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Jaguars beat Seahawks 30-24, take outright lead in AFC South

Jaguars beat Seahawks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — After his second interception, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye ran to the sideline and started high-fiving fans.

Just when it seemed like he was done, he turned around, grabbed a cheerleader’s pompoms and started dancing.

Bouye and the Jaguars had plenty to celebrate.

Blake Bortles threw two perfect passes for touchdowns, Jaydon Mickens set up another score with a 72-yard punt return , and Jacksonville beat the Seattle Seahawks 30-24 on Sunday to claim sole possession of first place in the AFC South and secure the franchise’s first winning season since 2007.

The Jaguars (9-4) intercepted three of Russell Wilson’s passes, including two on deep balls , and won for the sixth time in their last seven games. The latest victory coupled with Tennessee’s loss at Arizona moved Jacksonville atop the division. It’s the first time since 2010 the Jaguars have had the outright lead this late in a season.

“We really should have (blown) them out if we’re being real about it,” cornerback Jalen Ramsey said.

The Seahawks (8-5) scored twice on long passes in the fourth quarter, with Wilson finding Paul Richardson for 61 yards and Tyler Lockett for 74 yards. The second one cut the lead to 30-24, and Seattle got one last chance to tie or take the lead. But Wilson misfired on a fourth-and-9 play near midfield.

“We had it exactly where we wanted to at the end of the game,” Wilson said. “I don’t know if it can get any better than that. That’s got to be one of the most exciting games you can watch. Shoot man, we should have won. We felt like we should have won.”

Leonard Fournette iced the game with a 13-yard run on a third-and-11 play, which gave him 101 yards on the ground. Jacksonville tried to run out the clock from there, but the Seahawks wouldn’t go quietly.

Seattle defensive tackle Michael Bennett dived at center Brandon Linder’s knees, setting off a near-melee. Sheldon Richardson was ejected for throwing a punch , and Fournette went after Bennett.

More pushing and shoving ensued after Bortles’ next kneel-down, and defensive end Quinton Jefferson was tossed. Jefferson tried to climb into the stands after getting hit with what looked like a plastic bottle. Seattle coach Pete Carroll also got flagged for coming onto the field. Carroll walked into Seattle’s huddle, possibly to calm his players down.

“Nobody likes to lose, but at the end of the day, this is our profession,” Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. “We have to start acting right and be professionals. That’s twice now that teams have gone against us and wanted to act out. We’re just socking them in the mouth and getting them a little upset. We’re going to keep doing it. That doesn’t bother us.”

Added Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis: “There’s no room in the game for that. You see we’re kneeling. You can get somebody hurt. We’re out there trying to kneel. There are no timeouts. You guys can’t stop the clock, so why try to hurt somebody?

“We had 60 minutes to handle that. The last 30 seconds, while we’re kneeling, you’re going to spear somebody in the legs? That’s not cool.”

During the week, the Jaguars refused to call it a “statement game” even though it was a meaningful home contest in December against a perennial playoff contender and recent Super Bowl champion.

They relented afterward, acknowledging the significance of the victory before a sellout crowd of 64,431, first full building since 2016 season opener against Green Bay.

“This is not the old Jaguars team,” Fournette said. “We are not pushovers and are going to fight back.”


Bortles played one of his best games in four seasons. He completed 18 of 27 passes for 268 yards, with TD passes to rookies Dede Westbrook and Keelen Cole. He wasn’t sacked and didn’t have a turnover.
Wilson was 17 of 31 for 271 yards, with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He was sacked twice, but knocked down way more often. It was the fourth time in 105 career games that Wilson threw three interceptions.


Seahawks: Seattle lost LB Bobby Wagner (hamstring) and LB K.J. Wright (concussion). ... RB Mike Davis (ribs) was knocked out of the game briefly but returned.

Jaguars: TE Marcedes Lewis dislocated the middle finger on his left hand. ... WR Larry Pinkard (concussion) was ruled out at halftime.


Seahawks: Host the Los Angeles Rams in a game that could help determine the NFC West champion.

Jaguars: Wrap up a three-game homestand against Houston.

Source: AP

বিমানে সিক্রেট সুপারস্টার জায়রার শ্লীলতাহানি


সম্প্রতি দিল্লি থেকে মুম্বাই যাওয়ার সময় বিমানে শ্লীলতাহানির শিকার হয়েছেন ‘দঙ্গল’ ও ‘সিক্রেট সুপারস্টার’ খ্যাত অভিনেত্রী জায়রা ওয়াসিম। পরে সামাজিক যোগাযোগ মাধ্যমে এ ঘটনা তুলে ধরতে গিয়ে কান্নায় ভেঙে পড়েন এ অভিনেত্রী। সূত্র: ইন্ডিয়া ডট কমের।

এক ভিডিওবার্তায় জায়রা অভিযোগ করেন, বিমানে তিনি ঘুমিয়ে পড়েছিলেন। সেই সময় এক ব্যক্তি তার গলা চেপে ধরে খারাপ উদ্দেশ্যে শরীরের বিভিন্ন জায়গায় হাত দেয়। এ সময় জায়রা ওই ব্যক্তির ছবি তুলে রাখার চেষ্টা করেন, কিন্তু বিমানের স্বল্প আলোয় তা সম্ভব হয়নি।

এরপর মুম্বাই বিমানবন্দর থেকে আরেকটি ইনস্টাগ্রাম ভিডিও পোস্ট করেন এই অভিনেত্রী। তিনি বলেন, আমি এইমাত্র অবতরণ করেছি, পুরো ঘটনা সম্পর্কে শুধু চিৎকার করে বলতে ইচ্ছা করছে...এটা ঠিক নয়...আপনার এই আচরণ করা ঠিক নয় ... এটা ভয়ঙ্কর। এভাবেই আপনারা মহিলাদের সুরক্ষা দেন? কেউ আমাদের সাহায্য করবে না যদি আমরা নিজেদেরকে সাহায্য করার সিদ্ধান্ত না নেই এবং এটাই সবচেয়ে খারাপ জিনিস।

ঘটনা প্রকাশ্যে আসার পর আলোড়ন শুরু হয়েছে বিভিন্ন মহলে। অভিযুক্তের গ্রেপ্তারের দাবিতে সরব হয়েছে বলিমহল।
এদিকে ঘটনা জানাজানির পর টনক নড়ে বিমান কর্তৃপক্ষের। তারা সোশ্যাল মিডিয়ায় জানিয়েছেন, জায়রার ঘটনা শোনার পরপরই বিষয়টি নিয়ে তদন্তে নেমেছেন তারা। সব রকম সহযোগিতা নিয়ে জাইরার পাশে তারা আছেন।

জায়রা ওয়াসিম ‘দঙ্গল’ ছবিতে শিশুশিল্পী হিসেবে কাজ করেছেন। এতে তিনি আমির খান অর্থাৎ মহাবীর ফোগত সিংয়ের মেয়ের চরিত্রে ছিলেন। এছাড়া এখন তিনি নিয়মিত মিডিয়ায় কাজ করছেন।

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US Nobel laureate worries politics could undermine science

US Nobel laureate worries politics

STOCKHOLM (AP) — An American researcher who shared this year’s Nobel Prize for medicine bluntly criticized political developments at home in his address at the awards’ gala banquet Sunday night.

Michael Rosbash, who was honored for his work on circadian rhythms — commonly called the body clock — expressed concern that U.S. government support such as that received by him and colleagues Jeffrey Hall and Michael Young is endangered.

“We benefited from an enlightened period in the postwar United States. Our National Institutes of Health have enthusiastically and generously supported basic research ... (but) the current climate in the U.S. is a warning that continued support cannot be taken for granted,” he said in a short speech at the ornate city hall in Stockholm.

The 2018 federal budget proposed by President Donald Trump calls for cutting science funding by billions of dollars

“Also in danger is the pluralistic America into which all three of us of born were born and raised after World War II,” Rosbash said. “Immigrants and foreigners have always been an indispensable part of our country, including its great record in scientific research.”

Literature laureate Kazuo Ishiguro of Britain expressed concern about increasing tensions between social factions.

“We live today in a time of growing tribal enmities of communities fracturing into bitterly opposed groups,” said Ishiguro, who was born in Japan.

He said Nobel prizes can counterbalance such animosity.

“The pride we feel when someone from our nation wins a Nobel prize is different from the one we feel witnessing one of our athletes winning an Olympic medal. We don’t feel the pride of our tribe demonstrating superiority over other tribes. Rather it’s the pride that from knowing that one of us has made a significant contribution to our common human endeavor,” he said.

In the Norwegian capital of Oslo, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima compared her struggle to survive in 1945 to the objectives of the group awarded this year’s Nobel’s Peace Prize.

Setsuko Thurlow, who was 13 when the U.S. bomb devastated her Japanese city during the final weeks of World War II, spoke as a leading activist with the Nobel-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Thurlow said the Hiroshima blast left her buried under the rubble, but she was able to see light and crawl to safety. In the same way, the campaign to which she belongs is a driving force behind an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, she said after ICAN received the Nobel prize it won in October.

“Our light now is the ban treaty,” Thurlow said. “I repeat those words that I heard called to me in the ruins of Hiroshima: ‘Don’t give up. Keep pushing. See the light? Crawl toward it.’”

The treaty has been signed by 56 countries — none of them nuclear powers — and ratified by only three. To become binding it requires ratification by 50 countries.
ICAN Executive Director Beatrice Fihn, who accepted the prize along with Thurlow, said that while the treaty is far from ratification “now, at long last, we have an unequivocal norm against nuclear weapons.”

“This is the way forward. There is only one way to prevent the use of nuclear weapons — prohibit and eliminate them,” Fihn said.

The prize winners were announced in October. All except the peace prize were awarded in Sweden on Sunday.

The other laureates were American Richard Thaler for his work in behavioral economics; American physicists Kip Thorne, Rainer Weiss and Barry Barish for confirming the existence of gravity waves; and Jacques Dubochet of Switzerland, American Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson of the United Kingdom for advances in electron microscopy.

Source: AP

জেরুজালেম হবে ইসরায়েলের কবরস্থান : ইরান


জেরুজালেম ইসরায়েলের কবরস্থানে পরিণত হবে বলে মন্তব্য করেছে ইরানের সশস্ত্র বাহিনী-আইআরজিসি। মুসলিম, খ্রিস্টান ও ইহুদিদের তীর্থস্থান নিয়ে ইসরায়েল-যুক্তরাষ্ট্র ষড়যন্ত্র করছে বলে অভিযোগ করেন ইসলামি বিপ্লবী গার্ড বাহিনীর কমান্ডার মেজর জেনারেল মোহাম্মাদ আলি জাফারি। তেহরানভিত্তিক সংবাদমাধ্যম পার্স টুডে এ খবর জানিয়েছে।

তেহরানে আইআরজিসির এক অনুষ্ঠানে জেনারেল জাফারি দাবি করেন, পবিত্র আল আকসা মসজিদ ধ্বংস করার লক্ষ্যে মার্কিন প্রেসিডেন্ট ডোনাল্ড ট্রাম্প জেরুজালেমকে ইসরায়েলের রাজধানী হিসেবে স্বীকৃতি দিয়েছে। তিনি বলেন, ‘ইসরায়েল ও যুক্তরাষ্ট্র ইতিহাসের সবচেয়ে বড় বোকামি করেছে। আল্লাহর রহমতে জেরুজালেম হবে ইসরায়েলিদের কবরস্থান।’ এ সময় তিনি ইসরায়েল ও যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের এ ষড়যন্ত্র রুখে দিতে মুসলিমবিশ্বের প্রতি আহ্বান জানান। তিনি বলেন, ‘নইলে দেরি হয়ে যাবে।’

জেনারেল জাফারি বলেন, ‘পর্দার আড়ালে কয়েকটি আরব দেশ, বিশেষ করে সৌদি আরবের সঙ্গে পরামর্শ, সমঝোতা ও সমন্বয় করেই ট্রাম্প এ ঘোষণা দিয়েছেন বলে আমরা জানতে পেরেছি এবং বিষয়টি নিয়ে কয়েক মাস আগে থেকেই তারা পরামর্শ করছিল।’ সৌদি আরব ও মার্কিন সরকারের এ ষড়যন্ত্র ব্যর্থ হবে বলেও মন্তব্য করেন জেনারেল জাফারি।

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Bitcoin futures rise as virtual currency hits major exchange

Bitcoin futures rise as virtual currency hits

CHICAGO (AP) — The first-ever bitcoin future began trading Sunday as the increasingly popular virtual currency made its debut on a major U.S. exchange.

The futures contract that expires in January rose $340 to $15,800 in the first hour and 15 minutes of trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. The contract opened at $15,460, according to data from the CBOE.

The CBOE futures don’t involve actual bitcoin. They’re securities that will track the price of bitcoin on Gemini, one of the larger bitcoin exchanges.

The start of trading at 5 p.m. CST overwhelmed the CBOE website. “Due to heavy traffic on our website, visitors to www.cboe.com may find that it is performing slower than usual and may at times be temporarily unavailable,” the exchange said in a statement. But it said the trading in the futures had not been disrupted.

Another large futures exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, will start trading its own futures on Dec. 18 but will use a composite of several bitcoin prices across a handful of exchanges.

The price of a bitcoin has soared since beginning the year below $1,000, hitting a peak of more than $16,858 Dec. 7 on the bitcoin exchange Coindesk. As of 6:25 p.m. CST, it was at $15,244 on Coindesk.

Futures are a type of contract in which a buyer and a seller agree on a price for a particular item to be delivered on a certain date in the future, hence the name. Futures are available for nearly every type of security but are most famously used in commodities such as wheat, soy, gold, oil, cocoa and, as dramatized in the Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd movie “Trading Places,” concentrated frozen orange juice.

The futures signal greater mainstream acceptance of bitcoin but also open up bitcoin to additional market forces. The futures will allow investors to bet that bitcoin’s price will go down — a practice known as shorting — which currently is very difficult to do.

There have been other attempts to bring bitcoin investing into the mainstream. Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, twin brothers who own large amounts of bitcoin, tried to create an exchange-traded fund based on bitcoin, but federal regulators denied their application.

How much actual investor interest there will be in these bitcoin futures is still up in the air. Many larger Wall Street brokerages and clearinghouses, including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, are either not allowing customers to trade bitcoin futures or only allowing select clients to do so. Other brokerages are putting restrictions on the amount of margin a trader can use in bitcoin futures, or putting limits on the amount that can be purchased.
The digital currency has had more than its fair share of critics on Wall Street. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has called bitcoin “a fraud.” Thomas Peterffy, chairman of the broker-dealer Interactive Brokers Group, expressed deep concerns about the trading of bitcoin futures last month, saying “there is no fundamental basis for valuation of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and they may assume any price from one day to the next.”

Peterffy noted that if bitcoin futures were trading at that time, under the CBOE’s rules those futures likely would experience repeated trading halts because 10 percent or 20 percent moves in bitcoin prices have not been unusual in recent months.

Bitcoin is the world’s most popular virtual currency. Such currencies are not tied to a bank or government and allow users to spend money anonymously. They are basically lines of computer code that are digitally signed each time they are traded.

A debate is raging on the merits of such currencies. Some say they serve merely to facilitate money laundering and illicit, anonymous payments. Others say they can be helpful methods of payment, such as in crisis situations where national currencies have collapsed.

Source: AP

'My dad was controlling but I didn't think he could kill my mother and sister'

husband kill wife and daughter

Luke Hart could never have foreseen his "controlling" father would kill his mother and sister in July 2016.

Claire Hart, 50, was shot dead outside a swimming pool in Spalding, Lincs, with daughter Charlotte, 19, days after finally moving out of the family house.

Luke and the other surviving brother Ryan say dangers can easily be missed.

They spoke as figures showed more than 113 women in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in 2016 were killed by men - two thirds a current or ex-partner.

The Femicide Census figures, based on information from police and media reports, found 85 of the 113 women killed by men last year were in their own homes.

There were 100 woman killed by someone they knew - including 78 by an existing or former partner.

According to the figures, more than three quarters of women who were killed by a former partner were killed within the first year of separating from them.

'Willing to kill us all'

Lance Hart, 57, shot his wife Claire and daughter Charlotte with an unregistered single-barrel shotgun before turning the weapon on himself.

Claire had left her husband, moving out of the family's home in Moulton four days earlier.

Luke, 28, and his brother Ryan, 27, both engineers, were working abroad at the time of the killings but had helped their mother and sister find a new rented house a few weeks before.

"I don't think anything could ever, no matter how bad it was, lead you to expect what happened," Luke said.

"The second we stepped out of line, he was willing to kill all of us and I don't think anyone appreciated that."

Killer father was 'like a terrorist'

In a newspaper interview earlier this year, the brothers talked about how their father "rationed" Claire's supermarket job wages.

Recalling growing up, Luke said: "Our father didn't need to hit us. He generated enough fear in ways that were subtler."

He added: "People fail to appreciate that many victims of abuse are just incredibly resilient people dealing with the traumas of their lives the best way they can.

"A lot of education needs to be done in terms of abusive behaviour and also the way people will respond to abusive behaviour. I didn't understand them myself, none of us did."

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, a total of 601 homicides - cases of murder, manslaughter and infanticide - were committed in England and Wales in 2016.

Figures for 2016 have not been published in Northern Ireland but there were 17 homicides in the year to the end of March 2017 and 21 in the previous 12 months.

The Femicide Census says the total number of killings of women by men in 2016 is thought to be higher than the 113 it recorded because a number of cases are still under investigation and police forces did not provide some details to its freedom of information requests.

The figures were compiled by academic Karen Ingala Smith and the domestic abuse charity Women's Aid who say they make clear the "disparity in the sexes of the victim and perpetrator" was not always clear from official crime data.

Ms Ingala Smith, chief executive of the organisation nia, which campaigns to end violence against women, said: "By breaking the barriers through which we contextualise violent crime, we're able to build a different picture, a broader picture, about what causes and influences violence."
Katie Ghose, chief executive of Women's Aid, called on the government to provide a "long-term and sustainable funding model for a national network of refuges... [to] ensure that every woman can safely escape domestic abuse".

The Home Office said the number of refuge spaces available in England has increased by almost 10% since 2010 to 3,810 this year, while local authorities are overseeing new schemes that allow victims to remain in their homes.

A spokesman added: "This government is determined to ensure that anyone facing the threat of domestic abuse has somewhere to turn to, and that perpetrators are brought to justice."

He said domestic violence prosecutions have increased by 26% and convictions by 33% since 2010 in England and Wales, while the government's approach will be transformed by measures in the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.

Source: BBC

Grooming gang convictions '84% Asian', say researchers

Grooming gang convictions in uk

High profile cases like Rochdale have generated negative headlines about the Asian community.

The most recent case in Newcastle changed the debate after 17 men and one woman were convicted of nearly 100 offences, and the judge said the grooming wasn't racially motivated.

Following the judgment, Mike Penning MP wrote to the Attorney General calling for a review.

Nazir Afzal, who is credited with tackling the issue during his time as Chief Crown Prosecutor in the North West, warned the issue of 'Asian' grooming gangs is being used as a recruitment tool by the far-right.

Sarah Gotham and Craig Forbes: Pair jailed for livestreaming child abuse to US paedophile

Mr Afzal also warned gang grooming was not the most common form of child sexual abuse.

"British white men they tend to work individually. They tend to work online where they groom and they are the majority of perpetrators. When it comes to Asian men or Pakistani men they tend to do it in groups," Mr Afzal said.

Source: SKY

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Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

US President Donald Trump called Jerusalem the capital of Israel on Wednesday and began the process moving his country's embassy to the city.

The move sparked global condemnation from world leaders.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem at the end of the 1967 War with Syria, Egypt and Jordan; the western half of the holy city had been captured in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem effectively put the entire city under de facto Israeli control. Israeli jurisdiction and ownership of Jerusalem, however, is not recognised by the international community, including the United States.

The status of Jerusalem remains one of the main sticking points in efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Under the 1947 UN Partition Plan to divide historical Palestine between Jewish and Arab states, Jerusalem was granted special status and was meant to be placed under international sovereignty and control. The special status was based on Jerusalem's religious importance to the three Abrahamic religions.

In the 1948 war, following the UN's recommendation to divide Palestine, Zionist forces took control of the western half of the city and declared the territory part of its state.

During the 1967 war, Israel captured the eastern half of Jerusalem, which was under Jordanian control at the time, and proceeded to effectively annex it by extending Israeli law, bringing it directly under its jurisdiction, in a breach of international law.

In 1980, Israel passed the "Jerusalem Law", stating that "Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel", thereby formalising its annexation of East Jerusalem.

In response, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 478 in 1980, declaring the law "null and void".

The international community, including the US, officially regards East Jerusalem as occupied territory. Additionally, no country in the world recognises any part of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, with the exception of Russia, which announced its recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel earlier this year.

As of now, all embassies are based in Tel Aviv.

However, on Wednesday, December 6, US President Donald Trump is expected to announce US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and direct the state department to begin the lengthy process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the city, according to senior White House officials.

The illegal Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem violates several principles under international law, which outlines that an occupying power does not have sovereignty in the territory it occupies.

Despite Israel's de facto annexation of East Jerusalem, Palestinians who live there were not granted Israeli citizenship.

Today, some 420,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem have "permanent residency" ID cards. They also carry temporary Jordanian passports without a national identification number. This means that they are not full Jordanian citizens - they need a work permit to work in Jordan and do not have access to governmental services and benefits such as reduced education fees.

Palestinian Jerusalemites are essentially stateless, stuck in legal limbo - they are not citizens of Israel, nor are they citizens of Jordan or Palestine.

Israel treats Palestinians in East Jerusalem as foreign immigrants who live there as a favour granted to them by the state and not by right, despite having been born there. They are required to fulfil a certain set of requirements to maintain their residency status and live in constant fear of having their residency revoked.

Any Palestinian who has lived outside the boundaries of Jerusalem for a certain period of time, whether in a foreign country or even in the West Bank, is at risk of losing their right to live there.

Those who cannot prove that the "centre of their life" is in Jerusalem and that they have lived there continuously, lose their right to live in their city of birth. They must submit dozens of documents including title deeds, rent contracts and salary slips. Obtaining citizenship from another country also leads to the revocation of their status.

In the meantime, any Jew around the world enjoys the right to live in Israel and to obtain Israeli citizenship under Israel's Law of Return.

Since 1967, Israel has revoked the status of 14,000 Palestinians, according to Israeli rights group B'Tselem.

Israel's settlement project in East Jerusalem, which is aimed at the consolidation of Israel's control over the city, is also considered illegal under international law.

The UN has affirmed in several resolutions that the settlement project is in direct contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits an occupying country from transferring its population into the areas it occupies.

READ MORE: What are illegal Israeli settlements?

There are several reasons behind this: to ensure that the occupation is temporary and to prevent the occupying state from establishing a long-term presence through military rule; to protect the occupied civilians from the theft of resources; to prevent apartheid and changes in the demographic makeup of the territory.

Yet, since 1967, Israel has built more than a dozen housing complexes for Jewish Israelis, known as settlements, some in the middle of Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem.

About 200,000 Israeli citizens live in East Jerusalem under army and police protection, with the largest single settlement complex housing 44,000 Israelis.

Such fortified settlements, often scattered between Palestinians' homes, infringe on the freedom of movement, privacy and security of Palestinians.

Though Israel claims Jerusalem as its undivided capital, the realities for those who live there cannot be more different.

While Palestinians live under apartheid-like conditions, Israelis enjoy a sense of normality, guaranteed for them by their state.

Source: Aljazeera

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Native tribes sue Trump over Bears Ears Monument

Native tribes sue Trump

'Strict government control'

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has also filed a lawsuit against the president's decision, calling it "an illegal move.

"This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history," the company said on its website.

As of Thursday, four separate lawsuits had been filed against Trump's proclamation on the national monuments, the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper in Salt Lake City reported.

Speaking in Utah on Monday, however, Trump accused previous US administrations of overreaching in their national monument decisions.

Those administrations, Trump said, engaged in "abuses of the Antiquities Act [that] give enormous power to faraway bureaucrats at the expense of the people who actually live here, work here, and make this place their home".

"We've seen many rural families stopped from enjoying their outdoor activities. And the fact they've done it all their lives made no difference to the bureaucrats in Washington," Trump said.

Passed in 1906, the Antiquities Act is meant to protect sacred lands and artifacts, among other things. It restricts hunting, fishing and other recreational activities in the designated areas.

Following a years-long, concerted effort from Native tribes, Barack Obama designated Bears Ears a monument in December of last year, just before the end of his second term as president.

Former President Bill Clinton made Grand Staircase Escalante a monument in 1996.

"Abundant rock art, ancient cliff dwellings, ceremonial sites, and countless other artifacts provide an extraordinary archaeological and cultural record that is important to us all, but most notably the land is profoundly sacred to many Native American tribes," Obama wrote in a proclamation at the time.

But Trump has argued his predecessor did not designate the "smallest necessary area be set aside for special protection" as stipulated under the Antiquities Act.

"Unfortunately, previous administrations have ignored the standard and used the law to lock up hundreds of millions of acres of land and water under strict government control," Trump said.

In April, Trump signed an executive order calling on Ryan Zinke, the US interior secretary, to review all national monument designations over 100,000 acres (40,400 hectares) that were made since 1996.

In addition to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante, Zinke is pushing the administration to change the monument designations in at least 10 other monuments "to allow for more grazing, timber, fishing, road access and other uses", Reuters news agency reported.

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, on the border of Oregon and California, and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada could be reduced in size, Zinke recommended, according to a statement on the website of the department of the interior.

On Twitter, Zinke said Trump was "giving a voice back to the people who live and work in Utah

"Our land is for the enjoyment and benefit of the people and not special interest groups," Zinke wrote.

But according to an August report by the Center for Biological Diversity, energy companies have lobbied to lease more than 42,500 hectares (105,000 acres) "within or near public lands that now constitute Bears Ears" for oil and gas development.

According to Shaun Chapoose, a member of the Ute Tribal Business Committee from the Uncompahgre band in Utah, the Bears Ears area is "a flashpoint" in the relationship between Native Americans and the federal government.

Granting the area national monument status helped ease past tensions, Chapoose told Al Jazeera, which have flared over the years when sacred burial grounds, religious altars and other artifacts have been disturbed.

It was "a great move within the nation to finally have reconciliation", he said.

"But with this president and this administration, they're trying to take us back into that era of the 1800s and a more paternalistic approach."

Chapoose, who is also a Bears Ears Commission member and part of the lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's decision, added that protecting Bears Ears is in the interests of everyone, not just Native Americans.

"If it's destroyed, it can never be replaced," he said.

"Treasures like these, you could go across the world - the pyramids in Giza, the Pantheon - once those types of resources get destroyed, you lose a very important part of the story of the world.

"We do have responsibilities to protect that."

Source: Aljazeera

Conte concedes title chances are gone

Conte concedes title

Antonio Conte said Chelsea's Premier League title defence is effectively over following his team's 1-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday.

The loss at the London Stadium was the champions fourth in their opening 16 league games and left them 11 points behind Manchester City 24 hours before the leaders face second-placed Manchester United.

"To talk about the title race after a defeat is a bit strange," said Conte.

"Especially if this is the fourth defeat in 16 games. When you have this start it is impossible to think you are in the title race.

"If you want to stay in the title race you can lose once or twice in this period.

"After 16 games if you lose four games it means we never started this race.

“Manchester City are having a fantastic season and if you want to stay in the title race you must give consistency and this is not the case with us."

Conte made it clear he believes one of the reasons for his side’s stuttering progress this season –- unlike last year they have also had to contend with the demands of European football -- is the lack of options in his squad.

The Italian was frustrated at the club's failure to bring in more players during the last transfer window.

"A lot of players were tired," said the 48-year-old.

"We started the pre-season with the same players, the same players are playing almost always and for sure you have to pay.

"If you remember I said it would be very, very tough, it would be very difficult."

- 'Oh no it's Arsenal this week' -

Marko Arnautovic's struck in the sixth minute to secure West Ham's win with his first since joining the Hammers in July in a club record £24 million (27.3 million euro) deal from Stoke City.

David Moyes' first win in his fifth game since taking over from Slaven Bilic came after another good display at Manchester City on Sunday, where they were edged late 2-1, but it was not enough to lift the club out of the bottom three ahead of their midweek visit from Arsenal.

"All managers need wins very quickly," said Moyes.

"I think coming to the club I had a very difficult run of fixtures but today the game plan worked and we were very close at Manchester City.
"I went into the dressing room, congratulated the players, put my jacket on, and then thought 'oh no, it’s Arsenal this week'.

"But that’s how it is for managers."

Moyes, who is seeking to succeed where he failed with Sunderland last term in keeping the Hammers up, said he was working hard on the players fitness so they could see out the whole 90 minutes.

"I think our energy levels have improved massively but I definitely want to get more out of them," said Moyes.

"I don't want my forwards to think they can come off after 65 minutes although to be fair, Marko (Arnautovic) had a slight calf problem," added the 54-year-old Scot.

Source: AFP