YouTube sensation Lisa Mishra was known for recording cover versions of popular songs. But her life changed once producer Rhea Kapoor discovered her version of Veere Di Wedding’s Tareefan. Soon she flew to India to render a reprise version of the song. Her latest track is The Wakhra Song from JudgeMentall Hai Kya which has grabbed a lot of attention. When asked about coming on board the song, she says, “Tanishk Bagchi and I have known each other ever since I released the reprise version of Tareefan. And we always wanted to work together. We were just waiting for the right song and opportunity. So, he sent me a text to come and try this one out. I already loved the song so much; it is one of my favourites. It was just really great that this is the one he had for me to try out.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaTalking about collaborating with Bagchi for the first time, she says, “Working with Tanishk was really awesome as he is very clear about what he wants. He is very focused when it comes to working and does not like wasting time. Also, he is just so very nice. He is somebody who is incredibly responsible about time. He is also very funny and easy to get along with.”Punjabi vocalist Navv Inder’s Wakhra swag that released in 2015 became an instant chartbuster. So does Mishra feel any pressure of living up to the original track? “Of course, I felt the pressure of living up to the original because there are so many people, including myself, who love the original Wakhra swag. I hope we did justice and I hope it has come out great. It is really cool to have a female rap on this and Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khannathe female verse on it gives a new perspective very familiar and well-loved song,” comes her reply. The song marks her first collaboration with rapper Raja Kumari too. “It was awesome working with Raja Kumari because she and I are very close friends. So, when we got to know that we were going to sing a song together, we were really very excited and we have never collaborated before. We have always talked about collaborating and I could not be very happier working on The wakhra song together.” Mishra says that Kangana Ranaut is her favourite actress. “I was so excited to sing for Kangana because she is one of my favourite actresses. Rajkummar Rao is also one of the finest actors in the industry, so to croon a song for their film was an honour.” Hinting at her upcoming projects, she says, “I have a lot of projects coming out in the next five months. I am very excited to have people to listen to these songs that we have worked on for so long. Some of them are films and my next one is non-film. I was really excited about the success of Sajna ve and so I am all set to release another independent music piece.”
Kolkata: The BJP has created phobia among the people of Kashmir and anyone asking anything about the valley has been threatened, while the media has been forced to give a rosy picture of the area, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday.She was addressing a gathering at Behala on Wednesday evening, on the eve of Independence Day. Banerjee said: “I reiterate that the procedure which was followed to do away with Article 370 of the Indian Constitution giving special status to Kashmir, was wrong. The decision was implemented by using brute force. Instead, the Centre should have talked to the people and won their confidence.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”It is a major tragedy that on the eve of the 73rd Independence Day we do not know what has happened to the former Chief Ministers or how the people of the area are spending their days. This is not democracy,” she maintained. Stating that Bengal has taught people unity and integration, Banerjee added: “Bengal has produced the highest number of freedom fighters who had sacrificed their lives for future generations.” She said Bengal will be celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the bicentenary of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. “When the entire country was rejoicing on August 15, 1947, Gandhiji was in Kolkata spreading the message of national integrity and peace and to ensure that no communal riot took place,” she added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAcknowledging the contribution of Raja Rammohan Roy and Vidyasagar, she said: “Raja Rammohan had fought to stop the evil practice of sati and Vidyasagar had introduced widow remarriage. Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 and Rabindranath’s role to oppose the decision to partition Bengal in 1905 are remembered by the people of our country. Bengal has taught us to be responsible and uphold the message of love.” The Trinamool supremo mentioned that in the past eight years, remarkable development has taken place in Bengal, saying: “Anyone coming to the city from other cities or abroad appreciates the way both sides of VIP Road have been beautified.” Banerjee will hoist the National Flag at Red Road and take the guard of honour on Thursday morning on the 73rd Independence Day of India. She will also hand over police medals to awardees. Independence Day will be observed in all 341 blocks throughout the state.
To raise awareness of the importance of sustainable wood sourcing, Martin Guitar has announced it is teaming up with the Rainforest Alliance on a public engagement campaign, #FollowTheFrog.The multi-phase campaign, which launched this week, will use Martin’s social media platforms, Martin Ambassador James Valentine of Maroon 5, and public events to drive attention to Martin’s longstanding commitment to the environment and its collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance for over two decades to protect precious forests through the practices of responsible forest management.The multi-faceted Martin Guitar activities kick off the next Rainforest Alliance annual Follow the Frog campaign, which engages companies and consumers in the sustainability mission and communicates the positive impact of products that carry the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal. Martin Guitar is proud to begin its engagement with #FollowTheFrog today and will launch the 2nd phase in early 2017, when the Rainforest Alliance will commence its 30th anniversary year with full global Follow the Frog activation.As part of the campaign, Martin will chronicle the manufacturing of a guitar, certified by the Rainforest Alliance for meeting the strict standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). FSC-certified guitars must comply with the most rigorous social and environmental standards on the market, including using woods from forests where ecosystems, wildlife and communities are protected.Martin Guitar’s multiple social media platforms and corporate website will allow people to #FollowTheFrog throughout the journey of the instrument’s production, from conception to the final stage of adorning it with the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal, featuring the organization’s iconic tree frog inside the guitar.When ready in early 2017, the finished guitar will be given to Martin Ambassador James Valentine, lead guitarist of the multi-platinum selling rock band Maroon 5, who will lead Phase 2 of the Martin Guitar #FollowTheFrog campaign, which will serve as an exciting key element of the global Rainforest Alliance Follow the Frog campaign.“Martin has been deeply committed to environmental responsibility in a variety of ways for many decades, but as the world’s premiere manufacturer of acoustic guitars, wood sustainability is of particular concern for us,” said Chris Martin IV, Chairman and CEO, Martin Guitar. “It’s important to us and it’s important to our customers that we operate in a way that ensures we will have healthy forests around the world for many generations to come. We’re proud to team up with an organization as respected as the Rainforest Alliance to help us continue to achieve this mission.”“By working with collaborating companies like Martin Guitar, who share our vision, we are able to promote the responsible management of forests to benefit communities, wildlife and the environment,” said Nigel Sizer, President of the Rainforest Alliance. “The Martin Guitar #FollowTheFrog campaign is a wonderful way for people to get an inside look at what it really means to source wood responsibly, in a way that helps people and the planet. With the global challenges of climate change and deforestation we currently face, sustainable wood sourcing has never been more important.”The first phase of the campaign will feature special messaging on both Martin Guitar’s and the Rainforest Alliance’s digital platforms, as well as informational booths hosted by the Rainforest Alliance and Martin Guitar at key music festivals. To learn more about the campaign, please visit www.martinguitar.com/followthefrog.
CALGARY – Pembina Pipeline Corp. (TSX: PPL) says its board of directors has approved construction of an export terminal at Prince Rupert, B.C., to be used to send liquefied Western Canadian propane to markets in Asia and Central America.The Calgary-based company says the project on Watson Island is expected to cost about $260 million, up from an estimate of $150 million made last spring, due to minor scope changes, dock maintenance and additional site preparation.Pembina’s facility, which still requires regulatory and environmental approvals, is expected to be in service by mid-2020 and will have a permitted capacity of about 25,000 barrels per day of propane.Meanwhile, construction is underway on a terminal on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert that was green-lighted early this year by Calgary-based AltaGas Ltd. (TSX:ALA).The project, which its builder says will be the first propane export terminal on Canada’s West Coast, is expected to cost $475 million and have capacity of 1.2 million tonnes per year when it opens in 2019.Both facilities are to use rail cars, not pipelines, to transport propane from Alberta and B.C. to their facilities.
“The fact that almost three billion people live in poverty and that 20 per cent of the world’s people hold 70 per cent of its total income means that we have not kept our promises,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “It is time to make the right to development a reality for all,” she stressed at an event at UN Headquarters to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development.Development is declared a right that entitles “every human person and all peoples to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized,” according to the Declaration. After it was adopted by the General Assembly on 4 December 1986, the Declaration was re-affirmed many times, including at UN conferences on the environment and on human rights, as well as in the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Ms. Pillay stressed that development is a human right and the right to development belongs to all. “The anniversary stands in the uneasy light of the fact that for millions, development remains in the realm of rhetoric. We must respond to the aspirations of those who live at the margins, both locally and globally.”She also stated that the right to development responds to contemporary challenges, and stressed the need to act together to incorporate the right to development across institutions and across layers of governance. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the Declaration gave hope to millions of people around the world. “It brought all human rights together. And it centred development around people. “On paper, the Declaration lived. In practice, it languished.”He stressed that now is the time to realize the Declaration’s ideals so that people can live with dignity. “Now is the time to invest in development,” he said. “We must invest in people, especially women and youth. They make up more than two-thirds of the global population. But they have more than numbers. Women and youth have the ability and energy to drive progress.”Mr. Ban added that in a world marred by violence and war, it should be remembered that development is the path to peace.“At the same time, as the Declaration shows, peace is a path to development,” he said, noting that disarmament, economic issues and human rights are all crucial for development. Also addressing the event, General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser said that many of the global challenges seen today can be addressed by the implementation of the right to development, “confirming its renewed significance in this era of profound change.”He added that the right to development resonates with the four main priority areas of focus he has outlined for the current Assembly session, including sustainable development.“It is time to realize the Declaration on the Right to Development,” he stressed. 8 November 2011Top United Nations officials today stressed the need to make the right to development a reality for everyone, everywhere, and to ensure that it brings about a real difference in the daily lives of billions around the world who continue to live in want and in fear.
The proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution was approved by the Central Provincial Council today.The draft was approved with 40 members voting for and nine against it.
The long weekend beckons but that doesn’t always mean getting away from campus for some. Here’s a list of what’s open and closed this weekend:The University is closed both Friday and Monday.The library is closed Friday.The Walker Complex is open Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. The complex will be open all weekend for previously booked conferences.The Decew dining hall, Guernsey Market and Tim Hortons are closed Friday. Decew will be open the remainder of the weekend from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., noon to 1 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.The Guernsey Market is open Saturday and Sunday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. It’s also open Monday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.The Centre for the Arts box office will be closed this weekend, re-opening with summer hours (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) on Tuesday.
The six-month mandate of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) expires at the end of May and for the first time the Council was showing political interest in the region, Brazilian Ambassador Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York.During the four-day trip, the 15-member delegation aimed to support MINUSTAH as it assisted the Transitional Government in disarming all illegal armed groups in preparation for a national dialogue, free, fair and open democratic elections and the accession to power of an elected government in February next year, he said.The Council was also concerned about human rights compliance, he added.Military and political strategies would not work in the long term without strategies for economic development, the reduction of poverty and the repair of the damaged environment, he said.In this regard, the disbursement of pledged aid had started and Haiti, with an unheard of 85 per cent unemployment and massive rural-to-urban migration, was getting bilateral help for its national bureaucracy in implementing quick impact projects (QIPs), Mr. Sardenberg said.Asked if Latin America saw Haiti as a regional issue, Mr. Sardenberg noted that Haiti was the first territory in Latin America and the Caribbean to gain its independence and that carried political significance.It was the first time that Latin American countries had worked together in a United Nations mission and, despite some domestic opposition in some cases, were prepared to put their resources where their mouths were, he said.The Special Representative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Haiti, Juan-Gabriel Valdés, has also noted the pioneering participation in MINUSTAH of troops from several Ibero-American countries.Haitian President Alexandre Petion responded to an 1815 appeal from South American “Liberator” Simon Bolivar with supplies and men for the independence struggle that freed five Latin America countries.
FILE – In this Oct. 5, 2015, file photo, the VW sign of Germany’s Volkswagen car company is displayed at the building of a company’s retailer in Berlin. Volkswagen Truck & Bus, an arm of the German automaker Volkswagen, is buying a minority stake in Navistar. The two companies also said Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, that they will enter a procurement joint venture that will help source parts for both businesses. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File) by The Associated Press Posted Sep 6, 2016 5:39 am MDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Volkswagen Truck & Bus buying stake in Navistar for $256M NEW YORK, N.Y. – Volkswagen Truck & Bus, an arm of the German automaker Volkswagen, is buying a minority stake in Navistar for $256 million.The companies also said Tuesday that they will enter a procurement joint venture that will help source parts for both businesses. There will also be technology sharing, with an anticipated emphasis on powertrain technology.Volkswagen Truck & Bus will acquire 16.2 million Navistar shares at $15.76 per share and will be allowed to name two directors to Navistar’s board. Navistar will remain an independent truck, bus and engine company.Navistar International Corp. expects savings of at least $500 million over the first five years. By the fifth year, the Lisle, Illinois-based company anticipates the alliance will generate annual savings of at least $200 million for its business.The announcement of the deal comes as Volkswagen AG is trying to move forward in the U.S. following an emissions cheating scandal. Last month it was disclosed that about 210,000 owners of Volkswagens with 2-litre diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests have registered to settle with the company under the terms of a June court agreement. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer has given the $15 billion settlement preliminary approval, with a final decision expected Oct. 18. Terms call for the German carmaker to spend up to $10 billion buying back or repairing Volkswagen and Audi 2-litre vehicles and paying owners another $5,100 to $10,000 each.Navistar has also had its own emissions issues. In March the company announced that it would pay $7.5 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission complaints about its claim to investors that it had developed an engine that could be certified to meet U.S. emission standards. Navistar didn’t admit wrongdoing as part of the settlement.Navistar’s stock surged $8.03, or 57.1 per cent, to $22.10 in morning trading Tuesday. Its shares have risen more than 22 per cent over the past year.
WHO partners in Syria vaccinate children who have fled eastern Aleppo – in this case to Jibreen, rural Aleppo. Prior to the crisis, Syria had one of the highest vaccination rates in the Middle East. Now, half of all children are missing out on life-saving vaccines. Photo: WHO Syria As the Syria crisis enters its sixth year, civilians continue to bear the brunt of a conflict marked by unparalleled suffering, destruction and disregard for human life. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 13.5 million people require humanitarian assistance, including 4.9 million people in need trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, where they are exposed to grave protection threats. “Aleppo is now a synonym for hell,” Mr. Ban said at UN Headquarters in New York, bidding farewell to the UN press corps.“We have collectively failed the people of Syria. Peace will only prevail when it is accompanied by compassion, justice and accountability for the abominable crimes we have seen,” he added. On another front, he noted that this week will mark the third year of conflict in South Sudan, and he deplored that “the country’s leaders have betrayed their people’s trust, and squandered a peace agreement.” “Most immediately, my Special Adviser [on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng] has warned of the risk of genocide,” he said, urging the UN Security Council to take more concerted action, including through punitive measures. Mr. Ban will complete his 10-year service as the world’s top diplomat on 31 December, passing the baton to his successor António Guterres, who was sworn in this past Monday.In his last press conference as United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today delivered stark warnings on two issues at the forefront of international concern: Syria and South Sudan. Mr. Ban said “the carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience,” and that South Sudan faces a risk of genocide as the country’s leaders have “squandered a peace agreement.””The carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience,” and South Sudan faces a risk of genocide as the country’s leaders have “squandered a peace agreement”, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his last press conference, delivering stark warnings on two issues at the forefront of international concern.“This has been a decade of unceasing test,” he said. “But I have also seen collective action change millions of lives for the better.”He expressed continued support for the global momentum behind the Paris Agreement on climate change.“Climate action means jobs, growth, cleaner air and better health. Leaders from across the globe and on every front understand this – from Fortune 500 CEOs [Chief Executive Officers] to Governors and Mayors,” he said. “The Paris Agreement on climate change is a precious achievement that we must support and nurture. There is no turning back.” “Difficult as it may sometimes be, international cooperation remains the path to a more peaceful and prosperous world,” he said, pledging to continue to spare no effort to urge world leaders, long-standing or newly-minted, to recognize and embrace that preeminent 21st-century fact.Mr. Ban stressed that journalists have an important job to do – informing the world about the work of UN – when it makes progress and when it falls short. “I deeply believe in your mission,” he said, underlining his efforts to be the defender of their safety and press freedom.South Sudan has faced ongoing challenges since a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and his Vice-President Riek Machar erupted into full blown conflict in December 2013. The crisis has produced one of the world’s worst displacement situations with immense suffering for civilians.
Under a rare clear London sky, Allyson Felix shot around the track in the 200-meter race like a woman determined to not have a third failure in the event of her life.With 40 meters remaining to cover before the finish line – and the elusive Olympic gold medal – Felix burst pass Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to glory.The disheartening results of previous Olympics mattered not. The gold was hers, and she left no doubt about it, either, winning by .21 seconds.Felix won the race in 21.88 seconds, topping Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, who won the 100 four nights earlier and Team USA’s Carmelita Jeter, who added a bronze to go with her silver in the 100 meters.One more spot back was Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, who defeated Felix in the Athens and Beijing Games and was trying to become the first woman to win the same individual track and field event in three consecutive Olympics.It was the third-place tie in 100-meter qualifying at U.S. trials last month that hovered over Felix’s run-up to these Olympics — forcing her to defend herself off the track for the first time in an otherwise-pristine career.Her tie with Jeneba Tarmoh for the third and final spot in the 100 forced USA Track and Field officials to scramble for a solution. One possibility was a coin flip; instead, they settled on a run-off. But Tarmoh begged off. Felix, never a serious medal contender for the 100, had to defend her decision not to give up the spot, and she went on to finish fifth.“Everyone just expected me to give up this spot, because I think lots of people … know me and they know that I’m seen as this very nice girl,” Felix said with a chuckle a few days before the start of track and field in London. “But it’s not just about me.”On this night, finally, it was.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Associated Press Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 10:00 PM Share Tweet Email 46 Comments Image: Youtube/ABCNews Donald Trump’s first wife is writing a new memoir Raising Trump will focus on their three children. I was a tough and loving mother who taught them the value of a dollar, not to lie, cheat or steal, respect for others, and other life lessons that I’ll share now in ‘Raising Trump,’ along with unfiltered personal stories about Don, Eric, and Ivanka from their early childhood to becoming the ‘first sons and daughter.Ivana Trump has written books before, including the novel For Love Alone, which led to a legal battle with her ex-husband.In 1992, Donald Trump sued Ivana for $25 million, claiming the novel was based on their marriage and violated the nondisclosure portion of the divorce decree.Ivana Trump countersued over other parts of the divorce agreement and, in 1993, the two settled their differences.Gallery is part of Simon & Schuster, which under its Threshold Editions imprint published Donald Trump’s campaign book Crippled America, released in paperback as Great Again.Read: Leaked returns show Donald Trump paid $38 million in tax in 2005 >Read: Snoop Dogg under fire for shooting an orange-faced Donald Trump clown in music video > IVANA TRUMP, THE first wife of US President Donald Trump, is writing a memoir that will focus on the couple’s three children.Raising Trump will be published on 12 September according to its publisher Gallery Books.The publisher says that Ivana will “recount the lessons she taught her children as they were growing up”.Gallery goes on to say that Ivana Trump is writing a story of “motherhood, strength and resilience” and also will reflect on her “childhood in communist Czechoslovakia” and how she moved to New York.“As her former husband takes his place as the 45th president of the United States, his children have also been thrust into the media spotlight — but it is Ivana who raised them and proudly instilled in them what she believes to be the most important life lessons: loyalty, honesty, integrity and drive,” the statement reads.Donald and Ivana Trump divorced in 1992 amid revelations that Donald Trump had been having an affair with Marla Maples, who became his second wife.They divorced in 1999 and six years later Donald Trump married Melania Knauss.Gallery is calling the Ivana’s book “non-political,” and it’s also unlikely to be critical of the president, whose candidacy Ivana Trump supported.Her divorce from the current president included a nondisclosure agreement, and her children with him — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric — are close to their father and are contributing memories to the book. Ivana Trump is the mother of Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. Source: Michael ZornThe three younger Trumps said in a statement that they were “excited” about “Raising Trump” and called Ivana an “amazing mom, teacher and inspiration to all of us.”Ivana Trump said in a statement that Raising Trump was in part a response to compliments she receives about her children.“Every day, people ask me how I raised such good kids. They are truly amazed when I tell them that there was no magic to their upbringing,” Ivana Trump is quoted as saying. Mar 18th 2017, 10:00 PM http://jrnl.ie/3290511 Ivana Trump had supported her ex-husband’s presidential bid. Image: Youtube/ABCNews 35,842 Views Ivana Trump had supported her ex-husband’s presidential bid. Short URL
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A tribunal in Melbourne has ruled that the ‘Australian Macedonian (sic) Weekly’ which insulted Greek people in a viciously-worded article in May 2009, did not incite racial hatred. The newspaper referred to Greeks, amongst other provocations, as “freaks of nature” and “deranged bastardly monsters” . The Australian Macedonian Advisory Council’s case against the newspaper which described Greece “as a thieving nation”, came before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) last month. Legal advice sought by the Council suggested that the article contravened Section 7 of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 (Vic), which states that, “a person must not, on the ground of the race of another person or class of persons, engage in conduct that incites hatred against, serious contempt for, or revulsion or severe ridicule of a class of persons on the ground of the race of that class of person.” The newspaper’s editor Ljubco Stankovski told the tribunal that the article had been published in the honest belief it would be of interest to his paper’s readers, despite the article’s “extravagant” language. The tribunal was heard by Senior Member Noreen Megay. Jeremy Rapke QC, the former Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions represented the newspaper. In dismissing the racial vilification complaint, Noreen Megay in her nineteen-page document explaining the reasoning for her judgement said: “For the average Macedonian (sic) reader, this article is probably just ‘preaching to the converted’ and is not likely to stir up such raw emotion as to breach the Act.” Ms Megay added that “a commitment to free speech is an essential concept of all liberal democracies of which Australia is one,” before adding that she felt, “firmly of the view that restrictions should only be placed on discourse in the most egregious of cases. In her concluding statements, Bray questioned “whether the subject matter is in the interest of the public as a whole, as distinct from one that excites the interest of two ethnic groups.” The judgement comes after a tireless campaign by the AMAC for over two years, costing tens of thousands of dollars in an effort to hold the newspaper to account. In a statement released by AMAC following the decision, the Council said: “The danger of the Tribunal finding that the AMW article was not unlawful is that the Courts and Tribunals can be seen to be condoning the kind of racist, insidious language used in thearticle. Ms Megay saw it necessary to state that, despite her finding there was no breach of Section 7, she ‘would not wish to be taken as approving the tenor of the article.’ ” The AMAC added that “a further danger is that the Victorian community may perceive that there are double standards attached to racial vilification laws, in that some ethnic groups are more likely to be successful in making a complaint than others.” The Council’s statement went on to suggest that there existed academic criticism of the particular legislation and similar legislation in other states: “AMAC believes that amendments are necessary to ensure the proper protection of Victorians from vilification and the maintenance of multiculturalism in Victoria.” “To-date there has been no successful racial vilification complaint made under Victorian law. AMAC finds it difficult to foresee what type of conduct or language could possibly be used to invoke a sanction under Section 7, given that the said article did not (in the opinion of Ms Megay) cross the line. AMAC considers that Section 7 is a poorly drafted and toothless provision and that it should be repealed, so as not to give false hope to people who have legitimate grievances and have been racially vilified.” The Council has the option of appealing against the decision to the Supreme Court of Victoria, and has been given legal advice suggeting that Ms Megay’s judgment contained numerous errors of law upon which an appeal can be based. However, in considering whether to appeal the decision the AMAC will have to take into account the significant expenses entailed and the considerable risk of costs being awarded against it, should an appeal be unsuccessful. Treasurer of the AMAC, Ian Pelekanakis, who took the witness-stand for cross-examination during the hearing, told Neos Kosmos he was “very disappointed” with the decision and that the Council would now be considering its options. AMAC has until September 28 to decide if it wishes to make an appeal. The Council welcomes donations to help meet the costs related to an appeal and other future actions in relation to the article. Please contact the Council on 0405 713854 or email email@example.com for further details. A full copy of the VCAT judgement is available online at http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/vic/VCAT/2011/1647.html
PORTLAND — Spring chinook angling in the lower Columbia River is projected to continue through April 6 under rules adopted by Washington and Oregon on Thursday.Fishing is open daily downstream of Interstate 5.Beginning March 1, fishing also will be allowed upstream of I-5 to Beacon Rock for boaters and to Bonneville Dam for bank anglers. There will be three Tuesday closures — March 20, March 27 and April 3 — to accommodate commercial fishing.A strong run of 314,200 spring chinook is forecast to enter the Columbia destined to waters upstream of Bonneville Dam. A good run of 83,400 is predicted for Oregon’s Willamette River. An additional 25,600 chinook are anticipated to other lower Columbia tributaries.To prevent overharvest in case the prediction is too high, the states will apply a 30 percent buffer and manage the upper Columbia run as if it were 219,900, said Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.The early-season allocation is 12,700 upper Columbia salmon for the lower Columbia sport fishery. Ehlke said the overall sport catch is projected to be 14,500 chinook by the time the 12,700 upper Columbia fish are taken. Modeling projects 105,300 angler trips through April 6.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019Top afternoon stories:Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office via APThis photo from the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office shows the fire at the KMCO plant on April 2, 2019.Harris County Sues KMCO Over Fire At Crosby FacilityHarris County is suing KMCO over the explosion and fire that occurred at their Crosby facility on April 2. The county is arguing the petrochemical company violated both state laws and county regulations.The fire occurred at the facility located at 16503 Ramsey Road and caused one fatality and injuries to several workers. Several workers have also sued. Regarding those lawsuits, KMCO said in a statement to media outlets that until the facts are known, any legal complaints against the company should be considered unverified. County Attorney Vince Ryan filed the lawsuit last Wednesday, April 3, at the 269th Civil Court. On Tuesday, the Harris County Commissioners Court ratified the litigation and authorized funding for the legal case.The lawsuit alleges KMCO violated the Texas Clean Air Act, as well as the state’s Solid Waste Disposal Act and Water Code. In addition, the county argues the company may be in violation of Harris County’s floodplain and storm water regulations.ShutterstockSanta Fe High School.Santa Fe Accused Shooter Faces 11 Federal ChargesDimitrios Pagourtzis, the suspected shooter of the May 2018 Santa Fe High School mass shooting, is facing 11 federal charges after federal agents took him into custody on Monday.Pagourtzis, 18, is accused of killing 10 people and wounding 13 others at the Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018. He already faces state charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant.Pagourtzis’ defense attorney Nicholas Poehl said federal prosecutors have filed 11 charges against his client. Poehl said he doesn’t know specifically what federal charges were filed because that case is sealed. Federal law prohibits public hearings for juveniles. Pagourtzis was 17 when the shooting occurred.In March, federal prosecutors had said they wouldn’t pursue charges against the teenager at that time.Eric Stone/Houston Public MediaCommercial waste, including tires, buckets of oil and cans of brake fluid, line Brays Road in Magnolia Park.Long Waits For Cleanup Of Houston’s Illegal Dump Sites The city of Houston aims to respond to 3-1-1 calls about illegal dumping within 29 days. But it missed that target more often than not in 2018 — it only resolved about 35 percent of dumping complaints on time, according to data from the city’s 3-1-1 website, analyzed by News 88.7.About 65 percent of complaints went overdue – sometimes languishing for well over a month. More than 10 percent of cases took over six months to resolve. The situation is worse in poorer city council districts, especially District D and District I, which are two of Houston’s poorest districts by median household income.In District I, 82 percent of calls went overdue last year and the average claim took 117 days to resolve. That includes Hobby Airport, the East End and Downtown.In Pecan Park, the average claim took over five months to resolve — the longest response time of any of Houston’s super neighborhoods.Jacquelyn Martin/APPresident Donald Trump.Trump Will Visit Texas To Announce Boost Of Energy SectorPresident Donald Trump will visit Texas on Wednesday to announce executive orders to streamline energy projects and expand oil and natural gas production in the United States.Trump will visit the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center, a union-run facility located in Crosby, about 25 miles northeast of Houston.A White House senior official told the Houston Chronicle that the executive orders aim to speed up permitting for energy companies.Companies specialized in the pipeline sector have asked the president to use his executive power to prevent states from blocking multi-million dollar projects, according to the newspaper.Oil and gas production is setting records in the U.S. and Texas leads the sector’s growth. Share
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgThe National Skills Coalition reported that middle-skills jobs, which requires a high school diploma but not four-year degree, make up the largest segment of the labor market in all 50 states, and that’s why Prince George’s County is taking the lead in the state of Maryland to ensure that there are more laborers for that sector.“Prince George’s County Public Schools is providing scholars a unique pathway to fulfill today’s demanding workforce requirements. It’s called the Youth Apprenticeship Program, the first of its kind in the state of Maryland,” the Youth Apprentice Program launch video said.Prince George’s County launched an apprenticeship program for high school students- the first of its kind in the state of Maryland. (Courtesy Photo)Middle-skill jobs include masonry, electrical and plumbing positions.With the Prince George’s County Public Schools Youth Apprenticeship Program, 11th graders will be eligible to apply for a trade of choice and, if selected, are plunged into their field training next to masters.“We made sure that they had this type of experiential learning so that it wasn’t just a textbook experience, that it was a hands on,” Jean-Paul Cadet, director of Career and Technical Education said in the Youth Apprenticeship Program launch video.Not only do the students begin doing hands on work, but during the summer between 11th and 12th grade, students will get the opportunity to work full time next to school district maintenance personnel and make a salary while at it. Upon graduation students are eligible to continue education at Prince George’s Community College and are guaranteed job placement by offering them preferential treatment to be hired for Prince George’s County agencies.As a master electrician and entrepreneur, Timothy Atchinson, a 2008 graduate of Crossland High School in Suitland, MD, emphasized the importance of trade training and work. graduate and master electrician and entrepreneur.“Going to a trade isn’t something that shouldn’t be a plan B. I really feel as though it should be a plan A. It gives you opportunities to go into a career that isn’t going to cost you hundreds of thousand of dollars with debt over the head graduating.According to the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ website, the Youth Apprenticeship Program application includes filling out a student application form, submitting a resume, current transcript and teacher evaluation form. The application is due March 12.For more information on the Youth Apprenticeship Program visit the Prince George’s County Public Schools website at https://www.pgcps.org.
When Sony released the PSPgo it was both an experiment and a gamble. Can a portable games machine thrive when you remove the ability to purchase physical games? The answer: no.The PSPgo was a disaster. It was priced too high, shunned by retailers who saw no profit it selling it, and gamers weren’t too happy about the lack of choice plus the inability to play their existing PSP games on the device.Sony seems to have learned its lesson, and the PS Vita will have games you can buy on physical media, although the optical drive has thankfully been replaced by flash cards. However, Sony did learn something from the PSPgo in so far as digital games do sell and should be offered to consumers.With that in mind, Sony Entertainment Europe’s new president and CEO Jim Ryan has confirmed that every game released for the PS Vita will be available through the PlayStation Store. The digital copy will mirror the release of the physical retail version if we’re lucky, and see no reason for Sony to delay releasing the digital version unless retailers demand it. In so doing, everyone should remain happy. Retailers can still sell games, gamers can go buy those games or stay at home and download them.If Sony honors the decision to do this dual release then it will be interesting to see which sales method wins out over the life of the device. Also, what’s going to happen with pricing? Will a retail copy sell for the same as the digital version? Probably, so as to keep retailers happy. But what about sales and price drops? Will Sony drop the digital versions in line with what retailers decide to do? I think we’ll have regular occurrences of the digital version costing more than at retail for a while.Personally, I’d like to see a digital copy shipped with the physical version just like is increasingly happening with e-books and Blu-ray/DVD sales. That way you can load up your PS Vita with games and keep your physical version safe and sound. I’m sure Sony would scoff at such a suggestion, though.Read more at 1UP
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is all set to fly to Bengaluru on Wednesday to attend the much-anticipated swearing-in ceremony of H D Kumaraswamy as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. After B S Yeddyurappa chose to resign as the CM instead of facing the trust vote, Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Democracy wins. Congratulations Karnataka. Congratulations Deve Gowda Ji, Kumaraswamy Ji, Congress and others. Victory of the ‘regional’ front.”She also called up former Prime Minister Deve Gowda and expressed her satisfaction. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be recalled that in an interview to a vernacular television channel almost a week ago, Banerjee had maintained that there might be a hung Assembly in Karnataka and H D Kumaraswamy might become the Chief Minister. Her prediction has come true. After the election result in Karnataka was out, Banerjee said it would have been different had the Congress inked ties with the JDS. In the 224-member Assembly, the BJP got 104 seats while Congress and JDS got 78 and 38 seats while others got 2. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt was Banerjee who started gathering anti-BJP parties on a common ground and work towards a Federal Front to contest against the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. In the process, she spoke to Chandrababu Naidu, KCR, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav. KCR flew down to Kolkata to discuss the matter with her. Banerjee feels that to maintain the federal structure of India, the regional parties should grow stronger.Partha Chatterjee, Trinamool Congress secretary general, said: “It is difficult to say why the one who could not retain his post then, even took the oath. If all are united then BJP will be finished in 2019,” he remarked. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav also took to Twitter soon after Yeddyurappa announced his decision to resign as the Karnataka chief minister.”Truth can never be defeated! Truth will always defeat a lie or liar! #KarnatakaFloorTest,” the younger son of party chief Lalu Prasad wrote on the microblogging website.All those who believe in democracy are happy, said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, whose Telugu Desam Party exited the NDA in March.”This is a big blow for them(BJP), and I think what they had been planning all along for 2019 has failed, they will now have to rethink and alter their strategies,” said BSP supremo Mayawati.