AFC Cup: PSM Makassar thwarts Kaya FC-Iloilo

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Not even a late penalty kick from Joven Bedic could turn Kaya’s fortunes around as the Iloilo side dropped to second with five points after suffering its first loss in this year’s competition.Kaya would need to win its last two matches – at home against Lao Toyota and away against Home United of Singapore – and hope that PSM drops enough points in its last two matches for the Iloilo side to claim top spot in the group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics The visitors started brightly under searing conditions with Dutch midfielder Willem Pluim finding Rizky for a close range header in the 21st minute. Three minutes later, the 6-foot-8 Markannen, the older brother of Chicago Bulls forwaes Lauri Markannen, bullied his way into the area before beating Michael Casas with a close range effort.Both teams ended the match with 10 men with PSM defender Abdul Rahman sent off for a second yellow in the 52nd minute. Kaya however failed to capitalize with PSM goalkeeper Rivky Mokodompit in fine form.The frustration boiled over in the 88th minute as Kaya defender Jalsor Soriano was caught kicking Marc Klok in an off the ball incident. Soriano was also sent off.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas gets ‘bucket’ for ALS victims PLAY LIST 01:08Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas gets ‘bucket’ for ALS victims01:36Death toll now 26 in Iloilo, Guimaras sea tragedy01:36Drilon, Nancy Binay ‘invigorate’ Senate probe on Iloilo Convention Center02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSM Makassar vs Kaya FC-Iloilo. Photo from AFC CupBACOLOD CITY – Indonesian side PSM Makassar put a dent on Kaya Iloilo’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the AFC Cup with a dramatic 2-1 victory last Wednesday at Panaad Stadium here.Quickfire goals from Rizky Pellu and Finnish striker Eero Markannen in the first enough proved enough for PSM to come away with a vital away victory for top spot in Group H.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FULL-TIME | Kaya FC-Iloilo (PHI) 1-2 PSM Makassar (IDN) @PSM_Makassar held on for an away win that opens up a 3 point lead over @KayaFC at the top of Group H after both sides finished with 10 men! 🔴 🔴#KAYvPSM #AFCCup2019 pic.twitter.com/YXmWdJUGax— AFC Cup (@AFCCup) April 17, 2019 World no. 2 Stefan Stojacic to miss 2019 FIBA 3X3 World Tour Masters View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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77 percent foreign medical degree holding Indians fail MCI test

first_imgAccording to a report, 77 percent of foreign medical degree holding Indians have failed to clear the mandatory screening examination conducted by the Medical Council of India (MCI)  in the last 12 years.For citizens who have a primary medical qualification of any medical institute outside the country and want a provisional or permanent registration with MCI or any state medical council, they need to qualify the screening test (known as Foreign Medical Graduates Examination) conducted by the MCI through the National Board of Examinations (NBE).According to PTI, in a year-by-year break-up of the number of students who sat for the screening exam, data provided by NBE under the RTI Act revealed that since 2004, the number of instances of successful candidates crossing 50 percent of the total who appeared was two, while in one particular instance, only 4 percent students passed the test.September 2015, witnessed highest percentage of 76.8 successful candidates, when 2,851 students appeared for the test and 2,192 passed it.In March 2008, 58.7 percent candidates cleared the screening with 1,087 out of 1,851 candidates clearing it.However, in the last two sessions of the screening exam in 2015, only 10.4 percent and 11.4 percent candidates cleared the test.In June last year, 5,967 candidates appeared for the exam of whom only 603 cleared it, while in December, 6,407 candidates took the screening test and only 731 were able to pass in it.According to the data provided to PTI by the examination conducting body, in maximum sessions over the past 12 years, the percentage of pass candidates hovered in the twenties with only 282 out of 5,724 (4 per cent) clearing the exam in June 2014.advertisementThe FMGE consists of one paper, comprising 300 multiple choice, single correct response questions in English language only, delivered in two parts, of 150 minutes each, to be taken in a single day.The examination is a multiple choice questions test delivered using computer network and has no negative marking. To qualify for the examination, a candidate should score at least 150 out of 300 marks.According to another data, between 2012 and 2015, MCI said it issued 5,583 “eligibility certificates” to Indian citizens intending to acquire “Primary Medical Qualification” (MBBS or its equivalent) from any country outside India.A Parliamentary Committee report earlier this month observed, “Despite having the most number of medical colleges in the world, and currently having approximately 9.29 lakh doctors enrolled on the Indian Medical Register, India is way behind in achieving the targeted doctor-population ratio of 1:1000 as per WHO norms”.The Rajya Sabha Committee on Health and Family Welfare, in a report presented on March 8, noted, among others, the reason for the “failure of the current system to produce doctors, including specialists and super specialists in adequate numbers and of requisite quality and poor regulation of Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) education”.Notably, it was only in 2002 that NBE had started conducting the screening examination of foreign medical graduates.Prior to that, there was no such screening of FMGs.The Committee also observed that many young students, who aspire for medical education but do not get an opportunity in India, opt for medical education in other countries like Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and China. After coming back they get due recognition by MCI only after they clear the screening test followed by one year of internship to qualify as “eligible doctor” in India.”The Committee is giving this example to buttress the argument that Minimum Standard Requirements (MSR) should not become a fixation by which MCI strangles the scope for scale-up of medical education, even as it blithely ignores the irrelevance of those standards for the foreign medical graduates who train in institutions which may markedly deviate from them,” the report stated.”Taking all the above facts into account, the Committee is of the considered view that the existing MSRs as mandated by the MCI are irrational and artificially rigid standards which are proving to be a big impediment to the establishment and expansion of medical colleges,” the report added. Check: Rajasthan govt: Hoisting Tricolour to be mandatory at all government colleges, universitiesClick here to get more education news.Get latest updates on exam notifications and scholarships across India and abroad here .last_img read more

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Virat Kohli heartbroken despite maiden T20 century

first_imgStar batsman Virat Kohli’s maiden T20 hundred went in vain as Gujarat Lions produced a clinical batting display to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets to go top of the Indian Premier League table today.Batting first, Bangalore posted an imposing 180 for two as captain Kohli, batting with a minor ankle sprain, hit his first IPL as well as T20 century but Gujarat chased down the target with three balls to spare with a combined effort from their top-order batsmen. (Kohli slams maiden Indian Premier League century)Dinesh Karthik steered the run chase for Gujarat with an unbeaten 50 off 39 balls while Brendon McCullum (42), Dwayne Smith (32), captain Suresh Raina (28) made useful contribution as the home side notched up their third win in four matches.Kohli, who won the Man-of-the-Match for his unbeaten 63-ball 100, was disappointed after his team failed to cross the line. Kohli, who has been a prolific run-scorer for India in all formats of the game, said it was not a good feeling to score a ton and end up on the losing side.  “Doesn’t feel good now. Would have liked to cross the line. Orange Cap and the ton do not matter. Not having that winning feeling about the team is never a good feeling,” a visibly-distraught Kohli said after the match. (Virat Kohli’s ton in vain as Dinesh Karthik fires Gujarat Lions to top of table)Pulling up his bowlers for not being able to execute their plans on a slow track, the Bangalore skipper stressed on the need for his players to improve their efforts.advertisement”Bowlers’ execution isn’t up to the mark. We are planning a lot of things [with the ball] We want to pull our socks up. Even today, it was slow pitch, we shouldn’t have given so many balls close to the batsman that he could hit. Should have kept it away from the reach of the batsmen,” he said. (This is how Bangalore fell short against Gujarat despite Kohli’s maiden ton)Bangalore are missing their swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle as the West Indian star flew back home to be with his new-born daughter. Kohli said Gayle’s absence has not caused much problem for his team.”Gayle should be back for the next game, we have missed him but have done well with the bat,” he said.last_img read more

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Oscar Pistorius faces long jail term over murder charges

first_imgAfter his sentencing hearing last week, convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was mistakenly ushered to a vehicle carrying Barry Steenkamp, father of Reeva, the girlfriend he killed. A police officer pulled open the sliding door before realizing the error. Surrounded by journalists and onlookers, Pistorius stepped away, made a phone call and was soon driving away in a car that had arrived to collect him.The mishap outside a Pretoria courthouse came toward the end of a three-year drama in South Africa’s wood-paneled courtrooms as well as in the global arena of public opinion. It nearly thrust together two men described as broken – defense lawyers say the double-amputee Olympian is emotionally devastated, and the prosecution says Steenkamp is shattered by the loss of his daughter.Ahead of the July 6 sentencing of the athlete, a television interview with Pistorius is reviving questions about the former star who, despite intense media coverage of his trial, seems unknowable to many who speculate about what exactly happened on the night he fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp in his home early on Valentine’s Day 2013. Did he kill her intentionally or after mistaking her for an intruder, as he maintains? Did his tears on the witness stand express true remorse or were they an exercise in self-pity and a bid to garner sympathy?The documentary on Britain’s ITV, to be broadcast late Friday, appears to be an effort by Pistorius, a multiple Paralympic champion who also ran at the 2012 Olympics, to sway public opinion even as he has suffered setbacks in the courts. South Africa’s M-Net will also screen the documentary.TOO HARSH?advertisementIn interview excerpts reported by some media, Pistorius said he doesn’t want to “waste” his life by going back to jail, where he already spent one year on an earlier conviction of manslaughter for Steenkamp’s death that was overturned in favor of the murder conviction. An appeals court determined that Pistorius intended to kill – whether an intruder, according to his account, or his girlfriend, by the prosecution’s account.South Africa’s minimum sentence for murder is 15 years in prison, though a judge can reduce that sentence in some circumstances. The prosecution, which has asked for 15 years, or the defense can appeal the sentence.”If I was afforded the opportunity of redemption I would like to help the less fortunate like I had in my past. I would like to believe that if Reeva could look down upon me, that she would want me to live that life,” Pistorius said in the edited interview. Pistorius also wept as he delivered his account of thinking an intruder was in his house, opening fire, realizing his error and trying to revive Steenkamp.Last week, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said it was “disrespectful” to Steenkamp and her family that Pistorius conducted the interview but declined to testify at his sentencing hearing.Lawyers generally advise clients not to talk to the media while a case is underway because of possible legal complications. Earlier this month, Pistorius’ uncle, Arnold Pistorius, said the family had declined many requests for interviews with his nephew to respect the legal process. He said ITV’s request was granted in an effort to dispel what he described as the many inaccuracies and speculations that had arisen. (Also read: Oscar Pistorius threatened with gangrape in prison, claims family)The image of a man overwhelmed by grief because of a tragic error captivated supporters of Pistorius, including those who wept and gasped last week when his lawyer asked him to take off his prostheses and walk on his stumps in the courtroom to show his vulnerability.Barry Steenkamp was a picture of distress on the witness stand. He described how he has jabbed hard at his stomach and arms with the needles he uses for his diabetes medication to try to simulate the pain that his daughter must have felt. He also argued successfully for the judge to release graphic photos taken after she was shot, and some media have shown the images of Reeva Steenkamp with blood-caked hair and closed eyes.”Oscar has to pay for what he did,” said Barry Steenkamp, adding that he would like to talk to Pistorius in private at a later stage.Last week, no words were exchanged when Pistorius stood briefly at the door of the vehicle carrying the father of his dead girlfriend.last_img read more

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Zidane names experienced XI vs Fuenlabrada

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid team news: Zidane names experienced XI to face Fuenlabrada Goal Last updated 2 years ago 02:39 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Marco Asensio Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Fuenlabrada v Real Madrid Fuenlabrada Copa del Rey Though the Blancos will rest a number of stars, their team will consist of many first-team regulars Zinedine Zidane has named an experienced XI in the Copa del Rey round-of-32 first-leg tie against third-division side Fuenlabrada. Though Madrid are missing stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos, their manager has opted for a line-up consisting of first-team players rather than members of the club’s academy. Draw at 8/1 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Marco Asensio headlines the group, which also contains Dani Ceballos, Borja Mayoral and Lucas Vazquez. Fuenlabrada will host the first leg of the tie before the scene shifts to the Bernabeu for the second leg on November 29.  #RMCopaThis is our starting XI for tonight’s match away at @CFuenlabradaSAD! ¡VAMOS!#RMMovistar pic.twitter.com/h60tOPcCow— Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) October 26, 2017Madrid XI: Casilla, Achraf, Nacho, Vallejo, Theo, Llorente, Ceballos, Tejero, Lucas, Asensio, MayoralSubs: Moha, Quezada, Hernando, Cristo, Feuillassierlast_img read more

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French Cup final: Kylian Mbappe sent off as PSG stunned by Rennes

first_img Reuters ParisApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 10:23 IST French Cup final: PSG’s Mbappe was shown a straight red card for stamping on Damien Da Silva’s knee (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPSG were up 2-0 in just 22 minutes following goals from Dani Alves and NeymarPresnel Kimpembe’s own goal and Mexer strike helped Rennes come back into the gamePSG failed to make it five French Cup wins on the trot after losing Saturday’s final on penaltiesStade Rennes rallied from two goals down to stun Paris St Germain 6-5 on penalties in the French Cup final after a 2-2 draw on Saturday as the Ligue 1 champions’ season heads for a gloomy finale.Thomas Tuchel’s side, French Cup winners for the last four years, were 2-0 up after 22 minutes following goals by Dani Alves and Neymar, only for Presnel Kimpembe to score an own goal before Mexer equalised to send the game into extra time.PSG’s France striker Kylian Mbappe was sent off two minutes before the end of the extra period, depriving his team of a key asset for the shootout.Christopher Nkunku missed his spot-kick to hand Rennes their first Cup title since 1971 and a spot in next season’s Europa League, leaving PSG with only the Ligue 1 trophy at the end of a season in which they exited the Champions League at the last-16 stage and lost their League Cup crown.A week after making his comeback from a three-month injury layoff, Brazil forward Neymar was a constant threat as he gears up for the Copa America, but his team mate Mbappe lost his nerve after a disappointing night at the Stade de France.Rennes, who eliminated Lille and Olympique Lyonnais en route to the final, looked out of sorts after conceding two early goals but Kimpembe’s own goal put them back into contention and proved a turning-point in an entertaining game.”It’s an outstanding performance, the fans had been waiting for this for such a long time,” said Rennes striker Mbaye Niang.advertisement”We showed character, it’s a deserved win.”Tuchel struggled to understand the loss.”It’s hard to explain, I have no explanation. We lost our concentration,” he told a news conference after PSG failed to win multiple trophies in a season for the first time since 2012-13.”It’s too soon to assess our season, I need a few days to think about it.”PSG choked in key moments this campaign, knocked out of the Champions League by Manchester United after building a two-goal advantage at Old Trafford and thrashed 5-1 at second-placed Lille on a night they were hoping to seal the Ligue 1 title.FIRST GOALS CONCEDEDPSG made the perfect start when Alves’s volley from 20 metres put them ahead in the 13th minute and Neymar doubled the lead with a fine lob after being played through by Angel Di Maria.But Rennes, 11th in Ligue 1, pulled one back five minutes before the interval when Kimpembe deflected Hamari Traore’s cross into his own net.It was the first goal PSG had conceded in the competition this season and they let in another 21 minutes into the second half when Mexer headed home at the near post from Clement Grenier’s corner.PSG missed several chances through Neymar and Mbappe and Tuchel brought Edinson Cavani on for Julian Draxler in extra time.Eight minutes into extra time, Mbappe collected a through ball from Neymar but his attempt crashed on to the far post, prompting a protest from Cavani who was unmarked in an ideal position to tap in a potential cross.Mbappe was shown a straight red card for stamping on Damien Da Silva’s knee.He was in the locker-room when Nkunku skied his spot-kick over the bar after his team mates, including Neymar, had converted their penalties.Also Read | Messi boosts iconic status at Barcelona with 10th La Liga crownAlso Read | West Ham United inflict first defeat on Tottenham Hotspur at new stadiumAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh French Cup final: Kylian Mbappe sent off as PSG stunned by RennesStade Rennes came back from two goals behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-5 on penalties in the French Cup final on Saturday. advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Coastal Consultation Deadline Extension

first_imgThere is still time to have a say about the future of Nova Scotia’s coast. Residents can still make their views known on issues affecting Nova Scotia’s coastline by providing feedback on the State of Nova Scotia’s Coast report and the development of Nova Scotia’s Coastal Strategy. The province has extended the deadline to Sunday, July 18. Since the consultations were announced in May, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has engaged with more than 350 residents at eight open houses held across the province. Coastal co-ordinators also met with community groups and municipal governments and received 130 questionnaires and written responses through the coastal website and by mail. A telephone survey is being conducted across the province as part of the consultative process. “I would like to thank every Nova Scotian who took the time to share their views on coastal issues,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau. “I want to encourage Nova Scotians who have yet to provide feedback to please take a few minutes to make their views known so our provincial coastal strategy can make life better for families in every region.” The extension means residents will have eighteen additional days to provide written submissions either online at www.gov.ns.ca/coast/views.htm or by mail. At the end of the consultative period, the department will compile a document detailing what was heard that will be shared with the public online in the fall. The coastal consultations used the six priority areas identified in the State of Nova Scotia’s Coast Report as a starting point for discussions. The report was released in December 2009 and highlighted six priority coastal issues: coastal development, working waterfronts, public coastal access, sea level rise and storm events, coastal water quality, and sensitive coastal ecosystems and habitat. Visit the website for the report at www.gov.ns.ca/coast and to access the online questionnaire.last_img read more

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Construction Begins on New West Highlands Elementary School

first_imgStudents and families in Amherst will soon have a brand new elementary school that will bring more resources and opportunities to the classroom and the community. Premier Darrell Dexter and Cumberland North MLA Brian Skabar joined Amherst Mayor Rob Small, Chignecto Central Regional School Board members and Amherst parents and students today, July 15, at a sod-turning ceremony celebrating the beginning of construction on the new West Highlands Elementary School. “Communities rely on schools for many reasons–they are places to learn, develop and grow relationships, and bring the community together,” said Premier Dexter. “The province is putting children first and helping build stronger communities by opening new schools in communities that need them and renovating schools that still have life in them. “The new West Highlands Elementary School will give students more opportunities to learn and build the strong foundations they need for a successful future.” The province is investing $11.1 million to replace the current 100-year-old West Highlands School. The bigger building will be able to accommodate 275 students in grades Primary to six. “The staff and students of West Highlands are anxious and excited to see the progress that is being made toward the construction of our new school,” said Principal Kevin Mapplebeck. “As we say goodbye to our current school, where an excellent standard of education has been provided to this community for over a century, we look forward to proudly carrying on the tradition of excellence as we enter a new facility.” The new school is being built on what is referred to in the community as the Amherst Lions Club site. The 2.8-hectare location is in the centre of the current school’s catchment area. “The construction of a new school brings exciting educational, social and physical opportunities for students and staff,” said school board superintendent and CEO Gary Clarke. “This new facility will replace a school that has reached the century mark and has served its community very well. The school board is appreciative of the province’s support for this new school and we look forward to working with provincial staff as construction moves forward.” Work on the new school is expected to be complete in time for the beginning of the 2014/15 school year.last_img read more

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Higherspending Visitors Drive Nova Scotias Tourism Revenue Growth

first_img “These results reflect the fantastic work our entire tourism industry is doing to offer experiences that appeal to travellers,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business. “As a result, people are coming from farther away and spending more money in our communities.” Nova Scotia’s tourism industry is working to reach $4 billion in tourism revenues by 2024, a goal identified by the Ivany Commission in 2014. “To put it simply, we need to attract higher spending out-of-region visitors to achieve the $4 billion goal,” said Michele Saran, CEO, Tourism Nova Scotia. “That’s the focus of our tourism growth strategy and these results show we’re on the right track.” Tourism Nova Scotia has identified strategic game changing opportunities that Nova Scotians will need to embrace to reach $4 billion in tourism revenues. Those opportunities include improving the supply and quality of accommodations, increasing air capacity from key markets, attracting more visitors from China, addressing labour challenges, extending the tourism season and continued strategic marketing. For full 2018 tourism results and updated tourism revenue information, visit https://tourismns.ca/research/visitor-statistics/tourism-performance . Last year was Nova Scotia’s best tourism revenue year on record despite a modest decline in visitation. Tourism revenues reached an estimated $2.61 billion, a 0.3 per cent increase, compared to updated 2017 revenue estimates of $2.60 billion. About 2,413,000 non-resident overnight visitors came to Nova Scotia last year. This represented just 0.8 per cent or 19,500 fewer visitors than in 2017 which saw the highest visitation in Nova Scotia’s history. Visitation has increased by 27 per cent or 500,000 more visitors compared with 2013. 2018 highlights, compared to 2017 include: an increase in air visitors, making 2018 the third consecutive year of growth in visitation by air. Air visitors are higher spending visitors visitation by road decreased three per cent, or by 49,900 visitors visitation from overseas markets grew 15 per cent, or by 13,900 visitors, which marked the fifth straight year of growth in visitation from overseas markets licensed room nights sold across the province reached 2.8 million, an increase of one per cent room nights booked through a sharing economy platform, including both licensed and unlicensed accommodations, reached approximately 426,000, an increase of 85 per centlast_img read more

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Sahrawi Family Protest Malnutrition Armed Blockade in Tindouf Camps

Rabat – A Sahrawi family has condemned malnutrition and lack of humanitarian aid for Sahrawis in the Tindouf camps in Algeria. The family has been conducting a sit-in since Tuesday in front of the MINURSO headquarters at Mijek, a town in Western Sahara near the Mauritanian border and 670 kilometers southwest of Tindouf.Anti-Polisario activist Mustafa Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud shared a letter on Wednesday that Hamoudi Bshari Al Saleh, the father of the family, addressed to Horst Kohler, the personal envoy of the Secretary-General, to cry for help. Al Saleh said that his family had protested before, on October 17, 2018, against the situation of Sahrawis in Tindouf camps “after being surrounded by the Polisario forces who assaulted our comrades who fled from refugee camps on the Algerian soil due to the systematic restrictions.” Al Saleh said his comrades had fled Tindouf only to be assaulted by Polisario.Read Also: Mysterious Death in Tindouf Camps Creates PanicThe father added that the first sit-in was the preliminary step to “show the whole world that there is a marginalized third party in the Sahara issue,” which is oppressed and exploited by the Polisario leadership. He said Polisario has been serving its own interests in Algeria for more than 40 years.Al Saleh added that he and others committed to “spare no effort to defend the rights” of the “vulnerable majority in the camps, which are close to 80 percent of the refugees which the Polisario take advantage of.”Al Saleh said that they did not end their protest until they me Deputy Councillor Adam and the security advisor and the military adviser of MINURSO, who promised to convey their demands to the UN Secretary-General.According to the Sahrawi activist, the MINURSO officials promised that they would “study possible solutions with the competent authorities.”However, the Sahrawi said that nothing has been done for the families who contested Polisario’s exploitation.Read Also: Kohler to Brief Security Council on Western Sahara, MINURSO in JanuaryHe added that since the families had no one to resort to, he and his family decided to speak out and announce a sit-in at MINURSO’s Mijek headquarters to inform the public of their situation.“We appeal to all free people of the world to call for the relief of our family and children who have been displaced.”He added that he and his family have been in the desert region of Mijek for a year now, “besieged by the Polisario regime,” and suffering a “systematic siege of all kinds of humanitarian aid, donated by some international bodies.”Read Also: Western Sahara: Everything You Should Know About Morocco’s Autonomy PlanAl Saleh also cried for help, emphasizing that his family will be protesting in the open air and waiting for a “humanitarian gesture from the international community.”“We will continue to fight with all the peaceful means available,” waiting for the international community to “meet our demands and the demands of the silent and vulnerable majority like us.”In October 2018, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed in his report to the Security Council “the lack of progress in the political process,” as well as “persistent difficulties, such as malnutrition, brought about by the steady reductions in humanitarian aid.”In the sixth section of the report, the UN chief spoke further about malnutrition. “Malnutrition and anaemia prevalence remained public health concerns,” he wrote.Read Also: Facts about Western Sahara Conflict that You Should KnowThroughout the years of the conflict, Sahrawis in Tindouf have condemned the embezzlement of humanitarian assistance directed to the refugees.Pro-Polisario news outlets, including Futuro Sahara, reported that Sahrawis were surprised to find popular aid products on display in Algerian grocery shops. read more

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DR of Congo UN envoy holds meetings in Kisangani

Amos Namanga Ngongi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in the DRC and the head of MONUC, the UN mission in the country, met today with a high-level delegation of the Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD).During his visit, Mr. Ngongi also met with Bishop Konsego, who told the UN envoy that the demilitarization of Kisangani was a prerequisite to returning peace to the city.In other news, a UN spokesman said today that there were no casualties among the group of 53 RCD police officers who had been pre-selected for eventual training as police instructors. “I can confirm that they are alive,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told a press briefing in New York.”The UN mission did tell us that four officers had been killed in the last week, but they were not part of the pre-selected officers,” Mr. Eckhard added. read more

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UN Childrens Fund reports child survival crisis in Caucasus Central Asia

Reporting a “child survival crisis” in the Caucasus and Central Asia, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today infant mortality rates in nine countries were up to four times higher than official figures long claimed, and 12 times those of western industrialized countries, with most deaths being preventable. “Misunderstanding the scope of what’s happening prevents effective action to fix it, so getting the numbers right is a major issue. It’s a crucial first step to saving young lives,” Executive Director Carol Bellamy said of the new report, UNICEF’s “Social Monitor 2003” produced by the agency’s Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy. “Our research shows that infant mortality is a far greater problem in these countries than suggested in the official data. We have looked beyond the official statistics and talked to mothers in their own homes. And their stories reveal a child survival crisis,” she added. The report focuses on eight countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan – plus Romania and Ukraine. It compares official rates against data gathered in face-to-face interviews with women. In all eight Caucasus and Central Asian countries, the estimated rate from the surveys is far higher than the official one – in Azerbaijan, for example, four times greater, with 74 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births compared to an official rate of 17 per 1,000. Romania also appears affected by under-reporting, but on a smaller scale. The rate in the Caucasus and Central Asia is five times greater than in the rest of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. A mix of factors such as poverty, poor maternal health and nutrition, infection and poor medical care are to blame for most of the deaths. “What we have is two distinct problems,” Ms. Bellamy said. “We have tens of thousands of infant deaths that should be prevented. And we have a systemic failure to properly count the lives being lost.” Examining the reasons for the gap, the Social Monitor highlights failure to define “live birth” according to international standards, misreporting deaths at the local level and barriers to birth registration. A death may go unrecorded because officially the baby was never “alive.” According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO) definition an infant is alive at birth if breathing or showing any other signs of life, such as muscle movement or heartbeat but under Soviet-era definition breathing is the only criterion. The report calls for adoption of the WHO definition, improved training of medical staff and incentives for parents to promptly register the births of their children. The Social Monitor is an annual regional report examining the well being of children in the transition countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. read more

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Maduro brings the truth about Venezuela to UN Assembly says he is

“The oligarchies of the continent – and those who rule them from Washington – want political control of Venezuela,” he said to world leaders gathered for the Assembly’s annual general debate, where he pledged to “bring the truth” that “Venezuela is on its feet…and will never come to its knees.”He decried shameful actions against his country, which he said amounted to a “diplomatic offensive,” recalling that yesterday United States President Donald Trump had used his United Nations address to invoke a doctrine that imposed the rule of the United States from 200 years ago, that intervention is possible and that he can be judge and policeman of the world. Describing the Monroe Doctrine as an “imperialist expression of ownership of the Americas,” he said “our people rose against it because we wanted freedom and equality”, but that the United States wanted to continue giving orders to the world in the twenty-first century as it did in the preceding one.He said the aggression against his county had been driven by the fact that Venezuela “has raised an autonomous project of democratic revolution, of social claim and of building a new model of society based on the historical roots of the nation.” The country was also under threat for geopolitical reasons, as it was known to have the “largest oil reserves in the world”, as well as substantial natural gas reserves and gold.The US was behind a constant media campaign negatively targeting his country, suggesting the need for possible military intervention “supposedly to prevent a humanitarian crisis.”Mr. Maduro denounced such attempts by the US Government and its “satellite allies in Latin America,” which were nothing but a ploy for the US “to get its hands on our country.” This had led to the “fabrication of a migration crisis,” in Venezuela which was actually a total media invention.“If you want to look at real migration crisis, look at the situation in Central America and Mexico, where there is talk of building a wall against our people,” he continued, adding that “double standards were being imposed because focus should be on the situation at the border with Mexico where families were being separated.It was time to expose “Washington’s tricks,” Mr. Maduro said, citing a recent New York Times article which laid out US plans to bring about regime change in his country. Regardless, Venezuela had been able to prevent “all coups, violence and military offensives.”A 4 August terrorist drone assassination attempt against him in Caracas was prepared and funded from the territory of the US, he said, noting that Venezuela’s investigations had revealed that some diplomats from Latin American and Caribbean countries had assisted in the attack. He called for the establishment by the UN of a rapporteur to carry out an independent investigation into the incident.Yet, even against such a distrubing background, when he had heard Mr. Trump said he was “worried about Venezuela,” Mr. Maduro stated that he was willing to “reach out his hand”… talk, with an “open schedule” about any issues that the US Government wanted to discuss.President Maduro promised to do “with humility…and with sincerity in spite of the immense historical, ideological and social differences “that separate both countries, since Venezuela hoists the flag of the dialogue of civilizations”. Venezuela was peaceful and friendly and appreciates the culture, art and social life of the United States, but it was against the “imperialists in Washington”.Find summary from Meetings Coverage Section here. read more

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Daughter of Spitfire pilot leads relatives of servicemen and women in campaign

first_img“I’ve never met anybody from Fighter Command and I always like to think I am, in a small way, representing that group. My dad also has a surviving colleague and he always look out for me on television. I think it is important.” I thought it was a battle I was fighting on my own but now I am sure there will be lots of people in a similar situationMeryll Wilford “Yet on Remembrance Day I am also reminded that theirs was just one of millions of different stories that helped make our nation great.”Mr Fallon, who did not reference this year’s changes, went on to say that conflicts are “not a thing of the past” and added: “They are often out of sight but they should never be out of mind.”A spokesman for the Legion said it expected numbers to increase back to 10,000 next year when the new system is “more widely understood”.They added: “We stand by the decision to apply more rigorous eligibility criteria for participation in the March Past, which was taken with the agreement of a wide range of stakeholder groups from across the veteran community and government.”As a result of this decision every veteran who wants to march past the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday is now able to do so, and we must prioritise those who have served as part of the British Armed Forces.”Police sources said there was no specific intelligence of a threat against the high-profile event this year. Meryll Wilford, 69, has attended the annual parade past the Cenotaph for the last nine years in memory of her father, squadron leader Arthur Tomblin (pictured) Credit:Meryll Wilford The Daily Telegraph reported today that senior veterans had been left dismayed after the decision was made amid heightened security. This year, police insisted for the first time that those wanting to take part had to register in advance, with organisations having to supply names, addresses and dates of birth.The decision meant the Royal British Legion failed to fill its allocation for the service after being forced to draw up strict eligibility criteria. “There are bound to be other people in my situation who are direct descendants of people who fought and I am happy to coordinate some kind of unified response,” she said.“Maybe other people in my situation might like to contact me and we might mount some sort of campaign. For the last few weeks, I thought that it was a battle I was fighting on my own but now I am sure there will be lots of people in a similar situation to myself.”Mrs Wilford expressed dismay at the expected shortfall, which could be as many as 1,600 people, describing the situation as “distressing”. She said she felt she represented the Royal Air Force’s Fighter Command at the parade, which is attended by dozens of organisations and charities including the RAF Association.“I know there are a lot of marchers from the RAF and I think their response might be that they are representing all servicemen and women but for me it is more of a personal link,” she said. The daughter of a Spitfire pilot is urging relatives of servicemen and women to join her campaign against the decision to exclude family members from tomorrow’s Remembrance Sunday march.Meryll Wilford, 69, has attended the annual parade past the Cenotaph for the last nine years in memory of her father, Squadron Leader Arthur Tomblin, who fought during the Second World War and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his services.  But this year Mrs Wilford, a former local government officer from Leeds, has been told, like many others, that she is not allowed to participate in the march after a ban on all relatives except widows. center_img Mrs Wilford, who started marching in 2007 following her father’s death, told The Telegraph she decided to launch a campaign to try and get families together after being left “very unhappy” by her exclusion. Mrs Wilford’s father was born in Birmingham and joined the RAF Voluntary Reserves in 1939, training in various places including South Africa. He joined 66 Squadron in March 1942 and took part in Operation Jubilee, the raid on Dieppe, northern France, in August that year.He was discharged in late 1945 and went back to work for Mitchells and Butlers Brewery, where he had started when he was aged 15.Yesterday, Colonel Richard Kemp, a former commander of Armed Forces in Afghanistan, said it was a “great shame” that children and parents were missing out on the chance to pay tribute.Sally Aitchison, who has been taking part for the past five years in honour of her father, was also refused entry. She said: “Standing on the sidelines is just never going to be the same”. It comes as Defence Secretary Michael Fallon spoke about his relationship with Remembrance Sunday, outlining the importance of family connections.Writing on The Telegraph, he said: “In those two minutes, each of us is likely to filter great national events through our own family history. 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. Meryll Wilford, 69, has attended the annual parade past the Cenotaph for the last nine years in memory of her father, squadron leader Arthur Tomblin (pictured)  “I will remember my parents who served in World War Two. My father was a battlefield surgeon and my mother was a naval hospital nurse. They signed up despite knowing they could be posted anywhere. But they did their duty regardless… I am enormously proud of them.last_img read more

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Metropolitan Police to let new recruits have visible tattoos in bid to

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick  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. The Metropolitan police will allow new officers to have visible tattoos for the first time in a bid to boost recruitment, just six years after they were said to damage the image of the force.Unveiling a drive for more than 2,000 new officers in the next year, the U-turn is designed to appeal to young people, who will be employed in the fight against violent crime.Speaking at the launch today, the Met’s Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “Many young people are ruling themselves out of joining us because of their tattoos.”She added that the new policy “brings the Met into line with other services”.“We hope this will show we are a modern service. A huge number of young people carry tattoos and we want to get the best of London in.”There is no nationwide police policy on tattoos, and there is variation across the country as to what is permissible. In South Wales, Devon and Cornwall and South Yorkshire, no visible tattoos are allowed by officers.In Merseyside, the lines are somewhat blurred, where visible body art can be covered by long sleeved shirts, plasters, tubigrips or camouflage make up where relevant and deemed appropriate by supervisors. Body art on the face or neck, however, is unacceptable.Just six years ago, the Met’s commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “All visible tattoos damage the professional image of the Metropolitan Police.”He added that tattoos on the face, neck and hands would not be permitted and all other tattoos such as those on the arms must be covered at all times.In 2016, the police federation, which represents more than 120,000 officers – called for a rethink of the rules, but the power to hire based on appearance remained with the individual forces.  At the time, Victoria Martin, who led a Police Federation study said: “Having a design inked on your body, even if it is clearly visible, has no bearing on someone’s ability to carry out their duty to serve the public and as our survey found in some cases it can act as a great icebreaker and a way of breaking down barriers, particularly with young people.” Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe took a dim view of visible tattoosCredit:Paul Grover In Essex, Sussex, West Yorkshire and the West Midlands, visible tattoos, such as on the neck or hands are not a bar to joining, and are reviewed by staff on a case by case basis for potential offence.Other forces do not have such a lenient policy. As a new police constable in the Met, the starting salary is £27,105 per year, inclusive of additional allowances. After completion of the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing course, which is now funded by the Met and takes around three months, pay automatically increases to £30,321 a year. The salary increases to a current maximum of £45,885 inclusive of London allowances, achievable after seven years’ service. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe Ms Dick said: “We’ll be using the 2,000 new officers in a whole variety of different ways, but on the streets in their first couple of years, and they will be part of the fight against violent crime. “They won’t initially be working on homicide investigations but their presence will help the homicide investigators, and of course their presence on the streets will help reduce violent crime.“In general they will be part of the fight against violent crime and they will be reaching into our communities giving a really good, compassionate service to victims.” During the latest financial year, around ten per cent of 13,000 new recruits who applied to the force were rejected because of tattoos. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said that many young people were being ruled out of jobs in the police because of their tattoosCredit:Yui Mok/PA The Met will now review candidates who have a visible tattoo on a case-by-case basis instead of automatically rejecting them. They say that tattoos form part of many cultures and have become an increasingly common practice among young people.The £1.25m recruitment drive was possible thanks to one-off funding from the Mayor’s office and will include adverts on digital platforms including ITV Hub and Channel 4’s 4oD.The force is aiming to more than double the number of people who joined last year, to take its total strength to 30,750.Part of their role will be to address the wave of violent crime that has beset the capital this year, with more than 100 homicides since January. read more

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Armed policeman at Parkland school never went in to confront shooter

first_img THE ARMED OFFICER on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, officials announced last night.The Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by a gunman armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle has reignited national debate over gun laws and school safety, including proposals by President Donald Trump and others to designate more people — including trained teachers — to carry arms on school grounds. Gun-control advocates, meanwhile, have redoubled their push to ban assault rifles.The school resource officer at the high school took up a position viewing the western entrance of the building that was under attack for more than four minutes, but “he never went in,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference. The shooting lasted about six minutes.The officer, Scot Peterson, was suspended without pay and placed under investigation, then chose to resign, Israel said. When asked what Peterson should have done, Israel said the deputy should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer”.A telephone message left at a listing for Peterson by The Associated Press wasn’t immediately returned. An AP reporter who later went to Peterson’s home in a suburb of West Palm Beach saw lights on and cars in the driveway, but no one answered the door when AP attempted to get further comment.No wordsThe sheriff said he was “devastated, sick to my stomach. There are no words. I mean, these families lost their children. …. I’ve been to the funerals. … I’ve been to the vigils. It’s just, ah, there are no words.”There was also a communication issue between the person reviewing the school’s security system footage and officers who responded to the school.Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi said that the footage being reviewed was 20 minutes old, so the responding officers were hearing that the shooter was in a certain place while officers already in that location were saying that wasn’t the case.“There was nothing wrong with their equipment. Their equipment works,” Pustizzi said. “It’s just that when the person was reviewing the tape from 20 minutes earlier, somehow that wasn’t communicated to the officers that it was a 20-minute delay.”Pustizzi said the confusion didn’t put anyone in danger.Shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been jailed on 17 counts of murder and has admitted the attack. He owned a collection of weapons. Defense attorneys, state records and people who knew him indicate that he displayed behavioral troubles for years.Read: Complaint filed to Dublin Airport over claims security damaged a 300-year-old €282k viola Armed policeman at Parkland school ‘never went in’ to confront shooter The officer has resigned. Short URL Friday 23 Feb 2018, 7:00 AM Students are evacuated by police from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Image: Mike Stocker Image: Mike Stocker Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Associated Presscenter_img Students are evacuated by police from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. https://jrnl.ie/3867317 26,308 Views Share162 Tweet Email 99 Comments Feb 23rd 2018, 7:00 AM last_img read more

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Samaras tells Merkel Greece is ready to go it alone

first_imgGreece is ready to stand on its own feet, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said after a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, where he set out how Athens could exit its adjustment program at the end of the year, forgoing the remaining loans from the International Monetary Fund.“Greece will soon put forward its own framework for continuing reforms in the years ahead,” said Samaras, adding that his government is committed to producing primary budget surpluses.The European involvement in Greece’s program is due to end in December but the IMF still has more than 15 billion euros of loans to disburse to Athens. Samaras said his government is now in a position to turn down these instalments and end the monitoring of the Greek economy.“I believe this cooperation will be completed ahead of schedule,” said Samaras in response to a question about whether Greece is seeking a “divorce” from the IMF. “If that happens, it would be a success, not a divorce,” he added, citing the examples of Ireland and Portugal also exiting their programs.Samaras pointed to the expected return of growth in the second half of this year and the gradually falling unemployment rate as signs that Greece is turning the corner. Merkel also dwelt on this point.“I can only say, especially to the Greek people, that I know what a difficult time the country is going through, how many people are still unemployed,” she said.“But the first tender shoots of success from these efforts are visible and we will do everything from the German side to support this.”Samaras did not go into detail about debt relief apart from saying that he expects the maturity of Greece’s loans from the eurozone to be extended and some other steps, which he did not describe, to also be taken. Merkel said there would be negotiations “regarding the next steps in the coming weeks.” The impression left by her comments suggests that Berlin will wait for the latest troika review of the Greek program, due to start at the end of this month, to be completed before any decisions are taken.Opposition parties reacted to the scant results of the meeting in Berlin with scathing criticism.Leftist SYRIZA declared that the outcome of the talks “deprived the prime minister of the ability to create a pre-election narrative,” a reference to mounting speculation about early elections in view of the leftists’ stated intention to block the coalition’s candidate for president early next year. In a harshly worded statement, SYRIZA referred to the “prime minister’s pathetic image,” which, it said, “undermined himself and the country.”Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos, for his part, condemned Samaras as a “fawning politician” while the Communist Party (KKE) said the premier’s meeting with Merkel “proved once again that any negotiation within the framework set by the memorandum… will yield painful results for the people.”Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Addictions les pharmaciens en action

first_imgAddictions : les pharmaciens en actionFrance – A partir de lundi, une campagne d’affichage sera lancée dans les pharmacies. Elle vise à faciliter la lutte contre la consommation de drogue, de tabac et d’alcool.Différents organes se sont mobilisés : la Mission interministérielle de lutte contre la toxicomanie, la Direction générale de la santé, le Conseil national de l’ordre des pharmaciens et l’Institut national de prévention et d’éducation pour la santé. À lire aussiEn donnant de l’ecstasy à des pieuvres, des scientifiques découvrent un lien évolutif avec l’HommeQuatre affiches poseront les questions suivantes : “La dépendance, ça commence quand ? Et moi, j’en suis où ?”, “Qu’est-ce que je recherche ? Qu’est-ce que je risque ?”, “J’en ai vraiment besoin pour faire la fête ?”, “Qui peut m’aider à réduire les risques? A diminuer ma consommation? A l’arrêter ?”. Elles ont pour but d’identifier le pharmacien en tant qu’acteur de la prévention et même du sevrage, avec la vente de patchs par exemple. Il s’agit véritablement de faire comprendre au public que le pharmacien est un interlocuteur important pour parler de ces addictions. Les clients pourront alors venir dialoguer, chercher des conseils pour eux-mêmes ou pour leurs proches et une orientation. Le 17 juin 2010 à 12:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Harrowing ordeal Indian man accuses TCI Immigration of inhumane treatment and theft

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, Providenciales, June 13th 2017:One man is taking legal action on the TCI Immigration Department, all the way from India, for improper treatment.Mehul Chandrakant Solanki is back home in India now, after spending two unnecessary months enduring what he describes as an horrific ordeal and unfair treatment meted out at the South Dock Road Detention Centre in the Turks and Caicos.Describing it as a clear abuse of power by the Immigration Officers, Mr. Solanki is vowing to ensure those still being held at the detention centre are not treated in the same way as he has taken up this case and says he has all the proof and documents to support his claims, including his contact with the High Commission of India to Jamaica, located in Kingston.Mr. Solanki says he is well known in Provo and has worked there for almost three years.  His story begins when he says he went to report his lost passport to the Police in Providenciales in early March, only to instead be handed over the Immigration Department and charged with overstaying. Solanki says the Immigration officers took his mobile phone, a Samsung Note; his wallet containing $2,140 and his bag containing his clothes. The items were said to be put in a sealed bag with a number on it.Mr. Solanki requested that he contact someone to notify them of what had happened, but was denied any chance of doing so. He then asked whether they had contacted the High Commission’s office on his behalf, and was told that this was already done by the Immigration Office.Some ten to 15 days passed without word from the Indian High Commission, and Mr. Solanki again asked for the chance to make a phone call.  By March 27th, he got the opportunity to make a phone call, contacting the Commission, where it was said to him that no request was ever made, nor were they notified of his case. The Commission then assured him that a new emergency passport would be sent to him in seven days, arriving by early April.Still, there was no word to Solanki on whether the new, temporary passport was received and questions about the document were ignored by TCI authorities.Another call was granted to Mr. Solanki, who had by this time been in the center for nearly a month.  His cell phone was required to make that phone call, but when a female officer, searched his belonging, there was no cell phone, and all of the money from his wallet was gone.Mehul Chandrakant Solanki back home in India and still very distraught and angry after his harrowing ordeal in the TCI at the hands of Immigration Officers at the Detention CentreDuring this time at the South Dock Road Detention Center, Mr. Solanki says the fisherman on remand for alleged poaching were being held.Authorities have confirmed that the men were exposed to scabies at the holding centre and had to receive treatment and bedding was burned.  The fishermen also needed clothing and it was at that time that Solanki noticed that the clothing being given to the Dominicans on remand, were in fact his.Solanki says at no time did he give permission for his clothing to be given away.To add insult to injury, Solanki discovered that his temporary passport had long been sent and received by the Immigration Department but that he was held despite and not notified about its arrival, which he explained to Magnetic Media, was April 19.  Outrageously, Solanki was told that he would have to make the journey back home without his money, without his belongings and he was still being made to pay for his return trip to India.Mehul Chandrakant Solanki was held for two months at the detention center for overstaying.  Solanki left the Turks and Caicos on May 15, 2017 in a route which was considerably more expensive and tedious, taking him through the Dominican Republic, Curacao, Amsterdam, Mumbai and then home at a cost of $2,400 when another, shorter route through Jamaica would have been $900.In his disturbing account, Mehul Solanki recalls the ‘mistreatment of a Polish woman and two other Chinese people’ captive at the detention centre and believes their voices also need to be heard, as their personal items were also stolen.Mr. Solanki explained that his case is not only to get justice, but to make a statement to the TCI Immigration Department that they cannot misuse nor abuse their powers over immigrants even if they have overstayed their time.Magnetic Media contacted the TCI Human Rights Commission, HRC, which shared that when they met Mr. Solanki at the Detention Centre in a visit on March 28th, he was happy and that he did not report being ill-treated or in need of anything.  However, Solanki explained that the visit of the HRC came a day after he had gotten assurances of a replacement passport from the High Commission and at that time, he felt that everything was fine.  The HRC said a contact number was left with Mr. Solanki in the event that things changed at the centre.Weeks later, he was still at the South Dock Road detention centre and told our news room that he would have communicated the problems including that his cell phone/tablet had since been stolen.  However, the HRC was not allowed on premises due to the scabies health risk and with his cell phone/tablet stolen he no longer had their phone number.No complaint about the events at the detention centre was lodged at Human Rights office either explained to the organization, as Solanki said that he was given very little time to leave the TCI and that a formal complaint will come through his attorney.News reports on cases of ‘overstaying in the Turks and Caicos’ are commonly carried in the media and a review of recent reports revealed a clear inconsistency in how foreigners are treated when they are in breach of that law.Mehul Solanki explained that he was never charged in a court of law, was threatened with being jailed, that he was scoffed and laughed at when he asked for an opportunity to file a complaint and at one point had to scream at the top of his lungs just to get medical treatment when ‘bad food’ made him sick.Mr.Solanki’s attorney will be present in the TCI in the coming days to attend to this matter.Magnetic Media has reached out to the Minister of Border Control and Deputy Premier about the case. #MehulChandrakantSolanki#TCIImmigrationDepartment#TCIImmigrationDepartmentUnfairTreatmentToDetainees#UNInternationalMigrantLaw#TCIBorderControlcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

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Prime Ministers Wife Mrs Patricia Minnis Visits Grand Bahama

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 18, 2017 – Grand Bahama – On a one-day trip to Grand Bahama, wife of Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, on Thursday, November 16, 2017 brightened the day of the young, as well as the young at heart.    Mrs. Patricia Minnis, upon arrival in Grand Bahama, traveled to the West End community, where she read to students of West End Primary.Following this, she made a few home visits, accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for West End and Bimini, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe.It was then on to lunch with the senior citizens for their Thanksgiving Luncheon at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church where Mrs. Minnis spoke on passing on knowledge to the younger generation: she encouraged the residents to share their knowledge of child rearing, marriage, cooking, sewing, construction, and any other information that could assist in building better communities.  Following lunch, Mrs. Minnis was presented with gifts — a floral sculpture by Ms. Cathy Laing of the Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama, and honey from the farm of Mr. James Taylor.(BIS Photos/Andrew Miller) Related Items:last_img read more

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