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October 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi: Karnataka political rivals, BJP’s B S Yeddyurappa and D K Shivakumar of Congress, were seen on the same side in the Supreme Court on Friday — opposing an application seeking to revive an alleged corruption case relating to denotification of land in Bengaluru.The matter, which came up for hearing before a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and M R Shah, saw their advocates questioning the maintainability of the application filed by an intervenor for reviving the criminal case in which the complainant has already withdrawn his plea. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The issue relates to denotification of 4.20 acres of land allegedly in contravention of the Karnataka Restriction of Transfer of Land Act, 1991. Senior advocates Mukul Rohatgi and A M Singhvi, who were appearing for Yeddyurappa and Shivakumar respectively, told the bench that the complainant in the case had withdrawn his appeal from the apex court last year and a third party, who has nothing to do in the case, cannot be allowed to intervene at this stage. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KShivakumar was present in the courtroom during the hearing. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for intervenor NGO ‘Samaj Parivartana Samudaya’, told the bench that complainant had withdrawn his plea from the apex court on mentioning the matter before a bench but intervention plea can be heard. He sought recall of the February 21 order by which the plea filed by the complainant was “dismissed as withdrawn” by the top court. “A tentative chief minister of Karnataka is one of the respondents (in the matter). A person who is likely to become the chief minister today is involved. The other person was then a minister in Karnataka,” Bhushan told the bench in an apparent reference to Yeddyurappa and Shivakumar. Rohatgi told the court that complainant had withdrawn his plea from the apex court and “the application for revival is by an intervenor”. “What is his concern?,” Rohatgi said. Singhvi argued that the Karnataka High Court had quashed criminal proceedings in the case and the complainant, who had moved the apex court challenging the order, has already withdrawn his appeal. The bench said that it would hear arguments on the maintainability of the application filed by the intervenor. During the hearing, when the bench asked Singhvi as to for whom he was appearing in the matter, the senior counsel said he was representing Shivakumar. “We are not influenced by names,” the bench observed. To this, Singhvi said it is Bhushan who submitted before the court that respondents in the matter are a tentative chief minister and a former minister. A trial court in Karnataka had in February 2012 taken cognisance of a private complaint filed against Yeddyurappa, Shivakumar and others in the matter. The high court had in December 2015, however, quashed the criminal proceedings initiated on the complaint.last_img read more

October 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPune: A special CBI court here rejected the bail application of Vikram Bhave, an accused in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, on Saturday. Additional Sessions Judge R M Pande denied bail to Bhave saying that prima facie (on the face of it) there was evidence against him, said special public prosecutor Prakash Suryavanshi. In May, Sanjeev Punalekar, a lawyer, and Bhave, his assistant, were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the case. Punalekar is accused of giving advice to Sharad Kalaskar, one of the alleged assailants who shot Dabholkar, to destroy the firearms used in the killings of Dabholkar as well as journalist Gauri Lankesh. He was granted bail last month.last_img read more

October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTORONTO – There was no winning ticket for Friday night’s $50 million Lotto Max jackpot.There were also two Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each up for grabs, but neither was claimed.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on May 4 will be approximately $55 million and there will be four Maxmillions prizes offered.last_img

October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau added his voice Wednesday to the global chorus condemning the Trump administration’s practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the border — a practice the U.S. president abruptly reversed later in the day with the stroke of a pen.Trudeau had been under pressure to condemn the so-called “zero-tolerance policy,” under which asylum seekers who cross illegally into the U.S. are charged with federal crimes and separated from their children, who are detained in guarded, fenced enclosures.He’d remained largely silent on the issue, saying only that he did not want to “play politics” on immigration policy. On Wednesday, however, his position shifted, just hours before Trump appeared to capitulate to political pressure by reversing course with an executive order.“What the Americans are doing is unacceptable — and it’s not just me who has said it; all kinds of Americans, including Republicans, have said this is unacceptable,” Trudeau told a news conference marking the end of the spring legislative sitting.“We take actions based on facts, not on fears or worries…. It seems they want to change their approach. We hope they’ll improve the system, but as far as we’re concerned this situation cannot last.”Earlier in the day, Trudeau made a point of delivering a statement as he entered the weekly caucus meeting.“What’s going on in the United States is wrong,” he said. “I can’t imagine what the families who are living through this are enduring … this is not the way we do things in Canada.”Trump’s decision to reverse the practice marked a significant turnaround for a president who has made his hardline approach to immigration a cornerstone of his political identity, and who insisted that federal law gave his administration no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border.Illegal migrants in the U.S. will continue to face the “zero-tolerance” policy, which includes detention and criminal prosecution, but the executive order will allow families to remain together while in custody, expedite their cases, and seek departmental help to house families.In Canada, the Trudeau government was again under fire over the Safe Third Country agreement with the U.S., which requires would be asylum seekers to make their claims in the first “safe country” where they arrive.That designation no longer applies to the U.S. in light of what’s happening at the Mexico/U.S. border, the Canadian Council for Refugees argued Wednesday.The government continues to monitor changes in U.S. immigration policy and the effects they will have on asylum seekers in the U.S., namely on their rights to due process in making asylum claims and appeal rights, said Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.It’s too early to say whether the recent American policy changes will infringe on those rights, he added.“This is an evolving situation — we have to, of course, take it into consideration and see how (the U.S. zero-tolerance policy) impacts the agreement,” Hussen said.“We can’t make rash decisions.”But NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan raised concern about the 2,300 children who have already been detained away from their parents by U.S. border security and how long it will take before they are reunited with family members now stuck within the U.S. criminal justice system.“As long as Trump is in power, the U.S. will never be a safe country for asylum seekers,” Kwan said.The Canada Border Services Agency does detain some immigrants in Canada who are considered a flight risk or a danger to the public, and those whose identities cannot be confirmed. Canadian policy on child migrants allows detained parents to keep their children with them in holding centres if other alternatives cannot be found.Concerns have been raised in the past over the number of migrant children detained every year by Canadian border officials. In 2016-17, 162 minors were detained or housed with their parents in holding centres, according to figures released by Public Safety Canada.That number has been going down, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said earlier this week. Last November, he issued a directive to the Canada Border Services Agency to keep children out of detention and keep families together “as much as humanly possible.”But several scientific studies on the effects of detention on child and adult asylum seekers have found any time in detention can be harmful.A study by three medical researchers from McGill University submitted to the Commons Immigration committee in 2012 found short-term detention of adult asylum seekers leads to high levels of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, while longer-term detention aggravates these symptoms.The same study also found short term detention has a negative impact on children, with problems that include developmental delays, bedwetting, nightmares, separation anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression and suicidal behaviours.— Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNEW DELHI — On the eve of India’s Independence Day, a team of activists and scholars has released a report that paints a bleak picture of Indian-administered Kashmir, challenging official government accounts that life is returning to normal amid an indefinite curfew and communications blackout imposed just before the restive region’s special status was stripped by Parliament on Aug. 5.The report, released Wednesday, found that people living under the security lockdown expressed “enormous anger and anguish” in response to the surprise move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to revoke a constitutional provision that gave the predominantly Muslim population some degree of autonomy and prevented outsiders from buying land in the pristine Himalayan region.Sheikh Saaliq, The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSusan Sarandon and Forest Whitaker are to host the first annual Hope North Gala on September 18 in New York City.The event will honor Mary-Louise Parker, and will take place at City Winery in NYC.Hope North is educating and healing the young victims of Uganda’s civil war, including orphans and former child soldiers, empowering them to become voices for peace and development.Founded in 1998 by artist and former child soldier Okello Sam, Hope North is an accredited secondary school located on a 40-acre campus with an international arts center, vocational training, and a working farm, staffed by 26 dedicated Ugandan educators. Over 1,500 vulnerable youth have lived at Hope North, and today 255 incredible youth are working towards their degrees and planning careers. These youth in turn are contributing to peace-building by organizing educational theater and soccer tournaments throughout the north, an area destroyed by years of war, reaching thousands more.To find out more, visit read more

October 14, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsSHOAL LAKE 40 FIRST NATION, Ont. — A mechanic is expected in Shoal Lake 40 First Nation Monday to assess the community’s only link to the mainland.The Amik II ferry is a lifeline for the community 140 kilometres due east of Winnipeg in OntarioAnd the loss of the ferry has cut off all vehicular access, including health services and more importantly, water delivery.Although the lake supplies Winnipeg with all of its drinking water, the community has been under a boil advisory for 18 years and potable water must be trucked in from nearby Kenora, Ont.Last Thursday, chief and council made the decision to declare a state of emergency after the community owned ferry was forced out of service.“Normal life here is virtually impossible,” said Chief Erwin Redsky.  A repair company is looking at the ferry Monday to determine the extent of the damage and costs to repair it.The AMIK II did not pass Transport Canada’s latest inspection.Inspectors will be back in the community later this week to take another look at the ferry.Meanwhile, the chief is calling the situation a “crisis.”Redsky said the long term solution would be a commitment from the federal government, the province of Manitoba and Winnipeg to fully fund the construction of an all-weather road in and out of the community.So far, the three levels of government have each committed $1 million towards the design stage of the project.On Monday, the Green Party of Canada called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt to restore ferry service to the community and work toward construction of an all-weather road.In a release, deputy leader of the Green party Bruce Hyer said “we’ve heard enough excuses from all governments.”The member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Superior North said “real action is long overdue – in fact, it is a century overdue,” according to the release.A spokesperson from Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office sent this statement to APTN National News.“Our immediate priority is ensuring the health and safety of the Shoal Lake residents; that’s why our emergency management team is in regular contact with the community,” the spokesperson said in the statement. “We continue to offer assistance should the community require any. So far, no requests have been made.“We are also working with the First Nation and Health Canada to ensure that residents have access to medical services.”Shoal Lake 40 was cut off from the mainland a century ago in order to divert water from Shoal Lake to Winnipeg.dward@aptn.calast_img read more

October 13, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTORONTO – Hydro One Ltd. and Avista Corp. say the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has granted its consent to close their merger.The companies say the FCC gave its approval on May 4 for a friendly deal announced last summer for the Ontario-based utility to acquire the U.S. energy company.The agreement, which valued the company at $6.7 billion, received antitrust clearance in the United States in early April.Avista shareholders and the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have also already approved the deal.It still requires several other approvals, including from utility commissions in the states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska, as well as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.The companies say they anticipate closing the transaction in the second half of the year.Companies in this story: (TSX:H)last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 344 infrastructure projects, each worth Rs 150 crore or more, have shown cost overruns to the tune of over Rs 3.16 lakh crore owing to delays and other reasons, a report said. “Total original cost of implementation of the 1424 projects was Rs 18,17,469.76 crore and their anticipated completion cost is likely to be Rs 21,33,649.81 crore, which reflects overall cost overruns of Rs 3,16,180.05 crore (17.40% of original cost),” the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation’s latest report for December 2018 said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe ministry monitors infrastructure projects worth Rs 150 crore and above. Of these 1,424 projects, 344 reported cost overruns and 384 time escalation. According to the report, the expenditure incurred on these projects till December 2018 was Rs 8,06,997.78 crore, which is 37.82 per cent of the anticipated cost of the projects. However, it said the number of delayed projects decreases to 326 if delay is calculated on the basis of latest schedule of completion. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFor 686 projects, neither the year of commissioning nor the tentative gestation period has been reported. Out of 384 delayed projects, 113 projects have overall delay in the range of 1 to 12 months, 61 are delayed by 13 to 24 months, 101 reflect delay of 25 to 60 months and 109 projects show 61 months and above delay. The average time overrun in these 384 delayed projects is 44.78 months. The brief reasons for time overruns, as reported by various project implementing agencies, are delays in land acquisition, forest clearance and supply of equipment. Besides, there are other reasons like fund constraints, geological surprises, geo-mining conditions, slow progress in civil works, shortage of labour, inadequate mobilisation by the contractor, Maoist problems, court cases, contractual issues, ROU/ROW (right of use/right of way) problems, law and order situation, among others, the report said. It also observed that project agencies are not reporting revised cost estimates and commissioning schedules for many projects, which suggests that time/cost overrun figures are under-reported.last_img read more

October 11, 2019 | | Post a Comment

3 October 2011Delegates met today to help set up a new United Nations body aimed at reversing the planet’s unprecedented loss of species and ecosystems as the UN environment chief called for the ideas behind it to be converted into action. The delegates to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) convened in Nairobi to agree upon the protocols necessary for establishing the body’s operational platform. In his address to the meeting, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner urged delegates to hasten IPBES into action, determine how it will be run and where it will be located. “This platform needs to work. It needs to make a difference,” he said. “And to do that it needs to be operationalized in a manner where the best science can be brought to bear on informing policy-making at the global, regional and national levels.” Mr. Steiner pointed to four banners set up around the assembly hall in Nairobi, each bearing the words defining IPBES’ four overarching functions – “knowledge generation”, “assessment”, “policy support” and “capacity building”. He urged delegates to bear the four functions in mind in order to deliver “the highest standards possible.” “Ensuring that IPBES is set up in a way which strengthens the scientific underpinning that addresses the ongoing and increasing declines in global biodiversity and the continuing degradation of ecosystem services will be vital,” he told those gathered. IPBES, which aims to reflect the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that has helped to catalyze government action on global warming, will foster the search for government action needed to reverse the accelerating degradation of the natural world and its species, which some experts put at 1,000 times the natural progression. read more

September 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The Ohio State athletic department self-reported 46 NCAA secondary violations since May 30, 2011, and OSU athletic director Gene Smith said he thinks that’s “natural.”By Smith’s estimation, OSU fans should possibly expect about 40 violations most years, and that quantity doesn’t upset the Big Ten Conference.OSU released records last week that revealed the 46 secondary violations, which can be attributed to 21 of the university’s 36 varsity sports. Of the quantity and variety of violations that were made public last week, Smith told The Lantern, “For us, it’s natural.”“On an annual basis, we have about 40 (violations),” Smith said during a Tuesday interview. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem. I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees (and) 1,000 athletes – something’s not right.”Big Ten associate commissioner for compliance, Chad Hawley, credited OSU’s self-reporting processes, adding that the conference is “not concerned with the quantity of violations” OSU committed.“Division I athletics is a highly regulated environment with a self-reporting requirement,” Hawley said in an email to The Lantern. “When it is clear that a violation has occurred, we expect our institutions to report the violation. Ohio State has a well-established practice of operating in this way.”Smith attributed OSU’s violation’s to the athletic department’s size, saying, “We’re large.”“When you do your benchmarking, you have to keep in mind that we have 36 sports,” Smith said. “You can compare us to Purdue, which has less sports. It’s different (at OSU). We have 350 employees. And we’re probably second only to Texas in that regard, and they only have 20 sports.” Teams involved with the NCAA violations included football, men’s basketball, field hockey, synchronized swimming, men’s and women’s track, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s golf, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s gymnastics, mixed rifle, women’s rowing, men’s swimming and diving, wrestling and women’s ice hockey.Smith said multiple offenses by individual teams is a concern of his, especially if the violations committed are in relation to recruiting.“We worry … if we have one particular sport that violates recruiting rules,” Smith said. “That’s how we look at those. If you have a sport that recruits a large number of athletes, then you’re going to have more of those. If you have a smaller sport with 12 athletes, say women’s golf or men’s tennis or one of those – and they have a consistent number of recruiting violations, then we’ve got a problem.”Smith was cited for breaking NCAA recruiting policy despite his distaste for recruiting infractions in particular.Smith, along with two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, recorded a personal recruiting video for prospective football student-athlete Ezekiel Elliott. Smith and Griffin both missed Elliott’s unofficial visit while attending the OSU men’s basketball team’s Final Four appearance on March 31. Smith told The Lantern it was not the first time he had prepared video recruiting material, and does so when he is off campus.“I have done videos before for recruits when I am traveling and coaches are hosting the recruits on campus,” Smith said in a Friday email to The Lantern. “But never for a specific recruit mentioning her/his name, which is where I made the mistake in the video.”Griffin was not immediately available to respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.Elliott, a St. Louis, Mo., native has verbally committed to OSU, according to spokesman Dan Wallenberg said Smith and Griffin created the video “in good faith.”“NCAA rules permit employees to meet with prospective student-athletes on campus during official or unofficial recruiting visits,” Wallenberg said in a Tuesday email to The Lantern. “In this instance, Gene Smith and Archie Griffin were heading out of town and could not meet with the prospective student-athlete. They in good faith believed that they could produce a video message for the prospective student-athlete to watch during his visit to campus. The video covered the materials that they normally share with prospective student-athletes during a campus visit.”All told, 11 OSU teams committed multiple violations.OSU football compiled the most violations with nine. Buckeyes football violations spanned across the coaching tenures of former coach Jim Tressel, former head coach and current defensive coordinator Luke Fickell and current head coach Urban Meyer.Six OSU teams – field hockey, wrestling, men’s swimming and diving, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s ice hockey – committed three violations. The men’s basketball, synchronized swimming, women’s lacrosse and women’s golf teams rounded out the list of teams with more than one offense.The OSU athletics communications staff also committed one NCAA secondary violation categorized as “institutional” violations, which involved the women’s basketball.There are several questions that are asked when violations arise, Smith said.“We look at those numbers in a lot of different ways,” Smith said. “Step one – why is that occurring? Step back and say, ‘Why is that happening?’”Smith said he also questions the intent of each violation.“All those (violations since May 30) were unintentional,” Smith said, “but then when you look at any pattern of behavior, then you look to ‘are we not doing what we’re supposed to be doing unintentionally? Do we have intent?’“The large numbers to me are very important, because it sends all kinds of messages, for me. Are coaches getting it? That type of thing.” read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

A Happy Acres, East Coast Demerara (ECD) woman, succumbed to her injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital, moments after she was taken there by public-spirited citizens.Dead: Cornelly Grimmond, called NellyCornelly Grimmond, 22, who was originally from New Amsterdam, Berbice, was reportedly struck down and left on the Happy Acres Public Road.According to reports, around 23:00h on Sunday, Grimmond, called Nelle of 6 Happy Acres, had just disembarked a minibus and was crossing the Public Road when a speeding car hit her and drove away without rendering assistance.It was public-spirited citizens who were passing in a car moments later who found the young woman panting for breath, Police said on Monday. Grimmond was taken to the hospital, but subsequently succumbed to her injuries.According to Police, there were signs of severe impact on her neck, legs and other parts of her body. Police reported too that they found pieces of broken mirror some 70 feet away from where the young woman was found.Police have not yet arrested anyone for the fatal accident, but investigations are being conducted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman dies in Essequibo accidentOctober 17, 2013In “Crime”Pensioner succumbs after son sets her bed alight on Christmas morning- PoliceDecember 28, 2017In “Crime”Better Hope woman fatally struck by car while crossing roadJuly 11, 2016In “Crime” read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIntierra Resource Intelligence has acquired Swedish-based Raw Materials Group (RMG). All RMG shareholders have taken an equity position in the expanded company and all RMG staff will stay on with the new entity. This unification with RMG, a pioneer in mining data compilation and analysis, creates one of the industry’s largest and most complete database groups and will deliver enhanced mission-critical data, reports, consultancy services and industry briefings.Since 1985 RMG has leveraged its extensive database, team of mineral economists and policy analysts to provide in-depth mining research and analysis to governments, international organisations and private sector clients worldwide.Intierra CEO, Peter Rossdeutscher said, “Bringing together the two leading suppliers of resource sector information affords clients an unrivalled blend of knowledge, advisory experience and analytical expertise. With the world’s most complete resource sector database at their core, our combined services and capabilities allow clients to better forecast and benchmark their business performance.”Magnus Ericsson, CEO and Co-founder of RMG, joins the Intierra Board of Directors and will continue to lead the expanded consulting division under the Raw Materials Group brand. Both database business units, Raw Materials Data and IntierraLive, will continue to operate as independent products. Ericsson will remain a Director of the RMG Board of Directors, along with RMG Chairman, Tom Niemi.Ericsson stated, “We are delighted that Intierra and RMG have joined forces. The new entity is a perfect combination of information, analytical skill and global reach that will provide mining companies, governments and other organisations with the critical information and tools they need to optimise their strategies and policies.”last_img read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA POSSIBLE STRIKE by electricians could halt work on construction sites and manufacturing plants around the country.The Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) has confirmed that that they will ballot members on 7 February with general secretary Eamon Devoy saying that he expects a notice of industrial action to be issued after the vote.“Strike action may be taken nationally against all employers simultaneously or strategically against individual employers as determined by the executive council of the union,” said Devoy.The TEEU say that the dispute is about stopping employers from cutting current hourly pay rates of members by 10 per cent from €21.49  to €19.34The union say that under a 2009 recommendations made by the Labour Court, TEEU members were in fact entitled to pay rises from April 2014.This agreement was subsequently struck down by the Supreme Court and as a result is no longer in place but the TEEU say that a pay cut represents a step too far.“The TEEU has continually tried to reach agreement with the employers about how to plan a sustainable recoverey strategy for the industry,” said Devoy.“Unfortunately the employer groups have continued to squabble amongst themselves and it now seems that they intend allowing the law of the jungle to prevail with every company negotiating its own rates of pay directly with employees.”Read: TEEU rejects ‘Croke Park 2′ proposals by two-to-one margin >Read: No disruption to services expected during TEEU picket – St James’s Hospital >last_img read more

September 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWe are about to embark on what could possibly be one of the best matches of the season in the Premier League, Manchester City visits Chelsea.We are not prepared for what’s coming on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, the match to end all matches between Chelsea and Manchester City.The current Premier League leaders have become virtually unbeatable again this season, but one of the clubs that can actually hurt them in the competition is actually Maurizio Sarri’s Blues.The London club has already faltered 10 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, they have proved that not having Eden Hazard at the top of his game has been the main reason why they lost a few matches recently and they are looking to redeem themselves with a victory against the current boss in English football.The last match the Blues played at Wolverhampton was a very painful defeat against a very surprising Nuno Espirito Santo side, that was able to hold keep Eden Hazard at bay and received enormous help from the fans that attended Molineux Stadium on Wednesday.This loss was possibly a huge factor that could play against Chelsea against Manchester City, a squad that is reaching perfection at the moment and will be very hard to beat.2️⃣4️⃣ hours…#CHEMCI 🔜!— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 7, 2018This is actually the very last obstacle that the Citizens will have during the first half of the season, Maurizio Sarri’s style has deteriorated a little bit in the last couple of months due to key players getting injured and others not living up to the expectations surrounding them.This is actually the ideal moment for key figures like N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Cesc Fabregas, and Eden Hazard himself to get back in their groove for the remainder of the season before 2019 starts.A victory this Saturday just weeks before the excruciating holiday season for English football, would be the ideal motivation this squad needs in order to not lose their already compromised top-four position because Arsenal is following them closely and only waiting for them to lose another match in order to claim that spot.Even if the Blues are clearly the weaker link for this match, it should be interesting to watch the two most offensive styles in the Premier League clashing against each other and see which is more effective.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.We are all also eager to see which of both squads is the one who keeps the ball possession for longer than the other squad, but we have a feeling that Guardiola’s team has a slight advantage.Attention turns to #CHEMCI…— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 6, 2018Pep has a much easier task for this match, mainly because the squad is currently flying and they don’t look like they will lose momentum even for this match.However, losing this game could mean that Liverpool will have a chance to get ahead of them at the top of the table if Jürgen Klopp’s side wins at Bournemouth.At the start of the season we all thought that Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea had a chance to fight for the title because they were one of the most beautiful to watch clubs in the competition, but their recent results have made us all realize that this is a two-horse race between the champion Manchester City, and the title contender Liverpool FC.Either way, we are certain that Maurizio Sarri will want to at least hurt the Citizens at Stamford Bridge as we expect them to go out guns blazing with everything they got for this match.It shall be one of the most entertaining matches of the weekend inside an already incredible next few days, where we will also have a Derby in Spain, and a continental final in the city of Madrid..@aguerosergiokun on his way to a memorable treble at Stamford Bridge! ⚡️ #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 7, 2018Who will win this match between Chelsea and Manchester City on Saturday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

September 9, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Department of Defense is in the middle of a massive makeover in how it provides healthcare to soldiers and their families. The top official in charge of the new Defense Health Agency came to Alaska for her first visit. She spoke about how the military wants to provide care that’s not only better, but smarter.Listen nowRear Admiral Raquel Bono, Chief, Medical Corps, United States Navy (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)Inside a conference room at the hospital on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Raquel Bono is warm and casual. So much so that her assistant slides her a note:That’s the Navy’s equivalent of a lieutenant general, putting Admiral Bono right beside Alaska’s most senior military commander. But you’d never know it by her disarming manner and eagerness to talk about how the military is changing its healthcare model. “What we do is we provide the infrastructure support to Army medicine, Navy medicine, and air force medicine, so they can deliver the healthcare and the health services to all of their beneficiaries,” Bono said. The military used to provide healthcare for millions of service members and their family in separate silos: the Army had it’s own healthcare, so did the Navy, so did the Air Force. But beginning in 2011, the military began streamlining.“So instead of having like three heads of pharmacy, we would just have one,” Bono said.Bono took over last November, just a month after the reorganization process was complete. Now, Bono’s agency is getting ready to roll out an electronic records system. They’re also trying to take lessons learned from the last 15 years of combat overseas where the military dramatically improved trauma care.“The piece that came out of that was that it wasn’t a singlular or a series of singular episodes of care: it had to be holistic, we had to include the family members. And that model, we’re realizing, is what we want to be able to provide in all of our healthcare services.”Bono came to Alaska to see how the bases here are delivering care, and whether there are problems on the ground that she and her staff might not be aware of at their offices back in Virginia. In some ways Alaska and it’s bases are ahead of the curve: the Army and Air Force have collaborated for years at their joint base in Anchorage. Veterans can get treatment at the hospital here on base, even though that’d normally be reserved for folks that are still active-duty. Those are the kinds of integration the DHA is looking to replicate. But this is not been the sort of nimble innovation the military is known for.“We were so accustomed to kind of doing things in the same way, over and over again, and to find a solution that’s really sustainable will really require us to think differently,” Bono said.The sustainability piece is huge. DHA’s budget request for the next fiscal year is 33-and-a-half billion dollars. Bono said that spending level is buying taxpayers a healthcare system that’s increasingly designed around the needs of service members, rather than asking them to design their lives around it. The prospect of overhauling two of the densest bureaucracies in the country – healthcare and the military – sounds daunting. But when I asked Bono if she likes her job, I got a surprise.“I love it, because…sorry…I really believe that the people who serve in uniform and the families of those of us in uniform can serve, deserve to be at the top of the game all the time,” Bono said.And doing that, Bono said, means having a healthcare system that can meet everyone’s needs.last_img read more

September 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPolice officers patrol the area after an explosive was found at a Christmas market in Potsdam, near Berlin, Germany on Friday. Photo: AFPGerman police on Friday were investigating a possible explosive device close to a Christmas market in Potsdam, reviving fears of a repeat of last year’s terror attack that struck at the height of the festive season.The device was uncovered in a package found at a pharmacy just off the Christmas market in central Potsdam, a picturesque city near Berlin.Police said a pharmacist had sounded the alert after finding a canister with wires inside the package.Investigators initially said in a tweet that “suspicions of an unconventional explosive device have been confirmed.”But Brandenburg interior minister Karl-Heinz Schroeter later said a probe was still ongoing to determine “whether the device was actually capable of causing an explosion or not.”Police found a canister filled with nails and powder, batteries and wires in the package, as well as a powerful firework of a type not allowed in Germany.But investigators added that there was no sign of a detonator inside.After clearing parts of the city centre and Christmas market, bomb disposal units defused the device shortly before 6 pm (1700 GMT).Schroeter said officers were combing the area to check if other similar packages had been deposited. It was unclear whether the pharmacy or the market were the target.“Both options are possible,” he added.What is clear is that the incident, coming on the eve of the first Advent weekend, has sparked fear.Christmas market organiser Peter Klemm told broadcaster NTV: “It’s not easy when you’re on the scene, we’re shocked. But the people here understand what’s going on and take the measures very seriously.”“I’ve always felt safe in Potsdam. Now that feeling of security is ebbing away,” local resident Ingeborg Reetz told mass-market daily Bild.Meanwhile, baker Erich Schroeter had kept his shop open for people displaced by the evacuation.“We wouldn’t just put people out into the cold,” he said.High alertGermany has been on high alert for possible jihadist attacks after last December’s deadly assault at a Christmas market in central Berlin.The attacker, Tunisian asylum seeker Anis Amri, hijacked a truck and murdered its Polish driver before killing another 11 people and wounding dozens more by ploughing the heavy vehicle through the market.Four days later, while on the run, he was shot dead by Italian police in Milan.Germany has since been targeted again in attacks with radical Islamist motives.In July 2017, a 26-year-old Palestinian asylum seeker wielding a knife stormed into a supermarket in the northern port city of Hamburg, killing one person and wounding six others before being detained by passers-by.German prosecutors said the man likely had a “radical Islamist” motive.And at the end of October, German police arrested a 19-year-old Syrian identified only as Yamen A. suspected of planning a “serious bomb attack” using powerful explosives.The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in 2016, including the murder of a teenager in Hamburg, a suicide bombing in the southern city of Ansbach that wounded 15, and an axe attack on a train in Bavaria that left five injured.Germany remains a target for jihadist groups, in particular because of its involvement in the coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, and its deployment in Afghanistan since 2001.German troops in the anti-IS coalition do not participate in combat operations but support it through reconnaissance, refuelling and training.Germany’s security services estimate there are around 10,000 Islamic radicals in Germany, some 1,600 of whom are suspected of being capable of using violence.Chancellor Angela Merkel has also come under fire for allowing in more than one million asylum seekers in the past two years, with the decision fuelling the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which claims the influx spells a heightened security risk.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img © 2010 Called the Vax ev, the cleaner is designed to be assembled at home by the customer using the cardboard from the box in which it is shipped. The cardboard is pretreated with fire retardant, and because it is the corrugated variety, it is assumed it will be able to withstand the rigors of home vacuuming, though, it isn’t clear just yet how long such a vacuum cleaner would last. In its favor, the entire housing can be easily and cheaply replaced, and customers with some foresight might in fact purchase some extra corrugated cardboard from their local packaging store, along with their new vacuum and then use the original panels as a pattern for fashioning their own replacement panels thus avoiding having to go to the manufacture when their new vac runs afoul of some heavy furniture or perhaps a bit of a liquid spill.Vax, the U.K.s leading floor-care brand says that the new model will be a limited edition, as it’s uncertain just how many customers would actually buy such an appliance. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: via Press release Perfect packaging The housings for traditional vacuum cleaners are generally made of injection molded plastics of the type that take a very long time to decay in a landfill and require large centralized plants to make, which means large transportation costs and more air pollution. With rapid process manufactured plastics, such as those used for the inside parts of the Vax ev, parts can be made almost anywhere, making it easier to set up small plants that are closer to the customer.In an interesting side-feature, future owners of the Vax should be able to very easily customize their vacuums with felt tip pens, creating designs that might make the vacuum look a little less like a cardboard box with wheels, and more like a piece of art, or even perhaps, more like the plastic covered models that home vacuumer’s are used to seeing. Citation: College student invents cardboard vacuum cleaner (2011, July 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — In another attempt to reduce the amount of plastic refuse that winds up in landfills, Jake Tyler, an industrial design student at Loughborough University has devised a means to construct a working vacuum cleaner out of corrugated cardboard. The vacuum, developed as part of his final year degree project in conjunction with a design team from Vax, where Tyler is now employed, has its housing made of cardboard, while the inside motor works employs recyclable pure nylon plastic using rapid process manufacturing, rather than injection molding.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPope Francis said on Sunday the plight of asylum seekers hoping for a new life in Europe was enough to make him cry, condemning those who treat them “like merchandise”.Speaking during his first pastoral visit to northern Italy, the pontiff slammed hostility towards migrants arriving by boat from Libya, with European countries bickering over who should be forced to provide shelter to the needy.“It brings tears to one’s eyes to see the spectacle of these days, in which human beings have been treated like merchandise,” he told the crowds. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenHe was speaking as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Milan to discuss the immigration crisis which has seen hundreds of migrants blocked on the border between the two countries.The head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics was in the industrial city in the northwest of the country for a two-day visit which saw him spend time with the poor, sick and marginalised, including prisoners and migrants.Francis, whose father grew up in the city, was in Turin to pray before the mysterious shroud, believed by Christians to be the burial cloth of Jesus but held by sceptics to be a medieval fake.Sitting before it in silence in the city’s cathedral, Francis remained with his head bowed in prayer before rising to contemplate up close the linen cloth which bears the faint image of a man who appears to have died by crucifixion.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgKolkata: Speculations are on over five Congress MLAs joining Trinamool. Though Trinamool leaders are tightlipped over the issue, sources said that they have met party secretary general Partha Chatterjee and submitted a letter expressing their willingness to join the party.These MLAs are Moinul Haque, Abu Taher Khan and Akhrujjaman from Murshidabad and Samar Mukhopadhyay and Sabina Yasmin from Malda. Apurba Sarkar, an MLA from Murshidabad, has already joined Trinamool Congress.It may be mentioned that 11 Congress MLAs have already joined Trinamool and with the joining of these five, the total number of Congress MLAs joining the ruling party will be 16.Congress got 44 seats when Trinamool came back for the second time after the 2016 Assembly election. Madhusudan Ghosh, who was elected from Noapara, died and so a by-election was held, which Trinamool won. Manas Bhuniya joined Trinamool and is now a Rajya Sabha member.With the joining of three MLAs, Murshidabad Congress will be the worst hit. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had appointed Suvendu Adhikari to look after the district, which was said to be a Congress stronghold under Adhir Chowdhury.Under Adhikari’s leadership, Trinamool won the Panchayat election and he persuaded 11 leaders to join Trinamool. Murshidabad is a traditional Congress stronghold, where Atish Chandra Sinha was the leader of Opposition. Chowdhury had trouble with Sinha, who later became insignificant in Murshidabad politics.Though Trinamool had bagged 211 seats in 2016, it does not have any representation in Malda, after two of its ministers, Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury and Sabitri Mitra, lost. Malda is a Congress stronghold since the time of ABA Ghani Khan Chowdhury. With the joining of two MLAs, Congress will lose much of its steam in the district.Speculations are on that Khan Chowdhury’s brother AHA Khan Chowdhury and his niece Mousum Noor are likely to join Trinamool as well.last_img read more