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He is a PhD holder in education, fighting against a popular Punjabi singer from BJP and a grass root politician of AAP, Rajesh Lilothia of Congress talks exclusively to Sayantan Ghosh on his poll promises and challenges in North-West Lok Sabha constituency. North West Delhi is one of the most underdeveloped constituencies of Delhi and you are fighting from this seat, so what are the major issues you are looking at in this election? This constituency as you know is known as Delhi dehat area. This area is very underdeveloped because neither the central government nor the state government has done much for this area. Here the main issue I am focusing on is of women safety which is the law and order situation. In the villages, if you go you will see that the women are scared of antisocial elements here. I have also launched an app called Indira Shakti where women can register their number and in need can call the emergency button. Earlier also I have worked on this app and when we come to power I will develop this app across the constituency. Apart from this, the sealing has caused a lot of trouble to the poor traders of this are so I will work on that too and lastly, the expansion of Lal Dora has not been done as promised by administrations earlier, therefore, I am focusing on this issue too. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesFrom the very first day, you were among the few leaders of the Congress party who were against the alliance between AAP and Congress and finally it did not happen, so do you think it will help you? I will always be against any alliance with the AAP because once CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the party will never go with Congress neither with BJP but recently he was desperate to make an alliance with Congress which shows his weakness. I was against alliance because it would have hurt the sentiments of our cadres and now they are very pleased. I am getting a lot of support from the cadres because they are very enthusiastic and more energetic as the alliance did not happen. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThis seat is reserved for the schedule caste and also has a large caste minority population, so how challenging this is for you to fight from this seat? Most importantly whatever is the nature of the seat, the Congress party is a secular party and I do not believe in caste-based politics. I am not asking votes in the name of caste but in the name of priorities. The BJP has given this seat to a Punjabi singer who is a celebrity and the people believe that he will never stay in area which is majorly rural. On the other hand, AAP’s candidate was also earlier in BJP so people understand the nature politics they are into. People are very much positive with my approach to work when I am talking to them. What is your biggest strength in this election? As I already said that here people do not want a celebrity candidate but a person who will always stay with them. I am from a village of this area and people understand that I will always be with them. I am a graduate in English and also a PhD holder, education matters to people. They understand that an educated person can serve much better and deal with issues much better. Lastly, people want a young and energetic person in the field which is a plus point for me.
NEW YORK — Tiffany & Co. topped first quarter profit expectations but fewer tourists at U.S. stores, particularly from China, dragged on sales and the company trimmed its expectations for the year.Tiffany said earlier this year that holiday sales were hurt by a drop in spending by Chinese tourists, and that trend accelerated in the first three months of the year.The strong dollar has made trinkets from Tiffany even more expensive for Chinese tourists. CEO Alessandro Bogliolo said the brand wasn’t experiencing any “negative sentiment” from Chinese shoppers here or in China amid an escalating trade fight.Revenue slid 3% to $1 billion, just shy of Wall Street expectations, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research.The company posted a profit of $125.2 million, or $1.03, which is 2 cents better than Wall Street had expected,Sales at established stores worldwide declined 5%; on a constant-exchange-rate basis, net sales were equal to the prior year and comparable sales declined 2%.“Our first quarter results reflect significant foreign exchange headwinds and dramatically lower worldwide spending attributed to foreign tourists,” Bogliolo said in a prepared statement.In the Americas, total net sales declined 4%, and comparable sales declined 5%; on a constant-exchange-rate basis, both total net sales and comparable sales declined 4%.In Asia-Pacific, total net sales declined 1% and comparable sales declined 5% due to the effect of foreign currency translation; on a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales rose 3% and comparable sales were equal to the prior year. There was continued strong growth in mainland China, but mixed results in other markets.In Japan, total net sales declined 4% and comparable sales declined 4%; on a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales and comparable sales were equal to the prior year. In Europe, total net sales declined 4% and comparable sales declined 7%; on a constant-exchange-rate basis, total sales and comparable sales rose 4% and 1%, respectively.Per-share net earnings should increase by a low-to-mid-single-digit percentage, the company said Tuesday, citing increased tariffs on jewelry it exports to China. It had earlier projected a mid-single digit percentage increase.Shares of Tiffany rose nearly 3 per cent._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on TIF at https://www.zacks.com/ap/TIFAnne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press
Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha, who is concurrently accredited to the Holy See, has briefed His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on the developments in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Mission in Geneva said today.The briefing took place after the Ambassador presented his credentials to the Pope Benedict at a ceremony held at the ApostolicPalace at the Vatican. He explained the significant developments taking place in Sri Lanka since the restoration of peace in the country, in the areas of resettlement of the displaced, re-integration of ex-combattants, reconciliation between all communities, economic and infrastructure advancements in the former conflict affected areas as well as other parts of the country, and the noteworthy growth in the tourist sector. Ambassador Aryasinha traced the historic relations between the Holy See and Sri Lanka and noted the constructive contribution of the Church towards the areas of education, healthcare, social services and post-conflict development in the country. Ambassador Aryasinha, in his message, said “as Sri Lanka builds on a new era of peace, stability and equality, where the multicultural, multi-religious and multiethnic dimension that the country is renowned takes primacy, the pivotal role that can be played by religious leaders in this regard had been readily recognized”.Noting “the important contribution and dedication of the Roman Catholic Church towards inter-religious dialogue and socio-cultural development in Sri Lanka”, Ambassador Aryasinha made special mention of “the valuable services rendered by His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith”. He also appreciated the “contribution made towards this end by the Holy See through the Apostolic Nuncio in Colombo, and the generous donor assistance by Caritas International and its associated charities”.
by Brian Rohan, The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2017 10:01 am MDT Last Updated Mar 5, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Egypt’s Mukhabarat hires Washington lobbyists to boost image CAIRO – Egyptian intelligence has hired two U.S. public relations firms in Washington to lobby on the country’s behalf and boost its image, the first such engagements by the country’s powerful security apparatus to be made public and a rare move by a foreign intelligence body.Filings dated Jan. 28 and seen by The Associated Press on the Department of Justice website Sunday showed that the General Intelligence Service has hired public relations firms Weber Shandwick and Cassidy & Associates Inc. The registrations by one of Egypt’s feared, competing intelligence agencies, known as the Mukhabarat, were released publicly to comply with the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938.The contracts show that the companies will assist Egypt in promoting its “strategic partnership with the United States,” highlighting its economic development, showcasing its civil society and publicizing Egypt’s “leading role in managing regional risks” in agreements worth $1.8 million annually.All points are issues President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s government is keen to portray in a positive light in its interactions with foreign powers, especially a key ally such as the United States that sends it some $1.3 billion in annual military aid.“The Egyptian government believes its relationship with the U.S. has suffered due to bad public relations and not being able to communicate its narrative,” said Mokhtar Awad, an analyst at George Washington University. “They’ve been investing more in this line of effort and it appears to be expanding.”In some areas, Cairo has a more flexible approach to its image, for example by overstating the number of refugees in the country tenfold in efforts to persuade European countries to send it more development and security aid to prevent illegal immigration across the Mediterranean. It also switches between playing down an extremist insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula and amplifying the danger, depending on which position is most useful at a given moment with domestic or foreign audiences.FARA registrations are administered and enforced by U.S. counterespionage officials with the Department of Justice, and Egypt’s move appears to be rare for a foreign government as most filings are made by diplomatic missions, trade or business initiatives, political groups or opposition.The revelations come as the new administration of President Donald Trump is softening America’s approach to authoritarian governments including Egypt’s, which the State Department last week cataloged in its annual report on human rights abuses. Egypt says it faces a substantial terrorist threat and cannot be judged by Western standards, although it insists foreign tourists are safe.“The most significant human rights problems were excessive use of force by security forces, deficiencies in due process, and the suppression of civil liberties,” State said in its report, adding that abuses included “disappearances” as well as “unlawful killings and torture.”Egypt has yet to recover economically from its 2011 Arab Spring uprising that overthrew longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, followed by the army’s ouster of his freely elected successor, the divisive Islamist Mohammed Morsi, and it depends on foreign loans and assistance. Last week, Mubarak was effectively acquitted on charges of killing protesters, and could now be released from the informal house arrest he has lived under in recent years. Activists have described the acquittal as the final nail in the coffin for recent democratic aspirations in Egypt.Since Morsi’s 2013 overthrow, el-Sissi’s government has waged a heavy crackdown on dissent, jailing thousands of people, mostly Islamists but also scores of secular and liberal activists, including some of those who led the 2011 uprising. The government has also banned all unauthorized public gatherings, and branded Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.Egypt’s FARA filings for the lobbying work are two of several previously filed by Egyptian government agencies, although others are listed under ministries or agencies relating to trade, tourism, or business. For the latest two, under the heading “Branch or agency represented by the registrant,” the filings denoted Egypt’s “General Intelligence Service.” The contracts are signed by Maj. Gen. Nasser Fahmy, on the lines marked out for Maj. Gen. Khaled Fawzy, who is the director general of General Intelligence.The Weber Shandwick contract is worth at least $1.2 million annually, to be paid quarterly at $300,000 plus expenses, while the Cassidy & Associates one is for $600,000 per year, to be paid at $150,000 quarterly.___Online:Egypt’s FARA filings: https://www.fara.gov/docs/3911-Exhibit-AB-20170128-26.pdf and https://www.fara.gov/docs/6272-Exhibit-AB-20170128-3.pdf___Brian Rohan on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/brian_rohan
If he is given even the slightest bit of running room, he will speed through it and make the opposition pay. That’s how Ohio State coaches and players described the danger that Nebraska redshirt junior quarterback Taylor Martinez poses for the Buckeyes’ defense this Saturday. “(Martinez) is one of the best runners I’ve ever seen at the quarterback position,” said OSU coach Urban Meyer, who has coached the likes of former Florida and current New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. A quarterback who can just as easily break a long touchdown run as he can loft a 50-yard pass, Martinez has thrown for 1,059 yards this season while running for 298 more. He has 14 total touchdowns – three on the ground, including a 92-yard scamper against UCLA on Sept. 8. In his two-plus seasons as Nebraska’s starting quarterback, Martinez has 4,779 career passing yards and 2,137 career rushing yards. Three times since 2010 – Martinez’s redshirt freshman season – the quarterback has broken runs longer than 80 yards. To put that in perspective, former West Virginia quarterback Pat White, the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher at the quarterback position, never had an 80-yard run. Former Auburn quarterback and 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton’s career-long run was 71 yards. Last year’s Heisman, former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, also has a career-long run of 71 yards. Martinez is one of the country’s premier dual-threat quarterbacks, and for a college defense, there might not be a more daunting task than trying to defend one. “Certainly a threat for us, running around making plays. He knows where his strengths are. His strengths are his feet, his mobility,” said OSU defensive line coach Mike Vrabel. Luckily for OSU, the Buckeyes have a pretty good dual-threat quarterback of their own in sophomore Braxton Miller, who has 1,510 total yards this season – 577 of which are rushing yards. The Buckeyes’ defense defends Miller multiple times a week in practice. OSU players said that should help them this Saturday when the No. 12-ranked Buckeyes’ square off against the Martinez-led, No. 21-ranked Cornhuskers. “Definitely I think it helps us. There’s not many quarterbacks out there that run sub 4.4s, high 4.3s (in the 40-yard dash),” said redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino. “Braxton’s obviously one of them, but so is Martinez. I think it definitely helps us going against Braxton everyday.” Meyer agrees, but he added that while OSU will benefit, so will Nebraska. They too face a speedy quarterback in practice. “I think both defenses will not be shocked by the speed. They’ve seen it in practice,” Meyer said. Miller and Martinez could not be much more alike. Both are a little undersized – Miller is 6-foot-2 and Martinez is 6-foot-1. Both lead their respective teams in total yards, and both are among the country’s fastest players, not just quarterbacks. If there is a difference between the two, it is probably straight-line speed, and according to Sabino, Martinez might have the edge. “If he sees a crease, he’ll roll with it. He’s a fast guy so we have to be very disciplined in our assignments,” Sabino said. Sabino is familiar with Martinez’s speed because he, and the rest of the 2011 Buckeyes, played against him last year in OSU’s 34-27 loss in Lincoln, Neb. Practicing against Miller last season didn’t seem to help the Buckeye defense much in defending Martinez during the 2011 contest. The then-sophomore quarterback threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns while running for 101 yards and a score last Oct. 8. This Saturday, the task of defending Martinez will be even greater. The redshirt junior has matured significantly as a player. To go along with his running ability, Martinez is now a very able and accurate passer. And Martinez is probably not just able, but elite. Martinez is 11th in the country in quarterback efficiency with a 169.6 rating, completing 67.8 percent of his passes with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 11-to-1. Last season, Martinez had a 126.5 rating and completed 56.3 percent of his passes with a 13-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The improvement did not come easily for Martinez. The California native worked tirelessly on his throwing mechanics during the offseason. Las Angeles-based quarterbacks coach Steve Calhoun, a former New Mexico State quarterback and teacher of the pass since 2004, worked with Martinez on his motion, footwork and more. Martinez’s stats prove the hard work paid off. The OSU coaching staff has noticed Martinez’s progression, too. “I think he’s got a great understanding of what (Nebraska tries) to do,” Vrabel said. “Whether he’s running option or whatever, he’s not going to just drop back and try to beat you that way.” Vrabel, and the rest of the OSU coaching staff and defense understand the task at hand Saturday. “He’s going to be a huge challenge for us,” Vrabel said. Despite Martinez’s speed and breakaway ability, at least one OSU defender is confident the Nebraska gunslinger won’t be chalking up any long runs against the Buckeyes. “I don’t know what (Martinez’s) 40 time is, but if he’s out there, I’m going to catch him,” said redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby. Roby and OSU are set to take on Nebraska at 8:00 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The game will be nationally televised by ABC.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNigeria suicide blast kills 30 football fans in BornoJune 17, 2019In “latest news”Nigeria army releases 183 detained childrenJuly 9, 2018In “latest news”UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945March 11, 2017In “World” Blasts and rockets ‘kill 31’ in Borno stateTwo suicide bombers have attacked a town in north-eastern Nigeria only hours after the country’s army chief urged displaced residents to return home because it was safe.The blasts hit the town of Damboa in Borno state on Saturday evening and residents say at least 31 people died. The explosions were followed up by rockets fired from outside the town.Boko Haram militants are suspected. Army chief Lt Gen Tukur Buratai had said they were no longer a threat. A four-month military operation started on 1 May to expel Boko Haram insurgents from northern Borno and the Lake Chad region.No group has said it carried out Saturday evening’s attacks but a militia leader speaking to AFP, Babakura Kolo, said they bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, a jihadist group that wants to establish a caliphate in northern Nigeria.Officials said at least 20 people died in the attacks but residents said they had counted the dead and an anonymous local official confirmed the toll.“It has destroyed our houses. We have also counted 31 innocent people including children and elderly killed in the attack,” local resident Modu Usman, son of a community leader, told Reuters news agency.AttackMore than 40 people were injured in the attacks, which were aimed at people celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday in the Shuwari and Abachari districts of the town.The rocket attacks appear to have caused most of the casualties, a local official said.The UN says 1.7 million people have been forced from their homes due to the Boko Haram conflict, which is now in its ninth year.Boko Haram uses suicide bombers, often young girls, to target civilians and soldiers.In one of the most recent attacks, bombers killed dozens of people in and around a mosque in the town of Mubi.Despite the ongoing threat of suicide bombings, the security situation in north-east Nigeria has improved, says BBC Africa Editor Will Ross.But there will be some scepticism about calls to return home, our correspondent adds. Previous promises that it is safe because the jihadists have been defeated have proved to be premature. (BBC)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Confused’ woman fined for attempting to smuggle cannabis into Police lockupSeptember 28, 2016In “Court”Man arraigned with attempting to smuggle “ganga” into lockupsDecember 14, 2018In “Court”Sophia woman remanded for allegedly trafficking “ganja” into Camp Street PrisonJune 28, 2019Similar post A 33-year-old Kaneville, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident is now on remand after she allegedly attempted to sneak marijuana into the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts lockups.was squashed by a police officer who conducted a search and found the illegal drug.The defendant, Sarah Charles stood before Magistrate Faith McGusty on Wednesday and denied the charge detailing that on January 21, 2019, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts she unlawfully introduced 23 grams of cannabis into the lockups.The prosecution’s case, presented by Police Prosecutor Annalisa Brummell contended that on the day in question, the defendant was asked to do a favour, that is to say deliver shoes and other items to an incarcerated person who was in the lockups.However, Charles was allegedly observed to be acting in a suspicious manner when a search was conducted on the items and the suspected cannabis was found concealed in the sole of the shoes.The prosecution further objected to bail.However, Charles claimed she had no idea that the illegal drug was there since he was only asked to do a favour.The Magistrate remanded the mother of three to prison and adjourned the matter until February 13, 2019.
PGE Vive Kielce The PGE Vive Kielce president Bertus Servaas tried to calm down situation after media wrote about “bankruptcy” of the Polish champions, but his “pressure” on local authorities didn’t give a result. The City of Kielce has no 4.5m (about 1m EUR) to help the team to get out of the debt.In 2016, the president of Servaas for the first time applied for support of two million, saying that this is an exceptional situation. In 2017, this was the second time and the existence of the club was dependent on these 2 million. I prepared this resolution with the evident protest of accounting services. We have now saved 2.5 million for VIVE. In February, the club’s authorities asked us to withdraw them immediately. Then everything was supposed to be good. We have now received an application for 4.5 million – comments President Wojciech Lubawski.The city does not have such money. I met the president several times and told him clearly that if he counts on anything, it is only after the half-year settlement and we can speak a maximum of a few hundred thousand. He was aware of that, and yet he said that if we want a club in Kielce, we must give 4.5 million zlotys. I do not dare to take such an amount to other entities. ← Previous Story Women’s Junior WCh 2018: Seven Europeans and Korea Next Story → RK Metalurg to sign Mladen Rakcevic
Stay on target Don’t like Skrillex “music” or the idea of slathering parasitic worm bacteria on your skin?Researchers discovered that nanomaterial graphene—used in everything from solar cells to tennis rackets—also prevents mosquito bites.In a paper published by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team from Brown University describe how multilayer graphene provides a two-fold defense against pesky insects.The ultra-thin-yet-strong material apparently acts as a barrier that mosquitoes can’t bite through.It also blocks chemical signals the wee flies use to sense a blood meal is near, sapping their urge to snack in the first place.“Mosquitoes are important vectors for disease all over the world, and there’s a lot of interest in non-chemical mosquito bite protection,” senior study author Robert Hurt, a professor at Brown, said in a statement.Researchers experimented to see if graphene could prevent mosquito bites (via Brown University)“We had been working on fabrics that incorporate graphene as a barrier against toxic chemicals, and we started thinking about what else the approach might be good for,” he continued. “We thought maybe graphene could provide mosquito bite protection as well.”To test their theories, Hurt & Co. recruited a group of brave individuals willing to risk a few bug bites in the name of science: Participants placed their arms in a mosquito-filled enclosure, exposing only a small patch of skin.Researchers then compared the number of bites received on bare skin, skin covered in cheesecloth, and skin covered by a graphene oxide (GO) film sheathed in cheesecloth.Spoiler alert: graphene was an obvious bite deterrent.Wearing dry GO films, participants didn’t get a single bite, whereas bare and cheesecloth-covered skin was readily feasted upon.“With the graphene, the mosquitoes weren’t even landing on the skin patch—they just didn’t seem to care,” according to Cintia Castillho, a PhD student at Brown and the study’s lead author.A dry graphene oxide film can prevent mosquito bites (via Brown University)“We assumed that graphene would be a physical barrier to biting, through puncture resistance,” she explained. “But when we saw these experiments we started to think that it was also a chemical barrier that prevents mosquitoes from sensing that someone is there.”Moving forward, the team must find a way to stabilize the GO so that it’s tougher when wet; another form with reduced oxygen content (rGO) provides a bite barrier when wet and dry.The former, however, has a distinct advantage when it comes to wearable technology.“GO is breathable, meaning you can sweat through it, while rGO isn’t,” Hurt said. “So our preferred embodiment of this technology would be to find a way to stabilize GO mechanically so that [it] remains strong when wet.“This next step would give us the full benefits of breathability and bite protection,” he added.More on Geek.com:Climate Change Puts 1B People at Risk of Mosquito-Borne DiseasesStudy: Mosquitoes Can Hear Sounds From Far AwayScientists Could Soon Develop ‘Birth Control’ for Mosquitoes Climate Change Puts 1B People At Risk of Mosquito-Borne DiseasesScientists Use ‘Half A Mosquito-Worth’ of DNA to Produce Whole Genome
LB Nagar: The sleuths of cybercrime police, Rachakonda, arrested a person for committing cyber offences here on Wednesday. The accused was identified as Y Varaprasad (29), a resident of Lalaguda.According to the police, Varaprasad had decided to earn more money fraudulently, as his salary was not sufficient for his lavish lifestyle. In course of time, he started visiting money transfer agents and making transfers of small amounts of Rs 5,000 to his bank account through them. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us After winning their trust, he would ask them to transfer higher amounts to an extent of Rs 15,000 to his bank account. Once they transferred the amounts, he would tell them that he would fetch money from his car and leave the place. He would then immediately switch off his phone. He used this modus operandi to cheat several money transfer agents. When they realised the fraud, they approached the police who threw a dragnet and caught the offender. A case has been registered against him under Sections 417, 420 IPC and Sec. 66D of IT Act. The accused was remanded in judicial custody.
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An Iraqi soldier gestures aboard a tank as the Iraqi forces advance towards the Islamic State-held Old City in western Mosul. ReutersIraqi forces pushed deeper into Mosul’s Old City on Monday after launching a final assault on the Islamic State group, warning civilians to stay inside and telling jihadists to “surrender or die”.Iraqi forces launched the operation Sunday to retake the district, the last part of Iraq’s second city still held by IS after a months-long offensive.Commanders say the jihadists are putting up fierce resistance and there are fears for more than 100,000 civilians believed to be trapped in the maze of narrow streets.Staff Major General Maan al-Saadi, a top commander in Iraq’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), told AFP that heavy fighting had resumed at dawn on Monday.”We pushed deeper into the Old City and took control of new areas in the Faruq neighbourhood,” he said.The various Iraqi forces pushing into the Old City made modest gains, as IS fighters rained mortar fire on their positions and offered stiff resistance.”Penetrating was very difficult. Today the fighting is face to face,” Saadi said.The push into Mosul’s historic heart on the west bank of the Tigris River marks the culmination of a campaign launched in October by Iraqi forces to retake IS’s last major urban stronghold in the country.The US-led coalition battling IS in Iraq and neighbouring Syria has backed the offensive, including with months of air strikes.The loss of Mosul would mark the effective end of the Iraqi portion of the cross-border “caliphate” that IS declared in summer 2014 after seizing swathes of Iraq and Syria.- IEDs on toy cars -Sheltering from relentless fire and explosions near a sniper position on the edge of the Old City, CTS captain Ahmed Jassem described a bitter fight.”We can’t bring our vehicles into these narrow streets. It means they can’t use as many car bombs either, but they use motorcycle bombs and even IEDs mounted on remote-controlled toy cars,” he said.Iraqi forces stationed Humvees by the Grand Mosque on the retaken east side of Mosul, facing the Old City and mounted with speakers.The loudspeakers blared messages to IS fighters, telling them: “You have only this choice: surrender or die”.Late on Sunday, Iraqi forces dropped nearly 500,000 leaflets over the city, warning that they had “started attacking from all directions”.The leaflets urge civilians to “stay away from open places and… exploit any opportunity that arises during the fighting” to escape.The United Nations has said IS may be holding more than 100,000 civilians as human shields in the Old City.On Monday, the French national broadcaster France Televisions and Reporters Without Borders said three French journalists were wounded in a landmine blast in Mosul and their Iraqi fixer Bakhtiyar Addad killed.On Tuesday, the broadcaster announced that one of the reporters, Stephan Villeneuve, had died from his injuries.He had been preparing a documentary on the battle for Mosul for public channel France 2.Only a few hundred yards (metres) from the heaviest fighting, small groups of civilians gathered.”We moved to a camp in Hammam al-Alil when the neighbourhood was liberated, but homes were being looted so we came back to protect our property,” said Nabil Hamed Khattab, a 56-year old who did not flinch when a mortar round came crashing down a few blocks away.Commanders have said the fighting is expected to be very difficult and could last weeks.Surrounded by Iraqi forces on three sides and blocked on the other by the Tigris that runs through Mosul, the jihadists are cornered.Iraqi forces launched a vast operation to retake Mosul eight months ago, seizing the city’s eastern side in January and starting an assault on its western part the following month.Aid groups have raised concerns that already-traumatised civilians risk getting caught up in fierce street fighting.It is not clear how many civilians have been killed in the operation, but aid workers are warning that casualties will be high.”We’re seeing dozens of new patients a day, including children and the elderly. For a heartbreakingly high number, it was simply too late; they died soon after reaching us,” said Julia Schuerch, an ICRC emergency room specialist deployed in west Mosul.”Why didn’t they come sooner?” she said. “Residents are being forced to make impossible life and death choices as they seek to flee the violence.”Since the start of the battle to retake Mosul, an estimated 862,000 people have been displaced. Around 195,000 have since returned, mainly to the city’s east.It was from the Old City’s emblematic Al-Nuri mosque in July 2014 that IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance.He urged Muslims worldwide to move to the group’s “caliphate” straddling Iraq and Syria.The jihadists have since lost most of the territory they once controlled in the face of US-backed offensives in Iraq and in Syria, where a Kurdish-Arab alliance is advancing on the group’s last Syrian stronghold Raqa.
A federal judge in northern Texas has issued a temporary injunction, halting enforcement of the Obama Administration’s directive on bathroom access for transgender students in public schools. State Attorney General Ken Paxton is hailing the decision as a victory for Texans.Texas and 12 other states are suing to overturn the directive, issued by the U.S. Education Department in May. The injunction puts a nationwide freeze on the policy until the case is decided.At question is the interpretation of Title IX, which bars sexual discrimination in public schools.“For us, all along, this has been an issue about executive overreach and the Obama Administration continually to overreach into areas that are not allowed by the executive branch or reserved specifically for Congress,” says Marc Rylander, a spokesperson for the Texas attorney general’s office.The administration argues that Title IX, as written, provides the Education Department all the authority it needs to issue the directive.“There’s a doctrine called the Chevron Doctrine,” says Peter Linzer, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Houston Law Center. “It’s a doctrine that comes out of the Chevron oil company, a case involving them. And this is a doctrine that says when a federal statute is ambiguous, the ruling of an administrative agency that expertise in the area should be given a great deal of deference by the courts.”The administration issued the rule just days after the U.S. Justice Department sued North Carolina over a state law that requires people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificates. That increases the chances that the issue will ultimately have to be decided by the Supreme Court. X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:30 Share
By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated PressSALEM, Ore. (AP) — Grand jury testimony released by a district attorney Tuesday into the fatal shooting by university police of a black man during a brawl outside a Portland, Oregon, bar describes a chaotic scene in which the two officers had to make a split-second decision when they saw a pistol in the man’s hand.The grand jury ruled on Sept. 13 that Portland State University Officers James Dewey and Shawn McKenzie should not face criminal charges in the June 29 shooting of Jason Erik Washington, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon.This June 29, 2018, file video image from a police officer’s body cam and provided by Portland State University shows Jason Washington after he was shot and killed by Portland State University police officers in Portland, Ore. Grand jury testimony released by a district attorney Tuesday, Oct. 9, into the fatal shooting by university police of a black man during a brawl outside a Portland, Oregon, bar describes a chaotic scene in which the two officers had to make a split-second decision when they saw a pistol in the man’s hand. (Portland State University via AP, File)The 415 pages of grand jury testimony for the first time reveal the greatest details about the shooting that shook Portland and led to campus protests.Washington was trying to break up a fight involving a friend, who had handed Washington his holstered pistol right before the brawl. Witnesses testified that Washington fell over in the melee and the pistol hit the sidewalk. Dewey and McKenzie said he had the pistol in his hand when he stood back up and pointed it at them.“At this point, like it’s, kind a felt like that like twisting, like nauseous adrenalized feeling in your gut, that this is now, it’s no longer in the holster, it’s not safe anymore, it’s now in a fight and in his hand,” Dewey said. “I’m screaming, like, begging really for this guy to drop his gun.”McKenzie described his reaction to the grand jury.“In my mind I’m like thinking I’m gonna be shot right there, and I fire a couple rounds. I see him fall to the ground,” he said.Portland police officer Anthony Eugenio, a forensic video technician, testified that enhanced images from officers’ bodycam video showed a black object that appeared to be a firearm in Washington’s right hand extended toward Dewey and McKenzie, with the holster in his left hand.Only 40 seconds had elapsed from when the officers arrived and they fired a total of 17 shots, hitting Washington nine times.Washington’s friend who owned the pistol, Jeremy Wilkinson, said he didn’t see the shooting because he had been knocked unconscious when one of his adversaries kicked him in the head. In police video, Wilkinson is seen sprawled motionless on the sidewalk, even during the gunfire. A third friend of Washington’s who had been out drinking with him and Wilkinson testified that he was very drunk that night and heard the gunshots. He didn’t offer details of the crucial moments.Other witnesses said they did not see Washington pointing a gun at the officers, though some said they were distracted by other things happening or didn’t have clear line-of-sight to his hands.In a police interview, Wilkinson told police he gave his black Walther PPQ 9mm pistol to Washington because he thought he might get in a fight and “he did not want to make a poor decision during the fight.” Wilkinson had kept it in a holster meant to be worn inside the pants’ waistline, but Washington let the holster dangle from his pocket, making the gun visible and more prone to falling out during the scuffle.Officers later found a legal permit to carry a concealed weapon in Washington’s wallet.Michael Kesten, a spokesman for Washington’s widow Michelle, had no comment on the grand jury transcripts and no developments to report on a possible lawsuit. Her attorney said last month they would “vigorously pursue legal action against those who are responsible for this tragic death.”Multnomah County, which surrounds Portland where the shooting occurred, was the only county in Oregon where grand jury proceedings involving police shootings are recorded, until the Legislature in 2017 passed a bill requiring all audio of grand jury testimony in the state to be electronically recorded.Portland State University said Tuesday the transcript from the grand jury proceedings and the Portland police investigation will be reviewed by two consultants it hired to study the shooting for a comprehensive review of campus safety.The university decided in 2014 amid much controversy to arm its campus police officers. The shooting led to protests on the campus and demands that the campus police be disarmed.
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