Ahead of the single-phase Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, nearly 2 lakh firearms have been deposited at police stations across the State. So far, over 1,000 illegal firearms have been seized. “Since the model code of conduct has come into effect, 1,294 illegal firearms have been confiscated and 1.90 lakh firearms have been deposited at police stations,” Chief Electoral Officer V.L. Kanta Rao said on Monday.Issuing of licence for arms is prohibited during the period commencing with the date of announcement of elections. This ban continues to be operative till the completion of the election as notified by the Election Commission of India. During the period, issuing new arms licence can only be done after detailed consultation with the respective screening committees. Sensitive boothsAccording to the Election Commission, as many as 15,000 booths with 65,341 polling stations across the 230 Assembly constituencies in the State have been declared ‘sensitive’.For peaceful, free and fair polls, prohibitory action has been taken against 37,034 people in the State, an officer added.Similarly, in order to maintain law and order in the State, 13,557 non-bailable warrants have been issued from October 6 to 21, 2018, the officer said.Similarly, a total of 5,463 cases of misuse of vehicles have been registered, he added.Under property defacement, 11.94 lakh cases have been registered and action taken in 11.59 lakh cases. Under government property defacement, action has been taken in 9.33 lakh cases. Under private property defacement, action has been taken in 2.26 lakh cases against 2.43 lakh cases, said the official.
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Quarters: 15-15, 27-34, 55-50, 81-74. Balanza notched a career-high of 20 points, three rebounds, and two assists in the losing effort for Letran (1-3).Bong Quinto added 19 markers and 15 boards, while Rey Nambatac had 18 points and five rebounds, but committed seven turnovers in the defeat.The Scores:SAN BEDA 81 – Bolick 22, Mocon 17, Soberano 16, Noah 8, Adamos 5, Potts 3, Doliguez 3, Abuda 3, Tankoua 2, Carino 2, Oftana 0, Presbitero 0, Tongco 0, Bahio 0, Cabanag 0.LETRAN 74 – Balanza 20, Quinto 19, Nambatac 18, Calvo 14, Taladua 2, Ambohot 1, Balagasay 0, Pamulaklakin 0, Bernabe 0, Gedaria 0, Vacaro 0, Mandreza 0, Caralipio 0.ADVERTISEMENT Jerrick Balanza kept the Knights in the game and trimmed the lead to as low as one, 62-61, midway in the period, but Bolick and Mocon drained the insurance buckets as San Beda held off its fierce rival.“We started strong, but in the first few minutes of the ball game, credit to Letran because they came back and they even led by 10 points. I did just challenge the guys in the locker room to stick with our system, stick with our game plan, and play as a team,” said coach Boyet Fernandez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMocon just missed out on a triple-double with 17 markers, 10 boards, and eight assists, while AC Soberano shot 4-of-10 from three to wound up with 16.San Beda rose up to solo second place with a 4-1 slate. View comments Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda recovered its bearings in the second half as it outlasted Letran, 81-74 for its third straight win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Robert Bolick carried the load for the Red Lions with 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists, but it was the duo of Javee Mocon and AC Soberano which helped the Red Lions recover from an early 10-point hole as the two poured 19 of the team’s 28 huge third quarter points to grab the 55-50 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ I’m staying at Real, says Ronaldo Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant
New York: Karolina Pliskova, the 2016 US Open runner-up, became the first woman to qualify for the third round on a rain-hit Wednesday after making quick work of Georgian qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze.Third seed Pliskova smacked nine aces in a 6-1, 6-4 victory in 66 minutes to maintain her push to regain the world number one ranking. The 27-year-old needs to reach at least the quarter-finals in New York to stand a chance of usurping reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka at the top.Croatian 12th seed Borna Coric pulled out of his scheduled second-round tie against Grigor Dimitrov at the US Open on Wednesday due to a lower back injury.The walkover sends former world number three Dimitrov through to face the winner of Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas or Polish lucky loser Kamil Majchrzak for a place in the last 16.Coric defeated Russian Evgeny Donskoy 7-6 (9/7), 6-3, 6-0 in his opening match and was attempting to make round three in New York for a third straight year.Dimitrov’s best runs at Flushing Meadows came when he reached the fourth round in 2014 and 2016.NISHIKORI ADVANCESJapanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori advanced to the US Open third round on Wednesday following a gritty 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over American Bradley Klahn.The first man into Round 3. ☝️🇯🇵 @keinishikori defeats Bradley Klahn 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/Pt3Kh1dlEs— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) August 28, 2019Steady rain restricted play to the two main show courts to start the day at Flushing Meadows, where Nishikori, the 2014 runner-up, needed five match points to eventually oust 108th-ranked Klahn.Nishikori has reached the quarter-finals at each of the Grand Slams so far this year. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. borna coricGrigor Dimitrovkarolina pliskovatennis First Published: August 28, 2019, 11:21 PM IST
Huawei sub-brand Honor launched its latest mid-range flagship smartphone in India, the Honor View 10, which goes on sale on Amazon India today. The AI-powered smartphone will replace last year’s Honor 8 Pro in the sub-Rs 30,000 price segment. The View 10 has a host of features that makes it stand out from the crowd, ranging from an edge-to-edge display to the latest Huawei flagship processor with dedicated AI chops, among other things.The View 10 has a number of reason to attract consumers looking to spend around Rs 30,000. At this price, the View 10 goes up against the likes of the OnePlus 5T. Honor’s flagship enjoys a comfortable position in this segment as it promises to deliver exceptional design that is matched with attractive hardware. Here are some of the reasons you should consider the View 10 if you’re currently in the market.The Honor View 10 is available exclusively on Amazon India at Rs 29,999. The handset comes with some launch offers as well such as Rs 1,500 instant discount via ICICI Bank, which is applicable between January 8 to January 10. Buyers can also avail the handset through no cost EMI starting at Rs 2500 per month. Additionally, Airtel is also offering its customers 90GB of free data on purchasing the View 10. The e-commerce platform is also offering up to Rs 15,480 on exchange, which can bring the cost of the View 10 down even further.Launch offers aside, one of the reasons the Honor View 10 is a steal at this price is because of its attractive design language. The handset is made of out metal and features an edge-to-edge display up front. Honor in recent times has scored well in when it comes to designing its products, and the View 10 is no exception. We reviewed the smartphone and found the matte metal back and build quality to be top-notch. The other interesting element worth mentioning is the placement of the fingerprint sensor below the display, which is good to see especially after seeing manufacturers moving the sensor to the back for bezel-less displays.The front not only makes space for a fingerprint sensor, but also a large 5.99-inch Full-HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Simply put, the display is quite exceptional and another major highlight of the View 10. We found the colours to be punchy and vibrant with excellent viewing angles. However, the only downside is that the display lacks Gorilla Glass protection, which one expects to see especially at this price point.The other major highlight of the smartphone is the Kirin 970 processor powering it. Huawei’s in-house flagship chipset has been loaded with AI smarts thanks to the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) inside. This means that the phone is quite intelligent in pretty much every aspect. In addition to this, the chipset is blazingly fast that gives even high-end flagships a run for their money. We tested the phone for a while and found no almost no lags or hiccups.Coming back to the AI, the chipset powering the View 10 brings with it native intelligence that is generously available and hard to keep track of. While a few may look gimmicky, a lot of the AI smarts do work well especially with regards to the camera. The View 10 can detect objects or scenes and optimises image settings accordingly. The company says that the phone can detect 13 different types of scenes and objects including dogs, cats, plants and printed text. This is just one of the many intelligent features inside the phone.The Honor View 10 runs EMUI 8 based on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. This is again impressive considering its nearest challenger, the OnePlus 5T comes with OxygenOS based on Android Nougat and is yet to receive the Oreo update. EMUI 8 uses machine learning to understand user behaviour and allocates resources to apps frequently used. This ensures a buttery smooth experience. However, Huawei’s in-house OS is fairly bloated and something that may put off those looking for a more stock Android experience.The dual rear cameras are another big highlight of the View 10. They comprise of a 16-megapixel primary RGB sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor, both with f/1.8 aperture. We found the the images taken from the rear cameras to be sharp, detailed and well exposed. As mentioned, what makes the camera even more appealing is its ability to detect things in view. The setup is also impressive in low-light conditions. However, the 13-megapixel front camera is largely disappointing and probably not the best options for selfie lovers.Honor has managed to pack a good amount of battery inside a phone that is quite slim and lightweight. It features a 3750mAh battery capacity that is bigger than its closest competitors like the OnePlus 5T. This isn’t a gimmick as the battery is truly exceptional as we found that the phone is capable of delivering a good day and a half of battery life on moderate to intensive use.Lastly, the View 10 sports 6GB of RAM that makes multitasking a breeze. It also comes with 128GB of internal storage with the option to expand it further up to 256GB via a microSD card. The storage is double of what OnePlus 5T offers, and is another feature for those looking for a smartphone with large storage.At Rs 29,999, the Honor View 10 promises to deliver high-end flagship-level specs at an affordable price. There are plenty of reasons to like the phone and very few reasons to avoid it. We found it to be an all rounder thanks to its bright and vivid display, snappy Kirin 970 processor and EMUI 8.0 software along with baked-in AI smarts, impressive dual camera performance and battery life.advertisementadvertisement
NEW YORK — Brook Lopez scored 18 points in his first regular-season game in about 11 months as the Brooklyn Nets routed the injury-depleted Oklahoma City Thunder 116-85 on Nov. 3 in their NBA home opener.Alan Anderson added 18 points and Deron Williams had 17 points and nine assists for the Nets, who got their leading scorer back on a night the Thunder, already without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, lost yet another player to injury.Reggie Jackson scored 23 points in his season debut after missing the first three games with a sprained right ankle, but the Thunder left just as short-handed as they entered when starting guard Andre Roberson sprained his left foot. He played just 11 ½ minutes of the first half.Lopez was averaging a team-best 20.7 points when he broke his right foot last Dec. 20 against Philadelphia and had season-ending surgery. He was back for the start of training camp but sprained the foot during an exhibition game in China and missed the Nets’ first two games.“I can’t put it in words,” Lopez said. “It was great to be back out there. I’ve missed it for a long time and our team definitely took care of business tonight. Our guys make it easy.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
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zoom South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has signed a long-term crude oil shipping contract with compatriot oil refiner GS Caltex. The contract, signed on February 1, 2018, is worth KRW 190 billion (around USD 177 million).Under the deal, HMM will transport a total of 19 million tons of crude oil from the Middle East to South Korea over a period of five years from July 1, 2019, to August 31, 2024.HMM said it plans to deploy two 300,000 dwt very large crude carriers (VLCC), ordered last September.“We expect this long-term shipping contract with GS Caltex to further strengthen partnerships between HMM and GS Caltex. HMM will secure stable and consistent profits by increasing long-term contracts with a global customer base,” C.K. Yoo, CEO of HMM, commented.The duo has been collaborating in crude oil shipping business more than twenty years.In December 2017, another shipping company from South Korea signed a crude oil shipping contract with GS Caltex. Under the terms of the ten-year contract, Hyundai Glovis agreed to order one 300,000 dwt VLCC, transporting crude oil from Saudi Arabia and other countries from that region to Korea.
From the North Atlantic to the North Sea, Nova Scotia companiesare making their mark in the offshore oil and gas industry. As one of the world’s biggest oil and gas conferences getsunderway in Scotland, the Atlantic Towing supply ship Kingfisher,built by Halifax Shipyard, a division of Irving Shipbuilding, isheading out to the North Sea to tow an offshore accommodationunit. This is just one of a number of towing operations the NovaScotian vessel has conducted over the past few months. Energy Minister Cecil Clarke, who is in Aberdeen, Scotland forthe Offshore Europe Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference, tooksome time to tour the Kingfisher on Monday, Sept. 1. “Going beyond our borders, doing business worldwide, this is whatbuilding our industry is all about,” said Mr. Clarke. “Bypromoting our top-rate, Nova Scotian businesses at oil and gasshows like Offshore Europe, we can use the expertise we gainworking in our offshore to compete in other markets around theworld.” Completed at Halifax Shipyards in 2002, the Kingfisher is one ofthe industry’s top-rated supply vessels, providing towing, stand-by and supply services to the offshore industry in harsh,treacherous conditions. “We’re pleased that the energy minister has had a chance to see,first-hand, Nova Scotia’s expertise at work in the internationaloil and gas market,” said Andrew McArthur, vice-chair of IrvingShipbuilding. “Promoting our abilities at shows like OffshoreEurope is a key part in establishing and maintaining businessrelationships that lead to these types of contracts.” Irving Shipbuilding is one of 13 Nova Scotia companies andorganizations attending the four-day conference and trade showthat attracts exhibitors from around the world and more than24,000 delegates. The Nova Scotia delegation is being led by theDepartment of Energy and the Offshore/Onshore TechnologiesAssociation of Nova Scotia.
Kolkata: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has arrested Dinesh Maheshwari, the chief financial officer (CFO) of Future Enterprises Ltd, for alleged evasion of customs duty to the tune of Rs 14.58 crore. The company was importing readymade garments from Bangladesh through Petrapole Land Customs Station (LCS) without payment of basic customs duty, availing of the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) benefit, the agency said in a statement on Saturday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers “… He (Maheshwari) appears to be the main person responsible for the evasion of duty to the tune of Rs 14.58 crore by Future Enterprises Ltd. He appears to be guilty of an offence punishable under Section 135 of the Customs Act and has, therefore, been arrested under Section 104 of the Customs Act, on July 12,” it said. Investigations further revealed that the garments were supplied by third country suppliers based in Dubai and Singapore, but were delivered from Bangladesh after minimal processing, the DRI statement added.
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HARARE, Zimbabwe — Dressed as Father Christmas, a man dozes off while sitting in a supermarket in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. No one seems to care.The holiday mood is not catching on in a country where a currency crisis has forced people to risk jail time to buy basics such as medicine and food. Many Zimbabweans navigate from one currency to another, often tapping the black market, while the government issues salaries in forms of payment it later refuses to accept.The frustration has sparked a new round of anti-government sentiment in a country that once saw July’s presidential election, the first without longtime leader Robert Mugabe, as a chance to start over. New President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared the country “open for business.” But citizens are now asking: How?This is Zimbabwe’s most severe economic meltdown since a decade ago, when the local currency was abandoned due to hyperinflation that reached more than 1 billion per cent. Since then, daily transactions have been dominated by the U.S. dollar.But a dollar shortage has pushed most people to use a government-issued surrogate currency called bond notes, as well as mobile money, which are funds electronically deposited into bank accounts. Both are devaluing quickly against the dollar on the black market.A major problem comes when Zimbabweans try to spend their money. Retailers, who source most of their foreign currency on the black market, require customers to pay in dollars. Others post separate prices for dollars and mobile money.Even the government is not accepting bond notes and mobile money for some transactions such as taxes on imported cars, though most Zimbabweans are paid in electronic form. As people turn to the black market, the government last month introduced regulations prescribing up to 10 years in jail for illegal foreign currency trade.Many Zimbabweans, like Takudzwa Ndlovu, an office worker in Harare, are confused.“How can the government refuse to accept the money that it uses to pay its own people. And then arrest us for looking for the only currency that actually works?” he said.Changing one’s salary into foreign currency can be a nightmare.Ndlovu gets his $450 monthly salary in mobile money. His bank, like every other bank in the country, no longer issues foreign currency for electronic bank balances, even though the government insists that mobile money and bond notes are on par with the dollar.“The black market is my only option. We are innocent people just trying to survive, but the government has turned us into criminals,” Ndlovu told The Associated Press.The vice-president of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, Patience Taruvinga, called the mobile money worthless.“Salaries are being eroded daily,” Taruvinga said, criticizing the new government, which has promised to turn the country into a middle-class economy by 2030. “We cannot talk of Christmas anymore.”The currency crisis is causing unrest. In November, thousands of opposition supporters protested in Harare, while doctors at public hospitals are on strike over low pay and poor working conditions. They earn a basic salary of about $350 in mobile money, which translates to $100 in dollars using black market rates.Zimbabwe’s teachers and nurses have threatened to join the strike if their salaries are not converted into dollars.Demand for dollars is high. Police routinely carry out street raids to flush out illegal foreign currency dealers, who have turned to WhatsApp groups to connect with clients.Many Zimbabweans fear a repeat of a decade ago, when pensions and savings were wiped out by hyperinflation. The signs are worrying. Inflation rose to 28.5 per cent in October, the highest since 2009.To encourage use of the bond note at its introduction in 2016, the government’s central bank put up billboards saying it was on par with the dollar. “No need for a separate account,” they read.Two years on, Zimbabweans are being asked to open separate dollar accounts. Existing electronic bank balances and bond notes now count separately.“There is a collapse of trust,” said Briggs Bomba, an economist and leader of Citizens Manifesto, an activist group.Bomba described the government’s demand to be paid in foreign currency for some transactions as “myopic acknowledgement” of a parallel market exchange rate.For Zimbabwe’s revenue generation and debt management, dollars are crucial. “But the issues that benefit citizens such as salaries, pensions and savings, the government doesn’t want to acknowledge that the official exchange rate is fictitious,” Bomba said.The frustration is bubbling over.Charlton Tsodzo, a development expert, commented on the crisis recently at a public discussion in Harare titled “Austerity for Poverty,” mocking the title of the 2019 government budget: “Austerity for Prosperity.”“We are being asked to tighten our belts,” he said, “but do the politicians know we can’t even afford the belts anymore?”___Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_AfricaFarai Mutsaka, The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — A new report says partners in Facebook’s cryptocurrency-based payments network, Libra, are wavering in their support amid a backlash from U.S. and European officials.The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Visa Inc., Mastercard Inc. and others that signed on to help build Libra are reconsidering their involvement. The newspaper cited people familiar with the matter who were granted anonymity.Facebook, Visa and Mastercard did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.Facebook has faced regulatory pushback over Libra since unveiling it in June. The idea is to open online purchasing to millions of people who do not have access to bank accounts and reduce the cost of sending money across borders. But Facebook already faces scrutiny over its poor record on privacy and its dominance in social media.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 16, 2013 4:37 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – AIG is selling aircraft leasing business International Lease Finance Corp. to AerCap in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $5.4 billion.The transaction includes $3 billion in cash and about 97.6 million shares of AerCap Holdings NV.American International Group Inc. said Monday that this is the last major sale of one of its non-core assets.The insurer initially had a deal to sell up to 90 per cent of International Lease Finance’s stock to Jumbo Acquisition Ltd., but ended that agreement before striking its deal with AerCap.The transaction is expected to close in 2014’s second quarter. It still needs approval from AerCap shareholders.AIG share rose 42 cents to $50.15 in premarket trading. AIG selling aircraft leasing business to AerCap in cash-and-stock deal valued at about $5.4B
Since 2000, over 115,000 children have been released as a result of action plans and advocacy. Engagement with non-State armed groups is growing and recently contributed to a historic agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP to release all children in the ranks of the FARC-EP.The advocacy generated by this mandate, and reinforced by the campaign Children, not Soldiers, has led to a global consensus among UN Member States that children do not belong in security forces in conflict. This progress in addressing recruitment and use over the last 20 years has been built upon and utilized in work to reduce other grave violations, notably sexual violence and attacks on schools and hospitals.Yet, the report cites complex and emerging issues needing particular attention, including protection challenges posed by violent extremism, attacks on health case and protected persons, and displacement, specifically noting that armed conflict has resulted not only in human casualties, but also in an ever growing number of displaced children.Indeed, according to the UN refugee agency, an unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced away from their homes among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are children. As such, Ms. Zerrougui encourages Member States and other partners to support initiatives to help displaced children rebuild their lives, particularly through ensuring that education is prioritised in emergency settings.Among the key recommendations to the General Assembly and Member States that warp up the report are: To ensure that Member States engagement in hostilities, including in efforts to counter violent extremism, are conducted in full compliance with international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law; To highlight the rights of children displaced by conflict and the obligations of States of origin, transit and destination; To treat children allegedly associated with non-State armed groups as victims entitled to the full protection of their human rights; Encouraging Member States concerned by the “Children, not Soldiers” campaign to redouble their efforts to fully implement their Action Plan; To take appropriate measures to reintegrate children, giving special attention to the needs of girls; and To ensure that special attention is paid to children affected by armed conflict in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. In her annual report to the UN General Assembly, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, highlighted the devastating impact on children of increasingly complex conflicts, despite concerted efforts and significant progress achieved over the past year.The report, which covers the period from August 2015 to July 2016, notes that the proliferation of actors involved in armed conflict and cross-border aerial operations created highly complex environments for the protection of boys and girls.A news release on the report explains that in 2015, and again in the first half of 2016, Afghanistan recorded the highest number of child deaths and injuries since the UN started systematically documenting civilian casualties in 2009. In addition, in Syria and Iraq, violence continued unabated.And in South Sudan, following a year during which children were victims of brutal violations, hopes for improvement “all but evaporated” with the resumption of conflict last month. In Yemen, the escalation of conflict continued with alarming levels of child recruitment, killing and maiming and attacks on schools and hospitals.The current report also marks the twentieth anniversary of ‘children in armed conflict’ mandate, and takes stock of the achievements accomplished since the publication of Graça Machel’s A ground-breaking report, “Impact of armed conflict on children,” which led to the creation of the mandate of the Special Representative by the General Assembly. Children during their recreation time as part of the psychosocial support programme for many of them suffering from trauma caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF/Andrew Esiebo
“People living in poverty, and other marginalized groups, are disproportionately suffering as a result of the stringent economic measures in a country once considered as an example of progressive policies to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion,” said a statement released by a group of seven UN human rights experts on Friday.According to the experts, data recently made available, reveals a rise in child mortality rates for the first time in 26 years, attributable in part to the Zika disease virus epidemic and economic crisis of recent years.This is a serious concern, especially considering public health system budgetary restrictions and other social policies that compromise the State’s commitment to guarantee human rights for all, especially children and women, the experts elaborated.“Some of the financial and fiscal decisions made in the last years affect the enjoyment of several rights, including to housing, food, water, sanitation, education, social security and health, and are worsening pre-existing inequalities,” they added.While the Government has underlined various measures to alleviate the adverse consequences, the experts find them largely insufficient.“Women and children living in poverty are among those hit hardest, as are Brazilians of African descent, rural populations, and people living in informal settlements,” said the experts. “We regret that efforts in relation to targeted policies addressing systemic discrimination against women have not been sustained.”Austerity measures should be taken only with the most careful analysis of their impact – UN Human Rights ExpertsThey stressed that austerity measures, which have been popular across the world since the 2008 economic crisis, should never be the only – or first – solution to tackling economic problems.They explained that economic crises do not justify cuts to services and social rights.“Austerity measures should be taken only with the most careful analysis of their impact, in particular as they would affect the most disenfranchised individuals and groups,” they stressed. “They must be considered only after a comprehensive human rights impact assessment.”The experts added that such an assessment should consider less harmful policy alternatives, like raising taxes for the richest before placing bigger burdens on the poor: “Steps to reduce public debt and to regain not only financial but also social sustainability, should also be considered,” the experts stressed.Once a champion in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, Brazil, is dramatically reversing major policies on food security; cutting housing; and, according to 2018 forecasts, reducing water and sanitation. Moreover, public spending is expected to remain capped for 20 years, further underscoring the need to review economic policies with a human rights lens.
TACOMA — A deputy who “had a clear shot” fired once at the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Tacoma officer, killing the man who had used two children as human shields inside a home during a lengthy standoff, authorities said.The suspect was shot at about 3:30 a.m., ending an 11-hour standoff, said Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer. He did not identify the suspect but said the man refused to surrender during negotiations.“We were able to get the suspect cornered and trapped, even though he had two kids,” Troyer said. “We had a SWAT member who had a clear shot. We fired one round, which struck him.”A girl and a boy were found unharmed inside the house, where authorities also discovered multiple weapons.Earlier, the working class East Tacoma neighborhood of single-family homes was locked down while officers tried to bring about a peaceful resolution.Kristi Croskey, who rented the home to the suspect and his wife, was inside the home at the time and barricaded herself in the bathroom before she was able to escape, KOMO-TV reported.
A program starting next year aims to clean up downtown Vancouver and employ homeless people in the process.Talkin’ Trash is the name of a joint effort between the city of Vancouver’s solid waste department and Share, a local homeless service provider.“We are always addressing litter issues,” said Tanya Gray, the city’s solid waste supervisor. “We’ve heard from both residences and businesses downtown.”A couple of months ago, Gray noticed that the city wasn’t fully spending its budget for inmate work crews, which are hired to supplement cleanup efforts by city employees. With those leftover funds, a $72,000 grant was created to pilot Talkin’ Trash. The city will provide a truck.“We’ve never had a project that was funded by the sanitation department,” said Amy Reynolds, deputy director of Share.The plan is to hire a small crew from Share’s clientele. Workers will be paid Washington’s 2017 minimum wage, $11 per hour. They would work about 15 hours weekly. Most of that time will be spent outdoors doing cleanup, but it will also include job training through Partners in Careers, Reynolds said. Participants will get help crafting r?sum?s, setting employment goals and learning skills such as conflict resolution and interviewing.Gray sees the benefit as twofold: The solid waste department gets a more regular presence to help clean up downtown, protecting public health and the environment. And Share’s clients work toward self sufficiency. Share used to take part in the Adopt-a-Highway program, where volunteers clean up an “adopted” stretch of state highway periodically.