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Ministers last night headed off a parliamentary rebellion over human rights law following Brexit with a promise to publish an analysis of the sources of rights in the UK. The intention is to back up its position that it will be unnecessary to incorporate the 2009 Charter of Fundamental Rights into UK law.The promise was enough to persuade one prominent Conservative critic, former attorney general Dominic Grieve MP, not to press an amendment requiring the government to report to parliament on the implications of removing the charter from domestic law. However after a lengthy debate which engaged some of the House of Commons’ most distinguished lawyers, an amendment to retain the charter was defeated by a government majority of just 10 votes. Champions for preserving the charter, which catalogues fundamental rights protected under the EU framework, claimed to be winning the argument. Corey Stoughton, advocacy director at rights group Liberty, said: ‘The government’s near loss on two key amendments shows victory is in sight. We are thankful to the MPs who stood up and made it clear that parliament will not let the government use leaving the EU as an excuse to take away people’s hard-won rights.’During the debate justice minister Dominic Raab MP stressed that the charter was not the original source of the rights within it. ‘It was only intended to catalogue rights that already existed in EU law,’ he said. ‘We are leaving the EU, but our commitment to pan-European standards, human rights and the European co-operation in this area remains undimmed.’However this view was challenged by former lord chancellor Kenneth Clarke MP: ‘It is true that the charter was originally proposed as a statement of European values to which all members of the European Union could adhere, but… it has developed. If it is doing no harm, why are the government going to such lengths to get rid of it?’Expressing his concerns, Grieve said: ‘It worries me that, when we leave in March 2019, there will be a hiatus. There will be a gap where areas of law that matter to people are not protected in any way at all.’ He chided colleagues for ‘a failure… to look at what has been happening in our society and country over a 40-year period. On the whole, western democracies have tended in that time to develop the idea of rights. I know that for some members that appears to be anathema—it makes them choke over the cornflakes—but it is a development that I have always welcomed and that, it seems to me, has delivered substantial benefits for all members of our society, particularly the most vulnerable.’Raab said the government would publish on 5 December ‘a memorandum containing article-by-article analysis of the charter and how the substantive underpinning rights at the point at which it is codified can be reflected in UK law’. The Law Society questioned whether this would allay concerns. Society vice president Christina Blacklaws said: ‘Some rights – relating to children and older people, for instance – are protected by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights but not by current UK law. To make sure that nobody is left behind or overlooked, we urge the government to publish a comprehensive assessment of the impact of removing the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights from UK law. This would help build confidence that the EU (Withdrawl) Bill will incorporate and enshrine all existing EU equality and human rights protections.’
A helicopter pours water onto the fire at the port of Lebanon’s capital Beirut (AFP Photo/STR) A helicopter pours water onto the fire at the port of Lebanon’s capital Beirut (AFP Photo/STR)Lebanon’s judicial investigation of the Beirut port explosion started with political wrangling over the naming of a lead investigator, military threats to jail leakers and doubts over whether a panel appointed along sectarian lines could be fully impartial.So for many Lebanese, their greatest hope for credible answers about the blast that wrecked much of their capital may lie with outsiders. Families of the dead and survivors on Friday called on the U.N. Security Council for an international investigation. Others pin their hopes on the French forensic police who have joined the probe and FBI investigators are expected to take part. Two French investigating magistrates have been assigned to the case, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Friday.“We are not lawyers or politicians, we are families and people, our appeal today is to the people of the international community,” said Paul Najjar, a survivor of the explosion. “Is it acceptable today that people would find their homes shattered, their families killed, their hopes and their dreams killed as well, with no justice, in all impunity?”A Lebanese prosecutor on Friday postponed the questioning of former and current, caretaker finance and public works ministers, pending a letter from the newly appointed investigator assigned to the case that says he lacked the authority to question ministers.French teams have pressed ahead at their work, sending divers into the underwater crater, taking explosives samples and preparing recommendations for both the French and Lebanese magistrates. Among the French judicial police on the case are men and women who responded after the 2004 tsunami in Japan, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and the November 2015 and Bastille Day 2016 terror attacks in France.The Beirut explosion lies at the crossroads of a disastrous accident and a crime scene. It still was not known what sparked the fire that ignited nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate that were stored for years in Beirut’s port next to densely populated residential areas. Documents have emerged that show the country’s top leadership and security officials were aware of the stockpile.Search and rescue crews flew in from around the world in the immediate aftermath and found themselves looking at a scene that was both familiar and yet strangely alien.“In an earthquake, it’s easier because we can understand … how it moves. But in this case, we didn’t have enough elements to understand what happened,” said Alberto Boanini, a member of the Italian rescue team. The team has seen its share of quakes and forest fires, but nothing quite like the port in Beirut, where he said it was hard to fathom what could level it so completely.Many Lebanese want the probe taken out of the hands of their own government, having learned from past experience that the long-entrenched political factions, notorious for corruption, won’t allow any results damaging to their leadership to come to light. The explosion killed more than 175 people, injured at least 6,000 and left tens of thousands homeless.Paris sent judicial police and assigned the magistrates in Paris this week because two French citizens were among the dead, and French law gives jurisdiction for an investigation if a citizen dies abroad under questionable circumstances.But the French investigators work only at the invitation of the Lebanese, and their orders are confidential.French officials say they have the access they need but will not say whether their inquiry extends to questioning witnesses or requesting documents. They hand over their findings to the Lebanese, but keep a mirror copy for a French inquiry. The FBI is also joining at Lebanese authorities’ invitation.“At the request of the Government of Lebanon, the FBI will be providing our Lebanese partners investigative assistance in their investigation into the explosions at the Port of Beirut on August 4th,” the FBI said, adding that it was not an FBI investigation.Top Lebanese officials, including President Michel Aoun, have rejected calls for an independent probe, describing it as “a waste of time” and suggesting it would be politicized. Nonetheless, Nada Abdelsater-Abusamra, a lawyer representing victims, said a letter was submitted this week to the U.N. Security Council asking for an international investigation.“The Lebanese government refused to do it … they are claiming it will affect the sovereignty of Lebanon,” she said. “This is ridiculous. The only thing that the international investigation affects is the position of these rulers and these politicians.”The leader of the powerful Hezbollah group on Friday said he did not trust any international investigation — claiming the first thing it would do is clear Israel of any responsibility in the port explosion.Israel has denied involvement and so far no evidence has emerged pointing otherwise, but Aoun, who is supported by Hezbollah, has said it’s one of the theories being investigated. In a speech Friday night, Hezbollah’s Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Israel will be met “with an equally devastating response” if the investigation points to its involved.In its last decision before resigning under pressure, six days after the explosion, Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government referred the case to the Higher Judicial Council, Lebanon’s highest justice authority, to carry out the investigation.An argument then ensued with the outgoing justice minister over the investigation’s lead judge. After public wrangling, they compromised on Judge Fadi Sawwan, a former military investigating judge.The Council itself is made up of 10 people, eight of whom are appointed according to the interests of the various political factions and religious sects in line with Lebanon’s sectarian power-sharing system.The authorities have so far arrested more than 19 people, including the head of the Customs Department and his predecessor, as well as the head of the port.Lebanese say they want to see investigations into top officials who knew about the ammonium nitrate.“They will blame the small guys while the ones who are really responsible will get away with their crime, that’s what will happen,” said Jad, a 38-year-old computer engineer who declined to give his full name in line with his company’s regulations not to discuss politics.“If this time there is no credible, serious investigation that will lead to the punishment of everyone responsible for this disaster, it is goodbye Lebanon. No one will ever want to live in this country again,” he said, standing on a bridge overlooking the decimated port.Explosions have marked a grim timeline in Lebanon’s modern history and have killed presidents, prime ministers and countless journalists and activists during the country’s 1975-90 civil war and beyond.Almost none of the perpetrators were ever arrested or tried, and the truth was invariably buried. Lebanese had high hopes that the U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 killing of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri would be a chance to end impunity in Lebanon. But it took 15 years and was marred by doubts, politics and more deaths. The tribunal is to issue verdicts Tuesday.International involvement in the investigation might bring some truth, but bringing justice is more complicated. Dov Jacobs, an international legal scholar based in the Netherlands, said the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago might be the closest analogy.In that case, international experts had full access to the site, and international prosecutors charged three Russians and a Ukrainian with involvement in bringing down the plane and the murder of all on board. The men are on trial in a Dutch court in absentia, since none have been extradited.But in Lebanon, Jacobs said, “the investigation itself is a tool of political influence. It’s one of those frustrating moments where immediate calls for justice are faced with a wall which is the political reality on the ground.”Related Lebanese military to oversee security in Beirut Firefighter rescued from Tianjin blast China condemns Somali blast
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Share By ABBEY KUNKLESpecial to the PRESSJanuary 15, 2015Monday afternoon, the Shoreline Task Force met for their first meeting of the year. Coastal Resource and Parks Administrator Reuben Treviño represented city staff to update the task force on beachfront construction projects as well as on grant funds that have been awarded. The task force also elected a Chairman and Vice Chairman for 2015.Chairman Paul Munarriz welcomed new member Virginia Guillot to the task force and proceeded to the process of elections. Both Munarriz and Troy Giles were reelected to continue in their positions as Chairman and Vice Chairman for the year. Munarriz thanked the group for their confidence.During public comments, Treviño shared with the task force that the city was selected to receive two out of four grants that had been recommended by the Shoreline Task Force and applied for with this state last October.The Moonlight Circle beach access currently has a Mobi-Mat and a parking area, and the state has awarded a $90,000 grant to add a walkover with a rinse station. The city will split the cost contributing an additional $90,000. The second grant will also be funded as a 50/50 split and will be for the development of the Ocean Circle beach access that is so far completely undeveloped. The city and the state will each contribute $150,000 to add a walkover and parking area. The two grants that were not selected this year were for parking improvements to Gulf Boulevard as well as for improvements to the Poinsettia beach access. Funding will be awarded October 1st of next year and will be included in the budget for the next fiscal year with a total of $240,000 in grants received.Treviño also updated the task force on beach access improvements that are being made by the Beach Maintenance Department, the first being the replacement of hand rails at the Neptune Beach Access. They have recently focused on the Aquarius Access adding plumbing upgrades and revamping the site by power washing and recoating the wood.Another important aspect of beach maintenance is the Beneficial Use of Dredge Material (BUDM) project that takes sand from the channel and deposits it onto the beach to maintain the shoreline is continuously affected by erosion. The project is scheduled for the fall, so staff is currently working to renew the permit that is set to expire in December of 2015 to be allowed to renourish the beaches as needed. With expansion of the city to the north, city staff has concerns about the erosion and the amount of sand that will be required to replace what is lost. Currently, the BUDM project provides the beaches with 175,000 to 200,000 cubic yards of sand from the channel, just enough to renourish the sand that is lost on the beach each year. With growth to the north, staff needs to find other means of erosion prevention. In reference to the project, Treviño said, “I think we definitely have to keep thinking outside of the box. We’ve got to come up with an idea to solve the problem because all we’re doing right now is putting a Band-Aid on it.” He added that Clayton’s future pier could potentially aid in erosion prevention by breaking up wave energy in the erosion hotspot. The task force recommended that they continue to explore further solutions.The Shoreline Task force also approved a beachfront construction certificate to extend an existing walkover to the line of vegetation at 3700 Gulf Boulevard. The walkover currently sits west of the vegetation line, so the property owner plans to follow the pedestrian path, causing minimal damage to vegetation.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedShoreline taskforce recommends Corral Street marinaBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS After the busy summer season, many water recreation-related issues were highlighted by the large influx of visitors to South Padre Island. At their regular meeting Monday afternoon, the Shoreline Task Force addressed many of these concerns including water quality, public access and enforcement…August 28, 2015In “News”Taskforce mulls parking feesBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS February 12, 2015 Monday afternoon, Coastal Resource and Parks Administrator Reuben Treviño and City Manager Bill DiLibero attended the Shoreline Task Force meeting to update the committee on projects and improvements along the beach. Treviño came to the Task Force with a follow-up…February 13, 2015In “News”City approves new signage for beach ordinancesBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The Shoreline Task Force met last week for their regular meeting to discuss current projects, studies, and funding for the year. The Beach Maintenance Department has been working on general improvements to prepare the beach for the busy summer season. Treviño worked with…May 8, 2015In “News”
Next Game: at Columbus State 11/15/2017 – 4:30pm Watch Live Live Stats Friday marked the first time since December 18, 2014 that UWF hit the 60-rebound mark, when the Argonauts had 60 against Mississippi College, and it was the Argos’ highest rebound total since they had 65 in 2012 against Miles on December 17. Another show of the dominant defense could be seen in FVSU’s points off turnovers. While UWF committed only seven turnovers, the Lady Wildcats turned those into just two points – two free throws after a West Florida foul with 2:46 remaining in the game. The Argos will head to Columbus State on Wednesday, November 15 for a 4:30 tipoff. The UWF defense played an all-around outstanding game as well, holding FVSU to just 21 percent shooting and 14 percent from beyond the arc. The Lady Wildcats converted just five field goals in the second half with just one three-pointer, and the Argos turned 16 Fort Valley State turnovers into 16 points on the night. Shaniqua Magee added 11 points in only 9 minutes of play, shooting 4-9 and grabbing 5 rebounds and 2 steals. VALDOSTA, Ga. – The 18th-ranked University of West Florida women’s basketball team dominated in every facet of the game on Saturday afternoon against Fort Valley State, cruising to an 88-39 win in Valdosta, Georgia, to wrap up the GSC-SIAC Crossover. UWF improved to 2-0 with the lopsided victory. Full Schedule Roster After scoring 15 points in just 18 minutes of action on Friday, transfer Halee Nieman leads UWF with 19.5 points per game through the first weekend of play. The Midland, Michigan, native shot 4-10 from the field, including 3-5 from the three-point line, in addition to grabbing nine rebounds and blocking two shots. FVSU never stood a chance against the reigning South Region Champions, as UWF held a 20-2 lead after the first quarter and stretched it to 45-17 by halftime. West Florida held the edge in every category, including bench points (46-16), points in the paint (24-10), offensive rebounds (20-8), and total rebounds (63-33). But Nieman was far from the only Argonaut standout. Shami Goodman also hit three 3s and scored 15 points and shot a near-perfect 6-7 from the floor, and Courtney Meyer tallied her second double-double in as many games, leading all players with 6 offensive rebounds, 16 total boards and a pair of blocks. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Preview
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anchorage’s tourism industry may break its own record from the looks of business so far this year.Local tourism bureau Visit Anchorage said tourist activity indicators have returned to pre 2008 recession levels.The hotel bed tax and rental car tax revenues are up for Anchorage and as of now rental car company revenues are up higher than any full year since 2000.The Alaska Department of Transportation reports that the Anchorage International Airport saw just over two million passengers arriving which is 0.9% higher than this time last year.Visit Anchorage President Julie Saupe credited the increase to consumer confidence combined with tourism marketing for the gains.Alaska’s overall tourism is expected to be up by three percent, beating last year’s record of 1.96 million out-of-state visitors.
This time around some of the Soldotna conservationist’s most vocal critics have been silent. The Kenai River Sportsfishing Association has said they’re content with Ruffner’s second nomination and Chugiak Senator Bill Stoltze offered little opposition when Ruffner again faced the Senate Resources Committee yesterday… Stoltze and Senator Bill Wielechowski say they’re more comfortable with Ruffner’s appointment this year since it will be to a seat traditionally held by commercial fishermen. Last year, Ruffner was appointed to a traditionally sportsfishing seat. Ruffner: “I think that I bring as a potential board member, the proper temperament and demeanor to hear the various user groups when they are so impassioned as we talked about earlier. I think it’s really important to be able to sit down and listen to those concerns and issues that come forward and pair those up where there are disagreements and try to bring people together to find the best solution.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Robert Ruffner is getting an easier ride through the Legislative confirmation process this year after a high-profile smear campaign in 2015 defeated his Fish Board bid. Sen. Stolze(R-Chugiak): “This is not a board for the timid and certainly I’m much more open to this second entry now that you’re applying for a different seat.” The Senate Resources Committee also heard from board appointee Al Cain, a former Alaska Wildlife Trooper.
WORCESTER, England (CMC):Windies women were once again thoroughly outplayed by England as they went down in the second One-Day International (ODI) by 121 runs under the Duckworth Lewis system here yesterday.After winning the toss and electing to bat, the home side scored 233 for seven after rain reduced the match to a 41-over contest.The Windies’ batters never threatened after being reduced to 42 for five early on before another shower placed the match further out of their grasp.Set a new target of 208 in 28 overs, the visitors finished on 87 for six.The result gave England an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after their massive 208-run victory in the first ODI on Thursday.The win also earned England two points in the International Cricket Council’s Women’s Championship and took them to the verge of qualification for the 2021 World Cup in New Zealand.Tammy Beaumont, who topscored with 61, and fellow opener Amy Jones, who made 18, posted their second consecutive half-century opening stand, adding 59 runs for the first wicket.Once Jones lost her wicket to Chinelle Henry, Beaumont found another capable partner in Sarah Taylor (23), adding a further 51 runs. REMAINED IN CONTROL And even when Afy Fletcher dismissed Taylor and Beaumont with consecutive deliveries to leave the score 110 for three, England still remained in control.Natalie Sciver scored 35 at better than a run a ball and Anya Shrubsole blasted an unbeaten 32 from just 16 balls, with two boundaries and two sixes, as part of a solid batting effort from the hosts.Fletcher was the Windies’ best bowler, taking 3-48 from her eight overs.England’s bowlers then produced a sensational performance in the field as the West Indies got off to a horrible start in their run chase, losing three wickets in quick succession.Shrubsole accounted for the wickets of openers Britney Cooper (6) and Hayley Matthews (17) before Kate Cross had Kycia Knight out for a five-ball duck to reduce the visitors to 23 for three in the eighth over.Cross then had Windies captain Stafanie Taylor out for six and Laura Marsha added to their woes when she clean-bowled Chedean Nation for nine as the Windies fell into further trouble at 42 for five.Another shower resulted in the match being shortened to 28 overs, but the West Indies’ batters made no attempt to chase the target.Shemaine Campbelle was the topscorer with a pedestrian 29 from 49 balls, while Kyshona Knight was left unbeaten on 14 from 32 balls.Cross finished with the superb figures of 2-4 from four overs, while Shrubsole took 2-12 from five overs.