her form of relaxation, and millions have found colouring her illustrations calming and therapeutic.“We are thrilled to partner with Johanna Basford, an inspiring and globally renowned adult-colouring illustrator,” said Vincent Ong, Senior Brand Director, Brand Management, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. “At Westin, everything we do is designed to help guests feel their best. Collaborating with Johanna complements and cements the Westin brand’s approach and positioning to wellbeing; with colouring as a way to help our guests achieve calmness and mindfulness, whilst also sparking creativity.”Westin is dedicated to be a partner in travellers’ wellbeing before, during and after their stay delivered through wellness programmes and partnerships. These programmes are designed to help guests achieve wellbeing around six pillars: Eat Well, Sleep Well, Move Well, Play Well, Work Well and Feel Well. This latest partnership with Johanna Basford strengthens the Feel Well pillar, promoting mindfulness, calmness and relaxation for guests on the road.Sharing similar values, Johanna’s mission is to make the world a happier place through colouring while the Westin brand is ultimately committed to ensuring that guests feel better when they leave than when they first arrived. With close to 50 Westin hotels and resorts across Asia Pacific and more than 30 the pipeline, the Westin brand is gaining increasing momentum and reinforcing its position as a leader in wellness and hospitality.Go back to the e-newsletter