Assistant teachers fired over technicalities mull ways to get jobs back amid online storm

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Wanalee Thunmak

national November 06, 2017 01:00

By The Nation

TWO YOUNG women saw their career dreams shattered when they were suddenly disqualified over technicalities from their assistant-teacher jobs at Umphang Wittayakhom School in Tak.

Wanalee Thunmak of Sukhothai and Nirawan Cheuboonmee of Loei had been assigned by the Secondary Education Service Area Office 38 (Sukhothai-Tak) to the teaching jobs in Umphang district on May 4. They qualified for the jobs because they ranked 66th and the 67th respectively on the office’s successful-candidate list, which had a two-year validity period that ended on May 10.

Wanalee taught at the school without pay for five months, from May to September, assuming that the money had been delayed by a bureaucratic process, and Nirawan quit her other job at a Loei kindergarten to join the school.

They were shocked on October 24 to discover that they could not officially be hired because the Tak Education Committee had not approved the shift in their major subjects, which made them eligible for the jobs, and had not approved the two positions for which they were hired.

Wanalee returned home to make inquiries how she could get her teaching job back. Nirawan stayed with Wanalee for eight days before going to stay with a relative in Uttaradit in hope that she would get her job back. She did not returned to her hometown of Loei, where her parents are waiting for her.

The acting director of the Secondary Education Service Area Office 38, Warin Chamnanpha, declined to comment on this case, saying that his office was formulating a report for the Office of Basic Education Commission (Obec) chief Boonrak Yodphetch.

Boonrak, meanwhile, said that he had three solutions: To report the case to the Permanent Secretary’s Office at the Education Ministry to have a fact-finding committee investigate steps taken in hiring the teachers; to find guidelines to provide protection for the two innocent teachers; and to have OBEC provide initial help to the women.

On Saturday, Boonrak presented an initial Bt30,000 in assistance money to Wanalee and said he would also send money to Nirawan.

The case received public attention and drew criticism after the Facebook page of Sukhothai media Seu Thonthing Muang Pra Ruang and the “Northernnewsthailand” website published the women’s story.


Source  :  The Nation Multimedia

SDF launches offensive on IS last stronghold in Deir Ezzor

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ISIS news today

Fighters from the Democratic Forces. of Syria gather around the al-Khatoniyah lake area after they took control of it from Islamic State militants, near al Houl town in Hasaka province, Syria November 14, 2015. A U.S.-backed Syrian rebel alliance on Friday captured the town of al Houl in Hasaka province, which had been held by Islamic State militants, a spokesman for the Kurdish fighters, part of the grouping, said. It was the first significant advance against IS by the Democratic Forces of Syria, which was formed last month. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Deir Ezzor (Syria News) Informed sources sharing the latest, ISIS news today, revealed that the Syrian Democratic Forces militia (SDF) carried out a military operation, on Monday, on the last stronghold of the Islamic State group, in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor, Qasioun News reported.

The sources informed that the Syrian Democratic Forces militia has launched an offensive on the last stronghold of the Islamic State group, which is located near Khabour River in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

More than a dozen of the Islamic State fighters were killed, in addition to destroying a SUV vehicle belonging to the terrorist group, after clashes in the vicinity of Namlya Village, which was recaptured recently by the SDF militants.

The offensive took place after separate clashes around the village of Basira, in eastern Deir Ezzor, while SDF militia besieged the Islamic State fighters in 2 narrow areas, north and east of Deir Ezzor.

It is noteworthy that the Islamic State has recently lost large areas of land in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, and withdrew towards Albukamal City, on the Syrian–Iraqi borders, which is considered the last important stronghold of the Islamic State in Syria.


Source  :  Syria News media

Civil defense transfers remains from mass grave to Idlib Syria

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Civil defense transfers remains from mass grave to Idlib Syria

Idlib (Syria News) Civil Defense Directorate in Idlib Province announced, on Sunday, that the prisoners’ affairs committee in the province has transferred remains from a mass grave in al-Hamediyah Base, in the countryside of Ma’ret al-Numan, to another grave in Idlib Syria.

The Spokesman for the Civil Defense in Ma’ret al-Numan, Mostafa Gharib, said in a press statement that the remains belong to regime members (soldiers and officers in Assad forces), who were killed in 2014.

The prisoners’ affairs committee transferred the remains without explaining the reasons, and also prohibited the Civil Defense forces from filming the process or giving any statements to the media, Gharib added. The grave contained remains of Assad troops that were killed during the ongoing battles with the rebels, while the latter was trying to capture the base.

It is noteworthy that Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (Previously Nusra Front) and other rebels factions captured the military base, located on Damascus-Aleppo road, after fierce battles with the regime forces.

The area of Aleppo has joined the de-escalation areas after Astana 6 peace talks in September 15, to become the fourth area besides the northern countryside of Homs, Eastern Ghouta and the Syrian south.


Source  :  Syria News media

Civilian killed, 16 wounded in two suicide attacks in Kirkuk: Ministry

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Iraqi security forces detain a boy after removing a suicide vest from him in Kirkuk in Iraq. Archival photo. Reuters.

Baghdad ( Two suicide attacks have left a civilian killed and 16 others wounded in Kirkuk, Interior Ministry said.

“Two terrorist attacks carried out by two suicide bombers took place on Atlas street in central Kirkuk,” Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, the ministry’s spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday.

“The two blasts left a civilian killed and 16 others wounded, as preliminary information,” he added.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

114 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 244 others were wounded as result of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), issued on Wednesday.

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, coming in the first place with 177 civilian casualties (38 killed, 139 injured). Anbar province followed with 36 killed and 55 injured, and then Kirkuk with 18 killed and 33 injured.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.


Source  :  Iraqi News

Drowned Emirati boy’s body recovered after 14 hours

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Afkar Abdullah
Filed on November 6, 2017 | Last updated on November 6, 2017 at 12.11 am
The body of the deceased has been shifted by the national ambulance to the morgue in Kalba Hospital.

Two others were rescued

After 14 hours of search, Sharjah Police and coastal guards recovered the body of a 14-year-old Emirati boy who drowned off Kalba beach on Saturday.

The police said that two other boys – who accompanied the deceased – had also almost drowned but were rescued by coastal guards deployed at the site.

Lt Col Rashid Saif Al Zaabi, head of Kalba police station, said that it took 14 hours to recover the body since the operation room received a call at 6:40pm on Saturday.

The body of the deceased has been shifted by the national ambulance to the morgue in Kalba Hospital.


Source  :  The Khaleej Times

Six security guards jailed for stealing Dh1.1m in Dubai

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Filed on November 6, 2017 | Last updated on November 6, 2017 at 12.11 am
They gathered at a flat in Al Rashidiya, later where each of them received Dh160,000

The six guards staged the theft and covered for one of them while he stole the cash.

Six guards of a security company have been jailed for three years each for robbing Dh1.19 million from a cash transfer van. The six Sri Lankans earlier admitted in the Dubai Court of First Instance to the charge of theft of the funds that belonged to several branches of a shop in Dubai.

They will be deported after serving their jail terms.

Two Sri Lankan cleaners have been charged in absentia with possessing some of the stolen amounts and with aiding and abetting the main accused. One of them was sentenced to one year in jail, to be followed by deportation, while the other was cleared.

The two cleaners – who are at large – helped the guards by letting them use their IDs to transfer some of the money (Dh84,000) to Sri Lanka.

The six guards staged the theft and covered for one of them while he stole the cash. They gathered at a flat in Al Rashidiya, later where each of them received Dh160,000 and left the remaining amount for various expenses.

The incident took place between May 6 and 10. The main accused admitted during investigation that they planned the theft a few days in advance. They rented a flat for the purpose and decided to split the money and transfer most of it back home through money exchange outlets.

They hid in the Dubai flat and also in Sharjah.

At around 1.30pm on May 6, they went to a shop at the Deira Metro station where they were supposed to collect funds. One of them pretended he was going to the washroom. As his accomplices distracted the staff at the shop, that accused went to the cash transfer vehicle and stole the money bags after the driver – who trusted him – opened the safe for him. The driver thought the guard would be taking empty bags as usual.

Once they took the cash, the guards fled the scene in two cabs and went to Sharjah, where they changed their clothes. In the evening, they gathered in the rented flat in Al Rashidiya.

The police arrested the main accused shortly later and recovered a part of the money from him. He told the police that some of his accomplices managed to transfer their shares outside by using others’ IDs.

Apart from Dh1.1million, the guards also stole SR976, RO118, QR1,190 and $740.

The cash in different currencies was recovered from them.

They paid Dh2,500 to one of the cleaners, whom they met in Sonapur labour accommodation, to let them use his ID.


Source  :  The Khaleej Times

Woman files case after ‘father allows 5-yr-old son to watch porn’ in Dubai

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Filed on November 6, 2017 | Last updated on November 6, 2017 at 12.12 am

The mother, 30, said her son touched her and his 18-month-old sister “in a sexual way”.

A woman has requested a Dubai court that her ex-husband’s custody rights of their two children be stripped after she allegedly discovered that he had allowed their five-year-old son to watch pornography.

The court had earlier found the Jordanian man, 34, guilty of having sex outside the wedlock. The court had fined him Dh5,000 and ordered his deportation. The woman sought divorce after the husband was caught on CCTV camera having sex with a Chinese masseuse when she was away in July 2015. Shortly later, she noticed that their son was behaving inappropriately.

The Jordanian woman, 30, said her son touched her and his 18-month-old sister “in a sexual way”. She said the boy also touched mannequins in an inappropriate way, which prompted her to take him to a psychologist.

A medical report issued by a community health centre’s psychologist confirmed that the child started visiting the clinic after developing a “violent and disturbed behaviour” and was struggling with troubled sleep.

The report said: “During extensive therapy sessions, it was revealed that the child, born in January 2011, had been watching pornography and tried to demonstrate what he saw on his sister and his mother.”

The psychologist testified in court saying that the child was progressing, but advised that the child not be left under the father’s care.

The woman’s Emirati lawyer, Awatif Mohammed from Al Rowad Advocates, told the Dubai Court of Misdemeanors that the “husband’s actions jeopardised the child’s psychological safety”.

Awatif submitted a medical report in the court, which suggested that any meeting between the father and his children — mainly the son — must be supervised or the child’s condition may deteriorate.

The court dismissed the video recording submitted by the wife because it did not meet the legal conditions as required by the law. However, the court found the husband guilty.

Since then, Awatif has filed a civil case against the father, seeking compensation. She also filed a case with the Personal Status Court, requesting that the father be dismissed from being the guardian of their two children.

Both cases are still ongoing.


Source  :  The Khaleej Times

Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan on a high as he heads to Honduras

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London: Mat Ryan hailed Brighton’s journey into the top half of the Premier League as he prepared to embark on his own marathon round-the-world trip.

The Australia goalkeeper kept a fourth clean sheet of the season as Glenn Murray’s winner at Swansea gave Brighton successive top-flight away wins for the first time since 1983 and plunged the Welsh club into the relegation zone.

It was the perfect boost for Ryan ahead of a World Cup play-off with Honduras which will determine whether the Socceroos will be at next summer’s finals in Russia.

“I’ve got two massive games now and we’ll be doing everything as a nation to get there,” Ryan said.

“I leave for Honduras now and after the game continue that way to Sydney for the second leg.

“I’m coming back to London through Dubai so I’m literally going around the world, but I’m not complaining by any means.

“It’s part of being an Australian footballer and I wouldn’t change anything to go and represent my country.

“The pinnacle of being a footballer is playing in the Premier League and getting the chance to go to a World Cup, so I’ll focus on recovery now and getting to Honduras in the best shape I can.”

Ryan, in truth, was not overly-exerted at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea spluttered in front of goal once again.

Premier League new boys Brighton had a late scare when Swansea substitute Luciano Narsingh struck the crossbar in stoppage time.

But it was another solid defensive performance from Chris Hughton’s Seagulls, who have now lost only once in six games.

“The confidence is high and I’ve always felt in my experience that when things are going well you just let your instincts take over,” said Ryan, a summer signing from Valencia.

“I’m in a bit of rhythm with the guys and everyone is similar. We’ve had that adaptation phase with players coming in and getting used to the league.

“The improvements are there to be seen and we’re just growing and growing.”


Source  : The Canberra Times

ACT power bills to jump $10 after tree trim transfer to ActewAGL

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NOVEMBER 5 2017 – 9:00PM

Michael Inman

Canberrans will be slugged an extra $10 on their power bills after the ACT Government shifted responsibility for tree trimming around lines to ActewAGL.

But Consumer Affairs Minister Shane Rattenbury said “costs will reduce, as outages will not be needed” after a transition period of three to five years.

Responsibility for tree trimming around powerlines had previously been with Transport Canberra and City Services.

The cost of the management had been paid for out of rates revenue collected by the ACT Government.

Shane Rattenbury MLA.

Shane Rattenbury MLA.  Photo: Jamila Toderas

However, the Utilities (Technical Regulation) Amendment Bill 2017, passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly last month, transferred the responsibility for the management of vegetation near powerlines on public and rural land, national parks and nature reserves to ActewAGL Distribution.

 The utility can then apply to the Australian Energy Regulator to pass on the cost to customers.
ActewAGL Distribution confirmed it would apply to recover the costs for the work and expected pricing changes to begin mid-next year.

Rates will not decrease by a corresponding amount.

During debate on the laws in September, Mr Rattenbury, told the Assembly that the average Canberra household would pay extra $9 to $10 per year for the new urban tree management regime.

“The utility is confident that after a transition period of three to five years, the trees will be in a much more manageable state and costs will reduce, as outages will not be needed,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Some trees are dangerously close to the powerlines and require outages to prune them back to within acceptable clearances.

“The utility is confident that after a transition period of three to five years, the trees will be in a much more manageable state and costs will reduce, as outages will not be needed. ”

Rules for residential properties will remain unchanged, with residents still responsible for keeping vegetation clear of powerlines on their property.

The Canberra Liberals unsuccessfully opposed the bill, with Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder arguing the cost of living pressures meant the extra $10 would hurt a lot of Canberra households.

“Whilst Mr Rattenbury said … in his speech that when trees are in a more manageable state costs will reduce, as outages will not be needed, I have yet to see any changes introduced by this government that lead to a reduction of electricity prices,” Ms Lawder said in the Assembly on Tuesday.

“What we see time and again is a small increase and another small increase and another small increase.

“This change is going to see an increase for consumers. I do not understand what the benefit is going to be. All it is going to be is another charge to consumers. That is on top of every other charge that we see.”

An ACT Government spokesperson said the change had been about keeping Canberra’s power on.

“This bill protects the community from the risk of fire and power outages from vegetation hitting powerlines,” the spokesperson said.

“That’s why we’ve included a range of bushfire management measures, coupled with environmental protections, to ensure that minimum clearance distances for trees are maintained.

“This will help to ensure that the ACT does not experience a major preventable bushfire—like those experienced in 2003—and ensures reliability of supply during major storms.”

The spokesperson said the change had been consistent with interstate practices and would provide greater consistency as the utility would assume responsibility for maintaining clearances from all their overhead electricity assets, except urban backyards and National Land.

The government also said the changes would ensure that the environment would be managed sensitively.

“A Technical Code to accompany the changes will include specific measures to manage potential environmental impacts, such as weed and pathogen spread, and the code will be overseen by the Conservator of Flora and Fauna.

“This legislation is partly driven by recent legislation in Victoria requiring improvements after fatal and catastrophic fires in that state.

“It is also part of ensuring we meet the objectives of our Strategic Bushfire Management Plan 2014–19.”


Source  :  The Canberra Times

Major parties conducting internal audits of every MP as Greens reveal new audit proposal

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NOVEMBER 5 2017 – 6:34AM

James Massola

The Liberal and Labor parties have undertaken sweeping behind the scenes audits of all their MPs to ensure they are not dual citizens and ineligible for parliament, despite both parties fighting an external probe for months.

And in a move designed to bring the citizenship crisis to a head, the Greens will immediately move when the Senate next sits to establish a committee that can compel all senators to produce evidence they have complied with section 44 of the Constitution.

The Greens move shapes as a test for Labor, which on Friday flipped its position and announced that it would support an undefined bipartisan process to uncover any additional dual citizens.

The Greens proposal will likely have the support of the Senate cross bench but will need Labor backing to proceed.

The internal audits by both major parties began months ago, soon after former Greens senator Scott Ludlam announced he was a dual citizen.

In the Liberal Party’s case, federal and state directors agreed to undertake the legal checks on all sitting members of parliament and the process has been driven by state offices, in consultation with the national office.

It’s understood that some, but not all states have now completed the process. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s office is aware the work is underway.

For Labor, the process was driven by the party’s national office, working closely with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s office, with state party offices also involved.

A party source said that, in many cases, the process involved getting a fresh set of legal eyes to review the paperwork already produced for legal advisers during the candidate vetting process.

In more complicated cases, barristers and QCs have been engaged to provide additional advice. Labor’s internal process began soon after Mr Ludlam’s case emerged too and it concluded after about a month.

While it is not surprising the major parties would quietly run checks on MPs who could face legal hurdles, the revelation that it has been going on for months – even as Labor and the Liberals have fought off an external probe – will likely prompt calls for the findings to be publicly released.

It also raises questions about whether either party has discovered another MP may be an undeclared dual citizen and kept quiet about it.

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said the fact that behind the scenes checks were done was “a sign of a government that has lost all credibility and is no longer fit to govern”.

“There is now no longer any excuse for the government not to commit unequivocally to a transparent, independent audit of every single member of parliament,” he said.

Mr Ludlam’s resignation in July eventually prompted a High Court case that found five MPs – including former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce – were dual nationals. Former senate president Stephen Parry then sensationally came forward and quit last week.

Under the Greens’ proposal, the party will attempt to set up a new senate select committee on November 13 when the Senate next sits that would co-opt citizenship experts to assess and provide advice to the committee.

The committee would report back by November 27, the final sitting fortnight of the year, and make recommendations on which senators could be ineligible.

The committee would comprise three government MPs, three Labor MPs, one Green and one crossbench senator and would only examine upper house MPs.

The Greens hope a similar committee could be established in the House; ideally, they want a joint committee or commission of inquiry established but recognise the government is unlikely to support this.

Dr Di Natale said parliament faced a “constitutional crisis” and that “the prime minister and the opposition leader need to stop acting in their own self-interest and start acting with some integrity”.

The government has resisted pressure for an external audit of all MPs, arguing it would reverse the onus of proof, that the High Court should deal with citizenship matters and that an audit, as Mr Turnbull put it, would be a “witch hunt”.

Mr Shorten’s peace offering is for “a universal disclosure to the Parliament” by all MPs but on Saturday, he failed to provide more details of how this would work even as he called for all parties to sit down and “work out a process that restores the confidence of the Australian people in the Australian Parliament”.

The Greens hope their proposal will be taken up by Labor.

 Mr Turnbull has questioned the utility of an audit by, for example, a parliamentary committee and said MPs should simply self-report themselves. He has already dismissed Mr Shorten’s call for universal disclosure as “characteristically confused”.


Source  :  The Canberra Times