Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives July 16, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ali Al-Abdallah freed to go further JORDAN Nine journalists were injured in Amman on 15 July when the security forces tried to separate government supporters from demonstrators calling for reforms.A journalist told Reporters Without Borders that, on the eve of the demonstration, the authorities had asked journalists to wear orange vests bearing the word Press that were provided by the police.During the demonstration, security agents wearing blue uniforms different from police uniforms deliberately targeted journalists, especially photographers, who were wearing the orange vests. Kareem Fahim, who works for the New York Times, was given a severe beating by around 10 of these security agents.The president of the Union of Journalists was quoted afterwards as saying that a “trap was set for journalists.”Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns this use of violence by the security forces and calls on the Jordanian authorities to carry out an investigation into the incident and to punish those responsible.A woman activist and seven police officers were also injured. JordanMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation August 12, 2020 Find out more Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders notes that the writer and journalist Ali Al-Abdallah was freed yesterday (20 July).——–18.07.2011Opposition journalist Ali Al-Abdallah arrested again SYRIA Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns opposition writer and journalist Ali Al-Abdallah’s arrest just seven weeks after his release under a general amnesty on 30 May. He was detained when security forces raided his home in Qatana, 25 km south of the capital, at around 9 a.m. yesterday.A signatory of the Damascus Declaration who was arrested in December 2007, Abdallah was not released when he completed a 30-month sentence and was subsequently given an addition jail term, remaining in prison until last May’s amnesty.Reporters Without Borders also learned that Ghadi Frances, the Lebanese daily Al-Safir’s Syria correspondent, was arrested on 16 July in connection with a report and an opinion piece she had written about the previous day’s demonstrations in Hama.Al-Safir and another Lebanese daily, Al-Akhbar, have been once again banned in Syria as a result of their coverage of the demonstrations and the ensuing repression. Both newspapers normally take a pro-Syrian line.16.07.2011 – Journalists targeted by security forces in Syria, Jordan and YemenThe authorities arrested a large number of intellectuals and activists, including journalists and bloggers, in the Damascus district of Midan on 13 July for participating in pro-democracy demonstrations. Reporters Without Borders calls for their immediate and unconditional release.The detained journalists and bloggers included:- Bland Hamza, a blogger and activist- Iyad Shurabagi, vice president of the Arab Union of Young Journalists- Mouzafar Souleiman, 35, a photo-journalist who is the daily Al-Watan’s photo editor (http://ar-ar.facebook.com/FreeMuzaffarSalman?ref=nf#!/FreeMuzaffarSalman…)Supporters of President Bashar Al-Assad attacked the novelist Nabil Souleiman’s home in northwestern port city of Latakia because he participated in a meeting of Syrian intellectuals in Damascus on 27 June.Maarten Zeegers, a Dutch citizen who was acting as an undercover reporter for the Dutch daily NRC Handelslad and the Belgian Dutch-language daily De Standard, was deported to Turkey on 11 July after being detained for five hours when he went to renew his resident’s permit.Reporters Without Borders has learned that Champress.net website owner and editor Ali Jamalo’s home in the northwestern city of Idleb was attacked and torched by protesters critical of his support for the regime. News JordanMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Jordan News June 15, 2020 Find out more YEMEN Copies of independent daily Al-Oula from Sanaa were seized at a checkpoint at the entrance to the southern province of Taiz on 13 July, one day after 11,000 copies of the newspaper Akhbar Al-Youm bound for the provinces of Taiz and Ibb were seized by security forces at another Taiz checkpoint.Access to the Aden Online news website, which is edited by the journalist Abdel Raqib Al-Hadiani, was blocked on 12 July without any reason being given.Ibrahim Al-Ba’dani, a journalist based in Ibb province, received death threats after covering the death of a boy who was killed by a shot fired by a supporter of President Ali Abdallah Saleh during a rally organized to celebrate a speech by the president. The boy’s father, who is a Saleh supporter, blamed Ba’dani and opposition supporters for his death.Glen Johnson, a New Zealander journalist who had been held since 25 June, was put on a flight to the United Arab Emirates on 6 July. RSF_en April 14, 2020 Find out more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Right now the coolest, hippest exhibit space on Long Island has to be the “Cosmic Cavern” created by the internationally known street artist Kenny Scharf and currently installed at the Nassau County Museum of Art.This psychedelic phantasmagoria of found objects ranging from a mirrored disco ball to a 45-turntable to hollowed out TV sets, electric guitars, dinosaur toys, plastic robots and so much more—all spray-painted luxuriantly with Day-Glo fluorescent colors and lit by black lights—has to be experienced at least once to be believed. It’s like stepping into a “Wild Style” abstract painting and entering a secret clubhouse that would leave your mom so speechless that she would forget to tell you to “clean up all this junk” before your father gets home from work.My only regret is that its days are numbered. This unique Kenny Scharf show—and the fascinating Glamorous Graffiti exhibition on the second floor—will vanish from this historic Gold Coast mansion for good after July 10. Museum director, Karl E. Willers, who curated the show, should be commended for encouraging what once was—and to some critics still is—an outlaw form of artistic expression to take up residence within the former Frick Estate.It almost defies imagination to consider where Scharf’s “street art” was displayed decades ago when he was part of the most famous (or infamous) trio of contemporary urban artists the East Village produced in the 1980s that included him, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Each man’s style was distinctive. Haring drew the definitive white-lined figures boldly on a black background. Basquiat, who never studied art formally, was more expressionistic with dripping paint strokes and multiple layers of sometimes violent images, while Scharf took a more pop-surrealistic jokester approach by appropriating cartoon figures like the Flintstones and the Jetsons. Basquiat, who was taken under Warhol’s wing, died of a drug overdose in 1988. He was only 28. Last month, Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese online retailer, bought one of Basquiat’s 1982 works for $57.3 million. And to think that Basquiat, born in New York, used to be one rent check away from being evicted.Scharf grew up in Hollywood, California, and moved to New York City to study at the School of Visual Arts, where he met Haring, who was from Kutztown, Penn. In 1990 Haring died of AIDS with Scharf by his side. He was only 31. But Haring’s iconic faceless crawling children, barking dogs and kinetic dancing figures live on all over the world.These days Scharf, a grandfather, lives in Los Angeles and divides his time between New York and Brazil, among other locales. Last month he was invited to be part of a public art show in Malaga, Spain, where Picasso was born.“Growing up in LA in the ’60s profoundly influenced my visual landscape,” Scharf explained in the program guide. “There were bright plastic colors and space age designs everywhere, from coffee shops to car washes…When I moved to NY in the ’70s, it was a very drab place colorwise, and I thought a little brightening up would help a bit.”Gallery I features Scharf’s whimsical polished bronze sculptures and an appetizing series of paintings of rather singular donuts. One typical title is “Pink Frosted Cruller in Outer Space,” which he did in 2010. No galaxy ever looked sweeter. Adding to the overall aesthetic experience is that the gallery’s false walls were taken down, exposing the room’s stately windows and letting viewers take in the museum’s spacious grounds as well as the art on display—an idea that Scharf had expressed because “he thought the room would look happier,” recounted a grinning Laura Lynch, the museum’s director of education, on a recent tour with the Press.Graffiti artist Kenny Scharf“The really important thing for me is communicating,” Scharf has said, “and the bigger the audience, the better. I went to art school, took art history, and I want the art elite to be able to see in my work how it’s new but also how it has a tradition within it. I also want people who don’t know or care about art to want to know about art and get inspired in some way.”Although some visitors may scoff at the idea, Scharf considers himself a traditional painter, according to Lynch, pointing out how he used reflected light coming from the left of the frame to illuminate the central object on the canvas, an aesthetic concept stemming from the Renaissance. In this case, the subject being a dark chocolate glazed donut.It’s like stepping into a “Wild Style” abstract painting and entering a secret clubhouse that would leave your mom so speechless that she would forget to tell you to “clean up all this junk” before your father gets home from work.In Gallery II, the white walls surrounding the “Cosmic Cavern” installation came from Scharf’s former studio in Bushwick, showing his artistic process, his evolving lines and paint splashes, plus candid photos of him and his friends. It took him and his crew two weeks to install the Cavern. Scharf had created his “Cosmic Closet” in 1981, supposedly discovering a closet in the apartment he shared with Haring that was filled with junk, which he subsequently drenched with fluorescent paint and lit up by a black light. The idea caught on, eventually taking up shape at P.S. 1 in Long Island City and the 1985 Whitney Biennial, which helped put the East Village art scene on the international map once and for all time.Here in Nassau, museum-goers daring to explore the Cavern enter a large room the size of a suburban basement filled from top to bottom with an amazing array of “found objects.” There’s a boom box to fill the air with music from the ’80s and a couple of artfully decorated ceiling fans to keep the air moving. Some of the stuff dates back to 1981 and other things are “gems” he just found in the garbage this year, Scharf says.“In a sense it’s a time capsule,” Lynch explained. “Everyone who comes in here wants to stay here!”His exhibit culminates in Gallery III with “Pop Renaissance,” consisting of four 33-foot canvases that he originally did in 2001 across the ceiling of the Palazzo Communale in Pordenone, Italy, and now expanded considerably with more dimensions. The work combines religious figures, surrealist motifs, black text, magazine images, swirling paint, sculptural elements, plus the ubiquitous rectangle of a TV. But there’s always a touch of whimsy to Scharf’s art. Pointing to a line of Arabic on one of the panels, Lynch said that it translates into “Best kebabs!”Evergladagator, by Kenny Scharf.The second floor of the museum is devoted to Scharf’s urban contemporaries with art work, sketches and even repeated film screenings of Edo Bertoglio’s “Downtown 81,” which features a 19-year-old Basquiat and Debbie Harry as a fairy godmother, Charlie Ahearn’s groundbreaking “Wild Style,” which chronicled the hip-hop cultural explosion that happened when the Bronx blew the East Village away, and Harry Chalfant and Tony Silver’s “Style Wars” historic documentary.“This [exhibit] is called ‘Glamorous Graffiti,’” said Lynch. “This is not art that’s on the wall or a subway train. These artists started doing public works outside but now they’re framed in the museum.” She said they may have started as “outlaws” in a sense but soon “companies really wanted that urban aesthetic and started bringing it into their products and they started getting commissions.”And for some, those commissions added up to real money.There’s only one painting by Basquiat, “Third Street,” done in 1984, but it’s a powerful work, showing his interest in human anatomy, African masks, comic books and language, and conveying the full range of this innovative artist’s imagination. Keith Haring’s “Growing Suite I-V” consists of five color screen prints done in 1988 on Lennox Museum board.Kenny Scharf’s Pink Frosted Cruller in Outer Space, 2010Lee Quinones, considered one of the most influential artists to emerge from the NYC subways, is represented by several pieces, including a very funny take-off on “Sesame Street” with Big Bird and his pals breaking the law, let’s say. Quinones’ “One Million B.C.” is a revealing sketch he did in 1977 for a whole subway car mural, showing the process he undertook. Starting when he was only 13, he was known as “a ninja in the train yards,” because he worked so quietly and quickly in the dark to avoid the MTA cops on patrol in the Bronx, as well as the “conscience on the rails,” because he used his hand-sprayed images and text to convey radical political messages against war, death and violence. His tag was LEE. Two years later he had his first solo show in Rome, and these days his work is included at the Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art and elsewhere.The show upstairs also includes works by CRASH (John Matso), Toxic (Torrick Ablack), Koor (Charles Hargrove), Futura 2000 (Leonard Hilton McGurr), Dondi (Donald Joseph White), DAZE (Chris Ellis) and NOC167 (Melvin Samuels Jr.). There’s a 2012 piece, “Lotus, Target Black,” by Shepard Fairey, who became famous for his Obama “Hope” poster that he did in 2008, and a very provocative print that the street artist Banksy created in 2003, called “Bomb Hugger,” which shows a girl in a pony-tail and a mini-skirt happily embracing the aerial weapon.“It freaks out the kids at first,” said Lynch. “It makes you nervous for her!”The title is ironic, too, considering that graffiti artists used the expression “to bomb” when they meant painting quickly on many surfaces in one area. Scharf will put it in action for several hours on June 19, when he will be outdoors at the Nassau Museum for a performance he calls “KARBOMBZ!” He’ll be spray-painting three automobiles on the grounds so viewers can watch him at work. He’ll also be on hand to sign his new book, “Kenny Scharf: Kolors.”Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, west of Glen Cove Road, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A. For current exhibitions, events, days/times, and directions, call (516) 484-9337 or log onto nassaumuseum.org.
West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka could be out of action until near the end of the Barclays Premier League relegation run-in if an independent Football Association panel decides his ‘quenelle’ gesture was racist in nature. “I am sure, of course,” he said. “West Brom will be playing in the Premier League, I’m sure. “But more important for me is that the players think that too. I’m the coach, I don’t play. That’s the players. “I agree with (captain) Chris Brunt that we need to win five games.” New Fulham manager Felix Magath is confident he can be a fast learner when being thrown in at the deep end of a Barclays Premier League relegation battle. The 60-year-old German certainly brings a wealth of experience to a first coaching role in England, winning the European Cup as a player at Hamburg and also reaching two World Cup finals with Die Mannschaft in the 1980s. However, despite delivering the Bundesliga title three times from spells at Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg, renowned disciplinarian Magath accepts coming into the cut-and-thrust of a scrap for survival in the most hectic domestic championship of them all is a whole new ball game. “Sure it is a little bit better if you know all of the players in the league, but over the last year, I have seen many games from England (on television) when I was at home,” said Magath, who was comfortable with the departures of Rene Meulensteen, assistant manager Ray Wilkins and first-team technical director Alan Curbishley in a clean break of Fulham’s support staff. “I have played against English clubs and also the national team, for clubs I have managed against English teams, Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester (United). “I don’t know as much about the players as you, but I think I know enough from England, the Premier League and from football.” The likes of Iran international winger Ashkan Dejagah, defender Sascha Riether and on-loan midfielder Lewis Holtby have all worked with Magath before. The new Fulham boss intends to fully examine the depth of his squad, who have been given extra fitness sessions ahead of the trip to the Hawthorns. “I have to cut down the number of players in the team (squad) because we have to concentrate and get together,” he said. “If we have too many players, then we have too many influences. “Sorry for that, but it is the only way to concentrate, to focus on the next game. “If the player has not been here long enough to accept the English way of playing English football, then I cannot use him.” Magath added: “I don’t care if a player has been here 20 years or two months, that does not play a role. “I only have to see how they can play, what he is willing to do and I just have to put 11 players together to work as well as they can together. “We will have a chance if every player helps each other and if we do, then I think we are on the right way.” Albion head coach Pepe Mel has revealed Anelka will not be fit enough to face Fulham on Saturday despite returning to training after a shin injury on Thursday, which means the striker may not feature before the FA hands down a verdict. “Nicolas had his first training session on Thursday so it’s impossible that he plays against Fulham,” said Spanish coach Mel. “He is out. He’s fit and he’s good after the injury but he hasn’t trained enough. “As for the other thing – sorry, I’m the head coach only. I’d like the better outcome for Nicolas and West Brom but I respect the FA and its decision is good for me.” Asked if he was frustrated by the time taken to settle the matter, Mel said: “It’s the rules. For me, what’s important is that Nicolas was injured (anyway) and it wasn’t possible for him to play in recent matches. “In the future, I don’t know.” Struggling Albion are one place above the relegation zone, ahead of Sunderland on goal difference only. However Mel, who replaced the sacked Steve Clarke last month, remains absolutely certain that they will preserve their Premier League status. The Frenchman faces a minimum five-match ban after being charged by the FA for the gesture he made after scoring against West Ham on December 28. Anelka insists the ‘quenelle’ is an anti-establishment gesture, but others say it is widely regarded as being anti-Semitic. The 34-year-old has denied the charge and requested a personal hearing, which is expected to start next week and run for a few days. Press Association
Man City and Arsenal learn their Women’s Champions League opponentsby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the Women’s Champions League last 16.Nick Cushing’s team lost to Atletico in the last 32 of the 2018-19 competition.Women’s Super League champions Arsenal will play Slavia Prague, while Glasgow City will face Brondby.The first legs will be played on 16-17 October, with the second legs scheduled for 30-31 October.Glasgow City (Sco) v Brondby (Den)Barcelona (Esp) v FC Minsk (Blr)BIIK-Kazygurt (Kaz) v Bayern Munich (Ger)Lyon (Fra) v Fortuna Hjorring (Den)Paris St-Germain (Fra) v Breidablik (Isl)Wolfsburg (Ger) v FC Twente (Ned)Slavia Prague (Cze) v Arsenal (Eng)Manchester City (Eng) v Atletico Madrid (Esp) TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Broody Bale (again) wants out of Real Madridby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Bale is again being linked with a move away at Real Madrid.After appearing to have settled his differences with coach Zinedine Zidane at the beginning of the season, Bale is again considering his future, says AS.It’s claimed Bale is angry after being left out of the squad last week for the 2-2 draw with Champions League opponents Club Brugge.The Wales captain had told Zidane he was fully fit for the game and was eager to play.But Zidane in the end snubbed Bale, which has since left the attacker brooding.
The Canadian PressCALGARY – The CEO of oilsands giant Suncor Energy Inc. says he’s confident new oil pipelines will be built after hosting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at its newly opened Fort Hills oilsands mine in early April.The message he left with Trudeau was that pipeline access must be assured if the industry is to attract the capital it needs to grow, Steve Williams said on a conference call on Wednesday.“We don’t want these new projects to have to bear the burden of some of these (oil price) differentials,” he said, reiterating Suncor’s commitment to building no new major oilsands projects without new pipelines.“The simple measure will be we want to see shovels in ground and pipelines being built.”His comments came the same day First Nations chiefs from Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia held a news conference in which they vowed to resort to large-scale civil disobedience if Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to the B.C. coast goes ahead without the consent of local First Nations.The Trans Mountain pipeline is a hot issue in western Canada as two premiers threaten one another with a trade war, while hundreds of people have been arrested while protesting the expansion of the 1,150 km project.On Wednesday, the Treaty Alliance Against Expansion of the Tar Sands held a news conference to talk about the Trans Mountain expansion.In a release sent later in the day, the group says First Nations cannot be bribed into signing onto these kinds of projects.“If we cannot have a say as to what goes on in our territories, free from economic coercion and threats, particularly in the case of dangerous projects like Kinder Morgan, Canada cannot say that it respects the rights of Indigenous Peoples,” said Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Indian Band, which is part of the Secwepemc Nation in B.C. whose territory much of the pipeline would need to pass through.According to the release, the Treaty Alliance is also calling for an independent investigation into the project’s approval process.But Williams said he’s “greatly encouraged” by what Alberta and federal governments are saying recently and believes even the Trans Mountain expansion project will be built, despite proponent Kinder Morgan threatening to abandon it if it isn’t reassured about its construction by the end of May.Later, on the sidelines of Suncor’s annual general meeting, Williams said he hopes that “good sense and reason prevail” but added Suncor has a contingency plan in case Alberta follows through with its plan to restrict oil or refined fuel exports through the existing Trans Mountain pipeline to B.C.Also on the call, Williams said he also believes Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project into the U.S. Midwest will proceed, despite an ongoing disagreement in Minnesota over its routing.Suncor reported net earnings fell to $789 million, compared to $1.35 billion in the same period of [email protected]@aptnnews
The Canadian PressMetis and non status Indians across Canada are seeking damages for the alleged harms inflicted on them by the Canadian government during the ’60s Scoop, according to a proposed class action filed on Thursday.In an untested statement of claim, the survivors of the Scoop argue they were deprived of their identities by being taken from their families and placed with non-Indigenous families.As a result, they say, they suffered mental, emotional and other harms.“Aboriginal communities describe the ’60s Scoop as destructive to their culture,” the claim in Federal Court asserts. “Canada was careless, reckless, wilfully blind, or deliberately accepting of, or was actively promoting, a policy of cultural assimilation.”Among other things, the claim seeks a court declaration that the government breached its duty toward the plaintiffs and seeks unspecified damages.Garth Myers, lawyer for the plaintiffs, said on Thursday it was unclear how many people might be taken in by the class at this point or what an appropriate level of compensation might be if the claim were to succeed.Earlier this year, the government struck an $800-million settlement of a similar class action _ one involving on-reserve Indigenous people who became victims of the ’60s Scoop _ in which each victim would receive up to $50,000. Lawyers for the plaintiffs say it’s time Canada recognized its actions taken in the ’60s Scoop affected a much larger group of Indigenous people.In June, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett said the settlement agreement did not address “all of the harm” done by the ’60s Scoop. More work needed to be done with Metis and non-status peoples, she said.“They have waited far too long to be recognized and for the harm done to them to be acknowledged,” Bennett said of the on-reserve victims. “They should not be made to wait any longer nor suffer through any more court battles.”Bennett had no immediate comment to the proposed action.The proposed representative plaintiff in the case is Toronto-born Brian Day, 44, a Metis who now lives in Ottawa.According to the claim, Day was raised in accordance with his family’s Metis tradition that included hunting until age four, when the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society took him from his family and placed him for seven years with a non-Aboriginal family in Sudbury, Ont.“Mr. Day was told by his non-aboriginal adopted family that he was not Metis or Indigenous,” the claim asserts. “For years, he was told by this family that he was white and Scottish.”Given his upbringing, Day has lost his Metis cultural identity and cannot speak French, the claim states.“Because of ’60s Scoop, Mr. Day is emotionally, spiritually and culturally disconnected,” the claim says. “He feels alienated, anxious, hopeless, sad, frustrated, and resentful.”[email protected]@aptnnews
HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. — The Hudson’s Hope RCMP say they responded to approximately 25 calls for service over the last four weeks. During the month of March, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP issued 33 Motor Vehicle Act Warnings and Violation Tickets. Three impaired drivers were stopped and charged during this period. The Hudson’s Hope RCMP is still investigating the incident of slashed tires of one of the police vehicles that occurred at an RCMP residence. This act of mischief put residents at risk by delaying any emergency police response that would have been needed during that night and next morning. Any residents with information can call the local detachment or Crime Stoppers to report anonymously. Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit http://crimestoppersnebc.ca/ for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page. The Hudson’s Hope RCMP is still investigating the attempted theft of ATM machine from the local Credit Union. Anyone with information regarding this incident can call the local detachment or Crime Stoppers to report anonymously. On March 17th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to a complaint of an erratic driver on Hwy 29 heading toward Hudson’s Hope. The vehicle was located and the driver was arrested for a warrant and for being impaired by drug. Suspected drugs were located in the vehicle. Charges are pending.On March 17th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a vehicle for speeding at 153 Km/hr in the 90 Km/hr zone. The vehicle plate was not associated to the vehicle and several violation tickets were issued to the driver. On March 23rd, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to two reports of the same tractor trailer spun out on two different hills along Hwy 29. The driver was issued a Notice and Order to repair or replace his tire chains as they were in poor condition causing the vehicle to spin out and block traffic on two occasions. The chains were replaced the following day. On March 24th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP observed a snowmobile travelling on local streets. The snowmobile took off but was eventually located at a local residence thanks to a tip from a citizen. The owner of the snowmobile was issued written warnings for no insurance and non-registered off road vehicle on public road. On March 31st, 2018, a vehicle was stopped for speeding and the driver was issued a 3 day immediate roadside driving prohibition after providing a breath sample. On April 8th, 2018, a driver was stopped on Beattie Drive for speeding. The driver was found to not have a driver license and failed two road side breath tests. The driver was issued a 90 day immediate road side driving prohibition, a violation ticket for no driver license, and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days. On April 15th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to a local property to assist BC Conservation office with a complaint of dogs attacking a small deer. The investigation revealed that a resident had fired a firearm from a vehicle while close to a residence. A charge for careless use of firearm is being investigated and charges are pending. As the weather improves, many people will be heading out to enjoy the local trails and rivers. The RCMP would like to remind everyone to conduct themselves in a safe manner while obeying the rules and regulations pertaining to proper and safe operation of off road and marine vehicles. Know the requirements prior to heading out. Leave a travel plan with someone who will know where you are going and when you will be expected to return. Hudson’s Hope RCMP will be conducting ORV and Marine patrols throughout the area and operators may be issued tickets for non-compliance.
New Delhi: The Odisha Parba 2019, a three-day mega celebration in the heart of India’s national capital New Delhi received overwhelming response by the visitors. Many visitors including foreigners relished the authentic taste of Odisha and experienced the essence of rich cultural ethos of Odisha at this event. Lakhs of visitors were thrilled with joy to witness Odisha’s magnificent journey from the ancient maritime era to the illustrious contemporary times and a vision for future of Odisha. Organized by Odia Samaj, New Delhi Odisha Parba 2019, a celebration of Odisha’s Culture, Tradition, Heritage & Cuisine was inaugurated on 15th March 2019 at India Gate Lawn No-5, New Delhi. In the valedictory ceremony of this event, Draupadi Murmu, Governor of Jharkhand was the chief guest and Dr Arijit Pasayat, former Judge, Supreme Court, Padma Vibhushan Dr Sonal Mansingh, MP, Rajya Sabha and Odisha Dance Exponent graced the occasion as Guests of Honour and Odia Samaj President, Sidhartha Pradhan, Trustee Hiranya Mohanty were also present at the occasion.
Ahmedabad: Gujarat minister Pradipsinh Jadeja on Wednesday testified in the Gujarat High Court in an election petition filed by BJP leader Balvantsinh Rajput, challenging the victory of veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel in 2017 Rajya Sabha election.Jadeja, who is the Minister of State for Home, told high court Judge Bela Trivedi that Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil had snatched Congress turncoat Raghavjee Patel’s ballot paper after noticing that he had voted for Rajput in August 2017 Rajya Sabha election for three seats in Gujarat. He also told the court that since Congress MLAs Shailesh Parmar and Mitesh Garasiya had showed their ballot papers to persons other than the authorised agents, their ballot papers should have been cancelled, which was not done by the Election Commission (EC). When the defence lawyer asked him during his cross-examination whether seven of the fourteen rebel Congress MLAs were subsequently given tickets from the BJP to contest the December 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections as an incentive for joining the saffron party, he replied in the negative. Jadeja said that as per the decision taken by the party’s parliamentary board in consultation with the state parliamentary board, the candidates were selected based on their popularity and other factors. He also said he was not aware that Congress MLA Parmar had given a written complaint against Raghavjee to the returning officer. Ahmed Patel was declared the winner after the EC invalidated the votes of rebel Congress MLAs Bholabhai Gohel and Raghavjee Patel, bringing down the number of votes needed for the victory to 44 from 45. In his election petition, Rajput alleged that Patel had taken Congress MLAs to a resort in Bengaluru before the election, which amounted to “bribing the voters”. He also said that the EC should invalidate the votes of two Congress MLAs Parmar and Garasiya.