The Gauhati High Court on Monday asked Assam’s Chief Wildlife Warden Ranjana Gupta whether she had taken note of a 2016 Supreme Court order against transfer of elephants while clearing the transit of four juvenile elephants to Gujarat for a religious event.Hearing separate petitions filed by Kerala-born Canadian Sangita Iyer and Guwahati-based NGO Avinava Prayash, a division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami and Justice Manish Choudhury sought clarification from the Centre with regard to the operation of the apex court’s interim order in 2016 prohibiting transfer of elephants outside a State by their possessors.The Bench also asked Ms. Gupta to clarify whether she had taken note of the Supreme Court’s interim order when she authorised on June 12 the transit of the elephants to Ahmedabad’s Jagannath Temple for a Rath Yatra on July 4.The oldest of the four elephants — females Joytara and Rani, and males Babulal and Rupsing — is nine years old. ‘Will not survive trip’Wildlife activists had argued that these juvenile elephants would not survive the heatwave while travelling in a metal railway wagon 3,106 km from eastern Assam’s Tinsukia to Ahmedabad.Noting that the railways too had sought clarification on the Supreme Court’s interim order before transporting the elephants, the Bench referred to the March 8 letter of the Project Elephant Division of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change seeking legal steps for the “welfare of the captive elephants, etc., and strict monitoring” to prevent illegal transport of elephants between States.The petitioners’ counsel Bhaskar Dev Konwar, argued that the elephants would face adverse climatic conditions during their train journey to Gujarat.He also pointed out that unlike Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Assam has not framed rules for management and maintenance of captive elephants under Section 64(2) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. He also contended that none of the elephants sent outside Assam on temporary leases have returned till date. The case is scheduled to come up for hearing again on Tuesday.
May 29, 2017 cricket × OTT player YuppTV said it has bagged the exclusive digital rights for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017 for Canada and non-exclusive digital rights for Continental Europe.With the latest development, YuppTV users in Canada and Continental Europe, excluding Germany, Switzerland and Austria, will be able to catch cricketing action live on YuppTV.Uday Reddy, founder and CEO, YuppTV, said: “Now, with the latest development, cricket enthusiasts will be able to catch the intense cricketing action live on YuppTV. Since cricket enjoys a cult following across the globe, we look forward to receiving a positive response from our customers.”The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is going to witness eight top-ranking teams in the world compete for the top spot. The 18-day-long event commences on June 1. COMMENT COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL BL30_NEWECO_ICC2 – AFP SHARE Published on BL30_NEWECO_ICC2 – AFP
Bangkok: Vivek Chikara on Thursday bagged a gold medal in the men’s recurve open event at the Asian Para Archery Championships on Thursday.Chikara, 29, recorded a 7-1 verdict over China’s Sijun Wang to claim the top honours. “A superb performance from Vivek Chikara as he wins the gold medal in men’s recurve open event at the Asian Para Archery Championships after a 7-1 win over China’s Sijun Wang. Kiren Rijiju congratulates him on the win,” said a tweet from the sports minister’s office.Chikara had made the cut for the 2020 Paralympics earlier as he finished joint ninth in the men’s recurve open section at the World Para Championships in Hertogenbosch earlier this year.There are 10 quota places for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics which include two quotas each in the men’s and women’s recurve categories. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Archeryasian championshipsAsian Para Archery ChampionshipsGold First Published: October 24, 2019, 2:31 PM IST
NEW YORK — The poor passing and sloppy shooting in overtime hurt, though the effort was more disappointing than the execution to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.“We didn’t respect the game,” he said. “We didn’t respect our opponent. It was a pathetic performance, and I hope every player is embarrassed. Not because we’re supposed to win the game, quote unquote, but it’s about how you play the game.”The NBA’s worst team played it better than its defending champions, and the New York Knicks surprised San Antonio 104-100 on March 18.Alexey Shved scored 21 points and made the key defensive play in overtime for the Knicks, who became the first team in NBA history to enter a game this late in a season with a winning percentage below .200 and beat the defending champs, according to information provided by Elias to the Knicks.“It a special win for the team and a good win for the fans,” Shved said. “They saw a great game today and I hope we will show a little bit more wins. We just try to play hard every time.”Rookie Langston Galloway had a career-high 22 points for the Knicks, who held the Spurs to just one basket in overtime. Lou Amundson finished with 12 points and a career-high 17 rebounds while playing tough against Tim Duncan.Tony Parker scored 21 points for the Spurs and made their only basket in OT, 16 seconds into the period. They managed just two free throws from there in losing for the second time in nine games.Shved knocked away Duncan’s pass intended for Kawhi Leonard with the Spurs trying to tie, then closed the scoring with two free throws.Duncan finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. Leonard scored 13 points but shot 3-of-9 from the field as the Spurs finished at 38 percent. They were 1 for 9 in OT with three turnovers.“We had a lead in the half, we had a lead in the third and just went through a stretch there where we didn’t make enough plays,” Duncan said. “We kept them in the game and their guys stepped up and made shots and we just didn’t.”Playing without Manu Ginobili because of a sprained right ankle, the Spurs missed a chance to inch ahead of Dallas for fifth place in the Western Conference and instead fell behind the Clippers into seventh.New York, which trailed by 13 in the third quarter, took its first lead of the night when Cole Aldrich capped an 8-0 run with a follow shot that made it 86-84 midway through the fourth.The Knicks tied it at 96 on Amundson’s layup with 5.5 seconds remaining in regulation and it went to OT after Leonard’s jumper went in and out with 3 seconds to go.Shved made two free throws after being fouled on a 3-pointer for a 100-99 lead, and even with two replay reviews going in their favor, the Spurs couldn’t find another bucket.Jason Smith’s free throw made it 101-99, Duncan only hit one with a chance to tie with 9 seconds left, and Amundson added one to make it a two-point game before Shved’s defensive stop.Without Tim Hardaway Jr. (sprained right wrist) and Cleanthony Early (sprained left ankle), the Knicks (14-53) had only 10 players in uniform in their first game back home after returning a day earlier from a five-game trip to the West that included four losses.___(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The M-Max 400 RC is a highly reliable computer for building all-electric interlocking distributed systems. The system converts CAN-interface control signals (twisted pair or single-mode fiber) into relay control signals of railroad automation systems. The M-Max 400 RC uses ‘2 out of 2’ architecture for higher reliability. External relays are connected to control outputs in a way to get an AND circuit in signal control.Each computer has an independent power input and an internal UPS based on ultracapacitors, ensuring up to 40 seconds of operation with the input power cut off. The system allows to maintain 12 or 24 paired relays. Additional features include shock handling up to 40g, vibration up to 6g ; operating humidity: 5 to 95 % at +25 °C, non-condensing; IP65 rated dust and moisture protection; operating temperature from -40 to +70 °C. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous AAEON: BOXER-8170AI powering a connected AINext Enabling more effective healthcare with the internet of medical things
ESPN College GameDayCollege GameDay has struggled this season to get relevant celebrity guest pickers. That was apparent against on Saturday afternoon.ESPN’s flagship college football show is down at UCF, and to be honest, it’s been an incredible scene. Fans brought hundreds of signs and the energy has been fantastic. But we’re still scratching our heads regarding the guest picker.ESPN just announced that talk show host Maury Povich is the guest picker. College football fans are miffed.Povich was born in Washington D.C. and attended UPenn. It doesn’t seem like he has any tie to UCF – at least not that we know of.Twitter erupted when Povich was announced. It seems that most are not thrilled with the pick.Maury Povich as Guest Picker?And the results determined @CollegeGameDay whiffs again!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/GkacUY01o3— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) November 17, 2018Whose idea was Maury Povich? Why not have Donald Duck pick using that inimitable voice? The Oregon pick alone would be worth it.— Medium Happy (@jdubs88) November 17, 2018Maury Povich? Really? That tops it… Screw you, @ESPN. You come to Orlando and disrespect #UCF with Maury Povich as the guest picker. Makes me so angry. 3 hours of backhanded compliments. #CollegeGameDay sucks.— Derek J. LaRiviere (@DerekJLaRiviere) November 17, 2018@ESPNCFB really!? Maury Povich…That’s really beneath you isn’t it!?Are you gonna have someone come out and surprise one of your panelists,i won’t be watching the picks off goes your channel.We all know coach will pick UCF.He’d be run out of town otherwiseBS guest picker— Michael Jackson (@Mjcrjdrvrsoonrf) November 17, 2018It’s been a weird year for College GameDay. We imagine next week should be a good episode though – since it’s likely headed to either Ohio State vs. Michigan or Oklahoma vs. West Virginia.
Press Trust of India KolkataApril 11, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 16:13 IST Kuldeep Yadav said that he plans to use spin to counter Andre Russell in the 2019 ICC World Cup (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSAndre Russell has already hit a total of 25 sixes from the first six matches in IPL 2019Dre Russ has scored 257 runs from 121 balls with a stunning ball striking rate of 212.39Kuldeep Yadav said that the West Indian does have a weakness and that is the turning ballAndre Russell has showed signs of weakness against the turning ball, feels Kuldeep Yadav, insisting he has enough tricks up his sleeves to outwit the big-hitting West Indian in the World Cup.Russell has been a picture of consistency for Kolkata Knight Riders, amassing 257 runs from just 121 balls with a stunning ball striking rate of 212.39 in this IPL.However, his KKR teammate Kuldeep said he has found a chink in Russell’s armour which he will look to exploit during the May 30-July 14 showpiece event.”He has some problems facing a turning ball. If the ball is turning, then he has a weakness,” the 24-year-old told PTI in an interview.”It’s not just this, I’ve different plans to unleash against him in the World Cup. I know how to stop him and I’m very clear in my mind,” he added.He has been sharing the dressing room with Russell but Kuldeep conceded that he has never bowled to him at the nets.”He does not take chance against spinners. He’s a terror for pacers. And I’ve never bowled him at the nets. You are always under pressure when you’re hit for two sixes in a row,” he said.”It’s important how you comeback. All it takes is one ball to get the batsman out. You can assess a player’s character by that.”Kuldeep has so far taken just three wickets from six matches but the India wrist spinner said he is happy with his performance and he has matured as a cricketer.advertisement”If I’m not getting wickets it does not mean I’m not bowling well. Now I play as a matured cricketer and think more about the team. Even as I’m not taking wickets, my economy rate is tight,” he pointed out.”I feel in this IPL batsmen are not attacking me so much. The batsmen are no more hitting big shots against me. I’m conceding three-four boundaries in every match which means batsmen are trying to play safe barring one match against Delhi.””It’s such a format, you may have a bad day where you’re hit for runs. I’m not a magician who will do well in every match. You cannot say I will take so many wickets,” he said.The 24-year-old from Kanpur went on to cite the example of his fellow India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who has taken nine wickets from six matches but his team Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to win a match.”Chahal performing well but team is not doing well. You have to play according to your plan. It does not matter if you take nine wickets when your team is at the bottom. I don’t think I’m not bowling well,” he reiterated.Kuldeep will have a role to play when KKR takes on Delhi Capitals at the Eden Gardens Friday.He, however, blamed the Eden wicket for not aiding spinners anymore.”The wicket does not help spinners anymore as it used to three-four years ago. It has become batting-friendly wicket. Good for T20 cricket,” he said.The World Cup is immediately after the IPL and late night matches and a hectic schedule is taking a toll on players but Kuldeep said they’re smart enough to handle themselves.”IPL is very different than World Cup. There’s no pressure in franchise cricket. You are under a lot of pressure when you play for India. Someone doing well in IPL also struggles for India. But of course you carry that confidence,” Kuldeep signed off.Also Read | Self-doubt creeps in when I don’t pick wickets, like in this IPL: Kuldeep YadavFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow KKRFollow Kuldeep YadavFollow Andre RussellFollow Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2019: KKR’s Kuldeep Yadav reveals Andre Russell’s only weaknessIPL 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Kuldeep Yadav said that Andre Russell does have a weakness and that is the turning ball. Kuldeep also said that he plans to use it against ‘Dre Russ’ in the 2019 ICC World Cup.advertisement
Story Highlights The tribunal’s establishment will “significantly increase consumers’ confidence in the system of redress.” The CPT is one of several provisions of the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Act, 2012 The CPT provides an alternative for aggrieved consumers to file claims in an easy, affordable and timely manner Persons with unresolved issues relating to transactions with goods and service providers are being encouraged to utilize the services of the newly established Consumer Protection Tribunal (CPT), to reach settlements, particularly through mediation facilitated by the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC).This urging comes from State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, who explains that the CPT provides an alternative for aggrieved consumers to file claims in an easy, affordable and timely manner, rather than resorting to the courts, which could result in protracted delays and costs.The CPT, which was established earlier this year, is one of several provisions of the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Act, 2012, which incorporates a slate of revisions to the Consumer Protection Act, 2005.Speaking at the CAC’s Consumer Protection Act (CPA) sensitization workshop, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on September 18, Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams argued that the tribunal’s establishment will “significantly increase consumers’ confidence in the system of redress.”She said the CAC’s expanded authority and the redress mechanisms now established under the amended CPA, will “significantly impact how consumer complaints are handled from now on.”In addition to the CPT’s establishment, other provisions under the amended CPA include: empowering the CAC to keep proper records of all complaints and actions taken and initiate investigations of breaches, where deemed necessary; levying applicable criminal sanctions; and sanctioning mandatory refunding of payments with applicable interest to consumers where purchasers elect not to accept goods not delivered within specified timelines advertised by providers.Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams said in the CPT’s establishment, “we now have a quasi judicial body” bearing the “characteristics and powers” of a court. She pointed out that the CPT’s functions will be distinctly different from the CAC’s investigative and administrative authority, while assuring that, should the need arise, consumers can seek redress in a court, should they deem the CPT’s ruling unsatisfactory.“All of this is in keeping with the Ministry’s mandate to promote and protect the rights of the Jamaican consumer. We remain committed, therefore, to implementing programmes and strategies to increase consumer confidence in the business environment and in the legislative framework, as we continue to protect the rights and improve the welfare of Jamaican consumers,” the State Minister assured.These, she outlined, include: regularly reviewing and modernizing consumer protection laws; ensuring effective redress for aggrieved consumers; and empowering citizens to become more informed and responsible consumers through better information and more education.The seven-member Consumer Protection Tribunal, consisting of four women and three men, is chaired by retired Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and current Professor of Law at the University of Technology (UTech), Kent Pantry, Q.C.Its members, who were appointed by Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, comprise representatives who are qualified, knowledgeable, and experienced in the areas of law, economics, consumer affairs, telecommunications, information technology, business, accounting, and public administration.Wednesday’s workshop, held under the theme: ‘The CPA and You: Balancing Business Responsibility and Consumer Protection’, was attended by a wide cross section of private and public sector representatives, drawn from finance and banking, law, utilities, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Story Highlights The $86-million centre, located at 95 Hanover Street, downtown Kingston, was constructed by the Government through financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Dione Jennings, said the expansion of the centre is in keeping with the Government’s efforts to protect persons with disabilities and promote their rights. Director of the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP), Antonica Gunter-Gayle, could hardly contain her joy at the recent opening of the programme’s upgraded facility for special needs children. Director of the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP), Antonica Gunter-Gayle, could hardly contain her joy at the recent opening of the programme’s upgraded facility for special needs children.“I feel great, I am excited; the staff is overcome. It is a good feeling,” she says.The $86-million centre, located at 95 Hanover Street, downtown Kingston, was constructed by the Government through financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).It has a clinic, three assessment rooms with bathrooms, cubicles for early-childhood practitioners, sensory room and speech therapy room, and other units.Mrs. Gunter-Gayle said the upgraded centre will enable the ESP to improve assessment and intervention services for children with disabilities.“Our children with disabilities are children first, and I am really happy about this building,” she said.“We are giving them the opportunity to be the best that they can be to reach their highest potential,” she added.Operating under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the ESP caters to the developmental needs of children with disabilities up to six years, and currently provides early stimulation and interventions for more than 1,500 children across the island.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said with the upgrading of the facility, the ESP is equipped to do more for its clientele, as it is now positioned to engage a wider corps of specialised professionals, including developmental psychologists, speech therapists, and occupational therapists.Over the long term, she says, the intention is to establish regional centres to provide early intervention services, which, she said, “will help to reduce the institutionalisation of young children with developmental disabilities across the island”.Senior Social Protection Specialist with the IDB, Donna Harris, commends the Government and its partners for “embarking on this important journey for the benefit of our children with disability. This wonderful structure represents the future of many of our kids”.Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Dione Jennings, said the expansion of the centre is in keeping with the Government’s efforts to protect persons with disabilities and promote their rights.She says the Government is committed to promoting social protection and respect of all human beings, breaking down barriers of discrimination and building bridges of inclusion.She points out that approximately 60 per cent of ESP beneficiaries are on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), and have limited access to intervention services.Mrs. Jennings says measures aimed at promoting and protecting the rights of persons in situations of vulnerability will continue and “we are assured that the staff and beneficiaries of this facility will be even more energised in their commitment”.Omar Francis, who is the Assistant to Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the upgrading of the centre is a welcome development.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson (left), interacts with children at the upgraded Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) facility located at 95 Hanover Street, downtown Kingston, at the recent official opening. Looking on is Omar Francis, who is the Assistant to Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton.“Early intervention for disadvantaged kids has been proven to have dramatic long-term effects. When incorporated with early-childhood education, nutrition and health, the lasting effects are invaluable,” he states.He says studies have shown that children who receive early treatment are at significantly lower risk for serious cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, such as stroke and diabetes.“These findings demonstrate the great potential of coordinated birth to age five early-childhood programmes to prevent chronic disease, reduce healthcare costs and produce a flourishing society,” Mr. Francis points out.Opposition Spokesperson on Labour and Social Security, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, also welcomes the development, describing it as a “worthy response to our children with disabilities”.Technical management for the project was provided by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).The assessment centre is part of a Government of Jamaica Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme, aimed at improving human capital and labour market outcomes for the poor by enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of key social protection programmes.Since 1975, the ESP has been serving the special needs community, and has reached some 30,000 children through various intervention services.In addition to assessment of children with disabilities, the ESP provides rehabilitative therapy, community-based intervention services within homes, schools, health centres, and day-care facilities, as well as counselling support for families and caregivers of special needs children.
Nova Scotians have offered insight, ideas and opinions on the future of our coast. That input is summarized and available in the document What We Heard, which will help shape the first coastal strategy in the country. “Nova Scotians can be proud of the fact that we’re a leader in addressing coastal issues,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “We have listened to Nova Scotians and this document is a reflection of the wisdom we heard from people.” What We Heard is a milestone to develop a coastal strategy. “We want to thank everyone who took the time and energy to contribute toward this important process to develop a coastal strategy,” said Justin Huston, coastal zone co-ordinator, Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Nova Scotians raised consistent themes during the consultation such as the importance of public access, provincewide development standards, protection of sensitive ecosystems, sewage and water quality issues, and the importance of working waterfronts.” Because Nova Scotians requested more opportunities to provide input, additional consultation sessions are being planned for the spring. The final strategy will be ready in fall 2011. “This is a significant undertaking that is clearly important to the people of this province,” said Mr. Belliveau. “While we all want a strategy as soon as possible, we need to take the time to get it right.” What We Heard can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/coast .
Seize étudiants au niveau postsecondaire et un étudiant au cycle supérieur font un pas de plus vers une carrière dans le secteur de l’énergie grâce à la subvention pour l’innovation dans le secteur de l’énergie et la bourse d’études dans le secteur de l’énergie Pengrowth – Nouvelle-Écosse. « Le fait de recevoir la bourse d’études dans le secteur de l’énergie Pengrowth – Nouvelle-Écosse a soulagé le fardeau financier et m’a permis de me concentrer sur mes études, affirme Jaclyn Bishop, récipiendaire de la bourse en 2016. Alors que je fais mes premiers pas dans l’industrie de l’énergie, il est réconfortant de savoir qu’il existe du soutien pour les étudiants comme moi, ici en Nouvelle-Écosse. » La bourse est offerte aux étudiants du secondaire en Nouvelle-Écosse qui poursuivent des études postsecondaires dans un domaine lié au secteur de l’énergie. Huit jeunes Néo-Écossais inscrits dans un programme universitaire lié au secteur de l’énergie recevront une bourse renouvelable de 2 500 $ par année, pendant quatre ans. Huit autres étudiants inscrits dans un programme de métier ou de technologie au Nova Scotia Community College recevront une bourse non renouvelable de 2 500 $. « Le gouvernement est ravi d’appuyer ces esprits brillants alors qu’ils entament leurs études dans le secteur de l’énergie, affirme Michel Samson, ministre de l’Énergie. Cette bourse est un investissement dans l’avenir de ces étudiants dans notre province, ainsi que dans notre secteur de l’énergie et notre économie. » Christopher Sangster, originaire d’Halifax et étudiant à la maîtrise ès sciences appliquées à l’Université Saint Mary’s, est le récipiendaire cette année de la subvention pour l’innovation dans le secteur de l’énergie, d’une valeur de 10 000 $ sur deux ans. Dans le cadre de son projet de maîtrise, M. Sangster explorera le potentiel commercial des gisements de pétrole dans le bassin Scotian. Ensemble, Pengrowth Energy Corporation, Pengrowth Management Limited et le gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont investi plus de trois millions de dollars pour permettre aux étudiants de poursuivre leurs passions dans le secteur de l’énergie. Plus de 200 bourses ont été accordées depuis 2005. Les récipiendaires de la subvention pour l’innovation et des bourses d’études dans le secteur de l’énergie Pengrowth – Nouvelle-Écosse sont choisis selon leur rendement scolaire, leur participation communautaire et leur intérêt dans le secteur de l’énergie de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Les récipiendaires des bourses sont inscrits au Nova Scotia Community College et dans des programmes reconnus des universités à l’échelle du Canada.Pengrowth Energy Corporation est un producteur intermédiaire de pétrole et de gaz naturel qui verse des dividendes, situé à Calgary, en Alberta.
Washington: US President Donald Trump has issued a new executive order that would enhance the country’s ability to target terrorists and those who finance their activities, as well as identify, sanction and deter perpetrators of terrorism worldwide. Utilising the new order, issued on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary on Tuesday, the Treasury sanctioned over two dozen individuals and entities from 11 terrorist groups, including Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US It allows the US government to better target terror group leaders and provides new tools to pursue individuals who participate in terrorist training, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. The executive order also authorises secondary sanctions on foreign financial institutions that have knowingly conducted or facilitated significant transactions with sanctioned persons, Mnuchin said. He added that the order targets those actors for and behalf of specially-designated global terrorists. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “Specifically, we have leaders, operative and financiers from over 11 terrorist organisations, including Iran’s Quds Forces, Hamas, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and their affiliates,” Mnuchin told White House reporters at a joint news conference with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “The government has taken more action than we ever have before,” the treasury secretary said, asserting that his department was enhancing efforts to deny terrorist access to the financial system. Pompeo, meanwhile, described the executive order as the “most-significant update” to counterterrorism sanctions authority since September 2001. According to Pompeo, the new order amends the previous one by adding clauses that allow the departments of state and treasury to directly target leaders of terrorist groups and their associated entities without having to tie terrorist leaders to specific acts. “Second, it is more effectively and efficiently targets individuals and entities who participate in terrorist training and provides new authorities to impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions that knowingly do business with terrorists,” the secretary of state said. “As these actions show, today’s executive order by President Trump adds further muscle to the US counterterrorism efforts,” Pompeo said. “It will help us to ensure that the deadly attacks of September 11 that occurred 18 years ago this week are never repeated on American soil. Never.”
Wellington: New Zealand’s intelligence minister said Wednesday he was allowing spy agencies to carry out “intrusive” activities following the Christchurch mosque shootings that claimed 50 lives. The government this week ordered a judicial inquiry into whether the South Pacific nation’s intelligence services could have prevented the March 15 attack amid criticism the white supremacist gunman went unnoticed as they were too focused on Muslim extremists. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAndrew Little — the minister responsible for the GCSB and SIS intelligence services — said he had signed powerful surveillance warrants as information gathering continued in the wake of the attack. “I have given authority to the agencies to do intrusive activities under warrant, the number of those (warrants) I’m not at liberty to disclose,” he told Radio New Zealand. Little said intelligence services typically monitored 30-40 people but that number had now increased, although he was unwilling to reveal by how much. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe said a warrant permitted anything from physical surveillance to the monitoring of telecommunications activity. “The whole gambit of what would otherwise be described as intrusive activity,” he told the New Zealand Herald. “The purpose of a warrant is to authorise and effectively make lawful what would otherwise be unlawful activity.” Little denied New Zealand had proved a “soft target” for the accused gunman, an Australian with apparent links to right-wing groups who reportedly moved to the country with the intention of carrying out an attack. Little said he maintained confidence in the intelligence services and until the inquiry into their actions was complete it was “premature” to say they had failed. “Until there’s a very microscopic look at what the agencies have been doing and whether they’ve missed anything, I can’t say for certain,” he told RNZ. “It’s important for me, the agencies, but ultimately for public confidence that we let that commission of inquiry do its job and reach its conclusions.” Meanwhile, police remained tight-lipped about two raids conducted by armed officers in Christchurch overnight. The raids took place at opposite ends of the city centre, the first at 8:00 pm (0700 GMT) Tuesday and the second around 1:00 am Wednesday.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dave Gram, The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2013 9:26 am MDT Company says Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will close, be decommissioned by end of 2014 MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont’s only nuclear power plant will shut down by the end of next year, ending a nasty legal battle over the future of the 4-decade-old plant, Entergy Corp. announced Tuesday.The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and will begin being decommissioned in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said. The station will remain under the oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission throughout the decommissioning process.The New Orleans-based company has been battling with the state since 2010, when the Vermont Senate voted against a measure that would have authorized granting Vermont Yankee a permit to operate for an additional 20 years. Lawmakers were concerned about the plant’s safety, age and misstatements by plant management about components at the reactor.“This was an agonizing decision and an extremely tough call for us,” Leo Denault, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Vermont Yankee has an immensely talented, dedicated and loyal workforce, and a solid base of support among many in the community. We recognize that closing the plant on this schedule was not the outcome they had hoped for, but we have reluctantly concluded that it is the appropriate action for us to take under the circumstances.”Denault said that when it closes, the plant will be placed in “safe-store,” in which federal regulations allow it to be mothballed for up to 60 years while its radioactive components cool down before removal.Reaction from state leaders was swift and nearly unanimous: The closure is overdue and welcomed.“This is the right decision for Vermont and it’s the right decision for Vermont’s clean energy future,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin, who has been critical of the plant.Others said the company’s plan to close the plant over several decades is unacceptable.Vermont’s U.S. senators, independent Bernie Sanders and Democrat Patrick Leahy, both said they would push the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reject Entergy’s plan, speed up decommissioning and ensure that Entergy pays for the full cost.The NRC said in a statement it would “continue its rigorous oversight of the plant through the rest of its operations and into and through decommissioning. We have a decommissioning process that the details steps that would have to be taken by Entergy going forward.”The decision to close Vermont Yankee was based on a number of financial factors, including low wholesale energy prices, high costs and what the company called a flawed market design that artificially deflates energy prices.Nuclear plants have been under significant price competition due to the recent natural gas boom in the United States. Vermont Yankee, among the oldest and smallest plants in the country and located in a state with one of the nation’s strongest anti-nuclear movements, had long been considered among the most likely to be shuttered.State Rep. Tony Klein, chairman of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, said he wasn’t surprised Entergy decided to shutter the plant, given the economic issues at hand.“I commend Entergy for giving the state and the workers a year and a half notice … so there’s as minimal economic impact as possible,” he said.Rich Sedano, director of U.S. programs for the Regulatory Assistance Project, said the nuclear plant’s small slice of New England’s power supply — about 2 per cent — means the closure will have little effect on consumers. It will require more reliance on natural gas and may push the region toward more solar and wind production, especially as states try to meet mandated standards of energy from renewables.An industry group was not so positive.“This closure will be a great loss to the state of Vermont, the regional economy and consumers, and the environment,” said Marvin Fertel, president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute.Vermont Yankee opened in 1972 in Vernon. In the past it has provided as much as a third of the state’s electrical supply but today nearly all of its power is shipped to electric companies in neighbouring states.After being granted the federal license it also needed for continued operation, Entergy sued the state and won a first round in federal court in Brattleboro.The state appealed but largely lost earlier this month although Attorney General Bill Sorrell said the court overruled a part of the lower-court decision saying the state had violated the U.S. Constitution by trying to demand cut-rate power from Vermont Yankee if it were allowed to continue operating.The company employs about 630 people, a staffing level that will gradually be reduced as the plant moves through the stages of decommissioning.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey celebrates a goal during a match against Germany June 2, at RFK Stadium. The U.S. won, 4-3.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe U.S. Men’s National Soccer team is looking to take another step toward qualifying for the 2014 World Cup this week in Columbus.In the team’s latest qualifying match, the U.S. saw its 12-game winning streak come to an end when it fell on the road to Costa Rica, 3-1. The loss dropped the U.S. to second place behind Costa Rica in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football qualifier standing. The Ticos now lead the group with a total of 14 points, one point ahead of the U.S.The U.S. men’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup increased on Friday despite the loss, as Mexico was defeated at home by Honduras, 2-1, earlier the same night. Mexico is in fourth place in the group on eight points, the top three teams advance directly to the World Cup.This was the first qualifying match has Mexico lost at home since 2001, when it fell to Costa Rica 2-1.Mexico fired manager Jose Manuel de La Torre the day after the Friday loss to Honduras. Luis Fernando Tena, one of Torre’s top assistants, will take over in an interim position.The U.S. will be missing four players from the team in the match against Mexico. Midfielder Michael Bradley sprained his left ankle minutes before the game against Costa Rica and will sit out again against Mexico. Defenders Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler and forward Jozy Altidore will all sit out because of yellow card accumulation. Altidore had scored in five straight matches before failing to tally against Costa Rica.Many Ohio State students were interested in attending the game, especially after D-Tix at the Ohio Union announced an undisclosed amount of tickets would be offered to students with a valid BuckID for $25 each.The tickets went on sale through D-Tix Sept. 3, but because of more students wanting tickets than originally expected, D-Tix switched the method for students to buy tickets to a lottery.Former Columbus Crew right back Frankie Hejduk said he is excited for the game against Mexico as well as the growth of the soccer scene in Columbus.“It was very awesome to see how excited and passionate students are for soccer,” Hejduk said in an interview with The Lantern. “I see students getting into soccer more and more. I see Crew, U.S. and (Premier League) stuff all over the place.”The U.S. would qualify for the 2014 World Cup with a victory over Mexico and a win or tie by Honduras. A loss for Mexico and a Honduras win over Panama would almost completely end Mexico’s chances of moving out of fourth place in the group.The fourth place team will compete in a playoff with New Zealand to determine another spot in the Cup.The U.S. v. Mexico game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Crew Stadium.
Ohio State junior Noah West (8) runs towards third base as he scores the first run of the game against the Lipscomb Bison on March 15, 2019 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternOhio State junior shortstop Noah West will be sidelined with a season-ending knee injury, head coach Greg Beals announced Thursday. West had been a late scratch from Tuesday’s lineup against Northern Kentucky.“He is going to have surgery next week, and we’ve got to adjust our infield defense accordingly,” Beals said. The adjustment, according to Beals, will be to move freshman third baseman Zach Dezenzo over to shortstop, which is where he played Thursday. This will open up the door for freshman infielder Nick Erwin and freshman infielder Marcus Ernst to receive playing time at third base. West was hitting .284 on the season with 9 RBIs.
“Now we are thinking why didn’t we be stricter and say, ‘you train as an accountant, you train as a lawyer, you train as a designer’.”The company, which was founded in 1985, makes all of its earthenware – including its famous “tea and marmalade” side plates – at a factory in Stoke-on-Trent.During the talk, Bridgewater, who supports British manufacturing, admitted she believes the best products are often designed “following a row” and said she is not tempted to translate the words on her plates for overseas exports because the pieces are quintessentially English. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “They are all deep in their own careers, one of them is still at school and the other has just gone to university,” she said. “There are signs [but] in a very English way we said ‘darlings, do your own thing, no don’t worry about the business, it is all fine’. She also revealed she has “no idea” how many visitors the factory gets a year, estimating it to be more than 30,000 people.Joking that they had to be “very creative” with numbers to be allowed a brown tourist sign to the factory, she added: “The plain truth is we have no idea how many visitors we get. To get a brown sign you have to be very, very creative with the numbers because they ask you if you get 100,000 visitors and we looked at each other and go: ‘We soon will have’.“But actually we count till transactions. We’re not very good at counting… the number of visitors.” We do need to work out how to make the company stand up without usEmma Bridgewater Emma Bridgewater has revealed she fears for the future of her pottery business because her children are apparently uninterested in taking over and she is too “English” to push them.The designer, whose ceramics are favoured among the middle classes for their sponge-painted bright prints and quirky calligraphy, said the company, which she runs with her husband Matthew, will “diminish” in the next decade if they do not sort something out. Emma Bridgewater with one of her trainees at the factory in Stoke-on-TrentCredit: Martin Pope Speaking at Cheltenham Literature Festival, she said: “Of course we all think we are immortal but Matthew and I have acknowledged that if the company is still reliant on us in the way it is now for design in 10 years time there will be diminishing returns. “We do need to work out how make the company stand up without us.”The couple, who are both 54, have four children; Elizabeth, who is in her 20s and who used to help run a circus in Gloucestershire, Kitty, who is also in her 20s and previously spoke of hopes to go to art college, Margaret, who has just started university and Michael, who is still at school.Speaking about their relationship, Bridgewater admitted she is “desperately” trying to stop herself putting pressure on them. The brightly coloured earthenware is a favourite among the middle classesCredit: Clara Molden
Dr Zwebner added: “We propose that one’s given name may have a Dorian Gray effect on one’s face.“Our given name is our very first social tagging. Each name has associated characteristics, behaviours and a look. Over time these stereotypical facial expectations of how we should look may eventually manifest in our facial appearance. We develop the personality that other people expect us to exhibit.“The study implies that people live up to their given name. The possibility that our name can influence our look, even to small extent is intriguing.“We are subject to social structuring from the minute we are born, not only by our gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, but also by the simple choice that others make in giving us our name.” To find out if face shape was linked to name, researchers conducted eight studies to see it was possible for strangers to correctly identify the names of people simply by looking at their faces.In every experiment, the participants were significantly better (up to 40 percent accurate) at matching the name to the face than random chance (20 – 25 percent accurate) even when ethnicity, age and other socioeconomic variables were controlled for.It is the first study to show that social preconceptions and expectations in a name can alter the way we look, not just genes and hormone levels. Previous research that short-tempered people. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Likewise ‘Winstons’ are perceived as fairly glum, while ‘Marys’ are considered to be moral, both traits which may alter countenance, and over time, change face shape.And a woman named ‘Katherine’ is considered to be more serious and dependable than a girl named ‘Bonnie’. Such cultural expectations may encourage ‘Katherines’ to be more studious and academic, which could gradually influence the development of facial muscles, perhaps through increased concentration.”Prior research has shown there are cultural stereotypes attached to names, including how someone should look,” said lead author Dr Yonat Zwebner, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.“For instance, people are more likely to imagine a person named Bob to have a rounder face than a person named Tim. We believe these stereotypes can, over time, affect people’s facial appearance.” Researchers said a name had a similar impact on the face as Dorian Gray’s lifestyle had on his portrait The late Bob Hoskins and British astronaut Tim Peake Choosing a name for a child is often a headache for parents, but new research shows that picking well could be more crucial than previously thought.Academics have found that your first name actually changes the way you look, a phenomenon dubbed ‘The Dorian Gray’ effect, after Oscar Wilde’s eponymous hero.Just as Gray’s wicked deeds were etched onto the facial features of his portrait, so the cultural stereotypes linked to a name come to be written on the faces of their bearers.For example someone called ‘Bob’ is expected by society to have a rounder more jovial face than a man called ‘Tim’. That expectation eventually leads ‘Bobs’ to become more gregarious and jolly, while ‘Tims’ may appear more pinched and reserved.The connection may be linked to the ‘bouba-kiki’ effect which suggests that across languages, more bulbous smoother objects are labelled with rounded ‘bouba’ sounds, while thinner spikier objects have ‘kiki’ sounds. The study also proved it was possible to create a computer algorithm which could guess names better than chance, simply by looking at facial characteristics.”Together, these findings suggest that facial appearance represents social expectations of how a person with a particular name should look. In this way, a social tag may influence one’s facial appearance,” said co-author Dr Ruth Mayo.”We are subject to social structuring from the minute we are born, not only by gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, but by the simple choice others make in giving us our name.”The research was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. We develop the personality that other people expect us to exhibit.Dr Yonat Zwebner, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
A pedal cyclist is now in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) along with five other injured persons following an accident with a minibus on Vlissengen road, Georgetown.The driver of the minibus, which ended up in the trench, reportedly fled the scene The injured pedal cyclist, Desmond Grandsaoult, 42, of Dedication Place, South Ruimveldt Park, Georgetown was hit by the minibus at around 08:45hrs on Monday while in the vicinity of KFC.According to reports received, Grandsaoult and minibus BTT 8476 driven by Jamal John, 30, of Long Dam, Vergenoegen, West Coast Demerara (WCD) were both said to be proceeding south along Vlissengen road.John was reportedly driving at a fast pace when Grandsaoult attempted to cross the road in front of the minibus but failed and was struck.As a result of the impact, the man fell onto the road and was then reportedly ran over by the minibus. The minibus in a bid to stop ended up on in a nearby trench on its side.Grandsaoult was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to GPHC where he is said to be in a critical condition.The five passengers of the minibus were also injured and were taken to the hospital where they are also being treated.The minibus driver however reportedly fled the scene of the accident and is being sought by Police.An investigation is ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUpdate: Cyclist succumbs to injuries after accidentDecember 19, 2017In “Crime”Minibus driver further remanded on causing death chargeJune 7, 2018In “Court”Bus driver slapped with two counts of causing death by dangerous drivingJuly 24, 2019In “Court”
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