PM Harper says terrorist launched attack in Ottawa links event to war

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper said more information would surface in the coming days about the “terrorist” who was gunned down inside Parliament Hill’s Centre Block building Wednesday morning shortly after a soldier was shot and killed at the nearby National War Memorial, sending Ottawa’s downtown core into lock-down as tactical units swept through the streets and searched buildings.In an address to the national Wednesday evening, Harper said the morning’s events  were a “grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world.”Harper also hinted that the gunman, widely identified as Michael Zehaf Bibeau, 32, may have had accomplices in his attack.“Attacks on our security personnel and our institutions of governance are by their very nature attacks on our country, on our values, on our society, on us Canadians as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all,” said Harper. “We will not be intimidated, Canada will never be intimidated.”Harper linked the attack to Canada’s military mission in Iraq to battle ISIS militants attempting to establish an Islamic caliphate in the region. ISIS fighters currently control a swath of territory between Syria and Iraq. Canada is sending CF-18 fighter jets to Iraq and is also currently supplying weapons to the Kurds battling ISIS.“This will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts and those of our security agencies to take all necessary steps to identify and counter threats and keep Canada safe at home,” said Harper. “Just as it will lead us to strengthen our resolve and redouble our efforts to work with our allies around the world and fight against terror organizations who brutalize those in other countries with the hope of bringing their savagery to our shores.”The prime minister also paid tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who was gunned down at about 9:52 a.m. while he stood in ceremonial guard at the National War Memorial.“Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed today, murdered in cold blood as he provided a ceremonial honour guard at Canada’s National War Memorial, that sacred place that pays tribute to those that gave their lives so we can live in a free and democratic and safe society,” said Harper.The prime minister provided no new details on the attack.NDP Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair spoke after Harper.“(The attack) was intended to make us more fearful, but it has failed,” said Mulcair. “Today’s events have succeeded in drawing us closer and making us stronger.”The RCMP and the Ottawa Police refused to confirm Zehaf Bibeau’s name as the gunman. It has emerged, however, that Zehaf Bibeau has a criminal record in British Columbia and Quebec. He also lived in Vancouver, Montreal and Aylmer, Que., which is near Ottawa.Zehaf Bibeau was shot dead in a hail of bullets near Centre Block’s Hall of Honour.Kevin Vickers, the Sergeant-at-Arms for the House of Commons, was involved in killing the gunman during an exchange of fire, MPs said. Journalist Tom Korski was inside Centre Block when shooting broke out and said he heard over 30 shots.  A Globe and Mail reporter captured part of the scene on video that depicted security personnel moving toward the Library of Parliament as a number of gunshots rang out.A photo reportedly of Michael Zehaf Bibeau, 32, that surfaced on Twitter.A surreal scene unfolded across the capital city’s downtown as Ottawa Police and RCMP tactical units swept through the streets and buildings in and around the Parliament Hill precinct following an attack at the War Memorial and in Parliament Hill’s Centre Block building. Authorities kept downtown in lock-down deep into the evening as officers continued searching for a possible second gunman. At one point, officers with guns drawn were seen running into a building housing the Israeli embassy as police pushed media and bystanders away from the area. Similar scenes were repeated throughout the morning and afternoon, as police officers shouted that a gunman was on the loose.Police appeared to be uncertain during the day about whether there were multiple shooters loose in the downtown core. Police on several occasions widened the security around Parliament Hill by several blocks saying a shooter was on the loose. Police officers on the scene told separate APTN National News reporters that a gunman had reached the roof of a building. Late Wednesday, police lifted the downtown lock-down, but kept restrictions on Parliament Hill.Police take cover in downtown Ottawa following the shooting death of a Canadian solider.Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said officers received multiple 911 calls shortly after 9:52 a.m. Bordelau said a suspected gunman was shot and killed, but he wouldn’t confirm whether it was the same individual who killed the Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial.“This is an ongoing operation,” said Bordeleau, during a press conference at the RCMP National Division headquarters.RCMP National Division commanding officer and Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud said the attack caught authorities by “surprise.”Ottawa Police said earlier no one had been taken into custody.The Ottawa Police is leading the investigation of the shootings outside the Parliament Hill precinct, while the RCMP is handling the investigation on the Hill.Bordeleau would not confirm the sequence of events or details around the shootings.Police interview witnesses following shooting at the War Memorial.A witness at the War Memorial told APTN National News he heard four shots fired by a man with long, loose black hair, dark skin, wearing a coat and dark pants.“He took off with a shotgun…it was pretty intense,” said witness Chuck Bromley. “I heard the first shot, looked over and realized what was going on and took cover. I looked again, the third shot, and a fourth shot and he just took off…I saw him take off toward the Parliament buildings with a shotgun.”It appears the soldier was shot in the chest, and paramedics could be seen performing C.P.R. on him before he was taken away by ambulance.Chuck Bromley witnessed the shooting at the War Memorial.Another bystander managed to get a photo of the gunman and police took the individual’s camera.After the War Memorial shooting, the gunman reportedly ran towards Parliament Hill and a witness claimed he the suspect drop a cell phone, which was picked up by an onlooker and eventually turned over to the police.Another witness said a man drove up to the Centre Block in a black vehicle, got out carrying a rifle and ran inside.Construction worker Scott Walsh, 21, was in a ‎manhole in front of Parliament Hill when he heard the shots. When he came out he saw a man with a double-barreled shotgun run past and hijack a vehicle on Parliament Hill and head towards Centre Block.“He peeled off and went around the loop to the back left of (Centre Block),” said Walsh. “It was intense. I didn’t think it was real.”Scott Walsh details seeing gunman run onto Parliament Hill.Walsh said he hit the ground and described the man as sort of dark skinned with long black hair with a scarf around his face.Inside Centre Block, MPs and Parliament Hill staff are describing a chaotic scene. Newfoundland MP Gerry Byrne says he heard nearly a dozen shots fired inside Centre Block which houses MPs offices, the Senate and the House of Commons chambers.Centre Block was busy with each party holding their caucus meetings at the time.The prime minister was on the Hill in a room adjacent to the shooting during a Conservative caucus meeting, but was rushed away to a secure location . NDP MPs were gathered in the room across the Hall when shots rang out.Canada’s elite military unit, JTF-2, was also on scene.Authorities put downtown Ottawa in lock-down following an attack at the War Memorial and on Parliament Hill.-with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Political expediency responsible for MMIWG inquiry being denied full extension Buller

first_img(Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott, left, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Maryam Monsef, Status of Women minister at Tuesday morning’s news conference on the extension of the national MMIWG inquiry) Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe head of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls says “political expediency” is at the heart of Canada’s decision to deny the commission an extra two years to complete its work.“In seeking a two-year extension we were striking a balance between the urgency of the issues and the need to do this work thoroughly,” Buller said in a statement after the announcement.“Now we believe political expediency has been placed before the safety of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQ people.”On Tuesday Crown-Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett announced Canada will grant the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls only six months to complete its work.The Inquiry’s commissioners are now mandated to submit a final report by April 30, 2019.Read the inquiry’s statement here: Short extension injustice to families, survivors, and CanadaIn March, the inquiry requested a two-year extension and an extra $50 million in funding to complete its mandate of reaching victims and families, and of examining the social, cultural, economic, institutional and historical roots of the ongoing violence against Indigenous women and girls.The commission was initially given two years and $53.8 million to complete the Inquiry.Tuesday’s announcement falls far short of the request, despite Bennett calling the crisis of violence against women and girls a “national tragedy” and a “top priority”.Bennett says the decision to grant just a six-month extension is informed by the wishes of families and survivors, who Bennett repeated numerous times during Tuesday’s press conference wanted the Inquiry completed “in a timely way.”She said the decision also came as a result of not being able to achieve a consensus among the provinces and territories to grant the Inquiry its requested two-year extension.“Without an extension in terms of [the provinces and territories’] orders in council, we would have lost the national public inquiry,” Bennett explained.She would not disclose which provinces or territories rejected the two-year extension, saying the intergovernmental discussions are “private conversations”.Bennett said the decision to further finance the inquiry to complete its mandate won’t be hers, but that any decisions will come from further discussions with the commissioners.While any new money for the inquiry still has to be worked out, Tuesday’s announcement included almost $50 million in government funding for programs and services identified in the inquiry’s interim report last November.Buller told APTN News in an interview that reaction from families and survivors was swift, and that many are “devastated” and were “expecting more in the way of time and resources to address the issues that they have fought so long and hard for.”Buller said families and survivors are “upset that politics have been put ahead of our women and girls once again.”“I know right now that we will not be able to have our regional hearings across Canada in each of the provinces and territories,” she explained.“We have found across Canada that there are regional issues that need to be addressed and issues that come under provincial and territorial jurisdiction specifically, like child welfare off reserve, like education, healthcare and policing.“We won’t be able to have those regional hearings because of the lack of time.”Buller doesn’t buy Bennett’s claim that families and survivors don’t support the Inquiry’s requested two-year extension and said the commissioners have “heard differently.”She also said she’s “disappointed” that provinces and territories have reportedly not supported the inquiry’s request.As part of the government’s announced funding, Indigenous Services Canada will invest $21.3 million to expand health support services to for families and survivors who participate in the Inquiry, as well as those impacted by the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Another $5.42 million will be invested in 2019 and 2020 to extend the timeframe for the Department of Justice’s Family Information Liaison Units and community-based organizations to support families beyond the life of the Inquiry.The feds are also accepting the inquiry’s recommendation for a commemoration fund and will provide $10 million over two years through Status of Women Canada to “honour the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S individuals.”And $9.6 million will be invested over five years to support the RCMP’s new National Investigative Standards and Practices Unit, which includes oversight of investigations into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef reiterated Bennett’s emphasis on putting families first.“We said from the beginning that we wouldn’t wait until the end of the inquiry to act, and as Minister Bennett said: Ultimately this is about preventing tragedies like this from happening. This is about ensuring that survivors and their families have the supports they need —that the legal systems and the justice systems in place are responsive.”Conservative Indigenous Affairs critic Cathy McLeod said the Liberals “clearly” want the Inquiry completed before the 2019 election, but hopes “political calculus” did not weigh on the decision.“At the end of the day, this needs to bring closure and peace to the families and it needs to give us a path forward,” she said, adding she’s waiting to hear more details on what additional funds the government will provide and how the commissioners will use the extra six months.“I’ve been hearing a lot of concerns in terms of the red tape, the bureaucracy, the phone numbers that haven’t worked, so to give more time and it’s more of the same — that’s not effective for the families,” she said. “They now have a deadline.”The NDP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Buller said the inquiry will “hear from families and survivors who have already registered with us,” and that the commissioners “know that we have to do more research.“We know that we have to support our research team in filling in the blanks of the work that has to be done and the information that we have to receive.”But she’s not optimistic that they will be able to reach as many of the most marginalized Indigenous women in Canada as they would like, such as those who are incarcerated or living in shelters.“We’ll have to go back and rethink our strategy regarding the more marginalized communities because we need to do more work there to build on the work that we’ve already done.”Buller said the commission has “a full agenda” and will “be working to fill it out as best we can within the existing extension period.” read more

Natural Resources minister says new pipelines the answer to oil price problems

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says he shares Albertan’s “frustration” at billions of dollars being lost to the Canadian economy due to oil price discounts linked to export pipeline capacity constraints.But he says Ottawa is focused on finding long-term solutions by getting approval for new export pipelines such as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project it bought in August and by pursuing Bill C-69 to reform the National Energy Board.Following a speech at an Energy Council of Canada forum in downtown Calgary, Sohi told reporters the key to building pipelines is building trust in regulatory processes and engaging affected parties early on so that approvals aren’t overturned, as was the case with Trans Mountain. The judge that overturned that project’s NEB approval cited a lack of meaningful consultations with Indigenous people and failure to consider marine environmental impacts.An NEB reconsideration of the identified issues is expected to conclude by February but Sohi said he won’t put a deadline on new Indigenous consultations now underway.Asked about an Alberta request in October for the federal government to support crude-by-rail shipments, Sohi said the Alberta request is being examined by his department but he hasn’t actuallyseen it.“My administration has been engaging with the province of Alberta, their officials and the officials from other provinces to explore options, options that can work, options that are practical to implement and options that will actually give us the ability to transport Alberta resources in a way that needs to be done,” he said.“Those are short-term solutions but the long-term solution ismaking sure pipeline capacity is expanded.”Asked then what options are being considered, he said: “I don’t know what those options are. Officials are engaging with the provincial officials.”last_img read more

Rajiv killers will not be hanged confirms Indian SC

The top court on February 18 last year commuted the sentences of AG Perarivalan alias Arivu, Sriharan alias Murugan and T Suthentiraraja alias Santhan, who were the only ones facing the death penalty in the case at the time, in a decision that the Centre challenged in the SC two days later.The Union government’s plea opposing a Tamil Nadu government decision to release the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case awaits a final verdict from the court.About 500 people are on death row in India, many of them for years. 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon, who is slated to be hanged on Wednesday, was awarded the death penalty in 2007. A total of 26 people were found guilty of conspiring to kill Gandhi, but 19 of them were later acquitted.The Centre said in its curative petition that the killers did not deserve any mercy and the victims in the assassination case were not heard before the death penalty was commuted. The Indian Supreme Court dismissed on Wednesday the centre’s curative petition against its 2014 judgment commuting the death sentence of three convicts to life term in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, upholding a verdict that brought into focus the inordinate delays in executions in India, The Hindustan Times reported.The central government plea had sought a review of last year’s decision when the SC reduced the punishment while saying the prisoners had been on death row for too long. The former prime minister was killed by a suicide bomber from the LTTE while campaigning in an election in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur city in 1991 after he dispatched Indian troops to aid Sri Lanka in its fight against the separatist militant group. While commuting the sentences, the Supreme Court left the option open for Tamil Nadu to grant remissions to the convicts under the executive powers of the state government. The state announced remission for the prisoners within a day of the judgment.On the Centre’s plea, the SC stayed the release of the convicts and said the state was expected to comply with procedure and remission was not automatic. “We have gone through the curative petitions and the relevant documents. In our opinion, no case is made out within the parameters indicated in the decision of this court (in the Rupa Hurra case laying down the principle of curative petition),” read the order from the bench of chief justice HL Dattu and justices TS Thakur, AR Dave, Ranjan Gogoi and Shiva Kirti Singh on Wednesday. The court had earlier said it was essential for the convicts to suffer and realise the victim’s pain through “slow poison”. read more

UN peacekeeping official reminds Congolese of responsibilities for transition

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno continued his official visit over the weekend to the DRC, speaking at an event in the capital, Kinshasa.”The international community only plays a supportive role to the central one, which is to be played by the Congolese themselves,” he said. His visit comes one year after the Transitional Government was installed and a year before the elections scheduled for June 2005.Mr. Guéhenno added that recent decisions made by Congolese authorities, including the signing of the Ituri commitment act and the nominations of Governors, were major steps in the right direction.Yesterday Mr. Guéhenno flew to Ituri, in the northeast of the DR of Congo, after travelling Saturday to Uganda, where met President Yoweri Museveni. read more

UNESCO experts ready to assist reconstruction of iconic Notre Dame following devastating

 “Notre Dame represents a historically, architecturally, and spiritually, outstanding universal heritage. It is also a monument of literary heritage, a place that is unique in our collective imagination”, said the UNESCO chief, adding that the inferno which engulfed the cathedral, but appears to have left the medieval stonework intact, “reminds us of the power of heritage that connects us to one another. We are receiving messages of support from all over the world.” The cathedral, where construction began in the 1160s extending for more than a century, is considered to be the finest example of the French Gothic style of architecture, with its groundbreaking use of rib vaults and buttresses, stained glass rosettes and sculpted ornaments. She described seeing people praying outside the stricken symbol of the city and the nation, still trying to take in the scale of the disaster:“I saw many, many people going from the Metro, to the site of Notre Dame, and I have to say many are still in a state of shock, because it’s not only the Christian community, it’s a building for all of us”, she said. “Really, it’s a universal symbol and it’s the centre of France …I think this is really shocking people profoundly and they lost something that is part of their identity.”    Dr Rössler said that a team of UNESCO experts is on hand to investigate the stability of the stonework and potential damage to stained glass windows, echoing a statement by the UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, in which she announced that a “rapid damage assessment” would be carried out as soon as possible with the authorities.After visiting the site of Notre Dame on Monday night Ms. Azoulay said “we are all heartbroken.” The Cathedral is part of the World Heritage site officially known as “Paris, Banks of the Seine”, inscribed on the World Heritage List, in 1991. That’s what UNESCO World Heritage Centre Director Mechtild Rössler told UN News after visiting the site on Tuesday.“Horrified by the pictures coming from Paris with the fire engulfing Notre Dame Cathedral – a unique example of world heritage that has stood tall since the 14th century. My thoughts are with the people and government of France” @UN Chief @AntonioGuterres. Photo: K. Dallinger— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) April 15, 2019 read more

Big Papi Needs More Time To Think

At the beginning of this season, Major League Baseball instituted a new set of rules to make the games go faster. The idea was to limit how often batters can step out of the box during at-bats, thereby shortening the delay between pitches. The Red Sox’s David Ortiz was not happy about these rules and suggested that the changes could harm his performance. As indicated by his temporary benching two months into the 2015 season, Ortiz may have been right.Thus far, the much-discussed batter’s box rule changes have had at most only a minor effect on the overall time of games. For individual batters, however, the impact of the rule has been anywhere from negligible to remarkable. Some hitters already had quick routines and didn’t need to make any alterations. Others liked to step off the plate after every pitch, a habit that the new rules outlaw.The older veterans have been the most affected by the rule change. I’ve shown before that older batters are the players most likely to dawdle, the 39-year-old Ortiz included. From last year to this year, Ortiz has decreased his time between pitches by almost two full seconds, according to Fangraphs.1The Baseball Prospectus numbers are different from Fangraphs’, perhaps because they exclude foul balls and delays longer than 60 seconds. However, both sets agree that Ortiz has sped up. Given Ortiz’s rather vocal opposition to the idea of cutting any time from his routine, it seems reasonable to believe that this was a change the new rules forced upon Big Papi.Whatever his struggles with the clock, Ortiz has endured a disappointing season so far at the plate. Big Papi is currently earning a .289 weighted On-Base Average (wOBA), 20 percent worse than an average hitter in this overall measure of offensive production. This mark is far off his projected performance (.365 wOBA, according to the Steamer projection system) and the worst he’s put up since 1999, when he played in only 10 games.Ortiz isn’t the only veteran slugger suddenly looking helpless with the bat. Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has gone from tearing the cover off the ball (a .411 wOBA last year) to rarely getting it out of the infield this year (.246 wOBA). Aramis Ramirez has fallen apart in a similar fashion, dropping from .334 to .274. Some of these hitters’ underperformance can be blamed on injuries, small sample size and bad luck, but some of it likely comes down to decreased skill. Hitters over 35 who have racked up at least 100 plate appearances (PAs) have been an underwhelming lot this year, collectively falling .016 shy of their projections by wOBA (on average). To put that in perspective, that’s roughly the difference between the offensive performances of Mike Trout and Brandon Belt this year.Older hitters are always risky and come with the chance of sudden collapse, but last year hitters over 35 with at least 3002This is the same 100-PA cutoff as above, but roughly prorated out to the length of a full season. PAs hit only 3 points worse than their projected outcomes.It’s tougher to figure out whether it’s the rule changes that are causing older hitters to do poorly, though. For all hitters, no correlation is obvious between being forced to speed up and doing worse than expected.3The correlation coefficient is a measly -.025, nowhere close to statistically significant. The lack of a relationship implies that pace may not be the driving factor.When you look at it with regard to specific hitters, however, pace begins to seem much more important.4Here I am using data supplied to me by Pitch Info. Every pitch that’s thrown in the majors has a run value attached to it. If a 1-1 pitch is a strike, it increases the probability of a strikeout happening, and an average 1-2 count is going to lead to .0748 fewer runs than the 1-1 count. If we take those expected run values of each pitch, we can see whether a long delay before the pitch changes the number of runs that come from it.For all hitters in 2014, pitches that were preceded by more than a 30-second delay were worth about .0028 runs per pitch.5This data set does not include the first pitch of each at-bat. Pitches that followed less than a 30-second delay were worse (at -.0052 runs per pitch), but only by a small margin. So there was a very slight advantage to the batter to stepping out of the box or otherwise postponing the pitch.Ortiz, on the other hand, gains an inordinate amount of value from delaying the pitch.For Ortiz in 2014, pitches thrown after 30 seconds gained .0289 runs, whereas pitches under 30 seconds were worth only .0014 runs. The difference a few seconds makes to Ortiz is about three times the value for the average batter. This isn’t a fluke just for 2014: Four of the past five years have seen Ortiz reap great benefits from delaying the time between pitches by 30 seconds or more.Ramirez’s numbers tell a similar story. Since 2011, Ramirez has been building his value from delays that last more than 30 seconds. In 2014, Ramirez added .0556 runs per pitch when time between pitches was long, but he lost .0013 runs per pitch when it was short.We can also contrast Ortiz and Ramirez with younger sluggers. The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, for example, is every bit as powerful and patient as Ortiz (if not more so). But Stanton delivers his hits about equally whether the time between pitches is long or short (.0183 for long and .0224 for short). If anything, Stanton does slightly better when there’s less time.We can’t say for sure that the delay between pitches causes Ortiz or Ramirez to do better. But consider that these players are on the older side and are potentially losing the physical skills that made them threats in their younger years. In the absence of the muscles needed to adjust to pitches in the air, these more seasoned sluggers might make up for it with experience. By taking their time to anticipate what pitch is coming next, Ortiz and others like him may be able to guess where a pitch will go before it leaves the pitcher’s hand. In this way, experience can compensate for deteriorating bat speed.That process of educated guessing takes time, Ortiz says. If Big Papi feels hurried or distracted by the umpire (even if he isn’t actually taking any less time between pitches), it could contribute to a reduced ability to predict the next pitch. In turn, that could change hard-hit fly balls to weakly struck grounders, as Ortiz estimates the wrong location of an oncoming pitch.It’s hard to ever count Ortiz out. Many commentators incorrectly predicted his demise in 2009, but Ortiz came roaring back to post a couple of his best seasons in the last five years. Still, Ortiz is facing a new and difficult task: adjusting to his declining physical skills, potentially without having the time to use his most valuable mental skill (experience). Thanks to the new emphasis on pace of play, it’s a dilemma common to many of the elder statesmen of baseball. read more

French must do more to stop Channel crossings says immigration official

France has been urged to do more to stop illegal Channel crossings after scores of migrants were caught sailing to Britain last weekend.There have also been calls for air surveillance of the English Channel to stop people from entering the UK illegally this summer. Border Force officials detained 74 people, including small children, after eight boats were spotted off the Kent coast on Saturday.Two vessels were also intercepted in France by the French authorities, the Home Office said.  Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the Immigration Service Union, said French authorities must take tougher action to prevent migrants from leaving their country. “What happened this weekend demonstrates that the current scale of surveillance is not effective,” he added. “We need to look again at whether there should be air surveillance and also have a frank talk with the French about whether they are doing enough to stop people leaving their shores.”Home Secretary Sajid Javid said he has agreed a “joint action plan” with the French. “We will continue to seek to return anyone who has entered the UK illegally,” he said.The 74 people arrested on Saturday have since undergone medical examinations, and authorities are working to establish their nationalities.A criminal investigation has also been launched. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She told The Times: “These people should not be setting sail from France. They are buying boats and stealing boats. We really need a lot more work on the part of France.“These people are coming from France. They should apply for asylum in France and the French authorities should process that claim.”Criminal gangs are exploiting the migrant crisis by charging up to £20,000 to bring people from Iran and Afghanistan to the UK, Ms Moreton added.Damian Collins, Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, said he was “extremely worried” that current surveillance measures were not picking up small ships.  read more

IPL 2019 likely to start early to give India break before

The CSK team pose with the trophy (BCCI photo)The IPL could be advanced by a couple of weeks and is likely to start on March 23 to accommodate the Indian team management’s request to allow their fast bowlers adequate rest before the World Cup starts on May 30.India captain and coach Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri are believed to have laid out the need for at least a two-week rest period for their fast bowlers during meetings last month with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the board’s senior management team. They are also believed to have asked whether key players, including senior fast bowlers, could be rested from the IPL and adequately compensated if so.These meetings, held in New Delhi and Hyderabad, were also attended by Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, vice-captains of the ODI and Test sides respectively, and selection committee chairman MSK Prasad.The IPL management, headed by chief operating officer Hemang Amin, is understood to have told the CoA that the Indian team management’s request would need the consent of the franchises, which could be hard to come by. In turn, this may have forced the BCCI into considering an early start.During these meetings, ESPNcricinfo understands that the two-member CoA, comprising Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, also made it clear to Kohli and Shastri that while India remain the No. 1 Test side, they have been “found wanting” in South Africa and England.The CoA is understood to be displeased about some of the grievances put forth by the team management pertaining to inadequate facilities at the team hotel and players’ partners not travelling with the side. The CoA also apparently didn’t take too kindly Shastri’s comments about India being the best travelling team. The CoA is understood to have told Shastri that even if India is one of the best teams going around, people should be allowed to judge for themselves.The BCCI is also exploring the feasibility of hosting IPL 2019 in India, but can only take a final call on this once the dates of the country’s seven-phase general elections are announced by the Central Election Commission. A team has already carried out a recce in South Africa, should the IPL need a plan B. It is likely that a clearer picture will emerge ahead of the player auction in Jaipur on December 18. (ESPNCricinfo)  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2017 IPL auction delayed until late FebruaryFebruary 2, 2017In “latest news”Injured Dale Steyn ruled out of World Cup, Beuran Hendricks named replacementJune 4, 2019In “latest news”‘IPL won’t impact World Cup selection’ – Virat KohliMarch 1, 2019In “latest news” read more

Tamas Mocsai in Veszprém

Tamas Mocsai MKB-MVM Veszprém’s right back, László Nagy’s knee injury is more serious than it seemed. He doesn’t take part in the Hungarian national team’s preparation before the European Championship. Nagy and the doctors will decide on Monday that he will travel to Denmark or not. Probably he won’t because his team, MKB-MVM Veszprém has reported: Tamás Mocsai will come in January to replace Nagy. Mocsai is the son of the Hungarian national team’s head-coach, Lajos Mocsai who was the Veszprém’s trainer before Carlos Ortega. Tamás Mocsai started this season in Bundesliga in Hannover-Burgdorf, he made a contract with MKB-MVM from the 1st of January to the 30th of June.Virág Farkas ← Previous Story Rastko Stojkovic to Meshkov Brest Next Story → Slovenia beat Macedonia in friendly match read more

Norwegian No1 Erevik to miss clash with Austria

← Previous Story Over 10.000 fans at charity match in Cairo! Next Story → WC 2015 Q: Serbian disaster in Brno, Czech Republic goes to Qatar! Norwegian “SOTRA Arena” keeps the secret about the name of the team who will qualify for the World Championship 2015 in Qatar. Home team is facing serious problem with goalkeeper’s position as Ole Erevik suffered unexpected injury. Danish Aalborg’s goalie feels the pain in ankle and could miss the match against Austria on Saturday(15 hrs).– We have two other goalies who can go in and do a fantastic job, says Norwegian head-coach Christian Berge to TV 2.Austria won the first match 28:26. norgeNorwayOle ErevikQatar 2015Qatar handball

Explainer How can the return of Islamic State members to their home

first_imgThe big challenge for Western countries is in sanctioning Islamic State fighters and members on their return.The Taoiseach has said a security assessment will be carried out before Smith is allowed to return, but that “going to live in Syria, in what was called the Islamic State is not in itself an offence or a crime”.“I know the authorities there want to interrogate her to see if she was involved in any crimes there, but it’s very possible that she was never a combatant, for example. There may need to be a prosecution there and we need to make sure that if she does return to Ireland that she isn’t a threat to anybody.”Prosecution is “the real puzzle”, according to Callimachi, who pointed out that there is a presumption of innocence in the justice systems of Western liberal democracies.That presumption of innocence and the legal proof that prosecutors need to bring to be able to charge somebody with terrorism is quite high in many of these countries. But ultimately this is an Irish citizen and we don’t believe that removing an Irish citizen’s citizenship from her or her family, rendering them stateless, would be either the right or compassionate thing to do.If Smith does return, it will be the first case of Ireland repatriating a member of the Islamic State group. A small number of Irish citizens have returned from Syria and Iraq, but they did so under the radar. What are they doing?Readers will already be familiar with the case of British teenager Shamima Begum, who had lost two children and was pregnant with her third when she expressed a desire to leave a Syrian refugee camp and return home to have her baby in England. She said she wanted to raise her child there.Begum had left London at 15 to join the Islamic State group. In interviews she gave in the refugee camp, she said she did not regret joining the terror group. After heated debate in the UK, the British Home Office made the decision to revoke her British citizenship.The now 19-year-old gave birth to a baby boy but he perished of pneumonia in the camp before he turned three weeks old. Two other women from the UK who are living in Syrian camps with their children have also been stripped of their citizenship, according to news reports.The Dutch justice and security minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus recently revealed his government is cooperating with Syrian authorities in relation to the return of female Isis members and their children to the Netherlands. However the minister also said, when asked about helping Shamimia Begum’s Dutch husband, that his government does not offer any help to Dutch men in Syria willing to return. The French government has confirmed it is preparing for the return of French jihadists, though it said this will be done on a “case-by-case basis”.  And although US President Donald Trump has pushed for European countries to take back hundreds of fighters captured in Syria, he has shown an unwillingness for his own country to do the same, even with so-called Isis brides.When a 24-year-old-woman from Alabama said she wanted to come home, Trump instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to allow her back into the country. Hoda Muthana left the US to join Islamic State in Syria when she was 20. She has an 18-month-old son and has said she regrets joining the terrorist group. She told ABC News: “I wish I could take it completely off the net, completely out of people’s memory… I regret it… I hope America doesn’t think I’m a threat to them and I hope they can accept me and I’m just a normal human being who’s been manipulated once and hopefully never again.”Who are the returnees and why are they coming back?The European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (Ran) has a manual for member states on how to respond to the return of terrorist fighters and their families. It lists a number of reasons that people return, including;Disillusioned/remorseful;Family pressure and intervention;Poor living conditions/healthcare (injuries, childbirth etc);Sent to carry out an attack or feel they can do more for the case in Europe;Captured and returned home unwillingly.With female returnees, the manual says that some may be unhappy with their experience of hardship and oppression or that their husbands may have been killed in the fighting. Others come back for medical treatment for their children. In a few instances, families have paid for the women’s freedom, rescuing them from terrorist organisations. Ran explains that returning men – in particular – may have been involved in war crimes such as murder, rape and slavery, and may have taken part in terrorist or violent extremist atrocities.All of them have witnessed extreme violence, and lived in unsafe and unhealthy conditions. It is also important to note that disillusionment with a terrorist group does not necessarily equate to distance from a violent ideology, nor disengagement from the ‘jihadi’ cause, when back in EU.When it comes to female members of the terrorist group, the network says depicting them as victims can deprive women of their agency and ignore the fact that Western women who join jihadist groups tend to be “very motivated by ideology”. For many women, joining Daesh [Islamic State] is driven by utopian ideals, and fulfils a need for excitement and meaning. Daesh propaganda focuses on projecting an idealised image of life in Syria and Iraq. Other factors behind women leaving Europe for Daesh include teenagers falling in love with the image of marrying a ‘warrior’, or discrimination (perceived or experienced).According to Ran, many women were led to believe that joining Daesh would give them a sense of empowerment.Although the main role of women in the Islamic State group is that of a wife and child-bearer, some are also enforcers of public virtue. The all-female al-Khaansa unit can dole out punishments and operate roadblocks to search women. Several Western women have joined this unit.Children who have been born into and grow up in areas of Islamic State battle have often been exposed to extreme levels of violence. Ran said this creates trauma and potentially desensitises children to brualisation and violence. Acting out what they see adults do is a major risk. This will traumatise them and lead to psychosocial problems and possibly major security risks for the future. Understanding the extent of indoctrination, the exposure to violence and the living conditions experienced is crucial to assessing these children.The Irish government’s positionTaoiseach Leo Varadkar has said Lisa Smith and her child will have the right to return to Ireland as both are Irish citizens. The government does not have the option of revoking her citizenship – not that it has indicated it would want to anyway – because this would leave her stateless, something that is contrary to international human rights law. Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has also said every effort will be made to ensure she gets home. He said this is a very complex situation, and that the relevant facts must be ascertained before further steps are taken.There will be a number of issues for the Irish State to tackle if Smith does return, not least that the government has no experience with this particular situation. Lisa Smith would be a test case.Rukmini Callimachi, Terrorism Correspondent with the New York Times told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland yesterday that allowing Smith – and other Irish citizens in Syria – to return would put it “far ahead of the curve” as other European countries have been slow to take people back. Related Reads Mar 13th 2019, 6:06 AM 20,373 Views Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 7:05 AM Explainer: How can the return of Islamic State members to their home countries work? The government here has said Lisa Smith, who was married to an Islamic State fighter, can come home. Image: Tom Conachy 11.03.19 ‘The compassionate thing to do’: Lisa Smith will have right to return to Ireland as will her child, says Varadkar By Michelle Hennessy What we believe is happening is that countries like Canada are afraid that if these people are brought back home to Canadian soil or to the UK or to other nations in Europe that they simply will not succeed in being able to prosecute them. 11.03.19 ‘She got duped’: Woman who helped Lisa Smith convert to Islam ‘shocked’ at alleged ISIS links Share15 Tweet Email1 63 Comments Let’s face it, that is an unpleasant scenario. The thought that these people who we know joined this deadly terrorist organisation, that they could come back to our countries and essentially walk free. That would be a disastrous scenario for any politician, especially if there’s even one attack by one of these people.She said what is “shocking”, is that Western countries had almost five years to plan for this moment but have left it until “the last little pocket of land is about to fall”.The European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network is focused on resocialisation and rehabilitation, even if someone has been prosecuted and is in prison. It recommends that there is investment in resocialisation while returnees are still in detention to decrease their risk of recidivism to violent extremism.It also suggests that member states consider complementing criminal justice policies with resocialisation efforts for returnees where prosecution is not an option due to a lack of evidence. Acknowledge that the reintegration of mothers who have succeeded in returning with small children is heavily dependent upon their fear of losing their children due to child protection measures. Therefore, consider cooperation with reintegration to be a precondition for custody.Member states are also advised to consider whether they should provide education, employment and housing to help foster rehabilitation. Mental health practitioners should be involved in screening and treatment if needed. And it should be acknowledged that while returnees might be the perpetrators of violence, they may also be victims of rape, beatings and torture. ‘The practicalities of deradicalisation’Deradicalisation will be an important part of this process and Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council, told he is concerned that Ireland does not have the necessary legislation or systems in place now.  “It’s important that they contact people like myself who can assist in deradicalisation. Religious leaders need to be part of the solution and the government hasn’t contacted me yet. I don’t think they even have the vision to contact those who can provide a counter narrative to those who are radicalised. It is possible because we don’t have the legislation here that she may be ultimately free because of a lack of evidence. The government on the one hand is saying she has a right to come back but they do not mention the practicalities and the importance of deradicalisation. Dr Al-Qadri said he twice met with individuals who expressed a desire to join Islamic State at a time when it was starting to gain attention but was “not known for the atrocities we know of now”. “I spoke to these individuals about how it was a wrong and extreme narrative that has no place in Islam, and that it was a contradiction.“It did work and I believe it is possible to deradicalise people like Lisa provided there is regret and an acknowledgement they were wrong. There is a chance.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL The Irish government has said Lisa Smith has the right to return to Ireland. THE IRISH GOVERNMENT has said an Irish woman reportedly detained in Syria on suspicion of Islamic State membership will be allowed to return to Ireland. Lisa Smith, who has a two-year-old child, has been detained in Syria by US armed forces.The Dundalk native previously worked in the Irish Defence Forces but left service in 2011. She went on to convert to Islam and married a Muslim man. It is believed she departed for Syria in 2015 after her marriage broke down. While there, she married a British man. It is understood he was killed two months ago. Speaking this week, Leo Varadkar said that while more information is needed about the case, Smith will have the right to return to Ireland. “As an Irish citizen, she will have the right to return to Ireland, as will her child who’s an Irish citizen,” the Taoiseach told reporters on Monday.  “But it’s not just as simple as coming here, and everything proceeding as if nothing had happened.  The Irish government has said Lisa Smith has the right to return to Ireland. Image: Tom Conachy 15.03.18 ‘I want to join ISIS’: How big a problem is radicalisation in Ireland?last_img read more

Twitter se targue de compter 140 millions dutilisateurs actifs

first_imgTwitter se targue de compter 140 millions d’utilisateurs actifsTwitter célébrait hier, le 21 mars, ses six ans d’existence. L’occasion de dresser le bilan du réseau social, qui compterait à ce jour plus de 200 millions d’utilisateurs, dont 140 millions considérés comme actifs.A l’occasion de son sixième anniversaire, célébré le 21 mars, Twitter publie fièrement ses chiffres après avoir rappelé que le tout premier tweet avait été envoyé par Jack Dorsey, le fondateur du site, en mars 2006. “En train de configurer mon twttr” avait-il alors tweeté.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le réseau social affirme compter aujourd’hui 140 millions d’utilisateurs actifs aux quatre coins du monde. Des internautes qui chaque jour postent quelques 340 millions de messages sur le site de micro-blogging, peut-on lire sur le blog officiel de Twitter. Des chiffres impressionnants, certes, mais encore bien loin de ceux de son principal rival, Facebook. Le réseau social de Mark Zuckerberg peut se targuer d’avoir réuni quelque 800 millions d’internautes depuis sa création en février 2004.Il y a quelques jours, alors qu’il était en visite à Paris, Jack Dorsey confiait au sa volonté de voir Twitter encore évoluer. “Nous avons encore beaucoup de travail, notamment pour faire en sorte que les utilisateurs se voient proposer des contenus toujours plus pertinents” expliquait-il.Le 23 mars 2012 à 13:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

124 WWE Smackdown Live Preview Randy Orton vs Luke Harper Ziggler vs

first_img WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Twitter Roman Reigns Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Two title matches added to Clash of Champions in three weeks on September 15 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Pinterest Videos Articles Luke Harper WhatsApp Luke Harper Returns To WWE Livecenter_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight from Toledo, Ohio.WWE Smackdown Live PreviewAdvertised for the show before the Royal Rumble PPV this Sunday is Randy Orton vs. Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler vs. Kalisto and Mickie James will talk with Renee Young.Plus, WWE Champion AJ Styles plans to “call out” John Cena just days before Styles defends the WWE Championship against Cena at the Royal will have live coverage of Smackdown tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipLuke Harper Returns To WWE LiveVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte last_img

Military Appreciation Event Helps Dayton Earn ADC Recognition

first_imgFor the past 10 years, the Dayton region has held an annual appreciation effort to celebrate the military personnel serving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Springfield Air National Guard Base in western Ohio.The “Hometown Heroes” program, spearheaded by the Dayton Development Coalition, provides thousands of tickets to military members to local sporting events and other entertainment. At a Dayton Dragons baseball game, airmen from Wright-Patterson are welcomed onto the field and recognized for their service.“This is a chance to celebrate the airmen of Wright-Patt,” Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the coalition, told the Dayton Business Journal. “Every year we’re honored to do this. These airmen have made a lot of sacrifices for their country. We want to make them feel welcome when they come to Dayton.”The two bases are a significant part of the Miami Valley economy, supporting 60,000 jobs in the region and generating a $4.1 billion annual economic impact.“Hometown Heroes is more than the tickets donated to the airmen at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. It is more than a series of sporting events, musicals and shows; it’s about the Dayton region’s belief in the importance of service,” Hoagland said.Last month, the Dayton region was honored by ADC as one of the Great American Defense Communities. In presenting the award, ADC President Mike Cooper cited the Hometown Heroes program as one of the reasons Dayton stood out.“You see a program like this that works so well that other installations want to follow it,” Cooper said. “Part of the award is how the community helps airmen find housing and living arrangements. But part of it is how it helps them feel welcomed, too.”ADC launched the Great American Defense Communities program to acknowledge the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host installations make to improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. The inaugural class of 10 communities was selected by a panel of defense community advocates and experts from dozens of nominees based on the broad range of efforts they carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families, covering areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Parnell Pipeline Agreement Signed

first_imgGov. Sean Parnell says an agreement has been signed that allows for the next stage in pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project.Download AudioParnell says environmental field work and pipeline engineering have begun as part of a phase in which the parties are expected to spend hundreds of millions of dollars.There’s still no guarantee the mega-project will be built, but Parnell called the agreement and work underway a mark of significant progress.The parties involved are BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil Corp., TransCanada Corp., and the Alaska Gasline Development Corp.ConocoPhillips was previously a holdout to signing because of issues the company said were confidential. A spokeswoman said those issues have been resolved.Parnell said the project, in the coming weeks, will work to begin the process of securing an export license.last_img read more

Oilfield Chemicals Market Foresees Growth in the Coming Years with CAGR

first_imgOilfield chemicals are chemical components that are used in various stages of oil & gas exploration to enhance these operations by improving productivity and efficiency of oil drilling processes. These chemicals allow temperature stability, high performance, and inhibit contamination in the drilling fluid system. It also reduces the expense over stoppages & delays by maintaining smooth operating oilfields. Moreover, these chemicals find extensive application in different stages of oil exploration and are an integral part of the oil & gas industry.The growth of the global market is driven by the enduring activities to meet the increasing energy demand globally, which brought more petroleum crude oil wells to production state globally, which increases the demand for oilfield chemicals. Moreover, rise in exploration & production activities increases the need for oilfield chemicals, demand for advanced drilling fluids, and growth in deepwater & ultra-deepwater drilling projects are driving the global market. However, crude oil price fluctuations and increase in environmental concerns are expected to hamper the market growth in the near future. The emergence of eco-friendly oilfield chemicals is expected to provide a substantial growth opportunity in the near future.Do Purchase Enquiry at: corrosion & scale inhibitors was the leading segment in 2016, and expected to dominate the market during the forecast period, as these control corrosions in tubing, casing, pipes, and other accessories; and help reduce foam & wax formation and bacterial growth, reduce fluid loss during operation and improve process efficiency.The drilling fluids is the leading application segment, followed by well stimulation. Oilfield chemicals are widely used in drilling fluids to improve the productivity and efficiency of the oil drilling process. These chemicals safeguard the network of pipes used during drilling in an oilfield, which is affected by the factors, such as biological deposits, water, hydrogen sulfide, and other organic acids. Rise in oil exploration & production activities, demand for advanced drilling fluids, and rapid expansion of shale gas & oil drilling are the major driver for global oilfield chemicals market.According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, Oilfield Chemicals Market by Type and Application: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023, the oilfield chemicals market was valued at $41,667 million in 2016, and is estimated to reach $59,925 million by 2023, registering a CAGR of 5.2% from 2017 to 2023. In 2016, the drilling fluid application segment accounted for around one-third share of the total market.Download Sample PDF Brochure of Oilfield Chemicals Market at: 2016, North America dominated the global market, owing to the growth in oil gas activities withac the advancement in hydraulic fracturing and drilling processes. Moreover, technological advancement and increase in drilling activities are expected to increase the demand for oilfield chemicals in the near future. U.S. dominated the North America oilfield chemicals market in 2016, followed by Canada. LAMEA is the second leading geographical segment, which is expected to register a CAGR of 5.9% from 2017 to 2013.The key companies profiled in the report include Baker Hughes, Schlumberger Limited, Halliburton, Solvay S.A., Ecolab Inc., Newpark Resources Inc., BASF SE, Lubrizol Corporation, Akzonobel NV, and Albemarle Corp.last_img read more

Route 27 toll fees to increase on Tuesday

first_imgRelated posts:Toll prices on Route 27 to decrease starting Wednesday With heavy rains forecast, Costa Rican officials close Route 32 to the Caribbean, evaluate Route 27 closure Route 32 to the Caribbean reopens under watchful eye of highway officials Travel Alert: Landslide closes Route 27, a major highway to Costa Rica’s Pacific coast As of Tuesday, July 1, toll fees on Route 27, which connects San José to the Pacific province of Puntarenas, will increase by up to ₡80.Globalvía, the company ​​that administrates the 77-kilometer highway, reported that the increase follows a schedule set by the concession contract. Increases depend on the type of vehicle and distance.For example, motorcycle and car owners will pay ₡10 more at tollbooths in Escazú, southwest of the capital, and fees will increase from ₡330-340 ($0.61-0.63). Semis using the tollbooths in Atenas will pay ₡80 more, increasing tolls from ₡4,180-4,260 ($7.75-7.90).Buses will pay ₡20 more, the same as two- and three-axle trucks.The highway, which begins at La Sabana Park west of San José and ends at Caldera Port on the Pacific coast, was opened in 2010 and reduces the trip to the coast to about 50 minutes, less than half of the approximately two hours the trip used to take on the old route.The full list of fees as of July 1 is as follows: Facebook Commentslast_img read more

House GOP votes to block administration on immigration

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans voted Wednesday to block the Obama administration from spending any money to defend against a lawsuit over the president’s immigration policies.The 222-204 vote came on an amendment by leading immigration hardliner Rep. Steve King of Iowa to a spending bill for the Commerce and Justice Departments.House Republicans spent weeks earlier this year trying to overturn President Barack Obama’s executive actions from last fall that granted work permits and stays of deportation to millions of immigrants living in this country illegally. The House efforts were unsuccessful, but Republicans have claimed success anyway, noting that the policies have been put on hold by a federal judge in a lawsuit by a group of states seeking to overturn the actions. Comments   Share   Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories More than two dozen states argued that Obama’s executive action was unconstitutional.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will hear arguments next month in the lawsuit. King’s amendment would block the administration from spending any money to defend against it.It was one of a handful of immigration-related amendments offered by King and approved by the GOP-controlled House.By voice vote, the House adopted an amendment that would block spending for trade deals that add visas.The House also voted 227-198 for an amendment that would block certain federal funds to localities that refuse to report names to federal immigration authorities. That’s become an issue in recent months as localities refused to participate in a federal program that turns over the names of people picked up for crimes to federal immigration authorities.“All we’re saying is follow the law. … They are undermining the rule of law,” said King.Democrats objected to his approach.“This is not the appropriate bill for this,” said Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa.The spending bill has already drawn a veto threat from the White House over cuts in domestic programs, and the addition of the immigration measures will only harden the administration opposition. Quick workouts for men Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous oflast_img read more

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will launch a fourth dail

first_imgKLM Royal Dutch Airlines will launch a fourth daily flight to Amsterdam from Liverpool this summer.The increased frequency to Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport commences on May 10th and comes less than a year since the carrier introduced flights to the north-west city on March 30th 2009.Air France KLM UK general manager Henri Hourcade said the improved schedule is “great news” both for the airline and for Liverpool.”Whether travelling for business or leisure, the new schedule means faster connectivity with KLM’s intercontinental route network, seamless integration with our European network and the convenience of being able to do a full day’s business in Amsterdam and be back home in time for dinner,” he commented.The new service will increase route capacity by 33 percent and offer great flexibility to passengers flying to onward destinations on the continent.Meanwhile, cheap flights carrier Ryanair will introduce flights to Szczecin, Poland’s seventh-largest city and biggest seaport, from Liverpool on May 21st. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedKLM to launch new service between Liverpool and AmsterdamKLM has announced that it will start a new service between Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.More flights to Amsterdam will take off from AberdeenKLM will increase its number of flights to Amsterdam from Aberdeen next summer.VLM’s Amsterdam-London City service ‘slicker’ than rivalsThe performance saw the Belgian carrier surpass rivals KLM, easyJet, British Airways and bmi.last_img read more