Liberty attacks ‘baffling’ review of extradition law

first_imgThe Extradition Act under which British subject and Asperger’s syndrome sufferer Gary McKinnon faces being sent for trial in the US for computer hacking is not biased against British citizens, a landmark review has concluded. The review, published today by parliament’s human rights joint committee and conducted by retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Scott Baker, concludes that the act is ‘completely balanced and works fairly’. There is no need for the secretary of state to take an increased role in the ’surrender of persons to non-EU countries’, the review states. However, the review suggests that in relation to the UK-US extradition treaty, the government should look to raise the level of proof required when extraditing a person to the US to the same level required when extraditing a person from the US to the UK. That would be sufficient evidence to establish probable cause, the review states. The committee also ruled against the introduction of a so-called ‘appropriate forum bar’, which would mean a suspect would normally be tried in the country where the bulk of their crimes were committed. In McKinnon’s case, that would be the UK, because he searched NASA computers for evidence of ‘little green men’ from his North London home. However, the review’s author rejected this option, saying: ‘We have no evidence that any injustice is being caused by the present arrangements.’ Human rights group Liberty angrily rejected the review’s findings, pointing out that both coalition party leaders strongly criticised extradition laws in opposition. In 2009, the now deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said that the extradition of Gary McKinnon would amount to ‘a travesty of justice’. As leader of the opposition David Cameron said that the possibility that McKinnon could be extradited raised ‘serious questions about the workings of the Extradition Act’. Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said: ‘We don’t just disagree with this review but are completely baffled by it. This is not a court judgment merely policy advice and government cannot abdicate its responsibility to honour the promises of both coalition parties in opposition. ‘Britain’s rotten extradition system stinks of human rights abuse and rank hypocrisy. It’s time we stopped parcelling people off around the world like excess baggage and remembered the duty of all governments to protect their people and treat them fairly.’last_img read more

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Biologically better

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

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Ceneri Base Tunnel inaugurated

first_imgThe Camorino viaduct at the northern end of the tunnel provides a direct connection to the Giubiasco – Locarno line, cutting the travel time between Lugano and Locarno from 51 to 30 min.If international connections can be optimised, SBB expects the NEAT north-south corridor to cut freight transit times by 2 h from December.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The programme was approved by the Swiss parliament on December 16 1992 and backed by a referendum on November 29 1998.‘NEAT provided the impetus for an intelligent policy to transfer freight traffic from road to rail that we can still be proud of today’, said Sommaruga. ‘It was a brave and farsighted decision both for our country and for protecting the Alps. The Ceneri provides fresh impetus to our traffic transfer policy.’Construction Following a disputed tendering process which delayed the project, the tracklaying contract was awarded to the Mons Ceneris consortium of Mancini & Marti, Marti Contractors, Marti Tunnelbau, Pizzarotti, GCF and Valditerra Lavori Ferroviari, while the Railway Systems & Overall Co-ordination contract was awarded to the CPC consortium of Cablex, Porr Suisse, Porr Bau, Condotte, Cossi and LGV. Thales was appointed to supply ETCS Level 2 signalling.North–south corridorThe new tunnel and upgrading of the Zug – Arth-Goldau line will cut the Zürich – Lugano journey time by round 20 min, reducing the journey time from Zürich to Milano to 3 h 17 min. SWITZERLAND: The 15·4 km Ceneri Base Tunnel between Bellinzona and Lugano was formally inaugurated on September 4, with President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga cutting a ribbon before the inaugural freight train ran south. This was followed by special passenger trains carrying guests in each direction.The celebrations were scaled back because of the coronavirus pandemic. Revenue services are scheduled to begin with the December timetable change.New Railway Link through the AlpsThe Ceneri Base Tunnel formally completes the SFr23bn New Rail Link Through the Alps (NEAT in German, NLFA in French and NFTA in Italian) programme to switch traffic from road to rail by providing low-gradient north–south transit routes across Switzerland. This included the 35 km Lötschberg Base Tunnel when opened in 2007 and the 57 km Gotthard Base Tunnel which followed in 2016.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#center_img The eastern bore of the SFr3·6bn Ceneri Base Tunnel is 15 452 m long and the western bore 15 289 m. The two bores are 40 m apart, with cross passages every 325 m.Initial works began in 2006. Main construction was undertaken by a consortium of Società Italiana per Condotte d’Acqua, Cossi SpA and Cossi SA, with excavation beginning in 2016.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The day before the handover ceremony, representatives from Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg the Netherlands and the EU agreed to further promote rail transport, issuing a joint declaration saying that rail was environmentally friendly and European networks should be further harmonised and strengthenedItaly and Switzerland also signed an agreement to provide 4 m clearances on the Simplon – Novara route by 2028, with Switzerland to contribute SFr148m and Italy to cover the remainder of the cost.last_img read more

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Tanya Stephens defends Ishawna on Miss Lou rant

first_imgJamaican dancehall singer Tanya Stephens has joined the ongoing controversy surrounding a social media rant by female Deejay Ishawna who posted a rant which is considered disrespectful to Jamaica’s foremost cultural icon, Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley.Stephens supported Ishawna who was last week hauled over the coals for posting on her Instagram page that she did not wear tablecloth like Bennett-Coverley, who is affectionately called ‘Miss Lou’.‘Miss Lou’ has been credited with making the Jamaican dialect of patois fashionable and accepted worldwide as part and parcel of the Jamaican identity.Self-imposed limitationsBut in her defense of Ishawna, Stephens posted a video in which she declared that “Jamaicans really need to stop mandating their self-imposed limitations.”She also challenged those criticizing Ishawna to post a photo of themselves dressing like ‘Miss Lou’ or a video of themselves reciting one of the icon’s poems.Stephens elaborated on her stance in a video posted on her Instagram page. In response to the argument that Miss Lou allowed the Jamaican patois dialect to be generally accepted from people like herself, Stephens said: “She didn’t liberate me… as soon as I was born, I was talking patois.”Her position has brought her squarely under attack by Miss Lou’s supporters. Some took to social media to air their disagreement with Stephens’ position.“Tanya Stephens has done a fine job of regulating herself to the fool’s corner, wearing the dunce cap and all. You are wrong on this one. You are doing an excellent job of diminishing your already minute fan base. Stop now. We hear your voice crying out in the wilderness,” one social media user posted.Dissed Simpson MillerTanya Stephens was recently under fire for her criticism of former Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. She lambasted Simpson Miller on social media the same day she was being honored by politicians on both sides of the aisle in Jamaica’s House of Parliament.last_img read more

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Commentary: World Elderly Abuse Day

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet CommentaryLettersLocalNewsOpinionsReader Bites Commentary: World Elderly Abuse Day by: – June 5, 2020 43 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share By Ainsworth IRISH- 2nd Vice President DCOAI feel honored having been given the opportunity to articulate some thoughts on this 15th Day of June 2020 to mark World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).The Theme this year is LIFTING UP VOICES, which to my mind is very timely taking into consideration the things that matters around us, example the Global Pandemic and the challenges which lies ahead.The Dominica Council on Ageing, which is currently headed by our President Ophelia Olivacce’- Marie and her members continue to champion the cause for full recognition of the elderly on Dominica. A number of groups and various organizations, at least twice a year meet to discuss matters of interest as it relates to sustainable measures for the improvement of a better quality of life for the elderly. Health Care, food security, and Care packages are some of the things that the Council has embarked upon for our elderly on Island.Dominica has documented over 26 centenarians on island, our precious gems have always been highlighted and recognize on special occasions, because they have blaze the trail for the new generation.In recent years however, concern have been raised in different forum, on the matter of abuse to the elderly, something which we must always condemn.It is fitting that Governments, agencies linked to the elderly must put measures in place to ensure that abuse of the Elderly does not show its ugly head in developing society,  This has always been a concern here and is expressed strongly by the  United Nations.The world and civil society must continue to demonstrate strong opposition to injury and abuse of the elderly. Elder abuse can be defined as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”. It is a global social issue which affects the Health and Human Rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.In many parts of the world elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response. Until recently, this serious social problem was hidden from the public view and considered mostly a private matter. Even today, elder abuse continues to be a taboo, mostly underestimated and ignored by societies across the world. Evidence is accumulating, however, to indicate that elder abuse is an important public health and societal problem.The statistics on Dominica is not available at this time, but I am sure there are pockets of this unwanted evil on Dominica.Elder abuse is a problem that exists in both developing and developed countries yet is typically under-reported.Prevalence rates or estimates exist only in selected developed countries — ranging from 1% to 10%. Although the extent of elder mistreatment is unknown, its social and moral significance is obvious. As such, it demands our country, Dominica to put measures in place to nip it in the bud early, on protecting the rights of older persons.Due to the global pandemic, Covid 19, the Dominica Council on Ageing had to curtail all gathering with the elderly at this time of crisis; however our elderly are not forgotten as we continue to network to ensure a secure environment for all.We must never forget that older people are essential in the fabric of our society. It’s time for us to acknowledge their importance and recognize they are entitled to the respect of their families and especially the Communities.Ainsworth Irishlast_img read more

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City High claims quarters seat in Isuzu 17U Volley League

first_img[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] ILOILO City – Iloilo City National High School and Sta. Barbara formalized their entry into the 2017 Isuzu 17-U Girls Volleyball League quarterfinals with victories on Thursday at the Iloilo Doctors College Gymnasium.Iloilo City National High School banked on AJ Aposaga and Novelyn Gerona to score a 25-19, 24-26, 26-24 victory over the University of San Agustin High School (2-2) and claim the top spot in Bracket B with a perfect 4-0 win-loss record.The Iloilo City National High School victory also formalized Sta. Barbara’s No. 2 seed in the bracket with a 3-1 win-loss mark. The University of San Agustin ended at third after winning its last match against Dingle (25-9, 25-17).Meanwhile, Ramon Avaceña National High School (2-1) snatched the second seed in Bracket A following a 16-25, 25-19, 25-16 come-from-behind win over Ateneo de Iloilo (1-2). Bacolod’s St. John Institute (Hua Ming) owns the top seed in the bracket at 3-0.In Bracket C action, La Paz National High School captured the No. 2 spot in the group with a 25-8, 25-13 sweep over Barangay Block 17. The Central Philippine University Golden Lions owns the top-spot in the bracket with a 4-0 mark.In the shortened Bracket D, Bacolod Tay Tung High School holds the No. 1 seed with a 2-0 win-loss record, while Iloilo National High School advanced as the group’s No. 2 ranked team at 1-1.Action resumes today with the quarterfinals at the Ateneo de Iloilo Gym, with Hua Ming facing La Paz National High School, Iloilo City National High School against Iloilo National High School, CPU versus Ramon Avaceña National High School and Tay Tung duking it out with Sta. Barbara./PNcenter_img [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’City High claims quarters seat in Isuzu 17U Volley League’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Saturday, May 13, 2017[/av_textblock]last_img read more

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Milestone makers for the 2019-2020 season

first_imgJames Harden – With a scoring average of 36.1 pointsper game last season, The Beard won his second straight league scoringtitle.  He can possibly win his thirdconsecutive scoring plum with a little help from his new teammate who is alsochasing his own milestone.  If Hardendoes this, he becomes the eighth player to do so behind Garnett, MichaelJordan, George Gervin, Bob McAdoo, Neil Johnston and George Mikan.  Jordan had 7 consecutive league scoringtitles (1986-1987 to 1992-1993) as well as Wilt Chamberlain (1959-1960 to1965-1966). THE NEWNBA season is here and the defending champions Toronto Raptors proved doubterswrong when they topped the New Orleans Pelicans in overtime after receivingtheir championship rings.  KyrieIrving felt at home in Brooklyn and burned the hoops with 50 points but theystill fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Too much hero ball in the final seconds of overtime.  Russell Westbrook – During the 2016-2017 season, Westbrookset the NBA record for the most triple-doubles with 42.  He led the league in assists the past twoseasons and needs just one triple-double to break a tie (138) with Magic Johnsonfor solo second in the NBA’s all-time triple-double leaders.  Oscar Robertson leads the pack with a career181 tri-dubs.  Next to Magic andWestbrook’s 138 is Jason Kidd with 107 and LeBron James with 81. Lebron James – Entering his 17th season, he needs 1,083points to overtake Kobe at 3rd on the all-time scoring list, where he sitsfourth with 32,543 points.  Basing on hiscareer scoring average of 27.2 points per game, he needs 41 games to top KB’s33,643 points.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar isahead with 38,387 points followed by Karl Malone with 36,928.  To note, the NBA’s top 4 scoring elite allcome from the LA Lakers. Asidefrom the games, here are the league history makers to watch:center_img Vince Carter – At 42 years old, VC will be the lastactive player drafted from the 1990s. Picked #5 by Toronto in 1998, he will have the NBA record of playing for22 seasons.  He will be 43 by January2020 and if he’ll healthy by then, he will be the first player ever to playfour decades in the NBA.  This will beVC’s last season and it would have been nice seeing him play with the Raptors,the place where “Vinsanity” and “Half-man, Half-amazing” were born.  Other league ironmen are Kevin Garnett, DirkNowitzki, Robert Parish and Kevin Willis who all played 21 seasons while KareemAbdul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant had 20 seasons. Willis was 44 years old when he last played with Dallas. Gregg Popovich – The San Antonio Spurs will have thesame coach for the 24th consecutive season. Calling the shots for the Spurs since December 1996, Coach Pop becomesthe longest tenured head coach in NBA history and in any other pro sports inthe US.  He will break a tie with JerrySloan who handled the Utah Jazz for 23 straight seasons.  Since the Popovich era, all the other NBA teamshad at least three coaching changes with one as many as 14.  Coach Pop led the Spurs to 22 consecutiveplayoff appearances and 5 NBA titles, was a 3-time NBA Coach of the Year and a4-time NBA All-Star head coach. In BattleLos Angeles, the Clippers, starring Kawhi Leonard, drew first blood on themisfiring Lakers. Stephen Curry – Someone is hot on the trail of twoHOFers.  Curry is chasing Ray Allen(2,973) and Reggie Miller (2,560) for the most 3-points made in the NBA.  With his average of 4.8 3-pointers made lastseason, he needs 16 games to overtake Miller at number 2.  With a minimum of 250 3s made in a season,younger brother Seth has a slim lead (43.9%) over Steph (43.6%) in the highest3-point field goal percentage among active players.  Completing the top five are Kyle Korver(42.9%), Joe Harris (42.7%) and Klay Thompson (41.9%)./PNlast_img read more

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After Three Decades with the Company; WWE Releases The Brooklyn Brawler

first_img Related TopicsSteve LombardiThe Brooklyn BrawlerWWE Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loedecenter_img Last week the WWE released a number of ‘superstars,’ most of which were pretty much written off television long ago and most fans had already forgotten about.Late Tuesday though a release of an old veteran wrestler sent shock waves though the wrestling community, as the company bid farewell to Steve Lombardi, aka The Brooklyn Brawler.Lombardi was a lot more known behind the scenes for all the things he did for the company, though he did spend hours upon hours in the ring as a wrestler, mostly losing matches to get young talent ready for their future.The release is getting a fair amount of national attention, as even Fox Sports early Wednesday morning covered the release.The Brawler was one of wrestling’s most beloved jobbers — guys who mostly served to lose and make the stars look good. A native of Bensonhurt, he began wrestling under his name, Steve Lombardi, in 1983 before becoming a popular heel as the Brawler beginning in 1989. He played other roles in his career, but his biggest wins were as the Brawler.He’s been semi-retired since the late ’90s but still showed up on occasional episodes of “Raw” and at a handful of events.Lombardi was one of the company’s longest-tenured employees, and while behind the scenes helping talent he also was a judge in the evaluation of incoming talent.When not playing the Brawler character, he also played characters Doink (at one point) and even the forgettable Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz.Go back and relive some of the Brawlers matches:last_img read more

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Gegara Parfum Mahal, Artis Asal Australia Terpaksa Digeledah Petugas Bandara

first_imgRhonda Burchmore. Sumber: Sydney Cabaret Festival Seorang penumpang asal Australia dikabarkan terpaksa diperlakukan layaknya seorang ‘penjahat’ oleh petugas kemanan di Bandara Dubbo, New South Wales manakala parfum Chanel yang dibawanya mengandung bahan yang memicu alat keamanan bandara berbunyi. Adalah seorang artis asal Australia, Rhonda Burchmore yang kedapatan membawa parfum kelas atas tersebut.Baca Juga: Jelang Pemeriksaan Keamanan di Bandara, Sebaiknya Tanggalkan Aksesoris Berikut Ini!Sebagaimana yang diwartakan KabarPenumpang.com dari laman thesun.co.uk (13/12), kejadian ini berawal ketika Rhonda hendak melewati bagian keamanan Bandara Dubbo. Pada kesempatan pertama, mesin berbunyi dan petugas masih meminta Rhonda untuk mengulang langkah pemeriksaan tersebut. Tercatat, Rhonda harus mengulang proses pemeriksaan itu sebanyak tiga kali sebelum pada akhirnya petugas keamanan menggeledah artis berusia 59 tahun tersebut. Dalam sebuah kesempatan, Rhonda sempat mengunggah cuitan yang berisi, “Saya digeledah sebanyak tiga kali oleh petugas Bandara Dubbo guna mencari apa yang membuat alarm keamanan berbunyi. Tindakan ini memakan waktu kurang lebih 30 menit …”Ternyata setelah dilakukan penggeledahan, adalah kandungan nitrat yang ada di parfum Chanel milik sang artis yang membuat alarm keamanan berbunyi.“Ketika saya melintasi mesin keamanan, alarm berbunyi dan saya terkikik,” kenang Rhonda.“Lalu pada kesempatan kedua, mesin masih saja berbunyi dan petugas keamanan mengatakan saya pasti membawa sesuatu (bahan berbahaya),” sambungnya.Ketika digeledah, petugas keamanan tidak menemukan bahan berbahaya apapun di barang bawaan Rhonda maupun di tubuhnya. Sampai pada satu titik, salah seorang petugas keamanan menanyakan kepada Rhonda apakah dirinya membawa parfum mahal?Baca Juga: Ben Gurion, Bandara Paling Aman dengan Standar Keamanan Tertinggi di DuniaMendapat pertanyaan seperti itu, Rhonda menjawab, “Ya, saya punya Chanel yang sudah saya pakai di tubuh saya dan sisanya ada di tas,”Sejak saat itulah, misteri bunyinya alarm alat keamanan yang ada di Bandara Dubbo terjawab sudah. Ternyata konsentrasi nitrat yang ada di dalam parfum Chanel yang menyebabkan alat tersebut terus berbunyi ketika Rhonda melintasi alat pemeriksa keamanan tersebut.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedSeorang Wanita Bawa Pisau dan Lolos dari Alat Pemindai, 3 Ribu Penumpang Tertahan di Bandara Auckland22/05/2018In “Bandara”Antisipasi Terorisme, Bandara-Bandara di Australia Dihimbau Perketat Keamanan18/08/2017In “Bandara”Perokok Tak Perlu Khawatir Korek Api yang Dibuang Ketika Naik Pesawat, Bandara ini Siap Ganti dengan yang Baru01/08/2020In “Hot News”last_img read more

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