World entering new military ‘drone age’: UN expert

first_imgThe world is entering a military “second drone age” with uncontrolled proliferation and no standards governing their use, a United Nations expert told the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday.Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said the global community needed to take stock of how armed drones have evolved, and examine the challenges they posed to compliance with international law.”There are no robust standards governing drones’ development, proliferation, export, or capability for use of force. No transparency. No effective oversight. No accountability,” she said. Yearly report call The expert called on countries to establish a transparent process “for the development of robust standards and accountability mechanisms for the use and export of armed drones”.She said the UN secretary-general should set up international inquiries or fact-finding missions to investigate targeted killings by drones.Callamard also called for the UN high commissioner for human rights to produce a yearly report tracking drone strikes and casualties for discussion by the Human Rights Council.Callamard’s report concluded that the US drone strike outside Baghdad airport in January that killed Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani was “unlawful” and an “arbitrary killing” that violated the UN charter.The United States on Wednesday blasted her findings.”It takes a special kind of intellectual dishonesty to issue a report condemning the United States for acting in self-defense while whitewashing General Soleimani’s notorious past as one of the world’s deadliest terrorists,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.Responding Thursday to Callamard’s report, Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh, Iran’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, told the Human Rights Council that the killing was “viciously immoral and recklessly dangerous”, calling Soleimani “a true defender of human rights and dignity”.”He is now an inspiring legend and will remain a living nightmare for his killers. You cannot dry up a deeply-earthed pure tree by cutting its branches,” the ambassador insisted. “Drone strikes, it seems, are favored by decision-makers and military alike for their relative efficiency, effectiveness, adaptability, acceptability, deniability, and political gain.”The independent rights expert does not speak for the United Nations but reports her findings to it.Callamard presented a report into targeted killings through armed drones, in light of the proliferation in drone use and their expanding capability over the last five years.The report made recommendations designed to regulate their use and enhance accountability. “The world has entered a ‘second drone age’ in which a vast array of state and non-state actors are deploying ever-more advanced drone technologies,” Callamard said, adding that many countries wanted to join the “drone power club”.She said at least 102 countries had an active military drone inventory, while around 40 possess, or were procuring, armed drones.”Since 2015, at least 11 countries allegedly have deployed armed drones, including for the purpose of use of force, such as targeted killings,” said Callamard.Her report identified the 11 countries as Britain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.She said 35 countries were thought to have the largest and deadliest class of drones. Topics :last_img read more

Manchester United midfielder Fred is ‘becoming a joke’, says Martin Keown

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 7 Oct 2019 8:17 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link959Shares Manchester United midfielder Fred is ‘becoming a joke’, says Martin Keown Martin Keown slammed Fred after Manchester United’s defeat at Newcastle (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)Arsenal legend Martin Keown was scathing with his assessment of Manchester United after their 1-0 defeat to Newcastle and took aim at Fred, claiming the midfielder is ‘becoming a joke’ when in possession of the ball.Calls for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking are growing ever louder after yet another abject performance away from home, with United now sitting 12th in the Premier League table and two points above the relegation zone.The Red Devils were badly lacking in all areas on Sunday and Marcus Rashford cut an isolated figure up front at St James’ Park. When Newcastle debutant Matthew Longstaff fired past David de Gea in the 72nd minute, the away side simply had no answer.AdvertisementAdvertisementSpeaking on Match of the Day 2, ex-Arsenal defender Keown slammed Fred’s laughable display in central midfield and admitted he ‘felt sorry’ for Rashford.ADVERTISEMENT Solskjaer: We were not in control during loss to NewcastleTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:07FullscreenSolskjaer: We were not in control during loss to Newcastlehttps://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-not-control-loss-newcastle-2021040/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Perhaps most damning of all, Keown believes Daniel James will be questioning his £15million summer move from Swansea to Old Trafford.Keown said : ‘Daniel James must be thinking “who have I signed for here?”‘He’s their youngest player, but he’s their best player.‘They’re so inept in possession. Fred, it’s almost becoming a joke when he gets the ball. I know it’s good closing down but you’ve got to be able to control it and pass.‘If that’s the central midfield then there’s not going to be anything created.’ Comment Rashford cut a frustrated figure up front at St James’ Park (Picture: Getty)Keown added: ‘They started playing balls long into Rashford and I feel sorry for him because he’s surviving on scraps. But he should do better.‘Look at his body language… I think he’s starting to despair with what’s around him.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKeown believes the defeat could signal ‘the beginning of the end’ for Solskjaer, with United failing to win on the road in their last 11 matches in all competitions.‘You start to look at where the system is… where’s the intensity?’ the former England centre-back added.‘I think the belief is ebbing away and this could be the beginning of the end for this manager.‘I don’t want to see a former player come in and leave the job but there has to be a spark, there has to be a reaction and it seems to just be spiraling out of control.‘This is a really poor result.’Should United sack Solskjaer?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Robin van Persie criticises Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United’s defeat to Newcastle Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Pennsylvania Preparing Aggressive Statewide Response in Advance of Weekend Storm

first_img Press Release,  PSA,  Public Safety,  Transportation,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With an intense winter storm expected to bring heavy snow, high winds, sleet and freezing rain across the state through this weekend, Governor Tom Wolf today signed a state of emergency declaration to allow for increased assistance with storm-related needs. The commonwealth also will impose speed restrictions and a ban on all commercial traffic, including buses on most interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.State officials urge motorists to use caution during the storm, postpone travel if possible, reduce speeds and be aware of the potential for rapidly changing weather and roadway conditions.The commercial vehicle ban will be in place between noon Saturday and noon Sunday on all interstates and the Turnpike, except for Interstate 95 in southeastern Pennsylvania. The ban will also be imposed on the U.S. 22 expressway in the Lehigh Valley and the Pennsylvania Route 33 expressway in Northampton and Monroe counties. See a map of restricted roadways.“We want to be aggressive in managing this storm, during which snowfall rates could exceed one to two inches per hour,” Governor Wolf said. “Our top concern is the safety of residents. If you do not have to travel during the storm, please avoid it. Please heed warnings from emergency responders and personnel, and remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.”The declaration of an emergency allows for additional help from neighboring states and standing up the Pennsylvania National Guard to ensure a swift response to possible changing priorities, and the vehicle bans will allow our snow plow crews to have a clearer route to keeping these interstates open despite the expected severe weather.The governor’s emergency declaration authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of the storm’s impacts. The time-consuming bid and contract procedures, as well as other formalities normally prescribed by law, are waived for the duration of the proclamation.It is important to note that the declaration does not restrict citizens from travel on commonwealth roadways, but motorists should be aware of any restrictions that are in place and heed the guidance of local authorities.Speed limits will be restricted to 45 mph on the interstates and expressways as the storm progresses. The Pennsylvania Department Transportation (PennDOT), the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Pennsylvania State Police have been coordinating their planning in advance of the storm and will be staffing the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) throughout the duration of the storm.“Travel will be very challenging this weekend with the combination of heavy snow, high winds, sleet, freezing and plain rain and then a rapid drop in temperatures on Sunday,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “If you must travel, please check 511PA for the latest conditions and be prepared in case extreme conditions trigger long delays on your route.”Anticipating the storm’s severity, Amtrak has already cancelled the cross-state Pennsylvanian passenger train for Sunday and has cancelled six trains Sunday on the Keystone Line between Philadelphia and Harrisburg.To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked with items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.The CRCC at PEMA headquarters outside Harrisburg will be activated at 8 a.m. on Saturday and staffed with personnel from multiple state agencies, including the departments of Transportation, Conservation and Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, Fish and Boat Commission, Game Commission, General Services, Health, Public Utility Commission, Military and Veterans Affairs, Health, PA State Police, Human Services, Revenue, and PA Turnpike, as well as the American Red Cross and Civil Air Patrol. Other state agencies are on notice to report if needed.PEMA works with county emergency management personnel to monitor unmet local needs during inclement weather affecting travel, utilities, and shelter. You are encouraged to monitor state agency social media accounts for the most up-to-date information on any emergency or weather-related situation affecting the state, in addition to any social media accounts for your local emergency management offices.Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 440 crashes resulting in 221 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions, follow the conversation by using www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on www.PATurnpike.com.PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social-media-sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at PennDOT.gov/safety.Follow the conversation by using #PAWinter on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and visit the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation to view a winter emergency kit video. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Preparing Aggressive Statewide Response in Advance of Weekend Stormcenter_img January 18, 2019last_img read more

Plenty to bid on at Brisbane auctions this Saturday

first_imgThe dining area at 7 Lethem St, Hendra.The four-bedroom colonial home at 7 Lethem St has VJ walls, high ceilings, timber floors and ornate timber fretwork. Marketing agent Debora Sutton, of Belle Property Wilston, said the property had been meticulously renovated and had a picturesque street presence and light-filled interiors.“This home provides a true lifestyle opportunity, moments to a selection of cafes and public transport options, Toombul Shopping Centre and with easy access to the CBD or airport,” she said. The home at 25 Moonya St, Bardon.The home is spread across two levels and includes a wine cellar, lift, six bedrooms and indoor-outdoor living.Marketing agent Andrew Degn, of Place Paddington, said the property was a fusion of “clean lines, bold use of glass and beautiful polished timber floors”.The kitchen and open-plan living and dining area open through bi-fold doors to the poolside entertaining area with double height ceiling. The kitchen has stone benchtops, stainless steel appliances and walk-in pantry. The living area at 66 Twelfth Ave, Kedron.Marketing agent Nathan Johnson, of LJ Hooker Stafford, said the home had a versatile layout and was on a beautiful tree-lined street.The property will go to auction at 10am on Saturday. In Manly, a 1970s home on a huge 1368sq m block with double trampolines, vegetables gardens, pool and chicken coop will also go to auction. The home at 57 Oceana Tce, Manly, comes with double trampolines.Marketing agent Simon Wheelans, of Place Paddington, said 57 Oceana Tce was on one of the few remaining large blocks on Manly hill and had ocean views from every level.“Located only meters from the Manly Esplanade and a short stroll from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, this property encapsulates all that Manly has to offer,” he said. Spread across three levels, the home has parking for three cars, a workshop and storage room on the ground level.On the first floor there is an open-plan kitchen and meals area opening to the back deck and a lounge and dining room opening to the front balcony. The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and ensuite. The home at 66 Twelfth Ave, Kedron.The three-bedroom home at 66 Twelfth Ave has a deck, terrace and covered entertaining area spread around the in-ground saltwater swimming pool. The property includes an open-plan kitchen and dining room, separate lounge room and a living area, with fireplace, opening to the terrace. The master bedroom has a walk-through robe and ensuite and the remaining bedrooms have built-in robes. There is also a study and a home office. The home is on 688sq m block with garage and established gardens.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago The home at 57 Oceana Tce, Manly.Four of the remaining bedrooms are on the top level, along with a family room, balcony and family bathroom. There is also a loft room off one of the bedrooms. The property will go to auction at noon on Saturday. In Hendra, a renovated character home is sure to attract buyers when is goes under the hammer at 9am on Saturday. The home at 7 Lethem St, Hendra, is going to auction this Saturday.THERE are some absolute property gems up for grabs this weekend as everything from a character stunner to a family home with double built-in trampolines go under the hammer across Brisbane. In Bardon, an architecturally designed property at 25 Moonya St is going to auction at 10am on Saturday, November 18. The kitchen at 25 Moonya St, Bardon.In the master suite, the walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, with dual basins, double shower and bath, are each bigger than some standard bedrooms.Three of the other bedrooms also have walk-in robes and direct bathroom access. The home is on a 647sq m block.For those looking for something a little smaller, but still perfect for entertaining, a renovated family home is going under the hammer in the avenues precinct of Kenmore. The ensuite at 7 Lethem St, Hendra.The home has an open-plan kitchen and dining area opening through bi-fold doors to the rear deck. The kitchen has stone countertops, island bench, stainless steel appliances and window servery to the deck. There are two living rooms and the master bedroom has a walk-in robe and a luxurious ensuite with freestanding bathtub.The home is on a 607sq m block with double carport and low-maintenance gardens.last_img read more

Government’s proposed Easter Trading Laws unwanted by local councils

first_imgTVNZ OneNews 11 February 2016The Government wants to allow councils to introduce their own bylaws to allow them to open on Good Friday.That’s banned in most parts of the country.Local Government New Zealand head Laurence Yule told a select committee today while his organisation supported the laws, only 10-15 out of 78 councils actually want to introduce Easter Trading.And he rejects the idea of introducing by-laws, saying it would be easily subject to legal challenges, particularly by big commercial retailers such as the alcohol lobby.Instead, he wants councils to be able to consult with communities and make decisions without having to introduce bylaws.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/governments-proposed-easter-trading-laws-unwanted-by-local-councilslast_img

Notorious gold chain and blackberry snatcher sentenced to seven years

first_imgCourt gavel. Photo credit: lazytechguys.comChester “Chucky” Valmond of Stockfarm, a notorious gold chain and blackberry mobile handset snatcher, was on Thursday sentenced to seven years (7) imprisonment by Magistrate Candia Carette-George on thirteen (13) theft related charges. The Defendant, during the period of 12th July, 2011 to 8th of December, 2011 “grabbed” four gold chains, five Blackberry mobile handsets, one Nokia Camera, one brown purse, $130.00 cash, $80.00 cash, malicious damage and attempted theft of $250.00.From the facts presented by Police Prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes, the Defendant would snatch mobile handsets, gold chain and purses from civilians, all females, while they were walking the streets attending to their affairs. Magistrate Carette-George asked the Defendant, “What caused him to commit all these offenses” and he replied; “I don’t have anybody for me. My mother not checking me, I on my own. I trying my best but nothing working out.”When asked to make a plea in mitigation for himself he replied, “I don’t have nothing to say your worship.”The Defendant received sentences for all thirteen offenses ranging from one month to one year for the stolen items, a total of 7 years imprisonment to run consecutively.In related news, the Defendant was also jointly charged with a minor of Tarish Pit for stealing one gold chain valued at $1200.00 and one HP Pavilion mini laptop valued at $1100.00. The minor was granted bail in the amount of $15, 000.00, and his grandmother stood as his surety.She told the Court that she is employed by Mrs Tina Alexander, a counselor who is willing to work with her grandson and that he is “a very good child but bad company cause him to do those things”.Magistrate Carette-George told the minor that he should take advantage of the counseling sessions with Mrs. Alexander to turn his life around, stop following bad friends and behave himself. He is to report at the Roseau Police Station every Tuesday and Friday between the hours of 7am and 7pm, visit the Welfare Division with his mother and grandmother so that a report can be prepared for the Court and not commit any other offenses as his bail could be revoked.That trial has been set for the 11th of January, 2012.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Notorious gold chain and blackberry snatcher sentenced to seven years by: – December 29, 2011 16 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

NegOcc ships back banned pork products from Luzon

first_imgBased on the document presented, the shipmentcontained imported pork processed in Luzon. Negros Occidental – the country’s number onebackyard swine producer – has banned since Sept. 11 the entry of pork and itsby-products. The 34 packs of siopao, which were shipped viacargo, were part of the 175 kg of various products sent to a food cart operatorin the province. BACOLOD City – Amid the 90-day ban on porkfrom Luzon, the Negros Occidental Provincial African Swine Fever (ASF) TaskForce shipped back to Manila hundreds of kilograms of pork products whicharrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport and Bredco Port. Negros Occidental, which has a P6-billionswine industry, remains ASF-free, but the PVO stressed the need for theprovince to be proactive in protecting its swine production. Provincial veterinarian Renante Decena,co-chair of the Provincial Task Force on ASF, urged Negrenses, especiallytravelers, to cooperate and report the possible entry of pork products fromLuzon.(With a report from PNA/PN) Task force personnel, including staff of theProvincial Veterinary Office (PVO), Bureau of Animal Industry, and PhilippineCoast Guard, intensified monitoring of the arrival of food product shipments toensure that the ban is enforced.center_img The task force on Thursday posted on itsFacebook page photos of “misdeclared” items including pork products thatarrived at the airport. Dr. Ryan Janoya, head of the PVO Animal Healthand Meat Inspection Services Division, said they can ship back the bannedproducts if the consignee decides not to dispose of the shipment after itsarrival. A member of the Provincial African Swine Fever Task Force prepares to ship back pork products from Luzon that arrived at the Bacolod Bredco Port on Sept. 25. The day before, the team also seized about 777kg of pork products, such as chorizo, tocino, ham, bacon, sausages, pork liver,and pork leg – which was manufactured by MKKS Food Industry in Cainta, Rizal –at the seaport in the Bacolod Reclamation Area. The shipment was immediatelyreturned to its port of origin. Last Saturday, the task force seized at least27 kg of pork “asado” siopao from Luzon.last_img read more

McIlroy wins PGA Tour award

first_imgWorld number one Rory McIlroy has been voted PGA Tour player of the year for the second time in three seasons. Press Association McIlroy won the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship in consecutive appearances and did not finish outside the top 25 in any of his 17 PGA Tour events in 2014. The 25-year-old had already claimed the Arnold Palmer Award as the tour’s leading official money winner (£5.1million) and won the Byron Nelson Award for adjusted scoring average (68.83). center_img “It means a lot to win it for the second time in three years,” McIlroy said. “Being voted player of the year by your peers is something that’s very important. “They are the guys you are trying to beat week in, week out and if they appreciate what you have done over the year, see the hard work that you’ve put in and the golf that you’ve played and think that’s been the best of the season that means a lot to me. ” I would like to win a lot more in my career and even though the last year wasn’t what I wanted, the last three or four years have been very, very good and it gives me even more motivation to go on and work harder and try to win more tournaments, more majors and be involved in more Ryder Cups like last week.” PGA Tour members who played in at least 15 official money events were eligible to vote for the award and that of rookie of the year, which went to American Chesson Hadley. Hadley, 27, won the Puerto Rico Open and was the only rookie to advance to the BMW Championship, the third of the four FedEx Cup play-off events. last_img read more

Down Royal options open for Riches

first_imgRoad To Riches is likely to feature at Down Royal’s big meeting on November 1 following his narrow reverse to Sizing Europe at Gowran on Saturday. Meade and owners Gigginstown House Stud will, however, also investigate the option of running him on the same card in the Grade Two Powers Irish Whiskey Chase. The County Meath handler said: “He pulled a shoe off (at Gowran) and was a little bit tender, but he’s come out of the race very well and we are very happy with him. “The big race at Down Royal is not guaranteed. There’s also a second-season novice race there which we’ll think about. “We’ll see what the ground is like and what the competition is like before making a decision.” Noel Meade’s seven-year-old failed by just a head in the Grade Two PWC Champion Chase to add further credence to his runaway victory in the Galway Plate in July. Road To Riches is now in contention to step back up to the top table for the JNwine.com Champion Chase at the County Antrim circuit. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more