SC bends water policy rules for ‘sophisticated, burgeoning’ Bengaluru

first_imgFor a “sophisticated and global” Bengaluru, the Supreme Court admittedly digressed from the iron rule of the National Water Policy that places outside a river basin should not enjoy the water from the river. Allocating Karnataka 4.75 TMC water from Tamil Nadu’s share for use in Bengaluru, a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra reasoned that Bengaluru deserves a leeway.The apex court said Bengaluru’s “exclusive attributes” make it “incomparable in many ways not only to other urban areas in the State, but also beyond”.‘Nerve centre of significance’“The city of Bengaluru has burgeoned over the years and has grown today into a progressively sophisticated, sprawling, vibrant and a much aspired seat of intellectual excellence particularly in information technology and commercial flourish. It has transformed into a nerve centre of contemporaneous significance. Its population is daily on the rise, thus, registering an ever- enhancing demand for all civic amenities,” the judgement explained.The judgement, for one, pointed to how the Cauvery Tribunal “drastically reduced” Karnataka’s share of the river water on the ground that only one-third of Bengaluru falls within the river basin. The tribunal had also presumed that Bengaluru’s groundwater supply would meet 50% of its drinking water requirement.“The view of the Tribunal ignores the basic principle pertaining to drinking water and is thus unsustainable. Keeping in mind the global status the city has attained, an addition of 4.75 TMC is awarded to Karnataka,” Chief Justice Misra wrote in the judgement he authored.Karnataka had produced materials to show that Bengaluru would require a projected 30 TMC in the next 20 to 25 years. The water requirement for the urban population is 8.70 TMC.last_img read more

Woman gang-raped by 4 men in Ballabgarh

first_imgA 21-year-old woman was gang-raped allegedly by four men in Ballabgarh here late on Tuesday night. The accused, who are yet to be identified, allegedly held the woman’s male friend hostage as they took turns to rape her.The victim and her friend work with private companies and come from middle-class families, said the police.The incident comes close on the heels of the gang-rape case in which a teenager was drugged and sexually assaulted in Rewari on September 12.SIT probeA Special Investigation Team headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ballabgarh City, has been constituted to investigate the matter. The police said sketches of the alleged culprits would be released soon.According to the police, the woman and her friend were on their way to a market on a motorcycle around 8 p.m. when the vehicle broke down at a secluded place near the Agra Canal.While the two were figuring out what to do, four men accosted them and dragged them to a forest area nearby. Two of the accused held the man hostage even as the other two took turns to rape the woman behind the bushes. Later, the duo watching the friend also assaulted the woman, stated the complaint lodged by the victim.Around 11 p.m., the woman contacted her family and reached Police Post Sector-3 to report the matter. “Since it was a rape case, the police took the victim to the women’s police station in Ballabgarh where a complaint was promptly registered and she was sent for medical examination to the civil hospital,” said Faridabad Police spokesperson Sube Singh. The medical report of the victim is awaited but a case has been registered on charges of gang rape, causing hurt and criminal intimidation under the Indian Penal Code. The victim’s statement was also recorded before a magistrate.Though media reports claimed the victim was made to run around for registration of her complaint as the police squabbled over jurisdiction, the police denied the allegations.Faridabad Police Commissioner Amitabh Singh Dhillon, along with several senior officers and a Forensic Science Laboratory team, visited the spot on Wednesday.last_img read more

6 doped Kazakh athletes fail to return Olympic medals

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The KOC says “the search for the medal continues.”All of the six who have failed to return medals tested positive for steroids at the 2008 or 2012 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee retested its stored samples from those games in 2016, while investigating Russian drug use, and found there was also widespread doping by Kazakh medalists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics MOST READ Rain or Shine drags Magnolia to Game 7 for last PBA finals ticket Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kazakhstan’s Svetlana Podobedova poses on the podium with her gold medal after the women’s 75kg group A weightlifting event of the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Excel Centre in London on August 3, 2012. AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ (Photo by YURI CORTEZ / AFP)ASTANA, Kazakhstan — Kazakhstan says six of its athletes have failed to return their Olympic medals after being stripped of the honors for doping.The Kazakh Olympic Committee says three weightlifters and two wrestlers are refusing to return their medals and weightlifter Svetlana Podobedova claims to have lost her gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

6 killed, 150 injured in train collision in Pakistan

first_imgFrom M ZulqernainLahore, Sep 15 (PTI) At least six people were killed and over 150 others injured today when a Karachi-bound passenger train rammed into a stationary freight train near Multan in Pakistans Punjab province.The pre-dawn incident took place near Bucch railway station in Sher Shah area when Awam Express to Karachi from Peshawar rammed into a goods train whose driver had stopped to remove the body of a man overrun by it, said official Nadir Chattha.The passenger train moving reportedlyat aspeed of over 100 km per hour collided with the goods train.”The Awam Express driver was given the redsignal but he couldnot stop the train in timeand the collisiontook place,” said a senior railways General Manager Javed Anwar, adding an inquiry committee has been constituted to probe.The collision wrecked the engine and power van, and overturned four bogies of Awam Express, he added.Initial investigations suggest the driver of passenger train was at fault for the crash.The incident left at least six people dead and wounded over 150, out of which 18 were said to be in serious condition, said rescue official Abdul Jabbar.The express trains driver and foreman jumped out of the train and are absconding.”Many passengerswere rescued after cutting the coaches. The rescue operation completed in four hours or so and all injured have been shifted to Nishter and other hospitals of Multan,” said Jabbar, adding most of the passengers were sleeping at the time of collision.250 rescue workers provided medical aid to 50 injured passengers on the spot before transferring them to the hospital. All the injured have been taken out of the train.advertisement He said four coaches of the passenger trainhave completely been destroyed in the accident.Meanwhile, authorities have imposed emergency at Multans Nishtar Medical Hospital and Shahbaz Sharif Hospital.Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan expressed their grief over the incident and directed the authorities concerned to provide best medical treatment to the injured.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif offered condolences to the victims of the accident.The railways have seen decades of decline due to several factors, including corruption and lack of investment.Last November, 13 people were killed in southwestern Baluchistan province after a trains brakes failed and it sped down the side of a mountain. PTI MZ UZM ABH AKJ UZMlast_img read more

Brazilian Grand Prix: Mercedes ready to experiment in last two races

first_imgChampions Mercedes plan to use the last two races of the Formula One season to test new ideas and parts for 2018 now that they have won both titles.The British-based team said in a preview for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix that, with nothing at stake, they could afford to become “a little bolder” and experiment in Friday practice.The experiments could also be carried over into the race for newly-crowned four times world champion Lewis Hamilton and team mate Valtteri Bottas.”These two final weekends are not only an opportunity to test new parts, but also allow experiments for those tasks that the team simply doesn’t have the opportunity to complete during a normal race weekend,” said Mercedes.”The team will have an intense programme on the next two Fridays in Brazil and Abu Dhabi to make the absolute most of the opportunities that have been afforded by early title success.”Mercedes won the constructors’ championship for the fourth year in a row in Texas last month while Hamilton, now Britain’s most successful driver of all time, took his fourth title in Mexico.Mercedes said they would be using prominent aerodynamic devices, of the type usually seen in pre-season testing and which carry extra weight, in Friday practice.They will also test some new pit-stop equipment and techniques in live conditions for the first time.Team boss Toto Wolff said there would be no easing up when it came to racing, however.”Inside the team, we are looking at the next two race weekends as the first two grands prix of 2018,” said the Austrian. “We have two races that we are determined to win in order to take that positive momentum into the winter.advertisement”Every time we race, we race to win. That is the mind set we take to Sao Paulo.”last_img read more

Mike Gundy knows this OSU team is building something special

first_imgIn the TCU game, OL Brad Lundblade became the 21st freshman to play for #OKState so far this season.— Orange Power (@OrangePowerCom) October 20, 2014OSU was never going to win the Big 12 in 2014 but Gundy knew if he could steal a couple of conference games and get to a bowl game and all those extra practices then 2015 (and 2016) could be special.It was actually encouraging this week as most folks following the program furrowed their brows to see Gundy say “hey, I got this” and…gasp…believe him.He’s talking like a coach who has a long-term contract and an embarrassment of athletic riches in the two deep.“When you look out there and see a lot of guys that are freshmen and sophomores, you’re like, ‘This is going to be fun in the future.’”So while us fans try to take all the stickers off the Rubik’s cube and put them all back on in an orderly fashion, Gundy is going to be sitting there slowly, methodically twisting and turning it into submission until perfection is achieved.Okay, really he’s going to have Glenn Spencer get him 90 percent of the way there and then click the final side into place and put his visor on and jog out of the stadium.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! There was a lot of this last week. (USATSI)There was a lot of this last week. (USATSI)Bob Stoops has a great philosophy after his teams lose games throughout the year (which he’s probably employing more often than ever of late).His idea is that you should be tough on players after wins (to keep them from getting too inflated) and treat them like kings after losses (to keep them from getting too down).I saw a little of that from Gundy this week and I liked it a lot.One of the cornerstones of Gundy’s almost-10-year run in Stillwater is that he’s huge on obtaining (and playing) quarterbacks whose attitudes are right down the middle.If I had a dollar for every time he mentioned how much he liked that Weeden-Chelf-Walsh-Zac-Daxx didn’t get too high or too low I’d be able to open an account at Boone’s hedge fund.And presumably this is what Gundy wants from his entire squad.“I don’t mind losing games,” said Gundy earlier this week. “I don’t like it, but I like when there’s fight and there’s a reason for it.”“We’ve got a lot of work to do; but, we’ve got players willing to do it. Coaches are fine. Coach Gundy’s fine.”Ignore the third person business and what we have here is Gundy trying to right a ship he knows isn’t going to unfurl the sails for another 12 or 24 months.This is the beauty of a tenured coach to me — Gundy has a long enough leash to be able to build something tremendous every second or third year.last_img read more

Thunderbirds upset the odds in Women’s League

first_imgDebutants Thunderbirds set up semifinal battle with Bloemfontein Celtic Last updated 1 year ago 23:56 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sasol Women's League SAFA Eastern Cape-based side Thunderbirds have advanced to the 2017 Sasol League National Championship semifinals and will meet Bloemfontein Celtic Newcomers Thunderbirds have qualified for the semi-final of the 2017 Sasol League National Championship currently underway in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.The Eastern Cape side drew 2-2 with hosts Coal City Wizards, who also managed to book their last four spot as the best runner up.The other two places went to Bloemfontein Celtic, who finished top of Group C following a dominant display in their two matches. The defending champions beat Kanatla Ladies 3-1 on Day 3 to move to six points – three ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns. Kanatla failed to win any of their matches. 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 Top spot in Group A went to 2014 champions Cape Town Roses, who demolished De’Scorpion of North West 6-0.The win for Roses pushed debutants Sunflower into second place – and they still had a chance to make the top four, but the draw between Thunderbirds and Wizards saw them lose out on goal difference, despite finishing second in their group.RC Mills of Northern Cape finished in 9th position.Day 4 will see Kanatla and other newcomers, De’Scorpion battle it out for the seventh and eight spot (09h00), while 2015 winners Mamelodi Sundowns will be in action against Sunflower at 11h15.The first semi-final (13h30) will see Roses going toe to toe with the home team, Coal City Wizards, while Thunderbirds will have a tough day at the office against the defending champions at 15h45.The final will be played on Saturday, 9 December at 15h00.The winner will walk away with 200-thousand, with the runners up pocketing half of that. Third place will bank 60-thousand, and fourth place will get 40-thousand rand. Fifth and sixth place will be given 30-thousand and 25-thousand rand respectively, while seventh and eighth are set to leave with 20-thousand and 15-thousand respectively.RC Mills are guaranteed 10-thousand after ending in ninth place.DAY 3 RESULTS – 2017 SASOL LEAGUE NATIONAL CHAMPSWednesday, 6 December 2017Cape Town Roses              0               5               De ScorpionsKanatla Ladies                    1               3               Bloemfontein CelticThunderbirds                       2               2               Coal City WizardsFINAL LOG STANDINGSGROUP A                                     P     W      L       D       GF      GA      GD       PTSCT ROSES                   2      1       0       1         7         1         6           4SUNFLOWER              2       1       0      1          5         2         3           4DE’SCORPION            2       0       2      0          1         10      -9           0GROUP B                                     P     W      L     D       GF      GA      GD       PTSTHUNDERBIRDS         2        1       1     0         9         2          7         4              COAL CITY WIZARD   2        1       1     0         8         2          6         4              RC MILLS                     2        0        0    2          0        13      -13        0GROUP C                                     P     W      L     D      GF     GA     GD     PTSBLOEM CELTIC           2     2      0     0        6       1       5          6              M. SUNDOWNS           2     1      1     0        3       3        0         3KANATLA LADIES        2     0      2     0        1       6       -5         0DAY 4 FIXTURES – Thursday, 7 December 2017:7th/8th Place Play Off                                                             Kanatla Ladies vs De’Scorpion                                      09h005th/6th Place Play OffSunflower FC vs Mamelodi Sundowns                      11h151st Semi-FinalCape Town Roses vs Coal City Wizards                    13h302nd Semi-FinalThunderbirds Ladies vs Bloemfontein Celtic       15h45last_img read more

Panathinaikos v Olympiakos abandoned amid violence and tear gas

first_imgTopics Lionel Messi’s spectacular hat-trick prompts Betis fans to chant his name Share on Facebook The derby between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos was abandoned on Sunday after Panathinaikos fans clashed with police in Athens outside their Olympic Stadium and attempted to attack the Olympiakos bench.With teargas heavily used as police tried to get back control, the referee Marco Fritz of Germany stopped play after 70 minutes. He called off the game for good half an hour later with Olympiakos leading 1-0, saying the stadium had not been made sufficiently safe with lingering teargas forcing Panathinaikos fans close to the field. Panathinaikos Share via Email Olympiakos European club football Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Share on Messenger Most of the Panathinaikos 25,000 fans who attended the game had already left the stadium, affected by the teargas. Visiting fans are not allowed at Greek league games for fear of violence.The match was first interrupted in the sixth minute, when about 30 Panathinaikos fans, some masked, entered the field and attacked the Olympiakos bench before police intervened. The fans targeted the Olympiakos spokesman Costas Karapapas, who defended himself by pushing back.No arrests were made, and no serious injuries reported, but Olympiakos claimed at least one fan was carrying a knife. The referee added 13 minutes to first-half play. A fan also tried to attack Karapapas at half-time, jumping out of the stands, but was restrained.Fans attacked police outside the stadium soon after Olympiakos’ Miguel Ángel Guerrero scored in the 53rd minute. They used firebombs and police replied with teargas, whose fumes soon spread inside the stadium and on to the field. This caused fans inside to start shifting seats, with some spilling on to the track around the pitch. At this point the referee interrupted the game for the second and final time.Some fans who had clashed earlier with police were seen coming in and out of the stadium without hindrance, and were jeered by the majority of Panathinaikos supporters.Panathinaikos, seventh in the league with five rounds to go, face a possible points deduction, with Olympiakos set to be awarded a 3-0 win.Panathinaikos released a statement condemning the violence and blaming it on a “handful of disrespectful fans”. It also contended that the referee failed to request the evacuation of the stadium and did not wait long enough before deciding to abandon the game.This was the latest hostile episode between Greece’s two largest clubs, which has always existed and crosses sports but appears to have escalated lately. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Twitter Read morelast_img read more

Video: Check Out This Incredible “Vengeance” Hype Video About The SEC West’s 2015 Season

first_imgSEC West promotion feature Dak Prescott.SEC West Hype VideoWill there be a better division in college football in 2015 than the SEC West? Probably not. The division that has ruled the sport for the majority of the last decade is expected to be great once again this fall. In ESPN’s first “Football Power Index” poll, the SEC West has five teams in the top 10 and a sixth team, Auburn, ranked No. 17. In anticipation of the 2015 season, a fan created an awesome “Vengeance” hype video about the SEC West. It’s pretty great. last_img

Report EUKOR Car Carrier Stopped by Libyan Forces

first_imgzoom The 2013-built car carrier Morning Compass has been seized by Libyan militants and escorted to the country’s Ras Al Hilal port, according to local media.The vessel, working under a charter deal with Korean shipping firm EUKOR Car Carriers, was on its way from South Korea’s Incheon port to Libyan port of Misurata when it was stopped.Data provided by VesselsValue shows that the 6,500 CEU carrier was still anchored at the Ras Al Hilal port yesterday.Media reports indicate that the vessel, which is currently carrying some 5000 cars, is crewed by twelve Filipino seafarers.Citing an official, the Libyan News Agency (LANA) informed that the ship was intercepted because it was sailing in a no-entry military zone.World Maritime News contacted the vessel’s charterer for more details on the matter, however, the company is yet to reply.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

28 CMFFUNDED PRODUCTIONS WIN 62 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS

first_imgAbout the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto  – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) congratulates the winners and nominees of the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards, which have been recognized for their excellence by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and industry professionals at a series of events which culminated with last night’s televised gala.A total of 28 CMF-funded productions won 62 Canadian Screen Awards, including top winners such as Anne with an E, Baroness Von Sketch, Cardinal, Letterkenny, Schitt’s Creek, among others.Click here to access a complete list of CMF-funded projects that have won a Canadian Screen Award. Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

Las Vegas rings in 2018 under unprecedented security

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – Las Vegas welcomed 2018 with fireworks, big-ticket musical acts and unprecedented security in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. modern history just three months ago.Law enforcement officers kept a close eye Monday on the estimated 330,000 people who travelled from all over the U.S. and beyond to pack in the Las Vegas Strip and downtown’s Fremont Street. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department had every officer working throughout the weekend and was aided by the Nevada National Guard and federal agents.Rosy-cheeked visitors took selfies and livestreamed the celebration amid temperatures in the mid-40s (4 Celsius), much warmer than most of the U.S. They wore glittery hats, tiaras and other 2018-themed paraphernalia as they hugged and cheered on the new year.“One bad incident is not going to deter us from having a good time,” Honolulu resident Pettra Stark, who planned her trip after the Oct. 1 shooting, said while standing underneath the massive video canopy on Fremont Street.For Stark, the heavy presence of armed officers was reassuring. But not everyone felt the same way, including Adrian Dominguez, who travelled for the festivities with 10 other relatives.“It’s not pleasant to see so many officers,” Dominguez, a resident of the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Juarez. “They are everywhere.”The heightened security comes after a high-stakes gambler killed 58 and injured hundreds more after he shattered the windows of his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino on the Strip and unleashed gunfire on a country music festival below before killing himself.On Saturday, two security guards were fatally shot while investigating a disturbance at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, a hotel-casino just west of the Strip. Police said the suspect was hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities described it as an isolated incident and assured that it was not terrorism-related.A roughly eight-minute fireworks display at the top of seven of the city’s world-famous casino-hotels started at the Stratosphere 10 seconds before midnight Monday and continued to Venetian, Treasure Island, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria and MGM Grand. More than 80,000 pyrotechnic firings that illuminated the sky in gold, red and green.Megastars performed at venues up and down the Strip. The Foo Fighters played at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, Maroon 5 was at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and Britney Spears performed at The Axis at Planet Hollywood.At a lower-key celebration in downtown Las Vegas’ casino-flanked Fremont Street Experience, bands played under a massive video canopy while visitors danced and sipped giant beers.Las Vegas police officer Larry Hadfield on Monday said there were no incidents related to the festivities to speak of. The Nevada Highway Patrol on Twitter reported the arrest of two suspected impaired drivers near the Strip.Police cruisers, dump trucks and other large vehicles blocked key intersections during the night to try to prevent anyone from plowing into crowds.Strollers, backpacks, large bags, coolers and glass bottles were banned from the Strip for the night. Ticket holders for the celebration on Freemont Street Experienced went through checkpoints where security guards used hand-held metal detectors.New Year’s Eve is worth an estimated $254.3 million to Las Vegas, according to the city’s Convention and Visitors Authority. More than 97 per cent of the destination’s nearly 149,000 hotel and motel rooms were expected to be booked.___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNOlast_img read more

City looking at future options for water as the community grows

first_imgCity Staff will continue with community consultation before Council makes a final decision.  Staff will also look at grants to help some of the expected costs. The report said the City’s current wells located along the banks of the Peace River are slowly losing capacity and have higher operational costs than originally forecasted twenty years ago. Conservation measures that have taken place over the years such as metering and water efficient toilets have helped save a lot of years of having to build new infrastructure.The current system does already rely on dipping into storage which is “a little Risky,” said Peter Coxon of Urban Systems. ‘This water should be held in reserves for fire or emergency.”Further conservation measures could be implemented including possible water restrictions during the summer.  A new industrial water reuse facility is also being built.  The City received $5 million in grant money for the project, which should be completed in October of 2019.Additional ways to improve or rebuild ways to collect water were presented in the plan. These included upgrading the current water source to looking at other water sources in the area such as Site C. All options presented came with their own sets of challenges yet in terms of Source Option Comparison chart the most favourable option would be a horizontal collection well. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The current water system works hard to meet the City’s needs and will struggle as consumption and water demands grow.At the Committee of the Whole meeting, the ‘Long-Term Water Supply Plan’ was presented to Council by Peter Coxon of Urban Systems and Victor Shopland, General Manager of Integrated Services. The presentation outlined the current infrastructure, water use, projections, goals and future supply.Current water pumps are getting tired and work that has been done previously to upgrade never brought them back to peak capacity.  Victor Shopland, General Manager of Integrated Services, said, “There is less than a week of treated water in case something happens,” In regards to the holding tanks of reserved water. On average 410 litres of water are consumed per person per day in the City of Fort St. John.last_img read more

Undocumented migrants face tough time inside Libyas detention system

first_imgTRIPOLI – Since the fall of Gadhafi, African migrants mainly from Chad, Niger and Mali have been flocking to Libya hoping to get work or a boat to Italy. AA reporter Assed Baig goes to detention centres in Tripoli to meet some of them.Armed men guard the entrance of the zoo in Tripoli, some are dressed in military fatigues, whilst others stand around smoking. Beyond the windy road lies a ‘detention centre’ run by a former militia that now works under the Interior Ministry. The area around the gates of the zoo still has some of its former lustre, designed to attract Libyans to its once scenic grounds.The militia were initially charged with zookeeping, but as the problems in Libya multiplied, so have their responsibilities. They are now charged with dealing with migrants and comb the streets of Tripoli looking for migrants without valid visas or documentation. Commander Said Gars Alaha sits on an old sofa placed in the shade, outside the door to the facility. A small table in front of him, he has a file and an empty cup sitting next to it. Inside, migrants are lined up against the wall.  Uniformed men wearing medical facemasks inspect any documentation the migrants may have whilst asking them questions. Gars Alaha wears a blue uniform with military style black boots.  He has a neatly kept short grey beard and welcomes us warmly.  He is keen to point out that this is a processing facility and that migrants are not kept here for more than 72 hours.“This is not a prison”, he points out to me.None of the guards inside seem to be carrying guns. He tells me that he is upset at foreign journalists twisting the story and making it seem like migrants are being kept with animals.“I am happy for you to look around, as long as you tell the truth,” says Alaha.There are various pick-up trucks and police cars parked around the grounds, including a minibus with caged windows. I am told that this is for transporting migrants to another facility.Inside, the migrants line up, most are Black Africans.  Abdullah, the guard, inspects their passports.  None of the men have a valid entry stamp.  Some do not have passports.  27-year-old Fafuna Musa from Mali, tells me that he came to Libya to feed his family, “I just want to earn money and go home to my family”.  This is a common story told here.  Migrants are unlikely to admit that they will attempt to journey further to Italy.   Most end up working in Libya trying to earn money to feed themselves and their families back home.  Some save up to take the dangerous journey by boat to Italy.   During Gadhafi’s regime numbers of African migrants from Libya were stemmed as Gaddafi asked for money from European countries to prevent a ‘Black Europe’.  Since his fall the levels have increase as lack of security allows smugglers more freedom to operate.The migrants look tired.  Their clothes are ripped and some do not have any shoes.  Most have travelled the desert to get to Libya, a journey that can take up to a month depending on where they are coming from.  Some have travelled from as far-a-field as Nigeria.There is dust and dirt all over their clothes.  Some of these men work on construction sites.  The youngest is 18 years old.Fafuna looks over 50 but tells me he is only 27.  I question him further, and he responds by saying, “Anna miskeen,” meaning “I’m poor” in Arabic.  The guard says the story is always the same and replies, “ I know that all of you are ‘miskeen’.”Some of the migrants are cut and are bleeding.  The guard is quick to tell me that the wounds were caused when the migrants ran from the police.  I ask the migrants to make sure that this is true; they confirm the guard’s version of events.Badara is another detainee, he works in a restaurant and is using his mobile phone to call his boss.  He says that his boss has his paperwork and passes the phone over to the guard so that he can speak to the restaurant owner.  A look of desperation runs across his face as he hopes that his boss will be able to secure his release.  Many businesses in Libya rely on migrant labour.  It is cheap and as in countless other countries Libyan’s sometimes do not want to do the jobs that migrants are prepared to do.I am led through the facility and I spot some blood on the floor.  Again Abdullah is quick to point out to me where the blood has come from.  They have come very aware of the negative publicity that this facility has received recently.Outside in the courtyard Egyptians and Tunisians are queuing at a door to a small room.  Their blood will be tested for any diseases, Abdullah tells me, specifically for HIV and Hepatitis. We are then taken to one of the main detention rooms.  The guard signals for the men to stand up and come to the front.   I stop him; I don’t want orchestrated pictures for the benefit of the media.  He opens the padlock to the iron barred room. I take pictures of young men as they sit on the floor of the room.There are two mats on the floor and I count 12 detainees.  My guide points out to me that they have two air-conditioned rooms, a toilet and bottled drinking water, but this room is not particularly clean.  The men are ushered out and back through to the main hall leading to the entrance, where the get into a van to be taken to another detention facility to which we do not have access.   The commander assures me that those that do not have valid visas, documentation or passports will be repatriated to their countries of origin.Earlier this year Amnesty International said that refugees, asylum seekers and migrants were being held in ‘deplorable conditions’ in Libya.  The human rights organisation visited seven “holding centres” in April and May this year.  Amnesty international said they found “evidence of ill-treatment, in some cases amounting to torture”.  The organisation also said that many foreign nationals were being held in Libya and were subjected to “arbitrary arrests and held for long periods in deplorable conditions at immigration detention facilities described by the Libyan authorities as “holding centres”, with no immediate prospect of release or redress in sight.”We have had no problem accessing this facility, but there are others detention centres and prisons that we do not have access to.  We spoke to a former prisoner of a facility in Khums to the east of Tripoli. He alleged that routine beatings and sexual assault were a common practice.  One detainee told Anadolu, on condition of anonymity, that women were forced to have sex with guards in exchange for their release.However, in this detention centre the guards and commander are keen to point out what they consider to be good treatment of the detainees.   We did not see any of the guards shout or use force whilst we were there.“They eat what we eat,” Gars tells me, referring to the sandwiches and they ate.  “We have women to take care of and check the women.  We do not treat people badly,” he adds.We also visited a detention facility in Sabha, the largest city in the south of the country and usually the first city that migrants arrive in when entering Libya. Although we were allowed on to the facility, we were not permitted to see where the detainees were being kept.  According to the Deputy Commander Al-Medani Muhammed Al-Zarouq there are 600 undocumented migrants being kept at the facility.  A local resident of the city who has seen the facilities told me they were very dirty and difficult to enter because of the smell.  This could be why I was refused entry to see the migrant’s living conditions, 600 people enclosed in a small building, not allowed to leave, in the hot conditions of Libya, is bound to result in terrible conditions.  There was no mention of air-conditioning at the Sabha facility.I was told that the migrants are divided into nationalities and that the majority of are from Niger, Chad and Mali.“We cannot send some migrants back to their countries, like those from Somalia and Eriteria, as they are refugees,” says Al-Zarouq.The undocumented migrants from Niger are sent back to their country in trucks, paid for by the interior ministry he tells me.  I am shown the kitchen of the facility, but am not permitted to take any pictures or speak to the migrants working there.  It seems clean.  There are crates full of freshly cooked packed lunches.  Al-Zarouq opens one for me, pointing out that he, the guards, and the detainees all eat the same food.  Each little box has macaroni and a piece of chicken in it, and I can still see the steam rising from the food.   The rest of the facility seems to be undergoing some renovation.  There are two armed guards standing around, the majority of whom are unarmed.There are many detention centres and prisons spread across Libya.  The number of detainees is unknown at the moment as numbers fluctuate as people are released, repatriated or transferred to other facilities.  Undocumented migrants that are captured face a long detention, repatriation and in some cases physical abuse.  The future of Libya’s prisons and detention centres is uncertain until the government manages to bring everything under control and conform to international standards of transparency and access.As I leave the detention centre in Tripoli I can see some of the migrants praying their noon prayer. They sit on the prayer mats long after their Libyan counterparts have finished praying. Their hands are raised in supplication towards the sky. Their heads tipped down like wilted flowers, they pray for relief, for a way out of this detention centre, for their loved ones at home, and for a miracle. MARCO LONGARI/AFP/GETTY IMAGESlast_img read more

Gene Smith Ohio State not just a football school

Gene Smith doesn’t mind the notion of Ohio State being known as more than just a football powerhouse. In an interview with The Lantern on March 12, the OSU athletic director said there’s no reason the Buckeyes, known perhaps most for its storied program on the gridiron, can’t be touted as a basketball school, too. Smith weighed in on the men’s basketball team, the Big Ten and more. Big Reasons behind B1G Success In the final Associated Press top 25 poll of the regular season, Big Ten basketball found itself with four teams (Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and OSU) in the top 10. Such success has carried over into the NCAA Tournament, too, as those same four squads find themselves making up a quarter of the Sweet 16. What’s behind the conference’s ascent into arguably the most-dominant league in the nation? “Well,” Smith said, “I think it’s stability.” That stability, he said, starts with coaching. “I think when you look at the coaches that we have now, a lot of good ones – and hopefully we can maintain that stability – and that says a lot about the institutions. All of us have always been committed to basketball, putting the resources in place,” he said. “We have great fans and creating the atmosphere of the games. So think all of us have tried to do that.” Such resources, inevitably, include money. OSU men’s basketball coach Thad Matta makes $3.2 million annually, according to his new contract. MSU coach Tom Izzo makes almost $3.6 million annually, Indiana coach Tom Crean’s salary is $2.24 million and Michigan coach John Beilein makes almost $2.23 million a year, according to a USA TODAY salary database. Some of it, though, is consistency in player personnel across the league, Smith said. “I think this particular year – if I remember right – there were only two underclassmen that left last year. Jared (Sullinger) and the big guy from Illinois (former Illini center Meyers Leonard),” he said. “Everybody else came back and so that’s kind of an unusual year for us. Typically, there’s more than that in the underclassmen. “So there’s some stability in that – those guys returning. You know, (Michigan sophomore guard) Trey Burke returning was huge. And (OSU junior forward) Deshaun (Thomas) returning. To me, it’s stability in that as well.” Nor does it hurt, Smith said, that some of the Big Ten’s venues are “unreal.” “Here, at Ohio State with the changes we made – whatever year we brought the students down (at the Schottenstein Center) – it was a huge change for us. And other places already had some of that in place,” he said. “But when you go to those arenas, even Northwestern, when you go to that arena – which is a small arena – they get going. “I think basketball in this league is taking a step up for a number of reasons.” Not Just a Football School Smith said when he first came to Columbus in 2005, he sat down and talked with Matta about his “vision, his long-range plan” and how the OSU men’s basketball coach could turn the Buckeyes into a “national-championship type of program.” Since Matta’s arrival in 2004, OSU has come close to reaching the sport’s pinnacle but has not quite attained it. Under Matta’s direction, the Buckeyes have reached the Sweet 16 five times, the Elite 8 twice, the Final Four twice and the national title game once. In the Big Ten, Matta has captured five Big Ten championships and four Big Ten Tournament titles. That kind of resume, arguably, reads like that of a school known for its prowess on the hardwood. But at a school like OSU, football seems to reign over all other sports – including basketball. Smith said that shouldn’t be the case. “You know, there’s no reason that, in Columbus – population north of 1.3 million, everything included – we can’t be a school that’s dominant in basketball and football and other sports as well,” he said. “The numbers are there, the population is there, the interest is there. I think when you look back over it, last year we averaged around 15,000 (people per home basketball game).” And with the Schottenstein Center’s capacity of nearly 20,000, the average attendance for an OSU basketball game is an “oversell” compared to other venues, he said. “We’re one of the bigger arenas. Most (arenas) are 15,000 (seats) or less. So that 15,000 average is demonstration of the interest in this community for basketball,” Smith said. “If you have that, and you bring your recruits into that environment then you can build it. “There’s no reason not to strive for conference and national championships in basketball and be recognized as a school that does that. Football’s always going to be the king, we know that for a lot of reasons … it’s embedded in our culture for years and years.” The difference in breaking down that inevitable fact? Smith said it’s Matta. Matta and March Madness In what once seemed like a season come undone after a 22-point loss to Wisconsin, Matta and the Buckeyes have rattled off 10-straight wins en route to a Big Ten Tournament championship, a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and, most recently, its fourth-consecutive appearance in the Sweet 16. Smith called Matta’s most-recent coaching job “marvelous.” “To watch them emerge and develop over time and get to a point where they’re really playing well together is huge,” Smith said. In particular, he pointed to the shellacking in Madison as the season’s crux and turning point. “The Wisconsin game up there, we did not play well together,” he said. “They solved that problem.” OSU will face Arizona Thursday at 7:47 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A win would mark back-to-back showings in the Elite 8 for the Buckeyes. read more

Le téléchargement légal de musique progresse en France

first_imgLe téléchargement légal de musique progresse en FranceSelon un sondage de l’institut GfK, les Français sont de plus en plus nombreux à préférer les plateformes de téléchargement de musique en ligne légales. Le baromètre REC de l’institut GfK, publié par Le Monde, pour le quatrième trimestre 2010, confirme la tendance entrevue auparavant. Les magasins de musique en ligne, gratuits ou payants, connaissent un succès croissant auprès des internautes français. Ce sont désormais 43% d’entre eux qui disent utiliser ces plateformes légales, contre 41% qui auraient encore recours à des réseaux d’échange ou de partage de fichiers. En revanche la gratuité prime toujours pour les livres numériques, puisque sur les 10% qui déclarent les utiliser, 74% privilégient les ouvrages gratuits, contre 4% de consommateurs de livres payants.Dans le secteur de la presse, 62% des sondés restent attachés au papier tandis que 14% ne lisent que du numérique, une forte hausse par rapport au trimestre dernier (+8%). Enfin, au niveau de la vidéo, 60% disent avoir recours aux sites de partage de vidéos comme Youtube et Dailymotion mais le streaming continue sa percée puisqu’il est passé de 33 à 51% du choix des internautes.  Le 19 janvier 2011 à 13:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Neville reacts negatively to Paul Pogbas mean Tweet

first_imgAfter Paul Pogba’s unfortunate Tweet mishap, Gary Neville came after the Frenchman by labeling his action as complete ‘garbage’.The day for manager Jose Mourinho is not going well at all, Gary Neville has defended him from the sneakiest reaction which by far was Paul Pogba’s Tweet but he immediately deleted because of how controversial it was.Allegedly, this Tweet was already scheduled by Adidas for Pogba to upload and they immediately removed it as soon as the news about Mourinho’s sacking was announced.But Gary Neville is not buying it, he thinks the posting was deliberate from Pogba and he came strong after the Frenchman for it during his appearance on Sky Sports’ ‘The Debate’.“There is probably a high level of dislike there, but Jose Mourinho lost his job this morning and Paul Pogba and his people put that post out – don’t fall for this coincidence scheduled tweet nonsense, it’s garbage, absolute garbage,” said Neville on Sky Sports.“I think he would have liked to have gone public earlier on Jose, and how the club is at this moment in time.”“But on Jose’s side, I bet he thought when Paul Pogba won the World Cup in the summer he was coming back to an impossible situation where he thought this player is going to be out of control now.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I do believe that dancing on the grave of the manager who has just been sacked is out of order. Paul Pogba, there is no doubt, has fallen out with the manager.”“He doesn’t believe in him, he doesn’t like him, he doesn’t think he’s a good coach probably, and vice-versa.”“Jose Mourinho doesn’t think Paul Pogba is as good a player as he thinks he is. There’s been a complete breakdown in the last six months between the pair of them, probably the last year,” he concluded.Gary Neville reacts to Paul Pogba’s tweet which was deleted, following Jose Mourinho’s departure #MUFC pic.twitter.com/VVhuSQPYtl— Manchester United (@MUFCScoop) December 18, 2018last_img read more

Nir Bitton fit and raring to go

first_imgCeltic midfielder Nir Bitton is happy to be back from a lengthy layoff and ready to fight for his place in Brendan Rodgers’ side.Nir Bitton underwent surgery for a knee injury in February last year and has been on the treatment table since then.After months of intense rehabilitation, the Israeli midfielder returned to training this week and wants to help Celtic win a domestic triple-treble this season.“It’s tough staying positive, especially when you get a long-term injury,” Bitton told Sky Sports.“Sometimes people don’t understand, sometimes people take the simple things in life for granted.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“It was only after getting this injury that I realized I need to appreciate every single minute on the training pitch, every single minute on the pitch, because in one moment you can lose everything, and you can do nothing about it.“From here, I’ll put the injury behind me, and my main focus is to get back to full fitness now, have a good time in Dubai with the team, to get back into shape, get some thorough training sessions in.“After the winter break, I’ll keep pushing, keep training hard, and hopefully I’ll get some game time, and hopefully we’ll win some more trophies this season.”last_img read more