Abbas challenges Hamas to accept Israel

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2However, a referendum, which Palestinian pollsters expect to pass, could provide cover for the militants to become more moderate without appearing to succumb to Western pressure. Such a vote could also renew pressure on Israel to return to the negotiating table rather than impose borders on the Palestinians. As Abbas outlined his proposal, violence again erupted in Gaza. A group of policemen on their way back from the funeral of a top security commander in Gaza City clashed with a newly formed Hamas militia, and one of the officers was wounded, security officials said. At nightfall, three officers in the presidential guard were shot and wounded on patrol in Gaza City, officials said. They said the gunfire came from the direction of a Hamas militia unit. In the past week, 10 people have been killed in clashes between Hamas and Abbas’ Fatah Party. Fatah and Hamas leaders held talks in Ramallah and Gaza to defuse the crisis, and Abbas used the opportunity to challenge Hamas to adopt a program that implies recognition of Israel or to let the people decide. RAMALLAH, West Bank – In a bold initiative, the Palestinian president gave Hamas 10 days to accept the idea of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, saying Thursday he’ll submit the plan to a referendum by mid-July if the Islamic militants refuse. Mahmoud Abbas’ surprise announcement is a political gamble that could either help resolve the Palestinians’ internal deadlock or lead the Hamas-led government and Fatah into a deeper crisis. Abbas asked Hamas to endorse a document drawn up by senior Palestinian militants imprisoned in Israel. It accepts statehood in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem – territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War. Approving the document would imply recognition of Israel – one of the three conditions imposed by Israel and the West for doing business with the Hamas-led government. The document falls short of meeting the other two conditions – renouncing violence and accepting past peace accords – so it was unclear whether the international boycott would be called off even if Hamas acquiesced. Hamas, which is facing a crippling international boycott because of its refusal to moderate its position, appeared to be divided over the idea. The Islamic militants won parliamentary elections in January, and took over the Palestinian Authority on Feb. 18. Abbas was elected separately a year earlier. The plan was conceived in a wing for 120 Palestinian security prisoners at Hadarim prison, with many sessions taking place in the prison yard, said Khader Shkirat, a lawyer for a key signer, Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti. An inmate from Hamas also signed the document. Hamas ideology does not accept a Jewish state in the Middle East, and Hamas does not accept interim peace accords with a state it does not recognize. Hamas suicide bombers have killed hundreds of Israelis over the past decade. Abbas has been seeking to counter Hamas’ power, removing authority over security forces from the Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry and asserting he has the authority to conduct peace negotiations with Israel.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Conversations For A Cause Return To Nerd HQ

first_imgZachary Levi and The Nerd Machine, a multimedia company that brings the best of apparel, accessories, and both long and short form video content to its global clientele, announced today that Nerd HQ will return to San Diego July 18th-21st in a new location, Petco Park (100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101), home of the San Diego Padres.Over the last three years, Nerd HQ has continually expanded and given fans a unique experience while in San Diego for the international comic book and entertainment festival. This year Nerd HQ will again provide fans with a home base where they can experience cutting edge technology and gaming showcases, exciting autograph signings, cornerstone events and exclusive parties, including Levi’s annual NERD Party.“With the move to Petco Park, we can bring fans an even bigger, more dynamic experience during Nerd HQ 2013,” said Zachary Levi, Founder of The Nerd Machine. “Moving to the ballpark is a major step in the growth of Nerd HQ and will allow us to expand our tradition of offering exclusive access to new games, technology, and the opportunity for intimate conversations with some of the Hollywood’s most influential celebrities and creatives.”Returning this year is the very popular philanthropic panel series, “Conversations for a Cause” which will stream through The Nerd Machine YouTube page, NerdMachineTV. Last year’s panels raised $140,000 for Operation Smile and consisted of some of the most talked about films, television shows and video games, including: “Chuck,” “Doctor Who,” “Grimm,” “NTSF,” “Robot Chicken,” “The Man with the Iron Fist,” “Expendables 2,” “Tomb Raider” and “Twilight.” Panelists included many of today’s top actors, actresses and film and game makers including Ashley Greene, Guillermo del Toro, Jason Ritter, Jared Padalecki, Joss Whedon, Kellan Lutz, Lucy Liu, Nathan Fillion, RZA, Seth Green, Stan Lee, Terry Crews, and Zachary Levi, among many others. This year’s panels, which will be announced in the coming days, are sure to bring fun surprises and intriguing discussions. Individual tickets will sell for $22, with proceeds benefiting Operation Smile.For more information, schedule updates and tickets please visit www.thenerdmachine.com.last_img read more

Cops gear up to put cork on betting menace ahead of IPL

first_imgKolkata: With a high demand of tickets for Friday’s IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the police have taken necessary steps to check black marketing of tickets.At the same time, major steps have been taken to avoid betting at certain parts of the city and its adjoining areas.It may be mentioned that a few youths were arrested a few days ago, when they were found selling tickets of a match at a premium in Maidan area and the police had seized 20 tickets from them. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe police have intensified vigil in different parts of the city and steps have been taken so that the black marketers cannot take advantage of the increase in demand for tickets for Friday’s match.Policemen in plain clothes will be posted at different parts around the stadium. The policemen will be keeping a watch to ensure that no one can sell tickets at a premium to make fast money.Sources said that officers of the Anti-Rowdy Squad (ARS) are also maintaining vigil at different parts of the city to ensure that people involved in betting rackets cannot function. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAt present, the police also need to maintain vigil to avoid online betting as well. The police had earlier arrested a few who used to run rackets involved in online betting and are taking all necessary steps to ensure that online betting does not take place.According to a police officer from Kolkata Police, different sections of the city police will work together to ensure that the IPL match passes peacefully without any untoward incident.While ARS and other departments of Kolkata Police will maintain vigil to check black marketing and cricket betting, a large contingent of police will get posted to ensure that safety and security of people coming to the stadium to watch the match. Policemen of all ranks will remain posted in and around the stadium so that people do not face trouble while watching the match and while leaving the place as well. People have to walk up to the entry of the stadium through proper channels and there are separate arenas for parking of vehicles as well.Traffic police will also be playing a vital role on Friday, as thousands of people will be approaching the stadium at a time. Traffic sergeants will ensure that no traffic congestion takes place in the city and moreover, there will be movement of many VVIPs in the city.last_img read more

US Tech Firms Urge Presidential Candidates to Embrace Trade HighTech Visas

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Thirteen U.S. industry groups representing technology companies Amazon.com Inc., Uber Technologies Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and others are pushing for the next U.S. president to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and to make it easier to hire high-tech workers from abroad, according to a joint letter seen by Reuters.Ahead of the Republican and Democratic conventions in July, the tech industry plans to issue on Wednesday an open letter charting a dozen policy recommendations for the candidates running in the Nov. 8 presidential election. The groups are not aligning themselves with either of the two major political parties.Backing for the TPP runs counter to positions taken by presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Trump has made criticism of international trade agreements and a call for tougher immigration policies central themes of his campaign.In a Republican debate in March the billionaire real estate developer shied away from arguing against more H-1B visas for skilled foreign workers, saying he was “softening the position because we need to have talented people in this country.”Clinton has not said if she would try to renegotiate TPP, which was signed in February but has not yet got congressional approval. She has said she supports expanding the number of visas for high-skilled workers.Silicon Valley has struggled to notch policy wins in recent years on its legislative priorities, including immigration and patent reform, though the tech industry has succeeded in strengthening net neutrality protections and curtailing some government surveillance programs.The coalition letter, signed by groups including the Internet Association, Telecommunications Industry Association and Information Technology Industry Council, is the first time a wide range of technology trade organizations have staked out a common platform during a presidential campaign, according to a person familiar with its writing.The platform also calls for “narrowly targeted government access to user data” and recognition of encryption as a “critical security tool.”Trump has urged the restoration of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of U.S. phone records, saying that U.S. authorities should err on the side of protecting national security over privacy concerns.Trump also urged a boycott of Apple during the company’s high-profile clash earlier this year with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation over unlocking an encrypted iPhone linked to a San Bernardino, California gunman.Clinton has supported some reforms to the NSA and has said a balance needs to be found between privacy and security in the encryption debate.The letter also calls for preventing censorship online by limiting unreasonable third-party liability for speech, support for the sharing economy, and an updated and simplified tax code, among other issues.Signatories also include Allied for Startups, BSA The Software Alliance, Computer Technology Industry Association, Computer & Communications Industry Association, Consumer Technology Association, Semiconductor Industry Association, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Software & Information Industry Association, Technology CEO Council and TechNet.(Reporting by Dustin Volz; Editing by Caren Bohan and Bill Rigby) 3 min read Register Now » May 5, 2016last_img read more