Bengaluru: Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar against whom 15 ruling coalition rebel MLAs have moved the Supreme Court alleging delay in accepting their resignations, Tuesday said he is working in accordance with the Constitution and was performing his duty. The apex court will pronounce its order Wednesday morning on the pleas of 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs seeking direction for Kumar to accept their resignations from the Assembly. “Ultimately, what the Supreme Court will come out (its verdict), after going through that, I will respond,” Kumar told reporters in Kolar district. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Stating that he was working in accordance with the Constitution, he said “I don’t have freedom to comment on all other matters being the Speaker.” “I am not someone who is going to challenge…Iwill only perform my duty..every one will have to wait till tomorrow,” he added. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi concluded the hearings of the rebel MLAs, the speaker and Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Tuesday. The order from the Supreme Court will come a day before the tottering Congress-JD(S) government faces the floor test in the assembly, which would end suspense over the numbers game triggered by a raft of resignations by the ruling coalition lawmakers. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty As many as 16 MLAs — 13 from the Congress and threefrom the JD(S) — have resigned while two independent MLAs S Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the coalition government, keeping it on the edge. In a bid to keep their flock together ahead of the floor test, the Congress, BJP and JD(S) have shifted their MLAs to resorts. The Congress Tuesday shifted its MLAs from a hotel in the city to a resort on the outskirts, amid fears that some more legislators may resign. Reacting to state BJP chief Yeddyurappa’s reported statement claiming that another 2-3 MLAs were likely to resign ahead of the confidence motion, KPCC chief Dinesh Gundu Raoalleged that resignation of Congress-JD(S) MLAs were with “malafide intent.” “This statement clearly proves that the resignations by @INCIndia/JDS MLA’s were done with malafide intent. @BSYBJP has purposely said this to ensure that the Speaker has enoughmaterial to disqualify the rebel MLAs. The rebel MLA’s have fallen into a trap,” he said in a tweet. The ruling coalition’s strength in the House is 117– Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP 1, and nominated 1, besides thespeaker. With the support of the two independents, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 225-member House, including the nominated MLA and Speaker. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the ruling coalition’s tally will be reduced to 101. According toofficial sources, the nominated member too has a right to vote.
In today’s Big Story podcast, while many may think of abortion as a non-issue in Canada, the movement against it still exists… but it looks a lot different than it once did. Young people (Gen Zers to be specific) are increasingly labelling themselves as pro-life, attending anti-abortion marches and supporting pro-life politicians.What’s changed in the decades since abortion was a federal election issue? How are young people being recruited? Will this strengthen the anti-abortion movement or hurt it? And could the issue ever really come back up again in Canada as it has recently in the US?GUEST: Sydney Loney, FLARE.comAudio Playerhttp://radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_05222019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
Taroudant – Floods trapped 24 Israeli tourists for hours on their way to the top of the Atlas Mountains on Monday, before they were rescued.The Israeli group of tourists, which included children and elders, had gone through hard times before a special unit of the Atlas Mountains police rescued them.According to the Times of Israel, the tourists “narrowly escaped a dangerous landslide while trekking through the Atlas Mountains Monday.” “Heavy winds and rain caused a landslide of boulders, tress and mud to rain down on a convoy of vehicles driving on a narrow road hugging a steep cliff,” the same source added.After a lot of panic among the tourist group, the Atlas Mountains police they were safely returned to their hotel in Marrakesh.Morocco’s National Meteorology Directorate earlier issued a special weather warning last weekend forecasting thunderstorms in several regions of Morocco, calling on travelers to take necessary measures and cautions.
25 July 2011Hundreds of young people converged on the United Nations in New York today as the General Assembly kicked off a high-level meeting devoted to tackling the challenges facing youth and exploring their potential to bring about change in their societies and in the world at large. “We are seeking to promote a culture of dialogue and mutual understanding between young people and with young people as key stakeholders in today’s world,” Assembly President Joseph Deiss said as he opened the meeting. “The events of recent months, in the Arab world in particular, have shown us the extent to which young people are key players in our societies and to what extent they can mobilize for change,” he added, as he called for drawing to a greater extent on the energy and enthusiasm of young people and to create the conditions to enable them to flourish.“The meeting,” he later told reporters, “aims at underscoring the importance of supporting young people’s vast and untapped potential.”The two-day meeting, which is focusing on the theme of “Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding,” is among events to mark the International Year of Youth, which comes to a close on International Youth Day on 12 August. The event began on a sombre note with participants observing a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the terror attacks that took place in Norway on Friday in which more than 75 people were killed, including young people who were gunned down at a youth camp connected to the ruling Labour Party.“I am particularly saddened that this murderer singled out young people keen to engage meaningfully in the future of their country,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his remarks to the gathering. “This atrocity stands in stark opposition to the theme of this meeting, which is dialogue and mutual understanding.” He went on to note that the past few months have been momentous for youth, who have been at the centre of a movement for change that is sweeping North Africa and the Middle East. “The Facebook generation is showing a growing resolve to change our world – and a capacity to make things happen,” he said. “They are bringing their energy and courage to some of the most difficult issues we face.” Mr. Ban said the international community must work to expand “the horizons of opportunity” for young women and men and answer their legitimate demands for dignity and decent work, noting that the global economic crisis and austerity measures in many countries are constraining these opportunities. In the aftermath of the economic crisis, the youth unemployment rate rose from 11.9 per cent to 13 per cent from 2008 to 2009, the largest annual increase on record – with around 81 million unemployed young people. “Failing to invest in our youth is a false economy,” he stated. “Conversely, investing in young people will pay great dividends for all.”The meeting is expected to conclude tomorrow with the adoption of an outcome document that calls for strategies to give young people everywhere a real chance to find decent work and urge countries to take effective measures to protect young people from terrorism, among other elements.
Ohio State junior goalie Christian Frey (30) surveys the ice during an exhibition game against Brock on Oct. 3. OSU won 4-0. Credit: Kaley Rentz / Asst. Sports DirectorOhio State men’s hockey (0-2) was swept by an in-state rival, No. 16 Bowling Green (2-0), in a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday by scores of 6-3 and 2-0, respectively.With 3,982 in attendance at the Schottenstein Center on Friday, Bowling Green got off to a quick start with two goals in the first 8:05 by sophomore Jakob Reichert and junior Kevin Dufour.“You’ve got to understand how you’ve got to play,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “You’ve got to step on the ice and be ready to go and understand that you’ve got to take care of the puck. Against very good hockey teams like Bowling Green, you can’t go out and find yourself behind like that. We’ve got to learn from it and become a better hockey club.”OSU cut the lead in half when junior defenseman Josh Healey corralled the puck inside of the Buckeye zone and launched a pass up to junior forward David Gust at center ice, springing him on a breakaway.Gust walked in on senior netminder Tommy Burke and beat him top-shelf over the glove hand to make it a 2-1 game with 5:03 left in the period.However, the Falcons took control from there, hopping out to a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes thanks to goals from freshman John Schilling and senior Ben Murphy.OSU junior captain Nick Schilkey made it 4-2 at the 2:06 mark of the third period, finishing off a tic-tac-toe passing play on the power play from sophomore Victor Bjorkung and senior captain Anthony Greco.“I respect our team for coming out in the third and believing that we could go out there and win,” Rohlik said. “That was our conversation after the second period and we certainly played that way. You just can’t dig that deep of a hole and try to get out of it.”OSU ended up 1-of-3 with the man advantage while Bowling Green was shut down on both of its power plays.Bowling Green junior forward Matt Pohlkamp scored an empty net goal with 2:45 left in the game, taking the air out of the Schottenstein Center until Schilkey powered home a second goal just 14 seconds later.Alas, the comeback was not meant to be as senior Mark Cooper scored another empty netter for the Falcons with 1:32 remaining, ending the scoring for the night.“As a whole, I don’t know if we played our ‘A’ game,” senior captain Craig Dalrymple said. “We’ve stressed a lot on our (defensive) zone coverage and where we’re supposed to be in the past couple of weeks. We’ve got to be better.”OSU junior goaltender Christian Frey made 29 saves on 35 shots while Burke had 27 stops on the 30 pucks sent his way.A crowd of 3,022 for Game 2 at the BGSU Ice Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio, witnessed a tight battle throughout, with the game remaining scoreless until the third period. Cooper scored his second goal of the weekend and the eventual game-winner with 9:55 left in the game, and Pohlkamp scored his second as well with 2:10 remaining.Junior Matt Tomkins started in goal for OSU, keeping the game scoreless throughout with some tough saves. He ended up making 28 saves on 30 shots.His counterpart in Chris Nell for Bowling Green stopped all 25 shots he faced.Special teams played a big role, as the Scarlet and Gray went 0-of-6 on the power play while the Falcons went 0-of-3.The Buckeyes have the week to get ready for another in-state rival, the No. 11 Miami (Ohio) RedHawks. Face-off on Friday at the Schottenstein Center is set for 7:05 p.m., while Saturday’s game is an 8:05 p.m. puck drop at the Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio.
Vale has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Ferrous Resources Ltd, a company that currently owns and operates iron ore mines closely located to Vale’s operations in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The purchase price is $550 million and the transaction is expected to occur in 2019, subject to various conditions precedent.Reuters reports that Ferrous “has five mineral assets in the state of Minas Gerais’ iron quadrangle and one operation in Bahia state.“Vale Chief Executive Officer Fabio Schvartsman had said during its last earnings call that the miner was looking for small high-return acquisitions with synergies with the miner’s current assets.“In a meeting with investors on Tuesday, Schvartsman announced that Vale had decided to keep full ownership of its New Caledonia nickel mine and invest $500 million in it after previously vowing to find a partner for the venture.”
“The notion that Irish people, just by virtue of their Irishness, should support Irish football – that ignores any discussion on things like facilities, or the standard of play or how clubs are run or how attractive the thing is.“If you simplify it to: ‘you’re Irish, therefore, go.’ It’s far more complex than that. People find far more reasons to attach themselves to a football team other than the fact they play in this country.”You can watch the debate /row in full on the RTÉ Player online here.5 of Louis van Gaal’s best moments in football and 5 of his worstAshley Cole resigned to leaving Chelsea after eight years FORMER SHELBOURNE MANAGER Dermot Keely issued a harsh rebuke of Irish football fans last night, claiming the majority are only interested in the game as TV entertainment.Keely’s words came at the beginning of a debate on RTÉ’s flagship Airtricity League show, Soccer Republic, on the heels of Shamrock Rovers’ money-spinning friendly against Liverpool in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday.“It’s absolutely shocking,” Keely said. “42,000 morons going to watch Liverpool’s reserve team – they deserve to go, they deserve to pay their money, they deserve anything they get as far as I’m concerned.“I do not understand how Irish people cannot support an Irish league. It’s beyond me. If you parachuted half that crowd into Liverpool, they wouldn’t be able to find their way to Anfield.”He added: “You can’t stall it to go the toilet or make a cup of tea! That’s what they’re into now – you’re in here, you watch your tele and you can go on and stall it, go off and come back and you don’t miss any of the match – that’s not football.”Keely went on to single out Liverpool’s goalkeeper on the day, Brad Jones, for special criticism, pointing to his poor goals against to games ratio while the Australian was on loan at Tolka Park.“Brad Jones, I let him go 10 years ago – two games, he played. The only games I managed him in, he let in four goals.”Richie Sadlier was on the other side of the debate, challenging Keely’s assumptions and finding no room to criticise the people who took up seats in Lansdowne Road on Wednesday, adding that the league must improve to attract fans back to Irish football.“They’re Irish people who like football, who showed up to a match that the team they support played in.
Marée noire : les opérations à nouveau menacées par une tempêteÉtats-Unis – Des dizaines de navires sont prêts à évacuer la zone de la marée noire à l’approche d’une tempête tropicale. Les intempéries se situent actuellement à des centaines de kilomètres du site de la fuite de pétrole, et devraient toucher le golfe du Mexique dans quelques jours.La menace de cette tempête a quasiment suspendu les opérations pour tenter de colmater la fuite de pétrole à l’origine de la marée noire. Les techniciens qui opèrent sur le site ont en effet déjà dû cesser leurs activités car plusieurs jours seront nécessaires pour évacuer la zone, où 65 navires sont mobilisés pour endiguer la fuite. “C’est un chaos contrôlé là-bas”, a confié le lieutenant Patrick Montgomery à l’Associated Press.À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseOutre cette nouvelle suspension des opérations, l’amiral à la retraite Thad Allen, responsable de la lutte contre la marée noire pour l’administration américaine, craint que la tempête contraigne à la réouverture du bouchon expérimental placé sur le puits endommagé. Le pétrole pourrait alors s’échapper à nouveau, jusqu’à la reprise des opérations.Selon les autorités américaines, près de 43 millions de litres de pétrole ont été brûlés volontairement depuis l’explosion et le naufrage de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon en avril dernier. 130 millions de litres d’un mélange d’eau et de pétrole ont également pu être récupérés.Le 22 juillet 2010 à 16:52 • Emmanuel Perrin
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly influenced the deal for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to become interim Manchester United boss.Solskjaer was lined up to take charge at Old Trafford after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward decided to sack Jose Mourinho following a disappointing run of form at the club.Ferguson also influenced the return of his former assistant Mike Phelan, 56, as Solskjaer’s No 2 and Daily Mail supported the claim saying:“Once Woodward had talked to the Glazers and told them he wanted Jose out, he needed to be certain he could get the right kind of figure in for the short term at least.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“That’s where Fergie came in and he helped make sure the whole thing happened with Solskjaer and Phelan.”The pair made an immediate impact with a 5-1 win over Cardiff on Saturday and ill face Huddersfield Town on Boxing day.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) has asked the state Legislature to allocate $15 million from the state’s share of the BP oil spill economic settlement to build a new main gate at Keesler Air Force Base.A new gate on Division Street would replace the existing one on White Avenue, which presents a security risk due to train tracks immediately south of it, according to Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. A new gate is needed to meet the security standards of DOD and the Air Force, Gilich said, reported the Biloxi Sun Herald.The project also would bolster Keesler’s position in a future BRAC round. Bryant cited concerns about a looming base closure round in letter to House Speaker Phillip Gunn requesting the funds.“Base commanders and local leadership have identified opening a new, secure gate complex on Division Street as a priority,” Bryant said. “Base security must be taken seriously at all times, but particularly in the post-9/11 era, the real or perceived lack of secure access points could put our military bases at risk for closure,” he wrote.The estimated cost to build a new gate and access from I-110 is $37 million, with most of the expense coming outside the gate, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
A police team headed by in-charge of Chingus Chatyari police post and sub-inspector MD Khan was deployed soon after the ROP flashed an alert.Twitter/IANSA suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was destroyed by the security forces along the Jammu-Poonch National Highway on Monday.The authorities were alerted about the IED near Kakkar chowk by the road opening party (ROP), connecting Rajouri district with Jammu, around 7:30 am, following which the bomb disposal squad destroyed the IED. A bottle filled with a liquid material and a polybag filled with some solid substance were found, according to the police. Vehicular traffic in the area was suspended for around four hours after the detection.A police team headed by in-charge of Chingus Chatyari police post and sub-inspector MD Khan was deployed soon after the ROP flashed an alert. Appreciating the jawans of the ROP for their timely action, the Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajouri, Yougal Manhas said, “Timely action by the alert jawans of Army averted any untoward incident.”Probe into the matter has been initiated by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Headquarters, Govind Rattan, he added.(With inputs from agencies)
Reserve Bank of IndiaREUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed the commercial banks to rely on provisional ratings, which will not be disclosed to the market, for providing further loans to distressed companies, in a bid to give such firms a last chance before referring them for insolvency proceedings.Over the next one month, big banks will track down distressed companies whose loans can be restructured based on provisional ratings. These ratings will help banks to evaluate sustainability, the Economic Times reported.So far, all the upgrades, downgrades and outlook on debts by credit rating agencies were put out in the public domain. The provisional rating will be used to find out if the execution of the restructuring proposal would help to upgrade the rating to investment grade.The provisional rating will not be disclosed to the financial markets and will primarily be for the RBI and banks.So to maintain the privacy and help the banks to track down the stressed accounts, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has exempted rating agencies from the cardinal rule that requires any rating action to be immediately communicated to the financial markets.”If there is provisional upgrade, banks and RBI would have comfort in approving the restructuring instead of referring the borrower to NCLT (National Company Law Tribunal). RBI has recently informed the decision to banks and agencies,” said a banker.Provisional rating is a rating that is subject to change based upon certain conditions. For example, if a bond which was indented to finance is completed and starts generating revenue, a provisional rating is likely to increase.On the other hand, if an issuer’s debt reaches too high a level, a provisional rating is likely to decrease. It is also called a conditional rating. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel.ReutersThe decision to allow banks to rely on provisional ratings came after, recent reports suggest that the RBI is likely to release another list of about 50 loan accounts that are either stressed or on the verge of becoming non-performing assets (NPA).According to a Union finance ministry official, March 31 may be the deadline given to commercial banks to find a solution or initiate bankruptcy proceedings against the borrowers.Hence, now with provisional ratings, the banks will likely be able to help out the distressed companies to see if they are eligible for additional loans before referring them to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC).
.Tunisia has released a man two weeks after he was deported there from Germany on suspicion of being an Islamist militant who once served as Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard, a judiciary official said on Friday.Tunis authorities had decided there was not enough evidence to keep holding Sami Aidoudi, but investigations would continue, said Sofian Sliti, spokesman of Tunisia’s anti-terrorist judiciary body.German opposition and rights groups had criticised the decision to deport Aidoudi, saying he could face torture in his home country and citing a court decision that he should stay.Aidoudi – referred to only as Sami A. in Germany – applied unsuccessfully for asylum there in 2006.German interior minister Horst Seehofer, who has taken a tough line on immigration, accused him in May of having been bin Laden’s bodyguard and said he should be deported.Aidoudi always denied the allegations but was arrested in June and deported a month later on 13 July.Germany’s interior ministry later denied opposition accusations that it had pressured authorities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia to accelerate the deportation.German conservative lawmaker Armin Schuster said Tunisia’s decision to release the suspect proved Germany was right to extradite him.”If the Tunisian authorities have released him, then that breaks up the argument that he could face torture there,” he told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper.Germany should block Sami A. from re-entering the country if he tried to do so, he added.Tunisia has won praise for its transition since authoritarian leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in 2011. It has agreed on a constitution guaranteeing fundamental rights, held elections and largely avoided the political turmoil seen elsewhere in the region.Human rights groups have on occasion accused members of security agencies of abuses against Islamist suspects – accusations denied by the authorities.
Waterfox 68 Alpha is out by Martin Brinkmann on May 09, 2019 in Internet – Last Update: May 09, 2019 – 29 commentsAlex Kontos, the developer of the Waterfox web browser, released the first alpha version of the upcoming Waterfox 68 release on May 8, 2019.Waterfox 68 is the next major release of the web browser as it moves the web browser to a newer Firefox core. The current version of Waterfox is based on Firefox 56 code.If you compare Firefox 56 to 68, you will notice huge changes in regards to support for web technologies, APIs, extensions, and other areas. Mozilla dropped the classic add-ons system of Firefox in version 57.Waterfox 68, on the other hand, will still support classic browser extensions to a degree. We talked about the compromise made in that version some days ago. Waterfox 68 uses code developed by the team that develops the Thunderbird email client. The Thunderbird team faced the same difficult situation: it had to update the email client to a newer core but did not want to drop support for classic extensions for Thunderbird just yet.It created a solution that reintroduced support for different types of classic extensions in the email client. Waterfox 68 uses the same code to enable support for these classic extensions in the web browser.The Waterfox 68 Alpha release, available on GitHub, can be downloaded for all supported operating systems. Several popular classic extensions, DownThemAll, SaveFileTo, PrivateTab or KeyConfig, are available already as well for download.The alpha installer creates a new profile for that version; existing stable profiles should not be touched because of that. I still suggest that you back up existing Waterfox profiles to avoid any issues when testing the alpha build.A new profile means that the installation won’t pick up any of the installed extensions either. The extensions that are distributed with the release work fine in Waterfox 68. You will notice, however, that you cannot install (some) classic extensions at the time as these require compatibility changes.I used Classic Archive to download extensions; some, like Theme Font & Size Changer, installed fine and without issues. Others, like Classic Theme Restorer, did notExisting Waterfox users may want to test all of their extensions in the new Waterfox 68 Alpha to find out how many of them are compatible with the new build.Benchmark scores have improved significantly when compared to the current version of Waterfox. You should expect scores similar to current versions of the Firefox web browser when it reaches version 68.Closing WordsWaterfox 68 is a development release that is used for testing primarily. Existing Waterfox users may use it to test their extensions against the new version to find out if they can still be used without modification in the new version.The new version of Waterfox will come out shortly after Mozilla releases Firefox 68 in July 2019.Now You: Are you a Waterfox user? How many of your add-ons are compatible?SummaryArticle NameWaterfox 68 Alpha is outDescriptionAlex Kontos, the developer of the Waterfox web browser, released the first alpha version of the upcoming Waterfox 68 release on May 8, 2019.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Puerto Aventuras, Q.R. — According to the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, a private individual has applied for permission to construct a hotel in central Puerto Aventuras.The hotel, which is being requested by the company Latitud 40 SA de CV, would offer 175 rooms on a construction area of 1.49 hectares.According to the company’s published Manifestation of Environmental Impact (MIA), the building would require clearing of land and the rescue of some animal and plant species.“Before the clearing of vegetation of the land in the areas previously delimited and considered for use, rescue activities of flora and fauna will be carried out with the objective of relocating the specimens that are susceptible to rescue and mitigate their impacts for the implementation of the project.”The MIA request was submitted September 18. If approved, the company says it will generate 440 indirect jobs and 110 direct.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailRailway passengers are facing disruption this morning due to a fire on a train. Firefighter to have now put out the blaze, which is somewhere between Crewe and Chester. As a result of the fire trains between the Cheshire railway stations, and on to surrounding areas, are being cancelled, delayed or diverted – with disruption expected to last for several hours. Trains between London Euston and Chester are now starting and finishing at Crewe. Replacement buses are being sourced – according to travel data company INRIX. A National Rail spokesman said: “The fire brigade are dealing with an incident between Chester and Crewe, causing disruption to trains between these stations. “Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until at least 11.30am.” It is not known which railway company owns the train involved in the fire, or how extensive the blaze is, but Arriva Trains Wales and Virgin Trains are both affected by the fire. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent bound train delayed due to ‘security alert’ A spokesman for Virgin Trains said: “Due to a fire on a train that’s now been extinguished between Chester and Crewe all lines are blocked. “Train services running through these stations may be delayed or terminated at and started back from Crewe. “Coaches have been ordered for Crewe and Chester to shuttle passengers between the two stations.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit last Friday asking a federal court to stop the Obama administration from expediting the deportations of Central American immigrant families being held in a New Mexico detention center.The 60-page legal complaint, on behalf of seven women and three children at the facility in Artesia, New Mexico, alleges that the Department of Homeland Security has denied due process rights to the families as it seeks to deport the hundreds of undocumented immigrants being housed there.Lawyers representing the families said the Obama administration, which has sought to mount a response to an influx of tens of thousands of Central Americans across the southern border, has unlawfully altered long-standing policies that grant asylum protections to immigrants fleeing dangerous homelands.“The government has created a deportation mill and is sending families back to danger,” said Melissa Crow, legal director of the American Immigration Council, one of four organizations that filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Washington.“The inter-agency response to this unprecedented surge has been both humane and lawful,” said Carl Rusnok, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He declined to discuss the specific allegations in the lawsuit.The challenge could complicate the administration’s strategy to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants by returning as many as possible to their home nations and sending a stern message that more illegal migrants are not welcome in the United States.So far, 63,000 unaccompanied minors, and an additional 63,000 women and children, have been apprehended at the border, creating a humanitarian crisis and adding to already lengthy backlogs in immigration courts. Although the unaccompanied children have received the bulk of media attention over the summer, the administration’s treatment of the adults and their children — known as “family units” under DHS policy — has come under heightened scrutiny by civil rights groups.Advocates contend that the families are being denied legal representation and coerced by federal authorities into consenting to their removals. The lawsuit argues that the administration is applying more stringent asylum standards for immigrants than is specified under federal law.Unlike the unaccompanied children, who are placed with relatives or in shelters while awaiting their immigration court hearings, the families are held at more restrictive detention centers. A report last month from the DHS inspector general found unsanitary conditions at some of the facilities, along with residents and employees being exposed to communicable diseases such as chicken pox.President Barack Obama, facing pressure from both political parties to stem the flow of Central American immigrants, told immigration advocates in June that he believes those who do not have credible asylum claims must be sent home as a means of dissuading others from attempting the dangerous journey to the United States.In the coming weeks, Obama is expected to announce plans to use executive action to increase federal resources at the border to speed up the deportations of Central Americans while also offering deportation relief for up to several million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the country for many years.The advocates who filed suit Friday said that they disagreed with the president’s point of view.“U.S. law and our core values do not permit categorical prejudgment. And sending a deterrent message after having categorically prejudged a group of people is inhumane and is simply false and cynical,” said Cecillia Wang, immigrants’ rights project director of the American Civil Liberties Union.Nearly 300 women and children from the Artesia detention center have been deported, and more than 500 remain housed there, according to the Los Angeles Times.DHS officials have said the number of Central American immigrants entering the United States illegally dropped by half in July compared with the previous two months.© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Central American child migrant crisis ‘one of the greatest tragedies,’ says Costa Rica’s Solís US nation-building efforts should be in Central America, not Iraq and Afghanistan Nearly three quarters of US citizens think their country should shelter (not rush to deport) unaccompanied minors Mexico stops Central American migrants from climbing ‘Beast’ train
That order came after 24 hours of relative calm in which Sao Paulo had just one homicide. Few expect the calm to hold after Wednesday’s transfer order, but officials held their ground on moving prisoners to far-off locations.“Isolation for these prisoners is crucial,” Sao Paulo state Gov. Geraldo Alckmin said this week. “Italy only made progress in combatting the Mafia when it stiffened penalties up to life imprisonment and isolated the leaders.”While drug gangs in the slums of Rio de Janeiro draw international attention by parading around the shantytowns toting high-powered rifles, giving interviews and carrying out Hollywood-worthy battles with police, the PCC is all business. The Sao Paulo gang detests attention and remains mostly in the shadows of the slums where it holds sway, ruling on reputation and fear, maintaining a mafia-like stance.“The PCC is better organized, more powerful, and they have a monopoly of crimes and power which is something nobody achieved in Rio,” said Ignacio Cano, a researcher at the Violence Analysis Center at Rio de Janeiro State University. “They are by far the strongest criminal group in Brazil.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Five days of gang-inspired attacks then left at least 175 dead, including police officers, traffickers and the innocent in between. After the violence lingered for months, an alleged informal truce between the government and the PCC slowed the transfers and the attacks tapered off.“This year the government broke its 2006 truce,” said Walter Maierovitch, Brazil’s former drug czar and organized crime expert. “The violence we’re seeing now is the PCC’s response to the end of the truce and the violent reaction of police who don’t hesitate to execute real and imagined suspects out of a feeling of revenge.”There are fears the gang will now go beyond the carnage of 2006, and that has this metropolitan area of 20 million people on edge.In the last six months, a series of police raids have killed dozens of suspected gang members, while nearly all the officers killed have been executed while they were off duty, at times in front of their families. Officials say phone intercepts of gang leaders’ calls from prison and handwritten orders show that the gang is behind the execution of the police officers.Authorities recently renewed efforts to transfer the gang’s leaders to prisons outside Sao Paulo state. The Justice Ministry on Wednesday authorized sending one of the PCC’s top figures to a maximum security prison in Roraima state, 900 miles (1,450 kilometers) to the northwest in the Amazon. How men can have a healthy 2019 What makes the PCC so powerful is that corporate approach to how it manages gang enterprises as well as its reach beyond its core membership.“They outsource. They contract people and allow them to carry out certain activities as long as they’re paying them (the PCC) something in return,” Cano said. “For example, in 2006 many people say the killings of policemen were outsourced.”Estimates of the number of people connected in some way to the gang go as high as 100,000.The security experts, Cano and Maierovitch, both agree that violence will escalate if police continue a hardline approach against the PCC, and if there is a perception that political leaders are closing their eyes to excessive force or killings carried out by officers against suspected gang members.An amateur video aired by the Globo TV network this week is likely to increase the backlash.It shows police escorting a suspect out of his home in a poor Sao Paulo neighborhood. With the man in the street and surrounded by five officers, one policeman points his gun at the suspect. In that instant, two shots are fired, but the person taking the video is blocked, obscuring the scene.The man was later reported by police as being killed during a gunbattle. But investigators on Wednesday requested that the officers involved be taken into custody while an investigation continues, a request a judge had not yet ruled on. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories A police spokeswoman said the department had no comment on the case.Back in the Vila Brasilandia slum, shopkeeper Silva said that while police and the gang battle, those caught in the crossfire are feeling the pain.“The average person ends up being the real target _ and we don’t know who is the criminal and who is the police,” she said.___Associated Press writer Stan Lehman contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments Share Sponsored Stories The gang was founded in 1993 by hardened criminals inside Sao Paulo’s Taubate Penitentiary, but remained a relatively obscure group until early 2001, when uprisings in 29 prisons across the state killed 19 inmates. It was the biggest prison rebellion in Brazil’s recent history and took police 27 hours to crush.The PCC was formed to pressure for improved prison conditions. Brazilian Justice Minister Jose Cardozo, speaking at a security conference this week, said he would “prefer to die” than serve time in his nation’s prisons. He added: “We have a medieval penal system.”While the gang’s start may have been rooted in fighting for basic human rights of the imprisoned, its members quickly began using their power inside prisons to direct drug-dealing and extortion operations on the outside.There are no official numbers on the gang’s size, but the inner core considered as members is thought to include no more than a few thousand people, Cano said.Last month, police documents obtained by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo indicated the gang’s members numbered just over 1,300, and showed they are required to pay $300 in monthly fees in exchange for legal aid if they’re arrested and support for their families if they go to jail. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Blood isn’t flowing just in her slum. Sao Paulo, which is to host the World Cup opening match in 2014, has seen nearly 150 homicides over the past two weeks and 94 police executed this year.“It’s a war here. Last week I was on a bus when a shootout began on the street. There was no escape. We didn’t know if we should flee the bus or stay inside,” Silva said at her modest all-purpose shop in Vila Brasilandia. “There were bullets everywhere, so I stayed inside.”Behind the violence, security experts say, is a powerful prison-based gang, the First Capital Command, which likely feels the government has violated an informal agreement, long denied by officials, to slow the prison transfers of gang leaders and limit crackdowns on its operations on Sao Paulo’s outskirts in exchange for an end to gang violence.In the past two weeks, Sao Paulo’s metropolitan area has seen more than 10 killings a day, almost double the normal average of six.Efforts to transfer high-ranking imprisoned members of the gang, known by its Portuguese initials PCC, to far off prisons where they would have difficulty giving orders by cellphone to their soldiers on the outside enraged the gang in 2006. Associated PressSAO PAULO (AP) – A tenuous six-year truce between police and gang members is over in Sao Paulo _ that much seems clear to shopkeeper Vanuza Alves da Silva, who has seen a surge in killings in her slum neighborhood.Seven people were killed in a single night last week in Silva’s Vila Brasilandia shantytown, including a police officer. Days later, gunmen shot up a bar, killing a 13-year-old boy and three adults. How do cataracts affect your vision? Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix
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