Waterloo police to probe handling of assault case by Toronto officer last

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders has asked police in Waterloo, Ont., to investigate how his force handled a case involving the alleged assault of a teen by an off-duty Toronto police officer.The province’s police watchdog has said Const. Michael Theriault was off duty when he allegedly assaulted a 19-year-old in Whitby, Ont., last December.The Special Investigations Unit has said there was an interaction allegedly involving Theriault, a civilian and the teen.The SIU says the teen was taken to hospital with undisclosed serious injuries.Theriault has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and public mischief.Saunders says the Toronto police force did not initially contact the SIU after the alleged incident based on the information they had at the time.He says when a new version of events emerged, the SIU’s involvement was required.Saunders says he took the extra step of asking Waterloo police to investigate how the matter was handled given the circumstances of the case.last_img read more

London Fire Moroccans Are Likely Among Fatalities

Rabat – Moroccans are likely to be among the fatalities of the blaze that broke out in  a block of flats in west London on Wednesday morning, sources based in London told Morocco World News, without specifically revealing the number of cases.  “I had a lot of friends in that area during high school. I know that area of North Kensington well. It’s full of British Moroccans. The scary and heartbreaking thing is the death toll will rise a lot,” said Abul-Hasanat Siddique, a British journalist and managing editor of Fair Observer.Speaking to Sky News, Rashida, a local resident, said that “there is a very high population of Moroccans, and for some reason we all live site close to each other. Literally everyone knows each other.” “Most Muslims now observing Ramadan will normally not go to be until about 2am maybe 2.30am, she said. “Until they have their late night last meal. They do their last prayer,” she added.Rashida continued, explaining that  “most of the families around here would have been awake and I think even with the noise with the helicopters, it would have brought a lot of attention to a lot of residents non-Muslim as well that would have thought something’s going on that’s not quite normal.”Two hundred firefighters were sent in a desperate bid to free trapped residents, Express.co reported.BBC News has listed the names of the people who are unaccounted for based on posts from their relatives who took to social media to appeal for information.At least 12 people were reportedly confirmed dead and 78 others were injured, according to the Police. They added that the death toll is expected to increase, saying they could not supply the number of people who remain unaccounted for.All 78 people have been treated in six hospitals – St Mary’s, Chelsea and Westminster, Royal Free, St Thomas’, Charing Cross Hospital and King’s College Hospital, according to the London Ambulance Service. read more

Sudanese children still enduring grave human rights violations – UN report

13 September 2007Sudanese children continue to face grave violations of their human rights, from being recruited and used by armed forces and groups to suffering rape or sexual abuse at their hands, according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on children and armed conflict in the African country. Sudanese children continue to face grave violations of their human rights, from being recruited and used by armed forces and groups to suffering rape or sexual abuse at their hands, according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on children and armed conflict in the African country.Mr. Ban says the situation in general for Sudanese children “is showing small signs of improvement,” but cases of killings, abductions and rapes are still being recorded and the ongoing conflict in the Darfur region means there is limited humanitarian access to children at risk.The Secretary-General urges all the parties to the Darfur conflict – where more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others made homeless – “to take concrete steps” to protect the rights of children in the war-torn and impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank.Given that, the report welcomes the action plan on child recruitment and reintegration that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reached with the Minawi wing of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), the faction of the rebel group that signed the Darfur Peace Agreement with the Sudanese Government last year.But he calls on the signatories to the agreement to carry it out immediately so that child soldiers can be released and allowed to reintegrate with their families.In the report Mr. Ban voices deep concern that “sexual violence against women and girls continues with impunity throughout the country,” and especially in Darfur, where rebel groups have been fighting Government forces and allied Janjaweed militia since 2003.He calls on Khartoum to step up its efforts to enforce the rule of law, including by establishing child and women protection units within the police force and by training social workers and judicial officials.In the south, where a comprehensive peace agreement in January 2005 ended a 21-year civil war, Mr. Ban says rights violations are more of an inter-communal nature, resulting from years of conflict and the consequent breakdown of the rule of law.He urges both the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan, which were formed following the peace accord, to end the recruitment and use of children in their armed forces in line with the provisions of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict – which Sudan has ratified.The two Governments should also undertake an independent verification exercise with the support of UNICEF and the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) to assess and identify those children currently in the armed forces or their allied groups and to set up a regular monitoring system, Mr. Ban says.He also reiterates previously expressed concerns that children continue to be systematically abducted or kidnapped in both the south and in Darfur, and urges the Government and armed groups to end that practice immediately. read more

Islamic States gather at UNbacked meeting to aid quarter of worlds children

With some 4.3 million children under five dying each year from preventable disease and malnutrition in Islamic countries, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is co-organizing a three-day meeting in Rabat, Morocco, intended to make a lasting difference for more than a quarter of the world’s children. “I can think of no better focus for Islamic solidarity than the welfare of children, and I congratulate the OIC, ISESCO and UNICEF on this important initiative,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to yesterday’s opening session, referring to the other two sponsors – the Organisation of Islamic Conference and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.OIC Member States account for a quarter of the world’s 2.3 billion children in nations spanning Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Meeting the needs and guaranteeing the rights of children in Islamic countries will in large part determine the success of overall efforts to combat poverty, accelerate human development and promote global peace and security, UNICEF said. “There are many noteworthy examples of progress for children in Islamic countries, but the situation for a disproportionate number of them continues to be a cause for grave concern,” the agency’s Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah told the more than 200 participants from almost 50 states and nearly 20 international organizations gathered in the Moroccan capital. The conference is focussing on issues specific to OIC member countries under four major themes: health and HIV/AIDS; quality education and culture; protection against abuse, exploitation and violence; and mobilizing resources. Recommendations will be submitted to the next sessions of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers and the Islamic Summit.In OIC countries, about 6 million children under five suffer from malnutrition in the form of stunted growth, about 23 per cent of the total population have no access to safe drinking water, and 45 per cent lack adequate sanitation. Children in sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, are facing a deadly combination of armed conflict, HIV/AIDS and poverty. read more

Wynne to voters youre in safe hands with the AllState Liberal government

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wynne to voters: you’re in safe hands with the All-State Liberal government by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 21, 2014 12:09 pm MDT TORONTO – Don’t worry Ontario voters: you’re in safe hands with the All-State Liberal government.That seems to be the message Premier Kathleen Wynne is sending ahead of a possible spring election: stick to the status quo.“Safe hands and a steady balance” is the phrase she’s using — a slogan perhaps better suited for an insurance company than a government fighting for its life.But Wynne gets more fired up when it comes to attacking her opponents, saying Ontario can’t afford to experiment with the “reckless” and “radical” right-wing Tories or the “untested,” anti-business New Democrats when the economic recovery is still fragile.The Liberals are painting an apocalyptic picture of the province under the Tories’ rule — an all-out war with labour unions and workers with no retirement income security or fair wages.The NDP have no plan on any of the issues and “are just relying on some bumper-sticker slogans,” Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi, a former party president, said Friday.“You can’t govern a province or grow an economy that way.”The Liberals’ approach to economic and job growth is guided by “fairness, balance and stability,” he added.Wynne’s message echoes the successful slogans of her predecessor Dalton McGuinty, whose steady-hand-at-the-tiller message saw him through three election victories.Yet Wynne has also been trying to distance herself from McGuinty and the scandals that plagued his government since she became premier just over a year ago.The Liberals say their policies offer security, but they want voters to pay sky-high premiums, say the opposition parties.Their “safe hands” are the ones that are driving up energy prices and saddled ratepayers with the estimated $1-billion cost of cancelling two unpopular gas plants — one in the dying days of the 2011 election campaign, said the NDP.There are two criminal investigations underway, one into deleted emails related to the gas plants and another into the suspicious business activities of Ornge, the province’s publicly funded air ambulance service.“If that’s the steady hand of who you want running this province, God help us all,” said Progressive Conservative Jane McKenna.The Liberals are making every effort this weekend to prepare for a tight race that may be just around the corner if they can’t secure support for their spring budget.The convention, which started Friday and will wind down on Sunday, is focused on getting the party faithful ready for a campaign.The Liberals’ campaign leaders are expected to talk to an estimated 1,000 delegates about their strategy for the next election battle. They’ll also get an update about consultations on the party’s platform.The training workshops will focus on routine tasks such as planning for election day, fundraising effectively, communications, organizing and recruiting volunteers and rural campaign strategies.The latter will be important, as Wynne has been making every effort to erase the perception that her party is too Toronto-centric.The proposed selloff of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission and the slow development of the potentially lucrative Ring of Fire chromite deposit has turned off voters in northern Ontario.Closed factories, layoffs at embattled BlackBerry, government cuts to the horse-racing industry and anger over wind turbines have also fuelled discontent in the south.Wynne’s determination to find billions of dollars to pay for a massive public transit expansion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area hasn’t helped either, raising fears in small communities that the much-needed cash for bridges and roads will be diverted to subways they don’t use.They’re also facing troubles in urban ridings, with the New Democrats breaking Liberal strongholds in Niagara Falls and London West in byelections.The Liberals say Wynne’s leadership style will win out in the end. But the Tories say voters won’t forgive those Liberal mistakes.Wynne can’t wash her hands of the scandals when she was sitting at the cabinet table at the time, said Progressive Conservative Vic Fedeli.“This is a government that’s plagued by scandal, brought on by themselves,” he said. read more

UNESCO chief condemns deaths of media workers in Brazil and Iraq

In separate statements, the agency noted that Mr. Campos Rosa, owner and writer for the local O Grito newspaper, was murdered on 17 August in Santa Luzia municipality in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state.“I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice. Impunity must not be allowed to benefit those who use violence to prevent the media from keeping us informed,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in one of the statements. In the other statement – on the death of Mr. Ghani, a staff member of Iraqi satellite channel Al-Ahad TV, killed by mortar fire while his team was reporting from Jaziret al-Khalideya in Iraq’s Anbar province on 20 August – Ms. Bokova underlined the need to ensure protection of the media and called on “all concerned to respect their civilian status in times of war, in keeping with the Geneva Conventions.”The UNESCO Director-General regularly issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States in 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” read more

UN condemns terror attacks on Coptic churches in Egypt

Speaking through his spokesperson, the Secretary-General said that he hoped “the perpetrators of this horrific terrorist act will be swiftly identified and brought to justice.”In a separate press statement, the Council called the bombings “heinous and cowardly,” and reaffirmed that terrorism is one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.The bombings were also strongly condemned by the High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), which noted that the attacks took place during Palm Sunday celebrations when both churches were packed with worshippers “aim at ruining the unity and diversity that characterize the Egyptian society.”Launched in 2005 through the initiative of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the UN, the Alliance maintains a global network of partners, including States, international and regional organizations, civil society groups, foundations, and the private sector to improve cross-cultural relations between diverse nations and communities.Mr. Guterres, the Security Council and the UNAOC expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt, and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured, according to separate statements. The 15-member Council also stressed the need to bring everyone responsible for the attacks to justice, and urged UN Member States to cooperate with the Government of Egypt and all other relevant authorities. read more

Mens Basketball Andre Wesson takes role of Kaleb Wesson in Ohio States

Ohio State junior forward Andre Wesson (24) shoots a 3-pointer in the second half of the game against Purdue on Jan. 23. Ohio State lost 79-67. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThrough 17 games, it was clear who Ohio State was going to work through down the stretch.Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson was leading the Buckeyes in scoring by 2.8 points and averaging two more rebounds per game than anyone else on the team.But in Wednesday’s 79-67 loss to Purdue, Wesson found himself in foul trouble, limiting his play time to 16 minutes, and limiting his production to six points and three rebounds.Ohio State was in need of a different player to step up. It turned out the team didn’t even need to look for a different last name to do so.Kaleb’s older brother, junior forward Andre Wesson, stepped up and led the Buckeyes with 22 points, 15 of which came in the second half.Andre Wesson hit on 9-of-10 shots on the night, going a perfect 9-of-9 to start the game, including hitting four-of-five shots from deep.He said his career-best performance came from a sense of urgency after going on the longest losing streak since head coach Chris Holtmann took over the team.“This is one that we really needed,” Andre Wesson said. “When you lose four straight, you’re desperate, you need it, so that’s what you saw.”With the first half a second away from ending, Andre Wesson’s game looked to be the norm for him.Ohio State was down 13, and the junior forward had four points and two rebounds, closer to his season averages of 7.6 points and 4.3 boards per game than the stats with which he finished.But he began his big night on a shot from behind half court that banked its way into the hoop as time expired to bring the Buckeyes to within 10.Andre Wesson followed that up by scoring six of Ohio State’s first eight points in the second half, hitting jump shot to bring the Buckeyes within four with less than seven minutes left in the game.Purdue outscored Ohio State 12-4 following his final basket.Andre Wesson’s 22 points was a career high, nine points more than any other game he has played in his collegiate career. His four 3s, nine field goals and 37 minutes played were also all career highs for the No. 4 leading scorer for the Buckeyes this season.“I thought Andre’s spirit and competitiveness really carried this group,” Holtmann said. “That was good to see.”The opportunity for Andre Wesson to continue stepping up in the way he did against the Boilermakers comes at the foul trouble of his brother.Kaleb Wesson is tied for No. 61 in the NCAA with 61 personal fouls this season. He has earned at least three fouls in his past eight games, and at least four in seven of the past eight.As Ohio State’s leading scorer, Kaleb Wesson played four minutes in the second half before fouling out.“He just has to stay in it,” Andre Wesson said. “You’re gonna get bad calls some nights, or things aren’t gonna go your way, so you just gotta stay in it.”Kaleb Wesson will continue to be the guy for Ohio State down the stretch, pending on his ability to be available down the stretch due to fouls.But Holtmann saw something he can use from the loss to Purdue. In the defeat, he found a new Andre Wesson that had not yet been seen through three years at the program, something brought to life through a small-ball lineup that didn’t have Kaleb Wesson on the floor.“I think playing down a little bit gave him a little bit more open floor, a little more movement, gave him an advantage there, and he did a good job taking advantage of it and driving it and shooting it,” Holtmann said. “He’s put in work, and I liked the spacing that the smaller group provided.” read more

160M Indian Arrival Monument in Region 6 completed

The long-awaited Indian Arrival Monument which is located at Palmyra, East Coast Berbice (ECB) has now been completed and is expected to be commissioned on April 17.This was confirmed during a visit to the Ancient County by Social Cohesion Minister Dr. George Norton, who has responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport.On Thursday, Minister Norton and a team from his department toured and thoroughly inspected the spanking new historic site, where they were able to have a firsthand view of the facility and to approve the quality of work carried out by the contractors.“We are going to declare open this monument site on the 17th of this month, with a representative of the High Commission and an official from the Government of Guyana. It was long over-due…,” Dr Norton said.Persons travelling to Region Six can, without a doubt, testify to seeing the six impressively huge, 12-foot-tall bronze statues erected and supported by a solid base at the ‘T Junction’ located just off the Berbice River Bridge’s entrance. The immense exhibit depicts a child, two women and three men performing their daily duties.The six statues have a value of $31 million (US$150,000). It was a donation made by the Government of India to Guyana in 2017.The APNU+AFC Government had intended to declare the monument site open at least before December of 2018, since the project was high on its national agenda. However, after assuming office in 2015, the Government discovered numerous faults to the design built by the previous administration, which had to be revised.Additionally, in April of last year, months before the sculptures were installed, the base which was constructed to support the six statues had collapsed. According to Chung, this incident was one which contributed to the delay of the project’s completion. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndian Arrival Monument at Palmyra finally completedMarch 9, 2019Similar postLetter: Indian Immigration Monument remains incomplete as 2 major milestones passedJune 6, 2018In “Letters”State of National Psychiatric Hospital disgraceful – Minister NortonJune 7, 2015In “Health” read more

Miner gets bail on sexual assault charge

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCJIA Senior Manager charged for sexual assaultAugust 23, 2019In “Court”Arson suspect remanded, claims he was the victimOctober 23, 2017In “Court”Body of missing Sophia man found in trench…reputed wife recalls masked gunmen taking him from his home on night he went missingJanuary 20, 2016In “Crime” A 46-year-old miner was on Thursday brought before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for engaging in sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent on August 10, 2018.Odingo Emanuel also known as ‘Dingo’ of Bamadai Landing, was not required to plea to the charge, when it was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann MacLennan.The matter was held in-camera.The facts of the matter stated that about 22:30hrs the victim went to her friend’s wake, which was being held at a club, located about 10 feet away from her reputed husband’s house.The woman was imbibing alcohol at the wake, when she decided to look for her reputed husband. The woman then proceeded to ask if anyone had seen him, when the accused told her that she should check at the man’s house.Upon her arrival at the house, the victim noticed the door half-opened and she went straight to the bedroom, where she heard noise coming from the front door. As a result, the victim left the bedroom and went to the door, when she came face to face with the accused, who was inside the house.She then asked him why he was there, in which he remained silent, the accused then ran over towards her, threw her on the bedroom floor and had sexual intercourse with her.The woman began to scream and scratch the accused in his face, when her reputed husband came to her rescue and dragged the man off the woman. A report was made and the accused was arrested.Bail was granted in the sum of $250,000 and the matter was transferred to the Kamarang Magistrates’ Courts, where the accused is scheduled to make his court appearance on June 25. read more

LETTER Contrary to what Ministers feel and say the CCJ is

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGranger’s criteria for GECOM Chairmanship would constitute Presidential malfeasance – RamsammyMarch 23, 2017In “Opinion”Opposition writes Top Cop, ERC over comments by Jordan, NagamootooJune 19, 2019In “latest news”LETTER: PSC maintains that President Granger and his Govt must respect the ConstitutionFebruary 13, 2019In “latest news” Dear Editor,Two Government Ministers were reported to have said that Guyana is a sovereign country (whatever that means) so the CCJ cannot instruct Guyana how to run its affairs (including holding elections or replacing the Chairman of GECOM). The Ministers are wrong and are on a war footing for which there is no justification. The statements were made out of complete ignorance.Although I am not a lawyer, I am versed in constitutional matters and the concept of sovereignty. When I was doing doctoral studies in political science, my field of specialisation was international relations. But students were also mandated to take doctoral courses in each of at least three of five sub-fields. Two sub-fields I did were American constitutional law and international law. And when I undertook graduate studies in educational management to become an administrator in higher education, one requirement was courses in American Educational Law that focused heavily on Education Constitutional Law. I also taught constitutional law. Thus, I am knowledgeable on constitutional and international legal matters. I can say without any fear of being contradicted that the CCJ has sovereignty over Guyana because of a treaty the Government signed (the PNC Government at that) in 1973.Contrary to what the Ministers feel and say, the fact is, for the record, the CCJ is Guyana’s final court of appeal. The CCJ is part of Guyana’s sovereignty that happens to be located in another territory – not different from say, when the Privy Council was Guyana’s final court of appeal. So those two Ministers must be reprimanded for their statements – words of defiance against the court should be sanctioned (served with contempt charges for attacking the court which is a separate and independent branch of our Government). Can you imagine Government officers telling the Privy Council it had no jurisdiction over Guyana when the court had standing before the dictator Forbes Burnham broke the link without legitimate approval? No wonder the white people laugh at us for our stupidity. Already the judges in Guyana have shown they don’t know simple maths on how to calculate a majority and experience challenges in understanding what they read in the Constitution. I usually travel to the UK, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and throughout the Caribbean and in all of those countries, the Guyanese judges are being ridiculed making the diaspora feel embarrassed and insulted. Now, Ministers of Government are adding to the embarrassment by revealing their ignorance that they don’t know that the CCJ is Guyana’s court.Those of us who study international law or “domestic law” would now that the CCJ has jurisdiction and even if you are not schooled in law, common sense tells you that the CCJ has jurisdiction over Guyana’s and can compel Government officials or citizens to carry out acts.The CCJ can also order the arrest of officials for contempt although it has never done so in its history – that is the power of the court. The court should issue firm consequential orders and oversee their implementation itself since the Guyana courts seem to lack the ability to understand simple language.The two Ministers and others who made idiotic statements need a lesson on the concept of sovereignty and judicial jurisdiction. How can we have regional integration if we dismiss the rulings of the CCJ? Chastising or even firing the Ministers will send a signal that the Government respect the rulings.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisram read more

Im still mourning the soul of my late buddy Im sorry for

first_imgMarines of US 1st Regiment, fourth marine division, inspect Japanese suicide bombs, at the Yokosuka Naval Air Station, Japan on 13 September 1945, when they were handed over – intact – after the signing of the surrender. Japan Kamikaze pilots had many successes against allied shipping using this type of suicide plane. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesKAMIKAZE PILOT YUTAKA Kanbe should have died nearly seven decades ago.It was only Tokyo’s surrender on 15 August 1945, that saved him from the fate of thousands whose suicide missions came to define Japan’s unrelenting pursuit of victory in the closing stages of World War II.But as the 91-year-old faces his own mortality again, he worries that a rightward political shift under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and a recent film glorifying Kamikaze missions, are proof that the horrors of war have been lost on generations of younger Japanese.“It was crazy – I cannot support the idea of glorifying our mission,” the former navy pilot said of young men ordered to crash their planes into Allied ships.Japan could go to war again if our leaders are all like Abe. I’m going to die soon, but I worry about Japan’s future.Kamikaze pilots – the term means ‘divine wind’ – were heroes in wartime Japan where their deadly sacrifice in the name of Emperor Hirohito and the nation made front-page headlines.The squadrons were formed near the end of the conflict in a desperate effort to prevent an Allied victory. About 4,000 died on missions that sent chills down the spine of many enemy combatants, although most were shot down before reaching their targets. Pressure bandaged after he suffered burns when his ship was attacked by a Japanese kamikaze fighter, this wounded man aboard the hospital ship USS Solace is being helped by a medic in May 1945. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesSacrificed their lives There are no official figures on the number of surviving Kamikaze pilots and the squadrons have largely faded from memory, with little mention in contemporary school textbooks.But a film called The Eternal Zero, based on a best-selling novel, catapulted the squadrons back into the minds of the public earlier this year.The box-office hit sees a top navy pilot refuse to take part in a suicide mission because he promised his wife that he would return home alive. But the pilot eventually agrees to the death sentence, leaving a comrade to take care of his family.“I respect Kamikaze pilots – they sacrificed their lives for their families and the country,” 18-year-old Tokyo university student Tsurugi Nakamura said after watching the film.“Kamikaze pilots are cool. It’s wrong to criticise the mission,” he added. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesKozo Kagawa shares little enthusiasm for that kind of talk.The 89-year-old former Kamikaze pilot refuses to judge the morality of the missions, but he is still haunted by seeing fellow pilots die in vain. His turn never came.It’s not for survivors like me to judge whether it was right or wrong. But I’m still mourning the soul of my late buddy. I’m sorry for letting (him) die alone. Anti-aircraft gunners, centre foreground, pour a deadly stream of fire into the already-burning Japanese Kamikaze plane plummeting toward the flight deck of the USS Sangamon, a Navy escort carrier, during action in the Ryukyus near Japan during World War II, 4 May 1945. This suicide plane landed in the sea close to the carrier. Another Japanese aircraft later succeded in hitting the ship deck, inflicting heavy damage. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesA Japanese city’s unsuccessful effort to have Kamikaze pilots’ farewell letters posted on a United Nations register earlier this year enraged China and South Korea, which suffered from Tokyo’s militarism before and during the war.Relations have been further strained by Abe’s bid in July to loosen Japan’s pacifist post-war constitution – long a symbol of its peaceful image in much of the world.The landmark shift to expand the use of Japan’s military was met with strong public opposition and warnings it could ultimately see the country dragged into war, amid territorial disputes with Tokyo’s neighbours that have stoked fears of an East Asian conflict.For Kagawa, there is no question that Kamikaze missions were a mistake, but he is less sure about restricting armed forces to a purely self-defence role.“Kamikaze missions should never happen again, but peace does not come without costs,” he said.We can’t protect peace without defence. Prime Minister Abe appears to be in a hurry to make changes, but I understand what he is trying to do. ’Not a movie’ Three women look at photos of Japanese kamikaze pilots, who gave their lives in WWII suicide attacks against US forces, hanging on a wall at the Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots in Chiran. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAs the 69th anniversary of the war’s end was marked on Friday, an annual pilgrimage by Japanese politicians to the Yasukuni war shrine also took  place.The leafy site in downtown Tokyo honours about two million war dead, including Kamikaze pilots, but the inclusion of some top officials convicted of war crimes angers China and South Korea.Abe stayed away from the pilgrimage last year, but his visit to the shrine in December dragged regional relations to a fresh low, and sparked warnings from Washington over what it saw as an inflammatory gesture.For supporters, the move amounted to patriotism, while critics say it is further evidence of Abe’s flirtations with revisionist history.Any sugar-coating of Japan’s wartime past was misplaced, said Akinori Asano, as he spent 15 August at home alone, mourning those who never made it back.The 85-year-old belonged to an infamous force code-named “Cherry Blossom” which aimed single-engine bombers at their targets, derided as “stupid bombers” by the Allies.The six-metre (20-foot) aircraft were more like flying bombs, powered by short-lasting rocket engines that would run just long enough to send them spiralling into enemy ships.“It is nonsense to ask why we obeyed orders and why we had to die – there was no room for saying ‘no’,” Asano said.“But it was not a movie. I’m afraid young people can’t imagine what it was like – all I can do is pray for peace.”- © AFP, 2014Casualties of the Great War: Final images of loved ones lostColumn: ‘Hell is Coming’ – fragments of horror from World War OneWorld War 1 in colour: Have a look at these restored photos from the trencheslast_img read more

Lemnian Community of Victoria empowering women

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Sunday the Lemnian Community of Victoria’s Ladies Committee held a self-defence workshop.The aim was to empower women to feel safe when out and about, in what can sometimes be an unpredictable and unsafe environment.The women who attended had a fun afternoon and gained some invaluable advice and skills to help protect themselves should they ever need to.The session was run by John Volaris from Kenpo Torque Martial Arts, who volunteered his time to customise the session, making it very interactive.Following a positive response from those who attended, the Committee is planing on running more workshops in the future for both women and children.READ: Laughs, tears and meaningful talks at Lemnian Women’s Day Charity Luncheonlast_img read more

Greek authorities broaden search for BritishCypriot Dr Natalie Christopher missing on Ikaria

first_imgGreek authorities are searching for British scientist Dr Natalie Christopher, 34, that is believed to have disappeared after she went for a morning run on the Aegean island of Ikaria.Police efforts have intensified 24 hours after she was first reported missing with a special helicopter dispatched to join the search operation. It is hoped that the infrared cameras of the helicopter may help locate the missing womanThe police released a statement on Tuesday: “The police search, which began yesterday, includes members of Ikaria’s fire fighting service with two vehicles, a group of volunteers, members of the coast guard and a helicopter form the civil protection agency,” it said.Dr Christopher is an Oxford-educated Anglo-Cypriot astrophysicist lecturing at the European University of Cyprus. She is also known for her efforts in leading a campaign to reunite the divided island of Cyprus.READ MORE: Suzanne Eaton’s killer says he ran over scientist to have sex – and she screamed in pain after her ear was cutHer Cypriot partner, aged 38, holidaying with her on the island, said he woke up to find that his partner, an avid hiker, had left a note stating that  she had gone out jogging. He was alarmed when she failed to return several hours later and was not answering her mobile phone. Local media reports stated that there were radio signals that are believed to have been from the scientist’s phone picked up by a tower at Fournous, an island opposite Ikaria.Police said on Tuesday that they were also investigating DNA from the blood found on hotel bed sheets in the room where the scientist was staying. Hotel owner Theodoros Theodorakis told local media that the droplets looked similar to the ones he would typically find in cases of nosebleeds.READ MORE: Jennifer Doulos, mum of five, still missing; while husband accused of owing US$1mThe couple had arrived on the island on Saturday and had planned to stay for a couple of days before returning to their home in Nicosia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Police push to suppress release of report on leadup to Gargasoulas Bourke

first_imgA former police officer, one of several who pursued James Gargasoulas following the Bourke Street massacre, is trying to stop Victoria Police from blocking the release of a report on police failures in the lead-up to the incident that resulted in six deaths and 27 injuries.Sergeant Frank Caridi points to the stabbing of Angelo Gargasoulas at a Prahran property by his brother at 1.20am on 20 January, 2017, hours before the mowing down of pedestrians in Melbourne’s city centre. Police began searching for Gargasoulas an hour after he stabbed his brother who later died as a result of the attack.At the time, alerts were sent that warned police officers that Gargasoulas posed a risk to public safety and had a history of high-speed car chases. Police on the ground requested two CIRT responses between 4.30am and 5am in the hope of trapping him the narrow street where he was parked in a narrow car, however CIRT denied these requests as it could not be confirmed that he was still armed.A separate CIRT unit only became involved hours later and pursued Gargasoulas across the inner city and western suburbs before members of the team eventually shot and tasered him, ending his rampage.The CIRT night-shift teams decision not to intervene earlier has been examined.READ MORE: Gargasoulas’ brother tells Four Corners of his brother’s ‘extreme violence, especially towards women’There is an effort to suppress the ‘critical incident review’ into the police’s handling of the nine-hour manhunt for Gargasoulas on 20 January, however families and numerous media outlets, including Neos Kosmos, wish for the report to be released so that it could shed light on events leading up to the massacre.Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana reviewed the performance of Victoria police over the course of the massacre, however the police force has resisted the release of the report during the coronial inquest.  There is fear that the contents of the report could be “misunderstood” and jeopardise police cooperation in future inquests, thus jeopardising public safety. Furthermore, Dr Ian Freckleton, QC, acting for the police, said that the report was also dated and the conclusions may not be accurate with the benefit of new evidence from the inquest.Stephen O’Meara, QC, the counsel assisting the coroner, told the court that Sergeant Frank Caridi wanted to oppose the suppression order and give evidence.“Sergeant Frank Caridi, in January 2017, was a supervisor at South Melbourne. Since that time Mr Caridi has retired from Victoria Police and in July he contacted the court seeking to be called as a witness at the inquest,” he said.READ MORE: Gargasoulas receives life sentence for Bourke Street rampage“He has since provided to the court a statement that bears on an aspect of the Chief Commissioner’s application, which he opposes and the statement addresses that. The court has granted Mr Caridi leave to appear as an interested party at the inquest.”Mr Caridi was not called to testify as part of the suppression order hearing, however Coroner Jacqui Hawkins noted one of Mr Caridi’s objections was he “was never spoken to” as part of the critical incident review after the Bourke Street massacre.The court will hand down its decision on the suppression order on 23 August. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Eric Besson dénonce les conséquences dune sortie du nucléaire

first_imgEric Besson dénonce les conséquences d’une sortie du nucléaireLe ministre de l’Energie Eric Besson a critiqué mercredi l’idée d’une sortie du nucléaire évoquée plus tôt par Eva Joly. Selon lui, ce changement entraînerait “la fin de l’indépendance énergétique”, une hausse des rejets de CO2 et une électricité beaucoup plus chère.Grâce à ses centrales nucléaires, la France est en mesure de proposer une électricité environ 25% moins chère que dans le reste des pays européens. Mais les anti-nucléaires soulignent que les coûts de démantèlement des centrales d’EDF sont sous-estimés et qu’ils ne sont pas reflétés dans les prix.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylPourtant, pour le ministre de l’Energie Eric Besson, cela ne fait aucun doute, sortir du nucléaire est tout sauf une bonne idée. “Sortir du nucléaire, c’est la fin de l’indépendance énergétique [ … ], plus d’émission de CO2, et une électricité beaucoup plus chère”, at-il dénoncé. Le ministre s’est appuyé sur l’exemple de l’Allemagne, qui compte avoir recours aux énergies renouvelables mais également aux centrales à gaz qui devraient entraîner une hausse des émissions de CO2 et des prix de l’électricité.En effet, les experts s’accordent à dire qu’en cas de sortie du nucléaire, un recours au gaz (importé de Norvège, de Russie et d’Algérie) serait nécessaire. Toutefois, l’association écologiste Négawatt a récemment présenté un scénario alternatif sans recours aux énergies fossiles ni nucléaire, comme le rapporte TV5monde.L’Allemagne a également chiffré à 250 milliards les investissements nécessaires pour sa politique de sortie du nucléaire “compte non tenu du démantèlement des centrales”, a souligné le ministre. “Une simple règle de trois nous permet d’imaginer ce que ce serait pour la France”, a-t-il affirmé. De leur coté, les anti-nucléaires opposent au ministre qu’il faut comparer les centaines de milliards qu’entraînerait la sortie du nucléaire au coût qu’entraînerait une poursuite du nucléaire en France (75 % de la production électrique). Le 20 octobre 2011 à 13:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Découvrez Ultima Thule le bonhomme de neige qui flotte à 64 milliards

first_imgDécouvrez Ultima Thule, le bonhomme de neige qui flotte à 6,4 milliards de km de la terreLa NASA nous offre un beau cadeau pour commencer l’année : les premières images nettes du corps céleste le plus éloignée observé par la sonde New Horizons. On vous présente Ultima Thule dont la forme n’est pas sans rappeler celle d’un bonhomme de neige Après Oumuamua le cigare, après l’astéroïde d’Halloween en tête de mort et après Tchouri le canard, la NASA est heureuse de vous présenter Ultima Thule, le bonhomme de neige ! Décidément, les corps célestes ont le don d’inspirer ceux qui les observent. D’une cacahuète à un bonhomme de neigeLe 31 décembre dernier, les scientifiques de la NASA (et nous aussi) avaient été quelques peu frustrés. Ils n’avaient pu récupérer qu’une photo très pixellisée et floue de l’objet céleste le plus lointain du système solaire jamais observé d’aussi près par New Horizons, la sonde lancée en 2006. On pouvait y distinguer vaguement une forme de cacahuète ou d’une quille de bowling. Mais ça, c’était l’année dernière ! « Une image tellement 2018 », comme avait ironisé lors d’un briefing Alan Stern, le chef de la mission, avant de présenter un cliché « plus 2019 » avec une meilleure résolution (140 mètres par pixel) pris de plus près (137.000 km) et en couleur, qui a été pris le 1 er janvier. Adieu arachide et quille, Ultima Thule, ou selon sa dénomination officielle (486958) 2014 MU69 ressemble davantage, sur cette nouvelle photo, à un bonhomme de neige à la robe rouge composé de deux lobes biens distincts. 33 km de long pour 16 km de largeC’est grâce au télescope spatial Hubble, qu’a été découvert le 26 juin 2014 cet objet de la ceinture de Kuiper. Mardi, la sonde New Horizons avait récolté près de 1000 images en quelques secondes en survolant cet astre glacé. Mais c’est l’image publiée mercredi qui a révélé plus nettement la formation insolite de ces deux cailloux glacés (Ultima est le nom du plus grand lobe et Thule celui du plus petit) qui se sont assemblés pour former ce « bonhomme de neige » d’une teinte ocre, signe de présence de glace. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA« New Horizons est une sorte de machine à voyager dans le temps, elle nous ramène à la naissance du système solaire. On assiste là à la représentation physique de l’origine de la formation des planètes, figée dans le temps », a expliqué Jeff Moore qui dirige l’équipe de New Horizons Geology and Geophysics. « Etudier Ultima Thule nous aide à comprendre comment naissent les planètes. A la fois celles de notre système solaire et les autres qui gravitent dans notre galaxie ». Et l’année ne fait que commencer ! Le 3 janvier 2019 à 16:34 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

This Game of Thrones Star Predicted How the Series Would End in

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target Some fans are still puzzled over the Game of Thrones finale, however, Finn Jones, the actor who played Ser Loras Tyrell on the series, predicted the show’s mind-bending ending back in 2015.Jones reportedly discussed many ending plots four years ago, including the Iron Throne’s fate, People.com reported. The actor spoke about what he wished for in his last scenes and who he thought would help rebuild Westeros on Game of Thrones in a 2015 interview with Vulture.“You need to get rid of that Throne. That’s what I’d like to see at the end of the series, but that’s very utopian,” Jones told Vulture in the interview. “We’ll see.”Jones also hoped that Bran Stark would rebuild the seven kingdoms by the end of the series, and perhaps work with a small council that would include Tyrion Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, and some of the Tyrells.“My hope for Westeros is that Bran [Stark] dissolves the Iron Throne; he gives the power back to the individual realms. Him, his Small Council, which would be Brienne, Tyrion [Lannister], and maybe some of the Tyrells, because I’m biased,” Jones explained. “But they will try to keep the peace, after this devastating war has struck Westeros and killed a lot of people.”On what would happen to his own character, Jones said “Even if Loras [Tyrell] is imprisoned, I would like to see him get disfigured by the Sparrows, the same way he gets disfigured at Dragonstone with the boiling oil. I think that would be really interesting, because the only thing he has left are his looks and his ostentatiousness. And that’s been stripped from him.”Even though Jones’ character perished when the Great Sept of Baelor was destroyed, his predictions about the Game of Thrones finale were almost accurate: The Iron Throne is destroyed by one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons after she is killed by Jon Snow and Bran Stark becomes the new ruler of the “six” kingdoms, with the assistance of a helpful squad including Brienne of Tarth and Tyrion Lannister. So, not a bad way to conclude the series that ran for almost a decade.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Raise More Than $125K for Casts’ Charities Sophie Turner Shocked By ‘Game of Thrones’ Spoiler in Season 1 Poster ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Says Twist Ending Was George R.R. Martin’s Idealast_img read more

Memes Brought Back SpongeBob SquarePants Battle For Bikini Bottom

first_img Timberland Announces SpongeBob SquarePants CollaborationHere’s a Closer Look at the Nike Kyrie 5 SpongeBob Pack Stay on target They might as well shut down E3 2019 because THQ Nordic just made the biggest video game announcement you could possibly imagine. And they didn’t even have to go on 8chan to do it. Imagine our surprise this morning when the publisher dropped the absolute bomb that the one and only SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is coming back. No, you aren’t dreaming.Check out this first teaser for SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated!Okay, so why is the return of this random licensed cartoon kids game from 2003 being treated like a bigger deal than the Final Fantasy VII remake? As usual, you can blame the internet. The original Battle for Bikini Bottom seems like a fine enough game of its kind, a mascot 3D platformer with a Donkey Kong 64-esque character switching mechanic you don’t really see a lot these days. But it’s definitely not something worth remembering.And yet for some inexplicable reason the internet latched onto this game as an ironic cult classic to keep championing. There’s a vibrant speedrunning community surrounding this game. People hired weird old men on YouTube to make new trailers for this game. Combine all that with developer Heavy Iron Studios expressing interest in a remake (along with THQ Nordic surely trying to foster the good relationship with Nickelodeon its namesake once had) and now we can look forward to this remaster. It’s the video game equivalent of those SpongeBob meme toys.So look forward to SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom coming in 2020 to all consoles and PC. Along with upgraded visuals we can also expect a new multiplayer mode. And if that’s not enough, there’s a new SpongeBob prequel cartoon coming, too. Following next summer’s film It’s a Wonderful Sponge, the prequel Kamp Koral will follow a 10-year-old SpongeBob at summer camp. And we thought the SpongeBob broadway musical was a lot.last_img read more

ASA Urges TPA Action Before End of Year

first_imgASA and the Trade Benefits America (TBA) Coalition sent a letter this week urging passage of the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation this year.The letter, addressed to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell, stated action on TPA is needed to help ensure high-standard outcomes in the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which the United States and 11 other Asia-Pacific countries are striving to complete.“By passing TPA, Congress will also help ensure strong outcomes in the other ongoing talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and an agreement to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods,” the letter states. “These initiatives hold tremendous potential to: help U.S. companies of all sizes, farmers and workers buy and sell goods and services in the global marketplace; set strong, enforceable trade rules and support U.S. growth and jobs.”The groups said it is vital for the United States to implement high-standard trade agreements as soon as possible to help expand U.S. commerce with other countries. The letter pointed to other countries that are completing trade agreements and opening markets to the advantage of their companies, farmers and workers.“History has shown that TPA is a critical tool for helping complete ambitious U.S. trade agreements and getting them passed by Congress,” the letter states.Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more