Florida Announces 2019 Motor Fuel Tax Rates

first_imgFor calendar year 2019, Florida state motor fuel (gasoline) and diesel fuel tax rates will increase while the aviation fuel tax rate will remain at its current rate.Motor Fuel Tax RateEffective January 1, 2019, the state motor fuel tax rate is increased to 18.1 cents per gallon (formerly, 17.7 cents). The local option rate varies by county and the ninth cent will remain the same. The State Comprehensive Enhanced Transportation System (SCETS) rate will increase to 7.8 cents per gallon (formerly, 7.6 cents). The inspection fee on motor fuel will remain 0.125 cents per gallon.Minimum Local Option Tax on Motor Fuel Collected at Fuel TerminalsIn addition to the 18.1 cents per gallon state fuel tax collected at the loading rack, terminal suppliers must collect a minimum local option fuel tax. The local option fuel tax must be collected at the following rates on each gallon of motor fuel sold to licensed wholesalers:– 13.8 cents per gallon; and– an inspection fee of .125 cents per gallon.Total fuel taxes collected by terminal suppliers on sales of motor fuel to licensed wholesalers is 32.025 cents per gallon.Diesel Fuel Tax RateAlso effective January 1, 2019, the state diesel fuel tax rate will increase to 18.1 cents per gallon (formerly, 17.7 cents). The county tax rate (ninth cent, SCETS, and local option tax rates) on diesel fuel will increase to 14.8 cents per gallon statewide (formerly, 14.6 cents). The total state and county rates on diesel fuel will increase to 32.9 cents per gallon statewide (formerly, 32.3 cents).Aviation Fuel Tax RateThe aviation fuel tax rate will remain at 6.9 cents per gallon until June 30, 2019. Effective July 1, 2019, the aviation fuel tax rate will decrease to 4.27 cents per gallon (formerly, 6.9 cents).Tax Information Publication, No. 18B05-03, Florida Department of Revenue, November 28, 2018, ¶206-406Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

SPORT-JAYARAM 2

first_img“He (Chen) is a difficult player. He is so confident “He (Chen) is a difficult player. He is so confident about his fitness and is very patient. He gets back all the shuttles and also he is solid at the nets. I was returning his smashes but mistakes cropped up in my game later in the match. So there are a few areas which I need to improve but there are a lot of positives to take from the match,” said Jayaram. Currently ranked 32nd, Jayaram is expected to make a big jump in world rankings when the fresh list is released on Thursday but the Indian said he is not concerned about that and wants to focus on consistency. “I am not concerned about ranking right now. I know I will be within top 25 next week. But I want to concentrate on getting some good wins, reaching quarters and semifinals regularly and that will take care of the ranking,” he said. Jayaram had come within touching distance of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics, only to lose the berth at the last moment to P Kashyap, who toppled him in rankings following a walkover in the India Open. “It was disheartening to lose out in Olympics race,” Jayaram said. “I was unlucky in the last tournament but there were many events before that were I should have done better. It was hard mentally to accept but then I reached the semifinals of China Open and it felt great.” Asked if this performance has spurred him to go for next years Rio Games, Jayaram said the Olympics is not in his mind right now. “To be honest, I am not thinking about that right now because then you stray away from what you enjoy doing. I know Olympics is a great honour but there are other tournaments as well which you can win and then if you do well, it will take care of the qualification,” he said. MORE PTI ATK PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

NEWSALERT-SC-ARUNACHAL 2

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CoA confirms Rahul Dravid has no conflict of interest

first_imgAdvertisementThe Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), on Tuesday, declared that there is “no conflict of interest” against Rahul Dravid’s appointment as the Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).“There’s no conflict on Rahul’s case. He has got a notice and we have cleared his appointment. We had seen no conflict, but if the Ombudsman sees any, we will submit our response to the Ombudsman stating why there is no conflict. Then, he has to consider. It’s a process and it will continue,” said Ravi Thodge the new member of CoA.Dravid, one of the most respected person in Indian sports was issued a conflict of interest notice by the BCCI after his appointment at NCA. The embroilment started because, Dravid is an employee of India Cements, a company which owns the Chennai franchise in IPL. While appointing, the CoA had asked him to renounce his post in India Cements or to be on leave till his tenure ends. But instead of resigning, Dravid took a sabbatical without pay which prompted a MPCA member to file a complaint against him.“In NCA, there are a few things that need to be done. There are shortage of grounds, staffs and coaches. There has to be continuity.” Thodge said.“Someone of Dravid’s stature will have to ensure that the NCA is of international standard. He has given his vision and we are fully in support of his vision. We will work together,” the CoA member added.Advertisementlast_img read more

The new Salah? Roma’s wing wizard Cengiz Under

first_imgRoma Who is Cengiz Under? Roma finally have their replacement for Liverpool star Salah Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cengiz Under Roma Getty Images Roma Serie A Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma Roma v Milan Milan Shakhtar Donetsk UEFA Champions League Opinion The Turkish sensation initially struggled to settle at the Stadio Olimpico but the 20-year-old has now netted five times in his last four appearances Manchester City or Roma? That was the dilemma facing Cengiz Under last summer. The Turkish starlet had previously admitted he wanted to play in England more than any other country in Europe. Indeed, he hadn’t even mentioned Serie A while discussing his preferred leagues.However, it became a question of first-team opportunities. According to Cengiz’s agent, Omer Uzun, City were “working in collaboration with Freiburg” with a view to signing the attacker and immediately loaning him to the German side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Cengiz wasn’t keen and instead opted to join Roma, with Monchi proving the “decisive factor”, according to Omer. Roma’s sporting director had forged a reputation as one of the greatest talent scouts in world football by turning several low-cost signings into superstars during his time at Sevilla and he convinced Cengiz that there would be far less obstacles placed between him and the senior squad at the Stadio Olimpico than the Etihad.The Spaniard proved true to his word. Cengiz started Roma’s Serie A opener, against Atalanta, on the bench, but he featured as a substitute during the following weekend’s meeting with Inter at San Siro before earning his first start at home to Verona on matchday three.Cengiz clearly hadn’t settled, though, either at Roma or in Rome, and his difficulties in acclimatising manifested themselves in poor performances. He had never lived alone before and he also struggled with the language. Unsurprisingly, he found the first few months “difficult”. Before the winter break, there were even reports that the €14.9 million signing would be loaned to Sassuolo in exchange for Matteo Politano, a Roma academy graduate who had also previously worked with coach Eusebio Di Francesco at MAPEI Stadium.This was unknown territory for Cengiz, whose career had progressed seamlessly and rapidly up until that point. After starring in Turkey’s second tier for Altinordu as a 17-year-old, he then took the Super Lig by storm with Istanbul Basaksehir, racking up nine goals and seven assists to force his way into the national team squad.By November of last year, he had netted three times in six appearances for his country, so coach Mircea Lucescu took a vested interest in the prodigy’s situation.He spoke Italian with him to help him improve his linguistic skills and urged him to remain at Roma and resist all loan offers.“I also advised Di Francesco to persist with him and work patiently with him because his qualities would’ve come out in the long run,” the Turkey boss revealed.”I’ll be counting on him a lot in the future. Cengiz will become a pillar of the new national team.”Cenzig Under Quote PSThe Roma boss didn’t need convincing of the player’s, though. He wasn’t about to give up on Cengiz just yet.Aside from the youngster’s pace, excellent dribbling skills and powerful left foot – all of which combined to earn him the nickname ‘The Turkish Dybala’ – Di Francesco was impressed by Cengiz’s humility and work ethic. “Cengiz was a wise choice by the club, he needs to improve his choices, but since he arrived, he plays far more for the team than the individual,” the former Sassuolo coach enthused.“Cengiz is only 20, he came to Serie A from another world in football terms. We are not accustomed in Italy to waiting for young talent to develop and I say that with irritation. “People are so quick to point the finger and claim he’s not good enough even to play for the Primavera youth team. You must wait for players to develop.“Obviously a player like Cengiz needs a little more time to assimilate the change in league, the directives or movements that are asked of him.”At this moment, the player has this capacity, sharpness and exuberance to transform what I ask for into something remarkable. I hope he can continue like this, but he must never give up or lose his humility.“But if he keeps training with this determination and hunger, he can become a leader on the pitch.”As a result, he continued to make use of the 20-year-old as a substitute in December before starting him on the left wing against Sampdoria on January 24. Roma were beaten 1-0 in Genoa – their sixth game in a row without a win – but Cengiz had impressed. His reward was a start on his preferred right wing for Roma’s next outing, at Verona, and he took just 43 seconds to vindicate Di Francesco’s faith in him, cutting inside past two players before finding the bottom corner with a sweet strike of his favoured left foot.Cengiz Under Stats PSIt kickstarted not only Cengiz’s career but also Roma’s season. They beat Benevento 5-2 the following weekend at the Stadio Olimpico before triumphing 2-0 at Udinese on Saturday. Cengiz was involved in four of those goals, scoring three and creating another. Six months after Mohamed Salah’s departure for Liverpool, it was quickly claimed that Roma had finally found a worthy successor and there was a clamour for Cengiz to retain his place in the starting line-up for the Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Shakhtar Donetsk.The winger had not been afforded a single minute during Roma’s group-stage campaign but now Di Francesco felt the youngster was ready.”He is in the optimal psychological mindset and can make the most of any situation,” he enthused, “whereas a few weeks ago he was short on confidence and was hitting [shots] into the stands.”His remarkable transformation was underlined by the way in which he kept his composure to put Roma ahead in Kharkiv to mark his first Champions League appearance with his first Champions League goal.The Giallorossi ultimately fell to a 2-1 defeat but, ahead of this weekend’s crucial Serie A clash with a resurgent AC Milan, there is now no doubt that Cengiz will start at the Stadio Olimpico.Manchester City or Roma? It’s taken a while but Cengiz now knows that he made the right choice.last_img read more

PL title wouldn’t have stopped my sacking – Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool Winning Premier League wouldn’t have stopped my Liverpool sacking – Rodgers Goal 22:58 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Brendan Rodgers Celtic Getty Liverpool Celtic Premier League Premiership The Celtic boss feels there was nothing he could do to stop the Reds from firing him just over a year after he guided them to second place Brendan Rodgers is convinced that not even winning the Premier League title would have prevented Liverpool from sacking him in 2015.The 45-year-old was unable to deliver a trophy during his four years as the Reds manager, but came close to guiding them to league success in 2014.Liverpool were three points clear at the top of the table with three games to play before a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea – aided by Steven Gerrard’s famous slip – and then a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace saw Manchester City overtake them. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Anfield side were forced to settle for a sixth-place finish in the league the following season and Rodgers was let go in October 2015 before joining Celtic.The Northern Irish manager does not believe things would have gone much differently, even if they had won a first top-flight crown since 1990.“I would still have been sacked for sure,” he told The Times.”You only need to look at the evidence all around. Not in modern football. Not in new football.”This little thing here (mobile phone) means the world has changed. No one wants to wait for anything.”At the end of that season I signed a four-year deal. I was going to be the one, the person to take the club on. Eighteen months later that’s it.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Ratchanok Intanon beats Carolina Marin to win Malaysia Masters

first_img Indo-Asian News Service Kuala LumpurJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 21:08 IST Ratchanok Intanon had a spectacular run in Malaysia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRatchanok Intanon defeated Carolina Marin 21-9, 22-20 in the final of the Malaysia MastersHeading into the final, Marin had won three of her last four matches against IntanonIntanon dominated the match from the startThailand’s Ratchanok Intanon defeated Spanish badminton star Carolina Marin 21-9, 22-20 in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, clinching the Malaysia Masters final in just 42 minutes.Heading into the final, Marin had won three of her last four matches against Intanon, reports Efe news.The Thai, seeded No. 6 in the tournament, dominated the match from the start, jumping to a quick 6-1 lead and never letting Marin back into the set.Marin played better in the second set, grabbing a 10-7 lead before Intanon managed to tie it at 12-12.The players went back and forth, with Marin making a huge push and going up 19-18.Intanon, however, was not to be denied and she managed to edge Marin and take the title.Intanon had a spectacular run in Malaysia, upsetting top-ranked Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan and defeating 18-year-old home crowd favorite Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia 21-16, 21-16 in Saturday’s second semi-final.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Ratchanok IntanonFollow Carolina MarinFollow Malaysia Masters Ratchanok Intanon beats Carolina Marin to win Malaysia MastersRatchanok Intanon defeated Carolina Marin 21-9, 22-20 in the final of the Malaysia Masters on Sunday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Multi-Million Pontoon Becomes Operational at Gwynt y Môr (UK)

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom A new £multi-million pontoon has become fully operationally at the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm base at the Port of Mostyn in North Wales.Port of MostynThe 10-berth pontoon will greatly improve the offshore transfer of wind turbine engineers and technicians throughout the construction and operational lifetime of the wind farm.Approximately 110 new long term skilled jobs are being created to staff the Gwynt y Môr base at Mostyn which is gradually becoming operational ahead of the wind farm’s completion later this year.RWE Innogy UK’s Gwynt y Môr Project Director, Toby Edmonds, said: “Completing the pontoon has been an important step forward in the development of both the construction and operations facilities for Gwynt y Môr at the Port of Mostyn.“We are delighted that the facility is up and running and is already delivering the anticipated improvements we expected to the efficiency of offshore works.“Transfer times to Gwynt y Môr have reduced, allowing technicians and engineers more time to work on the turbines. In addition, the new pontoon is less tidally restricted, so access to and from the port is greatly enhanced.“The new pontoon will play a vital role throughout the lifetime of the wind farm.”The 10-berth pontoon was commissioned with power, water and re-fuelling locations built in. UK based civil engineering company, BAM Nuttall won the contract for its design and construction, with approximately 15 BAM Nuttall employees overseeing the build. Consent for the pontoon was granted by the Welsh Government last March and construction took place throughout the summer months. Paul O’Toole from BAM Nuttall said: “We were delighted to win this prestigious contract.“The project at Mostyn demonstrates the commitment that BAM Nuttall has towards supporting construction in the renewable energy market.”Gwynt y Môr is a €2billion offshore wind farm on schedule to become fully operational in 2014, when it will be capable of generating enough energy from renewable sources to power the equivalent of approximately 400,000 homes – around a third of the total number of homes in all of Wales.The construction of Gwynt y Môr to date, has enabled the injection of over £350million into the UK supply chain, created and secured employment for over 2,500 people in the UK, and is expected to sustain over 110 jobs long term through a new multi-million pound operations and maintenance base, which will be built in North Wales.At the same time, North Wales Communities have been consulted on how to most usefully invest over £19million in community funding over the wind farm’s working lifetime – a topic crucial to Welsh and UK government in the delivery of energy policy. This is in addition to the £690,000 Tourism Fund. My location RWE, February 6, 2014last_img read more

AAP believes in changing lives of Delhi people not spelling CMs jibe

first_imgNEW DELHI: Dismissing BJP leader Vijay Goel’s demand of changing the spelling of Delhi to ‘Dilli’, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the AAP dispensation believes in changing the life of Delhiites instead of renaming the city. He sought to know how the people of Delhi will benefit by changing the name of the national Capital. “We have to change the life of Delhiites instead of changing the name of Delhi. We have to make their life better. How will people of Delhi benefit by changing the name of the city?,” CM Kejriwal said on Twitter in Hindi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Prosperity will only come when we ensure quality education and medical treatment to their children, as well as provide them good roads, electricity and water,” he said. On Wednesday, Goel, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP, demanded that the name of the national capital be spelt ‘Dilli’ in English instead of ‘Delhi’. He was speaking during the Question Hour of the ongoing budget session. Goel said there were many different versions to the origin of the word ‘Delhi’. Some believe ‘Delhi’ originated from Raju Dillu, a king of Mauryan Dynasty who named the city after himself. Others say the name ‘Delhi’ is derived from the word ‘Deehleej’ as Delhi serves as the gateway to the great Indo-Gangetic Plain. “Demands like naming Delhi as Indraprastha or Hastinapura have also been raised earlier but if the name ‘Delhi’ had to stay then at least it should be pronounced correctly,” he added.last_img read more

Inuit singersongwriter Kelly Fraser nominated for Juno Award

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN NewsA young Inuit singer-songwriter’s messages of cultural pride, hope and healing are making waves in the music industry.At just 24-years-old, Kelly Fraser has been nominated for a Juno Award for her second album, Sedna.She first heard the news last month from a friend.“I burst out crying and thought of my mother right away and then all those people that told me I couldn’t do it,” Fraser says. “I thought of them and I was like, here I am doing it.”From Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, Fraser says music was always a part of her life. Her mom had a Saturday morning radio show that played ‘70s and ‘80s era music like Tina Turner and Joan Jett. When she was 11 years old, Fraser learned to play the guitar. When she turned 15, she formed a band that wrote its own songs.She says she was always a fan of American singers and rappers but felt the music didn’t represent who she was – a teen girl from the Arctic.“I wanted to hear about someone that went through what I went through,” she says.Fraser says her songs have a lot of meaning, depicting the struggles of suicide, social issues and the painful history of her people.“I work with amazing people around me and I overcome the negative things people say with the support of people around me,” she says. “I didn’t always have that support. I had to really prove myself that I’m a serious artist with a message to tell to people all over the world and people are respecting that.”Fraser hopes to build on the Juno nomination, to showcase her music and inspire a new generation.The Juno Awards will take place in Vancouver on March 25th.last_img read more

Moroccan Hijabi Demands Justice After Islamophobic Attack in Belgium

Rabat – CCTV has captured footage of a malicious attack on Moroccan Muslims on December 30, 2018, near Brussels.The footage shows a middle-aged woman and her daughter, carrying shopping bags and walking down the street when a hooded passerby punches the mother’s face and then flees.The woman could be seen screaming and falling to the ground in panic until a passing car stopped. The driver checked on the woman, who seemingly started to describe the attack. Read Also: US Seeks to Sanction China over ‘Mass Detention’ of Chinese MuslimsThe Belgian news outlet La Capitale reported that the victim is a 47-year-old woman named Fatiha, of Moroccan origin. Fatiha is now calling on Belgian authorities to find her attacker and bring him to justice. Fatiha also told La Capitale that her attacker was carrying a taser. Police have yet to find the suspect.Fatiha Moroccan Hijabi Attacked in BrusselsThe video of the attack has gone viral, sparking anger and condemnation on social media, with commenters  deeming the attack “a shameful act of Islamophobia.”Brussels has become notorious for Islamophobic attacks, especially against Muslim women who wear headscarves.Read Also: Kansas Anti-Muslim Victim’s Family Speaks Out Against IslamophobiaIn 2017, 76 percent of Islamophobic attacks in Belgium targeted women, according to data gathered from victims by a local anti-Islamophobia association.One of the most disturbing manifestations of Islamophobia in Europe emerged in March 2018, when hundreds of letters were anonymously sent to citizens in the UK, calling for “Punish a Muslim Day.”The identical letters encouraged people to carry out violence against Muslims. After a long investigation, police determined the letters came from David Parnham, a UK national, whom police arrested in June. Police found Parnham’s fingerprints on the letters.The letters were part of a larger campaign carried out over two years in which Parham also orchestrated a bomb threat and mailed white powder, treated as a poisonous substance, to public figures, such as Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May. read more

Sri Lanka accused of failing to implement security sector reforms

“It’s crucial that the Human Rights Council consider closely whether Sri Lanka made progress in the security sector as well as its other commitments such as transitional justice,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Nearly 18 months after making important promises to the council, Sri Lanka’s leaders appear to be backtracking on key human rights issues, including reforming the police.” “Deeply embedded practices linked to the war, like police torture, don’t just go away once the war is over,” Adams said. “Curtailing torture in Sri Lanka requires serious reforms of the security sector, prosecutions of those responsible, and sustained political will from the top.”In June 2016, President Maithripala Sirisena issued a directive to the police and military to refrain from torture but the impact of the directive has gone unreported. Legal provisions in violation of international law remain on the books, such as permitting criminal liability at the age of 8. Ensuring the right to counsel at all stages of detention has also not been remedied.The upcoming Human Rights Council session provides an important opportunity for UN member countries to closely examine the Special Rapporteur on torture’s report and the problem of torture and other police abuse in Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said. They should press the government to address these concerns as part of the overall reform efforts underway under the Human Rights Council resolution. And they need to be careful not to endorse measures that would set back human rights protections, such as earlier draft counter-terrorism bills to replace the PTA. Reform of the security sector has lagged behind action on the council resolution’s four pillars of transitional justice: accountability, the disappeared, truth-seeking, and reconciliation. A recent report from the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, highlighted the ongoing “culture of torture” in the country. A 2015 report by Human Rights Watch also found that Sri Lankans routinely face torture and other ill-treatment by the police. In the vast majority of cases, the victims were unable to obtain any meaningful redress.The Government has also yet to repeal the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which has been used to arbitrarily detain terrorism suspects and others without charge for years. During the country’s 26-year-long civil war, the government asserted that the PTA was a necessary tool in its battle against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Yet, nearly eight years after the war’s end in May 2009, the PTA not only remains on the books but continues to be used to arrest and detain people. Human Rights Watch’s own investigations found that police routinely use torture to compel confessions for even minor offenses, such as petty theft and making illicit alcohol, and this affected all ethnicities and social groups. The Special Rapporteur described a “worrying lack of will within the Attorney General’s Department and the judiciary” to investigate and take action against those considered responsible for torture, noting that authorities kept repeating to him that there had been no complaints of ill-treatment or torture, and consequently no investigations. Lawyers and relatives of PTA detainees told Human Rights Watch in May 2016 that police arrests were still being made in the notorious white vans used by the previous government, creating fear of a return to a culture of enforced disappearances. The practice has abated somewhat after an outcry from the rejuvenated national Human Rights Commission and rights lawyers. Lawyers, families, and the Human Rights Commission report having access to PTA detainees, an improvement from past practice.“A number of those arrested in 2016 under the Prevention of Terrorism Act were implicated in committing or plotting terrorist crimes,” Adams said. “Yet there was no good reason for not using the regular criminal code rather than an abusive law that should have been repealed years ago.”The Special Rapporteur on torture, following a May 2016 visit to Sri Lanka, found that torture to produce confessions, including beatings, sexual violence, extreme stress positions and asphyxiation, was being committed in police stations, military facilities and detention centers throughout the country. “The Mendez report on torture maps out a detailed reform proposal that the Sri Lankan Government should embrace and implement,” Adams said. “The Human Rights Council can rev up this process by addressing torture and police reform in its review of Sri Lanka’s compliance with the council’s resolution.” The Government has been accused of not meeting its pledge to curtail police abuses prior to the March 2017 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.Human Rights Watch said security sector reform was one of 25 undertakings by Sri Lanka in the Human Rights Council resolution adopted by consensus in October 2015. The Sri Lankan Government has failed to repeal the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act or take serious measures to reduce torture in custody, Human Rights Watch said. read more

Onethird of Ontarians say Horwath should step down poll

Meantime, a new forum research poll finds that one third of Ontarians think NDP leader Andrea Horwath should resign in the wake of her recent provincial election defeat.Horwath was the most popular political leader for years, but her approval ratings have fallen since premier Kathleen Wynne took office last year. The forum poll suggests that trend is continuing after Wynne led the Liberals to a majority government in the June 12 election.It also found that 35 per cent of people believe Horwath should step down as leader, while 43-percent felt she should stay on. 21 per cent had no opinion. read more

From its Headquarters to farflung outposts UN marks International Peace Day

“Peace is the paramount United Nations mission,” Mr. Annan declared as he stood in front of the bell, a gift from Japan cast from the pennies donated by children from 60 nations, before driving the ringing beam into it three times. “It is the basis of our existence. The essence of our identity. The cause that animates everything we do.”He appealed to global leaders who attended last week’s UN World Summit to go home and start implementing the agreements reached, which included setting up a UN Peacebuilding Commission.At his side in the garden in front of the world body’s building were UN Messengers of Peace author and journalist Anna Cataldi, Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas, wildlife researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. The UN singers and a children’s choir performed at the ceremony.Noting the traditional Peace Day call to fighters around the world to observe a 24-hour ceasefire, Mr. Annan said: “Twenty-four hours is not a long time. But it is time enough for combatants and political leaders to consider the destruction they are visiting on their people, and on their lands. And it is long enough to look over the barricades, or through the barbed wire, to see if there is another path.”On the other side of the world, in Ethiopia and Eritrea, a UN peacekeeping mission that is helping to monitor a ceasefire after the two countries fought a two-year border war, organized cultural events in the respective capitals, a poetry contest for junior high school students in Addis Ababa and a concert in Asmara. In the days leading up to the celebration, the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), along with local and international partners, organized a ‘Peace Run’ in Asmara, a ‘Cycling for Peace’ race in Addis Ababa, and medical clinics in the Shilalo camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Events were also organized in remote locations away from the capitals, such as Adiguadad, Adigrat and Senafe. In another African country torn by 14 years of factional fighting, Somalis were urged to become ‘Peacelords.’ “Never again should Somalis be made to kill Somalis. Never again should the country be allowed to descend into war and chaos,” Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia Francois Lonseny Fall said in a message in Nairobi, neighbouring Kenya, calling on the new transitional authorities to work together.At the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) organized a round-table discussion on the theme ‘Promotion of Peace and Unity based on the UN In Larger Freedom,’ a reference to Mr. Annan’s report issued earlier this year advocating far-reaching reforms of the world body. Numerous events and observances are planned around the world by UN offices and peacekeeping operations, governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society and religious groups to promote peace and non-violence. In a videotaped message, Mr. Annan urged all people around the world to observe a minute of silence at 12 noon. And in cyberspace, the UN Cyberschoolbus was engaging young people around the world with a special program at UN Headquarters with young people from countries affected by violence participating through video conference. The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by a resolution of the General Assembly to coincide with its opening session every September. In 2001, the General Assembly approved a second resolution setting the observance on 21 September of each year. read more

UKs antiEU victors will find it hard to fulfil promises

LONDON – Politicians who wanted Britain to leave the European Union were not shy about making promises. They plastered their campaign bus with vows to “take back control” on immigration and boost funding for the beloved National Health Service.But with Britain facing months or years of negotiations to detach itself from the 28-nation bloc, victorious “leave” leaders will find their pledges of prosperity, sovereignty and more public spending hard to keep.They know it, and are already lowering expectations.Conservative “leave” supporter Iain Duncan Smith now says the campaign had not laid out promises but simply “a series of possibilities.” And having shocked the world — and global markets — with the referendum result, Britain appears in no hurry to rush out the EU’s exit door.The “leave” campaign led by former London Mayor Boris Johnson has yet to lay out what it thinks Britain’s future relationship with the EU should look like, and Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain won’t trigger formal divorce talks until a new prime minister is in place after the summer.Before Thursday’s referendum, however, the “leave” side’s tone was considerably less ambiguous: They wanted out, they wanted control of EU immigration and they wanted a lot of money back from the EU.“Let’s take back control,” said a slogan on the “Vote Leave” bus that traversed the country, as its leaders argued that Britain could secure its borders and limit EU immigration only by exiting the bloc, therefore eliminating the right that EU workers have to live and work in Britain.An estimated 2 million Poles have come to work in Britain since 2004, and 850,000 are still here.Another bus-side “leave” pledge said: “We send the EU 350 million pounds a week — let’s fund our NHS instead.”Many economists think there’s a conflict between the key promises of reducing EU immigration and producing a flourishing economy. They argue that Britain needs access to the EU’s tariff-free single market of 500 million people, and won’t get it if it tries to restrict the free movement of EU labour.Jonathan Portes, principal research fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, said anti-EU campaigners chose to ignore the link between economic access and EU immigration in order to win votes.“They told lots of people that these trade-offs, which were reasonably obvious and are now coming to the fore, didn’t exist,” Portes said. “Sooner or later they will have to deal with it.”The desire to curb immigration motivated many “leave” voters, since more than 3 million people born in other EU nations now reside in Britain. An estimated 1.2 million Britons, including many retirees, have moved to other EU nations, but Britain’s relatively thriving economy has meant that immigration has far outstripped emigration in recent years.Many Britons who voted “leave” believe those EU immigrants have placed strains on schools, hospitals and housing, even though they have paid taxes and many economists argue that immigrants are an economic boon.Leaving the EU would allow Britain to “take back control” by renouncing the free-movement principle. But if it did, it would be unlikely to get open access to the EU’s single market, with which the U.K. currently conducts half its trade, exporting everything from beef and lamb to financial services.Portes said a deal offering free trade but not free movement would have “fairly significant negative consequences” for the British economy and British living standards.An alternative could be to let Britain keep its access to the single market in return for paying the EU and accepting the free-movement principle — roughly the deal that Norway has. That would eviscerate “leave” side promises to curb immigration, however.Still, Johnson, one of the top prospects to become Britain’s next leader, seems to favour that option. He said in a column for Monday’s Daily Telegraph newspaper that Britain would forge “a new and better relationship with the EU — based on free trade and partnership.”Some senior “leave” campaigners acknowledge that under that model, immigration would not necessarily fall.Daniel Hannan, a euroskeptic Conservative member of the European Parliament, told the BBC he favoured “the idea of staying within a common market but outside the political integration” of the EU.“(That) means free movement of labour,” he admitted.A British exit could also complicate a key piece of Britain’s border controls. France currently lets British officials conduct border checks on its soil, so non-European migrants hoping to reach Britain get only as far as Calais, on the French side of the English Channel. The mayor of Calais has threatened to change that arrangement, saying “the British must take the consequences of their choice.”Another whopping “leave” promise was that the move would shift 350 million pounds ($462 million) a week away from the EU and into British health care. The figure — labeled grossly misleading by “remain” campaigners — is roughly Britain’s gross contribution to EU coffers. But the U.K. gets half the money back through a rebate and other discounts, and also receives billions a year from the EU, for everything from farming to science and heritage projects.It’s not clear how much Britain would save under any future deal with the EU. Norway, which is outside the bloc, pays almost as much per capita to the EU as Britain now does.And even if Britain makes some savings, its hospitals will have to compete with many other areas of the economy for funds. Asked if he could guarantee that 350 million pounds a week would go to health care, U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said: “No, I can’t.”He said the claim “was one of the mistakes, I think, that the ‘leave’ campaign made.”Even the most fundamental promise of all — that Britain will take itself out of the EU — is not a certainty.Cameron says he won’t fire the starting gun on formal exit talks, leaving that for a new prime minister to be selected after a Conservative leadership battle this summer.But that leader may want to call an election to seek a mandate for the EU negotiations. If that election produces a pro-EU majority of lawmakers, they could seek to stall, or refuse to implement, the referendum result. Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon has already said she would try to get Scottish lawmakers to block Britain’s departure from the EU.Many of the 48 per cent of Britons who voted to remain in the bloc now feel angry, worried and hurt.That feeling of betrayal may soon extend to “leave” side voters when they realize the political promises they counted on have not been kept, says David Blunkett, a former Labour government interior minister.“We’ve ended up with the likelihood of a far-right Conservative government in the U.K., with the U.K. disintegrating, with resentment about the fact that those who have been in favour of “leave” won’t be able to deliver the kind of things they’ve promised,” Blunkett told the BBC. “I fear greatly for democratic politics here.”___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawless by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2016 11:17 am MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2016 at 1:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email UK’s anti-EU victors will find it hard to fulfil promises FILE In this Wednesday, June 22, 2016 file photo, advocate to exit Europe Boris Johnson poses for a selfie photo with voters during a whistle stop tour of the country on the final day of campaigning before Thursday’s EU referendum vote, in Selby, north England. 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