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‘Justice Is Good in Time of Peace’

first_imgCllr. Tiawan Gongloe: “They know the taste of good life now, and getting them out of the luxury to account for crimes perpetrated against innocent people will be more painful than what they did to victimize people.” -Says Cllr. GongloeAmid counter-reactions from the government and some members of the public against the call for the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia, human rights lawyer Cllr. Tiawon Saye Gongloe says it does not matter how many years it has taken since the war ended, because justice is good to be implemented in time of peace.Cllr. Gongloe, speaking on Tuesday, September 25, at a press conference organized by groups of human rights advocates in Monrovia, said prosecuting war criminals in time of peace sets a good legacy that would give victims relief and frustrate perpetrators who have used scare tactics to enrich themselves at the detriment of their victims.“It is good at this time to have justice and prosecute perpetrators of war crimes, because these perpetrators are living luxurious lives and have built decent houses,” Cllr. Gongloe said.“They know the taste of good life now, and getting them out of the luxury to account for crimes perpetrated against innocent people will be more painful than what they did to victimize people,” he said.Gongloe said it is now time for Liberia to fight impunity, because without it the current peace that Liberians talk of preserving will still be threatened.  “In order to have genuine peace, we must fight impunity,” he said.He emphasized that the perpetrators of war identified in the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) are getting older, “and may die if they are not prosecuted to ensure justice, which will be a bad legacy for the country.”Furthermore, Cllr. Gongloe said most of the victims who should serve as witnesses are getting older as well and, if they die, evidence that should back justice will be gone. He described war criminals as “cowards” who do not follow rules and only act when laws are weak.He added that this is the right time for justice, because “it is logical to reason that when there is a war and ceasefire is declared, you resettle people, put in place a government and rule of law, and then you can bring justice.”  Therefore, he said, Liberia, having gone through these processes, has the right time for justice.Since the TRC made its recommendations in 2009, following the hearing, there have been opposing views about the full implementation of the recommendations, which call for the prosecution of those who bear the greatest responsibility during the Liberian Civil War.It may be recalled that in May this year, a group under the banner “Citizens Action for the Establishment of War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia,” came out to present a petition to the Legislature, to enact a law that will call for the establishment of a war crimes court.This request has also met counter-reaction from the government, with House Speaker Bhofal Chambers and a few others stating that they are opposed to retributive justice.Furthermore, some clergymen, among them Herman Browne of the Episcopal Church and current president of the Cuttington University (CU), have registered their opposition to the process.In recent days, Browne said the call for the establishment of a war crimes court is“revenge that is not meant for justice.”In response to a question surrounding these views, Cllr. Gongloe said before some clergymen took on their titles, they committed heinous crimes 15 years back and the guilt is hovering over them.Since the TRC process and subsequent call for the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia, only Joshua Blayee, alias Butt Naked, has admitted to crimes he committed and expressed willingly his desire to face the tribunal and bear the consequences for his crimes.The rest, including Nimba County Senator Prince Johnson, has always said that bringing a war crimes court will cause Liberia to revert to its dark days.But Cllr. Gongloe said those calling for justice should not get tired, because those warlords are afraid and fear is another form of justice.Hassan Bility of GJRP, Danieletta Sleyon of FHRD, Adama Dempster of HRAPL and Cllr. Gongloe.The press conference at which Cllr. Gongloe spoke was organized by Amnesty International, CIVITAS MAXIMA, Global Justice and Research Project, Human Rights Watch, Coalition for Justice in Liberia, Civil Society Organization Platform and the Center for Justice and Accountability.These groups, together with others, are calling on President George Weah to make an open admission to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that would back justice in pursuit of accountability for past war crimes committed in Liberia.In a letter written and endorsed by 80 human rights organizations and read by Adama Dempster to President Weah, the groups called on the government to establish a process of accountability for past war crimes, following its first-ever review of human rights violations.The group said that since July 1, 2009, when the TRC called for the establishment of a war crimes court for the prosecution of those who bear the greatest responsibilities in the Liberian Civil War, no government has made a decision on the report.“By seizing the General Assembly high-level segment to present plans for Liberia to bring justice for the serious abuses committed during the civil wars, you would stand with victims and take an important step to address impunity—which has undermined development and reconciliation in the country for far too long—and then build sustainable peace for Liberians,” the groups said in a statement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DVD sales give boost to Pixar earnings for Q3

first_imgPixar Animation Studios Inc., which has produced such films as “The Incredibles” and “Finding Nemo,” reported Tuesday that its third-quarter earnings rose 22 percent on robust home-video sales of older titles. The company, based in Emeryville, said it earned $27.4 million, or 22 cents per share, for the three months ended Oct. 1 compared with $22.4 million, or 19 cents per share, in the same period last year. Revenue rose slightly to $45.8 million from $44.5 million in the third quarter of 2004. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected earnings of 11 cents per share. Its shares rose more than 9 percent in after-hours trading. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The company did not release a film in theaters during the quarter. Its revenue came mainly from DVD sales of previous films. The company had warned earlier in the year that home-video sales of its most recent film, “The Incredibles,” were not as strong as expected. Pixar found itself with more returns of unsold copies from retailers than it had expected. Other studios, including DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., found a similar change in the DVD market this year as retail shelves became overloaded with offerings. Pixar’s next film, “Cars,” is due out next year. It will be the last film released under a distribution and co-financing partnership with The Walt Disney Co. Pixar has not set a new deal, although the company has been talking to Disney in recent months. Shares of Pixar fell $1.87 to close at $50.88 on Tuesday on the Nasdaq Stock Market before the earnings report was released. Its shares rose $4.75, to $55.63, in extended trading. last_img read more

Officials identify 21yearold Marine Corps enlistee who died from cardiac arrest

first_img Posted: March 27, 2018 SAN DIEGO (CNS) — Military officials Tuesday released the name of a 21-year-old Marine Corps enlistee who died following a weekend medical emergency at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.Patrick Armando Vega of Ventura was pronounced dead from cardiac arrest late Sunday morning at Naval Medical Center San Diego, where he was being treated after being stricken at MCRD the previous day, base officials said.A drill instructor found Vega, who was undergoing recruit training, unresponsive in his bed at the training depot near Lindbergh Field.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Pvt. Vega during this difficult time,” said Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding general of MCRD San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region.The death is being investigated by the Marine Corps and by medical officials at the Balboa Park-area naval hospital, according to MCRD public affairs. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:36 PM Officials identify 21-year-old Marine Corps enlistee who died from cardiac arrestcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom March 27, 2018last_img read more

Three iPhones will have 5G in 2020 analyst predicts

first_img Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 5G Intel Apple Apple’s 2018 iPhones include the XR and XS models. Angela Lang/CNET While we’re still awaiting official word on the iPhone 11, expected in September of this year, there’s already advance word on what to expect from the 2020 edition of the iPhone. And the latest on that is that all three versions of the 2020 iPhone should have 5G capabilities, according to a new report.Analyst Ming-chi Kuo had earlier predicted that two of the three iPhones that’ll be unveiled in 2020 would be 5G-ready. Now, according to a new report obtained by MacRumors, Kuo expects all three phones will support 5G.Kuo said that having 5G across all three models will help Apple better compete against lower-cost Android phones that have 5G support. All three new models, Kuo said, will likely support both the mmWave and sub-6GHz versions of 5G, according to the MacRumors report.That’s a big deal. With superfast, low-latency 5G networks just starting to go into service, the pressure will be on Apple to keep pace with other phone makers, including Samsung and LG, that have already brought their first 5G devices onto the market. At the moment, there are only a handful of markets offering only limited 5G coverage, but the new networks will become more and more widespread as 2020 unfolds. $999 Phones Tags Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Apple Comment • See It 13 Photos $999 Sprint 1:23center_img $999 See All Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The expectation has always been that Apple wouldn’t have a 5G iPhone for this year’s iPhone 11 cycle, having been stymied by a dispute with Qualcomm that kept it a step or two behind. But the company took a big stride forward last week when it acquired Intel’s smartphone modem business in a $1 billion deal.Kuo noted that the acquisition should give Apple more resources for developing 5G iPhones. Even so, the 2020 iPhones will likely use modem chips from Qualcomm, with Apple’s own modem chips not appearing in the phones till 2021, according to MacRumors. Prices for 5G Android smartphones, Kuo wrote, will decline to prices from $249 to $349 in the second half of 2020, and that the phones at the price will support only sub-6GHz capabilities. “But the key is that consumers will think that 5G is the necessary function in 2H20,” he wrote, according to the MacRumors report. “Therefore, iPhone models which will be sold at higher prices have to support 5G for winning more subsidies from mobile operators and consumers’ purchase intention.” Sub-6GHz 5G networks aren’t as fast as those using mmWave technology, but the signals travel farther and can penetrate barriers such as walls and glass that stop short-range mmWave signals.Neither Apple nor Kuo, through his firm TF International Securities, responded immediately to a request for comment.Originally published at 2 p.m. PT.Update, 2:34 p.m.: Adds background on Apple and 5G, and more details from Kuo’s report. Share your voice Best Buy 1 iPhone Update Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple iPhone XS See It reading • Three iPhones will have 5G in 2020, analyst predicts See it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Boost Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple picks up Intel’s modem biz, Galaxy Fold coming… Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Vijay Sethupathi to play Muttiah Muralitharan in Sri Lankan legends biopic Report

first_imgIt is being reported that Sethupathi will play Murali in the movieTwitterWe have seen a flood of biopics in Bolllywood based on lives of various sportspersons. But now, Indian moviegoers are likely to see a biopic made on a legendary sportsperson from a different country. It has been reported by a news website that a movie on the life of Sri Lanka’s former off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, to be called ‘800’ – the number of wickets Murali got in his Test career, is in the works and leading Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi has been roped in to essay the character of the cricket great.This story was put out by Gulf News on July 21 but is yet to receive confirmation. The website quoted an anonymous source as saying “We will begin filming in December 2019. It’s a big-budget film that will be shot in India, Sri Lanka, England and other parts of the world.”Most cricket fans would agree that Muralitharan was a cricketer who deserves a movie made on him. He is the leading wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket and the only one to have 800 of them. But that is only the tip of the iceberg that is the story of Murali. Murali had a very eventful careerReutersHe had an unusual action which became highly controversial due to allegations of it being illegal. This led to several run-ins between his team and the authorities. He had to undergo tests to verify that he isn’t chucking the ball. What made the issue of his action more complicated than others was the fact that he had a natural deformity which rendered his arm permanently bent at the elbow to a slight angle.The biggest bone of contention was the ‘doosra’ – a delivery originally invented by Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq but perfected by Murali. This delivery, which used to turn in the opposite direction compared to the regular off-break, led to a rich haul of wickets for the Lankan legend but it was also a delivery that has been looked down upon by many due to the necessity for bending the arm to bowl it. Eventually, the ICC had to change the rules of cricket to allow flexing of the elbow to 15 degrees. But that didn’t stop his detractors from criticising Murali.There was another reason, apart from his cricketing brilliance, that makes Murali special. He belongs to the minority Tamil community of Sri Lanka and represented his team at a time when the country was locked in a violent conflict with LTTE, a terrorist organisation that demanded a separate nation for Sri Lankan Tamils in northern and eastern part of the island nation. This made the offie a national icon.Murali also has an Indian connection with his wife being from Chennai. He was also a key player in IPL during the early seasons of the league. There would certainly be a lot of interest in India for this movie, if and when it comes out. The fact that a reputed actor like Sethupathi is playing the main character would make it all the more appealing.last_img read more

Astronomers detect a doubly eclipsing quadruple star system

first_img More information: EPIC 219217635: A Doubly Eclipsing Quadruple System Containing an Evolved Binary, arXiv:1805.09693 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1805.09693AbstractWe have discovered a doubly eclipsing, bound, quadruple star system in the field of K2 Campaign 7. EPIC 219217635 is a stellar image with Kp=12.7 that contains an eclipsing binary (`EB’) with PA=3.59470 d and a second EB with PB=0.61825 d. We have obtained followup radial-velocity (`RV’) spectroscopy observations, adaptive optics imaging, as well as ground-based photometric observations. From our analysis of all the observations, we derive good estimates for a number of the system parameters. We conclude that (1) both binaries are bound in a quadruple star system; (2) a linear trend to the RV curve of binary A is found over a 2-year interval, corresponding to an acceleration, γ˙=0.0024±0.0007 cm s−2; (3) small irregular variations are seen in the eclipse-timing variations (`ETVs’) detected over the same interval; (4) the orbital separation of the quadruple system is probably in the range of 8-25 AU; and (5) the orbital planes of the two binaries must be inclined with respect to each other by at least 25∘. In addition, we find that binary B is evolved, and the cooler and currently less massive star has transferred much of its envelope to the currently more massive star. We have also demonstrated that the system is sufficiently bright that the eclipses can be followed using small ground-based telescopes, and that this system may be profitably studied over the next decade when the outer orbit of the quadruple is expected to manifest itself in the ETV and/or RV curves. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Two sub-Jovian exoplanets orbiting bright stars discovered Citation: Astronomers detect a doubly eclipsing quadruple star system (2018, June 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-astronomers-doubly-eclipsing-quadruple-star.html © 2018 Phys.org The Kepler exoplanet-hunting telescope lost its two reaction wheels in 2013. Its mission was repurposed, and is now known as K2. The main goal of the revived spacecraft is to perform high-precision photometry of selected fields in the ecliptic. So far, the K2 mission has detected over 300 extrasolar worlds and many new stellar systems.EPIC 219217635 was initially identified by K2 as a potential quadruple star system during the spacecraft’s Campaign 7, which took place in late 2015. Afterward, a team of astronomers led by Tamas Borkovits of the Baja Astronomical Observatory of Szeged University, Hungary, has conducted follow-up observations of this star, which included radial-velocity spectroscopy, adaptive optics imaging, as well as ground-based photometric observations.”In this work we report the discovery with NASA’s Kepler space telescope during Campaign 7 of its two-wheeled mission (hereafter referred to as ‘K2’) of a quite likely physically bound quadruple system consisting of two eclipsing binaries,” the researchers wrote in the paper.The astronomers found that EPIC 219217635, located some 2,800 light years away from the Earth, is composed of two eclipsing binaries with orbital periods of about 3.6 and 0.62 days. The binaries are most likely in a 20 AU orbit around each other.EPIC 219217635 A consists of a star about 20 percent larger and more massive than the sun, and its smaller companion – with a radius of 0.74 solar radii and a mass of 0.68 solar masses. The larger component is about 2.24 more luminous than the sun and has an effective temperature of 6,473 K. The smaller star is less luminous and cooler, with a luminosity of 0.19 solar luminosities and an effective temperature of 4,421 K.The primary star of EPIC 219217635 B is approximately 30 percent larger and more massive than our sun. It has an effective temperature of 6,931 K and a luminosity of 3.66 solar luminosities. When it comes to the secondary star, it is similar in size to the sun (1.04 solar radii) and has a mass of only 0.41 solar masses. Its effective temperature is 4,163 K and its luminosity was calculated to be about 0.29 solar luminosities.Additionally, the researchers found that EPIC 219217635 B is evolved, and in this binary cooler and currently less massive star has transferred much of its envelope to the currently more massive star.In concluding remarks, the astronomers noted that EPIC 219217635 is a promising target for future observations even with small telescopes.”The system is sufficiently bright that the eclipses can be followed using small ground-based telescopes, and that this system may be profitably studied over the next decade when the outer orbit of the quadruple is expected to manifest itself in the eclipse-timing variation and/or radial velocity curves,” the paper reads. Using NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, an international group of astronomers has discovered a doubly eclipsing, bound quadruple star system. The newly found system, designated EPIC 219217635, consists of stars similar in size to our sun, with masses ranging from 0.41 to 1.3 solar masses. The finding was presented May 24 in a paper published on arXiv.org. Explore further The disentangled and folded lightcurves of the 3.595-day ‘A’ binary and the 0.618-day ‘B’ binary (red dots). The black curves represent the disentangled, folded lightcurves, obtained from the simultaneous lightcurve solution. In the case of binary B the grey dots represent the sum of the disentangled, folded lightcurve and a simple model of the rotational spot modulation. The bottom panel for each binary shows the folded, disentangled residuals of the full K2 data from the model fit. Credit: Borkovits et al., 2018.last_img