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ICC probes Pak loss to Aus in Lord’s Test

first_imgA new match-fixing allegation has hit Pakistan team as their 150-run loss to Australia in Lord’s Test in July has come under investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC). According to leading Australian daily The Sydney Morning Herald, the Test match came under scrutiny after The Sun’s expose that also led to an investigation into the third ODI against England. In the latest revelations, it is believed that the ICC is investigating the possibility that there were two separate groups of corrupt Pakistani cricketers who are aligned to different illegal bookmakers. For the Test in question, Afridi had returned to the side as captain after the Pakistan team management had accused some of its players of purposely tanking in Australia and had imposed widespread suspensions and fines. After the match, Afridi had made the shock announcement that he was quitting the Test team. According to The Sun’s submission to the ICC, it is claimed that players were paid 700,000 by the bookies to fix aspects of the neutral-ground Test against Australia. Butt talks toughMeanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt accused the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) of being biased in the fixing investigation engulfing the team and threatened to sue those behind the “sinister conspiracy”. Butt said the alleged betting scandal was a “conspiracy to defraud and defame Pakistan cricket”. His comments came after he had earlier suggested that England players threw Friday’s match at The Oval, which Pakistan won by 23 runs. He changed his tune on Monday alleging that bookies were talking about English players throwing the match. The ECB pledged to take “all legal and disciplinary action” following Butt’s comments. Butt made his allegation after the ICC opened another investigation into alleged Pakistani fixing on the tour, following claims that the scoring pattern in Pakistan’s innings on Friday was prearranged.advertisementlast_img read more

The Graduates – Nathan Norford

first_imgIn the fourth edition of The Graduates, austouch.com.au caught up with former Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) player, Nathan Norford, who played for the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones at the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships. After two years playing for QSST, Nathan Norford’s final National Youth Championships was a chance to play for his permit, North Queensland, for the first time at the NYC level.And it turned out to be an impressive performance from the Tropical Cyclones 18’s Boys team, making it to the semi finals of the event. Norford hopes that his experience and leadership at this year’s NYC helps the side for years to come and hopes he can continue to help the side in other roles in the future. “Further down the track I’d love to coach these boys and mentor them. I’ve got my little brother playing in the side and he played really well and all the young boys, it’s a good chance for them to play on a bigger stage,” he said. Norford had his chance to play against QSST on day one of the NYC, and says that he was ‘a bit nervous’ but enjoyed playing against his former team.  “We played them early in the tournament, we came out and matched them for close to 10 to 15 minutes and then Queensland kept their same intensity and we couldn’t match it for the whole game I guess,” Norford said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever played for Cyclones, everyone likes to play for their region. At the same time, you’ve got a little bit of rivalry between the New South Wales and the Queensland teams. It’s a little bit of pressure on yourself to stand up to that.”Norford has plenty of fond memories of his time at the National Youth Championships over the past three years and says that he is ‘pretty disappointed’ that it has all come to an end, but knows there is plenty to look forward to in the future. “You always love coming away to these championships, and it’s a good way to test out your ability but there’s still 20’s and there’s still Open’s, so there’s a lot to look forward to.”“Probably the biggest thing I enjoy about Youth Champs is playing a good standard of Touch. Week in, week out we probably don’t get that as much in Townsville or North Queensland compared to the southern areas. (I also enjoy) meeting new people, seeing some many people, and you’re all here for the same passion.”last_img read more

Barca consider move for Man Utd free agent Mata

first_imgBarcelona have made contact with the representatives of Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata as they weigh up a move for the Spain international.Goal understands Barca are interested in bringing Mata to Camp Nou this summer, with the 30-year-old available on a free transfer at the end of the season as his contract at Old Trafford runs down.Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have also shown an interest in the former Chelsea star, meaning there is likely to be a battle for his signature should he fail to sign a new deal with the Red Devils. 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? It is understood that Man Utd remain in discussions with Mata relating to a new deal but there has yet to be a positive conclusion reached, though they remain hopeful they can persuade the Spaniard to remain at Old Trafford beyond this summerThe club triggered a one-year option in his current deal to keep him until July 2019, but interest from elsewhere could see his head turned.Mata’s current contract sees him earn £140,000-a-week, but the fact that his signing would involve no transfer fee means Barca see him as a bargain among an ever inflated market.The Blaugrana have already secured the services of one midfielder for next season after completing the €75 million (£65m/$85m) capture of Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong on Wednesday.They continue to be linked with PSG’s Adrien Rabiot, who is also set to be available on a free this summer, with Ernesto Valverde keen to bolster his options in the middle of the park.Having joined Man Utd in January 2014, Mata has made 208 appearances for the 20-time champions of English football, scoring 44 goals and contributing 35 assists.Juan Mata Man Utd 2018He has struggled to hold down a regular starting berth under any of his three permanent managers at the club, with just nine of his 15 league appearances this season coming from the start.Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins following Jose Mourinho’s sacking Mata has found himself on the bench more often than not, with the Norwegian coach prefering a front three of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.As such it is difficult to see him having a medium to long-term future with the club, and a move away might be in his best interests.Mata did come through the Real Madrid youth system before moving to Valencia at the age of 19, and a potential move to Catalunya would mark his first return to Spain since leaving Mestalla for Chelsea in 2011.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane for patching, crack filling and micro-surfacing west of Exit 5 for about 6.5 kilometres until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-3395 Fax: 902-825-2776 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 PICTOU COUNTY: Granton-Abercrombie Road Granton-Abercrombie Road, from Trunk 4 north for about 4.2 kilometres to the railway crossing near the Michelin Plant, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Sections of Trunk 19, from 40 metres north of Blackstone Road south for about three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Shore Road Sections of Shore Road from the intersection of Parker Mountain Road to the intersection of Hampton Mountain Road will be reduced to one lane for road improvements. The work is scheduled to be completed on Saturday, Aug. 15. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traffic control people will guide motorists through the construction zone. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Lynches River Connector east to Chapel Island will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and paving from Monday, Aug. 10 until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 near Ben Eoin will be reduced to one lane for gravelling, grading and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers through the construction zone. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from South Side River Bourgeois Road for about 7.8 kilometres east to Highway 104, will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and sealing until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-5142 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-680-5914 Fax: 902-681-7151 Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive from the railway tracks west for five kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. A detour is available on Highway 125. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Sections of Highway 107, from 318 overpass for about 11 kilometres to Akerley Boulevard (including ramps) will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. There will be no work from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. westbound, and from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. eastbound. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from Beaver Bank interchange west for about three kilometres, is reduced to one lane in both directions for repaving and guardrail repairs until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Island Bridge Traffic on the LaHave Island Bridge on Crescent Beach Road will be delayed during repairs from Monday, Aug. 10 until Friday, Sept. 11. The bridge will remain open to traffic but delays of up to 20 minutes should be expected. Work takes place on week days from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-674-2535 Fax: 902-674-2170 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Sections of Highway 101 for about 11.5 kilometres west of Exit 22 will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, patching and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Local Area Office: 902-893-1573 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Sections of Trunk 19, from Route 395 south for about 9.2 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, August 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 Fax: 902-896-2259 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Scotch Lake Road Scotch Lake Road from Route 223, east for 7.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. A detour is available on Route 223. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 Fax: 902-896-2259 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Greenhill Drive to about 800 metres past Meadows Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Motorists are advised of delays and to use an alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-7058 Fax: 902-896-2259 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be available until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and advance warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7 metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. KINGS COUNTY: Cogswell Bridge Cogswell Bridge on Green Road will be closed for maintenance and general repairs from Monday, Aug. 10 until Friday, Aug. 14. Traffic should detour on Brooklyn Street to Steadman Road then to Lakewood Road. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 335/Dennis Point Wharf Road Route 335 in West Pubnico, from the intersection of Rock Road south for about 3.7 kilometres and Dennis Point Wharf Road, will be reduced to one lane for ditching and repaving until Friday, Aug. 21. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution as pavement is grooved. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-893-1573 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-680-5914 Fax: 902-681-7151 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Night Work Construction of the Pine Tree Road overpass on Highway 104 will continue through the night until Friday, Aug. 14. Periodic, short delays are expected on Highway 104 because of trucks crossing Highway 104. Traffic control people will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 212 Sections of Route 212 from Pratt and Whitney Drive east for about 7.7 kilometres will be reduced to a one lane until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Spanks Bridge Spanks Bridge on the Larry’s River Road at West Cooks Cove will be out of service (except to local traffic) for repairs until Saturday, Oct. 31. A detour is available on Mountain Road and Trunk 16. Trans-Canada Trail users are advised that the Spanks Bridge is closed and to use caution when travelling in this area. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Hiltz Road to William Conley Road between Pembroke and Walton will have traffic interruptions for repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 RICHMOND COUNTY: Bona Road Bona Road, from Rocky Bay Road to Cap La Ronde Road in the Town of D’Escousse will be reduced to one lane for clearing, and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 Fax: 902-825-3593 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until Monday, Aug. 10. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-6747 HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236 from Route 354 in Kennetcook for about 6.4 kilometres, to Bishop Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from dawn to dark. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-6747 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 On Saturday, Aug. 8, there will be a 20 minute closure of Highway 101 at 6 a.m. between Exit 4 and Exit 5, near St. Croix, to allow for blasting needed for road construction. Please obey traffic control people in the area. Drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane for paving from Cumberland County line to Soley Cove Road until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 RICHMOND COUNTY: D’Escousse Cap La Ronde Road in the Town of D’Escousse, from the intersection of Route 320 and Poirierville west for about 5.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for clearing, and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Whiteside Road The Whiteside Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Route 320 for 900 metres to the Richmond Academy to allow for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. PICTOU COUNTY: Mount William Road Mount William Road, from Highway 104 about 5.3 kilometres to Granton-Abercrombie Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Broad Cove Marsh Road Section 3 of Broad Cove Marsh Road from Trunk 19 north for about one kilometre will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Lakeshore Drive east for 4.7 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and paving from Monday, Aug. 10 until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure The Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, will be closed until further notice. A marked detour route is available on New Road, Route 221 and Morden Road. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 VICTORIA COUNTY: Big Baddeck Road Sections of Big Baddeck Road, north of Old Margaree Road, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Aug. 31 for repaving. A detour route is available on Old Margaree Road loop. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-674-2535 Fax: 902-674-2170 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Stewart’s Bridge Stewart’s Bridge located between Route 311 and West North River Road will be closed for replacement from Monday, Aug. 10 until Monday, Nov. 30. A temporary panel bridge will be in place as a detour. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, on Louisbourg Highway south of Hornes Road will be reduced to one lane for about six kilometres for clearing, gravelling and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road Sections of South River Lake Road, from 2.9 kilometres west of the North Ogden Road east for 6.4 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and repaving until Monday, August 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2 from Taggart Loop for about 8.5 kilometres to Portapique will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for patching, crack filling and micro-surfacing from Short’s Lake, south for about six kilometres until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Two sections of Highway 105, from Exit 10 west for 4.3 kilometres, and east of Big Harbour Road for about 1.8 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Motorists can expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Paradise Lane Paradise Lane in the community of Paradise will be closed from Monday, Aug. 10 until Friday, Aug. 14 to replace a culvert. Detour routes will be marked on Lawrencetown Lane and South Street. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Sections of Trunk 1 from Oak Island Road (Avonport Roundabout), for about 8.1 kilometres to Hantsport town line, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Whale Creek bridge on Route 215 about 300 metres west of William Conley Road will be reduced to one lane for replacement of a cross culvert on the panel bridge until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Work from dawn to dusk. PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Highway 104 access on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. Local Area Office: 902-674-2535 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from Prospect Street for about 5.2 kilometres to Lakeside Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving and shoulder repairs until Thursday, Aug. 20. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution as pavement is grooved. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Sections of Route 236 from the Hants County line for about eight kilometres to Princeport Road will be reduced to one lane for paving and shoulder repairs until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Sangsters Bridge Sangsters Bridge, on Sangsters Bridge Road connecting Upper Falmouth and Trunk 14, will be closed for repairs until Wednesday, Sept. 30. A detour route is available through the Town of Windsor. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 336, Upper Musquodoboit Sections of Route 336, from the intersection with Route 224 for about 9.7 kilometres to the Colchester County line, will be reduced to one lane for repaving and drainage improvements until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY;: Buchanan Bridge Buchanan Bridge on Highway 105 at South Haven will be reduced to one lane for deck replacement until Monday, Aug. 31. There will be 24-hour traffic control at the construction zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) from Point de Havre Road north for about 8.3 kilometres to Cape Breton Highlands National Park, will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and sealing until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245 will have alternating lane closures for about 7.8 kilometres west of the Antigonish town line for ditching, culvert installation and repaving until Saturday, Sept. 12. Detour on Old Maryvale Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 206 Route 206 from Creighton Road east to Veteran’s Memorial Drive will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and paving from Monday, Aug. 10 until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Bridge Rainsforth Bridge on Rainsforth Road will be closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. NEW WORK YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville is closed for structural repairs. CONTINUING WORK -30-last_img read more

Duchess Of Cambridge Named Patron Of Royal College Of Obstetricians And Gynaecologists

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge has become Patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and Patron of the Nursing Now campaign.Duchess of Cambridge At RCOGCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukThe new patronages were announced ahead of Her Royal Highness’ visit to the RCOG and St. Thomas’ Hospital afterwards, where The Duchess officially launched the Nursing Now campaign.Founded in 1929, The RCOG is a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare in the UK and beyond. The college now has over 16,000 members around the world.During the visit, HRH learnt more about the college’s global health programmes to reduce maternal and new-born mortality worldwide, before attending a roundtable discussion on tackling the stigma around women’s health.After learning about the training programmes for doctors specialising in the field, The Duchess then saw how the College’s workshops continue training support for trainee doctors. These allow doctors to develop safe surgical techniques and essential clinical skills in obstetrics and gynaecology.The Duchess also heard about the RCOG’s Centre for Women’s Global Health, which supports communities across the world with women’s maternal and gynaecological health – and works to reduce maternal and newborn fatalities. The RCOG also runs the Leading Safe Choices programme, which operates in South Africa and Tanzania.The Nursing Now campaign is a major global campaign aimed at raising the profile and status of nursing and nurses worldwide. The campaign will support more nurses to play a greater role in health policy decision-making, helping countries meet the pressing health challenges of the 21st century.The global campaign will run over the next three years in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing.The Duchess of Cambridge becomes the RCOG’s second Patron, after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

German factory orders down 1 per cent in November

first_imgBERLIN — German factory orders dropped in November, dragged down by a fall in demand from other eurozone countries.The Economy Ministry said Monday that overall orders were 1 per cent lower than in the previous month following a slight 0.2 per cent gain in October.The figure includes an 11.6-per cent drop in orders from elsewhere in the 19-nation eurozone, which more than cancelled out a 7.4 per cent gain a month earlier. Orders from inside Germany were up 2.4 per cent, and those from outside the eurozone rose 2.3 per cent.Factory orders are an important indicator for the German economy, Europe’s biggest, which shrank in the third quarter — though that drop was blamed to a large extent on one-time factors stemming from new car emissions standards.The Associated Presslast_img

Trade talk optimism pushes stocks higher in early trading

NEW YORK — Plans to extend key trade talks between the U.S. and China drove stocks broadly higher in early trading.The early gains mark a turnaround after the market ended lower Thursday following a disappointing holiday sales report. The S&P 500 index had risen the prior four trading days.China’s government said negotiators plan to meet in Washington next week for more talks aimed at resolving the trade war between the world’s largest economies. Two days of talks wrapped up Friday in Beijing and a March 2 deadline hangs over both sides.The U.S. is set to impose more tariffs on Chinese goods after March 2, escalating a trade war that has already raised prices on materials and products for companies and consumers.Bank, energy and materials stocks are showing the biggest gains. All 11 sectors in the S&P 500 are higher.Corporate earnings continued rolling out the fourth-quarter reporting period nears an end. Newell Brands, which counts baby products among its Sharpie and Rubbermaid items, plunged. Chipmaker Nvidia rose on strong profit results and a good forecast for the year.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 336 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 25,775 as of 10:30 a.m. The S&P 500 index rose 0.9 per cent and The Nasdaq composite gained 0.5 per cent. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 0.9 per cent.DEERE IN HEADLIGHTS: Agricultural equipment maker Deere warned that farmers are refraining from buying new equipment because of the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.The company gave investors a mixed fourth-quarter report, with profit falling short and revenue beating forecasts. It also said tariffs had discouraged customers such as farmers from buying tractors and other machinery, an indication of how the U.S.-China trade dispute has weighed on the manufacturing sector.The stock was slightly lower.WHEN THE CHIPS ARE UP: Chipmaker Nvidia rose 2.5 per cent following its strong fourth-quarter profit report. Despite a downturn in revenue, the company expects demand to increase as the year moves forward. Its forecast for the year beat Wall Street forecasts.The company was hurt during the previous quarter by a plunge in demand from the cryptocurrency sector and lower gaming console sales.NOT SO SHARPIE: Newell Brands, which counts Sharpie markers and Rubbermaid among its many products, plunged 17 per cent.The loss of retailer Toys R US hurt the company’s core sales. Newell makes a range of baby products that were carried by the now defunct Babies R US.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Parliament erupts over noconfidence motion on Rishad

A heated exchange broke out in Parliament today over the no–confidence motion on Minister Rishad Bathiudeen

In meeting with UN chief South American nations voice concern at spying

Mr. Ban noted, as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay had stated recently, that UN human rights mechanisms had pointed to important rights and privacy issues at stake in connection with surveillance. He reiterated the need to safeguard these fundamental rights, according to a readout of the meeting with Foreign Ministers Elías Jaua of Venezuela, who is also President of the regional bloc known as the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), Héctor Timerman of Argentina, David Choquehuanca of Bolivia, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota of Brazil, and Luis Almagro of Uruguay. The ministers also voiced concern about the incidents that resulted in the rerouting of the Bolivian President’s plan last month. On 2 July, the aircraft carrying Evo Morales was not allowed by several European nations to fly over their airspace on suspicion that United States whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board.Mr. Snowden is a former National Security Agency contractor who has been charged with leaking details of several secret mass electronic surveillance programmes to the press.The Secretary-General reiterated that a Head of State and his or her aircraft enjoy immunity and inviolability, the readout stated.The question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), the embargo against Cuba, the situation in Haiti, sustainable development and the hemispheric debate on the issue of drugs were also discussed.These issues were also discussed in a meeting between Mr. Ban and Cristina Fernández, the President of Argentina. Among other things, the Secretary-General reiterated that his good offices to resolve the dispute over the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) remain available, if both parties – Argentina and the United Kingdom – engage, according to a readout of the meeting.Today’s meetings come on the eve of Tuesday’s Security Council debate on cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional organizations in the maintenance of international peace and security, which will be chaired by Ms. Fernández. read more

Womens lacrosse youth a bright spot during down season

Ohio State freshman midfielder Sage Darling receives a pass in the offensive zone against Rutgers on March 25. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team struggled throughout much of its 2017 campaign despite beginning the season 5-1. Their 11 losses are the program’s most since 2006, when the Buckeyes amassed an 4-12 mark. They finished the 2017 season 6-11 following a 12-6 loss to Johns Hopkins on Senior Day in Ohio Stadium.The team’s on-the-field issues have more to do with inexperience than anything else, according to junior attack Molly Wood. “We’re definitely young,” Wood said. “We have a lot of girls in younger classes stepping into bigger roles who didn’t get a lot of playing time last year, and it’s just hard when you don’t have as much experience as you did in the past. We’re working through that.”A three-year starter, Wood has been one of the few bright spots for OSU, not to mention the Scarlet and Gray’s most consistent performer. She leads the team in multiple statistical categories, including 47 points and 64 shots on goal.Though the team lacks more experienced players like Wood, they make up for it by showing effort and preparation in every game and practice, Wood said.“The coaches see how hard we go every game,” Wood said. “Even though we might not get the outcome we want, I think they’re proud of how hard we go in these games. We’ve continued to improve and compete, and as long as we keep fighting until the very end of the game, that’s the biggest win for them.”Before suffering a season-ending injury, freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez helped lead OSU’s offensive attack, recording 34 points in just nine games.She wasn’t the only underclassman to contribute. Freshman attack Alex Vander Molen, sophomore midfielder Mackenzie Maring and sophomore midfielder Erika Keselman all started at least eight matches. One of the standout underclassmen this season was sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott, who even as a second-year player, started every game this season for the Buckeyes. Parrott finished second on the team in points with 38, including the second most goals on the team (30).As one of the young leaders for the team, she said she believes that the talent will translate into the win column sooner rather than later. “Although we’re a young team this year, and while we did struggle, we’ve had some brilliant moments with our young players,” Parrott said. “I think that can be something we can move forward with, just knowing that we have the potential to be so much better because we’re such a young team.” read more

MICHELIN Tweel adds new dealer locator for North America

first_imgMICHELIN Tweel Technologies has updated its dealer locator tab on its website, enabling customers to locate dealers who sell the award-winning MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® SSL airless radial tyre in their area. The new tab is specifically designed for ease-of-use, offering one-click access to all key dealer information to access available inventory for the MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL All Terrain and Hard Surface.The X TWEEL SSL is Michelin’s highly advanced airless radial tyre designed for skid-steer loaders. “The only commercial product available to offer the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise and no downtime — the X TWEEL SSL requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a ‘flat tyre.’  The X TWEEL SSL also provides industrial, construction, agricultural and landscape users the advantages of no air pressure maintenance, easy mounting, damage resistance, increased operator comfort, reduced operator fatigue and improved productivity.”The tab includes all dealers across the US and Canada. Users can search dealers by location (address, city, state) or by ZIP code. Potential mining applications include clean-up around and under conveyor belts, both on surface and in underground operations.last_img read more

Guyane le centre spatial de Kourou devient une véritable réserve de biodiversité

first_imgGuyane : le centre spatial de Kourou devient une véritable réserve de biodiversitéLe centre spatial de Kourou, en Guyane, a grâce à ses quelque 700 kilomètres de savanes, de forêts et de marais strictement contrôlés, permis à la biodiversité de se développer pour devenir une véritable réserve abritant de nombreuses espèces protégées.Au fil des années, le Centre spatial guyanais (CSG) est devenu un véritable sanctuaire pour la biodiversité du département d’outre-mer. “On y observe des espèces qu’on ne trouve plus ailleurs en Guyane”, assure à l’AFP Sabrina Sainte-Marie, ingénieur environnement du Centre spatial. Les 700 kilomètres carrés de savanes, marais et forêts à l’accès très contrôlé de la base, abritent des tapirs, des biches mazama, des tatous, des cabiais, le plus grand rongeur du monde, ou encore des petits jaguars et des primates qui y vivent en toute tranquillité grâce à la réglementation qui y est appliquée, celle des installations classées pour la protection de l’environnement (ICPE). En outre, le port d’armes est interdit sur le site placé sous très haute surveillance.À lire aussiBiodiversité, Game of Thrones et Mars, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 maiPlus de 450 espèces d’oiseaux ont été recensées sur le site par le bureau d’étude Ecobios. Quelque 2.000 couples d’ibis rouges, une espèce protégée après avoir été menacée d’extinction en raison de la chasse menée pour les collectionneurs de plumes, y vivent aujourd’hui. Et comme les animaux, les espèces végétales prolifèrent aussi autour du CSG. La vanille y est de retour alors que les Guyanais la pensaient disparue du territoire. “On a aussi découvert une variété d’orchidée extrêmement rare et à moins d’un kilomètre du pas de tir de la fusée Soyouz, une jolie petite fleur mauve, la stachytarpheta angustifolia, qui figure sur la liste internationale des fleurs protégées”, souligne Sabrina Sainte-Marie.Ce site devenu une véritable réserve de biodiversité n’est pas sans rappeler la zone démilitarisée entre la Corée du Sud et la Corée du Nord. Large de quatre kilomètres et long de 250 kilomètres, le site abrite des ours noirs, des léopards, des cerfs musqués, des gorals d’Amour, mais aussi des centaines d’espèces d’oiseaux migrateurs en voie de disparition.Le 9 juillet 2011 à 14:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Benitez hints at decadelong stay at Newcastle

first_imgRafa Benitez has claimed he could stay at Newcastle for as long as a decade – his only requirement would be that the project would be right and the target would be achievable.The 57-year-old has now been a manager of Newcastle for two years, and has one more left, according to his current contract. Everybody has been cheering for him as this is no surprise, considering how much has he done for the well-being of the club.“Yes. What I say is you need a project,” Benitez shared when asked if he could possibly stay for as long as ten years in the club, according to Football 365.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I like to work with young players, I like to improve young players, but I like to win. I want to be competitive and I want to win.”“You have to have a mix of young players and players with experience – that means you have to spend some money because if not, you cannot compete now and win something,” Benitez went on to add.last_img read more

Soy Growers Honor Heitkamp as a Soy Champion

first_img“Growing up in a small town in rural North Dakota, I understand the importance of farms to supporting our way of life. And throughout my career in public service, including in the U.S. Senate, I’ve been an advocate for rural America,” said Sen. Heitkamp. “I greatly appreciate this award which reinforces that the work we do in Congress has serious impacts on farmers and our communities. We need strong policies that give soybean farmers and all farmers the certainty to do their jobs, help biodiesel production grow, and enable farmers to export their products around the world. Working together in a bipartisan way, we can accomplish these goals to support our farms, families, and our country.” ASA presented Sen. Heitkamp with the award during the association’s annual July board meeting and Legislative Forum, in which the ASA directors and representatives from 30 soybean-growing states gather in Washington to meet with lawmakers and raise the profile of public policy issues impacting soybean farmers. Sen. Heitkamp sits on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, on which she helped write, negotiate and pass the 2014 Farm Bill. She has been a leader in pressing the EPA to set strong Renewable Volume Obligations for biodiesel and ethanol to get the Renewable Fuel Standard back on track after years of delays and put people back to work. She has stood up for North Dakota’s farmers by helping introduce bipartisan legislation to provide certainty for farmers, ranchers, and small businesses by requiring the EPA to redo its proposed Waters of the U.S. rule., and Sen. Heitkamp introduced a bipartisan bill to help support and improve the export of American agricultural commodities to Cuba.[gview file=”https://soygrowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/15ASA-010_SoyChampion_HR.pdf”] “Senator Heitkamp is a great example of why this week in Washington is such an important one for soybean farmers,” added Erickson. “She grew up in a rural community and throughout her career she has sought farmer insight and input through meetings like the ones we’re having here with week to make sure she represents North Dakotans in the best way possible. Senator Heitkamp quickly made her voice known on the Senate Committee on Agriculture as she helped craft a bipartisan Farm Bill. And she has remained a staunch advocate for our farmers through her work pushing for a strong Renewable Fuel Standard and her efforts to change the Waters of the U.S. rule. Those efforts make a difference for our farmers and families throughout the U.S., and with this award we aim to show our support and gratitude for her work.” In a presentation before its board of directors, the American Soybean Association (ASA) presented Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) with the Soy Champion Award in Washington on Tuesday. In recognition of outstanding public advocacy for soybean farmers, the Soy Champion Award honors Heitkamp for her considerable work on biodiesel, farm programs, trade and transportation as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. ASA will meet with lawmakers and administration officials in Washington through Wednesday. “Senator Heitkamp has proven herself to be a strong voice for North Dakota soybean farmers,” said Ed Erickson, Jr., a soybean farmer and ASA Director from Milnor, N.D. “She has relentlessly and consistently reached across the aisle to fight for the priorities of soybean farmers, both in North Dakota and across the country.”last_img read more

Japan government submits IR Implementation Bill to the National Diet

first_imgThe LDP and its coalition partner Komeito earlier this month agreed on a raft of key measures to be contained in the bill, including a ¥6,000 entry fee for residents, a 30% flat tax rate on revenue and a 3% cap on the size of the gaming area within an integrated resort.There will also be exactly three casino licenses issued in the first round with residents restricted to three visits per week and 10 visits per month.Addressing a government committee meeting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, “The bill will enable us to achieve our policy aim to promote long stays by tourists from all over the world and implement measures to surely address various concerns including those about addiction.” RelatedPosts Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party submitted the long-awaited IR Implementation Bill to its parliament, the National Diet, on Friday after officially approving its casino regulations.Although doubts have surfaced over whether the bill will be passed before the end of the current Diet session on 20 June 2018, the introduction of the bill remains a key milestone in Japan’s push for a casino industry following almost 18 months of the most recent round of deliberations. Japan government addresses IRs in new economic Basic Policy 2019 Japan declares “Reiwa” as new era name Osaka IR plans in jeopardy if LDP wins Load Morelast_img read more

Awareness rally on cleanliness taken out

first_imgSecundrabad: Seethafalmandi Corporator Hema on Thursday took out an awareness rally on ‘Saaf Hyderabad-Shaandar Hyderabad’ in her area. The rally also created awareness on water conservation, protection of the environment and Haritha Haram programme.Students of Amaravathi Grammar High School participated in the rally from Namalagundu to Friday Market via Srinivasnagar Colony. Among the participants were Secunderabad GHMC Deputy Commissioner Ravi Kumar, UCD project officer Tirupati, CO Dansri, CRPs, school principal Srinivas Reddy.last_img

Auto Expo 2014 Mahindra Reva to Unveil Sports Car Halo

first_imgMahindra Reva, the division of Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) that makes electric vehicles, is all set to steal the upcoming Auto Expo 2014 with its new sports car concept.Dubbed Halo, Mahindra Reva’s in-house designed sports car is expected to come as a four-door, five-seater vehicle, with an exotic design. The car is also rumoured to flaunt a vintage look at the front.According to an AutoCar India report, Halo will draw its power from an electric motor that can produce an output of 105 kW (140 bhp) and will get a high-capacity battery, similar to Tesla. It is also said that the car can achieve a speed of 0-100 Km/h in less than seven seconds and a top speed of 200kph.Halo is expected to make its market debut in 2015-16, with a price tag of ₹30-35 lakh. The company is also set to market the new electric sports car in the international markets. Besides Halo, Mahindra Reva’s Auto Expo line up will include Maxximo – a small truck, the Formula E car and Mahindra XUV. According to the company, the Formula E car will dazzle at FIA championship in September.”Our aim has been to trickle down technology from such Formula E cars for commercial use and we are hopeful that in the next few years there will be a lot of cross pollination of technology. Also, we will be showing the electric version of Mahindra’s Verito sedan and light commercial vehicle Maxximo, which are likely to be ready for commercialisation by the end of the year,” Chetan Maini, the founder and CEO of Mahindra Reva, had said earlier while revealing their plans for Auto Expo.last_img read more

Challenging court means challenging constitution

first_imgManzil MorshedProthom Alo speaks to Manzill Murshed, one of the main legal counsels for the petitioners challenging the 16th amendment in court.Prothom Alo: How do you view the Supreme Court judgement?Manzill Murshed: The parliament is not the people. The parliament is a representative institution of the people. Laws are made and changed here. On the other hand, the judiciary is an institution where the16 crore (160 million) people of the country seek justice. The function of the national assembly formed in 1972 was to drawn up the constitution. But the present members of parliament get involved in administrative work, outside of their law making functions. If anyone feels harmed by such activities, they can resort to the court. Under such circumstances, if the parliamentarians have the power to impeach judges, then justice will be impaired. That is why I see the judgement as appropriate to the times.Prothom Alo: But many are of the opinion that politics has been unnecessarily dragged into the judgement.Manzill Murshed: The writ petition had stated that the 16th amendment was a challenge to the judiciary. Many political matters arose in this verdict which reflect the spirit of our state, politics and social principles. And these came in response to the attorney general’s arguments. He raised the issues of the spirit of independence, Bangabandhu’s dreams, etc. We gave our views. The amicus curiae presented arguments too. Counter arguments are essential for the court to reach its verdict. That is what the Appellate Division did. And the court didn’t just criticise politicians, it also criticised the High Court verdict which questioned the competence of the members of parliament. I think the objective of this verdict is not to divide but to establish mutual trust and respect between the judiciary and the legislature.Prothom Alo: When you filed the writ, did you have in mind the parliament formed by means of the 5 January 2014 elections?Manzill Murshed: The kind of parliament in place was not a matter of consideration at all. Our consideration was for establishing the independent authority of the judiciary. If this amendment was not made by the 10th parliament, but by the eighth or ninth parliament, we still would have challenged it.Prothom Alo: Awami League hailed the scrapping of the 13th amendment and now BNP is happy with the abolition of 16th amendment. How do you view this?Manzill Murshed: This is our political culture. One side is elated at a judgement and the other side is irate. BNP has sternly criticised the court for scrapping the 5th and 13th amendments. The present ruling party is now also speaking sternly against the scrapping of the 16th amendment. They have launched a tirade against the chief justice. The responsibility of the court is to examine the law and take a decision accordingly. The court verdict points to the fact that the democratic institutions haven’t been strengthened. It terms the military rule as a dark chapter. It also castigated the court judgments  which placed martial law above the constitution.  There are many dark chapters in our history, the darkest being the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975.Prothom Alo: The court has said the judiciary is relatively independent. But they judiciary has taken a nose dive too. Manzill Murshed: It is true that the judiciary is independent, but at the same time there are tensions between the judiciary and the executive. No disciplinary code has been made effective for the lower courts. It is important to dispel the mistrust among the judiciary, executive and the legislature. The constitution has clearly enunciated that these three branches will function in their separate spaces. The 5th amendment made provision for the Supreme Judicial Council, but that was never effective.Prothom Alo: The judiciary is monitoring the executive and the legislature, but is there no need to monitor the judiciary?Manzill Murshed: There definitely is. No one is above question. The 39-point guideline in the court verdict speaks of ensuring the accountability of the judiciary. It has clearly been laid out what the judges can, or cannot, do. The executive, the judiciary and the legislature – all must be accountable. It was the court that had issued the order for people’s representatives to be accountable and to submit records of their assets.Prothom Alo: The attorney general has said that the court can scrap a law or an amendment, but can’t replace one.Manzill Murshed: The attorney general’s statement is confusing. When any amendment or law is scrapped, the original one is reestablished. In the case regarding the 8th amendment, the law went back to how it used to be. Let me illustrate this. If someone snatches a pen from you and you go to court, and if the court deems the snatching as unlawful, then that means your ownership of the pen is reinstated.Prothom Alo: The judgement of the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division is being discussed all around. Will this increase or assuage the conflict between the judiciary and executive?Manzill Murshed: There are always positive and negative reactions to any judgement. If the politicians and the civil society want to create conflict over this judgement, they can. But that will not bode well for anyone. It will be good for everyone if they project the strong stand expressed in the judgement, upholding good governance, democracy and justice. It is expected that the judiciary, the executive and the legislature will each function in their respective spaces, without attacking each other.As for the reactions, there are two groups within the government itself. Some within the ruling party may incite agitation, particularly those who haven’t been given positions and posts. The ruling party allies may also take such a stance to increase their importance. But we hope the prime minister does not take any decision that will widen the gap with the judiciary. The law minister and the attorney general are a bridge between the judiciary and the executive. We expect positive roles from them. We must keep in mind that the Supreme Court is the guardian of the constitution. Challenging the court means challenging the constitution.Prothom Alo: Thank youManzill Murshed: Thank you*This Interview, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

Possible elements of genocide in Myanmar UN rights chief
first_imgUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra`ad Al Hussein speaks at the Central American University (UCA), where he paid his respects to the six Jesuit priests and two employees who were killed by government military forces during the Salvadoran Civil War, in San Salvador, El Salvador, 16 November, 2017. Photo: ReutersThe UN rights chief called Tuesday for a fresh international investigation into Myanmar’s abuses against its Rohingya Muslim minority, warning of possible “elements of genocide”.Speaking before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the abuses against the Rohingya, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein condemned “widespread, systematic and shockingly brutal” attacks against the Rohingya, as well as decades of discrimination and persecution.An army-led crackdown has forced some 626,000 people to flee from northern Rakhine state and across the border into squalid camps in Bangladesh in recent months, leaving hundreds of villages burned to the ground.Myanmar’s military denies accusations by the UN and US that it has committed ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya.But Zeid decried policies that had dehumanised and segregated the minority, and left it wallowing in statelessness for decades.He described horrific violence and abuse, including allegations of “killing by random firing of bullets, use of grenades, shooting at close range, stabbings, beatings to death and the burning of houses with families inside”.”Given all of this, can anyone rule out that elements of genocide may be present?” Zeid asked the 47-member council.- Dehumanisation -Myanmar’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Htin Lynn, did not address those accusations, but insisted to the council that the humanitarian situation at its border with Bangladesh was of “paramount concern”, and that Yangon was “making every effort to resolve the issue.”He also denied Zeid’s claim that Yangon was doing little to rein in hate speech and incitement to violence against the minority, insisting “my government is doing everything possible to deter these individual acts.”But Zeid slammed the government’s inaction, warning that “by continuing to dehumanise the Rohingya, the state authorities will fuel even wider levels of violence in the future, drawing in communities from across the region.”He urged the rights council to ask the UN General Assembly to launch a new “impartial and independent mechanism”, to work alongside a fact-finding mission already dispatched by his office.In March the rights council approved the fact-finding mission to investigate alleged crimes by security forces, particularly in Rakhine.But Myanmar has so far refused to cooperate and has blocked access to the team of investigators, who have begun their work outside the country.- ‘Comparable to Rwanda’ -The rights council rarely holds special sessions, which can only be convened at the request of at least a third of its 47 member states, or 16 countries.Tuesday’s session was held at the request of Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, with the support of 33 council members and more than 40 observer states.Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Shahriar Alam warned that the massive exodus over such a short period was “comparable only with the exodus following the 1994 Rwanda genocide”.After months of wrangling, Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a deal on November 23 to start repatriating refugees within two months. But rights groups say the conditions are not in place to ensure safe, voluntary and dignified returns.According to the UN’s top expert on the situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, Myanmar authorities appear to have already started building camps for returnees, raising serious concerns about the conditions the Rohingya would return to.Comments from the top UN representative on sexual violence, Pramila Patten, also painted a harrowing picture of the dangers faced by the minority inside Myanmar.She warned that rampant sexual attacks on Rohingya appeared to be “used as a tool of dehumanisation and collective punishment,” citing witness accounts of women and girls tied to rocks or trees “before multiple soldiers literally raped them to death.”- Denied a name -Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been the target of global vitriol for a perceived failure to stand up for the stateless minority.But she remains a heroine for most of her compatriots, who largely consider the Rohingya as unwanted illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.Zeid meanwhile lamented the refusal inside Myanmar but also by some international players to even name the Rohingyas, creating “a shameful paradox: they are denied a name, while being targeted for being who they are.”last_img