PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says the country will move more slowly than promised to cap the amount of energy it derives from nuclear energy.Amid popular discontent about high energy prices, Macron said Tuesday that France will shut down 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 out of 58 now in order.Yet he said France would cap the amount of electricity it derives from nuclear plants at 50 per cent by 2035. That is a delay compared with the goal of 2025 set by his predecessor, Francois Hollande.France depends more on nuclear energy than any other country, getting about three-quarters of its electricity from its 19 nuclear plants.The French leader promised to develop renewable energy instead, saying his priority is weaning France’s economy from fuel that contributes to global warming.The Associated Press
1(346 Words) Download Download PrintPrint 4/20/2019 2:48:00 PM New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu Saturday alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi “ruined” government companies and “favoured” private firms in his five years of rule and accused him of being “anti-national for selling the interest of the nation”. Sidhu also described PM Modi as “nikamma” (useless) and said he should stop harping on the issue of nationalism to garner votes and talk about the matters of national interest. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Addressing a press conference here, the Punjab minister alleged, “Modi is the business development manager of Ambani and Adani, as he has favoured them at the cost of state-run firms.” The Congress has been attacking the prime minister for “promoting crony capitalism and favouring his industrialist friends”. The government has, however, denied the charges. Sidhu also alleged that while SBI and MTNL are accruing losses, PM Modi is endorsing private companies like Paytm and Reliance Jio. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Adani and Ambani accompanied the prime minister on foreign visits and 18 big projects, which should have ideally been given to government companies, were handed over to them,” he claimed. The Congress leader alleged that the “chowkidar” took care only of the rich and ignored the rest 99 per cent of the population. “And the prime minister says he’s the chowkidar of the nation. He’s the chowkidar of the top 1 per cent of the population. He never took chairmen of government companies along with him on his foreign tours. Are government firms not good enough?” Sidhu asked. The cricketer-turned-politician alleged that under the “chowkidar’s” watch, PSUs like Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited turned into loss-making enterprises. “While BSNL is grappling with a loss of Rs 8,000 cr, the prime minister is endorsing Reliance Jio, which has posted a huge profit. While SBI is reeling under NPAs, Modi can be seen in advertisements of Paytm,” he alleged. “Modi sold the interest of the nation. He’s anti-national,” Sidhu alleged. The prime minister should stop harping on the issue of nationalism to garner votes and talk about the matters of national interest, he said.
London: Maurizio Sarri admitted on Friday that Chelsea face a “very difficult” task to reach the levels of Premier League pacesetters Liverpool and Manchester City as he prepares his team to face Manchester United. The Italian believes the Blues must close the gap in a maximum of two seasons, though his position at Stamford Bridge remains under threat. Chelsea head to Old Trafford on Sunday, where the winners will take a significant step towards a top-four finish to secure Champions League qualification for next season. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuSarri, 60, told reporters at his pre-match press conference the points tallies earned by Liverpool and Manchester City — both closing on 90 points — were “incredible” and said he wanted the chance to elevate Chelsea to that level. “It’s incredible because Manchester City, in the last season, gained 100 points,” said Sarri. “To gain 100 points in the Premier League is really incredible, really very difficult. In this season, two teams, I think they will finish with about 97, 96, 95 points. That’s incredible. It’s very difficult to cover the gap. Really very difficult. We need to work. We need to improve. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”Of course, this one is the third season of (Pep) Guardiola at City, and the fifth I think of (Jurgen) Klopp at Liverpool (Klopp is in his fourth season at Anfield). So it’s a long way (to go). But in one or two seasons, we have to recover the gap.” Sarri said his team, currently in fourth spot in the Premier League, are improving despite taking just a single point from their past two matches. “Tactically, we are improving,” he said. “Mentally, too. Because two or three months ago, at the first difficulty in a match, we were not able to fight or react. “Now my feeling is different. Now we are able to fight and react. But of course to recover the gap will be really very difficult for us, but also the other teams.” He said Chelsea had to improve their away form at their top-six rivals after league defeats at the hands of Arsenal, Tottenham, City and Liverpool this season. “We need to face difficulties because for sure against these teams away you have to face difficulties,” he said. “We need to be able to stay in the match in the 10 minutes of difficulty. Sometimes in the second part of the season we lost the match in 10 minutes.” And Sarri said he was surprised Eden Hazard did not feature in the Professional Footballers’ Association team of the year despite an outstanding season for Chelsea. “Eden deserved to be in the top XI of the Premier League, but I also think the table is clear,” he said. “There is City, there is Liverpool, and then the other teams. The vote was influenced by the table.”
By Jonathan WalshRabat – A majority of French Muslims Said they would not object if they daughter married a Jew. An online survey commissioned by The Foundation of French Judaism, conducted in February 2015 in conjunction with a broad study of attitudes in France relating to race and religion, showed that a majority of French Muslims would not object if their daughters were to marry a Jew. The 500 participants, all of whom were French Muslim adults, could choose whether they would “react positively” or “react negatively” to a series of scenarios regarding how their daughters would marry.When asked how they would react if their daughter married a man of Jewish faith, 55% said they would react positively, with the remaining 45% saying they would react negatively.The same people were then asked a similar question, but instead of asking their reactions to a man of Jewish faith they asked how participants would react to their daughter marrying a Catholic man, to which 68% responded that they would “react positively.”Though the results indicate that European Muslims are largely progressive, there are still some conservative pockets. Another survey also published by showed that in the “general population” in France, only 21% would react negatively to their daughter marrying a Jewish man.A debate about the ethics and usefulness of such polls erupted on social media, with some contending that these poll contravene French law due to a ban on “collecting statistics on citizens’ ethnic and religious backgrounds,” according toFrance24..Regardless of the legality of such surveys, at a time when both Islamic and Jewish communities in France are under intense pressure, the surveys appear to indicate more tolerance by the very communities that are subject to hate crimes. Official figures from December of last year show that following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, hate crimes against Muslims have tripled while anti-Semitic attacks have doubled.Edited by Elisabeth Myers
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The ski season isn’t over yet, at least not for the Arizona Snowbowl north of Flagstaff.Resort officials say they’re planning to remain open into next month, which would tie the longest season in its history.The ski resort plans to operate April 26-28 and May 3-5, and operators say they haven’t yet decided on a closing date for this season.Snowbowl officials say the decision to stay open into May comes after a record-breaking March in which the resort had a 30 per cent increase in skier visits compared with last season.They say the Snowbowl has received 332 inches of snowfall this season. That’s second most in the past 21 years.The Associated Press
JUBA, South Sudan — Oil-rich South Sudan is struggling to increase production of crude several months after the end of its civil war, and the political upheaval in neighbouring Sudan is in part to blame.The signing of a peace deal in September helped open the way to resuming drilling in South Sudan’s key region of Unity state, but output has been more sluggish than expected in the country with Africa’s third-largest oil reserves .“We had wanted to be farther along but it’s not an easy task,” the oil ministry’s director-general, Awow Daniel Chuang, told The Associated Press. That has hurt recovery from a five-year conflict that killed nearly 400,000 people. Billions of dollars in oil revenue were lost during the war as many oil rigs were shut down or destroyed.Production in Unity state has increased to 175,000 barrels a day since September but is far from the target of 200,000 barrels. Before the civil war began in late 2013, production across the country had been about 350,000 barrels a day, according to the oil ministry.Chuang attributes the slow recovery in part to technical challenges, the lack of funds for new machinery and fluctuating oil prices.The surprise ouster of Sudan’s long-time dictator Omar al-Bashir in April also has complicated recovery. South Sudan and Sudan share an oil pipeline and other resources, and earlier this month South Sudan’s oil minister had to travel to Sudan to release materials stranded at Port Sudan, the sole port for South Sudan’s oil exports, because workers were busy protesting issues related to the post-Bashir transition.Despite the obstacles, South Sudan’s government says it should come close to achieving its oil production target by year’s end when it expects all five rigs in Unity state to be operational. Three are now functional.But industry experts say the reality on the ground has shocked potential investors and is starkly different from what the government is conveying, Shawn Duthie, senior analyst with Africa Risk Consulting, told the AP.“Our in-country sources have said that oil production has not really increased in the north and that infrastructure in some parts of Unity state were almost non-existent,” Duthie said.The International Monetary Fund, which visited South Sudan earlier this year, cited an increased daily oil production of about 20 per cent. That contrasts the government’s numbers, which reflect twice that amount.South Sudan’s oil ministry said it needs approximately $1.5 billion over the next five years to invest in updated equipment to extract more oil and map unexplored areas. Many of the country’s oil fields are old, which means they are producing more water than oil, the ministry said.The government is reaching out to foreign investors. South Africa this month signed a $1 billion deal for oil exploration and production expected to begin this year.South Sudan’s oil sector continues to face scrutiny by the international community as a “major driver” of violence and human suffering, according to a report by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan in February.The sector is also accused by human rights groups, the U.N. Security Council and others of lacking transparency.Earlier this month President Salva Kiir confirmed plans to allot 30,000 barrels of oil per day to fund a road construction project signed with China’s state-owned Shandong Hi-Speed Group. Instead of putting the oil money into South Sudan’s Central Bank, as stipulated by last year’s peace deal, the money is being deposited into a “special fund” in China to make the transfers easier, Information Minister Michael Makuei told the AP.The deal is sounding “loud alarm bells” due to its lack of transparency and accountability, said Nelly Busingye, regional co-ordinator for east and southern Africa for Publish What You Pay, a global campaign for an open and accountable extractive industry.“This is all the more alarming because in recent years oil revenue has been used to procure weapons, fund militias and line the pockets of those in power,” said Brian Adeba, deputy director of policy at the Enough Project, a Washington-based advocacy group.___Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_AfricaSam Mednick, The Associated Press
The vessel has reportedly faced engine failure and was stranded off Mentawai Islands.Some reports said that a few onboard the vessel had died of poor health. It was not known if the vessel was an asylum boat heading to Australia. A vessel with some 40 Sri Lankans onboard is believed to have been stranded off Indonesia, the Indonesian media reported today.According to one report a rescue team has been sent to the vessel from Padang.
Pastor Colton Wickramaratne, the Founding Pastor of the Assembly of God (AOG) church, passed away today, the AOG church said.Pastor Colton Wickramaratne is the father of former Minister Eran Wickramaratne.
TORONTO — A group of alcohol and cannabis companies have formed an industry alliance to push for changes to proposed rules governing pot-infused beverages before edibles become legal in the coming months.The Cannabis Beverage Producers Alliance is arguing for, among other things, the ability to produce pot-based drinks in the same facilities where non-cannabis beverages are made.The additional cost of establishing separate manufacturing and processing facilities is a “significant barrier to entry,” particularly for small and mid-sized producers, said Paddy Finnegan, business unit manager for food and beverage at Lakeside Process Controls, an alliance member.The extra cost will also make it harder to compete with the illicit market on price, he added.“Those producers that are able to enter the market, at all, are not going to be able to do so at a price point that is appetizing to the consumer,” Finnegan said during a news conference.The group, which launched on Wednesday with 10 member companies including the Molson Coors-Hexo Corp.-joint venture Truss Beverages, is also arguing for less stringent marketing rules that would allow companies to use terms related to alcoholic beverages, such as “wine.” As well, the group is pushing for companies to be able to tap existing alcohol brand and product names for pot-infused drinks.Related Stories:BevCanna to Present at Extraordinary Future ConferenceOttawa finished its consultation process for its proposed rules in February, but has not yet released the final version. Health Canada has said the final rules must be brought into force no later than Oct. 17, 2019.Under Health Canada’s proposed rules for edibles, pot-infused drinks and food must be made in a separate facility. Draft regulations, which were released in December, also stipulate that companies that make alcoholic beverages cannot use their existing names or brands on cannabis drinks.Certain terms related to alcoholic beverages are also prohibited from use in connection with cannabis-based drinks under the draft regulations.Preventing the use of words such as “beer” in connection with cannabis-beverages would be “very confusing for the Canadian consumer,” said Terry Donnelly, chief executive of Hill Street Beverage Company.The alliance, led by former Nova Scotia premier Darrell Dexter, anticipates that the government’s final rules for edibles will be released this summer.The group hopes their concerns will be heeded, but if not, its members are “prepared for plan B under the current proposed regulations,” said Lisa Campbell, chief executive of Lifford Cannabis Solutions consultancy, a group member.“Ideally, we’ll see some flexibility, especially around marketing,” she said. “If we really want to limit the black market, we need to have branding and marketing that can compete with it.”Companies in this story: (TSX:TPX.B, TSX:HEXO)
UN Humanitarian Coordinator Georg Charpentier “appeals to all sides to end violence and guarantee the protection of civilians,” according to a news release from his office.He also “calls on all parties to allow for the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian support and ensure that assistance is provided in an equitable manner.”Earlier this month, Tripoli declared a state of emergency in the southern region where fighting has displaced hundreds of families, mainly within the Sabha area. “As a result of the clashes, the South is suffering from shortages of food supplies, medicine, fuel, and money in the banks,” Mr. Charpentier said.Hospitals in Sabha, Awbari and Murzuk have been challenged to treat all casualties, according to the release.Along with the relief assistance, a UN team will also meet with representatives of the population, listen to their grievances and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts, said Mr. Charpentier.The UN’s Libya mission (UNSMIL) had voiced “deep concern” over the violence in the south of the country.The Mission and the UN team in the country have been supporting the Libyan Government and people as they undergo a democratic transition following the toppling of former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi two years ago. Recent months have seen increasing acts of violence and worsening security, including the abduction – and subsequent release – of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, the killing of unarmed protesters in the capital, Tripoli, and targeted assassinations in Benghazi.
Rates of maternal deaths are down, according to United Nations figures released today, but pre-existing medical conditions heighten the risk of death for pregnant women and require continued investment in quality care during pregnancy and childbirth.An estimated 289,000 women died in 2013 from complications in pregnancy and childbirth, down from 523,000 in 1990, according to the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) Trends in maternal mortality estimates 1990 to 2013. The figure represents a decrease of 45 per cent. Among its findings, the report shows that 11 countries that had high levels of maternal mortality in 1990 have reached the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of a 75 per cent reduction. These include Bhutan, Cambodia, Cabo Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Maldives, Nepal, Romania, Rwanda, and Timor-Leste.“A 15-year-old girl living in sub-Saharan Africa faces about a 1 in 40 risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth during her lifetime,” said Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “A girl of the same age living in Europe has a lifetime risk of 1 in 3,300 – underscoring how uneven progress has been around the world.”Meanwhile, more than one in four maternal deaths are caused by pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, HIV, malaria and obesity, whose health impacts can all be aggravated by pregnancy, according to a second WHO study. According to the UN agency’s study of more than 60,000 maternal deaths in 115 countries, pre-existing medical conditions exacerbated by pregnancy caused 28 per cent of the deaths. This is similar to the proportion of deaths during pregnancy and childbirth from severe bleeding.This second report, Global causes of maternal death: a WHO systematic analysis, was published today in The Lancet Global Health.“Together, the two reports highlight the need to invest in proven solutions, such as quality care for all women during pregnancy and childbirth, and particular care for pregnant women with existing medical conditions,” said Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General for WHO’s Family, Women’s and Children’s Health.Marleen Temmerman, Director of WHO’s Reproductive Health and Research, and co-author of the study, added that the figures show an increased burden from noncommunicable diseases on women.
Cooperatives are an old idea but more relevant than ever as they can be the drivers of a sustainable future, senior United Nations officials said on the International Day of Cooperatives today, urging Governments to create an enabling environment for these groups to thrive and grow.“Cooperatives play an important role in many societies,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message on the Day, which this year is observed under the theme, “Cooperatives: The power to act for a sustainable future.”Citing UN estimates, he said one person in every six is either a member or a client of a cooperative and some 2.6 million cooperatives employ 12.6 million people worldwide. Cooperatives’ assets are worth about $20 trillion and they generate about $3 trillion in annual revenue.“We believe cooperatives can make significant contributions to the SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals] on employment, poverty, hunger, and equality,” the UN chief said.Like the SDGs themselves, cooperatives are people-centred, as they are owned and run by their members, and are strongly committed to the communities they serve.Agricultural cooperatives help to improve the productivity of small producers by facilitating access to markets, credit, insurance and technology. Social cooperatives can provide an important safety net in the face of declining or minimal public welfare. In the financial sector, cooperatives serve more than 857 million people, including tens of millions of people who live in poverty.Urging Governments to “create an enabling environment for cooperatives to thrive and grow,” Mr. Ban said: “Let us harness the power of cooperatives to achieve the SDGs and create a world of dignity and opportunity for all.”Cooperatives are not a new idea, but are more relevant than ever if we look at the development challenges and opportunities the world faces over the coming decadesGuy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, stressed that this year’s theme is not only timely following the unanimous adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, but also offers an important opportunity to highlight the outstanding work of cooperatives, and their major contribution to achieve the SDGs, in particular Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth.The ILO published a study in 2014 showing examples of how cooperatives help achieve sustainable development. This research contributed to the discussion leading to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda.“Cooperatives are not a new idea, but are more relevant than ever if we look at the development challenges and opportunities the world faces over the coming decades,” he said.Today, there is a need to create over 600 million new jobs globally by 2030. Cooperatives, together with other micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, will continue to play a key role in providing decent jobs for all, including young people, he noted.“For these and other reasons, the ILO recognizes the role of cooperatives as drivers of sustainable development, and remains a strong supporter of the cooperative enterprise model,” he said.In 1992, the UN General Assembly proclaimed, in its resolution 47/90, the International Day of Cooperatives to be celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July.
Raising alarm over lack of safe drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people on both sides of the so called contact line in Donetsk Oblast of eastern Ukraine since 11 June, the top United Nations relief official today called on all parties to the conflict to abide by their obligations under international law and ensure that civilian areas and infrastructure are not targeted. Some 400,000 people have not had access to water for four days due to shelling of the First Lift Pumping Station of the South Donbass Water Pipeline this past Sunday. Water supply to another 700,000 could also be cut off at any time.“The conflict, now in its fourth year, is denying vulnerable people of their most basic need – water,” said the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien in a statement today. “I appeal to all parties to the conflict to immediately ensure a prolonged cessation of hostilities to allow critical repair and maintenance to restore the water supply, including the facilitation of any movements across the ‘contact line’.” In the statement, Mr. O’Brien, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, expressed deep worry over possible outbreaks of water-borne diseases and the effect that water cuts will have on health facilities in the area. “Emergency services and aid agencies are working together to provide water to affected communities by any means possible [but] the need for urgent and permanent repairs to the pumping station is paramount,” he added, reminding all parties to the conflict of their obligation to respect civilian areas and infrastructure. “The intentional disruption of access to sufficient quality water supply in conflict-affected areas is a clear violation of international humanitarian law,” he underscored.Since the start of the conflict in April 2014, more than 1.6 million people have become internally displaced and some three million are estimated to be in territory controlled by armed groups. Also, more than 10,000 people, including over 2,700 civilians, have lost their lives and about 24,000 injured.
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Every Morning, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day — shortly before 9am.1. #THE NEVERENDING STORY They’re still at it in Castlebar. Counting, that is. A recheck of ballots is under way after Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher finished less than 300 votes behind Marian Harkin. All the country’s other MEP seats have now been decided.2. #SHOOTING A man’s been shot and injured in the Walkinstown area of Dublin. He was shot in the upper leg shortly after 5am at Slieve Bloom Park. Gardaí are appealing for information.3. #OBAMA The US President has announced the country will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after the US concludes its combat mission at the end of this year, according to CNN. It’s planned virtually all troops will be out by the end of 20164. #STRIKE IMPACT, the cabin crew union at Aer Lingus, has agreed to enter talks with management ahead of a planned one day strike at the airline on Friday, RTÉ reports. The talks are expected to get under way later today.5. #UKRAINE Kiev says it has recaptured the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk after a day of air strikes and fierce gun battles with pro-Moscow separatist militants. Dozens have died as a result of the violence.6. #BIG SHOP The competition watchdog has given the go-ahead for the sale of half of landmark Dublin store Arnotts. Two companies – Fitzwilliam Finance Partners Wittington Investments – together want to acquire 50 per cent of the department store.7. #CANNABIS More than 80 per cent of drug seizures in Europe are for cannabis, a massive study on drug use in Europe has found. The study, published yesterday, said around one million seizures of illicit drugs are reported annual in Europe.8. #THE FUTURE Is this a good idea? Google is to start building its own self-driving cars, the BBC reports. The car will have a stop-go button but no controls, steering wheel or pedals.9. #THE OUTLOOK How’s the weather looking today? Pretty good, it turns out – up to 20 degrees by this afternoon. It’s looking pretty positive for the bank holiday weekend too — around 20 degrees for Saturday and Sunday, cooling off a bit on Monday.
She does not have any legal basis, no valid US passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States.The US generally grants citizenship to everyone born on its soil; 24-year-old Muthana is believed to have traveled to Syria on a US passport, meaning that her citizenship was arguably revoked. Hoda Muthana, an Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State after becoming radicalised online. Source: APMany countries, including Ireland, have signed up to a 1954 Convention to committing to end statelessness – so what is it?What is statelessness?Although there isn’t absolute agreement on what statelessness is, the most accepted definition of a stateless person is someone “who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law”.A person can become stateless if neither they nor any country has official documentation to prove where they were born – this is particularly relevant for war-torn countries.In some cases it happens when laws around citizenship and nationality are not written exactly or correctly applied, with the result that some people can be excluded and left stateless.It can also happen if two countries’ borders change and people between them get left out.Other times it occurs because of deliberate discrimination against a particular minority.The US currently does not recognise statelessness, so if a stateless person in the US is ordered out of the country, some of the hardships that they might face include an inability to obtain travel documents and the possibility of being held in immigration detention for months or longer. In these cases, it can be a lonely process to search for citizenship; some people will have to report periodically to immigration authorities, and request travel documents from all countries to which they may have a claim to citizenship, either based on her/his parentage or place of birth.Others could try to contact third countries to ask their permission to be sent there, whether they have ties to that country or not (this could take a form of asylum).The UNHCR reports that there are at least 10 million people around the world who are “denied a nationality”. “As a result, they often aren’t allowed to go to school, see a doctor, get a job, open a bank account, buy a house or even get married,” it said.Statelessness and IrelandIreland signed up to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons in 1973 (the same year it joined the European Economic Community, which was the precursor to the EU).There’s no formal procedure here in Ireland to recognise people who are stateless. The Department of Justice’s website only makes reference to statelessness on this page, where it says that if you need an Irish visa, you may hold a 1954 Convention Travel Document, and links to the UNHCR page.In response to queries from Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said that “there is no specific determination process for recognition of stateless persons in Ireland”.“…Claims of statelessness can arise at any point in the immigration and protection processes and the numbers involved are very low.“These cases are frequently disposed of without recourse to a determination of statelessness through procedures (e.g. permission to remain) set out under the Immigration Acts or International Protection Acts.“Such cases are not centralised in a single process or section of the immigration service and, as such, statistics on stateless persons are not available.”- with reporting from AFP By Gráinne Ní Aodha THIS WEEK SAW the UK and the US threaten to revoke the citizenship of two women who fled their countries of birth to join the Islamic State.The first was the case of Shamima Begum, who left the UK aged 15 to join the Islamic State in Baghuz, Syria. After a number of interviews in the British media in which she expressed a desire to go back to the UK, the British government informed her family that her British citizenship was being revoked. Begum’s citizenship was being revoked on the basis that her parents are Bangladeshi. Later, however, Bangladesh clarified that she did not hold citizenship with them, leaving Begum as stateless (although she and her lawyers are to appeal the decision).Her son was born days before her citizenship was revoked, meaning that he is entitled to British citizenship, despite his mother no longer holding it.On Wednesday, US president Donald Trump tweeted out that he had instructed his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to not allow US-born Hoda Muthana back into the country. She had previously left her home state of Alabama to join the Islamic State.“Ms Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen and will not be admitted into the United States,” Pompeo said in a statement. 65 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4507881 Shamima Begum, who fled the UK to join the Islamic State terror group in Syria aged 15, and was stripped of her British citizenship. 25,703 Views Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 11:45 AM Shamima Begum, who fled the UK to join the Islamic State terror group in Syria aged 15, and was stripped of her British citizenship. Image: PA Statelessness: Here’s how removing a person’s nationality causes problems People access their human rights through citizenship – without it, people can’t to go to school, get a job, or get married. Image: PA Short URL Share254 Tweet Email1 Feb 23rd 2019, 11:45 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Green is the new black: A battery-free powered toothbrush has more than doubled its crowdfunding goal in one week.The unlikely product—a wildly popular dental hygiene tool—runs on kinetic energy.Simply apply toothpaste, give Be (Beyond Electric) two full twists, and press the power button, and you’re off to the teeth-cleaning races.Made from 90 percent post-consumer material, Be is 100 percent recyclable, biodegradable, and portable. Free from cables and batteries, the device comes with a travel case and brush refills; take it on business trips and camping adventures, or just to the office, for a “diamond-clean smile.”It even comes with recyclable packaging (via Goodwell Co.)Be uses Binchotan (a.k.a. activated charcoal) in its bristles, to help with Ph balance, odor absorption, and anti-microbial purification. The toothbrush automatically shuts down after a dentist-recommended two minutes (and 80,000 oscillating brush strokes).“Every year, 15 billion batteries are discarded worldwide, and only 1 percent of them are recycled,” according to the Kickstarter campaign, led by Goodwell Co. “We know it’s bad but let’s face it, it’s hard to feel like one person can actually make a difference … until now.”On a mission to create 100 percent natural technologies that raise environmental awareness and help preserve the planet, Goodwell manufactures affordable and eco-friendly toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste.It’s latest project Be has already collected more than $151,300 from nearly 2,000 backers.Do you part to save the environment (via Goodwell Co.)There are still 37 days to snag your own Be battery-free toothbrush, on sale with a snap-on travel case, and three biodegradable brush head refills for an early-bird price of $49 (comparable to a low-end Oral-B electric tooth sweeper).Customers can also save $60 off the retail price of an entire Clean Kit—toothbrush, case, toothpaste, floss, refills—by pledging $89.Every purchase comes with a one-year supply of replacement heads “to minimize the energy and carbon of bi-monthly refill shipping,” the project page said.“Don’t forget recyclable packaging, too!”The electric-free toothbrush is estimated to ship in December 2018. Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysKickstart This Sleep Box Inspired by Mark Zuckerberg Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Campaign materials for Stand for Alaska – Vote No on One on display at an Anchorage conference. (photo by Nat Herz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The state is fining the main group opposing the salmon habitat ballot initiative $1,925.Listen nowThe Alaska Public Offices Commission says the group violated a rule that requires an organization fighting an initiative to clearly state its opposition in its name.The organization is now called “Stand for Alaska – Vote No on One.” But the group was called simply “Stand for Alaska” until June 12, when it changed its name. The group also used “Stand for Alaska” in several campaign videos posted online.APOC staff said the maximum penalty for all of the violations was $7,700, but the commission opted to reduce the fine because this is the first election cycle it has been active, and also “because the penalty is out of proportion to the degree of harm to the public,” the commission wrote in its decision.Stand for Salmon, a group campaigning for the initiative, filed the complaint with the commission, arguing the name “Stand for Alaska” confused and misled voters. Ryan Schryver, director of Stand for Salmon, said the original name was “intentionally deceptive.”The Stand for Alaska — Vote No on One campaign manager said that wasn’t the case.“As far as the naming error goes, it was honest mistake, but a mistake nonetheless,” Kati Capozzi of Stand for Alaska said. “We will be paying the fine and we’re not going to be contesting it.”
Yadadri-Bhongir: Pall of gloom descended on a home which had been celebrating the marriage of one of its member sometime ago, as four members of the family were killed due to electric shock. This tragic incident took place at Mukthapur village under Bhongir municipal limits on Friday night. According to villagers, one Chindam Sailu performed his son’s marriage with a girl from Revanapally village on June 19. After completing the marriage rituals they reached their residence in Mukthapur on Friday. Also Read – Heavy rains lash erstwhile Khammam district Advertise With Us As a part of decoration, house was illuminated with bulbs and the wire was tied to an iron pole. Also tied to the same iron pole was an iron wire which was used for drying up the wet clothes. As the power was supplied for lighting of bulbs, a live wire touched the iron wire. When the maternal aunt of the bridegroom tried to hang the wet clothes on the iron wire, she got electric shock. Hearing her screams, the family members rushed to her rescue. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us Thus, one by one four members of the family got electrocuted while trying to save her. In this incident bridegroom Chindam Praveen, his parents Chindam Sailu (55) and Gangamma(50) and bridegroom’s maternal aunt Gangamma got electric shock. These unconscious persons were rushed to a hospital in Hyderabad for treatment. The doctors confirmed that they were brought dead. Advertise With Us Meanwhile, bridegroom’s brothers Bhaskar, Shiva Shankar, kin Onteddu Laxmamma escaped injuries and were saved as the power supply to the wire from pole was stalled when one person hit the wire with a wooden stick. Large number of villagers and kin participated in funeral ceremony of the bridegroom Praveen and his parents Sailu and Gangamma, where as Gangamma’s dead body was shifted to Tummala Gudem of Ramannapet mandal in the district to perform her last rites.