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It’s ‘superstar’ vs ‘supercop’ in Bengal’s Ghatal

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first_imgDespite drawing large crowds all through his campaign, one of the questions that Bengali cinema’s superstar and Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Dipak Adhikari alias Dev has found difficult to grapple with was on his low attendance in Parliament. The actor-turned-politician’s attendance in the Lok Sabha was only 11%, one of the lowest in the country. “I was very new; it took two years to realise what was going around,” Mr. Adhikari, one of the most popular actors in the Bengali film industry, has repeated often during his election campaign. As the campaign reached its peak, he has turned attention to the MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds spent by him on the constituency, and began referring to his Bengali speech in Parliament on the ‘Ghatal masterplan’, a plan for constructing a dam on the Shilabati river, which floods large areas of the constituency every year. By high marginIn the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mr. Adhikari won the seat defeating the Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate Santosh Rana with a margin of 2.6 lakh votes. This was one of the highest margins for any TMC candidate. Five years later, as Ghatal in Purba Medinipur goes to polls on May 12, he clearly remained the best bet for the ruling TMC. However, like the efforts of the 36-year-old actor to change the discourse of the campaign from his low attendance in Parliament to the high disbursal of his MPLADS funds, the electoral contest for the seat has turned interesting. The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded former IPS (Indian Police Service) officer Bharati Ghosh, who is alleged to have favoured the TMC during her five-year stint as the Superintendent of Police (SP), Paschim Medinipur. The BJP’s candidature of Ms. Ghosh, who was considered very close to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, from the seat, has turned the winning of Ghatal into a personal battle for Ms. Banerjee. Threats, allegationsAfter a roadshow organised in support of Mr. Adhikari in Ghatal, the CM launched a direct attack on Ms. Ghosh, saying that the State government could have arrested her for her involvement in so many cases, but that they “were allowing her to contest.” “Don’t force me to open my mouth. If I were to make some of the text messages she sent as a police officer public, then there would have been no need for the campaign,” Ms. Banerjee claimed. It is not only the TMC that is raising the political temperature for the contest at Ghatal, but also the BJP candidate, who is living up to her alleged reputation, and is seen losing her temper frequently during the campaign. An FIR has already been registered against her comment “Thrash them like dogs”, directed at the TMC’s supporters on May 4. On May 9, only a day before campaigning for the seat was about to end, ₹1.13 lakh was seized from Ms. Ghosh’s vehicle. While campaigning at the Keshpur Assembly segment under the Lok Sabha constituency on May 7, she lost her temper several times, often accusing the police of being hand in glove with the TMC leadership.Ghatal comprises of seven Assembly segments, six of which (Panskura Paschim, Pingla, Debra, Daspur, Ghatal and Keshpur) fall under the Purba Medinipur district, and one (Sabang) in the Paschim Medinipur district. It is primarily a rural constituency, with 90% voters residing in rural areas, and a high concentration of Scheduled Tribes and minorities. The CPI has fielded Tapan Ganguly as its candidate, while the Congress candidate from the seat is Khandakar Mohammad Saifullah. During her public rallies at Ghatal, Ms. Banerjee has urged people to ensure that Mr. Dev wins with highest margin in the State for the second time, a claim that the Opposition, particularly the BJP, refutes, saying that much has changed in the politics of the State between 2014 and 2019.last_img read more

U.P. official marries woman who accused him of sexual exploitation

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first_imgA senior official in the Uttar Pradesh government married a woman, who had accused him of sexual exploitation, at a temple, Kushinagar ADM Bindhvasini Rai said.On Friday, the woman had filed a complaint against Hapur Sub Divisional Magistrate Dinesh Kumar, accusing him of sexually abusing her for the last four years on the pretext of marriage, he said.In her complaint, the woman alleged that she underwent abortion twice, Mr. Rai said.Kumar, who was recently transferred to Hapur from Khadda, had come to Kushinagar on Friday to collect a few things from his house.Based on the complaint, District Magistrate Anil Kumar Singh immediately ordered a probe into the matter, Mr. Rai said.But around midnight, the two got married in the presence of Sadar SDM Ramkesh Yadav and Hata SDM Pramod Tiwari, Mr. Rai said.Kumar and the woman are natives of same district, he added.last_img read more

Moto E3 Power with 3,500mAh battery launched at Rs 7,999

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first_imgLenovo, the company that now owns Motorola Mobility for all intents and purposes, launched the ultra-affordable Motorola phone Moto E3 Power in India on Monday. The phone will be sold exclusively on Flipkart from Sept 20 at an MRP of Rs 7,999. The Moto E3 Power is a slightly upgraded version of the Moto E3 and comes with more RAM and a bigger battery.Boasting of an all-plastic body, the Moto E3 Power belongs to the rare category of smartphones that still carry a removable battery. The Moto E3 Power also has a water-repellent nano-coating that protects the phone from accidental spills, splashes or light rain. The phone is also smudge-resistant, claims Lenovo. The design is very much similar to the Moto G4, which was launched in the country a few months ago. And that is a good thing. Compared to the earlier Moto E phones, the E3 not only looks much better and has a bigger screen but also sports better build quality.Also read: Motorola Moto G4 Plus review: Two steps forward, one step backThe Moto E3 Power comes with a 5-inch 720p display and is powered by a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports 4G LTE, including the Jio 4G. It also likely supports the VoLTE, a calling feature that Jio is popularizing.The Moto E3 Power sports an 8-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone is backed by a 3,500mAh battery and supports fast charging.advertisementIn India, the phone will compete with the likes of the Redmi 3S and Lenovo’s own Vibe K5.  On paper, it is a win-some, lose-some situation for the Moto E3 compared to what competitors offer. The appeal of the phone is in its software. The Moto E3 Power, like all other Moto phones, runs almost unmodified version of Android Marshmallow aka Android 6.last_img read more

Guardiola knew penalty call was wrong

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first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he knew “immediately” that his side had been wrongly awarded a penalty in Wednesday’s 6-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, but defended Raheem Sterling for not pointing out the error.The England winger went down in the box in the 24th minute after kicking the turf as he shaped to shoot.But referee Viktor Kassai pointed to the spot, believing Sterling had been tripped by Shakhtar defender Mykola Matvyenko. Gabriel Jesus stepped up to score City’s second and the first goal of his hat-trick. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Guardiola appeared to motion on the touchline that he disagreed with the decision and later confirmed: “We realised immediately it was not a penalty.”However, when asked whether Sterling should have made Kassai aware that he had not been touched by Matvyenko Guardiola highlighted an incident from last season’s quarter-final second-leg defeat to Liverpool, when Leroy Sane had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside after the ball had come off Reds midfielder James Milner.”He could do that [flag up the mistake], but last season Liverpool… Milner could say that the pass to the second goal in the 44th minute it was a legal goal,” he said.”But [referee Antonio] Mateu Lahoz didn’t want to concede that goal, so that’s why it happened, but he could do that, yes.”We don’t like to score a goal in that situation but [Sterling] didn’t realise. The referee at the end realised. The Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz, he realised, he didn’t want to concede.”But in that situation [Sterling] didn’t realise because he wanted to chip, caught the grass, goes down, it’s not a penalty.”Guardiola, who added that he had never asked a player to intentionally miss a penalty following an incorrect decision, stressed the need for more help for officials, with VAR not due to be introduced to the Champions League until next season.”VAR, where is it? The referees said a long time ago there must be help, because they want to make a good performance, they don’t want to make mistakes,” he said.”But today the game is quick, it’s fast. The players are more skilled in something. “In the end there must be help, because it takes three, four seconds or 10 seconds for someone to say it’s no penalty, carry on, go.”City’s win put them three points clear of Lyon at the top of Group F with two matches left to play.last_img read more

MS Dhoni responds to Suresh Raina’s comments: I never joke around on the field

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first_imgA few days ago Suresh Raina had revealed on Gaurav Kapoor’s show how MS Dhoni used the break between overs to crack the whip on his players when he was the captain of the Indian team.”He does get angry, you don’t see it. The cameras don’t pick it up. But as soon as the telecast cuts to advertisements, he’ll go ‘Sudhar ja tu’. He does it inconspicuously,” Raina said on Breakfast with Champions.Dhoni, known by his legion of fans, Captain Cool due to his calm and collected demeanour on the field, has now entered this friendly banter and responded to Raina’s comments.”We also enjoy inside the dressing room, we talk, the pitch-level is sometimes high and sometimes low. The meaning of cool that we associate is calm and if not cool then an angry one,” he said.”There are many zones in the middle of it where you enjoy and make fun. Once (I am playing) in the ground, I do not joke around, but inside the dressing room I enjoy a lot. So, I conduct myself according to how I think I should conduct myself in different areas.”Dhoni and Raina’s bond has grown stronger over the years after playing together for almost 12 years. Raina broke into the Indian ODI side a year after Dhoni made his debut in 2004. The duo also played together at Chennai Super Kings, the Indian Premier League franchise which Dhoni led for eight years and won four titles (2 IPL, 2 Champions League T20) in the process. Raina on the other hand, is the highest run-scorer for CSK with 4077 runs in 128 matches.advertisementEven though Raina and Dhoni have played together for such a long time, the former still struggles to figure out whether Dhoni is angry or not whenever he or the other players mess up on the field. Reason? Dhoni did not wear shades!”Despite not wearing sunglasses… you still cannot tell. Because he doesn’t even wear sunglasses…His eyes don’t show any emotion. And I’m like, ‘come on man… show us some reaction’,” Raina said.last_img read more

‘Abraham can break Chelsea’s No. 9 curse’

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first_imgFormer Chelsea striker Chris Sutton is full of hope that Tammy Abraham will be given the chance to shine as the club’s new No. 9.The 21-year-old looks set to get his chance this season and he has already netted under new manager Frank Lampard in pre-season against Barcelona.With Chelsea unable to bring in a new striker this summer due to their transfer ban, Abraham has been handed the No. 9 shirt, which has often been a burden for previous Blues frontmen in the Premier League era. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Andriy Shevchenko, Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain, Fernando Torres and Radamel Falcao are just some of the high-profile names to have worn the No.9 but they all failed to live up to expectations.Sutton joined Chelsea in a £10 million deal in 1999, but lasted just one season as the Blues’ No. 9 at Stamford Bridge before being sold to Celtic.However, Sutton thinks that Abraham will be given more leeway due to his age and having come through the academy as he battles Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi for a starting spot in Lampard’s team.”If you talk about Abraham and the No. 9 jersey and myself and the No. 9, I had the additional issue of going for big money,” said Sutton, who is a columnist for the Daily Mail’s The Verdict pullout. “The same happened for Fernando Torres, Shevchenko, Morata and others.”When you have a big fee, you are expected to have a goal return. Abraham doesn’t have that. That’s evident. He has been nurtured and developed. There will still be an expectation on him to perform, but the fact that Chelsea hasn’t laid on big money for him might help.Frank Lampard Tammy Abraham Chelsea 2019-20“It only takes you so far. Chelsea have aspirations but maybe just not as big as in previous seasons due to circumstances. When you are competing with Giroud and Batshuayi, that is a healthy competition. If I am honest, I think that most people want to see Abraham develop.”As a young player at Chelsea, you will be looking at it and saying we are going to get an opportunity. It didn’t happen under previous managers so maybe this is a turning point or it seems to be a turning point.”Giroud is in his 30s. For Batshuayi, he did enough last time for Chelsea fans to have faith in him, but I think Abraham is the favoured one. Batshuayi with something to offer, too.”The likes of Aguero at Manchester City is someone you would take over any of the Chelsea strikers, of course. Abraham has been shown faith in terms of being thrown the No. 9 shirt, which has burdened a lot of players, myself included and other Chelsea No. 9s. Frank rates him highly and he is going to get this opportunity.”Chelsea finished 26 points behind champions Manchester City last season and it is a tall order for new manager Lampard to claw back the gap in a single season as the club operate under a transfer embargo.Sutton thinks that his former club are set for a battle for fourth place once again and he hopes that fans can be patient as the club go through yet another transitional period after also losing star man Eden Hazard.”Do I think they can challenge Manchester City and Liverpool? Absolutely not. I think there is a rung of four clubs: Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United who I think will be fighting it out for the other two places in the top four again.Frank Lampard, Chelsea“They are not going to compete for the title if we are honest, but Conte won it from 10th, which is amazing stuff. Hazard did carry Chelsea last season, whether we like it or not. Third place and Europa League, people will say Sarri did well, but things weren’t right there.”There were always murmurings behind the scenes. There were questions whether the players liked the manager. There was the Kepa Arrizabalaga incident. It never seemed like the manager was going to be there long term.”It seemed to be one of the worst-kept secrets ever when he left. Now, because of this situation and the transfer embargo, Chelsea have to go again. I think that there will be patience for Frank. He has taken Jody Morris with him.”Chelsea fans will probably accept that they aren’t going to compete for a top-two place this season. That still doesn’t mean that they can’t perform strongly and fight for a place in the top four.”I think it is a season for the first time in the Roman Abramovich era where I don’t look at Chelsea as a team who can seriously challenge for a title.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Bubble Domes Are the Only Way to Camp in Ireland

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first_imgYou don’t need us to tell you Ireland is staggeringly beautiful. It’s idyllic, picture-perfect, everything you’ve read and more, especially when you step away from the tourist-rich hots pots like Dublin and Belfast. However, the island’s best natural experiences are far from the madding crowds in the extreme west or the wilds of Northern Ireland.The Bubble Domes at Finn Lough Resort offer some of Northern Ireland’s most unique accommodations. The transparent walls of the snow-globe-like structures afford sweeping, 180-degree forest views. The surrounding 50-acre property is set amid Aghnablaney, a remote peninsula that’s home to some of the country’s most pristine scenery.While this all might sound like a half-step above camping, the domes offer plenty of creature comforts. Custom four-poster beds, private bathrooms, plush robes, and daily breakfast are all standard. In-room espresso machines mean you can fix yourself a long black, kick your feet up in your gentleman’s sitting area, and watch every last ray of sunrise without stepping outside. Or stargaze through your telescope or from the privacy of your own bed — your call.The domes feel well hidden amid an endless expanse of green, yet they’re convenient to a variety of resort-like amenities at Finn Lough estate. The luxury property is home to Kitchen, a brunch and dinner eatery that offers gourmet twists on hearty old-school favorites (think wild game pot pie and lamb with red wine au jus). Beyond the dining hall, guests will find plenty of active pursuits like hiking trails, cycling paths, and water sports. The lakefront location also offers direct marina access with full fishing services. The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Editors’ Recommendations Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Next We’re loath to say the word, but “glamping” has exploded in recent years. Modern travelers demand more, even when it comes to their accommodations. We’ve previously covered similar lodging like Iceland’s “5-million-star” Aurora Bubble Lodge, these beautiful Airstream Airbnb rentals, and the world’s coolest treehouse hotels.Finn Lough has been a family-run business for more than three decades. Their ethos has always involved “getting back to nature” with luxurious, elegant lakeside chalets. The Bubble Domes are just the next evolution of the resort.Rates start around USD $350 per night and are bookable now directly through the estate’s website. Finn Lough also offers more traditional accommodations like catered suites, lakeside lodges, and private fisherman’s cottages. Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins 1 of 3 Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Previous Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lairlast_img read more

Six More Carriers to Start Calling at German Wilhelmshaven

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first_imgzoom Six more container shipping lines will start calling at Germany’s only deep water port, Wilhelmshaven, from April 2017, Bremen-based terminal operator EUROGATE informed.The newly formed shipping alliance OCEAN Alliance is to include EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven in its schedules as part of Asia-North Europe 1 service.The alliance, comprised of French shipping company CMA CGM, China’s COSCO Shipping, Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) and Taiwanese Evergreen, will call at the port with ultra large container carriers (ULCVs) once a week.The Asia-North Europe 1 service will have the following port rotation: Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian (Shenzhen), Singapore, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Gdansk, Wilhelmshaven, Felixstowe, Singapore, Yantian (Shenzhen), Shanghai.Furthermore, as a result of forthcoming operational changes, Germany’s Hamburg Süd and South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) will extend their offering to include Wilhelmshaven, starting from April.German container carrier Hamburg Süd is likely to be acquired by Danish shipping giant Maersk Line. Additionally, HMM reached an agreement with Maersk Line and Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), which together make the 2M alliance, to enter into a new strategic cooperation.“The six further shipping lines in Wilhelmshaven will significantly extend and complement the existing Maersk Line services,” the terminal operator said.Due to the re-formation of the alliances as a result of the intensifying consolidation process on the part of the shipping lines, the industry is currently undergoing a process of change.Given the ever larger vessels operating the services between Asia and Northern Europe, carriers decided to include Wilhelmshaven at larger scales as this German terminal is able to accommodate mega containerships with a draught of up to 16.5 meters.last_img read more

School children on clean mission to curb dengue threat

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first_imgBALURGHAT: South Dinajpur district administration has taken up initiatives to curb dengue during the onset of monsoon.A special campaign will start on June 26, which will last for a week, involving Kanyashree students of state-run schools to promote cleanliness in the district. Kanyashree students from Classes IX to XII will take part in the programme. Four to five schools in each block covering total eight blocks — Balurghat, Tapan, Gangarampur, Hili, Kumarganj, Harirampur, Kushmandi and Banshihari — will be selected by concerned sub-divisional officers of Balurghat and Gangarampur and the block development officers. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaStudents will take part in drives wearing gloves, masks and caps in and around their schools. Several sensitisation programmes on vector-borne diseases will be conducted in classrooms. Quiz competitions will be held and the winners will be awarded certificates by the sub-divisional officers and block development officers. Apart from steps to prevent dengue, various other initiatives for better health have also been taken by the District Magistrate Nikhil Nirmal. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAbout 1,17,188 families have been brought under Swasthya Sathi scheme covering 66 percent of the total population of the district. A new helpline number (7719382846) will be started to address beneficiaries’ grievances from June 24. A committee to inspect nursing homes was formed for better services at public and private institutions. An initiative has been undertaken to convert Rastriya Swasthya Bima Yojana cardholders to Swasthya Sathi cardholders in each block under supervision of district Nodal team of Swasthya Sathi by the second week of July. A forum for detection and diagnosis of tuberculosis has been formed with members of various sectors along with people who recovered from the disease. A source said a programme to reach out to people residing in remote areas to create awareness on early detection of the disease and its cure, will be held on July 8 and continue till July 22. A campaign on Rota Virus Vaccination campaign will start from August to prevent diarrhea among children under five years of age as a part of Universal Immunization Programme. District Magistrate Nikhil Nirmal said: “We have undertaken several programmes on health-related issues in South Dinajpur with an objective to provide good service to the people.”last_img read more

Pak presenting alarming picture on bilateral ties

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first_imgNew Delhi/Islamabad: India on Thursday termed Pakistan downgrading diplomatic ties with it as an attempt to present an alarming picture to the world about bilateral relations, and urged Islamabad to review its decision.The Ministry of External Affairs said India regretted the steps announced by Pakistan on Wednesday and asserted that its decision on Jammu and Kashmir is an internal affair. The ministry said Pakistan negatively perceiving India’s developmental move is not surprising as the neighbouring country has utilised such sentiments to justify its cross-border terrorism. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”The Constitution of India was, is and will always be a sovereign matter. Seeking to interfere in that jurisdiction by invoking an alarmist vision of the region will never succeed,” the MEA said in a statement. India on Monday revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir and has also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to the decision, Pakistan on Wednesday expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria, soon after deciding to downgrade the diplomatic ties with India over what it called New Delhi’s “unilateral and illegal” move. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”Recent decisions by the government and Parliament of India are driven by a commitment on extending Jammu and Kashmir opportunities for development that was earlier denied by a temporary provision in the Constitution,” the MEA said. It said the intention behind Pakistan’s announcement on downgrading diplomatic ties was to present “an alarming picture to the world of our bilateral ties”. “The government of India would urge Pakistan to review the steps so that normal channels for diplomatic communications are preserved,” the MEA said. Pakistan has suspended the Samjhauta Express train service with India, Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced on Thursday, a day after Islamabad downgraded the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. The Samjhauta Express train service was suspended earlier this year, due to escalating tensions between the two neighbouring countries. However, the service was later resumed. The minister made the announcement as passengers were waiting at the Lahore station to board the train to travel to India. However, Pakistan said on Thursday that it remains committed to complete the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor despite its decision to downgrade the diplomatic ties with New Delhi.last_img read more

Annan expects full Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon by midApril to midMay

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Video of press briefing [21mins] In a statement issued after he was briefed by his Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, which calls for withdrawing all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias and extending Government control over the whole country, Mr. Annan “stressed the great importance that these elections be free and fair and take place as scheduled.”The envoy, Terje Roed-Larsen, briefed Mr. Annan on his recent meetings in Europe, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, in particular outlining the details of the understanding reached between the UN and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on 12 March in Aleppo, Syria.Mr. Roed-Larsen told reporters after the briefing that he would return to the region in the first week of April to finalize the report that Mr. Annan is to deliver to the Security Council on 19 April.Asked whether he had reached any conclusion in his talks with Syrian and Lebanese leaders on disbanding the militias, including Hezbollah, he replied that there was an ongoing dialogue and no conclusions had yet been reached.He said the understanding he reached with President al-Assad involved two phases: first, the withdrawal by 1 April at the latest of all Syrian troops and intelligence assets to the eastern Bekaa Valley, with two thirds on the Lebanese side and one third in Syria; secondly, the convening by 7 April at the latest of a joint Syrian-Lebanese military committee to decide the precise timelines for the complete and full withdrawal.The UN envoy noted that there was now a movement of military equipment into the Bekaa Valley and “we have been observing over the last few days that intelligence offices have been closed down, including the intelligence headquarters in Beirut.”Asked whether he told Mr. al-Assad that he would face sanctions if he did not comply, Mr. Roed-Larsen said the topic was not on the agenda. read more

Canadas troubled asbestos industry gets a 58 million lifeline

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ASBESTOS, Que. – Canada’s beleaguered asbestos industry, which has been a target of activists who link its product to cancer, has been given a $58 million lease on life by the Quebec government.While the industry has appeared on the brink of collapse, Friday’s long-rumoured provincial loan will cover more than two-thirds of the cost of renovating and reopening the Jeffrey Mine in Asbestos, Que. — a move that could keep production going for another 20 years.Critics here and abroad have called it immoral for Canada to be exporting the substance to developing countries where safety standards are suspect.One of the last two remaining asbestos facilities in Canada, Jeffrey Mine suspended production last year due to financial problems. The other mine, Lac d’amiante du Canada in nearby Thetford Mines, shut down shortly afterward but some proponents hope it can be revived as well.At its peak, the once-mighty Canadian asbestos industry helped create entire towns and dominated international production of the mineral used in fireproofing and insulation.The deal to refurbish Jeffrey Mine will see private investors, led by Balcorp Ltd., kick in another $25 million. The owners will have to provide royalties along with annual fees that, over time, will see $7.5 million put aside to diversify the region’s economy.The announcement, which was made before an applauding crowd of around 700 townsfolk, had been expected for some time. Speculation about the reopening has drawn attention in international media including the New York Times, which last year ran a long feature on, “a town called Asbestos.”Balcorp president Baljit Chadha also indicated last year he was close to securing the necessary funding from an international consortium of investors.“This is excellent news for the city of Asbestos and for the region,” said Yvon Vallieres, the local MNA and cabinet minister who is retiring from provincial politics.“The reopening of the mine will not only create 425 full-time jobs, especially for young people, but it will also contribute to development in Asbestos, a one-industry town.”He cited predictions that worldwide demand for asbestos would increase — especially in India — while the supply would drop. He said an external audit with a respected firm would monitor whether the material was being handled safely by Jeffrey’s foreign customers.The announcement came as rumours swirled about a possible provincial election in September. Vallieres, the long-time Liberal legislature member for the area, has announced he is not running.Industry proponents insist asbestos can be used safely if it is handled properly and say the chrysotile asbestos manufactured at the Jeffrey Mine is not as dangerous as other forms of the material.But not everyone hailed the news.Dr. Yves Bonnier Viger, president of an association of Quebec medical specialists, criticized the move.“It makes me very sad,” said Dr. Yves Bonnier Viger, president of an association of Quebec medical specialists in public health.“It shows an insensitivity to the scientific data and a lack of respect for the health and well-being of the population.”The doctor said he and his colleagues will lobby the government to reverse its decision.Attempts to restart the Jeffrey Mine have been pummelled by an international anti-asbestos campaign led by physicians, activists and asbestos victims who insist the material is linked to cancer.A senior official of the World Health Organization says it stands by its estimate that asbestos-related diseases, such as certain forms of lung cancer, kill more than 107,000 people around the world each year. The figure relates specifically to people exposed to asbestos fibres at work.Ivan Ivanov, a team leader in WHO’s department of public health and the environment, said earlier this year the estimate in based on data from published scientific research.However, Bernard Coulombe, the president of Jeffrey Mine, has challenged the data, calling it an exaggeration based on unfounded evidence.He said in a news release Friday that the product produced at Jeffrey will be used safely — principally as a component in cement for infrastructure like aqueducts, wells, and buildings that are mostly agricultural.The news release noted that the Quebec government recently signed an agreement with India on the safe use of mining materials.“We have taken all necessary measures to ensure that chrysotile be used safely by all our clients,” Coulombe said.-With files by Nelson Wyatt and Sylvain Larocque Canada’s troubled asbestos industry gets a $58 million lifeline AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2012 6:42 pm MDT read more

Grain futures mixed beef prices fall

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2013 11:00 am MDT CHICAGO – Grains futures were mixed Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery rose 6.75 cents to $6.7075 a bushel; May corn fell 2.75 cents to $6.3950 a bushel; May oats fell 8.75 cents to $3.6750 a bushel; while May soybeans rose 3.25 cents to $13.94 a bushel.Beef fell, while pork prices rose on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.June live cattle fell 1.28 cent to $1.2282 a pound; May feeder cattle fell 0.57 cents to $1.4710 a pound; June lean hogs added 0.28 cent to 91.85 cents a pound. Grain futures mixed, beef prices fall read more

Malaysia rejects US claims over assets said stolen from 1MDB

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Malaysian sovereign wealth fund has rejected U.S. Justice Department allegations over money laundering and alleged theft of a treasure trove of assets including diamonds, a yacht and private jet and penthouse apartments.The Malaysian government-controlled fund known informally as 1MDB and other officials in Kuala Lumpur insisted Friday that there was no proof linking the fund to such crimes.On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department filed a civil case seeking recovery of $540 million in assets that it says were stolen from 1MDB, a fund intended to promote economic development projects. Overall, the Justice Department alleges that more than $4.5 billion has been stolen from the fund.In a 250-page filing for the U.S. District Court in Central California, the Justice Department outlined in detail the allegations of a complex money laundering scheme intended to enrich top-level officials of the fund, including some close to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.The 1MDB case is the largest single action the Justice Department has taken under its Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, which seeks to recover foreign bribery proceeds and embezzled funds. Several other countries including Singapore and Switzerland are conducting probes.Last summer, prosecutors moved to recover more than $1 billion diverted from the fund to pay for properties in New York and California, a $35 million jet, art by Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet and other wealth used to help finance the movies, “Dumb and Dumber To” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which was produced by Red Granite Pictures, a studio co-founded by Najib’s stepson.The Justice Department filing drew vehement objections from Malaysia, where Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali said there was no evidence that money was misappropriated from 1MDB.Apandi also expressed “strong concerns” over suggestions Najib, who has not been named in civil cases related to 1MDB, engaged in criminal acts. The attorney general said Malaysia will uphold the “rule of law” and take action if there is sufficient evidence of wrongdoing.1MDB likewise said there was no documentary proof or witnesses’ statements to support the Justice Department’s claim.“1MDB highlights that it is not a party to the civil lawsuit nor has it been contacted by the DOJ in relation to this matter,” the fund said in a statement.Najib’s press secretary Tengku Sariffuddin separately voiced concern that the Justice Department didn’t seek co-operation from the Malaysian government or 1MDB.“We are also concerned by the unnecessary and gratuitous naming of certain matters and individuals that are only relevant to domestic political manipulation and interference. This suggests a motivation that goes beyond the objective of seizing assets,” he said, without elaborating.The Justice Department’s court filing shows much of the wealth in question was moved through offshore dealings and bank accounts in Singapore, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the U.S. The evidence cited includes details of wire transfers of hundreds of millions of dollars.It says the wife of an unnamed person identified as “Malaysian Official 1,” who has been widely inferred to be Najib, received a 22-carat pink diamond necklace worth $27.3 million in 2014 purchased with from funds stolen from 1MDB.Other assets included diamonds given to Australian model Miranda Kerr, movie posters and artwork given to Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as rights to the movies “Dumber and Dumber To” and “Daddy’s Home” from Red Granite.Some of the items at issue were provided to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation for a charity auction. A DiCaprio spokesperson said that those items and an Academy Award won by Marlon Brando which was given to Mr. DiCaprio as a set gift by Red Granite to thank him for his work on ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’” were voluntarily returned.Red Granite released a statement saying it is trying to resolve the case and is fully co-operating with the Justice Department.In announcing the Justice Department’s filing, Sandra R. Brown, acting U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, said the wealth alleged to have been stolen “should have been used to help the people of Malaysia, but instead was used by a small number of individuals to fuel their astonishing greed.”“We simply will not allow the United States to be a place where corrupt individuals can expect to hide assets and lavishly spend money that should be used for the benefit of citizens of other nations,” she said. by Eileen Ng, The Associated Press Posted Jun 15, 2017 2:06 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Malaysia rejects US claims over assets said stolen from 1MDB FILE – In this May 14, 2015 file photo, construction workers chat in front of a billboard for state investment fund 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) at the fund’s flagship Tun Razak Exchange development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to recover $540 million in assets, including penthouse apartments, paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and a yacht known as the Equanimity, that it says were stolen from Malaysia’s troubled sovereign wealth fund, prompting objections from Malaysian officials who said Friday, June 16, 2017 there was no evidence of such crimes. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File) read more

High school science program leaders visit Brock

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The Faculty of Mathematics and Science, led by academic adviser Heather Bellisario, welcomed District School Board of Niagara high school science program leaders to campus this week.About half of the 25 teachers who attended were Brock alumni. Dean Syed Ejaz Ahmed spoke to them about the benefits of passing on their experiences at Brock to their current students to encourage them to study at Brock.Associate Dean Hichem Ben-El-Mechaiekh along with Doug Bruce and Fiona Hunter from Biological Sciences, Santo D’Agostino from Physics, and Dorothy Levay and Neil Marshall from Mathematics participated in a panel discussion regarding what students need to be successful as they enter a post-secondary science program.The panel also presented the teachers with observations of Brock science professors on the strengths and weaknesses of first-year students. read more

Ohio State football reunion doesnt rule out Tressel Clarett

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The guest list for the Ohio State’s 2002 national championship team reunion consists of three or four names, but it won’t stay that short for long.The defensive captain of the 2002 Buckeyes, which secured its place in OSU football lore with a 31-24, double overtime win against Miami (Fla.) in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, isn’t ruling out appearances from former OSU coach Jim Tressel or tailback Maurice Clarett.OSU’s 2002 national championship squad will reconvene at Ohio Stadium for the Buckeyes’ Nov. 24 game against Michigan where they it will be recognized by the university and conduct other celebratory activities on its own.Former OSU safety Mike Doss, the defensive MVP of the 2002 national championship game, told The Lantern Thursday that he has been planning the event on behalf of the entire team. Former quarterback Craig Krenzel, safety Donnie Nickey and cornerback Dustin Fox have been “in constant communication to make everything go.”Doss told The Lantern that he, Krenzel, Nickey and Fox might be the only four players committed to the event for now, but more members of the 2002 team are expected to join in the festivities.Tressel could be among the attendees too, Doss said.“I don’t think it would be an issue with coach Tressel coming back and reuniting with his players of the past knowing that he was our coach,” Doss said. “Knowing what kind of impact he had on us. What kind of impact we had on him and his career, I don’t think that would feel uncomfortable for him at all because we love coach Tressel, we support him as OSU supports each and every one of us.“Right now you’ve got three or four guys … Just the little bit of hints that we’ve reached out, that I think everyone would be committed and involved as much as they can.”OSU athletic director Gene Smith shared similar sentiments during a radio interview on WBNS-FM 97.1 about a possible return to Ohio Stadium for Tressel, saying it wouldn’t be awkward at all if Tressel came back.Tressel was forced to resign as OSU coach May 30 after it was discovered he was aware of players violations that occurred during the 2010 season, failed to report the violations and fielded ineligible players during the 2010 season, which was later vacated.Tressel did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s Thursday request for comment.Doss said he and his three teammates planning the event wouldn’t accept a celebration of their national championship that didn’t include Tressel, as well as Clarett.Clarett ran for 1,237 yards and 16 touchdowns during the Buckeyes’ championship run. After the season, Clarett sued the NFL in an attempt to declare for the 2004 NFL Draft.Later, Clarett pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a concealed weapon and served three-and-a-half years in a Toledo prison.Doss said Tressel and Clarett’s transgressions are separate issues from the on-field accomplishments of the 2002 championship team.“Coach Tressel was a part of that team. He was the nucleus,” Doss said. “Maurice Clarrett – one of the best tailbacks to play at Ohio State for one season and a career. You know, he was a phenomenal player for us that year. We would not accept anything presented to the university if both of those guys weren’t included.“We all communicated to ourselves that anything that was going to be organized has to include each and every one that was involved. Period. If that was going to be an issue then we would have respectfully declined. But the university embraced coach Tressel and Maurice.”Clarett did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s Thursday request for comment but indicated he would attend the reunion on Twitter.From his account, @ReeseClarett13, Clarett said, “indeed my friend….,” in response to a question regarding whether he would attend the event.Clarett said in a later tweet: “me and Tress have been cool since before I went to prison. A lot of ppl don’t know that. I couldn’t do it (without) him.”Doss said the timing for a reunion is right for several reasons, but most of all because the 2002 championship is the university’s only one in the last 10 years, as well as for nearly 40 years prior to that.Aside from university recognition, Doss said he, Krenzel, Nickey and Fox are working on preparing a dinner reception and a tailgate prior to the noon kickoff against the Wolverines.There is also interest in returning to show support for the current team, as well as first-year coach Urban Meyer and his staff, Doss said.The Buckeyes’ opponent that day was a factor too.“It’s coach Meyer’s first Michigan game,” Doss said. “It’ll be an opportunity for a lot of support to be there for the coaching staff and it’s Michigan – that’s all you have to say.” read more

National College of Ireland staff to undertake industrial action

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first_imgUpdated 30 October 21.15AROUND 100 MEMBERS of staff are to undertake industrial action at the National College of Ireland due to what SIPTU describes as a “unilateral breach by the college management of an agreement reached with union members two years ago”.SIPTU sector organiser, Louise O’Reilly, told TheJournal.ie that the industrial action could become a strike, as staff were balloted on this and said they would undertake a strike if necessary.O’Reilly said the union had spent months negotiating with management before reaching an agreement on the restoration of pay and pensions for NCI members. The negotiation has involved two meetings with the Labour Relations Commission.“This was unilaterally withdrawn by the college without consultation and with less than 24 hours notice,” she said of the agreement. “Our members co-operated with pay cuts and a pension freeze two years ago in order to ensure the long-term financial stability of the college. This two-year period concluded on 31 July and we were informed that pay and pensions would be restored to previous levels.”She said that their members had an agreement with the NCI “but it is refusing to honour this”, so SIPTU has been left with no option but to undertake industrial action.She said that the industrial action is designed to maximise the effect on the college administration and minimise the impact on students.Around 100 members of staff will be taking part, and will be adhering to a ban on meetings and on the use of personal phones for college business as well as a targeted non-answering of phones during the industrial action.There will also be a protest by SIPTU members at 3pm tomorrow in NCI.O’Reilly said they will be monitoring the situation and deciding whether there will be a need to progress to strike action.A spokesperson from the NCI said that the industrial action followed lengthy negotiations. They added:The planned industrial action results from the rejection by SIPTU of an offer by college management to restore the pay reduction and pension scheme with effect from August 1 2013. This offer was made on the understanding that further negotiation would then take place around a new model of pay progression to replace the existing incremental scales.Management believe that there is support amongst staff for this overall offer, but said it was rejected by SIPTU, who represent less than half of all NCI staff.The college has requested that all matters of pay, pension and pay increments be referred to the Labour Court and are urging SIPTU to reconsider its decision not to partake in this process.The current situation is that college staff and management have made progress through a difficult economic period.  The college is now in a position to restore the pay reduction to staff and to restore the defined benefit pension scheme at a time when many such schemes are being closed.The NCI said that the implementation of this is being halted “because SIPTU is insisting that annual pay increments are immediately reinstated as well, while refusing to negotiate on any link between pay increases and performance”.  The college believes this “to be a wholly unrealistic position in the current environment”.Lectures are planned to continue as normal for all students and management of the college has urged that no action be taken that will impact on students’ academic progress. It said it hopes the dispute is resolved as soon as possible.Read: Dublin Bus to implement cost-cutting plans as unions split on proposals>last_img read more

Controversial bullying app SimSimi goes offline in Ireland

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first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murray Source: CyberSafeIreland/Twitter Short URL The #SimSimi app has been suspended in #Ireland (for now). #Parents can get advice on talking to their child here: https://t.co/mLo7OTS8Xt pic.twitter.com/30yMLZShCz— Webwise (@Webwise_Ireland) March 29, 2017 Schools are believed to have written to parents in recent days and weeks to warn them over the use of the app.According to CyberSafe Ireland, the children’s internet safety charity, parents in Ireland are overwhelmed with efforts to keep their children safe while using the internet, and SimSimi was another method whereby children could be bullied online.In reviews on both the Google Play and the iOS store, users criticise the app for promoting bullying.One parent who said that she had seen “vile comments” about her daughter on the app told TheJournal.ie that the company had said it would take 15 days to deal with her request but offered three alternative methods whereby words could be deleted from the system if they had become associated with vile language.The app is still trending in Ireland this morning. A CONTROVERSIAL MESSAGING app that some had claimed was vile and promoted bullying has gone offline in Ireland.SimSimi is an automated chat bot, which is programmed to respond after a user types in a message. It is programmed by other users to make certain responses to the phrases that are typed in.The app is still available to download, but any message sent to it is now responded to with the message: “I do not talk in Ireland for a while”.Speaking earlier this week, Cybersafe Ireland’s Cliona Curley told Newstalk Breakfast that it was a “quite nasty app” and that parents should be aware of their children using the app, which has become popular among secondary and primary school students.She said: “There’s definitely scope for it being used for bullying and I can see that it is being used for bullying already. What you can do is, you can teach this app if it doesn’t recognise a particular phrase (such as someone’s name).I could go in there and I could associate that name with another phrase. I could say absolutely anything about you, and everybody would see it as soon as they mention your name. Controversial ‘bullying’ app SimSimi goes offline in Ireland The bot now replies “I do not talk in Ireland for a while” after every message it receives. Read: ‘We just couldn’t keep up with what the phone could do’ – The trouble of keeping kids safe onlineRead: Three challenges of being an exceptionally gifted child – cyberbullying, underachieving and money 30 Comments Share71 Tweet Email7 Delighted Simsimi no longer seems to work in Ireland. Lots of apps present risks to children. It’s vital to know what your child is using! pic.twitter.com/jsyChi8aIJ— CyberSafeIreland (@CyberSafeIE) March 29, 2017 27,308 Views Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 8:30 AM Image: TheJournal.ie http://jrnl.ie/3314458 Image: TheJournal.ie Mar 30th 2017, 8:30 AM Source: Webwise/Twitterlast_img read more

Trump denies wanting to drop nuclear bombs on hurricanes to stop them

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first_img Image: Nicholas Kamm/AP/Press Association Images https://jrnl.ie/4782103 By AFP Updated Aug 26th 2019, 2:35 PM US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has denied a report that said that he wanted to drop nuclear bombs on hurricanes. Trump labelled “ridiculous” a story by the US news website Axios, which reported that Trump asked if it would be possible to disrupt hurricanes forming off the coast of Africa by dropping a nuclear bomb in the eye of the storm. According to an anonymous source, Axios said that meeting attendees left the briefing thinking, “What do we do with this?”Axios did not say when this conversation took place.Trump slammed the story on Twitter, calling it “fake news”.  Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter“The story by Axios that President Trump wanted to blow up large hurricanes with nuclear weapons prior to reaching shore is ridiculous. I never said this. Just more FAKE NEWS!” he tweeted.The White House declined to comment on the report earlier, but Axios quoted a senior administration official as saying Trump’s “objective is not bad”. Axios said the president had previously made a similar suggestion in a 2017 conversation, asking a senior official whether the administration should bomb hurricanes to prevent them making landfall.Trump did not specify in this conversation that nuclear bombs be used.Trump’s idea is not new. The suggestion was originally made by a government scientist in the 1950s, under President Dwight Eisenhower.The idea continues to pop up, even though scientists agree it would not work. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a web page dedicated to the concept.“During each hurricane season, there always appear suggestions that one should simply use nuclear weapons to try and destroy the storms,” the NOAA said.Not only would a bomb not alter a storm, the winds would quickly spread radioactive fallout over nearby land, NOAA added.“Needless to say, this is not a good idea,” said NOAA.The US is regularly pummeled by hurricanes. In 2017 one named Harvey became the strongest hurricane to make landfall in 12 years.Twitter lit up with reactions to Trump’s suggestion, under the hashtag #ThatsHowTheApocalypseStarted“Not ‘The Onion,’” one user wrote, referring to the satirical news publication.“What could possibly go wrong?” asked another.Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris weighed in as well, tweeting, “Dude’s gotta go”.© – AFP 2019 129,515 Views Donald Trump called reports that he wanted to bomb hurricanes “fake news”. Image: Nicholas Kamm/AP/Press Association Images Short URL Share507 Tweet Email5 center_img Donald Trump called reports that he wanted to bomb hurricanes “fake news”. Monday 26 Aug 2019, 2:35 PM Aug 26th 2019, 7:18 AM 98 Comments Trump denies wanting to drop nuclear bombs on hurricanes to stop them Trump said the story was “fake news”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more