OTTAWA – Women and social-media companies should be brought into a critical discussion about how parliamentarians conduct themselves online, says veteran NDP MP Nathan Cullen.Many MPs insist that what they say and do on social media is personal, not part of their professional lives, Cullen said Thursday, but said he simply doesn’t buy it.Parliamentarians get training that focuses on their day-to-day interactions with other parliamentarians and staff, he said, but it doesn’t include enough material on what appropriate online behaviour looks like.“This aspect of liking (online images), trolling, I don’t recall it being talked about,” Cullen said after the social-media activity of former cabinet minister and longtime MP Tony Clement came under further scrutiny in Ottawa on Thursday.“It is another layer but it is striking. This is not the first online sexual story that’s happened.”Speaking with women about patterns they observe and how they feel targeted would be valuable, Cullen said.Companies like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram could also help, he added.“They’re dealing with this as companies and organizations and could be a part of the conversation as to what they’ve seen,” Cullen said.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer kicked Clement out of the party caucus on Wednesday after revelations that he’d shared sexually explicit images with someone who later tried to extort him for money.Clement issued an open letter to his Ontario constituents on Thursday to apologize to anyone who felt he crossed “online boundaries” in a way that made them feel uncomfortable, without his knowing.Clement also admitted he engaged in inappropriate exchanges during a time of “personal difficulty and weakness,” his actions crossed lines that he shouldn’t have crossed, and he engaged in acts of infidelity.“I am deeply sorry,” he wrote. “I want to be clear that at no time have these personal lapses impacted or involved my day-to-day work as a member of Parliament on behalf of our communities. That said, I offer you no excuses for my conduct. I take full responsibility.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitter
VICTORIA, B.C. – A new Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Trail Fund has been created for outdoor groups interested in improving Off-Road riding conditions and safety.The total available funding in 2019 is $200,000, with 25% of the money set aside for safety promotion and 75% marked for construction and maintenance. The intention is to improve outdoor motorized vehicle opportunities for B.C. residents and visitors.Requests for funding from $1,000 to $20,000 will be considered. To apply; CLICK HERE Applications will be accepted by any legal entity in the province, except for individuals. This includes:First Nations;Local governments (such as municipalities and regional districts)ORV organizations (including those representing quads, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, motorbikes and side-by-sides)Non-profit societiesBusinessesThe deadline to apply is March 20, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified about a month after the application period closes.Created in 2017, the ORV Trail Fund was established as a part of the Off-Road Vehicle Act and regulations. The act requires registration of all off-road vehicles within British Columbia. A portion of the registration fees collected by ICBC is redirected to the ORV Trail Fund.This is the second year for the funding program. Future planned yearly disbursements will be between $100,000 and $250,000 per year, depending on the growth of the fund.Submissions will be adjudicated by provincial recreation staff, with input from provincial-level ORV representatives.
26 August 2010The head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur today held talks with Government officials and diplomats on the peace process under way in the war-torn Sudanese region. UN-African Union Joint Special Representative in Darfur Ibrahim Gambari, along with Sudanese Presidential Advisor Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani, AU High Level Implementation Panel Chairman Thabo Mbeki, and United States Special Envoy for Sudan Scott Gration, took part in today’s meeting in Khartoum.The four men underscored the need for a comprehensive strategy encompassing all aspects – including security, stabilization, development and early recovery – of the Darfur problem.As many as 2.7 million Darfurians live as IDPs or as refugees in neighbouring countries as a result of the seven-year-old conflict in the western region of Sudan that has also resulted in an estimated 300,000 deaths.The officials at today’s meeting agreed that the UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which is headed by Mr. Gambari, and the Sudanese Government will work together closely to improve the security situation in the region and act jointly to promote stability and development.The UN envoy said that he looks forward to cooperation between UNAMID and the Sudanese police and military to enhance security, emphasizing the mission’s commitment to foster early recovery and development.For his part, Mr. Mbeki, the former president of South Africa, underlined the need for the involvement of Darfurians in the peace process, voicing hope that a peace deal will be reached before the end of the year.
The nationwide survey, which was conducted last month with support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), found no deaths from maternal and neonatal tetanus in the country, confirming that the disease no longer exists as a public health problem. “Commitment, hard work and partnerships are paying off,” said UNICEF Representative Jesper Morch. “This milestone demonstrates that delivering life-saving vaccines to the poorest and most isolated communities brings results, and we will make every effort to sustain this progress.”Mozambique joins 18 other countries in eliminating the disease since 2000, with a further 39 countries still trying to reach the goal of less than one maternal and neonatal tetanus case per 1,000 live births nationally. The survey findings showed that 87 per cent of eligible mothers received at least two doses of tetanus toxoid vaccine, and 64 per cent of deliveries were assisted by a medically-trained birth attendant, reducing the risk of infection. Maternal and neonatal tetanus is a swift and painful disease that kills thousands of mothers and their newborns every year. The disease is the result of unhygienic birth practices, leading to contamination of the umbilical cord with tetanus spores when it is being cut or dressed after delivery.The World Health Assembly first called for the elimination of neonatal tetanus in 1989. In 1999, the goal was expanded to include the elimination of maternal tetanus as well. 26 November 2010Mozambique has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus, according to a United Nations-backed health survey.
The Supreme Court has informed Parliament that the Judicature (Amendment) Bill needs 2/3rds majority to be passed by Parliament.The Supreme Court determination was communicated to Parliament today. In its determination the Supreme Court found that section 12A(1) of the Bill is inconsistent with the Constitution.The Judicature (Amendment) Bill was introduced in order to establish a permanent High Court-at-bar to expedite the large amount of pending cases. (Colombo Gazette)
From the Indian side, “priority projects” in the island include the Mattala airport, near the China-controlled port in the southern Hambantota district; the Palaly airport in Jaffna in the Northern Province; the Trincomalee oil tank farm in the east; the East Container Terminal at the Colombo Port and a Liquefied natural gas plant in Kerawalapitiya, north of Colombo. Despite bilateral discussions and joint agreements on development cooperation and commercial partnership, none of the projects have taken off the way it was envisaged. Colombo-based officials, who spoke to The Hindu on condition of anonymity, said the delay was due to political reasons in some cases, and bureaucratic issues in others. The visit is seen as significant from both sides, sources said. New Delhi has been concerned with the slow pace of several India-aided projects in the island, while Colombo appears inclined to iron out issues, in order to better balance its ties with key partners India and China. President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to visit Beijing soon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit New Delhi later this week and meet his counterpart Narendra Modi to discuss bilateral matters, official sources in Colombo said, according to The Hindu newspaper.Wickremesinghe, according to his office, will take part in high-level meetings, including with Modi, on October 19 and 20. India’s strategic interests in some of these projects, especially in the Mattala airport and Trincomalee oil tank farm, are well known. However, over the last few months, New Delhi and Colombo have put out conflicting messages on the Mattala airport, sparking speculation on whether India’s interest to run it would actually materialise. In principle, India and Sri Lanka have already agreed to jointly operate the world war-era oil storage facility in the strategically advantaged port town of Trincomalee and more recently, the two countries decided that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and the Lanka IOC PLC (LIOC) would jointly develop the near-85 tanks in the upper farm of the facility. The upcoming discussions, officials on both side said, might help accelerate the projects.Wickremesinghe’s visit to New Delhi comes a little over a month after former President and key Opposition figure Mahinda Rajapaksa met Modi. The meeting was read by many as a possible thaw in the relationship between the former strongman and New Delhi. (Colombo Gazette)
From 2004-2006, developing countries will grow, on average, at a rate of 6 per cent, least developed countries will perform close to the average, and sub-Saharan Africa will score an “unprecedented” rate of 5.4 per cent,” Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs José Antonio Ocampo told the Commission.He attributed this trend to a combination of high commodity prices, low interest rates and increasing official development assistance (ODA) to the poorest countries. “The continuation of this mix will be critical to the sustainability of this positive growth conjuncture,” he said.“But growth is not enough.” Mr. Ocampo warned. “The pattern of growth is equally important, in particular, its capacity to generate decent and productive employment for the poorest sectors of society and its effects on income distribution.”Employment generation has continued to be generally weak in the developing world, despite rapid economic growth, according to recent estimates, while income inequality within countries has been rising in the majority of both and developing countries over the past three decades.“In many countries, significant income inequalities between rural and urban areas point up the need actively to promote rural development as a strategy for successful poverty reduction,” he said, calling also for efforts to achieve gender equality.“The ‘inclusiveness’ of economic growth is not an automatic outcome of market forces and should thus be built through explicit public policies,” he emphasized.In a keynote address to the session, Clare Short, a Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom and former secretary for development, said delegates were meeting at a major turning point in human history. “For the first time ever we are capable of removing abject poverty, illiteracy and the diseases of poverty from the human condition,” she said. “The current intensification of global economic integration has demonstrated that there is enough knowledge, technology and capital to bring development to all the people of the world.”But she warned that “our current way of life on the planet is completely unsustainable,” adding: “The planet simply cannot cope with all the people living in this consumerist and greedy way.”In response, she urged the creation of a new civilization marked by a “more moral and decent way to live.”Ms. Short concluded on a note of caution. “Things will probably get worse before they get better but it is not until we accept that we have to share equitably and build a way of life that is sustainable that we will be able to secure our future on this planet.”
Big data is having a big effect on the business world.Responding to the growing need for graduates with business acumen and analytical expertise, Brock University’s Goodman School of Business introduced the business analytics specialization to the MBA in 2014.This year, Goodman took it one step further by creating the new Centre for Business Analytics.The new interdisciplinary research hub will allow the Business School to connect with other disciplines and the business community to make a meaningful impact on Niagara.Though it launched in September, the Centre for Business Analytics will have its official grand opening Thursday, March 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Scotiabank Atrium of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex at Brock University.Lori Bieda, Head of the Analytics Centre of Excellence, BMO, will deliver a keynote address on how the field of analytics has changed and become much more prolific in recent years.The sheer amount of data that organizations can use to their advantage is staggering and is pointing to a shift in data-driven decisions based on insights gained from analytics.Since launching in September, the new Centre has built partnerships with many Brock departments including History, Mathematics and Statistics, Sport Management, Health Sciences, IT Services and Brock Institute for Scientific Computing, as well as several external organizations including Canadian Tire Bank, Environics Analytics, IBM, John Deere, Meridian Credit Union, Pentavere Research Group Inc., Rel8ed.to, SAS and The Co-operators.The event next week will feature a showcase of organizations that have partnered with the Centre for Business Analytics. Representatives from Brock Information Technology Services, The Co-operators, Environics Analytics, Rel8ed.to and Pentavere will be on hand to demonstrate how they are using the power of big data to make business decisions.With support from the Goodman School of Business, the Centre is led by Professor Anteneh Ayanso.“We have spent the last several months establishing the Centre for Business Analytics and this is our opportunity to celebrate its launch as we look ahead to what the future of big data holds for us,” said Ayanso.Brock’s Co-op Student of the Year award will also be presented at this event to MBA Business Analytics student Paul Frosina for his outstanding contributions to his co-op employer, The Co-operators.The event is open to the Brock community. Please email Jane van den Dries to reserve a seat.
OSU sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe and senior setter Taylor Sherwin go for a block during the team’s annual Scarlet and Gray scrimmage Aug. 25 at St. John Arena. Scarlet beat Gray, 2-1. Credit: Aaron Yerian / Lantern TV Asst. sports directorThe OSU women’s volleyball team was back in action for the annual Scarlet and Gray scrimmage Monday night. Scarlet beat Gray, 2-1, with scores of 25-19, 22-25 and 26-24.Coach Geoff Carlston said his goal this season is to finish in the Big Ten top five. He named junior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits and senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger as the players who developed the most during the offseason and said he expects them to contribute greatly this season.“The conference isn’t getting any easier, so it’s a battle, and I think we’ve added some depth this year which we didn’t have last year, especially after we had a couple of injuries,” Carlston said.“We’re as talented as we’ve ever been and right now it’s just about gelling a little bit and getting them comfortable with each other, and our goal is to go deep in the NCAA tournament.”During the scrimmage, both sides were evenly matched as players swapped jerseys throughout the night. But absent from the court was senior middle blocker Anna Faul.Carlston said Faul tore her ACL during nonconference play last season and had offseason surgery, which doctors warned could be career-ending.“That’s a big loss, but we have some other kids who are going to have to step up,” he said.With the start of the season right around the corner, Carlston said he is excited to see how his team performs in a game situation.“We are keeping things in perspective and taking things one match at a time,” Carlston said. “Our first match is going to be against a top 25 team. It’s going to be on national TV. I’m interested to see how this group responds.”Kacsits voiced a similar sentiment about the upcoming season opener.“We’re going to have to make sure that we stick together as a team like we did tonight. No matter who was on the floor, it’s got to be consistent,” Kacsits said.The team is scheduled to start its season Friday at 10 p.m. in Eugene, Ore., against the Ducks as part of the University of Oregon Invitational. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Illinois State at 3 p.m. and Central Arkansas at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in their final two games of the tournament.
The current higher pump prices are also a far cry from early 2016 when both fuels averaged 102p a litre. But they are still considerably cheaper than April 2012 when the UK average prices of petrol and diesel reached record highs of 142p and 148p a litre respectively.Fuel prices at the four big supermarkets, where consumers often get cheaper deals, also went up by more than half a pence a litre in December with petrol rising from 117.26p to 117.84p and diesel from 119.69p to 120.34p.The North East saw the biggest increase in the price of unleaded, with a litre rising nearly a penny from 120.06p to 120.92p. Petrol is at its cheapest in Northern Ireland, where it finished 2017 at 120.27p a litre, and most expensive in the South East at 121.87p.London suffered the greatest rise in the price of diesel as a result of a litre going up 0.94p to 124.15p. Prices have gone up all around the UK to their highest point since December 2014Credit:CARL COURT/AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “It’s hard to see pump prices getting much cheaper in the early part of 2018. Unfortunately, the good times of lower cost fuel appear to be over and it’s probably now far more likely that we will see them going up as OPEC’s oil production cuts are starting to have the desired effect of reducing the global oil glut and pushing the barrel price higher.”A litre of petrol is now at its highest price since December 2, 2014. Both petrol and diesel have also increased substantially from July, when petrol was at its cheapest point of the year at 114.33p a litre (up 6.8p) and diesel was 115.02p (up 8.4p).A tank of unleaded fuel for an average 55-litre family car now costs £66.61 – £3.73 more than it did in July. For diesel, a fill-up now stands at £67.90 – £4.64 more than in the summer. The RAC has warned the “the good times of lower cost fuel appear to be over” as prices reached their highest level for three years.Drivers are now likely to face more price rises over the next 12 months, the motoring group said, following an analysis of fuel prices since December 2014.Last month, the average price of unleaded increased for the second month running – this time by half a pence from 120.66p to 121.11p (0.45p), while diesel went up from 123.06p to 123.46p (0.4p).It comes after the price of a barrel spiked over Christmas when it was announced the chemicals giant Ineos had to close the North Sea pipeline due to a widening crack.However, despite initial fears the discovery could see the price of oil soar, prices have instead risen lower than expected, it has been suggested. A barrel of oil has now hit 67 US dollars (£50) – its highest amount since May 2015.RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “Sadly, December was the month oil reached its highest point for over two and a half years – something which motorists are now feeling the effect of at the pumps.”On a brighter note, the shutdown of the North Sea Forties pipeline did not cause the price of oil to increase as many expected. It had been feared this would lead to petrol and diesel going up in the run-up to Christmas, but luckily for drivers global oil production was not negatively affected as a result.
By Garreth MacNamee Friday 10 Feb 2017, 9:29 AM Yes (7246) RTÉ’s First Dates is back on our screens and we were treated to the cringe-worthy scene of one intrepid couple going Dutch and splitting the bill. Back in 2015, a study by Nerdwallet found that 77% of people in straight relationships believe men should pay the bill on a first date.But many people have said this is an outdated concept and couples should always split the bill down the middle.Given it’s close to Valentine’s Day, we want to know what you think: Should you split the bill on the first date? 34,431 Views YesNo WayIf you asked them out, you payVote No Way (4910) Feb 10th 2017, 9:29 AM Short URL Share9 Tweet Email1 If you asked them out, you pay (6806) http://jrnl.ie/3232457 Poll: Should you split the bill on the first date?’ An awkward interaction on First Dates has sparked the debate. Poll Results: 135 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Nicoleta Ionescu Image: Shutterstock/Nicoleta Ionescu Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Dwayne Johnson: I bonded with late Paul Walker over our daughters Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Whoa haha. I’ve never looked hotter…— AJ (@TheAJMendez) February 21, 2017 O. T. Fagbenle The Rock endorses Kevin OwensDwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted the following on Instagram talking about meeting with WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens at the WWE RAW taping this past Monday in Los Angeles and shared a story about seeing clips of Owens five years ago on YouTube and hoping the WWE would sign him to a deal. AJ Lee reacts to actress playing herA fan tweeted out a video clip of filming taking place after RAW in Los Angeles for the new “Fighting with my Family” movie about WWE star Paige and her wrestling family.Former TNA star Thea Trinidad plays AJ Lee in the movie and a fan filmed her entrance noting how weird it was to hear her theme again at a WWE live event.AJ Lee ended up seeing the video clip and tweeted out a response you can view below.So bizarre hearing this song play again at a WWE event as the actress playing AJ Lee comes out to the ring to film #FightingWithMyFamily! pic.twitter.com/QU9CNfRo9d— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) February 21, 2017 WWE star Peyton Royce shares photo from Honeymoon with AEW star Shawn Spears Facebook Carmella speaks out on a recent health scare has caused her to miss time from WWE Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThese Actors Really Refused To Work With Each OtherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:58/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 50.54%0:04Remaining Time -1:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Dwayne Johnson: Tribut an Paul Walker These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other Twitter Videos Articles Vin Diesel Google+ Pinterest Videos Articles Dwayne Johnson shares rare tribute to late pal Paul Walker Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Dwayne Johnson pens touching post on Paul Walker’s birthday Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Lindsay Lohan Alexa Bliss shows off her new tattoos, Zelina Vega pays tribute to the late singer Aaliyah
For the second time, police in Portland have dislodged protesters who tried to expand the Occupy Portland encampment.Before dawn Tuesday, city officers helped Federal Protective Service agents clear a federal plaza next to two city parks where a tent city sprang up on Oct. 6.The police said later Tuesday morning that 10 people were arrested, and their tents removed. Nine were later released and one remained in custody because of an outstanding warrant.That followed the arrests early Sunday of 27 people who refused to leave a park in the gentrified Pearl District.The city has allowed protesters to camp on two city-owned park blocks but said they can’t occupy more.“I wanted to make sure it was done peacefully: I approved the feds’ request for assistance,” said Mayor Sam Adams in a tweet.Lt. Robert King said police moved on Terry Schrunk Plaza at 4 a.m. so people would be sleeping and few cars would be on the streets.“It definitely got a little tense, maybe heated.” King told The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/rpJBZb ). “Tensions didn’t rise to the point where we used any kind of force. I don’t feel that most of the people with Occupy Portland want to have a confrontation with police.”Some protesters told the paper the expansion was a distraction, others, such as Jason Sayer, 40, of Portland, criticized what they called a military-style police operation.
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Muskox grazing near the airport in Nome. (Photo by Matthew Smith, KNOM – Nome)Over the weekend, a hunter in Nome killed the first muskox since the Alaska Department of Fish & Game opened the hunt on August first.Tony Gorn, wildlife biologist for Fish & Game, said the department received a call about an animal in town and alerted the five permit holders in Unit 22(C) that a bull was available for harvest.“We responded to a musk ox that was close to town, and it was just a unique opportunity—now with the regulation change that we made—for the hunter to harvest this animal,” said Gorn. “The hunter became aware that it was there and went out and got it.”Gorn did not release the name of the hunter, but said the hunter used a shotgun to take the animal—a mature, lone bull—in lower Dry Creek. Some Nome residents have attributed much of the recent violence to one old bull, but Gorn said this musk ox wasn’t displaying aggressive behavior when it was killed.Kona, with 13 stitches in her backside, is resting up on a mattress outside Monica Gomez’s house in Nome. (Photo by Jenn Ruckel, KNOM – Nome)Four permit holders are still eligible for a muskox take until the season closes in mid-March. But Gorn said he’s skeptical about how effective the hunt will be in shifting the distribution of the herd.“It’s going to be very difficult to identify. With or without hunting, we’ve had muskox in the Nome area for several years and they come and they go all by themselves,” said Gorn. “It’s going to be very difficult to say we killed one muskox bull and now our problems are over, or we killed five muskox bulls and all our problems are over now.”While the hunt may be an opportunity to eliminate the immediate nuisance if permit holders target specific ‘problem bulls,’ Gorn said the true challenge is finding a long-term solution.“This idea—and I know there’s a lot of frustrated people in town but—this idea that Fish and Game can somehow create a muskox free zone around Nome—it’s going to be difficult, if not impossible, to do,” said Gorn.Gorn said keeping the herds completely out of Nome means having greater threats in town than they would face in the wild with their natural predators, like bears and wolves. For now, he said there’s no overnight fix to the muskox problem.Meanwhile, another dog is recovering after being gored by a muskox, this time on Anvil Mountain. Monica Gomez’s dog Kona is recovering from the attack that came late last week during a run on the iconic Nome hilltop.Gomez said her children and their friend Taylor McDaniel were taking the dog on a run when the dog ran into the fog. McDaniel said the kids piled into the truck to go looking for their pet.“About ten minutes later we heard yelping, and we were just honking, figuring she would come to the truck if she heard it,” said McDaniel. “About five minutes later, she came up to the truck limping with blood coming down her rear thigh.”Gomez said Kona got 13 stitches but seems to be recovering well. Now, she’s urging her children to take extra precautions since the muskox have been behaving unpredictably.
Kate MiddletonGetty imagesPublic appearances by the Royals always seem to be fraught with some sort of drama it seems. Reportedly, Kate Middleton was prevented from taking part in a charity boat race – and the race’s organiser called it “a nightmare” when the Palace got involved, according to a royal author.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly returned from their Caribbean family holiday with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in time for the King’s Cup Regatta on the Isle of Wight. The royal pair were even seen to race against each other in the charity regatta.However, things were not always so free for Kate Middleton. In the early days of her relationship with Prince William, even before she officially became a member of the Royal Family, Kate had to deal with the influence and directions of the Royal Palace. Reportedly, Kate was prevented from taking part in another charity boat race when she had to follow Palace orders.Biographer Andrew Morton, in his 2011 book “William and Catherine”, writes how Kate had to “give up” her independence when she got back together with the prince. Kate MiddletonReutersHe writes: “She pulled out of the dragon-boat race in August with just a week to go.”Race organiser Emma Sayle apparently told the author that she pleaded with Kate in an emotional phone call: “Remember, this is not just for charity, it is for yourself…..Please don’t drop out…..For the first time in your life you are actually doing something for yourself.”However, Mr. Morton adds, the plea was “in vain”.This anecdote sounds like something right out of a forbidden love romance movie. But it is no secret that Prince William and Kate Middleton had to go through quite a few ups and downs in the early days of their relationship. You can check out the video here:
The hajj flights carrying Bangladeshi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj this year will begin on 24 July, according to UNB.The first hajj flight will take off from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8:00am, a senior official of the religious affairs ministry told UNB on Tuesday.Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Saudi Airlines will carry the Bangladeshi pilgrims, he said adding that the formal announcement will be made later.The national flag carrier will carry 50 per cent of the pilgrims while Saudi Airlines the remaining 50 per cent.Some 127,198 pilgrims will perform hajj from Bangladesh this year under government and private managements.The health test and vaccination of the hajj pilgrims will start on 12 July at all divisional and district government hospitals across the country.
I cannot forget the words of Rinkle Kumari’s mother, “Please save my daughter! I beg you to give her back to me and I want nothing except her.” at Sindh High Court and I felt helpless that I could do nothing but stare into her tearful eyes. Not just Rinkle’s mother but many mothers whose daughters have been kidnapped ask the same question.It was not just Rinkle Kumari or Asha Kumari who had been kidnapped in the name of religion, there are many such people who can tell the number of girls who have been kidnapped and how thugs enjoy their crime with apparent impunity because our system has no distinct law that can punish criminals who use the name of religion. Also Read – Syrian army suspends ‘Aleppo fighting’You can close your eyes to the problems but that will not make it go away. You have to open your eyes to the cause of problems. Unfortunately, in our country, from leaders to rich classes, all want to cover their eyes and keep singing the song All is well. If we peep into our society we see that all is not well, especially with the Non-Muslims: the Ahmedis, Sikhs, Christians, and Hindus. All are living in a shadow of fear. Ahmedis fear that out of nowhere some unknown person will appear and declare them Non-Muslim, then they may be killed for being Non-Muslim by a Muslim. Also Read – Alarming seismic activityThe Sufi land issuffering the walk of those souls who have not heard the song of Sufism/Bakhtism.What can the State do to protect Non-Muslims? Let me ask, why does the State not protect its own citizens for the single clause of Human Rights? All citizens are equal and simultaneously are provided to be secured under the umbrella of Human Rights, if the State fails in protecting its own people on grounds Human rights that means the sense of security among people is being injured. Each government claims to be a protector of the rights of Non-Muslims. Personally I disagree with the word “minority”. How can you call a person minority whose roots are in the land? State has declared them as minority because their religion is not of the majority!When will we start living peacefully? I learn that indigenous people (Sindhi Hindus) of this land are being killed and their daughters kidnapped. Where are we going? Sometimes we cannot recognise that path that leads us into a dark cave but when we reach the dark cave, we will realise that it was not the path which we had thought of.So far, our country has a problem of violating Human Rights. I do not want to dig past stories when Hindu girls were kidnapped and converted to Islam, it does not mean that these incidents have been stopped; such problems continue to exist.Given such issues, political leaders realise the need to have Laws, we can at least enforce regulation on the problems.PPP government announced that they were going to introduce a law of Safe Houses which could solve the problem of Hindu girls’ kidnapping. What happened that PPP could not present the Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion Bill? However, a committee was formed of Rana Baghwandas, Dr. Majida Rizivi, Minister Dr. Khatoomal, Jhut Mal and others in July 2013. At that time I did contact Dr. Khatoomal and asked him, “Would you believe if your government could present a law on Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion?” He responded confidently that they would make a law and present in Sindh Assembly. That was important because Safe Houses is to play its main role to stop forced conversion. Courts could not do anything in the cases of forced conversion but they can make laws which could help be a detterent. “We are committed and will present a Bill. Don’t forget that Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas and Majida Rizivi are in committee” said Dr. Khatoomal Minister of PPP, Sindh.It is strange that we are in 2014 but there is no Bill which was to be presented by Sindh government on Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion?After Sindh Government, we hear a voice from PML-N (MNA) Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani who presented a draft regarding Hindu Marriage Bill but his bill has gone invisible.When I called Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani regarding his Hindu Marriage Bill, he told me, “what are you asking me? I am struggling and trying to pass this Bill but no one is serious regarding about it. Do you know this would be the first time in the history of Pakistan, we will make a law about Hindu Marriage and our people can have a right to get their marriage registered even divorce procedure would be easy because in our religion to difficult to obtain a divorce.” I asked him another question that the Bill, it does not speak of Forced Conversion. Why? Dr. Ramesh said ,“they cannot pass our simple Hindu Marriage Bill; yes I agreed with you on that I have not mentioned distinctly regarding forced conversion in the Bill because if I had mentioned that clause, Bill would not have been allowed to even be presented the way I present it now. Nevertheless, I have mentioned an age limit that can help us stop forced conversion.”“Would it be possible for the Islamic Ideology Council to accept your clause of an age limitation, if a girl is kidnapped and converted to Islam because religious groups follow their law of Islam then how will they be made to abide by your bill?” I asked him. He said, “I discussed the matter with IIC and they agreed that forcible conversion is not allowed. I am still helpless that we cannot even pass a simple law regarding Hindu Marriage.”The simple Hindu Marriage Bill is not yet passed by the National Assembly and the Sindh Government has also forgotten its committee on Hindu Marriage Bill in an attempt to stop forced conversion.Let me share comments of Jai Parkash Moorani, who said “nowadays people do not send their daughters to schools because they are afraid of forced conversion, that is reason they get them married early. So where is the implementation of Child Marriage Bill?” He further said on Hindu Marriage Act that “the current situation is very critical; we do not need a piece of paper called an agreement which grantees marriage, due to present bad situation in our society where your wife is kidnapped and person cannot provide any evidence for his own wife and daughter’s right in her father’s property which is also an important issue. That is reason we support and need a Hindu Marriage Bill.”Mr. Parkash totally disagreed on the question of divorce when I asked him that how do you see the matter of divorce, don’t you think that as a human each person has a right to choose who to live with? “Human Rights are best things but when you make Hindu Law, you will have to be obliged to follow religion as Hindu religion has no place of Divorce. The same holds for Christianity, where getting divorce is difficult. Otherwise, we should make a unanimous Marriage Act which is applicable to everyone in Pakistan.”I wish to share with you that Mr. P.K Shahni drafted the Hindu Marriage Bill that was presented in an era of Shaheed Zulifkar Ali Bhutto and Hindu Marriage Bill’s draft was taken from Indian Marriage Act, not a single word was changed, Dr. Ramesh has also lately presented the Bill as it is, which had been already presented but Rana Chandr Singh expunged the section of divorce and said that as long as “I am alive this law will not be passed” and he proved his words that till he was alive, Hindu Bill could not be passed in Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s Era.I asked Mr. Parkash that Dr. Ramesh’s Hindu Marriage Bill is not openly criticising a forced conversion, the Bill has mentioned only age limit. “Do you think that age limitation can be helpful to stop forced conversion?” Mr. Parkash said, “No it will not stop forced conversion and to be honest, IIC will never accept any line which goes against its fanatic thoughts.”Then, I did contact his wife Mrs. Nirmela Parkash, who was supporting the Marriage Act, she said that “our girls have been kidnapped and we still cannot provide any evidence of their marriages.” She shared one incident, “I could not recall the names when once a rich man kidnapped a Hindu lady and when her husband filed a complaint and she claimed at court that she is a married, but when court asked him for furnishing evidences that he could not provide. Therefore, we feel that now we should have legal documentation – right it is very imperative to us; we must have a legal document.” She also said about Property Section, being a wife and a mother I am concerned about my daughter, what will be her future, if she gets married? We have no right to property. On the question of divorce, Mrs. Nirmela laughed and said, “Personally I believe that person has right to choose their own partner but religion is not allowing us that. We cannot deny that women suffer a lot. One man got married for a second time as his first wife had given him permission for the second marriage. Later the man was not happy with his second wife. So, it is absolutely unfair to both women who are being subjected to suffering, to stop such incidents at least we ought to have laws”, Mrs. Nirmela shared. It is painful that due to insecurity, girls get burden by marriage. The ignorance of the State is killing the childhood of children. We all know that if Hindu Marriage Bill which was presented by Dr. Ramesh, could stop forced conversion but it is a right that they should have Hindu Marriage Bill and it is demanded that we must have laws that can stop forced conversion and girls get a safe shelter. Does Law have its implementation? Of course, this question needs an honest answer but before going to that question another question raises, do we have a single law for indigenous people? We want to knock the doors of the government through this piece of writing, Dear state! Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion Bills need your attention.The author is a journalist and political interviewer. She writes daily news review, articles on socio-political and human rights issues.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday greeted people on Milad-un-Nabi, saying the spirit of love and service to humanity, as preached by Prophet Mohammad, should fill “our lives with joy and happiness”. Milan-in-Nabi commemorates the birthday of Prophet Muhammad which is observed in the third month of the Islamic calendar. “My best wishes and heartiest greetings to all on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of the Holy Prophet. May the spirit of love and service to humanity, tolerance and universal brotherhood, which the Holy Prophet preached, kindle our lives with joy and happiness, Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle on Wednesday morning.