first_imgIf you want to protest, this is how you do it.Reject the fear-mongering tactics of those who would infect you with their own fears. Reject all attempts of those who would capture your attention and make you afraid for their own financial gain. Reject the actions of those who want you to be fearful in order that they might gain power.Instead, embrace unconditional love.Reject people who sow the seeds of divisiveness or who capitalize on the events of the day to sort you into categories that they can then manipulate. Reject the idea that some of us are so different that we are separate from each other.Embrace that we are more alike than any differences anyone might discover.Reject the belief that the circumstances of your life cannot be overcome unless something external changes. Reject the belief that your life is in anyone else’s control. Reject the idea that you can’t do anything to make a difference now.You can change everything right now. Embrace your personal power.Reject the idea that the universe is scarcity, that there isn’t enough for you to have whatever it is that you want. Reject all attempts to infect you with jealousy and envy.You will know that there is more than enough when you embrace abundance.If you want to take part in a real revolution, start rejecting the poor beliefs that infect so many and start embracing beliefs that serve you. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

first_imgThe government on Thursday hit out at the civil society members, led by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, over the Lokpal bill saying they go to public after every meeting “which is not right”. Law Minister Veerappa Moily said, “I am the convenor of the Lokpal drafting committee. We are keen to bring the bill. It is our genuine intention to bring the bill in Parliament in the monsoon session. But we observe that after every meeting is over, the civil society members go to public attacking us. This is not right.” On Wednesday, the seventh Lokpal drafting committee meeting ended in a deadlock, with Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal saying another meeting would take place on June 20, where the members ‘will try to arrive at a consensus’. RTI activist and panel member Arvind Kejriwal had said on Wednesday the meeting was not good and nothing would come out of it. “Out of forty issues, we had agreement on 34 issues and disagreement on six issues,” Moily said on Thursday.   “They wanted a big Lokpal, we agreed. We agreed to every demand, but are we drafting a legislation or redrafting the Constitution for the Lokpal? They want changes in Constitution. Do they want to rewrite their Constitution? We want to bring a legislative bill, not a constitutional amendment,” Moily added. Attacking the government a day after the breakdown of talks over Lokpal draft bill, Hazare threatened to go on a hunger strike again accusing it of being uninterested in a strong bill. Referring to the government announcements on two drafts in case of disagreements, Hazare stated that he was not optimistic about expecting anything from the government anymore. advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

first_imgQoitech announces as part of its worldwide distribution agreement, Digi-Key Electronics will be offering Qoitech’s Premium software for use with its energy optimization tool Otii. The Otii solution provides developers with the means to simplify power measurement of applications and devices, especially those targeting the IoT space and aiming for optimized, long battery life. The Otii solution combines the measurement capabilities of several different test and measurement hardware tools into the Otii Arc, a device that makes it substantially easier for developers to pinpoint which sections of code, associated peripherals, and hardware contribute most to the application’s power consumption.With Otii Software Premium License, developers can access the battery profiling, simulation and scripting capabilities of the Otii software. Using the Lua scripting language, the Otii Arc can be used to profile batteries, allowing different batches of the same cell to be compared, or to evaluate their performance under environmental conditions that more closely match that of the application. The Lua scripting also enables automated testing, allowing longer term tests to be run without human intervention.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Infineon: resonant controller IC with PFC for power supply and lighting driversNext MicroSys: RTOS Microware OS-9 supports Open Source OPC UA – TSN projectlast_img read more

first_imgParis Saint-Germain 2 Lyon 0: Own goal double maintains 100 per cent start for Emery’s men Guy Atkinson Last updated 2 years ago 05:09 18/9/2017 Edinson Cavani - cropped Twitter: @PSG_inside Paris Saint-Germain needed two big slices of fortune to see off a determined Lyon side and continue their perfect start. Two late own goals helped Paris Saint-Germain maintain their 100 per cent record in Ligue 1 with a hard fought 2-0 win over Lyon at the Parc des Princes. The hosts were some way off their free-flowing best, with their vaunted attacking trio of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani struggling to break down a stubborn Lyon backline for much of Sunday’s encounter. Lyon’s resistance was finally broken with 15 minutes remaining when Marcelo got the final touch to Cavani’s flick to score an unfortunate own goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Cavani then saw a penalty brilliantly saved by Anthony Lopes before another own goal – this time from Jeremy Morel – added an undeserved gloss to the scoreline four minutes from time. Lyon were left to rue their luck at either end of the field, having seen Tanguy NDombele’s thunderous second-half effort cannon against the crossbar at 0-0.PSG will hope to continue their seemingly unstoppable march when they visit Montpellier next weekend, while Lyon will hope to bounce back from their first league defeat of the season when they host Dijon. Vamos @ECavaniOfficial ! #PSGOL— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) September 17, 2017Lyon looked sharp in the early stages and had a penalty appeal rejected after five minutes when NDombele went down awkwardly under pressure from Layvin Kurzawa.The visitors threatened again shortly afterwards when Memphis Depay cut inside from the left, but his powerful drive was well gathered by Alphonse Areola.The attacking verve that PSG so effortlessly demonstrated in the 5-0 Champions League win over Celtic in midweek was absent in the early stages, but they nearly broke the deadlock when Thiago Silva met Neymar’s low cross. The Brazilian defender could only skew his shot over the bar, though.For much of the half, the Parisians struggled to penetrate Lyon’s resolute backline. On one of the rare occasions that they did, Neymar’s strike from the edge of the area was too close to Lopes, who comfortably parried it away.The first opening of the second period went Lyon’s way. Nabil Fekir won the ball on PSG’s right touchline before bursting into the area, where his low shot was pushed out for a corner by Areola. Fekir was in the thick of the action soon after when he unceremoniously hauled down Neymar on the edge of the area after a surging run. From the resulting free-kick, Lopes did well to push away Neymar’s shot, which looked destined for the top corner. Lyon came agonisingly close to taking the lead after 67 minutes, when NDombele’s drive from 30 yards crashed back off the woodwork.They then squandered a golden opportunity to score when Marcelo headed straight at Areola from Ferland Mendy’s teasing free-kick.They were made to pay for that miss in the 75th minute as PSG took the lead. Substitute Giovani Lo Celso did well to create space on the left and his cross was met by Cavani, whose backheel attempt was deflected in by the unfortunate Marcelo. Cavani, who seemingly won an argument with Neymar over who should take the spot-kick after Mendy had manhandled Mbappe in the area, missed the opportunity to get his name on the scoresheet as Lopes superbly tipped his penalty onto the bar.But Lyon were dealt a cruel blow as Mbappe’s shot bounced back off Lopes onto the onrushing Morel, who could do nothing to prevent the ball rolling into an empty net to cement PSG’s win. Key Opta stats:- Paris Saint-Germain have lost only two of their last 15 Ligue 1 games against Lyon (W9 D4).- PSG are unbeaten in their last 10 home games against Lyon in Ligue 1 (W8 D2).- PSG have won their first six games of a Ligue 1 season for the first time ever. The last team to have done so in the French top flight was Marseille in 2012-13.- Lyon have won only one of their last four Ligue 1 games (D2 L1) after winning five of their previous six (D1).- PSG have benefited from three own goals in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other team.  read morelast_img read more

first_imgArsenal Mertesacker lauds compatriot Ozil after Everton thumping Guy Atkinson Last updated 2 years ago 23:33 10/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil - cropped Getty Images Arsenal Mesut Özil Everton v Arsenal Everton Premier League The playmaker netted a goal and also assisted Lacazette in an emphatic win, and was the focus of praise from his compatriot after the final whistle Per Mertesacker hailed the contribution of Mesut Ozil after his German compatriot played a starring role in Arsenal’s 5-2 demolition of Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.Ozil, who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in recent days, scored his first goal of the campaign to put the Gunners 2-1 up in the 53rd minute before registering a first assist when he teed up Alexandre Lacazette for his side’s third after 74 minutes.Mertesacker was full of praise for the midfielder and believes the ruthless finishing of his team-mates was the deciding factor in their resounding win, which marked manager Arsene Wenger’s 68th birthday in style after the visitors had fallen behind to Wayne Rooney’s opener at Goodison Park. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal/Arsenal HT/FT 3/4 v Swansea”We started really well, but to go 1-0 down was difficult,” he told Sky Sports.”But we stuck to the game plan and created a lot of chances. We spoke at half-time that we needed to execute them better and our guys up top did it, and that was crucial. The way Mesut played, created chances and got the goal was crucial.”We created chances from the start, we just lacked execution. We knew that they were under pressure and we took advantage.”Those stats… @MesutOzil1088— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 22, 2017The clash on Merseyside was the first time that Ozil and Lacazette have started a league game together since the latter’s arrival from Lyon, but the former Real Madrid star was not surprised at how well they linked up.”In training we always show our quality together and today on the pitch we played very well from the start until the end,” said Ozil. “We showed our quality in front of the goal.”Arsenal climbed to fifth with the win, behind London rivals Chelsea on goal difference.last_img read more

first_img The three-day event titled ‘Heritage Fest 2018’ is being organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) as part of activities to mark National Heritage Week under the theme: ‘One Love…One Family…One Heritage’. Story Highlights The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston will come alive with the celebration of Jamaica’s cultural heritage from Saturday (October 13) to Monday (October 15).center_img The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston will come alive with the celebration of Jamaica’s cultural heritage from Saturday (October 13) to Monday (October 15).The three-day event titled ‘Heritage Fest 2018’ is being organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) as part of activities to mark National Heritage Week under the theme: ‘One Love…One Family…One Heritage’.Heritage Fest is free to the public and will feature traditional Jamaican, Indian and Chinese cuisine as well as craft displays, rides, games, donkey rides, and nightly entertainment on Saturday and Sunday.Director of Events Management and Production at the JCDC, Gregory Simms, told JIS News that Heritage Fest is being revived by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, to celebrate Jamaica’s rich heritage.“We really want to build on this heritage idea… Let us try to pull out the differences that we have that make us so unique,” he said.Heritage Fest opens at noon on Saturday with a Farmers’ Market where patrons will be able to purchase fresh produce.At 8:00 p.m., there will be a stage show featuring Richie Stephens and the Ska Nation Band with Friends in Concert, along with Wayne Marshall, Stranjah Cole and the Ruff Kut Band.On Sunday, patrons will be able to enjoy a Revival Time Music Festival beginning at 10:00 a.m., and at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Revival Bands Sing-Off Competition featuring Markland “Action” Edwards as the evening’s MC and gospel singer, Sis Pat as guest performer.Mr. Simms said that patrons would be allowed to participate in pop-up performances to showcase their talents, in the areas of dance, song or poetry.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has described U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement as “nonsense.”In his opening address to a gathering of world mayors Tuesday, Coderre criticized Trump’s move to distance the country from the landmark climate agreement.But he added the decision only furthers the resolve of local politicians to fight climate change.“I’d like to thank President Trump because of his nonsense,” Coderre said. “Because in Canada, in Quebec, in Montreal, we believe we should build bridges, not walls, and we will make sure in our own declaration that the mayors of the world will take our responsibility.“And if there are some people who don’t want it, we’ll make it happen and, trust me, the mayors will be able to deliver the accord of Paris.”The Paris agreement was signed by 195 nations in December 2015.Trump said earlier this month he intends to withdraw the United States from the agreement unless it can be renegotiated.Coderre said fighting against climate change forms the consensus among decision-makers.Also addressing the Metropolis World Congress, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said he was disappointed by the U.S. stance but added he is happy to see numerous American states and cities taking a stand to continue the fight against climate change.The 12th edition of the congress runs until Thursday and includes 1,000 delegates and some 140 mayors from around the world.Coderre is the current president of the organization.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — An arbitrator says the firing last summer of Thomas Harding, the train engineer involved in the Lac-Megantic rail disaster, was illegal. He won’t be returning to work, but he will get financial compensation.Harding was acquitted in January 2018 of criminal negligence causing death.He returned to work for Central Maine and Quebec Railway, which took over from the defunct Montreal Maine & Atlantic that operated the line at the time of the derailment. Harding went on sick leave and was supposed to gradually return to work as of July 5, 2018, but on June 27 he received a letter of dismissal.The employer cited his involvement in the Lac-Megantic derailment and said the relationship of trust had been broken.Harding’s union filed a grievance, denouncing the fact his employer did not investigate the situation, as required under the collective agreement. Last week the arbitrator agreed and nullified the firing.The engineer became the public face of the Lac-Megantic disaster after it was revealed he didn’t apply sufficient hand brakes on the oil-laden convoy before retiring for the night.The train began rolling downhill in the early hours of July 6, 2013. It barrelled into the town, derailed and exploded, killing 47 people and destroying part of the downtown.The union asked that Harding be reinstated, but the arbitrator said that considering the circumstances a financial compensation was more appropriate. The amount has not been determined.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgMore than 90 days after hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram rebels in north-eastern Nigeria, a United Nations envoy for the region got a first-hand account of the efforts underway to rescue the students and to fight terrorism in the region, and met with education activist Malala Yousafzai, who was spending her birthday in Nigeria to show solidarity with the girls and their families.In Abuja, Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, reiterated “the continued commitment of the United Nations to the unity and stability of Nigeria,” according to the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA).He held consultations with Government officials and the leadership of the National Assembly, as well as heads of defense and security services, to review progress made in efforts to rescue the schoolgirls seized on 14 April in Chibok, and to address the larger crisis resulting from Boko Haram activities.During the five-day visit, Mr. Djinnit also confirmed that the UN has started to implement an integrated support package that includes support for the Chibok girls, their families and their communities, in particular with psycho-social counselling and helping them reintegrate with their families and communities.While in Nigeria, Mr. Djinnit discussed the support package with Ms. Yousafzai, who was spending her 17th birthday in the country by “standing with my Nigerian sisters and their parents.”Ms. Yousafzai, whose Malala Fund reportedly donated $200,000 for education in Nigeria, offered to partner with the UN efforts to mitigate the impacts of the abduction and help the girls return to school.Citing examples of young female students being raped and killed in India, and forced into child marriage in Pakistan, Ms. Yousafzai called on the international community to protect girls around the world. “No child anywhere ever should be the target of conflict or violence,” she said.Turning to the armed group responsible for the mass kidnapping in Nigeria, Ms. Yousafzai had harsh words about their interpretation of Islam.“Stop misusing the name of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace. Islam allows every boy and every girl to get an education,” she spoke to applause. “I would request you lay down your weapons, release your sisters.”The Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes said she can relate to the Nigerian students.“This Malala Day is a day for education of every child, and is dedicated to my dear, dear and dear Nigerian sisters who are going through the same brutal situation which I suffered through in my past,” she said in reference to the unofficial holiday first marked on 12 July 2013, her 16th birthday.last_img read more

30 July 2008Improved seeds that are better suited to local conditions will soon be available to millions of farmers in Central Asia through a new regional seed association launched in Ankara, Turkey, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. Improved seeds that are better suited to local conditions will soon be available to millions of farmers in Central Asia through a new regional seed association launched in Ankara, Turkey, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. The new association groups public and private seed producers, promotes technology transfer to less-developed nations and provides a forum for regular consultations on seeds and plant genetic resources. The aim is to distribute suitable seeds to the greatest possible number of farmers. The FAO said that the association will cover the 10-nation Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) region of Central Asia, a market of 350 million people. Only half of cultivable land is farmed in the area and the UN agency said that the new venture will boost agricultural development and could take the pressure off soaring food prices. Seed associations now cover all the world’s major regions and collaborate with the International Seed Federation, which represents the global seed industry. The FAO helped establish the ECO Seed Association earlier this month along with ICARDA, the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas. The ECO member countries are Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. read more

The Supporting Entrepreneurs in Environment and Development (SEED) Awards aim not to honour outcomes but innovative partnership proposals. Winners – whether they are community groups, businesses, workers organizations or local authorities – will receive support in developing business plans, seeking funding and setting up partnerships, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reported. Offering examples of these joint ventures, the agency cited a network of women slum dwellers in India collaborating with engineers from the United Kingdom and a French water company to improve water delivery in their communities. In Ecuador, a consortium of European companies is working with the Government and coffee farmers to ensure that pesticides do not contaminate water supplies, while in South Africa, a small business owner is working with women’s cooperatives and the Government to test market solar technologies in rural areas, according to UNEP. “We are not trying to set-up an international standard for ideal partnerships, but rather to honour, support and promote the entrepreneurial spirit of those working in partnerships that contribute to the achievement of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the World Summit for Sustainable Development’s Plan of Implementation,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said. The MDGs are a set of time-bound, measurable targets that world leaders agreed to in 2000 at a UN summit that aim to halve poverty, bring educational parity to boys and girls and cut the rate of HIV/AIDS transmissions, all by 2015. The SEED Awards – launched in parallel sessions at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India, and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland – will be presented every two years and were initiated by UNEP, World Conservation Union-IUCN, and the NGO Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future, based in the United Kingdom. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is also joining the initiative as one of the founding organizations. read more

US home sales jump to a 5 million annual pace in November, highest in 3 years AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2012 10:41 am MDT WASHINGTON – Sales of previously occupied homes in the United States jumped to their highest level in three years last month, bolstered by steady job gains and record-low mortgage rates.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales rose 5.9 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million in November. That’s up from 4.76 million in October.The pickup in activity in the U.S. market contrasts with a recent slowdown in Canadian sales of previously owned homes. The Canadian market recovered quickly from the 2008-9 recession and had shown strong demand and rising prices until this summer, when the sales volumes began to decline.In the United States, previously occupied home sales are on track for their best year in five years. November’s sales were the highest since November 2009, when a federal tax credit that was soon to expire spurred sales. Excluding that month, last month’s sales were the highest since July 2007.American sales are up 14.5 per cent from a year ago, though they remain below the roughly 5.5 million that are consistent with a healthy market.Job growth and low home-loan rates have helped drive purchases. Prices are also rising, which encourages more potential buyers to come off the sidelines and purchase homes. And more people may put their homes on the market if they feel confident they can sell at a good price.In addition, the excess supply of homes that built up during the housing bubble has finally thinned out. The number of previously occupied homes available for sale fell to a 10-year low in October. The supply of new homes is also near its lowest level since 1963.At the same time, more people are looking to buy or rent a home after living with relatives or friends during and immediately after the Great Recession.These trends have supported a steady recovery in housing. Builder confidence rose in December for a seventh straight month to the highest level in more than 6 1/2 years, according to a survey released Tuesday by the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo.The pace of home construction slipped in November, but it was still nearly 22 per cent higher than a year earlier. Builders are on track this year to start work on the most homes in four years.Economists note that the increase in building should lead to more construction jobs, though it hasn’t yet done so. That could mean more construction hiring is coming.— With files from The Canadian Press. read more

Nora Mork and Erlend Mamelund are voted for the best players of the season in Norwegian Postenliga. Mork, right back-wing of the best Norwegian team Larvik HK got the highest number of votes of her colleagues – 39,3% among the 15 candidates.Male players have no doubt about the best this year – Norwegian NT left back Erlend Mamelund has got 59% of all votes among 12 candidates! ← Previous Story Győri Audi ETO KC win 11th domestic Championship! Next Story → ŠABAC IN DANGER: Challenge Cup FINAL despite the biggest floods in history! Erlend Mamelundhandball norwayNora Morknorwegian postenliga read more

The Day 1 at the Men’s U20 EHF EURO 2014 showed who are the real favorites of the tournament in Austrian cities of Linz and Traun. The most interesting match was between host team and Belarus 25:23, while the others were decided much before the final whistle.Group A:Spain – Macedonia 33:22France – Norway 29:22GROUP B:Estonia – Switzerland 20:26Denmark – Serbia 31:23Group C:Germany – Slovakia 32:18Austria – Belarus 25:23Group D:Sweden – Israel 36:24Hungary – Slovenia 21:29 men’s u20 euro 2014 ← Previous Story Men’s U20 EUR0 2014 – DAY 1: Denmark against Serbia – France VS Norway Next Story → African star Wael Jallouz joins FC Barcelona! read more

first_imgThey are not treating us the same as everybody else.Leinster notes that it was the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) that had pressed the State to examine its involvement in the Magdalene laundries. “We hope we don’t have to go down that road but we are prepared to if we have to,” he said.He has written and self-published two books about his experiences, Hannah’s Shame and Destiny Unknown, and through these has met not only other survivors, but a cousin.Pic: Derek LeinsterFamily Leinster’s parents were from Drumconrath, Co Meath.My mother was 18 when I was born, and my father was 10 years older. My father was a Catholic and my mother was from a rank Protestant family.They were unmarried, so when his mother became pregnant, she was sent to the Bethany Home. She left the home when her son was just over four months old.What people forget: from that point of time the government became my parents. There was no one else. That’s who I would have depended on.He says the home paid nurse mothers 15 shillings per child, and this money came from the State. He was sent to a nurse mother, and was in terrible physical condition: “My head was covered in push scabs and blood – you don’t get that from being well looked after.”Was he neglected? “Big time”The new ‘family’ nursed him back to life, but before he was due to be sent on to another family, he was sent back to the home. Then, at three he was diagnosed with pertussis (whooping cough), diptheria, gastroenteritis and bronchial pneumonia. Gravely ill, he had to stay in isolation in hospital for four and a half months.No one from the home visited him. “Somehow or other, against all the odds, I survived.”He then went to live with a new family, but his situation did not improve. There, he found himself in difficult circumstances once more. “I was hungry, I was starving and I was in rags,” he recalls. “They used to refer to me as the ‘poor eejit’ because I was slow.”He used to go up on the hills and play with the goats, because he was so ashamed to be near people due to his unwashed state. “They didn’t judge me – they were my friends.”Unable to read or write, he left school at the age of 13 and went to work for a farmer. Three years later, he caught the boat to England, where he has remained ever since.When I left England at 18 my mind wouldn’t have been more than a 12 year old. I had been so suppressed and always put down. There was nobody there for me.He still suffers from ill-health, and is on chemotherapy drugs to fight problems with his immune system. At the age of 24, he met Carol, who he would go on to marry two years later. She would write and read for him – “She became my writing hand” – and to this day still helps him with spelling.He used to leave jobs when forms were put in front of him, which greatly affected his ability to find steady work.Another remnant of his upbringing? “As a child I couldn’t cry. When my foster mother died [of TB] I didn’t cry. Now… I can’t bloody stop!”Leinster has met some of his biological family, though his 90-year-old mother does not want a relationship with him.Despite all of this hardship, Leinster and all of the Bethany Home survivors remain focused. They are looking for an apology, they are looking for redress, and they are seeking a memorial to the 219 children buried in unmarked graves in Mount Jerome cemetery.The neglect, the hardship, the tough lives they experienced will not disappear if this is achieved, but it is clear from speaking to them that they will get one thing that they desperately crave: the acknowledgement that they matter, and what happened to them was wrong.Leinster has this message for the Government:They know they have to do the right thing because they know the people of Ireland want them to do the right thing; to treat all Irish citizens equally. This is the hour to demonstrate it, if there was never another one.Read: “We hope he does the right thing”: Bethany Home survivors to meet Shatter>Read: ‘Mixed feelings’ as Bethany Home survivors meet Shatter>Read: Bethany Home survivors: “They will have to realise we are not going away”> DEREK LEINSTER IS in his late 60s, a cheery and amusing man who lives in Rugby with his wife Carol. They dote on their grandchildren, and take trips to Ireland, Leinster’s home country.But his back story belies his positive attitude: Derek Leinster was born to a teenage mother who was sent to the Bethany Home in Rathgar, Dublin 6, because she was unmarried.Their trips to Ireland aren’t holidays – they’re to meet with people like Government ministers as part of a fight for redress for Bethany Home survivors.Bethany HomeAn evangelical Protestant-run home, women were sent to Bethany for being what in the early part of the 20th century was considered ‘fallen’, that is: not conforming to society’s Church-influenced strict ideals.Pregnant mothers were sent to the home around four months before giving birth, and had to stay there for a similar time afterwards. Their children were sent to ‘nurse mothers’ and usually from there they were adopted.Listening to the stories of Leinster and his friend Patrick Anderson-McQuoid, it is clear that they had less than positive experiences at the Bethany Home – experiences that have left them physically and emotionally scarred for life. Now, along with a number of other people whose mothers also spent time in the home, they are part of the Bethany Survivors Group, and are fighting for an apology and redress from the State because of what they suffered.In 2010, Niall Meehan, who works with the group, discovered the unmarked graves of 219 children who died at the the home from diseases as tragic as marasmus, a form of malnutrition.One of the unmarked grave sites. Pic: Bethany Survivors Group IrelandMcQuoid’s mother was sent to the Bethany Home and gave birth to him in the Rotunda hospital. After she left, he was sent to a nurse mother in Co Tipperary.But, like Derek, he became ill, and was moved to another home. He was found to have rickets in the head, a bad heart, and problems with his lower extremities.When he was well, he was put into the care of the Irish church missions, who arranged for him to be taken to Northern Ireland where he was adopted.McQuoid discovered later in life that he had a half-brother, who lives in South Lake City. Like Leinster, he was told no records of him existed, but later found records about his time in Bethany Home.In 2007 he got a computer:  “And that’s how I found Derek”. He was trying to find information on the home, and now the men campaign for justice. “It’s an issue that doesn’t go away,” said McQuoid, who says the sense of comradery brings him through it.MeetingThe men were part of a small group of survivors that met with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter on the issue of redress and an apology last week. It was part of their long-running campaign for acknowledgement by the State of what they went through – the home was not put on the list of homes under the Institutional Redress Scheme.McQuoid described the meeting with Shatter as a “step in the right direction, put it that way”, while Leinster said he had “mixed feelings” afterwards.Leinster describes Bethany as a “sectarian home”, raising the question if it wasn’t suitable under the redress scheme due to the fact it was Protestant.People know about the main Catholic homes, he said: “If you said the Bethany home people wouldn’t understand that was a Protestant home. They wouldn’t know anything about it.”Though told no records existed, he says he eventually did find documents relating to his time in the home. He has also received documents under the Freedom of Information Act that he says proves State involvement in the home, which should have qualified it for redress under the 2002 scheme.If it’s not religious; if it’s not small and because we can be trampled on, what is the reason?last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Armenia has praised Greece for approving a law banning the denial of genocide as Yerevan calls for the massacre of Armenians during World War I in present-day Turkey to be internationally recognised as genocide.“Armenia welcomes the adoption of a bill on September 9 by the Greek parliament, which criminalises the denial of genocides,” Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in a statement.“The adoption of this bill… is an important step towards the prevention of genocides and other heinous crimes against humanity,” he added.After a year of debates, the Greek parliament passed a new law that punishes those denying or praising the Holocaust, genocide and war crimes against humanity.Armenia has long sought for 1915 massacres by the Ottoman Empire in which it says up to 1.5 million people were killed to be internationally recognised as genocide.Turkey has fiercely rejected the term, arguing that 300,000 to 500,000 Armenians and at least as many Turks died in civil strife when Armenians rose up against their Ottoman rulers and sided with invading Russian troops.Source: AFPlast_img read more

first_img@DEASTLOUISDiv MEDIA ADVISORY for parents and caregivers. Special Agent in Charge, William Callahan, sent a warning throughout the St. Louis Division cautioning of the dangers of drug-laced treats this Halloween.— DEAStLouis (@DEASTLOUISDiv) October 30, 2018“Marijuana-laced or Methamphetamine-laced candies can go undetected, but have harmful effects on our children if ingested,” said Special Agent in Charge William Callahan. “Halloween is a time for kids to be kids and have fun with family and friends. We don’t want anyone falling prey to an avoidable tragedy. Please check your candy closely.”Authorities said parents should check candy for unusual wrappings, colors or smells, along with misspelled labels or food that is unwrapped or unmarked. ST. LOUIS (WSVN) — Federal authorities are warning parents to look for drug-laced candy packaged to look like normal trick-or-treat items.The Drug Enforcement Administration’s St. Louis Division says there has been an increase of seizures of candy laced with marijuana or meth across the country, with packaging that looks almost identical to popular Halloween treats.Last year, the DEA says it found marijuana-laced sweets sold in packages with labels including “Munchy Way,” “Buddahfinger,” “Twixed,” “Rasta Reese’s,” “Keef Kat” and others. “If you come across any suspicious treats that have unusual wrapping or misspelled candy labels give it to your local police department,” Callahan said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThe Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) imposed a ban on Sharepro Services, one of its premier registrar companies, accusing it of committing fraud in its business of share transfer and dividend encashment, an order by the market regulator said.It alleged Indira Kakera, the company’s registrars’ operations head, of siphoning off dividend and transferring shares away from its rightful owners. Kakera along with the senior management and the promoters had transferred funds amounting to Rs 21 crore to their relatives and friends.The ban also extends to 15 executives, including Sharepro Services Managing Director GR Rao.”Preliminary enquiry (PE) prima facie show falsification of records, forgery, repeated printing of new certificates without any request or authorization from the shareholder and irregular transfer transactions,” Rajeev Kumar Agrawal, a member of SEBI, said in an order.The PE said the fraud had taken place over a period of 10 years (2005 to 2015). And, SEBI has asked Sharepro’s clients, including several marquee ones, to change their share transfer registrar immediately and conduct a thorough audit of their records and system.The complaints of Sharepro Services’ irregularities were lodged by Asian Paints, Aptech and Britannia. A first information report was prepared by the economic offence wing of the Mumbai Police.Sharepro’s dubious operation has spurred wider interest in the case. “It makes a case for examining whether this is a one-off case or a widespread problem across the system,” JN Gupta, co-founder and managing director at SES — a proxy advisory firm, was quoted as saying by Mint.The issue has now raised questions on if other companies have paid dividends and transferred securities to the actual beneficiaries.”It appears to be widespread. It is in light of this, Sebi has done the right thing in passing an interim order, looking at urgency of the matter,” Sudhir Bassi, executive director at Khaitan and Co., told the daily.last_img read more

first_imgTop terror Shahadat HossainHe’s been staying abroad for 12 years, carrying out criminal acts of extortion and intimidating people back in the country over phone from abroad. He even managed to halt the trial process of 16 cases against him by intimidating the plaintiffs and witnesses of the cases from abroad.This is none other than the top terror Shahadat Hossain. The fugitive criminal was awarded with death penalty in two cases while arrest warrants were issued against him in 13 cases. He has more than 200 general diaries (GDs) under his belt.Hiding in India for a long time, Shahadat is controlling the capital’s criminal activities and even giving interviews to the media, said police officials.They added that the government has requested India to arrest Shahadat as Bangladesh handed over a number of Indian criminals to its neighbour.However, Shahadat’s deportation is yet to be decided, they also said.Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia told Prothom Alo that they are trying to bring Shahadat back through the Interpol.If any family feels insecure or becomes victim of threat, the police will provide security measures, he added.Once vice-president of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Shah Ali thana unit, Shahadat was a resident of Shinepukur Road in Mirpur’s Shah Ali area.The hardcore criminal used to be an activist of BCL Mirpur unit from 2001 to 2004. He came to talks in 1998 allegedly after killing a person in Gudaraghat area in 1998. Through this, he entered the underworld and murdered one after another as a professional killer. In 2005, he fled away in India after killing Aftab Uddin, a businessman of Mirpur. Since then, he has been living there.On 12 August 2005, a group of miscreants killed Md Shahidullah, 45, owner of Prince Group near his residence in Mirpur. A case was filed then accusing Shahadat as prime suspect. The investigation of the case is yet to be completed even after 12 years.Shahidullah’s family members said Shahadat has been threatening them to withdraw the case.Kazi Belal Hossain, brother of Shahidullah, told Prothom Alo that the main accused is yet to be arrested. The other accused who were arrested are now out of jail on bail.Another businessman of Mirpur, Aftabuddin, was killed by Shahadat in 2005. A case was then lodged with the Mirpur police station in this regard. After an investigation, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-4 submitted a case statement in 2007, accusing a total of 19 people including Shahadat.Afrozuddin, brother of Aftabuddin and also plaintiff of the case, said that Shahadat has been threatening to withdraw the case by his sidekicks.In the face of frequent threats, he sought security measures from the deputy commissioner of police (Mirpur zone) last week.Moreover, the witnesses are also leaving the area, Afrozuddin alleged.DMP deputy commissioner (Mirpur zone) Masud Ahmed told Prothom Alo that Mirpur police were instructed to provide Afrozuddin’s family security.In the face of Shahadat’s threats, Russell Hossain, son of slain businessman Farhad Hossain, filed a total of four general diaries (GDs).A group of extortionists shot Farhad to death on 14 April 2005. Police submitted a charge sheet accusing Shahadat and his accomplices in the murder case.Russell told Prothom Alo that he received a death threat from Shahadat warning him to give no testimony in court.A group of terrorists shot another Mirpur businessman Ripon Chowdhury to death on 18 June, 2006. Widow of Ripon told Prothom Alo that she has been receiving death threats from Shahadat for carrying the case procedures. Being intimidated, she no longer wants to take care of the case.When contacted, Mirpur police station officer-in-charge Md Nazrul Islam told Prothom Alo top terror Shahadat is now out of the country. “But, he masterminded several killings. We don’t see that much activities of his cohorts now. The plaintiff of a case applied to us seeking his security and we’ve taken necessary measures accordingly.”Allegations are rife that Shahadat threatened the plaintiffs and witnesses of nine murder cases. Prominent among them are BNP leader and ward commissioner Shawkat Ali murder case, satellite TV connection provider Shamsul Haque murder, transport worker Parvez killing and Mirpur businessman Abdur Rahman killing.When approached, Dhaka University law department professor and former chairman of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission Mizanur Rahman said rights activists have long been demanding for the safety and security of the plaintiffs and witnesses.“The state must ensure security for those who will testify in any case,” he added.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossainlast_img read more