Agents to fill Regus voids

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Tensions high in Delhi as death toll from riots rises to 38

first_imgTensions remained high in India’s capital Thursday, as thousands of riot police and paramilitaries patrolled streets littered with the debris from days of sectarian riots that have killed 38 people.An uneasy calm has descended over the affected northeast fringes of the Indian capital, punctuated by sporadic outbreaks of violence overnight. The unrest was the latest bout of violence over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s citizenship law, which triggered months of demonstrations that turned deadly in December. Sunil Kumar, director of the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital, said Thursday it had registered 34 deaths, adding that “all of them had gunshot injuries”.The chief doctor at Lok Nayak Hospital said three people had died there. Another victim died at Jag Parvesh Chander Hospital, an official said.Kishore Singh, medical superintendent at Lok Nayak Hospital, told AFP 10 people were still in a serious condition.Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said families of those who died, were injured or had their businesses and homes destroyed during the rampage would be compensated. Food and other support would also be provided to trashed neighbourhoods, he added.Police said they had detained or arrested more than 500 suspects for questioning, and had also starting holding “peace committee meetings” across the megacity to “improve inter-community harmony”.The new fatalities — up from 27 on Wednesday — were all from the violence on Monday and Tuesday when mobs of Hindus and Muslims fought running battles, except for one from Wednesday.The initial violence erupted late Sunday.Groups armed with swords and guns set fire to thousands of properties and vehicles.Homes, shops, two mosques, two schools, a tyre market and a fuel station were torched.More than 200 people were also injured.According to a list from the GTB hospital seen by AFP, the victims are a roughly even mix of Hindus and Muslims, based on their names.Delhi police spokesman Mandeep Randhawa told AFP that there was “no major incident” overnight, while the city’s chief fire officer Atul Garg said they received 19 distress calls.’Gun down traitors’ In December at least 30 people were killed, mostly in police action in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, home to a significant Muslim population, after the citizenship law was passed.Many of India’s 200 million Muslims fear the citizenship law — combined with a mooted citizens’ register — will leave them stateless or even sent to detention camps.They and critics see Modi’s right-wing ruling party, which is linked to once-banned militaristic Hindu group RSS, as wanting to turn officially secular India into a Hindu nation.His party has denied the allegations but in recent weeks BJP politicians, including in an ugly recent campaign for Delhi elections, have called the demonstrators “anti-nationals” and “jihadists”.One, Parvesh Verma, said protestors “could enter houses and rape and kill your sisters”, while another, Anurag Thakur, encouraged a crowd to chant “gun down traitors”.A call on Sunday by another BJP politician, Kapil Mishra, for “Hindus” to clear a northeastern Delhi sit-in protest is being seen as the spark for the current unrest.On Wednesday a Delhi High Court judge, Justice S. Muralidhar, sharply criticised the police and called on them to investigate BJP politicians for inciting violence.Muralidhar was transferred to another state court in a late-night order, prompting a social media storm. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad insisted it was a “routine transfer”.UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on India’s political leaders to “prevent violence”, while the Organisation of the Islamic Conference said it “condemns the recent and alarming violence against Muslims in India”.On Wednesday the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, which advises Washington but does not set policy, voiced “grave concern” about the violence as President Donald Trump was visiting.Trump, asked at a news conference in the capital about the violence, said the issue was “up to India” and praised Modi’s “incredible” statements on religious freedom.Topics :last_img read more

S.Korea’s Moon proposes regional initiative to battle COVID-19, engage N.Korea

first_imgTopics : South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in called on Tuesday for a regional infectious disease control and public health initiative involving China, Japan, Mongolia, and North Korea to tackle health crises and lay the foundation for peace with Pyongyang.In a video message to the United Nations General Assembly, Moon said collective protection of life and safety would lay the groundwork for North Korea to have its security guaranteed by engaging with the international community.”In the face of the COVID-19 crisis that poses a greater threat to humanity than a war, we came to be acutely reminded that the safety of neighboring countries is directly linked to that of our own,” Moon said, according to an English translation of his prepared remarks distributed by his office. Moon proposed launching a “Northeast Asia Cooperation Initiative for Infectious Disease Control and Public Health,” but did not provide details.”It is not only Korea’s response to COVID-19 but also the invaluable lessons Korea will be gaining from institutionalizing peace that Korea wishes to share with the rest of the world,” he said.South Korea’s aggressive testing and tracing efforts during the coronavirus outbreak have been praised internationally. North Korea has said it has no confirmed cases, though some US officials have cast doubt on that claim.As part of his election pledges, Moon proposed building a regional cooperative mechanism in Northeast Asia to defuse military tensions and foster joint responses in areas of common interest, including disease prevention, disaster response and cybersecurity.center_img Moon this year also expressed his willingness to provide help to North Korea to fight the coronavirus outbreak, calling health issues a top priority in inter-Korean cooperation, but Pyongyang has said it would not receive outside aid and shut the border tighter.North Korea has rejected cooperation with South Korea and ridiculed previous proposals after denuclearization talks with the United States stalled, scuttling lofty goals for inter-Korean projects made at a series of summit between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.last_img read more

The property hunt didn’t slow down for the Christmas break

first_img35 Hobbs Rd, Buderim. Picture: timber kitchen has a large walk-in pantry. It was listed through Janice Nankivell and Petals Waite of Freedom Property – Australia.A three-bedroom home at 25 Laurier St, Annerley, listed for offers of more than $700,000 was the fourth most viewed listing in Queensland.The three-bedroom home is built over two levels and was on a 405sq m block. It has white picket fence and original features throughout including polished original hoop pine flooring, 3.1m high ceilings and VJ walls. 2 Elmira St, Indooroopilly. Picture: keen on a new home for the new year didn’t give up their search during the holidays.According to more potential buyers checked out a house at 2 Elmira St, Indooroopilly than any other during Christmas week. 25 Laurier St, Annerley. Picture: was listed through Phil McGrath and Luke Batchelor of Place Kangaroo Point.Rounding out the top five during the Christmas week was a four-bedroom home at 7/2-34 Karbunya St, Mermaid Waters. The villa, which is listed for $629,000, has an open plan layout, courtyard with dining area and front and rear bi-fold doors. It is currently tenanted returning $670 a week. 68 Sawreys Rd, Mons. Picture: from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by It was listed through Dan Smith and Brodie Rodgers of Ray White Buderim.Next most popular was a house at 35 Hobbs Rd, Buderim which was listed for offers over $699,000.The five-bedroom Federation-style home has an outdoor entertainment area and a full-length front veranda.center_img 2 Elmira St, Indooroopilly. Picture: three-bedoom house is already under offer.It is on a 640 sqm block of land and was built in the 1970s. The former owner was part way through renovations.The house has timber floors, the bedrooms have been recently painted and the bathroom will need to be renovated.The home was listed through Fiona Greene and Claire Campbell of Luv & Co Estate Agents – Ashgrove.The second most viewed listing on during the week was a house at 68 Sawreys Rd, Mons, which had an asking price of $590,000.The four-bedroom home was on acreage. The original brick home was built 48 years ago. It had a separate, fully self-contained granny flat and five rainwater tanks. 7/2-34 Karbunya St, Mermaid Waters. Picture: was listed through Nicholas Ernest of Ernest Living – Mermaid Beach.last_img read more

UK fund manager body warns corporate governance ‘repeat offenders’

first_imgThe IA has this month launched a list of “repeat offenders” to highlight the companies that receive repeated protests about the same issues.Among the “repeat offenders” are three financial services firms with asset management arms: Investec plc, Ashmore Group and a fund listed by Impax Asset Management.Ninian said: “We expect these companies to provide an update statement to their shareholders on the engagement they had since the AGM vote, the views heard from shareholders and the follow-on actions taken.”John Scott, chairman of the board of Impax Environmental Markets plc, an investment trust, said the IA’s register “brings necessary transparency to shareholder voting”.“As a board we find dialogue with the IA on governance to be beneficial, however it is not always the case that these votes are an indication of future shareholder revolt or poor corporate governance, they can also reveal the application of rigid ‘one size fits all’ proxy advice,” he said.In the investment trust’s case, Scott said the votes against the board registered by the IA related to a proxy adviser’s recommendation for shareholders to vote against the reappointment of Ernst & Young (now EY) as auditor of Impax Environmental Markets, arguing that the group was not independent.“This view was not shared by other proxy advisers and is not consistent with applicable regulations for the appointment of auditors,” Scott said. “The board has engaged with the proxy adviser on this issue and believes it has taken adequate steps to safeguard independence… The votes against and the board’s response in 2018 are a matter of public record.”The Public Register also showed that an increasing number of companies are facing shareholder opposition, with rebellions up by just under a quarter in 2018. Some 287 individual resolutions have been added to the Public Register so far in 2018, a jump of 22% from 2017.Ashmore and Investec declined to comment. The UK trade body for asset managers has warned more than 30 of the UK’s public companies – including three asset managers – about ignoring shareholder concerns.In a letter to 32 companies of all sizes listed on the London Stock Exchange, the Investment Association (IA) said it had noted these firms had been taken to task by shareholders two years running for the same issue, indicating they had failed to tackle it effectively.Andrew Ninian, director of stewardship and corporate governance at the IA, said: “While many companies are taking the necessary action and engaging with their shareholders, a frustrating number are failing to address investor concerns.”These companies appeared on the IA’s Public Register, which it launched in 2017. This register tracks FTSE All-Share companies that have received more than 20% votes against any resolution at an annual general meeting or otherwise. It also records resolutions that were pulled before a vote, potentially avoiding a revolt.last_img read more

ASA throw out complaint re NZ Govt plan to introduce abortion up to birth for Down’s syndrome

first_imgPress Release Right To Life UK 14 November 2019The New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has thrown out a complaint against Right To Life UK.The complaint appears to have been made by Young Labour’s Senior Executive Secretary and Labour Party youth camp organiser Tess Macintyre.In September 2019, Right To Life UK ran a news article on its website covering opposition from parents of children with Down syndrome to proposed changes to New Zealand abortion legislation that also outlined how the proposed law change would introduce abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down syndrome. This article was also posted on the organisation’s Facebook page.The complainant, T Macintyre, claimed that the Facebook post presented “a false claim that the Prime Minister of New Zealand is attempting to legalise abortion up to birth for foetuses with Down syndrome.” The Advertising Standards Authority has now thrown out the complaint.In their decision, the ASA ruled that the Facebook post was not misleading with the Chair commenting: “taking into account the context, medium and likely audience, the advocacy advertisement did not breach Principle 2 or Rule 2(b) of the Advertising Standards Code.”Principle 2 of the Advertising Standards Code outlines that, “Advertisements must be truthful, balanced and not misleading.” Rule 2 outlines that, “Advertisements must not mislead or be likely to mislead, deceive or confuse consumers, abuse their trust or exploit their lack of knowledge.”The Chair also said that “political advertisements were not only acceptable but encouraged, as they are an essential and desirable part of the functioning of a democratic society” and that “in a free and democratic society, differences of political opinion should be openly debated without undue hindrance or interference from authorities.”Spokesperson for Right To Life UK Catherine Robinson said:“The NZ Labour Party needs to stand up and justify why they want to legalise abortion for babies with disabilities including cleft lip, club foot and Down syndrome right through to birth. They need to stop trying to shut down debate on this important issue.The article we published was completely factual and provided an accurate outline of the proposed changes to abortion law in New Zealand in relation to disability-selective abortions. All references to the proposed legal changes were checked and the final article was signed-off by our policy team before it was published.Currently, there is a 20-week time limit for disability-selective abortions in New Zealand law. The proposed legislation will see this time limit removed and abortion will be available up until birth, with the approval of a single registered health practitioner. In the jurisdictions that have a similar clause, this has in practice allowed for abortion for disabilities including Down syndrome right up to birth. In fact, there have been over 1,600 late-term abortions of babies with a disability under a similar abortion up-to-birth clause in Victoria, Australia, since the law was changed in 2008. This has been under a stricter law in Victoria where a higher threshold of two doctors is required to approve a late-term abortion.New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, made a clear promise to the disability community to not remove the current 20-week time limit for disability-selective abortions. She has broken this promise. Her party supporters should not resort to attempting to shut down anyone who attempts to highlight this broken promise and the impact it will have on the community of people with Down syndrome in New Zealand.We are glad to see that the Advertising Standards Authority have thrown out this complaint. They have not only ruled that our article was not misleading but have gone on to say that in a free and democratic society, differences of political opinion should be openly debated without undue hindrance or interference from authorities. We totally agree with that statement.”ENDSFor additional quotes and media interviews contact +44 7907 272151 or email further information on Right To Life UK visit on the proposed change to abortion lawIn New Zealand, under section 187A of the Crimes Act, there is currently a gestational time limit of 20-weeks for disability-selective abortions.Under the proposed legislation (Abortion Legislation Bill), the 20-week gestational time limit for disability-selective abortions will be removed. Abortions will be available right through to birth, providing one registered health practitioner “reasonably believes that the abortion is appropriate in the circumstances” outlined in part one, clause seven of the bill.In the jurisdictions that have a similar clause allowing for abortion up to birth, this has in practice allowed for disability-selective abortions, for conditions including Down syndrome, right through to birth.In fact, the proposed New Zealand legislation only requires one registered health practitioner to decide that the abortion meets these grounds. This could include a single nurse signing off on an abortion, rather than the higher threshold of two doctors, which is the case in Victoria, Australia which has a similar abortion up to birth clause. There have been over 1,600 abortions of babies with a disability under a similar abortion up to birth clause in Victoria, Australia, since the law was changed in 2008.In 2017, disability campaigners highlighted their concerns around Jacinda Ardern’s pledge to change abortion laws, outlining that this would introduce abortion through to birth for unborn babies with disabilities.In response, Jacinda Ardern made a commitment to not increase the time limit for disability-selective abortion. In response to the concern raised by the campaigners, Jacinda Ardern said: “They have said till 40 weeks, which is wrong, which is wrong. We have time periods already set out in law, I’m not proposing changes to that. I’m proposing it comes out of the Crimes Act.”Jacinda Ardern and her Government now appear to have broken that promise.Already the majority of babies in New Zealand diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. If this proposed policy became law it could put New Zealand on the path towards the situation in Iceland where close to 100% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted.last_img read more

A new senior citizens group to be inaugurated Sunday

first_img 33 Views   one comment Share LocalNews A new senior citizens group to be inaugurated Sunday by: – May 13, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share President of the Dominica Council on Ageing, Mr. Evander Joseph. Photo credit; GIS NewsClose to thirty Senior Citizens are expected to form part of an inaugurated ceremony of the uniform Colihaut Senior Citizens Group at La Place Dame on Sunday, under their motto: Seniors ageing with pride and dignity.President of the Dominica Council on Ageing Evander Joseph says one of the main objectives of the group is to ensure that the elderly enjoy a better quality of life.A number of addresses are expected to make up the ceremony and there will also be a presentation of awards for two community members.The event will take place at La Place Dame on Sunday may 15th from 3:30pm in Colihaut.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Decatur County FOP endorses Harter for prosecutor

first_imgGreensburg, In. —Members of the Decatur County Fraternal Order of police have formally endorsed Nathan Harter for Decatur County prosecutor.The statement reads:In looking at whether to endorse a candidate, we determine whether the candidate shares our values and whether they have demonstrated a similar dedication to serving the public. Regarding the race for prosecuting attorney for Decatur County, we have elected to support a candidate based on his achievements and record. At this time, we formally, officially, and publicly endorse Nathan W. Harter IV for Decatur County prosecutor. From midnight warrants to budget hearings, from training to trials, Harter truly engages with and serves law enforcement. Under his leadership, our public safety community is strong, aggressive, and effective. We are glad to have him as a teammate. Together we are making Decatur County safer, more unified, and more focused on a bright future. We urge our fellow community members to renew their contract with Harter by re-electing him Decatur County prosecutor.last_img read more

Kompany retains title belief

first_img And after coming from behind to seize the crown in both 2012 and 2014, Kompany believes history should also prove that. The Belgian said: “Belief never goes. Past experiences should give us enough confidence to carry on and go for it. “It has happened before. The belief is always there, that is never the problem, even when form is not the best. “But performances like this make us not need to talk so much. It makes it obvious we are a good team and that is what we need to show.” City have already clawed back an eight-point deficit once this season having drawn level with Chelsea on New Year’s Day, only to fall back again. Doubts were raised over their durability during their barren run but Kompany is confident City can now build some momentum. The 28-year-old said: “This was about us. I don’t think anyone thought about Chelsea’s result. “We needed to focus on our own (game) and when we do, it gives us enough satisfaction to not care about Chelsea. City produced one of their best performances of the season to claim a much-needed first win in five Barclays Premier League games with an impressive 4-1 demolition of Stoke on Wednesday. The result at the Britannia Stadium did not affect Chelsea’s seven-point lead at the top of the table – as the Londoners claimed a last-gasp win over Everton – but sent out a message that City will fight on. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists the champions will never give up on the title. “We know if we are in the right form we can set up a line of results, and that’s what we will need for this season.” City went ahead with the first of Sergio Aguero’s two strikes in the 33rd minute but were made to scrap by a fired-up Stoke side, who quickly equalised through Peter Crouch. Crouch, for offside, and Aguero, for handball, had further efforts ruled out before the interval, while Stoke also had a penalty appeal turned down and had some of the better early chances. But City were formidable in the second half, going back ahead through a James Milner header and making victory certain with an Aguero penalty and superb Samir Nasri strike. It was the first time City had won at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League. Defender Pablo Zabaleta said: “It was a great performance by the whole team. “We are Manchester City and we will never give up, simple as that. “We have belief in the team and if we play like we did here we will have a chance to catch Chelsea.” There was a slight concern when top scorer Aguero, after scoring his first goals since December 3, went off with a back problem but that was played down by manager Manuel Pellegrini. The player also took to Twitter to allay any concerns over his fitness. The Argentinian tweeted: “For the ones asking I’m ok. I stepped out only for precaution. Now let’s keep on working for the very important upcoming commitments.” City expect Aguero to be fit to face Newcastle in their next game on February 21, when Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony should also be available after the African Nations Cup. Toure on Thursday took part in his first club training session since the tournament, four days on from helping Ivory Coast win the final. The defeat for Stoke on Wednesday was only their second in 10 games and manager Mark Hughes was not too disheartened. Hughes remained pleased with many aspects of the performance and remains confident for the games ahead, starting with Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at Blackburn. Hughes said: “We played into their hands in the second half but in terms of confidence it won’t knock us. We have been on a fantastic run and playing really well. “For just 45 minutes of play that needed to be better to stop City taking the game away from us – I can’t criticise them too much. “They kept on going, trying to do the right things. On the night City were the best team.” Stoke’s positive run has come despite injuries to key players. Stephen Ireland and Marc Wilson missed the game along with Ryan Shawcross and Erik Pieters while Bojan Krkic and Peter Odemwingie are long-term casualties. Former Barcelona playmaker Bojan, who was enjoying an impressive first campaign with the Potters, was ruled out for the rest of the campaign after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament last month. The 24-year-old has now undergone surgery and has tweeted a positive update with a picture of him smiling in his hospital bed. He wrote: “Thanks to God it went all well. Today starts a new journey, I’ll face it giving my best every day.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Alan Pardew comes to Claudio Ranieri’s defence ahead of Leicester clash

first_imgAlan Pardew has defended Claudio Ranieri’s abilities as a manager and considers the Italian’s ‘Tinkerman’ reputation to be harsh. Before his appointment as the successor to Nigel Pearson at Leicester in the summer, Ranieri’s reputation in England was of an eccentric individual overly concerned with rotating his squad. His arrival at Leicester preceded widespread predictions that they would be relegated with him in charge, and recollections of his regime at Chelsea until 2004 when he made frequent changes to his team, but after a fine start to the season Pardew believes it is time the manager is given greater credit. Press Associationcenter_img “I think it was a little bit unfair,” said Pardew, whose Palace team on Saturday travel to Leicester in the Premier League. “I used to go to a lot of Chelsea games when he was manager and he was rotating players and trying to motivate them by changing their position. “It is what managers can do. And he was one of the first to really use the whole squad and keep the group together by using the whole squad. I don’t really have a positive or a negative about it. “As a manager, you have to call it as you see it. He has certainly not tinkered with this Leicester team. They have been pretty settled since he has been there.” Significant Premier League attention has in recent weeks surrounded the bitter relationship between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, yet, despite the intense pressure each manager is under and the potential rivalries that exist, Pardew said that Ranieri is unusually widely liked. “I think every manager who meets him and every coach who comes across him will have great respect for him because he always gives you time,” he said. “I have seen him in the background at football grounds for the last 12 months in the Premier League when he didn’t have a job. He was always prepared to give you an opinion and a helping hand and a nice manner.” last_img read more