Cabinet has given approval for the implementation of a backlog reduction strategy, to deal with the high number of court cases and their slow rate of disposal.Making the announcement at a Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday, June 26, at the Office of the Prime Minister, Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, explained that from 2007, the Jamaica Justice System Reform Task Force had recommended in its report, that there be a focused backlog reduction strategy.“This would help to dispose of the older cases and build momentum toward a more comprehensive and permanent reform in the justice system,” she explained.Cabinet has given the nod for amendment of the Criminal Justice Act, to allow for reduced sentences on guilty pleas.It will also facilitate reviews by the Court of Appeal of mandatory minimum sentences imposed by the trial court.Contact: Alphea Saunders
New Delhi: Amid speculation that Congress President Rahul Gandhi may offer to resign, a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting is scheduled on Saturday to look into the reasons for the party’s Lok Sabha elections debacle and decide on its further course of action to take on the BJP, which has grown in strength over the last five years. Rahul Gandhi has taken full responsibility for the party’s poll defeat and there is speculation that he may offer to resign at the CWC meeting. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist However, the party leaders are backing him strongly and have said that the blame for party’s poor showing cannot be put on any one individual. At the CWC meet, Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders are expected to give their assessment of what went wrong and the remedial steps that must be taken. There was reports of Rahul Gandhi having offered to resign on Thursday, after the results, but the Congress denied those. Rahul Gandhi himself answered the question at a press conference he addressed later in the day. “We will have a meeting of the Working Committee. That you can leave between me and the Working Committee,” he said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France He also admitted that the road for the party was long and tough, but asked party workers and leaders not to lose heart. The Congress has won 52 seats in the elections, just eight more than the 44 it won in 2014. Rahul Gandhi was a prominent face in both the elections. The party won a single seat (Rae Bareli) in Uttar Pradesh, but Rahul Gandhi himself failed to retain his family bation of Amethi in India’s biggest state. The loss is likely to have implications not just on Congress’ revival plans in Uttar Pradesh, but also on his own political standing as a leader. He won from Kerala’s Wayanad. The results show that Rahul Gandhi, who became the Congress chief in 2017, has not been able to galvanise the party to offer a strong counter against the BJP, which has handed the main opposition party its worst electoral outcomes. The Congress scored a nil in 18 states and Union territories in these elections, and failed to dent the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, where it formed governments last year. It delayed formation of an alliance in Bihar following which the opposition could win only one seat in the state. Its poor electoral strategy has allowed saffron party to become a dominant force in West Bengal and strengthen itself further in Karnataka. The party is again unlikely to have its own Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha as it does not have the minimum strength required to get the status as per rules. Nine former chief ministers and the party’s leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge are among some of Congress’ prominent losers.
Highlights from the news file for Monday, Nov. 6———CANADA SEEKING TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP CHANGES IN 3 YEARS: Canadian negotiators are pushing for three key changes to the original Trans-Pacific Partnership as leaders of the remaining countries interested in reviving the controversial treaty prepare to meet this week. A senior government official says Ottawa’s negotiating team is seeking modifications to the original TPP deal in many areas — but primarily in the intellectual-property provisions, its approach on cultural exemptions and Canada’s supply management system for dairy, poultry and eggs. The 11 remaining TPP economies have moved ahead with talks in recent months in an effort to resurrect the Pacific Rim deal after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew earlier this year.———NEW MONTREAL MAYOR WANTS TO GET GOING ON PROJECTS: Montreal’s new mayor says she wants to get going quickly on projects with the provincial and federal governments, including the creation of a 29-stop subway line. “We can’t wait five, 10 years — the (infrastructure) money is there now,” Valerie Plante said Monday, a day after causing a major surprise by winning more than 51 per cent of the vote to defeat incumbent Denis Coderre. Plante is promising open and transparent government and noted her leadership style is starkly different from Coderre’s. Plante, 43, said she was “honoured” at becoming Montreal’s first female mayor. Her campaign promises included improving public transit and lessening road congestion, as well as adding green spaces and social housing.———TEXAS CHURCH ATTACK STEMMED FROM DOMESTIC SITUATION: The gunman who opened fire in a small Texas church, killing 26 people during worship services, sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law before the attack and had been confronted about domestic violence at least twice in the last five years, authorities said Monday. The deadliest mass shooting in state history claimed multiple members of some families, with the dead ranging from 18 months to 77 years old, and tore gaping holes in a town with a population of just 400 people. The massacre, which happened Sunday morning, appeared to stem from a domestic situation and was not motivated by religion, Texas Department of Public Safety regional director Freeman Martin said.———LAWYERS FOR ONTARIO ACTRESS CAN’T FIND WEINSTEIN: A lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein alleging the Hollywood mogul sexually assaulted an Ontario actress nearly two decades ago is being allowed to proceed even though lawyers have not been able to track him down. A Toronto court gave the woman’s lawyers permission to file a statement of claim Monday despite their failure to serve Weinstein and his former assistant, who is also named as a defendant, with legal documents. Alex Smith, who represents the actress, said they tried and failed to serve Weinstein at his home in Westport, Conn., and believe he could also be in Phoenix, Ariz., or somewhere in Europe. The court issued an order Monday for substituted service, meaning lawyers can take other means to serve the defendants with the lawsuit instead of doing so in person.———CHRETIEN, BRONFMAN DENY OFFSHORE TAX HAVEN LINK: A former Liberal prime minister and the party’s top fundraiser are firing back at reports that raise questions about their connections to offshore tax havens. Former prime minister Jean Chretien and businessman Stephen Bronfman both say reports suggesting they were involved in any tax avoidance scheme are false. The pair are among more than 3,000 Canadian individuals and entities whose names come up in a leak of some 13.4 million financial records, dubbed the Paradise Papers, that outline details of offshore accounts that could be used to avoid paying high tax rates. Neither the CRA nor any court has determined the Canadians did anything wrong. Among the leaked records is a register of investors in Madagascar Oil, which lists Chretien as having received 100,000 stock options. Chretien says Madagascar Oil was a client of Heenan Blaikie, a now-defunct Canadian law firm. As a lawyer with the firm, Chretien said he did some work for Madagascar Oil but all fees were billed by and paid to the law firm itself.———FAMILIES LOSING PATIENCE FOR NO-FLY KID WOES: A gaggle of young constituents — and their parents — descended on Parliament Hill on Monday to press politicians to resolve ongoing airport hassles children face due to security list snags. Ten families from the group known as the No Fly List Kids planned to make their case to MPs and ministers with the aim of ensuring that funding for a new computer system to fix the problem is included in the 2018 federal budget. Parents of children who have repeatedly endured nerve-wracking airport delays because a youngster’s name matches one on a no-fly list say federal security legislation now before Parliament will do nothing in the short term to ease their woes. The government is proposing an amendment to the Secure Air Travel Act that would allow the public safety minister to tell parents that their child is not on the Canadian no-fly list, meaning the name simply matches that of someone who is actually listed. The government says this would provide assurance to parents about their child’s status.———B.C. TO INCREASE PENALTIES FOR DISTRACTED DRIVERS: Distracted drivers are facing higher penalties in British Columbia. The provincial government says it wants to designate distracted driving as a high-risk behaviour under the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s driver risk premium program. That means a driver with two tickets for distracted driving over a three-year period will see their total financial penalties rise to as much as $2,000, an increase of $740 over existing penalties. The changes will take effect March 1. It says distracted driving is a factor in more than 25 per cent of car crashes fatalities in B.C. and kills an average of 78 people annually.———TRIAL HEARS OF WINNIPEG LETTER-BOMB AFTERMATH: Members of a police bomb squad have testified about the aftermath of an explosion at a Winnipeg law office that cost one lawyer her right hand. The officers told the trial of Guido Amsel about searches that were done in July 2015 after a bomb went off inside the office of Maria Mitousis and caused her severe injuries. Const. Rommel Vianzon geared up in a bomb suit and went in after the blast to check for other explosives, and to see whether there were body parts such as fingers that could be recovered for surgery. Amsel, who is 51, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder. Mitousis had represented Amsel’s wife in the couple’s divorce — undetonated bombs were found at Amsel’s former wife’s workplace and at a law firm that had represented Amsel.———NEXTBLOCK SCRAPS PLANS TO GO PUBLIC IN WAKE OF CONTROVERSY: A blockchain-focused venture capital fund headed by a Toronto-based expert is abandoning plans to go public amid reports alleging it made misleading statements in its marketing materials. NextBlock Global, whose chief executive is business author Alex Tapscott, said it is “no longer doing a go-public transaction” and is in the process of reaching out to investors to discuss next steps, including the return of their original investment. NextBlock had aimed to go public via a reverse takeover of Nobelium Tech Corp., which is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The fund’s statement on Sunday follows reports that NextBlock Global’s investor presentation allegedly incorrectly named four people as its advisers. Last week, Forbes reported that NextBlock in its efforts to raise $100 million named four blockchain advisers, who told the publication they had not signed on in that capacity.———DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY CAMPAIGN AIMS TO BAN ‘SORRY’: The Canadian Down Syndrome Society wants to educate people about how to act when a family member or friend gives birth to a baby with the genetic condition — especially avoiding the word “sorry.” The society has launched a campaign called “Anything But Sorry” that includes a YouTube video called “The ‘S’ Word.” The video begins with a question: “What do you say to parents who just had a child with Down syndrome?” The answers are provided by people with Down syndrome, who offer up suggestions of what people can say to new parents using every inappropriate phrase they know except “sorry.” The video project also gives the cast a platform to express their sense of humour and personalities.
Los Angeles: Actor Anne Hathaway never thought her acting career would go this well. She says she feels really lucky to be where she is now. “I never thought that things would go this well, and I never thought that I’d still be like hitting the pavement as hard as I am now. But I do love it. I really feel lucky to do it,” Hathaway told etonline.com. Despite her success, the Ocean’s 8 star says she hasn’t been able to “stop hustling”. She says acting never gets easier even when stars have achieved high levels of fame as they still have to “work just as hard in a different way”. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”I had a mistaken idea that there would be a point where you’d made it enough that you would be able to stop hustling.” “That never really happened. When people say you really have to love acting because it’s hard, like that’s an aspect of it that I don’t think people think (about). Because people think, ‘Oh, I’m gonna get famous and it’s just gonna be this really glamorous lifestyle,’ but you really will have to work just as hard in a different way than you do in the beginning when nobody knows who you are.”
Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera finalised the budget proposal papers which are to be presented to Parliament on the 5th of March 2019 with Treasury Secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga, the Finance Ministry said. (Colombo Gazette) The 2019 Budget 2019 has been finalised and is ready to be presented to Parliament this week.The budget has been titled ‘Enterprise Sri Lanka – Empowering the people, nurturing the poor.”
Synthetic Pathways and Brock University are hosting the 15th Symposium on the Latest Trends in Organic Synthesis (LTOS-15), to be held August 8-11 in Academic South 203.The symposium brings together synthetic chemists from academia and industry “in a format that would allow for maximum exchange of information in an informal, relaxed atmosphere,” says founder and Canada Research Chair Tomas Hudlicky, Department of Chemistry. Twenty-two researchers from Canada, the U.S., Germany, Scotland and Australia are scheduled to speak. LTOS-15 is the fifth of these biennial symposia held at Brock.For more information, visit the symposium website.
The Council’s call followed similar reactions from the senior UN envoy to Afghanistan, Tom Koenigs, and UNICEF chief Ann Veneman after the car travelling between Badghis and Herat came under attack on Friday.UNICEF driver Sirajuddin Noorzai and an Afghan doctor working with a German medical non-governmental organization (NGO) were killed on the spot, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said this weekend. A second UNICEF staff member, Qasim Nazari, was seriously wounded and has been undergoing emergency procedures in Herat. A police escort vehicle was untouched.“The members of the Security Council were shocked by the terrorist attack on a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) vehicle in the province of Herat on 12 May 2006, and condemned the attack in the strongest terms,” Security Council President Basile Ikouebe of the Republic of the Congo said in a press statement.Council members reiterated their concern at the increasing threat to the local population, national security forces, international military and international assistance efforts, and stressed the importance of the security and safety of the United Nations staff,” he said. “The members of the Security Council urged the Afghan authorities to make every effort to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is on the hunt to find the UK’s heroes of manufacturing, with its 2011 photography competition that aims to inspire a new public perception of the manufacturing sector.The annual competition seeks to capture the ingenuity, creativity, technology and pride that drive the UK industry, and is open for submissions from professional and amateur photographers of all ages. The winning images will be modern, engaging, and challenge outdated perceptions of the UK’s manufacturing sector.If you are part of the industry, your entry could be taken by keen amateur photographers in your own workforce, apprentices or even visiting students. EEF also wants to see the best professional images that you may have had taken by an expert photographer. The competition is free to enter and open to everyone until 31 October 2011.Click through to find out more about the 2011 EEF 2011 photography competition.SMMT has already unveiled a collection of striking photographs which provide a rare ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse of the UK motor industry. By teaming up with both professional and student photographers, a unique gallery of images was produced that depicts the full scope and scale of the sector, and portrays the advanced technologies and skills within it. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The National Mining Association (NMA) has welcomed the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision that new, duplicative financial responsibility requirements for the hard rock mining industry are unnecessary. The decision stems from environmental group litigation seeking to use the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund Law) to impose additional, crippling financial and regulatory burdens on the mining industry.“When litigation is used as a tool to attempt to force the government into unnecessary action against an industry, the result is bad policy,” said Hal Quinn, NMA President and CEO. “Today’s action shows that reason can prevail. Modern, advanced mining practices – coupled with existing state and federal environmental and financial assurance requirements – comprehensively cover the same risks contemplated under the CERCLA program.“At a time when America is completely import-dependent for many key minerals, we should be supporting domestic mining and encouraging investment in the U.S. to lessen our dependence on foreign supply chains,” added Quinn.Congress enacted CERCLA in 1980 to address threats to human health and the environment posed by the nation’s past waste disposal practices. CERCLA is both a backward- and forward-looking statute, intended to address remediation of existing sites and prevent the creation of new ones. In the decades that followed its enactment, state and federal environmental and financial assurance programs were developed and implemented to address the very same risks contemplated by CERCLA’s financial responsibility provisions.In 2009, several environmental groups sued the EPA, attempting to use CERCLA to subject classes of facilities within the hard rock mining industry to additional financial responsibility requirements. As a result, EPA conducted a rulemaking to determine if new requirements were needed.In 2016, EPA released a proposal premised on a faulty picture of the mining industry – it relied on legacy practices used at operations decades and even generations ago that are not representative of today’s mining and mineral processing industry. In sum: the proposal addressed conditions that no longer exist or are already remedied under other comprehensive regulatory programs. Now, the EPA has acknowledged these fundamental flaws in the proposal and rightly determined that a new financial responsibility program was not needed.EPA’s decision not to impose additional requirements on the mining and minerals industry is consistent with the ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which stated that, while EPA had to act by December 1, 2017 (the deadline established in the litigation), the final action could be no rule at all:“[T]he proposed joint order ‘does not require EPA to promulgate a new, stricter rule. At most, it ‘merely requires that EPA conduct a rulemaking and then decide whether to promulgate a new rule – the content of which is not in any way dictated by the [proposed order on consent] – using a specific timeline.” In re Idaho Conservation League, 811 F.3d 502, 524 (D.C. Cir. 2016).
Rupert Murdoch songe à vendre MySpaceLe propriétaire de News Corp envisagerait de vendre MySpace, selon Reuters. Le site n’est plus rentable aujourd’hui et subit de plein fouet la concurrence des réseaux sociaux.MySpace n’a cessé de voir son succès décliner depuis l’apparition d’autres réseaux sociaux et notamment celle de Facebook en 2008, fondé par Mark Zuckerberg. Acheté il y a cinq ans par News Corp pour 580 millions de dollars, MySpace déçoit aujourd’hui Rupert Murdoch, car il n’est plus du tout rentable.À lire aussiL’effet terrible et inattendu de la 5G sur les insectesLe directeur général de News Corp a expliqué à Reuters qu’un panel d’options était sur la table. Parmi elles, son entreprise pourrait établir un partenariat avec un autre éditeur de services en ligne, ou céder MySpace au plus offrant. Rupert Murdoch veut aller vite et espère un retour à la rentabilité dans un délai assez court. Le site sera-t-il assez compétitif pour cela ?Pour ne plus être confronté au célèbre Facebook, MySpace avait redéfini une nouvelle stratégie le mois dernier, mettant l’accent sur les contenus comme les vidéos ou la musique, pour se démarquer de son désormais ex-rival (voir notre article).Le 1 décembre 2010 à 16:42 • Emmanuel Perrin
Although Monday evening’s event was the last open house presentation on Oregon’s proposal to add tolls to highways in Portland, there is still ample time to offer feedback, and more time still before anything comes to fruition.The open house, at the Luepke Senior Center, offered guests a chance to review and comment on the Portland Region Value Pricing Advisory Committee’s analysis of proposed tolling plans.“There’s a whole variety of different types of approval that are required for tolling from the federal government,” Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Don Hamilton said.The advisory commission will make its recommendations to the Oregon Transportation Commission, Oregon’s statewide transportation decision-making body, which then has to submit a plan to the Federal Highway Administration by the end of the year.The tolling — called congestion pricing, value pricing or variable rate tolling — sets up a user fee to encourage travel at different times or by different means.
Sarjo Camara-SingatehDeputies at the National Assembly on 28 December, 2015, ratified a financing agreement with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for an additional amount of 10,050,000 SDR.Presenting the motion before the deputies during the fourth ordinary session, Mr. Abdou Kolley, the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, said in its drive to secure food self sufficiency, the government of the Gambia secured and signed with IFAD an additional grant agreement to support the implementation of the NEMA project.He said the additional financing of the agreement has two equal components of grant and loan of 5,025,000.00 SDR each, “thus bringing the total of NEMA financing to D23,200,000.00 (twenty-three million, two hundred thousand dalasi) SDR” (equivalent to D1,280 million). He noted that the additional financing is executed by later agreement confirming the parties’ agreement to the amendments made to the original agreements and requires ratification before the loan component can be disbursed“The loan component is highly concessional for it stands as follows 5,025,000.00 (five million and twenty-five) thousand SDR, maturity 40 years includes a grace period of ten years and service fee 0.75%,” he stated.According to the Finance Minister, the NEMA project targets women and youth who are at the core rice and vegetable production of the country. He added that it also supports young men and women under the age of 30 with the objective of enhancing youth empowerment, promoting market oriented vegetable and rice production, agricultural business, value addition, service producers and operators in rice and vegetable markets.Minister Kolley noted that the project comprises water shed development commercialization and project facilitation. These activities, he said, will be implemented by central and local government structures, contracted suppliers, service providers and communities.“All financial and material transactions of the project are subject to the Gambia government’s robust governance framework and comply with IFAD’s requirement for transparency and rectitude,” he added.Seconding the motion, Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta, the National Assembly Member for Serekunda East and Majority Leader, recalled that in 2012, they ratified a grant for this project. He stated that the NEMA project is dear to the hearts of their electorate describing it a win situation for both the loan and the grant. He noted that the geographical coverage of the six agricultural directorates in the Gambia is to reduce poverty among women and youth.“This needs our urgent support,” said the Majority Leader.Also supporting the motion was Hon. Bintanding Jarju, the member for Foni Brefet, , who described the water shed development part of the motion as important. She noted that this project came to rescue the women.Report on the debate will continue in our subsequent publication.
WASHOUGAL — A standing-room crowd of about 50 people with strong opinions on Arizona’s law targeting illegal aliens turned out for Monday night’s Washougal City Council meeting.The unusual attendance at what otherwise was a routine meeting came in response to a July 6 resolution passed 5-2 by the council to encourage Washington’s Legislature to adopt a law similar to Arizona’s.In addition to public comments, the gathering heard an apology by Mayor Sean Guard for not having read the Arizona law before the July 6 resolution passed and comments from council members about their July 6 action.Prior to public comment, the mayor announced the enforcement of rules that allow two people to speak on each side of an issue for three minutes each, adding that the comments must be relevant to city business and not directed at individuals.Three spoke on each side of the issue, followed by the mayor’s apology and councilors’ comments.Councilman Jon Russell voiced his displeasure with the rules set forth for public comment, saying it was the first time he’d seen them in use. Russell asked that more comments be allowed because of the number in attendance, but the mayor declined. Russell sponsored the July 6 resolution and is running as a Republican to be a state representative for the 18th District.
The measures proposed in the draft e-commerce policy against counterfeit products is expected to help lower the cost of original products sold through online portals. Industry experts and sellers believe the new rules will help stem the flow of fake goods through e-commerce sites.According to the draft regulation, online retailers will have to give trademark owners, like a brand or a reseller, the option to approve the sale of every product that carries their trademark listed for sale on the portal. Moreover, companies should seek the trademark owner’s authorisation to sell luxury products and cosmetics on their platforms. The prevalence of counterfeit products is very high in categories such as apparel and accessories.”This certainly seems doable, especially since it’s in everyone’s interest,” a senior e-commerce executive told The Economic Times. “Till counterfeits exist, the cost to original brands will remain high, but if the entire demand comes to the original brand, they will be able to bring down costs,” he added.A survey conducted last year by market research firm Velocity MR showed that one out of every three online shoppers has received fake products while shopping online in a period of six months. Even though online retail companies do not share data on fake products, some studies have pegged the share of counterfeit goods sold online at 20%.The implementation of the measures is expected to have a temporary impact on sales through online marketplaces but it will eventually recover after brands pass on the benefits of incremental sales to consumers.E-commerce firms have been clamping down on sellers of counterfeit products for a while now. Companies like Snapdeal and Amazon have blocked or delisted thousands of vendors in an effort to reduce the circulation of fake goods.The overall effects of the proposed measures are likely to be positive, however, it may fuel some trade channel disputes between sellers and brands. Due to the power given to brands to determine which products and sellers get listed on online portals, they could start restricting non-authorised vendors who offer discounts but sell genuine products. The policy also proposes for e-commerce marketplaces to create financial disincentives for vendors selling fake items.
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un in a file photo. US intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in nuclear talks with the United States, NBC news quoted US officials as saying. Photo: ReutersUS intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in nuclear talks with the United States, NBC news quoted US officials as saying.In a report on Friday, the network said what it described as the latest US intelligence assessment appeared to go counter to sentiments expressed by president Donald Trump, who tweeted after an unprecedented 12 June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.”NBC quoted five unidentified US officials as saying that in recent months North Korea had stepped up production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons, even as it engaged in diplomacy with the United States.The network cited US officials as saying that the intelligence assessment concludes that North Korea has more than one secret nuclear site in addition to its known nuclear fuel production facility at Yongbyon.”There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the US,” NBC quoted one official as saying.The CIA declined to comment on the NBC report. The state department said it could not confirm it and did not comment on matters of intelligence. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.The NBC report raises further questions about North Korea’s readiness to enter serious negotiations about giving up a weapons program that now threatens the United States, in spite of Trump’s enthusiastic portrayal of the summit outcome.NBC quoted one senior US intelligence official as saying that North Korea’s decision ahead of the summit to suspend nuclear and missile tests was unexpected and the fact that the two sides were talking was a positive step.However, he added: “Work is ongoing to deceive us on the number of facilities, the number of weapons, the number of missiles … We are watching closely.”Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at California’s Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said there were two “bombshells” in the NBC report.He said it had long been understood that North Korea had at least one undeclared facility to enrich nuclear fuel aside from Yongbyon.”This assessment says there is more than one secret site. That means there are at least three, if not more sites,” he said.Lewis said the report also implied that US intelligence had reporting to suggest North Korea did not intend to disclose one or more of the enrichment sites.”Together, these two things would imply that North Korea intended to disclose some sites as part of the denuclearization process, while retaining others,” he said.North Korea agreed at the summit to “work toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” but the joint statement signed by Kim and Trump gave no details on how or when Pyongyang might surrender its nuclear weapons.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week he would likely go back to North Korea before long to try to flesh out commitments made at the Trump-Kim meeting.On Thursday, the Financial Times quoted US officials as saying that Pompeo plans to travel to North Korea next week, but the State Department has declined to confirm this.Ahead of the summit, North Korea rejected unilaterally abandoning an arsenal it has called an essential deterrent against US aggression.Trump said last week North Korea was blowing up four of its big test sites and that a process of “total denuclearization … has already started,” but officials said there had been no such evidence since the summit.This week, Washington-based North Korean monitoring project 38 North said recent satellite imagery showed North Korea had made rapid improvements to facilities at Yongbyon since 6 May, but it could not say if such work had continued after 12 June.
By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, email@example.comThree homicide investigations continue in Prince George’s County as suspects remain at large.Suspect Escapes Arrest Without Clothes On The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of Duron Hudson. Hudson, 18, is wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of 22-year-old George Hendrix. Hendrix was found with multiple gunshot wounds in Southeast, D.C. on June 22. Hudson was on the verge of being apprehended when he escaped authorities without his clothes and remains at large. There were initial reports that he was seen in public following his daring afternoon escape.Homicide investigations continue in Prince George’s County, including one case where the U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Duron Hudson. (Courtesy Photo)Just after noon August 9, Prince George’s County police issued a shelter-in-place order for the area around the 1900 block of Belle Haven Drive in Hyattsville, where Hudson fled from a home in the area. Police said Hudson was possibly naked when he avoided the arrest.County police were in the process of executing a warrant and they made contact with Hudson inside the home. However, Hudson was described as “noncompliant, forced himself out of a window, jumping out, and was able to break through law enforcement perimeter,” according to Acting Deputy Commander Brian Kim from the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.“The fugitive investigation for Hudson is ongoing at the moment,” Kim said. Hyattsville Homicide Investigation ContinuesPrince George’s County Police are still investigating a Fatal Shooting in Hyattsville, which does not appear to be a random act of violence. Dante Campbell, 38, was shot early in the morning hours of August 1. Hyattsville Police were called to the 4600 block of Burlington Road where they found Campbell outside of a home suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.He was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.The victim is 38-year-old Dante Campbell of Hyattsville. The police said that it does not appear to be a random shooting and detectives are working to establish a motive and identify any suspects. PGPD Continues Investigating Fatal Shooting in SuitlandHomicide Unit detectives continue to investigate a fatal shooting in Suitland on August 5. The victim was Mshairi Alkebular Jr., 24, of Southeast, D.C. Around 1:15 pm, patrol officers responded to the report of a fight in the 5600 block of Suitland Road. When the authorities arrived on the scene, they encountered a large group of people who were attending a funeral service at a church in a strip mall at that location. The funeral had been held for a victim of another homicide from the District. When the officers were attempting to break up the fight, they heard gunshots in the vicinity. Officers responded one block away to the 5800 block of Suitland Road and discovered Alkebular next to a car suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers provided emergency lifesaving measures on scene and Alkebular was transported to a local hospital where he died. Three other people were hurt as a result of the incident, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening. Police spokesman Corporal Nicholas Clayton said two others were taken to area hospitals with gunshot wounds while another person was found in the woods near where the fight happened with an injured wrist.Authorities say detectives are actively working to determine the sequence of events following the funeral and also don’t believe this was a random act.
MotoGP racing is basically F1 racing for motorcycles, minus all the pesky protection in case of a wreck. Needless to say, the risk of injury, or even death is an ever-present threat for the rider on the circuit.In today’s FrenchGP race, Czech rider Jakub Kornfeil miraculously avoided a potentially catastrophic crash by ramping off an already wrecked, sliding bike at full speed like a scene out of a 007 movie.You don’t have to be a gearhead to appreciate that this is freaking amazing. This has to rank as one of the best crash saves ever.Incredible save during this weekend’s MotoGP 3 from r/sports Advertisement
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday there is “no specific and credible intelligence” to suggest that terrorists have any plans to strike the United States over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.“… Americans should go about their usual Thanksgiving weekend activities. Spending time with family and friends, and celebrating our blessings,” Obama said. “And while the threat of terrorism is a troubling reality of our age, we are both equipped to prevent attacks, and we are resilient in the face of those who would try to do us harm.”Obama’s remarks came after a meeting with his national security team in the Situation Room. His comments came as many politicians are calling on his administration to do more against the Islamic State.The participants of Wednesday’s meeting, according to administration officials, included Attorney General Loretta Lynch; Homeland Security Jeh Johnson; national security adviser Susan Rice; assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism Lisa Monaco; FBI Director James Comey; White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; White House Counsel Neil Eggleston; deputy assistant to the president for Homeland Security Amy Pope; and White House senior director for counterterrorism Jen Easterly.The president acknowledged the fear that the Paris attacks evoked in many U.S. citizens:“… Given the shocking images, I know that Americans have been asking each other where – whether it’s safe here, whether it’s safe to fly or gather,” he said, referring to the series of strikes on Nov. 13 in Paris that killed 130 people. “I know that families have discussed their fears about the threat of terrorism around the dinner table, many for the first time since Sept. 11. And it’s understandable that people worry something similar could happen here. Watching the events in Paris made the threat feel closer to home.”Obama told reporters, “I want the American people to know that we are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe.”“So as Americans travel this weekend to be with their loved ones, I want them to know that our counterterrorism, intelligence, homeland security, and law enforcement professionals at every level are working overtime. They are continually monitoring threats at home and abroad,” the president said. “Their work has prevented attacks, their work has saved lives.”“In the event of a specific, credible threat, the public will be informed,” Obama said.On Tuesday, Obama met with French President François Hollande. During a White House news conference both leaders urged the international community to devote more resources to fighting the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS.Defeating the terrorists, Obama said, is “going to be a process that involves hard, methodical work. It’s not going to be something that happens just because suddenly we take a few more airstrikes.”© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:US issues global travel alert due to ‘increased terrorist threats’ Obama tries to ease anxiety over terror attacks with Oval Office address US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo France, allies signal major response after Paris attacks leave at least 127 dead
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman is up ended by Atlanta Falcons’ Philip Wheeler, during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) 4 Comments Share The 6-foot-2, 245 pound linebacker’s most productive years came in 2012-13, when he tallied 109 and 118 tackles for the Raiders and Dolphins, respectively.Wheeler has 66 career starts in 133 total games and has accumulated 513 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 25 tackles for loss. He has five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 15 passes defenses in his career. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Adding veteran depth to their linebacker room, the Arizona Cardinals signed Philip Wheeler to a one-year deal, they announced Thursday.The 32-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Last year, he recorded 28 tackles in 16 appearances.Prior, Wheeler was with the Miami Dolphins (2013-14), Oakland Raiders (2012) and Indianapolis Colts (2008-2011). He has proved durable, appearing in all 16 games in six of his nine seasons.