SC to hear Ram JanmabhoomiBabri Masjid land dispute case today

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to peruse on Thursday a report on the “progress of mediation” in the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case in Ayodhya.A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had on July 11 sought a report on the issue and said that a day-to-day hearing may commence from July 25 if the court decides to conclude the mediation proceedings. The bench had requested former apex court judge Justice (Retd) F M I Kalifulla,chairperson of the three-member mediation panel, to apprise it by July 18 the progress of mediation till date and its present stage. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”It will be convenient to have the said report latest by July 18, on which date further orders will be passed by this court,” the bench, also comprising justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, had said on July 11. It passed the order while hearing an application filed by a legal heir of one of the original litigants, Gopal Singh Visharad, seeking a judicial decision on the dispute and conclusion of the mediation process, alleging that nothing much was happening there. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIt had said that the court would pass appropriate orders on July 18 after perusing the report filed by the mediation committee. The panel, also comprising spiritual guru and founder of the Art of Living foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate and renowned mediator Sriram Panchu, was earlier granted time till August 15 by the apex court for completion of mediation after its earlier report had said that the mediators were “optimistic” about an amicable solution. The top court had fixed the seat for the mediation process in Faizabad of Uttar Pradesh, around 7 km from Ayodhya, and said adequate arrangements, including those related to the venue of the mediation, place of stay of the mediators, their security and travel, should be arranged forthwith by the state government so that the proceedings could commence immediately. The bench was earlier told by Hindu bodies, except the Nirmohi Akhara, and the Uttar Pradesh government that they were not in favour of the court’s suggestion for mediation. The Muslim bodies had supported the proposal. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid, constructed at the disputed site in the 16th century by Shia Muslim Mir Baqi, was demolished.last_img read more

Elder leads group hundreds of kilometres up Yukon river in the Spirit

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN National NewsBuck Smarch is mourning the death of his mother.Tyler Smith struggles with addiction.The two men have never met – until they embarked on a nine-day journey to face their demons.They were brought together by Tahltan Elder William Carlick who leads them 700 kilometres down the Yukon river in the Spirit canoe.smclean@aptn.calast_img

Nova Scotia announces 120million surplus despite extra spending

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia has tabled its final books for fiscal 2017-18, posting a net surplus of $120 million — even after nearly $479 million in extra spending.The province said Thursday it had registered a surplus of $230 million, but ended up in the net position after putting a one-time payment of $110 million towards the debt of the new Halifax Convention Centre.Finance Minister Karen Casey said the surplus and extra spending was mainly possible because of higher tax revenue and an offshore petroleum royalties award and equalization from Ottawa.The additional appropriations were the most registered since then-premier John Hamm’s Tories spent $658.7 million in fiscal 1999-2000.“We were fortunate to have those awards this year but it’s something you can’t plan for and you can’t spend more than once,” Casey told reporters.The biggest extra costs included $82 million for the remediation of the Boat Harbour effluent lagoons in Pictou County and nearly $73 million for a trust fund aimed at expanding rural internet service.The top ups in both cases means the Boat Harbour cleanup originally estimated at $52 million has now ballooned to an estimated $217 million, while the internet trust fund stands at $193 million.Casey was asked whether the province was building up large surpluses on the backs of a public that has made it clear they want more spent on priority areas such as health and education.The province said it did spend an extra $14 million to meet rising demand for health care services and higher costs for long-term care.“Each year there’s been more money going into health care and education,” Casey said before defending how the extra spending was allocated.“You have one-time spending when you have a prior year adjustment. It would be irresponsible to develop a program that you could only fund for one year, because the next year you might not have that positive prior year adjustment.”The latest figures indicated the province’s net debt at the end of the year was about $15 billion, although the net debt-to-GDP ratio for 2017-18 was down 1.2 percentage points from the previous year at 34.6 per cent.Casey said that keeps the province on track towards the goal set out in One Nova Scotia report of 30 per cent by 2024.Progressive Conservative house leader Chris d’Entremont questioned the Liberal government’s priorities given the large surplus that was registered.“At the end of the day with $230 million to work with, what other investments could government have done when we are looking at a doctor (shortage) crisis, and looking at education and questioning how we are going to go forward,” said d’Entremont.NDP Leader Gary Burrill said the figures show the Liberals are continuing to neglect issues around long-term care including new nursing homes and improving the ratio of staff to patients in facilities.“We could have opened up a lot of nursing homes if we had taken this kind of a surplus and moved it toward this kind of investment,” Burrill said.The surplus was the second consecutive registered by the Liberal government of Premier Stephen McNeil.In March the government tabled its 2018-19 budget, which projected a third consecutive surplus of $29.4 million.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI to Chair Council of Ministers Ahead of Moroccos

Casablanca – King Mohammed VI will chair a council of ministers to prepare for Morocco’s return to the African Union.The ministerial council will take place on Monday in special circumstances, according to Arabic-language news source, Hespress.The news website’s source did not reveal the details of the agenda of this council, however, a government official was quoted by the same source that it is very likely that the meeting will address Morocco’s return to the African Union. Analysts say Morocco’s chances to return to the AU have increased following the new orientation King Mohammed Vi has given to the country’s foreign policy in recent years, which places Africa as Morocco’s main priority.Economic and diplomatic relations it established with sub-Saharan countries, both in east and west Africa, have earned Morocco the diplomatic support of 38 countries to return to the AU. Morocco’s return to the AU is expected to be addressed in the organization’s upcoming summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from January 22-31, 2017.During King Mohammed VI’s visit to Ethiopia in November, its Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has already made public his country’s support for Morocco’s return to the AU. He pointed out that in line with “Ethiopia’s strong commitment to give substance to the values and principles of the African Union,” the East-African country supports Morocco’s return to the AU “beginning from the upcoming summit.”Economic cooperation between Morocco and Ethiopia was strengthened during King Mohammed VI’s visit to the country. During the visit, both countries launched world-class, integrated platform for fertilizer production in Ethiopia at an investment of USD 3.5 billion. read more

Security Council renews mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus, known as UNFICYP, while urging the leaders of the Mediterranean island’s Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities to pick up the pace of their reunification talks.The Council decided, with Turkey voting against, to keep the mission – which has been in operation since 1964 after the eruption of intercommunal violence between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities – in place until 15 December 2009.In May 2008, Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat committed themselves to working towards “a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.”That partnership would comprise a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which will be of equal status.In today’s resolution, the 15-member Council stressed “that there now exists a rare opportunity to make decisive progress,” commending Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat for their political leadership and welcoming progress made to date.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his latest report to the Council on UNFICYP, encouraged the two leaders to accelerate the momentum in their UN-backed reunification talks.“I see a need for an increase in the pace of the talks as the sides start to address issues more holistically,” he wrote. “Indeed, the parties themselves recognize that a settlement will be harder to reach as each day passes without a solution.”Mr. Ban credited the “close relationship” of the two leaders for a lessening of the “mutual public recriminations” that were more prevalent in the past, but said it was discouraging that polls have revealed a high level of scepticism among the populations regarding the negotiations.Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat have met dozens of times since full-fledged power-sharing negotiations began last September, with their latest talks having taken place yesterday in Nicosia.In a related development, Alexander Downer, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, will host a new initiative to highlight the artistic achievements of people living on the island in a bid to bridge the communal divide.“I’m a great believer in the power of art to soothe, but also to provoke reflection,” he said.The exhibition, to be inaugurated in July, will display paintings and mixed-media pieces inside the premises where the leaders of the two communities hold their talks. 29 May 2009The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus, known as UNFICYP, while urging the leaders of the Mediterranean island’s Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities to pick up the pace of their reunification talks. read more

UN lauds Indias efforts to provide homosexuals transgender people with HIV services

The United Nations agency spearheading the global response to HIV/AIDS today lauded India’s efforts to provide prevention and treatment services for men who have sex with men and transgender people, while stressing the need to scale up services and eliminate homophobia. India’s AIDS response has resulted in a drop in new HIV infections by more than 50 per cent in the last decade, according to a news release issued by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). In addition, around 67 per cent of the more than 400,000 men who have sex with men in India are currently accessing prevention services. “India’s rich tradition of inclusivity and social justice must include men who have sex with men and transgender people,” said Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director, speaking on the sidelines of the National Convention of Parliamentarians and elected representatives.“India’s successful AIDS response has been possible due to the strong participation of communities of men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who inject drugs and transgender people backed by a strong and progressive national AIDS policy,” he stated.HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men in India is about 7.3 per cent compared to a prevalence rate of 0.31 per cent among the general adult population, according to estimates by the National AIDS Control Organization.During the inauguration of the National Convention, which opened yesterday, the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, reiterated his Government’s strategy to provide HIV services to groups at higher risk of infection.UNAIDS welcomed the Prime Minister’s call to have an “HIV-sensitive” policy and programmes so that marginalized groups affected by the virus are not denied the benefits of health and development programmes. Guidelines recently released by UNAIDS and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend that legislators and other government authorities establish anti-discrimination and protective laws to eliminate discrimination and violence faced by men who have sex with men and transgender people.Two years ago, in a move hailed by UNAIDS, the Delhi High Court overturned a 150-year-old law and decriminalized homosexuality. The agency has pledged to work with the Government, civil society and community groups in realizing the vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths in India. 5 July 2011The United Nations agency spearheading the global response to HIV/AIDS today lauded India’s efforts to provide prevention and treatment services for men who have sex with men and transgender people, while stressing the need to scale up services and eliminate homophobia. read more

Rebels attack vehicles carrying humanitarian aid in Darfur Sudan – UN mission

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today reported continuing accounts of fighting between rebel militia and the nomadic Janjaweed militia, looting of humanitarian assistance and attacks on villages in the Darfur regions of western Sudan.The combat between the Janjaweed and the Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA) has been taking place in the Jabal Moon hills in North Darfur, it said, but the situation in West Darfur is most troubling, following two attacks last week Thursday on humanitarian convoys sent in by non-governmental organizations (NGOs).The first attack was on an NGO convoy of seven vehicles with 21 staff members travelling to Geneina by way of Masteri. “The bandits took cash, cameras and other personal belongings and ripped out all VHF communication equipment. The bandits then beat the staff members with sticks and rifles while they were lying on the ground,” UNMIS said. Seventeen persons suffered such injuries as blunt trauma, head injuries needing stitches and back injuries, it said. Troops from the African Union’s (AU) peacekeeping mission, AMIS, have started intensive patrolling in the general area of the ambush. On the same day an NGO convoy of three vehicles, with drivers only, was attacked by nine masked, armed men on the road from Mornei to Geneina. The attackers stole the drivers’ personal belongings and a VHF radio, but the drivers reached Geneina safely later that afternoon, UNMIS said.Meanwhile, the UN High Commission for Refugees’ (UNHCR) work with internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur and with refugees in neighbouring Chad was getting a boost from a new DVD, “Voices for Darfur,” released by EMI in the United Kingdom and scheduled to appear in stores in Europe, Australia, the United States and Japan in the coming weeks. It features artists who took part in the 8 December concert in London to raise both funds and awareness, including Sade, Yusuf Islam, Chrissie Hynde, Mick Hucknall, Nicole Russo of the Brand New Heavies, Moloko singer Roisin Murphy, Ruthie Henshall, Sir Willard White and UNHCR’s longest-serving Goodwill Ambassador, American opera and jazz singer Barbara Hendricks, UNHCR said.The two-and-a-half-year conflict has displaced close to 2 million people within Darfur and driven more than 200,000 into Chad, where UNHCR maintains 12 refugee camps. read more

Blackberry Q10 going on sale May 1 in Canada

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Blackberry Q10 going on sale May 1 in Canada by News Staff Posted Apr 23, 2013 12:46 pm MDT The Blackberry Q10 smartphone, the version with a full qwerty keyboard, will go on sale in Canada on May 1. The three major carriers will sell the phone for $199 with a contract. MORE TO COME

Lack of US concern shows bleak pipeline possibilities expert

Lack of US concern shows bleak pipeline possibilities: expert by Stephanie Froese Posted Jun 22, 2015 11:25 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2015 at 11:39 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The railways can only take so much, so what would happen if not a single new pipeline was built in the next 15 years to move oil through western Canada?According to energy research firm Wood MacKenzie, western Canadian oil producers are set up to lose $100-billion in a worst case scenario.Afolabi Ogunnaike, a senior analyst tells 660News, it seems pipeline projects like the Northern Gateway to the BC coast and Keystone XL to the Gulf of Mexico are starting to fade out of public concern. “People were polled on Keystone XL. The average American didn’t really know about Keystone XL and it just shows the importance on the oil and gas industry, but the polls suggest that that doesn’t really rise to the level of prominence amongst amongst voters,” Ogunnaike said.“With the oil and gas industry and environmentalists, I think it’s not a huge big button issue right now. I think the American public is a bit more focused on some other key domestic and forging policy issues.”Experts predict production of oil in North America to increasing substantially in the next decade, but without the cheaper, faster pipelines, an economy dependent on the oil sector would have some challenges. Ogunnaike said not building, or even delaying pipelines would put a lot more pressure on Canada’s already tight railway capacity as production increases. read more

USRussian initiative offers best chance for resolving Syria crisis says Ban

“There is an urgent need for the violence to end. Far too many lives have been lost already and the conflict has generated a huge and heart-rending humanitarian crisis,” Mr. Ban said as he addressed reporters in Geneva. “The US-Russian initiative to bring Syrian parties to the negotiating table is the best chance for a lasting solution that will deliver peace and save lives,” he added. “It is essential that we do everything possible to ensure that this conference takes place as soon as possible. I urge the international community to fully commit to a political process.” In May, following talks in Moscow between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry, the two countries announced they would work together to achieve a political solution to the Syria crisis, and agreed to convene an international conference aimed at achieving this goal. However, a date for the conference has not yet been set and talks are continuing on the best time for it to be held, who should participate, how it should be structured and some of the questions to be discussed. It is expected that both the Government side and the opposition groups will send their delegations, Mr. Ban said, while noting that there is a question of who will represent the Syrian people. He said that the opposition are expected to send a delegation that can “really represent the voices and positions” of opposition groups. “We also expect that the Government delegation will also be fully empowered so that they can fully engage in negotiations with the Joint Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.” There is also the issue of the scope of participation, particularly Iran and Saudi Arabia. “Member States have not been able to agree on whether and if their voices needed to be heard and in what way,” said Mr. Ban. More than 93,000 people have been killed, and 1.5 million more have fled to neighbouring countries, since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad. “The people of Syria want peace and hope. Yet all they see is death upon death. All they hear is talks after talks,” said Mr. Ban. “People are dying. Families are fleeing. Syria’s fires are spreading. They may soon engulf the whole region,” he warned. “I once again call on all those with influence to hear the cry of the Syrian people and the call of history: Act and act now.” read more

New car demand falls in April as plugin hybrids take a hit

UK new car market declines -4.1% in April with 161,064 units registered.Private registrations fall -10.3% while fleet demand remains steady, up 2.9%.Overall alternatively fuelled vehicle market rises 12.7%, but zero emission-capable plug-in hybrids fall by more than a third.SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE AND DATAThe UK new car market declined by -4.1% in April, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The month saw 161,064 units registered, the second lowest April volume since 2012 but following a double-digit increase the previous year.1Registrations by private motorists fell last month, down -10.3%, after a rise of more than 26% in April 2018.2 Fleet demand, meanwhile, remained stable, growing 2.9%, with these businesses registering 2,498 more cars than in April 2018.Declines were recorded across most vehicle segments, with registrations of popular supermini and small family cars falling most significantly, down -14.1% and -10.6%.Demand for lower volume luxury saloons and sports cars rose while the dual purpose segment also grew, by +18.4% to 40,580 units. These vehicles are now the third most popular body type, with registrations tripling since 2012.3Diesel registrations fell again, but the pace of decline slowed significantly, down -9.4%. Petrol demand also dropped, by -3.0%. Overall, alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) registrations grew by 12.7%, with 10,254 leaving showrooms.Petrol electric hybrids remained the most popular choice, up 31.1% to 6,810 units. Battery electric cars also recorded a strong uplift, from 929 to 1,517 units, which still only represents 0.9% of the market.Meanwhile, zero emission-capable plug-in hybrids experienced a significant decline, down -34.4% in April and -20.4% year-to-date – evidence of the consequences of prematurely removing upfront purchase incentives before the market is ready.Manufacturers are investing heavily to bring ultra-low and zero emission cars to market, with some 40 plug-in models now available in showrooms, and over 20 more expected to arrive in 2019. However, if this still emerging sector is to reach meaningful levels, measures and incentives that build business and consumer confidence will be vital.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,While it’s great to see buyers respond to the growing range of pure electric cars on offer, they still only represent a tiny fraction of the market and are just one of a number of technologies that will help us on the road to zero. Industry is working hard to deliver on this shared ambition, providing ever cleaner cars to suit every need.We need policies that help get the latest, cleanest vehicles on the road more quickly and support market transition for all drivers. This includes investment in infrastructure and long term incentives to make new technologies as affordable as possible.Notes to editors1. 152,076 cars registered in April 2017 caused by VED changes that came into force, causing a pull forward into March 20172. Year on year car registrations to private motorists grew 26.3% in April 2018 to 75,607 units.3. 13,616 Dual Purpose vehicles were registered in April 2012Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

New Sustainability PhD program information session being held

An information session about a new PhD program in Sustainability, and its partnership with a university in Australia, is being held Tuesday, Jan. 26.The program will offer students the opportunity to study in Canada and Australia thanks to a partnership between Brock University and the University of the Sunshine Coast.The drop-in session runs from noon to 1 p.m. in the Scotia Bank Atrium in the Cairns building.

Opinion Ohio States College Football Playoff chance still alive but slim

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff and Tommy Bain, chairman of the Stadium Events Organizing Committee speak at a press conference to announce the events surrounding the National Championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Aug. 29.Credit: Courtesy of MCTJust two months ago, the Ohio State football team was ranked in the Associated Press top five with a Heisman trophy candidate at quarterback, and it had been picked by many to appear in the first-ever College Football Playoff.My, how things have changed.Some expected the worst following senior quarterback Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury while others remained optimistic that the Scarlet and Gray could still make a run at a national title. As of now, neither group is right or wrong.The Buckeyes currently sit at 4-1 (1-0) and are tied atop the East Division of the Big Ten. Outside of a less-than-impressive performance in a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has filled in admirably for OSU, and should his play continue, there is an outside chance that he could still lead his team into a national semifinal game.On the other hand, things could very easily go south for the Buckeyes.Following a homecoming matchup with Rutgers on Oct. 18, OSU is scheduled to play three straight night games, two of which are on the road and in traditionally hostile environments.Trips to State College, Pa., and East Lansing, Mich., loom as the Buckeyes’ biggest regular season tests. And how Barrett handles himself during those games could be the difference between staying in playoff contention, and watching the Big Ten title game from the couch.There is no denying that the Buckeyes seem to be hitting full stride, but once again the poor strength of schedule rears its ugly head. Who have the Buckeyes really played that jump off the page? The only game I can think of is the matchup with the Hokies, and if you ask me, that game could have been a lot uglier for Barrett and company.Think of what we could be talking about had OSU beaten the Hokies. There is a good chance the Buckeyes could be ranked as high as No. 3 in the country, as everyone ranked in front of them prior to the Virginia Tech game aside from Florida State and Auburn has since lost.Think about if the Buckeyes had prepared for the bear defense the Hokies threw at them like they have since. OSU senior wide receiver Devin Smith said following a win against Maryland that he is surprised teams still line up in that defense because of how successful the Buckeyes have been against it since the Virginia Tech game.If you thought you would hear that kind of statement anytime after the way things unfolded in Columbus on Sept. 6, give yourself a pat on the back.So as the Buckeyes sit on the outside looking in for now, don’t count them out just yet, but don’t pencil them in either.Just sit back, (try to) relax and enjoy the remainder of the college football season. read more

Kadetten Schaffhausen have match ball in Switzerland

← Previous Story PSG Handball win fourth French championship title! Next Story → FROM DUNKERQUE TO VELENJE: Zarko Pejovic to RK Gorenje Kadetten Schaffhausen are only a step to the another Championship trophy in Switzerland. The “Orange team” led by former player Kukucka will have a match ball in front of home fans on May 20 after two wins over Pfadi Winterthur at the start of Play Off Final series.Kadetten won home match 31:18, while even more important was away success 30:26.Pfadi: Vaskevicius/Schulz; Ott, Maros (2), C. Tynowski, Hess (3), Pecoraro, Langerhuus, Sidorowicz (6), Lier (4), Vernier (1), Kuduz (1), Jud (7/1), Scheuner, Freivogel, Svajlen (2).Kadetten: Kindle/Marinovic; Meister (6), Delhees, Liniger, Küttel (3), Richwien (1), Graubner, Pendic (1), Brännberger, Csaszar (9/1), Markovic, Maros (5), Koch (4), Muggli (1), Tominec. read more

Complex politics or simple geography Is Ireland part of the British Isles

first_img“These islands” is a common diplomatic way to describe the islands. The DFA cited The Good Friday Agreement as a notable example of this, in which the term “British Isles” is avoided completely and “these islands” used when needed.The DFA also added that they were not aware of any recent usage of the term “British Isles” by a British Government Minister. Just last week the Northern Irish Secretary of State Theresa Villers spoke to the British-Irish inter-Parliamentary Assembly where such terminology would been rife.Instead of referring to the islands themselves, she avoided the risky topic by referring to the governments instead:In recent years your focus has rightly extended beyond the consideration of Northern Ireland affairs to look at the benefits of broader and deeper co-operation between the UK and Irish governments. Both governments take that goal very seriously and it was embodied in the joint statement on the next decade of UK-Irish relations which was made by the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach in March last year.On the mapSome will argue that we should forget the politics and simply look at it from a geographic sense.Having been in use for more than 400 years, the term has stuck around, with even a quick Google search revealing that most maps fitting the description of “British Isles” contain Ireland, showing that it still serves as a way to describe the two islands.(Image Credit: Google Image Search)We contacted the main authority for map-making in Ireland, the Ordnance Survey (OS) of Ireland, but they declined to comment fully on the issue, saying that they “have no need to, nor would we use term British Isles”.While our OS are not in the business of making maps which include the United Kingdom, a publication on their website, to which they contributed to along with their Northern Irish and UK counterparts and two universities, uses the phrase “the British Isles and Ireland“.On the other side of the Irish Sea, the British OS addresses the issue on their website, stating that:[“British Isles”] is purely a geographical term – it refers to the islands of Great Britain and Ireland – including the Republic of Ireland – and the 5000 or so smaller islands scattered around our coasts.Anglo-centrismSince the term is quite common, is there a point in referring to the British Isles in any other way? Is it akin to saying hoover instead of vacuum cleaner?Professor of Geopolitics at NUI Maynooth Gerry Kearns explained that it is very difficult to take the politics out of it completely.“Whenever someone refers to all those islands off the coast of Europe as the British Isles,” he told TheJournal.ie, “they are engaged in some unconscious anglo-centrism.”“However, as far back as the Act of Union in 1800, which brought Ireland into the United Kingdom, even then it was referred to as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland”.More than two hundred years after Mr Dee called them the British Isles, the government of the day still decided to include “and Ireland”.What’s your say on it?This is not an argument that can be put to bed easily. Some will agree with the government’s view that the name “British Isles” has no legal status. Others will agree with the British Ordnance Survey and say that it is a purely geographic term. What do you think?Have your say in the comments below (but please, keep it constructive and civilised).The comedian’s angle: A guide to Britain and Ireland >More: 14 ways Irish people have made English their own > FOR SOME IT is a question of politics, for others a question of geography.Whether or not those little islands off the western coast of Europe should be referred to collectively as the British Isles is something sure to spark debate wherever it is brought up.On one side of the argument, it’s said that it is a politically benign term and simply the handiest way to refer to the Atlantic Archipelago. We’ve come a long way since 1916, right?Others say that no, that when the Republic of Ireland Act 1948 came into effect, we left the Commonwealth and so ceased to be in any way British. Why would we want to be called British after years of trying to get away from them?After some heated discussion in the comments section last weekend, TheJournal.ie decided to see if this argument can be put to bed once and for all.The Brytish IlesThe first use of the term “British Isles”, recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary, was in 1577.John Dee, a mathematician and something of a polymath, used the term in a possessive sense, in whatever he was trying to get at here:“The syncere Intent, and faythfull Aduise, of Georgius Gemistus Pletho, was, I could..frame and shape very much of Gemistus those his two Greek Orations..for our Brytish Iles, and in better and more allowable manner. ”It’s important to remember that he probably didn’t create this term, and that he was also quite close to the Queen.A map of the islands from 1579, portrayed in a different orientation than what we’re used to. (Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons)View of the Department of Foreign AffairsLet’s forget about John’s 400-year-old ramblings, and see what our current government have to say on this matter.Responding to questions from TheJournal.ie, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) stated that the two islands are commonly called “Britain and Ireland”.The government’s position is the same as outlined in a Parliamentary Question from 2005, which was pointed out by TheJournal.ie commenter Alan Lawlor in the discussion last week. The answer was given by then-Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern to TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.The TD had asked for the government or DFA position on “the use of the term British Isles when referring to Ireland and Britain”:The British Isles is not an officially recognised term in any legal or inter-governmental sense. It is without any official status. The Government, including the Department of Foreign Affairs, does not use this term.Of course, that presents a difficulty. Sometimes you have to refer to the islands together.Addressing the British Irish Association in Cambridge this year, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore had to do just that:Two years ago I had the honour of welcoming Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to Ireland. I did so at an airfield named for Roger Casement, an Irish nationalist executed in 1916 for treason against the British state. Knighted previously by the crown, Roger Casement embodies the complexity and closeness of relations between these islands.last_img read more

Greece and FYROM sign name deal

first_imgIn a ceremony at the Prespes Lake district in northern Greece on Sunday, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and his FYROM counterpart Nikola Dimitrov, signed an agreement to change the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to Republic of North Macedonia.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev described the move as “patriotic and mutually beneficial”  stressing that “we have a historic responsibility to ensure this agreement is not left up in the air.”A referendum will take place in FYROM and a parliamentary vote in both countries before the agreement can be ratified.“This deal will put an end to the longstanding problems which aggravated our bilateral ties. Our two countries must leave behind the past and look to the future,” Mr Zaev said, adding that both countries “were bold enough to take a step forward.”Meanwhile, the United Nations Special Representative for the naming dispute between Greece and FYROM, Matthew Nimet,  congratulated both countries on signing the “honorable” landmark deal. He said that after 25 years of working on the naming dispute the development that came on his birthday was his “big gift”.“This is a good example of how neighbours can solve a problem if they really work at it,” he said.At the same time, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Athens rallying against the signing of the agreement. One group was tear-gassed outside the village of Pisoderi, near Prespes for raising a “Macedonia is Greek” banner and attempting to break a police cordon. In the city of Bitola on the FYROM Greek border, hundreds of smaller protests gathered together to declare their opposition to the official new name. The rally had been organised by right-wing opposition Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation-Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Yume Nikki Dream Diary Is Revitalizing A Classic RPG Maker Game

first_img Yume Nikki is a bit of a cult classic among those who enjoy a nice, surreal tale of weirdness. Originally a free PC game released via RPG Maker 2003, the game was created by the purposefully mysterious Kikiyama, and it’s widely considered one of the strangest games out there you can download and play on PC — you know, not counting greats like Space Funeral and all that. Now, it looks like Kadokawa Corporation is working with the original creator, Kikiyama themselves, to bring a complete, full 3D reboot to fruition in the form of Yume Nikki: Dream Diary.Yume Nikki: Dream Diary is a reboot from the ground up of the original game, completely in 3D instead of the 2.5D-based worlds of the original. From the brief glimpses we’ve been allowed of the game so far, it looks even creepier than the 2D sprites could ever really convey. This project, judging by the first two trailers out there, looks like a labor of love with lots of added content and awesome-looking environments as well as returning characters. Hopefully the infamous Uboa will make an appearance?According to the press releases that have gone out touting the upcoming game, some new characters that have been kicking around in creator Kikiyama’s brain over the last 16 years will be added into the 3D version, which is pretty exciting news. And, just like the original game, there will be no voiceover, which should help keep its creepy tone. It doesn’t need dialogue, after all. Its weirdness speaks for itself.For anyone who’s never even heard of Yume Nikki before, it follows the adventures of a young girl named Madotsuki. When she goes to sleep at night, she finds herself exploring strange dream worlds with unsettling visions, creatures, and more. It’s a surreal package wrapped up in adorable 2D graphics, and there’s a lot to unpack when you play through it.The 3D version is headed to PC via Steam and Playism on February 23, so if you’re interested in giving it a look, make sure you mark your calendar. Madotsuki’s coming back in a big way. Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Road crashes kill 10 in two districts

first_imgAt least 10 people were killed and dozens of injured in separate road crashes in Faridpur and Sunamganj districts.As many as five people, including two women, were killed in a collision between a bus and a battery-run easy-bike on Dhaka-Khulna highway of Bhanga upazila of Faridpur on Wednesday morning.Three of the deceased have already identified as Abu Sheikh, 35, driver of the easy-bike, Khaleda Begum, and Mizanur Sheikh of the upazila.Bhanga highway police officer in-charge M Ezazul Islam said the accident took place when a Gazipur-bound bus of Ima Paribahan collided with the Bhanga-bound easy-bike.In Sylhet, according to news agency UNB, five people, including four members of a family, were killed in a head-on a collision between a bus and a private car on Sunmaganj-Sylhet highway on Wednesday morning.The deceased are Abdus Shahid, 70, his wife Hafsanul Begum, 60, their son Kabir Ahmed, 40, daughter Afsunnesa, 35, and driver Sabbir Miah, hailing from Birpur village in Chukerbazar union under Jalalabad police station.Sub-inspector of Dakkhin Sunamganj police station Jakir Hossain said the Sylhet-bound bus collided with the Sunamganj-bound private car around 12:00 noon.The police recovered the bodies.last_img read more

Deltarune is Almost Undertale 2 For Free

first_img 11 Indie Games We Want To See On The SwitchT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Undertale Shirts Stay on target Undertale was one of the best gaming surprises of 2015. This unassuming throwback RPG ended up becoming a modern classic in its own right, a spiritual successor to the quirky yet soulful Mother/EarthBound series. Legions of fans now obsess over the music, characters, gameplay systems, and even progressive messages of pacifism. And it was all the work of developer Toby Fox, at least until the game left PC and onto consoles like PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.Undertale fandom became so rabid so fast that theoretically the instant Fox announced his next project the hype would become almost unbearable. So in a genius move, days ago Fox teased a new game and then on Halloween immediately released it. Deltarune is basically Undertale 2 but for free.Part of what made Undertale so appealing was its old-school love of intimate video game secrets and hazy digital mysteries. So with that in mind, we don’t want to talk too much about what Deltarune is, and the game encourages players to keep secrets as well. However, it is related to Undertale. The name is an anagram and Undertale even featured an item called the “Delta Rune.” Although it stars different characters, Deltarune is also JRPG, about two hours, and has more traditional turn-based combat. Players of course can still choose non-violence when encountering monsters.AdChoices广告Something else that made Undertale so special was how meta it got. It could mess with your save game files and crash to desktop for dramatic effect. Deltarune also features similar save file shenanigans. You should hold onto your Undertale saves just to make sure. However, one actual bug and not purposeful joke is a glitch with the uninstaller. It can delete the entire folder it is housed in and not just the game. So Fox recommends not using it.Deltarune is available now for free on PC and Mac. And according to Fox the feedback for this first chapter may be used for an even grander Undertale follow-up. Meanwhile, if you still haven’t played Undertale, why don’t you get on that? The Pope already has a copy. He probably has one of these Undertale t-shirts, too.last_img read more

Berlin commuters will use folding EV Hiriko

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Hiriko consists of a Basque consortium of auto suppliers and engineers from MIT. The city car concept behind Hiriko was seeded at the MIT Media Lab and commercial development began years later in Basque country, by a Spanish consortium. Berlin has agreed on a pilot project with an initial phase this year, consisting of testing and adaptations for public use in Berlin. The official program is scheduled in 2014. The four wheels are able to rotate at a 60-degree angle. Factors playing into Deutsche Bahn’s decision to go with Hiriko as a car-sharing choice include the vehicle’s ability to fold and occupy little space, along with what is described as “vanguard” electronics that allow it to connect to intermobility platforms, according to Hiriko’s release. The car is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack that allows a range of 75 miles between charges. The Hiriko can be recharged in 15 minutes. In addition to the folding EV, dubbed The Fold, Hiriko plans an “ialai” roadster, which has been shown in Brussels. This is targeted for parks and tourist resorts. Another concept is a truck version called Laga. (Phys.org)—Deutsche Bahn, the company that operates the German railway network, will enlist the Hiriko electric vehicle as part of its transport network in Berlin. The Hiriko folding car, targeted for the city’s car sharing network, will undergo testing as a “last mile” step in Deutsche Bahn’s railway network. This means commuters will use the foldable car to get from station to their final destinations. Spanish group demos “Hiriko” fold-up urban EV (w/ Video) Citation: Berlin commuters will use folding EV Hiriko (2013, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-berlin-commuters-ev-hiriko.html © 2013 Phys.org Hiriko in Basque means “from the city” and its design and functions are expressly suitable for busy city streets with all their street space and parking constraints. Hiriko is about eight feet long. For parking purposes, one can fold it down to five feet.The team behind Hiriko set out to pitch their vehicles to municipalities, to in turn rent them out to commuters as shared vehicles. Last year, there were reports that the Hiriko makers were proposing the use of their cars to urban centers such as San Francisco, Berlin and Barcelona, with prices at about $16,000 each. More information: pressroom.hiriko.com/2012/10/1 … n-transport-network/last_img read more