Indian Brook awash in scandal

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Nova Scotia First Nation is mired in scandal.Indian Brook First Nation’s chief and band council are facing allegations they’re withholding financial information from band members.APTN National News reporter James Hopkin has more on the story.last_img

UN report calls for prosecution of perpetrators of mass rape in DR

22 July 2011A United Nations investigation into mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) seven months ago identifies the rapists as Congolese army soldiers, demands their prosecution and asks the Government to protect the victims from reprisals from the perpetrators. In Geneva, where the report was released simultaneously with its publication in Kinshasa, Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for an end to the use of rape as a weapon of war, and demanded that the perpetrators be prosecuted.The probe by the UN mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says of the incidents in the villages of Bushani and Kalambahiro in North Kivu province in the country’s east that it “can confirm that men in uniform identified by various sources as soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) submitted 47 women, including one minor, to sexual violence, including rape, abducted two civilians, and inflicted cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment on 12 other civilians.”The report highlights what it called the lack of significant progress of judicial investigations into the incidents, which were initiated by Congolese authorities with the support of MONUSCO, and said this was due to the limited resources available to the Congolese justice system and to the lack of clear information from the FARDC.The report from the team, known as the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO), also states that “these developments are all the more worrying given that the men identified as FARDC soldiers involved in these violations may have received MONUSCO support” just before the incidents, as part of a joint MONUSCO and FARDC peacekeeping operation. The team recommends that the Government cooperate with the Congolese military justice system, “so that all the alleged perpetrators of the attacks on Bushani and Kalambahiro are prosecuted and brought to justice” and that it “take all measures to prevent reprisals by the alleged perpetrators of the violations.”“The UNJHRO is concerned by the threats of reprisals against the inhabitants of the villages attacked due to the denunciation of the violations they suffered. Several months after the events, they are still living in permanent insecurity, hiding in the forests or neighbouring towns,” it says. It also recommends that MONUSCO “provide the Congolese authorities with the necessary support for protecting civilians in Bushani and Kalambahiro following the threats of reprisals made against them, as well as investigating and prosecuting the alleged perpetrators.” It says the UN team should “implement the new measures taken with regard to the distribution of food rations to the FARDC and ensure in particular that there is better monitoring of the support given to the FARDC in the context of joint operations.”The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC and the head of MONUSCO, Roger Meece, said the mission was aware of constraints limiting the authorities’ capacity to investigate and prosecute instances of gross human rights violations.But he urged “all military officers to provide full support and cooperation to ongoing investigations, including the identification of alleged perpetrators, so that those guilty of crimes may be brought to justice,” according to a MONUSCO press statement. He also said that MONUSCO will continue to provide support to the Congolese authorities in their efforts to bring perpetrators of human rights violations to justice.In Geneva, Ms. Pillay said the State has an obligation to prevent such violations and to bring perpetrators to justice.“Rape and sexual violence have, for too long, been systematically used as weapon of war by various armed elements in the DRC,” she said. “The Government must prioritize reinforcement of the capacity of the justice system, with the support of the international community.”She also recommended that the future integration of armed groups be accompanied by a vetting mechanism to ensure that alleged perpetrators of serious human rights violations are excluded from security forces.“Such a vetting mechanism is absolutely critical for any sustainable peace in the country and the region,” she said.Margot Wallström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflic, welcomed the UNJHRO report, saying it was especially important because it not only established what took place in the villages of Bushani and Kalambahiro, but also provides the DRC Government, MONUSCO and humanitarian partners with recommendations on how to better protect civilians and to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.“An army turning on its own people cannot be left unchecked or unpunished,” Ms. Wallström said in a statement.“Primary responsibility rests with the Congolese authorities for investigating this incident, pursuing the perpetrators and bringing them to justice. For our part, the UN is continuously identifying ways to support the survivors and engaging with governments,” she added.Earlier this month a UN assessment mission confirmed that DRC troops committed mass rape and acts of pillaging in several remote villages in South Kivu, and also this month another UNJHRO report said that such rapes could be considered crimes against humanity and war crimes under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). read more

Iranian vessel detained with heroin in Sri Lankan waters

The vessel was escorted to the Colombo harbour.Investigations revealed that the crew of the vessel had dumped part of the heroin at sea. The Navy said that nine Iranians were arrested and handed over to the Police. The vessel was detained in a special operation conducted by the Police and Navy in the southern seas. ????????????????????????????????????An Iranian vessel transporting heroin has been detained in Sri Lankan waters and has been brought ashore.The Police said that 107.22 kg of heroin said to be worth over Rs. 1 Billion was found in the trawler. The vessel is believed to have arrived from Pakistan when it was detected and detained in the southern seas.Investigators also said that they suspect the vessel is linked to notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush who was detained in Dubai recently. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Major effort under way after floods in Serres

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Local authorities, residents and members of the armed forces in Serres, northern Greece, worked together in an effort to limit the damage caused by the Strymonas River, which broke its banks on Sunday, flooding thousands of hectares of farmland.The floodwaters wrecked dams and flood defences, according to local officials, who said the structures were unable to withstand the rising water level, which reached 36.36 meters.According to Agni Douvitsa, the mayor of Visaltia, one of the hardest-hit areas, some 500 cubic meters of water per second was gushing into local Lake Kerkini. Authorities have been on standby for the possible flooding of Lake Kerkini after the Strymonas, which flows from Bulgaria, broke its banks over the weekend.“The flooding is constant,” Douvitsa told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency. “The water is destroying whatever is in its way,” she said, noting that large swaths of farmland have been destroyed. “And the worst is yet to come.”The mayor said that local authorities had closed off all country roads and had blocked access to the worst affected areas to ensure people’s safety. “Because if the volume of water increases even further, then we’ll lose them,” he said.The regional vice governor of Serres, Yiannis Moisiadis, said authorities were now focusing on protecting villages, farms and workshops. He estimated the regional flood damage at around 7,000 hectares. Moisiadis is due in Athens on Tuesday for talks with Alternate Minister for Agricultural Development Vangelis Apostolou for talks on the impact of the floods.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Projectbased learning takes off at Camas middle school

first_imgCAMAS — When starting a new school, there are going to be missteps, some more painful than others.Weeks into the first year at the Camas Project-Based Learning Middle School, Riley Carlston, 13, and his seventh-grade classmates were walking around the school property when he stepped on a hornets’ nest by accident. Riley jumped up and down, smacked his calf and ran away, but was stung once. Some of his classmates were stung as many as five times, but, if anything, it was a class bonding experience.“Most of us stayed together in a group and tried to be calm,” said Alex Dufner, 12. “We handled it well.”While surviving an angry swarm of hornets probably wasn’t on the curriculum that day, students working together to overcome a real world problem is exactly the kind of thing they’re learning to do on a daily basis at the new middle school.The school, at 5750 N.W. Pacific Rim Blvd., is the start of the district’s project-based learning program, which will grow to include eighth-graders next year and an entire high school in 2018.The definition of project-based learning is a bit broad, because it’s a constantly changing method that incorporates collaboration, current events and preparing students for life outside of the classroom.“We’re taking real-world problems and teaching standards, and bringing them together,” said Aaron Smith, principal of the whole project-based learning campus. “The students are going to learn how to solve problems in the real world through collaboration and communication.”last_img read more

Puel disappointed with Palace defeat

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has blamed their lackluster first half performance for their 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace.Luka Milivojević’s long-range shot six minutes before the break was the difference on Saturday.Leicester hit the post in the second half after being crucial save by palace keeper Vicente Guaita as they tried to equalize.“Disappointed I think is the right word, of course,” Puel told the club’s website.“I think this team played with strong pressing and put us under pressure. We had difficulties to start with the ball, to find space and to find good moves behind their defenders.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We played a poor first half without the right intensity and we conceded a great goal. It was tough for us without the positive attitude in our game. [In the] second half, we played better with a good intensity, the right intensity, good play, good moves.“We had three or four chances to score and I think we deserved to come back into the game.“The fair result for me was a draw and we were unlucky in the second half. I regret our first half without the right intensity, the right ingredients.“We allowed them to start well and score the goal. I’m disappointed about this and the inconsistency in our game.“We made our reaction with a good second half but to get the points we needed to play the full game.”last_img read more

Man killed in El Cajon after two pickup trucks collide

first_imgMan killed in El Cajon after two pickup trucks collide February 1, 2018 Posted: February 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 4:59 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom EL CAJON (KUSI) — A 49-year-old man was thrown from his vehicle and fatally injured Thursday morning when two pickup trucks collided in an El Cajon intersection, police said.The 2001 Nissan Frontier and 1999 Ford F150 crashed a little before 12:35 a.m. at the intersection of Jamacha Road and East Main Street, El Cajon police Lt. Stephen Kirk said. When officers and paramedics arrived, they found both badly damaged trucks disabled in the intersection, with witnesses tending to a man on the ground in the roadway. That man, the Frontier’s 49-year-olddriver, was pronounced dead at the scene, Kirk said. His name was withheld pending family notifications.The Ford’s 34-year-old driver was uninjured.A preliminary investigation determined the Ford was eastbound on East Main Street and the Nissan was traveling north on Jamacha Road when they crashed, though it wasn’t immediately clear who was at fault, Kirk said. Investigators did not immediately know if alcohol or drugs were involved.The intersection was closed for several hours and drivers were asked to avoid the area as police wrapped up their investigation, but it was expected to reopen before 8 a.m. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Fire crews respond to basement fire

first_imgThe Vancouver Fire Department responded to a fire reported in a basement at a home in the 2400 block of C Street. A resident at the home put the fire out with an extinguisher, according to emergency radio monitored at The Columbian. The fire was apparently caused by an item allowed to burn on a stove. A radio dispatcher said fire crews proceeded to the residence to help clear out smoke.last_img

TesoroSavage Opposition to oil terminal premature

first_imgThe executives behind a joint venture to build the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail transfer facility in Vancouver swept into the city in a show of support of their controversial project, including meeting privately with business and government leaders and testifying before Port of Vancouver commissioners Tuesday.However, the Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies officials also ran into a sustained and growing wave of public opposition to their proposal to build a $110 million oil transfer terminal capable of handling 380,000 barrels of crude per day at the port.In the latest developments on a proposal that roils the community:o Company executives criticized what they say are positions taken “prematurely” against the oil terminal.o At least 60 people packed the port commission’s hearing room, with all but a few of the 35 or more who spoke assailing the oil terminal on multiple fronts.o Port commissioners received full details of a rail safety study that finds a very low likelihood of a train derailment on tracks beside a $1.3 billion waterfront redevelopment project.Meanwhile, the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, which is reviewing Tesoro-Savage’s permit application, said Tuesday it will conduct a work session next week in Vancouver to consider a scope of environmental review for the proposed terminal.last_img read more

AARP News Publication Launches Online

first_imgAARP today has unveiled, the online presence of AARP Bulletin, the association’s news publication.The new site—called AARP Bulletin Today—features daily news, multimedia applications, and original content including columns such as Scam Alert, Save a Buck and Outrage of the Week. The site also includes feeds for breaking news targeted to the association’s members, who are aged 50 and older.The creation of AARP Bulletin Today is part of a larger relaunch of In addition to a redesign, the site now includes content from AARP the Magazine and an online social network. With nearly 40 million members, AARP this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. The association was founded in 1958 by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. AARP the Magazine was launched in 2002.last_img read more

TheStreet Experiments With A Freemium Model For Its 50Million Subscription Service

first_img Much of that growth has come through acquisitions, but the company is exploring new models that can help generate organic growth. Its latest attempt is in implementing a metered paywall for its Real Money subscription product. As such, the company has managed to make significant changes to its business model since 2011. While TheStreet has long been a subscription-dominated business, at that inflection point, subscriptions made up about two-thirds of total revenue at $39 million—they’re now 80 percent of revenue and approaching $50 million, up 77 percent in the last two years alone. “We’ve transformed over the past few years to become less dependent on advertising by emphasizing the sale of lucrative subscriptions,” says Erwin Eichmann, chief business officer for TheStreet. “Real Money is the first subscription service that we are offering on a freemium model, and we’re excited to do so.” “Our impetus for the metered paywall was the simple realization that a larger audience for Real Money means, over time, a larger subscriber base for Real Money,” he says. “We are always looking to increase the number of subscribers for all our services [and] a metered paywall is one of the strategies that could be leveraged for our other subscription services.” Real Money, a collection of articles from more than 30 investment managers and analysts, will allow users access to eight articles per month before they’re hit with a hard wall. From there, subscriptions start at $3 per week and go up to a $16-per-week premium version. Those price points are unchanged from the previous hard wall model.center_img Wary of a fickle ad market, many publishers have been trying to lean more heavily on subscribers for revenue in recent years. TheStreet has done the same, though its market—Wall Street—and its products—investment advice—make the company a unique test case. The idea isn’t novel—Eichmann calls it “both well-established and profitable”—but for a business increasingly (and intentionally) reliant on subscriptions, allowing users free access to a paid product is a calculated risk-versus-reward proposition. Real Money is already one of TheStreet’s three largest subscription services by revenue, and its most popular stock market offering by volume, Eichmann says. The move to a freemium model is not only a gamble on its value, but on the size of the market for it.last_img read more

TTD chairman orders to cancel L1 L2 L3 Darshan

first_imgTirumala: The TTD chairman YV Subba Reddy has said that the orders have issued to cancel the L1, L2 and L3 darshans at Tirumala Tirupati temple. Speaking to media on Tuesday, Subba Reddy said that the alternative arrangements were made for the canceled darshans. He also said that they are considering the possibilities over reintroducing the Archana Anantara darshan process. The TTD chairman Subba Reddy clarified that the camp office at Tadepalli is being conducted for the benefit of the devotees.last_img read more

TwoWheeled Bipedal Nightmare Robot Is Brought To You By Boston Dynamics

first_img Watch a Fleet of SpotMini Robo Dogs Haul a Box TruckWatch: Boston Dynamics’ New Robot Can Stack Boxes Like a Boss Stay on target I may not remember much about the 1985 sequel Return To Oz, but I sure as heck remember the creepy-ass Wheelers… which is precisely what this new Boston Dynamics robot made me think of when I first saw it.This is Handle, and clearly, it was given wheels because two-legged robots that are fast enough to chase you down at a brisk jog aren’t truly terrifying unless they can do it without creating a lot of noise. Handle currently tops out at around 9MPH.While Handle might look a little awkward, it’s actually incredibly nimble. Changes in terrain, uneven surfaces, inclines, and even small jumps are no problem at all. Oh, and it can jump, too… so don’t go thinking that your minimal parkour skills will help you evade Handle.Handle’s front legs can carry a 50kg load, or, in all likelihood, stomp down on you with the force of Thor’s hammer as a reminder that you shouldn’t have been running away from it in the first place.That’s not what Handle is built for, thankfully. Given its ability to stand upright and carry heavy loads, Handle would be an excellent warehouse or factory worker or even a horrifying stand-in for the UPS guy. It could even recharge in the back of the truck after running a parcel to the door.Here’s how you know that Handle is a truly creepy creation. Company founder Marc Raibert himself called Handle a “nightmare-inducing robot” during a presentation earlier this month. When that’s how the company founder feels about one of their creations, it’s hard not to agree.last_img read more

Dozens Strip Outside Facebooks NY Offices to Protest Censorship

first_img Anyone trying to catch the Manhattan sunrise from Astor Place this weekend likely got an eyeful of something very different.On Sunday morning, 125 people posed nude outside Facebook’s NYC headquarters to challenge social media suppression of artistic nudity.In collaboration with the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), artist Spencer Tunick created a public installation as part of the #WeTheNipple campaign.AdChoices广告Participants covered their papilla mammaria with stickers of photographed male nipples—provided by TV personality Andy Cohen, artist Andres Serrano, actor Adam Goldberg, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and Tunick himself. #WeTheNipple Art Action in front of @Facebook and @Instagram offices this Morning. #StopCensorship These are all male nipple stickers covering female presenting nipples and male nipple cards covering all the participant’s genitalia. @ncacensorship— Spencer Tunick (@SpencerTunick) June 2, 2019The idea was to highlight “rigid” and “anachronistic” gender inequality in existing nudity policies, which allow—even celebrate—men’s bare chests, but restrict a woman’s exposed breast.According to Facebook and Instagram’s nudity policies, the only acceptable images of uncovered female nipples come in the form of women giving birth, actively breastfeeding, showing post-mastectomy scars, or making a political protest.Or, of course, if the nipple is part of a painting or sculpture found in a dusty museum.Last year, Facebook’s head of global policy management Monika Bickert chalked the restrictions up to safety and consent.“Fundamentally our nudity standards are about safety,” she told Business Insider. “It’s very hard for us to determine the age of a person depicted in a nude image. It’s also very hard for us to determine consent.“So even if it’s pretty clear the person consented to the image being taken, it’s very hard to tell if the person consented to the image being shared,” Bickert said.But while Facebook doesn’t exist in a cultural vacuum, neither do artists.Nude #WeTheNipple art action at Facebook’s New York headquarters calls out censorship (via Fay Fox/NCAC)The NCAC argues that platforms like Instagram provide easy access to global audiences, and banning all photographic images of the nude human body “imposes an anachronistic regime of shame and censorship.”“The work I’m allowed to post is fundamentally different from the work I made,” Tunick, mastermind behind Sunday’s protest, said in a statement.“To me, every pixelated nipple only succeeds in sexualizing the censored work,” he continued. “As a 21st century artist, I rely on Instagram. It’s the world’s magazine and to be censored on it breaks my spirit.”Video-streaming service YouTube has long allowed for artistic nudity, changing its terms more than a decade ago after NCAC and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) intervened.Will Facebook and Instagram follow suit?In a letter to Bickert, NCAC called on the social networks to “become welcoming platforms for the arts.”“There are many possible solutions to the challenges of serving diverse communities,” according to executive director Christopher Finan, who suggested that individual users should have the ability to create filters to screen or block nudity.“Such mechanisms would allow user control, rather than forcing Facebook to judge what content is permissible,” he added.On Monday, NCAC reported that the #WeTheNipple hashtag has been blocked on Instagram, and more than 500 images supporting the art installation have been removed.“We have been in touch with the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) in the lead up to today’s demonstration,” a Facebook spokesperson told Geek in an email. “We look forward to continuing the dialogue with NCAC and other affected groups in more detail.”More on Gets Around Facebook’s Censorship Rules by Posting Square BreastsSend Facebook Your Nudes So No One Else Can See ThemThe History of Breasts in Comic BooksEditor’s note: This article was updated at 10:10 a.m. with comment from Facebook. Stay on targetcenter_img Twitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies FeatureSenator Wants to Ban ‘Addictive’ Social Media Functions last_img read more

ForNow Parents and Big Feelings How Sesame Street Talks About Trauma

first_imgIn between cheering for Elmo and Karli, Elmo’s dad (whose name is Louie) asks Clem and Dalia: “How has everything been going, since becoming her foster parents?” — In the final version of this video—part of Sesame Workshop’s new set of materials on foster care, released today—Clem’s head is held high, and a measured acknowledgment that sometimes things can be tough gives way to excitement when it’s decided that Elmo can join Karli, Clem, and Dalia for “pizza-party Tuesdays,” because as Louie says, “everything’s better with a friend by your side.” Outside, it’s a chilly gray December Monday, but on set the monsterball park is brimming with plant life, and butterfly puppets held up on long metal wires flap their wings. Looking on are Elmo’s dad—yes, he has a dad now, as of 2006—and two of what Sesame Street calls “anything Muppets,” puppets with no particular character attached that are made as templates and can be adapted as needed. These Muppets—a fuzzy teal monster in an athletic jersey and a gray monster with pink and purple feathers for hair—have become Karli’s foster parents, Clem and Dalia. Clem hangs his head and sighs. “Changes like this can be really rough for kids. And for adults, too,” he says. ASTORIA, NEW YORK—Inside the Sesame Street studio in Queens, Elmo is playing “monsterball” with his friend, a new Muppet named Karli who has lime-green fur and two ponytails. (Monsterball, for what it’s worth, appears to be the same as soccer, but with a furry ball.) Puppeteers, with their hands raised high and their heads cranked to the side to stay out of the camera’s shot, run around, making Elmo and Karli kick, laugh, and throw the ball. The foster-care resources—which include an interactive storybook and printable activities, as well as videos featuring Muppets—are the latest in a series of packages that Sesame Workshop is producing to support kids going through traumatic experiences. These online resources—which won’t be featured on the television show—are intended for use by parents and caretakers, and also by therapists, social workers, and anyone else who works with such kids. Read the whole story: The Atlanticlast_img read more

BJP wont get more than 160 seats

first_imgBelpahari, Dantan, Keshiari (West Midnapore/Jhargram): Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi “the biggest disaster” on Sunday, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said BJP will get around 150-160 seats in the Lok Sabha polls and it will be Bengal, along with other friendly states, which will form the new government at the Centre.Banerjee on Sunday addressed three election meetings at Keshiari, Dantan and Belpahari. The areas fall under Midnapore and Jhargram Lok Sabha constituencies, where election will be held on May 12. She urged people to throw Modi out of power to save the country. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn Keshiari, Banerjee said: “BJP will not get more than 150 to 160 seats in the Lok Sabha polls. They will not get a seat in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Bengal. From 73 seats their margin will come down to 13 seats in Uttar Pradesh and they will not be able to get seats in Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Bengal, along with our friends in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh, will form a secular and pro-development government in Delhi.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee reiterated that BJP is spending money to buy votes. “They are spending Rs 1,000 to attend rallies and Rs 5,000 to buy votes. They are also giving two-wheelers to people.” Manas Bhuniya and Birbaha Soren are contesting from the Midnapore and Jhargram seats. Banerjee has changed both the candidates who had won in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Actor Sandhya Roy was elected from the Midnapore seat, while Uma Soren had won from Jhargram. Bhuniya will face BJP state president Dilip Ghosh in Midnapore. Besides addressing the election rallies, Banerjee also took part in road shows and urged people to cast their votes in favour of Trinamool candidates.last_img read more

UK Pilot saves life of gay asylum seeker by refusing to fly

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A gay asylum seeker was given a second chance at freedom after a pilot refused to fly him back to Nepal. Jagat, a student, believes his life was ‘saved’ by the Jet Airways pilot who made the last chance decision.This is a another story from the Rainbow Rush scandal.Gay asylum seeker saved from deportation at the last minutePictures from the Nepal Gai Jatra pride where marchers have hidden their faceWithout warning, Jagat was informed by detention centre officials he was going to be deported yesterday afternoon (5 August).Forced into a van and taken to London Heathrow airport, four officials marched him onto a plane.The plane was set to take off to Mumbai from Terminal 4 at 5.05pm.‘I had to shout and cry in the plane,’ he said.Jagat said he had the right to reapply for asylum in the UK, and kept crying and shouting.He fears being killed on his arrival in Nepal. Gay Star News has seen text messages, sent from family members, promising he will be ‘cut into pieces’ if he returns.The delay took an hour, and the flight took off at 5.54pm – without Jagat.Pilot saves asylum seeker’s life with last minute decisionAirlines are legally obliged under UK law to assist in deporting people.However, pilots have the sole right to refuse to board anyone.It is unknown whether the pilot was thinking of other passengers’ security or may have had sympathy for Jagat’s plight.Regardless, Jagat says the pilot ‘saved his life’.GSN has reached out to Jet Airways and is awaiting a response.The asylum seeker was brought back to Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre.‘I got very bad bruises all over my hands. It might happen again…soon,’ he said.‘I’m still shaking and really traumatized by what just happened. Never felt this depressed and suicidal.’Jagat came to the UK fleeing persecution from Nepal. While homosexuality is not illegal there, it is taboo.Home Office officials said to him they didn’t believe he was gay. On other occasions, he was told he could ‘start his life’ over in Kathmandu if he kept his sexuality ‘quiet’.Asylum seeker told he will be ‘cut into pieces’ or ‘buried alive’ if he returns to Nepal GAYSTARNEWS-center_img The demand for LGBTI radio content is growing in Nepal. | Photo: S Pakhrin/FlickrThe asylum seeker was outed as gay in a Nepali national newspaper.Since then, he has received threatening text messages on a weekly basis.‘I will cut you into pieces if you ever come back to Nepal again,’ his mother told him.‘Despite living in poverty here, we sent you there to study but you have started loving a man instead? Have you lost your mind?‘Shame on you, I wish that I had died before hearing this.Jagat told the British judge: ‘I am worried about my life. I don’t know how long I can survive there especially knowing the fact there are many people against because I am gay.‘There are people who want to cut me into pieces or bury me alive because they think I went against their belief and tradition.‘Going back is not an option at all.’Rainbow Rush scandal: ‘We feel powerless’ The UK needs to stop sending LGBTI asylum seekers to their deathsA British man, who we’ll call William, is advocating for Jagat. He is married to a Nepali man. He is also terrified his husband will be deported.William told Gay Star News he fears they could be in the ‘same position’.‘We feel powerless,’ he said. ‘The [government] seem to be able to get away with whatever they want.’Gay Star News, among many activist groups, sent an letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid. We believe the asylum system is flawed and is sending many LGBTI asylum seekers to their deaths. This was ignored.The Rainbow Rush scandal has seen ignorance and ineptitude of many UK officials exposed.Many asylum seekers have said they felt their cases have been mishandled.Genuine applicants have been turned down, deported, and are forced to go back to a country where they could be jailed, tortured or killed.‘Why aren’t we having the Rainbow Rush scandal in the newspapers or in the BBC?’ William said.‘Homophobia still exists.’The Home Office has however claimed its decisions are not prejudiced.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Jet Airways pilot refused to help deport gay asylum seeker Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Colonial estate in a Gated Community for sale in Hacienda Los Reyes

first_img Previous Image Next Image Price: $515,000Province: AlajuelaCantón: AlajuelaConstruction: 574m2Land: 1153m2Bedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 3Parking: 3This house is in a very private area of this community. It is located inside an exclusive gated community in La Guácima, Alajuela, with easy access to main highways and close to the airport and super markets and banks nearby.This is a colonial style house, with a center garden and double raised roofs keeping it cool in the warm Alajuelean climate. It consists of 5 bedrooms, a master with walk-in closet and hot tub, office, TV room, open kitchen with dinning room, formal living room, outside terrace, 3 car garage indoor and space for 5 more outside, spacious laundry area, service bedroom w/bathroom and a usable attic, as well as center corridors.The gated community has a club house with all the amenities, polo fields, and a golf court.See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here.COD: 29-6Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: +(506) 2258-1558 Facebook Comments info heading info content Related posts:Beautiful home for sale or rent in Escazú, reduced from $1.1 million to $750,000 Architecturally Beautiful Home, Grecia, For Sale Beautiful home for sale or rent in Escazú, reduced from $1.1 million to $750,000 Heredia house for sale: Property overlooks 3 natural rivers with lush tropical gardens, many walking pathslast_img read more